2017 – 2018 Guest Performers

Glenn Basham

NCBGlennBasham2015Glenn Basham has been a member of the artist faculty at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami since 1992 and the concertmaster of the Naples Philharmonic since 1994. He also serves as the first violinist in the Bergonzi String Quartet, which is the quartet-in-residence at the Frost School of Music.
Glenn Basham is a native of Washington D.C., has a B.M. degree from the North Carolina School of the Arts and an M.M. degree from Indiana University. Previously, he played with the Detroit Symphony under Antal Dorati and was a member of the Chester String Quartet.

He has served as Concertmaster at music festivals nationwide, including the Grand Teton Music Festival in Wyoming, the Colorado Music Festival, the Hot Springs Music Festival, and the Pine Mountain Music Festival. He has appeared as soloist with the Ft. Wayne Philharmonic, the Lansing Symphony, the Plymouth Symphony, the Oak Park Symphony, the North Carolina School of the Arts Festival Orchestra, the Blue Lake Festival Orchestra, the Manchester Symphony, the Marion Philharmonic, the Palm Beach Symphony, the Miami City Ballet, the Pine Mountain Music Festival Symphony orchestra and the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra. As a jazz musician, Glenn has performed with Ira Sullivan, Simon Salz, and John Blake, and is featured on the Miami Saxophone Quartet’s recording,
“Four More Giant Steps” and on Skitch Henderson’s “Swinging with Strings” on the Arbors jazz label. He has produced two jazz CDs, “Blue Moon” and “Blue Bossa,” from a live concert given back in 2005 with Guitarist Simon Salz. His most recent recording was for the Naxos Label, featuring music of Michael Daugherty, and receiving critical praise from Fanfare Magazine.

Jenny Bintliff – Vocalist

Jenny Bintliff began performing at age 12 when her family started a gospel singing group called “The Reynolds Family Singers.” The family mainly performed out west-close to where they lived, but they also went on short singing trips on the weekends, and a tour to various parts of the country once or twice a year. Jenny went to college majoring in flute/vocal at Oklahoma Baptist University but missed performing with the group so much that she returned home after one year. She married her husband, Gary (who also spent many years in the group), in 1980 and moved to Naples in 1988. She is very involved with the music at her church (Center Point Community Church), and helps lead worship. She is a vocalist for the Dixieland Jazz Band who also performs here at Cambier on Sundays. She joined the Naples Concert Band in 2004 and states she is honored to sing with the band.

Amy Bright – Vocalist

Musically speaking, Amy refers to herself as a “canary” in the Big Band Era sense: the age when a girl singer stood at the front of the bandstand and simply told a story through music. There are few things in life she enjoys more than engaging an audience in song – especially with a full band or orchestra. She is “for hire” to serve a unique need in the southwest Florida musical market: she is “on call” as a sub vocalist for many popular musical groups in the area.

Although trained as a classical vocalist from the age of 15, Amy has discovered joy in singing all types of music over the years including pop/top-40/dance, jazz standards, Broadway, and rock. Her background includes a wide array of studio session work, dramatic performances, spokes modeling, industrial film acting, and live appearances ranging from singing and dancing on the cruise ship circuit to National Anthem performances at sporting events, including Florida Everblades hockey games.

Amy is Lead Vocalist, Marketing Manager and an active board member with the Naples Big Band as well as an active praise and worship leader with the North Naples Church contemporary worship team. She has appeared as an invited guest soloist with the Sarasota Jazz and Concert Bands, Music Makers Show Band and Gulf Coast Big Band. Additionally, Amy is a regular guest performer with the Bonita Springs and Naples Concert Bands.

A seasoned public speaker, Amy continues to hone her speaking and leadership skills as an active member of the Toast of the Coast Toastmasters club where she serves as VP of Public Relations.

Amy and her husband, Patrick, enjoy being silly at home with their children, cooking, hanging out with friends, going to church, playing in the pool or gulf, reading, movies, and fun day trips whenever possible. Please visit Amy at CanaryForHire.com.

Mike Donovan

Mr. Donovan is an active composer living on Cape Cod MA. He retired in 2009 as the Director of Fine Arts in Saugus MA. He also spent 30 years of service in the USAF Band Program, retiring in 2002 as the Commander/Conductor of the 567th Air Force Band. Mr. Donovan studied at The Berklee College of Music (BA Music ed.), The Boston Conservatory (MM Composition), and post graduate studies at New England Conservatory. Mr. Donovan was the “Composer in Residence” with the Cape Cod Concert Band during the 2015-16 season. The appointment culminated with the commission of “Portraits of Cape Cod”. Portraits is a programmatic 8 movement suite. Each movements was inspired by original paintings of CC. The paintings and composition are reflections of Mr. Donovan’s lifelong connections with the Cape.

Lisa Federico

Lisa Federico from Cleveland, OH. is a music education and performance graduate from Ohio’s Heidelberg College. She also studied further at Ohio State University, Cleveland Institute of Music, and the Fine Arts School in Willoughby, Ohio. Her instruments of study include voice, piano, and trombone. Lisa is a music teacher for Collier County Public Schools since 1994. She also is an Instructor and Music Director with Kidz Act at The Sugden Community Theater. She was a member of the Naples Philharmonic Chorale and is currently a member of Naples Music Teachers Association, Florida Music Educator’s Association, the Naples Players, and has been a National Anthem soloist for the Miracles Baseball Games in Ft. Myers. Lisa has appeared in various roles with The Naples Players including; Bloody Mary in“SOUTH PACIFIC,” Mrs. Bedwin in “OLIVER,” Madame de la Grande Bouche in Disney’s “BEAUTY AND THE BEAST,” The Madame in “CABARET,” Betsy in“SECRET GARDEN.” Sophia in “DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS” Sara in “A CHRISTMAS CAROL” Chorus in “FIDDLER ON THE ROOF” and Chorus in “ANYTHING GOES” Other roles include; Jenny Lind in “BARNUM”, and Lily Garland in “ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY” She has two sons; Joseph age 17, a senior at Gulf Coast High School, and Frankie age 11, a 5th grade student at Laurel Oak Elementary.

Craig Greusel – Vocalist

Craig Greusel is finishing his 34th year as a music specialist, presently teaching for the Collier County Public School system. Additionally he serves as the Director of Music at Marco Lutheran Church. He has been singing as a soloist with the Naples Concert Band since 1989. Craig started singing with the Fred Waring organization in the 1970’s He attended the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts at Bucknell University. He holds performance and music education degrees from Juniata College and Penn State University, as well as a graduate degree from Nova Southeastern University.

Craig has performed multiple roles in our area’s community theatre productions, most recently portraying the role of Abraham Lincoln in “Honestly Abe.” This season he takes on yet another great American statesman, tackling the challenge to embody the character of Aaron Burr. Additionally, he continues to write new music and perform at a variety of venues around the Marco/Naples area.

Julie Meschko

Julie MeschkoJulie Julie received her BA in Music Education from the University of Northern Colorado, she also studied Computer Science and Accounting at the University of Denver. She plays Piccolo/Flute in the Naples Concert Band, Flute Cocktail flute choir, First Baptist Church Orchestra, and the Florida Worship Choir and Orchestra.  She has been a member of Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Opera Naples, Port Charlotte Symphony, Arvada Symphony, ALRY Flute Choir, National Flute Choir, National Flute Convention Professional Flute Choir.  Julie is also the Assistant Director for the Wildacres Flute Retreat, freelances with various groups in southwest Florida, and works full-time for the Collier County Public Schools.

Cindy Miller

Cindy MillerCindy Miller is from upstate New York, received her Master’s degree from the Eastman School of Music and is widely known as an exceptional eclectic performer.

As well as being a master of musical comedy, she is also recognized as having an extraordinary ability to interpret and present standard jazz material in an exciting and refreshing manner.

Her shows, “I’ve Got The Music In Me”, “You Ain’t Heard Nothin’ Yet!” and “Here’s To The Ladies”, is musical comedy at its best. Each show is filled with superb singing, a little stand up comedy, witty parodies and delightful characterizations of famous entertainers.

In the field of jazz, Cindy has performed, or recorded with, flutist Hubert Laws, guitarist Gene Bertoncini, Chuck Mangione, world famous vibraphonist Peter Appleyard, pianist Ted Rosenthal, bassist Jay Leonhart, numerous appearances with the Gap Mangione Big Band, Benny Goodman Tribute Band, Central New York Jazz Ensemble, and has appeared many times with Michael Lasser, host of PBS radio’s nationally syndicated show “Fascinatin’ Rhythm”.

Her professional engagements have ranged from private gatherings/communities, clubs, festivals, performing arts centers, corporate events, stadium/concert performances and a guest soloist with symphony orchestras.

