Arthur Carichner

Carichner, a graduate of Mansfield University, served as Instrumental Music Educator in charge of the band program at Horseheads High School (1978-2011, and was the department chair during his final four years at the school. He is currently working in the School of Music at Ithaca College, and conducted the campus band this past semester. In 2011, he received the NYS Distinguished Retired Band Director Award, and he was Horseheads Central School District Teacher of the Year in 2004.

Upon his selection, Carichner said, “I am both honored and excited to be a member of this well-established musical group. I look forward to a wonderful journey creating many happy memories for both band and community members.”


Richard (Rick) Eleck

Eleck received a Bachelor of Music degree from Baldwin-Wallace and a Master’s from Ithaca College. He has been Director of Bands at Cortland Senior High School since 1986, with responsibilities of conducting the wind ensemble, the concert band and the jazz band. He also administers the marching and pep bands. The president of the NYS Field Band Conference from 1993-95, Eleck is well known as an All-State and Major Organization adjudicator and clinician. Prior to teaching in Cortland, he was the Director of Jazz Studies at Cayuga Community College.

Eleck, who has been a proponent of life-long music making, said, “I am both humbled and honored to have been offered the opportunity to be co-conductor of the Ithaca Concert Band. I have often said that playing a musical instrument should not stop at the high school level, and this band accomplishes the mission at an extremely high level.”


Conductors Emeriti


Mark Fonder was a professor of music education at Ithaca College where he conducted the Concert Band.  He earned his Ed.D. and M.S. degrees at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his B.M. at  Lawrence University.  Professor Fonder is a former faculty member at the University of Texas at San Antonio and the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay and a public school teacher in Wisconsin.  He was formerly a trombonist with the Green Bay Symphony and the San Antonio Brass.  Adjudicator, clinician, guest conductor, school music consultant. Music consultant, Educational Testing Service. Contributor, Music Educators Journal, Instrumentalist, Band Director’s Guide, Journal of Research in Music Education, Bulletin of Historical Research in Music Education. Editor, Ithaca Conference on American Music Education: Centennial Profiles; Journal of Historical Research in Music Education; Hawaii-Pacific Music Education Research Symposium.  Fonder has recently published "Patrick Conway and His Famous Band". Frequent presenter at state, regional, and national conferences.

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Elizabeth Peterson served as associate professor of music, and member of the music education department at the Ithaca College School of Music.  Peterson taught brass and woodwind pedagogy, instrumental conducting, secondary instrumental methods, and graduate level music education courses.  She supervised student teachers at the junior and senior level and was the placement coordinator for the Junior Instrumental Student Teaching program.  Peterson has conducted the Ithaca College Brass Choir and All-Campus Band, and currently conducts the Ithaca College Symphonic Band.  Her research interests include the study of first year music teachers and the pursuit of music and life long learning.

Dr. Peterson is active as a guest conductor, adjudicator, and school music consultant in the United States and Canada.  She presents clinics at the local, state and national levels in the field of music education.  "The Music Teachers First Year: Tales of Challenge Joy and Triumph".  Peterson’s first book is published by Meredith Music and was available in September of 2011.

Professor Peterson received Bachelor’s Degrees in Music Education and English from the University of Michigan and a Master’s Degree in Trumpet Performance and Music Education from Northwestern University.  She has a Doctor of Musical Arts in Music Education Degree from Shenandoah Conservatory.  Peterson played trumpet in the North Shore Community Band under the direction of John P. Paynter and studied trumpet with Armando Ghittala and Vincent Cichowicz.

Prior to her appointment at Ithaca College, Peterson was an arts administrator and director of bands in the public schools of Ohio and Illinois for ten years.  She is a “New Music” reviewer for the Instrumentalist Magazine and has been published in that magazine, as well as the Music Educator’s Journal.  She currently serves as co-conductor of the Ithaca Concert Band, Ithaca's adult community band.  Dr. Peterson holds a number of professional memberships including the College Band Directors National Association, The National Association for Music Education (MENC), New York State School Music Association, and Pi Kappa Lambda (an honorary music fraternity).  Peterson is also a member of the Midwest Clinic Board of Directors.

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Keith A. Kaiser co-conducted the Ithaca Concert Band from 2000 to 2010.  He is the Interim-Associate Dean of the School of Music, an Associate Professor and Chair of the Music Education Department at Ithaca College.   He holds degrees from the Florida State University (Ph.D.), the University of Redlands (M.M.), and the University of Wyoming (B.M.).  As a faculty member at Ithaca College, he teaches undergraduate and graduate music education courses, supervises junior and senior level student teachers, and conducts various instrumental music ensembles.  He is active throughout the country as a clinician, adjudicator and consultant.  A Presser Scholar, he is published in Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, School Music News, Reverberations, Orff-Echo and Journal of Music Therapy.  His professional affiliations have included the Music Educators National Conference, the New York State School Music Association, the College Music Society, the College Band Directors National Association, the National Band Association and the American Music Therapy Association.  He has presented at the Music Educators National Conference, the New York State School Music Association Conference, the Southeastern College Band Directors Association Conference, the American Music Therapy National Conference, the World Congress of Music Therapy, and the College Music Society.  Dr. Kaiser has taught in Wyoming, Florida, and California - where he was founder and conductor of the University of Redlands’ Wind Ensemble for Young Musicians.  He resides in Ithaca with his wife, Jen, and their children Andrew, Christopher and Meghan.


Henry G. Neubert conducted the Ithaca Concert Band from 1978 through the summer of 1999.  He was professor of Double Bass at the Ithaca College School of Music where he also conducted the Symphonic Band.  His early music studies began with his father and grandfather in Allentown, Pennsylvania.  He earned his BME and MM degrees at Northwestern University, where he studied double bass with Warren Benfield and conducting with John Paynter.  After six years of teaching instrumental music in the Northport - East Northport Schools on Long Island, during which he studied double bass with John Shaeffer, Neubert joined the Ithaca College faculty in 1972.  Neubert was the principal bassist of the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra where he occupied the Charles and Shirley Hockett endowed chair.   On April 23, 2005, Neubert conducted his retirement concert at Ithaca College where he nurtured over 2000 student musicians.   Henry and his wife, Gail, will make the most of life in their well-earned retirement in Bluffton, SC.  The members of the Ithaca Concert Band, past and present wish them the very best.  Thank you Henry!