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Dr. Hilde Binford | Music History

Office location: Hurd Campus, Brethren's House, Room 302
Office phone: 610-861-1691

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.


Larry Lipkis

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

Office location: Hurd Campus, Brethren's House, Room 309
Office phone: 610-861-1656 

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 University 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 University 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

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. Neil Wetzel is Associate Professor of Music, Director of Jazz Studies, and Chair of the Music Department at Moravian University; his duties include teaching saxophone, directing the Moravian University 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. As founder and music director of Moravian University’s summer music camp, July Jazz Getaway, Mr. Wetzel has shared the stage with many jazz greats such as Clark Terry, Ravi Coltrane, Al Grey, Terrell 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 Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) Conference (2007 and 2008), and the International Jazz Education Association (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 (2006-2017). He has performed in many jazz clubs including: The Deer Head Inn (PA), Jazz Base (PA), Shanghai Jazz (NJ), Zanzibar Blue, and Chris’ Jazz Cafe (both in Phila.). He has also worked extensively in Europe playing at CoffeeArt (Berlin, Germany) and also at Agharta, U Maleho Glena, Reduta, U Stare Pani, and Jazz Dock jazz clubs (all in Prague, Czech Rep.).

In addition to his duties as the director of Moravian University’s BIG Band, he also is the director of big bands at the Karel Velebny Summer Jazz Workshop (Letní jazzová dílna Karla Velebného) in the Czech Republic. The camp’s “5:00 Big Band” recorded and released the CD Midnight in Frydlant under Wetzel’s direction in 2016. He also directs (and founded) the SteelStacks All-Star High School Jazz Band, has been invited to direct the Berks All-Star High School Jazz Ensemble (2008 & 2013), the PMEA District 9 Jazz Band (2001 and 2010), and PMEA District 10 Jazz Band (2018). He is in demand as an adjudicator for music festivals and competitions.

As a performer, he has backed many of the great performers in show business including: Tony Bennett, Natalie Cole, Bob Hope, Johnny Mathis, Bernadette Peters, Tommy Tune, 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.

Wetzel has released two CDs as leader; Cowboys in Capes was released September 2014 along with an accompanying website that offers jazz pedagogy materials. ( Misunderestimated, was released in January 2010. Both CD’s feature original jazz compositions and jazz covers presented in a variety of styles and instrumental combinations.

His other recording credits include four CD’s with jazz pianist Eric Mintel (Live, Hopscotch, Dynamo and Four on the Floor), Introducing the Jazz Faculty at Moravian University (as producer and performer), and Simone on Simone (released on Koch Records) featuring the jazz singer, Simone with the Rob Stoneback Big Band. He has also recorded and toured with the Rosta Fras—Skip Wilkins IQ; the International Quintet. This group is made up of 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.

Wetzel also plays with the Phil Woods Celebration Saxophone Quartet and the Water Gap Jazz Orchestra (Deer Head Inn). His most recent recordings include After Midnight in Frydlant; the Neil Wetzel—Gary Rissmiller and 5 O’Clock Big Band (released in 2016 on the Arta record label, based in the Czech Republic), and The Saxophone Music of Phil Woods; Celebration Saxophone Quartet (released 2017 on the Minsi Ridge label).


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Dr. Paula Ring Zerkle | Director of Vocal Music

Office location: Hurd Campus, Brethren's House, Room 308
Office phone: 610-861-1681 

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

Dr. Paula Ring Zerkle is a Professor of Music and the Director of Vocal Music at Moravian University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. She conducts Moravian University Choir, Chorale, Women's and Men's Chorus, and Vocalis, a small a cappella choral ensemble. She teaches conducting and musicianship and on and off for 15 years has been 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.


Assistant Professor of Practice in Music

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Carole Lutte | Music Education


Carole Lutte is currently an adjunct faculty member of the Music Education Department at Moravian University where she serves as the supervisor of all Music Education students and teaches; Teaching Music to Adolescents and Adults, Music Education Seminar and Teaching Music to Children. In June 2018 she retired after 33 years as an instrumental music teacher in the Easton Area School District where she directed the high school marching band, concert band, wind ensemble, symphony orchestra, string ensemble, jazz ensemble, chamber string ensemble and the pit orchestra for the school musical. As well as taught the Music History and Jazz Improv/Arranging course.

