Associate Professor of Music
Chair, Division of Fine Arts
Applied Percussion, Percussion Ensemble, World Music
B.M., Performance, Texas Tech University
M.M., Performance and Musicology, New England Conservatory
D.M.A., Performance, University of North Carolina-Greensboro
Laura Franklin has established a national reputation as a percussion performer and pedagogue. She has performed extensively as an orchestral and chamber musician and as a solo marimbist. Franklin is a well-known interpreter of contemporary chamber percussion music, having worked closely with composers such as John Cage, Lukas Foss, Gunther Schuller, Gyorgy Ligeti, and Daniel Pinkham, as well as Brevard College colleagues Robert Palmer and Paul Elwood. An active orchestral musician, Franklin has performed with numerous orchestras throughout her career, including North Carolina Symphony, Boston Philharmonic, Roswell (NM), Lubbock (TX) Symphony; and is currently a member of the Asheville and Hendersonville symphony orchestras.
In addition to her various performing activities, Franklin has established a national reputation as a percussion pedagogue and scholar. She has published numerous articles in Percussive Notes (Journal of the Percussive Arts Society International), The Journal of Percussion Pedagogy, and the North Carolina Music Educators’ Journal. She is Past-President of the North Carolina Percussive Arts Society, a member and former chair of the International Percussive Arts Society Scholarly Research Committee, and serves as a contributing editor for the online PAS Research Journal and for the Journal of Percussion Pedagogy. Franklin also serves on the Board of Advisors for the National Conference on Percussion Pedagogy (NCPP), and is a frequent presenter at NCPP annual meetings.
Franklin attended Texas Tech University, where she received the Bachelor of Music in Performance. She earned the Master of Music in Performance and the Master of Music in Musicology from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. Franklin earned the Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where her primary emphases were marimba performance and percussion pedagogy.
Franklin is Chair of the Fine Arts Division at Brevard College, where she has served since 1998. She resides in Brevard with her husband, Kenneth, and their two children.
Asbill, M. Miller
Director of Bands, Coordinator of Music Education
Applied low brass and Music Technology
M.M., D.M.A., University of Michigan
B.M., Arizona State University
Miller Asbill completed the doctorate in Wind Conducting at the University of Michigan in the spring of 2008, where he was under the mentorship of Professor Michael Haithcock. He also holds a Master of Music degree in conducting from the University of Michigan, where he received a fellowship to study with H. Robert Reynolds. Dr. Asbill has held positions at Texas Tech University, Colorado State University, Eastern Michigan University and the University of New Mexico. He received his B.M.E. from Arizona State University. Before returning to graduate school, Dr. Asbill taught public school in Charleston South Carolina, where his ensembles received invitations to perform at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, the South Carolina State Music Educator Conference and the National Concert Band Festival.
He has been invited to present sessions at the National College Band Director National Association, The National College Music Society, Texas Music Educators Conference, New Mexico Music Educators Conference and the South Carolina Music Educators Conference. Recent conducting guest conducting appearances include the Detroit Chamber Winds, the Colorado State University Faculty Chamber Ensemble and the South Carolina All-State Band. His work as a co-author has been published in a historical performance edition of Felix Mendelssohn's Overture for Winds, Op. 24. Dr. Asbill is an accomplished euphoniumist, having won the TUBA International Euphonium Solo Competition in 1986. His Tuba-Euphonium Quartet was the only American college representative to Sapporo, Japan for the 1990 TUBA Convention. He was principal euphonium of the ASU Symphonic Band for five years, and has been featured soloist with the Albuquerque Community Band, the Charleston Community Band, the University of Michigan Symphonic Band and other college concert bands.
