Phoenix Winds Wind Ensemble to perform Nov. 14 with Jon Dooley as guest conductor

Dooley, the vice president for student life, will be leading the ensemble during its performance of "The Classics," a variety of standard wind band repertoire.

The Phoenix Winds Wind Ensemble will perform a variety of standard wind band repertoire on Wednesday, Nov. 14, with a well-known campus leader stepping in as a guest conductor — Jon Dooley, vice president for student life.

The ensemble’s concert, title “The Classics, will feature pieces by Satoshi Yagisawa, Rolf Rudin, Gustav Holst and John Zdechlik with Jonathan Poquette, director of bands, conducting. Nathan Phillips, assistant conductor, will conduct the ensemble’s performance of Michael Colgrass’s “The Beethoven Machine” and Dooley will join the ensemble to conduct “Irish Tune from a County Derry” by Percy Grainger.

“I appreciate the invitation from Dr. Poquette to be part of the upcoming Phoenix Winds concert,” Dooley said. “But I have to admit, it’s a tremendous leap of faith on his part. I’m looking forward to a new challenge.”

Well-known as the head of the Office of Student Life at Elon, Dooley is no stranger to music, having played trumpet through high school and both trumpet and French horn in college, where he very nearly considered majoring in music. A passionate fan of drum corps for nearly 35 years, he was also in a competitive summer marching band in high school, serving as a drum major for two years and later working with the group as a marching instructor.

While working with traditional student affairs departments as an administrator at Marquette University before arriving at Elon, Dooley also supervised the music programs, including bands, chorus, orchestra and the university carillon.

The concert order for the Nov. 14 performance:

  • Satoshi Yagisawa – Singapore Flyer (2010)
  • Rolf Rudin – Der Traun des Oenghus – Teil 1 (1993)
  • Gustav Holst – Second Suite in F ed. Colin Matthews (1911)
  • Michael Colgrass – The Beethoven Machine (2003)
    Featuring Dr. Nathan Phillips – assistant conductor
  • Percy Grainger – Irish Tune from a County Derry ed. R. Mark Rogers (1918)
    Featuring Dr. Jon Dooley – guest conductor
  • John Zdechlik – Chorale and Shaker Dance (1972)

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in McCrary Theatre in the Center for the Arts. Admission is free and tickets are not required.