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Dr. Keith Dippre (2001), Department
Chair; Professor of Music (2010); B.A., Azusa Pacific University; M.A.,
California State University at Los Angeles; D.M.A., Ohio State University.
Dr. Keith Dippre was born in Ancon, Panama in 1960. He received his undergraduate degree from Azusa Pacific University in California and his M.A. from California State University at Los Angeles. For roughly eight years, prior to beginning doctoral studies in composition at Ohio State, he played the resort and nightclub circuit on the west coast and was a multi-keyboardist in the hip-hop oriented "Raw Nature." While living in California, he had the privilege of opening concerts for artists such as Debbie Gibson and doing studio work with popular jazz saxophonist Boney James. While at Ohio State, Dippre was the recipient of the Ruth Friscoe award for composition (1998) and was Composer-in-Residence with the Ohio State University Symphony Orchestra (1999). He made his festival debut as accordionist in OSU's Contemporary Music Festival 2001 playing the Lucas Foss piece "Curriculum Vitae with Time Bomb." He also produced a piano concerto entitled "700 N. Electric," and a document, "Compositional Issues with Corigliano, Oliveros, and Kernis." His principal composition teachers have been Dr. Phil Shackleton, Dr. Byong-kon Kim, and Dr. Jan Radzynski.
He is currently the Department Chairman and Associate Professor of Music at Methodist University, teaching such courses as music theory, aural skills, and composition. Dr. Dippre also received a Regional Artist Project Grant from the Arts Council of Fayetteville and Cumberland County and was an artist-in-residence at the Artist's Enclave at I-Park (East Haddam, Connecticut). In October of 2003 his piece "Pilgrim's Blues" (for piano, violin, and cowbell) premiered in Northampton, Massachusetts commemorating the tercentenary celebration of Jonathan Edwards. He has been recently featured in the SCI National Conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico with his work "California Low Brow" and was also commissioned by Duo 46 in 2008 for his "Year of the Rat" piece for guitar and violin. He has had commissions and performances with the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, and his current publisher is Imagine Music (Medina, New York).
On his recent sabbatical from Methodist University, he took part in the Fresno New Music Festival and was a guest lecturer at Azusa Pacific University. Dr. Dippre's most recent premiere, "Sun Ra and the Apogee of Saturn," debuted with the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra on October 13, 2012 under the direction of Fouad Fakhouri. Keith was also the recipient of the Henry Grady Miller Cup award for best published choral work in 2012, presented by the North Carolina Federation of Music Clubs.
Jane Weeks Gardiner (1985), Associate Vice President for Academic
Affairs; Associate Professor of Music; B.M., Salem College; M.M., New
Jane Weeks Gardiner is currently Associate Vice President for Academic
Affairs at Methodist University. At Methodist University, she has also
served as Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dean of the School
of Arts and Humanities and Chairman of the Music Department. Mrs. Gardiner
is the founder of Friends of Music at Methodist. In 1976, Mrs.
Gardiner received her undergraduate degree in piano performance from Salem
College where she was the recipient of the Rondthaler Award in Music.
She earned a Master of Music in Piano Performance from The New England
Conservatory of Music where she studied with Victor Rosenbaum. In addition,
she has been the recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities
Fellowship at Harvard University. In 2006, Mrs. Gardiner was awarded the
Outstanding Faculty Award by the Methodist University Alumni Association
and in 2007 she was the recipient of Methodist University's Professor
of the Year Award. She has appeared several times as a soloist with the
Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra and performs frequently in recital as
a solo and collaborative pianist. Mrs. Gardiner is also the pianist and
choir accompanist at Hay Street United Methodist Church.
Scott Marosek (2007), Associate Professor of Music (2012); B.M.,
M.M., University of Missouri at Kansas City; D.M.A., University of North
Pianist Scott Marosek performs regularly as a soloist and collaborative artist. His performances in China, Israel, and throughout the United States have included appearances at such renowned venues as Xinghai Hall, the Jerusalem Music Centre, and the Meyerson Symphony Center. He has also performed several solo recitals sponsored by the Van Cliburn Foundation, and has appeared as a concerto soloist with the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra and the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra. As a result of his ongoing interest in new music, he has performed premieres of several new works. In addition to his work as a classical artist, Scott frequently performs with jazz groups.
