Blue Lake International Southern Winds
The 2019 International Southern Winds is comprised of the instrumentation found in a traditional symphonic wind ensemble, with woodwind, brass and percussion sections. The group's repertoire will range from traditional American symphonic literature to orchestral transcriptions and classic marches, such as Sousa's Stars and Stripes Forever.The Southern Winds participate in the Blue Lake in France Program, where they are joined by approximately 30 French student musicians for a 5 day cultural residency in historic Figeac, France. Each of the groups in the Blue Lake International Exchange Program will visit five to seven towns (hosting communities) in Europe.
Nancy Ditmer is Professor of Music and Coordinator of Music Education at The College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio. Her duties at Wooster include teaching conducting and music education courses, conducting the symphonic band, and supervising student teachers. She also conducted the Fighting Scot Marching Band for 27 years and for three years served as Chair of the Department of Music from 2011-2014. An active member of the Ohio Music Education Association, she has served as Editor of TRIAD, the official publication of OMEA; was President from 1996-98; Government Relations Chair (2004-06); State Advisor for the Ohio Collegiate Music Education Association; and recently served as Chair of the Memorial Scholarship Committee. She was the recipient of the 2006 OMEA Distinguished Service Award, the highest honor bestowed by the organization. Ms. Ditmer completed a two-year term (2002-04) as President of the 10-state North Central Division of the National Association for Music Education and in 2008 was designated a Lowell Mason Fellow by this organization. She recently completed a two-year term (2012-2014) as President of NAfME, served for two years as Chair of the Council of Past National Presidents, and was a member of the Board for the Give a Note Foundation. In April of 2016, she was the recipient of the Alumni Achievement Award at her undergraduate alma mater, Capital University, in recognition for notable accomplishments in the recipient’s profession as well as service to the University and contributions to humanity. An active clinician, adjudicator, consultant, and guest conductor, she also holds memberships in the College Band Directors National Association, the Ohio Private College Instrumental Conductors Association, the National Band Association, Pi Kappa Lambda, and Phi Beta Mu.