TCU Woodwind Faculty


Shauna Thompson was appointed Assistant Professor of Flute at Texas Christian University beginning in fall 2013. She holds a DMA and a MM in flute performance from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music where she studied with Brad Garner and served as his teaching assistant. She completed additional studies with Randy Bowman of the Cincinnati Symphony. Dr. Thompson also received a Bachelor of Music from Texas Tech University where she studied with Lisa Garner Santa. Prior to joining the TCU faculty Dr. Thompson served as consortium instructor of flute at the University of Evansville and principal flute with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra. Dr. Thompson has previously been the principal flute of the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra and second flute with the Midland Odessa Symphony Orchestra.

Gary Whitman is Professor of Clarinet and Division Chair of Woodwinds at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas.  Active as a recitalist, he has performed at ClarinetFest conferences in Arizona, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, Maryland, Missouri, California and Nebraska. His performances at international conferences include Paris, France, Ostend, Belgium, Stockholm, Sweden, Vancouver, BC, Canada, and Porto, Portugal. He has presented masterclasses in Mexico City, Peru, Belgium, Puerto Rico and China. His chamber music affiliations include the Texas Clarinet Consort, and Trio Con Brio, a TCU faculty trio dedicated to performing and commissioning music for clarinet, viola, and piano. Trio Con Brio has presented 11 chamber music commissions in the past five years and released their debut CD on Albany Records, A Musical Celebration, featuring the music of Elena Sokolovski and Eric Ewazen. He has performed new works by Eric Ewazen in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall,  Osvaldo Golijov and Sebastian Currier at the “Cliburn at the Modern” series in Fort Worth, and Till MacIvor Meyn in the Shanghai Concert Hall. In addition to his position at TCU, Mr. Whitman is the bass clarinetist of the Fort Worth Symphony, performing in the classical subscription series, “Pops”, and the Fort Worth Opera Festival at Bass Performance Hall.  He holds the BME and MME degrees from the University of North Texas and was awarded the certificat de stage from the International Music Institute in Nice, France. In 2004, TCU conferred upon him the Dean’s Award for Research and Creativity and in 2009 the College of Fine Arts award for the Chancellor’s Distinguished Achievement as a Creative Teacher and Scholar. Past-President of the International Clarinet Association, Mr. Whitman is also an artist-clinician for Buffet Group USA, Inc. and Rico Reeds.

Joe Eckert retired from a 20-year career as lead alto saxophonist/woodwind specialist and music director for the United States Air Force "Airmen of Note" in Washington, DC prior to joining the TCU faculty. He also served as Associate Professor of Saxophone and Director of the Jazz program at Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA. Prior to joining the Airmen of Note, he was Professor of Saxophone and Director of Jazz Studies at West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia (1981-84), where his ensembles were awarded for their excellence and he received the “Outstanding Teacher Award” for 1982-83. While with the “Note” he toured extensively across the North and South America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. He has performed with some of the great names in jazz to include Louie Bellson, The Brecker Brothers, Bob Mintzer, Peter Erskine, Jimmy Heath, J. J. Johnson, Cleo Laine, Mike Mainieri, Carmen McRae, Clark Terry, Kenny Werner, Paquito D’Rivera, Joe Williams and many others. Some of his free-lance activities have included performances with the Dallas Symphony, the Fort Worth Symphony and the National Symphony Orchestra and tours with Liza Minelli and Nelson Riddle. Comfortable in both jazz and classical idioms, he is the only member of the faculty at Shenandoah to have been a guest soloist with the Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble and Brass Quintet.

Stewart Williams has served as Instructor of Oboe at TCU since 2001. He holds the BM and MM degrees from Southern Methodist University where he studied with Eric Barr, longtime Principal Oboe of the Dallas Symphony. Since 2000 he has held the position of English horn and 2nd Oboe with the Dallas Opera Orchestra. He holds the same position with the Shreveport Symphony, Longview Symphony and Wichita Falls Symphony; and frequently performs with the Fort Worth Symphony on English horn as well as oboe. As a chamber musician, Mr. Williams performs over 50 outreach concerts a year with Texas Winds Musical Outreach, and has also performed with Fine Arts Chamber Players’ Basically Beethoven Festival, Baroque Artists of Shreveport, and regularly at TCU. In addition, he has recorded with harpsichordist Larry Palmer and soprano Patti Spain, as well as with the Dallas Opera Orchestra. Most recently he can be heard on the Grammy nominated Garden of Dreams, with music by David Maslanka.

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Kristen Queen completed her Master’s degree at Northwestern University’s prestigious School of Music where she studied with Mr. Walfrid Kujala and Mr. Richard Graef. While at Northwestern, Mrs. Queen was selected as runner-up in the annual concerto competition and subsequently returned to Northwestern to perform Carl Nielsen’s “Concerto for Flute and Orchestra” with the Northwestern University Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Robert Hasty. She received her Bachelor’s degree with academic distinction from the University of Oklahoma’s School of Music where she studied with Dr. Valerie Watts and Ms. Christina Jennings. An avid collaborator, Mrs. Queen was a featured soloist in a performance with the OU Modern Repertory Dance Theatre where she danced and played the flute in the Austin Hartel choreographed production, Ley Lines, set to Karlheinz Stockhausen’sTierkreis (12 signs of the Zodiac.) While studying at the University of Oklahoma, Mrs. Queen was selected in 2002 to attend the International Summer Music Academy in Leipzig, Germany, hosted by the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy and The Juilliard School, where she studied with Irmela Bossler. While in Germany, Mrs. Queen was selected amongst her international peers, to perform as one of five musicians at the academy’s opening gala.

Ana Victoria Luperi joined the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra in 2006 as principal clarinetist, having served prior to that as principal clarinetist of the Winnipeg Symphony for four seasons. She has also served as guest clarinetist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. Festival appearances include those with Mainly Mozart, Tanglewood, Verbier and the National Repertory Orchestra. An active chamber musician, she has performed at the Marlboro Music Festival, Mainly Mozart Spotlight Series, Ocean Grove series in New Jersey and the Winnipeg Chamber Music Society. She has been featured on NPR’s Performance Today and CBC Radio. Ms. Luperi is a graduate of the Curtis Institute where she studied with Donald Montanaro. She has been on faculty at Brandon University and the New York Summer Festival and has given masterclasses in the U.S., Canada, Argentina and Mexico. Ms. Luperi is a Buffet Crampon USA Performing Artist.


Prof. Gary Whitman
Division Chair of Woodwinds and professor of clarinet

Dr. Shauna Thompson
professor of flute

Mr. Joe Eckert
professor of saxophone

Mr. Stewart Williams
professor of oboe

Mr. Charles Hall
professor of bassoon

Mrs. Kristen Queen
instructor of flute

Mrs. Ana Victoria Luperi
instructor of clarinet


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