Faculty and Staff

Faculty

Dr. Tim Angel, D.M.A. Texas Tech University, M.M. University of Texas at Arlington, B.A. Whitworth University

Department of Music

Lecturer

Area: Violin, Viola

Tim Angel

Bio: Dr. Timothy Angel, Violin and Viola Lecturer at the University of Texas at Arlington, is a dedicated performing artist and instructor. Most recently, Dr. Angel was invited to act as a guest concertmaster for the Amarillo Symphony and won the Principal Second violin chair in the Lubbock Symphony. In the past, Angel has also won section violin positions with the Las Colinas Symphony and the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra. He has also won numerous competitions including the Coeur d’Alene Symphony Orchestra National Young Artist competition in January 2015, where he performed the Glazunov Violin Concerto in a minor with the symphony the following May. Angel’s other solo engagements include works by Sarasate, Camille Saint-Saëns, and Jean Sibelius. In the spring of 2018, Angel completed his Doctorate of Musical Arts in violin performance at Texas Tech University. There he held a prestigious position in the Graduate String Quartet, was awarded concertmaster in the University Symphony Orchestra, and was a Graduate Teaching Assistant for his instructor, Dr. John Gilbert. Additionally, during his time in Lubbock, Dr. Angel also directed the Ramirez Suzuki Violin Program at Ramirez Elementary School and worked with the Suzuki Talent Education of the Lubbock Region program. Each summer, he continues his studies by attending training institutes and music festivals around the country including the Brevard Music Center, Meadowmount School of Music, Suzuki Teacher Development Training, Bravo Strings institute, and the Symphony Orchestra Academy of the Pacific. Dr. Angel has won additional awards including the American Suzuki Institute’s John and Catherine Kendall Memorial Scholarship for 2016, the CodaBow International Scholarship for 2017, and the Most Outstanding Graduate Student at University of Texas at Arlington for the 2014-2015 school year.

Candace Bawcombe, M.M. The Julliard School

Department of Music

Lecturer

Area: Keyboard

Candace Bawcombe

Email: candace.bawcombe@uta.edu

Office: FA 367F

Bio: Candace Bawcombe, organist, pianist, harpsichordist, choirmaster and educator, has enjoyed a prolific career as a concert pianist, soloist with orchestras, recitalist, chamber musician and orchestral pianist/keyboardist. Critics have sung praises of her playing including The New York Times which hailed her performance as, “…deeply talented; a beautiful pianist.” Ms. Bawcombe has performed on three continents as recitalist, soloist with orchestras, and chamber musician. She has enjoyed collaborations with many of today’s most sought after artists including violinists Pinchas Zukerman, Peter Winograd, first violinist of the American String Quartet, Eugene Drucker, violinist of the Emerson String Quartet and concertmasters of many orchestras including David Kim of The Philadelphia Orchestra, Pieter Schoemann of London Philharmonic Orchestra, Frank Almond of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and Michael Shih of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and many musicians in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and New York Philharmonic. International recitals include performances with violinist Erick Friedman, and cellist Stephen Kates. Violinist Paul Zukofsky performed with Ms. Bawcombe at Summergarden Series at the Museum of Modern Art. Ms. Bawcombe performed the world premiere of Three Persian Songs by Bezhad Ranjbaran with Metropolitan Opera Star Renée Fleming in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center. Mr. Zukerman and Ms. Bawcombe recorded violin and piano music featured in the Academy Award winning film starring and produced by Barbra Streisand; The Prince of Tides. Summer Festivals have included Aspen, Music in the Mountains, Durango, United Kingdom and Southeast Asia where she has performed solo, chamber recitals and taught masterclasses and private students. Ms. Bawcombe was an integral part of Dallas Chamber Music Society for ten years; as the first professional Executive Director through her appointment as Artistic Director. She hosted “Spotlight on Chamber Music” on WRR-fm, Classical 101.1 for several years interviewing chamber music colleagues/string quartets including Emerson, American, Juilliard, Hagan, Jerusalem, Takács, St. Lawrence, Brentano, Pražák, Pavel Haas, Miró and St. Martins in the Field Chamber Orchestra based in London. During her tenure, DCMS hosted several fundraisers which raised more money than the entire 60 plus year history of the organization. Special performances were arranged with international cellist, Lynn Harrell for “house recitals and Ms. Bawcombe was featured in several ensemble performances which included members of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Former First Lady, Laura Bush served as Honorary Chair of a special gala performed by former Secretary of State, Dr. Condoleeza Rice, pianist, and the Muir String Quartet. Born in Fort Worth, TX, Ms. Bawcombe’s family immigrated from London to Cornwall, England and settled in the United States in the early 1900’s in Illinois. Possessing an interest in liturgy and sacred music, Ms. Bawcombe has been a leader in Anglican choral and organ music in DFW having served on the Board of Directors of Fort Worth American Guild of Organists for six years. She was elected Dean from 2009-2011. During her tenure as Dean, she raised $3 million dollars for a local Episcopal church’s pipe organ restoration. She was instrumental in facilitating Pipedreams at the Meyerson Symphony Center working with Dallas AGO Board of Directors. Past positions as Organist/Choirmaster in the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth (ACNA) include: St. Laurence Church, Grapevine/Southlake. 4 years. St. Andrew’s Church, Fort Worth, 8 years. Wells Cathedral Residency, Well, England, Summer 2009. St. Vincent’s Cathedral, Bedford, 2 years. All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Fort Worth (Assistant organist and Youth Choir director), 1 year. Church of the Holy Comforter, Cleburne, 3 years. Church of the Holy Communion, Anglican Pro-Cathedral, Dallas, since 2018. Choral collaborations include Diocese events for Bishop Jack L. Iker, visiting Bishops including the “flying Bishops,” Bp. of the Southern Cone, many concerted Solemn Choral Evensongs including Bp Iker’s 20th Anniversary, Diocese conventions, Ordinations, Advent Lessons & Carols, Christmas Community Concerts, and Christmas Lessons & Carols. She has presented major organ soloists and choirs including New York Polyphony. She has been privileged to work closely in choral and chamber orchestra collaborations with Frederick Grimes, former music director and organist of Holy Trinity Lutheran, New York City, and concert organist during the past 12 years. She returned “home” to the church of her childhood as Organist/Choirmaster at The Parish Church of the Holy Comforter, Cleburne, where she began a fundraising campaign to restore the 1933 Wicks pipe organ. Garland Pipe Organs of Fort Worth completed the restoration in 2018. Ms. Bawcombe developed an interest in the pipe organ as an adult. Her organ mentors have included Dr. Barbara Marquardt Burton, Organist and Choirmaster of St. Vincent’s Cathedral (Anglican) (retired) and Frederick Grimes, formerly of St. Thomas Fifth Avenue (Episcopal) NY, and Trinity Lutheran Church, New York, NY. She held a residency at Wells Cathedral, Wells, England, performing and conducting services including Evensong, Morning Prayer and Holy Communion in 2009. She has recorded continuo for several sacred music recordings with chamber orchestra and choir. Ms. Bawcombe worked as a Performing Artist for Cliburn in the Classroom/ The Cliburn Foundation based in Fort Worth from 2013-2018. Each year she performed close to sixty solo recitals annually for elementary school children throughout North Texas. Other educational endeavors include founding the Children’s Community Chorus of Johnson County, Fall 2015. This new choir which is based in Cleburne, TX, is open to all children ages six through fourteen. Ms. Susie Fergus, noted choir educator and former Travis Avenue Fine Arts Academy faculty, was hired as Artistic Director of the choir. The community choir is based at The Parish Church of the Holy Comforter, Cleburne. Ms. Bawcombe has taught locally and abroad. She was a graduate assistant teacher at TCU and a Certified Accompanist at The Juilliard School. She has taught at music festivals in South Korea, Music in the Mountains Festival, Durango, and in the Southwest. She was appointed by The Juilliard School faculty to join the faculty at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, Brooklyn, NY and the Diller-Quaile School in New York City. Ms. Bawcombe had a private music studio in New York City for several years specializing in technique taught by Hungarian composer, Béla Bartók. She became an expert in this technique which she learned through her long-time association with her mentor; Hungarian concert pianist, Mme. Lili Kraus. She continues a small private studio in Arlington. Her students have performed in and been prize-winners of local competitions including the Dallas Solo Competition. Ms. Bawcombe holds degrees in Piano Performance and a Performer’s Certificate having received a Master of Music from The Juilliard School where she held the William Petscheck Scholarship in piano. She studied with Swiss concert pianist, Abbey Simon and revered piano pedagogue, Herbert Stessin. Chamber music coaches included violinists, Felix Galimir, Szymon Goldberg, Joseph Fuchs, Dorothy Delay, Paul Zukofsky (contemporary music) and cellist, Harvey Shapiro; composers Lukas Foss and John Cage. She was the last student of Dr. Grace Ward Lankford, co-founder of the Van Cliburn Quadrennial International Piano Competition. Dr. Lankford requested the young child of eleven years be accepted into the piano studio of Hungarian concert pianist, Mme. Lili Kraus, Artist-in-Residence at TCU and a permanent jury member of the Cliburn Competition. Kraus, who studied with Béla Bartók, Zoltán Kodály and Artur Schnabel, mentored the young child prodigy throughout her career. Bawcombe remained close to Kraus until her death in 1986. Ms. Bawcombe began working in Music Management part-time while performing based in New York. She was a quick study and began with Kirshbaum and Associates learning marketing, management, contract negotiation, writing skills, program editing, booking recitals and handling international press for major classical artists as well as her own performing career. She has edited liner notes for recording labels and published biographies in Stagebill at Lincoln Center. She has been a member of Musical America, Chamber Music America, and ICSOM. Currently, she works for IMG Artists. IMG is a global leader of performing arts, social media, and festival and events management. She is married to Andrew Schast, Jr., from Philadelphia. They met while students at Juilliard. He has performed in the first violin section of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra for 26 years. They have two children.

Dr. Laura Bennett Cameron, D.M. Indiana University Jacobs School of Music

Department of Music

Assistant Professor

Area: Bassoon, Woodwinds Area Coordinator

Laura Bennett Cameron

Email: lcameron@uta.edu

Office: FA 245

Bio: Laura Bennett Cameron’s artistic and research activities in Europe and in the United States have established an international reputation for expressive playing, innovative collaborations, and expansion of the bassoon’s repertoire through her work with international composers Roger Boutry, Matteo Dal Maso, and others. Laura Bennett Cameron serves as Assistant Professor of Bassoon and Chamber Music at the University of Texas-Arlington, and as the Woodwind Area Coordinator. She also holds the principal bassoon position of the five-time Grammy-nominated Dallas Winds, and substitutes with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, among others. She appears frequently as a soloist, having given recent recital and concerto performances in the US and Europe. In January of 2020, she performed concertos by Rossini and Weber in San Marco and Turin, Italy, to enthusiastic audiences and critical acclaim from Italian media. She is also a sought-after chamber collaborator, and has given performances with the Fine Arts Chamber Players, Spectrum Series, The UTA Faculty Wind Quintet, and through other chamber music organizations. She also hosts the multimedia series #BassoonistsTalk with Dr. Cayla Bellamy of Colorado State University. Never far away from the instrument, Dr. Bennett Cameron is actively involved in research and publication. Her main research focus is the music of French composer Roger Boutry (1932-2019, Grand Prix de Rome 1954). This pioneering research on Boutry and his compositions represents the first major published resources on the composer in any language. Further, she is actively involved in the editing and publication of Boutry’s works for bassoon through TrevCo Music Publishing and other publishing houses. She is frequently invited to speak about Boutry and perform his works, thanks to her unique close relationship to the composer during his life, and her continued relationship with his family. Inspired by her work with Boutry, Laura is the founder of La Société pour la Promotion de la Musique de Roger Boutry, an American foundation devoted to the promotion and advancement of Boutry's compositions. She also serves as solo bassoonist in The Boutry Ensemble, a chamber ensemble dedicated to the education and engagement of American audiences with the composer's body of work. Her debut recording, "French Masterworks for Bassoon and Piano," (Indesens Classique, 2016) recorded with composer Roger Boutry at the piano, has been praised as "virtuosic, lyrical, and engagingly musical" by critics across the globe. Her second CD with Roger Boutry, “Encounters,” is expected out in 2021, and was recorded with Gina Ford (Dallas Opera principal oboe), Joanna Cox Pennington (Louisiana State University the late Eric Varner, and fellow Boutry scholar and pianist Mathilde Handelsman (University of New Hampshire). This thrilling album brings Boutry’s newer and lesser-known works for double reeds and piano into the spotlight. Dr. Bennett Cameron holds a Doctor of Music in Bassoon from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, with concentrations in Music Theory and Early Music. She holds a Master of Music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music, and a Bachelor of Music from West Texas A&M University (all degrees earned with highest honors). Her principal teachers were William Ludwig, Richard Svoboda, Dr. Tina Carpenter, and Michael McCraw. In addition to an active solo recital schedule and regular chamber performances, she maintains a small private bassoon studio in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. She serves on the Board of Directors Dallas’s Classical Radio Station, WRR 101.1, is a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society, the International Double Reed Society, and the Texas Music Educators Association.

Dr. Rick Bogard, D.M.A. University of North Texas

Department of Music

Professor

Area: Trumpet

Rick Bogard

Email: bogard@uta.edu

Office: FA 246

Bio: Rick Bogard has been heralded by the American Record Guide for his “... sweet tone quality; reliable in all registers, his pitch is excellent, and he plays with feeling.” In a review of his solo CD Trumpet Songs, The Journal of the International Trumpet Guild stated: “…brilliantly performs…displays an enviable purity of sound and an exceptionally consistent sense of lyricism as he weaves poetic lines that ebb and flow with expressive energy.” Bogard is a tenured Professor of Music at University of Texas at Arlington, where he has been on the faculty since 1990. He served the university as Chair of the Department of Music from 2012 to 2018. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in trumpet performance from the University of North Texas, a master’s degree from Baylor University, and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Central Arkansas. His teachers include Ronald Fox, Thomas Booth, John J. Haynie, and Leonard Candelaria. Bogard has been a member of the Dallas Opera Orchestra since 1989 and served as principal trumpet of the orchestra during the 1993-94 season. During his tenure with the Dallas Opera, he has performed on over 700 performances, including three world premieres and several recordings. He played first trumpet on Verdi’s Othello in the inaugural opera performance in Dallas’ Winspear Opera Hall. He has recorded Mahler, Shostakovich, and Respighi on six CDs with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and participated with the DSO in opening concerts of the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas. Bogard was a founding member of the Dallas Wind Symphony (now Dallas Winds) and has been a member of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and the Waco Symphony Orchestra. He has toured with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and has been a soloist with the Texas Wind Symphony, the UT Arlington Wind Ensemble and the UT Arlington Symphony Orchestra. Bogard has performed and held master classes throughout the United States and in Mexico, Canada, Italy, France, Germany, Russia, and Sweden. He has performed and presented at the International Trumpet Guild Conference, the MENC National Convention, Texas Music Educators Association Convention, the Texas Bandmasters Association Convention, and the College Music Society National Convention. Bogard has written an etude book for trumpet titled “Daily Warm-Ups and Skills Studies”, published by Gore Publishing Company. His 2002 Research Enhancement Grant from the University of Texas at Arlington produced a solo CD, Trumpet Songs. (Centaur Records) Rick Bogard is currently an Artist/Clinician for the Vincent Bach trumpet division of the Conn-Selmer Corporation. His bio is included in David Hickman’s book “Trumpet Greats”, a biographical compendium of 2,212 important trumpeters since the year 1542. Rick lives in Dallas with wife Kathy and shih-tzu Katie, where he is an avid but mediocre golfer.

