2023 Conference Headliners

Randall Coleman

Band Headliner

Randall Coleman is currently Director of Bands and Professor of Music at the

University of Tennessee-Chattanooga. At UT-Chattanooga, Professor Coleman serves as the conductor of the UT-Chattanooga Wind Ensemble and the Marching Mocs. He also teaches conducting and band organization classes. Prior to joining the faculty at UT-Chattanooga in July 2021, Mr. Coleman was the Associate Director of Bands andProfessor of Music at the University of Alabama where he served for 14 years as the conductor of the Alabama Symphonic Band as the Associate Director of the Million Dollar Band.  He also taught graduate and undergraduate conducting and wind band literature classes. Professor Coleman also serves as Conductor and Artistic Director of the Alabama Winds, an all-adult community wind band based in Birmingham, Alabama. Prior to his appointment to the faculty at the University of Alabama, Mr. Coleman enjoyed a successful 25-year career as a high school band director and supervisor in metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education at Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama, and the Master of Music Education degree from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia.

 

During his teaching career in Georgia, Mr. Coleman was an active member of the Georgia Music Educators’ Association, where he held the office of President, First Vice- President and State Band Division Chair. Professor Coleman has been awarded the Citation of Excellence from the National Band Association on fourteen occasions and was inducted into the John Philip Sousa Foundations’ Legion of Honor in 2004. Under Professor Coleman’s direction, the Milton High School Wind Ensemble performed at the 2004 GMEA Inservice Conference, the 2004 Bands of America National Concert Band Festival, and the 2006 National Convention of the Music Educators’ National Conference. At the University of Alabama, Professor Coleman has conducted the Alabama Symphonic Band at the 2014 and 2020 College Band Directors’ National Association Southern Regional Convention, and the 2012 Alabama Music Educators’ Conference. He has also conducted the Alabama Wind Ensemble at the 2014 and 2020 American Bandmasters’ Association National Conference and at the 2010 College Band

Directors’ Association Southern Regional Conference.

 

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A strong proponent of new music for wind band, he has commissioned or participated in consortiums for 11 pieces including Diamond Fanfare by Samuel R. Hazo, Diabolus Ex Machina by Jim Bonney, Mutiara by Anthony Barfield, Auto ’66 and Symphony No. 1 – Codex Gigas by James David, Alabama Fanfare by Robert W. Smith, Devils’ Drive by Brett Abigaña, Solace in the Equinox and The Best of Rooms and The Sacred Spheres by Tyler S. Grant, and In My Father’s Eyes by Julie Giroux. Professor Coleman has served as a guest conductor of the Sabina Wind Orchestra in Rieti, Italy and conducted the Alabama Wind Ensemble as a part of the International Music Meeting in May of 2012 in Padova, Italy. Professor Coleman also led the Alabama Winds on a 12-day tour of Italy, performing concerts in Como and Rome. He has been published six times as a Research Associate to the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band book series published by GIA publications.

 

Professor Coleman has conducted the University of Alabama Million Dollar Band in performances at the Southeastern Conference Football Championships,

and in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, Louisiana, the Rose Bowl in Pasadena,

California, the Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida, the Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Arizona, and the Mercedes Benz Dome in Atlanta, Georgia, where the Crimson Tide won the 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015 and 2017 National Championships. Under his direction, the Alabama Winds has given invitational performances at the 2015 and 2019 Alabama Music Educators’ Association Inservice Conference, the 2016 University of Alabama Honor Band Festival, the 2020 Samford University Honor Band Festival and at the 2017 Midwest Clinic International Band and Orchestra Conference in Chicago, Illinois. Professor Coleman has also conducted all state bands and all region bands across the country.

 

Professor Coleman is an elected member in the prestigious American Bandmasters Association and is currently serving as President of the National Band Association. Professor Coleman also holds membership in the College Band Directors National Association, National Association for Music Education, the Tennessee Music Educators’ Association, the Georgia Music Educators’ Association, and the Alabama Music Educators’ Association. He also holds membership in Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters’ Fraternity, as well as honorary membership in both Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity.

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Tim Seelig

Choral Headliner

Tim Seelig is conductor, singer, speaker and educator and continues a busy schedule of appearances across the U.S. He is the Conductor Laureate of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus and Conductor Emeritus of the Turtle Creek Chorale. Dr. Seelig holds four degrees, including the Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of North Texas and the Diploma from the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. He has 6 books on choral technique and has his memoire, Tale of Two Tims, was published in 2020.

