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David W. Vandewalker

Coordinator of Music and the Performing Arts, Fulton County Schools (Atlanta, GA)

Associate Conductor, Tara Winds

Music Director and Conductor, Metropolitan Atlanta Youth Wind Ensemble



Tel: 678-462-2741

Work experience


2016-present        Fulton County Schools (Atlanta, GA)

                                    Coordinator of Music and the Performing Arts

                                Tara Winds (Atlanta, GA)

                                    Associate Conductor​

                                Georgia Wind Symphony (Atlanta, GA)




2012-2016            Georgia State University (Atlanta, GA)

                                    Associate Director of Athletic Bands/ Assistant Director of Bands



Courses Taught:

MUS 1061/3061/7061 – Wind Orchestra

MUS 1062/3062/7062 – Concert Band

MUS 1062/3062/7062 – Marching Band

MUA 1059/3059/7059-  University Basketball Band

MUS 2490 – Basic Conducting

                                 MUS 4270 – Student Teaching in Music  

MUS 4490/6490 – Advanced Instrumental Conducting

MUS 4890/6890 – Selected Topics: Instrumental Rehearsal Techniques Seminar

MUS 8680 – Seminar in Instrumental Conducting 

MUS 8800 – Wind Band Literature


Master of Music Conducting Projects Overseen:

2015 Lanae Dickstein, Katie Rodgers, Chee Weng Yim

2014 David Collins , Lanae Dickstein, Devin Reid, Chee Weng Yim,

2013 David Collins , Catherine Hofius

2012 Catherine Hofius


2014-Present           Cobb Chamber Winds, (Atlanta, GA) 

                                   Founding Administrator, Artistic Director, and Conductor

                                                      The professional group is one of the premiere chamber ensembles in the          

                                                      Southeast and is  comprised of many of the finest professional wind players in

                                                     the Cobb/Atlanta metropolitan area


2012-Present            Metropolitan Atlanta Youth Wind Ensemble (Atlanta, GA) 

                                    Administrator, Artistic Director, and Principal Conductor

                                                      The ensemble is comprised of seventy-five outstanding honor band and all-state

                                                      level high school players from 25 band programs throughout the metropolitan 

                                                      Atlanta area.


1996-2012                 Harrison High School (Kennesaw, G A) – Director of Bands (2000-2012)

                                    Harrison High School (Kennesaw, GA) – Associate Director of Bands  (1996-1999)


                                    Senior Conductor of Ensembles responsible for instructional curriculum development       

                                                      and  programming for five to six concerts annually

                                    Artistic Director, Co-Designer and Director of the Harrison Marching Band

                                    Program Administrator of the Harrison Band Department including

                                                      -administration for 10 performing ensembles

                                                      -collaborating with and supervising two associate directors, 11 part-time

                                                       instructional  staff, and a private lesson conservatory

                                                      -developing and managing an annual budget of $450,000+

                                    Program Organization Mentor and Faculty Liaison for more than 25+

                                                      volunteer committees

                                    Creator/Coordinator Leadership Symposium Training program

                                    Member, Advanced Academic Committee and School Improvement Committee


1991-1996         Kleb Intermediate School (Klein, TX) - Associate Director of Bands

                                    National Exemplary School of Excellence  • 1996 Kleb Teacher of the Year 


1989-1991         Belton Middle School/High School (Belton, TX) – Assistant Director of Bands




2014                 Doctor of Musical Arts, cum laude

                                    Boston University – Boston, Massachusetts


2002                 Master of Arts in Education, summa cum laude

                                    Central Michigan University – Mt. Pleasant, Michigan


1989                 Bachelor of Music Education

                                    Baylor University – Waco, Texas


                          Conducting studies with Michael L. Haithcock.  Additional study in conducting workshops and  masterclasses with Peter Boonshaft, Richard Clary, M. Eugene Corporon, Paula Crider, Fredrick Fennell, Richard Floyd, Gary Green, Michael Haithcock, Jerry Junkin, Craig Kirchhoff, Tom Lee, John Lynch, Larry Livingston, Anthony Maiello, Alan McMurray, Linda Moorhouse, H. Robert Reynolds, Kevin Sedatole, Mallory Thompson, John Whitwell, and Rodney Winther.


 Additional Certifications: Orff -Schulwerk Level I and Level II, with Baruch Whitehead and Jos Wuytack

2010 - present

2010 - present

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