All Faculty


Thomas Dickey

Dr. Thomas Taylor Dickey


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.


Dr. Tyler Austin

Band, Bassoon

Dr. Tyler Austin joins the faculty at Oklahoma State University as Assistant Director of Bands and Instructor of Bassoon, where he assists with the Cowboy Marching Band, directs the Cowboy Spirit Bands, conducts the Concert Band, directs the New Music Ensemble, and teaches courses in Music Education and Bassoon. 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.


Laura Talbott Clark

Dr. Laura Talbott Clark


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 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.

  Jakie SkaraDr. Jacqueline Skara






Currently, Dr. Jacqueline Skara serves as Assistant Professor of Viola and Music Education (Strings) at Oklahoma State   University's Michael and Anne Greenwood School of Music. A native of Southern California, Jacqueline is a driven and  focused string instrument educator and performer. A valued teacher who connects personally with her students, she  designs innovative curricula and infuses modern technology into the classroom. Committed to community engagement,  Jacqueline has worked with organizations such as Cheerful Heart Mission located in the Dominican Republic and Haiti,  Kabarek   University in Kenya, and the Fairview Violin Project in Indiana, to create and develop string programs locally and  internationally. Her global teaching experience includes proficiency in distance teaching and a commitment to culturally responsive pedagogy.

Jacqueline is a member of the ASTA Conference Planning Committee, the Advisory Board for the Music Educators Journal, and she currently serves as the Student Advisory Committee Chair for the National ASTA. Jacqueline has presented at the ASTA National Conference, the NAfME National Research Conference, Big Ten Academic Alliance Music Education Research Conference, and Desert Skies Research Symposium. Her research interests include pedagogical and descriptive analyses of string shifting, and the intersections of parental involvement, parent attitudes towards music in school curricula, and parent social/cultural capital.

An avid chamber musician, Jacqueline was a founding member of the Allium String Quartet and has always enjoyed participating in local groups that perform music outside of the Western art tradition. During her time in Chicago, she was principal violist of the Civic Orchestra and frequently performed with many regional ensembles.

Jacqueline received bachelor's degrees in viola performance and French from the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, a master's degree in viola performance and chamber/orchestral literature from the Northwestern University Bienen School of Music, and a Ph.D. in music education with a minor in viola performance at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Her primary viola teachers included Robert Becker, Pam Goldsmith, Roland Vamos, and Steve Wyrczynski. Dr. Brenda Brenner served as her dissertation chair and mentor throughout her Ph.D. studies.

 Dr. Meredith Blecha-Wells






 Praised for her “beautifully full and lyrically strong tone” by Gramophone Magazine, Meredith Blecha-Wells is a sought-after performer and instructor. She has played throughout much of the United States, as well as Europe, Australia, Central America, and South Korea. Currently based in Oklahoma City, Dr. Blecha-Wells performs regularly with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, the Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble, the Tulsa Camerata, and the Pangaea Chamber Players.

As a recording artist, Dr. Blecha-Wells recently released her debut album, Small Storms: A Collection of Short Pieces for Cello and Piano by Bohuslav Martinu. Released on the Navona Records label, her playing is described as “technically dazzling” (the Whole Note) and is praised for her “lyrical warmth and her powerful athleticism” (Classical Music Discoveries). Additional recording endeavors include projects for the Lorenz Corporation, as well as performances on WMBR (Cambridge, MA), KALX (Berkley, CA), WRUV (Burlington, VT), WCNY (Syracuse, NY), and KUCO (Edmond, OK).

Dr. Blecha-Wells is currently the Associate Professor of Cello at Oklahoma State University, where she was awarded the College of Arts and Sciences Junior Faculty Award for Scholarly Excellence. Her students have won a number of competitions, including prizes in Classics Alive Artists, Enkor International Competition, American Protégé Competition, Ad Astra String Competition, MTNA, Hyechka String Competition, among others. As a devoted teacher, Dr. Blecha-Wells has seen her students accepted to study at prestigious institutions such as the Eastman School of Music, Rice University, Indiana University, the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.

Dr. Blecha-Wells received a bachelor's and master's degree in Cello Performance from Indiana University, studying under Janos Starker and Helga Winold. She also holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music, where she served as the teaching assistant to Distinguished Professor Alan Harris. Additional studies include festival participation at the Taos School of Music, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, the National Repertory Orchestra, and the Bowdoin International Music Festival.

