John Pasquale


As an international conductor, author and lecturer, Dr. John D. Pasquale, holds the Donald R. Shepherd Chair in Conducting at the University of Michigan. He serves as Associate Professor of Conducting, Associate Director of Bands, and Director of the Michigan Marching and Athletic Bands. In this position, he directs and oversees the athletic band program, is the conductor of the University Band, guest conductor with the Symphony Band, Symphony Band Chamber Winds and Concert Band, and teaches classes in rehearsal pedagogy and aural analysis of ensemble sound.

Prof. Pasquale's research interests include the intersection of the conductor as artistic leader and ensemble pedagogue, codification of instrumental and ensemble pedagogy and teaching of aural analysis skills to conductors. Currently, he leads an international team of conductors and educators in a project entitled, “Vorstellung einer systematischen Unterrichtsmethodik für Anfänger und fortgeschrittene BläserKlassen (Directed Listening for Wind Ensemble Conductors.)” The culmination of this work is presented within the book Probenmethodik Blasorchester: Geführtes Hören in der Ensemblearbeit, published by Helbling Verlag in Esslingen, Germany, and the English edition, The Directed Listening Model: A Rehearsal Guide for Ensemble Musicianship, published by the authors. Concluding in 2012, Dr. Pasquale led a team of American conductors and researchers in a cross-cultural performance and pedagogy project in China entitled, “中国纯音乐教育:跨文化表现与教育学” (Instrumental Music Education in China: Cross-Cultural Performance and Pedagogy.)

Receiving the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Conducting from the University of Oklahoma in 2008, Pasquale served as a conducting associate to the Wind Symphony, Opera Orchestra, "The Pride of Oklahoma" Marching Band, New Century Ensemble, Faculty Composer Concert Series, Symphony Band, Concert Band, and the Weitzenhoffer Family Department of Musical Theatre. In addition, he was an adjunct instructor and graduate teaching assistant within the Music Education Department. He holds a Master of Music degree in Instrumental Conducting from the University of Oklahoma and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas.

In the genre of marching and pageantry arts, Dr. Pasquale served as an ensemble music consultant with the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps from Boston, Massachusetts, the Associate Brass Caption Manager of the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps from Santa Clara, California, and taught ensemble music as a member of the Brass Staff of the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps from Rosemont, Illinois. Through his teaching at the Cavaliers, Pasquale was a contributor to the instructional DVD entitled, The Cavaliers Brass: From the Concert Hall to the Football Field, which has been met with international acclaim. During his tenure from 2002-2009, the Cavaliers were named Drum Corps International World Champions three times and were the recipient of two Jim Ott Awards for "Excellence in Brass Performance."

Dr. Pasquale is in demand as a conductor, clinician, pedagogue, and adjudicator in band and orchestra programs throughout Europe, Asia and the United States.

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.