Charleen Ayers grew up and took some of her musical training in Missouri. She graduated magna
cum laude from Yale University with a Masters Degree in Vocal Performance. She spent several
summers on a vocal fellowship at Tanglewood, summer home of the Boston Symphony. She has
enjoyed high honors in many vocal competitions over the years, including the San Francisco
and Metropolitan Opera auditions, and was a national finalist in the National Association of
Teachers of Singing Artists (NATS) Awards. Charleen is an active performer in opera, musical
theater, and oratoria. Her favorite roles include Marsinah in Kismet, Amalia Balash in She
Loves Me, Josephine in H.M.S. Pinfore, Mimi in La Boheme, and the title role in The Merry
Widow. She has made solo appearances with over 65 orchestras, including the orchestras of
Baltimore, Pittsburg, St. Louis, Honolulu, and San Francisco.
John R. Beck is currently on the faculty at the North Carolina School of the Arts. Prior to this, he performed regularly with the National and Baltimore Symphonies, Washington and Baltimore Operas, and the Theater Chamber Players of the Kennedy Center. His performances also include the Las Vegas Marimba Quartet, Brass Band of Battle Creek, and the Contemporary Music Forum in Washington, D.C. John has recorded and performed commercial music with touring Broadway shows, as well as jazz, Dixieland and Top 40 bands.
A former member and national tour soloist with the United States Marine Band, Beck now tours as xylophone soloist with the Jack Daniel's Silver Cornet Band and the New Sousa Band. His solo appearances also include the Buffalo Philharmonic, Syracuse Symphony, Southwest Florida Symphony, Pottstown Symphony, and the Alexandria Symphony.
Beck has served on the faculties of the University of Colorado at Boulder, Shenandoah University, George Washington University, the Washington Conservatory of Music, and the New England Music Camp. An active Yamaha clinician, he has presented clinics and master classes at colleges and universities across the United States.
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His education includes an undergraduate degree from Michigan State University, studying under the renowned euphonium artist Leonard V. Falcone. His doctoral work was completed at Florida State University from which he holds the distinction of being the first person to complete the Doctor of Music degree in Euphonium Performance.
Acclaimed as one of the finest euphonium virtuosos of all time, Dr. Louder performs on three low brass instruments -- trombone, tuba and euphonium -- a rare achievement for professional musicians. Dr. Louder is also in great demand as a guest euphonium soloist, clinician, adjudicator, and conductor in the United States and internationally. Currently, he is principal and featured euphonium soloist with Keith Brion's "New Sousa Band", Dr. Leonard B. Smith's "Detroit Concert Band" and Blossom Music Center Festival Band", and a performer on euphonium with the newly-formed euphonium/tuba ensemble "Symphonia." He is a permanent faculty member at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan.