Brass and Percussion

Michael Dunn

Michael Dunn

Chair, Brass and Percussion Studies • Associate Professor of Tuba and Euphonium
Brass and Percussion
Michael Dunn leads an active life as a performer and educator. His students have won competitions on both national and international stages and hold jobs in various professional ensembles and educational institutions in the United States and abroad. Michael Dunn is Associate Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at the University of Colorado Boulder. He has held master classes at leading international universities.
Ryan Gardner

Ryan Gardner

Associate Professor of Trumpet
Brass and Percussion
Dr. Ryan Gardner is the Associate Professor of Trumpet at the University of Colorado Boulder. Originally from Santa Monica, California, Dr. Gardner received his Bachelor of Music from the Eastman School of Music with highest distinction, his Master of Music from Rice University - Shepherd School of Music, and his Doctor of Musical Arts from the Manhattan School of Music.
William Stanley

William Stanley

Associate Professor of Trombone
Brass and Percussion
William Stanley is Associate Professor of Trombone at the University of Colorado Boulder College of Music. Dr. Stanley performs in a wide variety of musical settings, including as a member of the Boulder Brass, the Colorado Brass Quintet, Colorado Ballet Orchestra (principal), Opera Colorado and as substitute/extra with the Colorado Symphony.
Mike Tetreault Faculty Photo

Michael Tetreault

Instructor, Percussion
Brass and Percussion
Michael is currently Principal Timpanist of the Central City Opera, Fort Collins Symphony, Principal Percussionist of the Boulder Philharmonic and Assistant Principal Percussion of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic.
Michael Thornton

Michael Thornton

Professor of Horn
Brass and Percussion
Michael Thornton enjoys a distinguished and varied career as an orchestral performer, chamber musician, soloist, and pedagogue. Thornton has performed on six continents with acclaimed ensembles and has presented master classes at prestigious musical institutions, including The Juilliard School, the Curtis Institute of Music, Rice University, the Royal Northern College of Music (UK) and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music (AU).
Douglas Walter

Douglas Walter

Professor of Percussion and Jazz
Brass and Percussion • Jazz Studies
Professor of Percussion and Jazz, Douglas Walter is the only marimba/vibraphone artist to win First Prize in the Concert Artists Guild Competition in New York City. His debut recital in Carnegie Recital Hall received a positive review in the New York Times. He has performed over 350 solo recitals and concerti in 40 states, Canada, Brazil and eight countries in Europe, in addition to conventions of the Percussive Arts Society,...
Justin Bartels

Justin Bartels

Lecturer, Trumpet
Brass and Percussion
Justin Bartels has been on Faculty at the University of Colorado since 2012 and is Principal Trumpet with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, a position he has held since 2008. Over the past six years, his students have gone on to high-level graduate programs at several schools.
Carl Dixon

Carl Dixon

Lecturer, Percussion
Brass and Percussion
Versatile percussionist Carl Dixon is at home with music spanning multiple genres, continents and instruments. He can be found performing in concert halls, jazz clubs, dance parties, festival stages, and street parades. Dixon plays with the Brazilian music band Ginga. He is the Principal Percussionist of the Fort Collins Symphony and the Cheyenne Symphony, percussionist with Opera Colorado, and has performed with the Colorado Symphony, Colorado Ballet, Central City Opera, Boulder Philharmonic, Colorado Springs Philharmonic, and Greeley Philharmonic Orchestras. As a drumset player and percussionist, he has performed/recorded with Kailin Yong, NuMundo, Swing Je T’aime, Casuarina, Alessandro Penezzi, Paula Santoro, Sambadende, Elevations Jazz Orchestra, Pat Bianchi, Jeff Jenkins, Dexter Payne, many musical theater productions, and the Rio de Janeiro bloco Bangalafumenga.

