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Music Faculty - Alphabetic

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Link to Faculty & Staff Vacancies (Faculty by Discipline page)

Link to New Faculty Appointments, Fall 2014 (on this page)

Link to Retired Faculty List (bottom of this page)

Current Music Faculty (* = New Faculty 2014)

Timothy T. Anderson, Director,   Minuteman Marching Band 
   (MMB website)
Brent Auerbach
, Theory, Graduate   Program Director
Avanti Wind Quintet

Eric Berlin, Trumpet, Conductor
   (Trumpet Studio website)
John Bottomley, Tuba/Euphonium
Brandon Keith Brown, Orchestral    Studies (Orchestra website)

Elizabeth Chang, Violin, Opus One   Coordinator (Violin Studio Website)
Fredric T. Cohen, Oboe
Jeff Cox, Chair of the Department of   Music & Dance

Robert Eisenstein, Early Music,   Conductor

Robert Ferrier, Jazz Guitar

Thomas Giampietro, Jazz Studies,    Drumset

Thomas Hannum, Conducting,   Percussion
Willie Hill, Director, Fine Arts Center
William Hite, Voice, Coordinator
Jeffrey W. Holmes, Director of Jazz   Studies, Conductor, Composition,   Trumpet, Piano
Jason Hooper, Music Theory
Jonathan Hulting-Cohen, Saxophone *

Infinity Brass Ensemble

Donald James, Ethnomusicology *
Catherine Jensen-Hole, Vocal Jazz,   Undergraduate Composition/    Arranging
Sara Jones, Music Education *

Gary S. Karpinski, Music Theory   (Coordinator)
Ayano Kataoka, Percussion
Erinn Knyt, Music History
Ludmila V. Krasin, Piano
Christopher Krueger, Flute

Lance Lehmberg, Music History/Education
Lisa Lehmberg, Music Education    (Coordinator)
Kathryn Lockwood, Viola
   (Viola Studio website)
Stefan Caris Love, Music Theory

Salvatore Macchia, Contrabass, Jazz    Bass, Composition
Ernest May, Music History, Organ
Marjorie Melnick, Voice
Joshua Michal, Horn * (Horn Studio website)
David Mosher, Music Theory *

Stephen A. Paparo, Music    Education/ Choral Specialist

Emiliano Ricciardi, Music History *
Andrew Ritchey, Music History *
Marianna Ritchey, Music History *

Felipe Salles, Jazz Studies, Saxophone
Astrid Schween, Cello
Nadine Shank, Piano, Coordinator of    Piano Dept.
Jennifer M. Smith, Music Theory *
Greg Spiridopoulos, Trombone
Nikki Stoia, Associate Dean of Advising,   Accompanist
Michael Sussman, Clarinet

Tony Thornton, Director of Choral   Studies  (Choral website)

Dana L. Varga, Voice
Gilles Vonsattel
, Piano

Stephen Walt, Bassoon
Matthew Westgate, Director of Wind Studies *

Johanna Yunker, Music History *


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NEW FACULTY APPOINTMENTS FOR FALL, 2014 (Alphabetic listing)

Jonathan Hulting-Cohen Photo: Jason Paige













SAXOPHONE STUDIO, Assistant Professor

Saxophonist Jonathan Hulting-Cohen has amassed a number of performance credits, which exhibit the scope of his playing styles and multi-disciplinary ambitions as an arranger, composer and performer. He has performed under John Adams and David Robertson at Carnegie Hall, shared the stage with principal players of the Philadelphia Orchestra as a concerto soloist, and played in numerous chamber groups at the Colburn School, George Mason University, Milwaukee and Racine Art Museums, Nichols Hall, Carnegie Hall, and the Kennedy Center. With harpist Jennifer R. Ellis, he has commissioned five pieces for saxophone and harp and performed at the Northwestern University New Music Conference.

Mr. Hulting-Cohen’s vaudeville saxophone sextet, The Moanin’ Frogs, have entertained audiences across the country, including performances at the Kennedy Center and as featured artists at the 2014 North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference at the University of Illinois. The group was featured on the Detroit Public Television series, Detroit Performs, in a segment that was aired in Los Angeles, Denver, Houston, Tampa and throughout Michigan. Mr.Hulting-Cohen is directing, producing and performing in a film, “Silence,” a 45-minute music, dance, visual art and performance technology piece he wrote and will premiere in the fall. He earned Bachelors and Masters degrees with Donald Sinta at the University of Michigan.

Sara Jones






SARA JONES   Email  Bio page
MUSIC EDUCATION, Assistant Professor

Sara Jones is currently completing her Ph.D. in music education at Northwestern University. She received her Master of Music in music education at Michigan State University, and her Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baylor University. A former public school teacher, Sara has taught elementary, middle, and high school band in Texas and undergraduate music courses at Northwestern University. She has also been active as an assistant music director for New Horizons Bands in Michigan and Illinois and currently sits on the board of the North Shore New Horizons Band.

