Dr. Bang Lang Do: Master and Doctoral degrees from the University of Montreal, Associate of the Royal College of Music in London, England, (ARCM) graduating with highest honours. She is nationally certified (NCTM). She obtained an unanimous “Premier Prix” in Concours, Piano performance, Solfege and Dictee, and a Diplome d’Etudes Superieurs (DESS) from the Conservatory of music of Quebec in Montreal. Bang Lang has been trained in Dalcroze Eurhythmics, Suzuki, Music Together, and believes in integration of the body and music through “Creative Motion”, “Body Mapping” and “Feldenkrais” methods.
She was the chair of Theory for the Iowa State Music Teacher Association (IAMTA), received the "Teacher of the Year" award from IAMTA in 2016, and was an Associate Professor at www.dwci.edu. More recently she is fascinated with research in cognitive science and neuroscience, and has published articles as well as given lectures and poster presentations on the topic of "Music and the Brain", relating research conclusions to applications in music practice and teaching.
In 2015, her article, entitled "Memorizing, the Webs We Weave", is published by the American Music Teacher; she presented a poster on Cognitive Science research and musical practices at the College Music Society national conference, an interdisciplinary concert with a theater professor at the Grinnell College Summerfest, performed at the International Trumpet Guild as well as the International Horn Symposium.
Also in 2014, while on sabbatical leave, her performances, master class, lectures and workshops were presented in Bangkok, Thailand, California, Northern Arizona University, Santa Fe concert series in New Mexico, University of Missouri in Kansas city, Illinois State University, University of Wisconsin-Platteville, Illinois Wesleyan University, and Waldorf college. The few years before, she performed at the IAMTA (Iowa State conference) "All-Star" concert, the Rural Musician's Forum series, The Arts Alive series in Epworth, the Galena Grace church concert series, and the Friday Series at St Luke's in Iowa. International performances include the International Trumpet Guild, the SAYOWE (South Asian Youth Orchestra Wind Ensemble) and many concerts in Thailand, the Ho Chi Minh conservatory guest recital, the Banff center in Canada, Debut series in Montreal, the Holland Music Session summer series in Bergen, and concerts in Faro, Portugal and Paris, France.
Bang Lang Do has received prizes from national and international competitions such as the Stepping Stone International, the CMC (national Canadian Music Competition), the Joanna Hodges International, The Missouri Southern International, the Baldwin, the "Prix d'Europe", and the “Journée de la Musique Française." Bang Lang has been recorded by the Radio-Canada and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (C.B.C.) in her debuts at various venues in Montreal as part of radio programs such as "Les Jeunes Artistes," "La Voix du Maître," "Radio Concert," "Début Series," "Music from Montreal," and "Arts Tonight." As winner of competitions, she played concerti with the Quebec Conservatory orchestra , the University of Montreal orchestra, and the Houston Civic Orchestra.
After touring across Canada as the winner of the Eckhardt-Gramatte National Competition, with a program of contemporary Canadian music, Bang Lang Do discovered the joy of presenting new works in an engaging way to an audience. Since then, she has premiered new works by Canadian and American composers: Her Concordance Ensemble commissioned new works by Midwest composers such as Patricia Morehead, David Vayo, Amy Dunker, and gave demo-lectures, workshops and concerts on modern composers at new music festivals, universities, concert series and private homes. She is recipient of many awards and grants from organizations such as the Canadian Arts Council, the ministry of cultural affairs of Canada and France, Faculté des étudesSupérieures, Fonds des Amis de l'Art and FCAR (Fonds pour la formation de Chercheurs et l'Aide à la Recherche.)
She is a licensed Music Together® Center Director, registered Music Together teacher. and member of MTAC and CAPMT/ MTNA as a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM)
Dr. James Sherry has been has been featured on concerts throughout the US, including performances at the Peabody Conservatory of Music, Baltimore’s Artscape Festival, McDaniel College, Washington College, Maryland Institute for the Creative Arts (MICA), Baltimore Composer’s Forum, Peggy and Yale Gordon Trust Concert Series, the Foxboro Orpheum Theater in Boston, in most of the continental United States, Europe, Southeast Asia, and residencies in Fort McMurray, Alberta and Ontario, Canada. He was the First Prize winner at the Baltimore Chamber Music Competition, Baltimore, Maryland, in 2000, with the Lyric Brass, as well as the First Prize winner in the “Catch A Rising Stars” Competition in Fairfax, Virginia in 2001. He has appeared with the Monumental Brass Quintet on both radio and television. Other special appearances include the Kennedy Center’s annual Salute to The Presidential Scholars in the Arts; the 100th Birthday celebration of the National Zoo in Washington, D.C.; and at Baltimore’s Meyerhoff Symphony Hall for The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s Top Brass Program. Dr. Sherry’s scholarly research from his dissertation, entitled The New York Brass Quintet (1954-1985): Pioneers of Brass Chamber Music (http://www.worldcat.org/title/new-york-brass-quintet-1954-1985-pioneers-of-brass-chamber-music/oclc/50488825), is cited in Fanfares and Flourishes: A Performer’s Guide to Trumpet History and Literature (Indiana University Press) and A Dictionary for the Modern Trumpet Player (Scarecrow Press), both by Elisa Koehler, as well as Robert Nagel’s Compositions for Brass, edited by Alfred Dorffel and Wolfgang Graeser (Dover). James received a commendation for community service from Bronx Borough President Ferando Ferrer, and honorary citations from the police chiefs of Baltimore and Washington, DC, Sherry began his career as a community organizer with at-risk youth in New York City. He worked for a decade, as a performing artist and music educator in the Baltimore, Washington, DC, and Chicago Public Schools, where bands under his leadership were recognized for excellent performance. He has performed as principal trumpet with the Bay Atlantic Bridgeport Symphony (New Jersey), Columbia Pro Cantare (Maryland), Thailand Philharmonic, and the Dubuque Symphony (Iowa). He lives near Los Angeles, in Orange County, California.
