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Brent Shires

Since the fall of 2000, Brent Shires has played third horn for the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. He arrived in the state in 1999 to serve as the first full-time horn professor for the University of Central Arkansas, where he teaches horn lessons and serves as Brass Chamber Music Coordinator. He also teaches education-related classes such as high brass methods and brass pedagogy, and some courses in music theory and history. Brent is an active performer outside the ASO as well, playing principal horn with the symphony orchestras of Conway and Pine Bluff, and is the founding hornist of Pinnacle Brass, the resident quintet at UCA. In the summers, Brent is a horn faculty member at Dixie Band Camp hosted at UCA, and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in western Michigan. Brent grew up in the suburbs of Rochester, New York, where musicianship was encouraged early on by his school and parents (who now live in Little Rock). His mother gave him piano lessons for two years before he started on the horn in the fifth grade school band. In addition to weekly horn lessons, band and youth orchestra, Brent picked up the trumpet and learned jazz style in high school.

Dr. Shires went on to earn his bachelor’s degree in music education at State University of New York – Potsdam, the MM degree in performance at Northern Illinois University, and the Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Illinois, with research focusing on original works for solo horn and wind band. He also spent one semester studying at the Birmingham Conservatoire in England. His horn teachers include W. Peter Kurau, Roy Schaberg, Norman Schweikert, John Fairfield, and Kazimierz Machala. Brent has taken honors in several competitions – two university concerto competitions as a winner, and as a prize-winning finalist in the National Young Artist Competition of the Midland-Odessa Symphony. He has performed throughout the U.S., Europe, Australia and China; and has held positions in the American Midwest with the Green Bay Symphony, Manitowoc Symphony, Peoria Symphony, Champaign-Urbana Symphony, and Sinfonia da Camera. Dr. Shires serves the International Horn Society as Regional Workshop Coordinator and Arkansas Area Representative. He is an endorsing artist for C. G. Conn horns, and performs on the Conn 8D. Brent lives in Conway with his wife and accomplished pianist Terrie, and their two daughters. In his spare time, he enjoys studying languages, remodeling his home one room at a time, leading a church group and helping out his neighborhood association.

Terrie Shires

Terrie Shires

Terrie Shires teaches class piano and serves as a collaborative artist at the University of Central Arkansas. As the UCA Horn Studio accompanist, she works with students as well as visiting artists such as Randy Gardner, James Naigus, Audrey Good, Jeff Nelsen, Roger Kaza, Richard Todd, Eli Epstein, Thomas Bacon, and Richard King. She has served as an official accompanist for the International Horn Competition of America, the 45th International Horn Symposium solo competition, and at the Mid-South and Southeast Horn Workshops. Mrs. Shires has worked as a choir accompanist at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan. She has played keyboard for the Arkansas Repertory Theatre and is a substitute keyboardist with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Music from Hanover College, Indiana, and her MM in Piano Performance and Pedagogy at Northern Illinois University. Her primary teachers were C. Kimm Hollis and William Koehler. Terrie has performed in Austria, France, Spain, Italy, Luxembourg, Taiwan, and 23 American states. She has also served on the faculty of Millikin University’s Preparatory Department, adjunct at Hendrix College, and interim at Silver Lake College.


Dr. Gail Robertson

Dr. Gail Robertson has a distinguished reputation as a euphonium artist and teacher, soloist, and clinician. She has also garnered worldwide attention for leadership, her work as composer/arranger, and as a musical talent. Robertson serves as Associate Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at the University of Central Arkansas. She is the former head of the jazz area where she coordinated jazz events and conducted the top jazz ensemble. In addition to teaching, she performs as tubist in the faculty brass quintet, Pinnacle Brass. Robertson earned her B.A. degree from the University of Central Florida and a M.M. from Indiana University  and D.M.A. from Michigan State University where she was a University Distinguished Fellow. Robertson has studied with Harvey Phillips, Phil Sinder, and Ava Ordman. She performed for ten years with the world-famous Tubafours at Walt Disney World, Orlando, where she was musical supervisor/chief arranger and produced a highly acclaimed CD, Tubas Under the Boardwalk. Dr. Robertson has taught on the faculties of Eastern Michigan University, the University of Central Florida, Bethune-Cookman University, the University of Florida. Dr. Robertson is President of the International Tuba and Euphonium Association (ITEA) and serves on the Board of Directors of the Leonard Falcone Tuba and Euphonium Festival. Robertson is a recipient of Tau Beta Sigma’s highest honor, the Outstanding Service to Music Award. She was awarded the ITEA’s Clifford Bevan Award for Excellence in Research for her research manuscript, “Restoring the Euphonium’s Legacy as Cello of the Wind Band.”


