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Conducting & Ensemble Directors​​
Woodwind​
Brass & Conducting
Voice
String
Keyboard
Education
Theory, Composition, History, & Literature
​​​​Education
Ph.D: 2014, University of Kansas
MME: 2008, University of Oklahoma
BMA: 2003, University of Oklahoma​

Service Responsibilties
President, Michigan Kodaly Educators
Student Teacher Liaison to the College of Education
​​ ​Courses Taught
​• Intro to Music Education
• The Kodaly Method
• The Orff Approach
• Music for Elem Classroom Teacher
• Music Preschool Children
• Kodaly Certification Courses

Research Interests
• Teacher stress
• Sources of teacher job satisfaction
• Curriculum & literature selection practices

​​Biography
Ashely Allen, assistant professor of music education, teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in music education and observes student teachers. ​Other pedagogical training includes Kodály training and certification in levels 1, 2, and 3 at The University of Oklahoma. Dr. Allen taught secondary choral and general music for grades 6-12 in public schools in central Oklahoma, and higher education courses in music education as a graduate assistant for The University of Oklahoma and The University of Kansas. She also served as an intern with the Norman Children’s Chorus and as an assistant director with the Kansas University Youth Chorus.  
​​Dr. Allen has presented research at the Phenomenon of Singing in Newfoundland, Canada; the National Association for Music Education conference in St. Louis, Missouri; the Symposium on Music Teacher Education in Greensboro, North Carolina; the Desert Skies Symposium on Research in Music Education in Tucson, Arizona; the Mountain Lake Colloquium for Teachers of General Music Methods in Mountain Lake, Virginia; the Texas Music Educators Association convention; and the Kansas Music Educators Association convention. Her research interests include teacher stress, teacher job satisfaction, and performance anxiety in music teaching.​
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Recent Scholarship

Allen, A. D. Factors of job satisfaction and dissatisfaction among three public school music educators. 

Allen, A. D. Teaching anxiety experienced by music education students. 

Allen, A. D. The effects of classroom management on distress and eustress among public school music educators. 

Allen, A. D. Sources of job satisfaction and dissatisfaction among public school music educators.  

​​​​​Education
DMA: University of Oklahoma
MM: Florida State University
BS: Central Michigan University

Service Responsibilities
Associate Director of Bands
Director of Athletic Bands
Commencement Music Coordinator
SoM Graduate Committee
Director-CMU Drum Major & Color Guard Camps
​​​​ Courses Taught
• Conducting
• Instru​mental Organization
• Instrumental Rehearsal Methods
• Marching Band Design - Graduate

Research Interests
• Conducting Pedagogy
• Performance Analysis

Ensembles involved with
The Chippewa Marching Band
The Wind Symphony
University Band
Symphony Band


Biography

James Batcheller is a member of the conducting faculty and Associate Director of Bands at Central Michigan University. He teaches courses in conducting, music education, and rehearsal methods, is director of the Chippewa Marching Band, and conductor of the Wind Symphony. Dr. Batcheller has ​also served on the faculty at the University of Oklahoma and was Director of Bands at Great Falls High School in Great Falls, Montana. He has published articles in the Journal of Band Research and the Instrumentalist magazine, and is a contributing researcher for the Teaching Music Through Performance In Band series of reference books. New orchestrations by Dr. Batcheller have been performed by stars of opera and the Broadway stage including Darius de Haas, Sarah Uriarte Berry, and CMU’s own Teri Hansen, and by ensembles including the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. ​ 
​​He is an active, collaborative participant in music teacher training and professional development. Batcheller's appearances as guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator have taken him across the United States, including performances and sessions at the North Central, Southwest, and National meetings of the College Band Directors National Association. An advocate for new art music for wind band, Dr. Batcheller has conducted premiers of several new works, including Charles Rochester Young's Tempered Steel for the Big 12 Band Directors' Association, and CMU Alumnus Rob Ash's Glory. He was also among the commissioners and premier conductors of Frank Ticheli's Symphony No. 2. Ensembles under Batcheller's direction have earned high praise from guest conductors and composers, including David Gillingham, Cindy McTee, Eric Ewazen, Daniel Bukvich, Eric Stokes, Chalon Ragsdale, William Wakefield, Col. Timothy Holtan, David Booth, Robert Spevacek, and Eugene Corporon.

​Batcheller is a member of the College Band Directors National Association, the National Band Association, the Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, the Gamma Beta Phi Society, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. Dr. Batcheller is also the chapter sponsor for the Lambda Tau chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi Honorary Band Fraternity at CMU. He has been recognized with three awards for Excellence in Teacher Preparation from the University of Idaho and has been named four times to Who's Who Among America's Teachers. Dr. Batcheller served as faculty advisor to the University of Oklahoma student chapters of M.E.N.C. and the American String Teachers Association, and during his tenure in Montana served on the executive board of the Montana Bandmasters Association. In 2004, Dr. Batcheller was made an honorary member of the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association.​

Recent Scholarship​ ​​
"Morton Gould's Hymnal on We Shall Overcome," Teaching Music Through Performance In Band, GIA.; "Thomas Doss's Cantus: Song of the Night," Teaching Music Through Performance in Band, GIA.; "Biographies and Works for Soloist and Wind Band: Brendan Anderson, Jurriaan Andriessen, Keith Amos, Kenneth Amis, Leroy Anderson, Morgans Andresen, Tommy Joe Anderson," Teaching Music Through Performance in Band, GIA.

Performance: The Wind Symphony, Central Stage, WCMU Public Radio, March 2016. ​
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​​​​Education
DMA (Composition): 2006; University of Missouri - Kansas City
MM (Composition): 2000; University of Louisville
MM (Theory): 1998; University of Kansas
BM (Composition): 1996; University of Kansas
BM (Theory): 1996; University of Kansas


Service Responsibilities
Area Coordinator, Theory/Literature Area

Personal Website

www.jaybatzner.com​​​​​​​​​​​


​​​ Courses Taught
• Composition
• Intro to Music Technology
• Instrumentation & Scoring
• Electroaco​ustic Music I
• Counterpoint

Research Interests
• Contemporary Music
• Experimental Music
• Multimedia Collaborations
• Electronic Media

Biography

Jay C. Batzner (b. 1974) is a composer and zazen practitioner in the Soto Zen tradition. Jay’s music has been performed at new music festivals such as Society of Composers Inc., College Music Society, Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the US, and Electronic Music Midwest and instrument performance societies as the National Flute Association, International Horn Society, and North American Saxophone Alliance. His works have received recognition from such organizations as the Bourges festival, the Areon Flutes International Composition Competition, the VI Concurso Internacional de Miniaturas Electroacusticas, and the London International Film Festival. Recently, his 25-minute composition for piano and electronics as if to each other was recorded by R. Andrew Lee and released by Irritable Hedgehog in July of 2015.​ 
​​Jay is currently on the faculty of Central Michigan University where he teaches composition, theory, and technology courses. He holds degrees in composition and/or theory from the University of Kansas, University of Louisville, and University of Missouri – Kansas City. A lot of his output is instrumental chamber music, frequently with electronics, but he has recently been expanding his vocal compositions. He’d love to write opera and has many music drama ideas he’d like to implement, just ask him. He reads too many comic books and tries to find time for sewing and other various hobbies. He’d like to get better at chess but never seems to find the time for it.

As you might expect, his scores and recordings are available at his website: jaybatzner.com​.


Recent Scholarship

Lullaby Boxes for solo piano, recorded by Alexandra Mascolo-David and available through White Pine Records (2016)

Word of the Day for mezzo-soprano, flute, and bass clarinet, recoded by Tracy Watson and the Crescent Duo, text by Joanna White and available through Centaur Records (2016) as if to each other for piano and electronics, recorded by R. Andrew Lee and available from Irritable Hedgehog (2015)

​​​​Education
DMA: 2002, University of Arizona

Service Responsibilties
Violin Professor Search Committee
CETL Advisory Council
Committee on Committees
CCFA IT Committee

Website

lindabeth.com


​​​​​​ Courses Taught:
 Music in Society
• Oboe
• Double Reed Techniques
• Chamber Ensemble

Research Interests
• Scholarship of teaching & learning                     

Ensembles involved with
• ​Powers Woodwind Quintet

​Biography​

Critics have described oboist Lindabeth Binkley's playing as a "classic triumph of lightness, delicacy, and expressiveness." She has held positions with the Colorado Symphony, Arizona Opera, Central City Opera, and performed as the Principal Oboist of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra from 1998 to 2009. Her primary oboe teachers include Roger Rehm, Peter Cooper, and Dr. Neil Tatman.​ 
​​Dr. Binkley was appointed Assistant Professor of Oboe at Central Michigan University (Mt. Pleasant, MI) in the spring of 2010. She is Principal Oboist of the Flint Symphony Orchestra (Flint, MI) and, since moving to Michigan, has been active throughout the state in performances with the Ann Arbor Symphony, Saginaw Bay Symphony, Midland Symphony, Traverse City Symphony, Jackson Symphony, West Michigan Symphony, Lansing Symphony, and Lexington Bach Festival. A passionate advocate for chamber music, Dr. Binkley was Artistic Director of the critically acclaimed St. Andrew’s Bach Society (Tucson, AZ), a summer chamber music concert series, from 2007-2011. She also performs regularly with the Powers Woodwind Quintet, a CMU faculty ensemble, and the Flint Symphony Wind Quintet, an ensemble of the principal wind players from the Flint Symphony Orchestra.

She has served on the faculties of the University of Arizona, Northern Arizona University and as Artist in Residence and Oboe Instructor at the Bay View Music Festival in Bay View, Michigan (2007). A dedicated teacher, Dr. Binkley’s students have been accepted into prominent summer music programs such as the Rocky Ridge Music Center (Estes Park, CO), Vianden International Music Festival (Luxembourg), Marrowstone Music Festival (Bellingham, WA), and the Idyllwild Arts Academy (Idyllwild, CA). Students who have studied with Dr. Binkley have been accepted into graduate programs at the University of Colorado-Boulder, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the Shanghai Orchestra Academy, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Indiana University-Bloomington, and Arizona State University. In addition, she, with Professor MaryBeth Minnis, hosts a summer reed making camp for high school oboists and bassoonists at the Central Michigan University School of Music. Dr. Binkley has presented at the Michigan Music Conference (2011 & 2012) and at the 65th Annual Midwest Clinic (Chicago, IL) with the Powers Woodwind Quintet in a program entitled, “Gems: Music for High School Woodwind Quintet.” Her most recent presentation, "Teaching Double Reeds: Think Outside the Box!," was presented at the 2014 Texas Music Educators Association Conference.

​Dr. Binkley performs on a Royal oboe made by F. Lorée (Paris).


Recent Scholarship

11th Annual Michigan Music Conference January 21-23, 2016
“Help!  There’s an Oboe Solo!”: How to Get the Best From Your Band Oboe Soloist
The MMC is a state conference organized by MASTA, MMEA, MSBOA, and MSVMA for an audience of music educators, students, and professionals.

2015 International Double Reed Society Conference August 16, 2015
National Olympics Memorial Youth Center
TOKYO, JAPAN
David Maslanka: Sonata for Oboe & Piano (1992, rev. 1999) with Alexandra Mascolo-David, piano

Guest Artist Recital: Schwob School of Music March 11, 2015
Columbus State University
Columbus, GA

​​​​Education
DM: 2003, Indiana University
MM: Northwestern University
BMus/BMusEd: Memorial University of Newfoundland

Ensembles involved with
Horn Choir
Powers Woodwind Quintet
​​​​ Courses Taught
 Applied Study - Horn
• Advanced Chamber Ensemble
• Instrumental Pedagogy
• Independent Study (Natural Horn)
• Brass Techniques

Research Interests
• Performance practice
• Literature of the natural horn from 1750-1900


Biography

A chamber music specialist, Dr. Bruce Bonnell has enjoyed a successful career as orchestral performer, soloist, clinician and pedagogue on the horn and natural horn throughout North America and Southeast Asia. Born and raised in Newfoundland, Dr. Bonnell has been professor of horn at Central Michigan University since 2000. In May of 2008, Dr. Bonnell released Souvenirs: Chamber Music for Horn, Flute and Piano with Italian flute virtuoso Vieri Bottazzini and acclaimed Canadian pianist Dr. Peter Green on Centaur Records. The recording garnered rave critical reviews and was nominated for the 2009 “Classical Recording of the Year” award by the East Coast Music Association. Dr. Bonnell is featured on Double Star - the Music of David Gillingham performing the Concerto for Horn and Symphonic Band with the CMU Symphonic Wind Ensemble, released in 2010 on the White Pine Record Label. 
​​Dr. Bonnell’s orchestral experiences include Second Horn in the Hong Kong Philharmonic from 1991-1994, and Principal Horn in the Malaysian Philharmonic from 1998-2000 where he earned high praise for his playing from such notable maestros as Kurt Masur, Sir Neville Marriner, Kenneth Jean, David Atherton, Jan Pascal Tortelier and Hans Graf. He has performed with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, Ottawa Symphony, Hull Chamber Orchestra, Bloomington Camerata, and is presently Principal Horn with the Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra. Solo and chamber music highlights include the finals of the 1989 Canadian Music Competition, the 1998 Fischoff Chamber Music competition and recitals throughout North America and Southeast Asia.

​An enthusiastic performer of new works for horn, Dr. Bonnell premiered David Gillingham’s Baker’s Dozen at the 2001 International Horn Symposium, Danzas Breves for Horn and Percussion by José-Luis Maúrtua at the 2004 Sound Symposium in St. John’s, Newfoundland, and gave the world premiere of David Gillingham’s Concerto for Horn and Symphonic Band in St. John’s, Newfoundland in May of 2007 and at the 41st International Horn Symposium in June of 2009. In 2013, he premiered Supernatural: Music for Natural Horn with Live Electronics by Jay Batzner at the 45th International Horn Symposium in Memphis, Tennessee. 

As a member of the Powers Woodwind Quintet, he has toured and performed throughout the Midwestern states and has worked with the group on several recording projects including Brementown Musicians released in 2006 on Centaur Records, Clarinet Chamber Music of Alvin Etler, also on the Centaur label, in 2008, and Gems of the Woodwind Quintet Repertoire on the White Pine label in 2011. His teachers include William Costin, Kjellrun Hestekin, Michael Hatfield, Paul Tervelt, Richard Seraphinoff and Richard Bissill.


Recent Scholarship

"Chamber Music for Horn, Violin and Piano" - with Hai Xin Wu, violin and Zhihua Tang, piano. Centaur Records, 2015.

"Gems for Woodwind Quintet" - Powers Woodwind Quintet - White Pine Records, 2012

"Souvenirs - Chamber Music for Horn, Flute and Piano" - with Vieri Bottazzini,, flute, and Peter Green, piano. Centaur Records, 2008. Nominee - BEST CLASSICAL RECORDING, East Coast Music Awards 2008.

