Date: 7:30pm EDT September 14, 2017
POSTPONED: Davy DeArmond (trumpet)& Brandon Schantz (percussion) with Matt Brower (piano)
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Davy DeArmond has performed extensively in all genres throughout the United States. He has performed with a diverse group of ensembles including the Charleston Symphony, Asheville Symphony, Delaware Symphony, Annapolis Symphony, Lexington Philharmonic, Knoxville Symphony, the Tony Award-winning Signature Theatre, Washington Symphonic Brass, Mr. Jack Daniel’s Original Silver Cornet Band, Brass of the Potomac, and the Great Noise Ensemble.
Dr. DeArmond currently serves as trumpet instrumentalist in the United States Naval Academy Band. In this position, he leads the Brass Quintet, performs with the Concert Band, Next Wave Jazz Ensemble, Brass Ensemble as well as several ceremonial and marching units. Dr. DeArmond has recorded and toured nationally with many of these groups.
As an educator, Dr. DeArmond has instructed students at the University of Kentucky, Anne Arundel Community College, West Knoxville School of the Arts, and in his private studio. He is also a Founding Teacher for the Carnegie Hall Royal Conservatory Achievement Program. Recent recitals and masterclasses given by Dr. DeArmond include the 2012 International Trumpet Guild Conference, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Armed Forces School of Music, Maryland Trumpet Day, Towson Brass Day, James Madison University, Northwestern State University, and others.
Dr. DeArmond received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Kentucky studying with Mark Clodfelter. He earned a Master’s Degree in trumpet performance at Mannes College of Music in New York City with Robert Sullivan and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee with Dr. Cathy Leach. Additionally, he studied with Ray Mase and Kevin Cobb during three summers seasons at the Aspen Music Festival.
Awards include the Performance Award from Mannes College of Music, winner of the Columbia Bach Society Concerto competition, Tennessee Trumpet Competition, Celebration of Excellence Competition and finalist of the National Trumpet Competition.
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Brandon Schantz is a professional musician and percussion instructor based in Rockville, MD. Brandon earned his Bachelor’s (’08) and Master’s (’10) degrees from Carnegie Mellon University under the tutelage of Paul Evans and Timothy Adams. After graduating, Brandon began his professional career as a percussionist with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra for the 2010-11 season, and in the same year was named a Carnegie Mellon University distinguished alumni. In competition, Brandon was named the Grand Prize winner at the 2007 Percussive Arts Society’s Le Concours International de Caisse Claire held at the Paris Conservatory, as well as second runner-up at the inaugural Atlanta Symphony Modern Snare Drum Competition.
In January 2017, Brandon auditioned and was selected for assignment to the United States Naval Academy Band where he performs with the Marching Band, Ceremonial Unit, and Superintendent’s Combo.
In addition, Brandon has appeared with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Utah Symphony, National Philharmonic, Richmond Symphony Orchestra, River City Brass Band, Canton Symphony, Erie Philharmonic, Brevard Music Center Orchestra, Red Branch Theater Company, and Montgomery College Summer Dinner Theater.
When not playing or teaching, Brandon enjoys spending time outside with his wife, cooking on the grill, and going fishing.
Matthew Brower is a Philadelphia-based pianist, coach, and educator who brings vision and sensitivity to a variety of genres, from classical piano, chamber music, opera, and art song to musical theatre and jazz. At age eleven, he made his New York City debut, performing an original composition at Weill Recital Hall (Carnegie Hall). He has since performed in such prestigious venues as Alice Tully Hall (Lincoln Center), Merkin Hall, and Steinway Hall, as well as in Europe and China. Matthew received his Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where he was awarded the Oberlin Piano Faculty Prize in Accompanying. He continued his studies at the University of Michigan, where he received his Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Collaborative Piano under the tutelage of renowned pianist Martin Katz.
As Lecturer of Piano at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland, Matthew has both designed the curricula and taught group classes and individual lessons for students at all levels. In November 2016, he returned to Carnegie Hall, this time to hear his own student perform as a second-place winner of the American Protégé International Piano & Strings Competition. Matthew enjoys contributing to Washington’s vibrant concert series, having performed with Grammy-nominated violinist Jenny Oaks Baker and most recently with David Kim, Concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Together with his colleague, Woobin Park, he is launching the first annual Washington College Piano Festival in April 2018, which will feature workshops, a competition, a master class, and a guest artist recital. For the past three summers, Matthew has also performed with members of top-tier orchestras and conservatories and taught talented students from around the world as a faculty member of the University of Delaware’s Master Players Festival.
Since 2013, Matthew has been a member of the 6ixwire Project, an ensemble-in-residence at the University of Delaware. Founded by violinist Xiang Gao (Professor of Violin at the University of Delaware) and erhuist Cathy Yang, the group is acclaimed for its synthesis of traditional and contemporary Eastern and Western musical styles. In 2015, 6ixwire received a Chamber Music America grant to fund outreach concerts in Delaware schools and community centers. In their many engagements throughout the United States, they have been honored to perform for Vice President Joe Biden, Henry Kissinger, and Delaware Governor Jack Markell. As part of their ongoing commitment to innovation, 6ixwire has formed a world music band that recently featured Matthew playing a PianoArc 360 degree keyboard, as seen in Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl half-time show. 6ixwire is managed by California Artists Management and they will soon be releasing their debut album, “6ixth Sense”.
Last season, Matthew served as the pianist with the Mendelssohn Club Choir in Philadelphia, which included performing Arthur Honegger’s oratorio, King David, with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and rehearsing with the choir for its performances of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and The Return of the King at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts with the Philadelphia Orchestra. He recently joined the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia again as the featured pianist in the Mann Center’s La La Land in Concert. Matthew’s work as an opera répétiteur has included two seasons as Chorus Pianist and Musical Assistant at Opera Philadelphia as well as productions with Toledo Opera, Opera in the Ozarks, and the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy. He has also coached and accompanied singers at Westminster Choir College, the University of Delaware, the University of Michigan, the College of New Jersey, and the Curtis Institute’s Summerfest Young Artist Voice program.
Matthew is a member of the College Music Society and recently performed at the 2017 Northeast Regional Conference at SUNY Plattsburgh. He has performed as a guest artist at Georgetown University and McDaniel College (broadcasted on local public television). In addition to classical performance, Matthew has been a working jazz musician for over a decade. With the aim of juxtaposing these interests, his lecture-recital, Jazzical, explores the hybridization of classical and jazz styles in 20th-century chamber music.