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Brian Dredla earned a bachelor of arts degree in biology from the University of Rochester in New York and a bachelor of music degree with highest honors in clarinet performance from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He also holds a master of music degree in clarinet performance and literature from the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music. While a graduate student at Eastman, Dredla participated in the Catherine Filene Shouse Arts Leadership Program, a certificate program designed to teach musicians the entrepreneurial skills and knowledge needed to become leaders in today’s ever-changing arts environment.
As a clarinetist, Dredla has played with numerous professional and festival orchestras. He performed for two seasons with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the training orchestra of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. In Chicago, Dredla also taught privately and participated regularly in music outreach programs for underserved communities. He is currently principal clarinet of the West Valley Symphony in Surprise, Arizona.
Dredla came to MIM in 2008 and worked for seven years as part of the curatorial and collections teams, most recently as manager of collections. He is now director of education and public programs, overseeing field trips and tours, educational classes and programming, and signature events. He is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt and a member of MIM’s core Six Sigma team.