Amy Karnes - Flute

Amy Karnes is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree in flute performance at UNC-Greensboro. Originally from Pennsylvania, she has taught flute and saxophone inaddition to working as a woodwind technician for high school marching bands. Amy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music with concentrations in flute and jazz studies from Lebanon Valley College. She performed as a soloist with the Lebanon Valley College Symphony Orchestra as a winner of the Concerto-Aria Competition in 2015. In addition to music, Amy enjoys reading, cooking, and spending time outdoors. Amy’s teachers include Dana Harlos, Robin Lilarose, Tom Strohman, and Erika Boysen.

David Allen – Clarinet

David Allen
has over 25 years teaching experience with extensive experience teaching all levels of students, from beginners to advanced. He currently is the clarinet instructor at Davidson College and was an instructor at Radford University in Virginia for 15 years, teaching clarinet, saxophone, and sight-singing courses. Dr. Allen recognizes that each student is an individual with his or her own specific goals and needs as a student, and he takes this into account when teaching to guide students to reach their fullest potential.

As a performer, he is principal clarinet of the Carolina Philharmonic, a member of the Western Piedmont Symphony and an active free-lance musician throughout the region having performed with the Greensboro, Winston Salem, Roanoke, and North Carolina Symphonies. David Allen earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Music from Carnegie Mellon University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In 1998, he attended the final session of the European Mozart Academy in Poland where he studied chamber music and worked with such notable coaches as Aurel Nicolet, Michel Lethiec, and Kirsten Meyer. His primary clarinet teachers were Thomas Thompson, Kelly Burke, Edwin Riley, and Edwin W. Fry.

Ben Crouch – Saxophone

Benjamin Crouch is a third-year DMA candidate living in Greensboro, NC currently studying with Dr. Steven Stusek at UNCG. He received his Master of Music at UNCG and his Bachelor of Music in saxophone performance from UNC Chapel Hill, and has studied acoustic and electronic composition with Dr. Mark Engebretson and Dr. Alejandro Rutty. Benjamin’s honors as a soloist include winning the UNC Chapel Hill concerto competition in 2007 and the NCFMC Collegiate Audition in 2012 and 2013, as well as numerous academic honors including induction into the Phi Beta Kappa and election to the Pi Kappa Lambda honor societies. As a chamber musician, Benjamin has competed nationally in the MTNA and Fischoff Competitions. Benjamin’s performing has been called “zesty and insightful” and his compositions have been lauded for their “well-shaped and convincing narratives” by the Classical Voice of North Carolina. Benjamin has taught privately as well as at UNCG, coaching chamber ensembles and individuals, as well as instruction in courses of Music Theory, Ear Training, and Film Music.

Tom Turanchik – Oboe/Basson

Mr. Tom Turanchik teaches oboe, clarinet, and bassoon at Elon University. Currently finishing his DMA at UNCG, he has received the MM in Woodwind Performance and the BA in French and Music. He has performed on oboe and English horn with the Elon, Greensboro, Wilmington, and Danville Symphony Orchestras, and plays bassoon in the Lee County Community Orchestra. In addition to local performances, he is Music Director at the Center for Spiritual Living in Graham, NC, and regularly gives double reed master classes at middle and high schools in central NC.

Taiki Azuma - Saxophone

Taiki Azuma is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree in saxophone performance along with a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Music Education at UNC-Greensboro, where he holds a graduate teaching assistantship. Previous to his move to North Carolina, he has performed and taught extensively on saxophone, flute, oboe, and clarinet in South Florida while being in demand as a woodwind clinician for many of the area’s schools. As a soloist, chamber musician, and ensemble member, he has performed in places and events such as Carnegie Hall, International Saxophone Symposium, MTNA regional chamber competition (Florida representatives), FCSAA Winter Symposium, National Intercollegiate Band (principal chair), Mizner Cultural Arts Expo, American Bandmaster’s Association conference, Lynn Consevatory Orchestra. Boca Sinfonia, Florida Music Educators Association, as well as appearing on the inaugural TEDx Delray Beach in 2013 as a featured performer/speaker with his ensemble, the Qualia Saxophone Quartet. His TA duties have included assisting for Theory 3 sections, Woodwind Methods, Hip Hop in Music, coordinating conferences, coaching chamber music, teaching lessons, and performing in outreach concerts. Taiki attained his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami on a full music and academic scholarship double-majoring in music and pre-med and an MA in Instrumental Wind Conducting at Florida Atlantic University under a graduate assistantship. His teachers include Dale Underwood, Steven Stusek, Jason Kush, Cynthia Cripps, Mary-Ashley Barret, Carla-Copeland Burns, and Kyle Prescott.