Upcoming Performances and Bios..

Dr. Sandra Cox Bio

Sandra Cox, D.M.A., flutist, was a winner of the National Flute Association’s Convention Performer Competition in 2003 and 2004, she performed at the National Flute Association Conventions in Las Vegas (2003) and Nashville (2004). She has performed with the Eroica Ensemble, Delta Symphony Orchestra, Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Rome Festival Orchestra, Jackson Symphony Orchestra, Germantown Symphony Orchestra, Memphis Civic Orchestra, Beethoven Summer Theatre, and as soloist with the University of Memphis Wind Ensemble and with the University of Memphis Symphony Orchestra on their European tour in 2001. In 2005 she served as the Advertising Editor for The Flutist Quarterly, the official publication of the National Flute Association. .

Dr. Cox will be a presenter at the Tennessee Music Educators Association Conference (14-17 April, 2010) in Nashville, Tennessee, where she will present a session based on her dissertation entitled ‘Happy Hands: Tips to Keep Your Hands Happy and Playing!’ In August 2010, Dr. Cox and her collaborative partner, pianist Kennith Freeman, will appear as guest artists at the International Society of Music Educators’ conference in Beijing, China in late July, as well as The International Flute Convention in Hawaii, 27-27 February, Solo Recital Memphis Tennessee , February 20th, Voice Recital (soprano) April 24 and 2 guitar recitals with Dr. Lili Ashfar, Professor of Guitar, University of Memphis. 

Dr. Kennith FDr. Kennith Freeman holds degrees in piano performance from the University of Memphis and Pepperdine University (Malibu, California).  An avid chamber musician, Freeman has performed in chamber festivals in his native Arkansas as well as California, Oregon, Kansas, Tennessee, and Marktoberdorf, Germany.  In August, 2010, Dr. Freeman and his collaborative partner, flutist Sandra Cox, will appear as guest artists at the International Society of Music Educators’ conference in Beijing, China.  In addition to his solo and chamber performances, Kennith has held the position of musical director for youth and adult productions throughout the Mid-South and greater Los Angeles areas.  Currently, Freeman serves as Music Director for Abundant Grace Ministries in Collierville, Tennessee and is a member of the music faculty of Mid-South Community College in West Memphis, Arkansas.

Guest Artist:

Jere Kizer Douglas -Bio

Jere Kizer Douglas, Clarinetists, Clinician and Performance Artist is the winner of the Lubrani Clarinet Award for Clarinet Performance Excellence at University of Memphis for 3 years.  He has performed as a soloist with the First Marine Aircraft Wing Band, First Marine Division Band, University of Memphis Wind Ensemble, Arkansas Repertory Theatre and various on and off Broadway Productions, including the world premiere of “Good Woman of Schezchuan” based on a Berthold Brecht play.

Jere has performed with the Germantown Symphony, Memphis Symphony, Ray Charles, Bette Midler, Barry Manilow and Joyce Cobb.  As a clinician, Jere has taught around the US of A, including through the Mid-America Arts Alliance and the City of Milan School System, TMEA.  He has performed as guest soloist in Japan, England, Australia, Korea, Thailand, China, Germany, and Artist in Residence “The Clearing” Sister Bay Wisconsin, Woodwind Specialist Arkansas Repertory Theatre and across the United States with various chamber ensembles doing world premieres/commissions of works by various composers. 

Jere studied with Robert Marcellus, Alan Balter, Dr. Jim Gholson, Anthony D’Andrea, Robert Hodge, Leonard Bernstein and various others. 

Mr. Douglas is performing after a 12 year hiatus due to health concerns, as a Disabled American, recovering from a stroke/episode as well as a Veteran of the United States Marine Corps.  “A new beginning!”

 

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“My purpose is to empower students and avid artistic connoisseurs to think for themselves. I will empower students and avid artistic connoisseurs to think for themselves through my performing, teaching, speaking and jovial actions. I will empower creativity in daily life and living and give the artistic connoisseur the feeling it is ok to be creative and push boundaries in their lives and way of living.”

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