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Dr. Hilde Binford | Music History

Office location: Hurd Campus, Brethren's House, Room 302
Office phone: 610-861-1691
Email: binfordh@moravian.edu

Research interest and expertise
Western Plainchant; Music of the Old Order Amish; Western music history, especially Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque periods; Traditional American music.

Hilde Binford received her BA in history and Master of Music in music history from Rice University. She then went to Stanford University, where she earned a PhD in musicology. Her dissertation was on Aquitanian introit tropes. Since then, her research has expanded to the music of the Old Order Amish. In the summer of 2005, she was the co-director of the first NEH Institute for Schoolteachers on "Bach Across the Centuries." She continues to present papers at national and international conferences, develop new interdisciplinary courses, and coordinate the biennial conference on Moravian music. When she has time, she plays the fiddle in a contra-dance band and viol da gamba.

In her personal life, Dr. Binford spends her free time traveling with her two sons, Trent and Alex. Together, they have camped in the wetlands of Brazil, stayed in yurts and wigwams in the Canadian wilderness (during winter!), and volunteered in a poor Guatemalan community. She continues to take courses herself -- most recently in math, photography and magic.

 

Dr. Carl Hess | Instrumental Director

Office location: Hurd Campus, Brethren's House, Room 317
Office phone: 610-861-1672
Email: hessh@moravian.edu

Research interest and expertise
Coming soon ...

Dr. Carl Hess recently completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at James Madison University where he studied wind conducting with Stephen Bolstad and choral conducting with Jo-Anne van der Vat-Chromy. Prior to his time at James Madison, Dr. Hess served as Assistant Professor of Music at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. His responsibilities at Duquesne included teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in conducting, co-conducting the Wind Symphony, Symphony Orchestra, and Contemporary Ensemble, directing the Symphony Band, conducting the annual opera production, teaching applied trumpet, and overseeing the university’s athletic band program. In the fall of 2015 Dr. Hess served on the faculty of Bridgewater College where he taught trumpet, conducting, wind literature courses, and conducted the symphonic band. In addition to conducting and performing, Dr. Hess’ primary areas of scholarship include student motivation in the ensemble rehearsal setting and the music of American composer Eric Guinivan.  

In addition to his musical interests, Dr. Hess dabbles in bowling, skiing, philosophy, apologetics, and, somewhat grudgingly, running.

 

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Dr. Joy Hirokawa | Music Education Program Coordinator

Office location: Hurd Campus, Brethren's House, Room 305
Office phone: 610-861-1671
Email:  hirokawaj@moravian.edu

Research interest and expertise
Critical thinking in the rehearsal setting; Observation and evaluation of music teachers; Choral methods, specializing in child and adolescent voices; Choral music arranging, specializing in jazz arrangements; Conducting and rehearsal technique; Social justice and music education.

Dr. Joy Hirokawa is Assistant Professor of Music Education at Moravian College (Bethlehem, PA) and the Founder and Artistic Director of The Bel Canto Children’s Chorus. She earned a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Music Education from Boston University, a Masters degree in Choral Conducting from Temple University, and a Bachelors degree with honors in Music Education, also from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. She teaches a course annually at Villanova University’s Summer Music Program in working with the child voice. Dr. Hirokawa is a frequent guest conductor and clinician, presenting regularly at ACDA, NAfME and PMEA conferences. She has appeared as a guest conductor for both elementary and secondary choirs that have included the Connecticut All State Elementary Honors Choir, the Middle School Treble Alabama All State Chorus, the ACDA-PA All State Middle School Honors Choir, and the ACDA-PA All State Women’s Honor among many others. Under her direction, The Bel Canto Children’s Chorus has performed locally, nationally and internationally to great acclaim, and has appeared at ACDA, NAfME, and PMEA conferences. International tours have taken the choir to Central Europe, Italy, Ireland, England, and Canada. Dr. Hirokawa’s published arrangements include her jazz arrangement of “My Favorite Things” and the Andalusian song “Lamma Badaa Yatathanna,” which have appeared on numerous festival programs and reading sessions. She is the current ACDA Eastern Division Repertoire and Standards Chair for Children and Youth Choirs and the Southeast Region Chair for ACDA-PA. Dr. Hirokawa taught in the public schools for 20 years prior to her appointment at Moravian College.

 

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Dr. Larry Lipkis |  Composer-in-Residence, Recorder, Viol da Gamba

Office location: Hurd Campus, Brethren's House, Room 309
Office phone: 610-861-1656 
Email: lipkisl@moravian.edu
Website: home.moravian.edu/larrylipkis

Research interest and expertise
Composition; Music of the 20th and 21st centuries; Early Music Performance Practice, particularly Renaissance and Baroque instrumental and vocal music; music of Bach; music from the time of Shakespeare.

Dr. Larry Lipkis is the Bertha Mae Starner ’27 and Jay F. Starner Professor of Music and Composer in Residence at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He has been a full time faculty member since 1979 and served as Chair of the Music Department from 1997-2000. As Composer-in-Residence, Dr. Lipkis supervises the students in the Bachelor of Music program. This includes giving individual and group lessons in composition and directing the annual Moravian College Composers' Concert.  Five of Dr. Lipkis’ works have been recorded on CD. His bass trombone concerto was premiered in 1997 by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and his bassoon concerto was premiered by the Houston Symphony in 2002. He performs with the Baltimore Consort, an internationally acclaimed early music ensemble specializing in popular music from Shakespeare’s time. The group has made 12 CDs on the Dorian label and maintains an active touring schedule of 25 to 30 concerts per year.  Dr. Lipkis is on the Board of Managers of the Bach Choir of Bethlehem and for the past eight years and is a Music Director for the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival.

 

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Dr. Neil Wetzel | Department of Music Chair, Director of Jazz Studies, Saxophone

Office location: Hurd Campus, South Hall, Room 303
Office phone: 610-861-1621
Email: wetzeln@moravian.edu

Research interest and expertise
Jazz pedagogy; jazz saxophone performance; classical saxophone performance; jazz history; jazz improvisation; woodwind performance and pedagogy; music theory; ear-training.

Dr. Wetzel is Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Jazz Studies at Moravian College; his duties include teaching saxophone, directing the Moravian College BIG Band, and overseeing the jazz studies program. He holds both a Bachelor of Music (Jazz) and Master of Arts in Teaching degrees from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He received his EdD at Teacher's College, Columbia University; his studies there focused on learning theories and jazz pedagogy. His text for teaching jazz to beginners, Learning Jazz Language, will be released in 2010 by Northeastern Music Publications. As founder and music director of Moravian College’s summer music camp, July Jazz Getaway, Mr. Wetzel has worked and played with many jazz greats such as Clark Terry, Ravi Coltrane, Al Grey, Terrel Stafford, Milt Grayson, Stanley Turrentine, and Bobby Watson.

Dr. Wetzel has been featured performer and guest clinician at festivals in the U.S. and Europe. He has appeared as soloist at the PMEA Conference (2007 and 2008); and the IAJE Conference in Toronto (2003). He has also played and taught at the Lana Jazz Festival in Lana, Italy (2005) as well as the Karel Velebny Jazz Workshop in Frydlant, Czech Republic (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 & 2010). He has performed in many jazz clubs including: The Deerhead Inn (PA), Shanghai Jazz (NJ), Zanzibar Blue (Phila.), Agharta, U Maleho Glena, and Jazz Dock jazz clubs (all three in Prague, Czech Rep.). As an ensemble director, Dr. Wetzel has been the guest director for The PMEA District 9 Jazz Band Fest big band (2001 and 2010) and the Berks All-Star High School Jazz Ensemble (2008). He has also led many workshops and clinics throughout Pennsylvania and abroad. He is in demand as an adjudicator for middle and high school jazz festivals.

He has backed many of the great performers in show business including: Tony Bennett, Natalie Cole, Bob Hope, Johnny Mathis, Bernadette Peters, Tommy Tune, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, the Temptations and the Four Tops. He has also appeared with the Philly Pops Orchestra including a performance with singer Patti Page in Carnegie Hall, which was recorded and released on CD by DRG records and won the 1999 Grammy for best Pop Traditional Performance. He can also be heard on four CD’s with jazz pianist Eric Mintel: Live, Hopscotch, Dynamo and Four on the Floor. Most recently he produced and performed on Introducing the Jazz Faculty at Moravian College, a CD featuring compositions written and performed by the Moravian College Jazz Faculty Ensemble. Most recently he played on the CD Simone on Simone (released on KochRecords) featuring the jazz singer, Simone with the Rob Stoneback Big Band.

Wetzel’s first CD as leader, Misunderestimated, was released in January 2010, and is available through his website: www.neilwetzel.com. The CD features original jazz compositions presented in a variety of textures, styles and instrumental combinations. He has also recorded and toured with the Rosta Fras—Skip Wilkins IQ; the International Quintet. This group is made up of both American and Czech jazz musicians and has toured Central Europe and the US. The group’s first CD, Frydlant Nights, was recorded and released by the Czech Radio Prague label in 2010.

 

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Dr. Paula Ring Zerkle | Director of Choral Music

Office location: Hurd Campus, Brethren's House, Room 308
Office phone: 610-861-1681 
Email: zerklep@moravian.edu

Research interest and expertise
Choral music, conducting, women composers, musicianship, choral arranging, Dalcroze Eurhythmics

Dr. Paula Ring Zerkle is an associate music professor and the Director of Choral Music at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. She conducts Moravian Choir and Vocalis, a small a cappella choral ensemble. She teaches conducting and musicianship and for 10 years was the faculty advisor to Delta Omicron, an international music honors fraternity. Zerkle is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of California at Berkeley with a B. A. in Music and French. She received two M. M. degrees in choral and orchestral conducting from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and has a doctorate in choral music from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.

Zerkle is an adjudicator, clinician, and guest conductor for choral festivals, competitions, and workshops in Pennsylvania and surrounding areas. She is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, College Music Society, International Alliance for Women in Music, International Federation for Choral Music, and the Music Educators’ National Conference, and has been nominated for two awards by the Conductors’ Guild. Zerkle was a member of the board of the Pennsylvania chapter of the American Choral Directors Association for two years, where she organized the annual World Music Honor Choir. Before coming to Moravian, she taught and conducted at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho and Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio.

 

Special Appointments

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Suzanne Kompass | Artist-In-Residence; Soprano

Office location: 
Office phone: 
Email: kompasss@moravian.edu
Website: www.suzannekompass.com

Research interest and expertise
Master Voice Teacher, Vocal Diction, Vocal Pedagogy, Vocal Literature, Performance Techniques

Moravian College Artist-in-Residence & platinum recording artist, Suzanne Kompass, is an extraordinarily versatile performer whose talent encompasses all genres of music with equal facility, whether Opera, Operetta, Art-Song or the classics of Broadway.

