Chair and Associate Professor; Director of Wind Studies

Matthew Westgate sitting with hands clasped.

Conductor Matthew Westgate “leads with a combination of expressivity and crispness” (San Francisco Chronicle). His performances are praised as “dramatic, incisive, and passionate” (Audiophile Audition) and full of “verve and swagger” (MusicWeb International).

Matthew Westgate sitting with hands clasped.

Assistant Professor of Music Education

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A strong proponent of partnerships with K-12 music educators and arts organizations, Albert continues to be active as a presenter at state, regional, and national music education conferences, has been a featured clinician at schools throughout New England, and, as a public school music teacher, has collaborated with composers and the Community Music School of Springfield (Massachusetts) to create artist-in-residence programs and commissioning projects that enrich the education of school music students.

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Senior Lecturer, Director of the Minuteman Marching Band

Timothy Anderson directing in front of a basketball game.

Timothy Todd Anderson has been at the University of Massachusetts Amherst since 2011. He is the director of the over-370-member, award-winning Minuteman Marching Band. Under Anderson's direction, the Minuteman Band has performed in both the 2013 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City and the 2018 Tournament of Roses in Pasadena, CA. Both performances were televised internationally.

Timothy Anderson directing in front of a basketball game.

Associate Professor, Cello

A headshot of Edward Arron with a cello.

Cellist Edward Arron has garnered recognition worldwide for his elegant musicianship, impassioned performances, and creative programming. A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Mr. Arron made his New York recital debut in 2000 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Since that time, he has appeared in recital, as a soloist with major orchestras, and as a chamber musician throughout North America, Europe and Asia.

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Professor, Music Theory, Area Coordinator

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Dr. Auerbach's research focuses primarily on extending the concept of the musical motive as it pertains to analysis. Other research interests include the group-mathematic properties of harmonic sequences, pedagogy, and the aesthetics of Baroque composition and counterpoint.

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Assistant Professor, Piano

A headshot of Steven Beck.

A recent New York concert by pianist Steven Beck was described as “exemplary” and “deeply satisfying” by Anthony Tommasini in the New York Times.  He is a graduate of the Juilliard School, where his teachers were Seymour Lipkin, Peter Serkin and Bruce Brubaker.

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Professor, Trumpet

Eric Berlin holding a trumpet.

Yamaha Performing Artist Eric Berlin has made the music of our time the focus of his career. As a soloist, he has commissioned, premiered and recorded new works for trumpet from some of today’s most important composers, including Christopher Rouse, George Tsontakis, Stephen Paulus, Joseph Turrin, Anthony Plog, Eric Ewazen, and James Stephenson.

Eric Berlin holding a trumpet.

Senior Lecturer, Tuba & Euphonium

A headshot of John Bottomley holding a tuba.

John Bottomley joined the faculty of University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2009, having previously taught at collegiate institutions including: Kent State University, Miami University (Ohio), and Wright State University. John also maintains an active performing career as an orchestral and chamber musician and has performed with such groups as the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony, West Virginia Symphony, Cincinnati Opera and Ballet Orchestras, and the Albany Symphony Orchestra.

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Lecturer, Wind Studies

A headshot of Lindsay Bronnenkant.

At the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Dr. Lindsay Bronnenkant directs the Symphony Band, teaches conducting classes, and leads a graduate conducting seminar. Prior to her appointment at UMass Amherst, Bronnenkant taught basic conducting at Nazareth College and led the Hobart and William Smith Colleges Community Wind Ensemble as she completed a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Conducting degree at the Eastman School of Music.

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Professor, Violin, Strings Area Coordinator

Elizabeth Chang with a violin.

Elizabeth Chang, violinist, enjoys a varied career as performer, teacher, and arts administrator. She is currently Professor of Violin at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a faculty member of the Pre-College Division of the Juilliard School, and previously served on the faculties of Rutgers and New York University.

Elizabeth Chang with a violin.

Professor, Oboe

Fredric Cohen playing oboe.