Melissa Bosma, M.M. Oboe Performance, M.M. Chamber Music , University of Michigan

Department of Music

Adjunct Professor

Area: Woodwinds: Oboe

Melissa Bosma

Email: melissa.bosma@uta.edu

Office: FA 222

Bio: Melissa Bosma is the newly appointed Adjunct Oboe Professor at the University of Texas at Arlington. Prior to this appointment, Ms. Bosma served as Lecturer of Oboe at Oklahoma State University, where she also served as Director of the OSU Summer Music Camp. She also served as Adjunct Instructor of Oboe at Heidelberg University, where she performed with the faculty woodwind quintet, regularly performed at the New Music Festival, and commissioned new solo works for oboe and piano. Ms. Bosma has taught extensively in Texas, Michigan, and Oklahoma through her studio and master classes at many local middle and high schools. Passionate about sharing oboe pedagogy with other educators, Ms. Bosma has given presentations at the Texas Music Educators Association Convention and the Midwest Clinic International Band and Orchestra Conference. Ms. Bosma is an active orchestral musician who has performed with groups such as the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Michigan Philharmonic, Toledo Symphony, Tulsa Symphony, and Oklahoma City Philharmonic. Also an accomplished chamber musician, Ms. Bosma attended the Sarasota Music Festival and was a Fellow at Music Academy of the West where she was a featured soloist under the baton of Grammy-nominated conductor Nicholas McGegan. Melissa Bosma graduated with Master of Music degrees in both Oboe Performance and Chamber Music from the University of Michigan. She graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Music degree in Oboe Performance from Southern Methodist University. Her primary teachers include Erin Hannigan and Nancy Ambrose King.

Margaret Brown, M.M Texas Tech University

Department of Music

Adjunct Professor

Area: Music Education

Margaret Brown

Email: margaret.brown@uta.edu

Office: FA 109

Bio: Margaret Brown is in the second year of her second career as Adjunct Assistant Music Professor at UT Arlington. She serves in the String Music Education Department and as University Supervisor of Music Education Clinical Teachers. Ms. Brown joined the UTA faculty in 2020, after retiring from 34 years as a public school teacher at high schools and middle schools in the Grand Prairie, Tyler, Lubbock and McKinney Independent School Districts. Ms. Brown had earned a Bachelor of Music Education from Texas Wesleyan University, where she studied with Dr. Robert McCashin. While in Lubbock, she added a Master of Music degree from Texas Tech University, studying with Dr. Virginia Kellogg. Ms. Brown served for two years as an Adjunct Music Professor at Texas Tech and as the Master Teacher for the Texas Tech String Project. She also was Conductor of the Lubbock Youth Symphony String Orchestra. A pioneer in bringing orchestral music to previously unserved schools, Ms. Brown began the Irons Junior High School Orchestra when the school opened in Lubbock in 1989. In 2005, she and Ruth Kurtis accepted the challenge of founding the McKinney ISD Orchestra. Dr. Deborah Perkins had begun the Cross Timbers Youth Orchestra, which created a need for the school orchestra program. As Director of Orchestras at both Irons Junior High and McKinney North High School, Ms. Brown quickly grew those into University Interscholastic League Sweepstakes Award-winning programs that included chamber music and full orchestras. She also instituted monthly Chamber Music Nights at McKinney North. In her first year at UTA, she was the Director of the Summer Strings Camp for middle and high school students, and performed in the Texas Conducting Workshop. Ms. Brown has traveled extensively in Europe as a performer and conductor with the Texas Youth Orchestra and Choir under Dr. Perkins’s direction. The group performed in the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Spain, France, Hungary, the Czech Republic, England, Wales and Scotland. For five years, Ms. Brown served on the Executive Board of the Texas Orchestra Directors Association, including one year as president. She also was President and Treasurer of the Texas American String Teachers Association, and Secretary and Orchestra Chair for the Texas Music Educators Association Region 16. She is an active adjudicator for the Texas Music Adjudicators Association and a conductor and clinician for All-Region orchestras and orchestras across Texas. Her other memberships include Mu Omicron and Sigma Alpha Iota, a professional fraternity for women in the field of music. Ms. Brown has been honored and included in “Who’s Who Among American Women,” “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers,” “Who’s Who in Music,” and “Who’s Who Among American High School Students.” She is proud of her designation as PTA Lifetime Membership Honoree.

Donald Bruce, M.M. Euphonium Performance

Department of Music

Lecturer

Area: Euphonium

Donald Bruce

Email: donald.bruce@uta.edu

Office: FA 247

Dennis Bubert, M.M. Southern Methodist University

Department of Music

Senior Lecturer

Area: Trombone

Dennis Bubert

Email: dbubert@uta.edu

Office: FA 250

Bio: Dennis Bubert, trombone, teaches applied trombone, brass class, and conducts the trombone choir at UTA. He previously taught at Texas Christian University and the University of North Texas. His former students hold positions in major and regional orchestras, military bands, and schools and universities across the United States. Mr. Bubert is a graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University and the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University and has done post-graduate study at the University of North Texas. His principal teachers include Edward Kleinhammer and Arnold Jacobs, both long-time members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Mr. Bubert has been the bass trombonist of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra since 1981. He previously held the same post in the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra and has performed with virtually every major ensemble in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex, including the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the Dallas Opera. He has also played at a number of music festivals in this country and appeared as a recitalist/clinician in the US and abroad. "I try to teach with the complete musician in mind--physical, mental, and musical--and encourage my students to be as much involved as possible with the musical aspects of performing while de-emphasizing the physical process of creating that performance. It's important for them as musicians to be very involved with artistry, and minimally involved with mechanics." In addition to his dual roles as teacher and performer, Mr. Bubert is also the originator and editor of the "Orchestral Excerpt Class" column in the quarterly Journal of the International Trombone Association.

Tom Burchill, M.M. Jazz Education, University of North Texas

Department of Music

Adjunct Professor

Area: Music Industry Studies, Jazz and Commercial Guitar

Bio: Tom lives in Fort Worth, Texas and he is originally from Brookings, South Dakota. His website address is: tomburchill.com. Tom Burchill is a professional guitarist, teacher and award-winning jazz band director, gifted arranger and composer in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. An active freelance guitarist, he performs frequently throughout the metroplex and has impacted many lives through his teaching and his music. Tom teaches private guitar at the University of Texas at Arlington. Tom held the position of jazz band director at Weatherford College for 13 years. He is a highly sought-after clinician and private instructor and teaches at jazz education camps each summer. During his tenure as a jazz educator he has had the privilege of performing with a variety of jazz artists including Clark Terry, Peanuts Hucko, Joey Defrancesco, Randy Brecker, Peter Erskione, Marcel Ivory, David Fathead Newman, James Clay, Marvin Stamm, John Fedchock, Bill Watrous and Phil Woods among others. An excellent, motivational teacher, Tom is proud of the students he has had the privilege to teach. Altogether, his former students have won more than 20 Grammy awards and have gone on to play with such artists as Snarky Puppy, Count Basie Orchestra, Wynton Marsalis, The Lincoln Center Band, Leon Bridges, Little Big Town, Tori Kelly, Miranda Lambert, Kirk Franklin, Toby Keith, Erika Badu, Prince, Snoop Dogg, Frank Foster, Mumford and Sons, Tedeschi Trucks Band, and Sheryl Crow. Tom has performed with a number of revered artists and was honored to accompany the late, great Luciano Pavarotti in February of 2002 at his performance at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. He plays regularly with the Fort Worth Symphony where he has performed with artists such as Willie Nelson, Bernadette Peters, Michael Feinstein, Monica Mancini, and Art Garfunkel. Tom is also a member of the local group, Brasuka which plays original Brazilian jazz in a style reminiscent of Sergio Mendez. Their first project of all original compositions is to be released in the fall of 2021. They performed at the JEN conference in Dallas (2018), the Denton Arts and Jazz Festival (2019), and play frequently at The Kitchen in Dallas as well as other venues around the Dallas and Fort Worth area. Burchill earned a Bachelor’s degree in Guitar Performance from the University of South Dakota and a Master’s degree in Jazz Education at the University of North Texas where he was a part of the jazz bands, jazz small groups, guitar ensembles and jazz singers.

Dan Cavanagh, M.M. University of Oregon

Department of Music

Interim Dean, College of Liberal Arts, Professor of Music

Area: Jazz, Composition

Dan Cavanagh

Email: cavanagh@uta.edu

Office: UH 210

Bio: Dan Cavanagh is a composer and pianist who has garnered numerous awards in both areas. He received a 2009 gold medal prize from the International Music Prize for Excellence in Composition for his work for trumpet and piano, from the barrage comes clarity. In 2017 he was awarded a Special Judges’ Citation in the American Prize for Chamber Music Composition for his work for trumpet ensemble and drumset, Waves. As a composer Cavanagh has been commissioned to write for Latin Grammy-winning AfroBop Alliance, the legendary Patti LaBelle, and a wide range of classical and jazz performers across North America and Europe. His work Reach for violin and double bass can be heard on the upcoming album, The Diaries of Adam and Eve, by violinist Martha Walvoord and bassist Jack Unzicker, due out on Albany Records on November 1, 2019. He has released four jazz CDs as a leader, including Pulse and Heart of the Geyser on Seattle’s OA2 Records, and two recordings with Minnesota-based vibraphonist Dave Hagedorn, Horizon and 20 Years. His music can be heard on many other recordings both classical and jazz. His film scoring work can be heard in the documentary The Beat Hotel, a film exploring the hotel in Paris in the late 1950s and early 1960s where the beat poets, led by Allen Ginsberg, lived and created much of their famous work. Cavanagh continues to be commissioned and programmed around the world. Cavanagh’s compositions for jazz big band are published by UNC Jazz Press, Sierra Music Publications, and E-Jazz Lines (formerly Walrus Music Publishing). Cavanagh has performed extensively in North America and Europe as a jazz pianist, and has also performed in Asia and Central America. He has appeared in concert with Grammy-winners Irma Thomas, Adonis Rose, and Joe McCarthy. He has been a finalist in the EuropaFest Jazz Contest in Bucharest, Romania, and in the Jacksonville Jazz Festival Piano Competition. As the Executive Producer of UT Arlington Records, he spearheads a record label that involves students and faculty in all aspects of production and management of a recording project, from conception to release. He serves as the Co-Chair of Region VI for the Society of Composers, Inc., an international organization dedicated to new and contemporary music and composers. From 2018-2020 Cavanagh served as Chair of the Department of Music at the University of Texas at Arlington. He is now the Interim Associate Dean for the College of Liberal Arts.

Dr. Jennifer Ciobanu, D.M.A. University of North Texas

Department of Music

Lecturer

Area: Vocal Arts

Jennifer Ciobanu

Email: ciobanu@uta.edu

Office: FA 239

Bio: Jennifer Ciobanu completed the Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in Vocal Performance at the University of North Texas, where she studied voice with Lynn Eustis. Her performance in UNT's production of Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream was well received, with one critic commenting that he was "especially taken" with her singing in the role of Tytania. Especially fond of Italian repertoire, Dr. Ciobanu has spent considerable time studying in Italy, performing in various summer festivals in conjunction with both American and Italian organizations. She was selected for two consecutive summers as an advanced artist in the Daniel Ferro Vocal Program in Greve-in-Chianti, and made her Italian debut as Musetta in La bohème with the Accademia del Teatro in Cagli. Studying voice with Paolo Vaglieri, she was a finalist in the Cagli International Vocal Competition and has been a soloist in numerous concerts throughout the Le Marche and Toscana regions. She has toured the Czech Republic in a production of Oscar Nedbal's Polenblut with the Americke Jaro Festival, and has been seen by DFW audiences as a soloist with the Orchestra of New Spain and the Lone Star Wind Orchestra. In addition to her experience in the world of classical and operatic singing, Dr. Ciobanu has sung leading roles in musical theatre productions, and while living in Bologna, Italy, taught voice at the Bernstein School of Musical Theatre. In addition to her teaching at UTA, she also teaches Voice at Dallas Christian College.

Pete Clagett, M.M. University of North Texas

Department of Music

Lecturer

Area: Jazz Studies, Trumpet

Pete Clagett

Email: peter.clagett@uta.edu

Office: FA 367A

Bio: As a trumpet player, he has performed, toured, and recorded with a wide variety of jazz musicians and pop artists. He was a member of Bob Belden's acclaimed experimental jazz group, Animation, which recorded and performed throughout the United States, Europe, and the Middle East. Following a groundbreaking tour to Iran in 2015, the group garnered press in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times and the Boston Herald. In the DFW area, he is a sought after soloist and recording musician and maintains a busy career as a freelance performer. He has held trumpet clinics throughout DFW, performed at International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE,) the Jazz Education Network (JEN,) and also teaches privately in his studio. Mr. Clagett holds degrees from the University of Miami (Coral Gables) (B.M.) in studio music and jazz and the University of North Texas (M.M.) in jazz studies.

Dr. Cheyenne Cruz, D.M.A. University of North Texas

Department of Music

Lecturer

Area: Clarinet

Cheyenne Cruz

Email: britnicheyenne.cruz@uta.edu

Office: FA 244

Bio: Dr. Cheyenne Cruz joined the faculty at the University of Texas at Arlington in 2016 as Lecturer of Clarinet. Previously, she held a position as Adjunct Clarinet Instructor at Stephen F. Austin State University, and was the Teaching Fellow in chamber music for the University of North Texas in 2015. In addition to her collegiate teaching, Cheyenne maintains a private clarinet studio in the DFW area including students from Hebron High School (winners of "Best Music" at BOA Grand Nationals in 2015) and Argyle High School (UIL 4A State Marching Band winner for 4 consecutive years). Cheyenne's high school students have been accepted into All-State bands and orchestras for both the TMEA and ATSSB organizations. Cheyenne completed her DMA in clarinet performance with a related field in music education at the University of North Texas in 2015. She also holds a Master's degree in clarinet performance from the Florida State University and Bachelor's degree in music education from McMurry University. As a performer, Cheyenne has appeared with the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, the San Angelo Symphony, the Longview Symphony Orchestra, and the Dallas Wind Symphony. She is presently a member of the Lone Star Wind Orchestra, conducted by Eugene Corporon. Cheyenne has also been the long-term substitute 2nd clarinetist with the Texarkana Symphony Orchestra for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons. An active chamber musician, Cheyenne’s previous wind quintet, The Center Quintet, was invited to perform at both the Plowman and Fischoff chamber music competitions. Now Cheyenne is composing and arranging in addition to performing with her newest chamber music group, WoodWired, an electroacoustic duo with flutist Hannah Leffler. WoodWired has been actively performing original music for bass clarinet, flute, and electronics since 2015, and appeared at the National Flute Association convention in 2016. In addition to her performing ventures, Cheyenne has been published in The Clarinet Magazine, the monthly journal issued by the International Clarinet Association, with an article entitled "A Pedagogical Guide to Playing Bass Clarinet in a Wind Ensemble." Prior to that, she completed an undergraduate thesis entitled "Mickey Mousing Squared: Postmodernism in Cartoon Music" for which she graduated with special honors in Music History. Her major clarinet teachers include Dr. Kimberly Cole Luevano and Dr. Frank Kowalsky.

