Zack Smith, saxophone

Zack Smith is the Assistant Director of Imagine, as well as on the faculty as a Music Theory, Saxophone, and Piano Instructor. He has a Bachelor’s of Music from the University of Oklahoma, and is currently working on his Master’s in Music Theory. He is a member of the local band, Valouch and the Hooch, switching between saxophone, bass guitar, and piano.

Zack has taught saxophone for 12 years and received the Provost’s Certificate of Distinction for Outstanding Graduate Assistant Teaching in 2015-2016 for music theory. He stresses the importance of creativity in the learning process, the importance of lifelong learning, and the importance of naps.


Carrie Hoipkemier, Clarinet

Carrie Hoipkemier is currently a PhD student in Music Education at the University of Oklahoma.  Having over ten years of experience in band, orchestra, choir, Humanities, and PK-8 general music, Carrie is completing her education to better support the musical growth of her current and future students.  Her first instrument is clarinet, having been playing for 27 years. For the past ten years she has also been growing and teaching her original instrument: the voice.

In her spare time, Carrie enjoys listening to all sorts of music, knitting, reading, and peanut M&M’s.