Edwin C. Powell

Director of Bands

Edwin C. Powell - Director of Bands
Mary Baker Russell Music Center - Room 337
  • Professional
  • Personal
  • Video

Additional Titles/Roles

  • Professor of Music


  • D.M.A., Conducting, University of North Texas, 2002
  • M.M.E., University of Cincinnati College - Conservatory of Music, 1995
  • B.M.E., University of the Pacific, 1987

Areas of Emphasis or Expertise

  • Music Education
  • Conducting


Conducts University Wind Ensemble, teaches Music Education and Conducting classes, Director Northwest High School Honor Band.

Selected Articles

  • Journal of Band Research
  • National Band Association Journal
  • Voice Magazine


  • Faculty Excellence Award for Mentoring 2014-2015
  • Contributing Author to the 10-volume "Teaching Music Through Performance in Band" text series by GIA Publications
  • Arranger of Ave Maria by Anton Bruckner, Maestro and Fox Publishing


Edwin C. Powell maintains an active schedule as a clinician and adjudicator worldwide conducting groups from San Francisco, California to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He is a contributing author for the immensely popular ten volume textbook series Teaching Music Through Performance in Band, by GIA Publications, and is published in the Journal of Band Research. Dr. Powell has also been active as a producer for Saxophonist Erik Steighner’s CD release of Made in Tacoma,  producer for PLU’s Lyric Brass CD release Made in America and was Associate Producer for the Albany Records recording of Bandanna, an Opera in Two Acts by Daron Aric Hagen.

Dr. Powell is the Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Music at Pacific Lutheran University, where he is responsible for conducting the University Wind Ensemble and the Concert Band. Additionally, he teaches Conducting and Music Education courses. He was the recipient of the 2015 Faculty Excellence Award for Mentoring.  Dr. Powell comes to PLU via the University of Tennessee, where he was Assistant Director of Bands responsible for the Symphonic Band, the 350 member Pride of the Southland Marching Band, conducting courses and music education methods courses.

Dr. Powell has earned degrees from the University of the Pacific, the Cincinnati College – Conservatory of Music and The University of North Texas where he completed a Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting. At North Texas, Dr. Powell was a Graduate Teaching Fellow studying conducting with Eugene Migliaro Corporon while responsible for teaching conducting courses, Chamber Winds and the North Texas Concert Band. While in Cincinnati he served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant studying Music Education with Dr. Lizabeth Wing while responsible for teaching a variety of courses from Instrumental Methods to Music in Childhood Education. Dr. Powell maintains active memberships in the College Band Directors National Association, the Conductors Guild, the National Band Association, the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE), Music Educators National Conference, Washington Music Educators Association and Pi Kappa Lambda.

Contributing Author for TEACHING MUSIC THROUGH PERFORMANCE IN BAND text series.