2022 Faculty

Guest Artists

Holly Wilson

Holly Wilson, Visual Artist

Mustang, Oklahoma

Multi-media artist Holly Wilson creates figures that serve as her storytellers, the stories are, at one time, both representations of family history and personal experiences. The work reaches a broad audience allowing the viewer the opportunity to see their personal connections. Her works have been exhibited since the early 1990s and are in private, corporate, public, and museum collections nationally and internationally such as Virginia Museum of Fine Art, The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, and the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art. Wilson received a 2015 Eiteljorg Fellowship, and she recently completed a residency at The Momentary at Crystal Bridges Museum of Art, in Bentonville Arkansas.

Wilson is Delaware Nation and Cherokee Nation, and lives in Mustang, Oklahoma. She received an MFA sculpture 2001, an MA ceramic 1994 from Stephen F. Austin State University, and a BFA ceramics 1992 from the Kansas City Art Institute.

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Acting

Sara Topham

Sara Topham, Instructor

New York, New York

Sarkeys Foundation Faculty Chair

Sara Topham is an actor and teacher whose career includes work on Broadway (The Importance Of Being Earnest, Travesties), in London (Love Me Do, Intimate Apparel) across Canada and the US (Saint Joan, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, The Tempest, The Changeling, Twelfth Night, Hedda Gabler) and 14 seasons at the renowned Stratford Festival Of Canada (Romeo & Juliet, As You Like It, Blithe Spirit, Peter Pan, Dangerous Liaisons, The Glass Menagerie, King Lear, The Merchant Of Venice) as well as playing Rachel Peabody in the Disney film Eloise At Christmastime. She has been a guest teacher in multiple MFA acting programs including The Academy for Classical Acting (Washington DC) and the Cleveland Playhouse/Case Western University MFA. Sara is also a faculty member in the theatre departments at NYU and Mary Baldwin University. She is thrilled to be at OSAI in person after 2 years online!

Mamie Zwettler

Mamie Zwettler, Voice & Movement Coach

Chicago, Illinois

Sarkeys Foundation Faculty Chair

Mamie Zwettler is thrilled to be joining the OSAI team this summer. She previously spent three seasons with the Stratford Festival of Canada and is a proud graduate of the Birmingham Conservatory (Chicago Fellow). Highlights while at Stratford include, The Tempest (Miranda), The Crucible (Mary Warren), Three Tall Women (C) and The NeverEnding Story (Childlike Empress), a co-production with the National Arts Centre which toured to Ottawa. As a teaching artist, Mamie has worked with The New Victory in New York City and The Stratford Festival. She completed her BFA in Theater from New York University studying under Louis Scheeder at the Classical Studio as well as training with ETW and Playwrights Horizons Theater School. Mamie currently resides in her hometown Chicago, IL and is looking forward to a fantastic summer with OSAI!

Chorus

Jeffrey Allen Murdock

Jeffrey Allen Murdock, Conductor

Fayetteville, Arkansas

Dr. Jeffrey Allen Murdock currently serves as Director of Choral Activities at the University of Arkansas. He is the 2016 Connor Endowed Faculty Fellow in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Science, and the 2021 GRAMMY Music Educator of the Year. Dr. Murdock has conducted regional and state honor choirs, and headlined conferences in 26 states and 5 countries. He holds a Bachelor’s and Master's degrees in music from the University of Southern Mississippi, and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) in Music Education from the University of Memphis, and is President of Southwest Region of ACDA.

