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Holly Clemans - Flute


Holly Clemans
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(734)459-1080


Holly Clemans teaches at Concordia University, Ann Arbor, MI and is the founder and director of the Concordia Flute Camp. She is a private flute teacher in Canton, and has been active as a soloist, orchestral musician, and clinician for many years. She currently performs with Flute Fusion & the Mosaic Chamber Ensemble; and has been a member of the Plymouth, MI and Arlington, VA Symphonies; the Minnesota Opera Orchestra and Composers’ Forum; and chamber ensembles in Washington, D.C. and Minneapolis/St. Paul. She soloed with the Concordia University Wind Ensemble at Carnegie Hall in 2016. Former faculty positions include Olivet College, Carleton College, and William Tyndale College.

A 2010 winner of the Geoffrey Gilbert Teacher Study Grant, Ms. Clemans has co-authored several publications for the National Flute Association (NFA) and was editor for The Flutist’s Handbook: A Pedagogy Anthology, Volume Two, 2012. She served on the NFA Pedagogy Committee for 16 years, and was chair of that committee from 2013-2017. As a long-standing member of the NFA, she has served the organization as a solo performer, chamber music performer, tape judge, panelist, and presenter for several annual conventions.

Ms. Clemans has presented seminars on teaching at Wayne State, WMU, CMU and at the 2019 Michigan Music conference. As Past President of the Southeast Michigan Flute Association, she was on its Board of Directors from 2002 -2013. Her degrees include a B.M. in Music Education from Hartt School of Music, an equivalency degree in Music Therapy from Western Michigan University, and a M.M. in Flute Performance from the University of Michigan.

Chris Wheeler - Oboe


Chris Wheeler - Obeo
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(517) 927-4996
www.chriswheeleroboe.com


Chris Wheeler is an oboist based in the mid-Michigan area, performing regularly with ensembles including the Michigan Philharmonic and Adrian Symphony, and also subs with many others, including the Lansing Symphony and Southwest Michigan Symphony. He is also active as a chamber musician, having performed with Shift Ensemble Detroit and as a founding member of the Pure Winds woodwind quintet. An avid teacher, Chris maintains a private studio of oboe students in both the metro Detroit and Lansing areas, is an MSBOA Solo & Ensemble Adjudicator and is a masterclass clinician for many band programs. He completed Master’s degrees in both oboe performance and chamber music, studying with Nancy Ambrose King at the University of Michigan, and graduated from the California Institute of Arts (CalArts) with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in oboe performance, studying with Allan Vogel, former principal oboe of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. While at CalArts, he was also an exchange student at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, studying oboe with Stephen West and composition with Gareth Williams. His other major teachers include Gretchen Morse, Stuart Horn (oboe), and Marjan Helms (piano/composition).

Raised in rural Michigan, Chris has been surrounded by music of all types for as long as he can remember. He started his musical journey at the age of 5 with piano lessons, and in 6th grade, a funny instrument called the oboe entered the picture by a chance encounter. A summer session at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp was the catalyst in deciding to pursue music as a career and the following summer saw him touring Europe with Blue Lake’s International Youth Orchestra before starting his undergraduate studies at CalArts. Though classically trained, Chris’s other musical interests lie in expanding the boundaries and genres of his musical influences via his own original compositions and songs. In this vein, he recorded and released an album of original compositions and songs, “Day by Day.”


Andrew Sprung - Clarinet


Andrew Sprung - Clarinet
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(810) 772-1235
www.andrewsprung.com

Dr. Andrew Sprung is Adjunct Instructor of Clarinet at Spring Arbor University and Hillsdale College and Second Clarinetist of the Traverse Symphony Orchestra (Traverse City). He has performed with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Lansing Symphony Orchestra, Grand Rapids Ballet, Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra, and many others. An avid chamber musician, he is a founding member of the Hillsdale College Faculty Woodwind Quintet and was guest artist at the 2017 Southeastern Composers League Forum in Lexington, Virginia. As a soloist, Dr. Sprung has performed concertos with the Livingston Symphony Orchestra (Brighton), Spring Arbor University Concert Band, Bowling Green State University Wind Symphony, and Iowa State University Symphony Orchestra. His performing career has taken him to Carnegie Hall, Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, and venues in Canada and Europe. 