 

Dr. Seelig has conducted at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center for 30 years. He conducted the Guinness Book of World Record's Longest Choral Concert and carried the Olympic torch as a community Hero. He has conducted over 50 recordings which have been on Billboard Top Ten and iTunes Top Ten classical charts. His choruses have been the topic of three documentaries. The first PBS documentary was awarded the national Emmy for best documentary. The most recent had its world premiere at the Tribecca Film Festival, won the Audience Favorite and is streaming on Paramount +. He has commissioned major choral works for 35 years. Some of these include the first AIDS Requiem, When We No Longer Touch; Sing for the Cure for the Komen Foundation featuring Dr. Maya Angelou; “Tyler’s Suite,” by Stephen Schwartz, John Corigliano, Jake Heggie, Ann Hampton Callaway and others; “New Year’s Carol” and “Sanctuary” by Ola Gjeilo, “#twitterlieder” by James Eakin, and the 2022 “Songs of the Phoenix” by Andrew Lippa, Stephen Schwartz and Stephen Sondheim.

 

Known for his enthusiasm and sense of humor, Grammy Magazine says, “Dr. Seelig takes eclecticism to new heights.” The New York Times calls Seelig an “expressive performer,” and the Fort Worth Star Telegram quips, “Seelig slices a thick cut of ham.” He is the proud grandfather of the amazing Clara Skye, Eden Mae, Cora Rose, Ivy Hope.

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Katie Grace Miller

General Music Headliner

Katie Grace Miller is an elementary school music teacher in Orange County

in Orlando, Florida. She has been teaching for 16 years and currently

teaches at Lake George Elementary School. She received her bachelor’s

degree in Music Education from the University of South Florida and

received her Masters degree in Teacher Leadership with a focus on

curriculum development from the University of Central Florida.

She teaches before and after-school musical groups named "Lake George

Jammers” for 3rd – 5th graders and directs a school musical each year. She

was named Teacher of the Year in 2008 and 2020. She has presented

clinics to music teachers in various states and has conducted various all

county choirs and Orff groups in the state of Florida. She is a regular

contributing author to the teacher resource, Activate magazine. She

published the book “Get to the Point” with her aunt, Artie Almeida and has

4 published teacher resources of her own.

 

Katie enjoys singing and

spending time with her husband Jesse, her 2 children, Jackson and Emily.

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Christopher Selby

Orchestra Headliner

Dr. Christopher Selby is the author of Habits of a Successful Orchestra Director, Music Theory for the Successful String Musician, and co-author of the Habits of a Successful String Musician series, a collection of string method books for middle and upper level orchestras published by GIA. He is an active clinician and conductor, and has presented sessions at numerous Midwest Clinics, American String Teacher Association (ASTA) National Conferences, and state conferences across America. Dr. Selby currently directs the high school orchestras at the School of the Arts in Charleston, SC. Under his direction, the School of the Arts HS Orchestras performed at the 2019 Midwest Clinic, and they won the 2016 ASTA National Orchestra Festival’s top award of Grand Champion in the competitive public school division.

 

Dr. Selby earned his music education degree from the Hartt School of Music in Connecticut, and a Masters and Doctorate of Musical Arts degrees in Orchestral Conducting from the University of South Carolina. He began teaching at the Charleston School of the Arts in 2012, and before that Dr. Selby taught orchestra in traditional elementary, middle and high schools since 1992 He was the Orchestra Coordinator in Richland School District Two from 2001 to 2012, where he taught high school and supervised the district’s orchestra curriculum and instruction.


Dr. Selby regularly guest conducts Regional and All-State Orchestras across the southeast. He is currently the Chair of the ASTA K-12 Committee, and also held leadership positions in the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). Dr. Selby served two separate terms as the President of the state’s Orchestra Division, and he was the President of the South Carolina Music Educators Association (SCMEA) from 2011-2013. He was named the SC ASTA Orchestra Teacher of the Year in 2009. He is a contributing author for Teaching Music Through Performance in Orchestra, vol. 4 and has written articles for NAfME and in ASTA’s American String Teacher.

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