Oboe, Harmony, Aural Techniques
DMA, 2011 - University of North Texas; M.M., 2002 - University of North Texas; B.S., 2000 and 1997 - University of Idaho
In 2017 Dr. Michael Adduci joined the faculty at the Tennessee Technological University's School of Music, where he teaches oboe, music theory and aural techniques. As part of his work at TTU, he also is the principal oboist of the Bryan Symphony Orchestra and is a member of the Cumberland Quintet.
Prior to starting at TTU, for twelve years Dr. Adduci was a lecturer at San José State University in San José, California. He taught oboe and a wide range of courses at SJSU, primarily in music theory and ear training, as well as music history and music technology. He has also taught at Santa Clara University, Chabot College, and Southeastern Oklahoma State University.
Michael holds Bachelor’s degrees in biology and music from the University of Idaho as a student of Dr. Carol Padgham Albrecht, and Master’s and DMA degrees in oboe performance from the University of North Texas, where he studied with Dr. Charles Veazey. His doctoral research focused on characterizing the relationship between air pressure and loudness during oboe performance.
While in California, Michael was a member of the Stanford Woodwind Quintet and the Santa Cruz Symphony, and he also performed regularly with orchestras around the San Francisco Bay Area: Symphony Silicon Valley, Opera San José, the San José Chamber Orchestra, the Monterey Symphony, and many others. Before moving to California, Michael was a freelance musician in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area while in graduate school. He performed with many orchestras in that region, including one season as acting principal oboe of the Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra.
In addition to his university and orchestral work, Michael keeps busy as a recitalist, music coach, clinician, instrument repair technician, reed maker and private lesson teacher. He works to make oboe playing easier and more accessible to students of all ages.
As a teacher both of university students as well as younger private students, Dr. Adduci brings his background in the sciences to the study and teaching of the oboe. His teaching style focuses on drawing out each student’s individual and unique ‘voice’ on their instrument, and on the application of observational skills and correct knowledge of physiology to help make informed choices about how to play the oboe.
Michael’s students receive thorough grounding in many areas of additional study that help inform and enable masterful performance and teaching: pedagogy, the application of music theory to performance, oboe maintenance and repair, and detailed and precise study of reed making. The goal of the oboist should be to have the oboe do exactly what you intend in exactly the way you intend, with greatest efficiency of effort on the part of the musician. To accomplish this, Michael teaches his students to carefully observe and understand how and why they are producing their current sound, and to take targeted steps to grow toward a characteristic tone, polished musicianship and the ability to function independently as a successful professional.
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For recordings, videos, and more information about Dr. Adduci or the TTU Oboe Studio, please visit https://www.michaeladduci.com. You can also follow the oboe studio on Facebook @TNTechOboe!
D.M.A. The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, M.M. The University of Michigan, B.M. The Oberlin Conservatory of Music
Dr. Mark J. Cramer joined the faculty at Tennessee Technological University as Assistant Professor of Clarinet in 2018 where he teaches studio clarinet, clarinet choir, is a member of the Cumberland Quintet, and performs as principal clarinetist of the Bryan Symphony Orchestra. His previous appointments include The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro College, Radford University, and Randolph College.
Dr. Cramer has performed numerous concertos and chamber music performances in addition to his tenure with the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra. He toured with four-time, Grammy Award winning "eighth blackbird” and has frequently performed with orchestras located throughout the southeastern United States, including the Winston-Salem, Western Piedmont, Fayetteville, and Roanoke Symphonies, as well as orchestras in Michigan, and Ohio.
In addition to teaching and performing, Dr. Cramer has a passion for acoustics, fitness, and music therapy. His dissertation research focused on defining the acoustic properties of hardwoods in custom designs of his own line of custom clarinet barrels. His interest in fitness and physical activity takes his students to the highest level of musical performance with numerous benefits in the management of physiological and psychological changes people experience when performing under pressure. His beliefs about the healing power of music enabled a strong collaboration with the Arts and Health program at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, where he performed weekly outreach concerts and classes.
A Michigan native, Mark holds degrees from The Oberlin Conservatory of Music (BM), The University of Michigan (MM), and The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (DMA). His principal teachers include Suzy Bratton, Richard Hawkins, Daniel Gilbert, Anthony Taylor, and Kelly Burke.
Mark is a Backun Musical Services performing artist and plays exclusively on Backun MoBa clarinets and mouthpieces crafted by Richard Hawkins.
For videos, recordings, and more information about Dr. Cramer, as well as information about studying clarinet at Tennessee Tech, please visit https://www.markjcramer.com.
Bryan Fine Arts Building (BFA) 213
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D.M.A. The Hartt School; M.M. The Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University; B.M. Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music
Flutist Mary Matthews' playing is described as lovely and elegant but also aggressively declamatory, with a gorgeous dark tone (Flutist Quarterly). She enjoys an active career as an international soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral flutist and has performed on four continents in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Severance Hall, the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Fundação Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina, Festival Goethe Institut Música Nueva, and Cité Internationale des Arts. She has performed as a soloist and chamber musician at the Newport Music Festival and is a member of the Maryland Wind Festival. Dr. Matthews joined the faculty at Tennessee Technological University in 2018. As part of her work at TTU, she is principal flutist of the Bryan Symphony Orchestra and is a member of the Cumberland Quintet.
A sought-after performer of new music, Mary has premiered over 30 new works by prominent American composers. She is known for her command of extended techniques and her adventurous programming. In February of 2018, she released the album "Three-Nine Line" on the MSR Classics label in collaboration with flutist-composer Nicole Chamberlain and flutist Matthew Angelo. The album features Nicole Chamberlain's solo, duo, and trio works for flute. Additionally, she is half of Duo Rossignol with soprano Hillary LaBonte, and the two have been featured at New Music Gathering, the Dairy Arts Center's Soundscape series, and the National Flute Association convention. She also performs as a member of the Khemia Ensemble, a 12-member ensemble dedicated to the programming of diverse and innovative repertoire.
Dr. Matthews has presented masterclasses, recitals, and lectures at Colorado State University, the Metropolitan State University of Denver, The University of Wyoming, Bowling Green State University, Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music, El Instituto Eduardo Laredo, and the Peabody Institute, among others. Prior to relocating to Tennessee, she was on faculty at The Hartt School Community Division in West Hartford, CT for four years where she served as head of the Adult Chamber Music Program and launched the Suzuki flute program. Additionally, Dr. Matthews was an adjunct faculty member at The University of Hartford's The Hartt School, a flute faculty member at the International School of Music in Bethesda, MD, a woodwinds faculty member at the Parlando School for Musical Arts in Boulder, CO, and a teaching artist with the el sistema programs, El Sistema Colorado and the Hartford Symphony’s CityMusic.
Dr. Matthews holds a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from The Hartt School, a Master of Music Degree from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, and a Bachelor of Music Degree from the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music. Visit www.MaryMatthewsFlute.com for more information about Dr. Matthews’ research and teaching philosophy.