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Shana Liu, pianist

Shana Liu, 18, is a freshman at Luther College where she double majors in neuroscience and piano performance. Dr. John Strauss is her piano professor.

Shana started piano lessons at 5 years old with Karen Langstraat and continued studying piano with Dr. Ted Reuter at Wartburg College and Dr. Mei-Hsuan Huang at Iowa State University until her graduation from Roosevelt High School and Central Academy in Des Moines, Iowa in 2017.

Before college, Shana was a four year member with the Iowa All State Music Festival, performing two years on violin and two on viola. She has played in many chamber groups over the years, including Drake University string quartets on violin and viola, multiple piano trios, and other large ensembles. She has performed concertos as a piano and violin soloist in 2013 and 2014 with the Oskaloosa Symphony, and was the winner of the DSM Youth Symphony concerto competition in 2014.

Shana was the Senior Division champion of the Bill Riley Talent Search in 2016. She was also the junior division winner (2014) and senior division runner-up (2015) in the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) competition. She won second place in the MTNA Regional (West Central) Division in Fargo, ND, in 2015. In 2017, Shana won the Terrace Hill Piano Competition.

Shana serves as the Luther College Symphony Orchestra piano accompanist and plays in the viola section. She is a highly sought after accompanist for Luther College students recitals and juries, voice and instrumental music festivals, weekly voice studio classes and Decorah High School music festivals. Shana recently had the honor of playing a solo concert on a Steinway piano played and signed by Vladimir Horowitz in Wisconsin.

 

 

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Driftless Winds, reed trio

Galit Kaunitz - Corey Mackey - Jacqueline Wilson

Driftless Winds is a highly-active reed trio comprised of oboist Dr. Galit Kaunitz (left), clarinetist Dr. Corey Mackey (center), and bassoonist Dr. Jacqueline Wilson (right). Together they present recitals, masterclasses, and educational concerts across the country, including performances in Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. Driftless Winds have been featured performers at numerous conferences and chamber music festivals, including the 2016 International Double Reed Society Conference, the 2016 College Music Society National Conference, the 2017 College Music Society Great Lakes Conference, and a residency at the Avaloch Chamber Music Institute. 

The group seeks to expand the reed trio repertoire via commissions, transcriptions, and the discovery of under-performed works. In 2015, they collaborated on a series of commissions of new works for reed trio with composers Chia-yu Hsu (Voyages), Brian van Winkle (An Incomplete Story), and Rachel Devorah Trapp (imparpripyt), which they premiered in Columbus Georgia at the 2016 International Double Reed Society Conference. Additionally, the members of Driftless Winds are passionate music educators and present outreach concerts to music students of all ages. Currently 

Dr. Galit Kaunitz is the Assistant Professor of Oboe at The University of Southern Mississippi. Dr. Corey Mackey is the Assistant Professor of Clarinet at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and the Principal Clarinetist of the Dubuque Symphony. Bassoonist Dr. Jacqueline Wilson is Assistant Professor of Music at Southeast Missouri State University.

 

 

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Dave Camwell, tenor saxophone

Saxophonist Dr. Dave Camwell is a distinguished, versatile and dynamic performer, and serves as the Director of Jazz Studies and Associate Professor of Music at Troy University in Alabama. Camwell has been a Yamaha Performing Artist since 2004, a D'Addario Performing Artist since 2009, and has over thirty publications available through Jeanne, Dorn and UNC Jazz Press. He has been involved in a variety of commissioning projects, including co-leading a consortium with Dr. Stephen Page that resulted in a popular new work by noted composer Marc Mellits entitled Tachycardia. Camwell studied at the universities of Calgary, Jacksonville State, Northern Colorado, and Oregon, and can be heard on the Innova, Enharmonic, Teal Creek, and Mark Custom recording labels. Camwell taught at Simpson College (IA) from 2005-2017, winning many faculty awards, and was uniformly recognized as being one of the finest and most renowned professors in the College's history.

Camwell is an active performer and clinician throughout the United States. He has won a number of awards and was the runner-up in the 2000 North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial jazz competition. He has performed with Norwegian Cruise Lines, and at a variety of jazz festivals, including Montreux and Brienz, Switzerland. He has also performed in Taiwan with the Xplorium! Ensemble, as a soloist with the New York Central City Chorus, and with the orchestras of Iowa, Des Moines, and Minnesota.

As a soloist and with Oasis Quartet (2008-2017), he has performed and led master classes at the colleges and universities of: North Texas, Oregon, UC-Boulder, Illinois, UNC-Greensboro, Houston, Stephen F. Austin, British Columbia, Iowa, Cincinnati (CCM), Incarnate Word, Miami of Ohio, Gustavus Adolphus, Puget Sound, Sam Houston State, Mississippi, Lindenwood, Furman, UNC-Charlotte, Drury, Winthrop, Western Carolina, Southern Oregon, Wyoming, Colorado State, Idaho (Moscow), Missouri (St. Louis), Wisconsin (Eau Claire & Stevens Point), North Dakota State, Concordia (MN), Jamestown (ND), Millersville (PA), Graceland (IA), Northern Iowa and Manitoba (Canada).

In addition to hosting the 2011 North American Saxophone Alliance Region 3 conference, Camwell regularly attends regional and national NASA conferences. He also performed at the World Saxophone Congresses of Slovenia (2006), Thailand (2009), and Scotland (2012).