Colonel Timothy J. Holtan was appointed Leader and Commander of The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” in December 2014 until his retirement in February 2017. He holds the distinction of being the first officer to command all three of the Army’s premier bands.
He is a native of Bismarck, North Dakota, and a former school music educator in Montana. An active conductor, adjudicator and clinician, Col. Holtan has presented concerts and clinics in all 50 states, Canada, Japan, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Europe.
Col. Holtan’s other military assignments include: Commandant, U.S. Army School of Music, Virginia Beach, VA, where he served as the primary Proponent for all 100 Army Bands, and oversaw the training of over 500 professional musicians annually; 22nd Leader of the United States Military Academy Band, West Point, NY; Deputy Commander of The U.S. Army Field Band; Department of the Army Staff Bands Officer; tours as Commander and Executive Officer of the U.S. Continental Army Band, Fort Monroe, Virginia; and Executive Officer of the U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own,” Washington, D.C., where he served in overlapping capacities as Director of the Ceremonial Band, Brass Band, Chorale and Chorus.
In 2000, Col. Holtan was selected for the Army’s “Training with Industry” program. He served as the Director of Operations and Associate Conductor of the Dallas Winds, while concurrently pursuing doctoral studies at the University of North Texas. Col. Holtan holds music education degrees from Montana State University and the University of Montana, and has pursued additional conducting studies with Elizabeth Green, H. Robert Reynolds, John Paynter, Larry Rachleff, Jerry Junkin and Eugene Corporon.
Col. Holtan’s ensembles have been seen on many nationally televised broadcasts and diverse stages such as the Kennedy Center, Avery Fisher Hall, DAR Constitution Hall, the Mormon Tabernacle, the Myerson Symphony Center and the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Under his leadership and after a 44-year absence, the West Point Band reestablished a partnership with the New York Philharmonic, which resulted in five Lincoln Center joint performances. Col. Holtan also led the West Point Band in the Emmy-nominated “Marina at West Point” PBS television production that has reached over 160 million viewers.
Col. Holtan has been honored as Alumnus of the Year by Bismarck (North Dakota) State College, and was inducted into the Bismarck High School Hall of Fame. Col. Holtan served for twelve years on the National Band Association Board of Directors and has received multiple Citations of Excellence. In 2011, he was the University of Montana’s School of Visual and Performing Arts “Odyssey of the Stars” honoree, and was inducted into their Hall of Honor. Col. Holtan also holds membership in the prestigious American Bandsmasters Association and serves on the Advisory Committee to the Midwest Clinic. He is married to Laurie Matheson Holtan and they have two daughters, Elizabeth and Katherine.
Joseph Alessi was appointed Principal Trombone of the New York Philharmonic, The Gurnee F. and Marjorie L. Hart Chair, in the spring of 1985. He began musical studies in his native California with his father, Joseph Alessi, Sr., as a high school student in San Rafael, California, and was a soloist with the San Francisco Symphony before continuing his musical training at the Curtis Institute of Music. Before joining the Philharmonic, Mr. Alessi was second trombone of The Philadelphia Orchestra for four seasons, and principal trombone of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra for one season. He has performed as guest principal trombonist with the London Symphony Orchestra in Carnegie Hall, led by Pierre Boulez.
Mr. Alessi is an active soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. In April 1990 he made his New York Philharmonic solo debut, performing Creston’s Fantasy for Trombone, and in 1992 premiered Christopher Rouse’s Pulitzer Prize–winning Trombone Concerto with the Philharmonic, which commissioned the work for its 150th anniversary celebration. He performed the World Premiere of Melinda Wagner’s Trombone Concerto, conducted by Lorin Maazel in February 2007. In July 2013 he appeared with the Philharmonic as soloist in Bramwell Tovey’s The Lincoln Tunnel Cabaret for Trombone and Orchestra, written for Mr. Alessi, at Summertime Classics and at Bravo! Vail, both performances conducted by the composer. In June 2016 he gave the World Premiere of William Bolcom’s Trombone Concerto, a Philharmonic co-commission, conducted by then Music Director Alan Gilbert as part of the NY PHIL BIENNIAL; Mr. Alessi and the Philharmonic, led by Alan Gilbert, reprised the concerto in the 2016–17 season.
