2023 Participant Biographies
Schedule – March 2-4, 2023
ADAMS, TIFFANY. Composer Tiffany Adams is a chromatic minimalist whose current form is writing for smaller chamber work, especially those incorporating the guitar into a variety of instrumental combinations. She obtained her MM in Music Composition from Butler University (2018) under the tutelage of Dr. Michael Schelle and Dr. Frank Felice. She studied under Dr. Robert Fruehwald at Southeast Missouri State University and obtained her BM in Music Composition (2015). She currently resides in southern Indiana with her husband, two children, and four cats.
ALEXANDER, ANGELIQUE. Angelique Alexander is a versatile singer of both opera and jazz. She pursued a musical education in classical voice where her uniquely dark and warm mezzo-soprano voice made her stand out from her peers. She has continued to use her ability in text painting with her vocal artistry as well as her expressive appearance when singing the varying styles of classical music and jazz. During the pandemic, Angelique began an outdoor solo concert series in the Morcom Oakland Rose Garden. These concerts have expanded to a wide audience of Bay Area locals, and due to their livestreams, have reached as far as Europe in viewership. She has completed 3 seasons in the Rose Garden with plans to continue the concert series next summer. Angelique has been a featured singer at several Bay Area venues, such as The Academy (SF), The Battery club (SF), SF Salons, and The Alley (Oakland). She has also been a featured singer in the Clayton Piano Festival from the 2021-2022 season.
ARMSTRONG, ALLAN. Pianist and vocal coach Allan Armstrong is assistant professor of music in voice at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he specializes in art song literature and opera coaching. He serves as a faculty pianist/coach at the Tel Aviv Summer Opera program. Armstrong is also the official accompanist of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions for both the Colorado/Wyoming District and the Rocky Mountain Region. From 2017 to 2020, he was visiting assistant professor in chamber and collaborative music at the Jacobs School. Armstrong was previously a member of the applied piano faculty at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. He has taught on the faculty of the Sherrill Milnes Savannah Voice Festival and the International Vocal Arts Institute. In 2019, he was chosen to participate in the acclaimed National Association of Teachers of Singing Intern Program at the New England Conservatory. In 2021 Armstrong received the Indiana University Trustees Award, in recognition of outstanding achievements in teaching. He performed two recitals and was an invited panelist for the 2022 International Congress of Voice Teachers in Vienna, Austria. Armstrong earned a Doctor of Musical Arts in Collaborative Piano degree from the University of Colorado Boulder.
ASEL, NICOLE. Mezzo-soprano, Nicole Asel, serves as an Assistant Professor of Voice at Colorado State University where she teaches Applied Voice, Vocal Pedagogy, Art Song Literature, and Freshman Voice Studio. An advocate of body wellness in the voice studio, Dr. Asel’s teaching is based on vocal pedagogy research and scholarship, Alexander technique and yogic philosophy. A finalist in the 2010 Rocky Mountain Regional Metropolitan Opera Council Auditions, she is a devoted operatic performer and recitalist. Dr. Asel has collaborated with some of today’s most accomplished living composers including Mark Adamo, Kirke Meachem, Robert Livingston Aldridge, Hershel Garfein, Daniel Kellogg and Robert Spillman. Her world premiere recording of Robert Livingston Aldridge’s LoveSongs with Robert Spillman at the piano was released under the Centaur label and can be found on all streaming platforms and widely for purchase. She holds a D.M.A. in Voice Performance and Pedagogy from The University of Colorado at Boulder, an M.M. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a B.M. from Ithaca College. Previously, she was on faculty at Sam Houston State University and The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley where she taught voice, diction and opera.
ASSAD, TAYLOR. Taylor Barbay Assad is an active member of the professional saxophone community and has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in France, Scotland, Croatia, and all over the United States. As an advocate for new music, she has premiered works for solo saxophone, saxophone and live electronics, saxophone and fixed media, saxophone duo, chamber ensemble, and saxophone quartet. Her work in the commissioning of various compositional projects led to her dissertation titled “Insights into the Collaborative Process between Electronic Music Composers and Commissioning Saxophonists.” In this project, she explored the relationships between composers and performers and examined case studies of completed commissioned new works for saxophone and electronics. She has performed at the Electric LaTex Festival, the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, New Music DePaul, the Navy Band International Saxophone Symposium, NOLA Chamber Fest, at North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial and Regional Conferences, and at the World Saxophone Congress. Dr. Assad is a founding member of Quartetto Obrigado, a Louisiana-based professional saxophone quartet. The ensemble regularly performs new commissioned music and standard saxophone quartet repertoire at North American Saxophone Conferences and at World Saxophone Congress conferences.
AVERY, ROSALIE. Rosalie Avery is a freelance bassoonist and educator located in the greater Milwaukee area. She holds a master’s in music performance and a bachelor of arts from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee (UWM). At UWM, Rosalie studied with Rudi Heinrich and Beth Giacobassi. As an orchestral musician, Rosalie has worked with many prominent orchestras in Wisconsin, including the Wisconsin Philharmonic, Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra, Racine Symphony Orchestra, and the Milwaukee Philharmonic. In the past, she has also performed with the Waukesha Area Chamber Orchestra and Symphony in the Valley. As an emerging chamber musician, Rosalie is a co-founder of the Cosmo Reed Quintet. The ensemble focuses on performing works by living composers and highlights underrepresented composers. The group most recently performed at the International Double Reed Society Conference. The ensemble also presented a recital in collaboration with the UWM composition department and premiered five new works by student composers. Rosalie’s summer festival appearances include the Madeline Island Chamber festival and LSU’s Collaborative Piano Institute Bassoon Intensive. At these summer festivals she has studied with prominent bassoonist’s Darrel Hale, Nanci Belmont, and Timothy McGovern.
BAKER, JASON. Jason Baker serves as Professor of Percussion Studies at Mississippi State University. He holds degrees from the University of North Texas, New England Conservatory of Music, and University of Connecticut. His current performance interests focus on commissioning solo percussion music by emerging composers from the American South. Jason has released three etudes books, four solo albums, and over 30 published compositions and arrangements. He is proud to be an artist for Yamaha, Innovative Percussion, Sabian, Remo, and Grover Pro Percussion.
BANKS, CHRISTY. Christy Banks is Professor of Clarinet/Saxophone and Assistant Chair of the Tell School of Music at Millersville University of Pennsylvania. She has appeared as a soloist/recitalist throughout the US as well as in Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Germany, Iceland, Italy, and New Zealand. Passionate about new music, Banks is a member of NakedEye Ensemble and Spatial Forces Duo. Additional current affiliations include Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra, Pennsylvania Philharmonic, Allegro Orchestra, and Manor Woodwind Quintet. She holds degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and The Florida State University. Banks served as Artistic Director of the International Clarinet Association’s 2022 ClarinetFest® in Reno, Nevada.
BANTAM WINDS. bantam: noun 1. any of numerous small domestic fowls that are often miniatures of members of the standard breeds. 2. a person of diminutive stature and often combative disposition. adjective 1. pertly combative. Bantam Winds is the world’s premiere professional ensemble of flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, and horn. Based in Jonesboro, Arkansas, and comprised of Arkansas State University faculty Stephanie Hoeckley (flute), Kristin Leitterman (oboe), Erin Cameron (clarinet), Elissa Kana (saxophone) and Juli Buxbaum (horn), this all-female trio was formed in August 2020 out of a desire to safely continue to make live music during the pandemic. This desire has now grown into a multi-faceted mission of bringing chamber music to digital audiences as well as exploring the creation of new works for this unique instrumentation, most notably spotlighting the works of underrepresented composers. Named after the bantam, which may refer to a small and feisty person, boxer, or chicken, this spirited trio seeks to provide an active performance schedule promoting chamber music and educational outreach throughout Northeast Arkansas.
BARTNIK, MICHAEL. Dr. Michael Bartnik joined the faculty at Nicholls State University in 2011 and currently serves as Department Head/Associate Professor of Clarinet. Prior to Nicholls State, Michael Bartnik was the Instructor of Clarinet at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. Since 2009, he has been the 2nd Clarinet with the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra and is featured on a chamber recording under the Sono Luminous label. He previously held positions with the Texarkana Symphony Orchestra, Round Rock Symphony, Acadiana Symphony Orchestra, and the Franco-American Vocal Academy (Perigeaux, France). Dr. Bartnik has also performed on the National Broadway tours of Wicked, Phantom of the Opera, and Little House on the Prairie; at the International Clarinet Association conventions in 2010 and 2014; and in a recital series throughout Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
BATIK CLARINET QUARTET. Formed in 2013, the BATIK Clarinet Quartet is inspired to perform recently composed works for clarinets of varying shapes and sizes. The quartet member’s flexibility with the clarinet family informs our choice of repertoire. Members of the quartet consisting of Christy Banks (Millersville University of Pennsylvania), Timothy Bonenfant (Angelo State University), Soo Goh (Appalachian State University), and Michelle Kiec (Oklahoma City University), has presented at conferences of National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instruments, College Music Society, and International Clarinet Association. Additionally, BATIK has appeared at the Music by Women Festival in Mississippi and the IUP Festival of Women Composers in Pennsylvania. BATIK members enjoyed weekly Zoom get-togethers during the COVID-19 pandemic, during which Michelle often drove to her hiking spots, Christy ate or did needlepoint, Soo made reeds, and Tim kept everyone on task. Tim’s cat, Simon, who did not enjoy sharing his owner’s attention, was also a regular contributor to BATIK Zoom meetings.
BELL, KATHLEEN CARTER. A passionate educator and performer, Dr. Kathleen Carter Bell has recently relocated to Nashville, where she serves as Instructor of Oboe and English Horn at Tennessee State University. Kathleen is oboe faculty for Indiana University’s Summer Music Clinic and taught at Interlochen this past summer as the Oboe Teaching Fellow. Kathleen has given masterclasses and presentations across the country and represented Indiana University at Seoul National University’s 2019 Chamber Music Festival. She has received multiple grants, including: an Alabama State Council on the Arts grant to commission and record new works; a Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities outreach grant; and an IDRS commissioning grant. Kathleen has recently performed at the IDRS, NFA, CMS National, and CMS Regional conferences, and will perform at ClarinetFest 2023. Kathleen is fascinated by the interdisciplinary arts and music’s place within the broader context of art and culture. Her research interests include how the ancient Greek aulos influenced Wagner’s use of the oboe in his operas. Kathleen earned her DM degree from IU and was one of six graduate recipients of the 2012 Barbara and David H. Jacobs Fellowship, granted for “excellence and leadership in the world of music.”
BELLAMY, CAYLA. Dr. Cayla Bellamy currently serves as Assistant Professor of Bassoon at Colorado State University, where she teaches applied bassoon, chamber music, and instrumental pedagogy. As a bassoonist and advocate for new music, her recent ventures include this year’s performances of Tumult and Tenacity by Nancy Hill Cobb, Dance Suite by Jacqueline Wilson (Yakama), and There and Back by Kevin Poelking. As a joint awardee of a 2022 New Music USA Creator Development Fund with Dr. Megan Lanz, Cayla is in the process of commissioning three new works by Jalen Thompson (for electric bassoon), Kevin Poelking (for flute, bassoon, and piano), and Frank Horvat (for flute and bassoon). Her debut album, Double or Nothing (2018), consists of premiere recordings for solo and duo bassoon and is available through the Mark Masters label. Recordings from this album earned her first honorable mention in the American Prize 2020 Ernst Bacon Prize for the Performance of American Music, and she is currently recording her second project, a collection of new compositions for bassoon titled American Bassoon Voices. Live recital selections from this project have advanced her to the semi-final round of the 2023 American Prize in Instrumental Performance.
BELTER, BABETTE. Babette Belter, OSU Professor of Music, enjoys an active music career as a solo, chamber, and orchestral musician, performing in Asia, Central America, Europe, Israel, Canada and the United States. She served as principal clarinet with Signature Symphony where she appeared as a soloist performing the Weber Concertino, Bernstein Prelude, Fugue and Riffs, and Rossini Introduction, Theme and Variations, and she has performed the Copland Concerto with the Guatemala National Symphony Orchestra. She recently performed at the following national conferences: NACWPI, American Single Reed Summit, Women Composers Festival, the Clarinet Colloquium, The College Music Society, and the Women in Music Festival. She served as an American Cultural Specialist in Costa Rica through the United States Information Agency, where she performed recitals, presented masterclasses, and lectured on American music. She traveled to Israel through the Rothchild Foundation to present masterclasses in Zichron Ya’akov. She is also the program coordinator for the OSU Italian study abroad program, and has presented a series of educational recitals in Japan. Professor Belter received the Wise-Diggs-Berry Award for outstanding teaching, and in 2008 she was named the Distinguished Music Professor of the Greenwood School of Music in 2004.
BENDICKSON, CASSANDRA. Cassandra Bendickson is a freelance bassoonist, contrabassoonist, bassoon teacher, chamber coach, and arts advocate based in Tucson, Arizona. She holds a masters degree in Bassoon Performance from the University of Arizona and has been playing professionally for over 20 years, beginning as principal bassoon in Tucson’s Catalina Chamber Orchestra while completing her studies. In addition to her orchestral work, Ms. Bendickson has spent much of her career performing in all variety of chamber ensembles and currently performs with the LuftBassoons, Tucson Duo Project, Peregrine Rose Trio, Ladies’ Reeding Society, and more. Once upon a time, she founded, directed and curated a music and spoken word series that employed 31 local creatives over a 10 concert, 1-year series and more recently, led the LuftBassoons through a sizable grant project resulting in 6 brand new commissioned works for bassoon quartet. She is a member of the International Double Reed Society, MusicLink Foundation, and the Local 33 branch of the American Federation of Musicians union.
BOJOVIC, BILJANA. After graduating from music high school in Bitola, North Macedonia, Biljana Bojović continued her studies at Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, completed her undergraduate studies at West Virginia University in Morgantown and graduate studies at Butler University in Indianapolis. She studied cello with William Skidmore and William Grubb, and music composition with John Beall, Frank Felice, and Michael Schelle. Biljana has participated in composition masterclasses with William Bolcom, Eric Ewazen, Seymour Barab, Elvis Costello, Paul Chihara, Elliott Schwartz, etc. Biljana’s compositions have been performed at the Golden Sounds Festival, Serbia, Pro Musica Festival, North Macedonia, 33rd International Summer Festival Imago Slovenia, International Music by Women Festival, Mississippi, Deus Ex Musica Events, Illinois Modern Ensemble Concert Series, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, Indiana State University–40th Contemporary Music Festival, Finger Lakes Summer Chamber Music Festival, New York, at several of the Society of Composers, Inc. (SCI) conferences, at the International Double Reed Society Conference (2009), Birmingham, England, and at many other concerts in the US, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Turkey and North Macedonia. Her works are written mostly for solo instruments and chamber ensembles, and often draw inspiration from Balkan folk and Orthodox church music. She currently lives and creates in California.
BUXBAUM, JULI. Dr. Juli Buxbaum is the Assistant Professor of Horn at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Arkansas where she works with applied horn students, teaches graduate writing classes, conducts chamber music and horn ensembles, and performs as a member of the Arkansas State Faculty Brass and Woodwind Quintets. As a professional musician, Dr. Buxbaum has freelanced and taught extensively. Orchestral engagements include third horn with The Jackson Symphony and frequent appearances with the Arkansas Symphony, Memphis Symphony, Symphony of Northwest Arkansas, Tucson Symphony, West Valley Symphony, and Scottsdale Philharmonic. An avid chamber musician, Dr. Buxbaum is a founding member of Bantam Winds, a mobile ensemble with oboe, flute, clarinet, saxophone, and horn as well as a trio for trumpet, horn, and piano called Nordestrio. Nordestrio recorded a CD celebrating new compositions by Brazilian composers titled Braziliana that was released in Spring 2022. Dr. Buxbaum has also toured with various chamber groups internationally in Japan, Switzerland, and in Germany, where she serves as faculty for the Saarburger Serenaden Music Festival. Juli received both a DMA (2018) and MM (2016) in Horn Performance from Arizona State University and holds a BM (2014) in Music Education from Oklahoma State University.
CAMERON, ERIN. Erin Cameron enjoys a diverse career as a clarinetist, composer, and educator. She serves as Assistant Professor of Clarinet at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Arkansas. Cameron has worked with young musicians and artists at the Arkansas Governor’s School; The Walden School in Dublin, New Hampshire; and as a Teaching Fellow at the University of North Texas. An avid proponent of new music, she has performed over 40 world and regional premieres of new works. Her compositions have been performed in collaboration with the International Contemporary Ensemble, Chicago’s Zafa Collective, and Pittsburgh’s Kamratōn. She was featured at the 2021 and 2022 International Clarinet Association ClarinetFest Conference as both a performer and composer. Cameron holds degrees from the University of North Texas, Bowling Green State University, and Northwestern University.
CANCHOLA, AMY. Dr. Amy Canchola holds a Doctorate in Vocal Performance (DMA) from the University of North Texas, a Master’s from Southern Methodist University and a Bachelor’s degree from Butler University. In 2020 and 2022, the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) selected Dr. Canchola to present her research in a lecture recital for the National Convention. She has been actively involved in NATS, PAVA, Mu Phi Epsilon, Garland Music Teachers Association (GMTA), and the Speakeasy Cooperative. Dr. Canchola strives to promote music of Latina women and Mexican composers. She is a member of Duo Atesorado and Duo Floreciente. This year, Duo Atesorado is performing with the Dallas Latino Cultural Center, Mu Phi Epsilon, Texas Guitar Society, SHSU Art Song Festival, Grayson College, and at Butler University. Dr. Canchola prides herself on being a champion for the student. Members of her studio can be assured they always have someone cheering them on. Dr. Canchola’s students are members of the TMEA All-State choir, NATS Winners, active performers, and often pre-collegiate track singers. When she isn’t teaching or singing, Dr. Canchola can be found spending time with her husband and their four children. amycanchola.com duoatesorado.com
CANTRELL, KAREN WHITEHEAD. Karen Whitehead Cantrell is a native of Anderson, Alabama. She has a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from University of North Alabama and a Masters of Music Education from Florida State University. She also received counseling certification from University of North Alabama. She has served as choral director at Deshler High School, Tuscumbia and as Alabama Vocal Association District chairman, treasurer and president. She was guidance counselor at Anderson Elementary School until her retirement. Karen is currently the staff collaborative pianist for the Department of Music at UNA, where she plays student/faculty recitals, ensemble concerts, and Collegiate Singers performances. She coordinates pianists schedules for students’ private lessons. She also is pianist at First Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Rogersville. Karen has been pianist for numerous Alabama All-State Choral Festivals, Quad-City Choral Festivals, Alabama Honor Choir, University of North Alabama Honor Choir, Florence Honor Choir, Mississippi State University choral ensembles including performance with Tupelo Symphony, state, regional and national ACDA reading sessions. She has collaborated with students for state, regional and national NATS. She has served as choral adjudicator for district, regional and state assessments.
CARLSON, STEPHANIE. Dr. Stephanie Carlson is currently Assistant Professor of Music at Murray State University where she teaches oboe, bassoon, classical saxophone, and woodwind methods. Previously, she served as Instructor of Oboe at Concordia College Moorhead. She has also served on the faculty of Minnesota State University Moorhead, the Atlanta Music Academy, the Encore! Music Camp, and the International Music Camp. Dr. Carlson is currently second oboist and English hornist with the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony and has also performed with the Paducah Symphony, Augusta Symphony, Charleston Symphony, and the GAMAC Chamber Orchestra, among others. She is a frequent recitalist at conferences of the International Double Reed Society. As a chamber musician, she has performed for thousands of K-12 students with the Concordia Wind Quintet as part of the Minnesota Public Radio Class Notes Artists program. Dr. Carlson is dedicated to championing new and rediscovered music by underrepresented composers, especially composers who happen to be women. Her debut recording project, Piper of Dreams: The Oboe and English Horn Music of Ruth Gipps, is due for release in 2023. Dr. Carlson holds degrees from the University of Georgia and Baldwin Wallace University.
CHANDLER, CHUCK. Chuck Chandler is an award-winning teacher and has garnered acclaim as a frequent recitalist, master clinician, and presenter at conferences in the U.S. and abroad with recent engagements in Vienna, Sweden, Italy, and at Carnegie Hall, as well as colleges and universities throughout the US. He is recently published on fitness training and the singing voice in the National Association of Teachers of Singing Journal of Singing, and presents on this topic as well as the influence of film in opera at conferences including National Opera Association, College Music Society, and others. His upcoming schedule will take him across the US to 5 states for performances. Equally comfortable with opera and oratorio, Chandler has extensive performance credits in venues both nationally and internationally. His students have won competitions including the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and have appeared with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Metropolitan Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Houston Grand Opera and others. He holds a Doctorate from University of Kentucky and serves on faulty and as coordinator of the vocal area at DePaul University and at Red River Lyric Opera’s young artist program.
