GinaBuzzelli is currently an active violinist in the Northern Colorado area. She received her Master's degree as well as a Graduate Certificate from the University of Northern Colorado And her undergraduate degree from Ball State University where she was the recipient of the Presidential Scholarship in the Arts as well as the Presidential Academic Scholarship. She began her violin studies at the age of seven and her teachers have included Jubal Fulks Anna Vayman Merwin Siu Ioana Galu and Mary Natvig. Gina has also had the opportunity to perform in Masterclasses with artists such as Hilary Hahn Felix Olschofka Anna Reider Felicia Moye St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Orchestra Tesla String Quartet and Trio Solis. During the Summers she has participated in the Round Top Festival Institute National Music Festival Miami Summer Music Festival Eastern Music Festival and the International Lyric Academy Opera Festival in Viterbo Italy. In addition to being classically trained Gina has pursued other Genres participating in jazz combos at both Ball State University and the University of Northern Colorado and attending the Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshop and Mark O’Connor Fiddle Camp. Furthermore, she was a featured soloist with BSU’s top jazz band on their European Tour in May 2015 and actively performs with the All Angles Orchestra and Dynamix String Quartet.
Violist Wanlin Cui, born in Harbin, China, is in her second year of Master degree in Viola performance at the University of North Texas, study with Prof. Susan Dubois. With a great passion of music, she started to play the violin at age 9 and had been admitted by Renmin University of China to pursue her Bachelor degree from 2012-2016. After that, she decided to transfer from violin to viola and has been admitted by the University of North Texas with Graduate Viola Performance Scholarship.
Sarah Cornett is currently a graduate student fellow and teaching assistant at Texas Tech University working towards a degree in viola performance under the tutelage of Dr. Kimberly Sparr. While at Texas Tech, Ms. Cornett performs as a violist with the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra and the Elysian String Quartet, of which she is a founding member. In addition to being a string fellow at the Eastern Music Festival, Ms. Cornett has enjoyed performing with orchestras and festivals across the country including the National Orchestral Institute, Chautauqua Summer Music Festival, National Music Festival, and Wintergreen Summer Music Academy. She received her undergraduate degree in both viola performance and music education at The University of Michigan where she studied with Detroit Symphony Orchestra musician, Caroline Coade. Ms. Cornett is a native of Richmond, Virginia where she first began studying viola in her middle school’s orchestra. In addition to performing, Ms. Cornett also enjoys training for and running in half-marathons and other races.
Classically-trained percussionist and audio engineer, Catherine Cole works to expand repertoire and resources for percussionists while advancing her skills as an accomplished ensemble performer. A versed orchestral musician, Catherine spent the summer of 2017 at the Eastern Music Festival, having been awarded the Percussion Fellowship. She performed as a section percussionist with both the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra and Sinfonia Gulf Coast Orchestra for three seasons. She is a three-year alumnus of EMF’s student orchestras and frequently participates in seminars and conventions across the country. Catherine has performed at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) numerous times, most notably with the Eastman Percussion Ensemble in 2017 and the PAS All-Star International Percussion Ensemble in 2015.
An advocate for new music, Catherine actively seeks collaboration with composers who create new sound combinations for percussion. Since 2012, Catherine has premiered twenty works for solo percussion, percussion ensemble, and mixed chamber ensemble, and is currently a member of multiple consortiums. Her ensemble musicianship can be heard on four critically acclaimed chamber percussion albums, as well as upcoming releases by the Eastman Wind Ensemble and Eastman Philharmonia.
Catherine is an in-demand audio producer, working to increase the volume of professional recordings of percussion repertoire. An assistant engineer and producer for Garnet House Productions, LLC, she has produced eight albums of chamber percussion music, including over twenty premiere recordings. In 2018, Catherine completed a Master of Music degree in Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music, graduating with an Arts Leadership Certificate. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from Florida State University in 2016. Her primary teachers have included Michael Burritt, John Parks, Jim Ross, and Charles Ross.
Originally from Virginia Beach, Virginia, Kristin Baird is passionate about bringing music to diverse audiences as both a performer and educator. As the current Teaching Artist of the Florida Orchestra, Ms. Baird performs regularly with the Florida Orchestra as an extra while also working in the community to strengthen local public school orchestra programs. Her previous engagements include a fellowship with the New World Symphony, as well as positions with the Canton Symphony, Akron Symphony, Firelands Symphony, Cleveland Pops, and substitute with the Richmond Symphony. As an active participant in summer music festivals, Ms. Baird has attended festivals across the United States and Europe including the Aspen Music Festival, St. Augustine Music Festival, Spoleto Music Festival, Round Top Music Festival, National Repertory Orchestra, National Orchestral Institute, the European Union Youth Orchestra, and the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival in Germany. She has also had the privilege of performing in masterclasses for Pamela Frank, Stephen Clapp, Jaime Laredo, and Peter Salaff.
A certified Suzuki Instructor, Ms. Baird maintained a private violin and viola studio at the Oberlin Community Music School. Ms. Baird has worked with students from diverse backgrounds, ranging from elementary strings to high school orchestra, at both the Cleveland School of the Arts and “CityMusic Kids” program in Cleveland, Ohio. Through the New World Symphony, Ms. Baird has led sectionals, master classes, and private lessons with both the Miami Music Project and the Academia Filmarmónica de Medellín in Medellín, Colombia. Additionally, Ms. Baird has taught at the Kemps Landing Magnet School and Old Donation School for the Gifted in the Virginia Beach City Public School system for the last three summers. Here, she served as a clinician leading students in grades three through eight in sectionals, private lessons, and string orchestra rehearsals and performances.
