Dr. Jennifer Adam


Mark Evitts

Fiddle, Violin, and Guitar

Mark Evitts is an American composer, string arranger and multi-instrumentalist. Most notably, Evitts received two GRAMMY certificates for String Arranging, as well as violin and viola work on the GRAMMY winning, RIAA Gold selling Joey+Rory album, Hymns. His string arrangements and recordings were also featured in NBC’s SMASH Emmy nominated song, “Voice In A Dream” and Train’s New Year’s Eve Time Square performance of John Lennon’s “Imagine” in 2013. Years of learning to play multiple instruments has allowed Mark the opportunity to conceive sounds from a raw provenance for his own projects and provide samples of these authentic sounds to creative music software and virtual instrument companies like Output’s Arcade.

Mark is a voting member of the Recording Academy (GRAMMYs), a member of the American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers (ASMAC), as well as being a member of the Los Angeles based Society of Composers and Lyricists (SCL). He has been an arranger and musician on several hit television shows, including The Bachelor, Nashville, Blood and Oil, BBC One’s documentary Love In A Day, Discovering Lucy Angel, SVT’s award winner documentary series Jills Veranda, as well as films such as Finding Your Feet, Changeover, and Summer Forever.

Mark works with artists such as Train, David Guetta, Jewel, The Band Perry, Blues Traveler, Joey+Rory, and Katharine McPhee. He has also toured as a violinist/fiddler, violist, mandolinist, guitarist, and pianist with such artists as Rodney Atkins, Jimmy Wayne, American Idol’s Bo Bice, and many others playing prestigious stages, such as The Grand Ole Opry and Carnegie Hall.

Dr. Brendan Jacklin

Piano, Director

Canadian pianist Brendan Jacklin is an active performer, teacher, new music advocate, and adjudicator.  In addition to traditional repertoire, he performs and collaborates with many living composers, commissioning composers from across North America. A special interest of his involves performing interdisciplinary and multimedia music, having performed works that include visual and electronic elements, as well as performances with spoken poetry and dance.

Outside of performing, Brendan has published articles and presented posters and sessions on many diverse topics at conferences across the USA, including the MTNA National Conference, the NCKP National Conference, SPLICE Festival, and NAMM’s Generation Next. Topics covered everything from incorporating multimedia into the private studio (AMT Journal, co-written with Dr. Courtney Crappell and Clinton Pratt), examining differences in editions of Chopin’s works, and teaching both extended performing techniques and Baroque ornamentation.  He is currently assistant professor of music at Martin Methodist College in Pulaski TN and Director of the MMC Academy. Previously, he taught at the Flint Institute of Music, and was Head Graduate Assistant with the Secondary Piano Department at the University of Cincinnati and served as the president of the student chapter of the Music Teachers National Association at CCM.

Brendan completed his doctoral studies at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music with Prof. Awadagin Pratt and Dr. Michelle Conda, with cognates in both pedagogy and multimedia music.  He completed his Masters of Music in Piano Performance at Bowling Green State University with Dr. Thomas Rosenkranz and visiting professor Robert Shannon, and completed his Bachelors of Music in Piano Performance with Prof. Megumi Masaki, with minors in cello with Dr. Leanne Zacharias and history.

Cindy Pride

Flute, Saxophone, Clarinet, Trumpet, Trombone

Cynthia started her career in the arts 23 years ago with a love of music and education. After earning her bachelor’s degree in music education she began her teaching career as a band director and general music teacher. She moved into a position with the Kids on Stage Foundation in 2011 and quickly found her love for arts integration. Ms. Pride has taught hundreds of lessons to students in the middle Tennessee area and has provided professional development in arts integration to schools, school systems and community partners.

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