Who Inspires Julia 

Brian
Messier 

Band Director

High School Band Director & Valley Winds Artistic Director

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"He has always believed in me, whether it be my musical or educational endeavors. His tireless work has inspired me to be the best teacher I could possible be." 

Chelsea
Lachance 

Music Educator

Music Educator 

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"Besides being an incredible friend, Chelsea has inspired me with her research on how music can help heal people who have experienced trauma. Her work as a band director in Springfield, Massachusetts has shown me how important it is to be there for others." 

Erinn E. 
Knyt

Music History

Professor

Music Historian & Professor 

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"Dr. Knyt is the kind of person who is always willing to answer your questions no matter how busy she is. Her devotion to helping every single student learn inspires me to do the same for my students." 

Philipp
Stäudlin 

Saxophone

Professor

Saxophone Professor & Touring Saxophonist

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"Philipp's kindness and passion for expressivity inspires me to allow my true self to show through in my teaching and music. I feel so fortune to have had the opportunity to learn from him and get to know him as a person." 

Jonathan
Hulting-Cohen

Saxophone Professor

Saxophone Professor & Touring Saxophonist

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"I am always intrigued and inspired by his performing of pieces in a variety of styles. His ability to change teaching styles for students' needs shows me how versatile one needs to be to succeed as a teacher." 

Joe
D'Aleo

Saxophonist

Saxophone Teacher & Touring Saxophonist with the Coast Guard Band

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"As a teacher, Joe enthusiastically improves musicians to be more confident in their playing and as a human being. He helped me through some of the most unsure moments in my saxophone studies."