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Dr. Randy Tinnin (Rutgers University, D.M.A., Juilliard, M.M., and the University of North Texas, B.M.) is the Associate Professor of Trumpet, and Chair of the Music Flagship Program at the University of North Florida.
New York area engagements include appearances with the Orchestra of St. Luke's, Queens Philharmonic, and WQXR-NY radio broadcasts. Early music appearances include the American Bach Society, San Francisco Bach Choir, St. Bartholomew's Chamber Orchestra, the NYC chapter of the Early Music Foundation, New Trinity Baroque (Atlanta), Vox Ama Deus (Philadelphia), and the Spire Chamber Ensemble (Kansas City). An advocate for the arts in society, Dr. Tinnin directs the UNF Music Mentors Program, which sponsors music majors from the University of North Florida to offer private and small group music lessons to at risk youth.
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(904) 620-2961 - firstname.lastname@example.org Brad Behr is the Adjunct Professor of bassoon at the University of North Florida. He holds a B.S. in Music Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Music in bassoon performance from Florida State University, and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree at FSU. He has studied bassoon with Dr. Jason Worzbyt of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Mr. Jim Rodgers of the Pittsburgh Symphony, and Mr. Jeff Keesecker of Florida State University. An active performer, Brad has appeared with numerous ensembles across Alabama, Georgia, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Florida. Currently he substitutes with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and is the principal contrabassoon and utility bassoonist for the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra.
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Dr. Michael Bovenzi teaches saxophone and serves as an instructor in music theory, computer music applications, woodwind courses and chamber music at the University of North Florida. He holds the position of Assistant Professor. As an educator, Dr. Bovenzi believes in active and engaged learning, in which students are involved in the musical decision-making process and will understand the components that make up an informed and meaningful performance. As a result, his students have won concerto competitions, MTNA events, principle chairs in All-State bands, and have had success at the graduate level. They have also successfully performed in masterclasses for important saxophone pedagogues including Claude Delangle, Dr. Fred Hemke, Jean-Michel Goury, Arno Bornkamp, Debra Richtmeyer, and Joe Lulloff. As a performer, Dr. Bovenzi is an active soloist of contemporary music and has performed and premiered numerous works at national meetings of the North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) and the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS). His studio recording of Ed Martin’s Apparitions appears on the compact disc Wavefields, a compilation of music from the Experimental Music Studios of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Other recordings include two works by composer Gary Smart to be released on the Albany Records label, and his own debut recording to be completed later this year.Dr. Bovenzi has performed in Bangkok, Thailand, at Mahidol University for the 15th meeting of the World Saxophone Congress. He also hosted the 2011 Region 6 conference for NASA at the University of North Florida. Recent performances included premiering works at the NASA Biennial Conference in Tempe, Arizona, and at World Saxophone Congress XVI in St. Andrews, Scotland. His renowned teachers have included Debra Richtmeyer, Jonathan Helton, and Joe Lulloff. Dr. Bovenzi holds the Doctorate in Performance and Literature from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, with a minor in music theory. He earned his undergraduate degrees in Music Performance and Composition with honors, and a Masters degree in Music Performance from the University of Florida.
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Dr. Gordon R. Brock is Professor of Music and Director of Bands at the University of North Florida’s Music Flagship Program in Jacksonville, Florida, where he conducts the Wind Symphony, instructs courses in conducting and woodwind performance and coordinates the UNF Conducting Symposium. Earning his B.S.E. from Dickinson State University, M.M. from Michigan State University, and D.M.A. from the University of Colorado-Boulder, Dr. Brock’s career as a music educator encompasses elementary through university levels. Under Dr. Brock’s leadership as chair (2002-12), the Department of Music was awarded an elite flagship designation (Music Flagship Program) and emerged as a program of prominence recognized throughout the region for its renowned faculty, dedication to student learning, and engagement with the community as it continues to garner recognition as one of the fastest growing and leading performance-based programs in the country. Under Dr. Brock’s direction, the UNF Wind Symphony has performed at prestigious events and venues including the annual Upbeat Pink: A Musical Tribute to Breast Cancer Survivorship concert series in collaboration with the Mayo Clinic, the Florida Music Educators Association State Conference, Carnegie Hall, and Alice Tully Hall-Lincoln Center. Before joining UNF, Dr. Brock was Director of Bands at the University of North Dakota, conductor of the Greater Grand Forks Youth Symphony, and the Grand Forks Chamber Ensemble. Under his direction, the UND Wind Ensemble performed at two North Dakota Music Educators Conferences, the Ohio Music Education Association/North Central MENC Professional Conference, and a joint concert series in Great Britain with the Central Band of the White Russian Army. In addition to an annual CD project dedicated to recording the best in traditional and contemporary wind literature, Dr. Brock instituted an annual Conducting Symposium, which attracted both regional and international participants. Having been twice honored by the Alberta Provincial Government for his nationally recognized ensembles and contributions to music education throughout Canada, Dr. Brock was also included in the fifth edition of “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.” He has served as a guest conductor and clinician throughout the United States and Canada, including Japan and Israel. In 2006, he was acknowledged as a Distinguished Alumnus of Dickinson State University and as the UNF Gerson Yessin Professor (2010-12). Dr. Brock has performed with a broad spectrum of internationally recognized organizations within the mediums of chamber music, jazz, wind band, theater, dance, and orchestra. He is a member of the College Band Directors National Association (state chair, 2003-2005), Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Beta Mu, National Association for Music Education, Florida Bandmasters Association, National Band Association, and the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles. A chapter contributor to the newly released GIA publication, The Art of Interpretation of Band Music, Dr. Brock continues to serve as a Research Associate and author for the instrumental music education series Teaching Music through Performance in Band, a series that now serves as a primary text in more than 300 universities in the United States and 20 countries.
(904) 620-5862 - email@example.com Rhonda Cassano has been a member of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra since 1979, is currently the Professor of Flute at the University of North Florida, and has served as Professor of Flute at Jacksonville University. Cassano is an active recitalist and chamber musician, founder of "Sound Effects: Music at MOCA," Synergy Chamber Ensemble, the St. Johns Chamber Players, and the St. Mark's Bach Ensemble and has appeared as a soloist with the Jacksonville Symphony on numerous occasions. Cassano holds a Master of Music degree from Florida State University where she studied with Charlie DeLaney. In subsequent years she studied with Geoffrey Gilbert, former principal flutist with the Royal Philharmonic under Sir Thomas Beecham, and in master classes with the acclaimed British flutist and former solo flutist with St. Martin in the Fields, William Bennett.
In 1987 and 2000, Cassano was a winner of the National Flute Association's newly published music performer’s competition, and has appeared several times as soloist at the NFA conventions. She was awarded an artist-fellow to the 1989 Bach Aria Festival and has participated in the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival and the Colorado Music Festival.Cassano is a trained Andover Educator and teacher of Body Mapping, a system developed to help musicians perform with efficient, graceful, coordinated, and effective movement.
(904) 620-2961 - firstname.lastname@example.org Laura Dwyer served as Principal Flute of the Sarasota Opera Orchestra for six seasons and the Musica de Camara for nine seasons. She has also been a member of the Santa Fe Symphony, Opera Southwest, Fox Valley Symphony, the New Philharmonic, and the Classical Symphony, Laura has also performed with The Florida Orchestra, the Sarasota Symphony, the Rockford Symphony, the Chamber Orchestra of Albuquerque, the University of Chicago Summer Opera Festival Orchestra, The New Mexico Symphony Orchestra and the Santa Fe Opera. Before leaving New Mexico, Laura was on the faculty of the University of New Mexico and was a member of the New Mexico Woodwind Quintet. Laura is currently instructor of Flute for Jacksonville University and Jazz Flute at The University of North Florida. She is also flutie/picc with the Colorado Music Festival. As a chamber musician, Laura has also performed with Soundings, the Chicago Chamber Music Collective, and the prestigious Cube ensemble of Chicago. As a Jazz flutist, Laura has performed with the Dallas Jazz Orchestra, the University of North Texas Lab Bands, and the University of Whitewater Summer Jazz Camp Faculty Big Band. She has played alongside jazz greats Frank Mantooth, Dennis Diblasio, and Paul Guerrero. A certified yoga instructor, Laura is currently teaching masterclasses for musicians geared toward managing performance anxiety through increased body and breath awareness.
