Mr Bert Aalders
World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles
Bert Aalders studied horn, orchestra conducting, choir conducting and band conducting at the conservatories of Arnhem and Zwolle in The Netherlands. After playing horn in the symphony orchestra of Gelderland, he became president of the Music Information Centre Gelderland in 1990.
He conducted several community bands and has given many workshops and masterclasses in different countries around the world. He is a member of the artistic committee of several music festivals and board member of the Dutch Conductors Association.
In 1997 he became board member of WASBE ( World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles ) and in 2005 he became president of WASBE during the conference in Singapore in July 2005.
In the summer of 2005, he became a member of the committee of WMC ambassadors during the World Music Contest in Kerkrade from 7 – 31 july. Since 2008 he has been General Manager of World Projects Europe.
Ms Kana Aoshimi
Seitoku University, Japan
Kana Aoshima is an accomplished pianist and euphonium musician from Shizuoka, Japan. She graduated from the Tokyo University of the Arts (previously named Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music) with a Masters in Music and has since been a prominent figure in the euphonium field in Japan.
Ms Aoshima teaches the Euphonium in Seitoku University, Yamano music school, Rad music school and privately. Ms Aoshimia also performs regularly with wind bands and orchestras all over Japan.
Ms Aoshima founded the Ensemble Stella with her Euphonium students in 1993 and has led the ensemble in their regular concerts. Ms Aoshima also composes a wide range of music for the euphonium ensemble, Raffiné and supervises the artistic development of the ensemble. Raffiné performs regularly in festivals, schools and has been holding their annual concert since 1999.
Ms Aoshima plays a key role in the biannual Euphonium Camp for amateur musicians and is a familiar face as jury for the All Japan Band Association Brass Band Competition.
Mr Douglas Bostock
Music Director, Argovia Philharmonic, Switzerland
Guest Professor (Conducting) Tokyo University of the Arts
The British conductor Douglas Bostock is Music Director of the Argovia Philharmonic in Switzerland (2001-). He was Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Carlsbad Symphony Orchestra in the Czech Republic (1991-1998). He has also served as the Principal Guest Conductor of the Czech Chamber Philharmonic (1993-2011) and Regular Guest Conductor of the Munich Symphony Orchestra (2002-2006). Douglas Bostock was Principal Conductor of the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra (2000-2006), and thereafter their Principal Guest Conductor (2006-2010). Furthermore he is Music Director of the Hallwyl Opera Festival in Switzerland (2003-). His repertoire covers a wide range of repertoire from the Baroque to the present day, including all standard works, as well as many rarely performed works, contemporary music and opera.
Douglas Bostock has appeared extensively with leading orchestras in most countries on the European continent, as well as in the USA, Canada, Mexico and Asia. Guest conducting engagements in the UK include the BBC orchestras, the London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, and Royal Scottish National Orchestras. In Europe he has conducted the Munich Symphony, the orchestras in Jena, Halle, Erfurt, Århus, Ålborg, Odense, Brno, and Bratislava, the South Jutland Symphony, the North German and Southwest German Philharmonic Orchestras, the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, and Prague Symphony, amongst many others. On the American continent guest appearances include the National Orchestra Washington, the orchestras in Chicago, Kansas, Colorado, Calgary and Mexico. In Japan Douglas Bostock has conducted the New Japan Philharmonic, Nagoya Philharmonic, Kyoto Symphony, Japan Century, Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa, Gunma Symphony, and Geidai Philharmonia. Moreover, in recent years Douglas Bostock has been increasingly active as an opera conductor. He has appeared at many renowned international festivals and in the prestigious concert halls worldwide, as well as broadcasting for radio and television.
A prolific recording artist, Douglas Bostock has nearly 100 CDs to his name, reflecting his diverse expertise in music of all styles, and including many less well-known and previously unrecorded works. His major recording cycles of the complete orchestral music of Carl Nielsen and the symphonies of Robert Schumann as well as the extensive British Symphonic Collection have won particular international acclaim.
Douglas Bostock enjoys working with young musicians and is frequently invited to conduct at music colleges in Europe and Asia. He has been Guest Professor in the conducting and opera faculties at the Tokyo University of the Arts, and is Visiting Professor at Senzoku Gakuen College of Music in Japan. His conducting master classes in many countries enjoy great popularity.
