Orchestral Literature and Rehearsal Strategies Workshop

Faculty

 

frank

Dr. Frank Diaz
Workshop Director

rebecca

Dr. Rebecca MacLeod
Affiliate Faculty

james

Dr. James Mick
Affiliate Faculty

david

Dr. David Pope
Affiliate Faculty

brenda

Dr. Brenda Brenner
Affiliate Faculty

Dr. Frank Diaz

Dr. Frank M. Diaz is Associate Professor of Music (Education) at the Jacobs School of Music and is an in-demand conductor, clinician, and adjudicator in the field of instrumental music education. He has led award-winning ensembles as a high school orchestra director, and has served as a conductor for orchestras at Florida State University and the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance. He is also previous Music Director of the Corvallis Youth Symphony Orchestra in Corvallis, Oregon, and maintains an active schedule of guest conducting collegiate, civic, all-state, regional, and district honor orchestras across the United States. As a member of the faculty at the University of Oregon and the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance, Diaz designed and implemented new and revised curriculum in string music education, and taught courses in string pedagogy, literature, rehearsal strategies, and conducting. An active member of the American String Teachers Association, he has served as a collegiate chapter sponsor, as a member of various ASTA task forces and committees, and as an adjudicator for ASTA’s National Orchestra Festival. He holds degrees in music education and orchestral conducting from Florida State University and the University of South Florida.

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Dr. Rebecca MacLeod

Dr. Rebecca MacLeod is associate professor of music education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, specializing in string education. She earned her degrees from Duquesne University (BSME) and Florida State University (MME and PhD). Prior to her position at UNCG, she taught elementary, middle school, and high school orchestra in the public schools of Pennsylvania. Her research on working with underserved populations, vibrato technique, teacher effectiveness and music perception has been presented nationally and internationally. She is a frequent guest conductor and clinician throughout the United Sates.

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Dr. James Mick

Dr. James Mick is an associate professor of music education at Ithaca College in upstate New York where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in music education. An active clinician and conductor, Dr. Mick has given professional presentations at many state and national music education conferences across the country, and he has conducted all-state orchestras in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Ohio, and Wyoming. Additionally, he is the music director of the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and acting president of the New York State Chapter of the American String Teachers Association. Dr. Mick’s research interests include music preferences, performance perceptions, and the vitality of public school orchestra programs. He has taught elementary and middle school orchestra in Texas, and high school orchestra and jazz in New York. Dr. Mick holds degrees in music education from Florida State University (Ph.D.), Ithaca College (M.M.), and Texas Christian University (B.M.E.).

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Dr. David Pope

Dr. David Pope is Director of Orchestras for the Elyria City Schools near Cleveland, Ohio. In addition, he teaches string pedagogy courses for VanderCook College of Music, conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra for the Northern Ohio Youth Orchestras, presents music education sessions for Alfred Music, and serves as a senior conductor and co-director of Florida State University’s Summer String Orchestra Camp. As an active adjudicator and clinician, he has conducted numerous all-state orchestras, regional honor orchestras, and served as a guest clinician for various orchestra programs throughout the United States. Dr. Pope has presented string pedagogy clinics and his research at state, regional, and national conferences. Previously, Dr. Pope taught orchestra in Florida and Tennessee.

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Dr. Brenda Brenner

Brenda Brenner was assistant professor of music (violin) at Indiana University from 1993 to 2006, when she was named associate professor of music (music education). She specializes in string music education, teaching applied violin, as well as courses in violin and string pedagogy. In addition to her appointment to the Music Education Department, she continues to serve as assistant director of the IU String Academy, a position she has held since 1993. Her String Academy students have been featured in concerts in major venues throughout the United States and have presented tours in France, Japan, Sweden, and Spain. Brenner, an active teacher and performer of chamber music throughout the United States, also teaches and conducts at the IU Summer String Academy and is assistant director of the IU Retreat for Professional Violinists and Violists. She was previously a member of the faculty at Carleton College and an instructor at Eastman School of Music, where she was a member of the award-winning Augustine Quartet.

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