Guest Conductor Convention Band – Christina A. Muncey
Captain Christina A. Muncey is a flight commander for The United States Air Force Band, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, D.C. She serves as the Officer-in-Charge of the Concert Band, the Airmen of Note, Productions, and Resources and Supply. Captain Muncey holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Wind Conducting from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, and two degrees from Colorado State University: a Master of Music degree with a concentration in Orchestral Conducting, and a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education.
Featured Guest Clinician & Artist – Harry Watters
Jazz Trombonist Harry Watters travels nationally and internationally as a Jupiter Artist. His numerous Summit Records releases include the popular Love Songs and the three critically acclaimed Brothers discs with trumpeter Ken Watters. Watters has performed with Doc Severinsen, Al Hirt, Pete Fountain, Erich Kunzel, Kevin Mahogany, Wycliffe Gordon, Lou Rawls, Maureen McGovern, Bill Watrous, Carl Fontana, Jiggs Whiggam, James Moody, Peter Erskine, Conrad Herwig, John Fedchock and the Boston Brass. In addition, Harry has appeared as a featured soloist with the Syracuse Symphony, the Baton Rouge Symphony, the Louisiana Philharmonic, the Tulsa Pops, the West Virginia Symphony, the University of North Texas One O’Clock Lab Band, the Janacek Philharmonic, the Moldovan Festival Orchestra and the U.S. Army Orchestra.
Guest Soloist & Clinician – Eric Lau
Eric Lau is Professor of saxophone at the University of New Mexico. Dr. Lau has been featured at both National and Regional North American Saxophone Alliance Conferences as well as with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, the University of New Mexico Wind Symphony, and many other institutions. He has given concerts throughout the United States as well as in Europe, Puerto Rico, and Brazil.
Guest Soloist & Clinician – Jennifer Lau
Jennifer Robin Lau is Lecturer in Theory and Composition,and teaches Music Appreciation at the University of New Mexico. She is currently also President of the Albuquerque Flute Association, having served in other positions since 2003. She previously served on the faculties of Texas A&M University-Commerce, Spring Arbor University, Alma College, and the University of Michigan-Flint. While teaching at the University of New Mexico, Dr. Lau has performed with the New Mexico Winds, the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Albuquerque, El Paso Opera, Opera Southwest, and the New Mexico Woodwind Quintet.
Keynote Speaker – Richard White
Richard White is an Associate Professor of tuba/euphonium and Associate Director of the Spirit Marching Band at the University of New Mexico. Dr. White is also in his fifth season as the Principal Tubist of the New Mexico Philharmonic. He has performed with the Canadian Brass Quintet, Indiana University Faculty Brass Quintet, New Mexico Symphony Brass Quintet, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic, Santa Fe Opera, Sphinx Symphony, Spoleto Music Festival U.S.A., Music in the Mountains, and many others. Throughout his musical and educational career development, Dr. White has had a passionate interest in motivational speaking. That dream has recently materialized itself with the launching of his website rawtuba.com. Sharing inspirational thoughts and philosophies that have motivated Dr. White has taken him to Mexico, South America, Europe, South East Asia and across the United States of America.
Clinician – Lori Lovato
Lori Lovato is principal clarinetist for The Santa Fe Symphony. She also performs with New Mexico Philharmonic, Sphinx Symphony in Detroit, Performance Santa Fe Orchestra, San Juan Symphony, Opera Southwest Orchestra and Alter Ego Jazz Trio, and is a founding member of the New Mexico Woodwind Quintet. Lori has appeared with the Napa Valley Festival del Sole, Albuquerque Chamber Soloists, Music at Angel Fire, Chamber Music Albuquerque, Chatter, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Santa Fe Opera Orchestra, Santa Fe New Music, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Monterrey, Mexico, and the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players. Lori is a graduate of Northwestern University and the University of New Mexico. Prior to her performing career, she was the band and orchestra director at West Mesa and Cibola High Schools in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Currently she maintains a private clarinet studio and performs musical outreach programs throughout the community.
Clinician – Elaine Heltman
Elaine Heltman hails from Saddle Brook, New Jersey, and graduated from Ithaca College School of Music. While leading a high school marching band in New Jersey her first year out of college, she also studied with Joseph Robinson, former Principal Oboe of the New York Philharmonic. Soon after Elaine’s career as a professional oboist began with her appointment to the Filarmónica de Caracas, Venezuela. Elaine held positions with the Jerusalem Radio Symphony and Israel Chamber Orchestra, and taught oboe at the Beersheva Conservatory and at Kibbutz Ein Charod in Tel Josef. In New Mexico Elaine has performed as a soloist, chamber musician and as Principal Oboe of The Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. Elaine has also held principal oboe positions with the Des Moines Metro Opera and Britt Music Festival, and has performed with the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra and Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. Elaine performed and toured for many years with the New Mexico Woodwind Quintet and was Principal Oboe with the Chamber Orchestra of Albuquerque.
Clinician – Ryan Alexander Bloom
Percussionist Ryan Alexander Bloom joins us as our percussion clinician for the 2022 Music for Life Convention! Ryan has been playing the drums since 1996 and holds a degree in music from the University of Colorado. He teaches marching and concert percussion at all levels for Los Alamos Public Schools and has a private lesson studio in Los Alamos County. Ryan has signed two record deals and played in several touring bands. His instructional books include: Encyclopedia Rudimentia, Subdivide and Conquer, The Complete Double Bass Drumming Explained, Live Drum & Bass, and Thrash Metal Drumming, all published with Hudson Music.