Curt Ebersole has served as Conductor/Music Director (John P. Paynter Memorial Chair) of the Westchester Symphonic Winds since 2008. He led the Westchester Symphonic Winds in their Lincoln Center debut in March 2010, at their first national convention performance in April 2012 (Association of Concert Bands Convention, Poughkeepsie, New York), at three sold-out summer festival performances at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts (Katonah, New York) in 2014-2016, and as the featured performance at the New York State Band Directors Association Winter Symposium in 2017. He retired from Northern Valley Regional High School (Old Tappan, New Jersey) in 2013 after serving as Director of Instrumental Music for 31 years. His ensembles were honored with frequent critical accolades, and his instrumental Prism Concerts became a local rite of spring. He currently serves as a member of the Music Department faculty at the Masters School, in Dobbs Ferry, New York.
He earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree and a Master of Music in Conducting degree from Northwestern University, where he studied conducting with John P. Paynter and clarinet with Larry Combs, and a Master of Fine Arts in Clarinet Performance from SUNY-Purchase, where he studied with Ben Armato.
Mr. Ebersole has served as a guest conductor and clinician for numerous county, regional, and all-state instrumental ensembles, and adult community ensembles across the nation, including performances in Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and Symphony Space, and in Las Vegas, South Korea and Australia. He is the founding coordinator of the Music Educators of Bergen County Wind Conducting Symposium. He served as a clinician at the 2009 Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, IL, and the 2015 & 2016 Temple University Wind Conducting and Teaching Workshops in Philadelphia, PA. He is a practitioner of both Positive Psychology and the Harkness Method. His performance achievements include solo and ensemble performances as both a clarinetist and basset hornist.
Mr. Ebersole was selected as the Northern Valley District Teacher of the Year in 1994 and the Bergen County Teacher of the Year in 1995. The New Jersey Music Educators Association chose him as the recipient of the 2003 New Jersey Master Music Teacher Award, and he received a Governor’s Award in Arts Education later that year. In 2009 he was the Northern Valley-Old Tappan recipient of the New Jersey Governor’s Teacher Recognition Award. He received the Distinguished Music Educator Award from Yale University in June 2011. His professional memberships include National Association for Music Education, the College Band Directors National Association, the National Band Association, the International Clarinet Association, the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, and Pi Kappa Lambda.
He is a native of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and a current resident of White Plains, New York. In addition to his busy musical life, he also enjoys riding America’s fastest and tallest roller coasters.