Guest Conductors

David Cripps

David Cripps is a British-born conductor, hornist and teacher. David is one of the most distinguished and experienced performing musicians and pedagogues on the scene today.  He began playing the horn at the age of fourteen and was quickly accepted into the National...

Clydene Dechert

Clydene Dechert Clydene Dechert conducted for the first time as a child of 4 when she directed Sousa’s Liberty Bell March with the Allentown Band of Pennsylvania, which boasted 26 former Sousa musicians at that time. She is a third generation of a musical family and...

James D’León

James D’León, Pianist Born in South Korea into a musical family, James D’León began the piano at the young age of 4 and performed his first recital at the age of 5. After receiving early piano training from Lyn Bronson, a student of legendary Artur Balsam, he was...

Ryan Gastonguay

Born and raised in the Prescott area, Ryan began piano lessons at the age of four and later picked up the French Horn in middle school when he noticed there was a need in the concert band. He attended Bradshaw Mountain High School placing first chair in regional and...

Paul Manz, Conductor Emeritus

Paul Manz is a native of Phoenix, moving to Prescott in 1965. Paul received his Bachelor of Music Education and Masters in Orchestral Conducting from Northern Arizona University. He taught instrumental music in the Prescott schools for 30 years. He has also taught...

POPS Choral Director, Darrell Rowader

Darrell James Rowader Darrell is certainly no stranger to the concert stage here in Prescott as well as the world. The musical world first encountered him as an apprentice operatic tenor with the Santa Fe Opera, after which he proceeded to score successes in more than...

Jeffrey Schindler

Conductor Jeffrey Schindler enjoys a dynamic international career that takes him from concert podiums around the world to the scoring stages of Hollywood, and to the recording studios of London. Whether leading symphonic works of the Masters, multi-million dollar film...

Harold Weller

Harold Weller Harold Weller is the Founding Music Director & Conductor Laureate of the Las Vegas Philharmonic. Weller retired on June 30, 2007 completing a distinguished 45-year career as music director of orchestras in Ohio, Virginia, New Mexico and Arizona....