VALDOSTA STATE UNIVERSITY
PRESENTERS FOR THE SPRING MUSIC CONFERENCE
MARCH 1, 2007
DIRECTOR OF THE HONOR CHOIR
Raymond Hughes has had a distinguished international career.
The scion of a musical family in Thomasville, Georgia, he graduated
magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in Liberal Arts from the
University of Georgia, and did graduate work in conducting at the
University of South Carolina, Indiana University, and the Aspen
Festival. A passionate advocate of Russian culture, language, and
music, he also earned a diploma from the Gorniy Language Institute
in St. Petersburg, Russia.
After holding successive posts with opera companies in Germany and South Africa, and working as
Principal Guest Conductor of the Chorus of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Italy, he
was appointed Chorus Master at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in 1991. During his tenure at the
Met, he worked closely with the Met’s Artistic Director, James Levine, in international tours to Spain,
Germany, and Japan; in the 1996 debut, and in several subsequent seasons, of the Metropolitan Opera
Chorus in concert in Carnegie Hall; and in numerous audio and video recordings. In Met performances,
he has collaborated with virtually every major singer, including Mirella Freni, Renee Fleming, Leonie
Rysanek, Anna Netrebko, Deborah Voigt, Irina Archipova, Olga Borodina, Cecilia Bartoli, Placido
Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, Dmitri Hvrostovsky, Hermann Prey, and Samuel Ramey.
In recent years, he has also been active as a pianist, most recently having accompanied mezzo-soprano
Jennifer Larmore in a solo recital in Greece in July 2007. In 2006, he accompanied legendary baritone,
Cornell MacNeil, in his first recital performance since his retirement in the 1980’s.
He made his Carnegie Hall Debut as a conductor in May 2007 with Maurice Durufle’s Requiem.
The Wagner Society of New York recently honored him for his work on German opera at the Met, and
he holds Distinguished Alumnus awards from the University of South Carolina and from the Brevard
Music Festival in North Carolina, where he studied piano in his teens, and where, in the mid-1980’s, he
worked as Resident Opera Conductor. He serves on the Board of the Thomasville Entertainment
Foundation in Georgia.
In 1998, his home town awarded him its Pinnacle Award for Lifetime Achievement.
Bill is owner and president of Southern Resources, a fund raising company located in Tifton, GA.
During his 28 year career, he has helped schools and organizations raise millions of dollars throughout
Georgia, Florida and Alabama. He retired from public education in 1980 but continues to be involved in
education through fund raising. He is a member of the National Association of Fund Raisers and Direct
Sellers and serves on the credentials board. He is a graduate of Troy University with a BS in music.
Mr. Eric Bradshaw joined the Valdosta State University faculty in the fall
of 2002. He currently serves as the Director of Athletic Bands and is the
Assistant Professor of Tuba/Euphonium. Mr. Bradshaw received his
Bachelor of Science in Music Education and Master of Music in tuba
performance from the University of Alabama. Prior to moving to Valdosta,
Mr. Bradshaw spent 1997-2001 teaching in the public school system in
Carroll County, GA and working as an adjunct professor at the University of West Georgia.
Eric’s professional affiliations include the College Band Directors National Association, College Music
Society, Music Educators National Conference, Georgia Music Educators Association, and the
International Tuba Euphonium Association. Eric is also a member of Pi Kappa Lambda National Music
Honor Society, honorary member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfoni, and is currently the faculty advisor for the
VSU chapter of Tau Beta Sigma. Eric lives with his wife, Jeanne-Hope, and their twin sons, Andrew and
Dr. Joe Brashier
Dr. Brashier has been Director of Bands at Valdosta State University since
1998. Prior to this he was Associate Director of Bands at Rutgers University
and Director of the Marching Band and conductor of the Symphonic Band at
Appalachian State University. Dr. Brashier earned Bachelor and Master degrees
in Music Education from the University of Southern Mississippi and a Doctor of
Musical Arts degree in Conducting from the University of Kansas. He studied
conducting with Joe Barry Mullins, Zuohuang Chen, and Mohiro Okabe.
Brashier has served as a clinician or adjudicator throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, and
Joren Cain is from Lemont, Illinois. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree
from Northern Illinois University, where he studied saxophone with Steve
Duke. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the
University of North Texas, where he also received a Master of Music
degree and studied with Jim Riggs. Mr. Cain was a graduate saxophone
teaching fellow at North Texas for several semesters and held the Assistant
Professor of Saxophone position at Northern Illinois University in 2001. He
was the recipient of several scholarships and awards, including being named Outstanding Woodwind
Student at UNT during the 1999-2000 school year. Mr. Cain has performed recitals across the United
States and abroad, including performances in Germany and the Czech Republic. His article discussing the
saxophone sonatas of Edison Denisov can be found in the 2000 Saxophone Symposium. Mr. Cain
recently concluded his tenure as saxophonist with The United States Army Field Band, which he joined in
2002. He performed several times as a featured soloist, acted as staff arranger, and was the leader of the
TUSAFB Saxophone Quartet, in which he played soprano saxophone. He can be heard on recordings by
The United States Army Field Band, as well as UNT’s Two O’Clock Lab Band and Wind Symphony. Mr.
Cain joined the faculty of Valdosta State University this fall, where he teaches saxophone and directs the
New Jazz Ensemble.
Dr. Lynn Corbin
Lynn Corbin is professor of music and coordinator of music education for the
Department of Music at Valdosta State University. Prior to coming to Valdosta in
1996, she was for two years the music consultant for the State of Ohio Department
of Education and was on the faculty of the Ohio State University at Marion for ten
years. She has been heavily involved in authentic assessment, serving on the
States Consortium on Assessments and Student Standards (SCASS,) sponsored by
the Council of chief State School Officers, and on the Georgia Performance
Assessments for Colleges and Schools (PACTS) for the development of
alternative assessments for high school graduation. Corbin received her Ph.D. and
M.A. in Music Education from The Ohio State University, and a B.M.E. from Otterbein College. She has
taught choral and general music techniques, applied voice, graduate courses on a variety of topics, and has
conducted a number of collegiate and adult ensembles. Corbin also contributes articles on teaching and
learning music to various journals. She has performed extensively as a member of professional choirs and
is director of music at the First United Methodist Church in Madison, Florida.
Dr. Doug Farwell
Doug Farwell is Professor of Trombone and Assistant Dean of the
College of the Arts at Valdosta State University. He also serves as chair
of the brass and music technology areas. He holds a DMA from the
University of Illinois, MM from the State University of New York at
Stony Brook, and BM from the North Carolina School of the Arts. He
has taught on the faculty at VSU, University of Missouri-Kansas City
Conservatory of Music, Eastern Illinois University, and has held Graduate Teaching Assistantships at the
University of Illinois and SUNY Stony Brook. In addition to his work as Assistant Dean, Dr. Farwell
remains an active trombonist and conductor. He regularly performs with the Continental Trombone
Quartet, a professional quartet that has appeared at multiple regional and International conferences with
performances around the World. He will appear with CTQ as the North American representatives for the
1st China Trombone and Tuba Association International Trombone Festival to be held August, 2007 in
Beijing, China. CTQ has also performed in Brasilia-Brazil, Madrid, Spain, Puebla, Mexico, Quebec City,
Canada, national and regional CMS conferences in Texas, Pennsylvania and Missouri, 2005 Midwest
Band and Orchestra clinic in Chicago, 2005 IAJE International conference in Long Beach California and
the 2004 Eastern Trombone Workshop in Washington DC. Dr. Farwell serves as the Chair of the
Technology Committee for the College of the Arts, and also serves as Chair for the Music Department.
He created, and teaches the music technology courses that are currently being offered at Valdosta State
University. Dr Farwell developed the multi-function lab – CAMIL (computer assisted music instruction
lab) that the Valdosta State University Students use daily.
Mr. Kilgard holds a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Southern
Mississippi, and the Masters of Education in Vocational Education from Valdosta State University. He is
a charter member of NAPBIRT (National Association of Band instrument Repair Technicians), with
continous membership since 1977. Mr. Kilgard actually taught (yes, in the real world) for two years, and
has practiced instrument repair since 1974. He is a multiple-time master clinician for NAPBIRT, and has
been published in its journal several times.
