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Steven Pederson returns to ULM as director of athletic bands

Published June 29, 2016

MONROE, La. — Steven Pederson has been appointed Associate Professor of Music at the University of Louisiana Monroe where he will serve as Director of Athletic Bands, including the Sound of Today and Technical Fowls Basketball pep Band.

Pederson comes to ULM from Kentucky Wesleyan College where he served as Director of Bands and Orchestras. In 2015, he received the Kentucky Music Educators Association College/University Teacher of the Year award.

He previously taught at Centre College for eight years where he served as conductor of the orchestra, and was also on the conducting staff for the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras.

His name might be familiar to some long-time ULM supporters, as Pederson served as Director of Bands and Tenured Associate Professor of Conducting at ULM from 1991-2000. 

“Pederson brings a list of distinguishing performances throughout his career as well as an impressive record of recruiting young people to the ensembles he has directed,” said Dr. Derle Long, Director of the School of Visual and Performing Arts at ULM. “He is already working hard for ULM, as he is recruiting new students to the band program and getting logistics in line for when the band reports in August.”

During his time at ULM, Pederson directed and coordinated the entire wind program, conducted the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, and University Band. He also directed the 220-piece Marching Band, which performed regularly at SEC stadiums throughout the south.

The band program tripled in size under Pederson’s leadership, and the number of all state performers increased dramatically.

During his tenure at ULM, the bands recorded fifteen CDs of both traditional and contemporary works for the wind band and the marching band. 

Pederson received his B.M.E. degree (Magna Cum Laude) in Music Education from Wartburg College in Iowa, and his M.A. degree in Clarinet Performance from the University of Iowa. Mr. Pederson has also completed the course work and is a candidate for the D.M.A. degree in Conducting at the University of Kansas.

Pederson and his wife Toni return to Monroe after living in Kentucky for sixteen years.