Saturday, March 29, 2014

Faculty and Students at OSAI

New York, New York
A. Dean Irby is a New York City-based director/actor/educator. He received his MFA from the NYU School of the Arts Acting Program and has acted on Broadway (The River Niger), off-Broadway, and off-off Broadway. His television credits, among others, include The Cosby Show, Another World, and over 70 television commercials. He has directed over 100 off-Broadway, off-off Broadway, regional, and university productions for the New York Shakespeare Festival, the Negro Ensemble Company, Arena Stage, and the New Federal Theatre, among others. He has been an associate professor at the State University of New York at Purchase College for the past twenty-four years, where he is also co-coordinator of the BFA Acting Program. He has served as acting coach for several television shows, including four years with The Cosby Show. This is Dean’s second year at the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute.

Mary Carpenter, Ballet Instructor
New York, New York
Mary CarpenterMary was trained at the Cincinnati Ballet Company School and the College Coservatory of Music CCM. She attended Butler University and graduated with high honors in dance and continued her training at the world famous David Howard Dance Center in NYC. While on scholarship at David Howard’s she appeared as a featured performer in two of his instructional videos. She has danced professionally for The Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Charleston Ballet, Ohio Dance Theatre as a principal guest artist, Ballet Artists of Cincinnati as a soloist, Maryland Ballet – soloist, Lexington Ballet – soloist, Granite State Ballet – principal guest artist, Festival Ballet – principal, Viewpointe, NYC, and Dance As Ever, NYC Mary has served on faculty for: Broadway Dance Center and the Ballet Hispanico School, She is currently on faculty at Barnard College, The New School University, and Steps on Broadway in both the children’s and adult open divisions. In addition to teaching ballet, she is working on her Pilates Mat Certification in NYC with Linda Farrell. She has directed nine ballet classroom music recordings with Roper Records from creative movement through advanced ballet. She was a featured teacher in two DVDs for RizBiz Productions “Budding Ballerinas” and “From Tights to Tutus.” She also directed and created “The Magical World of Ballet” a DVD by Roper Records designed for young dancers, teachers and parents. Mary is a much sought after pointe shoe exper for Chacott by Freed of London and has over twenty years of experience working with principal dancers in ABT, The Royal Ballet, and NYCB to name a few. She coached Julia Styles for her role in the movie “Save the Last Dance” and assisted NYCB principal dancer Jenifer Ringer in choosing pointe shoes for Oprah Winfrey for tv. Mary has the proud honor of being the featured pointe shoe expert in the last DVD project by the late master teacher David Howard (due for release 6/14).
Kevin Carpenter, Ballet Accompanist
New York, New York
Kevin CarpenterKevin Carpenter began his piano training with Lee Rickaway in Brazoria, Texas and studied voice with Catherine Wafford and Katherine Ciesinski. He has sung with the Houston Symphony Orchestra, Austin Lyric Opera, and the Houston Masterworks Chorus. He was a music associate at First United Methodist Church of Austin, Texas, and on faculty with Ballet Austin for seven years before moving to New York in February of 2010. Kevin can now be heard in New York City at Steps on Broadway and Ballet Academy East, as well as in cabaret clubs around Manhattan.
George Bilgere, Creative Writing Instructor
Cleveland, Ohio
George BilgereGeorge Bilgere’s most recent book of poems is The White Museum, chosen by Alicia Ostriker for the 2010 Autumn House Poetry Series. He received the Cleveland Arts Prize in 2003, a Pushcart Prize in 2009, and won the May Swenson Poetry Award in 2006 for Haywire (Utah State University Press). Former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins has called Bilgere’s work “a welcome breath of fresh, American air in the house of contemporary poetry.” Bilgere’s other books include The Good Kiss (University of Akron Press, 2002), Big Bang (Copper Beech Press, 1999), and The Going (University of Missouri Press, 1995). He has received grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Witter Bynner Foundation through the Library of Congress, the Midland Authors Award, the Devins Award, the Ohioana Award, the Fulbright Foundation, and the Ohio Arts Council. He has given readings at the Library of Congress, the 92nd Street Y in New York, the Philip Larkin Library in Hull, England, and at universities and libraries around the country. His new book, Imperial, is forthcoming from the University of Pittsburgh Press. His poems are heard frequently on Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac, and he was recently a featured guest on A Prairie Home Companion. Bilgere teaches at John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio.
