Academics

1990s

G. Scott Lacy (BM Performance, Voice, '93)
G. Scott Lacy is one the country’s most sought after talents. He has musical directed over 120 productions working with such theatre companies as the Tony Award Winning La Jolla Playhouse, the award winning Lamb’s Players Theatre, the Musical Theatre Guild of Los Angeles, Diversionary Theatre, New Conservatory Theatre, Diablo Theatre Company, 42nd Street Moon, San Diego Repertory Theatre, San Diego Opera, North Coast Repertory Theatre, the Emmy Award Winning Malashock Dance Company and many others.

Mr. Lacy was honored with the 2009 Bay Area Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Musical Direction for his work on Dames At Sea at NCTC in San Francisco. Mr. Lacy has had the honor of working with some of the theater's finest directors including Des McAnuff, Michael Greif, Neel Keller, Peter Schneider, Les Waters, Regina Taylor, Susan Booth, Todd Neilson, Cynthia Stokes, John Malashock, Mindy Cooper, Robert Smyth, Deborah Smyth, and Kerry Meads. Mr. Lacy is a successful vocal coach whose clients include Tony, Emmy, Grammy and Golden Globe Award winning performers. His students have attended such prestigious universities as NYU, Harvard, Carnegie Melon, North Carolina School of the Arts, UCSD, UCLA, and Sarah Lawrence.

Mr. Lacy was a faculty member of the San Diego Opera’s Summer Intensive Program for Singers for three years and served for eight years as the Vocal Coach for the Tony Award-winning La Jolla Playhouse’s Summer Conservatory Program. Mr. Lacy is a successful cabaret and recording artist. Mr. Lacy has worked with such talented performers as film/television/Broadway Star Emily Bergl, Steven Fales, Sandy Campbell, Angelo D’Agostino, Tyler Kent, Leanne Borghesi and performs a number of one man shows.

Mr. Lacy premiered his new cabaret show "Hear My Song" at the infamous Rrazz Room in San Francisco in January 2012. His cabaret shows have been seen in NYC (Joe’s Pub, The Laurie Beechman, Metropolitan Room), Los Angeles (The Gardenia Room, Upright Cabaret, M Bar), Atlanta (Paris on Ponce) San Diego (Schroeder’s, Palace Bar, Celebration Cabaret), Seattle (Can Can), Chicago (Davenport’s), Shanghai (JW’s, Nessun Dorma) and Beijing (Flow Bar). Mr. Lacy has had the honor of performing with the late Broadway and Film legend John Raitt, Tony Award winners Christian Hoff, Hal Linden and Michael Cerveris as well as Broadway and film star Anthony Rapp. He sings with the acclaimed worship and praise group, Four in Faith, and has recorded three albums with that group.

Mr. Lacy has spent much of his career raising money for such charities as Outreach International, Habitat For Humanity, Many Hands, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and many local charities. He has recorded 7 albums with various artists and in 2004 released his debut CD, "A Quiet Place," and released his second CD, "This Christmas," in 2010. Mr. Lacy is on the faculty of the prestigious Pinewood Schools in Los Altos Hills, California. He lives with his partner of 20 years, writer/actor/model Christopher M. Nelson.

Matthew Inkster (MM Performance, Trumpet, '94)
Matthew Inkster is associate professor and director of bands at West Liberty University, where he conducts the Wind Ensemble, the Wheeling Symphony Youth Orchestra, and coordinates the brass area. Inkster is in demand as a guest conductor and clinician — most recently conducting honor and select groups in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, California, and New York. He has specialized in conducting the music of our time, and he has led ensembles on several compact disc recordings of new music on American and European labels. His performances have been heard on national and regional NPR and worldwide on the BBC.

Dr. Inkster is artistic co-director of Winds on the Lake, a professional chamber ensemble of some of the finest musicians from the greater Tri-State Lake Region including Cleveland, Buffalo, Pittsburgh, and Erie. Reception of this ensemble has been warm and accolades have been numerous. The group is committed to the performance and promotion of seldom-heard compositions for chamber and orchestral winds by familiar composers, as well as works by contemporary composers. The ensemble plans to extend its season from its current three concerts per year to six or more by touring in an expanded geographic area.

