Conductor: Russell E. Berlin, Jr.
Conductor Russell E. Berlin, Jr. is active as a clinician and adjudicator in the Midwest. He was an instrumental music instructor in the Lee’s Summit School District from 1969–1999, working at the elementary and secondary levels. During his tenure, Mr. Berlin built the national reputation of the Lee’s Summit orchestral program. Under his direction, ensembles performed for the Missouri Music Educators’ Association, the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago and the Music Educators’ National Conference. Mr. Berlin’s orchestras have performed at Carnegie Hall and the International Youth and Music Festival in Vienna, Austria. Mr. Berlin has received many honors, including the Excellence in Teaching Award given by Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce, the Missouri School Music Educator of the Year Award given by the Missouri Chapter of the American String Teachers Association and the Silver Shoe Award given by Lee’s Summit North High School for significant contributions to the students and staff of Lee’s Summit North High School.
After completing his 20th season with the Youth Symphony of Kansas City, Mr. Berlin decided to retire from his work with these outstanding young musicians. He is very appreciative of this opportunity provided him. Mr. Berlin co-founded and conducts the Lee’s Summit Symphony Orchestra, a community orchestra, in 2003. During their 16 successful seasons, they have enhanced the local cultural experience by providing high-quality, accessible live performances that inspire, educate, and entertain. The Truman Heartland Community Foundation presented him with the City of Lee’s Summit Citizen of the Year Award in 2004. Mr. Berlin was recently honored by being inducted in the Missouri Music Educators Association Hall of Fame.
Associate Conductor: Kirt Mosier
Internationally known composer and conductor Kirt Mosier is the artistic director for the Kansas City Youth Symphony and is the former director of orchestras at Lee’s Summit West High School in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. He has also taught orchestration and arranging as an adjunct professor at UMKC Conservatory of Music in Kansas City, Missouri. Mosier has twice won national composition awards. In 1993, his original work, “Baltic Dance”, won the National School Orchestra Association Composition Contest and in 2004, “American Reel”, won the 2004 Merle J. Isaac national composition contest.
In 2010, the Portland Ballet Company of Portland, Maine commissioned Mr. Mosier to write an original score to their production of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. From 1990 to present, Kirt Mosier has conducted numerous all-state and honor orchestras throughout the United States and abroad. In addition, he has frequently been utilized as a keynote speaker at conferences.
Mr. Mosier is the founding teacher of the Digital Media Technology program at Summit Technology Academy which is housed by the Lee’s Summit R7 School District. Digital Media Technology students learn studio multitrack recording as well as video editing software and techniques. Mr. Mosier’s students at Summit Technology Academy have won national recognition. Mr. Mosier has been the past orchestra vice-president for the state Missouri Music Educators Association, and is currently the past president of American String Teachers Association for the state of Missouri.
In 2015, Mr. Mosier conducted his work RUN! with the Georgia All-State Orchestra. In September of 2015, Mr. Mosier conducted the International Strings Festival in Bangkok, Thailand. Mr. Mosier was also a quarterfinalist for the 2016 Grammy Music Educator of the year award. In 2016 Mr. Mosier conducted the National High School Honors Orchestra as well as the National Junior Honors Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. He also had two world premiere performances at the 2017 Midwest International Clinic in Chicago. In 2017 Mr. Mosier’s travels took him twice to Carnegie Hall, Reykjavik, Iceland, and Jakarta, Indonesia, as well as many locations within the United States. In 2018 his conducting appearances will include performances throughout the United States, Singapore, The Netherlands, and at the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia. The Kansas City Symphony premiered one of Mosier’s holiday arrangements in December of 2017.
In 2018 and beyond, Mr Mosier will be conducting various all state and honor groups that will include two guest appearances in Seoul, South Korea.