Her operatic repertoire is extensive and includes the roles of Susanna (Marriage of Figaro) Marguerite (Faust) Mannon (Mannon) Pamina (Magic Flute)  Norina (Don Pasquale) Rosina (Barber of Seville)  Anna (Merry Widow) Mimi (La Boheme)  and Violetta (La Traviata).

In oratorio and symphonic repertoire, her performances have included; Bach’s St. John Passion, B Minor Mass, Magnificat Christmas Oratorio, Beethoven’s 9TH Symphony,  Bernstien’s Mass, Bizet’s Te Deum, Brahm’s Requiem, Dvorak’sMass in D, Elgar’s Coronation Ode, Faure’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah & Israel In Egypt, Haydn’s The Creation, Mass To St. Theresa, Coronation Mass, Mass In Time Of War and Nelson Mass, Mozart’s Requiem & Solemn Vespers Schubert’sMass In G and Mass In A Major, Vaughan William’s Sea Symphony & Serenade To Music and Vivaldi’s Gloria.

Suzanne has appeared as guest soloist in many music festivals, including the Spoleto Festival’s of Charleston (South Carolina) Spoleto (Italy) and the Huntsville Festival, Canada. Her engagements in the U.S.A. & Canada have included concerts with the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Westminster Festival Orchestra, Toronto Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra, the Trillium Series and the Naples Philharmonic.

She has worked with luminary conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Carlo Maria Guilini, Robert Shaw, Erich Kunzel, Joseph Flummerfelt, Martin Katz, Gian Carlo Menotti, Christian Badea, Riccardo Muti, Daniel Barenboim and Elmer Iseler.

She has collaborated with leading composers including Gian Carlo Menotti, Peter Schickele, Jack Behrens, and Sean O’Boyle. New music concerts include music of John Cage, Albert Fischer and Olivier Messiaen.

Suzanne recorded the platinum selling album A Christmas Homecoming with Canadian Jazz Composer Hagood Hardy culminating with multiple sell-out concerts & TV appearances with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

In 2009/10 Suzanne spent a year in Australia and made her Sydney Opera House debut, and performed with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Australian Pops Orchestra, Queensland Pops Orchestra, Barrier Reef Orchestra and the Australian Shakespeare Festival.  She also appeared in the acclaimed hit show Scotland the Brave that was filmed for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, the DVD release achieved Gold status within weeks. 

Suzanne also appeared with the Australian superstar of jazz, James Morrison and sang with Gregory Moore & Adam Lopez to huge acclaim.

Whilst in Australia, Suzanne co/produced and guest starred on the Gregory Moore hit Album “I Dreamed of You” with composer Sean O'Boyle and worked as a music coach on the feature film A Heartbeat Away.

Performance highlights of 2011-2016 include: world premiere of Sean O'Boyle's Requiem with the Glenn Ridge Choral Society; Soloist in Rossini's Stabat Mater; soloist in the Poulenc Gloria; 2 month Australian tour with the Queensland Balletperforming the role of “the night club singer” in the ballet Cloudland; vocal coach and featured soloist for the education Queensland’s televised stadium event Creative Generations 2012/13/14/15; USA premiere of Israeli composer Rami Bar-Niv's song cycle Longing for my Father with the Concord Chamber Orchestra (WI) and the world premiere of  Conflict, Sadness, Victory, Resolution  for Soprano & Orchestra by Sean O'Boyle a role she reprised for the 2014 Moravian Music Conference in Bethlehem, PA. As a recitalist, Suzanne has appeared in the USA, Canada and Australia.  Suzanne is the director of the Moravian College, Song and Stagecraft Ensemble and the Opera Ensemble.

Suzanne Kompass is the 2013 Moravian College Music Department recipient of the T. Edgar Shields Prize for "excellence in studio teaching.” Suzanne is a master voice teacher with students on 3 continents, many who are working professionally in Opera, Broadway and Theatre.

 

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Sean O'Boyle AM | Artist-In-Residence; Composition, Jazz Clarinet, Recording Arts

Office location: Room 121B "Mission Control"
Office phone: 
Email: oboyles@moravian.edu
Website: www.seanoboyle.net

Research interest and expertise
Composition, Counterpoint, Jazz Clarinet, Music For The Moving Image, Orchestration, Recording Arts, Score Preparation, The Art of Film Music

Awarded the Order of Australia (AM) in 2015, New York/Bethlehem based Australian composer, conductor & master orchestrator, Sean O’Boyle, has conducted recordings and concerts with many leading Australian and international orchestras, including the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Barrier Reef Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra, Queensland Pops Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Dortmund Konzert, Lexington Philharmonic, Auckland Philharmonia, Malaysian Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic and the BBC Concert Orchestra . His compositions & orchestrations have been performed and or recorded by all the major Australian orchestras; European Orchestras include - Berlin Philharmonic, Orchestre Symphonique Divertimento. Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra and North American Orchestras include - the Atlanta Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, Concord Chamber Orchestra, Tacoma Symphony Orchestra, Spartanburg Philharmonic, Edmonton Symphony and the Cincinnati Pops.

Sean has written for, conducted, directed and collaborated with many artists including; Dame Evelyn Glennie, Adam Lopez, James Morrison, The Whitlams, Tommy Emmanuel, Kate Ceberano, Yvonne Kenny, Teddy Tahu-Rhodes, Suzanne Kompass, David Hobson, Riley Lee, Jane Rutter, David Campbell, Gregory Moore and the electric string trio MASKE.  He has written and produced music for more than 100 CDs recorded in collaboration with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.  He has twice received the coveted ABC Golden Manuscript Award for his work as a composer and his projects have received numerous ARIA (Australian GRAMMY) nominations & awards.

Sean has a keen interest in the music of indigenous Australians and in 2001 he collaborated with didgeridoo maestro, William Barton, in composing his Concerto for Didgeridoo & Orchestra.  This concerto was ranked #32 in the ABC Classic FM “The Classic 100 Concertos” & #87 in ABC Classic 100 - 20th Century.

Sean is a master orchestrator and has contributed much to the concert platform, opera & ballet. As a Conductor, Sean has performed in concert halls as diverse as the iconic Sydney Opera House - Avery Fischer Hall (NYC) – Queens Hall (London) – Roy Thompson Hall (Toronto) and great concert spaces under the stars in Australia.

In 2002, he was featured exclusively at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) where his compositions were performed live for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. In 2000, Sean composed the ABC’s Olympic theme for use during the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games Broadcast, which was subsequently performed for the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester and the 2004 Olympics in Athens.

In 2009 Sean wrote & arranged music for “The Ashes”– the greatest cricketing event in the world. His setting of the Anthem “Jerusalem” was selected as an official anthem of the 2014 Rugby League World Cup.

In 2014 Sean was appointed Chief Arranger & Composer in Residence of the Queensland Pops Orchestra. In 2015 he was appointed Patron of the Music Arrangers' Guild of Australia.

Sean and his wife Suzanne, have a home in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, where they are Artists-In-Residence at the USA's 6th oldest University, Moravian College, teaching composition, recording arts, orchestration, film music and jazz clarinet. He is the 2015 Moravian College Music Department recipient of the T. Edgar Shields Prize for "excellence in studio teaching.” In 2016 Moravian College awarded Sean Doctor of Music in recognition for his work and achievements.

 

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Donald Spieth | Artist-In-Residence; Conductor, Moravian College Community Orchestra

Office location: 
Office phone: 
Email: spiethd@moravian.edu

Donald Spieth came to Pennsylvania as a Natonal Teaching Fellow at Moravian College where he is currently Artist-in-Residence in Music and is Conductor of the Moravian College COmmunity Orchestra, an ensemble which he started forty years ago and from which he took a twenty year leave to pursue other conducting responsibilities.

Spieth has established himself as a conductor, orchestra builder, and educator. His imaginative programming and expressive performances have been met enthusiastically by audiences and critics alike. He is also Adjunct Professor and Music Department Coordinator at Northampton Community College.

Spieth has led highly acclaimed New York performances at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. The New York Times has said, "The Orchestra, led by Donald Spieth, played energetically, precisely and sweetly." He has collaborated with celebrated artists from Emanuel Ax and Joshua Bell to Sarah Chang and Nadia Salerno-Sonnenberg among many others.

For over 25 years, Spieth served as Music Director and Conductor of both the Lehigh Valley Chamber Orchestra and the Schuylkill Symphony Orchestra. He is currently the Principal Guest Conductor of the Monocacy Chamber Orchestra at Lehigh University. In addition to his 2007 MCO recording, he has made three internationally distributed recordings and received the prestigious national American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) award for Adventuresome Programming of Contemporary Music.

As an advocate for American music, Spieth, with his various orchestras, has premiered over thirty new orchestral works through the annual commissioning of local, national, and international composers.

Donald Spieth began his formal training at the University of Iowa where he received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in music performance and literature. His primary conducting teachers have included James Dixon at Iowa and Sixten Ehrling at The Juilliard School.

 

 

Artist-Lecturers in Music

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Chris Aguayo | Rock-Pop Singer/Songwriter/Guitar

Email: aguayoc@moravian.edu

Research interest and expertise
Artist-Lecturer in rock-pop singer/songwriter/guitarist

Chris Aguayo is a performing rock singer/songwriter/guitarist & alumni of Moravian College. He is recognized by WFMZ as a "uniquely talented songwriter" and plays an average of 10-15 shows per month. Chris self-produces his work and can help singer/songwriters who play guitar or piano take their songs to a commercial level as well as to play them live professionally. Visit www.chrisaguayo.com to learn more about Chris, his music, & upcoming show schedule.

 

 

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Dr. Deborah Andrus | Clarinet; Clarinet Choir, Woodwind Trio

Email: andrusd@moravian.edu

Research interest and expertise
Artist-Lecturer in clarinet, Clarinet Choir, Woodwind Trio, Clarinet Pedagogy, Clarinet Literature

Deborah Andrus is the second and Eb clarinetist with the Allentown Symphony Orchestra, and is a member of the SATORI Chamber Ensemble, the DeMarina Trio and the East Winds Quintet. Before moving to Pennsylvania, she held the principal clarinet position with the Natchez Opera Festival Orchestra. She has performed with many ensembles across the United States, including the Louisiana Philharmonic, the Baton Rouge Symphony, the Mississippi Symphony, the Central Ohio Symphony, the New Columbian Brass Band and the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. In 2010, Dr. Andrus toured mainland China, giving concerts and masterclasses with Trio Clavino.

