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UW Jazz Festival Guest Artists & Clinicians

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Michael Rodriguez Michael Rodriguez

Trumpet. Michael has performed with pianist Eric Reed, Clark Terry, Bobby Watson, Quincy Jones, Joe Lovano Toshiko Akiyoshi Orchestra, Chico O'farill Orchestra, Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Pop Icon Jessica Simpson, Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, Carla Bley band, Harry Conick Jr., Eddie Palmieri Septet, Lincoln Center Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra, Smithsonian Jazz Orchestra, Bon Minzter, Gonzalo Rubalcaba. In addition to his demand as a performer, Michael also has many documented recording most notably with Charlie Haden and Gonzalo Rubalcaba. Read more >
Kelsey Shiba Kelsey Shiba

Voice. In 2007 Ms. Shiba completed her undergraduate degree in Vocal Performance at the University of Northern Colorado. While studying there, she sang with the Salsa Band, played keyboard with the Lab Band I at the IAJE Conference in New York, sang with the top vocal jazz group the Northern Colorado Voices, and played several parts in operative roles. She has opened performances for Kurt Elling, Peter Eldridge, the Idea of North, Kevin Mohagany, and others.

Ms. Shiba earned a Master of Music debree in Jazz Studies in May 2010 from the University of Northern Colorado. She worked the Managing Producer of the UNC/Greeley Jazz Festival in 2011, and is currently the Associate Director of Jazz Studies. Shiba performs professionally with bands TC and the Domestic Engineers, Black Water, Groove Yard, ShibaDiva Quartet, and Soul Proprietor funk band. Read more >
Damani Phillips Damani Phillips

Alto Sax. Dr. Damani Philips is a native of Pontiac, MI, where he began playing at the age of 10. He currently serves as Assistant Professor of Jazz/Af-Am Studies at The University of Iowa, where he directs jazz combos and teaches courses in African-American music, jazz history, improvisation, among others. He has earned Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from DePaul University and The University of Kentucky in classical saxophone; and a second Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies from Wayne State University. In 2009, Phillips completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Jazz Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder; becoming one of the first African-Americans in the country to earn this degree.

An active performer, pedagogue and composer, Phillips has taught and performed throughout the United States, England and Japan. He has performed with artists/groups such as Christian McBride, Terrence Blanchard, Dianne Reeves, Marcus Belgrave, Pat Bianchi, Terrell Stafford, Maceo Parker, Ira Sullivan, The Temptations, Red Holloway, Greg Gisbert, the Lexington (KY) Philharmonic, the Pontiac-Oakland Symphony, the touring Dave Matthews cover band “Crush”, and many others. Read more >
David Scott David Scott

Voice. Armed with roses and a piano, singer/songwriter and pianist David Thorne Scott has designs on your heart with his new album Hopeful Romantic. Deep musicianship and creativity born of years of jazz explorations combine with youthful iconoclasm and a rock aesthetic to give music-lovers a delightful surprise. Playfully sweet but wise lyrics and angular melodies are hallmarks, as is the intimate yet strong voice that declaims them.

David received a B.A., Magna Cum Laude in English and music from Drew University, an A.A.A. in Professional Music from the School for Music Vocations (under Phil Mattson), and a M.M. in Jazz Vocal Performance from the University of Miami (under Larry Lapin). He continues his studies in voice with Mark Baxter. Read more >
Ed Breazeale Ed Breazeale

Drums. Ed Breazeale attended and graduated from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. There he studied with a number of excellent teachers, including the aristocrat of the drums, Baron Jon Von Ohlen. Jon is one of the greatest living big band drummers and a tremendous influence on a vast number of musicians who have interacted with him throughout the years. In Cincinnati Ed was able to gain quite a bit of valuable musical experience from Phil Degreg, Steve Schmidt, Rick Van Matre, Jim Connerly, Steve Flora, Rusty Burge, and Brad Goode, among others. In 2001, Ed began to seek and was able to find work in Chicago. For a list of the musicians he's performed with, view his website and resume. Ed now lives in Longmont, Colorado. Read more >
Matt Smiley Matt Smiley

Bass. Matt Smiley has performed in a variety of musical genres over the last 15 years including gospel, rock, funk, bluegrass, jazz, free improvisation, 20th century music and classical music. An avid and enthusiastic musician, Smiley has performed both nationally and internationally at the Montreux, North Sea, and Montreal Jazz festivals. Matt Smiley has music degrees from both James Madison University and the University of Northern Colorado. Currently he resides in Fort Collins, Colorado where he performs experimental music with various musicians, jazz with Goodrattle, Square Peg, Dave and the Gin Mill Gypsies and with the Subterraneans at Ace Gillett’s. Matt Smiley has a CD on the Dazzle record label called “Quartet Art” featuring David Pope on saxophone.


