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AMEA 2016 Clinicians

Jim Cude serves as Band/Fine Arts Director of Whitesburg High School in Whitesburg, Texas. His bands have consistently received the UIL Sweepstakes award and have advanced to the State Marching Contest in 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2013. The band was a finalist in 2004 and 2013. In 2013 they were named the Class 2A State Marching Band Champions. Mr. Cude is active as a clinician and adjudicator both in Texas and in Oklahoma. He previously served as a member of the Executive Board as the 3A representative to the ATSSB and on the State Board of TMEA as Region 2 President. He is currently serving as President-Elect of the Association of Texas Small School Bands. He is a member of TMEA, ATSSB, TMAA and Phi Beta Mu.

Ellary Draper is Assistant Professor of Music Therapy at The University of Alabama. Dr. Draper has worked as a music therapist with a variety of ages and populations and as an elementary general music teacher. Currently she serves as the Chair of Multicultural and Special Education Committee for the Alabama Music Educators Association. Her research is published in the Journal of Music Therapy, Journal of Research in Music Education, General Music Today, and Ala Breve. She holds degrees in music education and music therapy from Westminster Choir College, Florida State University, and The University of Texas at Austin.

Beth A. Fabrizio holds a Bachelor of Music from the Eastman School of Music in Clarinet Performance and a Masters of Music in Conducting, Education and Performance from Ithaca College. She has studied conducting with Rodney Winther and Dr. Donald Hunsberger and Clarinet with Michael Webster, Richard Waller, Stanley Hasty, William Osseck, Carmine Campione and performed in master classes with Richard Stoltzman. Ms. Fabrizio maintains a private clarinet studio with numerous students pursuing careers in music education, therapy, recording and performance. She herself performs as the principal clarinetist and personnel manager with The Greater Rochester Music Educators Wind Ensemble, and former Eb clarinet with The Perinton Concert Band. Beth is a freelance performer with operas, orchestras and musicals. Ms. Fabrizio is an active artist/ clinician for The D'adarrio Corporation.

Denise Gagné is a music specialist with 35 years of experience teaching band, choir and classroom music from pre-school to university levels. She has degrees in music and education, as well as Level 3 training in both Kodály and Orff. Her choirs and bands have won many awards at Music Festivals and have performed for local and national sporting events, on national radio and even for the Queen. She has been a workshop presenter in every Canadian province and territory and more than 43 states. She presents regularly for Orff and Kodály chapters, music educators conferences and preschool and kindergarten conferences in Canada, the USA, Asia, Europe and Australia! Denise is currently the managing editor of Themes & Variations.

Denise A. Gainey is Associate Professor of Clarinet and Instrumental Music Education and Coordinator of Graduate Studies in Music at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. A Backun Artist/ Clinican, Gainey is the Secretary of the International Clarinet Association, and is an active clinician and recitalist throughout the United States. Gainey has compiled and edited a collection of clarinet solos, Solos for Clarinet, published by Carl Fischer in 200. She received the BME from Florida State University, the MM in Clarinet Performance from The University of North Texas, and the DMA in Clarinet from The University of Kentucky.

Andrew Gekoskie is The Music Director of the fully professional Winchester Orchestra and its new music ensemble The Orchestra X Project. With over 35 years of experience as a performing pianist and 27 years as a conductor, Gekoskie has conducted throughout the U.S. and has been recognized by colleagues, performers, international organizations, and leading professionals. Making his Carnegie Hall conducting debut in 2003, Gekoskie has conducted performances in many major venues in the U.S. and Europe.


achievements include: Guest on National Public Radio's Desert Island Disks, published and featured in Music Industry Magazines, recognized with national awards including the Citation of Excellence, producer of professional and educational concerts with guest artists the Hartt Symphony Orchestra, Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, the University of Michigan Symphony Band, the Dennis DiBlasio Quartet, the Chris Vadala Quartet, and the Hartt Wind Symphony. A Pennsylvania native, Gekoskie is the founder and former Music Director of the Lehigh Valley Youth Wind Orchestra and former Assistant Conductor of the Sparta Symphony Orchestra in New Jersey. He has served as the Artistic Director, Resident Conductor, and Music Director for Campus International Music Festivals, held Artistic Director positions in Pennsylvania and Texas, and regularly guest conducts orchestras, and wind orchestras.

John Ginocchio is the Director of Bands and Music Program Coordinator at Southwest Minnesota State University where he directs all the bands and teaches conducting and instrumental music education courses. Dr. Ginocchio holds Doctor of Arts and Master of Music degrees from Ball State University and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Indiana University. Prior to accepting the position at SMSU, he was a doctoral assistant director in the band department at Ball State University, and before that he was the Director of Instrumental Music for the Adams Central Community Schools in Monroe, Indiana, a position he held for ten years.

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