Richard Rosenberg, Artistic Director
Richard Rosenberg’s music directorships have included the Union Symphony Orchestra, Corpus Christi Symphony, the Chamber Orchestra of California, the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Symphony, Hot Springs Music Festival and the Pennsylvania Ballet. He also served on the conducting staffs of the Baltimore Symphony, the Oakland Symphony, the London Classical Players and the Aspen Music Festival, and as Acting Director of Orchestras at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. As a guest conductor, Mr. Rosenberg has performed with the Rochester Philharmonic, the Kennedy Center Opera Orchestra, Miami City Ballet, and symphony orchestras and ballet companies throughout the United States, Europe and South America. Read More…
Caitlin Patton, Executive Director
Caitlin Patton received her Master of Public Administration program at the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina, where she focused her studies in Arts and Nonprofit Administration. She was the graduate assistant in the Arts Management program, where she worked on graduate student recruitment and with the Charleston Jazz Initiative. Upon her graduation, she was inducted into Pi Alpha Alpha, the national public administration honor society, and received the MPA program’s Outstanding Student Award in recognition of her 4.0 cumulative GPA and involvement in the MPA community. Read More…
Michael Sawzin, Director of Youth Programming and Personnel Manager
While at the Eastman School of Music, Michael Sawzin completed dual Master of Music degrees in Saxophone Performance and Literature under the tutelage of Dr. Chien-Kwan Lin and Music Education under Dr. Richard Grunow. He previously completed dual Bachelor of Music degrees with Honors in Music Education and Saxophone Performance from Wright State University in Dayton, OH, under the study of Dr. Shelley Jagow.
Michael is a founding member of the Eastman Saxophone Project, the saxophone quartet, Project Fusion. As a member of Project Fusion, he has been awarded top prizes in the 2012 North American Saxophone Alliance Quartet Competition (AZ), the 2012 Coleman Chamber Music Competition (CA), and the 2012 J.C. Arriaga Chamber Music Competition (CT). The quartet has also received 1st prize in the 2013 MTNA Chamber Music Competition, grand prize and audience award at the 2013 Plowman Chamber Music Competition, and Gold Medal at the 2013 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.
As a member of the Avion Saxophone Quartet, Michael received the Edgar Hardy Early Impact Scholarship, the Dayton Chamber Music Scholarship, and the Chamber Music Fellowship at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. Avion was also chosen to perform at the International Symposium for Music Education in Bologna, Italy. Avion released their first CD in 2009 featuring two world premieres: Stop is the New Go by A.J. McCaffery and Green No. 26 by Chris Serena.
Michael teaches in various settings ranging from beginning instrumental instruction to collegiate teaching. He was formerly the Instructor of Saxophone at the University of California Riverside and Instructor of Woodwinds at Fountain Valley High School in Fountain Valley, CA. He recently moved to Chestertown, MD.
Ryland Bennett, Director of Operations
Ryland Bennett is an operations specialist hailing from Boston with a Masters degree in Ethnomusicology from Tufts University. Ryland also holds a BM in Music Education from UMass Amherst and additional ethnomusicological studies at the American University in Cairo and New England Conservatory. His geo-cultural areas of focus are in the Middle East and Turkey, with specific research interests in solitary musical practices, issues related to music and Islam, and musical globalization. As a performer Ryland plays the saxophone, theremin and oud. Professionally Ryland is an experienced concert production associate who has worked with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Tanglewood Music Center, National Music Festival, New England Conservatory, Celebrity Series of Boston, and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project.
Thomas Parchman, Scheduling
Thomas Parchman (clarinet) studied with the finest clarinet faculty in the country, including Robert Marcellus, Clark Brody and Larry Combs. As a member of the Chicago Civic Orchestra, he had weekly sectionals with members of the CSO section, as well as masterclasses. Mr. Parchman’s first full-time orchestra position was as Bass Clarinet for the Orquesta Sinfonica de Xalapa in Xalapa, Mexico. One of the oldest orchestras in Mexico, it performed 42 weeks a year mostly programs of large symphonic works, broadcast nationally. The orchestra toured nationally and made several recordings. After a short time in the orchestra, he was promoted to Assistant Principal and Bass Clarinet. Mr. Parchman left Xalapa to become of member of the Long Beach Symphony and the Long Beach Grand Opera. During this time he was accepted into the doctoral program at the University of Southern California, where he studied clarinet with Mitchell Lurie and saxophone with Douglas Masek. He came to Maine in 1984 as a result of a joint search between the University of Southern Maine and the Portland Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Parchman holds the rank of Associate Professor at USM, and has been the Principal Clarinetist with the orchestra since his arrival. As Principal Clarinet, he has performed the Mozart Concerto in A , Copland Concerto, Brahms opus 120 [arr. Berio], and the Bassi Rigoletto Fantasy. Dr. Parchman also holds the Bass/3rd Clarinet position in the Rhode Island Philharmonic, and is a member of the Opera North, Green Mountain Opera and PortOpera orchestras. Dr. Parchman is active in developing music in the Portland community, taking part in joint projects between the Portland Symphony and Portland schools, performing in small ensemble concerts, and giving demonstrations, clinics and masterclasses. His students are active performers and teachers in their communities, ranging from teaching in the schools of northern Maine to performing as a member of the Philadelphia Orchestra.
