Instrumental Studies

Jeff Baker

Jeff Baker is the Assistant Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at Texas A&M University-Commerce. Dr. Baker received music degrees from the University of Oklahoma (BM) and the University of North Texas (MM and DMA). He has served as an adjunct instructor and graduate teaching fellow at the University of North Texas and has also taught applied low brass lessons at Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma. In addition to his experience as a university educator, Dr. Baker maintained a healthy studio of young aspiring musicians in the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex for over ten years.

Ania Bard-Schwarz

Ania Bard-Schwarz, DMA, has performed in recital and in ensemble on four continents across Asia, Europe, Middle East, North and South Americas. As concertmaster, second violin principal and a member of chamber and symphony orchestras, she has worked under such conductors as: John Axelrod, Niksa Bareza, Sergio Comissiona, Christoph Eschenbach, Hector Guzman, Graeme Jenkins, Krzysztof Penderecki, Helmuth Rilling, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski and Antoni Wit.

Maria Schleuning

Maria Schleuning has been violinist for the Dallas-based contemporary music ensemble Voices of Change since 1996, and was appointed Artistic Director in 2009. An advocate of new music, she has worked with many of the leading composers of our day, and has premiered many new works, the most recent being "Dream Catcher," a solo violin work written especially for her as a gift by Augusta Read Thomas. The world premiere performance was on May 3, 2009 in Dallas, TX.

Raquel Rodriquez

Raquel Rodriquez is the Assistant Professor of Trumpet at the University of North Texas. Prior to that, she was the Assistant Professor of Trumpet at Tennessee Tech University. Dr. Rodriquez maintains a versatile career as a performing artist, clinician, educator, and scholar. She has performed throughout China, Europe, the United Kingdom, Australia, and the United States. Raquel is a member of Seraph Brass, a quintet comprised of top female brass players in North America. The group performs frequently around the country and abroad.

Caleb Hudson

Caleb Hudson will join the faculty of the UNT College of Music as an Assistant Professor of Trumpet in August 2018. He is the newest member of the Canadian Brass, having graduated from the Juilliard School with both a bachelor and master of music degree. Acclaimed by the New York Times as 'brilliantly stylish," Caleb made his solo debut with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center performing Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 2.

Stacie Mickens

Stacie Mickens joined the UNT College of Music faculty as an associate professor of horn in August 2018. Prior to her appointment, she was associate professor at the Dana School of Music, Youngstown State University where she taught horn, coached brass chamber ensembles, and performed with the Dana Brass and Dana Woodwind quintets. She completed her doctorate of musical arts at the University of Michigan as a recipient of the Rackham Fellowship Award. There she studied with former Philadelphia Orchestra member and jazz musician Adam Unsworth and with Detroit Symphony member Bryan Kennedy.

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