​​​​Education
Ph.D: 1998, Northwestern University
MM: 1993, Northwestern University
BMus: 1990, University of Texas - Austin

Service Responsibilities
College Music Society Great Lakes Chapter Immediate Past-President
Member of Committee on Career-Related Issues
American Musicological Society
​​​​ ​Courses Taught
• Music History I, II, & III
• Historical Topics I & II
• Rock & Roll Seminar
• Sem in World Music
• Inde​pendent Study
• History of Opera
• Sem/Music of a Selected Composer

Research Interests
• Twentieth-century French & American Music (esp related to art song, popular music, & the works of French composers Ravel & Poulenc)                      


Biography

Dr. Keith Clifton joined the CMU faculty in August 2002. He teaches all levels of undergraduate and graduate music histor​y and courses in popular music, world music, and opera history. Prior to his CMU appointment, he held faculty positions in Arkansas, Iowa, and Illinois.​ 
Dr. Clifton’s musicological work centers on twentieth-century France and the United States, with particular emphasis on Maurice Ravel and Les Six. His principal research areas include opera, American music, popular music, and gender studies. Widely published with nearly sixty scholarly contributions to his credit, his articles and reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in Grove Dictionary of American Music (2nd edition), Notes, Fontes Artis Musicae, College Music Symposium, The Opera Journal, The Journal of Singing, The Reader’s Guide to Music History, The Journal of Musicological Research, Canadian University Music Review, H-France, The Encyclopedia of the Romantic Era, LGBTQ America Today, and Madonna's Drowned Worlds. He is a regular consultant for academic publishers and music-related articles in regional, national, and international media, including Cnn.com, Investor’s Business Daily, Semana, The Baltimore Sun, and The Dallas Morning News.

Clifton’s longstanding interest in American song culminated in a 2008 book for Scarecrow Press titled Recent American Art Song: A Guide. This book, the first to examine in detail post-1980 American classical song, has been positively reviewed in several venues and is considered a standard reference source on its subject. He also served as co-editor of the critical edition of Maurice Ravel’s Fugue in F Minor (c. 1897), an overlooked early work that received its world premiere in 2010. Clifton was later interviewed about the piece for a special program on the Big Ten Network (available for viewing on You Tube under the title “Revealing Ravel”).

Professor Clifton has presented numerous lectures, academic papers and posters at conferences including national meetings of the American Musicological Society (2002, 2010, 2012), the Society for American Music (2011), International Musicological Society congresses in Belgium and Switzerland (2002, 2007), the Songs Across the Americas Festival in Bolivia (2003), the Bach Festival in Peru (2005), the National Association of Teachers of Singing (2006), Feminist Theory and Music (2003), national meetings of the College Music Society (2005, 2007, 2009), the Chicago Civic Orchestra, the Midland Symphony Orchestra, and the Elderhostel program.

​In addition to his work as a musicologist, Dr. Clifton is an active vocal coach and performer of opera, art song, and choral music. He served as tenor section leader at Winnetka (IL) Congregational Church from 1993–1998, and has performed as a soloist and choral singer for several American choirs and festivals in Europe, Great Britain, and South America. P​rofessional memberships include the American Musicological Society, where he served on the national Committee on Cultural Diversity, the Society for American Music, and the College Music Society, where he serves as 2013 national program chair and Vice President/ President-Elect of the Great Lakes Chapter. Strongly committed to teaching, Dr. Clifton has been a multiple nominee and finalist for the CMU Excellence in Teaching Award and currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Journal of Music History Pedagogy. His former students are enrolled in or have completed advanced degrees at programs across the United States and abroad.


Recent Scholarship

"Yes, it's a brilliant tune." "Journal of Singing" 72/3 (January/February 2016): 279–89.

​Expansion and revision of "Art Song" article for "Grove Dictionary of American Music," 2nd edition, ed. Charles Hiroshi Garrett. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013.

​Review of Andrew Deruchie, "The French Symphony at the Fin-de Siècle" for "H-France" 15 (2015). 

"Recent American Art Song: A Guide​." Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press. 2008.

​​​​Education
DMA: 1991, Eastman School of Music
MM: 1988, Northwestern University
BM: 1987, Eastman School of Music
Performance Certificate: 1987, Eastman School of Music

Service Responsibilities
CMU Marching Band Photographer

​​​​ Courses Taught
 Brass Techniques
• Euphonium Lessons
• Tuba Lessons
• Brass Quintet
• Tuba & Euphonium Quartet
• Chamber Ensemble

Biography

Dr. Cox has performed with numerous professional organizations, including the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (NY), Midland (MI), and Penfield (NY) Symphony Orchestras principal tubist, and Syracuse Symphony (NY) and the New World Symphony Orchestra (FL) as substitute tubist. He has held faculty positions at the Eastman School of Music; State University of New York at Geneseo; and Nazareth College (Rochester, NY). In the summer, he has held the position of tuba and euphonium instructor at the New England Music Camp, a summer music institute in Maine for talented high school musicians.​ 
Dr. Cox is a board member and has judged for the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Solo Competition. He is also member of T.U.BA. and the music fraternity Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. His teachers have included Cherry Beauregard, professor of tuba and euphonium at the Eastman School of Music, principal tubist with the Rochester Philharmonic and tubist with Eastman Brass Quintet; Arnold Jacobs, tubist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and breathing guru; Ronald Bishop, principal tubist with the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra; Rex Conner, professor of tuba at the University of Kentucky at Lexington and instruct​or of tuba and euphonium at the National Music Camp at Interlochen, Michigan; and Roger Bobo, international recording artist and principal tubist with the Los Angeles Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Cox has performed in most of the major concert halls in the United States, Germany, and Japan and has performed with numerous international performers including trumpeters Wynton Marsalis and Randy Brecker; saxophonists Branford Marsalis and John Herle, flutist James Galway, pianists Shera Sherkaski and Jeffrey Jacob, trombonist J.J. Johnson, and drummer Max Roach.

Recordings on which Dr. Cox can be heard include Carnaval with Wynton Marsalis (CBS Masterworks); Pied Piper Fantasy with James Galway (Sony); Live in Osaka with the Eastman Wind Ensemble (Sony), Chorale Works of Anton Bruckner with the Roberts Wesleyan College Chorale; Music of Ingolf Dahl, with the New World Symphony Orchestra; and the music education series Jump Right In (G.A.A. Publications). Dr. Cox gives seminars on teaching, performing, and offers his popular seminar, “Proper Breathing Techniques for Musicians,” throughout the United States. Dr. Cox’s students are active throughout Michigan and the United States, both as public school teachers and professional performers. His former students have won the Yamaha Young Artists Competition; placed in the artist division of the Leonard Falcone International Solo Competition; are members of Pershings’ Own, the top United States Army Band; and have had numerous solo performances around the nation. Mark Cox is a Yamaha performing artist.​


Recent Scholarship

Yamaha Artist; Created a Standardized List of Solos for the International Tuba and Euphonium Association.

​​​​Education
MA: 2006, Michigan State University
BA: 2003, Central Michigan University

​​​​ Courses Taught
• Music Theory IV
• Historical Survey of Music III
• Jazz: An American Art Form

Research Interests
• Music in ephemeral film
• Music history pedagogy
• Percussion literature

Biography

Molly Cryderman-Weber is a lecturer in musicology at Central Michigan University, where she teaches music history and music theory courses. Her research focuses on the ideologies of sounds in school instructional films from the 1940s and 1950s, investigating both the development of cultural musical codes among the baby boomer generation as well as the contribution of music to ideological positions in instructional films. Cryderman-Weber has presented at conferences throughout the United States and at international conferences in Taiwan and Germany.​​ 
In 2013, she received a six-year appointment to the Scholarly Research Committee of the Percussive Arts Society, and in 2016 was elected to a two-year term as secretary of the College Music Society’s Great Lakes Chapter. She is currently on the editorial board for the Percussive Arts Society’s Scholarly Research Edition and has written program notes for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Michigan State University Symphony Orchestra, and Zakir Hussain. Additionally, Cryderman-Weber is an active percussionist and performs regularly with the Jackson Symphony Orchestra. She has taught drumline, gamelan, and percussion at several camps, including the Alma College Percussion Workshop and the University of Illinois Summer Youth Music program. In 2012, Cryderman-Weber taught percussion workshops and presented a recital at the Instituto Humboldt in Villa de Leyva, Colombia. Recently, she performed with the gamelan ensemble Bali Lantari Urbana at the 2015 Asian American Coalition of Chicago Lunar New Year Celebration, the University of Illinois Gamelan at the 2015 Teaching World Music Symposium in DeKalb, Illinois, and the Michigan State University salsa ensemble at the Convento de Belén in Havana, Cuba.​


Recent Scholarship

"Cultural Musical Codes in Instructional Films from the 1940s-1950s," presented at the College Music Society Great Lakes Conference in South Bend, IN, April 2016; "Using PAS Resources as an Alternative to Textbooks in Percussion Classes," presented at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in San Antonio, TX, November 2015; "Assessment: The Musical! Engaging Faculty with Assessment through Song," presented at the League for Innovation in the Community College National Conference in Anaheim, CA, March 2014; "The Integration of Western European and Japanese Aesthetics in Maki Ishii's Works for Percussion," presented at the International Musicological Society East Asian Conference in Taipei, Taiwan, October 2013

​​​​Education
DMA: 2005, Eastman School of Music
Central Michigan University
Eastern Michigan University

Personal Website
www.bradderoche.net
www.michcgw.com​

​​​ Courses Taught
• Applied Music (Guitar)
• Beginning & Intermediate Guitar
• Guitar Ensemble
• Guitar History
• Guitar Pedagogy

Research Interests
• New guitar music​

Biography

As a guitarist, Brad DeRoche has explored a wide variety of musical styles and compositions ranging from classical masterpieces to modern works by living composers. He is an active concert artist, appearing as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral soloist and has also appeared on public radio and television programs. He performs approximately 40 concerts per year in diverse musical styles, settings, and ensembles. ​​ 
Several composers have written works for him including a solo composition by Prix de Rome prizewinner Vincent Frohne. Dr. DeRoche has also published articles in the scholarly journal Soundboard; written program notes for guitarists Manuel Barrueco, Lorenzo Micheli, Xuefei Yang, Ricardo Gallen and others; and has performed, taught or presented seminars at the Eastman Guitar Festival, the Interlochen Guitar Festival, the Las Vegas Guitar Festival, the Alexandria Guitar Festival, the Cleveland International Guitar Festival, and others. He has recorded works by the Spanish composers Falla, Arcas, Albeniz, Tarrega, and Asencio, and others.

He has participated in many masterclasses with prominent concert guitarists including David Russell, Raphaëlla Smits, Paul Galbraith, Fabio Zanon, Denis Azabagic, and many others.

As an educator, Dr. DeRoche teaches guitar, guitar ensemble, music history, and music theory courses. He is chair of the music department at Delta College and directs the guitar programs at Central Michigan University and Saginaw Valley State University. In addition, he served as the director of classical guitar studies at the Interlochen Arts Academy and the Interlochen Arts Camp.

Dr. DeRoche has enjoyed a wide variety of activities in his professional life. In addition to being a performer and educator, he and his brother owned and operated the successful online retail business “Strings By Mail.” He also wrote a music appreciation textbook titled “An Introduction to Art Music" published by Kendall/Hunt. He is a founding member of the Mid Michigan Classical Guitar Society, which serves to expand awareness of the classical guitar in the central Michigan area. He directs a concert series at Delta College called the “Allegro Serie​s” which has presented some of the worlds finest musicians in it’s 20 year history, and currently serves as artistic director of the Michigan Classical Guitar Workshop. ​​


​Recent Scholarship

"An Introduction to Art Music"  textbook, published by Kendall/Hunt 2015.

Performances: Solo Concerts with new music by Matthias Duplessy

Performance: Ola Gjeilo's "Lake Isle" with the Flint Symphony

Education
DM: 2014, Indiana University
MM: 2009, Indiana University
BMus: 2005, Northwestern University

Personal Website
www.meghandewaldsoprano.com​

​​​​ Courses Taught
• Applied Studio Voice
• Diction for Singers
• Techniques for the Singing actor

Service Responsibilities
Advisor for Full Circle MT Concert
Advisor for Composition-Poetry Project

Biography​

Soprano Meghan Dewald most recently garnered success in her portrayal of Contessa Almaviva in Delaware Valley Opera Company's Le nozze di Figaro. Other recent engagements have included Marguerite in Faust with Opera Lancaster, Nancy in Fritz Kreisler's Apple Blossoms with Concert Operetta Theater in Philadelphia, and the soprano soloist in Beethoven's Missa Solemnis with the North Carolina Master Chorale.​ 
​​She "accomplished feats of valor" in her performance of the role of Fiordiligi in Mozart's Cosi fan tutte at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. In the summer of 2010 she was a Young Artist with Cincinnati Opera, where she covered the role of Musetta in La Bohème and performed with Denyce Graves in their 90th Anniversary Gala, conducted by Edoardo Mueller. In 2009, she covered renowned soprano Dawn Upshaw in the role of Margarita in Osvaldo Golijov's Ainadamar at Cincinnati Opera. Recent Indiana University performances include Magda in Puccini's La Rondine, conducted by David Effron and Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare, conducted by Gary Thor Wedow, both IU Opera Theater productions.

A frequent interpreter of contemporary music, her other roles include Camelia la Tejana in the world premiere of Gabriela Ortiz's videopera ¡Únicamente la verdad!, Diana in the collegiate premiere of William Bolcom's A Wedding and Margarita Xirgu in the collegiate premiere of Ainadamar at Indiana University. Other operatic credits include the roles of Juliette in Romeo et Juliette (OperaWorks tour) and Berta in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Kentucky Opera; First Lady in Die Zauberflöte and Suor Dolcina in Suor Angelica at Northwestern University. She made her Chicago Symphony Center debut singing Countess Almaviva in a concert of opera scenes with the Apollo Chorus of Chicago.

