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Phil Vallejo is a second year doctoral student at Arizona State University. He is pursuing his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Wind Band Conducting.

Prior to Arizona State University, Phil Vallejo served as the Director of Instrumental Music at James C. Enochs High School, in Modesto, California. During his time at James C. Enochs High School, he taught band, orchestra, jazz, marching and color guard classes. He also coached varsity boys basketball during his last year at the school. He also served as the assistant conductor for the Modesto Symphony Youth Orchestra.

Phil Vallejo holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Education, as well as a Master of Arts Degree in Music Performance (Conducting), both from California State University, Fresno. While at California State University, Fresno, he was able to study with great teachers and musicians such as Dr. Lawrence Sutherland, Dr. Gary P. Gilroy, Dr. Matthew Darling and Mr. Allan Kristensen.
Phil Vallejo has also been a volunteer for the California Band Directors Association. He is currently serving as the Past President for CBDA. Prior to this, he served as the President from 2018-2020 and before that was the conference coordinator for California All State Music Educators Conference (CASMEC). During this time, Phil Vallejo and Jeff Detlefsen were responsible for overseeing all aspects of the student and attendee experience, as well as contracts with the hotels and city.

In his spare time, Phil enjoys hanging out with his wife Courtney and their beautiful children, as well as playing basketball.


Kristen Zelenak is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree in Wind Conducting and serves as a graduate assistant with the Arizona State University Wind and Athletic Bands. Prior to ASU, she spent two years as the Assistant Band Director at Mance Park Middle School in Huntsville, TX.

As a saxophonist, Kristen is an active soloist and chamber musician. She is also finishing a DMA in Saxophone Performance at ASU. Her chamber groups have won top prizes at the Coltman Chamber Music Competition and has competed as a semi-finalist in national competitions such as NASA, Fischoff, and MPRIZE.

Kristen received her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Central Michigan University and a Master’s in Performance at Michigan State University.

Dylan Rook Maddix, a sought-after conductor, clinician, trumpeter and adjudicator, is a first-year doctorate student at Arizona State University pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts in wind band conducting. Originally from Prince Edward Island, Canada, he is founder of the Toronto Winds and co-host of The Band Room Podcast.
Maddix served as Professor of Music and head of wind and brass studies at Cambrian College in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, where he conducted the wind ensemble, taught music theory, wind/brass methods and pedagogy courses. He rebuilt the wind ensemble program and founded the Cambrian College Wind Conducting Workshop, and was also on the conducting faculty at Laurentian University.
He maintains a commitment to working with young people and the community and has been music director of the Milton Concert Band and the Northern Brass Choir, a conducting fellow with the Denis Wick Canadian Wind Orchestra, program assistant of the Hannaford Youth Program and is currently manager of the Denis Wick Canadian Wind Orchestra. He conducted the Royal Conservatory Brass Ensemble, Northern Ontario Honour Band, Halifax Community Band Festival, Northdale Concert Band, Western University New Music, Hannaford Youth Band, Mount Allison University Symphonic Band, Kingston Brass Choir and Bathurst Chamber Festival Orchestra.

Maddix was the conducting/music consultant for Netflix’s Umbrella Academy and Global TV’s Private Eyes and has performed with artists such as Sarah McLachlan, Roger Hodgson of Supertramp, The Video Games Live Orchestra, Johnny Reid, The Broadway Tenors, Hannaford Street Silver Band, Toronto Concert Orchestra, Hogtown Brass Quintet and Vox Aeris Trio.

A 2011 and 2014 Canadian National Music Festival prizewinner, he has been a featured soloist with the Prince Edward Island Symphony, Weston Silver Band, Greater Moncton Chorale and Orchestra and Strathgartney Chamber Orchestra. Maddix holds a Master of Music in Trumpet Performance from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Music from Mount Allison University.

Schedule of Performances

ASU Wind Ensemble and Wind Symphony -  In This Broad Earth: Music of the Spheres
Wednesday, September 22, 2021, 7:30 p.m. purchase tickets
Madison Center for the Arts, Phoenix 

The ASU Wind Symphony, lead by Dr. Jamal Duncan in his mainstage debut as our Associate Director Bands, and the ASU Wind Ensemble open their seasons at the Madison Center for the Arts performing works by Norman Dello Joio, John Philip Sousa, and Omar Thomas. Also featured in this concert is the world premiere of Rhapsody for a Flight of Stairs, a new work by ASU Composition student Ziyu Wang, winner of the 2019 ASU Composition Competition.

