B.M. (Ithaca); M.M. (California State); D.M.A. (Colorado)
Thomas E. Verrier
Associate Professor and Director of Wind Studies
Thomas E. Verrier is Senior Band Conductor and Director of Wind Ensembles and an Associate Professor of Music at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music. He serves as Conductor of the Vanderbilt Wind Symphony, Artistic Director of the Vanderbilt Music Acadèmie in Aix-en-Provence, France, and Founding Director of the Conductors Lab (a joint project with musicians of the Berlin Philharmonic).
Verrier's teaching duties include undergraduate and graduate-level courses in conducting, pedagogy and education. In addition, he has served as the Program Director of the Sistema Nacional de Educación Musical Instituto de Desarrollo Musical, a collaborative project of the Blair School of Music and the Ministry of Culture of Costa Rica.
Ensembles under Verrier’s direction have been selected to perform at the National In-Service Conference of the National Association for Music Education, the National Conference of the College Band Directors National Association, the International Conference of the International Society for Music Education (Tenerife, Canary Islands), and regional conferences of the North American Saxophone Alliance (Los Angeles), as well as the southern and western division conferences of the College Band Directors National Association. In spring 2015, the first commercial compact disc performed by the Vanderbilt Wind Symphony and conducted by Verrier was released on the Klavier label, distributed by Naxos.
Verrier has accepted invitations to conduct throughout the Americas, Asia and Europe. He has conducted performances at international conferences of the Congreso Iberoamericano de Directores, Compositores, Arregladores e Instrumentistas de Bandas Sinfónicas (Tenerife, Canary Islands), the Asian Pacific Band Directors Association (Macau and Hong Kong), and the Hong Kong International Band Fair. He has been a guest conductor of numerous professional ensembles, including the Banda Nacional de Conciertos de San Jose, the Banda Nacional de Conciertos de Cartago, the Banda Nacional de Conciertos de Heredia, and the Banda Nacional de Conciertos de Alajuela (Costa Rica); the Banda del Ejercito CFSOL (Tabatinga, Brazil); the Banda Sinfonica de la Fuerza Aerea del Perú (Lima); the Military Band of the Peoples’ Liberation Army (Beijing, China); and the Municipal Band of Albacete (Spain). He has also appeared as conductor with the Hong Kong Neo Winds Orchestra, and La Banda de la Unión Musical Utielana (Valencia, Spain), and is the Artistic Advisor of the Hong Kong Wind Ensemble.
While on leave from Vanderbilt in 2008, Verrier accepted a position as Visiting Scholar at the Guangdong University of Foreign Studies in Guangzhou China. During his semester abroad, he guest-conducted numerous Chinese ensembles from Beijing to Hong Kong, and also served on the panel of judges for the All-China Competition of Symphonic Bands in Shanghai.
Over the past decade, Verrier’s passion for “organic creativity” and collaborative arts prompted him to study acting techniques with director John Strasberg in New York. As a clinician, Verrier has led numerous workshops on conducting and ensemble pedagogy, most recently presenting a session titled “Ensemble is an Adjective” at the 2014 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago.
Verrier is an active member of the College Band Directors National Association; he is the organization’s National Executive Secretary and a member of the organization’s Executive Board.