Conducting the UNT Wind Symphony, June 2012


Jim Skaleski is currently the director of bands at DeForest Area Middle School. He was previously the assistant conductor with the Oconomowoc Chamber Orchestra affiliate community ensemble, the Lake Country Orchestra. He also co-conducted the middle school concert bands in the Kettle Moraine School District and within the School District of Waukesha.

While pursuing his undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, he studied conducting with Dr. Richard Mark HeidelDr. Randy Dickerson, and Dr. James Colonna. He took opportunities to conduct the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Wind Symphony, Symphony Band, and Blugold Marching Band. In 2007, Mr. Skaleski was selected as one of 4 drum majors for the marching band's European tour.

While a student teacher at the Fall Creek School District in Fall Creek, WI, Mr. Skaleski was responsible for teaching and conducting the high school symphonic band, middle school band, 6th grade band, and high school jazz ensemble. He completed his semester-long student teaching practicum in June of 2009.

Following student teaching, Mr. Skaleski has attended the University of North Texas Conductors Collegium in Denton, TX in 2009 and 2012. While there, he worked with Dennis FischerEugene Corporon, H. Robert Reynolds, and James Jordon, while also being provided the opportunity to conduct the North Texas Wind Symphony.