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Dr. Terry Segress

Dr. Terry SegressTerry Segress is currently the Chair of the Department of Music at Southwestern Oklahoma State University, a position that he has held since 1998.  He was the high school band director in Erick, for four years, and Weatherford, for six years. In 1970-71 he directed the SWOSU Jazz Band as an adjunct instructor and was hired full-time at SWOSU in 1971.

At Southwestern he has been the director of the SWOSU Jazz Ensemble “A” until this year and is the founder of the SWOSU Jazz Festival which is in its 37th year.  Segress is also the coordinator of the SWOSU summer music camp program and is the director of the SWOSU Jazz Camp, Middle School Band Camp and Band Camp. He also teaches applied tuba, counterpoint and instrumentation classes.

Dr. Segress received his Bachelor of Music from Oklahoma City University and his Master of Music and Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of North Texas. He was inducted into the Oklahoma Bandmasters Association Hall of Fame in 1996 and the Oklahoma Music Educators Hall of Fame in 1999. He was presented the SWOSU Bernhardt Award for Faculty Excellence in 1997, and was recently selected to receive an Arts and Education Award at the 2006 Governor’s Arts Awards ceremony at the Oklahoma State Capitol in November, 2006.

His wife, Teresa, holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Northeastern Oklahoma State University and recently completed her Master of Music in Clarinet Performance at SWOSU.  She has taught at Clinton, Oklahoma, for the past 20 years and has served as Director of the Clinton HS Band the past four years.

Dr. Segress has a daughter and son-in-law, Bill & Sheri Shulenberger, McKinney, TX, a son, Stan, Granby, CO, a stepson, Myles Madden, Clinton, OK, and a granddaughter, Tori Whitfield, McKinney, TX. His sister, Jill Segress Hunt, is a professional organist in Lake Forest, Illinois. His hobbies include walking and woodworking.

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