Dylan King is currently pursuing a Masters in Performance at the University of Florida studying under Dr. Kristen Stoner. King began his collegiate career here in Gainesville at Santa Fe College where he won the 2010 Santa Fe Winds Concerto Competition. King went on to earn his Bachelors of Music in flute performance from Stetson University as a scholarship student of Dr. Jean West and Susan McQuinn.
There he held positions of the University Symphony Orchestra, University Symphonic Band, and the University Wind Quintet. King was awarded the Merridy Williams Memorial Scholarship and was chosen to perform two recitals with the Stetson faculty.
King has recently been appointed principal flute of the Central Florida Lyric Opera for their 2016 season and has made appearances in other local orchestras such as the Gainesville Chamber Orchestra, Ocala Symphony, and Space Coast Symphony.
He has toured throughout Florida with renowned tenor, Fernando Varela, from David Foster and Friends, and with the Video Games Live Orchestra performing at venues such as the Hard Rock Café in City Walk, Orlando. King has frequented the Wayne Densche Performing Arts Center for several musical theater productions doubling on saxophone.
In addition to his performance career, King was a faculty member of the Volusia County Community School of the Arts from 2011-2015 and has taught students varying from beginners to adult amateurs. He has lead sectionals at Ocoee High, University High, Seabreeze High, and Bucholz High. In 2014, he joined the Stetson staff as the Administrative Assistant to the Director of Bands where he gained conducting and directing experience, particularly with the Stetson Pep Band at basketball events. He currently serves as the Assistant to the Admission and Advising Director for the University of Florida, School of Music.
Hsiao-Wei Chen is an avid flutist who is currently teaching and performing in Gainesville and North Central Florida area. She holds a Master’s degree of music in flute performance from the University of Florida and has performed with the University of Florida Symphony Orchestra, the UF Women’s Chorale, the Brazilian ensemble, Jacare Brazil, and the Frost Symphony Orchestra based in Miami, Florida.
Hsiao-Wei has been teaching flute to all levels of students in Gainesville, Florida since 2010. Many of her students have succeeded in competitions and auditions such as Solo and Ensemble, All-County and All-State Band auditions, the Alachua County Youth Orchestra auditions, and college auditions.
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Stefie Pishock is a second year student studying Instrumental Music Education at the University of Florida. She has been playing the oboe since 2010 and has been involved in ensembles such as the UF Symphonic Band, UF Concert Band, UF annual oboe holiday group “The Snowboes” and UF New Music Ensemble. Additionally, Stefie is a member of Sigma Alpha Iota, a professional music fraternity for women. After graduation, Stefie plans to become a high school band director and continue to be an advocate for music in public schools.
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Twice, one of ten finalists in the biggest clarinet competition in the world.
Dale Fedele, a self-labeled
"Progressive Clarinetist," already has three concerti written specifically for him from composers around the world.
Dale began study of Saxophone from Paul Magersuppe, Clarinet from Ben Armato, and has since studied privately and in master classes with such superlative musicians as Stanley Drucker, Clarence Clemons, Franklin Cohen, Robert Spring, Jimmy Heath, Ethan Sloane, Michael Rusinek, Michael Forte, Frank Kowalsky, Julia Heinen, and Mitchell Estrin.
As educator, Dale has seen incredible success with his students, with many earning top spots in All-State and All-County Bands and Orchestras, and several moving on to become music majors, gaining admittance into the top programs in Florida (including UF, FSU, UCF, and UNF).
Dale is devoted to the future of music education. He was a founding member and a creative force behind the Pro Series: Guided Practice System, an educational supplement containing over 100 DVD's of Private Lessons.
Allie Chiaradonna has studied from some of the greatest clarinetists of all time. Stanley Drucker, Yehuda Gilad, Alessandro Carbonare, Hakan Rosengren, Franklin Cohen.
As solo artist, she has received awards from the International Clarinet Association, the California Band Directors' Association, the University of Florida School of Music, and Buffet Crampon USA.
Interested in the impact of music education in future generations, she was instrumental in the development of Pro Series: Guided Practice, a nine-week bootcamp designed to take good young players to the next level. Her love of physics, as well as her fascination with the tone of vintage instruments and mouthpieces, has led her to new acoustical approaches in her lessons.
Gerard Spicer is a Master of Music candidate at the University of Florida, where he serves as graduate assistant to the saxophone studio and studies with Dr. Jonathan Helton. He holds a Bachelor of Music with Honors in Music Education and an Artist Diploma from Western University, Canada, where he studied with Barry Usher, Bobbi Thompson and Laura Kerslake. He has been privileged to work in master classes with artists such as James Houlik, Julia Nolan and Jonathan Helton.
