2019 Faculty


Grace Kiley

Grace Kiley, Instructor

New York, New York

Grace Kiley, an outstanding actor, director, and playwright, is currently finishing her play, Sacrifice, to be produced in 2019. In recent years she has been active as a director with her own company, the Kiley Ensemble, most recently in January 2018 with a highly acclaimed production of Jane Anderson’s The Baby Dance. Her film, Silver Stream, which she wrote, directed, and starred in, will be released in 2019. Her most recent solo show, Grace Kelly: Longing for Grace, won three awards at the United Solo Festival in NYC for Best One Woman Show, Best Director (Austin Pendleton), and Best Makeup (Elle Murphy) for 2012 and Best Encore in 2013. Longing for Grace won praise at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival of 2013, where she performed at Hill Street Theatre, and just before that in the East to Edinburgh program at the 59E59 Theaters in New York. As an actress, she starred in the role of Kate in a reading of Arthur Miller’s All My Sons, directed by Michael Miller—a project beginning in the 2018 Atlantic Director’s Course—to be repeated in spring 2019 by The Arts Press and potentially developed into a full production. Other credits include an award-winning performance in IMTF’s NeverCracked, the debut of her original solo piece, I Bred The Best, at the Estrogenius Festival and Theater West, as well as leading roles in Summerfolk (dir. Austin Pendleton), A Death of a Salesman, Shirley Valentine, Six Degrees of Separation, The Novelist, A Life in the Theater, Old Times, Hot Flashes, and A Perfect Analysis Given By a Parrot, along with numerous TV and film credits, most recently, The Comedy starring Tim Heidecker. Ms. Kiley teaches Directing at NYU’s Tisch Kanbar Center for Film & TV, as well as acting courses at the Stella Adler Studio, Trinity/LaMama Urban Arts Program, and at her own studio, Grace Kiley ACTING in New York City. She coaches actors in New York and Los Angeles, as well as students applying to prestigious drama programs, like Juilliard and NYU. Grace is a member of the Playwrights/Directors Unit (PDU) at The Actors Studio, New York.



Robert Ward

Robert Ward, Conductor

Emporia, Kansas

Dr. Robert Ward serves as the Director of Choral Activities at Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas. He holds degrees from Oklahoma State University, B.M. and Southern Methodist University, M.M. in music education and a D.M.A. in choral conducting from the University of North Texas. As an educator, Robert taught middle and high school choir in North Texas. In that time he became interested in emerging teaching philosophies and their potential impact in music. He has presented at conferences and inservice sessions on these topics trying to bring the art of choral music and the art of classroom teaching into a singular focus. Robert maintains a full singing schedule as a chorister and soloist performing with a variety of professional and civic choirs around the country. Dr. Ward is a proud alumnus of OSAI having attended as a chorus member from 1996-1998.

Cari Earnhart

Cari Earnhart, Section Leader

Fresno, California

Dr. Cari Earnhart serves as the Director of Choral Activities at California State University, Fresno, where she conducts the Fresno State Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, and Masterworks Chorus, and teaches undergraduate/graduate conducting. In demand as a conductor, clinician, and adjudicator, Dr. Earnhart has worked with choirs in the US and abroad. As a conductor abroad, she served as Director of Choral Activities at the American University of Sharjah and as guest conductor with the Budapesti Vándor Kórus in Budapest, Hungary, and the Istanbul International Chamber Choir, as well as Maestro of Ensemble Vocale Tempus Floridum and Maestro Collaboratore of Coro dell’ Accademia del Diletto and Coro Polofonico del Caricentro in Florence. Dr. Earnhart was the first female Conductor of the UNT Men’s Chorus and served as Assistant Conductor of Schola Cantorum of Texas in Ft. Worth. In addition, she has served as guest conductor for honor choirs and choral festivals and as a guest lecturer for conducting and vocal master classes. In April 2017, the Fresno State Chamber Singers performed under her direction at the Library of Congress to honor the 21st US Poet Laureate. She frequently presents workshops on Arabic choral music, vocal health for singers and conductors, and vocal epidemiology and serves as the ACDA Western Division Repertoire and Resources Chair. An accomplished vocalist, Earnhart has performed professionally as a soloist in the US, Europe, and the Middle East. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and Master of Music degrees in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from Oklahoma State University and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting with related field studies in Vocal Pedagogy from the University of North Texas in Denton. She is very excited to be returning for her second year as faculty at Quartz Mountain.