Currently, Dr. Andrus is the Artist-Lecturer in Clarinet at Moravian College and Lehigh University where she teaches clarinet, directs the clarinet ensembles and teaches Woodwind Techniques. In 2009, she was the recipient of the T. Edgar Shields prize for Outstanding Studio Teaching at Moravian College. Before moving to Pennsylvania she was Professor of Clarinet at Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi and at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, Louisiana. In addition to teaching college students, Dr. Andrus has a thriving private studio in the Lehigh Valley. Her clarinet students have won positions in All-State, All-East and All-National Honor Ensembles, as well as winning local, regional and national competitions.

Dr. Andrus earned her doctorate as a Presidential Fellow at The Ohio State University, a Master of Music from Michigan State University and her Bachelor of Music from The Crane School at SUNY Potsdam. Her teachers include Alan Woy, James Pyne, Theodore Oien, Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr and Mark Nuccio.

A passionate teacher of all students of the clarinet, Dr. Andrus is the clarinet author for Teaching Woodwinds, a woodwind methods resource for music educators, which can be found at: teachingww.com.

Dr. Andrus is an Artist-Clinician for the Buffet Corporation and plays Buffet R-13 clarinets. In her free time, Dr. Andrus enjoys reading, yoga, cooking and traveling with her family.

 

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John S. Arnold | Guitar, Classical; Guitar Ensemble

Email: arnoldj@moravian.edu

Research interest and expertise
Artist-Lecturer in guitar, Guitar Ensemble, Flute and Guitar Ensemble, Guitar Pedagogy, Guitar Literature

John S. Arnold is presently the guitar instructor at Moravian College where he teaches private lessons (classical, flamenco, lute, fingerstyle), guitar ensemble, flute & guitar ensemble, guitar literature & guitar pedagogy. Prior to this position he taught guitar at Bennington College in Vermont. As a soloist and chamber musician, he has performed with numerous ensembles and venues including the Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra, Allentown Symphony Orchestra, Sage City Symphony, Satori, Two Part Invention, Gabriel Chamber Ensemble, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Kennedy Center, Musikfest, Wall Guitar Festival, Bach-Handel Festival, Philadelphia Classical Guitar Series, Festival of the Human Voice, HCC Guitar Mini-Fest, Hartt International Guitar Festival, and on national public radio & television.

In 2002, John was awarded the T. Edgar Shields Prize for distinguished studio instruction at Moravian College where his students have won many competitions including the MC Concerto Competition and the prestigious GFA Competition (Youth Division). From 2000-2012, he founded and directed the Bethlehem Guitar Festival, bringing to the Lehigh Valley some of the most outstanding guitarists the world has to offer. In 2011, Shenandoah Conservatory presented John with the Alumnus of Excellence Award, recognizing alumni for doing outstanding work in their field. In addition to teaching and performing, John has been a judge for numerous guitar competitions including the Schadt String Competition, Philadelphia Classical Guitar Competition, John & Susie Beatty Competition, and Godfrey Daniels.

Mr. Arnold holds an Artist Diploma degree from the Hartt School, University of Hartford, where he studied with Richard Provost; Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Guitar Performance and Guitar Pedagogy from Shenandoah Conservatory of Shenandoah University, where his major teacher was Glenn Caluda. Mr. Arnold has recorded several CD’s and published arrangements for guitar with ClearNote Publications and Guitar Chamber Music Press.

 

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Eduardo M. Azzati | Voice, Classical; Women's Chorus

Email: azzatie@moravian.edu

Research interest and expertise
Artist-Lecturer in voice and conducting, Women's Chorus, Vocal Pedagogy, Vocal Literature, Vocal Diction

Eduardo Azzati, director & conductor, is a versatile musician who divides his time between singing, teaching and conducting. He gained popularity as a conductor and baritone soloist in his homeland Argentina where he directed many choral and orchestral ensembles and sang with important orchestras including the National Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Azzati has held many positions as a conductor. Among others Associate Conductor of the award winning National Youth Choir of Argentina, Director of Choral Activities and Conductor of award winning choirs at St. Agnes School, Director of Choral Activities and Conductor at St. Andrew's School and Conductor of Kantus Choral Group.

As a solo singer Mr. Azzati specializes in the oratorio and art song repertories. He appears frequently in the Lehigh Valley and beyond and has sung in Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, France, Spain and Greece. The Morning Call remarked: "In Max Reger's Der Einsiedler Eduardo Azzati was the excellent soloist. Never has solitude and loneliness sounded so gorgeous." The same newspaper said in a review of Bach's St. John's Passion: "Eduardo Azzati was outstanding as Pilate."

Currently he is on the music faculty at Moravian College where he is the 2005 recipient of the T. Edgar Shields Prize for "excellence in studio teaching, contributions to music scholarship and participation in professional musical activites, and a quality relationship to music students." Mr. Azzati is Director of Music at Yardley United Methodist Church, in Yardley, PA where he directs children, youth, adult and handbell choirs. He is also on the music faculty at Lehigh University. Mr. Azzati holds a Bachelors Degree in music with a specialization in conducting from Juan José Castro State Conservatory of Music, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and a Master's Degree in Voice Performance and Pedagogy from Westminster Choir College of Rider University, Princeton, NJ.

 

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Sarah Baer | Oboe

Email: baers@moravian.edu

Research interest and expertise
Artist-Lecturer in oboe, Women's Studies

Sarah Baer is an active oboist, music scholar, and educator in the Lehigh Valley. Ms. Baer earned a Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance from Moravian College, where she studied with Carol Temlin and David B. Diggs. Graduate work was completed at Brandeis University where Ms. Baer was awarded a joint M.A. in Music History and Women's and Gender Studies after completing a thesis on the life and work of Margret Ruthven Lang, the first American women composer to have her orchestral works performed. Ms. Baer can be heard throughout the Lehigh Valley as a soloist, and has also performed internationally with the New Jersey Youth Symphony. Her continued academic interests in musicology, and the history of women in music, include educating about and advocating for the performance of works by women composers.

 

Andrea Berntsen | Accompanying

Email: bernsten@moravian.edu

 

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Ralph Brodt III | Trombone; Trombone Ensemble

Email: brodtr@moravian.edu

Research interest and expertise
Instructor of trombone, Trombone Ensemble, Trombone Pedagogy, Trombone Literature

Ralph E. Brodt, III is an artist-lecturer of trombone and low brass at Moravian College and Muhlenberg College. He has been an instructor of music for over 40 years. A graduate of Moravian College, he had studied with Dr. Henry Schmidt, Donald Spieth, and Richard Schantz. Nazareth Music Center, a family owned store is where Ralph spends a majority of his time in instrument sales/repairs, and privately teaching low brass students. Prior to that, he was the Director of Music at Allentown Central Catholic High School. Ralph proudly served as a captain in the USMC. He had the honor of conducting the Basic School’s Men’s Chorus and performing at the National Cathedral in Washington. Ralph performs with many area orchestras, including the Lehigh Valley Chamber Orchestra, PA Sinfonia, Allentown Symphony, Bach Festival Orchestra, and Lehigh University. Ralph has played for legendary performers such as Bobby Vinton, Don Rickles, Marilyn Horn, Barbara Cook, and Monica Mancini. He has been honored to share the stage with his talented peers, as well as musicians such as Ken Brader, Rick Braun, Bob Grausso, and Bill Watrous. Ralph performs with many various small ensembles, concert bands, and big bands throughout the Lehigh Valley. He performs with professional pit orchestras for colleges and theatre groups throughout the Valley, and also conducts orchestras for local high schools productions. Since it resurrection 23 years ago, Ralph has conducted the Nazareth Area Community Band, one of the area's oldest community bands. In his leisure time, Ralph enjoys arranging music for various ensembles, performing with his family quartet, home improvement projects, spending time with his canine companion, and traveling with his wife.

 

Graeme Burgan | Accompanying, Salon Ensemble

Email: burgang@moravian.edu

 

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Dan DeChellis | Piano, Classical and Jazz; non-idiomatic improvisation

Email: dechellisd@moravian.edu

Research interest and expertise
Artist Lecturer in classical and jazz piano, Non-idiomatic improvisations in a variety of ensemble sizes

Dan DeChellis (pianist) first came to the attention of the jazz / improvised / new music world in 1996 with the release of his solo recording debut "Shapes" on the Sachimay label. This recording earned him immediate critical praise and led to appearances throughout the Northeast. Since then DeChellis has released five more CDs on Sachimay and has continued to increase his reputation as one of today's busiest and most compelling improvisers. He has performed as a soloist, leader and sideman at the Roulette (NY), Knitting Factory (NY), The Middle East (Boston), Sculler's Jazz Club (Boston), Harvard University, New Langton Arts (CA), The Zeitgeist, ABC NO Rio, Autumn Uprising Festival, the Big Sur Experimental Music Festival and as an organizer and performer at New York's, Improvised and Otherwise Festival.

Most recently, DeChellis was nominated by his peers as "Best Pianist" and "Best All-Around Performer" at the Lehigh Valley Music Awards and last year, as a founding member of the group, ThreeMonKs, he won "Best New Artist" and "Best Live Jazz Performance". His current trio is focused on original compositions and re-working of Pop and Jazz standards.

Born October 14,1970, DeChellis grew up in Whitehouse Station, NJ. He began piano studies at age five and quickly developed interest in a diverse range of musical styles. From 1989 to 1997 DeChellis received his master's degree in classical piano. At the New England Conservatory DeChellis worked closely with legendary composer/pianist Ran Blake and improviser Masashi Harada. DeChellis sites influences as diverse as Paul Bley, Brian Eno and the music of Anton Webern.

DeChellis's music seeks to blur the boundaries between contemporary classical and improvised music. Whether he is performing solo or accompanied by electronics, voice and acoustic instruments, he masterfully combines standard piano virtuosity with extended technique and explosive bursts of energy. His recordings have been reviewed in The Wire, Cadence, Signal to Noise and Keyboard Magazine. Among the many fine musicians he has collaborated with are: Gerry Hemmingway, Sabir Mateen, Daniel Carter, Dee Pop, Rueben Radding, Ravish Momin, Ernesto Diaz-Infante, Jeff Arnal, Chris Forsyth, Anita DeChellis, Brian Moran, Toshi Makihara, Masashi Harada, Matt Hannafin, Bhob Rainey, Tatsuya Nakatani.