Sara’s research interests include informal music learning, curriculum development, lifelong learning, and instrumental music education. She has presented her research at state, national, and international conferences, including Suncoast Music Education Research Symposium, Society for Music Teacher Educators Conference, Feminist Theory and Music Conference, Instrumental Music Teacher Educators Colloquium, and the National Association for Music Education Conference.

Josh Michal











JOSHUA MICHAL     Email   Bio page
HORN STUDIO, Assistant Professor

A native of Ohio, Josh Michal has performed regularly with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. He plays 4th horn with the Springfield (Ohio) Symphony Orchestra and 2nd horn with the Lancaster Music Festival. He has toured with the Boston Brass and has recently performed with the Charleston Symphony, Columbus Symphony, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Chicago Brass Ensemble and the Breckenridge Music Festival.  Josh can be heard on the Resound Label with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Bernard Haitink performing Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 and on the Analekta label with L’Orchestre de la Francophonie Canadienne as solo horn for Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4. From 2007-09, Mr. Michal was a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and was actively involved in music outreach efforts in Chicago through programs such as MusicCorps and the Merit School of Music.

Mr. Michal received his degrees from Indiana University (B.M.), Northwestern University (M.M.), and The Ohio State University (D.M.A.). He completed additional studies at Bowling Green State University and the IES Institute in Vienna, Austria. His principal teachers include Rosemary Williams, Michael Hatfield, Michael Höltzel, Richard Seraphinoff, Jeff Nelsen, Volker Altmann, Gail Williams, Liz Freimuth, and Bruce Henniss.  Joining him on this new adventure (UMass Amherst appointment) will be his violinist wife, their lovable white schnauzer and bipolar cat.  Josh’s non-musical passions include gourmet cooking and cycling. He is also an avid yet mediocre disc golfer.

Emiliano Ricciardi







EMILIANO RICCIARDI     Email   Bio page
MUSIC HISTORY, Assistant Professor

Emiliano Ricciardi, formerly a Lecturer in the Music & Dance Department, has been appointed Assistant Professor in Music History. He holds a Ph.D. in musicology from Stanford University, supported by a Mellon/ACLS Fellowship, an M.Phil. in historical musicology from the University of Cambridge, UK, a Diploma in violin performance from the Conservatory of Rome, Italy, and a Bachelor in Humanities from the University of Rome.

His research focusses on the Italian madrigal and the settings of Torquato Tasso's lyric poetry. He has published articles and reviews in The Journal of Musicology, Cambridge Opera Journal, Renaissance Quarterly, Oxford Bibliographies Online and Notes.  In a collaboration between Stanford University and UMass Amherst, he is preparing a digital edition of the about 500 extant settings of Tasso's lyric poetry.  He presented work on the reception and practice of twelve-tone music in fascist Italy at international conferences and at the annual meeting of the American Musicological Society. Dr. Ricciardi has been awarded the Lauro De Bosis fellowship in Italian studies at Harvard University, where he will be in residence in the spring of 2015.

Marianna Ritchey












MARIANNA RITCHEY   Email  Bio page
MUSIC HISTORY, Assistant Professor

Marianna Ritchey received her Ph.D. in musicology from UCLA. Her dissertation, entitled “Echoes of the Guillotine: Berlioz and the French Fantastic,” examined 19th-century music and culture, specifically relationships between the music of Hector Berlioz and the “fantastic” literature of Romantic-era France. Her article on Symphonie Fantastique, in which she reveals an explicit connection between a short story by Charles Nodier and the program for Berlioz’s first symphony, was published in the Summer 2010 issue of 19th-century Music. Her current research examines the ways contemporary American economic theory and policy influence the aesthetic choices of young composers in the U.S.

Dr. Ritchey has presented papers at several national and international conferences, on topics ranging from Berlioz to Guy Maddin to the dies irae to Kenny G. She has also given several public lectures, including a presentation on Hildegard of Bingen at a women’s music festival in Anacortes, WA. As a Visiting Assistant Professor at Lewis and Clark College, Dr. Ritchey taught in the interdisciplinary Core program as well as in the Music Department, designing several courses on music and culture. She also served on the Advising Team, co-coordinated an academic conference exploring the economic and social position of classical music in contemporary life, and was a finalist for 2014’s Teacher of the Year. As a performer in several bands, Dr. Ritchey has played all over the world, most recently touring in Australia. She also co-wrote the January ‘14 theme song for the feminist website Rookie. Her non-scholarly interests include David Foster Wallace, comedy, the films of Ingmar Bergman, and art and life in the Anthropocene. 

