Dominic Talanca assumed responsibility of Artistic Director and Conductor of the Wilmington Symphonic Winds in 2017. He is also the Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Mr. Talanca conducts the Symphonic Band & Pep Band, teaches courses in conducting & woodwind techniques, and administers all aspects of the band program. In addition to his responsibilities with the Wilmington Symphonic Winds and UNCW’s Department of Music, Mr. Talanca is the conductor of the OLLI New Horizons Band.
Mr. Talanca received the Bachelor of Music Education degree and Master of Music in Wind Conducting degree from the University of North Texas, where he studied conducting with Eugene Migliaro Corporon. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts in Wind Conducting degree at Northwestern University under the guidance of Mallory Thompson.
Mr. Talanca taught for ten years in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. During his time as the Associate Director of Bands at Marcus High School in Flower Mound, Texas, the student musicians were recognized for their performances in concert and marching activities – earning numerous placements in the All-Region and All-State ensembles as well as 4 consecutive biannual Texas 5A State Marching Championship Awards.
Mr. Talanca is co-author of a beginning band method entitled Musical Mastery, published
by MRNS Music. Additionally, Mr. Talanca has contributed two articles to the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series, published by GIA Publications. As a saxophonist, he has recorded over 450 significant works in the wind band repertoire on the Mark Custom, Klavier, Naxos, and GIA recording labels. Mr. Talanca has also had the privilege to conduct as well as perform and record with the Lone Star Wind Orchestra.
Mr. Talanca is an active conductor, masterclass clinician, and adjudicator. His professional affiliations include Pi Kappa Lambda (National Music Honor Society), the College Band Directors National Association, North Carolina Music Educators Association, and he is an honorary member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.