UKULELE

Amy Reiff

Amy Reiff, mezzo-soprano, received both a Bachelor of Music Education and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Kent State University. Amy has 30 years experience teaching. She has taught at Kent State University, Montana State University, Louisiana State University and has been a Professor of Voice at The George Washington University in Washington D.C. since 1997. Amy’s repertoire of over 30 opera and operetta roles includes Prince Orlovsky in Die Fledermaus, Nicklausse in The Tales of Hoffmann, Hansel in Hansel and Gretel, the title role in Carmen, and Dinah in Trouble in Tahiti. As a member of the Ohio Light Opera for four seasons, she appeared in many major contralto and mezzo-soprano roles in operettas by Sullivan, Offenbach, and Strauss. In addition to singing with many local opera companies, she has also sung roles with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Opera Carolina, Lyric Opera of Dallas, Baton Rouge Opera, Baltimore Opera, Opera North, and Intermountain Opera. Amy has performed in recital at Kent State University and Montana State University, and in Akron, Ohio, Arlington, Virginia, and Washington, DC. In 1988 she performed at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, People's Republic of China, where she gave a series of lecture-recitals on contemporary American art song. As oratorio and concert soloist, Amy has sung with the Arlington Symphony, the Canton Symphony, the Bozeman Symphony, the Annapolis Chorale, the Akron Symphony Chorus, and the Capitol Hill Choral Society. In March 1991 she was the alto soloist for the American premiere of Simon Jeffes' Still Life at the Penguin Cafe, performed by the Royal Ballet at the Kennedy Center. She is currently alto soloist at Church of the Annunciation in Washington. ROAM welcomed Amy Reiff as an instructor of Piano, Voice and Ukulele in July 2013.

Jack Kilby

A native of Alexandria, Virginia, Jack Kilby has been a music enthusiast throughout his life. Having been exposed to great musicians from a young age, Jack has labored to achieve the highest levels of musicianship for over a decade. He began playing trumpet in fourth grade and drums in fifth, eventually switching to the euphonium in sixth grade. Jack was actively involved in groups inside and outside of school. He played drums in a rock band throughout middle and high school (T.C. Williams H.S.) while also serving as a member of the symphonic band on euphonium, the drum line, and the jazz ensemble and combo on drum set. In 2007, Jack enrolled at the University of Virginia where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in biology while remaining emphatically dedicated to his evolution as a drummer, participating in both the big band and combos. His time at UVA afforded him the privilege of developing his craft under the tutelage of the great trumpeter John D’earth, drummer/percussionist Robert Jospé, and many others in Charlottesville’s small but reputable music community. As Jack matured and grew into his own sound, he became a familiar face on the Charlottesville music scene leading bands that often featured professors from the music programs at UVA, JMU, and VCU. In 2013, Jack relocated to Queens, New York where he attended the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College and received his Masters of Music in Jazz Performance in spring of 2015. There he studied with many world famous educators including trumpeter/arranger Michael Philip Mossman, alto saxophonist Antonio Hart, pianist David Berkman, drummers Donald Edwards and Dennis Mackrel, and producer/songwriter James McElwaine. Jack placed an emphasis on arranging, songwriting, and production while working to achieve a high level of mastery over the drums. In New York, he founded the band ‘Jack Kilby & the Front Line’ which features several horn players performing Jack’s arrangements and other tunes reminiscent of the Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers repertoire. During the past few years, Jack has also found a reignited passion for the trumpet and looks forward to the day he will be able to be the trumpet player in his band (and others).

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