Chris DeRose, M.M. University of North Texas

Department of Music

Lecturer

Area: Jazz Studies, Guitar

Chris DeRose

Email: christine.derose@uta.edu

Office: FA 367-M

Bio: Chris DeRose teaches jazz guitar at UTA. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Jazz Studies and a Masters in Music Theory from the University of North Texas. Chris has taught Jazz studies and Theory at Cedar Valley College and the University of Texas at Dallas, and was the Dallas Symphony’s “Pops” guitarist for the last 40 years, as well as a member of the Dallas Summer Musicals pit orchestra. Chris has performed with many artists, including the Pointer Sisters, Nancy Wilson, Andrea Bocelli, Willie Nelson, and Michael Feinstein, among others. Chris has been a member of jazz groups such as the Lou Fischer Rehearsal Band, the Collection Jazz Orchestra, Them Bones, and Strata. Chris fronts the Chris DeRose Quartet, (CD "Live at the Sammons”), and was featured in the May 2012 and Feb 2013 issues of “Just Jazz Guitar” magazine. Published works include “Stylistic Etudes in the Jazz Idiom”, 1988 Hal Leonard Publishing. And “Jazz Styles and Techniques: A Primer for the Ensemble Guitarist”, www.bigbandguitar.com

Mike Drake, B.M. University of North Texas

Department of Music

Lecturer

Area: Jazz Studies, Percussion/Drum Set

Mike Drake

Email: mjdrake@uta.edu

Office: FA 367-G

Bio: Originally from Durban, South Africa, Mike moved to the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex to study at the University of North Texas in Denton, where he earned a degree in jazz studies. Both locally and nationally, he is very active leading his band, as well as performing as a sideman sharing the stage and/or recording with such acts as: Jeff Tyzik, Sutton Foster and Megan McGinnis, Denzal Sinclaire, Carmen Bradford, Lee Musiker, Bill Watrous, Byron Stripling, Jeff Clayton, Wycliffe Gordon, Jason Alexander and Noell Berry, Liz Callaway and Hugh Panaro, Tony Desare, Megan Hilty, Emily Skinner, Maureen McGovern, Sylvia McNair, Tommy Tune, David Cassidy, Ben Vereen, Vincent Gardner, Tom Wopat, Cathy Rigby, Mitzi Gaynor, and Sutton Foster, Rosemary Clooney, Hector Guzman, Keely Smith, Fifth Dimension, John Gary, Joan Rivers, The Platters, The Coasters, The Inkspots, Mamas and Papas, Jerry Jeff Walker, Eartha Kitt, Phil Perry, Toni Redd, Mike Migliore, Gale Bliss and Jerri Sager, Ellis Hall, Lou Marini, Eddie Gomez, Randy Brecker, Conrad Herwig, Dick Oatts, Dave Liebman, Bobby Shew, Marvin Stamm, Kenny Werner, Ed Calle, Paquito De’ Rivera, Bobby Shew, Kenny Rankin, Vincent Gardner, Vic Juris, Brian Bromberg, Bobby Militello, Jeff Jarvis, Kevin Mahogany, Byron Stripling, Joe Henderson, Billy Taylor, Lee Konitz, George Mraz, Lewis Porter, John Pattitucci, Frank Wess, Conti Condoli, Sharel Cassity, Michael Dease, Linda Oh, The Gatlin Brothers, Tim Ishii, Brian Mulholland, Dan Cavanagh, Ken Edwards, Mark Murphy, Steve Morse, Andrew Firth, Dave Pietro, Dan Haerle, Sharel Cassity and Michael Dease Stefan Karlsson, Lynn Seaton, Fred Hamilton, Rosana Eckert, Rodney Booth, Pete Brewer, Jay Saunders, Jim Riggs, Joe McBride, Harvey Mason, Paul English, John Adams, Brian Piper, Dave Zoller, Genie Grant, Trella Hart, The Dallas Symphony Orchestra, The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, The Dallas Jazz Orchestra, Pete Petersen and The Collection Big Band, The Cal Lewiston Orchestra, The Memphis Horns Big Band, to name a few, and numerous shows with the Dallas Summer Musicals, Dallas Theater Center, and Casa Manana, as well as numerous orchestras around the US and Canada. Mike is also active in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex as a drum set instructor, both at the University of Texas in Arlington, as well as privately in his studio. He has also performed many drum set workshops and jazz camps, in the United States, as well as internationally. Mike is also sought after to record on numerous CDs for various artists, as well as radio and television commercials.

Kathy Draves, M.M. The University of Texas at Arlington

Department of Music

Lecturer

Area: Music Education

Kathy Draves

Email: karen.draves@uta.edu

Office: FA 366

David Dunham, M.M. Baylor University

Department of Music

Assistant Adjunct Professor

Area: Music Education

David Dunham

Email: david.dunham@uta.edu

Office: FA 366

Bio: David Dunham is a retired Texas band director with 33 years of classroom teaching experience primarily at the middle school level. The last 19 years of his career were spent in Frisco ISD leading Clark MS and later Fowler MS until his retirement in May of 2019. His ensembles in Frisco ISD have received top awards “Sweepstakes” Award for the last 17 consecutive years and is a 4 time TMEA Honor Band State Finalist. In 2013, the Fowler MS Symphony won the Texas Music Educators Association Middle School Honor Full Orchestra, and in 2015 Fowler MS was the only Middle School Percussion Ensemble in the nation invited to perform and Percussive Arts Society Internal Conference (PASIC). Recently, the Fowler MS Symphonic Band was selected as the Outstanding Middle School Band and Outstanding Middle School Brass for the 2019 Dallas Wind Symphony Invitational Windband Festival. The Jazz program at Fowler MS is one of the the largest in the nation with three competing jazz bands and a 4th jazz band, the 55 member Beginning Jazz Band that starts rehearsing weekly each Spring. The Jazz Band at Fowler was the first ever national winner of the Foundation for Music Education’s Mark of Excellence National Jazz Honors in 2010. In 2018 the Fowler MS Jazz Band 1 won first ever State Champion in the state of Texas and performed in San Antonio as the first ever Invited Middle School Jazz Band in history of The Texas Music Educators Association. There are dozens of former students who achieved Texas All-State Band and Jazz Band, and dozens of former students teaching and/or performing in colleges and conservatories across the country, including three from the Eastman Conservatory of Music in New York, and a former student who has won a Grammy Award. In addition to teaching High Brass Methods at UTA, Mr. Dunham is an active band consultant, clinician, conductor, mentor, band recruiting specialist, national adjudicator, and a frequent contributor to The Instrumentalist national band and orchestra magazine, He is a proud graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, received his masters degree in music education from Baylor University, and has pursued classes towards a doctorate at the University of North Texas. He is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Band Masters Association, the American Band Association, Texas Jazz Educators Association, and an active member of the Texas Music Adjudicators Association, Originally from Austin, Texas Mr. Dunham has two grown sons and resides in an “empty nest” with his wife of 30 years Dr. Jocelyn Dunham in Flower Mound, Texas (a suburb of Dallas).

Dr. Andrew Eldridge, D.M.A. Texas Christian University

Department of Music

Assistant Professor of Percussion and Graduate Advisor

Area: Percussion

Andrew Eldridge

Email: andrew.eldridge@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-6114

Office: FA 224

Bio: Dr. Andrew Eldridge is Coordinator of Percussion and Graduate Advisor at the University of Texas at Arlington. Prior to UTA, Andrew taught percussion and music theory at Texas Christian University, and taught percussion at Texas Wesleyan University. Andrew’s musical interests lie at the intersection of percussion and electronics. His recent musical experiments combine live-looping acoustic percussion in Ableton Live controlled with midi controllers. Andrew also enjoys creating music with mobile music set-ups that are accessible to the general music lover. Under his direction, the UTA Percussion Ensemble was selected to present the New Literature Session at the 2017 Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC). The ensemble also performed a Showcase Concert at the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) annual convention in February 2017. Andrew served as an instructor for the TCU drumline that received First Place and the prestigious Fred Sanford Award in the 2012 PASIC Indoor Drumline Competition. He was awarded Most Influential Teacher for 2011 while teaching as Director of Percussion / Assistant Band Director at Rockwall-Heath High School in Rockwall, Texas. Prior to UTA, Andrew taught theory at Texas Christian University and percussion at Texas Wesleyan University, and has also held full-time staff positions at Birdville High School, North Richland Hills, Texas; Kaufman High School, Kaufman, Texas; and Naaman Forest High School in the Garland Independent School District. Andrew serves on the Percussion Ensemble Committee for the Percussive Arts Society. He served a three-year term on the Lone Star Wind Orchestra Board of Directors, and has been performing with the group as a section percussionist since 2009. Andrew was selected to present a clinic on crowd-funding at the 2013 Midwest Clinic and 2014 Texas Music Educators Association annual convention. Most recently, he was selected to present a clinic called “Launching the MIDI Controller into the Music Curriculum” at the 2018 Texas Music Educators Association annual convention. An avid performer of new music, Andrew has individually commissioned and given the world premieres of music written for percussion by Dan Welcher, Kyle Kindred, Dwayne Rice, Martin Blessinger, Ryan George, and David Maslanka. The UTA Percussion Ensemble commissioned and gave the world premieres to music by Nathan Daughtrey, Francisco Perez, and Michael Varner. Additionally, he was a finalist in the 2012 and 2014 Southern California International Marimba Competition, a semi-finalist in the 2013 Great Plains International Marimba Competition, and awarded 2nd place in the 2002 PASIC International Multi-Percussion Competition. As an arranger, he wrote the drumline parts for the 2004 Fed-Ex Orange Bowl and 2006 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. Andrew holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Percussion Performance from Texas Christian University, a Master of Music in Percussion Performance from the University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign, and a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Texas A&M University – Commerce. He proudly endorses Yamaha Percussion, Vic Firth Sticks and Mallets, Remo Drumheads, and Sabian Cymbals.

Elizabeth Elsner, B.M. and M.M. Cleveland Institute of Music

Department of Music

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Area: Strings, Violin

Beth Elsner

Email: elizabeth.elsner@uta.edu

Office: FA 235

Bio: Elizabeth Elsner is currently concertmaster of the Abilene Philharmonic and is an Adjunct Professor of Violin at The University of Texas at Arlington. Since her move to the Dallas area, she has performed with the Fort Worth Symphony, the Dallas Opera, the East Texas Symphony, the Arkansas Symphony and other various area orchestras. Previously, Elizabeth held the position of concertmaster of the Midland/Odessa Symphony, and was a member of the Permian Basin Sting Quartet. She received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from The Cleveland Institute of Music studying violin with Linda Cerone, Stephen Majeske and Stephen Rose,and chamber music with Peter Salaff and the Cavani Quartet. She has been a member of the National Repertory Orchestra, Aspen Music Festival, Cleveland Pops Orchestra, and assistant concertmaster of the Peoria Symphony.

Dr. Sergio Espinosa, D.M.A. The University of Iowa

Department of Music

Associate Professor

Area: Music Education

Sergio Espinosa

Email: espinosa@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-2445

Office: FA 304-A

Bio: Mexican conductor and violinist, Dr. Espinosa is the Music Director of the New Philharmonic Orchestra of Irving. He combines his time here with his position as Senior Examiner for the International Baccalaureate Organization in Wales, UK. He also maintains an active schedule as clinician in Texas and beyond. Dr Espinosa studied at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, the Conservatoire de Neuchâtel, Switzerland (Diplôme de Capacité Professionnelle de Violon), Ithaca College, New York, (Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting), and received his DMA in Orchestra Conducting from the University of Iowa. His activities as orchestral conductor includes Music Director with the Shoals Symphony Orchestra, Florence, Alabama; assistant conductor with the Orchestre de L'Université de Fribourg, Switzerland; and assistant conductor with the Orchestre Philharmonique Rhodanien, Tournon, France. He has also guest-conducted the Las Colinas-Arlington-Garland Symphony, Rome Festiva Orchestral, Rome, Italy; the Orquesta Sinfónica de Nuevo León; the Orquesta Sinfónica de Michoacán; the Orquesta Sinfónica de Guanajuato; Orquesta de Cámara de Bellas Artes and Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional in Mexico. As a violinist, Dr. Espinosa has been a member of the string quartet Boccherini in Spain and has played with many orchestras, including Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de México, Orchestre de Chambre de Neuchâel in Switzerland, Orchestre Municipal de Besançon in France, Orquesta Ciudad de Granada in Spain, Orquesta Do Norte de Portugal, and Fredonia Chamber Players, Cedar Rapids Symphony, and Quad-City Orchestra in the United States. Dr. Espinosa has led numerous teacher training workshops in different cities such as Sion and Lausanne, Switzerland; Hong-Kong, China; Bogota, Colombia; Calgary, Vancouver, Winnipeg in Canada; New York, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, Denver, Albuquerque, Houston, Columbus, Boston, Seattle, Portland, Atlanta, Ft. Lauderdale, in the USA among others.

Dr. Chris Evans, D.M.A. University of Oklahoma

Department of Music

Assistant Professor in Practice, Associate Director of Bands, Director of the Maverick Marching Band

Area: Marching Band, Winds and Percussion

Chris Evans

Email: christopher.evans@uta.edu

Office: FA 314

Bio: Dr. Chris Evans is the Associate Director of Bands and Director of the Maverick Marching Band at UTA. In addition to the marching band, Dr. Evans teaches the Symphonic Winds, Symphonic Band, Marching Band Techniques, and Instrumental Methods and Materials. Previously, Dr. Evans was the Associate Director of Bands at Flower Mound High School. While at Flower Mound, he primarily taught the Concert Band and the JV marching band while assisting with all other aspects of the program. Dr. Evans also served as Assistant Director of Bands at Juan Seguin High School and was a graduate assistant at the University of Oklahoma. While at OU he assisted with the concert ensembles, the Pride of Oklahoma marching band, and conducted the women’s basketball band for 2 years. Before graduate school, he taught middle school in Georgia for three years. Dr. Evans, a native of Birmingham, Alabama earned his Bachelors of Music Education from Auburn University. He earned his Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in Instrumental Conducting from the University of Oklahoma. His professional associations include the Texas Music Educators Association, Kappa Kappa Psi, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (honorary), and Tau Beta Sigma (honorary).

Dr. Clifton Evans, D.M.A. University of Houston

Department of Music

Associate Professor, Director of Orchestras, Strings Area Coordinator

Area: Strings

Clifton Evans

Email: cevans@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-5027

Office: FA 253-A

Bio: Dr. Clifton Evans currently serves as Director of Orchestras, Associate Professor of Music, and String Area Coordinator at the University of Texas at Arlington. Dr. Evans has enjoyed a conducting career that has taken him to Hong Kong, England, China, Austria, the Czech Republic and throughout the United States. Highly sought after as a clinician and lecturer, Dr. Evans has conducted numerous Region Orchestras and Bands and given multiple lectures on conducting and rehearsal technique. His upcoming schedule includes a return engagement with the American Festival for the Arts Conservatory Orchestra in Houston in the summer of 2021. In addition to his duties as a professor at UTA, Dr. Evans maintains an active schedule at summer festivals, conventions, and workshops. For six years, he conducted the Fargason concerts for the Texas Music Teachers Association, which featured concerto competition winners selected from across the state of Texas. He has also conducted the prestigious American Festival for the Arts Conservatory Orchestra in Houston numerous times and has been invited back for the 2020 season. In the summers of 2010, 2013, and 2017, he presented conducting workshops and other lectures at the state convention for the Texas Orchestra Directors Association in San Antonio. Each summer at UTA, he serves as Executive Director and a faculty member of the Texas Conducting Workshop, a program he founded together with the string faculty, and Summer Strings, a camp that hosts roughly 400 students from throughout the Metroplex. Dr. Evans’ previous positions include Artistic Director of the Arlington Youth Symphony, Director of Orchestras and Chamber Music for the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston, Music Director for the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Houston, Conductor for the Houston Youth Symphony, and Music Director and Conductor of the Houston Civic Symphony. He currently maintains professional memberships in TMEA, TODA, Conductors Guild, and Mu Omicron. He is an honorary member of the Tau Beta Sigma and Kappa Kappa Psi chapters at UTA and also served as the faculty advisor to the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia chapter for 5 years. He resides in Arlington with his wife, Christy, and their children.

Dr. Scott Ferrell, D.M.A. Vocal Performance

Department of Music

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Area: Musical Theatre Voice

Email: roger.ferrell@uta.edu

Office: FA 249

Bio: Scott Ferrell, tenor, received his Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Furman University where he studied conducting under Dr. Bing Vick and graduate degrees in Vocal Performance from The University of Texas at Austin. He has entertained audiences all over the world with his world-class performances in opera, musical theatre and oratorio. He first attracted international attention for his portrayal of Nerone in L’Incoronazione di Poppea in Austin, Texas and was engaged to reprise the role in Tel Aviv, Israel. Locally, he has appeared with opera companies in Dallas, Austin, Fort Worth and Shreveport and has toured internationally in Austria, Germany, Switzerland, France, Italy, England, Scotland and Mexico. Dr. Ferrell was honored to be selected to tour with the late Robert Shaw and Atlanta Symphony in France’s esteemed St. Cere Musical Festival where he soloed and performed numerous oratorios and anthems. Recognized for his abilities as a singing actor, Dr. Ferrell was nominated for the B. Iden Payne Award for best leading actor and best supporting actor in a musical. Other awards include the Marguerite McCammon Award for Vocal Excellence, a Finalist in the Bel Canto Foundation competition and a Finalist in the prestigious New York Metropolitan Regional Opera Auditions. After receiving his actors equity card, Dr. Ferrell continued to perform lead and supporting roles in theatres in Austin, North Shore, Greenville S.C. and at Casa Manana in Fort Worth. He now is resident musical director for Mainstage Classic Theatre located in Mansfield, Texas where he has conducted The Sound of Music, My Fair Lady, Annie Get Your Gun, South Pacific, The King and I, Annie, West Side Story, Oklahoma!, The Music Man and many others. A teacher for more than 25 years, Dr. Ferrell is passionate and committed to teaching and preparing his students for successful careers in the arts. He has taught on the faculties of UT Austin and TCU as a voice instructor and is delighted to be at UTA. Dr. Ferrell currently serves as Director of Music at First Methodist Mansfield where he directs a vibrant choral and orchestral program involving hundreds of dedicated volunteers each week.

