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FCCMS Faculty

We are able to bring to you a faculty of distinguished music professionals that will offer quality individual instruction in all instruments and voice. The vast resources open to us through our unique partnerships enables us to bring the joy of learning music to you and your family with unique opportunities for everyone from the adult who always wanted to play an instrument, the four year old who is just beginning to relate to and enjoy music, to the budding musical protégé who needs to be challenged to reach his potential. We are a member of the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts and have modeled our program on the standards set by this prestigious organization.

Strings

Brian Magnus
Cello
A Texas native, Brian Magnus earned both his Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Cello Performance at Southern Methodist University under the tutelage of Christopher Adkins. Before joining the Jacksonville Symphony Read More
Brian MagnusCello

A Texas native, Brian Magnus earned both his Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Cello Performance at Southern Methodist University under the tutelage of Christopher Adkins. Before joining the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra in 2016, Brian performed with the symphony orchestras of Austin, Waco, Las Colinas, Shreveport and Dallas. Brian is a passionate music teacher who has taught cello privately since 2005, and is also a chamber music coach for students of Jacksonville University. He is married to bassoonist Stephanie K Magnus; together they enjoy running and camping along with their two dogs.

David Song
Violin, Viola
A native of Jeon-Ju, South Korea, violinist David Hwan-Min Song began studying the violin at the age of ten. He received his training at the Jeonju Fine Arts Middle School Read More
David SongViolin, Viola

A native of Jeon-Ju, South Korea, violinist David Hwan-Min Song began studying the violin at the age of ten. He received his training at the Jeonju Fine Arts Middle School under Seung-Gu Baek before immigrating to the United States in 2002. Since then, Mr. Song has performed extensively as an orchestral, chamber, and solo violinist. He served as Concertmaster of the Stetson University Symphony Orchestra, Baylor University Symphony Orchestra and the Florida All-State Orchestra for several years, as well as Concertmaster for the All-County Orchestra and the Southwest Florida Youth Orchestra.

In 2003, Mr. Song made his solo debut with the Southwest Florida Youth Orchestra under the baton of Dr. David Eccles, and has also appeared as soloist with the Southwest Symphony Orchestra under Paul Naddler, Ocala Symphony and Edison State College Orchestra under Dr. Daniel Hill. Additionally, Song was featured as soloist on NPR’s program From The Top performing a movement from Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No.2 with Christopher O’Reilly. In 2005, Mr. Song was selected to perform with the London Symphony during the Florida International Festival in Daytona Beach, Florida.

In April 2011, David Hwan-Min Song was featured guest soloist performing Pablo de Sarasate’s Carmen Fantasy as First Prize Winner of the Southwest Florida Symphony Young Artist Competition (Michael Hall, conductor). As First Prize Winner in the Ocala Symphony Orchestra’s (OSO) 18th Annual Young Artist Competition, Mr. Song appeared as guest soloist with the OSO performed Tchaikovsky’s Violin concerto in D Major in April 2009. He was also named winner in Stetson University’s Annual Concerto Competition in 2008 and performed as soloist with Stetson University Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Mr. Anthony Hose.

David Hwan-Min Song was a full scholarship student of the internationally renowned Routa Kroumovitch-Gomez at Stetson University, where he received the Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance. In addition to being the recipient of numerous honors in recognition of his performance excellence in violin, Mr. Song attended Stetson University with a full academic scholarship and the Tippen Davidson Scholarship. Mr. Song was also active in Choral and Chamber Music, singing in the Stetson University Concert Choir under Dr. Alan Raines, and was the first violinist in Stetson’s premier chamber group, the Barron String Quartet.

Additionally, David Hwan-Min Song returned to Stetson University for a year of intense vocal and piano study under the direction of Dr. Craig Maddox, (Associate Professor of Voice) and Ms. Tammy Miller (Adjunct Professor of Piano). Mr. Song was also pianist/collaborator for voice students of the university. He currently maintains a flourishing private violin and piano studio.

David Hwan-min Song was a scholarship student of Dr. Bruce Berg at Baylor University where he pursued master of Music in Violin Performance. In addition to being the recipient of numerous honors in recognition of his performance excellence in violin, Mr. Song attended Baylor University with a full academic scholarship. Mr. Song is the first violinist in Baylor University Graduate String Quartet and Concert Master of Baylor Symphony Orchestra.

Administratively, David Hwan-Min Song serves as an Artist Representative, actively booking performing artists in the community. He is currently performing with the Jacksonville Symphony, Savannah Symphony, the Coastal Symphony, the Gulfshore Opera and the Southwest Florida Symphony.

He plays the 2012 Federico Falaschi.

James Hogan
Guitar
James Hogan’s credits are extensive and diverse. He has recorded and/or performed with many bands and notable individuals such as: Left For Dead, Al Jourgensen of Ministry, Matt Mercado of Read More
James HoganGuitar

James Hogan’s credits are extensive and diverse. He has recorded and/or performed with many bands and notable individuals such as:
Left For Dead, Al Jourgensen of Ministry, Matt Mercado of Daisy Chain and MindBomb, Marty Friedman of Megadeth, rock legend Buddy Miles of Jimi Hendrix’ Band Of Gypsies, R&B legends Chaka Khan, Gladys Knight, Al Green and many world class Jazz musicians such as Dave Brubeck, Arturo Sandoval, Kurt Elling, and David Sanborn among others. James also performs regularly with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and The Florida Orchestra.

In addition to extensive performing and recording background james Hogan has also served as a senior instructor at the National Guitar Workshop’s Florida, Connecticut, New York and Nashville campuses. James has also been the guitar instructor at Florida State College since 2000. James Hogan holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of North Florida in Jazz Performance where he was a multiple collegiate Downbeat Award winner, Full scholarship recipient, and Summa Cum Laude graduate.