Dr. Ken Kirk
Kenneth Kirk earned the B.A. degree, magna cum laude, at Duke
University; the M.A. at Radford University; and the Ph.D. at the University of Cincinnati
and did additional study at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna. He is an accomplishd
conductor and has played trumpet with the North Carolina Symphony and the National
Opera Orchestra and soloed with the Künstlerhaus Theater Ensemble in Vienna. He
studied theory with Arthur Komar (Schenker) and Jonathan Kramer (time and rhythm);
his on-going theoretical interests are aesthetics and temporal proportions. He studied
trumpet with George Jansen Douglas Meyer, Charles Brady, Helmut Wobisch,
Mark Ridenhour, and James Wilt; past performances have included the second
Brandenburg concerto and major works by Michael Haydn, Stravinsky, Jolivet,
Stockhausen, Dlugoszeswski, and Ticheli. Kirk has taught at Roanoke College, in the Governor’s Honors Program
of Georgia, and twice in the University System of GeorgiaSummer Study Program in Paris. He is currently Professo
r of Music at Valdosta State University and Conductor of
the Valdosta State University Opera. Kirk also performs regularly in the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra, the faculty
brass quintet, and the faculty jazz quintet and as a solo recitalist.
Dr. Paul Neal
A native of Louisiana, Paul Andrew Neal continues to build upon a growing career as a
versatile musician, serving as conductor and singer for many prestigious institutions. Dr.
Neal is currently the Director of Choral Studies at Valdosta State University where he
oversees the choral program and serves as Assistant Conductor to the Valdosta
Symphony Orchestra. Prior to his appointment at Valdosta State University, Paul served
on the faculty at Kilgore College in Kilgore, Texas. Dr. Neal has studied with such conductors as Donald Neuen,
Dennis Shrock, Jerry McCoy, and Gerald Steichen.
Before moving to Georgia, Dr. Neal served as Assistant Conductor for the Angeles Chorale, one of the largest
community choruses in Los Angeles area. In September 2006, he served as Assistant Conductor at a festival
celebrating the music of Morten Lauridsen with the composer in residence in Monterey, California. Due to the
conductor’s illness and with only a few hours notice, Dr. Neal conducted the concert and was later described by
Lauridsen as a “brilliant young conductor.” In October 2007, he will conduct the Ceramic City Choral Society in
North Staffordshire, England. He has also served as Assistant Conductor for such groups as the Santa Fe Desert
Chorale and the Texas Choral Artists. Dr. Neal was the Chorus Master for Opera East Texas for five seasons, and
served as the Musical Director for the acclaimed Texas Shakespeare Festival, preparing and conducting such
shows as Shenandoah and Forever Plaid.
In addition to his conducting responsibilities, Paul was a Roster Chorister in the Grammy-nominated Los Angeles
Master Chorale for two seasons. In 2004, he was the only American singer accepted in Baroque Voices, a master
class sponsored by the International Federation of Choral Musicians near Milan, Italy. Dr. Neal served as a
chorister for the soundtrack of the Warner Brothers film, The Lady in the Water Recently, he sang in performances
with the Jacaranda Music Festival in Santa Monica, California and the Ojai Music Festival.
Jan Koehn Selman
The Arts Leadership League of Georgia (ALL-GA) is a non-partisan, non-profit advocacy
group working to strengthen arts and culture in Georgia. When we look at the arts in Georgia,
we see both brilliance and possibility. We see an important segment of our economy and
society—one that represents individuals, organizations and businesses that produce and
distribute the arts as well as those that preserve, interpret and make them accessible.
Arts and cultural organizations have the potential to improve student achievement,
drive more tourism, attract new businesses and promote economic development. But to
realize this full potential, we believe Georgia must invest more energy and resources in arts and culture. ALL-GA is
served by three tiers of leadership: a board of directors, a network of district chairs and a leadership cabinet that
provides expert guidance and vision.
Jan has dedicated her life’s work to strengthening the arts community in Georgia and the Southeast. In
addition to leading ALL-GA, she serves on the boards of directors of the Southern Arts Federation, the Cultural
Tourism Board of the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau and on the Advisory Board of the Georgia
Shakespeare Festival. Jan’s arts advocacy career includes tenures as chairman of the Georgia Council for the Arts
and executive director of the DeKalb Council for the Arts. Jan also served as legislative vice president of Georgia
Citizens for the Arts, which suspended operations in 2003. Her work on behalf of the arts has earned her an Abby
Award from the Metropolitan Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and a Mary Clark Community Arts Award. As
executive director of ALL-GA, Jan serves as the state advocacy chair for Americans for the Arts.
