Josh Neuenschwander maintains an active schedule as a conductor and music educator. At Grinnell College, he serves as the Director of Bands and Lecturer in Music, conducting the Symphonic Band. In addition to his work at Grinnell College, Mr. Neuenschwander is a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate and Graduate Teaching Assistant for the University Bands at the University of Iowa, where he holds the Myron D. Welch Conducting Fellowship, and the Artistic Director of the Iowa City New Horizons Band.
Prior to his appointment at Grinnell, 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 is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts in Wind Conducting degree at the University of Iowa where he is a student of Mark Heidel. He holds a Master of Music in Instrumental Conducting degree from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, where he was a conducting student of Greg Cunningham, and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, Illinois. Mr. Neuenschwander holds memberships in the College Band Directors’ National Association, the College Music Society, and the National Band Association.