She has performed as the soprano soloist in major concert and oratorio works, including the Britten War Requiem conducted by Robert Porco, Beethoven's Missa Solemnis with the Bloomington Chamber Singers, the Bach Magnificat in D and Handel's Ode to St. Cecilia with the Bach and Handel Chorale of Jim Thorpe, PA, and the Mozart Requiem and Handel's Judas Maccabaeus at Northwestern University

​Dewald has been the recipient of several awards including Second Place Regional Finalist (Upper Midwest Region) and District Winner (Florida and Wisconsin) in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Indianapolis Matinee Musicale Competition and a Friends of Music scholarship at Indiana University. Dewald is a native of Reading, Pennsylvania and completed her Bachelor of Music degree magna cum laude at Northwestern University.
​​​​Education
DMA: University of Michigan
MM: University of Michigan
BMus: University of Michigan

Recordings
The Dove Descending​
When In Our Music, God Is ​Glorified
The Organ Music of Gerald Near
​​​ Courses Taught
• Organ
• Chamber Ensemble
• Harpsichord
• Service Playing
• Collaborative Organ Music


Biography

Steven Egler, Professor of Organ, studied organ with the late Robert Glasgow and harpsichord with Edward Parmentier. Additional study has been with Lillian McCord, Catharine Crozier, Charles W. Ore, Quentin Faulkner, and George Ritchie. He has appeared as a soloist, collaborative musician, and clinician throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, Norway, and France, and he has performed as a member of the Shelly-Egler Flute and Organ Duo for over 35 years. His performances have been featured several times on Pipedreams, and he has performed and given workshops for eight regional and national conventions of The American Guild of Organists and the National Flute Association. He has also taught in 7 Pipe Organ Encounters sponsored by the A.G.O., and he has adjudicated various organ competitions, including the prestigious National Organ Competition in Ft. Wayne, IN. Many of his current and former students hold major church and college teaching positions throughout the U.S., and Egler has been honored by his colleagues 5 times with the Professor Merit Award at C.M.U. for his teaching, creative endeavors, and scholarly work.​ 
Throughout his career, Steven Egler has been a champion of new music and has commissioned and/or premiered around 30 compositions for organ, organ and flute, and organ and choir. Composers with whom he as collaborated include David Gillingham, Moonyeen Albrecht, Gordon Young, Austin Lovelace, Wilbur Held, Robert Powell, Charles W. Ore, and Gerald Near. He has also premiered several compositions by recent C.M.U. graduate Phillip Rice.

He has been involved with the A.G.O. in many official capacities, including the National Council on which he served as Councillor for Region V and for which he recently completed a term as Director of the A.G.O. National Nominating Committee. The Shelly-Egler Duo’s CD, The Dove Descending, is available from Summit Records, and Dr. Egler’s first solo CD, When In Our Music God is Glorified, was recorded in 1999 by Prestant Records on the 1997 Casavant organ, Opus 3756, at Central Michigan University. ​This CD is available from The Organ Historical Society. Dr. Egler’s collaboration with the late Dr. Paul Willwerth, professor of trumpet emeritus at Central Michigan University, resulted in two CD’s: Music for Trumpet and Organ (a remastering of an earlier LP recording) and Ecclesiastical Music for Trumpet and Organ (compositions by Dr. Willwerth). His most recent CD, The Organ Works of Gerald Near, was recorded by White Pine Music and is available from MorningStar Music.

An active church musician, Egler has served several churches in Illinois and Michigan for over 45 years, including his past post as Director of Music and Organist of the First Presbyterian Church, in Mt. Pleasant, and his current position as Artist in Residence at the First Congregational Church in Saginaw.
​​​​Education
MM: Michigan State University
BMus: Michigan State University

Recordings
Caught in the Act
​​​​ Courses Taught

• String Bass

Ensembles involved with
CMU Faculty Jazz Ensemble

Conspiracy Theory


Biography

Edward Fedewa serves as Instructor of Double Bass at Central Michigan University.  He is a member of the Lansing Symphony Orchestra, and serves as a mentor in the Lansing Symphony Mentor program.  Fedewa has performed in the pit orchestras of numerous Broadway shows at the Wharton Center and with the Boarshead Theater and has performed with the Moody Blues and Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra.  Fedewa has recorded with the Capitol Jazz Quartet, Shawn Wallace, Ann Elizabeth and many others.  

In addition to performing and teaching, Fedewa restores double basses at the Guarneri House in Grand Rapids.  ​

​​​​Education:
DMA: University of Illinois
MM: University of Notre Dame
BA: University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana

Personal Website

www.celloprofessor.com


​​​ Courses Taught:
• String Techniques
• Chamber Ensemble
• History Symphonic Lit
• Violoncello
• Performance Ensemble

Biography

Jamie Fiste, Associate Professor of Cello at Central Michigan University, has been an active recitalist, chamber musician, orchestral player and teacher. Solo performances include recitals in the beautiful Academy of Sciences in Budapest, Hungary, the Plymouth Chamber Music Festival in Plymouth, Massachusetts, Wisconsin Lutheran College recital series in Milwaukee, Notre Dame Alumni Series, Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan and the Ashmont Hill Chamber Music Series in Boston, Massachusetts. Chamber music performances include performances in the Maison Danoise in Paris, France and the Museu d’Història de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain. He has also performed chamber music in the Plymouth Chamber Music Festival in Massachusetts, Fontana Music Festival in Shelbyville, Michigan, the Ashmont Hill Chamber Music Series in Boston and performances at Tennessee Technological University and Michigan State University. ​ 
​​He has also appeared in recital throughout New England. He has performed chamber music with musicians from the Boston and Dallas Symphonies, Chicago String Quartet, faculty from the University of Illinois and other distinguished musicians at the Music Festival of Arkansas and Hot Springs Music Festival. Jamie Fiste is co-artistic director for the Plymouth Chamber Music Festival in Plymouth, MA and was also founding member of the Stonehill Trio, trio in residence at Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts. Dr. Fiste has been a prizewinner in the Rolland Competition, Cello Society Competition and the University of Illinois Concerto Competition. He has also been a member of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra in Providence.

​Dr. Fiste has studied with Laurien Laufman and Karen Buranskas and has participated in master classes with Janos Starker and Fritz Magg.
​ ​
​​​​Education

​​​​ Courses Taught
• Vocal Techniques I
• Voice

Biography

American tenor James Flora recently performed in the second ever American production of Strauss’s first opera, Guntram, with Washington Concert Opera to critical acclaim, where he was hailed as a tenor with “a resonant, impeccably-trained voice and fearlessness to his singing” and “first touchingly ruing the condition of his homeland…then soaring above the staff”. He will make his debut at Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly in March with Erie Chamber Opera under the baton of Matthew Kraemer. 
Mr. Flora was a Resident Artist at Pittsburgh Opera where he performed Fenton in Falstaff to critical and wide acclaim. He was described by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review to be “delightful as Fenton, a fine romantic partner” and “well cast” by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Recent seasons also saw James make his Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra debut under the baton of Gianandrea Noseda as Romeo in a Tchaikovsky duet from his unfinished opera, Romeo and Juliet. This season he made his début as Alfredo in Verdi’s La Traviata to critical acclaim described as having “a beautiful lyrical delivery” and “he was convincing and sang beautifully and dramatically.” Recently, Flora sang on the 10th Anniversary Gala for Opera on the James and performed the role of Tamino in Die Zauberflöte with Erie Chamber Orchestra.

Other recent performances include Rodolfo in La Bohème with Opera Columbus, Laurie in Adamo’s Little Women with Opera on the James, Nicias in Thaïs with Opera Company Middlebury, Don José in Carmen with Opera Theater Summerfest in Pittsburgh, Uldino in Attila with Washington Concert Opera, a Russian opera workshop in which he performed the role of Count Vaudemont in Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta, an Italian Opera Concert with the Buffalo Philharmonic, Lensky in Eugene Onegin, Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor, and Pang in Turandot at Pittsburgh Opera; Gastone in La Traviata at Glimmerglass Opera; Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Tamino in The Magic Flute, and Malcolm in Macbeth at Arizona Opera; and Ferrando in Cosí fan tutte with Opera New Jersey.

In May 2015, Mr. Flora is sang the tenor solos in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Alexandria Symphony in Virginia. He has performed with the Buffalo Philharmonic as a soloist on their Italian Opera Concert. He performed Schumann’s Dichterliebe as a Resident Artist with the Pittsburgh Opera, Mozart’s Solemn Vespers, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass and Bach’s CanatasBWV 61 & 147 with Saint Vincent Camerata, a Gems Concert with Arizona Opera, A Night at the Opera with the Flagstaff Symphony, and various scenes concerts with Opera New Jersey. This season he was featured as the tenor soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the SouthEastern Ohio Symphony Orchestra and in Opera on the James’ 10th Anniversary Gala.

​Mr. Flora was a Richard Tucker Music Foundation vocal competition finalist; named a Young American Artist at Glimmerglass Opera; a Studio Artist with the Arizona Opera Marion Roose Pullin Opera Studio; and a Young Artist with the Opera New Jersey Summer Festival Studio.
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Recent Scholarship

• Project Passion Exhitibion 2016
​• DesignInquiry Make/Do 2013

​​​​Education
Doctorate: Pennsylvania State University
Masters: Pennsylvania State University
Bachelors: Pennsylvania State University
​​​ Courses Taught
• Musics of the World
• Listening Experience


Biography

Sue Gamble, Associate Professor of Music Education, has taught at Central Michigan University since 1978.  She also served as chair of the department of music, 1983-1990.  She previously taught general music and choral music in grades 7-12 in central Pennsylvania.  

She has published articles in the Music Educator's Journal, the Midwest Kodály Music Education Association Bulletin and the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Bulletin of Research.  She has also reviewed elementary textbooks including The Musical Classroom and was a contributor to the book, Adolescent Literacy in the Academic Disciplines. She specializes in elementary and middle school music methods as well as in music of world cultures.  

Dr. Gamble also serves as the “on-air” host of the WCMU-FM Program “Central Stage.”​​

Recent Scholarship

Gamble has published articles in the Music Educator's Journal, the Midwest Kodály Music Education Association Bulletin and the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Bulletin of Research.  She has also reviewed elementary textbooks including The Musical Classroom and was a contributor to the book, Adolescent Literacy in the Academic Disciplines. She specializes in elementary and middle school music methods as well as in music of world cultures.

​​​​Education
Ph.D: Michigan State University
MM: University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
BMus: University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

Recordings
Double Star - The Music of David Gillingham
Flights of Fancy
Stained Glass

​​​ Courses Taught
• Composition
• Thesis

Ensembles involved with
Men's Barbershop

Biography

Dr. Gillingham has an international reputation for the works he has written for band and percussion. Many of these works are now considered standards in the repertoire. His commissioning schedule dates well into the first decade of the twenty-first century. His numerous awards include the 1981 DeMoulin Award for Concerto for Bass Trombone and Wind Ensemble and the 1990 International Barlow Competition (Brigham Young University) for Heroes, Lost and Fallen. Klavier, Sony and Summit Records have recorded Dr. Gillingham’s works.​ 
His works are regularly performed by nationally recognized ensembles including the Prague Radio Orchestra, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music Wind Ensemble, The University of Georgia Bands, North Texas University Wind Ensemble, Michigan State University Wind Ensemble, Oklahoma State Wind Ensemble, University of Oklahoma Wind Ensemble, Florida State Wind Ensemble, University of Florida (Miami) Wind Ensemble, University of Illinois Symphonic Band, Illinois State Wind Symphony, University of Minnesota Wind Ensemble, Indiana University Wind Ensemble and the University of Wisconsin Wind Ensemble. Also, nationally known artists, Fred Mills (Canadian Brass), Randall Hawes (Detroit Symphony) and Charles Vernon (Chicago Symphony Orchestra) have performed works by Dr. Gillingham. Over one hundred of his works for band, choir, percussion, chamber ensembles, and solo instruments are published by C. Alan, Hal Leonard, Southern Music, MMB, T.U.B.A, I.T.A., and Dorn.

Dr. Gillingham is a professor of music at Central Michigan University and the recipient of an Excellence in Teaching Award (1990), a Summer Fe​llowship (1991), and a Research Professorship (1995). He is a member of ASCAP and the recipient of the annual ASCAP Standard Award for Composers of Concert Music since 1996.


Recent Scholarship

 Dr. Gillingham is a professor of music at Central Michigan University and the recipient of an Excellence in Teaching Award (1990), a Summer Fe​llowship (1991), and a Research Professorship (1995).  He is a member of ASCAP and the recipient of the annual ASCAP Standard Award for Composers of Concert Music since 1996.​

​​​​Education
Ph.D: 1991, University of Utah
MME: 1986, Fort Hays State University
BA: 1983, McPherson College

Service Responsibilities
Music Education Area Coordinator
Director of Women's Chorus

Personal Website
alanjgumm.wordpress.com/

Ensembles involved with
Women's Chorus
Vocal Jazz Ensemble

​​​ Courses Taught
• Women's Chorus
• Music for Elem Classroom Teacher
• Secondary General/Choral Music Methods & Curriculum
• Intro to Music Research
• Choral Literature II
• Independent Study

Research Interests
• Theories of music teaching and conducting
• Expressive choral score study
• Multisensory vocal/choral techniques


Biography

Alan Gumm is Professor of Music Education at Central Michigan University, where his responsibiliti​es include conducting Women’s Chorus, teaching music education methods, choral literature, and graduate research courses, and observing student teachers.​ 
Gumm’s research and writing focus on music teacher/conductor effectiveness. He is the author of two of the profession’s most comprehensive theories of music instruction, described in his book Music Teaching Style and in the December 2012 Music Educators Journal article “Six Functions of Conducting.” His innovative teaching methods are further represented in his book Making More Sense of How to Sing, his “speechless rehearsal” method described in the January 2010 Choral Journal, and in articles found in the Journal of Research in Music Education, Bulletin for the Council of Research in Music Education, Music Educators Journal, Choral Journal, Visions of Research in Music Education, and Southeastern Journal of Music Education. He served as editor and contributing author to The Choral Director’s Cookbook and contributing author to The Music Director’s Cookbook, and serves on the Emerging Ensembles subcommittee charged with writing new national standards in the arts.

Dr. Gumm has been recognized with numerous awards for teaching excellence, and his Women’s Chorus was recognized in Saginaw News with comments about its “clear sound, excellent vocal technique and magnificent tuning…musical lines [that] were beautifully shaped…expressive singing at its finest.”

Dr. Gumm’s previous teaching experience includes public school choral and general music teaching in Kansas and higher education teaching at the University of Utah, Ithaca College in New York, and McPherson College in Kansas. His conducting experience includes many U.S. and European choir tours and clinics for choirs and small ensembles of all ages.

Gumm ​is a member of American Choral Directors Association, National Association of Music Education, Society for Research in Music Education, and Society for Music Teacher Education.


Recent Scholarship

Gumm, A. J. (in press). Choral music pedagogy: A survey of how ACDA members rehearse and conduct. Choral Journal, 56(10), 75-82.
​Gumm, A. J. (in press). Relationships of background experience and music teaching style with conducting functions: Career development and pedagogical implications. In J. A. Bugos (ed.), Contemporary Issues for Music Learning Across the Lifespan: Music Education and Human Development. New York: Routledge.

