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Michael Galisatus

Michael Galisatus is Professor of Music and Director of Bands at the College of San Mateo, directing both the college big bands and the wind ensemble. Prior to his appointment at the College of San Mateo, Mr. Galisatus produced award winning ensembles at various San Francisco Peninsula schools including Aragon, El Camino, and South San Francisco High Schools, and directed jazz ensembles at San Francisco State University and The College of Notre Dame.

Paul Phillips

Appointed Director of Orchestral Studies and Associate Professor (Teaching) of Music at Stanford University in 2017, Paul Phillips is a conductor, composer, and author who has conducted more than 60 orchestras, opera companies, and ballet troupes worldwide, including the San Francisco Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra and Choir, Orquesta Sinfónica de Salta (Argentina), Paul Taylor Dance Company, and Opera Providence, as well as numerous choruses.

Akwasi Papa Abrefah

Akwasi Papa Abrefah is a steelpan instructor, performer, and band director based in the Bay Area. He was born in Oakland, California and raised in Richland, WA where, at the age of 9, he started playing steelpan - known commonly as steeldrums in the United States. Through middle school and high school, he traveled around the Pacific Northwest region of the U.S. playing with bands OK 2 Botay and Bram Bratá before coming to Stanford where he continued with Cardinal Calypso.

Ge Wang

Special fields: computer music, artful design, programming languages and software design for music, human-computer interaction, virtual reality, laptop orchestra, mobile music, physical interaction design, visualization, ethics and aesthetics of shaping technology, education at the intersection of engineering, art, and the humanities.
 

Stephen M. Sano

Director, Chamber Chorale and Symphonic Chorus. Nationally and internationally invited master class teacher in conducting and choral music, guest conductor and adjudicator in choral music; has conducted master classes and performances with festival, honor, and collegiate choirs, orchestras, and other instrumental ensembles from over 20 states as well as from England, Germany, Austria, Australia, Canada, and Japan.

Robert Huw Morgan

Fellow, Royal College of Organists. Studied with Carole Terry, Peter Eros, Melvin Butler, Nicolas Kynaston, Nigel Allcoat. Special interests: 19th- and 20th-century repertoire, especially French. Assistant Conductor, U. Washington Symphony Orchestra/Opera; Conductor, U. Washington Summer Chamber Orchestra. Recitals in U.S., Germany, Wales, Australia, Norway, Sweden, England.

Murray Low

Held previous teaching positions at University of California Berkeley and the Jazzschool in Berkeley. Guest lecturer at Stanford, San José State, Cal State Monterey Bay, University of Wisconsin/Madison, Cal State Sonoma, Jazzcamp West, and the Monterey Jazz Youth Program. Twenty-six years of perfomance, teaching, composing and arranging experience. Grammy nomination in Latin Jazz category with Macheté Ensemble 2003. Multiple appearances at major jazz festivals such Monterey, Concord, Stanford, San Francisco, San José, Big Sur, Mt.

Giancarlo Aquilanti

Studied composition with Paolo Ugoletti, Glenn Glasow, Wayne Peterson, and Jody Rockmaker.

Numerous compositions, including songs for voice and various combinations of instruments, several orchestral, choral and band pieces, string quartets, and the operas La povertà, Lot’s Women, and Oxford Companions.

Recipient of the Walter J. Gores award for excellence in teaching (2003-04), Stanford's highest award.

Mark Applebaum

Applebaum received his Ph.D. in composition from the University of California at San Diego where he studied principally with Brian Ferneyhough.  His solo, chamber, choral, orchestral, operatic, and electroacoustic work has been performed throughout North and South America, Europe, Africa, Australia, and Asia with notable performances at the Darmstadt Sessions. 

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