Ben Aguilar is an adjunct faculty member in Music Technology, as well as Technical Director for the Amy Cralle Theatre in the Wyatt Arts Center at Bellarmine. He specializes in live performance, digital composition, and live and studio recording and production for students majoring in both music technology and Design Arts and Technology (DAT), as well as coaching and facilitating all of Bellarmine’s Music Technology Ensembles. In addition to his academic career, Ben is also an in-demand recordist and live-sound engineer, having worked with Bill Moyers’ Moyers and Company, This I Believe hosted by Bob Edwards, Kentucky Governor’s School For The Arts, the Youth Performing Arts School In Louisville, St. Francis In The Fields Episcopal Church, The Berry Center for Culture and Agriculture, and many more. Ben is also a co-founder and producer of the Outsized Influence Music Festival, which celebrates the Bellarmine musical community.
Dr. Samantha Ryan Barnsfather taught at the University of Florida and Santa Fe College (Gainesville, FL) before joining the music faculty at Bellarmine University as an Adjunct Professor of Music. She received her B.A. in Voice and History at Campbellsville University (Campbellsville, KY), M.M. in Music Education at Belmont University (Nashville, TN) and a Ph.D. in Musicology (external cognates in Vocal Performance and European History) from the University of Florida (Gainesville, FL). Her research interests include 19th -and 20th-century British and Polish vocal music, nationalism, and the works of Frederick Delius and Ronald Stevenson.
Dr. Barnsfather has made presentations at the Southern Chapter College Music Society Conference (Student Paper Award Recipient), National Conference of the College Music Society, American Musicological Society Southeast and Pacific Northwest Chapter Meetings and the Nineteenth Century Studies Association Conference. She has published two essays in Salem Press’s publication Musicians and Composers of the 20th Century and has a forthcoming entry on Ronald Stevenson in Grove Music Online.
Richard Burchard is Associate Professor of music and Executive Composer in Residence at Bellarmine University. He teaches courses in Music Composition, Music Technology, Music Theory and World Music. He also taught for several years in study abroad programs in Salzburg, Austria and South Africa. An award-winning composer, scholar and educator, Richard’s compositions have been performed throughout the United States and Europe. Richard is published with Gentry Music, Pavane Music, National Music Publishers and Hinshaw Music. The Richard Burchard Choral Series under Gentry Music was launched with the release and premier of Bright is the Ring of Words, a work commissioned by the American Choral Directors Association Western Division at the regional convention in Santa Barbara, CA, on February 20, 2014. Richard’s first major work In Memoriam, a 10-movement work for choir and orchestra, was commissioned by the Louisville Master Chorale and was premiered by the group on October 19, 2014. You can find out more about Richard and hear his music at www.richardburchard.com and on Soundcloud.
Jimmy Burns is a Music Technologist specializing in audio recording and production. He received his M.M. from New York University in 2014 from the Steinhardt School. His skills include Digital Audio Production, Acoustics, Sound Design, Video Production, and Digital Signal Processing. Currently, Jimmy works as a freelance recording engineer and producer, supervising and performing live, multi-channel recordings. Jimmy specializes in recording chamber ensembles and choirs, including Louisville's Bourbon Baroque and the Youth Performing Arts School. Additionally, he has engineered the recording of numerous classical and contemporary concerts while working at Bellarmine University. Throughout his musical career, Jimmy has lent his talents in guitar, bass, and drums to several projects in genres ranging from Rock to Celtic.
Dave Clark graduated with a BM in music education and a MM in jazz performance from the University of Louisville. He has had the good fortune to study with Harry Pickens, Don Braden, Wessell Anderson, John La Barbera, Sim Flora, and Branford Marsalis. Dave has performed with such diverse artists as Benny Golson, Clark Terry, Randy Brecker, Stanley Turrentine, James Moody, Kevin Mahogany, Harry Pickens, Nancy Wilson, Miles Griffith, the Louisville Orchestra, the Dells, Keke Wyatt, Don Braden and Delfeayo Marsalis. He has performed at the Umbria Jazz Festival in Perugia, Italy, as well as the Montreaux Jazz Festival in Montreaux, Switzerland. He also has performed at the Jazz Educators Network Conference and as part of a good will tour and educational exchange program in Barbados. Dave is a Yanagisawa Artist and makes his home in Louisville, KY, where he is the head of the Jazz Studies program at Bellarmine University. Dave's duties include teaching saxophone, jazz harmony, jazz history, improvisation, and directing Bellarmine's Nouveau Gumbo ensemble.
Rob Collier earned his DMA in Music Composition at the University of Maryland in 2010. He holds a BA from Bellarmine University and an MM from the University of Louisville. His composition teachers include Steve Rouse, Mark Wilson, and Lu Pei. As founder and director of the new music ensemble Century of Aeroplanes, Rob has released recordings on Capstone Records, Unlabel, WM Recordings, and Greed Recordings. He has collaborated with filmmakers, choreographers, visual artists, producers, and performers in a wide variety of genres. Rob’s compositions have been choreographed by Alight Dance Theater, the Starr Foster Dance Project, Beth Rodriguez, and the Louisville Ballet Youth Ensemble.
In his current city of Louisville, Kentucky, Rob maintains an active performance schedule as a bandleader and bass player. He teaches theory and composition at Bellarmine University. To listen to Rob’s compositions, visit his Soundcloud.
David George is a native of Louisville, Kentucky and received his Degree in Piano Performance from the University of Louisville where he studied with Lee Luvisi. He is a member of the piano faculty at Bellarmine University, and is staff accompanist for the Vocal Department at the University of Louisville. David has served as keyboardist and musical director of children’s musical theatre, church pianist and organist, and as accompanist for the Governor’s School for the Arts, All-County Choir, and the Louisville Suzuki String Institute. He has worked with Bryn Terfel (Ryder Cup Closing Ceremony), Jake Heggie (Composers Workshop Program), and most recently for Irish Tenor Anthony Kearns. He also appears on CD recordings of new music by past and present composition faculty at the University of Louisville. David performs regularly with many area musicians in both public and private venues. As a recitalist, chamber musician and accompanist, he has performed in a multitude of settings both in the U.S. and abroad, and is often found on the concert stage in student or faculty recitals.
Dr. S. Timothy Glasscock, Choral Director and Department Chair for the Bellarmine Music Department, has spent nearly three decades teaching and performing in the Louisville Metro area. He holds the bachelors and masters degrees from U of L and a Doctorate in conducting from University of Kentucky, and spent 12 years as Director of Vocal Studies at Youth Performing Arts School, Kentucky's only full-time high school for the performing arts. Dr. Glasscock is an active clinician and master class presenter, leading European concert tours and conducting major works with orchestra over a wide spectrum of musical literature. He has sung and conducted in 17 countries, and now serves as Artistic Director of The Louisville Vocal Project, a professional chamber choir specializing in renaissance and newly composed choral works. Glasscock's research centers on Johannes Brahms's Ein deutsches Requiem, baroque-era burial music, and the intersection of music, aging, and end-of-life issues.
Jon Gustely has held principal horn positions in major orchestras in Europe, the United States and Mexico.
Before joining the Louisville Orchestra as Principal Horn in 2007, he was Principal Horn of the National Opera of Belgium under the batons of Sir John Pritchard and Sylvan Cambreling, the Mexico City Opera with Eduardo Mata, the Mexico City Philharmonic with Jorge Mester and the Orquesta Sinfonica de la Mineria with Carlos Miguel Prieto. He is a frequent soloist and chamber musician in Europe, the United States and Mexico. Recent engagements have included Strauss' Second Horn Concerto with the Mexico City Philharmonic, Strauss' First Concerto with the Sinfonica de Monterrey, Haydn's First Concerto with the Bellas Artes Chamber Orchestra, and the Schumann Konzertstuck with the Orquesta Sinfonica de la Mineria.
Other prestigious orchestras that Jon has performed with include the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, St Louis Symphony, Cincinatti Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.
In 2011, Jon accompanied the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra on their European tour which included a live recording of the Mahler Second Symphony in the Musikverein in Vienna, Austria.
Jon is a founding member of the wind octet Sinfonietta Ventus with whom he has toured Europe, the United States and Mexico and has also recorded 4 compact discs. Recent chamber music collaborations include performances with the pianist Jorge Federico Osorio and the Latin American String Quartet.
Todd Hildreth is instructor of jazz piano at Bellarmine University where he also teaches courses in Jazz, Pop, and Rock History. Todd's musical interest began with the accordion at 10, and moved to Jerry Lee Lewis, Frank Zappa and Queen at 12. He enrolled at Bellarmine University in 1985 with the intention of becoming an English teacher, but discovered Oscar Peterson, Chick Corea and Keith Jarrett by the end of his first semester and has never looked back. He has founded or been in collaboration with groups such as The Java Men, King Kong, Liberation Prophecy, Squeeze-bot, Vgroove, The Louisville Improvisors, and the Todd Hildreth trio. He teaches at the annual Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshops, leads the music program at Ascension Lutheran Church and is the musical director for The WHAS Crusade for Children's annual telethon. He has performed or recorded with Don Braden, Stephanie Courtney (Flo from the Progressive commercials), Aretha Franklin, Norah Jones, Dave Liebman, Rufus Reid, Joan Rivers, Bobby Shew, Dave Stryker, and many others.
Lyric tenor, Mark Kano, made his international debut in Rome, Italy performing Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus under the baton of Maestro Francesco Carotenuto. Mark has performed roles with the Cincinnati Opera, Kentucky Opera, Nashville Opera, Lexington Singers, Middle Tennessee Choral Society, Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra, Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, and the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra. He has been a finalist in the Orpheus National Voice Competition, as well as a winner in the Mid-South Regional NATS competition. Mark holds B.M. and M.M. degrees in voice performance and is currently a candidate in the doctorate of musical arts degree in voice performance at the University of Kentucky. As an arts administrator, Mark has worked with the Nashville Opera, the William E. Schmidt Foundation, and the University of Kentucky Opera Theatre. He has served on the voice faculties of the Kentucky Center Governor’s School for the Arts, University of Kentucky, Centre College, and Bellarmine University.
Kathy Karr is the Principal Flutist of the Louisville Orchestra, Flute Instructor at Bellarmine University and Flute Professor at the University of Louisville. A founding member of the Kentucky Center Chamber Players, Kathy also performs in the University of Louisville Faculty Woodwind Quintet and Grawemeyer Players. In 2012, she received a Distinguished Teaching Award at the University of Louisville. Kathy has been a faculty member at the Interlochen Arts Camp, Interlochen, Michigan. She has been an invited guest flutist performing recitals and master classes throughout Mexico, Israel, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky. She has performed with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Huntsville Symphony Orchestra, North Charleston Pops Orchestra, Orchestra Kentucky, Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, and the Orquestra Sinfonica da Mineria in Mexico City. Kathy received her Bachelor of Music degree at Northwestern University and her Master of Music degree at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
New Zealand born organist Eugene Lavery is an exciting and versatile musician, highly sought after as a keyboard artist, conductor and teacher. Recent and upcoming engagements include solo recitals at Princeton University Chapel, NJ; Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; and St. Philip’s Cathedral, Atlanta, GA.
Based in Louisville, KY; Lavery currently serves as Director of Sacred Music and Organist at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church and Adjunct Organ Professor at Bellarmine University. Previous church positions include Organist and Director of Music at Calvary Episcopal Church in Louisville and Artistic Director of the Cathedral Choir School of Delaware, one of the most prominent Episcopal chorister programs in the United States.