Peter Steenblik

Peter Steenblik, Section Leader

Pensacola, Florida

Dr. Peter Steenblik is Director of Choral Activities at the University of West Florida and Chorus Master for the Pensacola Opera. He completed a doctoral degree in conducting at the University of North Texas where he was director of the Women's Chorus. He holds a master’s and bachelor’s in choral conducting and music education from the University of Utah, and was Director of Choral Music at Jordan High School (Utah) for 10 years. Steenblik served as the head of choral activities for the Utah Music Educators Association (2010-2012) and on the Utah ACDA board. A former member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Steenblik made frequent solo appearances. His students have appeared in concert with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Utah Symphony, Ballet West, Women’s Chorus of Dallas, Pensacola Opera, and Pensacola Symphony Orchestra. He is an active clinician, presenter, and adjudicator.


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

Rachel McKibbens

Rachel McKibbens, Instructor

Rochester, New York

Rachel McKibbens is a two-time New York Foundation for the Arts poetry fellow and author of three acclaimed books of poetry. For four years McKibbens taught poetry through the Healing Arts Program at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan and continues to tour college campuses across the country as an advocate for mental health awareness, gender-equality,
domestic and sexual assault prevention, and survivor empowerment. In 2012, McKibbens founded The Pink Door Writing Retreat, an annual writingworkshop exclusively for women, femme, trans, and non-binary writers of color. She is a member of Latinas Unidas and the WOC•Art Collaborative. She lives in upstate New York.


Tomiko Magario, Ballet Instructor

Ossining, New York

Tomiko Magario’s ballet class is built with a healthy understanding of body and a profound appreciation of dance history. She has also held the position of ballet mistress and choreographed numerous ballets on students and companies. As a dancer, her wide vocabulary in dance took her everywhere from the Downtown NY to Lincoln Center as a guest artist of the New York Philharmonic. Magario has performed as a principal and soloist with companies such as Ballet Theatre Pennsylvania, Ballet New England, New Jersey Ballet, and others. As a teacher, she continues to educate herself by attending teacher training courses at Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet and dancer wellness workshops with New York City Ballet. She continues to study and perform with dance historian and Baroque dance specialist Thomas Baird. Currently, Magario is full-time faculty at Steps on Broadway and director/founder of New Rising Sun Dance Project.

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Marianne Dello Joio, Modern Dance Instructor

New York, New York

Originally from Copenhagen, Denmark, Marianne Dello Joio danced with the companies of Paul Taylor, Senta Driver, and Diane Gray. In 1980, she was invited by Martha Graham to join the faculty of the Graham Center in New York. She was a faculty member from 1980 to 2010, and served as both Director of the School and Dean of Students. Martha Graham selected Marianne to introduce the Graham technique at The Royal Danish Ballet, in Copenhagen, and also had Marianne twice assist in setting a Graham Center in Firenze, Italy. Marianne was appointed in 2000 to teach Graham technique at the Ailey School. In 2014, she was appointed a faculty member at American Ballet Theater’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School. Her other teaching includes American Ballet Theater Summer, French Academie of Ballet Summer, Studio Maestro New York Summer Intensive, The International Danse Center Paris, Dansens Hus Copenhagen, Ballet Akademiet Stockholm, and Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. Ms. Dello Joio resides in New York City with her husband, composer Justin Dello Joio, and their daughter Chiara.

