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Monica Duncan: Clarinet, Chamber Music

Clarinetist Monica Duncan freelances throughout the Greater Boston area, and has performed with Symphony by the Sea, Cape Ann, Lexington, and Greater Lansing Symphonies, North Shore Music Theater, Hillyer Festival Orchestra, Chalumeau Chamber Ensemble, Bay State Clarinet Quartet, and Arlington Street Chamber Players. Duncan has performed in Japan and Canada, and has premiered works at the SCI National Conference and the Latin American Music Festival. She can also be heard on the CDs Awaiting the Sun, FleetingVisions, Metamorphosis, and Ghosts through Beauport Classical, and Basically British with Philharmonia a Vént.

Duncan holds a Master of Music degree from Indiana University where she studied with James Campbell, and a Bachelor of Music degree from Michigan State University. In addition to her role as performer, Duncan teaches clarinet from her private studio and in the Hamilton-Wenham School District. She is also a chamber music coach with the Northshore Youth Symphony Orchestra.

David Schumacher: Saxophone, Composition, Jazz

David Schumacher is Director of Jazz for the Pentucket Regional School District. His students have earned top awards at the Berklee, UNH, and MAJE Jazz Festivals, spots in District, All-State, and All-National ensembles, and acceptance into top music schools around the country.

Published contributions include JazzTimes and JazzEd magazines, and music education journals throughout New England and New York. He has presented at music education conferences in MA, VT, and NH, including a webinar for the PMEA. In 2020, Schumacher will guest direct the CDMMEA Junior District Jazz Band, and begin a two-year position as manager for the MMEA All-State Jazz Band.

As a composer, his NYC Jazz Orchestra recording received critical acclaim and designation as one of CD Baby's Top Ten Jazz Albums for 2009. His self-published music has been commissioned and performed by artists, bands, and schools across the country, including at the Kennedy Center and Jordan Hall.

Schumacher holds a MM in Jazz Studies from NEC with High Honors and Distinction in Performance. He studied with Bob Brookmeyer and Branford Marsalis.


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