Carson-Newman Instrumental Faculty

Ensemble Conductors:

Performance Faculty:

FLUTE: Ms. Jill Allard has been second flute with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra since 2000 and was formerly principal flute with the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra. She also performs as principal and second flute with the Knoxville Wind Symphony. Jill earned a Bachelor of Music in flute performance from Northwestern University and a MM from the University of Tennessee. Her primary teachers have included Walfrid Kujala, Richard Graef, and Shelley Binder. Jill is currently adjunct instructor of flute at Carson-Newman College, has been a faculty member at Maryville College, and also maintains a private studio in the Knoxville region.

TROMBONE, EUPHONIUM, TUBA: Ms. Pat Bivens is Professor of Low Brass, Director of the Jazz Ensemble, Associate Band Director and Director of the Marching Eagles at Carson-Newman College. In addition, she is a free lance trombonist in East Tennessee. She is a native of Dublin, Maryland, graduated from North Harford High School in 1980, holds the Bachelor of Arts in trombone from West Virginia Wesleyan College and a Masters in Music Education from Texas Christian University (TCU). Upon graduation from TCU in 1986, Ms. Bivens entered the United States Air Force Band Program and was assigned for the next four years to the 590th AF Band at McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey. After completing her tour of active duty, Ms. Bivens enlisted in the Tennessee Air National Guard, where she was recently promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant (MSgt). She performs on trombone, euphonium and as a vocalist with the 572 AF Band at McGhee-Tyson Air Base in Knoxville, Tennessee. MSgt Bivens is also the Unit Deployment Manager and Non-Commissioned Officer-in-Charge (NCOIC) of Logistics for the 572 Band. Ms. Bivens has traveled and performed as a member of various musical organizations in Romania, the former Soviet Union, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Canada, Alaska and United States. Her professional affiliations include the International Association of Jazz Educators, International Trombone Association, the Music Educators National Conference, Tennessee Music Educators Association and the East Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association. She currently resides in Morristown, Tennessee.

TRUMPET: Ms. Glenda Cloutier’s performing credits include some of our nation’s finest professional orchestras.  While a freelancer in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, she performed frequently with both the Minnesota and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestras in addition to other fine ensembles such as the Joffrey Ballet and the Houston Grand Opera.  While living in the Pittsburgh area, her performing experiences included regular touring with the River City Brass Band and with the Pittsburgh Symphony as an extra.  A native of East Tennessee, Ms. Cloutier has also performed with our own Knoxville Symphony, the University of Tennessee Brasswind Quintet, the Knoxville Wind Symphony, and the Clarence Brown Theatre orchestra. While studying at Northwestern University, her teachers included Vincent Cichowicz, Adolf Herseth, and Arnold Jacobs of the Chicago Symphony.  A summer of study at Banff included study with Armando Ghitalla, formerly of the Boston Symphony. In the years following undergraduate work, Ms. Cloutier sought out teachers including Manny Laureano, Minnesota Orchestra; Gary Bordner, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra; Susan Slaughter, St. Louis Symphony; James Thompson, formerly the Atlanta Symphony, now at the Eastman School of Music; and Barbara Butler, currently of Northwestern University.  To prepare for college teaching, Ms. Cloutier studied with Dr. Cathy Leach of the Knoxville Symphony at the University of Tennessee.  Ms. Cloutier now resides with her husband and son in Anderson County, Tennessee.

PERCUSSION: Dr. Jeff Gorbski is both the Percussion and Marching Percussion Instructor for Carson-Newman College. Dr. Gorbski graduated from SUNY Brockport with a BS in Music, the University of Connecticut with a Masters in Music Composition, and the University of Tennessee with a Doctorate in Education. In addition, he studied percussion in Europe at the Parma Conservatory of Music in Italy. Dr. Gorbski has performed with the Brockport Symphony, the Wallingford Symphony, the Connecticut Brass Band, and is currently a member of the Knoxville Wind Symphony. Dr. Gorbski has instructed and arranged for the University of Connecticut Marching Band, the Volunteer Drum and Bugle Corps, and the President’s Drum and Bugle Corps. A member of the Percussive Arts Society and ETSBOA, Dr. Gorbski is a marching percussion adjudicator, has presented at several international conferences, and has several publications. In his spare time, when not writing music, he enjoys writing screenplays. email Dr. Gorbski

