Matthew Roeder — Conductor and Musical Director of the Colorado Wind Ensemble from 2004 – 2014
During his tenure, Dr. Roeder initiated a number of endeavors, including the creation of the CWE Composition Commissioning Consortium, appearances and sessions at Colorado Music Educators Association conferences, and projects with numerous guest soloists, artistic organizations, and schools. Under Dr. Roeder’s leadership, the CWE has expanded its presence in the Denver metropolitan area, and has increased its level of professionalism in terms of repertoire and quality. Dr. Roeder is Associate Director of Bands and Director of the “Golden Buffalo” Marching Band at the University of Colorado, Boulder. An Associate Professor, Dr. Roeder is the artistic conductor of the Symphonic Band and teaches instrumental conducting as well as music education courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Prior to his appointment at CU Boulder, Dr. Roeder taught at Parkville High School in Baltimore County, Maryland where he held the position of Director of Bands and served as Performing Arts Department chairman. In this capacity, he was recognized by the Maryland General Assembly for outstanding service and dedication to Parkville and the students in the Performing Arts Department. An active clinician, adjudicator, and guest conductor, Dr. Roeder has developed an international and national presence with recent professional appearances in Dubai (United Arab Emirates), France, Pennsylvania, Oregon, New Mexico, Texas, Indiana, New York, Maryland, Ohio and Montana. He also has been secured to guest conduct the New Jersey All State Symphonic Band in 2016. Dr. Roeder has been published as a contributing author in multiple volumes of the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series available through GIA Publications. He is a co-author in The Journal of Research in Music Education, volume 57, no. 4 and recently produced the CU Wind Symphony’s recording entitled “Of Love and Life.” Dr. Roeder has established a reputation for presenting inspiring interpretations within the wind band medium and has received praise from numerous composers for his creative leadership of their music. Of Dr. Roeder’s artistic direction, award-winning composer Carter Pann states, “To enter into a rehearsal with Matt is to leave the world outside the door and to work on something with such enthusiasm, honor, and integrity that you have no choice but to travel in tandem with him until the achievement can be seen finally, in reflection off the faces of those that surround him.” Matthew Roeder was honored with the Marinus Smith Award from the University of Colorado Parents Association and received the Residence Life Academic Teaching Award for two consecutive years. He remains an active member of the College Band Director’s National Association, World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, Music Educators National Conference, Colorado Bandmasters Association, Colorado Music Educators Association, and is a lifetime member of Phi Mu Alpha as well as an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi. Dr. Roeder earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Instrumental Conducting and Literature from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He received his Master of Music in Music Education with a conducting emphasis from the Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University and his Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
Martha E. Cox — Conductor and Music Director for twenty-one seasons
Martha Cox was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She holds degrees in Instrumental Music Education and Conducting from the Universities of Wisconsin and Michigan, where she studied with H. Robert Reynolds. Martha served as music director for Jackson Hole High School, Jackson, Wyoming, and Lakewood High School, Jefferson County. She seized the opportunity to work with dedicated, sophisticated musicians in a community setting when asked to conduct the Colorado Wind Ensemble, starting in its 1983 inaugural season. Martha guided the Colorado Wind Ensemble as conductor and music director for twenty-one seasons, until her retirement from the group in May, 2003.