Brian Hughes

Brian Hughes

Conductor

Conductor, Teacher, and Musicologist
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«I found him to be a masterful rehearsal technician and an excellent performance conductor--not given to audience-oriented flash, but utterly thorough in his preparation and rehearsal. His musicianship and final product became very evident to musicians and subsequently audiences, and he quickly became a favorite of those of us professional performing musicians in the state that have had the pleasure of working with him.»
Thomas Tritle, Emeritus - University of northern iowa (2016)
«You were really amazing tonight Brian. Inspiring. Thank you.»
BIANCA SIERRA, HORN, QUAD CITY WIND ENSEMBLE (2016)
«Mr. Hughes' conducting technique borders on the brilliant. This is true of both his baton work and his rehearsal style. Brian is fully capable of comparison with any conductor I have worked under, no matter the group, no matter the level of the performer.»
PAUL T. HENLEY, PH.D. (TX) (2016)

Bio

Lauded by Iowa Public Radio as a "major figure in Iowa arts,” Brian Hughes is an active conductor at home and abroad. Following his European debut with the Northern Iowa Chamber Winds in Eger, Hungary (1993), he has led ensembles in the Czech Republic, Poland, Romania, and Russia. In 1995 he founded the Tri-State Wind Symphony (Dubuque) and has led it through over 20 seasons of substantive growth. Hughes is also the Music Director/Conductor of the Quad City Wind Ensemble (Davenport, since 2007) and Director of the Bettendorf Park Band. In recognition of his work with the QCWE, Brian recently won the 2015 American Prize in Band Conducting, School and Community Division. In addition, he is a two-time winner of the Richard and Agatha Church Conducting Prize, presented by the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In recognition of his "outstanding contribution to the arts," he was presented the 2005 Elisha Darlin Award, given by the Dubuque County Fine Arts Society. In 1994, only a year after moving to Dubuque, he was offered the music directorship of Dubuque Youth Symphony. Subsequently, in recognition of the quantitative and qualitative growth of the DYS, Brian was named the first-ever Assistant Conductor of the Dubuque Symphony in 1996. He has also appeared several times with the Dubuque Community String Orchestra and has led orchestras, choirs, and wind groups in clinic, concert, and festival appearances in Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania. Brian has held secondary school positions as a wind, choral and string educator in Iowa and Illinois. For 15 years he was a faculty member at Loras College (Dubuque) serving seven years as department chair and another six heading up the institution’s Arts and Lecture Series. He formerly served as a graduate associate conductor, staff conductor, and associate lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he led the University Symphony, Chamber Orchestra, Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, and University Band. His support of new music is demonstrated by numerous first performances (17 since 1998) and new music performances. He has degrees in music education and conducting from Olivet College (MI), the University of Northern Iowa, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he earned a minor cognate in musicology. His research interests range from contemporary educational issues and arts advocacy to historical musicology and Latin American music. Brian lives in Dubuque with his precocious teenaged daughter, Caitlyn. When not on the podium, Hughes can be found in various coffee shops or in his own kitchen—glass in hand--with his favorite utensil: his wok.
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Awards

The american prize: wind conducting
2016
church conducting award
2016
elisha darlin award
2016
church conducting award
2016