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2020 Faculty

Guest Artists

Jad Abumrad

Jad Abumrad

Brooklyn, New York

Jad Abumrad is the host and creator of Radiolab (, a public radio program broadcast on 524 stations across the nation and downloaded more than 9 million times a month as a podcast. Most days, Radiolab is the 2nd most popular podcast, just behind This American Life.

Jad Abumrad did most of his growing up in Tennessee, before studying creative writing and music composition at Oberlin College in Ohio. Following graduation, Abumrad wrote music for films, and reported and produced documentaries for a variety of local and national public radio programs.

In 2002, Abumrad began tinkering with an idea for a new kind of radio program, an open-ended radio “laboratory.” Radiolab has since evolved into one of public radio’s most popular programs. Abumrad hosts the program with Robert Krulwich and also serves as its lead producer, composer and managing editor.

Abumrad employs his dual backgrounds as composer and journalist to create what’s been called “a new aesthetic” in broadcast journalism. He orchestrates dialogue, music, interviews and sound effects into compelling documentaries that draw listeners into investigations of otherwise intimidating topics, such as the nature of numbers, the evolution of altruism, or the legal foundation for the war on terror.

In 2010, Radiolab was awarded the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award and 2011 Abumrad was honored as a MacArthur Fellow (also known as the Genius Grant). The MacArthur Foundation website says: “Abumrad is inspiring boundless curiosity within a new generation of listeners and experimenting with sound to find ever more effective and entertaining ways to explain ideas and tell a story.” In 2015 the Radiolab episode ‘60 Words’ was awarded a George Foster Peabody Award. The Radiolab spinoff, More Perfect, a series about untold stories of the Supreme Court, is currently in its 2nd season. The New York Times called More Perfect “...possibly the most mesmerizing podcast.” An album inspired by the show and titled 27: The Most Perfect Album has contributions by Dolly Parton, Devendra Banhart, Flor de Toloache and They Might Be Giants.

Alongside his radio work, Abumrad continues to work as a composer and remixer.

Abumrad’s appearance at OSAI at Home is made possible by a generous grant from the Hearst Foundations.

Misty Copeland

New York, New York

Raised in San Pedro, California, Misty Copeland began her ballet studies at the age of thirteen. She studied at the San Francisco Ballet School and American Ballet Theatre's Summer Intensive. In 2015, Misty was promoted to principal dancer, making her the first Black Woman to ever be promoted to the position at ABT. Misty made her Broadway debut in the role of “Ivy Smith/Miss Turnstiles” in On the Town. In 2018, she made her movie debut in Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms as the “Ballerina of the Realms”.

Groundbreaking debuts for Misty have been  Firebird, “Clara” in ABT’s The Nutcracker, the first black woman to perform the lead role of “Odette/Odile” in ABT’s Swan Lake, as well as “Juliet” in Romeo & Juliet, Giselle, “Kitri” in Don Quixote, Manon, and “Aurora” in The Sleeping Beauty as a guest artist with The Australian Ballet.

In 2012, she was inducted into the Boys & Girls Club National Hall of Fame. She received an honorary doctorate from the University of Hartford in 2014. Misty was named to the Time 100 List and received the 2015 Glamour Magazine Women of the Year Award. In 2018, she was honored with the DVF Award for Inspiration.

Her endorsements include, both past and present, Under Armour, American Express, COACH, Seiko, Dannon Oikos, Diet Dr. Pepper, Estee Lauder, Naked Juice and Stuart Weitzman. She launched the Misty Copeland Signature Collection with the UA in 2018.

Misty is the author of two successful New York Times bestselling books: Life in Motion and Ballerina Body, as well as the award-winning children’s book Firebird.

Copeland's appearance at OSAI at Home is made possible by a generous grant from the Hearst Foundations.

Keith Carter

Keith Carter

Beaumont, Texas

Keith Carter is one of the most influential and renowned fine-art/editorial photographers working today. An internationally respected educator, workshop leader, and recipient of the Texas Medal of Arts, Keith holds the Endowed Walles Chair of Art at Lamar University in Texas, where he received the Regents’ Professor Award. He has published 14 books of his expressive images. His photographs are in numerous collections including the Getty Museum, Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Art Institute of Chicago, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Carter's appearance at OSAI at Home is made possible through the Sarkeys Guest Artists Fund.