Judy Steinmeyer
Conductor, Aria Strings
Judith Steinmeyer started her career in the United States Air Force Band, Headquartered in Washington, D.C., as violinist with the USAF Symphony and Strolling Strings. These groups toured worldwide to Read More
Judy SteinmeyerConductor, Aria Strings

Judith Steinmeyer started her career in the United States Air Force Band, Headquartered in Washington, D.C., as violinist with the USAF Symphony and Strolling Strings. These groups toured worldwide to perform for Heads of State and various military and civilian functions.

Judy has been a coach and conductor with several youth centered music programs over the years to include programs with Prelude Chamber Music, Inc. She teaches private violin and viola lessons at the First Coast Community Music School and Pre-K through 8th grade General Music and Choir at Holy Spirit Catholic School.  Judy holds a Professional Educator’s Certificate and is a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas, the American Orff-Schulwerk Association, and the American String Teachers Association. She has also earned voting status for the Grammy Awards (NARAS).

Throughout her career, Judy has played violin with the National Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Opera Orchestras, the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, Coastal Symphony of Georgia, and the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. She served as concertmaster for Luciano Pavarotti, Tony Bennett, Smokey Robinson, Henry Mancini, and other artists.

Steinmeyer received the Florida Alliance for Arts Education Guided Residency Program Award and Scholarship through which she developed her original residency program titled “Speaking in T.U.N.E.”  Judy Steinmeyer is designated as a Florida “Arts Integration Scholar” .

Linda Minke
Cello
Linda Minke, cellist, joined the faculty at First Coast Community Music School in 2008. She has been a cello and chamber music coach with Prelude Music Camp since its inception Read More
Linda MinkeCello

Linda Minke, cellist, joined the faculty at First Coast Community Music School in 2008. She has been a cello and chamber music coach with Prelude Music Camp since its inception in 2002. In 2004 Minke joined the faculty at the Walker Family Band Fiddle Camp and subsequently created a fiddling elective at Prelude Camp and in the Jacksonville Beaches area. Ms. Minke taught music theory and has coached many cello sectionals for the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra since 1995.  She has played as an extra section cellist with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra since 1993.

Prior to her move to Jacksonville, Linda had been assistant principal cellist with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and Opera Memphis Orchestra. Ms. Minke created a Suzuki cello program at Rhodes College in Memphis in 1984. She also performed in the Rhodes Piano Trio with Max Huls and Marsha Evans.

Linda earned her Master’s degree in Cello Performance at University of Memphis (formerly Memphis State) where she studied with Peter Spurbeck. She also studied the Suzuki Method there with Allen Lieb.  Linda’s coaching and masterclass instructors included John Kendell, Rodney Farrar, Tanya Carey, William Starr, Zara Nelsova, Leonard Rose, Hans Jorgen-Jensen, Fritz Magg, and Janos Starker. Linda’s two bachelors degrees (in Music Education and Cello Performance) were earned at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan, where she was a student of Dr. C. Douglas Graves.

Currently Linda plays every August with the Peninsula Music Festival Orchestra in Door County, Wisconsin. She travels to North Carolina for Fiddle Camp every July, but lives most of the year in Neptune Beach, teaching cello, viola, violin, and beginning piano in her home as well as other locations.

Naira Cola
Violin, Viola
Over the course of her career, Naira Cola has received recognition for her unique artistry and has received numerous accolades including winning the Doris Kahn Concerto Competition, being a semi-finalist Read More
Naira ColaViolin, Viola

Over the course of her career, Naira Cola has received recognition for her unique artistry and has received numerous accolades including winning the Doris Kahn Concerto Competition, being a semi-finalist in the National Sphinx Competition, and being awarded the Artist Award from the New York Foundation for the Arts. As a soloist, she has been featured on NPR radio, WUWF Classic radio, and WEAR TV . She is a current Section Violinist for the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. She has also toured with Ensemble Du Monde chamber orchestra. Mrs. Cola has served as an Artist in Residence for the Sphinx Performance Academy, Queens Borough Community College, and The Noel Pointer School of Music. She serves as the Artistic Director of the Four Strings Academy in Lexington, MA, and has served as the Artistic Director for the Noel Pointer School of Music. As a pedagogue and advocate for arts education, she has instructed hundreds of students in Brooklyn, and throughout the New York Metropolitan area and currently is on the faculty of the First Coast Community Music School. Mrs. Cola received her training under the tutelage of Sally Thomas and Dr. Ann Setzer at the Mannes College of Music for her undergrad degree New York University and the Julliard School for her graduate and post graduate studies.

Nick Curry
Cello
Dr. Nick Curry is the Associate Professor of Cello at the University of North Florida. At UNF, he also serves as the coordinator of scholarships and admissions for the music Read More
Nick CurryCello

Dr. Nick Curry is the Associate Professor of Cello at the University of North Florida. At UNF, he also serves as the coordinator of scholarships and admissions for the music department and is also the string area coordinator. He is a founding member of Trio Florida with violinist Simon Shiao and pianist Gary Smart, featuring new compositions as well as timeless classics. From 2004-2007, he served as the professor of cello and the cellist in the Rawlins Piano Trio at the University of South Dakota.

He was born in Atlanta, Georgia, where he studied cello with David Starkweather from the University of Georgia. Nick received his Bachelor of Music from Vanderbilt, where he studied with Grace Mihi Bahng. While at Vanderbilt, he served as Professor Bahng’s teaching assistant and was the recipient of the Jean Keller Heard Award for Excellence in string performance. Nick then served as Hans Jorgen Jensen’s teaching assistant for five years at Northwestern University, where he earned his Master of Music and Doctoral degrees. He also was the teaching assistant to Professor Jensen at the Meadowmount School of Music for four summers. While at Northwestern, Nick performed as soloist with the Northwestern Philharmonic Orchestra and won the Northwestern Chamber Music Competition.