Under her direction the EAHS instrumental groups have performed in eleven states, the District of Columbia, Germany and Denmark. They have played numerous times at Disney World and at many professional sport venues, including N.Y. Giant and Jacksonville football games, Phillies baseball games, and 76ers basketball games. The Marching Band has performed at nine college bowl games or parades and has been chosen to represent Pennsylvania at the 2003 Pennsylvania Inaugural Parade, the 1994 Pasadena Rose Bowl Parade and the 2005 Presidential Inaugural Parade.

Ms. Lutte has served as the PMEA District 10 President and currently serves as the Chairperson for the Region/State Orchestra PMEA District 10. She was inducted into the National High School Band Director Hall of Fame in 2005 and the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Hall of Fame in 2016. She was recognized as an Outstanding Teacher by Lehigh University College of Education in 1992 and by the Education Visionary Awards in 2007.

Ms. Lutte was presented the George Wolf Education Award in 2016. Ms. Lutte’s professional affiliations include the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA), the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), and the Pennsylvania State Educator’s Association (PSEA).




Special Appointments

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Suzanne Kompass | Artist-In-Residence; Soprano

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

Moravian University 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 University, Song and Stagecraft Ensemble and the Opera Ensemble.

Suzanne Kompass is the 2013 Moravian University 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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Donald Spieth | Artist-In-Residence; Conductor, Moravian University Community Orchestra

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Donald Spieth came to Pennsylvania as a National Teaching Fellow at Moravian University where he is currently Artist-in-Residence in Music and is Conductor of the Moravian University 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 in the Music Department 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 Lang Lang among many others.

For over 25 years, Spieth served as Music Director and Conductor of Lehigh Valley Chamber Orchestra. . He has made four 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 forty 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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John S. Arnold | Guitar, Classical; Guitar Ensemble


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 University 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 University where his students have won many competitions including the MU 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


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 University 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 activities, 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


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 University, 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.



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Justen Blackstone | Voice Teacher, Classical and Musical Theatre; Vocal Coach; Broadway and Opera Workshop Ensemble Director


Research interest and expertise
Artist-Lecturer in classical voice, musical theater voice, and vocal coaching.

Baritone Justen Blackstone has been praised for his vocal brilliance, artistic sensitivity, and deep musical understanding beyond his years. He holds a masters degree in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from Westminster Choir College of Rider University. There he studied with mezzo-soprano Laura Brooks Rice and collaborative pianist Dr. J.J. Penna. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance from Bob Jones University where he studied with Dr. Susan Kindall.

Because of the nature of his musical degrees, Justen feels comfortable singing on stage, collaborating with another musician from behind the piano, or teaching one of his many vocal students. Justen currently teaches at Moravian University in Bethlehem, PA where he gives voice lessons and vocal coachings, directs the Broadway and Opera Workshop ensemble, and plays for recitals and performance classes. He also teaches private voice for DeSales University’s distinguished theatre program in Center Valley, PA. His recent performances include solos in Mass in G (Schubert), Mass in E-flat Major, Op. 5 (Beach), and Requiem Op. 48 (Faure).


John Bottomley

John Bottomley| Bagpipes


Research interest and expertise
Artist Lecturer in bagpipes

John Bottomley has been piping for close to 60 years, and performs, teaches, and judges at events all around the country. His college teaching resume includes the United States Military Academy, Villanova, and Eastern University as well as Moravian University. He has made a special study of older settings of piobaireachd, and is currently working with the Library of Congress transcribing Alan Lomax’s British field-study journals.



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Ralph Brodt III | Trombone; Trombone Ensemble


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 University and Muhlenberg College. He has been an instructor of music for over 40 years. A graduate of Moravian University, 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.


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Jonathan D. Clark | Horn


Research interest and expertise
Instructor of horn

Jonathan Clark is an active horn player from New York to Maryland. He is principal horn of the Allentown Symphony Orchestra and the Bay Atlantic Symphony and a member of Symphony in C and Princeton Symphony. Along with these orchestras he plays with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Philly Pops, Pennsylvania Ballet Company and the Reading Symphony. Jonathan studied at The New England Conservatory of Music and earned his Bachelors of Music in Horn Performance in 2008. While there he studied with Richard Mackey and Jason Snider and worked with many other member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He received a Masters in Horn Performance from Temple University’s Esther Boyer College of Music and Dance in 2012, studying with Jeffery Lang of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Outside of the concert hall, Jonathan has recorded with NFL Films and played horn at the Walnut Theater and for the popular musicals Les Misérable and Miss Saigon on Broadway. When not performing Jonathan enjoys living in rural Bucks County with his wife and son.



