Dr. Christian Zembower is Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Music. His duties include conducting the Wind Ensemble, Concert Band and Chamber Winds, teaching beginning and advanced conducting, band literature, instrumental music education methods courses, and leads all aspects concerning the ETSU Bands program. Over the last academic year, with the implementation of football on campus, Dr. Zembower has developed and coordinated the plans and preparation of the redevelopment of the marching band at ETSU, and the hiring of an additional director position for this ensemble. Prior to his appointment in May, 2006 at ETSU, Dr. Zembower served for eight years (1996 – 2006) as the assistant director of bands at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. While at Ball State, his duties involved instructing the “Pride of Mid-America” Marching Band, conducting the Symphony Band, teaching beginning and intermediate conducting classes, and coordinating activities of the pep band during the basketball season at BSU. Before coming to Ball State in 1998, he taught on the faculty as a doctoral graduate assistant at the University of Southern Mississippi, and was director of bands at Musselman High School in Inwood, West Virginia from 1992 through 1996.
He holds a Doctorate in Music Education (emphasis in wind band) from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg where he studied with Dr. Thomas Fraschillo and Dr. Charles Elliott, a Master of Arts degree in Music Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he studied with Dr. Jack Stamp and Dr. Gary Bird, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Frostburg State University (MD). An active and sought out clinician and conductor, he has adjudicated and/or guest conducted middle school and high school honor bands throughout the mid-Atlantic and mid-western regions of the United States. Dr. Zembower has participated in various conducting clinics receiving instruction from such notables as H. Robert Reynolds, Allan McMurray, Craig Kirchoff, Tom Lee, Eugene Migliaro Corporon, and Jack Stamp. During the summers of 2007 and 2008, Dr. Zembower hosted a week-long summer conducting symposium on the ETSU campus, where he had the great opportunity to work alongside conductors/composers, Dr. Jack Stamp (June, 2007), and Dr. Timothy Mahr (June, 2008). In April, 2010, Dr. Zembower was awarded the honor of receiving a Distinguished Teaching Award in the College of Arts and Sciences at ETSU. Of the three teaching awards given, his was the only student-nominated application.
An avid performer on euphonium and trombone, Dr. Zembower is a member of the Keystone Winds, a professional wind ensemble comprised of music alumni and faculty from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, conducted by Jack Stamp. Since its inception in 1992, this ensemble has recorded and produced over fifteen compact discs of classic and contemporary band literature on the Citadel, Klavier, and GIA Publications recording labels. An active researcher, he has published articles in the Journal of Band Research, the Journal of World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE), Update, the Southeastern Journal of Music Education, The Instrumentalist, The Tennessee Musician, The Indiana Musicator, and has contributed chapter analyses in multiple volumes of the Teaching Music through Performance in Band series.
He holds memberships in the College Band Directors National Association, the National Band Association, the East Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association, the Tennessee Bandmasters Association, the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, and the National Association for Music Education.