December 14, 2013 – Hunter Central Region Wind Ensemble and Boricua College Choir Perform in New York City

Hunter Central Coast Region Wind Ensemble
New South Wales, Australia
Boricua College Choir
New York, NY
Scott Ryan and Michael Jobson, and Stephen Williams, directors


Music from Around the World!
Including music of the Holiday Season

Saturday, December 14, 2013
3:00 PM
Church of the Intercession
550 W. 155th St.
New York, NY 10032

Free Community Concert

For more information:
(800) 395-2036

Download Concert Poster

Program to be chosen from the following:

Greenhills Fantasy | Thomas Doss

Shepherd’s Hey * | Percy Grainger Arr. Schissel

Australian Sea Ballad | Robert Sheldon

Kosciuszko* | Brendan Collins

The Man from Snowy River* | Bruce Rowland Arr. Barry Bignell

Variations on a Korean Folk Song | John Barnes Chance

Gershwin! | Arr. Warren Barker

March of the Belgian Paratroopers | Pierre Leeman Arr. James Swearingen

Llwyn Onn* | Brian Hogg

Abram’s Pursuit | David R. Holsinger

African Symphony | Van McCoy Arr. Naohiro Iwai

*indicates Australian Composition

About the artists…

This Hunter Central Coast Region Wind Ensemble was formed as an initiative of the NSW Department Education & Training Hunter/Central Coast Region in 2005 and is administered by the Regional Arts Council. The band has a total of 80 members who will be traveling to the United States to perform in California, New York and Chicago . Membership is open to all public school students from years 5 – 12 representative of schools from the Hunter/Central Coast region of NSW in Australia. The ensemble has had successes at regional, state, national and international levels. This includes performances at the Sydney Opera House, Australian National Band Championships, National Eisteddfod at the national capital – Canberra, NSW Vice Regal performances for the Governor of NSW and the Pacific Basin International Music Festival in Hawaii.

Scott Ryan has established an impressive list of accomplishments as a musician, conductor and music educator. He has won many awards as a conductor at state, national and international levels, including the New South Wales Band Association‘s Young Musician of the year. He was presented with a NSW Department of Education and Training Award of Excellence for the development of school instrumental music in the Hunter/Central Coast Region in 2006. Last year Scott was selected as a participant in the Symphony Australia Conductor Development program. As the founding Director/Conductor of the Hunter/Central Coast Regional Wind Ensemble Scott has led the ensemble to success at festivals nationally and internationally, including a number of National Eisteddfod Championships, National Band Association Championships, a command performance in the Hawaii State Theatre, a command performance in the Musikverein Golden Hall in Vienna, a performance in Paris on Bastille Day and performances with the University of Nagoya and City of Ube Wind Ensemble in Japan.
Currently Scott is employed by The Arts Unit, NSW Department of Education and Communities as Instrumental Music Assistant, a position he has held since 2007. He is a regular conductor at the NSW State Music Camps, a member of the music team for the Schools Spectacular and is currently conductor of the NSW Public Schools Symphonic Wind Orchestra – National Champions in 2012 and 2013. Scott accompanied the NSW Public Schools Symphonic Wind Ensemble to the USA in December 2007, performing at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic held in Chicago. During these two weeks Scott worked with renowned conductors including Professor Larry Curtis, Dr Glenn Price, Professor Jerry Junkin and Colonel Michael Coleburn (Director the USA Presidents Own Marine Band) Scott has held the position of Director of Bands and Orchestras at North Sydney Boys High School since October 2009 and has toured with the schools premier wind band to Hawaii in March 2011 to participate in Pacific Basin Music Festival.
The band was successful in achieving a silver award along with critical acclaim from the adjudicators. In 2012 the Symphonic Winds were awarded first place at the NSW Schools Band Festival. In 2012 Scott was awarded the prestigious Australian Band and Orchestra Directors Association – most outstanding conductor award at the NSW Schools Band Festival. Scott has toured, performed, recorded and conducted ensembles throughout the USA, China, Japan, Singapore, Europe, New Zealand and Great Britain. In addition to conducting and providing workshops to various ensembles, Scott continues a successful performance career with the Australian Army Band, as well as freelance performances with various theatre orchestras and corporate bands. Scott has adjudicated the Newcastle Band Festival, Yamaha Music Festival, and NSW Bands Association State Solos in recent years.

