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2016 Guest Artists:

Allen Vizzutti, International Trumpeter/Jazz Clinician

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Equally at home in a multitude of musical idioms, Allen Vizzutti has visited 40 countries and every state in the union to perform with a rainbow of artists and ensembles including Chick Corea, 'Doc' Severinsen, the NBC Tonight Show Band, the Airmen Of Note, the Army Blues and Army Symphony Orchestra, Chuck Mangione, Woody Herman, Japan’s NHK Orchestra and the New Tokyo Philharmonic, the Budapest Radio Orchestra, , the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Leipzig Wind Symphony and the Kosie Wind Orchestra. Performing as a classical and a jazz artist, often in the same evening, he has appeared as guest soloist with symphony orchestras in Tokyo, Germany, St. Louis, Seattle, Rochester N.Y., Syracuse, Milwaukee, Buffalo, Phoenix, Croatia, Slovenia, Edmonton, Vancouver and Winnipeg to name a few. Music lovers in Germany, Poland, England, Sweden, Brazil, Canada, Japan, Australia and the United States have heard his brilliant sound over the airwaves of national television. Allen's status as an artist has led to solo performances at the Hollywood Bowl, Carnegie Hall, Newport Jazz Festival, Banff Center for the Performing Arts, Montreaux Jazz Festival, the Teton, Vail, Aspen and Brechenridge Music Festivals, the Charles Ives Center and Lincoln Center in New York City.

From his home in Seattle Washington, Allen’s current career activities embody an impressive schedule of recitals, concerts, recording and composing. His continued commitment to music education and the value of music in everyday life results in an extensive schedule of guest appearances at universities throughout North America, Europe, Japan and Australia.

Gary Green, Emeritus Director of Bands, University of Miami

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Gary D. Green is Emeritus Professor of Music and Director of Bands at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. While teaching at the University of Miami Frost School of Music in addition to supervising all band activities, he was the conductor of the Frost Wind Ensemble, supervised all graduate conducting students in the wind and percussion area and served as the Chairman of Instrumental Performance for seventeen years. He is the current Music Director for the Greater Miami Symphonic Band. Prior to coming to Miami, Professor Green served for ten years as Director of Bands the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Connecticut. While at the University of Connecticut, Professor Green was influential in commissioning and recording new works for winds and percussion including Symphony No. 3 by David Maslanka and A Cornfield in July and the River by William Penn.During his tenure at the University of Miami, professor Green continued the commissioning and performance of important new repertoire for winds and percussion. Under his direction, the Frost Wind Ensemble has performed on two separate occasions for the convention of the American Bandmasters Association as well as twice for the national convention of the College Band Directors National Association.Recent commissions and consortia from composers include William Penn, Joel Puckett, Mason Bates, Michael Daugherty, David Maslanka, Paul Dooley, Steve Danyew, Steven Bryant, David Gillingham, James Stephenson, Christopher Theofanidis, John Harbison, James Syler, Eric Whitacre, Frank Ticheli, Thomas Sleeper, Kenneth Fuchs and others. Urban Requiem by Michael Colgrass was commissioned by the Abraham Frost Commission Series and has become a standard in the repertoire for wind ensemble. Among other new compositions written for winds and percussion was the commission for the Frost Wind Ensemble of Christopher Rouse’s Wolf Rounds.Professor Green is a member of the American Bandmasters Association, the College Band Directors National Association, the National Association for Music Education, the Florida Bandmasters Association, and the Florida Music Educators Association. He received the Phillip Frost Award for Excellence in Teaching and Scholarship in 2002. In March 2007, he joined the ranks of Frederick Fennell, William Revelli, and John Paynter in the Bands of America Hall of Fame.Professor Green is an active conductor and clinician and has appeared with international, national, and regional bands and intercollegiate bands in all of the continental United States and Hawaii. He has conducted the Texas All-State Band frequently and premiered Lux Aurumque by Eric Whitacre with that ensemble. He has also conducted in Taipei, Taiwan where he appeared with the Republic of China Army Band and the Taiwan National Wind Ensemble as part of the 2005 International Band Association Festival. Additionally he has conducted in Austria, Germany, Japan and England, having performed there in the Royal Academy of Music. In March of 2008, Professor Green hosted the annual convention of the American Bandmasters Association on the campus of the University of Miami in Coral Gables

