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Photo - Lori BaruthDr. Lori Baruth was appointed Assistant Professor of Clarinet at Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky in 2007. Dr. Baruth received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati (2010), her Master of Music degree from The Ohio State University (2004), and both her Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Music Education degrees from The Ohio State University (1999) as a summa cum laude graduate. Her teachers have included Richie Hawley, Steve Cohen, James Pyne, Dr. Donald McGinnis, Dr. Kathleen (Gardiner) Mulcahy, and Randy Riffle.  Dr. Baruth has performed with the Westerville Symphony Orchestra, the Central Ohio Symphony Orchestra, the Heisey Wind Ensemble, and the Opera Theater and Music Festival of Lucca Orchestra of Lucca, Italy. She also enjoys performing as soloist with the MSU Symphony Band and Concert Choir. In the summer, Dr. Baruth serves as clarinet faculty at the Lutheran Summer Music Festival and Academy, most recently on the campus of Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. There, in addition to coaching clarinet lessons and chamber groups, she performs as a member of the Movére Woodwind Quintet, and gives recital performances. Dr. Baruth is also active as a chamber musician and recitalist with several performances throughout the United States to her credit. She has served as director of The Ohio State University Clarinet Choir, and has coached and adjudicated many clarinetists in Ohio and Kentucky.  Dr. Baruth lives in Winchester, Kentucky with her husband of eight years, Mark, their 2-year old son, Kevin, and a new little girl on the way.

Photo - Jennifer BrimsonJennifer Brimson is the Visiting Professor of Flute at Morehead State University. She is currently completing her Doctoral degree in Flute Performance at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, Ohio. An advocate of contemporary music, Jennifer is researching contemporary Canadian flute repertoire as a focus for her doctoral dissertation.  Prior to her studies in Cincinnati, Jennifer was invited to study with renowned flute pedagogue, Peter Lloyd, at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) in Manchester, England where she completed a Master’s of Music degree. Her other principal teachers include Randy Bowman, Bradley Garner, Jack Wellbaum, Micheal Cox and Amy Hamilton, with whom she took undergraduate studies at Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario.  Ms. Brimson has performed throughout Great Britain, Canada and the U.S. with solo appearances with the Brott Music Festival Orchestra, Cincinnati’s Music08 festival, the Wilfrid Laurier University Symphony and the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Orchestra.  She has played in some of Canada’s leading professional training orchestras including the National Academy Orchestra of Canada and Orchestre de la Francophonie Canadienne.  As a chamber musician, Ms. Brimson was winner of the 2007 Gilbert/Feld Prize for Woodwind Duo at the Royal Northern College of Music, her other chamber performances include the Guitar Festival of Ireland, Grandin Vocal Festival, Cincinnati, Ohio, and Centre d’arts Orford noon-hour recital series (Orford, Quebec).  Additionally, she has also recorded two CD’s of Canadian music for Flute Octet (2007) and Flute Quartet (2010).  Ms. Brimson has performed as a finalist and Prizewinner at the Elora Festival (2010), as semi-finalist at the tri-annual Claude Monteaux Flute Competition in Indianapolis (2009), as a Prizewinner at the Cincinnati Flute Symposium (2008) and as finalist at the prestigious Royal Northern College of Music concerto competition (2007).  Additionally, she has been selected to play for many renowned flutists in Masterclasses throughout North America and Europe including, Emmanuel Pahud, Mathieu Dufour, Robert Langevin, William Bennet, Jeanne Baxtresser and the Royal Concertgebouw Wind Quintet.