CHO, SUJUNG. Pianist Sujung Cho is a native of Korea, where she was an honor scholarship graduate at Ewha Womans University in Seoul. She holds her MM and DMA in Piano Performance from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music where she studied solo and collaborative piano with Awadagin Pratt, Elisabeth Pridonoff, Eugene Pridonoff, and Sandra Rivers. As a top graduate at the Ewha, Dr. Cho had her debut performance at the Young Artist Concert sponsored by the Chosun Ilbo, the most prestigious newspaper in Korea. She was the winner of CCM piano concerto competition, and a prizewinner of MTNA national competition and CCM chamber music competition. Dr. Cho has performed on both internationally and nationally acclaimed concert stages in Korea, United States, Germany, and China including Next Generation Music Festival, Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, and Great Wall International Music Academy, where she closely worked with distinguished composers and performing artists. In addition, she was a concerto soloist with the Seven Hills Sinfonietta and Lamar Civic Orchestra. Dr. Cho joined the faculty of Lamar University in the fall of 2016 as Instructor of Collaborative Piano. Previous faculty appointment includes assistant professor of piano and staff accompanist at Claflin University.
CHRISTOPHER, PAUL. Paul Christopher received his Bachelor of Music Education from the New England Conservatory of Music and his Master of Music in Cello Performance from the University of Memphis. From 1989 to 2004 he was Principal Cello of the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra. In 2005 Mr. Christopher joined the string faculty at Northwestern State University of Louisiana where he currently serves as Associate Professor of Violoncello and Music Theory. Christopher’s articles have been published in American String Teacher, Bass World, the Jacques Offenbach Society Newsletter and Strings. In 2017 he was awarded the Mildred Hart Bailey Research Award in recognition of his exceptional scholarship as a faculty member at NSU. In the summers of 1991-2014 Mr. Christopher performed as Assistant Principal Cello with the Peter Britt Festival Orchestra in Jacksonville, Oregon. Mr. Christopher performed on numerous recordings as a member of the Nashville String Machine. He has recorded works by a variety of contemporary composers, as well as the cello duos of Jacques Offenbach, with seven CD’s available on the Human Metronome label. Please visit http://www.paulchristophercello.com
CLARK, JACOB. Pianist Jacob Clark received his musical education primarily in Texas, completing his BM, MM, and DMA in piano performance at the University of Texas at Austin where his primary solo instructors were David Renner and Nancy Garrett. Dr. Clark has been awarded prizes in several competitions, mostly notably being named a prizewinner in the Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition, Sidney Wright Accompanying Competition, the Janice K. Hodges Contemporary Piano Performance Award, and the Mid-Texas Symphony Concerto Competition. In addition his recording of the Walter Hartley Concerto #2 for Piano and Wind Ensemble was awarded a Special Judges’ Citation in the American Prize in Piano Performance, Lorin Hollander Award in 2018. Currently Dr. Clark serves on the faculty of Lamar University as Associate Professor of Piano, specializing in applied and group instruction. Previous faculty appointments include assistant professor at South Carolina State University, adjunct instructor at Northern Virginia Community College and piano instructor at the prestigious Levine School of Music in Washington D.C. where he taught both group and individual piano.
CLARK, STEPHEN. Stephen Clark studied at the Royal Conservatory of Scotland, Royal Northern College of Music, and with Sir James Galway. A winner of several international competitions, he has given recital and concerto performances in over 120 countries. Clark is author of The Flute Gym and is a Yamaha Artist.
CLARKE, SABRINA. Sabrina Clarke is a composer and music theorist based in Philadelphia, PA. Her compositions have been performed around the United States and abroad. Recent projects include On Whale Beach: Dances for String Quartet, commissioned by the Skyros Quartet and premiered at the 2021 Common Tone Music Festival; Still ist’s im Wald for soprano and chamber orchestra, a finalist for the American Prize in Orchestral Composition; and the trombone quartet a dark place is not a dark place, commissioned by the Elysian Trombone Consort and premiered at the 2019 International Trombone Festival and International Women’s Brass Conference. Sabrina is an alumnus of Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance (Ph.D., M.M. Composition); McDaniel College (B.A. Music Theory and Composition); the European American Musical Alliance Summer Composition Institute in Paris, France; and the Splice Institute for Electroacoustic Music. She has served as the College Music Society’s national Board Member for Composition and is currently Secretary of the Northeast chapter of CMS. She is a full-time Instructor of Music Theory and Composition at West Chester University of Pennsylvania.
COBERLY, REBECCA. Soprano Rebecca Coberly serves as Professor of Voice in the UTRGV School of Music. She is a frequent recitalist throughout the United States and internationally, and has appeared as soprano soloist in Poulenc’s Gloria with the Valley Symphony Orchestra and the Tulsa Oratorio Chorus, and with the Tulsa Oratorio Chorus in their performance of Barber’s Prayers of Kierkegaard and Theofanidis’s The Here and Now. Other solo appearances include Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Orff’s Carmina Burana, and performances of Handel’s Messiah in Ireland and Great Britain with the American Oratorio Chorus. She has performed and presented at regional and national College Music Society conferences, has been a frequent participant in the annual Music by Women Festival in Columbus, MS, and was invited to serve as a Master Teacher for the 8vo. Congreso Nacional of La Asociacion Mexicana de Maestros de Canto in Culiacan, MX. She holds degrees in voice from Northwestern University (BA) and the Rice University Shepherd School of Music (MM), and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Texas Tech University.
COKER, CHERYL. Cheryl Coker came to Millsaps College in 1984 as an adjunct professor, becoming a regular member of the faculty in 1987. Dr. Coker received her BMEd and MM (voice) from the University of Southern Mississippi and the DMA at the University of Minnesota. Her teachers include Robert Mesrobian, Vivian Wood, and Clifton Ware. She has coached with Richard Miller, John Wustman, Martin Katz, Karl Paulnack, Joel Revzen, and Julianne Baird. As a soprano soloist Dr. Coker has performed with numerous symphony orchestras. Among works presented are Haydn’s Creation, and Brahms’ German Requiem. Roles sung include Floyd’s monodrama Flower and Hawk. Special interests for Dr. Coker are the role of women in music and lullabies. Her DMA work included a study of the first topic. An active member of NATS, MTNA, and Federated Music Clubs, she served as an officer in each organization at various levels. Continuing to teach privately, she serves as Co-President for Chaminade Music Club in Jackson, MS, and has been invited to serve as a NATS Affinity Group Member to promote Group Voice Lessons. She holds the title of Emerita Associate Professor of Music, having recently retired from Millsaps College in August 2022.
COMPTON, CATHERINE. Soprano Catherine Compton is visiting lecturer in music in voice and opera theater at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Previously, she served on the voice faculty of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV), where she taught applied voice, diction, and music entrepreneurship. As a Fulbright fellow in Leipzig, Germany, Compton developed a performance project centering the songs and correspondence of Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel and Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy. In 2022 Catherine presented a lieder recital and was an invited panelist at the International Congress of Voice Teachers in Vienna, Austria. Recent performances in the U.S. include Lili Boulanger’s Clairières dans le ciel at Indiana University, the Brahms Requiem with the Truman State Symphony Orchestra, Bach’s Cantata 51 with the Brownsville Chamber Orchestra, and Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with the Central Iowa Symphony. Compton was a 2018 NATS Intern with the National Association of Teachers of Singing. She has completed coursework for the Doctor of Music in Voice degree at the Jacobs School of Music and holds a certificate in vocology from IU and an M.M. in voice performance and pedagogy from the University of Colorado (CU) Boulder.
COOK, DOREA. Dorea Cook is known for her vibrant sound and flexibility within diverse styles from opera to chamber and contemporary repertoire. She is a founding member of the professional chamber ensemble Solaria Singers and a core member of the Orlando Sings Symphonic Chorus, with whom she has soloed in Seven Joys (Caroline Shaw) and Tse Go La (Andrea Clearfield). Other recent performances include Thomas Rex Harrison’s song “A bird came down the walk,” recorded and released on A Dialogue of Self and Soul: Songs for the Concert Hall, art song world premieres in recitals throughout the southeast, and chamber music by Mozart, Mahler, Brahms, and Ravel. Dorea has soloed with the Houston Chamber Choir, Conspirare Chamber of Voices, Conspirare Symphonic Choir and the Austin Symphony Orchestra, and the Texas Early Music Project. She can be heard commercially with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Chorus on the CSO Resound label and on other recordings with the Houston Chamber Choir, San Antonio Chamber Choir, and the William Ferris Chorale. Dorea teaches at Valencia College and Seminole State College and is a private instructor and freelancer in the Orlando area. She received her Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Texas at Austin.
CORNETT, EILEEN. Eileen Cornett is Associate Professor of Keyboard and Vocal Studies at Peabody Conservatory, where she established the graduate Vocal Accompanying Program in Collaborative Piano. She began her professional career as musical director of the Croswell Opera House in Michigan and has subsequently conducted and coached internationally for the Amalfi Coast Music and Arts Festival (Italy), Tanz und Gesang Studio at the Theater an der Wien (Vienna, Austria), Creaton Opera Company (Kaohsiung, Taiwan), Souland Music Institute (Hangzhou, China), Fairbanks (AK) Summer Arts Festival, Annapolis Opera, Lyric Opera Baltimore, Baltimore Opera, the Lake Placid Institute, and the Seagle Colony Summer Vocal Program. As a featured solo pianist with the National Symphony Orchestra, her performances have included concerts with Luciano Pavarotti and the Three Tenors, Denyce Graves, Bryn Terfel, and Rosemary Clooney. She regularly serves as official competition pianist for Annapolis Opera, the Camille Coloratura Competition, and the Sue Goetz Ross competition. Ms. Cornett led Peabody Chamber Opera’s U.S. premiere of Jonathan Dove’s Mansfield Park, cited by the Baltimore Sun as one of Baltimore’s best classical music productions, and recently conducted the newly revised version of Jake Heggie’s Out of Darkness: Two Remain, with the composer in residence.
CRIPPS, CYNTHIA. Cynthia Cripps is the saxophone professor at University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. She teaches saxophone and saxophone ensembles, serves as graduate advisor and on many other department and university committees. She organizes and directs UTRGV’s Summer Saxophone Ensemble which in 2022 registered 40 saxophonists from across deep South Texas. Dr. Cripps has presented solos, chamber music, and lectures in numerous North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) Biennial and Regional Conferences and World Saxophone Congresses in Croatia, Slovenia, and the US. She has performed and presented workshops in Costa Rica, Panama, Guatemala, and locally. She continues to perform on saxophone, bassoon, flute, and clarinet in chamber and large ensembles. Dr. Cripps received degrees from Central Michigan University (BME), Ball State University (MM), and the University of Miami (DMA).
DEMBOWSKI, LYNDA. Dr. Lynda Dembowski is Adjunct Professor of Clarinet at Towson University and Anne Arundel Community College. Dembowski has been a featured soloist with multiple ensembles in Maryland and Virginia. She is Principal Clarinetist of the Londontowne Symphony Orchestra and Second Clarinetist of the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival Orchestra. She has also performed with Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, and Baltimore Choral Arts Society. She is a 23-year member of the United States Naval Academy Band, serving as Principal Clarinetist. Dembowski formed the Milano Duo with Dr. Amanda Morrison in 2018 with inspiration to expand the repertoire for two clarinets. The duo has premiered commissioned works at the Music by Women Festival and the International Clarinet Association ClarinetFest, and will feature Dembowski’s new work, Jams for Clarinet Duo at both festivals in 2023. Dembowski and Morrison founded the Steel City Clarinet Day, a Pittsburgh area clarinet festival open to student and adult learners. Recently, they were guest artists and teachers at the XVI Ensamble de Clarinetes de la Provincia de Buenos Aires, in Argentina. This festival is dedicated to providing clarinet learning experiences for all ages.
DENMAN, MEGAN. Megan Denman is a freelance musician from Lakewood, Ohio. She earned her Bachelor’s in Piano Performance from the Baldwin-Wallace University in 2008, and her Master’s of the same emphasis from University of Akron in 2010. Her piano instructors include Robert Mayerovitch and Laura Silverman, and organ instructors Margaret Scharf and Barbara McGregor. Ms. Denman is a seasoned piano accompanist previously serving as staff at Baldwin-Wallace University, the University of Akron and Kent State University. She maintains a thriving piano studio through her home as well as at Chagrin Valley Music. Megan studied jazz piano with Rock Wehrmann and Ron Drotos, and her working knowledge of jazz and improvisation permeates her teaching and playing. She is an active Music Teacher’s National Association member and volunteers with the Northeast Ohio chapter. In terms of performing, Megan most looks forward to intentional, dynamic musical art collaborations.
DOUBLESTEIN, VIVIAN. Vivian Doublestein has been working as a collaborative pianist since she was twelve years old. She has played for choirs, musical theatre productions, instrumentalists and specializes in vocal literature. This will be her fifth year playing for this conference. Vivian is currently the staff accompanist for vocal and choral studies at the University of North Georgia, Dahlonega, GA.
DUHAMEL, ANN. Pianist Ann DuHamel’s performances have been praised as poetic and “… a delight for the ears and the soul” (Encuentro Universitario Internacional de Saxofón, Mexico City). She’s performed in 18 countries, including concerts at Sala Verdi in Milan, Carnegie Weill Recital Hall in New York, and Trinity College in Oxford. Hailed as a “forward thinking classical pianist” (Midwest Record) for her debut album *Rückblick: New Piano Music Inspired by Brahms* (Furious Artisans, 2020), Ann actively champions contemporary composers, recently commissioning works by Flannery Cunningham, Jocelyn Hagen, and Edie Hill, among others. Piano Magazine applauded “the depth of programming and playing” in *Rückblick*, admiring Ann’s “range of sound and full melodic tone,” and her “clear voicing and vibrant sense of color.” Ann also appears on the 2022 release *Tyler Kline: Orchard* (Neuma Records, 2022); Fanfare Magazine praised her performance as “alive … [played with] aching expression.” Ann’s latest project, “Prayers for a Feverish Planet,” responds to the climate crisis with 60+ new piano works, from composers across the globe. Ann currently serves as Associate Professor of Music at the University of Minnesota Morris and is Immediate Past President of the Minnesota Music Teachers Association.
DUO KORUSA. Established by pianists and Lamar University faculty, Sujung Cho and Jacob Clark, Duo Korusa is a versatile piano duo/duet team dedicated to the performance of lesser-known works of the 19th and 20th century, as well as new works of the 21st century. Since its inception in 2012, Duo Korusa has been performing rare or newly composed piano duet works throughout the United States. Equally academics and performers, both members of Duo Korusa have a keen interest in research and have presented lecture recitals at national and regional conferences of the College Music Society as well as at the National Group Piano and Piano Pedagogy Conference at Oberlin College and Conservatory and University of Arizona. Awarded a grant from Lamar University’s College of Fine Arts and Communication, Duo Korusa used this funding to record the piano duet works of Marie Jaell and Jane Savage and the resulting album will be released by Centaur Records in March of 2023. A second grant from the Center for Resiliency awarded for 2023 will result in a community outreach tour and culminate in another recording featuring the complete works of Beethoven for piano duet also to be released on the Centaur label.
ESCHNER, JENNA. Jenna Eschner is a passionate clarinetist and educator. As a lover of all musics, she seeks to expose audiences to diverse composers and repertoire, and hopes to inspire others through her performance practices. Ms. Eschner gained her undergraduate degree in clarinet performance from SUNY Fredonia, and is continuing her studies at the University of Oklahoma while serving as a graduate teaching assistant. As an active teacher within the clarinet studio, she served as a sabbatical replacement for the Spring 2022 semester, teaching applied lessons, clarinet methods, and coaching chamber ensembles. Ms. Eschner furthers her passion for chamber music through her all female clarinet duo, the Xena Duo. The Xena Duo has been featured at the American Single Reed Summit and as a part of Scissortail Production’s Inspired Voices concert series, and is excited to help transform today’s musical climate into a more inclusive place. Ms. Eschner currently runs a private studio in Norman, Oklahoma, and seeks to develop not only musicianship, but personal growth within her students.
EVELYN DUO. The Evelyn Duo is a collaboration between soprano and piano, formed in 2018 by Shari Eve Feldman and Mackenzie Lyn Marr. They have performed at the Washington Arts Club, the Epiphany Concert Series, the Dark Water Womxn in Music Festival, and Source Song Festival as well as serving as guest recitalists and clinicians at Hartwick College in New York. Dedicated to new music and elevating women’s voices in art song, The Evelyn Duo is passionate about working with contemporary composers, telling authentic stories, and making unique, introverted music accessible to all audiences.
FALCONE, SHERI. Sheri Falcone is Instructor of Clarinet and Saxophone at Mississippi State University and currently serves as the Woodwind and Performance Area Coordinator. Her responsibilities include, applied studies in clarinet and saxophone, chamber music classes and advanced woodwind methods for the Master of Music Education program. In addition to her teaching duties, Ms. Falcone serves as the principal clarinetist with the Starkville/MSU Symphony Orchestra and performs as a soloist. She has performed and presented at the College Music Society, National Association of Wind and Percussion Instructors and the International Double Reed Society at the International, National, and Regional levels. She has also served on the board of the Mississippi Music Teachers Association as the Vice-President for Collegiate and National Competitions. Ms. Falcone released a chamber music CD with Centaur Records, Inc. in 2016 with works by Igor Stravinsky, Bill Douglas and Mississippian composer Shandy Phillips. Aside from music, Ms. Falcone is fluent in American Sign Language and has presented at the International Conference on the Health Risks of Youth. Ms. Falcone holds an A.A.S. degree from Onondaga Community College, a B.M. in Music Education and an M.M. in Music Education and Clarinet from Syracuse University.
FARZANEH, ROYA. Roya Farzaneh is the flute professor at East Tennessee State University and principal flutist of the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Farzaneh has appeared as a prize winner or finalist in several well-known solo flute competitions with the Raleigh Area Flute Society, the Texas Flute Society’s Myrna Brown Artist Competition, Central Ohio Flute Association, South Carolina Flute Society, Flute Society of Kentucky, the Northeast Ohio Tuesday Musical Association, and the National Flute Association. Dr. Farzaneh earned her Doctor of Musical Arts from The University of South Carolina, where she studied with Dr. Jennifer Parker-Harley. She completed her Master of Music from The University of Akron with George Pope and her Bachelor of Music from Middle Tennessee State University with Deanna Little. Along with her academic studies, Dr. Farzaneh spent time in the United Kingdom studying with Trevor Wye.
FELDMAN, SHARI EVE. Shari Eve Feldman is a soprano and teaching-artist in the DMV area with global singing credentials, having performed across the United States, Europe, and Asia. She cantors for the Riderwood Jewish Community, teaches music literature classes through Prince George’s Community College and undergraduate vocal pedagogy at the University of Delaware, School of Music, and supports the UMD Honors Humanities Program. Ms. Feldman is a DMA candidate at the University of Maryland, advised by Delores Ziegler. Ms. Feldman was recognized by the Graduate School with an Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award and recently won UMD’s Three Minute Thesis competition. She received a 2022 Music’s Future Scholarship from the Music Performance Trust Fund and TIAA Fellowship through the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy, from which she graduated with a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management. A co-founder of the musical ensemble, The Evelyn Duo, Ms. Feldman’s mission is to promote the creation and performance of outwardly unapproachable “introverted repertoire” that becomes endearing for both artists and audiences through the learning and rehearsal processes. She loves mentoring and collaborating with the next generation of composers and poets to create and perform new compositions.
FEMININE MUSIQUE. Founded in 2008 to promote the music of women composers, Feminine Musique has been in demand presenting recital programs in Concert Series, Universities, Art Galleries, Libraries and other venues throughout the continental United States and abroad. They have presented lecture recitals at Conferences and Festivals including the International Conference of Arts and Humanities in Hawaii, Representing Gender in the Performing Arts Conference in The Netherlands, at the Women and the 19th Century Lied Conference in Maynooth, Ireland, the Athena Festival for Women Composers in Kentucky, The Hartford Women Composer’s Festival, The European Salon: 19th Century Salon Music Conference in Ireland, the Music by Women Festival at Mississippi University for Women, and the International Women’s Work in Music Festival in Bangor, Wales UK . They have performed concerts throughout Germany and at the Georges Sand 40th Anniversary Festival in France. They are a recipient of a 2015 New York Women Composers Grant, have premiered two pieces by American composer Julianna Hall (Roosters and Music Like a Curve of Gold) and can been heard on the soundtrack to the film INFLUENCE with music of Stefania DeKenessy. During the 2023 Season, they are heard in concerts throughout New York, Canada and Austria.
FINCHER, AIMEE. Aimee Fincher has served as Assistant Professor of Practice in collaborative piano at Northern Arizona University (NAU) since 2021. An experienced chamber musician, collaborator, and large ensemble pianist, she is comfortable performing wide-ranging styles and genres. Recent orchestral performances include premieres by William Price and Amir Zaheri, Credo in US by John Cage, and the Alabama premiere of Absolute Jest by John Adams. Prior to her work at NAU, Aimee worked at Oakwood University and the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Together with her duo partner, violinist Hannah Leland, Aimee released Duo Odéon’s debut album, Specter, in 2018 on the Sono Luminus label. The album features premiere recordings of unpublished manuscripts by the composer George Antheil and the violinist Werner Gebauer. She can also be heard on Summit records’ album, Table for Three at Chez Janou, in collaboration with Arizona State University brass professor John Ericson and professor emeritus Douglas Yeo. Dr. Fincher earned her doctorate in collaborative piano at Arizona State University, and performance and pedagogy degrees from the University of Alabama and the University of South Carolina, where her professors included Andrew Campbell, Russell Ryan, and Scott Price.
