Jan Kagarice is the founder and Senior Clinician of Musician’s Wellness of North America, L.L.C. and has successfully assisted in the retraining of hundreds of professional musicians diagnosed with Musician's Dystonia. Her clients are members of some of the most prestigious ensembles across the globe, such as the Vienna Philharmonic, London Symphony, The Halle Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, L.A. Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, National Symphony (DC), St. Louis Symphony, Houston Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, L’Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec, Vancouver Symphony, Utah Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, Memphis Symphony, Omaha Symphony (NE), Buffalo Philharmonic, The “President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band (DC), The Army Blues (DC), US Air Force Ceremonial Band (DC), US Air Force Band of the Rockies (CO), US Air Force Band of Flight (OH), US Army Band (Pershing’s Own), Los Angeles studio players and university professors throughout the North America, South America and Europe.
During her tenure at the University of North Texas, Jan’s trombone students had consistent and notable successes in international and national competitions and in pursuing professional careers in music. She has served as a visiting professor at Columbia University, Hochschule für Musik in Detmold, Germany and the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) and developed an online course for Musician’s Wellness at the Royal Academy of Music in London, England. Additionally, she has presented concerts, lectures and master classes across the globe. She was the recipient of the 2008 Neill Humfeld Award for excellence in teaching presented by the International Trombone Association, and her pedagogical approach was the subject of Dr. Karen Marston’s dissertation Finding the Balance, A Case Study of a Master Trombone Teacher. Jan is also a certified and experienced Montessori Teacher for ages 2 ½ - 7.
Ms. Kagarice has performed with the Dallas Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, Chautauqua Symphony, Boston Philharmonic, and the Boston and New York Cornett and Sackbut Ensembles. She was bass trombonist of the internationally acclaimed trombone quartet PRISMA. She holds a BM in Trombone Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music and an MM in Trombone Performance from the University of North Texas.
Devin Bennett holds a BM in Trombone Performance from SUNY Fredonia and has been a clinician at Musician’s Wellness of North America, L.L.C. since 2016. He successfully retrained from Musician’s Dystonia after being diagnosed while still in high school. In addition to guiding musicians towards a healthier approach to performance practices, Devin plays trombone in Chautauqua Brass, and freelances in Western New York.
Bobby Fisco holds a MM in Trombone Performance from Carnegie Mellon University and has been a clinician at Musician’s Wellness of North America, L.L.C. since his graduation in 2018. He successfully retrained from Musician’s Task-Specific Focal Dystonia while pursuing his Masters. In addition to guiding and retraining musicians, Bobby arranges music and plays trombone with Chautauqua Brass.
Landon Gray holds a B.M. in Trumpet Performance from the University of North Texas and has been a clinician with Musician’s Wellness of North America since 2018. After retraining, Landon has gone on to perform with groups such as Chautauqua Brass, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Canton Symphony, and the Erie Ballet Orchestra. In addition to helping guide musicians towards healthier performance practices, Landon also serves as an Adjunct Lecturer at SUNY Fredonia.
Byron Yount began his retraining with Musician’s Wellness of North America in 2018, and was invited to join the MWNA team as a clinician in February 2021. Despite a worsening imbalance which had persisted for many years, Byron was a member of the State Orchestra of Sonora, Mexico for seven years, serving as Principal Trumpet from 2017-2022. For more than ten years Byron has been a member of the Tucson Pops Orchestra and Sierra Vista Symphony Orchestra, has performed as an extra with the symphonies of Phoenix, Tucson, Queens, Harrisburg, Erie Philharmonic and others, and was the founder and leader of the New Jersey Chamber Music Society Brass Quintet. He was a member of Navy Band Northeast from 2004 to 2008. Byron holds a BM in Trumpet Performance and a BA in English cum laude from Montclair State University, an MM in Trumpet Performance from the University of Rhode Island, and achieved ABD status for a Doctorate from the University of Arizona.
Alessio Savio holds a degree from the “A. Steffani” Conservatory in Castelfranco Veneto (Italy) and a Master’s Degree in Trombone Performance from the University of North Texas (USA). After being diagnosed with musician’s Dystonia in 2017, Alessio retrained under the guidance of Jan Kagarice, and later joined MWNA in 2021 as a Clinician.
In 2022 he was appointed the Trombone Professor position at the “F.A. Bonporti” Conservatory of Trento and Riva del Garda, where he currently teaches. Following his retraining, he worked with the “Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto”, Orchestra del Teatro “La Fenice” in Venice and Orchestra “Haydn” of Bolzano and Trento under the baton of conductors M.W. Chung and J. Valcuha among others.
Angela DeBoer - Clinician
Angela DeBoer holds a MM in Horn Performance from Northwestern University, has additional studies in the Orchestral Performance program at the Manhattan School of Music, a BM in Horn Performance from DePaul University, and is on the faculty of Middle Tennessee State University. Performing experience includes work with the symphonies in Milwaukee, Nashville, Chattanooga, Huntsville, Tulsa, and Duluth-Superior as well as Nashville Opera and soundtrack recording in Nashville. Student experiences include the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Tanglewood, National Orchestral Institute, Satarota Music Festival and the National Repertory Orchestra. In 2000, imbalance and injury coupled with alternative approaches led to dystonia by 2016. While Alexander Technique studies helped greatly, it was beginning to work with MWNA in 2021 where the dystonia recovery began. Angela joined the clinician’s roster for Musicians’ Wellness in 2023.
Victoria Olson - Clinician
Victoria Olson holds an MM in bassoon from the University of Kansas and a BM from Carnegie Mellon University. Victoria joined Musicians Wellness as a clinician in 2023 after successfully retraining from an embouchure injury. Additionally, Victoria is the principal bassoon of the Grand Rapids Symphony and is the bassoon instructor at Grand Valley State University. Victoria has been a guest principal with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Atlanta Orchestra and has performed as a sub with Kansas City Symphony and Baltimore Symphony, among others.