​​​​Education
PhD: 1999, Michigan State University
MM: 1995, Michigan State University
BM: 1991, Central Michigan University

Personal Websites
www.scottrharding.com
www.facebook.com/ironfistonline​
​​​ Courses Taught
• The Craft of Composition
• Aural Skills IV
• Composition
• Sight Sing & Ear Train 4
• Modern Compositional Styles/Tech
• Advanced Scoring

Research Interests
• Art music composition
• Performing with Great Lakes Art Music Ensemble & Iron Fist
• Music theory


Biography

Scott R. Harding is a lifelong Michigander, born in Bay City and growing up in rural small-towns Auburn and Cass City. Dr. Harding studied with award-winning band and percussion composer David R. Gillingham. Dr. Harding also studied percussion with the late Robert Hohner while at CMU, and was a member of the legendary Robert Hohner Percussion Ensemble for five years. Following a compositional “chain-of-command,” Dr. Harding studied primarily with Gillingham’s teacher Jere Hutcheson (himself a student of the incomparable H. Owen Reed). Performing remained a strong interest for Harding while at MSU, and he studied traditional percussion with Mark Johnson as well as swing drumset and Afro-Cuban percussion with former Sun Ra and Max Roach percussionist Francisco Mora Catlett.​ 
A 3-year graduate assistantship in aural skills ignited Dr. Harding’s passion for teaching, and he stepped into his current position at CMU while completing his last year of doctoral work in 1998. As a member of the CMU School of Music faculty, Dr. Harding teaches in the core theory/aural skills area, coordinating the ear-training curriculum and working privately with composition majors. He also teaches jazz history, music appreciation and world music as part of the university-wide liberal arts regimen. Dr. Harding’s excellent teaching was acknowledged with a nomination for the 2004-2005 Excellence in Teaching Award, where he ended as a finalist.

As a composer Dr. Harding works consistently with small chamber ensembles, writing music of intricate playfulness, knotted interwoven lines and excellent craftsmanship. He has accepted commissions from colleagues both at CMU and across the country, resulting in the creation of works such as Four Short Dances , Episode I for Clarinet and Electronic Accompaniment , Birdsong, Echoes of Mackinac and Cork Pine Suite . Dr. Harding’s love of percussion is evident in the pounding rhythms of Taiko , Criss and The Summoning Of Katakhanes , as well as in the somber, lyrical strains of his homage to Robert Hohner entitled Eulogy . His music is published by C. Alan Publications of Greensboro NC.


Recent Scholarship

2015 Moskowitz, David V. (ed.), "The 100 Greatest Bands of All Time" (2 vols.), Greenwood, Santa Barbara, CA (contributing author: articles on Kiss and Devo)

Dec. 29, 2015: independent release of the single "Happy New Year" with Iron Fist (© Harding/Rule)

Oct. 4, 2015: presented a Faculty Recital in Staples Family Concert Hall, with CMU Faculty and Iron Fist performing

Aug. 4, 2015: independent release of the LP "Don't Fake It" with Iron Fist (all songs © Harding/Rule)

2015: USTPO granted ownership of the logo "Iron Fist" to Scott R. Harding/Michael J. Rule (serial #86071646)

​​​​Education

​​​ ​Courses Taught
• Viola
• Chamber Ensemble

Biography

David Holland has been with Central Michigan University since 2009 and has been Instructor of Viola at the Interlochen Center for the Arts since 1973. 

He began training with his father in Toledo, Ohio. He then studied at the Indiana University School of Music and the Ohio University School of Music. He is a founding member of the Aurora Quintet and has performed with the New World, Stradivari and Interlochen string quartets. While serving as the resident violist, coordinator of the string chamber music curriculum, and conductor of the string orchestra at Interlochen, Mr. Holland has held visiting professorshi​ps at the University of Iowa, Ohio University, and South Dakota State University. He has had summer faculty appointments at the University of Wisconsin-Superior, the University of Iowa, Louisiana State University, Ithaca College, and Southern Methodist University. 

He is currently on the faculty at the Quartet Program located at Bucknell University in Lewisberg, PA. Recently he presented viola master classes at the University of Michigan, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and the Eastman School of Music.​

​​​​Education
MM (Theory): 2009, Michigan State University
BM (Performance): 2007, Shenandoah University

​​​​ Courses Taught
Music Theory I
• Music Theory II
• Supplemental Theory
• Ear Training I
• Ear Training II
• Contemporary Music Analysis
•​ Music and the Mind


Research Interests
• Music Perception & Cognition
• Schenkerian Analysis
• Transformational Theory
• Music Theory Pedagogy                      

Biography

​Jennifer Kitchen, Lecturer of Music Theory, joined the CMU faculty in 2012, teaching undergraduate courses in theory and ear training. Prior to CMU, she served as adjunct faculty at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music teaching courses in the psychology of music and as a graduate teaching assistant in music theory and ear training at the University of Cincinnati and Michigan State University. ​ 
​​Professor Kitchen’s research interests include music perception and cognition, Schenkerian analysis, transformational theory, and music theory pedagogy. Her paper titled “’Schenkerian Analysis is Architecture’: Enhancing the Understanding of Metaphors in Music Theoretical Language Through the Study of Neural Processes” was presented at the 2012 meeting of the Music Theory-Musicology Society in Cincinnati, OH. Other professional organizations include the Society for Music Theory, Music Theory Midwest, the College Music Society, and Kappa Kappa Psi. She has also served on the editorial board for the Music Research Forum at the University of Cincinnati.

Recent Scholarship

Nomination for a Central Michigan University Teaching Excellence Award (2016)

“’Schenkerian Analysis is Architecture’: Enhancing the Understanding of Metaphors in Music Theoretical Language Through the Study of Neural Processes” - Presented at the 2012 Music Theory-Musicology Society conference in Cincinnati, OH.

​​​​Education
MM: Michigan State University
BMus: Michigan State University

Recordings
Caught in the Act
Conspiracy Theory

​​ Courses Taught
• Jazz Piano

Ensembles involved with
CMU Faculty Jazz Ensemble


Biography

Jeff Kressler has been an active jazz pianist and arranger for many years. He received his B.M. and M.M. from Michigan State University, and has contributed dozens of arrangements to the libraries of both the Spartan Marching Band and the Jazz Ensemble. He has also written arrangements for the Lansing & Flint Symphony Orchestras in addition to bands at several universities and high schools throughout the nation. In addition, he has many original compositions and arrangements published by Watchdog Music. He has also performed with many of the top jazz artists in Michigan, and has played with both the Woody Herman and Jimmy Dorsey Orchestras. While at Michigan State Jeff was one of Leonard Falcone’s euphonium students, and is now on the board of directors of the Leonard Falcone International Tuba/Euphonium competition held at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp every summer.

Jeff is a retired high school band director of DeWitt Public Schools, a former director of the Alma College Jazz Ensemble, and is currently in his 12th year as the Jazz Keyboard instructor at Central Michigan University.​​

​​​​Education
DMA: 2012, University of Nevada, LA
MM: 2003, University of Cincinnati
BA: 1999, Florida State University

Service Responsibilities
Chairwoman, Music Theater Council

Personal Website
soundcloud.com/latoya-lain-soprano/vissi-darte-tosca-puccini​
​​​ ​Courses Taught (cont.)
• Private Individual Vocal Study
• Musical Director for Fall Musical
• Techniques for Singing Actor

Research Interests
• History & Performance Practices of Classical Arranged Negro Spirituals
• Diversity on the Operatic & Musical Theatre Stage                      


Biography

Dr. LaToya Lain, a native of New Orleans, Louisiana, is a former Assistant Professor of Vocal Music at Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama and has also served on the faculties of New York University, Alabama A&M University, and Medgar Evers College-City University of New York. Dr. Lain’s rich soprano voice has afforded her the opportunity to perform throughout the United States and internationally. She has graced the stages of Africa, Europe, and South America, performing such roles as the title role of Carmen, Zita in Gianni Schicchi, Dame Quickly in Falstaff, Baba in The Medium, and Tituba in The Crucible. She was the requested soloist to sing The National Anthem for President Barack Obama during his 2012 campaign visit to Nevada. She also recently performed as the mezzo soloist in Bob Jones University’s performance of The Verdi Requiem. One reviewer remarked, “the guest singers did a marvelous job…I’m particularly biased toward the mezzo-soprano, who was extremely classy and had a wonderfully rich voice.”​ ​ 
Her awards include Encouragement Awards from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and the Gerda Lissner Foundation Scholarship Competition in New York City. She has received both first and second places in the National Association of Teachers for Singing Vocal Competitions and earned a full scholarship to attend the International School of the Performing Arts in Pennsylvania. In addition to being an effective voice teacher, one of her ministries is to continue to promote and preserve the art of the Negro Spiritual, and to that end, she has performed and recorded with The Moses Hogan Chorale and is currently a touring member of The American Spiritual Ensemble.​
​​​​Education
Ph.D: 1992, Northwestern University
MM: 1982, Northwestern University
BME: University of Missouri-St. Louis

Service Responsibilities
School of Music Director
CCFA Dean's Advisory Council
Council of Chairs
Music Council Chair
Curriculum, Graduate, & Opus Committees
NASM Site Evaluator

​​​ Courses Taught
• Intro to Music Research
• Curriculum Design in Music Ed

Research Interests
• Faculty Evaluation
• Teacher Effectiveness
• Arts Education Policy
• Research Methodology

Biography​

Randi L'Hommedieu joined Central Michigan University in 1999 as director of the School of Music and professor of music education. Dr. L’Hommedieu worked for ten years as a free-lance musician in St. Louis, New York, and Chicago, and taught instrumental music at John Burroughs School in St. Louis from 1978-1981. Prior to assuming his present position, Dr. L'Hommedieu was professor and head of the department of music at Mississippi State University. He has also held teaching and administrative posts at the University of Oregon and Northwestern University. ​ 
His research interests focus on faculty evaluation, teacher effectiveness, arts education policy, and research methodology. His publications include articles, reviews, and book chapters in the Journal of Educational Psychology, Instructional Evaluation and Faculty Development, Higher Education Research and Development, Music Educators Journal, Journal of Music Teacher Education, and the Handbook of Research on Music Teaching and Learning. Dr. L’Hommedieu has served on the executive ​boards of the Oregon, Mississippi, and Michigan Music Educators Associations. From 1990-1998 he was a member of the Editorial Committee of the Journal of Music Teacher Education. He served from 1998-2002 on the Executive Committee of the Society for Music Teacher Education and as national chair of the Society from 1998 to 2000. From 2003-2008 he was founding chair of the Michigan Music Conference, a state-wide K-16 school music in-service conference. He was named the 2003 “Outstanding Arts Administrator of the Year” by ArtServe Michigan, the state affiliate of the Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education, received the 2009 Award of Merit from the Michigan Music Educators Association, and was designated the 2010 Alumni of the Year by the University of Missouri-St. Louis College of Fine Arts and Communication. He is currently an institutional accreditation site evaluator for the National Association of Schools of Music and serves on the board of directors for the Midland Center for the Arts and Michigan Music Educators Association.​ ​


Recent Scholarship

Dr. L'Hommedieu's publications include articles, reviews, and book chapters in the Journal of Educational Psychology, Instructional Evaluation and Faculty Development, Higher Education Research and Development, Music Educators Journal, Journal of Music Teacher Education, and the Handbook of Research on Music Teaching and Learning.

​​​​Education
DMA (Trombone Performance): 1988, Arizona State University
MM (Trombone Performance): 1984, Youngstown State University
BS (Music Education): 1980, Clarion University of Pennsylvania

Service Responsibilities
Instrumental Area Coordinator
Faculty Association Representative
Music Executive Council

Recordings
A New Beginning
Caught in the Act
Conspiracy Theory


​​​​ Courses Taught: ​
• Jazz: An American Art Form
• Listening Experience
• Applied Trombone
• Chamber Ensemble
• Trombone Choir

Research Interests
• Early Jazz History
• Trombone History
• Trombone Pedagogy

Ensembles involved with
• Trombone Choir

• CMU Faculty Jazz Ensemble​​​​​​​​​​


Biography

Dr. Robert Lindahl, professor of music, teaches applied trombone, brass pedagogy, and jazz studies for Central Michigan University. He also directs the CMU Trombone Choir (which was selected to perform at the Michigan Music Conference in January 2009), Jazz Bone - the CMU jazz trombone ensemble, and coaches brass quintets and trombone quartets. He is an artist and educational consultant for Selmer Bach Musical Instruments and has served as guest clinician and performer throughout the United States. He has played regularly with the CMU Faculty Jazz Combo, the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, the Central Michigan Faculty Brass Quintet, CMU Graduate Trombone Quartet, The Michigan Jazz Trails Big Band, and the River Raisin Ragtime Revue. He served as principal trombonist with the Midland Symphony Orchestra from 1993-2003. He has also performed with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra, Bay City Bijou Orchestra, Saginaw Bay Symphony, Traverse City Symphony Orchestra and the Lansing Symphony Big Band. He has also appeared with Summit Brass, Wayne Newton, the Henri Busse Orchestra, Patti Page, Dave Brubeck, The New Rat Pack, The Harry James Orchestra, The Four Tops, Natalie Cole, the Bill Tole Orchestra, Johnny Mathis, Bobby Vinton, The Temptations, Kansas, Robert Goulet, Aretha Franklin, Bernadette Peters, Doc Severinson, Don Rickles, Walt Disney World on Ice, the Ice Capades, and Rudolph Nureyev. ​ 
​​Lindahl served as the National Music Advisor for Delta Omicron Professional Music Fraternity from 2006-2009 and has been Chapter Adviser for the Delta Iota Chapter since 1995. He has served as the Chair of the National Finance Committee for Delta Omicron since 2009. He remains an active member of the International Trombone Association. He adjudicates regularly for the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association and his chief interests include research in early jazz history and trombone pedagogy. In 1998, Lindahl was recognized by Central Michigan University's Mortar Board organization as an outstanding faculty and in 1999, he received the "Excellence in Teaching" award from CMU. He holds degrees from Clarion University of Pennsylvania, Youngstown State University, and Arizona State University. His trombone teachers have included Gail E. Wilson, Mike Crist, Vern Kagarice, Dean Farnham, and Frank Bolte.

In addition to his duties at CMU, Dr. Lindahl enjoys serving as faculty sponsor and advisor for the Delta Iota Chapter of Delta Omicron. He was a member of the board of directors of Art Reach of Mid Michigan from 1993-1998. He received the Michigan Campus Compact Faculty/Staff Award for Service Learning in 1995 for his work with academic related service learning. In 1996, Lindahl was a finalist for the Governor's Community Service Award and in 1999 was named "Volunteer of the Year" by Art Reach of Mid Michigan for his work with community music programs. In 1997, the CMU Activities Board presented him with an outstanding advisor award for service to Delta Omicron Professional Music Fraternity. In 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, and 2004 he was named "Advisor of the Year" by the International Professional Music Fraternity Delta Omicron, and in 2001, he was recognized by the Professional Fraternity Association as their "University Advisor of the Year."

Prior to employment at CMU, Dr. Lindahl served as band director for the Titusville, PA Area Schools from 1980-85, and director of bands at Eastern New Mexico University from 1987-92, where he also served as assistant director of the School of Music from 1989-92.


Recent Scholarship

"An American Original". River Raisin Ragtime Revue Live in Concert.  Ann Arbor, MI: R4 Recordings, 2015.

