Associate Professor of the Practice of Music
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., University of Texas at Austin 2009
- M.Mus., Michigan State University 2007
transcribed by V.M. Moesenbichler-Bryant. G. Schirmer.Premiered March 27, 2009 during the National College Band Directors Association Conference in Austin, Texas with John Corigliano present. Jerry Junkin conductor, and Hila Plitmann soprano soloist. The
Selected Performances 2015 . Conductor. (2015)
Duke Medicine Orchestra: Hoe Down – Aaron Copland, Pavane – Gabriel Fauré, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, mvt. 1, Alchemy in Silent Spaces – Steven Bryant, Peer Gynt Suite – Edvard Grieg, Olympic Fanfare and Theme – John Williams, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – John Williams, and collaborating with Broadway Bound on There’s no Business like Show Business; Theme from New York, New York; Falling Slowly; and Andrew Lloyd Webber: A Concert Celebration;
Duke Wind Symphony - Dance With Us – Dance-inspired works including Folk Dances (Shostakovich), Wedding Dance (Jacques Press), Dance of the Jesters (Tchaikovsky) and more
Duke Wind Symphony - Movie Night in Baldwin – Enjoy favorite movie soundtracks from Frozen, Harry Potter, Indiana Jones, The Incredibles, The Dark Knight Rises, and more.
University of North Carolina School of the Arts Wind Ensemble: Blow It Up Start Again – Jonathan Newman, Cloudburst – Eric Whitacre, Blown Away – Lawrence Dillon, Festive Overture – Dmitri Shostakovich, Symphony No. 4 – David Maslanka
Army Ground Forces Band: Ecstatic Fanfare – Steven Bryant, Overture to Candide – Leonard Bernstein, As the Scent of Spring Rain – Jonathan Newman, Lincolnshire Posy – Percy Grainger, Dance of the Jesters – Tchaikovsky, arr. Cramer, all stars are love – Steven Bryant, Danzon No. 2 – Arturo Marquez, arr. Nickel, Radetzky March – Johann Strauß sen., arr. Kliment, Stars and Stripes Forever – Sousa
Selected Performances 2014. Conductor. (2014)
Guest conduct the United States Air Force Band: Ecstatic Fanfare by Steven Bryant
Duke Medicine Orchestra, “A Classical Christmas”, featuring Steven Bryant’s Ecstatic Fanfare, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, Anderson’s Sleigh Ride, Clarinet Candy and A Christmas Festival, Williams’ Three Holiday Songs from Home Alone, collaboration with Kidznotes on The Moldau and The Typewriter
Duke University Wind Symphony Frank Ticheli concert featuring guest composer and conductor Frank Ticheli; shared concert with the NC School of Science and Math
University of North Carolina School of the Arts Wind Ensemble featuring John Beck, timpani in Raise the Roof – Michael Daugherty, Molly on the Shore – Percy Grainger, Blue Shades – Frank Ticheli, “Chester” from New England Triptych – William Schuman, Dance of the Jesters – Peter Ilych Tchaikovsky
Duke University Wind Symphony “Mother Earth” featuring Mother Earth: A Fanfare – David Maslanka, Olympic Fanfare and Theme – John Williams, Earth Song – Frank Ticheli, English Folk Song Suite – Ralph Vaughan Williams, Sheltering Sky – John Mackey, Toccata Marziale –Ralph Vaughan Williams, City Trees – Michael Markowski, “Galop” from Moskva – Dmitri Shostakovich, arr. Hunsberger
World Youth Wind Orchestra Project 2014 – Carnival of Venice – with soloist Joseph Lulloff, all stars are love (European Premiere) by Steven Bryant
Duke Medicine Orchestra, Bernstein – Overture to Candide, Holst – The Planets, Williams – Star Wars Suite
UNCSA Wind Ensemble, George – Firefly, Dvorak – Serenade for Winds, Whitacre – Noisy Wheels of Joy, Puckett – The Shadow of Sirius featuring Tadeu Coelho, Marquez – Danzon No. 2
Duke Wind Symphony: World Premiere of David Garner’s Concerto for Soprano Sax with Susan Fancher (Duke Wind Symphony with Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant head commissioner)
UNCSA Wind Ensemble: Stauss – Festmusik der Stadt Wien, Grainger – Colonial Song, Milhaud – Suite Francaise, Grainger – Children’s March, Holst – Selections from The Planets, Newman – As the scent of spring rain, Mackey – Kingfishers Catch Fire
Duke Wind Symphony: shared concert with the Durham Community Concert Band: Bernstein – Overture to Candide, Lauridsen – O Magnum Mysterium, World Premiere of Leary’s Song of the Morrigan, Grainger – Molly on the Shore, Reed – Armenian Dances, Part I
Selected Performances 2013 . Conductor. (2013)
Duke University Wind Symphony Tour and Parent’s Weekend Concert – Lindroth – Spin Cycle, Bryant – Ecstatic Waters
UNCSA Wind Ensemble, Bryant – Ecstatic Fanfare, Whitacre – October, Maslanka – Give Us this Day, Ticheli – Symphony No. 2
World Youth Wind Orchestra Project 2013, Bryant – Idyll, Bryant – Whirlwind, Copland – Fanfare for the Common Man
Duke Medicine Orchestra Spring Concert: Bryant – Bloom, Shostakovich – Festive Overture, Marquez – Danzon No. 2, Dvorak – Symphony No. 9
Paul Bryan dedication concert with over 100 returning alumni; Grainger – Lincolnshire Posy, Giannini – Symphony No. 3, Dello Joio – Variants on a Medieval Tune;
Duke University “Two Shades of Blue”, Whitacre – Noisy Wheels of Joy, Ticheli – Amazing Grace, Williams, arr. Lavender – Four Symphonic Themes, Holst – First Suite in Eb, Grainger – Children’s March
Selected Performances 2012. Conductor. (2012)
Selected Performances 2011 . Conductor. (2011)
Verena M. Moesenbichler-Bryant: Performances, 2009. Conductor. (2009)