Dean's Office

Robert Shay

Robert Shay

Dean, College of Music • Professor of Musicology
Robert Shay became Dean of the College of Music at the University of Colorado Boulder in August 2014, having previously served as Director of the School of Music at the University of Missouri (from 2008 to 2014) and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Conservatory at the Longy School of Music, in Cambridge, Massachusetts (from 2000 to 2008).
Gayle Boethling

Gayle Boethling

Office Manager
Boethling provides administrative support to the dean and helps to schedule his calendar. She prepares guest artist honorariums and serve as the travel liaison for the College of Music. She also works with the associate dean for administration on sabbaticals, post-tenure review and promotion and tenure.     303-492-9800
Alexander George

Alexander George

Executive Assistant to the Dean
Alexander George provides administrative support to the dean, particularly in areas related to long-range planning, program review and accreditation. He also helps facilitate communications for the dean.     303-492-9851
michael johnston

Mike Johnston

Finance Manager
Johnston provides finance, accounting and payroll support for College of Music, CU Presents and Macky Auditorium.     303-492-5630
david mallett

David Mallett

Assistant Dean for Budget and Finance
Mallett provides oversight of the College of Music's finances. He works with the dean and his team to develop the College of Music's budget to ensure the long-term sustainability of the college.
david.mallett@Colorado.EDU     303-492-2215

Academic Services

James Austin

James Austin

Associate Dean for Enrollment Management and Undergraduate Studies • Professor of Music Education
Music Education
James Austin is Professor of Music Education and Associate Dean for Enrollment Management and Undergraduate Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder. He currently teaches graduate courses, and directs master’s theses and doctoral dissertations.     303-492-6353
Steven Bruns

Steven Bruns

Associate Dean for Graduate Studies • Associate Professor of Music Theory
Steven Bruns is an associate professor of music and currently serves as Associate Dean for Graduate Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder College of Music. He also teaches courses in music theory and analysis. He holds a BME magna cum laude from Northern State College, SD and received his MM and PhD in music theory from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.     303-492-2207

Veronica Greuel

Director, Admissions and Recruitment
Veronica Greuel directs recruitment efforts and manages the admissions process for the College of Music, serving as the main point of contact for new and prospective students.
Victoria Ibarra

Victoria Ibarra

Undergraduate Staff Advisor
I assist the associate dean for undergraduate studies with the management of undergraduate student advising, undergraduate enrollment/academic status, undergraduate music scholarships, the undergraduate studies office and serve as a liaison with other major campus offices.     303-492-6354

Chris Martin

Graduate Studies Coordinator
Martin provides professional and educational support to College of Music graduate students. He also helps develop, organize and coordinate all processes and procedures within the graduate studies office.
Jenny Mileski

Jenny Mileski

Administrative Assistant for Undergraduate Studies
Mileski assists the associate dean for undergraduate studies on course scheduling, course catalog updates and new student advising. She also works with the welcome program for new students and advises students on study abroad opportunities.
jennifer.mileski@Colorado.EDU     303-735-2283


emily chesnic

Emily Chesnic

Development Assistant
Emily Chesnic is the development assistant for the College of Music Advancement Team, supporting the College of Music, Colorado Shakespeare Festival and University Libraries on the CU Boulder campus. She manages office administration, gift processing, expenses and scheduling, and helps connect students, faculty and donors with the Advancement Team. Emily joined the College of Music Advancement Team in June 2017. She is a proud CU Boulder College of Music alumna;...     303-492-3054
Ashley Harkrader

Ashley Harkrader

Associate Director of Development
Ashley Harkrader joined the College of Music advancement team in April 2017. She is thrilled to help connect donors to their passions. Harkrader started her development career at Denver Center for the Performing Arts. She most recently worked in New York City as a remote fundraiser for Colorado College and prior to that was a fundraiser at New York University. She’s happy to be back at CU Boulder, having worked...     303-492-3450
Kaite Hayes

Katie Hayes

Senior Events Manager
Katie plans and executes all donor-related events and faculty and staff functions for the College of Music and the arts and culture programs. She also organizes and coordinates the College of Music and arts and culture Advisory Boards. She brings more than six years of experience working with CU Boulder development teams for the School of Education, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Graduate School to the Music,...     303-735-2865
meagan mahlberg

Meagan Mahlberg

Alumni Coordinator
Meagan is working to create mentorship programs, career advising services, performance opportunities and networking tools and opportunities, along with fun and inviting events and social opportunities for the College of Music's alumni. In addition to these programs, Meagan is working to create a strong sense of community among the alumni and current students through relationship building and engagement.     303-492-4072
madison munn

Madison Munn

Program Manager for Strategy and Stewardship
Madison manages stewardship services for the advancement team, connecting donors with the impact of their giving and creating donor connections with our deans, faculty, students and staff. She also facilitates communications to our College of Music boards and provides research and data support for the College of Music Advancement Team. In 2014, Madison graduated from the CU Boulder College of Music with a Bachelor of Music in Clarinet Performance under...     303-492-3054
Courtney Rowe