 

David Diggs | Oboe

Email: diggsd@moravian.edu

 

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Joseph Doucette | Suzuki Violin

Email: doucettej@moravian.edu

Research interest and expertise
Artist-Lecturer in Suzuki violin

Joseph Doucette has his Master of Music degree in String Pedagogy from Temple University and his Bachelor of Music degree from The Hartt School. He is a certified Suzuki teacher, having studied with James Hutchins and Christie Felsing. He has studied violin and viola with Hirono Oka, Ana Tsinadze, Anton Miller, and Robert dePasquale; also, he has had lessons with Barbara Gavotos, William dePasquale, and Gregory Fulkerson. He has been concertmaster of the Temple University Concert Orchestra, played in the Temple University Symphony and Hartt Symphony Orchestras, and toured Peru with Instrumentos de Albanza. Joseph also regularly performs with the Doucette Quartet/Trio. Additionally, he has interned with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, and served as a management assistant with the Ambler Academy of Music. His background as an orchestra member, chamber musician, and freelancer, has shown him how important it is to teach and share the music that he loves with his students. Joseph believes that with motivation, encouragement, and exposure to fine music, any child can learn the skills and patience it takes to study a string instrument.

 

 

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Megan Durham | Mezzo Soprano

Email: durhamm@moravian.edu

Research interest and expertise
Artist-Lecturer in mezzo soprano

Lyric mezzo soprano Megan Durham, M​​M, S​V​S, RYT-200 serves on the voice faculties of ​Moravian College, ​DeSales University​ and ​Lehigh University ​in ​Bethlehem, Pa. Ms. Durham also works as a Singing Voice Specialist (SVS) in partnership with medical professionals as part of a voice care team to habilitate singers diagnosed with voice disorders. In addition, Ms. Durham is a certified YogaVoice® practitioner, RYT-200 and incorporates yoga philosophy​ into her pedagogy​. Ms. Durham holds a Master of Music degree in voice pedagogy and performance from Westminster Choir College of Rider University, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in music from the University of Richmond. She completed her certification in singing voice habilitation with Dr. Karen Wicklund at the Chicago Center for Professional Voice. Ms. Durham serves as the President of the Lehigh Valley chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and is a member of the New York Singing Teacher’s Association, the Voice Foundation, VASTA and Yoga Alliance.

 

 

 

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Inna A. Eyzerovich | Violin

Email: eyzerovichi@moravian.edu

Research interest and expertise
Artist-Lecturer in violin, Violin Pedagogy, Violin Literature

Inna obtained her B.A.in music and her Masters from the Moscow Conservatory. Upon graduating, she held the position of Assistant Concertmaster with the Richerkar Chamber Orchestra and then with the State Symphony Orchestra in Moscow where she also was Assistant Concertmaster. With the State Symphony she performed in many of the major countries of Europe including Austria, Germany, Italy, and Spain.

After coming to the United States in 1991 Ms. Eyzerovich played with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, the Nassau Symphony Orchestra, and the Hartford Symphony where she was Concertmaster of the Core Orchestra.

In 1994 she came to the Lehigh Valley. She is now a member of the Reading Symphony, the Pennsylvania Sinfonia, the Moravian String Quartet, the Bach Festival Orchestra, and is currently Assistant Concertmaster of the Allentown Symphony. She has been on the faculty at Moravian College for twelve years and has a private violin studio. Her students have won awards at the Voorhees Competition, the Friends of Music of Bethlehem Competition, the District, Regional, State and National Orchestras.

Besides music, Ms. Eyzerovich loves cats, gardening and books.

 

 

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Lou Carol Fix | Organ, Recorder

Email: fixl@moravian.edu

Research interest and expertise
Artist-Lecturer in organ,  Organ Pedagogy, Organ Literature, Sacred Music

Lou Carol Fix is Artist-Lecturer of Organ at Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA, teaching organ, sacred music, recorder and music history since 1985. She holds the B.M. degree in Organ Performance from Salem College, NC, and M.M. and M.A. degrees in Organ Performance and Musicology, respectively, from Indiana University, Bloomington. Her organ teachers have included Margaret Mueller, John Mueller and Wilma Jensen. She also studied the carillon with Jo Haazen at the Royal Carillon School in Mechelen, Belgium. In recent years Lou Carol has given papers and organ recitals at conventions of the Organ Historical Society, Region III of the American Guild of Organists, and the Bethlehem Conferences on Moravian Music. She has recorded for the Organ Historical Society on the 4-CD set Historic Organs of Pennsylvania (OHS-03, 2005), and has served as Dean and Archivist of the Lehigh Valley Chapter of the AGO. She also served as the Faculty Coordinator and Organ Instructor at the 2009 Pipe Organ Encounter (POE) in Bethlehem.

Lou Carol’s church music positions as Organist and/or Director of Music have included Lutheran, Methodist, Episcopal, Presbyterian and United Church of Christ congregations throughout the Eastern half of the United States. She currently is the Organist/Choirmaster at St. George’s Episcopal Church in Ardmore, PA. In 2009 she was Director of the first Peace Instrumental Music Camp at Peace-Tohickon Lutheran Church in Perkasie, PA. Lou Carol also teaches music and recorder at Moravian Academy in Bethlehem, PA.

Lou Carol has performed on the Heefner Organ Recital Series at Ursinus College, PA (2004), as well as the Tannenberg Organ Programs in Winston-Salem, NC (2009). Her chapter “The Organ in Moravian Church Music” is published in The Music of the Moravian Church in America, ed. Nola Reed Knouse, Eastman Studies in Music (Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press, 2008). Lou Carol’s interests include 17th-century organ performance practice, creative hymn-playing and Moravian music in America.

 

 

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Anthony Gairo | Saxophone, Jazz Arranging, Combo I

Email: gairoa@moravian.edu

Research interest and expertise
Artist Lecturer in Jazz Saxophone, Artist Lecturer in Jazz Flute, Jazz History

Vice President of the Pennsylvania Jazz Collective, saxophonist, flutist, clarinetist, and jazz composer Tony Gairo keeps an active calendar of professional performances, engagements, sessions, and shows while maintaining busy teaching studios at Moravian, Muhlenberg, Lafayette and Mercer County Community Colleges, and Music Forte Music School. A 20-year member of the Jazz Faculty at Moravian, he has directed Jazz Combo 1 since 1998 and was awarded the T. Edgar Shields Prize for Distinguished Studio Instruction in 2006. He has directed and conducted the Big Band at Muhlenberg since 2009. Tony performs with some of the best and most successful musicians in the industry including Johnny Mathis, Clay Aiken, the Temptations, the Four Tops, Bob Dorough, and Maria Schneider and has appeared on stage with such luminaries as Phil Woods, Natalie Cole, Al Martino, David “Fathead” Newman, and Bud Shank, among others. Voted the 2004 Jazz Musician of the Year – Lehigh Valley (PA) by Pulseweekly Magazine, he has composed more than 120 works for Jazz Orchestra including The Real Book of Gig (2012), a jazz opera, Collaboration (2007), a jazz ballet, The Never-Ending Saga of Elli and Griff (2013), a jazz suite featuring Phil Woods, and an album, Treacherous (2005), on Sea Breeze Jazz Records which was nominated for a Grammy nomination. Mr. Gairo is an alumnus of the prestigious BMI Jazz Composer’s Workshop in New York City (2001-2006) where several of his compositions for Big Band were premiered. He conducted the BMI (NY) Jazz Composer’s Orchestra in concert at Merkin Hall, New York in 2003, 2004, and 2005. Whether as sideman or leader, Tony “gigs” several nights a week and records in disparate musical settings throughout the Northeast Corridor of the United States, primarily in and around the Lehigh Valley of PA, the Greater Philadelphia region, and Princeton NJ with such ensembles as the Franklin Alison Orchestra, the Rob Stoneback Big Band, Band From Mars (a David Bowie Tribute), the Hoppin’ John Orchestra, Swing Easy, Philadelphia Funk Authority, Marah, the Ron Bogart Quartet, duos with pianist/vocalist Lou Lanza and guitarist Jason Wolbach, and his own groups, the Live Wire, a Big Band whose book is comprised entirely of his works for Jazz Orchestra, the Hot 3, a jazz repertoire ensemble, and his jazz trios, quartets, and quintets. He is immensely grateful to have had the good fortune and resilience to have made a career of music and absolutely loves what he does for a living.

 

Alan Gaumer | Trumpet, Jazz; Fusion Ensemble

Email: gaumera@moravian.edu

Research interest and expertise
Artist lecturer in Jazz Trumpet, Fusion Ensemble

Alan Gaumer has been playing trumpet since 1958. As a young trumpeter he appeared on the national television show “the Ted Mack Amateur Hour.” As featured Jazz trumpeter in the US Navy Show Band he performed in over 70 countries throughout Europe, Africa, Asia and South America.

He is currently in his twenty third year as jazz trumpet artist/lecturer @ Moravian College. He is very active in local jazz education and adjudicates regularly at regional school jazz festivals.

Former, and one current (trumpet & jazz “improv”) student (s), have won positions in the prestigious Pennsylvania State High School Jazz Band - trumpet section / jazz chair.

Alan regularly preforms with several ensembles including, the Quintet- Co-op Bop, in duet with Robin Bryan (Body and Soul) and as a member of the trumpet section of the Deerhead Inn COTA All-Stars Big Band. He also appears with the Moravian College Faculty Jazz Quintet and continues to free-lance in a variety of genres.

Alan is the founder of and Artistic Director of the Lehigh Valley based, non-profit organization: The Pennsylvania Jazz Collective. Its mission is to educate and expose community members of all ages to the richness, the history, and the diversity of American jazz. www.pajazzcollective.org

He performs with a “Who’s Who” list of jazz personalities including: Randy Brecker, Phil Woods, Bob Dorough, Bill Goodwin, Tony Marino, Craig Kastelnik, Nelson Hill, Gary Rissmiller, Tom Kozic, Skip Wilkins, Dave Leonhardt, Tom Schuman, Tony Gairo, Paul Rostock, Neil Wetzel, Bill Washer, Matt Vashlishan and many more.

As a young trumpeter he played with the big bands of: Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey & Harry James.

A short list of recording credits include: “Co-op Bop”, a jazz quintet; “Caught in the Web” with Rob Stoneback; “Introducing” the Moravian Jazz Faculty; his own compilation of original compositions, “One To Go” and just released, “Cowboys and Capes” a Neil Wetzel project.

