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Dr. Donald Running

Dr. Donald Running wearing a black button down shirt with black tie, holding a conductor's wand in one hand while his other hand is held out towards the camera
Professor of Music; Director of Bands
Hunt Hall, Room 112

BME, University of Wisconsin-Superior
MA, PhD, University of Minnesota

Originally from Minnesota, Dr. Donald J. Running received his Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Wisconsin-Superior. He taught in the public schools of Minnesota and Wisconsin before receiving his Master of Arts degree and PhD in music education from the University of Minnesota. While attending the University of Minnesota, he studied conducting with Craig Kirchhoff, theatre with Kari Margolis, and educational philosophy with Dr. Paul Haack. Dr. Running has written music for and premiered music with the Bridgewater State University Wind Ensemble, University of Minnesota Campus Orchestra, Brass Choir, Black Box Theatre as well as several middle and high schools.

In addition to his university duties, Dr. Running is active as an adjudicator/clinician and pursues an active research and writing schedule. He has been published in The Bulletin for the Chronicle for Research in Music Education, The Journal of Band Research, Mass Music News, Update: Applications of Research in Music Education and Minnesota Music Education Research Review in Gopher Notes. He has presented research and held conducting workshops throughout the United States, Canada, China, and Europe.

Dr. Running is a frequent clinician at the Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductors Association (MICCA), Great East Festivals, and served as Director for the New England Ambassadors of Music. He also performs with the Brockton Symphony Orchestra as Bass Trombonist.

Area of Expertise

Wind Band Repertoire
Music Education
Brass Performance
Physics in Music
Orchestration and Arranging