November Clinics

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November Clinics 2017

Thursday, NOVEMBER 2nd, @ Summerhays Music in Murray

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Dr. José Valentino Ruiz is a two-time Latin-GRAMMY® nominated artist, multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer, educator, clinician, and record producer known for his passionate performances, versatility & fluid expression on the flute, saxophone, bass, piano, and Latin percussion. As a radiant performer, Dr. Ruiz has headlined with his ensembles!at many prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Tanglewood Music Center, National Flute Association Convention, TEDx Talk, DC Jazz Festival, The NAMM Show, RCA Dome, and Festival Miami, to name a few. He has collaborated on stage with Grammy-winning and internationally recognized artists such as Chick Corea, Paquito D'Rivera, Jim Walker, Phil Ramone, Jonathan Butler, Alex Acuña, Aaron Neville, John Patitucci, among many others.

As a music producer and composer, Dr. Ruiz's work has been featured in several films that have garnered awards at the Gasparilla International Film Festival, Los Angeles Shorts Festival, Chelsea Film Festival, Newport Film Festival, Bahamas International Film Festival, Champs Elysees Film Festival, and Best Short Competition; he has worked extensively as a music supervisor, composer, and music producer for Hayden5Media LLC. Furthermore, Dr. Ruiz has over a dozen published albums to his credit as an artist in the genres of jazz, world music, pop, Latin music, Funk-fusion, and worship. One of the most unique aspects of his albums is the avid inclusion of his students to help pave opportunities for them in the music industry as future-professionals. In 2015, the 16th Annual Latin-GRAMMY® awards nominated Dr. Ruiz's album, José Valentino & The Latin Jazz Ensemble!"I Make You Want To Move"! for Best Latin Jazz Album of the Year. Dr. Ruiz returned to the stage the following year as a nominee for Best Instrumental Album of the Year for "Mosaico."

Dr. Ruiz is also the record-holder for obtaining the most DownBeat Student Music Awards - 45 awards total including Winner for Best Jazz Soloist, Blues/Pop/Rock soloist, Latin Group, Engineered Studio Recording, Live Engineered Recording, Blues/Pop/Rock Group, Small Jazz Group at undergraduate and graduate divisions. Dr. Ruiz is also a former winner of the Yamaha Young Performing Artist competition and National Flute Association's Jazz Flute Competition Winner. For a decade as an international touring clinician, Dr. Ruiz has countless master classes in the U.S.A., Africa, The Middle East, Europe, Canada, and Latin America. His travels are sponsored by his endorsing company, Trevor James Flutes & Saxophones Company, U.K. Academically, Dr. Ruiz holds the following degrees: Bachelor of Arts in Musical Studies from University of South Florida, Master of Music in Instrumental Performance from University of Miami, Doctor of Philosophy in Music, concentration in Music Education from University of South Florida, and a Doctor of Ministry in Global Missions and Ethnodoxology from Truth and Mercy Institute for Advanced Ministry Studies.

Dr. Ruiz is most passionate about imparting experiential wisdom and applicable opportunities for music students at Lee University's School of Music. Through his pedagogy, music business majors are becoming uniquely equipped to thrive in a modern music industry as music missionaries for the kingdom of God. For more information, visit:

Tuesday, NOVEMBER 7th, @ Summerhays Music in Murray

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When he was eight years old, trombonist Larry Zalkind jumped at the chance to enter the music program at his local elementary school. Inspired by his favorite group, the Tijuana Brass, he had always wanted to play the trumpet.  But the line moved in alphabetical order by last name, and buy the Z’s there were no trumpets left for him.  His school music teacher Nora Graham settled the issue by declaring, “You look like a trombone player to me!”  His fate sealed, Larry carried the enormous trombone case home from school with the help of a fellow third grader. After studying with Harold Diner and Norman Bernstein, Larry entered the California Institute of the Arts Youth program in the eighth grade, where he coached chamber music with Los Angeles Tubist Tommy Johnson.  By the age of 17, Larry was studying with Robert Marsteller as a student at the University of Southern California.  His other teachers include Arnold Jacobs, Lewis Van Haney, Jimmy Stamp, Tommy Johnson, Ralph Sauer, Dennis Smith, Byron Peebles, Keith Brown, and Terry Cravens. 

