University of Texas at El Paso
Artist's BiographyRon Hufstader has been Director of Bands at The University of Texas at El Paso since 1976 and served as Chairman of the Music Department from 1990 to 2002. In addition to his duties as Director of Instrumental Studies, Dr. Hufstader teaches undergraduate and graduate conducting classes and conducts the UTEP Wind Ensemble and the UTEP Symphony Orchestra. It is under his direction that the Wind Ensemble was selected to perform at the Texas Music Educators Association and the College Band Directors National Association conventions. Dr. Hufstader's many professional activities also include coordination of halftime shows for some of the major bowl games including the Sun, Alamo, Liberty, Gator, and Sugar Bowls. Dr. Hufstader served as principal trombone for the El Paso Symphony Orchestra until 2006 and played in many others orchestras including the Greensboro Symphony and the Classical Music Seminar Orchestra in Austria.
In 1995, Dr. Hufstader established the El Paso Wind Symphony, a professional concert band composed of music teachers and business people from the El Paso area. This group now has a subscription season of five concerts. Active as an adjudicator and guest conductor, Dr. Hufstader has served as guest conductor for the Costa Rica National Youth Orchestra/Wind Ensemble, the El Paso Symphony Orchestra, and has conducted/adjudicated other ensembles throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Latin America.
Dr. Hufstader holds a Ph.D. in music from the University of Iowa, a Master's degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a Bachelor's degree from East Carolina University.