Dr. Bentley Shellahamer
Dr. Bentley Shellahamer is recently retired from the Florida State University where he
served on the faculty for twenty-nine years. He held the position of Assistant Dean for the
College of Music for eighteen years, and prior to that, was director of the Marching Chiefs
and Associate Conductor of Bands. Prior to joining the faculty at Florida State University,
Dr. Shellahamer was director of bands at James Rickards High School in Tallahassee,
Florida, for five years, and was director of bands at Piper High School in Fort Lauderdale,
Florida, for six years. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Dr. Shellahamer earned both the
Bachelor of Music Education degree (1966), and the Master’s of Music Education degree
(1970) from the Florida State University. He earned the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Music Education at the
Ohio State University (1984). Dr. Shellahamer is an active researcher in the field of teaching behaviors, is co-
author of a widely used textbook on marching band techniques, and maintains an active schedule of adjudicating
and guest conducting throughout the United States. He has taught in London, England, and in Valencia, Spain. He
is the founder, conductor, and music director of the Tallahassee Winds, a 100 member adult concert band. In
2004, he led this group on a highly successful concert tour of Australia, culminating in a concert in the famed
Sydney Opera House. During his teaching career, he has served in various capacities in the Florida Bandmasters
Association, and the Florida Music Educators Association. He is a member of the Florida Bandmasters
Association, Florida Music Educators Association, Music Educators National Conference, Phi Beta Mu Honorary
Bandmasters Fraternity, and the College Band Directors National Association.
Dr. James Shrader
Dr. James Shrader is currently Professor of Music and Head of the Department of
Music at Valdosta State University as well as Executive Director of the Valdosta
Dr. Shrader has combined careers as an administrator, conductor, stage
director, and operatic tenor. In 1995, Dr. Shrader joined the music faculty at
Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva, Oklahoma. A tenured
Professor of Music, he served as Chairman of the Department of Music and
Director of Choral Studies. From 1990-1994, Dr. Shrader served on the
faculty at Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, where he was a member of the voice faculty as well as
Associate Director of Choral Activities. In 1994, he was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Music
Education and Associate Director of Choral Activities at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. He
holds the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Fine Arts from Texas Tech where his dissertation was entitled
“The Choruses in Mozart’s Opera Serie: Practical Performance Possibilities.” Dr. Shrader received the
Bachelor of Music Education degree from Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois, and the Master of Music
degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music and Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio.
Further studies have included the Cambridge Choral Seminar at Clare College, Cambridge, England. For
thirteen years, Dr. Shrader was Director of Music and Fine Arts at the First Baptist Church of Greater
Cleveland (ABCUSA). He is the former chorus master for Tulsa Opera where he prepared nine
productions for live performances and rebroadcasts on National Public Radio stations. He has also
conducted performances in Great Britain at Canterbury and Ely Cathedrals; Dunfirmline Abbey, Scotland;
Holy Innocents Church, Manchester; and in London at St. Martin’s in the Field, Wesley Chapel, All Souls
Church, and Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church; as well as concerts in France, Switzerland, Austria,
Germany and St. Mark’s Cathedral in Venice, Italy. Dr. Shrader is a member of the National Association
of Schools of Music, the American Choral Director’s Association, the Music Educator’s National
Conference, Pi Kappa Lambda, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
David Springfield, Director of Jazz Studies at Valdosta State University,
teaches jazz piano, improvisation, arranging, combos and jazz history. He is also
a member of the Faculty Jazz Combo and directs the VSU Jazz Ensemble. He
holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Trombone Performance and a Master of
Music in Jazz Studies, both from the Eastman School of Music. Since 2004, he
has been the jazz instructor for the Georgia Governor’s Honors Program. As a
performer, Mr. Springfield has appeared with the Rochester Philharmonic
Orchestra and the Savannah, Charleston and Jacksonville Symphony Orchestras.
He performs with the Savannah Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Composer’s Octet and
has appeared with the Georgia Jazz Educators Big Band at the annual GMEA
conferences. Mr. Springfield has had his compositions and arrangements
performed by such artists as Branford Marsalis, John Abercrombie, Phil Woods, Allen Vizzuti and Joseph
Alessi. He received a Downbeat magazine award for arranging and was a finalist in the 1996 International
Thad Jones Competition, sponsored by the Danish Radio Jazz Orchestra. He is the principal arranger for
Klüvers Big Band and his works appear on seven recordings by the band. In addition to his work as a jazz
arranger, Mr. Springfield has written for concert band, symphony orchestra, brass quintet and trombone
choir. His music has been performed throughout the United States and Europe and is published by Kendor
Music and UNC Jazz Press. In August 2007, his composition Song and Dance was premiered by the
Continental Trombone Quartet at the 1st International Trombone Festival in Beijing, China.