Nick has played in master classes for Lynn Harrell, Ralph Kirschbaum, Paul Katz, David Geber, the Emerson String Quartet, the Pacifica String Quartet, and the Blair String Quartet. Private studies have also included lessons with Harvey Shapiro, David Finckel, and John Kochanowski. Nick has played concerts in Taiwan, Turkey, Africa, Spain, Italy, Slovenia, France, Austria and throughout the United States. He has presented in national conferences and is a sought after clinician, adjudicator and plans special projects for the state chapter of the American String Teachers Association.

In April of 2006, he performed as a soloist on National Public Radio (USA) Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion on the King Amati (ca. 1538) cello. The performance was heard by over 4,000 people live and by approximately 4 million on radio and can be found on the Prairie Home Companion website archives.

In the summers of 2012 and 2013 Dr. Curry was visiting faculty at the Meadowmount School of Music and was full-time faculty at the Tennessee Valley Music Festival.

Scott Gregg
Artistic Director
Maestro Scott Gregg is currently the Music Director and Principal Conductor of the First Coast Youth Orchestras (FCYO), a 300-member youth orchestra program under the auspices of the First Coast Read More
Scott GreggArtistic Director

Maestro Scott Gregg is currently the Music Director and Principal Conductor of the First Coast Youth Orchestras (FCYO), a 300-member youth orchestra program under the auspices of the First Coast Community Music School (FCCMS).  In 2006, Mr. Gregg helped found FCCMS to assist hundreds of Jacksonville area music students access top-notch music education and in 2014, he became that school’s Artistic and Executive Director.  In addition, Maestro Gregg currently serves as the 10th Music Director of the Saint Augustine Orchestra – a semi-professional orchestra in the nation’s oldest city.  Mr. Gregg was a member the class of 2007 for Leadership Jacksonville – a philanthropic, service and volunteer organization – and served on the Mayor’s youth education task force.

Prior to his current appointments, Mr. Gregg had for 22 years held the Winston Family Endowed Chair as Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestras, guiding that organization’s growth from a 60-member group to an artistically robust arts education program with more than 300 participants.  Mr. Gregg was also the Music Director for Education of the Jacksonville Symphony – planning the Symphony’s entire educational programs and conducting hundreds of performances for students and adults alike, as well as guest conducting the Jacksonville Symphony countless times since 1995.

Mr. Gregg was Music Director of the FSCJ Artist Series Summer Theater programs as well as Music Director for the Youth at the Beaches Arts Guild productions.  As a violinist, Mr. Gregg has performed with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Annapolis Symphony, as well as on the national tours of The Lion King, The Producers, Chicago, Cinderella, and others.

Prior to coming to Jacksonville, Mr. Gregg was Associate Conductor of the Goucher Symphony Orchestra, Assistant Conductor of the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, and Staff Conductor of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, as well as Music Director of the Bach Society Orchestra in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Mr. Gregg has conducted the Alabama All-State Symphony Orchestra, Brevard Symphony Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Philharmonic, the Orchestra National du Capitole de Toulouse, France, and the Kielce Philharmonic Orchestra in Poland, among others.

A recipient of the Seiji Ozawa and Andrew Schenk Fellowships, he spent two summers at the Tanglewood Institute, studying with Maestros Seiji Ozawa, Simon Rattle, and Robert Spano, and closed the festival’s season sharing the podium with Maestro Rattle. Gregg has also been a conducting fellow at the Aspen Music Festival, and a fellow at the Conductor’s Institute in South Carolina. Mr. Gregg was a Semi-Finalist in the International Conductors’ Competition in Besançon, France and the Stokowski Conducting Competition in New York. He was one of four Americans chosen to participate in the 1997 Tokyo International Conducting Competition.

Mr. Gregg was himself a member of a youth orchestra as a student, serving as concertmaster of the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra, and made his solo debut with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra at the age of 17. Mr. Gregg received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College with a concentration in music theory and composition and minor concentration in astrophysics. He studied conducting at Baltimore’s Peabody Conservatory of Music, where he earned a master’s degree and was awarded the Christopher Percy Prize in Conducting. Concurrently, Maestro Gregg was appointed to the conducting staff of the Peabody Conservatory Symphony and Philharmonic Orchestras, as well as Associate Conductor of the Johns Hopkins Symphony Orchestra.

He is married to Camille Clement Gregg and the two are the proud parents of their golden retriever, Midas.

Shannon Lockwood
Cello
Currently serving as instructor of cello at Jacksonville University, Shannon Lockwood completed a Doctorate in Musical Arts at the University of Cincinnati, where she studied with Yehuda Hanani. She began Read More
Shannon LockwoodCello

Currently serving as instructor of cello at Jacksonville University, Shannon Lockwood completed a Doctorate in Musical Arts at the University of Cincinnati, where she studied with Yehuda Hanani. She began playing the cello at age twelve in the Colorado public school system. She later studied with retired, Colorado Symphony cellist Fred Hoeppner. She graduated Summa cum Laude with a Bachelor of Music from the University of Denver. While studying in Denver with Richard Slavich, she won the prestigious Presser Award for academic and musical achievement. She also studied in London with Alice McVeigh and Paul Watkins under a grant from the English Speaking Union and returned in the fall of 2011 to conduct research at the Britten-Pears Library. Her broad spectrum of professional experiences include performing with orchestras such as the Colorado and Jacksonville Symphonies, performing as soloist with the Jacksonville University Orchestra and Wired String Ensemble, performing and coaching chamber music, serving as a graduate assistant to the University of Cincinnati Orchestras, and maintaining a private studio. www.shannonlockwood.com

Tim Edwards
Violin, Viola
Timothy B. Edwards has concertized extensively in the United States as well as the major capitals of Europe, both in the areas of Chamber Music and Orchestral literature.  He has Read More
Tim EdwardsViolin, Viola

Timothy B. Edwards has concertized extensively in the United States as well as the major capitals of Europe, both in the areas of Chamber Music and Orchestral literature.  He has been thrilled to have had the opportunity to perform the Barber String Quartet containing the famous “Adagio” before John Carlo Menotti while in Spoleto, Italy, and has experienced the joy of performing in Carnegie Hall in New York (United States of America) as well as the Musikverein in Vienna (Austria).

