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Adjei Abankwah

Abankwah, Adjei
African Drum Ensemble


303-615-1609



aabankwa@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Affiliate Faculty

Office Location:
N/A

Campus Box Number:
58


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Bio:

Adjei Abankwah was a principal dancer and choreographer with The Ghana Dance Ensemble for 11 years. In addition to dancing, he is an accomplished musician and composer. He plays a number of traditional African Instruments including the flute, xylophone, bass marimba, and drums. Adjei is also a skilled choreographer and residents of Colorado have the opportunity to view his choreographed pieces when he performs with the talented drummers and dancers in his troupe, Mokomba.  Adjei resides in Erie where he teaches dance, performs with his dance troupe and plays with his two boys. Adjei is the founder and co-producer of the BaoBao Festival and co-founder of the BaoBao Library Project.



Adi Hiranmayena, Putu Tangkas
Musicology


NA



iadihira@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Affiliate Faculty

Campus Box Number:
58


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Bio:

Putu Tangkas Adi Hiranmayena holds an MA in Integrative Studies from the University of California, San Diego and a BA in Visual and Performing Arts from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. His research interrogates discursive conceptions of “noise” in Bali and the United States. Through lenses of Cosmology, Politics, Environmentalism, and Performance, Hiranmayena looks at Heavy Metal Music, Expressive Noise, and Gamelan as spaces where “noise” (at large) is comfortable for musickers. His focus is on how people in places with long Colonial histories reclaim Indigenous identity through popular idioms.

Hiranmayena has studied and performed Balinese Arts since the age of three. He has been ensemble director at the University of San Diego, the Museum School of San Diego, and the Center for World Music, Illinois. As a music practitioner and composer, Hiranmayena continues to perform in improvisation/noise ensembles and composes contemporary works for Gamelan. He continues to work with artists and communities in the United States as well as Indonesia. His pedagogical interests lie in the complexities of Cultural Appropriation and Cultural Appreciation. Hiranmayena highlights the importance of empathy and sympathy in diverse worlds of artistic interactions.



Carla Aguilar

Aguilar, Carla
Associate Professor, Director of Music Education


303-615-0105



caguil13@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
AR

Office Number:
286-G

Office Hours:

Tues: 8:00 - 10:00 am; 1:00 - 2:00 pm

Thurs: 8:00 - 10:00 am

Campus Box Number:
58


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Bio:

Carla E. Aguilar is an associate professor and the Director of Music Education at Metropolitan State University of Denver.

Carla earned her Ph.D. in music education from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. She also earned a Master’s degree from the Jacobs School and a Bachelor’s degree from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, both in Music Education. Her current teaching duties include undergraduate courses in music education including Foundations of Music Education and The Inclusive Music Classroom. She also teaches a course on the integration of music into the elementary classroom. In addition, she observes student teachers in music and works with music students in their field experience placements. Carla is also the faculty advisor for the collegiate chapter of the National Association for Music Education at MSU Denver.

Prior to her appointment, Carla taught elementary music in the Indianapolis area, and taught undergraduate and graduate courses in music and music education at Indiana University, DePauw University, and Indiana State University. She has also completed Kodály certification from the Indiana University Kodály Institute and is currently completing Orff Certification through the University of St. Thomas.

Her research interests include policy related to music education, access to music education, student-centered learning, and arts integration. She has presented her research at the American Educational Researchers Association, the National Association for Music Education’s Biennial Conference, the International Society for Music Education, and the Society for Music Teacher Education. She continues to perform with the 38th Infantry Division Indiana Army National Guard Band from Indianapolis, Indiana as a flute and piccolo player.



Allen, Clay
Class Piano, Basic Music Technology


NA



jalle151@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Affiliate Faculty

Campus Box Number:
58


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Bailey, Stephen
Music Theory


N/A



sbaile27@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Affiliate Faculty

Campus Box Number:
58


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Bio:

Stephen Bailey is a Colorado-based composer, improviser, electronic musician, and sound engineer. His compositional output rejects stylistic constraints in favor of expressive efficacy, diversity, and fluidity and incorporates a wide variety of compositional innovations from the last century. With a strong emphasis on electronic and electro-acoustic music, his works focus on the interaction between humans and the world around them, including machines, science, nature, and each other.

Stephen’s music has been performed extensively locally and internationally, in Denver, Brazil, New York, St. Louis, and Casper. He has presented, performed, and been programmed at The New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, Electronic Music Midwest, Casper New Music Days, The Classical Salon at Dazzle Nightclub, The VU Symposium, and The Aspen Composer’s Conference, among others. He has been performed and commissioned by The Playground Ensemble, Nebula Ensemble, the Metropolitan State University of Denver and University of Denver Men’s choirs, The Lamont Symphony Orchestra, The Modern Hue Ensemble, as well as other musicians from Denver and the west. 

Stephen is the current Director of Operations for Nebula Ensemble, holds faculty positions at Metropolitan State University of Denver, The University of Denver, and The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, and is the chief sound engineer at Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church. He received a Bachelor’s of Music from Metropolitan State University of Denver, and a Master’s of Music from The University of Denver.



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Baldwin, Jason
Voice


303-615-1612



jbaldw15@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Affiliate Faculty

Office Location:
N/A

Campus Box Number:
58


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Bio:

American tenor, Jason Baldwin, has performed with Opera Theatre Saint Louis, Utah Symphony & Opera, Opera Colorado, Amarillo Opera, Asheville Lyric Opera, Opera Fort Collins and Emerald City Opera. Roles performed include Tamino, Rodolfo, Pinkerton, Tybalt, Pang, Arturo, Adolfo Pirelli, Jacquino, Ernesto, and Camille de Rosillion. His upcoming engagements include a debut with Opera Tampa as Tybalt in Gounod’s Roméo et Julietteand his first Rossini Stabat Mater with the London Symphony Chorus.

A gifted concert artist, Mr. Baldwin recently performed the Britten War Requiem under the baton of Marin Alsop. Other concert credits include Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti, Richard Einhorn’s Voices of Light, as well as numerous “Opera’s Greatest Hits” concerts. Mr. Baldwin has performed with the Utah Symphony, the Colorado Symphony, the Boulder Philharmonic, the Colorado Chamber Players, the Littleton Symphony, Sinfonia of the West, and the Cherry Creek Chorale.

Mr. Baldwin earned a Master’s degree in vocal performance at the University of Colorado, after receiving his undergraduate degree in vocal performance from Mars Hill College, NC. He was a Studio Artist during Utah Symphony and Opera’s 2003-2004 Season, an Ensemble Artist at Opera Theatre St. Louis in 2003, and a Young Artist with Opera Colorado from 1999-2002.  He currently studies voice with Bill Schuman.

Originally from Asheville, NC, Mr. Baldwin and his family reside in Boulder, Colorado.



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Barber, Sarah
Voice


303-615-1613



sbarberm@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Affiliate Faculty

Office Location:
N/A

Campus Box Number:
58


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Bio:

Acclaimed for her artistry and refined characterizations, mezzo-soprano Sarah Barber appears regularly on operatic and concert stages across North America. Opera News lauds her as a “rich-voiced, imaginative artist” and a “major find” [May 2009].  Recent engagements include Mama McCourt in The Ballad of Baby Doe [Central City Opera], Madame de Croissy in Dialogues of the Carmelites  [Eklund Opera -guest artist), Handel’s Messiah [Stratus Chamber Orchestra], Mahler’s Abschied [Littleton Symphony], Verdi’s Requiem [Jefferson Symphony Orchestra], Jenkins’ The Armed Man [Larimer Chorale], and Haydn’s Missa in Angustiis [Larimer Chorale].

Ms. Barber has performed with many notable companies such as Central City Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, West Bay Opera, Opera Theatre of the Rockies, Opera Ft. Collins, the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, the Colorado Music Festival, the Black Hills Symphony, the Boulder Symphony, and the Arapahoe Philharmonic.  Favorite operatic appearances include the title role in Carmen, Orfeo in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice, and Die Hexe in Hänsel und Gretel.  Her extensive concert work includes Bernstein's Jeremiah Symphony, Duruflé's Requiem, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Respighi’s Il Tramonto, and Barber’s Dover Beach.

A champion of new music, Sarah recently premiered Robert Spillman’s An Emily Dickinson Notebook, a 16 song cycle for mezzo, flute, and piano, realized the role of Harriet in Leanna Kirchoff’s award winning opera The Clever Artifice of Harriet and Margaret, and premiered Alexandra Eddy’s one-woman chamber opera Arion.  Ms. Barber’s abundant awards include two-time Metropolitan Opera Competition Regional Finalist, three-time finalist in the Denver Lyric Opera Guild’s Competition, winner of the 1999 Ekstrand Graduate Competition (CU-Boulder), and 1998 Ft. Dodge (IA) Symphony Young Artist Competition winner. She was an apprentice with Des Moines Metro Opera (1999) and Central City Opera (2000) and holds a Master of Music from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Northern Iowa, where she was honored as a member of Pi Kappa Lambda and Kappa Delta Pi.   Also a music educator, Ms. Barber also performs regularly as a teaching artist with the Central City Opera Ensemble and has served on the voice faculties of Metropolitan State University of Denver, the University of Colorado Boulder, Denver School of the Arts, and Front Range Community College. 



Adam Bartczak

Bartczak, Adam
Jazz Trombone, Music Theory


303-615-1614



abartcza@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Affiliate Faculty

Office Location:
N/A

Campus Box Number:
58


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Bio:

Denver native, trombonist, and composer Adam Bartczak holds a bachelors in trombone performance from the University of Colorado, a masters in jazz composition from the New England Conservatory, and a doctorate in jazz studies from the University of Northern Colorado, where he taught jazz history, pedagogy, and jazz combo.  He currently teaches jazz theory, jazz trombone, and jazz composition and arranging at MSU Denver and performs with a wide stylistic diversity of groups in Colorado, including his own big band for which he composes.  His compositions have also been performed by the West Point Academy’s Jazz Knights, the University of North Texas One O’clock Lab Band, and Denver’s 9th + Lincoln Jazz Orchestra, and have featured artists such as Donny McCaslin, Jeff Coffin, Robin Eubanks, Brian Lynch, Billy Pierce, and Geoffrey Keezer.  As a performer, he has shared the stage with these jazz artists, in addition to Ron Miles, Karl Denson, Del the Funky Homosapien, and Ziggy Marley.



Charla Bevan-Jones

Bevan-Jones, Charla
Music Events Manager


303-615-0195



bevan@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Full-Time Staff

Office Location:
AR

Office Number:
287-D

Campus Box Number:
58


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Bird, Kim
Jazz Accompanist


N/A



kbird4@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Affiliate Faculty

Campus Box Number:
58


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Bio:

Originally from the New England area, Kim Bird holds a Master's in Music, Jazz Studies from the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver, and a Bachelor's of Music in Double Bass performance from the University of Southern Maine. Her ability to move easily between the jazz, rock, pop and classical worlds keeps her very busy. She performs regularly with her original quartet, CP-30, and was a member of the award-winning contemporary Denver-based quintet The Orchid Room. She has also performed with Art Lande, Wayne Bergeron, Sutton Foster, Liberty DeVitto, and Norm Lewis among many others. Kim has served as a big band clinician at the Colorado All-State Jazz Festival, is the accompanist for the Colorado All-State Jazz Choirs, and has also served as an adjudicator for several Maine All-State Music festivals.



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Breeden, Anne
Staff Accompanist


303-615-1617



abreeden@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Affiliate Faculty

Office Location:
N/A

Campus Box Number:
58


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Bio:

Anne Breeden, a graduate of the Eastman School of Music studying Chamber Music and Accompanying under Dr. Jean Barr, has collaborated with members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Concertante di Chicago, The Lyric Opera Center for American Artists, Chicago Opera Theatre, and The Chicago Children’s Choir. In 2005, Anne founded Arts At Large, an organization that unites emerging artists with underserved audiences. She currently performs and teaches in Colorado, and also serves as a collaborative pianist at Metropolitan State University of Denver.



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Chapman, Solomon
Jazz Piano


303-615-1618



schapm15@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Affiliate Faculty

Office Location:
N/A

Campus Box Number:
58


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Bio:

A native of Denver, Solomon J. Chapman is a sought-after musician within the Gospel and Jazz communities of Colorado.  At age nine, he began formal lessons with pianist Marie Clark.  In the same year, he also began serving as lead pianist of his church, St. John Church of God in Christ, under the musical direction of his mother, Christeen Chapman.  Through countless performances in concert and liturgical settings as a teenager, Solomon became an active gospel accompanist and collaborator in music-ministry projects in Colorado.  He graduated from Overland High School in 2011, gaining such honors as the George Eastman Young Leaders Award and the John Philip Sousa Band.

Solomon received both academic and music talent scholarships to study at the Metropolitan State University of Denver.  As a student at MSU Denver, he performed in many areas of the music program, including the MSU Denver Big Band, Jazz Combo, Vocal Accompanying, Classical Chamber Music, and Wind Ensemble.  In the Spring of 2016, he graduated Magna Cum Laude from MSU Denver, earning a Bachelor Degree in Music Composition.

