Dr. Arris Golden is a member of the conducting faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, serving as the Assistant Director of University Bands. In this position, she is the Music Director of the 265-member Marching Tar Heels, Director of the Women’s Basketball Pep Band, conductor of the Symphony Band, guest conductor with the Wind Ensemble and teaches courses in Music Education.
Prior to her appointment as Assistant Director of University Bands, Dr. Golden was Director of Athletic Bands at Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina (2008-2009). In this position, she oversaw the entire athletic band program, including the inaugural year of the “Sounds of the Sandhills” Football Pep Band and the Men’s and Women’s Basketball Pep Bands. Additionally, during her eight-year tenure as Director of Bands at Gravelly Hill Middle School in Efland, North Carolina, Dr. Golden conducted an internationally recognized middle school concert band that participated in featured performances at the North Carolina Music Educators Association annual conference, in Winston Salem, North Carolina (2010) and at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, in Chicago, Illinois (2012). The bands at Gravelly Hill also worked with numerous clinicians, including the premier of four commissioned works for band: “Kitsune: The Fox Spirits,” by Brian Balmages (2009), “The Machine Awakes” for young band and electronics by Steven Bryant (2012), “Freight Train,” by Pierre LaPlante (2013), and “The Cave Your Fear” by Michael Markowski (2014).
Dr. Golden holds degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and recently completed the Doctor of Musical Arts in Wind Conducting from Michigan State University as a 2014 recipient of a Michigan State University Distinguished Fellowship.