Recordings include “Love You Madly”, a collection of jazz standards which is noted for its musicality and “I’ve Got The Music In Me”, which highlights her versatility as a presenter of music and comedy at its best.

Cindy’s signature song, “Land That We Love”, which she wrote, has been performed for General Tommy Franks, political commentators/authors Mary Maitlin and James Carville, Bill O’Reilly, the New York State Assembly, Institute for Homeland Security, Vice President Dick Cheney, the 2004 and 2006 International Marine Tattoo and many other patriotic and community events.

Cindy arranges her own material and comes ready with charts and/or tracks for all of her performances.

As a Singer/Comedian/Impressionist:

Bob Vincent, past Entertainment Director at Harrahs Casino and Theatre in Lake Tahoe and Reno. Author: “SHOW-BUSINESS” IS TWO WORDS
During the time my wife and I were at the New York State Fair, my most pleasurable moments were spent in listening to Cindy Miller sing and perform. I mention both facets of her extreme talents because I sincerely felt that we were being entertained by the most talented person we had seen or heard in all our many years in show business. … If it wasn’t for the fact she is so extremely talented, I would not have written to you, but because of my many years working and producing such talents as Judy Garland, Mitzie Gaynor, Red Skelton, Sammy Davis Jr., Jack Benny, George Burns, I just couldn’t keep myself from explaining my feelings in the hope that it would give Cindy an accurate picture of where she stands in the total field of showbiz.…

As a Jazz Performer:


Paul Smith – Pianist for Rosemary Clooney, Joni James, Mel Torme and pianist/conductor for Ella Fitzgerald.  P.4
“A while back I was given a copy of your “Love You Madly” CD. I was impressed with your musicianship and the lovely sound you make. … If I could find one thing that I would change it’s the fact that there isn’t really enough of you. … No one in the current crop of singers can touch you vocally…I wish you much success and look forward to your next CD with more YOU!
Regards, Paul

Jim Stone – Big Band Swing, WLNZ, Lansing, Michigan
“Just received your CD … exceptional…. Going to add it to the February play list. … extremely talented with own distinctive style and should be very successful. I would like to feature a complete segment on your career. We are going to start playing it on our radio show immediately!!!”

Wendy Renee

Wendy Renee was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN. She had her first solo performance at the age of 7 and has been on stage ever since. Throughout her professional career, Wendy Renee has fronted numerous bands and was a worship leader at a prominent church in Minneapolis. She is also a studio session singer, songwriter, actress and model. Wendy Renee has performed in many theatrical productions and had the privilege of performing at the world-renowned Guthrie Theater.

Wendy Renee can now be found performing at country clubs, corporate events, prominent restaurants and bars, festivals and churches throughout Southwest Florida. Whether singing as a solo or with her duo, trio or band, Wendy Renee continues to impress and delight audiences wherever she performs. She is a passionate, versatile & talented singer who can sing any genre of music. Full of energy, enthusiasm and charisma, Wendy Renee puts her heart and soul into every performance. She also stars in her one woman tribute show “AT LAST;” featuring music from the great ladies of soul: Diana Ross, Gladys Knight, Aretha Franklin and Etta James. On Sundays morning you will find Wendy Renee leading worship for the outdoor church, The Springs, at Riverside park, where she serves as the Worship Leader. Currently , Wendy is busy writing and recording her first original music project 🙂

Joshua Ross

 

Following a performance in Carnegie Hall’s legendary Stern Auditorium, he was described as “playing eloquently as if on glass harmonica” (Roberta on the Arts). Joshua Ross is quickly becoming a rising artist in the classical music world.

Joshua performs regularly as a soloist both domestically and abroad. In addition to performances in the United States, he has performed and studied at the 2008 Schlern Music Festival, in Vols am Schlern, Italy. He has played in master classes for renowned pianists David Northington, and Steinway Artists Angela Cheng, Natsuki Fukasawa and Richard Cionco among others.
Joshua has been featured on several concert series which include the Steinway Piano Society Past Winner’s Recital series and the 2013 American Bandmasters Association conference in Tampa, Florida as the featured pianist of the internationally acclaimed University of Georgia Wind Ensemble. He has performed as a guest artist in the Bayshore Capa A La Carte series where he was described as an “an extraordinary classical pianist and a Naples treasure” (Naples Daily News). Joshua has been a guest artist on the Intermezzo Concert Series in Jacksonville FL, a participant in the 2016 American Protege Gala in New York City and in 2017 Joshua made his debut with the Naples Concert Band performing Grieg’s Piano Concerto No. 1 to an audience of over 3000 people at Cambier Park Amphitheater.

