RUTGERS WIND ENSEMBLE
The Rutgers Wind Ensemble presents concerts at the highest artistic level, performing both masterworks of the wind repertoire and new works, including pieces composed expressly for the group. In 2005, the group performed at the CBNDA National Conference held at New York University and also presented a concert at Carnegie Hall later that spring. The ensemble played in Town Hall in New York in 2000. It has performed at regional CBDNA and MENC conferences and has presented 16 performances at NJMEA conventions since 1993. As part of its commitment to new modes of performing, the ensemble has recorded nineteen compact discs, which have collectively earned 33 Grammy Entry Listings. With the Rutgers Symphony Band, the group has recorded an additional seven educational CDs.
William Berz is Professor of Music at the Mason Gross School of the Arts of Rutgers, the state university of New Jersey. He has given premières of many new works for winds, and he has won the praise of many distinguished composers, including Charles Wuorinen, David Del Tredici, Roger Nixon, Walter Hartley, Eric Whitacre, Martin Ellerby, Adam Gorb, Jonathan Newman, Kenneth Lampl, John Mackey, Mark Zuckerman, Daniel Ott, Eric Moe, Michael Daugherty, Frank Ticheli, Norman Dello Joio, and H. Owen Reed. He served as Music Director and Conductor of the New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra from 1988 until 1994. From 1984 until 1989 he was Assistant Conductor of The Jupiter Symphony and Naumburg Orchestra, both of New York City. In addition to his work as a conductor, he is active as a researcher and writer, and has published a number of articles and presented many sessions in music education and conducting.