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Joseph Brooks is a very active and diverse woodwind performer. Spanning his career of nearly 40 years he has held principal chairs and has been a featured soloist on the clarinet, oboe, and saxophone. As a guest artist and clinician he has frequented college and university campuses throughout the United States. He has served as the solo clarinetist with the United States Continental Army Band, principal clarinet and featured soloist with the Rome Festival Orchestra and has been heard in recital at the International Clarinet Convention.
In addition to his credits as a classical performer, Professor Brooks is also active as a jazz artist. Mr. Brooks has been on the faculty at Walla Walla University, Whitman College, Western Kentucky University, and is presently the Professor of Clarinet at Central Washington University. He performs regularly with the Central Wind Quintet, The Joe Brooks Quartet, and is often heard in recital as a clarinetist and as a classical saxophonist. He takes special pleasure in performing as often as is possible with his son, Jeffrey Brooks.
Jeffrey Brooks has served as Adjunct Lecturer of Clarinet at Central Washington University and Walla Walla University and was the sabbatical replacement for FSU Clarinet Professor Dr. Debra Bish for the spring 2012 semester. In addition, Jeff was the sabbatical replacement at Ohio University during the Spring of 2014. Prior to pursuing a Doctorate in Music at FSU, Jeff received his BA from CWU and MM from FSU and will complete his Doctorate in the very near future.
While completing a twelve-year tenure as Principal Clarinetist with the Yakima Symphony Orchestra, Jeff was very active as a freelance musician in the northwest and has performed with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, the Seattle Opera, as well as the Tacoma and Olympia symphony orchestras to mention a few. He has had nearly twenty concerto appearances and is often heard as a recitalist and jazz performer/composer.
As a music entrepreneur, Jeff owns a clarinet repair business, has produced three jazz albums, which are available on iTunes, and is currently developing “ClarinetMonsteR”, a classical and jazz crossover concert for Jazz Quartet and Symphony Orchestra. “ClarinetMonsteR” was premiered with the Yakima Symphony Orchestra in on March 15, 2014! Jeff's teachers include Frank Kowalsky, Deborah Bish, Eddie Daniels, Laurie DeLuca, Chip Phillips, and Joseph Brooks.
Audrey Miller is the assistant professor of clarinet at Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota. At NSU, Dr. Miller teaches applied clarinet, music technology, music history III, and music appreciation. She regularly participates in community outreach, teaching clarinet workshops to young, aspiring musicians.
Before coming to NSU, Audrey lived in Phoenix, AZ where she was an active chamber musician and clarinet teacher to students of all ages. She performed throughout Phoenix area as part of Classical Revolution PHX, Clarinets for Conservation, Kaleidoscope Winds reed quintet, Paradise Winds, and many more.
Audrey had her international debut in Belgium in 2011 and spent the summer of 2013 teaching and performing in Tanzania as a part of Clarinets for Conservation. She has performed around the United States, premiering a work by composer Scott McAllister at the 2012 International Clarinet Association’s ClarinetFest in Lincoln, NE. Audrey recently finished her Doctorate of Musical Arts Degree in clarinet performance at Arizona State University working as a Graduate Teaching Assistant and studying with Dr. Robert Spring and Dr. Joshua Gardner. Her research focused on commissioning new works for clarinet/bass clarinet and other woodwind instruments. She is a graduate of Florida State University with a M.M, where she studied with Frank Kowalsky and earned a B.M. from Western Washington University, studying with Eugene Zoro.