- Kynoebi Simpson-HankinsEsther Boyer College of Music, Temple University, Philadelphia, PAKynoebi Simpson-HankinsEsther Boyer College of Music, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
Kynoebi Simpson-Hankins is an 18-year-old Central High School Graduate. He was born and raised in the East Oak Lane of Philadelphia, and began playing the flute in 3rd grade and stuck with it ever since, while also picking up the saxophone in the 10th grade. He studies classical, jazz, and r&b music, and will be attending Temple University to continue his studies both academically and musically.
- Fareed Simpson-HankinsEsther Boyer College of Music, Temple University, Philadelphia, PAFareed Simpson-HankinsEsther Boyer College of Music, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
Fareed Simpson-Hankins first picked up the trumpet at eight years old. Born in Philadelphia and a graduate of Central High School, he grew up learning in the Philadelphia School District and studied music at the Tony Williams Mount Airy Cultural Center jazz program. Mentored by Byard Lancaster, he would play at local venues at a young age with the Developing Excellence organization. He acquired a love for music when he was a child, and his parents would practice and bring him to restaurants where they would perform. He began studying the trumpet with Kathy Kilpatrick, and later studied with Mike Franchetti. He also learned from playing in the church he grew up in, Shiloh Temple, where he played spirituals and gospel music. While attending Temple University, Fareed had the opportunity to study with some of the finest trumpet players in jazz, including Terell Stafford, Tanya Darby and Nick Marchione. He plays lead trumpet in the universities big band. Recently, he has been seen on PBS and heard on WRTI 90.1. He’s performed at local Philadelphia venues, The 2017 Jazz is Back festival in Grožnjan, Croatia, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and at the 2016 North Sea Jazz Festival, in Rotterdam.
- Daud El-BakaraEsther Boyer College of Music, Temple University, Philadelphia, PADaud El-BakaraEsther Boyer College of Music, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
Growing up as a jazz musician in Philadelphia and as a student of the Philadelphia Clef Club of Performing Arts, Daud El-Bakara's environment helped shape him into the musician he is today. El-Bakara knew from the age of 13 that Jazz was something that he would be doing in the capacity of performing and writing for the duration of his existence. Daud El-Bakara progressed quite rapidly and confirmation of this was his attainment of encouraging words in regards to his tone on the trumpet from notable greats such as Dizzy Gillespie, Art Farmer, Clark Terry, Art Blakey, and Wynton Marsalis. In the year of 1995 El-Bakara obtained a full scholarship to Temple University majoring in Jazz Performance but chose to stay for one year stating that he wanted more opportunities to tour performing music which he did. Daud El-Bakara has performed and toured with Donald Byrd, Charles Fambrough, The Stylistics, and Kindred the Family Soul. El-Bakara continued his studies at Temple University in the Spring semester of 2014 until present Majoring in Jazz Performance with a minor in biology.
- Danielle RomanoEastman School of Music, University of Rochester, Rochester, NYDanielle RomanoEastman School of Music, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
Returning this fall from Philadelphia as a junior in vocal studies at The Eastman School of Music, Danielle Romano presently studies with Professor Anthony Dean Griffey. Danielle has participated in Eastman’s 2017 fall opera production of L'incoronazione di Poppea. This upcoming winter Danielle will also be involved with Eastman’s production of Orfeo ed Euridice. In addition to performing, Danielle has worked backstage in costumes for two of Eastman’s productions, and plans to continue in the fall. Danielle has previously been seen in Girard Academic Music Program’s musical productions, where she played Maria in West Side Story, Pinocchio in Shrek The Musical, and Yente and Fruma Sarah in Fiddler on the Roof. Danielle will always remember the way her High School experiences and teachers helped to develop her love for life as a performing artist. Danielle continues to play both the piano and viola in her free time. She looks forward to her continued studies at Eastman, and would like to recognize supporters including the Florencia M. Mack Scholarship Award, GAMP Home and School Music Scholarship, and the Milicia Award for their continued contributions to her music education. Danielle would also like to thank her parents for their continuous love and support.
- Martina SmithEsther Boyer College of Music, Temple University, Philadelphia, PAMartina SmithEsther Boyer College of Music, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
Hornist Martina Smith is in her senior year at Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance, where she is a student of Jeffrey Lang, associate principal horn of the Philadelphia Orchestra. While at Temple, she has been a member of the Temple University Symphony Orchestra, the Temple University Wind Symphony, and her own brass and woodwind quintets. She has played in master classes with David Cooper, Abel Pereira, Jennifer Montone, Eric Reed, Gus Sebring, Shelley Showers, and other professional horn players. This past year she played with the Symphony in C, a professional development orchestra. In high school she toured Italy as principal horn of the Philadelphia All-City Orchestra. She was also section leader in Philadelphia Sinfonia. Martina has attended many different summer music festivals, including the Curtis Summerfest, Philadelphia International Music Festival, Boston University Tanglewood Institute’s Horn Workshop, Imani Woodwind Quintet Music Festival, and the Atlantic Brass Quintet Seminar.