Assistant Professor of Music
Director of Bands
David Vickerman is the newly appointed Director of Bands at The College of New Jersey where he teaches:
- MUS 140/180: Wind Ensemble
- MUS 340: Intermediate Instrumental Conducting
Prior to his appointment at TCNJ, David Vickerman was at Johns Hopkins University where he conducted the Wind Ensemble and directed the Pep Band. He is also currently completing the Wind Conducting DMA program at The Peabody Institute where he assisted with the Peabody Wind Ensemble and beginning-advanced conducting courses. He also currently serves as the Assistant Conductor of the Great Noise Ensemble, a contemporary music group in Washington D.C.
He graduated with a Master’s Degree in Wind Conducting at the University of Oregon in 2010. While at the University of Oregon, he was the conductor of the Oregon Campus Band and Oregon Brass Ensemble in addition to the regular assistant conductor with the Oregon Wind Ensemble. Prior to his work at the University of Oregon, he was the Director of Bands at Lodi High School in Lodi, California and he held the position of Music Director at Hilmar High School in Hilmar, California the year before that. In 2002, Mr. Vickerman graduated from California State University Stanislaus with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education and received his California teaching credential the following year.
A fervent advocate for contemporary music, Mr. Vickerman has conducted numerous premieres including four premieres with Great Noise Ensemble last season, a ballet with Ballet Fantastique and two separate pieces that he commissioned for winds and electronics. In the fall of 2010, he was the conductor for the Louis Andriessen Concert at The Peabody Institute during the composer’s week-long residency. He has participated in numerous conducting workshops and symposiums, working with conductors such as H. Robert Reynolds, Michael Haithcock, Robert Carnochan, Steve Davis and Jerry Junkin. His primary conducting instructors include Dr. Edward C. Harris, Stuart Sims, Robert Ponto and Harlan Parker.
In 2005, Mr. Vickerman received the Gilbert T. Freitas award from CMEA Bay Section for “Outstanding Achievement in Musical Education”. He also created and maintained a local professional chamber winds group, The Lodi Chamber Winds. Under Mr. Vickerman’s baton, the Lodi High School Bands received superior ratings at every concert festival and the Wind Ensemble performed in Carnegie Hall in 2007. For a concert project at Lodi High School in 2008, he was able to create a performance that included student poetry, abstract film and an intelligent lighting show to accompany the wind ensemble. He is actively pursuing concepts and ideas that focus on bringing the concert music medium to new audiences.