Mr. Alessi has been a guest soloist with the Lincoln, Colorado, Syracuse, Virginia, Alabama, Santa Barbara, Puerto Rico, Hartford, and South Dakota symphony orchestras; New Japan, Seoul, Hague, and Helsinki philharmonic orchestras; National Repertory Orchestra; Orchestra of Teatro Massimo Bellini in Catania, Sicily; Mannheim National Theater Orchestra; and National Symphony of Taiwan. Mr. Alessi has also participated in numerous festivals, including the Festivale Musica di Camera in Protogruaro, Italy; Cabrillo Music Festival; Swiss Brass Week; and Lieksa Brass Week in Finland. He was featured in the 1997 International Trombone Festival in Feldkirch, Austria, and the International Meeting of Brass Instruments in Lille, France. He is a founding member of the Summit Brass ensemble at the Rafael Mendez Brass Institute in Tempe, Arizona. In 2002 Mr. Alessi was awarded an International Trombone Association Award for his contributions to the world of trombone music and trombone playing.
Joseph Alessi is currently on the faculty of The Juilliard School; his students now occupy posts with many major symphony orchestras in the U.S. and internationally. As a clinician for the Edwards Instrument Co., he has also given master classes throughout the world and has toured Europe extensively as a master teacher and recitalist. He has performed as soloist with several leading concert bands, including the U.S. Military Academy Band at West Point, U.S. Army Band (“Pershing’s Own”), and the U.S. Marine Band (“The President’s Own”).
Mr. Alessi’s discography includes many releases on the Summit record label, including Trombonastics and Fandango, with retired Philharmonic Principal Trumpet Philip Smith. He also recorded New York Legends on the Cala label, Return to Sorrento on the Naxos record label, and conductor/composer Bramwell Tovey’s Urban Cabaret. His live recording with the Philharmonic of Christopher Rouse’s Pulitzer Prize–winning Trombone Concerto, commissioned for the Orchestra’s 150th anniversary project, can be heard on Volume II of An American Celebration, on New York Philharmonic Special Editions, the Orchestra’s own recording label.
Mr. Alessi was invited by the International Trombone Association to record a solo disc of newly composed works, which was distributed to the Association’s membership of 5,000 trombonists in early 1999 and is now available as Beyond the End of the Century through Summit Records. His recording of George Crumb’s Starchild on the Bridge record label, featuring Mr. Alessi as soloist, won a Grammy Award for 1999–2000. Other recordings featuring Mr. Alessi are with the Canadian Brass (Sony Classical and Philips Records). Further information about Mr. Alessi can be found on his website, www.slidearea.com.
Loras John Schissel has served as conductor of the Blossom Festival Band since 1998. He also regularly conducts the Blossom Festival Orchestra and led The Cleveland Orchestra’s free annual community concert on Public Square in 2009, 2011 (a special 9/11 tenth anniversary concert), and 2014.
Mr. Schissel has traveled throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia conducting orchestras, bands, and choral ensembles in a broad range of musical styles and varied programs. A native of New Hampton, Iowa, Loras John Schissel studied brass instruments and conducting with Carlton Stewart, Frederick Fennell, and John Paynter. In the years following his studies at the University of Northern Iowa, Mr. Schissel has distinguished himself as a prominent conductor, orchestraor, and musicologist. He has served for over two decades as founding music director of the Arlington-based Virginia Grand Military Band, an ensemble comprised of current and former members of the four major U.S. service bands. In 2005, Mr. Schissel was elected to membership in the prestigious American Bandmasters Association.
As a composer and orchestrator, Mr. Schissel has created an extensive catalogue of over 500 works for orchestra, symphonic wind band and jazz ensemble, published exclusively by Ludwig/Masters Music. His musical score for Bill Moyers: America’s First River, The Hudson, which first appeared on PBS in April 2002, received extensive coverage and critical acclaim. He also created musical scores for two films for the Franklin D. Roosevelt Home in Hyde Park, New York. As a recording artist, Mr. Schissel has amassed a large discography with a wide variety of ensembles and various musical genres.
Loras John Schissel is a senior musicologist at the Library of Congress and a leading authority on the music of Percy Aldridge Grainger, Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein, and Boston Symphony Orchestra conductor Serge Koussevitzky. Schissel and John Philip Sousa IV (great-grandson of the composer) recently co-authored a book titled The Stars and Stripes Forever in conjunction with the Sousa-Schissel book. Mr. Schissel is currently writing a study of the famed impresario Sergei Diaghilev.
