Private Lesson Staff
In addition to solo and group performances in Minnesota with the St. Olaf Band and St. Olaf Orchestra, Gibb has performed as a soloist on tours through the Midwest and Europe, notably at the Darius Milhaud Conservatoire in Aix-en-Provence, France, and the Teatro Comunale Mario del Monaco in Treviso, Italy. He has also performed as a soloist with the Bowling Green Philharmonia and the Bowling Green State University Wind Symphony. He is now studying, teaching, and performing in Texas, including performing and recording with the North Texas Wind Symphony.
Jorge has been an enlisted member of the Air National Guard for nine years serving as a musician and had the distinct honor of deploying overseas in the summer of 2011. He is currently a member of the 531st Air National Guard Band of the Gulf Coast. Prior to his move to Texas, Jorge served as adjunct faculty at Chabot Community College. He currently teaches privately in the Dallas-Fort Worth Area.
Samuel Day is a recent graduate from the University of North Texas, where he received his Master of Music in clarinet performance. In his time at North Texas, Samuel has performed and recorded with the world-renowned Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band, as well as the Symphony Orchestra.
As a soloist, Samuel has competed on the international stage as a semi-finalist for the International Clarinet Association Young Artist Competition in 2017, and will again compete in Ostend, Belgium in 2018. He was a finalist for the concerto competition at the University of North Texas in 2017. In 2015, he was the winner of the Missouri State University concerto competition, where he performed Oscar Navarro’sClarinet Concerto II. That same year, he was invited to be a featured soloist for the Missouri State University Wind Ensemble, where he performed Bennu’s Fire.
Samuel’s passion for music-making, combined with his fervor for teaching, make him a sought-after clinician. He has given clinics and masterclasses across southwest Missouri, Oklahoma, north Texas, and southeast Texas.
Samuel earned his Bachelor of Music Education at Missouri State University. He graduated with his Master of Music in clarinet performance at the University of North Texas. He can be heard on Julie Giroux’s CD, Shine, as well as the 2019 release of Wind Symphony’s newest CD. His primary teachers include Allison Storochuk and Kimberly Cole Luevano.
As an active classical saxophonist, José Barrientos has performed throughout the United States, Asia, and Southeastern Europe. In the summer of 2013, José Barrientos was selected to perform Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition as a guest artist with the prestigious American Festival for the Arts Conservatory Youth Orchestra under the baton of, internationally-known conductor and teacher, Jeffery Grogan in Houston, TX where Mr. Grogan described José Barrientos’s interpretation of Pictures as “memorable”. Having garnered several achievements, José Barrientos was awarded first place winner in the 2015 North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) Region 3 Conference Solo Saxophone Competition held at Drake University in Des Moines, IA, which led to an invitation back to Drake University to present a Guest Artist Recital in Sheslow Auditorium in Fall of 2015. During his time at Iowa, José Barrientos was a two-time national finalist at the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Young Artists Competition in San Antonio, TX (2016) and Baltimore, Maryland (2017). In 2017, José Barrientos also performed as a national finalist with the ICON Saxophone Quartet in the MTNA Chamber Music Wind Competition. The summer of 2016 José Barrientos had the honor to perform with the Iowa Saxophonists’ Workshop (ISW) and the ICON Saxophone Quartet, under the direction of Dr. Kenneth Tse, in their Asia tour in Hong Kong and Chengdu, China. During this 10-day tour, the ensemble performed at the Hong Kong International Saxophone Symposium (HKISS), where they also had the opportunity to work with Jean-Michel Goury (National Conservatory of Boulogne-Billancourt, France), Philippe Geiss (University of Strasbourg, France), and David Nabb (University of Nebraska at Kearney). In Chengdu, China, ISW also performed at the Sichuan Conservatory of Music.
In the summer of 2017 José Barrientos and Reese Burgan (Professor of Saxophone at Lone Star College – Montgomery) formed the Ikigaioto Duo. The name ‘Ikigaito’ is a reference to the Japanese concept of “Ikigai’ which roughly means “a reason for being.” The philosophy idealizes balance in one’s life – Vocation, Passion, Profession, and Mission. After performing and teaching throughout the Houston, TX area in the spring of 2018, Ikigaioto Duo was the opening woodwind duo performance for the inaugural International Woodwind Duo Symposium (IWDS) at Sam Houston State University. At the IWDS, Ikigaioto Duo took 2nd place at the IWDS Young Artist Division competition performing at the closing Winners Concert.
