Maila Gutierrez Springfield
Maila Gutierrez Springfield, Instructor of Music at Valdosta State University, received her Bachelor of Music degree from Syracuse University. While earning her Master of
Music degree at the Eastman School of Music, she was honored twice with the
prestigious Excellence in Accompanying Award. Prior to attending college, she studied at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the Colburn School of Performing Arts. Her teachers include Jean Barr, Nelita True, Steven Heyman, George Pappastavrou,
Arlene Shrut, and Louise Lepley.
Maila can be heard on saxophonist Joren Cain’s CD Voices of Dissent and on clarinetist Linda Cionitti's CD Jag & Jersey. MusicWeb International selected Jag & Jersey as the recording of the month for February 2010. The composition E-Type Jag, performed by Linda and Maila, was considered for the 2010 Grammy nomination. She has performed with musicians on the artist roster of Buffet Crampon, Leblanc, Yamaha, Getzen, and Columbia Artists Management Inc. (CAMI), and with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, and Montreal Symphony Orchestra. She has also worked with cellist Yo-Yo Ma, violist Susan Dubois, and singer/actor Taye Diggs. Maila has an active performance schedule as a member of the Maharlika Trio, a group dedicated to commissioning and performing new works for saxophone, trombone and piano.
Among her many competitive honors are top prizes in the Young Keyboard Artist
Association International Competition, Music Teachers National Association
Competition, and the New York Volya Cossack Competition. Students she has mentored
have won at national and international competitions such as the Music Teachers National Association Competition, the International Trumpet Guild Competition, the International Trombone Association Robert Marsteller Competition, the Zellmer-Minnesota Orchestra Trombone Competition, and the Eastern Trombone Workshop.
Maila has served as staff accompanist for the Georgia Governor’s Honors Program, Georgia Southern University, the Georgia Music Educators Association’s All-College Chorus, the Interlochen Arts Camp, and the Buffet Crampon Summer Clarinet Academy