Dr, Berz was the third conductor of the RVSB, from 2001-2005.Dr. William Berz is Professor of Music at the Mason Gross School of the Arts of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. He teaches classes in music education, and has conducted a wide variety of performance ensembles including bands, orchestras, contemporary music groups, and opera. In 1993, Dr. Berz was given an Outstanding Teacher Award by the Rutgers College Parents Association. In 1994-1995, he was a Lilly Endowment Fellow.Dr. Berz has served as Chair of the Department of Music at Rutgers and has conducted both the Rutgers Wind Ensemble and Rutgers Symphony Band. With these ensembles, he has premiered many new works for winds, and he has won the praise of many distinguished composers including Charles Wuorinen, Roger Nixon, Eric Whitacre, Martin Ellerby, David Holsinger, Roger Cichy, Timothy Mahr, Jack Stamp, Steven Bryant, Eric Moe, Timothy Broege, Jan Van der Roost, and Ralph Hultgren.Dr. Berz has considerable experience as an orchestral conductor. He was the Music Director and Conductor of the New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra from 1988 until 1994. From 1984 to 1989, he was Assistant Conductor of The Jupiter Symphony and Naumburg Orchestra, both of New York City. He conducted the New Jersey State Youth Orchestra from 1984 until 1988. In 2000, he conducted the New Jersey All-State Orchestra.In addition to his work as a conductor, he is active as a researcher and writer. He has published a number of articles and presented many sessions in instructional technology, music education, and conducting. He is co-author of the book Applications of Research in Music Technology, published by the Music Educators National Conference. He has articles published in Psychology of Music, Music Perception, The Bulletin of the Council of Research in Music Education, Tempo, The WASBE Journal, and The New Review of Hypermedia and Multimedia. He has been a regular consultant to the Educational Testing Service in Princeton, New Jersey. He is editor of the WASBE Journal and was founding editor of Visions of Research in Music Education.A native of St. Clair Shores, Michigan, Dr. Berz began his teaching career in Leslie, Michigan. He is a summa cum laude graduate of Michigan State University with major study in music education and conducting. His conducting teachers include Stanley DeRusha, Kenneth G. Bloomquist, David Catron, Robert Erbes, and Jens Nygaard.