Jeremy Reynolds

Jeremy Reynolds
Clarinet

Internationally renowned artist Dr. Jeremy W. Reynolds joined the faculty of the University of Denver Lamont School of Music after performing as Principal Clarinetist of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra where his performances consistently brought high praise from critics and public alike.  He has performed throughout Colombia, Italy, Portugal, Taiwan and Australia in addition to concertizing for the International Clarinet Association’s ClarFest, ClariBogota, Cultural Festival of Portugal’s World Exposition, Australian Clarinet and Saxophone Festival, International Alliance for Women in Music, International Double Reed Society, and National Flute Convention.  Equally in demand in an orchestral setting, Reynolds has performed with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Music Festival, Colorado Springs Philharmonic, Des Moines Metro Opera, Fresno Philharmonic, New World Symphony, National Repertory Orchestra, National Orchestral Institute, and at the Aspen Music Festival.

Reynolds is a graduate of Ithaca College, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music where he was named Doctoral Student of the Year and was inducted into the Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society. His principal teachers include Yehuda Gilad, Monica Kaenzig, Michelle Zukovsky, David Howard, Richard Hawley, Bil Jackson, Ted Oien, Michael Galvan and David Minelli.

Dr. Jeremy W. Reynolds is a Buffet Group USA Performing Artist and Clinician and Lomax Classic Mouthpiece Artist.

Lacey Hays

Lacey Hays
Trumpet

Dr. Lacey Hays, founding member and director of DFW Brass, is an active freelance musician and clinician in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and has performed throughout the world, including Europe, North, Central, and South America. Comfortable with varying styles, Dr. Hays has performed with Johnny Mathis numerous times, has played lead trumpet for Broadway Tours such as Matilida and If/Then at the AT&T Center in Dallas, Carnegie Hall in New York, the Verdi Opera House in Italy and the Classical Music Festival in Austria. 

Enthusiastic about teaching, Dr. Hays is on the faculty of both Mountain View College and North Central Texas College as well as The Oklahoma Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain. She has presented master classes throughout the United States and abroad including the 2nd International Brass Festival in Mexico and has performed at numerous other festivals including The Aspen Music Festival (Colorado), Young Euro Festival (Berlin), Spoleto (Italy), Spoleto USA (South Carolina), Le Domain Forget (Canada), Great Waters International Music Festival (New Hampshire), Le Festival Bel Canto (Québec), Snape Maltings (England), Festival de Musique de Monton (France), Musica Riva Festival (Italy), and Campos do Jordao Music Festival (Brasil).  In addition to participating in several recording projects, Dr. Hays can be heard on multiple DVDs, including: The Legacy, a documentary featuring the Youth Orchestra of the Americas where she can be heard playing principal trumpet of Bartok's "Concerto for Orchestra" with Gustavo Dudamel conducting (Lobo Productions) and Messa Da Requiem with Placido Domingo conducting Verdi's Requiem which was recorded and videoed in Munich, Germany (Glor Music Productions). Dr. Hays is a member of Tau Beta Sigma, Pi Kappa Lambda, Gamma Beta Phi Academic Honor Society, Golden Key International Honor Society, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, International Trumpet Guild (for which she has authored articles), International Women's Brass Conference, and Texas Music Educator's Association. She holds degrees from The University of Oklahoma (BM, BME, DMA) and The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University (MM). Visit www.laceyhays.com for more information and sound clips.

Patrick Herring

Patrick Herring
Percussion

Patrick Herring began playing music at a very early age and hated it with a passion until they let him start hitting things. Since then he has received a Bachelor in Music Education from the University of North Texas and Masters in Percussion Performance from Southern Methodist University.  Music has taken him all around the United States and he has proudly played shows in 40 out of 50 states. He’s looking forward to getting up to New England someday and knocking out a few more of them.

He currently serves as the principal percussionist of the Allen Philharmonic Symphony and plays extra with many local and regional orchestras as well as theater companies and churches and anyone else that needs something hit musically.

Patrick lives in Little Elm with his wife, son and two beagles and in his spare time creates instructional videos on how to play percussion on his website www.patrickherring.com

Claudia Jones

Claudia Jones
Violin

Claudia Jones was born in Cochabamba, Bolivia. She began playing violin at age of 8, studying first with her father, Hernán Orsi, followed by Hans Scheepers. At age 12 she won Bolivia’s prestigious national solo competition Abril en Tarija. At 14 she was accepted to the Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen, Michigan, where she studied for four years. She then came to the University of North Texas, where she studied with Julia Bushkova.

She has been a featured baroque violin soloist in Texas and Louisiana, and is a regular performer of solo and chamber music recitals in the U.S. and South America. She currently performs with several orchestras in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area, and lives in Carrollton, TX with her husband Eric and two children Juliana and Diego.

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Eric Jones

Eric Jones
Viola

Eric Jones got his start in music as at an early age, studying voice with his father, Robert Jones and singing in many children’s roles, including Amahl and the Night Visitors. He began studying the violin and viola at age 10, and received a Bachelors and Masters of Music in Viola Performance and a Masters in Musicology from the University of North Texas, and has done PhD coursework in Ethnomusicology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Eric studied Bolivian folk music as a Fulbright Scholar in Cochabamba, Bolivia and is a specialist in the folk music traditions of Latin America and the Andes. He is a regular performer of solo recitals and chamber music, and has performed with many of the orchestras in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area, and as a baroque viola soloist in Texas and Louisiana. Eric lives with his wife Claudia and children Juliana and Diego in Carrollton, TX.

