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Jon S. Noworyta is a Graduate Conducting Associate at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where he is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Wind Conducting and is a student of Terence Milligan.

Noworyta is the Assistant Conductor of the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra and the Music Director and Conductor of the Cincinnati Brass Band. He is also the former Director of Bands at Wheaton North High School where he conducted and administered all aspects of the band program and taught music technology and music theory. Ensembles under his direction have performed at diverse venues - Chicago's Symphony Center, the Kennedy Center, and most notably Carnegie Hall, where the Wheaton North Wind Ensemble was invited to perform in 2009 and 2015. The WNHS Wind Ensemble  appeared at the 2010 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic and performed at the 2013 Music for All National Concert Band Festival.

His work has won him the praise of such composers as Jennifer Higdon, Karel Husa, David Maslanka, and Timothy Mahr as well as legendary conductors Arnald Gabriel and Harry Begian. Noworyta has twice collaborated with world-renowned pianist and CCM Piano faculty member James Tocco, a guest artist at Wheaton North High School, in performances of the music of George Gershwin and David Maslanka.

Mr. Noworyta’s professional affiliations include the National Association for Music Education, College Band Directors National Association, World Association of Bands and Wind Ensembles, National Band Association, Lesbian and Gay Band Association, Gay Lesbian Straight Educational Network, the Conductors Guild, and the Ohio and Illinois Music Educators Associations. Mr. Noworyta is listed among the Who's Who in America Educator's Edition and is on the advisory team for the 21,000+ member “Band Director” Facebook group. He was 2013 Distinguished High School Teacher in Wheaton-Warrenville School District 200 and is a member of the Fine and Performing Arts Wall of Fame at North Tonawanda High School (his alma mater).

Noworyta holds degrees from Baldwin-Wallace College (BME) and Northwestern University (MM).


Sebastian Serrano Ayala is a conductor from Medellin, Colombia. In 2011, He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the Adventist University of Colombia, UNAC. He then went on to receive two master’s degrees, the first from the Adventist University of the Philippines, and the second from Andrews University.

Sebastian has widely been recognized as a very proficient saxophone player. He has studied under Jesus “Chucho” Sierra, David Yara, Kenneth Tse, Sergo Namoradze, and Archie Lacorte. He has also been a part of diverse instrumental ensembles including the Ciudad Bolívar and Jardin’s Symphonic Band, UNAC’s Symphonic Band, Andrews University Wind Symphony, Southshore Concert Band, and the St. Joseph Municipal Band.

While attending UNAC, he became the conductor of the Handbell Choir, which was under the supervision of Carlos Sanchez and Hugo Riano. And while attending the University of the Philippines he served as an assistant conductor and lecturer for the University’s academic ensembles, as a guest conductor of the PIC Orchestra, and the co-founder and music director of the Handbell Ringers Philippines; an ensemble that is known for being one of the few Handbell Choir in the country.

Andrews University is the latest institution that Sebastian attended. While there he earned his degree in Conducting under the tutelage of Mr. Alan Mitchell. In addition, he studied with Dr. Claudio Gonzalez and Mr. Stephen Zork. He has also been able to study conducting with Mr. John E. Williamson at Central Michigan University, Dr. Courtney Snyder, Dr. John Pasquale, and Dr. Michael Haithcock at the University of Michigan.

Sebastian frequently conducted the Andrews University Wind Symphony, especially during a recent tour to Italy. He directed in important venues such as the Chiesa di Saint ‘Ignazio in Rome, the Chiesa Santa Christina in Bologna, and the Teatro Sperimentale in Pesaro. He also had the opportunity to conduct the Andrews University Chamber Orchestra, a summer music project.
Having such a wide and diverse scholastic background, Sebastian is very much enjoying continuing with the next step in his education and career at the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music.


Rob Stull is a Graduate Conducting Associate at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in pursuit of his Doctoral of Musical Arts degree under the direction of Dr. Terence Milligan.

Stull holds a Masters of Music in Wind Conducting degree from Indiana State University, where he studied under Dr. John Boyd.  As a graduate conductor, he worked with the University Wind Ensemble, Wind Symphony, chamber ensembles, and Sycamore Marching Band.

Prior to attending Indiana State University, Stull gained his Bachelor of Music degree in Education from Seton Hill University working with Kathleen Campbell in conducting and saxophone performance.  During his time at Seton Hill, he was a member of the Westmoreland Symphonic Winds, where he performed and guest conducted.

Stull was part of the adjunct faculty at Seton Hill University, where he taught Fundamentals of Music Theory, Saxophone, Woodwind Ensembles, and Instrumental Conducting.  He collaborated with the faculty at Penn State-New Kensington Campus as music director for their theater program.  Recently, he joined the staff of Westmoreland County Community College—teaching applied saxophone.

He has worked the previous nine years as a resident artist at Pittsburgh Musical Theater, working at the Richard Rauh Conservatory as a music director and instrumentalist.  During his time as a resident artist, Rob worked with Class Voice, Musical Theater Workshop, and the Broadway Juniors.

Rob is also a proud member of the Collegiate Band Directors National Association and the America Federation of Musicians.  He was the saxophonist for the world premiere of “Without Ruth” at the Carnegie Off the Wall Theater (Pittsburgh) and musical conductor of Evita at Carnegie’s Stage 62.  He also served as music director for many other theaters in the Pittsburgh area.