In addition to performing and teaching, Dr. Blecha-Wells is passionately invested in community engagement. Most recently, she formed the Global Pedagogy Initiative, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing teacher training to students and teachers living in developing countries. Visit to learn more about this organization.

Jack Helsley Dr. Jack Helsley

 Bass, Jazz Bass




Dr. Jack Helsley is a bassist and educator based in Oklahoma City. He is a recent graduate of The University of North Texas where he was a teaching fellow and bassist with the One O'Clock Lab Band. During the Fall 2014 semester, he directed the Jazz Bass Department at UNT as sabbatical replacement for Lynn Seaton.

After receiving a Bachelor's degree in Music from the University of Louisville, he toured extensively throughout Europe, Africa, and the U.S. with the United States Air Force Band. As a freelance bassist, he has been featured on numerous recordings of jazz, pop, rock, and country artists, and has performed with such notable talents as Jamey Aebersold, Lynne Arriale, David Baker, Bob Berg, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Joey Calderazzo, Bob Dorough, Michael Feinstein, Benny Golsen, Ernie Watts, and Jeff Watts.

He holds a Doctor of Music in Performance from The University of North Texas, a Master's in Jazz Studies from Indiana University, and has been on faculty at Anderson University, DePauw University, Eastern Illinois University, Marian University, Oklahoma Christian University, University of Indianapolis, Wabash College, and Western Illinois University.

Dr. Helsley was a presenter at the 2016 JEN Convention in New Orleans, and has been invited to present at the upcoming Performing Arts Medical Association Symposium in Aspen, CO., and the International Society of Bassists Convention in Ithaca, NY. He is also formerly the co-host of the Jazz Radio show "Have You Heard" on WICR-FM.


Erin Murphy

Dr. Erin Murphy


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,, 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.

Andrew ParkerDr. Andrew W. Parker 

Oboe, Director of Summer Music Camps

Oboist Dr. Andrew W. Parker is currently the Assistant Professor of Oboe and Director of Summer Music Camps for the Michael and Anne Greenwood School of Music at Oklahoma State University. He has performed throughout the United States and internationally at some of the world’s most prestigious concert halls including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Kimmel Center, The Long Center, Texas Performing Arts, The Peace Center, Seoul Performing Arts Center, Symphony Space NYC, and Westchester Performing Arts Center, along with many others.

Dr. Parker previously held the position of Lecturer in Oboe and Music Technology at Brevard College, was the Woodwind and Brass coach for the Greenville County Youth Orchestra, and taught privately for numerous school districts in Texas, Connecticut, and North Carolina. He is a sought after educator and has been invited to give master classes, reed-making seminars, career development workshops, and recitals at the SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music, Central Washington University, Arkansas State University, Middle Tennessee State University, and the Usdan Center for Performing and Visual Arts, among other colleges and high schools around the United States. Dr. Parker has also been a guest artist performer and chamber music instructor at the Wellesley College Composers Conference and Chamber Music Festival.

As an avid orchestral and chamber musician, Dr. Parker has held positions with the Greenville Symphony Orchestra, Spartanburg Philharmonic, Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra, and the Brevard Philharmonic. He has performed with the Asheville Symphony Orchestra, Austin Symphony Orchestra, Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, Round Rock Symphony Orchestra, Temple Symphony, Atlantic Music Festival Orchestra, Symphony Space All-Star Orchestra, and Le Train Blue New Music Ensemble, along with performances in Seoul, Korea with Symphony S.O.N.G (Symphony Orchestra for a New Generation). Dr. Parker has also made solo appearances performing Copland's Quiet City with New York City based chamber orchestra Ensemble Du Monde and Mozart’s Oboe Concerto with the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of New York.

Along with his teaching and performing engagements, Dr. Parker has worked extensively in Arts Administration focusing his efforts on arts education. Most recently, he was the Artistic Administrator for the Brevard Music Center, Managing Director of the Yale Philharmonia and New Music New Haven Ensemble, and Orchestra Manager for the Atlantic Music Festival.

