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Scott Hagen, Music Director

Scott Hagen has established himself as one of Utah's most sought after music educators and clinicians bringing with him to his position nearly 30 years experience. He serves as the Director of Bands at The University of Utah School of Music teaching both undergraduate and graduate conducting, as well as conducting the University of Utah Wind Ensemble. Hagen maintains an active schedule as a guest conductor and clinician for many local high schools as well as numerous honor and all state ensembles throughout the United States. Performances under the direction of Hagen have won the praise of notable musicians such as Tony DiLorenzo, Jeff Nelson, Adam Frey, Mark Inouye, Bil Jackson, David Maslanka, David Gillingham and Gene Pokorny. His ensembles are known for their unique timbre, blending each individual instrument to create a warm and rich sonority. When programming repertoire, Hagen brings a fresh approach to works from the past, and continues to strive in exploring works of the present. The Utah Wind Symphony under the direction of Scott Hagen performed at the 2014 Midwest Clinic in Chicago, Illinois with guest soloists Allen Vizzutti and Dr. Timothy McAllister. Hagen holds a bachelor's degree from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota as well as a Master’s degree in music education from the University of Minnesota. In 1995 the Associated Students of the University of Utah named him “Teacher of the Year.” He was the conductor of the official Utah Olympic Spirit Band for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games and for the 2003-2004 school year Professor Hagen was the recipient of the Student’s Choice Teaching Award in the College of Fine Arts. His professional affiliations include College Band Directors National Association, National Association for Music Education, Utah Music Educators Association and is an honorary member of Tau Beta Sigma Music Sorority.


Donald Miller, Assistant Conductor

Donald K. Miller has a wide range of experience in conducting wind bands, orchestras, and chamber ensembles. He is adept at working with musicians of all ages - elementary and secondary students, university students, community musicians and professional performers. His teaching experience includes working in public schools and universities in Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Texas and Colorado.  In addition to his teaching positions, Dr. Miller has been Conductor and Music Director of the Starlight Symphony Orchestra of Wimberley, Texas, the San Antonio Symphonic Band and many other community ensembles. He recently relocated to the Salt Lake City area to develop the band program at the American International School of Utah, a globally engaged charter school. Additionally, Miller was honored to be selected as the Assistant Conductor of the Utah Wind Symphony.

As an advocate of new music, Dr. Miller has been responsible for commissioning over 20 works from composers such as Timothy Mahr, Andrew Boysen, Barry Morse, James Syler and others. He is also an advocate for music education and has served as a clinician for schools and conductor of honor bands across the US. He has made presentations at a number of professional conferences, including the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA), the Music Educators Associations of Texas, Arkansas, Kentucky, Wyoming, and Missouri, as well as the California and Iowa Bandmasters Associations. In addition to presentations, he is active as an adjudicator and clinician.

Dr. Miller has music degrees from Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Wichita State University and received his Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting from The University of Iowa. His professional memberships include the College Band Directors National Association, Utah Music Educators Association, Kappa Kappa Psi, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and honorary membership in Tau Beta Sigma.

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