Certificate in Leadership and Management in Higher Education, Harvard University
Ph.D.: Music Education, Michigan State University
M.M.: Music Performance, Pennsylvania State University
B.M.: Music Education; B.M., Music Performance, Michigan State University
Prior to coming to Temple, Dean Stroker was Associate Dean, Head of Music Education, Chair of Divisions of Music and Dance, and, Director of the Meadows Percussion Ensemble at the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University.
Dean Stroker has presented papers and lectures at numerous music and higher education conferences throughout the United States and Europe, as well as Japan, New Zealand, South Africa and the Netherlands. He has been a guest clinician/conductor/adjudicator at the Percussive Arts Society International Conference, World Association of Symphonic Bands and College Band Directors National Association.
He has published extensively on the topics of music education and pedagogy. Dean Stroker is the recipient numerous awards, including the Advocacy Award from the American Music Therapy Association, Penn State University Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award, International Musiktage Vocklabruck Award and Singing City’s 60th Year Celebration Award.
As a former public school music teacher, Dean Stroker was instrumental in developing a middle school music curricula in Michigan and has taught music performance, music education, conducting and performance at undergraduate and graduate levels at Penn State University, University of Michigan-Flint, Michigan State University and Southern Methodist University.
Dr. Stroker has presented numerous papers, and performed in many workshops and master classes at international and national music conferences and festivals throughout Asia, Europe, Africa, New Zealand, Canada and the United States. He also served as guest conductor and consultant for the Conservatory Band of Sao Paolo, Brazil. Early in his career, he was principal percussionist with the Lansing Michigan Symphony Orchestra.
As Director of the award-winning Meadows Percussion Ensemble from 1993-2002, he released several recordings on Gasparo Records.
As Director of Meadows Percussion Ensemble:
Contact, Gasparo Records (2003)
Strike, Gasparo Records (2000)
The Drums of Summer, Gasparo Records (1999)
Live as WASBE, Gasparo Records (1999)
As Executive Producer:
fourth stream...La Banda, Temple University Symphony Orchestra, BCM&D Records (2010) Nominated for Grammy award, "Best Instrumental Composition"
Music of Ansel Adams: America, Temple University Symphony Orchestra, BCM&D Records (2012)
Overture, Andante and Rondo for jazz piano, trumpet and orchestra, Temple University Symphony Orchestra, BCM&D Records (2012)
To Thad, with Love, Temple University Jazz Band, BCM&D Records (2011)