2018 Faculty

Guest Artist

Tracy K. Smith

Tracy K. Smith

Princeton, New Jersey

In 2017, Tracy K. Smith was appointed the 22nd United States Poet Laureate. She is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir Ordinary Light (Knopf, 2015) and three books of poetry. Her collection Life on Mars won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize and was selected as a New York Times Notable Book. Duende won the 2006 James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets and an Essence Literary Award. The Body’s Question was the winner of the 2002 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. Smith was the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Writers Award in 2004 and a Whiting Award in 2005. In 2014 the Academy of American Poets awarded Smith with the Academy Fellowship, awarded to one poet each year to recognize distinguished poetic achievement. She is the Roger S. Berlind ’52 Professor in the Humanities, and Director of the Creative Writing Program at Princeton University. Her next collection of poems, Wade in the Water, is forthcoming in 2018.


Ken Sonkin

Ken Sonkin, Instructor

San Francisco, California

Ken Sonkin is an award-winning actor/director whose work has been seen at American Conservatory Theater, Berkeley Rep, The Magic Theater, CenterREP, SF Playhouse, Sonoma Rep, Grove Shakespeare Festival (LA), Pacific Resident Theater (LA), Seacoast Rep (NH), Pennsylvania Centre Stage, and The Denver Center. He holds a BFA in acting from Ohio State University and an MFA from A.C.T. Ken is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. Under Bill Ball and Allen Fletcher, Ken was a member of A.C.T.’s acting company and core conservatory faculty. He has taught at the National Theatre Conservatory, Northwestern University, Stanford University, Cornell College, Solano College, Sonoma State University, and the San Francisco Ballet School. Ken spent three years as the director/founder of the Theatre Artists Institute, the professional actor-training program for American Musical Theatre of San Jose and served as the artistic director of The Regency Center in San Francisco. In his thirteenth year at the University of San Francisco, he teaches Acting, Personal Clown Technique, and Careers in Theater. kensonkin.com


Paul Tucker

Paul Tucker, Conductor

Olathe, Kansas

Paul Tucker was born in Kingston, Jamaica, where he studied conducting and piano at the Jamaica School of Music with Dr. Kaestner Robertson. His musical experience includes owning and operating Sabre Sound Studio in Riverside, California, where he produced and performed on albums for various recording artists. He earned a Bachelor's of Music degree from the University of Texas at Arlington, a Masters of Music, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of North Texas. Dr. Tucker is currently the Director of Choral Activities at The University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas, where he teaches Graduate Choral Conducting, Orchestral Bowing for Conductors, and directs two of KU’s seven choral ensembles. He has taught choral music at the Junior High, High School, and Collegiate levels, and has also served as the Director of Bands at the Junior High and High School levels. As a choral clinician, conductor, and adjudicator, Dr. Tucker has traveled to several US states, including Hawaii, the Caribbean, and Europe. Well-known for his unique approach to the tuning of choral ensembles, Dr. Tucker’s special interest in this particular area of music research has led him to develop a methodical approach to tuning the choral ensemble. In addition to teaching his method in choral clinics, he has outlined these steps in a paper entitled "Choral Intonation: A Proactive Approach." Prior to joining the faculty at KU, Dr. Tucker served as the Director of Choral Activities at Richland College in Dallas, Texas. He is the Founder, Artistic Director, and Conductor of Paradigm Vocal Ensemble, a semi-professional choral ensemble based in Arlington, Texas. With this ensemble, he has recorded five compact discs: The Best of Paradigm, What Sweeter Music, Christmas Through the Ages, Paradigm Vocal Ensemble 10 Year Reunion, and Sing ‘til the Spirit Moves. Dr. Tucker pursues a varied music career as a conductor, pianist, composer/arranger, and record producer. Alliance Music Publishing and Neumark Music Publishing distribute his compositions. Dr. Tucker is also a licensed pilot who holds an Airline Transport Rating and has worked as a professional pilot. His identical twin, Stephen, is the Director of Orchestral Studies at The University of California, Irvine.

