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Jamie Burg

Jamie Burg is a Ph.D. student in music education at the University of Florida where she serves as the Strings Skills instructor, and as a teaching assistant for other undergraduate courses. She has been teaching for the last 19 years in public schools and has taught guitar, traditional band and strings, and rock band ensembles.

Her current research studies include the implementation of “other” non-traditional music classes in the school curriculum, curriculum and assessment, and pre-service music teacher education and mentorship. Jamie received her bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy from Mansfield University, and her master’s degree in Music Education from the University of Florida.

Tiffany Fung

Tiffany Fung performs actively as an internationally performed solo and collaborative pianist. Her performances have taken her to Asia, Europe, and North America. She is pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts in piano performance at the University of Florida where she teaches secondary piano courses and serves as an instructor for individual piano lessons. She has collaborated with University Chamber Singers and Concert Choir. She is currently a member of the Graduate Chamber Ensemble.

A native of Hong Kong, Tiffany began her musical journey at the age of seven. She graduated with first class honors, from Hong Kong Baptist University, where she studied piano with Professor Linda Yim, and harpsichord and fortepiano with Dr. David Chung. She earned the degree of Master of Piano Performance and studied with Dr. Alexander Tutunov at the Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University. Tiffany was a distinguished Evans Family Endowed Scholar. She is now studying with Dr. Jasmin Arakawa at the University of Florida.

Jane Kozhevnikova

Jane K (Evgeniya Kozhevnikova) is a composer, pianist, and educator. Her works have been performed at regional, national, and international level music events. She has been working as a composer and musician in theatres, performing original music with her jazz band, and teaching piano. Jane composes in various styles and genres, from classical to jazz and tango, tastefully blending them. In 2020, she released a jazz-tango album Tango Avenue with her original works, and in 2022 an album of art songs Lift Up Your Hearts.

In 2019, Jane received a DownBeat Magazine Outstanding Performance award in the Latin jazz category with her original jazz-tango compositions. In 2019, she became one of the winners of the "Music Now" contest, a part of Indiana State University Contemporary Music Festival. Jane became a runner-up at the University of North Carolina Greensboro Call for Scores and Competition. Her choral works were awarded the 1st Prize and a Special Prize at the 2020 International Composers’ Competition Opus Ignotum (Czech Republic). In 2021, she was awarded 2nd Place of the American Prize in Chamber Vocal Composition (student division).

Jane holds two master’s degrees, in Music Composition and Music Performance, from Western Michigan University. She is working on her doctorate degree in Music Composition at the University of Florida.

Jared Potter

Jared Potter is a second-year master’s student at the University of Florida studying percussion performance. He is the graduate assistant for the percussion studio. His responsibilities include teaching the percussion skills class to undergraduate music education majors and leading the steel drum ensemble. Jared also leads rehearsals for percussion ensemble and oversees equipment logistics for the University Orchestra.

Jared began his studies at Mississippi State University, where he earned his degree in music education. He is an active educator in both Mississippi and Florida and has worked with over half a dozen schools. His background in music education equipped him to lead rehearsals for the entire band as opposed to being solely a percussion instructor. Jared is also on the percussion staff at Southwind Drum and Bugle Corp.

Chris Shelton

Chris Shelton is an internationally performed composer and guitarist based in Gainesville, Florida. He earned a Bachelor of Music degree in composition from Berklee College of Music, a Master of Music degree in Theoretical Studies from New England Conservatory, and is currently a doctoral student in composition at the University of Florida. As a founding member of the Boston-based composers’ group Aggregate he has had pieces, ranging from solo piano to string orchestra, performed in and around the Boston area and in New York. He has also had works performed in Italy as part of the Alba Music Festival, in São Paulo, Brazil as part of the São Paulo Contemporary Composers Festival, and in Vienna, Austria as part of the Vienna Summer Music Festival.

As a classical guitar performer, he has played many of the classical pieces in the standard repertoire in performances in Boston, Pittsburgh, Connecticut, and around the New England area. As an electric bassist Chris has performed on a regular basis in New York’s Greenwich Village, Boston, and has toured throughout the East Coast of the United States, including Philadelphia and Baltimore, and the Midwest and west, including Oberlin College, Chicago, and Los Angeles.

Dan Townsend

Dan Townsend is currently in pursuit of a Ph.D. in music composition at the University of Florida. Dan’s love of musical expression pours effortlessly into students and audiences alike. An adept teacher in both private and classroom settings, Dan’s fresh approach to personal musicianship revolves around improvisation, and mastery of various fundamental musical theories. Dan’s primary instrument is piano, but his holistic teaching style reaches into every instrument imaginable.

When Dan isn’t educating others, he sharpens his own compositional craft by writing music for podcasts, dancers, jugglers, art installations, and even flash mobs. When writing for ensembles specializing in new music, Dan’s approach changes from a commercial and collaborative process into exploring previously hidden sonic boundaries. His most recent ensemble works have included concepts such as emphasizing controlled breathing, musical games via graphic notation, and cultivating his own big band sound.

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