Verena Moesenbichler-Bryant serves as Associate Professor of the Practice of Music, Director of the Duke University Wind Symphony, and Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Music Department. She also conducts the Durham Medical Orchestra. Verena grew up in Eberschwang, Austria. She began piano lessons at the age of 6, continuing later with church organ, flute, and bassoon.
Her conducting debut at age 16 was followed by a three-year fundamental conducting course taught by Johann Mösenbichler. Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant then studied conducting for symphony orchestra with Ingo Ingensand at the Anton Bruckner Private University in Linz, Upper Austria, and received her bachelor degree, with distinction, in 2005. She completed her Master of Music in 2007 with Kevin Sedatole at Michigan State University. Verena graduated in May 2009 with her DMA in Wind Ensemble Conducting from The University of Texas at Austin where her principal conducting teacher was Jerry Junkin.
Dr. Mösenbichler-Bryant serves as Executive Director of the annual international World Youth Wind Orchestra Project (WYWOP), and in 2017 the first World Adult Wind Orchestra Project (WAWOP) as part of the Mid-Europe festival in Schladming, Austria (www.mideurope.at.) Other professional engagements have included a position as Wind Ensemble conductor at the UNC School of the Arts, three years as the conductor of the Hofkirchen community band, and conducting the youth band of Eberschwang.
Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant’s transcription of John Corigliano’s Grammy- winning work, Mr. Tambourine Man, for Wind Ensemble and Amplified Soprano, published by G. Schirmer, has received strong praise from the composer, and has received numerous performances since its 2009 premiere. She has also published an article in GIA’s respected Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series. Verena serves frequently as a guest conductor and clinician across the United States, Japan, as well as in her native Austria.
- D.M.A. 2009, University of Texas at Austin
- M.Mus. 2007, Michigan State University
- BA 2005, Anton Bruckner Private University