Scott is president of the Fayetteville Piano Teachers Association and serves on the board of the North Carolina Music Teachers Association. He spends his summers teaching and performing at the Methodist University Summer Jam. He has also taught piano at Southwestern Adventist University and keyboard classes at the University of North Texas. Scott lives in Wade, NC with his wife Stephanie and daughter Laurel.
Dr. Michael D. Martin (2007), Associate
Professor of Music (2012); Director of Choral Activities and Music Education;
B.M.Ed., M.M., University of Maine; Ph.D., Kent State University.
Dr. Michael Martin originally hails from the great state of Maine. He earned his Bachelor of Music Education Degree (1986) and Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting (1990) at the University of Maine. He completed his Ph.D. in Music Education with an emphasis in choral education through Kent State University, Kent, OH. He has taught in grades 4-12, in the capacity of orchestral, choral and, instrumental education positions, throughout ME, NH and MA. He has received recognition as a teacher and conductor, having been the recipient of several teaching awards, serving as a guest conductor, vocal and conducting clinician, and as a judge for New England, Midwestern, and East Coast festivals. His past student performing ensembles (SATB, SSAA, TTBB) have received both regional and national awards for their performances.
Dr. Martin has also enjoyed a rich involvement in conducting community choral groups in NH and ME. In 2001, he created a semi-professional chorus, The New Vocal Collective, in central New Hampshire recording one compact disc. Under his tutelage, they performed works by 20th century composers and large works by Britten, Fauré and Rutter. He also conducted the Portland Downeasters, a Portland, ME based barbershop chorus, which became one of the top four choruses in the Northeastern District in 2002-2004. He received national attention with his championship barbershop quartet The Management (1986-2003) by touring New England schools in support of music programs. For this work promoting youth involvement in music, the quartet shared the National Education Service Award sponsored by MENC and SPEBSQSA in 1995. In 1996, he received distinction as the recipient of Distinguished Choral Director of the Year from the Maine Chapter of ACDA, an award that he shared with his quartet. He has served on the faculty of many harmony schools and as a clinician in support of this American art form.
His current college groups are in constant demand for performances in Fayetteville and North Carolina He is currently the Director of Choral Activities and Music Education at Methodist University where he conducts the MU Chorale, Chamber Singers, and "The Noblemen." Additionally, he is the Artistic Director of the Cumberland Oratorio Singers in Fayetteville, NC. Michael lives in Fayetteville with his wife Amanda, his son David, and his daughter, Meredith.
Dr. Daniel McCloud (2013), Assistant
Professor of Music; Director of University Bands; B.M., Ball State University;
M.M., University of Nevada, Las Vegas; D.A., Ball State University.
Originally from Gary, Indiana, Dr. Daniel McCloud earned his Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. In 2003 Dr. McCloud earned a Master of Music degree in Instrumental Conducting from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and completed a Doctor of Arts degree in Percussion Performance and Instrumental Conducting from Ball State in 2008.
In addition to university responsibilities, Dr. McCloud serves as an adjudicator, clinician and performer. He has regularly performed with the Kokomo Park Band and Muncie Symphony Orchestra in Indiana, and as Principal Percussionist with the San Angelo Symphony Orchestra in Texas.
In addition to being an active performer and conductor, Dr. McCloud is an active composer and arranger. He has received commissions from the World Saxophone Congress in addition to numerous soloists, band and percussion programs. In 2000, he composed the theme music for a documentary film, "Ed Ball's Century" for PBS affiliate, WIPB-TV at Ball State University. Dr. McCloud has more than 30 percussion compositions published by Dutch Music Partners. He is an Educational Endorser of Pro-Mark, a prominent percussion company, and is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP); Percussive Arts Society and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
Currently, Dr. McCloud is the Director of University Bands at Methodist University. Outside of music, Dr. McCloud enjoys cooking, the occasional weekend warrior activity, and spending time with his wife Sandy and their two sons, Zavier and Zander.
Dr. Larry Wells (2006), Associate Professor
of Music; Director of Instrumental Activities; B.A., M.S., Washington
State University; M.S., Portland State University; D.M.A., University
of North Texas.
Larry holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a Bachelor of Science in Education from Washington State University (1990). He holds a Master of Science in Teaching Music from Portland State University (1996), and has recently completed a Doctor of Musical Arts in Trumpet Performance/Wind Conducting from the University of North Texas (2006). His dissertation is entitled Construction Applications, Practices, and Techniques of Natural Trumpets; A Comparative Analysis of Baroque and Modern Era Trumpet Construction Methods.