An active performer as well as teacher, Professor Cohen recently retired after 32 seasons as principal oboist with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra. He performs regularly with the Avanti Wind Quintet, a faculty chamber music ensemble in residence at the University, and is a recitalist and clinician. He has been the resident conductor and coordinator of orchestral activities at the University and is the conductor of the orchestra and head of the woodwind program at the Greenwood Music Camp.

Fredric Cohen playing oboe.

Associate Professor, Clarinet

Romie de Guise-Langlois with a clarinet.

Praised as “extraordinary” and “a formidable clarinetist” by The New York Times, Romie de Guise-Langlois has appeared as soloist and chamber musician on major concert stages throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Asia.

Romie de Guise-Langlois with a clarinet.

Associate Professor, Flute; Woodwinds Area Coordinator

Cobus du Toit holding a flute by a fence.

A strong advocate for the musical arts, Cobus is an avid soloist, chamber musician, and pedagogue who is on the faculty at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. As an international soloist and chamber musician, Cobus has performed with orchestras in Russia, South Africa, and the United States and on concert series in Taiwan, Japan, Germany, and France.

Cobus du Toit holding a flute by a fence.

Adjunct Faculty, Jazz Studies, Jazz Guitar

Robert Ferrier playing jazz guitar in a music classroom.

Robert Ferrier holds a BM in Performance from Berklee College of Music and an MM in Jazz Composition/Arranging from UMass Amherst. A freelance guitarist and teacher, Ferrier has performed with Jon Faddis, Randy Brecker, Eddie Bert, John Fedchock, Claudio Roditi, Yusef Lateef and Peter Erskine. His teachers have included John Laporta, William Leavitt, Herb Pomeroy, Bill Pierce and George Garzone.

Robert Ferrier playing jazz guitar in a music classroom.

Senior Lecturer, Jazz Studies, Drum Set

Thomas Giampietro holding a cup and about to play a cymbal outside on the UMass Amherst campus.

As a drummer, Giampietro was an original member of Grammy-winning saxophonist Jeff Coffin's eclectic jazz group the Mu-tet. Giampietro has played on 31 commercially released recordings, and has recorded or performed with such artists as Tim O'Brien, Casey Driessen, Rod McGaha, Scott Robinson, Lee Konitz, Tom Harrell, The Middle Tennessee Jazz Orchestra, Victor Wooten, Beegie Adair, Ben Monder, Chris Walters, Liz Johnson, Pat Bergeson, The Chris Merz X-tet, Ricky Woodard and Peter Erskine. He has also been active in leading his own group in and around the Nashville area.

Thomas Giampietro holding a cup and about to play a cymbal outside on the UMass Amherst campus.

Interim Viola Instructor, 2023-24

Ronald Gorevic holding a viola.

As a violist Ronald Gorevic has been a member of several well known string quartets, spanning over twenty years, and covering most of the quartet repertoire. He has toured throughout the U.S., Germany, Japan, Korea and Australia, and has also been broadcast on radio stations across the U.S., S.German and S.W.German radio, and the Australian Broadcast network.

Ronald Gorevic holding a viola.

Adjunct Faculty, Jazz Trombone

Ben Griffin playing trombone.

A native of Springfield, MA, Ben Griffin has led a varied musical career spanning several genres and styles. Ben first came to prominent attention as low brass soloist for the Tony Award winning theater show Blast! after attending the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. A member of the Original Cast in West End of London in 1999, he continued with the first national tour and Broadway run of the show until 2001, in addition performing on 7 different instruments.

Ben Griffin playing trombone.

Associate Professor, Voice

Jamie-Rose Guarrine in front of a brick wall.

Soprano Jamie-Rose Guarrine is acclaimed for her “utterly thrilling, agile voice” and praised for bringing “pathos, beauty, and heartbreaking skill” to her performances. She has performed on the stages of Los Angeles Opera, Minnesota Opera, The Santa Fe Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Opera Philadelphia, Chicago Opera Theater, Austin Opera, Utah Opera, Fort Worth Opera, and on the concert stage with the Madison Symphony, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, The National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica, and the Santa Fe Symphony, among many others.