 

Frank Giasullo | Piano, Jazz

Email: giasullf@moravian.edu

Research interest and expertise
Artist Lecturer in piano and jazz piano

Composer and pianist with a B.A. in Music from Rutgers University and a M.A. in Composition and Performance from Goddard College. Frank has worked as a composer and performer in both the classical and jazz idioms. His original pieces for piano were first performed in Town Hall, NY in 1970 by pianist Arlis Heukelekian. He has released two highly acclaimed jazz albums, "Expedition" and "First Light." A third album, "Until The Next Time," recorded in London with his new quartet featuring UK jazz greats Art Themen (Tenor/Soprano Sax) and David Green (Bass), was released October 2005. Frank has completed four successful tours of England. A fifth tour with the new quartet will take place July 2006. Frank has taught for over ten years at Raritan Valley Community College in New Jersey directing the jazz ensemble, writing and arranging charts and teaching jazz theory and improvisation. Frank is currently on the music faculty at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pa, where he teaches piano and jazz piano.

 

Alison Gillespie | Celtic Fiddle; Celtic Ensemble

Email: gillespiea@moravian.edu

Research interest and expertise
Artist-Lecturer in celtic fiddle

Alison Gillespie has been with the music faculty at Moravian College since 1996 as an instructor of Irish and Scottish Fiddle. Alison founded and directs the popular Moravian College Celtic Ensemble which performs regularly at the college and in the community. She is a frequent workshop clinician throughout the region and she performs as a founding member of the Celtic bands Blackwater, with three album recordings, and Banna Lach, as well as doing free-lance performance and recording projects. Alison also teaches at the River Valley Waldorf School in Bridgeton, PA and at her home studio in Coopersburg, PA. She leads a monthly Irish music session in Hellertown, PA, and is the founder and organizer of the annual Celtic Classic Fiddle Competition in Bethlehem, PA, now in its 17th year. Alison has traveled extensively in the British Isles and Ireland, and she also enjoys performing with her husband and three daughters who were all raised in the Celtic music tradition.

 

Arianna Goldina | Piano, Classical; Piano Trio

Email: goldinaa@moravian.edu

Research interest and expertise
Artist-Lecturer in piano, Piano Trio, Piano Pedagogy, Piano Literature

Arianna Goldina (piano, chamber music, piano literature, piano pedagogy) holds a Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School of Music and a Ph.D. in Piano Performance from New York University, where she studied with Martin Canin and Herbert Stessin, respectively The foundations of her musical education were laid in her native Latvia.

As a member of the Goldina-Loumbrozo piano duo team, she has been heard in numerous music centers in the United States, Canada, England, France, Italy, Germany, the Baltic States, Russia, and Scandinavia. The duo has appeared among others, with The Detroit Symphony, The Pacific Symphony, The New World Symphony, The Symphony of the Americas, The Philharmonic Orchestra of Florida, and The Latvian National Symphonic Orchestra. It was featured on the ABC TV network in the United States and on French and Russian National TV. Goldina and Loumbrozo captured public attention after winning First Prize at two major international duo-piano competitions: the 7th Valentino Bucchi Competition of 20th Century Music in Rome, Italy, and the 2nd Murray Dranoff Two-Piano Competition in Miami. They have recorded for the Pianissime, Cybelia and Phoenix labels.

Dr. Goldina has taught at New York University, The Juilliard School, and the French-American Conservatory. She has adjudicated several international piano competitions, such as the Gina Bachauer International Junior Piano Competition and the Murray Dranoff International Two-Piano Competitio. She also served as an Associate Artistic Director of the Murray Dranoff Foundation and on the Executive Board of The Piano Teachers Congress of New York. Currently, Dr. Goldina is an artist-lecturer at Moravian College.

 

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Catherine Gregory | Flute

Email: gregoryc@moravian.edu
Website: www.catherinegregory.com

Research interest and expertise
Artist-Lecturer in Flute

Catherine Gregory enjoys a diverse career as an orchestral and chamber musician, soloist, recitalist and teaching artist.

The recipient of numerous prizes and awards, including a Fulbright Scholarship, a BCC Emerging Artist’s Fellowship and an American Australian Association’s Dame Joan Sutherland Fund grant, Catherine has been a winner of the Pittsburgh Concert Society Competition, James Carson Flute Competition, Carnegie Mellon University Baroque and Concerto Competitions, and the Golden Key Visual and Performing Arts Achievement Award. She has performed at Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Alice Tully Hall and at the Lincoln Center Festival.

Catherine’s repertoire spans from the Baroque to the present day. She has collaborated with such composers as Steve Reich, David Lang, Missy Mazzoli and The Brothers Balliett. In addition, she is a frequent guest with NOVUS NY, ECCE, Ensemble LPR, Ensemble Mise-en, Symphony in C, and the Metro Chamber Orchestra.

Passionate about education, community outreach, and musical advocacy, Catherine is an alumna of Ensemble ACJW: A Program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School and The Weill Music Institute in Partnership with The New York City Department of Education. She has performed with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and the Paris Opera Ballet on their Australian tour, the Springfield Symphony Orchestra and the Australian Chamber Orchestra. She has played under the batons of such conductors as Harry Bicket, Robert Spano, David Robertson and Susanna Mälkki.

Catherine graduated with First Class Honours and the University Medal from the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University under the tutelage of Gerhard Mallon. After receiving her Masters degree with High Distinction, which included studies with Sally Walker, Catherine earned her Artist Diploma at Carnegie Mellon University (USA) where she studied with Alberto Almarza and Jeanne Baxtresser.

 

Lori Huth | Suzuki, Piano

Email: huthl@moravian.edu

Research interest and expertise
Artist-Lecturer in piano, Suzuki Piano

Lori Huth graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from West Chester University as a piano major, voice minor with a concentration in vocal-choral. She studied Suzuki pedagogy under master clinicians Carole Bigler and Valery Lloyd Watts, pioneers in bringing Suzuki Piano to the U.S. She attended teacher training institutes at Queens University, Kingston Ontario, under Bigler/Watts for several summers, and George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, under Carol Lubetkin of Oberlin Conservatory.

She taught general music in the Diocese of Allentown and also Bethlehem School District, but focused on Suzuki when she began teaching at the Suzuki Center of the Lehigh Valley. At Moravian, she teaches both Suzuki and traditional piano. As a member in PMTA, Pennsylvania Music Teachers' Association, she offers her students opportunities to excel yearly by entering several special auditions, an annual Hannah Young Playathon, and Annual Piano guild Auditions.

 

Robin Kani | Flute, Flute Ensemble

Email: kanir@moravian.edu

Research interest and expertise
Artist Lecturer in flute, Flute Ensemble, Flute Pedagogy, Flute Literature

Robin Kani, flutist, has been described by the New York Times as an artist with "professional aplomb as well as technical authority...played with complete assurance and accuracy." Ms. Kani made her debut at Carnegie Recital Hall after winning the Artists International Chamber Music Award. She has performed at Carnegie, Alice Tully, and CAMI Halls in New York, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and has been heard as recitalist and chamber musician in live broadcasts over National Public Radio and in private homes including a recital for Senator John D. Rockefeller. She recorded the Sacred Flutist available through Alfred Publishing. Ms. Kani is flute soloist in The Bethlehem Bach Choir recordings of the Mass in b minor and Christmas Oratorio. She has appeared as soloist with The Bach Choir of Bethlehem in Philadelphia, Washington and New York City. Currently, Ms. Kani is principal flutist of the Bethlehem Bach Festival Orchestra, Lehigh Valley Chamber Orchestra, Allentown Symphony, Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra and has appeared in performance throughout the Eastern United States, Mexico, Germany, Spain and the Czech Republic. This summer she toured England and Scotland with the Bethlehem Bach Choir Festival Orchestra and performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra in Saratoga, New York. A graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy and the University of Michigan, Ms. Kani continued her musical studies at the Juilliard School of the Performing Arts, receiving her master of Music degree studying with the renowned flutist Samuel Baron.

 

Linda Kistler | Violin

Email: kistlerl@moravian.edu

Research interest and expertise
Artist Lecturer in violin, Violin Pedagogy, Violin Literature

Linda Louise Kistler, violin, holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin College Conservatory, and received a Master of Music from the Juilliard School, where her teacher was Ivan Galamian. She has been a soloist and concert master with the Lehigh Valley Chamber Orchestra, the Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra and the Bethlehem Bach Festival Orchestra, and is a frequent guest artist with the Gabriel Chamber Ensemble of Schuykill County, Pennsylvania. Her teaching engagements have included the Lehigh Valley Charter School for the Performing Arts, Kutztown University, Lehigh University and Cedar Crest College. Ms. Kistler currently maintains a private teaching studio, and is on the faculty of Moravian College and Allentown's Community Music School.

 

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Zach Martin | Drum Set

Email: martinz02@moravian.edu

Research interest and expertise
Artist-Lecturer in drum set

Originally from Bethlehem, PA, Zach Martin began pursuing music at a young age. At the age of 8, he began private lessons with Jon San Filippo at the local California Drum Shop. Later he moved on to study with educator and author for Mel Bay Publications, Inc., D. Scott Williams. By the age of 14, he was playing clubs around the area professionally and would eventually graduate from the Lehigh Valley Charter School for the Performing Arts with the award for Outstanding Musical Achievement.

Zach then moved to Boston, Mass. in 2006 where he attended the world renowned Berklee College of Music. While at Berklee, he studied with teachers Bob Tamagni and John Ramsay. Finishing his degree in Jazz Performance at Moravian College Zach has studied drum set with Byron Landham and Gary Rissmiller, piano with Justin DeAngelo, Skip Wilkins and Jason Long, and composing/arranging with Tony Gairo. Zach has most recently studied drum set with Joe Bergamini, educator, author, and Senior Drum Editor for Hudson Music Publishing, Inc.

Zach has become an in-demand drummer in the Lehigh Valley. He has experience playing in a wide range of styles from musical theater to heavy metal and has toured on a semi-national level. He has been a professional educator since graduating Moravian College in 2013, developing a unique style of teaching that draws from his experience as both a life long student and performer.

 

 

 

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Steven Mathiesen | Percussion, Percussion Ensemble

Email: mathiesens@moravian.edu

Research interest and expertise
Artist-Lecturer in percussion, Percussion ensemble, Percussion Pedagogy, Percussion Literature

Steven Mathiesen is a member of the percussion section of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic and is principal timpanist with the Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra and the Binghamton Philharmonic. In January 2002, he was a featured soloist with the Binghamton Philharmonic, performing Harmonic Rhythm, a timpani concerto composed by Russell Peck. In recent seasons, he has also performed with the Bethlehem Bach Festival Orchestra of Bethlehem, Lehigh Valley Chamber Orchestra, Allentown Symphony and Reading Symphony. He has accompanied many professional entertainers in their appearances at area venues.