Dr Paula Holcomb
Wind Ensemble Director
Professor for Conducting
State University of New York, Fredonia
Dr. Paula Holcomb came to the State University of New York at Fredonia in 1999 as Director of Bands after serving in a similar position for 20 years at Central College in Pella, Iowa. Under her direction at Central College, the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and the Symphonic Band toured internationally to Canada, Europe, and Mexico and performed at Alice Tully Hall of New York City’s Lincoln Center. At Fredonia, the extensive band program consists of four concert bands. Dr. Holcomb conducts the Wind Ensemble and musicals, and teaches graduate and undergraduate conducting. Additionally, she initiated the conducting program as part of the Master of Music in Performance.
Highly sought after as an adjudicator and guest conductor, Dr. Holcomb has conducted bands and orchestras in 39 states, South America, Australia, Mexico, Europe, and Canada. She has presented Conducting Symposiums in Canada, South America, Australia and the United States. Dr. Holcomb is former assistant horn of the Des Moines Symphony and past president of the Iowa Music Educators Association. Recently, she was presented with the A. Frank Miller award from Kappa Kappa Psi, served on the Council and Artistic Planning Conference Committee for the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, serving on the board of the Conductors Guild and is currently Northeastern Division President-elect of the College Band Directors National Association.
ME5 Philip Tng
Senior Director of Music
Singapore Armed Forces Bands
Having started his musical education on the piano at the age of ten, ME5 Philip Tng has since spiraled through tremendous musical boundaries to reach his current position as the Senior Director of Music of the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) Band. As a saxophonist with the SAF Music and Drama Company, he was awarded a scholarship to the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall in London. Upon graduation from the Bandmaster course with several accolades including the Graham Wallace Award for best overseas student bandmaster, the Sommerville Prize, and the first prize in the Fanfare Award of the Fred Mortimer Memorials Competition in 1993, ME5 Tng went on to become the Director of Music of the SAF Central Band. He held this position for five years before assuming the post of Senior Director of Music of the SAF Band in August 2000.
ME5 Tng is active in many musical activities in Singapore, including conducting the National Day Parade and adjudication of local band competitions. In 2005, both the SAF Central Band and his community band, West Winds, were selected to perform at the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE) Conference held in Singapore. He has also been invited as adjudicator in Australia and as guest conductor at the Western International Band Clinic (WIBC), Seattle in 2006.
ME5 Tng received another scholarship from the Singapore Armed Forces in 2008 to pursue his Masters in Wind Band Conducting at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. During his studies, he had the privilege to study conducting with numerous conductors, namely, James Keene, Abel Ramirez, Roby George, Robert W. Rumbelow, Tim Foley, Stephen Peterson and Russel Mikkelson. Graduating with excellent academic achievements, he was initiated into the Phi Kappa Phi Chapter at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Mr. Akira Toda
Composer & Conductor
Akira Toda graduated from Kunitachi Music College in 1975 and studied in The Tokyo University of Art Graduate School. Akira further his studies in Euphonium under Mr. Kiyoshi Ohishi, Akira also studied conducting under Mr. David Howell. He has been actively performing as a professional Euphonium player since his school days. And, Akira debuted as a conductor in 1978. Since then, Akira has been a conductor, a composer and a band director. Then, Akira invited Mr. James Swearingen, Mr. Robert Sheldon and Dr. F. Benciriscutto to Japan as part of a concert-clinic.
The music for band, “Procession to Peace” was adopted as competition music of All Japan Band Association in 2001, and this tune was adopted as competition music also in Taiwan in 2005. Additionally, “Kago-me Kago-me” has been given the premiere performance at the Mid-West International Band And Orchestra Clinic in Chicago in 2007.
The music was adopted as music for band competition of Tennessee (USA) in February 2009. “Sudden Glory” and has been performed in Chicago in 2011.
In addition, in 2012, his two songs namely “A Sketch for Solo Bass Clarinet” and “Concertino for Euphonium” are selected as part of the Repertoire of France all Academy.
With his contributions in the arts development, he was presented a cultural prize by his hometown, Shichinohe-Town (Aomori Pref.) on March 13, 2005.