just a list of stuff, faculty, and friends who support:i guess tom wu, abbey wood, tina wu, emily wang, chris raun, richard yang, j. d. henneberry, amelia wilson, and sheng wu have fun with this group during the year 2007-2017
thanks to brad henry, kim henry, mary fallin, eric schmidt, alison schmidt, lucinda page, and anne wojcicki, and benji wojin
plus gratitude to bob cooper, jason edward grife, john clinton, nathan greenwood, peter markes, mark parker, eric garcia, scott kackson, dennis mcclurg, meredith blecha, gayla froster, julie cohen, emily clinton, jennifer flecher, shana gibelyou, emily claudia, ann ezell peters, jennifer hilger, carson misner, maggie boyett,jezy gray, david boren, molly shi boren, barbara perkins, drew gilpin faust, christina paxson, heather lanner, benjamin lanner, tom lee, lee deney, judy wang, steve wood, nathan wood, frank wang, todd holm,
2016 OSAI Faculty
Please check back as we continue to add faculty information!
Christine Farrell, Acting Instructor
New York, New York
Christine Farrell is an actress, playwright, and director. Her television, film, and stage credits include Law and Order
, Ice Storm
, Fatal Attraction
, Comedy of Errors
, Uncle Vanya
, and many new works off Broadway in New York. She is a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre and has received grants from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Affiliate Artists Inc./National Endowment for the Arts, and the MacDowell Fellowship. Her two published plays, Mama Drama
and The Once Attractive Woman
, have been produced in New York and regional theaters. Currently she is the Director of the Theatre Program at Sarah Lawrence College.
Matt Marr, Guest Artist
Los Angeles, California
Because of OSAI, Matt Marr has been on television multiple times—even in his underwear. Originally from Lone Grove, Oklahoma, Matt now lives in Los Angeles and is a successful host, stand-up comic, and commercial actor, including Target with Justin Timberlake, Hotels.com (he’s the guy in the undies), McDonald’s, and many others. He’s also the host of The Dear Mattie Show Podcast and performs stand-up and improv around the country. Last year, Matt co-founded Camp Brave Trails, the nation’s first leadership camp for LGBTQ Youth and Allies, with the second summer to begin in July of 2016. Find all things Matt at dearmattieshow.com
or at bravetrails.org
. Matt attended OSAI as a chorus student from 1993 to 1997.
Angela Harris, Ballet Instructor
Angela Harris is the Executive Artistic Director of Dance Canvas, based in Atlanta, GA. Originally from Baltimore, MD, Angela received her dance training at the Baltimore School for the Arts, Dance Theater of Harlem, School of the Hartford Ballet, and The Eglevsky Ballet. She attended Mercyhurst College and City College of New York, earning a B.A. in Journalism, while at Steps on Broadway on full ballet scholarship. Angela danced professionally with the Georgia Ballet, Columbia City Ballet, and Urban Ballet Theater. National Tours: Jasmine Guy’s Daughters of Alpha; The Thorn, choreographed by Deanna McBrearty of New York City Ballet. Theater credits: Sophisticated Ladies; Degas’ Little Dancer (Marie u/s) at the TONY Award winning Alliance Theatre. Film: Scary Movie 5 (Principal Dancer). Awards: 2011 National Emerging Leader Award (Americans for the Arts/American Express); 2013 Emerging Artist in Dance (City of Atlanta). Angela also directed the dance program for recording artist Usher’s New Look Foundation, and the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation. This fall, Angela was selected by the School of American Ballet as one of five 2015-16 National Visiting Fellows, receiving a fully funded fellowship to work with SAB on diversity initiatives.
Andy Monroe, Ballet Accompanist
New York, New York
Andy Monroe works with The Ailey School and The Juilliard School in New York City. His albums Joyful Noise 1
, Joyful Noise 2
, and Song for a Winter Night
are sold internationally. He has twice received the BMI Foundation Jerry Bock Award for Excellence in Musical Theatre and has also received the Outer Critics Circle award and a Jonathan Larson Grant for his music for The Kid
(The New Group, 2010). He co-wrote a song for Rosie O’Donnell for her HBO special A Family is a Family is a Family
. He wrote the full-length musical, Drive
, as well as the score for The Tragic and Horrible Life of the Singing Nun
(New York Musical Theatre Festival, 2006). He is a member of the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop and was a 2007-8 Dramatist Guild Fellow. In 2001, he received the BMI Foundation Jerry Harrington Award for Outstanding Creative Achievement.
