Clinician – Austin/Round Rock & San Antonio
Dr. Dawn Marie Lindblade-Evans, Associate Professor at the University of Central Oklahoma, joined the faculty in the fall of 2011. She has previously held positions at Southeastern Louisiana University and the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music.
An active chamber musician, she is currently a member of the Lupine Trio (Hong Zhu, violin and Sallie Pollack, piano), Sugar Fish Reed Trio (KaDee Bramlett, oboe and Lori Wooden, bassoon) and the Otis Trio (Tess Remy-Schumacher, cello and Sallie Pollack, piano). Most recently, she toured China and performed with the Sugar Fish Reed Trio and taught classes in Guangzhou, Chengdu and Beijing.
Conference performances include the International Clarinet Association’s ‘Clarinetfest’, the Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium, College Music Society National and Regional Conferences, and the Society of Composers, Inc. National Conference.
Dr. Lindblade-Evans studied with renowned pedagogues Dr. Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr, Dr. James Gillespie and Dr. Kimberly Cole-Luevano.
Dawn Marie Lindblade-Evans is a Selmer Paris/Conn Selmer artist and performs on Seles Présence clarinets. Dawn Marie is also a Performing Artist and Woodwind Method Clinician for D’Addario & Company and performs exclusively on Reserve and Reserve Classic reeds, and plays the Reserve clarinet mouthpiece (X15E).
Find out more about the Clarinet Studio at the University of Central Oklahoma at www.dawnlindblade.com.
Director – Clarinet Pro Workshops
Julie Linder-Gaulin is a clarinetist and founder of Musician Pro Workshops, a company that produces educational clinics connecting students with renowned teachers and performers. She also is the Director of the clarinet division’s summer camps – Clarinet Pro Workshops. In that role, Julie partners with prominent University professors to write curriculum & help connect with young students in their area.
As a freelance clarinetist she currently plays with the Victoria and Corpus Christi Symphonies. She is the current Applied Clarinet Professor at Concordia University, past Adjunct Professor at Texas A&M University – Kingsville and teaches privately for award-winning Austin area band programs.
Ms. Linder established Musician Pro Workshops, LLC in 2012, beginning with Clarinet Pro Workshops, later added the Saxophone Pro Workshops division and recently expanded into San Antonio. Through the Clarinet Pro Workshops Internship program, Julie mentors young high school students interested in the music industry as a career, most of whom have gone on to college as music majors.
Ms. Linder-Gaulin studied at the University of North Texas, DePaul University and with Matthias Glander of the Staatsoper Berlin. She is a Selmer Artist and plays exclusively on Selmer Paris clarinets.
Julie is a D’Addario Reserve Method Clinician and Selmer Artist.
Assistant Director – Brownsville
Ana Gonzalez had a strong foundation in working with and mentoring youth even prior to her 2014 graduation from Texas A&M Kingsville. While there, she served as a Graduation Pathway Tutor to as many as 30 freshman music majors, using her positive example for a program designed to help University retention rates. During her time at TAMUK, she also was chosen from a competitive field of applicants to be a Counselor at TAMUK’s Summer Band Camp and Jump Camp, an innovative all-female music camp that helps give students a preview of life as a music major.
Ana joined Clarinet Pro Workshops in 2014 as an intern and was an integral part of that year’s staff. That same year, she completed her student teaching at Lopez High School and earned her Bachelor’s Degree. Ana is currently finishing her first year as an Assistant Band Director at Los Fresnos High School, and we are excited for students to work with her this summer as an Assistant Director for Clarinet Pro Workshops’ McAllen/Brownsville location.
ClarEssentials Director – Keller
DFW-based clarinetist Kristen Thompson is noted for playing with “remarkable intensity” and “dynamic interpretation” (The Clarinet). An enthusiastic teacher, Ms. Thompson maintains a large private studio in Lewisville ISD where her students have placed in District, Region and All-State bands, and teaches weekly masterclasses to the clarinet sections at J.J. Pearce High School (Richardson, TX).
As a soloist, Ms. Thompson was a Finalist in the 2014 International Clarinet Association Young Artist Competition and the 2015 Clarinet Colloquium Young Artist Competition (Dallas, TX). She has previously served as Assistant Principal Clarinetist with the Odysseus Chamber Orchestra, as well as performed on woodwinds in musical theatre venues across North Texas.
Ms. Thompson is a proud graduate of the University of North Texas and Potsdam (NY) State College. She also earned a Certificate in Arts Leadership while at UNT and was one of two recipients of the prestigious Priddy Scholarship in Arts Leadership in 2012. An advocate of musician’s health, she presented a poster on the role of the vocal musculature in wind performance at the 2013 Performing Arts Medical Association Conference in Aspen, CO. Her primary teachers include Dr. Kimberly Cole-Luevano, Dr. James Gillespie, and Dr. Raphael Sanders.
ClarEssentials Director – Frisco
Connor O’Meara is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Musical Arts in Clarinet Performance University of North Texas where he studies with Dr. Kimberly Cole Luevano. Mr. O’Meara completed his Masters of Clarinet Performance at the University of Texas At Austin and received his Bachelors of Clarinet Performance at the University of Northern Colorado in 2010. Primary teachers include Bill Jackson and Brad Behn (University of Northern Colorado), Richard MacDowell (University of Texas), Victoria Luperi (Principal of the Fort Worth Symphony). Mr. O’Meara has had additional study with Dr. Stephanie Zelnick (University of Kansas), Gregory Oakes (University of Iowa), and Joaquin Valdepenas (Principal clarinet of the Toronto Symphony). In addition to private study with a wide range of teachers, Mr. O’Meara has appeared in master classes with Mark Nuccio (Acting Principal, New York Philharmonic), Victoria Luperi (Principal, Fort Worth Symphony), and Jane Carl (Professor of Clarinet, University of Missouri Kansas City). Mr. O’Meara has also attended summer music festivals at Rocky Ridge Music Festival (2008) and Aspen Music Festival (Local Scholarship Student, 2005).
Since moving to North Texas, Mr. O’Meara has been an active member of the performance community, performing with the San Angelo Symphony, the Allen Philharmonic and performances & regional tours with the Fort Worth Symphony. Mr. O’Meara has been a member of the Lone Star Wind Orchestra since 2013 and has performed with the Lone Star Wind Orchestra Clarinet Choir at the Oklahoma University Clarinet Symposium.
As a teacher, Mr. O’Meara is currently working for the Frisco Independent school district. Many of his students have attended honor bands, All-State band and All-State solo contest. In addition to his private teaching studio, Mr. O’Meara has been a faculty member for UNT’s ClarEssentials in 2013 and 2014.