Dr. Brian A. Coffill is the Founding Director of Instrumental Ensembles and Assistant Professor of Music at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia, where he created and conducts the Randolph-Macon Ensemble, a chamber orchestra that is dedicated to creatively exploring both historic and cutting-edge music of all genres. This innovative musical endeavor is funded in part by a major grant from the Mellon Foundation. Brian is committed to the expansion of instrumental repertoire and the development of twenty-first century performance experiences for musicians and audiences. He also teaches courses in conducting, music theory, and music education, and maintains an active schedule as a conductor and clinician throughout the United States.
Prior to arriving at Randolph-Macon, Brian was the Assistant Conductor of the Wind Orchestra and Wind Ensemble at the University of Maryland, where he earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Conducting; his studies included wind, orchestral, chamber, and opera conducting under Dr. Michael Votta, Jr., James Ross, José-Luis Novo, and Craig Kier. His doctoral dissertation, "The Wind Band Works of the MENC Contemporary Music Project Library," is soon to become a significant web-based resource for conductors. Brian earned a Master of Music degree in Conducting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he served as Associate Conductor for the university’s many concert and athletic bands, including the famed Illinois Wind Symphony and Marching Illini. Prior to his graduate studies, Brian held positions teaching both bands and orchestras in the public schools of Virginia and Maryland, and earned a Bachelor of
Arts degree in Music as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from the University of Connecticut.
rian presented his research paper, “Charles Ives’ Decoration Day – A Conductor’s Guide,” at the 2017 College Band Directors National Association Conference in Kansas City, Missouri; the paper will be published by the CBDNA Journal in 2018. Brian is a member of the Society for American Baseball Research, where he serves on the Baseball Arts Committee and as an editor for the SABR Journal of Baseball Arts. His Masters Degree thesis at the University of Illinois, "Bands and Baseball at the Turn of the Twentieth Century Through The Lens of Cubs on Parade,” focused on the many connections between the American social institutions of baseball and the wind band. A major portion of this project consisted of resurrecting, transcribing, and re-scoring H. R. Hempel's Cubs On Parade March Two-Step, a long-forgotten march that celebrated the 1907 World-Champion Chicago Cubs. Brian conducted his re-scored Cubs on Parade with the University of Illinois Wind Orchestra in 2015, and is happy to take partial credit for Cubs' ensuing playoff success. He presented his research on Baseball and the Wind Band at the 2018 College Band Directors National Association Eastern Division Conference at Yale University, in New Haven, Connecticut.
Brian is also a member of various professional and service organizations in music and music education including the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association, the National Association for Music Education, the College Band Directors National Association, the American String Teachers Association, the District New Music Coalition, and Kappa Kappa Psi, and is an honorary member of Tau Beta Sigma.