Hal Fitzgerald, BS in Music, the University of Oklahoma

Department of Music

Adjunct Professor

Area: Music Industry Studies

Hal Fitzgerald

Email: hal.fitzgerald@uta.edu

Office: FA 306

Bio: Hal Fitzgerald has been engaged in audio production for over 26 years as a musician, recording engineer, producer, and educator. Mr. Fitzgerald has collaborated with some of the music industry’s finest artists such as Lauryn Hill, Kelly Clarkson, Erykah Badu, and Vanilla Ice. Mr. Fitzgerald was co-owner of the massive Texas studio complex, Maximedia Studios, which hosted some of the world’s most notable artists, such as Timbaland, Justin Timberlake, Miley Cyrus, The Jonas Brothers, Mariah Carey, and many more. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree (BS) from the University of Oklahoma and a Specialized Associate degree from Full Sail Center for the Recording Arts. Mr. Fitzgerald is currently an Assistant Professor of Practice at The University of Texas at Dallas and Adjunct Professor of Audio at The University of Texas at Arlington as well as an Avid Certified Instructor for Pro Tool 101 & 110 and Pro Tools Games Audio 130.

Catherine Forbes, M.M. New England Conservatory

Department of Music

Lecturer

Area: Viola

Catherine Forbes

Email: cforbes@uta.edu

Office: FA 2122

Bio: Catherine Forbes is Viola Professor and Director of Chamber Music at The University of Texas at Arlington. She is Founding Director of the UTA Viola Recital Lecture Series, now in its 29th season. Renowned as a gifted teacher, her students have been prizewinners in local and national competitions, perform regularly with symphony orchestras and continue to pursue education at major conservatories in the United States and abroad. Previous Artist Faculty appointments include the Heifetz International Music Institute, the Phillips Academy in Andover MA and the Orquesta Sinfonica Juvenil de Nuevo Leon, Monterrey, Mexico. As a recent guest of Vietnam Connection Music Festival, she presented chamber concerts and master classes in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, and performed as guest Principal Viola of the Hanoi Symphony. Catherine performed as artist in residence for the Andover Chamber Players for four seasons in Massachusetts. She toured New England with Musica Nova, premiering newly commissioned chamber music pieces to the acclaim of the Boston Globe. She was a featured performing artist at the XXVII International Viola Congress in Canada. She held office as National Secretary of the American Viola Society for a four-year tenure, and was awarded the National Founder’s Award for excellence in performance, teaching and service. She is recipient of the University of Texas at Arlington College of Liberal Arts Excellence in Teaching Award. Most recently she was awarded the Phyllis Young Outstanding Studio Teacher Award for 2019 presented by the Texas American String Teachers Association. Catherine performs on a viola made by Vincenzo Panormo, c. 1790 and a bow made by Guillaume Maline in 1850.

Keira Fullerton, M.M. Cleveland Institute of Music

Department of Music

Lecturer

Area: Cello

Keira Fullerton

Email: keira.fullerton@uta.edu

Office: FA 253-B

Bio: Ohio native Keira Fullerton began her musical training at age three. After moving to Toronto, Ontario in 1991, she continued her studies at the Royal Conservatory of Music and appeared as soloist with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in 2000 as winner of the TSYO concerto competition. Keira earned her bachelor’s degree in 2003 from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music studying with Desmond Hoebig and in 2005 completed her Master of Music degree with Stephen Geber at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Keira has been assistant principal cello of the Fort Worth Symphony since 2008, and an adjunct professor of cello at the University of Texas at Arlington since 2015. Before joining the FWSO, she held the position of assistant principal with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra in Winnipeg, Manitoba for three seasons. She has also performed as an extra musician with the Houston, Pittsburgh, and Seattle Symphonies. She has participated in many summer music festivals, including multiple summers with the Crested Butte Music Festival in Crested Butte, CO, several summers with the Colorado Music Festival in Boulder, CO, and most recently at Music in the Mountains in Durango, CO. As a chamber musician, Keira has been featured in several chamber music series in Winnipeg, Fort Worth and Dallas, and also appeared as a collaborative guest artist in the International Clarinet Association’s Clarinetfest 2010 in Austin, Texas. She and her husband, Colin, a violist in the Dallas Opera Orchestra and frequent extra musician with the FWSO, live in North Arlington with their two young children, Morgan and Liana.

Sam Garner, Bachelor

Department of Music

Lecturer

Area: Music Industry Studies

Sam Garner

Email: samuel.garner@uta.edu

Office: FA 305

Dr. David Grogan, D.M.A, University of North Texas

Department of Music

Associate Professor

Area: Vocal Arts

David Grogan

Email: dgrogan@uta.edu

Office: FA 242

Bio: David Grogan, baritone, has performed extensively throughout the Southwest to critical acclaim. The Dallas Morning News hailed Mr. Grogan as the “perfect Christus” after a performance of the St. Matthew Passion with the Dallas Bach Society. The Albuquerque Tribune, in reference to a performance of Messiah with the New Mexico Symphony, said, “David Grogan had all the range and power required of the part, sounding like the voice of doom in ‘The people that walked in darkness’ and the light of revelation in ‘The trumpet shall sound.’" A recent performance of Elijah had critics praising his ability to “move easily from stentorian declamation to lyrical aria.” Another critic said that he “….brought an impressive vocal power to the lead role of Elijah, and his rich emotive gift set the level for the other chief performers.” He has performed as a soloist with many Dallas area arts groups including the Dallas Bach Society, Texas Baroque Ensemble, Orpheus Chamber Singers, Mesquite Civic Chorus, and the Allegro Artists, as well as at several Texas universities. Recent performances include Elijah with the New Mexico Symphony, Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Arlington Master Chorale, and the Beethoven Missa Solemnis with the Plano Civic Chorus. Grogan looks forward to his performance of the Brahms Requiem under Helmuth Rilling this fall. Grogan joined the faculty at the University of Texas Arlington in the fall of 2009, first as visiting professor and in 2010 as tenure-track Assistant Professor of Voice. In addition to providing private vocal instruction for voice majors, Grogan teaches vocal pedagogy, voice class, and choral methods. His background in choral music education is extensive, including experience directing programs in both private and public schools across the metroplex. As choir director at Dallas Christian School from 1996 to 2000, Dr. Grogan increased choir participation from 15 members to 115, and took the choir to one of the first TPSMEA competitions. He has taught voice and served as assistant choral director in some of the most prominent programs in the area, including at Arlington High School under Dinah Menger, and Manor Middle School under Tommy Haygood. Grogan holds Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music degrees from Texas Christian University, where he studied voice with Sheila Allen and pedagogy with Vincent Russo. His love of choral music was solidified under the tutelage of the late Ronald Shirey, who taught Grogan much of his musicality. He earned his Doctor of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy in 2010 from the University of North Texas, where he studied voice with Jeffrey Snider, pedagogy with Stephen Austin, and worked closely with Lyle Nordstrom in the early music program. Dr. Grogan’s dissertation was on the vocal pedagogy of Frederic W. Root, who was an American vocal pedagogue of the 19th century. A shorter version of the dissertation was published in the January 2010 Journal of Singing under the title, “The Roots of American Pedagogy.”

Ryan Haines, M.A. Webster University

Department of Music

Lecturer, Jazz, Trombone

Area: Jazz

Ryan Haines

Email: ryan.haines@uta.edu

Office: FA 367-A

Bio: Ryan Haines is a trombonist, composer, clinician, and brass teacher based in Dallas, Texas. He was an Adjunct Instructor for Jazz Trombone at the University of North Texas from 2017-2018, taught Jazz Trombone at Arizona State University from 2011-2015, and was the interim Director of Jazz Studies at Northern Arizona University from 2011-2012. Ryan was the lead trombonist, Musical Director, Producer, and Chief Arranger for the Falconaires Jazz Ensemble based at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado. He has composed and arranged music for 9 Air Force recordings and videos by premier ensembles including the Falconaires and the Airmen of Note. Ryan has performed as a featured artist at international music conferences, jazz festivals, and before audiences throughout the United States. Ryan has composed and arranged an extensive list of published music for jazz ensemble, brass ensemble, and trombone and tuba/euphonium ensembles; available through EJazzLines.com and Potenza Music publishing. A Sea Breeze Jazz recording artist, Ryan composed an 8-movement suite for big band entitled “The Sky Blue Suite” for his 2001 debut recording “To the Sky” and his follow-up recordings “New Horizons” and “People and Places” received critical acclaim internationally. Jazz industry reviewers use phrases such as: “world-class”, “stellar”, “amazing” and “as good as it gets” to describe his trombone playing and writing style.

Amy Hatch, M.M. Music Theory, Texas State University - San Marcos

Department of Music

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Area: Music Theory

Amy Hatch

Email: amy.hatch@uta.edu

Office: FA 109

Bio: Amy Hatch is a PhD candidate and Research Assistant in Music Theory at UNT. Amy earned a B.A. in Music (2011) and an M.M. in Music Theory (2013) from Texas State University - San Marcos, where she was instructor of record for Basic Musicianship under the supervision of her thesis advisor, Dr. Cynthia Gonzales. Amy's current research, with advisor Dr. Ellen Bakulina, includes the work of Russian theorists Ogolevets and Yavorsky, and how these concepts are found in the music of Shostakovich and Prokofiev. Amy's other research interests include Transformation Theory and Music Theory pedagogy/Music Education. She most recently presented on the motivic analysis of David Lee Garza's music at the 2018 SMT/AMS National Conference in San Antonio, TX.

Dr. Graham Hunt, Ph.D. Duke University

Department of Music

Associate Chair, Professor, Music Theory and Composition Area Coordinator

Area: Music Theory and Composition

Graham Hunt

Email: gghunt@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-2446

Office: FA 304

Bio: Graham Hunt is Professor of Musicology and Music Theory at the University of Texas at Arlington. He received his Ph.D. in Musicology from Duke University. He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles in music theory journals, including 2 articles in the most pre-eminent journal in the field of Music Theory, Music Theory Spectrum. He has also presented 5 times at the national meeting of the Society of Music Theory. He served as President of the Texas Society Music Theory from 2011-2014. He has given the keynote speech for the Oklahoma City University Theory Conference and has been a guest speaker at the Music Theory Lecture Series at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and the University of Texas at Austin. He has published on subjects such as Wagner, Neo-Riemannian analysis, the Three-Key Exposition in Sonata forms, and, most recently, problematic rondo forms in Classical and 19th-Century finales, in journals such as Journal for Schenkerian Studies, Integral, Theory and Practice, 19th-Century Music Review, and Music Theory Spectrum. He was also selected to be the Grace and Joseph Valentine Visiting Professor at Amherst College (Massachusetts) in 2009. His latest research applies the groundbreaking theories of William Caplin, "Formal-Function Analysis," which was derived from the theories of Arnold Schoenberg to examine formal ambiguities that have previous defied traditional analytical interpretations, such as three-key expositions, truncated rondo forms, and opera arias, duets, and ensembles. Most recently, he was been invited to contribute a chapter to "Mozart Operas", a volume published by Leuven press, on Sonata forms in Mozart's operas, published an article in Music Analysis (published in the UK) on "Diverging Subordinate Themes" in sonata forms ranging from Scarlatti to Bruckner, and contributed a chapter to “Wagner studies” on formal functions of leitmotivs in Wagner’s opera Lohengrin. This November, he will present a paper on “Lesser, Redundant and Inconvenient Rondo Forms” at the national Society for Music Theory, which will be held virtually.

Timothy Ishii, M.M. University of North Texas

Department of Music

Professor, Jazz Studies Area Coordinator

Area: Jazz Studies, Saxophone

Timothy Ishii

Email: tishii@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-1205

Office: FA 367-H

Bio: Tim Ishii has been Director of Jazz Studies at UT Arlington since 2004. Under his direction, the Jazz Orchestra has performed in Mexico City, Germany, Hawaii, Kansas, throughout Texas and the surrounding Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. In 2007 the Jazz Orchestra was selected to perform at the Texas Music Educators Conference in San Antonio, Texas and in 2009 the band was awarded the “Gene Hall” award as the Outstanding Collegiate Band at the University of North Texas/City of Addison Jazz Festival which included bands selected by taped audition from coast to coast. Tim is active as a clinician and has conducted numerous high school and college honor bands in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Oregon. In December 2014, he appeared as guest artist with the Iolani High School Jazz Band (Honolulu, Hawaii) in Kobe, Japan performing at the Konan Boys High School Winter Jazz Festival and Konan Women’s University. He is Past President of the Texas Jazz Educators Association and is Co-Music Director for the Hawaii Jazz Institute, a joint collaboration between the University of Texas at Arlington and the Iolani School in Honolulu, Hawaii. As part of the 2015 Hawaii Jazz Institute, the UT Arlington Jazz Orchestra performed aboard the USS Missouri battleship that is now docked at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. In addition, Tim and the UT Arlington Jazz Faculty performed and provided educational enrichment at the 2015 Maui Jazz Festival. In May of 2016, Tim was invited to give big band clinics in Detmold, Germany at the Hochschule Fur Musik and also presented a master class to area saxophonists at the Haus Die Musik in Detmold. In October of 2016, Tim along with fellow UTA Jazz Faculty and students traveled to Stockholm, Sweden to finalize arrangements for a Study Abroad Exchange program with the Royal College of Music. The group also was invited to participate in the 2016 International Jazz Education Festival hosted by the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. In June of 2016, Tim, the UT Arlington Jazz Faculty, and Jazz Orchestra returned to Hawaii to work with students from the Honolulu area in the Hawaii Jazz Institute. Since 2016, the UT Arlington Jazz Area has continued outreach efforts in Hawaii, Sweden, Germany, and China. The UT Arlington Jazz Program is proud to sponsor the Eddie Gomez Trio in Residence each fall and spring semester. Tim maintains an active freelance and clinician schedule. Tim is an Artist/Clinician for Conn-Selmer and D’addario.

Dr. Carol Jessup, D.M.A. University of Michigan

Department of Music

Associate Professor

Area: Music Education

Carol Jessup

Email: jessup@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-2438

Office: FA 326

Bio: Carol Jessup is Associate Professor of Music at the University of Texas at Arlington. She received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in music performance from The University of Michigan where she studied with professors John Mohler and David Shifrin. She is a graduate of Texas Tech University and Michigan State University, and is a student of Keith McCarty and Dr. Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr. Dr. Jessup’s performances include Alice Tully Hall, New York City, and performing as principal clarinet with the Mozarteum Orchestra, Salzburg, Austria. She is nationally known for her extensive work as soloist/clinician, and has appeared as a guest artist at the International Clarinet Symposium, ClarinetFest ’96, ’97, ’03, and ’08, the University of British Columbia (Vancouver), Arizona State University (Tempe), the University of Utah (Salt Lake City), Texas Tech University (Lubbock), the Mid-West National Band and Orchestra Clinic (Chicago), Mid-East Instrumental Music Conference (Pittsburg), Midwestern Conference, Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association (Ann Arbor), Montana State Music Conference (Missoula), the Southern Instrumental Conductors Conference (Hattiesburg), Texas Music Educators Association and Texas Bandmasters Association conventions (San Antonio), and the renowned Interlochen National Arts Camp (Interlochen, MI). Dr. Jessup has had a number of articles on clarinet performance and pedagogy published in recognized journals including the School Band and Orchestra, The Instrumentalist, Southwestern Musician, The School Musician, and with Southern Music Company. Her comprehensive book, Playing and Teaching the Clarinet, published by RBC Music, San Antonio has been highly acclaimed and enthusiastically received.