FITZHUGH, MELIKA M. A native of Stafford, Virginia, Melika M. Fitzhugh (A.B. Harvard-Radcliffe, M.M. Longy School of Music of Bard College) studied conducting and composition with Thomas G. Everett, Beverly Taylor, James Yannatos, Roger Marsh, Jeff Stadelman, and, most recently, John Howell Morrison. Mel’s compositions have been performed internationally by the PHACE Ensemble, Quarteto Larianna, the Brouwer Trio, Sarah Jeffery, Radcliffe Choral Society, Berit Strong, John Tyson, Miyuki Tsurutani, Aldo Abreu, and at Bang on a Can. The artist, also a film and stage composer, is currently a member of world/early music ensembles Urban Myth, Balkan Fields, and the Quilisma Consort.
FLEETWOOD, JOSEPH. Joseph comes from an extraordinary musical lineage. His first teacher was was a pupil of Tobias Matthay and his last teacher, of seven years was Scottish pianist George Donald, who was a pupil of Karl Ulrich Schnabel, whose father, Arthur, was a student of Leschetizky. Joseph has performed throughout Europe and the USA. He has performed many of the great piano concertos including Tchaikovsky 1 and 2, Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini, Rachmaninoff 1 and 2, Beethoven 1 – 5, Mozart 21, Shostakovich 2, Grieg, Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue and Mendelssohn 1. Joseph has worked with many outstanding and celebrated musicians including Josef Swensen, Gianandrea Noseda, Artur Pizarro, Malcolm Martineau, Karen Cargill, Miranda Keys, Stephen Clark, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the orchestras of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the Royal College of Music. In 2016 Joseph was commissioned to compose a short piece of music for Piano Restorations Ltd in the UK, and the resulting piece has been filmed and made into a TV advert for the company. The video, which was posted on classic FM’s Facebook page, has received over 620,000 views and is currently the most viewed video on their page.
FROST, BRIELLE. An active performer, teacher, and clinician, Brielle Frost has performed and given masterclasses throughout the United States, Peru, Brazil, Italy, Puerto Rico, and Canada. She is a substitute player with the Symphony of Southeast Texas and a founding member of the Crossroads Quartet, the PanAmerican Trio and the NAFTA Duo. Dr. Frost actively presents performances, clinics, and lectures at conventions of the National Flute Association, Texas Music Educators Association, College Music Society Conference, the American Single Reed Summit, and the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors. She is a reviewer for the Flutist Quarterly and has published articles in The Instrumentalist, The Flutist Quarterly, and The Flute Examiner. Brielle is the Assistant Professor of Flute at Lamar University where she teaches applied flute, repertoire and pedagogy, and directs the LU Flute Ensemble. Prior to her appointment at Lamar University, she served on the faculty at the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley and Western State Colorado University. www.briellefrost.com
GARCIA, NOE. Born in Mexico, classical guitarist Noe Garcia is on the cutting edge of a new generation of guitarists. Noe’s warmth and musical sensibility have earned him admiration from audiences nationwide and abroad. Noe’s concert engagements have taken him to Europe, Latin America, and Asia. He has been a guest artist as part of the Camino Artes concert series in Spain. In Summer of 2017,18,19 Noe traveled to China and performed a series of concerts in Qinhuangdao, Jinan, Dalian, Suzhou and Beijing with his guitar trio, Trio Resonance. Noe is a top prize winner of international competitions and has performed in master classes for world-renowned artists such as Manuel Barrueco, Pepe Romero, LAGQ and Julio Cesar Oliva. Noe is passionate about music education and is currently working on doctoral studies at the University of North Texas where he was awarded a teaching fellowship. He loves and is dedicated to expanding, promoting, and performing music from his home country and Latin America. He believes that, in this diverse and growing global society, music is a healing medium and can connect us to one another.
GINGER, KERRY. Dr. Kerry Ginger, mezzo soprano, is active nationally as a performer, voice pedagogue, clinician, and scholar. Currently Assistant Professor of Voice at The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, Kerry has appeared as a soloist with Music in the Mountains, The Phoenix Symphony, Arizona Opera, Phoenix Opera, Cal Poly Bach Week, Mid-Columbia Mastersingers, and Quintessence. Also an avid choral artist, she performs regularly with the Oregon Bach Festival Chorus, Santa Fe Desert Chorale, True Concord Voices and Orchestra, and Kinnara. Kerry appears on Grammy Award-winning recordings by the Phoenix Chorale and True Concord for the Naxos/Chandos and Reference labels, and has written liner notes for Albany Records. She maintains an active portfolio of oratorio, recitals, and vocal music research, specializing in twentieth-century music by women. Kerry also helms a professional quartet, Element, which performs dynamic historical and contemporary vocal chamber music. Kerry earned her Doctorate of Musical Arts in Voice and Master of Music in Opera Performance at Arizona State University. Originally from Portland, Oregon, she now resides in beautiful Chattanooga, Tennessee.
GLEASON, JT. Born in Alaska, and raised in Colorado, guitarist JT Gleason holds a Master of Music in Guitar Performance from the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music and a Bachelor of Music in Guitar Performance from Metropolitan State University of Denver. He was the third-place winner of the Denver Classical Guitar Society’s solo competition in 2009. He has been an active studio teacher in the Denver area for over 20 years, and was also part of MSU Denver’s guitar department from 2009 until 2020. While on the MSU faculty, JT taught private guitar lessons, class guitar, Intro to Music, and History of Rock and Roll. He has performed throughout the United States as a soloist, including recitals and competitions in St. Louis, MO, Gainesville, FL, Reno, Santa Fe, and nearly every mountain and valley throughout Colorado.
GOH, SOO. Soo Goh is an Associate Professor of Clarinet and Interim Associate Dean at the Hayes School of Music at Appalachian State University. He is one of the first few musicians from Penang, Malaysia to further his studies on the clarinet. Soo holds a B.A. in Music and Computer Science from Luther College, a M.M. from Bowling Green State University, and a D.M.A from the UNC – Greensboro. His primary teachers have been Michael Chesher, Kevin Schempf, and Kelly Burke. Previously, he was an Associate Professor of Music at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. While at Kutztown, Soo was the Music Admissions and Outreach Coordinator. He firmly believes in mentorship and advocacy for students who may otherwise not have access to quality music education. He has performed with the Asheville Symphony Orchestra, Western Piedmont Symphony Orchestra, Symphony of the Mountains, Carolina Philharmonic, Greensboro Symphony Orchestra, and others. Soo has adjudicated for the International Clarinet Association and the MTNA. He has presented and performed in conferences such as the NCMEA, PMEA, ClarinetFest, Society of Composers, Inc., College of Music Society, Music by Women Festival, NACWPI, and others. Additionally, he has performed and taught masterclasses in Malaysia, Singapore, Austria, and Jordan.
GUFFEY, AMY. Amy Guffey serves as Instructor of Clarinet at Kansas State University. She holds degrees from Shenandoah University, Ball State University, and Florida State University. Her career as a clarinetist has taken her to South Korea, Europe, and throughout the United States. Her principal teachers include Deborah Bish, Caroline Hartig, Frank Kowalsky, Kathleen Mulcahy, and Charlene Zimmerman. In addition to her studies with the aforementioned teachers, she has worked with esteemed clarinetists such as Mark Nuccio, Pascual Martinez-Forteza, Lawrie Bloom, Victoria Luperi, and Michael Lowenstern. Dr. Guffey is a clarinetist with the Chamber Orchestra of the Smoky Valley and currently serves on the International Clarinet Association (ICA) Youth Involvement Committee. She is also a Backun Musical Services Artist. Prior to receiving her doctorate, she taught elementary instrumental music in the Washington, D.C. area, woodwinds at Yongsan International School (South Korea), blockflöte at Otfried-Preußler-Grundschule (Germany), and early childhood music at Cornerstone Center for the Arts (IN). While working in these various learning environments, she gained experience differentiating learning experiences for non-typical learners, ages pre-K-12.
GUNLOGSON, ELIZABETH. Elizabeth Gunlogson is Associate Professor of Clarinet at the University of New Hampshire. Prior to this appointment, she served on the faculties of Morgan State University, the Baltimore School for the Arts and Luther College. In demand as a performer, Dr. Gunlogson has appeared as a soloist, chamber musician and ensemble member throughout Canada, Asia, Europe, and the United States. She recently performed the world premiere of Vaclav Nehlybel’s Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra as well as recorded the work for the newly released CD, The Orchestral Music of Vaclav Nelhybel, by Mark Records. Dr. Gunlogson performs regularly with the trio, Northern Accord, an ensemble formed to explore music written for the combination of mezzo-soprano, clarinet and piano. Active in the International Clarinet Association, she has been selected to perform at a number of their international conferences as well as adjudicate the High School Solo Competition. Considered the leading scholar on esteemed American clarinetist Stanley Hasty, Dr. Gunlogson has presented her research at many significant venues and conferences. Her countless published articles appear in major professional publications such as The Clarinet and the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors Journal.
GUNLOGSON, KIRSTEN. Grammy nominated Mezzo-Soprano Kirsten Gunlogson’s voice has been described as “creamy” and “beautifully dramatic”. Gracing operatic and concert stages in works by composers ranging from Mozart to Ricky Ian Gordon, Ms. Gunlogson has distinguished herself as an impressive singing actress. Ms. Gunlogson has performed with companies such as Palm Beach Opera, Michigan Opera Theater, Arizona Opera, Utah Opera, Opera Columbus, Baltimore Lyric Opera, Indianapolis Opera, Tulsa Opera, Toledo Opera, Austin Lyric Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Anchorage Opera, Nashville Opera, Kentucky Opera, and Sarasota Opera. As an oratorio soloist Ms. Gunlogson has performed with The Nashville Symphony, The Utah Symphony, The Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, The Fort Wayne Philharmonic, The Johnstown Symphony, The Pittsburgh Concert Chorale, Charlottesville Oratorio Society, The Cathedral of the Madeleine, The Fairfax Symphony, and Utah Chamber Artists. Ms. Gunlogson has two albums on the NAXOS label, Amahl and The Night Visitors and the GRAMMY nominated CD of Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortilèges, both performed with Nashville Opera and The Nashville Symphony, conducted by Alastair Willis.
HANRAHAN, KEVIN. Tenor Kevin Hanrahan has performed nationally and internationally. He has performed with the Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh, the Catalina Chamber Orchestra, the Phoenix Chorale, the AIMS Festival Orchestra, the McKeesport Symphony, the Lincoln Symphony, City of Prague Orchestra, the Chattanooga Symphony, the Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra. A frequent recitalist, Dr. Hanrahan has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and India. In January of 2007 Dr. Hanrahan along with pianist Roberta Swedien performed Schubert’s Die Schöne Müllerin in Pune and Mumbai, India, and were the first perform Schubert’s masterpiece in over 50 years with the last performance given by Peter Pears and Benjamin Britten. Through his collaboration with composer Diana Blom, Dr. Hanrahan has performed and recorded her songs on the album Songs of Diana Blom for Wirripang and is available for streaming on the Naxos Music Library. Dr. Hanrahan’s second CD entitled New Art Songs of the Pacific Rim released early 2018 features songs by Diana Blom, Anthony Ritchie, Gwenyth Walker, and other composers from around the Pacific Rim.
HEAD, RHONDA. Multi award winning Mezzo Soprano – Rhonda Head is from Opaskwayak Cree Nation , Manitoba, Canada. Rhonda is a 13 time International music award winner. She writes her lyrics in her Indigenous Cree Language and composes her melodies based off the landscape in her home reserve of Opaskwayak.
HEATON ADHIKARI, HANNAH. Hannah Heaton Adhikari (b.2000) is an active Pianist, award-winning Composer, and Private Piano Teacher located in Columbus, Mississippi. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the Mississippi University for Women. As a Piano Teacher and Composer, Hannah is affiliated with and is an active member of the Music Teacher’s National Association (MTNA), National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMC), the National Association of Composers USA (NACUSA), and BMI Royalties. Hannah Adhikari is currently an Accompanist, Composer, YouTuber, Collaborative Pianist, and Full-Time Piano Teacher in her Studio of around 30 students. She regularly composes Piano Solos for herself, Materials and Piano Solos for her Studio, and Composes Commissioned Works. Adhikari’s Composition “Around Me,” was featured on violinist Serena Scibelli’s album “Reflections,” in 2021. She recently released two Solo Piano Albums, “Childhood Memories,” and “Trains of Thought,” streaming now. Learn more about Hannah and her music on her website. hannahehmusic.wixsite.com/pianist
HENSRUD, TAMMY. Tammy Hensrud has appeared in opera houses throughout Germany, Austria, France, Italy, Japan, Israel, South Africa, and the United States including the Metropolitan Opera, Vienna State Opera, Stuttgart Opera, Theatre de Chatelet in Paris, Klagenfurt Stadttheater, Salzburg Festival, Cleveland Opera, Opera Orchestra of New York, New York City Opera, and the Spoleto Arts Festival. Ms. Hensrud has sung world premieres at Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, the Center for Contemporary Opera in NYC and Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis. A versatile artist, she has performed Musical Theater, Cabaret and Kurt Weill at the Lucille Lortel Theater, Players Club, the Café Sabarsky Series at Neue Galerie in NYC and the National Concert Hall in Dublin, Ireland. Hensrud is Professor of Voice and Coordinator of Vocal Studies at Hofstra University and was Visiting Associate Professor at St. Olaf College. Additionally, she is Vocal Director of the Oyster Bay Summer Music Festival and serves on the Guest Faculty of Music in the Alps, Queens Summer Vocal Institute, and Artists International Summer programs. Hensrud holds the BMus in Cello Performance and MMus and MA degrees from UND and, as a Fulbright recipient, an Artist Diploma in Opera from the Hochschule für Musik in Stuttgart, Germany.
HERNANDEZ, PATRICIA. Patricia Hernandez is a Senior Music BA major, a member of the Concert Choir, Montevallo Choral Society, Opera Scenes, National Association for Music Educators, has served as President of the Music Fraternity Delta Omnicron, and currently serves as Secretary for American Choral Conductors Association. Prior to attending the University of Montevallo, Patricia studied under Dr. Jessica Spafford and is currently studying under Dr. Melanie Williams. Patricia is currently serving as Music Coordinator and Pit Chorus Director for the Purple Side music team and is a member of Delta Gamma. She plans to pursue both a masters and doctorate degree in Vocal Pedagogy with the goal to become a studio teacher at a university.
HERRMANN, KELLY. Flutist Kelly Herrmann has performed with the Memphis Symphony, Opera Memphis, Arkansas Symphony, Symphony of Northwest Arkansas, Midland-Odessa Symphony, Orchestra of the Americas, National Youth Orchestra of Canada, The Orchestra Now (TŌN), and Luna Nova Music. She has enjoyed a truly international career – her performing and teaching artist pursuits have brought her to 13 countries in North and South America, Asia, and Europe. She earned her bachelor’s degree in flute performance from McGill University, a performance certificate from the Bard College Conservatory studying under Dr. Tara Helen O’Connor, and her master’s degree at the University of Memphis, where she served as the graduate assistant in the flute studio of Elise Blatchford. A passionate music educator, Kelly enjoys working with flute students of all ages and ability levels. www.kellyherrmann.com
HOCH, MATTHEW. Matthew Hoch is professor of voice at Auburn University. He has appeared as a soloist with the Oregon Bach Festival, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, the Vox Consort, Harmonie Universelle, the Hartford, Rome, and Nashua Symphony Orchestras, the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra, the Chattanooga Bach Choir, Griffin Choral Arts, and the United States Coast Guard Chamber Players. Hoch is the author, coauthor, or principal editor of eight books and peer-reviewed articles in over a dozen different professional and academic journals and was recently named associate editor of the Journal of Singing for the voice pedagogy column. He is the 2016 winner of the Van L. Lawrence Award, presented jointly by the Voice Foundation and NATS. Hoch holds a BM from Ithaca College, an MM from the Hartt School, a DMA from the New England Conservatory, and the Certificate in Vocology from the National Center for Voice and Speech. In 2018, he presented performances and master classes in the United Arab Emirates as was awarded the Auburn University College of Liberal Arts Teaching Excellence Award. In addition to his academic life, Hoch also serves as choirmaster and minister of music at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Auburn, Alabama.
HOECKLEY, STEPHANIE. Dr. Stephanie Hoeckley is the Assistant Professor of Flute at Arkansas State University and a regular performer and clinician across the US. She has performed with the West Valley Symphony and Symphony of the Southwest, and enjoys performing in the South Winds flute trio and Bantam Winds chamber ensembles. She is the Vice President and Co-Founder of the Arkansas Flute Society, and a member of the National Flute Association, College Music Society, and the Flute New Music Consortium. Stephanie earned her Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from Arizona State University, and her Bachelor of Music from the University of Central Florida.
HOLM, BARBARA KOENEN. While attending the Boston Conservatory’s Graduate Program to study flute performance, Barbara discovered the joy of composition. After graduation, she studied with composer Larry T Bell in Boston. Later, she studied with Chris Granias, Carol Barnett, and Zacc Harris in Minneapolis. She founded Holm Legacy Publishing in 2006, where she self-publishes her music. Her compositions include music for flute, string quartet, trio (flute, violin, cello), voice, piano, choir, and orchestra. Musicians have found her music through the Holm Legacy Publishing web site, as well as the American Music Center, and so it has been performed in various places in North America, Australia, and Europe. It has been performed by The Lake String Quartet (Minneapolis), The Saint Paul Civic Symphony, The Laredo Philharmonic (Laredo, Texas), FluteSpiration (Robbinsdale, Minnesota), and the Legacy Ensemble (Minneapolis, Minnesota). Web site: www.holmlegacy
HONG, DONG YEOL. As an active performer, cellist Dong Yeol Hong has appeared as a concerto soloist with the Korea National Orchestra and Moscow Pre-college Chamber Orchestra. Also, he collaborated with Elizabeth De Mio. He participated in international music festivals such as the Bowdoin International Music Festival and Russia Chamber Music Festival. Dong Yeol Hong has claimed top prizes of the Korea National Symphony Orchestra International Competition, Korea Youth Competition, Second Prize of the Moscow Pre Conservatory Ensemble Competition, Moscow Conservatory International Competition, Moscow Contemporary Music Competition, and CBS Korea Broadcast International Competition. Mr. Hong started his bachelor’s program at the Moscow Conservatory, and then he moved to USA, he earned his bachelor’s degree at Cleveland Institute of Music. Mr. Hong earned his master’s at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. His major cello teachers are Maria Tchaikovskaya, Alan Harris, Stephen Geber, and Peter Stumpf. Mr. Hong pursuing his Doctoral degree at Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music under the guidance of Alan Rafferty. He serves as a Graduate Assistant in cello at Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
HONK AND BOND. Honk and Bonk was formed in the summer of 2022, when bassoonist Cassandra Roache and percussionist Bryan Wysocki decided to team up over coffee in Athens, Georgia. The duo was created with the intent to transcribe, record, and perform works that did not receive their premiere performances due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Their goals have since expanded to include recording and performing other works for bassoon and percussion, as well as commissioning new pieces for that instrumentation.
HOUGHTLING, JONATHAN. Dr. Jonathan Houghtling serves as Assistant Professor of Trombone and Music Theory at Alabama State University. Prior to his appointment at ASU, Dr. Houghtling served on the faculties of Talladega College, The University of Montevallo, and the Alabama School of Fine Arts. Dr. Houghtling received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Trombone Performance from The University of Alabama. He received a Master of Music degree in Trombone Performance from DePaul University. Dr. Houghtling received his Bachelor of Music degree in Trombone Performance from Indiana University. As a trombonist, Dr. Houghtling holds the chair of Second Trombone with the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra, and can also be found frequently performing with various orchestras throughout the Southeast. He has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago, North Carolina Symphony, Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Charlotte Symphony, New World Symphony, among others. As an avid chamber musician, Dr. Houghtling has performed with the award-winning contemporary ensemble, Dal Niente, as well as the award-winning brass quintet, Axiom Brass. Dr. Houghtling has won the International Trombone Association’s Alto Trombone and Larry Wiehe solo competitions. His primary teachers include Jonathan Whitaker, Mark Fisher, Charles Vernon, M. Dee Stewart, and Peter Ellefson.