Photo - Zach CooperZach Cooper currently serves on the faculty at Morehead State University as a horn teacher, director of the horn ensemble, and performs with the Baird Winds.  Mr. Cooper is currently finishing his DMA in horn performance with a cognate in Music Theory at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM).  He also received his MM in horn from CCM and a BM in performance from Florida State University.  His principal teachers include Randy Gardner, Duane Dugger, Dr. William Capps, and Bill Robinson, founder of the International Horn Society (IHS).  Mr. Cooper has had additional studies with Elizabeth Freimuth and Thomas Sherwood of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.  Mr. Cooper has performed with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, the Blue Ash Montgomery Symphony Orchestra, and as second horn of the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra for the 2003 - 2004 season.  He has performed as a featured soloist for "A Musical Legacy: Three Works from Three Centuries and Two Continents" at the Plum Street Temple in Cincinnati, Ohio (2010).  Additionally, he has performed at numerous SouthEast Horn Workshops, the 38th International Viola Congress, the 2010 Ohio Music Educators Association (OMEA) Conference, the 2009 World Association of Symphonic Band Ensembles (WASBE) Conference, the 2008 International Tuba Euphonium Association (ITEA) Conference, the 2007 and 2008 Grandin Vocal Music Festivals, the 1999 Florida International Festival with the London Symphony Orchestra, and the 28th International Youth and Music Festival in Vienna, Austria.  Mr. Cooper was awarded second place in the 2005 IHS Symposium Farkas Solo Competition and was the winner of the 2004 SouthEast Horn Workshop Solo Competition.  He has also performed for many world-renowned hornists including:  John Cerminaro, Michael Gast, Michael Hatfield, Peter Karau, R J Kelly, Esa Tapani, Michael Thompson, Kerry Turner, Radovan Vlatkovic, and Richard Watkins.

Photo - David OyenDr. David Oyen is Associate Professor of Bassoon and Music Theory at Morehead State University.  He holds a B.M. degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, an Orchestral Music Diploma from the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik, Karlsruhe, Germany; and the M.M and D.M.A degrees in Bassoon Performance from The Ohio State University. He studied bassoon with Robert Wisneskey, Gary Echols, Günter Pfitzenmaier, Stephan Krings and Christopher Weait. Prior to joining the MSU faculty, he was principal bassoonist of the Springfield (OH) Symphony Orchestra and has performed with the Columbus (OH) Symphony Orchestra, Opera/Columbus, the Roanoke Symphony, Keith Brion's New Sousa Band and OBOHIO. As an MSU faculty member, he has performed with the Lexington Philharmonic, the West Virginia Symphony, the Kentucky Center Chamber Players, the Movére Wind Quintet, the Seneca Chamber Orchestra and the Baird Winds. Dr. Oyen has also performed at the International Double Reed Society Conferences in 1997, 2001, 2003 and 2005. In addition to his teaching duties at Morehead State, Dr. Oyen has served on the faculty of Lutheran Summer Music since 1997 and has taught at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp.

Photo - John VitonDr. John Viton, Associate Professor of Music at Morehead State University, holds the D.M.A., M.M.A., and M.M. from Yale University, and the B.M. from Bowling Green State University. Dr. Viton teaches Applied Oboe, Music Theory and Music Reading, and is Coordinator of the Music Theory Area.  Performance activities include: oboist with the Baird Winds (the resident faculty woodwind quintet at MSU), the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra and the Huntington Symphony Orchestra, as well as various chamber music performances throughout the region. Each summer, Dr. Viton is an Artist / Teacher at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan. An active clinician and soloist, Dr. Viton has been the featured guest artist in various “Double Reed Days” at MSU, Marshall University, and Bowling Green State University. Recent honors include induction into his High School’s Music Hall of Fame in Fremont, Ohio.  Before joining the faculty at MSU, Dr. Viton made guest appearances in chamber music recitals with faculty from Yale University at Merkin Hall in New York City, and Spraque Hall in New Haven, CT. He was selected as an Artist Fellow for the Bach Aria Festival and Institute held each summer at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and participated in the Festival International d’Evian in Evian, France. Dr. Viton was formerly Principal Oboe in the Columbus (GA) Symphony Orchestra and Assistant Professor of Music at Columbus College (now Columbus State University). He was oboist in the Southwind Quintet which concertized widely throughout the Southeast, appearing at the MENC National Convention in Miami, Florida, and on Georgia Public Television.