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- PERCUSSION (Mallet, Snare, Drum Set & More)
Michael Barranco is a New York-based percussionist and educator. He currently resides in Normal, Illinois as an adjunct percussion professor at University of Illinois Springfield. Michael also works full time at Carl’s Pro Band as an instrument repair technician. Michael can be found as a freelance musician, teaching private percussion lessons to students, and conducting various master classes in the Bloomington-Normal area.
Michael’s schooling includes a Master’s degree in Percussion Performance from Illinois State University and a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY. Notably, Michael has performed with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, The Capital Region Wind Ensemble, and The Saint Rose Camerata.
Michael is an active member in various professional organizations including The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and The Percussive Arts Society. From 2013-2014, he served as the President of the Saint Rose chapter of NAfME. Michael is also an Artifact Percussion performing artist.
- ADVANCED MUSICIANSHIP
- DEVELOPMENT OF AN INDIVIDUAL SOUND
- ADVANCED SAXOPHONE
James Boitos holds the Bachelor of Music Degree from Colorado State University, and a Master’s from Northwestern University, where he studied with the legendary Dr. Frederick Hemke. Mr. Boitos is retired Professor Emeritus of Music at Illinois State University where he taught saxophone and directed the Jazz program. For more than two and a half decades, his jazz groups won individual and group awards at college jazz festivals throughout the country. Boitos’ performance credits are many; he has soloed with the Kurpfalziches Chamber Orchestra of Mannheim, and recorded Alexandre Glazounov’s Concerto and Wolfgang Hofmann’s Concertino, for South German Federal Radio. He was a featured soloist at the 5th World Saxophone Congress, London, the 6th World Saxophone Congress, Evanston, and the 7th World Saxophone Congress, Nuremburg, as well as the 1st and 2nd International Saxophone Symposiums, hosted by the United States Navy Bands, Washington, D.C. and has been a guest soloist with College and University ensembles throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan. Mr. Boitos has also freelanced with Pearl Bailey, Billy Eckstine, Joe Williams, Cab Calloway, Nancy Wilson, Louie Bellson, and many others.
Dr. Anne Dervin pursues an active career as a recitalist, chamber player, and orchestral clarinetist throughout the United States. She has presented solo and chamber recitals at universities and recital series, including: Hope College (MI), University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Bradley University, Wake Forest University (NC), Illinois State University, and East Carolina University (NC).
Dr. Dervin is a current member of the Heartland Festival Orchestra and Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra. She has performed with Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle (North Carolina), Peoria Symphony, Long Bay Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, North Carolina Opera, North Carolina Vocal Ensemble, Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, Opera Carolina, Carolina Chamber Symphony, and Jackson Symphony (MI).
In addition to her performance career, she is known for her commitment to clarinet pedagogy and musicology. Dr. Dervin currently serves on the faculties Millikin University and Bradley University. Prior to these appointments, she served on the faculties of Illinois State University, Illinois Wesleyan University, East Carolina University and Coastal Carolina University.
She received her DMA while holding research fellowships and a graduate assistantship from Michigan State University. She received her MM with Honors and BM, with Highest University Honors from East Carolina University. She completed coursework at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and was an A.J. Fletcher Opera Fellow. Her major teachers include Dr. Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr and Robert Listokin.