Gary W. Hill is in his 20thyear as Professor of Music and Director of Bands at Arizona State University, where he conducts the Wind Orchestra and teaches graduate conducting. The 2018/19 academic year marks Hill’s 45thyear as conductor, his 50thas a music teacher, and his 60thas a performing musician.
Prior to Hill’s appointment at ASU, he was Director of Bands at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music, where he also served as Music Director for the Kansas City Youth Wind Ensemble, and conducted two professional groups: the Kansas City Symphony Brass Ensemble and newEar, a chamber ensemble devoted to contemporary music. Previously, he held a similar post at East Texas State University (Texas A&M-Commerce) and was Associate Director of Bands at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Hill began his teaching career in Michigan where he served as Director of Bands for the West Bloomfield and Traverse City public schools.
High school, university, and professional ensembles under Hill’s direction have given performances for the National Band Association, the Music Educators National Conference (NAfME), the College Band Directors National Association, the American Bandmasters Association, the International Horn Symposium, the National Flute Association, at many state conventions, and throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. Performances conducted by him have consistently drawn praise from composers, performing musicians, and critics alike for their insightful, inspired, and cohesive realizations, and for their imaginative programming.
As a guest conductor and clinician, appearances in more than a dozen countries and throughout most of the United States have included performances with myriad high school honor bands, numerous college and university wind bands and orchestras, many professional ensembles, at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, and at World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles’ conferences. Gary W. Hill is one of the most sought after guest conductors and clinicians in the instrumental music education field; during the past four decades, he has presented hundreds of workshops on conducting and rehearsal technique for music teachers of all levels and has served as a clinician for thousands of bands and orchestras.
During Professor Hill’s 39 years as a collegiate conducting teacher, he has taught scores of undergraduate and graduate conducting students and served as the primary mentor for 52 wind-band graduate conducting majors, 6 who are serving as conductors of US Armed Forces’ ensembles and 42 who have won university teaching positions. Hill’s current creative/research agenda includes: an exploration of biochemical reactions spawned by the musical process; and work on a monograph concerning the past, present, and future of instrumental music in schools.
Gary W. Hill is a member of numerous professional organizations including the National Association for Music Education, the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, the American Bandmasters Association, and the College Band Directors National Association, for which he hosted the Fiftieth Anniversary National Conference (1991) as well as the joint conferences of the North Central and Southwestern Divisions in conjunction with The Society for American Music (1998), served as president of the Southwestern Division (1989-91), and as national president (2003-05).
JACOB DE HAAN
Jacob de Haan, born on March 28, 1959, in Heerenveen, the Netherlands, is one of the most popular and most played wind music composers of our time. In a long-time cooperation with his publisher, De Haske Publications, he has issued numerous compositions and arrangements for various line-ups.
His compositions, mostly written on commission, are known worldwide – especially the works that are based on film-music-like combinations of styles. Oregon, his most performed composition, brought about his international breakthrough. His oeuvre for wind band further consists of compelling concert works with different grades of difficulty, short concertante works, didactic material for beginners, entertainment music, and marches. He also writes various arrangements of existing classical works and chorals.
De Haan completed his studies, majoring in school music and organ, at the Music Academy Leeuwarden. Subsequently, he lectured in arranging at the same conservatory. In 2003 he received a music award for his entire oeuvre from the Frisian regional broadcasting company (Omrop Fryslân). Jacob de Haan regularly acts as a guest conductor with performances of his own works – not only in Europe, but also Australia and the USA – and as a jury member at international competitions. One of his guest conductings was at the Western International Band Clinic in Seattle. Furthermore, he gives workshops at various conservatories such as the Bavarian Music Academy in Germany.
JOHANN MÖSENBICHLER – MID EUROPE FESTIVAL EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Johann Mösenbichler is the principal conductor of the Bavarian Policeband, and Professor at the Anton Bruckner Private University of Music in Linz.
Until 2006, he was conductor of the Symphonic Wind Orchestra at the University of Music and Fine Arts in Vienna, Austria. He performs and conducts widely, teaches, and has served as a clinician and adjudicator at seminars, workshops and competitions in Asia, the USA, and throughout Europe. He joined the Executive Board of the MID EUROPE in 1997, and wa sappointed as the President of the “Mid Europe Festival” in Schladming in 2000. He has also been honored to conduct prestigious orchestras such as the Sinfonietta Da Camera in Salzburg, the Graz Symphonic Orchestra, the South Bohemian Chamber Orchestra of Budweis, and the Oberstdorfer summer academia.
VERENA MÖSENBICHLER-BRYANT – WAWOP & WYWOP EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant serves as Associate Professor of the Practice of Music at Duke University, Director of the Duke University Wind Symphony, Director of Undergraduate Studies for the music department, and Artistic Director & conductor of the Durham Medical Orchestra.
Verena grew up in Eberschwang, Austria. She began piano lessons at the age of 6, continuing later with church organ, flute, and bassoon.
Her conducting debut at age 16 was followed by a three-year fundamental conducting course taught by Johann Mösenbichler. Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant then studied symphony orchestra conducting with Ingo Ingensand at the Anton Bruckner Private University in Linz, Upper Austria, and received her bachelor’s degree, with distinction, in 2005. She completed her Master of Music in 2007 with Kevin Sedatole at Michigan State University. Verena graduated in May 2009 with her DMA in Wind Ensemble Conducting from The University of Texas at Austin where her principal conducting teacher was Jerry Junkin.
Professional engagements have included three years as the conductor of the Hofkirchen community band, conducting the youth band of Eberschwang, conductor of the UNCSA Wind Ensemble and she currently serves as Executive Director of the World Youth Wind Orchestra Project, and the World Adult Wind Orchestra Project of the annual Mid-Europe festival in Schladming, Austria (www.mideurope.at).
Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant’s transcription of John Corigliano’s Grammy-winning work, Mr. Tambourine Man, for Wind Ensemble and Amplified Soprano, published by G. Schirmer, has received strong praise from the composer, and has received numerous performances since its 2009 premiere. She has also published an article in GIA’s respected Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series. Verena serves frequently as cover conductor for the North Carolina Symphony, and as guest conductor and clinician across the United States, Japan, as well as in her native Austria.
PREVIOUS CONDUCTORS & GUESTS:
2018: Miguel Etchegoncelay, Frank Ticheli, Johann Mösenbichler, Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant, Michael Markowski and Steven Bryant
Solistin: Maria Planer
Section Coaches: Matthew Dockendorf, Katharina Eckerstorfer, Richard Frey, Josh Gall, Donna Hryniewicki, Oliver Hummel, Marc Sosnowchik, Ryan Kelly, Heribert Prinz, Serena Weren,
2017: Jerry Junkin, Kevin Sedatole, Phillip Riggs, Johann Mösenbichler, Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant, Eric Whitacre, Jonathan Newman, Steven Bryant, Sebastian Schraml, Michael Markowski, and John Mackey
Soloists: Hila Plitmann, soprano (Grammy Award winner), Dirk Hirthe, tuba
Section Coaches: Ryan Kelly, Benjamin Lorenzo, Heribert Prinz, Carlos Rodriguez Rodriguez, Matthew Sedatole, Marc Sosnowchik, William Staub
2016: Henrie Adams, Douglas Henderson, Benjamin Lorenzo, Daniel Tembras, Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant
Section Coaches: Douglas Henderson, Benjamin Lorenzo, Michael Markowski, Heribert Prinz, Katharina Eckerstorfer, Carlos Rodriguez, Daniel Tembras