Deeply committed to young musicians, Loras John Schissel has appeared as conductor of All-State music festivals and of festival bands and orchestras in more than thirty states. He has conducted the Berea All-County Orchestra Festival and regularly visits Baldwin Wallace University as conductor of the Summer Band Camp there. He frequently appears with the Patriot Band of Avon Lake, Strongsville Community Band, Lakewood Hometown Band, and the Packard Band of Warren, Ohio. In July 2008, Mr. Schissel made his debut with “Pershing’s Own,” the United States Army Band, on the steps of the U.S. Capitol.
Clinic Description: A brief and practical introduction to Copyright and Licensing issues in the everyday life of a performing ensemble.
Bio: A former high school and college band director and veteran of the freelance New York Symphonic and Broadway scenes, Andrew Shreeves manages ASCAP’s Concert Performance Crediting Department.
Clinic Description: Pam Smith Kelly, daughter of Claude T. Smith, will educate attendees about how Claude T. Smith revolutionized instrumental music of the 20th Century, which continues to impact the band world today. Kelly will impart Smith’s philosophies of teaching: mastery musicianship skills, fundamentals, peer tutoring, student leadership, and music literacy. Analyzation of three varied works of Smith’s will be presented.
Bio: Pam Smith Kelly received her B. M. E. from Central Missouri State University and her M. M. E. from the University of Kansas. She was a music educator in Missouri and Kansas for 35 years. Mrs. Kelly served as the Middle Level Chair and Elementary Chair for the Northeast KMEA and the State Chairman for KMEA at the Elementary and Middle Levels. Pam also received the NEKMEA Outstanding Music Educator in 2010. She has appeared as guest director, clinician and judge for bands, choirs, and orchestras around the country and abroad. She is the President of Claude T. Smith Publications, Inc., which publishes the instrumental and choral works of her late father. She specializes in clinicing and guest conducting her father’s music. Pam has been the founding conductor for 5 Kansas City based Wind Ensembles/Orchestras and is the current founding conductor of EncoreKC choir. She has held various positions in church music ministries, directing hand bells, children’s choirs, wind ensembles and orchestras for the past 36 years in the Kansas City area. Pam is a member of ASCAP, American Choral Directors Association, Association of Concert Bands, National Association for Music Education, Mu Phi Epsilon (Patron), National Band Association, P. E. O., Sigma Alpha Iota (KC Alumni Chapter) and Women Band Directors Association. She and her family reside in Overland Park, KS.
Clinic Description: This talk is designed to provide musicians with guidance on how to prevent and manage playing related injuries and will include interactive demonstration and audience participation. Risk factors that are unique to instrumental musician will be discussed along with suggestions for safe practice habits to prevent pain and injury. The demonstration will include exercises and stretches to perform prior to playing, onstage and back stage as well as practical strategies for warm up, breaks, posture, playing position, technique, repetition and pacing. The talk will conclude with information on what to do in case of injury and how to return to safe playing.
Bio: Aviva Wolff, EdD, OT, CHT is an occupational therapist clinician and researcher with a particular focus in musician’s injury and rehabilitation. She has a strong background in motor control and movement analysis with extensive experience working with performing artists and individuals with neuromuscular conditions and musculoskeletal injuries. She currently consults for the Julliard School, and runs the upper extremity clinical movement analysis programs and hand and wrist biomechanics research at the Leon Root, MD Motion Analysis Laboratory at Hospital for Special Surgery.
Clinic Description: The European tour of the Barnum & Bailey Circus, the “Greatest Show on Earth,” was one of the great entertainment adventures at the turn of the twentieth century. The newspapers compared it with Noah loading the ark with animals; the golden age of circus music had begun a few years earlier, and several of the finest musicians and band composers of the time were important participants in this unique journey. Led by one of the most talented circus bandmasters in history, Carl Clair, the band performed in front of hundreds of thousands of circus fans and a few heads of state. Famed march composers Russell Alexander and W. P. English were members of the band and wrote music used during the trip. The paper will include musical examples and the careers of several of the musicians in the band will be described.
Bio: An Indianapolis native and current Carmel resident, Dr. Conrad has committed his educational and performance career to the study and performance of music in Indiana. He graduated from Arlington High School and attended the Indiana University School of Music, where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Trumpet Performance, studying with legendary trumpet professor William Adam. He earned the first Master’s degree in Conducting ever granted by Butler University and a Doctorate in Conducting from Ball State University, where his dissertation about Hoosier composer and conductor Fred Jewell was named Distinguished Dissertation by the BSU Alumni Association.