Mr. Edwards has served as Concertmaster of the Des Moines Metro Opera and as an Acting Concertmaster with the Flint (MI) Symphony Orchestra.  Timothy has held positions as section First Violinist with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra (Toledo, OH) from 1984 – 2000; and as Concertmaster, chamber musician and part of the management team that has run the Chamber Music Society of Good Shepherd in Jacksonville, FL, where he was involved in extensive seasons of chamber music selection, preparation and performance.

Though Mr. Edwards talents lay primarily in the classical music realm, for which he has extensive knowledge, he is also well versed in the stylistic genres of Jazz and Pop (Timothy has performed as part of an orchestra with such notable performers as Sarah Vaughn, Al Jarreau, Aretha Franklin and Mariah Carey).

Timothy began violin study in the public schools of Detroit, Michigan until his talents were brought to the attention of the wife and Concertmaster of the Detroit Symphony, Hortense and Mischa Mischakoff, under whose tutelage he remained until leaving to study year round on scholarship at the prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen, MI.

Mr. Edwards holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester (B.M.; Rochester, NY); and the University of Michigan (M.M.; Ann Arbor, MI).

Mr. Edwards also believes in giving back to the community by teaching his private studio of young upcoming musicians, as well as concertizing in the community in recital, chamber music and orchestra performances.

Todd Lockwood
Double Bass
Todd Lockwood has been a member of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra since 2009. In addition to the symphony Mr. Lockwood remains active as a music educator teaching bass at Jacksonville Read More
Todd LockwoodDouble Bass

Todd Lockwood has been a member of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra since 2009. In addition to the symphony Mr. Lockwood remains active as a music educator teaching bass at Jacksonville University, the First Coast Community Music School, and working with several youth orchestras throughout the country including the Coastal Youth Symphony of Georgia. Prior to living in Florida Mr. Lockwood was principal double bassist of the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera. While in Tennessee he served as instructor of double bass at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga. He has also held positions with the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra and the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, and performed with the Atlanta and Indianapolis Symphonies. Mr. Lockwood began studying the bass in the Colorado public school system at age nine. He later studied privately with Robin Olschner. He earned a Bachelor of Music, with highest honors, under Paul Erhard at the University of Colorado, and completed a Master of Music and a Performer Diploma, under Bruce Bransby at Indiana University. Mr. Lockwood spends his summers in Santa Cruz, California performing with the Cabrillo Contemporary Music Festival, under the direction of Marin Alsop.

Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion

Angela Muller
Flute
Angela Muller received her BME from the University of Northern Colorado (2004) and her MM in Wind Conducting from the University of Denver (2009). Ms. Muller performs as a flutist Read More
Angela MullerFlute

Angela Muller received her BME from the University of Northern Colorado (2004) and her MM in Wind Conducting from the University of Denver (2009). Ms. Muller performs as a flutist with the First Coast Wind Ensemble and is a former Army musician with the 101st COARNG and piccolo player in the Aurora Symphony Orchestra. Angela is also a former public school band director and often works with local music programs as a sought after guest artist. Her experience teaching privately for the past twelve years ranges from elementary through adults. Currently, Ms. Muller is the only certified KinderFlute teacher in Northeast Florida.

Boja Kragulj
Clarinet
Dr. Boja Kragulj is passionately committed to developing the next generation of clarinetists.  She maintains an active studio of versatile students.  An international musician sought after for her sensitive expression Read More
Boja KraguljClarinet

Dr. Boja Kragulj is passionately committed to developing the next generation of clarinetists.  She maintains an active studio of versatile students.  An international musician sought after for her sensitive expression of standard and contemporary repertoire, Ms. Kragulj has appeared both with orchestra and as a soloist in Russia, Turkey, Spain, Serbia, Motenegro, England, Canada, and the United States.  Her experience as a Fulbright Scholar lends expertise in both Western and non-traditional clarinet techniques which she blends with scholarly research and innovative pedagogical methods and authorship.  Her lineage of clarinet teachers include Mel Warner, John Bruce Yeh, Richard Hawkins, Kenneth Grant, Eric Mandat, Kelly Burke, and Ricardo Morales. Recent performance credits include the Chicago Clarinet Ensemble, the Chicago Chamber Orchestra, the Southern Illinois Music Festival, the Southern Illinois Woodwind Trio, the Bold City Contemporary Ensemble, Jacksonville Symphony, and Coastal Symphony of Georgia. Recent performances include engagements in Moscow, Spain and Belgrade, Serbia.  In addition to her doctorate, Kragulj holds a post-master’s certificate in music theory pedagogy and a second master’s degree in music technology.

Cameron Range
Saxophone
Cameron RangeSaxophone
Ken Every
Timpani & Percussion
Bachelor’s of Music – Curtis Institute of Music; Master Degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music Member of the Jacksonville Symphony since 1992. Ken was featured in the Jacksonville premiere of Russell Peck’s Harmonic Rhythm: Concerto Read More
Ken EveryTimpani & Percussion

Bachelor’s of Music – Curtis Institute of Music; Master Degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music

Member of the Jacksonville Symphony since 1992.

Ken was featured in the Jacksonville premiere of Russell Peck’s Harmonic Rhythm: Concerto for Timpani and Orchestra. Before joining the Jacksonville Symphony, he played several years with the Radio Symphony of Italy in Turin and with the New World Symphony in Miami. He is also principal timpanist of the Grand Teton Music Festival and the Iris Chamber Orchestra.

