Oklahoma Community Orchestra



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2015 Guest Artists


Emily Sutton joined the 4 Warn Storm Team in December, 2009, a few weeks before the infamous “Christmas Eve Blizzard” slammed Oklahoma City, and has covered a wide spectrum of Oklahoma extremes ever since. Her passion for weather was realized when she joined the Storm Chase Team at the University of Missouri, where she received dual degrees in Atmospheric Science and Media Convergence Journalism. In college, Emily’s work as a National Weather Service Observer, Agricultural Forecaster, and volunteer Storm Chaser served as a great foundation for the years to follow. She began her career in Columbia, Missouri at ABC/FOX affiliate, KMIZ-TV, covering weather extremes, from severe weather outbreaks to ice and snow storms. Next, at WCYB-TV in the Appalachian hills, she learned the dynamics of mountain weather and polished her reporting skills as a meteorologist and general assignment reporter.

Emily sang the National Anthem for a crowd of 10,000 at Tennessee’s famous NASCAR track and had the honor of singing for an Oklahoma City Thunder basketball game and for Barons hockey. She loves to get involved with the community and in 2011 completed a half Iron Man triathlon, helping to raise thousands of dollars for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Oklahoma. She has run and cycled in events benefiting the Children’s Miracle Network and the American Diabetes Association. Her May 24, 2011 storm chase coverage helped KFOR-TV win the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters’ award for best “Spot Weather Coverage.”

 


Dr. Heath Jones, Professor of Music, teaches applied saxophone, music education, music technology, jazz improvisation, and world music, and directs the Jazz Ensemble at Oklahoma Christian University. Heath holds degrees from Oklahoma Christian University, Baylor University, and the University of Oklahoma. He is an active professional performer in the Oklahoma City area, and serves as President of the Oklahoma Jazz Educators.

Heath was named University Jazz Educator of the Year by the OKJE in 2008 and 2014. He has performed with The Temptations, The Four Tops, Leslie Gore, Jim Neighbors, Natalie Cole and other road show artists. Heath performs with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Oklahoma City Jazz Orchestra and the Edmond Jazz Orchestra. Heath is a Cannonball Saxophone Artist and has given master classes, lectures, and recitals in China, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. In 2009, Heath presented a lecture on jazz improvisation pedagogy at the World Saxophone Congress in Bangkok, Thailand. In 2012, he presented at the JEN conference in Louisville, Kentucky. Heath works in collaboration with Larsen Music Co., promoting music education in the Oklahoma City Area. He has three albums, Lookin’Back, Live & Learn, and B3 Paradigm.

 


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