Ginny Luke, musically known in Los Angeles as “Ginny from the block”, is a prominent 25-year old electric violinist and singer. Born into a musical family, she began her musical career at age three, beginning training in classical violin and piano in Vilseck, Germany. After moving back to the US, she began training in acting and dance in Dubuque, Iowa at the Dubuque Dance Studio and Grand Opera House. She later studied voice with Sandra Andersen and acting with Joe Klinebriel. Ginnyʼs artistic experiences have included over twenty musicals and plays and four operas. Ginny debuted on violin as a soloist with the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony at age 14 and at Carnegie Hall at age 16. At 19, she recorded and toured with Grammy Award winning artist Meat Loaf and became a member of Meat Loafʼs band The Neverland Express. Meat Loaf featured Ginny on a 12 minute solo in the show on the song “Two Outta Three Ainʼt Bad” and on a full length concert DVD called the Meat Loaf “Guilty Pleasure Tour” DVD available in stores. Ginny has played with award-winning artists such as Britney Spears, Nicki Minaj, Iggy Azalea, Will.I.Am and Taboo from the Black Eyed Peas, J.Cole, Snoop Dog, Ricky Martin, Daughtry, Dave Matthews Band, Marco Antonio Solis, Rihanna songwriter James Fauntleroy, Ben Moody of Evanescence, Swiss artist Luca Hanni, and works frequently as a string arranger and violinist at studios such as SONY, Capitol, and Record Plant. Career highlights include playing violin on the American Music Awards with Nicki Minaj and Skylar Grey, recording violin on Kobe Bryantʼs upcoming film, recording violin on Britney Spears “Perfume”, and string arrangements/violin on Ruben Studdardʼs “Unconditional Love” record featuring Stevie Wonder and produced by David Foster. Live show highlights include performing with Daughtry on the “Tonight Show with Jay Leno”, playing with Ricky Martin, Miguel Bose, Laura Pausini and Jaunes on the Latin Grammy's, touring with Marco Antonio Solis, performing for Tom Hanks, Jennifer Aniston and Clint Eastwood and at FOX Studios with SAGA Strings, and touring the US, Spain and Mexico with SAGA Strings. Ginny also recently played solo electric violin with DJ Erick Morillo at Avalon Hollywood. At SXSW 2014, Ginny was featured as “Special Guest” fortwo solo artist performances on the Texas Rockfest main stage with her band. Ginny has also performed on the Peavey main stage at the NAMM Music Convention twice, and was featured on the SheRocks Awards last year. In January 2015, Ginny released the signature gold Ginny Luke electric violin made by Lyle Knudson at the NAMM Music Convention 2015 which will be available in stores soon. Jazz credits include recording violin and vocals on self-titled jazz fusion album "Purposeful Porpoise" with drummer Vinnie Colaiuta and producer Gustavo Farias. Purposeful Porpoise recently performed at Sayerʼs Club in Hollywood featuring Ginny on electric violin and vocals; band members included highly acclaimed drummer and producer Thomas Lang (Falco, Tina Turner, Kelly Clarkson) composer Alex Cora, and Zappa Plays Zappa members Chris Norton and Pete Griffen. Ginny also played violin on original compositions by Mike Kineally of Zappa. Ginny currently writes with producer Moz for Rodney Jerkins/Darkchild (Capitol) and has written songs with Onree Gill (Alicia Keys music director), Ben Moody (producer, Kelly Clarkson, Celine Dion), and Jeff Gittleman (producer, guitar for Alicia Keys). She is currently writing new material for her solo album with Laura Escude (programmer/music director for Iggy Azaelia), producers Thomas Lang, Thai Long Ly, Jon Prince and Zach Fisher. Ginny has held concertmaster positions in eight orchestras including Interlochen Symphony Orchestra, Colburn School of Musicʼs Orchestra Da Camera, and the California Institute of the Arts Orchestra. Ginny released two pop albums with girl-band Adam 812 at age 16 and a self produced pop/rock EP at 21. She has studied music, acting and voice at the prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy, Colburn School of Music, Musicianʼs Institute, and California Institute of the Arts. Ginny wrote, produced and released her solo EP “Dark Charade” with Zach Fisher and Jon Prince of Big Bad Sound LA, available on iTunes, Amazon and Spotify. Ginny is proudly endorsed by Fender, Peavey, Trace Elliot, Digitech, Fishman, Pigtronix, DʼAdarrio, Planet Waves, Spaceman, Coffin Case, TC Electronics, and Asterope Cables