Julie Yu, Chorus Conductor
Dr. Julie Yu is Co-Director of Choral Studies at Kansas State University where she oversees eight choral ensembles and teaches undergraduate and graduate choral conducting. Dr. Yu holds a Bachelor of Music degree in music education from the University of Central Oklahoma, Master of Music degree in choral conducting from Oklahoma State University, and the Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting from the University of North Texas. Before joining the Kansas State faculty, Dr. Yu taught at Norman North High School in Norman, Oklahoma and San José State University. She has conducted honor choirs in Arkansas, Delaware, Kansas, Maine, Missouri, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Germany. She has given presentations and her choirs have performed for the Kansas Music Educators Association, Oklahoma Music Educators Association, the American Choral Directors Association and the European Music Educators Association Conventions. She is a Conference Planning Member for Southwest American Choral Directors Association and a National Board Member of the National Collegiate Choral Organization. She also serves on the Boards of the Collegian Media Group and Flint Hills Children’s Choir.
Margaret Carpenter Haigh, Women’s Section Leader
An avid performer of early music and new music, soprano Margaret Carpenter Haigh is in demand as a soloist and chorister in the United States and abroad. She is co-founder of the French Baroque ensemble L’Académie du Roi Soleil alongside UK-born organist and harpsichordist Nicolas Haigh, and she can be heard on recordings with Apollo’s Fire, Ensemble Vermillian, Simon Carrington Chamber Singers, and the South Dakota Chorale, among others. In 2015 Margaret made her debut with the Portland (Maine) Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Robert Moody, where she sang David Del Tredici’s An Alice Symphony
in the presence of the composer. She holds a B.M. in voice and a B.A. in organ from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and the M.Mus in choral conducting from the University of Cambridge; and she is currently undertaking the Doctoral of Musical Arts in Historical Performance Practice at Case Western Reserve University. www.margaretcarpenter.org
Alex Sutton, Men’s Chorus Section Leader
Alex Sutton is a doctoral conducting associate at the College-Conservatory of Music, where he is managing artistic director of the University of Cincinnati Women’s Chorus, conducts the CCM Chamber Singers, and teaches choral music and conducting. Alex has been on the conducting faculties of the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain and the MPulse Vocal Arts Institute at the University of Michigan. Prior to doctoral studies, he taught high school vocal music in Tecumseh, MI, and was assistant music director of the Boychoir of Ann Arbor. Alex earned his MM in conducting and BM in music education from the University of Michigan. His teachers include Jerry Blackstone, Paul Rardin, and Earl Rivers.
Amanda Arrington, Chorus Accompanist
Amanda Arrington serves as faculty collaborative pianist at the Kansas State University School of Music, Theatre, and Dance. She maintains an active performing career collaborating with faculty artists, guest artists, and students in over 70 concerts each year. Amanda has performed concerts and premieres nationally and internationally with her colleagues at the Canadian Flute Convention (Toronto, Canada 2015), the North American Saxophone Alliance Conference (Champaign-Urbana, Illinois 2014), ClarinetFest (Assisi, Italy 2013), the International Double Reed Society Conference (Redlands, California 2013), the World Saxophone Congress (St. Andrews, Scotland 2012), and the National Association of Composers, USA-Summer Fest (NYC, New York 2010). As a piano soloist, she performed with K-State’s Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and the Wabash City Brass. Amanda also enjoys community engagements, including the Hale Library Concert Series, K-State’s Summer Choral Institute, Manhattan’s Summer Choir, and an annual Messiah Sing-Along.