Entrepreneurship Center for Music

Jeffrey Nytch

Jeffrey Nytch

Director, Entrepreneurship Center for Music • Associate Professor of Composition
Composition • Entrepreneurship Center for Music
Jeffrey Nytch has built a diverse career as a composer, educator, arts administrator, and consultant. His compositions have been performed by major artists here and abroad, and he is a leading figure in the emerging field of arts entrepreneurship, speaking and giving workshops at major conferences, conservatories, and universities nationwide. He has been at CU since 2009.

Musicians’ Wellness Program

James Brody

James Brody

Director, Musicians' Wellness Program • Associate Professor of Oboe
Woodwinds • Musicians’ Wellness Program
James Brody’s oboe playing has been praised by the New York Times for its “wonderfully euphonious spirit.” While a member of the Camerata Woodwind Quintet, he performed concerts in Carnegie Recital Hall and in the Far East. Brody’s major teachers include John Mack, Jerry Sirucek, and William Baker. He also studied the Baroque oboe with Grant Moore and James Caldwell and chamber music with Marcel Moyse.

Composition

Carter Pann

Carter Pann

Chair, Composition • Associate Professor of Composition • Christoffersen Faculty Fellow in Composition
Composition
Composer/pianist Carter Pann has written for—and worked alongside—musicians from around the world, including performances by the London Symphony and City of Birmingham Symphony, the Tchaikovsky Symphony in Moscow, radio symphonies around Europe, the Seattle Symphony, the National Repertory Orchestra, youth orchestras of New York and Chicago, and many wind ensembles. He has worked with clarinetist Richard Stoltzman, the Antares Ensemble, the Capitol Saxophone Quartet, the West Coast Wind Quintet, the River Oaks Chamber Ensemble, the Takács Quartet, the Flute New Music Consortium and many concert pianists. Awards include a Charles Ives Fellowship, a Masterprize seat in London and five ASCAP awards. His numerous albums encompass solo, vocal, chamber, orchestral and wind music and have received two Grammy® nominations to date. Pann was a Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Music in 2016. In his spare time, he challenges his students over the chessboard.
Michael Barnett

Mike Barnett

Instructor, Music Theory and Composition
Composition • Theory
Mike Barnett balances an active career as a composer, drummer, recording artist, record producer, author and educator. He currently teaches Songwriting, various courses in Rock and American Popular music, and Instrumentation at CU. His eclectic creative output and non-traditional background distinguish him among his peers.
John Drumheller

John Drumheller

Senior Instructor, Composition and Music Technology
Composition
John Drumheller is Instructor of Music Technology and Composition at the University of Colorado College of Music. He received a BME from Montana State University and an MM and DMA from the University of Colorado Boulder. Drumheller has teaching experience in the areas of composition, electronic music and music theory. His performance experience includes classical, jazz, and commercial music. Drumheller’s compositions have won several awards including the 1994 Quinto Maganini Award. His piece Five Landscapes was selected from over 100 compositions from around the country and was premiered by the Norwalk (CT) Symphony Orchestra.
Jeffrey Nytch

Jeffrey Nytch

Director, Entrepreneurship Center for Music • Associate Professor of Composition
Composition • Entrepreneurship Center for Music
Jeffrey Nytch has built a diverse career as a composer, educator, arts administrator, and consultant. His compositions have been performed by major artists here and abroad, and he is a leading figure in the emerging field of arts entrepreneurship, speaking and giving workshops at major conferences, conservatories, and universities nationwide. He has been at CU since 2009.
Michael Theodore

Michael Theodore

Associate Professor of Composition
Composition
Michael Theodore is on the faculty of the University of Colorado Boulder, where he teaches music composition and technology, and interactive media. Theodore was born in 1968 and raised in New York City. Theodore's technology-­informed work with sound, visual media or both has been presented across the United States, and in Mexico, Trinidad y Tobago, Greece, Spain, Germany, Sweden, France, Australia, Japan, and China.
Betsey Biggs

Betsey Biggs

Affiliated Faculty, College of Music • Assistant Professor of Critical Media Practices, College of Media, Communication and Information
Composition
Betsey Biggs earned degrees in English Literature and Music from Colorado College and Mills College, respectively, and a PhD in Music Composition from Princeton University. She has also held fellowships at Brown University and Harvard University. She has taught at Princeton, Brown and The Rhode Island School of Design.

