Mead Witter School of Music is pleaded to announce that Peter Dominguez (Double Bass), Conor Nelson (Flute), and Brandon Quarles (Classical Saxophone) have each accepted faculty appointments beginning this fall. In addition, Mariana Farah (Choirs) will begin her appointment as Director of Choral Studies in August 2021.
His teaching activities include national and international classes, International Society of Bassists conferences, adjudication of international competitions, artistic direction of the Richard Davis Foundation for Young Bassist Inc annual conference in Madison Wisconsin, and the director of the bieannial Milt Hinton Institute for Studio Bass at Oberlin Conservatory.
A recital at the Tokyo Opera City Hall with percussionist Ayano Kataoka received numerous broadcasts on NHK Television. Their CD entitled, Breaking Training was released on New Focus Recordings (NYC). His second CD, Nataraja with pianist Thomas Rosenkranz is also available on New Focus.
Prior to his most recent appointment in the Mead Witter School of Music at UW-Madison, Conor served as the flute professor at Bowling Green State University for nine years and at Oklahoma State University from 2007-2011. He has given master classes at over one hundred colleges and universities. His former students can be found performing in orchestras, as well as teaching at colleges, universities, and public schools nationwide. They have amassed over sixty prizes in young artist competitions, concerto competitions, and flute association competitions.
He received degrees from the Manhattan School of Music, Yale University, and Stony Brook University where he was the winner of the school-wide concerto competitions at all three institutions. He is currently the Principal Flutist of the New Orchestra of Washington (D.C.). His teachers include Carol Wincenc, Ransom Wilson, Linda Chesis, Susan Hoeppner, and Amy Hamilton. He is looking forward to performing with the Wingra Wind Quintet at UW. Dr. Nelson is an artist for Powell Flutes.
He has performed with chamber groups such as Eighth Blackbird, Ensemble Dal Niente, and the Zafa Collec-tive, and orchestras such as the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra, and the Northwest Indiana Symphony.
Since 2014, Brandon has given the world premiere of over 50 works for the saxophone and continues to bring new music to the world through his own improvisational practice. In addition to performing on and teaching the saxophone, Brandon recently designed and taught an undergraduate course on the music and history of the Beatles at Northwestern University. Since his teenage years, Brandon has been making music in the pop/rock idiom as a performer on saxophone, vocals, guitars, and keyboards and as a songwriter/arranger.
Farah’s research focuses on Brazilian choral music, particularly the a cappella choral works of Ernani Aguiar (b.1950). Her edition of Aguiar’s Três Motetinos No.2 has been published by Earthsongs, and she expects to introduce more of his music to the United States through performances, recordings, editions, and future publications of his unknown choral literature.
In addition to her work at KU, Farah maintains an active schedule as a clinician for festivals in Brazil and in the U.S., where she is often sought out for her expertise in Brazilian choral music. She has presented at several conferences for the National Association for Music Education and the American Choral Directors Association. Recent engagements include appearances as a conductor at the 2019 Northwest Kansas Music Educators Association High School Honor Choir, the 2018 Southwestern ACDA conference, 2016 & 2014 Kansas Music Educators Association Convention, Universidade de São Paulo-Ribeirão Preto, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Universidade Estadual de Maringá, Festival de Música de Londrina, Adams State Honor Choir Festival, the 2015 Kantorei Summer Choral Institute, a residency with the Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum, and the 2014 Idaho All State Treble Choir.