Richard Blanco, Creative Writing Instructor
Bethel, Maine and Boston, Massachusetts
Richard Blanco is the fifth inaugural poet in US history—the youngest, first Latino, immigrant, and gay person to serve in such a role. Born in Madrid to Cuban-exiled parents and raised in Miami, the negotiation of cultural identity and place characterize his body of work. He is the author of three poetry collections: Looking for the Gulf Motel
, Directions to the Beach of the Dead
, and City of a Hundred Fires
; and two memoirs: The Prince of Los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood and For All of Us
, One Today: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey
. Blanco’s many awards include the Agnes Starrett Poetry Prize from the University of Pittsburgh Press, the Beyond Margins Award from the PEN American Center, the Paterson Poetry Prize, and the Thom Gunn Award. A builder of cities as well as poems, Blanco holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering and an M.F.A in Creative Writing. He has received numerous honors for his writings and performances, including honorary doctorates from Macalester College, Colby College, and the University of Rhode Island, and has been named a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow. He has taught at Central Connecticut State University, Georgetown University, and American University. Blanco splits his time between Bethel, Maine and Boston, Mass.
Molly Wizenberg, Guest Artist
Molly Wizenberg is the voice behind the James Beard Award-winning blog Orangette
. She has written two memoirs, A Homemade Life
, both New York Times bestsellers. Her work has appeared in Bon Appetit
, The Washington Post
, and The Art of Eating
, and she also co-hosts the food-and-comedy podcast Spilled Milk, with Matthew Amster-Burton. Molly is also, as it happens, an OSAI alum (’95 and ’96) and has twice been a counselor and creative writing liaison (’00 and ’02). She lives in Seattle, where she and her husband own and run the restaurants Delancey, Essex, and Dino’s Tomato Pie.
Drawing & Painting
Drawing & Painting Instructor
To be announced
Film & Video
Film & Video Instructor
To be announced
Beau Leland, Film & Video Editor
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Beau Leland has been working as a film and video editor in Oklahoma City for over ten years, and has edited various narrative features, documentaries, commercials, and music videos. He and his wife Stefanie own and operate Invisible Arts Post and Production, as well as Jar of Grasshoppers Documentary Productions. In 2008 Beau’s first feature film as director, “Rainbow Around the Sun,” premiered at South By Southwest film festival, and was chosen as best Oklahoma feature at deadCENTER Film Festival. Beau lives with his wife and son in Oklahoma, and is excited to return for his seventh year at Quartz Mountain!
Alan Novey, Film & Video Technician
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Alan Novey is an Oklahoma-born cinematographer and producer. Novey graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1999 with a BFA in film, video, and photography. Novey worked as the director of photography on the Bradley Beesley film Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo
(HBO), which premiered at the South By Southwest Film Festival in 2009. Novey has also photographed and produced various other commercial projects, music videos, and films, including Okie Noodling II
(PBS), Rainbow Around the Sun
, and The Flaming Lips concert film UFOs at the Zoo
(Warner Bros.). He recently co-produced the Daniel Tarr film Sherman & Pacifico
. Alan is thrilled and honored to return for his sixth year at Quartz Mountain!
Andrew Palermo, Modern Dance Instructor
New York, New York
Andrew choreographed award-winning productions of Allegiance
(Broadway/Longacre, The Old Globe), The Other Josh Cohen
(Soho and Papermill Playhouse), Ace
(The Old Globe, Cincinnati Playhouse, Repertory Theater of St. Louis), Nickel Mines
(Conceiver/Director/Choreographer, UCI) and Two Gentlemen of Verona
(Director/Choreographer, UC/CCM). Select work includes Kristin Chenoweth/Carnegie Hall
, The Frank Loesser Songbook/New York Philharmonic
(Lincoln Center), The Mikado
(Carnegie Hall), Miss Julie
(Geffen Playhouse), Lyrics and Lyricists
(92nd St. Y), Bright Lights, Big City
(Prince Music Theater), Vices
(Theatre Aspen), The Aluminum Show
(international tour), For The Record/Paul Thomas Anderson
(Rockwell, LA), 125th Teachers College Gala
(The Apollo Theatre), Aida
(Music Theater Wichita), Man of La Mancha
(Sacramento Music Circus). Andrew (along with Taye Diggs) is the co-founding Artistic Director of dre.dance, a contemporary dance company. An Assistant Professor of Drama at UC Irvine, Andrew also specializes in movement classes for children on the autism spectrum, and speaks nationally on the integration of the arts and special needs issues.