Michael Jobson was awarded his Bachelor of Music with honors studying tuba under Steve Rosse. Since completing his studies, Michael has become a well-known conductor in the Newcastle region, conducting many school ensembles both at a primary and secondary level. He has been a conductor and tutor at many State Music Camps, as well as camps all over the state of New South Wales including the North West Band camp, Riverina Music Camp and the North Coast Music Camp.
Michael is currently Conductor and Band Director of ensembles at four Newcastle schools, as well as the Combined Schools Concert Band, The University of Newcastle Junior Concert Band, and the Hunter Central Coast Regional Wind Ensemble. His time with the Hunter Central Coast Wind Ensemble has seen him conduct many performances as well as concerts on their 2008 European tour, and their tour to Japan in 2010. He is currently completing a Masters of Teaching. Michael is looking forward to experiencing the high level performances and workshops American wind band programs offer, as well as the atmosphere and excitement of The Midwest Conference.

Stephen Williams has established himself as one of Australia’s most versatile conductors, distinguishing himself with an impressive record of achievement in a variety of musical settings. In addition to conducting most of the Orchestras for Symphony Services International he has conducted, recorded and toured with many of Australia’s finest Symphonic Bands and Jazz Ensembles. He has directed and performed with Australian groups at the North Sea, Montreux, Edinburgh and Monterey Jazz Festivals, has conducted concerts in Carnegie Hall and taken Australian orchestras, symphonic bands and jazz ensembles to conferences in the U.S.A, Japan, Europe, the U.K, Singapore and China.
In 1989 Stephen was awarded a conducting scholarship by Symphony Australia and for three years studied orchestral conducting under Werner Andreas Albert, during which time he conducted concerts and made recordings with many of the Symphony Australia Orchestras. In 1994 he was awarded the Harry Begian Conducting Scholarship, which enabled him to study advanced Symphonic Band conducting at the University of Illinois under Professor James Keene. In 1995 he was awarded a Master’s Degree in Orchestral Conducting and Research from the University of Queensland. Stephen is currently Chief Conductor Instrumental for The Arts Unit, a specialist unit in the N.S.W Department of Education & Communities, taking up this position at the beginning of 1999. He is the musical director for the NSW Schools Spectacular, the world’s biggest variety show and has been since 1991. He also is the founding Musical Director of the Northern Beaches Symphony Orchestra.
Prior to this Stephen had a full time position as conducting coordinator for the School of Instrumental Music in Perth. He was also a member of staff at the W.A Conservatorium of Music, Edith Cowan University, lecturing and conducting in the Classical, Jazz and Education departments. Between 1992 and 1995, Stephen was a full time member of staff at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, occupying the position of Director of the Wind Symphony as well as lecturing in Conducting, Instrumental Pedagogy and Jazz studies. Over the last ten years he has been a conductor in concerts and on many tours with Orchestra Victoria (one of two professional orchestras in Melbourne). He is the chief conductor for their innovative education program ‘On the mOVe’, a program which allows students in country regions to be tutored and mentored by Orchestra Victoria players in two-day workshops. For several years he was also engaged by Symphony Services International to present and conduct concerts for schools with the Sydney Sinfonia. Stephen also works as a freelance conductor and instrumental consultant and is frequently called upon to lecture, conduct clinics and adjudicate both in Australia and overseas.


June 16, 2013 – Duke Ellington School of the Arts String Orchestra and Guitar Ensemble perform at Church of the Intercession

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Duke Ellington Guitar Ensemble

Duke Ellington School of the Arts String Orchestra and Guitar Ensemble
Heather Haughn and Isaac Daniel Jr., conductors

Sunday, June 16, 2013
Church of the Intercession
550 West 155th Street
New York, NY 10032 (map)


String Orchestra
Mozart | Serenade No. 6, Serenata Notturna, K. 239
Grieg | Elegiac Melodie, Heart Wounds and Last Spring
Amaya | Viola Concerto No. 1, Movement 3, Tone Poem
Dmitri Shostakovich | Sinfonia Op. 110 (String Quartet No. 8)

Guitar Ensemble
Selections to be chosen from:
Handel | Water Music
Mozart | Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
Vivaldi | Concerto in G minor, Adagio and Allegro
Tchaikovsky | Scherzo
Dvorak | Slavonic Dance No.
Mozart | String Quartet, K. 160, Movement I, II, III


About the Artists…

Duke Ellington School of the Arts String Orchestra
The award-winning Duke Ellington School of the Arts String Orchestra has gained popularity among Washington, D.C. audiences since its inception in 2009.  In addition to giving classical concerts and opera performances at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, the String Orchestra has performed with celebrated artists Earth Wind and Fire and Patti LaBelle at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.   Members of the string orchestra have performed at the White House, Vice President’s residence, Corcoran Art Gallery, Kennedy Center and French Embassy.  The group has won multiple awards at festivals including Best Orchestra, Top Rating Ensemble, Gold Medal and First Place

