Dr. Sarah McKoin (Lubbock, Texas) is an internationally highly regarded wind band conductor and music education advocate currently serving as Director of Bands, Professor of Music, and Chair of the Conducting and Ensembles area at Texas Tech University. Under McKoin’s direction, the Symphonic Wind Ensemble has appeared at the Midwest Clinic, Texas Music Educators Association conferences (TMEA), North American Saxophone Alliance, College Music Society, and College Band Directors National Association conferences (CBDNA). McKoin’s ensemble has features on Albany, Naxos, and Mark recordings.
Widely sought as a guest conductor and clinician, McKoin has worked extensively as a conductor for All-State and other honor band festivals in the United States, Canada, China, Thailand, Taiwan, and Israel, where McKoin served as producer for the world premiere recording of Roberto Sierra’s Fantasia Correliana with the Castellani-Andriaccio guitar duo and Israeli Chamber Orchestra. McKoin has taught at the Interlochen Arts Academy and, most recently, joined “Music in the Marche,” a summer opera training program in Mondavio, Italy, where McKoin is establishing a summer instrumental chamber music festival.
McKoin has held appointments at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music, the State University of New York at Buffalo SUNY Fredonia, and the Brevard Music Center. McKoin has served as president of the Southwest Division of the CBDNA and as president of the Big 12 Band Directors Association. McKoin is a member of the American Bandmasters Association, TMEA, Texas Bandmasters Association, Phi Beta Mu, and Pi Kappa Lambda and is a faculty sponsor of the service fraternities Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma.