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“Berio’s 13 ‘Sequenzas,’ written over a period of four decades, are big solo works for different instruments. They famously make extraordinary demands on the performer, so much so that anyone mastering a ‘Sequenza’ stands out as an undeniable master of his instrument. Molina is such a master, and his triumphant performance brought the entire house to its feet.” – Richard Rand, Tuscaloosa News

Dr. Osiris J. Molina is Professor of Clarinet and Woodwind Area Coordinator at the University of Alabama. A native of Elizabeth, New Jersey, he has extensive experience as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician. His professional accomplishments have taken him overseas and across the country. Dr. Molina is currently Principal Clarinet of the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra, Second/Associate Clarinet with the Huntsville Symphony and has performed with the Alabama, Mobile and Chattanooga symphony clarinet sections, in addition to work with the Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Greater Lansing, and Bridgeport (CT) symphony orchestras.

Dr. Molina’s chamber work includes his membership in the Cavell Trio, a reed trio dedicated to established and emerging works for this unique combination. Cavell has performed a multiple international conferences, including the 2011-2013 and the 2016 International Double Reed Society Conferences and the 2012-2016 International Clarinet Association ClarinetFest. Cavell’s third recording project,New Discoveries, featuring music of Rueff, Vachey, Gross, Zaheri, and Greg Simon, was released in 2017. His most recent chamber music experience is with the Vuorovesi Trio, a UA faculty trio consisting of the flute, oboe, and clarinet combination. Vuorovesi was accepted to perform at the IDRS, ICA, and NFA conferences in 2019, and will recording their first album of American music for this combination in 2021.

He is also clarinetist in the Capstone Woodwind Quintet, the faculty quintet at the University of Alabama. They are committed to outreach efforts in the Alabama schools, evidenced by tours in the Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, Huntsville and greater-Atlanta regions. In Fall 2021, Dr. Molina will make his sixth trip to Havana, Cuba under the auspices of the College of Arts and Science’s Alabama in Cuba Initiative. As an extension of this work, Dr. Molina will be releasing his first solo album in 2021. EntitledPiezas Cubanas,this album will be works that Molina discovered during his many visits to Cuba, including works by Andres Alén, Javier Zalba, Paquito D’Rivera, Ernesto Lecuona, and Leo Brouwer. In addition to his Alabama teaching duties, Dr. Molina will enter his eighth season as Clarinet Mentor at the Hot Springs Music Festival, Hot Springs, Arkansas in 2021.

Dr. Molina holds degrees from Michigan State University (DMA), Yale School of Music (MM), and Rutgers University (BM), where he studied with Dr. Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr, David Shifrin, Charles Neidich, Ayako Oshima and Dr. William Berz. Osiris has been active in music education at all levels. He teaches applied clarinet, chamber music and clarinet methods in the Music Education curriculum. Dr. Molina is an endorsing artist for Selmer Paris, Silverstein, and D’Addario and performs on the Recital clarinet and the Privilege Bass Clarinet.

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For over 42 years, Wolfgang has worked with musician's from more than 90 countries. Experiencing the musicians needs from so many different cultures and environments, he has built an understanding of the necessity of individual solutions. In tight collaboration with many of the world's top musicians, excellent solutions and techniques have been developed to solve numerous problems. Among them are noise reduction systems, new padding methods and systems, ergonomic improvements, and the elimination of climate and humidity influence, crack prevention, water reductions, and many acoustical improvements.

Wolfgang is a highly requested lecturer and has led workshops and seminars at international festivals and conferences in Europe, USA, Canada, Latin, and South America, Israel, Asia, Tanzania, and Russia.

Birgit Pfeiffer studied flute at the Robert Schumann Conservatory in Düsseldorf, Germany. She worked as a teacher and soloist and played in numerous classical and jazz ensembles.

Her instrument craftsmanship started in 1986 with an education from Wolfgang Lohff. Despite her flute background, she developed a special preference for wooden woodwind instruments. Today Birgit is co-owner of Lohff & Pfeiffer and works primarily on clarinets, bassoons, and oboes.

Over the years, she has given many workshops, lectures and exhibitions in Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Belgian, Poland, Hungary, Russia, Spain, Italy, Ireland, Cypress, Israel, Thailand, Mexico, Tanzania, Canada, and the US.

