Wendy Hymes, DMA, Program Director & flute
Wendy Hymes has BA, MM and DMA degrees in Flute Performance from Principia College, Indiana University, and Louisiana State University. Dr. Hymes is known to exert definitive interpretations of standard repertoire from the Baroque era to 20th-century composers and also holds a passion for intercultural music, having performed at music festivals in Ghana, Nigeria and England. Her first solo recording, “African Art Music for Flute,” was released in 2009, featuring music by composers from Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa and Uganda. She has served on the music faculties at Louisiana State University, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and Jefferson College and performed with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, and as principal flute of the Union Avenue Opera. From 2012 – early 2015, she served as Director of the Fowler Center for performing arts at Arkansas State University. Dr. Hymes currently serves as Program Director for the Intercultural Music Initiative. For more information on her recordings, visit www.wendyhymes.com.
Matt Allison, DMA, flute
Dr. Matthew Allison is the flute instructor at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri, as well as at O'Fallon Township, Belleville East, and Granite City High Schools in Illinois. His past teaching positions include Instructor of Flute at Western Illinois University and the Instructor of Flute and Chair of Theory and Composition at the Pennsylvania Academy of Music. In addition to a decade of professional teaching experience at nationally accredited institutions, he has performed and taught for organizations including Mansfield University (PA), The College of New Jersey, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, Pennsylvania Music Educator Association, and for the Pennsylvania, Kansas, Missouri, and Illinois Music Teacher Associations. He was also the Artistic Director of the 2010 and 2011 Flute Fest of Central PA. Matthew has performed with the Harrisburg Symphony and as soloist/principal of the Allegro Chamber Orchestra. He is a founding member of NakedEye Ensemble, which is dedicated to promoting new music. He also won first prize at the 2012 Flute Society of St. Louis Young Artist Competition. Matthew attended the University of Louisville for a Bachelor of Music with an emphasis in orchestral performance and the University of Kansas for both his Master of Music and a Doctor of Musical Arts degrees, emphasizing in pedagogy, world music, and new music. In addition to teaching and performing flute, Matthew and also works with musicians' total health, as a certified and experienced yoga instructor.
Marlissa Hudson, Soprano
American soprano Marlissa Hudson has been described as a “superb lyric coloratura” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch). Recognized as an international concert performer, she has been featured around Europe and South America. In the U.S. she has collaborated with such esteemed organizations as the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Pops Orchestra, National Philharmonic Orchestra, Choralis, members of the Arianna Quartet, and Vocal Essence. Recitals are a definitive niche for Ms. Hudson, and she has performed as a featured recitalist across the continental U.S. and St. Croix US VI. As a recording artist, Marlissa has been featured on multiple labels singing the work of modern composers. Her discography also includes 2 solo albums, “Libera” and “Lust”, both on AMP Records label. Ms. Hudson received her formal training at Duke University and the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University. She earned awards for music at both schools, including a Peabody Career Development Grant.
Sunghee Hinners, DMA, piano
Sunghee Hinners earned a Doctorate of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) from the University of Iowa for piano performance and pedagogy. She earned a Master of Music (M.M.) degree from the Düsseldorf Robert Schumann Musikhochschule graduating with Sehr Gut, the highest achievement possible in performance. It was during her education in Germany that she studied with Roberto Szidon, and Michael Deichmann. In addition, she studied privately with Van den Hoek at the Vienna Conservatory. Dr. Hinners has performed in several countries across the globe. During and after her education she toured with the world-famous saxophonist, John Edward Kelly. Dr. Hinners currently holds a position as piano faculty at Lindenwood University. She is also a member of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA). Additionally, Dr. Hinners judges music competitions in the St. Louis area and provides master classes at colleges in the United States for contemporary music and extended piano techniques.
Carrie Smith, DMA, oboe
Carrie Smith, a native of St. Louis, has enjoyed an International career as a musician, performing in orchestras and as a soloist in various countries including Canada, Spain, France, USSR, and Mexico. Predominantly performing in Mexico from 2003-2011, she worked in both the Orquesta de Aguascalientes as English hornist, and in the Filarmonica de Jalisco as principal oboist. In Guadalajara, she additionally was professor of music at the Universidad de Guadalajara. Smith studied oboe at Indiana University-Bloomington and at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she received her DMA in oboe performance in 2003.
