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2018 Clinicians

Mary Lou Boderman is currently the Coordinator of Music and Drama for the Salem Keizer School District. Prior to the appointment to her present position she served the district as the director of bands at South Salem High School for 21 years. The Oregon Music Educators Association named her the Outstanding Music Educator in 2008 and she has been presented a “Citation of Excellence” from the National Band Association for outstanding achievement. Under her direction, the South High Wind Ensemble won the OSAA State Band championship 10 times. Before beginning her work with the Salem Keizer School District, Mrs. Boderman was the Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Music at Columbia Christian College. Over the years she has held numerous positions in professional organizations including president of the Oregon Band Directors Association and is presently a member of NAfME, OMEA, OBDA, and is honored to serve as a member of the selection committee for the William D. Revelli Composition Contest for the National Band Association. Mrs. Boderman is also a member of the Executive Board of the Oregon Schools Activities Association (OSAA) representing activities.


Dr. Melissa Gustafson-Hinds is in her tenth year as Director of Bands O’Fallon Township High School in O’Fallon, Illinois.  She directs three high school concert bands, the marching band, multiple jazz bands, and teaches an AP music theory class.  Dr. Gustafson-Hinds serves often as a marching band/concert band clinician for local schools and for national festivals and has held leadership duties within ILMEA and IHSA.  In addition to her teaching duties at O’Fallon Township High School, Dr. Gustafson-Hinds serves currently as Music Department Chair at OTHS and the District VI Illinois Music Educators Association (ILMEA) President. As the District President, Dr. Gustafson-Hinds, coordinates the District VI audition, all festival sites, and serves on the ILMEA State Board and as an educational leader for all teachers in the Southern Illinois region. She resides with her husband Evan Hinds who is a drill writer/music arranger along with serving as the OTHS Percussion Director; together they have a 2 year-old daughter named Evelyn who loves band.


Robert Ponto lives in Eugene, Oregon. He is blessed with an infinitely patient spouse and three highly-creative adult children. He serves as Assistant Dean at the University of Oregon School of Music and Dance where he has taught since 1992. He has conducted ensembles throughout the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom and his performing groups appeared at many state, regional and national music conferences and festivals. A self-described “musical omnivore,” Ponto is an advocate for original music in all genres and is actively engaged in the creation and performance of new works, both acoustic and electronic.


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