"Animal Fair". River Raisin Ragtime Revue. William Pemberton, Director. Ann Arbor, MI: R4 Recordings, 2013.

“Conspiracy Theory: Music of Robbie Smith”, CMU Fac Jazz, 2010.

“Caught in the Act: Music of Robbie Smith”, CMU Fac Jazz,  2007.

Lindahl, Robert, ed. Les Toreadors. Carmen Suite No. 1 by Georges Bizet. Arr. for 12 Trombones. Denton, TX: KBE, 2012.

Lindahl, Robert, ed. Les Dragons d’Alcala. Carmen Suite No. 1 by Georges Bizet. Arr. for 12 Trombones. Denton, TX: KBE, 2012.

​​​​Education
MM (Performance & Pedagogy)
BA (Piano Performance & Pedagogy): Clarke College, Iowa

​​​​ Courses Taught
• Listening Experience

 

Biography

Susan Lindahl served as K-6 music instructor for the Dora Consolidated School system in Dora, New Mexico, and from 1987-1992 was on the faculty at Eastern New Mexico University where she taught class piano, private piano, and served as staff accompanist.  Since 2002 she has been a member of the faculty in the School of Music at Central Michigan University.

Mrs. Lindahl is a member of the Music Teachers National Association, Michigan Music Teachers Association, and the Midland Music Teachers Association.  She serves as an adjudicator for MMTA Student Achievement Testing, MMTA District Semi-Finals, and for MSBOA District and State Finals.  She is actively involved as an accompanist in the area and performs regularly with her husband, Dr. Robert Lindahl, Professor of Trombone, at CMU. 

Mrs. Lindahl has worked as a consultant for both Mc-Graw Hill and Connect4Education and is currently a Digital Faculty Consultant for Mc-Graw Hill.  She also maintains a private piano studio in Mt. Pleasant, MI.​

​​​​Education
DMA: University of Kansas
Piano diploma: Oporto Conservatory of Music, Portugal

Recordings
Fantasias Brasileiras​
Stained Glass ​
Valsas Brasileiras: The Brazilian Waltzes of Francisco Mignone - Volume I
Valsas Brasileiras: The Brazilian Waltzes of Francisco Mignone - Volume II
​​​​ Courses Taught
 Piano
• Piano Class IV

Personal Website

www.mascolo-david.com



Biography

Alexandra Mascolo-David, Portuguese pianist has performed and led workshops and master classes in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. She has given solo recitals in Brazil, China, Hungary, Italy, Portugal, Poland, Spain, and in the United States, including a New York debut recital at Carnegie Hall in May 2004, which was highly acclaimed by the press. She has appeared as a soloist with orchestras in Peru and the USA, and has completed five years of engagements with the Orpheus Piano Trio of Central Michigan University. Her other collaborative performances have included concerts at the Fontana Chamber Arts Summer Festival in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and with Brazilian pianist Rúbia Santos, with whom she founded the Belle Donne Piano Duo. She has also recorded a compact disc of Latin American music for piano and cello with the First Prize Laureate of the Ninth Sphinx National Competition, cellist Gabriel E. Cabezas, for the White Pine Music recording label.​ 
​​In recent years, Ms. Mascolo-David has centered her repertoire around the evocative piano music of Portuguese and Brazilian composers, especially that of Francisco Mignone. She is in the forefront of presenting Mignone’s piano music, and her performances, especially of his “Valsas brasileiras” (Brazilian Waltzes), have been widely praised. Her compact disc recording of Volume One of the “Valsas brasileiras”, released in 2001, was praised by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: “Young Portuguese pianist Alexandra Mascolo-David’s debut disc is a treasure. . .she plays them [the waltzes] with a poetic, almost improvisatory spirit, in full command of the composer’s urbane voice…a notable disc...”, Volume 2 was released in 2007.

Ms. Mascolo-David is also committed to performing and recording works by living composers, some of whom have written and dedicated pieces to her. Most recently she performed works by American composers Daniel McCarthy, Derek Bermel, David Gillingham, Augusta Read Thomas, and David Maslanka. In November 2003, she performed Maslanka’s “Concerto No.1 for Piano, Winds, and Percussion” with the Illinois State University Wind Symphony, directed by Steve Steele, at Illinois State University. The work was recorded for the Albany Records label and released in 2005.

Ms. Mascolo-David holds a piano diploma from the Oporto Conservatory of Music, Portugal, and the doctor of musical arts in piano from the University of Kansas, where her teacher was Sequeira Costa. She has also studied with Edna Golandsky in New York City, and Joseph Gurt of Eastern Michigan University. Ms. Mascolo-David has served on the piano faculties of Iowa State University and of the Interlochen Arts Camp. She currently teaches piano at Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant. She is also the recipient of numerous prizes and awards, including the First Prize in the Piano Competition of Braga, Portugal, and the 2001 Provost’s Award for Outstanding Research and Creative Activity and the 2007 Presidents’ Award for Research and Creative Activity, both from Central Michigan University. Also in 2007, Ms. Mascolo-David received a Research Excellence Grant from Central Michigan University in the amount of $95,000 to record Francisco Mignone’s Brazilian Fantasies for piano and orchestra with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, under Raymond Harvey, for the White Pine Music recording label.

Selected Scholarship

Mascolo-David is the recipient of numerous prizes and awards, including the First Prize in the Piano Competition of Braga, Portugal, and the 2001 Provost’s Award for Outstanding Research and Creative Activity and the 2007 Presidents’ Award for Research and Creative Activity, both from Central Michigan University.    Also in 2007, Ms. Mascolo-David received a Research Excellence Grant from Central Michigan University in the amount of $95,000 to record Francisco Mignone’s Brazilian Fantasies for piano and orchestra with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, under Raymond Harvey, for the White Pine Music recording label.​​
​​​​Education
DM: Florida State University
MM: George Mason University
BMus: Carlos Valderrama Conservatory, Peru

Service Responsibilities
Director of Orchestral Studies

Ensembles involved with
CMU Symphony Orchestra​

​​​ Courses Taught
• Intro to Conducting
• Composition​
• Independent Study
• Performance Ensemble
• Advanced Instrumental Conducting
• Orchestra

Biography

José-Luis Maúrtua, Director of Orchestr​al Studies and Professor of Composition and Theory, joined Central Michigan University in 1999. Maúrtua studied conducting with Carlota Mestanza in Peru in 1985-86, and later continued in the US with James Croft, Paul Vermel, Leon Gregorian, and Raphael Jiménez. In 1999 and 2000, he was awarded a fellowship at the Conductors Institute of South Carolina. In addition, he participated in the 1999 orchestral conducting workshops organized by the American Symphony Orchestra League (now League of American Symphony Orchestras) with Larry Racleff and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and by the Conductors Guild with Vilem Sokol, Adrian Gnam, Murry Sidlin, and the Seattle Youth Symphony. He also attended the 1999 International Orchestral Conducting Course with Jonathan Sternberg and the Marienbad Symphony Orchestra in Czech Republic. Dr. Maúrtua had his conducting debut in Trujillo (Peru) in 1987, and returns to Peru every year as a guest conductor. ​ 
From 2003 to 2009, Dr. Maúrtua was a regular guest conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra in Lima, and from 1998 to 2010, he was artistic advisor and guest conductor at the Bach International Festival in Trujillo. In 2001, Dr. Maúrtua took students from CMU and other US schools to perform with the Chamber Orchestra of the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico in Toluca; he has also invited young musicians and faculty soloists from the U.S., Latin America, and Europe to perform yearly with the Trujillo Symphony Orchestra since 1995. After graduating from “Carlos Valderrama” Conservatory, Dr. Maúrtua taught at the same institution in 1988-89. After moving to the U.S., he taught at Bell Multicultural High School in Washington, D.C. while studying composition with Scott Martin at George Mason University. He also taught at the Columbia Institute of Fine Arts in Falls Church, VA, and as a graduate assistant at Florida State University while pursuing doctoral studies in composition with Czech composer Ladislav Kubik. Dr. Maúrtua has written music for the concert hall, dance, theater, and film.

His music has been performed in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Argentina, Peru, Czech Republic, Italy, England and China. José-Luis Maúrtua holds the doctor of music degree in composition from Florida State University, a master of music degree in composition from George Mason University, and a bachelor of music degree in composition from Carlos Valderrama Conservatory, Trujillo, Peru. He recently completed a Doctoral Degree in Orchestral Conducting at Michigan State University.
​​​​Education
MM: 1981, University of Michigan
BME: 1979, Central Michigan University

Service Responsibilities
Assistant Director, School of Music
Chair, CCFA Curriculum Committee
​​​​ Courses Taught
• Bassoon​
• Double Reed Techniques 
• Chamber Ensemble
• Instrumental Pedagogy


Biography​​

​MaryBeth Minnis has been principal bassoonist of the Saginaw Bay Orchestra since 1985 and frequently performs with the Grand Rapids Symphony and the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra. An active chamber musician she performs with the Powers Woodwind Quintet and the CMU Chamber Winds. She has performed and/or presented at the International Double Reed Society Conferences, regional CBDNA Conferences, Michigan Music Conferences, and the Midwest Band and Orchestra Conference in Chicago. Each summer she teaches at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and performs with their many faculty ensembles.

​​​​Education
MM: 2004, Central Michigan University
BME: 2002, Central Michigan University

Service Responsibilities
Percussion Arranger
Chippewa Marching Band

​​​ Courses Taught
• Percussion Techniques
• Listening Experience

Biography​

Tim Mocny is an active performer, teacher, and arranger based in mid-Michigan. At Central Michigan University, Tim teaches music appreciation and serves as the percussion arranger for the Chippewa Marching Band.

With world percussionist Mike List, Tim performs in the percussion duo To Hit, which features his marimba playing and original compositions. To Hit is currently preparing their second album, a collection of new percussion music by American composers. Tim also enjoys performing as percussionist and/or timpanist with the Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra, the Traverse Symphony Orchestra, the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra, the Midland Symphony Orchestra, and the Saginaw Eddy Concert Band. Some of Tim's recent highlights include clinics with To Hit at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago and the Michigan Music Conference in Grand Rapids, and Béla Bartók's Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion with CMU faculty Andrew Spencer, Mary Jo Cox, and Zhihua Tang. He also enjoys teaching at B's Music Shop in Mt. Pleasant, where he has a burgeoning studio of piano and drum set students.

​In his spare time, Tim enjoys long-distance running, home and auto maintena​nce, and spending time with his wife and children.


​​​Recent Scholarship

Oct. 2015 – featured soloist on G. Walker's "Up-Front Concerto" with Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra

Jul. 2014 – featured multi-percussionist on K. Blomdahl's "Dansvit no. 1" with Baroque on Beaver Festival chamber ensemble

Jan. 2013 – Michigan Music Conference (clinic, To Hit percussion duo) – Grand Rapids, MI

Dec. 20, 2012 – Midwest Clinic (clinic, To Hit percussion duo) – Chicago, IL

​​​​Education
DMA: 1999, Boston University
MM: 1995, Yale School of Music
BM: 1986, Concordia College - Moorhead, MN

Recordings
Call and Response


​​​​ Courses Taught
• Applied Trumpet
• Brass Techniques

Research Interests
• Performance

Biography

Neil Mueller, Assistant Professor of Trumpet at Central Michigan University, has enjoyed a varied career as a performing musician and music educator. He has performed concerti with the Boston Pops, Berkshire Bach Ensemble and the Boston University Symphony Orchestra as well as the Eastern Connecticut Symphony, the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony, two ensembles in which he held positions as principal trumpet. He is presently principal trumpet of Cleveland's BlueWater Chamber Orchestra. Of a recent performance of Haydn's Concerto for Trumpet with that orchestra, The Plain Dealer noted the he "struck a fine balance, displaying virtuoso flair and expressive sensitivity in equal degree. A compelling, confident figure in the outer movements, Mueller also applied sweetness to the Andante." (April 2012)​ 
​​Mueller has been an active chamber musician and, as first trumpet with the Brass Ring quintet, he concertized extensively in the United States, toured Italy and appeared in recital at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Brass Ring actively commissioned many new works for brass quintet. In addition to premiere performances of works by David Del Tredici, Joseph Schwantner and Roger Kellaway, they recorded a CD for Crystal entitled New American Classics Written for Brass Ring featuring new works by Pulitzer Prize-winning composers Del Tredici, Ned Rorem and Jacob Druckman. Mueller has also recorded a CD of new works for chamber ensemble written by the composers in the Common Sense Collective on the CRI label.

As a free-lance performer, Mueller has appeared with ensembles such as the Canton Symphony, New Haven Symphony Orchestra, Burning River Brass, the Bronx Arts Ensemble and the Hot Jazz Seven at a wide array of venues: from New York’s Carnegie Hall to the Metropolitan Museum of Art; from Cleveland’s Severance Hall to the Barking Spider Tavern. Before coming to Central Michigan, Mueller was trumpet professor at North Dakota State University. He has also taught students at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland State University, University of New Hampshire and Boston University’s Tanglewood Institute.

​Mueller’s trumpet teachers include J. Robert Hanson, Manny Laureano, William Vacchiano, Allan Dean and Roger Voisin. In addition to his work as a player and teacher of the trumpet, Mueller has published three collections of duets published by Balquhidder Music and distributed internationally by Carl Fisher. He also has considerable experience as a conductor, having conducted wind ensembles and orchestras at NDSU and serves assistant conductor of the Blue Water Chamber Orchestra.​
​​

Recent Scholarship​

​​
2016 Named Interim Assistant Principal Trumpet, Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra.
2016 Performed as soloist with the Berkshire Bach Ensemble, Vivaldi Double Trumpet Concerto.
​2015 White Pine Music released a CD entitled Call and Response featuring new works for trumpet & piano and trumpet duo, featuring Mueller, trumpeter Allan Dean, and pianist Zhihua Tang.

​​​​Education
Alverno College
Wisconsin Conservatory of Music
University of Illinois

Service Responsibilities
Director of Choral Activities
​​​ Courses Taught
• Chamber Singers
• Choral Conduct Materials
• Performance Ensemble
• Advanced Choral Conducting
• Concert Choir

Ensembles involved with
• Concert Choir
• Chamber Singers

• Festival Chorus​​​​​​​


Biography

Nina Nash-Robertson, Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities. Nina directs three choirs and teaches conducting and choral literature. Dr. Nash-Robertson has received a university award as Outstanding Faculty Member. She received her first musical training in Dublin, Ireland, where she earned awards for both singing and Irish Dancing. Upon a​rriving in the United States, she became the founding director of the award-winning Shamrock Irish Dancers. She holds degrees in Music Education, Voice, and Conducting from Alverno College, the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Illinois. Dr. Nash-Robertson taught vocal music K-12 in Wisconsin, directed the Sheboygan (Wisconsin) Oratorio Chorus, and was assistant director of the Milwaukee Symphony Chorus. She also sang with the Florentine Opera company and the Skylight Opera Company. 
At the University of Illinois, she conducted the Women’s Chorus and St. John’s Newman Center Chapel Choir. Dr. Nash-Robertson has led student and performing groups on thirteen European Tours where performing sites included Westminster Abbey, St. Peter’s Basilica, St. Patricks’s Cathedral, and the cathedrals of Notre Dame and Chartres, and has conducted in New York’s Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center.