Headshot of Kelli O'Hara

Kelli O'Hara

Stage and screen star Kelli O’Hara has established herself as one of Broadway’s greatest leading ladies. Her portrayal of Anna Leonowens in The King and I garnered her the 2015 Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical, along with Grammy, Drama League, Outer Critics, and Oliver nominations. She reprised the role while making her West End debut, and performed a limited engagement at Tokyo’s Orb Theatre.

Kelli also received an Emmy nomination for her portrayal of Katie Bonner in the hit web series The Accidental Wolf. Other film and television credits include the second season of Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why, All The Bright Places, Peter Pan Live!, Sex & The City 2, Martin Scorsese’s The Key to Reserva, Showtime’s Masters of Sex, CBS All Access’ The Good FightBlue Bloods, N3mbers, and the animated series Car Talk

Other Broadway credits include Kiss Me Kate (Tony, Drama League, OCC nominations), The Bridges of Madison County (Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League, OCC nominations), Nice Work If You Can Get It (Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League, OCC nominations), South Pacific (Tony, Drama Desk, OCC nominations), The Pajama Game (Tony, Drama Desk, OCC nominations), The Light in the Piazza (Tony, Drama Desk nominations), Sweet Smell of SuccessFolliesDracula, and Jekyll & Hyde. She was awarded the prestigious Drama League’s Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre Award in 2019.

In 2015, she made her Metropolitan Opera debut in Lehár’s The Merry Widow and returned as Despina in Mozart’s Così fan tutte. Her concerts have gained international acclaim, spanning from Carnegie Hall to Tokyo. She is a frequent performer on PBS’s live telecasts, The Kennedy Center Honors and performs often alongside The New York Philharmonic.

Along with two Grammy nominations, her solo albums, Always and Wonder in the World, are available on Ghostlight Records.

O'Hara's appearance at OSAI at Home is made possible through the Sarkeys Guest Artists Fund.


Daniel Spector

Daniel Spector, Instructor

New York, New York

Sarkeys Foundation Faculty Chair

Daniel Spector is a theater teacher, director, and acting coach.  At New York University, he is a Distinguished Teacher at the Tisch School of the Arts, where is also Director of the Shakespeare program, The Classical Studio.  He has directed and coached actors on over 40 productions of 26 of Shakespeare's plays. He is a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab and is an alumnus of the Broadway Theatre Project. He has served as a consultant to PBS on matters Shakespearean, moderated Artist Talks at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, led workshops and spoken at numerous conferences around the world, and produced many readings of new plays. A frequent collaborator in the classroom, he has taught with Alec Baldwin, Louis Scheeder, and Tim Carroll. 

Sara Topham, Associate Instructor

New York, New York

Broadway Credits include: The Importance Of Being Earnest (Gwendolyn) and Tom Stoppard’s Travesties (Cecily). 13 seasons at The Stratford Festival in Canada playing dozens of roles including: Juliet, Rosalind, Cordelia, Olivia, as well as 2 seasons at The Shaw Festival playing: Joan in Saint Joan and Ann in Man And Superman.  She has acted on stages across Canada, the UK, and the US and played the role of Rachel Peabody in the Disney Film Eloise At Christmastime (with Julie Andrews). Sara teaches intensives at The Academy for Classical Acting (Shakespeare Theatre DC), The Cleveland Playhouse/Case Western MFA Program, and University of Victoria (Canada) She is a regular guest at The Classical Studio at NYU coaching Shakespeare. Sara was assistant to John Broome, Head Of Movement at The Stratford Festival over 7 seasons, and she recently completed a solo training intensive in Pure Movement at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.

