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Tamara Drury, originally from Dallas, Texas, is a private flute, masterclass, and chamber instructor in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Ms. Drury is passionate about music. She gained valuable experience as a middle and high school private lessons instructor while pursuing her undergraduate studies in both College Station and Austin, Texas. Additionally, Ms. Drury was an Assistant Flute Instructor for Jennifer Keeney's Creative Flutist Studio All-State Etude Masterclass (Austin, Texas 2017) and for Dr. Angeleita Floyd's All-State Etude Flute Workshop at the University of Northern Iowa (2017).
performance where she studied with Dr. Andrew Parker. A native of Ottawa, Canada, she completed her undergraduate degree in oboe Performance at the University of Ottawa in April 2017 where she studied with Principal Oboe of the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Charles Hamann. She is a recipient of numerous awards, such as the Award of Excellence from the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, intended for section leaders and most advanced student. While competing for the National Art Centre Orchestra Bursary competition, she received the Sturdevant Prize for Orchestral Excerpts as well as the National Arts Center Orchestra Vic Pomer Award in 2017 and the Friends of the National Arts Centre Orchestra Award in 2015.
Having recently moved to Austin, Texas for her studies, Rachel regularly performed with the University of Texas at Austin’s Orchestra and Opera production as well as the Bach Cantata Project and woodwind quintets. Rachel is an active member in her music community. She performed with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra as well as the University of Ottawa Orchestra and the University of Ottawa Wind Ensemble. She spent her summers attending programs like Round Top, the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, Orford Music Academy, Scotia Festival, and Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy (PRISMA) where she studied under Erin Hannigan, Nicholas Stovall, Sarah Jeffrey, Beth Orson, Richard Killmer, Theordor Baskin, Roger Cole and Suzanne Lemieux.
Rachel is an avid reader and loves to spend time outdoors with her dog, Gamine. Tacos and chocolate is sure to make her smile.
Caroline Miller - email@example.com
Bassoonist Caroline Miller has had extensive experience as a successful educator and performer both in the United States and abroad. A native of Colorado, Caroline moved to Florida to obtain her bachelor’s degree in Instrumental Music Education from Florida State University, where she taught students from kindergarten to 12th grade for five years. She completed her teaching internship as a band director at Pacetti Bay Middle School in Saint Augustine, Florida before receiving her degree from FSU in December of 2017.
In addition to teaching, Caroline enjoys a successful performing career. Music festival experiences include the Brevard Music Center Institute and Festival, the Marrowstone Music Festival, the International Orchestra Camp in Lüchow, Germany, and the Interlochen Arts Academy. Recently, Caroline was named a finalist in the 2017 Leitzinger International Bassoon Competition in New York. Caroline is a bassoon fellow at the University of Texas at Austin, and is an active chamber musician as a member of the Florida-based Renegade Bassoon Quartet.
Under the instruction of Prof. Kristin Wolfe Jensen, Caroline is on track to earn a Master’s degree in Bassoon Performance from the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas in May of 2020. Former teachers include Prof. Jeffery Keesecker, Dr. Gary Moody, and Peg Stirn.
Katie Combest is a native Texan that currently resides in Colorado. She has taught music for 20 years in Flower Mound and Plano. Katie grew up around music. Her family encouraged her in her music education. She grew up singing in choir, playing the piano, then began her clarinet studies in the 7th grade. She immediately loved it. She earned the Principal Clarinet seat with the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra after only having played clarinet for barely three years. She had never even played in an orchestra prior to her seat.
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Ben Kessler - Ben.Kessler@utexas.edu
Benjamin Kessler is an active saxophonist and music educator in Austin, Texas. He regularly plays with the Vintage 15 Big Band and is a founding member of the Austin Saxophone Ensemble, where he also serves as the group’s Financial Director. Benjamin has performed with such acclaimed ensembles as the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra, Austin Symphony Orchestra, Round Top Festival Orchestra, The University of Texas Wind Ensemble, The University of Texas New Music Ensemble, and TexSax Saxophone Ensemble. As a recording artist, Benjamin can be heard on albums on the Naxos, University Records, Austin Saxophone, and Hollywood Records labels.
As an avid proponent of contemporary chamber and large ensemble music, Benjamin has commissioned, premiered, and recorded new works by Dan Welcher, Donald Grantham, Cater Pann, John Makey, Kevin Puts, Steve Bryant, John Mills, Chris Ozley, Andy Davis, Michael Mikulka, and David Adams. Benjamin can also be seen and heard in the 2009 film Bandslam and on the motion picture soundtrack. Benjamin is passionate about music and saxophone education. He has a large private studio in Austin, and was formerly a Lecturer of Saxophone at Texas A&M University- Kingsville.
Benjamin completed his Master’s degree and other degrees in Saxophone Performance at the University of Texas Butler School of Music where he studied under Harvey Pittel and served as the saxophone studio Teaching Assistant. His other teachers include John Mills and Ron Jones.
