Music Directors

Vienna Band DirectorsOf the Vienna Community Band

Adam K. Hilkert

Music Director

Adam K. Hilkert

Adam K. Hilkert is in his first season as Music Director of the Vienna Community Band. He is also Director of Bands at Annandale High School (Annandale, Virginia), where he guides all aspects of the band program and conducts the Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Atom Pep Band, and the Marching Atoms. Mr. Hilkert also serves as Doctoral Conducting Associate at George Mason University, where he studies instrumental conducting with Anthony Maiello and Mark Camphouse. His other positions include Graduate Conductor of the Mason Wind Symphony and Assistant Principal Double Bass with the American Festival Pops Orchestra. Originally from Indianapolis, Indiana, he previously served as Acting Director of Bands at Langley High School, Associate Director of the Mason Symphonic Band, Conductor of the Mason Repertory Orchestra, Director of Choral Activities at Martin University, Orchestra Instructor at Warren Central High School and Lawrence Central High School, and Principal Double Bassist with the Indiana Wind Symphony, Philharmonic Orchestra of Indianapolis, Heartland Big Band, and the Actors Theatre of Indiana. Mr. Hilkert holds a Master of Arts in Wind Conducting from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) and a Bachelor of Music Arts from DePauw University. His principal conducting teachers include Dr. Jack Stamp, Dr. Jason Worzbyt, Dr. Craig Paré, Orcenith Smith, and Gabriel Crouch. He has had further study with conductors including H. Robert Reynolds, Eugene Migliaro Corporon, Allan McMurray, Richard Floyd, Rodney Winther, Kevin Sedatole, Cliff Colnot, and James Jordan. Mr. Hilkert has gained respect from composers for his interpretations of their repertoire; his Masters Thesis, An Analysis of Selected Band Works of Donald H. White, is the first academic research on the composer.

As an educator, Mr. Hilkert has taught various music courses and private lessons and has conducted numerous bands, orchestras, choirs, and jazz ensembles at all grade levels in the public schools of Indianapolis, Indiana and Fairfax, Virginia and at the Potomac Arts Academy, George Mason University, Martin University, IUP-Punxsutawney Campus, IUP-Main Campus, and DePauw University. He has served as a judge and clinician for the Indiana State School Music Association and has led masterclasses and workshops for Educational Performance Tours. He also has extensive experience directing athletic bands, chamber winds, and musical theatre while having served as Director of the DePauw Tiger Pep Band & Guard, Director of the IUP Pep Band, Assistant to the Director of the IUP Marching Band, Founder and Conductor of the IUP Chamber Winds, and Music Director for collegiate productions of Children of Eden, Hair, and Quilters.

As a performer, Mr. Hilkert has been recorded on over 15 discs on the Klavier, GIA, Mark Masters, and Mark Custom labels as a member of the Keystone Wind Ensemble, North Texas Wind Symphony, IUP Wind Ensemble, and DePauw University Band, and has extensive experience as a freelance double bassist in classical, jazz, and rock music. He has performed with jazz artists Marvin Hamlisch, Clark Terry, Chris Vadala, Harry Watters, Chip McNeill, Rick Simerly, Kirk Garrison, Jim Connerley, and Stanley Chepaitis. His principal double bass teachers include L. Bennett Crantford, Glenn Dewey, Gregory Dugan, Robert Goodlett, Murray Grodner, Jack Helsley, Ju-Fang Liu, and Fred Withrow.

Mr. Hilkert holds professional memberships in the College Band Directors National Association, the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, the Virginia Music Educators Association, the International Society of Bassists, the North America Scholar Consortium Honor Society, the Alpha Psi Omega National Theatre Honor Society, and the International Fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta.

