Featured Clinicians

Featured clinicians will offer an array of compelling workshops at the TMEA annual Clinic/Convention.

Band Division

Gary Lewis, Univ of Colorado-Boulder
Gary Lewis is the Director of Orchestral Studies and the Bob and Judy Charles Professor of Conducting in the College of Music at the University of Colorado Boulder, where he conducts the University Symphony Orchestra and oversees the entire orchestra program. He is also Music Director and Conductor of the Midland-Odessa Symphony Orchestra.

At CU Boulder, Lewis leads the graduate program in orchestral conducting including both the masters and doctoral levels. Prior to his appointment at Colorado, he served as Director of Orchestras at Texas Tech University, Director of Bands at the Ohio State University, Associate Director of Bands at the University of Michigan, and Director of Bands at Abilene Christian University. He is the Principal Guest Conductor of the Boulder Philharmonic and has appeared with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, the Sichuan Philharmonic Orchestra (Chengdu, China), the Colorado Music Festival, and many others.

As a strong advocate of music education, Lewis has presented many in-service workshops for public school educators, as well as numerous presentations at state and regional music education association conferences. In addition, he has conducted All-State Orchestras and Bands in many states along with the ASTA National Honor Orchestra and the Honor Orchestra of America. In 2010, Lewis became the founding Artistic Director of the Greater Boulder Youth Orchestras and continues to serve as conductor of the Symphony Orchestra.


Orchestra Division

Jennifer Drake, Music Director, Serenata Orchestra; Boise Philharmonic Youth Orchestra
Inspired by the power of music to connect people, ideas, and communities, Jennifer Drake is a conductor, violist, teacher, clinician, and camp director. The most enthusiastic musician you will ever meet, Drake is known for her versatility, humor, and energy. She has been a transformative force for the arts in Boise, Idaho, since 1999.

Winner of the 2018 International Conducting Workshop and Competition, Drake is the Music Director of the Serenata Orchestra, the Boise Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, and the assistant conductor and principal violist for the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival. She is the principal violist for the Boise Baroque Chamber Orchestra, as well as a section violist for the Boise Philharmonic. Drake has enjoyed an international chamber music career, performing at the 33rd International Viola Congress in Reykjavík, Iceland, and the International Bass Clarinet Convention in Rotterdam, Holland.

Drake is a highly sought teacher and clinician. Her students range in age from 10 to 80 and enjoy success in a variety of musical endeavors, including performing in ensembles, earning college scholarships, consistent high rankings in contests, all while maintaining the love and enjoyment of making music. As a clinician in demand across the nation, she is known for her infectious energy and ability to engage with ensembles of all levels.


Vocal Division

Jonathan Talberg, California State Univ-Long Beach/Bob Cole Conservatory
Jonathan Talberg serves as Director of Choral, Vocal, and Opera Studies at the Bob Cole Conservatory and is conductor of the international award-winning Bob Cole Conservatory Chamber Choir. He led the choir to first place awards at the Spittal International Choir Festival and the “Choir of the World” competition in Wales. Additionally, he and the choir have performed with groups as diverse as the Kronos Quartet, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, and the Rolling Stones.

Talberg has twice conducted at the National Association for Music Education regional honor choir, at the 2008, 2012, 2016, and 2020 American Choral Directors Western Convention, and at the 2009 and 2013 National Collegiate Choral Organization Conferences. He has been invited to conduct at the 2021 National ACDA Conference. He has led All-State choral concerts from Oregon to Maine. Prior to his appointment at CSULB in 2000, Talberg served as Conducting Assistant to the Cincinnati Symphony and the Aspen Music Festival, and as principal choral conductor at Arrowbear Music Camp in Southern California. Before graduate school, he taught high school choir in Orange County and at the Los Angeles County High School of the Arts.

Talberg received his BM in Choral Conducting from Chapman University, where he received the Outstanding Alumnus in the Arts award in 2014. He earned his MM and DMA in Choral Conducting from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music and completed a post-doctoral fellowship with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Pops, and the May Festival Chorus.


Elementary Division

Amy Abbott, St. Vrain Valley School District, CO
Amy Abbott is in her 23rd year of teaching elementary music, with the past 20 years having been in the St. Vrain Valley school district in Colorado. She received her undergraduate degree in music education from the University of Colorado Boulder and her master’s in music education with a Kodály emphasis from Colorado State University. She has Kodály certifications from Portland State University, where she studied with Jill Trinka, Susan Brumfield, Vicki Loebell, and Sean Dëibler, and from Colorado State University, where she studied with Sue Litehold-Bowcock, Gabor Viragh, and Ann Eisen. Abbott has presented sessions at multiple OAKE conferences, the Colorado Music Educators State Conference, Oregon Arts Alliance State Conference, many OAKE chapters, as well as professional development for Amarillo ISD, Bakersfield MEA, and St. Vrain Valley School Districts. She is also the level 2 pedagogy, folksong, and analysis Kodály teacher at Colorado State University. Additionally, Abbott has served on the ROCKE board for over seven years as President, Secretary, and Member-at-Large, and she was the co-chair for the OAKE 2020 National Conference. In addition to teaching general music at Red Hawk elementary, she teaches a 4/5 choir and a 4/5 musical each spring.


Paul Cribari, Cherry Creek School District, CO
Paul Cribari is an Orff Schulwerk teacher in the Cherry Creek School District in Colorado and is the district’s K–12 Performing Arts Coordinator. He received his master of arts in Orff Schulwerk from the University of St. Thomas, and his doctorate in music education from Boston University. In addition to his work with children, Cribari teaches levels I, II, and III of Orff Schulwerk at Southern Methodist University, Metropolitan State University of Denver, and the San Francisco International Orff Schulwerk Course. He is a regular clinician for local chapters of the AOSA and has presented sessions at state and local conferences as well as numerous National Conferences of the AOSA. Internationally, Cribari has presented in Italy and Hong Kong.


College Division

Scott N. Edgar, Lake Forest College
Scott N. Edgar is Associate Professor of Music, Music Education Chair, and Director of Bands at Lake Forest College, Illinois. He received his PhD in music education from the University of Michigan, his master’s degree in education from the University of Dayton, and his bachelor’s degree in music education from Bowling Green State University.

Edgar’s previous teaching experience in higher education includes work at Adrian College and Concordia College Ann Arbor. Prior to his work in higher education, he taught K–12 instrumental music in Ohio and Michigan. Edgar is the author of Music Education and Social Emotional Learning: The Heart of Teaching Music and is an internationally sought clinician on the topic. In addition to clinics, he also teaches graduate courses on musical social emotional learning at VanderCook College of Music. He is an active clinician, a concert and marching band adjudicator, and regular presenter at professional development and research conferences. Edgar is a member of the National Association for Music Education, the American Educational Research Association, the College Music Society, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia music fraternity and Kappa Kappa Psi band fraternity.

Edgar will be present clinics regarding social emotional learning in music education. He will focus on creating healthy classroom environments, deliberately teaching healthy social and emotional interactions in the music class, and using social emotional learning to advocate for music education.