Sacred Winds Ensemble and Ministries

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Faculty Members Announced for Guayaquil, Ecuador

Sacred Winds Ministries is pleased to announce the faculty for a two-week Summer Residency Program at the Orquesta Sinfonica Cristiana del Ecuador Conservatory of Music in Guayaquil, Ecuador beginning July 14. There, the group will lead a two week music academy, working with students of all ages at O.S.C.E. They will also engage in educational activities, performances, and ministry across the city, immersing themselves in cultural exchange all along the way.  The Summer Residency Program will culminate in a public performance where Sacred Winds Ensemble faculty will appear in concert together with Orquesta Sinfonica Cristiana del Ecuador as featured guest artists.

Faculty

Scott Bersaglia is Director of Bands for Pikeville Independent Schools where he oversees and directs the district’s instrumental music curriculum. In addition, Dr. Bersaglia is Music Director of the Sacred Winds Ensemble and Chairman of Sacred Winds Ministries, Inc.

Dr. Bersaglia has diverse teaching experience including Associate Professor of Conducting at Campbellsville University, Orchestra Conductor of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Orchestra, and Assistant Director of Bands at the University of Michigan. He has commissioned seventeen works for various ensembles and has worked with noted composers Donald Grantham, Evan Chambers, John Vander Gheynst, Jody Nagel, and the late David Maslanka, and Pulitzer-Prize winning composers William Bolcom and the late Steven Stucky.

Dr. Bersaglia frequently serves as guest conductor and clinician throughout the Midwest and Southeast as well as the Commonwealth of Kentucky and has presented clinics at the University of Kentucky, Campbellsville University, the University of Michigan Conducting Symposium, the Kentucky Music Education Association’s Professional Development Conference, and the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, IL.  

Dr. Bersaglia holds the Bachelors of Music Education from Morehead State University and the Masters of Music and Doctor of Music Arts degrees from The University of Texas at Austin. His conducting teachers include Jerry Junkin, Richard Miles, and Greg Detweiler. He currently resides in Prestonsburg with his wife, Jennifer, and their daughters Isabella Matea and Emmaline Grace.

 

Mrs. Christina Bishop has been teaching for the last 20 years in both public and private settings. She is currently serving as the General Music Teacher and Choir Director at Taylor County Middle in Campbellsville, Ky. She also serves as Adjunct Professor of Music at Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, Ky. Her responsibilities include teaching applied flute, flute ensemble and courses in music education. Mrs. Bishop also maintains an active private flute studio in the Central Kentucky area.

Mrs. Bishop received her Bachelors of Music Education from Campbellsville University and her Masters in Music Performance from Campbellsville University. While there, she served as the principal flutist for the orchestra, wind ensemble and concert band. In 2001, she was the FSK Collegiate Competition Solo Artist Winner. In 2014, she was named principal flutist for the Kentucky Intercollegiate Orchestra. Mrs. Bishop currently resides in Campbellsville, Ky with her husband, Stephen, and three children; Madison, Noah and Logan.

 

Dr. Chad Floyd currently serves as Associate Professor of Percussion at Campbellsville University and as Director of Steel Appeal, a steel drum academy comprised of over 100 students from central KY. In addition, Chad serves as President for the Kentucky Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society and as a member of the PAS Education Committee.  

Chad has performed throughout the United States, Brazil, China, Ecuador, Japan, South Korea, and Trinidad. He has performed multiple international tours as drummer for the Brazilian-based group, Almedia Duo, has served as drummer for the award winning band, Stoik Oak, and served as drummer for the Grammy-nominated members of Sojourn Fare. He has also performed with the Birdsong Steel Orchestra at Panorama in Trinidad, and with the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra Kentucky, Sacred Winds Ensemble, and Bowling Green Chamber Orchestra. Chad’s original works for percussion are published by Bachovich Publications, C-Alan Publications, Innovative Percussion Inc., Row-Loff Productions, and Tapspace Publications.

