Amy Roisum Foley, D. Mus

Director of Bands/Professor of Music

Address: 233 Performing Arts (PA 233)
Phone: (507) 389-2795
Email: amy.roisum-foley@mnsu.edu

Education:

  • D. in Music Education and Wind Band Conducting from University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  • M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from University of St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Paul MN
  • B.M. in Instrumental Music Education and Clarinet Performance, Northfield, MN

Biography:

Amy K. Roisum Foley is a Minnesota native. After completing her degrees, sabbatical replacements at the University of Prince Edward Island and Gustavus Adolphus College led her down 169 to accept the position at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Roisum Foley is currently in her 19th year as the Director of Bands and Professor of Music where she administrates and conducts the concert bands and teaches graduate and undergraduate conducting, instrumental music education courses, form and analysis along with several other graduate and undergraduate courses.

Prior to attending the University of Minnesota, Roisum Foley taught for six years in the Lakeville Public Schools. Roisum Foley has served as guest conductor and clinician for honor bands, community ensembles and festivals in the US, Canada, Spain, Hungary, Austria, Czech Republic, Italy, France, and Switzerland. Her additional training and research includes Postural Restoration; Body Mapping; private lessons in Alexander Technique; extensive research in body health and alignment for musicians; and conducting pedagogy and baton technique. Roisum Foley apprenticed with master craftsman, Charles B. Olson and now serves as master conductor and contractor for Custom Batons, Inc.  

Roisum Foley is the co-founder (2005) of the Minnesota River Valley Wind Ensemble, a semi-professional wind ensemble; served as President for the Minnesota Music Educators Association in 2010-2016; and was Music Director for the Mankato Area Youth Symphony Orchestra and conductor for the Mankato Area Youth Wind Ensemble (MAYWE).

RECENT ERFORMANCES AND CLINICS:

Conductor, Mankato, MN, MNSU Symphony Band and Wind Ensemble Performance, April 2019.

Conductor, Mankato, MN, Minnesota River Valley Wind Ensemble Performance, March 2019.

Conductor, Mankato, MN, MNSU Symphony Band and Wind Ensemble Performance, February 2019.

Guest Conductor, Prior Lake, MN, Prior Lake Middle School Band Festival, February 2019.

Guest Conductor, Edina, MN, Minnesota Band Directors Association Southwest Regional 9-10 Honor Band, February 2019.

Clinician, San Antonio, TX, Master Conductor/Teacher at the  Texas Music Education Association Mid-Winter Clinic, February 2019.

Conductor, Mankato, MN, Minnesota State University, Mankato High School Honor Band, January 2019.

Clinician, Chicago, IL, Master Conductor/Teacher at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, December 2018.

Guest Conductor, Fergus Falls, MN, Three Rivers Conference High School Honor Band, November 2018.

Conductor, Mankato, MN, Minnesota River Valley Wind Ensemble Performance, November 2018.

Conductor, Mankato, MN, MNSU Wind Ensemble Performance, November 2018.

Conductor, Mankato, MN, MNSU Wind Ensemble Performance, October 2018.

Conductor, Mankato, MN, MNSU Wind Ensemble Sesquicentennial Collage Concert, October 2018.

Conductor, Mankato, MN, Minnesota River Valley Wind Ensemble Performance, September 2018.

Clnician, St. Cloud, MN, Athena Music Leadership Camp for Women Conductors and Sudents, July 2018.

Co-Conductor and Co-Music Director; Italy, France and Switzerland; Three Rivers Concert Band Overseas Concert Tour, March – June 2018.

Clinician, San Antonio, TX, Master Conductor/Teacher at the  Texas Music Education Association Mid-Winter Clinic, February 2018.

Clinician, Minneapolis, MN, Master Conductor/Teacher at the Minnesota Music Educators Association, February 2018.

Conductor and Music Director, Mankato, MN, Mankato Area Youth Wind Ensemble, May 2016 – Spring 2019.

Assistant Conductor; Mankato and Faribault, MN, Mankato Area Community Band (Five Concerts), May 2017 – Present.

Conductor and Artistic Director, Mankato, MN, MNSU Wind Ensemble Video and Audio Recording Project: Coil, Steven Bryant, April 2017.

Conductor, Mankato, MN, MNSU Symphony Band and Wind Ensemble Performance, April 2017.

Commissioner and Conductor, Mankato, MN, MNSU Symphony Band and Wind Ensemble in Collaboration with Alumni, Evan Bierer and Andrew Grabowska; and Ion Concert Media Premiere Performance of 1812 Overture for Concert Band and Multi-Media, April 2017.

Guest Clinician, Faribault, MN, Guest Conductor with Faribault High School Concert Band, April 2017.

Guest Clinician, Mankato, MN, Guest Conductor with Sleepy Eye High School Concert Band, April 2017.

Conductor, Mankato, MN, Minnesota River Valley Wind Ensemble Performance, April 2017.