Currently, Solomon is active as a composer, arranger, and educator.  His works have been featured in local ensembles like The Rhythm of Life Community Chorus and the MSU Denver Wind Ensemble as well as in Colombia, South America through ColomboAmerican Medellín’s 2015 Jazz Camp and Festival.  Passionate about music education, Solomon is also the owner of MD Music LLC, a piano studio dedicated to cultivating gospel musicians within the State of Colorado.



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Clement, Dawn
Director of Jazz Studies, Assistant Professor


303-605-5872



dcleme15@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
AR

Office Number:
284-G

Office Hours:

Tues: 10:00 - 11:00 am; 4:30 - 6:30 pm

Weds: 10:00 - 11:00 am; 3:30 - 4:30 pm

Campus Box Number:
58


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Bio:

Pianist/Vocalist/Composer Dawn Clement has established herself as one of the most sought after musicians working today. With her joyful presence, consummate technique and distinctive sound, Clement has gained the attention and respect of musicians, critics and fans through the US and abroad. “In all this world of jazz, there are very few individual voices, no matter what the instrument, but Dawn has come up with a voice that’s unique…” says legendary jazz trombonist Julian Priester.

With 5 CD’s under her belt, not to mention appearing as side woman on Jane Ira Bloom’s latest release “Wild Lines” and Emi Meyer’s “Monochrome”, Dawn has been hailed as the “Wonder Woman of Seattle” by Paul DeBarros (Seattle Times). Downbeat says “The revelation is Dawn Clement’s piano, always ready with the lyricism or structure the moment needs."  With her newest release, Tandem, she explores the magic of musical pairs with some of her closest musical cohorts. 

Dawn has recently re-located from the Pacific Northwest to Denver, Colorado to take on the new role of Assistant Professor and Area Coordinator of the Jazz and American Music Department at Metropolitan State University of Denver. She holds a Bachelor of Music from Cornish College of the Arts and a Masters of Fine Arts in Music Composition from Vermont College of the Arts. When she is not playing, composing, touring, or teaching, Clement lives in Denver with her husband and three children, Noah, Elvin, and Adele.



Collins, Heather
Arts Advising, Recruitment, and Retention Specialist


303-615-0307



hcollin2@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Full-Time Staff

Office Location:
AR

Office Number:
286A

Campus Box Number:
37


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Peter Cooper

Cooper, Peter
Percussion


303-615-1620



pcoope13@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Affiliate Faculty

Office Location:
N/A

Campus Box Number:
58


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Bio:

Peter Cooper grew up near Chicago, where, after taking two years of piano lessons, he decided to join the school band in fifth grade.  Continuing on a traditional educational music path, Peter enjoyed playing in a national high school honors band and attending the National Music Camp in Interlochen, Michigan.  Because of this exposure, he decided to follow this musical path through Oberlin and Juilliard, eventually ending up in Mexico City playing and recording with a full-time orchestra.  However, that was bound to end sometime, so he took the opportunity of auditioning for the Timpani position with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic in 1987, and has lived and worked as a professional musician in the Colorado Front Range ever since.



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Crowe, David
Double Bass


N/A



dcrowe4@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Affiliate Faculty

Office Location:
N/A

Campus Box Number:
58


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Bio:

David Crowe is an active performer in the Denver area as principal bass with Opera Colorado and Boulder Philharmonic and a member of the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado, Colorado Music Festival and Colorado Ballet orchestras. David also subs regularly with the Colorado Symphony.

In addition to teaching at Metropolitan Sate University of Denver, David has a private studio in Boulder and is involved in educational outreach in local area schools. He is inspired by a wide range of music from jazz and standard classical repertoire to contemporary works for the double bass. David received his Masters in Double Bass Performance from the University of Colorado under Paul Erhard.



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Christine Devine

Devine, Christine
Music Department Coordinator


303-615-0348



collinch@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Full-Time Staff

Office Location:
AR

Office Number:
287

Campus Box Number:
58


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Dave Devine

Devine, Dave
Director of Jazz Rhythm Section Studies, Jazz Guitar


303-615-1621



devined@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Affiliate Faculty

Office Location:
AR

Office Number:
284-H

Campus Box Number:
58


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Bio:

Hailed as “Denver’s Guitar Guru” by Westword magazine, guitarist, composer, and educator Dave Devine is known throughout the Denver jazz and rock scene for his virtuosity as a performer, his versatility as an artist, and his keen ability to connect with and inspire his students. With a background in classical guitar performance and a deep abiding love for guitar pedals, his sound is one of dense melodic layers, ambient washes, and lush sonic landscapes.

Devine’s recording projects have ranged from experimental jazz (momen terra, Static Trio) and chamber pop (GreybirdDelby L), to jazz metal (Hate Camels) and ambient (Mountain Coast). Devine presents his original compositions with his group Dave Devine Relay, blending effect-heavy guitars, layered synths, and shifting meters into rich instrumental pop songs.

In Invisible Bird, a modern jazz trio with trumpeter Shane Endsley (Kneebody) and drummer Scott Amendola (Nels Cline Singers), Devine serves as one of three distinct compositional voices, presenting original music that traverses an array of textures from rootsy backbeat grooves and pop melodies to swirling soundscapes and meditative structures. Invisible Bird released their debut album Flutter to Fuzz in 2018 with guest appearances from Orenda Fink (Azure Ray) and Sam Amidon.

Devine has also recorded and/or performed with Brian Blade and the Fellowship Band (Body and Shadow, Blue Note), John Grant and the Czars (Sorry I Made You Cry, Bella Union) Art Lande, The Barr Brothers, Don Byron, Chuck Prophet, Marc Broussard, Janet Feder, Elliott Sharp, Ron Miles, Matt Wilson, Ben Goldberg, Neil Halstead, and Sun Kil Moon among others.

Devine presents his chamber arrangements of Ennio Morricone’s spaghetti western scores annually in conjunction with the Denver Western Stock Show. The Good, The Bad, and the Devine is a show as much educational as it is entertaining, and currently features Tania Katz (vocals), Shane Endsley (trumpet), Patrick Lee (keyboards), and DeVotchKa members Tom Hagerman (violin), Jeanie Schroder (bass), and Shawn King (drums).

Originally from Indianapolis, Dave Devine earned his undergrad in classical guitar performance at Butler University. He earned a Performer’s Diploma in classical guitar performance and completed graduate work in jazz studies at Indiana University, where he was teaching assistant to David Baker. An educator at heart, Devine is Co-Director of the Jazz and American Improvised Music program at Metropolitan State University of Denver, where he has taught since 2002.



MaryAnn DiMartini

DiMartini, Mary Ann
Staff Accompanist


303-615-1622



dimartin@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Affiliate Faculty

Office Location:
N/A

Campus Box Number:
58


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Bio:

For forty-some years, Mary Ann DiMartini has been happily doing her three favorite things – teaching, accompanying, and providing music for worship.  She has taught piano to students ages six through ninety, as well as in public and private schools from seventh grade and up.  She is currently an accompanist at Metropolitan State University of Denver.



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Ellis, Heath
Musicology


NA



hellis1@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Affiliate Faculty

Campus Box Number:
58


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Shane Endsley

Endsley, Shane
Jazz Trumpet


303-615-1624



sendsle1@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Affiliate Faculty

Office Location:
N/A

Campus Box Number:
58


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Bio:

Named one of DownBeat’s “Top 25” trumpeters of his generation, Shane Endsley is an avant-garde, jazz, and post-rock-leaning musician who works across a broad spectrum of musical styles from folk to free improvisation. A founding member of the Grammy-nominated post-rock/jazz outfit Kneebody, Endsley has also toured/performed/recorded with many artists including Ani DiFranco, Ravi Coltrane, Pearl Jam, Ralph Alessi, Tim Berne, John Hollenbeck, Jason Mraz, Steve Coleman, Dave Binney, and Donny McCaslin.



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David Farrell

Farrell, David
Lecturer in Music Theory, Composition


303-615-1625



dfarrel7@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
AR

Office Number:
277-L

Office Hours:

Mon: 9:30 - 10:30 am

Tues: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Weds: 12:00 - 1:00 pm

Thurs: 9:00 - 11:00 am

Campus Box Number:
58


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Bio:

David E. Farrell is a composer based in Denver, CO.

David's music has been performed by ensembles across the United States, including the North/South Chamber Orchestra, the Playground Ensemble, the Indiana University Symphonic Band, the University of Iowa Center for New Music Ensemble, the Metropolitan State University of Denver Brass Ensemble, and the University of Illinois Chamber Orchestra as winner of the University of Illinois Orchestra Composition Competition. His works have been featured at the Sam Houston State University Contemporary Music Festival, the University of South Dakota's "60/60" concerts, the Midwest Composers Symposium, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chamber Music Institute, and the University of Cincinnati's Music07 Festival.

David studied at the University of Illinois and at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music, where he earned a D.M. in Composition. His teachers have included Claude Baker, Zack Browning, William Brooks, Don Freund, Gabriela Ortiz, P.Q. Phan, Stephen Taylor, and Richard Wernick.

In his spare time, David enjoys reading books about baseball, evolution, and super heroes. Originally from Chicago, IL, he also spends time obsessively following the Chicago White Sox. He currently teaches composition and music theory at Metropolitan State University of Denver. 



Katie Flannery

Flannery, Katie
Musicology


303-615-1626



kflanne1@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Affiliate Faculty

Office Location:
N/A

Campus Box Number:
58


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Bio:

Katie Flannery is currently affiliate faculty at the Metropolitan State University of Denver where she teaches courses in Western art music history as well as American popular music history.  Katie has a very diverse background in music with specialty areas ranging from clarinet studies to medieval music history to American popular music. She offers her students a unique perspective to studying music history and popular culture.  She has presented papers on pilgrimage, myth and ritual in the Phish community as well as an analysis of "Dark Star" by the Grateful Dead.  Other research areas include baseball and music, popular music and journalism, and war and violence in American popular music.



Mark Foster

Foster, Mark
Percussion


303-615-1627



fosterm@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Affiliate Faculty

Office Location:
N/A

Campus Box Number:
58


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Bio:

Mark Foster is a Denver, Colorado native currently on the faculty at the Metropolitan State University of Denver.  His primary teachers include William L. Roberts (principal percussionist with the Denver Symphony, retired) and George Gaber (Indiana University).  Foster received a master of music degree from Indiana University and was awarded a performance certificate while attending IU.  He currently resides in Denver where he is a freelance musician.  He has played in more than 40 touring Broadway shows, as well as, the Colorado Ballet Orchestra, the Colorado Symphony, the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, and Colorado Music Festival Orchestra among others.



Friedhaber, Amy
Student Teaching Supervisor


N/A



adeans2@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Affiliate Faculty

Campus Box Number:
58


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Bio:

In addition to supervising student teachers at Metropolitan State University of Denver, Amy Friedhaber is currently the Performing Arts Peer Observer for Denver Public Schools, where she coaches and supports music and drama teachers across the district. Prior to her Peer Observer role, Amy began her teaching career in DPS at Smith Elementary and continued onto Farrell B. Howell where she taught students music from ECE-8thgrade, as well as being the Lights on Afterschool Coordinator. Amy continues to work with students at Farrell B. Howell where she runs a small Orff ensemble and elementary choir. Amy received her Bachelors of Music Education from Fredonia State University of New York, and her Masters in Educational Psychology at the University of Colorado Denver.



Peter Friesen

Friesen, Peter
Piano


303-615-1628



pfriese2@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Affiliate Faculty

Office Location:
N/A

Campus Box Number:
58


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Bio:

Peter Friesen is on the faculty of Metropolitan State University of Denver, where he teaches both class piano and private piano lessons.  A native of Southern California, he holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, where he studied piano with Victor Labenske.  He was highly involved in the local music community as a piano teacher, accompanist, and frequent master class performer, and was awarded several prizes and honors as an entrant in local and state festivals and competitions.  Mr. Friesen moved to Colorado in 2005, and received his Master of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2007.  While studying piano with David Korevaar and Robert Spillman, he studied as a teaching assistant under Alejandro Cremaschi, teaching class piano and studying group teaching techniques.  A passionate performer, Mr. Friesen is drawn to the music of the 20th and 21st centuries, and enjoys collaborating with composers to bring their new music to life.

As a teacher, Mr. Friesen is an enthusiastic instructor who shares his excitement for the piano with his students.  He strives to enable his students to explore their own individual approaches to the piano, while equipping them with sound musical and technical advice.  He has taught beginning to advanced piano students ranging from ages 4-75 in both private and group settings.  In addition to his group and private teaching at MSU Denver, Mr. Friesen also teaches from his studio in Broomfield and is a former member of the faculty at the Rocky Mountain Center for Musical Arts in Lafayette.



Matt Fuller

Fuller, Matt
Jazz Guitar


303-615-1629



mfulle18@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Affiliate Faculty

Office Location:
N/A

Campus Box Number:
58


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Bio:

Matt Fuller is happy to be back to his home state of Colorado after living in New York City as a freelancing musician and teacher from 2012-2015.  His debut album as a leader Waiting for Violet was released in 2014 and features celebrated trumpeter Ron Miles.  In 2015 Matt received a Pathways to Jazz grant to record his second album as a leader, Simpatico Trio, City Life which features fellow guitarist Dave Miller (Chicago) and drummer Jeff Davis (NYC).  Some other notable musicians he has performed with include Amir ElSaffar, Rajna Swaminathan, Cuong Vu, Bill Ware, Scott Amendola, New West Guitar Group, Idina Menzel with Marvin Hamlisch and the Colorado Symphony Orchestra.