Podium Brass Quintet

Podium Brass Quintet was founded in November 2014, made by five
excellent musicians: Marko Bobičanec (trumpet), Marin Zokić (trumpet),
Hrvoje Pintarić (trumpet), Ivan Mučić (trombone) and Daniel Požgaj
(tuba). The members of the quintet are all graduate and award-winning
musicians, successful teachers employed at the Academy of music, music
schools and in professional orchestras. Also, they are artistic directors of
various amateur wind orchestras, and they are active members of various
other chamber music ensembles. Quintet repertoire is based on promoting
compositions by Croatian composers (Prohaska, Bobić, Josipović, Uhlik,
Skender, Grubačević …). The repertoire of the ensemble is wide, from the
early renaissance and the baroque, through classical music and
romanticism, to the modern, jazz compositions, film and popular music.

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Albanian Brass Quintet & Percussion


Albanian Brass Quintet & Percussion This ensemble has been created since 2007 by 6 friends. The constituent artists of this ensemble are well-known names in the field of music and very important for the institutions where they work, such as: the National Opera and Ballet Theater and the Symphony Orchestra of the Albanian Radio Television. This ensemble has been part of numerous ceremonies and concerts at home and abroad. Artists being very compact with each other, have become the inspiration for different composers who have written or brought back numerous works in a very special approach. Their success also consists thanks to a very diverse and attractive repertoire, which aims to bring the public closer to art but also to promote Albanian music.

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First prize in international competitions of Passau (Germany), Imperia and Aqui Terme, Marco Pierobon has been for almost ten years “Principal Trumpet” of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra – Florence (1999-2002 under Zubin Mehta) and the Accademia di Santa Cecilia Orchestra – Rome (2003-2008 under Antonio Pappano), and has collaborated as “Principal Trumpet” with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (Daniel Barenboim) and the Filarmonica della Scala Orchestra. He has performed as soloist with the orchestras of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, English Chamber Orchestra, Vienna Kammerkonzert, I virtuosi del Teatro alla Scala, Max-Plank-Philharmonie München, Junge Philharmonie Salzburg, Marchigiana Philharmonic, with the orchestras of Mantua, Bolzano, Vicenza, in addition to the Marche wind orchestra and the State Police Military Wind Band. In this capacity he has worked, among others, with conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Isaac Karabtchevsky, Etienne Siebens, Friedrich Heider, Guenther Neuhold, Ralph Gothoni in Japan, China, Europe and USA. In 2011 Marco was featured in a solo tour of Argentina, played with the Mar del Plata and Tucuman symphony Orchestras, held a recital in Buenos Aires and masterclasses in three different universities. Marco Pierobon has reliesed a CD for Accademia2008, called “SoLo”, with the Orchestra di Fiati delle Marche conducted by Michele Mangani. The cd was commented by Roger Bobo, brass legend, as “wonderful modern trumpet playing, full of musicality”. He has published a didactic DVD about brass instruments. He held Master Classes in USA, Canada, England, Greece, Germany and Austria, besides for several Italian Festivals and Academies. He has recorded for Sony and Emi with the Accadeia di S.Cecilia (Rome) Orchestra under the direction of Antonio Pappano. With the GomalanBrass Quintet he has performed throughout Europe, Asia and America, and published four cds and one DVD for Summit Records and Naxos. Since 2007 he is trumpet professor at the Conservatories of Bolzano and Reggio Emilia, Italy. Marco Pierobon is Yamaha Performing Artist and Wedge Mouthpiece Endorsing Artist. He plays exclusively on Yamaha instruments and Wedge mouthpieces. Yamaha & Wedge Performing Artist


