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Conductor finalist biographies:
Scott Bean currently holds the position of Instrumental Music Director at Salamanca High School. Prior to that Maestro Bean held that same position at Cardinal O’Hara High School in Tonawanda, NY. From 2007 to 2010 Scott held the position of Cover Conductor with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and an Assistant Conductor with the Greater Buffalo Youth Orchestra. He has served as an Assistant/Cover Conductor for the National, Virginia, Hartt and the Macon Symphony Orchestras.
In addition to his assisting positions, Scott was the founder and music director of the Holberg Chamber Orchestra in Hartford, Connecticut from 2002 to 2007. Maestro Bean has led All-County Orchestras in Erie and Niagara Counties plus an Area All-State Orchestra in Monroe County. An active supporter for music education, Bean continually gives speeches and serves as an ensemble clinician throughout Western New York.
Since making his professional debut with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in 2006, Scott Bean won the 2007 International Conductors Workshop, participated in both Kurt Masur’s Orchestral Conducting Seminar and Leonard Slatkin’s renowned National Conducting Institute. Bean is a graduate of the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford (B.M., Music Education and M.M., Orchestral Conducting). He was a student of Christopher Zimmerman and apprenticed under JoAnn Falletta. Scott and his wife, Kristi currently reside in Buffalo, NY with their son, Zack.
A native of Eden, NY and Grammy Nominated Music Educator, Ms. Amy J. Steiner attended SUNY Fredonia School of Music earning a Bachelor of Music Education degree and a Masters in Music with an emphasis in Conducting. Amy studied under conductors Dr. Russell Mikkelson, Dr. Richard Larson, and Dr. Paula Holcomb. On her bassoon, Ms. Steiner has performed with the Erie Philharmonic, Erie Chamber Players, Cheektowaga Symphony, Erie County Wind Ensemble, Amherst Chamber Ensembles, and various other groups throughout Western New York.
Ms. Steiner's career as a Band Director started in the fall of 1996, in the City of Buffalo. Throughout her career, Amy earned Teacher of the Year in 2007, was recognized as a pilot program for VH-1 Save the Music, instituted a district-wide Music Camp that serves over 400 students, conducted the All City Band, and currently runs the Instrumental Music Program at Hutchinson Central Technical High School. Ms. Steiner also initiated several community projects including "Arts Day", “Summer Music Camp”, a community outreach program for Buffalo Niagara Concert Band members and Buffalo Public School students, and coordinated the "Extreme Makeover" Home Edition Food Drive Challenge, where she and her team broke the national volume record of food raised. Ms. Steiner has made her appearance as guest conductor in schools and the ECMEA festival. She also was co-founder and manager of "Southtowns Pride", an elite travel boys travel baseball team. Amy's many achievements do not go un-noticed. In 2006 and 2007 she was recognized by "Who's Who Among American Teachers" in 2010, she received a Forty Under 40 Award from Business First, and in 2015, Amy was placed as a quarter-finalist for the Grammy’s Music Educator Award.
Amy's conducting career started in 2000 with the Sikora Post Band in Tonawanda, NY. 2003 saw Amy become co-founder and conductor of the Niagara Frontier Concert Band in the city of Buffalo. Under her direction, the new ensemble secured first runner-up at the New York State Legion Convention in 2004. In 2008, Ms. Steiner sought to expand the NFCB, and started collaborations with another local community band. A remarkable joint concert of the two groups solidified the union and in 2009, the Buffalo Niagara Concert Band was formed, where Amy currently is co-founder, music director and conductor. Under her baton, the Buffalo Niagara Concert Band has performed in venues across Western New York, Lake George, and was chosen to perform at the Association of Concert Bands National convention in Pennsylvania.
In her free time, Amy enjoys being a mom of her three children, Gavin Liam, London Gabrielle, and Lucas Kennan. Amy, Joel and her children live in North Buffalo, NY where she also enjoys gardening, cooking, camping, and reading.
