aLL-STATE MIDDLE SCHOOL Orchestra
Richard Meyer is a highly sought after music educator and maintains an active schedule as a guest conductor and clinician. For 35 years he taught string students at the elementary, middle school, and high school levels in the public schools. For 22 of those years, he directed the orchestras at Oak Avenue Intermediate School in Temple City, California, growing the program from 29 string students to 200 and was in charge of the city’s elementary string program. In 2009, Mr. Meyer implemented the “Giving Bach” program at his school which has garnered national attention for its innovative ways of using interactive concerts to bring music into the lives of special needs and inner-city school students throughout Southern California.
He was the music director of the Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestra for 16 years, conducting them in performances in New York, Washington D.C., Vienna, Australia, and Canada. He has been a featured clinician at the A.S.T.A. National Conference, Texas Orchestra Directors’ Association Conference, Australia National Band and Orchestra Conference and string teachers’ workshops at Ohio State University and Birch Bay, Washington. He has also guest-conducted All-State and Honor Orchestras in several states and abroad.
In addition to his teaching and conducting assignments, Mr. Meyer is a nationally-recognized, best-selling composer with over 190 compositions and arrangements in print, and for 16 years served as string editor for Alfred Publishing Company. He is the co-author of several string method books, including the popular “String Explorer” Series and “Sight-read It for Strings”.He and his wife, Rose, live in Sierra Madre, California and have three daughters and three grandchildren.
aLL-STATE MIDDLE SCHOOL Orchestra
Amy Williams is in her ninth year as the director of orchestras at McMeans Junior High Orchestra in Katy ISD. Previously, she was the orchestra director at Frank Tejeda Middle School in North East ISD, a position she held since the opening of the school in 2001.
Mrs. Williams graduated from Texas Tech University in the spring of 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in music education. She began teaching in the fall of 1999 at Bowie Middle School in Amarillo, Texas. Under her direction, the Bowie Orchestra received the first sweepstakes trophy at UIL contest in the school’s 46 year history. After two years at Bowie Middle School, she moved to San Antonio to direct the orchestras at Tejeda Middle School in San Antonio. During her time at Tejeda, the orchestra earned consistent Sweepstakes Awards at UIL competitions as well as Best in Class and Overall Outstanding Orchestra at Choice Music Events since the opening of the school. Under her direction, the Tejeda Middle School was named TMEA Middle School Honor Orchestra for 2007. In 2009 the Tejeda Honor Orchestra was selected to perform at The Midwest Clinic in Chicago. Since moving to McMeans Junior High in Katy, all MMJH orchestras have earned consistent Sweepstakes Awards at UIL. The MMJH string and full orchestra have advanced to the state finals in the TMEA Honor Orchestra Contest multiple times. In addition, the full orchestra performed at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago in December of 2014. In 2015 the string orchestra performed at TMEA as Junior High String Honor Orchestra which ranked them first in state. Most recently, the McMeans string orchestra performed at the Midwest Clinic in December 2018.
Mrs. Williams received the Marjorie Keller Outstanding Young Orchestra Director in Texas in the spring of 2004 and was named Educator of the Month for March 2001. In February of 2016, the Houston Symphony awarded her the Spec’s Charitable Foundation Award for Excellence in Music Education. Her professional affiliations include TMEA, TODA, and Mu Omicron.
aLL-STATE 9th & 10th grade Full Orchestra
Dr. Chuck Cushinery
Dr. Chuck Cushinery made his living playing violin in the Midwest until 1997, when he became the orchestra director at Clark High School in Las Vegas, NV. The program had 39 young musicians then and now the enrollment is over 400. Chuck founded the Clark guitar, piano and electronic music programs. In addition to his duties at Clark High School, he is orchestra director at the College of Southern Nevada and the Nevada School of the Arts. Chuck has served as president of Nevada Chapter of the American String Teachers Association twice, president of Nevada Music Educators Association, chairman of local and state honors groups, has been on the staff of the National High School Honors Orchestra and has/is a member of numerous committees. He is a three time top ten finalist for the Grammy Music Educator of the year award. In 2015 the Clark Chamber Orchestra won the Grand National Orchestra Championship at the American String Teachers Association Conference in Salt Lake City. The Clark Orchestra program was selected to and performed at the prestigious Midwest Clinic in December of 2016. In 2017 Chuck became an Education Clinician for the Conn-Selmer Corporation and began presenting clinics around the country.
aLL-STATE 9th & 10th grade string Orchestra
Bill Bitter is in his thirty-ninth year with Gilbert Public Schools, Gilbert, AZ. During that time he has taught orchestra and band at all levels, elementary through high school. He is presently Director of Orchestras and Chairman of the Performing Arts Department at Highland High School. Prior to teaching at Highland High School, Mr. Bitter spent twelve years as Director of Orchestras and Assistant Band Director at Gilbert High School. Highland High School opened in 1993, and the Highland Orchestras currently consist of five performing ensembles, with an enrollment of over 350 students.
Mr. Bitter has been active in the Arizona Band and Orchestra Director’s Association, serving as Vice President of High School Orchestra Activities, State Concert Festival Chairman, Fall Orchestra Festival Chairman, and Regional Orchestra Chairman. He was a 9 year member of the staff of the National High School Honors Orchestra, sponsored by ASTA WITH NSOA, serving as organizing chairman in 2005.
