Director of Bands
What I Do at SSU
I am the Director of Bands and Program Director for Music Education at Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, California. In addition to leading the university Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Chamber Winds Ensemble, I teach courses in conducting, instrumental music methods and music education. As Director of the Music Education program at SSU, I lead a seminar course for credential candidates in the field of music and supervise student teachers.
Dr. Collinsworth received his Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education and Master of Music degree in saxophone performance from the University of Nevada at Reno. He received his Doctor of the Musical Arts degree in Conducting from Arizona State University.
Prior to joining the Sonoma State faculty in 2008, Dr. Collinsworth taught for nearly twenty years in California public schools. From 1996 to 2005 he was Director of Instrumental Music at Maria Carrillo High School in Santa Rosa, California, where ensembles under his direction were recognized for their superior performances.
Dr. Collinsworth maintains an active schedule as a guest conductor, adjudicator and clinician throughout California and the Western states. His critical edition full score to Samuel Barber’s Commando March, is published by G. Schirmer. In addition to his university duties, Dr. Collinsworth is an active member of several professional organizations. He is President of the Bay Section of the California Music Educators Association (CMEA), and is President-Elect for the Western Division of the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA). In addition, he is a member of the National Association of Music Education, the California Band Directors Association, the Northern California Band Directors Association, and is an honorary member of the Kappa Kappa Psi band fraternity.
In 2011, he was honored by the California Music Educators Association’s
Don Schmeer/Byron Hoyt Band Educator Award honoring excellence in instrumental instruction and performance.