BLAIR SCHOOL OF MUSIC - VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY - 2400 Blakemore Avenue, Nashville, Tennessee USA 37212
(615) 322-7651
Thomas E. Verrier, Music Director
The Vanderbilt Wind Symphony  is the premiere     
wind performing ensemble at Vanderbilt University and includes the  
                                                                               most outstanding
                                                                               woodwind, brass,
                                                                               harp, and percus-
                                                                               sion students in
                                                                               the School of Music.
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). In addition, his ensembles 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 the Blair School in March 2015).  He has been a guest
conductor of numerous professional ensembles including the Banda
Nacional de Conciertos de San Jose, the Banda Nacional de
Conciertos de Cartago, the Banda Nacional de Conciertos de
Heredia, and the the Banda Nacional de Conciertos de Alajuela
(Costa Rica);
the Banda de Conciertos de Gendarmeria Nacional
the Banda del Ejercito CFSOL (Tabatinga, Brazil); the
Banda Sinfonica de la Fuerza Aerea del Perú (Lima); the Military
Band of the Peoples’ Liberation Army (Beijing, China); the Municipal
Band of Albacete (Spain), and the United States Army Field Band.
He has also appeared as conductor with
the Orquesta Caucana de
Vientos and the Banda Sinfónica del Caribe (Colombia), the
Orquesta Dominica de Vientos (Dominican Republic), the Orquesta
Veraguese de Vientos (Panama),
the Hong Kong Neo Winds
, La Banda de la Union Musical Santa Cecilia Villar del
and La Banda de la Unión Musical Utielana (Valencia,
Dr. Verrier 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 Ensemble.

Dr. Verrier is
a member of the American Bandmasters Association
and also serves on the Executive Board of
the College Band
National Association as the organization’s National
With Karel Husa rehearsing Music for Prague 1968
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, all under one "instrumental
ensemble" course, which is team- taught and has a single
syllabus and set of grading criteria.

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.
Erin Charles is Director of the Vanderbilt University Concert Band.  Dr.
Charles has been a member of the music teacher education faculty at the Blair
School since 2011. A graduate of the program, Dr. Perez received a Bachelor of
Music degree from the Blair School of Music in 2006 and a Master of Education
from Peabody College of Education in 2007. In 2014, she completed her Doctoral
degree at Peabody College in Education Policy.  Formally the Director of Bands at
Forest Meadow Junior High School in Richardson, Texas, Dr. Perez taught
beginner and intermediate woodwinds, brass, and percussion in addition to
conducting both the Concert Band and Symphonic Bands. During her four-year
tenure, the ensembles of FMJH received recognition for their consistently high
levels of performance at state and regional festivals. Active as conductor, she has
participated in conducting workshops at Arizona State University, Indiana State
University, and the University of Oregon, conducted the Dallas Wind Symphony for
the RISD Directors Choice in 2010, and was a 2013 and 2016 recipient of the
Myron Moss Conducting Fellowship by the College Band Directors National
with Carlos Guzmann
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 Acadèmie in Aix-en-Provence, France, and
was the
Founding Director of the Conductors Lab (a joint project with musicians of
the Berlin Philharmonic).  His teaching duties include undergraduate and
graduate-level courses in conducting, pedagogy, and education. In
addition, Dr. Verrier has 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.  
Dr. Verrier’s passion for collaborative arts prompted him to
study acting techniques with director John Strasberg in New York

Dr. Verrier is an active conductor and clinician recognized both for his
artistic approach and his pedagogical knowledge. He has received critical
acclaim from composers including Robert Beaser, Chen Qian, Chen Yi,
Richard Danielpour, Michael Daugherty, Claudio Gabriele, John Harbison,
Karel Husa, Steven Mackey, David Maslanka, Leanna Primiani, Luis
Serrano-Alarcon, Joseph Schwantner, Jack Stamp, Frank Ticheli, Michael
Torke, Joan Tower, Joseph Turrin, Andres Valero-Castells, and Simon Yau
for his interpretive conducting of their works.  In addition to numerous
collaborations with faculty colleagues,
Dr. Verrier has conducted
performances with soloists including Ian Bousfield, Béla Fleck, Adam Frey,
Helen Goode, Joseph Gramley, Hsin Hsiao-hung, Kunihiko Komori, Steven
Mackey, Fergus McWilliam, Walter Seyfarth, Kenneth Tse, and Allen Vizutti.
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.