Cynthia Rodriguez, Drawing & Printmaking Instructor
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Cynthia RodriguezCynthia Couch Rodriguez grew up in western Oklahoma, not far from Quartz Mountain, where her ancestors farmed alongside the Great Western Trail. Big sky and rolling prairie have always influenced her artistic aesthetic, and she is captivated by the seasonal changes of the land. Rodriguez’s work portrays the comfort and conflict of relationships between living things. She loves to emphasize the nuances of subtle values and surface tension in her artwork. Cynthia is an artist and art educator, having worked with all age groups as an artist-in-residence in Oklahoma and New Mexico and as an art educator in public schools for Albuquerque, New Mexico and Round Rock, Texas. She has exhibited in various one-woman shows, and her work is found in private collections in many countries. Cynthia has degrees in printmaking and photography from the University of Oklahoma, an MFA in printmaking from Indiana University, and an art education licensure from the University of New Mexico.
José Rodriguez, Drawing & Printmaking Instructor
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
José RodriguezJosé L. Rodriguez was born in Maracaibo, Venezuela. His early life was marked by travel and bilingual homes in the U.S. and Venezuela. Growing up in two different but parallel worlds has fueled his exploration of personal and cultural identity, language, and customs. José studied at the University of Oklahoma, where he received a BFA degree. He later received an MFA from Indiana University in Bloomington. José spent many years in academia as a tenured professor of printmaking at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque before leaving the academic world to concentrate on his studio output. He has participated in many national and international exhibitions, and his work is held in many public and private collections.
Film & Video Instructor
To Be Announced
Beau Leland, Film & Video Editor
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Beau LelandInitially pursuing careers in the noble fields of magic, clowning, special effects, tap dancing, and violin playing, Beau Leland eventually found himself in the “lucrative” world of film and video. Leland works as an independent video producer and editor in Oklahoma City. He studied film and video at the University of Oklahoma as well as film and video production at Oklahoma City Community College. He has produced, shot, and edited various documentaries, commercials, and music videos. In addition, Beau continues to produce work for the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition, and he has created hours of content for the Oklahoma History Center. In 2008, Beau’s first feature film he co-directed and edited, Rainbow Around the Sun, premiered at the South By Southwest film festival and was chosen as Best Oklahoma Feature at deadCENTER Film Festival the same year.
Film & Video Technician
To Be Announced
Gina Buntz, Modern Dance Instructor
Los Angeles, California
Gina BuntzFrom Los Angeles, Gina’s choreography was cited by Anna Kisselgoff of the New York Times as, “A dancer’s choreographer – the possessor of a virtuoso mind whose inventiveness is of keen interest to other dancers.”  She has taught and choreographed throughout the U.S. and overseas in Europe, Korea, East Africa and Haiti. She is a recipient of five NEA Choreographer’s Fellowships, and has presented her work at the American Dance Festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, CNDC Angers in France among others. Gina has been on faculty at the New World School of the Arts, Interlochen Arts Academy, Dreyfoos School of the Arts, Stephens College and the University of Michigan. Gina lives in Los Angeles and is the Dance Chair at the L.A. County High School for the Arts where she mentors young dancers at the pre-professional level.  She has taught company classes for Lula Washington, BODY TRAFFIC and is currently working on a project developing totemic movement and cellular memory.
Connie Imboden, Photography Instructor
Baltimore, Maryland
Connie ImbodenConnie Imboden is represented in the permanent collections of The Museum of Modern Art in New York and The Bibliothèque Nationales in Paris, as well as in many other public and private collections throughout Europe and the Americas. Imboden has exhibited her photographs in an extensive range of group and solo shows at galleries and museums throughout the United States, South America, Europe, and China. Imboden teaches and inspires colleagues and students alike in her quest to push the photographic medium to its highest level. She currently teaches at the Maryland Institute College of Art, where her experience as a photographer began. Imboden has served as an instructor at workshops around the world, including The Maine Photographic Workshops and the Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie in France.
