2021 Faculty

Acting

Dean Irby

Dean Irby, Instructor

New York, New York

Sarkeys Foundation Faculty Chair

A. Dean Irby is a New York City-based director/actor/educator. He received his MFA from NYU School of the Arts Acting Program and has acted on Broadway (The River Niger), off-Broadway, and off-off Broadway. His television credits, among others, include The Cosby Show, Another World, and over 70 television commercials. He has directed over 100 off-Broadway, off-off Broadway, regional, and university productions for the New York Shakespeare Festival, the Negro Ensemble Company, Arena Stage, and the New Federal Theatre, among others. He has been an associate professor at the State University of New York at Purchase College for the past twenty-four years, where he is also co-coordinator of the BFA Acting Program. He has served as acting coach for several television shows, including four years with The Cosby Show.

Natalie Andrews

Natalie Andrews, Voice Coach

Phoenix, Arizona

Natalie Andrews is a voice coach, teaching artist and creative, currently living and making in Phoenix, Arizona. Natalie grew up in Louisville, Kentucky where she was very involved in the performing arts community. She earned her BFA in Theatre Performance from the University of Oklahoma. Natalie’s career as a teaching artist started when she was a senior in high school, and since then she has brought her passion for voice work, music, and storytelling to many arts organizations including Idyllwild Arts, the University of Oklahoma, Arizona State University, Commonwealth Theatre Center, and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy. She started her own voice studio in 2014, now called Heartspark Voice, and is on a mission to help people find more joy, curiosity, and agency in their self-expression and communication. Natalie is a singer/songwriter, and is currently writing her first album set to release in summer 2022. She is currently a Core Company Member of Southwest Shakespeare Company, a teaching artist at the Phoenix Conservatory of Music and corporate voice trainer with Vocal Authority.

Chorus

Pearl Shangkuan

Pearl Shangkuan, First Week Chorus Conductor

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Dr. Pearl Shangkuan is a highly sought-after conductor, lecturer and clinician who has led performances and workshops across six continents. Director of Choral Activities at Calvin University in Grand Rapids, Michigan, she is also chorus director of the Grand Rapids Symphony. Shangkuan has a signature choral series with earthsongs and is the music editor of the CICW choral series published by GIA. She made her conducting debut at Carnegie Hall in 2014 and was an invited guest lecturer at the World Symposium for Choral Music. Dr. Shangkuan has served on the jury of several international choral competitions in Europe and Asia, and has led conducting masterclasses for the ACDA national conference, Chorus America among many institutions and organizations in the US. She has conducted numerous All State honor choirs, ACDA division honor choirs, and other festivals nationally and internationally. She served as president of ACDA Central Division and Michigan ACDA which honored her with the Maynard Klein Choral Award for “artistic excellence and lifetime leadership in choral music.”

Cari Earnhart

Cari Earnhart, First Week Section Leader & Second Week Conductor

Fresno, California

Dr. Cari Earnhart serves as the Director of Choral Activities at California State University, Fresno. In demand as a conductor, clinician and adjudicator, Earnhart has worked with choirs in the US and abroad, holding positions in Florence, Istanbul and Dubai. She has conducted honor choirs and served as clinician for choral festivals across the US and Canada. She frequently presents workshops on Arabic Choral music, conducting techniques and vocal health for singers and conductors. An accomplished vocalist, Earnhart has performed professionally in the US, Europe and the Middle East. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance and Master of Music degrees in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from Oklahoma State University and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Conducting with related field studies in Vocal Pedagogy from the University of North Texas. She is delighted to be returning for her fourth year as faculty at OSAI!

Jan Hanson

Jan Hanson, Second Week Section Leader

Chickasha, Oklahoma

Dr. Jan Hanson, Professor of Music, is the conductor of the Science & Arts Concert Choir and Chamber Ensemble. Dr. Hanson teaches coursework in Music History and Literature, Conducting and Music Methods. She is in frequent demand as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator throughout the area. In addition to her choral work, Dr. Hanson enjoys music directing stage works, including dozens of Science & Arts, community and regional music theatre productions, most recently, “Songs from a New World”. As a collaborative artist, she accompanies performers on the piano, organ and harpsichord.

Dr. Hanson’s former students are employed as public school music teachers, music ministers and private instructors throughout the state. A number of her students successfully completed graduate degrees and are national board-certified music instructors. Dr. Hanson established and organized several initiatives with area schools, from elementary through collegiate. She hosted the inaugural Science & Arts Music Teacher Alumni Festival in March 2019, featuring Science & Arts teachers and their choirs in a joint performance.

Her greatest joys are her two daughters, Erin, a Texas band director, and Mallory, a social worker in the Dallas area. Dr. Hanson is grateful for the opportunity to teach: it is a privilege to serve in the profession.

Alex Sutton

Alex Sutton, Section Leader

Milan, Michigan

Active as a conductor-teacher, clinician, and presenter, Alex Sutton recently completed an appointment as director of choirs at Wayne State University, where he guided all aspects of its choral program and taught graduate and undergraduate choral conducting and literature. He previously served as associate director of choirs at the University of West Georgia and taught K–12 music in Michigan public schools. Choruses prepared by Alex have appeared with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra under the batons of Leonard Slatkin, André Raphel, and Richard Kaufman, and he recently led Detroit’s historic Fort Street Chorale and Orchestra in performances of Handel’s Messiah. Alex studied conducting and music education at the University of Michigan and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and his teachers include Jerry Blackstone, Paul Rardin, and Earl Rivers. He is THRILLED to reunite with OSAI for a fourth (non-consecutive) summer of music and memories!

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, Poetry 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.

A.J. Verdelle

A.J. Verdelle, Prose Instructor

Baltimore, Maryland

A.J. Verdelle is a working mother and author of The Good Negress, a novel that was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, the IMPAC/Dublin Literary Award, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Verdelle also received a Whiting Writers Award and received the Vursell Distinguished Prose Fiction award from the American Academy of Arts & Letters. Verdelle has published essays about art, photography, and Hurricane Katrina. Verdelle teaches undergraduates at Morgan State University, an HBCU in Baltimore, MD and works with graduate writers in the low-residency MFA program at Lesley University. In Spring 2022, Harper/Amistad will publish A.J. Verdelle’s memoir about her relationship with the late Toni Morrison.

Dance

Roscoe Sales

Roscoe Sales, Ballet Instructor

Atlanta, Georgia

Mari Cook Medley Faculty Chair

Roscoe Sales is a graduate of North Carolina School of the Arts where he earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance. He continued his training as a fellowship student at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center. Mr. Sales began his professional career with North Carolina Dance Theater.  He also performed with the Dance Theater of Harlem, The Metropolitan Opera House in " Porgy and Bess", the Atlanta Ballet, Greensboro Ballet, High Point Ballet and was one of the original members of the Atlanta based company; Ballethnic Dance Company. Mr. Sales has performed in ballets such as The Nutcracker, Coppelia, A Midsummer Nights Dream , Carmina Burana, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan and many others. In 1999 Mr. Sales made his debut as a choreographer with his version of " Othello " for Carolina Ballet. Mr. Sales has choreographed throughout the Carolinas and Atlanta. His choreography has been chosen for the SERBA dance festival (South Eastern Regional Ballet Association) and he has been on faculty for the festival for several years.  Mr. Sales has judged competitions throughout the Carolinas and guest teaches in Virginia, Georgia, Michigan, and the Carolinas. He also served recently as an adjudicator and instructor for the West Virginia Dance Festival.  Mr. Sales is currently on staff at the Atlanta Ballet, Metropolitan Ballet, Tolbert Yilmaz School of Dance and Price Performing Arts as a ballet and modern instructor.

