GMEA All-State Band Clinic

GMEA All-Sate Band ClinicGMEA All-State Band Audition Clinic
Saturday, December 7, 2019

The GMEA All-State Band Clinic at Kennesaw State University is open to high school brass and woodwind instrumentalists interesting in improving their audition skills in preparation for 2019-20 All-State Band auditions. During the clinic, students will receive instruction on fundamental playing essentials, strategies for learning and playing the audition études, and tips to ensure a successful audition. If you want to have a great audition, then you won’t want to miss this clinic! All sessions are run by our outstanding KSU faculty.

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Online Registration Deadline:
Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Participation fee: $20 per participant

  • Schedule for Brass Participants:
    Saturday, December 7, 2019
    8:30 am – Brass registration opens
    9:00 am  – Introduction and icebreakers 
    9:30 am  – Warmup and fundamentals
    10:00 am – Étude overview and scales
    10:30 am  – Detailed étude breakdown
    11:30 am  – KSU brass faculty performance
    12:00 pm  – Student GMEA showcase performance
    12:30 pm – KSU Wind Ensemble performance
    1:00 pm – Lunch and time to visit with vendors
    2:00 pm  – Dismissal

    Schedule for Woodwind Participants:
    Saturday, December 7, 2019
    12:00 pm – Woodwind registration opens
    12:30 pm – KSU Wind Ensemble performance
    1:00 pm – Lunch and time to visit with vendors
    2:00 pm – Introduction and icebreakers
    2:30 pm – Warmup and fundamentals
    3:00 pm – Étude overview and scales
    3:30 pm – Detailed étude breakdown
    4:30 pm – KSU woodwind faculty performance
    5:00 pm – Student GMEA showcase performance
    5:30 pm – Dismissal

  • Updated études for 2019-20 will be made available by GMEA in early Fall semester. Check back later for this year's audition materials.

    2019 Concert Band Scales and Études (9th and 10th Grades)
    2019 Symphonic Band Scales and Études (11th and 12th Grades)

  • Participating students are required to complete and return the following forms as required by university policy:

    Forms will also be sent to participants via email after registration is complete. Completed and signed forms must be submitted upon arrival on the day of the event.

  • Doug Lindsey

    Dr. Doug Lindsey
    Coordinator of Brass and Assistant Professor of Trumpet

    Dr. Douglas Lindsey joined the faculty at Kennesaw State University in the fall of 2012, and is very active in the Southeast. Recently as a soloist, he has been a featured artist with the Memphis Symphony, the Kennesaw State Orchestra, the Kennesaw State Wind Ensemble, the Georgia Brass Band, at the International Trumpet Guild conference, at the Atlanta Trumpet Festival, and at the Trumpet Festival of the Southeast.  An advocate of new music, over the course of the two years he has premiered 4 new works for trumpet.  Alongside pianist, Judy Cole, he has performed solo recitals all over the Southeast as a founding member of Duo Trompiano.  In addition to solo work, Dr. Lindsey enjoys an active chamber music career as first trumpet with the Premiere Brass, as founding member of the Atlanta Trumpet League, and as a member of the Isthmus Brass.  As an orchestral musician, he regularly performs as the principal trumpet of the Georgia Symphony Orchestra, as section trumpet with the Atlanta Symphony, the Memphis Symphony, the Macon Symphony, and spent two summers at the Aspen Music Festival. As an educator, he maintains a vibrant studio of young trumpeters at KSU and at various high schools in the area, and recently started a popular regional high school ensemble, the North-Atlanta Trumpet Ensemble. Most recently, the KSU trumpet ensemble garnered praise at the 2015 International Trumpet Guild conference where they performed Erik Morale’s Infinite Ascent, and continue to find success at the National Trumpet Competition with their consecutive semi-finalist placements.  Other studio accomplishments include multiple winners from theInternational Trumpet Guild scholarship contest, job placements, successful graduate school placements, and multiple winners of KSU’s concerto competition.

    Dr. Lindsey’s former duties as music history lecturer at KSU as well as his many experiences on the cornetto and the baroque trumpet reflect his keen interest in the fields of early music and musicology.  As an avid composer and arranger, he enjoys creating work for trumpet ensemble, brass quintet, and brass ensembles.  His published dissertation, “Beyond the Galant,” is an arrangement of four Haydn symphonies for trumpet with historical information about Haydn, performance practice, and the history behind many of the works.  This work is distributed by Hickey’s music and available  His many other arrangements and compositions are available on his website

    Previous to his time at KSU, Dr. Lindsey played concerts all over Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Illinois with the acclaimed Wisconsin Brass Quintet. Prior to his tenure with WBQ, Dr. Lindsey performed with the Yale Faculty Brass trio in a series of concerts ending inCarnegie Hall in New York City. In addition to the faculty brass, Dr. Lindsey also pursued a busy schedule with the Atticus Brass Quintet –winner of the 2009 Aspen Music Festival Quintet Fellowship. With Atticus, Dr. Lindsey had the opportunity to play outreach concerts all over Connecticut, perform alongside the American Brass Quintet, and play an exclusive concert on the Millennium Stage of the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.

    Previous to earning his DMA at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dr. Lindsey studied with Allan Dean at Yale, earning his Master of Music with the distinction of winning the John Swallow excellence in brass prize. Prior to Yale he studied with Ray Mase, Louis Ranger, Kevin Cobb, Scott Moore and Richard Rulli.  Dr. Lindsey received his music performance and music education degrees magna cum laude from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville.

    Dr. Lindsey is a Schilke performing artist and performs on Facet Mutes.

    Ryan Moser

    Mr. Ryan Moser
    Artist-in-Residence in Trumpet

    Ryan Moser enjoys a busy and varied career as a trumpet player and teacher based in the Greater Atlanta area.  Mr. Moser performs as a member of the Premiere Brass Quintet and the acclaimed Georgia Brass Band and has performed with the Atlanta Symphony, Albany Symphony, Gainesville Symphony, Georgia Symphony, Macon Symphony and the New World Symphony.  As a commercial musician, Mr. Moser performs and tours regularly with Heather Hayes (daughter of Isaac Hayes), Tray Dahl, and Blair Crimmins, respectively. Mr. Moser has shared the stage with a wide array of World renowned artists, such as Al Jarreau, Yefim Bronfman, Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, Warren Haynes, and Jordan Smith. Internationally, he has performed in Germany at the Rekkenze Brass Festival in Lichtenburg, Bavaria and mainland China with the Hollywood Concert Orchestra performing in the top concert halls in Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Nanjing.

    As an educator, Mr. Moser has a strong presence in the Greater Atlanta area teaching trumpet lessons, giving masterclasses, sectionals and presenting lectures.  Mr. Moser is also serves as adjunct professor of trumpet at Georgia College & State University where he teaches applied trumpet and helps to lead the monthly Jazz Jam in Milledgeville, GA.

    He received the Bachelor of Music from Louisiana State University studying with Brian Shaw and the Master of Music from University of Georgia studying with David Bilger and Brandon Craswell.  Additional trumpet studies include Raymond Mase, Kevin Cobb and Louis Ranger at the Aspen Music Festival and School.

    Holly Lawing Pritchard

    Ms. Hollie Lawing Pritchard
    Artist-in-Residence in Trombone

    Hollie Lawing Pritchard graduated with her B.M. in Music Performance from Georgia State University and did her graduate studies at the acclaimed Cleveland Institute of Music. As a performer, Hollie has played with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Opera Orchestra, Atlanta Ballet Orchestra, Chattanooga Symphony, Chattanooga Opera Orchestra, as well as the Savannah Philharmonic, Hilton Head Symphony, Charleston Symphony, Johns Creek Symphony, Columbus Symphony, Macon Symphony, and the Augusta Symphony, among others. She has been Principal trombonist with the Carla Rosa Opera Company U.S. Tour, the Sigmund Romberg Tour, and has performed on several occasions with the Atlanta Pops Orchestra, including a four-week tour to Taiwan. Hollie is a founding member and Trombonist with the Midtown Brass and also plays Principal Trombone with the Georgia Brass Band. In 2014 she played solo Trombone with the DIVA big band in the show "Maurice Hines is Tappn' thru life" in a 5 week run, presented by the Alliance Theatre.

    In 2017, Hollie performed at the International Women's Brass Conference with the Athena Brass Band.

    Hollie is adjunct instructor of trombone at Mercer University and Reinhardt University and maintains a private studio of trombone at Lassiter High School in Cobb County, as well as a studio in her home in Marietta, Ga.