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Natalie Campbell

Natalie Campbell, Section Faculty

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Natalie Campbell, soprano, currently teaches voice at Augustana University in Sioux Falls, SD. Recent solo performances include Mendelssohn's Psalm 42, Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Fauré’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Missa brevis, and a Midwest premiere of Shawn Kirchner’s Songs of Ascent. In 2018 she was selected as a participant in the American Bach Soloists Academy in San Francisco. The following year she was an artist in residence for the inaugural International Choral Conducting Masterclass and Young Artist Program at Baylor University. She has performed with many professional vocal ensembles, including The Rose Ensemble, Mercury Baroque, Cantare Houston, Transept, and the Grammy-nominated South Dakota Chorale. Natalie holds an M.M. in Vocal Performance from the University of South Dakota, a B.M. in Piano and Vocal Music Education from Houghton College in New York, and has pursued graduate studies in Piano and Chamber Music at Rice University in Houston, TX.

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Timothy Campbell

Timothy J. Campbell, Section Faculty

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Dr. Timothy J. Campbell is the Founder and Artistic Director of the vocal ensemble Transept, which was recently named Winner of The American Prize in Choral Performance (2021) and praised for its “elegant, profound beauty.” The ensemble unites a national roster of elite professional consort singers with select South Dakota musicians. He is also the newly appointed Chorus Director of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra and Associate Professor of Music at the University of South Dakota, where he conducts the Symphonic Choir and Collegium Musicum. As a professional ensemble singer (tenor), Dr. Campbell has performed with Grammy®-winning ensembles and toured across the United States and Europe. He has sung with Conspirare, the Houston Chamber Choir, The Rose Ensemble, VocalEssence, The Singers, Cantare Houston, the South Dakota Chorale, and Kinnara. Dr. Campbell holds degrees from Bemidji State University (B.S.), the University of Minnesota (M.M.), and the University of Arizona (D.M.A.).

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Chris Leysath, Collaborative Pianist

Bio coming soon!

Creative Writing

Rachel McKibbens

Rachel McKibbens, Instructor

Rochester, New York

Rachel McKibbens is a poet, playwright and two-time New York Foundation for the Arts poetry fellow. She is the author of the critically acclaimed books of poetry, blud (Copper Canyon, 2017) Pink Elephant (Small Doggies, 2009) as well as Into the Dark & Emptying Field (Small Doggies, 2012) finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize.

She is the 2009 Women of the World Poetry Slam champion, the 2011 National Underground Poetry Indy champion and has appeared on two seasons of HBO’s Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry Jam.


For four years McKibbens taught poetry through the Healing Arts Program at Bellevue Hospital and continues to teach creative writing and lecture across the country. In 2012, McKibbens founded The Pink Door Writing Retreat, the only annual retreat in the United States held exclusively for non-men writers of color. McKibbens is a member of Latinas Unidas and curates the acclaimed series Poetry & Pie Night in upstate New York.
 

Dance

Roscoe Sales

Roscoe Sales, Ballet Instructor

Atlanta, Georgia

Mari Cook Medley Faculty Chair

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

Raquelle Chavis

Raquelle Chavis, Modern Dance Instructor

New York, New York/Asheville, North Carolina

Mari Cook Medley Faculty Chair

Raquelle Chavis is from Queens Village, New York. She is a graduate of New York’s prestigious High School of Performing Arts, she's performed with The Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble/Ailey II, under the direction of Sylvia Waters. She was a seven-year principal dancer with The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater under the direction of Alvin Ailey until his death in 1989, and Judith Jamison until 1994. She's taught master classes, and choreographed for numerous universities, dance companies and dance studios in the USA, Europe and the UAE. Raquelle’s students have furthered their education and careers at: North Carolina School of the Arts, Ailey Fordham, Northwestern, Juilliard, Frankfurt Ballet, The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Philadanco, Ailey II, the NYC Broadway Stage, Cal Arts and NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Raquelle performs, directs, choreographs, and stages productions worldwide, creating dance, theater, and music works for her multi-disciplined performing arts & entertainment company - Geechie Anne Productions.

Evangelos Spanos

Evangelos Spanos, Collaborative Pianist

Kansas City, Missouri

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

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

Drawing & Painting

Marwin Begaye

Marwin Begaye, Instructor

Norman, Oklahoma

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

An internationally exhibited artist, Marwin Begaye examines the issues of cultural identity through the intersection of American Indian and popular cultures. His ongoing research investigates the technical processes related to printmaking and the construction of mixed-media art. He has received numerous awards as an Artist in Residence and through juried exhibitions, often negotiating the cultivation of his own skills and opening doors for his students. His work has been featured in numerous publications and he maintains an active exhibition schedule, featured in exhibitions in New Zealand, England, Argentina, Paraguay, Italy, Siberia and Estonia.

Film & Video

Bryan Cardinale-Powell, Film & Video Instructor

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.

Film Editor Coming Soon!

Film Technician Coming Soon!

Orchestra

Liza Grossman

Liza Grossman, Conductor

Cleveland, Ohio

Liza Grossman has pioneered innovative programming for youth ensembles for 30 years. She is the tour conductor for the rock band Styx and has worked with popular artists including Pat Benatar, Melissa Etheridge, Ben Folds, Jason Mraz, Graham Nash, Twenty-One Pilots, and Brendon Urie. She has collaborated with composers including Tan Dun, Mark Mothersbaugh, Bernard Rands, Christopher Rouse, and Joan Tower. A supporter of new music, she has commissioned and conducted over 500 works. She has been a guest conductor for orchestras including the Colorado Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, and Nashville Symphony. As a violist, Liza has performed, recorded, and toured with artists including The Eagles, Kansas, Bernadette Peters, The Three Tenors, and Yes. She is the Artistic Director of Kaboom Collective, a platform for young artists interested in the Arts and Entertainment Industry. Liza has received three ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming, Young Audiences Sunshine Award for Excellence in Education, and The Cleveland Arts Prize.

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Min-Jeong Koh, Violin

Buffalo, New York

Praised for her “extreme versatility” and “simply unbeatable beauty of tone” (Berliner Zeitung), Min-Jeong Koh maintains a busy schedule as concert violinist, violist, and educator. As first violinist of the Cecilia String Quartet, Ms. Koh won First Prize at the Banff International String Quartet Competition, 2nd Prize at the Osaka International Music Competition, and the Prix de la Sacem at the Bordeaux String Quartet Competition. Their latest recording was chosen as Gramophone Magazine’s “Editor’s Choice”, “Top 10 Mendelssohn Recordings” and was nominated for a JUNO Award for Best Classical Album. With the ensemble, Ms. Koh has performed across Europe, Asia, and North America at such celebrated stages as London’s Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Berlin Konzerthaus, Beethoven-haus, Prague’s Rudolfinum, Library of Congress, La Jolla Music Society, Stanford Live, Music Toronto, and the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, among others. Ms. Koh’s performances and recordings can be heard on BBC Radio 3, Bayerischer Rundfunk, DeutschlandRadio, New York City’s WQXR, Public Radio International throughout the United States, and the Canadian Broadcasting Company. She has performed with Leon Fleisher, Menahem Pressler, Angela Cheng, Michael Tree, and Danilo Perez.

A passionate educator, she joined the faculty at The Glenn Gould School, The Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy for Young Artists, at The Royal Conservatory in Fall 2021. Previously, she has served as Associate Professor of Violin at University of Oklahoma, Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto, along with teaching posts at McGill University, San Diego State University, and Wilfrid Laurier University. A sought-after teacher, she has been invited as faculty to the Indiana University Summer String Academy, The Banff Centre, Chamber Music at Port Milford, Innsbrook Institute in Missouri, Madeline Island Chamber Music, MISQA, and Austin Chamber Music Center.

