Joann Wieszczyk

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JoAnn Wieszczyk is a first year doctoral student in the Band and Wind Ensemble Conducting program. She holds a MM in Wind Band Conducting from the University of Minnesota and a BM in Music Education with a Flute Concentration from Temple University. 

Prior to beginning her masters degree, JoAnn created a middle and high school band program at the Philadelphia Performing Arts Charter: A String Theory School. As an Apple Distinguished Educator she curated original content and curricula for three levels of music theory, beginning band, concert band, and jazz band through the iTuneU platform. Additionally, she helped found the first band ensemble with the Music Education Pathways Program. Geared toward 4th-6th grade students, this after school program connected local urban music programs to The Settlement Music School.

In addition to her work in Philadelphia, JoAnn was a founding staff member of the Saint Francis University Marching Band in Loretto, PA. Over five years she ran full ensemble rehearsals, woodwind sectionals, and assisted with field work. She has also written marching band arrangements for Temple University and the University of Minnesota. 

JoAnn is professionally affiliated with the National Association for Music Education and Kappa Kappa Psi.

Michael Haithcock assumed his duties as Director of Bands and Professor of Music (Conducting) at the University of Michigan in the fall of 2001 following twenty-three years on the faculty of Baylor University. Following in the footsteps of William D. Revelli and H. Robert Reynolds, Professor Haithcock conducts the internationally renowned University of Michigan Symphony Band, guides the acclaimed graduate band and wind ensemble conducting program, and provides administrative leadership for all aspects of the University of Michigan's diverse and historic band program. Ensembles under Haithcock's guidance have received a wide array of critical acclaim for their high artistic standards of performance and repertoire. These accolades have come through concerts at national and state conventions, performances in major concert venues, and recordings on the Albany, Arsis, and Equilibrium labels. Professor Haithcock was selected to conduct the world premiere of Daron Hagen’s Bandanna, an opera for voice and wind band, commissioned by the College Band Directors National Association and is a leader in commissioning and premiering new works for concert band. Haithcock has earned the praise of both composers and conductors for his innovative approaches to developing the wind ensemble repertoire and programming. Professor Haithcock is in constant demand as a guest conductor and as a resource person for symposiums and workshops in a variety of instructional settings as well as festival and all-state appearances throughout the country. A graduate of East Carolina University, where he received the 1996 Outstanding Alumni Award from the School of Music, and Baylor University, Haithcock has done additional study at a variety of conducting workshops including the Herbert Blomstedt Orchestral Conducting Institute. The Instrumentalist, the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association, the School Musician, the Southwest Music Educator, and WINDS magazine have published his articles on conducting and wind literature.