Steven Bryant: In This Broad Earth
          Phil Vallejo, guest conductor
Omar Thomas: Shenandoah
Tielman Susato/Dunnigan: The Danserye
Kimberly Archer: Fanfare Politeia
          Kristen Zelenak, guest conductor
Ziyu Wang: Rhapsody for a Flight of Stairs
          World Premiere
Nicole Piunno: Where Words Cannot Go
Norman Dello Joio: Variants On A Medieval Tune

ASU Maroon and Gold Band
Tuesday, October 5, 2021, 8 p.m. 
Nelson Fine Arts Plaza, Tempe campus

Bring a lawn chair and join us for an evening of band favorites.

ASU Wind Ensemble and Wind Symphony - Wanderlust: Let’s Travel the World!
Tuesday, October 26, 2021, 7:30 p.m. purchase tickets
Madison Center for the Arts, Phoenix  directions

The ASU Wind Ensemble and Wind Symphony perform works by Alfred Reed and Percy Grainger and feature 2021 ASU Concerto Competition winners Nathan Bitter, trombone and Jared Waters, saxophone. The Wind Symphony also welcomes our first guest conductor of the season,  Dr. Armand Hall from Rochester New York’s ROCmusic Collaborative.

Brandon Scott Rumsey: Wanderlust
          Armand Hall, guest conductor
Luis Serrano Alarcón: Tramonto
          Thomas Landschoot, cello
Launy Grøndahl: Concerto for Trombone and Band
          Nathan Bitter, trombone
          Dylan Maddix, guest conductor
Alfred Reed: Armenian Dances Pt. 1.      
Percy Grainger: Shepherd’s Hey and Irish Tune from County Derry
André Waignein: Rhapsody for Alto Saxophone and Band
          Jared Waters, saxophone
          Phil Vallejo, guest conductor
Omar Thomas: Come Sunday

ASU Wind Ensemble and Tempe Winds - Maslanka’s Symphony No. 4
Wednesday, November 17, 2021, 7:30 p.m. purchase tickets
ASU Gammage

Guest conductors Phil Vallejo and Kristen Zelenak lead the ASU Wind Ensemble in David Maslanka's epic Symphony No. 4 and Weber’s Clarinet Concerto No. 2, featuring Michael Robinson, winner of the 2020 ASU Concerto Competition. We are also thrilled to be sharing the evening with Tempe Winds.

David Maslanka: Symphony No. 4
          Phil Vallejo, guest conductor
Carl Maria von Weber: Clarinet Concerto No. 2
          Michael Robinson, clarinet
          Kristen Zelenak, guest conductor

ASU Maroon and Gold Band and the ASU Wind Symphony
Tuesday, November 23, 2021, 7:30 p.m. purchase tickets
ASU Gammage

The ASU Maroon and Gold Band and the ASU Wind Symphony perform their final concert of 2021. The concert will feature the works of Grainger, Himes, Greenaway and others.

Sally Greenaway: Aurora Musis Amic
          Kristen Zelenak, guest conductor
Williams Himes: Amazing Grace
Percy Grainger: Lincolnshire Posy

ASU Chamber Winds
Monday, February 7, 2022, 10:00 a.m.  purchase tickets
Madison Center for the Arts, Phoenix  directions

The ASU Chamber Winds perform for students in the Madison School District.

ASU Wind Ensemble and Wind Symphony - Old, New, Borrowed, and Blue
Wednesday, February 16, 2022, 7:30 p.m. purchase tickets
ASU Gammage

ASU Wind Bands is pleased to welcome composer Kevin Day to campus as we present the Consortium Premiere of his virtuosic Concerto for Wind Ensemble. The ASU Wind Symphony will also be premiering a brand new work by Mr. Day written specifically for them.

Kevin Day: TBD
          World Premiere
de Cabezon/Grainger: Prelude in the Dorian Mode
          Kristen Zelenak, guest conductor
Gustav Holst/Matthews: First Suite in Eb
Frank Ticheli: Blue Shades
Darius Milhaud: Suite Française
Kevin Day: Concerto for Wind Ensemble
          Consortium Premiere

ASU Wind Ensemble - The Answer, My Friend...
Sunday, February 20, 2022, 4:00 p.m.  purchase tickets
Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts 

Join the ASU School of Music, Dance and Theatre for an afternoon of colorful and dynamic chamber wind music by ASU faculty and a performance of Milhaud's Suite Française by the ASU Wind Ensemble.