Heather Haughn, conductor
Heather Haughn, violin, enjoys a diverse career as an active chamber musician, orchestral player, and teacher.  She performs regularly as the violinist of the West Shore Piano Trio.  Ms. Haughn currently plays with the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, Concert Artists of Baltimore, Delaware Symphony Orchestra, Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, Maryland Symphony Orchestra, and the National Philharmonic.  She is on the faculty of Goucher College and the Duke Ellington School of the Arts.

Ms. Haughn has performed as soloist and concertmaster with the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra (under the direction of Kent Nagano), the San Francisco Sinfonietta, and the San Francisco Concerto Orchestra.  She has also served as concertmaster for Cal Performances, Golden Gate Opera, Pocket Opera, Opera Vivente, Ballet San Joaquin, and North Bay Opera.  She has played associate concertmaster for the Modesto Symphony Orchestra, Pacific Chamber Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of Albuquerque, and the Schlossfestspiele opera orchestra in Heidelberg, Germany.  She was formerly the associate principal second violinist of the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra.

Ms. Haughn has performed chamber music throughout the United States.  As a member of the Sierra Ensemble for violin, horn, and piano, she performed throughout northern California.  The trio released a CD, “Heartstrings”, in 2006(produced by Museum Music).  She was formerly the first violinist of the Bella Cosi String Quartet.  The quartet was a semi-finalist in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and was featured on a CD, “Lullaby, and Good Night”, produced by KHFM. The group was the quartet in residence for the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival’s Education and Outreach Program, Chamber Music Albuquerque’s Education Program, and the Golden Gate Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.   The Bella Cosi Quartet coached with members of the Alexander, American, Cleveland, Concord, Juilliard, Kronos, Penderecki, and St. Lawrence Quartets.

Also a dedicated pedagogue, Ms. Haughn was on the faculty of the University of California, Berkeley for four years.  She also conducted the youngest orchestra of the Golden Gate Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and was on faculty at the Community Music Center of San Francisco. Ms. Haughn was formerly on faculty at the Houston Conservatory and taught for the Rice University Preparatory Division.

Ms. Haughn received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music where she studied with Lynn Blakeslee.  She received a Master of Music degree from Rice University where she studied with Kathleen Winkler.  Ms. Haughn has performed in master classes for renowned artists including Isaac Stern, Roland and Almita Vamos, and Zvi Zeitlin.

Ms. Haughn lives in Baltimore with her many pets.  In her spare time, she enjoys running, salsa dancing, discovering great vegan restaurants, and being an advocate for animal rights.

Duke Ellington School of the Arts Guitar Ensemble
The Duke Ellington Guitar Ensemble is comprised of members from several ethnic backgrounds and represents grade levels 9 through 12.  The group performs a variety of classical music and, on occasion, jazz transcriptions.  They have performed nationally and have competed and received a superior rating.  In addition to several local engagements, the ensemble has performed for the Vice President of The United States at his residence in Washington, D.C.

Isaac Daniel, Jr., conductor
Mr. Isaac Daniel, Jr. is the Instrumental Music Department Chair, Orchestra Director, Musical Director for special ensembles, staff arranger, and guitar instructor for the Duke Ellington School of the Arts.  Mr. Daniel comes with a wealth of experience as a musician, educator, and retired Naval Officer of the United States Navy Band.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from New York State University and a Master of Music in Conducting from the University of Memphis.

Under his direction, the Duke Ellington School of the Arts Orchestra has earned several national competition awards.  His instrumental groups have performed masterworks such as “Porgy and Bess”, Handel’s “Messiah”, and the Original Broadway Musical “Dreamgirls” with a featured guest appearance by the original “Dreamgirl” Jennifer Holliday.  Mr. Daniel has also served as Musical Director for student ensembles performing with legendary stars such as Patti LaBelle; John Legend; Earth, Wind and Fire; and Smokey Robinson at world-renown arts venues such as the Kennedy Center.  In addition to directing an orchestra, Mr. Daniel teaches a full scale guitar studio of both classical and jazz guitar styles.

