Musicians and Staff

Christian Wilhjelm

Dr. Christian Wilhjelm – Music Director

Dr. Christian Wilhjelm has been the Conductor and Music Director of the New Jersey Wind Symphony (formerly the Ridgewood Concert Band) since it’s founding in 1983. Under his direction, the NJWS has become widely recognized as one of the leading wind orchestras in the nation.

Dr. Wilhjelm graduated from the New England Conservatory where he studied with Harry Shapiro of the Boston Symphony. He was the principal hornist with the Conservatory Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Gunther Schuller and the Conservatory Wind Ensemble under the direction of Frank Battisti. While a student, he spent three summers performing in the Fellowship Orchestra at Tanglewood where he had the distinction of being named a Leonard Bernstein Fellow. He received a Master of Music degree from The College of New Jersey and a Doctor of Education degree from Teachers’ College, Columbia University.

Woodwinds

Piccolo

Max Taylor*

Flutes

Chrysten Anderson
Patricia Barlow
Jill Bloom
Lisandra Hernandez
Annette Lieb
Kristin Bacchiocchi-Stewart*
Tomomi Takamoto
Jennifer Thornton
Jennifer Wise

Oboes

Mark J. Donellan *

English Horn

Mark Donellan

Bassoons

Aly Berkowitz
Robert Gray
Jason Stier*

Contrabasson

Robert Gray

Clarinets

Jeffery Bittner
Suzanne Coletta
Francesca Ferrara
Naomi Freshwater
Joe Mariany
Natalie McCarter
Miriam Lockhart
Marcie Phelan
Jean Roughgarden
Beth Seavers
Neil Sheehan
Karen Summers
Richard Summers*
Sabrina Tempesta
Janet Vidovich

Alto Clarinet

Francesca Ferrara

E Flat Clarinet

Sabrina Tempesta

Bass Clarinets

Brendan Hughes
Joel Kolk*
Lynne Montella

Soprano Saxophone

Ryan Mantell

Alto Saxophone

Ryan Mantell
Matthew Salisbury
Jacqueline Sarracco

Tenor Saxophone

Andre Baruch
Lisa Freitas
Thomas Wise

Baritone Saxophone

Michael DePompeo

Cornets
Trumpets

Dave Bychek
Mike Connor
Ryan Dore
David Hurd
Tamara McLaughlin
Daniel Osorio
Richard Roberts
Michael Russo
Thomas Siebenhuhner
Ann Sirinides
Tony Spinuzzi
Joseph Stella
Roger Widicus*

French Horns

Benjamin Fine
Sergio Gomez
John Harley
Joshua Jenkins
Carolyn Kirby*
Collette Mather
Brian McLaughlin
Bryan Meyer
Deloss Schertz

Trombones

Tom Abbate
Lee Anderson
Noreen Baer
Matt Blauvelt
Stephanie Dutcher
Keith Marson
Rob Paustian
Nathaniel Rensink
Kristen Siebenhuhner
Robert Tiedemann*

Euphoniums

Robyn Keyes
John Palatucci*
Donald Van Teyens

Tubas

Billy Hughes
Robert Sacchi*

Percussion

Ross Chu
Ryan Jaccoi
James Mallen
Adrienne Ostrander
Wesley Ostrander
Mike Sasson
Luke Short
Yuto Takamoto
Chris Tarantino
Mark Zettler*

Keyboard/Strings

Harp

Irene Bressler

Piano

Don Dean
Alison Meyer

String Bass

David Marks

Staff and Volunteers

Associate Conductors

John Palatucci
Richard Summers

Librarian

Dave Bychek

Personnel Coordinator

Richard Summers

Marketing Manager

Beth Seavers

House Manager

Lisandra Hernandez

Photography

Andy Lieb

Ticket Office

Virginia Baird
John Butler
Darel DePompeo
Sylvia Devries
Debbie Levenson
Keiji Takamoto
Nancy Zwell

Youth Soloist Representative

Jacqueline Sarracco
Jennifer Wise

Side By Side Concert Representative

Jennifer Wise

Stage Manager

Tony Spinuzzi