Instrumental Studies

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 Samayoa

Raquel Samayoa is 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. Samayoa 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 is an Assistant Professor of Trumpet at University of North Texas. 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.

David Childs

King Edward III once said: "If you want to train a longbowman, start with his grandfather." This adage holds just as true for British euphonium soloist David Childs, born in 1981, to a family whose name had been synonymous with brass for the last two generations. His grandfather John was a well-respected euphonium player from the Welsh Valleys who inspired his sons, Robert and Nicholas to take up euphonium. Robert began teaching his son David from an early age and in recent years David has emerged as one of the finest brass soloists of his generation.

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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