Nick DelBello currently maintains an active schedule as a trumpeter, pianist, organist, conductor, and educator. In the 2016-2017 season Nick will be making guest conducting appearances with both the Southern Tier Symphony Orchestra and the Cheektowaga Community Symphony Orchestra as a finalist in both group’s search for a new music director. Past engagements include serving as a guest conductor with the Amherst Symphony Orchestra, Genesee Symphony Orchestra, Southern Tier Chamber Strings, Freudig Singers of Western New York, and the Chautauqua All-County Brass Ensemble
This is Nick's sixth season as the founding music director of the Buffalo Brass Choir, a 17-25 piece professional brass and percussion ensemble. At the close of this season, Nick will have led the BBC in thirty-five performances across the Western New York region. The BBC has hosted numerous brass and percussion players from the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra as both soloists and guest section musicians and has partnered with several area schools and colleges for concerts and workshops.
Nick is a newly appointed music teacher in the Williamsville Central Schools, having previously taught for six years as both a vocal and instrumental music teacher in the Buffalo Public Schools. In Williamsville, Nick is the district’s music theory instructor, teaching introductory and Advanced Placement level theory classes. Nick is also an adjunct faculty member at Canisius College.
As a church musician, Nick was the Director of Music at Blessed Trinity Church from 2010-2016 and now works as a substitute organist. As a member of the Church Musicians Guild of Buffalo, Nick is active as both a frequent performer on member recitals and as a guest clinician.
As a trumpeter, Nick has performed with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Southern Tier Symphony Orchestra, the Western New York Chamber Orchestra, Ars Nova Chamber Musicians, Opera Sacra, the Clarence Summer Orchestra, the American Wind Symphony Orchestra, the Eastern Music Festival Orchestra, and the Venice (FL) Symphony Orchestra. As a trumpet soloist, Nick has appeared with the SUNY Fredonia Wind Ensemble and the Amherst Chamber Orchestra. He can be heard on the SUNY Fredonia Wind Ensemble's 2011 CD Commissions and Concertos and on local band Brian Wheat and Groggy Darlin's 2007 CD Where Have You Been.
Nick holds a bachelors degree from SUNY Fredonia and a masters degree from the University of Miami. He lives in Kenmore with his wife Miranda, a music teacher in the Kenmore-Tonawanda Schools and an accomplished flutist, and their newborn son Vincent
Conductor/cellist Bryan Eckenrode graduated cum laude from SUNY at Stony Brook and holds a Master of Music degree from SUNY at Buffalo.
Eckenrode is conductor and music director of the Warren Philharmonic Orchestra in Pennsylvania and the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony, the Prelude Strings Orchestra, and the Young Artists’ Orchestra of Jamestown, and Associate Conductor of the Amherst Symphony. He has been guest conductor with the Western New York Chamber Orchestra and The Southern Tier Symphony. Eckenrode has served as the program coordinator for Artpark’s Music in the Woods series. He was guest conductor of the Genesee Symphony in the Spring of 2016 and conductor of the Zone 1 Area All State in November 2016.
He is currently principal cello with the Western New York Chamber Orchestra and Southern Tier Symphony. Eckenrode has performed with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, with Ars Nova, and as principal cellist of the British Columbia (Canada) Mozart Festival Orchestra. He is a member of the Lexington String Quartet, and the chamber groups Voci D’Amore and Camerata.
Eckenrode records with the International Baroque Soloists, and he can be heard on the CD’s of many artists, including Ani DiFranco, 10,000 Maniacs, Sixpence None the Richer, Seven Day Faith, Them Jazzbeards, John and Mary, and Alison Pipitone: not only as a cellist, but as a bagpiper and flutist. He has recorded the sound tracks of film scores for a number of silent movies being distributed on commercial DVD by the Turner Broadcasting Network. He has performed twice at Lincoln Center in New York and recently recorded the sound track for the PBS special – The Siege of Fort Erie – A Glorious Battle. He was bagpipe soloist with the Buffalo Philharmonic for their successful Memorial Day Pops Concerts. He is principal cellist with The Most Arts Festival held during the month of July at Alfred University.
Eckenrode is an adjunct professor at Canisius College, Buffalo State College, Jamestown Community College, and director of the string department at Villa Maria College. Eckenrode is on the music faculty at the renowned Nichols School in Buffalo. He is married to the internationally acclaimed soprano, Cristen Gregory.
Candid photos of our conductors taken by Leslie Bahler