Konrad Eek, Darkroom Technician
Norman, Oklahoma
Konrad EekKonrad Eek owns and operates Maxwell Eek Design Photography, a commercial photography studio specializing in product and advertising photography. He serves a diverse client base, ranging from Carlisle Food Service Products to the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History. The company also does custom framing and art installation for commercial and private clients, including Continental Resources and Chesapeake Energy. In addition to his framing and photographic work, Eek is very involved in arts education. He has served as an adjunct professor of photography for Oklahoma City Community College for over a decade, where he teaches classes in photo lighting and portrait photography. He is also the author of courses in framing and photography for For over 20 years, Eek has served the Oklahoma Arts Institute in a variety of roles.
Ben Long, Digital Technician
San Francisco, California
Ben LongBen Long is a San Francisco-based photographer, writer, and teacher. The author of over two dozen books on digital photography and digital video, he is also a senior contributing editor to Macworld magazine, a contributing editor at, and the author of several best-selling photography courses. His photography clients have included 20th Century Fox, Blue Note Records, Global Business Network, the San Francisco Jazz Festival, the Pickle Family Circus, and Grammy-nominated jazz musicians Don Byron and Dafnis Prieto. He has taught and lectured on photography around the world, including workshops at the Santa Reparata International School of the Arts in Florence and a class for imaging engineers at Apple, Inc. He occasionally dabbles in computer programming and has written image editing utilities that are used by National Geographic, the British Museum, and the White House. Long was an OSAI acting student in 1985.
Kevin Fenton, Chorus Conductor
Tallahassee, Florida
Kevin FentonKevin Fenton, professor of choral conducting and ensembles, conducts the University Singers, Graduate Chamber Choir and the Vocal Jazz Ensemble at Florida State University. Choirs under his direction performed for regional and national conventions of ACDA, CMS and MENC on ten occasions, including the University Singers performance at the ACDA National Convention in 2013. A champion of new music, Dr. Fenton has conducted over twenty premiere performances, including Troy Robertson’s “This Mystery (2013); Dan Forrest’s “Long Long Ago” (2013); Eric Barnum’s “In Paradisum” (2010); and Sydney Guilliame’s “Au-Déla du Chagrin.” He has conducted in thirty-six states, including twenty all-state honor choirs; and for festivals in Beijing, Nairobi, Johannesburg and Prague. Dr. Fenton has received several awards for his teaching, including Delta Omicron Music Professor of the Year; the FSU Award for Excellence in Teaching; and Florida’s Hugoboom Award. Kevin is the Artistic Director for the Festival Singers of Florida and the president of ACDA’s Southern Division.
Lauren Harper, Women’s Chorus Section Leader
Atlanta, Georgia
Lauren HarperLauren Harper earned her BM in music education from Shorter University and her MM in music education from the University of Georgia. Harper has studied under Dr. Martha Shaw, Dr. Daniel Bara, and Dr. Sherri Weiler. She has toured with choirs around the southeastern United States and in Europe, with performances at St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City and St. Mark’s Cathedral in Venice. Lauren is currently the choral director at Alexander High School in Georgia, where she directs four choral ensembles and runs the Performing Arts Company. Harper’s choirs have performed around the southeast. She sings professionally with the Atlanta Master Chorale, winner of Chorus America’s prestigious Margret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence, under the direction of Dr. Eric Nelson. She also freelances as a soloist and back-up artist in Atlanta.