Courtney Rowe

Interim Assistant Dean for Advancement
Courtney joined the Music, Arts & Culture advancement team in May 2015. She's thrilled to work with donors in support of the exemplary programs offered through the College of Music.     303-492-1749
jeni webster

Jeni M. Webster

Program Manager
Jeni manages fundraising appeals, fund agreements and CU Presents membership benefits for the College of Music. She also manages the Adopt-A-Student Program, corporate sponsorships and grant writing.     303-735-6070

American Music Research Center

 Thomas Riis

Thomas Riis

Director, American Music Research Center • Professor of Musicology • Joseph Negler Endowed Chair in Music
Thomas L. Riis, the Joseph Negler Endowed Chair in Music, Professor of Musicology and the Director of the American Music Research Center at the College of Music, earned his degrees from Oberlin College (1973) the University of Michigan (1976, 1981). Riis is a specialist in Musical Theater and writes and lectures frequently on many topics in 19th and 20th-century American music.     303-492-7540
eric hansen

Eric Hansen

Director's Assistant
Hansen administers programming and facilitates communications for the American Music Research Center.     303-735-3645

Concerts and Strategic Communications

Joan McLean Braun

Joan McLean Braun

Assistant Dean for Concerts & Communications • Executive Director of CU Presents • Lecturer, Entrepreneurship
She provides leadership and direction for the College of Music's concerts and strategic communications team. Together, they market and promote the College's performances as well as bring visibility and attention to its activities and accomplishments. Joan McLean Braun also curates the Artist Series and serve as executive director of CU Presents.     303-492-7425
jessie bauters

Jessie Bauters

Associate Director of Communications
Jessie Bauters helps guide and execute the content marketing and public relations strategies for the college, telling the stories of student, alumni and faculty accomplishments on the College of Music website, print publications and social media pages.     303-735-7584

Michael Casey

Box Office Services Coordinator
Casey provides customer service to patrons attending various performances on campus, while maintaining box office operations during these shows.     303-492-9081

Sabrina Green

Publications Specialist
Green produces printed publications for the College of Music including Colorado Music magazine and event programs for faculty performances, faculty and student ensembles. Additionally, she creates programs for the CU Presents Artist Series, Eklund Opera and Department of Theatre and Dance, as well as the annual program for the Colorado Shakespeare Festival. Her role involves collecting and organizing content, creating layouts, maintaining branding standards and negotiating with printing companies.     303-492-4716
Laima Haley

Laima Haley

Director of Marketing & Public Relations
Haley manages the College of Music’s marketing and public relations department. The team promotes performances, produces print materials, manages websites and media relations, handels advertising and much more. She also oversees marketing and public relations for the Colorado Shakespeare Festival and the Department of Theatre & Dance.     303-492-4247
jill kimball

Jill Kimball

Public Relations Manager
Jill Kimball joined CU Presents as its Public Relations Manager in 2015. She earned her bachelor's degree in journalism at the University of Oregon and worked for a year as a breaking news reporter at The Seattle Times. She spent more than three years at Classical KING FM, one of the nation's largest and highest-rated classical radio stations, designing and maintaining its website, spearheading successful social media campaigns and writing...     303-492-1137
Daniel Leonard

Daniel Leonard

Marketing Manager
As a member of the CU Presents communication team, Daniel is the Marketing Manager for Takács Quartet, CU Artist Series, Eklund Opera Program, CU College of Music, CU Theatre & Dance and the Colorado Shakespeare Festival.     303-492-0844

Andrew Metzroth

Operations Director
Metzroth oversees ticketing operations for all ticketed events at the College of Music. He also handles the logistics and itineraries of visiting artists performing on the Artist Series.     303-492-8339

Eklund Opera Program

Leigh Holman

Leigh Holman

Director, Eklund Opera Program • Associate Professor of Opera
Voice and Opera
Leigh Holman is an established stage director in the fields of Opera and Musical Theatre. As director of the Opera Colorado Ensemble Artists, she has directed two touring productions per season, concerts and other presentations to promote Opera Colorado and the young artists that are contracted into the program. In summer 2010, she served as founder, Artistic Director, and Stage Director of CU NOW premiering new operatic works by Robert Aldridge, Herschel Garfein, Dan Kellogg, and J. Michael Martinez.     303-492-6576
Christie Conover

Christie Conover

Opera Production Assistant
Christie Conover coordinates the day-to-day operations for Eklund Opera productions. She is an alumna of the CU College of Music and brings much experience in the professional opera industry from both performance and administration.     303-492-4452
Ron Mueller

Ron Mueller

Technical Director
Mueller manages technical production for the Eklund Opera Program, including implementation of lighting and scenic designs and supervision of department managers and crews. He also functions as a scenic or lighting designer and is responsible for equipment acquisition and maintenance for the Opera Program and in the Music Theatre.     303-492-1064

Tom Robbins

Costume Designer     303-492-4696
Jeff Rusnak

Jeff Rusnak

Assistant Technical Director
Working with the technical director, Rusnak manages, supervises and implements most aspects of technical production. He also functions as the scenic shop foreman and crew manager for opera and musical productions.     303-492-1064

