Voices of  VWCM

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Ana Maria Locke:
Editor-in-Chief of  VWCM

Ana Maria Locke is pursuing a DMA in clarinet performance at the University of Iowa, where she studies with Professor Jorge Montilla. Ana earned her Master of Music degree in clarinet performance at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts as a student of Dr. Oskar Espina-Ruiz, and her Bachelor of Music Education degree from Troy University, where she studied with Dr. Timothy Phillips. While at UNCSA, Locke had the privilege of performing as a soloist with the contemporary dance program under the leadership of “America’s Quintessential American Ballerina,” Susan Jaffe. 

Ana is the editor and creator of the website VWCM: Voices of Womxn in Classical Music. She actively performs in a duo with her husband Stephen Mulvahill. She is currently living in Iowa with her husband, daughter Anastasia, and cat Kuku.

Ways to follow:

Instagram: @anamariaclarinetista

Jessica Buford:
Copy Editor of  VWCM

Jessica Buford, originally from Bluefield, West Virginia, is a composer and singer raised in the rich sound world of the Black church. She has a Masters in Musicology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a Bachelors in Music Composition from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, a Masters in the Teaching of English as a Second Language and Applied Linguistics from Winston-Salem State University, and a Bachelors in English from West Virginia University. Two of her pieces penned in celebration of the centennial of women’s suffrage, commissioned by Of Thee I Sing, are performed across the country. Devoted to making higher education success more widely accessible, she assists university students worldwide via the EdTech startup Upswing.

When she isn’t writing or singing, she enjoys walking, video games, and talking pro wrestling on her Casualeann YouTube channel.

Ways to follow:

Website: jessicabuford.com Instagram: @burord.j

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Kalli Lund:
Managing Editor of  VWCM

Kalli Lund is a musician and educator who is committed to helping young people find their voice and discover their passions through music, while encouraging them to be the best musicians and humans they can be. As an educator, Kalli has taught middle and high school band and choir at the American Community School of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. While there she also taught private voice, piano, and trumpet lessons. Working with fabulous colleagues and students, Kalli developed a deep interest in curriculum and a talent for tailoring methods to each student to help them achieve their goals. Kalli’s love of making great music with great people led her to playing trumpet with ensembles such as the Emirates Community Symphonic Orchestra in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and to be included among the Papal Mass Musicians for Pope Francis’s visit to Abu Dhabi in 2019. With a desire to continue and learn more about meaningful ensemble playing, Kalli returned to the United States to pursue her master’s degree in trumpet performance at the University of Iowa, where she currently resides. 

Ghadeer Abaido

Ghadeer Abaido is a Palestinian-Jordanian pianist with extensive experience; from performing classical music as a soloist, collaborating with chamber music groups and orchestras in the Middle East, Europe, and the United States to accompanying vocalists and instrumentalists.

Ghadeer completed her masters in the University of South Florida where she studied under the instruction of Dr. Svetozar Ivanov. She participated in the Osaka International Piano competition, she won first place in the U.S. regionals held in Atlanta and went on to Japan for the finals. She most recently won the Iowa Performance Fellowship award from the University of Iowa, where she is completing her Doctorate degree under the instruction of Dr. Rene Lecuona.

Ways to follow:

Instagram: @ghadeerabeidoh


Kendra Harding

Kendra began playing guitar and writing songs as a teenager, and cites Jon Foreman and Regina Spektor as two of her biggest influences. She later joined choir and theatre programs at her high school and was hooked from there on out. She thought of herself as a solo act until she met Zack on a snowy night in 2014, when she started thinking a duo might not be so bad, either. 
When she's not playing or writing music, she can be found making jewelry, playing video games, or hiking the mountains of North Carolina with her husband Zack and their dogs, Joni and Moon Moon.