In 2002 and 2010, she led the CMU Choir on concert tours of China with performances in Beijing, Shanghai, Xian and at the 2010 World Expo. She also taught a ten-day residency culminating in a concert at the Tienjin Conservatory.

​Dr. Nash-Robertson has conducted choirs at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and the Interlochen Center for the Arts and has served as music director of the International Invitational Choral Festival in Dublin, Ireland. She has also taught in the Bahamas, Peru, and Canada. Recently, she conducted the Faure Requiem at Shangai Expo 2010 with an American choir and Chinese orchestra and the Haydn Creation in Carnegie Hall with the New York City Chamber Orchestra and a 160-voice choir. Under her direction, Central Michigan University choirs frequently perform in regional conferences of the American Choral Directors Association and the Michigan School Vocal Music Association. Dr. Nash-Robertson is a frequent clinician and guest conductor throughout the Midwest and is Past-President of American Choral Directors Association - Michigan.​ She is the recent recipient of the Maynard Klein Award for a lifetime of excellence and leadership in the field of Choral Music.

Selected Scholarship

In 2002 and 2010, she led the CMU Choir on concert tours of China with performances in Beijing, Shanghai, Xian and at the 2010 World Expo.​

​​​​Education
MM: 1980, Michigan State University
BME: 1975, Central Michigan University

Service Responsibilities
School of Music Composition Search
Trombone Search
Jazz Weekend Committee

Recordings
A New Beginning
Caught in the Act
Conspiracy Theory
Flights of Fancy
Woodwind Echoes

​​​​ Courses Taught
• Saxophone Lessons
• Saxophone Quartets
• Saxophone Ensemble
• Woodwind Techniques Class

Research Interests
• Classical & Jazz Saxophone
• Classical & Jazz Piano
• Conducting

Ensembles involved with
• Saxophone Choir
• Eclectic Trio

• CMU Faculty Jazz Ensemble​​​​​​​​​​


Biography

​John Nichol, Professor of Saxophone, has taught at Central Michigan University since 1980. Professor Nichol has performed at the Montreaux Jazz Festival in Montreaux, Switzerland (1997), the North Sea Jazz Festival at The Hague, Netherlands (1997) and the Ford Detroit International Jazz Festival (2000, 2001, 2002). Professor Nichol has also performed by invitation at seven World Saxophone Congresses: Chicago, Illinois (1979), Nuremberg, Germany (1982), Kawasaki, Japan (1988), Valencia, Spain (1997) and Montreal, Canada (2000), Minneapolis, Minnesota (2003), St. Andrews, Scotland (2012). Nichol has recently performed with the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, the Harry James Orchestra, the Nelson Riddle Orchestra, the Lansing Symphony Big Band, the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra, the Flint Symphony Orchestra, the Saginaw Bay Orchestra and the Midland Symphony Orchestra. ​ 
Professor Nichol is an active adjudicator for the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association and has taught saxophone and coached saxophone ensembles at the Interlochen Center for the Arts Summer Camp (2005, 2006, 2007). Professor Nichol is a Yamaha Performing Artist and is Past President of the North American Saxophone Alliance.​


Recent Scholarship

Performances at World Saxophone Congress in Strasbourg, France (2015)

Performance at Sessions in New Music in Cortona, Italy (2015)

Presenting World Premieres at North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference, Lubbock, Texas (2016)

​​​​Education
• DMA (Vocal Accompanying & Coaching): 2012, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
• MM (Piano Pedagogy): 2000, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
• BM (Piano Performance): 1998, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Personal Website
caseyrobards.com
​​​ Courses Taught
• Intro to Accompanying
• Chamber Music

Research Interests
• Classical Music by African-American Composers
• Emphasis on Spirituals
• Art Song & Piano Solo
• Music & Social Activism
• Community Engagement


Biography

Pianist and vocal coach, Casey Robards is known for her artistry, versatility and sensitive musicality. Casey has given recitals with singers and instrumentalists throughout the United States, as well as Europe, Central and South America and Asia. Casey’s repertoire includes art song, opera, musical theatre, gospel and popular vocal music, standard solo instrumental repertoire, and vocal or piano arrangements of the Negro spiritual. She is a founding member of the KO Trio (with Donna Shin, flute and Ji Yon Shim, cello) and the Patterson Piano Duo.​ 
​​2015-2016 engagements include recitals across the United States with Ollie Watts Davis, LaToya Lain, Cherry Duke, Nathaniel Hackmann, Andrew Pelletier, Hai Xin Wu, Fangye Sun, Carrie Pierce, Donna Shin, the Songfest Professional Development Program for College Teachers; an engagement with the Alma Symphony playing the Rachmaninoff 2nd Piano Concerto and numerous instrumental and vocal faculty recitals at Central Michigan University where Dr. Robards is currently a Lecturer in Collaborative Piano. In benefit recitals with mezzo soprano, Cherry Duke, Casey is fundraising for Musicambia, a non-profit organization that creates music conservatories in prisons.

Dr. Robards is Director of Collaborative Piano at the Bay View Music Festival where she has been a faculty artist/vocal coach since 2008. Prior appointments include positions with Indianapolis Opera (Resident Pianist/Coach), Indiana University (Collaborative Piano/Voice Faculty; opera coach), and Oberlin Conservatory (Postdoctoral Collaborative Pianist).

Casey was a Tanglewood Fellow in 2004 and 2005 and recipient of the Henri Kohn Memorial Award. She has earned degrees in Piano Performance, Piano Pedagogy and Vocal Coaching and Accompanying from the University of Illinois where she was awarded a Thomas J. Smith Scholarship, the Fern and John Armstrong Award and the Nancy Kennedy Wustman Memorial Accompanying Award and was principal musician for the University of Illinois Black Chorus from 1998-2008. Her doctoral dissertation was on the life and music of John Daniels Carter (1932-1981). Her teachers include Kenneth Drake, Joel Shapiro, Richard Syracuse, Eric Dalheim, Kelly Hale, ​John Wustman, Gustavo Romero and William Heiles.

Recent Scholarship

Lecture Recital: John Carter (1932-1981); presented at SongFest Professional Development Program for College Teachers, Colburn School, Los Angeles, 2015

​​​​Education
PhD (Music Theory): In Progress, University of Cincinnati
MA (Music Theory): 2009, Penn State University
BM (Music Theory & Composition): 2006, Stetson University
​​​ Courses Taught
• Music Theory I & II
• Sight Singing & Ear Training I & II
• Adv Counterpoint

Research Interests
• Franz Liszt
• Late Romanticism
• Film Music
• Transformational Theory
• Performance & Analysis


Biography

Prior to joining the school of music at CMU, Jeffrey Schaeffer has previously taught music theory and musicianship at the University of Cincinnati (both as a graduate assistant as an adjunct instructor) and Penn State University as a graduate assistant. He is currently a PhD Candidate at the University of Cincinnati.


Selected Scholarship

Presentations: 

"Analyzing Liszt's Songs: A Grundgestalt and Transformational Perspective". 2016 New England Conference of Music Theorists and AMS-Northeast (Cambridge, MA). 

“Grundgestalt as Tonal Narrative: A Reading of Liszt’s ‘Il m’aimait tant!’ 2016 Great Lakes Regional Conference, College Music Society (South Bend, IN). 

“Hypermeter, Metrical Dissonance, and Metrical Ambiguity in the Waltzes of Joseph Lanner”. 2011 Music Theory Society of the Mid-Atlantic Conference (Washington, DC). 

Publications: 

“Understanding Tonal Ambiguity in Liszt’s Death Pieces.” Journal of the American Liszt Society 64 (2013): 35-62. 

“Review of Tonality and Transformation.” Music Research Forum 27 (2012): 87-91.​​


​​​​Education
MM: 1989, University of North Texas
BM: 1986, Central Michigan University

Service Responsibilities
Director of Jazz Studies

Recordings
Caught in the Act
Conspiracy Theory
​​ Courses Taught
• Chamber Ensemble
• Jazz Ensemble
• Jass Improvisation Lab
• Performance Ensemble

Ensembles involved with
• Jazz Lab
• Jazz Central

• CMU Faculty Jazz Ensemble​​​​​​​​​​​



Biography

Rob Smith, Associate Professor of Music-Jazz Studies at Central Michigan University, performed in the world-renowned One O’clock Lab Band (1986-89) and can be heard on recordings (’87, ’88, ’89). Most recently, Smith held a faculty position at The University of North Carolina-Greensboro, the Miles Davis Jazz Studies Program (2004-05). He has also taught at St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia, Canada (1991-93, 1997-98), Michigan State University (1994-97), Mott Community College (1995-97), Interlochen Arts Academy (2000) and Interlochen Jazz Camp (2010), and Central Michigan University (2000-2004). ​ 
Smith performs regularly on trumpet and saxophones as a freelance artist and has performed and recorded with several notable groups including: The Woody Herman Jazz Orchestra (worldwide concert tours), The Kirk MacDonald Quintet and the Kirk MacDonald Jazz Orchestra (Toronto), and The Steve Haines Quintet (New York). He currently performs regularly with the Detroit Jazz Festival Orchestra (2012-13), the Toledo Jazz Orchestra (2012-13), and The Masters of Music Big Band (Detroit 2011-13). In 2005 he toured with Terri Lyne Carrington, James Genus, Paul Bollenbeck, Munyungo Jackson, Mitch Forman, Nancy Wilson and Dianne Reeves in a tribute to Billie Holiday. This group performed concerts at USC, UCLA, Penn State University, Byham Theater-Pittsburgh, Chicago Symphony Hall, Carnegie Hall and The Kennedy Center. Smith has performed several times with legendary jazz drummer Jimmy Cobb and can be heard with him on “Stickadiboom - The Steve Haines Quintetfeaturing JimmyCobb” (ZOHO Music-2008). He has also recorded with: The Kirk MacDonald Jazz Orchestra-“Family Suite” and “Deep Shadows”, The Masters of Music Big Band -“Music of Stan Kenton live featuring Peter Erskine”, The Woody Herman Jazz Orchestra-“Live at Ronnie Scott’s in London” (NYJAM-1999), The Larry Nozero Quintet-“Live at the Montreaux-Detroit Jazz Festival” (2000), The Kirk MacDonald Septet-“New Beginnings” (Radioland Music-1999), The Steve Haines Quintet-“Beginner’s Mind” (Artist House Records-2004), The Maritime Jazz Orchestra featuring Kenny Wheeler-“Now and Now Again” (Justin Time-1998), The Terry Lower Quintet -“Step By Step” (2005), The Jim Cooper Quintet -“Itchin’ To Groove” (2004), as well as several recordings with his quartet, Mind’s Eye. Smith performed and recorded with the Kirk MacDonald Jazz Orchestra in Toronto (2010), and has recorded two ​cd’s of his own compositions with the Central Michigan University Faculty Jazz Sextet entitled, “Caught In The Act” (White Pine Music-2007) and “Conspiracy Theory” (White Pine Music-2010​).

Smith has performed in concerts with many notable jazz artists, including: Rufus Reid, Randy Brecker, David Liebman, Bob Berg, Adam Nussbaum, Joe Morello, Frank Tiberi, Cyrus Chestnut, Buddy DeFranco, Marcus Belgrave, George Benson, Phil Markowitz, Phil Woods, Rodney Whitaker, Mulgrew Miller, Kareem Riggins, Jon Faddis, Frank Foster, Jerry Fuller, Ira Sullivan, Neil Swainson, Pat LaBarbara, Lorne Lofsky, Kenny Wheeler, John Taylor, Xavier Davis, Charles Earland, Jimmy Smith, Jack McDuff, Jeff Hamilton, Terri Lyne Carrington, Bob Mintzer, Arturo Sandoval, Larry Carlton, Wallace Roney, Jimmy Cobb, Dianne Reeves, Nancy Wilson, Lew Tabackin,, Jerry Bergonzi, Steve Wilson, Walter White, Peter Erskine and many others. He has performed at concert venues and jazz festivals in England, Scotland, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Turkey, Italy, France, Spain, Canada and the United States.


Selected Scholarship

Smith performs regularly on trumpet and saxophones as a freelance artist and has performed and recorded with several notable groups including:  The Woody Herman Jazz Orchestra (worldwide concert tours), The Kirk MacDonald Quintet and the Kirk MacDonald Jazz Orchestra (Toronto), and The Steve Haines Quintet (New York).   He currently performs regularly with the Detroit Jazz Festival Orchestra (2012-13), the Toledo Jazz Orchestra (2012-13), and The Masters of Music Big Band (Detroit 2011-13).  In 2005 he toured with Terri Lyne Carrington, James Genus, Paul Bollenbeck, Munyungo Jackson, Mitch Forman, Nancy Wilson and Dianne Reeves in a tribute to Billie Holiday.  This group performed concerts at USC, UCLA, Penn State University, Byham Theater-Pittsburgh, Chicago Symphony Hall, Carnegie Hall and The Kennedy Center. ​

​​​​Education
DMA: Eastman School of Music
MM: Northwestern University
BM: Northwestern University

Recordings
Caught in the Act
Conspiracy Theory
Slender Beams Percussion Music
Woodwind Echoes

​​​ Courses Taught
• Percussion Ensemble
• Percussion
• Band

Ensembles involved with
Percussion Ensemble
Eclectic Trio
CMU Faculty Jazz Ensemble

Website
spectrumbrass.com


Biography

Andrew Spencer currently holds the position of Professor of Percussion at Central Michigan University. An active recitalist and clinician, he has performed as a soloist in the United States, Poland, Japan, Canada, and Costa Rica. In 1999, he released “Slender Beams,” a recording that features works by composer Dave Hollinden. Spencer has also premiered works by David Gillingham, Mark Polishook, Samuel Adler, Robert May and Henry Gwiazda among others. ​ 
Equally experienced in orchestral performance, Dr. Spencer is timpanist with the Lansing Symphony Orchestra, and Principal Percussionist for the Midland Orchestra. Additional positions have included timpanist/principal percussionist with the Yakima Symphony Orchestra, Cascade Festival Orchestra, Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra and Fargo-Moorhead Civic Opera Company. He has performed with the Oregon Symphony, Spokane Symphony, and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. In addition, he has performed with numerous chamber ensembles throughout the United States, and plays drum set with the CMU Faculty Jazz Ensemble with whom he has recorded two CDs, “Caught In The Act” and “Conspiracy Theory”.

Dr. Spencer studied with Dr. Terry Applebaum at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois and John Beck at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York​. In addition, Eastman granted Dr. Spencer the coveted performer’s certificate as a percussion soloist.
“Spencer’s energy put the piece in overdrive.”


