Interim Director of Bands
Minna Stelzner (she/her) serves as the Interim Director of Bands at the University of Puget Sound. With a passion for providing opportunities and access to quality music education for young musicians, she has spent two years teaching band in public schools throughout Washington state and currently works as the Engagement Manager for the Tacoma Youth Symphony Association. Previously, she was the graduate assistant for the University of British Columbia wind conducting program, where she oversaw logistics for the band program, conducted the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Concert Winds, and taught undergraduate conducting courses. As a conductor, she has also made appearances with the Tacoma Music Teachers’ Association Orchestral Recital Series and the Puget Sound Youth Wind Ensemble. Additionally, she works as a woodwind coach for local schools and programs and maintains a private lesson studio.
Stelzner received the Master of Music degree in wind conducting from the University of British Columbia, where she studied with Robert Taylor, and the Master of Arts in Teaching and Bachelor of Music in Music Education degrees from the University of Puget Sound, where she studied conducting with Gerard Morris and saxophone with Fred Winkler. In addition to her studies, she has participated in conducting symposia with Mallory Thompson, Jerry Junkin, Kenneth Kiesler, Craig Kirchhoff, Gillian MacKay, Travis Cross, and Rodney Dorsey.