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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
James Drayton, 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
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.

James Drayton serves as the Coordinator of Music Performance and Education with the Florida Atlantic University Libraries. Dr. Drayton received his Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Miami-Frost School of Music. While a student at the University of Miami, he was a member of the Henry Mancini Institute and served as a teaching assistant to Robert Weiner. While a Mancini fellow, Dr. Drayton performed with Chick Corea, Pharrell Williams, Bobby McFerrin, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Terence Blanchard, Eric Owens, Mark O’Connor, Monica Mancini, Michael Feinstein, Take 6, Dave Grusin, Kenny Loggins, and others. Furthermore, Dr. Drayton has recorded and premiered several new works. While a student at the University of Miami, he recorded for Jeremey Fox’s Grammy-nominated arrangement of “All my tomorrows.” He has also premiered works for English horn by Jason Mulligan, Spenser Robelen, Kiān Fān and Scott Stinson. In addition to his studies at the University of Miami, Dr. Drayton has also performed with several artists and musical groups in the Miami area. Some of the artists and musical groups include Idina Menzel, Andre Bocelli, New World Symphony, Symphony of the Americas and several Broadway touring companies. Dr. Drayton continues to actively freelance in South Florida and maintains a private studio.

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