Director of Jazz Ensembles and pep band
B.A. Brevard College
M.M University of Tennessee – Knoxville
A Brevard native and 2002 alumnus of BC, Jamie received musical training and mentorship in the areas of trombone performance and jazz studies, then pursued graduate school at the University of Tennessee on a teaching assistantship of trombone under Professor Don Hough. While in Knoxville, Jamie also studied jazz piano, jazz theory, and arranging with Knoxville jazz musicians Donald Brown (previously Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers piano player and UTK faculty), Mark Boling, (director of jazz studies at UTK) Vance Thompson (Knoxville Jazz Orchestra director), and Jerry Coker (prolific author and catalyst of Jazz education).
Jamie remains an in-demand freelance performer, studio musician, clinician and educator in throughout the south. He has performed with musicians and groups such as Rick Simerly, Donald Brown, Wycliffe Gordon, Conrad Herwig, John Clayton, Dan Trudell, Maceo Parker, the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra, The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, the Harry James Band, as well as a multitude of different genres and styles of music including bluegrass, country, Klezmer, blues, and Dixieland.
BM, The University of Iowa
MM, New England Conservatory of Music
Bassoonist Rosalind Buda, based in Asheville, NC, is an active chamber musician, orchestral musician, and teacher. She performs with and works as Assistant Director for the acclaimed chamber music company Pan Harmonia, and has performed innovative and exciting solo and ensemble programs with them throughout the region.
As an orchestral musician, Rosalind freelances throughout North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee, performing with the Asheville Symphony, Johnson City Symphony, Western Carolina University Musical Theater, and Gardner-Webb University Orchestra, and she holds the position of second bassoon with the Brevard Philharmonic and substitute positions with the Hendersonville Symphony and Spartanburg Philharmonic. Previously, Rosalind has performed with the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony (IA), the Rome Festival Orchestra in Rome, Italy, the Lowell House Opera, (Cambridge, MA), The Neponset Valley Philharmonic (Boston, MA), and the Lausitzer Opernsommer opera orchestra in Cottbus, Germany.
Rosalind is a graduate of the New England Conservatory where she earned her Master's Degree while studying with Boston Symphony Orchestra Principal, Richard Svoboda. She received her Bachelor's Degree from the University of Iowa where she studied with Benjamin Coelho. In addition to teaching at Brevard College, Rosalind teaches private bassoon and bagpipe lessons at the Asheville Music School and has been a guest teacher at Eastern Tennessee State University.
Outside of classical bassoon performance, Rosalind pursues her interest in traditional and modern Scottish/Celtic/world music and various forms of Celtic dance. She plays traditional reed instruments including highland bagpipes, Scottish smallpipes and Breton bombard and plays with the band Brizeus and the Jamie Laval Band.
B.S., Music Education, Northern Illinois University
M.M., Trumpet Performance, Northwestern University
Has performed with many orchestras and chamber groups including the Chicago Brass Quintet, the United States Military Academy Band and Brass Quintet (principal trumpet), and the Brevard Music Festival Orchestra (principal trumpet, soloist). During his 33-year tenure with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, he played in over 60 orchestra recordings and performed with the Atlanta Symphony Brass Quintet and Brass Trio. Solo performances include the Hummel and Haydn Trumpet Concertos, the Vivaldi Double Trumpet Concerto, and the Koff-Klein Quixote. Former students have been accepted at conservatories around the country and play in such groups as the Chicago Symphony (Principal Chair), the Minnesota and Jacksonville Symphonies, and the movie and recording studios in Los Angeles. Currently he performs locally with the Greenville, SC, Hendersonville, and Asheville Choral Society Orchestras, as well as playing principal trumpet with the Appalachian Brass Quintet. His most recent solo recording, Praise and Peace Resounding, is available at www.LscoGuard.com.