Lavery received his Bachelor of Music with First Class Honors from the University of Auckland while also serving as Organ Scholar and then Assistant Organist at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Auckland, New Zealand. In 2007 Mr. Lavery relocated to New York after gaining entry to the prestigious Master of Music program at The Juilliard School under the tutelage of Paul Jacobs.
Pursuing a multi-faceted career, Lavery has appeared as an organist for live broadcasts for Television New Zealand and Radio New Zealand; recorded a solo CD Joie on the Harrison and Harrison organ of Holy Trinity Cathedral in Auckland; served as conductor and organist for Royal School of Church Music courses in the United States, New Zealand, and Nigeria; and performed with the American Symphony Orchestra and Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra.
Learn more at www.eugenelavery.com.
Bart Mattingly, - instructor of Music Appreciation - bio coming soon.
Violist Jonathan Mueller has been a member of the Louisville Orchestra since 2006 and has served as Adjunct Instructor of Viola and Violin at Bellarmine University since 2009. Mr. Mueller finished his Master of Music in Viola Performance at Rice University’s Shepherd School in May of 2006 under the instruction of former Cleveland Quartet Violist, James Dunham. While at the Shepherd School, Mr. Mueller performed in master classes for the Tokyo, American and Mendelssohn Quartets. During his years at Rice, Mr. Mueller obtained orchestral experience with the Austin Symphony and the Symphony of Southeast Texas in Beaumont. He received the Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University where he studied with former LA Philharmonic Principal Violist, Alan DeVeritch. While in Indiana, Mr. Mueller was a member of the Evansville Philharmonic for two seasons. In 2002, Mr. Mueller attended the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, Colorado where he had the opportunity to perform Bach’s 6th Brandenburg Concerto. In 2003 and 2004 Mr. Mueller attended the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival in Germany, where he had the pleasure of playing under the batons of Neville Mariner, Christoph Eschenbach, Heinrich Schiff and Kurt Masur. Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Mr. Mueller now lives in the Highlands with his wife Krista and their son Everett.
Marilyn Nije graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Music Education, a Master´s degree from Manhattan School of Music and a performance certificate from the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam, Holland where she studied with George Pieterson from the Concertgebouw Orchestra. She was Assistant principal Eb clarinet in the Mexico City Philharmonic for almost 20 years. Since 2009, she has lived in Louisville playing extra clarinet-Eb with the Louisville, Indianapolis, Evansville, Owensboro and Lafayette Symphony Orchestras.She is a founding member of Sinfonietta Ventus, a woodwind octet based in Mexico City and since 1990 has played clarinet and Eb with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Mineria.
Marilyn has recorded under the direction of Carlos Miguel Prieto, Jorge Mester, Eduardo Mata and Guido Maria Guida. She is adjunct professor of clarinet at Bellarmine University and has also taught clarinet at the University of Louisville and Campbellsville Universities.With Sinfonietta Ventus and the Mexico City Philharmonic she has toured extensively in Mexico, Europe, China, Colombia and the United States.
Allison Braid Olsen, cello, received a Bachelor of Music degree in Violoncello Performance from Rice University, a Master of Music degree from the University of Akron, and participated in the Professional Studies Program at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Her teachers have included Stephen Geber (former Principal Cellist of the Cleveland Orchestra), Desmond Hoebig (former Principal Cellist of the Cleveland Orchestra), and Shirley Trepel (former Principal Cellist of the Houston Symphony).
Ms. Olsen is currently a member of the Louisville Orchestra. Her previous positions include Principal Cellist of the Akron Symphony Orchestra, Principal Cellist of the Owensboro Symphony, and the Marini String Quartet. She has participated in numerous music festivals in this country and around the world: the Lancaster Festival, Spoleto USA, Jerusalem International Symphony Orchestra, the National Repertory Orchestra, the National Orchestral Institute, Kent/Blossom Music Festival, North Carolina School for the Arts European Tour, Grand Teton Music Festival College Seminar, and the Lakeside Summer Symphony.
In addition to Bellarmine University, Ms. Olsen teaches at Indiana University Southeast. Her previous teaching positions include the University of Akron Musical Arts Program, Cleveland Public Schools, and the Educator's Music Studio in Cleveland.
