Whether conducting a group of professionals or students, Jerry Junkin is committed to ensuring that musicians under his baton make an emotional connection to the music. This comes, in part, as a result of choosing the exact, right piece of repertoire for the ensemble, as well as delving into the intent of the composer to discover the inspiration for the work.
As director of bands and professor of wind conducting at Butler School of Music at The University of Texas at Austin, Junkin thrives when approaching an ensemble with a solid base, so he can enhance the great work being done and really move it to a deeper, more inspired level.
Educators attending Junkin's workshops soon discover that the technical aspects of ensemble music-making simply scratch the surface. Although the development of musicianship is always at the forefront, Junkin believes that it is only through a comprehensive understanding of the music — it's purpose, musical elements, emotion — that directors can assist and lead students to develop natural instincts, and eventually arrive at a place where they can inspire themselves.
Junkin is a respected authority on conducting and is an in-demand speaker, adjudicator and conductor. He is an ideal guest as a conductor for honor ensembles or as a lecturer at staff development days and MEA events.
Some of Jerry Junkin's session titles include:
• "Leave No Tone Unstirred"
• "Does Expressive Conducting Make a Difference?"
• "Score Study"