Dr. Virginia Broffitt Kunzer is Associate Professor of Flute at Oklahoma State University, principal flute of the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas, a Mentor for the Hot Springs Music Festival, and a founding member of the Pangaea Chamber Players. A versatile musician, she has established a successful career as a teacher, soloist, orchestral musician, and chamber musician. Before her appointment at OSU, she served as faculty at Western Illinois University and flutist in the Camerata Woodwind Quintet. She has also held positions in the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra. Dr. Broffitt was a faculty member with the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Preparatory Department and served as guest artist and faculty in residence for The North Carolina School of the Arts Music Piccola festival. Among Virginia's notable accomplishments are winning the National Flute Association's Young Artist Competition in 2004.
An avid teacher and performer, she has given performance master classes and performed concerts throughout the United States and Europe. Virginia has appeared as a soloist with the Quincy Symphony Orchestra, INTY Ensemble, the OSU Wind Ensemble, OSU Symphony Orchestra, and the WIU Symphony Orchestra. She is an active presence in the National Flute Association, performing at numerous conventions, previously serving as Coordinator of the Young Artist Competition, and currently serving as a Board Member. An enthusiastic performer of contemporary music, Virginia has had the opportunity to work with many notable contemporary composers on their pieces, including Chen Yi, Derek Bermel, George Tsontakis, Jake Heggie, Michael Fiday, and Moritz Eggert.
A native of Iowa City, Iowa, Dr. Broffitt received her Bachelor of Music degree in flute performance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts where she studied with Tadeu Coelho. She went on to receive a Master of Music degree and a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Her past teachers include Dr. Bradley Garner, Randy Bowman, Dr. Tadeu Coelho, Jack Wellbaum, and Dr. Irna Priore.
Virginia is a Miyazawa Performing Artist.
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 frequently performed with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Toledo Symphony, and many other ensembles in the try-state area. 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 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 Hannifin and Nancy Ambrose King.
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.
Dr. 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, New Music on the Point in Vermont, and the Cortona Sessions for New Music in Cortona, Italy.
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, First Place at the Union Française des Artistes Musiciens Chamber Music Competition (France), twice First Place at the Music Teachers National Association Chamber Music Competition - Michigan, First Place in the Northwestern University Chamber Music Competition, and First Place in the Michigan State University Concerto Competition. Loeffert has also been a finalist in the Concert Artists Guild Competition, the Chesapeake Bay Chamber Music Compeition, the Plowman Chamber Music Competition, and a three-time finalist in the Coleman Chamber Music Competition. Loeffert is featured on seven commercially available discs and a DVD, as well as on a PBS television episode of Backstage Pass, which offers viewers a first-hand look at the inner workings of a top-flight chamber ensemble through live in-studio performances and interviews with the ensemble members. 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 Cankar 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, Jongyun Choi, 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 studied music theory under Bruce Campbell, Gordon Sly, Bruce Taggart, and Leigh Van Handel. His primary saxophone teachers include Bob Chreste, Jean-Yves Fourmeau, Jean-Michel Goury, Frederick L. Hemke, Joseph Lulloff, and Scott Plugge. Loeffert has had additional studies with Jan Berry Baker, Griffin Campbell, Masahito Sugihara, and Kelland Thomas, and significant support and mentorship from David Dees and John Nichol.
Loeffert is a Yamaha and Vandoren Performing Artist and plays exclusively on Yamaha saxophones and Vandoren reeds, mouthpieces, and ligatures.
Miss Goad was an active performer during her time at Oklahoma State. She served as principal bassoonist of the OSU Wind Ensemble during her junior and senior years, and had the privilege of performing with this ensemble at the Oklahoma Music Educators Association conference and also at the College Band Director’s National Association conference. Miss Goad also performed with the Symphony Orchestra, Cowboy Marching Band, and countless other ensembles that included not only students, but faculty members as well.
In addition to her activities at OSU, Miss Goad maintained a large studio of private bassoon students. She also interned for Bocal Majority, a company that specializes in double reed supplies and summer double reed camps. During her internship she performed in faculty recitals, taught small and large ensemble classes, extended technique classes, and beginner reed making classes.
Her professional affiliations include membership in Tau Beta Sigma, where she was an officer for two consecutive years serving as vice president and then president, the National Association for Music Education where she served one year as vice president, the Texas Music Educators Association, and Phi Kappa Phi. Miss Goad is enthusiastic about her future in music and is pursuing career to become a middle school or high school band director.