Clarinetist Dr. Sara Eastwood has been heard in performances across the United States, China, France, and Croatia in notable venues such as the Shanghai Grand Theater, the National Center of the Performing Arts in Beijing, and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. Dr. Eastwood serves as Assistant Professor of Band and Clarinet at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.
As an orchestral musician, she has performed with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Taneycomo Festival Orchestra and the Ocala Symphony Orchestra. She has also performed for A Celebration of Harry Potter (2018) at the Universal Orlando Resort. She can be heard on Dohnányi: Symphony No. 2 & 3 Songs and Points of Departure recordings on the Equilibrium and Naxos labels. Eastwood has performed as a soloist and chamber musician at the World Saxophone Congress, United States Navy Band International Saxophone Symposium, and conferences of the International Clarinet Association while being selected as a Semi-Finalist for the ICA Young Artist Competition in 2014, held in Baton Rouge.
As a recitalist and educator, Dr. Eastwood has been a featured guest at universities across the country including Virginia Tech, Oklahoma State University, University of Arkansas-Fort Smith, Stetson University, Florida International University and East Tennessee State University.
She is Co-Founder and Operations Manager of the American Single Reed Summit, which held its inaugural conference in Kirksville, Missouri in October 2018. Hundreds of performers and presenters came across the world to share their performances and research to establish deeper connections with clarinetists and saxophones at all levels, create meaningful musical experiences, and opportunities for future musical generations in the field of single-reed instruments. In addition to ASRS, Dr. Eastwood is the D'Addario Woodwind Method Clinician for the state of Florida, providing educational outreach clinics to middle school, high school, and university woodwind programs.
Eastwood earned her Doctor of Music degree while acting as the Graduate Teaching Assistant from Florida State University, and both her Master of Music degree with the award of the John Mohler Scholarship and her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Michigan. Her primary teachers include Fred Ormand, Daniel Gilbert, Frank Kowalsky, Deborah Bish, and Jonathan Holden.
Dr. Eastwood maintains an active career as a recitalist, orchestral musician, and educator. She is a native of Marysville, Michigan and is currently living in Tifton, Georgia with her husband.
As a clarinet educator, Sara emphasizes fundamental skills of clarinet performance, which include tone production, rhythm, technique, intonation, articulation and reed care. She actively engages in the students' learning process to both inspire and help students achieve their full potential.
Gary Paulo has been a resident of Atlanta since 1990 and has been teaching and performing in the area since graduating Indiana University in 2001. He is the Artist Affiliate for Saxophone at Emory University and is beginning his 13th year as woodwind staff at Lassiter High School. He also maintains a large private studio as well as clinics at many of the metro Atlanta high schools.
Gary has performed with artists spanning many different genres of music. He is regularly called to play saxophone in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Alabama Symphony and Albany Symphony. He has performed with Zac Brown Band, the Temptations, the Temptations featuring Dennis Edwards, the Joe Gransden Big Band, and Jazz Orchestra Atlanta. He has also performed in regional NASA conferences and is a member of the Atlanta Saxophone Quartet. Gary's primary saxophone teacher was Eugene Rousseau at Indiana University, and in 2008 earned an MM in saxophone performance at Georgia State University.
Gary's teaching philosophy is grounded in fundamentals, as he was instructed growing up. He believes the correct foundation of technique affords the student with limitless possibilities of musical experiences. He uses a systematic approach to develop technique, air, and embouchure for creating the best possible facility and tone on the instrument. Gary serves the student as a vehicle to explore solo and chamber repertoire for woodwinds and introduces his students to equipment that will help them be more successful. In addition, it is paramount in his teaching that he addresses problems with solutions and works with his students to develop a strategy for continued success.
Krista Weiss is an active performer in the Cincinnati area as well as the Adjunct Instructor of Clarinet at Northern Kentucky University. Krista holds degrees from Indiana University (BM and MM) and has recently performed with the Cincinnati Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Louisville Orchestra, and Dayton Philharmonic. In addition to her position at NKU, she maintains a large private teaching studio in the Cincinnati area.