Howard B. Waltz Music Library

Laurie Sampsel

Laurie Sampsel

Professor of Musicology • Music Librarian
Sampsel earned her doctorate in historical musicology with a focus on American music studies at the University of Pittsburgh. She holds master’s degrees in library science (Kent State University) and flute performance (Dana School of Music). Her bachelor’s degree is in music education (Dana School of Music). The second edition of her textbook, Music Research: A Handbook, was published by Oxford University Press in 2012. She has a joint appointment between the College of Music and Waltz Music Library.     303-492-3929
Stephanie Bonjack

Stephanie Bonjack

Head, Howard B. Waltz Music Library
Bonjack provides leadership and direction for the services, collections and personnel at the Howard B. Waltz Music Library. She also directly engages the College of Music community through outreach efforts, research assistance and classroom instruction.     303-492-9895
Clara Burns

Clara Burns

Music Copy Cataloger
Burns process serials, receives new materials and prepares items for binding, performs copy cataloging, supervises student employees for Technical Services and evaluates materials for preservation. She provide reference assistance at Norlin Library two hours per week.     303-492-3679
melanie cutietta

Melanie Cutietta

Branch Manager
Cutietta oversees the daily operations of the Howard B. Waltz Music Library, including circulation, course reserves processing, stacks maintenance, collection management and general facilities and technology requests. She also manages the student workforce of the library and enjoys answering patron, student and faculty questions.     303-735-7936

Anita Ortman

Music Cataloger
Anita Ortman coordinates the cataloging for music materials. She also resolves conflicts and inaccuracies in the online database to ensure consistency in the online catalog.     303-492-8094

Macky Auditorium

rudy betancourt

Rudy Betancourt

Director of Macky Audtiorium
Betancourt oversees the operations, finances, bookings and personnel management at Macky Auditorium.     303-492-8284

Matthew Arrington

Assistant Director, Patron Services     303-492-2736

Richard Barrett

Production Manager, Lighting and AV

Trevor Isetts

Production Manager, Sound and Rigging
Sara Krumwiede

Sara Krumwiede

Assistant Director, Administration
Krumwiede provides administrative support including payroll and finance at Macky Auditorium.     303-492-8423

JP Osnes

Assistant Director, Production
Osnes directs and recommends equipment, technology and labor for all productions at Macky Auditorium, including the supervision of 16 staff members and the purchasing and maintenance of equipment. He also serves as one of the building proctors and consult or make recommendations on all construction improvements.     303-492-2742
Rojana Savoye

Rojana Savoye

House Manager
Savoye manages all front-of-house operations within the College of Music and Macky Auditorium, including the Artist Series, Takács Quartet and Eklund Opera Program performances. She hires and supervises student ushers, and maintains positive public relations with patrons, presenters and co-workers, while managing and enforcing operational policies and procedures within the College of Music.     303-492-8423


john davis

John Davis

Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Operations • Professor of Jazz Studies
Jazz Studies
John Davis is Professor of Jazz Studies and Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Operations. He is an active clinician, performer and guest conductor throughout the United States and Canada. He joined the University of Colorado faculty in 1999 and has taught courses in jazz history, jazz administration and pedagogy, big band, combo, vocal jazz, and jazz techniques.     303-492-6176
Ted Mulcahey

Ted Mulcahey

Senior Piano Technician
Piano and Keyboard
At the College of Music, Ted Mulcahey services the fleet of pianos including tuning, voicing, regulation, rebuilding and repair. He is the point of contact for anything related to piano and harpsichord maintenance as well as moving. Mulcahey received his advanced training from Steinway and Sons in New York City, where he became a Concert Technician and head of the Steinway Hall Selection Room.     303-492-7126
laura graham

Laura Graham

Ensembles and Summer Programs Assistant
Laura Graham provides support for the bands, orchestras, jazz and choir large ensembles. She also assists with coordinating special events hosted by these departments, including the CU Summer Music Academy, CU Honor Band and the Mile High Jazz Festival.     303-492-6584
Kevin Harbison

Kevin Harbison

Recording Engineer • Instructor, Music Technology
I am the technical director of Grusin Music Hall and oversee all archival recording of College of Music performances. I also provide technical support for those performances and engineer faculty and student recording sessions.     303-492-5367
Peggy Hinton

Peggy Hinton

Facilities and Operations Coordinator
Hinton is the building proctor and construction liaison. She processes new employee paperwork, employee/non-employee reimbursements, liaise for parking and telephone issues, building repairs and renovations, keys and Buff Cards, and coordinate directory changes. She also assists the jazz department with the Jazz Summer Academy.     303-492-5714

Mark Mikkelsen

Piano Technician
Piano and Keyboard
mark.mikkelsen@Colorado.EDU     720-366-7705
Dustin Rumsey

Dustin Rumsey

Media Specialist
I provide support for concerts, recitals and CD production. I also provide computer and general technology support to faculty and staff, and support for classroom audio and video equipment.     303-492-5367

Devin Welch

Scheduling and Operations Coordinator
Welch coordinates all building and recital scheduling, produces student and guest recital programs and facilitates the procurement of goods and services for the College of Music.
devin.welch@Colorado.EDU     303-735-6352