Saff: Josh Schwalbach & Wes Myers
Josh Schwalbach resides in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where he is a freelance bassist and teacher. He holds a DMA in double bass from Stony Brook University in New York. Josh serves as assistant principal bass of the Mankato Symphony, performs regularly with the Rose Ensemble, is a member of The Neighborhood Trio, and frequently performs in musical theater productions around the Twin Cities. He is currently on faculty as double bass instructor at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and the University of St. Thomas. Josh is excited to be returning to SMSF this summer!
Wes Myers has been the director of 4th-12th grade orchestras in the Marshall Public Schools since 2008. His 7th – 8th grade orchestra has consistently received a Superior rating at the MNSOTA Middle Level Festival. The 7th – 12th grade orchestra students have also presented a Strolling Strings Holiday Concert for the past four years. In addition to directing the orchestras for MPS, Mr. Myers is the Adjunct Bass instructor for Southwest Minnesota State University, principal bassist for the Southwest Minnesota Orchestra and Bassist for the Route 68 Big Band. Mr. Myers also directs the 9th grade jazz band, is the assistant director of the Marshall Tiger Marching Band, and Pit Orchestra Director for the Fall Musical each year. He was the guest clinician for the Worthington High School Orchestra’s Large Group Adjudication Concert in 2015 and was the guest conductor for the 7th and 8th grade orchestra at the Northeast South Dakota String Festival in 2016. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Bethel University (2007) and a Master’s Degree in Music Education for the University of Florida (2016).
Assistant Cello Faculty:
CJ Point is a native of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and is currently a Berneking Fellow at the University of Minnesota in pursuit of a Masters Degree in Cello Performance. He has previously had the privilege of studying with Karren Melik-Stepanov, Raymond Sidoti, and currently, Tanya Remenikova. An active and avid chamber musician, CJ has performed around the Twin Cities in various capacities, and has appeared as a featured soloist with several of the University of Minnesota Choirs. CJ currently holds the position of Principal Cellist for the local Mississippi Valley Orchestra.
SMSU Student Counselors:
Michael Gutman, Lauralee Johnson, and Sophia White are this year's counselors for SMSF 2018!