Recent Scholarship

Equally experienced in orchestral performance, Dr. Spencer is timpanist with the Lansing Symphony Orchestra, and Principal Percussionist for the Midland Orchestra. Additional positions have included timpanist/principal percussionist with the Yakima Symphony Orchestra, Cascade Festival Orchestra, Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra and Fargo-Moorhead Civic Opera Company. He has performed with the Oregon Symphony, Spokane Symphony, and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. In addition, he has performed with numerous chamber ensembles throughout the United States, and plays drum set with the CMU Faculty Jazz Ensemble with whom he has recorded two CDs, “Caught In The Act” and “Conspiracy Theory”. ​

​​​​Education
DME: 1988, University of Cincinnati
MME: 1978, University of Kansas
BME: 1972, Wheaton College

Research Interests
• Elementary Music
• Special Learners
• Curriculum

Service Responsibilities
Graduate Coordinator
​​​ Courses Taught
• Music for Elem Classroom Teacher
• Music Educ in Elementary Grades
• Continuing Reg Final Research Project
• Curriculum Design in Music Educ
• Performance Ensemble
• Research Proj Music Education
• Thesis
• Recital


Biography

Daniel Steele, professor of Music Education and Graduate Coordinator for the School of Music, has been on the faculty at Central Michigan University since 1983. He specializes in preschool, elementary, and middle school music methods. Dr. Steele previously taught K-6 general music for eight years in Ohio, and is a past president of the Michigan Music Educators Association and is currently a region representative on the MMEA board. ​ 
​​He received the Music Educator of the Year award from MMEA in 2007, an Award of Merit for service to music education from MMEA in 2015, and a CMU Excellence in Teaching Award in 2008. He was the Board Chair of the Michigan Youth Arts Association from 2008-15 and Past President of the Board of VSA arts of Michigan. He has been published in the Bulletin of Historical Research in Music Education, The Michigan Music Educator, and recently published the third edition of an elementary methods textbook and accompanying website entitled Music Is Fundamental: Fundamentals and Methods for Elementary Music. He has presented sessions at the Michigan Music Conference, the Michigan Music Education in-service conference as well as at the Alma Conference and the summer workshop at Michigan State University.

​Dr. Steele was designated by the National Association for Music Education as a Lowell Mason Fellow in 2012 for distinguished service to the music education profession.


Recent Scholarship

2016 Steele, D. Music Is Fundamental: Fundamentals & Methods for Elementary Music. 3rd edition, Kendall/Hunt, Dubuque, IA.

2012 Steele, D. Designated as a Lowell Mason Fellow for Distinguished Service to Music Education by the National Association for Music Education.

2008 Steele, D. Excellence in Teaching Award, CMU.

​​​​Education
DMA (Violin Performance): 2012, Michigan State University
MM (Violin Performance): 2006, Michigan State University
BA (Violin Performance): 2002, Xi'an Conservatory of Music, China

Service Responsibilities
Coordinator for the Graduate String Quartet

Personal Website
www.fangyesun.com
​​​ ​Courses Taught
• Applied Violin Lessons
• Upper String Techniques
• Chamber Music

Research Interests
• Multicultural musical elements in violin repertoire
• Music by Chinese & Chinese-American composers


Biography

An avid performing artist and prizewinner, China-born Violinist Fangye Sun has concertized throughout Asia and North America, appearing as a soloist with numerous orchestras, and performed in prestigious concert venues such as Suntory Hall, Victory Symphony Hall, Benaroya Hall, and Hong Kong Cultural Center. Featured in the Asian Youth Orchestra, Pacific Music Festival, National Repertory Orchestra, Pine Mountain Music Festival, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, Leelanau Music Festival and Lansing Symphony Chamber Series, she has collaborated with renowned musicians including Ralph Votapek, Carl Topilow, Stephan Picard, Yuri Gandelsman, Suren Bargatuni, and members of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble. A seasoned orchestral musician, she plays with the Grand Rapids Symphony as a member of the violin section and has served as Concertmaster of Lansing Symphony, Jackson Symphony, Southwest Michigan Symphony, Michigan State University Symphony, and National Repertory Orchestra, among others. ​ 
​​Dr. Sun joined the Central Michigan University faculty in 2013. Prior to moving to the United States, she was Assistant Professor of Violin at Xi’an Conservatory of Music in China where she was the recipient of the Distinguished Young Faculty Award in 2003. During the summers, she teaches at Bay View Music Festival as well as performs and presents master classes at Universities and Conservatories in China. Her recent teaching engagements include masterclasses and recitals at California State University, University of South Dakota, Zhejiang Conservatory of Music, Xi’an Conservatory of Music, Shandong University, and Qufu Normal University. A dedicated and passionate pedagogue, her students have been named prize winners at international music competitions, made solo appearances with orchestras, performed in Carnegie Hall, and won full-scholarships to attend prestigious music festivals. Alumni of her studio can be found in major orchestras in China as well as in undergraduate and graduate programs in the U.S., Germany, and Singapore. Her interest in multicultural musical elements has led to her CD recording project featuring both traditional and newly commissioned works by Chinese composers, which will be released by the end of 2016 on White Pine Music.

Her early violin training started at the age four with her father. After winning the gold medal at the “Gao Hua” Chinese Youth Violin Competition at the age of eleven, she has won several prizes and been recognized internationally with the Best Performance Prize at the 7th Chinese National Youth Violin Competition, the Bronze Medal at the 3rd Chinese National “Golden Bell Award” Violin Competition, and Second Prize at the Marquette Symphony Young Artist Competition. Additionally, she was named winner of the Michigan State University Honors Concert Competition.

Sun's mentors include Walter Verdehr and Yaoji Lin. During her studies, she had further opportunities to work with the Julliard String Quartet, David Kim, Alice Schoenfeld, Charles Dutoit and Valery Gergiev. Her live performances and media appearances have been broadcasted on Blue Lake Public Radio, Colorado Public Radio, WCMU, WKAR, WDIY, WLNS, and Hanzhong TV Station.

Selected Scholarship

CMU Faculty Research and Creativity Endeavors Research Grant C. “Chinese Images-CD recording project.” 10/2015

“The Block” Chamber Series at West Michigan Symphony and Michigan State University. World Premier performances of Mr. Daniel Tressel's Trio Rustico for Violin, Clarinet and Piano with Johnathan Holden (FSU) and Casey Robards (CMU). 10-11/2015

Master class and recitals at Zhejiang Conservatory of Music, Xi'an Conservatory of Music, Shandong University, Wehai and Qufu Normal University in China. 5/2015

​​​​Education
Florida State University
University of Illinois
Ohio State University

Recordings
Southern Salute: Southern Songs & Spirituals

​​​ Courses Taught
• Voice
• Techniques for Singing Actor

Ensembles involved with
Opera

Biography​

​​​​Dr. Eric Hoy Tucker, basso-cantante, is the son of second-generation coal miners from Fairmont, W.Va. His musical mentors are Janice Harsanyi, André Thomas, and John Wustman. Dr. Tucker has appeared as bass soloist with regional symphony orchestras across the country in works such as Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and St. John Passion, Fauré’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Creation, Saint-Saëns’ Christmas Oratorio, Beethoven’s Mass in C, Mozart’s Requiem, and Rossini’s Stabat Mater. Dr. Tucker made his Carnegie Hall debut in May 2013 as soloist in Haydn’s Creation with the New York City Chamber Orchestra. Tucker was featured as the bass soloist for the 2010 World’s Fair’s presentation of the Fauré Requiem in Shanghai, China. 
​​During the summer of 2012, Tucker was an Artist in Residence for Il Corso Estivo per Giovani Cantante Lirici, a Young Artist Apprentice program for opera in Sant’Angelo in Vado, Italy. While there, he sang performances of leading roles in Don Pasquale, Le Nozze di Figaro, L’Incoronazione di Poppea, and Il Viaggio del Reims in performances throughout Tuscany. Additionally, he taught master classes and performed in recital in Shanghai. Tucker has twice appeared as a soloist with the International Bach Festival in Trujillo, Peru. Tucker’s operatic portrayals include the major roles of Mozart, Puccini, Britten, Gilbert & Sullivan, Friml, and Ibert.

Tucker has been teaching at the collegiate level for the past fifteen years. Tucker’s students have gone on to appear with opera companies throughout the country including: Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Opera Carolina, Opera Columbus, Virginia Opera, Sarasota Opera, Arizona Opera, Opera Delaware, Merola Young Artist Program, Brevard Music Center, Pine Mountain Music Festival, and The Ohio Light Opera. His students have also been highly successful in musical theatre. His students are performing leading roles on Broadway as well as in National tours of “Beauty and the Beast” and “Les Miserables” in addition to regional musical theatre productions and cruise lines.

​Tucker’s students have gone on to pursue grad​uate degrees in music at institutions such as Florida State University, Eastman School of Music, The University of Michigan, Westminster Choir College, The Ohio State University, and The University of Minnesota. At Central Michigan University, Dr. Tucker, Professor of Voice and Opera, serves as the Coordinator of the Vocal/Choral area, teaches Vocal Techniques, and directs the Opera program as well as Applied Voice.

Selected Scholarship

Dr. Tucker has appeared as bass soloist with regional symphony orchestras across the country in works such as Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and St. John Passion, Fauré’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Creation, Saint-Saëns’ Christmas Oratorio, Beethoven’s Mass in C, Mozart’s Requiem, and Rossini’s Stabat Mater.  Dr. Tucker made his Carnegie Hall debut in May 2013 as soloist in Haydn’s Creation with the New York City Chamber Orchestra. Tucker was featured as the bass soloist for the 2010 World’s Fair’s presentation of the Fauré Requiem in Shanghai, China. During the summer of 2012, Tucker was an Artist in Residence for Il Corso Estivo per Giovani Cantante Lirici, a Young Artist Apprentice program for opera in Sant’Angelo in Vado, Italy. While there, he sang performances of leading roles in Don PasqualeLe Nozze di FigaroL’Incoronazione di Poppea, and Il Viaggio del Reims in performances throughout Tuscany. 

​​​​Education
MM: 1985, Northwestern University
BA: 1983, Mount Holyoke College

Service Responsibilities
Member of the Library Committee
ICE Committee
SOM Graduate Committee

Personal Website
www.tracywatsonmezzo.com


​​​​ Courses Taught
• Voice
• Voice Pedagogy
• Song Literature

Research Interests
• Voice Pedagogy                       

Biography

Tracy Watson, mezzo-soprano, is a prolific performer known for the depth and beauty of her voice, as well as her interpretive skills. Praised for her versatility, Ms. Watson is equally at home on the opera and concert stage. She began her career in Chicago as a member of the prestigious Lyric Opera Center for American Artists after earning her Master of Music degree from Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Arts from Mount Holyoke College. Her career took her to Germany where, at her first house audition, she was immediately engaged to sing the role of Dorabella in Mozart's Cosi fan tutte by the Staedtische Buehnen Dortmund. This led to her first Niklaus in Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffmann. While living in Europe, she was fest at the Theater Oberhausen, where she sang such diverse roles as Cherubino, Stefano and Mrs. Cratchit in the German premiere of Thea Musgrave's A Christmas Carol. This production was later featured at the opening night of the Nordrhein-Westfalen Festival of New German Theater at the Stadttheater Aachen.​ 
​​After returning to the United States, Ms. Watson sang regularly with Chicago Opera Theater in roles such as Hansel, and Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia. She has sung with Whitewater Opera, Madison Opera, Hawaii Opera Theater and Portland Opera, where she received rave reviews as the Secretary in Menotti's The Consul. Ms. Watson is known for her ability to sing a wide range of roles from pants roles to the fiery Carmen, and Musetta from La Boheme.

Ms. Watson is a prolific concert performer, having sung concert repertoire and recitals in Europe and the United States. She has performed many times with the Grant Park Symphony with such conductors as Carlos Kalmar, Zdenek Macal, Hugh Wolff, Jesus Lopez-Cobos and Christof Perick. She performed the alto solos in Handel's Messiah with Musica Sacra at Carnegie​ Hall, as well as with numerous orchestras and the Apollo Chorus at Chicago's Symphony Center. She sang in the American premiere of Britten's The World of the Spirit and Karl Jenkin's The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace and Requiem, all at Carnegie Hall. She has sung with Music of the Baroque, Princeton Pro Musica, the South Bend Symphony, the Bach Society of St. Louis, the Virginia Concert, the Richmond Symphony (Indiana and Virginia), I Virtuosi Pragensis (Prague, Czech Republic), the European Symphony Orchestra (Barcelona, Spain), to name a few. She also sang for the Joffrey Ballet in the Dance for Life benefit concert and joined their regular season in 2008 singing Erik Satie's Cabaret Songs at the Ravinia Festival. Her repertoire covers the great oratorios, concert and vocal works from Bach to Mozart to Mahler to Verdi, and many more.

​Ms. Watson previously served as Lecturer of Voice and Opera at the Northwestern University Bienen School of Music. She began her teaching career at Chicago's well-known Old Town School of Folk Music. Ms. Watson was on the faculty at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University from 1998-2009, and at Loyola University from 1995-1999, as well as The Chicago Academy for the Arts from 1996-1998. She was on the faculty of Northwestern University's National High School Music Institute 2000-2010, where she taught studio voice as well as vocal science and health seminars. She had also taught both the Introduction and Advanced Vocal Pedagogy courses at CCPA. Her students are performing both here and in Europe, including apprenticeships with Central City, Intermezzo, Sarasota, BASOTI, La Musica Lyrica, Lucca, and the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, and with opera companies and orchestras around the world. Her students took top prize at the Chicago Regional NATS competition in 2004, 2005 and 3013. Also, in 2013 her students took first place in the FAVA Grand Concours de Chant, 2nd place in the Harold Haugh Light Opera Competition, and won the Farwell Trust Award. Ms. Watson has been a member of NATS since 1995 and served as a regional board member for two years. She was president of the Chicago Singing Teachers Guild from 2004-2006. She was also contributed to an article on vocal resonance in the December '08 issue of Classical Singer Magazine. In 2010, along with tenor William Watson and director Michael Ehrman, she co-founded the Opera Training Institute of Chicago (OpTIC), a young artists summer opera training program. She remains an active performer in both concerts and recitals.

Recent Scholarship

2015 Recording a CD named "The Poet as Muse" to be released on Centaur Records in the Fall of 2016; 2015 Sang Mrs Noah in "Noah's Flood" with Opera Grand Rapids; 2015 sang Bach's Christmas Oratorio with the Motet Choir and Chamber Choir and Orchestra of Muskegon; 2015 sang the alto solos in Messiah with the Rockford Choral Union; 2015 sang a recital called "An Autumn Journey from Schubert to Gershwin" with Music on the Hill, Marysville, Ohio​.

