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Conductors

Joseph MissalDr. Joseph Missal

Band
joseph.missal@okstate.edu
bands.okstate.edu

Joseph Missal is Director of Bands and Professor of Conducting at Oklahoma State University. In this capacity, he conducts the Wind Ensemble and guides all aspects of the OSU Band Program. Dr. Missal also directs the graduate conducting program, teaches undergraduate conducting, and serves as Coordinator for Wind and Percussion Studies. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Instrumental Music Education from Michigan State University, a Master of Music in Wind Conducting from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Wind Conducting from the University of Colorado.

His ensembles have performed for conventions of the Japan Band Clinic, British Association of Symphonic Band and Wind Ensembles, World Association for Symphonic Bands, the College Band Directors National Association, National Band Association, the Sonneck Society, Kappa Kappa Psi/Tau Beta Sigma, Oklahoma Music Educators Association, the Percussive Arts Society, and the Western States Collegiate Wind Band Festival. He has received praise from composers David Maslanka, Karel Husa, Cindy McTee, Joel Puckett, D.J. Sparr, Steven Bryant, Scott McAllister, Michael Daugherty, Frank Ticheli, Shafer Mahoney, Kathryn Salfelder, Roshanne Etezady, Donald Grantham, Dan Welcher, John Mackey, Dana Wilson, and others for his expressive interpretations of their music.

Dr. Missal has appeared as a guest conductor throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Japan, and Israel. His writing has been published in the CBDNA Journal, the Canadian Band Journal, and the GIA Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Dr. Missal is a past President of the Southwest Division of the College Band Directors National Association and the Big Twelve Band Directors Association. He has also served as a guest conductor for the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, the International Trombone Association, and the United States Army Field Band. Dr. Missal is an elected member of the prestigious American Bandmasters Association.


Thomas Dickey

Dr. Thomas Taylor Dickey

Orchestra
thomas.dickey@okstate.edu
orchestra.okstate.edu

Reviewed by critics as a “dynamic and exciting conductor” whose conducting is “imbued with aplomb, energy, and pathos,” Dr. Thomas Dickey is the Director of Orchestral Studies at Oklahoma State University, where he conducts the OSU Symphony Orchestra and guides all aspects of the orchestral program. Prior to his appointment at OSU, he was the Director of Orchestral Activities at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and Music Director and Conductor of the Dubuque Symphony Youth Orchestra (IA). 

Dr. Dickey has conducted many professional orchestras throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe, including the London Classical Soloists in England; Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra in Canada; Bacau Philharmonic in Romania; the Bakersfield, Macon, Norwalk, and Rapides symphonies; the Naples Philharmonic; Rose City Chamber Orchestra; and the Chicago Reading Orchestra. He has also worked with numerous conservatory, university, and youth orchestras in Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Michigan, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin. 

A native of Illinois, Dr. Dickey began piano studies at the age of four. He holds doctoral and master’s degrees in orchestral conducting from the University of Georgia and Louisiana State University, respectively, and graduated with highest honors from Eastern Illinois University, where he received the Excellence in Fine Arts scholarship. He has worked with conductors such as Carl Topilow, Christopher Zimmerman, Daniel Lewis, Gustav Meier, and Diane Wittry, and further studied conducting at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, and numerous workshops and master classes.


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Dr. Tyler Austin

Band
tyler.austin@okstate.edu

bands.okstate.edu

Dr. Tyler Austin joins the faculty at Oklahoma State University as Assistant Director of Bands, where he will assist with the Cowboy Marching Band, direct the Cowboy Spirit Bands, conduct the Concert Band, and teach courses in Music Education. In 2015, Austin founded the Maryland Wind Festival, where he serves as Artistic Director and Conductor. Now in its 4th season, MWF is a festival of wind chamber music and educational outreach based in Frederick and Hagerstown, Maryland and their surrounding communities. The festival brings together an international ensemble of performers, who perform as the Maryland Chamber Winds for an annual concert series and educational outreach program.

Dr. Austin comes to OSU from Michigan State University, where he co-directed the MSU Campus Band, guest conducted MSU's concert ensembles, and assisted with the Spartan Marching Band and Spartan Brass. Prior to his study at MSU, he served as Director of Bands at St. John's Catholic Prep in Frederick, MD. While teaching, Austin freelanced with professional wind bands and orchestras throughout Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Austin has held positions as Principal Bassoon of the Maryland Lyric Opera Orchestra and Second Bassoon with the Liberty Wind Symphony, a new professional wind ensemble based in West Chester, PA. Austin holds a DMA in Wind Conducting from Michigan State University, an MM in Bassoon Performance from the University of North Texas, and a BM in Music Education from Susquehanna University.


Howard Potter

Dr. Howard Potter

Jazz Elective Instructor
howard.potter@okstate.edu

Dr. Howard Potter has served as Professor and Head of the Department of Music at Oklahoma State University since July 2016. Prior to coming to OSU, Potter served as Associate Dean of Community and Continuing Education at the Eastman School of Music where he was also Associate Professor of Jazz Mallets (part-time) and the founder and director of the Eastman Youth Jazz Orchestra. At Eastman, Potter's teaching assignments included jazz theory and improvisation, jazz orchestra direction, and applied jazz mallet keyboards. Before his tenure at Eastman, he served as Chair of the Performing Arts Department of the Manilas Pebble Hill School in Syracuse, NY and founder and director of the 315 All Stars (award winning scholastic big band - winners of the 2001 Essentially Ellington International HS Competition).

Dr. Potter's background is steeped in both the classical western tradition, and the jazz, blues, rock, and world music traditions. His music studies started in middle school in Argentina with the trumpet and gradually moved toward percussion by high school in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In Rio he played regularly in nightclubs with Brazilian samba and bossa nova artists. After graduating from high school Potter played five years, full-time on the road in jazz/rock clubs all across the USA before deciding to attend college.

With over 40 years' professional performing experience, Howard Potter has been a member of the United States Military Academy Band at West Point, NY; performed as a freelance and Broadway musician in NYC; performed with numerous orchestras, studio and pit orchestras, and wind ensembles, including several Off-Broadway theater companies, the Rochester Philharmonic, the Erie Philharmonic, and the National Orchestral Association at Carnegie Hall. Dr. Potter is also active as a chamber musician having played jazz vibes in numerous ensembles in Rochester and Western NY (including as featured vibraphonist with the Eastman Jazz Ensemble) as well as having been a long-standing member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Marimba Band. Potter has performed in venues ranging from Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Eastman Theater, Boston's Symphony Hall, Alice Tully Halls to Tanglewood, Saratoga, Wolf Trap, and the Chautauqua Institute, to Broadway, to many other renowned classical stages.

Howard Potter holds degrees from the State University of New York at Fredonia (BM), the Eastman School of Music (MM), The Juilliard School (Post-Graduate Artist Diploma), and the Manhattan School of Music (DMA). His principal teachers have included: David Samuels, Fred Hinger, Buster Bailey, John Beck, Ted Frazier, Alan Dawson, and Alfredo Roel.

Dr. Potter is delighted to be at OSU! He is married and the father of three children. Next to being a husband and father, his greatest source of pride is being a teacher and sharing his love of music with his students.


