Conductors

Conductors

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     Honor Band Conductor
     Dr. Mitchell Lutch, Director of Bands
     Central College, Iowa  

 

 

 

 

Mitchell Lutch is Associate Professor of Music and Director of Bands at Central College in Pella, Iowa. In addition to directing the wind ensemble and pep band, he teaches courses in instrumental conducting, music education and music appreciation. He has also served as the Director of Intersections, the first-year orientation and seminar course. In 2014 he was presented with Central’s Hutch Bearce Award for Community Building and Faculty Leadership and in 2012 he was awarded the The John Wesselink Outstanding Performance Award. In 2013 he was selected as one of ten faculty members to represent Central College at a Global Education Conference in Spain and Morocco. Dr. Lutch also directs the Grinnell College Symphonic Band, in Grinnell, IA and the Central Iowa Wind Ensemble, an auditioned adult group based in Des Moines, IA.

He received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Instrumental Conducting at the University of Washington where he served as teaching assistant for Professor Timothy Salzman. He earned his Master of Music degree from New England Conservatory where he studied with Frank Battisti serving as the graduate assistant for the NEC Wind Ensemble and assistant conductor of the Massachusetts Wind Ensemble. His Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education is from the University of Lowell.

Artists he has collaborated with in his teaching career 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 New England Conservatory, Shenandoah Conservatory, Western Washington University, and the College of William and Mary. Conducting appearances and research presentations include concerts and conferences throughout the United States, Quebec, London, Japan, The People’s Republic of China, the former Soviet Union, Luxembourg, and Mexico.

 

Stephen Versaevel

 

 

 

   Percussion Ensemble Conductor
   Stephen Versaevel, Director of Percussion Studies
   Montana State University 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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     Women's Choir Conductor
     Dawn Hagerott, Assistant Professor of Voice
     Bismarck State College

 

  

 

 

 

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     Mixed Choir Conductor
     Dean Jilek, Choral Conductor

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dean Jilek is currently earning his doctorate in choral conducting at the University of North Texas where he serves as conductor of the Men’s Chorus and is a member of the A Cappella choir under the direction of Dr. Jerry McCoy. Dean received his master’s degree in choral conducting and literature from North Dakota State University, under the direction of Dr. Jo Ann Miller,where he was graduate assistant to the Madrigal Choir, University Choir and Opera Theatre.  He earned his undergraduate degree in vocal education from Dickinson State University where he studied voice with Dr. Elwood Brown.  

From 2004 – 2013, Dean was lead choir director at Roseville Area High School in Minnesota, where he directed two curricular and two extracurricular choirs, along with the curricular vocal lesson program. Under his direction, the school’s top mixed choir, Cantus Certus, was invited by audition to perform in the Minnesota State ACDA Convention (2006, 2011), Minnesota ACDA Choral Arts Finale (2011), Minnesota MEA Convention (2012), Luther College Dorian Spring Choral Invitational (2012), Luther College Dorian Vocal Festival (2013), Concordia College Choral Festival (2013), and the National ACDA Convention in Dallas, Texas (2013).

Dean has also been a clinician and guest conductor in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota, and will serve as the North Dakota Women’s All State Choir director in 2015.

Musically, Dean sang with Magnum Chorum, under the direction of Dr. Christopher Aspaas, and has served as tenor section leader in the Cathedral of St. Paul, Maternity of Mary, and St. Monica Catholic Church Choirs.