Intermediate Division Faculty
Summer Music Academy faculty consist of current Ithaca College faculty, top music educators from across the country, and renowned guest artists.
|Matthew Cool, Wind Ensemble|
|Director of Bands, Williamsville South High School; M.M. Louisiana State University; B.M. Ohio University|
Matthew S. Cool received his Bachelor of Music degree in Education in 1987 from the Ohio University and his Master of Music degree in Conducting Performance in 1992 from The Louisiana State University. Mr. Cool began his teaching career in 1987 at the Graham Local School District in Saint Paris, Ohio. While at Graham High School, under Mr. Cool’s direction, the Graham High School Marching and Concert bands received various awards and superior ratings for their outstanding performances. While serving as graduate assistant of bands at Louisiana State University, Mr. Cool assisted in teaching the undergraduate conducting class, instructing the two hundred and eighty member “Golden Band from Tigerland”, and conducting the L.S.U. Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band. He has studied wind conducting with Frank Wickes, Ronald Socciarelli, Jack Delaney, Neil Zaslow, Rodney Winther, and Donald Schleicher.
Mr. Cool accepted his current position as Director of Bands at Williamsville South High School in 1992. During his tenure at South High School, Mr. Cool has maintained and further enhanced the tradition of excellence that South is known for with the South High School Wind Symphony, Jazz Ensemble, and Marching Band. In 1997 he developed the Williamsville South High School Wind Ensemble to serve as a select ensemble for advanced level musicians. The South Wind Ensemble has also taken an active roll in the commissioning of premier wind works by the country’s leading wind and orchestral composers. Past commissions include, “American Airs and Dances” by Samuel Adler, professor of composition at the Julliard School of Music in New York, and “Magneticfireflies” by Augusta Reed Thomas, professor of composition at Northwestern University and Composer in Residence fore the Chicago Symphony. In addition to his band program at South High School, in 2000, Mr. Cool became an adjunct professor of music at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York. At Canisius College Mr. Cool founded The Canisius College Concert Band.
Mr. Cool has served as conductor for the Erie County Music Educators Wind Ensemble and is active as a guest conductor and clinician throughout the year. In the Spring of 2002, Mr. Cool received the Williamsville Central Schools PTSA Service to Youth Award for excellence in teaching as well as The BPO/ECCMC Award for Excellence in Music Education. His professional affiliations include Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, The New York State School Music Association, Erie County Music Educators Association, The Music Educators National Conference, and the National Band Directors Association. Mr. Cool is the immediate Past President of The New York State Band Director’s and recently served as the Eastern Division Chair for the National Band Association.