Assistant Professor of Music Performance
Associate Director of Bands
Dr. Caroline Hand, Associate Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music Performance at Ball State University, conducts the Symphony Band, directs the “Pride of Mid-America” Marching Band, oversees Ball State Athletic Bands, and teaches select courses in music education. Dr. Hand previously served as conductor and music director of the Maroon and Gold Campus Bands at the University of Minnesota and was frequently featured as a guest conductor with the University’s Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble. Outside of the University, Dr. Hand worked with the Medalist Concert Band (Bloomington, Minnesota) and the Neoteric Chamber Winds, a Minneapolis, Minnesota based ensemble dedicated to performing rare repertoire for chamber winds.
Dr. Hand’s recent acclaimed performances include guest-conducting appearances with the Ball State University Wind Ensemble at the College Band Directors National Association Conference in Kansas City, Missouri, and at the Indiana Music Educators Association Conference in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She was the featured guest clinician at the 2017 Summer Music Clinic Junior Session in Madison, Wisconsin, and directed the Indiana Bandmasters Association High School Region Band at DeKalb High School. Dr. Hand also frequents public schools throughout the state of Indiana as a guest clinician.
Dr. Hand is pursuing research and study of works for wind band by female composers. For this work, she was awarded an ASPIRE start-up grant from Ball State University. She has presented on the topic at the Indiana Music Educators Association Conference, and is dedicated to programming works by female composers with her ensembles.
Dr. Hand is an avid supporter of community engagement through music. Her current research, inspired by her brother, focuses on ways to include people with intellectual disabilities in music ensembles. She presented on the topic at both the Minnesota Music Educators Association 2015 Mid-Winter Clinic and the University of Minnesota’s Youth Issue Education Network Session and has an upcoming presentation with the College Music Society. Exploration of this topic has also given Dr. Hand the opportunity to travel and research abroad. In the summer of 2014, she was selected to participate in the annual international summit for New Audiences and Innovative Practices in Iceland. Currently, Dr. Hand is the faculty advisor for the Ball State University chapter of United Sound, an organization whose mission is to teach and include people with disabilities in music making.
Dr. Hand earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Conducting from the University of Minnesota. Before moving to the Twin Cities, she received her Master of Music in Band Conducting from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Prior to her time at Baylor, Dr. Hand taught secondary school band in Arkansas and Texas. She holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Oklahoma State University. Her wind conducting teachers include Craig Kirchhoff, Eric Wilson, and Joseph Missal. She studied choral conducting with Kathy Salzman Romey, and orchestral conducting with Mark Russell Smith and Stephen Heyde.