Professor of Music
Director of Bands
Dr. Thomas E. Caneva is Director of Bands, Professor of Music and Coordinator of Ensembles and Conducting at Ball State University. At Ball State, Caneva’s responsibilities include conducting the Wind Ensemble, coordinating the graduate wind band conducting program, teaching undergraduate conducting and administering the entire band program.
Since his arrival at Ball State in 2006, the Ball State Wind Ensemble has been invited to perform at numerous festivals and conventions including the 2009 MENC North Central Division Convention, the 2010 and 2014 CBDNA North Central Division Conferences, the 2011 and 2017 IMEA State Conferences, the 2011 CBDNA National Conference in Seattle, WA and the 2017 CBDNA National Conference in Kansas City, MO. The performance in Seattle marked the first appearance of a Ball State concert ensemble at a national convention. In 2012, Ball State co-hosted (with Butler University, Indiana University and Purdue University) and performed at the 76th Convention of the American Bandmasters Association in Indianapolis, IN. The Ball State Wind Ensemble also appeared at the Mid-North Horn Workshop, which was hosted by Ball State University in 2016.
In 2007, Caneva founded the Ball State University Conducting Workshop, which has attracted aspiring conductors from throughout the United States. An advocate of new repertoire for wind band, he has been a part of more than twenty commissioning projects and premieres with the Ball State Band program. Since 2011, he has served as the Concert Band Division Coordinator for the Music for All Summer Symposium and is a Conn-Selmer Educational Clinician.
Previous to his appointment at Ball State University, Caneva was a member of the music faculties at the University of Illinois, University of Colorado, Auburn University and the University of Texas at Austin. His teaching career began at Lincoln-Way Community High School in New Lenox, IL.
In 2001, Caneva was elected to membership in the American Bandmasters Association, where he serves as a member of the ABA/Ostwald Composition Contest Committee and the Edwin Frank Goldman Memorial Citation Committee. Currently, he serves as the President of the Mid-American Conference Band Directors Association and the Indiana State Chair of CBDNA. Other honorary and professional affiliations include Phi Beta Mu, the National Band Association, the National Association for Music Educators, the Indiana Bandmasters Association, Kappa Kappa Psi (honorary membership) and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (honorary membership).
Caneva received his Bachelor of Science in Music Education from the University of Illinois, Master of Music in Wind Conducting from the University of Texas at Austin, and Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Instrumental Conducting and Literature from the University of Colorado at Boulder.