HOWES HEILMAN, EMILY. Dr. Emily Howes Heilman, mezzo-soprano and Assistant Professor of Voice at Sam Houston State University, has a great passion for performing works by contemporary composers. She recently premiered the role of Chaplain in Graham Yates’ The Measure of Love with Operativo Houston, and she covered the role of Hannah After in Laura Kaminsky’s As One with Chautauqua Opera in 2018 and the mezzo role in Phillip Glass’ Hydrogen Jukebox in 2017. She performed works by Timothy Hoekman at Carnegie Hall along with members of the Parlance Vocal Ensemble and premiered Quinn Dizon’s 12 Haiku for mezzo and orchestra at the University of Louisville’s New Music Festival. In 2018, she received her DM in voice performance from Florida State University where she was the recipient of the Edith S. Joel Opera scholarship as well as the Glenys Gallaher Award and a winner of the Hannah J. Beaulieu Competition. She studied with Shirley Close and Marcy Stonikas and graduated summa cum laude.
HRIVNAK, CHRISTINA COKER. Christina Coker Hrivnak, Assistant Professor of Music in Voice at Belhaven University, has performed as a soprano soloist throughout England, Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Russia and Sweden, and has been a featured soloist with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, Mississippi Opera, The Mississippi Chorus, CCM Early Music Consort, Cincinnati Vocal Arts Ensemble, Baroque Chamber Soloists, and members of Cincinnati Baroque and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Soloist for world premiere performances of works by Darrell Handel, Bonia Shur, and Mike Peterson, as well as Mississippi’s own James Sclater, Mrs. Hrivnak has completed coursework for the D.M.A. degree in Voice Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. She holds the M.M. in Voice Performance from CCM and the B.M. from Millsaps College in Voice. She is a prizewinner of MTNA’s National Collegiate Artist Competition and recipient of the Governor’s Award for the Southern Regional Chapter of NATS. In addition to teaching at Belhaven University, She has taught at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Millsaps College, Mount St. Joseph University, California State University at Los Angeles, and presently serves as Choir Director at St. Columb’s Episcopal Church.
HURLEY, SUSAN. Dr. Susan Hurley has performed in Europe and the United States in opera, musical theatre, concert and recital literature and was a prizewinner at the 2002 Meistersinger competition in Graz, Austria. She is founding Artistic Director of Phoenix Arizona’s AIDS Quilt Songbook concert series, now in it’s tenth year. The concert launches a week of World AIDS Day events and raises funds for Arizona HIV/AIDS service organizations. She has presented lecture recitals, masterclasses, and talks on the AIDS Quilt Songbook for Southern Regional NATS, MTNA, at universities, and at the tenth International Congress of Voice Teachers (ICVT) in Vienna, Austria. She has given presentations on the Tomatis Method at ICVT Stockholm (2017), NATS, and the Mississippi Music Teachers Association. She authored the chapter on Tomatis listening in the book So You Want to Sing with Awareness, published in 2020 by Rowman and Littlefield. Dr. Hurley is Associate Professor of Voice at Mississippi University for Women where she teaches Voice, Opera Workshop, Voice Pedagogy, and Music Literature. Current and former voice students have won top prizes at state, regional, and national NATS competitions. She earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Arizona State University in 2012.
I VOCI DELLE LEONESSE. I voci delle leonesse (Dr. Meghan Merciers, clarinet, and Dr. Gretchen Windt, mezzo-soprano) researches, commissions, and performs repertoire inspired by female creatives. They seek opportunities to expand beyond traditional Western Art Music performance and focus on various styles and genres, including folk music, art pop, musical theatre, operetta, electronic music, indie rock, and contemporary art music. Current projects include Yoga Heart: Lines on the Six Perfections (poetry of Leza Lowitz) by Peter Temko and Songs of the Cotton Grass (poetry of Menna Elfyn) by Hilary Tann.
JAFFE, JULIA. Julia Jaffe, mezzo-soprano, was born in Minsk, Belarus where she attended a specialized music school. She immigrated to the USA as a teenager and studied voice and literature at the University of Utah. In Boston Julia had a career as a linguist and pursued post graduate studies in voice at the New England Conservatory of Music. She had performed as a soloist with the Lowell House Opera and Commonwealth Lyric Theatre as well as an ensemble member of Utah Opera, Opera Tampa and the Odyssey Opera. Julia experiences singing as direct conduit between the spiritual and corporeal realms. She feels blessed to be the soloist/section leader at the First Church UU in Lexington where she has had opportunities to sing music of dizzying variety under the leadership of Rip Jackson. Julia has found her niche in creating the original thematically organized programs. She performs as a guest soloist at music festivals in USA and Europe. Julia became a featured artist at the yearly Assisi Music Festival in Italy.
JALUVKA, MICHELLE. Clarinetist Michelle Jaluvka is an enthusiastic performer and teacher. She is passionate about performing new music, music by women composers, and music by underrepresented composers. She completed a bachelor’s degree in clarinet performance at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. At ASU, she held principal spots in the band, orchestra, and opera productions and participated in various chamber groups. She is now pursuing a dual master’s degree in clarinet performance and musicology at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, OK where she is a graduate assistant in the clarinet studio. In 2021, she was an OU concerto competition finalist, and in 2022, she was a selected performer for the International Clarinet Association’s Clareidoscope virtual festival. She is a member of the Xena Duo, a clarinet duo that has been selected to perform at the American Single Reed Summit, the International Music by Women Festival, and the Scissortail Productions Inspired Voices concert series. She is serving her first year as Adjunct Instructor of Clarinet at Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, OK. She performed as a featured faculty artist in December of 2022 and plays on faculty recitals throughout the year while teaching the rapidly growing studio of clarinetists.
JEAN, CHAN MI. Chan Mi Jean is the Lecturer in Music at the University of Tennessee at Martin, where she specializes in Collaborative Piano. Jean is an emerging solo pianist, chamber musician, and opera coach who has made her international appearances including performances in Austria, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Italy, Thailand, and the United States. Jean won numerous national and international competitions including the 8th New York International Music Concours. As a result, she made her debut in January 2023 at the Weill Recital at the Carnegie Hall. Prior to joining UT Martin, Jean has served as the Apprentice Coach for the Virginia Opera. During summer, Jean is also the Music Director of the Young Singer Program for the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival. A native of Seoul, Korea, she has received her D.M.A. in Collaborative Piano from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with a minor in Opera Coaching; M.M. and P.D. in Piano Performance from Indiana University.
JENKINS, ELLIE. A native of coastal Georgia, Ellie Jenkins (horn) joined the faculty at Dalton State College in 2010, and is an Affiliate Artist in horn at Berry College. An active performer, she is principal horn in the Carroll Symphony and the Chamber Players of the South, and second horn with the Rome Symphony. She performs in Austria most summers with the Classical Music Festival in Eisenstadt, and performed on the first two seasons of Chamber Music Montana in the Missoula area. She has also performed with the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra, and toured Taiwan with the Atlanta Pops Orchestra. She has been an invited presenter at the International Horn Workshop, where she outlined her research on women as professional horn players August 2018. She also edits a regular column in The Horn Call, the journal of the International Horn Society. Dr. Jenkins holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin – Madison (DMA), University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (MM) and the University of Miami (BM). She has performed in Europe, South America, and Asia as an orchestral and chamber musician and as a soloist. Dr. Jenkins resides in north Georgia, with her husband and three dogs.
JOHNSON, CARLY. Dr. Carly Johnson serves as Chair of the Department of Music at Alabama State University located in Montgomery, Alabama. At ASU, Dr. Johnson teaches applied trumpet, music education courses, and directs the ASU Trumpet Ensemble. During her tenure at ASU, she has been nominated twice for the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Dr. Johnson received the Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the Dana School of Music at Youngstown State University, the Master of Music degree in Trumpet Performance from the University of Florida, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Trumpet Performance from The Ohio State University.
JOHNSON, ROSE V. Rose V. Johnson, freelance musician and flute pedagogue, resides in Seattle, Washington. Ms Johnson performs with Compass Winds, Peregrine Rose Trio, and The Ladies’ Quintessential Quintet. She has also held principal flute positions with Northwest Symphony and Ensign Symphony, served on the board of Seattle Flute Society, and served on the National Flute Association Performance Health Committee. In addition to maintaining a full performance schedule, her teaching studio garners respect throughout the Pacific Northwest. Ms. Johnson’s passion for promoting music and arts in the community led to the formation of Collaborative Musicians’ Project. She is passionate about projects that support music education and underrepresented musicians. She seeks out ways to engage composers and collaborators from marginalized groups, with the hope of using her platform to provide opportunity for others. Ms. Johnson began formal flute training at the age of 14, with Erich Graf of the Utah Symphony. She continued her studies under the mentorship of Philip Swanson, receiving her Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance from Northern Arizona University. She received a Master of Music in Flute Performance from University of Washington with Felix Skowronek. Ms. Johnson is a Performance Artist for William S. Haynes Flute Company.
JONES, ROBYN. Robyn Jones joined the faculty at the University of Memphis in 2012 after spending 8 years performing as Principal Clarinet in the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in New Orleans. During her time with the LPO she was featured as a soloist, performing Debussy’s Premiere Rhapsody. She taught at Tulane University and University of New Orleans. She has performed with the Iris Orchestra, Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Nashville Symphony, Honolulu Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Fort Wayne Philharmonic and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. She is active in the International Clarinet Association and has performed at ClarinetFest in Atlanta, Assisi, Baton Rouge, Lawrence, KS and Knoxville, TN. Dr. Jones received her degrees from Indiana University, Florida State University, and University of Minnesota. She is a Buffet Crampon performing artist/clinician and a certified Koru Mindfulness instructor.
KANA, ELISSA. An active saxophonist and music educator, Elissa Kana has performed in festivals and conferences worldwide. Most recently, the North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) presented Elissa as a featured classical solo artist at their 2021 Region 3 Conference. In 2014, Elissa was named second-prize winner of the International Saxophone Symposium and Competition (ISSAC). A passionate chamber musician, Elissa holds the alto chair of the Colere Quartet, which was awarded the Gold Medal at the 2020 Fischoff National Chamber Music and the First Prize in Winds, Brass, and Percussion at the 2019 Plowman Chamber Music Competitions. Currently, Elissa is a full-time Instructor of Saxophone at Arkansas State and recently finished her DMA at the University of Iowa. Since 2018, she has spent her summers teaching at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. Elissa previously served on the faculty of Monmouth College and the University of Northern Iowa.
KHALIAPOVA, ALBINA. Pianist Albina Khaliapova is a soloist, recitalist, collaborative pianist, and piano instructor. Recipient of the Mary Sue Chamber Music Scholarship (LSU, 2019) and the Robinson Piano Scholarship (LSU, 2020), Albina won a number of international and local competitions in both Europe and North America, including the International Keyboard Odyssiad, and Festival (Fort Collins, Colorado, 2015), International Music Competition ‘Citta Di Barletta’ (Italy, 2012), International Competition ‘Music Without Limits’ (Lithuania, 2008), and International Competition ‘Art of the 21st Century’ (Ukraine, 2001). Born into a musical family Albina developed an acute musical sensitivity and a natural aptitude for the piano. Influenced by her mother, a piano teacher, she started her first music lessons at home at the age of four. Before coming to the United States, Albina was actively performing on various chamber music projects, as well as teaching at the secondary special music school for gifted kids in Russia. Albina Khaliapova holds a Master of Music degree from the University of South Florida, where she held a teaching assistant position and was awarded a President’s Piano Trio fellowship, and a Doctor of Music Arts degree in Piano Performance, and a minor in Collaborative Piano from the Louisiana State University.
KIEC, MICHELLE. Michelle Kiec serves as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Oklahoma City University. She holds the MM and DMA degrees in clarinet performance from Peabody Conservatory of Music of Johns Hopkins University and BM and BA degrees in music performance and German from the University at Buffalo. Her prior academic leadership roles include service as vice provost for extended and lifelong learning, dean of visual/performing arts and education colleges, and department chair at universities in Pennsylvania and North Dakota. Dr. Kiec maintains an active research and creative agenda as a clarinetist. An advocate of newly composed classical music, she is a member of three ensembles: Batik Quartet, Synergy 78, and Kadigan. Her performances of newly written classical music promote the diversification of concert programming. She is also a frequent conference presenter on leadership planning and collaboration, student recruitment and success, enrollment management, curriculum design, assessment, and faculty development.
KILLMEYER, HEATHER. Heather Killmeyer serves as Associate Professor of Double Reeds at East Tennessee State University. An enthusiastic advocate for introducing oboe to new audiences, her performances range from the traditional to the unconventional. Her orchestral experience includes the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Symphony Silicon Valley, Las Vegas Philharmonic, Reno Philharmonic, San Antonio Symphony, Corpus Christi Symphony, Victoria Symphony, Mid-Texas Symphony, Knoxville Symphony, Nimbus Ensemble, and the Western Piedmont Symphony. She created Dada Cabaret, an experimental chamber ensemble blending eclectic contemporary art music with spoken narrative and elements of theatre. Killmeyer has performed at International Double Reed Society conferences stateside and abroad and at the Australasian Double Reed Society conference. Summer engagements have included the Hot Springs Music Festival, National Music Festival, Mozart Festival Texas, the Classical Music Festival in Austria, and IFC3. She has worked with artists as diverse as Béla Fleck, Christopher O’Riley, Elizabeth Pitcairn, Anne-Marie McDermott, David Benoit, and Don Vappie and the Creole Jazz Serenaders. She has participated in numerous commissions and premieres of new works for oboe. Heather Killmeyer received her degrees from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, the University of Nevada Las Vegas, and the University of Southern California.
KIM, SEOLHEE. Seolhee (Snow) Kim has focused on representing the inspiration she finds in arts, nature, life, and the world we live in. She has exposed herself to various artistic experiences and loves collaborating with other artists. Her music has been performed professionally by artists including Contemporaneous, Finger Lake Chamber Ensemble, ModernMedieval, the Momenta Quartet, Opera Elect, Heartland Marimba Quartet, Andrew Fuchs, Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek, Nicaulis Alliey, and Joseph Rebman, and at LunArt Festival. She holds an M.M. in Composition from SUNY Binghamton, where she studied composition with Daniel Thomas Davis as well as a BM in Composition and a BA in Art history from Ewha Womans University. She is currently pursuing a DMA in Composition at the University of Kansas.
KINNEY, DAYTON. Dayton Kinney creates music that has won and has been recognized at numerous competitions at the international and national level. Gramophone describes Dayton’s music as “compelling single-movement designs.” Performed in the U.S. and abroad, Dayton’s music concentrates on “transforming the circle… into a spiral.” Through this notion, Dayton explores the limits of ambiguity in thematic material, accessibility, harmony, and form with the goal of striking a balance between the certainty of a circle and the ambiguity of a spiral. Her eclectic style is inspired by juxtapositions and accessibility through patterns, sectional comparisons, and repetition. Performers who have played Dayton’s music include ICE, Nick Photinos, Juventas New Music Ensemble, Deviant Septet, The Sirius Quartet, HYPERCUBE, F-Plus, Zodiac Trio, and Space City Performing Arts Ensemble, among others. Her music has also been released by Navona Records. Dayton earned her Ph.D. in Music Composition from Duke University. Dayton also holds a Master of Music in Composition from Carnegie Mellon University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Music cum laude with Honors in Music from Smith College. Her teachers have included John Supko, Leonardo Balada, Melinda Wagner, Salvatore Macchia, and Alla Elana Cohen. www.daytonkinney.com
KLEIN, JENNA. Jenna Klein, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Piano at Mississippi State University where she coordinates the group piano and secondary piano programs for the Department of Music. She teaches group piano, functional piano skills, secondary applied piano, pedagogy and teaches piano at MSU’s Community Music School. As a performer, Dr. Klein has played nationally throughout the Hudson Valley region of New York, Michigan, and the Midwest and internationally in Eisenstadt, Austria as part of the Classical Music Festival. Dr. Klein is an active presenter at state, regional, and national conferences. Her current research interests include pedagogical repertoire by underrepresented composers, group piano curriculum, rote teaching, and flow theory. She has been invited to present internationally at the European Piano Teachers Association (EPTA) Conference, nationally at the Group Piano and Piano Pedagogy Forum (GP3), MTNA Collegiate Piano Pedagogy Symposium, the MTNA National Conference, the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy (NCKP), and the CMS National Conference, and regional CMS Conferences. Her research has been published in the Music Teacher’s National Association (MTNA) e-journal. Dr. Klein holds degrees from the University of Oklahoma, the University of Northern Iowa, and the State University of New York at New Paltz.
KOZHEVNIKOVA, EVGENIYA (JANE). Jane K (Evgeniya Kozhevnikova) is a composer, pianist, and educator. Her works have been performed at regional, national, and international level music events. She composes in various styles, tastefully blending them. In 2019, she received a DownBeat Outstanding Performance award in the Latin jazz category. In 2020, she released a jazz-tango album Tango Avenue, and in 2022 an album of her art songs Lift Up Your Hearts. She holds two master’s degrees, in Music Composition and Music Performance, from Western Michigan University and is working on her doctorate degree in Music Composition at the University of Florida.
LADD, JASON. Dr. Jason S. Ladd is in his eighth year at Nicholls State University, where he serves as the wind ensemble director as well as teaches courses in music education and low brass lessons. He has performed as substitute tubist with the Binghamton Philharmonic, Louisiana Philharmonic, Monroe Symphony, Syracuse Symphony, and Utica Symphony. He also served as Principal Tuba in Symphoria during the 2015 Summer Season as well as played in the Syracuse performances of the national tour of the Broadway musical Chicago. Dr. Ladd performed at the Southeastern Tuba Euphonium Conference held at Florida State University in 2018 and will perform at the 2023 ClarinetFest in Denver. He has premiered works by Kimberly Archer, Augusta Read Thomas, and Stanley Friedman. As a composer he has had performances at the 2022 Southern Division CBDNA Conference in Columbia, South Carolina and at the 40th Anniversary of the Potsdam Brass Quintet at the Crane School of Music as well as had his Concerto for Tuba and Chamber Orchestra read by the Buffalo Philharmonic Dr. Ladd’s degrees are from the Eastman School of Music, Syracuse University, and Florida State University.
LADIES’ QUINTESSENTIAL QUINTET. As a stunning example of talent and artistry, the Ladies’ Quintessential Quintet embodies what it means to be a female musician in the modern landscape of classical music. Each a powerhouse in their own right, together they represent college professors, orchestral musicians, freelancers, private instructors, collaborative chamber artists, and full-time working musicians. In addition to being dedicated musicians, they each also enjoy fulfilling lives as wives, mothers, and teachers. Spread across Utah, Idaho, Arizona, and Washington, the members of the quintet come together for several projects each year, including concerts, residencies, and recordings. A passion for new music on the cutting edge of modern quintet repertoire written by women and other underrepresented persons fuels their participation in the area of new compositions and arrangements. They also actively seek opportunities to collaborate with composers in process, as well as artists in other areas of performance and visual arts.
LANEY WARREN, SABRINA. Sabrina Laney Warren as been praised as a “powerful and finely nuanced soprano” (Rhein-Neckar Zeitung) with “seemingly unlimited vocal possibilities,” (Augsburger Allgemeine) Sabrina Laney Warren has international acclaim and has performed opera, concert, and oratorio works throughout North America and Europe. Dr. Warren has solidified herself as an international artist performing as a guest artist with the Festival Durance Luberon in France, the Eutiner Festspiele in Germany, the Deutsche-Amerikan Musik Fest in Germany, and the Differdange International Festival in Luxembourg. On the operatic stage she has been praised as a “standout” (The Tennessean) and applauded for her portrayal of Pamina in The Magic Flute as “a superb Pamina, using her ample and open voice with affecting directness as Tamino’s lover” (Pittsburgh Tribune Review). Dr. Warren currently serves as Assistant Professor of Music at Bethel University; she serves as a board member for the Beethoven Club of Memphis, and is the president of the NATS Memphis Chapter. She currently lives in Memphis, TN with her husband Eric and their German shepherd Lili (Blouanger). www.sabrinalaneywarren.com
LANZ, MEGAN. Miyazawa Performing Artist Megan Lanz (DMA, CMI) performs regularly as an international solo artist and chamber musician. She finds great joy and fulfillment in helping students make the connection between the musical and physical components of playing an instrument. Her holistic performance and pedagogical approaches encompass all physical, mental, and emotional components of being a human musician. She finds inspiration in connecting with composers and commissioning and premiering new works. Her 2023 commissions include a work by Canadian composer Frank Horvat for bassoon and flute (funded by a New Music USA grant award) which musically explores the various “ghosts” we have in our lives – fears relating to control, trusting, and being enough. Additionally, she commissioned and premiered Unbroken for flute and piano by CSU colleague Kevin Poelking in April 2022. This performance has earned Megan a Semi-Finalist position in the 2023 American Prize Professional Instrumental Soloist competition. Megan’s students have continued on to perform with professional ensembles, including the Pershing’s Own, American Youth Symphony, and Music Academy of the West. Her former students attend the Interlochen Arts Academy, The Colburn School, University of North Texas College of Music, and various other colleges and universities.
