SUMMER MUSIC INSTITUTE
Woodwinds and Brass
Brass and woodwind students receive four 45-minute private lessons during the two week session. In addition to music theory and solfège classes, students are placed in either brass or woodwind chamber ensembles, coached by a member of our artist faculty, which rehearse daily. All wind students also participate in the Institute Orchestra. Members of The Cleveland Orchestra and BW Conservatory Faculty top the list of private teachers, chamber music coaches and guest artists who present master classes during the two weeks.
John Brndiar, Lecturer in Trumpet. Director of BW Brass Choir. M.M., Cleveland Institute of Music; B.M.E., Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music.
Mr. Brndiar has studied with Bernard Adelstein, James Darling, Mary Squire, and Charles Schlueter. He currently holds positions as principal trumpet in the Cleveland Chamber Symphony and second trumpet in the Ohio Chamber Orchestra, Cleveland Opera Orchestra, and Cleveland Ballet Orchestra. He is a member of the Paragon Brass Quintet. Mr. Brndiar also performs as an extra trumpet in The Cleveland Orchestra.
Kent Cleland, Assistant Professor of Music Theory and Chair of the Music Theory Department. Ph.D., University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music; M.L.S., Duke University; M.M., Indiana University School of Music; B.M., Ohio University School of Music.
Dr. Cleland's research focuses on the interaction of time and music. Dr. Cleland has performed as bass trombonist with the Northern Kentucky Symphony, the Evansville Philharmonic, and with professional chamber and jazz ensembles throughout the Midwest. His broad range of experience has been in the areas of teaching collegiate theory at CCM, higher education administration, marketing, and legal studies. Employment includes serving as Grants Coordinator for the Cincinnati Art Museum, as Assistant Director of Admission for the DePauw University school of music, and Coordinator of Graduate and International Admissions at Indiana University School of Music.
Cynthia Wulff, Horn, Member, Akron Symphony Orchestra, B.M., Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music.
Chances are that if you have attended a church, concert, or theater experience in the Cleveland area, you have heard Cynthia Wulff perform. As a native of Cleveland, Cindy earned her bachelor's degree from Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music. Upon graduating, she began her freelance career with the Cleveland Ballet, Cleveland Opera, and Ohio Chamber Orchestras. Since then, she has played with pit orchestras at Playhouse Square (in Cleveland) for Broadway shows including Phantom of the Opera, Beauty and the Beast, and many more. She has accompanied well known visiting artists at Blossom Music Center including Rod Stewart, The Moody Blues, and others. As a member of the Akron Symphony Orchestra, Cindy especially enjoys the community outreach that group provides locally, the Gospel Meets Symphony Concert, and Concerts for Kids are among her favorites. She is a frequent extra player with the Cleveland Orchestra, performing in concert at Severance Hall, in recordings, and on national and international tours. In addition to her varied performing schedule, Cindy teaches at various locations in North East Ohio.
Lisa DeCesare Antoniou, Clarinet. M.M., Cleveland State University, B.M., University of Akron.
Mark DeMio, Bassoon.
DeMio earned his Artist Diploma and B.M. from the Cleveland Institute of Music. DeMio is a bassoonist and contrabassoonist on the faculty of Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory Outreach Department, the Cleveland Institute of Music, Cleveland State University, Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Music School Settlement. He is a member of the Opera Cleveland orchestra, the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, the Akron Symphony, the Erie Philharmonic, and the Trinity Chamber Orchestra. DeMio is a frequent extra and substitute player for the Cleveland Orchestra.
Sean Gabriel, Lecturer in Flute. Gabriel earned performance degrees from the Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music and the Indiana University School of Music at Bloomington.
His main teachers were William J. Hebert and James J. Pellerite. As the current principal flutist of the Cleveland Opera Orchestra, Gabriel has taken part in performances since 1988, including the historic Three Tenors Concert at Cleveland Browns Stadium in 2000. Sean is also the principal flutist of the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, our city's award winning new music ensemble. With the group, Gabriel has taken part in dozens of world premiere performances including one written by former music director Edwin London entitled Scenes for Flute and Orchestra. This work was recorded by Mr. Gabriel and the Chamber Symphony for the Albany label in 2001. Other works that have been written for Mr. Gabriel include Dance Moments 2000 for flute and piano by New York composer Matthew Greenbaum, and a work for flute and percussion entitled Pinions Lie Down in Tin by Cleveland composer and pianist Eric Ziolek. Sean Gabriel has been a member of the flute section of the Erie Philharmonic Orchestra under three music directors, (Eiji Oue, Peter Bay, and Hugh Keelan) performing a wide variety of symphonic repertoire. He has also been an orchestral and chamber musician at the Baldwin Wallace University Bach Festival, The Bach and Handel Society of Cleveland, The Cleveland Ballet Orchestra, Lyric Opera Cleveland, and the Cleveland Pops Orchestra. Gabriel also serves on the faculty of the music department at the Cleveland State University.