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Daniel Kelly

Daniel Kelly
Trumpet

Daniel Kelly, a native of Charleston, SC, joined Texas A&M University-Commerce in the fall of 2010 after serving on the faculty of Indiana State University and the University of Southern Mississippi.

Dr. Kelly holds a BS in trumpet performance from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee, and a MM and DMA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.His principal teachers include Michael Ewald, Ronnie Romm, Ray Sasaki, and Richard Steffen. He has been designated a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM) by the Music Teachers National Association and is a member of the Music Teachers National Association, the College Music Society, the International Trumpet Guild, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Dr. Kelly is a Yamaha Performing Artist/Clinician.

 

Emily Hoppe McKay

Emily Hoppe McKay
Flute

Dr. Emily McKay is Associate Professor of Flute at Northern Arizona University, principal flutist of the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra, and flutist of the Agassiz Duo.  Formerly, Ms. McKay served as Associate Instructor of Flute and Chancellor’s Doctoral Fellow at Indiana University where she performed with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Columbus Indiana Symphony Orchestra, and the Indiana University Festival Orchestra.

In addition, Dr. McKay has recorded as the piccoloist of Philharmoia à Vent on the Klavier Records label. Dr. McKay has presented master classes at Arizona State University, University of Arizona, Penn State University, Stephen F. Austin University, Elizabethtown College, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  Internationally, Dr. McKay performed and taught at the Shenyang Conservatory of Muisc in Shenyang, China.

She has served on adjudicating committees for the Music Teacher National Association, National Flute Association, Arizona Flute Society, and Arizona Music Educators Association performing competitions.  She is published in American Music Teacher, The Flutist Quarterly, and Flute Talk magazines, as well as serving as the Technical Review Editor for Flute for Dummies.  Dr. McKay is a graduate of Penn State University, Carnegie Mellon University, and received her Doctor of Music in Flute Performance and Music Literature degree from Indiana University. Her teachers include Thomas Robertello, Jeanne Baxtresser, Alberto Almarza, Jeffrey Khaner, and Eleanor Duncan.

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Jennifer Pickering

Jennifer Pickering
Percussion

Much to the chagrin of her supportive parents, Jennifer Triplett Pickering brought her first snare drum home at the age of twelve.  Six years later, she graduated with honors from the Louisville Youth Performing Arts High School.  Mrs. Pickering now holds degrees in music performance from Indiana University and Temple University, and has studied with Gerry Carlyss, Anthony Cirone, Alan Abel, Angela Zator Nelson and Doug Howard.  In 2005, Jennifer served as a percussionist and assistant stage manager with the National Repertory Orchestra, and has performed with orchestras across the United States.  Mrs. Pickering currently serves as principal percussionist of the Dallas Civic Wind Ensemble and the Dallas Millennial Choirs and Orchestra, and works as a freelance musician in the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex.  After many seasons as a superfan and volunteer, Jennifer is thrilled to join the Astraios team in their outreach program to Frisco public schools.  She lives with her family in Carrollton, Texas.

Alicia M. Valoti

Alicia M. Valoti
Viola

Alicia Valoti begins her new position as Assistant Professor of Viola at Central Michigan University in the fall of 2016. She completed her Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance from McGill University (Montreal, Canada) in 2004. In 2005, she received a Performance Diploma in Orchestral and Chamber Studies from the Scuola di Alto Perfezionamento Musicale (Saluzzo, Italy) and in 2007, her Master of Music degree from the Conservatorio “Luigi Cheubini” de Firenze (Florence, Italy).

Her primary teachers have included Augusto Vismara, Diemut Poppen, Neal Gripp and Douglas McNabney.  Alicia has been an adjunct professor or music at Lone Star College and Sam Houston State University, and an Affiliate Artist at the University of Houston. After two years with the Anchorage Sympohony, she is currently completing her doctorate in Viola Performance at Stonybrook Unversity.

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Libby Vanatta

Piano
Piano

Libby Vanatta, a native of Middle Tennessee, joined the music faculty at Texas A&M University-Commerce in 2010 as Instructor of Piano. She currently teaches class piano, piano pedagogy, piano literature, and private piano lessons. An active accompanist in Commerce, Ms. Vanatta has also performed throughout the country at conferences, competitions, and in guest artist recitals. Passionate about chamber music, Ms. Canatta formed Doppio Movimento in 2011 with her Texas A&M University-Commerce colleague, Dr. Luis Sanchez. Ms. Vanatta holds a Bachelor of Science in piano performance from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee, and a Master of Music in piano pedagogy from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

 

Louisa Ellis Woodson

Louisa Ellis Woodson
Harp

Louisa Ellis Woodson has been playing harp since age nine.  In May 2008, she received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Manhattan School of Music in New York.  She also holds Bachelor and Master of Music Degrees in Harp Performance from Indiana University, where she studied with Distinguished Professor Susann McDonald.

Dr. Woodson has served as the Adjunct Professor of Harp at Baylor University in Waco, Texas.  In addition to maintaining a private harp studio, she is the former Principal Harpist with the Waco Symphony Orchestra.  She recently participated as a guest faculty member in the Young Artists' Harp Seminar in Rabun's Gap, Georgia.  She has appeared in many types of theater productions, including ballet, opera, and musical theater, and has appeared in the new York Musical Theater Festival.  

Solo works include recitals in several states, along with countless performances for weddings, receptions, church services, parties, and other events, ranging in styles from classical to light pop.  Originaly from Louisville, Kentucky, Dr. Woodson is delighted to have recently moved home from Austin, Texas, with her husband, son, and small zoo.

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