Artists

Tess Miller

Tess Miller, DMA, CMP, CPC has a portfolio career in which she wears the hats of freelance performer, flute instructor, clinician, therapeutic musician, and life coach from the mid-Michigan area.  Dr. Miller received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Michigan State University and completed a dissertation covering research on music performance anxiety and how to deal with it using journal writing.  She has been invited to present her ideas on journal writing at the National Flute Association, the College Music Society Great Lakes Chapter Conference, the Central Michigan University, and the University of Southern Mississippi, among other educational institutions.  She is also a Board Certified Music Practitioner through the Music for Healing and Transition Program and a Certified Professional Coach through the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching.

Dr. Miller is an avid chamber musician. She performed as a semi-finalist at the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition with the Red Cedar Wind Trio.  As a founding member of the Great Lakes Art Music Ensemble (GLAM), she released a CD (Latin Dance Project) on the White Pine Record Label, which was nominated for three WYCE Jamies Awards in 2011.  Dr. Miller is also a member of the flute/double bass duo, Extreme Duality, an ensemble that performs recitals, school concerts, weddings, and healing concerts.

As an experienced orchestral musician, Dr. Miller currently plays second flute with the Traverse Symphony Orchestra and has performed with the Lansing Symphony, Jackson Symphony, Midland Symphony, Battle Creek Symphony, and the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra.  She has performed as a featured soloist with various College and Community Bands and Orchestras including the Alma College Orchestra, MSU Philharmonic Orchestra, the Meridean Concert Band, and the Mott Community College Band.

Dr. Miller is currently Visiting Professor of Music at Alma College, and maintains an active studio at the Michigan State University Community Music School.  In addition to her teaching, she is a new music and CD reviewer for The Flutist Quarterly.  As a Music Practitioner, Dr. Miller provides live, prescribed music at the bedside of the ill and dying at McLaren Greater Lansing.  In 2019, Tess founded her Life Coach business, Wings Unfolded, LLC, through which she helps artists and musicians develop self-awareness and healthy relationships with themselves in order to access the power and true potential that resides within. She lives in St. Johns, MI with composer husband Scott R. Harding and daughter Roslyn.

Callie Green Brewer

Callie Green Brewer is a native of Laurel, Mississippi, who enjoys teaching and performing. A graduate of South Jones High School, Brewer continued her studies at the University of Southern Mississippi. During her high school years, she was a four year member of the Lions All State Band, serving as first chair for two years. She participated in the All South Honor Band, All State Orchestra, All State Concert Band, and many other clinics. She also won the MMTA High School Competition as a junior and the MTNA High School Soloist as a senior. Brewer competed in and won the National High School Soloist Competition held at Middle Tennessee State in 2006.

At Southern Miss, she participated in many ensembles, including the Southern Miss Symphony Orchestra, the USM Wind Ensemble, the Southern Miss Flute Choir, several chamber groups, and the Pride of Mississippi Marching Band. Under the tutelage of standout artist Dr. Danilo Mezzadri, she completed her undergraduate work in just three years. During her time at Southern Miss, Brewer won the USM Wind Ensemble’s prestigious Concerto Competition, giving her the opportunity to solo with the ensemble as a sophomore. She also soloed with the Southern Miss Symphony Orchestra as a freshman. After graduating with a Bachelors Degree in Flute Performance with highest honors, Brewer immediately began work on a Masters Degree in Flute Performance and Pedagogy.

Mrs. Brewer founded the Callie Green Brewer Music Studio in 2013. Aside from her studio teaching, she also travels the gulf coast teaching masterclasses and flute classes. She founded the Coastal Flute Choir in 2015, a group that embraces flutists of all ages and stages. She also subs with the Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra and performs with several church and chamber groups across the coastal region.

Mrs. Brewer lives and teaches in Ocean Springs, MS, with her husband, Ron, and their children, Beau and Abigail.

Jesus Castro

Colombian flutist Jesus Castro is an international performer with participation in countries such as Peru, Ecuador, and the United States of America. Castro is winner of several competitions such as Fifth Place and Laureated flutist in the 2009 Colombian National Flute Competition in Bogota, Colombia, The University of Southern Mississippi 2010-2011 Band Soloists Competition, 2011-2012, USM William T. Gower Orchestra Soloists Competition, and Second place in the MTNA Young Artist Woodwind State Division Competition. Selected as Graduate Musician of the years 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 and Most Valuable Wind Player 2012-2013 by the University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra. He was selected as one of the 25 qualifying participants to attend to the 2013 National Flute Association International Young Artist Competition. Winner of Honorary Mention at the Louisiana Flute Festival 2014. Jesus was a winner of the award “Becas Para Colombianos en Procesos de Formación Artística y Cultural en el Exterior” given by the Colombian National Department of Culture in 2015.

Jesus Castro holds an undergraduate degree from the Conservatory of Tolima, a Master of Music degree in Flute Performance from The University of Southern Mississippi, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Flute Performance degree from the same institution.

 Dr. Castro currently holds the position of Associate Professor of Flute at the Universidad Distrital Francisco Jose de Caldas Asab, Facultad de Artes Asab.

Zhaolei Xie

Chinese Pianist Zhaolei Xie was a winner in the Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition, which led to his debut in Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall in New York City in 2006. He also won the Bronze Medal in the 58th Wideman International Piano Competition. His other awards include the First place in the Young Artist Division of the Tourgee DeBose National Piano Competition in Baton Rouge; Winner of Monroe Symphony Young Artists Competition, Mid-Texas Symphony Young Artist Competition and Texas Christian University Piano Concerto Competition; Second place in the Louisiana Music Teachers Association Collegiate Artist Competition of MTNA and Texas Young Artists Competition.

Mr. Xie has appeared as orchestral soloist with the Monroe Symphony Orchestra, Mid-Texas Symphony Orchestra, Texas Christian University Symphony Orchestra and Southeastern Louisiana University Chamber Orchestra. He is also active as a recitalist, chamber musician and piano accompanist. Mr. Xie has performed piano solo and chamber music in Ed Landreth Auditorium and PepsiCo Recital Hall in Texas and Miller Recital Hall and Greenfield Hall in New York City. He has served as piano accompanist in Southeastern Louisiana University and the Thurnauer School of Music of Kaplen JCC on the Palisades in New Jersey. Mr. Xie has participated in master classes given by Leslie Howard , Yoheved Kaplinsky and Jose Feghali.

Mr. Xie received his piano training in Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China and St. Petersburg State Conservatory of Music, Russia from 1993-2004. He earned his Bachelor’s degree with honors from Southeastern Louisiana University, where he was a student of David Evenson and Kenneth Boulton. Mr. Xie holds Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from Manhattan School of Music, and Artist Diploma from Texas Christian University, where he studied with Marc Silverman and John Owings. He is a member of PHI KAPPA PHI National Honor Society. In 2014, Mr. Xie was appointed as Staff Accompanist in The University of Southern Mississippi.

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