Applied Faculty

Andrew Proctor– Director of Percussion Studies

     Jim Hacker has been a faculty member at the Florida International University School of Music since 1995 as the Trumpet Instructor, Conductor of the University Brass Choir and Director of Brass Chamber Music.  In the fall of 2010, Mr. Hacker was appointed as the Director of the FIU Studio Jazz Big Band. Mr. Hacker received a Bachelor of Music Degree in Trumpet Performance from the University of Miami in 1989 and then continued his studies at UM by pursuing a Masters degree as the teaching assistant to Gilbert Johnson for two years.  While in school, he was also the lead trumpet for five years with the University of Miami Concert Jazz Band, directed by Whit Sidener.  Prior to joining the FIU faculty in 1995, he taught at Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus for 5 years.

     In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Mr. Hacker currently holds trumpet positions with the Boca Symphonia and Atlantic Classical Orchestra and is a founding member of both the Miami Brass Consort and the Florida Trumpet Quartet.  Since coming to Miami in 1996, has been seen as a regular performer and/or soloist with the Miami City Ballet, Florida Grand Opera, Florida Philharmonic, Naples Philharmonic, Seraphic Fire, Miami Chamber Symphony, Miami Symphony, Palm Beach Symphony, Orchestra Miami, Palm Beach Pops, Miami Bach Society, as well as other orchestral and chamber ensembles throughout the South Florida area.

     Mr. Hacker also performs regularly with many artists’ concert tours and Broadway shows throughout the state, and can be heard on numerous CDs, television and radio commercials as a studio musician.  His talents and versatility have enabled him to travel throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia and to perform and/or record with such noted artists as Frank Sinatra, Luciano Pavorati, Timbaland, Madonna, The Woody Herman Orchestra, Puff Daddy, Prince, Busta Rhymes, Ricky Martin, Shakira, Doc Severinson, John Pizzarelli, Bucky Pizzarelli, Barry Manilow, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, The Bee Gees, Bruce Hornsby, The O’Jays, Kenny Rogers, RayCharles, Shirley Bassey, Henry Mancini, Steve and Eddy, Natalie Cole, James Galway, Jon Secada, The Temptations, among many others.

Jim Hacker– Trumpet Instructor/Director of Brass Choir and Studio Jazz Big Band

Andrew Proctor is currently the Principal Timpanist of the Palm Beach Opera Orchestra and he is also the timpanist with many of the finest ensembles in South Florida including the Boca Symphonia and the New Philharmonic. Andrew is a versatile musician who is capable of playing timpani, percussion and drum set in any musical style.


He has a Master's Degree in Performance of Percussion from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and a Bachelor of Music Degree with Distinction in Percussion from McGill University in Montreal.

In addition to performing in South Florida he is the Director of Percussion Studies at Florida International University where he has been teaching since 2008.

Navarrete is a graduate of the Harid Conservatory and University of Illinois where he was a student of John Dee, former Principal Oboe of the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra. While at the University of Illinois he received the Dr. Edmund Williams Award for Excellence in Oboe Performance following the University of Illinois Wind Symphony’s Carnegie Hall debut. He was also the Honorable Mention in the 2007 Krannert Center Debut Artist Recital Competition. During his time at the University of Illinois, Professor Navarrete was the second oboe and English horn of the Sinfonia da Camera.  Navarrete has performed throughout the United States, Mexico and China under the batons of James Judd, Joseph Silverstein, Alfred Reed, James Keene, Xu Zhong and Ian Hobson. Other artists Mr. Navarrete has performed with include Mariah Carey, Lynn Roberts, Frank Sinatra Jr., Clint Holmes and Mike Renzi. Currently Professor Navarrete is the Principal Oboe of the Symphony of the Americas, Solo English horn of the Palm Beach Pops and the oboe professor at Florida International University.

Marco Navarrete– Professor of Oboe

Jay Bertolet– Professor of Tuba and Euphonium

Jay Bertolet is the Adjunct tuba & euphonium instructor at Florida International University, a position he has held since 1995. Jay was the Principal Tubist with the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra, a position he held from 1985 until 2003 when the FPO ceased operations. A native of Royal Oak, Michigan, Jay is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Michigan and a Master of Music degree from the University of Illinois. Jay is also the tuba and euphonium instructor at Broward College. He is the founder and director of the FIU Tuba Ensemble “Dies Irie”, a semifinalist in the Quartet Competition at the 2002 International Tuba and Euphonium Conference (ITEC). Jay was also a featured artist at the 2002 ITEC. He presented a masterclass on orchestral tuba and cimbasso playing and was the chair of the Arnold Jacobs Mock Orchestra Tuba Audition. Jay was also featured at the 2007 SERTEC held in Sarasota, where he chaired the masterclass session and participated in a roundtable discussion on performance careers in music. In addition to his teaching responsibilities in and around South Florida, Jay is also an active performer. He has played cimbasso and tuba for the productions of the Florida Grand Opera and is scheduled to do productions this coming season. Jay is a member of Mensa as well as of Pi Kappa Lambda.

Anthony McFarlane is Adjunct Professor of Trombone at Florida International University, with a D.M.A. and M.M. from the University of Miami and a B.M. from Florida State University. Mr. McFarlane performs regularly with the Florida Grand Opera. He has an active freelance career that takes him around the country. At the age of 15, he was given an opportunity to play with the London Symphony Orchestra, and has since performed with the Macau Orchestra of China and for Broadway shows such as "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels," and "As the World Goes Round." Mr. McFarlane was a finalist for the Detroit Symphony Fellowship. He has also performed with musicians such as Franky Valley, Marie Osmond, Bebe Neuwirth, Bobby Vinton, Michael W. Smith, Bernadete Peters, Denis Deyoung of Styxx.

