Adam M. Bodony
Adam M. Bodony will be appointed Visiting Instructor of Bands for the 2016-17 academic year, and will serve as the Director of Orchestras at Purdue University. Bodony will serve as the conductor of the Purdue Symphony and Philharmonic Orchestras.
Adam Bodony currently serves as Executive Artistic Director of the New World Youth Orchestras (NWYO) in Indiana. Based at the Hilbert Circle Theatre in Indianapolis, NWYO is an organization of youth orchestras with an enrollment of approximately 220 young musicians from all over the state of Indiana. The organization’s top orchestra made its Carnegie Hall debut in 2016 under the direction of Mr. Bodony. Mr. Bodony’s previous posts include Artistic Director of the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra (2014-2016) and Associate Conductor of the Missouri Symphony Orchestra’s Hot Summer Nights Music Festival (2013-2015). Mr. Bodony has also worked with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra (Czech Repulic), as well as several high school, college, and community ensembles across the country. His primary conducting teachers include Arthur Fagen, Leonid Korchmar, and Kirk Trevor.
Mr. Bodony earned a bachelor’s degree in both religious studies and trombone performance from DePauw University in 2008 and a master’s degree in trombone performance from Indiana University in 2011, where his primary teachers were Jim Beckel and Carle Lenthe, respectively. He has pursued conducting studies at the St. Petersburg Conservatory (Russia) and Indiana University.
As a trombonist, Mr. Bodony has frequently performed with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and can be heard playing 2nd trombone on their latest two album releases under the Telarc label, conducted by Krzysztof Urbański and Jun Märkl, respectively. Additionally, during the 2014-2015 season, Mr. Bodony served as Cover Conductor and Pre-Concert Lecturer for the Indianapolis Symphony.
In 2013, Mr. Bodony was honored with the Beckmann Emerging Artist Award given by the Arts Council of Indianapolis to a young professional with exceptional talent and promise in a given field.
This appointment comes after the recent resignation of Professor Andy King, who has accepted a position as Director of Orchestras at Lawrence Central High School in Indianapolis.
Douglas R. Fletcher
Douglas R. Fletcher will be appointed Visiting Instructor of Bands for the 2016-2017 academic year, and will serve as assistant director for the “All-American” Marching Band, director of the Boiler Box Band, director of the Concert and Collegiate Bands, and director of Fall Concert Band. Doug is thrilled to join the Purdue Bands & Orchestras department after a highly successful thirty-one year career as a high school band director.
Mr. Fletcher’s public teaching career includes directorships at Monroe-Central Jr./Sr. High School (1985-1992), Winchester Community High School (1992-1998), Highland High School (1998-2010), Anderson High School (2010-2011), and a second stint at Winchester Community High School (2011-2016). His high school concert bands have performed at the IMEA State Convention on three occasions with ensembles from three different schools, twice at the ISSMA State Concert Band Finals with the Highland Wind Ensemble, and numerous times at ISSMA Organizational and IMEA Concert Band Festivals.
Fletcher’s successes as a high school marching band director include several appearances at the ISSMA Marching Band State Finals. His true niche and passion, however, has been with the historic Indiana State Fair Band Day contest. He is the only director to win the Indiana State Fair Band Day at four different schools and holds a record twelve wins for the most State Fair championships won as a director. His marching bands have performed in numerous major parades including the Indianapolis 500 Festival Parade, the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Hollywood Christmas Parade, the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington D.C., and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.
Douglas Fletcher was named the 2008 IMEA Outstanding High School Music Educator and in 2010 was the recipient of the Phi Beta Mu Outstanding Bandmaster Award. Fletcher holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Music Education from Ball State University. He played trombone in the Anderson Symphony Orchestra for twenty years and played for ten years in the Muncie Symphony Orchestra. Doug has served as choir director/organist at various churches in Anderson, Muncie, and Winchester. He also arranges music for marching bands and frequently serves as a clinician and adjudicator. Doug also coordinated the IMEA Honor Band for several years and has served on the IMEA Board of Directors.
Mr. Fletcher is a member of the Music Educators National Conference, Indiana Music Educators Association, Indiana Bandmasters Association, Phi Beta Mu honorary fraternity for band directors, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
Doug is married to Amy Fletcher who teaches in the Greenfield-Central Schools. The Fletchers currently reside in Muncie with their two black labs, Bailey and Boaz.
This appointment comes after the resignation of Dr. Ishbah Cox, who is leaving Purdue to join his wife Dr. Monica Cox in Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Monica Cox was recently appointed the inaugural head of Engineering Education at The Ohio State University. Last week, Dr. Ishbah Cox accepted a position as Director of Bands at Olentangy Orange High School in Lewis Center, Ohio.