Conducting

Gary Lewis

Gary Lewis

Chair, Conducting Studies • Director of Orchestral Studies • Professor of Conducting • Bob and Judy Charles Endowed Chair in Music
Conducting
Gary Lewis is the Director of Orchestras and Professor of Music in the College of Music at the University of Colorado Boulder, where he conducts the University Symphony Orchestra and oversees the entire orchestra program. He is also Music Director and Conductor of the Midland-Odessa (TX) Symphony Orchestra.
Matthew Dockendorf

Matthew Dockendorf

Associate Director of Bands • Director, Golden Buffalo Marching Band • Instructor, Conducting and Music Education
Conducting • Music Education
Matthew Dockendorf is Associate Director of Bands and Instructor of Music at the University of Colorado Boulder where he conducts the Symphonic Band, directs the “Golden Buffalo” Marching Band, and teaches courses in music education and conducting.
Gregory Gentry

Gregory Gentry

Director of Choral Studies • Associate Professor of Choral Studies • Lynn Whitten Choral Music Faculty Fellow
Conducting
Gregory Gentry’s collegiate choirs have performed for conferences of the American Choral Directors Association, National Collegiate Choral Organization, Music Educators National Conference, Society for American Music and College Music Society. Gentry made his Phoenix Symphony conducting debut in 2009 to sold-out audiences with Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms.
Donald J. McKinney

Donald J. McKinney

Director of Bands • Associate Professor of Conducting
Conducting
Donald J. McKinney is Director of Bands and Associate Professor at the University of Colorado Boulder. He conducts the CU Wind Symphony, guides the graduate wind-conducting program, and oversees the university’s comprehensive band program. The CU Wind Symphony has collaborated with numerous artists & composers and most recently performed for the CBDNA Southwestern Division Conference on the CU Boulder campus.
Matthew Roeder

Matthew Roeder

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies and Enrollment Management • Associate Professor of Conducting and Music Education
Conducting • Music Education
Dr. Matthew Roeder is the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies and Enrollment Management in the College of Music at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Joel Schut

Joel Schut

Assistant Director of Orchestral Studies • Instructor, Music Education
Music Education • Conducting
Dr. Joel Schut is Director of the Philharmonia Orchestra and Instructor of Music Education at the University of Colorado Boulder where he teaches courses in music education, string pedagogy and orchestral performance.
Branden Steinmetz

Branden Steinmetz

Assistant Director of Bands • Instructor, Conducting and Music Education
Music Education • Conducting
Branden Steinmetz is Assistant Director of Bands and Instructor of Music at the University of Colorado where he conducts the Concert Band, assists with the “Golden Buffalo” Marching Band, directs the “Buff” Basketball Band, directs the Summer Music Academy, and teaches courses in music education.
elizabeth swanson

Elizabeth Swanson

Associate Director of Choral Studies • Assistant Professor of Conducting
Conducting
Elizabeth Swanson is Associate Director of Choral Studies and Assistant Professor of Music in the College of Music at the University of Colorado Boulder, where she conducts the University Choir and teaches undergraduate courses in conducting.

Jazz Studies

John Gunther

John Gunther

Director, Thompson Jazz Studies Program • Associate Professor of Jazz Studies (Saxophones, Clarinet and Flute)
Jazz Studies
John Gunther is a composer and multi-instrumentalist playing Saxophones, Clarinet, and Flute. With a restless musical spirit, he enjoys exploring all forms of jazz from traditional to avant-garde as well as classical music, world music and experimental electronic music. John is an Associate Professor in Jazz Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder where he directs the Thompson Jazz Studies Program
john davis

John Davis

Senior Associate Dean • Professor of Jazz Studies
Jazz Studies
John Davis is Professor of Jazz Studies and Senior Associate Dean. 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.

