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DVC Welcomes New Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music

Aug 25, 2022

We are proud to introduce Dr. Kaitlin Bove to the Music department at Diablo Valley College. She returns home to the Bay Area after a national search for a new full-time Director of Bands. We are excited that she has decided to join us and is committed to the community college mission.

Dr. Bove serves as Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music at DVC. She is also conductor and artistic director of the Diablo Wind Symphony, a youth wind ensemble within the Blue Devils Performing Arts organization. In addition, Dr. Bove serves on the California Band Director Association board as the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility chair. Prior to these appointments, she held the title of Director of Instrumental Music at Pierce College in Puyallup, Washington where she taught band, orchestra, chamber ensembles, music theory, and music appreciation. Dr. Bove earned a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Wind Conducting from University of Kentucky where she was a student of Cody Birdwell and premiered her wind transcription of Caroline Shaw’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Partita for 8 Voices in 2019.  

Dr. Kaitlin BoveDr. Bove is from Lafayette, California and earned her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Education from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California where she studied with Dr. Eric Hammer. Prior to her doctoral work, she taught instrumental music at the secondary level in Payson, Utah. In this setting, she instructed courses in band, orchestra, marching band, jazz ensemble, AP music theory, guitar, folk music, musical theater, and mariachi.  

Kaitlin is the founder of the And We Were Heard Initiative which matches underrepresented composers of wind band, orchestral, and choral literature with volunteer ensembles to generate quality recordings of the music of diverse compositional voices. Dr. Bove is committed to commissioning and performing works by both living composers. She is also co-founder of Girls Who Conduct, a mentorship program that supports gender parity on the conducting podium.  

Dr. Bove’s professional interests include working with diverse student and community populations, cross-curricular collaborative experiences, and shifting priorities in the 21st century music classroom. Learn more about Dr. Bove.  

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