At USC, Larry double majored in Music Education and Music Performance, earning a Bachelor as well as a master’s degree in Music from USC.  In the fall of 1981, while pursuing his doctorate in Music Performance at the University of Michigan, he won the audition to become the Principal Trombonist for the Utah Symphony.  He held this position (simultaneously serving on the faculty at the University of Utah) until 2015, when he accepted a position to teach trombone full-time at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. 

In 1976, Larry won the Saunderson Award at the Coleman Chamber Music Competition.  He has toured, recorded, and performed extensively as a member of the Summit Brass on trombone and euphonium since 1990, and has also performed and recorded with the Chicago, Atlanta and St. Louis Symphonies, along with select performaces with the Boston and Seattle Symphonies. He has performed with Chamber Music Northwest in Portland, Oregon; Music of the Baroque in Chicago; the Sitka Music Festival in Alaska; the Colorado Music Festival in Boulder; the Grand Teton Music Festival in Wyoming; the Eastern Trombone Workshop in Washington, D.C.; and the Elkhorn Music Festival in Idaho.  Larry spent the 2009-2010 season performing as Acting Associate Principal Trombone with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.  In 2012, he was a resident artist with the Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra in Osaka, Japan.  Larry has been featured as a soloist with the Utah Symphony, the Fairbanks Symphony, the Southwest Symphony, the West Los Angeles Symphony, the Billings Symphony, the Twin Falls Symphony, the Macon Symphony, the Burbank Chamber Orchestra, and the Central Oregon Symphony, in addition to the New Sousa Band, the Ringgold Band, the Pierce Symphonic Winds, the U.S. Army Orchestra, the U.S. Army Band, and the Denver Municipal Band.  He played solo euphonium with the Long Beach Municipal Band for two years and has also been a member of the Tubadors tuba quartet.

Larry has released three solo albums on the Summit Records label.  The first, Larry Zalkind Plays Baroque Music on the Trombone, features Baroque music on the trombone in different settings; his second, Encore!: Larry Zalkind Plays Encores on the Trombone, features different types of trombone encores performed with pianist Karlyn Bond.  His latest album, Lost in the Stars: The Music of Bernstein, Weill & Sondheim, is collaboration with jazz singer Deborah Shulman and features some of Los Angeles’ finest jazz players, including Terry Trotter, Larry Koonse, Joe LaBarbera, Frank Morocco, Jeff Colella, and Ted Howe.

While playing with the Utah Symphony, Larry also served as a faculty member at the University of Utah for 34 years.  He has acted as clinician in many music festivals around the U.S., including the International Trombone Association Trombone Festival, the Eastern Trombone Workshop, the 76+4 Trombone Workshop in Las Vegas, and the International Tuba-Euphonium Conference.  Larry has also served on the faculty of the National Orchestra Institute in Maryland, Hartwick Summer Music Festival in New York, Music for All in Indianapolis, the Batiquitos Festival of the Arts in San Diego, the Grand Teton Orchestral Seminar in Wyoming, and the Marrowstone Music Festival in Port Townsend, Washington.  In addition, he has held faculty positions at Cerritos College in California, Albion College in Michigan, Westminster College in Salt Lake City, and Weber State College in Ogden, Utah.

This season, Larry will perform his 35th season at the Grand Teton Music Festival in Wyoming. He will again participate as a member of Summit Brass in the Rafael Méndez/Summit Brass Institute in Denver, as well as the Sitka Fine Arts Festival in Alaska.  He will perform numerous other recitals and give master classes around the country, including Tennessee Tech University, the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and California State University at Fullerton, where he will be guest artist for “Trombone Day.” While in Fullerton, Zalkind will perform as a soloist with Bones West, where he will play bass trombone in a tribute to renowned bass trombonist George Roberts.  He will also be performing the John Mackey Harvest Concerto at Riverside Community College, along with the John Cage Sonata for Sliding Trombone at the Grand Teton Music Festival.  He will again serve as clinician at the National Orchestra Institute at the University of Maryland. 