Jamie-Rose Guarrine in front of a brick wall.

Director of Orchestral Studies, Assistant Professor

Hidalgo Ardila posed to conduct while sheet music falls around him.

From the conducting class of Eduardo Marturet and Teresa Hernández, Gonzalo has directed some of the most important youth and professional orchestras in Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Brazil, United States and Argentina. Gonzalo was one of the finalists in the international competition for associate conductor of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, as well as a finalist for the position of principal conductor of the Longwood Symphony Orchestra in Boston.

Hidalgo Ardila posed to conduct while sheet music falls around him.

Professor, Voice, Area Coordinator

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William Hite is a critically acclaimed tenor who has appeared internationally in opera, concert works, chamber music and solo recitals in a career that has spanned four decades. His reputation as an expressive and engaging artist has led to appearances with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra, Dresdner Philharmonie, American Symphony Orchestra, Charlotte Symphony, Evansville Philharmonic, Buffalo Philharmonic, Boston Baroque, Tafelmusik, Philharmonia Baroque, Washington Bach Consort, New York City Ballet, the Mark Morris Dance Group and Emmanuel Music, under the

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Professor, Director of Jazz & African American Music Studies, Composition, Conductor

Jeffrey W. Holmes.

Holmes plays keyboards with the Paul Winter Consort, leads the Jeff Holmes Big Band featuring his wife, vocalist Dawning Holmes, and plays lead trumpet with the New England Jazz Ensemble. Recent recordings as performer and/or composer/arranger include the Jeff Holmes Quartet release "Of One's Own," the New England Jazz Ensemble’s “Peter and The Wolf“, HGTS’s “…and then they played…” and projects by Paul Winter, colleague Felipe Salles, and Earl MacDonald. He continues to appear as a guest conductor/clinician/adjudicator and performer/composer/arranger.

Jeffrey W. Holmes.

Senior Lecturer II, Music Theory

Jason Hooper

Jason Hooper is a music theorist specializing in the theory and analysis of tonal music, historical and contemporary theories of form, and new approaches to theory pedagogy. His articles and reviews appear in Music Theory Spectrum, Journal of the American Musicological Society, Rivista di Analisi e Teoria Musicale, and Theory and Practice. Jason was co-editor (vol. 44), editor (vol. 45), and associate editor (vol. 46) of Theory and Practice and previously served on the editorial boards of Intégral and Indiana Theory Review.

Jason Hooper

Adjunct Faculty, Voice

A headshot of Mary Hubbell.

Soprano Mary Hubbell excels in a wide range of styles, from early to modern music. Described in the New York Times as “a soprano with a sweetly focused tone,” she has appeared with a variety of ensembles in both Europe and North America. In the Netherlands, she sang with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra under the direction of David Robertson in a performance of Louis Andriessen’s Tao and with the Orkestvereniging Musica in Nielsen’s Symphony No. 3, under the direction of Hans Leenders. She has appeared as a soloist with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, the Beaufort Symphony Orchestra, the

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Associate Professor, Saxophone

A headshot of Jonathan Hulting-Cohen with a saxophone in the corner.

Embracing the breadth of the classical saxophone from vaudeville to the vanguard, United States-based saxophonist Jonathan Hulting-Cohen’s rootedness in the classics and curiosity as a musician empower performances that are “adroit” (ModernJazz.gr), “impressive,” (Schenectady Daily Gazette), and “fun to watch” (Oregon Arts Watch).

A headshot of Jonathan Hulting-Cohen with a saxophone in the corner.

Senior Lecturer II, Vocal Jazz, Undergraduate Composition & Arranging

Catherine Jensen-Hole in front of a rock wall.

A nationally published composer and arranger,
Catherine Jensen-Hole's compositions and arrangements have been performed and recorded by university and college ensembles across America. A sought-after clinician and adjudicator in vocal jazz, she has conducted All-State Choirs including the 2001 MENC All Northwest Jazz Choir and has been a faculty member at the North Texas Summer Vocal Jazz Workshop. Presently she co-teaches at the Jazz in July Summer Workshop (UMass Amherst) with Sheila Jordan, working with singers from the USA, Canada, Europe and Asia. Jensen-Hole is also a regular performer

Catherine Jensen-Hole in front of a rock wall.

