Betsy McCann is the Assistant Director of Bands and Director of Marching and Athletic Bands at the University of Minnesota. She directs the University of Minnesota Marching Band and University Band and teaches undergraduate conducting. McCann is the first woman in history to lead a Big Ten Marching Band and Athletic Bands program. McCann has a Bachelor of Music degree in flute performance and music education from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Music degree in wind band conducting from Northwestern University, where she graduated with conducting program honors.
A strong supporter and active conductor of new music, McCann receives positive acclaim from composers, performers, and audiences for her interpretation and conducting of new works. McCann has been active in commissioning new works since her time as a public school teacher and strives to increase collaboration between composers and the musicians who perform their works. Additionally, McCann is active as a guest conductor, clinician, adjudicator, and speaker.
Prior to her current appointment at the University of Minnesota, McCann served as the Assistant Director of the University of Minnesota Marching Band. She also taught band and classroom music courses at Burnsville and Watertown-Mayer High Schools in Minnesota, and Waubonsie Valley High School in Illinois.
McCann is a member of National Association for Music Education, College Band Director’s National Association, Minnesota Music Educator’s Association, and Phi Beta Mu. She is an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma.
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