Lissa Fleming May
holds B.M.E., M.S., and D.M.E. degrees from Indiana University. Dr.
May joined the faculty of the Indiana University School of Music in
the fall of 1999 as Associate Professor of Music Education. A band
director in Indiana for 16 years, she was most recently the
Supervisor of Fine Arts for the Waterford School District in
Waterford, Michigan, and is currently the chair of the jazz committee
for the Indiana State School Music Association. Prior to her move to
Michigan, Dr. May was Associate Professor of Bands at Purdue
University, where she was responsible for the jazz studies program
and served as conductor of the fall concert band. Under her
direction, the Purdue jazz band toured the Far East, presenting
concerts in Itako, Japan, and Beijing and Shanghai, China. She was
also responsible for initiating the Purdue Jazz Festival, which over
the past ten years has become one of the largest festivals of its
kind in the Midwest. Noted for her work as a jazz educator, Dr. May
has written Getting Started with Jazz - a book written for
young music educators as well as various articles for The Musicator.
She is currently active as a clinician and guest conductor
throughout the Midwest.