In 2014, Gerard was the winner of the University of Florida Concerto Competition, performing the Tomasi Concerto with the University of Florida Symphony Orchestra. He presented a number of recitals in recent years, performing works by composers such as Albright, Bach, Denisov, Desenclos, and Lennon. He served twice as the concertmaster of the Western University Wind Ensemble, and can be heard on their recording, entitled Apparitions, conducted by Colleen Richardson and published by Albany Records.
He has presented clinics for the TVDSB Honor Band, UWO Wind Ensemble Tours, and the Usher Studio Quartet. Gerard maintains a private studio at Great Southern Music in Gainesville, Florida, and was previously the saxophone instructor for the New Horizons Adult Band in London, Ontario. He has also assisted at the Interprovincial Music Camp, coaching sectionals and quartets.
As a chamber musician, Gerard performs with the Collision Saxophone Quartet, with recent performances at the North American Saxophone Alliance Region 6 Conference in Atlanta, Georgia and at The Harn Museum of Art in Gainesville, Florida. Collision will perform at the 50th Society of Composers, Inc. in November, 2015. Other notable performances include the 2015 Florida Contemporary Music Festival, performing the music of Katharina Rosenberger.
Gerard performed in jazz ensembles in London, Canada, appearing with the Moonliters Big Band, the Billy Sherry Big Band, the London Jazz Orchestra and the Western University Jazz Ensemble. He has also performed the reed part for the Original Kids Theatre Company’s production of Avenue Q.
Gerard maintains research interests in the psychology of learning and the saxophone in early twentieth-century French music.
Margaret Dixon is a free-lance performer and teacher currently residing in Gainesville. During her time in Florida, she has become an active member in the music community. She has worked extensively with the University of Florida Gator Marching Band, GatorLand Band Camps, and various UF school of music related ensembles. Outside of the University, she coaches and teaches at various high schools in the Gainesville and central Florida areas. She has a rapidly growing private studio of students of varying abilities, ranging from ages 10-60. Margaret also has experience teaching in the Alachua County School System and she is certified to teach Music K-12 and general Education K-6.
Aside from teaching and coaching, Margaret also has a thriving performance career. She is holds the principal horn position in the Gainesville Chamber orchestra, and the second horn position in the Ocala Symphony Orchestra. She also substitutes with various Orchestras in the surrounding states and areas, has recorded with Carl Fischer and the Trade Winds Ensemble, and has played in numerous performances around the community and around the world.
Outside of the classical realm. Margaret has an active network with local hip-hop, R&B, and gospel artists, and she is an active member of the Spirit of Faith Music Ministry. Margaret has a Bachelor's in Music from the University of Alabama where she studied with Professor Charles "Skip" Snead, and a Master's in Music from the University of Florida where she studied with Dr. Paul Basler.
Cecelia Stevens, a Winder, GA native graduated from Valdosta State University in 2016 with a degree in Music Education. She is now working on her Masters degree in Horn Performance at the University of Florida under Dr. Paul Basler. She is an active freelance performer and teacher in the South Georgia and North Florida region. Cecelia has been teaching lessons at GSM since Spring of 2017.
Mattia Imponenti is a third year Music and Finance Major at the University of Florida currently studying under Dr. Steven Thomas. Mattia has been playing cello since the third grade and plans to earn a Master's degree when he graduates in 2018.
Mattia performs regularly with the Gainesville Orchestra and with other local ensembles. Mattia has had experience teaching cello and string ensembles for 5 years as a volunteer at the Music Foundation Summer Camp in Fort Myers, Florida.
Ann Harding is currently Middle School Performing Arts Teacher at P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School. Previously, she held positions teaching band and chorus in Colorado. She holds a Bachelors in Music Education from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a Masters of Music with emphasis in Education and Conducting from Colorado State University, Fort Collins.
Doug Meyers has played trumpet since age 5, and played professionally since 12. Featured soloist with the Utica NY Symphony at 16. Special student at Eastman School of Music 16-18. Boston Conservatory Principal trumpet performance major. Studied under Principal Trumpets of the Rochester, Toronto and Boston Symphonies and personal instruction from principal trumpet players with the Chicago and New York symphonies.