Dr. Sprung teaches private lessons, sectionals, and master classes to high school and middle school students throughout Michigan. His students have earned numerous honors and awards, including first chair in Michigan All-State Band, first chair in Michigan All-State Orchestra, winning the Michigan Youth Arts Festival Solo Competition, being named a finalist for the International Clarinet Association’s High School Solo Competition, numerous MSBOA Outstanding Soloist nominations, and consistent Division-I ratings at District and State Solo & Ensemble. Dr. Sprung’s students have also earned admission into many excellent college music programs.

Margaret Albrecht - Clarinet and Saxophone


Margaret Albrecht - Clarinet and Saxophone
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(248) 794-0751

Michigan based clarinetist, Margaret Albrecht is an active teacher throughout the greater Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Dexter and Plymouth areas. Margaret is an equally active performer, playing in both small and large ensembles with particular emphasis on orchestral playing and small chamber contemporary music.

Margaret earned her Specialist Degree and Masters Degree in Clarinet Performance from the University of Michigan and her Bachelors degree in Clarinet Performance from Western Michigan University. 

Margaret has performed with the Dayton Philharmonic, Lima Symphony Orchestra, Mississippi Symphony, Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra, Toledo Ballet Theater, Aepex Contemporary Ensemble,  ArcaSonica, OperaMODO, Adrian Symphony Orchestra, Rochester Symphony Orchestra and University of Michiagan GIlbert and Sullivan Society. She also has an active love of small chamber music and has several groups she plays with. On an international level, Margaret was a 2017 finalist in the International Clarinet Association Orchestral Competition and traveled abroad with MayaOpera International Music Festival.

As a teacher, Margaret has been active in the greater Ann Arbor area for the past 6 years, and also taught previously in the Kalamazoo and Sturgis areas prior. She is on faculty as a COMP instructor with Community Music School of Ann Arbor in addition to maintaing her private studio. Margaret has taught in a wide range of settings from masterclasses (most recently a residency and recording project at Central Michigan University) to individual lessons and a wide range of students from beginner to adult.

Jim Westhoff - Bassoon


Jim Westhoff - Bassoon
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www.jimwesthoff.com

After experimenting as a clarinetist, bassoonist, pianist, percussionist, drum major, composer, conductor, and basketball center-forward before college; Jim decided to focus on studying bassoon performance at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore where he received his bachelor's degree. Then, while performing with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, he earned masters' degrees in bassoon performance and music theory/composition at Wichita State University. He has also held positions with orchestras such as the Annapolis and Kenosha Symphonies, and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.

Currently, Mr. Westhoff performs with the Jackson and Adrian Symphony Orchestras in southeast Michigan. He substitutes regularly with the Ann Arbor, Flint, and Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestras and is the bassoon instructor at Concordia University. His summers are spent at the Birch Creek Music Performance Center for young musicians in Door County, Wisconsin as an Associate Faculty member and Assistant Program Director. Jim is also a full-time dad to his beautiful, yet goofy, daughter and adorable, yet stubborn, son.

Brian Flemming - Saxophone


Brian Flemming - Saxophone
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Brian is a saxophonist with nearly 20 years of teaching experience in southeast Michigan. He has instructed various woodwind sections and taught private lessons at several area schools, including Plymouth-Canton Education Park, Walled Lake Central, Novi, Lakeland, Lake Orion, and Pinckney. Past students of Brian's have gone on to study music at University of Michigan, Michigan State, and Western Michigan University.  