Jamar Jones, M.B.A. Ashford University

Department of Music

Assistant Professor and Music Industry Studies Area Coordinator

Area: Music Industry Studies

Jamar Jones

Email: jamar.jones@uta.edu

Office: FA 305

Bio: A Philadelphia native, Jamar Jones, according to Jonathon Sprinkles, "is a guy that has been a part of all of our lives in some way without us realizing it." Since 1996, Jamar has been trusted to work with and for some of the music industry's most respected brands as a producer, composer, arranger, and musician to an impressive list of artists that includes Boyz II Men, Musiq Soulchild, Jill Scott, Jamie Foxx, Mary Mary, Usher, and the legendary Ms. Patti Labelle. Recognized as a child prodigy, Jamar started playing the piano at the age of 4 years old when his mother purchased a piano for the home following the death of his father in 1981. The piano that was purchased from the Cunningham Piano Company in Philadelphia "became the tool through which I would express all my emotion" states Jones. After attending initial study at the West Oak Lane School of Music, Jamar quickly progressed to being recognized as a young gifted performer through winning the best soloist awards at several stage band competitions in junior high. Eventually, the recognition for Jamar Jones as a dominating young performer would lead to an invitation to be a part of the City of Philadelphia's premier high school jazz students' Philadelphia All-city Jazz Band. It was his participation in the All-city Band that led to his induction to the Grammy All-American High School Jazz Band in 1994 and 1995. While a freshman at Temple University, Jamar co-wrote and co-produced the song, Dear God, for the Grammy nominated Boyz ll Men album Evolution. Jamar continued to work for several years as a producer with many artists but one major highlight of this tenure was producing the theme song for the movie, Hurricane, which starred Denzel Washington and was performed by Boyz II Men with The Philadelphia Orchestra. He has served as a musical director for both stage artists and a diverse range of theater and film projects over the previous 20 years. Jamar has lent his talents as a producer, arranger, composer, and musician to: Mary Mary, Kindred, Myron Butler, Tamela Mann, Kanye West, Janet Jackson, Jamie Foxx, Deitrick Haddon, Crystal Aiken, Vickie Winans, T.D. Jakes, Usher, Fantasia, Mario, Claudette Ortiz, Floetry, Bruce Parham, Vivian Green, Voices of Theory, Jill Scott, Fred Hammond, Richard Smallwood, Syleena Johnson, The Rickey Minor Band, Patti LaBelle, Denise Rich, Al Kasha, Rihanna, Eminem, P. Diddy, Kim Burell, Steven Ford, Warryn Campbell, Adam Blackstone and others.

Edward Jones, Applied studies in tuba University of North Texas, M.M. in Music Performance Texas A&M Univ Commerce, B.M.Ed, Fort Hays State University

Department of Music

Lecturer

Area: Tuba

Edward Jones

Email: edjones@uta.edu

Office: FA 247

Bio: Edward Jones teaches applied tuba and co-directs the Tuba Euphonium Ensemble at the University of Texas at Arlington. From 1985-2003 he was on the faculty of the Texas A&M University-Commerce where he taught applied tuba and euphonium, coached brass chamber groups and directed the tuba-euphonium ensemble. He holds degrees from Fort Hays State University and Texas A&M-Commerce and has done additional graduate study in applied tuba at the University of North Texas. His principal teachers are Lyle Dilley of Hays, Kansas and Donald Little, Professor of Tuba and the University of North Texas and retired principal tuba with the Forth Worth Symphony. In 2001 he was appointed Principal Tuba with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Previously he was tubist with the Northeast Texas Symphony, the Richardson Symphony and East Texas Symphony Orchestras and the Dallas Wind Symphony. He has performed and recorded with the Dallas Symphony and the Dallas Opera Orchestras. Also an active chamber musician, he performs with the Iridium Brass Quintet and the FWSO Brass Quintet. As a soloist, he has given numerous recitals throughout Texas and the Southwest and has been a featured artist at regional and international tuba conferences.

Dr. Kwan Kyun Joo, D.M.A. University of North Texas

Department of Music

Lecturer

Area: Vocal Arts

Kwan Kyun Joo

Email: kwankyun.joo@uta.edu

Office: FA 248

Bio: A native of South Korea, tenor Kwan Kyun Joo has appeared professionally as a soloist on the opera, oratorio, and recital stage. Roles include Rodolfo in La Bohème, Alfredo in La Traviata, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Don José in Carmen. Vašek in The Bartered Bride, and Tito in La Clemenza di Tito. Oratorio experience includes Bach’s Mass in b Minor, Beethoven’s Symphony #9, Puccini’s Gloria, Mozart Requiem, Mozart Coronation Mass, Verdi Requiem at Bass Hall, Fort Worth, and Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle with symphonies in Texas, including the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Texarkana Symphony, Allen Philharmonic Orchestra, the New Philharmonic Orchestra of Irving, UNT Symphony Orchestra and Grand Chorus, UTA Symphony Orchestra, Plano Civic Chorus, The Texas Voices, and CTS (Christian Television System) Chamber Orchestra. Dr. Joo earned Doctor of Musical Arts from University of North Texas (UNT) in Denton. Dr. Joo holds the Artist Diploma from the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA). He earned his master’s degree in voice performance from Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, and holds a bachelor’s degree from Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea. Dr. Joo is also a voice faculty member at Texas Woman’s University and University of Texas at Arlington. His experience at TWU includes directing opera scenes performances and full productions, Die Zauberflöte, The Tender Land, and The Telephone. He also serves as choir conductor at Binnerri Presbyterian Church in Richardson, Texas.

Dr. Elyse Kahler, D.M.A. from Texas Tech University (Music Composition)

Department of Music

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Area: Music Composition

Elyse Kahler

Email: elyse.kahler@uta.edu

Office: FA 307

Bio: Elyse Kahler is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at The University of Texas at Arlington. Dr. Kahler writes for a variety of ensembles and levels, and has particular interests in fun and engaging music for middle school students and inspiring music for the modern church. Recent projects include a commission from the Lubbock Chorale (Parallax) with text by Allison Boye, Height Difference Duo (The Hobbit and the Elf), Freedom to Be for The Phoenix Project, From the Ashes, and Perspectives, a chamber work with dance and film in collaboration with Anne Wharton. Dr. Kahler is also passionate about music composition pedagogy and is currently researching methods to discuss the creative process with composition students. During the summers, Dr. Kahler teaches music theory at the Interlochen Arts Camp in Interlochen, MI. For more information, please visit www.elysekahler.com

Stephanie Kalina, M.M. Music Performance

Department of Music

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Area: Flute

Stephanie Kalina

Bio: Stephanie Kalina received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Music Performance from the University of Texas at Arlington where she served as Principle of the UTA Wind Symphony and Orchestra. She was a prize winner for the Susan E. Lichtenwalter Memorial scholarship and has been an outstanding performance award winner at the Texas Flute Society and TCU flute festivals. Stephanie currently serves as faculty at UT Arlington, The Rojas School of Music, and maintains a large private lesson studio in the DFW area.

Dr. Karen Kenaston-French, D.M.A. University of North Texas

Department of Music

Professor, Director of Choral Activities, Vocal Arts Area Coordinator

Area: Vocal Arts

Karen Kenaston-French

Email: kenaston@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-2435

Office: FA 243

Bio: Karen Kenaston-French is in her 11th year as Associate Professor and Director of Choral Activities at the University of Texas Arlington, where she conducts the A Cappella Choir, teaches graduate and undergraduate conducting, and heads the Vocal Area. Under her direction the UTA A Cappella Choir has performed at TMEA, SWACDA, and national ACDA conventions and has made appearances with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, the Texas Ballet Theatre, the Fort Worth Chorale, and the Rolling Stones. Prior to her arrival at UTA, Dr. Kenaston-French served as Director of Choral Activities at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee, where she led the Chamber Singers in two appearances at the Tennessee Music Education Association state conference, and in master classes with Chanticleer, Cantus, and Libby Larsen. She taught conducting at Southern Methodist University and the University of North Texas, and was director of music ministries at Plymouth Park United Methodist Church in Irving, Texas from 1986-1998. Dr. Kenaston-French has been guest conductor for choirs in Colorado, Michigan and Tennessee, for numerous TMEA region choirs, for the American Festival of the Arts (AFA), and is a frequent clinician and adjudicator of high school choirs across the state. She serves as artistic director of the highly successful All-State Choir Camp, One Last Look Workshop, and the Area Workshop at UTA, which collectively attract more than 500 students each year. She continues to share her experience in church music as a faculty member for SMU’s Church Music Summer Seminar and as clinician for church choirs. Beginning with the 2019-2020 season Dr. Kenaston-French will take over as Artistic Director/Conductor of the Ft. Worth Chorale, following Jerry McCoy as only the fifth conductor in the organization’s 56-year history. Dr. Kenaston-French holds a B.A. in vocal performance from West Virginia Wesleyan College, M.M. and M.S.M. degrees in choral conducting from Southern Methodist University, and a D.M.A. in choral conducting from the University of North Texas, where she was named outstanding graduate student in conducting and ensembles and the Pi Kappa Lambda outstanding doctoral student. She studied conducting with Jerry McCoy, Mel Ivey, Lloyd Pfautsch, Jane Marshall, and Larry Parsons, and in 2011 was a conductor for the Choral/Orchestral Master Class of the Oregon Bach Festival, under Helmut Rilling and Jeffrey Kahane. Vocal studies include graduate work with Lynn Eustis at UNT and Linda Baer at SMU. Her article “The Teachings of Jean‐Antoine Bérard” was published in the National Association of Teachers of Singing Journal of Singing in November 2009. She sang in the Dallas Symphony Chorus from 1993-2003, and was selected by national audition to sing in the first Robert Shaw Festival Chorus at Carnegie Hall in 1991.

Dr. Soo Hong Kim, D.M.A. University of North Texas

Department of Music

Associate Professor, Director of Opera/Music Theater Workshop

Area: Vocal Arts

Soo Hong Kim

Email: soohong@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-2431

Office: FA 241

Bio: Soo Hong Kim, a lyric soprano, is recognized for her full, warm and expressive voice, and her moving interpretation of many opera roles such as Mimi (La Boheme) and Nedda (I Pagliacci). She has performed major rolls in many professional opera companies such as Dallas Lyric Opera and Shreveport opera. She made her New York debut as soloist in Mozart’s Vespers at Lincoln Center. Graduated from the University of North Texas with the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Vocal Performance, Dr. Kim has been teaching at The University of Texas at Arlington as an assistant professor of voice since 1998. Along with applied voice lessons, she also teaches Voice Class, Vocal Pedagogy, Vocal Literature, and Opera Workshop. Dr. Kim conducts a weekly Studio Class open to all voice students. Recently she was appointed as the vocal division coordinator. Dr. Kim has received many awards and recognition as the winner in competitions such as the Metropolitan Opera Guild Audition (Southwest Region winner) and the National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Awards (National winner, Mary Wolfman Award). The Hemphill-Sorantin Competition named her the overall winner of the competition and the vocal division winner. Early recognition of Dr. Kim’s abilities earned her the International Rotary Club Scholarships and the Dallas Opera Career Development Grant. In addition to her many solo recitals and guest artist presentations, she has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra at the Blossom Festival, with the San Angelo Symphony Orchestra, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, the Austin Symphony Orchestra, and the Texas Wind Symphony. As a clinician, Dr. Kim has presented master classes and lecture recitals at local, national and international venues. In Seoul, Korea, she presented several master classes and a recital in summer 2002. She recently performed in a recital at the Regional Conference of the College Music Society in Oklahoma City, and is a regular adjudicator at State and Regional NATS competitions. Her current performance engagements include solo recitals and soprano soloist for oratorios in many cities nationwide, such as South Bend, Oklahoma City, Dallas and Austin.

Jeffrey King, M.M. Trumpet Performance, Southern Methodist University

Department of Music

Adjunct Professor

Area: Music Education

Jeffrey King

Bio: Jeffrey King has recently joined The University of Texas at Arlington Music Education Faculty. Prior to this appointment, Mr. King served as the Director of Fine Arts for the Irving Independent School District where he oversaw all aspects of the Fine Arts Programs in the district. Prior to his administrative duties in Irving ISD, Jeff King was a Texas band director for 31 years. The majority of his teaching career was spent in Duncanville ISD, with 26 years’ experience, culminating as Director of Bands for his last five years. In 2008, Mr. King was co-conductor of the Wind Ensemble, which was selected as the 5A High School State Honor Band. Mr. King co-authored a band warm-up and technique book entitled Foundations for Superior Performance and The Complete Instrument Reference Guide for Band Directors. These texts are widely used throughout North America, Australia, Japan and China. He has presented workshops in over 25 states as well as Canada. In 2007, Mr. King was the Chief Adjudicator for the Melbourne Band Festival held in Melbourne, Australia. In the summers of 2011 and 2019, Mr. King traveled to China, presenting clinics to band directors and students across the country. From 2011-2018, Mr. King served on the Texas Bandmasters Association Board, proudly serving as TBA President in 2017. His professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, National Association for Music Educators, National Band Association, and the honorary music fraternity Phi Beta Mu.

Dr. Diane Lange, Ph.D. Michigan State

Department of Music

Professor

Area: Music Education

Diane Lange

Email: lange@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-2434

Office: FA 367-B

Bio: Diane Lange is Professor and Music Program Director of Field Experience where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Early Childhood and Elementary Music Education. Dr. Lange received her Bachelor of Music in Education and Master of Music from Central Michigan University and Ph.D. from Michigan State University. Additionally, she taught elementary music for ten years in Michigan and Nevada. She received her Orff Levels at Memphis State University and Gordon Institute for Music Learning Levels from Michigan State University. She has presented several national and international pedagogical workshops. Her research interest includes combining Orff Schulwerk and Music Learning Theory, and developing curricular material for elementary-aged students. Dr. Lange has published three books, numerous book chapters and articles, and is a co-author for Jump Right In: The Elementary Music Curriculum, Grades Kindergarten and 5. Dr. Lange was president for the National Gordon Institute for Music Learning and North Texas chapter of American Orff Schulwerk Association, and was regional representative for Early Childhood Music and Movement Association where she hosted an Early Childhood Music Conference. Over the past 20 years, Dr. Lange’s service to the university has included Area Coordinator of Music Education, Associate Chair of the Music Department, Curriculum Chair, and currently she is the chair of the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee. Dr. Lange has received the Outstanding Educator Award from the Crawford AuSable School District and was inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Teachers at the University of Texas at Arlington in spring 2019.

Craig Leffer, M.M. Cleveland Institute of Music

Department of Music

Lecturer

Area: Cello

Craig Leffer

Email: craig.leffer@uta.edu

Office: FA 253-B

Bio: Craig Leffer joined the UTA faculty as Lecturer in Cello in 2016. Currently he performs with the Fort Worth Symphony and Dallas Opera orchestras. An advocate of community service, he performs with Texas Winds Musical Outreach and as an artist-in-residence at Baylor University Medical Center. A New York native, Leffer holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and Cleveland Institute of Music where he studied with Stephen Geber and Steven Doane. Festival appearances include Bravo Vail, Kent-Blossom, Ohio Light Opera, New York String Orchestra Seminar, and Utah Festival Opera. As a principal cellist, Leffer has played with the Abilene Philharmonic, Midland-Odessa, and Syracuse symphonies, and with the New York String Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. He has also performed as a member of the Cleveland Chamber Symphony and the National Repertory Orchestra. Leffer was formerly a faculty member at Midland College and the University of Texas at the Permian Basin. Leffer plays on a modern Italian cello by Paolo de Barbieri from Genoa dated 1952.

