Euphonium: Alison Mahovsky and Mauro António Martins
Alison Mahovsky is a euphoniumist with the Ceremonial Brass, The United States Air Force Band, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, D.C. A native of Burke, VA, she joined the Air Force in August of 2020. Prior to joining the Air Force, she was a public school music teacher in Northern California.
Alison holds a Bachelors Degree in Music Education (2013), a Masters Degree in Music Education (2016), and a Masters Degree in Euphonium Performance (2016), all from The University of North Texas. Her formative instructors were Jennifer Cox, Roger Behrend, and Dr. Brian Bowman
Mauro António Martins is a young portuguese musician, born in Switzerland in 1995, for whom music, since the age of 10, has been a motivation that has become a way of life that gives happiness and fulfillment.
He had his first contact and passion for music in a Philharmonic Band like most of the wind instrument players in Portugal. At the age of 15, convinced of his professional options, he joined EPABI – Professional Arts of School of Covilhã, Portugal, where he completed the Basic Instrument Course (2010-2013) and later the Professional Winds and Percussion Instrumental Course (2013-2016), in the euphonium class, having worked with teachers like Nuno Machado, Ricardo Antão and Luís Oliveira among others. His career at school was marked by two factors: persistence in his daily work, methodical, organized and focused, and his academic success as a consequence of the first. In the two tests of professional aptitude carried out, of level II (9th grade) and level IV (12º grade), the performance of Mauro achieved the maximum classification of the evaluation system. In 2016, he is admitted to ESMAE - School of Music and Performing Arts (Porto, Portugal), in the class of Professor Sérgio Carolino and Ricardo Antão.As a way of challenging and self-overcoming, in an incessant search for learning, Mauro has participated in some international competitions, in which he emphasizes the 1st Prize in the international contest of winds "Terras De La Salette" (Oliveira de Azeméis, Portugal), categories Junior (2014) and Senior (2015) 1st prize in the Filarmonia D'Ouro competition with the EPABI wind orchestra (2017) and 1st prize in the Concours International de Saxhorn, Euphonium and Tuba de Tours. (2019)
In his career highlights the influence of Sérgio Carolino, Thomas Rüedi, Demondare Thurmann, Roland Szentpali, Anthony Caillet and Gene Pokorny.
Mauro Martins has been gaining a place in the national and international musical scene, based on a dialectic of work and talent. He is an ADAMS and MO² mouthpieces artist.
Trombone: Dr. Justin cook and amelia rosenberger
Justin Cook is the Assistant Professor of Trombone and Jazz at the University of Central Arkansas. Prior to his appointment at UCA, Dr. Cook was on the faculties of Tarleton State University, Eastfield College, and the University of North Texas. In addition to his college teaching, Justin has been on staff at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lake, Michigan, Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps in Rockford, Illinois, and is currently the Festival Manager for the International Trombone Festival and is on faculty at the Southeast Trombone Symposium.
Justin Cook holds a Bachelor of Music Education and Bachelor of Trombone Performance degree from Northern Arizona University, a Master of Music in Instrumental Conducting
from Northern Arizona University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of North Texas. Most recently, he has performed William Bolcom’s Trombone Concerto with the UCA Wind Ensemble and Richard Peaslee’s Arrows of Time with the Little Rock Wind Symphony. As a freelancer, Dr. Cook has performed with the Tulsa Symphony, the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas, the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, the Arkansas Symphony, the Lone Star Wind Orchestra, the Lyric Stage Musical Productions at the Irving Arts Center, Dallas Summer Musicals, and The Arkansas Repertory Theatre. He has performed on the national tours of Mary Poppins, The Book of Mormon, and Wicked.
Recently, Dr. Cook released his first album entitled, “Connections.” Equally at home as an educator and performer, the UCA trombone studio has seen tremendous success since Dr. Cook’s arrival. The studio has tripled in size and now features two trombone choirs: The BearBones Trombone Choir, and the Natural Slides Trombone
Ensemble. The trombone choirs have performed at the American Trombone Workshop in Washington D.C., the Big 12 Trombone Conference at Texas Tech University, the Arkansas
Music Educator’s Conference, the Texas State Trombone Symposium, the 2018 International Trombone Festival at the University of Iowa and were featured performers at
the 2018 Midwest Clinic in Chicago, IL. Dr. Cook’s students have graduated and been accepted to some of the world’s most prestigious universities and conservatories as well as
finalists at the American Trombone Workshop Solo Competition, the Big 12 Trombone Conference Solo Competition, the International Women’s Brass Conference Solo
Competitions, as well as the UCA Student Spotlight and Concerto Competition. Dr. Cook has presented clinics and masterclasses at universities all across the United States and in 2019, presented a session on brass pedagogy at the Midwest Clinic. While in Texas, Dr. Cook served as the brass caption head and worked on staff with the Flower Mound High
School Marching Band and Concert Bands. In Arkansas, he is an active band and brass clinician as well as an active marching band adjudicator throughout the region. Justin Cook is a S.E. Shires performing artist and performs exclusively on Shires trombones.
Amelia Rosenberger is a trombonist, yoga teacher, and private lesson teacher based in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. After experiencing an overuse injury related to playing the trombone, she has dedicated her career to helping musicians relieve tension, pain, and performance anxiety through the practice of yoga. She believes it is important that musicians take care of both their bodies and minds in order to create sustainable careers.
As a trombonist she won the American Trombone Workshop Division II National Solo Competition in 2015. In 2014 she was a winner in both the Chamber Music Tulsa Heckman Instrumental Competition and the Courtois Trombone Quartet Competition. Amelia received her Master’s degree from the University of Texas at Arlington, studying under Dennis Bubert. Her Bachelor’s degree is from Oklahoma State University where she studied under Paul Compton. Amelia is an Edwards Performing Artist and writes quarterly wellness articles for the International Trombone Association Journal.
Amelia is a 500-hour certified yoga teacher with a specialization in Yoga Therapy from Kripalu School of Yoga. She has designed yoga classes that specifically target musicians’ wellness needs. She has taught her Yoga for Trombonists workshop at the International Trombone Festival and universities including Northwestern University, DePaul University, the University of North Texas, and the University of Texas at Arlington. You can find more of her Yoga for Musicians content on her YouTube page, Music Body Mind.
tuba: Zach marley, Derek fenstermacher
Zach Marley is from Louisville, Kentucky and is a freelance low brass artist and teacher. Equally versed on all low brass instruments, Zach has been very successful in international competitions on multiple instruments. He was awarded second prize in the prestigious Leonard Falcone Artist Tuba competition in 2015 and 2016. During the International Tuba Euphonium Conference in 2016, Zach was a semifinalist in the Artist Tuba competition and was awarded second prize in the Rich Matteson Jazz competition in which he played euphonium. At the 2017 International Women’s Brass Conference Zach won first prize on euphonium, second prize on tuba and third in the overall instrument round.
While an undergraduate student at the University of North Texas, Zach performed with the Symphony Orchestra on tuba and the Two O’clock Lab Band on trombone. Before graduating with a double major in Music Performance and Jazz Studies, Zach was voted most outstanding undergraduate brass student by the entire brass faculty. During his master’s degree at Northwestern University Zach performed with the Contemporary Music Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Orchestra on lead trombone and Symphonic Wind Ensemble on both tuba and euphonium.
Zach has had the pleasure of performing with many great artists such as Wycliffe Gordon, Bob Mintzer, Andy Martin, Roger Ingram, Brian MacDonald, Marshall Gilkes, Jiggs Whigham, John Fedchock, Denis DiBlasio, Gordon Goodwin, Tom “Bones” Malone, Eugene Rousseau, Sal Lozano, Bernard Wright, Peter Erskine and John Clayton.
An active teacher as well as performer, Zach has a studio of tuba, trombone and euphonium students in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Zach has also given masterclasses at both the high school and university levels, along with recital performances at universities and music conferences.
Zach has studied with many great brass teachers. His primary teachers include Rex Martin, Don Little, Tony Baker, Dr. Brett Shuster, Dr. Ansyn Banks and John Gutermuth.
Currently Zach is pursuing a doctoral degree in Music Performance at the University of North Texas where he performs in the Wind Symphony and teaches undergraduate lessons. Additionally, Zach can bee seen performing with Limelight, one of Dallas’ top cover bands.
Zach Marley performs exclusively on Denis Wick mutes and mouthpieces.
Derek Fenstermacher is the current Principal Tubist with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. In addition, he maintains principal positions with New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and Albany Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Fenstermacher’s first principal appointment was with Chattanooga Symphony and Opera Orchestra from 2006-2014. He has also performed extensively with the New York Philharmonic, Cincinnati Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Mariinsky Theater Orchestra, Nashville Symphony Orchestra, the New World Symphony, Charlotte Symphony, Houston Ballet Orchestra, and Alabama Symphony.
A native of Huntsville Alabama, Fenstermacher began playing the tuba at age 14 and by 19, he was a featured soloist with the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra. He received a B.M. from the University of Alabama studying with Demondrae Thurman and James Michael Dunn. He then went on to receive a master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music with Timothy Northcut and was pursuing a Performer’s Certificate from the University of Houston with Mark Barton prior to joining New Jersey Symphony.
A devoted educator, Fenstermacher has been on faculty at Bard College’s Conservatory of Music since 2012. This coming Fall he will be joining the incredible faculty of the Manhattan School of Music. He has also taught as Adjunct Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at Montclair State University and Kean University. Since 2016 he has toured nationally with Sotto Voce Quartet, an internationally acclaimed tuba and euphonium quartet, and maintains a regular touring scheduling of masterclasses and performances throughout the United States.
Fenstermacher is a Buffet Crampon Performing Artist and performs on B&S tubas. You can learn more about him on his website at www.dftuba.com