(904) 620-2961 - email@example.com Claudia Minch has been a member of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra since 1979. Minch, who plays the oboe, English horn, and the Oboe D'Amore in the Symphony, was educated at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. She earned her Bachelors and Masters degree graduating with honors.While she was in Boston, Minch performed with the Portland (Maine) Symphony and toured extensively with the New England Ragtime Ensemble under the direction of Gunther Schuller. Her woodwind quintet, Quintet de Legno, won the Young Artists Guild Competition in New York, in 1977, and was given a Carnegie Recital Hall debut.Since moving to Jacksonville, Minch has performed with the Savannah Symphony and has participated in the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival, Spoleto, and the Cullowhee Summer Music Festival. She has appeared as soloist with the Jacksonville Symphony, the Brunswick Civic Orchestra, the UNF Faculty Woodwind Quintet, and at local Chamber Music Concerts and churches.
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(904) 620-1757 - firstname.lastname@example.org - Website Dr. Boja Kragulj joins the UNF faculty as visiting assistant professor of clarinet. An international performer sought after for her sensitive expression of of standard and contemporary repertoire, Kragulj has appeared with orchestra and as soloist in Russia, Turkey, Spain, Serbia, Montenegro, Belgium, England, Canada, and the United States. She is a former student of Melvin Warner, John Bruce Yeh, Richard Hawkins, Kenneth Grant, Eric Mandat, and Kelly Burke. Her experience as a Fulbright Scholar brings expertise in both Western and non-traditional clarinet techniques. Blended with scholarly research and innovative pedagogical methods, she provides a flexible, highly creative, and tailored learning environment. She welcomes your questions and encourages your interest in joining the clarinet studio at UNF.
Louis Bremer, III is the Bass Trombonist with the Jacksonville Symphony and the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra. In recent years, he has also held positions with the San Antonio Symphony and the Chamber Orchestra of New York. His symphonic career includes performances with the New York City Ballet, New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestra, Korean Broadcasting System Orchestra, Louisiana Philharmonic, Rochester Philharmonic, Houston Symphony, The Knights Orchestra, Hartford Symphony, New Haven Symphony, Harrisburg Symphony, Reading Symphony, and New World Symphony.
As a chamber musician, Louis has performed and recorded with the American Brass Quintet, Synergy Quintet, EQUALI Quartet, Rodney Mack’s Philadelphia Big Brass, ACJW Brass Quintet, and is a founding member of the Brass Initiative.As and educator, Louis has taught privately at the middle school, high school, and collegiate levels. He has participated in mentorship programs for young people through Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Music Academy of the West.Currently he is an adjunct faculty member at the University of North Florida where he teaches bass trombone.
His teachers include Scott Hartman, Brent Phillips, Mark Lawrence, Ralph Sauer, Joseph Alessi, Per Brevig, and John Rojak. He holds a Master’s Degree from The Juilliard School and a Bachelor’s Degree from Baylor University.
(904) 620-2961 - email@example.com A native of Florida, Reid is currently the principal hornist of the Jacksonville Symphony. Prior, he was a member of the New World Symphony in Miami Beach. Professor Reid's former teachers include Greg Hustis and William Capps. He has played with symphony orchestras in Dallas, Waco, Tallahassee, Albany, Aspen, Boston, Breckenridge, and the Dominican Republic.Professor Reid maintains an active role in chamber music, performing several times a year with the First Coast Woodwind Quintet. He spends his summers teaching and performing at the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina.Note: For Dr. Marc Dickman and Dr. Clarence Hines' bios, please see Jazz Studies section on this page. back to top
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Charlotte Mabrey was honored as a "Gerson Yessin Professor" and a Distinguished Professor of Music at the University of North Florida. Mabrey was the principal percussionist of the Jacksonville Symphony for more than 20 years. As a result, she has performed as soloist with the JSO on several occasions, including on Milhaud’s "Concertino, Ney Rosauro’s "Concerto for Marimba and Strings," and "Concerto for Percussion" by Richard Rodney Bennett as a part of the JSO Master Works Series.
Mabrey's duties at UNF include applied percussion lessons, percussion techniques, the "Live Music in Jacksonville" lecture class, and conducting the UNF Percussion Ensemble, which is extremely active both on and off campus. The group's performances include area colleges, at guest artists with the JSO, and at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention.Each year Mabrey presented as entertaining and eclectic recital at UNF titled, "An Evening of 20th Century Music." This innovative programs included works for solo marimba, multiple percussion, and chamber ensembles, as well as original works with fellow artist, Robert Arleigh White. In 1997, Professor Mabrey established the "Evening of 20th Century Music Scholarship Program." After 25 years, the event had its last performance in 2008.In 2001, Professor Mabrey was named "Distinguished Professor" at UNF.
(904) 620-5765 - N/AKevin Garry currently performs in the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. Prior to joining the JSO, Garry was a member of the New World Symphony (Miami Beach) where he performed regularly under the leadership of Michael Tilson Thomas. While living in Michigan, Garry was Principal Percussionist with the Flint Symphony Orchestra (1988-1991) and a member of the Saginaw Symphony and the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra. In 1992, Garry was elected by his colleagues to be the recipient of the "New World Symphony's Community Board Award for Leadership and Artistic Excellence."Garry started drumming in the fourth grade as a member of the Colonial Musketeers Fife and Drum Corps while growing up in Hackettstown, New Jersey. He remained with the group for eight years marching in parades festivals and competitions. Garry won the "New Jersey State Rudimental Snare Drum Championship" in 1979 and 1981. His primary rudimental snare drum instructors were famed DCI instructor Bobby Thompson and Peter Hubert. Throughout middle school and high school, Garry studied snare drum and drum set with Vincent "Muzzy" Mizzoni, and studied timpani and keyboard percussion with Alfred Jorgensen, timpanist with the New Jersey State Opera. During his college years, Garry performed with Disney's All-American College Band (1986), the American Waterways Wind Orchestra (1987), the National Repertory Orchestra (1988), Summit Brass (1988), and the Pacific Music Festival (1991). He graduated from Oberlin College with a B.A. in Biology and a B.M. in Percussion Performance. While at Oberlin, Kevin studied with Michael Rosen. He received his Masters Degree from the University of Michigan where he studied with Dr. Michael Udow and Salvatore Rabbio.Garry taught in the percussion department at Stetson University from 2005-2010, and currently teaches at Florida State College at Jacksonville, serves as an adjunct instructor at the University of North Florida and maintains a large private studio in the Jacksonville area.Note: For Danny Gottlieb's bio, please see Jazz Studies section on this page. back to top
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Dr. Simon Shiao is a versatile performer who holds the distinction of having performed at Carnegie Hall in three different capacities, as a recitalist and with both string quartet and orchestra.Dr. Shiao has appeared around the world in concert, as well as on broadcasts of CNN's Science and Technology program and on Public Radio's Live on WGBH Radio. Highlights of his performances include concerts at the Museum of Oceanography in Monte Carlo, the U.S. Embassy in Vienna, the Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum in Boston, and as soloist with the New World Symphony in Miami. He has also appeared at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada, A Winter Festival in Jerusalem, and the Heidelberg Schloss Festspiele in Germany. As co-concertmaster of the New World Symphony, Dr. Shiao led that orchestra at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas and John Adams.Dr. Shiao currently performs with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and with the Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra in Wyoming. At the University of North Florida he teaches violin and viola and is the Director of Orchestral Studies. He has adjudicated the Music Teachers' National Association Young Artist Competitions and the UNF String Competition, and has presented lecture-recitals and master classes at numerous universities and conservatories in the U.S., Belize, Taiwan, and China. He is currently the chair of the solo competition for the Florida Chapter of the American String Teachers Association.Dr. Shiao holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music and Master and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
