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December, 20, 2023
12:00 PM - 01:00 PM




Michael S. Brown Jr.

Michael S. Brown Jr.
Kelvin Jones

Kelvin Jones
Catharine Bushman

Catharine Bushman
Jack Eaddy

Jack Eaddy
Ashley M. Crawford

Ashley M. Crawford
Relative Pitch Podcast

Relative Pitch Podcast

Community Building: Meet Them Where They Are

Clinic Synopsis:

“Community Building: Meet Them Where They Are” will be a panel discussion hosted by Relative Pitch Podcast (Anthony Morris, Lorin Green, and Michael Brown) with panelists Dr. Catherine Bushman, Dr. Kelvin Jones, Dr. Jack Eaddy, and Professor Ashley Crawford, AKA “Flute Bae.” Relative Pitch will lead a discussion centering on how to build community within the classroom and how important the community is to the identity and integrity of a school and program.

Anthony Morris - Biographical Information

Anthony Morris is currently pursuing a Master of Music in Wind Conducting at the University of Georgia where he studies with Dr. Nicholas Williams and Dr. Jaclyn Hartenberger and serves as a Master’s Conducting Associate for the UGA Bands. Mr. Morris received a Bachelor of Music in Music Education with a dual concentration in Instrumental and Choral education with Cum Laude distinction from Kennesaw State University. Prior to graduate study, Mr. Morris served as the Director of Bands & Choirs at Wildwood Middle High School (Wildwood, Florida) where he was responsible for the instruction and administration of the middle & high school concert bands, marching band, music theory, and choir program. Recently, Mr. Morris was named a Conducting Fellow for the H. Robert Reynolds Conducting Institute at the 76th Annual Midwest Clinic in Chicago, Illinois. His passion for music education has led him to create the Relative Pitch Podcast which discusses modern issues regarding music education and helps pave the way for much-needed change to make a more diverse, enriching, and equitable music community. Through these endeavors, Mr. Morris and Relative Pitch Podcast presented a session entitled “Pushing for Change From the Inside: Bringing Equity to Middle and High School Bands” at the annual Georgia Music Educators Association In-Service Conference and “Changing of the Guard: Shifting Perspectives of Education” at the College Band Directors National Association National Conference.

Lorin Green - Biographical Information

Lorin Green (She/Her) is an active flutist, educator, and administrator in Seattle, WA. Recently, she was appointed Executive Director of Sound Salon which builds an increasingly inclusive and diverse community through thoughtfully programmed performances that welcome, engage and inspire. Lorin is a graduate of Kennesaw State University (Bachelor’s in Flute Performance) and the University of New Mexico (Master’s in Flute Performance). Her past teachers include Christina Smith of the Atlanta Symphony and Valerie Potter of the New Mexico Philharmonic. Recently, she was selected for and completed the League of American Orchestras Essentials of Orchestral Management Program at Juilliard. Lorin is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Musical Arts in Flute Performance at the University of Washington with flutist and educator Donna Shin. 

As the 2022/2023 Seattle Arts Fellow for the Seattle Symphony, Lorin led and was vital in reviving programs including the Prison Visits Program, Community Stages Fund, and Dear Humanity. Currently, she serves as the Community Relations Manager of the Seattle Symphony where she acts as the bridge between the symphony and the community.

Outside of her performance, educational, and administrative endeavors, Lorin is a co-host of Relative Pitch Podcast where conversations center around accessibility, representation, and innovation within the music field. Her chamber ensemble, Elucidate Duo, is a flute and trumpet duo that strives to present riveting performances for an array of audiences by platforming and highlighting works by POC, women, and other underrepresented composers to aid in the diversification of the classical music canon. 

As an avid researcher and performer, Lorin has been selected to present and perform at the Atlanta Flute Club Annual Conference, Georgia Music Educators Association In-Service Conference, the Mid-Atlantic Flute Convention, the Collegiate Band Directors National Association National Conference, the National Flute Association Annual Convention, the International Trumpet Guild Annual Conference, the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, and the League of American Orchestras Conference. 

Lorin’s work and education centers on amplifying the voices of the underrepresented within all fields of music and art at large. 

Michael S. Brown Jr. - Biographical Information

A native of Macon, Georgia, Michael Shannon Brown Jr. currently serves as the Adjunct Professor of Trumpet at the University of North Georgia. Michael’s passion for music education has led him to create the Relative Pitch Podcast that discusses modern issues regarding music education, programming, and what it takes to become a modern musician. Through this endeavor, Michael presented a session at the annual Georgia Music Educators Association In-Service Conference and the National Conference of College Band Directors National Association. Michael’s students have earned positions in collegiate studios at Kennesaw State University, Colgate University, Grand Valley State University, and the University of Georgia.Michael is an advocate for new music, he was recently selected to perform at the International Trumpet Guild conference on the New Works Recital. As an orchestral musician, he currently serves as second trumpet with the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera. Michael has appeared as a substitute musician with orchestras such as the Georgia Symphony, Battle Creek Symphony, and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. As a soloist, Michael has been featured with a variety of ensembles.Whenever Michael is not performing or teaching, he can be found on the nearest golf course or relaxing with his wonderful Olde English bulldog Jager.

