Musicians and Staff

Christian Wilhjelm

Dr. Christian Wilhjelm – Music Director

Dr. Christian Wilhjelm has been the Conductor and Music Director of the Ridgewood Concert Band since it’s founding in 1983. Under his direction, the RCB 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 Angderson
Jill Bloom
Marissa Fleming
Lisandra Hernandez
Jennifer Kasyan
Annette Lieb
Kristin Bacchiocchi-Stewart*
Tomomi Takamoto
Jennifer Wise

Oboes

Mark J. Donellan *
Drew Greis
Molly Raum

English Horn

Molly Raum

Bassoons

Jessica Frane
Melissa Gerin
Robert Gray*
Jason Stier

Contrabasson

Robert Gray

Clarinets

Jeffery Bittner
Suzanne Coletta
Naomi Freshwater
Joe Mariany
Michelle McGuire
Miriam Lockhart
Leigh Myers
Marcie Phelan
Jean Roughgarden
Rachel Schulman
Beth Seavers
Neil Sheehan
Karen Summers
Richard Summers*
Janet Vidovich

Alto Clarinet

Glenn Chernicky

E Flat Clarinet

Michelle McGuire

Bass Clarinets

Jeff Bittner
Bianca D’Agostaro
Joel Kolk*
Joe Mariany

Soprano Saxophone

Lois Hicks-Wozniak

Alto Saxophone

Andre Baruch
Matthew Berger
Jacqueline Sarracco
Lois Hicks Wozniak *
Christopher Mantell
Jacqueline Sarracco

Tenor Saxophone

Ryan Mantell
Erik Sloezen

Baritone Saxophone

Michael DePompeo

Cornets
Trumpets

Dave Bychek
Mike Connor
Brian Fleming
David Hurd
Tamara McLaughlin
Richard Roberts
Michael Russo
Ann Sirinides
Tony Spinuzzi
Joseph Stella
Roger Widicus*

Horns

Benjamin Fine
Carolyn Kirby*
John Harley
Brian McLaughlin
Bryan Meyer
Deloss Schertz

Trombones

Tom Abbate
Noreen Baer*
Stephanie Dutcher
Ryan Halliwell
Paul Kirby
Keith Marson
Rob Paustian
Nate Rensink
Gabe Stephens
Robert Tiedemann

Euphoniums

Robyn Keyes
John Palatucci*
Donald Van Teyens

Tubas

Michael Gould
Robert Sacchi*
Larry Zaidan

Percussion

Jasmine Block-Krempels
Ben Carriel
Andrew Haderthauer
James Mallen
Adrienne Ostrander
John Wagner*
Mark Zettler**

Keyboard/Strings

Harp

Irene Bressler

Piano

Alison Meyer

String Bass

David Marks
Charlie Nolet

Staff and Volunteers

Associate Conductors

John Palatucci
Richard Summers

Librarian

Dave Bychek

Personnel Coordinator

Richard Summers

Marketing Manager

Beth Seavers

House Manager

Marilyn Wagner

House Representative

John Butler

Photography

Andy Lieb

Ticket Office

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

Recording Coordinator
and Sales

Noreen Baer

Youth Soloist Representative

Jacqueline Sarracco
Jennifer Wise

Side By Side Concert Representative

Jennifer Wise

Stage Manager

Tony Spinuzzi