Mr. Bitter has served as an adjudicator and clinician for festivals throughout the United States. His orchestras have performed at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, and in New York’s world-renowned Carnegie Hall. In 2014, the Arizona Music Educators Association named Mr. Bitter the Arizona Music Educator of the Year, and in 2015, he received the Elizabeth A. H. Green School Educator Award from the American String Teachers Association.
aLL-STATE 11th & 12th grade Full Orchestra
Internationally known artist Kirt Mosier brings the unique perspective of being both a conductor and a composer. Mosier’s engaging personality and sense of humor spread joy to orchestras and audiences worldwide.
He has conducted numerous performances with international orchestras at locations such as New York’s Carnegie Hall, Reykjavik Iceland’s Harpa Hall, Vienna’s Musikverein and MuTH Concert Halls, Salzburg’s Mozarteum, Singapore, Jakarta, South Korea, Thailand and Australia’s famed Sydney Opera House.
Mosier has twice won national composition awards with his 1993 work entitled “Baltic Dance” and his 2004 composition entitled “American Reel”. In 2010 Mr. Mosier was commissioned by the Portland Ballet Company of Portland, Maine to write an original score for their production of “The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow”. He has had many works featured at the Midwest International Clinic in Chicago and conducts there regularly.
Kirt Mosier was recently awarded the Joanna Nichols Artist In Residence Grant by the Taipei American School and will be the Artist In Residence in Taipei, Taiwan beginning in 2020. He will live in Taiwan for the month of April each year. Currently, Mosier is the artistic director for the Youth Symphony of Kansas City and is also the associate conductor of the Lee’s Summit Symphony. has also taught orchestration for the University of Missouri Kansas City Conservatory. Mr. Mosier also had a distinguished career as Director of Orchestras with the Raytown and Lee’s Summit School Districts in Missouri.
Mr. Mosier was the founding teacher of the Digital Media Technology program at Summit Technology Academy which is housed by the Lee’s Summit R7 School District. Digital Media Technology students learn studio multitrack recording as well as video editing software and techniques. Mr. Mosier’s students at Summit Technology Academy have won national recognition and many are in the professional industry today.
Mr. Mosier’s conducting appearances in 2020 and beyond will include all state orchestra performances in Oklahoma, New York, Georgia, North Carolina and Florida. He will also be conducting honor groups in Seoul, Vienna and Taipei.
aLL-STATE 11th & 12th grade string Orchestra
Jeffrey Grogan is an internationally-known acclaimed conductor and teacher, dedicating dedicated more than 25 years to nurturing musical excellence among young musicians. Mr. Grogan has served as adjudicator, conductor, and clinician for many prestigious national and international events. In 2018 he was invited by: invited by the the LA Philharmonic to conduct alongside to conduct Gustavo Dudamel and Michael Morgan at Disney Hall, a , part of the National Take A Stand Festival; . Other conducting engagements include the Honor Orchestra of America sponsored by Music for All; the National Orchestra Cup at Lincoln Center; and, the Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall. His recentRecent international work includes conducting festivals at the Sydney Opera House (Australia),in Australia, the Harpa Concert Hall in Iceland, and venues in Bangkok, Thailand and Singapore.. Mr. Grogan has also conducted numerous all-state orchestras and bands throughout the U.SS. He is . Master Educator for the Yamaha Corporation of America. He also serves on the Advisory Committee of the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic and Music for All. Mr. Grogan is also Artistic Director of Orchestras for Perform International, combining his passion for travel and music to help ensembles plan their domestic and international tours.
Grogan is currently Director of Orchestral Activities and Professor of Music at the Wanda L. Bass School of of Music and Artistic Director of the Oklahoma Youth Orchestras. Previously, Grogan. He previously served for eleven seasons as Education and Community Engagement Conductor of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and as Conductor and Artistic Director of the NJSO Youth Orchestras, the InterSchool Orchestras of New YorkNew York and the New Jersey Youth Symphony. His youth orchestras have performed to capacity crowds at some of the greatest concert halls in the world and including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Smetana Hall, Bartok Hall, Lincoln Center, the Musikverein and Konzerthaus in Vienna. He has appeared as a guest conductor at many universities and with professional orchestras throughout the US including Indiana University, the Manhattan School of Music, and the Mannes School of Music Pre-College Division.
Mr. Grogan is passionateFollowing his passion for about performing and helping to create new music for orchestras. , Hhe has collaborated with many composers including such as Lowell Liebermann, Michael Colgrass, Eric Whitacre, Steven Stucky, Michael Daugherty, Amanda Harberg, Steven Bryant, Dana Wilson, David Sampson, Michael Markowski and Scott McAllister. Grogan – as well as has worked with soloists such as Richard Stolzman, Stefan Hoskuldsson, Julian Schwarz, and the Canadian Brass. . Grogan worked in studio and on several several projects with violinist and composer Mark O’Connor. Grogan recorded which included professional studio work in New York City. He aO’Connor’s March of the Gypsy Fiddler with the Ahn Trio and New Jersey Youth Symphony.
Mr. Grogan is founding Artistic Director of two El Sistema inspired music programs , in New Jersey: the Paterson Music Project (PMP) in Paterson and the NJSO CHAMPS in Newark, the Paterson Music Project (PMP) in Paterson, New Jersey and the NJSO CHAMPS in Newark, NJ. These two programs which currently serve music to more than 500 students.
Prior to his work in New York and New Jerseyon the east coast, Grogan taught conducting and trained future music educators for over a decade at the University of Michigan, Ithaca College, and Baylor University. He is also the former Associate Director of Bands and Marching Band Director at the University of Michigan and Baylor University. Grogan began his career teaching grades 6-12 in DeSoto, Texas independent school district..