Presenters

DR. BRIANNE BORDEN

Dr. Brianne Borden joined the faculty at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam in the Fall of 2020 and serves as Assistant Professor of Trumpet. She is a member of the Potsdam Brass Quintet and Principal Trumpet of the Orchestra of Northern New York. Preceding Potsdam, Borden taught for the Phoenix Conservatory of Music, Harmony Project Phoenix, the University of Colorado Summer Academy, as well as maintained a vibrant private studio.  

In high demand for performances and clinics, Borden travels to numerous universities and conferences nationally and internationally as a guest artist. Having an accomplished orchestral and solo career, she has performed with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Monarch Brass, Arizona Musicfest Orchestra, as a featured artist for the 2019 International Women's Brass Conference, and under the baton of great conductors such as Gunther Schuller, Karina Canellakis, Tito Muñoz, and Helmuth Rilling.  

An advocate for wellness within the classical music community, Borden teaches a Musicians' Wellness class at Crane and has researched heavily in the field. Borden's wellness expertise is centered in the realms of performance anxiety, musculoskeletal health, trauma-informed mindfulness, and the practical application of yoga techniques. In addition to yoga and meditation accreditations, Borden has also completed the Essentials of Performing Arts Medicine certification through the Performing Arts Medicine Association and the American College of Sports Medicine. Borden recently co-authored an article, "Lived Experiences: Music Educators' Stress in the COVID-19 Pandemic," which can be found published in the Visions of Research in Music Education journal.

Borden completed her Doctoral studies at Arizona State University, her Master's degree from the University of Colorado, and is a proud alumna of SUNY Potsdam where she received a Bachelor's degree in Trumpet Performance and her love of brass chamber music was established in the Frackenpohl Honors Brass Quintet.

Borden is honored to be an S.E. Shires Artist. 

CHRIS UNDERWOOD

Christopher Underwood hails from Roanoke, Virginia. He is an active educator and performer throughout the United States and Europe. Underwood is 3rd Trumpet of the Asheville Symphony, former Principal Trumpet of the Durham Symphony, former Solo Cornet in the North Carolina Brass Band, a former member of the Piedmont Wind Symphony, and frequently performs with Roanoke Symphony and Carolina Philharmonic.

Underwood currently is on faculty at the University of Delaware as Assistant Professor of Trumpet. At the university, Underwood teaches trumpet, leads masterclasses, and coaches the trumpet ensemble. Previously, Underwood has held positions at UNC Pembroke and East Tennessee State University leading master classes, conducting trumpet ensemble and teaching studio lessons.

While studying in Sweden at the Malmö Academy of Music, Christopher performed as Principal Trumpet with the Lunds Stadsorkester, and as auxiliary trumpet with the Malmö Symphony Orchestra. Christopher then entered a one-year intensive masters program in orchestral studies at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, U.K. where he garnered the opportunity to perform throughout England as a soloist, chamber musician, and principal trumpet of local orchestras and brass bands.

Dr. Underwoods studies abroad, coupled with his education in the states, gives him a unique perspective on different teaching techniques, fundamentals routines, and musical prowess on the solo trumpet repertoire. Chris received his Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in trumpet at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, studying with Mark Clodfelter. He also attended the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, U.K., and Malmo Academy of Music in Sweden, studying with John Miller, Bo Nilsson, and master classes with Håkan Hardenberger.

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CATHERINE McMICHAEL

Catherine McMichael, pianist, is a composer, arranger, performer, teacher, coach, clinician and founder of Camellia Music, which publishes much of her music. Her degrees from the University of Michigan are in piano performance and chamber music. Performing, composing and teaching comprise her professional musical life in Saginaw, Michigan. She is the pianist for the Saginaw (MI) Bay Symphony Orchestra and Ann Arbor based River Raisin Ragtime Revue, co-directs the Bay City based Bijou Theatre Orchestra, and accompanies the Saginaw Choral Society. Her compositions are represented by six publishers and appear on recordings made and programs presented world-wide by orchestras, bands, choirs, handbell and chamber ensembles of all types, soloists on many instruments and voice, performed by professional touring artists, college professors and students, avid amateurs and young musicians.

Catherine’s numerous compositions span a diverse range of styles, from neo-romantic symphonic works to eclectic mixed ensembles. Five of her works for flute have won the Best Newly Published Music award from the National Flute Association. Many of her works have premiered at international music festivals. She is also a prolific arranger for several publishers and many individuals who request her special stylistic flair.

