ANAMARIE DIAZ joins the Woodwind, Brass, and Percussion Department at MANC as the flute instructor. With a passion for performing, educating, and community involvement, growing the genre of classical music has come to the forefront of Anamarie Diaz’s career. She aims to take the beauty of classical music out of the concert hall and integrate it with everyday life through innovative, educational, and interactive community events. Anamarie’s love of classical music started when she began playing the flute at age 11. Throughout the years she has placed in many flute competitions, including the Richmond Flute Fest Collegiate and Adult Amateur Competition, the Hampton Roads Flute Fair Collegiate Competition, and she is a two-time winner of the National Flute Association Collegiate Flute Choir Competition.
Anamarie incorporates aspects of music history and music theory into each private lesson for a well rounded music education experience. She believes that everyone can benefit from either learning an instrument or gaining any level of music knowledge. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DR. CATHERINE KEEN HOCK exemplifies the innovative spirit of the contemporary classical musician. Living in Greensboro, North Carolina, Cat (as she is called by her friends) performs and teaches throughout the southeastern United States. Cat is an avid supporter of new music, especially chamber music, and frequently collaborates with local composers and performers. Currently, Cat is the bass clarinetist for the Fayetteville and Salisbury Symphony Orchestras and has recently performed with the Winston-Salem Symphony, Greensboro Symphony Orchestra, Western Piedmont Symphony, and Greensboro Ballet. Cat is a founding member of the award-winning reed ensemble Quintet Sirocco, performing in a variety of locations around North and South Carolina, and as a featured ensemble for the SMIA Chamber Competition, Classical Revolution Greensboro, and the MANC Summer Artist Series. Cat completed a Doctor of Musical Arts degree (DMA) in clarinet performance at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2012 where she was a graduate teaching assistant for the clarinet studio and jazz studies program. Her degree includes a cognate in jazz studies, and she also completed a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Historical Musicology during her doctoral studies. While at UNCG, she was a member of the Wind Ensemble, University Symphony Orchestra, Casella Sinfonietta and Jazz Ensemble II. Cat also earned a MM in Clarinet Performance from UNCG in 2007 and a BA with Honors in Music Performance with a minor in International Studies from Wake Forest University in 2005. At Wake Forest, Cat was a William L. Poteat Scholar, winner of the Concerto Competition and Giles-Harris Competition for Performance, and a drum major for the Spirit of the Old Gold and Black Marching Band. Also while at Wake Forest, Cat spent a semester studying in Venice, Italy, where she studied at the Conservatorio di Musica Benedetto Marcello and traveled Europe experiencing performances by the world’s leading orchestras and opera companies. She studied with Kelly Burke, Anthony Taylor, Edwin Riley, Eileen Young and Michael Waddell. You are invited to learn about Cat by visiting her website: www.catkeenhockclarinet.com. Cat can be reached at email@example.com.
DR. REBECCA LIBERA, bassoon faculty, currently performs with the Quintet Sirocco, Fayetteville Symphony, Salisbury Symphony, and Western Piedmont Symphony, and has also performed with the North Carolina Symphony, Greensboro Symphony, Winston-Salem Symphony, and the Arizona Wind Symphony. Never content to sit still, Rebecca is also an arts administrator, teacher, performer, advocate, hearing specialist, researcher, health nut, and recreational athlete. As the Executive Director of Music for a Great Space, a local arts non-profit organization, Rebecca has a deep commitment to bringing great chamber music to the great spaces of Greensboro and to providing educational opportunities to music lovers of all ages. Before relocating back to the Piedmont Triad in 2011, Rebecca was a K-8 Elementary General Music and Band teacher in Phoenix, AZ. Also a published author, her articles have appeared in the Journal of Band Research as well as Arizona Music News. In addition to her music teaching and performance, Rebecca is an Occupational Hearing Conservationist and a Hearing Instrument Specialist, working for a private audiology practice in Greensboro. When “relaxing,” Rebecca has become a recreational runner and always enjoys a hike in the NC mountains. Dr. Libera is a two-degree graduate of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (MM 2006, DMA 2009) and her undergraduate dual degree in music performance and music education is from Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY (2004). Rebecca can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BRANDON WEST is a percussionist and music educator based in Mebane, NC. He has taught concert and marching percussion throughout the southeastern portion of North Carolina. Some of these schools include: Cape Fear High School, South View High School, Terry Sanford High School, Douglas Byrd High School, Grays Creek High School, and Scotland High School. Brandon has served these programs as a percussion instructor, arranger, show designer, and drill writer.
