Artistic Director / Conductor
D.M.A. Michigan State University
M.M. University of North Texas
B.M. Susquehanna University
Austin completed the D.M.A. in Wind Conducting at Michigan State University, where he studied with Kevin Sedatole. As a Graduate Assistant he guest conducted MSU's concert ensembles, assisted with the Spartan Marching Band and Spartan Brass, co-conducted the MSU Campus Band, and assisted in all administrative aspects of the MSU Band program. Prior to his doctoral work, Austin spent summers studying conducting with Andrew Yozviak.
Austin holds a M.M. in Bassoon Performance from the University of North Texas with Kathleen Reynolds. He studied at Susquehanna University with Anna Claire Ballard-Ayoub, and has played in masterclasses for Kristen Wolfe Jensen, Frank Morelli, and Wilfred Roberts, among others. He has performed as a soloist with the Frederick Symphony Orchestra and the Susquehanna University Orchestra as a winner their 2012 concerto competition. While serving as Director of Bands at St. John’s Catholic Prep in Buckeystown, Maryland, Austin freelanced with professional wind bands, orchestras, and chamber groups throughout Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. He has held positions as Principal Bassoon of the Maryland Lyric Opera Orchestra and Second Bassoon with the Liberty Wind Symphony, and frequently performed with the Lancaster-based wind quintet Manor Winds. He can be heard playing bassoon and contrabassoon on numerous GIA Windworks recording projects with the UNT Wind Symphony.
M.M. The Hartt School Flute Performance B.M. West Chester University Flute PerformanceFlutist Matthew Angelo is an active orchestral, chamber, and solo performer currently based in Easton, Pennsylvania, where he serves as the Orchestra Operations and Personnel Manager for the Allentown Symphony Orchestra. Matthew has given performances across the United States as well as France, the Czech Republic, and China. He has performed with the Reading Symphony Orchestra, Delaware Symphony Orchestra, Bay-Atlantic Symphony, Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, Philadelphia Festival Symphony Orchestra, Pocono Pops, Pennsylvania Philharmonic, the Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra, and is a flutist with the Liberty Wind Symphony. An active chamber musician, Matthew is a performing artist and founding member of the Maryland Wind Festival and Maryland Chamber Winds as well as the Manor Winds quintet. In 2018 he released a debut album, Three-Nine Line, on the MSR Classics label with flutists Mary Matthews and Nicole Chamberlain. The album features original works by Nicole Chamberlain and has been spotlighted on NPR stations WDIY 88.1FM (Lehigh Valley) and WABE 90.1 FM (Atlanta). One of Matthew's tracks, Lilliputian for piccolo and music box, has been described as “a highlight of the CD” (Flutist Quarterly), stating that “his tone is sweet and pure, and interpretation effectively straightforward.” Matthew has been invited to perform at the 2016 & 2018 National Flute Association Conventions and has been a guest clinician with the Chester County and York Youth Symphonies. His principal teachers include Dr. Kimberly Reighley and Janet Arms. Please visit www.MatthewJAngeloFlutist.com for more information. www.matthewjangeloflute.com
D.M.A. The Hartt School Flute Performance M.M. Peabody Conservatory Flute Performance B.M. Baldwin Wallace Conservatory Flute PerformanceFlutist Mary Matthews' playing is described as lovely and elegant but also aggressively declamatory, with a gorgeous dark tone (Flutist Quarterly). She enjoys an active career as an international soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral flutist and has performed on four continents in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Severance Hall, the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Fundação Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina, Festival Goethe Institut Música Nueva, and Cité Internationale des Arts. She has performed as a soloist and chamber musician at the Newport Music Festival and is a member of the Maryland Wind Festival. Dr. Matthews joined the faculty at Tennessee Technological University in 2018. As part of her work at TTU, she is principal flutist of the Bryan Symphony Orchestra and is a member of the Cumberland Quintet. A sought-after performer of new music, Mary has premiered over 30 new works by prominent American composers. She is known for her command of extended techniques and her adventurous programming. In February of 2018, she released the album "Three-Nine Line" on the MSR Classics label in collaboration with flutist-composer Nicole Chamberlain and flutist Matthew Angelo. The album features Nicole Chamberlain's solo, duo, and trio works for flute. Additionally, she is half of Duo Rossignol with soprano Hillary LaBonte, and the two have been featured at New Music Gathering, the Dairy Arts Center's Soundscape series, and the National Flute Association convention. She also performs as a member of the Khemia Ensemble, a 12-member ensemble dedicated to the programming of diverse and innovative repertoire. Dr. Matthews has presented masterclasses, recitals, and lectures at Colorado State University, the Metropolitan State