The Eastwood Ensemble

East Nashville's Community Collaborative Underground Chamber Music Ensemble

Core Musicians

Tia Thomason
Clarinet
Founder and Director


Native Nashvillian, Tia Thomason
founded The Eastwood Ensemble in 2010. She holds a degree in Clarinet Performance from Belmont University.  She studied clarinet and bass clarinet with Daniel Lochrie of the Nashville Symphony. In addition to a wide variety of university ensembles, she has served community ensembles--most notably as the principal clarinetist of the Nashville Philharmonic Orchestra for eight seasons.

Since 2012, She performs with the Trevecca Symphony Orchestra. Her principal roles in the 2012-13 season include: Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade, the clarinet obbligato role in Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito (Parto, Parto Aria), Brahms 2nd Symphony, Mendelssohn's Hymn of Praise, Borodin's Prince Igor  and Copland's Rodeo. Other pieces include Beethoven's 3rd symphony and Tannehauser Overture, Wagner.

Ms. Thomason made her debut with The Eastwood Ensemble on classical radio NPR (WPLN Nashville 90.3FM) on Live in Studio C. The Eastwood Ensemble was the first to perform on Music in Studio C a new program for WFCL, Classical 91 One 91.1.FM-- Nashville's 24 Hour Classical music radio station. Last season, she performed a contemporary piece by Thomas Zugger called Street Scenes, a duo for clarinet and trombone by invitation on a Belmont University Faculty Series. She has also served as the clarinet instructor and a music theory teacher as part of the W.O. Smith Music School's Summer Programs. With the Eastwood Ensemble in Fall of 2011, she hosted and performed as part of a Nashville Symphony OnStage adult education program and was featured in a article about the ensemble in East Nashvillian Magazine. 
 
Having no private instruction prior to college, Tia has pursued study beyond Belmont. She has taken independent lessons with Cassandra Lee of the Nashville Symphony, Laura Ardan, principal of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Kenneth Grant at the Eastman School of Music.  In Spring 2010, Ms. Thomason obtained annual membership to study at the Aria International Summer Academy in New England. At ARIA in July 2010, the performance training included faculty from the Eastman School of Music, Interlochen Arts Academy, University of Texas-Austin, and The Juilliard School of Music. Masterclasses and private instruction she participated in included recording artist Jon Manasse, Kenneth Grant, and Nathan Williams. In July 2012, She also participated in masterclasses/lessons with Mark Nuccio (New York Phil Acting Principal) and Michael Wayne of the New England Conservatory. An eternal student, Tia continues to travel the US attending professional clarinet conferences and having lessons with respected teachers in the clarinet circuit.

Ms. Thomason currently freelances and teaches private lessons/masterclasses in Nashville and the surrounding areas. Her students win positions in All-State and Mid-State Honor Bands, obtain music scholarships, and compete successfully in various local competitions. She is a member of the International Clarinet Association and Chamber Music America.

Off Stage.....

In East Nashville,you will often find Tia working with animals and children, hanging out in the coffee houses, touring historic homes, and enjoying time with friends in the neighborhood.

When she is not in rehearsal, practicing, or attending numerous concerts of all genres around town, Tia enjoys spending time with Boris her cottontail rabbit, painting, and beaded jewelry design. She is a strong supporter of local artists and is proactive in the field of independent music. She also has a younger sister who plays trumpet. 

  

Anna Lisa Hoepfinger
Violin

Anna Lisa Hoepfinger has been a member of the Nashville Symphony since 2002. Previously she has played in the Orquestra Sinfonica do Estado de Sao Paulo in Brazil from 1998 - 2001, and the New World Symphony in Miami Beach from 1996 - 1998.

Besides having a Symphony career, Anna Lisa enjoys teaching young children with her colleague, Deidre Bacco. They have begun a new Suzuki Violin program at the W.O. Smith Music School. Their teaching is funded and initiated by Nashville Symphony’s, “One Note One Neighborhood” project. Students and their parents are first selected through the Symphony’s education department by school music teacher recommendation. All the parents take classes in the Suzuki method before the children begin.
 

 

Off Stage.....

Anna Lisa has lived in East Nashville since 2003 with her large dog Oscar, a mutt that looks like a yellow lab. Her hobbies include tennis, clogging, and running. You can often find her having coffee with friends at Marche or enjoying time with Oscar at the local dog park. She looks forward to performing for her own neighborhood and meeting new people in the community.