Emily Erickson, Breath & Voice Coach

New York, New York

Emily Erickson is a Minnesota-bred, New York-based educator, music director, performer, and audition coach. Emily serves on the faculty at the National Theater Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center and as a teaching artist at Atlantic Acting School. She also works as an assistant teacher in The Classical Studio at NYU Tisch under Daniel Spector.  Recent Theatre: J2 Spotlight Musical Theatre Company, Runaways (PPAS), Contact High (Theater 511). Emily will be entering the ACA at George Washington University in conjunction with Shakespeare Theatre Company this fall to complete her MFA in Classical Acting. BFA: NYU. Emily is thrilled to join the faculty at OSAI this summer!

Creative Writing

Sasha Pimentel, Instructor

El Paso, Texas

Sasha Pimentel is the author of two collections of poetry: For Want of Water (2017, Beacon Press), winner of the National Poetry Series (selected by Gregory Pardlo), winner of the Helen C. Smith Award, and longlisted for the PEN/Open Book Award; and Insides She Swallowed (2010, West End), winner of the American Book Award. She has published poems and essays in The New York Times, PBS NewsHour, ESPN, The American Poetry Review, New England Review, and other literary publications. She was the 2018-2019 Picador Guest Professor for Literature at Universität Leipzig in Germany, the recipient of a 2019 NEA fellowship in poetry, and is a guest editor for the 2020 Poem-a-Day series from the Academy of American Poets. Born in the Philippines and raised in the United States and Saudi Arabia, Pimentel is an Associate Professor at the University of Texas at El Paso, on the border of Ciudad Juárez, México.


Heather Bishop

Heather Bishop, Instructor

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.

Cari Earnhart

Cari Earnhart, Instructor

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 third year as faculty at OSAI!

Robert Ward

Robert Ward, Instructor

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.

Julie Yu

Julie Yu, Instructor

Manhattan, Kansas

Dr. Julie Yu is Professor of Music and Co-Director of Choral Studies at Kansas State University where she oversees the undergraduate choral ensembles and the masters in music choral program. Her choirs have performed in Carnegie Hall, Hawaii, Washington DC, as well as in Austria, the Czech Republic, France, Ireland, and Italy.

She holds a BME degree from the University of Central Oklahoma, MM degree in choral conducting from Oklahoma State University, and the DMA degree in choral conducting from the University of North Texas.

Before joining the Kansas State faculty, she taught at Norman North High School in Norman, Oklahoma and San José State University.

She has given presentations, conducted, and/or her choirs have performed for state and regional conferences of ACDA, NAfME, and the European MEA Conferences. She is president of SWACDA. She was an International Conducting Exchange Fellow for the American Choral Directors Association to Kenya.

Elizabeth Johnson Knight, Vocal Coach

Athens, Georgia

Elizabeth Johnson Knight, American mezzo soprano, is in demand as both a choral and solo artist. She made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2010 as alto soloist in Handel's Messiah with Andrew Megill and the Masterwork Chorus. She has appeared recently with Raleigh Bach Soloists, Ars Lyrica, Duke Vespers Ensemble, Sinfonia da Camera, Duke Bach Choir, and Winston-Salem Symphony. Elizabeth regularly sings with professional choral ensembles across the United States, including the Carmel Bach Festival Chorale, Kinnara, and the GRAMMY-nominated South Dakota Chorale. Elizabeth has recorded for Gothic, Naxos, Pentatone, MSR Classics, and Affetto Records. She has held teaching positions at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, the University of Louisiana Monroe, Murray State University, and the University of North Texas. She currently teaches at the University of Georgia. Elizabeth holds degrees in voice from the University of North Texas (DMA), Indiana University (MM), and the University of Mississippi (BM).

Julie McCoy, Vocal Coach

Stillwater, Oklahoma

Julie McCoy has performed as guest soloist with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, New Orleans Opera and others.

Representing the U.S. State Department, Ms. McCoy served as an Artistic Ambassador in a tour to Israel, Jordan, Oman, Saudi Arabia and Syria. As a member of Conspirare Chamber Choir, she sang on several recordings including Considering Matthew Shepard (2016) and as a soloist on Sacred Spirit of Russia, winner of the 2015 Grammy® Award for Best Choral Performance. Ms. McCoy performed and recorded with the Robert Shaw Festival Singers in France and New York City.

