Curvin Farnham, Conductor

Curvin Farnham was a Professor of Music at the University of Maine in Orono, Maine where he taught courses in instrumental music education and conducting at the undergraduate and graduate levels. For twenty four years he was Director of Bands at the University of Maine and conducted the University Symphonic Band. He is presently the principal conductor of the Bangor Band, the oldest continuous community band in New England.

Professor Farnham received his B.M. in Music Education from the Northern Conservatory of Music and did graduate work at the Vandercook College of Music in Chicago. He studied conducting with Richard Castiglione formerly of the Boston Conservatory and Anthony Maiello, Director of Instrumental Studies at George Mason University.

He is past president of the Maine Music Educators Association. In 1985, he was elected to the American School Band Directors Association and in 1990, he become a member of Pi Kappa Lambda. Mr. Farnham holds memberships in the Music Educators National Conference, the College Band Directors National Association, the New England College Band Directors Association, and the National Band Association. He holds honorary membership in both Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma. In the Spring of 2001, he was recognized as Music Educator of the Year by the Maine Music Educators Association.

Mr. Farnham appears throughout the United States and Canada as a clinician, adjudicator and conductor and has guest conducted at several national and international festivals including the Atlantic Band Festival in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the Music Educators National Conference Eastern Division Conference, The International Band Festival in Winnipeg, Manitoba, the Music in May Festival at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon, and the Mid-West International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago.

In the spring of 2009, he was guest conductor of the DoDDS / Europe Honor Band in Wiesbaden, Germany and conducted the University of Maine Symphonic Band at Symphony Hall in Boston.

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Philip Edelman, PhD, Assistant Conductor

Assistant professor of music education Dr. Philip Edelman joined the faculty of the University of Maine School of Performing arts in the fall of 2016. His teaching responsibilities include courses in music education and conducting, and he directs the UMaine Concert Band. He earned degrees from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance (Ph.D.), Kansas State University (MM), and the University of New Hampshire (BME). Prior to his appointment at the University of Maine, Dr. Edelman taught a wide variety of courses in music education methods, field experiences, and music technology as part of his doctoral fellowship at the University of Missouri—Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance. While in Kansas City, Dr. Edelman served as the conductor of the Roeland Park New Horizons Band—an ensemble dedicated to collaborative music making among adults over the age of 50.

For seven years prior to his doctoral study, he was a director of instrumental music in the Goddard, Kansas school district, teaching in all areas of the instrumental music program (band, orchestra, jazz band, marching band, and chamber music). Edelman’s research areas include lifelong music learning, undergraduate music education preparation, conductor decision-making, and the music student teaching experience. He is an active member of the National Association for Music Education, the College Band Directors National Association, and the American String Teachers Association. Dr. Edelman is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society and was the recipient of the Muriel McBrien Kauffman Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award (2016) recognizing work during his

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Scott Burditt, Assistant Conductor

Maine native Scott Burditt, has been a public and private school music teacher for more than 35 years, working with students from grade 3 through college. Principal Horn and Personnel Manager for the Bangor Symphony, he is also Librarian and Assistant Conductor of the Bangor Band.

As a professional horn player, he has played with most of the performing groups in Maine, including the Portland and Bangor Symphonies, college orchestras, brass and woodwind quintets and community bands.

History of Conductors

  • 1859 W. T. Standish
  • 1859 E.H. Goodale
  • 1860-1883, 1888-1893 A. D. Harlow
  • 1862 H. S. Morey
  • 1867-1883, 1888-1893 Melvin H. Andrews
  • 1867-1883 W. B. Peaks
  • 1867-1883 J. Phelps
  • 1867-1883, 1885 John M. Mullaly
  • 1867-1883 M. Nesbit
  • 1867-1883 J. Delaney
  • 1867-1883 C. E. Taylor
  • 1867-1883 S. Castledini
  • 1883-1886,1893-1897 R.B. Hall
  • 1887-1893 Frank L. Tuck
  • 1887 Steven Cream
  • 1888-1893 Fred Gilbert
  • 1888-1893 Edward L. Adams
  • 1888-1893 Oscar E. Wasgat
  • 1897-1903 Harvey J. Woods
  • 1903-1905 Knute Ringwald
  • 1905-1908 Howard C. Eaton
  • 1908-1949 Adelbert Sprague
  • 1950-1956 Francis G. Shaw
  • 1956 Sam Harris
  • 1957 Chuck Edgerly
  • 1958-1961 Harold Miller
  • 1961-1965 Jerome Campbell
  • 1961-1965 George Himes
  • 1965-1975 Harold Doe
  • 1975-1978, 1983, 1985-1997 Dr. Gordon W. Bowie
  • 1978-1983 Robert Collins
  • 1983, 2002-2005 Fred Heath
  • 1984 Aime Simoneau
  • 1998-2001 Jim Trembley
  • 2005-2012 Dr. Fred Goldrich
  • 2012-Present Curvin 'Chip' Farnham