University of Denver, Middle Tennessee State University, University of Wyoming, Bowling Green State University, Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music, and the Peabody Institute, among others. Prior to relocating to Tennessee, she was on faculty at The Hartt School Community Division in West Hartford, CT for four years where she served as head of the Adult Chamber Music Program and launched the Suzuki flute program. Additionally, Dr. Matthews was an adjunct faculty member at The University of Hartford's The Hartt School, a flute faculty member at the International School of Music in Bethesda, MD, a woodwinds faculty member at the Parlando School for Musical Arts in Boulder, CO, and a teaching artist with the el Sistema programs, El Sistema Colorado and the Hartford Symphony’s CityMusic. Dr. Matthews holds a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from The Hartt School, a Master of Music Degree from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, and a Bachelor of Music Degree from the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music. Visit www.MaryMatthewsFlute.com for more information about Dr. Matthews’ research and teaching philosophy.
Cincinatti College-Conservatory of Music Artist Diploma M.M. Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Oboe Performance B.M. Hartt School of Music Oboe PerformanceCurrently based in Cincinnati, Austin Smith is principal oboe of Queen City Opera and second oboist with the Muncie Symphony Orchestra. He plays regularly with orchestras throughout the Midwest such as the Louisville Orchestra, Lexington Philharmonic, Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, and the South Bend Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed with touring groups such as Hanson, Iron & Wine, and Video Games Live. As an active chamber musician Austin performs regularly with his wind quintet, the Wayside Winds, throughout the Cincinnati area on recital series at the Taft Art Museum, Salon 21, and the Price Hill Creative Community Festival among many others. In 2014 he was a finalist in the MTNA chamber music competition. Austin is currently Instructor of Oboe at Mount Saint Joseph University where he also plays with the faculty wind quintet. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Hartt School of Music, and a Masters of Music degree and Artist Diploma from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. His main teachers are Bert Lucarelli and Mark Ostoich.
M.M. University of North Texas Oboe Performance B.M. East Tennessee State University Oboe Performance Matthew Hudgens, an established performer and teacher, currently holds a studio of over 40 oboe students in the DFW area. Matthew performs with the Lone Star Wind Orchestra under the direction of Eugene Corporon, and is a faculty artist with the newly formed Maryland Wind Festival. As an educator, Hudgens has taught severel Texas All-State master classes, instructed at the Bocal Majority/Operation O.B.O.E summer camps, and has held masterclasses at Southwestern Oklahoma State University. Hudgens has performed with Grand Junction Symphony, Symphony in the Vally, Johnson City Symphony Orchestra, Serenata Strings, Loan Star Wind Orchestra, North Texas Wind Symphony, North Texas Symphony Orchestra, and has freelanced throughout Colorado, Virginia, Tennessee, and Texas. While pursuing his masters degree Matthew began studying early music and was introduced to the Baroque Oboe. He has been accepted twice to the International Baroque Institute at the Longy School of Music. He has performed with the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado, Austin Baroque Orchestra, Dallas Bach Society, Denton Bach Society, and traveled with the UNT Baroque Orchestra to perform at the Boston Early Music Festival. Matthew received his bachelors degree in music performance from East Tennessee State University with Dr. Aryn Sweeney. He received a masters degree in music performance with a related field in early music from University of North Texas under James Ryon and Kathryn Montoya.
B.M. West Virginia University Clarinet PerformanceJeffrey Boehmer is a native of Frederick, MD. After graduating from West Virginia University in 2003, he spent 10 years in the US Air Force Heritage of America Band. During his time in the Air Force, he was a member of the Concert Band and the Langley Winds Woodwind Quintet, performing concerts and masterclasses throughout the entire United States and as far away as Siberia, Russia. His most memorable performances with the Air Force Band were his concert tours in Europe and Russia, marching in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and performing in both inaugural ceremonies for President Barrack Obama. Jeffrey spent two summers as a Fellowship Member of the Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival at Juilliard and has also performed with the Richmond Symphony, the West Virginia Symphony, and the Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra. Now living in Mercersburg, PA, he enjoys an active year of performing and teaching in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and West Virginia. In his freetime, he enjoys distance running, photography, and long walks with his dogs Buddy and Walker.