Currently, Larry is the Director of Instrumental Studies at Methodist University in Fayetteville. Prior to his appointment at Methodist, Larry taught for one year at Southeastern Oklahoma State University and three years at Southwestern Oregon Community College.
In addition to teaching, Larry was the General Manager and Associate Conductor for the 500+ member Metropolitan Youth Symphony in Portland, Oregon. During his five-year tenure at MYS, Larry oversaw all operational aspects of the non-profit group, and conducted the Preparatory Band. Larry also spent four years working for the David. G. Monette Corp. building custom trumpets for notable players such as Wynton Marsalis, Adolph Herseth, and the late Maynard Ferguson.
As a performer, Larry holds a position in the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra. In addition, he has played numerous times with the Portland Opera, the Oregon Symphony, the Eugene Symphony and Opera, and the Salem Chamber Orchestra. While at the University of North Texas, Larry played with the UNT Symphonic Band, UNT Baroque Orchestra, and the UNT Opera Orchestra.
Outside of music, Larry's interests include playing golf, woodworking, and playing with his three children: Pruette (7), Harrison (5), and Daulton (2).
Ms. Julia Atkins (2014), Adjunct Professor
Julia Atkins, originally from Buffalo, NY, is a clarinetist in the Fayetteville, NC area, as well as the Orchestra Personnel and Marketing Manager for the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra. Julia came to Fayetteville after having earned a Bachelor of Music in Clarinet Performance from the Crane School of Music at the State University of New York at Potsdam in 2011, and a Master of Music in Clarinet Performance from The Florida State University in 2013. She has studied with Dr. Deborah Bish (Florida State University), Dr. Frank Kowalsky (Florida State University), Dr. Julianne Kirk (Crane School of Music), Mr. Kenneth Grant (Eastman School of Music), and John Fullam (Principal Clarinetist of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra). Many of Julia's performing experiences come from the numerous ensembles she performed with while in school. This includes the Florida State Wind Orchestra, Florida State Chamber Winds, Crane Symphony Orchestra, and the Crane Wind Ensemble, where she was primarily section leader or doubling on Eb and Bass Clarinet. Other performing experiences include being a member of the International Award Winning American Legion Band of the Tonawandas, the Greater Buffalo Youth Orchestra where she performed in Carnegie Hall and side-by-side with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, several pit orchestras for shows such as Seussical the Musical, Damn Yankees, and The Wizard of Oz, and several chamber ensembles. Currently, the majority of Julia's time is spent working her full time job with the Fayetteville Symphony, but does teach clarinet part-time at Methodist University, plays with the Fayetteville Symphonic Band, and subs for ensembles in the area when needed. Aside from her jobs, Julia is an experienced arts administrator believing that the heart of arts advocacy begins with everyone who is touched by the arts in one way or another, and proper support of the arts begins through truly great arts education. Outside of music, Julia enjoys yoga and fitness, baking, crafting, and sports, both as a fan and as a player.
Skipper Hartness (2008), Adjunct Professor of Classical Guitar
Skipper Hartness is originally from Atlanta, Georgia, but grew up in Hope Mills, NC. Mr. Hartness attended the University of North Carolina at Pembroke where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education. Mr. Hartness received his Master degree in Music Education from Appalachian State University in 1978. He studied Classical Guitar locally with Danny Infantino, and in Raleigh, NC. with Myrna Sislen. He has been a life-long student of the guitar and guitar pedagogy, attending many guitar master classes. In addition to teaching guitar privately, Mr. Hartness has taught guitar at Fayetteville Technical Institute, UNC Pembroke, and Cumberland County Schools where he also has taught orchestra for thirteen years.