DeeAnna Hiett, Modern Dance Instructor

Kansas City, Missouri

Mari Cook Medley Faculty Chair

DeeAnna Hiett was a charter member of the Jamison Project under the direction of Judith Jamison and later became a member of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. She has performed with Ballet Hysell, the Wylliams Henry Contemporary Dance Theater, Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, Quixotic, as well as special guest artist at many venues including the Kansas City Ballet. She performed at The Career Transitions for Dancers 22nd Anniversary Jubilee in New York City, and is a recipient of The Generative Performing Artists Award from the Kansas City Charlotte Street Foundation. Her work “Without a Word” was performed at The John F. Kennedy Performing Arts Center at the American College Dance Association’s National Festival. She is the co-artistic director of the Wylliams Henry Contemporary Dance Company and is currently an associate professor and chair of dance at The University of Missouri Kansas City Conservatory.

Evangelos Spanos

Evangelos Spanos, Collaborative Pianist

Kansas City, Missouri

Evangelos Spanos (b.1980) is a Greek-born pianist that has performed extensively in the United States and Europe as a soloist and chamber musician and maintains an active presence in the Kansas City music scene.

Evangelos currently serves on the music staff of the Kansas City Ballet and UMKC Dance department and has performed for numerous opera productions at the University of Kansas, Lyric Opera of Kansas as well as accompanying master classes for Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham, Mark Morris Dance Company, Dance Theatre of Harlem (summer intensive) and others.  Most recently, he performed for productions at Music Hall (Book of Mormon) Starlight Theatre (Hairspray, Grease, Something Rotten, Little Mermaid) as well as playing for Evanescence and Zelda music concerts.  Besides performing, Evangelos composes original music for media and dance projects. Parallel Lives (electronic composition) has been used by the Kansas City Ballet and Deeply Rooted Dance company in Chicago, in choreography by Gary Abbot.  

Drawing & Painting

John Hampshire

John Hampshire, Instructor

Troy, New York

Pauline Dwyer Macklanburg & Robert A. Macklanburg, Jr. Foundation Faculty Chair

John Hampshire was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1971. He received a Bachelor of Science in Art from Skidmore College in 1994 and Master of Fine Arts degree from SUNY Albany in 1997. He is currently a Professor of Fine Art at SUNY Adirondack, where he has taught for the last 15 years. Prior to that he taught for numerous local colleges, including Skidmore College, the Sage Colleges, Siena College, and the College of St. Rose. John has had numerous solo and group exhibitions nationally. Solo exhibitions of his work have occurred at such locations as the Show Walls at 1133 Avenue of the Americas in NYC, the Fine Art Gallery at the State College of Florida in Bradenton, The Hunter Gallery in Middletown in RI, Rice Gallery at McDaniel College in MD, and the Project Room at the Phoenix Gallery in NYC. He has been the recipient of many honors and awards, including the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creativity, the NYFA fellowship grant, and the Purchase Award from the Hyde Museum. Publications with reviews of his work include The New York Times, Times Union, The Daily Gazette, and Metroland magazine. John has appeared in articles and interviews in Artvoices Magazine, Times Union, Troy Record, Pulse Magazine, as well as a television interview on A House for the Arts on PBS. He also wrote an article on his work published in The Artist’s Magazine. John lives and maintains a studio in the former Church of the Holy Trinity in Troy, NY.

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Lisa Lebofsky, Instructor

New York, New York 

Pauline Dwyer Macklanburg & Robert A. Macklanburg, Jr. Foundation Faculty Chair

Lisa Lebofsky’s paintings explore our emotional and physical relationship with nature. She holds her BFA in metals from SUNY New Paltz, and MFA in painting from New York Academy of Art. In addition to solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally, she is the recipient of several awards and residencies including: Shenandoah National Park, VA, Terra Nova National Park, Newfoundland, New Bedford Whaling Museum, MA, Saltonstall, NY, Tilting AIR, Fogo Island, Newfoundland, Jentel, WY. Lisa is back in New York City after wrapping up a 3 year mission painting across North America to better know the changes happening in our environment and to share the stories of the people affected.

