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AMEA 2016 Clinicians


Becky Rodgers Warren is currently an associate band director at Mandan Middle School. Her duties include recruiting for beginning band, coordinating the 6th grade band program, and director of the Marching Braves. Mrs. Warren's clinic presentations include AMEA, NDMEA, SDMEA, and Midwest. She served two terms on the Board of the ABA and was President-elect. She served as President of AMEA and founded FAME. She is a member of NAfME, NBA, and Phi Beta Mu-having served a two year term as the President of the North Dakota Chapter. She has also served on the Board of NDMEA.


Ben Watson has been employed for the Dale County Board Of Education for the past six years. He currently teaches general music kindergarten through sixth grade. At the High school level he is in his second year of teaching guitar. Mr. Watson is 1987 graduate of Susan Moore High School in Blount County Alabama 15 miles north of Oneonta which is 45 miles north of Birmingham. He received his bachelor’s degree (1994) and Masters of Music Education (2001) from Jacksonville State University. Mr. Watson has served as a Music Educator for seventeen years and currently resides in Enterprise, AL, and has been married to his high school sweetheart Shelia Wilemon Watson for over 28 years.


Conrad Weber lives in Bratt, Florida with his wife, Leslie, and their three children. He studied piano performance at the University of West Florida, and completed his Master’s Degree with Eugene Pridonoff at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. During college, he vowed he would never get into music education, and years later in 2008 he began his teaching career in Atmore, AL, where he was hired to start a piano lab. He re-started the choir program several years later, and continues teaching at Escambia County Middle and High Schools in Atmore with 140 students in the choir program.


Susan Williams, soprano, is Assistant Professor of Voice at the University of Alabama. In March 2015, she traveled to Havana, Cuba to teach and research at the Instituto Superior de Arte. In December and January of 2014-15, she traveled to Kolkata, India to perform concerts at the Oberoi Grand Ballroom, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and the U.S. Consulate, Kolkata. She is a RYT 200 certified yoga instructor, and her scholarly interests include using body movement systems and the use of virtual anatomy to enhance student learning in the studio. Dr. Williams received her DMA from the Cleveland Institute of Music.


Joshua Wine is currently the Director of Bands at Auburn Junior High School in Auburn, AL, where he directs and oversees three concert bands, percussion ensemble, jazz band, music study club, and teaches music appreciation. Furthermore, Mr. Wine assists with instruction of the marching band at Auburn High School. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Mr. Wine was recently appointed Director of the Summer Band Camps at Auburn University sponsored by the National Band Association. A native of Wetumpka, Mr. Wine attended Troy University in Troy, Alabama, where he served as a section leader and drum major for the renowned “Sound of the South” Marching Band. While at Troy, Mr. Wine studied conducting with Dr. Mark Walker, trumpet with Dr. James Zingara and Dr. Mike Huff, and Voice with Dr. Diane Orlofsky and Albert R. Lee.


Dr. Anne C. Witt is a Music Education faculty member at the University of Alabama. She taught middle school and high school orchestra for fourteen years in Austin, Texas, and played cello in the Austin Symphony.


In 2005, she founded the string program in


the Tuscaloosa City Schools. Dr. Witt is known for “student tested” presentations for teachers, and her book A Rhythm a Week is widely used by orchestra and band directors. Leadership roles include being President of the American String Teachers Association and President of the Texas Orchestra Directors Association. She earned degrees at the University of Alabama and the University of Texas.


Dr. James Zingara is currently Assistant Professor of Trumpet at the University of Alabama at Birmingham where his responsibilities include applied trumpet and brass methods, brass ensembles, performing with the UAB Faculty Brass Quintet and coordinating the annual UAB Brass Symposium. He has performed in 34 states as well as England, Latvia, Germany, Denmark, the Czech Republic, Singapore and China. From 1989-1996 he served as principal cornet/trumpet soloist with the US Air Force Heritage of America Band. Dr. Zingara currently represents Conn-Selmer as a Bach Trumpet Artist and also serves as a trumpet faculty member at Blue Lake International Fine Arts Camp.


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