The Hot Springs Music Festival pairs world-class mentor musicians from major orchestras, chamber ensembles and conservatory faculties with especially talented pre-professional apprentices–all of whom receive full scholarship plus housing. Mentors and apprentices perform “side by side” in orchestral, chamber, choral, and operatic settings.

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2015 Mentor Faculty:

HSMF Viola Mentor Amadi Azikiwe

Amadi Azikiwe, viola

Amadi Azikiwe, violist, violinist and conductor, has been heard in recital in major cities throughout the United States, such as New York, Boston, Cleveland, Chicago, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Houston, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C., including an appearance at the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Azikiwe has also been a guest of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln […]

HSMF Violin Mentor Annie Chalex Boyle

Annie Chalex Boyle, violin

Violinist Annie Chalex Boyle ( is internationally recognized as a chamber musician, soloist, and teacher. Ms. Chalex Boyle is currently an Assistant Professor of Violin at Texas Tech University and a member of the Botticelli String Quartet.  As a founding member of Quartet-à-tête Piano Quartet, she performs in venues across the country. Before moving to […]

photo Caen Thomason-Redus, Flute Mentor

Caen Thomason-Redus, flute

CAEN THOMASON-REDUS Whether it is a recital of virtuoso baroque sonatas, a chamber concert of French impressionism or an entire program of unaccompanied contemporary African American music, Caen Thomason-Redus makes each performance a unique, engaging experience. Holding several principal flute positions, performing for two years in the Detroit Symphony Orchestra as their Minority Fellow, and […]


David Bjella, violoncello

“the heart and finesse to bring out the feeling in each burst of melody-to make the extroverted ones surge and swell, and to make the quiet ones seem to just float from the cello.” -Orlando Sentinel A native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Cellist David Bjella has a multi-faceted career as a teacher, chamber musician, orchestral […]

photo HSMF Harp Mentor Deborah Fleisher

Deborah Fleisher, harp

DEBORAH FLEISHER (harp: Deborah began harp studies with her grandmother, Nettie Druzinsky, at age seven. She is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music where she studied with Marilyn Costello and received an Artists Diploma from the Peabody Institute as a student of Ruth Inglefield. Deborah also worked with Alice Chalifoux and Gloria Agostini. […]

photo Drew Irvin Violin Mentor

Drew Irvin, violin

ANDREW IRVIN (violin: has a broad range of experience in concert and recital across America and in Europe. Solo appearances include works by Paganini, Bruch, Vivaldi, Korngold, Bach, Mozart, and Dvorak. This upcoming season concerto appearances include performances of Ravel’s Tzigane, Beethoven’s Triple Concerto and Sarasate’s Carmen Fantasy. Mr. Irvin has been heard in […]

James Layfield

James Layfield, low brass

Dr. James Layfield is Assistant Professor of Music and Low Brass at The University of Louisiana at Monroe. He currently teaches applied low brass lessons, trombone ensemble, low brass ensemble and brass methods. He was previously on faculty at the Flint School for Performing Arts in Flint, MI. As a highly demanded clinician and performer his […]

photo HSMF Bassoon Mentor Jenny Mann

Jenny Mann, bassoon

Jenny Mann is Assistant Professor of Bassoon at The University of Alabama.  She is also Principal Bassoonist with the Tuscaloosa Symphony and an active performer in regional orchestras and chamber ensembles.  In addition to her teaching, Dr. Mann coordinates the thriving Chamber Music Program at The University of Alabama, which incorporates extensive educational outreach experiences. […]

Kevin Mauldin Double Bass Mentor

Kevin Mauldin, double bass

Kevin Mauldin, a native of Memphis, Tennessee, began playing the bass at age 13 as a student in the Memphis City Schools system. At the age of 15 Kevin (KG) began playing the bass guitar and tuba. As a student at Memphis State University, Kevin studied bass with Herman Burkhardt ,and then with John Chiego. […]

photo HSMF Arts Admin Mentor Laura Rosenberg

Laura Rosenberg, arts administration

Laura S. Rosenberg has had a 35-year career in arts administration, during which she co-founded and directed the Hot Springs Music Festival (where she currently serves as arts administration mentor), served as Executive Director of Earplay, Director of Concert Activities for Northwestern University, Director of Production for The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Artistic […]


Lynn Payette, chorus director

LYNN PAYETTE (chorus director: was appointed Festival Chorus Director in 2011.  A native of Wheaton, Illinois she graduated with performing and academic honors from Illinois Wesleyan and Illinois State Universities. She studied choral conducting with Dr David Nott and has been mentored in conducting and song-leading by Alice Parker. She works extensively with singers […]

HSMF Percussion Mentor Matt McClung

Matthew McClung, percussion

MATTHEW McCLUNG (percussion: Equally at home with orchestral, solo, and chamber music, Dr. Matthew McClung has appeared with a wide variety of prestigious ensembles throughout the United States and abroad. He has performed with the Houston Grand Opera, the Houston Ballet, the Hawaii Opera Theater, the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra, and the symphony orchestras […]

clarinet mentor Osiris Molina

Osiris J. Molina, clarinet

“Berio’s 13 ‘Sequenzas,’ written over a period of four decades, are big solo works for different instruments. They famously make extraordinary demands on the performer, so much so that anyone mastering a ‘Sequenza’ stands out as an undeniable master of his instrument. Molina is such a master, and his triumphant performance brought the entire house […]

patrick hughes horn

Patrick Hughes, horn

With a tone and musicality described as “pure chocolate”, Patrick Hughes has soloed in recitals throughout the US, at yearly regional horn conferences, and at the I.H.S International Horn Symposia held in 2001, 2005, 2008, 2011, 2012, and 2013. In 2006 he performed the Asian premiere of Kazimierz Machala’s Concerto for Horn, Winds and Percussion […]

photo Peter Bay Music Advisor

Peter Bay, conductor

Peter Bay is celebrating his 15th full season as Music Director and Conductor of the Austin Symphony Orchestra. He is also Music Advisor of the Hot Springs Music Festival in Arkansas, and has just completed  a twenty year tenure as Music Director of the Britt Festival Orchestra in Jacksonville, Oregon. For the 2012-2013 academic year […]

scott moore

Scott Moore, trumpet

SCOTT MOORE is Principal Trumpet of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed with the Chicago Symphony, the St. Louis Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, and the Toronto Symphony. He has recorded and performed with the Nashville Chamber Orchestra, and with I Fiamminghi, the Orchestra of Flanders. As a soloist, Mr. Moore has appeared with […]

photo HSMF Production Mentor Sean Kelly

Sean Kelly, production management

SEAN KELLY (production management) has been an Air Force pilot, wellhead geologist, waiter, cook, bartender, bouncer, environmental consultant, and presently serves as an Emergency Response Coordinator for the State of Texas. Raised in a military family, he has lived from Virginia to California to Michigan to Texas. He attended Tulane University in New Orleans. A […]

Shelly Myers, oboe

Shelly Myers, oboe

Shelly Meggison Myers serves not only as Associate Professor of Oboe, but also as the Assistant Director, Director of Undergraduate Studies at the University of Alabama School of Music.  Prior to joining the University of Alabama faculty, she earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Lethbridge, and a Master of Music degree […]