Dr. Jennifer Rodriguez – Flute
Jennifer Rodriguez is Instructor of flute at Tarleton State University and holds the third flute/piccolo position with the Richardson Symphony Orchestra. Her education includes the Bachelor of Music (2008) and Master of Music (2010) degrees from the University of Texas at El Paso and Doctor of Musical Arts (2018) degree from the University of North Texas. Master class coachings include those with Federica Lotti, professor at the Conservatory of Music Benedetto Marcello in Venice, Italy and Nathalie Joachim of Flutronix. Major teachers include Dr. Melissa Colgin-Abeln and Dr. Mary Karen Clardy.
Dr. Rodriguez has held positions with the Universidad Autonoma de Cuidad Juarez Orquestra Sinfonica, the El Paso Symphony Orchestra, the El Paso Opera Orchestra, and the Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra at NMSU. She can be heard as a featured soloist with the University of Texas at El Paso Wind Symphony in recordings of the music of David Holsinger, Roger Cichy, Julie Giroux, and Frank Ticheli as distributed by Mark Custom Records.
As an educator, Dr. Rodriguez has held teaching positions with Clint Independent School district in El Paso, TX and was awarded a Teaching Fellowship at the University of North Texas. She is also a founding member of the El Paso Flute Club, an organization dedicated to promoting the music excellence of the El Paso flute community and focuses on elementary, middle school, and high school educational outreach. Current private studio work includes students from Northwest ISD and Coppell ISD.
Arianne Lovelace – Oboe/Bassoon
Mr. Orlando Scalia – Clarinet/Bass Clarinet
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A native of Argentina, Orlando Scalia is an active performer and teacher based in Denton, Texas. He holds degrees from the University of Miami and the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. Mr. Scalia currently serves as principal clarinetist of Opera in the Ozarks and is acting bass clarinetist of the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas. He has served as principal clarinetist of the Ars Flores Symphony Orchestra in South Florida. Recent performances and engagements include concerts with Richmond (Indiana) Symphony, Wichita Falls Symphony, Midland-Odessa Symphony, and San Angelo Symphony Orchestras. He is the newly appointed clarinet instructor at Brookhaven College.
Mr. Scalia is devoted to passing on the technique and artistry of the clarinet to his students. He has studied with members of the Cleveland Orchestra as well as the Cincinnati, Dallas, and Houston Symphonies.
Dr. Vanessa Davis – Clarinet/Bass Clarinet
Clarinetist Vanessa Davis has enjoyed performing solo recitals as well as chamber music, wind band literature, and symphonic repertoire while teaching private students from ages eight through twenty-two for the last thirteen years. She recently finished her Doctoral Teaching Fellow at the University of North Texas in Denton, where she teaches in the Music Education Department. Above all she strives to cultivate a life-long love of learning about music and desire to play the clarinet at the highest level in each and every one of her students through a rigorous course of individualized instruction designed in consultation with the band director, family, and student with the student’s goals always in mind.
A member of the North Texas Wind Symphony, she performed at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago in December 2015. Prior to that she was the third & bass clarinetist with the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes in New York. She has performed with the Boston Philharmonic, Cambridge Symphony, Mercury Orchestra, and was associate principal clarinet of the Metropolitan Wind Symphony of Boston.
A dedicated and passionate instructor, Dr. Davis has numerous students in the Denton & Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. The accolades her students have earned include perfect scores at Solo and UIL competitions, spots in prestigious by audition only ensembles, and places in the most selective summer institutes. Her students have attended such prestigious summer festivals as the Tanglewood Summer Institute, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, and Interlochen Arts Academy. They have earned numerous awards and honors including positions in the All-Eastern Band and Orchestra, the International Junior Ambassadors of Music, All-State Orchestras and Bands, and the All-New England Wind Ensemble. In addition, many have been recruited by some of the most prestigious music schools around the country. Currently her former students attend Michigan State University, SUNY Potsdam, the California Institute of the Arts, the University of North Texas, Plymouth State University, the University of Connecticut and have been accepted at the Eastman School of Music, Hofstra, and the Ithaca College School of Music.
For more information regarding Dr. Davis including a Curriculum Vitae, full biography, and recordings please visit her website at: http://www.vanessadavisclarinet.com/.
