We are so fortunate to have this amazing team of musicians working with us all week.  Here’s your chance to meet them!

Dianne FrazerDianne Frazer is recognized globally as a premiere collaborative pianist.  Known for her wit and style on and off stage, she exudes an energy and an excitement that is both irresistible and endearing. According to Branford Marsalis, “Dianne is one bad-a** pianist!!”  Dianne lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where she sits on the faculty of Louisiana State University.  She has been principal pianist for the National Flute Association since 2000, International Society of Bassists since 2003, the World Bass Festival in Poland (2004-08), the Oberstdorf Music Festival in Germany, the Bradetich Competition, International Studies in Florence, Italy, and has performed at the International Hornists Society, the International Trumpet Guild, and the International Clarinet Association conventions.

Marina PacowskiMarina Pacowski is a French pianist, professor at the Music Conservatory Maurice Ravel Bayonne Cote Basque (France) where she teaches piano accompaniment and vocal coaching.

She studied piano successively with Ada Labeque, Alain Motard and Bruno Rigutto. Then she specialized in accompaniment under the tutelage of Angeline Pondepeyre with whom she studied at the conservatory of Rueil- Malmaison.

She obtained a unanimous First Prize in accompaniment, a Gold medal in Composition and Music Analysis as well as the SACEM Prize in Composition. Marina came in first place in the Belvedere International Competition in Vienna (Austria) in the vocal coach category. She also came first in the competition organized by the Opera National du Rhin where she worked for a year as a pianist and vocal coach within the Jeune Voix du Rhin program.

As a concert pianist, she performed as the principal soloistin the Concerto for piano by the young composer Péio Cabalette “La chambre d’amour” (Conductor Xavier Delette), in the Kursall in San Sebastian (Spain), and in the Grand Theatre de Saint-Quentin (France). She was also invited by L’Ensemble Fa(Conductor Domenica My) for a concert at the Salle Gaveau , and played first piano in the Carmina Burana (version for 2 pianos, percussions), conducted by Didier Benetti, with the Grand Choeur Orpheo Pamplones at the Atrium of Dax.

A lover of chamber music, Marina Pacowski takes part in many concerts, playing pieces as the “Quatuor pour la Fin du Temps” by Messiaen with the soloists of l’Orchestre Régional- Bayonne -Côte –Basque, Brahms trios….

An eclectic artist, she has performed many piano solo and has collaborated regularly as a pianist and as an actress in various plays. Moreover she often performs in Jazz groups as a singer.

Marina Pacowski has a particular fondness for the double bass, resulting from the many duets that she has performed with this instrument,especially when participating in the festival of Capbreton organised by Christian Nogaro,  and with great international soloist as: Thierry Barbé, her regular musical partner, but also with Cattalin Rotarù, Dan Styffe, Leon Bosch, Thomas Martin, jiri Hudec, Petru Yuga….

Rose ChanclerPianist Rose Chancler has performed throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe as a soloist and collaborative artist, and has produced two CDs of violin and cello masterworks for bass and piano with double bassist Volkan Orhon. In past ISB festivals Rose has performed with Jeffery Turner, Linda McKnight, Esra Gul, Han Han Cho, and others.  She has held teaching positions at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Baylor University School of Music and the University of Iowa School of Music. She has been a faculty accompanist and coach at the Meadowmount School of Music in Lewis, New York, and at the Chautauqua Institution Music Schools in western New York.  She also performs chamber music and organizes concerts in the Adirondack State Park as artistic director and founding member of the acclaimed music series “Piano by Nature” in Elizabethtown, NY. Rose currently serves on the faculty of Plattsburgh State University of New York, and runs the Hamilton Hall Studio in Westport, NY. She holds a bachelor’s degree in piano performance from the University of Texas at Austin, and master’s and doctoral degrees from the Eastman School of Music.

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Photo by Judy Kirtley

Photo by Judy Kirtley

Pianist/composer Bill Mays’ career as a professional musician spans the last 50 years and includes a multitude of musical endeavors. Following four years as a bandsman in the U.S. Navy Bill spent 15 years as a session player in the Hollywood studios. In 1984 he re-located to New York City, firmly establishing himself as an in-demand sideman and leader of his own ensembles. He has worked with jazz legends Benny Golson, Red Mitchell, Gerry Mulligan, Bud Shank, Frank Sinatra, The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Sarah Vaughan and Phil Woods. His many recordings (solo, duo, trio and sextet) are well-documented on the Chiaroscuro, Concord, Palmetto and Steeplechase record labels.

A prolific composer and arranger, Mays has written extended works for bass, flute, woodwind septet as well as pieces for big band and orchestra. Bill’s latest recordings are “Phil & Bill” (with saxophonist Phil Woods), “Side By Side: Sondheim Duos” (with bassist Tommy Cecil) and “Life’s A Movie” (The Inventions Trio, with cellist Alisa Horn and trumpeter Marvin Stamm).

Tim FroncekTim Froncek continues to be one of the busiest drummers in West Michigan. You can hear him perform in groups ranging from big bands to combos, playing in jazz clubs to symphony halls.

Tim’s enthusiasm and involvement with jazz education at all age levels keeps him busy not only locally, but on the road judging festivals and conducting drum clinics. Summer music students can study with Tim at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp where he heads the jazz faculty.

Tim recently retired from the Internationally renowned “Western Jazz Quartet” and is spending much of his time at (GVSU) Grand Valley State University as Affiliate Professor and (MCC) Muskegon Community College directing the Jazz Orchestra
and lecturing on Jazz History.

Tim’s past playing credits include: Woody Herman and his Thundering Herd, Bill Watrous, Bobby Shew, Randy Brecker, Hal Galper, Clark Terry, Ingrid Jensen, Jimmy Forrest/Al Grey, house rhythm section with Bill Mays for the International Society of Bassist (ISB), and has performed “Concerto for Jazz Drummer and Orchestra” written for Louie Bellson by Harold Farberman.