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Dr. Christian Wilhjelm – Conductor and Music Director

Dr. Christian Wilhjelm has been the Conductor and Music Director of the New Jersey Wind Symphony (formerly the Ridgewood Concert Band) since its 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.

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