Artistic Programs Committee

Alexander Laing, clarinet and Artistic Programs Committee chair, began playing the clarinet at age 11 in his hometown of Silver Spring, Maryland. In 2002 he joined The Phoenix Symphony as principal clarinet. Active in his community as a performing and teaching artist, he is committed to exploring how an orchestral musician and an orchestra navigates the push and pull between a legacy art form and its
unfixed future.

A graduate of Northwestern University, he received his master’s degree in Orchestral Performance from the Manhattan School of Music, an artist’s diploma from the Sweelinck Conservatorium Amsterdam and a certificate in nonprofit management from Arizona State University’s Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation.

Lucinda E. Ali-Landing, violinist and founder of the Hyde Park Suzuki Institute, began her studies at age six with her father James Holland, a violinist and violist. Ms. Ali-Landing chose to pursue her professional career at DePaul School of Music in Chicago, where she blossomed under the tutelage of Mark Zinger. She was also a fellowship student of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and the DePaul Symphony Orchestra acting as concertmaster / assistant concertmaster as well as the concertmaster of the Opera Orchestra at DePaul. This afforded her the opportunity to obtain her Master of Music degree in Violin Performance on a full-tuition scholarship.

Currently, she is in the first violin section of the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra and the Chicago Sinfonietta.

Amadi Azikiwe, violist, violinist and conductor, has been heard in recital in major cities throughout the United States, including an appearance at the U.S. Supreme Court. Amadi has also been a guest of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center at the Alice Tully Hall in New York and at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. As an orchestral musician, he has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and many others. A native of New York City, Amadi began his early studies with his mother, Armenta (Hummings) Dumisani and he began his formal training at the North Carolina School of the Arts. He continued his studies at the New England Conservatory with Marcus Thompson and conductor Pascal Verrot, receiving his bachelor’s degree, Performer’s Certificate and master’s degree from Indiana University as a student of Atar Arad.

David E. Berry, a native of Syracuse, NY, has been a featured performer on concert series throughout the US. He has appeared in venues such as Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Peter Jay Sharp Theater and has been heard on WQXR. In 2007, David was the grand prize winner of the Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition and was featured as Artist of the Month. David earned his Bachelor’s of Music from the Eastman School of Music with High Distinction and his Master’s of Music from the Juilliard School. David is currently completing DMA studies at Juilliard.

David Burnett, violin and viola, has been on the violin faculty of Harlem School of the Arts for 31 years. He has also taught at The Juilliard School, in the Music Advancement Program for 3 years. Mr. Burnett began studying the violin with Galina Heifetz while a student at Music and Art High School. Mr. Burnett completed his undergraduate studies at Oberlin Conservatory, followed by studies with Lynn Chang at the Boston Conservatory. Mr. Burnett’s string quartet, The West Village Quartet, has performed together for over 30 years and had a 5 residency with the Baltimore Symphony.

Isrea Butler holds degrees in trombone performance from the Eastman School of Music (BM and MM) and Rutgers University ( DMA). Dr. Butler is Director of Bands and Brass at The University of Maryland Eastern Shore and was recently Director of Jazz Studies and Low Brass at the University of Mary. He has also taught at the Eastman School of Music, Juilliard’s MAP and Rutgers University. As a conductor, Dr. Butler has been the Associate Conductor of the Brighton Symphony and Eastman Trombone Choir and Brass Guild. He has toured, recorded and performed with many of the country’s leading jazz orchestras including Cab Calloway, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Lionel Hampton, Mingus Big Band, Glenn Miller, Birdland Big Band and Jimmy Heath. Also at home playing classical music, he has performed with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Rochester Philharmonic, Buffalo Philharmonic, New York String Seminar Orchestra and the One World Philharmonic.

