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The Department of Music at Moravian College offers a comprehensive curriculum of training in the theory, history and performance of diverse styles.  This study, integrating intellectual, artistic, and personal growth in a liberal arts context, prepares our students for careers in music education, classical and jazz performance, composition, sacred music, music research, and studio instruction.

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Courses

NO PRIOR EXPERIENCE

  • A Short Course in Theory
  • Piano Class
  • Voice Class
  • Jazz Artists and Epochs
  • Introduction to Western Music
  • Art of Music
  • Introduction to Non-Western Music
  • Music in the United States
  • Private Instruction
  • Women and Music
  • Celtic Music Traditions

BEGINNING TECHNIQUES

  • Vocal Techniques
  • Brass Techniques
  • Woodwind Techniques
  • String Techniques
  • Percussion Techniques
  • Piano Techniques
  • Technology Techniques

MUSICIANSHIP

  • Musicianship I, II, III, IV

THEORY

  • Modal Counterpoint
  • Diatonic Harmony
  • Chromatic Harmony
  • Form

CONDUCTING AND ORCHESTRATION

  • Introduction to Conducting
  • Conducting
  • Orchestration

HISTORY

  • Western Music to 1750
  • Classical and Romantic Music
  • 20th Century Music to 1945
  • Contemporary Music Since 1945

EDUCATION

  • Teaching Music to Children
  • Teaching Music to Adolescents and Adults
  • Music Education Seminar

ENSEMBLES

  • Choir
  • Women’s Chorus
  • Vocalis
  • Moravian College-Community Orchestra
  • Wind Ensemble
  • Instrumental and Vocal Chamber Ensembles
  • Early Music Ensembles
  • Jazz Ensembles
  • Greyhound Marching Band
  • Basketball Pep Band

SPECIAL AREAS

  • Improvisation
  • Seminar
  • Recital
  • Project
  • Practica in Pedagogy, Literature, Composition, Repertoire, Sacred Music, Performance Techniques, Jazz
  • Special Topics
  • Independent Study
  • Field Study
  • Honors

Opportunities

Music majors may be elected to the College’s chapter of Delta Omicron, an international music honor society.


Faculty

JAMES E. BARNES
Associate Professor of Music

EDUCATION: B.A., State University of New York at Albany; M.M., Juilliard School; M.S., Lehigh University

INTERESTS: Conducting, Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, Technology. Mr. Barnes is Director of Instrumental Music at Moravian.

HILDE M. BINFORD
Associate Professor of Music; Chair of the Department of Music

EDUCATION: B.A., Rice University; M.Mus., Shepherd School of Music, Rice University; Ph.D., Stanford University

INTERESTS: Music history, interdisciplinary studies.

JOY ONDRA HIROKAWA
Visiting Instructor of Music Education

EDUCATION: B.Mus.Ed. & M.Mus., Temple University; doctoral program at Boston University

INTERESTS: Music Education in the Rehearsal Setting, Observation of Music Teachers, Conductor of The Bel Canto Children's Chorus, Choral Music Arranging

LARRY LIPKIS
Professor of Music and Composer-in-Residence

EDUCATION: B.A., University of California at Los Angeles; M.A., University of Pennsylvania; Ph.D., University of California at Santa Barbara

INTERESTS: Composition and early music. Five of Dr. Lipkis’s works have been recorded on CD. His bass trombone concerto was premiered in 1997 by the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He performs and records with the Baltimore Consort, an internationally acclaimed early music ensemble specializing in popular music from Shakespeare’s time. He is also a classical music programmer for WDIY-FM.

NEIL D. WETZEL
Associate Professor of Music; Director of Jazz Studies

EDUCATION: B.M., M.A.T., University of the Arts; Ed.D., Columbia University

INTERESTS: Jazz, saxophone. Mr. Wetzel is Director of Jazz Studies at Moravian.

PAULA R. ZERKLE
Associate Professor of Music

EDUCATION: B.A., University of California at Berkeley; M.M., State University of New York at Stony Brook; D.M., Indiana University

INTERESTS: Choral music, conducting, women composers, musicianship, choral arranging, Dalcroze Eurhythmics. Dr. Zerkle is Director of Choral Music at Moravian.


Adjunct Faculty
  • Deborah Elizabeth Andrus, clarinet
  • John Arnold, guitar
  • Eduardo Azzati, voice, Women's Chorus
  • Sarah Baer, oboe, Women and Music
  • Andrea M. Berntsen
  • Allan Birney, harpsichord
  • Suzanne Bleiler-Conrad, flute
  • Ralph Brodt III, trombone
  • Patricia Koch Budlong, voice
  • Dan DeChellis, piano
  • David Diggs, oboe
  • Inna Eyzerovich, violin
  • Lou Carol Fix, recorder, organ
  • Bronwyn Fix-Keller, voice
  • Allen H. Frank
  • Anthony Gairo, saxophone, jazz
  • Linda Ganus, flute
  • Alan Gaumer, trumpet, jazz
  • Frank Giasullo, piano
  • Alison Gillespie, Celtic fiddle
  • Arianna Goldina, piano
  • Lori Huth, Suzuki piano
  • Russell Jackson, organ, piano
  • Robin Kani, flute, flute ensembles
  • Linda Kistler, violin
  • Lou Lanza, jazz voice
  • Steven Mathiesen, percussion, percussion ensemble
  • Joseph Mixon, guitar
  • David Moulton, cello
  • Gregory Oaten, voice
  • Kirk O'Riordan
  • Nancy Terlaak Poot, Suzuki violin, viola
  • Gary Rissmiller, drumset
  • Yvonne Robinson, voice
  • Paul Rostock, electric bass, jazz, string bass
  • David Roth, jazz piano
  • Mary Ann Saylor, viola, Suzuki violin
  • Martha Schrempel, piano
  • Kimberly Seifert, bassoon
  • Audrey Simons, cello
  • Peter Smyser, jazz guitar
  • Donald Spieth, Artist in Residence, orchestra
  • Nora Suggs, flute
  • Barbara Thompson, piano, musicianship
  • Debra Torok, piano, music technology
  • Scot Walker, bagpipe
  • Todd Williams, French horn
  • Andrea Wittchen, harp
  • Lawrence Wright, trumpet, brass ensembles

Administration
  • William Bauman, Music Business Manager
  • Geri Flores, Academic Secretary
  • E. Blair Flintom, Facilities Manager
  • Shannon Kilpatrick, Library Assistant
  • Rose Panik, Music Institute Secretary

Emeriti
  • Paul Larson
  • Richard Schantz
  • Monica Schantz