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 Concert Choir and Chamber Singers and teaches undergraduate/graduate conducting. In demand as a conductor, clinician, and adjudicator, Dr. Earnhart has worked with choirs in the United States and abroad. Abroad she served as Director of Choral Activities at the American University of Sharjah and guest conductor with the Budapesti Vándor Kórus in Budapest, Hungary, and the Istanbul International Chamber Choir; served as Maestro of Ensemble Vocale Tempus Floridum and as Maestro Collaboratore of Coro dell’ Accademia del Diletto and Coro Polofonico del Caricentro, all in Florence. Dr. Earnhart was the first female conductor of the University of North Texas Men’s Chorus and served as Assistant Conductor of Schola Cantorum of Texas in Fort Worth. In addition, she has served as guest conductor for honor choirs and choral festivals. In 2017, the Fresno State Chamber Singers, under her direction, performed at the Library of Congress to honor the 21st US Poet Laureate. An accomplished vocalist, Dr. Earnhart has appeared as a guest artist with numerous university, professional, community, and church choirs throughout the country and abroad. She began her professional singing career in New York City and has performed professionally as a soloist in the US, Europe, and the Middle East. She holds Bachelor of Music 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.

Robert Ward

Robert Ward, Section Leader

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.

Scott VanOrnum

Scott VanOrnum, Collaborative Pianist

Dexter, Michigan

As keyboardist for the acclaimed University of Michigan Chamber Choir, Scott VanOrnum brings unusual depth and artistry to ensemble music-making. A specialist in continuo instruments for baroque and early classical choral repertoire, VanOrnum is also keyboardist for the U-M Orpheus Singers, where he mentors graduate choral conducting students in conductor-accompanist collaboration. He is also on the artistic staff of the University Musical Society Choral Union, for which he served as collaborative pianist for the Grammy Award-nominated Naxos recording of Darius Milhaud's L'Orestie d'Eschyle. A prolific ensemble keyboardist, VanOrnum has collaborated in performance preparation with conductors Valery Gergiev, Hans Graf, Helmuth Rilling, Leonard Slatkin, and Michael Tilson Thomas. VanOrnum has concertized throughout America and abroad, including performances in Germany, Italy, France, Scotland, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. He has served on the faculties of the University of Michigan's All-State Program at Interlochen, the MPulse Vocal Arts Institute at the University of Michigan, and this will be his fourth year on the faculty at OSAI.

Creative Writing

Sasha Pimentel

Sasha Pimentel, Instructor

El Paso, Texas

Born in Manila, Philippines and raised in the U.S. and Saudi Arabia, Sasha Pimentel is the author of For Want of Water: and other poems (Beacon Press, 2017), selected by Gregory Pardlo as winner of the 2016 National Poetry Series, longlisted for the 2018 PEN/Open Book Award. Her poems and essays have recently appeared in The New York Times Sunday Magazine, PBS News Hour, The American Poetry Review, Lit Hub, Poets & Writers and poets.org. She’s also the author of Insides She Swallowed (West End, 2010), winner of the 2011 American Book Award. She’s an Associate Professor of poetry in a bilingual (Spanish-English) MFA Program at the University of Texas at El Paso, on the border of Ciudad Juárez, México, and winner of the University of Texas system’s 2015 Board of Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award. She’ll be the Picador Guest Professorship for Literature at Leipzig University, Germany during winter 2017-2018.


Lisa Attles

Lisa Attles, Ballet Instructor

Clifton, New Jersey

Lisa Attles, a native of Newark, NJ began her dance training at the Newark School of the Arts. She trained in ballet and pointe at the Garden State Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem School, Joffrey Ballet School, and with Madame Gabriella Darvash. Ms. Attles was recognized as a Presidential Scholar in the Arts, and was a finalist in the Arts Recognition and Talent Search program. She is a former soloist with the Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH) where she was featured in leading roles, worked with renowned teachers and choreographers, and appeared in several DTH Season posters, television specials, and noted magazines. Currently, Ms. Attles instructs ballet and pointe at the Ailey School and Marymount Manhattan College in NYC. She has taught extensively throughout NY and NJ including classes for the Ailey Company and Ailey II. Ms. Attles is certified in Pre-Primary-Level 3 of the ABT National Training Curriculum.

Andre Tyson

André Tyson, Modern Dance Instructor

Valencia, California

André Tyson, a native of Greenville, North Carolina, began his training at the School of the Garden State Ballet and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater/Joan Weill Center for Dance. He is a former Principal Dancer and Company Teacher with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and also a Certified Pilates Instructor. He has created works for a broad range of companies from Ailey II, to the Milwaukee Ballet. Additionally, Mr. Tyson has taught at renowned dance festivals in Asia and Europe, served as an assistant to Talley Beatty and received several choreographic grants and academic awards. Throughout his career he has studied and worked with a stellar list of distinguished master teachers, choreographers, directors and performing artists in concert dance, commercial theater, film, television and video. After ten years as an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts, Mr. Tyson is now Assistant Dean at California Institute of the Arts Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance
Mr. Tyson’s position as Assistant Dean at the California Institute of the Arts Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance provides him with exciting new challenges that nourish him as an artist, administrator and an educator. Presently, Mr.Tyson is delighted and honored to be the Gilman Fellow at Jacksonville University Masters in Choreography Program working on his M.F.A. in dance andchoreography. This is Mr. Tyson’s second year as Supervisor for the CAP/Lula Washington Contemporary Dance Program for Teenagers.