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Performed by Trio Leo:

Whitney O’Neal, flute

Meghan Merciers, clarinet

Karen Cantrell, piano

Trio Leo Bio:

The University of North Alabama Department of Music Chamber Ensemble-in-Residence, Trio Leo (Whitney O’Neal - flute, Meghan Merciers - clarinet, and Karen Cantrell - piano), has focused on the research, presentation, and performance of the music of underrepresented composers and the music of diverse cultures/populations since 2017. Trio Leo frequently performs and lectures at local, regional, and national events, and has been selected by jury to present at the Music by Women Conference, Mid-South Flute Festival, Mid-Atlantic Flute Convention, Alabama Music Educators Association Conference, and the American Single Reed Summit.  Featured composers in our concerts/presentations include Gwyneth Walker, Libby Larsen, Jennifer Higdon, Valerie Coleman, Undine Smith Moore, Dolores White, William Grant Still, and Sinae Kim. 

Individual Bios

 

Dr. Whitney O’Neal is from Jonesboro, Arkansas.  She is Associate Professor of Flute, Assistant Department Chair, and Coordinator of Woodwind Studies at the University of North Alabama.  O’Neal is the principal flutist of the Shoals Symphony and has performed in the National Flute Association’s Professional Flute Choir at conventions in New York City, Charlotte, NC, and Las Vegas.  O’Neal was also selected as a winner in the Convention Performers Competition in 2012 and performed in recital at the NFA convention.  Dr. O’Neal made her international debut in 2015 with recitals in Toledo, Spain.  She frequently performs with her chamber ensembles: Trio Leo, Una Duo, Delta Duo, and Druid City Ensemble.  Dr. O'Neal holds a Bachelor of Music Education with University Honors from Arkansas State University and Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in flute performance with a secondary emphasis in musicology from the University of Alabama.

 

Dr. Meghan Merciers is a native of Chattanooga, Tennessee. She is Associate Director of the School of the Arts, Music Department Chair, and Associate Professor of Music (clarinet) at the University of North Alabama. Dr. Merciers is an active soloist and collaborative musician, and frequently performs recitals and lectures with her chamber ensembles, Una Duo, Trio Leo, and Devil Sticks. She has performed internationally with the French-American Chamber Orchestra in Lyon, France, for a multilingual adaptation of Bernstein’s West Side Story; in clarinet trio in Assisi, Italy, at the 2013 International Clarinet Association’s ClarinetFest; and at numerous regional and national conferences. Dr. Merciers is a Silverstein Pro Team Artist and Yamaha Performing Artist. She earned her doctorate in clarinet performance from Michigan State University, and has degrees from the University of New Mexico, and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Dr. Merciers studied with Dr. Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr, Professor Keith Lemmons, Dr. Nikolasa Tejero, and Dr. Peter Temko.

 

Ms. Karen Whitehead Cantrell is a native of Anderson, Alabama. She has a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from University of North Alabama and a Master of Music Education from Florida State University. As the Staff Collaborative Pianist for the UNA Department of Music, she performs on student/faculty recitals and with Collegiate Singers. Ms. Cantrell is a founding member of Trio Leo, an ensemble that champions music of underrepresented composers. She is the pianist at First Cumberland Presbyterian Church of Rogersville, Alabama. Ms. Cantrell has been pianist for numerous Alabama All-State Choral Festivals, Quad-City Choral Festivals, Alabama Honor Choir, University of North Alabama Honor Choir, Florence Honor Choir, Mississippi State University choral ensembles including performance with Tupelo Symphony, state, regional and national ACDA reading sessions.  She has collaborated with students for state, regional and national NATS.  She has served as choral adjudicator for district, regional and state assessments.

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Clarinetist Mark J. Cramer joined the faculty at the Tennessee Tech University School of Music as Assistant Professor of Clarinet in 2018 where he teaches studio clarinet, clarinet choir, is a member of the Cumberland Quintet, and performs as principal clarinetist of the Bryan Symphony Orchestra. His previous appointments include The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro College, Radford University, and Randolph College. 