B.M., Performance, Brevard College
M.M., Performance, University of North Carolina School of the Arts
Jason DeCristofaro is a multifaceted and active educator, performer and composer throughout Western North Carolina. Jason has been a frequently featured classical and jazz artist on WCQS (88.1 FM), The River (98.1 FM), Progressive Voice of the Mountains (103.5 FM), and WSQL (1240 AM), and has been featured and interviewed in articles in Upstate SC Magazine, Rapid River Magazine, Blue Ridge Now, and the Mountain Xpress. Jason frequently performs as a classical vibraphone, marimba and percussion soloist throughout the region. Additionally, he performs with several chamber groups and orchestras, including the Brevard Philharmonic, Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra, Carolina Concert Choir, and Hendersonville Chorale, and is the founder, coordinator and musical director of the percussion chamber group WNCPE (Western North Carolina Percussion Ensemble). He hosts and co-coordinates the Asheville Composers Concert, an annual concert series featuring classical composers based in Asheville and Western North Carolina. An avid lecturer and performer, Jason has presented performance lectures at St. Matthias Episcopal (Asheville, NC) on the violin sonatas of J.S. Bach and their translation to solo vibraphone, and Black Mountain College Museum (Asheville, NC) on the compositional techniques used in John Cage’s “Third Construction.” A published composer with C. Alan Publications (Greensboro, NC), Jason has written several concert works for solo percussion and chamber ensembles, and is a regionally recognized jazz composer as well, having been invited to perform at the Asheville Original Music Series and Diana Wortham Theater (Asheville, NC). The winner and recipient of the PAS/Yamaha Terry Gibbs Scholarship, an international competition for jazz vibraphonists, Jason has been invited to perform at several venues and festivals throughout the Southeastern United States as a jazz artist, including the Eastern Trombone Conference (Washington, D.C.), Jazz on the Square (Spartanburg, SC), and Greenville Jazz Festival (Greenville, SC), and the White Squirrel Festival (Brevard, NC). He frequently performs with such notable musicians as Steinway artist and jazz composer Michael Jefry Stevens, Yamaha Artist and Internationally renowned saxophone virtuoso Joe Lulloff, and Bill Berg (studio drummer for Bob Dylan and noted jazz-fusion musician). An advocate of jazz education, he volunteers with the Asheville based organization Youth at Jazz, where he teaches music theory, history and improvisation to up and coming students of jazz from all walks of life. He is a member of the Percussive Arts Society, ASCAP, Pi Kappa Lambda, and Alpha Chi. In addition to teaching at Brevard College, Jason is the percussion instructor and percussion ensemble director at Brevard High School and Brevard Middle School.
Emily Caltvedt Scheider
B.M., with Distinction, Arts Leadership Certificate, Eastman School of Music
Was a Shouse Fellow in the Education Department of the Rochester Philharmonic. Principal teachers were Richard Killmer, Nancy Ambrose King, and Deborah Stevenson. Alumna of the International Festival-Institute at Round Top. Has performed in several American and European cities, under conductors such as Daniel Hege, Christopher Seaman, Rossen Milanov, and Mendi Rodan.
Director of Choral Activities
B.M., Wingate University
M.M., Choral Conducting, University of Colorado at Boulder
M.M., Vocal Pedagogy and Performance, University of Colorado at Boulder
D.M.A., Emphasis in Vocal Performance and Choral Conducting, University of Georgia
As a singer, David Gresham has been most active as an oratorio soloist and recitalist, performing with several churches, college choruses, and professional organizations, such as the Colorado Music Festival and the Brevard Philharmonic. Having a keen interest in performing works by living composers, he has collaborated with a number of composers for concerts and recording projects. As a conductor, he has worked with elementary school through college choirs, adult community choirs, and church choirs. He is a frequent guest clinician and enjoys helping choirs work toward a vibrant and healthy vocal tone while exploring the musical demands of choral literature. As a scholar and editor, he has published a work for double chorus with a realized continuo by 16th-century composer Peter Phillips, and is currently working to publish a set of six solo romances from the Spanish Renaissance by vihuelists Luys Milán and Luys de Narváez.