Participating in groups like Classical Revolution Cleveland, Ms. Baird enjoys performing extensively in a variety of non-traditional venues, from bars and art galleries to larger concert halls. Debuting in October 2017, Ms. Baird helped organize Classical Revolution St. Pete, the newest branch of the national organization Classical Revolution. Ms. Baird continues to co-manage and perform regularly at Classical Revolution St. Pete. The open-mic style event brings classical music in a casual setting to the vibrant, unique, and rapidly growing community of downtown St. Petersburg, Florida. Classical Revolution St. Pete takes place once a month and is hosted by the Iberian Rooster, a local restaurant.
Ms. Baird attended the Cleveland Institute of Music where she received a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance and Master of Music in Violin Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy. She concluded her studies by completing a Professional Studies Certificate. Her teachers include Ara Gregorian, Paul Kantor, Joan Kwuon, and William Preucil. Ms. Baird received her Suzuki certification under the guidance of Kimberly Meier-Sims. A child of two public school music teachers and a third generation musician and music educator, Ms. Baird supports the role of music education in the lives of children. Ms. Baird currently resides in Saint Petersburg, Florida, where she is proud to serve as a liaison between the professional and educational worlds of classical music.
James Justin Kent was born in Washington D.C. and is currently Solo-Posaune of the Bruckner Orchester Linz. He has given masterclasses, performed recitals and concerts, and taught aspiring young trombone students all over the world.
Mr. Kent’s first position of note was as Principal Trombone with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under Zubin Metha. Mr. Kent then won a position in a newly founded orchestra in Qatar, the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra. He spent over four years in Qatar playing Co-Principal trombone where several renowned conductors conducted regularly, including Lorin Maazel, Dmitri Kitajenko, Gerd Albrecht, Marc Minkowski, and James Gaffigan. Mr. Kent also performed often with rock bands, big bands, and small jazz combos while living in Qatar with “Doha Jazz”. While in Qatar, he held teaching positions at the Qatar Music Academy and the American School of Doha. In 2012, Mr. Kent became the second/bass trombonist with the Orchestra Philharmonique du Luxembourg. The following year, he became Solo-Posaunist with the Bruckner Orchester Linz.
Mr. Kent’s teaching experience also includes teaching masterclasses at Masses School of Music, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, University of North Carolina and San Diego State University. He has also performed with numerous orchestras across the world, including Munich Philharmonic (Germany), Tonhalle-Orchester Zurich (Switzerland), WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne (Germany), Boston Symphony Orchestra (USA), National Symphony Orchestra (USA), Staatsphilharmonie Nürnberg (Germany), NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover (Germany), Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra (Israel), Niederbayerische Philharmonie (Germany), Stavanger Symphony Orchestra (Norway), Kärntner Sinfonieorchester (Austria), Hong Kong Philharmonic (China) and many others.
In his free time, Mr. Kent is an avid swimmer, basketball player, and triathlete. He lives in Hargelsberg, Austria with his beautiful wife Andrea and two sons Ryder and Bruckner.
Demondrae Thurman is considered one of the stars of the formidable generation of brass soloists. His euphonium playing has been described as “awe-inspiring”, and he is touted as “an amazing musician”. Demondrae has a firm international reputation as a euphonium soloist having performed in Europe, Asia and throughout North America. Many of America's premiere colleges and universities have hosted him as a performer and teacher and he continues to be in extremely high demand. Over the last eighteen years, Demondrae has been an invited guest artist/clinician at many of the world’s prestigious low brass festivals including the International Tuba/Euphonium Conference, U.S. Army Band Tuba and Euphonium Conference and the Leonard Falcone Competition.
Demondrae’s conducting career began in 1999 when he co-founded the wind ensemble at Alabama State University. Since that time, he has appeared as a guest conductor with numerous wind bands, brass bands, and symphony orchestras. His symphony orchestra debut came in 2008 conducting Scheherazade by Rimsky Korsakov with the Huxford Symphony Orchestra of the University of Alabama where he also served as its conductor from 2011-2013. He is currently in his 7th season as Resident Assistant Conductor of the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra.
Demondrae is also an active chamber musician. He plays first euphonium and trombone in the highly regarded Sotto Voce Quartet which tours extensively. The quartet has released four recordings; all of which have received stellar reviews. Viva Voce!: The Complete Quartets of Johns Stevens won the International Tuba/Euphonium Association award for best chamber music recording in 2006. The quartet has been featured several times on American Public Media’s, Performance Today. He also plays first baritone horn in the Brass Band of Battle Creek, a British brass band comprised of many of the world’s best brass and percussion performers. In addition to his chamber music work, Demondrae is in high demand as a euphonium/bass trumpet specialist for symphony orchestras. He has performed with the New York Philharmonic, Atlanta Symphony, Sarasota Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony, Eastern Music Festival Orchestra, Oregon Symphony, and the Philadelphia Orchestra.
In addition to the Sotto Voce Quartet recordings, Demondrae released his first solo recording on the Summit Records label in 2005 entitled, Soliloquies. It received a 9/9 out of 10/10 from classicstoday.com and he was referred to as “having earned (his) stripes as one of the premiere euphonium players in the world”. Showing his dedication to new music, all of the music on the recording was written for him or with his playing in mind. His second album, Songs of a Wayfarer, was released in 2011. The latest recording, Snapshots: The Spirit of Collaboration, was released in March of 2014. Demondrae can also be heard on recordings with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Brass Band of Battle Creek, and the New South Jazz Orchestra.
Currently, Demondrae is Professor of Music at Samford University where he teaches low brass and conducting while serving as conductor of the wind ensemble and Director of Graduate Studies.
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