Mr. Mathiesen has appeared on recordings with the Bach Choir of Bethlehem, and the Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra, and has made studio recordings for Shawnee Press and Alfred Publishing. His compositions and arrangements are published by Shawnee Press, Honeyrock Publications, C-Alan Publications and Permus Publications.

Mathiesen received a Master of Music degree from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and a Bachelor of Music degree from the Ithaca College School of Music. His principal teachers were William Youhass and Allen Otte. He has also studied marimba with Leigh Howard Stevens.

In addition to teaching at Moravian College, Mr. Mathiesen also teaches at Marywood University in Scranton. He and his family reside in the Poconos. A graduate of East Stroudsburg Area High School, he was recently inducted into that school district’s Music Hall of Fame.

 

Joseph Mixon | Guitar

Email: mixonj@moravian.edu

 

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Tanya O'Brien | Voice, Classical

Email: obrient@moravian.edu

Research interest and expertise
Artist-Lecturer in voice

Tanya Lauser O’Brien  a 1996 graduate of Moravian is thrilled to return and share her talents with her alma mater. Tanya holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance and Music Education from Moravian College and a Master of Music degree from The Boston Conservatory in Vocal Performance.  During her time as a student at Moravian, Tanya had the honor of performing in the College Choir, Women’s Choir, Chamber Singers, Mostly Monteverdi Ensemble and Jazz Ensembles. A frequent soloist, Tanya had the privilege of performing solos during Christmas Vespers, The Emma Cecilia Thursby Memorial Concert, Central Moravian Church Choir, Moravian College Orchestra, Opening Vespers, Founder’s Day Celebrations and at Commencement. Tanya was awarded both the Leon Prokofy Leonovitch Memorial Prize and the Steven K. van Auken Prize for music students. While at Moravian, Tanya studied voice with Joanne Barsotti.

In 1997, Tanya moved to Boston to study with Monique Phinney at The Boston Conservatory. While there, Tanya was awarded the Opera Department Assistantship and a  Music Department Award.  Tanya was solosist with every vocal performance ensemble at the conservatory as well as a soloist with the First and Second Unitarian Church of Boston,  L’Ensemble Eclectique, Boston Coro di Camera, Boston Lyric Opera and others. Tanya had the opportunity to perform Pamina (The Magic Flute) at the Boston Conservatory as well as participate in the ensembles of Cendrillon and numerous opera scenes. Tanya performed in Master Classes for Brian Zeger, Sondra Kelly, Nico Castel, Charles Reicker, Louis Burkot, Steve Steiner and Ken Benson. Most recently, Tanya has studied with Ruth Drucker and Doug Martin. Tanya is a member of American Guild of Musical Artists.
Other performances include Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia, Wolf Trap Opera Chorus, Central Moravian Church Choir, Covered Bridge Theater, Musikfest Chorus and The Bach Choir of Bethlehem. Now residing in the Schnecksville area with her husband Tim and daughter Katharine, Tanya continues to perform regionally as a classical recitalist and opera professional.

 

Gregory Oaten | Voice, Classical

Email: oateng@moravian.edu

Research interest and expertise
Artist-Lecturer in voice, Vocal Pedagogy, Vocal Literature

Tenor Gregory Oaten, a native of the Lehigh Valley region of eastern Pennsylvania, is well-known as both an ensemble singer and recitalist, having performed and recorded with the Bach Choir of Bethlehem, Camerata Singers, Concord Chamber Singers (of which he is the Assistant Conductor and Vocal Coach), Lehigh Valley Choral Arts, Moravian College Choir, and numerous others.

Mr. Oaten received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ, where he studied Voice and Voice Pedagogy with Marvin Keenze, Daniel Pratt and Robert Simpson. He studied Choral Conducting with Frauke Haasemann, John Kemp, Warren Martin, Dennis Shrock and Robert Simpson; and Choralisches Stimmbildung (Choral Voice Building) with Frauke Haasemann and Daniel Pratt. While at Westminster, he performed, recorded and toured with the world-renowned Westminster Choir for some six seasons, performing as part of the Chorus-in-residence for the Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds in Charleston, South Carolina and Spoleto, Italy. He has collaborated in performance with such eminent conductors as Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Leonard Bernstein, Pierre Boulez, Wilhelm Ehmann, Joseph Flummerfelt, Carlo Maria Giulini, Rafael Kubelik, James Levine, Zubin Mehta, Gian Carlo Menotti, Riccardo Muti, Krzystof Penderecki and Robert Shaw. He has performed with the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, American Symphony, National Symphony, I'Orchestre de Paris, Vienna Philharmonic, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and the Spoleto Festival Orchestra in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher and Alice Tully Halls at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City; the historic Academy of Music and Kimmel Center in Philadelphia; and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. He has performed on Live from Lincoln Center and the Gala of Stars on PBS, and has participated in two feature segments for CBS Sunday Morning and the Today Show on NBC.

Mr. Oaten has participated in 26 professional recordings. Two of these have received Grammy Award nominations and one, a recording of Samuel Barber's opera Antony and Cleopatra, was awarded a Grammy in 1985. In 1995, Mr. Oaten returned to Princeton as one of 23 singers hand-selected by Joseph Flummerfelt to participate in a recording, Like as a Hart: Psalms and Spiritual Songs on the Chesky label, which subsequently received critical acclaim. He has recorded on the Columbia/Sony, Angel/EMI, Westminster Choir/Gothic, New World, Dorian and Book-of-the-Month Club recording labels, as well as a private label for the Concord Chamber Singers. Since 1987, he has regularly recorded for Harold Flammer, Warner Brothers and Mark Foster Music Publishers.

Mr. Oaten has served on the Music Faculty of Moravian College since 1991, and was awarded the T. Edgar Shields Prize for Studio Teaching in 2003. He has also served on the Music faculties of Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA and Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. He serves as Tenor Soloist for Bethlehem's historic Central Moravian Church and is Minister of Music at Faith United Presbyterian Church in Pen Argyl, PA. He is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.

 

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Rebecca Owens | Organ

Email: ownesr@moravian.edu

 

 

 

 

 

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Gary Rissmiller | Drum Set

Email: rissmillerg@moravian.edu

Research interest and expertise
Artist-Lecturer in Drumset

A native of Bethlehem, PA, Gary has been playing drums for more than twenty-five years. He has studied with Joe Morello and performed with jazz greats Phil Woods, Dave Liebman, Eric Kloss, Tom Harrell, Randy Brecker, Don Patterson, Urbie Green, George Young, Bobby Troupe, Janet Lawson, Gary King, and others. He has opened for Lionel Hampton, Cab Calloway, Joe Henderson, and Spyro Gyra. He performs regularly with his own combos, the Skip Wilkins/Jill Allen Quartet, the Nick Driscoll Quartet, and the Alan Gaumer Quintet, among others. His appearances include The Village Gate and Tavern on the Green in New York City; The Deerhead Inn in Delaware Water Gap, PA; and Ortlieb's Jazz Haus, Chris's, and The Blue Moon Jazz Club in Philadelphia. He has performed with various combos, including his own, at the Delaware Water Gap Celebration of the Arts since its inception. He has also played at the Central Pennsylvania Mellon Jazz Festival, the Scranton (PA) Jazz Festival, the Wichita (Kansas) Jazz Festival, and Mayfair (Allentown, PA), and as artist-in-residence at Musikfest (Bethlehem, PA). Gary has taught drum privately for around twenty years. He has served as adjudicator at the Wichita Jazz Festival and as instructor at Moravian College's July Jazz Getaway, during which he also performed with the legendary Clark Terry.


 

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Paul Rostock | Double Bass (classical and Jazz); Bass Ensemble

Email: rostockp@moravian.edu

Research interest and expertise
Artist-Lecturer in Jazz & Classical Bass, Jazz theory, Bass Pedagogy, Bass Literaturature

Paul Rostock has been on the faculty at Moravian since 1991 as an instructor of double bass and bass guitar. He has directed jazz ensembles and teaches jazz history and improvisation practicum. Paul is also one of the directors for the popular July Jazz Getaway and accompanies the guest artists who appear annually at the camp.

Rostock is also an active free lance musician performing in a multitude of musical settings .Some of the popular artists he has performed with include Frank Sinatra, Olivia Newton John, Maureen McGovern, Perry Como, Joel Grey, Sandy Duncan, John Davidson and Steve Allen. Jazz artists who Paul has appeared with include Stanley Turrentine, Urbie Green, Bob Dorough, Maynard Ferguson, David Fathead Newman, Clark Terry, John Coates, Bobby Watson, Ellis Marsalis, Al Grey, Buddy Childers, Carl Fontana and Bill Watrous. He also tours and records with vocalist Frank Sinatra Jr. and his orchestra.

Paul and his family reside in Stroudsburg Pa. and he has been actively involved in the fertile jazz scene there performing annually at the Delaware Water Gap Celebration of the Arts jazz festival.

 

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David Roth | Piano, Jazz ; Combo II

Email: rothd@moravian.edu
Website: www.rothpiano.com

David Roth performs in a wide variety of both of classical and jazz settings. He holds both BA and BM degrees from Moravian College, and he has earned a Masters degree in classical piano performance from the University of Northern Colorado. David has performed with many well-known jazz musicians including Steve Gilmore, Glenn Davis, Paul Rostock, Larry Mckenna, Warren Vache Jr., Bill Goodwin, and Terell Stafford. In the commercial music field, David has done keyboard work for Regis Philbin and Michael Amante, and he had given many live performances on radio and television. Under the direction of composer Sean O'Boyle, David recorded the piano music sound track for the Film, Damn Fine Dining starring David MacLean and Sam Dugmore. David is the creator of the Moravian College Summer Youth Jazz Camp that includes students grades 8-12. David also conceived and led the development of the strategic education alliance between MTNA and the International Association for Jazz Education. He is a co-author of the MTNA/IAJE Jazz Studies Guide that includes a forward by Dave Brubeck. David created two community concert programs, Peak View Jazz, in Colorado, and Art’s in Your Backyard, in the Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania.

