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Marc F. Boensel

Marc F. Boensel

Dr. Marc F. Boensel, DMA, has been conducting bands, orchestras and choruses in California, Virginia and Maryland for more than 25 years. In 1999, he founded the Annapolis Wind Symphony, a 45-piece professional symphonic band and philanthropic organization. He received a 2005 distinguished fund raiser award from the American Red Cross and the 2006 Community Champions Award from Sandy Spring Bank for his charity fund raising work with the Annapolis Wind Symphony, which, since its founding, has raised more than $14,000 for local charities.

Dr. Boensel was Director of Music for First Presbyterian Church of Annapolis 1996 to 2012, where he directed the 40-voice Chancel Choir, Handbell Choir and children’s choir. He has also been a guest conductor and clinician for professional, collegiate and high school ensembles throughout the mid-Atlantic.

In addition to being the Symphonic Band Conductor-in-Residence and Adjunct Professor of Music at American University, Marc was Concert Band director and Adjunct Professor of Music at Anne Arundel Community College, where he taught courses in music history and music theory. He continues a career as a professional oboist that has spanned three decades, including 22 years in Navy and Air Force bands as well as various orchestras in California, Virginia and Maryland.

In 2012, Dr. Boensel joined the faculty of Darton State College in Albany, GA as an Assistant Professor of Instrumental Studies, where he conducts the Concert Band and teaches courses in music theory and history.

He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from California State University Fullerton, a Master of Music degree from San Diego State University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Maryland. He has studied conducting with Benton Minor, Edmund Williams, Robert Gilson, John Wakefield and James Ross, and studied oboe with Larry Timm and Peggy Michel.

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