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Shannon Kitelinger

Assistant Professor, Director of Bands & Undergraduate Advisor

Shannon Kitelinger

Office: M224
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DMA, University of North Texas, Denton (ABD)
MM, University of North Texas, Denton
BS, Music Education, cum laude, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA


Shannon Kitelinger is the Director of Bands at San Diego State University where he conducts the university Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band, as well as teaching courses in conducting, wind literature, and serving as the undergraduate student advisor.


Professor Kitelinger received a Bachelor of Science degree in music education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) and a master of music degree in conducting from the University of North Texas (UNT), where he studied with Eugene Migliaro Corporon. He is currently finishing his dissertation on Paul Fauchet’s Symphony in B-flat in fulfillment of the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of North Texas.


Mr. Kitelinger has taught at the high school, middle school, elementary and university levels. He served as the assistant conductor for the Lone Star Wind Orchestra, a professional wind band based in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. He is the conductor and co-founder of the San Diego Summer Music Institute, a weeklong workshop held annually at San Diego State University through a partnership with the San Diego Winds. In addition he has taught and founded a number of drum major academies in Pennsylvania and California, including the recently founded Drum Major Academy at San Diego State University in partnership with World Drum Major Association (WDMA).


Mr. Kitelinger has been a recording production assistant for the critically acclaimed GIA Windworks series, the Klavier Wind Project, the GIA Composer’s Collection, Naxos Wind Band Classics, and also the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series. He is published in seven volumes of Teaching Music Through Performance in Band as the author of eight teacher’s resource guides of wind band repertoire for beginning and advanced levels.


Awards and honors include: 2012 Music Educator of the Year from the California Music Educator’s Association-Southern Border Section, 2010 IUP Young Alumni Achievement Award, Who’s Who in Fine Arts Higher Education, and Who’s Who Among American Teachers. Mr. Kitelinger holds memberships in the College Band Directors National Association, Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association, California Band Director’s Association, California Music Educators Association, Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, Tau Beta Sigma, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Music Fraternity.


Shannon is grateful for the impact and inspiration that all his teachers and colleagues have had on his personal and professional life, including his wife, Jennifer, his daughter Alexis, and his family and friends.