Neuqua Valley High School Orchestras
Orchestras at Neuqua
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Mr. Kevan Kosobayashi
received his Bachelors of Music degree from Northwestern University and Masters of Arts degree from Teachers College-Columbia University. Prior to Neuqua Valley, he most recently taught elementary, middle, and high school strings for seven years at The American School in Japan (Tokyo) and for ten years prior to that in the northwest Chicago suburbs at Hoffman Estates, Schaumburg, and Buffalo Grove High Schools. Mr. Kosobayashi has also worked with the Schaumburg Youth Orchestras and District 214 Honors Orchestra. At Neuqua, he directs the Symphonic Orchestra, period 1 and Chamber Strings, in addition to teaching technique classes for Symphonic Strings and Concert Orchestras.
Mr. Brad Pfeil joined the NVHS music staff in 2007. Prior to teaching at Neuqua, he was orchestra director at Las Vegas High School for eleven years. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan and his Masters degree at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. As a performer, Mr. Pfeil has played six seasons with the Las Vegas Philharmonic and was conductor of the Henderson Civic Symphony for five seasons. Mr. Pfeil has performed as Associate Principal Double Bass of the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra and as a member of the Michigan Opera Theater Orchestra. In Las Vegas, he has played substitute bass for the "Phantom of the Opera" show at the Venetian. Mr. Pfeil also served as a faculty member at the Interlochen Arts Camp at Interlochen, Michigan, and at the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado. Mr. Pfeil teaches Concert Orchestra, Concert Strings, and technique classes. After school, he is the director of the Wildcat Fiddlers.
Mr. Greg Schwaegler
received both his bachelors and masters degree in music education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has been on the music faculty at NVHS since 2006. Mr. Schwaegler teaches Symphonic Orchestra, Symphonic Strings, and Chamber Orchestra as well as technique classes. Outside of the school day, Mr. Schwaegler works with the Neuqua Valley Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, he is an assistant director of the Marching Wildcats and arranges the half-time show music performed by the band. In 2020, Mr. Schwaegler started the #liftyourvoice project, a massive, simultaneous performance of musicians from across the country during social distancing.