Krista currently serves as the Operations Director for the D'Addario Woodwinds Method Program. Since joining the DWMP in 2013 she has presented clinics on woodwind fundamentals and equipment at over a hundred schools across the Midwest.
Krista's ultimate goal as an educator is to enable students to play their instruments with ease. Her clinics focus on establishing solid fundamentals, developing efficient practice techniques, honing musicianship, and exploring the pedagogical benefits of different equipment choices for clarinetists and saxophonists.
Dr. Neal Postma holds degrees from the University of South Carolina (DMA), the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (MM) and the University of Colorado (BM). He currently serves on the faculties of Winthrop University and Claflin University teaching applied lessons on saxophone, chamber music, and music appreciation. As a concert saxophonist Neal has been the featured artist at festivals around the United States. He also has given recitals at universities and various regional, national and international conferences. Additionally, he serves as the President of the American Single Reed Summit.
I strive to make every clinic unique and tailor each of them to the needs of the students present. Fundamentals are the cornerstone of my teaching philosophy, and I discuss how mastery of basic skills can take students from good to excellent!
Kristen Sheridan is a clarinetist based in Fairfax, VA. She teaches 50 private students and is the sectional coach for 10 middle & high schools in Northern Virginia. Kristen is an artist for Backun Musical Services, a clinician for D'Addario Woodwind Method Program, and the director of the newly-formed Sewanee Clarinet Academy. She has presented at teacher in-services and conferences on the subjects of teaching middle and high school clarinet sections and establishing a successful private studio. She earned her BM at the University of Michigan and MM at the Manhattan School of Music with Ricardo Morales and is an alumna of the Sewanee and Aspen Music Festivals.
Kristen's clinics are fun, educational, and helpful for students and directors alike. Her goal is to help sections build skills and find equipment that makes them play at a higher level within the ensemble. Students will learn how reeds and mouthpieces are made and the difference good equipment can make. She works with students to teach proper technique using music or exercises the director chooses. This includes tips on tonguing, fingering, embouchure, pitch... she is happy to focus on anything the director wishes.
Dawn Marie Lindblade-Evans, D.M.A., associate professor at the University of Central Oklahoma, joined the faculty in fall 2011. She also teaches for Clarinet Pro Workshops with Executive Director Julie Linder. She previously has held positions at Southeastern Louisiana University and the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music.
An active chamber musician, she currently is a member of the Lupine Trio (Hong Zhu, violin and Sallie Pollack, piano), Sugar Fish Reed Trio (KaDee Bramlett, oboe and Lori Wooden, bassoon) and the Otis Trio (Tess Remy-Schumacher, cello, and Sallie Pollack, piano). Most recently, she toured Thailand and China. An upcoming performance tour of Germany and Montenegro is planned for Spring 2020.
Conference performances include the International Clarinet Association's 'Clarinetfest', the Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium, College Music Society National and Regional Conferences, and the Society of Composers, Inc. National Conference.
Lindblade-Evans studied with renowned pedagogues Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr, James Gillespie and Kimberly Cole-Luevano.
Lindblade-Evans is a Selmer Paris/Conn Selmer artist and performs on Seles Présence clarinets. She also is a performing artist and a woodwind method clinician for D'Addario & Company and performs exclusively on Reserve and Reserve Classic reeds and plays the Reserve clarinet mouthpiece (X15E).
Dr. Lindblade-Evans' clinics focus on building confidence in phrasing and musical decisions, playing as a section, solidifying understanding of clarinet fundamentals, and making one's clarinet playing as effortless as possible. She believes that each student deserves to play on equipment that supports their goals and assists their progress.
Nicholas Councilor is a devoted music educator and leads a large clarinet studio of middle and high school students in the Austin area. His students regularly earn top chairs in local region bands and are often selected for the TMEA All-State ensembles.
Dr. Councilor previously served on the faculty at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. He is an active clinician and teaches dozens of master classes each year to students throughout Texas. He coaches chamber music for the Austin Chamber Music Center and has also been on the faculty for the Butler School of Music's Longhorn Music Camps since 2013.
