2016-17 Board of Directors of the Merion Musical Society
|Michael Maizel, Presidentemail@example.com|
|Jem Jochems, Vice President||Jem@merionconcertband.org|
|Michael Ramage, Secretary||Mike@merionconcertband.org|
|Gail Hoffman, Treasurer||Gail@merionconcertband.org|
|Leanne Juzbasich, Director-at-Large||Leanne@merionconcertband.org|
|Todd Rickey, Director-at-Large ||Allen@merionconcertband.org|
|Paul Csigi, Director-at-Large ||Paul@merionconcertband.org|
|David Urffer, Librarian||Dave@merionconcertband.org|
|Jackie Phillips, Publicity Coordinatorfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Merri Lee Newby, Business Manageremail@example.com|
|Michael Campbell-Trimbur, Webmasterfirstname.lastname@example.org|
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Nathan P. Snyder, Conductor
Nathan P. Snyder joined the Merion Concert Band with ten years of conducting experience. His conducting training began at Susquehanna University, where he studied under Dr. Valerie Martin, focusing primarily on chamber music. Mr. Snyder has further training with Mallory Thompson, Craig Kirchoff, H. Robert Reynolds and Eugene Migliaro Corporon. He has previously served on the faculty of the William Penn and Gurnee (IL) School Districts and has conducted bands from elementary through collegiate and beyond. Mr. Snyder received his appointment as conductor of the Merion Concert Band in February 2010.
An active performer, Mr. Snyder plays clarinet and bass clarinet with the Southeastern Pennsylvania Symphony Orchestra, Eastern Wind Symphony and Montgomery County Concert Band. He is a former member of the Williamsport Symphony and while residing in Illinois played with the Northshore Concert Band, West Suburban Symphony and Dekalb Municipal Band. Mr. Snyder teaches private clarinet and saxophone lessons from his home.
Mr. Snyder resides in Blue Bell with his wife and two daughters, to whom he is a full time stay-at-home dad. His mission is to bring the best in concert band music to the world through great live performances.
Ashley Smith, Assistant Conductor
Ashley P. Smith joined the Merion Concert Band in 2011 as a clarinetist, and happily accepted the position of assistant conductor in 2017. Ms. Smith holds a B.M. In Music Education from Susquehanna University, where she studied both clarinet and instrumental conducting under Dr. Valerie Martin. Dr. Martin was an inspiration to her as a woman conductor, and helped spark Ms. Smith’s love of wind conducting and band literature.
While Ms. Smith has mostly worked with school-aged bands, over the years she has stepped in to conduct with the Municipal Band of Allentown (PA), the Palmerton (PA) Community Band, and the Colts Neck (NJ) Community Band.
Ms. Smith has been a public school music educator since 2004, holding instrumental and choral teaching positions in New Jersey, Arizona, and now Pennsylvania. Currently Ms. Smith is a Class Instrumental Music Teacher in the School District of Philadelphia. She teaches small group band lessons to students in grades 3-7 in several schools throughout the city. Ms. Smith lives with her husband in the Mt. Airy neighborhood of Philadelphia.
Shirly Kujawski Kennett
Merri Lee Newby
Merri Lee Newby
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Mary Ellen Bowden
James H. Hicks