Leslie Marrs is Assistant Professor of Flute at Drake University. She has performed as a chamber musician from the nation’s capitol to New Delhi and Oxford, and has been featured as Soloist with the Bay View Festival Orchestra, UNCG Orchestra, and the United States Army Field Band, and has performed at National Flute Association conventions. She was a winner of the NFA Dissertation Competition, and presented “Integrating Extended Techniques into Flute Pedagogy: A Resource Guide for Flutists, Teachers, and Composers” at the 2005 NFA convention in San Diego. She earned her D.M.A. at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, M.M. from Florida State University, and B.M. from Virginia Commonwealth University. Flute teachers include Mark Sparks, Charles DeLaney, Deborah Egekvist, Francile Bilyeu, and Tim Day.
Classical Guitar soloist, performer of chamber music and concerti, Robert Trent has performed on the continents of North and South America and in Europe. Dr. Trent performs on modern guitar, Renaissance lute and on an original French guitar from the early 19th century and a reproduction of a 10-string double-necked Romantic guitar of Scherzer. In addition to his in solo recitals he performs regularly with forte pianist Pamela Swenson (as Duo Firenze). He has appeared in chamber music recitals or concerti with The Audubon Quartet and the Kandinsky Trio and the Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra. He has been a first prize winner in numerous National and International competitions including; the Webb National Guitar Competition, the Masterworks Young Artist Competition and the chamber music prize at the International Competition “Arturo Toscanini” in Italy. Trent is Professor of Guitar at Radford University.
Composer and teacher Robert Fruehwald (b. 1957) grew up in Louisville, Kentucky where he played flute in the Louisville Youth Orchestra. He attended the University of Louisville, studying composition with Nelson Keyes, Claude Baker, and Dan Welcher, and flute with Francis Fuge. He earned his MFA from the California Institute of Arts, studying with Mel Powell, Morton Subotnik, and Leonard Roseman; he completed his Ph. D. at Washington University in Saint Louis with Robert Wykes. Fruehwald has been teaching at Southeast Missouri State University since 1989, teaching composition, theory, flute, electronic-computer music, and the history of modernism.