Karl Olsen received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point, studying with David Dunn, and his Master of Music degree from Indiana University, studying with Bruce Bransby. Mr. Olsen also counts as invaluable his study with pedagogues Gary Karr and Stuart Sankey, as well as with Stanley Ritchie’s Baroque Orchestra.
The Louisville Orchestra first brought Mr. Olsen to Kentucky in 2001, direct from working with the illustrious New World Symphony Orchestra, a fellowship intensive orchestra under the baton of Michael Tilson-Thomas, Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. As a member of the Louisville Orchestra bass section, Mr. Olsen began performing and teaching throughout the area, and started with Bellarmine University in 2015.
Mr. Olsen also serves as Principal Bassist of Orchestra Kentucky Bowling Green, and has performed with the Cincinnati Symphony, Charleston Symphony and New Mexico Philharmonic Orchestras, with the Sarasota Opera Orchestra, and as Assistant Principal Bass for both the Evansville Philharmonic and Owensboro Symphony Orchestras.
Terry O'Mahoney is Adjunct Professor of Music at Bellarmine University, where he teaches Jazz Drums, Applied Percussion, Rock Drums, Percussion Ensemble, and Jazz Combo. He is an active performer in the Louisville area with various jazz and classical ensembles, including the Louisville Orchestra. He was formerly a Professor of Music at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish (Nova Scotia, Canada), where he taught classical and jazz drumming, World Music, and directed the Latin Jazz, Percussion Ensemble, and small jazz ensembles. He is active as a performer, adjudicator, and clinician throughout the US and Canada. He holds a B.M.Ed. from the University of Louisville and a Masters in Jazz Performance from the University of Miami (FL). He also studied privately with jazz drumming legend Jeff Hamilton (Los Angeles, CA). He has performed on drumset with numerous jazz artists (Mike Stern, Randy Brecker, Phil Woods, Curtis Fuller, Jimmy Heath, Lew Soloff, and others) in addition to his frequent symphonic performances with Symphony Nova Scotia (Halifax, NS) on percussion and drum set. He has three books in print - Motivic Drumset Soloing, Jazz Drumming Transitions, and 100 Essential Drumset Lessons - for the Hal Leonard Corporation. His articles have appeared in Modern Drummer and Percussive Notes magazines and his compositions have been published by Per-Mus Publications. He plays Vic Firth drumsticks and Crescent Cymbals exclusively.
Maggie Blair Owens - former Director of Choral Activities at Wayne State College, Maggie Owens directed the Concert Choir, Madrigal Singers, and Show Choir, taught courses in conducting and choral methods, and supervised student teachers in music education. Professor Owens also served as the Department of Music’s liaison with the College of Education.
As a new music faculty member at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky, Maggie Owens teaches undergraduate voice lessons and directs the Bellarmine University Women’s Choir, which is composed of music majors and non-music majors from a wide variety of disciplines across campus. Prof. Owens has also started a private voice studio, Owens Vocal Studio, featuring students from Louisville and surrounding areas.
Owens hails from Bowling Green, Kentucky, where she began her career teaching music at Franklin-Simpson High School and Bowling Green High School. Owens has recently been pursuing her doctorate in Choral Conducting at the University of Kentucky under the tutelage of Dr. Jefferson Johnson and Dr. Lori Hetzel with a vocal performance emphasis in the studio of Dr. Everett McCorvey.
An avid performer, Maggie Owens maintains an active performing schedule as a mezzo soprano with the American Spiritual Ensemble and the National Chorale.
Owens is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, National Association of Teachers of Singing, and National Association for Music Education, for whom she recently completed a term of service as State Choral Division Chair for Kentucky Music Educators Association 2013-2015. Maggie currently serves as the Women's Choir Repertoire and Standards Chair for the Kentucky chapter of ACDA.
