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.



Max Taylor*


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


Mark J. Donellan
Ruth Diamond Fabes
Robert LeClair*

English Horn

Mark Donellan


Aly Berkowitz
Robert Gray
Jason Stier*


Robert Gray


Jeffery Bittner
Suzanne Coletta
Naomi Freshwater
Robert Lee
Lyn Lowndes
Joe Mariany
Natalie McCarter
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*
Robert Lee
Lynne Montella

Soprano Saxophone

Ryan Mantell

Alto Saxophone

Ryan Mantell*
Dawn Russo
Matthew Salisbury
Jacqueline Sarracco
Alissa Settembrino

Tenor Saxophone

Andre Baruch
Lisa Freitas
Thomas Wise

Baritone Saxophone

Michael DePompeo


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
John Harley
Joshua Jenkins
Carolyn Kirby*
Collette Mather
Brian McLaughlin
Bryan Meyer
Deloss Schertz
Samantha Slackbower


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


Robyn Keyes
John Palatucci*
Donald Van Teyens


Mike Gould
Robert Sacchi*


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



Irene Bressler


Don Dean
Alison Meyer

String Bass

David Marks

Staff and Volunteers

Associate Conductors

John Palatucci
Richard Summers


Dave Bychek

Personnel Coordinator

Richard Summers

Marketing Manager

Beth Seavers

House Manager

Lisandra Hernandez


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