BRENT BEVIS, Adjunct Applied Instructor (guitar) began studying the piano at age nine and took up the guitar in high school. He continued his study of the guitar at Florida State University under the tutelage of Bruce Holzman. He spent ten years in Tallahassee teaching and playing professionally in many musical genres. After moving to Jacksonville, he held various musical jobs for the Episcopal Church. His transcriptions for the guitar include Songs and Prayers from Taize, a collection of 50 chorales, and most recently, a collection of ten songs by Pink Floyd.
LAURA DWYER, Adjunct Applied Instructor (flute) has served most recently as Principal Flute of the Sarasota Opera Orchestra and the Musica de Camara. She also serves as flute/piccolo with the Santa Fe Symphony and Opera Southwest. A former member with the Fox Valley Symphony, the New Philharmonic, and the Classical Symphony, Laura has also performed with the Florida West Coast Symphony, the Rockford Symphony, the Chamber Orchestra of Albuquerque, the University of Chicago Summer Opera Festival Orchestra, The New Mexico Symphony Orchestra and the Santa Fe Opera. Before leaving New Mexico, Laura was on the faculty of the University of New Mexico and was a member of the New Mexico Woodwind Quintet. As a chamber musician, Laura has also performed with Soundings, the Chicago Chamber Music Collective, and the prestigious Cube ensemble of Chicago. As a Jazz flutist, Laura has performed with the Dallas Jazz Orchestra, the University of North Texas Lab Bands, and the University of Whitewater Summer Jazz Camp Faculty Big Band. She has played alongside jazz greats Frank Mantooth, Dennis Diblasio, and Paul Guerrero. A certified yoga instructor, Laura is currently developing master classes for musicians geared toward managing performance anxiety through increased body and breath awareness.
ERNIE EALUM, Adjunct Applied Instructor (bass) has been performing around the Southeastern United States for over 20 years. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music from Jacksonville University and is now the bass professor for the university. In addition to his private teaching studio for both upright and electric bass, he is currently the bass professor for Florida Community College of Jacksonville.
SCOTT GIDDENS, Adjunct Applied Instructor (jazz piano) began playing the organ at the age of five as he mimicked what he heard his Grandfather playing on the Hammond. Before his feet could reach the pedals he was also playing the piano, delving into classical music, boogie-woogie, and improvisation. During his teenage years he attended the award winning Douglas Anderson School of the Arts while also studying classical piano with Mary Lou Krosnick and composition with Dr. William Schirmer of Jacksonville University.
During his college years Scott was afforded the opportunity to play with some of the greatest musicians of our time including the Brecker Brothers, Joe Lovano, Russell Malone, Slide Hampton, Arturo Sandoval, and Nicholas Payton. Since earning his undergraduate degree Scott has been heard backing such jazz luminaries as Harry "Sweets" Edison, Ira Sullivan, Bunky Green, Vincent Herring, Andreas Oberg, Nathan Page, John Pizzarelli, Linda Hopkins and Diane Schuur. He has played in venues all over the United States as well as Russia, Australia, Amsterdam, and France. He has been featured in many festivals including the Jacksonville Jazz Festival, Mobile Jazz Festival, Savannah Jazz Festival, Cocoa Beach Jazz Festival, Clearwater Jazz Festival and the North Sea Jazz Festival, in The Hague, Netherlands..
KAYO ISHIMARU, Adjunct Applied Instructor (harp) attended the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris where she graduated with the Premier Prix in 1983. During the summer months, Kayo performs with the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra in Chicago. She has performed with all of the major orchestras in Japan including the NHK Symphony, the Japan Philharmonic and the Tokyo Philharmonic. She has appeared in numerous television and radio programs, and has made recordings in both the United States and Japan. In August 2005, she was invited to play memorial concerts in Japan for the 60th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Kayo is an advocate of chamber music and has an extensive collection of arrangements for two harps. She is currently a member of the St. Johns Chamber Players.
RICKY KIRKLAND, Adjunct Applied Instructor (drum set). A consummate drum set artist, Ricky Kirkland has performed in varied settings around the world. Ricky’s professional career began playing with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and this led to a three-year stint as the featured drummer with The Ray Charles Orchestra. Kirkland has taught at jazz camps across the country and as a founding faculty member at the UNF Center for American Music.
SHANNON LOCKWOOD, Adjunct Applied Instructor (violoncello) is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Musical Arts at the University of Cincinnati under Yehuda Hanani, Shannon Lockwood holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Cincinnati and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Denver. She has performed avidly as soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral musician throughout the United States, England, and France, including servicing as principal cellist of the Richmond Indiana Symphony Orchestra and performances with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra.
Adjunct Applied Instructor (piano) completed her bachelor’s degree with
Hugh Thomas at Birmingham-Southern College, and continued her piano
studies with Herbert Stessin of the Juilliard School. She obtained her
master’s degree in piano performance from Manhattan School of Music,
where she studied piano with Solomon Mikowsky and chamber music with
Gary Graffman. After graduate school Edith returned to her home town of
Birmingham and continued her studies with Dolores Hodgens Howard, while
teaching at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham-Southern
College Conservatory, and Indian Springs School. Since moving to
Jacksonville, she has been accompanist for the North Florida Women’s
Chorale, University of North Florida Concert and Chamber Choirs.
Currently she is a member of the adjunct faculty at Florida State
College at Jacksonville and Jacksonville University, and on the faculty
of First Coast Community School of Music.
active chamber musician, Ms. Moore-Hubert has performed as an
accompanist in Leipzeig, Weimar, Nurnberg, Bern, Strasbourg, New York,
Philadelphia, and throughout the Southeast. Edith is also founder and
director of the St. Cecilia Arts Ensemble, an independent sacred music
ensemble, which performs regularly at the Cathedral Basilica of St.
, Adjunct Applied instructor (saxophone) has a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of North Florida, and graduate coursework from the Eastman School of Music. Significant teachers include Bunky Green and Ramon Ricker. Collaborations with noted artists include Tibetan vocalist Yungchen Lhamo, Christopher Cross, Irene Cara, Peabo Bryson, Sheena Easton, and Sandy Duncan. Broadway shows include