Professor of Music
Office: Price Doyle Fine Arts 527
Ray Conklin joined the Murray State University Music Faculty in 1973 and currently holds the rank of Professor. Conklin has served in administrative positions as the Chair of the Department of Music and the President of the Faculty Senate. Professor Conklin presently teaches Low Brass (Alto Trombone; Trombone; Bass Trombone; Euphonium; and Tuba), Brass Repertoire and Pedagogy, and conducts/coaches the Brass Chamber Music Ensembles. His conducting/coaching responsibilities include the Brass Choir, the Trombone Choir, Slide Advantage, the Brass Quintets, and the Tuba Euphonium Ensembles. Conklin has also taught Music History, Music Theory, Brass Methods, and he started the Jazz Program (2-4 bands; 2-4 combos; Jazz Improvisation; and Jazz History) at the university. Conklin’s ensembles have performed in the public schools, at universities, and major conferences throughout the USA (International Trombone Festivals; Eastern Trombone Festivals; International Tuba Euphonium Conferences; New York Brass Conferences; International Mid West Band and Orchestra Clinics; Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia National Convention; state music education conferences; et al). Slide Advantage has produced three professional recordings of both classical and jazz compositions. military bands in the USA and Europe. Murray State presented Conklin with its most prestigious award, the Board of Regents Teaching Award. He has been an active performer in the region and has served for over 20 years as the Principal Trombonist and/or Principal Bass Trombonist with the Evansville (Indiana) Philharmonic Orchestra and the Owensboro (Kentucky) Symphony Orchestra. Conklin has performed with the Dallas Symphony, the Louisville Orchestra, the Nashville Symphony, the Paducah KY Symphony, the Jackson TN Symphony, the Corning NY Symphony, and the National Repertoire Orchestra.
Ray Conklin serves as the founder (1986), coordinator, and the conductor of the Brass and Percussion Unlimited (formerly Kentuckiana Brass and Percussion Ensemble), a professional ensemble that has performed regionally at universities; on community concert series; and at state, national, and international conferences in the USA. The BPU/KBPE released a new professional Compact Disc recording entitled Earth Dances in 2001. Conklin also serves as the founder, coordinator, and conductor of Slide Advantage - Pro Edition, a professional ensemble that has performed on community concert series, at universities, and at state, national, and international conferences in the USA. Conklin has also performed with and conducted the National Trombone Choir of the USA throughout Europe. Professor Conklin has conducted the Bavarian Brass Ensemble (a professional ensemble featuring orchestra musicians, university professors, and commercial/freelance/radio orchestra/recording musicians) in concerts in Germany and Austria). Conklin received his education at the University of Louisville and the University of North Texas.