Ms. Ashley Kotz (2013) Women's Choir Director ("Treble Tones")
Ashley is proud to call Fayetteville home and thrilled to be an adjunct professor at her alma mater. She received a B.A. in Music from Methodist and a Master of Arts in Teaching Music Education from East Carolina University. As a vocalist, her performing credits include:"Barbarina" in The Marriage of Figaro, Fayetteville State University, "Strawberry Seller" in Lionel Bart's Oliver!, Cape Fear Regional Theatre, "Josephine" in Gilbert and Sullivan's H.M.S. Pinafore, Fayetteville State niversity,"Papagena" in Mozart's The Magic Flute, Fayetteville State University. Ashley's choral experience includes "Chorus Member" in Puccini's Tosca with the Opera Company of North Carolina (Raleigh), as well as the Cumberland County Oratorio Singers under the direction of Micheal Martin. Ashley has held the position as Music Director for Cape Fear Regional Theater's Youth Summer Drama Camp for the following shows: Disneys' Beauty and Beast JR, The Jungle Book JR, The Little Mermaid JR. As a private vocal instructor and choral director, Ashley is passionate about vocal pedagogy and believes in promoting healthy vocal production through technique. She is level one certified in the Somatic Voicework vocal training method where she attended the CCM Vocal Pedagogy Institute at Shenandoah Conservatory.
Mr. Cody Rex (2013) is a double bassist and educator based in central North Carolina. A former instructor at the Music Academy of North Carolina and at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, he is Adjunct Instructor of Double Bass at Methodist University. As a freelance musician, Cody performs regularly as an extra with the North Carolina Symphony, North Carolina Opera, Charleston Symphony (SC), Fayetteville Symphony, Greensboro Opera, Asheville Symphony, and Roanoke Symphony.
As a proponent of contemporary music, Cody has premiered several new works for double bass, and has collaborated with prominent composers such as Samuel Adler, Michael Daugherty, Frederic Rzewski, McGregor Boyle and Bright Sheng. He was most recently double bassist for the Carnegie Hall premier of composer Evan Chambers' song cycle, The Old Burying Ground.
Cody is currently a doctoral candidate for the DMA in double bass performance with Craig Brown at UNC Greensboro. He holds the Master of Music degree in double bass performance from the University of Michigan, and the Bachelor of Music in music education from Bowling Green State University. Other teachers include Diana Gannett, Anthony Stoops, and Alex Hanna.
Andy Smith (2014), Adjunct Professor of Tuba and Euphonium
Andrew Smith's musical journey has taken him all over the United States and in a wide array of musical genres and vocations. Currently, Andrew is the Director of Athletic Bands at UNC Greensboro, Instructor of Tuba and Euphonium at Campbell and Methodist Universities, Solo Eb Tubist with the Triangle Brass Band, Tubist in the North Carolina Brass Band, Tubist in the Internationally Acclaimed Brass Quintet Bay Street Brassworks, Principal Tuba in the Fayetteville Symphony, and maintains an active career as a low brass educator and performer. He has presented recitals and masterclass all across the United States, and has presented at numerous international conferences.
Recent solo performances include Guest Artist Recitals at UNC Pembroke, Georgia College, The North Carolina Trombone Festival, and at the 2011 and 2013 Great Plains Regional Tuba Conferences. Andrew has been a featured soloist with the Triangle Brass Band, UNCG Jazz Ensemble, Syracuse University Brass Ensemble, and the UNC Greensboro University Band. Dr. Smith also was a featured artist at Oneonta State University and the Eastman School of Music's Women in Music Festival.
In addition to his solo performing, Andrew Smith maintains an active career as an orchestral tubist. He has performed with the Fayetteville (NC), Rochester, Rainier (WA), Buffalo, and Syracuse Symphony Orchestras. In addition, he has been a member of the Georgia Brass Band, Tar River Symphonic Band, Eastman Brass Guild, and the Eastman Wind Ensemble.
Andrew holds the Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance from Ithaca College, Certificate in Band Instrument Repair Technology from Renton Technical College, the Master's Degree in Music Performance and Literature and the Artist Leadership Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, and the Doctorate of Musical Arts in Music Performance from UNC Greensboro. His primary teachers include Ed Diefes, Dave Unland, Don Harry, Craig Sutherland, and Dennis Askew.
Andrew Smith is a member of the International Tuba Euphonium Association, College Music Society, The National Association for Music Education and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Music Fraternity.
Andrew Smith is a Big Mouth Brass Artist and Parker Mouthpieces Artist and performs exclusively on Big Mouth Brass Tubas and Parker Mouthpieces.
