Emeritus Adjunct Faculty, German
BA, University of Maine; MS, EdD, University of Illinois
Professor Emeritus of Music; Coordinator, M.Ed. in Instrumental Music Ed.
Dr. Gary Corcoran is Professor Emeritus of Music in the Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance at Plymouth State University in Plymouth, New Hampshire. He served as Director of Bands from 1991 until 2011, and now continues as Coordinator of the M.Ed. program in Instrumental Music Education. Dr. Corcoran held similar positions at Pittsburg State University in Kansas and Georgia State University in Atlanta, having taught previously in the public schools of Maine and Massachusetts. He was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Maine and later earned his master’s degree and doctorate at the University of Illinois, where he studied conducting with Dr. Harry Begian.
Dr. Corcoran has served as President of the New England College Band Association, NH State Chair for the National Band Association, and former NBA Eastern Division Chair. He is the founder and Past President of the New Hampshire Band Directors Association and is Past President of the Eastern Division of the College Band Directors National Association. He also served as President of the Kansas Bandmasters Association and served on the Executive Board of that organization for 10 years. He was the founding editor of the CBDNA Report, an international publication for college band directors, and served for 10 years in that position. The New England Band Directors Institute, established by Dr. Corcoran in 1992, continues as one of the nation’s most successful summer workshops for school band directors.
Dr. Corcoran is also the author of The Addition System for Teaching and Learning Rhythm and was a contributing author for the Music Director’s Cookbook: Creative Recipes for a Successful Program. His chapter on “Linear Balance” was included along with those from 50 nationally known conductors and educators.
In 1990, Dr. Corcoran was honored as the “Outstanding Band Director” by the Kansas Bandmasters Association. He was also the 2002 recipient of the “Outstanding Band Director” award presented by the New Hampshire Band Directors Association. Throughout his career, Dr. Corcoran has maintained a very close relationship with public school musicians assisting as a clinician and as a guest conductor with concert bands and wind ensembles.