Dr. Hannah Leffler, D.M.A University of North Texas

Department of Music

Senior Lecturer

Area: Woodwinds, Flute

Hannah Leffler

Email: hannah.leffler@uta.edu

Office: FA 249

Bio: Dr. Hannah Leffler, a Miyazawa Performing Artist, serves as the new Senior Lecturer of Flute at the University of Texas at Arlington. Before transitioning into this position, she served in the music theory department at UTA and on the faculty of El Centro College. She also holds the positions of Woodwind Department Head and flute instructor at the Lutheran Summer Music Academy. She has held flute faculty positions at Luther College, University of Northern Iowa, Northeast Iowa School of Music, and numerous high schools and middle schools in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. She completed her Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in flute performance at the University of North Texas, where her primary teachers were Professor Terri Sundberg and Dr. James Scott, and worked as Teaching Fellow. She has been a featured guest artist and clinician at numerous schools and events across the Midwest, including the Exploring Chamber Music Festival held at the University of Northern Iowa. She performs frequently with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and has been a principal substitute flutist for the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra and the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra. She is a current member of the Movēre Woodwind Quintet, comprised of Lutheran Summer Music Festival faculty. In addition, Hannah was a founding member of WoodWired, an electroacoustic duo with bass clarinet. In 2018, WoodWired released In the Loop through UTA Records. She received a Master’s Degree in Flute Performance from the University of Northern Iowa, where she studied with Dr. Angeleita Floyd and served as her Graduate Assistant. After finishing her degree, she was named the winner of the UNI Outstanding Creative Master’s Thesis Award and was selected by faculty nomination to be honored as an Outstanding Alumni of the UNI Graduate School. She graduated summa cum laude from Oklahoma City University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Flute Performance and was a student of Professor Parthena Owens. Additional teachers include Stefán Ragnar Höskuldsson, Kristin Grant, and Elizabeth McNutt. Hannah was a prizewinner in the 2017 National Flute Association’s Young Artist Competition. She was also named a winner of the annual Francis Walton Artist Competition. In 2012, she received first place in the NFA’s Orchestral Audition and Masterclass Competition. Hannah has been a prizewinner in the Myrna Brown Artist Competition, the Atlanta Young Artist Competition, the Crescendo Music Awards, and the Couer d’Alene Young Artist Competition. In addition, she was a featured soloist with the University of North Texas Symphony Orchestra, the University of Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra, the Oklahoma City University Symphony Orchestra, the Oklahoma City University Wind Philharmonic, and the Oklahoma Youth Orchestra. In 2008, she was named as a recipient of the renowned Theodore Presser Award for excellence in music and was elected into the honor societies of Pi Kappa Lambda and Phi Kappa Phi. She is an active member of the National Flute Association and Texas Flute Society, where she has served on numerous committees.

Jing Ling-Tam, M.M., Vocal Performance, University of North Texas, M.M., Piano Performance, New England Conservatory of Music

Department of Music

Professor

Area: Vocal Arts

Jing Ling-Tam

Email: tam@uta.edu

Office: FA 240

Bio: Jing Ling-Tam, Professor of Music has garnered international recognition in North America, Europe, and Southeast Asia. A brilliant conductor, Ling-Tam has conducted over thirty- five All-State Choirs and numerous American Choral Directors Association national and divisional honor choirs. An innovative and much sought after clinician/master teacher, she has been featured as a headliner at prestigious international, national, regional and state choral conferences. As Director of Choral Studies at the University of Texas at Arlington (1999-2009), her choirs have performed at national and regional ACDA conferences, Texas Music Educators Association Conferences (1997 and 2001) and toured in the US, Mexico, Canada, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Austria. Ling-Tam served as Associate Conductor/Chorus Master /Principal Coach Pianist for the Ft. Worth Opera Association for sixteen seasons, and was on the faculty at the American Institute of Musical Studies, Graz, Austria for eleven summers. Ling-Tam’s recent credits include conducting the Taipei Symphony, the Coro de Madrigalistas of Mexico, and presenting workshops/lectures for the Children’s Palaces of NingBo, Xiamen and GuangZho in China; Festival 500, Newfoundland, the Ontario Vocal Festival & Choral Conductors' Symposium, Toronto, Podium 2008, New Brunswick, Canada; the 2006 International Youth Choral Festival, Hong Kong and the 2007 and 2009 Salzburg Pedagogical Institute Winter Workshops. Ling-Tam also served on juries for the 2007 Third World Children's Choral Festival, Hong Kong, the Spittal an der Drau 45th International Choral Competition in Austria, and the 2008 World Choir Games in Austria. This July she made her Australian conducting debut with the 2010 Australian National Choral Association’s Honor Choir and was a member of the international jury for the 2010 World Choir Games in China. Currently, Prof. Ling-Tam is scheduled to conduct the 2010 New York All-State Choir, 2010 Washington All-State Choir, and 2010 Louisiana Youth All- State Choir. Prof. Ling-Tam serves on the board of Chorus American A choral series in her name is published by Alliance Music of Houston, Texas.

Julie Liston Johnson, D.M.A. (ABD) University of North Texas

Department of Music

Lecturer

Area: Vocal Arts

Julie Liston Johnson

Email: julie.listonjohnson@uta.edu

Office: FA 324

Bio: Julie Liston Johnson is currently finishing her DMA at The University of North Texas where she also held teaching fellowships in voice. Originally from St. Paul, MN, she received her Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School where she held two teaching fellowships and was later hired on the adjunct faculty teaching sight-reading. Ms. Liston Johnson made her Carnegie Hall debut with the solo in Fauré's Requiem and her international debut premiering John Zorn’s La machine de l’être at the Angelica Festival in Bologna. In July 2019, Ms. Liston Johnson was the soprano soloist in Verdi’s Requiem at Durham Cathedral in northern England. Julie has sung as a soloist and professional chorister with many professional groups, including Voices of Ascension, Trinity Church Wall Street, and the Orpheus Chamber Singers. A frequent performer in the Metroplex, recent highlights include Handel's Messiah both as part of the Highlander Concert series in Dallas and at Broadway Baptist in Fort Worth; Dona Nobis Pacem with Craig Jessop conducting; John Rutter’s Requiem with the composer conducting; and singing the American premiere of Bob Chilcott’s St. John Passion, also with the composer conducting. Recent opera roles include, Donna Anna from Don Giovanni and Dido from Dido and Aeneas. While on full fellowship with Aspen Music Festival, Ms. Liston Johnson won the concerto competition with The Queen of the Night's vengeance aria from Die Zauberflöte and was also featured singing Gilda in Rigoletto.

Randy Lyle, M.M. in Violin Performance, The University of Texas at Arlington

Department of Music

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Area: Strings, Music Education

Randy Lyle

Bio: Randy Lyle currently serves as the Music Director of the B Sharp Youth Music Program, an El Sistema-inspired, free music education program based in Fort Worth. He has taught privately for 13 years, working with several school districts in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex as well as maintaining his own at-home studio. As a performer, he has played with various orchestras, including the Texarkana Symphony, Lawton Philharmonic, and Fort Smith Symphony. A native of Arlington, Mr. Lyle earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baylor University and a Master of Music in Violin Performance from the University of Texas at Arlington, studying with Dr. Martha Walvoord.

Tatiana Mayfield, M.M. Jazz Composition, The University of Texas at Arlington

Department of Music

Adjunct Professor

Area: Commercial Voice

Tatiana Mayfield

Bio: Refreshing and beautiful are how many have described the voice and persona of Tatiana “LadyMay” Mayfield, a jazz vocalist, musician, composer, and educator from Fort Worth, Texas. “LadyMay” (as she has been named) has been singing and playing jazz music since the tender age of thirteen. Since then, she has performed in various venues and festivals throughout the U.S. and abroad, which in turn have earned her rave reviews from listeners and musicians in addition to numerous awards. In 2017, “LadyMay” was awarded 2nd place in the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocals Competition held at NJPAC in New Jersey. In that same year, she received the “Jazz Innovators Award” from Dallas, TX as part of Jazz Appreciation Month for her contributions to jazz education for young people in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. Mayfield was also chosen as one of the twelve semi-finalists to compete in the prestigious 2010 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocals Competition that was held in Washington, D.C before a legendary panel of judges. In the summer of 2019, the city of Fort Worth awarded her with a “Legend In The Making” award at their annual “Dr. Marion J. Brooks Living Legends Awards” for her accomplishments in entertainment and education. In addition to several other awards, she is also a 2006 YoungArts winner for Jazz Voice. She has also appeared on Dallas/Ft. Worth’s news television show WFAA “Good Morning Texas” four times since 2011. Mayfield has opened for several well-known artists such as Kirk Whalum, Will Downing, Randy Brecker, Dave Valentin, Bobbi Humphrey, and The Main Ingredient. LadyMay has also performed in 3 concerts between 2016-2018 with the legendary Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. The first concert was a tribute celebrating African-American women in music entitled “I’m Every Woman”, then again for their Independence Day “Patriotic Pops: Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the USO”, and as of late in the “Classical Roots: Under One Roof” concert honoring the diverse history of the historic Music Hall where they perform. Mayfield has also performed with the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra in South Carolina in the spring of 2018. “LadyMay” has recorded three albums, From All Directions (2009), A Portrait Of LadyMay (2012), and The Next Chapter (2018). The first album From All Directions was recorded while she was still attending the University of North Texas, where she received a B.M. in Jazz Studies. Jazz journalist Scott Yanow described her voice on her debut album From All Directions (2009) as “attractive” with “excellent elocution” and a “joyful spirit”. On her sophomore album A Portrait Of LadyMay (2012), Harvey Siders, former writer of JazzTimes and Downbeat magazines, describes her intonation as “flawless” and her scatting “as natural as breathing.” In addition to her vocal skills, she plays piano, trombone, composes, and teaches voice and music theory. In May of 2017, she was awarded 3rd place in the “Performance” category of the International Songwriting Competition for her original song “Forgive Me Someday” from her latest album The Next Chapter. LadyMay’s appeal has also reached listeners abroad in the UK, Switzerland, Germany, France, Nigeria, and Brazil. Her music has been featured on several international radio stations such as “Mi-Soul Radio”,“Solar Radio”, “Jazz FM”, “Tropical FM”, and “Premier Gospel Radio” in the UK, “RJM Radio” in France, and “Smooth 98.1” in Nigeria. In November 2012, her song “Real” from A Portrait Of LadyMay reached #1 on the “UK Soul Chart”. In July of 2013, she completed her first tour (LadyMay In The UK) to London where she was widely received on radio appearances, as well as at some of their top performance venues such as Ronnie Scott’s, Pizza Express in Soho, and the Flyover Portobello. UK based record store “Soul Brother Records” labeled “A Portrait Of LadyMay” as one of their “Best New Jazz Releases of 2013”. In 2020, she was featured in a Dallas Morning News article about her experiences as artist and educator. In addition, she contributed an article to the ISJAC (International Society of Jazz Arrangers & Composers) about her experience as a black woman composer and performer, earning a master’s degree during a pandemic, and being the first African American person to receive a master’s degree in Jazz Composition at the University of Texas at Arlington. As an educator, Mayfield is an adjunct professor of commercial voice at Dallas College-Cedar Valley Campus in Lancaster, TX and has previously taught jazz voice for the University Of North Texas in Denton, Texas. In 2019, she taught in Zhuhai, China for the Golden Jazz Henquin Jazz Week and performed in the “Crossing Music and New Generation Jazz Festival”. Mayfield recently received a master’s degree in Jazz Composition from the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA). For more information on Tatiana “LadyMay” Mayfield, visit www.tatianamayfield.com.

Chris McGuire, M.M. University of North Texas

Department of Music

Lecturer

Area: Saxophone

Chris McGuire

Email: mcguire@uta.edu

Office: FA 367-M

Bio: Saxophonist Prof. Chris McGuire is a member of the University of Texas-Arlington classical and jazz faculty, and an in-demand performer on saxophone, clarinet, and other woodwinds. He holds a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Music from the University of North Texas and, over a thirty plus year performance career, has performed and toured with many diverse musical acts from The Duke Ellington Orchestra to country star Jamey Johnson, from the Jim Cullum Jazz Band to the industrial rap of MC 900 ft. Jesus, numerous other jazz, pop, and rock acts, and movie and television soundtracks. At UT-Arlington, he has deployed his versatile musical and pedagogical skills for over ten years by teaching applied saxophone, coaching jazz combos and classical quartets, and directing the Jazz Lab. Outside of UT-Arlington, he maintains a full performance schedule playing for a range of ensembles and recording projects, including a recent worldwide collaboration for the Ryan Anthony Foundation’s Cancer Blows.

James Meyer, M.M. in Music Education, University of Texas at Arlington

Department of Music

Lecturer

Area: Music Industry Studies

Email: james.meyer@uta.edu

Office: FA 305

Bio: Mr. Meyer began his musical education at a young age in his native Wisconsin with Piano lessons and Trombone lessons. He attended the University of Wisconsin as a music major, eventually transferring to the University of Miami. While at Miami, Mr. Meyer played in the Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra under famed conductor Frederick Fennel. After adding Bass Trombone to his instrument list, he became the Bass Trombonist in the award winning Concert Jazz Band. During this time, he also was active in the orchestras in the large Miami Hotels performing with the likes of Tony Bennett, Liza Minnelli, Tom Jones, The Spinners, and many other major artists. Eventually resuming his studies, he completed his Bachelor of Music degree Summa Cum Laude and His Masters in Music Education from UTA. He continues to be active as a performer on Trombone, Bass Trombone, Euphonium, and Tuba. He is also an experienced audio engineer and accomplished at many different software platforms for music notation, MIDI, and recording.

Ron Montgomery, M.M. West Texas A&M University

Department of Music

Lecturer

Area: Vocal Arts

Ron Montgomery

Email: rbm7@uta.edu

Office: FA 239

Bio: A native of Dallas, Texas, Ronald Montgomery has spent most of his professional life in Italy, where he furthered his studies with the bass Enrico Fissore and the soprano Sylvia Rhys-Thomas. He sang in many concerts and recitals, as well as performing operatic roles, most notably at Italy’s famous Teatro alla Scala in Milan. He graduated from S.M.U. in Dallas with a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance, where he studied with former Metropolitan Opera tenor Thomas Hayward. He received his Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from West Texas A&M University, where he was a Graduate Teaching Assistant in both voice and music theory. He was a finalist in both the Metropolitan Opera Guild Auditions and the San Francisco Regional Auditions. At The University of Texas at Arlington he teaches Private Voice, Singer’s Diction, and conducts the Women’s Chorus.

Mike Morrison, M.M. University of Texas at Arlington

Department of Music

Lecturer

Area: Saxophone

Mike Morrison

Email: mmorriso@uta.edu

Office: FA 367-M

Bio: Michael Morrison was born in Dallas, Texas and grew up in Levelland, Texas. He holds a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music/Performance degree, both with an emphasis in Jazz Studies from the University of Texas at Arlington. He has performed in the UT Arlington Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Bill Snodgrass and Timothy Ishii, and has been a student of Mr. Timothy Ishii for many years. Also, he has performed in the UT Arlington Wind Ensemble as principle alto saxophone and as guest soloist with the UT Arlington Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Morrison has also served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the Jazz Studies program at UT Arlington. His duties included teaching jazz combos, jazz history, and jazz theory. In addition, he presented lectures and performed for the Saxophone Master Class under the direction of Mr. Timothy Ishii. During his time at UT Arlington, Mr. Morrison has performed with many renowned artists; such as, Arturo Sandoval, Jon Faddis, Terell Stafford, Bob Mintzer, Dave Pietro, Linda Oh, Peter Erskine, Mike Williams, Denis DiBlasio, Roger Ingram, and Dave Hagedorn. Michael Morrison is a Adjunct Professor of Saxophone at the University of Texas at Arlington in addition to maintaining an active performing schedule in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area. He is a member of the American Jazz Composers Orchestra, Mesquite Repertory Jazz Ensemble, Rebel Alliance Jazz Ensemble, and the Curtis Bradshaw Octet. Also, he performs with his jazz trio—Michael Morrison Trio—which has been the house jazz trio at Newport’s Restaurant for three years. They have also been the featured jazz group at the Mesquite Arts Center Summer Jazz Breaks in 2011. In addition to performing, he is an in demand private lesson instructor throughout the area, teaching classical saxophone repertoire as well as jazz saxophone, improvisation, theory, and beginning flute and clarinet.

