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Catherine Tibbitts
B.M., University of Maine
M.M. University of Cincinnati
Kenji Kikuchi
Kenji Kikuchi, composer and flutist received his B.M. from Berklee College of Music and his G.P.C. from the Boston Conservatory. He is an active performer in the style of classical and jazz not only his primary instrument, flute, but also on clarinet, saxophone and musical saw. He is also an accomplished composer of contemporary classical music, being a member and founder of the composer’s group The Human Connection. Kikuchi had several of his works premiered including Overture for Orchestra and Saxophone Concerto by Quincy Symphony, his Marimba Concerto and Prelude for Orchestra by the Melrose Symphony and Cape Ann Overture by Cape Ann Symphony. He has also published Astronomy I, II (Finalist, National Flute Association Newly Published Piece, 2002), Quartet no.2 (Winner, National Flute Association Newly Published Piece, 1998), and Airmail Edition with Falls House Press, Sonata for Flute and Piano and Piece for Solo Piano with BKJ Publications
 
B.S. Gakushuin University (Japan)
Graduate Performance Certificate
Boston Conservatory of Music
Performance Diploma, Berklee College of Music  
 
April Showers
B.M. Flute
Graduate Performance Certificate
Boston Conservatory of Music 

Earl Raney is Artistic Director and Solo Trumpeter of the award-winning Epic Brass Quintet. Raney has given over 2000 performances in 46 states, with appearances at venues including the Kennedy Center, Weill Recital Hall, and Carnegie Hall. Internationally, he has concertized in Austria, Bermuda, Canada, England, France, Germany, Italy, Jamaica, Poland, Scotland, Switzerland, US Virgin Islands, and the Far East. Raney has recorded eight compact discs for the Ars Nova Digital label. In addition to his chamber music career, he has performed with several New England area orchestras and as principal trumpet of the Taipei Festival Orchestra in Taiwan, R.O.C. Raney is a roster artist for the Massachusetts Cultural Council and New England Foundation for the Arts. Deeply committed to music education, he performs as a clinician at colleges and high schools throughout the country and abroad. Balancing a dual career as trumpeter and conductor, Raney is a brass faculty member at New England Conservatory's Preparatory School and Assistant Professor of Music in Performance at Wheaton College where he serves as conductor of the Southeastern Massachusetts Wind Symphony. He is also Conductor of the Atlantic Wind Symphony and has served as conductor of the Great Woods Chamber Orchestra, the Atlantic Union College Symphony Orchestra. Deeply committed to music education, he is currently Director of the Thayer Performing Arts Center and Community Music School in South Lancaster, MA. Most recently, He conducted the Boston University Symphony Orchestra and the Icelandic National Festival Band in Reykjanesbaer. His principal trumpet teachers include, Roger Voisin, Rolf Smedvig, Peter Chapman, Charles Lewis, and Vincent Penzarella.

Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting, Boston University
Bachelor of Music in Trumpet Performance, Boston University