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Jan Kagarice is the founder and primary consultant of Musician’s Wellness of North America, L.L.C. and has successfully assisted in the retraining of hundreds of professional musicians, some diagnosed with the neurological disorder task-specific focal 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 an assistant coach 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.