Strings

Laura Talbott Clark

Dr. Laura Talbott Clark

Violin and Viola
laura.talbott@okstate.edu

A vibrant musician and innovative educator, Laura Talbott Clark is a violinist and violist equally dedicated to performing and teaching.  Currently, Laura serves as Associate Professor of Violin and Viola at Oklahoma State University, where she was awarded the Wise-Diggs-Berry Award for excellence in the performing arts in 2011.  In 2007, she was named the College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Professor by the OSU Student Council.  She co-founded the OSU String Academy (OSUSA) in 2009 and started the OSUSA Violin Head Start Program in 2011. She is theDirector and Founder of the OSU Horizons String Chamber Music Camp.  Laura has held teaching positions at the Inspiration Point Fine Arts String Camp, Meadowmount School of Music, Indian Hill MusicCenter, Bands and Orchestras of America Summer Symposium, Triada Music Festival, and Boston University.  She has served as a Member-at-Large, Vice President, and President of the Oklahoma chapter of the American String Teachers Association (ASTA). She is currently OK-ASTA's Special Projects and Membership Chair.

An avid chamber musician, she is the second violinist of the Tulsa Rock Quartet.  She is a member of Tulsa Camerata, for which she performs on both violin and viola.  She has served as the principal violinist of the Janus 21 Chamber Ensemble of Boston and performed as part of the Brightmusic Chamber Music Series (Oklahoma City), Mannes Conservatory’s annual Beethoven Institute (NYC), Triada Music Festival (Ludlow, VT) and Tulsa Brown Bag-It Recital Series.  Formerly, she was the Artistic Director of theFrontiers New Music Ensemble, an ensemble she co-founded.  She has appeared as a recitalist throughout the United States.

Laura has an extensive background as an orchestral musician.  She is currently a member of the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, playing in their viola section; she also performs with the Tulsa Ballet (viola) and the Tulsa Opera (violin).  In the past, she has performed with the New Hampshire Symphony, Nashville Symphony, Huntsville Symphony, Boston Virtuosi, Ann Arbor Symphony, Aspen Chamber Symphony, Cantata Singers Chamber Orchestra, Boston Lyric Opera, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra.

Laura received her doctorate in string performance from Boston University.  She holds additional degrees from Vanderbilt University (B.M.) and the University of Michigan (M.M.).  Her principal teachers have included Peter Zazofsky, Paul Kantor, Christian Teal, and John Kochanowski. Laura has spent summers at Interlochen, Meadowmount, Tanglewood, Oberlin Baroque Institute and the Aspen Music Festival, where she was a fellowship student.

Equally interested in the scholarly aspects of performance, music education, and the creative process, Dr. Talbott has presented lectures at the American String Teachers Association National Convention (2007; 2009) and the Maryland Music Educators Association State Convention (2008).  Her 2007 ASTA presentation resulted in a feature article in Strings magazine’s “Strings 101” column (“From Croak to Croon” compiled by James Reel; October 2007, No. 152).  In 2007, Dr. Talbott organized a two-day seminar featuring San Francisco-based creativity coach and author, Dr. Eric Maisel.  The workshop, entitled “Coaching the Artist Within,” attracted artists from all disciplines and provided them with ways to connect more deeply to their art.

Initially triggered by her own experiences with overuse-injuries, Dr. Talbott is actively involved in educating OSU and Oklahoma string students about the biomechanics of playing the violin/viola and over-use injury prevention and rehabilitation.  She has participated in the Ithaca College Healthy Musician Symposium and is working toward certification as an Andover Educator.  In 2005, Dr. Talbott organized a three-day workshop at OSU featuring Andover Educator Chairperson, Dr. Amy Likar.  Dr. Likar worked with OSU students, members of the Stillwater community, and OU students to increase awareness of the biomechanics of string playing.

Dr. Talbott Clark is a member of the American String Teachers Association (ASTA), Music Educators National Committee (MENC), Oklahoma Music Educators Association (OMEA), and Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society.


Kaitlin Teske GallmanKaitlin Teske Gallman

Violin 
kaitlin.teske@risd.org  

Kaitlin Teske Gallman is originally from Arlington, Texas where she began studying the violin in the 5th grade. She studied privately with Joan Stanley throughout her school career, participating in All-Region Orchestras, UIL Solo & Ensemble, Arlington Youth Orchestra and was a member of Lamar High School’s TMEA HNR Full Orchestra.  

As a third generation Aggie, Mrs. Gallman went on to study music with an emphasis in violin performance at Texas A&M University.  During her time there she was a founding member of the A&M Student in Resident String Quartet, played professionally as co-principal 2nd in the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra and was a member of Professor Marianne Henry’s violin studio.  She graduated Cum Laude with a BA in Music in 2010.

Mrs. Gallman attended graduate school at the University of North Texas where she studied music education under Karrell Johnson and received her teaching certification; she completed her UNT career in Julia Bushkova’s violin studio. She has studied with distinguished directors Brian Coatney and Sue Ewing as well as master conductors Dr. Cliff Evans, Jeffery Grogan, and Larry Livingston.

Mrs. Gallman currently teaches in Richardson ISD at Pearce High School. She is the Associate Director of Orchestra at Pearce and is also the lead director at three elementary feeder schools.  She is an active member of the Texas Orchestra Directors Association and Texas Music Educators Association and currently resides in Plano with her husband, Chad Gallman.


Colin Waddell

Colin Waddell

Viola
cwaddell@putnamcityschools.org

Oklahoma City native Colin Waddell is currently the orchestra director at Putnam City High School in Oklahoma City. He has served in this position since 2013 and has received numerous accolades and awards in that tenure. His orchestras have competed with success at the highest level and have traveled through several states including Texas, Colorado, and Missouri. In 2019, the Putnam City Orchestras will travel to London, England to perform at Cadogan Hall. 

Colin has studied teaching, conducting, and performance techniques and strategies with Peter Markes, Kristin Geist, Donna Cain, Dr. John Schimek, and Dr. Matthew Mailman.

As a performer, Mr. Waddell is an accomplished violist and has performed with the Fort Smith Symphony, Bartlesville Symphony, Enid Symphony, and the Oklahoma City Philharmonic. He has also served as principal violinist/violist for 13 productions, musicals, and operas in Oklahoma City. In 2012, Colin helped pioneer the Graduate String Quartet program at Oklahoma City University.

In his spare time, Colin enjoys playing electric bass in the “Cody Dunbar Band” and has performed all across the United States. He also is proud of his loving wife, Melissa, who continually supports his musical endeavors. 


Angelika Machnik-Jones

Angelika Machnik-Jones

Cello
angelika@okconservatoryofmusic.com

Honored for her “excellent musical instincts”, “great emotion, sensitivity, temperament” and “wonderfully committed playing”, Polish cellist Angelika Machnik-Jones has performed extensively as a recitalist, soloist and chamber musician throughout Poland, Germany and United States. As a soloist, she has performed with Delta Symphony Orchestra, Eastern Music Festival Symphony Orchestra, Oklahoma City University Symphony Orchestra, Oklahoma Community Orchestra, Fort Smith Symphony, Civic Orchestra of Norman, University of Oklahoma Symphony Orchestra and Hays Symphony Orchestra. She has appeared in several music festivals including Lancut International Music Festival (Poland), National Orchestral Institute, Eastern Music Festival, Texas Music Festival and Mimir Chamber Music Festival. Mrs. Machnik-Jones performed on OETA – a local Oklahoma PBS television station and recently her performance was featured in the FOX 25 News. She was also featured in Daily Oklahoman, Greensboro News, Jonesboro Sun and City Wire in Fort Smith.

