The 2020/2021 Season!

Patrick Sheridan with Charles Szczepanek - February 12, 2021 at 7PM
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Patrick Sheridan is one of the most celebrated tuba soloists in his instrument’s history. He has performed more than 3,000 concerts in over 50 countries in venues ranging from the White House to NBA half-time shows to the Hollywood Bowl.

At 20 years of age, Patrick became a member of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band. Since then, Patrick has gone on to become an incredibly diverse artist with concert performances transcending stylistic genres and building fans around the world for his instrument, the tuba. He has been featured in television and radio broadcasts on 4 continents including appearances most recently on NBC’s Today Show and NPR’s All Things Considered and Performance Today.

Beyond his busy performing life, Mr. Sheridan’s commitment to education is extensive. His wind students occupy principal positions in major international ensembles including orchestras in Amsterdam, Berlin, Vienna, Rome, Paris, Madrid, Tokyo, Hong Kong, and many others. Mr. Sheridan has served on the music faculties at Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, The Rotterdam Conservatory, The Royal Northern College of Music and The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. Most recently, Patrick served on the music faculty at the Univeristy of California - Los Angeles where he was the Director of the UCLA Wind Ensemble, the UCLA Brass Ensemble and taught tuba and euphonium. In the Phoenix community, Patrick is the Music Director of The Salt River Brass. Patrick also frequently works across the United States as a guest conductor with university bands and orchestras as well as high school and middle school all-state and regional honor bands and orchestras.

Along with Sam Pilafian, Patrick is the co-author of the world’s best selling breathing method for instrumental improvement, The Breathing Gym which was awarded the 2009 EMMY® Award for Instructional/Informational Video Production.
As a composer and arranger, Mr. Sheridan's music and arrangements have been performed internationally by symphony orchestras, concert bands, marching bands, jazz bands and drum corps. Patrick’s music, arrangements, CDs, DVDs, and books are published by Focus on Music, GIA Publications, De Haske Music, Carl Fischer, Mythen Hollanda and Dillon Music Publishing.

Mr. Sheridan has over 20 years experience in the music industry as a design consultant. Instruments influenced by Patrick’s designs are played in hundreds of professional orchestras, military bands and chamber ensembles around the world. Thousands of university, high school, middle school and elementary school students play on instruments in which Patrick has been involved in the design process. He currently works as the Chief Design Consultant for XO Brass, Jupiter Band Instruments, and Hercules Stands.

Patrick is a member of ASCAP, an Honorary Member of Kappa Kappa Psi, and the Founder of The Band Director Academy, a continuing education program for music educators. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree with an emphasis in finance and marketing from the University of Michigan and spends his free time with his family hiking and camping in beautiful Arizona.

 
Charles Szczepanek & Stephen Schermitzler - March 12, 2021 at 7PM
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Stephen Schermitzler has been studying music for nearly 30 years, and has been a Valley mainstay as a professional singer and collaborative pianist. He earned his BFA in Music Composition at Arizona State University, studying with pianists Walter Cosand, Hamilton Tescarollo, and Caio Pagano. He has served as collaborative pianist for Arizona State, Arizona Christian, and Montclair State Universities, and is a staff pianist for both local and national NATS (National Association of the Teachers of Singing) voice competitions.

An accomplished baritone, Stephen is a former MET audition participant and a frequent winner of local NATS competitions. He has been a featured soloist for the Arizona Bach Festival, the Symphony of the Southwest (Carmina Burana), and the Arts at Ascension concert series (Jehanne: An Anthem, 2018; Charles & Friends, 2019). Stephen is a devoted member to local choirs Solis and the North Valley Chorale, and has performed with the national tours of the music of Game of Thrones, Zelda, and Final Fantasy. 

His eclectic performance career has taken him to the United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, Australia, and throughout the United States, including performances at the Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City.

Stephen is the current Director of Music at Church of the Beatitudes in central Phoenix, where he is the Founder and Executive Director of the Sing Phoenix! Choral Festival, a weekend-long celebration of various living choral composers and their masterworks. Featured composers have included Dan Forrest, Mark Hayes, and Morten Lauridsen.

Notable musical theatre achievements include Musical Director for Detour Theatre Company, a non-profit theatre organization for adults with cognitive and developmental disabilities, Music Director at The Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre in Mesa and Hope Summer Repertory Theatre in Holland, Michigan.
 

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Hailed by American Record Guide as “an accomplished interpreter of romantic piano” whose “playing is bold, powerful, and agile,” Charles Szczepanek enjoys a multifaceted musical career.  He is a prizewinner in the Jacob Flier International Piano Competition, the Bösendorfer International Piano Competition, the Steinway Society of Chicago’s Most Promising Young Artist Competition, and of Arizona State University’s Concert of Soloists Competition.  He additionally has performed and been interviewed on National Public Radio around the United States.

 

A Mason & Hamlin Artist, Szczepanek is a pioneer, writing and arranging new virtuosic piano music.  Much of that music can be found on his last three albums: The Ivory Muse, Keys to the Cinema, and Winter Day Dreaming.  Szczepanek is also active in the online music community, with YouTube and Spotify streams of his original music totaling over 1 million plays in the last three years, and streams of work he has been featured on totaling over 10 million plays.  He is a Musicnotes.com Signature Artist where sheet music for all of his originals and arrangements is available for pianists around the world to purchase.

 

Currently residing in Queen Creek, Arizona, Szczepanek is the full-time music director at Church of the Ascension in Fountain Hills.  He is also the Founder and Artistic Director of Arts at Ascension, a concert series that benefits fine arts education for underprivileged students in inner-city schools.  He has toured as the collaborative pianist for one of the most celebrated tuba performers in history of the instrument, Patrick Sheridan.  Notably, Szczepanek has been featured in concert under the baton of Charles Bruffy with the Phoenix Chorale, a 3-time Grammy Award winning choral ensemble.  He arranges music for musicians around the world; including prolific artists such as Paul Harvey Jr. (creator of The Rest of the Story radio show), Anna Graceman (finalist on NBC’s America’s Got Talent), Salonnieres, the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra, and Vocelliano.

 

Szczepanek is the owner of Winding Road Studios, an audio and video production company specializing in classical music and film scoring.  Through Winding Road Studios, Szczepanek has collaborated with, engineered, and/or produced many of the nation’s top classical performers and ensembles including The Guarneri String Quartet, Antonio Pompa-Baldi, The Millennial Choral Organization, and The Arizona and Phoenix Opera Companies.

 

Szczepanek was a precollege student of Dr. Daniel Paul Horn (Wheaton College Conservatory of Music), and an undergraduate and graduate student of Professor Robert Hamilton (Arizona State University).  He also studied with such notables as Vladimir Feltsman, Alexander Korsantia, Susan Starr, Phillip Kawin, and Paul Ostrovski.