GoldenArris Golden (Lecturer) is the Interim Assistant Director of University Bands at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she is the music director of the 250­-member Marching Tar Heels and Conductor of the Symphony Band. Additionally, she also serves as Director of the Women’s Basketball Pep Band and teaches courses in Music Education. Ms. Golden holds degrees from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and is currently completing the Doctor of Musical Arts in Wind Conducting from Michigan State University as a 2014 recipient of a Michigan State University Distinguished Fellowship.

Prior to her appointment as Interim Assistant Director of University Bands, Ms. Golden was Director of Athletic Bands at Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina. 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, Ms. 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 worked with numerous clinicians, including the premier of four commissioned works for young band: “Kitsune: The Fox Spirits,” by Brian Balmages (2009, available through FJH Publications), “The Machine Awakes” for young band and electronics by Steven Bryant (2012, available through the composer, www.stevenbryant.com), “Freight Train,” by Pierre LaPlante (2013, unpublished), and “The Cave Your Fear” by Michael Markowski (2014, available through JW Pepper).