Jennifer Smith









JENNIFER M. SMITH    Email  Bio page

Jennifer M. Smith holds a Ph.D. in music theory from Florida State University, an M.M. from Bowling Green State University, and a B.A. from Anderson University. She previously served as Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Theory at the University of Florida and as a graduate teaching assistant at Florida State University and Bowling Green State University. While at Florida State, she was appointed as a Teaching Associate in the Program for Instructional Excellence, where she facilitated professional development workshops, assisted with university-wide teaching assistant training, and served on the committee for the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award.

Dr. Smith’s research interests include Schenkerian analysis, Baroque textual expression, phrase structure, form, and music theory pedagogy. Her current research focuses on the influence of tonal structure and motivic enlargements on the underlying narrative progression in J. S. Bach’s multi-movement vocal works, and she has presented aspects of this work at several regional conferences, including Music Theory Southeast, the South Central Society for Music Theory, and the Texas Society for Music Theory. She has also served as an editorial assistant for Music Theory Online (2008–2010).

Matthew Westgate









MATTHEW WESTGATE    Email  Bio page

Matthew Westgate was the Director of Instrumental Activities at Xavier University from 2008-2014 where he conducted the Symphonic Winds, Chamber Orchestra, and Xavier Pep Bands, and taught Instrumental Methods and Conducting.  He created a conductor mentorship program and a Young Composer Commissioning Project.  An administrator and advocate for all instrumental ensembles, he received Cincy Magazine's "Outstanding Educator" Award.

Dr. Westgate is an active guest conductor, clinician, and arranger, and performs regularly as a classical and jazz trombonist.  A summer faculty member in the wind and jazz areas at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Mich., he was a conducting assistant in the Opera Theatre and Music Festival of Lucca in Italy.  Westgate was one of eight conductors who worked with the Eastman Wind Ensemble at the first Frederick Fennell Conducting Masterclass.  He has a DMA from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, studying with Rodney Winther, and a Master’s Degree in Conducting from Western Michigan University, studying with Robert Spradling.  Westgate is an avid ultra-marathon and marathon runner, triathlete, and hiker.  He and his wife Erica Drake, a percussionist and teacher, have a daughter, Juniper.


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Retired Music & Dance Faculty

E. Wayne Abercrombie
Director of Choral Activities

Doric Alviani (Deceased)
Choral Director and first Department Chair

Charles Bestor
Electronic Music, Composition; Emeritus; Former Department Chair

Philip Bezanson (Deceased)
Composition; Former Department Chair

Horace Clarence Boyer (Deceased)
Vocal Jazz, Conductor, Theory; Emeritus

Walter Chesnut (Deceased)
Trumpet, Conductor; Emeritus

Joseph Contino (Deceased)
Band Director, Clarinet/Woodwinds

Nigel Coxe
Piano; Emeritus

Richard E. du Bois (Deceased)
Choral Conductor

William Hanley
Chief Undergraduate Adviser, Percussion

Charles Heffernan
Music Education; Emeritus

Albert Huetteman
Theory; Former Associate Chair

Jon Humphrey
Voice; Emeritus

John A. Jenkins
Music Education, General Studies

Miriam Jenkins
Music Education, General Studies

Fernande Kaeser (Deceased)

John King (Deceased)
Organ, History, Theory

Yusef A. Lateef
Contemporary Theory & Autophysiopsychic Music

Estela Kersenbaum Olevsky
Piano; Emeritus

Bruce MacCombie (Deceased)
Composition; Emeritus

Julian Olevsky (Deceased)


Dorothy Ornest (Deceased)
Voice; Emeritus

George N. Parks (Deceased)
Director of the Minuteman Marching Band, Tuba

Roger Rideout
Music Education; Former Department Chair

Max Roach (Deceased)
Jazz Drums

Malcolm W. Rowell, Jr.
Director of Bands, Conductor, Music Education; Emeritus

Emanuel Rubin (Deceased)
Musicology; Former Department Chair

Benedict Smar
Music Education, Trombone/Euphonium

Paulina Stark
Voice; Emeritus

Ronald Steele
Conductor, Music Education

Robert Stern
Composition; Emeritus

David Sporny
Trombone, Conductor, Jazz

Robert Sutton (Deceased)
Theory/Composition, Former Department Chair

Joanne Tanner

Peter Tanner
Percussion, Conductor

Karen Tarlow (
Theory, Composition

Billy Taylor (Deceased)
Jazz Piano; Wilmer D. Barrett Professor of Music

Leopold (Terry) Teraspulsky (Deceased)
Cello; Emeritus

Frederick Tillis
Composition, African-American Music & Jazz, Former Director of Fine Arts Center; Emeritus

Charles Treger

Andrea Watkins
Dance, Former Dance Dept. Coordinator; Emeritus

Miriam Whaples
Musicology, History


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