 

 

 

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Skylar Ruloff | Suzuki Guitar

Email: ruloffs@moravian.edu

Research interest and expertise
Artist-Lecturer in Suzuki Guitar

Skylar Ruloff graduated from Moravian College with a Bachelor of Arts in Music in 2013. While at Moravian College he studied with John Arnold (Classical Guitar), Frank Giasullo (Piano), and Greg Oaten (Voice). Skylar has performed solo and with various ensembles including the Moravian College Guitar Ensemble, Moravian College Choir, and Moravian College Guitar and Flute Ensemble. Skylar received Suzuki Guitar training from David Madsen in Beaver Creek, Colorado. He currently teaches Suzuki Guitar at Moravian College Music Institute.

 

Dr. Martha Schrempel | Piano, Classical

Email: schrempelm@moravian.edu

Research interest and expertise
Artist-Lecturer in piano, Accompanying

Martha Schrempel, piano, is a graduate of Vassar College and the Juilliard School in New York, where she studied with the legendary piano teacher, Rosina Lhevinne; she also received a Doctor of Musical Arts from Temple University. On the occasion of her debut at Carnegie Recital Hall in New York, The New York Times wrote of Ms. Schrempel: she is "a pianist of taste and technical finesse. Everything she played had a warm, intimate tone and a textual transparency. Debussy. . .was brilliantly handled as a diamond-hard study in sonority." As a soloist and accompanist to both singers and instrumentalists, Dr. Schrempel has appeared in such festivals and series as the Beethoven Festival in New York, the National Gallery of Art Chamber Music Series in Washington, DC, the Moravian Music Festival in North Carolina, and Musikfest in Pennsylvania. She has played with Robin Kani, flutist, on National Public Radio, and has concertized widely in the U.S., Caribbean, and Europe. Dr. Schrempel has toured the Czech Republic four times with New York-based Poetica Musica, performing in several international festivals, including the South Bohemia and Janácek festivals; she has also performed and given master classes in Bulgaria and Albania through State Department-sponsored tours. Dr. Schrempel is principal keyboardist in the Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra, a member of the Satori chamber music group, and on the piano faculty of Bethlehem’s Moravian College, where she received the T. Edgar Shields prize for outstanding studio teaching.

 

Kimberly Seifert | Bassoon

Email: seifertk@moravian.edu

Research interest and expertise
Artist-Lecturer in bassoon

Kimberly Seifert, a native of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, began her bassoon studies with Milton Focht of Allentown. Kim continued her studies with David P. Coombs and Jeffrey Winter. She is a freelance bassoonist in the Lehigh Valley and Northeastern Pennsylvania area performing with the Allentown Symphony, Pennsylvania Sinfonia, Lehigh Valley Chamber Orchestra, Valley Pops Orchestra, Eastwinds Quintet, Lehigh University Choral Arts and Philharmonic, and various chamber ensembles. Kim is an accomplished woodwind player and performs frequently with local theatre orchestras, including Muhlenberg College Theatre and Summer Theatre, DeSales University’s Act 1 and the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival as well as the Municipal Opera Company of Allentown. She has also performed with the Irish Tenors and Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys on his “Pet Sounds” Tour.

Currently, Kim is principal bassoonist and a soloist with The Allentown Band of which she has been an active member since 1981. During her tenure with the band, she has performed concerts in Switzerland and Austria as well as Carnegie Hall. She is an adjunct music faculty member and artist lecturer teaching bassoon at Lehigh University, Moravian College and Muhlenberg College. In addition, she is also a member of the instrumental music faculty at the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Performing Arts. Kim maintains a private woodwind studio in Bethlehem where she resides with her husband Greg.

 

Audrey Simons | Cello

Email: simonsa@moravian.edu

Research interest and expertise
Artist-Lecturer in cello

Audrey Simons is active as a cellist and instructor. Ms. Simons is a cellist in the Allentown Symphony Orchestra, and is a founding member of the Classical Attitude String Quartet and the Chestnut Hill Chamber Players. She also performs regularly with the PI Piano Trio and the Pocono Chamber Music Society, both based in East Stroudsburg, PA. Ms. Simons received the Bachelor of Music Degree in cello performance from Susquehanna University. She was subsequently awarded a teaching assistantship at the Temple University Esther Boyer College of Music, where she received the Master of Music Degree in music history with summa cum laude honors, and taught classes in music appreciation. In 1996, while teaching music history at Montgomery County Community College, she received the Faculty Award in Teaching Excellence. In 2002, she was selected for inclusion in the 23rd Edition of Who's Who of American Women. Currently, Ms. Simons is a cello instructor on the music faculty and teaches the String Techniques class for music education majors at Moravian College. In addition, she and her husband, Anthony, are the Music Directors of the Pocono Youth Orchestra and the Pocono Junior String Orchestra.

 

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Melissa Socci | Suzuki cello

Email: soccim@moravian.edu

Research interest and expertise
Artist-Lecturer in Suzuki cello

Melissa Anthony Socci graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music, Magna Cum Laude, from Kutztown University, where she studied cello with Marie-Aline Cadieux. Mrs. Socci is a registered Suzuki cello teacher and member of the Greater Philadelphia Suzuki Association and the Suzuki Association of the Americas.

She has completed Suzuki Cello Teacher Training in Books 1 - 3 at the Pennsylvania Suzuki Institute, the Chicago Suzuki Institute, and the Southwestern Ontario Suzuki Institute. She is an Artist-Lecturer in Suzuki Cello at the Moravian College Music Institute, and she teaches private cello lessons in the Lehigh Valley area.

As a freelance cellist, she performed for the national tour of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “South Pacific” in 2011-2012. Currently, she performs with local groups such as the Pennsylvania String Ensemble, the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival at DeSales University, and Muhlenberg College Theatre.

 

 

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Nancy Terlaak Poot | Suzuki, Violin and Viola

Email: terlaakpootn@moravian.edu

Research interest and expertise
Artist-Lecturer in viola and Suzuki violin

Nancy Terlaak Poot enjoys an active career as violin/viola pedagog and chamber musician. She received her Bachelor of Music Degree from SUC Potsdam, studying with Nardo Poy, and her Master of Music Degree from the College of St. Rose, studying with Nathan Gottschalk, both with a concentration in viola. She has been a member of the Albany Symphony Orchestra, Schenectady Symphony, Bucks County Symphony, and has performed with the Trenton Symphony, Allentown Symphony, the Lehigh Valley Chamber Orchestra. She finds her musical outlet immersing herself in chamber music with fellow chamber players in New England, Philadelphia and the Greater Lehigh Valley.

She has done extensive violin and viola pedagogy training with Mimi Zweig, and Rebecca Henry at Indiana University, Lee Snyder in Philadelphia, and the SAA Suzuki Violin Training program, certified thru book 9 as well as supplemental units. She maintains an active music studio in Coopersburg, and is on the faculty at Moravian College, as well as the Moravian Community Music Institute. She has founded and directed the Lehigh Valley Fall Suzuki Strings Workshop at Moravian College since 2008. Utilizing the premise that string performance involves the physical, psychological, and musical abilities of a player, her philosophy of teaching, based on natural physical motions nurtured in a non-judgmental environment, explores all three of these elements of performance. Nancy integrates the violin pedagogy, musical vision, and teaching philosophies of Shinichi Suzuki, Paul Rolland, Ivan Galamian and Mimi Zweig. Her students have won concerto competitions with the Allentown Symphony, Lehigh University Philharmonic, and the JSP and YPP orchestras. Her students have competed in District, Regional, State, and All East Coast Orchestras, as well as being members of JSP, YPP, Lehigh University Philharmonic, Moravian College Orchestra, and the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra. All are actively involved in their school music programs. Some have pursued violin or viola performance degrees at major conservatories both nationally and internationally. Others have pursued careers in law, medicine, architecture, film, teaching, technology and parenthood. All have taken with them a life long love and understanding of music.

 

 

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June Thomas | Voice, Jazz

Email: thomasj@moravian.edu

Research interest and expertise
Artist-Lecturer in Voice, Jazz

Is a jazz vocalist/pianist who has played with regional jazz & blues artist for over twenty years including Mike Dugan, Maria Woodford, Todd Wolfe,PF & the Flyers, Rissmiller/Thomas jazz group and many others. Her most recent collaboration is with bassist/vocalist Rob Fraser in their eclectic duo Fraser Thomas. She has completed her MM in Jazz Studies at the University of the Arts as well as Level I of Somatic Voicework with Jeanette LoVetri. As a piano and voice teacher at Muhlenberg College (Allentown, PA), Ms. Thomas has been able to translate her love of music to others while amassing a supportive following in the Lehigh Valley and surrounding region. She is sought after by recording artists and venues as a well-rounded, diverse keyboardist and vocalist and workshop facilitator.

June has performed with renowned artists such as: Jimmy Heath, Dave Liebman, Phil Woods, George Young, Bill Goodwin, Phil Markowitz, Duane Eubanks, John Swana. Bootsie Barnes, Rob Paparozzi, Phil Wiggins, Dennis Gruenling, and others. She has opened for Joe Henderson,Natalie Cole and Woody Herman's Thundering Herd. In the 1990's June toured with Bobby Vinton as his keyboardist/backup vocalist.

June works as a composer/arranger with Wayne Farley Productions and has contributed background vocals as a Bobette on Bob Dorough's cd release "Duets" w, recorded at Red Rock Studios (2012). June supplied overdub vocals for the 2001 Miramax movie production "City on Fire", a Far East production that has been released in an English format.

 

Dr. Barbara Thompson | Piano, Classical

Email: thompsonb@moravian.edu

Research interest and expertise
Artist-Lecturer in piano, Musicianship

Barbara Tilden-Thompson has been on the music faculty at Moravian College since 1979 where she teaches applied piano, piano techniques and musicianship. She was awarded the fourth annual T Edgar Sheilds Prize for distinguished studio instruction in 2004 by students and faculty of the music department. Mother of three grown children, Ms Thompson has been active in the Lehigh Valley as a chamber musician and piano pedagogue. Beginning piano studies at the age of five, she studied throughout her teenage years with Harriet Serr, assistant to legendary Madame Isabelle Vengerova. A graduate of Muhlenberg College with a dual degree in music and history, Ms. Thompson holds a Master of Music degree in Music History from Temple University where she was elected to Pi Kappa Lambda, National Music Honor Society. She received her Ed. D. degree in College Music Teaching at Columbia University where she continues piano studies with Evelyn Chen.

