Directors of the Ohio University Marching BAND
DR. RICHARD SUK, DIRECTOR
Dr. Richard Suk is serving his 24th year as Director of the Marching 110. He serves as Professor of Music Education in the School of Music, and also conducts the Symphonic Band and Varsity Band. A native of Mobile, Alabama, Dr. Suk received his bachelors and masters degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi, and his doctorate in music education from the University of Illinois. Prior to his appointment at Ohio University, Dr. Suk taught in the public schools in Mississippi and Alabama for ten years, where his bands received consistent superior ratings on the district and state levels.
Dr. Suk is a member of various professional and honorary societies including Kappa Kappa Psi, Tau Beta Sigma, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and Pi Kappa Lambda. He is a recipient of the National Band Association’s Citation of Excellence and is active as an adjudicator and clinician.
MRS. EMILY TALLEY, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (INTERIM)
Mrs. Emily Talley is serving in her first year as the Interim Assistant Director of the Marching 110. For the past fourteen years Emily has served as a high school and middle school band director in New York and North Carolina. She received her Bachelor's of Science in Education degree from Western Carolina University in 2004, as well as her Master's of Music in Clarinet Performance in 2013. During her time as an undergrad she served as a staff coordinator of the “Pride of the Mountains” Marching Band. In 2015, Emily received a Distinguished Educator's Award from Yale University, and attended the Yale Distinguished Educator's Symposium. Her bands at Asheville High School have continuously received superior ratings at Music Performance Adjudication Festival, and have performed in Washington, DC, the Bahamas, Disney World, and Waikiki, Hawaii. Emily has participated in the InterHarmony Festival in Arcidosso, Italy and the World Adult Wind Orchestra Project In Schladming, Austria.
She is a member of the International Clarinet Association, Sigma Alpha Iota, Women Band Directors International, and the National Association for Music Educators.
MR. WILLIAM TALLEY, DIRECTOR OF BANDS (INTERIM)
William Talley is the Interim Director of Bands at Ohio University, where he directs the wind symphony and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in conducting and wind literature. Mr. Talley is a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate in conducting at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, where he served as the associate director of the Eastman Wind Orchestra and the assistant director of the Eastman Wind Ensemble. In addition to his responsibilities with these ensembles at Eastman, Mr. Talley taught undergraduate conducting and served as the assistant director of the Eastman Harmonie. He also regularly conducted for a variety of ensembles at Eastman, including OSSIA’s new music ensembles and the Graduate Composer’s Sinfonietta. While in residence at Eastman, Mr. Talley concurrently served as the wind ensemble director at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY.
Prior to attending Eastman and receiving a Master of Music degree in conducting from the University of South Carolina, Mr. Talley taught for 15 years in the Asheville City Schools district in Asheville, NC. In his time as a band director Mr. Talley served as the president of the Western North Carolina Bandmasters' Association, and he also received the Award of Excellence from that organization. He was the recipient of many awards and recognitions in teaching during his tenure at Asheville High School, including the WLOS 'Thanks to Teachers' award, the WYFF 'Golden Apple' award, and Asheville High School and Asheville City Schools Teacher of the Year for the 2013-2014 school year. Mr. Talley is a National Board-certified teacher, and his high school bands repeatedly earned superior ratings at NC Concert Band Music Performance Adjudication and marching band contests. In 2013, the Asheville High School Marching Band, under his direction, performed for the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Talley has served as a clinician and adjudicator in the Carolinas and in New York, and he is an active arranger and transcriber of music for wind ensembles. In 2019, his transcription of Heitor Villa-Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras No. 7 was premiered by the Eastman Wind Ensemble.