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:
2019: Gary Hill (Arizona State University), Jacob de Haan (composer/conductor from the Netherlands), Johann Mösenbichler, Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant
Section Coaches: Katharina Eckerstorfer, Richard Frey, Lisa McKim-Hill, Dennis Llinas, Oliver Hummel, Marc Sosnowchik, Ryan Kelly, Heribert Prinz, Serena Weren
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