The Division of Music at Jacksonville University is pleased to host the Seventh Annual Electroacoustic Barn Dance, a three-day festival of electronic music and art, to be held February 8-10, 2018 on the campus of Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, Florida. This year’s festival will feature cellist Shannon Lockwood and the Jacksonville University Faculty New Music Ensemble, comprised of Chris Creswell, trombone; Tony Steve, percussion; John Ricci, saxophone; and Boril Ivanov, piano. Composers are encouraged to submit works for the consideration of the featured artists.

The Electroacoustic Barn Dance strives to create a balanced event of contemporary electroacoustic music from the diverse range of composers and presenters who submit, regardless of the age, race, gender, sexual orientation, or nationality of the composer or presenter.

The Division of Music at Jacksonville University fosters a community of engaged performers, pedagogues and entrepreneurs within the framework of the liberal arts setting.  Our students and faculty are critical thinkers, collaborative artists and community ambassadors.  We prepare our students (pre-professionals) for life long success in the evolving field of music in the 21st Century.


Shannon Lockwood began playing the cello at age twelve in the Colorado public school system. She later studied with retired, Colorado Symphony cellist Fred Hoeppner. She graduated Summa cum Laude with a Bachelor of Music from the University of Denver. While studying in Denver with Richard Slavich, she won the prestigious Presser Award for academic and musical achievement. She also studied in London with Alice McVeigh and Paul Watkins under a grant from the English Speaking Union and returned in the fall of 2011 to conduct research at the Britten-Pears Library. Her broad spectrum of professional experiences include performing with orchestras such as the Colorado and Jacksonville Symphonies, performing as soloist with the Jacksonville University Orchestra and Wired String Ensemble, performing and coaching chamber music, serving as a graduate assistant to the University of Cincinnati Orchestras, and maintaining a private studio. Dr. Lockwood holds a D.M.A. and an M.M. from the College/Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, and a B.M. from the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music. www.shannonlockwood.com

Chris Creswell is an accomplished trombonist, composer, and educator currently living in his hometown of Jacksonville, FL. Chris has enjoyed the privilege of performing and recording with many of today’s top pop and jazz artist including Mariah Carey, John Pizzarelli, Maceo Parker, Tom Kubis, Will Smith, Arturo Sandoval, and many more. Chris is an in-demand composer writing custom arrangements and original compositions for marching band and jazz ensemble and is currently distributed by Jalen Jazz Publishing, and Marching Show Concepts. He has directed bands at the Orange County High School of the Arts in Santa Ana, CA (2000 – 2005), Orange Park High School in Orange Park, FL (2005 – 2008) and Fleming Island High School in Fleming Island, FL (2009 – 2012). Chris has been the Director of Athletic Bands, and instructor of low brass at Jacksonville University since 2012.

John Ricci has been a performer, jazz educator, composer, and clinician in the North Florida area for over eleven years. John attended the jazz studies program at the University of Tennessee Knoxville where he was mentored directly by internationally recognized saxophonist and jazz pedagogue Jerry Coker and former Art Blakey Jazz Messenger Donald Brown. He then attended Florida State University earning a Masters of Music in Jazz Studies under a teaching assistantship. In that time he performed with Blue Note Trumpeter Marcus Printup and at Preservation Hall in New Orleans. He has received many awards including a Downbeat Magazine award in 1995. John has since performed with a myriad of top recording artists and regularly in numerous club dates spanning from New York to Savannah, He’s performed locally as a tenor saxophone soloist with the Jacksonville Symphony Pops Orchestra, the Four Tops, The Temptations, and in festivals including Chijazz Festival in Singapore, as a regular performer in the Jacksonville Jazz Festival, the Savannah Jazz Festival, as a guest artist with pianist/composer Donald Brown in the Knoxville Jazz Festival, and was invited to headline the Inaugural Jacksonville jazz Series with his own quartet.

Tony Steve (b.1959) teaches percussion and composition. He has performed with the Jacksonville Symphony (member 13 years), Israeli Festival Orchestra, Glimmerglass Opera Orchestra, Hartford Symphony, North Eastern Pennsylvania Symphony, Greenwich Symphony, and Bridgeport Symphony as a percussionist. He has toured with “A Chorus Line” in Europe, appeared in Korea as marimba soloist with the Brooklyn Percussion Ensemble, and performed as percussionist at Madison Square Garden for “ A Christmas Carol”. In addition, he has worked with Henry Mancini, Lou Rawls, Sheri Lewis and The Xaiver Cugat Orchestra. As a recording artist he has appeared on numerous recordings. The latest is performing the music of Robert Moore with Karen Adair on her solo release. The work “Sonnets from Assisi” is for marimba and soprano soloist in three movements. Other recording include, Release with Free Range, and Midnight Clear with Bob Moore. His works are published by Keyboard Publications. He is a Mike Balter Mallet artist. Professor Steve has also won numerous ASCAP writers awards and his music is performed in America as well as Europe and Asia.

Boril Ivanov is a native of Bulgaria, where he was educated from early childhood by his grandparents, who were conductors. He attended Music School in his home town of Varna. Later on he continues his education at the Music High School where he was appointed as a pianist for the Youth Symphony Orchestra. While playing with the Youth Symphony Orchestra, Boril recorded for the Bulgarian National Radio. After attending Music High School, Boril was accepted at the Bulgarian National Conservatory, where he received his B.A. In Bulgaria, he was busy composing, arranging and performing with the Bulgarian National Teams of Rhythmic and Artistic Gymnastics, as well as performing and recording in different venues. Boris has performed professionally in North Korea, Turkey, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Russia, Germany, England, Italy, Portugal, Greece and Holland. After immigrating to the U.S. in 1991, Boril has been involved in the local musical scene as a classical, pop, sacred, and jazz performer, accompanist, and recording artist. In addition, he maintains his own piano studio at Nice Music in Orange Park. Some of his credits include: Orange Park Chorale, Musical Director at Theater Jacksonville, Thrasher Horn Center for Performing Arts, Concert on the Green, and many others.