Conductor Bios

HyeYounJang

HyeYoun Jang is a young, versatile conductor, composer and educator who creates high quality music with a solid understanding of a wide range of repertoires. She believes in the power of music to move people’s minds and pursues to spread its affirmative influence to the community.

​She has worked with the University of the North Texas Symphony and Concert Orchestras, the NOVA contemporary Ensemble, the Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra, the University of Iowa Chamber Orchestra and the University of Iowa opera production. 

She has been privileged to actively participate in valuable workshops and festivals throughout the United States. As a conducting fellow, she conducted the orchestras at Fort Wayne Philharmonic International Conductor Workshop, Richmond Symphony Orchestra Conducting Workshop, and many others. Ms.Jang has studied with famous conducting tutorages such as Gerard Schwarz, Kenneth Kiesler, Andrew Constantine, and Steven Smith. Her conducting is influenced by David Itkin, Ki-sun Sung and William LaRue Jones.

With a special interest in new music, Ms.Jang loves broaden repertoires to new music series. She presented two U.S. premieres of internationally recognized composers’ compositions, Harrison Birtwisle’s Entr’actes and Sappho Fragments and Younghi Pagh-Paan’s Man-Nam I, along with one Texas premiere of Larry Polansky’s Yitgadal with the NOVA contemporary ensemble at the University of North Texas.

Born in Busan, South Korea, Ms.Jang began her music studies through learning violin and piano at the age of six. She immediately found a deep interest and passion in music and has continued her studies with various musical methods. She studied composition and received both her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Music Composition at Ewah Woman’s University in Seoul, Korea. Also, she earned a Master’s degree in orchestral conducting at the University of Iowa. She is continuing her studies as a doctoral candidate at the University of North Texas. 

Dr. Glenn Pohland

Dr. Glenn Pohland conducts the Dubuque Youth Wind Ensemble. He is currently an associate professor in the communication and fine arts division at Loras College in Dubuque, IA.  Dr. Pohland also conducts Jazz Ensemble and chamber groups, and teaches courses in music education, orchestration, instrumental techniques, music in the movies, and instrumental conducting.  Dr. Pohland received his BA in music education from St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN, his MMEd from the University of Minnesota, and his DMA in instrumental music education and conducting from Arizona State University. 

Although primarily a euphonium player, Dr. Pohland also plays trombone in area jazz groups, trumpet for weddings and other occasions, and tuba when called on.    He has performed in many local concerts and regularly plays with the pit orchestras for the Grand Opera House and the Rising Star Theatre company in Dubuque. 

Prior to his appointment at Loras, Dr. Pohland was an assistant professor of instrumental music education at the University of MN in Minneapolis and for 24 years served as the director of bands and general music teacher in the Glencoe-Silver Lake, MN School district.    Dr. Pohland has been the recipient of the Superintendant's Award for outstanding leadership to the district, the ASBDA Stansbury award for the outstanding young band director award for the Minnesota Division and has received numerous Distinguished Service awards from IMEA, IBA, MMEA, GMEA, KMEA, and the Westchester Music Conservatory.   He has served as the director for many regional and National Honor Bands and remains active as a clinician in the area of music technology.  He is also an active adjudicator for numerous instrumental contests and clinics in the upper Midwest. 

Andrew Geyssens

Andrew Geyssens conducts the Dubuque Youth Philharmonia, is the Director of Orchestras at Senior High School in Dubuque, Iowa and currently has a private studio at the Northeast Iowa School of Music. Previously, he taught 5-12th grade orchestra in Marshalltown, Iowa.

With an interest in conducting that started in high school, Andrew won the Parks Conducting Scholarship. In addition to conducting the Symphony and Concert Orchestras at Senior High School, Andrew actively conducts musicals including most recently Les Miserables, Curtains, and Peter Pan.

Andrew received a Bachelors of Music with a Teaching Certificate from Western Illinois University where he studied conducting with Matt Thomas and Mike Fansler. He has studied double bass with Alan Henson, Jack Helsey, and Marlene Rosenburg.

Andrew is a member in many professional organizations including the American String Teachers Association (ASTA), Iowa String Teachers Association (ISTA), National Association for Music Education (NAfME), and the Dubuque Education Association (DEA). He is currently the President-Elect for the Iowa String Teachers Association and has had the privilege of putting together the Annual ISTA Professional Development Conference. For the past seven summers Andrew has been a counselor for the international Music for All Summer Symposium. While there he was Senior Counselor for Orchestra and Jazz.

An active classical and jazz bassist, Andrew performs throughout Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois with groups like Julien Winds, Central Iowa Symphony, River City 6, Quad City Kix Orchestra and with artists like John Fedchock, Jon Faddis, John Clayton, Bepi D’Amato, and Marco Renzi.

Dr. Paul Alan Price-Brenner

Paul Alan Price-Brenner conducts the Dubuque Youth String Ensemble. He can be equally described as a composer, an arranger, an educator, and a performer.  Originally from Brookfield, WI, Price-Brenner began playing the violin at age eight and took up the viola at age twenty-four.  He began composing at age thirteen and became the first student composer to win four consecutive Wisconsin School Music Association composition awards.

As a performer, Price-Brenner currently plays viola for the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, the Clinton Symphony, the La Crosse Symphony, and Kipperton Chamber Music.  He is also the violist, and a founding member, of the Kipperton String Quartet.  Other organizations that Price-Brenner has played for include the Waterloo – Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra, the Quad City Symphony Orchestra, the Muscatine Symphony, the Ardente String Quartet, and the Spoudaios String Quartet.

As a composer, Price-Brenner has had works performed throughout the Midwest.  He has accepted numerous commissions by local musicians and ensembles, both professional and educational.  While in Chicago, he won the first annual DePaul Chamber Orchestra Composition Contest with his string orchestra composition Sinfonia.  The piece was premiered in May 2004, under the direction of Tom Hall.  Two years later, Sinfonia won yet another performance at the Midwest Composer’s Symposium, hosted by the University of Illinois.  Most recently, and through a competition cosponsored by the Iowa Composer’s Forum, the Waterloo – Cedar Falls Symphony commissioned a new work by Price-Brenner.  This new piece, entitled The Conjuring Wand, was premiered in October 2016.

Price-Brenner is currently an adjunct professor of music at Loras College in Dubuque, IA where he teaches music history, applied violin, applied viola, and applied composition.  Furthermore, he is an adjunct professor of music at Divine Word College in Epworth, IA and the Northeast Iowa Community College in Peosta, IA.  Price-Brenner also maintains a private violin/viola studio out of his home.

Price-Brenner holds his Bachelor of Music Education (with an emphasis in composition and violin performance) from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, his Masters of Music in Composition (with an emphasis in viola performance) from DePaul University, and his PhD in Music Composition (with an emphasis in viola performance) from the University of Iowa.  His violin and viola teachers include Terry Bjorklund, Tyrone Grieve, Rami Solomonow, Christine Rutledge, and Katherine Wolfe.  His composition instructors include John Downey, Joel Naumann, Stephen Dembski, George Flynn, Kurt Westerberg, Lawrence Fritts, and David Gompper.

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Nov 18, Sun | 2:00pm

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Dec 1, Sat | 7:30pm

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Dec 2, Sun | 2:00pm

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Jan 18, Fri | 8:00pm

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