Joan Carroll

Secretary/Treasurer, AFM Local 23

Jazz Vocalist

Joan Carroll is an accomplished jazz vocalist and has been singing professionally for over 20 years. Joan has studied with local San Antonio jazz heroes, Kyle Keener and Ron Wilkins. She is well known for her sensitive phrasing, excellent intonation and her comprehensive knowledge of the jazz repertoire. Joan and her band Footprints played the San Antonio JazzS’Alive Festival in 2000 and 2002 and played the Texas Jazz Festival from 2001 through 2003 and the Texas Lutheran University Jazz Festival in 2004. She has appeared with numerous groups outside of Footprints including performance projects with Gerry Gibbs, and has sung frequently with the Paul Elizondo Big Band and the River City Big Band. In 2002, she was a featured soloist with the San Antonio Municipal band. She has also been a featured soloist with the University of the Incarnate Word Jazz Ensemble and the Reagan High School Jazz Ensemble. Joan also hosts her own radio show called “The Jazz Voice” on KRTU FM91.7 ( Saturdays from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm CST.

Katharine (Katchie) Cartwright, Ph.D.

Flute, Vocalist

Katchie Cartwright, Ph.D., combines an extensive background in musical performance as a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist with teaching and ethnomusicology, specializing in improvisational traditions of the world. As a Fulbright Senior Specialist for the U.S. Department of State, she has assisted schools in Europe, the Middle East, and West Africa.  Dr. Cartwright also served on the board of directors of the Hague-based International Association of Schools of Jazz, and as longtime chair of the Sisters in Jazz mentorship program for the International Association for Jazz Education. She earned her doctorate in music from The Graduate School of the City University of New York, an MA in Music from Queens College, and a BS in Music Performance from The City University of New York. She is a Professor of Music at Northwest Vista College, a post she has held since 2006. Her discography includes a variety of albums under her own name and as a side musician. She performs in The San Antonio/Austin area as a freelance flutist and with her world-jazz project, Katchie & le Monde Caché.

Katchie hosts "Caminhos do Jazz," a Saturday morning radio show on KRTU 91.7 FM in San Antonio. The program offers world mixtures and collaborations, with an emphasis on Brazilian jazz. Visit the blog for audio playback and full playlists.

Le Monde Caché, Katchie's world music project, encompasses repertoire from various corners of the world, including Brazilian musics of various types; Yiddish, Sephardic and klezmer genres, Argentinian and world tango; Ethiopian jazz and funk; and jazz standards.

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Peter Flamm

Vice-President, AFM Local 23

Bells, Drums, Marimba, Percussion, Timpani, Xylophone

Peter Flamm is the principal percussionist of the San Antonio Symphony. He has taught at Trinity University and the University of Texas at San Antonio. Besides performing with the symphony, Peter maintains a private teaching studio for all ages and has performed as a chamber and orchestra musician throughout the US and Europe. Before moving to San Antonio to work with the symphony, Peter was active as a jazz and rock musician in Charleston, SC, Indianapolis and the Cleveland area.

Dr. Aurelia Rocha

Director, AFM Local 23 Executive Board


A native of San Antonio, Dr. Aurelia Rocha is an expert in in the field of arts and social justice education. Known for working with change agents in the arts, she has served on the board of directors for El Sistema USA and works with leadership in out-of- school time programming in San Antonio as a member of the Engagement Committee for Excel Beyond the Bell San Antonio. She completed her doctorate in Fine Arts Administration from Texas Tech University and has received a BA in Fine Arts from the University of Texas at Austin as well as Masters degrees in Adult and Higher Education and Cello Performance from the University of Texas at San Antonio.

As a performing cellist, Dr. Rocha holds a contract with the Midland Odessa Symphony and Chorale. Her connection with the arts in west Texas has allowed her to continue working in music, which is her first love. Dr. Rocha studied with such well-known pedagogues as Phyllis Young and Kenneth Freudigman, principal cellist of the San Antonio Symphony, and shares the knowledge gained from these teachers through her work with local San Antonio schools. Dr. Rocha also maintains a small private cello studio in her home on San Antonio’s west side. In addition to her work with the Midland Odessa Symphony, Dr. Rocha works as a freelance cellist playing in the San Angelo Symphony and a variety of local performing groups in the San Antonio and the surrounding areas.

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Richard Oppenheim

President, AFM Local 23

Jazz Saxophone

Richard Oppenheim studied classical saxophone with Eugene Rousseau and jazz improvisation with David Baker at Indiana University prior to moving to New York City, where he was a professional musician from 1976-2006. He has performed with Marvin Gaye, Lionel Hampton, Illinois Jacquet, Jaki Byard, Charles Mingus, Buddy Rich, Foghat, Bernard “Pretty” Purdie and Otis Rush, and has been a mainstay on the jazz scene in San Antonio since 2006, during which time he has maintained a private teaching practice, in addition to directing KRTU’s Growing Jazz initiative for two years.

Oppenheim worked as a solfeggist with ASCAP’s department of Radio, Internet and Other Surveys from 1990-2006, supervising the jazz and foreign language performance surveys. He received an Artists Foundation of San Antonio’s grant for composition in 2012, and has served as President of the Musicians’ Society of San Antonio since 2011.

Rene Ford

Director, AFM Local 23 Executive Board

Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone

My work is based on performance inspired improvisation. My compositions are the result of collaborations with like-minded artist who first share a story with each other before sharing it with an audience. Each collaborating artist contributes to the story through their unique voice. The performance begins with the first rehearsal. My process evolves around creating a space in which each collaborator’s voice can be heard, seen and/or felt. Click here to listen to my album Unsentimental, released in 2004.