SONORA WINDS
 A Tucson Wind Symphony
Karin Nolan - Interim Musical Director
Karin Nolan is an Assistant Professor of Music Education at The University of Arizona, where she teaches quantitative research, band methods, careers in music, and coordinates the Office of Field Experiences, theCamerata Music Career Development Program, and the Outreach Middle School Honor Band. She received her PhD in Music Education with an emphasis in Educational Psychology in 2009 from The University of Arizona. Prior to joining the faculty at the UA College of Fine Arts and the Fred Fox School of Music in 2011, Nolan enjoyed a rewarding career teaching K-12 general music, band, orchestra, and choir in Tucson-area schools for ten years.

Her research includes topics related to student learning and instrument choice, technology in the music classroom, and has recently delved into the topic of music teacher health and longevity throughout their careers. Also interested in the cognitive link between music and other areas of the curriculum, Nolan has a book published through Rowman and Littlefield Education and the National Association for Music Education, entitledMusi-Matics and is currently publishing a second arts-integration book for teachers, entitledReading, Writing, and Rhythm Sticks. Her articles and research studies have been published inJournal of String Research, General Music Today, Edutopia,Journal of Historical Research in Music Education, Cadenza Music News,Arizona Music News, Teaching Music, The National Association for Music Education,Music Educators Journal, and Dreambox Learning.

Nolan enjoyed serving as a guest conductor for the “Sonora Winds” Wind Ensemble in Tucson, AZ, for over a decade, and is grateful for the opportunity to serve as interim Music Director for the group for the 2017-18 season. She has been an invited clinician and conductor in various Arizona Band and Orchestra Director’s Associations (ABODA) music festivals. In addition to waving the baton, she plays clarinet, euphonium, and timpani.

Nolan is married to her euphonium-playing husband, David, and together they have a beautiful son, Charlie.








Sonora Winds Board of Directors  2017 - 2018

 Barbara Burnison, President
Marilyn McNamara, Vice President
Scott Dreisbach, Member-at-Large
Winifred Williams, Secretary
Gloria Day, Treasurer

Interim Musical Director - Karin Nolan (Ex-Officio)


Interim Director -  Karin Nolan