Professor, Percussion; Area Coordinator

Ayano Kataoka

Percussionist and marimbist Ayano Kataoka is known for her brilliant and dynamic technique, as well as the unique elegance and artistry she brings to her performances. She has been a season artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center since 2006 when she was chosen as the first percussionist for the society’s prestigious residency program, The Bowers Program (formerly Chamber Music Society Two). A retrospective of her early life along with interviews and performances were featured on the CMS’ live stream program Artist Series in fall 2021.

Ayano Kataoka

Assistant Professor of Music Theory

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Catrina's work in Romantic form focuses on fragmentary treatments of the sonata and the slow introduction in the music of Fanny Hensel and other nineteenth-century composers; articles on Hensel's chamber music is forthcoming in Music Theory Spectrum and Modeling Musical Analysis, edited by John Peterson and Kim Loeffert (Oxford University Press). Catrina also writes on the intersections of music theory pedagogy with service, labor, diversity, and feminist thought; this work appears in Theory and Practice, Music Theory Spectrum, and Expanding the Canon: Black Composers in the Music Theory

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Professor, Music History

A headshot of Erinn Knyt.

Knyt specializes in nineteenth- and twentieth-century music, aesthetics, music history pedagogy, performance practice issues, and Bach reception, and has written extensively about Ferruccio Busoni. Her articles have appeared in numerous journals, including American Music, Eighteenth Century Music, Journal of Musicology, Journal of Music History Pedagogy, Journal of Musicological Research, Journal of the Royal Musical Association, Musicology Australia, Music and Letters, 19th-Century Music, Nineteenth-Century Music Review, and Twentieth Century Music.

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Senior Lecturer II, Piano

A headshot of Ludmila Krasin with a piano.

Ludmila Krasin is a Senior Lecturer II in Piano at the University of Massachusetts, teaching Piano Classes for music majors and serving as collaborative pianist for students and faculty. Her recent appearances as a guest artist (2018) include the Association of Brazilian Trumpeters, in Joao Pessoa, Brazil, and a recital tour to Ohio with Dr. Joshua Michal and Allyson Michal where they performed at Ohio State University, Bowling Green University and Ohio University.

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Professor, Music Education; Area Coordinator; Director of Faculty Mentoring & Development

A headshot of Lisa Lehmberg.

Lisa J. Lehmberg specializes in general music education, music education for students with special needs, world music education, and music education technology. Her research interests include urban music education and senior citizens’ participation in music.

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Five College Visiting Associate Professor, Music History

Evan MacCarthy in front of foliage and buildings on the distant horizon.

Evan A. MacCarthy is Five College Visiting Associate Professor of music history in the Department of Music and Dance at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His research focuses on the history of fifteenth-century music and music theory, late medieval chant, German music in the Baroque era, as well as nineteenth-century American music.

Evan MacCarthy in front of foliage and buildings on the distant horizon.

Professor; Composition, String Bass

Salvatore Macchia.

Professor Macchia has performed in the European and jazz traditions throughout America and Europe, and has been the contrabass soloist with the Berkshire Choral Festival Orchestra, Dinosaur Annex under Gunther Schuller, Springfield (MA) Symphony Orchestra (where he serves as principal bass), Jazz Composer's Orchestra and at the Boston Festival of Quarter Tone Music. He has premiered nearly 100 compositions featuring the doublebass.

Salvatore Macchia.

Senior Lecturer, Voice

A headshot of Marjorie Melnick.

Mezzo-soprano Marjorie Melnick, Senior Lecturer in Voice, has been on the faculty since 1999. She spent many years singing opera, oratorio and recitals in Europe. Her leading roles include: Rosina in The Barber of Seville, Cinderella in Cenerentola, Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier, and Hansel in Hansel and Gretel. Ms. Melnick has taught at Smith and Mt. Holyoke Colleges as well as the Hartt School in Hartford, CT. She has a Masters in Music from the Juilliard School.

