Kirt Saville

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Kirt R. Saville graduated from Brigham Young University in 1976 with a bachelor's degree in music education. He received a master's degree in woodwind performance from North Texas State University, and received his doctorate from Utah State University.

Saville began his career teaching in the public schools for nine years, where he enjoyed a career in Utah as Director of Bands at Sky View High School and Lehi High School. Under his direction, the Sky View Symphonic Band was selected as the Utah Honor Concert Band for three consecutive years. He then taught the marching band and woodwinds at Utah State University before becoming the director of bands, clarinet instructor, and chairman of the Department of Music at Washburn University for twenty-two years.

Saville then returned to BYU as the associate director of bands and a professor of music and music education. He became the Director of BYU's School of Music in June 2015. At BYU, Saville has helped to review and revamp the music minor, the graduate music education curriculum, and the curriculum redesign of other courses

Saville 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 performed three times for the College Band Directors National Association Southwestern Division Conference, and was invited in each year of eligibility to perform for the Kansas Music Educators Convention. He has conducted honor bands in Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa and Utah. Saville has performed with the Washburn University Faculty Woodwind Trio and the Sunflower Music Festival Orchestra. He has also served one year as the "College Representative" to the Kansas Bandmasters Association.

In the Fall of 2004, 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 the Peoples’ Republic of China, he was able to conduct research in the band movement within China and was successful in locating a significant body of works for band written by Chinese composers.

In 2008, Saville was invited to perform as part of the International Double Reed Society Annual Conference.

In addition to being the Higher Education VP for the Utah Music Educators Association and serving at BYU, Saville also directs the Utah Premier Brass. In 2012, the group teamed up with the Wasatch Choral to present John Rutter's Gloria at the Covey Center for the Arts. The following year at the annual UMEA conference, Saville presented the convention's Poster Session.

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