Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant serves as Visiting Assistant Professor of the Practice of Music and Director of the Duke University Wind Symphony. She also conducts the Duke Medicine Orchestra and the North Carolina Saxophone Ensemble.
Verena grew up in Eberschwang, Austria. She began piano lessons at the age of 6, continuing later with church organ, flute, and bassoon.
Her conducting debut at age 16 was followed by a three-year fundamental conducting course taught by Johann Mösenbichler. Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant then studied conducting for symphony orchestra with Ingo Ingensand at the Anton Bruckner Private University in Linz, Upper Austria, and received her bachelor degree, with distinction, in 2005. She completed her Master of Music in 2007 with Kevin Sedatole at Michigan State University. Verena graduated in May 2009 with her DMA in Wind Ensemble Conducting from The University of Texas at Austin where her principal conducting teacher was Jerry Junkin.
Professional engagements have included three years as the conductor of the Hofkirchen Community Band, conducting the Youth Band of Eberschwang, and she currently serves as Executive Director of the World Youth Wind Orchestra Project, the international youth orchestra of the annual Mid-Europe festival in Schladming, Austria.
In 2003, Verena won the prestigious conducting scholarship of the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, and has participated in conducting workshops with Ray Cramer, Dennis Johnson and Glenn Price.