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Associate Professor, Horn

Joshua Michal holding a french horn in a brightly light room with wide windows.

A native of Ohio, Joshua Michal is the Associate Professor of Horn at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA. He is a member of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra and the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and a faculty member at the Interlochen Summer Arts Camp in Michigan.

Joshua Michal holding a french horn in a brightly light room with wide windows.

Adjunct Faculty, Jazz Trumpet

Haneef Nelson holding a trumpet.

Born in Brooklyn, NY and raised in Uniondale, NY, Haneef N. Nelson has been a lifelong lover of music. His original music and Big Band arrangements have been featured around the world and on the records of the New London Big Band as well as Dr. Emmett Goods album Another Level.

Haneef Nelson holding a trumpet.

Five College Professor, Ethnomusicology

A headshot of Olabode Omojola with a grassy background.

Omojola’s research focuses on African music, with emphasis on West African, Nigerian, and Yorùbá traditions. His work has explored indigenous and modern musical traditions, and addressed themes including: performance practice; creative ethnomusicology; music, identity, and social dynamics; music and politics; diasporic perspectives; and intercultural aesthetics.

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Associate Professor, Music Education, Choral Conductor

A headshot of Stephen Paparo.

Active as a guest conductor, Dr. Paparo has conducted all-state and honor choirs at all levels in Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont. His research interests include the application of the Feldenkrais Method® of somatic education to singing instruction in the choral setting, non-traditional choral ensembles, such as contemporary collegiate a cappella, virtual choirs, and circle singing groups, and LGBTQ+ studies in music education.

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Assistant Professor, Music Theory; Honors Program Director

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Miriam Piilonen is Assistant Professor of Music Theory at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is the author of Theorizing Music Evolution: Darwin, Spencer, and the Limits of the Human (forthcoming with OUP), a critical examination of ideas about musical origins, with emphasis on nineteenth-century music-evolutionary texts by Charles Darwin and Herbert Spencer. Miriam’s research interests span a range of topics in the history of music theory, composition and songwriting, electronic music and sound production, and new media studies.

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Director of Choral Studies, Assistant Professor of Music

Lindsay Pope.

Lindsay Pope is Director of Choral Studies at UMass Amherst, where she directs the Chamber Choir and teaches conducting. Previously, she directed the programs at Mount Holyoke College and Williams College. She was also Assistant Conductor of the Dallas Symphony Chorus, for which her work was praised as “exemplary and well-prepared” (Texas Classical Review). Pope’s research interests include early music performance practice, the ethics of choral programming, and the intersection of women and gender studies with choral music.

Lindsay Pope.

Lecturer in Music Theory

A headshot of Alan Reese.

Alan Reese is a music theorist specializing in post-tonal analysis, as well as music and politics. His interest in post-tonal music includes analytical approaches to the compositions of Karol Szymanowski, Grażyna Bacewicz, and Undine Smith Moore. Meanwhile, his research on the intersection between music and politics focuses on post-9/11 country music, as well as the influence of neoliberalism in the music theory classroom.

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Associate Professor, Music History

Emiliano Ricciardi.

Emiliano Ricciardi is associate professor of music history at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His main research area is the late Italian madrigal, with an emphasis on the settings of Torquato Tasso’s poetry. Ricciardi has published articles and reviews in journals such as Early Music, Journal of Musicology, Cambridge Opera Journal, and Renaissance Quarterly.

Emiliano Ricciardi.

Associate Professor, Music History; Area Coordinator

A headshot of Marianna Ritchey.

Marianna Ritchey is Associate Professor of Music History at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She spent much of her young adulthood in Portland, Oregon, playing and touring in various indie rock bands, before going to UCLA for a PhD in Musicology. She has written about Berlioz, comedy, the dies irae, the films of Guy Maddin, music history pedagogy, and operatic representations of Steve Jobs.