Kenneth Williams
Woodwinds, Brass
Kenneth Williams is the Instrumental Music Specialist for the Duval County Public Schools, Jacksonville, Florida. He holds a BA in music education and an MA in conducting from the University Read More
Kenneth WilliamsWoodwinds, Brass

Kenneth Williams is the Instrumental Music Specialist for the Duval County Public Schools, Jacksonville, Florida. He holds a BA in music education and an MA in conducting from the University of South Florida, and a PhD in music education from the Florida State University.

Dr. Williams is in his 40th year as a teacher of music. He has conducted both bands and orchestras at the middle school, high school, university, and professional level. He has served on the faculties of the Florida State University and, more recently, the University of Texas at San Antonio, where he served as Chair of Music Education and conductor of the UTSA Symphonic Band.

Dr. Williams presently serves as the President of the Florida School Music Association, he is a member of the FMEA Legislative Committee, he is a longstanding member of the FBA Concert Music Committee, and leads the retraining of veteran adjudicators for the FBA Adjudication Training Program. He has, on numerous occasions, had the privilege of serving as concert adjudicator and conductor commentator at the State Music Performance Assessment (MPA) of both the Florida Bandmasters Association and the Florida Orchestra Association. Articles by Dr. Williams can be found in the Florida Music Director magazine, the Glaesel/Selmer News Letter, the Band World magazine, the National Band Association Journal, and the Music Educators Journal. He is active as a conductor, clinician, and adjudicator and will conduct the Florida All State Middle School Band in January of 2015.

Stephanie Magnus
Bassoon
Stephanie MagnusBassoon
Tina Whiddon
Oboe
Tina WhiddonOboe

Piano

Aida Ribeiro
Program Director, Piano
“A musically intelligent and technically impeccable pianist” are words used to describe Aida Ribeiro’ performances. A native of São Paulo, Brazil, Aida Ribeiro is a graduate of the Juilliard School Read More
Aida RibeiroProgram Director, Piano

“A musically intelligent and technically impeccable pianist” are words used to describe Aida Ribeiro’ performances. A native of São Paulo, Brazil, Aida Ribeiro is a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music in New York, where she studied with Jacob Lateiner. With a grant from the Organization of American States, she earned her Master’s Degree at Catholic University in Washington D.C. In Brazil, she graduated at the MagdalenaTagliaferro Conservatory and later, in Paris, she studied with the legendary Tagliaferro herself at the International Academy of Piano.

Ms. Ribeiro has received outstanding reviews from critics and audiences for her concerts and recitals in the United States and Brazil. Her lecture-recitals on Brazilian music have established her as an avid proponent of Latin-American music. She has been recognized with many awards including the Tiffany award, First Prize at the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra Young Soloist Competition, the Heitor Villa Lobos Award.

Ms. Ribeiro’s orchestral appearances include the Jacksonville Symphony, Syracuse Symphony, São Paulo Symphony, Spokane Symphony, North Idaho Symphony Orchestra and the Virginia Chamber Orchestra.
A versatile musician, Ms.Ribeiro appears frequently in recitals, chamber music concerts and master classes. She was also a member and founder of the AVA Ensemble.

Her passion for chamber music and teaching led her to create several music programs in USA. For over 15 years she directed programs in Syracuse and Spokane devoted to young musicians to further develop their abilities and understanding of music through chamber music playing. In 2000 she became an adjunct professor at University of North Florida as a piano instructor where she also started the chamber music course in 2001. In 2005 she founded and directed the Jacksonville Music Conservatory sponsored by the Steinway Society providing a comprehensive musical education in the European Conservatory tradition. Presently Ms. Ribeiro teaches at her home studio and at the First Coast Community Music School of the Florida State College where she is the Chair of the Piano Department.

Chelsea Chacon
Piano
Chelsea Chacon, music educator and classical pianist, began piano lessons at the age of 7.  Her mother, having a background in classical piano performance, taught her until the age of Read More
Chelsea ChaconPiano

Chelsea Chacon, music educator and classical pianist, began piano lessons at the age of 7.  Her mother, having a background in classical piano performance, taught her until the age of 13, at which time she circulated through a number of instructors.  In 2005, she won a partial scholarship to a local community school.  There, she studied under Aida Riebiero .   In spring of 2008, she debuted with the Jacksonville Symphony performing Carnival of the Animals after winning a piano duo competition.   The following fall, Chelsea received a scholarship to Stetson University.  There she studied piano performance with Dr. Michal Rickman.  After her freshman year, she transferred to University of North Florida where she studied with Dr. Gary Smart.   Here she studied piano, composition, accompanying, piano pedagogy, choral singing and chamber music.  She developed her sense of composition style and in 2010, won the university composer competition.  Choral singing was another skill set that she continued to learn.  Through choral performances she was able to travel through most of the southeast and traveled abroad to Italy where she sang with the University of North Florida Chorale. In her Junior year, she experienced an unexpected injury to her right arm leaving her unable to perform.  Rather than taking time off, she worked towards learning left hand repertoire.  She performed a full junior recital featuring left hand music in the fall of 2012.  After receiving her BA, she spent two years building her studio and devoting herself to private and group lessons. She recently decided to return to UNF to receive her masters in piano performance.  She is currently in her first year of graduate school and plans to pursue her doctorate in piano pedagogy.

Katie MacCullum
Piano
Katie McCallum is a classically trained pianist. She is always trying to expand her knowledge within her field to better the ability of her students. Mrs. McCallum has been studying Read More
Katie MacCullumPiano

Katie McCallum is a classically trained pianist. She is always trying to expand her knowledge within her field to better the ability of her students. Mrs. McCallum has been studying and playing piano for fifteen years. Recently she graduated from the University of North Florida with a degree in Piano Pedagogy. Mrs. McCallum enjoys teaching students of all ages and levels, with the goal of giving them a rounded musical education in technique, theory, music reading and musicality.