Angelika won several prizes both in Poland and United States. In Poland, she received the Fourth Prize in Bacewicz International Chamber Music Competition, playing with Pratum Trio. Since moving to United States, she received the First Prize in Delta Symphony Concerto Competition, Third Prize in Gordon Parks Concerto Competition. She was a winner of Eastern Music Festival Concerto Competition and Oklahoma City University Concerto Competition. Angelika also received Second Prize in Crescendo Music Awards and the First Prize in Oklahoma Community Concerto Competition. While in Dallas, she was the First Prize winner in Hubbard Solo and Chamber Music Competition. Most recently she became the Third Prize winner at Hays Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition.

Mrs. Machnik-Jones has studied with Jadwiga Ewald, Jerzy Wujtewicz, Tomasz Zieba, Andres Diaz, Christopher Adkins and Jonathan Ruck. She has played in masterclasses for Mischa Maisky, Ko Iwasaki, Robert de Maine, Eric Kim, Matt Haimovitz, Tokyo String Quartet, Miro String Quartet and Avalon String Quartet. She holds music degrees form Oklahoma City University and Southern Methodist University.

Mrs. Machnik-Jones currently resides in Oklahoma City with her husband Dustin Jones and son Daniel. She plays with Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Fort Smith Symphony, Lawton Philharmonic and she is working on her Doctorate of Musical Arts Degree at the University of Oklahoma. She is also the founder and director of Oklahoma Conservatory of Music, an Oklahoma City based school for classical music instruction. She is a passionate and committed pedagogue. Her students are winners of different competitions, including Oklahoma City Orchestra League Keith Competition, Ad Astra String Competition, and Oklahoma Music Teachers String Competition. Angelika’s students have also received top spots with Oklahoma All State Orchestra and have gone to study music at different universities across the state and the country .

For more information about Angelika Machnik-Jones, visit www.angelikacello.com.


Andrew Goins

Andrew Goins

Double Bass
agoins1@aisd.net

Andrew Goins is dedicated to bringing the perspective of an active performing schedule to his busy life as a music educator. Mr. Goins is the head orchestra director at Arlington High School in Arlington, TX, and over nearly twenty years of teaching, has built a reputation for revitalizing programs. Groups under his baton have consistently earned Sweepstakes at UIL Concert & Sightreading Evaluations, as well as numerous accolades at music festivals, performances, and competitions across Texas and the United States. Mr. Goins has helped prepare and conduct TMEA honor groups, and has served as TMEA Region Chair and Region Vice-President. He is an active judge, clinician, and presenter on the use of technology in the classroom. Under Andrew’s leadership, the AHS Orchestra founded the first chapter of United Sound in Texas, providing the opportunity for students with special needs to participate in instrumental music.

As a performer, Mr. Goins enjoys an active and diverse freelance performing schedule on both double bass and electric bass. He plays in numerous orchestras, jazz groups, musical pit orchestras, and the occasional rock band. He regularly plays with the Dallas Winds, the leading professional wind ensemble in the United States, and recently recorded a CD featuring the works of renowned composer John Mackey. Andrew has accompanied Bobby McFerrin, Itzhak Perlman, and Chris Martin, among others.

Mr. Goins holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Studies from The University of Texas at Austin, where he studied double bass with Dr. David Neubert and Mr. John Fremgen. Andrew has served on the faculty for summer camps at Baylor University, the University of Texas at Arlington, and Sam Houston State University. His private students have consistently been members of the TMEA All-State Orchestras, and he has many former students who have gone on to perform, teach, and create music.

When not teaching or performing, Mr. Goins enjoys cycling, camping and hiking in the mountains, and enjoying time with his wife, Ange, and their crazy rescue Schnauzer, Tigger.


Woodwind

Erin Murphy

Dr. Erin Murphy

Flute
erinkmurphy@gmail.com
flutestudio.okstate.edu

Flutist Erin Kendall Murphy has an active and multifaceted career as a performer and educator. She frequently performs with orchestras, in chamber music collaborations, and as a soloist throughout the U.S. and abroad. Educationally, her overarching goals are developing the talents of people of all ages and fostering community spirit.

Dr. Murphy made her concerto debut with the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra in the spring of 2013. She has also performed with the Symphony of Southeast Texas, Evanston Symphony Orchestra, Ravenswood Community Orchestra, Mode chamber ensemble and Gaudete Brass, Southport Symphony Orchestra, and Lake Shore Symphony Orchestra. Her recent chamber music appearances include those with the Analogue Duo, Lakeshore Rush, Whitewater Chamber Players, and Sapphire Woodwind Quintet. Dr. Murphy has performed in England, Hungary, Austria, and the Czech Republic. She is a founding member and flutist of Lakeshore Rush, a Pierrot plus percussion ensemble that collaborates with composers and performs accessible contemporary works. Since their 2014-2015 inaugural season, they have premiered commissions by Beth Bradfish, Kyong Mee Choi, Elizabeth Start, Laura Schwendinger, Pierre Jalbert, Joshua Hintze, Jonathan Hannau, and Griffin Candey. Erin has performed solo recitals in Colorado, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, and Wisconsin.

In 2018, Dr. Murphy joined the faculty of Oklahoma State University as the Assistant Professor of Flute. Before her appointment at OSU, she served as faculty at Lamar University, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and Maranatha Baptist University. She has given masterclasses at universities, high schools, and community music schools across the country. Additionally, she has performed and presented at several National Flute Association Conventions, Texas Music Educators Association Convention, International Alliance for Women in Music Congress, Tenth Festival of Women Composers at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Chicago Flute Club Festivals, and the Wisconsin Flute Festival. Her articles have been published in the Journal of the International Alliance for Women in Music, FQ Plus, Flute Talk, BandDirectorsTalkShop.com, and Chicago Flute Club’s Pipeline.

Dr. Murphy transcribed 17 pieces from Marin Marais’ Suitte d’un goût étranger for flute and keyboard. She collaborated with pianist Dr. Kirstin Ihde on a recording of these intriguing French baroque character pieces, which was released in April 2014. Her second solo recording Day and Night: Modern Flute and Piano Duos by Women Composers is slated for release in 2018.

Her applied flute students have been accepted to excellent undergraduate and graduate programs including the San Francisco Conservatory, Northwestern University, Indiana University Bloomington, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. They have won masterclass and concerto competitions, been featured on notable alumni concerts, and become successful educators across the country in applied flute and general music education.

Dr. Murphy holds degrees in flute performance from the University of Michigan (B.M., James B. Angell Scholar), Northwestern University (M.M. with honors), and the University of Wisconsin-Madison (D.M.A., music theory minor). In addition, she earned a performance certificate while studying in Kent, England at Trevor Wye’s International Flute Studio. Her other influential teachers include Stephanie Jutt, Mary Stolper, Walfrid Kujala, Amy Porter, Lorna McGhee, and Jeff Zook.

Dr. Murphy is a member of the Chicago and Houston Flute Clubs, National Flute Association, International Alliance for Women in Music, Musicians Club of Women, Pi Kappa Lambda Fraternity, and the Texas Music Educators Association.