Nicole Lamartine Dr. Nicole Lamartine

Dr. Nicole Lamartine became Director of Choral Activities at the University of Wyoming in 2008. She conducts the Collegiate Chorale, Singing Statesmen, advises the male a cappella Happy Jacks, and teaches music education curriculum, conducting, and applied voice. Under her leadership, the UW Singing Statesmen have performed at the 2012 NW American Choral Directors Association conference and performed as the featured choir for the 2011 Wyoming Music Educators Opening Night Concert. The Collegiate Chorale was selected to perform at the 2011 Northwest MENC conference in Bellevue, WA and at the 2011 National Collegiate Choral Organization (NCCO) national conference. Her choirs at the University of Wyoming have enjoyed collaborations with the New York Voices, Tonic Sol-Fa, The Yale Whiffenpoofs, Denmark a cappella group BaSix, and Grammy- and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon.

Dr. Lamartine is in demand as a conductor and clinician, guest conducting and adjudicating across the United States and the UK. Her expertise in various vocal styles has allowed her to lead workshops in vocal jazz and bluegrass/folk singing. She taught singing workshops for the 2012 Montana Fiddle Camp.

As a professional vocal musician, Lamartine enjoys an active performing career, including solo recitals and professional choral singing. She can be heard on six choral CDs on labels including Harmonia Mundi and Chandos. Furthermore, her love of jazz, blues, and country music has led to various gigs including singing back-up for Barry Manilow and Linda Ronstadt.

Dr. Lamartine is the 2012 recipient of the prestigious Ellbogen Award for Meritorious Classroom Teaching and the 2011 College of Arts and Sciences Extraordinary Merit in Teaching Award.
Scott Meredith Dr. Scott Meredith

Dr. Scott Meredith is Assistant Professor of trumpet at the University of Wyoming where he teaches applied trumpet, Jazz Techniques, Jazz History, and directs the University of Wyoming trumpet ensemble. He currently serves as brass area head and is collegiate vice president of the Wyoming Music Educators Association. His students have participated and successfully competed in state, regional and national festivals and competitions: most recently in the National Trumpet Competition in Washington, D.C., and the Rafael Mendez Brass Institute in Denver, Colorado.

He has performed nationally with the Owensboro Symphony (KY), the Irving, Plano, and San Angelo Symphonies (TX), Dallas Wind Symphony, Orchestra of New Spain (TX), Newcastle Brass Quintet, Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado, Boulder Philharmonic and the Colorado Jazz Orchestra. Dr. Meredith maintains an active schedule of performance engagements, masterclasses, and clinics in the Rocky Mountain region. Currently, he is Principal trumpet with the Wyoming Symphony and Co-Principal trumpet in the Cheyenne Symphony. He is also a regular member of the Fort Collins Symphony and Opera Fort Collins. Prior to his appointment at the University of Wyoming, Dr. Meredith taught at the University of Northern Colorado and the University of North Texas.

Dr. Meredith earned the Doctor of Musical Arts in trumpet performance from the University of North Texas, where he studied with Keith Johnson, Leonard Candelaria, and John Holt and baroque trumpet with John Thiessen. Dr. Meredith earned his Masters degree in trumpet performance from the University of North Texas and his Bachelor of Music Performance and Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Northern Colorado where he studied with William Pfund. He can be heard on the "Teaching Music through Performance in Band" series as well as numerous recordings with the University of North Texas Wind Symphony under the direction of Eugene Corporon as part of the "Klavier Wind Project," including: Convergence, UFO: Music of Michael Daugherty, Time Piece, Recollection, Symphonic Excursions, Escapades, Carmina Burana, Hemispheres, Allegories, and Retrospectives.
Katrina Zook Dr. Katrina Zook

Katrina Zook, mezzo-soprano, serves as Professor of Music in the Vocal Arts Area at the University of Wyoming. Dr. Zook is a recent recipient of the UW Seibold Professorship, a year-long sabbatical award, during which time she was immersed in the fields of vocal anatomy and physiology, vocal pedagogy, and voice science research at high-profile music schools around the country.

