Chuck Levy has earned the title of Florida’s Old-Time Banjo Champ, as well as being a prize-winning Florida fiddler. Originally from Ohio, Chuck has been playing old-time music in north central Florida the last 9 years. Chuck also has traveled to Senegambia twice to study the African banjo ancestor, the akonting, with Jola masters Remi and Ekona Diatta. Chuck’s repertoire includes its share of uncommon tunes as well as a few intriguing originals. He leads the string bands Physical Medicine and Fear No Weevil, and co-directs both the Suwannee Banjo Camp and the Suwannee Old Time Camp. Chuck is the founder and past president of the Florida Banjo Society and a past president of the Florida State Fiddlers Association. Click here for an expanded biography.
Anthony Offerle’s credits include performances with the OperaEstate in Rome, Cincinnati Opera, International Chamber Orchestra, Dayton Opera, Wyoming Opera, Charleston Symphony, Savannah Symphony, Evansville Philharmonic, and the Piccolo Spoleto Festival. He has sung over 30 leading roles including title roles in Don Giovanni and Don Pasquale, Papageno in Die Zauber’te, and Bartolo in both Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Le Nozze di FigaroCurrently. Dr. Offerle is teaching studio voice, directing the opera workshop program. Click here for an expanded biography.
Elizabeth P. Graham
Elizabeth P. Graham made her professional debut with the Houston Grand Opera Company in the Tony Award-winning revival of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess as both Clara and Bess. She toured these roles extensively throughout the United States and Europe. She was featured as Bess in the Spoleto Festival of Three Worlds in Melbourne, Australia. Most recently she performed the lead role of Cio-Cio-San in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly for Florida Arts Celebration and toured with Living Arts Productions’ Porgy and Bess singing the role of Bess. Click here for an expanded biography.
Meera Sitharam grew up surrounded by south Indian classical music and musicians in a traditional temple town in southern India. At the age of 15 she became a graded All India Radio artist and continued radio and live public performances throughout her undergraduate years studying Engineering in India. After graduate school in Madison, WI, Meera and her husband moved to UF as faculty members 10 years ago. She serves as faculty adviser for two student organizations: Asha for Education (partnering with grassroots education NGOs in India), and SPICMACAY (Society for promotion of Indian classical music among youth) and is active with the India Cultural and Educational Center (ICEC) and CHiTra (UF Center for the Study of Hindu Traditions). For more info on Meera, click here.
Kenneth Broadway has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Spoleto Festival, and with symphonies in Florida, Georgia, Iowa, South Carolina, and South Dakota. As a performer, composer,and presenter, he has appeared at various conferences and symposiums throughout North America, Europe and Australia. His compact disc with the LYNX Duo (Music for Saxophone and Percussion) is available on the Mark Custom Recording label, and he is featured on other recordings on the Mark and Capstone labels. For an expanded biography, click here.
Scott Wilson is a Gerhard Baier Trumpet Artist, founder of the on-line Jazz Education Store and Assistant Professor in Jazz at the University of Florida. Wilson has diverse international performance credits and has served as Musical Director for Universal Studios Japan, consultant for Limelite Productions in Singapore, staff composer for Grand Link World in Qingdao, China, consultant for Walt Disney’s Magic Music Days jazz workshops and has been a featured jazz trumpet soloist for Tokyo Disney Sea and Universal Studios Japan. Click here for an expanded biography.
No Southern Accent
No Southern Accent is the University of Florida’s one and only co-ed a cappella group. Formed in 2001, NSA has grown into an amazing performance group, always ready to wow an audience. Since then, the group has performed at countless school functions, including Talent Night, Gator Growl, Dance Marathon Relay for Life, and Soul Fest! No Southern Accent is completely student run and is a recognized student organization on campus. The group is comprised of undergraduate and graduate students from all different majors and backgrounds, but its members are united by their mutual passion for music.
Dr. Steven Thomas brings to the University of Florida an unusually vast wealth of performing experience. A top prize-winner in the Villa-Lobos (Rio) and Bach (Washington) International Cello Competitions, as well as the Hudson Valley and Charleston Competitions, Dr. Thomas has appeared as soloist with orchestras in North and South America and throughout Europe. Steven Thomas has served as the Principal Cellist of several symphony and chamber orchestras, and has given over 1,500 concerts in that role in the last 25 years. Click here for an expanded biography.