Melissa BosmaMelissa Bosma

Oboe
melissa.bosma@okstate.edu 
oboestudio.okstate.edu

Melissa Bosma is Lecturer of Oboe at Oklahoma Stte University, where she also serves as Director of the OSU Summer Music Camp. Prior to her appointment at OSU, Ms. Bosma served as Adjunct Instructor of Oboe at Heidelberg University, where she performed with the faculty woodwind quintet, regularly performed at the New Music Festival, and commissioned new solo works for oboe and piano.

Ms. Bosma taught extensively in Michigan through her studio and master classes at many local middle and high schools. Ms. Bosma also founded Ducks in a Row: Reedmaking Camps, a series of weeklong summer reedmaking intensives for students throughout Michigan. In addition to maintaining a private studio, Ms. Bosma is an active orchestral musician who held the positions of Second Oboe with the Michigan Philharmonic, English Horn with the Dearborn Symphony, and Principal Oboe of Arbor Opera Theatre. She performed with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Toldeo Symphony, and many other ensembles in the tri-state area. In Oklahoma, Ms. Bosma frequently performs with the Tulsa Symphony, Tulsa Ballet, and other ensembles throughout the state. Also an accomplished chamber musician, Ms. Bosma attended the Sarasota Music Festival and was a Fellow at Music Academy of the West where she was a featured soloist under the baton of Grammy-nominated conductor Nicholas McGegan.

Melissa Bosma graduated with Master of Music degrees in both Oboe Performance and Chamber Music from the University of Michigan. She graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Music degree in Oboe Performance from Southern Methodist University. Her primary teachers include Erin Hannigan and Nancy Ambrose King.


Babette Belter

Babette Belter

Clarinet
babette.belter@okstate.edu

Babette Belter is Associate Professor of Clarinet at Oklahoma State University. Ms. Belter holds degrees in Music Education, Woodwinds, and Clarinet Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and Michigan State University. She currently performs as principal clarinet with the Tulsa Ballet Orchestra and Signature Symphony where she has appeared as a soloist performing works of Weber, Bernstein, and Rossini. Professor Belter also regularly performs with the Tulsa Philharmonic. Among her many performances have been presentations for conventions of the International Clarinet Association, the Music Teachers National Association, the College Band Directors National Association, the Oklahoma Music Educators Association, and the Oklahoma Bandmasters Association.

In addition to performing as a soloist throughout the United States, Ms. Belter has presented a series of solo recitals in Japan and has performed the Copland Concerto with the Guatemala National Symphony Orchestra in Guatemala City, Guatemala. As a recipient of the Southwestern Bell Foundation Fellowship, Professor Belter participated in the Classical Music Seminar-Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria and researched several Hungarian chamber music manuscripts in Budapest, Hungary. Ms. Belter has served as an American Cultural Specialist in Costa Rica through the United States Information Agency where she presented recitals and master classes on American music. Her travels have also taken her to Israel and England where she has performed as a soloist and presented master classes.

In 2004, she received the Wise-Diggs-Berry award for outstanding teaching at Oklahoma State University. 


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Dr. Jeffrey Loeffert

Saxophone

Music Theory Elective
 jeff.loeffert@okstate.edu

Jeffrey Loeffert serves as Associate Professor of Saxophone at Oklahoma State University. During the summer months, Loeffert teaches at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan, the Great Plains Saxophone Workshop in Oklahoma, and the Cortona Sessions for New Music in Cortona, Italy. A dedicated teacher, Loeffert recently received the Oklahoma State University College of Arts & Sciences Junior Faculty Award for Scholarly Excellence, the Wise-Diggs-Berry Award for Teaching Excellence, and the Friends of Music Distinguished Music Professor Award.

Loeffert is a very active chamber musician. As a founding member of the h2 quartet, Loeffert has won numerous chamber music prizes including First Place at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, First Place at the North American Saxophone Alliance Quartet Competition, and First Place at the Union Française des Artistes Musiciens Chamber Music Competition (France), among others. Loeffert is featured on twelve commercially available discs and a DVD, as well as on a PBS television episode of Backstage Pass. His recording of Groove Canon by Marc Mellits was recently used as the monologue theme music for the Broadway show The Heidi Chronicles, starring Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men) and Jason Biggs (Orange is the New Black).

Loeffert has performed at such prestigious venues as the Avalon Theatre in Easton, Maryland; the Canker Dom in Ljubljana, Slovenia; Clowes Hall in Indianapolis, Indiana; the Guarnerius Center for the Performing Arts in Belgrade, Serbia; the National Concert Hall in Dublin, Ireland; the Sarajevo Music Academy in Sarajevo, Bosnia; the Times Center and Merkin Hall in New York City; and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, California; in addition to university recital halls across the country. An advocate of new music, Loeffert has premiered works by Drew Baker, Ross Bauer, Karl Blench, Sy Brandon, Thomas Dempster, Antoine Fachard, Benjamin Fuhrman, Takuma Itoh, Igor Karača, David MacDonald, John Mackey, Marc Mellits, Victor Marquez-Barrios, Roger W. Petersen, Forrest Pierce, David Rakowski, Jesse Ronneau, Billy Ryan, Matthew Schoendorff, Greg Steinke, Timothy Stuhlman, Tina Tallon, Amy Williams, Kevin Wilt, and Daniel Wohl, among others.

Loeffert graduated summa cum laude from Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Music double major in Saxophone Performance and Jazz Studies. At Northwestern, Loeffert won the Program Honors Award for his graduating class. A Frank Huntington Beebe Scholar, Loeffert studied in Paris at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Cergy-Pontoise where he received the Médaille d'Or à l'Unanimité - Saxophone, and the Médaille d'Or à l'Unanimité - Musique de Chambre. Loeffert also studied at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Boulogne-Billancourt where he received the diploma Cycle d'Orientation Professionnel with an emphasis in contemporary music. Loeffert completed graduate studies at Michigan State University (MSU) as the recipient of a University Distinguished Fellowship. He received a Master of Music degree and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Saxophone Performance as well as a Master of Music degree in Music Theory Pedagogy. At MSU, he was awarded the Paul Harder Award for music theory and composition.

Loeffert is a Yamaha and Vandoren Performing Artist and plays exclusively on Yamaha saxophones and Vandoren reeds, mouthpieces, and ligatures.


Thomas DickeyDr. Thomas Taylor Dickey

Orchestra
thomas.dickey@okstate.edu
orchestra.okstate.edu

Reviewed by critics as a “dynamic and exciting conductor” whose conducting is “imbued with aplomb, energy, and pathos,” Dr. Thomas Dickey is the Director of Orchestral Studies at Oklahoma State University, where he conducts the OSU Symphony Orchestra and guides all aspects of the orchestral program. Prior to his appointment at OSU, he was the Director of Orchestral Activities at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and Music Director and Conductor of the Dubuque Symphony Youth Orchestra (IA). 

Dr. Dickey has conducted many professional orchestras throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe, including the London Classical Soloists in England; Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra in Canada; Bacau Philharmonic in Romania; the Bakersfield, Macon, Norwalk, and Rapides symphonies; the Naples Philharmonic; Rose City Chamber Orchestra; and the Chicago Reading Orchestra. He has also worked with numerous conservatory, university, and youth orchestras in Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Michigan, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin. 

