Upon graduation from Mansfield University in 2006, I attended graduate school at the University of North Texas
and earned a master of music degree in oboe performance and orchestral
conducting. Following completion of my masters program, I performed
as a freelance musician in the Dallas/Fort Worth Area performing regularly with
the Lone Star Wind Orchestra and San Angelo Symphony Orchestra. Later, I
accepted a position at the National Association for Music Education as the
director of business development and continued to freelance in the Washington,
DC area. While a member of the NAfME staff, I managed and directed
several national student programs, and oversaw a major branding change and
corporate fundraising program. Most recently, I enlisted in
the United States Army as an oboist in the 8th Army Band located in Seoul,
South Korea where I live with my husband Dr. Michael Chamberlin, also a
member of the 8th Army Band as a saxophonist.
My time at Mansfield University prepared me for my professional life in many ways. Being a small school, the faculty was always available to mentor and cultivate me as a musician and student. Caring and compassionate faculty able to know each and every student helped me be successful through difficult times in my career as a student. Access to ensembles was absolutely key in preparing me for a career as a performing musician. When I arrived at North Texas and became a member of the North Texas Wind Symphony, I had already performed many great wind band works under the direction of Dr. Adam Brennan. Every student had an opportunity to read through or perform major works, where students at large, prestigious universities miss due to studio size. The relationships I forged with faculty have helped me advance my professional career.
After graduating from Mansfield University in the spring of 2013 with a Bachelor of Music in Music Technology, I began working full-time at Mark Custom Recording Services, Inc., a small recording company in Clarence, New York. I had interned with Mark Custom to fulfill my degree requirement and was beyond delighted when they offered me a full-time position as office manager. Some of my duties include coordinating recording assignments, managing all aspects of all-state conferences and conventions, drafting and submitting copyright licensing requests, and answering inquires about the company. I am thrilled to be working with a company that specializes in recording elementary through collegiate level ensembles for educational purposes! We record all-state events in Texas, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Florida, and New York. We also record clinics and conventions such as the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, American Choir Directors Association (Central & Western Divisions,) the Texas Bandmasters Association Convention, the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles Conference, and the Western International Band Clinic. To be so fully immersed in the educational sector of the music industry immediately after graduation was quite honestly not where I had thought I would be, but it has been immensely gratifying nonetheless.
Did my time at Mansfield University prepare me for all of the demands of the working world? No, but no institution of higher education can ever truly prepare you for all the world will throw at you. What Mansfield University, and my time in the Music Department in particular, taught me was how to be adaptable, how to problem solve, and how to never-ever give up, no matter how daunting the challenge may seem. I learned to push myself to my limits and to never settle for mediocrity--in myself or in my work. The faculty in the MU Music Department are an astounding group of professionals who know how to simultaneously push and support their students. For certain, I would not be the musician and person I am today without their influences.
Since graduation in May 2012 I have been teaching at Grover Washington, Jr. Middle School in Philadelphia. My duties include teaching general music classes for grades 5-8 and directing the middle school band. While at GWJMS, I also had a lot of fun directing the school's 3rd annual spring musical, Aladdin, Jr., that was performed with great success! Our band even traveled to PECO (Philadelphia Electric Company), to perform for a Black History Month Celebration. I also helped prepare students to audition for the All-City Middle School Band, in which four of my students were accepted! I am the softball coach, and am running Grover Idol, our school's talent show, which is a lot of fun!
Recently I was accepted to the Juilliard Conducting Workshop for Music Educators in the Summer of 2013 and also have the honor of running my own Clarinet Camp at Mansfield University. In the Fall of 2013 I will return to MU to pursue my MA in Music: Instrumental Conducting degree.
My time at Mansfield University really prepared me for the professional world. One of the best things MU does is to get future teachers into the classroom from the beginning of their collegiate degree. This preparation time allowed me to figure out different teaching styles and methods before going into student teaching. The student teaching placements that I received in Philadelphia, PA were exactly what I needed to help me transition from a student to a teacher. From the experiences, to the cooperating teaching, I learned so much, and truly felt prepared to enter the world as a teacher.
Mansfield University also set me up to hold high standards for my musical ensembles. All of the music professors at MU taught me something extremely valuable, and I see it come out in my teaching everyday. Mansfield inspired me to teach to a high level of expectation, and not accept mediocrity. I know that I can encourage my students, even middle school students, to a high level of musical ability.
After graduating in Spring of 2010, I spent the year living in my parents’ home in Stroudsburg, PA and substitute teaching in local school districts. Although frustrated that I didn’t have my own job, I learned a lot through this experience such as classroom management and the grade levels I enjoyed working with. During the 2010-2011 school year, I kept applying to districts throughout the state of Pennsylvania as well as New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina; I was determined to get a job. In June of 2011, I was offered and accepted the position of High School Choral Director at Clifton Public Schools in Clifton, NJ. I am currently living in New Jersey teaching two choirs, piano labs, theory, and am the musical director for our spring musical theatre production.