Brian graduated from Plymouth-Canton high school, and went on to study music education at Eastern Michigan University.  He also attended the All-State program at Interlochen for five summers, where he studied saxophone with Timothy McAllister and Donald Sinta.  His other past instructors include Jay Berckley, Max Plank, and Donell Snyder. 

Brian currently lives in White Lake, and continues to teach lessons to students grades 6-12.

Mitchell Luttermoser - Saxophone


Mitchell Luttermoser - Saxophone
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(734) 377-7398

Mitchell Luttermoser is a fourth-year music performance major at the world-renowned University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, where he studies with the three-time Grammy-winning Dr. Timothy McAllister. As a collegiate musician, Mitchell performs regularly in the legendary University of Michigan band program, as alto saxophonist of the Cerulean Quartet, as a member of the U of M Saxophone Ensemble, and as a soloist.

Mitchell is a frequent performer, and has played in masterclasses for Donald Sinta, PRISM Quartet, Dr. Joe Murphy, the Donald Sinta Quartet, and Hans de Jong. Mitchell has also been regularly competing since high school, and continues to today as a soloist and a chamber musician. Recently, with the Cerulean Quartet he placed third in the 2019 Briggs Chamber Music Competition, also awarded with the Michigan Composition Prize. In 2018, Mitchell received Third Prize in the Marquette Symphony Orchestra Youth Artist Competition, and in 2016 was named the Andrew J. Lum & David R. Juillet Young Artist Scholarship Competition Winner, and performed as a soloist with the Ann Arbor Concert Band.

As an educator, Mitchell has been teaching saxophone methods privately, and in large group settings since February 2016. Since 2016, Luttermoser has also served as the saxophone staff member to the famed Plymouth-Canton Educational Park music program, where he works with the concert program and the marching band. Mitchell also visits middle schools throughout SE Michigan to excite and inspire young students about the saxophone. Luttermoser maintains a private studio in Canton, and Ann Arbor, Michigan, where his students have received superior ratings at district and state Solo & Ensemble festivals, and been accepted for the MSBOA All-State Program.

John Hartwick - Trumpet


John Hartwick - Trumpet
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(248) 259-5873

John Hartwick is a professional freelance trumpet player and professor of music. John is on the faculty at Henry Ford College and has performance experience ranging from symphony orchestras and Broadway musicals to big band jazz, Motown, national and international touring pop acts.

Taking private lessons can help you focus your practicing to make the most of your time. Private lessons will include the following areas of focus:

  • Fundamental skills, practice techniques, and etudes,
  • Solo repertoire for solo & ensemble and/or recital.

Ensemble coaching is a great way to get your group headed in the right direction when preparing for your solo & ensemble performance.

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Thomas Militello - Horn


Thomas Militello - Horn
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(805) 750-8947

Thomas Militello is an Ann Arbor based musician specializing in horn and conducting. He began playing horn in Thousand Oaks, California at the age o f 14, and has since become passionate horn player. He has performed with the Toledo Symphony, Flint Symphony and Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings.

Thomas also has a love for chamber music, playing in both Woodwind and Brass quintets very seriously. He is currently a new member of the Chamber Artist of Southern Michigan (CASM), where he enjoys giving back to the community with educational performances. His Woodwind Quintet, The Cobalt Winds, went to Denmark to participate in the Thy Chamber Music Festival in 2018.

As a private instructor for horn, Thomas has played a major role in his students’ growth. His students consistently rank the highest in their programs and have advanced into honor groups on the county and state level.

He received his B.M. from the University of Southern California, where he received the Winds, Brass, and Percussion department award in 2017, and received his M.M. in Horn Performance from the University of Michigan. His principal horn teachers are Kristy Morrell, Steven Becknell, Bryan Kennedy and Adam Unsworth.

Thomas' conducting journey began at the University of Southern California, where he studied with Larry Livingston. He co-founded founded the Trojan Brass ensemble, where he programmed and conducted music for the ensemble. Thomas also directed the USC horn choir for two years, where he arranged and conducted performances at the Braille Institute in Los Angeles.

