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Dr. George Halsell


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Education Information

Bachelor of Music (1979), Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University

Master of Music (1980), The University of Texas at Austin

Doctor of Musical Arts (1989), The University of Texas at Austin

Additional graduate study at the College-Conservatory of Music of the University of Cincinnati and Idaho State University; graduate cognate in Music Theory completed

Background/Personal Information

Teaching Experience:

Peabody Institute (Baltimore, MD) Preparatory Department, 1977-1979

Cincinnati (OH) College-Conservatory of Music Preparatory Department, 1980-December 1981

Musical Arts Centre (Cincinnati, OH), 1980-December 1981

Teaching Assistant, The University of Texas at Austin, January 1982-1983

West Virginia University (Morgantown, WV)(FT), 1983-4

West Virginia University Preparatory Department, 1983-4

Essex Community College (Baltimore, MD), 1985-90

Towson University Preparatory Department (Towson, MD), 1985-90

Frederick (MD) Community College, 1985-90

Peabody Institute Preparatory Department, 1985-90

Adams State College (Alamosa, CO)(FT), 1990-91

University of Southern Colorado (Pueblo), January 1992-1994

Pikes Peak Community College (Colorado Springs), January 1992-1994

College of Southern Idaho (Twin Falls)(FT), 1994-2021, (PT) 2022-present


Other Information:

Chair, CSI Advising Committee, Fall 2002-Spring 2018

Founder and former co-advisor, CSI Collegiate Chapter of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME)

President, Magic Valley Arts Council, Fall 2005-April 2011

President, Magic Valley Symphony, Summer 1999-Summer 2009; Vice-President 2021-present

Member, Danny Marona Performing Arts Scholarship Fund Board, Fall 2006-2016

Marine Corps Ambassador, June 2013



CSI Distinguished Professor, Spring 2009 and Spring 2015 (2 awards)

Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts 2010

Composition Commission, Idaho Music Teachers Association 2019

Composition Honorable Mention, Music Teachers National Association Competition, 2019

Professor Emeritus 2021


Selected Compositions:


Waltz Fantastic (2017) for symphony orchestra

Eagle Celebration Overture (2016) for symphony orchestra

Fanfare for an Uncommon Land (2011) for symphony orchestra

A Stygian Adventure (2011) for symphony orchestra

Symphony in Five Episodes (2009) for symphony orchestra

A Voice in the Desert (2009) for choir and piano

Fanfare for the Magic Valley (2008) for symphony orchestra

I See Your Face (2008) for choir and piano

March: A Century of Music (2005) for concert band

March Triumphant (2004) for concert band

March: Grand Spectacle (2002) for concert band

March: The Hadley March (2014) for concert band

Intergalactic Adventure (2019) for symphony orchestra

Three Movements for Horn Quartet (2019) (IMTA commission, MTNA honorable mention)