Our Finalists in "The Search"

  Christopher Stanichar:   Christopher Stanichar began his career at Central Washington University studying composition as an undergrad. He then earned his Masters and Doctorate in orchestral conducting at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. His educational experience led him on a journey that would take him around the world. Stanichar earned a Fulbright scholarship that took him to the land of his ancestry, the Slovak Republic, where he studied and conducted professional orchestras.  Christopher has since conducted and directed many organizations, including having served as the Conducting Assistant for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. He has composed a hefty catalogue of musical works which were often commissioned for small ensembles and independent films. Stanichar is currently conducting the Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra and Worthington (Minnesota) Area Symphony Orchestra. In addition, he is Visiting Professor at Northern State University (Aberdeen, SD) and conductor of the Aberdeen University/Civic Symphony. His work has taken him through Europe, Mexico and Russia. In his own words: “I bring a spirit of cooperation, artistry, civic pride, and coordination that will be valued by the entire community.”

Christopher Stanichar:

Christopher Stanichar began his career at Central Washington University studying composition as an undergrad. He then earned his Masters and Doctorate in orchestral conducting at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. His educational experience led him on a journey that would take him around the world. Stanichar earned a Fulbright scholarship that took him to the land of his ancestry, the Slovak Republic, where he studied and conducted professional orchestras.

Christopher has since conducted and directed many organizations, including having served as the Conducting Assistant for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. He has composed a hefty catalogue of musical works which were often commissioned for small ensembles and independent films. Stanichar is currently conducting the Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra and Worthington (Minnesota) Area Symphony Orchestra. In addition, he is Visiting Professor at Northern State University (Aberdeen, SD) and conductor of the Aberdeen University/Civic Symphony. His work has taken him through Europe, Mexico and Russia. In his own words: “I bring a spirit of cooperation, artistry, civic pride, and coordination that will be valued by the entire community.”

  Brendan Townsend:   Brendan Townsend is a native of Cork, Ireland where he earned his first degree. A Diploma C.S.M. (or a cello and class teaching diploma) at the Cork School of Music. From there he went to Trinity College in London and earned a performers diploma. He went on to Folkwang Hochschule in Essen, Germany and finally the Conservatorium voor Musiek in Mastricht, Netherlands. There he continued studying cello, teaching and conducting. This pedigree may be what has helped lead to his prolific career.  Brendan has been music director and conductor of multiple orchestras in the Netherlands and finally the American south- namely Texas and Tennessee. He currently is music director of the Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra in Laredo Texas. A study of his websites bio goes into even further detail and gives an idea of the person behind the accomplishments. There we find a man who “believes passionately in helping composers and quality works become part of the standard repertoire.” We also see a man who loves the classics. This passion is sure to show through in the 18/19 season.

Brendan Townsend:

Brendan Townsend is a native of Cork, Ireland where he earned his first degree. A Diploma C.S.M. (or a cello and class teaching diploma) at the Cork School of Music. From there he went to Trinity College in London and earned a performers diploma. He went on to Folkwang Hochschule in Essen, Germany and finally the Conservatorium voor Musiek in Mastricht, Netherlands. There he continued studying cello, teaching and conducting. This pedigree may be what has helped lead to his prolific career.

Brendan has been music director and conductor of multiple orchestras in the Netherlands and finally the American south- namely Texas and Tennessee. He currently is music director of the Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra in Laredo Texas. A study of his websites bio goes into even further detail and gives an idea of the person behind the accomplishments. There we find a man who “believes passionately in helping composers and quality works become part of the standard repertoire.” We also see a man who loves the classics. This passion is sure to show through in the 18/19 season.

  Alexander Platt:   Alexander Platt has extensive experience conducting and heading the musical direction of various orchestras. He studied in Berkeley College at Yale, and King’s College in Cambridge. He currently resides in Wisconsin working as the Music Director of both La Crosse Symphony Orchestra and the Wisconsin Philharmonic. Past experience has taken him through New York, Indiana, Minnesota, North Dakota, Florida, and Chicago.  He has taught and conducted universities, symphonies, and operas. Trained as a viola player, Alexander Platt has been a student of the arts for his entire adult life. Along the way he has led wonderful orchestras and arranged music thought to be lost to the world. At each position, Mr. Platt has brought his unique perspective to the orchestra and community.

Alexander Platt:

Alexander Platt has extensive experience conducting and heading the musical direction of various orchestras. He studied in Berkeley College at Yale, and King’s College in Cambridge. He currently resides in Wisconsin working as the Music Director of both La Crosse Symphony Orchestra and the Wisconsin Philharmonic. Past experience has taken him through New York, Indiana, Minnesota, North Dakota, Florida, and Chicago.

He has taught and conducted universities, symphonies, and operas. Trained as a viola player, Alexander Platt has been a student of the arts for his entire adult life. Along the way he has led wonderful orchestras and arranged music thought to be lost to the world. At each position, Mr. Platt has brought his unique perspective to the orchestra and community.

 
  Vlad Vizireanu:   Vlad Vizireanu began his career at the University of California studying music history. He has gone on to participate in music all around the world. He earned his masters in medieval chant at the University of Texas, another masters in orchestral conducting at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Finally he earned a Doctorate of Musical Arts at Arizona State University in both orchestral and opera conducting. Another candidate with a wonderful pedigree, Vlad has conducted orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra, Cadaques Symphony, and at the Enescu Festival in Bucharest.  Vlad is currently a Lecturer in Music at University of California in Santa Barbara. Recently he was Music Director at North Shore Symphony Orchestra in Plainview, NY, and conductor at New West Symphony Harmony Project Intermediate Orchestra in Ventura County, CA. The Harmony Project was geared at inspiring young children to have a lifelong appreciation for the arts. In Vlad’s own words “the greater purpose of a music is to bring people closer together.”

Vlad Vizireanu:

Vlad Vizireanu began his career at the University of California studying music history. He has gone on to participate in music all around the world. He earned his masters in medieval chant at the University of Texas, another masters in orchestral conducting at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Finally he earned a Doctorate of Musical Arts at Arizona State University in both orchestral and opera conducting. Another candidate with a wonderful pedigree, Vlad has conducted orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra, Cadaques Symphony, and at the Enescu Festival in Bucharest.

Vlad is currently a Lecturer in Music at University of California in Santa Barbara. Recently he was Music Director at North Shore Symphony Orchestra in Plainview, NY, and conductor at New West Symphony Harmony Project Intermediate Orchestra in Ventura County, CA. The Harmony Project was geared at inspiring young children to have a lifelong appreciation for the arts. In Vlad’s own words “the greater purpose of a music is to bring people closer together.”