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Faculty

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Conductors/Directors

Chamber Choir — Christopher Kiver, Penn State School of Music

Jazz Combo- Marko Marcinko, Penn State School of Muisc

Wind Ensemble — Dennis Glocke, Penn State School of Music

Applied Faculty

Bassoon — Daryl Durran, Penn State School of Music

Clarinet — Anthony Costa, Penn State School of Music

Flute — Naomi Seidman, Penn State School of Music

Horn — Lisa O. Bontrager, Penn State School of Music

Oboe — Timothy Hurtz, Penn State School of Music

Jazz Piano Performance, Drum Set and Rhythm Section-Marko Marcinko, Penn State University

Percussion — Michael Schutz, McMaster University of the Arts, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Piano - Timothy Shafer, Penn State School of Music

Saxophone — David Stambler, Penn State School of Music

Trombone -Mark Lusk, Penn State School of Music

Trumpet -Michael Mergen

Michael Mergen performs and teaches in the Washington, DC area.  He has appeared with groups such as the National Symphony Orchestra, the Harrisburg Symphony, Washington Symphonic Brass, and the Choral Arts Society of Washington.  He has worked with conductors, Seiji Ozawa, Leonard Slatkin, Osmo Vanska, and John Williams.  For the past four summers, he appeared with the Blossom Music Festival Band as Solo Cornet under the direction of Loras Schissel.  In 1999 he joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band as a trumpet and cornet player.  As a founding member of the Valor Brass, he has performed recitals and given master classes around the country.  In 2015 The Valor Brass released the album Inaugural including Jim Stephenson’s new work Chase Sequence , a Valor Brass commission, and some traditional works for Wind Ensemble newly arranged for the quintet by Tom Holtz. With his brother Paul, Michael commissioned composer Jim Stephenson to write Hanging by a Thread, a concerto for Trumpet, Tuba, and Wind Ensemble.  Michael has taught trumpet at Elizabethtown College and maintains an active studio in the Alexandria, VA area. He holds degrees from the University of Michigan, the Eastman School of Music and The Catholic University of America. Michael Mergen’s appearance is in an unofficial capacity and neither "The President's Own" United States Marine Band, the U.S. Marine Corps nor any other component of the Department of Defense or the U.S Government has endorsed this activity.

Tuba/Euphonium -Paul Mergen
Paul Mergen received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in 1997 with a degree
in music history. In 2003 he received a masters degree in tuba performance from Rutgers
University. He studied with Fritz Kaenzig and Scott Mendoker respectively. He was a member
of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band from 2004 to 2015.
Paul has also performed with orchestras to include the Seattle Symphony, Washington National
Opera, and the Baltimore Symphony.
As a soloist he has performed on two summer concert series with the Marine Band. This year
he was the featured guest artist at the University of Montana Concert Band Festival where he
performed with the university concert band and conducted masterclasses for festival attendees.
Paul is a currently a freelance musician in Greencastle, IN where he recently moved with his
wife and twin daughters.

Voice, Opera Chorus, Voice Masterclass Beverly A. Patton, Penn State School of Music

Voice, Voice Masterclass-Jennifer Trost, Penn State School of Music