Men’s Chorus Section Leader
To Be Announced
Tomasz Golka, Orchestra Conductor
Los Angeles, California
Tomasz GolkaSince winning 1st Prize at the 2003 Eduardo Mata International Conducting Competition, conductor Tomasz Golka has appeared with orchestras in the Americas and Europe to great critical acclaim. Recent guest conducting appearances include Warsaw Philharmonic and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. He has toured Mexico several times, appearing with virtually all of the country’s top orchestras, including those of UNAM, Xalapa, Queretaro, Guanajuato, Jalisco, Aguascalientes, and Yucatán. In the United States, Golka has appeared with the symphony orchestras of Seattle, Louisville, Buffalo, Charleston, Florida West Coast, and Spoleto Festival USA. He made his European debut conducting Sinfonia Varsovia in Warsaw’s National Symphony Hall in 2004. Upcoming engagements include Baden-Baden Philharmonic in Germany and the National Symphony Orchestra of Colómbia. Since the 2010-11 season Golka is Music Director of Riverside County Philharmonic, an extraordinary virtuoso orchestra made up of the best freelance musicians from the Los Angeles area. Formerly Music Director of the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra from 2007 to 2012, Golka presided over a period in that orchestra’s history acknowledged as one consisting of the highest musical standards, fiscal prosperity, and great ticket sales.
Evelien Woolard, Flute & Piccolo
Cincinnati, Ohio
Evelien Woolard
Evelien Woolard is a founding member of the Taft Woodwind Quintet, first-prize winner in the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition and twice finalist in the International Munich Competition. A strong advocate for chamber music, Woolard is also a member of LYRICA, a harp, flute, and cello trio, and AULT MUSIC, a guitar, flute, and double bass trio, both based in Cincinnati. She serves as principal flutist of the Cincinnati Ballet, Richmond Symphony (Indiana), and Blue Ash/Montgomery Orchestras and has performed with the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestras, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, and the Dayton and Lexington Philharmonics. Woolard spent twelve years as flute instructor for the preparatory department of the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory for Music and nine years in the same position at the Cincinnati School for Creative and Performing Arts.
Elizabeth Tomorsky-Knott, Oboe 
Charleston, South Carolina
Elizabeth Tomorsky-KnottLiz Tomorsky-Knott is acting second oboe and English horn with the South Carolina Philharmonic. She has also performed with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Colorado Music Festival, the American Sinfonetta, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, and the Spoleto Festival in Italy and the U.S. Tomorsky-Knott has appeared several times as a soloist with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and the Spoleto Festival Orchestra. She was also a finalist in the Gillet International Oboe Competition. Although she enjoys an active performing career, her main love has become teaching. She maintains a large private studio in Charleston and gives master classes in and around North and South Carolina. She runs Carolina Oboe Camp and Charleston Oboe Camp for students age 12-18. Liz also assists Makumira University in East Africa with her non-profit, Music For Tanzania.
Larry Guy, Clarinet 
Stony Point, New York
Larry GuyA former clarinetist with the Atlanta Symphony, Larry Guy has performed with the New York Philharmonic, New York City Ballet, New York City Opera, New Jersey Symphony, and Orpheus. For many years, he was the principal clarinet of the Long Island Philharmonic, Joffrey Ballet, Queens Symphony, and Lake George Opera. He is the author of six textbooks for clarinetists and has produced four educational CDs for Boston Records showcasing the artistry of Daniel Bonade, Ralph McLane, Mitchell Lurie, and Rosario Mazzeo. He has presented masterclasses at the Curtis Institute of Music, Tanglewood, Northwestern, and Rice, and he has lectured at clarinet festivals in Stockholm, Los Angeles, and Oklahoma City. For three years, he was the International Clarinet Association’s Chair of Pedagogy, and for eight years he taught at New York University. Presently, Mr. Guy serves on the faculties of Vassar College, the Music Advancement Program at the Juilliard School, and the Precollege Division of the Manhattan School of Music, where he teaches clarinet and chamber music.
Daris Word Hale, Bassoon 
Austin, Texas
Daris Word HaleDaris Hale, Austin Symphony Orchestra, Austin Lyric Opera and a founding member/bassoonist/choreographer of the Wild Basin Winds quintet. When she is not challenging classical music traditions and symphonic dress codes, she loves teaching music and humanities at Texas State University and performing/touring on the bassoon. Some of her other professional musical exploits include performing symphonies in Austria, quintets in Argentina, operas in Italy, trios in England, and most rewardingly while on a Fulbright, African songs in Tanzania. Daris enjoys championing the new works of composers by producing concerts and albums featuring their compositions. She collaborated with composers from Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania writing the music of their ethnic traditions for American classical musicians to produce world premieres in the composers’ homeland. Daris is also a music contractor for film and TV. Her bassoon performances can be heard on numerous itunes albums, soundtracks, commercials, television, and almost 100 live concerts per year. She has two insanely adorable kids and a loving husband—all of whom agreed to follow her to Africa as long as she promised to follow them home.