Donita Bauer, bassoon
Donita Bauer has enjoyed a varied musical background. A native of Iowa, her musical studies on bassoon and piano began in the second grade. She received her Undergraduate degree from Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska, and a Master's degree in bassoon performance from the Saint Louis Conservatory studying with George Berry and Robert Wisneskey. Donita has taught high school band and orchestra and has been active as a church organist and choir director. Present-ly, Donita is principal bassoon with Metropolitan Orchestra, St Louis Philharmonic Orchestra, Bach Society, Union Avenue Opera and Masterworks Chorale. An extra player with the Saint Louis Symphony, other freelance engagements in the Saint Louis area include Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Ballet Orchestra of St. Louis, Equinox Chamber Players, Trio Bella, A Perfect Fifth Woodwind Quintet, Winter Opera and the American Cantorei.
Mary Bryant, clarinet
Clarinetist Mary Bryant has the pleasure and privilege of performing with some of the ensembles she grew up enjoying in her native St. Louis, where she has been playing professionally for nearly 30 years. She is a replacement player with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, the Illinois Symphony Orchestra and is a regular member of Union Avenue Opera Orchestra. She performs with numerous other ensembles of various genres on clarinet, bass clarinet and saxophone, including chamber music, musical theater, concert bands, and a jazz ensemble in which she also sings. She received a Bachelor’s Degree from the St. Louis Conservatory of Music, where she studied with then St. Louis Symphony Principal Clarinetist George Silfies. In addition to performing, Mary loves to teach. A former home educator, she was an adjunct clarinet instructor at Lindenwood University for fourteen years. She is now an adjunct instructor of clarinet at Missouri Baptist University, teaches general music at DaySpring School of the Arts, and teaches clarinet and saxophone privately.
Stephen Hanrahan, french horn
Stephen Hanrahan currently is an active free-lance hornist in the St. Louis metropolitan area. He serves as Principal Horn of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, as well as extra/substitute horn with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. He is also Second Horn with the Municipal Theatre Association of St. Louis (MUNY) and Hornist with the Fox Theater Orchestra. Other orchestral experience includes four seasons as Principal Horn of the Savannah Symphony Orchestra, extra/substitute with the Alabama, Memphis, Charleston, Hilton Head, and Augusta (GA) Symphony Orchestra’s
Mr. Hanrahan is currently Adjunct Professor of Horn at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He was formerly Adjunct Professor of Horn at Millikin University and Southeast Missouri State University. In addition to private instruction, he holds sectionals and masterclasses with many area schools. He received both his masters and bachelor’s degrees in Music from the University of Missouri, where his instructors included D. Bruce Heim and Laurence M. Lowe. He also attended Northwestern University where he studied with Dale Clevenger, Principal Horn of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He has received additional instruction from Roland Pandolfi, James Wehrman, and Tod Bowermaster of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.
Wendie Cummings, clarinet
Wendie Cummings has her BA in Music from Principia College and her Master's in Music Education from University of Missouri Columbia and studied under Paul Garritson. She also spent one year studying clarinet performance at University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music with Ron DeKant and Carmine Campione. She has been teaching band in the public schools and playing principal clarinet in the St. Louis Civic Orchestra since 1997. She is an avid runner and has been a volunteer coach for Girls on the Run St. Louis since 2005, setting an example for girls and women to be confident, healthy, and genuine. She and her husband, Dave, are both cycling fanatics and love traveling to find challenging scenic and uphill routes to ride, like the mountains of France, California, Utah and Colorado.
Jeff Leenhouts, french horn
Jeff Leenhouts was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico and spent his childhood in New Orleans, Louisiana. His love of music started early with Christmas caroling and piano and guitar lessons from his father. Jeff attended Louisiana State University, where he studied horn with Richard Noreum, Western Carolina University, where he studied with Paul Basler, and The University of Louisiana Lafayette, where he taught his fellow students and played with the faculty quintets. He formerly served as principal horn for the Mobile Symphony, Pensacola Symphony, Northwest Florida Sym-phony, Florida Lakes Symphony, Southwest Florida Symphony, Boca Raton Philharmonic, and Symphony of the Americas, as well as the Mobile, Pensacola, and Natchez Operas. Jeff fell in love and currently resides in St. Louis with his wife Rebecca. After twenty years of symphonic work he is exploring free improvisation, original compositions, and jazz standards with solo horn, voice, and looping station as Leenhorn.
conducting, orchestras, piano
conducting, orchestras, piano
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