Division: Instrumental Conducting & Ensembles, Music Education
Position: Director, Professor
Office: C-550 HFAC
Kirt Saville is the Director of the School of Music. He is a Professor of Music Education and the Associate Director of Bands at Brigham Young University. Coming from 22 years of experience as the Director of Bands and 15 years as the music department chairman at Washburn University (Topeka, Kansas), Dr. Saville teaches instrumental music education and conducts the BYU Symphonic Band. He has a keen interest in conducting, rehearsal techniques, and the continued development of wind band literature. Dr. Saville has studied conducting with Eugene Corporon, Mallory Thompson, Frederick Fennell, Larry Rachlef, Allan McMurray, Glenn Price, and Clark Rundell. Under his direction, the Washburn Symphonic Band was invited three times to perform for the College Band Directors National Association Southwestern Conference and was invited in each year of eligibility to perform for the Kansas Music Educators Convention in Wichita, Kansas. Dr. Saville is a respected clinician and adjudicator, conducting honor bands throughout the West and Mid-West.
In the fall of 2004, Dr. Saville was awarded an academic sabbatical which took him to Tianjin in the Peoples Republic of China, where he served as the conductor for the band and orchestra programs at the University of Tianjin. While in China, he conducted research on the band movement within China and has since returned to conduct, perform and teach in the People’s Republic of China in 2007, 2010, and 2011.
Prior to his appointment at Washburn University, Dr. Saville taught the marching band and woodwinds at Utah State University. Dr. Saville began his career teaching in the public schools for nine years, where he enjoyed a distinguished career in Utah as Director of Bands at Sky View High School and Lehi High School. Dr. Saville holds a Doctor of Education degree from Utah State University, a Master of Music in woodwind performance from North Texas State University, and a bachelor’s degree in music education from Brigham Young University.
EdD, Utah State University
MM, Woodwind Performance, North Texas State University
BM, Music Education, Brigham Young University