Dr. Dwayne Corbin, conductor and music director
Conductor, percussionist, and educator are three ways Dr. Corbin has proven himself to be a successful and integral part of Northern California’s music community. As conductor of the Shasta Symphony Orchestra he has led inspiring and often sold-out traditional orchestral concerts, as well as pops, chamber music, and choral/orchestra events. He has commissioned and premiered four new works for orchestra from local and mid-west composers, has grown the orchestra and its funding, and continues to position the Shasta Symphony as a key educational/artistic organization in Shasta County and the surrounding region. Since 2013 he has also served as the Resident Conductor of the North State Symphony, and he just completed as successful one year interim position as the 2014-2015 Assistant Conductor of the Juneau Symphony.
Dr. Corbin is Associate Professor of Instrumental Music at Simpson University, responsible for the Percussion Ensemble, Applied Percussion, conducting courses, and world music. In the past, Dr. Corbin conducted ensembles at Wheaton College and the University of Cincinnati, in addition to directing the Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble. Dr. Corbin regularly adjudicates regional festivals, gives clinics to regional schools, and guest conducts ensembles such as the Juneau Wind Ensemble in 2015 & 2013 and the Southern Oregon University Symphonic Band in 2010. In 2007, he led the University of Cincinnati Chamber Players as part of the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensemble conference in Killarney, Ireland. In addition to his work at the college/university level, Dr. Corbin also taught public school band in the greater Seattle and Chicago areas.
Corbin has held the position of Principal Percussionist in the North State Symphony since 2006, regularly presents jazz and classical recitals, and has played percussion on internationally-released albums such as Kim Walker Smith’s 2012 CD Still Believe. Dr. Corbin’s composition Cage for One won first place in the 2009 Percussive Arts Society composition contest and is published by C. F. Peters. He recently performed with composer David Maslanka in band and chamber music performances in Juneau, AK as part of the Alaskan Composers Music Festival, and in May 2016 he performed there again with composer John Luther Adams. He performed a suite of 1920’s xylophone rags with the Juneau Symphony in June 2011, after studying with percussion master Bob Becker. Since 2011, Dr. Corbin and his wife, Caryn, have led the Shasta Percussion Workshop, a summer percussion immersion experience for high school and college students.
Corbin earned a Doctorate of Musical Arts in conducting from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, a Masters of Music in percussion performance from Central Washington University, and a Bachelor’s of Music Education from Wheaton College. He resides in Redding, CA with his wife and their two sons, Andrew and Peter.