Darius Milhaud: Suite Française
Kevin Day: Concerto for Wind Ensemble
          Consortium Premiere

ASU Maroon and Gold Band
Tuesday, February 22, 2022, 7:30 p.m. purchase tickets
ASU Gammage

The Maroon and Gold Band perform their first concert of the Spring Semester. The concert features a variety of traditional and contemporary music for winds.

ASU Wind Ensemble - Mozart’s Gran Partita
Wednesday, March 2, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
Katzin Concert Hall, Tempe campus

Conductor Kristen Zelenak directs an evening of chamber music.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Serenade No. 10 in B-flat major, K. 361/370a, Gran Partita

ASU Wind Symphony
Thursday, March 24, 2022, 10:00 a.m. purchase tickets
Madison Center for the Arts, Phoenix  directions

The ASU Wind Symphony performs a concert for students at the Madison Center for the Arts.

ASU Wind Symphony - How Suite It is
Thursday, March 24, 2022, 7:30 p.m.  purchase tickets
Madison Center for the Arts, Phoenix  directions

The ASU Wind Symphony performs at the Madison Center for the Arts, featuring the music of Chad (Sir Wick) Hughes and Frank Ticheli. We also welcome our second guest conductor, Dr. Gregory Whitmore from California State University at Fullerton.

Matthew Schoendorff: Fugue State
Frank Ticheli: Rest
           Gregory Whitmore, guest conductor
Chad Hughes: Symphonic Suite
Alton Adams: The Governor’s Own
Erika Svanoe: Steampunk Suite

ASU Wind Ensemble - Dahl’s Sinfonietta
Wednesday, April 6, 2022, 7:30 p.m. purchase tickets
ASU Gammage

The ASU Wind Ensemble performs Dahl's masterful Sinfonietta and features ASU professors Christopher Creviston, saxophone and Joshua T. Gardner, clarinet in the Consortium Premiere of Carter Pann's Double Concerto.

Ingolf Dahl: Sinfonietta
Carter Pann: Double Concerto
          Christopher Creviston, saxophone
          Joshua T. Gardner, clarinet

ASU Wind Ensemble
Thursday, April 14, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
Nelson Fine Arts Plaza, Tempe campus

Bring a lawn chair and join us for an evening of band favorites.

ASU Maroon and Gold Bands and the ASU Wind Symphony - Medieval Sketches
Tuesday, April 26, 2022, 7:30 p.m. purchase tickets
ASU Gammage

The ASU Wind Symphony travels back in time to present works that reflect on our past. Carl Orff’s towering Carmina Burana is based on 13th-century poems that tell of love, wine and fortune. We also feature Ron Nelson's Homage to Perotin the Great, one of the most famous composers of the era.

Ron Nelson: Homage to Perotin
Carl Orff/John Krance: Carmina Burana

ASU Symphony Orchestra and Wind Symphony
Thursday, April 28, 2022, 7:30 p.m. purchase tickets
ASU Gammage

Internationally renowned conductor Carl St.Clair leads the ASU Symphony Orchestra and ASU Wind Symphony in the 2021-22 season finale with works by Berlioz and Ticheli, ending with Respighi’s thunderous Pines of Rome.

Ron Nelson: Homage to Perotin
Frank Ticheli: Rest
Ticheli: Blue Shades
Berlioz: Roman Carnival Overture
Respighi: Pines of Rome

Guest artists 2021-22

Kevin Day

Kevin Day has quickly emerged as one of the leading young voices in the world of music composition today. Day is a composer, conductor, producer and multi-instrumentalist on tuba, euphonium, jazz piano and more, whose music often intersects between the worlds of jazz, minimalism, Latin music, fusion and contemporary classical idioms. Day currently serves as the Composer-In-Residence of the Mesquite Symphony Orchestra.
Day has composed over 200 works and has had numerous performances throughout the United States, Russia, Austria, Australia, Taiwan, South Africa and Japan. His works have been programmed by the Boston Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Houston Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, Tulsa Symphony, Fresno Philharmonic and more. He was selected as the 3rd Prize winner of the 2020 New Classics International Young Composer Contest of the Moscow Conservatory. Day’s works have been performed at Carnegie Hall, Rachmaninov Hall (Russia), The Midwest Clinic, TMEA and other major venues. Day has collaborated with Jens Lindemann, Demondrae Thurman and Jeremy Lewis on concertos as well as chamber ensembles like Ensemble Dal Niente, The Puerto Rican Trombone Ensemble, The Zenith Saxophone Quartet, The Tesla Quartet and more.
Day will pursue his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in composition at the University of Miami Frost School of Music this fall. Day received his Master of Music in Composition Degree at the University of Georgia. He received his Bachelor of Music Degree in Tuba/Euphonium Performance from Texas Christian University (TCU). His works are published with Murphy Music Press, Dev Music Publishing, Cimarron Music and Kevin Day Music. Day currently serves as the Vice President for the Millennium Composers Initiative.