Mr. Daniel is also an active performing artist serving internationally as musical director and guitarist for programs and artist such as Ollie Woodson; Platters; Drifters; Mercer Ellington Orchestra; Damon Harris and the Temptations; Martha Reeves and the Vandellas; Gloria Gaynor; Gene Chandler; Nancy Wilson; Sarah Vaughn; Tokens; Jay and The Americans; Little Anthony and the Imperials; Dorothy Norwood; V. Michael McKay; Stephen Hurd; Patrick Lundy; and a host of other performers.

In addition to performing, Mr. Daniel has organized instrumental music clinics for school children of all ages, providing hands-on experience while exposing them to various instruments, musical styles and cultural diversities.  He has also served as clinician and guest conductor both nationally and internationally.


June 1, 2013 – Dearborn High School Concert Band, Symphony Band, and Orchestra Perform at Church of the Intercession in New York City

Dearborn HS 10th concert band

Dearborn HS 9th concert band

Dearborn High School Concert Band, Symphony Band, and Orchestra
Jeff Oshnock, director

Saturday, June 1, 2013
Church of the Intercession
550 West 55th Street
New York, NY 10032



Concert Band:
Padilla | El Relicario
King | Aces of the Air

Symphony Band:
Cohan | Star Spangled Salute
Holst | Second Suite in F
Gibson | Pegasus
Sousa | Stars and Stripes Forever
Sousa | Washington Post

Handel | Air from Water Music (with flute)
Bach | Jesu, Joy of Mans Desiring

Dearborn HS Symphony Band

Dearborn HS Orchestra


About the Artists…

The Dearborn High School Concert and Symphony Bands perform 3 major concerts per year. In addition to these performances, the bands are also asked to perform at several senior complexes including the Henry Ford Village, and Oakwood Commons. The bands have earned consistent first division ratings at the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association Band Festival held each March.

Dearborn High also offers other musical opportunities including solo and ensemble festival, pit orchestra, and AP Music Theory.

The Dearborn Michigan community is known for its dedication and support of the arts. Dearborn High School is proud of its rich heritage and has had a strong arts program since its inception in 1893. Mayor John O’Reilly and current principal Chuck Baughman are commended for their strong support of the Dearborn High School Music Program.

Jeffery Oshnock continues to teach in the Dearborn School District, where he has been teaching since 1986. He currently directs the orchestras and bands at Dearborn High School, where he has been since 1992. Mr. Oshnock earned his Bachelors of Music from Michigan State University where he studied with Mark Johnson. He also holds a Master of Education from the University of Michigan. Mr. Oshnock is a member and officer of the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association.


May 26, 2013 – Gilbert Classical Academy Symphony Orchestra and Chorale Perform at Church of the Intercession in New York City

Gilbert Classical Academy Chorale

Gilbert Classical Academy Symphony Orchestra

Gilbert Classical Academy Symphony Orchestra and Chorale
Jason Delfing and Rebecca Joslin, directors

Sunday, May 26, 2013
Church of the Intercession
550 W 155th Street
New York, NY 10032 (map)




Bernon | Throw Open Your Shutters!
Arr. Robinson | Deep River
Morley, arr. Leavitt | Fyer, Fyer My Heart
Gershwin, Heyward, arr. Hayes | Summertime
Martin| Come to the Music
Arr. Wilhousky | Battle Hymn of the Republic


Arr. Hearshen | Symphonic Dances from Fiddler on the Roof
Whitacre | Lux Aurumuque
Albeniz, arr. Lipton | Cordoba
Schwartz, arr. Ricketts | Highlights from Wicked
Arr. Wilhousky | Battle Hymn of the Republic


About the Artists…

Gilbert Classical Academy Symphony Orchestra
The Symphony Orchestra has been performing together since 2008 and is a combination of the top two instrumental music groups at the Gilbert Classical Academy in Gilbert, Arizona. At its conception, the symphony included select members of the Wind Ensemble, the top band, and the entirety of the Symphonic Strings, the top orchestra. As Gilbert Classical Academy grew, the Symphony Orchestra evolved to include all members of the Wind Ensemble.

The Symphony Orchestra performed together at a regional contest for the first time last year and was honored with an “Excellent” rating. Members of the orchestra have made all-state and central regional ensembles, have received “Superior” ratings in solo and ensemble competitions, and have participated in numerous area festivals, receiving several “Excellent” and “Superior” ratings. The group is under the direction of Jason Delfing and Rebecca Joslin.

Gilbert Classical Academy Chorale
The Gilbert Classical Academy Chorale was created in 2012. The Chorale performed at the Fall Choral Festival in Arizona receiving an “Excellent with Distinction” rating. They also performed at their first State Competition this past March. The group is under the direction of Rebecca Joslin, who joined the Gilbert Classical Academy music family in 2011.

