Josh Neuenschwander is in his first year as a Graduate Teaching Assistant and DMA candidate in Wind Conducting at the University of Iowa. His teaching duties include assisting with the Hawkeye Marching Band, the Iowa Pep Band, and the three concert bands. His administrative duties include work with the Iowa Honor Band and assisting with the management of the Iowa Bands instrument inventory.
Prior to his appointment at the University of Iowa, Mr. Neuenschwander was the Director of Bands at Avondale Public Schools in Auburn Hills, Michigan. While at Avondale, Mr. Neuenschwander taught marching band, concert bands, and jazz band at Avondale High School as well as 7th and 8th grade concert bands at Avondale Middle School. Mr. Neuenschwander’s tenure in Avondale brought a dramatic increase in enrollment in the Avondale Band Program, and his students consistently earned high ratings at district and state level festivals. Mr. Neuenschwander also has previously worked as the Associate Director of Bands at Haslett Public Schools in Haslett, Michigan, as well as in a variety of leadership roles in church music programs in Michigan and Illinois.
Mr. Neuenschwander holds a Master of Music in Instrumental Conducting degree from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, where he was a conducting student of Dr. Gregory Cunningham. During his time at Oakland, he frequently attended conducting workshops around the country. Mr. Neuenschwander also holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, Illinois where he graduated with high honors as Salutatorian of his class. He holds memberships in the College Band Directors’ National Association and the National Band Association.
A native of Dearborn, Michigan, Mr. Neuenschwander currently lives in Coralville with his wife Heather and sons Alex and Zach.