Larry is a Yamaha Artist and has been heavily involved in the design and production of a new large-bore tenor and alto trombone, both of which he currently plays.  Larry is married to Utah Symphony Associate Principal Violist Roberta Zalkind.  They began dating as students at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California.  They have three children: Ben, Matt, and Aaron, two of whom have followed in their parents’ footsteps and are pursuing music careers of their own.

Thursday, NOVEMBER 9th, @ Summerhays Music in Murray

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Hailed as "a deft, smooth flute soloist" by the New York Times, Jennifer Grim's remarkable depth and breadth as a performer of solo and chamber repertoire has gained broad national acclaim. First prize winner in several national chamber music competitions, Ms. Grim has performed with such renowned ensembles as the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble. She is the flutist of the award-winning Zéphyros Winds and the New York Chamber Soloists. Other solo appearances include the Caramoor, Aspen, Norfolk, and Skaneateles Chamber Music Festivals.

Ms. Grim has been a featured soloist at the Vermont Mozart Festival, and collaborated as a chamber artist with pianists Menahem Pressler, Anton Kuerti, Charles Wadsworth, Philippe Entremont, and guitarist Eliot Fisk. At the invitation of Maestro Entremont, she was appointed Principal Flute of the Santo Domingo Music Festival Orchestra.

Highlights of recent seasons included performances of the Nielsen Flute Concerto with the Lviv Philharmonic (Ukraine), and Mozart Flute Concerto No. 2 in D major with the UNLV Symphony Orchestra, Henderson Symphony Orchestra, and the Vermont Summer Music Festival. Other noted performances include an appearance as soloist in the Mozart Concerto No. 1 in G major with maestro Philippe Entremont and the Boca Raton Symphonia, and guest artist performances with the Boston Chamber Music Society and the American String Quartet with harpist Nancy Allen.

Ms. Grim has given masterclasses across the country, specializing in both solo and chamber music. Among the institutions at which she has appeared are the Juilliard School, Yale University, Eastman School of Music, Arizona State University, University of Iowa, University of Oregon, University of Arizona, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, University of the Pacific, and the Idyllwild Arts Academy.

A native of Berkeley, California, Ms. Grim holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Stanford University and Masters and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from Yale University. She is currently Associate Professor of Music at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and Artistic Director of the UNLV Chamber Music Series.

Tuesday, NOVEMBER 14th, @ Summerhays Music in Murray

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Ray Smith is the head sax professor at BYU and is the head of the award winning band Synthesis. Dr. Smith performs periodically with the Utah Symphony and The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and is a regular with the Utah Saxophone Quartet and Q’d Up, a jazz quintet, as well as the saxophone quartet, FOUR. In 1998 he was given the Voice of Jazz Award for the State of Utah; and in 2008, he was recognized by the International Association for Jazz Education as the first Utah Jazz Master, a lifetime achievement award “for profound contributions and virtuoso performance in the field of jazz in Utah.” *********************************

Tevis was raised in beautiful Sacramento, California. He started playing clarinet at a young age and he quickly added the saxophone and flute. As a junior in high school, he was invited to play with the Consumnes River College Jazz Band. He later attended Brigham Young University where he mastered all of the woodwinds and graduated with a music performance degree. During college, he was awarded outstanding soloist in several jazz festivals. As lead tenor sax player, he toured Hungary and Romania with BYU's Synthesis Jazz Band, which was the very first non-communist musical group allowed in each of those countries. After graduating, he had a successful career as a professional woodwind doubler in both Utah and California. He played in the Concord Pavilion with the Mills Brothers, Barry Manilow, Tom Jones, Johnny Mathis and the Spinners. He also played for the Donny and Marie Television Show, Ray Charles, Bob Hope, the Utah Symphony, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, just to name a few. He played in live musicals for 20 years in Salt Lake City's Pioneer Memorial Theater and Sacramento's Music Circus, which often included New York original casts. Besides live performances he has recorded for television, radio commercials, CD's, and many major motion pictures.