LEE, YUNJUNG. Korean violinist and conductor Dr. Yunjung Lee is an active performer, appearing as a soloist with many orchestras, such as Greece Symphony Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic, Korean Symphony Orchestra, and many others, as well as in international music festivals participating in the Music Academy of the West, the Brevard Music Festival, the Orford Art Center, and the International Chamber Orchestra of Puerto Rico. Lee was the first Artist-in-Residence at Valley Manor, senior living facility in Rochester, NY, a position which she was selected by both the Eastman School of Music and Valley Manor. She has also appeared as a speaker/performer in “The Sound of Connection,” a presentation of TEDxRochester series of events in 2018, and in “Outreach activities carry the beauty of Music to everywhere”, a presentation of 2022 American String Teachers Association National Conference. Lee is an Assistant Professor and Director of String Activities at Indiana State University, where she teaches violin, viola, chamber music, directs ISU Symphony Orchestra and coordinate outreach activities. Prior to joining the faculty of the Indiana State University, she taught at Louisiana Tech University, at Drake University, at the Eastman School of Music, and at the University of Rochester.
LEITTERMAN, KRISTIN. Dr. Kristin Leitterman defies modern convention as a solo artist of oboe and voice, bringing exciting and unusual programs to audiences. She has commissioned a number of works for oboe/voice, with works by Michael-Thomas Foumai, Jason Coleman, Whitney George, and Lyle Davidson. Dr. Leitterman is currently the Assistant Professor of Oboe at Arkansas State University where she teaches oboe and bassoon, Double Reed Techniques, and coaches small chamber ensembles. She is also the Director of the Lucarelli Oboe Master Class, a weeklong immersive oboe master class founded by Bert Lucarelli. As a researcher she has presented her research at numerous conferences and schools both nationally and internationally. She holds degrees from the City University of New York’s Graduate Center, the Hartt School, New England Conservatory, and the University of Missouri Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance. Her teachers include Humbert Lucarelli, Mark McEwen, Barbara Bishop, and Amy Burton. www.kristinleitterman.com
LEVIN, JONATHAN. Praised by the New York Concert Review as “much more than a pianist, but a musician with a fine mind and enormously promising creative energy”, Jonathan Levin has established himself as a compelling pianist, composer, concert producer and music entrepreneur, creating innovative programs and cross cultural events which reach diverse audiences throughout the world. Jonathan performed Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue at the Grand Kremlin Palace in Moscow, Russia as a part of the 4th Melody of Generations Festival with the Presidential Symphony Orchestra of the Russian Federation, and has made solo appearances in major venues across the US including Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center and Beneroya Hall. He has been a laureate of many competitions and prizes including the National Stillman-Kelley Award, 2nd Prize at the 2012 Los Angeles International Liszt Competition and recipient of the Alan Walker Award from the American Liszt Society. Jonathan is Artistic Director and Founder of Clayton Piano Festival in Clayton, NC which is now in its 12th season of concerts, public classes, school outreach and other community events. The festival creates accessible, educational, world-class concerts and music presentations that uniquely enrich the cultural life of the region.
LIANG, TIANTIAN. Tiantian Liang maintains a multifaceted career as a pianist, harpsichordist, and teacher. Her performances span the US and Europe. As an advocate of new music and diverse composers, Liang’s current projects include the works of Fanny Mendelssohn, Florence Price, and Margaret Bonds. She is also premiering and recording the oboe and piano works of the Afro-British composer Althea Talbot-Howard. As a scholar, Liang has presented at numerous piano pedagogy conferences. Her presentations include “Yvonne Loriod’s Influence on the Piano Works of Olivier Messiaen” for the MTNA Collegiate Chapters Symposium at Ball State University, and the 2020 MTNA National Visual Conference. She most recently performed a lecture-recital for the Southern College Music Society Conference in 2022 titled “Introducing Chinese Piano Music to the Advanced Student: Pedagogical Uses for Tan Dun’s Eight Memories in Watercolor.” Liang serves on the faculty at Tennessee State University in Nashville, TN. Her degrees include a Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, a Performer Diploma from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, a Master of Music from Rice University, and a Bachelor of Music from Concordia College.
LIAO, AMBER. Pianist Amber Yiu-Hsuan Liao has presented performances in venues such as Lincoln Center, Weill Recital Hall (Carnegie Hall), Temple Square (Utah), Chicago Cultural Center, and National Concert Hall in Taiwan. Her album of works by Granados, Schumann and Beethoven was released by MSR Classics in 2010. MusicWeb International described Liao’s playing as “energetic and brisk… elegant and thoughtful.” Fanfare described “very impressive and well-thought-out program,” and Audiophile Audition noted that her Granados “captures the folk element in the music very well, bringing color and dash to her performance.” Amber is a champion of contemporary Asian female composers, including Chen Yi, Karen Tanaka, and Unsuk Chin, performing their works in major performances. Liao holds a DMA from the Manhattan School of Music and MM from the Peabody Institute. Dr. Liao taught at Montclair State University, Seton Hall University, and the Horne School of Music (Snow College) as the Director of Piano/Theory. A certified adjudicator for NYSSMA she has served as a juror for numerous regional and national competitions. Currently Associate Professor at Borough of Manhattan Community College of City University of New York, Dr. Liao’s music and projects can be found at www.amberliao.com
LIAO, YU-HSUAN. Yu-Hsuan Liao serves as Associate Professor of Music and the Coordinator of Keyboard Studies at Shepherd University in West Virginia. She is a piano soloist, collaborative artist, and music educator. She has expanded her repertoire in instrumental, chamber, vocal and choral music in various styles and periods. Yu-Hsuan is currently serving as the president-elect for the West Virginia Music Teachers Association, the chair for the WVMTA composition commission, and the faculty advisor for the Music Teacher National Association Shepherd Collegiate Chapter. Her students have frequently presented their research projects in the MTNA Collegiate Chapter Symposium. She regularly gives master classes and is in high demand for adjudication at festivals and competitions around the West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia, and D.C. region. A native of Taipei, Taiwan, Yu-Hsuan began her musical studies in Tung-Hai University of Taiwan, under Thomas Linde. She received her Masters and Doctoral Degrees of Musical Arts in Piano Performance from University of Texas at Austin under Danielle Martin, Dariusz Pawlas, and Gregory Allen.
LUCHSINGER, BRENDA. Dr. Brenda Luchsinger, Associate Professor of Music at Alabama State University, teaches horn, musicianship courses, and brass methods. She holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point (BM), University of Florida (MM), and University of Alabama (DMA). Dr. Luchsinger performs with the Tuscaloosa and Montgomery Symphonies, and Sinfonia Gulf Coast. In addition to an active performance schedule in the southeast, she has performed throughout Europe, Asia, and. Australia. As one of the first horn players certified to teach the Suzuki Method for horn, she serves on the Brass Committee for the International Suzuki Association and is a lead developer of the materials for the Suzuki Horn Method, and is the recipient of a 2022 Artist Fellowship from the Alabama State Council of the Arts for establishing a Brass for Children Suzuki program. Frequently invited to present at many regional, national, and international conferences, she is also in high demand as an adjudicator, working with regional, and international competitions, including the 2022 International Horn Competition of America. Dr. Luchsinger serves as the International Horn Society’s Area Representative for Alabama, and as News Editor for The Horn Call. Her teachers have included Charles “Skip” Snead, Paul Basler, and Patrick Miles.
MALAWEY, VICTORIA. Victoria Malawey is a composer, singer-songwriter, and scholar based in the Twin Cities and Professor of Music at Macalester College. Driven by the belief that art makes the world a better place, she strives to create music that soothes and heals, provides catharsis from pain, and articulates the ineffable aspects of the human condition. Malawey’s choral piece On Dark Earth won the Uncommon Music Festival 2020 Composer Competition and was named top finalist for the 2019 Voices 21C Call-for-Scores, and her song cycle Chansons Innocentes won the 2017 International Alliance of Women in Music Patsy Lu Prize. Recent commissions include pieces for MPLS (imPulse), the Thirsty Ears Audio Tour, the Sound of Silent Film, the William Ferris Chorale, Open House Chicago, the Black Cedar Trio, and the ARK Trio. Malawey has completed artist residencies at Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences, Dorland Mountain Arts Colony, and Willapa Bay AiR. Her monograph titled A Blaze of Light in Every Word: Analyzing the Popular Singing Voice won the Outstanding Publication Award given by the Society for Music Theory’s Popular Music Interest Group in 2021. More at victoriamalawey.com.
MANIA, GRZEGORZ. Grzegorz Mania graduated with distinction from the Academy of Music in Kraków and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. He also read law at Jagiellonian University, and obtained a PhD for a dissertation about music and copyright law. In 2019 he obtained a post-doctoral degree in the Academy of Music in Kraków. He works extensively as a recitalist, an orchestral soloist and a chamber musician. He has appeared at international festivals throughout Poland, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Finland, Austria, Italy, Norway, Iceland, Vietnam, Israel, the United States of America, Cyprus, and Ukraine. A co-founder and president of the Polish Chamber Musicians’ Association, Mania also co-authored an innovative, 3-part sight-reading handbook for pianists. PWM Editions recently published Mania’s definitive volume on music and authors’ rights, as well as his selection of works for piano four hands for intermediate and advanced pianists. Currently, Grzegorz Mania divides his time between professorship at the Feliks Nowowiejski’s Music Academy in Bydgoszcz, lecturing law at the music academies in Kraków and Wrocław, and rehearsing chamber music programs all over Poland.
MARK, DOUGLAS. Dr. Douglas Mark serves as Professor of Trombone/Low Brass at Delta State University in Cleveland, MS. He provides instruction in applied low brass, and directs the DSU brass ensemble. He has held similar positions at the Hochstein School of Music, Hamilton College, Nazareth College, and Colgate University, all located in western NY. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Dr. Mark has performed with several orchestras, including the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Syracuse Symphony Orchestra and the Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra, among others. Locally, he has performed with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, and Tupelo Symphony. He has been an artist-in-residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts. An advocate of community music projects, Dr. Mark has participated in the NEA Chamber Music Rural Residency in Liberal, KS. During the summer, Dr. Mark serves as Faculty Artist and Dean of Students & Operations at the Atlantic Music Festival, in Waterville, ME. Dr. Mark received his DMA from the Eastman School of Music. He earned his MM from the New England Conservatory of Music and undergraduate degrees in music performance and sociology from Northwestern University. He is an Artist/Clinician for the Antoine Courtois Paris Trombones Corporation.
MATTHEWS, MARY. Flutist Mary Matthews enjoys an active career as an international soloist, chamber musician, orchestral flutist, and pedagogue, and has performed on four continents in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Severance Hall, the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Fundação Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina, Festival Goethe Institut Música Nueva, and Cité Internationale des Arts. She has been a featured soloist and chamber musician at the Newport Music Festival, and she is a founding member of the Maryland Wind Festival. Dr. Matthews is currently Assistant Professor of Flute at Tennessee Tech University’s School of Music where she is also a member of the faculty wind quintet, the Cumberland Quintet. In the fall of 2023, she will join the faculty at Florida State University as Assistant Professor of Flute. She is principal flutist of the Bryan Symphony Orchestra, acting second flute of Symphony of the Mountains, and she performs regularly with the Nashville Symphony, Knoxville Symphony, Chattanooga Symphony, and the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, among others. Additionally, she is a studio recording artist with the Nashville Scoring Orchestra, where she records soundtracks to TV shows, movies, and video games at Ocean Way, Blackbird, and Wildwood Studios. www.MaryMatthewsFlute.com
MAY, THERESA. Theresa J. May (she/her) is a native of Shaker Heights, Ohio. She holds a Master of Music from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Dayton. Theresa is adjunct faculty at Cuyahoga Community College where she teaches Applied Trumpet and World Music. Theresa enjoys community engagement as a teaching artist with the Roots of American Music organization and is co-founder of the Chromatic Brass Collective, an organization for brass musicians that celebrates, performs, mentors, and educates to increase the visibility of racially and ethnically underrepresented women and gender non-conforming people throughout the brass world. Theresa is also a member of Black Classical Music Educators (BCME), and the International Society for Black Musicians (ISBM), an organization dedicated to the advocacy of Black musicians and their work in the scholarship of music.
MCCANN, AMY. Dr. Amy McCann currently Assistant Professor of Music at Murray State University where she teaches clarinet and aural skills. Dr. McCann is also a former military musician and active freelance performer and teacher. She has played with the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band, La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, Wheeling Symphony, Johnstown Symphony, and the West Virginia Symphony. She also served on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point, Miami University in Oxford, OH, Lawrence University in Appleton, WI and Concord University in Athens, WV. Dr. McCann regularly performs and presents clinics nationally and internationally. She has been an invited performer and presenter at the International Clarinet Association’s annual ClarinetFest, the Midwest ClarinetFest, the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors conference, the International Double Reed Society Conference, and more. Dr. McCann holds degrees from West Virginia University and Indiana University. She has studied with Steve Barta, Eli Eban, Howard Klug, and John Weigand. Dr. McCann is a Sponsored Artist and Reed Making Specialist with Precision Reed Products, the maker of the Reedual single reed machine. She is also a Rice Clarinet Works Performing Artist.
MEDINA, KARI CRUVER. Seattle-based composer and pianist, Kari Cruver Medina grew up on the lively shores of Puget Sound surrounded by the music of the natural world. Literature, history, faith, folklore, and the intersection of arts and culture have always intrigued her. These interests reflect in engaging music that is marinated in an imaginative blend of narrative and nature. She likes to laugh, and that reflects in her music too. Kari’s award-winning pieces have been performed and premiered internationally and span a broad swath of stylistic traditions-everything from art song to orchestral. Her body of work also includes scores for theater and television as well as material for congregational worship. A true child of the Pacific Northwest, she attended University of Washington and Washington State University and has a graduate degree in composition. Now the mother of two sons in college, nature remains Medina’s playground, and when not composing you will find her working in her garden or tramping through the woods: a rake, a book of poetry, and cup of coffee at hand. She loves to travel and savors the opportunity to explore and share the joy of making music with friends across the globe. www.karicruvermedina
MERCIERS, MEGHAN. Meghan Merciers is a native of Chattanooga, Tennessee, and a current resident of Florence, Alabama. She is Executive Director of the School of the Arts and Associate Professor of Music at the University of North Alabama. Dr. Merciers has a passion for education and interdisciplinary collaboration and believes these to be some of the most effective forms of arts advocacy. She is an active soloist and collaborative musician and frequently performs with her chamber ensembles, Una Duo, Trio Leo, I voci delle leonesse, and Devil Sticks. Dr. Merciers has performed internationally with the French-American Chamber Orchestra in Lyon, France; in Puebla, Mexico, with Teatro Tinglado; in Vancouver, Canada, and Assisi, Italy, at the International Clarinet Association’s ClarinetFest; and numerous state, regional, national, and international conferences. She is principal clarinet of Shoals Symphony Orchestra and plays in the Tuscaloosa, Huntsville, and North Mississippi Symphony Orchestras. Dr. Merciers is endorsed as a Silverstein Pro Team Artist, Backun Artist, and Yamaha Performing Artist. She earned a DMA from Michigan State University, MM from the University of New Mexico, and BM from the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga. Her artist-teachers were Elsa Verdehr, Ted Oien, Keith Lemmons, Peter Temko, and Nikolasa Tejero.
MILLENIA MUSICAE. Millenia Musicae performs music by contemporary composers with a rare combination of instruments. The group formed in 2011 and released their first CD with Centaur Records in 2016, which featured two works by Mississippi composer and violinist Shandy Phillips. All works performed today were arranged by Rosângela Sebba.
MIRANDA, GUSTAVO. Dr. Gustavo Miranda has taught master-classes in renowned universities in Brazil, Panama and the United States. He has performed in international conferences such as PASIC, NASA and the International Double Reed Society convention. As a soloist Dr. Miranda has performed with the Louisiana State University Symphony as well as with professional orchestras in Brazil, including the Orquestra Sinfonica da Paraiba and Orquestra Sinfonica do Recife. As an Orchestral Percussionist, Dr. Miranda has played in several orchestras in Brazil and the United States including the Orquestra Sinfonica Virtuosi, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Acadiana Symphony and Baton Rouge Symphony. As a chamber musician, he is a member of the Ninkasi Percussion Group along with percussionist Dr. Joe W. Moore III, Dr. Greg Lyons and Dr. Oliver Molina. He is committed to teaching and promoting a variety of musical styles to the next generation of young percussionist. He has commissioned several new works for percussion solo with world-renowned composers including David Stock and Liduino Pitombeira. Dr.Miranda is sponsored by Sabian Cymbals, Salyers Percussion and Black Swamp Percussion.
MORRIS, ALYSSA. Alyssa Morris serves as Assistant Professor of Oboe at Kansas State University and the principal oboist of the Topeka Symphony. She has appeared in performances around the world, and as concerto soloist at the Kennedy Center. Her solo albums, “A Higher Place” and “Ruminations” were hailed by American Record Guide as “gorgeous and thoughtful” and by Fanfare Magazine as “pure gold.” Alyssa is a founding member of Aglow Trio, a trio for flute, oboe, and piano. Aglow’s mission is to amplify underrepresented voices in music and grow the repertoire of music for flute, oboe, and piano. Aglow Trio has been a featured ensemble at national and international festivals. Regarding her compositions, American Record Guide writes that Alyssa’s music “has charm and substance.” Her music has been presented at the conferences of IDRS, ICA, NFA, and SCI. Alyssa has been an International Barlow Composition Commission Winner, ROCO’s 2021 Composer-In-Residence, and her music is performed worldwide.
MORRISON, AMANDA. Amanda Morrison is on faculty at Slippery Rock University and a private studio instructor in the Pittsburgh area. She is a founding member of the Milano Duo clarinet ensemble and the PM Woodwind Project flute and clarinet duo. As the Event Director of Steel City Clarinet Day, Morrison created an event designed to bring the Southwestern Pennsylvania clarinet community together to share in a day of music making and music learning complete with guest artists, master classes, a community clarinet choir, and performances. Having a strong interest in extended techniques for clarinet, Morrison’s research focuses on the music of clarinetist/composer Eric Mandat, publishing numerous articles on his life and works in the Clarinet Journal, NACWPI Journal, and the Vandoren Wave. Morrison is a Vandoren Artist Clinician. Dr. Morrison earned a BM degree from Duquesne University and MM and DM degrees from Florida State University with her principal teachers being Mark Nuccio, Dr. Deborah Bish, and Dr. Frank Kowalsky.
MORTYAKOVA, JULIA. Pianist Julia Mortyakova maintains an international performing career. She is the 2021 Mississippi Arts Commission Performing Arts and a member of the Mississippi Arts Commission Artist Roster. She was named 2017 Honored Artist by the MS State Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Mortyakova is a laureate of the 2014 American Prize for her performance Cecile Chaminade, and the winner of the 2012 Sigma Alpha Iota Career Performance Grant. The Mortyakova/Bogdan Piano Duo are the second prize winners of the 2017 Ellis Duo Piano Competition. Dr. Mortyakova is Professor and Chair of the Department of Music at the Mississippi University for Women and the Artistic Director of the Music by Women Festival. She is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, Vanderbilt University, New York University and the University of Miami. Julia serves on the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) Commission on Accreditation and is President of the College Music Society Southern Chapter.
MUEHLEISEN, MARTHA. Violinist Martha Muehleisen has performed throughout the US and Europe as an orchestral, chamber, and solo musician. In 2010/11 she participated in the Lucerne Festival Academy in Lucerne, Switzerland where she was able to work with Pierre Boulez and members of the Ensemble Intercontemporain. Martha frequently performs as part of the Peak Frequency Festival at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. In the summer of 2017, she was a guest artist with mezzo-soprano Megan Ihnen performing György Kurtág’s Kafka Fragmente at the University of Missouri Kansas City Composition Workshop. She has participated in various festivals including the VU Symposium, soundON San Diego, New Music Gathering, and New Music on the Bayou. Martha has been fortunate to work with many different composers on chamber and orchestral music including Pierre Boulez, Raven Chacon, Louis Andriessen, and George Lewis. She has completed studies at Baylor University, the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Martha currently serves as a Lecturer in Violin/Viola at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. She performs on a French violin made in 1880 by Nestor Audinot, student of Sébastian Vuillaume.
MURPHY, ERIN. Erin Murphy is the Assistant Professor of Flute at Oklahoma State University. She holds performance degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Northwestern University, and University of Michigan. In addition, she earned a performance certificate in England at Trevor Wye’s international studio. Erin has performed as a soloist with the Lake Forest Civic Orchestra, Oklahoma State University Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra, Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra, and Ravenswood Community Orchestra. Recent orchestral performances include those with the Kansas City Symphony and Oklahoma City Philharmonic. She has been featured at many conferences including CMS National, CMS South Central, Music by Women Festival in Mississippi, Flute New Music Consortium New Music Festival, National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors, Women Composers Festival of Hartford, and several National Flute Association Conventions. She is a founding member of Lakeshore Rush, a Chicago-based chamber ensemble that frequently collaborates with composers and performs lesser-known contemporary works. Her recent solo and chamber music recordings can be heard on Albany and Navona Records. Her articles have been published in The Flutist Quarterly, Journal of the International Alliance for Women in Music, Flute Talk, BandDirectorsTalkShop.com, and Chicago Flute Club’s Pipeline.