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Film & Video

Alrick Brown

Alrick Brown, Instructor

Alrick Brown is Assistant Professor of Undergraduate Film and Television at NYU. An award winning writer and director, he found his medium, film, after visiting the slave castle of Elmina, in Ghana, during two years of service with the Peace Corps in Cote d'Ivoire. His cinematic reach includes credits on the small screen as director, producer and writer on a variety of projects – ABC’s Final Witness, ESPN’s short doc series Spike Lee’s Lil’ Joint, and Investigative Discoveries Emmy-Award winning series A Crime To Remember. Alrick’s collective body of film work has earned several honors. Among them is the HBO Life Through Your Lens Emerging Filmmaker Award for the critically acclaimed documentary Death of Two Sons. Alrick’s first feature, Kinyarwanda, was recipient of the prestigious Sundance World Cinema Audience Award.

Bryan Cardinale-Powell, Film & Video Editor

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Bryan is a teacher, filmmaker, and photographer who currently serves as Chair and Associate Professor of Film at Oklahoma City University. His professional experience includes working for Panavision-Chicago and as a freelance producer, writer, editor, and cameraman based out of Atlanta where he won a Southeast Region Emmy Award. His film interests include American independent cinema and personal documentary, and his writing is included in "Devised and Directed by Mike Leigh," a collection of essays on the British director’s work that Bryan co-edited with Marc DiPaolo.

Alan Novey

Alan Novey, Film & Video Technician

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Alan Novey is an Oklahoma-born cinematographer and producer. Novey graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1999 with a BFA in film, video, and photography. Novey has worked as a director of photography on numerous documentary and narrative films, including the Bradley Beesley film Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo (HBO), which premiered at the South By Southwest Film Festival in 2009. Novey has also photographed and produced various other commercial projects, music videos, and films, including Okie Noodling II (PBS), Rainbow Around the Sun, and The Flaming Lips concert film UFOs at the Zoo (Warner Bros.). Alan is thrilled and honored to return for his ninth year at OSAI!

Orchestra

Allen Tinkham

Allen Tinkham, Conductor

Chicago, Illinois

Allen Tinkham is increasingly recognized as one of the most inspiring and exciting conductors and teachers of his generation. In his nineteenth season as Music Director of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras (CYSO), Tinkham has led the CYSO Symphony Orchestra in its Carnegie Hall debut, first live broadcast, first recording release, and seven international tours. As a guest conductor and educator, Tinkham returns to the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute this season and regularly leads the Civic Orchestra of Chicago at the Chicago Youth In Music Festival as well as NAfME All-State Orchestras. Tinkham is also in his fifth season as Music Director of the Chicago Composers Orchestra and on faculty for the MFA Music Composition for the Screen at Columbia College of Chicago. Tinkham began his career as Apprentice Conductor at the Oregon Symphony Orchestra after attending the Eastman School of Music and the University of Michigan School of Music.

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Mikylah Myers

Mikylah Myers, Violin

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Violinist Dr. Mikylah Myers’ performances have been called “energetic and virtuosic” by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, and “captivating” by Boulder, Colorado’s Daily Camera. Myers is Assistant Dean of Student Artistic Achievement and Professor of Violin at West Virginia University. She has performed internationally as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, and Hungary. She was formerly concertmaster of the San Juan Symphony and was a 19-year member of the Britt Festival Orchestra in Jacksonville, Oregon. Myers received her doctoral and master’s degrees in violin performance from the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music, where she studied with Fredell Lack, and her bachelor of music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where she studied violin with Roland and Almita Vamos. She was also a four-year-member and co-captain of the Oberlin College varsity women’s soccer team. She can be heard on Delos and Parma Records.

