All auditions scheduled for Norman North High School tonight have been cancelled and will be rescheduled for a later date. Auditions at McAlester High School will still proceed as scheduled.

2023 Faculty


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Edith Copley

Edith Copley, Conductor

Flagstaff, Arizona

Edith A. Copley is regents’ professor emeritus at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, where she conducted the Shrine of the Ages Choir and taught choral conducting and graduate choral literature. Her ensembles have performed at state, region, and national choral conferences and toured internationally. Prior to her 31-year tenure at NAU, she taught secondary choral music in Iowa and later in Vienna, Austria at the American International School. Copley has received numerous honors, including the Arizona Music Educator of the Year, The Weston H. Noble Award from her alma mater, Luther College, and AzACDA Lifetime Achievement Award. She has conducted all-state choirs in over 30 states and international choral festivals in Germany, the Netherlands, Japan, Luxembourg, Tasmania, England, Australia, China, Oman and Turkey. She has served ACDA in various leadership roles over the years and is currently ACDA National President-Elect.

Dan Bishop

Daniel Bishop, Section Faculty

Fresno, California

Dan Bishop is the newly appointed Director of the Visual and Performing Arts for the Visalia Unified School District. Dan served the Clovis Unified School District for 24 years as the Visual and Performing Arts Administrator, Secondary Choral Resource Teacher, and founding Choral Director at the new Clovis East High School. Dan has served at Fresno Pacific University, CSU-Fresno, and Clovis Community College. Dan’s previous teaching/church jobs include Madera High School, Immanuel High School in Reedley, Washington Intermediate in Dinuba, Reedley Mennonite Brethren Church, University Presbyterian in Fresno, and the Kingsburg Community Church. Dan received his B.A. in vocal and instrumental music education from Tabor College, in Hillsboro, Kansas and his M.A. and M.M. degrees from the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri, at Kansas City, where he was a Graduate Teaching Assistant. He has a clear California Administrative Services Credential.

Heather Bishop

Heather Bishop, Collaborative Pianist

Fresno, California

Heather Bishop is currently the Choir Director and has been the Department Chair of the Performing Arts at Clovis North High School since it opened in 2007.  She has also been the CUSD Elementary Music Resource Specialist for VAPA and a mentor teacher for the district. She served 10 years on the California ACDA Board as Repertoire & Standards Chair for women’s voices and two terms as Central Regional Representative. In 1986 she received her Bachelor of Music from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music in Piano Performance. Her choirs have received top honors in places all over the country including performances at the Heritage Festival of Gold and World Projects Festivals. Heather has served on the voice faculty at Idyllwild Summer Arts Academy since 2007. She has conducted several county honor choirs and is in demand as a clinician and adjudicator, as well as accompanist. She has accompanied for numerous honor choirs, including several California All-State Honor Choirs and ACDA conferences, ECCO conferences, reading sessions, and conventions and vocal coached several musical drama productions.  Heather is married to Dan and has three children, Ben, Rebecca, and William, and is enjoying watching their journey through the world of music and performing arts.

Creative Writing

Dave Lucas

Dave Lucas, Instructor

Cleveland Heights, Ohio

Dave Lucas was born and raised in Cleveland. He studied literature and poetry at John Carroll University (BA, 2002), the University of Virginia (MFA, 2004), and the University of Michigan (PhD, 2014). His first book of poems, Weather (VQR / Georgia, 2011), received the 2012 Ohioana Book Award for Poetry. Named by Rita Dove as one of thirteen “young poets to watch,” he has also received a “Discovery/The Nation Prize and a Cleveland Arts Prize. In 2018, he was appointed the second Poet Laureate of the State of Ohio. A co-founder of Cleveland Book Week and Brews + Prose at Market Garden Brewery, he lives in Cleveland, where he teaches at Case Western Reserve University.


Tomiko Magario, Ballet Instructor

Ossining, New York

Tomiko Magario is the founding director of the New Rising Sun Dance Project and is currently a full-time faculty member at the Joffrey Ballet School. She has also taught for the New York City Public School System through the Brooklyn Ballet’s outreach program. In 2023, she has been invited to work as a choreographer with the “Got My Wings” project of composer Daniel Blake and the Westchester Ballet Company. In 2022, her multi-discipline live arts presentation of “An Imperial Message” based on a short story by Franz Kafka has been presented at the residency program of the Bethany Arts Community. Ms. Magario is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed all levels of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. She has been a Ballet faculty member of OSAI 2019, and is looking forward to returning to Quartz Mountain, exited to join the team of the 2023 faculty!

