D.M.A., Michigan State University
A native of North Carolina, Dr. Wooten received the Bachelor of Music Education degree (cum laude) from East Carolina University. He received the Master of Music and the Doctor of Musical Arts Degrees, both in conducting, from Michigan State University, where he held a teaching assistantship and a competitive doctoral fellowship in the School of Music. He has pursued additional conducting studies at the University of Calgary (Alberta, Canada), Campbell University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the University of Michigan. His principal conducting teachers include: Eugene Corporon, Kenneth Bloomquist, Herbert Carter and Robert Hause.
In addition to conducting the NIU Wind Ensemble, Dr. Wooten teaches in both undergraduate and graduate programs in music education. He also supervises instrumental student teachers and teaches courses in instrumental techniques and methods, wind instrument literature, and conducting.
Dr. Wooten began his teaching career in the public schools of North Carolina, where he was Assistant Band Director of the three-time Bands of America Grand National Champion Rocky Mount High School Band and as Director of Instrumental Music for grades 8-12 in the Goldsboro City School District where his ensembles received consecutive Superior, Division I and Excellent Ratings in concert and marching venues throughout the southeastern United States.
He maintains an active schedule as guest conductor, adjudicator, lecturer, and consultant for instrumental music education across the country, and has conducted honor bands and clinics throughout the United States and Canada. He has been invited to serve as guest conductor of the United States Army Field Band at Ft. Meade, Maryland, the Kentucky Intercollegiate Band, and the Provincial Honor Band of Alberta, Canada, and as orchestra director for the international conference “A Multicultural Celebration of Diversity in Music” in Flagstaff, Arizona.
He has presented research for the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, College Band Directors National Association, Illinois Music Educators Association, Kentucky Music Educators Association, the Illinois Committee on Black Concerns in Higher Education, the People of Color in Predominantly White Institutions Conference and The National Association of Black Cultural Centers. Dr. Wooten has also served as Music Execution Judge and clinician for the Kiwanis International Music Festival in both Toronto and Ottawa, Canada.
In 2002 he was invited to deliver the keynote address for the Rhode Island Music Educators Association Conference and served as Artist-in -Residence at the University of Louisville for their annual Festival of African American Music. Under his direction, the NIU Wind Ensemble has performed for the Illinois Music Educators Association Conference and at the National Association for the Study and Performance of African-American Music Conference.
Dr. Wooten holds professional memberships in the Music Educators National Conference, Illinois Music Educators Association, Illinois Collegiate Band Director’s Association, Mid-America Bandmasters Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Pi Kappa Lambda, Kappa Kappa Psi, and the College Band Directors National Association, where he serves as member of the Committee on Ethnicity and Gender Issues.
Dr. Wooten received the NIU Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in 2000.