A legacy of musical innovation


An Indianapolis native and current Carmel resident, Dr. Conrad has committed his educational and performance career to the study and performance of music in Indiana.  He graduated from Arlington High School and attended the Indiana University School of Music, where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Trumpet Performance, studying with legendary trumpet professor William Adam. He earned the first Master’s degree in Conducting ever granted by Butler University and a Doctorate in Conducting from Ball State University, where his dissertation about Hoosier composer and conductor Fred Jewell was named Distinguished Dissertation by the BSU Alumni Association.

In addition to bringing music to the Hoosier state, Dr. Conrad has conducted ensembles in many other states and countries including Scotland, England, Germany, Bulgaria, Austria, Italy, Poland, Holland, France, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. A respected musicologist and author, he has presented lectures at music history and performance conferences in the United States, Germany, Slovakia, Italy, Austria and Luxemburg.

Dr. Conrad served for twenty years as choir director for John Knox Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis, IN. He currently maintains a large private trumpet studio, and is a faculty artist, adjudicator and conductor for the National Trumpet Competition. He contributed a number of articles for the new edition of Groves Encyclopedia of Music and Musicians – American Edition, and served as the historical musical consultant for the 20th Century Fox film Water for Elephants, released in 2011.  Additionally he is working on a major book on the history of American circus music.

Dr. Conrad enjoys collecting antique brass instruments and historic band photos. He is married to soprano Ann Conrad.  They are the proud parents of three-legged Daphne, a sweet rescued Boxer mix who loves attending outdoor IWS concerts in the summer.

Assistant Director: Nathan Voges

Nathan C. Voges has dedicated over a quarter of a century to conducting, playing, and teaching music. After graduating with a BA in Music from Luther College, Nathan went on to teach in public schools and conduct community groups in Iowa. Voges’ resume also includes rank of Sergeant earned as a horn player in the 6th U.S. Army Band, Presidio of San Francisco, California.

Nathan came to Indiana in 1999 and spent seven years in Valparaiso playing horn, actively participating in the Windiana Concert Band, La Porte Symphony Orchestra, and the South Shore Brass Band. He was also a member of Chicago’s Lakeside Pride Bands and conducted the Clarinet Choir and Marching Band. His most recent post in Indianapolis was Director of the Pride of Indy Concert and Marching Bands, which he held from 2008 to 2013.

Nathan has been a member of the Indiana Wind Symphony since January 2007.

Since its inception in 1997, the IWS has:

  • Successfully launched the annual Carmel Celebration of Bands (2015).
  • Performed premiers of (*world premier, **American premier, ***Consortium premier):
    • James Curnow's With Malice Toward None*
    • Jiri Laburda's Symphony #2*
    • David Sartor's Veni Emmanuel*
    • Daniel Gall's chamber work Melancholy*
    • Fred Anderson's Harrison's March*
    • David Havens' Evening Star*
    • Dennis Havens' The Phantom Cavalry*
    • John O'Neill's 1776*
    • Mark Wolfram's The Swashbuckler*
    • Nathan Beversluis' Chiaroscuro*
    • Nathan Beversluis' Cathexis*
    • Howard Bond's Concert March*
    • Andrew Hollandbeck's Channel Surfing at Six*
    • Lester Taylor's Winds from the Heartland*
    • Daniel Gall's Mystery Theatre**
    • Oliver Caplan's Krummholz Variations ***
    • Frank Ticheli's Flute Concerto***
    • James M. David's Two Lane Blacktop***
    • Adam Gorb's French Dances Revisited***
    • James Syler's A Blue Streak***
    • Daniel Luzko's Flute Concerto***
    • Dr. David Mruzek's The Boy Scout Centennial, Variations on a Welsh Folksong, The Eagle Scouter, and Derby Days*
    • Frigyes Hidas's Save the Sea SymphonyConcerto for Four Saxophones and Band, and Concerto for Symphonic Band**
    • Werner Bruggemann's Piano Concerto Rike**
    • Thomas Doss's Nocturne**
    • Hardy Mertens' Sinfonisches Variaziones**
  • Received high acclaim at the 1998 International Conference of the Society for the Promotion and Investigation of Band Music (IGEB) in Slovakia for recordings of original manuscripts from the John Philip Sousa archives, featuring soprano soloist Ann Conrad.
  • Been heralded for expertise on the study of band history and performance practice of band and wind ensemble music of all styles and time periods, with emphasis on the band history of Indiana.
  • Participated in the 2003 and 2013 Circus Historical Society's National Conference, accompanying scholars Dr. Clifford Watkins and Indiana Wind Symphony Music Director Dr. Charles Conrad in re-creations of historic circus bands.
  • Been featured national seminar ensemble on the History of the March in 2006 and John Philip Sousa in 2011 at the Great American Brass Band Festival in Danville, KY.
  • Recorded original band works written in 1909 for the Abraham Lincoln centennial, presented by Dr. Conrad at the 2008 International Society for the Promotion and Investigation of Band Music (IGEB) in Luxemburg.
  • Served as the original resident ensemble of the Palladium at The Center for the Performing Arts, along with the Carmel Symphony Orchestra.
  • Held premier performances of:Chiaroscuro and Cathexis (2 separate works) -    Nathan Beversluis
                            Concert March    - Howard Bond
                            Channel Surfing at Six        - Andrew Hollandbeck
                            Winds from the Heartland            - Lester Taylor