We are very proud of our clarinet alumni. Please feel free to email me with your alumni update! We’d love to hear what you are doing post UCO.




Jamie Shepherd is currently pursuing her M.M.E in instrumental conducting with Dr. Victor Markovich. Jamie is in the first year as a graduate assistant with the WSU bands program. Jamie is also studying clarinet at WSU with Adrian Sandi.

Originally from central Oklahoma, Jamie earned her Bachelor of Music Education in 2011 at the University of Central Oklahoma, studying conducting under Dr. Brian Lamb, and studying clarinet under Dr. Jerry Neil Smith.  At UCO, Jamie performed with the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Orchestra, Marching Band as well as several Chamber Ensembles.

Jamie is a former member of Kappa Kappa Psi and a current member of Music Educators National Conference.

Jamie Shepherd

Laura Ainsley Gilson is a recent graduate from the University of Central Oklahoma where she was awarded a Master’s of Music with a concentration in instrumental music education.  During her time at UCO she was awarded the Exceptional Graduate Student award.

She graduated cum laude from Middle Tennessee State University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal and General Music Education.  Upon graduation, Mrs. Gilson was named “Outstanding Vocal and General Music Education Student” by the College of Liberal Arts.  In addition to her undergraduate work in vocal and general music, Mrs. Gilson is an avid clarinetist.   She performed in the Middle Tennessee State University Wind Ensemble, and is a two-time Oklahoma Baptist University Concerto-Aria Contest winner. 

Mrs. Gilson taught vocal and general music in the Dayton, Ohio area for three years.  She is a member of Sigma Alpha Iota, National Association for Music Education, and National Education Association.  She is a native of Edmond, Oklahoma where she graduated as a Valedictorian from Oklahoma Christian School in 2003.  Mrs. Gilson is happy to be living in Edmond, Oklahoma again with her husband Chad, and their dog, Penny Lane.

Laura Gilson

Michael Cameron is a freelance saxophonist, composer and woodwind instructor based in Tulsa, OK specializing in improvisation that spans many musical genres.  He leads and writes original music for his quartet consisting of saxophone, piano, bass and drums and performs regularly at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, Tulsa Performing Arts Center and Wednesdays nights at the legendary Cellar Dweller.  He has had the opportunity to perform professionaly with The Temptations, The O'Jays, Frank Sinatra, Jr., Bartesville Symphony, Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus, Tulsa Signature Symphony, and The Tommy Dorsey Ghost Orchestra under the direction of Buddy Morrow. He will travel to New York City in December 2012 to perform with the Kenny Center Theater Festival award winning musical "Flipside: The Patti Page Story" where he will play alto saxophone, flute and clarinet. 

Cameron is a featured soloist on multiple commercial releases including "Head Radio: A Tribute to Radiohead" (ESC Records, Germany, 2012), "American Byways: The Music of Michael Daughery (Equilibrium Records, US, 2012), "Spinning Plates of Jazz" (Rebecca Ungerman, self produced, 2011) and his first solo album "Michael Cameron Quartet" which he produced in 2010.

He completed his Master of Master Music in Jazz Studies with emphasis in Commercial Music Production in 2013 from the University of Central Oklahoma studying sound recording with Brian Gorrell. He has had the opportunity there to perform with Delfeayo Marsalis, Dave Pietro, Kenny Garrett, Sharel Cassity, Marvin Stamm, Benny Golson, and Donny McCaslin.  His thesis will consist of a second full length album consisting entirely of original compositions where he will produce, mix and master the final product. He earned his Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies and Performing Arts Management with Honors and a minor in Business Administration from DePaul University where he studied with jazz greats Larry Novak and Mark Colby.  

As an active educator Cameron currently maintains a private studio of fifteen saxophone and clarinet students at all levels.  He also teaches at the University of Tulsa. He has served as a clinician at The University of Tulsa Jazz Camp with Eldar Djanjerov, Whitney Middle School with Dr. Mike Moore, Saied Music OMEA camp, and Glenpool High School with James Morrison.  He hopes to pass on the knowledge learned from his mentors by teaching at the university level.

Michael Cameron

Jared Cathey, along with the University of Central Oklahoma Jazz Ensemble 1, journeyed overseas in 2010 to perform at the Umbria Jazz Festival in Italy and at the 50th anniversary of the Jazz a Juan Festival in France. The Umbria Festival in Perugia, Italy is widely considered the most prestigious in Europe and UCO was one of only four schools invited to perform worldwide that year. During his time at UCO he was awarded the Exceptional Graduate Student award.

Jared received his Bachelor’s in Saxophone Music Performance and minor’s in Jazz Studies and Business Management from the University of Central Oklahoma. He studied jazz improvisation with great jazz trumpeter Lee Rucker, saxophone with Brian Gorrell, and clarinet with Dr. Jerry Neil Smith. Some artists that Jared has studied from in the past include Will Campbell, Arthur White, and Dan Haerle. Jared has attended master class sessions with jazz artists including Antonio Hart, Eric Alexander, and Jerry Coker at the Jamey Aebersold Jazz Workshops and other clinics.

He has performed with several musicians including Bobby Watson, Gil Goldstein, Diane Schuur, and Pete Christleib. When jazz guitarist John Pizzarelli played with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Jared was a member of the saxophone section that accompanied him. He also played saxophone with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic in a concert dedicated to the music of Irving Berlin. Other groups that Jared has helped back up include the Jimmy Dorsey Big Band, the Four Tops, the Temptations, and the Rat Pack in each he played tenor saxophone. Since it started in 2009 Jared has been a member of the Oklahoma City Jazz Orchestra under direction of Dr. Kent Kidwell.

He has given several master classes on saxophone and jazz improvisation at musical workshops across the state of Oklahoma. Jared also teaches private lessons on saxophone, clarinet, flute, and jazz improvisation. Jared plans to start work on cruise lines in 2012 and ultimately wants to end up at Manhattan School of Music to study with jazz tenor saxophonist Donny McCaslin.

Jared Cathey