 

Dr. Cramer has performed numerous concertos and chamber music performances in addition to his tenure with the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra. He toured with four-time, Grammy Award winning “eighth blackbird” and has frequently performed with orchestras located throughout the southeastern United States, including the Nashville, Oak Ridge, Winston-Salem, Western Piedmont, Fayetteville, and Roanoke Symphonies, the Nashville, Greensboro, Piedmont, Carolina, and Roanoke Opera Companies, as well as orchestras in Michigan and Ohio. He also is a studio recording artist with the Nashville Scoring Orchestra, where he records soundtracks to television shows, movies, and video games at Ocean Way, Castle, Uno Mas, Blackbird, and Sound Kitchen Recording Studios.

 

In addition to teaching and performing, Dr. Cramer has a passion for acoustics, fitness, and music therapy. His dissertation research focused on defining the acoustic properties of hardwoods in custom designs of his own line of custom clarinet barrels. His interest in fitness and physical activity takes his students to the highest level of musical performance with numerous benefits in the management of physiological and psychological changes people experience when performing under pressure. His beliefs about the healing power of music enabled a strong collaboration with the Arts and Health program at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, where he performed weekly outreach concerts and classes.

A Michigan native, Mark holds degrees from The Oberlin Conservatory of Music (BM), The University of Michigan (MM), and The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (DMA). His principal teachers include Suzy Bratton, Richard Hawkins, Daniel Gilbert, Anthony Taylor, and Kelly Burke.

Mark is a Backun Musical Services and Légère Reeds, Ltd. performing artist and plays exclusively on Backun Lumiere and MoBa clarinets, Légère Synthetic reeds, and Hawkins/Backun Vocalise mouthpieces.

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    Brad Whitfield, native of Birmingham, Alabama, is currently the Assistant Principal/Second clarinet of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. Prior to joining the orchestra, he was a clarinet fellow with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida, under the musical direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. During this time, he performed chamber music with artists such as Garrick Olhsson and toured with the orchestra to Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, and Harris Theater. 

    He has performed with professional orchestras all over the United States including The Cleveland Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony, and Jacksonville Symphony. In the summer of 2019, Brad performed as Guest Principal Clarinet of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in Auckland, New Zealand. In previous summers he has performed with the Verbier Festival Orchestra, Tanglewood Music Center, Spoleto Festival USA, National Repertory Orchestra, and the Central City Opera among others. 

    Brad received his Bachelor of Music from Northwestern University and his Master of Music from the University of Southern California. His primary teachers include Yehuda Gilad, Steve Cohen, and the late Danny Granados. 

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Laurie Middaugh received both the Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in piano performance from the University of Montevallo studying piano with Ms. Joan Yarbrough Cowan and Dr. Anthony Pattin, and the Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Alabama studying piano with Mrs. Amanda Penick. Dr. Middaugh has served as staff accompanist at the University of Montevallo for many years collaborating with student, faculty, guest artist recitals, operas, revues, and musical theater productions. At UM she has also taught class piano, skills, theory, piano pedagogy, and accompanying. She has collaborated with area professionals, worked with Opera Birmingham, regional Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions, the Alabama Symphony, and Alabama Ballet. She had the privilege of studying with international voice teachers, singers, and pianists while at the American Institute of Music Study (AIMS) in Graz, Austria as a participant. She has since returned as a staff pianist. Dr. Middaugh has also coached with and participated in master classes with John Steele Ritter, Dalton Baldwin, John Perry, Dennis Helmrich, Barbara Bonney, Bo Skovhus, and many more. She has played across the U.S., Austria, Brazil, and Canada. 

Clarinetist Lisa Oberlander has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Japan. Her compact disc Times Like These with pianist Yien Wang was released by Potenza Music in 2014, and she is a soloist on the 2017 Summit Records disc Prelude, Fugue, and Riffs. As a founding member of the Fountain City Ensemble Oberlander toured Japan and the US, and she is frequently invited to perform throughout the world at the International Clarinet Association's annual conference. Her most recent ICA performance was in 2018 in Ostend, Belgium.

 

In addition to her debut solo compact disc, which includes the premiere recording of Fred Cohen’s Four Episodes, she also appears on recordings with clarinetist Robert Spring (Dry Heat, 2012, and Dragon's Tongue, 1994), as a featured soloist on the Summit Records CD Velocity (2005), and with clarinetist Kelly Johnson (The Clarinet Unlimited, 1998).  Oberlander has performed with the Phoenix Symphony, Arizona Opera, and the Columbus (GA) Symphony. She has been a featured soloist at Columbus State University, performing concertos by Unsuk Chin, Nielsen, Copland, Mozart, Scott McAllister, and Artie Shaw. 