A native of Illinois, Dr. Dickey began piano studies at the age of four. He holds doctoral and master’s degrees in orchestral conducting from the University of Georgia and Louisiana State University, respectively, and graduated with highest honors from Eastern Illinois University, where he received the Excellence in Fine Arts scholarship. He has worked with conductors such as Carl Topilow, Christopher Zimmerman, Daniel Lewis, Gustav Meier, and Diane Wittry, and further studied conducting at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, and numerous workshops and master classes.


Brass

Aaron Jensen

Aaron Jensen

Trumpet
aaron.jensen@colorado.edu

Aaron Jensen is an avid cross-over trumpet player living in Boulder, Colorado. He has performed with International Blues Challenge champion Chris Cameron as lead trumpet for the Chris Cameron Blues Band, Broadway stars Craig Schulman, Cris Groenendaal and Kevin Gray on their 2010 “Three Phantoms in Concert” tour, as well as the Colorado and Fort Smith Symphonies, in addition to Broadway shows throughout the Denver area. As a student Mr. Jensen was a three-time scholarship attendant to the Juilliard Jazz Workshop where he performed with Wycliffe Gordon, and was a scholarship attendant to the Manhattan to the Mountains Chamber Music Workshop.

Mr. Jensen will complete his Masters degree at the University of Colorado at Boulder in May of 2017 where he holds the position of Lecturer of Trumpet in the College of Continuing Education, and he holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Trumpet Performance from Oklahoma State University. As a member of the Oklahoma State University Trumpet Ensemble, Aaron was a finalist in the National Trumpet Competition in 2013, and twice performed to standing ovations at the International Trumpet Guild Conferences. Mr. Jensen toured Japan as a member of the Oklahoma State Wind Ensemble, which concluded with a performance at the Japan Band Clinic. 

Mr. Jensen believes strongly in integrating music technology with the arts and was the recording and mixing engineer for Snow College’s album Speech of Angels. In conjunction with Snow College, Mr. Jensen used his technology expertise to participate in clinics focusing on integrating technology with the arts at the Utah Music Educators Conference, and his work was used at the Technology Institute for Music Educators National Conference in 2009.

Aaron is greatly indebted to his primary teachers: Ryan Gardner, Justin Bartels, Terry Sawchuk, David Blackinton, Scott Wilson, and Steve Meredith.


Lanette Lopez Compton

Lanette Lopez Compton

Horn
lanette.lopez_compton@okstate.edu
horns.okstate.edu

Lanette Compton has been Associate Professor of Horn at Oklahoma State University since 2005.  She earned her Bachelor of Music Degree in performance from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln as a student of Allen French and her Master of Music Degree in performance from the University of North Texas as a student of Dr. William Scharnberg.

Lanette is presently a member of the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, Tulsa Opera Orchestra, Tulsa Oratorio Chorus Orchestra, and Tulsa Ballet Orchestra. She has also been a member of the North Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Texas Wind Symphony, Allen Philharmonic Orchestra, Flower Mound Chamber Orchestra, Garland Symphony Orchestra, Los Colinas Symphony Orchestra, Signature Symphony Orchestra, University of North Texas Symphony Orchestra, University of North Texas Wind Symphony, Camerata Chamber Winds, and the Myriad Brass Orchestra. She has also performed with the Dallas Wind Symphony, Fort Smith Symphony, and Enid Symphony Orchestra.

Lanette has performed on more than a dozen CD’s, including the critically acclaimed CD The Manne We Love:  Gershwin Revisited featuring the Steve Houghton Quintet and the University of North Texas Two O’clock Lab Band.  She has performed as soloist with the Camerata Chamber Winds, North Central Texas College Singers, and the University of North Texas Wind Symphony. She has performed at the Mid-South Horn Workshop, Texas Music Educators Association Convention, College Band Director’s National Association Convention, World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles Convention, and the American Bandmasters Association Convention. Lanette has performed for such artists as Luciano Pavarotti, Pat Boone, Diane Schurr, and Collin Raye.

Lanette has extensive chamber music experience in both brass and woodwinds quintets, including being a finalist in both the Coleman and Fischoff chamber music competitions. She is on the faculty of the Western Chamber Music Institute held at Western State College in Gunnison, Colorado.


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Paul Compton

Trombone

paul.compton@okstate.edu

Paul Compton has been Associate Professor of Trombone at Oklahoma State University since 2003. He studied trombone at the University of North Texas with Vern Kagarice and Tony Baker, at the University of Texas at Arlington with Andrew M. Russell, at the Henry Mancini Institute with Bruce Paulson and Andy Martin, and at the Alessi Seminar with Joseph Alessi. Paul has also performed in master classes for Christian Lindberg, Denis Wick, Ben van Dijk, Ron Barron, Scott Hartman, and John Fedchock. Prior to his appointment at OSU, Paul taught at North Central Texas College and the University of North Texas. He has enjoyed an extremely versatile career, with extensive experience as a solo, symphonic, jazz, and chamber music performer.

Paul is devoted to promoting the trombone as a solo instrument. He has premiered more than twenty new compositions for trombone, by composers James Kazik, Wil Swindler, Joseph T. Spaniola, Stephen Smith, David Wilborn, Ian McDougall, James Beckel, David Herring, Michael Schneider, Dave Rivello, Sy Brandon, and David Shipps. Paul has performed as soloist with the University of New Mexico Wind Symphony, Camerata Chamber Winds, Oklahoma State University Wind Ensemble, Oklahoma State University Symphony Orchestra, Signature Symphony Orchestra, Myriad Brass Orchestra, Oklahoma State University Jazz Ensemble, Jacksonville State University Jazz Ensemble, University of North Texas Trombone Ensemble, Stillwater Community Band, and the Wills Point High School Band. Paul was a semifinalist in the prestigious Concert Artists Guild Solo Competition, and he received an Outstanding Performance Award in the Down Beat Student Music Awards. He has given recital performances at the University of Missouri, University of Saskatchewan, Texas Tech University, Del Mar College, Central Methodist University, and Oklahoma State University. Paul received a Commission Assistance Grant from the Co-op Press in 2004, which resulted in the premiere of Ballad and Dance Variations for Solo Trombone and Wind Ensemble by Sy Brandon. Paul subsequently won First Prize in the Co-op Press Recording Competition for his recording of Ballad and Dance Variations, and his recording can be heard on the album Trombonarama

Paul is a member of the North Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, and he has performed and recorded with several other orchestras, wind ensembles, and choral ensembles. He has held regular positions in the University of North Texas Symphony Orchestra, Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra, Irving Symphony Orchestra, San Angelo Symphony Orchestra, University of North Texas Wind Ensemble, University of Texas at Arlington Wind Ensemble, and the Myriad Brass Orchestra, and he has performed with the Flower Mound Chamber Orchestra, Plano Symphony Orchestra, Texas Wind Symphony, North Central Texas Chorale Orchestra, Women's Chorus of Dallas Orchestra, Tulsa Opera Orchestra, Tulsa Oratorio Chorus Orchestra, Signature Symphony Orchestra, Tulsa Ballet Orchestra, and the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra. Through these ensembles Paul has performed with artists such as Luciano Pavarotti, Diane Reeves, Herbie Hancock, Terrence Blanchard, Christian McBride, Sam Harris, Larry Gatlin, John Williams, Tony Bennett, Jerry Goldsmith, Elmer Bernstein, Bob Brookmeyer, and Monica Mancini. He has also performed in such venues as the Hollywood Bowl, Carnegie Hall, Kodak Theater, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, and Bass Hall.

