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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Alexander Baczewski completed a MM in Wind Conducting at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and is now Assistant Director of Bands at Allen High School in Allen, TX. A native of Austin, Texas, Mr. Baczewski graduated magna cum laude from Baylor University in 2014, where he earned his Bachelor of Music in Instrumental Music Education. He served as President of the Gamma Iota chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, performed with the Baylor Wind Ensemble at regional and national CBDNA conferences, served as section leader with the Golden Wave Marching Band, was lead alto saxophonist in the Baylor Jazz Ensemble, and performed in master classes with Claude Delangle and Eugene Rousseau. Mr. Baczewski served for three years as Associate Director of Bands at Decker Middle School in the Austin area where he founded the Decker Jazz Band and was instrumental in helping the Decker Honor Band to earn UIL Sweepstakes for the first time in school history. While teaching, Mr. Baczewski was a performing member of the Cedar Park Winds.

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Emily F. Rodeck completed both a BME and MM in Wind Conducting at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. She is now the Junior/Senior High School Band Director at Peru High School in Peru, IN.

From 2015-2017, Ms. Rodeck taught K-12 general, choral, and instrumental music at Munising Public Schools in Upper Michigan. In 2017, the Munising High School Band earned a first division (I) rating at District Band Festival, and traveled to Gaylord, MI, to participate in State Band Festival. Ms. Rodeck initiated a basketball pep band program, and updated the marching band program with new styles of drill and new marching percussion equipment. She doubled the size of the Munising High School Choir, and encouraged community participation through public performances at the local Tender Care facility, and at Memorial Day services. While under Ms. Rodeck's direction, the school choir was also invited to perform at the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore 50th Anniversary celebration in 2016.

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