Through many collaborations with composers and enthusiastic musicians, José Barrientos has worked immensely with the Society of Composers, Inc. (SCI) at the University of Iowa to promote new music and collaborations. SCI hosts The SCI 24 + 24 Hour Concert Project, “a project where the goal of the event is to foster strong bonds and collaborative relationships between performers and composers at the school of music. The event begins by randomly assigning composers to a volunteer musician or small ensemble from the school of music. These composers then have twenty-four hours to compose an original work for their assigned performer or ensemble. Once the performers receive the new work, they have up to twenty-four hours to learn, practice, and rehearse the piece until they perform it at a concert.”
Each year the composers have raised the bar by developing the concert to include not only solo works, but also collaborations with small ensembles, dancers, and even the Laptop Orchestra of the University of Iowa (LOUi). Through SCI, José Barrientos has premiered works by Carlos Toro Tobon and Alexandros Spyrou. Works premiered are Carlos Toro Tobon’s U26 (2015) for unaccompanied alto saxophone and Expanded Shapes(2016) for alto saxophone, viola, and prepared piano, and Alexandros Spyrou’s Untitled IV for soprano and alto saxophone. José Barrientos has also performed these works in various performance venues throughout Iowa City, IA and performed Expanded Shapes at The 2016 Midwest Composers Symposium. The Midwest Composers Symposium takes place every year at the home of one if its four member institutions (Indiana University, University of Michigan, University of Iowa, and University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music).
As an educator, José Barrientos has taught private lessons and has given masterclasses to students of various age groups throughout Texas. His students have also received superior ratings at Solo & Ensemble Competitions and at the All-State level. In addition to private teaching, José Barrientos has worked several band camps such as the SFA Summer Band Camps and The Young Saxophonist’s Institute (YSI) in North Houston and Ft Worth, TX where he was able to coach saxophone quartets and large ensembles. José Barrientos currently holds a private saxophone studio consisting over 80 students in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex and is also Director of the Texas Youth Saxophone Ensemble. José Barrientos plans to continue his studies at the doctoral level in the near future.
Michael completed his undergraduate studies, graduating summa cum laude, in May 2004 from the Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory, where he studied under James Darling and Jack Sutte of the Cleveland Orchestra. Afterwards, he completed his graduate studies, receiving a Master of Music in trumpet performance, at the Cleveland Institute of Music under the guidance of Michael Sachs, principal trumpet of the Cleveland Orchestra. During his summers, he could be seen at the Aspen Music School studying with Juilliard Faculty and performing with some of the world’s top talent. He has performed with professional groups across the country such as the National Repertory Orchestra, the Dallas Wind Symphony, the Cleveland Opera Orchestra, the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, the Charleston Symphony, and the Akron Symphony Orchestra.
Michael is an active member with the International Trumpet Guild.
Lisa has more than 10 years of teaching experience both full-time and part-time in public and private school settings, including strings and general music. She has taught beginning to advanced French Horn (primary instrument) and trumpet as well as beginner to intermediate piano, guitar, mandolin, violin, flute, clarinet, and percussion. Her diverse musical background allows her to easily adapt to teaching all levels and styles of learning. As a result, she offers a caring and personalized approach to her teaching, learning what interests and motivates each student.
Her performance experience includes the Ashland Symphony Orchestra, University of Akron Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Band, Polymer Brass Quintet, Lunaris Woodwind Quintet, Ashland University Bands, Ohio Private College Instrumental Conductors Association (OPCICA) Honors Band, Mansfield Symphony Youth Orchestra, and the Carrollton Wind Symphony. She has performed with notable musicians and composers such as Randy Newman, Marvin Hamlish, Karel Husa, Robert Page, and Frank Ticheli.
lives in McKinney with his wife and two boys. Currently, Tony has an extensive and
highly successful lesson studio. With 30 years of teaching experience, his students are
considered some of the most talented trombonists in the state of Texas.
Just this past year, many of his high school students advanced to the All-Area
competition including one that advanced to the prestigious All-State competition placing
2nd overall. For 6 years in a row, at least one of his middle school students won first
chair overall at a Middle School All-Region Band competition. Over the years, dozens of
his students have won positions at All-Region, Area and State competitions. At one
point, two of Tony’s students placed 1st and 2nd chair overall at the All-State
competition multiple years in a row. He’s had numerous four year All-State students.
Students in his studio have also been very successful at their Solo Competitions. This
past year, many of his 6th-12th grade students earned Outstanding Solo awards. He also
had a student win the McKinney ISD Concerto Competition for the 2nd year in a row and
win the state-wide Trombone Summit High School Solo Competition at TCU. Many of his
students have and continue to pursue a career in music as band directors and/or
professional trombonists. In addition to private lessons, Tony has 4 years of experience
teaching at the college level as a Director of Bands and Brass Professor. He also was a
head band director for 6 years teaching 6-12 grade bands.
