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NASA 2018 Biennial Conference Presenter — Todd Gaffke

Mark your calendars now to join us March 8-11, 2018 for the NASA 2018 Biennial Conference at University of Cincinnati College - Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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Name: Todd Gaffke
Presentation Date: Friday, March 9, 2018 8:00 AM
Presentation Venue: Watson
Presentation Title: Black Belt, White Cadillac
Type of Presentation: Professional Classical Chamber Music Performance
Proposal Duration: 15

Todd Gaffke enjoys a diverse musical career as a performer and educator.  He has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the U.S. and in Europe.  His playing has garnered numerous awards including: Downbeat Magazine’s Outstanding Classical Soloist, Liberace Foundation Scholarship Competition winner, and 1st-prize in the Plowman Chamber Music Competition.  He has performed in professional orchestras and concert bands throughout the Midwest.  Dr. Gaffke performs frequently with the University of Akron Faculty Jazz Group.  He has performed at the Detroit and Lansing Jazz Festivals, and performed with the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, Harry James Orchestra, and Lansing Symphony Big Band.   

Dr. Gaffke is currently Assistant Professor of Saxophone at The University of Akron.  He earned a BM from Central Michigan University, and MM and DMA degrees from Michigan State University.  His primary teachers include Joseph Lulloff, John Nichol, and Rob Smith.  Dr. Gaffke is a D’Addarrio Woodwinds Performing Artist.

Ensemble Bio:

Since its formation in 1976 as ensemble in residence at the University of Akron, Solaris has established a reputation as one of the foremost woodwind quintets in the United States. In addition to their regular concert series at the University of Akron, Solaris has toured Italy, Brazil, Sweden and the United States. Their concerts in the Northeast Ohio area have included Music from Stan Hywet, the Cleveland Art Museum, the Cleveland Composers Guild, the Rocky River Chamber Series, the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory, the Cleveland Institute of Music, Severance Hall, and appearances on public television station WNEO/WEAO and NPR affiliate WCPN in Cleveland.

Solaris' performances and recordings have received unanimous critical acclaim. Audiences and critics raved about their recent tours to Florida and Virginia: "The ensemble playing was as impressive as the individual players' mastery of their instruments. Everyone played superbly." (Joe McClellan, music critic emeritus of The Washington Post).

Other Performers / Participants

Name Instrument Bio
Cynthia Cioffari Bassoon Cynthia Cioffari teaches bassoon, coaches chamber music, and is a member of the Solaris Faculty Wi . . .
Stanislav Golovin Clarinet Clarinetist Stanislav Golovin recently joined the faculty of The University of Akron. He is a Gold . . .
Daniel Velasco Flute Daniel Velasco is the flute professor at the University of Akron, a member of the Solaris Quintet, . . .
Margaret Tung Horn Dr. Margaret Tung is the Assistant Professor of Horn at The University of Akron and horn faculty a . . .
Jack Harel Oboe Jack Cozen Harel is Associate Professor of Oboe at the University of Akron. Active as a soloist and . . .

Pieces to Be Performed

Title Composer Duration
Black Belt, White Cadillac Daniel McCarthy 15