In addition to bringing music to the Hoosier state, Dr. Conrad has conducted ensembles in many other states and countries including Scotland, England, Germany, Bulgaria, Austria, Italy, Poland, Holland, France, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. A respected musicologist and author, he has presented lectures at music history and performance conferences in the United States, Germany, Slovakia, Italy, Austria and Luxemburg.
Dr. Conrad served for twenty years as choir director for John Knox Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis, IN. He currently maintains a large private trumpet studio, and is a faculty artist, adjudicator and conductor for the National Trumpet Competition. He contributed a number of articles for the new edition of Groves Encyclopedia of Music and Musicians – American Edition, and served as the historical musical consultant for the 20th Century Fox film Water for Elephants, released in 2011. Additionally he is working on a major book on the history of American circus music.
Dr. Conrad enjoys collecting antique brass instruments and historic band photos. He is married to soprano Ann Conrad. They are the proud parents of three-legged Daphne, a sweet rescued Boxer mix who loves attending outdoor IWS concerts in the summer.
Directed by Associate Professor of Tuba Don Harry, Tuba Mirum consists of the combined euphonium and tuba studios at the Eastman School of Music. The ensemble gives a variety of concerts, with repertory ranging from Bach to Zappa. Many original compositions are welcomed and any student is welcome to conduct or arrange anything. During the past year, the ensemble accompanied guest artist David Zerkel and was conducted by James Gourlay of the Royal Northern Conservatory.
Tuba Mirum hosts two events a year: an Autumn Tuba Conference and a Spring Tuba Conference. During these all participants are invited to perform solo repertory on a recital, and play as an ensemble on another concert, usually involving guest artists from the ranks of the tuba and euphonium world at large.
Tuba Mirum was founded by Cherry Beauregard, former Professor of Tuba, and was named The Tuba + so that other instruments could be included. After about a year the name was changed to Tuba Mirum (“wondrous war-trumpet”, from the Latin Requiem Mass) at the suggestion of Eastman’s former Director and Dean, James Undercofler.
Clinic Description: In late 1861, one of every forty-one Union Soldiers was in a band. By February, 1862, all Union regimental bands were mustered out of service. Many brass instruments used in Civil War band had bells that faced backwards. Clarinets were very rare in bands of that period. Bands sometimes played during combat on the battlefield.
These and many other items of interest will be discussed by historian and bandsman Edmund A. Moderacki as he presents his talk on Civil War bands. The presentation will cover the history of Union and Confederate bands, instruments, organizational structure and music with period photographs and recorded performances by recreated military bands.
Several handouts will be available at the conclusion of the presentation including a listing of available recordings by recreated civil war bands and a list of modern band arrangements of Civil War era music.
Bio: Edmund A. Moderacki assumed the conductorship of the Waldwick Band in 1978. He holds a BA from Montclair State College and a MA from Hunter College (CUNY). Mr. Moderacki specializes on tuba and euphonium and has performed with many ensembles throughout North Jersey. In addition to his responsibilities with the Waldwick Band, Moderacki is the assistant conductor of the Ridgewood Symphony Orchestra and the announcer for the Teaneck Community Band’s summer concert series. As a music educator, Moderacki taught in the River Vale (NJ) Public Schools for forty-five years. He is still active as a member of the steering committee of Bergen County Teen Arts and is on the Executive Committee of the Music Educators of Bergen County, Inc. He has conducted both the Bergen County Middle School Band and the Bergen County High School Band, and also made an appearance as a guest conductor with the United States Air Force Band. Mr. Moderacki is the Township Historian for River Vale New Jersey. For a number of years, he was active as a Revolutionary War re-enactor with the Brigade of the American Revolution. He is the author of Images of America: River Vale, published by Arcadia Press, and a contributor to several other books on 18th and 19th century historical topics. Popular as a lecturer, Mr. Moderacki has appeared before numerous historical, civic and fraternal organizations in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
As a music educator, Moderacki taught in the River Vale (NJ) Public Schools for forty-five years. He is still active as a member of the steering committee of Bergen County Teen Arts and is on the Executive Committee of the Music Educators of Bergen County, Inc. He has conducted both the Bergen County Middle School Band and the Bergen County High School Band, and also made an appearance as a guest conductor with the United States Air Force Band.
