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Ronda Eldridge

RondaOriginally from the central Sierra foothills of California, Ronda has successfully taught both privately and at the elementary, high school, and college levels for more than 20 years.  She holds a Bachelors Degree in Music from Thomas Edison State College in New Jersey and a Masters Degree in Flute Performance from California State University, Sacramento. Ronda has studied flute for more than 30 years and has performed with bands, symphony orchestras, Celtic ensembles, chamber ensembles, and flute choirs. She started and directed the Porterville College Flute Choir from 1999-2003 and was a founding member of the Celtic performing group, The Tule River Ensemble. In 2005, Ronda was the first runner-up in the California Festival of New American Music as a performer and in 2006, Ronda was invited to perform at the National Flute Convention in Pittsburgh.  Ronda has been fortunate to have studied with and attended master classes with some of the finest flutists in the world. Ronda’s primary private teachers have been Frank Langone, Ray Fabrizio, Yamaha Artist Tracy Harris, and international recording artist Laurel Zucker. Ronda’s discography includes By the Tule River’s Edge on Tule River Records, Tracy Harris Live in Concert: Music of Harvest and Holly, Grace Griffith: My Life on Blix Street Records, and MUSe: Flute Music by Christopher Caliendo on Tule River Records. Ronda regularly performs on a variety of concert and world flutes including the bass flute, Irish flute, recorder, and Shakuhachi. 

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Jeanene Johnson

PictureJeanene Ioppolo Johnson has served as Adjunct Clarinet Professor at Tarleton since 2007 and also teaches  the Clarinet Choir and small Woodwind Ensembles.

In 2003,  she graduated Magna Cum Laude from Texas Wesleyan University with a Bachelor in Music Education. She served as the Principal Clarinetist in the Wind Ensemble and Lead Alto in Jazz band II. She studied clarinet with Susan Ishii and saxophone with Tim Ishii. She also participated in Sigma Alpha Iota and served as Editor, Treasurer and VP Ritual. She received the SAI Honor Award, Scholastic Award, Leadership Award and was twice the recipient of the Marjory Murphy Scholarship Award. She was also selected for the Presidential Honors Concert, was awarded Music Major of the Year and participated as an officer in Alpha Chi, Kappa Delta Pi and Mortar Board Honor Societies.

In 2006, she graduated Summa Cum Laude from Texas Christian University with a Master of Music in Clarinet Performance. She was awarded a graduate assistantship under professor Gary Whitman. She served as the Principal Clarinetist of the TCU Wind Symphony and the Principal Clarinetist of TCU Wind Ensemble. She was also selected for membership in Pi Kappa Lambda, National Music Honor Society and served as substitute Principal Clarinet in the Los Colinas Symphony.

Jeanene is an active clinician, performer and private teacher in the DFW area. She has been a featured soloist in many short film and full feature film compositions of composer Douglas Edward. She has taught clarinet and saxophone lessons since 1997 in the HEB and GCISD school districts and has also taught clarinet sectionals and clarinet ensembles for the TCU Summer Band Program. She is an active member of Texas Music Educators Association and The International Clarinet Association. 

Dr. Brian Walker
Assistant Professor of Music
Applied Trumpet

bBrian Walker is Assistant Professor of Trumpet at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas. Dr. Walker has taught previously at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, the University of North Texas and The Florida State University as well as privately in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex. His students have been accepted into many undergraduate and graduate music programs throughout the United States.  He currently teaches a full studio of twenty music major and non-major trumpet players at Tarleton State.

Dr. Walker holds degrees from the University of North Texas (DMA), The Florida State University (MM) and Southeastern Oklahoma State (BM). His primary teachers include Michael Miles, Iskander Akhmadullin, Christopher Moore, John Holt, Keith Johnson and Adam Gordon.

As a performer he has appeared with many groups in the DFW region including (but not limited to) the Dallas Wind Symphony, the Dallas Opera, Plano, Allen, Arlington, Las Colinas, Irving, Garland, and Dallas Chamber Orchestras. He has also had the opportunity to perform with the North Texas Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, and the Grammy Nominated UNT One Oclock Lab Band. While at Florida State, Dr. Walker performed with the Tallahassee Symphony, Pensacola Symphony, and New World Symphony to name a few. As a soloist, Dr. Walker has given recitals in Texas, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Georgia, Florida in the United States and Mytilene, Greece, Sao Paulo, Brazil and has performed throughout France.

