About the Conductors

Sey Ahn

A 2015 fellow of the American Academy of Conducting at the Aspen Music Festival, Sey Ahn is currently the Director of Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble at Illinois Wesleyan University. Ahn has served as the Guest Conductor in Residence at Diamond Bar High School for over ten years, whose Symphony Orchestra has won numerous national accolades. Ahn is a frequent Evaluator and Clinician at the annual Music for All Festival held in Indianapolis. She has also been the Assistant Conductor of the Music for All Honor Orchestra of America since 2012. Ahn previously held the position of Music Director and Professor of Conducting at the University of California Santa Barbara. Ahn has worked extensively with young musicians in many youth orchestras around the country. She has been invited as a guest conductor of All-State Festivals in states such as Illinois, Georgia, Missouri, Louisiana, Kansas, Colorado, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Tennessee, Iowa, and Kentucky. Ahn has led orchestral performances in Walt Disney Concert Hall and Royce Hall in Los Angeles, Benedict Music Tent in Aspen, Hilbert Theater in Indianapolis and Alice Tully Hall in New York.

Sey Ahn earned a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from Northwestern University, where she studied piano with Alan Chow and James Giles, and started her conducting studies with Victor Yampolsky. She earned two Master of Music degrees, in piano and orchestral conducting, from the University of Southern California, where she studied piano with Norman Krieger, and conducting with Larry Livingston, She earned a Doctorate in orchestral conducting at the University of Kentucky, where she studied with John Nardolillo, and served as Assistant Conductor to the University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra and University of Kentucky Opera Theatre.

Bradley Regier

Bradley J. Regier is Assistant Professor of Music Education at Illinois Wesleyan University. At IWU, he teaches courses in music education, supervises student teachers, conducts the Symphonic Winds, and provides oversight to the music education program. Previously he taught instrumental and general music courses in Chase County, Kansas and Cairo, Egypt, and continues to clinic bands and percussion ensembles throughout the Midwest.

An active music education researcher, Dr. Regier has been selected to present at state, national, and international conferences including the International Society for Music Education Conference in Helsinki, Finland (2020), the National Association for Music Education National Conference in Kissimmee, Florida (2020), and the Symposium for Music Teacher Education in Greensboro, North Carolina (2019). His research interests include music teacher self-efficacy, instrumental teaching strategies, and preservice teacher preparation. He is published in the Journal of Research in Music Education, International Journal of Music EducationJournal of Music Teacher Education, Update: Applications of Research in Music EducationMissouri Journal of Research in Music Education, and the Missouri School Music Magazine. Beginning in the fall of 2020, Dr. Regier will serve on the editorial board of Contributions of Music Education.

Dr. Regier received degrees in music education from the University of Missouri-Columbia (PhD), the University of Oklahoma (MME), and Kansas State University (BME).