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Famed Conductor Has MNU Connection

When MidAmerica Nazarene University welcomed internationally-acclaimed conductor Eugene Migliaro Corporon as guest conductor of the MNU Band recently, students learned of his MNU connection. Assistant Professor of music Maria Harman, DMA, had the good fortune to have Corporon as an ensemble instructor during her graduate work at the University of North Texas.

Harman says Corporon’s visit to MNU gave students a unique opportunity.

“Students were able to glean wisdom from one of America's most respected conductors,” Harman said. “Among many things, they learned Corporon’s four fundamental precepts of playing, ‘you must be in tune, in tone, in time, and in touch.’”

Harman said students were inspired by Corporon’s passion for music and music education, as he encouraged students to seize every musical experience as an opportunity to learn and grow.

"Often musicians practice until they get it right,” he told the students. “At the University of North Texas, students practice until they can't get it wrong.

Corporon is famed for his work with wind ensembles and serves as conductor of the Wind Symphony, Regents professor of music, and director of wind studies at the University of North Texas, College of Music. He has been a visiting conductor at the Julliard School, the Interlochen World Center for Arts Education and the Aspen Music Festival and School.

Corporon has recorded more than 600 works with several groups, resulting in 100 recordings on 10 music labels. His numerous awards include the International Grainger Society Distinctive Contribution Medallion, the Phi Beta Mu International Band Conductor of the Year Award, and the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia National Citation for advancing the cause of music in America.

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