Dr. Councilor also maintains an active schedule of solo, chamber and orchestral performances. He is a member of the Central Texas Philharmonic and frequently performs with the Austin and San Antonio Symphonies. Nicholas performed as guest principal clarinetist with the Dallas Winds in their performance at the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE) conference in San Jose, CA. During his time at UT, he regularly performed as principal clarinetist in both the Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble, and in 2014, he performed in nine concerts with the UT Wind Ensemble in a tour across the United States, Asia, and Europe. In 2015, he was a soloist with the UT Wind Ensemble in a world premiere performance of John Corigliano's Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra transcribed by Craig B. Davis.
As an avid chamber musician, he has earned the silver medal at the prestigious 2016 Fischoff Competition and is a prizewinner of the Coleman, Plowman, and American Prize chamber music competitions.
Nicholas Councilor earned his Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees in clarinet performance at The University of Texas at Austin, where he served as a Teaching Assistant and Assistant Instructor (replacing a faculty position) for the clarinet studio. Originally from Michigan, he earned a Bachelor's degree in music education from Eastern Michigan University, graduating summa cum laude.
Dr. Councilor's clinics focus on developing fundamental aspects of clarinet playing and improving artistry and musicianship. Through the exploration of different equipment options, students can discover which products work best for them. With these discoveries, students will have greater success and find more joy in music, which will allow them to cultivate important skills-such as hard work ethic and attention to detail that will benefit them throughout their careers and lives.
An active teacher and performer, Mr. Andrew Martz maintains a large private studio of saxophonists in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and teaches weekly masterclasses for the saxophone sections at Keller High School (Keller, TX) and Keller Central High School (Fort Worth, TX).
Mr. Martz currently serves as the baritone saxophonist with the Lone Star Wind Orchestra, the Lone Star Saxophone Quartet and has performed extensively throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth region and the United States, including international performances in Canada, Ireland, Germany and Austria. While performing is an integral part of his career, Mr. Martz's strong pedagogical practices and successes as an educator shape his everyday life. Mr. Andrew Martz is currently ABD at the University of North Texas and holds degrees from University of North Texas and Bluffton University (Bluffton, OH).
Mr. Martz's clinics focus on developing saxophone fundamentals, honing musicianship, and exploring equipment choices for the saxophone and their pedagogical benefits. He believes that, through encouraging students to be enthusiastic and thought-provoking performers while striving to acquire strong problem-solving skills, then he can enable them to develop an important skill that will be beneficial in their future careers and lives.
Shaun Guzman is an active professional clarinetist in San Antonio, TX, where he serves as a D'Addario Woodwinds Method Clinician and performs in numerous theaters and ensembles, including the Prickly Pear Clarinet Choir. Mr. Guzman also manages a local music store and maintains a private studio.
As a private instructor, Shaun is dedicated to helping his private studio develop into well-prepared and thoughtful musicians. Shaun is also an artist for ALRY Publications and recently completed an arrangement Capriccio Espagnol for Clarinet Choir. Mr. Guzman attended Texas State University and performed with the Texas State Wind Ensemble and Orchestra as both clarinetist and bass clarinetist.
Shaun's teaching philosophy has always been to break things down to help students to comprehend ideas and then to build on that comprehension, once established. He feels that it is imperative to encourage and teach students to not just play or read music, but to feel music with both the body and mind; this, to him, is where true musicianship is formed and flourishes.
Clarinetist Rucha Trivedi is a teacher and performer in Northern Virginia. She is also a clinician for the D'Addario Woodwinds Method Program.
Rucha received a Masters in Music from the University of North Texas in 2014, studying with Dr. Kimberly Cole Luevano, and a Bachelor of Music in Music and French studying with Dr. Linda Bartley.
Rucha was selected by an international panel as one of six finalists in the International Clarinet Association's Young Artist Competition 2014. While at UNT, Rucha was named a winner in the UNT Concerto Competition, performing Francaix's Clarinet Concerto, I. Allegro with the UNT Symphony Orchestra.