Joshua Ross has won several competitions including being named an Honorable Mention winner of the 2013 American Protege International Competition of Romantic Music. Joshua made his Carnegie Hall debut in Weill Recital Hall in February 2014 as a competition winner. Upcoming engagements include recitals in Florida, South Carolina, and an 2018 concert tour as an guest artist with The Drozdoff Society.
Joshua holds a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from the University of Georgia where he studied with Dr. Martha Thomas and a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from The Florida State University, where he studied with Dr. Heidi Louise Williams.

Mark Sanders

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MARK SANDERS: Originally from Marion, IL, Mark spent 15 years in NYC and now calls Fort Myers home. He has appeared in numerous productions and concerts around the world and is a favorite with the Gulf Coast Symphony, performing at the Barbara B. Mann in Fort Myers. Mark was seen as Perchik on the Broadway National Tour of “Fiddler on the Roof” starring Theodore Bikel and created the role of Rev. Dimmesdale in “The Scarlet Letter” at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He recently portrayed Colonel Ricci in the critically acclaimed production of Sondheim’s “Passion” at Zoetic Stage in Miami. His portrayal of Michael in the smash hit “Murder Ballad” at Actors’ Playhouse in Coral Gables helped earn a 2015 Carbonell Award for Best Ensemble of a Musical. Regionally, he has performed at such prestigious theatres as Lincoln Center, Goodspeed Opera House, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, and Sacramento Music Circus. Mark has sung the National Anthem for former President George H.W. Bush, Vice-President Joe Biden, the Minnesota Twins, and the Fort Myers Miracle. Other stage credits include: “Ragtime”, “The Secret Garden”, “Music Man” with Jeff Goldblum, “Jesus Christ Superstar”, “BUDDY: The Buddy Holly Story”, “Blood Brothers” with Andrea McArdle, Yeston/Kopit’s “Phantom”, “Miss Saigon”, and “Jekyll & Hyde”. His voice can be heard on recordings of “The Scarlet Letter”, “Great Expectations”, and “The John Street Seven”. Mark’s debut solo album, “This Moment”, can be found on iTunes and CDBaby.com. For more information, visit www.MarkSandersNYC.com.

Carolann Sanita

A NYC native now living in Naples, Fl, Carolann has toured as Marian in the first national tour of The Music Man and internationally as Maria in the European and Asian tours of West Side Story. Some favorite credits include singing back-up to Linda Eder at the Palace Theatre on Broadway, Encore’s No, No Nanette at New York City Center, Les Miserables at Flat Rock Playhouse, Mack and Mabel and The Boy From Oz at TheatreZone, Beauty and the Beast at Artpark, A Little Night Music at South Coast Repertory, Thoroughly Modern Millie at The Cape Playhouse, and Urinetown at the Geva Theatre. Last summer she had the chance to reprise the role of Maria in West Side Story at Sacramento Music Circus and most recently got to find her inner diva playing Lady of the Lake in Spamalot at Arkansas Repertory Theatre. Carolann has been a soloist with the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Jack Everly, as well as the Gulfcoast Symphony Orchestra and the SWFL Symphony Orchestra.

Ross Shaver

Lives in New Hamburg ON, Canada (an hour west of Toronto). Winters in Seven Lakes Golf & Tennis Community, Fort Myers FL.
Taught High School instrumental music in Winnipeg MB for 34 years. Ross and his wife, Connie, have 2 children and 3 grandchildren.

Ross currently is the director of the Seven Lakes Chorus. He also plays in Brass Music Elements here in Florida, as well as the Stratford Concert Band in Canada. In New Hamburg, he recently helped form a fun pop/rock group, the Stoners, in which he plays keyboard and sings.

 

Franklin Summers

Franklin Summers

Dr. Franklin Summers retired as director of the Voice and Opera Program at the University of Miami Frost School of Music, where he had joined the faculty in 1976.  During his tenure he served for nine years as Chairman of the Department of Vocal Performance.  A native of Norfolk, Virginia, he received a bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary, Master of Music Degree from Indiana University and a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the University of Michigan.  He taught voice and directed opera programs at Eastern Michigan University, Southeastern Louisiana University and the National Music Camp at Interlochen, Michigan.  Before Dr. Summers began his academic career, he was active as a professional singer in the United States with such companies as The Metropolitan Opera Studio, Turnau Opera, Sarasota Opera, Florida Grand Opera and the Opera Orchestra of New York.  In Europe he was principal bass at the Stadttheater in Bern, Switzerland, performed with Austrian National Television in Vienna and recorded for Telefunken-Decca.  His extensive operatic background includes hundreds of performances of more than 35 bass roles.  Dr. Summer’s book, Operas in One Act:  A Production Guide, is widely used by college and university opera programs as well as by professional companies.  As a percussionist, he performed professionally for several seasons with the Norfolk, VA Symphony Orchestra.