Matt holds a Master’s Degree in Jazz Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Colorado and a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Ft. Lewis College.  Prior to teaching at MSU Denver, he taught jazz guitar and guitar ensembles as adjunct faculty at the University of Northern Colorado from 2005-2011.  Matt studied jazz guitar and music theory for eleven years with his mentor Dale Bruning (Bill Frisell’s original teacher).  While running his own private lesson studios in Denver and Brooklyn Matt draws on twenty years teaching experience.  He finds great joy in helping each student develop their skills and find their own direction in music.



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Cody Garrison

Garrison, Cody
Staff Accompanist


303-615-1630



cgarris5@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Affiliate Faculty

Office Location:
N/A

Campus Box Number:
58


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Bio:

Dr. Cody Garrison is an avid collaborative pianist and enjoys working with a wide variety of musicians. He has recently worked with members of the Metropolitan Opera, Orchestre symphonique de Motreal, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, and the Cairo Opera Company. 



Joice Gibson

Gibson, Joice
Musicology


303-615-0471



gibsonj@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Affiliate Faculty

Office Location:
N/A

Campus Box Number:
58


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Bio:

Joice Waterhouse Gibson, Ph.D. has taught a variety of music history courses for music majors and non-majors at the University of Colorado at Boulder and Metropolitan State University of Denver over the past decade-plus. She completed her (second) bachelor’s degree (summa cum laude) at Metropolitan State University of Denver studying voice and piano and earning multiple awards, including the Golden Key Senior Scholarship for outstanding academic performance, as well as several Colorado Scholars Music Talent awards and academic awards. She also participated in multiple vocal ensembles and played piano with the Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra.

After graduating from MSU Denver, Joice taught as an adjunct faculty member and co-developed, teaches, and coordinates the online Introduction to Music courses, of which there are now multiple sections, and was subsequently presented an award for Outstanding Online Educator for her innovations and teaching accomplishments. She also co-developed an Online Fundamentals of Music Theory course. Joice has also been a music advisor for the department and full-time classified staff and office manager.

Joice earned her Ph.D. under the guidance of Dr. Thomas Riis, combining her European and American historical musicology interests. She conducted a musical and cultural analysis of the English comic opera Inkle and Yarico from England to America, 1787-1844, particularly regarding issues of race, class, gender, and slavery.Earning a master’s degree in musicology from the University of Colorado at Boulder, Joice wrote her master’s thesis on transcultural music participation, which included ethnomusicological fieldwork study with local Balinese gamelan Tunas Mekar and Eastern-European vocal group Planina. While a graduate student, she received the Gordon Getty Scholarship and was a Research Assistant in the American Music Research Center (AMRC). Joice was also a Lead Graduate Teacher in the College of Music and a Lead Coordinator in the Arts and Humanities for the Graduate Teacher Program prior to accepting her current teaching post at MSU Denver.

Joice was the President of the College Music Society Rocky Mountain Chapter for several years and also serves as the Conference Manager for the Society for American Music. She has coordinated two Institutes for Pedagogies in World Music Theories for the College Music Society, directed by Dr. Brenda Romero of the University of Boulder. While a research assistant in the American Music Research Center, she also assisted with planning and managing several conferences, including an international symposium on Nadia Boulanger and American composers. She has presented papers at regional, national, and international conferences and has participated as an invited panelist at several national conferences.



Jeff Gleason

Gleason, Jeff
Guitar


303-615-1632



gleasonj@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Affiliate Faculty

Office Location:
N/A

Campus Box Number:
58


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Bio:

Born in Alaska, and raised in Colorado, guitarist Jeff Gleason holds a Master of Music in Guitar Performance from the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music and a Bachelor of Music in Guitar Performance from Metropolitan State University of Denver. Former teachers include Ricardo Iznaola, Masa Ito, Jonathan Leathwood, and Alex Komodore. He has participated in master classes with Christopher Parkening, Paul Galbraith, Ricardo Cobo, David Russell, Manuel Barrueco, GFA winner Judicael Perroy, Stephen Aaron, Frank Koonce, and John Duarte, and was the third-place winner of the Denver Classical Guitar Society’s solo competition in 2009. He joined the MSU Denver Music guitar faculty in January of that year where he teaches guitar lessons and several sections of Class Guitar, and also maintains an active private guitar studio.  He has performed throughout Colorado and the west, including in the Santa Fe Classical Guitar Festival and the Sierra Nevada Classical Guitar Festival.



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Gudvangen-Brown, JoAnn
Staff Accompanist


N/A



jgudvang@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Affiliate Faculty

Campus Box Number:
58


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Bio:

JoAnn Gudvangen-Brown has been an active musician in the Denver area for over twenty-five years. She is the Director of Music (choir director, organist/pianist) at University Park United Methodist Church. She is part-time faculty at Metropolitan State University of Denver as a collaborative pianist and is a collaborative pianist for the Denver University Lamont School of Music choral program. She has been featured as the organist for the Summer Choral Festival with Howard Skinner and has accompanied many local groups under fine conductors. She also keeps busy accompanying some Denver Public Schools and the Temple Sinai High Holy Day Choir. She received her Bachelor of Music from St. Olaf College in piano performance, and her Master of Arts in piano performance and choral conducting from DU. She has also been a professional choral singer in the Denver area for many years. She enjoys spending time with her husband and three children.



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Mark Harris

Harris, Mark
Associate Professor of Saxophone


303-615-0540



harrimar@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
AR

Office Number:
284-E

Office Hours:

Monday: 7:30 - 9:30 am, 10:15 - 11:15 am

Tuesday: 1:00 - 2:00 pm

Wednesday: 8:00 - 9:30 am

Campus Box Number:
58


Directory Profile

Bio:

Mark Harris is a dedicated and exploratory educator and performer.  He has been a first call show player, playing in bands backing artists including Billy Eckstein, Joe Williams, Cab Calloway, Bob Hope, Natalie Cole, the Temptations; performed with Roger Waters (of Pink Floyd), Fred Frith, recorded with Bill Frisell, and Matt Wilson.  His more recent performance focus is with original music bands Hamster Theatre, Thinking Plague, improv group Random Axe,  and classical chamber ensembles Metro Wind Consort (where he replaces the french horn of a woodwind quintet with alto saxophone), and the Lamont Sax Quartet.  He became certified in Soundpainting in 2013, and uses it to help with another area of focus, improvisation for musicians of all styles and skill levels.  

Mark emphasizes strong technical skills, aesthetic exploration, and student directed learning concepts in order to maximize the relevance of material, and to nourish creativity of saxophone students at MSU Denver. His goal is for his students to leave MSU Denver creatively charged, with a sound understanding of music, and a complete skill set on the saxophone so they can be successful in any musical arena.

His most prominent former student is Downbeat Magazine’s Critics Poll 2013 Alto Saxophone Player of the Year, Rudresh Mahanthappa.



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Heller, Dru
Jazz Drumset


303-615-1633



dheller3@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Affiliate Faculty

Office Location:
N/A

Campus Box Number:
58


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Bio:

Originally from Spokane, Washington, Dru Heller holds a Master’s degree in Jazz Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Colorado-Boulder.  Dru has played with such jazz greats as Brian Lynch, Dave Pietro, Rodney Jones, Peter Bernstein, and Conrad Herwig.  Dru also maintains a busy schedule as a freelance musician in the Denver jazz scene, leading his own quintet as well as playing in bands led by Don Byron, Art Lande, Ron Miles and many others.  Dru has been a guest artist and clinician at various jazz festivals including the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, the Spokane Falls Jazz Festival, and the Eastern Washington University Jazz Dialogues Festival.  



Michael Hengst

Hengst, Michael
Associate Professor of Trumpet, Director of Brass & Percussion Studies


303-615-0560



mhengst@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
AR

Office Number:
284-F

Campus Box Number:
58


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Bio:

 

Michael T. Hengst teaches trumpet, serves as brass area director, and directs the Roadrunner Pride Pep Band at Metropolitan State University of Denver. Prior to his appointment at MSU Denver, he served on the faculties at The University of Texas at Austin and Southwestern University. Dr. Hengst holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Trumpet Performance from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he studied with Edward Bach, a Master of Music degree. and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Trumpet Performance from The University of Texas at Austin, where he studied with Ray Sasaki.

 

Dr. Hengst has also been nationally recognized as a 1st prize winner UGA Brass Quintet Competition of the Americas, Finalist and Honorable Mention at the Crawford Trumpet Competition, 3rd Prize winner at the 2005 National Trumpet Competition in the Master's and Ensemble Divisions, and 4th Prize winner at the 2007 National Trumpet Competition. He is a member of the Boulder Brass, principal solo cornet with the Colorado Brass, and has played with the Colorado Ballet, the Boulder Philharmonic, the Fort Collins Symphony, the Breckenridge Music Festival, the Denver Brass, the Victoria Bach Festival, the Abbey Bach Festival, the Fayetteville Symphony, the Fred Hess Big Band, the H2 Big Band, the Denver Municipal Band, and the Austin City Brass Quintet and Brass Ensemble, as well as the house trumpeter for musicals at the Arvada Center for the Arts.  Dr. Hengst has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and South America and taught at the InterHarmony International Music Festival held in Italy.  At MSU Denver, he was chosen to host the National Trumpet Competition and the Rocky Mountain Trumpet Fest.

Hengst is a Bach trumpet performing artist.  He currently lives in Centennial with his twin daughters and rescue pugs.



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Katz, Tania
Jazz Voice


NA



tkatz2@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Affiliate Faculty

Campus Box Number:
58


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Bio:

Tania Katz has been actively performing, writing, and recording in the Denver music scene since 2011. She currently sings and plays the synthesizer with her two bands SharkTruce and Taeogi; both bands combine elements of experimental, avant-garde rock, folk, pop, and jazz. Katz has performed and/or recorded with great local musicians such as Dave Devine of Relay, Greg Garrison of Leftover Salmon, Shawn King of DeVotchKa, Marc Dalio of Relay, Chris Pandolfi of Trad Plus/The Infamous Stringdusters, and composer Adam Bartczak.



Chris Keelan

Keelan, Chris
Lecturer in Music Theory


303-615-1635



ckeelan@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
AR

Office Number:
286-D

Office Hours:

M/W: 1:00 - 3:00 pm by appt

T/R: 9:30 - 11:00 am; 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Campus Box Number:
58


Directory Profile

Bio:

Chris Keelan received his B.A. in music from MSU Denver in December 2011. After teaching privately and with Adams 12 in Colorado, he was awarded a full scholarship and teaching assistantship to the Glenn Korff School of Music at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In May 2015, Chris completed his M.M. with a focus in theory from UNL. His research focused on the possible benefits of using visual color in aural skills courses. Chris is also a member of the Golden Key Honors Society and the Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society.

Mr. Keelan's entry into music was rather unusual. Before he started studying music at MSU Denver, Chris had no formal instrument training and little musical knowledge. At the end of his degree program, Chris tutored for MSU Denver in music theory and aural skills, and had finished his B.A. with an emphasis in piano with honors. This entry into music has helped shape the way Chris approaches and teaches music in the classroom and believes that with dedication and passion, anyone can study, appreciate, and succeed in music.

Chris served in the United States Marine Corps from 2003-2010 including several overseas tours and was honorably discharged in 2010. Besides playing the guitar and piano, he also enjoys camping, history, aviation, and classic car restoration. 



Kilday, Adriana
Arts Advising, Recruitment, and Retention Specialist


303-605-7140



akilday@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Full-Time Staff

Office Location:
AR

Office Number:
187H

Campus Box Number:
37


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David Kish

Kish, David
Professor, Director of Bands


303-615-0692



dkish@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
AR

Office Number:
286-B

Office Hours:

Tues: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm; 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Subject to school visit schedule; please call to confirm.

Campus Box Number:
58


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Bio:

A native of Hershey, Pennsylvania, David Kish is Director of Bands and Professor of Music at Metropolitan State University in Denver where he conducts the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and teaches conducting and music education courses. He has twice served as a Faculty Fellow in the Center for Innovation, is a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Band Research, and curator of the J.L. Gerardi Band Research Center. David is a recipient of the Faculty Senate Teaching Excellence Award at MSU Denver and the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In 2015, David was appointed Conductor and Musical Director of the Colorado Wind Ensemble, and he was recently elected to membership in prestigious American Bandmasters Association.

David has taught instrumental music at all educational levels, including a position as Associate Director of Bands and Franklin Fellow at the University of Georgia. His writings on wind literature, conducting pedagogy, and music education have been published in The Instrumentalist MagazineJournal of Band ResearchMusic Educators Journal, and five volumes of the popular resource texts, Teaching Music Through Performance in Band. He has authored four volumes of his book series, Guides to Band Masterworks and his latest book, Practicing with Purpose received the 2018 “Best Music Education Book” from School Band & Orchestra Magazine. David’s books are available from Meredith Music Publications and distributed by Hal Leonard Corporation.

Dr. Kish earned the Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees in Instrumental Conducting and Music Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania. He has presented sessions at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, the National Association of Music Education Conference, and various state music education conferences. He was Conductor-in-Residence at Capital Normal University in Beijing, China, and maintains an active schedule as guest conductor, clinician, and lecturer throughout the United States. 



