Guests

Convention Band Conductor

Colonel Timothy J. Holtan
10th Leader and Commander The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own”

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.

Loras Schissel

Luncheon Keynote Speaker

Loras Schissel

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.

Clinicians

Aviva Wolff

Aviva Wolff

Healthy Habits for Highly Successful Musicians
April 25, 2019
1:15PM

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.

Charles Conrad

Charles Conrad

Circus Music from the Golden Age – The Musical Implications of the 1897-1902 European Journey of the Barnum & Bailey Greatest Show on Earth
April 25, 2019
2:15PM

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.

Tuba Mirum

Tuba Mirum

April 25, 2019
3:30PM

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.

Edmund Moderacki

Edmund Moderacki

Civil War Bands
April 25, 2019
4:30PM

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.

Patrick Burns, Steve Rosenhaus, Loras Schissel

New Music Reading Clinic
April 26, 2019
1:30PM

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Leelanee Sterrett

Women in Professional Ensembles
April 26, 2019
2:30PM

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.

BioLeelanee 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.

Loras Schissel

Loras Schissel

Art of the March
April 26, 2019
3:30PM