Carl St.Clair

Carl St.Clair is internationally recognized for his distinguished career as a professional conductor and master teacher. He has had a continuing relationship with the USC Thornton School of Music for over 25 years as conductor of the USC Thornton orchestras and a faculty lecturer in conducting. The 2019-20 season marks his 30th year as music director of the Pacific Symphony. He is one of the longest-tenured conductors of the major American orchestras. During his tenure, St.Clair has become widely recognized for his musically distinguished performances, his commitment to building outstanding educational programs and his innovative approaches to programming. St.Clair’s commitment to the development and performance of new works by composers is evident in the wealth of commissions and recordings by the Symphony. In 2014, St.Clair became the music director of the National Symphony Orchestra in Costa Rica. His international career also has him conducting abroad several months a year, and he has appeared with orchestras throughout the world. He has also appeared with orchestras in Israel, Hong Kong, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and South America, China, Thailand, Malaysia, and summer festivals worldwide. In North America, St.Clair has led the Boston Symphony Orchestra (where he served as assistant conductor for several years), New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic and the San Francisco, Seattle, Detroit, Atlanta, Houston, Indianapolis, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver symphonies, among many.
Carl St.Clair is a strong advocate of music education for all ages, and is internationally recognized for his distinguished career as a master teacher. And, for over 25 years, he has had a continuing relationship with the USC Thornton School of Music where he is artistic leader and principal conductor of the orchestral program.

Nathan Bitter, trombone
concerto competition winner

Nathan Bitter graduated from ASU in 2020 with degrees in trombone performance and biological sciences, and during his time there, he performed with the Wind Ensemble, Symphony, Concert Jazz Band and Trombone Choir. Additionally, he performed as a member of the Scottsdale Community College Jazz Band and the Salt River Brass, as well as several different iterations of the Blossom Brass Quintet. His musical interests include performing, composing and teaching music, and he particularly enjoys exploring the relationship between music and the brain. He is currently attending CU Boulder in Colorado for his master’s in jazz performance.

Armand Hall

Dr. Armand Hall is the Executive and Artist director of the ROCmusic Collaborative and an adjunct professor at the Eastman School of Music. ROCmusic offers free instrumental music instruction to the children of Rochester, New York in the neighborhood community centers. Dr. Hall came to ROCmusic from the University of Memphis, where he was Associate Director of Bands and Coordinator of Instrumental Music Education. Dr. Hall has taught, adjudicated and been a clinician at the middle school and high school levels. In addition to collegiate teaching, he worked as a teaching artist in El Sistema-inspired community music programs around the country. He earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in music education from the University of Michigan, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts in wind conducting at Michigan State University. Dr. Hall is the Board Chair for El Sistema USA and serves on the boards of the Archipelago Project, Rochester Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, and is an administrator of the Dr. WIlliam P. Foster Project, aimed at supporting excellence in music education and community impact in under-resourced areas.

Gregory X. Whitmore

Dr. Gregory X. Whitmore is an Asst. Professor of Instrumental Music Education at The California State University Fullerton School of Music. Dr. Whitmore teaches in the Instrumental Music Education Program, supervises student teachers and conducts the CSUF Symphonic Winds. In addition, Dr. Whitmore is in his seventh season as music director of the Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble (Irvine, CA). He held appointments as Director of Bands at Irvine Valley College (Irvine, CA), Mt. San Antonio College (Walnut, CA), and College of the Desert (Palm Desert, CA) and at Cathedral City High School (Cathedral City, CA).

He has conducted ensembles in concert venues such as The Golden Hall of The Musikverein (Vienna), The Wiener Konzerthaus (Vienna), The MuTh (Vienna), Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall (Costa Mesa), Symphony Hall (Chicago), The Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.), Carnegie Hall (New York City), Walt Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles), Meng Hall (Fullerton, California), Holy Trinity Church (Stratford, England), St. John’s Smith Square (London), Chateau Vaux le Vicomte (Paris) and Heidelberg Castle (Germany). He is also the second place winner of the 2017 American Prize in Conducting.

In addition to investigating the concert band as an artistic medium, he has presented research at music education symposia in the United States and abroad. Dr. Whitmore is a recognized member of Academic Key’s Who’s Who in Community College Education, four editions of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, and has been included in the 2005-06 National Honor Roll’s Outstanding American Teachers edition He was selected to represent the State of California by School Band and Orchestra Magazine in the 2008 edition of “50 Band Directors Who Make A Difference.”

