HSU Band Directors

The Henderson State University Band Directors are responsible for all aspects of the band program, coordination of faculty and staff, and student organizations. In addition to these administrative tasks, the directors teach and conduct the following courses: Chamber Winds, the Wind Ensemble, the Symphony Band, the Concert Band, The Showband of Arkansas Marching Band, the Reddie Pep Band, band history and literature, conducting, and the Marching Band Techniques course.

The band secretary handles office administrative duties for the band department, which includes in excess of 150 students in 6 ensembles. 
Student staff positions include those in the music library staff, equipment staff, and the uniform staff. Student staff are supervised by the directors.


Dr. Carrie Pawelski

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 Gordon. 


Dr. 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. 

Dr. Shaun R. Popp serves as the Assistant Director of Bands and Co-Director of the Showband of Arkansas at Henderson State University. He also conducts the Symphony Band, Reddie Basketball Band, assists with the University Chamber Winds, and teaches courses in music education. Previously, 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 Community Concert Band and Voices of Kentuckiana Community Chorus.

Dr. Popp is an active conductor, clinician, and adjudicator, and presents research regularly at national, state, and regional conferences. He has presented at the Midwest Clinic, the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) National Conference, the Desert Skies Symposium on Research in Music Education, the Florida Music Educators Association Clinic-Conference, and the Kentucky Collegiate NAfME Conference. Dr. Popp has also published articles in the Florida Music Director, Bluegrass Music News (Kentucky), and has other scholarly projects forthcoming. He is a member of ArkMEA, NAfME, CBDNA, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Music Fraternity and Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society. Dr. Popp holds a B.M. in Music Education from Morehead State University, a M.M. in Wind Conducting from the University of Louisville, and a Ph.D. in Music Education and Wind Conducting from Florida State University. His primary conducting teachers include Richard Miles, Frederick Speck, and Richard Clary. 

Dr. Shaun Popp
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