Brad Goode

Associate Professor of Jazz Studies (Trumpet)
Jazz Studies
A multi-instrumentalist and composer who performs on trumpet, bass and drums, Brad Goode is recognized as a unique stylist with a highly creative approach to improvisation.

Jeff Jenkins

Instructor, Jazz Studies (Piano)
Jazz Studies
Jeff Jenkins has released four CD’s in the last 15 years. The most recent on Capri Records entitled “Cique”, is an eclectic exciting blend of jazz and funk. He attended the University of North Texas, where he led his own groups.When not playing the piano, Jeff is busy mixing and producing in his recording studio Mile High Music. Currently he is living in Denver, where he is busy playing clubs and concerts, writing and producing, and being a dad to his son Ellington.
paul mckee

Paul McKee

Associate Professor of Jazz Studies (Trombone and Arranging/Composition)
Jazz Studies
Paul McKee, newly appointed Associate Professor of Jazz Trombone and Arranging/Composition at the University of Colorado at Boulder, received a BME from the University of Northern Iowa and an MM in Composition from the University of Texas at Austin. In 1984 he joined Woody Herman’s Thundering Herd and appeared on several Grammy-nominated recordings.
Tom Myer

Tom Myer

Associate Professor of Saxophone
Woodwinds • Jazz Studies
Tom Myer is an Associate Professor of Saxophone in the College of Music at the University of Colorado at Boulder where he served as the Director of Jazz Studies from 1988-95.
Douglas Walter

Douglas Walter

Professor of Percussion and Jazz
Brass and Percussion • Jazz Studies
Professor of Percussion and Jazz, Douglas Walter is the only marimba/vibraphone artist to win First Prize in the Concert Artists Guild Competition in New York City. His debut recital in Carnegie Recital Hall received a positive review in the New York Times. He has performed over 350 solo recitals and concerti in 40 states, Canada, Brazil and eight countries in Europe, in addition to conventions of the Percussive Arts Society,...
Bijoux Barbosa

Bijoux Barbosa

Lecturer, Jazz Studies (Double Bass)
Jazz Studies
Eduardo “Bijoux” Barbosa was born in Sao Paulo-Brazil where he studied music theory and electric bass with Prof. Nadir Dos Santos. In Brazil he played with pop bands and Jazz Fusion oriented bands. He then moved to Caracas- Venezuela in 1991 where he worked with many well known artists.He then moved to Denver-Colorado-USA in 1997 where besides staying busy with live performances, he is also one of the top studio musicians that can be heard on over 300 recordings.
David Corbus

David Corbus

Lecturer, Jazz Studies (Guitar)
Jazz Studies
Dave Corbus, instructor of jazz guitar, has over 30 years of professional experience in music. This experience includes playing on the New York City music scene for 12 years with artists such as Chico Hamilton and in trio settings with New York bass players Ira Coleman and Essiet Essiet, as well as in New York blues/funk/jazz band Business of Blues.

Joshua Quinlan

Lecturer, Jazz Studies (Saxophone)
Jazz Studies
Josh Quinlan is a saxophonist, composer and educator based out of the state of Colorado. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Colorado. As well, he is a graduate of the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music (BM) and DePaul University (MMA). In the spring of 2012, he produced a music festival that featured over twenty bands from the Dazzle Recordings jazz record label in Denver, Colorado.
Paul Romaine

Paul Romaine

Lecturer, Jazz Studies (Drum Set)
Jazz Studies
Paul Romaine, Drum Set, felt drawn to music from the depth of his being throughout his childhood. He began playing drums professionally at age 14. In between gigs, he studied jazz composition at the Lamont School of Music and, in 1991 received a degree in recording engineering from the University of Colorado. He serves as a mentor musician/clinician in several Denver area school districts.

