Violist Kailee Wright is from Seattle Washington, where she has spent the bulk of her musical career. Earning her Bachelor’s of Music at Seattle University in Viola Performance, she is now a graduate Master’s of Music in Viola Performance at University of North Texas. Ms. Wright has played in orchestras in the Seattle and North Texas metropolitan area, and in over two dozen outreach and educational performances over the last six years. Ms. Wright has also studied composition with the former Composer-in-Residence of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Dr. Samuel Jones and has premiered her own works for chamber groups with members of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. Non-classical music is also firmly in her repertoire, having been in the accompanying orchestras for musicals, independent films, and pop music acts. She has also performed hip-hop and rock accompaniment for artists such as Brandi Carlile, nationally-acclaimed hip-hop group Blue Scholars, and grammy-winning Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.
Mezzo-Soprano, Madelaine Martinez is a native of Everman, Texas. She has completed her Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance with a minor in music theory – Magna Cum Laude – from the University of North Texas in 2014. She is currently pursuing her Masters of Music from UNT in Vocal Performance/Opera with a related field in psychology/music in medicine. Upon completion of her masters, she hopes to pursue a certification in music therapy from TWU. Madelaine has performed leading and supporting roles in the UNT Opera department and participated in numerous summer music programs in the US and abroad. Madelaine has taught at the Music Academy since October 2015, she teaches voice and beginning piano.
Baritone, Philip Williams, earned his B.A. in Vocal Performance at Pepperdine University and M.M. Voice Performance and Pedagogy at the University of North Texas. Philip serves on the Voice Faculty at the Music Institute of North Texas in Frisco, TX, and Argyle Music Academy in Argyle, TX and teaches privately throughout Denton Independent School District. Philip also sings with Schola Cantorum of Texas, a professional choral ensemble under the baton of Dr. Jerry McCoy.
Miriam Oddie comes from a musical family, and began taking piano lessons at age 6. She began playing violin at age 7 and fell in love with string instruments, frequently performing with her younger sister, also a violinist. She began viola lessons at 14, and while she was in high school she performed with the prestigious Denver Young Artists Orchestra as well as the competitive Colorado All State Orchestra. While attending the internationally recognized Eastman School of Music for her Bachelors degree, she studied under the tutelage of violists John Graham and Carol Rodland. As a Masters student studying with Susan Dubois at the University of North Texas, Miriam was co-principal violist of the University of North Texas Symphony. She has contracts with the Las Colinas Symphony, the Abilene Philharmonic, and the Midland-Odessa Symphony. In her free time she loves reading, baking, and hiking.
Ruben Salazar, finds no greater happiness then when he is creating music and sharing his passion with others, be it scoring visual media to enhance viewing experiences, opening up the world of music to his students or providing others with sonic delights. For 18 years Ruben plays the electric and acoustic bass, in which he has obtained a music degree from The University of North Texas. He is also fluent in trombone, mandolin and other stringed instruments. Ruben has played with a vast array of bands and musicians from jazz and country to rock and progressive hip-hop. Ruben has scored music for Nissan,The Dallas Latino Cultural Center, Impractical Jokers, Old El Paso, etc. When he isn’t on the road or in the studio, you can find Ruben in Denton, Texas working in the garden or talking about music with his wife and children.
Andrew McMillan began his musical career in his hometown of El Paso, Texas. At 15 years old, he started his own metal band and began playing concerts and recording his own music. After gaining interest in Classical and Flamenco guitar, Andrew moved to Denton to earn his degree in Classical Guitar Performance from the University of North Texas. He has played in everything from classical ensembles to heavy metal bands, rock bands to hip-hop projects, and has toured throughout the Southwest and Northern Mexico. Andrew plays classical and electric guitar, bass, piano and drums.
Brittany Jones is a native of Louisville Kentucky and holds Bachelor degrees in Biology, Music, and Voice. Now pursuing her masters degree in Voice at The University of North Texas, she studies under Dr. Stephen Austin.
A singer of only three years, Miss. Jones is highly accomplished in opera, recitals, and musical theatre. Her achievements include The Gail Robinson Musicianship Award, 1st Place Alltech Transfer Award and tuition waiver, as well as landing the title role in Puccini’s Suor Angelica, Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd, Factory Girl in Les Miserables, Donna Elvira Don Giovanni, and Susan B Anthony in The Mother of Us All. Miss. Jones has also travelled to Germany singing Strauss art song for Julius Drake, Helmut Deutsch, Falko Hönisch, Emilio Pons, Elena Gorshnova, and many others. She has also toured as a soprano in The Schola Cantorum of Bellarmine University in Rome, Vatican City, Florence, Naples, and Amalfi.
Bruno Ribeiro is a native of Porto, Portugal where he began his musical studies at six years of age. Mr. Ribeiro earned a Bachelor’s degree in Piano at Escola Superior de Musica e das Artes do Espetaculo in Porto, a Master’s degree in Chamber Music at Stellenbosch University in South Africa, and a second Master’s degree in Piano Performance at Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas. Bruno has extensive teaching experience, having taught piano at various schools in Portugal, Stellenbosch University, the Music Preparatory Division of SFASU, and Tyler Junior College. He is currently enrolled in a Doctorate program at the College of Music of UNT.
Jinsook Kwak, is a music composition graduate of Kookmin University from her native Seoul, South Korea, Jinsook Kwak is the product of many years of formal music training in piano and classical music composition. Performing since the age of seven, JinSook first began her formal piano studies with Jiwon Ju, a graduate of South Korea’s prestigious Seoul University. It was under his tutelage that she began seriously exploring the mechanics, timbres, and possibilities of the piano. In addition to studies in Moscow and more recently with Luke Gillespie, professor of jazz piano at Indiana University, JinSook is currently advancing her musical studies in Jazz Performance at the renowned University of North Texas where she is a student of Yang Ding and Sergio Parmies.
Originally from a small town in Connecticut, Katrina is a diverse vocalist with experience in jazz, pop, rock, and musical theatre. After a year at Boston University studying classical vocal performance, she transferred to the University of North Texas to study music in their world-renowned jazz program. Katrina has a B.M. in Jazz Studies with a concentration in Voice. While in school, Katrina was a scholarship participant, and a member of Jazz Singers 1, with whom she was a soloist at their 2011 performance at the Kennedy Center.
Katrina performs full time all over the Metroplex and beyond in every genre of music from Top 40 bands to Led Zeppelin tribute shows, to solo singing pianist gigs. Working as a freelance studio singer, Katrina is also on several demos for Hal Leonard, distributed to choirs across the country, and has frequently sung backgrounds for Ben Folds. In 2011, she won the New Folk University Songwriter Competition, and performed at the Kerrville Folk Festival in Kerrville, TX. She has received multiple semi-finalist positions in the UK Songwriting Competition and the John Lennon Songwriting Competition. Her original pop band, TOMKAT, recently received the honor of a song placement in a James Franco film.