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Professor, Jazz Studies, Composition, Conductor, Saxophone

Felipe Salles holding three music instruments including a saxophone.

A native of São Paulo, Brazil, Felipe Salles has been an active musician in the US since 1995, where he has worked and recorded with prominent jazz artists, including Randy Brecker, Paquito D’Rivera, David Liebman, Melissa Aldana, Lionel Loueke, Jerry Bergonzi, Chico Pinheiro, Magos Herrera, Sofia Rei, Yosvany Terry, Jovino Santos Neto, Oscar Stagnaro, Luciana Souza, and Bob Moses. He has toured extensively in Europe, North and South America, India and Australia, as a sideman and as a leader of his own group.

Felipe Salles holding three music instruments including a saxophone.

Lecturer, Viola (Starting Fall 2024)

Hyobi Sim holding a viola.

Violist Hyobi Sim made her debut at the age of 13 at the Kumho Prodigy Concert in South Korea. Since then, she has won numerous awards, including the Special Prize at the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition, first place at the Music Chunchu Competition, Hanjeon Arts Center Competition, and the Grand Prize at the Korea-US International Music Competition. She has performed worldwide at various venues, including the New York Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, 92nd Street Y, Sydney Opera House, and others as part of tours.

Hyobi Sim holding a viola.

Lecturer, Assistant Conductor & Visual Coordinator of the Minuteman Marching Band

Christine Sirard

Christine Sirard has been the Assistant Director of the UMass Marching Band, serving as Color Guard Director and Visual Coordinator, since 2015. She previously worked as Color Guard Instructor for the UMMB from 1990-1995.

Christine Sirard

Professor, Trombone; Brass Area Coordinator

A headshot of Greg Spiridopoulos posed with his trombone.

Trombonist Greg Spiridopoulos has gained recognition as one of the most sought after trombonists in New England. Since 2001, Mr. Spiridopoulos has been principal trombone of the Albany Symphony Orchestra, which is dedicated to commissioning and recording new American works. He can be heard on the Albany Symphony’s 2014 Grammy winning album, Conjurer, featuring music by John Corigliano, and the 2016 Grammy nominated album, Kabir Padavali, featuring music by Christopher Rouse.

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Assistant Professor, Bassoon

Remy Taghavi

Rémy Taghavi is a highly sought-after bassoonist based in the Northeast, and has performed, toured and recorded with numerous groups across North America, South America, and Asia. Praised for his “precise fingerwork…and impeccable breath support” (Washington Classical Review), Rémy has held the position of principal bassoon with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra since 2018 and has performed with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Las Vegas Philharmonic, Orchestra New England (ONE), and the Cape and Princeton Symphonies, among others.

Remy Taghavi

Associate Professor, String Bass (Jazz)

Fumi Tomita holding a bass instrument.

Bassist, composer, and educator Fumi Tomita was active in the New York jazz scene for over fifteen years. His 2019 recording, The Elephant Vanishes: Jazz Interpretations of the Short Stories of Haruki Murakami, was released to critical acclaim by Origin Arts records and was listed in the top ten records of 2019 by Jazziz. He also appears as a member of HGTS on their debut release And Then They Played… released in April 2020 by Summit Records. Celebrating Bird: A Tribute to Charlie Parker, a collaboration with saxophonist David Detweiler, was released in September 2020 by Next Level Music.

Fumi Tomita holding a bass instrument.

Professor, Piano; Coordinator of Piano Area

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Winner of a 2008 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Swiss-born American pianist Gilles Vonsattel is an artist of uncommon breadth. With repertoire that ranges from Bach's Art of the Fugue to Xenakis, as well as equal comfort as a soloist and chamber musician, Vonsattel displays a musical curiosity and sense of adventure that has gained him many admirers.

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Associate Professor, Music Theory; Graduate Program Director

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Christopher White remains an avid organist, having studied with Haskell Thompson and James David Christie. As a member of the Three Penny Chorus and Orchestra, he has appeared on NBC's Today Show and as a quarterfinalist on America's Got Talent. He currently serves as secretary for the New England Conference of Music Theorists.

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