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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.

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Betty Yuan

Shaohong "Betty" Yuan, Violin Coach

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Dr. Shaohong “Betty” Yuan has served as string faculty at Oklahoma City University since the fall of 2019.

As a scholar, Yuan has held several open lecture-recitals and masterclasses nationally and internationally. These include a Summer 2018 lecture-recital series on her doctoral research and performance analysis document at the Renmin University of China and Beijing Normal University; an open master class under the invitation of the Beijing Normal University Strings Association in early 2019; and an academic lecture on traditional Chinese music at the University of Oklahoma.

As an active performer, Yuan is a member of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic since 2012. Before that, she played in the Central Opera Theatre Symphony Orchestra, the Chinese Opera Theatre Symphony Orchestra, the Chinese Film Orchestra, and the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra in venues such as Beijing’s Bird's Nest stadium, the National Grand Theatre, the Beijing Concert Hall, and the National Assembly Hall.

Misha Galaganov

Misha Galaganov, Viola

Fort Worth, Texas

Dr. Misha Galaganov, chair of strings at TCU, has performed in Russia, Korea, China, Italy, Israel, Czech Republic, Mexico, Holland, Belgium, Germany, Austria, and the USA in many prestigious venues, including Concertgebouw, Carnegie, and Shanghai Concert Halls. He has premiered more than 20 compositions by composers from all continents. An active advocate for chamber music, Galaganov has founded and directed chamber music programs in the Greater Youth Orchestra of Fort Worth, Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute, and at TCU (Chamber Music Roundup festivals and Academy). He was also a co-founder of the chamber music program at Steinway Hall in Fort Worth. Galaganov has taught in many festivals and given master classes in Europe, America, and Asia. Many of his viola and violin students have successful solo, teaching, and orchestra careers in many countries around the world. Galaganov performs and records on Mansuy a Paris viola.

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

Acclaimed for his musicality and virtuosity, Volkan Orhon was a prizewinner in the Concert Artists Guild Competition in NY and was the co-first place winner of the International Society of Bassists Solo Competition. Additionally, he distinguished himself as the first double bass player ever to win the grand prize overall at the American String Teacher's Association Solo Competition.

Orhon has performed with internationally recognized musicians including Gary Karr, Fazil Say, as well as JACK, Emerson and Tokyo String Quartets.

Orhon has recorded CDs under the Albany, Centaur, and Crystal Records labels. Most recently, he recorded the Double Bass Concerto with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London, a work written for him by the composer David Gompper.  This recording will be released under the Naxos label in 2020.

Orhon is the professor of double bass at the University of Iowa.

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Susan Saylor

Susan Saylor, Flute

Chicago, Illinois

Susan Saylor is an active soloist and chamber musician who has performed throughout North America and Europe. She is currently principal flutist of Camerata Chicago, Metropolis Symphony, Handel Week Festival Orchestra, and Kithara Trio, and is a founding member of the Mozart Project. She performs regularly with Broadway in Chicago, The Paramount Theater in Aurora, St. Charles Singers, Valparaiso Bach Institute, Chicago Chorale, Milwaukee Symphony, “Live from Studio One” WFMT radio broadcasts, and has played in the backup band for Ray Charles and Pacquito DʼRivera. She has recorded with the Milwaukee Symphony, Camerata Chicago, NuClassix Chamber Players, St. Charles Singers, GIA music publishing house, and for numerous radio and TV commercials. She has participated in both Tanglewood and Aspen Music Festivals and has played with the Boston and Philadelphia Orchestras. Teaching is a passion for Susan; she has a private studio of more than 35 students ranging from elementary school through adult learners and gives master classes and clinics throughout the Chicago-land area.

