Workshop Faculty

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Photo by Audra Lynne Creative

Karen Cubides is a marketing/management consultant, educator, and professional saxophonist based in Nashville, TN. A multifaceted musician and arts entrepreneur, she is dedicated to bringing young musical artists the attention they deserve while providing them with personalized services and representation. A certified life coach focusing on goal setting, emotional intelligence, and neuro-linguistic programming, Cubides prides herself in cultivating real relationships with her clients to best understand their needs. Her insights into the intricacies of the music business world and what it takes to establish a promising professional career has connected her with many of the East Coast’s finest artistic talents.

As CEO of Cubides Artist Services, Cubides works with a stable roster of talented professional instrumentalists and is a frequent lecturer on arts marketing and branding. She currently founded an Emerging Artist Seminar, a reflection of one of her most ardent passions – to help up-and-coming performers navigate the tricky transition from student musician to professional artist. Cubides also serves as the Marketing Director of Fifth House Ensemble, using her marketing and branding expertise to share the chamber ensemble’s unique vision to collaborate with diverse communities, theater groups, folk bands, and emerging composers and performers.

Photo by Audra Lynne Creative

Photo by Audra Lynne Creative

Nick Laufer COO and CAS Artist Nick Laufer is the rare freelance musician with enviable facility and proven success across a wide range of musical styles and business endeavors. His musical enthusiasm and experience ranges from early Baroque to contemporary, from rock and jazz to Latin. Best known for his lead work in the professional trombone quartet Maniacal 4 and trombone duo 2Mani Trombones, as well as touring with country music superstar Toby Keith, Nick has performed hundreds of concerts in venues around the world. Acclaimed for his lyrical style and warm, burnished tone, Nick’s playing can be heard on numerous recordings and streaming platforms, as well as multiple television appearances. 

Nick manages booking, logistics, and finances for solo musicians and ensembles alike, including Maniacal 4, 2Mani Trombones, and other CAS Artists. He was the director of finance for a non-profit organization in Texas that gathered $1 million in revenue yearly, and brings that experience to CAS operations. He currently lives in Nashville and when he’s not playing trombone, likes to drink coffee and perfect his breakfast creations. Current endorsements include Buffet Group USA, Antoine Courtois Paris Trombones, Dansr, Inc., and Denis Wick, London.

Photo by Matt Wan

Photo by Matt Wan

Jeremy Wilson is acclaimed for the versatility and lyricism of his playing as well as his insight and commitment as a teacher. Currently Associate Professor of Trombone at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music, Wilson is something of a legend in trombone circles. On his first-ever audition attempt at the age of 25, he won a prestigious position with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and its sister organization, the orchestra of the Vienna State Opera. Just out of college, he honed his performance skills in Vienna as a member of one of the most renowned musical organizations in the world. At the time, he was the orchestras’ only American full-time member, splitting his time between second trombone, first trombone, euphonium, and bass trumpet.

During his tenure in Vienna (2007-2012), Wilson performed hundreds of orchestral concerts at home and in 28 countries around the globe under the batons of the world’s leading conductors, including Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez, Gustavo Dudamel, Valery Gergiev, Mariss Jansons, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Seiji Ozawa, Sir Simon Rattle, Christian Thielemann, and Franz Welser-Möst. At the Vienna State Opera, he played over 550 performances of 85 different operas and ballets, including five complete Wagner “Ring” cycles. He had the honor of performing with some of the greatest opera singers of our time, including Renée Fleming, Thomas Hampson, Jonas Kaufmann, and Anna Netrebko, and his artistry is documented on numerous recordings.

A native of Tennessee, Wilson returned to his home state in 2012 to fulfill his long-time passion for teaching and devote more time to his young family. He accepted a full-time teaching position at Vanderbilt University but continued a busy performance schedule as well. During the 2013-14 arts season, he served as guest principal trombonist with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra and subbed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He also has performed on several occasions with the Saito Kinen Orchestra at the special invitation of Maestro Seiji Ozawa.

Photo by Audra Lynne Creative

Photo by Audra Lynne Creative

Dr. Cassie Major, DC It is Dr. Cassie’s mission to truly change the health of Nashville, TN. At Major Family Chiropractic, she focuses on teaching her patients the 5 Essentials of Max Living. Dr. Cassie graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, IA. Prior to relocating to Tennessee, she trained with the top wellness physicians in the nation in Ohio and Florida. She also served overseas in Vietnam taking the message of Chiropractic to other countries. Dr. Cassie holds additional certifications in Spinal Correction and Nutrition. Dr. Cassie’s favorite part about practice is teaching families how to raise healthy drug free children from pre-birth so they grow up to be as healthy as possible. She is passionate about taking care of families and lots of kids! When Dr. Cassie is not helping others get well, she is enjoys spending time with her husband Dr. Michael, listening to music, cooking and exercising.

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