Dr. Gregory Jones serves as Associate Dean for Outreach and Engagement in the College of Music at Florida State University.  Previous appointments include Director of the Purdue University Fort Wayne School of Music and Professor of Music at Truman State University in Missouri.  He holds music degrees from Florida State University, the University of North Texas, and the Doctorate in Music Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music.  His wide variety of performance experiences include the Kansas City Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Missouri Chamber Orchestra, Eastman Wind Ensemble, Texas Baroque Ensemble, Wynton Marsalis, Allen Vizzutti, Al Jarreau, Audra McDonald, Bill Conti, Joshua Bell, the Dallas Cowboys Band, and many others. He has recorded for National Public Radio and continues to perform as a trumpet soloist and conductor.  Dr. Jones has served as an Artist-in-Residence in Greece as a recipient of a Senior Fulbright Grant from the United States Information Agency and the Council for International Exchange of Scholars and has been a member of the Fulbright Selection Panel in Washington, D.C.  Dr. Jones often visits Greece, Kosovo, Macedonia, and Albania where he has taught and performed as part of an ongoing outreach program supported by the U.S. Embassy and the Fulbright Foundation.  He frequently tours China including performing the opening concert of the initial China Trumpet Guild Conference and trumpet festivals in Tianjin, Shijiazhuang Shenzhen, Lanzhou, Yantai and Beijing.  He has appeared as a featured clinician at The Midwest Band Directors Clinic in Chicago and in festivals and music schools across the US.  His book, Developing Expression in Brass Performance and Teaching is available from Routledge/Taylor and Francis and he can also be heard on Alternate Voices: Chamber Music for Trumpet. He lives in Tallahassee with his wife, Margo, an accomplished flutist.

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Gianmario Strappati - italy

Born in Ancona, he gives concerts as a soloist, in chamber ensembles and orchestras. He has recorded for Rai, Radio Vatican, Sky Classic, recorded for the record company Concert-Music Media and published by the publishing house Academy. As a soloist he has performed under the baton of Maestro Leonardo Quadrini accompanied by the Symphony Orchestra of Bacau, the Bulgarian National Symphony Orchestra, Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra (Russia, Udmurtia), from the Campania Chamber Orchestra and lately by State Philharmonic Orchestra of Vidin in Bulgaria. He has given recitals in Spain, Germany, Bulgaria and Slovakia. He was the first tuba player to win the prestigious Price “Nino Rota”, 2015 previously attributed to artists like K. Ricciarelli and J.Horowitz.

Hrvoje Pintaric - Croatia

Hrvoje Pintarić, native of Bjelovar, Croatia, is a graduate of the Zagreb Music Academy where he studied with with Stjepan Mateić, principal horn of the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra. He continued his studies in Prague under the tutelage of Zdeněk Tylšar, the renowned principal horn of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. While pursuing his studies he was a member of the Croatian National Army Orchestra, following which he was named principal horn of the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, a post he occupied from 1997 to 2004. He toured extensively in Europe with this orchestra and was often featured as soloist. He is a founding member of the well known Croatian brass quintet Simply Brass. He regularly performs concerts as a soloist and chamber musician in Croatia as well as in the United States (most notably Lincoln Center in New York, Spain, Austria, Montenegro and Canada. Since 2004 he is associate principal horn with the Croatian National Opera Orchestra, a post he occupies to this day. Mr. Pintarić, is a Dieter Otto Horns artist and performs on their instruments exclusively.



Iris was born in 1986 in Korca Albania. She took her first lessons in piano in her hometown from the year 2005-2009 at music school“Tefta Tashko-Koco”. After her studies at Academy of Arts in Tirana with pedagogue Ina Petrollari (2009-2012), she graduated Master Degree for Chamber Music. She had lessons with many profesors of pianio in foreign countries like: Prof. Y. M. Galea Malta, Prof I. Ursula Viena ect. Iris is active in many concerts in different cities and couontries like solist but also in chember music or accompanying voice choir. Actually she is piano Pedagogue at High school of music “Jordan misja” in Tirana.

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