Meet the Artists
Originally from Provo, Utah, Dr. Joseph Nibley previously taught at the University of South Alabama as an Adjunct Professor and The Florida State University as a Graduate Teaching Assistant. Prior to joining the Fort Lewis faculty, he served as Trumpet Instructor for the Northside and Fort Sam Houston Independent School Districts in San Antonio, Texas. In addition to teaching, Nibley has performed across the United States and internationally with the San Antonio Brass Band, Albany Symphony of Georgia, Sinfonia Gulf Coast, Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, and others. As a soloist, he performed Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 with the Albany Symphony in 2014, and was a five-time semi-finalist at the National Trumpet Competition. A champion of new music, he commissioned and premiered James Stephenson's Sonata No. 2 for Trumpet and Piano in 2014. He holds degrees from Brigham Young University (B.M., Performance), The University of Michigan (M.M., Performance/Chamber Music), and The Florida State University (D.M., Performance).
John O'Neal is currently serving as Assistant Professor of Music at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. He previously taught at the University of Texas-Tyler and was a Teaching Fellow at the University of North Texas. Additionally, he taught extensively as a percussion specialist in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. O'Neal has performed throughout the United States and Europe and is currently the Principal Timpanist with the San Juan Symphony in Durango, Colorado. Additional professional experience includes performances with the Mansfield Symphony Orchestra, Youngstown Symphony, Missouri Symphony, Abilene Philharmonic, Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra, Allen Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, and the International Percussion Festival in Zagreb, Croatia. Mr. O'Neal has performed on numerous commercially released recordings for the Klavier, Naxos and GIA labels. O'Neal holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Percussion Performance from the University of North Texas, and additional degrees from Florida State University and the University of Kansas.
Linda Mack Berven, Professor Emerita of Music at Fort Lewis College, currently serves as Artistic Director and Conductor of the Durango Choral Society and the Durango Women's Choir. Her engagements as a pianist have included performances with Fort Lewis College faculty recitals, Third Avenue Arts Chamber Music Series, Durango Bach Festival, Music in the Mountains Festival, San Juan Symphony, and numerous appearances throughout the region. She and C. Scott Hagler's Vivace Piano Duo has performed in Santa Fe, Durango, Telluride, and Farmington.
3rd Ave. Arts • PO Box 1383 • Durango, CO 81302 • (970) 903-8854