Featured soloists for the 2022-2023 concert season
Dr. Ben Corbin
Dr. Ben Corbin maintains an active schedule as a pianist, chamber musician, teacher, and lecturer. Competition prizes include top prize in the Phi Beta Music Competition, 1st place in the OMTA Piano Competition, and 2nd Place in the Coeur d’Alene Symphony Young Artists’ Competition. He has been featured on classical radio KMFA in Austin, TX, WFMT Chicago, and has been described as an “incisive” pianist by the Colorado Springs Gazette. Ben has performed at Taiwan’s National Concert Hall alongside clarinetist Dr. Winnie Fan, principal of the Round Rock Symphony Orchestra has been a featured soloist with the Hampton Roads Philharmonic, the Chesapeake Bay Wind Ensemble, the Virginia Symphony Chamber Orchestra, the University of Oregon Symphony Orchestra, and the Christopher Newport University Wind Ensemble. He has served as principal keyboardist with the Oregon Mozart Players, the Eugene Symphony, Eugene Opera, Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra, The Colorado College Music Festival Orchestra under the baton of Scott Yoo, and The University of Texas Wind Ensemble under the direction of Jerry Junkin. As a vocal coach, Ben has held staff positions with Eugene Opera, the Butler Opera Center, the University of Oregon Opera Ensemble, and the John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts. He was also invited as a Faculty Artist for the Torggler Summer Vocal Institute in 2017 and 2019 and has been a featured performer at the Cascadia Composers Festival in Portland, Oregon. Ben was awarded full scholarships in Collaborative Piano to attend the Colorado College Summer Music Festival in 2013 and the Brevard Summer Music Festival in 2014 where teachers included Jon Nakamatsu, William Wolfram, and members of the Ying String Quartet. He has also performed for a number of masterclass clinicians including John Perry, Anne Marie McDermott, Warren Jones, Margo Garrett, John Kamitsuka, Joseph Alessi, Steve Doane, James Ehnes, Lynn Harrel, and Noah Bendix-Balgley.
Dr. Corbin received the Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in Piano Performance from the University of Oregon where he studied with Dean Kramer and David Riley. He also received a second Master of Music and the Doctorate in Musical Arts in Collaborative Piano from The University of Texas at Austin, studying with Anne Epperson. While at the University of Oregon, he was awarded Outstanding Undergraduate Performer, Keyboardist, and Collaborative Pianist in 2009, as well as the Outstanding Collaborative Pianist award in 2012. He also was the recipient of the Mary Elizabeth Sherrill Presidential Endowed Award in Music from 2014-2016. As a lecturer, he has presented at the Peninsula Music Teachers Association, the Appomattox Governor’s School, and the University of Texas at Austin. He has also served as a member of the collaborative piano staff at the Meadowmount School of Music in upstate New York and in August of 2019, was a guest artist in Collaborative Piano at the Second International Clarinet Festival of Panamá. Dr. Corbin is currently the Assistant Professor of Piano and Collaborative Arts at Christopher Newport University, where he also serves as the Director of Keyboard Studies."
Chris Eberle is a freelance bassoonist currently residing in Orlando, Florida. He is a 1988 graduate of the New England Conservatory where he studied with Sherman Walt, Leonard Sharrow, Roland Small, and Louis Skinner. While there, he performed with the Honors Woodwind Quintet, winners of the 1986 Coleman Chamber Music Competition. In 1987, he won a position with the West Point Band, one of the US Army’s premier ensembles. During his 26 years in New York, he performed with the Band as co-principal and principal bassoonist, was a frequent soloist, and appeared regularly on its Chamber Recital Series. He also performed with the Newburgh Symphony, Nutmeg Opera, Rockland Choral Society, Pone Ensemble, and the Hudson Valley Philharmonic.
Chris has been featured in recital and as a soloist at two International Double Reed Society Conferences. In 2003, he was one of the first to perform Eric Ewazen’s highly regarded Concerto for Bassoon with the composer in attendance. Relocating to Florida in 2013, he now performs regularly with the Punta Gorda Symphony, Southwest Florida Symphony, Orlando Philharmonic, Atlantic Classical Orchestra, Brevard Symphony, and the Alterity Chamber Orchestra.
A native of Rochester, New York, Joshua Britton currently lives in Louisville, Kentucky, where he is an active tenor and bass trombonist, having performed with Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, OSO 2nd Street Big Band, Orchestra Kentucky Bowling Green, Louisville Orchestra, Louisville Philharmonia, Chamber Winds of Louisville, Louisville Winds, Shepard Brass, Tom Drury Quintet, and River Brass. Prior to moving to the Midwest, Joshua performed either regularly or occasionally with Tidewater Winds, Chesapeake Bay Wind Ensemble, Hampton Roads Philharmonic, Virginia Beach Symphony Orchestra, USAF Heritage of America Band, Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, and Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra. As soloist, Joshua has performed Joseph Turrin’s Illuminations and Fandango with Chesapeake Bay Wind Ensemble, with whom he will perform Jeff Tyzik’s Trombone Concerto during their 2022-2023 season. He has also performed Peter Graham’s The Guardian, Erik Leidzen’s Concertino, and Derek Bourgeois’s Bone Idyll with River Brass. In 2019, at the North American Brass Band Association in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Joshua won first place in the adult technical solo division for a performance of Enrique Crespo’s Improvisation No. 1. Joshua earned a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Roberts Wesleyan College and a Master’s in Trombone performance from Florida State University. His principal teachers were Dr. John Drew (Florida State University), Dave Richey (Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra), and Mark Kellogg (Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Eastman School of Music). He is a Shires Trombones performing artist. As an author, Joshua has published a collection of short stories, Tadpoles, and a novella, Heart Decisions, and has published essays on music in the Journal of the International Trombone Association, Cobalt Review, The Notes Will Carry Me Home, and The Tarantino Chronicles. A father of two, Joshua is a fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates, spaghetti westerns, novelist Philip Roth, and red-headed horn players.
John Parrette began his clarinet studies at the age of eight with his father, who was the bass clarinetist of the Kansas City Philharmonic. He went on to study with Boston Symphony clarinetist Peter Hadcock at the New England Conservatory of Music, and received a Bachelor of Music degree with honors in clarinet performance in 1987. John runs a boutique clarinet shop called CLARION MUSICAL SERVICES, providing clarinets, accessories and instrument customization and repair services to clarinetists from around the world. His clients include EMI recording artist Julian Bliss, as well as members of the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and the Cleveland Orchestra. John was also a member of the West Point Band for 24 years, and served as principal clarinetist from 1996 until his retirement in 2011. In 2000 he gave the North-American premiere of Martin Ellerby’s Clarinet Concerto under the direction of maestro William Garlette, and In 2009 he made the world-premiere recording of Dana Wilson’s Liquid Ebony for Clarinet and Wind Ensemble. He has performed at the International Clarinet Association’s CLARINETFEST, and the Oklahoma University Clarinet Symposium. John enjoys cooking, brewing beer, running and recumbent triking, all of which pretty much cancel each other out.