M.M. Michigan State University Clarinet Performance B.M. Illinois State University Clarinet PerformanceBrian Do is a freelance clarinetist based in Dallas/Fort Worth. He is a clarinet instructor in Richardson and Allen Independent School Districts, where he teaches clarinet and coaches woodwind ensembles of all levels and backgrounds. Brian’s high school and middle school students have been accepted into TMEA All-Area and All-Region bands. In 2018, Brian joined the Artist-Faculty of Maryland Chamber Winds, a non-profit organization that hosts the Maryland Wind Festival each summer to bring wind chamber music performances to Western Maryland. In addition to serving Maryland Chamber Winds as a clarinetist and bass clarinetist, Brian is also the grants manager of the ensemble and has been awarded grants from multiple foundations and organizations such as the Frederick County Arts Council, Washington County Arts Council, Community Foundation of Washington County, and the Nora Roberts Foundation. An enthusiastic chamber musician, Brian has worked with yMusic and the Fifth House Ensemble during their respective residencies at Michigan State University. He has also performed at CollabFest at the University of North Texas, The Maryland Wind Festival, the Encore Festival in Todi, Italy, and the inaugural Selmer Clarinet Academy. During his time at Michigan State University, Brian performed with the MSU Chamber Winds at the CBDNA Regional Conference at Central Michigan University and during the international MSU Conducting Symposium. Brian strongly believes in the accessibility of music and has performed numerous outreach concerts throughout the country to communities who do not have access to live classical music. Brian has completed degrees from Michigan State University (M.M.) and Illinois State University (B.M.). His primary instructors have included Guy Yehuda, Tasha Warren, David Gresham, and Anne Dervin. Masterclasses have included performing for Margo Garrett, David Shifrin, Stephen Williamson, Phillippe Berod, and Charles Neidich.
B.M. The Hartt School Bassoon PerformanceMason Adams is a Texas born bassoon player, currently completing his Masters of Music Degree at the Mannes School of Music in New York City where his primary teacher is Marc Goldberg. Mason has previously finished his Bachelors of Music Degree at The Hartt School in Connecticut where he also studied with Marc Goldberg. While at The Hartt School, Mason was a finalist in the Paranov Concerto Competition as well as a quarter-finalist of the 2016 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, with the OptiKord Trio, where he traveled to compete against the top chamber music groups in the country. Mason has also been the principal bassoon player of the Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra since 2015 where he has worked closely with local up and coming composers to spread new musical ideas and experiences to the public. In 2016 Mason went on tour with the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, performing across three different countries in many of the worlds most renowned concert halls. Recently, Mason has given a second world premiere of Vijay Iyer's Radhe Radhe: The Rites of Holi where he worked closely with conductor David Fulmer, as well as Mr. Iyer himself.