    Jason Casanova

    Mr. Jason Casanova
    Artist-in-Residence in Euphonium/Tuba

    Jason Casanova is quickly making a name for himself in the United States as both a soloist and a educator. A native of San Antonio, Texas, Jason completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in euphonium performance at St. Mary’s University. Upon completing bachelors he moved to Atlanta, Georgia where he received his Masters of Music in Euphonium Performance from Georgia State University. Jason’s most influential instructors include Adam Frey, Lee Hipp, Demondrae Thurman, Peter Kline, and Abel Cortinas.

    As a performer, in the summer of 2011, Jason was guest soloist with the Emory University Summer Wind Ensemble. In 2011, Jason won 1st place in the International Euphonium Institute Soloist competition as well as the 1st place duet competition. Earlier in 2011 he placed 2nd in the Southeast Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference Soloist Competition in Chattanooga, TN. In 2010 he was a winner in the Georgia State University Honors Recital competition. Jason was one of three finalists in the 25th Annual Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Festival Competition.

    Jason is called upon to play in various ensembles throughout the metro Atlanta and surrounding areas including the Mercer University Wind Ensemble and Emory Wind Ensemble. He currently plays euphonium with the Georgia Brass Band, the K.S.U. Alumni & Friends Brass Band, as well as Atlanta’s up and coming tuba/euphonium chamber ensemble, J.A.W.S.

    As a teacher, Jason has recently been appointed as the new low brass instructor at the Atlanta International School. He also teaches low brass at other public schools in the Atlanta metro area as well as maintaining his own private teaching studio at home.

    Paul Dickenson

    Dr. Paul Dickinson
    Artist-in-Residence in Tuba/Euphonium

    A native of Darlington, South Carolina, Paul Dickinson works across the Southeast as both a performer and teacher. He recently joined the faculty at Kennesaw State University teaching tuba and euphonium.  His pleasing blend of technique and musicianship has earned him praises from some of the most respected brass musicians in the U.S.A. and numerous placements in major regional, national, and international competitions. He has also been a semi-finalist for prestigious military band auditions. Paul currently serves as principal euphonium for the Gwinnett Symphony Wind Orchestra, principal baritone for the Georgia Brass Band, and principal euphonium for the Poinsett Wind Symphony based in Greenville, SC. He is a founding member of DIVERGENCE, a professional tuba quartet based in Atlanta, GA.

    In addition to his pursuit of performance excellence, Paul has a passion for music education. He regularly works with middle school, high school, and collegiate students across the Southeast. For over a decade, he has been presenting master classes on a variety of issues facing developing brass musicians of all ages. In addition to his work with brass-specific pedagogy, Paul regularly works as a consultant and clinician for both concert and marching ensembles. In the past few years, his students have received high ratings at Solo and Ensemble festivals, won contracts with championship DCI corps, gained acceptance to highly competitive college studios, and have rapidly advanced to take top seats in university-level ensembles at strong music schools in the region. Several of his students now lead successful band programs in the Southeast.

    Early in May 2014, Paul began the development of a recording project called Foundations. The purpose of Foundations is to provide an easily accessible catalogue of early-to-intermediate solos and etudes for the euphonium, tuba, and trombone as a resource for music teachers, high school students, and young college musicians. The first album is now available for free perusal on Paul's website,, and future albums are in development for 2016-2017.

    Paul holds degrees in music education and performance from Furman University (BME, ’11), Georgia State University (MM, ’13), and Florida State University (DM, ’16). He was primarily taught by Mark Britt (trombone), Fred Boyd (trombone), Mike Taylor (tuba), Eric Bubacz (tuba), Adam Frey (euphonium), and Paul Ebbers (tuba/euphonium).

