Todd Nichols credits include work as a music educator, conductor, and performer. Mr. Nichols maintains an active performance schedule throughout the United States having appeared in seven states and major concert halls, including Carnegie Hall and The Kennedy Center. Recently Mr. Nichols was selected via an international audition as one of only ten Conducting Fellows for the 2012 Juilliard School Music Educator’s Summer Music Workshop. Mr. Nichols has been appointed to the 2012 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic Advisory Committee and a national advisory panel for the MFA National Concert Band Festival. Mr. Nichols has served as Guest Conductor for the NJ Region I Symphonic Band, NJ Region II Symphonic Band, NJ Region I Jazz Ensemble, Rutgers University Honor Band, FMI All-State Band and the 2011 CMEA Region Youth Honor Band in Connecticut.
He received his BA in Music from The College of New Jersey in 1998, and MM in Conducting from Messiah College in 2010. Mr. Nichols has had the great privilege of studying and collaborating with notable conductors and educators such as Eugene Migliaro Corporan, Mark Davis Scatterday, David Effron, Virgina Allen, Dennis Fisher, Richard Crain, John Lynch, David Starnes, and Chuck Campbell. He has also been honored to work with instrumental icons Phil Smith, Joe Alessi, Stanley Drucker, Allen Vizzutti, and legendary jazz artists Mike Vax, John Fedchock, Dennis DiBlasio, George Rabbai, Clem DeRosa, Joe Temperle, Rosanna Vitro, and Bobby Millitello.
Mr. Nichols is a frequent adjudicator and clinician for both high school and middle school ensembles. He has adjudicated for the NJMEA, PMEA, Bands of America, and DCA. Mr. Nichols is an advocate for new compositions and has supported the efforts of various composers in numerous commissions including John Mackey’s Harvest Concerto, Joe Turrin’s Equinox and The Sounding of the Call, and Eric Whitacre’s The Seal Lullaby, Bruce Yurko’s Furioso, Rhythmic Changes, and Red Tail Skirmish and Robert Farnon’s Symphony of the Gael: An American Wind Symphony.
Mr. Nichols is currently the Artistic Director and conductor for The Eastern Wind Symphony, a professional wind ensemble dedicated to the ongoing development of the American wind band as a serious artistic medium. In addition Mr. Nichols is active in the development of the newly formed Eastern Wind Symphony Youth Band, the only state-wide auditioned wind ensemble in New Jersey. Mr. Nichols has assisted with the production of professional wind band recordings for ensembles including the Eastern Wind Symphony, Keystone Wind Ensemble, Rutgers University Wind Ensemble and Messiah College Wind Ensemble. Mr. Nichols produced an album of educational band music, available as part of the Distinguished Music for the Developing Band series on the Mark Custom Recording label, with the New Jersey Wind Orchestra, an ensemble of professional educators and musicians assembled for this single project. Mr. Nichols Roxbury Wind Symphony recordings of Stomp, Clap, Snap, Tango! and Turbulence both composed by Chris Bernotas, are currently being used as a demonstration recording by TRN Music and Bandworks publishing.
As an educator, Mr. Nichols’ concert, marching, and jazz ensembles have been recognized for outstanding performance at numerous local, state, and national festivals. His wind ensembles have performed at Carnegie Hall in 2006 and at the 2008 and 2012 Music For All National Concert Band Festival and the 2008 Midwest Clinic. His Roxbury Wind Symphony was the first concert band from the state of NJ to ever be extended an invitation to perform at this most prestigious clinic. His marching bands have won six championship titles and have made finals for all Music For All Regional competition since 2008. Mr. Nichols’ jazz bands have accepted four consecutive invitations to the NJ-IAJE State Jazz Band Finals receiving first place in 2002. Mr. Nichols received the Governor’s Teacher Recognition Award in 2001, was featured in a 2009 spotlight article for the Instrumentalist Magazine, and has been included in the 2002 and 2004 editions of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.
Mr. Nichols is also a freelance percussionist in the New York Metropolitan area. He has performed with the Lincoln Center Chamber Orchestra, New Jersey Pops, Princeton Symphony, Riverside Sinfonia, Garden State Symphonic Band, New Jersey Verismo Opera Company, The Orchestra of St. Peter’s, Trenton Symphony, Allentown Symphony, Pennsylvania Sinfonia, and Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic. In addition, Mr. Nichols can be found playing in many of New York City’s top hotels including the Waldorff Astoria, Hotel Pierre, Four Seasons, Metropolitan Club, Cipriani’s, The Rainbow Room, The Ritz Carlton, and The Plaza Hotel. Mr. Nichols has performed with legendary artists Ray Charles, Marvin Hamlisch, William Michaels, Victoria Cannizzo and he performed for the wedding of journalist Geraldo Rivera. Mr. Nichols resides in Hillsborough, NJ with his wife Beth and daughters Sarah and Emily.
