Flute - Candace Keach
Candace Keach, originally from Athens, Georgia, lives in Atlanta and has been principal flutist with the Macon Symphony since 1984. She has been a featured soloist with this orchestra as well as with summer music festivals in Italy, Switzerland and France. Her orchestral experience in the southeast has also included performances with The Atlanta Symphony, The Birmingham Symphony, The Greenville Symphony and with The National Touring Company's "Phantom of the Opera." Candace teaches in Atlanta at Holy Innocents' Episcopal School, The Lovett School and at Spelman College. She was interim flute professor at Berry College in Rome, Georgia from 1993 - 1995. Her own studies were at the University of Georgia and at New England Conservatory in Boston. For the past ten years, she has been studying, practicing and teaching various modalities of sound therapy. In 2002 she created her first CD, "As Above So Below," which has been highly acclaimed, particularly within the healing arts community.
Saxophone - Robert Cowles
Bob Cowles is a native of Marietta, Georgia, having attended the University of Georgia. Mr. Cowles holds the Bachelors of Music Education, Masters of Music Education, and Educational Specialist degrees. Currently in demand as a music consultant, adjudicator and guest conductor throughout the state, Mr. Cowles finds time to bring his 30 plus years of private teaching expertise to interested saxophonists. Mr. Cowles opened Walton High School in 1976, serving as its first and head band director until his retirement in 1997. He is currently a member of Tara Winds and the Cobb Wind Symphony and has performed and conducted at the prestigious Mid West International Band and Orchestra Convention in Chicago.
Saxophone - Robert Haley
Robert Haley is the owner of Classic Winds and has offered private instruction to students of all levels since 1979. Mr. Haley holds music degrees from the University of Georgia and has been instructor of saxophone at Georgia State University in Atlanta. Solo and chamber music performances have taken him all over the country, including a performance by special invitation of the legendary saxophonist Sigurd Rascher, at Rascher's last North American workshop at Yale University.
Clarinet/Oboe - Kevin Tant
Kevin Tant, a multi-instrumentalist, teaches clarinet, oboe and saxophone at Classic Winds. Kevin is a graduate of Georgia State University, holding both a Bachelors and a Masters degree. Mr. Tant's studies have been William Rappaport of the Atlanta Symphony and Alexander Krakovski of the Moscow Symphony. With over 15 years of private teaching experience, Kevin relates very well to the challenges of the young players.