Guest Artists & Young Artist Winners

Kathryn Vetter,
Young Artist Winner

Kathryn Vetter will complete master’s degrees in clarinet performance and music theory at the University of Oklahoma in May 2018 and currently serves as a music theory graduate teaching assistant. As the clarinet teaching assistant from 2015-2017, she was awarded the Provost’s Certificate of Distinction in Teaching. Kathryn has most recently performed with the Painted Sky Opera in Oklahoma City and in the OU Musical Theater’s production of City of Angels.In March 2017, Kathryn presented a lecture recital on Kaija Saariaho’s Duft for solo clarinet at the Music by Women Festival in Columbus, Mississippi and presented further research on Saariaho’s clarinet works at the Norton Lecture Series in Norman, Oklahoma in March 2018. Kathryn was a member of the Ohio Light Opera (2016), principal clarinetist of the OU Symphony Orchestra (2016-2017), and a substitute clarinetist for the Norman Philharmonic. As a member of Nouilles Clarinet Quartet, she was named Oklahoma MTNA Alternate Winner in 2016. She has performed at Carnegie Hall (2014), The International Midwest Clinic (2013, 2008), and the North American Saxophone Alliance conferences (2016, 2017). Kathryn enjoys premiering new works and currently participates in the OU New Century Ensemble and inner sOUndscapes recitals. This summer, she will be performing at the Cortona Sessions for New Music in Cortona, Italy.

Beyond performing and teaching private lessons, Kathryn co-founded the early childhood music program at Imagine Music and Arts in Norman, Oklahoma. After three years of teaching experience in East Lansing and Flint, Michigan, Kathryn started this program for the Norman community in 2016. Kathryn also enjoys working behind the scenes and was a production assistant for the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival in 2017. A native of New Jersey, Kathryn completed her bachelor's in music education at Michigan State University. Her primary teachers include Dr. Suzanne Tirk, Dr. Guy Yehuda, Ted Oien, Dr. Caroline Hartig, and Sarah Bednarcik on classical clarinet and Derrick Newbold on jazz clarinet and saxophone.


Dorien Tate,
Young Artist Winner

Dorien Jerrell Tate is a senior bass trombone performance major at Oklahoma State University where he studies with Paul Compton.  He is originally from Garland, TX.  Dorien won the 2017 United States Army Band National Collegiate Solo Competition and performed as soloist with the United States Army Concert Band at the United States Capitol Building.  Dorien was the first bass trombonist to ever win this prestigious competition.  He also won the Oklahoma State University Concerto Competition, Eastern Music Festival Concerto Competition and the Fresno Opera and Orchestra Summer Academy Concerto Competition.  Dorien won First Prize in the 2017 Texas State Trombone Symposium Bass Trombone Solo Competition, 2016 Big 12/Bach Bass Trombone Solo Competition, 2016 Ladies Music Club of Oklahoma City Brass Solo Competition and the 2016 Chamber Music Tulsa Heckman Instrumental Solo Competition.  Dorien was recently named a finalist in both the American Trombone Workshop National Bass Trombone Solo Competition and the International Trombone Association Yaxley Bass Trombone Solo Competition. Next fall Dorien plans to enter the graduate performance program at either the New England Conservatory or Rice University. 

Jeff Kidwell,
Guest Artist

Jeff Kidwell is an instructor with the University of Central Oklahoma’s School of Music in Edmond. His duties include Trombone Instructor, Trombone Ensemble Director, Instrumental Music Education Coordinator, Director of Jazz Ensembles, Assistant Director of Jazz Studies, and Assistant Director of Jazz Lab Operations.
Mr. Kidwell is a highly sought after musician/clinician who has performed with the Count Basie Orchestra, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Aretha Franklin, Pete Fountain, The Supremes, Branford Marsalis, Randy Brecker, Clark Terry, Phil Woods, Toby Keith, Wayne Newton, Vince Gill, Amy Grant and many others. He also performs for “Lyric Theater”, “The Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra” and “The Civilized Tribe Dixieland Band”. Jeff has also been a musician for Norwegian Cruise Lines and played for National tours of Broadway musicals such as “Wicked”, “Peter Pan”, “Spam-A-Lot”, “The Will Rogers Follies”, “The Rat Pack”, “Shrek”, ”The Adams Family”, “The Book of Mormon” and Oprah Winfrey’s “The Color Purple”. Mr. Kidwell is a top call studio musician and functions as trombonist and arranger for one of the Southwest’s top party and show bands, “Souled Out”.





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