Current Studio Members
Juan José Arévalo
JJ, a student of Dr. William Dietz, is continuing his music studies after a long absence from both the bassoon and student side of academia. Initially studying with George Sakakeeny at Oberlin Conservatory of Music, fate led him to Ann Arbor, Michigan. Before joining the staff of the University of Michigan Law School Admissions Office in August 2001, he worked in student services at the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. His last assignment as Graduate Admissions Coordinator completed a nearly decade long career in admissions with Michigan Law. As an active member of the UofM and Metro Detroit communities, he often volunteered his time with various undergraduate latino student organizations, Latino Law Student Association (LLSA), and LL.M. students working to enrich their university experience.
A native of Donna, TX, JJ began studying the bassoon in high school at age 14 with Ron Dunmore as primary instructor, and on occasion with Martin Garcia, and UA School of Music Alumna Dr. Gretchen Hausfeld. During this time, he received many top honors including being selected to the TMEA All-State Band and Orchestra.
At the University of Arizona, JJ is presently Principal Bassoonist with the UA Philharmonic Orchestra. He continues to mentor undergraduate students through the Arizona Assurance Mentor Program, and is the Legal Writing Faculty Assistant at the James E. Rogers College of Law. He is also a member of the Tucson Repertory Orchestra. In his spare time, he enjoys spending quality time with family and friends, reading Latin American literature (in Spanish), and cycling throughout Tucson.
Kevin Milligan, a junior from Vail, is currently pursuing a BM in Wind Performance, a BS in Applied Mathematics, and a Minor in Chemistry. He first studied with BJ Bedont, then with Rebecca Hagen-Watson nearly two years later. He has played in numerous ensembles, most notably the Tucson Philharmonia Youth Orchestra where he served as principal bassoon for two years. He has also played as principal bassoon in the Regional Band for four years, second bassoon in the All-State Orchestra for one year, and has performed in the Cienega High School Symphonic band, which recently received a Superior rating with Distinction at the All-State Band Festival.
He is also a recent member of the University of Arizona Honor Wind Quintet. Kevin also performed with the University of Arizona Wind Ensemble in the performance of the Maslanka Mass, one of the most iconic late 20th century pieces for wind ensemble. Currently, Kevin studies with Dr. William Dietz and is a member of the Roadrunner Bassoon Quartet. He is also bassoonist and contrabassoonist for his second year in the award-winning Arizona Symphony Orchestra.
Lisa Mayer is currently a freshman at the University of Arizona, where she is pursuing a BA in Instrumental Studies and a BS in Biology, Biomedical Sciences concentration. She is participating in the Arizona Symphony Orchestra and a chamber ensemble in addition to private instrument study with Dr. William Dietz. Lisa graduated from the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts in Las Vegas, Nevada, where she played bassoon in the LVA Wind Ensemble and Philharmonic Orchestra. She also played with a variety of Las Vegas Academy chamber ensembles. Outside of school ensembles, Lisa was principal of the Las Vegas Youth Symphony for one year, and principal of the Las Vegas Youth Philharmonic for three years. Her private teacher during this time was Maxine Klinger.
Additionally, Lisa was a member of a Clark County Honor Band for four years, the Nevada All-State Band for two years, and the Nevada All-State Orchestra for one year. Lisa Mayer is currently a junior at the University of Arizona, where she is pursuing a BA in Instrumental Studies and a BS in Molecular and Cellular Biology. She is participating in the Philharmonic Orchestra and a chamber ensemble in addition to private instrument study with Dr. William Dietz. Lisa graduated from the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts in Las Vegas, Nevada, where she played bassoon in the LVA Wind Ensemble and Philharmonic Orchestra. She also played with a variety of Las Vegas Academy chamber ensembles.
Outside of school ensembles, Lisa was principal in the Las Vegas Youth Symphony for one year, and principal in the Las Vegas Youth Philharmonic for three years. Her private teacher during that time was Maxine Klinger. Additionally, Lisa was a member of a Clark County Honor Band for four years, the Nevada All-State Band for two years, and the Nevada All-State Orchestra for one year.
Kyle Edwards graduated from Gilbert High School in 2010 and is now a sophomore at the University of Arizona. Kyle is a saxophone performance major and studies bassoon as a secondary instrument under Dr. William Dietz. Kyle has played bassoon since the 8th grade and studied under Andy Bunch for a time. Kyle has marched for the past two years in the Academy Drum and Bugle Corp as a tuba player.
Martin J. Van Klompenberg
Martin J. Van Klompenberg is a currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Arizona, where he studies with Dr. William Dietz. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in music at Western Michigan University, where he studied with Dr. Wendy Rose, and his Master of Music degree from Arizona State University, where he studied with Dr. Albie Micklich. His other primary teachers include Phil Pandolfi of the Pittsburgh Symphony and John Clapp of the Grand Rapids (MI) Symphony.
Prior to moving to Arizona, Martin was an active performer in the Great Lakes region, playing with orchestras such as the West Shore Symphony (now West Michigan Symphony), Southwest Michigan Symphony, Holland Symphony Orchestra and La Porte County Symphony Orchestra. In 2009, and again in 2010, he attended the Domaine Forget International Music Academy in St. Irenee, Quebec, Canada.
Philip is in his second year of study for an MM in Music Performance. He earned a BM in Music Education at East Carolina University and studied bassoon with Chris Ulffers. During his time at ECU he served as principal bassoon of the ECU Symphony Orchestra. He also performed at times as principal bassoon of the ECU Wind Ensemble and ECU Opera, the latter known for performing a wide variety of works – from Mozart classics to world premieres. As part of the North Carolina New Music Initiative, formerly known as New Music @ ECU, Philip participated in many premieres, recordings, and new music projects. Most notable is his performance in the world premiere and recording of Travis Alford’s Loose Strands for chamber wind ensemble. In addition to teaching beginning bassoon in his hometown of Chesapeake, Virginia, and touring with the ECU Symphony Orchestra, he also made an appearance with the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra. Currently, Philip plays with the Fred Fox Graduate Wind Quintet, the Arizona Symphony Orchestra, and the Saguaro Bassoon Trio. He aspires to earn a position in a professional orchestra after finishing his degree.
Joshua Hall is currently pursing his Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Arizona. Recently, Hall was invited to perform at the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival in South Africa as a member of the Empire Quintet. As a member of the University of Kentucky Orchestra, Hall has played in the Kennedy Center for the Kentucky Tribute to Lincoln.
In 2011, Hall won the opportunity to solo with Peter Bond of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra at the Sewanee Summer Music Festival. He has also been a finalist for various concerto competitions.
At the University of Arizona, Hall is the Oboe Teaching assistant, where he teaches private lessons to undergraduates and starting in the spring will also be teaching oboe methods. He also maintains a private studio in Tucson, AZ.
As an Arts Administrator, Hall has held various positions in many different types of organizations. Working with the Waterbury Symphony and the Disney Company in operations and marketing, Hall embodies a perfect blend of artist and arts administrator. Receiving various grants, Hall has attended various festivals in the United States and Luxembourg, and has helped to fund a concert series in Kansas.
Hall received his Artist Diploma at SUNY Purchase, his Masters Music Performance from The Hartt School and his Bachelors degrees in Music and Arts Administration from the University of Kentucky. He is a student of Dr. Sara Fraker, Humbert Lucarelli, James Austin Smith, Dr. Lindabeth Binkley and the late Nancy Clauter. He has also begun taking bassoon lessons with Dr. William Deitz.