Andy Monroe

Andy Monroe, Accompanist

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

Geoffrey Todd Smith

Geoffrey Todd Smith, Instructor

Chicago, Illinois

Geoffrey Todd Smith makes colorful abstract paintings and drawings influenced by heavily by personal experiences and pop culture ephemera. His work has been shown internationally and throughout the United States, including recent solo exhibitions at Western Exhibitions (Chicago), Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, and Union League (Chicago). He has an upcoming solo exhibition at The Front (New Orleans) in 2019. Smith has taught drawing and painting at Northern Illinois University since 1999.

Film & Video

Skinner Myers

Skinner Myers, Instructor

Los Angeles, California

Skinner is an award-winning filmmaker who currently resides in Los Angeles, California. Skinner made his feature film debut as the writer and director of the documentary Drinking From the Well, which screened in film festivals worldwide. Skinner wrote and directed four short films: Chimera, The Last Supper, Obscured, and Nigger, while studying film at the school of cinematic arts. His sixth film, La Tierra Del Exodo, played in over 90 festivals worldwide and garnered a ton of awards and countless nominations. His short film about the lynching of Frank Embree took home the grand jury award at the Hollyshorts Film Festival and his most recent film, Nightmares by the Sea, premiered in Cannes at the Aviff Cannes Art Film Festival this year.

Beau Leland

Beau Leland, Film & Video Editor

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Beau Leland has been working as a film and video editor in Oklahoma City for over ten years, and has edited various narrative features, documentaries, commercials, and music videos. Now working as a full time editor for Oklahoma City-based firm, VI Marketing and Branding, he spends a great deal of time working on Oklahoma tourism and public health-related video. Beau lives with his wife, Stefanie, and children, Oliver and Violet, in Oklahoma where they spend all of their time homesteading a small farm on 20 acres. He is super excited to return for his eighth year at Quartz Mountain!

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!


Douglas Droste

Douglas Droste, Conductor

Muncie, Indiana

Douglas Droste is Artistic Director of the Muncie Symphony Orchestra, Director of Orchestras at Ball State University, and Conductor of the Music For All Summer Symposium Youth Orchestra. Droste's guest conducting appearances include the INSO-Lviv Symphony (Ukraine), and the orchestras of Kansas City, Indianapolis, Columbus, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Midland-Odessa, Fox Valley (IL), and Chappaqua (NY).A dedicated advocate of music education, Droste regularly conducts youth orchestras and is active as a clinician and adjudicator throughout the country. He has conducted the all-state orchestras of Missouri, Minnesota, Louisiana, Alaska, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. Droste is a Yamaha Artist and Master Educator. A talented violinist, Droste has performed with the orchestras of Fort Wayne, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Nashville, Memphis, Lubbock, and the Lancaster Festival. He is also skilled on viola and trumpet, and has sung with a variety of choral ensembles. Droste holds degrees from The Ohio State University and Texas Tech University.

Larry Guy, Clarinet

Stony Point, New York

A former clarinetist with the Atlanta Symphony, Larry Guy has performed with the New York Philharmonic, New York City Ballet, New York City Opera, New Jersey Symphony, and Orpheus. For many years, he was principal clarinet of the Long Island Philharmonic, Joffrey Ballet, Queens Symphony, and Lake George Opera. He is the author of seven textbooks for clarinetists and has produced four educational CDs for Boston Records showcasing the artistry of Daniel Bonade, Ralph McLane, Mitchell Lurie, and Rosario Mazzeo. He has presented masterclasses at the Curtis Institute, Juilliard, Tanglewood, Northwestern, and Rice, and he has lectured at clarinet festivals in Stockholm, Los Angeles, and Oklahoma City. For three years, he was the International Clarinet Association's Chair of Pedagogy. He has taught at New York University and Vassar College and presently serves on the faculties of the Pre-College Programs at the Juilliard School and the Manhattan School of Music.

Sharon Kuster

Sharon Kuster, Bassoon

San Antonio, Texas

Sharon Kuster is in her 34th year as principal bassoon of the San Antonio Symphony. She is also a member of the Olmos Ensemble, a chamber group made up of the symphony principal woodwinds and concertmaster. Her summers are spent playing in the Grand Teton Music Festival in Teton Village, WY and coaching/playing at the Sequoia Chamber Music Workshop in Arcata, CA. Sharon was a student of the late Norman Herzberg at the University of Southern California after which she began her career in La Orquesta Sinfonica de Veracruz in Mexico. She is a long-time private lesson teacher of all ages.