JoLea Maffei

JoLea Maffei, Modern Dance Instructor

New York City, New York

JoLea Maffei is a master teacher of the Lester Horton modern dance technique and has been teaching Horton in New York City for over twenty-five years. She is currently on the faculty of the Ailey School, Ailey Fordham, Steps on Broadway, The Steps Conservatory and the Peridance Center. She has also been on the faculties of The Joffrey School, Hofstra University, Marymount Manhattan College, New York University, City College of New York and Ballet Arts at City Center. Ms. Maffei has had an extensive performing career dancing with the Maffei Dance Company, Milton Myers Dance Company, and numerous projects and independent choreographers. As a choreographer, JoLea Maffei has premiered work at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, the Theatre of The Riverside Church, the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen, Colorado, the Clark Studio Theater, The Tribeca Center for the Performing Arts, the Cunningham Studio, and Hofstra University and has participated in showcases throughout NYC.

Mary Carpenter

Mary Carpenter, Conditioning Instructor

Latham, New York

Mary studied at CCM, the official school for Cincinnati Ballet Company, and on scholarship at the David Howard Dance Center.  She holds a BA with high honors in dance from Butler University. She danced for The Metropolitan Opera Ballet at Lincoln Center; performed as a principal guest artist for Ohio Dance Theatre and Granite State Ballet, as a soloist with  Ballet Artists of Cincinnati, Maryland Ballet, Lexington Ballet, and Charleston Ballet and in numerous off-Broadway productions. Mary was previously on the faculty of  Broadway Dance Center, The Ballet Hispanico School, Barnard College, and The New School University. She is on the current faculty of Ballet Academy East and the world-famous Steps on Broadway. She directed nine ballet classroom music recordings with Roper Records from creative movement through advanced ballet and is a featured teacher in two DVDs for RizBiz Productions, "Budding Ballerinas'' and "From Tights to Tutus." Mary created "The Magical World of Ballet" with Roper, a DVD designed for young dancers, teachers, and parents. Mary has been certified in Pilates mat since 2014 and holds a certification in Progressing Ballet Technique. You can take her ballet classes virtually on the website, where she is a featured master teacher for adult beginners. Ms. Carpenter’s latest project is a classroom recording collaboration with Metropolitan Opera Ballet pianist Steven Mitchell for his music app Balletrax. Mary is a master pointe shoe fitter with over thirty years of experience working with dancers in ABT, The Royal Ballet, and NYCB - to name a few. She has given pointe shoe lectures at prestigious summer programs for ABT/JKO, Dance Theatre of Harlem, NYSSA, and Oklahoma Summer Arts at Quartz Mountain. She has served as a panelist on pointe shoes alongside Misty Copeland, coached Julia Stiles for her role in the movie “Save the Last Dance”, and assisted NYCB principal dancer Jenifer Ringer with pointe shoes for Oprah Winfrey for TV. Mary is the featured pointe shoe expert for the last video project by the late master teacher David Howard “I’ll Be Seeing You” on Vimeo. In 2015 she launched her Youtube channel “Dancewithmary NYC” where she shares her pointe shoe expertise in monthly segments.

Drawing & Painting

Richard Hull

Richard Hull, Instructor

Chicago, Illinois

Born in Oklahoma City, Hull received his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1977, and his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1980. Before graduating, he attracted the attention of dealer Phyllis Kind, who began exhibiting his paintings in both her Chicago and New York galleries. At Kind's gallery, Hull joined the company of well-known Imagists such as Roger Brown, Jim Nutt, Gladys Nilsson, and Karl Wirsum. Besides a number of one-person shows at Phyllis Kind Gallery, Hull's work has been exhibited across the United States. His paintings may be found in many private and public collections, including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Milwaukee Art Museum; the Nelson-Atkins Museum, Kansas City; and the San Antonio Museum of Art, Texas. Hull is Adjunct Professor at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the Painting and Drawing Department.