Piano and Keyboard

Alejandro Cremaschi

Alejandro Cremaschi

Chair, Roser Piano and Keyboard Program • Professor of Piano Pedagogy
Piano and Keyboard
Alejandro Cremaschi received his MM and DMA degrees from the University of Minnesota. He has been a presenter at national and international conferences including numerous Music Teachers National Association annual conferences. Cremaschi teaches piano pedagogy, applied piano, class piano and keyboard harmony, and coordinates the class piano area at CU. He was the President of the Colorado State Music Teachers Association between 2012 and 2014.
Andrew Cooper

Andrew Cooperstock

Professor of Piano
Piano and Keyboard
Pianist Andrew Cooperstock performs widely as soloist and chamber musician and has appeared throughout six continents and in most of the fifty states, including performances at New York's Alice Tully, Merkin, and Carnegie halls, Broadway’s 54 Below, Greenwich Village’s (le) Poisson Rouge, Brooklyn’s BargeMusic, and at the United Nations.
Jennifer Hayghe

Jennifer Hayghe

Associate Professor of Piano
Piano and Keyboard
Jennifer Hayghe has performed in solo recitals and made orchestral appearances throughout the world, including the United States, Europe and Asia. Hayghe received her bachelors, masters degrees and doctorate degree in piano performance from The Juilliard School, where she was the last student of the legendary artist-teacher Adele Marcus. Hayghe won every award possible for a Juilliard pianist to receive, including the William Petschek Debut Award, resulting in her New York City recital debut at Alice Tully Hall.
Robert Hill

Robert Hill

Eugene D. Eaton, Jr., Chair in Baroque Music Performance • Professor of Harpsichord
Piano and Keyboard
Robert Hill comes to the College of Music after serving for more than 20 years as professor for historical keyboard instruments and performance practice at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik Freiburg in Germany. He studied harpsichord with Gustav Leonhardt at the Amsterdam Conservatory, receiving his soloist diploma in 1974.
Suyeon Kim

Suyeon Kim

Instructor, Collaborative Piano
Piano and Keyboard
Korean pianist Suyeon Kim is an instructor in Collaborative Piano at the University of Colorado, Boulder, joining the faculty in 2013. Kim is an experienced and versatile collaborator, with significant instrumental and vocal accompanying experience.
David Korevaar

David Korevaar

Distinguished Professor • Professor of Piano • Helen and Peter Weil Faculty Fellow
Piano and Keyboard
Pianist David Korevaar balances his active performing schedule with teaching at the University of Colorado Boulder, where he is the Peter and Helen Weil Professor of Piano. He is a 2016 honoree as Distinguished Research Lecturer at the University of Colorado.
Hsiao-Ling Lin

Hsiao-Ling Lin

Instructor, Collaborative Piano
Piano and Keyboard
Pianist Hsiao-Ling Lin joined the keyboard department faculty at the University of Colorado Boulder in the fall of 2011. Her active performing career has take her to Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, Isabella Stewart Garden Museum and Jordan Hall in Boston, the Chicago Symphony Hall and Chicago Cultural Center, Sendai Cultural Center in Japan, and the Rachmaninoff Hall in Russia.
Margaret McDonald

Margaret McDonald

Associate Professor of Collaborative Piano
Piano and Keyboard
Pianist Margaret McDonald, a native of Minnesota, is an Associate Professor of Collaborative Piano at the University of Colorado Boulder. She joined the College of Music keyboard faculty in the fall of 2004. She helped to develop the College’s new graduate degree program in Collaborative Piano and directed the undergraduate collaborative curriculum.
Alexandra Nguyen

Alexandra Nguyen

Associate Professor of Collaborative Piano
Piano and Keyboard
As Associate Professor of Collaborative Piano at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Nguyen co-directs the graduate programs in collaborative piano and coordinates accompanying services at the College of Music. She was formerly the Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs at the Eastman School of Music, where she also held part-time faculty appointments in the piano and chamber music departments.
Daniel Sher

Daniel Sher

Professor of Piano
Piano and Keyboard
Professor of Piano Daniel Sher served as Dean of the College of Music from 1993 to 2013. He received his bachelor’s degree from the Oberlin Conservatory, the master’s degree from the Juilliard School, and the EdD from the Teachers College of Columbia University.He is a past president of Pi Kappa Lambda, the national honor society for music, and currently serves on that group’s Board of Regents.
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.

