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 Instructor of Horn at the Interlochen Arts Camp.

As a conductor, Aaron has collaborated with notable composers including Scott McAllister, Michael Rene Torres, Erika Svanoe and Garrett Hope.  He was a founding member of the Capital City Chamber Players in 2013, and is active as a conductor, clinician, and adjudicator. His research is published in the National Band Association Journal.

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

His arrangements for brass have been performed by the Interlochen Arts Camp Faculty Brass Ensemble and the Mirari Brass Quintet.

An active clinician, Aaron has presented on a variety of topics in forums such as the Ohio Music Education Association Professional Development Conference, the Capital University Complete Band Director's Workshop, NAfME's webinar series, and The Ohio State University. In 2018 he was awarded membership in the prestigious American School Band Directors Association.

Aaron is married and has two daughters. His wife Sara is a fellow music educator, as well as a published author and humorist. His daughters are 2 and 5.  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"