With State Senator Ed Kennedy
With former Congresswoman Niki Tsongas
With musicians from the 2021 Los Angeles Conducting Workshop
Scenes from More Than Self — Virtual Orchestra and Live Socially Distanced Orchestra!
Taken during the 500 hours needed to produce, direct, and create More Than Self. A pandemic era project which recognized the doctors nurses and staff at Lowell General Hospital.
Saying “Happy Holidays” to our wonderful audience, and “Thank You” to the guest Nutcracker Ballet Dancers from Trica’s Dance School.
The Lowell Philharmonic Orchestra’s Patriotic Pops concert at Shedd Park on July 7th 2019 with artist Jeffrey Lipsky painting live!
“Around the World in 80 Minutes” pops concert with the Lowell Philharmonic Orchestra!

PCO good with TomWith the Parkway Concert Orchestra (Norwood, MA) at Holy Name Cathedral.

pco 2The incredible view and acoustic at Holy Name Cathedral!

4202Rehearsing Gunther Schuller’s Double Quintet with wonderful musicians from the New England Conservatory of Music.

image1With the dynamic cast, composer, and director — after two premiere performances of Jacob Shulman’s new opera, Role Playing Game at the Armory in Somerville, MA.

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Faculty, composers, and conductors at the 2018 Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in Santa Cruz California!

Heiss, Harbison, Siar, Kociela, after Mirabai Songs.jpegIn beautiful Jordan Hall for John Harbison’s 80th Birthday Celebration Concert after our performance of his Mirabai Songs. (left to right) 52 year (!) NEC faculty member and Contemporary Ensemble Artistic Director Mr. John Heiss, John Harbison, soprano soloist Emily Siar and yours very truly. WHAT A WORK! Made possible through the incredible sensitivity of percussionist Alex Garde, bassist Moises Carrasco, violist Ariel Chapman, clarinetist Sangwon Lee, cellist Ben Fryxell, harpist Sarah Yeoh-Wang, flautist Dominique Kim and violinist Daniel Cho!

tom yelena tanglewood.jpgOur first visit to Tanglewood! Boston Symphony Orchestra, Bernstein Songfest and Sibelius Symphony 2, Bramwell Tovey conductor!

yampolsky1.jpgWith the conducting class along with instructors Victor Yampolsky and Erin Freeman at the 2018 Wintergreen Summer Music Festival in Nellysford Virginia.

yampolsky 2.jpgAfter a performance of the Schubert Octet at the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival.

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Conducting the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra during their 2018 summer conducting workshop.

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With my conducting colleagues after Boston Strong Music, a New England Conservatory concert to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the Boston Marathon Bombing.  Boston Strong Music was a gift from NEC students to the City of Boston representing how all have risen up with strength from the tragedy five years ago.

peltz studio, shost 14 gran partita.jpgConductor Outing! – Boston Symphony, Mozart “Gran Partita” and Shostakovich Symphony 14, Andris Nelsons conductor

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Our first Boston Symphony Concert, and our 5th wedding anniversary!
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In Dvorak Hall at the Rudolfinum (home of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra) during a rehearsal of Tchaikovsky’s 6th Symphony with the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra during their 2017 Central European Tour — Prague, Czech Republic.

FullSizeRenderDress rehearsal with the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra in Belgrade, Serbia at Kolaric concert hall (home of the Belgrade Philharmonic).

kociela-1Directing the Temecula Valley Symphony during “Rock Legends, a concert for the city of Temecula”.
Directing the Temecula Valley Youth Symphony in Rossini’s The Barber of Seville Overture.
Setting the scene for music from Star Wars
Rock Legends with the Temecula Valley Symphony at the Temecula Civic Center.
After a concert with the Stratus Duo. A flute and saxophone duo who perform music such as that from Super Smash Bros. and other popular franchises (many are video games) accompanied by symphony orchestra.
Directing the Temecula Valley Youth Symphony in excerpts from Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite at the Temecula Amphitheater.
The conducting class at the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival with Maestro Robert Franz of the Houston Symphony and the Windsor Symphony!
Conducting the Festival Orchestra in Haydn’s 44th Symphony at the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival.
Conducting a combined rehearsal with the Temecula Valley Youth Symphony and Jr. Youth Symphony for a holiday sing-along!
Preparing film composer Steven Mahpar’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland for the Colors of Music chamber music concert with some of the principal musicians from the Temecula Valley Symphony.
With Sir Patrick Stewart after a rehearsal of Oedipus Rex (Stewart was the narrator) by Stravinsky with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Michael Tilson Thomas conducting.

059Performing with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on tour at Carnegie Hall — Bela Bartok, Bluebeard’s Castle, Pierre Boulez conductor.

Playing trombone with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra during Festa Muti, A Free Concert For the City of Chicago.  Pictured here performing The Star Spangled Banned, followed by Verdi’s La Forza Del Destino Overture, and Respighi’s The Pines of Rome!
kociela-16With families from the Temecula Valley Youth Symphony between a rehearsal and performance of Tchaikovsky’s 4th symphony with the American Youth Symphony, on the campus of UCLA.