Aviva Segall, Director of Omaha Youth Orchestras

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The 2015-2016 season marks Aviva Segall’s seventeenth season as Music Director and Principal Conductor for the Omaha Area Youth Orchestras. Ms. Segall is active as a guest conductor, adjudicator and clinician, recently working with the Omaha Symphony, Wichita Symphony- Naftzger Competition, J. Laiten Weed Honors Orchestra, NE ASTA Strictly Strings Orchestra Festival, Indiana State School Music Association, Honor orchestras and bands for the Omaha, Millard, Blair, Lincoln, Council Bluffs, Yankton and Rapid City, South Dakota Public Schools. This summer, Ms. Segall conducted the Cumberland Orchestra at the Sewanee Summer Music Festival in Tennessee. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the American Symphony Orchestra League- Youth Orchestra Division. Ms. Segall recently served on panels for the National Endowment for the Arts. Ms. Segall served as Conducting Apprentice with the Oregon Symphony Orchestra and was concurrently on the conducting staff of the Portland Youth Philharmonic, Music Director of the Pasadena Orchestra da Camera and Music Director of the Wellesley College Chamber Orchestra. Ms. Segall earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Wellesley College and subsequently attended the University of Southern California School of Music. She received her Master of Music degree in Orchestral Conducting from Northwestern University, where she studied with Victor Yampolsky, Music Director Emeritus of the Omaha Symphony, and Director of Orchestras at Northwestern University. She was awarded a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship to study rehearsal techniques with European orchestras and conductors, and was a scholarship conductor at the Aspen Music Festival. Ms Segall's principal conducting mentors include Victor Yampolsky, Daniel Lewis, Murry Sidlin, and James De Priest. Ms. Segall lives in Omaha with her husband, Patrick McNamara, who is in the Political Science and International Studies departments at the University of Nebraska, Omaha. They have two daughters, Ilana and Leora.

Alexander Underwood, Choral Specialist

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Alex Underwood is a choral conductor and music educator originally from Russell, KS. He conducts the University Women’s Chorus at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) where he is in his second year as a doctoral candidate in Choral Music studying with Andrew Megill. In Champaign, Alex is the newly appointed music director at Grace Lutheran Church. He earned an undergraduate degree from Sterling College (KS) in music education and voice performance before serving as the director of choral activities at Ruppenthal Middle School and Russell High School from 2008-2012. Alex received the 2011 Young Director Award from the Kansas Choral Directors Association and the 2010 Horizon Award for first year teachers from the Kansas Department of Education. He completed a Masters of Music in Choral Conducting degree at Westminster Choir College, where he performed with the Westminster Symphonic Choir at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and in Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center under conductors Alan Gilbert, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Daniel Barenboim, Gustavo Dudamel, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Vladimir Jurowski. Each summer, Alex returns to Kansas to serve as the artistic director of the Ad Astra Music Festival, a classical music concert series in Russell.

FHSU Faculty

Ivalah Allen, Voice
Ben Cline, Cello
Terry Crull, Choir
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Brad Dawson, Trumpet

Luke Johnson, Guitar
Jeff Jordan, Conductor

Dean Kranzler, Percussion

Ben Markley, Jazz/Jazz Piano
Joseph Perniciaro, Opera
Kristin Pisano, Clarinet
Timothy Rolls, Music Tech/Theory

Shokhrukh Sadikov, Viola
Hilary Shepard, Flute
Lane Weaver, Low Brass
Kay Werth, Double Reeds
Tomme Williams, Theatre 
Judith Ofcarcik, Theory/Organ/Piano

Since its founding in 1947 by the late Harold G. Palmer, thousands of students have attended High Plains Music Camp.  Sixty-eight years later, the camp continues to offer students the opportunity to study with outstanding musicians from across the country.  Campers experience a week of stimulating, concentrated study with nationally recognized musicians, teachers, and conductors. Performances, concerts, as well as recreational and social camp life make the week an event worth repeating year after year.

For more information, contact Dr. Ivalah Allen, Camp Director, at (785) 628-4226 or

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