University of Michigan Specialist in Music: Performance M.M. Northwestern University Saxophone Performance B.M. University of Toronto Saxophone PerformanceHailed as a “powerhouse in classical saxophone” (University of Toronto), JEFFREY LEUNG (b. 1991) is an active performer, improviser, and educator. In addition to his work with collaborative artists, Jeffrey serves as the baritone chair of the Kynetik Saxophone Quartet and the Vice President of Novus New Music, Inc. His performances have received numerous honours and awards – most notably from the Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra and Montreal Symphony Orchestra. Jeffrey curates music spanning traditional repertoire to contemporary music and improvised performances. He has presented recitals and concerts throughout North America and has been invited to workshops at the Banff Centre, American Saxophone Academy, and Université Européenne de Saxophone. Dedicated to the expansion of the saxophone repertoire, Jeffrey’s collaborations with composers has resulted in premieres and commissions of new works by Theo Chandler, Annika Socolofsky, Keaton Garrett, Alexis Bacon, Timothy Peterson, Roydon Tse, Baldwin Giang, Matthew Browne, Joe Krycia, and Gregory Wanamaker. Jeffrey has premiered these works and others at conferences hosted by the North American Saxophone Alliance, Northwestern University New Music Conference, and Midwest Composers Symposium. With Novus New Music, Jeffrey helped organize consortiums for new music by David Biedenbender as well as Novus’ Women in Music Campaign and Novus Spark project. As a pedagogue, Jeffrey cultivates student-driven curiosity and healthy creativity by drawing from his experiences in teaching saxophone, music theory, and Soundpainting/improvisation. In addition to his responsibilities as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in music theory and saxophone, Jeffrey has taught masterclasses at several universities, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Maryland Wind Festival, and National Music Camp of Canada. Starting in the fall, Jeffrey will be the saxophone coach for the Spartan Youth Wind Symphony at Michigan State University. Holding degrees from the University of Michigan, Northwestern University, and University of Toronto, Jeffrey is pursuing dual degrees at Michigan State University (Doctor of Musical Arts in Saxophone Performance; Master of Music in Music Theory) where he is a Graduate Teaching Assistant and Co-director of the Saxophone Ensemble. Jeffrey’s mentors include Professor Joseph Lulloff, Dr. Timothy McAllister, Dr. Wallace Halladay, Dr. Leigh VanHandel, and Dr. Michael Callahan.
M.M. University of North Texas Music Education B.M.E. Illinois State University Music EducationDanielle LeAnn Fisher has composed music for wind ensemble, chamber ensembles, solo performers, children’s musical theatre, and films. Her works have been performed throughout the United States at venues such as University of North Texas, Illinois State University, Illinois Weslyan University, Michigan State University, the Sitka Alaska Fine Arts Camp, and with notable ensembles including the critically acclaimed Apollo Duo and the Maryland Chamber Winds. Herself a horn player, Danielle is drawn to compose works for wind instruments and her pieces enjoy frequent performances by her many friends in the field of wind music. Before beginning her band directing career where she currently serves in Alvarado, Texas, Fisher managed a large studio of trumpet and horn students in the Dallas/Ft.Worth Metroplex where she still enjoys an active freelance career. As a conductor, she has served as a guest clinician throughout the country working specifically on brass pedagogy and has spent much of her time composing for young musicians in small and large ensemble settings. Danielle received dual degrees in Music Education and Composition/Theory from Illinois State University. She has studied privately with David Maslanka, David Feurzeig, Martha Horst, and Kirsten Broberg. She recently graduated with a M.M. in Music Education at the University of North Texas.
D.M.A. University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Horn Performance M.M. University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Horn Performance B.M. James Madison University Horn PerformanceDr. Rachel Hockenberry enjoys a busy career throughout Southern California as a horn performer and music educator. Since moving to Los Angeles in 2014, Rachel has performed with the Santa Barbara Symphony, Fresno Philharmonic, Redlands Symphony, Pacific Opera Project, Opera San Luis Obispo, Golden State Pops, Wind Orchestra of the West, Southeast Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of the South Bay, and Downey Symphony. She has also performed with artists such as Billy Idol, Pete Townshend, and Jon Batiste, and has recorded for television series. Before moving to Los Angeles, Rachel was based in the greater Cincinnati area, where she was an associate musician of the Columbus Symphony, 4th horn in Orchestra Kentucky, and performed with the Lima, Ohio Valley, Richmond (IN), Evansville, and Kentucky Symphonies, and the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. She is principal horn of the Queen City Opera, where in October of 2015 she had the pleasure of performing the infamous “Long Call” from Act II of Richard Wagner’s Siegfried. Rachel is currently the horn professor at Pasadena City College and Los Angeles City College. Beginning in August of 2018, she will assume the post of Assistant Professor of Horn at Illinois State University. A Virginia native, Rachel received her bachelors degree in horn performance from James Madison University. She earned her masters and doctoral degrees in horn performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Her teachers include Randy Gardner, Tom Sherwood, Liz Freimuth, Duane Dugger and Abigail Pack, David Ohanian and Roger Kaza.