A dedicated and passionate voice teacher, former students now sing professionally in New York City, Philadelphia, Northern Virginia, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Boston, and Sãn Paulo, Brazil. Dr. Zook’s operatic performance credits include leading roles in Le Nozze di Figaro, Così fan tutte, Hansel and Gretel, Carmen, Dialogues of the Carmelites, The Old Maid and the Thief, Falstaff, Die Fledermaus, Albert Herring, and Amahl and the Night Visitors. A frequent soloist and recitalist, recent performances include Handel’s Utrecht Te Deum and Jubilate, Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace, Beethoven’s Mass in C, Vivaldi’s Gloria, the Mozart Requiem and Bach’s Cantata No. 39. At the invitation of the Doopsgezinde Gemeinte (Dutch Anabaptist Congregations), Dr. Zook gave a series of recitals in historic Mennonite churches in The Netherlands. Equally at home in the world of contemporary music, she has given premiers of challenging works for voice for the Los Angeles Composer’s Forum, Prisms Contemporary Music Festival in Santa Barbara, CA and for New Frontiers: The Laramie Contemporary Music Project. In 2012, she gave the North American premiere of a song cycle for mezzo-soprano, clarinet, and piano by the well-known Dutch composer and choral arranger, Jetse Bremer. The world of vocal jazz is another passion and one in which she readily engages. Under the tutelage of critically acclaimed jazz performer, composer, and arranger Darmon Meader, Zook is a former member of the Mt. Washington Vocal Jazz Quartet based in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire. Her doctoral recital at The Eastman School of Music included an extensive jazz set performed with faculty jazz pianist Tony Caramia, and at UW she has performed with the Faculty Jazz Quartet and the Wyoming Jazz Ensemble.

Dr. Zook has accepted invitations to give vocal Master Classes at schools in Brazil, The Netherlands, New York, Texas, Colorado, Wyoming, North Dakota, and Ohio, and is a frequent regional adjudicator of vocal soloists, choral ensembles, and marching band auxiliary units. She earned the Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in Performance and Literature and the Performer’s Certificate in Voice from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. She completed the Master’s degree in Vocal Performance from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance from the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music in Ohio. Additionally, Dr. Zook has studied voice and languages in Austria, Germany, and The Netherlands.

Katrina Zook serves as an Associate Professor of Music at the University of Wyoming. She is entering her 10th year on the faculty. She received the Doctorate of Musical Arts in Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. She completed the Master’s degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the Bachelor’s degree from the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music in Ohio. Additionally, Dr. Zook has studied voice and languages in Austria, Germany, and The Netherlands. Recent appearances include the Mozart Requiem and Bach Cantata No. 39 with the Cheyenne Chamber Singers, regional performances with the Summit Chamber Players, and solo recitals in Virginia, Ohio, Colorado, and south-central Brazil.

Katrina loves living in Laramie and enjoys hiking in the Snowy Range, watching college-football, and most of all spending time with her husband, Major D.C. Faber, and their four-year-old son Thomas. Her husband recently returned home from a 13-month deployment to Afghanistan with the Wyoming Army National Guard. She and Thomas are eternally grateful for his safe return.
Steve Barnhart Dr. Steve Barnhart

Before joining the faculty of the University of Wyoming, Dr. Barnhart taught at Washburn and Baker Universities in Kansas, the University of Central Arkansas, and in the Lawrence, Kansas public schools. He served with the U.S. Army Europe Band and has appeared as a clinician and/or performer in the U.S., Bolivia, Europe, and Taiwan, as well as, with the Arkansas, Kansas City, and North Carolina Symphonies. His performance experience includes popular, ethnic, and classical genres. Barnhart studied conga drumming in Cuba, Indian tabla at UCLA, and holds the DMA degree from the University of Kansas, MM from North Texas State University, and BME from Texas Tech University. Author of the Greenwood Press publication, Percussionists: A Biographical Dictionary, Barnhart also serves as Wyoming state chapter treasurer of the Percussive Arts Society.
Kathleen McKeage Dr. Kathleen McKeage

Kathleen McKeage, PhD teaches the double bass studio. Her classroom teaching duties include undergraduate and graduate courses in music education, music theory, elementary general music, and string pedagogy. Her research has been published in the Journal of Research in Music Education and GEMS, Gender, Education, Music and Society. An active clinician, she presents nationally on a variety of topics, including creativity in the classroom, jazz improvisation for elementary students, and upright/electric bass pedagogy. She has presented multiple times at the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Biennial In-Service as well as the Eastern and Northwest Division In-Services. Dr. McKeage currently serves as Past-President of the Wyoming Music Educators Association. She has served President of the Wyoming Jazz Educators (formerly associated with IAJE), the chair of the NAfME Gender SRIG, and co chair of Gender Research in Music Education International. She is the faculty advisor for the UW Collegiate chapter of the National Association for Music Education. Dr. McKeage has twice been named a Top 10 Teacher in the College of Arts & Sciences and was awarded the Seibold Academic Sabbatical Award for “demonstrated commitment to teaching.”

As a bassist, Dr. McKeage continues to perform in a wide variety of genres and venues. She works as an orchestral bassist, performs with chamber groups, and soloed with the UW Chamber Orchestra. She appears regularly with area jazz and pop groups playing electric and upright bass. For the past 19 years she has performed with the western swing band Wyoming Home Grown. In 2001, the group performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.

Dr. McKeage holds a BME from the University of Northern Colorado, MA in Music and PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Wyoming.

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