Deb Stevenson, Oboe

Chicago, Illinois

Deb Stevenson has been a freelance oboist in the Chicago area for over 30 years. She is founder and oboist with the Metropolis Quartet. She is also a member of the Metropolis and Lake Forest Symphonies, and is co-founder of the Mozart Journey—a collaboration with the St. Charles Singers and orchestra. Other groups frequently performed with are the Milwaukee Symphony, Ars Viva Orchestra, Handel Week Festival, and the Apollo Chorus. Ms. Stevenson can be heard on recordings of the Strauss Alpine Symphony and Stravinsky's complete Firebird with the Chicago Symphony; I Know Where I'm Going and Christmas in St. Charles with the St. Charles Singers; The Soundstage Sessions with Stevie Nicks, Messiah with Apollo Chorus; numerous recordings for GIA music publishing company and the Milwaukee Symphony; and Music from the Bolivian Rainforest with the Metropolis Symphony. As a contractor, Ms. Stevenson has hired performers for the St. Charles Singers concerts, recordings and Mozart Sacred Choral Works series—the Mozart Journey, as well as for the Heartland Voices and Canterbury Singers. In her work for the Paramount Arts Center, the Rialto Square Theater, and the Chicago Theater, she has provided musicians for artists such as Bernadette Peters, Bob Newhart, Marie Osmond, Smokey Robinson, Eddie Vedder, Video Games Live, and Mannheim Steamroller. She has provided orchestras for the Paramount Arts Center’s highly acclaimed, in-house-produced Broadway musical series. In addition to teaching at Wheaton College, Vandercook, and North Park Universities, she also maintains an active private teaching studio. Her students have gone on institutions such as Eastman, Interlochen Arts Academy, DePaul, Roosevelt, the University of Illinois, and the President’s Own Marine Band. Ms. Stevenson has studied oboe and English horn at the University of Louisville, Northern Illinois University, Boston University, and Northwestern University, where she received her Master of Music degree. She has studied with Grover Schiltz, Ray Still, Marion Gibson, Carl Sonik, and Larry Thorstenburg.

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Kimberly Cole Luevano

Kimberly Cole Luevano, Clarinet

Corinth, Texas

With reviews such as “breathtaking…” (The Clarinet), “virtuosic tone and technique”(Tampa Bay Times), “exceptionally sensitive and introspective rendition” (The Clarinet), and “a most skillful artist” (Fanfare Magazine), Kimberly Cole Luevano continually establishes herself as a soloist and chamber musician known for poignant interpretations and inventive programming. Luevano’s recordings on the Fleur de Son label received critical acclaim and Grammy award consideration; other recordings are available on the Centaur, Albany, and GIA labels. Luevano is a founding member of the chamber groups, HAVEN and TrioPolis. She joined the University of North Texas faculty in 2011, taught at the Interlochen Arts Camp from 2003 to 2012, and was Pedagogy Chairperson for the International Clarinet Association from 2012-15. Former students occupy performing and teaching positions throughout the United States and Canada. Luevano is grateful to her mentors, Elsa Ludewig Verdehr and James Gillespie. She plays and endorses Selmer Paris clarinets and is a D’Addario Company Performing Artist.

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Maya Stone, Bassoon

Nashville, Tennessee

Maya Stone is a champion of music. She has commissioned and premiered several works by American composers. Currently, Stone is the tenured Second Bassoonist with the Huntsville Symphony and Second Bassoon with the Sphinx Symphony in Detroit. Stone is a freelance musician in the Nashville region. She is also passionate about participating in the rise of musicianship and life skills in youth. She gives recitals and master classes around the U.S. each year. Dr. Stone was a visiting professor at Universities in Missouri and Ohio. Prior to that, she was Assistant Professor of Bassoon at Middle Tennessee State University, and in 2004, she held a visiting professorship in Double Reeds at Austin Peay State University. Dr. Stone has a D.M.A. from the University of Texas at Austin, an M.M. in from Michigan State University, and a B.M. from SUNY Potsdam. Her teachers include Kristin Wolfe Jensen, Barrick Stees, and Frank Wangler.

