Kevin M. Geraldi
Director of Instrumental Ensembles
Associate Professor of Conducting
KEVIN M. GERALDI is Director of Instrumental Ensembles and Associate Professor of Conducting at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he conducts the UNCG Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and Casella Sinfonietta, and teaches graduate and undergraduate conducting. With UNCG ensembles, he has performed in Dvořák Hall in Prague, Czech Republic, the Music Center at Strathmore in Bethesda, MD, at the national CBDNA conventions in Austin, TX, and Greensboro, NC, and at the American Bandmasters Association convention in Norfolk, VA. Previously, he taught at Lander University in Greenwood, SC and in the public schools of Westchester, IL, and was assistant conductor of the Central Illinois and Michigan Youth Symphonies.
Dr. Geraldi appears regularly as a guest conductor and he maintains an active schedule as a clinician and adjudicator throughout the country. Committed to promoting contemporary art music, he has commissioned and premiered numerous compositions and collaborated with composers including Philip Glass, Christopher Theofanidis, Joel Puckett, Steven Bryant, Carter Pann, and John Mackey. He has collaborated with artists including Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Lynn Harrell, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, and Lindsay Kesselman. He has published several articles in leading scholarly journals on topics that reflect his interest in the history and performance practice of chamber music for winds, brass, and strings. His recordings with the Minerva Chamber Ensemble, Casella Sinfonietta, and UNCG Wind Ensemble are available on the Equilibrium and Centaur Records labels.
A devoted advocate for music education, Dr. Geraldi conducts dozens of clinics annually with high school orchestras and bands and honors ensembles throughout the country, presents frequently at music education conferences, and has published articles for music educators on concert programming and effective rehearsal strategies.
Dr. Geraldi holds the Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees in conducting from the University of Michigan, where he studied with H. Robert Reynolds and Michael Haithcock, and the Bachelor of Music Education degree from Illinois Wesleyan University, where he studied with Steven Eggleston. His other conducting teachers include Gustav Meier, Kenneth Kiesler, Daniel Hege, and Rossen Milanov. He has also participated as a conducting fellow in workshops with Pierre Boulez, Paul Vermel, William Henry Curry, and Frederick Fennell. Dr. Geraldi is a recipient of the Thelma A. Robinson Award, presented by the Conductors Guild and the National Federation of Music Clubs, and the Outstanding Teaching Award in the UNCG School of Music. He is a member of the American Bandmasters Association, the Conductors Guild, the College Orchestra Directors Association, the College Band Directors National Association, the National Association for Music Education, Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and is a National Arts Associate of Sigma Alpha Iota.
Director of Outreach Programs
Ensembles Manager and Marketing Coordinator
John R. Locke
Director of Bands Emeritus
Pamela L. Klena
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Originally from East Tennessee, Pamela L. Klena participated in numerous All-East Honor Bands and All-State Honor bands on euphonium. For her undergraduate studies, Pam attended Lee University in Cleveland, TN from 2004-2009. There she received her Bachelors degree in Music Education and studied conducting with Dr. David R. Holsinger. During her time at Lee University, Pam served as librarian, vice president, president, and student conductor of the Lee University Symphonic Band. During her five years in The Lee University Symphonic Band, a music ministry ensemble, Pam was honored to have performed, conducted, and led master classes in both Jordan and Brazil. She also served on the committee that founded a state-recognized beginning band program at a low-income elementary school in Cleveland, TN.
Upon graduation from Lee University, Pam was appointed Director of Bands at Trinity Christian School in Sharpsburg, GA. From 2009-2013, she taught all general music courses, beginning band, middle/high school bands, and conducted the school musical. In addition to taking students to participate in the Georgia All-State Band, she also served as coordinator and director for the Georgia Independent School Associate All-Select Middle School Honor Band and Chorus. From 2013-15, Pam completed her Masters of Music with an emphasis in Wind Conducting at Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Michigan where she studied with John E. Williamson. She also conducted the University Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Symphony, Wind Ensemble, and assisted with the Central Michigan Marching Chips. In 2015, Pam was appointed Instrumental Director of the Fairview United Methodist Church Music Ministry and also the associate conductor of the Knoxville Christian Arts Ministry, a music ministry ensemble (composed of full choir, orchestra, drama, and dance) that performs concerts in prisons. Pam has been an active member in the Georgia Music Educators Association and the Georgia Independent School Association, an active participant in the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic. She also was selected in 2015 to present her literature review, “Toward Resolving Gender Inequities in the Field of Wind Conducting” at the Michigan Music Conference. Pam is also a proud member of Sigma Alpha Iota, Kappa Kappa Psi, and Pi Kappa Lambda.
Pam is currently in her third year of an Instrumental Conducting DMA program here at UNCG. She serves as a conductor the University Band, Casella Sinfonietta, Wind Ensemble, and Symphonic Band.
J. Benjamin Jones
Graduate Teaching Assistant
J. Benjamin Jones, a native of Gastonia, is currently earning the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Wind Conducting at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he studies with Dr. John R. Locke and Dr. Kevin M. Geraldi. Ben holds a Bachelors degree in Music Education from The University of South Carolina (2008) and a Masters Degree in Instrumental Conducting from UNCG (2018). Prior to his graduate studies at UNCG, Ben taught in the public-school system of North Carolina as the Director of Bands at Ashbrook High School in Gastonia. Under his direction, the Bands of Ashbrook received consistent superior ratings at the North Carolina Music Educators Association Music Performance Adjudication Festival and at marching and concert band competitions throughout the region. During the eight years of his tenure, the band program grew from 49 to 125 members and regularly placed students into collegiate music programs across the Southeast.
While at UNCG Ben has served as the co-conductor of the University Band and Symphonic Band, and guest conducted with the Wind Ensemble and Casella Sinfonietta. He has also performed with the Trumpet Ensemble and has served as a graduate teaching assistant with the undergraduate conducting classes. Ben is an active guest clinician and adjudicator and has worked with bands throughout the Carolinas in both Marching Band and Concert Band settings. As an advocate for music education and building leaders in school music programs, Ben has presented leadership training workshops for a number of high school programs, and worked with young music educators throughout North Carolina. He is a member of the National Association for Music Education, the North Carolina Music Educators Association, CBDNA, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Carolina Perez is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree in Instrumental Conducting at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where her primary teachers are John Locke and Kevin Geraldi. In 2012, Ms. Perez completed the Bachelor of Music Education degree from UNCG, graduating summa cum laude. Ms. Perez was a North Carolina Teaching Fellow and a recipient of the “Thomas J. Stone Award for Outstanding Musicianship.” Prior to returning to school, Ms. Perez served as the Director of Bands at Eastern Randolph High School for four years and as Band Director at East Union Middle School and Forest Hills High School for two years. Bands under Ms. Perez’s direction have earned consistent Superior and Excellent ratings at concert and marching band festivals throughout North Carolina. While teaching, Ms. Perez worked to cultivate strong student leaders (including training young Drum Majors to conduct with proper technique) and led and participated in several commissioning projects to foster new concert band works for young students.