Gerry Wood, French Horn 
Colleyville, Texas
Gerry Wood
Gerald Wood is currently a freelance musician throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area and a frequent utility player for both the Dallas and Fort Worth Symphonies. In the fall of 2011, he was appointed as adjunct instructor of horn at the University of Texas at Arlington. He studied horn performance at the University of Illinois under the direction of Dr. Kazimierz Machala. He received an MM from the University of Southern Mississippi and a BME from Stephen F. Austin State University. In addition to his orchestral work, Wood has played in numerous regional orchestras and notable chamber ensembles, including the American Wind Symphony Orchestra and the internationally renowned Four Hornsmen of the Apocalypse Horn Quartet. He currently resides in Colleyville, Texas with his wife Molly and three children, Seth, Sam, and Lydia.
Wes Woolard, Trumpet 
Cincinnati, Ohio
Wes WoolardWesley Woolard is in his fifth year as trumpet teacher and brass choir conductor at Quartz Mountain. Wesley is principal trumpet of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra in Indiana and 2nd trumpet with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. He frequently performs with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. He has performed with the St. Louis Symphony, the Belgian Radio Orchestra, the Mexico City Philharmonic, and the Lexington Philharmonic. Mr. Woolard spent two seasons as principal trumpet of the Veracruz Symphony Orchestra in Mexico. Wesley has taught trumpet and conducted at Wittenberg University, the University of Dayton and Xavier University. He studied trumpet performance at Illinois State University, the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, and the University of Kentucky. He received a fellowship from the Alex de Vries Foundation of Antwerp, Belgium to study trumpet with the late Theo Mertens. He has also studied trumpet with Susan Slaughter, Philip Collins, Vincent DiMartino, Arnold Jacobs, and William Adam. In addition to playing and teaching trumpet, Woolard is an avid cyclist, pedaling over 4,000 miles annually. Directly after leaving Quartz Mountain this year, he will be embarking on a cycling trip of the French, Swiss and Italian Alps. He lives in Cincinnati with his flutist wife Evelien and son, Peter.
Royce Lumpkin, Trombone & Tuba 
Harrisburg, North Carolina
Royce LumpkinDr. Royce Lumpkin is chair of the Department of Music at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. From 1971-1998, he taught trombone and performed regularly in the Texas Brass Ensemble, and from 1990-1993, he served as assistant dean of the College of Music at the University of North Texas. He holds music education degrees from UNT and a doctorate in trombone performance from the University of Oklahoma. He is known nationally as a trombonist, clinician, and adjudicator, and he was the principal tenor tuba and bass trumpet player with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra for over 20 years. He has performed with orchestras in Texas, New York, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Louisiana and North Carolina, and appeared as a trombone soloist/clinician in Oklahoma, Minnesota, South Dakota, North Carolina, Washington, D.C., Kansas, Idaho, New York, Oregon, Texas, Colorado, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Canada, Taiwan, and Germany. Lumpkin served as president of the International Trombone Association from 1990-1992.
Lisa Rogers, Percussion
Lubbock, Texas
Lisa RogersLisa Rogers is Professor of Percussion Studies at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas where she teaches applied studies as well as directs ensembles such as the Texas Tech Steel Drum Band “Apocalypso Now.” She attended Texas State University and Texas Tech University for her undergraduate and graduate studies. Rogers received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in percussion performance from the University of Oklahoma. Additionally, she serves as Principal Percussionist with the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, and has performed with the Midland-Odessa Symphony Orchestra as Principal Timpanist. Rogers released her first compact disc recording, Paint Me a Sky, in January 2000 for solo vibraphone. Currently, Rogers serves as Immediate Past President of the Percussive Society as well as Associate Research Editor for Percussive Notes. Rogers was the 2007-2008 recipient of the Texas Tech University President’s Excellence in Teaching Award.