Rebecca Koenigberg

Koenigberg, Rebecca
Voice


303-615-1638



rkoenigb@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Affiliate Faculty

Office Location:
N/A

Campus Box Number:
58


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Bio:

Soprano Rebecca Koenigberg has been a national finalist in the Metropolitan Opera auditions and other prestigious competitions. She has performed lead roles with the Milwaukee Skylight Opera, New England Lyric, Chicago Pocket Opera, Ohio Light Opera, and Opera Colorado. She performed her favorite role of Marie in Donizetti’s “La Fille du Regiment” with the Israel Vocal Arts institute in Tel Aviv, Israel under the tutelage of Metropolitan Opera coach, Joan Dornemann, along with other Metropolitan favorites, Nico and Carol Castel and Martin Isepp.

She has been a finalist in the San Francisco Opera competition, the Eleanor Lieber Awards and the Young Patronesses of the Opera Competition in Miami. Koenigberg sang the world premiere of John Eaton’s works “Notes on Moonlight” and “Let’s Get This Show on the Road” with the Chicago Chamber Players. She has sung with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, the Arapahoe Philharmonic and the Longmont Symphony Orchestra.



Alex Komodore

Komodore, Alex
Professor, Director of Guitar Studies


303-615-0710



komodore@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
AR

Office Number:
284-M

Campus Box Number:
58


Directory Profile

Bio:

Alex Komodore is a Denver-based virtuoso guitarist. His powerful interpretations, formidable technique, and natural musicianship have won unanimous praise from prominent international critics, audiences, and many of the world's finest guitarists. 

A tireless and dedicated servant and teacher of his craft, Komodore is the guitar coordinator at Metropolitan State University of Denver, where he is a Full Professor of Music. He has judged in many of the world’s most prestigious Guitar Festivals and Competitions, including the Portland International Guitar competition, the Denver International Guitar Competition, the Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival, and the Guitar Foundation of America International Youth Guitar Competitions. He has been invited to teach at many International conservatories throughout the world.

A much sought after soloist, chamber musician, and orchestra soloist, his performances and master classes have taken him across the United States, Canada, Portugal, Greece, Turkey and the Dominican Republic. Showing rare versatility, he has performed as a guitar, theorbo, mandolin, and tenor banjo soloist with many of the finest orchestras across the U.S.

Winner of the 1985 MTNA Collegiate Artists Competition, his subsequent appearances on National Public Radio and PBS Television broadcasts brought swift national acclaim. John Dileberto of NPR Echoes gave his 1990 CD Redstone with flutist Rod Garnett a rare highest rating”, which also earned the coveted "Best of Westword" best classical recording of 1990.

A prodigy at an early age, Komodore performed in New York's Town Hall at the age of 11, his first solo recital in New York City’s St. Paul’s Chapel at the age of 16, and an appearance at the United Nations. His 1994 solo debut recording Passport won praises from several of the world's most prominent guitarists, including the great American virtuoso Christopher Parkening who hailed his cd as "Terrific!", and Grammy Award Winner David Russell remarked, "This CD is played with beautiful atmosphere and great skill."          

His 16 CD credits include the Etherean, Folk Era, Delos, Salt, and Poco a Poco labels, with heavy global distribution, including worldwide airplay at the 1992 Summer Olympics. His recordings and appearances with renowned choral ensembles such as Kantori, St. John's Cathedral Choir and St. Martin’s Chamber Choir have received national acclaim. His newest solo recording, “Remembering” was released in 2015 and was inspired by the passing of his parents - with the hope of helping all people grieving the loss of their loved ones. 

His columns on guitar technique and advice have also been featured in Fingerstyle Guitar magazine. He was recently awarded one of the guitar’s highest honors as Host to the Guitar Foundation of America 2016 International Convention and Competition, held on the MSU Denver campus in June of 2016.

 



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Kornelsen, Michael
Affiliate Faculty, Musical Theatre


303-615-0713



kornelse@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Affiliate Faculty

Office Location:
N/A

Campus Box Number:
58


Directory Profile

Bio:

Michael J. Kornelsen joined the faculty of MSU Denver as the Director of Choral Activities in 1998. Dr. Kornelsen has conducted choral ensembles for 29 years at the college, senior high, junior high, and elementary levels. He regularly conducts major works at MSU Denver and has studied conducting for the past ten years with Dr. Dennis Keene of New York’s Voices of Ascension Chorus and Orchestra. Michael holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in choral music from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a Master of Music Education degree from the University of Northern Colorado.  Dr. Kornelsen has presented workshops at CMEA, Colorado ACDA, and internationally. He regularly serves as a clinician for choirs in the state and the country. He has served as an adjudicator for the Colorado All State Choir, the Colorado All State Jazz Choir, the UNC Greeley Jazz Festival, and the Colorado West Invitational Choral Festival. In 2008, the Metropolitan State University Chorale was selected to sing at the Southwest Regional Convention of the American Choral Directors Association in Kansas City. This is his eleventh performance with a choir at CMEA, and his fourth performance at CMEA with the Metropolitan State University Chorale. Dr. Kornelsen was inducted into the Colorado Music Educators Association Hall of Fame in 2004, and is also the recipient of a Down Beat Magazine award for Outstanding Performance by a College Jazz Choir. In 2004, he received the MSU Denver’s Presidential Performance Stipend for Outstanding Performance in Teaching, and MENC’s Outstanding Collegiate Chapter Growth Award. He is the Past President of both Colorado American Choral Directors Association and Colorado Music Educators Association, and currently serves SWACDA as its Treasurer. He is a lifetime member of ACDA, and a member of MENC, CMEA, and the College Music Society.



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Kramer, Reiner
Musicology


303-615-1639



rkramer7@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Affiliate Faculty

Office Location:
N/A

Campus Box Number:
58


Directory Profile

Bio:

Reiner Krämer is a teacher, scholar, music theorist, composer, and programmer, or music algorist for short. He earned a Ph.D. in Music Theory with a related field in Computer Music at the University of North Texas (UNT), and completed a two-year position as a Postdoctoral Researcher within the Music Technology department at McGill University’s Schulich School of Music working at the Single Interface for Music Score Searching and Analysis (SIMSSA) project. For SIMSSA he led an interdisciplinary research team of doctoral, masters, and undergraduate students. While in Montréal, he was a member of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology (CIRMMT). His research interests include computational music analysis, computer music, popular music, counterpoint, and algorithmic composition.

Aside from teaching at Metropolitan State University of Denver, Reiner Krämer also teaches Music Theory at the University of Northern Colorado. He has previously worked at Northeastern State University (Tahlequah, OK), where he taught music technology, music arranging, music appreciation, and rock music history courses. He also taught music theory, new media, and music technology courses while being a graduate student at the University of North Texas. In addition, while at UNT, Reiner Krämer was a researcher at the Hybrid Arts Lab as part of the Initiative for Advanced Research in Technology and the Arts, and worked as a web programmer.

As a scholar, music theorist, and composer, Reiner Krämer has presented (and will present) research outcomes, papers, and compositions in the U.S., Canada, England, France, Germany, Austria, Poland, and Japan. The presentations were given at the following conferences, festivals, podcasts, radio shows, or colleges: Arbeitstagung der Gesellschaft für Popularmusikforschung, Association for Technology in Music Instruction National Conference, Bates College, Canadian Society for Digital Humanities Congress, Canadian University Music Society Conference, College of Music Society Conference, College of Music Society South Central Regional Conference, Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology, Dairy Arts Center, Digital Humanities Conference, Electroacoustic Barn Dance, 5th International Pure Data Convention, Florida Flute Festival, Fort Lewis College, International Musicological Society Congress, Jahreskongress der Gesellschaft für Musiktheorie, Medieval-Renaissance Music Conference, Music Encoding Conference, National Flute Association, New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival (New York Philharmonic's biennial at National Sawdust), Le IXe congrès européen d’Analyse musicale,OK Electric Festival, Patch In, The Present Edge with Gary McBride, Society of Music Theory Conference (Music Informatics Group), Stevens Institute of Technology, Studio Z, Texas A & M University, University of California (Los Angeles), University of New Mexico, UNT on the Square, Vitrine des humanités numériques de Montréal.

As a practicing musician, Reiner Krämer sang with the Orpheus Singers in Montréal, under the direction of Peter N. Schubert. In a previous life, he played saxophone and sang in various rock ensembles, while living in a van, touring the Midwestern and Southern United States. Currently, Reiner still likes to sing and play the saxophone, flute, keyboard, and computer.



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Krueger, MB
Professor, Director of Choral Activities


303-615-0720



kruegema@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
AR

Office Number:
277-J

Office Hours:

T: 9:30 - 11:30 am

W: 9:30 - 10:30 am

Th: 9:30 - 11:30 am

 

By appointment:

M: 9:30 - 10:30 am, 3:30 - 4:00 pm

T: 3:30 - 5:00 pm

W: 3:30 - 4:30 pm

Th: 3:30 - 4:00 pm

Campus Box Number:
58


Directory Profile

Bio:

MB Krueger, mezzo soprano, earned her bachelor’s degree in music education and voice at Michigan State University (1990), where she was a National Merit Scholar.  She received her master's degree in music education with an emphasis in choral conducting from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio (1995).  She began her teaching career in Michigan as a high school choir director, and then went on to teach and direct choirs at Lansing Community College.  Currently, MB is an assistant professor of music and the Director of Choral Activities at Metropolitan State University of Denver, where she directs the Chorale and Women’s Choir and teaches conducting and musical theatre.  MB is active as a clinician for middle school, high school, and college choral festivals, and has presented voice workshops for amateur singers in theatre and church programs.  She is a member of St. Martin’s Chamber Choir and St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church Choir, and has also sung professionally with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, the Santa Fe Opera, Ars Nova Singers, and Diverse Passions Early Music Ensemble.



Tim Krueger

Krueger, Tim
Musicology


303-615-1640



kruegeti@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Affiliate Faculty

Office Location:
N/A

Campus Box Number:
58


Directory Profile

Bio:

Timothy J. Krueger studied musicology at the Wheaton Conservatory of Music, the University of Colorado, Boulder, the Universität Hamburg, Germany, and the University of London’s Royal Holloway College, where his doctoral dissertation was on the sacred music of Charles Villiers Stanford. He has studied conducting with Dr. Paul Wiens, and privately with Dennis Keene of the Voices of Ascension. He has sung professionally with the Santa Fe Opera, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Chicago A Cappella, the Vox Early Music Ensemble, and the Ars Nova Singers, as well as several Episcopal cathedral choirs. In addition to being the founding Artistic Director of St. Martin’s Chamber Choir, Krueger has served as Chorus Director for the Boulder Bach Festival, and has served in a similar capacity for the Colorado Music Festival and the Boulder Philharmonic. He is an Affiliate Faculty member in the Music Department of Metropolitan State University of Denver, where he also directs the Men’s Choir. He is Choirmaster of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, overseeing one of Denver’s finest classical church music programs.



Joyce Kull

Kull, Joyce
Organ


N/A



kull@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Affiliate Faculty

Office Location:
N/A

Campus Box Number:
58


Directory Profile

Bio:

Joyce Shupe Kull is Director of Music and Organist at Grace Lutheran Church, Boulder. She holds the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Organ Performance and Literature from the University of Colorado, Boulder, where her dissertation on J. S. Bach’s, Clavier-Übung, Part III was awarded the Chancellor’s Dissertation Award in the Arts and Humanities for 1984. From July 1, 2003-June 30, 2004, Dr. Kull served as interim Director of Music and Organist at Saint John’s Episcopal Cathedral, Denver, conducting the Cathedral Choir and performing frequently as a solo organist on the cathedral’s historic Platt Rogers Kimball pipe organ. She continues an active performance schedule, teaches organ at Metropolitan State University of Denver as well as privately, and presents lectures and workshops. She has been active in the Boulder Bach Festival and the former Denver Bach Society. Dr. Kull has published articles on Bach performance, AGO certification and pedagogical topics in The American Organist. A member of the American Guild of Organists and the Association of Anglican Musicians, she holds the AGO Fellowship (FAGO) and Choir Master (ChM) certificates. A former Director of the AGO Committee on Professional Certification, in 2008 she was elected AGO National Councillor for Education and also serves on the AGO Executive Council. On July 2, 2012, Dr. Kull presented a workshop on creative service playing at the AGO National Convention in Nashville. On Dec. 6, 2012 she was guest organist in the MSU Denver Wind Ensemble’s presentation of the David Maslanka Symphony No. 4. On April 19, 2013, she will perform a solo organ recital at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Denver.

 



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Lasmawan, I Made
Gamelan


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mlasmawa@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Affiliate Faculty

Campus Box Number:
58


Directory Profile

Bio:

I Made Lasmawan was born in the village of Bangah, in the Baturiti region of the regency of Tabanan, Bali in 1958. Strongly influenced by his family and involved in the arts since childhood, he entered KOKAR (Conservatory for Traditional Performing Arts) in Denpasar, Bali, and graduated in 1977. He continued his studies in 1978 at STSI (Indonesian College of the Arts) in Surakata (Solo), Central Java. There he studied traditional Javanese music, receiving his Traditional Indonesian Music degree in 1983.

Pak Lasmawan has since traveled and performed throughout the world, including Belgium, France, England, Singapore, Japan, Canada, and Mexico. He is a prolific composer who taught Balinese music at STSI from 1983 until 1990, when he was invited to San Diego State University to teach Javanese and Balinese music.

