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AMEA 2016 Clinicians


Jeanette Shorey has been a general music teacher and choir director for 17 years. She has also directed the Florida Singing Sons. Jeanette currently teaches at Oak Mountain Intermediate School and Shelby Elementary School. Jeanette earned her undergraduate degree at The University of Florida and has also earned a Masters degree in Elementary Education with a specialization in Literacy. National Board Certified teacher and integrates literacy skills into every lesson.


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Charles G. “Skip” Snead serves as Director of the Music School and Professor of Horn at the University of Alabama. He has performed internationally as a soloist and chamber musician and is a founding member of the widely acclaimed TransAtlantic Horn Quartet. He has solo recordings available on the Centaur and MSR Classics Labels, and serves on the Board of Advisors for The International Horn Competition of America. He also serves as an on-site accreditation evaluator for NASM. He has performed with many orchestras throughout his career and has been principal horn in the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra for 27 years.


All-State Gold Jazz Band Clinician


Mike Steinel is a jazz trumpeter, pianist, composer and arranger. He is presently Professor of Jazz Studies at the University of North Texas where he teaches jazz improvisation, Jazz Artist in Residence at Bethel College and was on the faculty of Northern Illinois University. Internationally recognized as a jazz educator Mike is the author of Building a Jazz Vocabulary and Essential Elements for Jazz Ensemble both published by Hal Leonard Music Corporation. Mike is an active clinician and guest artist and has performed throughout the US, Canada and in Europe. He has performed as soloist at the MENC and IAJE national conventions and at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic. His playing experience includes work with Clark Terry, Don Ellis, Bill Evans, Jerry Bergonzi and recordings with the Chicago Jazz Quintet and the Frank Mantooth Big Band. Honors received include an Illinois Arts Council Chairman's Grant and a jazz fellowship grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Mr. Steinel has served as Co-Chair of the Jazz Advisory Panel for the National Endowment for the Arts and holds a BME degree from Emporia State University and a MME degree from the University


Daniel Stevens currently serves at the University of North Alabama as an Associate Professor of Music / Conductor of the Shoals Symphony Orchestra, and Director of the Peery Center for Orchestral Studies. His roles include conductor and artistic director of the Shoals Symphony Orchestra and teacher of applied violin/viola. As a conductor, he has been the guest clinician/adjudicator for the Kansas Music Educators Association Large Ensemble and Solo & Ensemble contests, at the Northeast Oklahoma All-District Honors Orchestra, and the Tulsa Metro Honors Orchestra. He had served on the faculty of Southwestern College (Winfield, KS) for eight years as the Mazie Barnet Kilmer Chair for String Education and conductor of the South Kansas Symphony. He has also served as Visiting Professor at the University of Tulsa as conductor of the University Orchestra. Daniel is regularly invited to clinic/present at universities, recently including the Georgia Institute of Technology, Florida Southern College, Northern Arizona University, the University of Tulsa, and Idaho State University. Daniel wishes to thank Anton Krutz, Misha Krutz, and KC Strings Violin Shop for their generous support of sponsorship. Daniel’s violin and viola are premiere custom instruments made by Anton Krutz and family.


Gary Stith has authored numerous articles and penned chapters in The Drum and Percussion Cookbook published by Meredith, the Conductors Anthology published by The Instrumentalist, and served as Contributing Editor for a recent compilation entitled Classic Beginning Solos for the Complete Percussionist published by Kendor. He is active percussion adjudicator and has played with the American Wind Symphony Orchestra and the Columbus Symphony. He is currently Professor/Conductor Emeritus and former Coordinator of Music Education at the Greatbatch School of Music, Houghton College in Houghton, NY. where he was the recipient of the 2010-11 Excellence in Teaching Award. Gary is also the author of Score & Rehearsal Preparation: A Realistic Approach for Instrumental Conductors published by Meredith Music Publication.


Tiffani Stricklin has taught elementary music for 13 years at Greenwood Elementary and Minor Community Schools in Jefferson County, Alabama. She graduated in 2002 from the University of Montevallo with a Bachelor’s of Music Education. In 2015, she graduated with a Master’s of English as a Second Language from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is also a National Board Certified Teacher. She has served in many positions on the board of the Alabama Chapter of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association. She is currently a District Chairperson for the Elementary Division of the Alabama Music Educators Association.


Dr. Matthew D. Talbert is currently Assistant Professor of Music Education/Music at Berea College, in Berea, KY, where his duties include overseeing the Music Education program, directing the Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble, and teaching applied lessons. Prior to his appointment at Berea, Talbert was a band director in the public schools of North Carolina. Dr. Talbert is a member of NAfME, the Kentucky Music Educators Association, the National Band Association, and Pi Kappa Lambda. Dr. Talbert earned Music Education degrees from Appalachian State University, and a Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of South Carolina.


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