He currently plays lead with Salsumba d’G’ville Salsa Band, Studio trumpet work with Koqui Acosta Latin composer/performer, and lead trumpet with “Uncle Morty’s Rhythm Cream” , an 11 piece R&B show band. In his spare time Doug is co-lead trumpet with the University of Florida sight-reading Big Band. The boy can hit high notes that only Maynard Ferguson could hear.
Eli Denecke is a trumpeter based in Gainesville, Florida. He is currently completing a master’s degree in trumpet performance at the University of Florida with Dr. Randolph Lee. Professional groups he has performed with include the Gainesville Brass Quintet, the Knox-Galesburg Symphony, the Prairie Wind Ensemble, and the Macomb Municipal Band. Denecke has also performed with the notable jazz musicians Wayne Bergeron, Randy Brecker, Marshall Gilkes, Dave Pietro, Doug Stone, and Steve Lippia. Denecke also performed and traveled with Chicago-based Ska's the Limit for three years. In 2015 the band opened for a sold-out crowd in Bloomington Illinois’ Castle Theater, sharing the stage with Reel Big Fish, America's most successful ska band.
Denecke completed his undergraduate degree at Illinois State University with Dr. Amy Gilreath, founder of Stiletto Brass and director of the Orvietto Musica Trumpet Fest, a trumpet festival held every year in scenic Orvietto, Italy. Denecke has also studied extensively with Dr. Bruce Briney at Western Illinois University and East Coast freelance musician Dave Wetmore. In addition to playing trumpet, Denecke also enjoyed a year-long position as a middle school band and choir director in Carthage, Illinois. In his spare time, Eli enjoys cycling, reading, and spending time with his wife and classmate, Hannah.
Brian Stevens teaches in Gainesville, FL and performs throughout Florida and the southeast U.S. He is experienced symphonic, jazz & blues, marching band, theater, world, gospel, and commercial musics. In addition to teaching private lessons Mr. Stevens works with various middle school and high school band programs in Alachua County and as a substitute teacher for the School Board of Alachua County.
On trombone, Brian has had the privilege and pleasure of performing alongside a talented and diverse array of musicians and artists including Terry Plumeri, Spyder Turner, Alfie Zappacosta, Little Jake Mitchell, Ted Shumate, Charlie Blade, and Longineu Parsons. In addition to maintaining a regular performance schedule, Mr. Stevens’ past performances include the International Blues Challenge Semifinals (Memphis, TN), the Live Oak Jazz Blues and Arts Festival, Gainesville Jazz Festival, and Celebrity and Azamara Cruises.
Brian Stevens holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music and Psychology from The Florida State University.
Cody Ray is a freelance tubist and low brass/ bass guitar instructor from Gainesville, Florida. Cody currently serves as principle tuba for the Gainesville Pops Wind Symphony and has performed with The Coastal Symphony of Georgia, The Tree City Brass Quintet, the Gainesville Brass Quintet, The University of Florida Symphony Orchestra, and is a former performing artist for Body & Soul, The Art of Healing in Jacksonville, FL where he performed for patients at bedside for four of Jacksonville's leading medical institutions including The Mayo Clinic and Baptist Medical Center.
Outside of the classical realm, Cody has been an active musician in the Gainesville community performing as a studio musician for the rock band Morning Bell, and is currently on call as a recording artist for Little Wing Studios. On bass guitar, he has performed with acclaimed musicians Chris McCarty, Brian Stevens, and Elio Piedra at the Hard Rock Cafe, Tampa, and when time permits, he enjoys playing Dixieland with fellow Great Southern Music colleagues Dale Fedele, Rickie Santiago, and Brian Stevens.
A Cum Laude graduate of the University of Florida School of Music, Cody holds a Bachelor of Music in Instrumental Performance with a secondary focus in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Music Theory and Composition.
Paul Keck is a percussionist and music educator based out of north central Florida. Paul is a sought after performer, clinician, and arranger/composer and is versatile in all major areas of percussion including chamber, world, and marching percussion. In addition to performing as a percussionist with the Ocala Symphony and Dance Alive National Ballet Paul has worked as a freelance percussionist throughout the region.
Paul has also worked
as a high school and elementary school band director and percussion instructor for Fulton County Schools in Atlanta, Ga. While in Atlanta Paul worked with several indoor percussion groups but focused much of his attention toward young musicians and worked
towards developing a countywide percussion curriculum. He was a percussion staff member for Capitol Sound Drum & Bugle Corps from Madison, Wi and Southwind Drum & Bugle Corps from Lexington, Ky from 2002-2004, and he played snare drum for Southwind from 1999-2000.
