Nick Schroeder is a professional musician and educator currently finishing his D.M.A. in Jazz Studies from the University of Illinois. His most recent position of Split Lead trumpet/jazz trumpet/vocal group with the Glenn Miller Orchestra is one of many achievements as a versatile freelance trumpet player originally from Central Illinois. After earning his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Texas, he crafted his style aboard the fun ships of Carnival Cruise Lines until returning to his home state of Illinois to pursue post-graduate study of jazz music. Nick has studied under Tito Carrillo, Ronald Romm, Jay Saunders, Mike Steinel, Thomas Wirtel and Vern Sielert throughout his studies. During his four years in graduate school, Nick led jazz bands and combos for Normal Community West High School and Champaign Centennial High School as well as serving as adjunct faculty for the Fine Arts and Humanities department at Heartland Community College in Normal, Ill. Nick is coordinator of Jazz Studies at Hutchinson Community College in central Kansas. He has performed with The Temptations, indie-rock band Spoon, The Rat Pack, The Guy Lombardo Orchestra, the Champaign/Urbana Symphony, Marvin Hamlisch, Fred Wesley and the Les Elgart Orchestra. Nick is featured on the Brian Krock tune “Yes It’s True” on the University of Illinois Concert Jazz Band’s most recent [double] CD Free Play, released in 2010 and prominently appears on the newest Glenn Miller Orchestra album, In the Mood released in July 2013.
Kristin Shaffer received her B.M. and M.M. in flute performance at Wichita (Kan.) State University, where she was a student of Dr. Frances Shelly. Kristin has performed in master classes with Julius Baker and James Galway. She has been principal flutist with the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra since 1996 and was principal flutist with the Hutchinson Symphony from 1998-2006. Kristin was a soloist with NMKSO in 2008 on Latin American Suite for Flute and Harpsichord by Daniel Luzko, and in 2010 on Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 by J.S. Bach. She most recently performed Poem for Flute and Orchestra by Charles Griffes with the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra in 2011. Kristin lives in Wichita with her husband, Doug, and her two sons.
Cindy Thompson is the oboe instructor at Hesston College and the applied woodwinds instructor at Newman University (Wichita). For six years she was the oboe professor at Washburn University (Topeka), and has also taught oboe at Bethel College (North Newton). She is a graduate of Wichita (Kan.) State University and the University of Akron (Ohio) and has been a member of the Wichita Symphony for more than 30 years. As a member of the Lieurance Woodwind Quintet in 2004-2005, she performed for the Kansas Music Educators Association Convention, the International Double Reed Society Convention and on the quintet’s annual recital with the Vivace Woodwind Quintet from Panama. She has performed with various other groups including the Oklahoma City Symphony, Opera Kansas, Wichita Grand Opera, Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony, Wichita Chamber Chorale, the Robert Page Singers and with Dr. John Leavitt at Carnegie Hall. She is featured soloist on many of Dr. Leavitt’s recordings and has premiered many of his works for choir and oboe or English horn. She was the oboist and orchestral contractor for CDs with Master Arts Chorale and the Mid-Kansas Symphonic Ensemble. In 2009 she premiered a trio by Daniel Racer for English horn, viola and double bass at the Knob Music Festival in Wichita; in 2013 the trio performed at the University of Northern Colorado. Her primary teachers are Peggy Michel, Linda Strommen and James Ryon. She has attended workshops with John Mack, Elaine Douvas, Richard Woodhams and Thomas Stacy. She maintains an active private teaching studio. Former students have been accepted to the oboe studios at Michigan State, UMKC Conservatory, Florida State and Wichita State. She freelances in the Wichita area and is also proprietor of A440 Double Reeds.