Travis Weller

A Composer on Composing

What are the elements of creating music? Is there a “right way” to compose? Join Travis Weller to discuss composing, and its value to musicians in education, conducting, and for a professional career.

1. Generating ideas and growing their ideas to potential.
2. Writing music for different ensembles and purposes.
3. Resources for refining the composition process.


Travis J. Weller is currently serving as the Director of Music Education at Messiah University. His duties at Messiah include supervising instrumental music education students, teaching methods courses, working with graduate conducting students, and conducting the Symphonic Winds. 

He holds a Ph.D. in Music Education from Kent State University. Travis is a member of Phi Beta Mu (Nu Chapter), ASCAP, and the National Band Association.  He has previously served on the Phi Beta Mu International Board of Directors and assisted with their social media outreach. He has presented on instrumental music education at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, and PMEA and OMEA State Conferences. Travis has been a contributing author for articles in Teaching Music, The Instrumentalist, National Band Association Journal , The PMEA Journal, and The Phi Beta Mu International Newsletter.

He is in frequent demand as a guest conductor for honor bands and composer in residence sessions with school bands across Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio, Virginia, and New England.  As a composer, Travis has published works available from multiple publishers including Bandworks Publications, Wingert-Jones, The FJH Music Company, Grand Mesa Music, C.L. Barnhouse Music Publishers, Carl Fischer, Ludwig-Masters and Manhattan Beach Music.  Travis resides in Grove City with his wife, their three daughters and a son.