Inkster is also active as a trumpet soloist, recitalist, and clinician and has performed in 45 states and across Europe. He is Principal Trumpet of the Symphony of the Mountains (Tennessee/Virginia), and has held similar positions with the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, the Chapman and Redlands Symphony Orchestras (California). He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, and he has competed in a number of the most prestigious trumpet competitions across the world: the Prague Spring International Music Competition, The International Trumpet Guild Solo Competition, the National Trumpet Competition, and the MTNA National Collegiate Artist Competition. Dr.

Inkster is the WVMEA research and grants chair and has recently served as the composition contest chairman for the International Trumpet Guild. He holds the degrees Doctor of Music (The Florida State University), Master of Music (University of Redlands), and Bachelor of Music Education (University of Wyoming). Dr. Inkster has taught in the public schools of Wyoming, California, and Florida.

For more information on Matthew Inkster visit his website.

Keith Kaiser (MM Performance, '95)
Keith Kaiser is chair of the music education department and assessment coordinator for the School of Music at Ithaca College. A full professor, he holds degrees from the Florida State University (Ph.D.), the University of Redlands (M.M.), and the University of Wyoming (B.M.). As a faculty member at Ithaca College, he received a 2010 Faculty Excellence Award, and he teaches undergraduate and graduate music education courses, supervises junior and senior level student teachers, and conducts various instrumental music ensembles. Kaiser was recognized by the College with a (2011-2012) Student Affairs and Campus Life Faculty Appreciation Award for his commitment to and work on behalf of students. In addition, for over eleven years, he served as co-conductor of the Ithaca Concert Band (a community ensemble).

Dr. Kaiser is active throughout the country as a guest conductor, presenter, clinician, adjudicator and consultant, and he was co-recipient of a highly-selective Sounds of Learning grant to study the functions of music education in American Public Schools. A Presser Scholar, he is published in "Update: Applications of Research in Music Education," "School Music News," "Reverberations," "Journal of Music Therapy," "Journal of Artistic and Creative Education," and "International Society for Music Education (ISME), Commission for Policy: Culture, Education, Mass Media," and his professional affiliations have included the Music Educators National Conference, the New York State School Music Association, Phi Kappa Phi, Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Mu Alpa, Kappa Kappa Psi, Tau Beta Sigma, the College Music Society, the College Band Directors National Association, the National Band Association, and the American Music Therapy Association. Kaiser has presented at the Music Educators National Conference (national and regional), the New York State School Music Association Conference, the Southeastern College Band Directors Association Conference, the Society for Music Teacher Education Symposium, the New York State Band Director's Association Symposium, the American Music Therapy National Conference, the World Congress of Music Therapy, the College Music Society, the American Education Research Association, and the Ithaca College Music Educator's Retreat; additionally, his research has been highlighted at the International Society for Music Education and the Desert Skies Symposium on Research in Music Education.

Recognized in the International Directory of Distinguished Leadership, in Great Minds of the 21st Century, and in several editions of Who's Who, Dr. Kaiser has taught elementary, middle, and high school in Wyoming, Florida, and California — where he was founder and conductor of the University of Redlands’ Wind Ensemble for Young Musicians. Among Kaiser's most gratifying honors are: receiving the Ithaca College Faculty Excellence Award in 2010 and the Student Affairs and Campus Life Faculty Appreciation recognition in 2011-2012, being acknowledged for his support of public school music programs with a named scholarship that provides needs-based assistance for area youth to attend a local music program, serving as founder and director of the Ithaca Concert ("community") Band's Adopt-a-Band Program that resulted in an Ithaca Foundation Award for Excellence, and having his Torrington (Wy) High School Band being recognized with a Community Service award for its extensive service and contributions to the local and surrounding communities.

Keith Kaiser resides in Ithaca with his wonderful family: wife Jen, son Andrew, and twins Christopher and Meghan.

