Aaron Given

Aaron Given is a conductor, music educator and arranger based in Columbus, Ohio. He teaches instrumental music in the Olentangy Local Schools and serves as Assistant Conductor and Education Coordinator for the International Horn Society's Horns of Ohio! community horn ensemble.

As a conductor, Aaron has collaborated with notable composers including Scott McAllister, Michael Sweeney, and Jodie Blackshaw.  He was a founding member of the Capital City Chamber Players in 2013, and is active as a conductor, clinician, and adjudicator.

As a hornist, Aaron has performed with the Interlochen Arts Camp Faculty Brass Ensemble, the Wyoming Symphony, the Westerville Symphony, the Heisey Wind Ensemble, and the Dublin (Ireland) International Symphonic Festival Orchestra.

His arrangement of John Mackey's "Sheltering Sky" for large brass ensemble was premiered by the Interlochen Arts Camp Faculty Brass Ensemble in July, 2017.

Aaron is married and has two daughters. His wife Sara is a fellow music educator, as well as a published author and humorist. His daughter Nora is three and "plays the violin." His second daughter, Ellen was born in December, 2015. In his (increasingly limited) free time he reads, cooks, brews beer, and retrieves items from high shelves for his vertically inhibited family.


Master of Music - Wind Conducting, The Ohio State University, 2012

Bachelor of Music Education - Instrumental Music, The University of Northern Colorado, 2007

Scholarly Articles

"Making Historically Informed Tempo Choices in the Performance of Mozart’s Gran Partita," The National Band Association Journal, in press.


Published Presentations

"The Music Belongs to All of Us: Taking Music Education Beyond the Rehearsal Room by Engaging Your Learning Community in the Commissioning Process"