Maggie is A.B.D., Choral Conducting, Vocal Performance at the University of Kentucky, and holds the M.M., in Choral Conducting from Michigan State University, an M.A.E. in Educational Leadership from Western Kentucky University and the B.M.M.E. from the University of Kentucky
Donna Parkes - adjunct instructor of Low Brass - bio coming soon.
Chris Roseland holds a Bachelor of the Arts from Bellarmine University from 2011. He has an undergraduate degree in Music Performance with an emphasis in Jazz Guitar. While obtaining his undergraduate degree Chris studied with Jeff Sherman and Craig Wagner for his jazz education while simultaneously studying Classical Guitar with Stephen Mattingly and David Walker. He has been invited by organizations such as the Louisville Guitar Society, University of Kentucky Guitar Society and Bellarmine University Music Department as a featured soloist. During the 2013 Guitar Foundation of America Festival, Chris, along with the University of Louisville Guitar Ensemble, premiered Gerald Garcia “Blue Nose Ballads” before an evening concert of Aniello Desiderio. In 2014, Chris graduated from the University of Louisville with a Masters in Classical Guitar. Chris has been lucky enough to experience master classes with a great deal of brilliant artists such as Marcin Dylla, Dale Kavanagh, Denis Azabagic, and Oscar Ghiglia.
Angela Scharfenberger earned her M.A. (PhD, 2015) in Ethnomusicology and African Studies from Indiana University in 2009, where she studied and performed mbira, song and marimba with Dr. Sheasby Matiure. She has directed Bellarmine University’s Zim Marim ensemble since 2011, and Centre College’s African Music Ensemble since 2014. Angela has conducted numerous workshops and concerts of African music for K-12 schools and community groups, and has taught private lessons in Zimbabwean marimba and mbira (thumb piano), African songs and games, and West African drums for over 15 years. Her first African music teacher was Ghanaian master drummer and composer Sowah Mensah, with whom she studied at the University of St. Thomas (1994-1998), and she is a founding member of Louisville’s West African drumming ensemble, Pati Kele (2004-present). She has studied and performed with many African teachers, including Babatunde Olatunji, Bernard Woma, Sogbety Diomande, Cosmas Magaya and Fraderick Majuru. Angela spent two summers, in 2006 and 2012, researching music and culture in Ghana and Zimbabwe, and has published articles on gender and music in West Africa and on musical responses to AIDS in Ghana. Her further research interests include transnational flows, music and cultural identity, community engagement and social change, Africanisms in the African diaspora, and music in traditional religious practices.
Alexander T. Simpson Jr., Associate Professor, directs the Bellarmine Handbell ensemble, teaches Music Literature and teaches courses in the IDC and Veritas Programs. Dr. Simpson received his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College, his M.M. from Converse College, and his Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky. Simpson has accompanied for the Kentucky Opera, the Charleston Opera Company, the Spartanburg Opera, the Converse College Opera Workshop, and the University of Louisville Opera Theatre.
Dr. Simpson has taught on the Music Faculty of the Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts for 26 years, serving as Choral Director and Vocal Division Chairperson. He is the founder and Artistic Director of the Black Classical Artists of Louisville, an ensemble specializing in compositions by African-American composers. This group has performed throughout the Kentuckiana region as well as at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston South Carolina, boasting members who have who have performed with the Louisville Orchestra, the Cincinnati Orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphony, the San Francisco Opera, the Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Metropolitan Opera.
Both a founding member and president of the Kentuckiana Branch of the National Association of Negro Musicians, Dr. Simpson serves as advisor for the Bellarmine Black Student Union (BSU) and coordinates the annual ‘Traditional Negro Spiritual’ Voice Competition as well as many other Black History Month commemorations.