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


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.


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Anthony DeSantis | Trumpet, Jazz Trumpet


Research interest and expertise
Artist-Lecturer in trumpet and jazz trumpet

Tony DeSantis received his Bachelor’s degree in Jazz Performance from the University of the Arts. Since then, Tony has been active in the Philadelphia music scene for over forty years. In the past he has performed with the Woody Herman Orchestra, the Artie Shaw Orchestra and the Glenn Miller Orchestra. He has also performed with jazz notables such as Slide Hampton, J J Johnson, Al Grey, Bill Watrous, Clark Terry, Jon Faddis, Richie Cole, Frank Foster, Stanley Turrentine, Lockjaw Davis, Bob Mintzer, Joey DeFrancesco, Charles Earland, Trudy Pitts, Don Patterson, Natalie Cole and Freddy Cole and Johnny Mathis . Tony can be found on recordings with jazz artist Clark Terry, Phil Woods, Buddy DeFranco, Denis DiBlasio, John Swana, Larry McKenna and Robben Ford, Tony is currently playing with The Eleventet, the Captain Black Big Band, the Larry McKenna Jazz Orchestra, City Rhythm Orchestra, Dave Stahl Big Band and Chico’s Vibe. He also is currently teaching at Moravian University, Swathmore College and Saint Joseph University.


David Diggs | Oboe



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Joseph Doucette | Suzuki Violin and Viola


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

Joseph Doucette received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Hartt School and his Master of Music degree from Temple University. He has studied violin and viola with Hirono Oka, Ana Tsinadze, Anton Miller, and Robert dePasquale, and has had lessons with Barbara Gavotos, William dePasquale, and Gregory Fulkerson. He is a certified Suzuki teacher, having trained through books 7 with James Hutchins, Christie Felsing, and Martha Shackford. He has played with the Hartt Symphony Orchestra, as well as held principle positions with the Temple University Orchestra, and has toured Peru with Instrumentos de Albanza. He has interned with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, and served as a management assistant with the Ambler Academy of Music. Currently, Joseph is an artist-lecturer in Suzuki violin at Moravian University, and regularly performs with the Doucette Quartet/Trio. 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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Inna A. Eyzerovich | Violin


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

Inna obtained her 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 University 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.


Allen Frank | Tuba


Research interest and expertise
Artist-Lecturer in Tuba


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Anthony Gairo | Saxophone, Jazz Arranging, Combo I


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

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 22-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 and is a former Vice President of the Pennsylvania Jazz Collective (2015-18). A graduate of Temple University (B.M. Jazz Saxophone Performance), 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, duos with pianist/vocalist Lou Lanza and guitarist Jason Wolbach, and his own Cross Current Big Band whose book is comprised entirely of his works for Jazz Orchestra. Tony leads the Hot 3, a jazz repertoire ensemble, in addition to various 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.



Frank Giasullo | Piano, Jazz


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 University in Bethlehem, Pa, where he teaches piano and jazz piano.


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Alison Gillespie | Celtic Fiddle; Celtic Ensemble


Research interest and expertise
Artist-Lecturer in celtic fiddle

Alison Gillespie has been with the music faculty at Moravian University since 1996 as an instructor of Celtic Fiddle and director of the Moravian University Celtic Ensemble. She is a frequent workshop clinician and recording artist, and she performs as a founding member of the Celtic bands Blackwater and Banna Lach, as well as lead fiddler for the award-winning Big Valley Bluegrass Band. Alison 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 long established Celtic Classic Fiddle Competition as part of the annual Celtic Classic Highland Games & Festival in Bethlehem, PA. She has traveled throughout Ireland and the British Isles for musical projects, and she also enjoys performing with her husband and three adult daughters who were raised in both folk and classical music traditions.



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Dr. Arianna Goldina | Piano, Classical; Piano Trio


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 University.



Ryan Harding

Ryan Harding | Audio Recording


Research interest and expertise
Artist-Lecturer in Audio Recording

Ryan Harding graduated from Lebanon Valley College with a Bachelor’s degree in Audio & Music Production and a minor in Music Business. While in college Ryan was the Head of Production for VALE Records, where he got to work with many different artists and appear on ABC 27. Ryan is an Artist-Lecturer in Audio Engineering at Moravian University, as well as being a Professor of Audio Engineering at Lehigh University. Ryan is also the Operations Manager for City Entertainment Systems where he has done sound and lighting engineering for many different events. One of his favorite experiences was getting to run sound for the President of the United States at the Centennial Veterans Day Parade in New York City.



