Dr. Jackie Townsend is the director of bands and assistant professor of music in the Department of Communications and Fine Arts in the J.E. & Eileen Hancock College of Liberal Arts. She is the director of the Lubbock Christian University Symphonic Band and “Big Blue” Basketball Band, and also teaches courses in music theory, ear training, instrumental methods, and conducting. She joined the faculty at Lubbock Christian University in 2020 after serving for two years as the director of wind studies at the University of Southern Maine, where she conducted the Concert Bands as well as taught courses in instrumental music education and conducting. From 2018-2020, she also served as the conductor of the Portland Youth Wind Ensemble, a select wind ensemble for young wind and percussion players from Maine and New Hampshire, as well as the Casco Bay Wind Symphony, a non-profit adult community wind symphony based in Greater Portland, Maine.
Dr. Townsend graduated from the University of North Texas (Denton, Texas) in 2018, where she received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in wind conducting and studied with Eugene Migliaro Corporon, Dennis Fisher, and Nicholas Enrico Williams. As a conducting teaching fellow at UNT, Jackie was responsible for directing the UNT Concert and University Bands, as well as guest directing the UNT Brass Band, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and the North Texas Wind Symphony. She also taught undergraduate conducting courses and maintained the UNT Wind Studies music library. From 2015-2018, Dr. Townsend served as the assistant conductor of the Lone Star Wind Orchestra, a professional group made up of musicians from the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex.
Prior to her studies in Texas, Jackie spent four years as director of bands at Keystone High School in LaGrange, Ohio, where she directed the high school concert band, marching band, and jazz band, as well as the 8th grade concert band. Dr. Townsend holds both Bachelor and Master of Music Education degrees from Bowling Green State University (Bowling Green, Ohio). After teaching elementary band for one year in Oneonta, New York, Jackie served as a graduate teaching assistant in the Band Activities Department at BGSU, working closely with the Wind Symphony, Concert Band, University Band, and Falcon Marching Band.
She has studied clarinet with Kevin Schempf and conducting with Eugene Migliaro Corporon, Dennis Fisher, Nicholas Williams, Ken Thompson, Bruce Moss, Carol Hayward, Emily Freeman Brown, and John Knight. She has written for The Instrumentalist magazine, as well as several chapters for the most recent installments of the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series (Volumes 11-12), published by GIA. Her dissertation research on contemporary symphonies written for the wind band was presented in March 2018 at the southwest division conference of the College Band Directors National Association in Houston, Texas. Dr. Townsend is active in the College Band Directors National Association, the College Music Society, the National Band Association, and the Texas Music Educators Association, and has presented at the Ohio Music Education Association Conference and Maine Music Education Association Conference. She currently resides in Lubbock with her two crazy cats (Calypso and Abby) and when not on the podium or in the classroom, she enjoys cooking, crafting, and binging shows on Netflix.