Applied Voice, Vocal Diction, Opera/Musical Theater Workshop
Coordinator, Music Department
A.B., Children and the Arts, Stanford University
Mus.M., Voice Performance, Boston University
D.M.A., Voice Performance and Pedagogy, University of Colorado at Boulder
Has performed as soloist with the Colorado Symphony Chamber Players, the Denver Symphony Orchestra, and the Pendulum New Music Ensemble; also performed with ensembles including the Washington Bach Consort, the Washington Chamber Symphony, and the Mark Morris Dance Troupe. Is a specialist in contemporary music and has premiered several song cycles and chamber pieces written especially for her. Other performances include Papagena in The Magic Flute, Giannetta in L'Elisir d'Amore, and the soprano solos in Carmina Burana and Mozart's Requiem. Has presented at regional and national conventions on the subject of contemporary music performance.
B.M., University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
M.A., Western Carolina University
Tours the southeastern United States extensively and has recorded three compact discs with Braidstream, an acclaimed classical/jazz/Celtic/World music ensemble. Member of several chamber orchestras in North Carolina and South Carolina, and the Asheville Symphony Orchestra.
A.B., M.S. Catawba College
B.A., Brevard College
Was the first student soloist to perform with the Salisbury Symphony. Presently serves as organist at the Fletcher United Methodist Church in Hendersonville, NC, and conducts the Hendersonville Community Handbell Choir, the Blue Ridge Ringers. Formerly served as staff accompanist in the music department at Lenoir Rhyne College in Hickory, North Carolina.
Applied Woodwinds, Instrumental Chamber Ensemble
B.S., Music Education, University of Tennessee-Chattanooga
M.M., Clarinet Performance, Louisiana State University
Frederick Lemmonsmoved to Asheville in 2009 after serving 21 years with “The President’s Own”, United States Marine Band in Washington, DC. He performed at the White House for five U.S. Presidents and traveled the United States and Europe in hundreds of concert performances with the band. He also performed several solos with the band as well as many chamber music performances. He has been the Woodwinds Professor at Brevard College since August, 2010.
Kristine Fink McCreery
B.M., Violin Performance, Eastman School of Music
Performs regularly with the Asheville Symphony Orchestra, Hendersonville Symphony, Brevard Philharmonic and Flat Rock Playhouse. She has been an artist faculty member at the Brevard Music Center and served as Director of Communications of the Music Center. Trained at the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Eastman School of Music, she recently relocated to Brevard after 23 years of leading a private violin studio as a Suzuki specialist. Additionally, she directed three youth orchestras and coordinated the pre-college string program at the University of Alabama. Ms. McCreery has also played with the New Orleans Philharmonic and the Alabama Symphony, and served as concertmaster of the Tupelo (MS) Symphony, Meridian (MS) Symphony, and Tuscaloosa (AL) Symphony Orchestras.
Laura Pollie McDowell
Music History and Literature, Secondary Piano
B.M., Music History, Converse College
M.A., Historical Musicology, Columbia University
Ph.D., Historical Musicology, Florida State University
Zertificat Deutsche als Fremdsprache, Goethe Institute, Salzburg, Austria
Certificate in Early Music, Florida State University.
Has performed on harpsichord and recorder for the Colonial Williamsburg Restoration. Performs regularly with the Cullowhee Consort, an early music ensemble active in western North Carolina. Contributor to Carl Maria Von Weber: A Guide to Research, and editor of Nicolas Payen: Motets and Chansons. Music critic for Classical Voice of North Carolina.
M.M., University of Arizona
B.F.A.M, Florida International University
A.A., Miami-Dade Community College
Formerly taught at Florida International University, Barry University, Miami Dade Community College, Broward College in Ft. Lauderdale, and the New England Music Camp in Maine during the summers. Has adjudicated competitions for the Music Teachers National Association, The Norman Sholin Guitar Competition and the Guitar Foundation of America. Together with his Wife and duo partner Yasmin Berkson, has toured throughout the world with performances in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and a five city tour of South Korea. The duo has also performed on television, radio, and premiered many new works for the guitar, including the Concerto in D Minor by Francis Kleynjans, dedicated to the duo. They have also been recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts and have received numerous grants and awards. Former students have gone on to complete degrees at some of the nation’s top music schools; including, Indiana University, Florida State University, and Boston Conservatory.
