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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.
Tommy Poole is Director of Jazz Studies and assistant professor of music at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma. He is an active saxophonist and woodwind doubler in a variety of genres. He has recorded as saxophonist on numerous commercially available CDs ranging in style from classical, to jazz, to pop. He has performed professionally with Rosemary Clooney, Ramsey Lewis, Johnny Mathis, Maynard Ferguson, Arturo Sandoval, The Woody Herman Orchestra, Andy Montanez, Glenn Monroig, Diane Schuur, Jack Jones, Joe Williams, Mercer Ellington, Marilyn McCoo, and Dianne Reeves among many others. As a classical saxophonist, Poole studied with Harvey Pittel and recorded on the first University of Texas at Austin Saxophone Ensemble CD entitled, Tex Sax (1998).
Poole has composed and arranged works for a variety of settings from commercial showbands, to jazz big bands, to full-sized studio orchestras. His orchestrations have been featured on at least seven commercially available CDs. His first CD as producer, On Cue-the Music of Seamus Blake (2012) featured three of his arrangements and was lauded by jazz critic Jack Bowers, AllAboutJazz.com. His second CD as producer, Out Front (2015), featured three of his original compositions.
Poole has presented workshops, or served as guest artist/performer, guest conductor, clinician, and/or adjudicator at Eastfield College, Northeastern State University, Pittsburg State University, Slippery Rock University, Oklahoma Christian University, Tulsa Community College, The University of Texas at San Antonio, and The University of Arkansas (Fayetteville). He has served in similar fashion for countless regional high school conferences, honor bands, and jazz festivals. His research on metric modulations in jazz has been published in Jazz Inside Magazine. He serves as President of Oklahoma Jazz Educators (OKJE) for the 2015-2016 academic year and is a member of the Jazz Education Network and College Music Society.
He received his B.M. and D.M.A. from The University of Texas at Austin and his M.M. from The University of Miami.
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.Strings
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.
Dr. Meredith Blecha-Wells leads a dynamic career dedicated to both performing and teaching. She has appeared as a chamber musician and orchestral player in the United States, Australia, and Europe, and has had the pleasure of performing in world class concert halls such as the Kennedy Center and the Sydney Opera House.
As a chamber musician, she is a founding member of the Pangaea Chamber Players and regularly performs with the Tulsa Camerata and the Brightmusic Ensemble in Oklahoma City. She recently recorded a CD with the Pangaea Chamber Players entitled Purple Line. The CD, which will be released under the Blue Griffin Label, includes flute, cello, and piano and features works by Gaubert, Rorem, Villa-Lobos, and Weber.
A devoted teacher, Dr. Blecha-Wells is currently the Associate Professor of Cello at Oklahoma State University, where she was recently awarded the College of Arts and Sciences Junior Faculty Award for Scholarly Excellence. Her students have won a number of competitions, including prizes in the American Protege Competition, the Music Teachers National Association Competition, the Ad Astra String Competition, the Buttram Competition, the Oklahoma City Youth Orchestra, and the Keith Competition. Her students have been accepted to study at a number of music schools in the US including Indiana University, Southern Methodist University, and festivals such as Round Top, Meadowmount, Eastern Music Festival, Brevard, Interlochen, Hot Springs, and Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival.
Dr. Blecha-Wells has taught throughout the United States and has most recently given classes at Auburn University, the University of Kansas, Middle Tennessee State University, the University of Northern Colorado, Florida Gulf Coast University, the University of Oklahoma, and the University of Georgia. Previous teaching posts include Point CounterPoint Chamber Music Camp in Vermont, Colorado Suzuki Institute, Chicago Suzuki Institute, Indiana University Summer Music Clinic, the Hochstein School of Music and Dance, the Eastman Community Music School, the Indianapolis Academy of Music, and Indiana University's String Academy.
Dr. Blecha-Wells received a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Cello Performance from Indiana University, studying under Janos Starker and Helga Winold. Additionally, she 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.
Bassist George Speed enjoys a career that combines teaching with solo, chamber, and orchestral performing. He is Associate Professor of Double Bass at Oklahoma State University and Principal Bass of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic.
In the orchestral sphere, Mr. Speed has performed with some of the world's most esteemed conductors, including Seiji Ozawa, Claudio Abbado, Jaap van Zweden, David Robertson, James Levine, Andrew Litton, Gerard Schwarz, Pierre Boulez, Hans Graf, Christopher Hogwood, and Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos. From 2001 to 2003, Speed held a tenured position with the now-defunct Florida Philharmonic Orchestra, based in Fort Lauderdale. In 2005, he was appointed Principal Bass with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, with which he performed close to 30 concerts last year. Since 1999, Mr. Speed has performed regularly with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, including 25 domestic and 3 international tours, a nationally televised performance at Super Bowl XXXVI, and for 12 Independence Day concerts. Additional orchestral experience includes: Boston Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Boston Classical Orchestra, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, Händel and Haydn Society, Fort Worth Symphony, and Tulsa Symphony.
