Dr. Marisa Youngs, trumpet
Dr. Marisa Youngs is the Trumpet Faculty at Winthrop University, where she teaches Applied Trumpet, Trumpet Ensemble, and Trumpet Repertory classes. She is also a member of the Music Theory Faculty at Winthrop and teaches several undergraduate music theory and aural skills courses. Dr. Youngs is an active freelancer and educator throughout the Carolinas and other Eastern states.
Dr. Youngs has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Australia as a soloist, chamber musician, and conductor, as well as with orchestras, wind bands, and jazz bands. She was recently a featured soloist at the 2018 International Trumpet Guild Conference and also won the Top Prize at the 2017 Australasian Trumpet Academy, as well as 3rd Prize in the Academy's Orchestral Excerpt Competition. Dr. Youngs performs regularly with various professional ensembles, including performances with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra (Charlotte, NC), Kentucky Bach Choir (Louisville, KY), Owensboro Symphony Orchestra (Owensboro, KY), Jackson Symphony (Jackson, TN), Lexington Chamber Orchestra, Lexington Brass Band, Boston Chamber Symphony, New England Philharmonic (Boston, MA), Calliope Opera Company (Boston, MA), New England Brass Band (Wilmington, MA), and Erie Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra (Erie, PA), among others.
In other professional activities, Dr. Youngs is currently the New Works Coordinator for the International Trumpet Guild (ITG) and has had several articles published in the ITG Journal. She will be leading a clinic at the 2019 ITG Conference in Miami, Florida and will also present her linguistics research at the 2019 University of Kentucky Summer Trumpet Institute.
Nick Fife, horn
Nicholas Fife is from Fort Mill, South Carolina. His professional performing career began while attending the University of South Carolina, performing with Symphony Orchestra Augusta and the South Carolina Philharmonic. He has also performed with the Laredo Philharmonic, Victoria Symphony Orchestra, Mid Texas Symphony, Louisiana Sinfonietta, Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, Norem Brass Quintet, Tigerland Brass Quintet, Beaufort Symphony, Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Freedom Brass Band, and the Texas All Star Horn Professor Horn Choir. In December of 2013 Mr. Fife earned the second horn position with the Beloit Janesville Symphony and performed with the orchestra until May 2015.
Nick served as an Adjunct Professor at Texas A&M International University where he taught horn and chamber music there until May of 2018. In June of 2018 the Atlantic Brass Quintet premiered one of Mr. Fife's compositions a the Mostly Modern Festival.
Since that performance Nick has received over a half dozen commissions. Currently Mr. Fife is finishing his DMA with the University of Texas at Austin. He is also the Assistant Lecturer of Brass Studies at Coker University. Mr. Fife is performing with the Rock Hill Symphony Orchestra. Lastly, In March 2019 Nick founded the South Carolina Brass Band. This band consists of college brass teachers, band directors, freelancers, RHSO personnel, and community members.
Dr. Justin Isenhour, trombone
Justin Isenhour teaches trombone and music theory in Winthrop's Department of Music. He is a former member of the Arkansas Symphony and has performed with the Charlotte Symphony, Augusta Symphony, Blumenthal Theater, Greeley Philharmonic, and the South Carolina Philharmonic. Prior to his appointment at Winthrop, Dr. Isenhour taught at Ouachita Baptist University, Converse College, the University of Northern Colorado, and the University of South Carolina.
He is a certified Creative Motion instructor. Creative Motion, a kinesthetic music pedagogy, strives to unify the whole person in music making. Dr. Isenhour frequently teaches at the annual Windswept Music Conference, and presented a Creative Motion session at the International Trombone Festival in 2017.
Dr. Isenhour's article on approaching ornamentation in Johann Georg Albrechtsberger's Concerto in B-flat for Trombone (1769) appeared in International Trombone Association Journal (Volume 35, Number 2). His app Click Pitch is currently one of the only orchestral excerpt training apps in the AppStore.
Dr. Doug Black, tuba and euphonium
Dr. Douglas Black, Jr is the Tuba and Euphonium Faculty at Winthrop University where he teaches applied tuba and euphonium, directs the Winthrop University Tuba-Euphonium Choir, coaches brass chamber music, teaches brass methods, introduction to music technology, and serves as coordinator of recording. Doug is also on the tuba and euphonium faculty at the University of South Carolina.
Doug has performed concertos with the Winthrop University Wind Symphony, Peoria Municipal Band, and given recitals in North Carolina, South Carolina, Illinois, Alabama, and Canada. Doug is an active orchestral tubist, he is the principal tuba and cimbasso in Opera Carolina, principal tuba of the Rock Hill Symphony Orchestra, and has performed with the Durham Symphony Orchestra, Augusta Symphony, South Carolina Philharmonic, Aiken Symphony Orchestra, Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, and the Charlotte Civic Orchestra. Doug has also performed with the Triangle Brass Band, North Carolina Brass Band, and was the tubist with Tim Zimmerman and the King’s Brass. Douglas has performed and presented at numerous regional and international conferences.
Doug is a Buffet Crampon performing artist/clinician and plays exclusively on B&S and Meinl Weston tubas.