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Jennifer Dalmas

Jennifer Dalmas, Violin

Nacogdoches, Texas

Violinist Jennifer Dalmas began teaching at Stephen F. Austin State University in 2003. A graduate of the Virginia School of the Arts, Dr. Dalmas holds both master’s and doctoral degrees in violin performance from Florida State University, where she studied with Professors Karen Clarke, Eliot Chapo and Dr. Gary Kosloski. An active performer, she has played various concerti with orchestras in the United States and Europe, and as part of the Promising Artists of the 21st Century program has given recitals and master classes both in the United States, Hong Kong, Central America and Eastern Europe. Her students have found successful careers in music, won competitions and have participated in prestigious summer programs such as Meadowmount, Round Top, Eastern and Brevard. She performs in the Hachidori Duo with cellist Evgeni Raychev, and has recorded for Centaur Records.

Patrick Conlon

Patrick Conlon, Violin and Composition

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Canadian-American composer, producer, and violinist Patrick Conlon currently serves as Assistant Director of the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma, Principal Second Violinist of the Fort Smith Symphony, voting member of the Recording Academy (Grammys), ProTools AVID Certified Master Instructor, and the 2021-2022 Composer-in-Residence for the Oklahoma Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra. He is also the co-founder of Onyx Lane, a boutique music production and artistic planning company with a focus on composing, recording, producing, and mixing music for film scores and classical ensembles.

In 2021, Patrick worked as a composer, audio-engineer, and producer for feature-length films including Iké Boys, OYATE, The Girl Who Believes in Miracles, A Cowgirl’s Song, What Josiah Saw, Montford: The Chickasaw Rancher, and Finding Cricket’s Choir; and albums including Reimagined Possibilities, Cube of Light, Dragonetti: 12 Waltzes for Double Bass, Not As They Seem, and Radio Static.

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Travis Maril, Viola

San Diego, California

Praised for his “persuasive, stylish ardor,” (San Diego Reader) Travis Maril’s career centers around chamber music and teaching. He was a top prize winner at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and has performed with members of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and principal players of the Cleveland Orchestra, LA Phil and San Diego Symphonies. Mr. Maril is String Coordinator and Viola Faculty at San Diego State University, where he was awarded Outstanding Faculty Member in 2021. In Fall 2021 he launched an online program for violinists and violists called String Gym, through which he works with musicians from across the US, Japan and Australia. He has been a featured soloist in the film and television scores of Joel P. West - including the recent film Just Mercy, starring Brie Larson, Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx. Travis holds degrees from the University of Southern California and Rice University.

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Nathaniel Pierce

Nathaniel Pierce, Cello

Athens, Ohio

Nathaniel Pierce, cellist and tenor, is a highly active and multi-faceted musician. Pierce has taught classes at University of Michigan, Ohio University, Indiana University, University of Minnesota Duluth, and Western Illinois University. His students have continued cello at Eastman, University of Michigan, Peabody, CCM, among others. Pierce is a founder and Artistic Director of the Anchorage Chamber Music Festival, and Education Director at the Innsbrook Institute. His summer activities have included performing and teaching at the Maui Classical Music Festival, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp.

Pierce is a founding member of the Koinonia Piano Trio which has toured in Europe and in the United States. The trio recently was awarded the American Prize in the collegiate division, and has garnered numerous prizes, including first prize in the Briggs Chamber Music Competition, the Binkow Chamber Music Award, the EXCELerator Fellowship at the University of Michigan.

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Michael Geib

Michael Geib, Double Bass and Improvisation

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Described as a “masterful” and “impressive” artist, double bassist Michael T. Geib defies musical boundaries. A true musical chameleon, he thrives in every artistic context and aspires to set a new standard of double bass playing in the twenty-first century. While he has performed and recorded extensively throughout Europe, North America, and the United Kingdom, he is privileged to call Oklahoma City his home. He maintains an active OKC performance career with the Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, the Brisch Center for Historical Performance, the Painted Sky Opera, and the UCO Jazz Lab. He is a proud member of the American Federation of Musicians Chapter 375-703, the International Society of Bassists, and the Oklahoma Chapter of the American String Teachers Association.

Michael T. Geib is honored and humbled to represent the Onyx Lane catalog of artists.

