2020 Faculty

Guest Artist

Jad Abumrad

Jad Abumrad

Brooklyn, New York

Jad Abumrad is the host and creator of Radiolab (radiolab.org), 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 Quartz Mountain is made possible by a generous grant from the Hearst Foundations.


Dean Irby, Instructor


Julie Yu

Julie Yu, Conductor

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.


Cari Earnhart

Cari Earnhart, Section Leader

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 Quartz Mountain!


Creative Writing

Instructor Coming Soon


Michael Blake

Michael Blake, Modern Dance Instructor

Kansas City, Missouri

Michael Blake holds an MFA in dance from Purchase College, and has a 2010 Bessie Award for his work with Paradigm Dance Project. He began his dance career in the Murray Louis Dance Company, 1982–84. He joined José Limón Dance Company, 1986, dancing principal roles until 1991 and danced with Donald Byrd/The Group 1991–98. He performed in a national tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, toured with Cab Calloway in Cab Calloway’s Cotton Club Review, and appeared in the films The Tales of Cri Cri, Unsettled Dreams, and the documentary, Hanya Holm (Portrait of a Dance Pioneer). He was Artistic Director of the Joffrey Ballet School’s Jazz and Contemporary Trainee Program, 2011–17. He was a teaching artist at Mark Morris Dance Group, and was on the dance faculties of Hunter College, Purchase College, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Marymount Manhattan College and Ithaca College. Michael is currently an Assistant Professor of Modern Dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and a performing artist with Netta Yerushalmy's Paramodernities #5 (Fosse).



DeeAnna Hiett, Ballet Instructor

Drawing & Painting

John Hampshire

John Hampshire, Instructor

Troy, New York

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

Instructor Coming Soon

Bryan Cardinale-Powell, Film & Video Editor

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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

Alan Novey

Alan Novey, Film & Video Technician

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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


Allen Tinkham

Allen Tinkham, Conductor

Chicago, Illinois

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


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. 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, Second Violin

Sunnyside, New York

Dr. Lisa Tipton, violinist, co-founder of the award-winning Meridian String Quartet, has toured, held residences and won distinctions from the Evian International Competition, Artists International and Chamber Music America. A devoted interpreter of new music, Lisa, established the Made in America series at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, performed on the Interpretations series at Merkin Hall and recently launched The NY Chamber Music CoOP, in NYC devoted to social justice programming. Lisa's critically acclaimed recording of Charles Ives’ violin sonatas, Hammers and Strings, was released on Capstone Records in 2006. Lisa’s performances include Phantom of the Opera, Radio City Christmas Spectacular and My Fair Lady on Broadway. Dr. Tipton is the Director of the NY Youth Symphony Chamber Music Program, 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.


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.



Claire Warden

Claire Warden, Instructor

Phoenix, Arizona

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

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


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.


Folk & Social Dance

Kevin Warner

Kevin Warner, Instructor

Boone, North Carolina

Kevin S. Warner is Professor of Dance Studies and former Chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, where he teaches courses in dance pedagogy and world dance, among others. He earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Dance from Temple University and has done post-graduate work in early childhood and music education. Kevin has performed in over 100 productions nationally. He has directed productions including The King and I and Nijinsky's Last Dance, choreographed productions including The Rocky Horror Picture 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.