Her commitment to making chamber and ensemble music available to the young musician has inspired her to compose and publish pieces for piano solo and duet, strings, flute, harp, and handbells, many of which appear on the National Federation of Music Teachers' recommended repertoire list. She's the author of a piano method, Making Music My Own, and the very popular Triolets, which are violin and cello parts written to accompany hundreds of pieces of standard piano repertoire, including much of the Suzuki piano repertoire.

Catherine is available for commissions on any instrument or voice, for either original compositions or arrangements.

ERIK MORALES

Erik Morales is an American composer, conductor and trumpeter. He has composed best-selling music for many types of genres including classical, jazz, commercial. With over one hundred and fifty publications his musical works encompass a large variety of styles and settings, including works for wind, orchestral, jazz and chamber ensembles and have been part of featured performances across the globe. He studied composition at Florida International University, and completed his bachelor’s degree at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette in 1989.

His composing career began shortly after graduation from high school in south Florida when his former band director offered to pay him to arrange music for the marching band (1985). This inevitably led to more music arranging jobs and would open doors to the educational music publishing industry. In 2002 Mr. Morales signed an exclusive contract with the FJH Music Company for his educational wind and string works. With trumpet as his primary instrument, Mr. Morales has made a substantial contribution to the trumpet music repertoire. As a performer Mr. Morales was a finalist in the 1990 International Trumpet Guild solo competition which features the brightest young trumpeters in the world.

Mr. Morales is an outspoken advocate of music education in our schools and community. In 2016 he was inducted into the Louisiana Association for Jazz Education’s Hall of Fame and was presented a lifetime achievement award for dedication, support, advancement and continuance of jazz education in the state of Louisiana. In 2020 Mr. Morales was appointed musical director of the newly formed Covington Concert Band and currently is conductor of this community-based music project. In 2022 he was instrumental in forming the Northshore Music Alliance, a non-profit organization with the goal of promoting concert and jazz music in the Northshore region of Southeastern Louisiana. Mr. Morales currently serves as president of that organization. Also, in 2022, Mr. Morales was awarded “Musical Artist of the Year” at the 16th annual St. Tammany President’s Arts Awards. Mr. Morales is currently a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), Jazz Education Network (JEN) and the International Trumpet Guild (ITG).

Currently, Mr. Morales maintains an active composing, performing and conducting schedule. Mr. Morales’ works are published by The FJH Music Company, Inc. and Alfred Publishing. All of Mr. Morales’ trumpet and chamber music editions are self-published and are available exclusively through MoralesMusic.com.

DR. WILLIAM STOWMAN

Crystalline clarity of tone and impeccable legato are words used by Fanfare Magazine to describe the trumpet playing of William Stowman. His three solo recordings, Parable (Mark Records), A Timeless Place(Klavier), and A Matter of Seconds (Mark Records), have all met with positive critical acclaim.

Bill has enjoyed an extensive career as a trumpet performer and teacher. As Professor of Trumpet and Co-Chair of the Department of Music at Messiah University in Mechanicsburg, PA, he teaches trumpet, directs the Jazz Ensemble, and conducts the Trumpet Ensemble. Additionally, he hosts a podcast called The Open Bell with colleagues Joey Tartell and Bryan Appleby-Wineberg. He is the Founder and Musical Director of BrassCross, a unique ensemble comprised of faculty and students from Messiah University who recently released a recording of the antiphonal music of Gabrieli titled Luminosity. He has performed and recorded with The Keystone Wind Ensemble, The North Texas Wind Symphony, The Philadelphia Brass, The Lexington Philharmonic (KY), and The San Angelo Symphony (TX.)

As a composer, Bill has written for trumpet ensemble, wind band, and solo trumpet.  His 26 Contemplative Studies is intended to inspire informed musicianship through melodic studies and poetry. It is a collection of original poems and etudes written by Dr. William Stowman to help students infuse inspired thought into their music making.

A student of renowned trumpet pedagogue Keith Johnson, Bill holds the DMA in Trumpet Performance from The University of North Texas. He earned the MA and MMed from Eastern Kentucky University as a student of Kevin Eisensmith. His bachelor’s degree in Music Education is from Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he studied with Dr. William Becker.

Bill is a proud S.E. Shires artist.