(904) 620-3837 - firstname.lastname@example.org Dr. Nick Curry is the Associate Professor of Cello at the University of North Florida. At UNF, he also serves as the coordinator of scholarships and admissions for the music department and is also the string area coordinator. He is a founding member of Trio Florida with violinist Simon Shiao and pianist Gary Smart, featuring new compositions as well as timeless classics. From 2004-2007, he served as the professor of cello and the cellist in the Rawlins Piano Trio at the University of South Dakota.He was born in Atlanta, Georgia, where he studied cello with David Starkweather from the University of Georgia. Nick received his Bachelor of Music from Vanderbilt, where he studied with Grace Mihi Bahng. While at Vanderbilt, he served as Professor Bahng’s teaching assistant and was the recipient of the Jean Keller Heard Award for Excellence in string performance. Nick then served as Hans Jorgen Jensen’s teaching assistant for five years at Northwestern University, where he earned his Master of Music and Doctoral degrees. He also was the teaching assistant to Professor Jensen at the Meadowmount School of Music for four summers. While at Northwestern, Nick performed as soloist with the Northwestern Philharmonic Orchestra and won the Northwestern Chamber Music Competition.Nick has played in master classes for Lynn Harrell, Ralph Kirschbaum, Paul Katz, David Geber, the Emerson String Quartet, the Pacifica String Quartet, and the Blair String Quartet. Private studies have also included lessons with Harvey Shapiro, David Finckel, and John Kochanowski. Nick has played concerts in Taiwan, Turkey, Africa, Spain, Italy, Slovenia, France, Austria and throughout the United States. He has presented in national conferences and is a sought after clinician, adjudicator and plans special projects for the state chapter of the American String Teachers Association.In April of 2006, he performed as a soloist on National Public Radio (USA) Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion on the King Amati (ca. 1538) cello. The performance was heard by over 4,000 people live and by approximately 4 million on radio and can be found on the Prairie Home Companion website archives.In the summers of 2012 and 2013 Dr. Curry was visiting faculty at the Meadowmount School of Music and was full-time faculty at the Tennessee Valley Music Festival.
(904) 620-2961 - email@example.com Praised for her versatility and creativity, American violist Renate Falkner enjoys an active career as an orchestral and chamber musician, performing across the U.S. and abroad. Equally at home on both modern and baroque viola, she is a member of the New Haven Symphony, Boston Baroque and has performed with groups such as the Baltimore Symphony, Orchestra New England, and Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra. In Florida, she performs regularly with the Jacksonville Symphony and the Naples Philharmonic, as well as with Opera Tampa and the St. Petersburg Opera Company. Ms. Falkner is a former member of Trio Amabile, along with clarinetist Wonkak Kim and pianist Brooks Hafey, as well as a regular guest artist with the Fontenay Chamber Players. She frequently collaborates with internationally renowned flutist Sergio Pallottelli in diverse chamber ensembles with guitar (Trio Tropicale) and harp (Anthos Trio and Trio Salzedo.) Renate has also performed alongside such artists as violinist Erick Friedman, violist Jesse Levine, harpist Rita Costanzi and oboist Joe Robinson. She has been heard in chamber collaborations in venues as diverse as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book Library, in orchestras at Carnegie Hall and Boston’s Jordan Hall, as well as such forums as the American Harp Society and the National Association of Composers, U.S.A.Summer appearances abroad have included the Verbier Festival, Switzerland, the Spoleto Festival, Italy, and a faculty appointment at the Carvalho Festival of Music in Fortaleza, Brazil. In the U.S., she has appeared or taught at the Quartz Mountain Music Festival, OK, Chautauqua Festival, NY, and the Weathersfiled Festival, VT. Currently, she is a member of the orchestra at the prestigious Bellingham Festival of Music in Washington state every summer. Ms. Falkner is also an active performer of popular and cross-over music, regularly accompanying such diverse artists as Frank Sinatra, Jr., Smokey Robinson, Bernadette Peters, Anne Murray, Johnny Mathis, and Andrea Bocelli. She has recorded for the Chandos, Nimbus and Rezound music labels. An accomplished teacher, Ms. Falkner received her undergraduate training at the Oberlin College and Conservatory, earning degrees in both viola and Ancient Greek, studying with Roland Vamos. She completed her graduate studies at Yale University as a scholarship student of the late violist Jesse Levine. She has performed and given masterclasses and presentations at schools and universities throughout Florida, Valdosta State University (GA), Bowling Green State University (OH), Ball State University (IN), and the College of Wooster (OH). Currently, she is completing a doctoral degree in viola at Florida State University, studying the viola music of English composer York Bowen, while also serving as Adjunct Prof. of Viola at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville.
(904) 620-2961 - firstname.lastname@example.org Jason Lindsay is among the most versatile and in-demand bassists in Florida. His career has spanned the gamut from Touring with Tony-Winning Broadway productions to his critically acclaimed recordings for Klavier Records in Boca Raton.A graduate of Florida State University and the University of Miami, Lindsay earned the Doctorate of Musical Arts while studying with Lucas Drew in Miami. A former faculty member of the Suwanee Summer Music Center, South Carolina Governors School of the Arts, the New World School of the Arts, and the University of Miami, Lindsay has been an Artist for the past 11 seasons with the Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival, and is featured on five of their critically acclaimed CDs.
Lindsay currently performs with the Jacksonville Symphony and the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra.
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(904) 620-3852 - firstname.lastname@example.org - Website Dr. Krzysztof Biernacki established strong reputation as a powerful performer, versatile stage director, and talented pedagogue. Born and raised in Poland, his professional credits include opera, oratorio, concert, and recital performances in Canada, United Sates, and Europe. Dr. Biernacki holds degrees from University of Manitoba (B. Mus.), University of Western Ontario (M. Mus.), and University of British Columbia (D.M.A). He holds the position of Assistant Professor and Head of Applied Voice at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville.As a singer Dr. Biernacki has appeared in principal roles with Vancouver Opera, Manitoba Opera, Calgary Opera, Orchestra London Canada, Theaters of Jablonec and Usti nad Labem in Czech Republic, as well as opera ensembles of University of British Columbia and University of Western Ontario. Highlights of his operatic engagements include "Eugene Onegin," "Barber of Seville," "Madam Butterfly," "La Boheme," "Cunning Little Vixen," "La Fanciulla del West," "Rigoletto," "Carmen," "Dido & Aeneas," "The Crucible," "Merry Widow," "Die Fledermaus," "Der Freischütz," "Un Ballo in Maschera," "Don Pasquale," "Gianni Schicchi," and "Merry Widow."Dr. Biernacki's commitment to contemporary music is highlighted by world premiere performances heard on CBC Radio and CBC Saturday Afternoon at the Opera including a highly acclaimed production of "Filumena" co-produced by the Calgary Opera and Banff Centre for Performing Arts. Last summer Dr. Biernacki made his Carnegie Hall debut with UNF Wind Ensemble (now Wind Symphony) performing works of Tchaikovsky and Tosti. In October 2009 he was reengaged for a recital of opera arias and duets at Carnegie Zankel Hall.Praised for excellent musicianship and respected as a solo recitalist, Dr. Biernacki frequently performs song recitals ranging in repertoire from Haydn to Szymanowski, Shostakovich, and Britten. His concert and oratorio appearances include Vancouver, Winnipeg, Okanagan, and Calgary Symphony Orchestras, as well as the Vancouver Bach Choir. His summer 2009 engagements included solo recitals in Italy and Poland, concerts with North Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, and two opera engagements at the European Music Academy in Czech Republic. Additional stage directing accomplishments include establishment of UNF Opera Ensemble which produces complete opera productions, engages in community outreach, student recruitment, and propagation of operatic arts in the Jacksonville community. In 2010, Dr. Biernacki's student Opera Ensemble toured the Czech Republic performing Mozart's "The Magic Flute."Dr. Biernacki is often engaged as an adjudicator, competition judge, Master Class presenter, and clinician. He is in high demand as a voice teacher and his students have been accepted to prestigious graduate programs including Manhattan School of Music, San Francisco Conservatory, University of Michigan, Boston Conservatory, and New York University.