Dr. James Sims – Trumpet
Dr. James Sims earned his Doctor of Musical Arts in Trumpet Performance from The University of Texas at Austin where he studied with Ray Crisara. He also studied at Baylor University. Dr. Sims has taught at all levels including positions at Texas A&M University-Commerce, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Tarleton State University, and the University of Texas at Tyler. As a soloist, he has appeared with the East Texas Symphony, the Wichita Falls Symphony, and the Dallas Winds (formerly the Dallas Wind Symphony). He was soloist for the world premier performance of Kenji Bunch’s Double Talk: A Concerto for Marimba and Trumpet and Orchestra. He is currently Principal Trumpet of the East Texas Symphony and the Wichita Falls Symphony. He is Assistant Principal Trumpet of the Dallas Winds. He has played with numerous other orchestras. Dr. Sims performs regularly with Casa Manana Musicals and has performed with the Dallas Summer Musicals. Dr. Sims has been a part of the Bert Truax Trumpet Camp since 2005.
Mrs. Teresa Francis – French Horn
Teresa K. Francis is recently retired from middle school band directing after 28 years of service. Her latest position was as assistant band director in the Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District where she taught for the past 8 years. Along with band directing she has also taught privately and managed to find time to perform with many groups. She is a graduate of Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas.
As a performing musician, Mrs. Francis has performed in numerous professional orchestras including the Symphony of Southeast Texas and the Northeast Texas Symphony Orchestra. She has performed with the Greater Fort Worth Community Band at the Eisemann Performance Center at the Association of Concert Bands National Convention, served as principal horn with the Texas Lone Star Community Band on tours of Australia, Italy, France and England. She is currently a member of the orchestra at Whites Chapel United Methodist Church in Southlake, Texas. She is in demand as a clinician, horn specialist and adjudicator.
Mrs. Francis lives in Colleyville, Texas with her husband Bobby- who serves as Director of Bands at Texas Christian University. They have two daughters, Tamsyn – 20 and Breelyn – 12 years old, both of whom are active in music activities of their own. She also has several four legged, fuzzy members of the family-two cute dachshunds and two very spoiled cats.
Mrs. Marte Kennedy – Trombone
Marte Kennedy is in her twenty fifth year of private lesson instruction. She has been working in the DFW metroplex for 20 years. As a professional trombone instructor, Mrs. Kennedy has been responsible for maintaining an active and growing trombone studio of 6th-12th grade students in private lessons.
Mrs. Kennedy attended the University of Iowa on a full scholarship and received her Bachelor’s degree in trombone performance. She continued her education at Texas Tech University as Teaching Assistant to Don Lucas and completed her Master’s degree in trombone performance in 1998. On invitation by Jan Kagarice, she auditioned for and received a Teaching Fellowship at the University of North Texas School of Music where she did postgraduate work for 7 years.
She spent 2 seasons as principal trombonist with the American Wind Symphony, and has performed with the Roswell New Mexico Symphony, Lubbock Symphony, Albuquerque New Mexico Symphony, and Waterloo/Cedar Falls Symphony. Twice she was a finalist in concerto competitions at Texas Tech and UNT. She has also been a part of two college trombone ensembles who have won the International Trombone Festival’s choir competitions. In the Spring of 2015, she was recognized by Dr. Dave Begnoche at the TCU Trombone Summit with the “Unsung Hero Award”.
While teaching in the DFW Metroplex, her students have consistently placed in the Region and District Bands and have earned distinction in the State Bands many times. Mrs. Kennedy has been a part of three programs whose bands have been featured ensembles at the Midwest Band and Orchestra clinic as well as the Texas Music Educators Association convention.
Her Marcus High School trombone quartets have twice competed successfully at the TCU Trombone Summit and won first prize of $1000 in the Courtois Trombone Competition. Last January 2015, she took a select trombone choir to the Big 12 trombone Trombone conference at Texas Tech, where they were featured in a performance based masterclass.
Her teachers include Jon Hansen, George Krem, Max Bonecutter, Joe Alessi, Jay Friedman, Don Lucas, Jan Kagarice, Tony Baker, and Vern Kagarice.
Marte Kennedy is happily married to husband Stephen Kennedy and has an amazing 11 year old daughter Haven Anne, who has taught her to play Minecraft!
Mr. Jonathan Watkins – Euphonium
Dr. Carl Kleinstuber – Tuba