is the Music Director for the Staten Island Philharmonic. He is
also the Music Director for the Centre Symphony in Manhattan, the Artistic Director and founder of the
Brooklyn Chamber Orchestra, the Music Director and Conductor
of the Bronx Symphony Orchestra,
and the Music Director of the
Rockaway-Five Towns Symphony Orchestra. Maestro Guzmán was
the Principal Conductor for the
Regina Opera Company in
Brooklyn for many years. For ten years, he was the Music
Director of the New York Symphonic Arts Ensemble. He has also served
as the principal conductor for the Long Beach Symphony, and has
appeared as a guest conductor for the Bronx Arts Ensemble, the
Greenwich Village Orchestra, the Riverside Symphony Orchestra,
the Bel Canto Opera Company, the Bronx Chamber Orchestra, the
New Rochelle Opera Company, the Brooklyn Heights Orchestra, and the
South Shore Philharmonic, among many
CW3 RUSSELL J. HOUSER
CW3 Russell J. Houser is originally from Mifflinville, PA. He graduated high school in 1987 and entered the US Army as a French horn player with a first duty assignment of Ft. Hamilton in Brooklyn, NY. (He was a student of Dr. Carolyn Clark while at Ft. Hamilton.)
When his enlistment ended in 1990, Mr. Houser left active duty Army to attend the University of Massachusetts Amherst, during which time he served as a member of the 26th Infantry “Yankee Division” Band, MA ARNG. In February of 1996 he returned to active duty and subsequently served with the 101st Airborne Division (AASLT) Band, the 82nd Airborne Division Band and the Army Ground Forces Band. In 2004 he was selected for Warrant Officer/Bandmaster.
From 2006-2008 CW3 Houser commanded the 62nd Army Band at Ft. Bliss, TX, and from 2008-2011 he commanded the 82nd Airborne Division Band, at Ft. Bragg, NC. He led the 82nd Airborne Division Band during a 15-month deployment to Afghanistan in which the band performed over 700 troop-support missions and mentored several elements of the Afghan National Army Band system. Russ now commands the 1st Armored Division Band at Ft. Bliss, TX and is responsible for their transition to become a deployable band.
Currently Mr. Houser is a second-year doctoral student in Boston University’s on-line Doctor of Musical Arts program and maintains a 3.7 GPA. Mr. Houser graduated with a Bachelor’s degree cum laude in Chemistry and a minor in Music Performance from UMASS Amherst. In December 2008, he graduated from the University of Texas El Paso with a Master’s Degree (4.0) in Music Performance. He is a member of both the Golden Key National Honor Society and Phi Kappa Phi for academic excellence at both the undergraduate and graduate level. In 2010, Mr. Houser delivered a talk to the honors students of the UMASS Commonwealth College via Skype from Afghanistan.
CW3 Houser has been recognized twice by the Adjutant General’s Corps for Distinguished Achievement with the Horatio Gates Bronze and SGM Strickland Medallions. He has also earned the Bronze Star Medal, Audie Murphy Club Medallion, the Senior Parachutist Badge, the Canadian Parachutist Badge, the Air Assault Badge, the Meritorious Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters (OLC), the Army Commendation Medal with four OLCs, the Army Achievement Medal with four OLCs, the Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal and The Army Good Conduct Medal (4th Award).
Mr. Houser’s military schools include the Warrant Officer Advanced Course, the Warrant Officer Basic Course, Warrant Officer Candidate School, Advanced Airborne School, Basic Airborne School, Air Assault School, BNCOC and PLDC.
CW3 Houser is an active member of the Adjutant General Corps Regimental Association, Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, the Music Educators National Conference, UMASS Alumni Association, Phi Kappa Phi, UTEP Alumni Association and is a lifetime member of the 82nd Airborne Division Association.
This website and all content copyright 2006-2011 Staten Island PhilharmonicBR>Site Development: Canfield Design Studios, Inc.