Manhattan Wind Ensemble is a community for professional and amateur musicians in NYC to come together to perform and expand the wind band literature and engage with audiences throughout the New York area.

We are an approximately fifty-person symphonic band composed of both professional and non-professional woodwind, brass and percussion players. Under the direction of its Music Director, Sarah Quiroz, the Manhattan Wind Ensemble rehearses weekly and performs several times per year throughout the New York City community.

Manhattan Wind Ensemble, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation. The Board of Directors of Manattan Wind Ensemble, Inc. is responsible for organizing and managing the day-to-day operations and long-term goals of the ensemble. Bylaws of Manhattan Wind Ensemble, Inc.

Musical Director Sarah Quiroz
Making her debut as the artistic leader of a wind band, Sarah Quiroz joins the Manhattan Wind Ensemble this year as Music Director. Recognized for her humorously detailed imagery and tremendously exuberant podium presence, she’s a passionate proponent for serving the community an enriching musical experience, performer and listener alike! She enthusiastically supports sharing the uniquely invigorating sound of the wind band with the community. Perhaps it is the school teacher in her, but she believes in being equally attentive to the musicians and audience members, making concerts musically and educationally engaging for a wide spectrum of participants. Quiroz sees a wealth of potential in the ensemble, and, as a new artistic voice, aims to encourage the performance of our repertoire’s “hidden gems” as well as continue the legacy of supporting the classics.

Quiroz received her Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education at the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music, Stockton, California, where she graduated cum laude. She completed her Masters Degree in Music Education at Teachers College at Columbia University in 2012. Currently, Quiroz is Choral Director and General Music Teacher at Forest Road Elementary School in Nassau County. She is also active as a pianist, clarinetist, conductor and clinician in New York.

Quiroz made her first appearance on the podium in Stockton, California, guest conducting the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, the University of the Pacific Wind Ensemble, student recitals and composition premieres during her undergraduate study. This was followed by a 3-year period as Guest Conductor then Assistant Director of the Columbia University Wind Ensemble. During the summer months, Quiroz leads the Columbia Summer Winds as Associate Conductor, working with colleagues Andy Pease and Bill Tonissen and collaborating with composers such as Michael Markowski and Jim Territo. Her conducting teachers include Eric Hammer, Nicholas Waldvogel, Dino Anagnost, and Virginia Allen. Further study includes symposiums with distinguished conductors Jerry Junkin, Richard Floyd, Mallory Thompson and Robert Halseth. She also holds active memberships in College Band Directors National Association, NYSSMA, Nassau Music Educators Association, the Association of Concert Bands and the National Association for Music Education.

Justin R. Stolarik, Associate Conductor
Justin is an active freelance musician, conductor, and composer in New York City, where he serves as Associate Conductor of the Manhattan Wind Ensemble. In NYC, he previously served as Market Center Administrator of Operations (COO) and as a Licensed Real Estate Salesperson at Keller Williams NYC. Musically, he has served as Artistic Director of the National Lesbian and Gay Marching Band, Assistant Director and Conductor of the Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps Symphonic Band, Resident Guest Conductor of the Kings County Concert Band, and performed with the Brooklyn Wind Symphony and Wind Ensemble Society of New York City. Prior to his current posts, Dr. Stolarik served as Director of Athletic Bands at the University of Oklahoma, and Assistant Director of Bands at both the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Henderson State University. His wind and percussion arrangements have been performed across the country before audiences of over 80,000. In addition to athletic bands, he has arranged for the Dallas Winds and the University of Texas Wind Ensemble. Dr. Stolarik has worked with several notable performers, including Ed Shaughnessy (Tonight Show with Johnny Carson), Everlast (House of Pain), and will.i.am (Black Eyed Peas).
Dr. Stolarik completed his Doctorate of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees in Percussion Performance at the University of Texas at Austin, and his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education, with Highest Honors, at the University of Florida. While at UT, he performed with the UT Wind Ensemble at Carnegie Hall in 2005 for the World Premiere of John Corigliano’s Symphony No. 3 “Circus Maximus,” and as part of a seventeen-day five-country European tour in 2008, featuring the same work. He served as timpanist on the World Premiere recording, available from Naxos Classical. During his years at UF, he was a three-year Front Line member of the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps, and was two-time Drum Corps Midwest and Drum Corps International Timpani Solo Champion. He was featured in issues of Percussion News and Modern Drummer for his solo performances. Dr. Stolarik is an honorary m ember of Kappa Kappa Psi (Alpha Tau) and Tau Beta Sigma (Beta Gamma and Theta Theta) National Band Service Organizations.

Joining the Manhattan Wind Ensemble 

The MWE welcomes a variety of interested and talented people to join the MWE family. We are interested in auditioning top musicians and to speaking with individuals who are interested in joining our Board or any of our ad hoc committees. For auditions or Board inquiries, please contact info@manhattanwindensemble.com.

About the Board of Directors and Management of MWE

Manhattan Wind Ensemble, Inc. is governed by its Board of Directors. For the 2017-2018 Season, the Board, Artistic Leadership and Management of the ensemble is as follows:

Sarah Sechan, President
Michael Jones, Treasurer
Andrew Raff, Secretary
Sarah Quiroz, Music Director
Justin Stolarik, Associate Conductor
Dahlia Yoeli, Personnel Director
tbd, Music Librarian