Dr. John Falskow

The Board of Directors of the Puget Sound Youth Wind Ensemble is pleased to announce the selection of Dr. John Falskow as the Music Director & Conductor for the 2017-18 season and beyond. Dr. Falskow will host the PSYWE on the campus of Tacoma Community College beginning with the fall cycle of 2017. Please direct any questions to PSYWE Board President Justin Ehli at justinjehli@gmail.com, and see Dr. Falskow’s biography below:
falskow-headshotDr. John Falskow is Director of Instrumental Music at Tacoma Community College, where he has also served as Chair of the Music Department. John conducts the TCC Orchestra, TCC Symphonic Band, and teaches a variety of classes in the music curriculum. In addition to duties at TCC, John is the conductor of Puget Brass — a Seattle based British brass band. Falskow is an active conductor, music educator, and trumpeter in the Northwest region.

As a guest conductor, John has made numerous appearances including: Puget Sound Youth Wind Ensemble, Tacoma Concert Band, Northwest Mahler Festival Orchestra, Bremerton Symphony, Tallahassee Youth Symphony, the Big Bend Community Orchestra, the Evergreen Music Festival, and Brass Unlimited. John has also worked with countless school ensembles throughout the Southeast and the Pacific Northwest. John was the conductor of the Bremerton Symphony Youth Orchestra and an assistant conductor of the Bremerton Symphony. Prior to these activities, John served as an Assistant Professor of Music at Lander University in Greenwood, South Carolina. He was also the band director at Mason Middle School in Tacoma.

John completed his Ph.D. in Music Education at Florida State University, where he also conducted many of the university’s ensembles. John’s education also includes degrees from Washington State University and the Puget Sound.

John lives in University Place with his wife, clarinetist Dr. Cindy Renander. They have a happy and busy house with three children: Karl (13), Dana (10), and Erin (5).