Sean Morrison, M.M. University of North Texas

Department of Music

Lecturer

Area: Musicology/Music History

Email: sean.morrison@uta.edu

Office: FA 325

Brian Mulholland, M.M. University of North Texas

Department of Music

Lecturer

Area: Jazz and Music Industry Studies, Bass

Brian Mulholland

Bio: Brian Mulholland is an adjunct instructor of jazz bass and music business at the University of Texas at Arlington. Since 2007, he has served UTA variously – from lecturing in jazz history and music appreciation to directing instrumental and vocal jazz combos. As a bassist, he toured with the late jazz artist Maynard Ferguson. During his tenure with the band, Mr. Mulholland's debut album, Deco (2005), was featured in the Maynard Ferguson Presents Series. His recorded performance highlights include Ferguson's Grammy®-nominated* studio album,The One and Only (2007), and the Maynard Ferguson Tribute memorial concert DVD (2007). He has held bass clinics in the U.S. and Canada, judged for jazz ensemble festivals, and performed at International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE) and International Society of Bassists (ISB) conferences. During his final year at the University of North Texas (UNT), he taught electric bass lessons as a graduate teaching assistant of jazz bass. Mr. Mulholland holds degrees from the University of South Carolina (B.M., magna cum laude) and the University of North Texas (M.M.) in jazz studies. * 2007, Best Instrumental Arrangement: “Besame Mucho,” arranged by Steve Wiest. GRAMMY is a registered trademark of The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, Inc.

Christopher Nadeau, M.M. in Percussion Performance, Colorado State University

Department of Music

Assistant Adjunct Professor

Area: Percussion

Christopher Nadeau

Email: christopher.nadeau@uta.edu

Office: FA 224

Mike Nguyen, M.M. University of Texas at Arlington

Department of Music

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Area: Woodwinds, Saxophone

Mike Nguyen

Email: mike.nguyen@uta.edu

Office: FA 367-M

Bio: Saxophonist Mike Nguyen is an active performer, chamber musician, and educator in the DFW Metroplex. Since 2017, he has served on the faculty of the University of Texas at Arlington as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Saxophone, where he teaches applied saxophone, chamber music, coordinates the saxophone studio class, and directs the UTA Saxophone Choir. Nguyen maintains a vibrant private studio in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and actively encourages chamber music throughout the area by performing it himself, and by organizing engaging performances for his private and collegiate students in modern urban venues. Under his direction, the UTA Saxophone Choir was selected to perform at the Texas Music Educators Association Convention in 2020. In addition to an active teaching schedule, Nguyen is a committed performer. In 2020, he performed John Williams’ Escapades for saxophone and wind orchestra with the Dallas Asian Wind Ensemble, where he holds the position of principal saxophone. He is also principal saxophone of the Allen Philharmonic Orchestra and the Dallas Civic Wind Ensemble, and is a member of the Texas Dixieland Band. In 2019, Nguyen co-founded the Dallas Asian Wind Ensemble, a group dedicated to increasing diversity in classical music by showcasing the highest quality compositions and performances by Asian musicians. Nguyen continues to serve the ensemble as principal saxophone, and as a member of the Board of Directors. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Dallas Civic Wind Ensemble. Nguyen holds a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in Saxophone Performance from the University of Texas at Arlington, where he studied classical saxophone under professor Timothy Ishii. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Music Arts in Saxophone Performance at the University of North Texas, in the studio of Dr. Eric Nestler. He is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, the North American Saxophone Alliance, and the Young Saxophonists’ Institute.

Peter Rioux, St. Francis Xavier University and the University of North Texas

Department of Music

Adjunct Professor

Area: Jazz Piano

Peter Rioux

Email: peter.rioux@uta.edu

Office: FA 367

Bio: From Canada’s east coast, Peter Rioux’s traditional piano style is heavily rooted in the blues idiom. As a teenager, Rioux developed an interest in improvisational music which he expanded through jazz studies at St. Francis Xavier University and the University of North Texas. Throughout his career, Rioux has had the pleasure of touring with blues legend, Lazy Lester, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, D.J. Fontana. Rioux’s career is also comprised of multiple cross Canada tours and performances at some of the country’s top music festivals. In recent years he has maintained a busy schedule performing around the DFW metroplex as a leader and a sideman. Under the leadership of saxophonist Shelley Carrol, he has opened for Ravi Coltrane and has performed in tribute shows in honor of Don Wilkerson and Arnett Cobb. Rioux has coordinated Bud Powell tributes shows and is dedicated to paying respect to jazz tradition through teaching and performing.

Gabriel Sanchez, B.M. University of North Texas

Department of Music

Specialist

Area: Keyboard

Gabriel Sanchez

Email: gabriel.sanchez@uta.edu

Office: FA 367-C

Bio: Gabriel Sánchez is on the keyboard staff of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra under Fabio Luisi and collaborates often with DSO musicians. Sánchez was a top prize winner in the 1997 Casablanca International Piano Competition in Morocco and is a laureate of other international competitions, including the Marguerite Long in Paris (France), the Gina Bachauer in Salt Lake City (USA), and the Paloma O' Shea in Santander (Spain). He has performed throughout the United States and internationally in recital and as soloist with orchestra, including performances at Pianofest in the Hamptons, New York, with the Dallas Symphony under Kerry-Lynn Wilson and the Orquesta Filarmonica de Jalisco and the Irving Symphony under Hector Guzman. Robert Carlos Contreras Roman, Mexican music critic, wrote that Sanchez performed with "gran passion yexpresividad estilistica." In London, he performed at the Royal Academy of Music, in Paris at the Salle Gaveau, in Santander, Spain at the Palacio de Festivales, in Casablanca, Morocco at the Salle de l'Office des Changes, and in the Dominican Republic with the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional. In Thessaloniki, Greece, he performed a solo recital to benefit Lions Club International. He studied at London's Royal Academy of Music under a full scholarship and continued his studies at the University of North Texas under his beloved teacher and mentor, Vladimir Viardo, 1973 Van Cliburn Gold Medalist. Sánchez is in high demand as a collaborative pianist and has partnered in recitals with Stanislav Katenin (principal bassoon, National Philharmonic of Russia), Gordon Hunt (principal oboe, Philharmonia Orchestra, London), Jacques Zoon (former Principal Flute, Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam), Mark Nuccio (Associate Principal Clarinet, New York Philharmonic) and Paul Edmond Davies (former Principal Flute, London Symphony Orchestra), as well as world renowned artists Gary Schocker, Alexa Still, Marco Granados, Thomas Robertello, Rolf Smedvig, Ian Clarke, Mike Mower and Jean Ferrandis. Recent MSR CD releases, all received with critical acclaim, include Ballade, Works for Flute and Piano (with Kara Kirkendoll Welch, flutist), Scree (with Elena Yarritu, flutist) and Rêver en Couleurs (with Lisa Garner Santa, flutist). Recent reviews include: Scott Cantrell, Dallas Morning News, "Sánchez dispatched [the Nielsen Flute Concerto piano reduction] with such èlan that it sounded utterly idiomatic," Carla Rees, Music Web International, "[he] plays with wonderful sensitivity," and American Record Guide, "…Sánchez is superb." Mr. Sánchez is also a dedicated educator. He taught piano, music history, music theory and accompanying at the celebrated Booker T. Washington High School for the Arts in Dallas from 1996-2003. Since then, he has maintained a select private piano studio and has been involved with DSO educational outreach programs, and served on the faculty of the Conservatory of Music in the Mountains in Durango, Colorado.

Dr. Megan Sarno, Ph.D., Musicology, Princeton University

Department of Music

Assistant Professor

Area: Musicology

Megan Sarno

Email: megan.sarno@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-2483

Office: FA 304-B

Bio: Megan Sarno is Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Texas at Arlington. She was previously Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Carleton and St Olaf Colleges. She earned her PhD at Princeton University in 2016. Her research focuses on the cultural dimensions of early 20th-century French music. Dr. Sarno’s published work includes an article in 19th-Century Music on the music of little-known French composer André Caplet. Focusing on his final work, the song cycle Le Miroir de Jésus, Sarno uses archival materials, as well as literary and music analysis, to explain subtle layers of meaning in Caplet’s songs. Her 2018 article in Journal of Musicological Research investigates the 1911 stage music of composer Claude Debussy. The work, Le Martyre de Saint Sébastien, has been long misunderstood. Using literary and music analysis, Sarno argues that Debussy’s music highlights the Symbolist poetic qualities of Le Martyre. Though her work is focused on French music, Sarno is broadly interested in the social and intellectual function of music—why composers write it and why listeners keep returning to it. Sarno has taught on a wide range of topics, from Baroque and Classical repertory through the music in Disney films. She enjoys teaching music majors and non-majors alike, encouraging students to draw on their own musicality to engage with assignments. Previous courses include American Musical Theater, Songs and Identity, Women and Music, Religion and Music, Disney Movie Musicals, Music of the Cold War, and American Music. Sarno has presented her work on French music and literary culture internationally and in the United States, at the Society for the American Musicological Society, the North American Conference on Nineteenth-Century Music, Music and the Moving Image, and special meetings on Fauré, Debussy, Saint-Saëns, French Creative Women, and Musical Life in 20th-Century Paris. She has won numerous grants for pedagogical innovation. In 2016, she was the recipient of a Chateaubriand Fellowship, which funded a semester of archival research in Paris, France.

Tyler Shepherd, M.M., Boston University

Department of Music

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Area: Strings, Double Bass

Tyler Shepherd

Email: tyler.shepherd@uta.edu

Office: FA 248

Bio: Tyler Shepherd has performed, recorded and toured across Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the United States. Formerly Principal Double Bass of the Welsh National Opera, he has also appeared as Principal with many orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Bergen Filharmoniske Orkester, BBC Scottish Symphony and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Tyler has also performed with the symphony orchestras of Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Ft. Worth, Nashville and San Antonio. Prior to his appointment with WNO, Tyler served two seasons as Principal Bass of the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera. Tyler studied at Boston University, Boston Conservatory and Walnut Hill School for the Arts. His primary teachers were Edwin Barker, Dennis Roy and Steve Zeserman. During his time in Boston, he was a member of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra for three seasons, and a Tanglewood Music Center fellow for two summers, where he was awarded the Maurice Schwartz Prize. As a teacher he has been on faculty of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama since 2012, and has taught at the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music, the Royal Academy of Music in London, the Royal Scottish Conservatoire, Trinity-Laban Conservatoire of Music and Drama, as well as Texas Christian University and James Madison University. He has also been a tutor the Britten-Pears Festival Orchestra in Snape, England. Recent chamber engagements include the Corbridge Chamber Music Festival, Fishguard Chamber Music Festival of Wales, and the Penarth Chamber Music Festival, alongside the Gould Trio and David Adams. He has appeared as a concerto soloist with the Chattanooga Symphony and the City of Cardiff Symphony Orchestra. Tyler has worked with artists such as Tan Dun, Jaap van Zweden, Bernard Haitink, Leonidas Kavakos, Donald Runnicles, Vadim Repin, Renée Fleming, Herbert Blomstedt, Valery Gergiev, Fabio Luisi, Midori, Ben Heppner, Carlo Rizzi, Lothar Koenigs, Rinaldo Alessandrini, and Tomáš Hanus.

Dr. John Solomons, D.M.A. University of North Texas

Department of Music

Professor, Keyboard Area Coordinator

Area: Keyboard

John Solomons

Email: solomons@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-2576

Office: FA 2121-A

Bio: John Solomons, Associate Professor of Piano at University of Texas at Arlington, has appeared with great success as soloist and chamber musician in the United States, Europe, and South America, performing in concert with the Emerson String Quartet, Cliburn winner Fabio Bidini, and under the direction of American conductor Gunther Schuller. Born in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Solomons began his piano studies at age four, and continued his studies in the U.S. with noted Brazilian pianist Luiz de Moura Castro from the age of eleven. Other primary teachers include Steven de Groote and Hartt School founder Moshe Paranov. Solomons holds degrees from Texas Christian University, the Hartt School of Music, and the University of North Texas where he earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree under Adam Wodnicki. Grand prize winner of the 13th Bartok-Kabalevsky-Prokofiev International Piano Competition, John Solomons was praised by Gyorgy Sandor as “an exceptionally gifted artist, whose musical and pianistic achievements are of the highest order”. Additional winnings include 1st prize in the Stewart Grant Competition, 3rd prize in the American Music Scholarship Association World Piano Competition, and the Catalan Composers Prize at the Xavier Montsalvatge International Piano Competition in Girona, Spain. His interest in 20th century music has led to premiers of works by contemporary composers William Albright, James Sellars, Carlos Guinovart, Lloyd Taliaferro, Rufus Brown and George Chave. An active adjudicator, Solomons has served on numerous juries including the Chamber Music Foundation of New England’s International Chamber Music Competition and the Bartok-Kabalevsky-Prokofiev International piano Competition, among others. Solomons has taught and performed solo and collaborative recitals at the Curs Internacional in Girona, Spain; the Festival de Inverno in Vale Veneto, Brazil; and in 2005 was sponsored by the Arnaldo Schwimmer Foundation in a series of recitals and masterclasses throughout Bolivia. Recently listed in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, Solomons has recorded on the Centaur and Evolutionary Music Records labels.

Dr. Douglas Stotter, D.M.A. University of Iowa

Department of Music

Professor, Director of Bands, Brass and Percussion Area Coordinator

Area: Conducting, Bands, Brass and Percussion

Douglas Stotter

Email: dstotter@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-2442

Office: FA 237

Bio: Dr. Douglas Stotter is Director of Bands, Professor of Music and Coordinator of the Brass/Percussion Area in the UTA Music Department. He conducts the Wind Symphony and teaches undergraduate and graduate conducting and wind literature courses while overseeing all aspects of the band program. He is active as conductor, clinician and adjudicator throughout the United States and most recently in China, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. Prior to his appointment at UTA, Dr. Stotter served for seven years as Assistant Director of Bands at Indiana University, where he conducted the Concert and Symphonic Bands and taught advanced undergraduate and graduate instrumental conducting courses in the IU School of Music. Previously, Dr. Stotter was Director of Bands and head of instrumental music education at Valdosta State University, where he conducted the Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, and Marching Band and taught courses in conducting, marching band techniques and secondary instrumental methods. Dr. Stotter has also served as Director of Bands at the University of Missouri-Rolla, Doane College in Nebraska and at Galesburg (Illinois) High School. Dr. Stotter's textbook, Methods and Materials for Conducting, was published in 2006 by GIA Publications and is now in use at numerous universities across the country. His other publications include contributions to the text Teaching Music Through Performance in Band (Volumes 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9), as well as research into the history of Edwin Franko Goldman and the Goldman Band published in the Journal of Band Research. His arrangement for concert band of songs by Ralph Vaughn Williams, Three Dorset Songs, was published in 2003 by Daehn Music and performed in 2004 at the Midwest Clinic. His latest arrangement, a setting of Percy Grainger's Sussex Mummer's Christmas Carol, was published in 2006 by Daehn Music. Dr. Stotter also served for 9 years as Editor of the College Band Directors National Association Report. Dr. Stotter received Bachelor's and Master's degrees in music education from The University of Michigan and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting from The University of Iowa. He is a member of the Conductors Guild, the Music Educators National Conference, the National Band Association, the Texas Bandmasters Association, the Texas Music Educators Association and is an active member of the College Band Directors National Association, serving on the National Executive Board as treasurer. He is an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma chapters at Indiana University, the University of Missouri-Rolla, Valdosta State University and the University of Michigan.

Joseph Turner, M.M. University of Arizona

Department of Music

Lecturer

Area: Music Theory

Email: joseph.turner@uta.edu

Office: FA 109

Bio: Having earned a Master’s degree in music performance (trombone) from the University of Arizona, Joseph Turner is currently a PhD candidate in music theory at the University of North Texas, with related field studies in early music performance. He teaches music theory and aural skills at Dallas Baptist University and the University of Texas at Arlington. His research interests include the history of music theory, particularly 15th century understandings of counterpoint and the place of theory in structures of knowledge. He recently presented at the annual conference of the Society for Christian Scholarship in Music.

