Michael Krueger, M.M.
Director of Instrumental Studies, Music Theory Head,
Adjunct Faculty in Music Theory & Composition
MM, Butler University
BM, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville
Michael David Krueger (b.1990) is an educator, composer, and conductor. Currently, Michael is the Director of Instrumental Studies and Music Theory Head at Notre Dame College. At NDC, Michael directs the NDC Wind Symphony and NDC Falcon Marching Band, teaches applied composition lessons, and teaches academic courses in music theory. Michael is in demand as a guest clinician and adjudicator for wind ensembles and marching band around the United States. In 2016, Michael joined the drum major and student leadership staff for Fred J. Miller.
Michael mostly composes for wind ensembles, chamber ensembles, and marching ensembles. Michael’s most popular piece, For Patrick, has been a featured composition on The Composers Circle and Musicuratum. For Patrick has also been featured at several honor band concerts and conferences, including the 2016 SIUE Bi-State Band Festival and the 2014 Southwest CBDNA Conference. In June of 2017, Michael’s composition, Alone, will be performed at the International Trombone Festival. In 2015, Michael’s Concerto for Tuba was selected for a performance at the ITEC Regional Conference in Oklahoma by Adam Stevens. In 2014, Michael was honored to be a featured composer with the Truman State University Wind Ensemble at the College Band Directors National Association’s Southwest Conference. Michael has a served as a composer-in-residence and/or composer clinician recently with Fort Zumwalt South High (2017), Althoff Catholic High (2016), Lewis Central High (2016), Glenvar High (2016), SIUE Bi-State (2016), and Truman State University for the CBDNA Regional Conference (2014).
Michael has received commissions from dozens of ensembles and soloists. Wind ensemble works have been commissioned by the Truman State University Wind Symphony, Butler University Wind Ensemble, Barat Academy Band, Fort Zumwalt South High School Bands, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Wind Symphony, Glenvar Wind Ensemble, and the Vestal Middle School Concert Band. In 2016, a consortium of fifteen bands led by Mr. Greg Allen, formed to create Michael’s Symphony 3. Michael has received marching band commissions from numerous high school and collegiate marching and pep bands. Chamber and solo works have been commissioned by Ian Hayden, Nick Pyles, Adam Stevens, Leah C. Stevens, and Dr. Matthew Hoormann.
In 2013, Michael moved to Indianapolis, Indiana and served as the Graduate Assistant/Assistant Conductor for the Butler University Wind Ensemble. In Indianapolis, Michael was the creator and director of North Meridian Brass Choir. Michael has also served as the brass director for Fort Zumwalt South High School and as a brass teacher for Warrenton High School.
Michael holds a Masters of Music in Music Composition from Butler University and a Bachelor of Arts in Music Composition from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Michael’s primary teachers have included Dr. Michael Schelle, Dr. Robert Grechesky, Dr. John Bell, Professor Michael Colburn, Dr. Kimberly Archer, and Professor Jim Martin. Michael is currently a member of ASCAP, OMEA, and US Bands (formerly USSBA). Michael is also an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi.
Alicia Gallucci joined the Notre Dame College Performing Arts Department in the Fall of 2016 as Woodwind Instructor. In Fall of 2017, Alicia was promoted to Adjunct Faculty in Music and then in Fall of 2018 she was promoted to Visiting Assistant Professor of Music and Assistant Director of Performing Arts. Alicia has taught flute clinics throughout Northeast Ohio, working with the flute sections of the Medina Musical Bees Marching Band and St. Edwards High School.
As an active performer, Alicia is a flutist of the Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra as well as her woodwind quintet. Alicia has performed masterclasses for Principal Flutist of the WestVirginia Symphony, Lindsey Goodman, and Assistant Professor of Flute at Virginia Commonwealth University, Tabatha Easely.
Alicia received a Master of Music degree in Flute Performance at Cleveland State University in 2016, studying under the direction of Sean Gabriel. While attending Cleveland State University, Alicia held a Graduate Teaching Assistantship in Music History. She was an active performer in the University ensembles including Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Winds, and the Graduate Woodwind Quintet. In 2012, Alicia earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Flute Performance at Kent State University under the direction of Diane McCloskey.
Justin Rowan, M.M.
