UNH Honors Dr. Andrew Boysen, Jr.: 2018 Award for Excellence in Research
We are proud to announce that the Music Department’s Dr. Andrew Boysen, Jr. is the winner of UNH’s prestigious university-wide UNH 2018 Award for Excellence in Research, recognizing Dr. Boysen’s outstanding achievements as a creative artist. For the first time in UNH’s history an arts professor has been honored with this award, a powerful acknowledgment that creative activity is an important contribution of American universities.
Dr. Boysen is recognized as a prolific composer for band as well as a sought-after guest conductor of wind bands of all levels. He has written over 130 compositions for wind band, sustaining a remarkable level of productivity over thirty years. Over 50 of his compositions have been published. His work is in demand, and he is regularly commissioned to write works five or six years in advance, an enviable position for any composer. His work is also recorded widely: the symphonic band at Ohio State University is currently recording a CD devoted to his music, joining another recorded by the University of Texas-El Paso. Dr. Boysen is a household name in grade school, middle school, high school, and collegiate band rooms thanks to his compositions I Am, Tricycle, and many others. As a conductor, he has led All-State ensembles in sixteen states and been invited back by several All-State organizations. He has also guest conducted thirty college and university bands across the country.
Dr. Boysen has been at UNH since 1998, where he is a beloved and respected teacher. He conducts the UNH Wind Symphony and teaches conducting (undergraduate and graduate) and composition. He serves as the Graduate Coordinator of the music department and the director of its Summer Youth Music School. Hats off to Dr. Boysen for this well-deserved award!