 

 

 

Daniel Lochrie
Clarinet/Bass Clarinet

Daniel Lochrie plays clarinet and bass clarinet in the Nashville Symphony and teaches at Belmont and Lipscomb Universities. He served two years as Assistant Professor of Clarinet at Middle Tennessee State University and is an active chamber and recording studio musician in Nashville.  Having played clarinet and bass clarinet recitals throughout the U.S. and Italy, Dr. Lochrie has additionally been associated with summer festivals in Crested Butte, Colorado, Lancaster, Ohio and Urbino, Italy.  In Nashville he has been featured as soloist and chamber musician on WPLN’s Live in Studio C, Belmont’s Camerata chamber series, Lipscomb’s Faculty and Friends, and as soloist with the Belmont Wind Ensemble.

In addition to teaching and performing, Dr. Lochrie is active as a composer and arranger. His works and arrangements have been played by the Nashville Symphony, the Pacific Symphony, the Nashville Symphony Woodwind Quintet, clarinet ensembles, and professional clarinetists. His humorous clarinet quartet, Excerpt Mania! has been a favorite at numerous clarinet conferences.

 Dr. Lochrie received degrees from The University of Michigan, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and The Ohio State University, where he was the Teaching Assistant to James Pyne.  Other teachers included Paul Schaller, Brian Schweickhardt, John Mohler, Franklin Cohen, and Leon Russianoff.

 

  

 

 

 

 Off Stage...
                            Dan moved to East Nashville before it was fashionable and never looked back.  He enjoys walking his black lab, Carmen, driving around with the convertible top down, and hanging out in local restaurants and coffee houses with friends.  Carmen loves visiting the Shelby Dog Park and having treats and baths at Wags and Whiskers. While loving travel and water recreation (he has a jet ski), he is especially looking forward to playing music with friends for local charities in the neighborhood.


Robert Marler
Piano

Dr. Robert Marler is Professor of Music and teaches courses in Graduate and undergraduate applied piano, piano literature, piano seminar at Belmont University. In 2009, He became the principal pianist for the Nashville Symphony.

He received a Doctorate of Music from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, a Master of Music from Indiana University, and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Missouri.  Prior to coming to Belmont in 1979, he was a member of the faculty at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.  Dr. Marler is a frequent soloist, chamber musician, orchestral musician, and accompanist throughout the Midwest and Southern United States.

Dr. Marler has performed with numerous instrumentalists from renowned orchestras worldwide, including the London Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, the French National Orchestra, the Cincinnati Symphony, the Louisville Symphony and others. He has also performed as soloist with the Nashville Symphony, Chattanooga Symphony/Opera and the ballet theatres of Nashville, TN, Louisville, KY, and Columbus, OH.  He often works with several orchestras as an orchestra member including Nashville Symphony, Alabama Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic and the Bryant Symphony. He has recorded with the Nashville Symphony and Nashville Chamber orchestra more than eight projects for Naxos, one of the world's leading Classical music labels.

 

                                                                      
Off Stage. ..

    
Bob is one interesting person! Not only is he a great musician, he's also an awesome business man. When he isn't playing or teaching piano, he helps his daughter run a successful hair salon in Nashville. On the weekends, he likes to spend time with his family at their cabin by the lake.  Bob has literally taken his electric piano out on the boat to practice for important performances and recordings!

 

 

Kevin Jablonski
Double Bass

Kevin Jablonski joined the Nashville Symphony in 2010. He received his Bachelors Degree from Rice University in 2009, studying in the studio of Paul Ellison. Kevin’s hometown is Columbus, Ohio, where he studied with Paul Robinson, Professor of Double Bass at the Ohio State University, and John Pellegrino, Assistant Principal Bass of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. He has participated in numerous summer festivals, including the Schleswig-Holstein Orchestral Academy, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Britten-Pears Orchestra, Sarasota Music Festival, Perlman Music Program, and spent two years as a Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center. He has also competed in various solo competitions, most recently earning second place in the International Sperger Double Bass Competition in Ludwigslust, Germany. Kevin is also an accomplished pianist and enjoys composing.

Off Stage....
Kevin loves living only a short walk away from Five Points and also enjoys going to Shelby Park to walk, bike, or shoot some hoops
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