Mr. Moderacki is the Township Historian for River Vale New Jersey. For a number of years, he was active as a Revolutionary War re-enactor with the Brigade of the American Revolution. He is the author of Images of America: River Vale, published by Arcadia Press, and a contributor to several other books on 18th and 19th century historical topics. Popular as a lecturer, Mr. Moderacki has appeared before numerous historical, civic and fraternal organizations in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Loras Schissel and Steven Rosenhaus from LudwigMasters Music and Patrick Burns from Bandworks Publications will introduce new publications at a reading session featuring members of the Downriver Community Band and our Convention Band.
Patrick Burns has served as Adjunct Professor of Music at Montclair State University in New Jersey since 1994, where he teaches courses in music theory, orchestration, and composition, and has also taught instrumental music in the Caldwell-West Caldwell Public Schools since 1998. As a clarinetist, Mr. Burns has performed with many professional ensembles in the New York metro area including the Metropolitan Opera Summer Ballet Orchestra, the pit orchestra for the Broadway revival production of Camelot starring Robert Goulet, and with the New Jersey Chamber Music Society in broadcasts for National Public Radio and New Jersey Network Television. In September 2011, Mr. Burns began his tenure as Director of the Symphony of Winds and Percussion at New Jersey City University. More recently, he has signed on with Ackk Studios as orchestrator/composer/conductor for the company’s video game projects being produced for the Nintendo and Sony Corporations.
In 1986, at the age of seventeen, Mr. Burns founded the Bloomfield Youth Band, a community wind ensemble of some 55 secondary school and collegiate musicians which he continues to direct today. The Youth Band has been recognized for its outstanding artistic achievements and service to the community by the United States Congress, the New Jersey Legislature and the Mayor and Town Council of Bloomfield. His compositions for symphonic band are performed by bands of every level throughout the country. The United States Army Band, “Pershing’s Own”, has performed his music in Washington, D.C. and at Carnegie Hall. His music has also been performed by conservatory and military bands in Sweden, Russia, Japan and China. Mr. Burns is former director of the Montclair State University Youth Orchestra and the Imperial Brass. He has been featured as guest conductor and clinician with public school, community, university, region and all-state bands in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and Ohio and has recorded albums and concertized with world-renowned brass artists Philip Smith, Warren Vaché, Roger Webster and Chris Jaudes.
Patrick Burns’ music for symphonic band is published by G. Schirmer, Daehn Publications, Grand Mesa Music Publishers, FJH Music, Wingert-Jones Music, and TRN Music Publisher. His music has appeared on Bandworld magazine’s Top 100 list of band compositions five times. The Instrumentalist and School Music News have printed numerous favorable reviews of Mr. Burns’ band music and The Classical New Jersey Society Journal has praised his chamber music. His music for symphonic band has been performed at The Midwest Clinic in Chicago and has been recorded for the educational series Distinguished Music for the Developing Band. He has received commissions from many organizations including the Goldman Band/Harvey Phillips Foundation, Ohio Northern University, the Bel Air (Maryland) Community Band, the SoundTree Corporation and Westlake Village High School Wind Ensemble (California) for the band’s performance at Carnegie Hall.
From 2003-2010, Mr. Burns served as president of the Bloomfield Federation of Music and in March 2010, he founded his own publishing company, Bandworks Publications.
Dr. Steven L. Rosenhaus serves as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Composition in Steinhardt’s Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions, where he teaches music composition, writing musical theater (music, lyrics, libretti), and popular songwrting. He has also taught music theory and created “Introduction to Music Publishing and Printing” for the Music Business Program, and was one of the originators of “First Stages” which allows Steinhardt music theater composition students to collaborate with majors in vocal performance. He has given master classes in composition and arranging at the Conservatorio di Musica San Pietro a Majella (Naples, Italy), the University of Central Florida (Orlando), and other educational institutions. He is also a frequent clinician at conferences for the American String Teachers Association and other organizations.
Dr. Rosenhaus’ academic interests include post-tonal theory, especially George Perle’s compositional system of twelve-tone tonality. He holds a PhD in Composition/Theory from NYU, and MA and BA degrees from Queens College (CUNY), where his composition mentors included Perle and opera composer Hugo Weisgall.
Steven L. Rosenhaus is a composer, lyricist, arranger, conductor, educator, author, and performer, as well as a consultant to the music publishing industry and a “show doctor” for musicals produced on- and off-Broadway. The Sächsische Zeitung (Saxon Times, Dresden, Germany) has hailed his music as “expressive and in a neoromantic sound world,” while The New York Times calls it “clever, deftly constructed and likable.” Backstage magazine called his music and lyrics for the off-Broadway show Critic “sprightly, upbeat, and in the ballad repertory, simply lovely.”