Lynne Radcliffe
Program Director, Piano
Lynne Radcliffe received her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Memphis State University. Moving to the Jacksonville area in 1983, she has worked in a musical capacity in various Read More
Lynne RadcliffeProgram Director, Piano

Lynne Radcliffe received her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Memphis State University. Moving to the Jacksonville area in 1983, she has worked in a musical capacity in various arenas, including private piano instruction, accompanying, performance, choral directing, teaching at Episcopal High School (where she served as Fine Arts Department Chair), church musician, and the Jacksonville Symphony Association (Music Education Programs Manager).  Lynne is currently the Director of Music at St. Paul’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in Jacksonville Beach as well as Program Coordinator and teacher at the First Coast Community Music School. She serves on the boards of the Beaches Fine Arts Series and BRASS, Beaches Residents Arising in Support of the Symphony.  Having done graduate work in Musicology at the University of Memphis recently, she is a contributor to Encore!, the magazine of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, and serves as host for the radio program WJCT Presents the JSO.

Sarah Blazs
Piano
Sarah Blazs is a Jacksonville native, who began piano lessons at the age of five with her grandmother, Jeannie Blazs. She then studied with Vickie Stake, placing and winning in Read More
Sarah BlazsPiano

Sarah Blazs is a Jacksonville native, who began piano lessons at the age of five with her grandmother, Jeannie Blazs. She then studied with Vickie Stake, placing and winning in many local and state competitions. Upon graduating high school, Ms. Blazs won the Jacksonville Music Teachers Association’s Scholarship and the Mary Elizabeth Land Scholarship. Ms. Blazs attended Florida State University, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s of Music in Piano Performance under the teaching of Professor Leonard Mastrogiacomo.  She also received a Certificate in Piano Pedagogy under the teaching of Dr. Victoria McArthur. While at FSU, Ms. Blazs was inducted into Pi Kappa Lambda, a music honors society, and actively performed on university recitals.

Ms. Blazs then went to the University of Oklahoma, where she earned a Master’s of Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy. For performance, she studied with Dr. Jeongwon Ham, and for pedagogy, she studied with Dr. Jane Magrath and Dr. Barbara Fast. While at OU, Ms. Blazs received the Dorothy Detrick Kendall Scholarship and the Martha M. Boucher Scholarship. She also performed for university events, including all of OU President Boren’s events. During her time at OU, Ms. Blazs was a Graduate Teaching Assistant, instructing Aural Skills III and IV to sophomore music majors, a component of music theory, and assisting in the theory department.

With a passion for piano, Ms. Blazs has taught everyone from five to sixty-five plus, and levels from beginner to advanced. While at FSU, Ms. Blazs taught private piano at Mason’s School of Music. She then taught at the Fine Arts Academy while at OU, and a group piano class for senior citizens through Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. After completing her academic studies, Ms. Blazs moved to the Dallas area and taught at Coppell Conservatory, where she had a large studio, and was active in local festivals. She also taught adult group piano courses and middle school musicianship, which covered theory, music history and composition.

Ms. Blazs is committed to musical excellence taught in a nurturing and encouraging environment.  With the goal of developing a well-rounded musician, she address five essential areas in each lesson: technique, sight reading, repertoire, theory, and creative expression via composition and improvisation. Ultimately, she desires her students to be lifelong lovers of music. She looks forward to investing in her students, and giving back to the community that gave her so much!

*Ms. Blazs is an active member of JMTA, FSMTA, MTNA and Federation Music Clubs.

 

Sarah Hartley
Piano
Sarah Hartley, classical pianist and educator, began taking lesson at the age of 8 with Heidi Pranzoni. During those years of study she participated in the National Federation of Music Read More
Sarah HartleyPiano

Sarah Hartley, classical pianist and educator, began taking lesson at the age of 8 with Heidi Pranzoni. During those years of study she participated in the National Federation of Music Clubs competitions at the district and state levels, accompanied at the local middle school and high school, and participated numerous recitals. In 2007 she moved to Jacksonville to attend the University of North Florida where she studied piano with Dr. Gary Smart and piano pedagogy with Dr. Erin Bennett. While at UNF she received several scholarships and awards including Outstanding Music Scholar of the year in 2012, and presented at the Music Teachers National Association Collegiate Chapters, Piano Pedagogy Symposium in 2012. After receiving her BM in piano performance and pedagogy she continued to grow her piano studio and accompany throughout the Jacksonville area. She has a passion for teaching and is thrilled to have the opportunity to do so every week. She is continuing to teach piano while pursing her master’s degree in piano performance at UNF.

Tami Chacon
Administrative Director, Piano
Tami Chacon has been deeply involved with music since childhood. She attended Eastern New Mexico University studying Music Education.   She has had a private piano studio in her home for Read More
Tami ChaconAdministrative Director, Piano

Tami Chacon has been deeply involved with music since childhood. She attended Eastern New Mexico University studying Music Education.   She has had a private piano studio in her home for over 20 years.  Married for 27 years, she has two daughters whom she homeschooled through high school. Both are currently in college. Her oldest daughter is pursuing a Master’s Degree in piano pedagogy while her younger daughter is studying for a mechanical engineering degree.

Tami has been with First Coast Community Music School since its inception. She teaches beginning piano and is the Administrative Director for FCCMS.

In her spare time she enjoys yoga, jogging and pursuing her interest in art.

