Tyler Junior College

Music

Guitar/Keyboard Faculty

Frank Kimlicko, M.M.

Office Location: WCA-6
Office Phone Number: (903) 510-2204
Email Address: fkim@tjc.edu

Mr. Kimlicko's responsibilities include teaching sound production technology, guitar ensemble and private lessons in classical guitar. He also prepares music and/or sound for the annual Nutcracker Ballet in the Fall, and the annual Musical and Apache Belle Show in the Spring semester. As adjunct Artist-Lecturer in Music, he teaches classical guitar at the University of Texas at Tyler.

His numerous solo, duet, and quartet transcriptions for classical guitar have been performed in concert by Pepe Romero and Los Romeros guitar quartet and recorded by Angel Romero on the Telarc® label and his series of recorded accompaniments for classical guitar are popular study aids for students and teachers.

He has been the recipient of the Thomas H. Shelby, Jr. Endowed Chair for Teaching Excellence and has been a Piper Professor nominee. Students from his programs have successfully transferred to Belmont College, Southern Methodist University, Southwest Texas State University, Stephen F. Austin State University, Texas A&M at Corpus Christi, University of Texas at El Paso, University of Texas at Tyler, and North Texas State University (now University of North Texas).

Before coming to Tyler Junior College, he started the guitar studies program at North Texas State University. He was an adjunct instructor of guitar at Southern Methodist University and at Ambassador College and has given master classes at the Hochschule fur Musik in Hamburg, Germany. He has also taught music literature, music theory, and sight singing and ear training at Tyler Junior College.

Mr. Kimlicko has a Master of Music degree with a major in Classical Guitar from Southern Methodist University. He has a Bachelor of Music degree with a major in Composition from North Texas State University where he was a member of the world-renowned One O'Clock Lab Band. He has had additional undergraduate training in music theory at Manhattan School of Music as well as graduate training in MIDI applications and sound production technology at the University of Hartford and at Duquesne University. He has had private training with Pepe Romero in classical guitar and has participated in several sound production and recording workshops.

Mr. Kimlicko has performed, as a member of the orchestra, with the Dallas Symphony, the Dallas Opera, the Dallas Summer Musicals, the Fort Worth Symphony, the East Texas Symphony, the Miss Texas Pageant®, and the Miss Teenage America Pageant®. He continues to perform in the East Texas area.

Charles Praytor, M.M.

Office Location: WCA-5
Office Phone Number: (903) 510-2506
Email Address: cpra2@tjc.edu

Charles Praytor is Professor of Piano and Music at Tyler Junior College. He completed his Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and Master of Fine Arts in Piano Performance at the University of Texas at Arlington, where he studied under Dr. John Solomons. In addition to his position at TJC, Charles is active throughout the East Texas community as a performer, accompanist, studio musician, and adjudicator.

Charles began his undergraduate degree in music at Tyler Junior College under the direction of Kerry Baham. Graduating from TJC with his associate’s degree in music, he transferred to the University of Texas at Arlington, where he would receive the Ruth Tinker Memorial Scholarship. His first year at UTA, he went on to win the UTA concerto competition, performing the Grieg Piano Concerto with the UTA Symphony Orchestra. During his time as a student, he received numerous scholarships and awards, as well as performance opportunities with the UT Arlington Symphony Orchestra and the UT Arlington Wind Symphony, both as a pianist and organist. He also participated in master classes under such pianists as Ian Hobson, Gabriella Martinez, George Lopez and Frank Heneghan, to name a few.

Upon his return to East Texas, Charles has been active in the East Texas musical community. Besides giving solo and collaborative recitals at TJC and throughout East Texas, he serves as a judge for local music festivals, and regularly organizes and directs musical ensembles for local theatres.

Dr. Gjergji Gaqi

Office Location: WCA-2
Office Phone Number: (903) 510-2193
Email Address: ggaq@tjc.edu

Equally at home in solo and collaborative music, pianist Gjergji Gaqi maintains an active performing career throughout North America and Europe. Together with his brother and accomplished pianist, Piro Gaqi, through the Gaqi Piano Duo, they have brought the varied, folk-inspired piano duo repertoire of Europe and North America to audiences of both continents.

He studied piano and chamber music under Prof. Dario de Rosa and Prof. Alberto Miodini at the International School of Chamber Music "Trio di Trieste" in Duino (Italy), while completing the bi-lingual International Baccalaureate diploma. He graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Music major and Economics minor from Colby College, in Waterville (Maine), where he also won the concerto competition, studying with Prof. Cheryl Tschanz.

As a Walgreen scholarship recipient, he pursued his graduate studies under Prof. Christopher Harding and Prof. John Ellis at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, while also assuming the role of Graduate Student Instructor in Piano. A frequent master class performer, Gjergji has had the opportunity to work with internationally renowned artists such as Joseph Kalichstein, Joaquin Soriano, Boris Berman, Martin Katz, Enrico Elisi, Arthur Rowe and others. Dr. Gaqi comes to TJC having previously taught at Siena Heights University, College of the Mainland, Brazosport College and the Bay Area Theatre and Voice Academy. At TJC, he teaches applied piano, class piano, and music literature.

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Music Contact Information

C. Jeanie Oxler
Department Chair
Office: WCA-1A

Email: coxl@tjc.edu

Telephone: 903-510-2202

Advising contact: 903-510-2425