Jacobsen Woollen is a conductor, cellist, and tenor residing in Vienna, Austria. Back in his native United States, Jacobsen is often to be found at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, where he is the Assistant Conductor and has led workshops for newly-commissioned works. The past season included debut appearances with the St. Louis Symphony and the Polska Filharmonia Baltycka in Gdańsk, Poland, as well as an appointment as conductor of Chorus Delicti. In Vienna, Jacobsen is a Post-Graduate conducting student of Prof. Mark Stringer at the Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst. As a member of the Grammy-winning Arnold Schoenberg Chor, Jacobsen has participated in opera productions at Theater an der Wien (for which the choir was named Opera Chorus of the Year, 2017), as well as concerts in Europe’s most renowned venues, including Vienna’s Musikverein and Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie. Under the guidance of Kenneth Kiesler, Jacobsen received a Master’s Degree in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Michigan. During this time he was active in the Ann Arbor musical community, as well, serving as founder and director of Paradigm Shift Chamber Orchestra, music director of the Ann Arbor Camerata, and assistant conductor of the Michigan Life Sciences Orchestra. Jacobsen was a cello student of Susan Moses in the Indiana University String Academy, and later completed a Bachelor’s in Cello with Richard Aaron at the University of Michigan. As a cello soloist, he has appeared with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Bloomington Symphony Orchestra, Musical Arts Youth Orchestra, and Voces Novae Chamber Choir. From 2013-16, Jacobsen was cellist and artistic curator with the new-music sextet Latitude 49, and he is thrilled to continue serving as President of their Board of Directors.
As Assistant Conductor with Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras’s flagship ensemble, the Symphony Orchestra, Steven Gooden works closely with Music Director Allen Tinkham. He also conducts with Merit School of Music’s Tuition-Free Conservatory, Instrumental and Vocal Music, and Merit Music in Communities programs where Mr. Gooden serves as band director at Proviso Math and Science Academy in Forest Park. He is also the former clarinetist and co-artistic director of the Second City Winds. Mr. Gooden has performed with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Lakeshore Symphony Orchestra, Evanston Symphony Orchestra and is former principal clarinetist for the North Shore Concert Band. He has been recognized with honors in a number of competitions, and performed on the album American Manuscripts with the Georgia State University Wind Ensemble.
As a Black musician and motivational educator, Mr. Gooden is passionate about equity and inclusion in classical music. He is committed to never letting the perceptions of others influence the growth within himself, or his students. Mr. Gooden finds exceptional joy in empowering young people to push towards being their best selves inside and outside the ensemble. A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Mr. Gooden earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education at Georgia State University and earned a Masters of Music, with honors, in Clarinet Performance and Literature from Northwestern University, where he studied with Steven Cohen. In his free time, Steven is a car enthusiast who enjoys racing motorcycles, learning new skills, and spending time with his wife, Jaclyn, and young daughter, Callie.
Jack Kinsey is Managing Attorney of Brigantine Law Group, a boutique law firm based in Portland, Oregon. He obtained music degrees from Central Michigan University and the University of Florida, where he studied saxophone with John Nichol and Jonathan Helton. He studied musicology with Keith Clifton and Larry Crook. He obtained his Juris Doctor from the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College. He was a featured concerto competition winner at the University of Florida (2010), has recorded seven commercially released albums, and has his name inscribed on a statue of dancing pigs (2015). He practices criminal defense, personal injury, and contract law. He is a member of the Oregon State Bar Association, the Multnomah Bar Association, and is on the crew of the CAF. He enjoys his morning walk to work, spending time with his cat, strong coffee, and riding his bikes.
Grammy award recipient Bill Maylone has been recording in the Chicago area
and beyond for over 30 years, and has been the chief recording engineer for
Chicago-based Cedille Records since its inception in 1989. Bill began
recording live concerts and spoken-word events for WFMT during its ‘Golden
Age’ in the mid to late 1980s. Since then he has engineered over 180 CD
recordings for Cedille, as well as numerous other interesting projects with
orchestras and solo artists in the US, Germany, the UK, and the Slovak and
Scott McAllister completed his undergraduate degrees in performance and composition from The Florida State University and his doctorate in composition from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. McAllister has received numerous commissions, performances, and awards throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. His music has been featured at the Aspen, Chautauqua, and The Prague/American Institute Summer Festivals. McAllister’s music has been performed and/or commissioned by notable ensembles and soloists including The American Composers Orchestra, The Rascher Quartet, New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, I Musici de Montreal, Charles Neidich, Richard Stoltzman, The Verdehr Trio, Jacksonville Symphony, Da Camera, Waco Symphony, The United States New Music Ensemble, and The President's Own Marine Band. McAllister was awarded first prize in The Ladislav Kubik International Composition Competition and was a winner of an ASCAP Fellowship award. Scott McAllister's music is recorded on the Naxos, Albany, Centaur, and Summit Records labels and his music can be found at Lydmusic.com. Scott McAllister is Professor of Composition at Baylor University.
Bruno Yoshioka is a Senior Software Engineering Manager at Microsoft, working on the Microsoft Endpoint Manager product. He has undergraduate degrees in Computer Science in Engineering and Saxophone Performance from the University of Michigan. As a musician, his teachers and mentors include Zach Shemon, John Nichol, and Donald Sinta. He is a former member of the 'Moanin’ Frogs' saxophone sextet and performed regularly with the Michigan Symphony Band as an undergraduate. Although his career is not in music, he is passionate about enabling music ensembles in their pursuit of exposing the world to new and compelling music as well as educating future generations of students on the value and outlook music provides. In engineering, he’s collaborated with the Windows and Office teams at Microsoft to create integrated management experiences for IT administrators. Throughout his early career, he grew interested in mentorship and pursued a path in management. Today he manages a team of talented and diverse engineers and finds passion in growing their careers and making strategic decisions. Bruno regularly enjoys hanging out with his dogs, playing video games, listening to great music, and reading interesting books.
Bonnie Lyn Paige
Bonnie Lyn Paige currently serves as Secretary to the Board of Directors for Latitude 49, and previously was the Director of Operations for the group. She has taught private violin lessons for over a decade to young children in Oklahoma, Michigan, and Virginia. She is currently a nanny for three young children, and studying Latin Dance at "May I Have This Dance" in Chicago. Her passions are dancing, music, meditation, and educating youth. "I am constantly finding parallels amongst my interests," she says. "They all intersect at a unique parallel: despite having ancient roots, each of these celebrates the living- the present moment. Whether I'm dancing, meditating, working with kids, or listening to Latitude 49, it's as if a powerful magnetic force is drawing me into the here and now. It's a great place to be, because it's all we're guaranteed."