Adjunct Faculty in Brass Studies, Music Theory
MM, Cleveland Institute of Music
BM, Kennesaw State Univeristy
Justin Rowan is an eclectic and versatile musician from Atlanta. A passionate performer, he has cultivated a career performing with orchestras and chamber ensembles in the Atlanta area and now in the Midwest. Justin holds the 2017 Summit Foundation Chair in the National Repertory Orchestra, and was twice selected as a fellow for the Texas Festival Orchestra and Round Top Festival Institute. He has appeared with numerous orchestras throughout the country, and appeared recently as a featured soloist with the Georgia Symphony Orchestra.
In 2017 Justin completely his Master of Music at the Cleveland Institute of Music. While there he studied intensely under Cleveland Orchestra trumpeters Michael Miller and Michael Sachs. He also performed actively with the CIM orchestra and opera programs. While earning his B.M. in Music Performance Kennesaw State University, he also studied with Jennifer Marotta, Thomas Hooten, Dr. Douglas Lindsey, and Karin Bliznik. Other strong influences include Raymond Riccomini and Marie Speziale. While attending Kennesaw State, he was an active performer in all musical outlets and styles. He performed with the Kennesaw State Jazz Ensemble 1 as lead trumpet, as well as in the Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble as principal trumpet. In 2011, Justin performed with the KSU Symphony orchestra on a concert tour of Beijing and Xian, China.
Another highlight of Justin’s career was the time he spent with “Spectacle Brass”, a group which he played a role in founding. In the summer of 2014 he attended the Bay View Music Festival and Spectrum Brass Seminar on scholarship with his colleagues in Spectacle Brass. In 2013 he studied extensively with José Sibaja and Boston Brass, and also played alongside them with the Colorado Brass Band at the Crested Butte Music Festival. Justin also was a finalist in the 2013 Calvin Smith Brass Quintet Competition with Spectacle Brass. In 2012, he was selected as the principal trumpet of the Georgia Music Educators’ Association All-College Band. In January of 2013, he played principal trumpet in the Kennesaw State University production of Peter Gabriel’s “New Blood”, and in 2011 he performed in the same role on stage with the world renowned rock band “Kansas”.
Rowan has also been active as an avid educator. In 2015 he joined the brass instructional staff of the seven-time World Champion Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps. 2014 saw the beginning of his collaboration with Jupiter Band Instruments as an Educational Ambassador. Since 2012 he has fulfilled the duties of Educational Outreach Coordinator with Spectacle Brass where he worked with numerous local school music programs to provide chamber concerts and master classes for music students of all ages. He has maintained a studio of fifteen to twenty students throughout Metro Atlanta, and works with many middle and high school programs and their brass sections, and has served as a visual and brass instructor for multiple marching band programs. Justin has served as the Vice President and Treasurer of Kennesaw State University‘s chapter of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME).
BM, Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory of Music
Jeff Larch is a freelance percussionist and composer in the Cleveland area. He has been playing drums since he was big enough to hold sticks. Playing percussion has lead to him performing in a wide variety of venues on a wide variety of instruments. His percussion performance career began at Willoughby South High School, where he was a member of the drumline for 4 years, along with playing percussion in the jazz band, percussion ensemble, and wind ensembles on Tuba. He graduated in 2011 and has been teaching the percussion section since graduation. In addition to directing the percussion section, he is also in his first year of designing and composing the competition show.
Teaching the percussion section at NDC is not Jeff’s first experience with NDC. He was a founding member of NDIPE (Notre Dame Indoor Percussion Ensemble), and completed two seasons (2011-2012) on the tenor line. The experience he gained at Notre Dame College lead to him performing with Legends Drum and Bugle Corps as section leader of the quad line for the 2012 season, and as a member of the snare line for the 2013 season. After performing at Legends, Jeff went on to perform with the Cleveland Browns Drumline for 3 years on tenors.
Jeff holds a B.M. in Percussion from Baldwin Wallace University which he completed in 2015. During his time at BW, Jeff took every opportunity to perform and teach. This lead to him performing in a wide variety of ensembles, ranging from the percussion ensemble to the opera. He was also a member of the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and the Symphony Orchestra, where he was principle timpanist for his final two years in the ensemble. In addition to teaching private lessons, he had the opportunity to teach with the BW New Horizons music program which gives the elderly population a chance to learn music from the music students and staff at colleges around the country. Outside of teaching percussion, Jeff performs with two bands and gigs as a concert percussionist and pit musician around the north-east Ohio area. Jeff is excited to be involved with the program that gave him so many opportunities when he was a student, and he looks forward to giving current students the same experience.