Kelvin Jones - Biographical Information

Dr. Kelvin Jones (he/ him) is an active educator, conductor, musician, drill designer, and music arranger for high school and university music programs across the country, with his arrangements being performed throughout the United States, including the Dallas Winds. Formerly in his position at Louisiana State University, he served as the director of the award winning and Grammy-nominated, Golden Band from Tigerland. 

In great demand as a guest conductor, Jones is an active clinician and has travelled internationally working with music programs in South America (Chile), Carnegie Hall in New York City, and in Dublin, Ireland. Jones also serves as a consultant for school districts and music programs along with presenting at international, national, and state music conferences across the United States. He is published in the Instrumentalist magazine, Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series, distributed by GIA Publications, the Oxford University Press Publications, among others. He is a Conn Selmer Educational Clinician and also serves as an instructor at the Smith-Walbridge Drum Major Clinic held in Charleston, Illinois, working with high school and college drum majors from across the country. 

He has received numerous accolades and distinctions for his contributions within the local community from leaders like the Louisiana governor and the Baton Rouge mayor. A huge advocate and champion for diversity, inclusion, and equal rights, he received the LSU Faculty Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Mentorship award given to faculty who make outstanding contributions to the mentoring activities of faculty, staff and/or students from underrepresented groups.

A former K-12 public school educator, he was the band director at West Feliciana High School in St. Francisville, Louisiana. At WFHS, he led an active, comprehensive music program that produced numerous award-winning performances at state and national events, including the 2013 United States National Presidential Inauguration Music Festival in Washington DC. He holds degrees in Music from Jackson State University and Louisiana State University. 

Catharine Bushman - Biographical Information

Catharine Sinon Bushman is the Wind Ensemble Conductor and Associate Professor of Music Education at St. Cloud State University. Her teaching responsibilities include Wind Ensemble, conducting and courses in music education. Dr. Bushman received a DMA in Wind Conducting at The University of Texas at Austin in 2012. She holds degrees in Music Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Northwestern University. Previously, Dr. Bushman served on the faculty of Winthrop University where she led the Symphonic Band, taught graduate and undergraduate courses in music education, and supervised student interns. Dr. Bushman was an Assistant Director of Bands at Lassiter High School in Marietta, Georgia from 1998-2007. Her professional memberships include College Band Directors National Association, Women Band Directors International, Minnesota Music Educators Association and Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity. She is a member of the Executive Council for the Institute for Composer Diversity and partner for And We Were Heard. She maintains an active schedule as a guest conductor, adjudicator, and clinician for marching and concert bands. She has presented at the state and national level on teaching in disadvantaged communities, mentoring of women band directors, woodwind pedagogy and music by underrepresented composers. In 2016, Dr. Bushman began conducting the St. Cloud Municipal Band, an all-adult concert band that performs locally and abroad.

Jack Eaddy - Biographical Information

Jack A. Eaddy, Jr., a native of Orangeburg, SC, is the Director of Athletic Bands at Western Carolina University, where he serves as the Director of Pride of the Mountains Marching Band and conducts the Symphonic Band. Dr. Eaddy holds degrees from the University of North Texas, University of Georgia, and the Florida State University. Dr. Eaddy taught for twelve years in Orlando, FL, where he developed a program that was recognized throughout the state for maintaining high standards despite the challenges his students experienced. Dr. Eaddy received the FMEA Tom Bishop Award recognizing a director who turned a program around, making a positive difference. Dr. Eaddy has presented at several conferences, including the Midwest Clinic and CBDNA Southern Division and Athletic Band Conferences. As a conductor, he was a selected participant in the 2018 US Pershing’s Own Army Band’s conducting workshop and received 2nd place for the 2020 American Prize in Conducting. Dr. Eaddy has earned a national reputation mentoring music directors and convenes two professional development seminars: Listen Up!!! score study sessions, and the Conductors’ reToolbox, as well as hosts a national podcast, Tales from the Band Room, that focuses on strengthening music education programs in urban communities to have a life-long impact on students.

