Jonathan Caldwell

Jonathan Caldwell

Wind Ensemble


Jonathan Caldwell is Visiting Assistant Professor of Music and conductor of the Wind Ensemble at Virginia Tech. Prior to this appointment, he held positions at the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point and in the Wake County Public School System in North Carolina. In addition to the Wind Ensemble, he also teaches conducting and music education courses including rehearsal techniques and lab ensemble.

Contact Me

242U Squires Student Center
jcald@vt.edu
540-231-5969
290 College Avenue
Blacksburg, VA  24061
 

Areas of Expertise

  • Research/Production: Wind Ensemble
  • Teaching Areas: Conducting, Rehearsal Techniques, Lab Ensemble

Education & Training

  • D.M.A., University of Michigan
  • Certificate in Music Theory Pedagogy, University of Michigan
  • M.M., University of Maryland, College Park
  • M.A.T., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • B.M., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

What gives you the most satisfaction as a teacher?

When I hear a student start a sentence with "I didn't think I could do it, but..." If I hear those words, I know the student has discovered something new about themselves. Students always have more potential than they know. I hope that my classes open them up to new ideas about what they are able to accomplish.

What is the most important quality for any student in the performing arts to cultivate?

Kevin Durant, the All-Star small forward for the Golden State Warriors, once wrote that his favorite quote was "Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard." There is a perception that talent is all you need to succeed as an athlete or an artist. While talent is important, work ethic is a much more accurate predictor of an individual's capacity for success. Consistent hard work and effort are critical to success as an artist.

Name a play, film, or recording that has influenced you and that you would recommend to others.


Aaron Copland's ballet Appalachian Spring danced by the Martha Graham Company is one of the most breathtaking artistic performances ever produced. Appalachian Spring, in my opinion, is the greatest piece of American music ever written, and to see it with Martha Graham's choreography as she dances the lead role is incredible. It is a perfect example of how music, dance, drama, and visual art can come together to create a complete work of art. There is a video of the Graham Company's first reproduction of the ballet from 1959 available on YouTube in four parts (the piece was premiered in 1944).


Memberships and Affiliations

  • College Band Directors National Association
  • Conductors Guild
  • Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (Alpha Rho)
  • Tau Beta Sigma (Beta Eta, Honorary)
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Phi Kappa Phi
     

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