Music and the other arts are the most potent demonstration that, in the heart, we are all one community.

~ Jan Swafford

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Jamison Walker
vocalist (tenor)

Jamison Walker - vocalist

Jamison Walker received his Bachelors of Music, Cum Laude, from Stetson University, and his Masters of Music from Florida State University. Jamison has been heard recently with the Augusta Choral Society, and the Augusta Opera. He has performed leading roles with the Florida State University Opera Theater, The Stetson University Opera Theater, the Augusta Opera, First Coast Opera and Central Florida Lyric Opera. His roles include Rodolfo in Puccini’s La Boheme, Tito in Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito, Tamino in Mozart’s Die Zauberflote, Ottavio in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, as well as leading roles in the operas of Rossini, Flotow, Donizetti, Bellini and Handel.

Jamison served in the Army as the soloist with the Signal Corps Band and Signal Center of Excellence. He is currently enrolled in the Florida State University’s Doctoral Program.

Jeffrey Wells
opera singer

Jeffrey Wells - opera singer

Jeffrey has enjoyed success across the globe as an international opera singer for more than 34 years, performing throughout Western Europe, Canada, Mexico, Japan, Israel, Australia, and New Zealand. In the United States, Mr. Wells has sung leading roles in every major opera house, including San Francisco Opera, Washington National Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Diego Opera, Dallas Opera, Seattle Opera, and a plethora of other regional opera companies. Jeffrey has also been a principal artist with the Metropolitan Opera for the past 22 years. On Opening Night of the 1988/89 Metropolitan Opera Season, Mr. Wells made his debut as Ferrando in Il Trovatore as a part of a star-studded cast, including Luciano Pavarotti and Sherill Milnes, with James Levine conducting. Since this auspicious debut, he has sung over 450 performances at the Met. In 2013, Jeffrey returned to the Metropolitan Opera for his 23rd season, performing in operas that included Tosca and Andrea Chenier. Jeffrey is currently serving as Artistic Director for the Oconee Performing Arts Society and makes his home in Greene County Georgia.

Matt Whittington

Matt Whittington - guitar

Matthew began playing guitar at the age of 12 and was soon performing with small groups. He began formal study in 1973 at Daytona State College and began playing professionally at the age of 17. In 1976 Matthew attended the University of Miami as a Jazz Guitar Performance Major. Matthew came to Augusta in 1981 and played with many of the area’s finest jazz musicians at local venues, as well as other jazz venues throughout the Southeast.

In 1986 Matthew moved to New York City, where he performed with fellow musicians and friends, the currently famous Ed Fuqua and Randy Johnston.

Matthew’s influences include the great saxophonist Charlie Parker and guitarists Charlie Christian and Jimmy Raney.

Since returning to Augusta in 2007, Matthew has been featured at the Cullum Series at Georgia Regents University, the Spoleto festival in Charleston, South Carolina, and Augusta’s Candlelight Jazz Series. He has also performed at various clubs and concerts in Augusta, Atlanta, and Columbia, South Carolina. Matthew was also a featured artist in the Augusta Chronicle’s “Sonic Spotlight” series.

Matthew currently teaches guitar at the Georgia Regents University Music Conservatory and at Portman’s Music Academy.

Cameron Wilson

Cameron Wilson, percussion

Cameron is currently a junior at Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School in Augusta, Georgia. He has been selected for the Georgia All-State Band three times and twice as the principal percussionist. He has been selected as the vibraphonist of the All-State Jazz Band three times and looks forward to performing with the All-State Jazz Band in 2015 on drum set.

Cameron performs regularly with the Greater Augusta Youth Theater and has been teaching younger percussion students at Davidson since the 7th grade.

Cameron is available to teach beginning to intermediate percussionists and for performance opportunities. He currently studies with Dr. Scott Herring, professor of percussion at USC Columbia.

Dan Worley

Dan Worley - bassoon

Dan is principal bassoon of the Atlanta Opera Orchestra, the Dekalb Symphony, the Augusta Opera, Augusta Choral Society, and performs regularly with the Lyra Vivace Chamber Orchestra. He is a member of the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra and performs with the Atlanta Lyric Opera, Augusta Symphony, Charleston Symphony, and Atlanta Symphony.

He has performed extensively in the U.S. and Europe with the quintet Arioso, which he founded. Arioso was selected as one of two chamber music groups from North America to perform at the first International Chamber Music Festival in Berkshire, Massachusetts, in 1976. Worley has played with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, under the direction of James Levine, and has played principal bassoon with the Spoleto Festival Orchestra in Spoleto, Italy.

As its youngest member, Worley won a position with the American Wind Symphony in Pittsburgh. He has also been featured as solo bassoonist with the Engadinger Festival Orchestra in St. Moritz, Switzerland. Dan was a scholarship student of William Polisi at the Juilliard School of Music.

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  1. Kate,
    My son is getting married at our home in Evans on October 16, 2021 . It is a small wedding of approximately 130 people, and will be held outdoors. We are beginning to plan the music for the wedding and wanted to incorporate a “String Trio”with violin or viola, cello, and flute. My friend Stan Pylant, recommended that I contact you since you schedule wedding events through “In Praise of Music”. I would appreciate you contacting me so that we could discuss the possibilities of special wedding music.
    Jan Key

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