Festival of Winds Honor Band

Dr. Gretchen Renshaw, conductor

Dr. Gretchen Renshaw is the Wind Ensemble Conductor and Instructor of Low Brass at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas. Prior to joining the faculty at Hendrix, Gretchen was a University Distinguished Fellow at Michigan State University, where she earned a D.M.A. in Tuba Performance and an M.M. in Wind/Orchestral Conducting. Her previous degrees are in Euphonium Performance and include an M.M. from the University of Arkansas and a B.M. from Penn State University.

As a conductor, Gretchen has a wide range of experience in working with bands, orchestras, and chamber ensembles. An advocate of new music, Gretchen has premiered several works for large and chamber ensembles, and she actively seeks out opportunities to bring guest composers to Hendrix to work directly with the students. In her programming, Gretchen strives to integrate a wide variety of music into exciting programs which fulfill the students both musically and intellectually.

In the tuba and euphonium community, Gretchen has enjoyed success in major competitions. She has been a finalist in the competitions of the International Tuba Euphonium Conference, International Women's Brass Conference, and Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Festival. She was also the National First Place Winner of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Young Artist Brass Competition and was a Low Brass Winner of the Yamaha Young Performing Artists Competition. In addition to performing, Gretchen is also a published arranger and editor with Potenza Music. Potenza has so far released seven of her pieces, the most significant of which is her edition of A Collection of Works for Euphonium and Piano by Simone Mantia, a famous euphonium virtuoso of the early twentieth century.

As Gretchen begins her collegiate teaching career at Hendrix College, she plans to continue being active as a tuba and euphonium performer and conductor of both bands and orchestras. For more information about Gretchen, visit www.gretchenrenshaw.com