Bryan Holten | Organ


Research interest and expertise
Artist-Lecturer in organ

Bryan Holten is a recipient of the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, where he studied organ performance and literature with David Higgs, Michel Bouvard, and Edoardo Bellotti. He also studied organ improvisation and harpsichord with William Porter and Edoardo Bellotti, as well as a curriculum in keyboard technique instructed by Ulrika Davidsson. In 2014, he received the Jim Cochran Recital Award, which recognizes the player of an outstanding degree recital in the school’s department of Organ and Historical Keyboards. In 2012, he was awarded second prize in the Young Professional division at the Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival, held annually at the First Church of Wethersfield, Connecticut.

Bryan is an experienced church musician, with a record of service in organizations large and small. Currently, he serves as Organist at the University Hill Presbyterian Church in Easton, PA. Bryan is the former Associate Minister of Music at the Wayne Presbyterian Church in Wayne, PA, where he directed two handbell choirs and a chamber orchestra and accompanied the adult choirs (including the Wayne Oratorio Society). During his tenure at Wayne, Bryan’s love for the intellectual challenges of music grew rapidly as he arranged and orchestrated works for the church’s chamber orchestra, designed efficient and engaging rehearsals, and devised creative techniques for addressing musical problems. Previously, Bryan directed the music program at the First Universalist Church of Rochester, where he performed choral and instrumental repertoire in a variety of styles, directed the choir, and improvised piano and organ music. Bryan has held several other positions of leadership: St. Anthony’s Episcopal Church, in his hometown of Wilmington, Ohio; the Wilmington United Methodist Church; St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, Cincinnati, Ohio; and the Downtown United Presbyterian Church, Rochester, New York.

Bryan remains as a freelance recitalist, accompanist, and piano technician. He also enjoys dabbling in web design and online publishing.



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Lori Huth | Suzuki, Piano


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.



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Robin Kani | Flute, Flute Ensemble


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…playing with complete assurance and accuracy.” Her accomplished international career has seen her perform throughout the Eastern United States, Mexico, Germany, Spain, Czech Republic, England, and Scotland and has earned her praise by The Washington Post, Stalban Observer (UK), and Philadelphia Enquirer among others. Robin made her Carnegie Hall debut as a winner of the Artists’ International Chamber Music Award. She has also performed in Alice Tully and CAMI Halls in New York, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, Royal Albert Hall in London, and as recitalist and chamber musician in live broadcasts over National Public Radio. She recorded the Sacred Flutist through Alfred Publishing and regularly records for the Warner Bros., Dorian, Koch, and Analekta labels. Robin can be heard as flute soloists on The Bach Choir of Bethlehem’s recordings of the Mass in B Minor, Christmas Oratorio, and the Emmy award winning PBS documentary about The Bach Choir entitled Make a Joyful Noise.

Robin serves as principal flutist of the Bethlehem Bach Festival, Pennsylvania Sinfonia, and Allentown Symphony Orchestras. She was awarded, along with her husband Larry Wright, the Arts Ovation Award given by the Arts Council of the city of Allentown, PA. Aided by an outreach grant from the State Department, she toured Turkey, Jordan, and Lithuania with the New York based ensemble Poetica Musica.

An advocate of new music, Robin has premiered works written for her by composers Larry Lipkis and Steven Sametz. She also recently recorded music by Paul Salerni for flute, guitar, and voice with guitarist Oren Fader and tenor Jan Opalach on the Albany label. Frequently invited to the National Flute Association Conventions, she has performed in Washington, DC and with Eastwinds Quintet in San Diego, CA. In December of 2016 Robin toured through 10 cities in China with the Philadelphia Festival Orchestra.

Robin is an Alexander Technique Teacher, trained at the Philadelphia School for the Alexander Technique.

She received a Bachelor of Music, “with distinction,” from the University of Michigan and a Master of Music from The Juilliard School, where she studied with renowned flutist Samuel Baron.


Kelsey Kish | Voice


Research interest and expertise
Artist-Lecturer in voice


Linda Kistler

Linda Kistler | Violin, Baroque Violin


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 University and Allentown's Community Music School.


