Heather is the Executive Director of RMS. She holds music performance degrees in clarinet from Baylor and Northwestern Universities. As a concerto competition winner, she performed as a soloist with both university orchestras. In 2005 she gave the east coast premiere of Alan Terricciano’s Clarinet Concerto with the Northwestern Contemporary Music Ensemble.
Heather has been invited to summer music festivals such as the Blossom Festival, the New Hampshire Music Festival, the International Festival-Institute at Round Top and the Pacific Music Festival. She has also performed recitals at the University of Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium and the International Clarinet Association.
Heather has taught for the Atlanta Symphony’s Talent Development program and has also served on the faculty of Berry College and the University of Georgia in Athens.
Alcides is the Head Repair Technician for RMS. He is also the bass clarinetist of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and a member of the Atlanta Chamber Players. A native of Venezuela, Alcides obtained his musical training through the System of Youth Orchestras of Venezuela. He obtained a Master of Music degree from Northwestern University, and a Bachelor of Music degree from Baylor University.
Alcides has participated in various music festivals, including the New Hampshire Music Festival, the National Repertory Orchestra and the National Orchestral Institute. Internationally, he has performed at the San Miguel de Allende Chamber Music Festival (México), the Pacific Music Festival (Japan) and the Campos do Jordão International Winter Festival (Brazil).
Alcides has taught for the Atlanta Symphony’s Talent Development Program and is also an Artist and Clinician for Buffet Crampon and Vandoren.
Alexandre hand selects clarinets for RMS at the Buffet factory in Mantes-la-Ville, France. He serves as co-principal clarinet with the Paris Opera and also plays in the Quatuor Vendôme. Before that, he played with l’Orchestre de la Garde Républicaine and l’ Orchestre des Musiciens du Louvre-Grenoble as clarinet soloist.
Alexandre studied at the Paris Conservatory (with Michel Arrignon) and won first prize for clarinet and for chamber music. He has also won prizes at the international contests of Toulon, Paris (UFAM 3rd Prize) and Jean Francaix (2nd prize).
In the summers, Alexandre teaches at the Festival-Academy of the Arcs in Bourg St Maurice, France. He also specializes in five key, ten key and romantic clarinets in the chamber music setting.
Peter served as principal clarinet of the Jacksonville Symphony from 1975-2017. He has performed numerous solo recitals through the US and Canada, including a feature recital at the 2006 Clarinetfest in Atlanta. Peter gave the world premiere of Nikola Resanovic’s clarinet concerto “Collateral Damage,” with the Jacksonville Symphony in 2005 and also performed the clarinet solo works of Mozart, Finzi, Copland, Rossini and Debussy with the orchestra. Peter’s other notable performances include playing the basset horn solo in Mozart’s “La clemenza di Tito” (‘Parto, Parto’ aria) with the renowned mezzo-soprano, Frederica von Stade.
Peter has a Master of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music where he studied with Stanley Hasty. He teaches clarinet privately and has served on the faculties of the University of North Florida, Jacksonville University, Florida Community College at Jacksonville. He is also a Buffet Crampon USA Performing Artist/Clinician.
Manar Al Shamaa
Manar is the Assistant Repair Technician for RMS. He is also an accomplished clarinetist hailing from Damascus, Syria. Manar began his clarinet studies at the Sulhi Alwadi Institute of Music in Damascus and continued his studies at the Higher Institute of Music, graduating in 2002 with a bachelor degree in clarinet performance and education.
From 1998 to 2015 Manar performed as both principal and bass clarinetist with the Syria National Symphony Orchestra and also in other notable orchestras in Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Germany and Italy.
Before moving to Atlanta, Manar was the clarinet instructor at the Sulhi Alwadi Music Institute and the Higher Institute of Music. A trained repair technician, Manar served as the repair technician manager for woodwind and brass instruments at the Higher Institute of Music and Opera House Damascus, Syria.
Clarinetist Patrick Graham joined the Jacksonville Symphony in 2017, after serving as a member of the Orlando Philharmonic. He has been heard on Canada’s national CBC Radio as well as Chicago’s WFMT Radio and Jacksonville’s WJCT Radio. As a recitalist Patrick has appeared in both the United States and Canada. He has also been heard with the Naples Philharmonic, the Florida Orchestra, the Sarasota Orchestra, and Canada’s National Arts Center Orchestra. In 2012 Patrick was selected as the winner of the International Clarinet Association’s Orchestra Audition Competition.
A native of Ottawa, Canada, Patrick began his clarinet studies with Peter Smith of the National Arts Center Orchestra. He completed his Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Ottawa and his Master of Music degree at Northwestern University. For two summers Patrick was awarded a fellowship at the Tanglewood Music Center.
A passionate educator, Patrick teaches privately in Jacksonville and is involved with youth orchestra coaching and the Jacksonville Symphony’s education and community outreach program. He has been on faculty at Rollins College and Eastern Florida State College. Patrick has given master classes at the University of Florida, the University of Central Florida, the University of Southern Florida, and Bethune-Cookman University.