  • Christina Smith

    Ms. Christina Smith
    Artist-in-Residence in Flute

    Christina Smith joined the faculty at KSU in 1999. A native of Sonoma County, California, Christina Smith began her flute studies when she was seven. She appeared as soloist with many orchestras in northern California, including the San Francisco Symphony at the age of 15. Read more

    In 1989, she entered the Curtis Institute of Music to study with Julius Baker and Jeffrey Khaner. She has also studied with Timothy Day and Keith Underwood.Ms. Smith was appointed Principal Flutist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in 1991, becoming the youngest principal flutist of a major American Orchestra. She has appeared as soloist several times with the ASO, in concertos of Mozart, Ibert, Rodrigo, and Nielsen. Prior to attending the Curtis Institute, she graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy in 1989, where she won the Academy's highest honor, the Young Artist Medal. In the same year, she was an awardee at the NFAA's National Arts Recognition and Talent Search, and appeared in recital at the United Nations. She has performed at the Blossom, Tanglewood and Marlboro Music Festivals.

    Ms. Smith left the Curtis Institute after two years to start her career in Atlanta, and regularly appears in recitals, chamber music and masterclasses throughout the country. Recently, Ms. Smith's solo appearances have included performances with the American Sinfonietta, the Atlanta Symphony and the Columbus Symphony, with which she performed the world premiere of James Oliverio's Flute Concerto. She has also recorded three chamber music works of Charles Knox.

    Elizabeth Koch Tiscione

    Ms. Elizabeth Koch Tiscione
    Artist-in-Residence in Oboe

    Elizabeth ("Liz") Koch Tiscione, a native of Buffalo, New York, joined the faculty of Kennesaw State University in 2008. She has been the Principal Oboe of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra since fall 2007. Ms. Koch Tiscione has been playing the oboe since age nine. She studied at the Interlochen Arts Academy under Daniel Stolper and the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia under Richard Woodhams. She is also a member of the Atlanta Chamber Players.

    Ms. Koch Tiscione has performed as a soloist with the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra, the Colorado College Summer Music Festival Orchestra, and the World Youth Symphony with Sarah Chang. She has appeared as guest Principal Oboe with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Rochester Philharmonic, and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.

    Ms. Koch Tiscione has been featured on NPR's "From the Top" and "Live from Studio A." She has participated in the New York State Summer School for Orchestral Studies, the Eastern Music Festival and the New York String Orchestra Seminar, and has been a guest artist with the Army Band, at the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival, and at the Tannery Pond Chamber Music Festival. She has also been a guest artist with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. She participated in the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan, and has collaborated with the Ritz Chamber Players.

    John Warren

    Mr. John Warren
    Associate Professor of Clarinet

    John Warren joined the Kennesaw State University faculty in 2006. After a national search, he was selected as the Professor of Clarinet in 2011.

    His previous university affiliations include Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Georgia, and The University of Nebraska at Omaha. For 15 years, he was the principal clarinetist of the Savannah Symphony Orchestra and prior to that position, the principal clarinetist of the Omaha Symphony. He served as principal clarinetist of the Des Moines Metro Opera for many summers prior to arriving in Atlanta. At KSU, Mr. Warren teaches studio clarinet, wind chamber music, and Woodwind Techniques.

    Mr. Warren is a member of the Atlanta Opera Orchestra, the IRIS Orchestra of Memphis, TN, as well as performing frequently and recording with the Atlanta Symphony. His playing can be heard on the Telarc, Naxos, Albany, and New World labels.

    He has performed as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the IRIS Orchestra, the Curtis Institute Orchestra, and the Symphonies of Savannah, Omaha, Hilton Head, and Beaufort, SC. As a recitalist and chamber musician, Mr. Warren has appeared at the Aspen Music Festival, the Evian Festival and the Highlands Chamber Music Festival. He performed the American premiere of selections from Kurt Weill's opera Der Protagonist in Carnegie Recital Hall. He was a featured recitalist at the International Clarinet Association's 2005 conference.

    Originally, from Shreveport, Louisiana, Mr. Warren holds degrees from the University of Cincinnati College/Conservatory of Music and The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. His most influential teachers include Donald Montanaro, L. Thomas LeGrand, and Richard Waller.

    Sam Skelton

    Mr. Sam Skelton
    Director of Jazz Studies and Senior Lecturer of Saxophone

    A native of Conyers, Georgia, Sam Skelton has been active on the Atlanta music scene for well over three decades.  Mr. Skelton graduated summa cum laude from Georgia State University with a degree in Jazz Studies. During his course of study at GSU, Sam was a Montgomery Music Scholar and a two-time fellowship recipient to the Aspen Music Festival. He continued his saxophone studies with Kenneth Radnofsky at Boston University in 1991 focusing on classical saxophone and music education. Other teachers include David and James "Dub" Hudson and Jeff Benedict.

