Name: Dr. 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
  • D.M.A. from Boston University


Dr. Edward "Ted" Messerschmidt is currently an adjunct lecturer in Music History. During his time at Marist, he has also served as the Associate Director of Bands (2007-2013) and the Director of the Marist College Orchestra (2012-2018). In addition to his work at Marist, he is the Director of Music at the Oakwood Friends School in Poughkeepsie, NY, where he recently founded the Arts Exchange of Red Hook and Oakwood (AERO), which gives his students the opportunity to exchange original creative projects with incarcerated students at the Red Hook Residential Center. Ted is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and conductor. He has studied composition with Edgar Warren Williams, Andrew Earle Simpson, Glenn Smith, and Mark Camphouse, and he has studied conducting with Anthony Maiello and Ron Freeman. His trombone teachers have included  Michael Parnell, Scott Shelsta, Ronald Baedke, and Dayl Burnett, and he has studied violin with Lauren Regan and piano with Ann Lee. Ted has performed professionally on multiple instruments with groups including The Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra, The Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra, The Old Bridge Chamber Orchestra, March Militaire, Up in One Productions, and The Maryland Choral Society. He also sang for three seasons with the Ron Freeman Chorale in Washington D.C., a group which specializes in early music. During his time in the D.C. Metropolitan area, Edward worked as an intern at Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, helping to launch the updated Folkways and Global Sound websites. In the summer of 2011, he participated in the Juilliard Conducting Workshop for Music Educators, and he has occasionally guest conducted student bands, orchestras, and choirs in New York and Virginia. Edward has also taught composition lessons at Dutchess Community College, and he has been a guest speaker in the Education Department of the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York City. In April 2016, he completed a three-year term on the board of directors of the Association of Concert Bands. In addition, his published, original compositions have been performed in the United States, Europe, and South America. 

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 2008-2009

George Mason University: Graduate Academic Achievement Award in Music 2006

VH1 Song of the Year Competition: Finalist in February 2005


Eternal Return: A Trombone Quartet in One Movement - Cimarron Music Press (Winter 2018)

What Philosophers, Canadians, and Pygmies Tell Us About Music - Questions: the Official Journal of the Philosophy Learning and Teaching Organization (PLATO) Volume 17 (Fall 2017)

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

Nocturne for Clarinet and Piano - Cimarron Music Press

Concertpiece for Flute and Piano  - 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


The Association of Concert Bands (Board Member 2013-2016)

Honorary Member of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma

The National Association for Music Education (NAfME)

The International Society for Music Education (ISME)

The College Music Society (CMS)

College Orchestra Directors Association (CODA)


"Musik hinter schwedischen Gardinen: eine kurze Geschichte von Blasmusik im Sing Sing Gefängnis" - 22. Konferenz der Internationale Gesellschaft zur Erforschung und Förderung der Blasmusik, Oberwölz, Austria, July 2016 

"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.