School of Music

Jackie Townsend

Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Bands
Jackie Townsend

Office Location

105A Corthell Hall

Faculty Office Hours Summer 2018




Academic Degrees

  • Bachelor of Music Education, Bowling Green State University
  • Master of Music Education, Bowling Green State University
  • Doctor of Musical Arts, University of North Texas


Dr. Jackie Townsend joins the faculty at the University of Southern Maine as the director of bands, conducting the University Wind Ensemble and University Concert Band, as well as teaching courses in instrumental music education and instrumental conducting. She recently graduated from the University of North Texas (Denton, Texas), where she received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in wind conducting and studied with Eugene Migliaro Corporon, Dennis Fisher, and Nicholas Enrico Williams. As a conducting teaching fellow at UNT, Jackie was responsible for directing the UNT Concert and University Bands, as well as guest directing the UNT Brass Band, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and the North Texas Wind Symphony. She also taught undergraduate conducting courses and maintained the UNT Wind Studies music library. From 2015-2018, Dr. Townsend served as the assistant conductor of the Lone Star Wind Orchestra, a professional group made up of musicians from the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex.

Prior to her studies in Texas, Jackie spent four years as director of bands at Keystone High School in LaGrange, Ohio, where she directed the high school concert band, marching band, and jazz band, as well as the 8th grade concert band. Under her direction, the Keystone Bands earned top ratings at Ohio Music Education Association adjudicated events and were also invited to perform in Nashville and Memphis, Tennessee, as well as Toronto, Canada. Dr. Townsend holds both Bachelor and Master of Music Education degrees from Bowling Green State University (Bowling Green, Ohio). After teaching elementary band for one year in Oneonta, New York, Jackie served as a graduate teaching assistant in the Band Activities Department at BGSU, working closely with the Wind Symphony, Concert Band, University Band, and Falcon Marching Band.

She has studied clarinet with Kevin Schempf and conducting with Eugene Migliaro Corporon, Dennis Fisher, Nicholas Williams, Ken Thompson, Bruce Moss, Carol Hayward, Emily Freeman Brown, and John Knight. She has written two articles for the most recent installment of the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series (Volume 11), published by GIA. Her dissertation research on recent symphonies written for the wind band was presented in March 2018 at the southwest division conference of the College Band Directors National Association in Houston, Texas. In May 2018, Jackie was awarded Outstanding Graduate Student in Wind Studies from the University of North Texas. Dr. Townsend is active in the College Band Directors National Association, the College Music Society, and the National Band Association, and has presented at the Ohio Music Education Association Professional Development Conference. She currently resides with her two crazy cats (Calypso and Abby) and when not on the podium or in the classroom, she enjoys cooking and hiking.