Shaun R. Popp is Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Music Education at Henderson State University, where he conducts the University Wind Ensemble, co-directs the “Showband of Arkansas” Marching Band, teaches courses in conducting, wind band literature, and music education, and is responsible for the administrative aspects of the HSU band program and summer band camps. Under his leadership, 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.
From 2013-2019, Dr. Popp fulfilled the role of Assistant Director of Bands/Assistant Professor of Music Education at Henderson State University, where his primary duties included 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.
Prior to his appointment at HSU, Dr. Popp presided as a graduate conducting associate at Florida State University, following a ten-year span of teaching instrumental music in public schools in the State of Kentucky. An ongoing advocate for community music, Dr. Popp has served as the conductor of the River Cities Concert Band (Louisville, Kentucky), Voices of Kentuckiana Community Chorus (Louisville, Kentucky), and the Saline County Community Orchestra (Benton, Arkansas). He is currently the Director of Traditional Worship Music at First United Methodist Church of 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 who are differently able in music education, participation in community music ensembles, application of 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, National Band Association, 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, Sigma Alpha Iota, 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 conducting with Alexander Jiménez, choral conducting with André Thomas, and has participated in conducting symposia led by Eugene Corporon, Dennis Fisher, Richard Floyd, James Jordan, and Allan McMurray.