Chad holds degrees from the University of Kentucky (DMA), Belmont University (MM), Eastern Kentucky University (MAED), and Campbellsville University (BME). Chad Floyd is proud to be an artist endorser/clinician for Grover Pro Percussion Inc., Humes and Berg Co., Innovative Percussion Inc., Pearl Drums and Adams Musical Instruments, and Remo Inc.

 

Blake Johnson is an oboist and teacher based in Kansas City, Missouri. Johnson is currently pursuing the Master of Music degree at the University of Missouri – Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance and also holds the Bachelor of Music in Oboe Performance from Morehead State University. His primary teachers are Celeste Johnson, Thomas Pappas, Mary Lindsey Bailey, and John Viton.

Active as a teacher, Johnson has served as the oboe instructor for multiple school districts in Kentucky and presented masterclasses and clinics at middle and high schools throughout both Kentucky and Missouri.

Johnson performs each summer with the Sacred Winds Ensemble and previously served as Second Oboe and English Horn with the Cave Run Symphony Orchestra. At UMKC, he performs with the Conservatory Wind Symphony. He is a member of the International Double Reed Society, the Midwest Double Reed Society, and the National Association for Music Education and has performed at the Kentucky Music Educators Association Conference.

As an avid chamber musician, Johnson frequently performs in various chamber ensembles within the UMKC Conservatory and performed in the past as a member of the Sapphire Winds and the Sirius Reed Quintet, which performed extensively both on the campus of Morehead State University and throughout Eastern Kentucky.

While a student at MSU, he was the winner of the 29th Annual A. Frank and Bethel C. Gallaher Performance Competition. Also interested in the research of oboe pedagogy, Johnson made reed making pedagogy the focus of a 2016-2017 Undergraduate Research Fellowship at MSU. His research was awarded two Certificates of Exceptional Merit by the Caudill College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at the Annual Celebration of Student Scholarship. Through the support of the program’s funding, he created a beginning reed making method which is used by the MSU Oboe Studio.

 

Dr. Reese Land hails from Taylorsville, NC and serves as assistant professor of trumpet at the University of Louisville. An avid performer, he performs regularly in a large variety of venues as a soloist and with ensembles such as Orchestra Kentucky Bowling Green, the Brass Band of Louisville, the Louisville Brass, the Don Krekel Jazz Orchestra, and a host of others. He has performed with such artists as Doc Severinsen, Mannheim Steamroller, Neil Sedaka, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Kenny Rogers, The Temptations, Mary Wilson (of the Supremes), and Joshua Bell.  A devoted clinician, Dr. Land has given frequent master classes to high school and university students around the United States, Brazil and Ecuador. He holds a B.A. music degree from Lenoir-Rhyne College in Hickory, NC, a M. M. degree from the University of Louisville, KY, and a D.M.A. degree from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. He is married to Paola Manrique-Land and they have two sons, Alex and Henry.

 

Mrs. Paola Manrique-Land is from Guayaquil, Ecuador and began studying the violin at age 6.  Byage 8, she was playing as a soloist with the Orchestra Sinfonica de Guayaquil and won the Ecuadorian National Competition at age 14. Later, she was offered a scholarship to study in the United States at the University of Louisville and received bachelors and masters degrees in music performance. While a student and after, Mrs. Manrique-Land has had the opportunity to perform with many great artists such as Smokey Robinson, Jerry Lewis, Josh Groban, Leann Womack, Amy Grant, Neil Sedaka, Kenny Rogers and Stevie Wonder. Paola’s other passion is teaching and serves as Director of Orchestral Activities for Bardstown City Schools in Bardstown, KY. She currently resides in Louisville, KY with her husband Reese Land and her two sons, Alex and Henry.

 

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Testimonials

"Their spiritual unity and commitment to their collective mission—as well as their superb musicianship—allow them to play as one, under the inspired leadership of their conductor."

Teresa Alzadon, Soprano
Staff Sergeant, The U.S. Army Field Band

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