Katherine Morgan Palmer
B.M., University of Tennessee
M.M., Indiana University
Was an Artist/Faculty member at the Brevard Music Center from 1993-2000. Has performed numerous recitals with soloists such as Joseph Robinson, principal oboist of the New York Philharmonic; Charles Vernon, bass trombonist in the Chicago Symphony, and tenor saxophonist James Houlik. Having a particular interest in contemporary music, she has collaborated with many living composers, including Timothy Crist, Juilliard professors Samuel Adler and Eric Ewazen, and her husband, Robert Glenn Palmer. Since 1998, she has been pianist with the Mountain Chamber Players.
Robert Glenn Palmer
Music Theory, Composition
B.A., Davidson College
D.M., Composition, Florida State University
Member of the Brevard Music Center faculty since 1988. His compositions have been performed by the Raleigh Oratorio Society, the Milano Classica Chamber Orchestra, Mario Abril, James Houlik, Vahan Sargsyan, the Helios Saxophone Quartet and the Mountain Chamber Players, among others. His works are published by Shawnee Press, C.L. Barnhouse, Carl Fischer and C. Alan Music. While teaching in the public schools, his high school bands performed at the NCMEA Convention and the Mid-East Instrumental Music Conference. Has appeared as guest conductor, presented clinics, and completed residencies at institutions from the southeast to Anchorage, Alaska. He was elected to the Hall of Fame of the band section of the North Carolina Music Educators Association in 2004.
Applied Violin, Viola
AB, Princton University
ARCM(PG), Royal College of Music
PRC, Carnegie Mellon University
Jason Posnock is Concertmaster of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra and Associate Artistic Administrator at the Brevard Music Center. He has appeared as soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral principal throughout the United States, UK, and Asia, and has performed with prominent American ensembles including the Philadelphia Orchestra and Pittsburgh Symphony. Mr. Posnock is currently on the faculty of Brevard College and the Brevard Music Center, and formerly served as Artist Lecturer in Violin at Carnegie Mellon University.
Staff Accompanist and Organist
B.M., M.M., Indiana University; studied with Robert Rayfield and Marilyn Keiser.
Serves as Organist and Choirmaster of The Cathedral of All Souls in Asheville, North Carolina and chair of the Liturgy and Music Commission of the Diocese of Western North Carolina. Prior positions include Minister of Music at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Arlington, VA; various positions of leadership in the American Guild of Organists, including dean of the Bloomington, IN chapter and registrar for the District of Columbia chapter; and past regional officer for the Association of Anglican Musicians (AAM). Served several years on the editorial board for the AAM Journal and is currently the National Placement Advisor for the AAM membership. Previous teaching appointments include Adjunct Instructor in Liturgics at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, VA and teaching in the Episcopal Dioceses of Washington and Virginia for the Leadership Program for Musicians Serving Small Congregations.
B.S. Music Education, Mansfield University
M.M. Music Education, East Carolina University
Doctor of Music, Brass Pedagogy and Music Literature, Indiana University
Larry Huntley served on faculty at Western Connecticut State University for over 30 years, serving as Music Department Chair for 12 years. A horn player, Huntley has been an active performer for over 40 years, performing in such notable venues as the Temple Square Tabernacle, Salt Lake City, Utah, and Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center (NYC debut). Huntley has presented at numerous professional conferences and received several awards, including being named to the Music Alumni Honor Roll at Mansfield University; receiving a Fulbright Lecture Award Nomination; winning a Yale University Visiting Faculty Fellowship; and receiving a NDEA Title V “Prospective Teacher” Fellowship. Huntley maintains professional memberships in Music Educators National Conference, American Federation of Musicians, American Association of University Professors, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia of America. Huntley has served on the Music Education faculty at Brevard College since 2009.
