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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.
Robert Harter is a bassoonist in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. He is Principal Bassoonist with the Mesquite Symphony Orchestra and Second Bassoonist with the Allen Philharmonic Orchestra. Robert holds a master’s degree in music performance from Southern Methodist University, where he studied with the principal bassoonist of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Ted Soluri. Robert also holds a bachelor’s degree in music performance from the University of Miami, where he studied with Gabriel Beavers.
As a teacher, Robert believes in providing his students with the tools, knowledge, and experience necessary to develop their musicianship to the highest level.
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.
Dr. Nick Hsueh
Dr. Nick Hsueh is an educator and freelance horn player in the East Dallas area. He is currently teaching private horn lessons and masterclasses at different schools in Mesquite, Sunnyvale, Royse City, and Kaufman. As an educator, he started to teach horn students in China, Taiwan, and the United States in 2010. His students have been accepted into Music Programs in Universities, High Schools, and Middle Schools. His students also made various levels of Texas All-State Bands.
As a horn performer, Dr. Hsueh has lots of experience in different ensembles. He was the Second Horn at Wuhan Philharmonic for three years, Section Horn at Jiangsu Oriental Wind Orchestra for one year, and substitute horn at different orchestras and wind ensembles in the United States, China, and Taiwan. He currently holds the horn position at Toccare Winds.
Dr. Hsueh is a native of Taiwan. He holds the Doctor of Musical Arts in Horn Performance from Texas Tech University, the Master of Music in Horn Performance from Morehead State University in Kentucky, and the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music Performance- major in Horn, minor in Piano from ShihChien University in Taipei, Taiwan.
Maren Tonini is in her third year at Southern Methodist University studying Oboe Performance under Professor Erin Hannigan, principal oboist in the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and English Horn under David Matthews, English Horn in the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, she is seeking a second degree in World Languages with Italian as her primary language and Spanish as her secondary. During her time at Southern Methodist University, Maren has had the opportunity to perform with the Meadows Symphony Orchestra and the Meadows Wind Ensemble, the Metropolitan Winds, the New Philharmonic Orchestra of Irving, and Toccare Winds. In Summer 2021, Maren organized and facilitated the Meadows Summer Chamber Bootcamp for SMU music majors in which students participated in chamber groups, meditation, and masterclasses given by members of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Previous accomplishments include participating in the Summer chamber festival in Prague and being first chair of Virtuosi of Houston among others. Maren has played piano for 15 years and has taught in the Dallas and Houston areas for the past two years to which she has come to love teaching students more about music, the art that has played such an important role in her life.
Jeremy Langthorn is a Dallas-Fort Worth based saxophonist, composer, and educator currently based in Plano, Texas. After graduating from Temple High School in May 2013, where the local music scene and the school’s award-winning jazz program turned Jeremy’s love of music into his ultimate career path, he moved to Denton, Texas to attend the University of North Texas, where he graduated in 2018 with his Bachelors of Music in Jazz Studies (Saxophone Performance). Mentors he studied or worked closely with during this time include Brad Leali, Jose Aponte, Carlos Averhoff, Brian Horton, Lynn Seaton, Pat Coil, Rodney Booth, and Dr. John Murphy.
After graduating (and even during school), Jeremy quickly became an in-demand sideman and band leader around the DFW Metroplex, where he still maintains a performing schedule. Projects Jeremy has been affiliated with outside of his own include Jamsara, Chris Watson’s Retrophonics, RC and The Gritz, and many more. Before the Coronavirus Pandemic, Jeremy was employed by Cunard Cruise Line as a member of The Royal Court Theatre Orchestra on board the Queen Victoria cruise ship. There, he performed on a number of production shows with the ship’s cast, including the musical “Top Hat”, and with a wide variety of guest entertainers from the United Kingdom and beyond. Jeremy currently plays on MacSax saxophones and mouthpieces.
I am a second year Masters student at Southern Methodist University under professor John Kitzman. I started playing trombone at the age of 11 in Houston, Texas. I have participated in American Festival for the Arts in Houston, and studied with Mike Warny, second trombonist of Houston Ballet and Grand Opera. I have also been a musician at the National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute and studied with David Murray and other members of the NSO and Kennedy Center Opera Low Brass. Along with been selected as a competition winner of Baylor University's Semper Pro Musica Solo and Chamber competition, which allowed me to perform in Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall at the end of the 2019 school year, I also toured in Peru and was a translator and got to perform Jazz for the mayor of Lima! Most recently I was a finalist of the Navy Fleet Band tenor trombone audition which was a fun opportunity as my first professional audition!
J. Aaron Stanley is an active freelance composer, arranger, and trumpeter currently living in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. He began his musical career in 6th grade band in San Antonio, TX. Later, in high school, his family moved to Springfield, MO, where he made all-state band his senior year, then went on to study trumpet, earning his B.M. in Trumpet Performance at Missouri State University. Since then, he has been very active as a freelance performer, playing pretty much all styles of music: classical, jazz, rock, pop, blues, salsa, cumbia, sonora, merengue, banda, mariachi, and others. He served 3 contracts aboard Carnival and Princess cruise ships as a showband musician, and during his five years in Mexico, led his own jazz bands and ensembles for private events, weddings, festivals, and live concerts, mostly using his own arrangements. He has studied trumpet with Dr. Neill Seipp, Michael Casey, Dr. Grant Peters, and Adrian Griffin.
Today, Aaron is focused mostly on his composing career while still teaching young musicians how to play more efficiently and accurately and gain greater mastery of the trumpet. He recently finished his M.M. in Music Composition from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and is working on several commissioned projects. He has studied composing with Dr. John Prescott, Dr. Michael Murray, Dr. Robert Frank, and Dr. Xi Wang. His website can be found at www.jaaronstanley.com.