NEZHDANOVA, ELENA. Performed in the United States, China, and Europe, as an orchestral soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. In October 2015, Elena had an opportunity to perform Tchaikovsky’s 1st piano concerto with Sichuan Philharmonic Orchestra in Chengdu, China. An avid chamber musician, Elena is a co-founding member of the Nezhdanova-Placzek Duo (piano/cello). Their professional engagements include the American East Coast, London U.K., Dresden, and Chemnitz’s performances in Germany, and four prominent Czech cities, including Prague. As an educator, Dr. Nezhdanova was commissioned to write a published review of Irina Gorin’s “Tales of a Musical Journey” books (The Piano Magazine, 2017). She was a guest workshop clinician for North Carolina Music Teachers Association and taught masterclasses for The Piano League, Opus Ithaca School of Music, and East Tennessee State University. She presented for European Piano Teachers Association in Guimarães, Portugal, and presented in Olomouc, Czech Republic. She gave masterclasses at the North London Collegiate School in the U.K. Dr. Nezhdanova is a Lecturer in Piano at Hamilton College.
NORDSTROM, STEPHEN. Dr. Stephen Nordstrom began teaching at The University of Texas at El Paso in the fall of 2014 and is currently Associate Professor of Violin. In addition to teaching violin and viola, he instructs courses in musicianship and string pedagogy. He has been on the summer faculties of the renowned Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan and Camp Encore/Coda in Maine, teaching violin and chamber music to young students from across the United States and the world. Dr. Nordstrom actively performs on both violin and viola, recently presenting solo and chamber music recitals in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Indiana, and Ohio, and internationally in Mexico and Belgium. In 2017, his album of new works with composer and pianist Dr. Dominic Dousa, entitled A Musical Portrait of the American Southwest, received critical acclaim in American Record Guide and Gramophone Magazine. Dr. Nordstrom received a B.M. from the University of North Texas, M.M. and A.D. degrees from the University of Cincinnati – CCM, and a D.M.A. in Violin and Orchestral Conducting from the University of Cincinnati – CCM.
NORDSTROM, KEVIN. Dr. Kevin Nordstrom leads a busy career as performer, teacher, and scholar. He has performed in Canada, Italy, Austria, China, and Mexico, and given numerous solo and chamber music recitals throughout the United States. Dr. Nordstrom has given many presentations for the College Music Society (CMS), as well as clinics for the Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas Music Educators Associations and the American String Teachers Association. His pedagogical and scholarly work has been published in and the Journal of the American Viola Society where he is on the editorial committee, and the American String Teacher Journal. Dr. Nordstrom is currently Lecturer of Viola at the University of Louisville and on the string faculty at Wright State University. He is the creator, writer, producer, and host of The Great Composer Podcast found on iTunes and other podcast platforms. Outside of music Kevin loves spending time with his wife and daughters, cooking, walking, reading, and golfing (sometimes obsessively).
NUTT, HALEY. Dr. Haley J. Nutt is an Instructor of Musicology and Percussion at Western Washington University, where she teaches a variety of music history lecture courses and seminars and directs the WWU Percussion Ensemble. She holds a PhD and master’s in musicology from Florida State University, and a bachelor’s in music education from Texas Christian University. Her research focuses on various gendered and institutional aspects of American percussion ensemble practices in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Dr. Nutt has presented her work on percussion at numerous conferences, such as the Annual Conference of the Society for American Music, the Society for Ethnomusicology Annual Meeting, and the Percussive Arts Society International Convention. She has also published some of her most recent scholarship in journals, including the Journal of Historical Research in Music Education, Percussive Notes, and the Journal of Popular Music Pedagogy. Finally, Dr. Nutt proudly serves as a member of the Percussive Arts Society’s Scholarly Research Committee and the Diversity Alliance. Her presentation today, titled “Complexities of Gender and Modernism in Johanna Beyer’s Percussion Ensemble Repertoire,” will thoroughly investigate the avant-garde composer’s unique approach to percussion ensemble composition in pre-war America.
O’NEAL, WHITNEY. Dr. Whitney O’Neal is Associate Professor of Flute and Department Chair at the University of North Alabama. She is currently the principal flute of the Shoals Symphony. She was selected to perform at the National Flute Association Conventions in New York City, Charlotte, Las Vegas, San Diego, and Chicago. O’Neal was selected as a winner in the NFA Convention Performers Competition and the Professional Flute Choir. Dr. O’Neal made her international debut in 2015 with recitals in Toledo, Spain. Most recently, O’Neal began a collaboration with Meghan Merciers (clarinet) and Karen Cantrell (piano) as Trio Leo. The trio’s current project focuses on the music of underrepresented composers. Dr. O’Neal holds a Bachelor of Music Education with University Honors from Arkansas State University and Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in flute performance with a secondary emphasis in musicology from the University of Alabama.
OPPENHEIMER, BONNIE. Dr. Bonnie Oppenheimer currently serves as a Professor of Mathematics and Chair of the Department of Sciences and Mathematics at Mississippi University for Women here in Columbus. She has been principal oboe with the Starkville Mississippi State University Symphony since 1988. At Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio, she was principal oboe in the Wind Ensemble, the Symphony Orchestra, and an obbligato soloist on oboe, oboe d’amore, and English horn at the longest-running Bach Festival in the United States. She has been playing professionally since 1970, in bands and orchestras in Ohio, Illinois, Texas, and Mississippi. She has played oboe, clarinet, tenor saxophone, and/or English horn in the pit orchestra for more than 20 musicals. Dr. Oppenheimer received a B.M in Performance on oboe and a B.S. in mathematics from B-W, an M.A.T. in mathematics from the University of Chicago, and her Ph.D. in secondary mathematics education from the University of Texas at Austin.
OSUGA, AMALIA. Amalia (Maya) Osuga enjoys a range of opportunities as soloist and chamber musician. A native New Yorker praised for her thrilling coloratura and the “unrelenting authenticity” of her musical interpretations, featured solo engagements include: Mozart’s Requiem, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Fauré’s Requiem and Mendelssohn’s A Mid-summer Night’s Dream at Lincoln Center’s Rose Hall. A champion of art song, Osuga has appeared in recital throughout the United States and in Great Britain. Her research focuses on highlighting the voices of women composers, poets, and the stories of women in art song. Maya was recently featured as a guest artist with the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra singing Blue Means Water, a work for soprano and chamber orchestra by Dr. Joshua Burel. Osuga holds degrees in music from Swarthmore College (BA), the University of Montana (MM), and the University of Oregon (DMA). She currently serves as Assistant Professor of Voice at The University of Alabama in Huntsville.
PARKER, ANDREW W. Andrew W. Parker is the Assistant Professor of Oboe at Oklahoma State University. He has performed throughout the USA and internationally at some of the world’s most prestigious concert halls including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Kimmel Center, and the Seoul Performing Arts Center. As an avid orchestral and chamber musician, he has held positions with the Greenville Symphony Orchestra, Spartanburg Philharmonic, Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra, Brevard Philharmonic, and is a member of the Maryland Chamber Winds. Dr. Parker previously held the position of Lecturer in Oboe and Music Technology at Brevard College and the Woodwind/Brass coach for the Greenville County Youth Orchestra. He has been invited to give masterclasses at the University of Missouri Kansas City Conservatory of Music, Hartt School of Music, SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music, University of Arkansas, Central Washington University, Arkansas State University, Middle Tennessee State University, University of Central Arkansas, the Usdan Center for Performing and Visual Arts, among other colleges and high schools around the United States. Dr. Parker received his Bachelor of Music from the SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music, Master of Music from the Yale School of Music, and Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Texas at Austin.
PATTERSON, BRITTNEY. Brittney Patterson is Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Montevallo where she teaches Musicology and Flute. She holds degrees from the University of Alabama, the University of Northern Colorado, and the University of Tennessee. Her research interests are flute pedagogy, performance practice, and the music of Germaine Tailleferre. Brittney lives in Montevallo, Alabama with her cat, Sophie, and she enjoys cooking and traveling.
PENNER, CORINNE. Dr. Corinne Penner’s performances have taken her across Europe and the US to venues such as Seiji Ozawa Hall, Museo del Violino, Weill Recital Hall, and Colburn’s Zipper Hall. She has enjoyed a rich and multi-faceted musical training in solo piano, chamber music, and art song, and has received fellowships from the Tanglewood Music Center and SongFest. Penner has been a prizewinner in various solo, chamber, and concerto competitions, including the Cremona International Piano Competition, the BMC-Zimmerli Foundation Piano Competition, the Kansas City Symphony Young Artist Competition, and others. Most recently, she and tenor Morgan Manifacier were awarded the 2022 John Kerr Award Duo Prize for their English song recital at Lauderdale House in London. Corinne has received grants from the Koch Cultural Trust and the Performing Arts Consortium for her artistic endeavors, and her recent performances have been broadcast on WMHT. As an educator, Corinne has served on the piano faculty of the University of Nevada, Reno and on the chamber music faculty of the Stony Brook Young Artist Program. She holds a DMA in Piano Performance from Stony Brook University; her principal teachers include Christina Dahl, Lishan Hung, and Ann Schein.
Peregrine Rose Trio. Peregrine Rose Trio includes Rose Johnson (flute), Lori Shepherd (clarinet), and Cassandra Bendickson (bassoon). As members of The Ladies Reeding Society, the all-female trio formed in 2020 to record and perform Mary Watkins’ “Woodwind Trio”. Peregrine Rose Trio focuses on performing works that are approachable and appealing to both the performers and listeners. Since 2020, Peregrine Rose Trio has been sponsored by Collaborative Musicians’ Project, and has performed tours in Utah, Idaho, Arizona and Washington. The trio performed at the International Double Reed Society Convention in 2022.
PERRY, LISA. Lisa Perry is the Assistant Professor of Clarinet at East Tennessee State University. Dr. Perry has appeared with the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra, the Symphony of the Mountains, the Stamford International Chamber Music Festival (UK), and has recorded for Minnesota Public Radio (MPR). During the summer, Dr. Perry has assisted at the Interlochen Center for Arts Clarinet Academy and has been on faculty at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp (MI), the Minnesota Clarinet Academy (MN), the International Music Camp in North Dakota/Canada, and has served on faculty and adjudicated for the International Clarinet Workshop and Competition (ICW) in Mizra, Israel. Dr. Perry earned her doctor of musical arts degree in clarinet performance at the University of Minnesota. She received her master of music degree in clarinet performance at Florida State University and holds a bachelor of music degree in clarinet performance from East Carolina University. Her teachers include Janice Lipson, Michael Cyzewski, Anne Dervin, Christopher Grymes, Frank Kowalsky, and Alexander Fiterstein.
PETROSYAN, SUREN. Dr. Suren Petrosyan is currently Music Director of the Shoals Symphony and Visiting Assistant Professor of Orchestra and Cello at the University of North Alabama. He holds degrees in Orchestral Conducting and Cello Performance from Michigan State University and Yerevan State Conservatory. Originally from Armenia, he began music lessons at the age of five and has dedicated his life to music as an active cello performer, teacher, and conductor. As a cellist, he has won numerous competitions and awards, and has performed throughout the United States, Armenia, and in Europe, including performances in France, the Netherlands, and Russia, and most notably at the Bach International Festival in Leipzig. He is an active performer and has played with a number of orchestras including the Arkansas, Delta, Jackson, Texarkana, Lansing, Jackson, Alma, Midland, Sioux City, and the Omaha Symphony. As a teacher, Dr. Petrosyan has extensive experience both in Armenia where he received the special award “Best Teacher of the Year,” and at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp where he has conducted youth orchestras, faculty ensembles, the Blue Lake Opera, and Festival Orchestra, and taught cello since 2006.
PIAZZA-PICK, JENNIFER. Soprano Jennifer Piazza-Pick has performed with the Nationaltheater Mannheim, Germany as well as with US military bands in Belarus, Latvia, and Lithuania. In the US, she has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Princeton Festival, the Richmond and Alamo City Ballet companies, Oregon Bach Festival, and many others. The winner of Hawaii Public Radio’s art song contest, Dr. Piazza-Pick was also the winner of the George Cortes Award for Classical Singing by the Artist Foundation of San Antonio. An active recitalist, she has appeared on concert series throughout the US, as well as on NPR and Virginia Currents. Jennifer’s musical curiosity has led to research on women composers, which has been presented at Music by Women Festival, Darkwater Womxn in Music Festival, Women Composers Festival of Hartford, the Mid-Atlantic Flute Convention, Sam Houston State University Art Song Festival, International Clarinet Association’s ClarinetFest, and American Library Association National Convention. Her love of artistic collaboration led her to co-found Whistling Hens, a chamber music ensemble that performs only music by women composers. Dr. Piazza-Pick is currently Assistant Professor of Music (Voice) at Queens University of Charlotte.
PIERSON, KERI LEE. Keri Lee Pierson is a classically trained soprano, contemporary musician, and music educator. She currently is a Doctor of Musical Arts student at Bowling Green State University where she collaborates regularly with her colleagues, instructors and The MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music. Planning interesting and audience involved events, with a lean towards contemporary chamber music is Keri Lee’s primary focus. For 2021-22, she was awarded two grants from the Florida Department of State for her voice and guitar duo, Deux Saisons, to tour in St. Johns County Public Libraries. On March 8th (Internation Women’s Day) she will be presenting a concert of all female vocalist/composers at the Timucua Arts Foundation called I Am Woman. She is also currently part of a call for scores with 15-Minutes of Fame. She has performed for the New Music Festival, Nief-Norf Summer Festival, BGSU’s Praecepta, the 8th International Conference on Music and Minimalism, the Romanza Festivale, Groupmuse, the Cortona Sessions for New Music, Yo Me Quedo en Casa, Wired Music, the Brookfield Community Partnership in VT, the At Home Artists Project, various concerts & events at local venues. www.kerileesoprano.com
PILLMAN PATTERSON, LAURA. Dr. Laura Pillman Patterson is a freelance musician in Northern Alabama, and has previously held teaching positions at Cleveland Community College, Northeastern State University, and Southwestern Oklahoma State University. She maintains a private lessons studio of woodwind and piano students.
POPHAM, DEBORAH. Deborah Popham currently serves as the Associate Director of the School of Music at Sam Houston State University, where she is also a member of the vocal area faculty. She has presented her research on both vocal repertoire and voice pedagogy nationally and internationally, including ICVT, NOA, and CMS. Having made her Carnegie Hall debut in a solo recital in 2015, she is a champion of art song and a frequent performer of new works and living composers. She earned a Bachelor of Music degree in voice performance, and two Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and Philosophy from University of Akron. She concluded her studies at Arizona State University, where she earned a Master of Music in Music Theater Performance (Opera) and her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Voice Performance. Dr. Popham is an NCVS-trained Vocologist.
RAKHMATULLAEV, MARAT. Bassoonist Marat Rakhmatullaev’s professional career expands across the globe and includes countries in Europe, Asia and the United States. He serves as the Principal Bassoonist at both the Sarasota Opera Orchestra and the West Michigan Symphony, MI, and Second Bassoonist of the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Rakhmatullaev was the Principal Bassoonist of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra in Florida between 2012-2014, after completing a one-year position with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic in Indiana. Mr. Rakhmatullaev holds a Master’s Degree in Orchestral Studies from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, from the studios of David McGill and Dennis Michel of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He also has a Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Houston, where he studied with Karen Pierson and Jeff Robinson, and an Artist Diploma from The Colburn School Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles, from the studio of Richard Beene. A dedicated educator, Mr. Rakhmatullaev currently serves as the Visiting Assistant Professor of Bassoon at Oklahoma State University’s Greenwood School of Music. He has also served on the faculty of various summer festivals, including the Luzerne Music Center, NY and Coastal Youth Symphony Summer Camp, GA.
RAVETTO, ANNE-GAËLLE. Anne-Gaëlle Ravetto, violinist, is an adjunct faculty member of the Delta State University Department of Music. She serves as a collaborative artist, provides instruction in the music education curriculum and maintains a private teaching studio. She has performed at numerous music festivals and academic conferences including the Atlantic Music Festival, Heidelberg Castle Festival, the Ohio Light Opera, the College Music Society-Southern Region, the Big 12 Trombone Conference and the American Trombone Workshop. Regional recital appearances include Rhodes College, University of Memphis, Henderson State University and UT- Martin, among others. Before moving to the US, she held numerous faculty positions in her native country, including Professor of Violin at the National Music School of Le Havre and National Music School of Notre Dame de Gravenchon. As a performer, Ms. Ravetto was active throughout France. Her credits include engagements with the Lyon Opera under Kent Nagano, the Orchestre Philharmonique des Pays de la Loire under Marc Soustrot, the Orchestre des Prix, and the Orchestre Colonne. Ms. Ravetto was a Resident Artist of the Banff (Alberta, Canada) Centre of the Arts, and received her Master of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music.
REBER, WILLAM. Dr. William Reber has been Music Director/Conductor for over 150 productions of operas, musicals, ballets. He is Principal Conductor of the Corpus Christi Ballet (Texas) and Professor Emeritus of Opera and Music Theatre at Arizona State University where he was Artistic Director/Principal Conductor of Lyric Opera Theatre for 23 years. He has been vocal coach, accompanist and conductor for Mittelsächsiches Theater in Freiberg Germany, head of vocal coaching for the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, and Music Director of the Germany Opera Experience. He is Director of Choirs and Staff Pianist at Mississippi University for Women and Music Director for Spotlight on Opera. Former Music Director of Minnesota Opera Studio and conductor for Minnesota Opera, Dr. Reber has been conductor/ vocal coach for the Altenburger Musiktheater Akadamie, Music Advisor for StaatsOperette Dresden, and Assistant Conductor for Arizona Opera’s productions of Wagner’s Ring cycle. As collaborative pianist, he has performed in Germany, Austria, Macedonia and throughout the United States. He is pianist/music director for the AIDS Quilt Songbook performances in Phoenix. Dr. Reber earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Opera and Conducting
REESE-KOLLMEYER, RACHEL. Violinist Dr. Rachel Reese-Kollmeyer is an avid soloist, chamber performer, and collaborator. In 2019, she won a position with the Rabin String Quartet to study with the Pro Arte Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After completing her doctorate in May of 2022, she won a position with the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra as associate principal second violin for the 2022-2023 season. Rachel has studied and performed internationally in Peru, Italy, and Japan collaborating with local musicians, composers, and dancers. She has performed with orchestras in the United States, Peru, and Japan including the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, La Orquesta Sinfonica de Trujillo, and The Euodia Orchestra in Japan. In addition to performing, she is dedicated to teaching. She has taught through the non-profit Associacion Cultural Arpegio, conservatory students in Trujillo, Peru, and tsunami survivors in Japan and currently teaches in her private studio in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Rachel holds a Bachelor of Arts from Belhaven University, Master of Music from Louisiana State University, and a doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison from the studio of David Perry. Her previous teachers include Song Xie and Espen Lilleslatten.
REITZ, PEJ. Pej Reitz, pianist, has accompanied throughout the United States, England, South America, Spain and at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. She was a winner of the Artistic Ambassadors Program, United States Information Agency in partnership with the John F. Kennedy Center for the performing arts. Invited artist engagements include the University of Madrid in Grenada, Spain (coached by Teresa Berganza and at Mannes School of Music), the Barcelona Song Festival, the Glickman/Poplin Festival in North Carolina, the International Gilbert and Sullivan festival in Harrogate, the National Opera Center in NYC, and returning guest artist on WSKG Expressions Series. She is currently on faculty at Binghamton University, Ithaca College School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, and SUNY Broome. She is on the Executive Board of the New York District MTNA organization, and Treasurer of the local District VII Music Teachers Association, and is an active adjudicator for the National Piano Guild Organization. She received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in piano performance with accompanying emphasis from Boston University, New England Conservatory and Binghamton University. She has studied piano with Jean Casadesus, Victor Rosenbaum, Seymour Fink and Walter Ponce and accompanying with Allen Rogers.
RINER, NICOLE. Praised for her “luscious, full sound” (American Record Guide) and “effortless precision” (Flutist Quarterly), Nicole Riner maintains a national presence as a recitalist and pedagogue. She has presented master classes at universities and conservatories across the country and has performed with orchestras and at music festivals in the United States, South American, and Europe. A champion of new music, Nicole has also commissioned and premiered numerous works as a soloist and chamber musician. Nicole currently teaches flute and entrepreneurship classes at University of Wyoming, where she also oversees the Entrepreneurship Certificate program. She is also president of Flute New Music Consortium. Nicole holds degrees from University of Illinois (BM), Michigan State University (MM), and Indiana University (DM). She is grateful to have studied with Kathryn Lukas, Richard Sherman, Alexander Murray, and Jan Boland. Her live performances have been broadcast on NPR stations in Michigan, Minnesota, Wyoming, and Colorado, where she had a recurring role as both writer and performer in the series, Telling Stories. She has recorded for ACA Digital, Albany, and Centaur Record labels and is also co-creator and co-host of the new music podcast, Music Crush. Nicole is an Altus Performing Artist.