 

Dr. Oberlander is a guest clinician and performer at many high schools and universities every year, including a weeklong teaching residency at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music. Recent masterclasses include Arizona State University, the University of Southern Mississippi, Northwestern University, and Western University (London, Ontario, Canada).   Her current and former students have won many competitions and have been featured as concerto soloists with the Northwestern University Symphonic Wind Ensemble, the Arizona State University Orchestra, the Georgia Philharmonic Orchestra, the LaGrange Symphony, the Atlanta Community Symphony Orchestra, the Sewanee Summer Music Festival Orchestra, and the Columbus State University Philharmonic Orchestra. Additional student honors include first prize of the MTNA National Senior Woodwinds Division and the $15,000 Marcus L. Urann Fellowship from the nation's oldest, largest, and most selective collegiate honor society, Phi Kappa Phi. Dr. Oberlander's students have been accepted to some of the world's best graduate programs and regularly attend summer festivals in the US and abroad.

 

On the faculty of the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University since 1998, Dr. Oberlander is a graduate of Arizona State University and Indiana University where she studied with Robert Spring and Howard Klug. She performs exclusively on Buffet clarinets.  For more information see www.LisaOberlander.com.

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ASFA music instructor Robert Janssen graduated from the Manhattan School of Music where he studied clarinet with Leon Russianoff and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst where he was teaching assistant to Michael Sussman. He received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in 2000 from the City University of New York Graduate Center where he studied clarinet with Charles Neidich and theory with Joseph Straus. Dr. Janssen has taught at Samford University, University of Alabama Birmingham, Georgia College and State University, University of West Georgia, Georgia State University, Clayton State University, Brooklyn College and the Bloomingdale School of Music in New York City. An active performer, Dr. Janssen appears regularly in solo, chamber and orchestra performances. He has performed with the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra, Broadway Across America, Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Pops, and numerous orchestras around Georgia. In New York he performed with the Bronx Symphony, Paragon Ragtime Orchestra, Brooklyn Heights Orchestra, Amato Opera, Big Apple Saxophone Ensemble and the Metropolitan Winds. Dr. Janssen joined the Alabama School of Fine Arts faculty in 2006 where he teaches clarinet, saxophone, chamber music, theory, aural awareness and directs the jazz ensemble. He also teaches saxophone and clarinet at Birmingham Southern College. 

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Formed in 2010, The Lebaron Trio has performed extensively across the United States at colleges and universities and on artist series as well as international festivals such as the International Association of Women in Music and the International Clarinetfest.  Their repertoires spans a wide range of styles and are advocates for new music.  The Lebaron Trio consists of members of the music faculty at the University of Montevallo, Montevallo, AL.  The members are Melanie Williams, soprano, Lori Ardovino, clarinet, and Laurie Middaugh, piano.

 

Lori Ardovino has been a guest recitalist at a number of colleges and universities and international and national festivals including the International  Clarinetfest, The International Alliance for Women in Music Congress, NACWPI , NACUSA ,Southeastern Composers League, the North American Saxophone Alliance Conference, the College Music Society and the Alabama Music Educators.  Dr. Ardovino received the 2013-14 Alabama State Council for the Arts Artist Fellowship was chosen the University of Montevallo University Scholar for 2013. She has received the Creative and Scholarly Projects Grant from the University of Montevallo in 2013, 2014, and 2017 and was the 2012 recipient of the Escape to Create artist residency in Seaside, FL.  She is an active composer and has had her works performed across the United States, Japan, Italy and Canada. Her CD’s include, From A Crack In The Wall-clarinet music by Alabama Composers, Between Walls-saxophone music by Alabama Composers, The LeBaron Trio-works for clarinet, piano and voice, and Saxophone Music by Living Women Composers. She is a graduate of Minnesota State University-Moorhead (BM, BA), Michigan State University (MM) and the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music (DMA). 

 She is an Artist/Clinician with  Conn-Selmer Company, D’Addario Woodwinds and is a Fulbright Specialist.  Currently, she is Professor Music at the University of Montevallo where she teaches clarinet, saxophone and woodwind methods and ensembles.  She performs with the LeBaron Trio, the Meàllo Trio, the Vinna Trio and the Cahaba Saxophone Quartet.