Dr. Jack Unzicker, D.M.A. University of North Texas

Department of Music

Associate Professor

Area: Double Bass

Jack Unzicker

Email: unzicker@uta.edu

Office: FA 254

Bio: Jack Unzicker is the Associate Professor of Double Bass at the University of Texas at Arlington and is a sought-after performer and educator. He has extensive and varied experience in all performance areas, from early music to contemporary, solo, chamber, and orchestral, as well as jazz and electric bass. He maintains an active performing schedule, over 500 performances since his appointment at UTA in 2012. Raised in Juneau, Alaska, he began his musical studies with piano, guitar, and percussion and began performing as a professional bassist and teaching private lessons at the age of fourteen. He earned his Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from the University of North Texas, where he studied solo and orchestral performance, orchestral conducting, jazz studies, and early music with Jeff Bradetich, Paul Sharpe, Bill Clay, Anshel Brusilow, Lynn Seaton, and Lenora McCroskey. Dr. Unzicker earned his Bachelor of Music degree from Western Washington University where he studied jazz studies, performance, and contemporary music with Chuck Israels, Anna Doak, and Roger Briggs. Dr. Unzicker continued his studies at the Henry Mancini Institute, working with Bertram Turetzky, Christian McBride, John Clayton, and Dave Carpenter, the Pierre Monteux School for Conductors, and the Pirastro Strings Elite Soloists Program. As a pedagogue, Dr. Unzicker serves on the board of the Bradetich Foundation, a double bass performance and education organization. He served as the Bass Forum Editor for the journal American String Teacher and has been featured in articles on playing and teaching the double bass in The Strad, Bass World, American String Teacher, and Strings Magazine. He frequently performs, adjudicates, and presents at the International Society of Bassists, American String Teachers Association, and Texas Music Educators Association Conventions.  In the summers, he performs and teaches as Artist Faculty and as the Assistant Director of the Annual Bradetich Double Bass Master Classes. Recent projects include a recording on Albany Records, The Diaries of Adam and Eve (2019), of five newly commissioned and premiered duos for violin and double bass. This duo project is in collaboration with Dr. Martha Walvoord, UTA violin professor, and contemporary composers, including six-time Grammy-award winner Michael Daugherty, Andrea Clearfield, Tom Knific, George Chave, and Daniel M. Cavanagh. The duo performed this new repertoire at the International Society of Bassists 2017 Convention at Ithaca College on June 10, 2017. Upcoming projects include several performances of Nino Rota’s Divertimento Concertante with U.S. orchestras in Fall 2021. Recent concerto performances include Bottesini’s Concerto No. 2 with the Midland-Odessa Symphony Orchestra and with the Dallas Chamber Symphony, performing his transcription of Hindemith’s Trauermusik. Dr. Unzicker’s chamber music performances include the Adams Chamber Symphony, Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 1, 2, 3, & 6, Beethoven Septet, Bruch Octet, Ginastera Variaciones Concertantes, Prokofiev Quintet, Stravinsky L’Histoire du soldat, and Brahms Sextet in B-flat Major, Svendsen Octet, Schubert Octet, and Piano Quintets by Goetz, Labor, Schubert, and Vaughan-Williams with members of the Dallas Symphony, Dallas Opera, Fort Worth Symphony, Grand Rapids Symphony, and professors from Rice University and the University of North Texas. As an orchestral musician, Dr. Unzicker has performed as Principal Double Bass of the AIMS Festival Orchestra (Austria), Caminos Del Inka, Dallas Chamber Orchestra, Dallas Chamber Symphony, Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Divertimento (Costa Rica), Plano Symphony Orchestra, Richardson Symphony Orchestra, Santa Fe Pro Musica, and Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed with the Artosphere Festival Orchestra, Dallas Opera, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Fort Worth Opera, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Holland Symphony Orchestra, Waco Symphony Orchestra, and he has worked extensively with conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya, as well as Jaap Van Zweden, Fabio Luisi, Robert Spano, David Robertson, James Conlon, Otto Werner-Mueller, Leon Fleisher, Larry Rachleff, Brett Mitchell, Rossen Milanov, Teddy Abrams, Anshel Brusilow, and Gunther Schuller. Current and former students of Dr. Unzicker have been accepted to undergraduate, graduate, and summer programs at the Colburn School, Juilliard School, New England Conservatory, University of Southern California, Boston University, Indiana University, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, University of North Texas, Peabody Institute, DePaul University, Florida State University, University of Texas at Austin, North Carolina School of the Arts, New World Symphony, Curtis Institute of Music Summerfest, Aspen Music Festival and School, Domaine Forget, National Orchestral Institute, National Repertory Orchestra, Interlochen Arts Camp, Round Top Music Festival, Texas Chamber Music Institute, and the WaBass Institute. The double bass studio at the University of Texas at Arlington has proudly hosted many guest artists recently, including George Amorim (UTRGV), the Bassinova Quartet, Jeff Bradetich (UNT), Craig Butterfield (University of South Carolina), Bill Clay (Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra), Ira Gold (National Symphony/Peabody Institute), Artist-In-Residence Eddie Gomez (Jazz Legend), Aaro Heinonen (Indianapolis Symphony), Milton Masciadri (Univeristy of Georgia), Brandon McLean (Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra), Brian Perry (Dallas Symphony/SMU), and Dennis Roy (Boston Symphony). Dr. Unzicker performs primarily on instruments by Daniel Hachez and Albert Jakstadt, and a bow by Reid Hudson.

Christian Valdes, M.M. in Jazz Performance, University of Texas at Arlington

Department of Music

Adjunct Professor

Area: Jazz Piano

Christian Valdes

Email: christian.valdes@uta.edu

Office: FA 367

Bio: Christian “Baby” Valdés is a talented pianist from Cali, Colombia. He comes from a family of renowned Salsa musicians, which led him to be a very successful and active musician in the Latin Scene in America. by the age of 16 he was already performing and touring with numerous Salsa artists mainly from Colombia, Cuba and Puerto Rico, among this list, Andy Montañez, Ismael Miranda, Tito Nieves, Guayacan, Luisito Carrion, Willie Gonzalez, Rey Ruiz, and many more. At the age of 19 Christian became part of the renowned band “Grupo Niche”, when on tour, in one of his visits to Dallas, he auditioned for the Jazz Piano program in the University of North Texas, which amazed by his talent, offered him a scholarship to pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Jazz Studies. Christian moved to Texas in 2011 and since then, he has had the privilege of studying with different mentors and very well-known professionals such as Stefan Karlsson, Michael Palma and Sergio Pamies. He has performed with different artists such as Diego “El Cigala”, Arturo Sandoval, Nestor Torres, Luis Conte, Karen Briggs, Brad Leali, Lynn Seaton, Rich DeRosa, among many others. Christian has also been awarded several Downbeat awards in the category of best Latin Jazz Group with his own Sextet, and best soloist with some of his own compositions. Currently, Christian is part of the Jazz Studies Faculty at the University of Texas at Arlington and remains being an active pianist, arranger and composer in the Dallas/Fort Worth scene.

Dr. Martha Walvoord, D.M.A. University of Michigan

Department of Music

Interim Chair of the Music Department and Associate Professor

Area: Violin and Chamber Music

Martha Walvoord

Email: walvoord@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-2439

Office: FA 252

Bio: Dr. Martha Walvoord is an active performer and educator. Described by American Record Guide as “an enthusiastic and expressive player”, performances have taken Walvoord to China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Spain, England, Costa Rica, and across the US. Her performance of the Beethoven Violin Concerto with the Qingdao Symphony Orchestra was described by the Qingdao Evening News as “very elegant, expressing well the music-king's style.” Currently, Walvoord performs with the Dallas Chamber Symphony and has appeared with Texas Camerata and the Spectrum Chamber Music Series. Walvoord’s album, American Perspectives, is featured on Centaur records. Her latest album, The Diaries of Adam and Eve, a collection of duos for violin and double bass, will be released on Albany Records in November, 2019 and features the works of Michael Daugherty, Tom Knific, Andrea Clearfield, Daniel M. Cavanagh, and George B. Chave. In 2019, Walvoord received the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Her former students hold teaching and orchestral positions across the US. In 2015, Walvoord was awarded a Faculty Development Leave to study baroque violin. Walvoord is currently President of TexASTA, the Texas chapter of the American String Teachers Association, and serves on the editorial board of the American String Teacher Journal. Originally from Michigan, Walvoord was the Concertmaster of the West Shore Symphony Orchestra in Muskegon, MI and held the position of Artist-in-Residence at Hope College in Holland, MI. At UTA, Walvoord is Associate Professor of Violin and Interim Chair of the Music Department. She serves as Faculty Co-Chair of the Women’s Faculty and Staff Network. Walvoord performs on a violin by Francois Pique and a bow by Jules Fetique.

Dr. John Wayman, Ph.D., Fine Arts, Texas Tech University

Department of Music

Assistant Professor

Area: Choral Music Education

John Wayman

Email: john.wayman@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-9269

Office: FA 367-A

Bio: Dr. John Wayman is Assistant Professor of Choral Music Education at the University of Texas at Arlington, where he conducts the University Singers and guides our future choral music educators. Prior to his arrival to UTA, Wayman served as Music Education Coordinator and Director of the Concert Choir at Young Harris College in Georgia. Dr. Wayman has a BAMEd from Wayland Baptist University, a MMEd and Ph.D. from Texas Tech University. As a choral director, Dr. Wayman brings a wealth of information having worked with all levels (elementary-college in Texas and Georgia) in a variety of settings. He is in great demand as an adjudicator and clinician, regularly working with school music programs and directing honor choirs throughout the nation. Dr. Wayman’s areas of specialty consist of the male changing voice, music as an educational tool for the traditional classroom and the development of the preservice teacher. His research has been presented regularly at professional conferences in state (Texas Music Educators Association, Tennessee MEA and Georgia MEA), nationally (National Association for Music Educators, Society of Research for Music Education, Society of Music Teacher Educators) and international venues (International Society of Music Education [Greece and Brazil] , Research in Music Education [England], PASME [Uganda], and most recently working with the choirs and future music educators at the University of Internationalities in Chengdu, China). His work can found in the Journal of Research in Music Education, Teaching Music, Georgia Music News and Symposium on Music teacher Education: Enacting Shared Visions.

Gerald Wood, M.M. in Music Performance, University of Southern Mississippi

Department of Music

Lecturer

Area: French Horn

Gerald Wood

Email: geraldwoodhorn@gmail.com

Phone #: 817-272-3471

Office: FA 422

Bio: Gerald Wood is currently a freelance musician and private instructor throughout the DFW area, in addition to his duties as a regular extra with both the Dallas and Fort Worth Symphonies. He has completed his course work for a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Horn performance at the University of Illinois under the direction of Dr. Kazimierz Machala. He has also completed a Masters of Music Performance at the University of Southern Mississippi and received a Bachelors of Music Education at Stephen F. Austin State University. In the fall of 2003 he spent time in Winterthur, Switzerland studying at the Musik Hochschule, Zürich with David Johnson of the American Horn Quartet. Mr. Wood’s playing experience runs the gamut of performance ensembles, both large and small. He has marched with The Cavalier Drum and Bugle Corps, played in numerous university ensembles and regional orchestras and played in many nationally renowned chamber ensembles, including the American Wind Symphony Orchestra, and has been a member of the Four Hornsmen of the Apocalypse Horn Quartet since the fall of 1998. Mr. Wood has won numerous first place solo honors including the concerto competition held at the 21st annual Southeast Horn Workshop, the Drum Corps International Individual and Ensemble Competition, the 2001 Midwest Horn workshop, the University of Illinois School of Music Concerto Competition and most recently Grand Prize at the International Women's' Brass Conference, in addition to being a finalist in seven major symphony auditions. A strong supporter of music education, Mr. Wood has taught horn privately for over sixteen years to all ages. He is husband to Molly and father to Seth, Sam and Lydia and currently resides in Colleyville.

Dazheng Zhu, M.M. Texas Christian University

Department of Music

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Area: Keyboard

Dazheng Zhu

Email: dazheng.zhu@uta.edu

Office: FA 367-F

Bio: Dazheng Zhu has been teaching piano lessons at all levels at the University of Texas At Arlington Music department since 2001. Ms. Zhu has taught courses in Music Theory I, II and III, Ear Training levels I – IV, Elements of Music, Music Appreciation, and Class Piano levels 1-4. Additionally, Ms. Zhu has been a music adjunct faculty at Tarrant County College since 2001 where she teaches all levels in Piano, Class Piano, Music Appreciation, Theory, and Ear Training in College levels 1-3. Ms. Zhu holds a B.A. in Music and Piano Performance from The University of Texas at Arlington with Dr. David Stokan, and a M. M. degree from Texas Christian University in Piano Pedagogy where she studied with Dr. Tamas Ungar and Ms. Leeann Kirkham. She also studied private lessons and many Master Classes with Professors Joseph Bloch and Rudolph Firkusny (both from The Julliard School) in Shanghai Music Conservatory 1982-1985. Moreover, Ms. Zhu is a very active private piano teacher in DFW area. Most of her students have won Superior plus ratings at AMTA piano contests, festivals and UTA contests, and several students have advanced to competitions at the state level. From the years of 2002 to present, many of Ms. Zhu’s students have won first place in district piano contests and have also won top places in the Fort Worth piano solo contest. Ms. Zhu has given numerous piano recitals in China, New York, Tai Wan -China and the DFW area. Her many honors and awards include Winner of UTA Concerto Competition, Outstanding Musician and International Leadership Award. She has also judged many piano competitions and contests in the DFW area. Ms. Zhu has been serving as the Chairman of the Outstanding Musicianship Awards of Arlington Music Teacher Association since 2006. She is a member of the TMTA, AMTA, FWMTA, and the Sigma Alpha Iota Music Club.

Staff

Carolyn Buckhout

Department of Music

Undergraduate Music Advisor

Carolyn Buckhout

Email: carolyn.buckhout@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-2485

Office: 101C

Bio:: Mrs. Buckhout began her advising career at UTA in Freshman advising and moved over the Music Department in October 2019.

Melinda Warnke

Department of Music

Administrative Assistant II

Melinda Warnke

Email: warnkem@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-3471

Office: FA 101

Rick Kelsey

Department of Music

Administrative Assistant I

Rick Kelsey

Email: kelsey@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-7145

Office: FA 101

Katie Marchant, B.A. Austin College

Department of Music

Coordinator I, Special Programs and Events

Area: Music Office

Katie Marchant

Email: katie.marchant@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-2533

Office: FA 101

Bio: As a stage manager and event manager, Katie has worked locally for Theatre Three, Shakespeare Dallas, The Fort Worth Community Arts Center, Jubilee Theatre, Lyric Stage, Kids Who Care, and Casa Mañana. She spent time touring the US on two Theatre for Young Audiences national tours, stage managed three summer stock shows at the Sharon Playhouse in Sharon, CT, and stage managed two theme park entertainment shows at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, VA. Katie has her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies, emphasis in Technical Theatre, from Austin College in Sherman, TX. Currently Katie is the Coordinator of Special Programs and Events for the UTA Department of Music.

Thomas Posavac, M.M. Texas Christian University

Department of Music

Events Manager

Area: Operations

Thomas Posavac

Email: tposavac@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-0915

Office: FA 236

Bio: Thomas Posavac has been the Events Manager for the UTA Department of Music since October 2008. Prior to returning to the UTA campus, Thomas held arts administration positions at the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Rochester, NY; the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Urbana, IL; and the Lutheran Summer Music Festival hosted at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN. As a trombonist, he has performed with Buddy’s Big Band, Fort Worth, TX; the Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra, Sheboygan, WI; the Racine Symphony Orchestra, Racine, WI; The Prairie Ensemble, Champaign, IL; the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra, Champaign, IL; and the Penfield Symphony Orchestra; Penfield, NY.As an educator, Thomas taught private low brass lessons for 15 years in Texas, Illinois, and New York. While a student, Thomas spent two summers competing in DCI with the Freelancers Drum and Bugle Corps, Sacramento, CA and the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps, Canton, OH. Outside of the office Thomas spends his free time researching history of the UTA Department of Music, practicing trombone, and can found in local bowling alleys. Mr. Posavac holds a Bachelors of Music in Music Education from the University of Texas at Arlington and a Masters of Music in Trombone Performance from Texas Christian University. Thomas is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, TCU, and is an Honorary Member of Kappa Kappa Psi, Delta Sigma Chapter, and Tau Beta Sigma, Gamma Nu Chapter.