Interim Director of Bands
Phone: (405) 325-3827
Dr. Michael E. Hancock is the Interim Director of Bands at the University of Oklahoma where he conducts the Symphony Band, teaches graduate and undergraduate conducting lessons, and the undergraduate conducting and methods course. Prior to his arrival in Oklahoma, Dr. Hancock was a Graduate Conducting Fellow at the University of Miami, Frost School of Music where he served as Associate Conductor of the Frost Wind Ensemble, Associate Conductor of the Frost Chamber Winds, taught graduate and undergraduate conducting lessons, and conducting methods. Having enjoyed a diverse career that spans two continents, Dr. Hancock is equally comfortable conducting professional and educational ensembles alike. As the Music Director of the Heidelberg Arts Ensemble in Heidelberg, Germany, he conducted and oversaw a multifaceted group that presented concerts comprised of varied ensembles featuring professional musicians from the United States and Germany. His career began as a music educator in the public school systems of Arkansas and Texas where his ensembles developed reputations for musical excellence. He frequently serves as a clinician and guest conductor in the United States and Europe.
Dr. Hancock received his Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Miami, Frost School of Music. He studied orchestral conducting at the Conservatorium Maastricht in The Netherlands, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, Arkansas. His teachers include Gary Green, Thomas Sleeper, Jan Cober, and Hal Cooper.