Melissa B. Wyss
B.S., 1966, The Ohio State University
M.A., 1968, The Ohio State University
TJ Perry is the adjunct Trumpet Instructor at Albion College and a member of the trumpet faculty at the Flint Institute of Music in Flint, Michigan. Also an active freelance musician, he frequently performs with leading orchestras and chamber ensembles throughout Southeast and Central Michigan. TJ recently held the positions of principal trumpet with the Johnson City (TN) Symphony Orchestra, second trumpet with the Brasswind Quintet, and is the current principal trumpet with the progressive chamber ensemble The Detroit Brass Company.
In February of 2014, TJ performed with the Michigan State University Wind Symphony as principal trumpet in the 10-year anneversary celebration of Pulitzer Prize winning composer John Corigliano's Symphony 3: Circus Maximus at Carnegie Hall. As a member of the Michigan State University Trumpet Ensemble, TJ has participated in the Orvieto Musica Trumpet Festival in Italy, Exploring Trumpet in Greece with Vince Dimartino and Gerassimos Ioannidis, and the 2013 International Trumpet Guild Conference. As a member of the Cross Street Jazz Ensemble, TJ performed at the 2009 Detroit International Jazz Festival. Additionally, TJ has performed with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Windsor Symphony Orchestra, the Lansing Symphony Orchestra, the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra, former Tonight Show bandleader and international soloist Doc Severinsen, international trumpet soloist Vince DiMartino, and Detroit based jazz legend Marcus Belgrave. In 2010 was a semi-finalist for the graduate division of the National Trumpet Competition.
Currently in the final stages of the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Michigan State University, TJ serves as the Doctoral Teaching Assistant for the trumpet studio. His research is centered in educational awareness of sustainable healthy performance habits for musicians of all ages. He previously attended the University of Tennessee- Knoxville for the Master of Music degree as the Graduate Teaching Assistant and Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, MI (BM).
Principal teachers have included Rich Illman (Michigan State University), Dr. Cathy Leach (University of Tennessee), Carter Eggers (Eastern Michigan University), and Dr. Judy Palac (Michigan State University- Healthy Musicianship and Body Mapping). Additional instruction has come from Mark Byerly (University of Toledo), Vince DiMartino (international soloist) Doc Severinsen (international soloist), William Campbell (University of Michigan), and John Hagstrom (second trumpet, Chicago Symphony Orchestra).
TJ resides in southeast Michigan with his wife Jessica, and newborn son Jackson.
The following programs of study are offered through Albion College's Center for Sustainability and the Environment.
Environmental Science Major
The 10-unit environmental science major provides broad exposure to environmental sciences at the introductory level, focused work in science at the upper level, and a set of cognates designed to show the social and humanistic context in which scientists work.
Environmental Studies Major
Students completing the environmental studies major will gain a deep understanding of the complex relationships among natural and social systems, as well as a proficiency in the analytical, rhetorical and creative skills necessary to perceive the wonders of the natural and human worlds and to solve the environmental challenges we face in the twenty-first century.
Sustainability Studies Major
Note: This major is currently under revision. Please contact Timothy Lincoln, CSE director, for further information.
This major offers an opportunity for Albion students to participate in an international, interdisciplinary program that is grounded in the social sciences and designed for students who are engaged in today’s and tomorrow’s sustainability challenges.
Environmental Science Concentration
Some environmental careers are practiced primarily in one field of science. Students interested in pursuing such careers should consider the option of a science major with an environmental science concentration. It is strongly advised that students talk with science faculty in choosing their option.
Environmental Studies Concentration
The environmental studies concentration is designed for students who have an interest in environmental issues and plan careers in related fields. The choice of courses for this concentration is more open than in the environmental science concentration, due to the varying interests and backgrounds of the students who choose this option. Participating students may pursue a major in any field. Students who complete this concentration might, for example, enter science journalism or work for environmental advocacy groups.