Dr. Parker received his Bachelor of Music degree from the SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music, Master of Music from the Yale School of Music, and Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Texas at Austin. He has attended numerous summer festivals including the Texas Music Festival, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Brevard Music Center Festival and Institute, Atlantic Music Festival, and the Roundtop International Music Festival. His major teachers have been Rebecca Henderson, Stephen Taylor, Humbert Lucarelli, Johnathan Blumenfeld, and Valerie Sulzinski. He has concurrently participated in masterclasses with Robert Botti, Richard Woodhams, Louis Rosenblat, Robert Atherholt, Ann Leek, Eric Ohlsson, Ashley Mary Barrett, Adam Dinitz, and Jason Lichtenwalter.

Babette Belter

Babette Belter


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. 

Johnny Salinas

Dr. Johnny Salinas


Dr. Salinas has been fortunate to perform and teach music on opposite sides of the world. He is currently on faculty at Oklahoma State University's Michal and Anne Greenwood School of Music in Stillwater, Oklahoma, where he teaches applied saxophone and assists with the university's recording department. Prior to working at OSU, Dr. Salinas served as the Assistant Professor of Saxophone at Soochow University School of Music located in Suzhou, Jiangsu, China. While in China, Dr. Salinas performed many solo and chamber music recitals and had the opportunity to play with the Suzhou Symphony Orchestra and the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. As a native of Houston, Texas, he has performed with the Houston Symphony Orchestra, Houston Ballet, and Musiqa, an award-winning American contemporary music ensemble. He has performed as a soloist live on National Public Radio's "The Front Row" and at notable venues such as the Shanghai Symphony Hall, Jinan Grand Theatre, the Kennedy Center's Terrace Theatre in Washington, DC, and the Lila Cockrell Theatre in San Antonio, Texas. He has given many performances throughout North America, Europe, and Asia.

Dr. Salinas is a founding member of the award-winning Amethyst Quartet. In 2008, Amethyst was the first saxophone quartet in history to sweep the United States' most prestigious chamber music competitions, winning first prizes at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition, and the Music Teachers National Association Chamber Music Competition (MTNA). Other individual awards include the international Frank Huntington Beebe Fund (2006), Hellam Young Artist Competition (2005), and Andreas Makris Woodwind Competition (2004).

In addition to teaching in China, Dr. Salinas has taught at Sam Houston State University, Houston Baptist University, Lone Star College - North Harris, San Jacinto College and Morehead State University. He has taught courses in applied saxophone, chamber music, music appreciation, woodwind methods, and music technology.

As a teacher, his students have been accepted into prestigious music programs around the United States while his former students have won prizes at major competitions including the 44th Annual Fischoff Chamber Music Competition (Gold Medal), 8th Plowman Chamber Music Competition (1st prize), 2017 National MTNA Chamber Music Competition (2nd prize), Macauley Chamber Music Competition, and the Houston Underground Chamber Music Competition. His high school students have gone on to make the All-State Bands in both Illinois and Texas.

Dr. Salinas earned his Doctor of Musical Arts, Master of Music, and Bachelor of Music degrees from Northwestern University under the instruction of Dr. Frederick L. Hemke.


Dr. Tyler Austin

Band, Bassoon

Dr. Tyler Austin joins the faculty at Oklahoma State University as Assistant Director of Bands and Instructor of Bassoon, where he assists with the Cowboy Marching Band, directs the Cowboy Spirit Bands, conducts the Concert Band, directs the New Music Ensemble, and teaches courses in Music Education and Bassoon. 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.


Joe Cooper

Dr. Joseph Cooper


Dr. Joseph Cooper is a dedicated educator and active performer. He is the Assistant Professor of Trumpet at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma. He has over ten years of college teaching experience and previously taught at the University of Texas at San Antonio and Texas Lutheran University.

Students of Dr. Cooper succeed at all levels. College students under his direction have been admitted to top graduate music programs, have performed at summer festivals nationally and internationally, hold positions in regional ensembles, and have become band directors across Texas. His high school students have auditioned into the National Youth Orchestra and NYO2, have been accepted into the country's best collegiate trumpet studios as performance majors, and have been invited to perform at the National Trumpet Competition.