Linda Volman (2011), Fine Arts Coordinator; Adjunct Instructor of Flute; BMA University of South Carolina, 2004, MM Louisiana State University 2006, DMA ABD Louisiana State University. E-Mail:
Linda Volman is a flutist and piccoloist in the Fayetteville, NC area. In the fall semester of 2008, she began her study as a Doctoral Candidate at Louisiana State University and was the Substitute Flute Professor for the semester. She is currently the Adjunct Flute Professor at Methodist University, flutist with the Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra, substitutes in area orchestras, and she also has a thriving flute studio.
While in Atlanta from May 2010 to May 2011, Ms. Volman was the Piccolo player for the Tara Winds Concert Band and recently soloed with them on their Fall Concert and at University of Southern Mississippi in February. While in Louisiana she was the 3rd Flute/Piccolo for the Baton Rouge Symphony and was the Principal Flutist with the Louisiana Sinfonietta. She was Principal of the LSU Wind Ensemble during the two years of coursework for the DMA as well as the two years of her Master's Degree. She also played with the LSU Symphony Orchestra for two years while getting her Master's Degree.
Before attending Louisiana State University, Ms. Volman received her Bachelor's Degree in Flute Performance from The University of South Carolina. There she was principal flutist for both the Symphony Orchestra and the Symphonic Band. She was a substitute for the South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra as well as the Augusta Symphony Orchestra. She was the state winner for the South Carolina MTNA solo competition and received second place at the regional level.
Mr. Skip Walker (2005), Adjunct Instructor of Drumset, Jazz and Popular Culture, and Religion. B.M., Berklee College of Music; M.A., Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary; further study, Boston University.Skip has recorded and performed with The Fatback Band, Israel Houghton, Bubba Brooks, Maria Howell, Althea Rene, and Onaje Alan Gumbs. Skip is a proud endorser of Silverfox Percussion, Soultone Cymbals, and DC California Drums in Los Angeles California. Visit Skip on the web at myspace.com/macrorhythm. E-Mail:
Saxophonist Jason Wallace (2014), a native of Georgia, has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, France, and Switzerland. Mr. Wallace has earned both a Master of Music degree in saxophone performance and the Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Georgia. While a student, Mr. Wallace was a winner of the University of Georgia Concerto Competition, the Director's Excellence Award and named Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant for the year 2001. Mr. Wallace has served as soloist and principal saxophonist of the U.S. Military Intelligence Corps Band, presenting concerts and master classes throughout the southwestern United States. As an educator, Mr. Wallace has taught instrumental music at the elementary, middle and high school level, most recently as Director of Bands at Booth-Fickett Magnet school in Tucson, Arizona. Additionally, he has served on the faculty of Georgia College and State University as an adjunct instructor of saxophone. Mr. Wallace is currently pursuing the Doctor of Music Arts degree in saxophone performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, recently winning Grand Prize in the annual Concerto Competition.
David Winslow (2014)was born January 29, 1973 in Mechanicsville, Maryland. David is the last of eight children. Since both of David's parents were music teachers, the "family band" toured southern Maryland and recorded 2 tunes. David was able to learn all the instruments of the band, always having a private teacher in his parents to answer any questions. In 1993, after attending the St. Mary's College of MD in St. Mary's City studying tuba and euphonium, David joined the Marine Corps as a tubist and was stationed at Quantico, Virginia. He earned a B.M and M.M in Jazz Studies from the University of North Texas. His teachers include Vern Kagarice, Tony Baker, Steve Wiest, Brian Bourne, Mike Bunn and Jay Norris. In 2001, David won the International Jazz Trombone Competition at the Eastern Trombone Workshop and also was a part of the U Tubes that won the Kai Winding Jazz Trombone Ensemble Competition in 2008. In 2003, he was a participant of the Slide Hampton Inclusion held at the University of Wisconsin Whitewater. During his time at the University of North Texas, he record five albums with the One O'clock Lab, under the direction of Neil Slater: Lab 2001, Lab 2002, Lab 2003, Lab 2004 and "Live from Thailand." David also recorded 2 albums with the Two O'clock Lab Band under the direction of Jim Riggs: Translucent Two and one yet to be released. While at the University of North Texas, David had the pleasure of working with many great jazz artists including: The Brecker Brothers, Bob McChesney, Slide Hampton, Maria Schneider, Bob Brookmeyer, and Jimmy Heath. He has played with the Dallas Jazz Orchestra and the Official Texas Jazz Band. David is an Edwards Trombone Artist and currently a member of the United States Army Ground Forces Band at Ft. Bragg.