Notable Artists that have done work with us.
Joe Lewis is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist from Picayune, Mississippi. Diving headfirst into the guitar as a child he pursued it with a passion. Any tune that caught his ear, sounded good, or was to his taste was mastered. With a solid sound Joe Lewis provides great blues with a valuable message. Each track is from the heart and soul of this upcoming blues man. To see this man play live is to see a blues man doing what he loves, it's as if he feels every single note he plays. And trust, this Mississippi blues man can wail on some Gospel blues Guitar.
MARIA DUHOVA TREVOR
Maria moved to the USA in 2006 from Slovakia, and she quickly established herself as one of the most sought after harpists in Missouri. She is the principal harpist of both the Missouri and the Springfield Symphony Orchestras as well as adjunct instructor of harp at the University of Missouri and Truman State University. She collaborates with local musicians in solo recitals and chamber music and appears regularly with the Odyssey Chamber Music Series. You can also find her performing at the University Club, where she is the resident harpist.
Dr. Iskander Akhmadullin, Associate Professor of Trumpet at the University of Missouri, has performed in orchestras in Russia and in the United States and can be heard on the Marco Polo, Naxos, Hugo, Klavier, and Delos labels. He is currently co-principal trumpet of the Missouri Symphony Orchestra. As a soloist and chamber musician, Akhmadullin has performed in the United States, Russia, France, Germany, Austria, Armenia, Japan, Australia and Mexico. Active as both a recitalist and a chamber musician, he has the premiere of a number of solo and chamber works and is in the works of the American trumpet repertoire. Akhmadullin has been a faculty member of the National Trumpet Competition, Midwest Trumpet Festival and Rafael Méndez International Brass Festival in Mexico. He has performed at the International Trumpet Guild conferences, the Missouri and Texas Music Educators Association conventions, and with the American Bandmasters Association, the College Band Directors National Association and the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles. In Russia, where he was among the first trumpet players there to perform on the baroque trumpet, Akhmadullin has performed at the Moscow Trumpet Guild conferences. Previously, he was on the faculty of Southeastern Oklahoma State University and taught at the University of North Texas and Moscow Conservatory. Dr. Akhmadullin holds degrees from the Kazan Music College, Moscow State Conservatory and the University of North Texas where he studied with Abbas Slashkin, Vadim Novikov, Leonard Candelaria and Keith Johnson. He is the first brass player from Eastern Europe to earn a doctorate degree from a major American university. Iskander Akhmadullin is an Artist-Clinician for Edwards Trumpets.
AUSTIN JONES AND THE BOOTHEEL BOYS
Raised in St. Louis – one of the greatest of blues cities – Austin Jones had already begun to write and perform as a freshman in high school, seizing every opportunity to perform. Once established, his first inspiration was to form and re-form the Bootheel Boys for every gig, an idea pulled from the be-bop music he grew up with. Soon enough, however, Austin had graduated and was in need of something more permanent to suit his focus.