Jack Delaney


Director of Bands and Professor of Music
Chair of Instrumental Ensembles





Jack Delaney is director of bands and professor of music at SMU Meadows School of the Arts, where he conducts the Meadows Wind Ensemble and teaches courses in conducting and wind literature. Under his guidance, the Meadows Wind Ensemble has established itself as one of the leading ensembles of its kind, as evidenced by performances at significant regional, national and international music festivals and conferences throughout the United States and Europe.

Delaney has conducted professional and student ensembles throughout Israel, Europe, South America, and the United States, including performances with the New World Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Wind Symphony, and the United States Army Field Band, as well as performances in Boston’s Symphony Hall, New York’s Town Hall, Miami’s historic Lincoln Theatre and the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas.

In addition, Delaney has commissioned some 80 major works by leading composers, including Augusta Read Thomas, Samuel Adler, Eric Ewazen, Stephen Paulus, Warren Benson, Stephen Jones, Akira Miyoshi, John Mackey, Bob Mintzer, Cindy McTee, Steven Bryant, David Sargent, Simon Sargon, Charles Rochester Young, Eric Stokes, Kevin Hanlon, Adam Silverman, Robert Frank, John Michael Davis, Vicente Moncho, Derrick Horne, Michael van der Sloot, Jared Beu, Ethan Gurwitz and many others. Delaney has collaborated with a number of choreographers to create, and in some instances re-create, original works for dancers, wind ensembles, and chamber orchestras. These commissions include works to accompany the music of Norman Dello Joio, Stephen Montague, Joseph Schwantner, Igor Stravinsky, Carolos Surinach, Darius Milhaud and Frank Zappa.

The recipient of numerous awards and distinctions, Delaney has been awarded the Algur H. Meadows Distinguished Teaching Professorship at Meadows School of the Arts, the Rotunda Outstanding Professor Award from Southern Methodist University, the Achievement in Music Award from Ohio University and was honored by the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music at the first-ever alumni concert by the Cincinnati Wind Symphony.

Jack Delany at the Meadows Wind Ensemble

Jack Delaney