Sheridan Monroe is a conductor, educator, and clarinetist from Castle Rock, Colorado. Ms. Monroe is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree in wind conducting at Colorado State University, serving as a graduate assistant with the CSU Marching Band, Basketball Pep Bands, and the Presidential Pep Band. In addition, she is a guest conductor of the Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, and Concert Band and performs as a clarinetist in the Wind Symphony. Her conducting teachers include Dr. Rebecca Phillips, Professor Wesley Kenney, and Professor Gary Speck.
A graduate of Miami University (Oxford, Ohio), Ms. Monroe received a Bachelor of Music in both Music Education and Clarinet Performance. She completed the university’s Honors Program with distinction, graduating summa cum laude, and was named the Presser Scholar, the university’s most prestigious award in music. She was the principal clarinet in the Miami University Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra. As drum major for the Miami University Marching Band, Ms. Monroe led the band’s nationally televised performance in the 2013 Presidential Inauguration Parade. She also performed in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2011.
Prior to coming to CSU, Ms. Monroe was the Director of Bands for the Estes Park School District in Estes Park, Colorado. She taught the 5th-12th grade bands, jazz band, and marching band. In all four years at Estes Park Schools, the concert bands received superior and excellent ratings at the Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) Large Group Festival. In 2017, the EPHS jazz band performed alongside the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra at the famous Dazzle jazz club in Denver. The Estes Park Marching Band won the Colorado Bandmasters Association 1A State Marching Band Competition in 2015, 2016, and 2017. Ms. Monroe was selected by her fellow teachers as the Estes Park School District Teacher of the Year in 2018.
Ms. Monroe’s conducting career has included several national and regional performances. In 2013, she conducted the Miami University Wind Ensemble in Darius Milhaud’s La Creation du
Monde. From 2012-2013, she was the assistant conductor of the Great Miami Youth Symphony in Hamilton, Ohio. She has conducted at various symposiums and workshops, including the Ithaca College Northeast Wind Conducting Symposium with H. Robert Reynolds and Steve Peterson, the University of Michigan Band Conducting and Pedagogy Workshop with Michael Haithcock and Courtney Snyder, the Kansas City Conducting Symposium at UMKC with Craig Kirchhoff and Steve Davis, the University of Colorado Wind Band Symposium with Allan McMurray and Don McKinney, the Michigan State University Conducting Symposium with Kevin Sedatole and Gary Green, and the Virginia Tech Band Directors Institute with Michael Haithcock and Travis Cross.
As a clarinetist, Ms. Monroe has performed internationally in Argentina and at major venues across the United States including Carnegie Hall (New York City) and Boettcher Hall (Denver). She has performed with the Boulder Philharmonic, Colorado Wind Ensemble, and the Aurora Symphony Orchestra. In addition, she was selected as a clarinetist with the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. As a soloist, she won Miami University’s Concerto Competition in 2013, performing the American premiere of Ondřej Kukal’s Clarinettino with the Miami University Symphony Orchestra. She also performed for events at the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, Arizona and the Clyfford Still Museum in Denver, Colorado. Ms. Monroe was the principal clarinet of both the Colorado High School All-State Band and All-State Orchestra in 2008 and 2009.
Ms. Monroe also serves as secretary on the Colorado Bandmasters Association state board, and served for three years on the CBA State Marching Band Committee. She is currently a member of the Colorado Music Educators Association (CMEA), the Colorado Bandmasters Association (CBA), the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), the National Band Association (NBA), and the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA).
Performance Clarinet recital, 2013
Teaching Getting the marching band ready for competition
Conducting Working with Steve Davis at the University of Missouri, Kansas City Wind Band Teaching Symposium