Instrumental Studies

Greg Raden

Appointed Principal Clarinetist of the Dallas Symphony in 1999, Gregory Raden was previously Assistant Principal of the National Symphony Orchestra and Principal Clarinetist of the Kennedy Center Opera Orchestra and the Charleston Symphony. He has been heard as Guest Principal with the Orchestras of Minnesota, Saint Louis, San Francisco, Saint Paul and Bergen (NORWAY).

Justin Cooper

Justin Cooper joined the staff at the University of North Texas in 2010 where he serves as the brass instrument repair technician and adjunct professor for brass instrument repair.  Prior to working at UNT, Mr. Cooper was co-owner/operator of C & C Band Instrument Repair and worked as an educational representative for Saied Music Company, servicing school districts in southeast Oklahoma and north Texas.

Steven Menard

Steve Menard has enjoyed an extensive performing career throughout the United States and South America.  Mr. Menard is currently Principal Trombone of the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, and a member of the Utah Festival Opera Orchestra.  He has also performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Oregon Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Virginia Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic and many others.  In addition to his orchestral work, Mr.

Natalie Mannix

Natalie Mannix, principal trombonist of the Delaware Symphony, is an avid soloist, chamber musician, orchestral performer and educator. In fall of 2016 she began her current position as Assistant Professor of Trombone at the University of North Texas after teaching 8 years at Towson University in Baltimore. Previously, she was a member of the United States Navy Band in Washington, DC for over 9 years where she performed with the brass quintet, concert and ceremonial band.  

Fabiana Claure

Fabiana Claure is a multifaceted concert pianist, educator, administrator, speaker, consultant, and entrepreneur. Her diverse musical career and successful business experience, as well as her international background—having lived in the US, Bolivia, and Cuba—have allowed her to gain an empowering and global perspective towards music and entrepreneurship education.

Poovalur Sriji

Poovalur Sriji, a prolific composer, performer, educator, ‘A’ Top grade artist recognized by All India Radio (the Indian government through their radio network grades artists and “A” Top is the highest ranking), studied South Indian classical music from his father P. A. Venkataraman. For over four decades Poovalur has performed with leading artists from both South and North Indian classical traditions. Since his move to the United States he has performed and recorded with Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Béla Fleck, Mark O’Connor, John Bergamo, and Glen Velez to name a few.

Gudrun Raschen

Gudrun Raschen has extensive solo, orchestral and chamber music experience on both double bass and cello. She has given concerts in the United States, Brazil, Mexico, Bolivia, Poland, Finland, Italy, Germany, Vietnam, South Africa and Namibia.

Christine Hill

Ms. Hill is a graduate of the University of Toronto, having double majored in Fine Art History and English. She went on to study with Renilde Montessori and obtained her Association Montessori Internationale Diploma teaching both in Canada and the U.S. for many years. She earned her TESOL certification and taught English to immigrants for 5 years before joining the College of Music in 2015.

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