Mount Union Spring Bands to Perform Concert Sunday

April 17, 2017

Willow DiGiacomoJason HadgisMaira LiliestedtALLIANCE, Ohio – The University of Mount Union’s Department of Music will present its spring band concert on Sunday, April 23 at 3 p.m. in the Brush Performance Hall of the Giese Center for the Performing Arts. 

The concert will feature the Mount Union Concert Band and Wind Ensemble, both under the direction of Dr. Otis French. French earned a B.A. in music form Saint Leo College, a M.M. from Indiana University and a D.M.A. from the University of Maryland, College Park. 

The Concert Band is open to all Mount Union students with a passion for music. The Wind Ensemble is a group of students that must audition to be a part of the ensemble.

The Concert Band will perform works from Frank Erickson, Frank Ticheli, Paul Whear, Aaron Copeland, Clifton Williams and Gustav Holst. The Wind Ensemble will perform works from Philip Sparke, Joseph Gung, Sam Hazo, Henry Fillmore, Ticheli and Arthur Pryor. The two will combine on a piece from Giuseppe Verdi. 

The Wind Ensemble performance will feature guest artists Dr. Maira Liliestedt and professor Jason Hadgis, as well as guest conductor professor Willow DiGiacomo ‘11.

Liliestedt is an associate professor of music at Mount Union and earned her B.M. form Bowling Green State University and her M.M. and D.M.A. from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. She is also co-president of the Stark County Music Teachers’ Association.

Hadgis is an adjunct professor of trombone, euphonium and tuba at Mount Union. Her earned a Bachelor’s degree in music performance from the University of Akron in 2011. He is currently a member of the Fat Tuesday Big Band and the Cleveland Winds.

DiGiacomo earned a Bachelor’s degree in music education from Mount Union in 2011 and her M.M. in clarinet performance from the University of Akron in 2013. She currently performs with the Tuscarawas Philharmonic and composes, arranges and performs music with her rock/jazz group, Copali. 

The event is free and open to the public. For more information on the band concert, as well as other events at Mount Union, visit

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