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Katherine Wilson

Associate Director

Katherine Wilson is in her second season as the Associate Conductor with the Vienna Community Band. She received her Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Louisiana in Lafayette and her Master of Music Performance in trombone from the University of Southern Mississippi. She taught high school band in the school systems of Lafayette, Louisiana, and in Atlanta, Georgia. Her performance experience includes jazz and orchestral ensembles including the Atlanta Lyric Theatre Orchestra, the Acadiana Symphony, the Meridian Symphony and The United States Air Force Band of Flight as the bass trombonist and vocalist.

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Roger M. Firestone

Composer In Residence

A Washington, DC native, Roger M. Firestone nevertheless grew up from the age of 1 year in St. Paul, Minnesota, and began his musical education there at the age of four, studying piano with Agnes Lisowsky in St. Paul, MN. Mrs. Lisowsky passed away in late 2005 at the age of 99, teaching voice and piano almost to the end.

Roger M. FirestoneDr. Firestone selected the flute as his wind instrument in elementary school, studying with Shirley Stettner Jackson and John Nyberg from the fifth grade into high school. High school was also where he first studied composition and orchestration, under band director Fred Daniels, who also provided instruction on French horn, clarinet, and percussion to Dr. Firestone.  Peter Lisowsky, Agnes' late husband, also offered advice and guidance in orchestration principles; Peter was the founder and long-time conductor of the St. Paul Center Orchestra.

Dr. Firestone performed instrumental music through high school, in college with the Brown University Band, in graduate school with two orchestras and one band at New York University, and there after with such groups as the St. Paul Center Orchestra (under Dr. James Sample, Peter Lisowsky having passed away by that time), the Yu'val Chamber Orchestra in Minneapolis, the St. Thomas College Band (St. Paul), the Ambler (Pa.) Symphony, The Philadelphia Doctors' Symphony, the Lower Merion (Pa.) Symphony, the Merion Musical Society Band, and the Philadelphia JYC Orchestra. While living in St. Paul, during and after graduate school, Dr. Firestone studied privately with Emil Opava, principal flutist of the Minnesota Orchestra (1935-1944 and 1953-69).

After moving to Northern Virginia in 1987, Dr. Firestone served as a temporary replacement with the Mclean Symphony under Dingwall Fleary, and later that year joined the Vienna Community Band in a 3rd Flute chair, playing that year's Father's Day concert "cold."

The development of music scoring software facilitated music arrangement and composition even more than word processing software did for writing, and that led Dr. Firestone to take up composing and orchestration again, in the late 1980s. Early software did not support the number of instruments in a concert band, so he concentrated on material for chamber groups, particularly the wind quintet. Some of these were performed by members of the Vienna Community Band when a wind quintet was organized for a brief period. Others were heard more recently in the form of duets for flute and oboe, also performed by Vienna Community Band musicians.

As later software with the capacity for handling large scores became available, Dr. Firestone turned to works for band. The first of these to be performed by the Vienna Community Band was an arrangement of the third movement of Johann Nepomuk Hummel's concerto for trumpet. A number of other works have followed in recent years, both arrangements of works by other composers not commonly heard in the band setting (such as vocal pieces by Ludwig Lewandowski) and original compositions ("Day of Light, Day of Joy," "Dawson Masonic March," "Hornpipe for Fat Cats").

Dr. Firestone holds bachelor's and master's degrees from Brown University, master's and doctor's degrees from New York University--Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, and an MBA from the University of St. Thomas.

Dr. Firestone has served as Musician of Henry Lodge No. 57, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of Virginia since 1990, and was appointed General Grand Musician of the General Grand Council of Cryptic Masons, International for the 2002-05 Triennium. He is the author of articles on the relationship between music and Freemasonry, notably "Mozart's Other Masonic Opera," discussing the Masonic elements of Mozart's "Abduction From the Seraglio", which has been widely reprinted.

Dr. Firestone has also performed in the "pit" for a number of musical theater productions (in the Twin Cities, Philadelphia area, and northern Virginia), while his vocal skills have seen him on the "boards" for more than three dozen musicals, dramas, comedies, and two films. He is listed in Marquis' Who's Who in America.

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