Living in Colorado since 1992 as Artist-in-Residence with Gamelan Tunas Mekar, Pak Lasmawan is a lecturer at Colorado College where he directs Balinese gamelan Tunjung Sari and teaches courses on Balinese and Indonesian music and Hindu epics in music. In addition to directing MSU Denver’s Gamelan Manik Kusuma (brilliant or powerful aura), he also directs gamelan ensembles at the University of Colorado, Boulder, the University of Wyoming in Laramie, and throughout the Rocky Mountains, and has helped found over 25 gamelans in the United States. Pak Lasmawan plays a leading role in both Bali and the US as the founder and director of Sanggar Manik Galih, developing community gamelan groups for Balinese, diasporic Indonesians, and Westerners.



Charles Lee

Lee, Charles
Cello


303-615-1641



clee83@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Affiliate Faculty

Office Location:
N/A

Campus Box Number:
58


Directory Profile

Bio:

Dr. Charles C. Lee received his bachelor’s degree in composition/piano from the Eastman School of Music and a master’s degree in cello performance at Temple University under Jeffrey Solow. He moved to Boulder in 1996 to pursue a Doctor of Musical Arts degree under Judith Glyde at the University of Colorado, which he received in 2004. Dr. Lee has been principal cellist of the Boulder Philharmonic orchestra since 1998, and also performs with Colorado Ballet Orchestra and Opera Colorado Orchestra. In addition to performing actively in the region as a chamber musician, he is currently serving as instructor of cello, conductor of the string ensemble and director of chamber music at Regis University, and instructor of cello at Metropolitan State University of Denver. 



Cherise Leiter

Leiter, Cherise
Professor, Director of Music Theory


303-615-0751



leiter@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
AR

Office Number:
286-F

Office Hours:

Mon: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

T/TH: 9:30 - 10:00 am

Thurs: 2:00 - 3:00 pm

Other times available by appointment.

Campus Box Number:
58


Directory Profile

Bio:

Born in south Florida, Cherise Leiter received a Bachelor of Music in Music Theory and a Master of Music in Composition from the University of Florida where she studied with Dr. Budd Udell. In 1998, Ms. Leiter relocated to Colorado and is currently Professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver, where she teaches music theory and composition.

An active composer whose output includes works for choir, piano, voice, carillon, orchestra and assorted chamber ensembles; her compositions have been performed throughout the United States, France, Scotland and Japan. She was a finalist in the 1997 Young American Choral Composers Competition sponsored by G. Schirmer, in the Ithaca College 25th annual Choral Composition Competition, and in the ‘Outside the Bach’s’ Choral Composition Competition.  She won the Braintree/Nashoba Valley Chorale competition in 2006, and the Ars Nova Competition in 2007. She was the Colorado State Music Teacher’s Association 2004 commissioned composer, and her work The Life in a Day for flute/alto flute, guitar, and cello was recorded by Dr. Michelle Stanley and released on the Centaur label in 2007. She has been a featured composer at UCM’s New Music Festival, the Aspen Composer’s Conference, the Hartford Women Composer Festival, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, and at June in Buffalo. Her recent work, Love Letters from a War, was a vocal winner in the Boston Metro Opera call and received an Honorable Mention from the 2010 NATS competition. Ms. Leiter is published by Editions Viento.

In her spare time, Ms. Leiter is an avid knitter, hiker, swimmer, cook, and bibliophile. She also has a vested interest in anything made of chocolate. She can be reached at leiter@msudenver.edu.



Lushman, Kathleen
Student Teaching Supervisor


NA



kmaguir3@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Affiliate Faculty

Campus Box Number:
58


Directory Profile

Bio:

Katy Lushman is an educator and musician whose interests have led her to diverse musical experiences. In addition to supervising student teachers at Metropolitan State University of Denver, Katy is the music department head at North High School (part of Denver Public Schools) and previously taught music in Ohio, Switzerland, and China. Katy founded Denver Choir League, Denver’s young professional choir, in 2018, and currently serves on the board of both the Colorado Music Educators Association and Colorado’s American Choral Directors Association. Her trio, Falling for Annie, performs contemporary folk music all over the Denver metro area. With music education and choral conducting degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and Westminster Choir College, Katy is an active choral singer in Colorado and has sung with the St. Martin’s Chamber Choir, Anima Chamber Ensemble, and Evans Choir.

 



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Macy, Elizabeth McLean
Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology


303-605-5873



emacy@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
AR

Office Number:
286-H

Office Hours:

M/W: 12:30 - 1:30 pm

T: 10:30 am - 1:30 pm

Also available by appointment.

Campus Box Number:
58


Directory Profile

Bio:

Elizabeth McLean Macy holds a PhD in Ethnomusicology from UCLA, an MA in Ethnomusicology from UC Riverside, and a BA in Music from Colorado College. Her dissertation research addressed the function of music tourism in post-disaster economies; in particular, it focused on the function of music tourism in the recovery and rebuilding of post-Katrina New Orleans and in Bali, Indonesia after the 2002 and 2005 terrorist bombings. Dr. Macy's current and ongoing research focuses on Balinese master musician I Made Lasmawan and his wife Ni Ketut Marni and the music and dance traditions of the village of Bangah di Baturiti in Bali. Currently a performing member of Denver's Gamelan Tunas Mekar, she began studying the music of Indonesia with Lasmawan in 1996. She is a founding member of Sanggar Manik Galih, a transnational music and dance studio based in Bali and Colorado, and teaches study abroad courses in Bali on Balinese music, arts, and culture. 

Dr. Macy has previously held positions at the University of Denver, Skidmore College, Colorado College, UCLA, Chapman University and CalArts, and was the founder and director of Skidmore College's Gamelan Banyu Wali (an extension of Sanggar Manik Galih). She has taught courses on musics of the world, global pop, music of Southeast Asia, music and disaster, tourism, hip hop and the blues, music, race, and class, and African American musical heritage. 



Martin, Taylor
Men's Choir


NA



tmart174@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Affiliate Faculty

Campus Box Number:
58


Directory Profile



Martinson, Amy
Student Teaching Supervisor


NA



amart465@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Affiliate Faculty

Campus Box Number:
58


Directory Profile



Brandon Matthews

Matthews, Brandon
Associate Professor, Director of Orchestras


303-615-0823



bmatthe8@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
AR

Office Number:
277-K

Office Hours:

M/W: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Tues: 8:30 - 9:30 am

Thurs: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Campus Box Number:
58


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Bio:

Brandon Matthews serves as Director of Orchestras at Metropolitan State University of Denver. Besides teaching conducting and leading the University’s two orchestral ensembles, Dr. Matthews also he serves as music director for MSU Denver's Opera Ensemble, which presents Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte in the fall 2014 season. Dr. Matthews is also an active adjudicator and clinician for competitions and honor orchestras, and regularly collaborates with orchestras and arts organizations in Colorado including the Arapahoe Philharmonic, Longmont Dance Theatre, the Boulder Symphony, and the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra.

Matthews obtained a doctor of musical arts degree in orchestral conducting at Arizona State University, studying with Timothy Russell and William Reber. While at ASU, he was co-music director of the ASU Sinfonietta and served as an assistant conductor for the ASU Symphony and Chamber Orchestras. He also conducted operatic performances of Suor Angelica, Gianni Schicchi, Don Pasquale, Luisa Fernanda, as well as the musical Nunsense II while working in the ASU Lyric Opera TheatreMatthews received a master of music degree in orchestral conducting at Brigham Young University under the direction of Kory Katseanes. Other conducting mentors include Kenneth Kiesler, Larry Rachleff, and Harold Farberman.

Raised in Spokane, Washington, he began his musical studies as a pianist at age five and later began the viola in the public school system. His musical training continued during summers spent at the Brevard Music Center and the Marrowstone Summer Festival. He received a bachelor of music degree in piano performance at BYU, and continues to perform on piano, viola as well as the violin.

Dr. Matthews resides in Denver with his wife, Meghan, and their four children.



McCray, Jeff
Bassoon


N/A



jmccray4@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Affiliate Faculty

Campus Box Number:
58


Directory Profile

Bio:

Jeffrey McCray is the newly-appointed bassoon instructor at Metropolitan State University Denver.  In addition, he is Principal Bassoon of the Lincoln (NE) Symphony Orchestra and he is a member of the bassoon section of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic.  He has performed extensively as a guest with the Omaha Symphony, the Kansas City Symphony, and the Minnesota Orchestra.  Dr. McCray served for 13 years on the faculty of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he was a member of the Moran Woodwind Quintet, Trio 402, and Bassoons Across Nebraska.  He has also held teaching positions at Baylor University, Western Michigan University, Albion College, and the University of Michigan-Flint.  His primary bassoon teachers were Robert Barris, Bernard Garfield, and Michael Kroth, and he holds degrees from Northwestern University, Temple University, and Michigan State University.

McCray is an active performer and clinician, having performed or presented at numerous conferences of music professionals such as the International Double Reed Society, the College Music Society, the International Clarinet Association, the International Horn Society, the Nebraska Music Educators Association, and the Colorado Music Educators Association. He has taught masterclasses and performed recitals at many prestigious schools of music, including the University of Michigan, University of Iowa, University of North Texas, University of Oklahoma, Baylor University, Michigan State University, Colorado State University, University of Northern Colorado, and the National Conservatory in Costa Rica.

An advocate for new music and opera, Dr. McCray has appeared as both bassoonist and conductor in concerts of contemporary music throughout the United States.  Recent performances of note include a performance of Dan Welcher’s The Wind Won’t Listen with the Grammy-nominated Chiara String Quartet and world premieres of wind quintets by John Steinmetz and Scott McAllister with the Moran Woodwind Quintet.  He also conducted the world premiere of Daniel Baldwin’s Concerto for Contrabassoon and Strings (with National Symphony Orchestra contrabassoonist Lew Lipnick as soloist) and the North American premiere of Culture! Culture! by Robert Owens for UNL Opera.



McDevitt, Patrick
Jazz Bass


N/A



pmcdevit@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Affiliate Faculty

Campus Box Number:
58


Directory Profile

Bio:

Patrick McDevitt is an upright and electric bassist hailing from Denver, Colorado. From playing with National Touring Artists to working on the road with New Orleans’ famed percussionist Mike Dillon, Patrick is a versatile and talented player, prolific in number of musical backgrounds.  He earned his Master of Music degree from the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver.



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Miles, Ron
Musician in Residence


303-615-0860



milesr@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
AR

Office Number:
286-E

Office Hours:

M/W: 9:00 - 11:00 am; 3:00 - 4:00 pm

Campus Box Number:
58


Directory Profile

Bio:

Ron Miles is a musician in residence at Metropolitan State University of Denver. Ron has taught at MSU Denver since 1998. Currently Ron Miles teaches Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combo, and Jazz Styles.



RJ Miller

Miller, RJ
Director of Music Technology


303-615-0865



millr@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
PL

Office Number:
246

Campus Box Number:
58


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Bio:

An internationally touted master of orchestration and author of Contemporary Orchestration: A Practical Guide to Instruments, Ensembles, and Musicians (Routledge Publishing, 2014), RJ Miller has enjoyed a richly diverse musical career. He has composed, orchestrated, conducted, and produced contemporary classical recordings with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the St. Petersburg (Russia) Philharmonic Orchestra; produced critically acclaimed CDs with Placido Domingo, José Carreras, and the Moscow String Quartet; served as executive producer and mastering producer on the Grammy® Nominated CD How Great Thou Art by Willie Nelson; composed, orchestrated and produced film scores for the digital re-release of the original The Last of the Mohicans, The Birth of a Nation, The Lost WorldFelix the Cat, and Winsor McCay: Animation Legend; orchestrated and conducted documentary, movie and sports soundtracks for television which have aired on NBC, ABC, TCM, AMC, AHC, History Channel, Discovery Channel, National Geographic Explorer, ESPN, and the international broadcasts of the 1999 World Cup Ski Championships and the 2002 Winter Olympics; orchestrated four Broadway plays, including Burn This (directed by and starring John Malkovich); and a portion of his score to the digital reissue of the original The Lost World appears in the documentary The Making of Jurassic Park.  RJ is an active voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (the Grammys®), and a member of ASCAP, Pi Kappa Lambda, the College Music Society, and ATMI (Association for Technology in Music Instruction). His credits (as composer, orchestrator, arranger, conductor, performer, musicologist, producer and/or executive producer) appear on well over 300 CDs, DVDs, films, and television productions.



Mullins, Steve
Musicology


NA



smullin8@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Affiliate Faculty

Campus Box Number:
58


Directory Profile

Bio:

Steve Mullins received his PhD in musicology from the University of Colorado in 2010. His doctoral dissertation is entitled Flamenco Gestures: Musical Meaning in Motion, dealing with aesthetics in Spanish flamenco.

He was a columnist for Mandolin Magazine from 1999 to 2015, publishing 55 aricles in his “Global Mandolin” column.  He also authored a chapter on Spanish Flamenco in the the textbook Music Appreciation: Histories & Cultures published by Kendall Hunt.  He is currently working on a book entitled Only Sound; Zen, Metaphor, and Music, which explores Zen koan practice and musical cognition from the point of view of conceptual metaphor theory. He is also the author of the 1st ever banjola instruction book.

