SAMUEL CROSS, Professor Part time
B.M., M.M., University of Texas; additional study at Indiana University. He is a student of Murray Grodner and Harold Robinson and has had additional study with Gary Karr and Eugene Levinson. His extensive orchestral experience includes orchestras in Texas, Indiana and Virginia, and he has appeared regularly as a soloist throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Cross has publications in such noted journals as The American String Teacher, The International Society of Bassists and The Music Educators Journal.
Karine Chapdelaine, Part Time Instructor
Bassist Karine Chapdelaine has lead an active career in music that includes international performances in Europe, South America, Africa, Asia, Canadian public radio shows, and has garnered vast experience recording jazz and pop albums. In 2001 Karine won a spot in the International Association of Jazz Educator's "Sisters in Jazz" competition, performing in New York City, Washington DC, and in Europe. The group opened for a number of jazz legends including Kenny Baron, Regina Carter, The Maria Schneider Orchestra, and the Brecker Brothers at festivals such as the North Sea Jazz Festival, and the Pori Jazz Festival. The 2003 Montreal International Jazz Festival honored her with the "Galaxy Prize" for best composition. Endorsed by "Godin Guitars," she is a repeat performer at the Kennedy Center, and at Carnegie Hall with Paquito D'Rivera's Latin Jazz Workshop. She has also shared the stage with jazz icons such as McCoy Tyner, "Bunky" Green, and Cecil Bridgewater, as well as winning one of Downbeat Magazine's Student Awards for "Outstand Performance in Jazz for 2011."
A graduate of McGill University in Montreal, Canada, Karine later earned two Masters Degrees from Howard University in Washington DC; one in Jazz Studies, and one in Music Education. Presently, she lives in the DC metro area, and continues to compose and perform music in a variety of settings, as well as teaching early childhood music education, upright bass, and French.