Our 23rd year....Around the World in Six Concerts
Director Thomas Poshak received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the University of Michigan. He retired in 2001 after a 30 year career as a high school band director. Mr. Poshak taught in the US Virgin Islands, in Ladue, Missouri, and was the Band Director and Music Coordinator for the Kirkwood School District from 1985 until 2001. Under his direction, the Ladue Symphonic Band performed at the MMEA convention in 1982, and the Kirkwood Symphonic Band received Honor I ratings at MSHSAA Festivals for twelve consecutive years and Gold Ratings at music festivals in Atlanta, Chicago, and Nashville. He has held offices in the Missouri Music Educators Association, Phi Beta Mu, and the St. Louis Suburban Music Educators Association, and is a member of the Music Educators National Conference, Missouri Bandmasters Association. and Phi Mu Alpha. In 2001, he received the Music Educator of the Year award from the SLSMEA and in 2004 received the Hall of Fame Award. Mr. Poshak is also the Music Director for the Saint Louis Wind Symphony.
Guest Conductor Erica Neidlinger is the associate professorand conductor of the Wind Symphony at DePaul University. Her additional responsibilities include teaching conducting and instrumental music education courses. Dr. Neidlinger has conducted performances across the United States and in Europe. She has traveled to Singapore and Canada as an ensemble adjudicator and clinician. She has been featured as a guest conductor and clinician in Latvia and will guest conduct in Moscow this September. Presentations at international conferences include the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles in Killarney, Ireland, and the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic. She has also conducted honor bands and presented at many conferences across the United States. Before teaching at DePaul, Dr. Neidlinger served on the faculty at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and The Ohio State University. She is also a former conductor of the Nebraska Wind Symphony. Dr. Neidlinger completed her doctoral degree at the University of Minnesota under the supervision of Professor Craig Kirchhoff. In addition, she holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas and a master’s degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She began her teaching career as director of bands in the Piper School District, Kansas City, Kansas. Erica is a graduate of Ladue High School, where her band directors were Tom Poshak and Jerry Luckhardt.
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