Thomas Kozic | Jazz Guitar


Tom Kozic, guitar, has been playing the guitar since age 7. Having been schooled privately by such greats as Joe Pass, Kenny Burrell, Howard Roberts, Harry Leahey, Jack Wilkins, and Tal Farlow, Tom had the opportunity of being assistant clinician to Howard Roberts seminars in the 70s. In 1978, in fact, Tom won 1st Place in the Kenny Burrell National Jazz Guitar Competition at the young age of 19. In addition to being a great performer, Tom has 25 years teaching experience, both privately and at the college and university level including 5 years at Lehigh University, 7 years at Moravian University, and 9 years at Muhlenburg College. Tom has performed with: Brian Lynch, Tim Hagens, Steve Gilmore, Phil Woods, Bill Goodwin, Bill Watrous, and Don Patterson. Tom also is a major contributor to the repertoire of the Nelson Hill Quartet.



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Rebecca Lepore | Organ


Rebecca Kleintop Lepore has been the Director of Music and Organist at Central Moravian Church since 2002, is an Artist-Lecturer at Moravian University teaching organ performance, sacred music, and Musicianship Classes, serves as the Organist and Choir Director of the Moravian Theological Seminary, and is a former University Organist of Lehigh University.  She was previously the Senior Organist at the Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, as well as an Assistant Grand Court Organist at the Wanamaker Organ in Philadelphia.  Becky earned the prestigious Artist Diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, PA and received her Bachelor of Music degree, magna cum laude,  from Moravian University.  

In addition to five CDs recorded at Central Moravian Church, Becky recorded three CDs with Tim Zimmerman and the King’s Brass and one with the Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church Choir.  Becky has published organ works through Warner Brothers Publications, Alfred Music Publications, MorningStar Music Publishers, and the Moravian Music Foundation, and most recently, was the editor of Praise and Thanksgiving: For 275 Years of Music at Central Moravian Church.  Becky has done extensive traveling as a concert organist and as an organ clinician, and is the 2018 recipient of the prestigious Moramus Award, given by the Moravian Music Foundation that honor scholars and others whose activities and achievements have resulted in outstanding contributions to American Moravian music.

In her spare time, Becky loves gardening, knitting, anything Disney, the beach, and spending time with her husband and their combined family of four kids.





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Zach Martin | Drum Set


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 University 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 University 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


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 University, 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



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Michael Montero | Violin, Viola


Research interest and expertise
Violin, Viola

Michael Montero began playing the violin at age eleven in his native New York City. He attended the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music, Art and Performing Arts in Manhattan and participated in the Manhattan School of Music preparatory division. Mr. Montero received a BA in music from Rutgers University where he studied under Matthew Reichert.

Mr. Montero served as the Music Director of the Auburn Chamber Orchestra in Auburn, New York. He was the former concertmaster of the Onondaga Civic Symphony Orchestra (Syracuse, NY) and held that post for six years. Mr. Montero was the music director of the Onondaga Youth String Ensemble, a string orchestra that he founded in 2005, for both middle and high school students.

After graduation, Michael taught instrumental music in both public and private schools in New Jersey and New York while studying violin repair and restoration with his beloved mentor, Thomas Cox. In 2003, Montero opened his first shop and spends most of his time as a luthier servicing clients at his two shops, Montero Violins, located in Emmaus and Stroudsburg. He also has a private lesson studio at both locations where he teaches violin and viola. Mr. Montero has been playing violin with the Moravian University Orchestra since he moved to the Lehigh Valley in 2011 where is he Concertmaster. In his free time, he enjoys hiking and traveling with his family.




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Chase Morrison | Composition, Cello


Research interest and expertise
Artist-Lecturer in composition and cello

Chase Morrison has composed for dance, film, chorus, concert settings, opera, cabaret and jazz. Recent works have included The Rumblin’ (2018) for Trumpet, French Horn, and Piano which premiered in 2019 at the Kaleidoscope Chamber series at Rider University (NJ). She has received commissions from Cornell University to create a work for its women's chorus, and her short-format opera about 19th century women lighthouse operators, Women of the Light, premiered in New York at Symphony Space with a broadcast on National Public Radio.

In New York City, she founded and directed PANOPTICON, a non-profit music group showcasing the works of women composers, and as a cellist was a member of the Ron Carter Jazz Nonet.

Two volumes of her works reside in The Scottish National Library, and in The National Library of New Zealand. She has been featured on NPR's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED with her rendition of Stars and Stripes Forever for many cellos, with all eight parts played by her.

She is currently Director of Orchestras and a cello instructor at Moravian Academy, and a cello and theory instructor at Westminster Choir College in Princeton. When she's not teaching, she's soaking up the sun in New Mexico.