Currently, Paul is the Professor of Instrumental Music at Florida Gateway College in Lake City Florida. There he conducts the Symphonic Band, directs Gateway Steel: the Florida Gateway College Steel Band, and teaches private lessons for winds and string
instruments as well as percussion. In addition, Paul is the Percussion Instructor for the University of Florida Marching Band where he writes, arranges for, and instructs FDL: Florida Drum Line.
Paul earned his Master’s Degree in Percussion Performance from the University of Florida where he focused on studying traditional drumming of West Africa and its influences on Afro-Caribbean, Afro-Brazilian, and Afro American popular music and
percussion. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education with an emphasis in
Percussion Performance from the University of Central Florida. A list of Paul’s percussion teachers include: Dr. Ken Broadway, Dr. Larry Crook, Jeff Moore, Kirk Gay, Dan Neimeyer, and Jim Yakas.
Rickie Santiago is a highly sought-after percussionist and educator throughout the state of Florida. He has performed with such varied and superlative ensembles as the Blue Man Group, the Jacksonville Symphony, and the Walt Disney World Percussion Ensemble. An educator for many years, Rickie works will all of the top programs in Gainesville, Florida.
Rickie teaches all styles and instruments of the percussion family.
Kevin Bogle has taught guitar in Gainesville for over 20 years. His specialty is classical guitar, with particular skill in Latin American works, but he teaches all guitar styles. Kevin works with students of all ages and skill levels.
Tammy Murray is an award winning, multi-Folk String Instrumentalist and Singer, Composer, Recording Studio Artist, Performer, Judge for Musical Competitions, and Music Teacher. Tammy celebrates her 40th year of teaching Music as of 2017. She has taught students ranging from 4 1/2 - 97 years of age. Instruments taught by Tammy include: Five-Stringed Banjo (Old-time and Bluegrass), Fiddle (Old-time and Various Folk Styles), Guitar (Flat-Pick, Finger-Pick, and Classical), Mandolin, Hammered Dulcimer, Lap Dulcimer (aka Appalachian or Mountain Dulcimer), Ukulele, Bowed Psaltery, Angel Wing Harp, and Autoharp.
Tammy has won many musical championships and awards, including: the U.S.A.'s National Old-Time Banjo Champion, Mt. Airy, N.C.'s Old-Time Banjo Champion, Florida Old-Time Banjo, Rustic Fiddle, Twin Fiddle, Hammered Dulcimer, and Old-Time Female Solo Vocalist, Mandolin, and Finger Pick Guitar Champion, and two time winner of the Edward Lee Flemming, Jr. Award ("For outstanding proficiency on musical instruments and exemplification of the old-time spirit in the state of Florida.").
Tammy is a band member of Gainesville's "Patchwork", along with Cathy DeWitt, Janet Rucker, Jolene Stone Jones, and Annie McPherson. Tammy has performed in festivals and contests all over the country, as well as for schools, museums, radio and television shows, theatrical productions, clubs and restaurants.
In addition to releasing her own album, “Six White Horses,” Tammy has recorded on several other Florida folk albums, including three "Patchwork" albums, and various other albums. Carrying on the legacy of traditional music, Tammy has hosted old-time jam sessions for children and adults, was the music teacher at Gainesville Country Day School for many years, and has been a coordinator and instructor for various instrumental workshops throughout Florida and the Southeastern United States.
Marina Tucker has been a dedicated violinist since high school, when she was selected to perform with the London Symphony Orchestra during their performances at the 2007 Florida International Festival in Daytona Beach, FL. Ms. Tucker holds a Bachelors Degree in Music from the University of Florida, and is currently pursuing a Master of Music Degree in Violin Performance, also at the University of Florida, under the tutelage of Dr. Janna Lower.
Since she began her studies at the University of Florida, Ms. Tucker has enjoyed many performance and teaching opportunities. In the summer of 2012, she completed a string quartet internship in Rome, Italy as part of a study abroad program through UF. Most recently, she has been performing violin in and around the Gainesville area with various ensembles, including the Gainesville Orchestra, the Ocala Symphony Orchestra, and the UF Graduate Chamber Ensemble. Additionally, Ms. Tucker has been concertmaster of the University of Florida Symphony Orchestra since 2013. Her violin is on generous loan from the Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention.
Janet Holley started playing piano at the age of 8, and immediately knew that she wanted to be a piano teacher. She has been teaching for over forty years, and she especially loves teaching beginners!
She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Piano Pedagogy with a secondary in Organ from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.
She has been the organist at Trinity United Methodist Church for 24 years.
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