Dr. Mary Lindsey Bailey
Dr. Mary Lindsey Bailey is the Assistant Professor of Oboe at the University of Alabama. She held the position of Principal Oboe of the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra in Shenzhen, China, served as Principal Oboe of the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra, and has performed with many other orchestras in the United States. She currently holds the position of Principal Oboe with the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra.
Internationally, Dr. Bailey has performed in London, Paris, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, and Turin. She has performed on multiple occasions as a featured performer at the Festival Internacional de Sopros in Rio de Janeiro. In 2015, she served as Second Oboe in the 24/04 World Orchestra in Yerevan, Armenia in commemoration of the centenary of the Armenian Genocide. Dr. Bailey is a frequent performer at conferences of the International Double Reed Society and has presented sessions on starting students on oboe at conferences of the Colorado Music Educators Association.
Dr. Bailey holds a Bachelor of Music in education and a performance certificate from the University of South Carolina, and both a Masters of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts in oboe from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. In addition to her degree studies, she spent a semester abroad at King’s College London. Formerly, she served as Assistant Professor of Oboe at Morehead State University and as Instructor of Oboe at Colorado Mesa University. Her principal teachers are Mark Ostoich, Rebecca Schalk Nagel, and Tess Miller.
Dr. Lori Ardovino
Lori Ardovino has been a guest recitalist at a number of colleges and universities and international and national festivals including the International Clarinetfest, The International Alliance for Women in Music Congress, NACWPI, NACUSA, Southeastern Composers League, the North American Saxophone Alliance Conference, the College Music Society and the Alabama Music Educators. Dr. Ardovino received the 2013-14 Alabama State Council for the Arts Artist Fellowship was chosen the University of Montevallo University Scholar for 2013. She has received the Creative and Scholarly Projects Grant from the University of Montevallo in 2013, 2014, and 2017 and was the 2012 recipient of the Escape to Create artist residency in Seaside, FL. She is an active composer and has had her works performed across the United States, Japan, Italy and Canada. Her CD’s include, From A Crack In The Wall-clarinet music by Alabama Composers, Between Walls-saxophone music by Alabama Composers, The LeBaron Trio-works for clarinet, piano and voice, and Saxophone Music by Living Women Composers. She is a graduate of Minnesota State University-Moorhead (BM, BA), Michigan State University (MM) and the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music (DMA).
She is an Artist/Clinician with Conn-Selmer Company, D’Addario Woodwinds and is a Fulbright Specialist. Currently, she is Professor Music at the University of Montevallo where she teaches clarinet, saxophone, woodwind methods, and ensembles. She performs with the LeBaron Trio, the Meàllo Trio, the Vinna Trio and the Cahaba Saxophone Quartet.
Dr. Michael Covington joined the Auburn University Department of music in the Fall of 2018. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Auburn University, a Master of Music in Trumpet Performance from the University of Texas at El Paso, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Alabama. Michael is an active musician, having performed in orchestras across the Southeastern United States, including the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, the Starkville Symphony Orchestra, and the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra. In addition to teaching at Auburn University, Michael performs with the Auburn University Faculty Brass Quintet, and serves as Adjunct Trumpet Instructor at Alabama State University. His primary teachers have included Dr. Mark DeGoti, Mrs. Nancy Taylor, and Dr. Eric Yates. Michael currently resides in Auburn with his wife Elizabeth and daughter Sadie.
Dr. Josh Williams has rapidly established himself as a rising star in the current generation of horn artists. As a previous First-Prize winner of the Professional Division of the International Horn Competition of America, he has been recognized as one of the outstanding soloists of his generation. As a soloist, Dr. Williams has performed with a number of notable performing ensembles, including the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and The United States Army Field Band. He has also been a featured artist at the Southeast Horn Workshop, the MidSouth Horn Workshop and the International Horn Symposium. As an orchestral musician, Dr. Williams has performed with numerous orchestras throughout the United States, including the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Williams is a native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama and an Alabama All-State alum.
Queensbury, NY native Dr. Jonathan Houghtling received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Trombone Performance from The University of Alabama, where he studied with Dr. Jonathan Whitaker. Jonathan H served as the sabbatical replacement for Dr. Whitaker for the 2017 fall semester. Prior to his studies at UA, Jonathan was an active performer and educator in Chicago. He has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Alabama Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, Charlotte Symphony, New World Symphony, Omaha Symphony, Elgin Symphony, among others. Jonathan served as Principal Trombone of the Dubuque Symphony for the 2015-2016 season. He also held the chair of Principal Trombone with The Northbrook Symphony from 2011-2016. As an avid chamber musician, Jonathan has performed with the award-winning contemporary ensemble, Dal Niente, as well as the award-winning brass quintet, Axiom Brass. He is also a founding member of the brass ensemble, New Chicago Brass.
Jonathan has won the International Trombone Association’s Alto Trombone and Larry Wiehe solo competitions. He was a finalist for the International Trombone Association’s Van Haney orchestral excerpt competition. He has participated in the National Repertory Orchestra, as well as the Alessi Seminar, where he was a fellow. Jonathan completed a Master of Music degree and Post-Master’s Certificate in Performance at DePaul University, where he studied with Mark Fisher and Charlie Vernon, as well as a Bachelor of Music degree at Indiana University, where he studied with Peter Ellefson and Dee Stewart.
Jonathan currently serves on the faculty at The University of Montevallo, Talladega College, Alabama School of Fine Arts, as well as various high schools and middle schools. He holds the chair of Second Trombone with the Huntsville Symphony, and can also be found frequently performing with various orchestras throughout Alabama and Mississippi.
Matthew has performed with the International Contemporary Ensemble, Chicago Brass Band, the BackBurner! Tuba Ensemble (the only professional tuba ensemble in the U.S.), the Georgia Brass Band, and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, as well as performing as a featured soloist with the Brass Band of Huntsville, Mt. Prospect Wind Ensemble, the Kealing Middle School Band, the University of Alabama Brass Ensemble, the Wheaton Municipal Band, and Northwestern University’s Symphonic Wind Ensemble. As a member of the International Tuba and Euphonium Association, Matthew performed recitals as an invited guest artist at the Midwest Regional Tuba and Euphonium Conference, the Southeast Regional Tuba and Euphonium Conference, and the International Tuba and Euphonium Conference.
An advocate for new music, Matthew has performed the premieres of solo works for euphonium by Steve Snowden, Jose Flores, Derek Holden, Matthew Jackfert, Frank Guilino, and Paul McGhee. As a member of euphonium quartet !ncite, Matthew has commissioned works for this growing genre of euphonium chamber music from composers Dan Kramer, Ian McCollum, and Doug Bristol. Matthew also serves as the group's primary arranger, focusing on transcriptions of Romantic art songs and contemporary string quartets.
Matthew is also cofounder of the Diversity Initiative Call for Scores, an organization that promotes the works of composers of underrepresented communities. The organization's first call for scores received over 85 new works of brass chamber music from 27 countries.
Matthew received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama and his Master’s degree from Northwestern University. His primary teachers include Rex Martin, Demondrae Thurman, Jeremy Crawford, Martin Cochran, and Charles Villarrubia.