Dr. Walker is active in the International Trumpet Guild as a contributor in the Music Review section in the ITG Journal.  He is also an artist and clinician for the Bach division of the Conn-Selmer Corporation.

Dr. Kim Rooney Hagelstein
French Horn

D.M.A., University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
M.M., University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
B.M., University of Missouri-Columbia


Dr. Kim Rooney Hagelstein is the Visiting Assistant Professor of Horn at Tarleton State University. A native of Liberty, Missouri, Dr. Hagelstein has performed in six countries and nearly every state in the United States.  In addition to teaching, Dr. Hagelstein performs regularly with groups including the Waco Symphony Orchestra, the Lone Star Wind Orchestra, and the LSWO Brass Quintet.  Since 2002, Dr. Hagelstein has spent her summers touring Germany with a brass ensemble called Eurobrass and can be heard on their Danket dem Herrn CD released in 2006 and their Würdig ist der Herr CD released in 2010.  Before joining the Tarleton faculty, Dr. Hagelstein toured the United States and Canada with the Carl Rosa Opera Company, the New Sigmund Romberg Orchestra, and the Crescent Brass and performed for music festivals in Italy, Ohio, Nevada, and Arkansas.  She has published articles in The Horn Call and the Music Research Forum and has been a contributing artist at both regional and international horn workshops.  Her hobbies include gardening and making homemade ice cream.

Dr. Jonathan Gill


culpMr. Trevor Culp
Tuba & Euphonium

Mr. Culp holds degrees from Southern Methodist University (MM) and Stephen F. Austin State University (BM). His primary teachers include Matt Good, Dave Kirk, John Kitzman, J.D. Salas, and Jeff Schultz. 

Mr. Culp is an active freelance musician and private teacher in the Dallas/Ft. Worth
Metroplex area. As a performer, he has played in several Lyric Stage productions of Broadway musicals including ‘Rags’, ‘Kismet’, and ‘Pleasures and Palaces’.  Mr. Culp has also performed with the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra. He has been a fellow at the Round Top Festival Institute, Texas Music Festival, and has participated in the Festival of Contemporary Music at the Tanglewood Music Center. He won the Orchestral Excerpt competition at the inaugural National Brass Symposium in Atlanta, GA in 2011.  While attending Stephen F. Austin State University, he won the Annual Concerto
Competition, and received the President’s Award for ‘Recitalist of the Year’. 

Mr. Culp is a member of the American Federation of Musicians, the International Tuba-Euphonium Association, and the Texas Music Educators Association.

Michael Crawford
Steel Drum, Studio & Marching Percussion

mcMichael Crawford serves as Adjunct Instructor of Instrumental Music for Tarleton State University’s College of Liberal and Fine Arts. His duties include instructing the TSU Drumline, assisting with the Texan marching band, directing the steel drum ensemble, and teaching applied percussion lessons.

Mr. Crawford holds a Master of Music Performance degree from Baylor University and a Bachelor of Music degree with an All-Level teaching certification from Tarleton State University. His principal teachers include Todd Ukena, Joey Carter, and Dr. Todd Meehan.

Prior to joining Tarleton’s instrumental faculty, Mr. Crawford served as the Director of Percussion for Aledo ISD (2009-2011), and the Director of Percussion for the Denton HS bands (2008-2009). In addition to his duties at TSU, Mr. Crawford maintains an active career as an arranger, clinician, and adjudicator for several schools across the state of Texas. He regularly performs as a freelance percussionist throughout the greater DFW area.
Mr. Crawford has performed throughout the United States and parts of Europe including performances with the Waco Symphony Orchestra, CBDNA’s National Intercollegiate Band, and the 2002 Pioneer Drum and Bugle Corps. He has also participated in numerous clinics and showcase concerts at CBDNA, TMEA, and TBA.

Mr. Crawford’s professional affiliations include Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity, Texas Music Educators Association, Percussive Arts Society, and the Texas Bandmasters Association.
Michael Crawford is an artist/endorser for Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets.