Department of Music

Dominic Talanca

Director of Bands, Music Education, Conducting


Contact Info:

Office: CA 1054

Dominic Talanca is 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 at UNCW, Mr. Talanca is the conductor of the Wilmington Symphonic Winds and 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 and saxophone with Eric Nestler. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts in Wind Conducting degree at Northwestern University under the guidance of Mallory Thompson.

Prior to beginning his graduate studies, Mr. Talanca taught for ten years in the Lewisville Independent School District in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. He served as the Associate Director of Bands at Marcus High School in Flower Mound, Texas from 2006-2013, during which time 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 was an assistant director at Durham Middle School from 2002-2006, and during that time he began collaborating with a few colleagues on the most effective approaches to teaching beginning band students. This partnership has resulted in the publication of a beginning band method entitled Musical Mastery, published by MRNS Music. In addition to co-authoring Musical Mastery, Mr. Talanca has contributed two articles to the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series, published by GIA Publications.

From 2001-2015 Mr. Talanca participated in the North Texas Conducting Collegium as a member of the Wind Symphony and has recorded over 450 significant works in the wind band repertoire on the Mark Custom, Klavier, Naxos, and GIA recording labels. He 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, and he is an honorary member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.