Frank Ticheli’s music has been described as being “optimistic and thoughtful” (Los Angeles Times), “lean and muscular” (New York Times), “brilliantly effective” (Miami Herald) and “powerful, deeply felt crafted with impressive flair and an ear for striking instrumental colors” (South Florida Sun-Sentinel). Ticheli (b. 1958) joined the faculty of the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music in 1991, where he is Professor of Composition. From 1991 to 1998, Ticheli was Composer in Residence of the Pacific Symphony.
Frank Ticheli’s orchestral works have received considerable recognition in the U.S. and Europe. Orchestral performances have come from the Philadelphia Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Dallas Symphony, American Composers Orchestra, the radio orchestras of Stuttgart, Frankfurt, Saarbruecken, and Austria, and the orchestras of Austin, Bridgeport, Charlotte, Colorado, Haddonfield, Harrisburg, Hong Kong, Jacksonville, Lansing, Long Island, Louisville, Lubbock, Memphis, Nashville, Omaha, Phoenix, Portland, Richmond, San Antonio, San Jose, Wichita Falls, and others.
Ticheli is well known for his works for concert band, many of which have become standards in the repertoire. In addition to composing, he has appeared as guest conductor of his music at Carnegie Hall, at many American universities and music festivals, and in cities throughout the world, including Schladming (Austria), Beijing and Shanghai, London and Manchester, Singapore, Rome, Sydney, and numerous cities in Japan.
Frank Ticheli is the recipient of a 2012 “Arts and Letters Award” from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, his third award from that prestigious organization. His Symphony No. 2 was named winner of the 2006 NBA/William D. Revelli Memorial Band Composition Contest. Other awards include the Walter Beeler Memorial Prize and First Prize awards in the Texas Sesquicentennial Orchestral Composition Competition, Britten-on-the-Bay Choral Composition Contest, and Virginia CBDNA Symposium for New Band Music.
Ticheli was awarded national honorary membership to Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, “bestowed to individuals who have significantly contributed to the cause of music in America,” and the A. Austin Harding Award by the American School Band Directors Association, “given to individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the school band movement in America.” At USC, he has received the Virginia Ramo Award for excellence in teaching, and the Dean’s Award for Professional Achievement.
Frank Ticheli received his doctoral and masters degrees in composition from The University of Michigan. His works are published by Manhattan Beach, Southern, Hinshaw, and Encore Music, and are recorded on the labels of Albany, Chandos, Clarion, Equilibrium, Klavier, Koch International, Mark, Naxos, and Reference.
Miguel Etchegoncelay was born in Porteña, Province of Cordoba, (Argentina). He studied trumpet, composition and conducting at Cordoba’s Conservatory of Music and Cordoba’s National University (Argentina), at the European Institute for Band Studies, ISEB, in Trento (Italy), and at the Zurich Conservatory of Music (Switzerland). He holds also a masters degree in “ Politics and Cultural Management”(Institute of Political Studies, University of Strasbourg, France).
Among his teachers were Carlos Giraudo, Vicente Moncho, Franco Cesarini, Felix Hauswirth and Jan Cober. He took also part in conducting seminars of renowned conductors such as Eugene Corporon and Tim Reynish.
He lives in France since 2002, in the region known as “of the three boarders” (France, Switzerland, Germany), where he conducts community bands in all of the three countries mentioned above, he is also active as music school director, pedagogue and consultant.
He appears regularly as guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator in France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Holland and Slovenia.
Miguel Etchegoncelay collaborates with France’s cultural organisations such “Conseil Départemental pour le Musique et la Culture, CDMC68”, “Association Départemental d’Information et d’action Musicales et Choréographiques du Bas-Rhin, ADIAM67”; “Fédération des Sociétés de Musique d’Alsace, FSMA”; Fédération Musicale de Franche- Comté, FMFC” and “Confédération Musicale de France, CMF”.
At an European level he collaborated with the “Confédération International des Sociétés de Musique, CISM” as a member of its musical committee.
Long-time member of WASBE (World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles), he serves currently in this organisation as a board member.
Miguel Etchegoncelay teaches orchestral conducting at the Strasbourg’s Conservatory of Music and the Haute Ecole des Arts du Rhin (HEAR).
Phillip Riggs, 2016 Grammy Music Educator of the Year, teaches at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, Durham, NC. He is co-founder and conductor of the Wachovia Winds and the North Carolina Youth Wind Ensemble. Phillip was the first faculty member inducted into the Reagan High School Hall of Fame in 2016. Mr. Riggs has served on the NCMEA board as President of the NC Band Directors Association, technology chair, and founding chair of the mentor committee. He was the coordinator of the NAfME Wind Ensemble at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. (2011, 2012). He currently serves as the Southern Division Representative on the National Association for Music Education Council for Band. Phillip is an active clinician and adjudicator throughout the United States, Europe, and China.
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 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.