Bands

Associate Instructors

Meet our students; read about their backgrounds, professional engagements, teaching positions, and educational histories.

Doctor of Music in Wind Conducting candidates
Master of Music in Wind Conducting candidates

Jeff Osarczuk is the former director of instrumental and choral music at San Benancio Middle School where he conducted and taught the Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, Choir, classroom music, 4th and 5th grade instruments, as well as private students. An active member of various educator organizations, he has planned and coordinated honor group events, festivals, and conferences for the San Bernardino County Music Educators Association (SBCMEA), Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association (SCSBOA), and the California Music Education Association-Central Coast Section (CMEA-CCS), where he also served as President Elect and the Chairman of the Middle School Honor Band. Jeff also served as a board member and performer for Ensemble Monterey Chamber Orchestra, a nonprofit ensemble that provides professional chamber music concerts to the Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties.

Jeff has also served as an adjudicator for SCSBOA and CMEA-CCS honor events and as a clinician for summer music camps in Southern California as well as the Central Coast including the renowned Monterey Jazz Festival Summer Camp. In 2012, he appeared as a guest conductor at the Pokorny Low Brass Seminar where he conducted a brass ensemble comprised of members from the Redlands Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. In 2013 he was on the planning board for the International Double Reed Society- 42nd Annual Conference and was in charge of coordinating the Teen Camp.
Mr. Osarczuk earned his Bachelor of Music Cum Laude from the State University of New York at Fredonia and was awarded a full scholarship at the University of Redlands for a Master of Music in Conducting. In 2013 he was awarded an honorary membership to the Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society. Jeff is currently a Doctor of Music in Wind Conducting candidate at Indiana University where he is also an Associate Instructor.

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Benjamin Alaniz is currently pursuing a Doctor of Music degree in Wind Conducting, under the direction of Dr. Rodney Dorsey, and is serving as an Associate Instructor in the Department of Bands at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.
Before moving to IU, Mr. Alaniz earned a Master of Music degree in Wind Conducting at Baylor University, under the guidance of Dr. Eric Wilson. Prior to Baylor, Mr. Alaniz was an assistant band director at the Sudler Flag awarded Brazoswood High School in Lake Jackson, Texas. Mr. Alaniz received a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Louisiana State University and completed courses towards a Master’s of Music and Human Learning at the University of Texas at Austin. Committed to serving young musicians and teachers, Mr. Alaniz is active as a clinician, conductor, and leadership consultant.

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Suzanne Charney is currently pursuing a Master of Music in Wind Conducting degree at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Formerly, Suzanne was appointed the Director of Junior High Bands for the Coldspring Oakhurst Consolidated ISD in Coldspring Texas, where she served students by directing the Symphonic Band and Beginning Bands and co-directing the Concert Band, High School Band, Marching Band, and various student solos and ensembles. Under Suzanne's direction, the COCISD band program earned numerous first division ratings for the first time in school history as student participation flourished and students enjoyed many unique performance opportunities. An avid member of the Texas Music Educators Association and the Association for Texas Small School Bands, Suzanne held the position of Secretary for Region 9/33. Suzanne frequently performed duties as an adjudicator within the region and fostered student leadership and success through her programs. Prior to her six years of teaching experience in Texas, Suzanne had the privilege of working as a technician with the two-time Bands of America national winner marching band of Lawrence Township in Indianapolis, Indiana. Suzanne graduated with distinction from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music with a Bachelor of Music Education Degree in 2012.

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Daniel Johnson is pursuing the Master of Music in Wind Conducting degree at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Previously, Daniel was the Director of Bands at James Monroe High School of Virginia. At JM, Daniel led the Symphonic Band, Marching Band, Pep Band, Jazz Ensemble, Percussion Ensembles, and taught courses in Music Theory, Music History, Piano, and Adaptive Music. Daniel also served as the District Itinerant Band Director for the Fayette County Public Schools of Kentucky. Daniel holds a Bachelor of Music-Music Education degree from the University of Kentucky where he was a tuba student of Dr. Skip Gray and conducting student of Scott-Lee Atchison. During this time, Daniel served on the faculty of Lexington’s Central Music Academy and as Assistant Conductor of Lexington’s New Horizons Concert Band. Daniel has participated in and received fellowships to conducting workshops hosted by Northwestern University, Michigan State University, the University of Cincinnati, the University of Minnesota, and Virginia Tech.