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Dr. James Hall, tenor, enjoys an active and varied career that includes opera, oratorio, chamber music, and solo recital. His artistic versatility is evident through a diverse repertoire that spans baroque to contemporary music. Consistently praised for his elegant musicality and soaring high register, Hall has performed as a soloist throughout the United States with groups such as Mercury Baroque, Masterworks Chorus and Orchestra of Washington, D. C., Shepherd School of Music Chamber Orchestra, and St. Matthew’s Cathedral. A new music advocate, Hall has participated in projects with renowned composers Kirke Mechem, Daniel Catan, Carlisle Floyd, and Ann Gebuhr.
Recent and upcoming engagements include appearances with Miami Bach Society as haute-contre soloist in Andre Campra’s "Requiem" and as tenor soloist in Carl Orff’s "Carmina Burana" with The University of Missouri Kansas City Conservatory Dancers, Choirs, and Wind Symphony.Well-regarded as an accomplished pedagogue, Dr. Hall has presented master classes in Los Angeles, Kansas City, Washington, D.C., and throughout Texas. He maintains an active voice studio at the University of North Florida, where he joined the faculty in 2011. Dr. Hall holds advanced degrees from The Maryland Opera Studio at the University of Maryland as well as Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music.
(904) 620-3839 - firstname.lastname@example.org Dr. Cara Tasher, soprano, has served as Director of Choral Activities and Associate Professor of Voice at the University of North Florida since 2006. She has performed and recorded with conductors Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Christoph Eschenbach, James Levine, Robert Shaw and Sir Georg Solti. As a singer, chorus master and/or conductor, Tasher has been professionally associated with the Atlanta Symphony Chorus, Chicago Symphony Chorus, Conspirare, Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, Mexico City's Opera deBellas Artes, Portugal's Vocalizze Festival, Trinity Choir-Wall Street, Xavier University and the Young People’s Chorus of New York City. Proficient in several languages, Tasher's engagements as both a singer and a conductor have brought her to nearly ten states and twenty countries for concerts, festivals, workshops, or as a featured soloist. International awareness is a focal point of her teaching. Her training took place in the Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus, at the University of Cincinnati College’s Conservatory of Music, University of Texas at Austin, La Sorbonne, and Northwestern University. Dr. Tasher is active within the national and global community as an adjudicator, author, guest clinician, conductor and recitalist, and is affiliated with ACDA, IFCM, JSCA, MENC, NATS, and NCCO in varying capacities. She was awarded the 2010 Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award at the University of North Florida and her students continue to thrive under the mentorship of the Flagship Music Program in Jacksonville.
(904) 620-2961 - email@example.com Marilyn Smart's musical career has been both active and diverse. She has worked with such luminaries as Robert Shaw, Seiji Ozawa, and Dave Brubeck, and has sung in unique venues in Europe, Asia, and the United States. Smart’s singing has delighted audiences not only in public and university concert halls, but also in rural American schools, special cultural outreach venues in Japan, and even Eskimos villages in northern Alaska.Awarded a special citation by the Ford Foundation's Contemporary Music Project, she has long championed the work of contemporary composers and, with her husband, composer-pianist Gary Smart, is recognized for their performances of American art song. A former student of Margaret Harshaw, Josef Metternich, and Phyllis Curtin, Smart has taught at the University of Wyoming, Kobe College, and Osaka University. Since joining the faculty of UNF in 1999, she has performed as soloist with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, for the Friday Musicale, the St. Cecelia Society, and many other local musical organizations. At UNF, she teaches Applied Voice, French, Italian, and German Diction, as well as Vocal Literature.
(904) 620-2961 - firstname.lastname@example.org Soprano Karen Coker began her professional career as an apprentice with Pittsburgh Opera, where she performed the roles of Fiordiligi in "Cosi fan tutte," Rosalinde in "Die Fledermaus," Norina in "Don Pasquale," and Lady with a Cake Box in Dominick Argento’s "Postcard from Morocco." Her tutelage in Pittsburgh included study with opera legends Renata Scotto, Régine Crespin, and Renée Fleming. Karen made her Baltimore Opera debut as Micaëla in the studio production of Peter Brooks’ "La Tragédie de Carmen." During her tenure with the Baltimore Opera studio, she also added the roles of Marguerite in "Faust," Musetta in "La Bohème," and Pamina in "Die Zauberflöte" to her repertoire. Ms. Coker has performed as a soprano soloist in numerous concert and oratorio engagements in New York City, including concerts at Trinity Lutheran, St. Mary the Virgin, and Grace Church of New York. She also starred as Rosalinda in Opera New York’s Off-Broadway production "Tales from the Manhattan Woods." Ms. Coker’s international endeavors have included participation in the Ezio Pinza Council for American Singers of Opera (EPCASO) in Italy, where she had the rare opportunity to study with renowned artists such as Claudia Pinza, Maria Chiara, and Virginia Zeani. Karen has toured England as the title role of Venus in Opera North of the UK’s revival of Kurt Weill’s "One Touch of Venus". She later reprised the role of Venus at the Ravenna Festival in Italy, as well as at London's acclaimed Sadler's Wells Theater. She most recently performed as Tatiana in FSU Opera's Fall 2011 production of "Eugene Onegin", and she will portray the role of Love Simpson in FSU Opera's Spring production of "Cold Sassy Tree". (April 5 & 7)Ms. Coker has maintained a private teaching studio for many years, and she served as Head of Voice Faculty for the professional Boys Choir at Grace Church in New York from 2005-2009. Ms. Coker received her Master of Music degree from UNC-Greensboro, and is currently completing her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Vocal Performance at Florida State University.
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Dr. Gary Smart's career has encompassed a wide range of activities as composer, classical and jazz pianist, and teacher. Always a musician with varied interests, he may be the only pianist to have studied with Yale scholar/keyboardist Ralph Kirkpatrick, the great Cuban virtuoso Jorge Bolet, and the master jazz pianist Oscar Peterson. A true American pluralist, Dr. Smart composes and improvises a music that reflects an abiding interest in Americana, jazz, and world musics, as well as the Western classical tradition.
