John McGuire has a vast array of performance and teaching experiences. He has performed with many orchestras around the country, most notably the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Dallas Opera, the Fort Worth Symphony, the New World Symphony in Miami FL, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, and the Florida West Coast Symphony. McGuire has also toured internationally with the acclaimed Fortress Brass Quintet, of which he is a founding member.


As a soloist he was awarded the title “Yamaha Young Artist,” has been a finalist in the American Horn Competition, won several regional solo competitions, and has appeared as a guest artist at many workshops, festivals, and schools across the United States, United Kingdom, France, Brazil, Russia, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Slovakia, and Japan. With several world-premiere performances to his credit, McGuire is a passionate proponent for the creation of new solo horn literature and a sought-after contemporary music performer.


Prior to serving on the faculty of Colorado State University, McGuire served as Adjunct Instructor of Horn at the University of Alabama, Mississippi State University, Appalachian State University, Texas Woman’s University, the Music Institute of Chicago, and Florida A&M University. In addition, he served as host of the International Horn Competition of America in 2017 and 2019, one of the most prestigious solo horn competitions in the world, and currently serves on the Board of Advisors for IHCA. Today, many of McGuire’s former students have moved into successful careers as music educators in reputable school systems and have attained positions as orchestral performers in premier ensembles such as the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.


McGuire received his D.M.A. and B.M. in Music Performance from the University of Alabama, his M.M. in Performance from Florida State University, and a Performer’s Certificate from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University in Chicago. His major professors were Charles “Skip” Snead, William Capps, and Dale Clevenger.



Kevin Chance serves as Assistant Professor of Piano and chair of the Gloria Narramore Moody Piano Area at the University of Alabama. He maintains a studio of award-winning students at the pre-collegiate and collegiate levels, and in addition to being named the Alabama Music Teachers Association Teacher of the Year, he was recently named the 2019 Music Educator of the Year by the Tuscaloosa Council on the Arts and Humanities for his outstanding contributions to the Tuscaloosa community. Recently elected the Vice President of the Music Teachers National Association, he remains in demand as a teacher and clinician throughout the country, and he tours extensively throughout the United States and abroad as both soloist and collaborator. Chance holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music, Louisiana State University, and Birmingham-Southern College, where he was a student of Barry Snyder, Constance Knox Carroll, and William DeVan.


Wesley Ferreira, one of the prominent clarinetists of his generation, has been praised by critics for his “beautiful tone” and “technical prowess” (The Clarinet) as well as his “remarkable sensitivity” (CAML Review). Fanfare Magazine notes that Ferreira is “clearly a major talent.” He is Assistant Professor of Clarinet at Colorado State University. Ferreira has been the featured soloist with numerous wind bands and orchestras in North America and Europe, and has been broadcast nationally on both the Canadian and Australian Broadcasting Corporations. He has given performances and masterclasses at numerous colleges and universities throughout North America. His innovative teaching methods are acclaimed, including the development of the breath training program for musicians, Air Revelation Breath Support Training Program for Musicians ®. Ferreira holds degrees from Western University (B.M.) and Arizona State University (M.M. and D.M.A). He is a D’Addario and Selmer Paris Artist. For more information, visit


Traci Mendel considers the natural world, paintings and sculptures, and poetry her most significant influences; her favorite color is water, and she has no favorite composer. She holds degrees from Centenary College of Louisiana, and Florida State University. Mendel is a Lecturer in Music at Troy University in Troy AL. When she’s not teaching, she’s composing; when she’s not composing, she’s teaching. When on vacation she likes to visit art galleries and botanical gardens. Her compositions are published by Potenza Music, her website is


James M. David (b. 1978) is an internationally recognized composer who currently serves as Associate Professor at Colorado State University and is particularly known for his works for winds, brass, and percussion. His music has been featured at over 50 national and international conferences and festivals throughout North and South America, Asia, Europe, and Australia.  His works have received numerous awards from such organizations as ASCAP, the National Band Association, the National Association of Composers, USA, the Dallas Wind Symphony, and the Music Teachers National Association. His commissions include projects for the Des Moines Symphony, Joseph Alessi (NY Philharmonic), John Bruce Yeh (Chicago Symphony), James Markey (Boston Symphony), the Playground Ensemble, and the International Saxophone Symposium and Competition as well as hundreds of university music faculty and ensembles.  His music is available through Murphy Music Press, C. Alan Publications, Potenza Music, and Wingert Jones Publications and has been recorded for the Naxos, Summit, Albany, Navona, Mark, MSR Classics, and GIA Windworks labels. More at



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