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Gregory Oaten | Voice, Classical


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

Tenor Gregory Oaten, a native of the Lehigh Valley, is a versatile musician, dividing his time between performing, coaching individuals and groups of singers, choral conducting and composing/arranging. He has performed, toured, recorded and appeared on television with many noted Lehigh Valley area performance ensembles, including the Bach Choir of Bethlehem, Camerata Singers, Concord Chamber Singers, Lehigh University and Moravian University Choral Arts as well as the Allentown Band, America’s oldest continually operating civilian concert band.

Mr. Oaten holds the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Westminster Choir College, 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, l’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 PBS Gala of Stars and has participated in two feature segments for CBS Sunday Morning and the Today Show on NBC, as well as having been featured on local news programs in central Pennsylvania.

Mr. Oaten has participated in numerous 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, Analekta, Book-of-the-Month Club, Bach Choir of Bethlehem and Concord Chamber Singers’ recording labels. From 1987 until 2006, he regularly recorded for Harold Flammer, Warner Brothers and Shawnee Press and Mark Foster Music Publishers.

Mr. Oaten has served on the Music Faculty of Moravian University since 1991, and was awarded the T. Edgar Shields Prize for excellence in Studio Teaching in 2003. His students have appeared in Master Classes with Angela Brown, Lawrence Brownlee, Denyce Graves (twice), Paul Plishka, Samuel Ramey and Frederica von Stade and today perform throughout the United States and Europe. He has also served on the Music faculties of Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA and Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. For 31 seasons, Mr. Oaten served as Assistant Conductor & Vocal Coach of the Concord Chamber Singers. Since 1984, Mr. Oaten has regularly performed with the Camerata Singers in Allentown, PA and continues to serve today as their Vocal Coach. He also served as Assistant to the Conductor. Mr. Oaten serves as Tenor Soloist at Bethlehem’s historic Central Moravian Church, and is Director of Music at Christ Presbyterian Church of the Slate Belt in Roseto, PA. He is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and is a co-founder of Lehigh Valley NATS.



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Najwa Parkins | Voice, Jazz


Research interest and expertise
Artist-Lecturer in Voice, Jazz

Najwa Parkins is a Philadelphia-based vocalist, songwriter/composer, arranger, bandleader, and educator. Her voice has often been described as smooth, smoky, and soulful— with a profound range of emotion. Najwa has been praised for her compositions, which are both lyrically and musically engaging.

At 13 years old, Najwa attended a performance featuring jazz vocalist and electric bassist, Nancy Reed. She immediately recognized a kindred spirit and fell in love with Nancy’s voice. Najwa soon began studying with Nancy, and at 14 years old, she was performing in jazz groups at various local venues, for public and private events. In high school, she continued to add to her musical activities and accolades. She was selected to perform as a member of the COTA Cats Jazz Band as a trombonist and vocalist, she played leading roles in her school musicals, and she performed at Carnegie Hall as a member of the National Honor Choir.

As an adult, Najwa has continued to succeed and grow. She graduated from Temple University with a B.M. in Jazz Studies and Vocal Performance. As a trombonist and vocalist for the Temple University Big Band — under the direction of Terell Stafford— Najwa performed at various prestigious venues and festivals. After graduating from Temple, Najwa released her self-produced debut album, Not the Next Someone Else in 2011. She has shared the stage with a wide array of artists including Benny Golson, Larry McKenna, Bob Dorough, Nellie McKay, Donn T, Houston Person, Nicholas Payton, Phil Woods, and Branford Marsalis. Performing as both a vocalist and trombonist, Najwa was a member of Phil Woods and the Festival Orchestra. She is also the featured vocalist on the 2013 release, New Celebration, by Phil Woods and the Festival Orchestra.

In the winter of 2016, she toured nationally, portraying Rosa Parks in the Mad River Theater Works production of “Walk On: The Rosa Parks Story. Najwa graduated from New York University with a M.S. in Professional Writing in May 2016. She returned to Temple University in the fall of 2016 as a vocal jazz instructor. In the fall of 2017, Najwa also became the vocal jazz instructor at Moravian University. As an artist and performer, Najwa believes in the importance of connecting with the audience by telling stories through music. She draws on life experiences in writing her own music and lyrics as well as in her interpretation of the music and lyrics of others.


Stephen Reisteter | Clarinet


Research interest and expertise
Artist-Lecturer in clarinet


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


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


David Roth performs in a wide variety of both of classical and jazz settings. He holds both BA and BM degrees from Moravian University, 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 University 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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Dr. Martha Schrempel | Piano, Classical


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 University, where she received the T. Edgar Shields prize for outstanding studio teaching.



