Christi LundahL

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Christi Lundahl is beginning her second year as a doctoral student in Band & Wind Ensemble Conducting. She conducted the Women’s Basketball Band and the University of Michigan Band Alumni Association Concert Band during the 2018-2019 academic year, and will continue to assist with Instrumental Conducting classes and the Campus, Concert, and Symphony Bands as well as the Michigan Marching Band in the year ahead.

Appointed Director of Bands at Liberty High School in Orlando, Florida in 2010, Christi established a thriving jazz program, received accolades for the jazz as well as concert bands at both the district and state levels, and significantly increased participation in the program during her four years there. She then served as Director of Bands at Westridge Middle School for two years, once again increasing participation and vitality in the band program as a whole, as well as initiating a jazz program.

As a trumpet player, Christi has performed with the Florida Wind Band, the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra, the Hollingsworth Winds, and the Brass Band of Central Florida (cornet and tenor horn). With the BBCF, she was a part of the group that won the North American Brass Band Association Championship and went on a performance tour of England, finishing with the Brass in Concert Championship. 

Christi earned the Master of Music degree in Instrumental Conducting from the University of South Florida and the Bachelor of Music degree in Instrumental Music Education from Florida State University. She is a brother of Kappa Kappa Psi and an honorary sister of Tau Beta Sigma. 

Michael Haithcock assumed his duties as Director of Bands and Professor of Music (Conducting) at the University of Michigan in the fall of 2001 following twenty-three years on the faculty of Baylor University. Following in the footsteps of William D. Revelli and H. Robert Reynolds, Professor Haithcock conducts the internationally renowned University of Michigan Symphony Band, guides the acclaimed graduate band and wind ensemble conducting program, and provides administrative leadership for all aspects of the University of Michigan's diverse and historic band program. Ensembles under Haithcock's guidance have received a wide array of critical acclaim for their high artistic standards of performance and repertoire. These accolades have come through concerts at national and state conventions, performances in major concert venues, and recordings on the Albany, Arsis, and Equilibrium labels. Professor Haithcock was selected to conduct the world premiere of Daron Hagen’s Bandanna, an opera for voice and wind band, commissioned by the College Band Directors National Association and is a leader in commissioning and premiering new works for concert band. Haithcock has earned the praise of both composers and conductors for his innovative approaches to developing the wind ensemble repertoire and programming. Professor Haithcock is in constant demand as a guest conductor and as a resource person for symposiums and workshops in a variety of instructional settings as well as festival and all-state appearances throughout the country. A graduate of East Carolina University, where he received the 1996 Outstanding Alumni Award from the School of Music, and Baylor University, Haithcock has done additional study at a variety of conducting workshops including the Herbert Blomstedt Orchestral Conducting Institute. The Instrumentalist, the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association, the School Musician, the Southwest Music Educator, and WINDS magazine have published his articles on conducting and wind literature.