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Erik Parr

Erik Parr is currently attending UMBC, where he is working towards his B.A. in instrumental music education. As a transfer student from Carroll Community College - where he earned his AFA in music - Erik is in his fourth year of studying clarinet at the collegiate level. He is currently studying under Dr. Natalie Groom. Erik started playing clarinet when he was in fourth grade and played through high school. In high school, he picked up saxophone and started studying classical and jazz performance. 

 

Erik has much experience playing in various ensembles both in and out of school. At Westminster High School, he was first chair clarinet in wind ensemble for two years, and he played in the pit orchestra on both clarinet and sax for the school musicals. At Carroll Community, he has participated in the Vocal Chamber ensemble and the Jazz Combo. He also used to perform occasional duets with a violinist at Calvary UMC. At UMBC, Erik has been a member of wind ensemble and orchestra and is currently participating in a wind trio with two other students.

 

As an educator, Erik has had firsthand experience in teaching music through field placements and internships as part of the music education program. Studying under Brian Kaufman, Erik participates in an internship program where he observes and assists in teaching music at Booker T. Washington Middle school in Baltimore County. Starting this semester, he will also be assisting in teaching music at Maiden Choice School in Baltimore, a school which specializes in educating children with disabilities. 

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Henry Smith

Henry Smith is a saxophonist in the DC / Baltimore area. He is currently studying jazz at University of Maryland Baltimore Campus as a Linehan Artist Scholar. Henry has performed at various locations throughout the country including Metlife Stadium as well as Disney World. When he isn't performing, Henry enjoys spending time outside biking and climbing as well as going to the gym.

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Jennifer Sorrells

Jennifer Sorrells is paralegal manager, a student and clarinetist.  She has an Associate of Applied Science Degree for Paralegal Studies and is attending UMBC full time as a political science major with a minor in professional writing and music.

While at Penn State University, Jennifer played with the Symphonic Blue Band, the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and the Penn State Philharmonic.  After exploring many other exciting opportunities, including a career in the legal field as a paralegal for a Baltimore based law firm, Jennifer returned to her studies and music and currently plays for the UMBC Wind Ensemble. 

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Pam Voulalas

Pam Voulalas completed her A.A. in Music Performance at Howard Community College and transferred to UMBC in the Fall of 2021 to complete a B.A. in Music Composition. She holds a Ph.D. in Neuropharmacology, and enjoyed many years in academic research. After taking time off to care for aging parents, she returned to her first passion, music. Her long-term goal is to apply her training to establish ensembles with seniors at independent living communities.

 

She has recently received clarinet training from Kyle Coughlin, David Rybczynski, and Robert DiLutis, and composition instruction with Bill Scanlan Murphy. She currently studies with Natalie Groom at UMBC. In addition to being a member of the UMBC Wind Ensemble and the Columbia Concert Band, she established two locally performing ensembles -  a clarinet choir (currently on hiatus due to the pandemic) and a clarinet quartet.