Jason Delfing, conductor
Jason Delfing has been the Music Department Chair since the Gilbert Classical Academy opened in 2007. During his eight years he has taught band, orchestra, choir, jazz band and music theory classes at the Academy. Mr. Delfing graduated from Cleveland State University in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in music education and received his master’s degree in education and administration from the University of Phoenix.

The Gilbert Classical Academy Bands have received ratings of “Excellent” and “Superior” in various festivals in Arizona. In 2011, the GCA Wind Ensemble received a “Gold” rating at the Forum Music Festival in California. Every year since 2010, Mr. Delfing has had at least one student participate in the competitive Arizona Music Educators Associations Central Regional Honor Band.

Mr. Delfing also serves as testing coordinator and website designer at GCA. In addition to his music teaching, he has coached junior high baseball, junior varsity and varsity baseball, junior varsity girls basketball, and junior varsity and varsity volleyball. Mr. Delfing has one sister who teaches Special Education students near Cleveland, Ohio.

Rebecca Joslin, director
Rebecca Joslin, a native of Tempe, Arizona, is completing her second year teaching choir and orchestra at Gilbert Classical Academy in Gilbert, Arizona. She graduated magna cum laude from Arizona State University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Music Education degree before coming to Gilbert Classical Academy.

As a violinist, Mrs. Joslin has participated in many groups such as the Arizona State University Symphony Orchestra, the MusicaNova Orchestra, and the Allegro Quartet. As a pianist, she has accompanied various soloists, choral groups, and school ensembles. As a stage performer, she was most recently seen on the banks of the Mississippi River in Illinois performing multiple shows every day for an entire summer. In addition, Mrs. Joslin has served as a music theater instructor and occasional assistant music director for the prestigious Valley Youth Theatre in Phoenix for six years.

As an educator, Mrs. Joslin’s choirs and orchestras have received ratings of “Excellent” in various festivals in Arizona. In both 2012 and 2013, her students auditioned into the Arizona Music Educators Association’s All-Regional Honor Orchestras. She currently serves as the Orchestra Chair for the Central Region in Arizona.

Mrs. Joslin currently resides in Tempe, Arizona with her husband and their one-year-old daughter.


March 24, 2013: Menasha High School Blue Jay Brigade Performs Outdoor Concert at Piazza della Minerva, Rome

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Menasha High School Blue Jay Brigade Marching Band
Kevin Plekan, director

Sunday, March 24, 2013
5:00 pm
Piazza della Minerva
00186 Roma, Italy (map)


Program: An outdoor marching band performance with repertoire to be chosen from the following:

Italian National Anthem
Star Spangled Banner
On Wisconsin
Menasha High School Fight Song
Kernkraft 400
Bad Romance
Soul Man
Jenny Jenny
Dirty Deeds
Party Rock Anthem
25 or 6 to 4
7 Nation Army
Smooth Criminal

Information: 800-395-2036


About the artists… 

Special Awards and Travel of the Menasha High School Blue Jay Brigade Marching Band: 

Superior rating, first place trophy and ‘Best Overall Band’ at the Music in the Parks marching competition in Illinois

Won the BCS Gator Bowl National Field Show Marching Competition and took second place in the BCS National Parade Marching Competition; performed at the BCS Gator Bowl Pre-game and Halftime shows

Performed in the televised Appleton Holiday Parade in Appleton, Wisconsin for 100,000 people

Performed three concerts in Madrid, Spain

Performed in the televised Appleton Holiday Parade for 100,000 people

Performed as part of the FVA North Mass Band for the Green Bay Packers vs. Atlanta Falcons regular season football game

Performed in the televised Appleton Holiday Parade for 100,000 people

Performed as part of the halftime show of the BCS National Championship Football Game between Louisiana State University and the Ohio State University; took second place in the BCS National Championship Field Marching Competition

Performed in the televised Appleton Holiday Parade for 100,000 people

Played several concerts in Rome, Italy, including in front of the Pantheon

Performed in the televised Appleton Holiday Parade for 100,000 people

Performed as part of the FVA North Mass Band for a Green Bay Packers regular season game

Superior rating, first place trophy and ‘Best Overall Band’ at the Music in the Parks marching competition in Illinois

Performed in the televised Appleton Holiday Parade for 100,000 people

Performed in the televised Appleton Holiday Parade for 100,000 people

Played for a wreath laying ceremony at Omaha Beach in France as part of the 60th anniversary of the D-Day invasion; played two additional concerts, one in Paris, and one near the base of the Eiffel Tower

