CORVALLIS, Ore. -Erik Leung, director of bands at Fresno Pacific University in California, has been hired as director of bands at Oregon State University.
The OSU band program is the oldest in the Pac-12 Conference and is one of the largest collegiate band programs in the western United States. Leung replaces Chris Chapman, who accepted a position at Central Michigan University.
At OSU, Leung will guide all aspects of the band program, including directing the internationally recognized OSU Wind Ensemble and coordinating the music program’s wind conducting area.
At Fresno Pacific University, Leung directed the symphonic winds, chamber winds and brass ensemble, and taught undergraduate and graduate level conducting. Under his direction, the symphonic band was featured in performances at the Western International Band Clinic, the Percy Grainger Wind Festival and at the College Band Directors National Association small band program showcase.
Leung is a native of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in wind conducting from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where he studied with conductor Mallory Thompson. He also holds a Master of Music in wind conducting from the University of Toronto and undergraduate degrees in music and secondary education from the University of Calgary.
In recent years Leung has given presentations at wind band conferences around the world, including the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic (Chicago); the College Band Directors National Association (Kansas City, Kansas); the Western International Band Clinic (Seattle); and the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (Utrecht, Netherlands).
His recent publications include several articles for Canadian Winds: The Journal of the Canadian Band Association. He also served editor for an edition of Jan Meyerowitz’s “Three Comments on War for Concert Band” published by the E.B. Marks Music Company in New York.