Biographies

Kim Dunnick – trumpet

Professor of Music Kim Dunnick has been at Ithaca College since the Fall of 1981. In addition to private trumpet instruction, he coaches brass chamber music and is Chair of the Performance Studies Department. He is a recipient of a Dana Fellowship, awarded for excellence in teaching. Prior to Ithaca, Dr. Dunnick taught for five years at Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville, Tennessee, and during his doctoral work at Indiana University, he was an Associate Instructor in Trumpet.

Dunnick received a Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University in Bloomington, a Master of Music degree from Catholic University in Washington, D.C., and the Doctor of Music degree (with distinction) from Indiana University. His trumpet teachers include Louis Davidson, Herbert Mueller, David Flowers and Charles Gorham. From 1970 to 1973 Dunnick was a member of The United States Army Band in Washington, D.C., where he performed with the Ceremonial Band, the Herald Trumpets and The Army Blues jazz band. In addition to frequent performances at the White House, his work with the Herald Trumpets took him to such diverse locations as Anchorage, Alaska, Honolulu, Hawaii, and Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Dunnick has been a member of the Knoxville Symphony, the Elmira Symphony, the Brasswind quintet and, for ten years, was solo trumpet of the Victoria Bach Festival in Texas. He has performed with the Syracuse and Binghamton Symphonies, the BC Pops, the Evansville Little Symphony and numerous other groups in the Central New York area. He is currently principal trumpet with the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra and a member of the resident IC brass quintet, the Ithaca Brass. In the summers, he performs with the Skaneateles Festival Orchestra.

Active as a clinician and adjudicator, he has given trumpet master classes both in the USA and abroad, including classes at the Royal Northern Academy of Music in Manchester, England, the Gnessins Academy in Moscow, Russia and at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. He has been on the panel of judges for international competitions in Moscow and Saratov, Russia and in Kiev, Ukraine. He has judged the finals of the National Trumpet Competition in Washington, D.C., the International Trumpet Guild annual competition, and the taped initial round of the Ellsworth Smith International Trumpet Solo Competition.

The International Trumpet Guild (ITG) is an organization of over six thousand members representing more than sixty countries around the world. A founding member of the ITG, Dr. Dunnick has served for many years on the Board of Directors, the Executive Committee, and from 1997-1999, as President. He has written several articles for the ITG Journal, and served as Book Review Editor for 20 years. More recently, he was co-editor of the autobiography of famous Russian virtuoso Timofei Dokshizer, and he produced the celebratory pamphlet Twenty Five Years of the ITG, highlighting important figures and events of this organization’s twenty five years of service to the trumpet community. For more information on the ITG, see the "Favorite Links" section of this site. At the ITG conference in Denver in June of 2004, Dunnick was honored by the ITG when he was awarded that organization's Award of Merit. In presenting the award, ITG President Stephen Chenette cited Dunnick's "outstanding teaching and performance throughout the world" as well as his service to ITG.

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Steven Mauk – saxophone

Steven Mauk serves as Professor of Saxophone in the School of Music at Ithaca College. He studied saxophone with Anthony D'Andrea during his bachelor degree at the University of Tennessee, and with Larry Teal and Donald Sinta at the University of Michigan for his master and doctorate degrees. He has presented numerous solo, chamber music, and concerto performances in such locales as Russia, England, Holland, Ireland, Scotland, Japan, Canada, Luxemburg, Italy, Slovenia, and Croatia. Included in these have been three performances at Weil Hall (formerly Carnegie Recital Hall in NYC), a concerto presentation at Alice Tully Hall (NYC), and four concerto performances with the United States Navy in Washington, DC. In recent years he presented master classes, recital, and concerto performances in several cities in Russia.

One of the foremost authorities on the soprano saxophone, Mauk is often invited to present lectures, recitals, and articles dealing with this member of the saxophone family. He is the soprano saxophonist and a founding member of the Empire Saxophone Quartet and the duo Remeleixo. Twenty-two works have been dedicated to him by such composers as Dana Wilson, Gregory Woodward, Meyer Kupferman, Lawrence Weiner, Peter Rothbart, and David Deason.

Mauk has recorded 17 albums, written over 90 articles, and authored four books. The latter include Saxophone Warm- Ups (Dorn Publications), A Practical Approach To Playing The Saxophone (Lyceum Music), as well as Medici Masterworks for Alto Saxophone, Vol. II and Medici Masterworks for Tenor Saxophone, Vol. II (Medici Music Press). He is an artist/clinician for The Selmer Company and presents numerous sessions dealing with saxophone performance and pedagogy. These presentations have been sponsored by such institutions as Indiana University, University of Illinois, Michigan State University, Bowling Green State University, North Texas University, and Oberlin College, as well as at numerous public schools.

As an active member of the North American Saxophone Alliance, Mauk has held the offices of President and Director of Scholarly Publications. He has received a Dana Teaching Fellowship and a Dana Research Fellowship at Ithaca College for his excellence in teaching and research, as well as an Ithaca College President's Recognition Award. Mauk was the recipient of the 1995-98 National Artist Award from the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and received Ithaca College's Excellence in Teaching Award for 2001-2002.

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Diane Birr - piano

Diane Birr is an Associate Professor of piano, who teaches both privately and in the class piano program. Dr. Birr received her doctorate from the Eastman School of Music, her's master's degree from Indiana University, and her bachelor degree from the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point. Her piano studies have been with Jean Barr, Marion Hall, Brooks Smith, and Gwendolyn Koldofsky.

Prior to coming to Ithaca College, Birr was formerly on the faculty of the University of Northern Iowa. She has numerous collaborative performances with major concert artists, including Doriot Anthony Dwyer, François Rabbath, Christian Lindberg, Meir Rimon, Joseph Alessi, M. Dee Stewart, and flute duo ZAWA!

Birr has served on the faculty of several international workshops; and was an official accompanist at the International Trombone Festival, the Music Teachers National Association national competitions, the International Brass Congress, and the International Horn Society Workshop. Sh has recordings for Liscio, Crystal Records, and Houston Publishing. Dr. Birr served as president of the New York State Music Teachers Association from 2004–6.