Twila Miller
Piano, Eurhythmics
Twila Miller is a private piano teacher and Eurhythmics instructor of children of all learning styles, including those attending the Jacksonville School of Autism and the First Coast Community Music Read More
Twila MillerPiano, Eurhythmics

Twila Miller is a private piano teacher and Eurhythmics instructor of children of all learning styles, including those attending the Jacksonville School of Autism and the First Coast Community Music School. A gifted conductor, Ms. Miller was the Artistic Director of the Fort Wayne (Indiana) Children’s Choir (1989-1999-) and the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus (2000-2005). She will be presenting her work to the National Dalcroze Association in Seattle, Washington in June 2012. M. A. Music and Education, Indiana University, M.F.A. Conducting, Butler University, B.S. Piano and Organ performance, Huntington University; Certificate in Dalcroze Eurhythmics, Longy School of Music, Cambridge, MA; Level II Creative Motion instructor.

Voice

Jeff Clayton
Voice
Jeffrey Clayton is in his 13th year as Vocal Department Chair at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts. He is extremely proud of his school and is proud to be Read More
Jeff ClaytonVoice

Jeffrey Clayton is in his 13th year as Vocal Department Chair at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts. He is extremely proud of his school and is proud to be a member of a faculty has been awarded two Gold GRAMMY Award from the Grammy Foundation (2007 & 2008) and two top prizes as the National GRAMMY Signature School—the best high school music program in the United States (2010 & 2012). In April of 2008 Mr. Clayton was awarded the prestigious Gladys Prior Award for Career Excellence in Teaching—one of the most lucrative awards for teachers in the country.

His choirs, ensembles, and soloists have earned countless superior ratings at district and state festivals as well as performing for live television specials. Mr. Clayton’s Concert Chorale has been heard as a feature choir with the Jacksonville Symphony numberous times—most recently in November of 2009 with Sandi Patty. His Chorale Women have been the opening choir for the Florida Chapter of the American Chorale Directors Association (ACDA) convention in 2004 and in 2008. In March 2010 they were selected to perform at the ACDA Southern Division Regional Conference in Memphis. In March 2011 this same group—different singers—were selected to perform at the ACDA National Conference in Chicago—the highest honor for a conductor and his choir! They were honored with performances at both Auditorium Theatre (Roosevelt University) and at the famed Orchestra Hall—both performances receiving rousing standing ovations.

Along with heading up concert tours of Austria and Italy, Mr. Clayton also serves as the vocal coach/conductor for the musical theatre productions at Douglas Anderson. He has led productions of Side Show; Cabaret; Kiss Me, Kate; A Little Night Music; and Aida — four of these productions being selected for performance at the Florida State Thespians Convention in Tampa.

Mr. Clayton received a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Samford University, a Masters Degree in Vocal Performance from the Indiana University School of Music; and was awarded an Opera Fellowship for completion of his doctorate at Florida State University.

His operatic career includes over 25 major roles and has been highlighted by a nationwide tour with the San Francisco Opera Center, as well as performances with the Houston Grand Opera, Southern Regional Opera, Western Opera Theater, the Batiquitos Festival, and Birmingham Civic Opera.

He has been heard in oratorio performances with the Jacksonville Masterworks Chorale, the Birmingham Singers, the Concert Chorale of Houston, the Houston Oratorio Society, and the Terra Haute Choral Society.

Mr. Clayton has earned first place honors in state and regional NATS Competitions; was a winner of the San Francisco Opera Center, Southern Regional Opera, and the District Metropolitan Opera auditions; and was a finalist in the Chicago Lyric Opera and Houston Grand Opera auditions.

As the Voice Faculty Coordinator and the Director of Opera Workshop/Musical Theatre at Houston Community College (1987-1993), he produced and conducted numerous Broadway shows, operas, and musical reviews. Among those shows were West Side Story, Brigadoon, Carnival, Albert Herring, and numerous original reviews. Clayton recruited and initiated diction choruses in all the standard languages for his singers—as well as vocal pedagogy.

From 2002-2005 he served as a conductor for the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus. Mr. Clayton prepared the Concert Choir for the Jacksonville Symphony’s productions of Carmen and La Boheme and twice for their annual Holiday Pops Concert Series. In conjunction with his work with the children’s chorus, Mr. Clayton was invited to be a feature conductor for the Music Educators National Conference’s World’s Largest Concert broadcast worldwide in the spring 2005.

Clayton is in demand as a clinician and adjudicator having recently conducted the 2011 Alabama All-State Women’s Choir, the 2011 Coweta County (GA) Middle School Honor Choir, and the 2012 Women’s Honor Choir for South Carolina ACDA. Clayton has lead ACDA reading sessions and many musicianship workshops throughout the southeast.

He is a professional member of the the American Choral Directors Association, MENC, Florida Music Educators Association, Florida Vocal Association, and the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Clayton just stepped down after two years serving on the State FVA Board and as District Chairman.

Clayton is an eternal student of the art of teaching and communicating to both developing and professional singers. He is tremendously grateful to his first voice professor—Mr. Russell Hedger (retired Samford University) for instilling the passion for teaching and artistry deep within his heart. Clayton is extremely proud to have many of his former students either studying in conservatories, music schools, and overseas; or working as teachers and performers themselves.

Mr. Clayton is married to Kim Clayton, a professional musician; and they are the parents of seven sons ages 23 to 10—Phillip, Andrew, Daniel, Jacob, Jonathan, Caleb, and Noah!