Anthony McFarlane– Professor of Trombone

Elissa Lakofsky is principal flute with the Miami City Ballet Orchestra, the Florida Classical Orchestra and the Sunshine Pops Orchestra. She has also been principal flute with the Florida Grand Opera Orchestra. Lakofsky is a member of NODUS, the contemporary ensemble in residence at Florida International University. An avid chamber music performer, Elissa is a member of the Florida International University Woodwind Quintet, South Florida's premier woodwind chamber ensemble.


A native of Coral Gables, Elissa has been an active flutist in South Florida since receiving her degrees in flute performance from the University of Michigan and Northwestern University where she studied with Walfrid Kujala. Ms. Lakofsky later continued her studies with the famed Julius Baker and Keith Underwood. She has performed throughout South Florida with the Florida Philharmonic, the Boca Pops, the Palm Beach Symphony, the Miami Symphony and the Naples Philharmonic. Summer performances have included the Aspen Music Festival and the Sarasota Music Festival. Elissa also had the opportunity to tour with Karlheinz Stockhausen in Italy and has performed concertos with the Savannah Symphony Orchestra and the Bay View Symphony. Ms. Lakofsky is the flute professor at Florida International University and Florida Atlantic University.

Elissa Lakofsky– Professor of Flute

Eric Kerley is a 1970 graduate of South Dade High School in Homestead Florida.  Following military service with the 81st Army Band stationed at Ft Sheridan, IL, Eric entered the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, (CCM) earning the BM degree in 1979.  While at CCM, he performed as substitute and extra horn with the Cincinnati Symphony and Cincinnati Pops.  Returning to South Florida after graduation, Mr. Kerley secured a position as 4th horn in the Miami-based Florida Philharmonic.  The Master of Music degree was awarded by the University of Miami in 1983, and Eric returned to that institution in 1993 to begin work toward the DMA, which remains incomplete, lacking only the submission of the Doctoral Essay. The years from 1996 to 2002 were spent in continental Europe, touring with Broadway productions, including West Side Story, Evita, Crazy for you, and Die Schoene und das Biest (auf Deutsch und nicht von Disney) Eric has recorded for Ricky Martin, The Beegees, and Engelbert Humperdinck, and is a founding and current member of the Palm Beach Pops.  He also is a regular member of the Opus One Orchestra, which is the pit orchestra of Miami City ballet.

Eric Kerley– Professor of French Horn

Clarinetist Paul Green began his musical studies at an early age, and by age 12 he was already studying with the noted clarinet pedagogue Leon Russianoff.  A year later, he was recommended to Leonard Bernstein and performed and recorded Saint-Saens’ “Carnival of the Animals” in a Young People’s Concert with the New York Philharmonic.  Invited by composer Gian-Carlo Menotti in 1965 to perform at the Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy, he played with such artists as Jacqueline DuPre, Richard Goode and Charles Wadsworth. 

           Also in 1965, Green won the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, giving his solo debut in New York in 1966.  He attended Yale University, where he studied with Keith Wilson and became Principal Clarinetist of the New Haven Symphony.  After receiving a BA in Theory and Composition from Yale, he continued his studies at the Juilliard School, where he studied with Joseph Allard, receiving an MS degree in Performance in 1972.  

           Presently he is a faculty member at Florida Atlantic University and Florida International University, teaching clarinet and chamber music.  He is the Director of Klezmer East, in residence at FAU, a member of the Nodus Ensemble, in residence at FIU and and Principal Clarinetist of the Florida Grand Opera. 

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Paul Green– Professor of Clarinet

Matthew Corey, Adjunct Professor of Bassoon, earned both his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees at the University of Miami as a student of Luciano Magnanini.  He has performed extensively with many of the region's finest classical ensembles, including currently with the Boca Raton Sinfonia, and as a saxophonist and woodwind doubler for many touring Broadway shows.

As a composer and sound designer for many of Florida's most prestigious dramatic theatres, Mr. Corey has won the Carbonell Award - the region's highest honor for excellence in theatre - in three of the last four years.

Matthew Corey– Professor of Bassoon   

     Carlos Averhoff, also called Carlos Averhoff ‘”Sax,” is a music educator, saxophonist, fluitist and Grammy award winning Latin jazz musician. He is currently based in Miami, Florida. Born in Cuba, he initially had classical training. In 1973 he replaced Paquito D'Rivera at the "Orquesta Cubana de Musica Moderna, (OCMM) " until the government had declared him "reactionary." He is also involved in Timba music. His son, Carlos Averhoff, Jr "Sax", is also a musician.

     Averhoff has been Professor of Music at Florida International University School of Music in Miami, Florida. He also serves as Professor of Saxophone at Miami-Dade College. In this position he has taught hundreds of saxophonists, many who have gone on to become teachers in their own right. His students teach and perform in teaching and performing positions throughout the world. Averhoff is the Founder and member of the Pan-American Jazz Project; Director and soloist of the Carlos Averhoff Jazz Quintet, Quartet and Trio; a member of the Miami Jazz Quartet and Hassidic Jazz project; and a featured artist and musical director of Sammy Figueroa’s Latin Jazz Explosion, which performs regularly at Van Dyke’s café and O’hara’s Jazz Club, in Miami.

Professor Averhoff’s Website:

Carlos Averhoff– Professor of Saxophone                  

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