I’ve had many hour long conversations with music educators, musicians, teachers and arts advocates. These conversations have included topics such as teaching through a pandemic, how to be creative as a musician and teacher through this time, how we can stay positive and ideas for music education in the future and what that may look like. If you are a music educator, musician, teacher or arts advocate and are interested in being interviewed by me for my show, please let me know! I’m excited to have many more positive discussions around music, music education and the future and to share them with you all! Stay safe! 

Episode Nine – "When Broadway Closes You Continue to Play! " with Jennifer Wharton Colette's Music Hour

Jennifer Wharton is a low brass specialist based in New York City. Though getting her start classically, Jen has deep roots in jazz, commercial, chamber and Broadway music. Jennifer can be found leading her trombone-forward ensemble, Bonegasm, and performing in West Side Story when Broadway reopens. She has also held positions at King Kong, Beautiful, The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, Jekyll and Hyde, Scandalous, Wonderland, 9 to 5 and Curtains, and has performed as a substitute in over a dozen other Broadway productions. Jen is a member of two multiple Grammy-nominated ensembles. She has also performed on the Grammy-nominated cast albums for The Gershwins’ Porgy & Bess, 9 to 5 The Musical and Curtains The Musical as well as the Grammy-winning recording of Beautiful The Carole King Musical. She has performed with many very well known ensembles including the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Dizzy Gillespie All Star Band, Ken Peplowski Big Band, Miggy Augmented Jazz Orchestra, DIVA Jazz Orchestra, Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, Birdland Big Band, Ayn Inserto Jazz Orchestra, Woody Herman Orchestra, Terraza 7 Big Band, John Yao and His 17 Piece Instrument, Walking Distance, South Florida Jazz Orchestra, new Alchemy Jazz Orchestra, Steven Feifke Big Band, and the BMI Jazz Composers’ Workshop. Jennifer is an XO Professional Brass artist and plays the 1240-LT bass trombone, and she teaches bass trombone at Montclair State University in New Jersey. — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/colette-hebert/support
  1. Episode Nine – "When Broadway Closes You Continue to Play! " with Jennifer Wharton
  2. Episode Eight – "From the Colombia to NYC Music Scene" with Sara Silva
  3. Episode Seven – "The Floridian Music World" with (almost Dr.) Margaret Flood
  4. Episode Six – "Teaching Music in a NJ Private School" with Emma Liu
  5. Episode Five – "An Opera Singer in Vegas" with Robert West

Episode One – Garrett Heater 

“Music in NYC Schools and Digital Theater”

Garrett Heater has been a music educator for 13 years, currently teaching in NYC while pursuing a Theatre MA from CUNY Hunter College. As artistic director of Syracuse Summer Theatre at The Oncenter, he has directed Damn Yankees, Pippin, Spring Awakening, and Cabaret. Three of his original productions have been produced at the International New York Fringe Festival. His short plays have received national festival productions. He has produced 10 original youth musicals. He resides in Syracuse, New York and received his Masters in Music Education from Syracuse University.

Episode Two – Dr. Brian Doherty 

“From Broadway to the Classroom”

Brian Doherty is an American drummer, singer-songwriter, composer, music producer, and educator based in New York City. After starting his career as a member of the rock bands The Silos and They Might Be Giants, he has also worked with artists such as XTC, Freedy Johnston, and Ben Folds and contributed to movie soundtracks. As of 2014 he has released three albums of royalty-free drum tracks for songwriters, and in 2012 released his debut solo project, Treat + Release.

Episode Three – Dr. Ulf Oesterle

“From the University Classroom to Virtual Reality Concerts”

Ulf teaches classes focused on music business, media industry and emerging technology for Syracuse University.  Ulf is an educator and practitioner, spending time operating a small record label and artist management company while teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.  He has extensive speaking experience with solo and panel presentations at SXSW, the Music and Entertainment Industries Educators Association (MEIEA) Summit, Launch Music Conference, CMJ, Vegas Music Summit, University of New Mexico Mentoring Institute and others. He currently serves on the Music & Entertainment Industry Educators Associationboard. 

Episode Four – Kevin Blancq

“From New Orleans to the NYC Classroom”

Kevin began his musical life listening to his parents, both teachers and performers, Betty, a pianist, and Charlie, a percussionist. Kevin was accepted to attend the prestigious New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, where he received classical and jazz training from Ellis Marsalis and Bert Braud. Following his undergraduate work at the University of North Texas on scholarship, Kevin settled in New York City and has since worked with jazz greats including Frank Foster, Benny Golson, Wynton Marsalis and Slide Hampton. As a trumpeter, conductor, and educator Kevin has appeared at Birdland, Iridium, Symphony Space, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, WKCR and WBGO.

Episode Five – Rob West

“An Opera Singer in Vegas”

Robert West was a chorus member with The San Francisco Boys Chorus at the age of nine. Despite being the country’s only boy’s opera repertory chorus at the time, the productions were a huge success. Rob attended the University of the Pacific. He also studied at the Boston Conservatory and he received a Master’s Degree from the University of New Mexico. He was on the fast track to becoming an opera singer and was in line to audition for an internship with the Santa Fe Opera company. The closer he got to this goal, the more he realized how much he loved working with children. He has been a choral conductor for the past 21 years. Rob’s students have received Command Performance invitations at the All-State level and have participated in Honor Choir and All-State Choir performances.

Episode Six – Emma Liu 

“Teaching Music in a NJ Private School”

An award-winning and versatile Pianist and Music Educator, Emma Liu has performed and taught throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. She is experienced in teaching private lessons as well as classroom music. Her pedagogy is influenced by the methodologies of Orff and Kodaly as well as the theories of John Dewey and Maxine Greene. Highlights of her classroom teaching experience include implementing musical activities for the Very Young People’s concert of the New York Philharmonic and developing curriculum for K-5 Elementary General Music, Chorus, and Concert Band. A native of Taiwan, Emma holds degrees from Columbia University, Eastman School of Music, and Cleveland Institute of Music.

Episode Seven – (almost Dr.) Margaret Flood

“The Floridian Music World”

Professor Margaret Flood is the Coordinator of Music Education at Florida Southern College. She a doctoral candidate in music education at The Frost School of Music—University of Miami. She is founder of Sinfonia Nobilis honor band for private school students in Southwest Florida. She is an active woodwind clinician, studio instructor, and adjudicator for the Florida Bandmasters’ Association. Margaret holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Syracuse University and a Master of Music Education from The Florida State University. Her research interests include gender discourse in band, the biographies of woman band director leadership of the Florida Bandmasters’ Association, the code-switching tendencies of secondary band directors, and the documentation of the lives of woman musicians of the social-cultural projects in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil.

Episode Eight – Sara Silva

“From the Colombia to NYC Music Scene”

Sara Silva was born in Bogota, Colombia, where she studied violin at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. She continued her studies at the Frederic Chopin Conservatory in Paris, France where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree. In France, she took part at “Les Arcs” Music Festival as a member of the International Orchestra of UNESCO in Paris. She then returned to Bogota and became a member of The National Symphony Orchestra of Colombia with which she worked for 6 years. She earned her Master’s Degree in Violin Performance from Syracuse University. She resides in NYC and is a tenured member of Symphoria Orchestra. She regularly performs with the DCINY Orchestra, New England Symphonic Ensemble, Chelsea Symphony Orchestra in NYC and Albany Symphony, New Westchester Symphony, Alzo Symphony, The Hudson Valley Philharmonic statewide. She is a founding member of the NYC-based Tango sextet Abaddon. She is an educator and teaches violin at The Music Conservatory of Westchester. 

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