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Helen Blackburn

Helen Blackburn, Flute

Canyon & Dallas, Texas

Helen Blackburn is the Artist Teacher of Flute (in the Yvonne Franklin Endowed Chair) at West Texas A&M University (WTAMU) in Canyon, TX. Helen is also principal flutist with the Dallas Opera Orchestra and a core member of Dallas’ modern music ensemble, Voices of Change. She performs with her husband (marimba virtuoso, Drew Lang), is a regular “extra” with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and has numerous credits with major performing arts organizations, including the Breckenridge Music Festival (principal flute for 13 years), Aspen Music Festival (piccolo fellow for 4 years), the Brevard Music Center, and the Chicago Civic Orchestra. Ms. Blackburn received her BM (summa cum laude) from West Texas State University and her MM from Northwestern University. Her teachers were Brad Garner, Sally Turk, and Walfrid Kujala. Playing flute is her passion; teaching and mentoring flute students is her calling, and she is thrilled to have a life that embraces both equally!

Deb Stevenson

Deb Stevenson, Oboe

Chicago, Illinois

Deb Stevenson, oboe, is the founder of the Metropolis Oboe Quartet and is co-founder of The Mozart Journey - a collaboration with the St. Charles Singers to perform and record the sacred choral works of Mozart. Her newest project Rendezvous Arts was conceived during the 2020 pandemic and marries chamber music and visual art. Groups frequently performed with are the Metropolis, Lake Forest and Milwaukee Symphonies, Ars Viva, Handel Week and Apollo Chorus. She can be heard on recordings with the Chicago, Metropolis, Lake Forest and Milwaukee Symphonies, the St. Charles Singers, Stevie Nicks, Faith Hill’s Christmas Special, the Apollo Chorus, and for GIA music. As a contractor, she has hired musicians for artists such as Idena Menzel, Bernadette Peters, Bob Newhart, Marie Osmond, Smokey Robinson, Eddie Vedder, Video Games Live, Mannheim Steamroller and many Broadway Musicals. Deb teaches at the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute, Wheaton College, North Park University and Vandercook College.

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Leslie Grimm

Leslie Grimm, Clarinet

Chicago, Illinois

Leslie Grimm, one of Chicago's prominent clarinetists, has performed with many distinguished ensembles. With the Milwaukee Symphony, recording and touring with the orchestra has been one of her richest experiences. She has also performed and recorded with the St. Louis Symphony. Leslie also appears with the Lyric Opera of Chicago. She can be found almost anywhere in the building - in the orchestra pit, backstage, and on-stage as clarinet soloist. Leslie currently serves as the principal clarinetist of the Chicago Sinfonietta, playing six European tours and over 15 recordings. Performing in productions of Ragtime, Phantom of the Opera, Wicked and Music Man, Leslie is active in the music theater scene. She obtained her Master’s Degree from Northwestern University. Since graduating from Northwestern, Ms. Grimm has served on the faculty for nearly 30 years teaching clarinet and coordinating chamber music. Leslie grew up in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and is a fan of the outdoors and all things water.

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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.

Jeb Wallace

Jeb Wallace, Horn

Wichita, Kansas

Dr. Jeb Wallace, a graduate of Ponca City High School, serves as Principal Horn with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra and is on faculty at Wichita State University, where he was recently promoted to Associate Professor of Horn. As a soloist and chamber player, he has been featured at numerous symposiums for the International Horn Society, the Park City International Chamber Music Festival, Calgary HornFest, New Music New Haven, Chamber Music at the Barn, and the Bang on a Can Marathon. He has performed with many orchestras including the Utah Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Omaha Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, American Symphony, and Louisiana Philharmonic, among others. Dr. Wallace can be heard on numerous recording labels including Beauport Classical, Naxos, Beggars Banquet, Gasparo, and for numerous motion picture and video game soundtracks. He received degrees from the Yale School of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music, Southern Methodist University, and Stony Brook University.