Dr. Laurie Middaugh, received both the Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in piano performance from the University of Montevallo studying piano with Ms. Joan Cowan and Dr. Anthony Pattin, and the Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Alabama studying piano with Mrs. Amanda Penick. Dr. Middaugh’s interest in collaborative piano began as a freshman at the University of Montevallo when she began playing for lessons and recitals for fellow students as part of her scholarship. In addition to her education in piano performance Dr. Middaugh has also received coaching in collaborative piano in master classes with Dalton Baldwin, John Steele Ritter, and Dennis Helmrich. She was a student at the American Institute of Music Study (AIMS) in Graz, Austria, where she coached lieder with Betty Bullock and Nico de Villiers, and piano with Charlene Harb, and participated in the Music Directors Intensive at Goodspeed Opera House. Dr. Middaugh has served as staff accompanist at the University of Montevallo for the past twenty years collaborating with student, faculty, guest artist recitals, operas, revues, and musical theater productions. She has collaborated with area professionals, worked with Opera Birmingham, regional Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions, the Alabama Symphony, and Alabama Ballet.

Melanie Williams, soprano, enjoys an active career performing solo, chamber, opera, and choral repertoire.  She holds the MM and DMA in Vocal Performance from Louisiana State University, where she studied with Metropolitan Opera soprano Martina Arroyo and New York City Opera tenor Robert Grayson. A regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Auditions and a finalist in the Birmingham Opera and Mobile Opera competitions, her opera credits include Papagena in Die Zauberflöte, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute, Olympia in Le Contes d’Hoffman, Monica in The Medium, Lucy in The Telephone, Laetitia in The Old Maid and the Thief  “The Girl” in the Jack Beeson opera Hello, Out There, Valerie in the American premiere of The Cabildo, and the title roles in Gustav Holst’s Savitri and the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta Iolanthe. .  

Williams has twice appeared as soprano soloist for the International Cathedral Music Festival, performing in London, Canterbury and Salisbury, England.  Concert appearances in the Southeast include engagements with the Mississippi, Arkansas, Alabama and Kingsport Symphonies, as well as solo appearances with the Red Mountain Chamber Orchestra and several collegiate ensembles.  She is a founding member of the LeBaron Trio, whose performances include concerts in Vancouver, B.C. Los Angeles, CA, Flagstaff, AZ, Santa Fe, NM, Boston, MA, St. Louis, MO, Knoxville, TN, Pensacola and Seaside, FL.  She is also a founding member of The Meàllo Trio, along with Lori Ardovino and guitarist, Alan Goldspiel. 

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Alabama Winds Clarinet Choir Performers

 

Rick Ashcraft

Stacy Harris

Sandra Hill

Jessica Hood

Cheryl O'Brien

Liz Potter

Tabitha Robinson

Daniel Saunders

Leah Seng

Bre-A'nna Comer

Joanna Finch

Debbie Simms

Laura Semmes

Jacob Blackwell

 

Alabama Winds, an all-adult community wind band based was organized in the summer of 2013 and is comprised primarily of practicing music educators residing throughout the state of Alabama. Members travel from as far as Huntsville, Auburn, and Enterprise to rehearsals, which are held in Birmingham, Alabama. The normal rehearsal schedule for the ensemble is one three-hour rehearsal each month, performing concerts annually in December and May. 

The mission of the Alabama Winds is to foster and promote the appreciation of high-quality wind band music through performances of artistic merit for our audience, the residents of the state of Alabama and the members of the ensemble. The Alabama Winds has provided scholarships for middle school and high school students to attend summer music camps and provides a one-time $1,000 scholarship to a graduating high school senior who will be pursuing a career in music education. 

The Alabama Winds has performed at the 2015 and 2019 Alabama Music Educators’ Association In-Service Conference, the 2016 University of Alabama High School Honor Band Festival, the 2017 Alabama Bandmasters’ Association District VI Honor Band Festival, the 2017 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, Illinois, the 2019 Alabama Bandmasters’ Association District I Honor Band Festival, and the 2020 Samford University Honor Band Festival. The Alabama Winds has accepted an invitational performance at the Western International Band Clinic in Seattle, Washington, November 2021.

