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Scott Boerma, D.M.A.

Guest Conductor
Western Michigan University

Bachelor of Music, Music Education

University of Michigan

Master of Music, Music Education

Michigan State University

Doctorate of Musical Arts, Wind Conducting

About Scott

Scott Boerma is the Director of Bands and Professor of Music at Western Michigan University, where he conducts the University Wind Symphony and Western Winds. Prior to this appointment, he was the Associate Director of Bands, Director of the Michigan Marching Band, and the Donald R. Shepherd Associate Professor of Conducting at the University of Michigan. Before those positions, Boerma was the Director of Bands at Eastern Michigan University, and he began his career teaching music in the Michigan public schools at Novi and Lamphere High Schools.

Boerma earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in wind conducting at Michigan State University and his Master of Music degree in music education at the University of Michigan, where he also studied composition with Pulitzer-Prize winning composer William Bolcom. He received his Bachelor of Music degree in music education at Western Michigan University, where he also studied composition with Ramon Zupko. Boerma has also studied composition with Anthony Iannaccone at Eastern Michigan University.

Boerma is active as a band/orchestra conductor, adjudicator, and clinician. He serves as a guest conductor for several honor bands and community bands throughout the nation each year, including the Music For All Summer Symposium Concert Band, the Michigan All-State High School and Middle School Bands, the Florida State University Tri-State Band, the Michigan Youth Arts Festival State High School Honor Band., the Kappa Kappa Psi/Tau Beta Sigma Intercollegiate Band, and the University of Wisconsin Summer Music Clinic Honor Band, to name just a few.

His music has been heard in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Hill Auditorium, the Myerson Symphony Center, the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, and at the Chicago Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic. Boerma's works have been featured in the popular GIA series, Teaching Music Through Performance in Band.

Boerma is an elected member of the prestigious American Bandmasters Association. He has served as the president of the Mid-American Conference Band Directors Association, and he is the Michigan state chair for the College Band Directors National Association, for which he is also a member of its Constitution Task Force. He is a member of ABA, CBDNA, WASBE, the National Band Association, the American School Band Directors Association, ASCAP, Phi Mu Alpha Professional Music Fraternity, Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, and an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma Band Fraternities.

B.M. Music Education, Western Michigan University

M.M. Music Education, University of Michigan

D.M.A. Wind Conducting, Michigan State University