Alan Posner is entering his second year of teaching at Bloomfield Hills High School and ninth year as a band director. Prior to that, he spent his first three years of teaching in Suttons Bay, MI and the next four at Berkley High School and Norup International School. Mr. Posner holds a degree in instrumental music education from the University of Michigan where he studied with Colleen Conway, Steve Davis, Michael Haithcock, and Donald Sinta. He is currently pursuing a master's degree in instrumental conducting at Oakland University under Greg Cunningham. Mr. Posner has attended conducting symposiums at Ithaca College, Northwestern University, University of Michigan, University of Missouri Kansas City, and the MMC conducting workshop. He was the recipient of the 2012-2013 Berkley High School Teacher of the Year. Mr. Posner is the director of a youth klezmer band called the Kidz Klez of Michigan. He also serves as the Vice President of Band and Orchestra for MSBOA and the Tri-M chair for Michigan Music Education Association. In the past, Mr. Posner has also served as the Vice President of Solo and Ensemble for District 2, host of the District 2 honors band, and Music Ed and Festival improvements committee representative for district 4. Mr. Posner's groups routinely receive "superior" ratings at festival. In 2015, the Berkley High School Jazz Ensemble was invited to perform at the Michigan Music Conference in Grand Rapids. Mr. Posner is a 2004 graduate of Andover High School and attended Bloomfield Hills Schools K-12. Words cannot describe how excited an honored he is to take over a program that was run by his mentor and high school band director, Mr. Bob Ambrose. In his spare time, Mr. Posner enjoys watching and playing sports, traveling, and spending time with family. Mr. Posner is MARRIED to the wonderful Michelle Posner. They live in ferndale with their fat cat named Roxi.
Scott Wolf began his string teaching career with the Bloomfield Hills School District to teach orchestra at East Hills Middle School in 1995. One year later he was asked to help start the music program at the Bloomfield Hills International Academy. He is now very excited to be a part of the Bloomfield Hills High School Music Department. Mr. Wolf is a firm believer that flexibility and rigor make an outstanding teacher. Rigor is absolutely necessary from a curricular standpoint. In any subject area, a teacher needs to be able to assist students in reaching the goals of the curriculum. He believes that outstanding teachers help students achieve well beyond what the community expects. As a musician, Mr. Wolf strives to have students stretch into levels of music performance that go beyond competency into artistry. This takes a keen awareness of pedagogy to move students progressively into more and more complex areas of study. However, every great teacher needs to know that flexibility is the key to mastery. Every student acquires information at a different rate. A great teacher is able to work with all students to assist them on the rigorous path to success. As an educator, it is also important to know that change is inevitable, and flexibility within the school community helps to develop a more agile staff when it comes to introducing new curriculum or the implementation of new ideas.
Mr. Wolf sets a rigorous path of action in his orchestras. He has very high expectations for his students in the ability to communicate musical ideas. Mr. Wolf takes pride in all students and understands that all musicians enter with a different level of accomplishment and having the flexibility to work through those obstacles (or accomplishments) assists in these goals.
Mr. Wolf studied Music Education and Mathematics at Central Michigan University where he studied viola under Stanley Chepaitis and Seunghee Lee. Mr. Wolf has also studied at numerous college and universities and had the pleasure of studying viola with Cynthia Kemph, Jon Wilcox and Susan Brennis along with countless master classes. He is sought after as a guest clinician and guest conductor for local symphonies and school orchestras. He currently serves as an Adjudicator for the Michigan State Band and Orchestra Association and is on the state committee for music selection for orchestras. He is a member of the American String Teachers Association. Mr. Wolf recently was nominated as MSBOA District 4 Orchestra Teacher of the year for 2016 and is a finalist for the state’s honor.
Mr. Wolf has has a masters in Educational Leadership from Oakland University. Mr. Wolf enjoys taking classes, cooking, golf, running, conducting, performing, MSU football and traveling with his wife Leigh.