This seminar will discuss ways to start and develop a successful ensemble (band or orchestra) in a private school setting as well as avoiding common pitfalls.
B. Sterling Archer is the orchestra director at Regents School of Austin. He has bachelors of Music Education from Wheaton College (Music Conservatory). A varied musician, he has played in symphony orchestras, toured the country with rock bands, and won awards as a singer/ songwriter. He has taught music in public schools, international schools, and started the Regents band and orchestra programs 10 years ago. As of 2014, Regents now has 5th grade beginning band and orchestra, 6th grade band and orchestra, SOL band and orchestra, SOR Concert Band, SOR Intermezzo Orchestra, SOR Honor Orchestra, SOR Symphonic Ensemble, SOR Jazz Band, and SOR Knights Pep Band (as well as other percussion ensembles, a drumline, quartets/chamber groups). In the spring of 2014, the Regents Band & Orchestra program ranked 2nd in the state of Texas (TAPPS State Music Competition).