Ways to follow:

The Brown Mountain Lightning Bugs

Instagram: @brownmountainlightningbugs

Charlotte Goode

Charlotte Goode is a violist who has been praised for her passion, drive, and deep musicality. Ms. Goode has recently graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a Bachelors of Music in Viola Performance on a generous academic and musical scholarship and is currently a student of Gina Coletti and Diana Wade.  Previously, Ms. Goode was a student of Lynn Grants and Jonathan Moerschel, and has performed in masterclasses with Gina Coletti, Ben Ullery, Karen Dreyfus, and Paul Coletti.  Ms. Goode is a highly sought after violist for the performance of new music, and has worked closely with contemporary composers such as Byron Adams, Simeon Goode, Robert Gross, Sarah Wallin Huff, Maria Newman, and Julia Adolphe on numerous projects.  Notably, in the spring of 2019, In her high school years, Ms. Goode attended the Idyllwild Chamber Festival, through which she made her Walt Disney Hall debut. As a recording musician, Ms. Goode was featured on two cues in the 2015 Disney Film Tomorrowland at the personal invitation of conductor Tim Simonec and composer Michael Giacchino. 

A gifted educator, Ms. Goode has maintained a large private studio of young violinists and violists since the summer of 2015, as well as faculty positions at the Azusa Conservatory and Music and Arts Glendora.  

Ms. Goode currently resides in Santa Clarita, California with her husband, composer Simeon Goode and their cats Berlioz and Primrose.


Julie Saxton

Julie Saxton is a violinist and teacher based in Central Illinois. Originally from Atlanta, GA, she is currently finishing up her Artist Diploma at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she also completed her Master’s degree. She is an active and versatile freelancer, performing with regional orchestras in Illinois and Indiana. She has also recorded and performed with pop artists in the Athens and Atlanta area. Currently she maintains a full studio at the Champaign School of Music in Illinois, where she enjoys teaching children and adults of all ages and levels. 

Julie completed a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology at the University of Georgia in Athens, GA. Her primary teachers include Dr. Michael Heald and Nelson Lee and Meg Freivogel of the Jupiter String Quartet. When she’s not practicing or performing, she enjoys traveling, hiking, cooking, baking, and spending time with her family, friends, and dog (Ginger) and cat (Angelkitty).

Emma Lin

Emma Lin is a pianist hailing from Lawrenceville, GA. As a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) with a MM in Collaborative Piano, she actually finds herself heavily involved with the Morning Music Club. This is a program run by UNCSA ArtistCorps that uses music to reconnect seniors living with dementia with themselves and the world around them. Through the Morning Music Club, Emma has found great interest in music therapy and in music and healing. She hopes to pursue these interests with further graduate study. Emma currently teaches a full studio of young pianists at Upbeat Music Company in Lewisville, NC and Kernersville Music Academy in Kernersville, NC. When she's not working or teaching, she loves to talk about food and animals!


PG Hazard

PG Hazard is a vocal coach and pianist living in Winston-Salem, NC.  She has most recently worked for Piedmont Opera, Palm Beach Opera as an apprentice artist and UNCSA's A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute as a staff pianist and coach.  In the last four years, she has worked in over a dozen opera productions - sometimes in the pit as a continuo player, sometimes backstage cueing the chorus, and always wishing she could sit back and just enjoy the beauty coming from the artists on stage.  Summer festivals attended include Miami Music Festival, Si Parla Si Canta, SongFest, and Music Academy of the West. She often wonders about how to make classical music more understandable and accessible, what Beethoven was really like, and if it's really possible to have it all.

Ways to follow:

Instagram: @haveamuffin

Melinda Knowling

Born in Phichit Thailand, growing up in the United Arab Emirates, and graduating high school in Iowa, Melinda is a Thai-American musician with an international background. She started off as a pianist and received a B.M in Piano Performance from the University of Iowa in May of 2020. There she studied under the tutelage of Dr. Alan Huckleberry and Dr. Rene Lecuona. While attending the University of Iowa, she served as a representative of the Student Advisory Council and treasurer of the university’s chapter of MTNA. She is currently a master’s student pursuing a degree in Music Theory at the University of North Texas where she serves as a teaching assistant for undergraduate theory courses.

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