Jeffrey Lastrapes

Jeffrey Lastrapes, Cello

Lubbock, Texas

Cellist Jeffrey Noel Lastrapes is an active soloist, chamber musician and teacher having performed and taught in Europe, South America, Asia, and in every region of the United States. He holds degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music and the Juilliard School where he studied with Orlando Cole and Harvey Shapiro respectively. He has recorded for New World Records and Centaur Records. In 2009, Mr. Lastrapes gave his New York Debut at Merkin Hall to critical acclaim. Recordings of sonatas by Rachmaninoff and Chopin, and Duos for violin and cello by Ravel and Kodaly, both on Centaur Records, have recently been released as well as his print edition of the Six Suites for Solo Cello by Bach (BCMP Ltd). He is currently Associate Professor of Cello and Chair of Strings at Texas Tech University, is the cofounder of Caerus Ensemble, is on the faculty of the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts, and has been on the faculty of the Interlochen Center for the Arts since 1996. Mr. Lastrapes performs on a Francesco Ruggieri cello dated 1684 and a Paul Schuback cello dated 1987.


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, 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 Camarata Chicago and Metropolis Symphony, and a founding member of the Mozart Project. She performs regularly with Broadway in Chicago, The Paramount, and Drury Lane Theaters and has toured nationally with Lion King and Les Miserables. She appears regularly with the Milwaukee Symphony, Chicago Sinfonietta, Apollo Chorus, Handel Festival, Chicago Chorale, St. Charles Singers, Valparaiso Bach Institute, The Kithara Trio, and WFMT radio broadcasts. She may be heard on various recordings including the Milwaukee Symphony and Camerata Chicago. Other accomplishments have included a Ford Foundation grant for flute study; a fellowship at Tanglewood Music Festival, and performing with the Philadelphia and Boston Symphony Orchestras. An active teacher and clinician, Susan has a private studio ranging from elementary to college levels, and gives masterclasses and clinics throughout the Chicago-land area.

Gerry Wood, French Horn

Colleyville, Texas

Gerald Wood is currently a freelance musician throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area and a frequent utility player for both the Dallas and Fort Worth Symphonies. In the fall of 2011, he was appointed as adjunct instructor of horn at the University of Texas at Arlington. He studied horn performance at the University of Illinois under the direction of Dr. Kazimierz Machala. He received an MM from the University of Southern Mississippi and a BME from Stephen F. Austin State University. In addition to his orchestral work, Wood has played in numerous regional orchestras and notable chamber ensembles, including the American Wind Symphony Orchestra and the internationally renowned Four Hornsmen of the Apocalypse Horn Quartet. He currently resides in Colleyville, Texas with his wife Molly and three children, Seth, Sam, and Lydia.

Anne Eisfeller

Anne Eisfeller, Harp

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Anne Eisfeller is the principal harpist of the New Mexico Philharmonic and Santa Fe Symphony and an adjunct instructor at the University of New Mexico. In addition, she has performed with the symphonies of San Antonio, El Paso, Hartford, and Springfield (MA). Summer takes her to Italy for the Assisi Festival and Colorado for Music in the Mountains. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in harp from Indiana University with high distinction and had assistanceships in both harp and music theory.

Deb Stevenson, Oboe

Chicago, Illinois

Deb Stevenson is a member of the Metropolis Oboe Quartet and Symphony, Lake Forest and Ars Viva Symphonies. She has also performed extensively with the Chicago and Milwaukee Symphonies. She can be heard on recordings of Strauss’ “Alpine Symphony” and Stravinsky’s “Firebird” with the Chicago Symphony. She has also recorded with the Milwaukee Symphony, Faith Hill, Stevie Nicks, St. Charles Singers, and GIA Music. As a contractor she hires musicians for the Paramount, Chicago and Rialto Square Theaters, St. Charles Singers, and Canterbury Chorus. Musicians she has worked with include Idina Menzel, Bernadette Peters, Eddie Vedder, Glen Hansard, Bob Newhart, Marie Osmond, Smokey Robinson, Video Games Live, Celtic Thunder, and Mannheim Steamroller. Deb currently teaches at Wheaton and Vandercook colleges. Deb studied at the University of Louisville, Northern Illinois University, Boston University, and Northwestern University. Her instructors include Marion Gibson, Grover Schiltz, Ray Still, and Larry Thorstenburg.

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.