Ashley M. Crawford - Biographical Information

Ashley Michelle Crawford was born in Memphis, Tn into a life of music. From the sounds of her own father, Hubert “H-Bomb” Crawford, grandfather, Hubert Crawford, Sr. of “Hubert Crawford and The King Riders Band,” older brother and accomplished producer and bassist, Anthony Crawford, and cousin, Hank Crawford, legendary saxophonist, she was destined to pave her path in the field of music. She began playing flute at age 11 and has used her gift as a pathway to musical performance, education, and opportunities. Ashley received her Bachelor’s degree from Tennessee State University where she studied under retired professor, Belinda Laupp and marched in the world renowned, “Aristocrat of Bands” and served as piccolo section leader in 2010. During her studies at TSU she was rewarded a full music scholarship, the “Director’s Choice Award” and “Best Section.” She also studied the origins of instrumental music abroad in Vienna, Austria and Florence, Italy. She went on to complete her master’s in Instrumental Pedagogy and Classical Flute Performance at Belmont University in 2014. While at BU, she studied under Dr. Carolyn Totaro, became a 2x concerto competition winner, was a music scholarship recipient, winner of the “Friends of the Arts President’s Choice Award,” and published two theses, “An investigation of four works for flute.” and “The causes, prevention, and treatment of flute-playing related injury and pain.”  Her classical training also includes masterclass study from renowned flutists, Dr. Yvonne Chavez Hansbrough, Mark Vinci, Rhonda Larson, and Dr. Nicole Riner at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY. 

Ashley Crawford has expanded her outreach of music education by being a visiting music tutor in the Metro Nashville Public School and Shelby County School districts. She has coached and privately taught at Hunter’s Lane High School, Whitehaven High School, East Nashville Magnet Middlle/High School, H.G Hill Middle School, Jere Baxter Middle School, Cane Ridge High School, Rose Parks Math/Science Magnet School, and Thurgood Marshall Middle School. She has also been the flute instructor at summer band camp and intensives, Nashville Fine Arts Academy and Edward L. Graves summer band camp. Her career in pedagogy came full circle when she became the Flute Professor at Tennessee State University where she currently teaches applied flute, flute choir, and heads the woodwind area of the music department. She also leads a community group, the “Nashville Philharmonic Flute Ensemble,” as their conductor and musical director and serves as President of the Nashville African American Wind Symphony, Inc. As a result of her community work and outreach, she was recognized in Belmont University’s 2022 Top 100 Entrepreneur Awards. Ashley also appeared as a guest conductor for the Mid-south flute Society’s Collegiate Flute Choir and adjudicator for the Music Teacher National Association’s Young Artist Competition. She has also appeared and performed as a guest clinician for the National Flute Association, Umoja Flute Institute, and Midwest Clinic International Band and Orchestra Conference.      

Ashley has dedicated her life to sharing her gift and knowledge of flute to people of all ages. Her trademarked brand, “Flutebae” was birthed after her 2017 viral sensation video of the #MaskOffChallenge. Ever since, she has fused the sounds of classical flute with the latest Hip-Hop, Pop, and R&B music that has helped propel flute into mainstream music and media. She has appeared under her entity, “FluteBae,” at the Staples Center with her rendition of the National Anthem for the NBA LA Lakers and WNBA LA Sparks. She has collaborated with prominent artists and producers such as Chris Hines, David “SkiBeatz” Willis, Gaither Vocal Band, Soul Sessions, Sir The Baptist, Dubba-AA, and Brassville. She has curated virtual performances such as “We. Will. Breathe.” by FluteBae, that raised awareness for Black Lives Matter and hope in the black community and allies to keep fighting for equality. This performance rewarded her the opportunity to appear in flute publication, “The Flute View” with an artist interview. She also appears in the “Flute Examiner,” the 2023 “People Issue” of the Nashville Scene, Nashville’s “Urbannite”, NPR, WPLN, and as a featured artist on grammy-award winning “Best Roots Gospel” album, “The Urban Hymnal,” by the Aristocrat of Bands. Ashley “FluteBae” Crawford prides herself on being a teaching-artist who uses education and creativity to reach the masses and encourage people to embrace learning and performing music. She embodies the element of flute through her sultry and robust playing, bridging the gap between pop culture and classical music. Her melodious tone sings effortlessly and is felt on a visceral level. There are no limits to her style and her playing transcends all genres.

Relative Pitch Podcast - Biographical Information

The idea to create this podcast came to us during the quarantine of summer 2020 whenever the world seemed to be on pause. As three young music professionals at the very beginning of our career, we found ourselves continuously discussing various music topics as it related to the world around us. Topics ranging from orchestral repertoire, conducting, music education, etc. would come up in hour-long Facetime calls. One day, we decided to share our discussions with the world, and Relative Pitch was born. We feel that the purpose of our podcast is to showcase the talent, leadership, and passion that we see within our field of music, and to help pave the way for much needed change in our community that will make it a more diverse, enriching, and equitable atmosphere for anyone who wants to be a part of it.