Dr. Kip Franklin currently serves as Assistant Professor of Music at the University of South Alabama (USA) where he teaches clarinet, music theory, and conducts the USA Clarinet Ensemble.
Dr. Franklin has performed as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player throughout the United States and abroad. As a member of the USA Faculty Wind Trio, he released the album Perpetuum Mobile in 2016. An advocate of new music, Dr. Franklin was a part of the consortium for David Maslanka’s Eternal Garden: Four Songs for Clarinet and Piano (2009) and his Concerto for Clarinet and Wind Ensemble (2014), and has co-commissioned significant works from other composers including David Biedenbender and Philip Wharton. He was a featured performer at the International Clarinet Association ClarinetFest Conventions Ostend, Belgium; Orlando, Florida; and Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Dr. Franklin’s research interests are centered on commissioning and recording new pieces in the clarinet canon. His debut solo CD, Crossroads: Twenty-First Century Music for Clarinet, was released in 2018. Prior to USA, Dr. Franklin served on the faculty of Saginaw Valley State University. In addition to performing and teaching, Dr. Franklin keeps an active schedule as a clinician and adjudicator. As a guest clinician he has presented master classes at numerous high schools and universities across the country, and was an adjudicator for the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association. He regularly writes articles for The Clarinet, Buzzreed Blog, and is an audio reviewer for the ICA. Other international experience includes studies and performances at the Centro Studi Carlo della Giacoma (Italy), the Vianden Music Festival (Luxembourg), and the Institut Français des Alps (France).
Dr. Franklin is a member of the International Clarinet Association, The College Music Society, and Pi Kappa Lambda. His clarinet teachers include Theodore Oien, Caroline Hartig, Kennen White, and Guy Yehuda. Dr. Franklin also studied music theory and composition with Gordon Sly, José-Luis Maurtua, and David Gillingham.
David Biedenbender's music has been described as "simply beautiful" [twincities.com] and is noted for its "rhythmic intensity" [NewMusicBox] and "stirring harmonies" [Boston Classical Review]. "Modern, venturesome, and inexorable…The excitement, intensity, and freshness that characterizes Biedenbender's music hung in the [air] long after the last note was played" [Examiner.com]. David has written music for the concert stage as well as for dance and multimedia collaborations, and his work is often influenced by his diverse musical experiences in rock and jazz bands as an electric bassist, in wind, jazz, and New Orleans-style brass bands as a euphonium, bass trombone, and tuba player, and by his study of Indian Carnatic Music. His present creative interests include working with everyone from classically trained musicians to improvisers, acoustic chamber music to large ensembles, and interactive electronic interfaces to live brain data. He has had the privilege of collaborating with and being commissioned by many renowned performers and ensembles, including Alarm Will Sound, PRISM Saxophone Quartet, Albany (NY) Symphony Orchestra, Stenhammar String Quartet, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, U.S. Navy Band, Philharmonie Baden-Baden (Germany), VocalEssence, and Eastman Wind Ensemble, among many others.
He is currently Assistant Professor of Composition in the College of Music at Michigan State University. He holds degrees in composition from the University of Michigan and Central Michigan University (Bachelor of Music Composition and Theory, 2007), and has also studied at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study, the Aspen Music Festival, and in Mysore, India where he studied carnatic music. For more information, visit: www.davidbiedenbender.com.
As an active recitalist, Mina Son collaborates with both vocalists and instrumentalists, as well as having extensive experience in chamber music and choral accompaniment. She has been involved in numerous musical theatre productions, was a collaborative pianist and opera scenes coach for the Interlochen Arts Camp's Vocal Soloist Studies program for six summers, and was a piano fellow at Bay View Music Festival.
Mina is featured on Illinois State University's premiere recording of David Maslanka's Symphony No. 7 as well as their recording of Maslanka's Traveler, Testament, and Symphony No. 4, all on the Albany record label. Mina is also featured on the recording of Terezin's The Fireflies (2015). She was the music director for, and performed in, this production in Terezín, Czech Republic, for holocaust survivors and their descendants. Mina received her Professional Studies degree in collaborative piano from the Cleveland Institute of Music, earned her Master of Music degree from Central Michigan University, and her Bachelor of Music from Illinois State University. She is currently a pianist at Central Michigan University, as well as the organist at Sacred Heart Church.