Film & Video

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Jung-Ho Pak

Jung-Ho Pak, Conductor

Monterey, California

Described by the New York Times as a conductor who "radiates enthusiasm" and the Los Angeles Times as "a real grabber", Jung-Ho Pak is known for his unique approach and vision of symphonic music. Mr. Pak is Artistic Director and Conductor of the Cape Symphony in Massachusetts. Artistic Director of the Bay Philharmonic, and Calliope, an innovative theatrical and musical company. He has been Artistic Director of Orchestra Nova, New Haven Symphony, and San Diego Symphony. As a nationally recognized educator, he was Music Director of the University of Southern California (USC), San Francisco Conservatory of Music, U.C. Berkeley, Disney Young Musicians Symphony, the Debut Orchestra, Colburn Chamber Orchestra, and Diablo Ballet, and Director of Orchestras and Music Director of the World Youth Symphony Orchestra at the Interlochen Center for the Arts. Mr. Pak is also a frequent speaker including TED Talks and NPR, as well as a clinician and conductor at national music festivals.

Lee Taylor

Lee Taylor, Violin

Tallahassee, Florida

A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Lee Taylor enjoys a varied musical career involving performance, education, and administration. Lee is currently a member of the Atlanta Ballet and Tallahassee Symphony Orchestras and is a founding member of Amati Chamber Music. She has played with the Alabama Symphony, Columbus Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, and Colorado Music Festival. As a chamber musician, Lee has performed at the Cincinnati Young Artists Chamber Music Festival, Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival and Chamber Music Quad Cities in Davenport, Iowa. 

An avid educator, Lee maintains an active home studio and is on the music faculty of Perimeter College of Georgia State University. In 2020, Lee joined forces with Dr. Shannon Thomas to establish MusicBridges Tallahassee.

Taylor received her Bachelor’s in Violin Performance, Summa Cum Laude, at the University of Michigan as a student of Paul Kantor. She currently resides in Tallahassee with her husband, Greg Sauer, and their wonderful crew of teenagers.

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Lisa Tipton, Violin

Sunnyside, New York

Dr. Lisa Tipton, violinist, co-founder of the award-winning Meridian String Quartet, has toured, held residences and won distinctions from the Evian International Competition, Artists International and Chamber Music America. A devoted interpreter of new music, Lisa, established the Made in America series at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, performed on the Interpretations series at Merkin Hall and recently launched The NY Chamber Music CoOP, in NYC devoted to social justice programming. Lisa's critically acclaimed recording of Charles Ives’ violin sonatas, Hammers and Strings, was released on Capstone Records in 2006. This season Lisa launched The Unsung Chamber Music series on YouTube, a NYYS repertoire initiative to feature composers from diverse cultures. Lisa’s performances include Phantom of the OperaRadio City Christmas Spectacular, Spamalot, Sunset Boulevard, Spongebob, Aladdin and My Fair Lady on Broadway. Dr. Tipton has taught as Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Aaron Copland School of Music/Queens College,  is the Director of the NY Youth Symphony Chamber Music Program, on the faculty of School for Strings and the Music Conservatory of Westchester, earned her B.A. from Cornell University, M.A. from The Aaron Copland School of Music and DMA from the CUNY Grad Center.

Gabrielle Padilla

Gabrielle Padilla, Viola

Morgantown, West Virginia

Dr. Gabrielle Padilla is a violist dedicated to teaching, performance, and chamber music. Gabrielle has served as interim viola faculty of Virginia Tech, West Virginia University, and as a member of the Quartet-in-Residence at the Interlochen Arts Camp. She has conducted masterclasses at the Puerto Rico Summer Music Festival, Longwood University, and West Virginia University’s Viola Bootcamp, with an upcoming appearance as a masterclass guest artist with the Nashville Symphony’s Accelerando Program.

Gabrielle has presented and performed at events such as the International Viola Congress, American Viola Society Festivals, National Flute Association Convention, and the American String Teachers Association National Conference.

As a native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Gabrielle’s studies were at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance, Ball State University with Dr. Katrin Meidell, and West Virginia University where she proudly served as the Graduate Teaching Assistant of Andrea Priester Houde. Gabrielle is a Board Member of the American Viola Society.

Greg Sauer

Gregory Sauer, Cello

Tallahassee, Florida

Praised for his versatility, Gregory Sauer performs in many different musical arenas. He has appeared in recital at the Old First Concert Series in San Francisco, the Brightmusic Concert Series in Oklahoma City, at universities such as Vanderbilt, and Rice University. Mr. Sauer has performed concertos with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, the Houston Symphony, the Quad City Symphony, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, the Columbus (GA) Symphony, the Tallahassee Symphony, and the Missoula Symphony, among others.