For more information on Keith Kaiser visit his website

Monique Gannon (BA Music, Voice, '96)
Since earning her master's degree in vocal performance at New England Conservatory, Monique has gone on to perform in various venues. She has been a featured performer with the North Carolina Theatre, Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre, Kennedy Theatre, Temple Theatre, Burning Coal Theatre and Theatre in the Park.

Her vocal concerts across the country have included appearances with the North Carolina Symphony, Solaris Chamber Orchestra and Rochester Romantic Symphony. Monique premiered her one woman show at the Rrazz Room in San Francisco in 2010. She opened for twice Grammy nominated singer Amy Hanaiali'i Gilliom at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco in 2007 and will reappear at the Castro Theatre in August of 2012 to perform her new and improved one woman show.

Monique has also done post-graduate work with the University of Miami in Salzburg, Austria, Oberlin College in Urbania, Italy and the Bay Area Summer Opera Theatre Institute in San Francisco.

She has a thriving voice studio and works in conjunction the North Carolina Theatre Conservatory. She is Creator and Artistic Director of MasterCamp, a summer arts program in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Steve Moretti (BM Performance, Percussion, '96)
Steve Moretti performs all over the country in various settings from Symphony Pops concerts to his Atlanta based band, The Swear. Steve was recently appointed as the main drum set artist for the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.

Besides performing, Steve is producing music. His next project is a classical recording for violinists Robert McDuffie and Amy Schwartz Moretti. Steve has started Morettiman Music and SymPop Productions.

For more information on Steve Moretti visit his website.  

Patricia Surman

Teaching-Artist Dr. Patricia Surman is Instructor of Flute at Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Northeastern State University, and Instructor of Music at Tulsa Community College. Before teaching in Oklahoma, she taught flute and chamber music at Southwestern Adventist University in Keene, Texas, and was a Teaching Fellow at the University of North Texas. She earned her BM in flute performance from the University of Redlands, MM in flute performance and MM musicology from the University of North Texas, and completed her DMA in flute performance with a minor in music theory at UNT. In addition, she holds a diploma from the Académie Internationale d'Eté de Nice where she was a student of Philippe Bernold. Patricia's dissertation, "Ida Gotkovsky's Eolienne pour flute et harpe in Theory and Practice: A Critical Analysis" contains the most current and extensive biography of Ida Gotkovsky and the only theoretical writing on Gotkovksy's flute compositions.

As an orchestral player, Patricia performs with the Tulsa Symphony and the Tulsa Opera Orchestra. Previously, Patricia was a member of the Flower Mound Chamber Orchestra and the Redlands Symphony. She has been a concerto soloist on flute and piccolo with the Riverside Camerata, the Keene Camerata, the UNT Flute Choir, the Flutissimo Académie in Les Vovires, France, and the Tulsa Community College Band.

 She has performed extensively across the southern and western United States and in Europe. Recent engagements include recitals in California, Nevada, Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Tennessee, North Carolina; and Madrid and Alcala, Spain. Her live concert at Palacio Laredo in Alcala de Henares appeared on Spanish Solidaria TV. She was an invited performer in the 2009 Lewisville Lake International Chamber Music Series, guest and faculty artist recitals at Methodist University, Southwestern Adventist University, and Northeastern State University, Tulsa Performing Arts Center's Brown Bag It Concerts, Oklahoma City Public Library's Noontime Series, Mu Phi Epsilon Series at the Dallas Public Library, and Flower Mound Lamb of God Saturday Concert Series as well as guest speaker at the Mid-South Flute Society's 2009 Festival.

Patricia studied with Mary Karen Clardy, Sara Andon and Cynthia Ellis, and has participated in master classes with Trevor Wye, Alexa Still, Kathleen Chastain, Ann Deiner Giles, Peter Lloyd, Ransom Wilson, William Bennett, Susan Milan, and others. She can be heard in recordings on the GIA and Mark Custom labels and as a soloist on the GIA Choralworks CD series.

Fore more information on Patricia Surman visit www.patriciasurman.com.


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