Dr. Smart’s work has been supported by the Guggenheim Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Music Educator's National Conference, the Music Teacher's National Association, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Dr. Smart’s music has been performed in major venues in the U.S., including the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall, as well as venues in Europe and Asia. His "Concordia" for orchestra won the "Concordia Jazz Composition Award" and was premiered at Lincoln Center, New York.Dr. Smart’s "Song of the Holy Ground" for string quartet and piano won the "2008 John Donald Robb Musical Trust Composers’ Competition" and was premiered at the 2009 Robb Composers’ Symposium at the University of New Mexico. His compositions are published by Margun Music (G. Schirmer) and his work has been recorded on the Mastersound, Capstone and Albany labels. Several of his CDs have been released recently by Albany Records: "The Major’s Letter," songs for voice and piano, "American Beauty – a ragtime bouquet," "Hot Sonatas," third stream duo sonatas, "Turtle Dreams of Flight," third stream piano music, and “Blossoms”, a group of abstract, unedited solo piano improvisations which critics have praised as “truly a delightful concoction” and “protean music...utterly unique...defies categorization”. Dr. Smart has spent two residencies in Japan, teaching in programs at Osaka University and Kobe College. He has also taught in Indonesia as "Distinguished Lecturer in Jazz" under the auspices of the Fulbright program. From 1999-2003, he served as Chairman of the UNF Music Department (now Music Flagship Program).
Dr. Smart is currently a "Presidential Professor of Music at the University of North Florida."
(904) 620-3854 - firstname.lastname@example.org - Website Dr. Erin Bennett is Assistant Professor of Piano and Pedagogy at the University of North Florida, where she teaches applied and class piano, piano accompanying, and coordinates the new degree program in Piano Pedagogy. During her summers she teaches piano and piano pedagogy at Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan.Prior to her appointment, Dr. Bennett served as the Interim Coordinator of Secondary Piano and Piano Pedagogy at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where she also taught piano through the University of Cincinnati’s Communiversity program. She has maintained private piano studios in Florida, Ohio, and Texas, and served as an adjunct instructor at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. Dr. Bennett has presented at both the national conference of Music Teacher’s National Association and the National Group Piano and Piano Pedagogy Forum (GP3). Her research has been published in Clavier Companion and American Music Teacher.As a performer, Dr. Bennett has appeared throughout the U.S. and in the Czech Republic, Belgium, France, and Spain. She has performed as a soloist with the University of Florida Symphony Orchestra and in collaboration with members of the Oregon Mozart Players. 2010-2011 engagements include chamber music performances at the Jacksonville MOCA and the Jacksonville Friday Musicale, a lecture-recital with the EMMA Concert Association, as well as solo recitals throughout Northeast Florida and Ohio and performances with her trio, Serafini Brillanti.Dr. Bennett received degrees in piano performance from Rice University, the University of Florida, and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where she pursued dual cognates in music history and piano pedagogy. Her principal teachers have included Eugene and Elizabeth Pridonoff, Robert Roux, Michelle Conda, and Virginia Hawley Buhn.
(904) 620-2961 - email@example.com Michael Mastronicola currently teaches Accompanying, Piano Pedagogy, and Class Piano at the University of North Florida and serves as Organist/Choirmaster at All Saints Episcopal Church. He has taught previously at Jacksonville University and Front Range Community College. He serves as chair of the annual Outstanding Young Pianists Competition and was artist-coach at the Friday Musicale Emerging Young Artist Chamber Music Festival in 2011. He is frequently requested to adjudicate at numerous music competitions, and has served as guest clinician and conductor of Multiple Piano Festivals in Boulder, Colorado, and Jacksonville, Florida. He often presents lectures to area music groups and his students have won recognition in local festivals. His reviews have appeared in American Music Teacher. Dr. Mastronicola performs extensively as a solo and collaborative pianist, having appeared in concerts throughout the United States and Europe. He has performed with the Boulder Philharmonic and in solo recitals throughout the United States. His most recent recording is “Then Sings My Soul” with soprano Tresa Waggoner. Mastronicola has been praised for his “expressive” and “intelligent, skilled” playing (Daily Camera). While serving as a collaborative artist with Opera Colorado, he was awarded the Harold A. Norblom award in recognition of “outstanding dedication and exemplary community service.” Mastronicola holds degrees from the University of Colorado-Boulder (D.M.A), the University of Wisconsin-Madison (M.M.), and Ithaca College (B.M.). He is a Colleague with the American Guild of Organists. He has received additional training in the Taubman Approach at the Golandsky Institute in Princeton, NJ.
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Performer, educator, composer, arranger, lecturer, and music education consultant, Bunky Green has 14 albums released in his name on vintage labels such as Chess, Exodus, Cadet, and Vanguard. As an international performer, educator, and lecturer, his European tours have taken him to Poland, Italy, Sicily, Sardinia, Germany, Holland, Switzerland, and Africa. Green received film credit for his background solo work in Lorraine Hansberry's "A Raisin in the Sun," featuring Danny Glover and Esther Rolle. He is Past President and permanent chair of the Past Presidents Council of the world's largest jazz education organization, the International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE) and received a rare five-star rating from DownBeat Magazine for his album "Healing the Pain." Along with Gary Burton, Gerald Wilson, Jackie McLean, and Rufus Reid, he was cited in a 1995 DownBeat Magazine article recognizing the nation's leading jazz educators who are also respected players. In January of 1998, Professor Green was inducted into the "IAJE Hall of Fame." In 2003, he was inducted into the "Downbeat Hall of Fame for Jazz Education." Within the last three years Bunky Green has performed at major jazz festivals in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, and the Netherlands. Leading European and American jazz magazines have highlighted him as one of the greatest jazz saxophonist on today's jazz scene. In April of 2010 his performance at the Jazz Standard in New York received a great review from Ben Ratliff in the New York Times. Ben also cited Bunky as being an innovator who has stylistically influenced many of today's great young players. Additionally, he has earned two five star CDs here in the United States and one four and a half in Germany. Green's latest CD "Apex" was released in 2010.
(904) 620-3840 - firstname.lastname@example.org - Website Lynne Arriale has been critically praised as a pianist, composer, arranger and bandleader. Her compelling compositions and reinterpretations of pop and rock classics have helped create new audiences previously unfamiliar with jazz.
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Todd DelGiudice grew up in South Florida and attended the University of Miami where he was one of the only freshmen in the school's history to make the Concert Jazz Band. During his time in Miami, Todd became a member of one of Red Rodney's last quintets. After studying with Gary Keller and Gary Campbell, Todd moved to NYC where he performed with Maria Schneider, John Fedchock, Donny Mccaslin, Ingrid Jensen, Jon Gordon, Rich Perry, Rick Margitza, and Scott Wendholt among others as well as leading his own groups at the Knitting Factory and other venues.
After completing a masters degree in Jazz Saxophone Performance from the University of Miami and a Masters of Clarinet Performance from the University of Oregon, Todd began his full time teaching career at Eastern Washington University while at the same time continuing his performing career. Uniquely talented on both saxophone and clarinet, Todd held the lead alto chair in the Bob Curnow Big Band at the same time that he held the 3rd and Bass Clarinet chair in the Spokane Symphony as well as leading his own groups throughout the Northwest. Todd's debut album "Pencil Sketches," released in 2011 on OA2 records received a rare Honorable Mention in the Village Voice in their 2011 Jazz Consumer's guide. Todd has also been featured on albums by the Free Range Saxophone Quartet, the Bob Curnow Big Band, Dennis Marks, Phil Flanigan, Duffy Jackson, University of Miami Concert Jazz Band, and Origin Records releases by Steve Owen and Jon Hamar.Todd has been a dedicated educator as well, holding similar positions at University of Miami, Northern Illinois University, and Eastern Washington University.
