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Myroslava Hagen, President

Myroslava Hagen, a native of Minnesota, began studying music from her earliest years, including the violin at age five and the clarinet at age twelve. Myroslava received her musical training at Concordia College (Moorhead, Minnesota), The University of Utah, and The University of Arizona. Myroslava is very active as an educator and clinician. She was a Jump Start teacher for Legacy Music Alliance, and maintains a large clarinet studio teaching students ages 10 and up. Myroslava has been active in the Utah Wind Symphony since 2010. She has served as the organizations librarian, VP of Concert Productions and Personnel. Myroslava was fortunate enough to be able to work with the Utah Symphony for 2 years, and in that time frame was able to experience running a non-profit performing arts organization. When not performing or teaching, Myroslava enjoys golfing, skiing, and spending time with her husband, Scott Hagen, and their three dogs. Myroslava is a Yamaha Performing                                     Artist and Vandoren Regional Artist.

 

Kathy Larson, Secretary

Kathy Larson is a local flute teacher, and freelance musician. Kathy services as the Flute section leader for Utah Wind Symphony. When not performing, Kathy is the Secretary for Utah Wind Symphony and has been active on the board since 2010. Kathy Larson also volunteers her time as Librarian for the ensemble.

 

 

 

 

 

Anne Boyer, Vice President of Education & Community Outreach

Anne Boyer has taught in high schools and elementary schools for thirty-seven years. After an initial career as the head of a high school music department, she transitioned to elementary education as a classroom teacher and music specialist. She worked as an elementary school principal for five years before moving to the USA. Her academic credentials include a B.Ed. (Hons) in music and education, and a Certificate in Education (Distinction) from Leeds University. She also holds a Licentiate Diploma from Trinity College of Music (London) in trumpet teaching. She is a founding member and principal cornet of Utah Premiere Brass. Her current teaching duties include: Director of Elementary Bands and Assistant Director of Bands and Orchestras at American Fork Junior High School.  She maintains a private studio of 20 trumpet players. Anne has served as festival Director for the Peaks Jazz Festival for twelve years.  In 2012 she was appointed Orchestra                                          Manager for the Lyceum Music Festival. She is passionate about teaching and performing and is determined to “pay                                          forward” the excellent teaching and mentoring she received as a young student.

 

Robert Bedont, Vice President of Concert Productions

Robert Bedont is a native of Taylorsville, Utah. He began playing the bassoon at age 12. As a young musician, he played with the Granite Youth Symphony and the Utah Youth Symphony. He earned a BMus in music education from the University of Utah, and both MM and DMA degrees in bassoon performance from the University of Arizona. Dr. Bedont serves on the faculty at Salt Lake Community College, and performs professionally with the Utah Wind Symphony as principal bassoon, He also regularly performs with the Ballet West Orchestra, the Utah Festival Opera Company, the Choral Arts Society of Utah, the Grand Theatre in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake Symphony, America West Symphony, and the Southern Arizona Symphony.

 

Kirt Saville, Vice President of Recording

Kirt Saville is currently Professor of Music Education and the Associate Director of Bands at Brigham Young University. Coming from 22 years of experience as the Director of Bands and 15 years as the music department chairman at Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas; Dr. Saville teaches instrumental music education and conducts the BYU Symphonic Band. He has a keen interest in conducting, rehearsal techniques, and the continued development of wind band literature. Dr. Saville has studied conducting with Eugene Corporon, Mallory Thompson, Frederick Fennell, Larry Rachlef, Allan McMurray, Glenn Price, and Clark Rundell. Under his direction, the Washburn Symphonic Band was invited three times to perform for the College Band Directors National Association Southwestern Conference, and was invited in each year of eligibility to perform for the Kansas Music Educators Convention in Wichita, KS. Dr. Saville is a respected clinician and adjudicator, conducting honor bands throughout the West and Mid-West.

 

Joanna Johnston, Vice President of Finance

Joanna Johnston is from Chicago, Illinois. She has a BA in Physiology from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and a MBA from the University of Utah. Prior to becoming a CPA, Joanna worked in neuroscience research at Abbott Laboratories and NPS Pharmaceuticals. She began working with non-profits at HEB Business Solutions and developed a specialization in tax preparation and consulting at Savas Greene & Company, LLC. She is currently a tax senior at Mantyla McReynolds, LLC.  Joanna is the Board Treasurer for Repertory Dance Theater, Vice-President of Finance for Utah Wind Symphony, Chairperson of the Utah Association of CPAs Non-Profit Committee, and was named one of the “30 Women to Watch” by Utah Business Magazine in 2015. In her free time she likes to read, attend live music and theater performances, and travel with her family.

 

Brandon Cressall, Vice President of Marketing

Brandon Cressall has been playing the saxophone and studying music for 20 years.  He is currently the band and orchestra director at Jordan High School (2013-present), having previously taught at Brighton High School (2010-2013).Brandon has been a member of the Salt Lake Symphonic Winds and the Salt Lake Pops Orchestra.  He is currently a member of the Riverton Jazz Band and the Utah Wind Symphony, the latter of which he serves on the Board of Directors and holds the position of VP of Marketing. As VP of Marketing, Brandon is responsible for social media presence, website maintenance, advertising, and program production. 

 

 

 

 

                                    Michael Sausedo, Vice President of Development

 

Alex Maier, Chair of Community

Alex Maier has been actively involved in music for the past 67 years playing classical, jazz, and rock. He has instructed and mentored at educational levels from elementary thru post graduate in math and English, flying large aircraft (USAF and Delta Air Lines), and college jazz (ensemble and combo). He has also served on boards of Showcase Concert Series (Farmington, NM) and Airline Pilots Association (National). During his thirty-six year flying career and BOD tenures he developed and exhibited leadership, team building, and problem solving abilities.

 

 

Amber V. Tuckness, Chair of Band Musicians

Amber Tuckness is the Instrumental Music Director of Cottonwood High School for the past nineteen years where she directs and teaches Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, Symphonic Strings, String Choir, and AP Theory and Harmony. She is currently the Director of Granite Youth Symphony Orchestra for the past four years and was an Assistant Director for the previous eight years.  She recently was the 2014 recipient of the Granite Education Teacher of the Year Excel Award for all of Granite School District. Cottonwood’s Symphony Orchestra has been invited to play at the UMEA Conference in St. George this February.  She has taught private French Horn lessons for over twenty years. She received a Bachelors of Music Education degree from the University of Utah with a full four -year scholarship where she worked under the baton of Dr. Barry Kopetz, Robert Debbaut and Scott Hagen.  She also studied horn with William Barnewitz, Sue Hudson and Steve Proser. She was an original, and current, core member of the French Horn section of Utah Wind                                          Symphony.