Kimberly Seifert

Kimberly Seifert | Bassoon


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 University 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.



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Audrey Simons | Cello, Cello Pedagogy, Cello Literature


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 University. 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


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 University 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


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 University 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 University, as well as the Moravian Community Music Institute. She has founded and directed the Lehigh Valley Fall Suzuki Strings Workshop at Moravian University 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 University 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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Dr. Barbara Thompson | Piano, Classical


Research interest and expertise
Artist-Lecturer in piano, Musicianship

Barbara Tilden-Thompson has been on the music faculty at Moravian University 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.



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Dr. Debra Torok | Piano, Classical

Office location: Brethren's House 119
Office phone: 610-861-1650

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 University 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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Dr. Scott Watson | Composition


Research interest and expertise
Artist-Lecturer in composition

Dr. Scott Watson received his B.S. in Music Education from West Chester University and both M.M. and D.M.A. degrees in Composition from Temple University where he studied composition primarily with Maurice Wright. He has taught instrumental and elective music in the Parkland School District (Allentown, PA) for more than 30 years and serves as adjunct professor for Cairn University, University of the Arts and Moravian University (in the Philadelphia area), as well as for Central Connecticut State University's Summer Music Institute.

He is a frequently commissioned composer with more than 90 published pieces for band and strings at all levels. His music has received recognition from the American Composer's Forum, American Music Center, Phi MU Alpha Sinfonia (among others), and been performed at venues around the world, including the Academy of Music (Philadelphia), the Midwest Clinic (Chicago) and the White House (Washington, D.C.). Watson is an exclusive composer for Alfred Publications, a contributor to the Sound Innovations concert band series, and an Alfred Clinician.

Watson has presented numerous workshops/clinics for music educators around the U.S. and in Australia and Canada, frequently serves as guest conductor for honor and festival bands, and is the author of the highly regarded music education text, Using Technology to Unlock Musical Creativity (©2011, Oxford University Press). To learn more, please visit


Eileen Wescoe | Accompanying

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Denise Williams | Piano


Research interest and expertise
Artist-Lecturer in Piano

Denise A. Williams began the study of piano at the age of twelve and within two years was  assisting her instructor in teaching beginner students.  She continued to teach for the next three years until she went away to College.

She volunteered at her local Church for four years as the Church Organist and also assisted other Churches during the summer with their music programs.

At the age of seventeen,  She was accepted at Juilliard School of Music.  She received a  scholarship for room and board as well as tuition for four years at College Misericordia in Dallas, Pa. and a half scholarship at Marywood College in Scranton, Pa.. 

Her teachers include:  Ray Cramer (taught by Martin Canin who took over for Rosinna Levinne at Juillard))Dr. Rober Shick and Ben Whitten (West Chester University)andHarvey Wedeen who was the Assistant to Adele Marcus at Juillard…..Ms. Marcus produced three international Tchaikowsky Winners.  Mr. Wedeen was the chairman of  the Piano Department at Temple University for more than 50 years and was very much sought after world wide by students in the Graduate and Doctoral Programs at Temple.  His students have won world competitions and frequent Carnegie Hall in New York City. 

After resuming her teaching career part time from 1987-1992 and working full time as a Music Therapist with psychiatric patients for fifteen years, Mrs. Williams opened her Piano Studio full time in 1992.

She was the accompanist for baritone Cornell Hardy and performed in concert with him in the Phila. area (1990-1991).

She has been an adjudicator for the Dorothy Sutton Piano Festival, the National Federation of Music Clubs, the National Guild of Piano Teachers and the Northeast Chapter of the Pa. Music Teachers Association (Preliminary Judging for Carneige Hall).

She has served as Chairperson for the Dorothy Sutton Performance Festival for the Northern Delaware Chapter of the Penn. Music Teachers and has been the Chairperson for the National Guild of Piano Teachers in her area for the past ten years.  She has been a Judge for the National Federation of Music Clubs for the past fourteen years.


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Skip Wilkins | Jazz Piano


Research interest and expertise
Artist-Lecturer in jazz piano

Skip Wilkins was born in Massachusetts and raised in a musical family. He became interested in jazz at an early age and found his way to the stage in kindergarten. He learned to love singing, played drums for years, but then focused on piano, which became his main instrument by his late teens. As he was coming up in Boston, he worked with drummers Joe Hunt and Bob Moses and with saxophonists Jimmy Mosher and John LaPorta.