Tevis has enjoyed a successful career as a professional woodwind doubler in both Utah and California, playing with the Mills Brothers, Barry Manilow, Tom Jones, Johnny Mathis and the Spinners. He also played for the Donny and Marie Television Show, Ray Charles, Bob Hope, the Utah Symphony, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, just to name a few. Besides live performances he has recorded for television, radio commercials, CD's, and many major motion pictures.*********************************

David Halliday has performed with a wide variety of top artists, including: David Archuleta, Sarah Uriatre Berry, Kristin Chenoweth, Linda Eder, Kurt Elling, Ben Folds, The Four Tops, Galactic, Dizzy Gillespie, Josh Groban, Grace Kelly (saxophonist), Wynton Marsalis, The Glenn Miller Orchestra, Arturo Sandoval, Diane Schuur, The Temptations, Stanley Turrentine, The Utah Symphony, Victor Wooten, and many more, and has performed as the opening act for Diana Krall, B.B. King, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, Jon Batiste and Stay Human, and Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe. His performance travels include 46 of the 50 United States, eight European countries, Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. Halliday’s original compositions have aired in 24 countries worldwide and on American networks: CBS, ESPN, Fox Sports, HBO, MLB Network, NFL Network, and Showtime. He has performed on the soundtracks of many television shows, music videos, DVDs, and commercials. Halliday has produced or co-produced 18 albums and appears as a sideman on over 60 more. He has recorded numerous recordings of Broadway musicals for The MT Pit, and founded his record label, Lone Peak Sound, in 2003, which currently features 11 titles.


Halliday’s roots stretch back to northern California. Born in Sacramento and raised in Vacaville, he studied with multi-Grammy Award-winning saxophone legend Joe Henderson at Henderson’s home in San Francisco while still a teen. He later studied with Tony Dagradi at Loyola University in New Orleans and Dr. Ray Smith at BYU. Halliday holds a BM in Saxophone Performance with an Emphasis in Jazz Studies from BYU and an MM in Jazz Performance and Composition from the University of Utah where he was the jazz area's Teacher's Assistant from 2004-06. Halliday is currently the Director of the Westminster College Jazz Ensemble and Associate Adjunct Professor of Saxophone at the University of Utah. He currently leads several bands including: The Number Ones, The Jazz Vespers Quartet (JVQ), and The New Orleans Project. He is a co-musical director of the Jazz Vespers Concert series, a 28-year-old tradition that takes place on the last eight Sundays before Christmas at the First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake City. Halliday and the JVQ host the Gracie’s Monday Night Jazz Jam every Monday night in downtown Salt Lake City where they have maintained residency since Spring of 2014. He has performed the national anthem at two Utah Jazz NBA games and a Real Salt Lake MLS game. He is also the host of the 83 Willy Fantasy Football Podcast, available on iTunes and TuneIn.


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John Bruce Yeh

Monday, NOVEMBER 20th, @ Summerhays Music in Murray

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John Bruce Yeh joined the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 1977, the first Asian musician ever appointed to the CSO, as well as the longest-serving clarinetist in CSO history. He currently serves as Assistant Principal and Solo Eb Clarinet of the CSO and has performed as guest principal of The Philadelphia Orchestra and the Seoul Philharmonic in Korea.  A prize winner at both the 1982 Munich International Music Competition and the 1985 Naumburg Clarinet Competition in New York, Yeh continues to solo with orchestras around the globe. 

An enthusiastic champion of new music, John Bruce Yeh is the dedicatee of new works for clarinet by numerous composers, ranging from Ralph Shapey to John Williams.  His more than a dozen solo and chamber music recordings have earned worldwide critical acclaim.  Recently released by Naxos is a disc titled “Synergy,” of single and double concertos with clarinet featuring John, his wife Teresa, and his daughter Molly. Yeh is director of Chicago Pro Musica, which received the Grammy Award in 1986 as Best New Classical Artist.  With clarinetist Teresa Reilly, erhu virtuoso Wang Guowei, and pipa virtuoso Yang Wei, Yeh recently formed Birds and Phoenix, an innovative quartet dedicated to musical exploration by bridging Eastern and Western musical cultures.

John is on the artist-faculties of Roosevelt University’s Chicago College for the Performing Arts and Midwest Young Artists in Fort Sheridan, Illinois. He is the proud father of Jenna Yeh, a culinary artist and wine specialist in Chicago; Molly Yeh, a percussionist, food blogger and author in Minnesota; and 11 year-old multi-talented Mia Reilly-Yeh.