Alan Rothschild, Piano Maintenance
Alan Rothschild is a certified piano technician and teacher who specializes in tuning, repair and keyboard regulation. He studied at the New England Conservatory of Music and apprenticed and worked at the Tanglewood Music Festival. In addition to a plethora of private clients, his corporate clients include the Boston Conservatory of Music, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Wellesley College and Wheaton College.
Robert Stiles, Music Librarian
Robert Stiles was appointed Principal Librarian of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in September 2004, and began his career with the Orchestra as Librarian in July 1999. Both a musician and a scholar, he maintains active connections to both areas of his professional life. Stiles earned a Doctor of Musical Arts in Double Bass in 2003 from the University of Texas at Austin. In his dissertation, “Serge Koussevitzky: Recently Discovered Compositions for Double Bass and for Large Ensembles within the Context of His Life and Career,” Robert presented his discovery and evidence of 29 new compositions or arrangements by Koussevitzky, the great Russian 20th century double bass virtuoso, founder of the Tanglewood Music Center and conductor of the Boston Symphony from 1924-1949. The documentation of these works is significant as it provides proof Koussevitzky was an active composer and confirms the five works attributed to him, including his own concerto, were his own and not the work of others. Stiles was featured on a BBC broadcast in 2003 discussing his findings. Other publications include his master’s thesis “Lass uns das Lied des Schiller:” Musical and Philosophical Unities in Ludwig van Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, which examines the concept that the famous “Ode to Joy” is the basis for every thematic area in this work and served as a unifying force not only in the Ninth Symphony but also in every aspect of Beethoven’s later years.
Douglas D. Cox, Symphonic Chorus Manager
Douglas Cox brings a wealth of experience to the the National Music Festival as a conductor, singer, and project coordinator. His current posts are as Music Director of the Chester River Chorale (Chestertown, MD) and the Frederick Chorale (Frederick, MD). Previously, Mr. Cox was assistant conductor and tenor vocalist with the Soldiers’ Chorus of The U.S. Army Field Band. He is a seasoned performer, having toured nationally in all 49 continental United States, Europe and the Far East, performing in all imaginable public venues, from the finest concert halls of the world to school gymnasiums, and even rodeo arenas. Under the direction of the late Maestro Erich Kunzel, Mr. Cox has performed as soloist with the Cincinnati Pops and the London Symphony and Naples Philharmonic Orchestras. With Maestro Albert-George Schram he was soloist with the Charlotte and Nashville Symphony Orchestras.
Other notable collaborations were with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Orchestra, Marvin Hamlisch and the National Symphony Orchestra, and George Manahan with the Richmond Symphony. For 15 years Mr. Cox led the Field Band’s premier eight-voice Vocal Arts Ensemble, specializing in virtuosic a cappella repertoire of the Euro-American traditions. He has produced and conducted three choral “legacy” CD recordings by the Soldiers’ Chorus: The Legacy of Randall Thompson (producer and conductor), The Legacy of Aaron Copland (choral works), and The Legacy of Nadia Boulanger.
Mr. Cox’s early musical mentors were James Kimmel, Harrison Boughton, and Vernon Yenne. Later studies in voice with Thomas Houser, and in conducting with Donald Neuen (UCLA/Crystal Cathedral), Axel Theimer (VoiceCare Network), Jon Washburn (Vancouver Chamber Choir), and Paul Salamunovich (Los Angeles Master Chorale), when combined with his lifelong experience as a singer, have cultivated a broad expertise in the choral arts and its communicative power. Mr. Cox holds the Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music Education degrees from Wichita State University, and the Master of Arts in Arts Administration degree from Goucher College.
Mr. Cox retired from military service as a Sergeant Major. His military awards include the Legion of Merit, three Meritorious Service Medals, four Army Commendation Medals, and five Army Achievement Medals. He resides in Minnesota with his wife, soprano and conductor Janet Hjelmgren, a former Sergeant Major in the Soldiers’ Chorus.