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By: Webmaster|Date: Feb 23, 2016|Tags: Arts, School News


Dr. Donald Babcock to Present Masterclass to PCA Low Brass

We are incredibly blessed to welcome Dr. Donald Babcock from Eastern Michigan University lead a masterclass to the PCA Low Brass on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 from 3:15-4:30pm.

Dr. Donald Babcock maintains a busy schedule as a teacher, performer, and clinician. He currently plays principal trombone in the Ann Arbor Symphony and performs recitals locally and around the country. Dr. Babcock has been featured in silent film score as well as in classical and jazz recordings. He has performed with the Flint Symphony, Grand Rapids Symphony, Lansing Symphony, and Kalamazoo Symphony. Other performances include an appearance at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Convention in Chicago, IL, and regular radio broadcasts from Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. Dr. Babcock is an active member of the International Trombone Association, and participates in the Eastern Trombone Workshop.

Dr. Babcock has studied with Curtis Olson, Vern and Jan Kagarice, Thomas Ashworth, Nick Keelan, and Dudley Bright. Dr. Babcock holds a DMA from Michigan State University, and a Master of Music from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. He completed both a Bachelor of Music and a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. Dr. Donald Babcock is Professor of Music in the Department of Music & Dance at Eastern Michigan University where he teaches both trombone and jazz.


Professor Jackson to Present Masterclass to PCA Clarinetists

We are incredibly blessed to welcome Professor Sandra Jackson from Eastern Michigan University to lead a masterclass to the PCA Clarinetists on Thursday, February 25, 2016 from 3:15-4:30pm.

Sandra Jackson is Assistant Professor of Clarinet at Eastern Michigan University. She has previously been on the faculty of the University of Toledo and has served as Adjunct Clarinet faculty for the University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University, and Western Illinois University, as well as maintaining a private studio of clarinet students. During the summer she teaches at the Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Ms. Jackson has extensive orchestral and chamber music experience, is a highly regarded clinician for master classes and has recorded and broadcast numerous performances. She is the former Principal Clarinet of the Orquesta Sinfonica del Estado de Mexico (Symphony Orchestra of the State of Mexico) in Toluca, Mexico. She has also performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Grand Rapids Symphony, Toledo Symphony, Michigan Opera Theatre, Kalamazoo Symphony, Flint Symphony and the Ann Arbor Symphony. Ms. Jackson was a founding member of the Lakeview Chamber Ensemble (Chicago) and has performed with the Cut-Time Players Workshop, the Toledo Wind Quintet and the Camerata Woodwind Quintet. She was a prizewinner at the Kurpinski Clarinet Competition in Warsaw, Poland.

Ms. Jackson was recently a featured soloist at the Lexington (Michigan) Bach Festival and has been a featured performer at the International Festival “Week of the Clarinet” in Mexico City, Mexico. Her teachers include Harold Wright, Richard Waller, John Bruce Yeh, and George Townsend.

Mr. Hejka’s Mentor, Professor John Dorsey, to Present Percussion Masterclass to Students at PCA

We are incredibly blessed to welcome Professor John Frederick Dorsey from Eastern Michigan University to lead a masterclass to PCA Percussionists on Friday, February 26, 2016 from 3:15-4:30pm.

John Dorsey, Associate Professor of Music at Eastern Michigan University, maintains an active teaching and performing career. His teaching duties include applied percussion, Percussion Ensemble, African Ensemble, percussion methods class and instructing the Marching Band drumline. Mr. Dorsey is currently Principal Percussionist for the Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra, the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra and the Saginaw Bay Orchestra. In addition to these permanent positions, he substitutes frequently with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, with which he has also recorded and toured. When not performing in one of these situations, he performs for professional musical theater productions, national touring artists, percussion groups, jazz/dance bands and other freelance opportunities in the Southeast Michigan area. He performed and recorded as Timpanist and Percussionist with the Detroit Concert Band during its final years of existence under the direction of Dr. Leonard B. Smith, has performed as guest soloist with concert bands and he continues to conduct educational clinics and adjudicate at festivals and competitions throughout the region. Mr. Dorsey received his Master of Music degree in Percussion Performance from the University of Michigan where he studied with Charles Owen and his Bachelor of Music degree in Percussion Performance from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas where he studied with Richard Brown and Phil Kraus.

Submitted by Mr. Michael Hejka, PCA Band Instructor
All bio information and photos from the Eastern Michigan University website,

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