Gerry Wood, Horn

Colleyville, Texas

Gerald “Gerry” Wood is currently Third Horn of the Dallas Opera Orchestra and Assistant Principal Horn of the Dallas Winds (Formerly the Dallas Wind Symphony) in addition to being a frequent utility player for the both the Dallas and Fort Worth Symphonies. Adjunct Assistant Professor of Horn at the University of Texas Arlington, Gerry holds a Bachelor's degree in Music Education (Stephen F. Austin State University), a Masters in Horn Performance (University of Southern Mississippi) and is currently ABD in a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Horn Performance (University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana). His playing experience runs the gamut of performance ensembles. You name it, he's probably played in it. He has marched with The Cavalier Drum and Bugle Corps, played in numerous regional orchestras and nationally renowned chamber ensembles, including the American Wind Symphony Orchestra and is a founding member of the internationally renowned Horn quartet The Four Hornsmen of the Apocalypse. He is a very busy guy with regular engagements with the Dallas Symphony, the Fort Worth Symphony, the Dallas Wind Symphony, Plano Symphony Orchestra, Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra and many more. Gerry hasn't had hair on his head since he was twenty or so and, don't worry, his kids don't find him funny either!

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Christopher Wilson

Christopher Wilson, Trumpet

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Dr. Christopher Wilson is the Principal Trumpet of the Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra and Artist/Associate Professor of Trumpet at Arkansas State University. The journal of the Music Critics Association of North America described Wilson’s playing as “eloquent” and “masterful” in a 2018 review. He is an active soloist and clinician and has performed throughout the United States, Italy, and Japan, including multiple featured performances at the International Trumpet Guild Conferences. Previously, Wilson was a member of the United States Air Force Band, Washington, DC, where he was a featured tour soloist performing the Arutunian Trumpet Concerto. Wilson released New Horizons in 2013, a solo album of new original recital pieces for trumpet. The album was featured on National Public Radio as its “delight of the week.” Wilson often performs with the Arkansas Symphony, Nashville Symphony, Memphis Symphony, and Wheeling Symphony orchestras and is a Yamaha Performing Artist/Clinician.

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Noel Wallace

Noel Wallace, Low Brass

Denton, Texas

Noel Wallace teaches trombone at Hebron High School in Carrollton, Texas and Tarleton State University. Wallace holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music, Penn State, the University of North Texas, a performance certificate from the Rotterdam Conservatory NL, and a postdoc in retraining musicians with Focal Task Specific Dystonia from Musician’s Wellness North America. Wallace currently performs with the San Angelo Symphony, Tarnished Brass, Session Brass, and Coal Hill Quartet. Wallace’s Hebron students have consistently been members of Texas All-State and earn distinction at Texas UIL State Solo Contest. The Hebron Trombone Octet, was selected for a showcase concert at the 2019 International Trombone Festival. Students from Wallace’s studio have gone on to study music at: University of Central Arkansas, University of Texas, University of Michigan, Tarleton State University, Ouachita Baptist University, Vanderbilt University, Brigham Young University-Idaho, University of North Texas, and Texas A&M University-Commerce.

Genevieve Clarkson

Genevieve Clarkson, Tuba

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

An accomplished knitter, bundt pan aficionado, and Arlington, Virginia native, Dr. Genevieve Clarkson (she/her) joined the faculty of Oklahoma City University in fall of 2018. Genevieve has been featured as a soloist and clinician at a variety of conferences and workshops, including the Texas and Arizona Music Educators’ Conferences, the International Tuba-Euphonium Conference, the International Women’s Brass Conference, and the Army Band Tuba-Euphonium Workshop, and will be presenting at the upcoming 2021 Midwest Clinic in Chicago, Illinois. Genevieve received her BM in Music Education from James Madison University, her MM from the University of Cincinnati, and her Doctorate from Indiana University.