Andy Monroe

Andy Monroe, Collaborative Pianist

New York, New York

Andy Monroe works with The Ailey School and The Juilliard School in New York City. His albums Joyful Noise 1, Rain, Joyful Noise 2, and Song for a Winter Night are sold internationally. He has twice received the BMI Foundation Jerry Bock Award for Excellence in Musical Theatre and has also received the Outer Critics Circle award and a Jonathan Larson Grant for his music for The Kid (The New Group, 2010). He co-wrote a song for Rosie O’Donnell for her HBO special A Family is a Family is a Family. He wrote the full-length musical, Drive, as well as the score for the Tragic and Horrible Life of the Singing Nun (New York Musical Theatre Festival, 2006). He is a member of the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop and was a 2007-8 Dramatist Guild Fellow. In 2001, he received the BMI Foundation Jerry Harrington Award for Outstanding Creative Achievement.


Drawing & Painting

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John Hitchcock, Instructor

Madison, Wisconsin

John Hitchcock is an artist, Professor of Art, and Associate Dean of Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Professor Hitchcock has served as faculty director of The Studio learning community and art department graduate chair. Hitchcock has been the recipient of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Artistic Innovation and Collaboration grant, New York; Jerome Foundation grant, Minnesota; and the Creative Arts Award and Emily Mead Baldwin Award in the Creative Arts at the University of Wisconsin. Hitchcock’s artwork has been exhibited at numerous venues including the International Print Center in New York, New York; Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico; Museum of Wisconsin Arts in West Bend, Wisconsin; The Rauschenberg Project Space in New York, New York; “Air, Land, Seed” on the occasion of the Venice Biennale 54th International Art at the University of Ca' Foscari, Venice, Italy; and “Envisioning The Plains” Solo exhibition at the American Culture Center in Shanghai, China.


Film & Video

Annie Nocenti, Instructor

New York, New York

Annie Nocenti’s films include Disarming Falcons (DOC NYC 2014) and Taking Chances (2009). She taught filmmaking at the Indigenous Film Circle in Finmark, Norway, and at the Cine Institute in Haiti (https://hilobrow.com/tag/goudou-goudou), for which she was given the Humanitarian Award at the Tulsa International Film Festival. Her journalism has appeared in Details, PRINT, Filmmaker and more. Her falcon tale, The Most Expensive Road Trip in the World, appears in Anthony Bourdain’s Best Travel Writing 2008. Her comic work includes Marvel’s Daredevil and DC’s Catwoman. As the editor of Scenario, she interviewed film greats such as Christopher Nolan, Darren Aronofsky, Francis Ford Coppola, Roman Polanski, Charlie Kaufman and more. She is a producer of MAGIC CITY a street art exhibit (Germany 2016 - 2018), and MARVEL: Universe of Super Heroes (MoPOP Seattle 2019). Nocenti’s current comic is THE SEEDS with artist David Aja and editor Karen Berger, at Berger Books/Dark Horse.

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 eighth year at Quartz Mountain!


Donald Schleicher

Donald Schleicher, Conductor

Champaign-Urbana, Illinois

Donald Schleicher is Professor of Music, Director of Orchestras, and Daniel J. Perrino Chair in Music at the University of Illinois. He has also served as Music Director of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra and as Music Director and Principal Conductor/Artistic Director for the Pine Mountain Music Festival. Schleicher has appeared internationally conducting the National Philharmonic of the Ukraine, the Guiyang (China) Symphony, the Gwangju (South Korea) Symphony, and many others. In demand as a clinician, he has been invited to lead performances and master classes at major American conservatories and universities including Oberlin Conservatory, Eastman School of Music, the University of Texas, Baylor University, and others. As an enthusiastic advocate of public school music education, Mr. Schleicher has led all-state orchestras, festival orchestras, and youth orchestras in nearly every state. Mr. Schleicher’s instruction in conducting at Illinois is an international draw for talented young conductors. Many of his former conducting students have gone on to hold prestigious positions with organizations such as the San Francisco Symphony, the Hartford Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, Richmond Philharmonic, and the University of Chicago.

