Joseph Manfredo

Illinois State University, retired

After 40 years of teaching at various universities and high schools, Joseph Manfredo retired in June 2017. Originally from the Chicago area, Manfredo received a Bachelors Degree in Music Education and a Master’s degree in Conducting from Eastern Illinois University. He also earned a Doctorate of Music Education from the University of Illinois, where he was awarded a band conducting internship to study with Dr. Harry Begian, Gary Smith and James Curnow.

Dr. Manfredo is in constant demand as a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator. He has conducted various All-State Bands and Honor Bands throughout the United States and Canada. His collegiate bands have been selected to perform at national, regional, and state conferences. Since August 2011, he has been conductor of the Festival Band for the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Festival.

Manfredo has presented lectures and clinics at the Mid-West International Band and Orchestra Clinic, national conferences for the National Association for Music Educators (NAfME), College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA), National Band Association (NBA), the Instrumental Music Teacher Educators Biennual Colloquium, and the Conn-Selmer Institute. He has made presentations at state music conferences in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, California, Nebraska, Massachusetts, Michigan, Ohio, and Texas, and internationally in China, Germany, Luxembourg, Austria, Portugal, and Brazil.

Manfredo has published journal articles in the Groves Dictionary of Music, Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, Journal of Band Research, Music Educators Journal, Journal of Music Teacher Education, The Instrumentalist, and the Illinois Music Educators Journal. In addition, he was asked to write The Conductor’s Manual for the Essentials of Musicianship series published by Hal Leonard. He also has served on the editorial boards of IGEB and WASBE.

Dr. Manfredo is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Midwest Clinic. He was the recipient of the 2015 Mary Hoffman Award for Teaching Excellence by the Illinois Music Education Association; the 2013 recipient of the Outstanding Bandmaster Award by the XI Chapter of Phi Beta Mu (International Bandmasters Fraternity), and the 2017 John Paynter Lifetime Achievement Award sponsored by Quinlan and Fabish.

My Sessions

Incorporating Literacy Strategies within the Performance-based Band Class

Band Room

This session will provide information on text reading literacy concepts that correlate to music reading, including Phonics, Phonemic Awareness, Whole Language, Fluency, and Sight Words. The presentation will provide easy-to-use strategies that will allow you to apply these concepts for music reading within a band class. Video examples of teaching episodes using these concepts in […]

Clinic Session