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Bryan Kennard HMI Coordinator/Composition Fellow 

Flutist, composer, and arranger Bryan Kennard originally hails from Cleveland, Ohio. He is currently pursuing a DMA in Jazz Composition at the Frost School of Music and holds degrees from the University of Texas at Austin (MM Jazz Composition), Youngstown State University (MM Flute Performance), and Mercyhurst University (BM Music Education). Of HMI, he says, "I am grateful for the incredible opportunity to collaborate with and write music for the world-class ensemble and its musicians that the Henry Mancini Institute offers."

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Eric Eakes HMI Personnel Manager/Viola Fellow

Eric Eakes is a violist currently living in Miami, Florida attending the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music as a doctoral student and teaching assistant for Jodi Levitz.  He works with the Henry Mancini Institute as the Personnel Manager, is the violist in the Henry Mancini Institute String Quartet, and plays in the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra. Through his experiences with HMI, Eric has performed in concert with a variety of artists such as John Williams, Quincy Jones, Jeremy Cohen, Estelle, Jon Secada, Terence Blanchard, Ben Folds, Simone Dinnerstein, Scott Flavin, and Ross Harbaugh.

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Misty Drake HMI Social Media and Marketing/Violin Fellow

A three-time soloist with the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra, Misty Drake began the violin at 3 and origionally from the Sunshine State. In 2018, Ms. Drake received her BM and Arts Leadership Certificate from the Eastman School of Music and is currently a full scholarship recipient pursuing her MM in Violin Performance at the University of Miami's Frost School of Music, and is a Teaching Assistant to Charles Castleman and Henry Mancini Fellow. "At HMI, every fellow brings a high level of professionalism, creating an inspiring and energized atmosphere to work in."

Alan Hsiao

Alan Hsiao HMI Social Media Coordinator/Composition Fellow

Alan Hsiao is a composer, trombonist, and vocalist originally from Branchburg, NJ. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Jazz Composition and Professional Music from Berklee College of Music, and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Studio Jazz Writing at Frost. “So far my favorite experience was getting to have my original work for symphonic orchestra Round Valley Symphony performed by the HMI Orchestra at our Fire from Within Spring 2019 Concert. It was truly a pleasure to have such high level musicians bring my piece to life!”