Stacy Simpson is Instructor of Trumpet at Bellarmine University. She has been lead trumpet at Derby Dinner Playhouse for twelve years and performs regularly with the Louisville Orchestra. Stacy is a former member of the St. Louis Symphony and has performed with many of the top orchestras in the country. She has won numerous awards and competitions, including first place at the International Trumpet Guild Mock Orchestra Audition, the prestigious Fischoff Chamber Music Competition with the Canterbury Brass, the University of Louisville Solo Competition (twice), the Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music Solo Competition, and has been a featured artist on WGUC of Cincinnati, Ohio. Stacy loves sharing her passion for music-making by maintaining a full trumpet studio in her home. She has held teaching positions at Campbellsville College, Central State University, and Sinclair Community College as well at Indiana University and University of Kentucky. Stacy received her BM from University of Louisville, MM from Indiana University, and is currently working on her DMA at the University of Kentucky.
Lynn Steeves received her Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in horn performance from Stony Brook University where she studied with Ann Ellsworth and Bill Purvis. She earned her Bachelors degree in horn performance from the University of Kentucky, studying with David Elliott, and her Masters degree in horn performance from Florida State University where she studied with Michelle Stebleton and served as the horn studio's teaching assistant. In addition to teaching theory at Bellarmine, Dr. Steeves currently teaches horn sectionals at several area schools and maintains a private horn and piano studio. Dr. Steeves has performed around the country with such groups as the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, the Long Island Concert Pops, and is currently first horn in the Louisville Winds.
Sonny Stephens is a native of Louisville, KY, and holds a BME from the University of Louisville where his primary instrument was flute. Sonny also began playing jazz bass with fellow students and trumpeters Pat Harbison and Dave Rogers while at U of L. Ironically, Sonny is now one of Louisville’s most in demand bassists. He plays regularly with saxophonist Ron Jones and as a member of Walker & Kays, where he not only plays bass but sings. Sonny has studied with Rufus Reid and sites Paul Chambers, Jimmy Garrison, and George Mraz as major influences. Sonny has great versatility and has performed R&B, rock, and pop music in Japan and across the nation. In addition to a busy performance schedule, Sonny also teaches bass and small jazz ensembles at Bellarmine University.
Meme Tunnell is Assistant Professor of Music at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky, where she teaches piano and serves as Staff Accompanist and Director of the Preparatory Music Division. She has performed as adjunct keyboardist with the Louisville Orchestra since 1988, and formerly was principal keyboardist for the Meridian Symphony, Gulf Coast Symphony, and Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestras, and the Sinfonia da Camera of Illinois. Tunnell’s recording credits include the Coronet label CDs Melancholia and Lumen, and the Centaur Records Passages, The Morning Trumpet, and Nevolution with trumpeter Michael Tunnell; Mixed Doubles with Michael Tunnell and tubist Fritz Kaenzig, on the Coronet label; Chamber Music, featuring saxophonist Joseph Lulloff, on the Veriatza label; and the 2009 TNT Productions CD Look Within with trumpeter Patrick Henry Hughes. She is a former member of the piano faculties at the University of Southern Mississippi and S.U.N.Y.-Potsdam College.
Craig Wagner graduated from Bellarmine University in 1993 with a BA degree in Music and is recognized as one of the most versatile young guitarists on the jazz scene today. Craig currently teaches at Bellarmine University and the University of Louisville, Steilberg String Instruments, Kentucky Country Day School and for the Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshops. As a faculty member at the University of Louisville, Craig has been a performer/clinician in Poland and Brazil and has performed with many jazz luminaries including Lee Konitz, Dave Samuels, and Bill Watrous. He has also performed Rhapsody in Blue arranged for two guitars and orchestra with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra conducted by Erich Kunzel, and the Windsor Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by John Morris. Craig is featured on numerous recordings, including the Mel Bay DVD Masters of Fingerstyle Guitar Volume 2. He has several new fingerstyle guitar arrangements of jazz standards in Fingerstyle Jazz in conjunction with Warner Bros and Mel Bay. In 1998 he released an instructional/performance video called The Art of Solo Fingerstyle Jazz Guitar for Stefan Grossman's Guitar Workshop video series. A quick Google search yields a vast array of Craig’s musical activities. He lives in Louisville, Kentucky with his wife and three sons.