Bob Cole Conservatory of Music Director of Bands
John Alan Carnahan is Director of Bands and Professor of Conducting at the Bob Cole
Conservatory of Music at California State University, Long Beach. Prior to his
appointment at Long Beach, Professor Carnahan served as Associate Director of Bands at
the University of Texas, Arlington.
Professor Carnahan brings a broad based knowledge and extensive background to all
idioms of instrumental music performance. His ensembles have performed at
numerous regional, national, and international music conferences including the
Music Educators National Conference, the College Band Directors National
Association Regional and National Conferences, the American Bandmasters
Association National Conference, and as the featured ensemble at the Korean
International Wind Band Festival. The Los Angeles Times hailed the University Wind
Symphony as, "...thoroughly disciplined and euphonious!"
In addition to his university duties, Professor Carnahan is active internationally as a guest
conductor, adjudicator, clinician, lecturer, author, and composer/arranger. He has
conducted countless honor ensemble performances at the local, regional, national, and
international levels. He served as a visiting professor at Hanyang University in Seoul,
Korea and conducted acclaimed performances in the Seoul Arts Center Theater. He also
worked as a music/performance consultant with the nationally renowned Dallas Brass.
Professor Carnahan is a sought after rehearsal clinician. He has presented numerous
performance demonstrations for notable national and international music education
conferences including the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, Il and the World
Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles International Conference in Utrecht,
Netherlands. His innovative and thought-provoking sessions on ensemble rehearsal
techniques and the art of conducting are consistently well received.
Professor Carnahan is also an award-winning composer. His compositions are performed
throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. In 2007, he won the College Band
Directors National Association Young Band Composition Contest with his piece, ...and
the antelope play, which is published by Manhattan Beach Publications. The composition
was selected to be included in the book, Guide to Band Masterworks, Volume 6, by
Meredith Music Publications. Additional compositions are published through C. Alan
Publications and World Projects Publications. Three of his other works can be found in the
Teaching Music Through Performance in Band Series, through GIA Publications, Inc.
Most recently, he completed the first volume of his three volume set of the Definitive Guide
Series for wind band: The Wind Band Sound, A Definitive Guide to Ensemble Intonation,
is now available through World Projects Publications.
Professor Carnahan holds membership in the College Band Directors National Association,
where he serves as Past President of the Western Division. He was voted a Life-Member
of the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association and was honored with
membership in the American Bandmasters Association in 2013.