HORN: Mr. W. Mark Harrell is adjunct horn professor at Carson-Newman College. He is a seventh generation native of Anderson County in East Tennessee. After graduation from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 1988 with a degree in music performance, Mr. Harrell spent several years in Boston continuing his studies with Charles Kavalovski of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. While in New England he performed widely as an orchestral musician and also came in contact with the music of composers John Harbison in Boston and Chris DiBlasio in New York. As a composer Mr. Harrell is primarily self-taught, learning the craft of structure and orchestration from study and practical experience as an active performer. “The language of music is spoken most fluently by those composers who immerse themselves within it, the accent being developed by the composer as his alone. His voice must be comprehensible without being overly simplistic.” Mr. Harrell’s works have been performed widely by a variety of artists. Recent commissions and performances have been given by ensembles such as: Appalachian Ballet, Brasswind Quintet, Carson-Newman College Symphonic Band, East Tennessee State University Wind Ensemble, East Tennessee Youth Wind Ensemble, Knoxville Chamber Orchestra, Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, Mountain Empire Wind Ensemble, Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra, Olympia Symphony Orchestra, Partes Choir of Obninsk (Russia), Slovak State Philharmonic of Kosice (Slovakia), Tennessee Secondary Schools Band Directors Association. Mr. Harrell lives in Knoxville, Tennessee and serves as the third hornist with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Harrell holds a Tennessee teacher’s license and teaches instrumental music in the public schools of Sevier County. He has also taught at East Tennessee State University and Maryville College.

SAXOPHONE: Dr. Richard Scruggs is a Tennessee native and received his first saxophone instruction in the public schools of Huntsville, Alabama. For several years a student of the eminent saxophone soloist and pedagogue Sigurd Raschèr, he later earned the Doctor of Music Degree in Saxophone Performance at The Florida State University (1992). He enjoyed an 8-year tenure on the faculty of the Tübinger Musikschule in Germany before returning to America in 2001. In 2004, he became an Assistant Professor of Music at Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tennessee, where his duties include teaching saxophone and music theory. As a teacher, Scruggs has been highly successful in Europe and America, including seven national prizewinners in Germany’s prestigious Jugend-Musiziert performance competition. He has served on the faculties of The Florida State University and the University of Southern Mississippi. As a writer, he has authored biographies of Ellen Taaffe Zwilich and Duke Ellington for the Open Ear 20th Century Resource Project, a school music curriculum project funded by the Florida Department of State. He has performed widely in America, Germany, Sweden, and Poland as soloist and chamber musician on a number of CDs and in well-known concert venues and festivals, including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall (New York City), the Alte Oper (Frankfurt), Sophiensaal (Munich), the Internationale-Ferienkurse für Neue Musik (Darmstadt), and the Festival der Seltenen Besetzungen (Ludwigsburg).

CLARINET, OBOE: Dr. Tara Scruggs earned the Doctor of Music degree in Clarinet Performance from The Florida State University, and also performs as pianist. She studied for two years as a grant recipient at the Vienna Conservatory in the class of Professor Roger Salander (former Vienna Philharmonic clarinetist). She has served as principal clarinet in several orchestras, including the the Tübinger Sinfonietta (Germany), the arcademia sinfonica (Germany), and the Vienna Conservatory Orchestra (Austria). She has extensive solo and chamber music experience as both performer and coach in Austria, Germany, and America. In 1994, she was a guest artist at the residence of the American Ambassador to Austria. She can be heard in recordings of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra (GA) and the arcademia sinfonica (Germany). Her students have been notably successful, winning numerous competitions in Germany and America. In school years 2002-03 and 2003-04, 70% of her clarinet section at Leon High School in Tallahassee, Florida were members of Florida All-State Bands and Orchestras. Originally from Illinois, Dr. Scruggs earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Western Illinois University and also studied at the University of Illinois. From 1993-2001 she taught clarinet and chamber music at the music school in Mössingen, Germany. In fall 2004, Dr. Scruggs joined the music faculty at Carson-Newman College as Instructor of Clarinet and Music Theory.

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