Dr. Paul Sikes
Director of Orchestras and Associate Director of Bands
Dr. Sikes serves as the founding director of orchestras at Texas A&M University and associate director of bands. In his position at Texas A&M, Dr. Sikes conducts both the Texas A&M University Orchestra and the University Symphonic Band. Under his direction the orchestra has grown in both quality and quantity, growing to two orchestras and performing the best orchestra literature. The Symphonic Band has continued to grow and maintain its tradition of excellence.
As a conductor, Dr. Sikes has directed ensembles at the Texas Music Educators Association Convention, the Western International Band Clinic, the College Band Directors National Association regional workshop, and on tour in Italy and Ireland. Also in his position at A&M, Dr. Sikes teaches conducting, orchestral literature, music philosophy and conducts research into music practice and the general creativity of musicians. He has papers published in the Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, the Journal of Research in Music Education, and the Southwestern Musician. He has also presented workshops and clinics at the University of Houston, the Texas Orchestra Directors Association clinic, the Texas Music Educators Association clinic, the Midwest Clinic, and the National Association for Music Education.
Having a wide ranging career in music, Dr. Sikes has taught music students through every level, from beginners through university students. His school groups consistently received high praise from adjudicators and clinicians, winning many awards and recognitions, and always grew in both size and quality. As a university instructor, Dr. Sikes has taught music education students at Baylor University and the University of Houston. He is active across the country as a clinician and adjudicator of both orchestras and bands. Because he has a passion for music education, Dr. Sikes has volunteered for and served in many capacities throughout the state. He has served on the state board of directors for the Texas Music Educators Association, on the state fine arts textbook review panel for the Texas Education Agency, and on various other state, regional and local boards and committees.
Dr. Sikes earned his Bachelor of Music in Education from Texas Tech University, his Master of Music in Conducting from Baylor University and his Doctor of Musical Arts in Music Education from the University of Houston. His professional affiliations include the National Association for Music Education, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Orchestra Directors Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, and American String Teachers Association. He has a wonderful wife, Kristi, and two children, Mackenzie and Nathaniel, both of which are three years old.