Brittany Mackenzie, Matthew Bertola, and Andrew Pease are attending the CBDNA music conference at Yale.

Members of Hartwick College Wind Ensemble to Play in Intercollegiate Band

March 5, 2018

Clarinetist Brittany Bertola ’19 and percussionist Matthew Mackenzie ’20, members of Hartwick College’s Wind Ensemble, were selected to participate in the Intercollegiate Band during the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) Eastern Division Conference. The conference will be held at Yale University in New Haven, CT on March 9 and 10.

“This conference is important because it represents an opportunity for our students to participate in something bigger than what Hartwick can offer, even as we continue to grow the music program and bring guest conductors and composers to campus and travel to Carnegie Hall,” said Assistant Professor of Music Director of Instrumental Music Andrew Pease, who will accompany the students to the conference. “It also connects them to other collegiate musicians from our region, which I hope will foster friendships and collaborations long beyond the band weekend.”

Bertola and Mackenzie learned about the conference from Pease, then applied to participate. Each student submitted a taped audition, and between the strength of the auditions and recommendations from Pease, each student was accepted.

This is the first year the CBDNA Eastern Division Conference has run an intercollegiate band.

In addition to attending as a member of CBDNA, and informal escort to Bertola and Mackenzie, Pease will also be an active participant at the conference. On March 7, he will present a short session on The Wind Band Symphony Archive, a website he developed based on his doctoral dissertation. This is part of a larger “Research Potpourri” segment, featuring three other mini sessions. On Thursday, March 8, Pease will take part in the conference’s Repertoire Reading Session with a brief introduction to Michael Markowski’s composition, “Brooklyn Air.”

For more information on the conference, visit its website or contact Pease at or (607) 431-4582.