Played for the pre-game show of the Green Bay Packers vs. Seattle Seahawks playoff game at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin for 70,457 people

Superior rating and second place trophy at Music in the Parks marching competition in Illinois

Performed in the televised Appleton Holiday Parade  for 100,000 people

Played for the halftime of the Green Bay Packers vs. San Francisco 49ers playoff game at Lambeau Field for 65,000 people

Performed two concerts during a spring break trip to New Orleans, Louisiana

Performed in the televised Appleton Holiday Parade for 100,000 people

Excellent rating, first place trophy and ‘Best Overall Band’ at the Music in the Parks marching competition in Illinois

Performed in the televised Appleton Holiday Parade for 100,000 people

Nominated by Governor Tommy Thompson to represent the state of Wisconsin for the “100th Anniversary of the Death of Johann Strauss American Celebration of Music” in Austria; performed in Vienna, Salzburg, Graz, Innsbruck, Austria, and Budapest

Performed in the televised Appleton Holiday Parade for 100,000 people

Performances at Magic Kingdom and Universal Studios in Florida

Performed in the televised Appleton Holiday Parade for 20,000 people

Halftime show for Superbowl XXXI featuring the New England Patriots and Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field

Performed in the televised Appleton Holiday Parade for 100,000 people

Excellent rating and first place trophy at Music in the Parks Marching Competition in Illinois

Performances at Epcot Center and MGM Studios in Florida

Kevin Plekan, director

Mr. Plekan has been the band director at Menasha High School since 2006. He is also the Music Department Chair and Drama Director at Menasha High School, and the Choral Director at St. Timothy’s Church in Menasha. Kevin is a 1989 graduate of Lawrence University with his Bachelor of Music degree, and a 2001 graduate of Marian College, where he earned his master’s degree in administration and his State of Wisconsin Principal’s License.


March 23, 2013: West Salem High School Orchestra and Hobbs High School Festival Choir Perform at Church of the Intercession

West Salem Orchestra_2012  Hobbs High School Choir

West Salem High School Orchestra
Daryl Silberman, Conductor

Hobbs High School Festival Choir
Ricardo P. Monreal, Director

Saturday, March 23, 2013
2:00 PM
Church of the Intercession
550 West 155th Street
New York, NY 10032 (map)


Information: 800-395-2036


West Salem High School Orchestra:

Bach | Prelude and Fugue in F Major
Mozart, arr. LaJoie | Symphony #29
Haydn | String Quartet Op 76, No. 5 – Finale
Balmages | Dreaming
Britten | Playful Pizzicato
Bernie/Pinkar/Case, arr. Burch | Sweet Georgia Brown 
Bishop | Orange Jam
Parry | Lady Radnor Suite Prelude 
Shostakovich | String Quartet No. 8, movement 2 
Elgar | Larghetto from ‘Serenade for Strings’
Walczyk | Huapango

Hobbs High School Festival Choir:

Mendelssohn | Hebe deine Augen auf
Mozart  |  Jubilate Deo
Marcello | Thy Mercy, Jehovah
Dorsey, Schrader | Precious Lord Take My Hand
Gasparini | Adoramus Te
Holmes | Star in the East, Early American Hymn
Pitoni | Cantate Domino
Hafso | Down in the River to Pray

Download Concert Poster


About the artists…

West Salem High School Orchestra

The 2012-2013 West Salem High School Chamber Orchestra boasts 28 talented 9th-12th grade students who meet nine to ten hours weekly including daytime chamber orchestra, weekly chamber ensemble rehearsal and coaching, and extra sectionals and rehearsals. They play grade four through professional-level works from a variety of genres, including Baroque and Contemporary.

Many students are selected by audition to perform in the Oregon All-State and All-Northwest Orchestras, Oregon State School Activities State Solo Competition, and the highly competitive All-City Orchestra.

West Salem High School is fortunate to be in the Salem-Keizer school district which has six competitive high school orchestras with uniquely qualified music directors.

Daryl Silberman, conductor

Daryl Silberman has been the Director of Orchestras at West Salem High School in Salem, Oregon since August 2007. Under her leadership, the orchestra has traveled to Chicago and Boston, and has hosted the annual Salem-Keizer District Orchestra Festival. Her chamber orchestra has qualified and performed at the annual Oregon School Activities Association State Orchestra festival, placing first in 2011 and second in 2012.

