AWS News

New Music Leadership

Effective July 1, 2017, Dr. David Kehler assumed the responsibilities of Music Director and Conductor of the Atlanta Wind Symphony. Currently, Dr. Kehler serves as the Director of Bands and Professor of Music at Kennesaw State University, where he oversees all aspects of the University’s quickly expanding band program while serving as Music Director and Conductor of the KSU Wind Ensemble. Featured frequently on 90.1 FM (WABE-Atlanta Public Radio), the KSU Wind Ensemble also recently released its first professional recording under the Centaur label featuring the music of Chen Yi.
Full bio on Dr. Kehler

Our new artistic team includes two new associate conductors: Chris Shumick and Tyler Ehrlich.
Chris is currently the Director of Bands at Milton High School. Before teaching at Milton, Chris was the inaugural director at Woodland High School and also taught at Jonesboro High School. While serving as a high school Director of Bands, every concert ensemble under his direction has earned the rating of I-Superior (a total of 19 times) at Georgia Music Educators Association Large Group Performance Evaluations (LGPE). We are enthusiastic about the element of tradition and his deep roots to the metro Atlanta area, bringing youth, excitement, and experience to our organization.
Full bio on Chris Shumick

Tyler will begin his tenure at Centennial High School this fall. Tyler recently completed his Master of Music in Performance in Conducting, which was completed with distinction at the University of Georgia. Before that, he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Music, graduating summa cum laude from Cornell University. He has previously taught at River Ridge High School and Mill Creek Middle School. Tyler is also well known for his technological skills. He has presented at various conferences throughout the country about combining technology and music. We are excited to see how Tyler can continue his research with the Atlanta Wind Symphony, bringing us into the cutting-edge 21st century while respecting our traditions.
Full bio on Tyler Ehrlich