As a freelance professional trombonist, Tony has been performing with professional
orchestras, jazz bands and other professional groups throughout the Midwest and Texas for the past 28 years. In 1998, Anthony was a finalist for the prestigious Zellmer-
Minnesota Orchestra International Orchestral Excerpt and Solo Competition. He has been the winner of three concerto competitions, has soloed with numerous ensembles
throughout the Midwest and has toured much of the United States and multiple times
throughout Europe as a soloist, clinician and conductor. Recently, he performed with the
Imperial Brass at the prestigious Cancer Blows concert series and recorded with the
Dallas Winds for their next CD (Asphalt Cocktail: The Music of John Mackey). Tony
performs on tenor, alto and bass trombones.
For more information about Tony and his studio, please go to www.mrb4band.com.
Mr. Nobles attended the University of Houston, studying with professor Brian Kauk, former principal trombone player in the Houston grand Opera. Mr. Nobles was involved in every available ensemble at the University, including the Moores School Symphony (Principal Trombone, 2013-2016), the Wind Ensemble under the baton of Mr. David Bertman, the University Jazz Orchestra conducted by Noe Marmolejo, and many other chamber ensembles. He was also a member of the Texas Music Festival in both 2014 and 2015. Mr. Nobles clinics students of all ages in various school districts throughout the metroplex.
An experienced performer in many genres of music, Dr. Oliver has toured the United States and Canada with the Glenn Miller Jazz Orchestra and the Jimmy Dorsey Band. His orchestral experience has included performances with the Dallas Pops, Sherman Symphony, Plano Symphony, Irving Symphony, Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony, and the New Mexico Symphony. While living in Florida, he was also a musician for the Walt Disney World Company and Sea World where he played for various special events and occasions.
Today, Jason can be heard performing as a founding member of the Center Stage Brass and InVersion Band Dallas (Top 40 / Cover Band).
Jung Moo Lee is an active freelance tuba player, low brass instructor, and conductor. As a teacher, he maintains a studio of over 80 students in the Frisco, Prosper, and Coppell ISD. His students are selected consistently and placed at the top of their all-State and region band auditions and have received superior ratings at solo and ensemble festivals. He has presented master classes and summer camps with college and high school students in Seoul, Daegu, Daejeon, Jeju in South Korea, and DFW metroplex. As a teaching fellow at UNT, he taught private lessons at the undergraduate and graduate level as well as coaching brass quintets. As a teaching assistant at UNT, the taught undergraduate conducting class.
Jung Moo is the tuba player of the Center Stage Brass (www.centerstagebrass.com) and Sounding Brass (www.texasdixielandband.com). He has performed with Daegu Symphony Orchestra, Daegu wind Orchestra, Dallas Pops, North Texas Wind Symphony, North Texas Symphony Orchestra, and Meadows Wind Ensemble. He was 3rd place winner of Pusan MBC Music Competition and finalist of UNT Concerto Competition. He also played as a tuba player with large and small ensembles at international music conferences and festivals, such as PASIC, ITEC, TMEA, WASBE, and Crested Butte Music Festival. Jung Moo Lee can be heard in Klavier Wind Project, Mark Records, and Crystal Records on works with the North Texas Wind Symphony and Symphony Orchestra. Also, he recorded the solo for the Korean Movie, “Homicide Sonata (2011).”
He studied the tuba with Don Little (UNT), Matt Good (Dallas Symphony Orchestra), Dr. Brian Bowman (UNT), and he studied conducting with Dr. Jack Delaney (SMU), Eugene Migliaro Corporon (UNT), and Dennis Fisher (UNT).
Through music, Justin has had the opportunity to perform on a national stage many times. He has twice played in the world-renowned Carnegie Hall, as well as once in Indianapolis with the Honor Band of America. Justin holds a degree from the University of North Texas. While pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Performance, Justin played in tremendous ensembles and with world-renowned musicians. He was a performing member of the UNT Wind Symphony, 2 o’clock Steel Drum Band, A Cappella choir, and many other groups at UNT. These ensembles allowed Justin to study with and play alongside musicians such as Andy Narell, Robert Chappell, and Joseph Alessi.
Upon completion of his degree, Justin was able to study in Paris, France with award winning Steel Pan player Andy Narell. Justin currently teaches a private studio of 50 students. He is a private lessons teacher with Prosper, Garland, and Wylie Independent School Districts.