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 20th 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 Music Director for the Phoenix Youth Symphony’s Chamber Winds and Symphonic Winds. He is also the Director of Bands at Mountain Ridge High School in Glendale, AZ.
Before moving to Mountain Ridge, Mr. Vogel was the Director of Bands at Westwood High School in Mesa (AZ) and previously taught in public schools in Colorado and North Carolina. Concert ensembles under his direction have received multiple accolades for excellence in performance including consistent “Superior” and “Superior with Distinction” honors at Area and State Festivals, receiving the “National Programs of Excellence Blue Ribbon Award” from the National Band Association in 2014, performing on the National stage as a Featured Ensemble at the 2012 Music for All National Concert Band Festival and the 2010 Western International Band Clinic, and performing at the Colorado Music Educators Conference as an Honor Performing Ensemble in 2012 and 2011.
Mr. Vogel has also served as a music instructor for the 10-time DCI World Champion The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps, 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 was also 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 daughter Abigail. He 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.
Matthew Kasper currently serves as the Assistant Conductor of The Phoenix Symphony and the Music Director of the Phoenix Youth Symphony. Past posts have included Music Director of the Queens Symphony Orchestra and Founding Music Director of the Chicago Composers Orchestra as well as Assistant Conductor of the Queens Symphony Orchestra and faculty member of the Aaron Copland School of Music.
In his third season as Assistant Conductor, Matthew will lead over thirty performances with The Phoenix Symphony including a subscription series featuring Dvorák’s Seventh Symphony, performances of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and two chamber orchestra programs in addition to several education, pops and outreach concerts.
The 2016/17 season included successful debuts with the Tucson and Evergreen (Taiwan) Symphonies. Matthew was also invited to serve as cover conductor for Arizona MusicFest and The Cleveland Orchestra.
Equally at home in symphonic and operatic repertoire, Matthew made his European debut with the Orchestre Symphonique et Lyrique de Nancy in 2014 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 for productions of Bernstein’s Candide and Britten’s Owen Wingrave. He was also invited back for several concerts with the orchestra including successful performances of Beethoven Symphony No. 1 in June of 2015. 2013 also marked Matthew’s debut with the Queens Symphony Orchestra conducting Peter and the Wolf, which subsequently let to him being named Interim Music Director for the 2015 season. The 2014-15 season marked Matthew’s debut with The Phoenix Symphony in performances of their Halloween at Hogwarts and Cirque de la Symphonie programs. The success of these concerts led to Matthew being named Assistant Conductor in 2015.
An avid music educator, Matthew served as an adjunct faculty member of conducting staff at the Aaron Copland School of Music from 2011-2014, where taught conducting classes and conducted the orchestra in performances of symphonic, musical theater and opera performances. With the Phoenix Symphony, Matthew was tasked with developing an in classroom concert format for the Phoenix schools, which has been a great success. In addition, he conducts the orchestra’s educational and family concerts, which reach over 15,000 children annually.
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 then received a degree in Orchestral Conducting from Queens College where he was a student of Maurice Peress. He received additional training at 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 Phoenix with his wife Rebecca, son Theodore and daughter Fiona.