Dr. Carrie Pawelski joined the faculty of Henderson State
University in 2013 as Director of Bands. Her duties include directing the Wind
Ensemble, Chamber Winds, Concert Band, teaching classes in conducting, and
supervising student interns. She is the co-director of the marching band that
brings the Reddie Spirit to Henderson, The
Showband of Arkansas, while she also provides administrative leadership to
all aspects of the Henderson Bands.
Prior to her appointment at Henderson, Dr. Pawelski
completed her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting from Arizona State
University where she studied with Professor Gary Hill and her Masters Degree in
conducting at the State University of New York at Fredonia where she studied
with Dr. Paula Holcomb. Before her graduate studies, Dr. Pawelski served as a
6-12 band director for the School District of South Milwaukee in Wisconsin.
There she formed the first competitive marching band in the history of the high
school, was the K-12 Music Curriculum Coordinator, the middle school music
department chair, and also served as President of the Board of Directors for
the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center. Dr. Pawelski earned her
undergraduate degrees at the Eastman School of Music where she was a student of
Dr. John Marcellus.
Throughout her career, Dr. Pawelski has had the priveledge
of playing under the baton of and studying with many conductors including Ray
Cramer, James DePriest, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Ricky Fleming, Eiji Oue, Christopher
Seaman, Carl St. Clair, film composer John Williams, and Rodney Winther. She
played in the Eastman Wind Ensemble under the direction of Donald Hunsberger
and has performed with recording artists such as pop star Bobby McFerrin,
American folk violinist Mark O’Conner, and jazz trombone icon, Wycliffe
Pawelski is an active member of the College Band Directors National Association
(CBDNA), National Band Association (NBA), Arkansas Bandmasters Association
(ABA), National Association for Music Education (NAfME), and the International
Trombone Association (ITA). While at Arizona State, she was initiated as an
honory member into the Beta Omicron chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi, and at
Henderson State University she is the supervisor for the Theta Phi chapter of
Kappa Kappa Psi as well as the Theta Theta chapter of Tau Beta Sigma.