We Gather For the Love of Music
Dr. June Carland Hammond is the Artistic Director of the Wesley Chapel Wind Ensemble. She has been a professional conductor in the Tampa Bay area for more than 20 years. She is a tenured Associate Professor of Music at Saint Leo University, where her favorite courses to teach have included conducting, music history, and music theory. Also a professional bassoonist, she has performed in concert with Luciano Pavarotti, Ray Charles, the Moody Blues, Yanni, and with Anton Coppola and Opera Tampa. Concerti performances have included works by Vivaldi, Mozart, Weber, and Bozza.
She graduated from Furman University with bachelor’s degrees in Instrumental Music Education and Mathematics. She holds master’s degrees in Bassoon Performance and Mathematics from the University of Georgia, and a Doctor of Music degree in Music Performance from The Florida State University. She won one of only two bassoon positions, through a national audition, with the Blossom Festival of The Cleveland Orchestra. She has been published many times and presented at an International Double Reed Society conference in the UK. She has done post-doctoral work in orchestral conducting at the University of South Florida, and she was named a Fellow with the Conductors Institute of South Carolina in 2012.
An avid dressage equestrian, she gained a modicum of notoriety while at FSU. Her recital posters featured pictures of her jumping her horse, not over just any jump, but over her bassoon (not the one she currently plays!).