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Michael Saddekni is a Woodwind player/teacher from Birmingham who began playing the saxophone in sixth grade at Pizitz Middle School. After having a passion for music, he went to Samford University and graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor’s in Saxophone performance. Wanting to hone his skills even further he continued to University of North Florida in Jacksonville and got a Bachelor’s in Jazz Studies and refined his flute and clarinet playing, and after moved to Philadelphia PA where he got a Master’s in Jazz Studies at The University of the Arts. While living in Philadelphia, Michael interned at the WRTI radio station with renowned radio host and MC J Michael Harrison, and taught at the Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz under Lovett Hines, one of the greatest jazz instructors in the world, who has taught many famous recording artists today such as Christian McBride, multiple members of The Roots, and Pat Martino. Michael’s passion for teaching has brought him back to Birmingham where he wishes to pass on the knowledge he has learned from his many experiences to the younger generation of his hometown. He is currently teaching saxophone, clarinet and flute lessons at the Samford Academy of the Arts.

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Dr. Liz Aleksander is Associate Professor of Music at the University of Tennessee at Martin, where she teaches clarinet and music theory. She is also bass clarinetist with the Paducah Symphony Orchestra and clarinetist with the LCD Woodwind Trio. LCD has performed at ClarinetFest, NASA’s Biennial Conference, and the Navy Band International Saxophone Symposium; they have also commissioned and premiered works for flute/clarinet/saxophone trio. Aleksander is chair of INCLUDE Utm music, which addresses issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion; she is also advisor for Sigma Alpha Iota. She holds degrees from the University of Nebraska, Northern Arizona University, and Ohio University.

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Tabitha Robinson is a native of Alabama where she studied clarinet with Dr. Denise Gainey, Mark Brandon, and Dr. Brian Viliunas. She attended Jacksonville State University on a full music scholarship where she received a bachelor’s degree in music education. She also received a master’s degree in music education from Samford University. Tabitha is a Backun clarinet artist that has been teaching privately for about ten years and also has extensive experience in the music industry. 

​She currently plays with The Alabama Winds which recently performed at the Midwest Band Clinic in Chicago and the Western International Band Clinic in Seattle. At present, Ms. Robinson teaches clarinet privately and at several schools in Alabama. She is also a clarinet instructor with Dawson Music Academy and Meadow Brook School of the Arts. She enjoys teaching students of all ages and skill levels. Ms. Robinson specializes in starting beginners, preparing students for competitions or college scholarship auditions, and bass/contrabass clarinet. Ms. Robinson’s goal is to enable students to become independent musicians and to provide new opportunities that will assist them with future endeavors.

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Dr. Kristofer Sanchack serves as Assistant Professor and Director of Choral Activities at Alabama State University. Dr. Sanchack’s wide-ranging musical career began with his study of piano, where he rapidly progressed to study with Curtis Institute of Music mainstay Freda Pastor Berkowitz. Dr. Sanchack continued pursuing music with a B.M. in Composition with Honors and High Distinction from Pennsylvania State University. He holds an M.M. in Choral Conducting from the University of South Carolina, where he received an assistantship in Accompanying, and a D.M. in Choral Conducting at Indiana University. Dr. Sanchack has served as Director of Youth and Children's Music at Second Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis, as well as the Keyboard Artist for the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir. Dr. Sanchack has led choral music at several leading universities, including Brevard College, Hollins University, the University of Indianapolis, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne and Trine University. As a pianist, Dr. Sanchack has appeared with the Asheville Symphony, Greenville Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony and Montgomery Symphony orchestras, and continues to be in demand as a soloist and accompanist around the United States. 

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Dr. Michael Westmoreland is an Assistant Professor of Music at Alabama State University where he teaches applied woodwinds, woodwind ensemble, conducting, and conducts the wind ensemble and symphonic band. Prior to his appointment at ASU, Dr. Westmoreland taught at Bethune-Cookman University. He has performed with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Corinth Symphony Orchestra, First Coast Wind Symphony, Peacock Wind Ensemble, and the Sanctuary Orchestra at Temple of Deliverance Church of God in Christ. Additionally, he has performed numerous shows at Playhouse on the Square and throughout the Memphis area as a woodwind doubler.

Dr. Westmoreland received the Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Youngstown State University, a Masters of Music in Clarinet Performance from Kent State University, a Diploma of Fine Arts in Wind Ensemble Conducting and Literature from the University of Calgary, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Clarinet Performance from the University of Memphis.