Patrick Godon

Patrick Godon, Piano

Chicago, Illinois

Patrick Godon performs the principal keyboardist duties regularly with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) on piano, celesta, organ, and synthesizer. He made his debut with the CSO as second keyboardist at Ravinia in 2003 and as soloist in 2007. Patrick is Artistic Director and pianist for the International Chamber Artists, a chamber music ensemble that he founded in 2006. Patrick is now in his seventh season as Music Director of the Tower Chorale. Since July 2003, Patrick has been the Director of Music at St. Gregory the Great Church in Chicago, where he composes and arranges a variety of music for liturgies. He has led the Parish Choir on 6 European performance tours. Patrick holds both Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in Piano Performance from DePaul University.

Royce Lumpkin, Trombone & Tuba

Harrisburg, North Carolina

From 1998-2013, Dr. Royce Lumpkin served as Chair of the Department of Music at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where he is now Professor of Music (Low Brass). From 1971-1998, he taught trombone and performed regularly in the Texas Brass Ensemble at the University of North Texas, where from 1990-1993, he also served as assistant dean of the College of Music. He holds music education degrees from UNT and a doctorate in trombone performance from the University of Oklahoma. He is known nationally as a trombonist, clinician, and adjudicator, and he was the principal tenor tuba and bass trumpet player with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra for over 20 years. He has performed as a trombonist with orchestras in Texas, New York, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Louisiana and North Carolina, and appeared as a trombone soloist/clinician in Oklahoma, Minnesota, South Dakota, North Carolina, Washington, D. C., Kansas, Idaho, New York, Oregon, Texas, Colorado, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Canada, Taiwan, and Germany. Dr. Lumpkin served as President of the International Trombone Association form 1990-1992.

Christopher Wilson

Christopher Wilson, Trumpet

Jonesboro, Arkansas

Trumpeter Dr. Christopher Wilson is Artist/Associate Professor of Trumpet at Arkansas State University and Principal Trumpet with the Pittsburgh Opera. He is an active soloist and clinician having performed throughout the United States, Italy, and Japan, including having been featured at multiple International Trumpet Guild Conferences. Prior appointments include being a member of the United States Air Force Band, Washington, DC. While a member of the United States Air Force Band, he was selected as a tour soloist performing the Arutunian Trumpet Concerto. He has performed for numerous dignitaries and audiences from around the world, including Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. Additionally, he has been a clinician and faculty member at the Bands of America Summer Symposium, Orvieto Musica in Orvieto, Italy, Tennessee Governors School for the Arts, and the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute. Wilson is a Yamaha Performing Artist/Clinician.


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.

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.

John Arnold

John Arnold, Second Violin

Las Vegas, Nevada

John is currently with AEG LIVE as one of the violins for Celine Dion’s orchestra based at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and is the head of orchestra and bands at the Somerset Skypointe campus. John is the former professor of violin at Oklahoma City University and served as associate concertmaster of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic. John has recorded with Celine Dion for Sony Records French album Sans Attendre, Warner Brothers Label, Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, David Caddick, The Temptations, the Four Tops, The Ink Spots, Rick Ross, and numerous Christian recordings and film score earning John one diamond, nine platinum, three gold, and three silver albums throughout his career. John has performed on television for the 2015 American Music Awards, the Grammy’s 100th Birthday Celebration for Frank Sinatra at the Wynn Casino, Seth MacFarlane Special, the 2011 Daytime Emmy Awards, and the 2011 MDA Telethon.


Paul Taggart, Instructor

New York, New York

Paul is a photojournalist based in Brooklyn, NY working domestically as well as covering the Middle East and Africa. Recent assignments have taken him to Congo, Pakistan, Rwanda, Antarctica, and Iraq. His work has appeared in Newsweek, TIME Magazine, US News and World Report, and The New York Times. Paul and his family split their time between their homes in NY and rural Pennsylvania. Paul studied photography at OSAI in 1997 and 1998.

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. www.completedigitalphotography.com

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Kevin Warner, Instructor

Boone, North Carolina

Kevin S. Warner is Professor of Dance Studies and Chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. He earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Dance from Temple University and has done post-graduate work in Music Education. Kevin has choreographed and performed in over 100 productions nationally for companies including Ann Vachon/Dance Conduit, Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre, Opera House Theatre Company, and Melanie Stewart Dance. He has directed productions including The King and I and Nijinsky's Last Dance, choreographed productions including The Rocky Horror Show and The Music Man, and has appeared on cruise ships, on television and in film. Kevin maintains an active teaching and scholarship agenda focused on the role of dance in teaching and learning across all disciplines. Kevin is a certified dance teacher (PreK-12) and has taught in public schools in New York and North Carolina.