Ms. Amy J. Bovin is a doctoral student and conducting instructor at The University of Hartford’s The Hartt School working towards her PhD in Music Education. Her main area of research is in the phenomenology of the female band director. Secondary areas include music literacy, learning theories, and rehearsal techniques. Previously, she completed the degree of Masters of Music in Instrumental Conducting at The University of Connecticut where she was a graduate assistant the UConn Athletic Bands, working with the UConn Marching Band and Pep Bands, and a Teaching Assistant with the conducting classes and ensembles. Ms. Bovin also earned her BA in Music and her BS in Education from UConn where she was the principal flutist for the Wind Ensembles and Symphony Orchestra and Head Drum Major of the UConn Marching Band.
Beyond her degrees, Ms. Bovin has attended conducting workshops with Mallory Thompson, Euguene Corpron, Glen Adsit, Frank Ticheli, Michael Haithcock, Michael Colgrass, Charles Peltz and Frank Battisi at The Hartt School, Northwestern University, and the New England Conservatory. She also had the experience of conducting the United States Coast Guard Band at the US Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT, and is a frequent conductor for the Hartford Opera Theater’s New in November Series. Throughout the school year, Ms. Bovin is a frequent clinician at conferences, festivals, and workshops around the nation, and at her colleagues’ schools working with their band programs.
Ms. Bovin was chosen as a participant at the 2019 International Conducting Workshop Festival in Sofia, Bulgaria. Additionally, she was chosen to receive a 2018 CBDNA Mike Moss Conducting Grant and was chosen as one of three conductors from around the world to participate in the 2015 Cortona Sessions for New Music in Cortona, Italy. She has also received invitations to attend the International Conducting Institute. At the 2016 Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, Ms. Bovin received the Citation of Merit award from Women’s Band Directors International for outstanding contribution to bands and band music.
Ms. Bovin is the President Elect for Connecticut Music Educators Association, the Connecticut State representative for Women's Band Directors International, and a member of The National Association of Music Education, College Band Directors’ National Association, the National Band Association, and the American Bandmasters’ Association. She was also a National Officer of Tau Beta Sigma National Honorary Band Sorority where she had and continues to have the opportunity to give workshops on music education, women in music, conducting, and leadership, as well as conduct bands at various universities across the nation.
Ms. Bovin currently resides in Connecticut with her cat Lily.