|Jerry Nowak is Professor Emeritus of Music at Bucks County Community College in Newtown, Pennsylvania, where he taught
from 1969 to 2005. With over 1,100 published compositions and arrangements for instrumental and vocal ensembles, Jerry is one
of the most widely published composers and arrangers of the past forty years.
Jerry studied composition and orchestration with Lucien Cailliet (arranger for the Philadelphia Orchestra under Leopold
Stokowski and Eugene Ormandy), clarinet with Charles Russo, voice with Herbert Pate, and choral conducting with Dr. Finley
Williamson. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Education and Master of Music Composition from The College of New Jersey
(formerly Trenton State College). Jerry has appeared extensively throughout the United States as a guest conductor, clinician and
adjudicator. He has lectured at many colleges and universities throughout North America and Australia.
Early in his career he worked as a woodwind doubler and session singer in New York and Philadelphia. He toured with Burt
Bacharach and played with many big bands, jazz and R&B groups on the east coast. He is a founding member of the Philadelphia
Saxophone Quartet, and recently retired from the New Jersey Saxophone Quartet.
Jerry has an international reputation for his innovations in the techniques and teaching of expressive phrasing. In 2002 Carl Fischer
published Conducting the Music, Not the Musicians, a ground-breaking conducting text co-authored by Jerry with his brother
Henry Nowak. His phrasing book series, The Art of Expressive Playing (also co-authored with Henry) was published in October
2004 by Carl Fischer, and is recognized as the first and only comprehensive text book on expressive performance.
In recent summers he has taught two graduate level courses at the University of the Arts on the campus of Villanova University:
Instrumental Conducting: Elementary through High School, and Ensemble Phrasing and Performance.
Jerry has conducted numerous professional recording sessions in New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC and London, England.
He has appeared as guest conductor with the Delaware Valley Philharmonic Orchestra, and has served as the Musical Director of
the Delaware Valley Wind Symphony since its founding in 2006. He is also the conductor and arranger for Jim Gafgen, a popular
tenor who performs in the New York and Philadelphia areas.
In January 2015 Jerry completed his 30th consecutive season of teaching in Sydney on behalf of the Australian Band and
Orchestra Directors’ Association in New South Wales. In 2003 the association named the Jerry Nowak Conducting Summer
School in his honor.
Jerry appears in the 2004, 2005 and 2006 editions of Who's Who in America, published by Marquis.