Mansfield University taught me to set the bar high, both for myself as an educator and for my students. I was challenged both academically and musically while I was at school but with the guidance from my fellow peers and professors, I learned how to accept and even surpass those challenges. I now set high expectations for myself and for my students because I know that through hard work and dedication, these challenges can be met.
After graduating from Mansfield University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Music in Education, I began teaching music courses at Edward W. Bok Technical High School in Philadelphia, PA. Students in my class focus on music composition, engaging in rigorous coursework that includes music theory, lyric and song development, and extensive study of music notation software. Students frequently experience workshops presented by professional composers and musicians, and are encouraged to write music that they feel is relevant to their lives and community. I strive to provide my students with culturally relevant and personally significant musical coursework while maintaining high musical and personal standards.
Mansfield University provided hands-on opportunities to teach a variety of students and music curricula, which helped me develop lesson plans and curricula that are responsive to student needs. The music department also provided opportunities to perform eclectic repertoire in quality ensembles, which enabled me to set high compositional standards spanning different genres and time periods. Professors in the music department acted and continue to act as professional mentors in my educational life. Mansfield faculty members continue to encourage the development of my musical and pedagogical skills. The knowledge I gained studying in the music department at Mansfield University has been essential in providing my students with a relevant and meaningful musical education.
My time in the Music Department at Mansfield University gave me the opportunity to explore, discover and be involved in making any type of music I wanted. It showed me the importance of being versatile and flexible yet proactive and in control of my own direction in life.
American trumpeter and composer Andre Canniere has worked with artists such as Maria Schneider, Bjorkestra, Donny McCaslin and Darcy James Argue. He has appeared on stage at Carnegie Hall, Birdland, Symphony Space and The Jazz Gallery and has toured widely throughout the United States and Europe, including performances at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Hague Jazz Festival, Bimhuis in Amsterdam and the Rochester International Jazz Festival.
In 2008 Andre relocated from New York to London where his profile is steadily rising, both as a leader and a collaborator. Aside from performing with his own group, he has also worked with Lizzy Parks, Nostalgia 77, Ingrid Laubrock, Jasper Hoiby, Dekata Project and Today Is Boring at venues such as Blackheath Concert Halls, The Vortex, Pizza Express and The 606 Club.
Canniere’s first solo recording was released in 2006 on Omatic Records and he has appeared on numerous recordings as a session musician. A new album of original music is due for release in January 2012 on the London-based jazz label, Whirlwind Recordings.
In addition to his work as a performer and composer, Andre enjoys an active career as a music educator. Currently, Andre teaches at the Highgate School and Trinity College of Music in London and previously was a teaching assistant at the Eastman School of Music where he received his Masters degree in Jazz Performance, and as an instructor at the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts. He also teaches privately, works as an adjudicator, and presents master classes at schools and universities.
Since graduation in 2005, Jill Davis has been working on starting her teaching career. Jill completed her masters in choral conducting at Eastman School of Music in 2007, and then was appointed as Director of Vocal Music at Palmyra-Macedon High School in Palmyra, NY where she teaches Chorus, Select Choir, AP Music Theory, Music Literature, and Voice Lessons. She is also the choreographer, vocal director, and orchestral director for the school's musical productions and madrigal dinners. Her Select Choir had participated in several recent competitions, and has performed in New York City, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Scotland, Wales, England, and Boston. Jill recently completed her SBL (School Building Leader) and SDL (School District Leader) certifications through the Warner School of Education at the University of Rochester in hopes of becoming a building principal someday. In her free time, Jill enjoys spending time with her goldendoodle dog, Katie, who she trained as a certified Therapy Dog. Katie is a valued member of the school district as well, and attends school with Jill every day to work with the high school students and assist with their social and emotional needs. Jill also maintains a private piano and voice studio, teaching from her home in Rochester.
My time at Mansfield will always be dear to my heart, and I enjoy sharing my experiences with my students who are looking at colleges. The close connections and ability to participate in a multitude of ensembles allowed me to grow tremendously as a musician. I find myself mirroring the teaching techniques of many of my professors and consider myself lucky to have that knowledge. I am proud to be a Mansfield Alum, and consider the music department second to none.
After graduating (’03) with a degree in music education, I spent the majority of my career teaching instrumental music in the suburbs of Rochester, NY. I earned my master’s degree at Ithaca College (’08) and have since gone on to pursue a Ph.D. in music education at The Ohio State University (’13, anticipated). Currently, I teach undergraduate courses in instrumental methods and music for classroom teachers, supervise pre-service music teachers in their field experiences and student teaching internships, and serve as a clinician at state music education conferences and district-level in-service days.
The education I received from Mansfield University’s School of Music has prepared me well for the wide range of teaching opportunities I have encountered. Requiring courses for all pre-service music teachers in both general music and instrumental pedagogy allowed for a well-rounded experience, and has provided me with the tools I need to have success in all classrooms. Additionally, it is the close relationships with the faculty that I have appreciated most about MU. Although it has been nearly ten years since I graduated, I am still in touch with several of my former professors who are always eager to find out what I am up to and, when solicited, offer professional advice. You don’t get that at other schools, where often you are just a number and forgotten as soon as you graduate. It is that sense of camaraderie and support that makes MU what it is.