Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Frank Niemeyer has been awarded a Bachelors Degree from The Ohio State University School of Music, a Masters Degree from The Conservatory of Music at Purchase College, and is currently completing his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Jazz Trombone Performance at the University of Illinois where he has served as the studio Teaching Assistant with Sinfonia da Camera's Principal Trombonist, Jim Pugh.
Before entering the Doctor of Musical Arts program at the University of Illinois, Frank spent a number of years living in New York. While there, he had the opportunity to study with many renowned musicians and perform with them in a number of the city’s most iconic venues
In addition to being an in-demand performer and composer, Frank is also a dedicated educator. He has previously served on the faculty of Lincoln College (IL), The Ohio State University Summer Jazz Camp, The University of Illinois Summer Youth Music Camp, and, in 2019 and 2021, was hired by the University of Illinois to cover Jim Pugh's leave of absence.
From 2008-14, Frank served as the Lead Instructor and Coordinator for MusicWorks in Tarrytown, New York (a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing music instruction to disadvantaged K-12 students) and, during this period, also taught a number of undergraduate and graduate-level courses at The Conservatory of Music at Purchase College on a substitute basis.
In 2010, Frank was hired to develop and direct the Purchase College Summer Jazz Workshop, a 4-week intensive summer program for aspiring high school musicians, offering daily courses in small-ensemble playing, improvisation, jazz theory, jazz history, instrumental master classes, and songwriting.
Jefferson Howard is a bassoonist from Denver, Colorado. He holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Northern Colorado and is currently pursuing a Master of Music from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He is an active performer both in central Illinois and the Denver metro area. He has performed nationally with the Texas Festival Orchestra, Champaign-Urbana Symphony, Littleton Symphony, Denver Philharmonic, Greeley Philharmonic, Bay View Opera Orchestra, Stratus Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonia da Camera, as well as the Eastern Festival Orchestra in Greensboro, NC. In addition, he was the recipient of a Fellowship at the Round Top Festival Institute in 2022. His principal teachers include Tristan Rennie, George Sakakeeny, and Timothy McGovern.