JAn Fillmore Scott
Jan Fillmore Scott has performed as a recitalist, clinician, and soloist throughout the United States. She has performed with the Louisville Orchestra, the Louisville Ballet, the Indiana Chamber Orchestra, the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, the Midland-Odessa Symphony, Lake Charles Symphony and the Rapides Symphony Orchestra Jan holds degrees from the University of North Texas and the University of Louisville. Her teachers include Lee Gibson, James Gillespie, John Scott and Steve Cohen. She has been on the teaching faculties of McMurry University, Abilene Christian University, University of Louisville, and the Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne. Jan teaches clarinet/double reeds at McNeese State University and has been a performing artist/teacher at the Sewanee Summer Music Festival and a past adjudicator for the ICA's Young Artist Competition. She is a Voting Member of NARAS (Grammy Awards), a Yamaha Performing Artist, Louisiana Touring Artist, and Louisiana Roster Artist.
Dave Scott has performed as a recitalist/clinician throughout the United States with orchestras such as the Louisville Orchestra, Palm Beach Opera, Spokane Symphony, Lake Charles Symphony, and the Midland-Odessa Symphony Orchestra, and as an artist at the Sewanee Summer Music Festival. Scott teaches trumpet at McNeese State University and has held the Alexander Endowed Professorship in Music. His teachers include Leon Rapier, Raymond Crisara, Robert Grocock and Roger Voisin and he is a graduate of the University of Louisville and DePauw University. Scott has served on the faculties of the University of Idaho, Kentucky State University and is a Voting Member of NARAS (Grammy Awards), a Yamaha Performing Artist, a Louisiana Touring and Roster Artist.
Lonny Benoit teaches at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana and is director of the Percussion Ensemble, the Ragtime Pokes, and the Pride of McNeese Drumline. Benoit has performed with the Lake Charles Symphony, the Las Vegas Philharmonic, the Rapides Symphony, the Acadiana Wind Ensemble, and TAD Wind Symphony from Tokyo, Japan. Benoit regularly presents clinics and master classes throughout the United States and abroad and has also been a featured clinician at several PAS State Days of Percussion. An active member of the Percussive Arts Society, Benoit is currently a member of the Scholarly Research Committee and Vice President of the Louisiana Chapter. Lonny Benoit received his Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas under the tutelage of Dr. Dean Gronemeier. Benoit is an artist/clinician for Pearl Drums, Adams Musical Instruments, Innovative Percussion, Zildjian, and Evans Drumheads.
Nikki Tsuchiya's keyboard interests encompass everything from pre-Baroque clavichord through Baroque harpsichord to the most contemporary music represented by PASTICHE. She holds degrees in piano performance from CSU and Johns Hopkins University's Peabody Conservatory. Post-graduate studies include seminars in Taubman method injury prevention/performance ergonomics (Amherst College and Denver CO) and Eurhythmics (Carnegie-Mellon University and The Juilliard School). She has been solo harpsichordist or pianist with many Front Range orchestras including The Denver Symphony (now Colorado Symphony). Her passion is chamber music; a chamber music concert tour of Bolivia under the sponsorship of American Airlines and Shell Oil-Bolivia is a career highlight. As an educator, she has served on faculties at Union College (KY) and Red Rocks Community College (Lakewood). She currently juggles a large private teaching studio with performing and serves on numerous arts organization boards. I wish to acknowledge my principal mentors (both deceased) Wendel Diebel and Will Schwartz for instilling in me that music-making is more than just playing the notes on a page.