Timothy Long, Orchestra Conductor
Brooklyn, New York
Timothy Long is a multi-faceted musician who has worked with Boston Lyric Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, The Juilliard School, New York City Opera, Opera Colorado, Utah Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Moab Music Festival, Mostly Mozart Festival, Oregon Bach Festival, Caramoor Festival, Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall. Adding to his Bridge Records recording of The Music Teacher
, a play/opera by Wallace Shawn and Allen Shawn, he recently completed recording music of Dominick Argento with the renowned baritone, Brian Mulligan, for the Naxos label. Formerly assistant conductor of the Brooklyn Philharmonic and associate conductor of the New York City Opera, Tim is an associate professor at SUNY-Stony Brook, an artist faculty member of the Aspen Music Festival, and music director/co-founder of Voices of Hope, an annual charity concert benefiting the Global Family Fund. Tim is 1/2 Muscogee Creek, 1/2 Choctaw and is from the wolf clan. He resides in Brooklyn, NY. Timothy Long attended OSAI as an orchestra student from 1983 to 1986. timothylongmusic.com
Daris Word Hale, Bassoon
Daris Hale, Austin Symphony Orchestra, Austin Lyric Opera and a founding member/bassoonist/choreographer of the Wild Basin Winds quintet. When she is not challenging classical music traditions and symphonic dress codes, she loves teaching music and humanities at Texas State University and performing/touring on the bassoon. Some of her other professional musical exploits include performing symphonies in Austria, quintets in Argentina, operas in Italy, trios in England, and most rewardingly while on a Fulbright, African songs in Tanzania. Daris enjoys championing the new works of composers by producing concerts and albums featuring their compositions. She collaborated with composers from Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania writing the music of their ethnic traditions for American classical musicians to produce world premieres in the composers’ homeland. Daris is also a music contractor for film and TV. Her bassoon performances can be heard on numerous itunes albums, soundtracks, commercials, television, and almost 100 live concerts per year. She has two insanely adorable kids and a loving husband—all of whom agreed to follow her to Africa as long as she promised to follow them home.
Michael Murray, Cello
Michael Murray is founding member of the Hawthorne Trio, artist-faculty ensemble at Missouri State University. The Hawthorne Trio has performed widely across the United States, Japan, Czech Republic, England, and at the Chopin Academy in Warsaw, Poland. Researching music for cello composed in the 1930s, Dr. Murray held artist/scholar residency at the American Academy in Rome. Murray is the principal cellist of the Springfield Symphony and his wide orchestral experience includes the Minnesota Orchestra, Tucson Symphony, and Kansas City Chamber Orchestra. Dr. Murray’s cello teaching extended to the National Conservatory in Bogota Colombia and the Missouri London Program. He is the recipient of the Governor’s Recognition for Excellence in Teaching, awarded by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, in addition to a Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence from Missouri State University and a National Endowment in the Humanities Fellowship for study at Harvard University. A MSR Classics CD of music of American composer, Richard Faith, features music for cello performed by Michael Murray.
Larry Guy, Clarinet
Stony Point, New York
A former clarinetist with the Atlanta Symphony, Larry Guy has performed with the New York Philharmonic, New York City Ballet, New York City Opera, New Jersey Symphony, and Orpheus. For many years, he was the principal clarinet of the Long Island Philharmonic, Joffrey Ballet, Queens Symphony, and Lake George Opera. He is the author of six textbooks for clarinetists and has produced four educational CDs for Boston Records showcasing the artistry of Daniel Bonade, Ralph McLane, Mitchell Lurie, and Rosario Mazzeo. He has presented masterclasses at the Curtis Institute of Music, Tanglewood, Northwestern, and Rice, and he has lectured at clarinet festivals in Stockholm, Los Angeles, and Oklahoma City. For three years, he was the International Clarinet Association’s Chair of Pedagogy, and for eight years he taught at New York University. Presently, Guy serves on the faculties of Vassar College, the Pre-College and Music Advancement Program at the Juilliard School, and the Precollege Division of the Manhattan School of Music.