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Raquel Samayoa

Raquel Samayoa, Trumpet

Denton, Texas

Raquel Samayoa leads a dynamic and engaging career as a teacher, chamber musician, recitalist, adjudicator and solo performer. She currently serves as Assistant Professor of Trumpet, and Co-Conductor of the UNT Brass Band at the University of North Texas College of Music. Dr. Samayoa additionally performs with Lantana Trio, a Brass Trio comprised of UNT Brass Faculty. Her performances have taken her to leading venues in the United States and across the world. As a member of the award-winning Seraph Brass, she frequently tours the US and abroad performing concerts and engaging in educational outreach performances. Raquel is the Executive Editor of the International Women’s Brass Conference (IWBC) Newsletter and will be a co-host for the 2022 IWBC hosted at UNT.

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John Gruber

John Gruber, Trombone

Oberlin, Ohio

John Gruber is Visiting Assistant Professor of Trombone at the Oberlin Conservatory. His teaching career has included posts at Ohio State University, Siena Heights University, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Civic Youth Ensembles, and the public school system in Barnesville, Ohio, where he served as band director. In addition to teaching, Gruber maintains an active performing career as principal trombonist in the Akron Symphony Orchestra and the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra, as well as second trombone in the Lansing Symphony Orchestra. Gruber was the National First Prize winner in the Brass Division of the 2010 Music Teachers National Association Young Artist Competition. Born and raised in Bowling Green, Ohio, he earned a BME in instrumental music education at Bowling Green State University. He added an MM and DMA in trombone performance at the University of Michigan, where he also completed a cognate in wind conducting. John Gruber is an Edwards Artist.

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Genevieve Clarkson

Genevieve Clarkson, Tuba

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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

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Thomas Burritt

Thomas Burritt, Percussion

Austin, Texas

There are storied educators, and there are dynamic performers, and then there are those who are destined to be both. Always in search of new music and new ways to share it with others, Thomas Burritt is today's percussionist. He received degrees from Ithaca College School of Music (BM – Education and Performance), Kent State University (MM), and Northwestern University (DMA). Active in the creation and performance of new music for percussion Burritt has built a reputation in chamber music, as a percussion soloist and a concert marimbist. In 2009 and 2016, Burritt performed on two Grammy nominated recordings: "Conspirare in Concert" and "Pablo Neruda: The Poet Sings". He is currently Professor of Percussion and Director of Percussion Studies at the University of Texas at Austin and is an artist and clinician for Majestic Percussion, Sabian Cymbals, Innovative Percussion, Remo, Beetle Percussion and Grover Pro Percussion.

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Chelsea Bushong

Chelsea Bushong, Harp

The Village, Oklahoma

Chelsea Bushong was born in Edmond, Oklahoma. She began playing harp at a young age. She was educated by Leah Trent and Gaye Leblanc and has performed in many ensembles throughout her time as a musician including the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Tulsa Symphony, Fort Smith Symphony, and the performing groups of Oklahoma City University, The University of Central Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State University as well as many others. She received her Bachelor's degree in Harp Performance from Oklahoma City University in 2010 and her Master's degree in Harp Performance in 2015, educated by Faith O'Neal. She has maintained a wonderful harp studio throughout the years, privately and at UCO and SWOSU, and has taught many students that have won awards at competitions such as The Carver Competition, put on the by OKC Orchestra League, the Midwest Harp Festival, and the Ladies Music Club of OKC Scholarship Competition.

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Photography

Kari Wehrs

Kari Wehrs, Instructor

Tempe, Arizona

Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation Faculty Chair

Kari Wehrs is a photographer and educator currently living in Tempe, AZ. She attended Arizona State University for her MFA in photography and graduated in the Spring of 2018.

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Konrad Eek, Darkroom Technician

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 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

Ben Long, Digital Technician

San Francisco, California

Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation Faculty Chair

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

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