University Of Texas-El Paso
Ron Hufstader retired from the University of Texas at El Paso in 2017 and was granted the status of Professor Emeritus of Music. He served as Director of Bands at UTEP since 1976 and served as Chairman of the Music Department from 1990 to 2002. While at UTEP, he served as the Division coordinator of the Wind and Percussion area, conducted the UTEP Symphonic Winds and taught undergraduate and graduate conducting. It was under his direction that the Symphonic Winds had been selected on several occasions to perform for the Texas Music Educators Association and the College Band Directors National Association conventions. Over the past several years, the UTEP Symphonic Winds coupled with Mark Records to record “composer CDs” which include the music of David Holsinger, Roger Cichy, Frank Ticheli, Andrew Boysen, Jr., Julie Giroux, David Gillingham, James Barnes, Mark Camphouse and Robert W. Smith.
Dr. Hufstader’s professional activities include coordination of halftime shows for some of the major bowl games including the Sun, Alamo, Liberty, Gator and Sugar bowls. He played principal trombone in the El Paso Symphony Orchestra until 2005 and has played with orchestras such as the Greensboro Symphony, the Winston-Salem Symphony and the Classical Music Seminar Orchestra in Austria. Dr. Hufstader has served as a guest conductor and adjudicator in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Costa Rica. Dr. Hufstader also serves as a clinician for Conn-Selmer, Inc. Dr. Hufstader is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, College Band Directors National Association, National Band Association, Phi Beta Mu, Pi Kappa Lambda, and is an elected member of the American Bandmasters Association.
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 has a subscription season of five concerts. In 2006, the ensemble was invited to perform for the Texas Bandmasters Association Band Symposium.
Dr. Hufstader holds a Ph.D. in music education from the University of Iowa, a Master’s degree in performance from the University of Iowa, a Master’s degree in music education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a Bachelor’s degree in music education from East Carolina University.
Ira Novoselsky from Bandworld writes: "Ron Hufstader and the UTEP Symphonic Winds provide the professional sounds that bring out the best."
Sound Carriers writes: "Cultivated and refreshing, Ron Hufstader places himself and his El Paso ensemble into the front row of American University ensembles. Concluding from the choice of the literature, one realizes immediately that here is a top conductor who is aware of direction-giving music for wind ensembles."