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December, 21, 2023
04:45 PM - 05:45 PM




Brittan Braddock

Brittan Braddock
Quinton Williams

Quinton Williams

Outreach, Impact, Legacy: Connecting with Our Audiences Through Livestream Productions

Clinic Synopsis:

The Pensacola Symphony Orchestra (PSO) began producing livestreams of the Masterwork Series in the Fall of 2020. The PSO–with the leadership and vision of Maestro Peter Rubardt–built a team tasked with producing livestream experiences for the audience and musicians of the PSO. This session will serve to encourage other musical organizations–K-12, Collegiate, and Professional–to learn from our process in order to begin or enhance their own livestreaming journey.

Brittan Braddock - Biographical Information

Dr. Brittan Braddock is assistant professor of music, director of bands, and coordinator of music education at Mercer University. She conducts the Mercer University Wind Ensemble and teaches courses in instrumental music education, wind band literature, and conducting. Prior to her appointment at Mercer University, she was the director of bands at the University of West Florida. Braddock is in demand as a guest conductor, clinician and presenter. Her research into the wind ensemble repertoire of Ruth Gipps and the Portia Wind Ensemble is gaining momentum in national and international presentations and performances. In March of 2021, she was a guest panelist for Ruth Gipps: a Centennial Symposium, a presentation hosted by Kingston University in London. Braddock completed her doctoral studies at the University of Colorado Boulder where she conducted and assisted in all aspects of the band program. Braddock was formerly a graduate teaching assistant at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and guest conducted the IUP Wind Ensemble, Symphony Band, Concert Band and the Indiana Symphonic Winds. Prior to her graduate studies at IUP and CU, Braddock was the director of bands for Custer County School District in Westcliffe, Colorado where she was responsible for 5th-12th grade instrumental music. While in Westcliffe, she founded and conducted the Sangre de Cristo Community Band. Her primary conducting mentors include Dr. Donald J. McKinney, Dr. Timothy Paul, Dr. Jack Stamp, Dr. Richard Fischer, and Dr. Maurice Boyer.

Peter Rubardt - Biographical Information

Peter Rubardt has earned wide acclaim for powerful and insightful performances that inspire passionate responses to symphonic music. In addition to his long-standing position as Music Director of the Pensacola Symphony, he also serves as the Music Director of the Meridian and Gulf Coast Symphonies in Mississippi. Throughout his career he has worked successfully to deepen the relationships between communities and their orchestras, leading to growing audiences and a broad base of support. Now in his 26th season as Music Director of the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra, Rubardt continues to grow the organization through a wide range of classical, pops, and educational programs. Rubardt holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Orchestral Conducting from The Juilliard School, where he was the recipient of the Bruno Walter Fellowship. A Fulbright Scholar, he studied piano and conducting at the famed Vienna Hochschule fur Musik, and pursued further studies at the Tanglewood Music Center and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute. Rubardt has served on the faculties of The Juilliard School, Rutgers University, and the State University of New York at Purchase. In addition to Juilliard, he has received awards and degrees in music from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and the University of California at Berkeley. Rubardt has recorded for Pantheon Records International. He resides in Pensacola with his wife Hedi Salanki, a Distinguished University Professor in the Grier Williams School of Music at the University of West Florida, and their two children.

Bret Barrow - Biographical Information

Bret Barrow serves as Executive Director and Principal Trombonist with the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra (PSO). Bret attended high school in Pace, Florida where he graduated as salutatorian. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Music degree with highest honors from the University of Southern Mississippi. Bret earned a Master of Music degree from the prestigious University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. While in Cincinnati, Bret performed with regional orchestras and worked in Patron Services for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. In 2005, Bret returned to Northwest Florida where he began working for the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra as Director of Patron Services and Education. In the summer of 2006, he took on the role of Development Director where he helped to secure funding for the PSO’s engaging community programming. In 2009, he became Executive Director of the PSO where he has helped to develop the PSO’s “Beyond the Stage” community engagement efforts along with providing transformative musical experiences. He has helped to drive fundraising for numerous projects that create music impact for Pensacola. In recent seasons, PSO has developed video live streaming and on-demand video opportunities that allow performances of the orchestra to serve the community in new ways. Bret is an active musician, playing principal trombone with the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra, the Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra, and performing with the Perdido Brass Quintet.

Quinton Williams - Biographical Information

Quinton Williams is a video producer in Northwest Florida with more than 15 years of experience. He is a graduate of the University of West Florida, in Pensacola, Fla. where he studied film and television production and computer science. He is currently the multimedia production manager at WSRE-TV in Pensacola, Fla., a PBS-affiliate station serving the Gulf Coast. Previously, he was the production manager of a small TV station in Pensacola. With his experience in live video production, he has worked with various organizations such as WUWF Public Media, the Northwest Florida NPR affiliate, as well as Pensacola Symphony Orchestra.