Rick Fleming, trombone, an associate professor of music and director of bands at Buffalo State. From 1992-98 he served as director of bands at William R. Boone High School in Orlando and for six years prior as the director of bands at Memorial Middle School, where he was named Teacher of the Year in 1992. Fleming received his Ph.D. in music education with emphasis in wind band conducting from the Florida State University. He earned his M.M. degree in trombone performance from the University of Mississippi and bachelor of music education from Mississippi Valley State University.Leonard Foy, a native of Winston-Salem, NC, is Professor of Trumpet at DePauw University. He also serves as artist/faculty at Birch Creek Academy and the Interlochen Arts Camp. He earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees and also the Performer’s Certificate at the Eastman School of Music. He earned extensive post-graduate study at the Indiana University School of Music. Lennie has been featured in both jazz and classical performance arts throughout the US, Canada, France, Italy, Spain, Turkey, Finland, Argentina, England, and Russia. His notable memberships include the Nashville Symphony and Nashville Chamber Orchestras, the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks and Columbus Jazz Orchestras, and the Brass Band of Battle Creek among others. His work with a range of conductors includes David Baker, John Clayton, Quincy Jones, Kenneth Schermerhorn, Leonard Slatkin, and Giancarlo Guerrero.

Kelly Hall-Tompkins, was the winner of a 2003 Naumburg International Violin Competition Honorarium Prize as well as a Concert Artists Guild Career Grant in 1996. Ms. Hall-Tompkins is a member of the Ritz Chamber Players and has toured extensively with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, including performances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and in Japan, Singapore and Scotland. She has also performed with the New York Philharmonic under conductors Masur, Slatkin, Previn, Dutoit, Gergiev and others. Ms. Hall-Tompkins earned a Master’s of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music and earned a Bachelor’s of Music with honors in violin performance from the Eastman School of Music.

Joshua Hood plays bassoon in the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. He received his Bachelor of music degree from the University of Michigan and his Masters’ degree at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. Hood has performed with a number of orchestras including the Kansas City Symphony, Houston Symphony and the North Carolina Symphony. He has also performed with several festivals including the Pacific Music Festival in Japan, May Music Festival in Charlotte, NC, the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, CA, and with the Ritz Chamber Players on the Amelia Island Music Festival in Florida.

Rochelle L. Joyner, piano, a native of Winston-Salem, NC, is currently piano accompanist at Winston-Salem State University.  She has performed at the White House with NC A&T State University Choir for a special invitation performance from 44th President Barack Obama.  She holds the B.S. degree in Commercial Music from WSSU as Piano Major/Organ Minor, the M.M. degree from SIU-C with a double concentration in Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy and has undertaken additional studies at ESM and UNCSA.  Ms. Joyner has taught at WSSU, Bennett College, performed on CD recordings with guest artist and is in demand as a collaborative pianist. 

Garrett McQueen, bassoon and radio host, is a proud native of Memphis, TN, who has performed in venues across the country, including Los Angeles’ Disney Hall, Detroit’s Max M. Fischer Music Center, and New York’s Carnegie Hall. As well as performing as a member of the South Arkansas Symphony, Jackson Symphony, American Youth Symphony, Memphis Repertory Orchestra, the Eroica Ensemble, and the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, he has worked with groups including the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra, Memphis Symphony Orchestra, the Southeast Symphony, the Artosphere and Gateways Festival Orchestra, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Louisville Orchestra, and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

Garrett is a strong advocate for the diversification of classical music and the advancement of black musicians in the field. He’s spoken on diversity panels presented by the Gateways Music Festival, the Sphinx Organization and the Kennedy Center’s Shift Festival, and continues in this work both in and outside of the concert hall. Much of his work has been published by organizations with parallel agendas, including his series on “The Relationship Between Race and Classical Music” by Arts in a Changing America. In an article produced by Current, McQueen was hailed as “a black talent in public media that you may not know, but should.”