Jesús Insuasty, Double Bass
Jesus Insuasty has being playing and teaching bouble bass for 8 years. After graduating cum laude from the Universidad Autónoma de Bucaramanga in Colombia, he came to the University of North Texas to pursue a master’s degree in double bass under the tutelage of renowned double bass soloist and pedagogue Jeff Bradetich. Mr. Insuasty performed with the UNT Symphony Orchestras and currently plays with Dallas Live Orchestra, Allen Philharmonic, and other orchestras in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. He is actively involved in double bass pedagogy. Mr. Insuasty won the best performance award as director/conductor of the Universidad of Santander Strings Ensemble in 2004. He teaches master classes and private lessons for middle and high school students in Frisco, TX. He also teaches at the University of Texas-Arlington. Mr. Insuasty’s pedagogy focuses the student’s ability to analyze and formulate solutions to solve technical and interpretive problems in performance.
Gerry Wood, French Horn
Gerald Wood is currently a freelance musician throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area and a frequent utility player for both the Dallas and Fort Worth Symphonies. In the fall of 2011, he was appointed as adjunct instructor of horn at the University of Texas at Arlington. He studied horn performance at the University of Illinois under the direction of Dr. Kazimierz Machala. He received an MM from the University of Southern Mississippi and a BME from Stephen F. Austin State University. In addition to his orchestral work, Wood has played in numerous regional orchestras and notable chamber ensembles, including the American Wind Symphony Orchestra and the internationally renowned Four Hornsmen of the Apocalypse Horn Quartet. He currently resides in Colleyville, Texas with his wife Molly and three children, Seth, Sam, and Lydia.
Susan Saylor, Flute
Susan Saylor is an active soloist and chamber musician who has performed throughout North America and Europe. She is currently principal flutist of Camarata Chicago, Metropolis Symphony, Handel Week Festival Orchestra and a founding member of the Mozart Project. She performs regularly with Broadway in Chicago, The Paramount Theater, St. Charles Singers, Valparaiso Bach Institute, Chicago Chorale, Kithara Trio, Milwaukee Symphony, “Live from Studio One” WFMT radio broadcasts, and has played with Ray Charles and Pacquito D’Rivera. She has recorded with the Milwaukee Symphony, Camarata Chicago, NuClassix Chamber Players, St. Charles Singers, GIA music publishing house and numerous radio and TV commercials. She has participated in both Tanglewood and Aspen Music Festivals and has played with the Boston and Philadelphia Orchestras. Teaching is a passion for Susan; she has a private studio of more than 35 students and gives master classes and clinics throughout the Chicago-land area.
Deb Stevenson, Oboe
Deb Stevenson is a member of the Metropolis Oboe Quartet and Symphony, Lake Forest and Ars Viva Symphonies. She has also performed extensively with the Chicago and Milwaukee Symphonies. She can be heard on recordings of Strauss’ “Alpine Symphony” and Stravinsky’s “Firebird” with the Chicago Symphony. She has also recorded with the Milwaukee Symphony, Faith Hill, Stevie Nicks, St. Charles Singers, and GIA Music. As a contractor she hires musicians for the Paramount, Chicago and Rialto Square Theaters, St. Charles Singers, and Canterbury Chorus. Musicians she has worked with include Idina Menzel, Bernadette Peters, Eddie Vedder, Glen Hansard, Bob Newhart, Marie Osmond, Smokey Robinson, Video Games Live, Celtic Thunder, and Mannheim Steamroller. Deb currently teaches at Wheaton and Vandercook colleges. Deb studied at the University of Louisville, Northern Illinois University, Boston University, and Northwestern University. Her instructors include Marion Gibson, Grover Schiltz, Ray Still, and Larry Thorstenburg. metropolisquartet.com
Alison Shaw, Percussion
Bio coming soon!