Dr. Marc Sutton - firstname.lastname@example.org
Originally from Duncan, Oklahoma, Dr. Marc Lynn Sutton is currently a teacher and performer in the Austin area. Dr. Sutton’s education includes a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Trumpet Performance from Texas Tech University where he received the TTU Horn Professors Graduate Achievement Award as well as the Joshua D. Britt Memorial Graduate Fellowship, a Master of Music degree in Trumpet Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music where he was awarded the Bernard Adelstein Prize in Trumpet, and a Bachelor of Music degree in Trumpet Performance, with distinction, from the University of Oklahoma.
As a soloist, Dr. Sutton was named a finalist at the 2016 Ellsworth Smith International Trumpet Solo Competition and was invited to study and perform at The Center for Advanced Musical Studies at Chosen Vale in 2017. From high school through his doctoral degree, he competed in the National Trumpet Competition solo and ensemble divisions numerous times, being named a finalist in 2011.
Some of his work as a freelance musician include performing with the CityMusic Chamber Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra’s Blossom Festival Band, Ohio Philharmonic, Five-One Experimental Orchestra, Classical Revolution Cleveland, and Moonlight Musicals. Commercial performances include appearances with notable Beatles tribute bands, “1964: The Tribute” and “Revolution Pie,” as well as numerous musical theatre productions and credits in several independent recording projects on both trumpet and drumset.
His primary teachers include, Dr. Andrew Stetson, Michael Sachs, Dr. Karl Sievers, and John Moots.
David Nowell - email@example.com
David Nowell is a native Texan and is currently the Instructor of Horn for Leander Independent School District. Mr. Nowell is a former student of Mrs. Karen Houghton and attended the prestigious Interlochen Center For The Arts studying with Dr. and Mrs. Ellen Campbell. Following his time at Interlochen he attended the Moody School of Music at the University of Alabama studying with Charles “Skip” Snead. For the past 15 years, he has maintained a full time private horn studio in Central Texas wherein his students have ranked among the top high school horn players in nation. His students have been accepted into Northwestern University, The Juilliard School, Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music, Peabody Conservatory, Southern Methodist University, University of Texas, Texas Christian University, and Oklahoma State University to study music. Mr Nowell plays a custom Kortesmaki Geyer Model horn and mouthpiece.
After attending the Curtis Institute of Music from 1998-2002 studying with Philadelphia Orchestra's Principal Trombonist, Mr. Nitzan Haroz, Mr. Wise has held positions such as Principal Trombone of The Israel Philharmonic, Principal Trombone of The San Antonio Symphony, Second Trombone of The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, and Sub-Principal Trombone of The Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. He has also performed with The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Detroit Symphony, The Singapore Symphony, as well as many other chamber groups all over the world. Anthony has worked with conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Wolfgang Sawallisch, James Levine, Fabio Luisi, Gustavo Adolfo Dudamel, Robert Spano, and Leonard Slatkin. His newest arrangement of Astor Piazzolla's “Oblivion” for Trombone, Cello and Piano can be heard on Peter Steiner's CD, ‘United’, as well as Nino Rota’s “Parla piu Piano” on his latest album, ‘Sapphire’.. Anthony currently has a Private Trombone Studio in Austin, Texas of elite students from the Leander and RoundRock districts and is Founder of The Austin Summer Brass Academy.
Patrick Geren is an independent music educator, performer, and composer currently located in the greater Austin (TX) area. In addition, he also works as a brass instructor with the Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps (Canton, OH). He earned his Master’s in Performance from the University of Georgia with David Zerkel and his Bachelor’s in Music Education and Performance from Illinois State University with Dr. Andy Rummel and Dr. Mark Babbitt.
As a member of the University of Georgia Tuba Quartet, he earned honors as first runner-up in the chamber ensemble competitions at the 2014 Music Teachers National Association in Chicago and the International Tuba Euphonium Conference held at Indiana University. His original work, “Tipping Point,” was a finalist in the 2016 U.S. Army Band Tuba-Euphonium Composition Contest and was recorded by the North Texas Euphonium Quartet on their debut album, “Machines.” In 2019 he performed with the Backburner Tuba & Euphonium Collective at the International Tuba Euphonium Conference held at the University of Iowa.
His works have been published through Potenza Music, reviewed in the International Tuba Euphonium Association (ITEA) Journal, and performed at regional and national conferences. In 2016 he founded his own publishing company, Wiley Island Press. In addition, scholarly articles of his research have been published in multiple ITEA Journals.
David Hummel - firstname.lastname@example.org
After finishing his undergraduate degrees in Music Performance and Education from Texas Tech University in 2009, David Hummel completed his Master's degree in Bloomington, Indiana at Indiana University, studying tuba performance. He has since been teaching low brass privately in the Round Rock, Leander, Georgetown and Austin Independent School Districts as well as playing freelance and with the Central Texas Philharmonic. During his time at Texas Tech, he was the principal tubist with the Amarillo Symphony for two years as well as a substitute with the Big Spring Symphony Orchestra. He has competed in several regional and international competitions, most recently being in the semi-final round of the International Tuba and Euphonium Conference's Tuba-Euphonium Quartet Competition and the final round of the Mock Band Audition. He has been lucky enough to study with such notable teachers as Dan Perantoni and Kevin Wass.