As a soloist, Mr. Speed won the Jackson (TN) Symphony Concerto Competition, the Vanderbilt Concerto Competition, and the SC All-State Concerto Competition. As part of the 1998 Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music, he was a featured performer for Composer-in-Residence Henri Dutilleux's chamber work Les Citations. In 1999, the Pierre Boulez Workshop at Carnegie hall selected Mr. Speed to participate in a performance of Schoenberg's Kammersymphonie, Op. 9 in Weill Recital Hall under Maestro Boulez. He also performs regularly with the Oklahoma City-based chamber ensemble Brightmusic.
A devoted educator, Mr. Speed received the 2009 Wise-Diggs-Berry Award for Teaching Excellence in the Arts at Oklahoma State University. For the past 5 summers, he has served as a guest faculty member at the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, NC. Locally, Mr. Speed is particularly committed to the advancement of double bass playing in the state of Oklahoma, having presented numerous clinics around the state. In 2005, he joined with OU bass instructor Mark Osborn to present the first Oklahoma Bass Bash, a summer clinic for Oklahoma pre-college bassists. The Bass Bash (www.okbassbash.com), now in its eleventh year, continues to be a thriving collaborative effort between OSU and OU, with the location of the camp alternating between Stillwater and Norman. The enormously successful 2015 Bass Bash, held in Stillwater, brought over 40 students and 5 faculty members to the OSU campus.
A native of Spartanburg, South Carolina, Mr. Speed earned his Bachelor of Music degree, summa cum laude, from Vanderbilt University and his Master of Music degree from Boston University. Additional studies include two summers at both the Aspen Music Festival and the Tanglewood Music Center, where in 1999 he received the Rose Thomas Smith Legacy Prize. His principal teachers have been Edwin Barker, Edgar Meyer, and William Scott. Mr. Speed plays on a late 19th century Neapolitan bass by Carlo Loveri.
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.
As a performer, Celeste has appeared with numerous orchestras, music festivals, and in competitions around the globe. She has held positions with the Sarasota Opera Orchestra, Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Champaign-Urbana Symphony. Ms. Johnson has also won prizes for her performances at the Barbirolli and the Fernand Gillet/Hugo Fox International Oboe Competitions. She has also performed in Switzerland, Canada, Colómbia, the Isle of Man (British Isles), and as guest principal oboist of the Russian String Orchestra. She served as principal oboe of the New York String Orchestra with performances in Carnegie Hall, and has received fellowships to attend the Tanglewood Music Center, Aspen Music Festival, Kent/Blossom Music Festival, and the Sarasota Music Festival.
Ms. Johnson has held additional teaching positions at the Bay View Music Festival, Roberts Wesleyan College, the University of Kansas, and with the Colómbian Youth Philharmonic in South America. She has been awarded the First Lady of OSU Outstanding Music Faculty Award in 2011 and the College of Arts and Sciences Junior Faculty Award for Scholarly Excellence in 2007.
Celeste Johnson holds a Master of Music in Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her primary teachers have included Richard Killmer, Nancy Ambrose King, Dan Stolper, and Phil Koch.
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.
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.
An active and passionate chamber musician, Dr. Hancock was a founding member and bassoonist of the Heidelberg Arts Ensemble, a professional chamber group featuring artistic programming consisting of varied instrumentation. Comprised of musicians from the United States and Germany, this ensemble served the broader purpose of fostering a sense of community between the diverse cultures living in the state of Baden-Württemberg.
Dr. Hancock's commitment to music education has been a constant throughout her career. During her time in Europe, she was actively involved in outreach programs as a member of the Army, and also served as a double reed coach for the World Youth Wind Orchestra Project in Schladming, Austria. She has taught master classes involving students from across Europe, the United Kingdom, Asia, and Australia where she coached students in solo, chamber, and large ensemble musical environments.
Dr. Hancock holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin, a Master of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and a Bachelor of Music degree from Baldwin-Wallace University. Her principal teachers include Kristin Wolfe Jensen, Barrick Stees, Jonathan Sherwin, and Mark Popkin.
Dr. Ryan Gardner is the Associate Professor of Trumpet at Oklahoma State University.
Originally from Santa Monica, California, Dr. Gardner received his Bachelor of Music from the Eastman School of Music with highest distinction, his Master of Music from Rice University - Shepherd School of Music, and his Doctor of Musical Arts from the Manhattan School of Music. While in New York, he worked with former principal trumpeter of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Mark Gould, and the former second trumpet player of the New York Philharmonic, Vincent Penzarella. Dr. Gardner's thesis is based on Penzarella's pedagogical techniques and philosophies, which include innovative ideas on breathing, air usage, and brass playing, as well as performance psychology.
Dr. Gardner has been teaching students for more than a decade. Prior to his appointment at Oklahoma State University, Dr. Gardner served as the Assistant Professor of High Brass and the Jazz Band Director at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith. In New York, Dr. Gardner enjoyed a successful free-lance and teaching career. He held faculty positions at the Manhattan School of Music Precollege, Third Street Music Settlement, Music Conservatory of Westchester, Greenwich House Music School, and Meyer London School, as well as at the Manhattan School of Music Summer Camp.