Virginia Sircy, Piano
Virginia Sircy holds three degrees in piano performance. She has taught at Mississippi College, William Woods College and, most recently at Cameron University, Lawton, Oklahoma. While at Cameron she was a member of Trio Southwest and the St. Andrew’s Trio. Moving to Alexandria, Virginia, in 2005, Ms. Sircy is a founding member of Words and Music, a chamber group consisting of vocal quartet and piano. She was Choirmaster/Organist at St. Francis Episcopal Church, Great Falls, VA, from 2005-2013. Her duties at OSAI include co-ordinating Eine Kleine Quartzmusik and Bach’s Lunch activities in addition to performing keyboard with the OSAI Orchestra. This year will mark her twenty-ninth year at OSAI.
Royce Lumpkin, Trombone & Tuba
Harrisburg, North Carolina
From 1998-2013, Dr. Royce Lumpkin served as Chair of the Department of Music at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where he is now Professor of Music (Low Brass). From 1971-1998, he taught trombone and performed regularly in the Texas Brass Ensemble at the University of North Texas, where from 1990-1993, he also served as assistant dean of the College of Music. He holds music education degrees from UNT and a doctorate in trombone performance from the University of Oklahoma. He is known nationally as a trombonist, clinician, and adjudicator, and he was the principal tenor tuba and bass trumpet player with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra for over 20 years. He has performed as a trombonist with orchestras in Texas, New York, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Louisiana and North Carolina, and appeared as a trombone soloist/clinician in Oklahoma, Minnesota, South Dakota, North Carolina, Washington, D. C., Kansas, Idaho, New York, Oregon, Texas, Colorado, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Canada, Taiwan, and Germany. Dr. Lumpkin served as President of the International Trombone Association form 1990-1992.
Brittany Hendricks, Trumpet
Appointed in 2013 as Assistant Professor of Trumpet at Ball State University, Brittany Hendricks maintains an active schedule as a recitalist and clinician. She has appeared at numerous schools and conferences, most notably Baylor University, the University of Missouri–Kansas City, the University of Kentucky, the International Women’s Brass Conference (2014), the College Band Directors National Association North Central Division Conference (2014), and the Indiana Music Educators Association Professional Development Conference (2015). In addition to her work as a soloist and teacher, Dr. Hendricks performs as principal trumpet with the Muncie Symphony Orchestra and with the Da Camera Brass Quintet. She holds degrees in performance from Northwestern University (BM, 2007), Arizona State University (MM, 2009), and the University of Alabama (DMA, 2013). Her teachers have included Eric Yates, David Hickman, Barbara Butler, Charles Geyer, Richard Giangiulio, and Christopher Martin.
Misha Galaganov, Viola
Fort Worth, Texas
Dr. Misha Galaganov, viola professor at TCU, has performed as a soloist and chamber musician and given master classes in many prestigious venues in Russia, China, Italy, Israel, Czech Republic, Mexico, Holland, Belgium, Germany, Austria, and the USA. Born and educated in Russia, Galaganov received his degrees of MM and Doctor of Musical Arts from Rice University. Many of his viola and violin students now have successful solo, teaching, and orchestra careers in the USA, Asia, Europe, and Latin America.
Mikylah McTeer, First Violin
Morgantown, West Virginia
Violinist Dr. Mikylah Myers McTeer’s performances have been called “energetic and virtuosic” by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
, and “captivating” by Boulder, Colorado’s Daily Camera
. An award-winning chamber musician, McTeer is Associate Professor of violin at West Virginia University and Coordinator of the String Area. She was formerly concertmaster of the San Juan Symphony in Durango, Colorado, and a member of the Moores Piano Trio in Houston, Texas, which was the silver prize-winner at the 2000 Carmel Chamber Music Competition. She has performed internationally as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Italy, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, and Hungary, and was a 19-year member of the Britt Festival Orchestra in Jacksonville, Oregon. McTeer received her doctoral and master’s degrees in violin performance from the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music, where she studied with Fredell Lack, and her bachelor of music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where she studied violin with Roland and Almita Vamos. She was also a four-year-member and co-captain of the Oberlin College varsity women’s soccer team. She can be heard on the Delos and Parma Records.
