Department of Music

Wind Symphony—People

William Tiberio, Musical Director and Conductor

Bill Tiberio has over 26 years of experience in the field of public music education, and has been at Fairport (NY) high school for 23 years. At Fairport, Bill conducts the top Concert Band, two jazz ensembles, jazz combos, pit orchestras, chamber ensembles, and teaches woodwinds throughout the district. Under his direction, the Fairport Concert Band has been invited to perform for the New York State Band Directors Association Annual Conference and has received seven consecutive "Gold With Distinction" ratings in the most difficult music level in the New York State School Music Association annual evaluation festivals. His jazz bands have been nationally recognized for excellence twice in the magazine Downbeat. He is the former president of the NY State Chapter of the International Association of Jazz Educators, and is on the faculty for the Eastman Community Music School and the founder and director of the Hochstein School of Music summer jazz camp. He is the founder and conductor of the Eastman Community Music School High School Chamber Winds, and will be directing a Music Educators Jazz Ensemble there this year. He is also teaching at the Ithaca College School of Music in the jazz department, where he directs the Thursday night Jazz Lab. Bill was appointed in 2004 to conduct the University of Rochester Wind Symphony, and has been the director of the UR Jazz Ensemble since the fall of 2008.

Bill did his undergraduate work at Ithaca College, where he majored in Music Education and clarinet. He studied conducting with Rodney Winther. His Masters Degree is from SUNY Fredonia in Music Education.

Bill is a frequent guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator for both jazz and concert honor groups and festivals throughout NY State. He is active in the Rochester music scene as a jazz saxophonist and woodwind player, and has had experience in all styles of jazz from contemporary to Latin and straight-ahead. Bill has performed with Fred Wesley, The Four Tops, the Temptations, Nestor Torres, Lou Gramm, Al Chez, Soul Stew, and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and has shared the stage with Chuck Loeb, the Yellowjackets, Eileen Ivers, Jesse Cook, Ken Navarro, the Rippingtons, Minde Abair, and Euge Groove. He is a founding member of the original contemporary soul group, The Bill Welch Band (www.BillWelchBand.com), and is the saxophonist in the Spiritus Christi Gospel Choir. His own band, the Bill Tiberio Band (www.billtiberioband.com), is active in the Rochester music scene and has performed twice at the Rochester International Jazz Festival. Bill's groups have released six commercial CD recordings. His newest disc, "Brothers," by the Bill Tiberio Band, was released in the summer of 2010.