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John Parks

John Parks, Percussion

Tallahassee, Florida

John W. Parks IV, Professor of Percussion and 2018-19 Distinguished Teaching Professor at The Florida State University, holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music, Northwestern University and Furman University. He is artist/clinician for Malletech, Avedis Zildjian Cymbals, Black Swamp Percussion, and Remo. Parks made his Carnegie Hall solo recital debut in Weill Recital Hall in May of 2007, and has performed with diverse organizations ranging from the Eastman Wind Ensemble on their 2000 tour of Japan and Taiwan and the Schlossfestspiele Orchestra of Heidelberg to the Kansas City, Alabama, Key West, and Jacksonville Symphony Orchestras, as well as the Florida Orchestra, Naples Philharmonic, and Eastern Music Festival Faculty Orchestra. John also leads the FSU Percussion Ensemble, winners of the 2007 and 2011 Percussive Arts Society International Percussion Ensemble Competitions, and in 2013 was inducted into the Engineering Wing of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences as a voting member of the Grammy Awards.

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Lee Taylor

Lee Taylor, Chamber Music Coach

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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Photography

Claire Warden

Claire Warden, Instructor

Phoenix, Arizona

Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation Faculty Chair

Claire A. Warden (b. Montreal, Quebec) is an artist working in Phoenix, Arizona.

Claire’s artwork has been exhibited widely in the United States and abroad, including solo exhibitions at The University of Kansas Art & Design Gallery, Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, and Colorado Photographic Arts Center. She has been named LensCulture's Top 50 Emerging Talents, Photo Boite’s 30 Under 30 Women Photographers, and a Clarence John Laughlin Award finalist. She received an Artist Research and Development Grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, Philadelphia Photo Arts Center Contemporary Photography Exhibition award and the Ed Friedman Award from the Griffin Museum of Photography. Her work has been featured in publications, including Real Simple magazine, Der Greif Magazine, Strange Fire Collective, Common Ground Journal, Prism Magazine, Lenscratch, and Diffusion Magazine. Claire was awarded artist residencies through the Alfred and Trafford Klots International Program for Artists, Art Intersection in Arizona, the Center for Photography at Woodstock and LATITUDE in Chicago.

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David Emitt Adams

David Emitt Adams, Darkroom Technician

Phoenix, Arizona

Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation Faculty Chair

David Emitt Adams is an artist whose current practice engages historical photographic methods in order to create an informed contemporary dialogue about the past and present. Born in Yuma, Arizona, David obtained his Bachelors of Fine Art from Bowling Green State University and a Masters of Fine Arts from Arizona State University. He is a recipient of the Clarence John Laughlin Award, the Puffin Foundation Grant, and the Arizona Commission on the Arts Research and Development Grant. His work is in the permanent collection of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the Center for Creative Photography, the George Eastman Museum, the Museum of Photographic Arts San Diego, and numerous private collections. He has exhibited nationally and internationally, including museum exhibitions at Wichita Art Museum, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Phoenix Art Museum, and the Tucson Art Museum. David’s first solo museum exhibition, of his newest series POWER, is currently on view at the Roswell Museum and Art Center.

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Ben Long

Ben Long, Digital Technician

San Francisco, California

Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation Faculty Chair

Ben Long is a San Francisco-based photographer, writer, and teacher. The author of over two dozen books on digital photography and digital video, he is also the author of several best-selling LinkedInLearning.com photography courses. His photography clients have included 20th Century Fox, Blue Note Records, Global Business Network, the San Francisco Jazz Festival, the Pickle Family Circus, and Grammy-nominated jazz musicians Don Byron and Dafnis Prieto. He has taught and lectured on photography around the world, including workshops at the Santa Reparata International School of the Arts in Florence and a class for imaging engineers at Apple, Inc. He occasionally dabbles in computer programming and has written image editing utilities that are used by National Geographic, the British Museum, and the White House. Long was an OSAI acting student in 1985.

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