ROACHÉ, CASSANDRA. Cassandra Roaché is a bassoonist who is passionate about collaborating with other artists. In chamber music, her colleagues have described her musical presence as “solid and reliable,” and she brings this quality to groups such as the University of Georgia’s Southern Wind Quintet and Contemporary Chamber Ensemble. As a new music advocate, Cassandra is dedicated to performing the works of living composers as well as works composed within the last fifty years. In addition to being an active performer, Cassandra maintains an active middle and high school bassoon studio in north Georgia. Cassandra earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of North Texas, where she studied with Kathleen Reynolds and Dr. Jorge Cruz. Prior to that, she studied with Bonnie Sherman. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree at the University of Georgia, where she studies with Dr. Amy Pollard.
ROBERTS, HANNAH. Hannah Roberts, DMA, serves as Instructor of Piano at the University of Alabama, where she teaches applied piano, undergraduate and graduate piano pedagogy, piano ensemble, and music appreciation. She maintains an active schedule as a solo and collaborative artist and has been invited to share her research nationally at the MTNA, NCKP, and GP3 conferences. Her current research focuses on studying and performing the works of forgotten American female composers, with particular emphasis on the music of Helen Hopekirk. In 2022, her doctoral project on Hopekirk was nominated for the University of Oklahoma Dissertation Award for Best Dissertation in the Humanities and Fine Arts. Additionally, she recently partnered with the Piano Music She Wrote Project with a shared goal of researching and recording piano works by women in the International Music Score Library Project. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Oklahoma and a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from the University of South Alabama.
ROBINSON, ELIZABETH. Flutist Elizabeth Robinson is an active soloist, orchestral, and chamber performer. Among her passions is the commissioning of new music, creating educational opportunities for her studio, and participating in exciting chamber ensembles. In addition to her position as the Diana Osterhout piccolo chair of the Topeka Symphony, Elizabeth is an Assistant Professor of Music at South Dakota State University, where she teaches flute and courses from the music theory sequence. Her teaching emphasizes the works of living composers, particularly for student chamber ensembles. Many of her commissions began as collaborations for her studio and flute choir. Her most recent project is an album of mostly bird-themed works for flute, piccolo, or flute quartet, featuring newly-commissioned compositions by Nicole Chamberlain, Gay Kahkonen, Anne McKennon, Kimberly Osberg, and Lisa Bost-Sandberg. The album, Aviary, will be released on the Aerocade Music label in 2023. In an effort to expand the flute repertoire, Elizabeth co-founded the Flute New Music Consortium (FNMC) in 2013 and currently serves the organization as Vice President. FNMC is an organization with the shared mission of promoting new music for the flute by commissioning works, organizing simultaneous premieres and encouraging repeat performances. www.robinsonflute.com
ROWAN, DENISE. Dr. Denise Rowan currently serves as the Bassoon and Woodwind Methods Instructor at Mississippi State University, in Starkville, Mississippi. She performs regularly as Principal Bassoonist with the Starkville Mississippi State University Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Corinth Symphony Orchestra, in Corinth, Mississippi. As a founding member of the Millennia Musicae Chamber Music Ensemble Dr. Rowan and the ensemble have performed newly composed music for such instrumentation throughout the United States and Canada. A CD of the Millennia Musicae Ensemble has been released on the Centaur label. Her orchestral experience extends from Northern New England, to Florida, and along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Prior to moving to Starkville, Mississippi in 1985, she performed regularly with the Jackson, now Mississippi Symphony, the Mississippi Ballet Orchestra, the Mississippi Opera Orchestra, and the St. Andrew’s Cathedral Orchestra. Dr. Rowan received her Bachelor of Music Education Degree from the University of Massachusetts, in Amherst, Massachusetts and her Master of Music and Doctorate of Musical Arts Degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi, in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. She and her husband, Webster, five horses and three dogs, find comfort and enjoyment on their 35 acre farm in Oktibbeha County Mississippi.
RÓŻAŃSKI, PIOTR. Piotr Różański graduated with distinction from the Academy of Music in Kraków, majoring in piano (in the class of Ewa Bukojemska and Katarzyna Popowa-Zydroń). Following his Doctor of Arts degree in 2014 and a post-doctoral degree in 2019, Różański was appointed Assistant Professor of Piano at the Academy of Music in Kraków. He is a top prize winner of international piano and chamber music competitions, and has performed throughout Poland, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Estonia, Switzerland, Finland, Germany, Portugal, Great Britain, Lithuania, Ukraine, Israel and the United States. Różański’s CD albums include “Schumann & Prokofiew” and “Mieczysław Weinberg: Sonatas for Violin and Piano” , as well as “Poland for 4 Hands”. He has lectured at international conferences, and authored articles on piano literature in addition to serving as editor of collective publications. Różański’s interests include piano literature discoveries and pioneering performances of piano music for the left hand. He also collaborates with PWM Editions on new music publications, including editing works by Roman Ryterband, a selection of duets for piano four hands, and a selection of piano pieces for the left hand.
RUDMAN, JESSICA. Jessica Rudman’s music inspires empathy for social issues through stories of myth, magic, and the modern world. Described as a “new music ninja” by the Hartford Advocate, she blends lyrical melodies and dramatic narrative structures with sensual harmony and vibrant color to draw listeners into the world she has created. Rudman’s music has been performed by groups including the Arditti Quartet, International Contemporary Ensemble, the Riot Ensemble, the Omaha Symphony’s Chamber Orchestra, the Yakima Symphony Orchestra, and the Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra. She was a 2019 Connecticut Artist Fellow and a 2019-21 Composer Fellow in The American Opera Project’s Composers & the Voice program. She has also received awards from SCI/ASCAP, Boston Metro Opera, the College Music Society, the International Alliance for Women in Music, and others. Rudman is an Assistant Professor of Composition and Theory at the University of Utah. She received her doctorate from the City University of New York, where she studied with Tania León. More information about Rudman (she/they) and her work can be found at http://www.jessicarudman.com.
RUMBLEY, ERICA. Pianist and Musicologist Erica Rumbley has taught and performed in a wide variety of settings. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, she taught piano and served as faculty pianist at Ningxia University in Yinchuan, China. While there she developed a deep appreciation for Chinese piano music and has researched and performed the music of several Chinese composers. Dr. Rumbley received a Ph.D. in Musicology at the University of Kentucky, specializing in American music of the 19th and early 20th centuries, with a special emphasis on women in music and music education. She is currently a faculty member at Shepherd University, instructing Musicology courses and Class Piano and serving as Collaborative Pianist.
RUS, ILONKA. Transylvanian born pianist Dr. ILonka Rus is the Director of Keyboard Studies and Professor of Piano at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX. She began her piano studies with her mother at the age of five in Romania. By the age of ten she had given her first public performance and won her first award at the International Piano Competition “Citta di Marsala” in Italy. She appeared as a recitalist and concert artist with numerous orchestras and chamber music ensembles throughout Romania, Italy, Spain, Germany, Holland and USA. Dr. Rus has performed in prestigious music centers including Carnegie Hall (New York) Ateneul Roman (Bucharest), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam). She continues to teach piano solo and chamber music master classes, perform clinics and adjudicate national and international competitions in USA, Romania, Colombia. Dr. Rus has been a regular guest teacher and recitalist at the International Music Festival in Medellin, Colombia. In 2021, Dr. Rus received the prestigious Kawai Educator Medallion Award. In 2022, Dr. Rus became the President of the World Piano Teachers Association-Texas Chapter.
SALINAS, JOHNNY. Johnny Salinas is Visiting Assistant Professor of Saxophone at Oklahoma State University. Dr. Salinas teaches courses in applied saxophone, chamber music, intro to music, saxophone literature and pedagogy, and single reed techniques. Dr. Salinas has be privileged to perform throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. Most recently, he has performed in orchestral settings with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Suzhou Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony Orchestra, and the Houston Ballet. As a soloist, he has performed at notable venues such as Shanghai Symphony Hall and Jinan Grand Theatre in China, the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theatre in Washington DC, and Lila Cockrell Theatre in San Antonio, Texas. Additionally, Dr. Salinas has performed live on NPR’s radio broadcast “The Front Row”. Dr. Salinas frequently performs with the award-wining Amethyst Saxophone Quartet, Bluestem Blaze Woodwind Quintet, and Composite Brass, a duo dedicated to commissioning new works and expanding the repertoire for trumpet and saxophone. Dr. Salinas earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Northwestern University under the instruction of Dr. Frederick L. Hemke. Johnny Salinas is a Légère Endorsing Artist and Yamaha Performing Artist and performs on exclusively on Légère Reeds and Yamaha Professional Saxophones.
SARVELA, KRISTIN. Dr. Kristin Sarvela joined the faculty of Sam Houston State University as Assistant Professor of Oboe and Music Theory in Fall of 2021. Previous appointments include Instructor of Oboe and Music Theory at Eastern Illinois University and Instructor of Oboe at the University of Illinois at Springfield. She earned a Bachelor of Music in Oboe Performance from the University of Illinois with a Minor in Mathematics, a Master of Music in Oboe Performance from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University with a Masters Minor in Music History, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Oboe Performance and Literature from the University of Illinois with a Cognate in Musicology. Sarvela has an active performing career and has held many positions in orchestras around the Midwest, including second oboe in the Sinfonia da Camera, English horn in the Heartland Festival Orchestra, and oboe and English horn in the Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra.
SAYWELL, MARTHA. Martha Saywell joined the faculty of Texas A&M University-San Antonio in 2016 where she oversees the music curriculum of the Creative Arts and Performance Studies program. She also served as music curriculum architect for College Credit for Heroes, a specialized online program created in partnership between A&M-SA and the Texas Workforce Commission to provide a more accessible and streamlined pathway to college graduation for American military veterans. She directs the all-volunteer University Voices choral ensemble, advises the Jaguar Music Student Organization, and serves as faculty liaison and host to the San Antonio Community Wind Ensemble. In demand as a collaborative pianist, Dr. Saywell has been seen on stages in Germany, Austria, Hungary, the Czech Republic, and across the United States. As a strong advocate for music by women composers, she is a regular performer at the annual Music by Women Festival at Mississippi University for Women. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Keyboard Studies degree from Murray State University, and Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from University of Wisconsin. She is a member of the College Music Society, International Alliance for Women in Music, and American Association of University Professors.
SCHOENING, BENJAMIN. American lyric baritone, Benjamin Schoening has enjoyed much success as a vocalist throughout the United States, Europe, and South & Central America. He has garnered a reputation for his performances of Art Song in the English language, and is in particular is a champion of the American repertoire. In addition to his song recital performances, Benjamin has made appearances with the Symphonia da Camerata (Illinois), and White Mountain Symphony Orchestra (Arizona), and Northeast Georgia Chamber Symphony as a vocal soloist. Benjamin holds degrees from Luther College (Voice and Horn), the University of Illinois (Conducting), and the University of Minnesota (Voice). His teachers include Gregory Berg, David Greedy, Darren Anderson, Glenda Maurice, and Philip Zawisza. In addition, Benjamin has worked with coaches Jessica Paul, Tomas Schleiss. In addition to performing, Benjamin is a devoted teacher. He has served as a guest clinician for many events in the Midwest, Southwest, and Southeast United States. He has held teaching positions at Northland Pioneer College (AZ) and the University of Wisconsin – Barron County. Benjamin is presently Head of the Department of Music at the University of North Georgia where is also a Professor of Music and Director of Vocal Studies.
SCHWANDT, JACQUELYN. Jacquelyn Schwandt enjoys a varied career as a teacher, chamber musician, orchestral musician and recitalist. She currently serves as Associate Professor of Viola at Northern Arizona University, Principal Viola with the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra, and on the string faculty of the NAU Academy for Music and Dance. She has taught at music camps and master classes both domestically and abroad, has been a featured soloist with several orchestras including the Flagstaff Symphony, the Newport Symphony in Oregon, the Musica Sacra Chamber Orchestra in Denver, Colorado, where the Denver Post praised her “smooth, warm tone.” She has served as violist with symphony orchestras across the US and Europe, participated in several orchestral and chamber music festivals and completed recital tours to Taiwan and Spain. Dr. Schwandt holds degrees from the University of Oregon (DMA), Wichita State University (MM), and Southern Methodist University (BM).
SEBBA, ROSÂNGELA. Dr. Rosângela Yazbec Sebba is Professor of Piano at Mississippi State University, where she coordinates the piano area and the Community Music School. In demand as a clinician and adjudicator, she regularly presents workshops and lecture-recitals on piano repertoire and pedagogy and has served as a guest artist and clinician for different association in the US and abroad.
SHANSKY, CAROL. Flutist Carol Rina Shansky has been described by critics as having “smooth, legato flute tones…performed with skill and understanding” (Rockland Journal-News) and “…produces a lovely tone with a large palette of colors and timbres, her breath control allows her to spin out endless phrases without losing pitch or quality” (Edith Eisler, New York Concert Review). She has performed at the British Arts Center, Weill Recital Hall, Tanglewood Little Theatre, and the Bruno Walter Auditorium (Lincoln Center) and conventions and conferences of the National Flute Association, College Music Society, American Single Reed Conference, International Clarinet Association, Music by Women Festival, NACWPI, Hispanic Heritage Festival, and International Alliance of Women Musicians. She performs with Synergy 78 and is principal flute of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. Carol has been interviewed and performed live on New York Public Radio and North Jersey Public Radio. Dr. Shansky is Assistant Professor of Music at New Jersey City University where she teaches Applied Flute. She received her DMA and MM from Boston University where she studied under Leone Buyse, and her BM from Ithaca College. Other teachers and coaches include Frances Blaisdell, Samuel Baron, and Tom Nyfenger.
SHEPHERD, LORI. Lori Shepherd is an avid chamber musician, collaborator, and co-creator of the Ladies’ Reeding Society, a coalition of chamber music ensembles whose mission is to empower, lead, and create space for underrepresented voices in the chamber music genera. In her role as clarinetist and founder with this organization, Lori plays with several groups including Trio de Bois, Peregrine Rose Trio, and the Ladies’ Quintessential Quintet. As co-creator, Ms. Shepherd plans to continue magnifying the reach of LRS in collaborative projects that artistically explore contemporary issues and themes with a purposeful focus on those with experiences from historically marginalized backgrounds. With that focus in mind, the ensembles of LRS have premiered new music by composers Mary Watkins, Adrienne Albert, Sydney Guillaume, Alyssa Morris, Gay Kakohnen, Amy Dunker, and Juan Ruiz. Ms. Shepherd also appeared as a featured performer on an album of works for clarinet and chamber music by composer Catherine Neville on the Polyphony label. Lori is proud to be a Backun sponsored artist.
SHIN, JUNG-WON. Pianist Jung-Won Shin has appeared at recitals and concerts in the U.S., Canada, Ireland, and Korea. She has been a prize winner or finalist at several solo, chamber music, and concerto competitions. Shin has performed in international and regional conferences of the College Music Society, the New Music on the Bayou Summer Festival in Louisiana, the Lives of the Piano concert series at the Manhattan School of Music in New York, and the Rising Stars Concerts at the Orford Summer Music Academy and Festival in Canada. Her CDs, Chansons de la Nuit, with soprano Amy Yeung and Franck and Fauré Sonatas with violinist Sue-Jean Park have been released. Her current projects include recitals with violinist Anne-Gaëlle Ravetto and trombonist Douglas Mark, trio recitals with violinist Yunjung Lee and cellist Dong Yeol Hong, a recital series on Beethoven’s piano works, an anthology of Korean art songs with soprano Teri Herron, and recitals featuring living American and Korean composers. Shin earned degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Indiana University, and Seoul National University. She is currently Professor of Music at Delta State University, and President at the Mississippi Music Teachers Association.
SMITH, RYAN. Ryan M. Smith is currently Assistant Professor of Percussion at Valdosta State University. Prior to his appointment at VSU, he served on faculty at Georgia College, Toccoa Falls College, and the Georgia Governor’s Honors Program. His primary teachers have included Dr. Thomas McCutchen and marimba artist She-e Wu. Dr. Smith is the Principal Timpanist with the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra and Principal Percussionist for the Albany (GA) Symphony Orchestra, and has performed with many orchestras in the southeast. An advocate of new music, he commissions composers regularly, including Ivan Trevino, Emma O’Halloren, Molly Joyce, and Steven Snowden among others. He is an active member of the Percussive Arts Society (currently serving as the President of the Georgia chapter), the National Association of Collegiate Wind and Percussion Instructors, National Society of Steel Band Educators, NAfME, and Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society. Dr. Smith holds degrees in Percussion Performance from the University of Georgia and Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.
SONG, MONICA. Award-winning pianist Monica Song has performed throughout the United States and abroad since the age of thirteen. Recent highlights include Carnegie Hall recitals, the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts and Alma Mater Cultural Center in Korea, the North Carolina Museum of Arts in Raleigh, and Teatro Auditorium Collegio Vescovile Barbargio in Italy. Furthermore, the Korean Broadcast Station nationally broadcasted her performance in the Tae-An Flood Relief Charity Concert. She has been awarded top prizes at the Padova International Virtuoso Competition (Italy), Berlin Rising Stars Grand Prix International Music Competition (Germany), Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition (U.S.), American Fine Art International Concerto Competition (U.S.), and many others. Her interest in women composers led to her research on Fanny Hensel being published in 2016 by the prestigious Canadian music journal The Kapralova Society Journal: A Journal of Women in Music. Dr. Song holds a doctorate degree from the Eastman School of Music. Her piano teachers include Natalya Antonova, Thomas Schumacher, Alexander Korsantia, Jack Winerock, and Zena Ilyashov. Besides her work at Duke University as a departmental pianist, she works as a piano faculty/pianist at Meredith College, Meredith Community School, and Raleigh Community Music School.
SONGER, LORALEE. Loralee Songer, mezzo-soprano, is an active recitalist, opera and oratorio performer, and conductor. A champion of art song, Loralee’s recital work has led to working with some of today’s most prolific coaches and composers, including Jake Heggie, Libby Larsen, William Bolcom, and Martin Katz. In 2014, Loralee was a vocal fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center where she worked with such luminaries as Dawn Upshaw, John Harbison, and the late Phyllis Curtin. Loralee made her Carnegie Hall solo recital debut in 2019. Recent opera and musical theatre performances include the role of Mércèdes in Sempre Opera’s production of Carmen in South Africa (2018), Flora in La Traviata with Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre (2016), Hannah Chaplin in the regional premiere of Chaplin with Revival Theatre Company (2019), and Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music with Muncie Civic Theatre (2021). Competitively, Loralee has been recognized for her vocal prowess, most recently being named the winner of The American Prize in Vocal Performance in Art Song & Oratorio (2021). Dr. Songer holds the Doctor of Arts degree from Ball State University and teaches at Taylor University.
STRICKLAND, SHANYSE. Shanyse Strickland is a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, composer and arranger. While French horn is her primary instrument, Ms. Strickland plays a variety of woodwind and brass instruments. Originally from Akron, OH, Shanyse Strickland has led a life full of music in various shapes, forms and sizes. While pursuing her undergrad at Youngstown State University, she played trombone and flute for the reuniting Ohio Players, under the direction of the bands piano player and songwriter, Billy Beck. In 2016, Shanyse was the winner of the International Horn Symposium’s jazz competition. After moving to New Jersey, Shanyse performed at the 2019 and 2021 Heisman Trophy Ceremony aired on ESPN, along with performing and recording for legendary artists such as the hip-hop legend Black Thought of the Roots. Expanding her love for writing music, Shanyse has written and published thirteen original works, one of which was performed by the horn section of the New Haven Symphony titled “Moods.” Shanyse’s newest work for four horns and guitar pedals will premiere in March 2023 by the Seattle Symphony horn section.
SWIHART, MATTHEW. Dr. Matthew Swihart served as Assistant Professor of high brass and music theory at Nicholls State University in Louisiana. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in trumpet performance and literature from the Eastman School of Music. Matt has studied at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, and SUNY Stony Brook. He was a Fulbright Fellow at the Hochschule fur Musik in Detmold, Germany from 2001 to 2003. Matthew was a member of the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra in the summer of 1997 and the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival Orchestra in the summer of 1999. He was awarded 3rd prize in the International Trumpet Guild Solo Competition both in 1995 and 1998. Matthew has performed with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Opera Orchestra, the Tacoma Philharmonic, and the Eastman Virtuosi. Matthew’s primary instructors include Armando Ghitalla, Max Sommerhalder, and James Thompson. He has performed under the batons of Seiji Ozawa, Mstislav Rostropovich, and Christoph Eschenbach.
SWINDEN, LAUREL. Dr. Laurel Swinden has performed concerts across Canada, the United States , Peru, Argentina and China as a soloist and as a member of the Pan-American Trio and NAFTA Duo. Dr. Swinden is Principal flute of the Stratford Symphony, Associate Principal/Piccolo of the Scarborough Philharmonic and freelances with orchestras around Ontario. As a member of the Flute New Music Consortium, Laurel co-commissions and premieres new works for flute. Dr. Swinden’s Celebrating Women! and Celebrating Canadian Women! recordings promote works for flute by women composers and can be heard on Spotify, Naxos and CBC Music. As a performance scholar, Laurel has presented and premiered new works at conferences of the College Music Society (International & Regional), Canadian Flute Convention, the National (US) Flute Association, the Perimeter Institute and the Festival of International Books and Arts. A passionate educator, Dr. Swinden teaches flute at Wilfrid Laurier University, the University of Waterloo, and the University of Guelph. Laurel is a Winds Examiner for the RCM and adjudicates at festivals across North and South America.Dr. Swinden earned her DMA from the University of Toronto, where she studied with Toronto Symphony Principal Flute emerita Nora Shulman, and traverso with Alison Melville.
