Meet Yamaha Master Educator Jerry Junkin

Band and Orchestra Group
Director of Bands, Professor of Instrumental Conducting
The University of Texas at Austin

Whether conducting a group of professionals or students, Jerry Junkin is committed to ensuring that musicians under his baton make an emotional connection to the music. This comes, in part, as a result of choosing the exact, right piece of repertoire for the ensemble, as well as delving into the intent of the composer to discover the inspiration for the work.

s director of bands and professor of wind conducting at Butler School of Music at The University of Texas at Austin, Junkin thrives when approaching an ensemble with a solid base, so he can enhance the great work being done and really move it to a deeper, more inspired level.

Educators attending Junkin’s workshops soon discover that the technical aspects of ensemble music-making simply scratch the surface. Although the development of musicianship is always at the forefront, Junkin believes that it is only through a comprehensive understanding of the music — it’s purpose, musical elements, emotion — that directors can assist and lead students to develop natural instincts, and eventually arrive at a place where they can inspire themselves.

Junkin is a respected authority on conducting and is an in-demand speaker, adjudicator and conductor. He is an ideal guest as a conductor for honor ensembles or as a lecturer at staff development days and MEA events.


Some of Jerry Junkin’s session titles include:

  • “Leave No Tone Unstirred”
  • “Does Expressive Conducting Make a Difference?”
  • “Score Study”

To learn more about clinics by Jerry Junkin, please contact Jalissa Gascho at

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