Caroline Hand

Caroline Hand

Associate Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music Performance

Associate Director of Bands


Room:MI 135

Caroline Hand is the associate director of bands and an associate professor of music performance at Ball State University. She believes in the ability of ensemble music making to create connections among students and audiences alike, and searches for ways to enhance these bonds. At Ball State, Dr. Hand has the opportunity to facilitate these connections by conducting the Wind Symphony, Symphony Band, directing the “Pride of Mid-America” Marching Band, overseeing all Athletic Bands, and teaching select courses in music education.

Dr. Hand is in demand as a guest conductor across the region and nation with numerous honor band appearances. She has conducted 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 has appeared internationally as a conducting teacher and guest conductor at the Escuela de Música in Pérez Zeledón, Costa Rica and conducted one of the feature concerto concerts of the 2019 International Trombone Festival.

Dr. Hand is pursuing research and study of works for wind band by female composers. For this endeavor, she was awarded a significant competitive grant from Ball State University to commission two new works and put on a Female Composers Concert in the fall of 2019. She has presented on the topic at the Indiana Music Educators Association Conference and the College Band Directors National Association Conference, and is dedicated to programming works by diverse composers with her ensembles.

Dr. Hand is an avid supporter of community engagement through music. Currently, Dr. Hand is the faculty advisor for the Ball State University chapter of United Sound, an organization founded by Julie Duty, whose mission is to teach instruments to people with disabilities and include them in ensemble music making. She has presented on disability inclusion at the Capital University Band Director’s Workshop, Minnesota Music Educators Association 2015 Mid-Winter Clinic, University of Minnesota’s Youth Issue Education Network Session, and the College Music Society. Alongside colleagues Amy Hourigan and Douglas Droste, her work with Ball State’s Sensory Friendly Concert Series will be presented at the 2021 Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic. In the summer of 2014, she was selected to participate in the annual international summit for New Audiences and Innovative Practices in Iceland due to her practice.

Dr. Hand earned degrees from the University of Minnesota (DMA conducting), Baylor University (MM band conducting), and Oklahoma State University (BME). Her wind conducting teachers include Craig Kirchhoff, Eric Wilson, and Joseph Missal.

Dr. Hand has a smiley one-year old son who she, together with her husband, loves taking on bike rides to explore local parks, taking to outdoor concerts, and spending time singing, dancing, and clapping.