Under the direction of Dr. Gardner since 2011, the Oklahoma State University Trumpet Studio has taken extraordinary strides. Dr. Gardner's students have been accepted on scholarship into distinguished graduate programs including the New England Conservatory, DePaul University, Carnegie Mellon University, Southern Methodist University, University of Southern California, University of Louisville, University of Colorado and University of Texas-Austin. At the 2012, 2013 and 2014 International Trumpet Guild Conferences, the OSU Trumpet Ensemble received rave reviews and standing ovations for their performances. Dr. Gardner's students have achieved success at the regional, national and international levels, most recently winning the 2014 and 2015 National Trumpet Competition Ensemble Division in addition to International Trumpet Guild Scholarship Awards.
Dr. Gardner, outside of his work at the University, maintains his private studio and additionally gives master classes and lectures internationally while continuing to perform.
As an orchestral performer, Dr. Gardner has played with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Honolulu Symphony, the Charleston Symphony, the Rochester Philharmonic, the Tulsa Symphony, the Tulsa Opera, the Tulsa Ballet, the Fort Smith Symphony, the New World Symphony, the Spoleto Festival Orchestra USA, the Music Academy of the West Orchestra, the Aldeburgh Festival Britten-Pears Orchestra in England, and the Verbier Festival Orchestra in Switzerland, directed by James Levine. He has also performed in many prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, Merkin Concert Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and the Palau de la Musica Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain. Dr. Gardner continues to have an active orchestral performing schedule. He plays principal trumpet with the Distinguished Concerts International Orchestra in New York City and is a member of the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas and the Artosphere Festival Orchestra.
Dr. Gardner also stands out as an avid chamber musician and soloist. Ensembles of note are the Three-Fifths Trio, the OSU Brass Trio, the OSU Brass Quintet, the Eastman Brass Quintet, the Rochester Philharmonic Brass Quintet, the Houston symphony Brass Quintet, and the Seventh Partial Brass Quintet, as well as the new music ensembles Alarm Will Sound and Crash Ensemble. Dr. Gardner has also performed with Broadway touring shows including Young Frankenstein and The Three Phantoms. As the Concerto Competition winner in trumpet at the Eastman School of Music and the Music Academy of the West Brass Ensemble Competition, Dr. Gardner soloed with both the Eastman Wind Orchestra and the Music Academy of the West Brass. He has also been a featured soloist with the Southeast Symphony and most recently with the OSU Symphony Orchestra.
Dr. Gardner has been privileged to work with artists such as Ray Charles, Doc Severinson, Wayne Bergeron, Lenny Pickett, Mark Inouye, Don Green, Allan Vizzutti, the Canadian Brass, Michael Tillson-Thomas, Esa-Pekka Solonen, and David Zinman, to name a few. He can be heard on the Naxos, Mark Records, and BX Entertainment labels and is a Bach performing artist and clinician. His latest album, On Track, has been lauded as having a velvety tone that never loses roundness, strength and technical skills, and playing with all the feeling we want to hear (American Record Guide).
Holding memberships with professional associations, Dr. Gardner actively participates with the International Trumpet Guild, College Music Society, and National Associaton of College Wind and Percussion Instructors, as well as the National Trumpet Competition. In 2010, Dr. Gardner was honored for his philanthropic work as Spotlight Artist of the Year by Music for Autism. He is now the Artistic Coordinator for Music for Autism, programming music nationally for those with autism and their families, and most importantly, helping raise awareness and advocating for those with autism.
Dr. Gardner is indebted to all of his main trumpet teachers: Vincent Penzarella, Mark Gould, Marie Speziale, James Thompson, Boyde Hood, and Paul Salvo. He is thankful to have had additional studies with Adolph "Bud" Herseth, Jens Lindemann, Ryan Anthony, Mark Niehaus, Laurie Frink, Doug Prosser, Michael Sachs, Mario Guarneri, Joe Burgstaller, Ed Carroll, Thomas Smith, and Per Brevig.
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 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.
Stephen Kunzer currently resides in Stillwater, Oklahoma where he is professor of tuba and euphonium at Oklahoma State University. Stephen received his Bachelor of Music from the University of Arizona with emphasis in both Tuba Performance and Music Education. His Master of Music is from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), where he served as a graduate assistant.
In addition to his position at Oklahoma State University, Stephen is a first-call musician on the Las Vegas Strip, performing with countless headliners including Jennifer Hudson, Carole King, Joshua Bell, Emmylou Harris, Martina McBride, John Fogerty, Arturo Sandoval, and Willie Nelson. He performs regularly in Broadway Las Vegas, including such shows as Disney's Lion King and Mary Poppins, The Gershwins' Porgy & Bess, The Rat Pack Is Back, and has toured extensively with the Dallas Brass Quintet.
Stephen is in high-demand throughout the world as a solo artist and clinician, giving lectures, master classes, and recitals. His performances have been heard coast-to-coast in the United States, Thailand, and Korea, and he is a regular presenter at regional and international music conferences. Stephen has previously served on faculty at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and is a contributing writer for the International Tuba and Euphonium Association Journal.
Stephen is a Besson/Buffet Crampon USA, Inc. Tuba Artist and Clinician.
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 publishec by Drop6 Media and Arrangers Publishing, Inc.