JEFF TULLIS

EXEcutive DIRECTOR

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Jeff Tullis is a double bassist, guitarist, and arranger in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. He studies at SMU Meadows School of the Arts with Brian Perry, Jamal Mohamed, and many others. As a bassist, he has been playing musicals, festivals, parties, studio sessions, and concerts in DFW and across Texas since he was fourteen. Jeff’s arrangements, transcriptions, and songs have been commissioned and performed by the Four Strings Attached string quartet, musicians from the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Meadows Symphony Orchestra, SMU piano faculty, Irving Lyric Theater singers, flamenco and gypsy ensembles, big bands, country singers, and more.

An active young proponent for the arts, Jeff serves as artistic director of Bridge the Gap Chamber Players, and as an intern for Voices of Change Dallas and Fine Arts Chamber Players. Having a foot in the door as a player and arranger guides his career as an arts administrator - with the performers and artists that he manages first in mind.

miranda macias

EDUCATION DIRECTOR

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Miranda Macias is a musician and teacher in Dallas, Texas. A student at Southern Methodist University, Miranda is a music education major and studies bassoon with Wilfred Roberts, former principal bassoonist of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

In addition, Miranda is on staff as Director of Education with Bridge the Gap Chamber Players, a student-led 501(c) organization. With Bridge the Gap, Miranda organizes music education classes for children in Dallas ISD and teaching opportunities for SMU students. Miranda is also a member of the Young Music Educators’ Association at SMU, through which she regularly attends teaching clinics with experienced and renowned music educators.

As a young teacher, Miranda has already gained a range of experience. Miranda has taught Drum Major clinics in Frisco, serves as a marching and music technician at Lone Star High School and Highland Park High School, teaches with Bocal Majority summer camps, and teaches bassoon lessons in Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD.

Beyond her teaching endeavors, Miranda regularly performs with the SMU Meadows Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble, and plays trombone for the SMU Mustang Band.

Miranda loves to teach others about music and impact great young minds to become passionate patrons of the arts.

LAUREN vandergriff

education Coordinator

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A native Texan, Lauren Vandergriff is a teacher and musician based in Dallas. She is currently under the tutelage of Greg Hustis, former principal horn of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, at Southern Methodist University. As Education Coordinator of Bridge the Gap Chamber Players, Lauren works with Director of Education, Miranda Macias, to organize music education classes for children in Dallas ISD and teaching opportunities for SMU students. In addition, Lauren attends numerous music education clinics as a member of the Young Music Educators Association at SMU.

As a performer, Lauren has performed in master classes led by renowned horn players such as Richard Deane, Julie Landsman, David Jolley, Jeffrey Lang, and Jeff Kirschen. Other performance opportunities include New York State School of Orchestral Studies, SMU Horn Ensemble, Mustang Band, and Meadows Wind Ensemble. Lauren is pursuing a B.A. in Mathematics as well as a B.M. in Music Education.

Brian Boydston

DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR

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Brian Boydston is a trumpet player from Keller, Texas. A student of Tom Booth, Assistant Principal Trumpet of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, at Southern Methodist University, Brian is pursuing a B.M. in Trumpet Performance and a B.M. in Music Education. 

As Development Chair, Brian works to support Bridge the Gap's programs by seeking out and applying for grants, building relationships with donors, and securing sponsors for Bridge the Gap events. In addition to his work with Bridge the Gap, Brian is a private instructor in Keller ISD. 

Brian achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in 2014, and he has performed as Principal Trumpet under Larry Livingston's baton in both the 2016 TMEA All-State Symphony Orchestra and 2016 Bands of America Honor Orchestra. Brian regularly performs with the Meadows Symphony Orchestra, Meadows Wind Ensemble, SYZYGY, SMU Brass Ensemble, and the Mustang Band. He can be reached at bboydston@smu.edu.

JAY SHERMAN

Assistant Artistic director

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Jay Sherman is a student at the Meadows School of the Arts at SMU. He is currently pursuing dual degrees in music and business, and studies piano with Dr. Carol Leone.

A Georgia native, Jay has been studying piano for over ten years. He intends to pursue many musical styles throughout college, including classical and jazz piano, chamber music, as well as instrumental and vocal accompanying - all of which he has had experience in through his young career.

He is a big proponent of supporting education and funding for the arts. Whether it be through playing, volunteering, or administrating, his desire is to see a world in which people are inspired and elevated by music. He is currently serving as Assistant Artistic Director for Bridge the Gap Chamber Players.

braden wallace

WEB AND GRAPHIC DESIGNER

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Braden Wallace is a Computer Science and Music double major from Dallas, Texas. Braden has been playing the trombone since 2009. A student at Southern Methodist University, he currently studies trombone at the Meadows School of the Arts with John Kitzman, and studies Computer Science at the Lyle School of Engineering.

In addition to being a Second Century Scholar, Braden has played with the Meadows Symphony Orchestra, the Meadows Wind Ensemble, the Meadows Opera Theatre, and is a member of the Mustang Band.