Artistic Staff

CYA Fall Concert Staff 2017

(from left to right)

Mrs. Linda Waid (Violin/Viola Ensemble), Mr. Dennis Demaree (Percussion Ensemble), Ms. Jennifer Zahn (Symphony Strings/Clarinet Ensemble), Mr. Chris Phelps (French Horn Ensemble), Mrs. Rebecca Simons (String Ensemble/Beginning Strings), Mr. Mark Nelson (Philharmonic Orchestra/Trumpet Ensemble), Mrs. Michelle Scheen (Flute Ensemble), Mr. Ian Schwindt (Symphony Orchestra/Symphonic Band/Low Brass Ensemble), Ms. Alissa Kanocz (Saxophone Ensemble), Ms. Jessica Russell (Double Reed Ensemble)

Mark P Nelson

Artistic Director

Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor

Maestro Nelson has been a conductor, clinician, and educator for 37 years. He received his undergraduate degree from New Jersey City University and his Master's degree in interpretive conducting from Trenton State. While at Trenton, he served as a guest clinician and conductor throughout the New York Metropolitan area, including performances at Carnegie Hall, St Patrick’s Cathedral, and the 5TH Avenue Presbyterian Church in Manhattan along with appearances on classical radio station WQXR in New York City. He is recognized internationally through his conducting of orchestra ensembles at the renowned Midwest Clinic, the National Association for Music Educators national conference, National Band Association conferences and the American School Band Directors Association national conferences. He has conducted ensembles across the nation from California to the east coast. He has been honored by the Florida Bandmasters Association with the “Oliver Hobbs Award” for outstanding contributions to bands in the State of Florida. Most recently he was honored by being selected, by the John Phillip Sousa Foundation, as a Legion Laureate and was inducted by them into the Foundation at the 2013 Midwest Clinic in Chicago. Mark is sought after as a guest conductor and clinician throughout the United States and has conducted numerous All State ensembles. He maintains memberships in FOA, FBA, NAFME, NBA, CBDNA, ASBDA and the Conductor’s Guild. He is currently writing his doctoral dissertation through Boston University.

Ian Schwindt

Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Band and Wind Ensemble Conductor

Ian Schwindt teaches instrumental music at Titusville High School where he has served for the last eighteen years. During his tenure, the program has doubled in size and significantly expanded its musical offerings including a full orchestra, AP music theory, and an active chamber ensemble program. Through these years THS has been named a Music Demonstration School twice and a Model Arts School by the State of Florida and has earned the FMEA enrollment award. Titusville ensembles consistently earn Superiors at MPAs and have performed on the FMEA President’s Concert and the Stetson Invitational.

As a conductor and clinician, Ian has served as the conductor of the Brevard County Youth Orchestra Symphony and is currently the Symphony director for the Creative Young Artists. He also conducts Melodies and Masterpieces each year. Ian remains active as a clinician and adjudicator for both FBA and FOA across the state. He regularly conducts many select ensembles including the Florida State University Summer Music Camps and All-County groups statewide.

Ian serves in several school and district leadership positions including Department Chair, Brevard County Music Leadership Team, and the Brevard County Music Advisory Board. He was elected to serve two terms as FBA District Chairman as well as being appointed as the All-State chair for six years and as a board member of the FSMA state board for four years. He is currently serving on the FMEA board and the FBA Music Committee.

Ian’s awards include being named the 2016-2017 FMEA Secondary Music Educator of the year, National Band Association Citation of Excellence, the FBA Oliver Hobbs Award, the FBA Tom Bishop award, and Titusville High School Teacher of the Year. Ian’s professional affiliations include FMEA, FBA, FOA and Phi Beta Mu.

Rebecca Simons

String Ensemble Orchestra Conductor

Mrs. Simons is in her second year as the Orchestra Director at Heritage High School, where she teaches Beginning Orchestra, Concert Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, and Class Piano. Mrs. Simons holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education with an instrumental focus from Florida State University. As a violinist, she studied privately with Professor Elliot Chapo. While attending FSU, Mrs. Simons was a performing member of the graduate-level University Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Dr. Alex Jimenez. She studied String Pedagogy with Dr. Michael Allen. On staff with the Tallahassee Symphony Youth Orchestra, Mrs. Simons taught the Primo Violin class. In addition to her duties as music director, Mrs. Simons maintains an active violin and viola studio. Mrs. Simons has performed professionally as a member of the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra. Other orchestras she has played with include the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, the North Florida Symphony Orchestra, and the Tampa Bay Symphony Orchestra.

Jennifer Zahn

Symphony String Orchestra Conductor

Chamber Groups Coordinator

Jennifer Zahn is in her 15th year at Titusville High School teaching instrumental music. This includes teaching five orchestras, concert and marching band. She also conducts the THS Spring Musical each year. During her teaching career, Jennifer has held numerous leadership positions including FOA District Chairman, FBA District Chairman, Brevard County Music Leadership Team, and School Advisory Council. She has also been named an FMEA Emerging Leader as well as receiving an NBA citation for her work with the Titusville Wind Orchestra. Jennifer remains active through her private lesson studio as well as serving as a clinician for both orchestras and bands throughout central Florida. Jennifer continues to play professionally on both clarinet and violin. She remains an active member of FMEA, ASTA, FOA, and FBA.