Mark Mikkelsen

Piano Technician
Piano and Keyboard
Mark Mikkelsen assists Ted Mulcahey in servicing the College of Music’s piano fleet.

Music Education

David Rickels

David Rickels

Chair, Music Education • Associate Professor of Music Education
Music Education
David A. Rickels, Associate Professor of Instrumental Music Education, was appointed to the faculty of the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2012. He teaches music education courses in foundational studies, instrumental music methods, and graduate research. Rickels holds degrees including Doctor of Musical Arts in Music Education from Arizona State University.
James Austin

James Austin

Professor of Music Education
Music Education
James Austin is Professor of Music Education at the University of Colorado Boulder. He currently teaches graduate courses, and directs master’s theses and doctoral dissertations.
Margaret Haefner Berg

Margaret Haefner Berg

Associate Dean for Graduate Studies • Professor of Music Education
Music Education
Margaret Berg is Professor of Music Education and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies at the University of Colorado. She currently teaches graduate courses in music education including sociology of music education and qualitative research methods.
Matthew Dockendorf

Matthew Dockendorf

Associate Director of Bands • Director, Golden Buffalo Marching Band • Instructor, Conducting and Music Education
Conducting • Music Education
Matthew Dockendorf is Associate Director of Bands and Instructor of Music at the University of Colorado Boulder where he conducts the Symphonic Band, directs the “Golden Buffalo” Marching Band, and teaches courses in music education and conducting.
leila heil

Leila Heil

Associate Professor of Music Education
Music Education
Dr. Leila Heil is Associate Professor of Music at University of Colorado. Prior to this appointment, she served on the music education faculty at The Ohio State University and Colorado State University.
martina miranda

Martina Miranda

Associate Professor of Music Education
Music Education
Martina Miranda received graduate degrees from San Francisco State University (MA) and Arizona State University (DMA). She joined the College of Music faculty with over 16 years of teaching experience in elementary general music and chorus in California and Arizona. Prior university service includes positions at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, and Auburn University. Her areas of specialization include elementary general music pedagogy, early childhood music, Orff-Schülwerk methodology, and children’s folk song literature.
Matthew Roeder

Matthew Roeder

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies and Enrollment Management • Associate Professor of Conducting and Music Education
Conducting • Music Education
Dr. Matthew Roeder is the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies and Enrollment Management in the College of Music at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Joel Schut

Joel Schut

Assistant Director of Orchestral Studies • Instructor, Music Education
Music Education • Conducting
Dr. Joel Schut is Director of the Philharmonia Orchestra and Instructor of Music Education at the University of Colorado Boulder where he teaches courses in music education, string pedagogy and orchestral performance.
Branden Steinmetz

Branden Steinmetz

Assistant Director of Bands • Instructor, Conducting and Music Education
Music Education • Conducting
Branden Steinmetz is Assistant Director of Bands and Instructor of Music at the University of Colorado where he conducts the Concert Band, assists with the “Golden Buffalo” Marching Band, directs the “Buff” Basketball Band, directs the Summer Music Academy, and teaches courses in music education.
Michelle Ewer

Michelle Ewer

Lecturer, Music Education
Music Education
Michelle Ewer is a 38-year semi-retired teacher from Jefferson County Schools. She continues to mentor new teachers in Jeffco as well as chair the Tr-M Music Honor Society for CMEA.

Musicology

Austin Okigbo

Austin Okigbo

Chair, Musicology • Director, World Vocal Ensemble • Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology
Musicology
Austin Okigbo is an associate professor in the College of Music, and affiliate faculty in Ethnic Studies, and Global Health. He received his PhD in Ethnomusicology and African Studies from Indiana University, Bloomington, a Master of Music degree in Sacred Music and Music Education from Westminster Choir College where he studied with Robin Leaver, Joseph Flummerfelt, James Jordan, and Frank Abrahams, with performance tracks in voice and choral conducting.
Carlo Caballero