Gerritt VanderMeer

Gerritt VanderMeer is delighted to be making his first appearance with the Naples Concert Band.  Recent concerts with Naples Philharmonic: Patriotic Pops, The Music of Marvin Hamlisch, Country Legends, The Conductor’s Spellbook.  Locally: more than ten productions with TheatreZone (Naples, Fl.) since 2012.  roles include: The Man in Whistle Down the Wind, J.J. Hunsecker in Sweet Smell of Success, and President Wintergreen in Of Thee I Sing.  National Tour: Harold Hill in The Music Man.  Regional Theatre: Florida Repertory Theatre, Trinity Repertory Company, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, The Old Globe, Pioneer Theatre Company, Shakespeare Theatre Company (D.C.), Texas Shakespeare Festival, Geva Theatre, The Geffen Playhouse.  Film and Television: The Good Wife, Law and Order, Ugly Betty, Rescue Me, All My Children, As the World Turns. Mr. VanderMeer currently serves as Associate Professor and Theatre Program Leader at Florida Gulf Coast University.  He is married to actress, vocalist, voice teacher and mother extraordinaire Carolann Sanita.

Paul Votapek

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Paul Votapek has been a member of the Naples (FL) Philharmonic since 1988 and was chosen by Music Director Christopher Seaman to be its Principal Clarinetist in 1996. He has appeared as soloist with the Naples Philharmonic on five occasions. At the request of Music Director Keith Lockhart, he spent the 1998-1999 season as Acting Principal Clarinetist of the Utah Symphony. As a chamber musician he has performed at the Pine Mountain, Kairos and Marrowstone Music Festivals. Paul has released a CD of the Concert and Contest Collection for Clarinet with his father, Ralph Votapek. In 2012, he performed at the International Clarinet Association convention in Lincoln, Nebraska. He has been an adjunct faculty member of Florida Gulf Coast University since 2007.

Paul received his bachelor and master’s degrees from Northwestern University where he studied with Clark Brody and Robert Marcellus. He has completed doctoral classes and recitals at Florida State University where he studied with Frank Kowalsky.

Harry Watters

Jazz Trombonist Harry Watters travels nationally and internationally as a Jupiter Artist. His numerous Summit Records releases include the popular Love Songs and the three critically acclaimed Brothers discs with trumpeter Ken Watters.

After graduation from the University of North Texas, Harry spent four years touring and recording with the renowned Dukes of Dixieland. While working at night on Bourbon Street, a sleep-deprived Watters attended the University of New Orleans by day, serving as the graduate assistant to Professor Ellis Marsalis.

Watters has performed with Doc Serverinsen, Al Hirt, Pete Fountain, Erich Kunzel, Kevin Mahogany, Wycliffe Gordon, Lou Rawls, Maureen McGovern, Bill Watrous, Carl Fontana, Jiggs Whiggam, James Moody, Peter Erskine, Conrad Herwig, John Fedchock and the Boston Brass. In addition, Harry has appeared as a featured soloist with the Syracuse Symphony, the Baton Rouge Symphony, the Louisiana Philharmonic, the Tulsa Pops, the West Virginia Symphony, the University of North Texas One O’Clock Lab Band, the Janacek Philharmonic, the Moldovan Festival Orchestra and the U.S. Army Orchestra.

Harry is constantly in demand as a Jupiter Artist and Clinician. He has presented his “Power Practicing” seminar at the American Band College, the Jazz Education Network National Conference, the Association of Concert Bands’ National Convention, the University of North Texas, New Mexico State University, the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Tennessee, East Carolina State University, Texas Christian University, Baker University, the University of Central Florida, Virginia Commonwealth University, the University of New Orleans, Louisiana State University, the University of Montana, Utah State University, Kent State University and in high schools throughout the United States.

Harry is married to violist and keyboardist Holly Watters of the U.S. Army Strings. They reside in Alexandria, Virginia with their three children Harry V, Katherine the 1st & Lady Caroline.