Paul was lead trombonist of the well-known University of North Texas One O'clock Lab Band, and he can be heard on four of the group's albums. He also performed with the ensemble at the Molde International Jazz Festival (Norway), Pori International Jazz Festival (Finland), PASIC in Dallas, IAJE Conventions in New York and New Orleans, the New York Brass Conference, the Texas Jazz Festival in Corpus Christi, Texas Ballet Theater, Lone State Ballet, and the North Texas Jazz Festival in Addison. He played for such artists as Greg Bissonette, Terry Gibbs, the Brecker Brothers, Jim McNeely, Bill Watrous, Byron Stripling, Tim Hagens, Kenny Wheeler, and Joe Lovano. Paul played every Monday night for 5 years with the house Big Band at Sambuca Jazz Café Addison. He was lead trombonist of the University of Texas at Arlington Jazz Orchestra, and performed with the ensemble at the Montreux International Jazz Festival (Switzerland) and the Texas Music Educators Convention. He also performed with the Cary Richards Orchestra, Dreamaker Big Band, Eastside Jazz Orchestra, Tuxedo Junction, Collection Jazz Orchestra, Shelley Carroll Big Band, Dallas Jazz Orchestra, In Full Swing, Galen Jeter Orchestra, and the Les Elgart Orchestra. Paul is lead trombonist of the jazz trombone ensemble Slide Tradition, winner of the International Trombone Association Kai Winding Jazz Trombone Ensemble Competition and the National Jazz Trombone Ensemble/Capitol Bones Competition. Slide Tradition was an artist ensemble at the 2002 International Trombone Festival in Denton, TX. 

Paul has performed regularly as a chamber musician. In 1997 he began performing with the Texas based Bluebonnet Brass, and has since performed several hundred concerts with the ensemble. This includes guest performances with the San Angelo, Temple, and Georgetown Symphony Orchestras, as well as concerts across the United States and Japan. Paul has also performed with the Infinity Brass Quintet, Newcastle Brass Quintet, Classic Brass Quintet, and the Bravo Brass Quintet. He was a member of the Camerata Chamber Winds of Coppell, TX for two seasons, performing some of the finest chamber music for winds. As a member of the Bravura Trombone Octet, Paul twice won the Down Beat Magazine Student Music Awards Competition for Classical Chamber Ensemble. Paul is a faculty member for the Western Summer Chamber Music Institute held at Western State College of Gunnison, Colorado. 

Paul is an artist for the Edwards Instrument Company of Elkhorn, Wisconsin and Griego Mouthpieces.


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Dr. Ryan Robinson

Tuba and Euphonium

ryan.j.robinson@okstate.edu

Dr. Robinson joined the faculty of the Oklahoma State University Michael and Anne Greenwood School of Music in 2018. He is currently the Principal Tuba of the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (SoNA) and Principal Tuba of the Lawton Philharmonic. Dr. Robinson also serves as host of the Buffet Crampon USA Tuba Euphonium Academy. Prior to his appointment at OSU, Dr. Robinson held teaching positions at Oklahoma City University, Tarleton State University, and Southwestern Oklahoma State University. His degrees are from the University of North Texas (BM, DMA) and Northwestern University (MM).

Dr. Robinson has been invited to perform at several international competitions, festivals, and conferences including the Brass im Frankenwald course and festival at Haus Marteau, Lichtenberg, Germany; Ticino Musica Festival in Lugano, Switzerland; the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Festival; the Rafael Mendez Brass Institute; and numerous International Tuba Euphonium Conferences.

Dr. Robinson enjoys a busy and diverse career as a professional tubist. As a chamber musician, he has performed with the faculty quintets of Oklahoma City University, the University of North Texas, and Tarleton State University. Additionally, he is a founding member of the Founders Tuba Euphonium Quartet, Frontier Brass Band (OK), Bel Canto Brass Quintet, the Highland Brass Quintet, and the Fantasticos Tuba Euphonium Quartet. As an orchestral tubist, he has performed with the Houston Symphony, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Tulsa Symphony, Fort Smith Symphony (AR), Symphony of Northwest Arkansas, Lawton Philharmonic (OK), Las Colinas Symphony (TX), Allen Philharmonic (TX), and the Blue Lake Festival Band (MI).

His professional affiliations include the International Tuba Euphonium Association, Oklahoma Music Educators Association, Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, and the American Federation of Musicians.

Dr. Robinson is a B&S Artist.


Afterwards, while attending the Lausanne Conservatory of Music in Switzerland, Brett studied with Roger Bobo, former tubist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Concertgebouw Orchestra, as well as Michel Becquet Professor of tuba Paris Conservatory (Twentieth Century Techniques.) While in Switzerland, he performed with two competitive British brass bands based in the Swiss Roman:STUBA (Swiss Tuba and Euphonium Ensemble) and the Geneva Contemporary Ensemble.

Since returning to the US, Brett has worked as a substitute for theTulsa Symphony and Tulsa Ballet, and is an active member of the Starlight Concert Band, Covenant Brass Quintet, Goforth Brass, and Principal Tubist with the Signature Symphony since 2015. Mr Nichols lives on a farm near Okemah (hometown of Woody Guthrie) where he is a pecan orchardist and enjoys fishing and wildlife. Brett remains active in the Oklahoma music scene as both a freelance tubist and low brass clinician.


Percussion

Remington ThorntonRemington Thornton

Percussion
remington.thornton@okstate.edu
percussion.okstate.edu

Remi Thornton is the Adjunct Instructor of Percussion at Oklahoma State University. He has a degree in Music Education from Oklahoma State and is currently pursuing a MM in Percussion Performance & Pedagogy.

Originally from Bixby, Oklahoma, Remi has several years of experience teaching private lessons, percussion ensemble, and drumline with students ranging from elementary to college.

 


Piano

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Dr. Se-Hee Jin

Piano

Intro to Piano Elective

sehee.jin@okstate.edu

Dr. Se-Hee Jin has been acclaimed for her keen musical intelligence and exquisite sensitivity. Dr. Jin currently serves as Clinical Assistant Professor of Piano at Oklahoma State University and has concertized and taught throughout the United States, Italy, Canada and Korea, continuing her solo recital projects and contemporary music concert series. 

As a solo pianist, Dr. Jin has been featured in various recitals including concerts at the Weill-Carnegie Hall, Kaufman Music Center, Bentley Recital Hall, and Seiji Ozawa Hall. She participated in the Tanglewood Music Festival as a recipient of the Leonard Bernstein Fellowship and the Banff Summer Arts Festival in Canada. She has performed a broad range of repertoire from Baroque to the music of our times, continuing her solo projects on Art of Fugue by J. S. Bach and Russian Romanticism. Dr. Jin has also continued her collaborative performances with distinguished musicians in the States and abroad. She has appeared in Backstage Pass on WXXI-FM Classical 91.5, Women in Music Festival, Festival of Contemporary Music and various series of chamber music concerts.