B.M. University of Denver Horn PerformanceAfter living in Baltimore for almost 2 years, Scott Ullman has made this city his home. While in Baltimore, he became Principal Horn of Symphony Number One, and he has performed with the Washington Chamber Orchestra, the Mid-Atlantic Symphony, and the Occasional Symphony. Originally from Moorpark, California, he honed his talents in Denver, Colorado while performing with groups such as the Nebula Ensemble, the Pueblo Symphony, the Longmont Symphony, and the Evergreen Chamber Ensemble. In past summers, Scott won auditions to attend the Colorado College Summer Music Festival, the National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute, and the Miami Music Festival. He has also attended the Mendez Brass Institute and two international horn symposiums. Scott earned his Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Denver with Susan McCullough, and he is finishing his Master of Horn Performance degree at the Peabody Conservatory under the tutelage of Denise Tryon.
MCW ASSOCIATE ARTISTS
S.D. University of Michigan Clarinet Performance M.M. Northwestern University Clarinet Performance B.M. Western Michigan University Music EducationDanny Mui is the 2nd/Bass Clarinetist of the New York City Ballet Orchestra at Lincoln Center. He has previously held positions at Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra and Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra. He has placed in numerous solo and chamber competitions such as The Fischoff National Music Competition, National Arts and Letters Mid-Michigan Wind Competition, and Yamaha Young Performing Artist Competition. He has also performed with the Grand Rapids Symphony, Ann Arbor Symphony, West Michigan Symphony, and Dearborn Symphony. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Western Michigan University, a Master of Music in Clarinet Performance from Northwestern University, and a Specialist Degree in Clarinet Performance from the University of Michigan. His primary teachers have been: Lawrie Bloom, Chad Burrow, Steven H. Cohen, Daniel Gilbert, Stephanie Hovnanian, and Bradley Wong.
M.M. San Francisco Conservatory Bassoon Performance B.M. McGill University Bassoon PerformanceBassoonist Georgeanne Banker enjoys performing music very old and very new. Georgeanne is a founder of the conductorless orchestra One Found Sound, dedicated to bringing pertinent and collaborative performances to modern audiences. She has performed with the Carmel Bach Festival, Houston's Mercury Baroque Orchestra, the Monterey Symphony, Santa Rosa Symphony, and she can be heard on the soundtrack of the Oscar-nominated animated short The Dam Keeper. She has also worked with bands including Shearwater, Viking Moses, and Gem Club. She appeared as a soloist in 2016 with the Lake Tahoe Music Festival, and she will perform with Les Arts Florissant's Dans les Jardins de William Christie festival in Thiré, France in the summer of 2019. Georgeanne earned a Bachelor of Music degree in modern bassoon, where she studied with Stéphane Lévesque, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from McGill University, where she received a scholarship to participate in an intensive study of the Etruscans in Florence, Italy. She holds a master's degree in modern bassoon from the the San Francisco Conservatory, where she studied with Stephen Paulson, and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in baroque bassoon at The Juilliard School where she studies with Dominic Teresi and where she holds a historical performance scholarship. While she is not making reeds, Georgeanne can be found playing Dungeons & Dragons and running along the trails and paths of the Hudson Valley.
M.M. University of Miami Music Performance B.M. Virginia Tech Music Education/PerformanceDakota Corbliss is an active performer, educator, and entrepreneur. He frequently travels up and down the east coast as a freelance musician. Dakota’s current titles include Third Horn of the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, Director of Operations and Program Development at FredBrass, as well as President and Artistic Director of the Tidewater Brass Institute. He has played with the Virginia Symphony, New World Symphony, Miami City Ballet, South Florida Philharmonic, New River Valley Symphony, the United States Navy Band Southwest, the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band, and many other ensembles. Dakota helped found Vice City Brass, a collective of brass and electronic musicians aiming to bridge the generational gap between the past, present, and future. Dakota earned his Bachelor of Arts in Music Education and Music Performance from Virginia Tech, where he was a featured soloist with both the Virginia Tech Wind Ensemble and the nearby New River Valley Symphony. He then continued to the University of Miami where he earned his Masters of Music in Instrumental Performance. He is currently studying with J.D. Shaw at the University of South Carolina in pursuit of his Doctorate of Musical Arts. Past teachers include Wally Easter, Richard Todd, Jeffrey Scott, and Rebecca Peppard.