Linda R. Moorhouse Becomes President of American Bandmasters Association
Prof. Linda R. Moorhouse, Associate Director of the School of Music, has become President of the American Bandmasters Association, only the second woman to assume this exalted position since the ABA’s founding in 1929.
The American Bandmasters Association is a venerable group of elite band conductors to which one gains admission only through a strict vetting procedure whose standards are met only by those who have reached the highest echelon in the profession over a sustained career. Within that group, to be elected to the Board of Directors and then to President falls only to the most respected members of those elite, and secures for that person a high profile in American band history.
Professor Stephen Peterson, Director of Bands, has said that “Linda’s election to President of the ABA is among the highest honors in our business, and reflects the high esteem with which she is regarded from all of the leaders in our field. I am extremely proud of her and that the fact that she will represent the University of Illinois in this way.”
Illinois has been well represented in the ABA throughout its history. Since its founding, with John Philip Sousa as Honorary Life President, the ABA has elected several band conductors from UI’s historic program: A. A. Harding, Mark Hindsley, Harry Begian, Jim Keene, and Gary Smith. These are all major names in the field to this day, stretching back to the early years of the collegiate band movement here on campus under Harding’s direction. Therefore Professor Moorhouse’s election stands as both historic and in a long tradition of Illinois’s best.
The University of Illinois Bands program continues to excel among the nation’s best collegiate programs, with no less than three current faculty in the ABA, including Director of Bands Stephen Peterson, Associate Director of Bands Elizabeth Peterson, and Dr. Moorhouse.