Kathy Farmer - Flute
Kathy Farmer is the principal flutist of the Dekalb Symphony and piccoloist of the Georgia Philharmonic. She teaches flute at Georgia Perimeter College, Greater Atlanta Christian School and maintains an home flute studio. She conducts the Flute Choir of Atlanta and is conductor and founder of the Atlanta Flute Ensemble. In addition she is a member of Perimeter Flutes, Papageno Flute Quartet, and Vox Flutes. Mrs. Farmer is the Atlanta Flute Club the Flute Fair Coordinator. She is also the Convention Flute Orchestra Coordinator for the National Flute Association. She is a member of the National Flute Choir, which records and performs in Charlotte NC.
Ms. Farmer graduated from the University of South Florida with degrees in Flute Performance and Music Education. Her principal teacher was Martha Rearick. She has participated in annual masterclasses with London Symphony Orchestra flutists Geoffrey Gilbert and Peter Lloyd. Other masterclass teachers include Tadeu Coelho, Julius Baker, William Bennett.
Steven Keith - Flute
Steven Keith received the Bachelor of Music from Jacksonville State University and the Master of Music in Flute Performance from Georgia State University. His primary teachers include Mrs. Sarah Ambrose, Dr. Deanna Little, Mrs. Kelly Crotts, Dr. Jeyrll Davis and Mrs. Sherry Burt. He has performed in master classes for Ian Clarke, Eva Amsler, Holly Hoffman, Jill Felber and Alexa Still. Mr. Keith has taught both high school and college band camps, clinics and private lessons throughout the southeast United States. He has performed concertos and solos with the Jacksonville State University wind ensemble and orchestra as a college freshman and he has strong interest in the classical grand concerto genre. Mr Keith is an active performer and teacher and is a member of the neo- soul band Soundlight. He has premieres new compositions such as Tom McIntire (Poem, 2008) Amy Leventhal (A Feather in Her Cap, 2012) and Will May (Singing to the Clouds, 2013).
Dr. Alexandra Shatalov - Oboe
Alexandra Shatalov has recently appeared in performances with King Charles III on Broadway, the Woodstock Chamber Orchestra and the Bronx Arts Society. She has additionally performed with the National Jeugd Orkest of the Netherlands, the St. Petersburg Chamber Orchestra and the American Institute for Musical Studies in venues such as the Berlin Konzerthaus, Amsterdam Musiekgebouw, St. Petersburg Jaani Kirik Concert Hall, Graz Stefaniensaal and Schloss Eggenberg. Alexandra received her doctorate and masters from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, where she studied with Richard Killmer. She has been on faculty teaching oboe and arts administration at Nazareth College, the SUNY Potsdam Crane School of Music and the Eastman Community Music School, where she received the 2012 Jack L. Frank Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Her extra-musical interests include cooking, traveling and reading.
Alexandra currently resides in Atlanta, GA.
Brandyn Taylor - Saxophone
Brandyn Taylor is a part time instructor of saxophone at Georgia State University where he assists Dr. Jan Berry Baker. In addition to duties at GSU, he is the private lessons coordinator and assistant director of marching band at the Wesleyan School in Norcross, Georgia. Brandyn holds degrees in music performance from Columbus State University(B.M. Performance) and Georgia State University(M.M. Performance). His primary teachers were Dr. Amy Griffiths, Dr. Alexander Pershounin, Dr. Jan Berry Baker, and additional studies with Mace Hibbard. In the summers of 2009 and 2010, he studied at the Brevard Music Center with Joseph Lulloff and played under renowned conductor Keith Lockhart (Boston Pops). During the summer of 2013, Brandyn studied with legendary saxophonist Dr. Frederick Hemke at his inaugural saxophone institute in Maine. His jazz quartet was recently featured on the Jazz at The Loft series in Columbus titled "An Evening with Brandyn Taylor." He has performed in shows at the Brevard Music Center, the State Opera House of Georgia, and has performed with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Dekalb Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Saxophone Quartet, Bent Frequency, Oglethorpe University Chamber Winds, Chamber Cartel, and in February 2015 made his debut with the Atlanta Ballet in Prokofiev's "Romeo and Juliet." Since 2012, he has been an active recording artist in the Atlanta area, having been featured on singer songwriter Ellis Paul's most recent album, "Chasing Beauty." He made his Nashville recording debut in summer of 2014.
Warren Stokes - Bassoon
Warren Stokes teaches private bassoon lessons at South Forsyth High School as well as several other schools around metro Atlanta. Mr. Stokes served in the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band stationed at Langley Air Force Base as a bassoonist. Prior to that, he earned his Bachelors degree in Music Education as well as a Masters degree in Music Performance on bassoon from the University of Georgia where he studied with Dr. William Davis. Mr. Stokes has also studied with Dr. Bruce Hammel at Virginia Commonwealth University. In addition to private lessons, Mr. Stokes has held prior high school and middle school band directing positions in Georgia as well as Florida. Mr. Stokes is a member of the International Double Reed Society as well as Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.