Stamps Brass Quintet Class of 2020

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  • Cameron Daly

    Major: Instrumental Performance

    Instrument: Trombone

    Profile: 

    Cameron Daly is a trombonist from Albany, California. He has been playing trombone since the
    fourth grade. Cameron studied privately since a young age with Mara Fox and Craig McAmis. Cameron has performed internationally as a member of the Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra and the Berkeley Jazz School Studio Band.
     Currently, he is studying Trombone Performance at the University of Miami Frost School of Music as a Stamps Scholar under Professor Tim Conner. At Frost, he is also a member of the Stamps Brass Quintet, the Frost Wind Ensemble, and the Frost Trombone Choir.
    While he maintains a firm belief that all beautiful art originates from mastery of fundamentals and vigorous study of tradition, Cameron is always looking for new avenues by which to expand the trombone and brass chamber music repertoire. Cameron's goal is to become a professional trombone player in an orchestra.

  • Cameron Zhen

    Major: Instrumental Performance

    Instrument: Trumpet

    Profile: 

    Cameron Zhen, a trumpet player from Coral Springs, Florida, is a member of the Stamps Brass Quintet in the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. At age 9, Zhen started playing trumpet, which developed into a passion in high school that convinced him to pursue music as a career. As a student of J.P. Taravella High School, Cameron studied under Ral Estevens, who also attended the University of Miami, albeit in the 1980s. Throughout all four years of high school, Zhen received only the highest ratings, superiors, at all evaluations such as Solo and Ensemble and concert band festivals. He participated in the Broward All-County Band all four years as well. In his junior and senior years of high school, Cameron participated in the Florida All-State ensembles as a member of the Symphonic Band and the Symphonic Orchestra. He also participated in the Miami’s New World Symphony’s Side-By-Side Program in his last 2 years of high school. In summer 2017, between his senior year and starting college, Zhen participated in the Boston University Tanglewood Institute’s Young Artist Orchestra and studied under principal of the Metropolitan Opera, David Krauss. Zhen currently studies with former principal trumpet of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and current trumpet professor at University of Miami, Craig Morris.

  • Logan Butler

    Major: Instrumental Performance

    Instrument: Trumpet

    Profile:

    Soon to be obtaining a BA in music and psychology from the University of Miami, Logan is from the small town of Glen St Mary, FL. Having attended Douglas Anderson School of the Arts in Jacksonville, FL for high school, Logan has performed in many various musical styles throughout his career such as jazz, classical, and pop, with a particular focus on musical theatre. Logan has attended many conferences and competitions in his career ranging from the College Band Director’s National Association Conference to the Savannah Jazz Festival. While having also been invited to attend the Jazz Education Network conference and the Midwest Clinic Conference in 2017. Some highlights include attending the Eastern Music Festival with the Stamps Brass Quintet as the chamber ensemble in residence, playing in the Highfield Philharmonic in Cape Cod, MA and Pit Orchestra for the College Light Opera Company in Cape Cod, MA and -on the psychology side -working as a research assistant for the Early Science Initiative research lab in the psychology department at UM. Now in his fourth year, Logan plans to continue playing music, but ultimately intends to eventually acquire a doctorate degree in psychology and open his own unique Psychology practice as a therapist and owner.

  • Peter McFarland

    Major: Instrumental Performance

    Instrument: Horn

    Profile: 

    Peter McFarland is a classically trained horn player from Yorktown, Indiana. He is a member of the Stamps Brass Quintet and is a Second-year Horn Performance major at the University of Miami, Frost School of Music, studying with Professor Richard Todd. At the Frost School of Music, McFarland has performed as a principal and sectional player with the Frost Symphonic Winds, Frost Wind Ensemble, and Frost Symphony Orchestra. During the summer of 2017, McFarland traveled with the Stamps Brass Quintet to Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina where the quintet served as a chamber group in residence, performing regularly for outreach events and formal recitals. While in Eastern Music Festival, he also performed Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 1 in D Major with the Eastern Faculty Orchestra as well as Sergei Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet, Suite A and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakoff's Scheherazade as principal in the festival's student orchestras: the Eastern Symphony Orchestra and the Guilford Symphony Orchestra. As a high school student, McFarland was a regular member of the Indiana All-State Ensembles, and he performed 3 times with the All-State Honor Band, sitting principal twice, and 2 times with the All-State Orchestra, sitting principal once.  He has had a unique upbringing as the son of missionary parents in Papua New Guinea where he was taught horn by Ms. Marlene Schutter and his father, Mr. Bruce McFarland. When his family moved to Indiana during his sophomore year of high school, McFarland grew as a musician under the tutelage of Mr. John Higgins and Professor Gene Berger of Ball State University. 

  • Thomas "TJ" Graf (member 2016-2019)

    Major: Instrumental Performance

    Instrument: Tuba

    Profile:

    A native of Roxbury, New Jersey, Thomas “TJ” Graf was appointed as Principal Tuba of The Florida Orchestra in 2019. TJ was an orchestral fellow and Principal Tuba of the Aspen Festival Orchestra from 2018-2019 at the Aspen Music Festival and completed his undergraduate degree in 2020 at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music as a Stamps Distinguished Ensemble Scholar.

    Highlights from TJ’s young, yet diverse, career include performances with The Florida Orchestra, concerts at Carnegie Hall, David Geffen Hall, and the Kennedy Center, and in the Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show with Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. A consistent finalist in major solo competitions since 2014, TJ was awarded first prize in the inaugural Solo Tuba and Electronics Competition at the 2019 International Tuba Euphonium Conference, receiving third prize in the Solo Tuba Artist Competition at the same conference. TJ has also won the Solo Tuba Artist, Arnold Jacobs Mock Orchestral Audition, and Young Artist Solo Competitions at several International Tuba Euphonium Association Conferences. He has also received second prize at the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium-Tuba Festival and was selected as the winner of the Student Recital Competition at the New York Summer Music Festival.

    Source: tjgraf.com

    As an avid chamber musician, TJ is a member of The Florida Orchestra Brass Quintet. He has previously performed with the Stamps Brass Quintet and Brick Haus Quartet (tuba/euphonium quartet). Brick Haus Quartet has been a finalist/winner in several international chamber music competitions and the Stamps Brass Quintet was a chamber ensemble in residence at the 2017 Eastern Music Festival.

    Incredibly grateful to all of his teachers, TJ has studied with Warren Deck, Dr. Aaron Tindall, Derek Fenstermacher, Paul Scott, and Jeffrey Conrad.

  • Stefan Hopman (member 2019-2020)

    Major: Instrumental Performance

    Instrument: Tuba

    Profile: 

    Stefan Hopman, a tuba player from Sint Anthonis, Netherlands, is a member of the Stamps Brass Quintet in the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. As a high school student, Stefan attended the Interlochen Arts Academy where he performed with the wind ensemble and orchestra. During the Summer of 2016, Stefan performed with the World Youth Orchestra. Stefan is an avid solo musician and has been a finalist in the International Euphonium and Tuba young artist solo competition, a semi-finalist in the International Tuba and Euphonium Conference Artist solo competition, and will be competing this year in the semi-finals artist division of The Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Festival. Also, this year Stefan will be attending the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina. Incredibly grateful to each of his teachers, Stefan has studied with Thomas Riccobono, Matthew Schlomer, Lucas Davey, and Calvin Jenkins; and is currently studying with Dr. Aaron Tindall. Outside of playing the tuba, Stefan enjoys building websites, spending time with family and friends, and working out at the gym.