B.M.A., Mansfield University; M.M., East Carolina University
Justin Collis is a woodwind specialist in eastern North Carolina. He is currently the Adjunct Saxophone Professor at Methodist University where he also teaches woodwind techniques; he also teaches woodwinds at Barton College and The Wright School of Music in Greenville NC, plays oboe with the Wilson Symphony, and plays pit orchestra gigs all over the area including performances with the Wilson Arts Council and Magnolia Arts Center in Greenville. Most recently he performed with the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, was principle clarinet with the Wilson Symphony Orchestra, and 2nd clarinet with the Trent River Chamber Orchestra.
While studying for an MM in Multiple Woodwind Performance at East Carolina University he played in and coached saxophone quartets, played with clarinet quartets and woodwind quintets, and played a variety of woodwinds in the Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and Flute Choir as well as playing in the pit orchestra for several shows. At ECU he also became an active member in Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
While studying for a BMA in Saxophone Performance at Mansfield University of Pennsylvania, Justin played in a variety of settings including Lead Alto and Lead Tenor in Jazz Ensemble, performances with the Wind Ensemble and the Symphony Orchestra and playing in the pit orchestra for several shows. He can be heard playing with Bob Sneider and Ernie Krivda on the Jazz Ensembles CD “Afterglow”. He also played with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra and Chris Vadala and toured the East Coast and United Kingdom while playing in the jazz ensemble. He played soprano saxophone in Murphy’s Law Sax Quartet that performed several times at the International Navy Band Saxophone Symposium, was the state winner of the Pennsylvania MTNA competition and received second place at the regional level as well as commissioned a piece by composer Andrew Walters. At Mansfield University he also became an active member in Tau Beta Sigma National Band Sorority.
Justin also directs ensembles at Hollywood Church in Greenville and directs a new Sweet Adeline’s group also based in Eastern NC. He is also studying to become a Piano Technician with well know technician Don Wigent.
Justin spends his free time with his wife, Rochelle, and their adorable son Andy. His most recent hobby has been learning to play guitar and learning to speak different languages.