Anne Eisfeller, Harp 
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Anne EisfellerAnne Eisfeller is the principal harpist of the New Mexico Philharmonic and Santa Fe Symphony and serves as adjunct faculty at the University of New Mexico. She has performed with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, Opera Southwest, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, and El Paso Symphony. She is a regular performer for Arts in Medicine, the University of New Mexico’s innovative integrative medicine program. Summers take her to Italy for the Assisi Festival, to Colorado for Music in the Mountains, and to Oregon for the Britt and Sunriver festivals. She is a graduate of Indiana University, where she received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees and taught harp and music theory.
Virginia Sircy, Piano
Alexandria, Virginia
Virginia SircyVirginia Sircy holds three degrees in piano performance. She has taught at Mississippi
College, William Woods College and, most recently at Cameron University, Lawton,
Oklahoma. While at Cameron she was a member of Trio Southwest and the St.
Andrew’s Trio. Moving to Alexandria, Virginia, in 2005, Ms. Sircy is a founding member
of Words and Music, a chamber group consisting of vocal quartet and piano. She was
Choirmaster/Organist at St. Francis Episcopal Church, Great Falls, VA, from 2005-2013.
Her duties at OSAI include co-ordinating Eine Kleine Quartz Music and Bach’s Lunch
activities in addition to performing keyboard with the OSAI Orchestra. This year will
mark her twenty-seventh year at OSAI.
Tiffany Rice, First Violin
Charleston, South Carolina
Tiffany RiceTiffany Rice graduated from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music with a Master of Music in violin performance. She also completed a Bachelor of Music Education with high distinction and a Performer Diploma from Indiana University. She studied violin with Mimi Zweig and Nelli Shkolnikova. Rice has performed throughout the Midwestern and Southeastern United States as well as Spoleto, Italy. She is an active freelance musician and regularly plays with the Long Bay Symphony Orchestra in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. Rice was a faculty member with the Indiana University String Academy and has taught orchestra in central and southern Indiana. She received the Heifetz International Music Institute Pedagogy Fellowship in July 2011. Rice currently lives in Charleston, where she is a faculty member at Ashley Hall and coordinates the school’s Carolina String Academy.
Karel Butz, Second Violin
Cypress, Texas
Karel ButzKarel Butz is the Head Orchestra Director at Beckendorff Junior High in Katy, Texas.  He previously taught orchestra in the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District (Houston, Texas) and Carmel, Indiana in addition to serving as adjunct violin faculty at Purdue University.  His orchestras are consistent UIL Sweepstakes Winners and were named 2013 Mark of Excellence National Honor Orchestra Winners.  He is a frequent guest conductor, lecturer, and clinician around the country. His orchestral music is published by Musica Propria, Inc.  He enjoys performing as a freelance artist in the Houston area. Mr. Butz received both his Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music in violin with high distinction from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.  He completed doctoral coursework in music education at Indiana University.
Misha Galaganov, Viola
Fort Worth, Texas
Misha GalaganovDr. Misha Galaganov, Chair of Strings and viola professor at TCU, has performed as a soloist and given master classes in Russia, China, Italy, Israel, Czech Republic, Mexico, Holland, Belgium, Germany, Austria, and the United States. He has performed solo and chamber music in many prestigious venues, such as Carnegie Hall and Shanghai Concert Hall. He is a member of Trio Con Brio that has premiered more than 15 compositions for clarinet, viola, and piano by composers from all continents. An active advocate for chamber music, Dr. Galaganov has founded and directed chamber music programs in the Greater Youth Orchestra of Fort Worth, Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute, and at TCU (Chamber Music Roundup festival and academy). His viola and violin students now have successful solo, teaching, and orchestra careers in the USA, Asia, Europe, and Latin America.
