Steven A. Pederson
Associate Professor of Music
Director of Bands
Ralph Center for the Arts #136
Steven A. Pederson is currently Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Music at Kentucky Wesleyan College, where he coordinates and directs the instrumental program. He conducts the wind ensemble and symphonic band, and teaches clarinet, conducting, and instrumental education classes. Previously he taught at Centre College for eight years where he served as conductor of the orchestra, and was also on the conducting staff for the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras. Both groups experienced unprecedented growth under his direction. He also served as a guest conductor for numerous orchestras and bands throughout the mid central and south.
For ten years, he was Director of Bands and Tenured Associate Professor of Conducting at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. He directed and coordinated the entire wind program, and conducted the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, and University Band. He also directed the 220 piece Marching Band, which performed regularly at SEC stadiums throughout the mid south and south.Under his leadership, the band program tripled in size and the number of all state performers increased dramatically. During his tenure at ULM, the bands recorded fifteen CDs of both traditional and contemporary works for the wind band and the marching band. Mr. Pederson was also the faculty sponsor for the Epsilon Theta chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi and the Delta Sigma chapter of Tau Beta Sigma.
At ULM, he was selected by the Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society as an outstanding faculty member for the College of Liberal Arts, and was also chosen as a Mortar Board Faculty Mentor. Previously, he also served as Associate Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Clarinet at the University of Central Arkansas, where he received a University Teaching Excellence Award. In addition, he has directed highly successful and award winning high school bands in Missouri and Kansas.
He received his B.M.E. degree (Magna Cum Laude) in Music Education from Wartburg College in Iowa, and his M.A. degree in Clarinet Performance from the University of Iowa. Mr. Pederson has also completed the course work and is a candidate for the D.M.A. degree in Conducting at the University of Kansas.
He has served as a guest conductor, clinician, consultant, and adjudicator for wind bands and orchestras throughout the United States. He has recently completed texts on Marching Band Techniques and Concert Band Techniques. In addition, he has performed as clarinetist with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Monroe Symphony Orchestra, Lawrence Orchestra, and the Kansas City Repertoire Orchestra. He has also served as conductor and clarinetist with the Arkansas Contemporary Ensemble and the Kansas New Music Ensemble. Mr. Pederson is an active member of CBDNA, KMEA, Phi Beta Mu, and is past state chairman of NBA.