Micheal Barnes- Festival Director

Winner of the American Prize in Instrumental Music, Micheal Barnes is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Music Theory at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). He has previously performed with the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America, the Fort Smith Symphony, and the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas. His performances have taken him to Russia, the United Kingdom, Japan, and across the United States. He placed in the Naftzger Young Artist Competition, the Coeur d’Alene Symphony National Young Artist Competition, the Great Plains International Marimba Competition, the Hellam Young Artist Competition, and the U.S. Army National Collegiate Solo Competition. He was the winner of the 2015 Oklahoma Day of Percussion Collegiate Solo Snare Drum Competition and the 2016 ENKOR International Music Competition. Micheal received his Master of Music in Percussion Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and his Bachelor of Music from the University of Oklahoma. His primary teachers include Jim Culley, Rusty Burge, Lance Drege, Andrew Richardson, and Stuart Langsam. He is a member of the Percussive Arts Society and Society for Music Theory. He also serves as a member of the PAS University Committee and is a Vic Firth Artist and Marimba One Artist.

Samuel Fronk - Festival Director

Samuel Fronk is the Percussion Director for the Finneytown Secondary Campus where he leads the percussion ensembles for 6th through 12th grade, assists with concert bands, marching band, and pep band. Samuel also has a private teaching studio of over 50 students from all over the Cincinnati area. On top of his active teaching schedule, Samuel gigs and works on commissioning projects for new works from young composers. Samuel received his Master's in Percussion Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where he studied with Allen Otte, Rusty Burge, and Jim Culley and received his Bachelor's in Percussion Performance from Bowling Green State University where he studied with Dr. Roger Schupp, Dr. Isabelle Huang, and Dr. Mark Cook. Samuel is a member of the Vic Firth Education Team and of the Ohio Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society.