Garrett holds a Bachelor of Music in Bassoon from the University of Memphis, where he studied with Lecolion Washington, and a Master of Music in Bassoon from the University of Southern California, where he studied with Judith Farmer. Since leaving his role as a host and producer of the nationally syndicated radio program, “Music Through the Night“, Garrett has focused on collaborations with organizations including the American Composers Forum, the Schubert Club, and others, in addition to continuing his work as Executive Director of TRILLOQUY.

Herbert Smith is at home as a performer, a composer, a teacher, recording artist, bandleader and film scorer. If you can’t find Herb in his jazz quintet or quartet, you might find him sitting 3rd trumpet in the Rochester Philharmonic. Herb is also a trumpet instructor at the Eastman Community Music School. Some notable performances by Herb have been soloing with Wynton Marsalis, which can be seen on YouTube, composing film scores for African-American silent films from the 1910’s and a classical recital at Carnegie Hall. Herb graduated from the Eastman School of Music.

Robert H. Smith, Jr., a native of Tallahassee, Florida, is the Artistic Administrator for the Verbier Festival Orchestras (Switzerland) and Director of Community Engagement for the New World Symphony (Miami Beach, Florida). Formally, Robert was the Assistant Dean for Orchestral Performance Program at the Manhattan School of Music and was dancer with the Alvin Ailey II (formerly Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble). He earned his Master of Music in Collaborative Piano and Chamber Music at the Eastman School of Music and a Bachelor of Music (Piano Performance) at Florida State University.

Maya K. Stone, bassoon, is passionate about the musical art form and loves to teach it. She holds the second bassoon position with the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra and is a member of the Rushes Ensemble. Stone is currently Visiting Assistant Professor of Bassoon at the University of Missouri in Columbia and received her DMA in Bassoon Performance from the University of Texas at Austin in 2010, an MM in Bassoon Performance and Woodwind Specialty from Michigan State University in 2003, and a BM in Music Education from the SUNY Potsdam Crane School of Music in 2001.

Titus Underwood, oboe, is Principal Oboe of the Nashville Symphony, having previously served as Acting Principal Oboe since September 2017. Prior to performing with the Nashville Symphony, he served as Acting Associate Principal of the Utah Symphony. He received his Master of Music from The Juilliard School, where he studied with Elaine Douvas, with additional studies with Nathan Hughes and Pedro Díaz. He earned his Bachelor of Music at the Cleveland Institute of Music as a pupil of John Mack, legendary principal oboist of The Cleveland Orchestra. While there, he also studied with Frank Rosenwein and Jeffrey Rathbun. 

Underwood has performed as Guest Associate Principal of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and as Guest Principal of Miami Symphony Orchestra and Florida Orchestra. He has also played with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Atlanta Symphony, Puerto Rico Symphony and San Diego Symphony. He was an Oboe Fellow at Aspen Music Festival and has performed at the Grand Tetons Festival. He will serve as Principal Oboe at the Bellingham Music Festival in summer 2019. Other festivals he has attended include Music Academy of the West, National Repertory Orchestra and Domaine Forget.

Teryle Thomas Watson was born in Brooklyn, New York and began her formal training at the Juilliard School of Music at age five. She is also an alumna of the High School of Music and Art in New York City where she majored in violoncello. Teryle is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music. In January of 1975 she began a thirty one year career as a music teacher with the Rochester City School District. Teryle taught voice at the Rochester Association of the Performing Arts and is also the former conductor of the Rochester Peace Child Chorus and a singer with the Opera Theatre of Rochester.

Terrence Wilson, piano, has appeared with the symphony orchestras of Atlanta, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Minnesota, Philadelphia, Washington, DC (National Symphony), San Francisco, St. Louis and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. Wilson was nominated for a Grammy Award for his recording of Michael Daugherty’s Deus ex Machina for Piano and Orchestra with the Nashville Symphony conducted by Giancarlo Guerrero. Wilson is a graduate of The Juilliard School. A native of the Bronx, he currently resides in Montclair, NJ.