Rucha likes to speak about tone production, efficient practice techniques, and the importance of reed and instrument maintenance. She ties all of these concepts in with her philosophy that, as a teacher, her job is to inspire her students to approach the art of making music with a positive attitude.
Dr. Aileen Razey is in demand as a performer and teacher throughout the United States and Europe. She is Assistant Professor at Kutztown University in Pennsylvania and previously taught at Ithaca College in New York. She has performed with the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra, Aspen Music Festival orchestras, Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, and North Texas Wind Symphony.
Razey was the winner of the 2017 Henri Selmer Summer Academy and second prize winner of the International Clarinet Association Orchestral Audition Competition. Dr.
Razey holds degrees from the University of North Texas, University of Denver, and Ithaca College. Her teachers include Kimberly Cole Luevano, Jeremy Reynolds, Michael Galván, Gabor Varga, and Pavel Vinnitsky.
Dr. Razey’s teaching philosophy embodies the idea that each musicians’ purpose is to communicate an idea through their music-making. Through guiding musical artistry, teaching clarinet fundaments, and discovering the most suitable equipment, her students develop their unique musical voice and rekindle their passion for playing clarinet.
Patrick currently free-lances in the Chicagoland area. He plays full time with the Rockford Symphony and has performed with the Chicago Chamber Orchestra, Elgin, Illinois, Quad City Symphonies as well as the Illinois Philharmonic and the Highland Park Strings. He has also performed with the Chicago Shakespeare, Goodman, Paramount, Drury Lane, Timeline, Porchlight, Marriott, Writer's, Royal George and Court Theatre Companies, as well as the American Girl Revue. He holds studios at Concordia University, Moraine Valley Community College, The Chicago High School for the Arts, among others. Patrick received his Masters from Northwestern and Bachelors from Middle Tennessee State University.
Patrick believes in making clarinet playing as easy as possible so you can focus on enjoying the art of music-making. He does this by reviewing the basic fundamentals: embouchure, tongue position, and air support. He also likes to focus on the proper equipment to help make the process effortless.
Cynthia Krenzel regularly performs as a soloist, recitalist, and clinician. Recent international appearances include performances in Italy, Belgium, Mexico and Romania. A dedicated pedagogue, Cynthia helped found the annual event Iowa Clarinet Day and is the state chair for Iowa. Cynthia has commissioned a number of works for clarinet, including Nikola Resanovic's "Sonata for Clarinet and Piano". Dr. Krenzel is also involved in promoting SABRE technology-an innovative interface between acoustic instruments and 21st century computer technology. Cynthia is Associate Professor of Music at Central College Pella, IA. Her primary teachers include Hakan Rosengren, Linda Bartley, and Andrea Splittberger-Rosen.
Cindy's clinics focus on the fundamentals, with the overall goal of making playing easier and more fun. By understanding embouchure and properly using the airstream, many problems common to student musicians can be solved. She works on the premise of conquering the basics so that the music can be the focus.
Dr. Larkin Sanders is a native of Branson, Missouri and currently lives in Kansas City, Missouri where she is the clarinet instructor at Washburn University, owns the Clever Clarinetist (a clarinet specialty store), performs with Xiphias Trio and other various ensembles, and is the Vice President of the American Single Reed Summit. Most notably, Larkin is the founder, executive artistic director, and is a clarinetist of the Taneycomo Festival Orchestra, a summer music festival in Branson, Missouri. Dr. Sanders is also a Woodwind Method Clinician for D'Addario Woodwinds and is endorsed as an Artist by Henri Selmer Paris, Silverstein Works, and Brian Corbin Clarinet Products.
In addition to her activities as a clarinetist, teacher, and administrator, Dr. Sanders is also a composer and author who has a fondness for songs and unique chamber ensembles. Larkin has had her works performed in a variety of settings. Her works are inspired by the talents of her friends and colleagues, and the genres of her works span from chamber operettas, art songs, children's music, and more. She is also the author of The Creation of the Taneycomo Festival Orchestra: The Performer's Field Guide to Music Festival Foundation and The Clever Clarinetist's Daily Scale Method: Scales and Exercises for Everyday Use, used by The Florida State University and other studios as their official fundamental method.