His compositions have been heard in settings as diverse as television commercials, documentaries, national public radio, silent movies, multi-media flamenco shows, and dancing horse performances at the National Western stock show.   He has performed with the Colorado Music Festival orchestra, the Boulder Philharmonic, the Longmont Symphony, Denver Brass, and the Boulder Mahler Festival Orchestra.  He is a member of Fiesta Colorado, the Barbelfish Balkan Band, Laughing Hands, Rim of the Well, and principal guitarist for Flamenco Denver.

He has received numerous grants and commissions to compose music for dance productions and other events in Colorado, including a flamenco suite for orchestra performed by the Longmont symphony in November 2011. He has performed in Mexico, Spain, Germany, Switzerland,  Canada, the Netherlands, and throughout the Western United States, including performances at the Newman Center, the Lincoln Center, Boettcher Concert Hall, and the Arvada Center.

He has taught World Music at the University of Wyoming, Regis University, and the University of Colorado, and is currently teaching Latin American Music and the History of Rock at Metropolitan State University of Denver.



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O'Connor, Lara Jean
Staff Accompanist


303-615-1643



loconno6@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Affiliate Faculty

Office Location:
N/A

Campus Box Number:
58


Directory Profile

Bio:

Lara Jean O’Connor holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and Oboe Performance from Dana College in Blair, Nebraska. After graduate work at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, she returned to Denver to pursue her music career. She has been a staff accompanist at Metropolitan State University of Denver since 2009. Lara Jean is the principal accompanist for University Treble Choir and Auraria Choir. She is also the coach accompanist for MSU Denver’s BFA students. She is the organist/collaborative pianist at Broomfield United Methodist Church and is a freelance accompanist in the Denver area.



Emily Ondracek-Peterson

Ondracek-Peterson, Emily
Assistant Professor of Violin, Director of Strings Studies


303-615-0952



eondrace@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
AR

Office Number:
277-E

Office Hours:

Monday: 9:45 - 10:15 am; 11:45 am - 2:30 pm

Wednesday: 9:45 - 10:00 am; 12:30 - 2:30 pm

Also available by appointment.

Campus Box Number:
58


Directory Profile

Bio:

Praised by The New York Times for her “elegant solowork,” and by Strad magazine for her “dazzling passagework,” Dr. Emily Ondracek-Peterson’s multifaceted pursuits embody the scope, versatility, and ability required for a successful music career in the twenty-first century. As a rising star of violin performance and arts advocacy, Dr. Ondracek-Peterson moves effortlessly through multiple areas of focus: performance, teaching, writing, scholarship, administration, and entrepreneurship.

Dr. Ondracek-Peterson is a native of Chicago and began playing the violin at the age of four. When sixteen she gave her solo debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, playing Vivaldi’s Four Seasons Concertos. Dr. Ondracek has performed solo and chamber music performances at all of the major venues in New York City including Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center with the New York Philharmonic, Carnegie Hall, the Guggenheim, MoMA, {le} poisson rouge, the Apollo Theatre, Bargemusic, Merkin Hall, Alvin Ailey Dance Center, Trinity Wall Street, Steinway Hall, and Symphony Space. She has also performed at festivals such as the Aspen, Sarasota, Italy’s Festival de Due Mondi, and the Cleveland Orchestra’s Blossom Summer Music Festival, where she was presented the Joseph Gingold Award for most outstanding instrumentalist.

As first violinist of the acclaimed Voxare String Quartet, Dr. Ondracek-Peterson has been awarded Chamber Music America’s ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming. She has also performed and recorded with the Talea Ensemble; the Wordless Orchestra with Johnny Greenwood (Radiohead); Axiom; Classical Jam; the Japanese band, Mono. Taking pride in contemporary-music advocacy, she has worked with composers both young and established, including Pulitzer Prize-winning composers Ned Rorem and David Del Tredici, both of which has requested recordings of their works. Dr. Ondracek-Peterson has studied chamber music with Robert Mann, founder of the Juilliard String Quartet, David Harrington of the Kronos Quartet, and members of the Juilliard, Kronos, American, and Vermeer Quartets.

Education plays a large role in Dr. Ondracek’s professional activities. Currently Dr. Ondracek-Peterson is the director of string studies and full-time professor of violin at the Metropolitan State University of Denver and is on faculty at Teachers College, Columbia University. Dr. Ondracek has held residencies at Dartmouth College, the University of Leeds (UK), University of Virginia, and others. She is a two-time Morse Fellow and was a New York Philharmonic Teaching Artist, bringing creative music instruction to a wide range of K-12 schools including those in Harlem and the Bronx. Dr. Ondracek is certified as a Suzuki instructor and teaches at Suzuki institutes and workshops throughout the country.

Dr. Ondracek received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from The Juilliard School, where she studied with Masao Kawasaki under a Morse Scholarship. At Teachers College, Columbia University, Dr. Ondracek received her doctorate in Music and Music Education; her research into the careers of classically-trained musicians culminated in a 500-page doctoral thesis.



Ortman, Jordan
Staff Accompanist


NA



jortman1@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Affiliate Faculty

Campus Box Number:
58


Directory Profile

Bio:

Jordan Ortman is a collaborative pianist and vocal coach based in Denver, Colorado.  He received a BA in Music from Bethel College (KS) and a MM in Collaborative Piano from the University of Northern Colorado.  During the 2018-2019 season, he was the coach and pianist for the Young Artist Program at Opera Colorado.  An enthusiast of both opera and music theater, he has performed on stage in productions such as Oliver, Pirates of Penzance, Fiddler on the Roof, Into the Woods, and Masterclass and has worked offstage as pianist, coach, music director, and conductor for many other productions.  Recent recital collaborators include Cynthia Lawrence-Calkins, Melissa Parks, Richard Demy, and Joshua Calkin.  He is also the assistant organist at First United Methodist Church of Boulder.



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Pak, Jooeun
Assistant Professor, Director of Piano Studies


303-615-1608



jpak14@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
AR

Office Number:
284-K

Campus Box Number:
58


Directory Profile

Bio:

Jooeun Pak has appeared in major concert venues as a soloist, chamber musician, and a champion of contemporary music giving performances in major cities in the U.S., Korea, Italy, Jordan, and Germany including Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall, NY, Terrace Theatre in Kennedy Center in D.C, Armstrong hall in Torrance, Bennet Gordon Hall in Ravinia, Al Hussein Cultural Center in Jordan, Theatre Vipiteno in Sterzing, and was recently featured on Chicago radio station WFMT.

Being a winner of a number of national and international competitions, Pak is also a highly demanded collaborative pianist and a chamber musician, appearing in concerts with winners of renowned international competitions including the Metropolitan National Council Audition, and the Tchaikovsky International Competition. She formerly worked as a collaborative pianist in Ravinia Steans Music Institute, Atlantic Music Festival, and Indiana University String Academy.

Pak is a passionate advocate of creative interdisciplinary projects while actively commissioning and giving world premiers of compositions of our time. Her extensive collaboration with leading living composers - including the world premier of “Rabble Rouser… for Jooeun Pak” by Don Freund - has also distinguished her as a highly versatile pianist over the past decade. Upon winning the Grand Prize in the Latin American Music Competition, Pak released a CD featuring compositions by Latin American contemporary composers including Gabriela Lena Frank and Miguel del Aguila, with violinist Colin Sorgi.  

Pak was formerly a full-time lecturer in piano at Towson University, Visiting Assistant Professor of Piano at the University of Puget Sound, Associate Instructor at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Performing Artist and Faculty at the Orfeo Music Festival, and a Music Faculty at the American Academy of Jordan Summer Music Festival. Pak has given masterclasses nationally and internationally, and was recently heard in the National Conservatory of Music in Amman, and the Biola University Conservatory of Music.

Pak received a D.M. in Piano Performance and Literature with minors in theory and chamber music under the mentorship of distinguished professor Manahem Pressler, a founder of the renowned Beaux Art Trio, to whom she also served as a teaching assistant. Pak’s study was supported by Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Doctoral Fellowship, which was awarded for academic and performance excellence. 



Erik Peterson

Peterson, Erik
Musicology


303-615-1644



epeter48@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Affiliate Faculty

Office Location:
N/A

Campus Box Number:
58


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Bio:

Violist Erik Peterson explores multiple areas of interest including musicology, technology, aesthetics, and education.  He started playing viola at age ten in his native Chicago and has since performed on the world's leading stages.  Dr. Peterson is the founding member and current violist of the acclaimed Voxare String Quartet, with whom he has performed at every major concert venue in New York, including as soloist at Avery Fisher Hall with the New York Philharmonic, and been awarded Chamber Music America’s prestigious ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming. Dr. Peterson has become a leading advocate for contemporary art music, premiering and recording numerous works by living composers. As an orchestral musician, Dr. Peterson has performed with the Milwaukee, Cleveland, and New World Symphonies. 

As musicologist and theorist, Dr. Peterson has a broad interest in many types of music. He has lectured at Princeton, NYU, Oxford, the British Library, and frequently speaks at conferences throughout the country and abroad. Dr. Peterson has also held artist-in-residence positions at institutions such as Dartmouth College, the University of Leeds (UK), the University of Virginia, and the International Computer Music Conference. Dr. Peterson’s academic interests include aesthetics, arts symbiosis, acoustic-electronic interaction and perception, the economics of education, the composer Paul Hindemith, and 20th century music. He is currently on the musicology faculty at MSU Denver.

Dr. Peterson works in technology as a recording engineer, producer, and editor.  He soon will be launching a new record label featuring cutting edge technology in the music's recording, editing, and distribution. Dr. Peterson employs technology to progress learning in arts education; as a founding member of Noted Endeavors with Eugenia Zukerman and Emily Ondracek-Peterson he creates video content that helps emerging musicians to develop sustainable successful careers in the arts.  Additionally, Dr. Peterson works with arts organizations and educational institutions in researching both educational and marketing strategies, for which he then provides video content along with web and graphic design.  

Outside of the musical and academic realms, Dr. Peterson is a serious photographer whose works have appeared in The New York Times and other leading publications. Favorite leisure activities include skiing, tennis, fly fishing, and cooking. 

Dr. Peterson received his Bachelor’s degree from the Juilliard School, where he studied with Heidi Castleman and Misha Amory, and his Master’s and Doctoral degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music and Case Western Reserve University, where he studied with Stanley Konopka. Additionally, he studied astronomy at Columbia University. Dr. Peterson plays on a viola made by Franz Kinberg. 



Kolio Plachkov

Plachkov, Kolio
French Horn


303-615-1645



kplachko@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Affiliate Faculty

Office Location:
N/A

Campus Box Number:
58


Directory Profile

Bio:

Kolio Plachkov has played with the Colorado Symphony as an Associate Principal/Third French Horn since 2011. In the summers, Mr. Plachkov is a guest horn faculty at the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival in Alaska, and Rocky Ridge Music Center in Estes Park, Colorado. After receiving his Bachelor Degree of Music from the Juilliard School, Mr. Plachkov obtained the Principal Horn position with the Austin Symphony Orchestra, meanwhile pursuing a full time Masters of Music degree at Rice University.



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Raymond, Abby
Clarinet


303-615-1646



araymon3@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Affiliate Faculty

Office Location:
N/A

Campus Box Number:
58


Directory Profile

Bio:

A native of upstate New York, clarinetist Abby Raymond has held the position of Second/E-flat/Assistant Principal Clarinet with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra since 2001 and played Acting Principal Clarinet for the Colorado Symphony Orchestra from 2011-2013.  Previously Abby was a member of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, the Colorado Springs Symphony Orchestra and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Santiago, Chile, and has also performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Pops Orchestra, Colorado Music Festival and Central City Opera.  As a soloist, she has appeared with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, and the Texas Festival Orchestra.  Also active as a chamber musician, Abby has performed with  the Strings Music Festival, Loon Lake Live Chamber Music Festival, and Chintimini Chamber Music Festivals in addition to performing chamber music in the Denver area.  She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music where she studied with Harold Wright, Stanley Hasty and Thomas Martin, and  began graduate studies at Rice University and Boston University.  Abby maintains a private teaching studio and has taught at the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music, the University of Colorado in Boulder and Colorado State University.



Gene Roberts

Roberts, Gene
Associate Professor of Voice, Director of Opera Theatre


303-615-1066



robergen@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
AR

Office Number:
284-J

Office Hours:

Mondays: 8-9 am; 1:15-2:15 pm

Tuesdays: 10:00-11:00 am

Wednesdays: 8:30-9:00 am; 11:45 am- 2:15 pm

Campus Box Number:
58


Directory Profile

Bio:

Gene Roberts is the Director of Opera Theatre at MSU Denver. Mr. Roberts counts among his mentors American opera director Sally Stunkel, famed British director Colin Graham, and his own voice teacher of many years, W. Stephen Smith. Whether sitting in the director’s chair, or working in the studio with singers, Roberts’ work has long been informed by a passion for transporting audiences through story telling. 


Shortly after graduate school, Roberts followed an apprenticeship at Des Moines Metro Opera, by accepting an engagement to be part of the Swiss premier cast of Lloyd Webber’s das Phantom der Oper. This production remains, to date, the only dual language production of the show, given six times a week in German, and twice in English. Phantom led to many other opportunities throughout Europe in stage and television, including starring as Beast in the German production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (die Schöne und das Biest), a role Roberts performed over 500 times. Altogether, throughout the US and Europe, Roberts sang over 30 roles in musical theater including Tony in West Side Story and Snoopy in You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, and 20 roles in opera including Basilio in Le Nozze di Figaro, Normano in Lucia di Lammermoor and Bardolfo in Falstaff.

