Brian Messier

Artist in Residence in Winds and Director of the Wind Ensemble
Bernhard Music Center


B.M. Ithaca College (2003)
M.M. University of Massachusetts (2011)
D.M. University of Minnesota (2014)

Prof. Brian Messier’s research on audience attraction, engagement, and retention has resulted in his participation in the New Audiences and Innovative Practices program in Iceland; guest speaking engagements in Minnesota and the Netherlands; and his appointment to the College Band Director’s National Association committee for the advancement of wind music in our culture. In addition to his position at Williams College, Messier is also Artistic Director of The Valley Winds ( and director of bands at Belchertown High School. Messier is in high demand as a clinician and guest conductor, and specializes in integrating collaborative practice and innovative techniques into the large ensemble setting.