Dr. Paula Holcomb came to the State University of New York at Fredonia in 1999 as
Director of Bands after serving in a similar position for 20 years at Central College
in Pella, Iowa. Under her direction at Central College, the Symphonic Wind Ensemble
and the Symphonic Band toured internationally to Canada, Europe, and Mexico and performed
at Alice Tully Hall of New York City's Lincoln Center. At Fredonia, the extensive
band program consists of four concert bands. Dr. Holcomb conducts the Wind Ensemble
and musicals, and teaches graduate and undergraduate conducting. Additionally, she
initiated the conducting program as part of the Master of Music in Performance.
Highly sought after as an adjudicator and guest conductor, Dr. Holcomb has conducted
bands and orchestras in 39 states, South America, Australia, Mexico, Europe, and Canada.
She has presented Conducting Symposiums in Canada, South America, Australia and the
United States. Dr. Holcomb is former assistant horn of the Des Moines Symphony and
past president of the Iowa Music Educators Association. Recently, she was presented
with the A. Frank Miller award from Kappa Kappa Psi, served on the Council and Artistic
Planning Conference Committee for the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles,
serving on the board of the Conductors Guild and is currently Northeastern Division
President-elect of the College Band Directors National Association.