Directors

Daniel Hartley | Director of Bands | KSD Music Coordinator | daniel.hartley@kelsosd.org

Mr. Hartley is in his fifth year as Director of Bands at Kelso High School where he instructs the Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, String Orchestra, Marching Band, and Basketball Band. Prior to Kelso High School Mr. Hartley earned his Bachelor of Music in Music Education and his Master of Music Education from the University of Oregon School of Music & Dance. The Kelso High Band program has seen incredible growth under Mr. Hartley’s leadership, with all ensembles growing in numbers and improving festival scores. The Wind Ensemble has made appearances at the UW Pacific Northwest Band Festival and tied for 1st place in the 2017 SWWMEA Band Festival, the Jazz Ensemble has traveled to the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival and makes regular appearances at the Clark College Jazz Festival and the Mt. Hood Jazz Festival, and the Marching Band competes in the NWAPA Circuit, regularly taking home awards in their division. The Kelso band has around 80 students participate in the annual Solo & Ensemble competition and frequently sends over 15 students to the State Solo & Ensemble Contest in Ellensburg, WA. Mr. Hartley was recognized as Kelso School Districts Secondary Teacher of the Year in June of 2017. He lives in Portland and enjoys hiking, swimming, and reading in his free time.

Colin Cossi | Director of Choirs | colin.cossi@kelsosd.org

This will be Mr. Cossi's first full year as Director of Choirs. In the Fall of 2016 he began as an Elementary Music Teacher in Kelso, spending time at Catlin, Wallace, and Butler Acres Elementary Schools. In the Spring of 2018, Mr. Cossi transitioned to Coweeman Middle School and Kelso High School.

Before beginning his teaching career in Kelso, he earned a Bachelor of Music in music education from the University of Oregon in 2016. In his time there, Mr. Cossi sang Baritone in University Singers, Chamber Choir, the Collegium Ensemble, and On the Rocks. With these groups he traveled and competed in Oregon, Washington, California, Texas, Germany, and Austria. He guest-conducted the University of Oregon Women's Choir, and student-taught at Awbrey Park Elementary School, Springfield High School, and Clackamas High School.

This year, he looks forward to expanding the entire scope of choral music at CMS and KHS. For parents this means starting a booster club. For middle school singers this means learning to sing in two and three part harmony, perform in many languages, make personal, social, and historical connections to music, and learning to read music notation. For high school singers, this means singing complex harmonies and styles, singing and understanding many languages, performing in the community and competition, taking on responsibilities such as fundraising and community organizing, and choosing music for performances. For all students, this means using music as a tool to practice empathy and understanding with peers, and to find greater self-awareness.

Josef Ward | Director of Orchestras | josef.ward@kelsosd.org

Mr. Ward is new to the program as the Director of Orchestras for the Kelso Secondary Schools. He will instruct the Kelso High School Chamber Orchestra as well as the beginning and advanced orchestras at both Coweeman and Huntington Middle Schools.

Prior to moving to Kelso, Mr. Ward graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Oregon. He also served as the Graduate Employee for the Oregon Athletic Bands during the 2017-18 academic year. Mr. Ward has also directed the University of Oregon Campus Band, guest directed the University of Oregon Campus Orchestra, and directed the Thurston High School Instrumental Ensembles during his student teaching experience.

As an active performer on Double Bass, Mr. Ward has served as principal bassist with the University of Oregon Symphony Orchestra, The Shedd Institute, Composers of Oregon Chamber Orchestra, section bass with the Eugene Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Next, and the Rogue Valley Symphony. As an Electric Bassist, he played with the Green and Yellow Garter Bands, Oregon Basketball Band and served on the worship ministries with University Fellowship Church and the Good Fight.

Mr. Ward looks forward to expanding student knowledge of music beyond performance through the use of Music Theory and History, as well as creative exercises. He also looks forward to community outreach opportunities, spreading the beauty of orchestral music around the Kelso area.

Christopher Wurst | Percussion Director | chris.wurst@kelsosd.org

Mr. Wurst is extremely excited to embark on his first year as Director of Bands at Coweeman Middle School and Percussion Director at Kelso High School. His primary duties include directing the Coweeman Middle School Concert Band, Intermediate Band, Beginning Band, and Beginning Percussion Ensemble. He will also be teaching and instructing the Kelso High School Percussion Ensemble, assisting with the high school marching band, and co-directing the high school basketball band. Mr. Wurst earned his Bachelor of Arts in Music Education and Trumpet Performance from Hastings College in Hastings, Nebraska, and his Master of Arts in Trumpet Performance from Washington State University.

As an educator, Mr. Wurst taught for three years at Washington State University as an Assistant Athletic Band Director and Instructor of Music, he was the Brass Caption Head for the Thunder Drum and Bugle Corps for two years, and most recently, he taught for three years in the Portland Public School District. In Portland, Mr. Wurst restarted the band and general music programs at César Chávez K-8 School. He was also a Teaching Artist with the El Sistema inspired program Bravo Youth Orchestras. With Bravo, he was able to transform the lives of underserved youth through intensive music training, inclusion, equity, and social responsibility, all of which continue to be pillars in the way he educates students.

Mr. Wurst currently resides in Portland, OR with his wife Leah and their dog Albi. As a family they enjoy camping, golfing, and attending baseball games and concerts.