The West Virginia University College of Creative Arts has announced that music professor John Hendricks III, has been named the new assistant dean for recruiting and retention. Hendricks also serves as WVU director of bands.

His appointment begins July 1.

“I am pleased and grateful that Professor Hendricks will assume a new role on the college’s administrative team,” said Dean Paul Kreider. “It has become vital that the College of Creative Arts turn attention to lingering issues of recruitment and retention of students. I trust that Professor Hendricks will provide the necessary leadership to oversee development of strategic recruitment and retention plans. He will head the implementation of those plans and work to bolster daily efforts to ensure our prospective and current students are being served beyond their expectations.”

Hendricks currently conducts the WVU Wind Symphony and teaches graduate conducting courses. He previously served as WVU’s associate director of bands for 12 years, directed the WVU Marching Band, Symphonic Band and Pep Band, and taught music education courses, including undergraduate conducting and public school arranging. He also served as assistant chair of the School of Music, coordinator of music undergraduate academic advising, coordinator of Mountaineer Music Camp and conductor of the Studio Orchestra.

Prior to his appointments at WVU, Hendricks was the assistant director of bands at Rutgers University. He also served for five years as the band director at Spencer High School in Spencer, W.Va.

A native of Shepherdstown, W.Va., and a graduate of Jefferson High School, he received his master’s degree in conducting and his bachelor’s degree in music education from WVU. While working toward his masters, he was actively involved with the WVU Bands as a graduate assistant.

In addition to his current administrative and teaching duties, Hendricks is active as a guest conductor for various honor groups at the county, district, regional and all-state levels. He also serves frequently as an adjudicator and clinician throughout the eastern United States. He has had several chapters published in the popular “Teaching Music Through Performance in Band” series by GIA Publications, and his current research is focused upon the use of hymns in wind band music.

Hendricks is a member of several professional music affiliations, including the College Band Directors National Association, National Band Association, National Association for Music Education and Phi Beta Mu.

He is currently the state chair for the National Band Association, co-adviser for the Omicron Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi national honorary band fraternity, and past-president of the Big East Band Directors Association. He has also held state positions for the College Band Directors National Association and the West Virginia Music Educators Association. He is an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi, the Golden Key National Honor Society and the WVU Mountain Honorary.

Hendricks is a past recipient of the “West Virginia Band Director of the Year” award presented by the Tau Chapter of Phi Beta Mu international bandmaster’s fraternity. He has been an arranger for university and high school bands as well as a coordinator for various events and conferences.


CONTACT: Charlene Lattea, College of Creative Arts

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