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Dr. John R. Stewart

Professional portrait of John Stewart
  • Associate Professor of Music, Director of Concert Bands, Wind & Percussion Area Coordinator
  • Music and Theatre Arts

Dr. John R. Stewart is Associate Professor of Music and Director of Concert Bands at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire where he conducts the Wind Symphony, teaches courses in conducting and repertoire, supervises student teachers, coordinates the concert band program, and serves as the Wind and Percussion Division Coordinator. Under his leadership, the Wind Symphony performed at the International Tuba Euphonium Conference, the CBDNA/NBA North Central Division Regional Conference, the Minnesota Music Educators Association Mid-Winter Clinic, and his ensembles have performed across Europe and Southeast Asia. Dr. Stewart maintains an active schedule as a guest conductor and clinician across the United States. He completed his Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education (2013) at the University of Minnesota while studying conducting with Craig Kirchhoff. Dr. Stewart earned his Master of Arts in Music Education from the University of South Florida (2009) and a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Central Florida (1996).

Prior to his appointment at UWEC, Dr. Stewart was Interim Conductor of the St. Cloud State University Wind Ensemble (Minnesota). Dr. Stewart served as Director of Bands at Saint Cloud High School (Florida) from 1996-2010 where he directed the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble, Chamber Winds, Percussion Ensemble and Marching Band. In 2006, he earned his National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and in 2008 was named the St. Cloud High School "Teacher of the Year."

Dr. Stewart contributed to Teaching Music through Performance in Band: Solos with Wind Band Accompaniment published by GIA Publications, Inc., has published articles in Contributions to Music Education, the Minnesota Music Educators Association Journal, the NBA Journal, and presented sessions at the Society for Music Teacher Educators bi-annual conference, the Wisconsin Music Educators Association State Conference, the National Band Association – Wisconsin Chapter State Conference, the MMEA Mid-Winter Clinic, the Florida Music Educators Association Convention, and the Colorado Music Educators Association Convention. Forthcoming presentations include the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Wind Ensembles Conference in Prague, CZ in summer 2022.  His current research interests include Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance (CMP) and repertoire.

Dr. Stewart presently serves as a member of the board for the Wisconsin Chapter of the National Band Association. His professional affiliations include College Band Directors National Association, National Association for Music Education, Wisconsin Music Educators Association, the National Band Association, the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Wind Ensembles, and Pi Kappa Lambda.


Teaching Interests
  • MUSI 181/381 Wind Symphony
  • MUSI 350 Conducting
  • MUED 401 Instrumental Literature and Conducting
  • Wind Symphony Conductor
  • Concert Bands Director
  • Concert Band Coordinator
Research and Creative Activities
  • Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance (CMP)
  • Conducting
  • Repertoire
  • B.M.E., University of Central Florida (Instrumental)
  • M.A., University of South Florida (Music Education)
  • Ph.D., University of Minnesota (Philosophy in Music Education)
Professional Memberships
  • College Band Directors Association
  • National Band Association
  • World Association of Symphonic Bands and Wind Ensembles
  • Wisconsin Music Educators Association