Margaret Underwood

School of Music

Visiting Assistant Professor, Director of Bands

Margaret Underwood


Phone: 828-227-3726
Office Address: Coulter 235


D.M.A, University of Minnesota

M.M., Ohio State University

B.M.E, State University of New York


Margaret Underwood is Visiting Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music at Western Carolina University where she conducts the Wind Ensemble, guides all aspects of the concert bands, and teaches courses in music education. Prior to her current appointment she served as Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Music at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio. Previously, she was the Assistant Director of Bands at Mansfield University in Pennsylvania and taught middle and high school band for several years in New York.

Dr. Underwood received her DMA in conducting from the University of Minnesota, where she studied with Craig Kirchhoff. She holds an MM in conducting from The Ohio State University, studying with Dr. Russel Mikkelson, and a BME from State University of New York at Fredonia. She has also studied conducting with Richard Blatti, Kathy Romey, Dale Warland, Akira Mori, and Robert Debbaut. Additionally, she has been selected for master classes with Jerry Junkin, Timothy Reynish, Helmuth Rilling, Richard Floyd, and Robert Carnahan.

She is an active guest conductor and clinician throughout the United States, guest conducting ensembles in Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington, and West Virginia. She has also conducted at the CBDNA North Central Regional Conference. Margaret presented her research on Robert Kurka’s The Good Soldier Schweik Suite at the CBDNA National Conference and the WASBE International Conference. Her article on the Kurka is published in The Journal of World Association of Band and Symphonic Ensembles.

Margaret Underwood is an active member of College Band Directors National Association, National Association for Music Education, and World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles. She is an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma.

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