Damon Talley

Director of Bands, Associate Professor, Conducting


Armstrong, 21


Faculty Member since 2011

Applied Area(s)

Conducting, Instrumental


M.M., University of Michigan; B.M., D.M.A., University of Texas at Austin

Professional Highlights

  • Damon S. Talley serves as Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Music at Shenandoah Conservatory, where he guides all aspects of the wind band program, conducts the Wind Ensemble, and teaches conducting.
  • Prior to his appointment at Shenandoah, Talley served on the faculty of The University of Texas at Austin, where he conducted the Symphony Band, taught undergraduate conducting, graduate and undergraduate courses in wind literature, served as Assistant Director of the Longhorn Marching Band as well as overseeing all athletic pep bands. He also served on the faculty at the University of Michigan as Assistant Director of Bands and was involved in all aspects of the university band program. In addition to his duties at the University of Michigan, Talley served as Music Director and Conductor of the Dodworth Brass Band, a professional brass ensemble based in Ann Arbor, MI. Their recording, released on Best Classical Records, received favorable reviews from publications including Gramophone magazine and the American Record Guide. He has also served as producer or associate producer on several commercial recordings by the Naxos, Klavier, Equilibrium, and Longhorn record labels, and is published in the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series, distributed by GIA Publications.
  • As an avid supporter of new music for the wind medium, Talley has conducted numerous world premier performances and commissioned composers to write for the wind band. While at The University of Texas, he served as Principal Guest Conductor of the New Music Ensemble, and collaborated with many living composers. He has won praise for his work by composers such as William Bolcom, Donald Grantham, John Mackey, Dan Welcher, and David Ludwig. At Shenandoah Conservatory he hosts a visiting composer series that brings composers of national and international status to campus. In addition, he is a strong advocate for young composers and regularly premiers works by student composers.
  • Prior to teaching at the university level, Talley taught in the public schools in Texas at both the middle school and high school levels. He earned the Master of Music degree in Wind Conducting from the University of Michigan and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Wind Conducting from The University of Texas. His principal conducting teachers are Jerry Junkin, Michael Haithcock, and H. Robert Reynolds. He is a strong supporter and advocate of music in the public schools, and has served as an adjudicator and clinician for marching and concert band festivals in numerous states. Talley is an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma and holds professional memberships in the College Band Directors National Association, the Texas Music Educators Association, and the Virginia Music Educators Association.