As a performer Brandon has performed in many wind ensembles, concert bands, percussion ensembles, and marching ensembles. More notably, he was a member of the 2017 NC Day of Percussion All-Star Percussion Ensemble directed by Mark Ford, a performing member on the Focus Day Concert at the 2017 Percussive Arts Society International Convention in San Antonio, Texas, and was a member of the 2014 edition of the Carolina Gold Drum and Bugle Corps. Brandon has had the opportunity to learn from many world-renowned percussionists; a few of those include: Nancy Zeltsman, Pius Cheung, Casey Cangelosi, and members of NEXUS.
Brandon received his Bachelor degree in Music Education from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, studying percussion under Dr. Joseph Van Hassel and Dr. Tracy Wiggins. He is currently pursuing his Master of Music in Percussion Performance at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, studying percussion under Dr. Eric Willie. Brandon is a member of the Percussive Arts Society, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and is endorsed by Evans drumheads and Promark drumsticks. Brandon can be reached at email@example.com.
DR. KURT PHELPS is a freelance trumpeter and member of the 208th “Wildcat” Army Band stationed in Concord, North Carolina. Kurt received his DMA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. While at UNCG, he served as a graduate assistant where he taught graduates and undergraduates, trumpet ensemble, and coached a student brass quintet. Alongside those duties, he was a member of the Graduate Brass Quintet and has taken part in educational concerts across the Greensboro community.
As an Army musician, Kurt has had the pleasure of performing in various military and civilian functions throughout North Carolina, Virginia, and Mississippi. Kurt is a native Floridian and has had the opportunity to perform as a marching toy soldier at the Magic Kingdom theme park at Walt Disney World. He also performed as the first trumpet for the Penguin Brass Quintet at SeaWorld Orlando. Kurt was also a founding member of the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra and the Space Coast Oratorio Society. Kurt has performed internationally as well. In 2011, he traveled to Melk, Austria to perform in the Schagerl Brass Festival alongside Europe’s most accomplished brass players. Kurt is dedicated to music education. He has served as a guest clinician for middle and high schools in Florida, Georgia, and North Carolina. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BRAD SCHILIT is a saxophonist and educator in Greensboro, NC. As a soloist, Schilit has performed at many national and international conferences, including the Navy Band International Saxophone Symposium, North American Saxophone Alliance, and International Saxophone Symposium and Competition. As an avid supporter of new music, Brad has spent a large amount of time working closely with composers to premiere new works for both a solo and chamber music setting. A highlight of these is leading a consortium of 30 saxophonists to have Marc Mellits compose a new work for Alto Saxophone and Marimba. He also spent a summer as a performance fellow at Nief Norf Summer Music Festival.
As a teacher, Brad has guided multiple students to All-State, All-county, and various other honor bands in the state of Florida and North Carolina. His students have scored top marks at both county and state solo and ensemble festivals. In Greensboro, he has taught saxophone at Greensboro Academy and assisted with conducting their wind ensemble.
Brad has a Bachelor’s of Music degree from the University of South Florida and a Master’s of Music degree in saxophone performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Currently he is finishing up a Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Music Education. At UNCG, Brad played principal saxophone in the Symphonic Band under the direction of Kevin Geraldi and baritone saxophone in the University Wind Ensemble under the direction of John Locke. He also played baritone saxophone in the Apollo Saxophone Quartet, performing regularly in student and community recitals.
Outside of music, Brad both plays and coaches hockey. He is a goaltending coach and a junior team assistant coach. Brad grew up in Tampa, FL and has one older brother. Brad can be reached at email@example.com.