Mikylah Myers

Mikylah Myers, First Violin

Morgantown, West Virginia

Violinist Dr. Mikylah Myers’ performances have been called “energetic and virtuosic” by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, and “captivating” by Boulder, Colorado’s Daily Camera. An award-winning chamber musician, Myers is Professor of Violin at West Virginia University, Coordinator of the WVU School of Music’s String Area, and violinist of the Lyon Piano Trio. She has performed internationally as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Italy, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, and Hungary, 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, Second 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. Lisa’s performances include Phantom of the Opera, Radio City Christmas Spectacular and My Fair Lady on Broadway. Dr. Tipton is the Director of the NY Youth Symphony Chamber Music Program, on the faculty of School for Strings, earned her B.A. from Cornell University, M.A. from The Aaron Copland School of Music and DMA from the CUNY Grad Center.


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.

Christine Lamprea, Cello

Fort Worth, Texas

Christine Lamprea is a dynamic artist with a growing reputation as a firebrand cellist with a “commitment to the highest standards” (P​alm Beach Daily News​). Recent performances include the Schumann concerto at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium and the premiere of a concerto written for her by Jeffrey Mumford. As a recitalist, Christine recently performed premieres of her own arrangements of Colombian music for Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and the Colombian Ambassador to the United States. Other credits include Illinois’ Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Florida’s Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Pepperdine University, and the Washington Performing Arts Society. She has performed with orchestras such as the Detroit Symphony, Houston Symphony, and the San Antonio Symphony. In 2018, she received the Sphinx Medal of Excellence for her contributions to the field as an artist of color.



Jeremy Attanaseo, Double Bass

Chicago, Illinois

Jeremy Attanaseo is the Assistant Principal Bass of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. He has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Grant Park Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Minnesota Orchestra, the Joffrey Ballet, and the Chicago Philharmonic. He is also principal bass of International Chamber Artists and New Millennium Symphony Orchestra. He was previously Principal Bass of the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra as well as a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Jeremy is part of the applied bass faculty at DePaul University. He also teaches bass pedagogy to music education and performance majors. Jeremy received his Bachelor of Music and Masters of Music in bass performance from DePaul University where he studied with Rob Kassinger.

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.

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 Acting Principal Bassoon 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 in the Dallas Opera Orchestra and Assistant Principal 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 internationally renowned chamber ensembles, including the American Wind Symphony Orchestra, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Yucatán, and is a founding member of the Four Hornsmen of the Apocalypse Horn Quartet. He is a very busy guy with regular engagements with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, and many of Dallas/Fort Worth regional professional orchestras. 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!


Christopher Wilson

Christopher Wilson, Trumpet

Jonesboro, Arkansas

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.

Nathaniel Brickens

Nathaniel Brickens, Trombone & Tuba

Austin, Texas

Nathaniel Brickens is Professor of Trombone at the University of Texas at Austin (UT). He is an alum of the Music Academy of the West, and he holds a DMA from UT, an MM from the University of Michigan, and a BM from Southern University. As a free-lance trombonist, he has performed with the St. Louis Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Houston Symphony, Opera St. Louis, Austin Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Victoria Bach Festival Orchestra, Ray Charles, Lena Horne, the Temptations, and with a wide variety of other popular artists. He has performed on the NBC's Today Show and has toured nationally as trombonist in the Texas Opera Theater Orchestra, Paragon Brass, and the Chicago-based Black Music Repertory Ensemble. He is a past president of the International Trombone Association, is an artist/clinician for Edwards Musical Instruments, and he has performed at festivals in Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Denmark, Germany, Finland, Russia, Spain, and the Netherlands.


John Parks

John Parks, Percussion

Tallahassee, Florida

John W. Parks IV, Professor of Percussion 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.

