Dr. David Ferreira currently enjoys teaching jazz piano and the vocal jazz ensembles at both Concordia College and Minnesota State University Moorhead in addition to leading his own professional jazz trio. He pursued his Bachelor of Music degree at Illinois Wesleyan, has done graduate work at Union Theological Seminary’s School of Sacred Music in New York City and received his master’s and doctoral degrees from the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati. Dr. Ferreira is a performing singer, conductor, published composer-arranger and jazz pianist. He performed with the Fargo/Moorhead Jazz Arts Group ensembles for 17 years, and directs the Cathedral Choir at First Lutheran Church in Fargo, ND.
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An accomplished classical/jazz saxophonist, bassoonist and composer, Russell Peterson holds degrees from Youngstown State University (Ohio), Le Conservatoire de Bordeaux (France), and Bowling Green State University (Ohio), where he studied with Dr. James Umble, Donald Byo, Jean-Marie Londeix, Dr. Jeffery Lyman and Dr. John Sampen. Winner of numerous prizes, including the top prize at the International Geneva Saxophone Concours, (Switzerland), and first place winner of the MTNA National Music Competition, Mr. Peterson has soloed with orchestras in the United States as well as Europe, including the Dana Chamber Orchestra, (USA), Concordia Orchestra, (USA), Bowling Green Philharmonic, (USA), L’Orchestra de la Suisse Romande, (Switzerland), Collegium Musicum, Basel (Switzerland), The Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra, The Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra (USA), The Orchestra Conservatorio Superior De M?sica (Spain), The Western New York Chamber Orchestra (USA), and The St. Petersburg Philharmonic, (Russia).
Mr. Peterson is an active chamber musician, performing extensively throughout Europe and The United States with The Transcontinental Saxophone Quartet, and is currently also performing with the Hard-Bop Jazz Saxophone Quartet in Fargo-Moorhead. The Hard-Bop Quartet’s first CD release “DON’T STEP ON YOUR NECK”, is available on Sea-Breeze records and the TSQ’s debut CD “MOUNTAIN ROADS” is available on Albany Records. Russell’s first solo CD “AMERICAN BREATH” is on Barking Dog Records and features the music of David Maslanka, Larry Bell and Peterson. Russell released “Russ Peterson and Friends, Jazz/Rock Saxophone” in Jan of 2010. As an Orchestral player, Russell has served as bassoonist with several symphony orchestras, and is currently principal bassoonist with the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony, as well as bassoonist with t he Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Wind Quintet.
Mr. Peterson has performed with some of the most notable artist in the business: Phil Woods, Manhattan Transfer, Dave Weckle, Peter Erskin, Henry Mancini, Gregg Bissonette, Ray Charles, Wayne Newton, Bill Watrous, Gregg Field, Frankie Valie and the 4 Seasons, Maureen McGovern, Samuel Sanders, The Eroica Trio, Will Kennedy, Frankie Avalon, Tommy Igoe, Nick Brignola, Zoro, Ignacio Berroa, Terri Lyne Carrington, the Four Tops. Mr. Peterson has served on the faculty at Youngstown State University (Ohio), The University of Toledo (Ohio), Minnesota State University Moorhead, The Interlochen Summer Arts Camp (Michigan), The International Music Camp, and is currently instructor of Saxophone, Bassoon ,and Jazz ensemble Iat Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota.
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