With three decades of experience in collegiate brass teaching and professional performance, DeWitt is invested in providing dynamic brass instruction (lessons, clinics, master classes, and coaching) to students of all ages and ability levels.
Having earned degrees from West Virginia University, Bowling Green State University, and the Eastman School of Music, he is a former member of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Charleston, and a former professor at Alderson-Broaddus College, Philippi, WV. He is currently serves as adjunct professor at West Virginia Wesleyan College, West Virginia University, and Fairmont State University. For more details on his work, please visit www.DeWittBrassStudios.com
Seth Maynard’s years of training at Berklee College of Music are evident in his skillful and colorful guitar and vocal stylings. He performs as many as 100 shows each year at various regional venues and serves as Adjunct Music Faculty at Davis & Elkins College and West Virginia Wesleyan College. He owns and operates Lone Wolf Productions, where his recording/producing/performing/teaching credits are numerous, including sound mixing and performing for the West Virginia PBS/ RFD-TV show, “American Mountain Theater”. Seth’s recent production credits include Cassidy Dickens” “Ghosts” CD and Carol Markstrom’s Academy of Western Artists award-winning CD, “Crossing Borders”. Seth performs regionally as a solo/duo act, and with small ensembles: The Cool Cats, ZEN, The Elk River Ramblers, and The Ginsangers. Seth has toured the country, performing with various artists (ZEN, John Angotti), and opened for many national/international artists over the course of his career (Robert Randolph, Bela Fleck, String Cheese Incident, and others).
Scott Green teaches music at Third Ward Elementary School in Elkins WV and is an adjunct faculty member at West Virginia Wesleyan College. He is a composer and arranger, a church organist, music director for the Old Brick Playhouse Apprentices, and a longtime member of WVU’s Miltenberger Jazz Quartet. He holds a DMA in music composition from WVU.
Leah De Gruyl
Leah de Gruyl is a second-year Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artist in 2017-18. She is a recent graduate of the Masters and Artist Diploma programs at University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music. Her credits at CCM include: Soloist in Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde and Symphony No. 3; Verdi’s Requiem; and El Niño, as well as the title role in La tragèdie de Carmen, Mother Marie/Dialogues of the Carmelites, Dritte Dame/Die Zauberflöte, Aloés/L’Étoile, Mother Goose/The Rake’s Progress, and Eboli in the CCM Philharmonic’s concert presentation of the five-act French version of Verdi’s Don Carlos. She has also sung as soloist in Dvorak’s Requiem (Annapolis Symphony Orchestra) and with Asheville Symphony Orchestra in Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass. In June of 2015, she made her Carnegie Hall debut as soloist in Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem. She sang the title role of Carmen in the touring reduction with Cincinnati Opera as well as the full length version with Rome Festival Opera.
Bass and Bass Guitar
After graduating from the Pittsburgh High School for the Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA), Thompson attended Duquesne University for two years as a Double Bass Performance Major.
As a professional jazz bassist for the last ten years or so, he has shared the stage with some of music’s greatest artists including: Milt Jackson, George Benson, Jon Faddis, James Moody, Curtis Fuller, Kenia, Joe Harris, Gary Bartz, Slide Hampton, James Williams, Grover Washington Jr, Roger Humphries, Kenny Drew Jr, Clark Terry, Johnny Griffin, and many others. Thompson also toured the world with trumpeter Maynard Ferguson as musical director (’97-’99), as well as playing in the late, great saxophonist Stanley Turrentine’s last touring group (’99-’00).