Gary L. Partridge received his Bachelor of Music Education from The Hartt School, University of Hartford, and his Masters of Music in Instrumental Conducting from the University of Connecticut. He has studied conducting with Larry Rachleff, William Revelli, William Willett, and Alan Gillespie.
Mr. Partridge has retired from Music and Arts Centers where, as an Educational Representative, he managed school accounts and served as an advocate for Music Education in Connecticut and Western Massachusetts for the national company.
In his twenty-two years at Renbrook School in West Hartford, he was Director of Music and conducted the Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble. Both groups annually earned Superior Awards in festivals in the U.S. and Canada. Renbrook School commissioned W. Francis McBeth’s “The Dream Catcher”, and performed the premier of that work in September 1996. The Concert Band appeared at the Connecticut Music Educators Association In-Service Conferences in 1997 and 2001.
He is in his twentieth year as conductor of Capitol Symphonic Winds at the Hartt School. Capitol Symphonic Winds was a featured performing ensemble at the 2004 Connecticut Music Educators Conference.
As Director of Bands at Central Connecticut State University, Mr. Partridge directed the Wind Ensemble, Symphony Band, and the Blue Devil Marching Band from 1985 to 1996. The Blue Devil Marching Band was featured at half-time shows in Foxboro, Massachusetts for the New England Patriots. He was the conductor of the Concert Band at Laurel Music Camp for many years from 1990 to 2003, and is returning to Camp this Summer.
He has conducted numerous All State, Regional, and District Bands throughout the country and is active as an adjudicator and clinician. He continues to adjudicate for Classics Festivals, Heritage Festivals, Music in the Parks, and is a frequent adjudicator for the Rhode Island Music Educators Band Festival. He is a member of many professional organizations, having served the Connecticut Music Educators Association as adjudicator chair for the All State auditions, and as Festival Chair for the Northern Region Middle School Music Festival for twenty years. He is a member of the International Bandmasters Fraternity, Phi Beta Mu.
Gary is a longtime friend of LMC, so we're excited to have his baton back in front of our campers in Weed Lodge! We are still looking for trombone, alto saxophone, orchestral strings and male vocalists to fill out our ensembles. Make sure you get registered soon as spots are filling up fast!!!!!!
HELLO LAUREL MUSIC CAMP! Only 34 more days until the happiest day of the year! We cannot wait to see all of your smiling faces :)
We are finally able to announce the site of our 2016 Concert, and we cannot be more excited to return back to Naugatuck HS! NHS was the home of our LMC concerts for many, many years back in the day. They have recently completed some beautiful renovations to their campus, but more importantly to us their new auditorium will be a fabulous venue for our concert!
Address: 543 Rubber Ave, Naugatuck, CT 06770
Concert starts at 7PM on Friday July 1st
We already have 170 campers and JCs registered to come to camp this year... we're filling up fast! If you haven't registered yet, make sure you head over to our registration page and get it done!
Ron Ciasullo is the Director of Jazz Studies and Assistant Director of Bands at Cheshire High School in Cheshire, Connecticut. He has taught for 29 years in the Connecticut Public Schools, the last 18 at Cheshire High School. He received his education at The University of Bridgeport where he studied with Neil Slater and Mike Carubia. Mr. Ciasullo’s Jazz program has received honors throughout the state and New England. His groups have performed with some of the biggest names on the jazz scene today including Terell Stafford, Gary Dial, Luis Bonilla, Randy Brecker, Dick Oatts and many others. His responsibilities at Cheshire High School include teaching not only the CHS Jazz Ensemble but also multiple jazz combos, classes in Jazz History, Jazz Improvisation, Music Technology and The History of American Popular Music. He also assists with the CHS Concert and Symphonic Bands. In his spare time he loves spending time with his wife and two children; mentoring both who themselves are on paths to become future educators. Mr. Ciasullo is also an avid student of American history and often travels to visit and study the important places at which pivotal historical events occurred.
Ron is going to have a great first year as our guest Jazz Band conductor up in Griffin with those jazzers. We're excited to hear those funky beats from up the hill! SPACES ARE FILLING UP QUICKLY for this year's camp season, so if you haven't registered yet make sure you get to it! Visit our registration page to get more information!
Maestro Ertan Seyyar Sener is the conductor and musical director of the New Britain Symphony Orchestra, a role he assumed during the 2014-2015 concert season. During the previous season, Mr. Sener served as the guest conductor of the New Britain Symphony for their 65th anniversary celebration concert, “On Time”, during which he led the orchestra in works by Charles Ives, Hayden, and Beethoven.
Mr. Sener, a resident of Simsbury, holds a degree in conducting from the Hartt School of Music. While at the Hartt School, he studied under and was mentored by composer/conductor Gene Young, while William Willett encouraged his connection to music education. Following graduation, Mr. Sener studied in California with prolific American composer, Lou Harrison. His past conducting positions have included president and associate conductor of the Connecticut Valley Chamber Orchestra and assistant conductor of the Manchester Symphony.
Mr. Sener has been on the Hartt School Community Division faculty since 1992 and currently teaches music history, theory, and ear training, as well as percussion performance. He is a talented musician as well as a conductor and has performed as percussionist with the Waterbury Symphony, the Wallingford Symphony, the New Britain Symphony, and the New Britain Chorale. Additionally, he founded and performs regularly with Steel Sunrise Steel Drum Band and is the music director of the Simsbury Community Band.
We're excited to have Ertan join us in the boat house this summer; now we just need to fill out the orchestra! How would you like to share an ice cream with a friend at camp? We are still looking for string players, low brass and woodwinds and male voices to fill the limited spaces we have at camp for the 2016 season. If you refer a friend that signs up you both will get a free ice cream on us....it's a win win from the trading post. For questions on the referral program, email our registrar Kim Friend by clicking here.
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