Brian Messier Wins American Prize in Conducting

Brian Messier was named the winner of the non-collegiate wind ensemble division of the 2023 American Prize in Conducting. Messier, who leads the Dartmouth College Wind Ensemble and Dartmouth College Marching Band as the Hopkins Center's director of bands, received the national award in recognition of his work as music director of The Valley Winds, a community wind ensemble which he founded in Amherst, Mass., in 2014. In the college/university wind ensemble division, Messier was awarded third place for his work with the Dartmouth College Wind Ensemble. 

From the press release:

Winners of The American Prize receive cash prizes, professional adjudication and regional, national and international recognition based on recorded performances. In addition to monetary rewards and written evaluations from judges, winners are profiled on The American Prize websites, where links will lead to video and audio excerpts of artist performances.