Dr. Jin is the Founder and Artistic Director of the American Living Composer Series. The new music concert series has been presenting composer portrait recitals comprised of works in a variety of settings from solo to chamber ensemble. Collaborating with John Harbison (Pulitzer Prize winner 1987; Institute Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Charles Wuorinen (Pulitzer Prize winner, 1970) and Louis Karchin (Professor of Music, New York University), she has presented the concert series in several venues in New York and Oklahoma areas. The most recent concert with the faculty members of Oklahoma State University presented the compositions by John Harbison at the Gilcrease Museum of American History and Art and Oklahoma State University in March 2017. The American Living Composer Series is supported by universities and regional art council.

Dr. Jin holds her Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in Piano Performance and Literature (Minor in Music Theory) from the Eastman School of Music where she studies with Natalya Antonova. She graduated from Ewha Womans University (Seoul, Korea) with a Bachelor of Music degree. 


Thomas Lanners

Dr. Thomas Lanners

Piano
thomas.lanners@okstate.edu
keyboard.okstate.edu

Thomas Lanners has appeared as a solo and collaborative pianist and clinician throughout the U.S. and abroad, presenting his New York solo debut in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in 2004. His performances have been broadcast nationally and internationally on programs such as American Public Media’s Performance Today and RTÉ Radio 1’s Sunday Miscellany in Ireland, among many others. Designated the 2014 Distinguished Music Teacher by the Oklahoma Music Teachers Association, he currently serves as Professor of Piano at Oklahoma State University.

Thomas has performed, presented master classes, and given lectures on various musical topics as a guest artist throughout the United States, in Mexico, Canada, Europe and Asia. For the second consecutive year, Zhe Tang, Chair of the Piano Division at the Shanghai Conservatory, invited Lanners - along with one piano faculty member each from the Cleveland Institute of Music, Northwestern University and Michigan State University - to participate in a mini-festival in Shanghai for student pianists who wish to study in the United States. During the week-long festival, he presents several master classes for these prospective students, and in 2016 will also judge the final round of the inaugural Shanghai Open Piano Competition. Lanners hosted a Chinese visiting scholar pianist in the 2014-15 academic year, and will likely host others in the future. In 2012, he gave a master class on the NYU Steinhardt School of Music’s Piano Artist Master Class Series and served as a performer, master class clinician and adjudicator at the Lee University International Piano Festival and Competition in Tennessee.

Some of the institutions he has visited as a guest artist include the Eastman School of Music, the Universities of Texas-Austin, Colorado-Boulder, North Texas, Miami (FL), South Carolina, Oklahoma, Western Ontario (Canada), Iowa, Northern Colorado, Northern Iowa, Central Arkansas, and Missouri-Columbia; Northwestern, Syracuse, Louisiana State, Southern Methodist, Auburn, Wichita State, Kansas State, Iowa State, George Mason and Baylor Universities; the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music and the Unidad Académica de Artes de la Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas in Mexico. In addition, Lanners has played solo recitals in Brussels and Gent, Belgium, performed on the Classical Mondays recital series in Preston Bradley Hall at the Chicago Cultural Center, at the OK Mozart International Festival, the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, and in Bangkok and Hua-Hin, Thailand.

Lanners’ latest recording, Ned Rorem: Piano Works, Volume 2, was released worldwide by Centaur Records in 2009. The disc has received much critical praise, including the following from respected critic Donald Rosenberg’s review in the Cleveland Plain Dealer: “The piano pieces on this fine recording attest to Rorem’s penchant for lyrical and dramatic contrast. … Thomas Lanners brings exceptional detail and urgency to the repertoire, taking as much care with inner voices as he does with arching statements. Grade: A.” Thomas’ previous CD, Ned Rorem: The Three Piano Sonatas, was released by Centaur in 2007.

Mark Lehman, in an American Record Guide review, wrote of the Sonatas disc: “It’s especially pleasing to have all three of Rorem’s sonatas on one disc, superbly played by Thomas Lanners, and in clear, vivid sound. … Anyone who cares about mainstream 20th Century piano music should seek out this superlative recording.” Robert Schulslaper wrote, in a Fanfare magazine review of both Rorem volumes: “Lanners plays [all the virtuoso pieces] to the hilt … and he’s also a sensitive musician who communicates the essence of Rorem’s varied moods. Additionally, his album notes are so ‘spot on’ that I felt obliged to quote him throughout my review. Recommended.” In a review of his 2005 release, Touches of Bernstein: The Complete Published Piano Music of Leonard Bernstein, critic Jed Distler wrote for ClassicsToday.com: "Thomas Lanners totally understands this music, pointing up the jazzy qualities to idiomatic perfection as well as projecting Bernstein’s lyrical generosity without milking it … All told, Lanners' loving mastery easily holds its own in any company. Warmly recommended."

Thomas was awarded a grant in 2010, through the Centaur label, from the Aaron Copland Fund for Music Recording to record works of Pulitzer winner Ross Lee Finney, having also received a Copland grant for his first Rorem CD. His championing of American piano music was the topic of an interview article, titled “Pianist Thomas Lanners: Spreading the Good Word,” in a 2010 issue of Fanfare.

Always in demand as a clinician, he presented sessions at the 2009, 2005, and 2001 Music Teachers National Association conferences; the 2015, 2010, 2008, and 2000 Oklahoma Music Teachers Association conferences; and conferences of the Texas MTA and the College Music Society’s South Central Chapter. Thomas will give a lecture, for the third consecutive year, for the annual MusicEdConnect.com National Conference, a four-day online event that includes sessions from numerous respected piano pedagogues. He gave a lecture as one of three featured guests (Conferencia Magistrals), entitled “Perspectives on Musicians’ Health Issues (Perspectivas en relación a problemas de salud de los músicos),” during the inaugural International Conference on Education, Culture and Arts (Congreso Internacional de Educación, Cultura y Artes) in Zacatecas, Mexico, and presented sessions at Eastman’s Summer Chamber Music Institute.

In the realm of collaborative piano, he has performed with Walfrid Kujala, former Northwestern University professor of flute and Chicago Symphony flutist, Richard MacDowell, professor of clarinet at the University of Texas at Austin, and Nancy Ambrose King, professor of oboe at the University of Michigan. He also collaborated with Leone Buyse, professor of flute at Rice University and former Principal Flutist, Boston Symphony Orchestra and Boston Pops, and with Swedish clarinetist Håkan Rosengren.

He is an active writer on musical topics, with several feature articles having been published in American Music Teacher, MTNA’s refereed journal. His most recent AMT article appeared in 2015, titled “With Our Eyes Closed.” He has also authored articles for Clavier magazine and the piano pedagogy e-newsletter Soundpoint.

Lanners served as one of three jurors for the 5th Mozart International Piano Competition in Bangkok, Thailand in July 2015. Thomas has adjudicated at MTNA’s West Central and South Central Division piano competitions, the Eastman School’s International Piano Competition for High School Students, and at numerous Ohio, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri and Texas MTA competitions at the state, district and local levels.

One of Dr. Lanners' former OSU students, Chul Hyung (Tony) Cho, was hired as a full-time opera coach at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music in 2015. Tony previously worked at the Juilliard School as an Associate Opera Coach, then coached operas at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music and at Chapman University outside Los Angeles. Former student Christopher Reed recently accepted a position as Vocal/Opera Coach at Colorado State University. Christopher is pursuing the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Collaborative Piano at the Eastman School, having completed his Master’s degree there as well. Other students have been accepted into graduate piano degree programs at Eastman, the Universities of Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Southern California, Kansas, Missouri-Kansas City, and the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. They have had success in state and regional competitions, winning both Oklahoma MTA competitions (including first place winners in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2006, 2005, and 2003, and numerous runners-up), MTNA Collegiate Artist honors for the state (including a national finalist in the String Chamber Music category in 2013), and MTNA Senior winners, most recently in 2010 and 2009.

