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Dr. Evan Feldman is conductor of the Wind Ensemble and Assistant Professor of Music at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He also directs the UNC Youth Wind Ensemble, an honors band for North Carolina high school musicians, and the Greensboro Concert Band in Greensboro, N.C. Prior to his arrival in North Carolina he was Director of Bands at the College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA, where he directed the Wind Symphony and Jazz Ensemble, served as music director of the Williamsburg Youth Orchestra, and hosted a weekly radio show called “Colonial Classics.”  

Dr. Feldman's research on the wind music of Sergei Prokofiev, Antonin Dvořák, and George Enescu has been presented at the national and international conferences of CBDNA (College Band Directors National Association), WASBE (World Organization of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles), and IGEB (International Society for the Promotion and Investigation of Wind Music). 

His arrangements and editions of works by those same composers are published by Tierolff Muziekcentrale (Netherlands). Dr. Feldman is also a contributing author to A Composer's Insight, Volume 3 & 4, published by Meredith Music, which includes his chapters on the wind music of Sir Richard Rodney Bennett and David Bedford. His chapter on composer Adam Gorb is forthcoming in Volume 5. His writings have also been published in The Instrumentalist, the Iowa Bandmaster Journal, the MENC Music Educators Journal, and the IGEB Alta Musica.  

Dr. Feldman earned the Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with Donald Hunsberger and Mendi Rodan, and served as an assistant conductor for the Eastman Wind Ensemble. He completed his Master’s in Music from the Ithaca College School of Music, studying with Rodney Winther, and his undergraduate music degree at Duke University, studying with Michael Votta.

A native of Long Island, Dr. Feldman previously taught at Central College, in Pella, IA, and high school in Hicksville, New York (Long Island). He is an active clinician and guest conductor.

 

Ari Contzius is the Director of Bands at Washingtonville High School, located 60 miles northwest of Manhattan, where he conducts the Wind Ensemble and teaches brass and percussion lessons. Mr. Contzius' bands have consistently earned Gold with Distinction ratings at the New York State School Music Association's Majors Festival Evaluations. He is in demand as a guest conductor and clinician and has worked with junior high and high school honor bands in Iowa and New York. Mr. Contzius is the founder and Artistic Director of the Orange County Music Educators’ Association Summer Music Institute, a summer camp for elementary through high school band, orchestra and chorus students.

Originally a native of Parsippany, New Jersey, he started his training as a music educator at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music, where in 1993 he earned his Bachelor's Degree in Music Education. At the beginning of his career he taught elementary and middle school band in the Elkhart Community School District, Elkhart, Indiana. In 1997 he moved to Long Island, New York to serve as a band director at Hicksville High School, in Hicksville. During this time he worked towards his Masters in Fine Arts from Hofstra University, where he studied wind conducting with Dr. Peter Loel Boonshaft. As an active trumpet player he maintains a small private studio and performs with the Greater New York Wind Symphony.

Beyond music, Mr.Contzius is a passionate prestidigitator and is a member of the Society of American Magicians. He has also been a sponsored, nationally and internationally ranked aerial sport-kite pilot. He resides in Middletown, New York with his lovely wife Ashley, who is also a high school band director, along with their menagerie of feline enigmas.

 

Mitchell Lutch is Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Bands at Central College in Pella, Iowa, and also directs the Grinnell College Symphonic Band and the Central Iowa Wind Ensemble. He earned his doctorate in instrumental conducting from the University of Washington, where he studied with Timothy Salzman and Peter Erös. He earned his Master's of Music Degree from the New England Conservatory, studying with Frank Battisti, and his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Lowell.

His dissertation research focuses on the contributions to the wind ensemble medium by Norman Dello Joio, Warren Benson, and Samuel Adler, including extensive in-person interviews with each composer. Other artists he has collaborated with in his twenty-four years of teaching include Donald Hunsburger, Eric Ewazen, Dana Wilson, Ellis Marsalis, Frank Foster, Slide Hampton and Marian McPartland.

Dr. Lutch is Past President of the New York State Band Directors Association and has been a guest speaker at several educational institutions, including the New England Conservatory and the Shenandoah Conservatory. Conducting appearances include concerts throughout the United States, Quebec, London, Japan, The People’s Republic of China and the former Soviet Union. In 2008 he was a guest speaker at the International Wind Music History Conference in Echternach, Luxembourg, and in 2010, at the Reunion of the United States Seventh Army Symphony Orchestra in Columbus, OH. His publications through Meredith Music Publishing include contributions to A Composer's Insight, volumes. Prior to his college teaching, he taught public school instrumental music for 15 years in New York and Massachusetts.

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