He received his bachelor’s degree in instrumental music education from The University of Michigan School of Music, Theater and Dance in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and a master's degree in music with an emphasis in wind conducting from California State University Fullerton. He also holds a master’s degree and a doctorate in music and music education from Columbia University (Teachers College) in New York City.

Michael Robinson, clarinet
concerto competition winner

Michael Robinson is a first-year doctoral student in clarinet performance and serves as a teaching assistant for the clarinet studio. Notable accolades of his include winning second prize at the 2020 International Clarinet Association Young Artist Competition, winning the 2017 University of Kentucky concerto competition (Clarinet Concerto, Op. 57 by Carl Nielsen), and performing with the Prague Summer Nights Festival Orchestra in 2017. As an avid educator and multi-instrumentalist, Robinson teaches and performs on flute, oboe, clarinet, and saxophone, and he has performed in over 50 musicals and operas throughout the United States, Czech Republic, and Austria. Additionally, he has presented masterclasses and taught privately at various high schools, community colleges and small universities in the Midwest and in Arizona. Robinson received a Bachelor of Music in clarinet performance and a Bachelor of Music in music education from the University of Kentucky. He recently graduated with an Master of Music in clarinet performance from Arizona State University. His primary teachers include Robert Spring, Joshua Gardner and Scott Wright.

Carter Pann

Composer/pianist Carter Pann has written for and worked with musicians around the world, with performances by the London Symphony and City of Birmingham Symphony, the Tchaikovsky Symphony in Moscow, many radio symphonies around Europe, the Seattle Symphony, National Repertory Orchestra, the youth orchestras of New York and Chicago and countless Wind Ensembles. He has worked with Richard Stoltzman, the Antares Ensemble, the Capitol Saxophone Quartet, the West Coast Wind Quintet, the River Oaks Chamber Ensemble, the Takács Quartet and many concert pianists. Awards include a Charles Ives Fellowship, a Masterprize seat in London and five ASCAP awards over the years. His numerous albums encompass solo, vocal, chamber, orchestral and wind music and have received two Grammy® nominations to date. Pann was a Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Music in 2016. He currently teaches at the University of Colorado in Boulder.

Wang Ziyu

Wang Ziyu, born in Tianjin, China, is a composer currently residing in Arizona. She has enjoyed playing the piano and composing since young. Ziyu is interested in transcultural influences in music and has written for the Carpe Diem String Quartet, Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic, ASU Wind Ensemble, Kyle Motl, Valerie Harris and the Atlantic Music Festival ensembles. She also writes for voices and electroacoustic media and has been commissioned by the American Guild of Organists in 2020.

Ziyu is currently a doctoral candidate in music composition at Arizona State University. She earned her master's degree in music composition at Carnegie Mellon University in 2017. Her teachers include Leonardo Balada, Jody Rockmaker, Fernanda Navarro and Chen Yi.

Before studying composition, she was an engineering student at Tsinghua University, Beijing. She studied automotive engineering and vehicle design, and was the first female racer of the university's student formula racing team.

Jared Waters, saxophone
concerto competition winner

Jared Waters is a third year DMA candidate and visual artist studying saxophone performance with Dr. Christopher Creviston at Arizona State University. Jared studied with Mandy Sloan before obtaining his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance from Central Michigan University and his Master’s Degree in Music Performance from the University of Oklahoma. An advocate for chamber music, Jared is the soprano saxophonist of the award-winning Elysian Quartet. The ensemble won the 2018 NASA Quartet Competition and the 2018 MTNA Chamber Music Competition before recording and releasing their debut album “Red”. The group has also premiered original arrangements for saxophone quartet in Cortona, Italy and the 2018 World Saxophone Congress in Zagreb, Croatia. Jared seeks to highlight underrepresented voices within music. As a member of the Queer Saxophonist Consortium, he has contributed to commissioning new works for saxophone by queer identifying composers. A decorated soloist, Jared has been awarded 1st Prize in the 2021 Medici International Music Competition, won the 2017-18 OU Concerto Competition, and won the 2020-21 ASU Concerto Competition. Intent on expanding the saxophone ensemble repertoire, Jared’s arrangements for ensemble have been premiered at the 2018 World Saxophone Congress in Zagreb, Croatia, the 2018 NASA in Cincinnati, the 2019 Region 4 NASA in Fayetteville, AR, and every year since 2010 at the Saxophone Summer Camp in Columbia, South Carolina.

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