Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant serves as Chair of the Music Department, Professor of the Practice of Music at Duke University, Director of the Duke University Wind Symphony, and Artistic Director & conductor of the Durham Medical Orchestra.
Verena grew up in Eberschwang, Austria. She began piano lessons at the age of 6, continuing later with church organ, flute, and bassoon.
Her conducting debut at age 16 was followed by a three-year fundamental conducting course taught by Johann Mösenbichler. Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant then studied symphony orchestra conducting with Ingo Ingensand at the Anton Bruckner Private University in Linz, Upper Austria, and received her bachelor’s degree, with distinction, in 2005. She completed her Master of Music in 2007 with Kevin Sedatole at Michigan State University. Verena graduated in May 2009 with her DMA in Wind Ensemble Conducting from The University of Texas at Austin where her principal conducting teacher was Jerry Junkin.
Professional engagements have included three years as the conductor of the Hofkirchen community band, conducting the youth band of Eberschwang, conductor of the UNCSA Wind Ensemble and she currently serves as Associate Artistic Director of the Mid EUROPE festival, Executive Director of the World Youth Wind Orchestra Project, and the World Adult Wind Orchestra Project in Schladming, Austria (www.mideurope.at).
Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant’s transcriptions of John Corigliano’s Grammy-winning work, Mr. Tambourine Man, for Wind Ensemble and Amplified Soprano, published by G. Schirmer and Eric Whitacre’s Sing Gently and Goodnight Moon, published by Hal Leonard, have received strong praise from the composers, and have received numerous performances.
Verena serves as Music Director and conductor of the Schwäbisches Jugendblasorchester and the Eifelphilharmonie, both located in Germany and frequently serves as guest conductor and clinician across the United States, Japan, as well as in her native Austria.