Guest Artists

Robert Bonfiglio

Called “the Paganini of the Harmonica” by the Los Angeles Times, Robert Bonfiglio dazzles audiences worldwide with his constant reinvention of the harmonica, from classical concertos to sizzling blues. BONFIGLIO has performed harmonica concerti as the soloist with over 200 major orchestras including the Minnesota Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Buenos Aires Philharmonic of Teatro Colón, the Luxembourg Philharmonic, the Leipzig MDR-Radio Symphony, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, the Madrid RTVE Orchestra, Edmonton Symphony, Rotterdam Philharmonic, the Mexico City Philharmonic, as well as the Pittsburgh Symphony, the National Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Louisville Orchestra, Boston Pops, New York Pops and the Los Angeles Philharmonic in the major halls of the world – Carnegie Hall, the Gewandhaus, Teatro Colón, Teatro Massimo, Teatro Amazonas, Kennedy Center, Boston Symphony Hall, Lincoln Center and the Hollywood Bowl. His first RCA recording, with Gerard Schwarz and the New York Chamber Orchestra, featuring the Villa-Lobos Harmonica Concerto, was released to critical acclaim; he has performed this Concerto over 400 times with major orchestras worldwide. Bonfiglio has recorded on the RCA, Arista, CBS, Sina Qua Non, High Harmony, and QVC Labels. He performed on the Grammy winning recording, “Ragitme.” In the POP field he has performed and recorded with Bernadette Peters, Chaka Kahn, Mandy Patinkin, Marvin Hamlisch, John Sebastian, Phoebe Snow and Roberto Carlos.

Martin Dalton

Martin Dalton received his Bachelor’s degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in the Spring of 2001. Prior to receiving his degree, he studied at the Academy of Music in Zagreb, Croatia under Goran Koncar (former concertmaster of the Royal Philharmonic in London, England). In the Fall of 2001, he began his graduate work at the University of Oklahoma where he studied violin with Felicia Moye, Diane Pascal, and Peter Rovit.
Mr. Dalton has performed with the Johnstown (Pa.) Symphony, Altoona (Pa.) Symphony, Fort Smith (Ar.) Symphony, Lawton Philharmonic, Enid Symphony, and has been concertmaster of both the OBU-Shawnee Community Orchestra and the University of Oklahoma Civic Orchestra.

Jeff Kidwell


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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Dr. Irvin L. Wagner

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