John Arnold, Second Violin
Bio coming soon!
Kurt Markus, Photography Instructor
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Kurt Markus was born and raised in northwest Montana and has spent most of his 67 years in the same valley, the Flathead. His career has been marked by variety, covering a wide range of subject matter, and various mediums. He was known for many years as a chronicler of the cowboy West, along the way publishing three books, After Barbed Wire
, and Cowpuncher
. Since then he has turned his eye and energies to magazine editorial and advertising assignments, self-directed “personal” work, gallery exhibitions, screenplay writing, music videos, and documentary filmmaking. He has also been in (and out) of the world of fashion for many years, enjoying long relationships with such fashion houses as Armani, Bogner Yamamoto, Robinson, Banana Republic, and Esprit. He and Maria, his wife and agent for more than 30 years, have moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico to begin anew.
Konrad Eek, Darkroom Technician
Konrad Eek is a photographer, custom framer, and arts educator based in Norman, Oklahoma. A product photography specialist his portfolio ranges from frying pans to fine art. As a framer his work varies from the simplest frame to multi floor office installations, with a new emphasis on individual hand crafted frames for artists and collectors. As an educator he has served as an adjunct professor for Oklahoma City Community College for over 15 years. Eek has facilitated many workshops for a diverse group of arts organizations and commercial clients. He is the author of many courses and articles for Lynda.com covering framing, exhibiting, photo lighting, Photoshop, and traditional black and white photography. He has also served the Oklahoma Arts Institute in a number of roles for over 25 years.
Ben Long, Digital Technician
San Francisco, California
Ben Long is a San Francisco-based photographer, writer, and teacher. The author of over two dozen books on digital photography and digital video, he is also a senior contributing editor to Macworld magazine, a contributing editor at CreativePro.com, and the author of several best-selling Lynda.com photography courses. His photography clients have included 20th Century Fox, Blue Note Records, Global Business Network, the San Francisco Jazz Festival, the Pickle Family Circus, and Grammy-nominated jazz musicians Don Byron and Dafnis Prieto. He has taught and lectured on photography around the world, including workshops at the Santa Reparata International School of the Arts in Florence and a class for imaging engineers at Apple, Inc. He occasionally dabbles in computer programming and has written image editing utilities that are used by National Geographic, the British Museum, and the White House. Long was an OSAI acting student in 1985. completedigitalphotography.com
Guest Faculty – Improvisation
Regina Saisi, Improvisation Instructor
San Francisco, California
Regina Saisi is a San Francisco-based actor and improviser. She is an instructor at American Conservatory Theater, the Marin County School District, and BATS Improv, where she serves as dean. She has taught at Stanford University, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, UC Santa Cruz and KAUST in Saudi Arabia. Saisi has performed internationally in Belgium, Germany, Holland, Italy, Finland, France, Sweden, Lebanon and most recently in Jeddah, SA. A pioneer in the development of long-form improv, she is a founding member of the improvisational theatre companies True Fiction Magazine, Pulp Playhouse and Improv Playhouse of San Francisco. Saisi is a company member of BATS Improv.
Pilates & Fitness
Rebecca Penniman, Pilates & Fitness Instructor
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Rebecca Penniman is a graduate of Newcomb College of Tulane University and Tulane University Law School. In 2005, after earning her PhysicalMind Institute Certificate, she began teaching Pilates mat classes. Two years later, she obtained a Body Arts and Science International certificate for mat and apparatus. An avid runner and swimmer, and a former collegiate tennis player, Penniman understands the benefits Pilates can provide to any athlete – increased balance, posture, flexibility, coordination, and core strength. Additionally, Pilates provides young athletes with an overall kinesthetic awareness. Penniman currently teaches group Pilates classes and individual training on Pilates apparatus. She also teaches high school psychology and core conditioning to off-season athletes. A BodyPump© certified instructor, Penniman combines strength training with her core conditioning classes.