Lisa Kelly
Voice, Jazz
Teaching jazz and commercial voice, audition preparation, and music theory tutoring at First Coast Community School since its inception, Lisa Kelly has worked with many students from secondary school age, Read More
Lisa KellyVoice, Jazz

Teaching jazz and commercial voice, audition preparation, and music theory tutoring at First Coast Community School since its inception, Lisa Kelly has worked with many students from secondary school age, to adult, preparing them for auditions and performances for middle school, high school, college, and professional opportunities. Lisa holds a Bachelors Degree in Jazz Studies and a Masters Degree in Performance, with an emphasis on Jazz Studies. She has taught voice, combos, and music theory formally at LaVilla Middle School of the Arts, Douglas Anderson High School of the Arts, and in interim at UNF. Considered a pioneer for vocal jazz in the state, Lisa has been the featured vocalist with the Directors Reading Band since 2000 at the annual Florida Music Educators Association (FMEA) Conference, and has presented vocal jazz clinics each year since 2007. In 2013, Lisa groomed her clinic into the first “Jazz Vocal Mentoring Performance Clinic,” an opportunity for high school vocal soloists around the state to audition at the all-state level, with 3 selected for her mentoring workshop at the convention, to then perform with a professional trio. In 2012, the process was expanded to prepare one of the students for the first opportunity to sing with the High School All-State Jazz Band. Since 2014, Lisa has also presented an annual one-day “Swingin’ Summer Jazz Vocal Workshop” at UNF, attended by vocalists of all ages throughout the southeast.

Long considered by fans and critiques as one of the preeminent jazz vocalists in the southeast and beyond, Lisa Kelly has received many positive reviews throughout her 28-year jazz career that has included successful CD recordings, performances on major stages, and appearances on TV and radio, from the U.S. to Canada, Europe and many points in between. A highly recognized performer, band leader, adjudicator, and mentor, she has won many awards and recognitions, including the first UNF Mulligan- Matteson Scholarship, an Astral Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and an unprecedented eight Downbeat Magazine awards for voice, composition, and arranging. In 2013, Lisa was inducted into the Jacksonville Jazz Festival “Hall of Fame,” the only vocalist represented, for her many years of music and mentoring contributions to the festival and to the community.

Profiled among 320 internationally notable jazz performers and educators in the 2010 book, The New Face of Jazz, Lisa has appeared as a featured soloist with small groups and big bands, and as a bandleader, singing for major music festivals, jazz societies, jazz clubs, corporate events, and specialty events. A strongly committed supporter for the Jacksonville Jazz Festival, she has been a performer since 1988, served as a volunteer, and ran the official jam session annually that she created in 1997. Hosted by the Lisa Kelly/JB Scott Quintet, the “Jacksonville Jam Session” provides the forum for aspiring student musicians and novice jazz musicians of all ages the opportunity to perform with regional professionals and festival ‘heavyweights,’ with many young students developing their musicianship to the level of later becoming UNF jazz students and career musicians. In the realm of music education, Lisa has become a well-respected artist/clinician, presenting regional, state-wide, and national vocal jazz workshops and clinics for major music conventions, school music programs, festivals, and jazz camps. Married to UNF Assoc. Professor JB Scott, Lisa and JB have co-led several music groups together since 1997, co-releasing 6 successful music CD’s and appearing on many other recordings. While earning both her degrees, she was the student vocalist with the UNF JE I big band and featured on four acclaimed band recordings, and as a professional, she was the vocalist with the St. Johns River City Big Band, the Larry Elgart Orchestra, the Chris Riddle Orchestra, and others. Lisa has performed with many legendary names including Bunky Greene, Ed Calle, Cyrus Chestnut, John Lee, Arturo Sandoval, Danny Gottlieb, and Jane Monheit. She continues to perform, compose, mentor, and teach commercial voice and music theory, both privately and as a visiting artist/clinician. Lisa’s son, Jeremy Smith, is now a second generation Osprey. An award winning jazz drummer, formerly playing for the New Orleans USMC Band, Jeremy is completing his business degree at UNF, to graduate in the class of 2018.

Mateus Coura
Voice, Classical
Brazilian-American tenor, Matheus Coura is a last year Bachelor’s candidate at the University of North Florida. Consistently praised for his linguistic sensitivity and vocal agility, Coura’s performances have been described as Read More
Mateus CouraVoice, Classical

Brazilian-American tenor, Matheus Coura is a last year Bachelor’s candidate at the University of North Florida. Consistently praised for his linguistic sensitivity and vocal agility, Coura’s performances have been described as “delightfully spontaneous”. Coura has performed at prestigious summer opera programs such as Operaworks’ in Los Angeles and most recently with the International Vocal Arts Institute in NYC founded by Metropolitan Opera assistant conductor Joan Dornemann. Coura maintains an active performance career in Opera, Recital, Oratorio, Chamber Music, and A Capella.  Recent performance highlights for Coura include Don Basilio in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro and Abraham in Benjamin Britten’s canticle II: Abraham and Isaac. In oratorio concerts with orchestra, Coura has appeared as Tenor Soloist in Handel’s Messiah, Bach Cantatas Ich armer Mensch, Ich Sündenknecht, BWV 55 and Meine Seel Erherbt den Herren, BWV 10. Upcoming chamber music performances include Gabriel Fauré’s 9 piece song cycle La Bonne Chanson with String Quintet and piano. Matheus joined the voice faculty at Florida Coastal School of Music in September 2015. Voices are as unique and varied as our bodies, personalities, experiences and backgrounds, Coura strives to instill a sense of personal artistry to all his students, empowering them to sing their own unique story.

 

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Twila Miller
Piano, Eurhythmics
Twila Miller is a private piano teacher and Eurhythmics instructor of children of all learning styles, including those attending the Jacksonville School of Autism and the First Coast Community Music Read More
Twila MillerPiano, Eurhythmics

Twila Miller is a private piano teacher and Eurhythmics instructor of children of all learning styles, including those attending the Jacksonville School of Autism and the First Coast Community Music School. A gifted conductor, Ms. Miller was the Artistic Director of the Fort Wayne (Indiana) Children’s Choir (1989-1999-) and the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus (2000-2005). She will be presenting her work to the National Dalcroze Association in Seattle, Washington in June 2012. M. A. Music and Education, Indiana University, M.F.A. Conducting, Butler University, B.S. Piano and Organ performance, Huntington University; Certificate in Dalcroze Eurhythmics, Longy School of Music, Cambridge, MA; Level II Creative Motion instructor.