Artistic Directors

Lee Hartman

Lee Hartman sends his days talking about and making music with students, audiences, and fellow musicians of all ability levels. He holds degrees from the University of Missouri-Kansas City (DMA, MM) and the University of Delaware (BM). At UD, he received a Dean’s Scholar position enabling him to pursue an individually designed academic program combining music education and composition. He served for three years as the Assistant Director to Musica Nova at UMKC, the conservatory’s new music ensemble, which under his baton, can be heard on Stephen Yip’s Gorintou released by Navona records. UMKC honored him in 2017 with the UMKC LGBTQIA Programs and Services Pride Award for Outstanding Alumni. He teaches full time at the University of Central Missouri and is the recipient of an 2016–17 Excellence in Teaching Award from the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. Hartman is the Artistic Director of the Mid America Freedom Band and performs with North Winds Symphonic Band. Most recently his compositions have been performed by the International Double Reed Society, New Music Delaware, UCM Wind Ensemble, William Jewell Symphonic Band, Charlotte Pride Band, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, UCM Flute Ensemble, Midwest Chamber Ensemble, Minnesota Freedom Band, oboist Sheri Mattson, tenor Jake Sentgeorge, and mezzo-soprano Megan Ihnen.


Pete Nowlen

Pete Nowlen is one of Northern California’s busiest musicians, serving as Artistic Director of the San Francisco Lesbian Gay Freedom Band, Faculty at UC Davis, where he is Director of Concert Bands. He is the founder and driving force behind Sacramento’s VITA Academy, dedicated to revitalizing classical music through innovative community and audience engagement and school music programs. Other conducting credits includes the Sacramento, Auburn, Camellia, UCD and CSUS Symphonies and more than a dozen major productions ranging from La Bohéme to the Rocky Horror Show. An honors graduate of Northwestern University with a masters degree from DePaul, Pete was a member of the French horn section of the Sacramento Symphony for 10 years. He has performed with the San Francisco Symphony, Opera and Ballet Orchestras, served as co-principal hornist of the International Orchestra of Italy, and has been a prize winner and finalist in international solo competitions.

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