CONDUCTORS 2020

Kevin L. Sedatole

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Kevin Sedatole serves as Director of Bands, Professor of Music, and Chair of the conducting area at the Michigan State University College of Music. At MSU, Professor Sedatole serves as administrator of the entire band program totaling over 700 students, which includes the Wind Symphony, Symphony Band, Concert Band, Chamber Winds, Campus Bands, Spartan Marching Band and Spartan Brass. He also guides the graduate wind-conducting program in addition to conducting the MSU Wind Symphony.

Prior to joining MSU, he was director of bands and associate professor of conducting at Baylor University. Previous to his appointment at Baylor he served as associate director of bands at the University of Texas and director of the Longhorn Band, and as associate director of bands at the University of Michigan and Stephen F. Austin State University.

Sedatole has conducted performances for the College Band Directors National Association, American Bandmasters Association, Texas Music Educators Association, Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association, and the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, as well as performances in Carnegie Hall.  He has conducted across the United States, Europe and Japan.  The MSU Wind Symphony, under the direction of Professor Sedatole, has given featured performances at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, the national convention of the College Band Directors’ National Association, the prestigious American Bandmasters Association convention and Carnegie Hall.  Performances conducted by Professor Sedatole have won accolades from prominent composers including John Corigliano, Robert Beaser, Kevin Puts, Michael Colgrass, Donald Grantham, David Maslanka, Ricardo Lorenz, Michael Daugherty, John Mackey, Steven Bryant, Jonathan Newman, Carter Pann, Joel Puckett, Dan Welcher as well as many others.  Most recently Professor Sedatole has taught courses and conducted in Germany at the Bundesakademie fur musikalische Trossingen and in Japan at the Senzoku Gakuen College of Music, Tokyo.

Professor Sedatole serves on the summer faculty of the Interlochen Music Camp and the Board of Directors of the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic.  Additionally he served as president of the North Central division of the College Band Directors National Association.


PAULO MARTINS

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Paulo Martins is a professor at the Conservatory of Music of Porto, Artistic Director of the Orchestra and Symphonic Wind Band of the Santa Maria da Feira, the Associação Recreativa e Cultural – Amigos da Branca – ( ARMAB), and the conducting School –  Portuguese Academy of Band (APB).

Paulo Martins successfully studied saxophone at the Conservatory of Porto. He later switched to bassoon and continued studies with Professor Hugues Kesteman, completing a bassoon performance degree at the ESMAE School of Music and Performing Arts where he was awarded the Eng. António de Almeida Foundation Award. In 2001 he continued his studies on bassoon in Germany with Prof. Gunter Pfitzenmaier at the Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe, where he recorded the Mozart concerto with the School Chamber Orchestra. 

Mr. Martins was awarded in several competitions, including:  “Juventude Musical Portuguesa”, “Jovens talentos dos CTT”, ” Concurso  do Conservatory de Música do Porto”, and the “Youth Contest of the Districts of Coimbra and Aveiro”. 

He performed as a soloist with the Orchestra and Youth Band of Santa Maria da Feira, the Orchestra Sinfonieta, the Orchestra Artave, the Chamber Orchestra of the Staatliche  Hochschule  für  Musik  Karlsruhe, and has played in the bassoon section of the Symphony Orchestra of Porto Casa da Música. 

Paulo Martins studied conducting with Ernest Schelle, Eugene Corporon, and Jorma  Panula. In  2007 he obtained his conducting master’s degree with distinction from the Maastricht Conservatory, studying under Jan Cober. 

Mr. Martins has given numerous masterclasses and performed concerts with ensembles throughout Portugal, Spain, Italy, Brazil, and Argentina including: Band of the National Republican,  Guard of Lisbon (GNR), Porto Military Band, Military Band of the Azores, Municipal Band of Coruña (Spain), Pontevedra Municipal Band ( Spain), Symphonic Band of the Portuguese Academy of Band, Symphony Band of the Province of Córdoba (Argentina), Alaquas Symphony Band (Espanha), Symphonic Band of São Miguel – Azores, Symphonic Band of the Conservatory of Music of Aveiro, Lisbon Army Symphony Band, Ourearte Wind Orchestra , Orchestra Classica da Madeira, Symphony and Wind Orchestra of the Porto Conservatory of Music, Piaget Institute Classical Orchestra and Wind Orchestra, Wind Orchestra  of the Arts Academy  from Chaves, Wind Orchestra of the Professional School of Music of the Vale do Ave – ARTAVE, Wind Orchestra of the Professional School of Music of Viana do Castelo, Wind Orchestra of the Serra da Estrela Professional School, Wind Orchestra of the Carlos Gomes Foundation (Brazil), Porto National Orchestra, Orchestra Raizes Ibérica, ilarmonica Gabrieli di Bovezzo (Itália), Banda Musicale Giovanile del, Piemonte (Itália), Zoccoband di Erbusco (Itália), Wind Orchestra of Conservatory of Baixo Alentejo – Beja. 

He has participated in multiple conducting competitions, winning awards at the Valencia International Music Band Competition, the International Band Competition – Athenaeu Artístico Vilafranquense, the Certamen Internacional de Música Banda Música Vila d’Altea, and the Braga Philharmonic Bands Competition. 

Paulo Martins frequently serves as a jury member for competitions such as the ‘Young Musicians Award’ contest of RDP – Portuguese Public Radio, the “I Certame Nacional de Música Banda D’Almàssera” in Valencia, the prestigious “International Certification of Music Bands – City of Valencia” and in 2016 presided over the “Certamen Internacinal de Bandas de  Altea”.


JOHANN MÖSENBICHLER – MID EUROPE FESTIVAL EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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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 

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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