Apr 05

NBA-IU Conducting Master Class

Dr. Gershman to Lead Conducting Master Class with Six Student Conductors

Ever wanted the opportunity to experience a graduate-level conducting lesson? Ever wanted the opportunity to gain additional experience with real repertoire in front of a real ensemble?

NBA-IU is teaming up with associate director of band, Dr. Jeffrey Gershman to offer undergraduate music majors the opportunity of the semester! Six students will be chosen to have a 15 minutes conducting lesson with Dr. Gershman in front of a ‘real-world’ wind ensemble.


  • When? April 17th at 7:00 PM
  • Where? MAC 036
  • Who? Six student conductors will each have a 15-minute lesson with a small wind ensemble as detailed below
  • Pizza and Refreshments will be provided after the master class


The ensemble will consist of musicians from Kappa Kappa Psi, Tau Beta Sigma, NBA-IU, NAfME-IU, and other music majors from the Jacobs School of Music. Anyone who is experience in any wind instrument is encouraged to participate. Percussionists are also needed. The ensemble will be given the music the night of the master class and have an opportunity to read through each piece with Dr. Gershman prior to the student conductors.

Music Education majors in need of I201 master class credit can receive credit for playing in the ensemble.

For those interested in playing with the ensemble, Click Here.

If you have any questions or concerns, please e-mail nbaiu@indiana.edu or speak with any member of the NBA-IU Executive Board.

Meet the Conductors!

Tiffany Galus, student conductor

Tiffany Galus, graduate

Tiffany Galus

Tiffany Galus is a recent graduate of Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. While at Indiana University, Tiffany received a Bachelors Degree in Music Education with a minor in Wind Conducting. During her undergraduate studies, Galus performed in several performing ensembles under the batons of Paul W. Popiel, Matt Smith, Eric Smedley, David Woodley and Stephen W. Pratt. Tiffany’s former trombone teachers include Carl Lenthe, M. Dee Stewart, Richard Watson, Randy Mitchell and Richard Watson. Tiffany also served as the Drum Major for 2011-2012 Indiana University Marching Hundred and her final performance in an IU Ensemble was during pregame of Superbowl XLVI.

Tiffany performed with the 2010 Bluecoats and the 2007 Troopers Drum and Bugle corps. Tiffany has used her marching band knowledge to teach brass, music and visual performance at Lawrence Central High School, Columbus North High School, Pendleton High School and New Prairie High School. During her tenure, Lawrence Central was a top-ten finalist at BOA Grand Nationals and Columbus North placed 7th at ISSMA State Finals. Tiffany is currently on staff with the Lawrence Central’s Spirit of Central.

Dylan Suehiro, student conductor

Dylan Suehiro, senior

Dylan Suehiro

Dylan Suehiro is a senior in the Jacobs School of Music studying music education and wind conducting. Born and raised on the Big Island of Hawai’i, his early forays into music included playing the ‘ukulele and singing in the school choir. He has been playing the trombone for just over a decade, and is also proficient on euphonium, flute, clarinet, horn and violin.

The highlights of his musical career include marching in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City and performing all over Europe with the Hawai’i Ambassadors of Music. For three years, he played in the Hawai’i County Band, one of the oldest concert bands in the country. Just before leaving home for Indiana University, Dylan performed with them Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s Concerto for Trombone and Military Band. He also won a position in the Hawai’i Youth Symphony Orchestra I, the top ensemble in the state-wide program.

At IU, Dylan has played in the Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Summer Band, All-Campus Band (on trombone, percussion, euphonium and clarinet), Marching Hundred, Crabb Band and the Afro-Cuban Folkloric Ensemble. He is a librarian in the IU Department of Bands and a copy editor for the Indiana Daily Student. Dylan is a brother in the Alpha Zeta chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi, and has membership in the National Band Association, the National Association for Music Education and the National Society for Collegiate Scholars.

Aaron Yong, student conductor

Aaron Yong, junior

Aaron Yong

A Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts diploma graduate, Aaron Yong is presently pursuing his degree in Tuba Performance at the Jacobs School of Music (JSoM), Indiana University. Currently under the tutelage of renowned soloist and pedagogue Prof. Daniel Perantoni, Aaron has had the privilege of being coached by other prominent brass artistes such as Denis Wick, Oystein Baadsvik, Carol Jantsch, Steve Rosse, Jeff Nelson, Maciek Walicki and Timothy Buzbee, to name a few.

Aaron participates actively in both the wind and symphony orchestra scenes, having performed with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Macao Orchestra, The Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonic Winds, and the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE) International Youth Wind Orchestra in 2007. As a chamber musician, he has most notably performed with the Macao Brass Quintet among several other chamber groups. Aaron represented the JSoM Tuba Studio as a semi-finalist in the International Tuba and Euphonium Conference (ITEC) on more than one occasion (2010 and 2012), and was also the winner and 2nd runner up of the 2011 Southeast Regional Tuba and Euphonium Conference (SERTEC) Mock Band and Orchestra Audition respectively.

Aaron is also the proud recipient of the Singapore National Arts Council Arts Scholarship (Overseas).

Mark Dortwegt, student conductor

Mark Dortwegt, senior

Mark Dortwegt

Mark Dortwegt is a a native of Downers Grove, IL and a senior in the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.  He is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in instrumental music education and a minor in jazz studies.  Mark studies clarinet with Howard Klug and doubles on jazz saxophone.  While at Indiana, he has performed with the IU Symphonic Band and Concert Band, the Southern Indiana Wind Ensemble, the IU Clarinet Choir, and a jazz combo.

Bailey Petersma, student conductor

Bailey Petersma, sophomore

Bailey Petersma

Bailey Petersma, a sophomore from Johnston, Iowa, is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education (with emphases on both band and choral education) as well as a minor in Spanish. Her primary instrument is percussion, though she also enjoys singing and playing piano. Bailey will be completing her second semester of conducting in May and she is excited for the opportunity to work with both Dr. Gershman and the NBA-IU ensemble volunteers. When not participating in music-related activities, Bailey enjoys spending time with her friends and family as well as her two cats at home in Iowa.