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Dr. Erich Tucker
Dr. Erich Tucker has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Central America, Australia, and Asia. Erich teaches applied flute, saxophone, woodwinds, and musicology at Tarrant County College and throughout the DFW metroplex. Floating between the worlds of music notation and improvisation, Erich is equally comfortable spinning sound both on and off the page. His first solo improv album, PRANA (2010), available on all digital platforms, has received international acclaim.
As past president of the Texas Flute Society and active member of the National Flute Association, Erich has appeared at conventions in Salt Lake City, Orlando, New York City, Washington, D.C, Las Vegas, Nashville, Dallas, and San Diego. A specialist in the musical and dramatic arts, Erich has coordinated flute events for the Texas Flute Festival and Sir James Galway. Erich is an alumni cast member of The Company, an international traveling repertory theater ensemble. Erich has directed over 50 musical theater stage productions through the Summer Arts College since 2002. Erich has written extensively for Flute Wise, Flute Talk, and the National Drama Service.
With innovative and intentional teaching methods, Erich pursues excellence while guiding musicians to discover their own unique voice by teaching music as a language with reading, writing, listening, and speaking components. He holds a Master of Music degree, studied at the University of Central Florida, was awarded a Doctoral of Musical Arts degree in Flute Performance with a cognate in Musicology from Texas Christian University. An alumni of the Vero Beach High School Band, Erich performed under the illuminated batons of James and Sheila Sammons.
Erich is extraordinarily fascinated with human motivation and intention; and he welcomes every opportunity to perform and teach, locally and to the farthest corners of the earth. To date he has traveled to 36 countries and all 50 states. An illuminated soul on-stage and off, Erich’s ever-evolving artistry is simply stated: He follows his own path. Erich is available for flute, saxophone, and double reed lessons through Kaufman ISD and virtual tutoring.
Alondra Esperanza Nina Meneces is a Clarinet freelance Performer, Clinician, and Teacher based in the DFW Metroplex. She initiated her music studies in the Eduardo Laredo Institute (Cochabamba-Bolivia), where the curiosity over the classical music repertoire led her to expand her knowledge assisting to multiple national festivals, earning her the 1st prize in the First National Competition for Bolivian Saxophonists and Clarinetists (2006) and a Clariperu’s scholarship to assist to the South’s Woodwinds Convention (2010).
Looking to expand her performance abilities, Alondra migrated to the United States in 2014 to start her Undergraduate Degree in Music Performance and pursue a Graduate Degree at University of North Texas; under Dr. Patricia P. Card and Dr. Phillip O. Paglialonga respectively. She has assisted and performed in multiple Band, Orchestral, and Clarinet festivals in Bolivia, Argentina, Houston and Dallas such as Tucuman’s First Clarinet Festival, Franco-Chapaco Festival, International Clarinet Workshop, The Clarinet Sessions, Texas Band Master Association, and others. She has served as Principal Clarinet in different ensembles such as Cochabamba Philharmonic Orchestra, Bolivia Philharmonic Orchestra, Franco-Chapaco Orchestra, SHSU Wind Ensemble, SHSU Symphonic Orchestra and CBDNA Intercollegiate Ensemble; and performed with the UNT Wind Ensemble and UNT Wind Orchestra throughout her master’s degree. She offered Bb clarinet and Bass clarinet Masterclasses on State Audition Repertoire, and Band Camp Masterclasses at Byron Nelson High School.
Alondra’s interests in the music world include the performance of music written by under-looked or unknown composers, as well as involvement into projects that look for the democratization of Classical Music. She currently teaches at Northwest ISD, Little Elm ISD, and Kaufman ISD. Through her teaching , she hopes to ignite in her students the idea that no matter what their circumstances are, through hard work and practice, anything is possible.