Date of Defense


Date of Graduation




First Advisor

Scott Boerma

Second Advisor

Thomas (Trey) Harris

Third Advisor

Mary Land


wind band music, composition, conducting, music education, music pedagogy, conducting methods, musicianship


Scott Boerma is a well-known wind music composer and conductor. In this paper, I will examine his career development as a composer and conductor. I will include brief analyses of some of his musical compositions based on form, orchestration, usage of harmonic and melodic devices, etc. I will also talk about his conducting methods when he conducts different pieces and conveys various musical ideas. There are three sections in this thesis: 1) Scott Boerma’s musical journey (how he became a successful composer and conductor); 2) Analyses of his compositions: Fanfare for a Golden Sky, Bora Bora, Shadows, Poem, and Cityscape; 3) His educational concepts and conducting methods which he teaches young music educators and conductors.

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Honors Thesis-Open Access

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