Ms. McCoy holds the Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from The University of Texas at Austin. A dedicated teacher, she has taught at the University of North Texas, TCU, Oklahoma State University, and Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth. She was on the choral staff of the Oklahoma Arts Institute in 2000-2002 & 2005.

Scott Wichael

Scott Wichael, Vocal Coach

Emporia, Kansas

Praised for his expressive voice and versatile stage presence, tenor Scott Wichael has appeared on stages throughout the United States with a repertoire ranging from Mozart to Floyd. Upcoming performances include debuts as Jaquino in Fidelio with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra and Mime in Das Rheingold with the Miami Music Festival Wagner Institute and as Monostatos in Die Zauberlöte with North Carolina Opera. Recently, Dr. Wichael performed with Asheville Lyric Opera and Indianapolis Opera as Sancho Panza in The Man of La Mancha and Rimrock Opera as Hywell Ddu in the North American Premiere of the Welsh Opera Blodwen. Dr. Wichael, also an active concert soloist, has performed in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem, Stainer’s The Crucifixion, Rachmaninov’s The Bells and Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass. Currently, Dr. Wichael is an Assistant Professor at Emporia State University teaching Private Voice, Diction and Pedagogy.


Angela Harris

Angela Harris, Ballet Instructor

Atlanta, Georgia

Mari Cook Medley Faculty Chair

Angela Harris is the Executive Artistic Director of Dance Canvas. She trained with Dance Theater of Harlem, School of the Hartford Ballet, and Eglevsky Ballet. Angela graduated from Baltimore School for the Arts and earned a B.A. in Journalism from City College of New York. Angela danced professionally with The Georgia Ballet, Columbia City Ballet, and Urban Ballet Theater and has theatre credits with Tony award-winning Alliance Theatre and Aurora Theatre. Angela has choreographed for numerous ballet companies, theater productions, and universities. She was awarded a SDCF Observership for 'Little Dancer', Broadway Lab, under the direction of Susan Stroman. Angela developed programs for Usher’s New Look Foundation and the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation. She received the national Emerging Leader Award from Americans for the Arts and American Express and was an Inaugural National Visiting Fellow at the School of American Ballet. Angela is currently on faculty at Emory University and Dekalb School of the Arts.

Andrew Palermo

Andrew Palermo, Contemporary Dance Instructor

Newport Coast, California

Mari Cook Medley Faculty Chair

Andrew Palermo’s select choreographic credits include Allegiance (Broadway, Longacre Theatre, The Old Globe), Nickel Mines (Co-author/Director, The Duke on 42nd St/NYMF), The Other Josh Cohen (Papermill, Soho Playhouse), Midnight At The Never Get (The York, Provincetown Inn, NYMF), The Frank Loesser Songbook/New York Philharmonic (Lincoln Center), The Mikado, Babes In Toyland, Of Thee, I Sing, Let Em Eat Cake and Kristin Chenoweth (Carnegie Hall), Ace (The Old Globe, Cincinnati Playhouse, Repertory Theater of St. Louis), Miss Julie (Geffen Playhouse), Lyrics and Lyricists (92nd St. Y), Bright Lights, Big City (Prince Music Theater), Vices (Theatre Aspen), The Aluminum Show (international tour), Aida (Music Theater Wichita.

Andrew’s movement workshop for children on the autism spectrum, Creatively Able, has been taught to students and caregivers around the US and abroad. He is an Associate Professor of Drama at University of California Irvine where he lives with his rescue dogs, Henry and Steve.

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.

Film & Video

Paul Taggart, Instructor

Cornwall, Pennsylvania

Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation Faculty Chair

Paul is a photojournalist, producer, and cinematographer. As a photographer, his assignments have taken him to Congo, Pakistan, Rwanda, Antarctica, and Iraq. Paul was one of the few unembedded western journalists to cover the month-long battle and siege of Najaf, Iraq in 2004 between the Mahdi Militia and the coalition forces. Other prominent news stories Paul has covered have been Benazir Bhutto’s return to Pakistan in 2007 and the dual bombing of her convoy after leaving the airport, the Tsunami in Banda Aceh, the 2005 famine in Niger, the 2005 elections in Liberia, the 2006 war in Lebanon, and the 3-month-long siege of the Nahral-Bared refugee camp in northern Lebanon in the summer of 2007. Paul lived in Beirut, Lebanon for three years while covering the Middle East and Africa for international news agencies and magazines. His work has appeared in Newsweek, TIME, US News and World Report, and The New York Times. Paul has produced television shows for National Geographic, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, History Channel, and PBS. Paul splits his time between Alaska where he works for Discovery Channel and rural Pennsylvania where he lives with his wife and three children. Paul attended OSAI in 1997 and 1998.