​​​​Education
MFA: 2003, Western Michigan University
BFA: 1999, Alma College

Website
Flute Studio

Ensembles
• Flute Choir
• Powers Woodwind Quintet
• Crescent Duo​
• Eclectic Trio


​​​​ Recordings
A New Beginning
Brementown Musicians
Clarinet Chamber Music of Alvin Etler
Flights of Fancy
Gems for Woodwind Quintet
Woodwind Echoes

Orchestras

Saginaw Bay Orchestra
Midland Symphony Orchestra


Biography

Joanna Cowan White, professor of flute at Central Michigan University, has taught at CMU since 1987. She is principal flutist for the Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra and the Midland Symphony Orchestra and performs with the Powers Quintet, Eclectic Trio, and Crescent Duo. 

Joanna White can be heard on Flights of Fancy, (Centaur Records 2603,) Bremen Town Musicians, (Centaur Records 2774,) Gems for Woodwind Quintet, (White Pine Music,) Woodwind Echoes, (White Pine Music,) and The Clarinet Chamber Music of Alvin Etler (Centaur Records.)​ 
She has performed at the National Flute Association, International Clarinet Association, and International Double Reed Society Conventions and other events in Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, California, Washington D.C.; Las Vegas, Nevada; Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico; London, England; Okaya and Kiryu, Japan; and Assisi, Italy.

White has written articles for Flute Talk, Flutist Quarterly, The Michigan State Band and Orchestra Association Journal, The Instrumentalist, the National Association of Wind and Percussion Instructors Journal and just had a flute poem published in The Flute View.

​Joanna White conducts the Central Michigan University Flute Choir, judges for the Michigan State Band and Orchestra Association, and recently served a two-year term as Secretary on the executive board of the National Flute Association. She received the bachelor of music degree from the University of Southern California, master of music degree from Northwestern University, and the doctor of musical arts degree from the University of Michigan. Her flute teachers included Walfrid Kujala, Janet Woodhams, Patricia Garside, Roger Stevens, Thomas Nyfenger, Judith Bentley, Clement Barone and Leone Buyse.


Selected Scholarship​

White has performed at the National Flute Association, International Clarinet Association, and International Double Reed Society Conventions and other events in Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, California, Washington D.C.; Las Vegas, Nevada; Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico; London, England; Okaya and Kiryu, Japan; and Assisi, Italy.

White has written articles for Flute Talk, Flutist Quarterly, The Michigan State Band and Orchestra Association Journal, The Instrumentalist, the National Association of Wind and Percussion Instructors Journal and just had a flute poem published in The Flute View.​  
White, Joanna: "Yosemite Valley", The Flute View, web, April 2013.

White, Joanna: "Flute and Clarinet Together", Flute Talk, pp. 26-27, September 2009.

White, Joanna Cowan, Flute Teaching Tips for Instant Improvement, Michigan State Band and Orchestra Association Journal, Fall 2009.

White, Joanna Cowan: Teaching Musical Interpretation, National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors Journal, pp. 6-12, Summer 2009.

White, Kennen; White, Joanna; Nichol, John, "Empfohlene Werke für die Besetzung Flöte/Klarinetter/Saxophon und für Flöte/Klarinette und Klarinette/Saxophon", White, Kennen; White, Joanna; and Nichol, John, Rohrblatt: Die Zeitschrift für Oboe, Klarinette, Fagott und Saxophon. 3 pp February, 2008.

White, Kennen; White, Joanna; Nichol, John, "The Eclectic Trio: Recommended Trios and Duos for Flute, Clarinet, and Saxophone", The Clarinet, 5 pages, Journal of the International Clarinet Association, vol. 33, no. 3, pp. 35-37 (2006)

White, Joanna Cowan White ** "Walfrid Kujala, Orchestral 'Untangler'", The Flutist Quarterly, vol, 31, no. 1, pp. 56-62 (Fall 2005) ​

White, Joanna Cowan, The Art of Resume Writing; Instrumentalist Publishing Co., Northfield, Illinois, vol. 22, p. 24 (April 2003)

​© 2002 The Instrumentalist Publishing Co., reprinted with permission. Subscribe to Flute Talk at 10 issues yearly for $13 (student group subscriptions for only $7 each) at www.flutetalkmagazine.com, or by calling 888-446-6888.

White, Joanna Cowan, "Woodwind Quintet Literature," Instrumentalist, Instrumentalist Publishing Co., Northfield, Illinois, vol. 57, no. 6, pp. 56-60 (January 2003)

White, Joanna Cowan,  Etudes Off the Beaten Path; National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors Journal, pp. 4-8 (Fall 2003) © National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors Journal

White, Joanna Cowan, Woodwind Quintet Literature, Flute Talk; Instrumentalist Publishing Co., Northfield, Illinois, vol. 22, no. 3 pp. 19-21 (November 2002) © 2002 The Instrumentalist Publishing Co., reprinted with permission. Subscribe to Flute Talk at 10 issues yearly for $13 (student group subscriptions for only $7 each) at www.flutetalkmagazine.com, or by calling 888-446-6888.

White, Joanna Cowan, Intonation - Just and Tempered, Flute Talk: Instrumentalist Publishing Co., Northfield, Illinois, vol. 21, no. 8, pp. 8-13 (April 2002) © 2002 The Instrumentalist Publishing Co., reprinted with permission. Subscribe to Flute Talk at 10 issues yearly for $13 (student group subscriptions for only $7 each) at www.flutetalkmagazine.com, or by calling 888-446-6888.

White, Joanna Cowan, Performance Guide, Jacques Ibert's Trois Pieces Breve, A Performance Analysis; Flute Talk: Instrumentalist Publishing Co., Northfield, Illinois, vol. 22, no. 1, pp. 12-13 (March 2002)​

Cowan, Joanna Article about Anton Torello, International Society of Bassists Journal (Winter 1986) 

Upcoming Articles by Joanna Cowan White

​"New Music for Flute and Clarinet, part 2" Flute Talk Magazine

​​​​Education
DMA: 1989, University of Michigan
MM: University of Michigan
BM: Northwestern University

Recordings
Brementown Musicians
Clarinet Chamber Music of Alvin Etler
Flights of Fancy
Gems for Woodwind Quintet
Woodwind Echoes


​​​​ Courses Taught
• Applied Clarinet
• Woodwind Methods
• Chamber Ensemble
• Clarinet Pedagogy

Research Interests
• Clarinet Performance                       

Ensembles involved with
• Powers Woodwind Quintet
• Crescent Duo
• Eclectic Trio

• Clarinet Choir​​​​​​​​​​​


Biography

Kennen White, Professor of Clarinet, teaches clarinet and clarinet pedagogy at Central Michigan University and performs in the Powers Woodwind Quintet. Dr. White may be heard on the CD Crescent Duo: Flights of Fancy (Centaur Records CRC 2603) with CMU flutist Dr. Joanna Cowan White and on the CD: Bremen Town Musician: Powers Woodwind Quintet (Centaur Records CRC 2774). Dr. White has recently performed at the following conferences: International Clarinet Association, National Flute Association, International Double Reed Society, College Band Directors National Association, and the Music Educators National Conference.​ 
Dr. White is currently principal clarinetist in the Saginaw Bay Symphony and has held positions with the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra, Toledo Symphony, and the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra. Dr. White has also performed in the Detroit Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Michigan Opera Theatre, Flint Symphony, and the Traverse Symphony. He was previously on the faculty at Alma College. His teachers included Robert Marcellus, Clark Brody, and Fred Ormand.​​

Recent Scholarship

"Gems for Woodwind Quintet: The Powers Woodwind Quintet."  White Pine Music, 2011.

"Double Star: The Music of David Gillingham."  White Pine Music, 2009

"Clarinet Chamber Music of Alvin Etler."  Centaur Records, 2009.  

"Woodwind Echoes. White Pine Music."  Crescent Duo and Eclectic Trio with Andrew Spencer, percussion. White Pine Music, 2008.

"Crescent Duo: Flights of Fancy." Centaur Records, 2005.

​​​​Education
DMA: University of Oklahoma
MM: University of Kansas
BM: University of Kansas

Recordings
Prelude: Music for Piano, One Hand
​​​​ Courses Taught
• Piano Class II
• Piano
• Piano Pedagogy II
• Piano Class IV
• Chamber Ensemble
• Independent Study


Biography

Adrienne Wiley is currently Professor of Music at Central Michigan University where she teaches and administers the piano pedagogy program at the bachelors and masters degree levels, and teaches applied and class piano. Because of Dr. Wiley's dual focus on performance and pedagogy, she has been active in both areas. She maintains an active career as a soloist on both piano and organ. In addition, she has presented workshops throughout the mid-west reg​ion on such topics as piano music for one hand, motivational music, and intermediate piano literature, to name a few. At the national level, she has been invited and presented sessions for the National Piano Teachers Institute, and for the Music Teachers National Association Conferences​.​​ 
Dr. Wiley is certified through the Music Teachers National Association at the state and national levels. She served MTNA as the National Senior Performance Competitions Coordinator for four years, and Chair of the Local Association of the Year Committee and other positions on and for MTNA. She has served the state of Michigan in many capacities, most recently stepping down as Past President of MMTA. She has also served on several select the Historical Research Committee for the World Piano Pedagogy Conference, and for the Michigan Music Teachers Association.

In her spare time, Dr. Wiley has authored articles that have appeared in Keyboard Companion and Clavier magazines, and a featured article that will appear in the American Music Teacher Magazine with respect to ​women composers and piano works for one hand. She has also reviewed books, One-Handed: A Guide to Piano Music for One Hand for the Journal of the Music Library Association, and has been a frequently invited reviewer of piano music and books for the Music Teachers National Association’s American Music Teacher Magazine. Her summers include teaching at the Illinois Summer Youth Piano Camp and at Interlochen Arts Academy’s Summer Piano Camps. After school hours, you will find her teaching her private students, practicing both the piano and the organ, researching and writing, and performing her specialty: single-handed piano music. Her interest and love of one-handed piano music has resulted in her first CD of teaching and concert-level works for one hand. Dr. Wiley’s second instrument, most recently and still “in the works,” is the organ. She is a student of Dr. Steven Egler, Professor of Organ at Central Michigan University.


Recent Scholarship

Because of Dr. Wiley's dual focus on performance and pedagogy, she has been active in both areas.  She maintains an active career as a soloist on both piano and organ.  In addition, she has presented workshops throughout the mid-west reg​ion on such topics as piano music for one hand, motivational music, and intermediate piano literature, to name a few.  At the national level, she has been invited and presented sessions for the National Piano Teachers Institute, and for the Music Teachers National Association Conferences.​

​​​​Education
PhD: 1979, Northwestern University
MM: 1967, VenderCook College of Music
BM: 1964, DePaul University

Service Responsibilities
Director of Bands
Member, School of Music Council
Instrumental Area Coordinator

Performances
Modest Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition
David Gillingham: Horn Concerto

Ralph Vaughan Williams: English Folk Song Suite​


​​​ Courses Taught
Symphonic Wind Ensemble
• Advanced Conducting - undergraduate
• Advanced Conducting - graduate
• Rehearsal Techniques - graduate
• Wind Band Literature - graduate
• Marching Band


Research Interests
• Instrumental conducting

Ensembles
Symphonic Wind Ensemble

Chamber Winds​​​​​​​​​​​

                      

Biography

John E. Williamson, Professor of Music, has been Director of Bands at Central Michigan University since 1979. Born and raised in Joliet, Illinois he studied clarinet with his father and Jerome Stowell of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. In addition to guiding all aspects of the CMU Band program and Graduate Conducting program he is conductor of the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, which has performed at the Midwestern Conference, regional and national conferences of MENC and the College Band Directors National Association and in historic Carnegie Hall, New York. ​
​​He is also founder and conductor of the CMU Chamber Winds, which has performed at the Michigan Music Conference and the Midwest Clinic. He was previously conductor at Wheeling (IL) High School, where his wind ensemble gained national recognition due to its unique programming and performances across the United States including a performance at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago. The Sousa Foundation recently honored the Wheeling program, as one of the nation’s finest with Mr. Williamson receiving the coveted Sudler Award.

He is active as an adjudicator, clinician and guest conductor nationally with additional appearances in Canada, Mexico, Europe and Australia. He has received praise for his interpretations from such leading composers as Michael Colgrass, Karel Husa, H. Owen Reed, David Maslanka, Augusta Read Thomas and David Gillingham. Among the soloists he has accompanied are Adolph Herseth, Dale Clevenger and Michael Henoch of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

​Professor Williamson is a member of the prestigious American Bandmasters Association, National Band Association and Phi Mu Alpha. He has held offices in the College Band Directors national Association and is head of the Commissioning Project for the Mid-American conference Band Directors Association. In addition to being listed in the International Who’s Who in Music he has received the NBA Citation of Excellence twice and was the first Illinois director to receive the “MAC” Award from First Chair of America. He was most recently presented the Excellence in Teaching Award from Central Michigan University and has received the Orpheus Award from Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He has been new music reviewer for The Instrumentalist, BD Guide and Band magazines and is co-author of “Strategies for Teaching High School Band” published by MENC. He is most recently author of “Rehearsing the Band” published by Neidig Services, which is now in its third printing in response to national and international demand. It has recently been translated into Japanese for sales in that country.

Recent Scholarship
​Rehearsing the Band - Meredith Music
Adjudication - Indiana Concert Band State Finals
The Midwest Clinic - performance - CMU Symphonic Wind Ensemble ​
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Staff​​
Biography

I am a U.S. Army veteran, and a proud mother to one daughter, Marilyn. We used to live in Savannah, GA. Before accepting my position as secretary to the School of Music, I ran a bakery in my home kitchen. I love working here. The students and the faculty here are wonderful and always so friendly.

Education
BS: 1997, Central Michigan University

​Biography

Carol received the Bachelor of Science in Music Composition from Central Michigan University, where she also studied studio art and anthropology.  Her principal mentors were David Gillingham and Cora Enman. Carol has been the supervisor of the Music Resource Center and the School of Music Ensemble Library since 2001.

Education


​Biography​

Education

BA: 1982, Michigan State University

 

Biography

Michael Jorgensen has been tuning pianos for 38 years, with more than 30 years experience at CMU.  Jorgensen is an accomplished classical pianist, and expert in classical improvisation. ​


Education


​Biography


Responsibilities

Lynnann Losey maintains student files databases, processes forms for major/minor, music candidacy, jury, drop/add, student opinion surveys & book orders .

Education
​MM: 2008, University of North Texas
BA: 2006, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Associate of Music: 2003, Shelton State Community College

​Biography

Scott Topazi was appointed Manager of Audio Production and Music Technology in August of 2013. He comes to Mount Pleasant from Collin College in Frisco, TX where he taught Audio engineering and spent the Summer of 2012 with the Aspen Music Festival, where he was an Assistant Audio Engineer.  Previously he worked as a Recording Lab Engineer for the University of North Texas, where he had responsibilities in studio and on-location recording, as well as producing.

Education
​BSBA: 1996, Central Michigan University

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