Michael Bukhman

Michael Bukhman, Piano

Fort Worth, Texas

Michael Bukhman is the newly appointed assistant Professor of Collaborative Piano and Chamber Music at Texas Christian University. He is an award-winning pianist, performing with Itzhak Perlman, Kim Kashkashian, Dawn Upshaw, The Attacca Quartet, Tessa Lark, Julia Bullock, and many other luminaries of our time. Notable music festival concert appearances include Yellow Barn Music Festival, The Perlman Music Program, and the Ojai Music Festival. He has also performed with members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Bukhman recently presented solo and chamber music masterclasses at Soochow University in Taipei, as well as at Shenandoah University, Concordia College, and Towson University. Bukhman attended the Oberlin Conservatory of Music as a student of Robert Shannon, where he recorded the complete 24 Preludes and Fugues of Shostakovich, becoming Oberlin’s first ever graduate with Honors in Piano Performance. He holds MM and DMA degrees from the Juilliard School, where he studied with Robert McDonald.



Kurt Markus

Kurt Markus, Instructor

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Kurt Markus was born and raised in northwest Montana and has spent most of his 71 years in the same valley, the Flathead. His career has been marked by variety, covering a wide range of subject matter, and various mediums. He was known for many years as a chronicler of the cowboy West, along the way publishing three books, After Barbed Wire, Buckaroo, and Cowpuncher. Since then he has turned his eye and energies to magazine editorial and advertising assignments, self-directed “personal” work, gallery exhibitions, screenplay writing, music videos, and documentary filmmaking. He has also been in (and out of) the world of fashion for many years, enjoying long relationships with such fashion houses as Armani, Bogner, Yamamoto, Bill Robinson, Banana Republic, and Esprit. He and Maria, his wife and agent for more than 30 years, have moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico to begin anew.


Konrad Eek, Darkroom Technician

Norman, Oklahoma

Konrad Eek is a photographer, custom framer, and arts educator based in Norman, Oklahoma. A product photography specialist his portfolio ranges from frying pans to fine art. As a framer his work varies from the simplest frame to multi floor office installations, with a new emphasis on individual hand crafted frames for artists and collectors. As an educator he has served as an adjunct professor for Oklahoma City Community College for over 15 years. Eek has facilitated many workshops for a diverse group of arts organizations and commercial clients. He is the author of many courses and articles for Lynda.com covering framing, exhibiting, photo lighting, Photoshop, and traditional black and white photography. He has also served the Oklahoma Arts Institute in a number of roles for over 25 years.

Ben Long, Digital Technician

San Francisco, California

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 a senior contributing editor to Macworld magazine, a contributing editor at CreativePro.com, and the author of several best-selling Lynda.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.


Guest Artist

Regina Saisi, Improvisation

San Francisco, California

Regina Saisi is a San Francisco-based actor and improviser.  She is an instructor at Marin County School District and BATS Improv where she served as Dean from 2008-2018.  She has taught at San Francisco Conservatory of Music, UC Santa Cruz and KAUST in Saudi Arabia and has performed internationally in Belgium, Holland, Italy, Finland, France, Sweden, Saudi Arabia and Lebanon. A pioneer in the development of long-form improv, she is a founding member of the improvisational theatre companies True Fiction Magazine, Pulp Playhouse, Improv Playhouse of San Francisco and is a Company member of BATS Improv where she served as Artistic Director from 2001-2004.  Saisi is a firm believer that improvisation has value to anyone regardless of their profession, and teaches improvisation to corporate clients as part of the Improv @ Work program at BATS Improv.

Chance Thomas, Composer

Bountiful, Utah

Chance Thomas is an American author and composer for video games, movies, and television. His music has underscored both critical acclaim and commercial success, including an Oscar, an Emmy, and billions of dollars in sales worldwide. Chance has composed music for some of the world’s most valuable entertainment properties, including Lord of the Rings, Avatar, Marvel, Warhammer, Might & Magic, Dungeons & Dragons, DOTA 2, King Kong, Star Wars, and many more. His music has been honored with over 40 professional awards and nominations, and has been highlighted in the New York Times, USA TODAY, Entertainment Weekly, Wired Magazine, and many other publications. Chance authored the popular composer’s guidebook, Composing Music for Games: The Art, Technology and Business of Video Game Scoring. The book has been widely praised for giving composers needed tool to establish and maintain a successful career in music scoring.