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Aaron Kula
Director of Music Performance & Education
Music Director, Klezmer Company Orchestra
Florida Atlantic University Libraries
777 Glades Road • Boca Raton, FL 33431
Tel: 561.297-3742 Fax: 561-297-2189
akula@fau.edu
Clifford Sutton, D.M.A.
Coordinator of Music Performance & Education
Florida Atlantic University Libraries
777 Glades Road • Boca Raton, FL 33431
Tel: 561.297-2186 Fax: 561-297-2189
csutto11@fau.edu
Picture of Aaron Kula Aaron Kula is an active performer, educator, composer and conductor. His lifelong interest in Classical, Jazz and Folk music led him to form the award-winning Klezmer Company Orchestra at FAU Libraries where he serves as Director of Music Performance and Education. Kula's interdisciplinary activities at the University include performing, archiving music, and directing the annual Kultur Festival and the Spirit of America Festival. He regularly lectures about the library's historical print music archives and leads educational workshops and performance master classes. His innovative work has been recognized by the Library of Congress and in 2011 his CD Beyond the Tribes was selected to be included in its national music archives. Kula served on the conducting faculty at New England Conservatory (NEC) in Boston from 1986 to 2012. In July 2014, he was invited by the International Association of Music Libraries (IAML) to present a paper in Antwerp, Belgium about his Shelf-to-Stage activities at FAU. While touring Canada with KCO in August 2014, Kula presented a lecture titled Black Sabbath: Blues & Jews at the Ashkenaz Festival in Toronto. Previously he served on the faculties of Boston University and the Chautauqua Music School in New York and appeared as guest conductor of the Boston Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Erie (Pa) Civic Ballet, Boston Conservatory Symphony, Santa Fe Symphony, Sinfonia Boca Raton, and New Hampshire Ballet. He has worked with renowned artists including Yo-Yo Ma, and has led numerous international orchestra tours with NEC, Harvard and Stanford universities. As an accordionist, he has appeared with the New World Symphony in Miami and served as a consultant for the Klezmer exhibit at the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix from 2009-2011. Maestro Kula holds a Bachelor of Arts in music theory and Judaic studies from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Music in theory and conducting with Distinction in Performance from New England Conservatory of Music.

Cliff Sutton photo Dr. Clifford Sutton is a percussionist with a diverse background as a performer, educator, and scholar. Since 2009, he has devoted himself to the study and promotion of the candombe drumming of Uruguay. As the recipient of a 2011-12 Fulbright Student Scholar grant in ethnomusicology, he had an opportunity to live for nine months in Uruguay, where he immersed himself in the music and traditions of this vibrant cultural form. Dr. Sutton earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami, where he now serves as Lecturer of Afro-Caribbean Percussion. Additionally, he holds degrees in percussion performance from the University of South Carolina and the University of Florida.


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