Carrie Klayman Singler is in her twentieth year as the Director of Orchestras and as a jazz educator in the Bay Village City Schools where she has been recognized as a “Superintendent's Best” educator, a "Rocket Scholar" honoree and was twice honored with a Bay High Inspiration Award. Ms. Singler is the founder and advisor of the Bay High Honors Quintet, the Bay High Rocket Quartet and Bay High School Chamber Orchestra. She has established solo and chamber performance training as a key component in the string curriculum, has integrated crossover genres into the orchestra repertoire, and has infused the program with opportunities for students to interact with professional music artists from the Cleveland area and beyond.
As a performer Ms. Singler has appeared as a featured soloist with the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, as a featured chamber musician at the Erie Festival of the Arts, and has appeared in recital with Annie Fullard
and Elizabeth DeMio. She is a founding member of the Obsidian Quartet, PRISM Jazz, and a member of the Walden Players. Her performances have been aired on WCLV Cleveland and WQED Pittsburgh radio. Ms. Singler frequently performs with the Akron Symphony, Youngstown Symphony and Warren Philharmonic Orchestras and has additionally performed with the Heights Chamber Orchestra, Finnfest Symphony Orchestra, Valley Lyric Opera, Opera Per Tutti (Cleveland Opera Theater), and with Michael Bolton and Gary Puckett
Ms. Singler holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music where she graduated with distinction and a Master of Music degree from Cleveland State University. She studied chamber music with members of the Ying and Audubon Quartets and violin with Molly Fung Dumm, Lynn Blakeslee, Marilyn McDonald, David Updegraff, Stephen Majeske and Helen Richards. Her primary jazz teachers have included John Klayman, Harold Danko, David Baker, Rich Armandi and Aidan Plank. The education teachers who most influenced her teaching are Louis Bergonzi, Richard Grunow and Robert Culver. Ms. Singler and her husband live in Bay Village with their two daughters.
Ann Gilbert is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music (B.M.), the Juilliard School of Music (M.M.), and the University of Akron (Ph.D.). Her first bass teachers were George Wisneskey and Harry Barnoff. She studied piano with Marianne Mastics. She studied string bass with David Perlman, principal bass for the Cleveland Orchestra and John Schaeffer, principal bass for the New York Philharmonic.
Her résumé includes appointments as principal bass with the Symphonic Orchestra of the State of Mexico in Toluca, Mexico, assistant principal bass with the Oregon Symphony in Portland,
Oregon, and in the Symphonic Orchestra of Seville, Spain.
She has played in orchestras backing up Kenny Rogers, Scott Hamilton, Kenny Loggins, Roger Daltry, Luciano Pavarotti, Jewel, Dennis DeYoung, the Three Tenors, Andrea Bocelli and the Moody Blues.
Ann has taught music at public and private institutions throughout northeast Ohio. She currently teaches Suzuki and traditional bass for the Cleveland Music Settlement and the Oberlin Community Music School.
At present, Ann plays principal bass with the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, the Akron Symphony, the BlueWater Chamber Orchestra and as a member of the Firelands Symphony Orchestra.
Mark Awad is currently in his fifteenth year as director of bands at Bay Middle School. At the middle school he teaches band in grades five through eight, in addition to the middle school jazz ensemble. Mr. Awad is also the assistant director of the Bay High Rocket Marching Band. Additionally, he has directed the Pit Orchestra for numerous Bay High School
musicals including: 42nd Street, Grease, Beauty and the Beast, The Wizard of Oz, The Addams Family, and Shrek the Musical. Mr. Awad also serves as the chairperson for the Ohio Music Education Association, District 4 Middle School Honors Festival. In addition, he is on the staff of the Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony as an assistant conductor of the CYWS Group II Symphonic Winds.
Mr. Awad earned his master’s degree in music education at Case Western Reserve University. He earned his bachelor’s degree in music education from Youngstown State University. His primary instrument is the trombone, on which he continues to perform.