Symphonic Winds: Celebrating our Students

Symphonic Winds Silver Hall (MPAC) concert stage
Wednesday, April 24, 2025

7:30 PM (Eastern)
Maltz Performing Arts Center, Silver Hall
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  • DR. RYAN SCHERBER, director of bands 
  • MS. BETHANY WESTPHAL, graduate conducting assistant
  • MR. JONATHEN MORAWSKI, graduate conducting assistant


  • THE MELODY SHOP, Karl King (1891–1971)
  • ARMENIAN DANCES PART I, Alfred Reed (1921–2005)
  • PERSIS, James Hosay (b. 1959)
  • VESUVISUS, Frank Ticheli (b. 1958)
  • MONKEY HILL world premiere, Kaleb Conger, bassoon (Civil Engineering, 2025) 
  • MORNING STAR, David Maslanka (1943–2017)


Kaleb Conger is a third-year civil engineering student at Case Western Reserve University, and plays bassoon in the CWRU Symphonic Winds. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, he began studying piano at age seven and composing at age ten. As a bassoonist, Kaleb has held principal positions in the Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra, Willow School Symphonic Band, and various All-State Bands and Orchestras in Louisiana. He also has experience performing chamber music, playing in NOLA Chamberfest, Birdfoot Festival, and LMEA Solo and Ensemble Competition. Kaleb's composition Monkey Hill, titled after a landmark known by the youth of New Orleans, depicts childhood nostalgia. He aims to capture the complex emotions that we feel when recounting childhood, which often embraces the positive and ignores the negative. Monkey Hill is Kaleb's compositional debut with the CWRU Symphonic Winds. As a civil engineering student, Kaleb has held executive positions in the CWRU chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Steel Bridge Team, and is currently on coop at an engineering company in the Cleveland area.


This performance is part of the Silver Hall Concert Series at the Maltz Performing Arts Center at The Temple-Tifereth Israel, which showcases the Case Western Reserve University Department of Music as well as local Cleveland ensembles and highlights the cultural diversity and depth of talent coursing through this city. These events are free with parking included, but registration is required. 

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