Guest Clinician, Mountain Lake, MN, Guest Conductor with Mountain Lake High School Concert Band, March 2017.

Guest Clinician, Mankato, MN, Guest Conductor with Henry Sibley High School Concert Band, March 2017.

Conductor, New Ulm, MN, Catholic Diocese Massed Band, March 2017.

Conductor, Mankato, MN, MNSU Symphony Band and Wind Ensemble Performance and Video Premiere, February 2017.

Conductor, Mankato, MN, Minnesota River Valley Wind Ensemble, February 2017.

Guest Clinician, Mankato, MN, Guest Conductor with Loyola High School Concert Band, February 2017.

Conductor, Mankato, MN, MNSU Concert Wind Ensemble and High School Honor Band, January 2017.

Conductor, Mankato, MN, MNSU Symphony Band and Wind Ensemble Performance, November 2016.

Conductor, Forest Lake, MN, Minnesota River Valley Wind Ensemble Joint Performance with the Centennial Community Band, November 2016.

Conductor, Mankato, MN, MNSU Symphony Band and Wind Ensemble Performance, October 2016.

Conductor, Mankato, MN, Minnesota River Valley Wind Ensemble Performance, September 25, 2016.

Co-Conductor and Co-Music Director, Hungary; Austria; and Czech Republic, Three Rivers Concert Band International Performance Tour, June 2016.

Conductor, Mankato, MN, MNSU Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Franklin Elementary Band at the Kato Ballroom, April 17, 2016.

Conductor, New Ulm, MN, Minnesota River Valley Wind Ensemble Concert, April 3, 2016.

Conductor, New Ulm, MN, Minnesota River Valley Wind Ensemble Concert, February 7, 2016.

Conductor and Clinician, Stillwater, MN, Suburban East Conference Honor Band and Band Festival, January 10, 31, February 1, 2016.

Conductor, Mankato, MN, MNSU Concert Wind Ensemble and High School Honor Band, Friday, January 22, 2016 of 1964,” in press, American Journalism, Winter 2019.

OTHER SERVICE TO THE PROFESSION:

Master Teacher and Clinician, St. Peter, MN, Custom Batons: It’s Not Just a Stick.  Gustavus Adolphus College Beginning Conducting Class, September 2017.

Master Conductor, Minneapolis,MN, Worked at the Custom Batons Booth Assisting Undergraduate, Graduate and Professional Conductors with Baton Selection at the College Band Directors Association Art of Wind Band Teaching Symposium, July 22, 2017.

Immediate Past-President, MN, Minnesota Music Educators Association, May 2015 – May 2017.

Faculty Committee Member, Mankato, MN, Bachelor of Science in Music Education Program Entrance Interviews, April 2017.

Judge, Mankato, MN, Solo and Ensemble Contest, March 2017.

Judge, Apple Valley, MN, Apple Valley High School Solo and Ensemble Contest, January 2017.

Master Conductor, Mankato, MN, Worthington High School Marching Band Conducting Workshop, October 2016.

Clinician, Mankato, MN, Less but better. Defining your passion, managing your time and living your best life. Music Education in the 21st Century Collegiate Conference, October 2016.

Advisor, Mankato, MN, Department of Music Talent Showcase, April, 11, 2016.

Judge, Pine City, MN, Solo and Ensemble Contest Judge, April 2, 2016.

Judge, Rockford, MN, Large Ensemble Contest Judge, March 9, 2016.

Judge, Mankato, MN, Solo and Ensemble Contest Judge, March 7, 2016.

Presenter, Minneapolis, MN, Minnesota Music Educators Association Advocacy Pre-Clinic Session, February 11, 2016.

Master Conductor, Minneapolis, MN,  Presented and Fitted Undergraduate and Graduate Conductors with Baton Selection at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, January 25, 2016.

Master Teacher and Clinician, St. Peter, MN, Custom Batons: It’s Not Just a Stick.  Gustavus Adolphus College Beginning Conducting Class, September 2016.

Master Conductor, Chicago, IL,  Worked at the Custom Batons Booth Assisting Undergraduate, Graduate and Professional Conductors with Baton Selection at the International Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, December 16-18, 2015.

Member and Representative, National Association for Music Education Advocacy Leadership Force, November 2015 - 2019.

Presenter, Mahtomedi, MN, ACDA Minnesota Conference: Music Makes Us Whole, November 21, 2015.

Advisor and Presenter, Mankato, MN. Teaching Music in the 21st Century Symposium: Collegiate Chapter of the National Association for Music Education, November 13-14, 2015.

Co-Chair, Minnesota Music Educators Association Advocacy Work Group, December 2013 – May 2016.

President, MN, Minnesota Music Educators Association, May 2013 – May 2015.

National Association for Music Education Advocacy Leadership Force: State Representative on Advocacy Leadership Team, October 2014 – 2019.

President, Minneapolis, MN, Minnesota Public Radio and Minnesota Music Educators

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