In the Rocky Mountain region, Roberts is singular among mentors of young singers for his ability to work with ease across multiple genres of vocal artist. Roberts is on a self-proclaimed mission to eradicate caricatures of singing which prohibit powerful communication between vocal artists and their audiences, whether with his students in Opera Studio at MSU Denver, or when working with with musical theater or commercial singers. His students have been seen in US touring productions, Billy Elliot, European productions, CabaretLittle Shop of Horrors and Miss Saigon, and on the West End in London, The King and I. Among commercial artists, Roberts counts among his students most successful bands from the Midwest including Denver-based Flobots and Grammy-nominated The Fray.

For the summer of 2012, Roberts has been engaged by Northwestern University for the newly inaugurated Naked Voice Institute for Singers and Teachers, where he will direct opera scenes and provide coaching for emerging young artists, alongside world renowned teacher W. Stephen Smith.



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Rush, Anisha
Jazz Saxophone


NA



arush4@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Affiliate Faculty

Campus Box Number:
58


Directory Profile

Bio:

Saxophonist, composer, and educator Anisha Rush earned a BM in Jazz Studies from the Thompson Jazz Studies Program at CU Boulder.  She actively performs as bandleader of the Anisha Rush Quartet as well as the Pursuance Trio. She has also performed with The Ron Miles Group, The Boy/Girl Band lead by Art Lande, and the Colorado Jazz Group Big Band.  Rush released her debut album, Pursuit in October of 2016 after receiving the Pathways to Jazz grant from the Boulder County Arts Alliance.



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Carmen Sandim

Sandim, Carmen
Musicology


303-615-1649



csandim@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Affiliate Faculty

Office Location:
N/A

Campus Box Number:
58


Directory Profile

Bio:

Carmen Sandim began studying the piano at age seven. A native of Brazil, she performed with the Sao Paulo Youth Symphony and won two national competitions in both Brazilian jazz and classical piano performance categories by the age of seventeen. She moved to the US in 1996 to continue her training at Berklee College of Music in Boston where she was taught by Vuk Kulenovich, Hal Crook, Ed Tomasi, among others. After graduating Magna CumLaude, she moved to Washington DC where she was employed as a music composer for radio and television programs. During her time there, she won several Addy Awards for her compositional excellence, co-wrote and arranged an original piano quintet CD, Vista De Mar, and ran her own music production company, JAM - JustAddMusic. In 2001, her orchestral composition, We The People, was released internationally by the German publisher SONOTON. One of her most recent projects is a CD of original compositions recorded live at Dazzle. Currently living in Boulder, Colorado, Carmen is a prominent performer and music educator, she teaches piano and composition lessons at her home studio, as well as music classes at Naropa University and Metropolitan State University of Denver. Carmen holds a Bachelor's degree in film scoring, and a Master's degree in jazz performance and pedagogy.  



Peter Schimpf

Schimpf, Peter
Department Chair, Professor of Musicology


303-615-1010



pschimpf@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
AR

Office Number:
287-B

Office Hours:

By appointment only, call 303-615-1010.

Campus Box Number:
58


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Dr. Peter Schimpf is a professor and Chair of the Department of Music at Metropolitan State University of Denver. He has taught courses in music history, world music, music appreciation, and the history of Rock and Roll.  He is the founder and director of the MSU Denver Early Music Ensemble, which in 2013 received an Early Music America Ensemble Development Grant to stage Cavalieri’s Rappresentatione di anima et di corpo at MSU Denver.  He has developed additional performing opportunities for students in African drumming and Balinese gamelan. He earned a Ph.D. from Indiana University in musicology, and has a BM in performance from California State University Sacramento where he studied guitar and lute with Dr. Richard Savino.  His research interests are as varied as his teaching load, including the influence of non-Western musical traditions on Western composers, the revision and development of music appreciation and other traditional survey courses, and performance practice on the lute and theorbo.  He has published articles on the music and career of composer Henry Cowell, and he has presented papers at international, national, and regional conferences of the College Music Society, the Society for American Music, and the American Musicological Society.  As a performer on period instruments, he has been featured as a soloist, and he has performed with Seicento Baroque Ensemble and the Denver Early Music Consort. 



Nan Shannon

Shannon, Nan
Piano


303-615-1652



shannonn@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Affiliate Faculty

Office Location:
N/A

Campus Box Number:
58


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Pianist Nanette Shannon is a versatile soloist, chamber musician, and teacher. Originally from New Mexico, she began her career as pianist and harpsichordist for the Orchestra of Santa Fe and the Santa Fe Desert Chorale. A dedicated performer of every aspect of the repertory, Ms. Shannon has especially distinguished herself as an interpreter of contemporary music. As a member of the Contemporary Music Forum in Washington, D.C. during the 1990's, she gave premieres of numerous pieces by an international group of composers. She was also invited to give premieres at three National Meetings of the College Music Society. In recent seasons Ms. Shannon has performed twice as a concerto soloist with the Mercury Ensemble in Denver, and has collaborated with the Colorado Chamber Players, Front Range Chamber Players, Parabola Trio, and the new music group Atomic Clock Music Events for numerous concerts in a variety of settings in the area.

In addition to her current positions as Adjunct Instructor of Piano at Regis University and Affiliate Instructor of Class Piano at Metropolitan State University in Denver, Ms. Shannon is a frequent adjudicator for local competitions, including MTNA events, the Young Musicians Foundation in Denver, and those of the Jefferson County and Fort Collins Symphony Orchestras. Previous teaching positions include Bucknell University and the Baltimore School for the Arts. She earned her doctorate in piano performance from Peabody Conservatory as a student of Ann Schein, and studied at summer festivals with Reginald Stewart, Brooks Smith, and Jean Barr.



Kathryn Dupuy

Simpson, Kathryn
Oboe


N/A



kcoope28@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Affiliate Faculty

Office Location:
N/A

Campus Box Number:
58


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Bio:

Kathryn Dupuy earned a Master of Music in Performance from The Juilliard School where she studied with Albert Goltzer of the New York Philharmonic, and a Bachelor of Music in Performance, cum laude, from the University of Southern California where she studied with William Criss of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. She has been a member of the Colorado Symphony, the Boise Philharmonic, the Brooklyn Chamber Orchestra and the Pacific Symphony.  She has performed in festivals such as Tanglewood, Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds, Bach Aria Festival & Institute, Sun Valley Summer Symphony, Oregon Coast Music Festival, Central City Opera, Sarasota Opera, and Des Moines Metro Opera. As an orchestra member, Mrs. Dupuy has recorded with the Oregon Symphony, the Colorado Symphony, and the Pacific Symphony. In 2006 she was nominated for a Grammy award for Best Small Ensemble for George Crumb's Ancient Voices of Children, and recently recorded Ursula Mamlok's Chamber Concerto for  Oboe. She is currently principal oboe of the Colorado Ballet Orchestra and the Colorado Chamber Orchestra, and plays woodwinds for Denver Center Attractions' Broadway productions. She is an avid chamber musician and has arranged music for trio, duo, and English horn and strings.



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Stanley, Elaine
Music Department Business Manager


303-615-1188



estanle2@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Full-Time Staff

Office Location:
AR

Office Number:
287-A

Campus Box Number:
58


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Phillip Stevens

Stevens, Phillip
Viola


303-615-1657



psteve11@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Affiliate Faculty

Office Location:
N/A

Campus Box Number:
58


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Phillip Stevens, violist, began his musical education in his hometown of Kansas City, Missouri. He later received his Bachelor's degree at the University of Michigan studying with Yitzhak Schotten, and completed graduate work at Northwestern University under Peter Slowik. During this time, he won first prize in the Viola division of the 1994 National ASTA Music Competition, and spent numerous summers studying at the Aspen Music Festival.

At Michigan, Phillip's chamber music career began as part of the university's graduate string quartet. He was later a founding member of the Sheridan Chamber Players, a string-based group which focused on performing new works by local composers. This group performed national radio broadcasts as part of the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series. Locally, Phillip has performed with the Denali Ensemble, MSU Denver's Ariel Trio, and on the Friends of Chamber Music presents series.

Before joining the Colorado Symphony in 1996, Phillip was a member of the Ann Arbor Symphony and the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra. He currently is the Affiliate Professor of Viola at Metropolitan State University of Denver. Phillip also teaches privately and is active with many of the Colorado Symphony's educational programs, including Up Close and Musical, Master Mentor, Petite Musique, and Once Upon a Time.



Patricia Surman

Surman, Patricia
Assistant Professor of Flute, Director of Woodwinds Studies


303-615-1208



psurman@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
AR

Office Number:
277-F

Campus Box Number:
58


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Bio:

Yamaha Performing Artist Dr. Patricia Surman is an active solo, chamber, and orchestral flutist. In demand as a soloist, Patricia has recently performed and given masterclasses in Taiwan, Korea, Canada, across Europe and the United States at esteemed institutions including the Venice Conservatory, Janacek Academy, the State Conservatory of Greece, Baylor University, the University of Nevada Las Vegas, the University of North Texas, and Oklahoma State University. Patricia has been a featured performer and clinician for flute festivals, including the National Flute Association Convention, Florida Flute Fair, Rochester Flute Fair, Oklahoma Flute Society Flute Fair, Kentucky Flute Festival and the Flute Society of Mid-South. In the spring of 2014, Patricia served on faculty at the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki, Greece and researched contemporary Greek flute repertoire. Her article on Ida Gotkovsky is featured on Oxford Music Online. She was recently featured in the International Alliance for Women in Music Journal, interviewed in The Flute View and has published articles in the Journal of the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors and Flute Talk Magazine. As co-founder of DuoInteraktiv, Patricia has collaborated with computer musician Reiner Krämer, performing music for flute and interactive computer across the nation.

Patricia joins the Metropolitan State University of Denver music faculty as Assistant Professor of Flute and has previously taught at Northeastern State University, Southwestern Oklahoma State University, and Southwestern Adventist University and has held residencies at Bates College and the Taipei Municipal University of Education. She can be heard in recordings on the GIA and Mark Custom labels and as a soloist on the GIA Choralworks CD series.



Swanson, Karissa
Student Teaching Supervisor


N/A



kswans25@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Affiliate Faculty

Campus Box Number:
58


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Karissa Swanson is thrilled to serve as a supervisor for music education student teachers. She joined the MSU faculty after fourteen years of teaching elementary general music in various schools in the Denver metro and Morocco, as well as mentoring several student teachers in her classroom. She has also served as a teacher-leader in Denver Public Schools to provide professional development to her music education colleagues. In addition to her work with MSU, Karissa works as an Instructional Supervisor with the nonprofit Education Through Music, where she supervises and mentors teachers who are starting new music programs in underserved public schools. Karissa performs regularly as a singer, pianist, cellist, and banjoist. She is a founding member of a women’s folk trio called Falling for Annie, leads the alto section of Denver Choir League, and performs with St. Martin’s Chamber Choir. Karissa holds a Bachelor's Degree in Vocal Music Education (St. Olaf College), a Master’s degree in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (Walden University), and three levels of Orff-Schulwerk Certification (San Francisco International Orff Course).



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Mark Taylor

Taylor, Mark
Music Office Manager


303-615-1226



taymarke@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Full-Time Staff

Office Location:
AR

Office Number:
287-C

Campus Box Number:
58


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Thompson, Bradley
Associate Professor of Voice, Director of Voice Studies


303-615-1236



bthomp40@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
AR

Office Number:
284-L

Office Hours:

Mon: 2:30 - 3:30 pm

Tues: 9:30 - 10:30 am; 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

Weds: 10:45 - 11:15 am; 1:00 - 1:30 pm; 3:30 - 4:30 pm 

Campus Box Number:
58


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Lyric baritone Bradley Thompson joined the faculty of Metropolitan State University of Denver in 2003 and was named Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Vocal Studies in 2010.  Dr. Thompson’s students have appeared with the Boulder Symphony, Empire Lyric Players, Loveland Opera Theatre, and the Central City Opera Ensemble and have received recognition in voice competitions sponsored by the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and Classical Singer magazine.  Since joining the faculty of Music at MSU Denver, Dr. Thompson has been invited to give presentations at the Denver School of the Arts, Colorado State University, the University of Northern Colorado, and the University of Wyoming.  He is also in demand as an adjudicator and evaluator, having done so for organizations such as Colorado Humanities and Classical Singer magazine.

Bradley Thompson is perhaps best known to audiences for his operatic performances.  Carol Rasmussen of the Boulder Daily Camera calls his "a strong, attractive voice with agility and range."  His repertoire displays a great deal of versatility in a wide range of both comic and dramatic roles.  He has made appearances with Opera Colorado where his portrayal of Fiorello was called "expertly delivered" by the Rocky Mountain News.  He has also appeared with companies such as Utah Festival Opera, Capitol City Opera Company of Atlanta, Opera Fort Collins, and Opera Theatre of the Rockies.  His repertoire spans over ninety performances of some thirty different roles, but he is perhaps best known for his portrayal of the demanding title role in Verdi’s Falstaff.  He most recently garnered favorable reviews in the Opera Theatre of the Rockies production of Die Zauberflote where, “As Papageno the bird catcher, baritone Bradley Thompson was the funny and charming centerpiece” (Colorado Springs Gazette).