Dr. Sanders completed her Doctor of Music degree in clarinet performance and a certificate in arts administration at Florida State University in 2015. At FSU, she studied clarinet with Dr. Frank Kowalsky and Dr. Deborah Bish while teaching a course in clarinet fundamentals for first-year undergraduate students. Larkin also holds a master of music degree from Michigan State University where she studied clarinet with Dr. Justin O'Dell and composition with Dr. Ricardo Lorenz. Previously, she earned her bachelor of arts degree from the University of Kansas while studying clarinet with Dr. Stephanie Zelnick and Dr. Larry Maxey.
Larkin's clinics focus on sound production and developing the students' unique voices. Developing musical skills increase students' capacities for other invaluable life skills including-but not limited to-critical thinking, teamwork, and creativity.
Jessica Harrie is active as a freelance clarinetist and teacher in the Columbus, Ohio area. She serves as the associate editor of The Clarinet, as well as a member of the editorial board for submissions. She is a D'Addario Reserve Method Clinician for the state of Ohio. Harrie received her DMA in performance from Michigan State University, her MA in performance from Middle Tennessee State University and her BM in music education and performance from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her primary teachers include Guy Yehuda, Ted Oien, Caroline Hartig, Todd Waldecker and Gary Sperl.
Jessica's clinics focus on the fundamentals of clarinet playing, including tone production, air support and articulation among other topics. She also likes to help students understand the importance of disciplined practice, from warm-up to performance preparation through exploring critical practice and listening.
Laura is on faculty at Carroll University and the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. She is a co-founding member of Lakeshore Rush and Duo LaRo.
As an invited performer, Laura has performed chamber music and premieres at the International Clarinet Association, Belgium 2018, The American Single Reed Summit, Missouri 2018, and The Society of Composers Region V Conference, Eastern Illinois University 2019.
As an orchestral musician, she is acting principal clarinet of the Oshkosh Symphony and performs regularly with Madison Symphony, Wisconsin Philharmonic, and Fox Valley Symphony Orchestras.
Laura holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (DMA), Michigan State University (MM), and Eastern Michigan University (BM). Her primary teachers include Dr. Linda Bartley, Dr. Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr, and Dr. Kimberly Cole Luevano.
In her clinics, Dr. McLaughlin explores tone development, new music techniques for clarinet, yoga for musicians, and how to take an active approach to developing your own career in music. Through her clinics, Dr. McLaughlin gives students the tools to create positive change in their: performance, outlook on a career in music, and their physical and emotional well-being as it pertains to performing.
Noelle Fabian Dragon is a Texan-born, acclaimed saxophone/woodwind specialist, educator and performer. Known for her theatrical wit, musical creativity and upbeat personality, Noelle is one of the most sought out all-around entertainers in the west coast.
She holds degrees from Southern Methodist University and The University of North Texas where she studied multi-instrumental music performance and music education. Performance Credits include: The Disneyland Band, How The Grinch Stole Christmas (National Tour), Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and The Dallas Winds. She has also served as a guest clinician and soloist across the country.
Teaching has always been a strong passion for Noelle. In Texas, she maintained and cultivated large saxophone/woodwind studio at award-winning Flower Mound High School (2015 Midwest Clinic invitee, 1st place BOA regional competition) and its feeder programs. Many of Noelle’s students have gone on to win spots in All-State bands and highly competitive college scholarships. In 2018, she took her love for music education, combined it with technology and created The Monster Musician Reader- an innovative, interactive sight-reading game/phone app that builds music literacy. With over 10 years of experience working with beginner through advanced students, Noelle maintains a busy schedule as a clinician and consultant for high-achieving collegiate and grade school music programs in California and Texas.
Noelle believes music education is not means to an end. The skills acquired through music learning translate into better grades, better students, and a better society as a whole. During sessions, she likes to focus on tone production and building healthy and efficient practice habits. She also enjoys engaging students by integrating technology into her teaching as much as possible.