Silver Lake College of the Holy Family is pleased to announce that Joshua Hernday of Appleton has been named director of instrumental ensembles.
“I am extremely honored and thrilled to have been selected. The Lakeshore Area is a hub for musical innovation and I look forward to embracing those traditions of excellence while collaborating with the local communities to push the boundaries of artistic distinction that this institution has to offer,” he said.
“Josh has experience in conducting ensembles and symphonies, and in recruiting music students,” said Jamie Grant, dean of enrollment management. “We are looking forward to the contributions that Josh will make to the College.”
Hernday serves as concert manager and board member of the Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra, as well as founding music director of the Neenah Community Orchestra.
He has appeared with many ensembles throughout the Midwest and Russia. Hernday was founding director of the Bloomington-Normal Summer Orchestra and founding hornist of the Phrygian Winds, a wind quintet based in the Wisconsin Fox Valley.
Hernday earned his master’s degrees in horn performance and orchestral conducting from Illinois State University. He was graduate assistant to Dr. Martin Seggelke and the ISU Wind Symphony when they were awarded the American Prize in Band/Wind Ensemble Performance in 2015.
In addition to Dr. Seggelke, his primary instructors included Dr. Joe Neisler and Dr. Glenn Block.
Originally from Oshkosh, Hernday received his bachelor’s degree in horn performance from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, while studying with Dr. Bruce Atwell. While there, he began his conducting studies with Dr. Lucia Matos of Northern Illinois University.