Lanners received his Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Piano Performance and Literature from the Eastman School as a student of Barry Snyder. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree summa cum laude as a student of Leonidas Lipovetsky at Florida State University, where he won the Brautlecht Award as the School’s Outstanding Rising Senior. He also studied under John Perry at the Aspen Music Festival and Jerome Lowenthal at the Music Academy of the West, and has performed in master classes for such renowned artists as Pascal Devoyon, Jeffrey Kahane, Dominique Merlet, Anton Nel, Cécile Ousset, and Nelita True.


Heather LannersHeather Lanners

Piano
heather.lanners@okstate.edu
keyboard.okstate.edu

Heather Shea Lanners received her Bachelors Degree in Piano Performance from the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada as a student of John Paul Bracey. She then continued her studies in Paris with French pianist Cecile Ousset. While in Paris, she also earned the Diplome Supérieur en Musique de Chambre at the Ecole Normale de Musique. Since the completion of a Masters Degree in Piano Performance and Literature with Barry Snyder at the Eastman School of Music, Ms. Lanners has worked as the Opera Coach at both the Cleveland Institute of Music and the University of Akron. Some of her professional engagements have included performing regularly as the pianist for the Cleveland Opera on Tour, and as a resident pianist for the prestigious Meadowmount School of Music String Camp.

Professor Lanners has performed extensively throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe in both solo piano and chamber music. She has performed in public master classes for such artists as Jean Barr, Natalia Antonova, Robert Silverman, Anner Bijlsma, and Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi. She has participated with full scholarship in the Holland Summer Music Sessions, where she performed daily in public master classes and recitals located in and around Amsterdam.

Ms. Lanners is engaged frequently as an adjudicator throughout Oklahoma, Texas, and Kansas. She has also served as the Chair for the OMTA and MTNA State Piano Competitions (2006-2014). She is active as a guest lecturer, having presented lecture-recitals at the Eastman School of Music Summer Piano Festival and for the Oklahoma Music Teachers Association Conference. In its June/July, 2001 issue, American Music Teacherpublished her article, "Welcoming the Collaborative Arts into our Teaching Studios." Ms. Lanners has also served on the faculty of the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute and as a featured artist at the Amadeus Piano Festival in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She teaches applied piano, piano pedagogy, and class piano at OSU.


Pi-Ju ChiangPi-Ju Chiang

Piano
piju.chiang@okstate.edu
keyboard.okstate.edu

Ms. Chiang has been serving on the Keyboard Faculty at Oklahoma State University since 2013. As an active recital pianist, collaborative artist, Pi-Ju Chiang appears frequently in solo, chamber and collaborative recitals in Taiwan, North America and Mexico. She has shared stage with renowned artists including Kevin Gebo, Randy Bowman, Brad Garner, Craig Moris, Lilly Abreu, Paul Sharpe, Jeff Bradetich, and the majority of the principal players in the Cleveland Orchestra, Oklahoma Philharmonic and Tulsa Symphony.

She made her first debut as a collaborative artist in Taiwan at the annual opera gala in 1996, performing "L'orfeo" by Monteverdi. During this time she was also studio accompanist of Angelo Marenzi, a former voice faculty member at the Taipei National University of Art in Taiwan, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance. Her experience as a collaborative pianist took her to the Bari Opera Theater in Italy where she performed two operas “La Boheme” and “Il Travatore” in 1997. She was the first Taiwanese pianist performing the two complete major opera works in Italy and since then started building her career as a talented collaborative pianist internationally. She was awarded third prize in the 2000 Sidney M. Wright Endowed Presidential Competition in collaborative piano when she was studying at The University of Texas at Austin (MM, Piano Performance). Her outstanding talent in collaborative piano made her a full scholarship recipient to study at Rice University (MM, Piano Chamber Music/Accompanying). Ms. Chiang was invited to be a participant in the 2004 Cleveland Art Song Festival. She was awarded with the Rosa Lobe Memorial Award in Accompanying at the Cleveland Institute of Music (Professional Studies, Collaborative Piano) recognizing her highest level of artistic achievements while attending CIM , and was appointed as a CIM collaborative faculty member immediately after having graduated in May of the same year. Ms. Chiang's performances has been frequently heard on air on WCLV 104.9, northeast Ohio's classical radio station. Her recordings can be found on the website instantencore.com

Ms. Chiang has performed in Great Plains Regional Tuba and Euphonium Conference, MTNA of Oklahoma, National Conference of National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors/The College Music Society, North American Saxophone Alliance and numerous state and regional festivals/conferences. She has served in master classes for internationally acclaimed artists and was highly thought of by Stephanie Brythe, Janet Bookspan, David Daniel, Warren Jones, Martin Katz, Ida Kavafian, Arthur Rowe, Eric Rosonblith, Cavani Quartet, Osiris Trio, and many others. 

A native of Taiwan, Ms. Chiang began playing piano at the age of four. At age of nine, she was accepted at the special music school for gifted children in Taiwan and was awarded first prize in National Taiwan Piano Competitions for three consecutive years. Her major teachers include Anita Pontremoli, Brian Connelly, David Renner, Song-Jen Hsu and Rolf-Peter Wille. 


April Golliver-MohiuddinApril Golliver-Mohiuddin

Voice Elective Instructor
april.golliver@okstate.edu

Mezzo-soprano, April Golliver-Mohiuddin, Associate Professor of Voice and Co-Director of Opera Studies at Oklahoma State University, holds a Master of Music Degree in Vocal Performance from the prestigious Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and a Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal Performance from Oklahoma City University. Ms. Golliver-Mohiuddin was the recipient of the 2013 Friends of Music Distinguished Music Professor Award and the 2008 Wise-Diggs-Berry Award for Teaching Excellence at Oklahoma State University.

Ms. Golliver-Mohiuddin is in high demand as a performer while establishing a national reputation with operatic and concert performances across the United States. She has performed with Tulsa Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Wichita Grand Opera, Mobile Opera, Canterbury Choral Society, Tulsa Signature Symphony, Tulsa Oratorio Chorus, Light Opera Oklahoma, and Bartlesville Choral Society.

As a concert artist, she has performed in Mozart's Requiem and Coronation Mass, Beethoven's Mass in C Majorand Choral Fantasy, Mahler's Symphony No. 2 in C minor, Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass, Handel's Messiah, Bach's Christmas Oratorio, Mendelssohn's Elijah, and Brahms' Alto Rhapsody. Ms. Golliver has also performed chamber recitals at the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors Conference, Music by Women Festival, National Flute Association Conference, and the National Association of Teachers of Singing Regional Conference.

Ms. Golliver-Mohiuddin made her Carnegie Hall debut in the spring of 2010 performing Mozart's Vesperae de Dominica, K. 321 and Vesperae solennes de Confessore, K. 339. In 2005, Ms. Golliver-Mohiuddin performed throughout the Czech Republic as alto soloist in Pergolesi's Stabat Mater. She has made public appearances at the Aspen Music Festival and the Spoleto Vocal Arts Symposium in Spoleto, Italy.