Franklin Keel, instructor of cello
Master of Music in Performance and Education, Appalachian State University, in progress
Bachelor of Music in Performance, Eastman School of Music, 2004
Franklin Keel began playing the cello when he was six years old. His formal training as a professional musician began when he was fifteen years old under the cellist and composer Ron Clearfield in Asheville. His studies continued with Pamela Frame and David Ying at the Eastman School of Music, and Kenneth Lurie at Appalachian State University. He has appeared as a soloist with the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra, and with the Symphony of the United Nations in Asheville. He was also a finalist in the Brevard Music Center's Jan and Beattie Wood Concerto Competition and the Concerto-Aria Competition at Appalachian State University. Mr. Keel performs actively as a solist and with a variety of other ensembles. He is the Associate Principal Cellist in the Asheville Symphony Orchestra and the Principal Cellist in the Brevard Philharmonic Orchestra. He is the cellist in the Opal String Quartet, who have given classes and recitals across western North Carolina. In 2009, he joined the Absurdist-Gypsy-Folk-Funk-Punk band, Sirius.B, and has since released an album and performed in Asheville's top festivals such as Bele Chere, Leaf, LAAFF, and Downtown After 5. Mr. Keel is the Orchestra Director at Hendersonville High School, and the Assistant Conductor with the Hendersonville Symphony Youth Orchestras, and he maintains an active private schedule as a private cello and chamber music instructor.
Indiana University Bloomington, IN Master of Music Education 1995
Potsdam College Potsdam, NY Bachelor of Music Education 1986
Sarah Moser has taught elementary general music at Brevard Elementary School since 1996 and has been teaching in Transylvania County Schools since 1991. She has been awarded Teacher of the Year for Rosman Elementary (1994) and Brevard Elementary (2000), and was selected Teacher of the Year for Transylvania County Schools in 1994 and 2000. Moser received her National Board Certification for Early Childhood Music in 2004. She is the Chair of the Elementary Music Section of North Carolina Music Educators Association and directs the Children’s Choir at First United Methodist Church in Brevard. A versatile musician, Moser began her career as a strings teacher in New York state, and has in recent years served as the Pit Orchestra conductor for musicals at Brevard High School. Moser has served on the Brevard College faculty since 2007.
Tuba and Euphonium
B.M., Western Carolina University School of Music;
M.M, Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University-Bloomingto
Mr. Taylor attended the Western Carolina University School of Music where he received his Bachelor of Music degree. He then received his Master of Music in Performance degree from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University-Bloomington where he was awarded the William Bell Memorial Scholarship for Tuba. His principal instructors include Harvey G. Phillips, Dan Perantoni, Ray Cramer (Band), D. Wynn Justice and Kenneth R. Kroesche (Euphonium). Additional lessons include Sam Pilafian, Fritz Kaenzig, Michael Lind and Jerry Young.
Mr. Taylor is currently principal tuba with the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra in Hendersonville, NC, a position he has held since 2002. He also performs with the Western Piedmont, Brevard and Asheville Symphony orchestras on a substitute basis. Other orchestras he has performed with include the Owensboro (KY), Richmond (IN), Bloomington Camerata (IN), and Columbus (IN) orchestras. Mr. Taylor has also performed with Mr. Jack Daniel’s Original Silver Cornet Band, Harvey Phillips Tuba Company, Harvey Phillips Tuba Santas, the Unifour Brass Ensemble, and the Smoky Mountain Brass Band. He has toured throughout the North, South, and Mid-West United States as a performer and clinician and performed on NPR as well as local radio and television broadcasts.
Mr. Taylor serves on the faculty at Lenoir-Rhyne University (NC) where he teaches low brass and coaches the tuba/euphonium ensemble. In addition, he is also the Instructor of Tuba and Euphonium at Furman University (SC) as well as the tuba player in the Faculty Brass Quintet