Thomas E. Verrier is Senior Band Conductor and Director of Wind Ensembles
at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music. He serves as Conductor of the Vanderbilt
Wind Symphony, Artistic Director of the Vanderbilt Music
Academy in Berlin, Germany,
and was the Founding Director of the Conductors Lab (a joint project with musicians of
the Berlin Philharmonic)
in Aix-en-Provence, France. His teaching duties include
undergraduate and graduate-level courses in conducting, pedagogy, and education.

Dr. Verrier is a clinician for Yamaha Music Latin America and served as the Program
Director of the Sistema Nacional de Educación Musical Instituto de Desarrollo
Musical, a collaborative project of the Blair School of Music and the Ministry of
Culture of Costa Rica.  He is passionate about supporting band programs in Latin
America, most of which exist as social initiatives intended to provide positive
alternative opportunities for youth, largely in at-risk communities.  Dr. Verrier
dedicates much of his time to the teaching of band pedagogy and the training
of band conductors throughout Central and South America.

Dr. Verrier has accepted invitations to conduct throughout the Americas, Asia,
and Europe. He has presented and/or conducted performances at conferences
of the Congreso Iberoamericano de Directores, Compositores, Arregladores e
Instrumentistas de Bandas Sinfónicas (Tenerife, Canary Islands), the Asian Pacific Band
Directors Association (Macau and Hong Kong), the Hong Kong International Band Fair,
and the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic (Chicago).

BLAIR SCHOOL OF MUSIC - VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY - 2400 Blakemore Avenue, Nashville, Tennessee USA 37212
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The Vanderbilt Wind Symphony  is the premiere     
wind performing ensemble at Vanderbilt University and includes the  
                                                           most outstanding woodwind,
                                                           brass, harp, and percu
                                                           students at the Blair School of
With Karel Husa rehearsing Music for Prague 1968
Recognized for its excellence and artistry, the Wind Symphony has
received invitations to perform for state and regional conferences,
at the National Conference of the College Band Directors National
Association, at the Chicago International Music Festival, and its
members have toured internationally in Spain, Costa Rica, and

At the Blair School of Music, a rotating menu of projects provides
students with a range of wind and orchestral ensemble
experiences within each semester
. The true core of the Blair
instrumental ensemble experience is the chamber music program.
All students participate in chamber groups, which rehearse
regularly in the hour preceding the conducted ensembles. This
approach reflects our philosophy that great ensemble musicianship
is inherently collaborative.
with Carlos Guzmann
with Bela Fleck
with Luis Serrano Alarcon
¡BLAIR! Blair’s Latin American Initiatives & Resources encompasses the variety of Latin American activities
happening in the School of Music. This collaborative effort enhances the individual activities of faculty members
by providing an umbrella under which faculty and students involved in Latin America pool their resources to offer
unique and enriching experiences to the Vanderbilt Community.
Ensembles under his direction have been selected to perform for
the International Society for Music Education (Tenerife, Canary
Islands), The National Association for Music Education
(NAfME) National In-Service Conference (Nashville), the North
American Saxophone Alliance (Los Angeles), southern and
western division conferences of the College Band Directors
National Association (CBDNA), as well as the CBDNA National
Conference (hosted by the Blair School in March 2015).  In
addition, Dr. Verrier has guest conducted the United States Army
Field Band as well as professional ensembles in Argentina,
Brazil, Peru, Costa Rica, China, and Spain.  He has served as
Consultor Artístico with the Dirección General de Bandas of
Costa Rica and he is the Artistic Advisor of the Hong Kong Wind

Dr. Verrier is a member of the prestigious American
Bandmasters Association and also serves on the Executive
Board of the College Band Directors National Association as the
organization’s National Executive Secretary.

with John Harbison