Visiting Assistant Professor of Music
Office: MUS 107
Phone: (231) 591-2537
E-mail Address: DaleSkornia@ferris.edu
Dr. Dale E. Skornia is Visiting Assistant Professor of Music and the Faculty Director of the Athletic Pep Band at Ferris State University (FSU). Additionally, he teaches Music Appreciation, Fundamentals of Music, and Music for the Elementary Teacher. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree (1980) from Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, and a Master of Music degree (1993) from Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas, where he studied conducting with Victor Markovich and Jay Decker. He earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree (2004) at Arizona State University, Tempe, where he studied conducting with William Reber, Timothy Russell, and Gary Hill. Further conducting studies have been with Karel Husa, Donald Portnoy, Richard Strange, Michael Morgan and Paul Vermel. Saxophone studies have been with Joseph Wytko and Jean Lansing.
Prior to coming to FSU, Dr. Skornia spent three years at St. Louis Community College where he conducted the Meramec Symphonic Band and nine and one-half years at Western Nebraska Community College (WNCC). Under his direction, the Western Nebraska Winds performed extensively around the Nebraskan panhandle and were featured performers at a Nebraska Music Educators Association Conference. The Western Nebraska Winds and Dr. Skornia were included in Champion s of Industry, a Discovery Channel program that featured WNCC. While at WNCC, he was the founding Music Director of the Western Nebraska Chamber Players, a professional orchestra. Dr. Skornia has also conducted the Wadham College Symphony Orchestra of Oxford University, Oxford, England.
Additionally, Dr. Skornia has taught instrumental music for ten years in public and parochial schools in Missouri, Illinois, and Kansas. The bands of the St. Vincent Schools in Perryville, Missouri, received numerous awards and recognition during his seven-year tenure. Dr. Skornia is active as a guest clinician, conductor, and saxophonist. He is a member of the Music Educators National Conference, the Michigan Music Educators Association, the Conductor s Guild, the College Band Directors National Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.