Academics

Ensemble Directors

Mark Mannino Marc P. Mannino, jazz/pop guitar, is the director of jazz studies for music at SCF. He conducts SCF'S Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo and has expanded the music curriculum to include more offerings in the jazz, rock and pop genre. Mannino is a graduate of the Florida State University School of Music with degrees in both music performance and music education. He earned his educational specialist degree by applying existing music research to a real-life classroom setting, proving that music as a reinforcer has the ability to modify behavior. A lifelong music educator, Mannino has taught kindergarten through post secondary music. He is a veteran of the United States Air Force bands and has performed at major jazz and community festivals in Atlanta, Chattanooga, Knoxville, Memphis, Miami and Toronto, Canada.

Marc Mannino has been the guitarist for many Florida productions of Broadway shows including "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," "Working," "The Last Five Years," "Altar Boyz," "Jesus Christ, Superstar," "Swing," and "Johnny Guitar." Mannino recently served as the guitarist for Broadway star Idina Menzel at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach and Bernadette Peters at Rudy Diamond Auditorium in Tallahassee.

For the last several years, Mannino directed State College of Florida's jazz bands at the University of Central Florida and the University of North Texas Jazz festivals. He also serves as the jazz band liaison for the Florida Community College Activities Association Music Symposium.

Marc Mannino performs locally for many weddings and special events at distinctive venues such as The Ringling Museum, St. Armand's Circle, the Ritz Carlton and Selby Gardens.


Charles TuronCharles Turon, pianist, is coordinator of keyboard studies and serves as piano and music theory professor at SCF. In 2000, he earned a doctorate in piano pedagogy from the University of Oklahoma. He received bachelor's and master's degrees in piano performance from the University of North Texas.

Turon served as president of FSMTA from 2003-2005 and president of the Florida State Music Teachers Foundation from 2005-2007. He currently serves as chairman of the FSMTA College Council. As a member of FSMTA, he initiated the Gray Perry Young Collegiate Competition and instituted a standing committee on health issues of musicians and music students. In 1999, Turon was a panelist for the Symposium on Health Problems in the Arts, sponsored by the University of Florida Center for the Arts and Public Policy. He has presented numerous workshops for teachers at local, state and national conferences.

Since his debut with the Florida West Coast Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Arthur Fiedler, Charles Turon has performed extensively as soloist, chamber musician and guest artist throughout southwest Florida. In addition to teaching at SCF, Turon maintains a private piano studio and serves as adjudicator for various local and state festivals and competitions.

 


Robyn Wilkes Robyn Bellis the director of instrumental studies. She conducts SCF's Symphonic Band, Symphony Orchestra and teaches classes in music appreciation. In addition to her responsibilities at SCF, Bell is the conductor of the Pops Orchestra, former conductor of the Sarasota Orchestra Youth Symphony and performs at area churches on trumpet and percussion. She received her Bachelor of Science in Music Education, Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga in 1997 and attended the University of Tennessee, Knoxville as a graduate assistant for the "Pride of the Southland" Marching Band, earning a master's degree in instrumental conducting in 1999. She is currently a doctoral candidate in music education at Boston University with a research emphasis on popular music in secondary education.

Bell is a member of the Music Educators National Conference, College Band Directors National Association, Florida Music Educators Association, Florida Bandmasters Association, Florida Orchestra Association, Women Band Directors International and the National Band Association. She served as treasurer for the Seventh District of the Georgia Music Educators Association for five years and is president of the Women Band Directors International. She has received the Silver Baton Award from that organization and has been recognized by GMEA for her outstanding contributions to music education in 2004 and 2006. In 2007, Bell was awarded the Citation of Excellence from the National Band Association in recognition of her band's performance at the University of Georgia's annual Janfest event and in 2012 was awarded Honorary Membership to Tau Beta Sigma,  a national band sorority dedicated to serving college band programs.

Prior to coming to SCF, Bell was the band director at Ridgeland High School in Walker County, Georgia where her bands won numerous regional, state and national marching and concert band competitions. During the 2008-2009 school year, she served as instructor of music at Covenant College on Lookout Mountain, Georgia where she conducted the jazz band and chamber orchestra and taught classes in music history, music appreciation and symphonic literature.

 


 

Rex WillisRex Willisteaches Classical Guitar, Composition, Music Theory, Music History, Music Appreciation and Guitar Ensemble. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees in Music  from Florida State University and while there, participated in Composition Master Classes/Readings with visiting composer Aaron Copland. Willis studied guitar with Bruce Holzman and participated in Guitar Master Classes with Christopher Parkening and Pepe Romero.

A published composer, Willis' has had his music performed all over the world. Willis' original music has been reviewed in the top classical guitar publications as  "accessible . . . skillful . . . powerful . . . seductive . . . an absolute gem of a piece . . . highly desirable". Willis received a world premiere for Guitar Octet in June 2014 at the  prestigious GFA Annual Convention at Cal State University Fullerton. He has composed the film scores for several award winning independent movies including two for One Day Films of Tampa. He composed the score for the musical"¡Ybor!" and wrote the book, lyrics, and music for a new musical "Something for Nothing".

Willis has been a featured performer with the Florida String Quartet (Sarasota Orchestra affiliation), Sarasota Pops, Artist Series of Sarasota, North Port Orchestra, Florida State Music Teachers Association State Convention, Miami International Guitar Festival, Brno International Guitar Festival (Czech), the Gwinnett Philharmonic Association Concert Series (Atlanta) and the Sarasota Orchestra. Willis performed with Gloria Musicae, a professional choral group, in December 2013 along-side world famous harpist Ann Hobson-Pilot. Willis also released three CDs featuring his original classical guitar compositions.

Willis' professional and collegiate music directing and conducting credits include: "¡Ybor!," "The Gondoliers," "Amahl and the Night Visitors," "The Boy Friend," "Into the Woods," "Bye Bye Birdie," "Children of Eden," "The Music Man," "West Side Story" (Fall 2014),  the guitar orchestras at The Stetson Guitar Workshop, the Brno International Guitar Festival, the Florida Music Educators Association (FMEA) State Festival and the Florida Community Music College Symposium where he was the site coordinator of the guitar ensemble division for multiple years, and again in 2015. In May 2012, Willis was the featured composer in residence at Glendale Community College (Arizona) where he conducted a concert of his guitar ensemble music that included the world premiere of a newly commissioned/now published work for the occasion. He was the featured conductor for the 2014 FMEA Guitar All-State event in January and followed that in April conducting an all-day Guitar Ensemble Festival at Harrison School of the Arts in Lakeland.

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