Cooper has extensive performance experience as an orchestral trumpet player. He has performed with the Austin Symphony Orchestra, Austin Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio, Colorado Symphony, and the Breckenridge Music Festival, among many others. He has performed in popular genres, too, including at the Austin City Limits Music Festival, and for Peter Gabriel, Kristin Chenoweth, PDQ Bach, and Idina Menzel. Furthermore, he has performed across the United States and in Hong Kong, Japan, China, Macao, England, Austria, the Czech Republic, and Germany.

Originally from Florida, Dr. Cooper received music degrees from Indiana University-Bloomington (B.M.), Rice University (M.M.), and The University of Texas at Austin (D.M.A.). His principal teachers are John Almeida, John Rommel, Marie Speziale, and Ray Sasaki. He is a member of the International Trumpet Guild and served on the Conference Artist Committee for the 2018 ITG Convention held in San Antonio, Texas.

Lanette Lopez Compton

Lanette Lopez Compton


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.


Paul Compton


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.


Dr. Ryan Robinson

Tuba and Euphonium

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.

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. Dr. Robinson is a B&S Artist.


 Dr. Wayne Bovenschen




 Wayne Bovenschen has served as Associate Professor of Percussion for 28 years. In this capacity, he directs the Concert Percussion Ensembles, Taiko Ensemble, studio lessons, percussion techniques class, and the OSU Marching Percussion Ensemble. He is the sponsor of the Alpha Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi. From 1987-2015, he also served as Assistant Director of Bands and Director of the OSU Spirit Band. A graduate of Michigan State University, Mr. Bovenschen holds a B.M. in Education and an M.M. in Applied Percussion.

The OSU Concert Percussion Ensemble was selected as one of three ensembles to perform at the PAS International Conference (PASIC) in November 2014 in Indianapolis. This ensemble also performed at PASIC 1996 in Nashville. In 2011, the OSU Marching Percussion Ensemble performed as one of three university drumlines invited to present an exhibition at PASIC in Indianapolis. This group has competed at PASIC seven times, placing second in 2001.

Mr. Bovenschen also serves as music director for the Stillwater Community Band, which was invited to perform at the OMEA state convention in 2011. In the summer of 2016, this ensemble will perform in the Festival of States in Hawaii. He has conducted high school and junior high honor bands throughout Oklahoma as well.

Mr. Bovenschen's prior teaching experience includes percussion instructor for the Michigan State University Spartan Marching Band and Lansing Community College. He has performed with the Lansing Symphony Orchestra and the Cavaliers and Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps. He is a member of PAS, formerly serving on the board of the International Percussion Ensemble Committee and twice as president of the Oklahoma Chapter. He is also a member of NAfME, IARP, KKY, TBS, and PMA, and serves as a clinician for Ludwig and Vic Firth. Mr. Bovenschen has arranged over 400 scores for high school and college marching bands and drum & bugle corps across the country, and is published by Drop6 Media and Arrangers Publishing, Inc.




Thomas Lanners

Dr. Thomas Lanners


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 "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 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


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.


April Golliver-Mohiuddin

April Golliver-Mohiuddin

Voice Instructor

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.

Steven Sanders

Steven Sanders

Voice Instructor


Hailed by Opera News as "dynamic" and The New York Times as "impressive," tenor Steven Sanders has performed with many prestigious opera companies including New York City Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Opera Boston, Chautauqua Opera, Austin Lyric Opera, Des Moines Opera, Dayton Opera, and the Opera Institute at Boston University. In addition to his many mainstream roles, Mr. Sanders excels in lesser performed roles such as Chairman Mao in Nixon in China by John Adams and Galileo in Galileo Galilei by Philip Glass. The recording of John Musto's Volpone, featuring Steven as Bonario, was nominated for a Grammy Award as "Best Opera Recording of 2009."

An accomplished concert artist, he has also been heard as a soloist in Orff's Carmina Burana with the Dallas Wind Symphony, Beethoven's Mass in C Major with Boston's Masterworks Chorale, Mozart's Requiem and Mass in C minor at Carnegie Hall, and Haydn's Mass and Mozart's Requiem at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center.

A native of Ninnekah, Oklahoma, Mr. Sanders holds degrees in Music Education from the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma from which he received the 2004 Distinguished Young Alumni Award. He received his Master's Degree in Vocal Performance from Oklahoma City University and went on to receive a Certificate of Performance from Boston University.


Howard Potter

Dr. Howard Potter

Jazz Instructor

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.