Dr. Rosenhaus’ original works and arrangements are played worldwide by such performers as the New York Philharmonic, the Dresden Sinfonietta (Germany), the Ploiesti Symphony Orchestra (Romania), the Sheboygan Symphony (WI), the New York Repertory Orchestra, the United States Navy Band (Washington, DC), the United States Naval Academy Band, the United States Naval Forces Europe Band (Naples, Italy), the Meridian String Quartet, pianist Laura Leon, clarinetist Guido Arbonelli, and many others. He has received numerous awards and grants from ASCAP, the American Composers Forum, and other organizations.
Steven L. Rosenhaus is the author of The Concertgoer’s Guide to the Symphony Orchestra (The Music Gifts Company) and is co-author with Allen Cohen of Writing Musical Theater (Palgrave Macmillan). He is a contributor to music theory journals (Theory and Practice, et al.) and consumer magazines (The Instrumentalist, Strings, etc.). He currently has over 150 original works and arrangements in print published by LudwigMasters Publications, Theodore Presser, Music-Print Productions, and others; recordings of his music can be found on the Richardson, Musical Tapestries, Capstone, and MPP labels.
Recent commissions and premieres: Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Pigeon for soprano and piano quintet, for Nadine Carey and the Prometheus Quintet; Eshet Chayil (A Woman of Valor) for baritone voice and band, for the St. Mary’s University Kaplan Commission program; a new work for cello and piano, for the Delta Omicron Foundation; Dream for the Sheboygan Symphony; Folk Song Suite for string orchestra; Nine Feet of Brass (A Concerto for Trombone and Band) for trombonist Keith Johnston and the Sacred Heart University Band; Rescuing Psyche for flute and piano for the New York State Teachers Association and MTNA; Accordances (Symphony No. 2) for the New York Repertory Orchestra; Variations on a Neapolitan Theme (“Cicerenella”) for the U.S. Naval Forces Europe Band; and The Apian Way for piano, for pianist Laura Leon.
Clinic Description: Ms. Sterrett will present the history of women in professional orchestras and other large performing ensembles and tie that to her own experience as the first (and still only) woman to earn tenure at the Philharmonic. Ms. Sterrett sincerely believes that a world of opportunities is opening up to more and more deserving young people of all identities and it’s important for them to be ready when those opportunities come knocking.
Bio: Leelanee Sterrett joined the New York Philharmonic in June 2013; she currently serves as Acting Associate Principal Horn. She was previously a member of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, and a regular substitute with the New York Philharmonic. Ms. Sterrett is also an alumna of The Academy, Carnegie Hall’s collective of young professionals and music advocates, and a former member of Ensemble ACJW. A northern-Michigan native, Ms. Sterrett grew up in a musically enthusiastic family and attended Interlochen Arts Academy. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and a master’s degree from the Yale School of Music. Her primary teachers include William Purvis, Douglas Hill, and Julie Schleif. Ms. Sterrett has spent summers at the Tanglewood Music Center, the Pacific and Sarasota music festivals, the National Orchestral Institute, and the Banff Centre for the Arts. She is a past prizewinner in the International Horn Competition of America and the Yamaha Young Performing Artists Program. In recent seasons, Ms. Sterrett has made solo appearances at Carnegie Hall, with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, and at the 2015 International Horn Symposium with her Philharmonic colleagues. She currently serves on the horn faculties of Rutgers University and New York University.
A northern-Michigan native, Ms. Sterrett grew up in a musically enthusiastic family and attended Interlochen Arts Academy. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and a master’s degree from the Yale School of Music. Her primary teachers include William Purvis, Douglas Hill, and Julie Schleif. Ms. Sterrett has spent summers at the Tanglewood Music Center, the Pacific and Sarasota music festivals, the National Orchestral Institute, and the Banff Centre for the Arts. She is a past prizewinner in the International Horn Competition of America and the Yamaha Young Performing Artists Program.
In recent seasons, Ms. Sterrett has made solo appearances at Carnegie Hall, with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, and at the 2015 International Horn Symposium with her Philharmonic colleagues. She currently serves on the horn faculties of Rutgers University and New York University.
Performing marches well is a hallmark of a mature wind band. Watch and listen as Maestro Loras Schissel describes and demonstrates the techniques that John Phillips Sousa developed for performing his marches. Our demonstration band will be comprised of members of the New Jersey Wind Symphony and our co-hosts the Hanover Wind Symphony. Bring your notebooks!