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!


Allen Tinkham

Allen Tinkham, Musicianship Instructor

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.

Mikylah Myers

Mikylah Myers, 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. 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. 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, Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Aaron Copland School of Music/Queens College, 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.

Karel Butz

Karel Butz, Violin

Houston, Texas

Karel Butz is the Head Orchestra Director at Jordan High School in Katy, Texas. His orchestras have performed at the Midwest Clinic and are consistent UIL Sweepstakes Winners, Texas Honor Orchestra State Finalists, and National Honor Orchestra Winners in the Foundation for Music Education Mark of Excellence Competition. Under his direction, the Beckendorff Junior High School Honor Orchestra was named the 2019 Texas State Honor Orchestra and 2019 Houston Cup Winner. He is a frequent guest conductor, lecturer, and clinician around the country. His music is published by Musica Propria, Inc. and has been performed worldwide. His book, Achieving Musical Success in the String Classroom (2019), is published by Oxford University Press. Mr. Butz has performed in several orchestras, including the National Repertory Orchestra, National Orchestral Institute, and Spoleto Festival USA. He is a freelance violinist in Houston. Mr. Butz graduated from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

Tiffany Rice, Violin

Boston, Massachusetts

Tiffany Rice is the Performing Arts Director at The Winsor School in Boston, MA. In addition to overseeing the school’s drama, music, and dance programs, she is also establishing the Lower and Upper School orchestra programs. Rice previously served on the violin faculty for the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute from 2012-2015, and she is also a violin faculty member for the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s YOLA National Festival Chamber Orchestra.  In addition to teaching, Rice has performed with the Calliope and Apollo Ensembles in Boston, as well as several ensembles in southeastern US.  Rice is thrilled to return to OSAI as a violin coach!

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

New York, New York

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.

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.

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 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!

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.

Noel Wallace

Noel Wallace, Trombone & Tuba

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 joined the faculty of Oklahoma City University in fall of 2018. Genevieve has performed around the world as a soloist and ensemble player, including performances at the Harbin Opera House in Harbin, China, the Brucknerhaus in Linz, Austria, and the Teatro Caio Melisso in Spoleto, Italy. Genevieve also serves as Conference Manager for the International Tuba Euphonium Association, and assisted with the planning and execution of the 2014, 2016, and 2019 conferences in Bloomington, Knoxville, and Iowa City. Genevieve studied at Indiana University, Cincinnati Conservatory, and James Madison University and her past teachers have included Daniel Perantoni, Timothy Northcut, Kevin Stees, John Cradler, and John Mueller.

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.


Konrad Eek, Instructor

Norman, Oklahoma

Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation Faculty Chair

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 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

Ben Long, Instructor

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 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.

Connie Imboden

Connie Imboden, Guest Artist

Baltimore, Maryland

Connie Imboden has taught for over 35 years in various workshops and institutions throughout the United States, France, the Czech Republic and the United Arab Emirates. Her photographs have been exhibited in an extensive range of group and solo shows at galleries and museums across the Americas, Europe, and China and are in museum collections around the world including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco, the Bibliothèque Nationales in Paris, France, and the Ludwig Museum in Cologne, Germany. Her first book entitled “Out of Darkness” won the Silver Medal in Switzerland’s “Schonste Bucher Aus Aller Welt (Most Beautiful Book in the World)” Award in 1993. Her fourth and most recent monograph, “Reflections; 25 Years of Photography”, was published in 2009 by Insight Editions with essays by Arthur Ollman, Julian Cox and John Wood.