As he was earning his performance degree at Michigan, Thomas Militello was a cognate in the Wind Conducting studio at the University of Michigan, where he studied with Michael Haithcock. He is now the music director of the Ann Arbor Camerata, where he hopes to bring the community together through outreach and creative performances.

John Bower - Trombone


John Bower - Trombone
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Johnathon Bower is a freelance trombone player from Troy, MI. He is a graduate of Athens High School and Eastern Michigan University. John studied trombone in the studio of Dr. Babcock. He earned a B.A. in instrumental music education. John recently began pursuit of his Master's Degree in music education at Eastern Michigan University.

After high school John marched at the Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps from 2009-2012. While in college John performed three solo recitals in addition to performing in the Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, and several chamber ensembles. His arrangements have been performed by the Eastern Michigan Trombone Studio, the Athens Brass Choir, and other chamber groups. He has played in the pit for Hairspray, Beauty and the Beast, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, and the Firebird. In 2017 John performed with RhythmX Winds, winning a WGI World Championship. John performed with the Wayne State Orchestra from 2017-2019.

John began his teaching career as a private lesson instructor in 2009. From 2012-2016 John taught marching band and brass choir at Athens High School. At Athens John spent two years as Assistant Director working with the Concert and Jazz bands. He has also been the Band Director at Gabriel Richard Catholic High School and Romulus middle school before deciding to pursue a career as a professional trombonist. John spent time as a visual technician and choreographer at Clio High School, Southgate Anderson High School, L’anse Creuse North High School, South Lyon High School, LSM Winds, and Eclipse Percussion. John is in his 2nd year as director of the Divergent Performing Arts Wind Ensemble. John also enjoys working as a trombone clinician for many local middle schools and high schools. John enjoys being a visual and brass technician for the PCEP Marching Band!

John will be joining the visual staff at the Madison Scouts for the 2020 season and beyond!

Martha Farmer - Trombone

Martha Farmer - Trombone
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Evan Balash - Tuba and Euphonium

Evan Balash - Tuba and Euphonium
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Mike List - Percussions


Mike List - Percussions
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Music has been a part of Mike List’s life since he was a kid. The percussionist grew up in Metro Detroit, where he played in the school music program, youth group, and basement rock bands. This interest led him to study music at Central Michigan University, where he was exposed to classical, jazz, and a heavy dose of avant-garde music. While obtaining his master’s degree, he expanded that interest to a number of non-western musical traditions, which included five months of study and volunteering in India.

 Mike’s background and experience include a variety of styles and traditions. He appreciates the precision and accuracy of classical music, the experimental nature of jazz and avant-garde, and the release provided by playing with rock and worship bands. His work is informed by cultures — both western and non-western — with deep traditions of groove, rhythmic complexity, and fascinating sounds. The collision of those cultures and styles is where Mike finds his most authentic expression. He has played world music fusion in bars, tabla in church services, and classical music in punk anarchist communes. His typical setup includes drums from West Africa, the Middle East, Japan, South America, and other sound objects he has made or collected.

 Mike has worked with the Dave Sharp Worlds Quartet (world music fusion), Rela (percussion quartet), CutTime Simfonica (string quartet), Nessa (Celtic fusion), Dr. Pete Larson (psychedelic nyatiti rock), Common Sounds (classical/world music), Porcelain Hammer (avant-garde rock), Inscribe (avant-garde world jazz), Wisaal (Mediterranean fusion), and To Hit (percussion duet) to name a few. Mike holds a master of music and bachelor of music in percussion performance from Central Michigan University and has studied tabla, mbira, and Arabic percussion. He has released several albums, teaches privately, accompanies modern dance, and teaches courses that include History of Rock and Roll, Classical to Jazz, and World Music.

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Plymouth, Michigan 48170

Email: [email protected]

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Email: [email protected]

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