School of Music welcomes A. Clyde Roller

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The Sam Houston State University School of Music will present Dr. A. Clyde Roller as guest conductor on Saturday, March 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the Killinger Auditorium of the Criminal Justice Center.

Roller and conductor Carol Smith will lead the SHSU Symphony in the performance of Beethoven’s complete “Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Opus 67,” Mahler’s “Symphony No. 4 in G Major,” and Tchaikovsky’s “Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture.” Kristin Hightower, a member of the SHSU music faculty, will be the featured soprano.

Roller is well known across the United States as well as internationally. Roller has been involved in music both in professional and academic capacities. He was the Resident Conductor of the Houston Symphony, Musical Director and Conductor of the Lansing (Michigan) and Amarillo Symphonies, in addition appearances as Guest Conductor to orchestras all across the world.

Roller has appeared in New Zealand six times to take the New Zealand Symphony on tour, recording with them for TV and radio, and also performing with the Royal Christchurch Society in an All-Beethoven concert.

In the United States, Roller has Guest-Conducted the Boston Symphony in Esplanade concerts, the Alaskan Festival in Anchorage, Principal Guest Conductor of the Oklahoma Symphony.

Roller has also served in many academic associations. He was a Professor of Ensembles at Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester, New York, University of Houston, the University of Texas-Austin, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Michigan and Southern Methodist in Dallas.

Roller has been conductor and faculty member at Interlochen Center for the Arts for 53 years. He has appeared throughout the United States as conductor of over 45 All-State Orchestras, MENC and Regional orchestras in addition to the Congress of Strings on both East and West coasts.

Roller began his career as an oboist, which led to positions as principal oboist of the Tulsa Philharmonic, the Oklahoma Symphony and the Birmingham (Alabama) Symphony.

Roller has received many honors throughout his career. He was named Outstanding Educator of America, and he is listed in the International Who’s Who. He also received the American String Teachers Award for “outstanding leadership in promoting strings.”

Roller was presented with the Edwin Franko Goldman Memorial Citation in 1998 by the American Bandmasters Association at a concert he conducted at Interlochen Center for the Arts. He was the 50th Musician to receive the Award “In Recognition of Distinguished Contributions in the interests of Bands and Band Music in America.”

The performance is open to the public. For more information contact the SHSU School of Music at (936) 294-1360.