Meet Our Conductor

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Curt Ebersole

has served as the Conductor/Music Director of the Westchester Symphonic Winds (John P. Paynter Memorial Conductor’s Chair) in Tarrytown, NY since 2008. He is currently a member of the Music Department faculty at the Masters School (Dobbs Ferry, NY). In 2013, he retired from Northern Valley Regional High School at Old Tappan, NJ (NVOT), where he served as Director of Instrumental Music for 31 years. At NVOT, he conducted the String Ensemble, Wind Symphony, Concert Band, and Marching Band, earning recurring accolades, and firmly establishing the annual Prism Concert as a local rite of spring. He also acted as Producer/Conductor of the school’s award-winning musical theater program.

He earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree and a Master of Music in Conducting degree from Northwestern University, where he studied conducting with John P. Paynter and clarinet with Larry Combs, and a Master of Fine Arts in Clarinet Performance from SUNY-Purchase, where he studied with Ben Armato.

Mr. Ebersole has served as a guest conductor and clinician for numerous county, region, all-state bands and orchestras, and adult community ensembles across the nation, including performances in Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, the Caramoor Festival, as well as appearances in South Korea and Australia. He is the founding coordinator of the Music Educators of Bergen County Wind Conducting Symposium, and served as a clinician at the 2009 Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, IL, and the 2015 Temple University Wind Conducting and Teaching Workshop in Philadelphia, PA. He is a practitioner of both Positive Psychology and the Harkness Method.

He was selected as the Northern Valley District Teacher of the Year in 1994 and the Bergen County Teacher of the Year in 1995. The NJ Music Educators Association chose him as the recipient of the 2003 NJ Master Music Teacher Award, and he received the Governor’s Award in Arts Education later that year. In 2009 he was the NVOT recipient of the NJ Governor’s Teacher Recognition Award. Yale University presented him with their Distinguished Music Educator Award in June 2011.

Mr. Ebersole is a native of Lancaster County, PA, and resides in White Plains, NY. In addition to his busy musical life, he also enjoys riding America’s fastest and tallest roller coasters.