For many years, Skip has maintained an active international career as a pianist, composer, workshop presenter, jazz choral director and educator. He is currently working on three new CD releases and has performed with a host of international luminaries throughout his career. He performed often with Phil Woods, and is a featured soloist on Phil’s final big band release New Celebration. Wherever he has lived, he has performed with and collaborated with top stars whenever they came to town – Phil Woods, David Liebman, Plas Johnson, Mark Murphy, Clark Terry, David Sánchez, Stanley Turrentine, Bobby Watson, Bob Dorough, Conte Candoli and Peter Erskine, among so many others.

Skip performs throughout Europe in a variety of ensembles, with regular tours to the Czech Republic, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Slovakia, Italy, Greece and France. Stateside, he lives at Deer Head Inn in Delaware Water Gap, PA, surrounded by the great jazz community there. Skip teaches jazz piano and a range of jazz practica at Moravian University.

Some of Skip’s CD releases include Trio WUH Live at Jazzinec (2014), Czech Dreams (2013), Father & Son – with his son Daniel (2012), After (2011), I Concentrate on You (2011), Frýdlant Nights (2010), and many more. A June 2018 CD release and concert tour is planned for Czech Wishes – recorded with his son Daniel in Prague in March 2016. He recently recorded two new projects, the first in December 2017 in the U.S. also with his son Daniel, and paired with Tony Marino and legendary drummer Bill Goodwin. The second was in Prague in January 2018, as Skip recorded a new set of his original pieces, primarily in trio format, with long-time collaborators Josef Fečo and Tomáš Hobzek. Saxophonist Rostislav Fraš was Skip’s featured guest on a few selections.

Each summer since 2007, Skip has taught and performed at the Karel Velebny Summer Jazz Workshop in Frýdlant, Czech Republic. He has often led the Jazz Ateliér at the Summer Choral Workshop in Lomnice u Tišnova, and twice taught at the International Jazz Workshop, Kryoneri, Greece. He also teaches at the Moravian University Summer Jazz Camp.



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Andrea Wittchen | Harp (Classical and Celtic)


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 University.

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


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

Lawrence Wright, trumpeter, was born in Grand Junction, Colorado, and grew up in Denver and Princeton, NJ. He graduated from Denison University, Phi Beta Kappa, and earned his Master’s Degree from Juilliard where he was a student of Mel Broiles and William Vacchiano.

He is principal trumpet of the Bethlehem Bach Festival and Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestras, and after thirty-three years as principal trumpet, now second trumpet with the Allentown Symphony.

He has performed with the New York Metropolitan Opera, New Jersey Symphony, Spoleto Festival Orchestra, the Opera Company of Philadelphia, Reading Symphony, Philadelphia Festival Orchestra, Northeast Pennsylvania Philharmonic, Orchestra of the State of Mexico, and numerous other organizations. Larry was solo trumpet of the Lehigh Valley Chamber Orchestra for twenty-five years, and, also for twenty-five years, co-principal trumpet of Philadelphia Brass. He has performed in Germany, Austria, France, Italy, England, Scotland, Mexico, Bolivia, China, and throughout the American Midwest and Eastern Seaboard. He has recorded with the Bach Choir of Bethlehem, Philadelphia Brass, the Lehigh Valley Chamber Orchestra, PBS TV, and for Alfred and Shawnee Publishing. He and his wife, flutist Robin Kani, are recipients of the Allentown Arts Commission’s Performer Ovation Award for “outstanding achievement in the performing arts”. Larry is a dedicated teacher, serving on the faculty of Moravian University and instructing students of all ages at his home studio in Bethlehem.


Administrative Staff

William Bauman | Music Business Manager

Office location: Hurd Campus, Brethren's House, Room 315
Office phone: 610-861-1662


Blair Flintom | Music Facilities Manager

Office location: Hurd Campus, Brethren's House, Room 310
Office phone: 610-861-1661


Ronald Haas | Outreach Coordinator

Office location: Hurd Campus, Brethren's House, Room 319
Office phone: 610-625-7512


Rose Panik | MCMI Program Coordinator

Office location: Hurd Campus, Brethren's House, Room 306
Office phone: 610-861-1650


Dawn Rodriguez | Administrative & Audition Coordinator

Office location: Hurd Campus, Brethren's House, Room 307
Office phone: 610-861-1651


Emeritus Faculty

Monica Schantz

Richard Schantz

Dr. Paul Larson