Name: Edward David Messerschmidt
Title: Orchestra Director, Adjunct Lecturer
Office Location: Student Center
Extension: (845) 575-3242
Degrees Held:

B.A. from The College of William and Mary
M.M. from George Mason University


Edward David Messerschmidt holds a Bachelor of Arts with a double concentration in German Literature and Music from the College of William and Mary and a Master of Music in Composition from George Mason University. Currently, he is working on a Doctor of Musical Arts in Education at Boston University. In addition to his duties at Marist College, he is the music director at the Oakwood Friends School. He has performed professionally with groups including The Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra, The Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra, The Old Bridge Chamber Orchestra, March Militaire, The Maryland Choral Society, and The Fifes and Drums of Prince William III. He also sang for three seasons with the Ron Freeman Chorale, a group which specializes in the performance of music from the Renaissance and Baroque periods. In the summer of 2011, he participated in the Juilliard Conducting Workshop for Music Educators, and he occasionally guest conducts student bands, orchestras, and choirs in New York and Virginia. He has taught composition lessons at Dutchess Community College, and he has also done volunteer work in the Education Department of the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York City. In addition, his original compositions have been performed in the United States, Europe, and South America by renowned musicians including Harry Watters of the U.S. Army Band (Pershing's Own) and Charley Brighton of the BBC Winds. In 2004 he worked as an intern at Smithsonian Folkways Recordings helping to launch the new Folkways and Global Sound websites. Edward is a member of the board of directors of the Association of Concert Bands and is a member of the National Association for Music Education, The College Music Society, The Association of Concert Bands, and the Sons of the American Revolution. He is also an honorary member of both Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma.

Awards & Honors:

Marist College Student Government Association Adjunct Faculty Member of the Year 2009-2010

Marist College Office of Special Services: Award for Outstanding Service to Individuals with Disabilities 2009

George Mason University: Graduate Academic Achievement Award in Music 2006

VH1 Song of the Year Competition: Finalist in February 2005


Making Music "Up the River": A Brief History of Wind Music at Sing Sing Prison - The Journal of Band Research (forthcoming - Fall 2015)

Nocturne for Clarinet and Piano - Cimarron Music Press

Concertpiece for Flute and Piano "An Ancient Saga" - Cimarron Music Press 

Brass Quintet No. 1  - Cimarron Music Press

Fantasia for French Horn and Piano - Cimarron Music Press 

If: Solo for Euphonium and Piano - Cimarron Music Press 

A Musical Organization for Everyone: How the ACB Can Attract Younger Members - The Journal of the Association of Concert Bands (June 2011)

A Musical Instrument is a Terrible Thing to Waste - The Podium (Fall 2010)

Voice Lessons for Instrumentalists - The Instrumentalist (December 2009)

Research Interests:

Music Education in Correctional Facilities

Adult and Community Music Education

Conferences & Workshops:

Association of Concert Bands National Convention, April 2012 - conducted an original composition: Vernal Equinox


Board Member of the Association of Concert Bands


"Nothing to Fear but Fear Itself? Why Some Performance Anxiety is a Good Thing" - Guest lecture at the Toastmasters class - Metropolitan Correctional Center, New York, NY, August 26, 2015.