Michael Murray, Cello
Springfield, Missouri
Michael MurrayMichael Murray is founding member of the Hawthorne Trio, artist-faculty ensemble at Missouri State University. The Hawthorne Trio has performed widely across the United States, Japan, Czech Republic, England, and at the Chopin Academy in Warsaw, Poland. Researching music for cello composed in the 1930s, Dr. Murray held artist/scholar residency at the American Academy in Rome. Murray is the principal cellist of the Springfield Symphony and his wide orchestral experience includes the Minnesota Orchestra, Tucson Symphony, and Kansas City Chamber Orchestra. He is the recipient of the 2014 Governor’s Recognition for Excellence in Teaching, awarded by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, in addition to a Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence from Missouri State University and a National Endowment in the Humanities Fellowship for study at Harvard University. A MSR Classics CD of music of American composer, Richard Faith, features music for cello performed by Michael Murray.
Rebecca Penniman, Pilates Instructor
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Rebecca PennimanRebecca Penniman is a graduate of Newcomb College of Tulane University and Tulane University Law School. In 2005, after earning her PhysicalMind Institute Certificate, she began teaching Pilates mat classes. Two years later, she obtained a Body Arts and Science International certificate for mat and apparatus. An avid runner and swimmer, and a former collegiate tennis player, Penniman understands the benefits Pilates can provide to any athlete – increased balance, posture, flexibility, coordination and core strength. Additionally, Pilates provides young athletes with an overall kinesthetic awareness. Penniman currently teaches group Pilates classes and individual training on Pilates apparatus. She also teaches high school psychology and core conditioning to off-season athletes. A BodyPump© certified instructor, Penniman combines strength training with her core conditioning classes.
Regina Saisi, Improvisational Acting Instructor
San Francisco, California
Regina SaisiRegina Saisi is a San Francisco-based actor and improviser. She is an instructor at American Conservatory Theater, the Marin County School District, and BATS Improv, where she serves as dean. She has taught at Stanford University, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, UC Santa Cruz and KAUST in Saudi Arabia. Saisi has performed internationally in Belgium, Holland, Italy, Finland, France, Sweden, and Lebanon. A pioneer in the development of long-form improv, she is a founding member of the improvisational theatre companies True Fiction Magazine and Pulp Playhouse. Saisi is a company member of BATS Improv.
Tim Orr, Improv Actor
San Francisco, California
Tim OrrTim has improvised since 1988 with many San Francisco-based groups, including BATS Improv, Rafe Chase’s groundbreaking longform troupe Improv Theatre, the renowned True Fiction Magazine, and with the acclaimed troupe 3 For All. In 2009, he founded a new improv group, the Improv Playhouse of San Francisco. He has appeared in numerous plays in the San Francisco Bay Area, and received critical acclaim for his leading roles in the improvised feature films, Suckerfish and Security. With Stephen Kearin, Tim co-wrote and originated the role of Dirk Manly in An Evening with Dirk & Blaine. Tim has performed and taught improvisation at the American Conservatory Theatre, BATS Improv, Stanford University, and many other venues across the United States and internationally (Amsterdam, Beirut, Belgium, Helsinki, London, Paris, Saudi Arabia, Stockholm, and Tel Aviv). He has served for many years as the Director of the BATS Improv Long-Form Intensive.
Lisa Rowland, Improv Actor
San Francisco, California
Lisa RowlandLisa Rowland is a San Francisco based improvisor. She has been improvising, teaching and training for more than 15 years. After graduating from Stanford University, she joined the performing company of BATS Improv, Northern California’s most renowned improv performing and training center, and has been teaching and performing improvisation across the country and world ever since. Lisa teaches on the faculty of the BATS School of Improv and coaches two high school improv teams in the Bay Area. Lisa is a member of Improv Playhouse of San Francisco as well as a co-founder of Awkward Dinner Party. With Improv Playhouse, she has headlined for several national improv festivals and has taught at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia in 2011, 2013 and 2014. In 2012, Lisa was voted Best Actor in the San Francisco Bay Guardian.

Monday, March 10, 2014

That Special Feeling by Ray Hansell


I have you in my heart
Your face burned in my mind
I think of you constantly
It seems like all the time

You know how much I love you
You know I always will
Every time I see you
I always get a thrill

I hope that special feeling
Never fades away
I hope you are always the one
Who’ll brighten up my day

I wish I could be near you
Every single day
Just so I could tell you
I love you in every way