Faculty

Music


Joe Carucci

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Saxophonist, composer, and educator Dr. Joe Carucci was raised in Clifton Park, New York. He received a Bachelor of Music from the Eastman School of Music and a Master and Doctorate in Musical Arts from the University of Kentucky. He has studied saxophone with Dr. Ramon Ricker, Professor Miles Osland, and the late Mr. Nick Brignola.  Joe has performed throughout the United States as well as Japan, China, and Canada with many musicians including Miles Osland, Phil Nimmons, Rob McConnell, Hugh Frasier, Vince DiMartino, Manhattan Transfer, David Sanchez, Bob Mintzer, The Temptations, Eric Alexander, and Louis Bellson.  Many of his compositions are available through Walrus Publishing and have been featured by bands such as the Vancouver-Victoria Jazz Orchestra, University of Kentucky Jazz Ensemble, Oliver Ames High School Jazz Ensemble, UCLA Jazz Ensemble, University of Minnesota-Morris (UMM) Jazz Ensemble, UMM Symphonic Winds, Megasax Quartet, and the Joe Carucci Big Band.  In addition, his compositions have been used on Pioneer Public Television for various programs.   His jazz quartet SoundFoundry released their first studio recording in 2011 featuring many of his original compositions.  Joe is an Assistant Professor of Music and Music Program Director at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee where he directs the Concert Band and teaches woodwinds, music theory, and music appreciation.


Jeffrey Cook

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Jeffrey Cook is Instructor of Music at Lincoln Memorial University where his duties include teaching Applied Brass, Music History, Pep Band, and Music Appreciation. Jeffrey received both his Bachelors and Masters in Horn Performance from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL where his principal teachers were Andrew Lewinter and Jerry Peel. Currently Jeffrey is a candidate for the Doctorate in Musical Arts at the University of Kentucky where he studies currently with David Elliott. Jeffrey has additionally studied with horn players Eli Epstein, Richard Deane, and Charles “Skip” Snead.
            Jeffrey’s orchestral experience is extensive having performed with numerous orchestras throughout the Southeast including the Atlanta, Miami, Columbus (GA), Tuscaloosa, Symphony of the Americas (FL), and Macon Symphony Orchestras. Prior to his position at LMU, Jeffrey was an active freelancer in the Atlanta, GA area where he had the pleasure to perform on recording sessions, national tours, and varied live music events.
            Beyond his orchestral background Jeffrey’s focus is chamber music performance. As a member of the UA Horn Quartet, Jeffrey was a Semi-Finalist at the 2002 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. During his time in Miami Jeffrey studied chamber music with the late Gilbert Johnson and Luciano Magnanini, both faculty members at the University of Miami and major influences on Jeffrey’s development as a musician.


Belinda Smith

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Belinda Smith is a Dove Award-winning songwriter based in Nashville, TN. She has been a professional songwriter and session singer since 1997 when she moved to Nashville from West Virginia. She is a regularly featured performer at the world famous Bluebird Cafe in Nashville and Mountain Stage, and teaches songwriting in various workshops including the TN Young Writers Workshop. She is the founder of Belinda Smith Creative, where she works with the best aspiring writers from around the world and guides them to their absolute best. Through her Creativity Academy, Belinda teaches classes in songwriting and creative practice and mentors aspiring writers and women with a creative vision.
Her latest CD, Belinda Smith Live: Time Machine, is available now.