Shaun R. Popp

Shaun R. Popp was appointed as the Assistant Director of Bands and Coordinator of Music Education at Henderson State University in 2013. His primary duties include co-directing the “Showband of Arkansas” Marching Band, conducting the University Symphony Band and Reddie Basketball Band, and teaching courses in instrumental methods and music education. As the Coordinator of Music Education, Dr. Popp oversees the music education curriculum, manages the Music Teacher Internship Program, and is the faculty sponsor for the University’s National Association for Music Education Collegiate Chapter.

During the 2015-2016 academic year, Dr. Popp served as the Interim Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music Education at Henderson State University. In this role, he conducted the University Wind Ensemble and Concert Band, co-directed the “Showband of Arkansas” Marching Band, taught courses in conducting and wind band literature, and was responsible for the administrative aspects of the University Bands and the HSU Summer Band Camps. Under his direction, the Henderson State University Wind Ensemble was recognized for a live performance recording of Karel Husa’s Cheetah in a panel presentation at the 2017 College Band Directors National Association National Conference in Kansas City, Missouri.

Prior to his appointment at HSU, Dr. Popp taught instrumental music for ten years in public schools in the State of Kentucky and was the Music Director and Conductor of the River Cities Concert Band and Voices of Kentuckiana Community Chorus. An ongoing advocate for community music, Dr. Popp was the charter conductor for the Saline County Community Orchestra in Benton, Arkansas, and is currently the Director of Traditional Worship Music at First United Methodist Church in Bryant, Arkansas.

Dr. Popp is an active conductor, clinician, and adjudicator, and presents research regularly at international, national, state, and regional conferences. He has presented at The Midwest Clinic, College Band Directors National Association Regional and National Conferences, College Music Society South Central Regional Conference, National Association for Music Education National Conference, Desert Skies Symposium on Research in Music Education, Arkansas Music Educators Association Conference, Florida Music Educators Association Clinic-Conference, and Kentucky National Association for Music Education Collegiate Conference. His primary research interests are the inclusion of persons with special needs in music, community music ensembles, Laban Movement Theory in music education, perceptions of conductor expressivity, ergonomics of conducting, and orchestration techniques used in wind band transcriptions of a cappella choral works.

Additionally, Dr. Popp has been a contributing author for the Teaching Music through Performance in Band series through GIA Publications, Inc., and has published articles in The Bluegrass Music News (Kentucky), The Florida Music Director, The Kansas Music Review, and has other scholarly projects forthcoming. He is a member of the Arkansas Music Educators Association, Arkansas School Band and Orchestra Association, Arkansas Bandmasters Association, College Band Directors National Association, College Music Society, National Association for Music Education, World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Music Fraternity, Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, and holds honorary memberships in Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma.

Dr. Popp received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Morehead State University, a Master of Music in Wind Conducting degree from the University of Louisville, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education and Wind Conducting degree from Florida State University. His primary conducting teachers include Richard Miles, Frederick Speck, Richard Clary, and Patrick Dunnigan. He has also studied orchestral and choral conducting with Alexander Jiménez and André Thomas, and has participated in conducting symposia led by Eugene Corporon, Dennis Fisher, Richard Floyd, James Jordan, and Allan McMurray.