Benjamin Graf is an active scholar in music theory, pedagogy and performance. He defended his dissertation, An Analytical Study of Structural Dualism and Paradox in Beethoven, in February 2016 and earned his Ph.D. in Music Theory from the University of North Texas in May 2016. At UNT, Benjamin was the recipient of a Teaching Fellowship in the College of Music, and he was awarded numerous scholarships, including the Robert W. Ottman Graduate Music Theory Scholarship as well as the Ethelston and Lamarr Chapman Music Theory Scholarship.
Jessica Nápoles is an Associate Professor of Choral Music Education and Conductor of the Concert Choir at the University of North Texas. A native of Florida with a Cuban-American background, Dr. Napoles taught middle school chorus in the public schools of Miami and Orlando, FL. She received her Bachelor of Music Education, Master of Music Education, and PhD in Music Education from the Florida State University. Prior to her appointment at UNT, she taught at the University of Utah for 11 years.
Quincy Davis is Assistant Professor of Drumset at the University of North Texas. Prior to his appointment, Davis was Assistant Professor of Jazz Drumset studies at the University of Manitoba (Canada).
Born in Grand Rapids, MI, Davis comes from a very musical family. He began taking drum lessons at age 6 and often would play with his brother Xavier Davis (piano) in their basement. In his elementary and middle school bands, he also played trumpet and tuba.
Dr. Jamey Kelley is Assistant Professor Choral Music Education at the University of North Texas. Prior to his appointment, he was Program Coordinator of Music Education at Florida International University in Miami.
Kelley earned his Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Belmont University, Master of Music in Choral Conducting from the Pennsylvania State University, and Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of Washington.
Jonathan Eaton has served as Artistic and General Director of Pittsburgh Festival Opera (formerly Opera Theater of Pittsburgh) since 1999, and has led the company in presenting varied and unusual repertoire as well as reimagined classics.
Dr. David Mooney is Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies (Guitar) at the University of North Texas. Prior to his appointment, he served as adjunct professor at the University of New Orleans and was an instructor at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts.