Ian Grzyb is currently the band director at Centennial Middle School in Ahwatukee. Prior to his appointment at Centennial, Ian served as the percussion instructor at Coconino High School in Flagstaff, Arizona, during which time he directed percussionists in percussion ensemble, drumline and in their individual musical endeavors (coaching several Arizona All-State students over his four year tenure). In addition to his teaching duties in Flagstaff, Ian also performed in the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra (2012-2015), the Northern Arizona University Wind Symphony (2011-2016), as principal timpanist with the NAU Symphony Orchestra (2012-2015), the NAU Panorama Steel Drum Ensemble and was twice featured as soloist with the NAU Percussion Ensemble. Ian is also active as a composer, having written works for percussion, saxophone and mixed chamber groups.
Ian received his Bachelors degrees in Music Education and Percussion Performance from Northern Arizona University. He studied percussion with Dr. Steven Hemphill. He is a member of the National Association for Music Education and the Percussive Arts Society.
A music educator for over 30 years, Mrs. Press is currently Director of Orchestras and Fine Arts Department Chair at McClintock High School in Tempe. She participates as an adjudicator, clinician and guest conductor at district, regional and state music festivals, including North Central Regional Orchestra, Greater Phoenix Honor Orchestra, GUHSD Honor Orchestra, Elementary All State Orchestra and NAU Curry Summer Music Camp. She has authored five articles on music education published in Teaching Music, a national journal for music educators. Mrs. Press was honored to be included in the 2004, 2005 and 2006 editions of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers and has been recognized as a Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction, as well as a National Honor Roll’s Outstanding American Teacher.
Mrs. Press is thrilled to be in her 19th season with the String Orchestra. She believes that young musicians need a place to be with other musicians like themselves. She creates an environment that encourages self-expression as well as group performance.
Aaron Vogel is the Director of Bands at Westwood High School in Mesa, AZ.. He previously taught in public schools in Colorado at Fossil Ridge High School in Fort Collins and Loveland High School; and in North Carolina at Southeast Guilford Middle School in Greensboro.
Mr. Vogel’s concert ensembles have received multiple accolades for excellence in performance. The Westwood Symphonic Band has received the highest ratings possible, including a “Superior with Distinction” at the 2015 Area Concert Band Festival. While at Fossil Ridge, the Band program was selected to receive the “National Programs of Excellence Blue Ribbon Award” from the National Band Association. The Wind Symphony performed on the National stage as a Featured Ensemble at the 2012 Music for All National Concert Band Festival and was an Honor Performing Ensemble at the 2012 Colorado Music Educators Conference.
Mr. Vogel has served on the brass staff for the seven-time DCI World Champion The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps and on the instructional staff, and as brass caption head, for the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps. He also served as the conductor and music director for the Blue Knights’ performance at the 2014 Toayuan International Band Festival in Toayuan, Taiwan. As a performer, Mr. Vogel was an original cast member in the Tony and Emmy award-winning production of Blast! in London’s West End and a marching member of the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps.
Mr. Vogel received a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Ithaca College and a Masters in Music Education and Wind Conducting from the University of Colorado at Boulder where he studied conducting with Allan McMurray and was a Graduate Teaching Assistant.
Mr. Vogel lives in Phoenix with his wife Becky and is a native of Cherry Hill, New Jersey.
Walter Temme received a doctor of Musical Arts degree from Arizona State University in 1989. His doctoral dissertation reflects his emphasis on conducting and his commitment to rehearsal style. He performed in and assisted with the A.S.U. Symphony. He was on the faculty of Humboldt State University (California) and Wartburg College (Iowa). Known for violin performance, Dr. Temme also performed as a violist at Kansas State and was Principal Violist of the Topeka Symphony.
Symphonette Orchestra Conductor since 1988, Dr. Temme has been instrumental in the remarkable development of the PYS Symphonette Orchestra, recognized as one of the most exciting youth orchestras in the area, largely because of his emphasis on musicality. Dr. Temme is credited with revitalizing the orchestral programs in the Scottsdale Schools and is currently Director of Orchestras at Mountain View High School in Mesa. Twice he has been cited in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. He has served as an officer of the Arizona Unit of ASTA and has held leadership positions with ABODA. Dr. Temme was named the 2011 Arizona Music Educator of the Year. Most recently, he was named the 2013 Public School String Teacher of the Year by the Arizona chapter of ASTA.
In demand as an orchestral conductor, adjudicator and clinician, he has conducted the Arizona Junior High All-State Orchestra, the Greater Phoenix Honor Orchestra as well as Regional Honor Orchestras throughout Arizona. During the summers, he is a regular guest conductor at the NAU Curry Summer Music Camp in Flagstaff. In December 2010 his Mountain View Chamber Orchestra performed for the second time at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic; they first performed at Midwest in 2001. He has received the O.M. Hartsell Excellence in Education award from the AMEA. In January 2003 he was named one of the 50 Directors Who Make a Difference by Band and Orchestra Magazine. As an educator and performer, Dr. Temme believes in an interactive learning and performing experience to develop the young musician.\
Conductor Matthew Kasper is the founding Music Director of the Chicago Composers Orchestra and is currently the Interim Music Director of the Queens Symphony Orchestra. He has recently been appointed Assistant Conductor of The Phoenix Symphony and Conductor of the Phoenix Youth Symphony.
From 2010-2014, Matthew served as an adjunct faculty member of conducting at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College where he taught conducting classes and conducted the orchestra in performances of symphonic, musical theater and opera performances including a recent production of Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites, a world premiere production of Bruce Saylor’s The Image Maker and Puccini’s Suor Angelica. Other highlights from previous seasons include performances of Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony, and Brahms Second Symphony. Last season also marked his debut with the Queens Symphony conducting Peter and the Wolf. This season Matthew made his debut with The Phoenix Symphony in performances of their Halloween at Hogwarts and Cirque de la Symphonie concerts.
In 2013, Matthew made his European debut with the Orchestre Symphonique et Lyrique de Nancy and also served as an assistant conductor for the Opera National de Lorraine where he prepared the internationally acclaimed staged premiere of Gerald Barry’s The Importance of Being Earnest. He was immediately re-engaged in the same capacity for productions of Bernstein’s Candide and Britten’s Owen Wingrave, as well as for several concerts with the orchestra.
Trained as a violinist, Matthew is a former member of the Chicago Civic Orchestra where he performed under illustrious conductors such as Bernard Haitink and Esa-Pekka Salonen. He holds degrees in violin performance from Queens College and the Chicago College of Performing Arts where his principal teachers were Burton Kaplan and Shmuel Ashkenasi. He also studied chamber music with Daniel Phillips, Marcy Rosen and Robert Chen. An accomplished arts administrator, Matthew served as an artistic intern for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and as Artistic Operations Manager of the Grant Park Music Festival. He received a degree in Orchestral Conducting from Queens College where he was a student of Maurice Peress. For several summers, he attended the prestigious Pierre Monteux School for Conductors as a Quimby Family Foundation Fellow where he studied with Michael Jinbo.
Originally from Madison Wisconsin, Matthew currently resides in New York City with his wife, Rebecca and son, Theodore.