Dr. Thompson is also celebrated for his notable work on the concert and recital stages. He has appeared with the Colorado Symphony, the Denver Philharmonic, the Black Hills Symphony Orchestra, the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, the Boulder Philharmonic and other orchestras in the region.  He appeared as a part of the prestigious Colorado Mahlerfest and was the featured soloist for the opening concert of the 2001 Boulder Bach Festival.  Dr. Thompson was also invited as a guest artist for the renowned 121st annual Bethany Messiah Festival.  His oratorio credits include performances of the St. Matthew PassionMessiahCarmina Burana, King DavidThe Creation, and the title role of Elijah.  He has also presented recitals of Filipino art songs in concert halls on the west coast.  An avid performer of new music, Dr. Thompson has premiered several new works including David Kirtley’s chamber opera In the Father’s Garden and other works written specifically for him.

Bradley Thompson has been a Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and was the grand prizewinner in the 2001 Denver Lyric Opera Guild Competition.  He was awarded both the Galen and Ada Belle Spencer Voice Fellowship and the Frank and Gina Day Voice Teaching Fellowship at the University of Colorado.  In 2004, he was the Gold Award winner in the Scammon International Voice Competition. 

A native of Norcross, Georgia, Dr. Thompson received his undergraduate degree from Furman University (magna cum laude) where he was inducted into the national society of Phi Beta Kappa.  His post-graduate education continued at the Florida State University and the University of Georgia where he was awarded the School of Music Director’s Excellence Award.  He received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Voice Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Colorado.  In 2009, he was one of twelve voice teachers selected from the United States and Canada for the National Association of Teachers of Singing Intern Program where he studied with renowned pedagogue Dr. Scott McCoy.  He received training as an apprentice both with Opera Colorado and the Utah Festival Opera and now performs as a member of the Central City Opera Ensemble.  He is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Professional Fraternity for Men in Music, and the National Association of Teachers of Singing.

Bradley Thompson resides in Thornton, Colorado with his wife, soprano Michelle Diggs, and their two precious daughters, Lucy and Anna.



Chris Thompson

Thompson, Christopher
Staff Accompanist


303-615-1659



cthomp92@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Affiliate Faculty

Office Location:
N/A

Campus Box Number:
58


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Bio:

Christopher Thompson joined the music faculty at Metropolitan State University of Denver in 2012.   He is a much sought-after collaborative pianist, having worked at University of Denver Lamont School of Music, University of Colorado-Boulder College of Music, Northwestern University School of Music, DePaul University School of Music, and Chicago College of Performing Arts.  He has been a member of the piano faculty at the Lamont Summer Academy since 2015.

Professional engagements as a collaborative pianist and chamber musician have included performances at Grand Teton Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, Linton Chamber Music Series in Cincinnati, Dame Myra Hess Series at the Chicago Cultural Center, Civic Orchestra of Chicago Chamber Ensembles, Music Institute of Chicago, Chicago Chamber Musicians, WFMT, Colorado Public Radio and at Weill Recital Hall in NYC.   He has performed with members of the Colorado Symphony, Chicago Symphony, and San Francisco Symphony.

He has performed in master classes given by Marilyn Horne, Thomas Hampson, Frank Lopardo, Warren Jones, Paula Robison, William Bennett, Midori, Richard Stoltzman, and Amy Porter.   He worked as a coach/accompanist for Opera Colorado, El Paso Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, and was on the faculty of the National High School Music Institute at Northwestern University from 2008-2010.

Mr. Thompson received a M.M. in performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and a B.M. in performance from Oberlin Conservatory, where he was the winner of the concerto competition.   He pursued doctoral studies in collaborative piano at University of Colorado-Boulder.   He received fellowships to study at the Aspen Music School for two summers and the Music Academy of the West.  His teachers have included Joseph Schwartz, John Perry, Michael Chertock, Warren Jones, and Anne Epperson.



Michelle Thompson

Thompson, Michelle
Voice


303-615-1660



mthomp92@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Affiliate Faculty

Office Location:
N/A

Campus Box Number:
58


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Bio:

Michelle Diggs Thompson, soprano, is recognized for possessing a voice of beauty, size, and clarity.  Ms. Diggs Thompson has appeared on the stages of Opera Theatre of the Rockies and Opera Fort Collins in such diverse roles as Erste Dame in Die Zauberflöte and the monumental Violetta of La traviata.  Her triumphant performance of Liù in the Opera Fort Collins production of Turandotblew audiences away” (The Coloradoan ).  On the concert stage, she appeared as the soprano soloist in Beethoven’s Egmont with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, Haydn’s The Creation with the Littleton Chorale and in a complete performance ofMessiahwith The Boulder Messiah Chorale and Orchestra.  She has made other concert appearances with the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs, the Vocal Arts Symposium, South Bay Youth Orchestra, the Rocky Mountain Center for the Musical Arts, and the Longmont Symphony.  Michelle is also a gifted recitalist, presenting programs of Filipino Kundiman art songs in Los Angeles and San Francisco. 

Michelle Diggs Thompson has worked with noted directors such as Martile Rowland, Dr. Carl Gerbrandt, Tom Lindblade, Steven LaCosse, Todd Queen, and William Gustafson, and has collaborated with well-known conductors such as Robert Olson, James Albritten, Christopher Wilkins, Wes Kenney, Thomas Cockrell and Thomas Wilson.  Michelle holds the Bachelor of Music degree in music performance from the University of California at Santa Barbara.  Her training continued at the University of Colorado where, while completing a Master of Music degree in voice performance, she was awarded the prestigious Berton Coffin and Barbara Doscher voice scholarships.  In 2012, Michelle was the Colorado/Wyoming District winner for the National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Award.  She has also been a District Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and a finalist in the Denver Lyric Opera Guild Voice Competition. Originally from the Los Angeles area, Michelle currently resides in Thornton, Colorado with her husband, baritone Bradley Thompson and daughters Lucy and Anna.  She is currently an Affiliate Instructor of Voice at Metropolitan State University of Denver.



Lorenzo Trujillo

Trujillo, Lorenzo
Mariachi Ensemble


303-615-1662



ltruji12@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Affiliate Faculty

Office Location:
N/A

Campus Box Number:
58


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Dr. Lorenzo Trujillo is an affiliate music professor and the director of the Metropolitan State University Mariachi Ensemble.  He began playing mariachi music as a teenager with the Mariachi Alegre with which he made recordings presenting traditional mariachi music for entertainment and liturgical holiday events.  He is an avid violinist playing traditional, mariachi, classical and liturgical music. In 1996, he was awarded the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts.  He worked as a performing artist and teacher for the National Endowment for the Arts in 1976 and 1977.  In 2004, he was awarded the Hilos Culturales Distinguished Traditional Folk Artist Premio for his lifetime contributions to traditional arts.  Over the past fifty years, Dr. Trujillo has presented thousands of concerts, lecture demonstrations, and has published extensively about the arts and culture.  He has recorded and performed for television, radio and on numerous CDs.  As a performing artist and teacher under the National Endowment for the Arts, he worked with students throughout the southwest United States teaching traditional music and folklórico dance.  In 2009, he was inducted into the Colorado Chicano Music Hall of Fame and in 2011, he was presented with the Tesoro Cultural Center’s Tesoro de Oro Award.  In recent years, he has been fortunate to perform internationally on concert tours to Italy, Peru, Baja California, Morelia, Mexico, and Ireland. He is a practicing attorney in Denver and loves spending time with his wife, children, seven grandchildren, and three great grandchildren.



Tyler, Elle
Staff Accompanist


NA



etyler2@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Affiliate Faculty

Campus Box Number:
58


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Bio:

Elle Tyler works as a teacher and collaborative pianist with individuals and groups of all ages. From teaching 0-4 year olds in Music Together classes to accompanying elder adults in community music theater, Elle loves seeing all people musically thrive and helping them achieve their musical goals. She is a member of the piano faculty at Parlando School of Musical Arts, where in addition to piano lessons and classes, she assists with accompanying and music directing in the theater department. She maintains an active performance schedule both as a solo pianist and as half of the singer-songwriter duo "The Bootlegger's Wife" with her husband.



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Sam Williams

Williams, Sam
Musicology


303-615-1664



swill215@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Affiliate Faculty

Office Location:
N/A

Campus Box Number:
58


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Bio:

Samuel Williams is a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado (2011), where he earned M.M. degrees in Saxophone Performance and Jazz Studies while studying with Dr. Andrew Dahlke. In 2012, Samuel traveled around the world while serving as Music Director and saxophonist/woodwind doubler on board the Azamara Journey. Samuel returned to Colorado in 2013 and has re-established himself as a versatile performer and educator in the region. He currently resides in Boulder, CO, and is on faculty at Parlando School for the Arts in addition to maintaining a private teaching studio. Samuel performs extensively throughout Northern Colorado as a jazz artist, both as a leader and sideman. In 2013, Samuel was awarded the Saxophone Fellowship at the Aspen Music Festival and School, and will retain this appointment until 2015. In addition to presenting a solo recital at the Aspen Music Festival in 2014, Samuel has recently presented classical recitals in Boulder and has performed with several orchestras throughout Colorado. Samuel is also a member in the newly-formed Hemispheres Saxophone Quartet, which is slated to perform extensively throughout China in the summer of 2015. In his free time, Samuel enjoys hiking, camping, road biking, and cooking. 



Larry Worster

Worster, Larry
Professor Emeritus


303-615-1665



worster@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
N/A

Campus Box Number:
58


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Bio:

After a career performing traditional and popular American music, Larry Worster began his teaching career as a guitar instructor at the Swallow Hill School of Music, Robb's Music, and the University of Colorado at Boulder Extended Studies Program. After his experience instructing in the studio, he became convinced that teaching music was his calling in life. Although he had initially studied chemistry as a young man, he enrolled in CU-Boulder, initially studying classical guitar before turning to musicology for his graduate degrees. Worster has been on the faculty at MSU Denver since 1994 coordinating the music literature, history, and senior project classes as well as advising all string and guitar students. He feels a special respect for the student body at MSU Denver, having returned to college in his late 30s and completed his music degrees while working and raising his family.



Bron Wright

Wright, Bron
Trombone


303-615-1667



bwrigh41@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Affiliate Faculty

Office Location:
N/A

Campus Box Number:
58


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Bio:

Bron Wright has served as Principal Trombonist with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic since 2005 and is a member of the renowned Boulder Brass.  He also holds the Principal Trombone positions with the Boulder Philharmonic and Opera Colorado orchestras, as 2nd Trombone of the Crested Butte Music Festival, and as Acting Principal Trombone of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra for the 2013/2014 season.   In 2010 he served as 2nd trombonist of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in New Orleans and in 2006 as Principal Trombone with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra in South Carolina.  He has also won auditions with the Memphis Symphony, Tucson Symphony, and Mississippi Symphony orchestras. 

He has toured and performed on numerous occasions with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Seiji Ozawa, Kurt Masur, Robert Spano, James Conlin, and Sir Neville Marriner; the Boston Pops Orchestra under John Williams and Keith Lockhart; and the New World Symphony under Michael Tilson-Thomas.  He has received fellowships with such festivals as the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan; the American Russian Artists Orchestra in Russia; the AIMS Festival Orchestra in Graz, Austria; and the Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, MA. As a soloist, Bron has toured to over 35 countries including China, South Africa, Egypt, Poland, Germany, Russia, Denmark, and Thailand. In 1993, he was selected to perform as a soloist for Queen Noor and King Hussein at the Jerash International Music Festival in Amman, Jordan.  In 2005 Bron was invited by conductor Yutaka Sado and the Leonard Bernstein Foundation to perform in Japan for the 60th Anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings.

An avid supporter of new music, Bron has commissioned nearly a dozen works for solo trombone, brass quintet and voice.  In 2002 he premiered two works for solo trombone written by his good friend and renowned composer Daniel Pinkham.  In 2003 he recorded those works for the Arsis Audio label of E.C. Schirmer Publishing.  Most recently, he performed the Colorado premiere of Takemitsu’s Trombone Concerto with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic. As founder of the Huntington Brass Quintet, Bron has received numerous grants from Chamber Music America, The American Composer’s Forum, The National Endowment for the Arts and has been featured on National Public Radio. He has conducted master classes and seminars on such topics as “Arts Management” and “Performance Anxiety” at The New England Conservatory of Music, The University of Maryland, Longy School of Music, and The University of Texas at Austin. 

Bron received his Bachelors Degree in 2001 from the New England Conservatory of Music during which time he served as 2nd Trombonist of the Boston Lyric Opera orchestra.  While at NEC he studied with both Norman Bolter and Douglas Yeo of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.  He has taught low brass at the University of Colorado Denver since 2007 and as Affiliate Instructor of Trombone at Metropolitan State University of Denver since 2014.

Bron spends much of his free time skiing and mountain biking Colorado’s backcountry.  As a way to see his new home state of Colorado, Bron cycled all 34 mountain passes in one summer totaling nearly 1,000 miles and over 100,000 feet of elevation gain.  In addition to his outdoor activities he also enjoys doing custom renovations and flipping houses.



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