(904) 620-3841 - firstname.lastname@example.org Dr. Marc Dickman, from Valdosta, Georgia, is a founding member of the acclaimed Jazz Studies Program at the University of North Florida. Dr. Dickman earned degrees from Troy State University, McNeese State University, and the University of North Texas. His versatility on euphonium, trombone, bass-trombone, and tuba in the classical and jazz styles places him in much demand in the United States.At UNF he teaches applied low brass and jazz ensemble. His students have won awards in the jazz and classical areas. Dr. Dickman was a featured jazz artist at the 2000 International Tuba Euphonium Conference in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, the 2001 ITEC in Lahti, Finland, the 2002 ITEC in Greenville, NC, and the 2004 ITEC in Budapest, Hungary, and the 2005 and 2008 U.S. Army Tuba Euphonium Conference.Dr. Dickman is a founding member of the groundbreaking jazz ensemble, the Modern Jazz Tuba Project. The MJT Project has two critically acclaimed releases: "Live From the Bottom Line" and "Favorite Things." Marc's CD, "A Weaver of Dreams," is available at cdbaby.com and tubagear.com. It is the first jazz euphonium recording to be available through popular services such as iTunes and Real Networks. Dr. Dickman has performed in the following countries: USA, Japan, Finland, Hungary, Paraguay, Uruguay, Canada, Honduras, and Columbia. Dr. Dickman is a Besson performing artist.
(904) 620-3830 - email@example.com - Website Danny Gottlieb is one of the most popular jazz drummers in the world. While best known as a founding member of the original Pat Metheny Group, Gottlieb has performed and recorded with some of the greatest names in music. They include: Gary Burton, Gil Evans, Sting, Bobby McFerrin, John Mclaughlin, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, Stan Getz, Gerry Mulligan, Clark Terry, Wayne Shorter, Eddie Gomez, Lew Soloff, Al Di Meola, Jeff Berlin, Michael Franks, The GRP Big Band, the George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band, the Woody Herman Orchestra, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Jon Faddis and the Carnegie Hall Jazz Orchestra, the Manhattan Jazz Orchestra, Mike Stern, John Scofield, Jim Hall, the Manhattan Transfer, Larry Coryell, the NDR Big Band (Hamburg), the WDR Big Band (Cologne), Steven Curtis Chapman, Marvin Hamlish, Booker T and the MG's, and the Blues Brothers Band featuring Steve Cropper and Eddy Floyd. He is featured on more than 350 recordings, including four Grammy Award Winners.Gottlieb's recent projects have included performances at the Jazz Education Network Conventions in New Orleans and Louisville; performances at the National Association of Music Merchandisers Convention (Anaheim) with former Metheny bassist Mark Egan, guitarists Stanley Jordan and Muriel Anderson; performances at the Frankfurt Musik Messe and workshops in Pesacara, Italy with bassist Jeff Berlin; and performances at the Hamburg, Hannover and Paderbon (Germany) Jazz Festivals. Recent recordings include a trio project with bassist Mark Egan and keyboardist Mitchel Forman; a jazz orchestral recording with master composer Chuck Owen; a cd project with flautist Ali Ryerson featuring legendary vibist Mike Mainari; saxophonist Jack Wilkins’ Blue and Green project; a recording with German vocalist peter Fessler; and a recent release from keyboard master Pete Levin featuring the late guitarist Joe Beck. For the past 9 years, Danny and his wife Beth (percussion) have been members of actor/ bassist Gary Sinise’s (CSI NY) Lt. Dan Band (named after Gary’s character in Forrest Gump). The 12-pc. band plays around the world, averaging 50 concerts a year with 85% of the concerts benefiting the US Military. Last year the band helped raise money to build 12 smart homes for wounded soldiers (many quadriplegic or triple amputees), and 12 more concerts are planned for 2013. Concerts have included: The Pentagon, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Europe, Japan, North and South Korea, Walter Reed Hospital, Brooks Army Medical Center, San Diego Medical Center, and hundreds of military basses around the US. Recently the Lt. Dan Band appeared on 60 Minutes and released a full-length movie, Lt. Dan Band for the Common Good.In 2011, Danny authored a drumming text, The Evolution of Jazz Drumming (Hudson Music), which is being used by his Evolution of Jazz class at UNF. It has met with critical and commercial success, ranking among the top sellers at Amazon.com. He is currently working on a book with the great Harold Jones (Count Basie, Sarah Vaughn, Tony Bennett) about big band drumming with the Basie band. A long time student of legendary jazz drummer Joe Morello, Gottlieb's teaching experience includes Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida, and the University of South Florida in Tampa. He also studied with Gary Chester, Ed Soph, Bob Moses and Jack DeJohnette. A graduate of the University of Miami, Gottlieb brings 40 years of professional experience, musical diversity, and enthusiasm to the UNF Jazz Faculty. Danny as an active clinician and endorser for Zildjian Cymbals, DW Hardware, Drum Craft Drums, Eames Drum Shells, Remo Drum Heads, Markdrum Electronic Percussion, Hot Sticks, Alternate Mode Products, Offworld Percussion Products, and Sibelius Music Software.
(904) 620-3850 - firstname.lastname@example.org - Website Barry Greene began playing guitar in 1971,at the age of ten years old. Strongly influenced by Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass, George Benson, and Pat Martino, Barry has developed into a world-class guitarist, arranger and composer. He has recorded or performed with such artists as Tim Hagens, Danny Gottlieb, Gene Bertoncinni, Scott Wendholt, Kenny Drew Jr., Adam Nussbaum, Warren Berndhardt, Russell Malone, Ron Affif, and Colin Bailey. Barry has seven CD’s out as a leader. “Sojourner,” “At Home,” “Urban Jazz,” “In the Meantime,” and three new releases, “Barry Greene Trio,” “The Other Side,” and "Urban Jazz II.”
(904) 620-3845 - email@example.com - Website Dr. Clarence Hines has performed throughout North America, Central America, and Europe, and has performed with musicians such as Slide Hampton, Bob Brookmeyer, Johnny Mathis, Josh Groban, the Temptations, the OJays, John Pizzarelli, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, the Harry James Orchestra, David Sanborn, Maceo Parker, and most recently with Diane Schuur. Dr. Hines has also performed on numerous occasions at the North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands, the East Coast Jazz Festival, the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, and the Jacksonville Jazz Festival. Dr. Hines’ works have been premiered in the Distinguished Concerts International concert series at theLincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the International Tuba-Euphonium Conference, the Midwest Clinic, the International Association for Jazz Education, the Festival Les Rendez-vous de l'Erdre in France, the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, and the Jacksonville Jazz Festival. Dr. Hines' music has been performed by top military and college jazz ensembles around the country. His compositions and arrangements are published by UNC Jazz Press, Really Good Music, and eJazzLines. Prior to teaching at UNF, Dr. Hines coached combos and directed the Jazz Lab Band at the Eastman School of Music where he earned Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees. He served on the faculty of the Eastman Summer Jazz Studies and the Tritone Fantasy Jazz Camp. Dr. Hines also served as a trombonist/paratrooper in the"All-American" band of the U.S. Army's famed 82d Airborne Division and in the 79th Army Band in the Republic of Panamá prior to earning his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of North Florida. Each summer, Dr. Hines teaches trombone, coaches combos, and performs during the Jazz Sessions at the Birch Creek Music Performance Center in Door County, Wisconsin. He is an artist/clinician for Conn-Selmer and a recipient of UNF's Outstanding Undergraduate TeachingAward for 2012-2013.
(904) 620-3843 - firstname.lastname@example.org - Website Dennis Marks, one of the most in-demand bass players on the jazz scene, has been playing with Arturo Sandoval for 13 years. In addition, he has performed with many of the great musicians of today, including Dizzy Gillespie, Dave Liebman, Bob Mintzer, Maynard Ferguson, and Pat Metheny. Dennis has appeared on Sandoval's last six recordings, including the Grammy-Award Winning "Hot-House." For one of the recordings, "My Passion for the Piano," he wrote two of the compositions.Marks has performed at almost every major jazz festival during the last several years, including the JVC Festival in New York, the Playboy Festival in L.A., and the North Sea Festival in Holland. In 1996, Marks recorded his debut album "Images" on the Fantasy/Contemporary label. This album, which contains all original compositions, has received much critical acclaim.Marks has been very active in the educational field, teaching at Florida International University for nine years and at the University of Miami for two. He has given clinics at Virginia Tech, the University of Illinois, and the University of Texas. Marks holds a B.M. in Jazz Performance and a M.M. in Studio Jazz Writing from the University of Miami.
(904) 620-2961 - email@example.com - Website Bill Prince, a professor emeritus at the University of North Florida comes from a background rich in music. He has performed with numerous bands and orchestras including Buddy Rich, Billy Maxted, Pee Wee Hunt, the NORAD Band, the Denver, Ft. Lauderdale, Palm Beach, and Jacksonville Symphonies, and the American Wind Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed with a number of well-known big bands including Xavier Cugat, Ray Anthony, Tex Beneke, Les and Larry Elgart, Harry James, Tommy Dorsey, and Louis Bellson. He has appeared on TV shows in the United States, Canada, Japan, the Philippines, Costa Rica, Colombia, and Ecuador. Bill has performed on over 70 albums including his "The Best Kept Secret in Jazz." He can currently be heard on Duffy Jackson’s CD, "Swing! Swing! Swing!," Buddy Rich’s CDs, "Mercy Mercy," and "The Best of Buddy Rich." In more recent years Bill has developed a cabaret show that he performs on cruise ships around the world. One of Bill's most unique talents is his ability to perform professionally on several instruments. For example, although he played trumpet with Buddy Rich, he was first offered a chair in the saxophone section. His performing instruments include trumpet, flugelhorn, trombone, flute, clarinet, saxophone, piano, and electric bass. Bill produced his own CD, "Happy Thoughts," on which he composed, arranged and performed all parts. Bill holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree with a major in Theory and Composition from the University of Miami. He has taught at Florida Atlantic U, the U of Colorado/Denver, St. Francis Xavier U, Nova Scotia, the U of North Florida, and served as a visiting lecturer at Cape Town U and Natal U, South Africa. Music has taken him to all 50 states and 80 countries of this world. Bill has received Undergraduate Teaching and Outstanding Teaching Awards and student groups under his direction have twice won national Jazz Band competitions. He was also awarded first place in an IAJE Jazz Composition Contest. Bill’s compositions and arrangements have been performed and recorded by professional, college and university jazz ensembles throughout the United States and Canada. In 2000, his Concertino for Jazz and Legit Clarinets was recorded by the Warsaw (Poland) National Philharmonic and is available through ITunes and Ravello Records.
(904) 620-3847 - firstname.lastname@example.org - Website J.B. Scott earned his B.A. Degree in Music as the first graduate of the acclaimed jazz program at the University of North Florida, under the tutelage of the legendary Rich Matteson and faculty members Bunky Green, Dr. Bill Prince, Bruce Silva, and Jack Peterson.
While in college, Scott performed with several established groups that included the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, was a band member on the 1988 Japan Tour with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, and performed regularly in the Walt Disney World theme parks. After graduating, he did a three year stint in New Orleans as the trumpeter and musical director of the world famous Dukes of Dixieland and was featured in the PBS special, "Salute to Jelly Roll Morton." In 1996, Scott earned his M.S. Degree in Music Ed. at Florida International University, where he studied with the legendary trumpeter, Arturo Sandoval. In addition to his collegiate big band performances, Scott performed professionally with the Mickey Finn Show and numerous Latin bands led by such legendary names as Eddie Palmieri, Paquito D'Rivera and Arturo Sandoval.
After teaching for a year in Orlando, Scott returned to the University of North Florida in 1996 to carry on the Rich Matteson 'old school swing' legacy, teaching trumpet, music history courses, and to direct the UNF Jazz Ensemble 1, one of the most respected, award-winning collegiate big bands in the country. He is currently an Assoc. Professor of Jazz Studies at UNF, is a member of and President elect of the State of Florida jazz organization, Florida Jazz Educators, is a member of JEN (Jazz Education Network,) of MENC, and of the Florida Band Masters Association. Scott was also a 20-year member of the International Association of Jazz Educators (serving for 6 years as the IAJE Florida Secretary).
As a soloist, Scott has performed on many festivals including the Macieo Jazz Festival, (Brazil), the Elkhart Jazz Festival, the Montreux Jazz Festival, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, and many others. He has appeared with such notables as Nick Brignola, Ira Sullivan, Rufus Reed, and Ed Calle, to name just a few. Partnering with respected vocalist Lisa Kelly in 1997, Scott and Kelly have performed internationally for major festivals, jazz clubs, and jazz societies, as featured soloists with big bands and with their own big band and small groups. They are highly regarded adjudicators and guest artist/clinicians for secondary to collegiate music programs, competitions, and music camps. Scott has been featured on many TV and radio commercials, on CD recordings, and has co-released several successful CDs, including "Home" and "Keeping Out of Mischief" with the Swamp Dog Jazz Band, and "Memories of Tomorrow" and "Live at Simons" with Lisa Kelly. Scott is a YAMAHA artist/clinician. They are highly regarded adjudicators and guest artist/clinicians for secondary to collegiate music programs, competitions, and music camps.
Scott has performed and presented clinics for IAJE, FMEA/FMENC, Chicago Midwest, the 2010 inaugural JEN (Jazz Educators Network) in St. Louis, and was the 2009 Florida All-State Jazz Band Director for the annual FMEA/MENC Conference in Tampa, Florida. Scott is a featured artist in the book “The New Face of Jazz,” on Amazon.com, released July 2010. back to top
(904) 620-3891 - email@example.com - Website Dr. Peter Mathews was born in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1944 and studied violin and piano under the Toronto Conservatory system. His early piano training was with Edward Parker, of the renowned Parker family of Canadian pianists. In 1963-64 he studied in England with Morris Taylor, one of the last students of Dame Myra Hess, and received a Licentiate Diploma in Piano Performance at the Royal Academy of Music, London. His undergraduate degree in Music and History is from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan. Graduate studies include both a Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting from the University of Missouri at Kansas City where he worked with Eph Ehly.Dr. Mathews conducts choirs, teaches piano, music history, theory, composition, orchestration, and form and analysis. For the past 30 years he has received choral anthem and instrumental commissions from churches and individual musicians from many parts of the United States. While composing music for worship, Dr. Mathews’ commissions have also included art songs and chamber music with voice and instruments in varying combinations.From 1977-1982 he was the Composer-in-Residence at Grace and Holy Trinity Episcopal Cathedral under John Schaefer in Kansas City. As a male alto, he has sung in the Early Music Consort of Kansas City and in various cathedral churches. Dr. Mathews gained a significant reputation as a conductor and composer in central Florida where he directed the Florida Hospital Chorus, a community choir in Orlando, from 1984-1997; and Orlando XIII, an a cappella group, from 1993-2002. From 1999-2010 he served as Choirmaster for St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in DeLand, Florida, and currently teaches music history and form & analysis at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville.As a conductor and workshop clinician, he conducted (a commissioned work, "Song of the Three Young Men" for SATB, brass and organ) at the 1993 Southeast Regional Convention of the American Guild of Organists. The 1994 Episcopal Diocese of Central Florida Choir Festival also featured the composer in this dual capacity. Dr. Mathews was awarded the anthem commission in 1999 for the 49th Annual Sewanee Church Music Conference, long recognized for excellence by the Episcopal Church Standing Commission on Church Music. In January 2000 he conducted two commissioned choral premières at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Augusta, Georgia, as part of their 250th anniversary celebration. A fanfare for brass and organ and an anthem were commissioned for the 150th anniversary of the First Congregational Church in St. Joseph, Michigan in 2004.The music of Dr. Mathews is regularly performed at the Cathedral Church of St. Luke, Orlando, Florida, under the direction of Ben Lane and Claire Hodge. In 2005 he completed a two-part treble Missa brevis setting for their childrens’ choirs and organ for their European tour during the Christmas season, now available from Alliance Music Publications. The same venue saw the première of his Magnificat and Nunc dimittis in 2007 for the 20th anniversary of the Orlando Deanery Girls Choir conducted by Hazel Somerville, founder of the choir.Commissioned works of Dr. Mathews continues to gain exposure through live performance and compact disc projects for the choirs of Edith Ho (Church of the Advent, Boston), Anton Armstrong (St. Olaf College), and David Brensinger (Atlanta Singers). The 1994 Florida All-State High School Chorus, Boston's Youth Pro Musica, DePauw University, Stetson University, Christ Church Cathedral, Montreal, and the Vancouver Chamber Choir have included works by Dr. Mathews on their CDs and in their choirs' concerts and tours. His liturgical music was featured in June 2000 at the Regional Convention of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians held in Orlando. In 2006, the Centaur label issued a CD with his "Four Seasons" for cello and organ, performed by Donald Moline, Chicago Symphony cellist, and Holy Name Cathedral organist Ricardo Ramirez. His Intermezzo has also been recorded by the Murray-Lohuis Duo in their CD series in "Volume 5, All American Works for Violin and Organ" by Raven Recordings. Dr. Mathews has written 185 compositions, of which over 80 are published by Alliance, Choristers Guild, H.W. Gray, Kjos, Lawson-Gould, Lorenz, MorningStar, St. James Press, and Southern. All the unpublished works have been engraved by the composer and are available upon request.
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Sarah Caissie Provost received her Ph.D. from Brandeis University and a Bachelor of Music degree in Flute Performance from the University of Hartford, where she studied with John Wion. Previously, she taught at Clark University in Worcester, MA.Dr. Provost’s research focuses on 1930s jazz music and dance, with particular interest in issues of race and gender. She recently presented a paper on Mary Lou Williams at the annual conference of the Society for American Music, and has also presented papers at Music and the Moving Image (New York University), the American Musicological Society (New England chapter), “Alive By Her Own Hand:” Women Composers as Performers of Their Own Work (Brandeis University), and the Guelph International Jazz Festival Colloquium. Her dissertation is titled “Benny Goodman’s 1938 Carnegie Hall Concert.”
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A native of Florida, Shawn Barat received the degrees Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music in Instrumental Conducting from the University of Florida. Mr. Barat taught band in the public schools of Florida for 16 years, including successful positions at Forest High School in Ocala and Winter Haven High School. Mr. Barat just completed a 7-year tenure as Director of Bands at Douglas Anderson (DA) School of the Arts in Jacksonville. His teaching responsibilities at DA included the direction of the Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, Percussion Ensemble and Chamber Ensembles, as well as teaching Advanced Placement Music Theory. Under Mr. Barat’s direction, all ensembles consistently received Superior ratings at district and state level events. In addition, the DA Wind Symphony performed at the 2008 MENC National Biennial In-Service Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the 2009 Florida Music Educators’ Association Clinic-Conference in Tampa, the 2011 Music for All National Concert Band Festival in Indianapolis, Indiana, and the prestigious Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago in December of 2011. During Mr. Barat’s time at DA, the Music Department was twice recognized as the National GRAMMY Signature School by the GRAMMY Foundation, first in 2010 and again in 2012.Currently, Mr. Barat is an adjunct music professor and Director of Concert Band at The University of North Florida and low brass instructor at The First Coast Community Music School. He continues to be an active clinician and adjudicator for middle and high school bands throughout Florida, and is an involved member of several music organizations. He is currently the chairman of the Florida Bandmasters Association Ethics Committee, and has served as guest conductor for All-County Bands and summer music camps. Mr. Barat’s professional affiliations include the National Association for Music Education, the Florida Bandmasters Association, the National Band Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society. Mr. Barat was elected to the Omega Chapter of Phi Beta Mu Bandmasters Fraternity in 2006, and will be inducted into the prestigious American Bandmasters Association in 2014. He resides in Jacksonville with his wife Alison and daughters Emerson and Norah.
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Jason Hibbard is a musicologist and pianist with research interests in recent American art music, particularly experimental music and minimalism. He teaches piano and music history courses at University of North Florida, and has previously taught at the University of Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky University, and the University of Florida.Prof. Hibbard has presented research at the International Music and Minimalism Conference, the biennial Music Since 1900 Conference in the UK, the ECHO Music Conference at UCLA, and the national Nineteenth-Century Studies Association Conference. While in Cincinnati, he acted as editor of the academic journal Music Research Forum. He was also winner of the Presser Award, a competitive research grant.He has studied piano with Boaz Sharon and K. Wayne Bumpers. At UF, he performed with the New Music Ensemble, collaborated with student composers, and accompanied the double bass studio. He has performed at the annual conference of the Southeastern Composers League and the national conference of the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music (SEAMUS).Prof. Hibbard holds degrees from the University of Florida, and will receive his doctorate in musicology from the University of Cincinnati. back to top
(904) 620-3834 - email@example.com Lois Scott has been with the UNF Music Flagship Program for more than 20 years (since 1988) and continues to stay active in the UNF community through her memberships in UNF’s Staff Affairs Committee and the Bookstore Advisory Council.Prior to her employment at UNF Scott worked for the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, the Duval County School Board, and the City of Jacksonville.As Office Manager, Scott works closely with the Chair and faculty members in UNF’s Music Flagship Program, as well as administrators in various offices throughout the UNF campus. Scott manages a variety of tasks including, but not limited to scheduling, contracting, and budgeting.In addition, Scott provides advising services for music students and enjoys giving them the best assistance possible.
(904) 620-2864 - firstname.lastname@example.org Ashley has been the Director of Public Relations for the University of North Florida’s Music Flagship Program since the summer of 2007. Prior to her appointment at UNF, she was Creative Manager for a cell phone carrier whose duties included creating static and animated content (utilizing 3rd party celebrity, college sports, and artist materials) and managing a team that created and prepared content for distribution by major cell phone companies.
In addition, she served as Assistant to the Senior Vice President of Marketing for a major website firm, specializing in advertising materials for Web Acquisition Services, which included working with major clients to ensure a successful design solution. She specializes in a wide variety of design services and has won several awards including Employee of the Year Honoree.She graduated with honors from the University of North Florida with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications focusing on Advertising and Photography (as well as additional studies in Journalism) and continued her studies through UNF’s Post Baccalaureate Program in English/Literature. In 2008 she was awarded a UNF Grad Program Scholarship for “Excellent Scholarship” and received the same award in 2009. She earned her Master of Arts Degree in English (as a member of Sigma Tau Delta - International English Honor Society) in 2010.
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Joseph joined the
Music Flagship Program in August, 2011, transferring over from the Dean’s office,
College of Arts and Sciences, where he served 3 years as the Dean’s
Administrative Assistant. Engaged in campus activities, Joseph is a UNF Red
Cross Volunteer, a committee member for the Faculty/Staff Campaign, and enjoys
participating in the UNF Book Club. Past
service activities include memberships on the USPA Staff Affairs Committee, the
Gabor Award Nomination Committee, and he was Chair of the Bookstore Advisory
A military veteran,
Joseph retired from the US Navy in 2001 holding the rank of Commander. Before employment with UNF Joseph also held
positions in finance with the IRS and the Florida Dept of Revenue, worked in
marketing for Nova Southeastern University, AAA, and the Florida Times-Union,
and was a software programmer and Relationship Manager for Computer Associates.
He graduated from
Jacksonville University with a Bachelor degree in Mathematics and from the
University of North Florida with a Master of Human Resource Management.
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