Dr. Lawrence Van Oyen
The North Central College Concert Winds is under the direction of Dr. Lawrence Van Oyen. Dr. Van Oyen holds a bachelors degree in instrumental music education from Michigan State University, a master’s degree in performance for Eastern Michigan University and a Ph.D. in curriculum, administration and instruction with an emphasis on conducting from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln.
Dr. Van Oyen is the only saxophonist to ever win the Eastern Michigan Concerto contest. He has performed as a saxophone soloist and clinician throughout the Midwest. He was the principal Alto Saxophonist on the recording, “Sea Drift; Wind Music of Anthony Iannaccone” on the Albany label. Most recently Dr. Van Oyen performed as guest soloist with the East Meets West Orchestra at McCormick Center in Chicago. He is a highly sought after private instructor.
After graduating from Michigan State Dr. Van Oyen taught for three years in the Michigan public schools. Upon completing his masters degree he served as the director of bands and instructor of saxophone at the college level in both Kansas and Nebraska. Since 1992 he has served as the director of bands and instructor of saxophone at North Central College. During his tenure at North Central College he has received the Dissinger Award for distinguished teaching and leadership. Under his leadership the North Central Concert Winds has developed a reputation for its technical precision and musicianship. Dr. Van Oyen has served as a clinician and adjudicator for concert bands, jazz ensembles and marching bands throughout the Midwest.