She came to public school teaching after a successful freelance career for many years. Daryl studied the viola at the University of Colorado at Boulder, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and the University of Southern California. Prior to coming to Oregon, she was a national clinician for Knilling String Instruments and presented clinics on contemporary string techniques. Daryl maintains a private teaching studio, and also freelances as a violist and violinist with regional and studio orchestras in the Los Angeles area. In addition, she has performed with folk artists, chamber groups, and Baroque ensembles. Daryl was also a licensed Kintermusik instructor, teaching early childhood music.

Daryl and her husband, violist Danny Seidenberg have two performing groups that keep them busy – UnBande featuring violas, cello, and classical guitar playing classical crossover, jazz, pop, and blues; and Salem Baroque featuring Baroque violins, cello, and harpsichord. In addition, they have two active children, Emma and Teddy. Her school website is, and her personal website is

Hobbs High School Festival Choir

The Hobbs High School Festival Choir consists of members of both the Hobbs High School (HHS) A Cappella Choir and the HHS Mixed Chorale. The HHS Choral Department has maintained a reputation for excellence in local, district, and state performances for many years.  The A Cappella Choir and Mixed Chorale consistently receive superior ratings in performance and sight-reading in the competitive Southeast District of New Mexico. In addition, from year to year many individual members are selected to be a part of the New Mexico All-State Choirs. The HHS A Cappella Choir is very active in the community, performing at the Lea County Annual Prayer Breakfast, New Mexico Junior College, First United Methodist Church, and Chapel of Hope Funeral Home. The group has also toured multiple times, most recently to San Antonio and Dallas, Texas.

Ricardo Monreal, director

Mr. Ricardo Monreal received his bachelor’s degree in music education with an emphasis in choral education from Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU) in 2007. He studied under Dr. David Gerig and Dr. Jason Paulk, and completed his student teaching under the 2006 New Mexico Music Educator of the Year, Mr. Brian Uerling. He went on to study choral conducting under Dr. Joe Miller and Dr. Andrew Megill at Westminster Choir College (WCC) of Rider University in Princeton, New Jersey, where he received his Master of Music in choral conducting in 2009.

As a graduate student at Westminster Choir College, Mr. Monreal was a member of and regularly performed with the Westminster Choir. During his time at WCC, the choir traveled and performed frequently nationwide. He also performed regularly with the Westminster Symphonic Choir and served as the graduate assistant, helping to coordinate, rehearse and sing with orchestras like the NY Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra, and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra under the direction of Joseph Flummerfelt, Ton Koopman, Pierre Boulez, Kurt Masur, Franz Welser-Möst, Daniel Barenboim, Mariss Jansons, and Lorin Maazel.

Mr. Monreal is currently in his fourth year teaching in the public schools, and his third year as Director of Choral Activities at Hobbs Freshman High School and Hobbs High School, where he conducts the Beginning Freshman Choir, the Non-Varsity Mixed Chorale, the newly formed HHS Jazz Choir and the Varsity A Cappella Choir. His other responsibilities include teaching Pre-AP and AP Music Theory, serving as music director and conductor for the annual HHS musical, and serving as director and producer of the HHS Golden Revue variety show. He currently serves on the New Mexico Activities Association Advisory Committee to State Choir Contest. He also serves as Site Chair hosting the Southeast New Mexico Music Educators District Honor Choir for grades 7-9, and Site Chair hosting the SENMMEA District Large Group Performance Assessment every two years at R.N. Tydings Auditorium on the campus of Hobbs High School.


December 15, 2012 – Knox Grammar School Bands perform at Church of the Intercession, New York, NY

Knox Symphonic Wind Ensemble &
Knox Big Band
Sydney, Australia
James Brice, Conductor

Saturday, December 15, 2012
2:00 pm
Church of the Intercession
550 West 155th Street
New York, NY 10032 (map)


Symphonic Wind Ensemble:

Goff Richards – Hollywood
Greg Butcher – Music for a Jubilant Occasion
Alfred Reed – Twelfth Night
Robert W. Smith – Rising Dragons
Frank Ticheli – Vesuvius
Satoshi Yagisawa – Marimba Concerto (Abridged) – Dylan Sherman, marimba
Artie Shaw – Concerto For Clarinet – Jeremy Kindl, clarinet
and much more, including selections from the Big Band

The Knox Symphonic Wind Ensemble (SWE) is a premiere large ensemble of the Knox Grammar School, Sydney, Australia.  Comprising of 68 musicians the Knox SWE represents the talents, musicianship and dedication of Knox Grammar School’s extensive Knox Academy of Performing Arts (KAPA), Instrumental Music Programme.  Made up of experienced wind, brass and percussion instrumentalists from Year 7-12, the Knox SWE is indeed proud to have been awarded the 2011 Australian National and the 2011 & 2012 NSW State Junior A Grade Champion Concert Band, following years of championship success.

