Kenysha Johnson is a Junior Music Education major at the University of South Florida. She is currently the President- Elect of the USF NAfME Collegiate chapter. Kenysha is a euphonium player for the USF bands and was a trombonist for the Tampa Brass Band for the 2019-2020 season. Kenysha is also actively involved in martial arts, earning her 4th degree Masters black belt in October of 2020. Her future goals are to continue her education by earning her Masters and Doctoral Degree in Conducting.
Alexis Hobbs is a junior music education major at Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida. Alexis is actively involved in SEU NAfME Collegiate chapter, where she serves as president-elect. She is a multi-instrumentalist and has played in the SEU String Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, and Concert Choir. Alexis will graduate in 2022 and teach for a few years before returning to obtain her Masters in Music Education then eventually returning to obtain her Doctorate in Music Education.
Allison Yopp is a junior music education major at Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida. Allison is actively involved in the SEU NAfME collegiate chapter where she serves on the board as the fundraising chair. She also is a trombone player who actively participates in the Jazz Band, Wind Ensemble and Athletic Pep Band. Allison will graduate in 2023 and teach for a few years before returning to obtain her Masters in Music Education then eventually returning to obtain her Doctorate in Music Education.
David Lugo is a junior instrumental music education major at Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida. David is currently serving as Southeastern University recital package chair where he organizes, records, and assists with junior and senior recitals. He is also a trumpet player who actively performs with the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Orchestra, Athletic Pep. Band, and the Brass Quintet. After graduation, David plans to enter the classroom and teach at the middle or high school level for a few years before returning to school to obtain a master’s in music education.
Sam Estes is a sophomore music education major at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, Florida. He is a tenor in his university’s Chamber Choir. He is involved in local choirs as well as his university theater department. Sam plans to graduate in 2023, where he hopes to go on and either obtain his master's in Music Education or Music & Worship. It is his dream to be able to work with young adults and help them discover their musical gifts and passions. It is his hope to eventually obtain a doctorate and become the first Ph.D. in his family.
Megan Wright is a senior majoring in instrumental music education at FSU. Her primary instrument is oboe and she is also working to complete a specialized study in special music education. She has served as both advocacy chair and secretary of the FSU NAfME Collegiate chapter and is the current president of the Beta Alpha chapter of ΣΑΙ. Megan is currently working on an Honors Thesis project focusing on assessment methods on secondary music. She will graduate in December of 2021 and looks forward to using the skills she has gained during her time in NAfME Collegiate out in the field!
FL NAfME Collegiate Advisor
Dr. Mark A. Belfast, Jr. is an associate professor of music education at Southeastern University. He serves as Assistant Dean of the College of Arts & Media, coordinates the music education degree program, and directs instrumental ensembles at the university. He holds a PhD in music education from Florida State University and earned MEd and BME degrees from Auburn University. While at Auburn, he performed with and served as business manager for the Auburn Knights Orchestra, an 18-piece big band established in 1930.
Dr. Belfast’s teaching experience includes undergraduate and graduate music education courses, as well as directing public school instrumental music programs in Alabama and Georgia. His research interests include teacher effectiveness, jazz performance and pedagogy, and music for special populations. The results of his research have been presented in numerous domestic and international venues, and he maintains an active agenda as a speaker, clinician and adjudicator.