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.
Hailed by the New York Times as “delightful and vocally strong and versatile,” Emily Albrink is a soprano whose career already sports collaborations with venerable composers and conductors such as James Levine, Placido Domingo, Robert Spano, Marin Alsop, Jake Heggie, and John Musto. An alumna of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program at the Washington National Opera, she has enjoyed singing numerous roles, including Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, Sophie in Werther, Echo in Ariadne auf Naxos, and Frasquita in Carmen. Past seasons have included Musetta in La Boheme and Adina in L’elisir d’amore with Kentucky Opera, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte with the Baltimore Symphony, Knoxville Summer of 1915 with the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas at Alice Tully Hall, and Evvy in the U.S. premiere of Death and the Powers with the American Repertory Theater and the Chicago Opera Theater. She made her Carnegie Hall debut singing Nuria in Ainadamar with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, conducted by Robert Spano.
Timothy Lee Baker graduated from the University of Louisville with a degree in Organ Performance and Church Music. He is adjunct instructor of organ at Bellarmine University and serves as Principal Vocal Department Accompanist. He has performed internationally throughout Europe, including at St. Stephens Cathedral in Vienna, Passau Cathedral in Germany, San Salvator in Prague, Bratislava Cathedral, and on numerous other historically significant organs on Bellarmine Music Department concert tours and through his own traveling and concertizing. Mr. Baker serves as Organist/Asst. Director of Music at Harvey Browne Presbyterian Church. He can frequently be heard in concert with The Louisville Orchestra, The Louisville Vocal Project, Louisville Chorus, Voces Novae, Louisville Youth Choir, and the Youth Performing Arts School Choral and Theater Departments. He is Musical Director for local Community Theater groups and “Mass of the Air” TV program, has been featured on the national radio show “Pipedreams” from Minnesota Public Radio, and is a frequent Photoplay Organist for the Chicago Silent Film Festival. He is President of the Board of Directors for the William Bauer Foundation that is restoring the Pilcher Pipe Organ in Memorial Auditorium.
Amanda R. Boyd, soprano, joined the voice faculty of Bellarmine University in the fall of 2012 after completing her Doctor of Music in Voice Performance from Florida State University. Dr. Boyd is an adjunct member of the music faculties at Bellarmine, Indiana University Southeast, and the University of Louisville. As a concert soloist, Dr. Boyd has performed such works as Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Bach’s Cantata 140 and B-minor Mass, Handel’s Messiah, John Rutter’s Requiem, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Fauré’s Requiem, and Mozart’s Requiem. Her favorite operatic performances include Female Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia and Aurelia Havisham in Miss Havisham’s Wedding Night. In addition to her university teaching, she serves as Assistant Director of Children’s Music Ministries at her church. She also holds a Master of Music in Voice Performance from the University of Louisville and Bachelor of Music in Vocal Music Education from Belmont University.
Originally from Louisville, KY, Nicholas Bryan serves as adjunct instructor in jazz and rock drum set for the Bellarmine Music Department. He graduated from Bellarmine University in May 2009 with a B.A. in Music Technology. In addition to being heavily active as a technology major, Nick spent many hours in various jazz ensembles and individual practice. He earned the M.M. degree in Jazz Studies from New York University, studying with legendary jazz drummers Billy Drummond and Tony Moreno, as well as accomplished Mingus Dynasty bassist Mike Richmond and accomplished pianists Jean-Michel Pilc and Andy Milne. While sharing the stage with a number of jazz masters Nicholas experienced the vibrant, challenging New York jazz scene and advanced his skill to become a reliable, tasteful musician, with an ability to excel in many genres.
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.
Aaron Hanka is entering his third year with the Bellarmine University Music Department as Instructor of Percussion/Orchestral studies, Director of the Pep Band and Director of the Percussion Ensemble. Recently, Aaron has performed freelance percussion with Bourbon Baroque and many local area churches. Aaron is also the Assistant Band Director at New Albany High School in New Albany, IN and a percussion instructor for Floyd Central High School. Aaron has performed with many arts organizations including The Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, Palm Beach Opera, Palm Beach Pops, Symphony of the Americas, Gold Coast Opera Society, Louisville Centerstage, among many others. Aaron received the Master of Music performance degree from The Lynn University Conservatory of Music in Boca Raton, FL where he studied with Michael Parola. He received the Bachelor of Music performance degree from the University of Louisville where he studied with James Rago.
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.
Jessica Mills has been a fixture in the Louisville music scene for 15 years. A graduate of YPAS, she studied voice at Indiana University at Bloomington and received her Bachelor of Music degree from Bellarmine University. Jessica operates a successful private studio, coaching students in thriving vocal programs all over the city. A soprano for The Louisville Vocal Project, a professional chamber choir and Artist-In-Residence choir at Bellarmine University, she is currently pursuing her Master of Music Education in Choral Conducting at University of Kentucky. Jessica teaches undergrad applied voice and directs the Women’s Choir, and is primary rehearsal assistant to the Bellarmine University Singers.
Richard Mook holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with high research honors in music and religion from the University of Rochester and a Ph.D. in music history from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Mook's scholarship focuses on two topics: American vocal quartets after the Civil War, and urban arts cultures after 1970, including Hip-hop and house. His innovative projects combine social engagement, technology, performance, teaching, and research. Examples include the Urban Sol project, which brings together urban artists from Phoenix and beyond to create new knowledge and art in collaboration with students and faculty. Publications in progress include a book-length study of race and genre in the American Quartet Tradition, a polemical article on socially engaged musicology, and a study of institutionalization in Hip-hop. Mook's work has appeared in such venues as the Journal of the Society for American Music, the New Grove Dictionary of American Music, the Journal of Music History Pedagogy, and the Journal of American Folklore. He was awarded the Lise Waxer Prize from the Society for Ethnomusicology for his research on the history of barbershop quartet singing.
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.
C. Winton Reynolds received the Masters degree in Jazz Studies and the Doctorate in Composition from the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. He has taught jazz piano, jazz history, and a wide array of music theory courses at Indiana University, Purdue University, Huston-Tillotson University, and the Butler School of Music at UT-Austin. Winton has been active as a freelance pianist/keyboardist and session musician in both Indianapolis, IN and Austin, TX. He has toured throughout the US and Canada as accompanist for Rounder Records recording artist Carrie Newcomer. He has also recorded and released a CD of his own jazz-fusion compositions and performs this music with his own group at jazz festivals around the country. Winton currently resides in Louisville, KY, where he teaches at Bellarmine University while continuing to perform.
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.
Trombonist Nathan Siler serves as adjunct instructor of low brass at Bellarmine University. He is principal trombonist with the Cincinnati Ballet Orchestra and has been a member of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, he has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, Louisville Orchestra, Tucson Symphony and Evansville Philharmonic, among many others. He is also the founding member of the Elysian Trombone Consort, a trombone quartet dedicated to new music, which has been featured at the International Trombone Festival (2013), College Music Society National Convention (2012) and the 2013 University of Louisville New Music Festival. Other artists with whom he has shared the stage include Nico Muhly, Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner, Randy Newman, Jerry Goldsmith and Bill Conti. Dr. Siler holds degrees from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music (DMA), Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University (MM-trombone/wind conducting), Cleveland Institute of Music (BM) and the University of Southern California (Certificate of Advanced Studies).
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.
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.