     As a woodwind doubler, Skelton is well versed in any genre of music. His grasp of saxophone, clarinet and flute has enabled him to remain very busy in live performance as well as in the studio.

     Sam has performed and/or soloed with The London Symphony Orchestra, The Atlanta Symphony, The Atlanta Pops, The Peachtree Pops, The Atlanta Ballet Orchestra and The Cobb Symphony Orchestra as well as numerous local high school and civic ensembles. World Premiers include James Oliverio’s "Children of A Common Mother", Lee Johnson’s "Ora Pro Mi: Concerto for Winds Soloist" (clarinet, flute and soprano saxophone) and "Seaside Symphony" (clarinet and soprano saxophone soloist). Sam also played the premier recording of "Ora Pro Mi" and "Seaside Symphony" with the London Symphony Orchestra.  New musical debuts include: The Prom, Harmony, Bull Durham and Tuck Everlasting.

     As a sideman on over 300 recordings, Sam remains very active in the studio and can be heard on recordings by such artists as: Elton John, December Radio, Babbie Mason, Howard Tate, Matchbox 20, Train, Edwin McCain, The Gap Band and The Ohio Players.  Television and radio jingles include The Georgia Lottery, The Fox Theater Documentary, Glen Beck, The Weather Channel, The Travel Channel, Ford, The Cartoon Network, CNN, Nature’s Own, Popeye’s, Papa John’s and Turner South.  Television appearances include In the Heat of the Night, Savannah and Sinbad’s Summer Jam II on HBO. GRAMMY nods include Howard Tate's "Rediscovered" for Best Contemporary Blues Album and Ted Howe's "Pinnacle" for Best Instrumental Solo (alto clarinet, yes, alto clarinet)

    Sam is currently Director of Jazz Studies and Senior Lecturer in Saxophone at Kennesaw State University. He is also Artistic Director of GSO Jazz and GYSO Jazz.  Sam served as Professor of Saxophone at Georgia State University from 1991 to 2004 and was Jazz Ensemble Director at Georgia Tech from 2002-2004 and Artist-in-Residence at The University Of Georgia Jazz Department. He served as Visiting Professor of Saxophone at Furman University 2001-02.  Professional associations include:  The Jazz Educators Network, Georgia Music Educators Association, Georgia Association of Jazz Educators, National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (voting member) and the American Federation of Musicians. For his contributions to the city’s cultural life, Atlanta Public Broadcasting named him a “Lexus Leader in the Arts” in 2003. Sam is proud to be a Conn-Selmer and D’Addario Artist.


    Andrew Brady

    Mr. Andrew Brady
    Artist-in-Residence in Bassoon

    Andrew Brady joined the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in January 2016 as Principal Bassoon. Mr. Brady was formerly Principal Bassoonist with the Louisiana Philharmonic, a position he held since 2013.

    Mr. Brady is from Johnson City, TN, where he began his musical studies on saxophone but was drawn to switch to bassoon at age 14, after seeing the quirky instrument at a band clinic. Four years later he performed on NPR’s From the Top; and in 2010 he received the Grand Prize in the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts Competition, adjudicated by members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. In January 2011, Mr. Brady performed Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto with the Seattle Symphony under invitation from then Music Director Gerard Schwarz. While in Seattle, he gave free public concerts as well as interactive demonstrations in area schools.

    An active soloist, Mr. Brady has performed concertos by Mozart, Weber, and Zwilich with the Southeast Symphony, the Los Angeles Doctor’s Symphony, and The Colburn Orchestra, respectively. Enthusiastically involved in music education, he has worked as a teaching artist with the Harmony Project’s Youth Orchestra Los Angeles program, where he assisted underserved teens in learning to play bassoon.

    Mr. Brady has appeared with the Los Angeles Opera Company orchestra, and recently with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra of New York in Carnegie Hall and abroad on European tours. He has attended many music festivals including Sunflower Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, and the Tanglewood Music Center. Mr. Brady received his Bachelor of Music degree from The Colburn School Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Richard Beene. Other teachers include Anthony Parnther, Rick Ranti and Suzanne Nelsen.

  • For more information, contact:
    Dr. Doug Lindsey