Team


Gavin Wigginson


Executive Director

Email: [email protected] | cell: 901-871-3659


Gavin has devoted his career to inspiring youth to explore their musical abilities and open their eyes – and ears – to the countless elements of music.

Background

With a bachelor’s and master’s degree in music and in vocal performance from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Gavin is a tenured musician. No stranger to PRIZM Ensemble, he sat as a panelist for its 2019 college audition preparation workshop, providing guidance to high school students on the rigorous audition process for entering collegiate-level music programs. His higher education experience also includes serving as an adjunct professor and later as a visiting professor for voice at Kentucky State University. He later returned to his hometown of Memphis to become the director of choirs at Kirby High School.

In addition to serving as executive director for PRIZM, Gavin is the director of concert choir and a voice instructor at LeMoyne-Owen College. He previously served as a fellowship coach for Memphis Music Initiative, where he partnered with dozens of local schools and managed a team of music fellows who taught more than 750 students each semester.

As PRIZM’s executive director, Gavin oversees all operations and strategic direction for the nonprofit, manages development, drives programming, recruits mentors and fosters community partnerships to support PRIZM’s vast youth outreach efforts. He also leads PRIZM’s largest program, the Summer Music Camp and International Chamber Music Festival, and the PRIZM in the Schools program, which provides high-level introductory music classes and orchestral instruction at various schools.


Mari Kamikura


Operation Manager

Email: [email protected]


Mari believe in fostering growth and enriching our community through the power of music education. Her mission is to create an environment where students can develop their musical skills while also growing as respectful, helpful, and well-rounded individuals.

Background

Mari Kamikura is a Japanese freelance flutist and arts administrator residing in Memphis, TN. In 2022, Mari completed her master's degree in flute performance at the University of Memphis under the direction of flute professor Elise Blatchford. She received her Bachelor of Music degree in flute performance from Missouri State University. Her primary flute teachers include Dr. Jill Heyboer, Michiko Kitahara, and Hideki Nakajyo.

Mari began her chamber and orchestral career at a young age while she was still in Japan. After moving to the United States, her experiences fueled her passion for music education. She worked as a teaching artist fellow at the Memphis Music Initiative, where she visited public middle school band classes. In this role, she expanded opportunities for young, talented students to become involved in Memphis music educational programs. Her unique background allows her to use positive and encouraging language in the classroom.

Mari maintains a private flute studio with beginner to intermediate-level students in the Mid-South area. She has also instructed flute students at both public and private high schools, successfully guiding many of them to pursue music majors in college.

Outside of PRIZM, Mari serves as a substitute flutist for the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, playing second and third flute. As a performer, she is dedicated to maintaining a high quality of performance that reflects her commitment to education. She truly loves the Memphis music scene and is actively involved with Crosstown Arts, the We Want Music! Foundation, and as a board member of the Memphis Youth Symphony Program (MYSP).