 

Dr. Debra Torok | Piano, Classical

Office location: Brethren's House 119
Office phone: 610-861-1650
Email: torokd@moravian.edu

Research areas and expertise
Artist lecturer in piano, accompanying, piano pedagogy, piano literaturature, music technology, techniques, US music history, arts education, social justice education, music of political protest and social activism

Debra Torok, Ph.D. is an adjunct professor at Moravian College where she teaches courses in musictheory, technology, history, and performance. Her writing courses and senior seminars have been on the topic of music of political protest and she began teaching Artists as Activists for the art department in 2011. Torok is a recording artist, pianist, composer, and conductor. Her recordings are heard internationally and are available on iTunes. Two of her compositions were written for a 2005 Amnesty International tribute to human rights, one of her musicals was featured at the 2009 Philadelphia Fringe Festival, and a commissioned composition was premiered at the Valley Forge National Historical Park in 2015. She has made a number of appearances on PBS. She was music consultant and participated in the concept development for the PBS documentary Make a Joyful Noise, narrated by Charles Osgood. Torok taught at New York University and Lehigh University. She is the current musical director of the Pennsylvania Flute Choir and a charter member of Artists for Amnesty International.

 

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Joseph Waggoner | Suzuki Voice

Email: waggonerj@moravian.edu  

Research areas and expertise
Artist-Lecturer in Suzuki voice  

Joseph Waggoner graduated with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Church Music from Bob Jones University, where he studied voice with David Parker.  He performed with the University Choral program and the University Opera Association singing in works as Brahms’ Requiem and Donizetti’s Lucia Di Lammermoor.  

Mr. Waggoner is one of the few registered Suzuki Voice teachers in the region and a member of the Greater Philadelphia Suzuki Association and the Suzuki Association of the Americas. He has completed Suzuki Voice books 1 - 3 at the Hartt School of Music and the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point under Mary Hofer. He is an Artist-Lecturer at Moravian College.  He also teaches voice privately in Telford/Sellersville, Pennsylvania.  

He is currently a choral conductor for the Sola Gratia Musicians in Hatfield, PA where he directs the Junior High and High School choirs as well the Advanced Chamber Ensemble. He is the Music Education Director for Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia where he oversees the children’s programs.

 

Scot Walker | Bagpipes

Email: walkers@moravian.edu

Research interest and expertise
Artist Lecturer in bagpipes

Scot Walker is currently ranked as one of the top solo bagpipers in North America. A fourth-generation player with many years of experience, Mr. Walker offers instruction to players of all levels. He is a member of the Eastern United States Pipe Band Association judges' panel, a Pipe Major of the Lehigh Valley Pipe Band, and a published composer. His students have distinguished themselves at many bagpipe competitions throughout North America.

 

Eileen Wescoe | Accompanying

Email: wescoee@moravian.edu

 

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Todd Williams | French Horn

Email: williamst@moravian.edu

Research interest and expertise
Artist-Lecturer in French horn, French horn Pedagogy, French horn Literature

A versatile musician in high demand as an interpreter of modern and period horns, Todd Williams is an active freelance musician in the Philadelphia area, regularly performing a wide variety of musical styles.

Performances with modern instrument ensembles include the 38th Division Army Band, the Chamber Orchestra and Opera Company of Philadelphia, the Academy of Vocal Arts, the Pennsylvania Ballet Company, and the symphony orchestras of Allentown, Reading, Pottstown, Lancaster, Bay-Atlantic, and Delaware, to name just a few. In 2005 and 2008, he was 3rd horn of the Sarasota Opera Company (Sarasota, Florida) and since 2003, he remains the solo horn of the opera festival Lyrique-en-Mer, (Belle-Ile, France).

Equally comfortable on period instruments, he has appeared as soloist and principal horn with the Cambini Quintet, Philablaeser, Opera Lafayette, Washington Bach Consort, Tempesta di Mare, Concert Royal, Apollo’s Fire, NYS Baroque, Arcadia Players, Bach Collegium of Philadelphia, Dallas Bach Society, and BBE: Bach and Beethoven Ensemble. Summer festival participations include BEMF: Boston Early Music Festival, BLEMF: Bloomington Early Music Festival and the Connecticut Early Music Festival.

In addition to performing with classical ensembles, he is also seen performing Popular/Jazz engagements with Peter Nero and the Philly Pops, City Rhythms, Frank Sinatra Jr., Peter Gabriel, Dave Brubeck, Elvis Costello, Ben Folds, Anne Murray, Linda Ronstadt, The Irish Tenors, Anne Jillian, LeAnn Rimes, Clay Aiken, Il Divo, and others.

Notable conductors under which he has performed include Lorin Maazel, Christoph Eschenbach, Gerard Schwartz, Julius Rudel, Gunther Schuller, Frederick Fennel, David Effron, Stanley Ritchie, James Richman, Ryan Brown, and J. Reilly Lewis to name a few.

He’s performed in numerous major concert halls throughout the US including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fischer Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center (NYC), the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the National Cathedral (Washington, DC), the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts (Philadelphia, PA), Severance Hall (Cleveland, OH), and Meyerson Symphony Hall (Dallas, TX). Recent engagements include invited performances at L’Opéra Royal at Le Château de Versailles, (Paris, France).

He has recorded for Naxos, Chandos/Chaconne, Musica Omnia, New World Records, Lyrichord, Warner Brothers, NASCAR Images, Vanguard, and the Milken Foundation. Aired radio broadcasts include live performances and recordings heard on Radio France (france musique), WQXR (New York), WETA (Washington, D.C.), WWFM (New Jersey), WRTI and WHYY (Philadelphia).

While maintaining a full performing schedule, Mr. Williams is also adjunct faculty of Horn at Kutztown University and Moravian College. With the Cambini Quintet (a period-instrument woodwind quintet), he has been a guest artist/lecturer at Oberlin Conservatory and the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Future engagements include appearances at the Eastman School of Music and Ithaca College. In 2005, he was invited to be a guest faculty at the Brevard Music Festival in North Carolina. Todd earned degrees on modern and period Horn from the Indiana University School of Music where he studied with Myron Bloom, Michael Hatfield, and Rick Seraphinoff. He received the Willi Apel Early Music Scholarship and was the premier recipient of the Philip Farkas Memorial Scholarship.

 

Walter R. Wilkins III | Jazz Piano

Email: wilkinsw@moravian.edu

Research interest and expertise
Artist-Lecturer in jazz piano

 

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Andrea Wittchen | Harp (Classical and Celtic)

Email: wittchena@moravian.edu

Research interest and expertise
Artist-Lecturer in harp

Andrea G. Wittchen is well known throughout eastern Pennsylvania as a solo, chamber, and orchestral harpist. She is Principal Harpist with the Lehigh Valley Chamber Orchestra and the Schuylkill Symphony Orchestra, and teaches harp at both Lehigh University and Moravian College.

She has appeared many times as soloist with the LVCO, the Schuylkill Symphony, and the Bloomsburg University Orchestra. In February 2003, Ms. Wittchen appeared again as soloist with the LVCO in a performance of Saint-Saëns' "Morceau de Concert", as well as performing with her daughter, Samantha, the world premiere of "Earth Wind Fire, Concertino for Two Harps and Chamber Orchestra" by Steven Sametz. The piece was a joint commission of Ms. Wittchen and the LVCO.

Ms. Wittchen has performed as a solo recitalist three times as part of Musikfest's Chamber Series as well as on recital series throughout the region. In addition, she provides educational programs on the harp, its history and development for the public schools.

She has performed with such stars as Bernadette Peters, Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys, Marilyn Horne, Johnny Mathis, Olivia Newton-John, Debbie Boone, and Rosemary Clooney. Her orchestral work includes the Williamsport Symphony, Lehigh University Philharmonic, Berks Chamber Orchestra, Hershey Symphony, Bucknell University Orchestra, Reading Choral Society and Civic Opera, Pottstown Symphony, and the Pennsylvania Sinfonia, to name a few. She has broadcast for WVIA (NPR) Scranton and has played supporting roles for the Lehigh University Choral Union, Choir, and LUVME Ensemble.

Ms. Wittchen holds a Bachelor of Music degree in harp performance, magna cum laude, from Jacksonville University, FL, and a Masters degree in harp performance from the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester, NY plus an MBA from Lehigh University. She is a founding partner of Enterprise Systems Partners, Inc.

 

 

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Lawrence Wright | Trumpet, Classical; Brass Ensemble

Email: wrightl@moravian.edu

Research interest and expertise
Artist Lecturer in trumpet, Brass Ensemble, Brass Pedagogy, Brass Literature

Lawrence Wright is principal trumpet of the Allentown Symphony, Bethlehem Bach Festival Orchestra, Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra, co-principal trumpet of Philadelphia Brass, and Artist Lecturer at Moravian College. He received his bachelor’s degree from Denison University, where he was a member of the scholastic honorary Phi Beta Kappa, and earned his Master’s Degree from Juilliard, where he was a student of Mel Broiles and William Vacchiano. Larry has performed with the Metropolitan Opera, the New Jersey Symphony, the Spoleto Festival, the Opera Company of Philadelphia, the Symphony Orchestra of the State of Mexico and numerous others. For twenty-five years he was principal trumpet of the Lehigh Valley Chamber Orchestra. He has appeared as soloist with artists Arleen Auger, Emanuel Ax, Sylvia McNair, and Menahem Pressler, was featured in the PBS broadcast of Stravinsky’s L’histoire du Soldat, recorded The Sacred Trumpet Soloist for Alfred Publishing, and is heard as soloist in many recordings by the Bach Choir of Bethlehem. The Allentown Arts Commission awarded the Performer Ovation Award for “outstanding achievement in the performing arts” to Larry and his wife, flutist Robin Kani. A dedicated teacher, he has served on the faculties of Lafayette College, Lehigh University, the Kinhaven Music School and Muhlenberg College.

 

Administrative Staff

William Bauman | Music Business Manager

Office location: Hurd Campus, Brethren's House, Room 315
Office phone: 610-861-1662
Email: baumanw@moravian.edu

 

Blair Flintom | Music Facilities Manager

Office location: Hurd Campus, Brethren's House, Room 310
Office phone: 610-861-1661
Email: flintomb@moravian.edu

 

Ronald Haas | Outreach Coordinator

Office location: Hurd Campus, Brethren's House, Room 319
Office phone: 610-625-7512
Email: haasr@moravian.edu

 

Rose Panik | MCMI Lesson Coordinator

Office location: Hurd Campus, Brethren's House, Room 306
Office phone: 610-861-1650
Email: panikr@moravian.edu

 

Dawn Rodriguez | Adacemic Secretary & Audition Coordinator

Office location: Hurd Campus, Brethren's House, Room 307
Office phone: 610-861-1651
Email: rodriguezd03@moravian.edu

 

Emeritus Faculty

Monica Schantz

Richard Schantz

Dr. Paul Larson