Richard Hartsuiker is the Associate Director of Bands and Brass Specialist at Roxbury High School in Succasunna, New Jersey. His responsibilities include directing the Symphony Band, assistant directing the Honors Wind Symphony and Ninth Grade Concert Band, teaching grades seven through twelve brass lesson, teaching the course elective AP Music Theory, directing the Jazz Big Band, directing the Pit Orchestra, and he is the associate director and coordinator the Marching Gaels and Roxbury Sound. Mr. Hartsuiker created a brass ensembles program that includes traditional brass quintets, larger brass ensembles, and other student-run groups. He has also served on the National Honor Society Faculty Council. While at Roxbury, Mr. Hartsuiker has proudly worked in clinic and concert with guest artists and conductors such as Allen Vizzutti, Dr. Mark Scatterday, Dr. John Lynch, Phil Smith, Joe Alessi, Chuck Campbell, David Starnes, Richard Crain, Dennis Fisher, Dr. Andrew Boysen, Jr., the Boston Brass, Dr. John Whitwell, Fred Mills, Dr. Bradley Genevro, Bruce Yurko, Dr. John Stanley Ross, and Dr. Stanley Saunders.
Mr. Hartsuiker holds a Masters of Music degree in Wind Band Conducting from Messiah College, where he studied conducting with Dr. Bradley Genevro and Eugene Migliaro Corporon. A 2000 honors graduate from William Paterson University, Mr. Hartsuiker received the university’s 2000 Outstanding Senior Classical Musician Award and the 1999 New York Brass Conference Bobby Shew Scholarship Award. He has studied trumpet with Dr. Joel Craig Davis, Chris Jaudes, Roger Ingram, Dr. William Stowman, Garth Greenup, and Kurt Zimmermann, and has participated in master classes given by the Boston Brass, Fred Mills, and Wynton Marsalis. Additionally, Mr. Hartsuiker has taken voiceover lessons and clinics with professional voiceover artists Lainie Cooke and Sara Krieger.
Mr. Hartsuiker had the privilege to direct the Symphony Band in a stand-alone concert at Carnegie Hall in 2011, as well as conduct the Honors Wind Symphony and Concert Band Gold at Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center in 2001, and the Honors Wind Symphony at Carnegie Hall in 2004. He conducted the inaugural New Jersey Region I Honors Brass Ensemble, has served as the New Jersey Region I Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band Manager, and currently serves as the librarian and coordinator of the New Jersey Region I Library. He has also adjudicated on multiple occasions the NJMEA Middle School Band Festival. Mr. Hartsuiker continues to maintain an active freelance-performing career in the New York Metropolitan area as a soloist and member of various brass chamber groups, and he recently performed as a stage soloist at the Whitaker Center for the Performing Arts in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania for a concert benefiting Theatre Harrisburg and the Lebanon Valley Alumni Chorale. He also manages a successful trumpet studio for players of all ability levels, placing many students in Area, Region, Junior Region, and All-State Bands on a year-to-year basis. In addition, he has assisted in the drill design for award-winning marching band in the Bands Of America, United States Scholastic Band Association, and Tournament Of Bands circuits.
Mr. Hartsuiker is listed in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers and his professional affiliations include the National Association for Music Educators, the New Jersey Music Educator’s Association, the National Band Association, and the International Trumpet Guild. Mr. Hartsuiker is happily married to his wife Michelle and is the proud father of three wonderful sons.
Sarah Bednarcik currently serves as the Assistant Director of Bands at Roxbury High School in Succasunna, New Jersey. She conducts the Ninth Grade Concert Band, is a District Woodwind Specialist, and serves as coordinator of the instrumental chamber music program. Her teaching responsibilities also include assisting with the 7th and 8th grade bands, Symphony Band, Wind Symphony, and Marching Band. Ms. Bednarcik served as the woodwind ensemble conductor for the 2011-12 Region Chamber Ensembles, and as a clarinet clinician at high schools in the area. Sheearned her B.M. in music education and clarinet performance from Northwestern University, and was a graduate assistant while earning her M.M. in clarinet performance from Rutgers University. She studied clarinet, bass and Eb clarinet with Robert Steen, J. Lawrie Bloom, Russell Dagon and Maureen Hurd, and conducting with Mallory Thompson and John Lynch. She has also performed in master classes for Mark Nuccio, Alan Kay and David Shifrin. Ms. Bednarcik can be heard playing Eb, Bb and bass clarinet on various Rutgers Wind Ensemble recordings.
Ms. Bednarcik maintains a private clarinet studio in northern New Jersey. Her students successfully audition for Area, Region and All-State ensembles, and have been accepted to the schools of music at institutions such as Rutgers University, Ithaca College, Michigan State, and Boston University. Ms. Bednarcik is also an active chamber and large ensemble performer, and is currently the Eb clarinetist in the Eastern Wind Symphony. She is also a founding member of Vento Trio, a chamber ensemble consisting of flute, bassoon and clarinet that has performed together for over eight years. The trio has performed at the International Double Reed Conference at both Ball State University and Ithaca College, and presented at the Chamber Music America Conference in New York City. They traveled to France to serve as clinicians and performers at the international Fou de Basson, and performed at the conservatories in St. Brieuc and Angouleme. The trio was the resident chamber ensemble at the Festival de Música de Londrina in Brazil, where Ms. Bednarcik served as the clarinet professor, presented clarinet master classes, and was a member of the resident woodwind quintet. They also presented a master class and performance on “Choro in Contemporary Music” at the University of Rio in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The group can be heard locally in recitals throughout the tri-state area. Their CD, Brazilian Dances and Inventions, was released in 2006, and a second CD will be released in 2013.