Douglass Bratt, M.M.
Associate Professor, Music, Percussion
Coordinator, Academic Music Program
Director, Jazz Ensemble, Concert Band, Percussion Ensemble
A Moraine Valley faculty member since 2002, Douglass Bratt has performed at the Jazz à Vienne, North Sea and Montreux Jazz Festivals as well as noted Chicago venues such as the Green Mill, Pops for Champagne and Jazz Showcase. He has also collaborated with fellow musicians Neal Alger, Tito Carrillo, JoAnn Daugherty, Joey Sellers, Brad Stirtz, Liam Teague and John Wojciechowski. Bratt is co-founder of the Stone/Bratt Big Band, a group dedicated to the performance of original big band music. The band released its debut album, Stone Bratt Big Band, in 2008. Douglass Bratt has been a clinician/visiting artist at the University of Texas at Arlington, University of Missouri, Truman State University, VanderCook College of Music as well as numerous K-12 programs throughout the Chicago area. In addition, he served as a panelist for the 2012 College Pedagogy Committee Mentoring Day at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) in Austin, Texas. A strong supporter of the Percussive Arts Society (PAS), he is currently serving as Secretary/Treasurer for the Illinois Chapter of the PAS. Bratt received a bachelor’s degree in music and a master’s degree in music with an emphasis in percussion performance and pedagogy from Northern Illinois University. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Bratt’s primary instructors include Rich Holly, Robert Chappell, Jeff Stitely, Orlando Cotto, Joel Spencer, Jeffrey Moore and William Elliot, SGM.
Tammi Carlson, M.A.
Associate Professor, Music, Flute, Music Theory
Director, Flute Choir
Tammi Carlson is an assistant professor in Music and Humanities, teaches music theory, Humanities and private flute lessons. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from Valparaiso University and Master of Music degree from Roosevelt University, where she studied with Jean Berkenstock, principal flutist for the Chicago Lyric Opera.
Tammi has served as director and coordinator of music for various churches in the south suburbs and is a member of the Cathedral of St. Raymond Orchestra. She enjoys performing throughout the Chicagoland area as a freelance artist. In addition, she adjudicates for state solo and ensemble contests and the Sherwood Conservatory Festival of Flutes.
Nicholas Thomas, M.A.
Associate Professor, Music
Department Chair, Humanities and Fine Arts
Director, Chorale, Chamber Singers
Nick Thomas, director of the Chorale Ensemble, has been teaching at Moraine Valley since 1998. He is the department chair of Fine Arts and Humanities, directs the choir, and teaches basic musicianship and class piano. He holds a Master of Arts degree from Governors State University.
Mai Sugimoto, M.M.
Adjunct Instructor, Music
Director, Moraine Valley Jazz Combo
Mai Sugimoto earned her Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from Northern Illinois University, then received her Master of Music in Jazz Studies from University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. She has performed and recorded with artists such as John Clayton, Arturo Sandoval, Red Holloway, Byron Stripling, Willie Pickens, Orbert Davis and Kenny Werner. In 2006, Mai placed second in the Sisters in Jazz International Collegiate Competition. She has performed at various venues including Andy's Jazz Club, Chicago Cultural Center, Harris Theater and Old Town School of Music. Mai is a faculty member at Moraine Valley and director of the college's jazz combo.