TEREGULOV, EDUARD. Russian-born cellist Eduard Teregulov is a soloist, chamber performer, and educator. Winner of local and international competitions in Russia, Europe, and North America, Eduard finds great inspiration in both performing and teaching. Among his merits are winning titles from Interregional Youth String Competition (Russia, 2004), International Music Competition ‘Citta Di Barletta’ (Italy, 2012), NOLA Chamber Music Festival (New Orleans, LA, 2019). Eduard has worked and performed with orchestras in both the United States and Russia, including the National Symphony Orchestra of Bashkortostan, Symphony Orchestra of Opera and Ballet Theater of Bashkortostan, Chamber Orchestra “Bashkortostan,” Youth International Symphony Orchestra of the Volga Region, Boston Civic Symphony Orchestra, Wellesley Symphony Orchestra, South Shore Symphony Orchestra in Tampa Bay, Baton Rouge Civic Orchestra, Rapids Symphony Orchestra, and others. He has also participated in commercial recordings for Daniel Giron (U.S.), Darrell Bevins (U.S.), Bj Davis (U.S.), Jeanne Artemis Strieder (Germany), and Charly Muñoz (Mexico). Eduard Teregulov is a founding member of the Homegrown New Music Ensemble. The mission of the group is to advocate for and promote music by living composers.
TILI TREBICKA, IDA. Ida Tili Trebicka has performed throughout the US, Canada, Europe and Asia, at Philharmonic Hall Beijing, Xian Conservatory, England, Netherlands, Portugal, National Opera House in Tirana, St. George Cathedral, Kingston,Canada, etc. Invited by the Italian Federation of Women of Professions, Arts and Affairs, and “Friends of Firenze” she performed at Galleria Dell Accademia and University of Ancona. She performs at Merkin Hall in Kaufman Music Center, TENRI Cultural Institute, Victor Borge Hall, Scandinavian House, Symphony Space etc. The CD “Music Here and Now’ by Society for New Music on Inova label, won the 2018 SAMMY award. Ida was featured at RAI, Italy, Canadian National Broadcasting Radio, VOA, Albanian Radio-Television, NPR, WCNY, Syracuse etc. Ida has performed and presented at Song Collaborators Consortia, CollabFest at UNT, Trinity Episcopal Series Watertown NY, CMM, CSI Conference, EPTA Conference in Portugal, and has judged at MTNA, NYSMTA, BMTG intercontinental Competition, “Ksamil” International Competition, MTAC Conejo Valley California, Golden Keys, NY etc. A professor at Syracuse University and member of International Honor Society of Scholars, and International Music Society Phi Kappa Lambda she received the 2019 “Ovation Award” by SSMA and “Top Teacher Award” by Steinway & Sons, 2017 -2020.
TOGLIA, TINA. Pianist Tina Toglia is a Lecturer in Piano at Hamilton College, and teaches Intro to Music Research at Syracuse University. She has taught music theory and music history at SUNY Oneonta, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Utica University, and Stony Brook University. Toglia is an active soloist and chamber musician, and performs frequently throughout the U.S. Her current piano duo collaboration with pianist Ida Tili-Trebicka of Syracuse University brings to the fore works by women composers. She co-founded the Young Artist Institute at Hamilton College with long-time collaborator Lauralyn Kolb – a lieder and art song experience for high school students. They recorded Just-Spring: Art Songs of John Duke, published by New World Records as part of its Recorded Anthology of American Music. Toglia is a frequent adjudicator for MTNA, CNYAMT, and National Federation. She was a fellow at the Tanglewood Institute and at the Yale Summer School of Music and Art, and a finalist in the J.S. Bach International Piano Competition. Toglia maintains an active private studio in Utica. N.Y. She loves jazz and popular music, and performs locally in her improv trio, Little Sunflower.
UECKER, KORLISS. The Financial Times (London) acclaimed that “Korliss Uecker, a bright and pretty American soprano, was charming, crystalline of voice and sparkling as an actress.” Uecker has sung over 150 performances at the Metropolitan Opera including Susanna in the Marriage of Figaro (international broadcast), Marzelline in Fidelio, Oscar in A Masked Ball, and Valencienne in The Merry Widow. She has sung with Lucianno Pavorotti and Placido Domingo. Other credits include Strasbourg Opera (France), Opera de Monte Carlo, Wexford Festival (Ireland), Santa Fe Opera, Washington Opera Kennedy Center, the Spoleto, Tanglewood and Ravinia Festivals, United States Naval Academy and the Library of Congress.She has recorded for Deutsche Grammophone, London Decca, Arabesque Records, New World Records and has appeared on CBS Sunday Morning and Live from Lincoln Center. Upcoming concerts include the Library of Congress, Verdi’s Defiant Requiem with The Bismarck Symphony & premieres of Grammy winner Richard Danielpour and Jocelyn Hagen. Korliss is the Director of Vocal Prep at the Music Conservatory of Westchester. She sings with Feminine Musique which specializes in music by women. She teaches and performs with The Collaborative Piano Institute Vocal Academy.
VAN KLOMPENBERG, MARTIN. Originally from Holland, Michigan, Martin J. Van Klompenberg is a bassoonist and composer based in Lexington, Kentucky. From 2013 – 2022, he served as a member of the United States Army Band program, performing with the 101st Airborne Division “Air Assault” Band (Fort Campbell, KY), the 282nd Army Band (Fort Jackson, SC), the 323rd Army Band “Fort Sam’s Own” (Fort Sam Houston/San Antonio, TX) and the Air Force Band of the West (San Antonio, TX). Prior to joining the ranks of military musicians, he attended the University of Arizona, where he obtained the Doctorate of Musical Arts degree, studying with William Dietz. He also earned degrees from Arizona State University and Western Michigan University, studying with Albie Micklich and Wendy Rose, respectively. He has also studied composition with award-winning composer Jenni Brandon. A proponent of new music, Martin is active in commissioning projects for new works for bassoon, working with composers such as Jamie Leigh Sampson, Dylan Findley, Rob McClure, Shao Fern Teo and Brian Bunker. Currently, he is leading a consortium of performers on a new bassoon sonata, Sunflower Sea Star, by Lisa Neher, which will be premiered in early 2023.
VIGNEAU, MICHELLE. Michelle Vigneau is the Associate Professor of Oboe at The University of Memphis Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music where she has been a member of the faculty since 2003. She enjoys a varied career as a performer, educator, soloist, clinician and mentor. Michelle has been a member of the Cape Town Symphony Orchestra (RSA) and the Mexico State Symphony Orchestra and has been a frequent guest performer with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, New Mexico Philharmonic, Santa Fe Pro Musica, the Austin Symphony Orchestra, Austin Lyric Opera, Opera Memphis, and the Portland Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Vigneau holds degrees from Oberlin, New England Conservatory and The University of Texas.
VOLZ-STOMACKIN, CHRISTINA. Christina Volz-Stomackin is a Lecturer of Music at the University of North Alabama where she serves as the Coordinator of Strings, Concertmaster of the Shoals Symphony at UNA, Director of the UNA String Project and was a recipient of the Outstanding Adjunct Faculty award in 2019. As a violinist, Christina has performed with orchestras in Massachusetts, New York, Georgia and Alabama and has toured internationally in Asia, Europe and Central America. She has performed as soloist with orchestras in Massachusetts, Georgia and Alabama, and has also been featured on several film scores. She is acting Principal 2nd violin of the Huntsville Symphony. Mrs. Volz-Stomackin has served as a coach for the Kennesaw State Summer Music Chamber festival in Atlanta Ga, and is currently a faculty member at the Tennessee Valley Music Festival in Huntsville Al. Her students have gone on to teach and perform professionally throughout the United States. Mrs. Volz-Stomackin is a Doctorate of Musical Arts candidate at the University of Memphis.
WALTERS, BART. Bart Adam Walters, saxophonist, is an active performer, chamber musician, and teacher in the Southeastern region. He is currently an adjunct faculty member at the University of North Georgia where he teaches saxophone, music appreciation, and is the director of the Golden Eagle Band – a military marching band. After completing undergraduate studies at the University of Florida, Bart served as a saxophonist performing and traveling in various United States Army Bands for eleven years. After his military career he earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in saxophone performance from The University of Georgia, studying saxophone with Joseph Wytko and the late Kenneth Fischer. Bart holds the Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Florida and a Masters Degree from the University of West Georgia. When not teaching or watching YouTube videos about all types of history and archeology, he can be found cycling in the North Georgia area or attempting to master backyard BBQ.
WALZ, IVY. Ivy Walz is a mezzo soprano enjoys an enriching career as a performer, vocal educator and administrator. She has performed with Cincinnati Opera, Syracuse Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, the Spoleto Festival, Opera Ithaca, Tri-Cities Opera and Resonance Works. As an active concert soloist she has appeared with orchestras such as Symphoria Syracuse, Binghamton Philharmonic, Akron Symphony, Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, and Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes. Her flourishing scholarship within art song by women composers has led to a lecture recital comparing Robert Schumann’s Frauenlebe und Lieben to Libby Larsen’s Love After 1950, and crafted song recital programs such as Out of the Salon, and Art Song in a Time of Women’s Suffrage. Recent invited performances are with the Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar, Finger Lakes Chamber Ensemble, SongFest, Cincinnati Song Initiative, Denver Art Song Project, Civic Morning Musicals, and Middlebury Song Fest. She is an active clinician for singers of all levels and ages. Ivy Walz, DMA serves as Associate Dean at the Ithaca College School of Music, Theatre, and Dance where she is also an Associate Professor of Voice.
WEE, SARAH. Soprano Sarah Wee is an Assistant Professor of Voice at Troy University where she teaches private lessons, vocal pedagogy, diction, and directs the Opera Workshop. Dr. Wee also enjoys a career singing recital, concert, and operatic literature. Dr. Wee received her Doctorate of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance and Vocal Pedagogy at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami, where she later served as a lecturer in the voice department. She graduated from Webster University with a Bachelor’s Degree in classical voice performance and earned a Master’s Degree in vocal performance from Washington University in St. Louis. Sarah Wee currently resides in Montgomery, AL, where she lives with her husband and two children.
WIEHL, LINDSEY. Dr. Lindsey Wiehl teaches woodwinds, music theory, music production, and composition at Valley City State University. She had formerly been teaching music classes at Indiana University Kokomo. Dr. Wiehl holds several degrees in music including a B.S. in Music Education from the College of Saint Rose, an M.M. and a D.A. in Bassoon Performance from Ball State University, and a Professional Certificate in Advanced Music Production from Berklee College of Music. Among her favorite performance experiences include performing with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, National Music Festival, and the Arizona Opera. As a musician, Dr. Wiehl encourages others to unapologetically pursue their interests while ignoring stereotypes and preconceived notions of what it means to be a musician. She performs and has her compositions performed at national and international conferences and has several active commissions for compositions. Her research includes digging into musical analysis, composition, and creating opportunities to bring typical classical instruments into varying genres. You can learn more about her work at www.lindseywiehl.com.
WILLIAMS, NANCY. Dr. Nancy Williams is teaching, performing, and composing in Rapid City, SD, after receiving a Doctor of Arts in Clarinet Performance with a Musicology Secondary from the University of Northern Colorado. Additional degrees include a Bachelor of Music Education from South Dakota State University as a Briggs Scholar and a Master of Music from the University of Missouri – Columbia. A music educator for over twenty years, Williams has held faculty positions at Northwestern, Dordt, and Sioux Falls Colleges. She recently added leadership coaching and author (Woodwind Improvisatory Techniques of the Classical Era: A Pedagogy Method) to her portfolio career. An active solo artist and chamber musician, Williams performed most recently at ClarinetFest and as a headline artist at Carpe Clarinet Day. She has played with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra and San Diego Ballet and is a founding member of the West Wind Quintet and Clarinet Madness Clarinet Choir. An advocate of new music, she has a history of commissioning and premiering original works, while she has received several commissions for her own pieces.
WILTON, AMANDA. Dr. Amanda Wilton performs frequently as soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player. She is currently Principal Viola of the Shoals Symphony and violist with the Arkansas Symphony. In past seasons, she served as Principal Viola of the Brazos Valley, Cedar Rapids, and Delta symphonies, and as violist with the Symphony of Southeast Texas, Sioux City, Dubuque, Quad City, Jackson, Texarkana, Lincoln, and Omaha symphonies. She has performed extensively in Spain, Switzerland, and Germany, in recital in Houston, Chicago, Omaha, and West Michigan, and was soloist in Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante and Bruch’s Romanze with the Mason Symphony. She has presented at three American Viola Society Festivals, the College Music Society National Conference in Louisville, and at the Music by Women Festival. Dr. Wilton holds degrees in violin and viola from the University of Houston, University of Maryland, University of Missouri-St. Louis, and Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain where she studied as a Fulbright Researcher. She has taught at the University of Idaho, Creighton University, Louisiana Tech, and is currently Viola Instructor at the University of North Alabama and teaches each summer at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in her home state of Michigan.
WINDT, GRETCHEN. Gretchen Windt, mezzo soprano, channels her strong presence and engaging personality into performances in genres ranging from opera and operetta to symphonic repertoire, art song recitals, and musical theater. She has performed with companies including Sarasota Opera, Utah Opera, Ohio Light Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Opera Southwest, Chesapeake Chamber Opera, Opera Idaho, OperaModa, Bowen Park Opera, and DuPage Opera Theatre. She has performed roles including Hansel (Hansel and Gretel), Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro), Prince Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus), Dorabella (Cosi fan tutte), Meg Page (Falstaff), Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia), and the title roles in Massenet’s Cendrillon and Offenbach’s La Perichole. Upcoming engagements include Mozart’s Requiem (Alto Soloist) with the Shoals Symphony Orchestra, Boulanger’s Faust et Hélène (Hélène) with the New York Repertory Orchestra, and Strauss’ Die Fledermaus (Prince Orlofsky) with Opera Huntsville. She has degrees from the University of Utah, the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music, and North Park University. She is Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Vocal Area at the University of North Alabama; when she isn’t performing or teaching, she gets to immerse herself in Southern dialect and cuisine. For more information: www.gretchenwindt.com
WORTHINGTON, OLIVER. Oliver Worthington, baritone, has received international and regional acclaim for performances as an opera singer, oratorio soloist and recitalist. A champion of living composers, he frequently premieres new works and commissions works to include diverse representation and visibility in the art song repertoire. Dr. Worthington is the Vocal Area Coordinator and the Producing Director of Butler Opera Theatre at Butler University in Indianapolis. His directing credits include musicals and operas from old favorites to world-premieres in venues throughout the United States. He maintains a full schedule as an educator and performer and serves as the President of The Fritz and Lavinia Jensen Foundation (www.jensenfoundation.org), a non-profit dedicated to supporting the arts through cash prizes to young opera singers. Dr. Worthington is a graduate of Converse College (BM cum laude), The New England Conservatory of Music (MM with Academic Honors and Distinction in Performance), and The University of Texas at Austin (DMA). He collaborated with his Butler colleague Dr Dana Zenobi to create the recording Joys Abiding; Soprano and Baritone Duets by Historical Women Composers (Navona Records, a division of PARMA Recordings) with an annotated anthology of the scores using the same title through Classical Vocal Reprints.
WYSOCKI, BRYAN. Bryan Wysocki (b. 1995) is an Atlanta-based composer and percussionist who is passionate about creating new music. As a composer, his music has been performed by soloists and ensembles throughout the United States. Bryan often uses non-traditional elements such as spoken word, improvisation, and multimedia to explore the relationships between time, memory, and perception. As a percussionist, he is an active performer and commissioner of contemporary music. He performs with bassoonist Cassandra Roache as the duo Honk and with Dizi/Guzheng player Vicki Lu as the Kudzu Duo. As an educator, he currently works as the Percussion Director for Duluth High School, a Percussion Instructor at the Westminster Schools, and the Percussion Coordinator for the Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony. Bryan is currently a doctoral student in music composition at the University of Georgia. He earned Master of Music degrees in Percussion Performance and Composition from Georgia State University and a Bachelor of Science in Music Composition from Hofstra University. His percussion teachers include Stuart Gerber, Sean Ritenauer, and Montgomery Hatch. His composition teachers include Emily Koh, Peter Van Zandt Lane, Nickitas Demos, and Herbert Deutsch.
XENA DUO. The Xena Duo is an enthusiastic and driven pair of women who certainly take after their namesake. Based in Norman, Oklahoma, the duo was formed in May 2022, and is comprised of Michelle Jaluvka and Jenna Eschner, current graduate students at the University of Oklahoma. While serving as sabbatical replacements, both had the opportunity to coach and play in a variety of small ensembles, fostering a deeper reverence for the art of chamber music. Each originating from different parts of country, they bring unique perspectives to music making, and are equally as passionate about showcasing a wide variety of musics.They are committed to incorporating works by women, living composers, and diverse, underrepresented populations to expand the traditional Western canon.The duo is has had the opportunity to share these works at the American Single Reed Summit and as a part of Scissortail Production’s Inspired Voices concert series. The Xena Duo is excited to continue to expose these works to a broad array of audiences and looks forward to making an impact in the musical world as the group continues to evolve.
YEUNG, AMY. Dr. Amy Yeung, soprano, Professor of Music and the coordinator of the Voice Area, teaches applied voice and directs lyric opera theatre at the University of Tennessee at Martin, and is a recipient of the university’s Coffey Outstanding Teacher Award for 2020-2021. A native of Hong Kong, Yeung has performed extensively in recitals and concerts on three continents. She is particularly active in recitals of art songs and chamber music. Her debut art song CD with pianist Jung-Won Shin, released by Centaur Records, was supported by the Tennessee Arts Commission’s Individual Artist Fellowship in Music. Yeung holds a DMA in voice performance and an MM in music theory from Michigan State University, an MM in voice performance from Texas State University, and a BA in voice performance from Hong Kong Baptist University. She is an active member of the CMS, and NATS, and is currently the treasurer of the Tennessee State chapter of NATS. She is also a member of Phi Kappa Phi and the International Alliance for Women in Music. In collaboration with pianist Chan Mi Jean, Yeung has recently embarked on series of art song recitals by female composers from various periods and countries.
ZENOBI, DANA. Dana Zenobi has earned national recognition as an interpreter of Art Song by women. She has also garnered operatic success in roles ranging from Mozart and Verdi to Mark Adamo and Philip Glass, appearing with Austin Opera, Lyric Opera Cleveland, The Living Opera, Opera in the Heights, line upon line percussion ensemble, and the Austin Civic Orchestra. Both her performing and her studio teaching have received accolades from The American Prize. At Butler University, she teaches studio voice, pedagogy, diction, and vocal literature courses, and directs the Butler University Vocal Competition. A grateful recipient of the 2020 National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Vocal Pedagogy Award, Dr. Zenobi has presented at conferences and festivals including NATS, the International Music By Women Festival, the Voice Foundation, the Pan American Vocology Association (PAVA), Bel Canto Boot Camp, and the Associated Colleges of the South Gender Studies Conference. Originally from Northport, NY, she earned both DMA (Voice Performance & Pedagogy) and MM (Opera Performance) from The University of Texas at Austin. She holds a dual Bachelor’s degree in Music and Women’s Studies from Duke University. www.danazenobisoprano.com
ZINGARA, GINGER. Ginger Zingara is Director of Bands and Coordinator of Music Education at Mississippi University for Women. Previously, she was Director of Bands at Birmingham Southern College; Professor of Instrumental Music and Director of Bands and Orchestra at Dodge City Community College in Kansas; Music Education Instructor at Troy University in Alabama. She taught middle school and high school bands and orchestras in Georgia and Alabama to high acclaim, including receiving the John Philip Sousa Foundation “Sudler Flag of Honor”, and was appointed Director of the Alabama All-Star Band at the 100th Anniversary of the Lions Club. She is often requested as a clinician, conductor and adjudicator for bands and orchestras throughout the United States, as well as, in China, France and England. She has served in many district and state offices in both Georgia and Alabama MEAs and internationally for WBDI. She has published articles in state, national and international professional periodicals, such as The Instrumentalist, The School Musician, Band World, Ala Breve, The Woman Conductor and others. Along with her husband, Dr. James Zingara, she hosted Band World for eight years, an NPR radio show featuring band literature and was heard throughout Georgia, Alabama and Florida.
ZUBKE, DARYN. Daryn Zubke joined the faculty at the University of Memphis in 2017 after completing his doctoral degree at the University of Kansas. He has performed with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, the Huntsville Symphony, the Kansas City Symphony, and the New York Philharmonic. Dr. Zubke studied at the University of Kansas, the Juilliard School, and the Manhattan School of music. His academic research is greatly inspired by a passion for the French bassoon and its history. He has performed recitals and masterclasses on the French bassoon in Spain, France, and at universities across the United States.