Director Bios

Music Director JOHN A. SAINT AMOUR

The 2019-2020 season of the Rockville Concert Band marks his tenth season serving as Music Director.  He was recently reappointed as the Music Director of the Library of Congress Chorale. Saint Amour has served as Assistant Conductor of the Washington (DC) Symphony Orchestra, Music Director of the Library of Congress Chorale, Vienna (VA) Concert Band, and Artistic Director of Arts United of Washington. He has conducted numerous bands, chamber ensembles, choirs and orchestras throughout the National Capital region. In 2010, he was selected and served as a Conductor for the Monroe County All County Band Festival at Roberts Weslyan College in Rochester, NY.

He has played French Horn as a member of the Virginia Grand Military Band, Philharmonia of Greensboro (NC), Capital Worship Orchestra, Library of Congress Chamber Orchestra, and OCMEA Wind Ensemble as well as numerous pit orchestras in the DC Region. His music direction has been reviewed in The Washington Post, Washington Times, and City Paper (DC).

Prior to moving to DC, John was a high school music teacher in New York and North Carolina. His bands in North Carolina won several regional competitions and received numerous Superior ratings. He has also taught band for the DC Public Schools. He holds a BM from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam and an MM from George Mason University (GMU). At GMU he was awarded a Melton Music Teaching Fellowship where he provided music lessons for talented students who needed financial assistance. He remains active in the National Association for Music Education, and the Association of Concert Bands.






                                                                            Associate Music Director JUAN GALLASTEGUI

Dr. Juan Gallastegui is the Associate Music Director of the Rockville Concert Band (Rockville, MD), Conductor of the Prince William Youth Orchestra (Woodbridge, VA) and Director of Bands at Archbishop Carroll High School in Washington D.C. He has conducted the Loudoun Symphony Orchestra (Ashburn, VA), the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Greater Washington D.C. as one of the conductor finalists, and the DC String Workshop Wind Ensemble (D.C.)

Gallastegui has attended numerous conducting and professional development workshops as an active participant, including “Pershing’s Own,” Bard College’s Conductors Institute Summer Orchestra, the First International Conducting Workshop “San Lorenzo del Escorial” with Jorma Panula, and the First Smoky Mountains International Conducting Workshop and Competition (NC) and the Bouquet Kiev Stage (Ukraine).

His main conducting teachers and workshop mentors include Harold Farberman, Jorma Panula, Lawrence Golan, Mark Gibson, and Leon Botstein, and Dr. Laurence Wallach in composition.

Gallastegui has an outstanding performance history as a euphonium player, playing principal and soloist for several wind bands in Spain. He was also a participant in concerts with the New York Philharmonic Principal Brass Festival and New York Wind Symphony. He formerly served as a Brass and Musicianship Instructor at Bard College Preparatory Division and as a Brass Specialist at Red Hook High School, both in NY.

Gallastegui holds a Ph.D. in Music History (University of La Rioja), Master in Music in Orchestral Conducting (Bard College, NY) and a Masters in Education (University of Cantabria). Previously, he earned a B.A. in Musicology (University of La Rioja, Spain) and a double B.M in Tuba Performance and Pedagogy of Tuba (Navarre Conservatory). Among other awards, Dr. Gallastegui was a “Rafael Del Pino Foundation” Scholarship Recipient in 2014.

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