Faculty

Winds

Thames Valley Music School boasts a superb faculty of professionals. Below is a listing of the faculty of TVMS by instrument section. To see the instructors of a particular section, click on one of the links below:

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Julie Asuma Levene, Clarinet

Julie Asuma Levene, clarinet, holds a bachelor's degree from Lawrence University, and a master's degree from the Yale School of Music. Her teachers have included Fan Lei, David Shifrin and Charles Neidich. She is a member of the Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, Wallingford Symphony Orchestra, Live Music Project, and the Earl Banquer Woodwind Ensemble, and has played throughout the Northeast with the klezmer ensemble Generation Klez. In addition to teaching at Thames Valley, Julie is currently on the faculty of the Connecticut School of Music and Choate Rosemary Hall.

Chantal Hovendick, Clarinet

Chantal Hovendick, Clarinet, received a bachelor’s degree from the Lamont School of Music in Denver, Colorado and a master’s degree in clarinet performance from Florida State University in Tallahassee. She has studied with Bil Jackson, Frank Kowalsky, and Ramon Kireilis. Chantal has performed with the Lamont Symphony and the Colorado Springs Orchestra in Colorado, as well as the Florida Orchestra, the Tallahassee Symphony, the Orlando Philharmonic, and the Sarasota Opera Orchestra in Florida. She has participated in music festivals in the United States and abroad, including the Aspen Music Festival, the Rutgers University Arts Institute, the DePaul Clarinet Workshop, and the Belgian Clarinet Academy. As a soloist she has won numerous awards, including the Jefferson Symphony Concerto Award, the Lamont Orchestra Young Artist Competition, the Denver University Chamber Music Award, and the International Clarinet Society Orchestral Audition Competition in Ostend, Belgium. In 2002 she was the only American finalist at the International Clarinet Society Solo Competition in Stockholm, Sweden. Chantal joined the United States Coast Guard Band in 2001 and is on the faculty of the Thames Valley Music School.

Johanna Lamb, Oboe

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Jill Maurer-Davis, Flute

Jill Maurer-Davis is retired from the U. S. Coast Guard Band and U. S. Coast Guard Woodwind Quintet, and currently performs as principal flutist with the Connecticut Virtuosi, Magnum Opus series with the New Britain Symphony, the CT Lyric Opera, Salt Marsh Opera and the Opera Theater of CT. As a flute and piccolo soloist, Ms. Maurer-Davis has been featured on National Public Radio and Australia Broadcasting Co. as well as on NHK in Japan. She has been featured on “Performance Today” broadcasts on NPR. On PBS, she has appeared on Exxon’s “Live at Wolf Trap” series and with Jean-Pierre Rampal on New York’s WNET. Ms. Maurer-Davis was invited by the Boston Symphony Orchestra to perform in recital at Symphony Hall for a special orchestral event. Other appearances have included flute and piccolo soloist at the National Flute Association convention, performances with the Boston Pops, Worcester and Hartford Symphonies, Connecticut Opera, New Haven Symphony, Orchestra New England, Northeast Pennsylvania Philharmonic, and a North American tour with tenor, Andrea Bocelli.

Ms. Maurer-Davis joined the faculty of Central Connecticut State University in 1998, teaching the flute studio and coaching the flute ensemble. Her past teaching affiliations include Brown University, Clark University, and the College of the Holy Cross. She holds B.M. and M.M. degrees in Flute Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, and a diploma from the Orff Institute-Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. Her principal teachers have included Louis Moyse, Thomas Nyfenger, James Galway, James Pappoutsakis, and Lois Schaefer. She is also certified to teach Suzuki Flute and the early childhood music system, Musikgarten.

Josh Thomas, Saxophone

Joshua Thomas, saxophone, has been a member of the Coast Guard Band since 2000. In this role he performs in the concert and jazz ensembles, saxophone quartet, and as a featured soloist. Josh has given featured performances at the 13th World Saxophone Congress, several regional conferences of the North American Saxophone Alliance, the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, and several universities throughout New England. As an international musician, he made his orchestral debut in 2003 performing Glazunov’s Concerto with the Turin, Italy Opera Orchestra. He has also enjoyed success in competitions, winning prizes in the Concorso Internazionale di Musica in Chieri, Italy, Vienna International Music Competition, William Byrd Young Artists Competition, and the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. Active in teaching, he maintains a studio of students from southeastern Connecticut and has previously served on the faculty of Central Connecticut State University. Josh earned a Bachelor of Music Education from Michigan State University and a Master of Music from Louisiana State University.