As a member of the Carpe Diem String Quartet, Greg played concerts in Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall, Siena, Italy, and in the group's first China tour. Other chamber music appearances have been at the Austin Chamber Music Center, the Victoria Bach Festival, the Texas Music Festival, and the Colorado Music Festival.

In 2006, Greg was appointed to the faculty at Florida State University. Prior to that he taught eleven years at the University of Oklahoma, and was named Presidential Professor.

Volkan Orhon

Volkan Orhon, Double Bass

Iowa City, Iowa

Orhon was a finalist and prizewinner in the Concert Artists Guild Solo Competition in NYC and was the co-first-place winner of the ISB Solo Competition. Additionally, he distinguished himself as the first double bass player ever to win the grand prize overall and first prize for double bass at the ASTA Solo Competition. Orhon has performed with internationally recognized musicians, including Gary Karr, Fazil Say, JACK, Emerson, and Tokyo String Quartets, and has played solos with orchestras and recitals worldwide. He was one of the selected performers for the Pulitzer Winner composer John Harbison’s Concerto for Bass Viol and Orchestra. Recently, he recorded the Double Bass Concerto by David Gompper with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London. Orhon has been an invited clinician to workshops across the U.S. and abroad, including Turkey, Germany, Brazil, Paris, the Czech Republic, as well the ISB. He is currently a professor of double bass at the University of Iowa.

Wonkak Kim

Wonkak Kim, Clarinet

Eugene, Oregon

Korean-born clarinetist Wonkak Kim has captivated audiences around the world with his “excellent breath control” (The Washington Post) and “exuberant musicianship” (Fanfare). Kim appeared as a soloist and chamber musician at major venues throughout the United States, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. A Naxos Recording Artist, he has garnered international acclaim with his extensive discography. Kim’s live and recorded performances have been featured on Radio France, BBC Radio 3, Swedish Radio, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, CJPX Radio Classique Québec, Hong Kong RTHK-HK, Korean Broadcasting System, and NPR stations around the US. Kim is Associate Professor of Clarinet at the University of Oregon and a performing artist/clinician for Buffet Crampon, Silverstein, and Vandoren. He is regularly invited as a guest artist and teacher at world’s renowned institutions, including the Juilliard, Yale, and Manhattan School of Music.

Jacqueline Wilson, Bassoon

Pullman, Washington

Dr. Jacqueline Wilson currently serves as Principal Bassoonist of the Washington Idaho Symphony and Assistant Professor of Bassoon at Washington State University. She regularly presents recitals, masterclasses, and clinics including engagements at the International Double Reed Society Conference, the International Alliance for Women in Music Conference, and the Meg Quigley Bassoon Symposium. An eager contributor to the double reed community, Dr. Wilson currently serves as a Co-Executive Director of the Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition and Bassoon Symposium, Grants Coordinator for the International Double Reed Society, and co-hosts the Double Reed Dish podcast with oboist Dr. Galit Kaunitz. Dr. Wilson (Yakama) is passionate about Indigenous self-representation and has premiered, performed, and commissioned works by composers Juantio Becenti, Connor Chee, Raven Chacon, Takerei Komene, and Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal. Her debut album, Works for the Bassoon by Native American Composers, was released in 2022 on WSU Recordings.


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Community Lab

Jonathan Stalling

Jonathan Stalling, Jueju Instructor

Norman, Oklahoma

Dr. Jonathan Stalling lives in Norman Oklahoma with his family (wife and three kids, four dogs, and a cat). He is the editor or author of seven books and is the Harold J. & Ruth Newman Chair of US-China Issues and Professor of International and Area Studies where he directs The Newman Prize for Chinese Literature, The Newman Prize for English Jueju, Chinese Literature and Thought Today journal, and the CLT book series (University of Oklahoma Press). He is also the founder and Curator of the Chinese Literature Translation Archive and an Affiliate Professor of English. Dr. Stalling specializes in Comparative US-China Culture, Literature, and Poetics. He is the translator of Winter Sun: Poety of Shi Zhi (1966-2005), which was a finalist for the National Translation Award. His opera Yingelishi (吟歌丽诗) was performed at Yunnan University in 2010, and a portion of a newly scored version was staged by Opera 180 in Kansas City in 2018.