Dedicated to providing ‘outstanding grounding in the performance wind orchestra repertoire’ the Knox SWE’s diverse repertoire selection includes Original Symphonic Band Major Works, Orchestral Classics, Sacred Music, Film Scores, contemporary and popular literature.
The Knox SWE performs at all important Knox Grammar School functions and incursions, feature concerts, leading Australian National Eisteddfods and tours, such as their upcoming 2012 USA Tour to New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, following the ensembles’ ‘2011 Australian National Adelaide ANZAC Tour’ in April 2011.

During 2008 the Knox SWE together with the Knox Symphony Orchestra (KSO) released a professional CD recording titled ‘Live at the Verbrugghen’, recorded in the Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music.  In addition to this, SWE released yet another CD prior to their recent 2011 Australian National Championship tour as Australia’s champion Junior A Grade Band. Together with their most recent recording (released in May 2012), these three CD’s features many major works and lighter selections.

Developing, fostering and nurturing the talents of our younger Knox musicians within the Knox Symphonic Wind Ensemble, through quality musicianship and educated mentoring are the essential ingredients of the SWE’s success.

After commencing his musical studies on euphonium at the age of 11, James Brice graduated from the University of Melbourne, where he completed a Bachelor of Music Education. Majoring in Music Education, Instrumental Performance and Drama, James was fortunate to study ‘Conducting and Ensemble Direction’ with Lt. Colonel Barry Bignell.

After recording and producing his solo euphonium CD ‘Symphonic Variants for Euphonium’ in 1995, James moved to Sydney in 1996, to accept the Principal Euphonium/Trombone position with the R.A.A.F Air Command Band (1996-2007). Throughout his celebrated 11 year career, James performed extensively throughout Australia and overseas, with numerous Symphonic Wind Band/ Big Band/ Parade Band/ Brass Quintet/ Tuba Quartet and Solo Recital concerts, with highlights being ‘Tour De Force Concerts’ in Dili-Timor (2000), Sydney Olympics Closing Ceremony (2000), Gallipoli ANZAC Commemoration Services (2002) and two ‘Live to Air Broadcasts’ on ABC ‘Sunday Live’ (2003-2005).

With 20 years professional teaching, performing and conducting experience, James is a highly sought after conductor, educator and adjudicator, throughout Australia, who has been invited to adjudicate many State and National Eisteddfod’s throughout Australia in recent years.

James has recorded, conducted and produced several CD recordings of note, ‘ABC Live’ recordings, solo recitals for 2MBS FM, a solo euphonium CD ‘Symphonic Variants for Euphonium’ in 1995, Australian and International web based recordings for Manhattan Beach Music & Reed Music, four Knox Grammar School CD recordings featuring the Knox Symphony Orchestra & Symphonic Wind Ensemble, four Castle Hill RSL Youth Wind Orchestra (YWO) specialist recordings, and the 2008 international release of ‘Wild Nights’ featuring the North West Wind Ensemble (NWWE), generously assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

James has been privileged to work with many Primary, Secondary and Tertiary students throughout Australia and overseas prior and during his appointment as Director of Instrumental Performance at Knox Grammar School in 2008.  James is the ‘Conductor in Residence’ of the Orchestral and Wind Band Program, and is the Musical Director of the Knox Symphonic Wind Ensemble (SWE) and Knox Symphony Orchestra (KSO), both premiere ensembles at Knox and within Australia.

In addition to these achievements and appointments, James is also the Musical Director of the Castle Hill RSL Youth Wind Orchestra (YWO), the North West Wind Ensemble (NWWE) and Friday Night ‘Live’ Big Band, having accepted this position in 2005.

As Musical Director of these fine ensembles, James has led the Knox Symphonic Wind Ensemble (SWE), Knox Concert Band and Knox Yr. 7 Wind Band, YWO and NWWE,  to a staggering 31 NSW State and Australian National Championship title performances since 2005.

This year, James was appointed the Musical Director of the 2012 NSW Band Association State Youth Concert Band, having just returned from the bands’ NSW Regional Tour.  Fostering sound community values, together with exceptional musical experiences was paramount to the resounding success of this recent initiative.

James is delighted to bring the Knox Grammar School Symphonic Wind Ensemble (SWE) to the International arena on this 2012 USA Tour to New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Diego.