Carlo Caballero

Associate Professor of Musicology • Erma Mantey Faculty Fellow
Musicology
Carlo Caballero, Associate Professor of Music and Erma Mantey Faculty Fellow, received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. He earned his B.A., magna cum laude, at Pomona College. He teaches courses in the history of 18th-, 19th-, and 20th-century music. His research has focused on music in France between 1870 and 1940, and he is particularly interested in aesthetics, dance history, hermeneutics, and historiography.
Jay Keister

Jay Keister

Co-Director, Japanese Traditional Music Ensemble • Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology
Musicology
Jay Keister, Associate Professor, is an Ethnomusicologist and scholar of Japanese music. Keister received the MA and PhD in Ethnomusicology from the University of California, Los Angeles. His research concerns individual agency in music, embodiment of music traditions, aesthetics of music and traditional social structures in contemporary musical practice.
rebecca maloy

Rebecca Maloy

Erismann Faculty Fellow • Professor of Musicology • Director, Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies
Musicology
Rebecca Maloy specializes in early Medieval music. Her primary interests include plainsong, liturgy and ritual, and the theory and analysis of early music.
Laurie Sampsel

Laurie J. Sampsel

Professor of Musicology
Musicology
Laurie J. Sampsel is Professor of Musicology and a Faculty Affiliate in the Center of the American West. She earned her doctorate in historical musicology with a focus on American music studies at the University of Pittsburgh.
Robert Shay

Robert Shay

Dean, College of Music • Professor of Musicology
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).
Jeremy Smith

Jeremy Smith

Professor of Musicology
Musicology
Jeremy L. Smith, Associate Professor of Musicology, is a specialist on the English Renaissance with a secondary interest in Progressive Rock. He has published articles in Journal of American Musicological Society, Music & Letters, Computing in Musicology, Notes, Fontes Artis Musicae, New Dictionary of National Biography, MGG and New Grove and has presented scholarly papers at annual meetings of the American Musicological Society and the Medieval and Renaissance Music Society, among others.
benjamin teitelbaum

Benjamin R. Teitelbaum

Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology • Coordinator of Non-Major Studies
Musicology
Benjamin R. Teitelbaum is Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology and Affiliate Faculty in International Affairs.
Susan Thomas

Susan Thomas

Director, American Music Research Center • Professor of Musicology
Musicology
Prior to coming to the University of Colorado, Susan Thomas was at the University of Georgia, where she was professor of musicology and women’s studies. At UGA, she co-directed the Athens Music Project, a research, curriculum and outreach initiative that explores the multiple music histories for which the Athens region is renowned.

Strings

erika eckert

Erika Eckert

Chair, String Studies • Associate Professor of Viola
Strings
Violist Erika Eckert is currently Associate Professor of Viola at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She has also been a faculty member of the Brevard Music Center since 2011. Previously, Eckert served on the faculties of The Cleveland Institute of Music, Baldwin Wallace College, and the Chautauqua Institution in New York where she served as the coordinator of the chamber music program for the Music School Festival Orchestra for three summers.
Paul Erhard

Paul Erhard

Professor of Double Bass
Strings
Dr. Erhard has been the Double Bass Professor in the University of Colorado Boulder College of Music since 1986. In addition to double bass teaching, Dr. Erhard teaches “Improvisation for String Players,” drawing upon his experiences with Indian music and Jazz, and the “Orchestral Audition Class.”
David Requiro

David Requiro

Assistant Professor of Cello
Strings
First Prize winner of the 2008 Naumburg International Violoncello Competition, David Requiro has emerged as one of today’s finest American cellists.
Harumi Rhodes

Harumi Rhodes

Artist in Residence (Violin), Takács Quartet • Associate Professor of Violin • Ralph E. and Barbara L. Christoffersen Faculty Fellow
Strings
A graduate of The Juilliard School and the New England Conservatory, Harumi Rhodes is the second violinist of the internationally renowned Takács Quartet. Rhodes has served as Head of Strings and Chamber Music at Syracuse University, as well as Assistant Violin Faculty at the Juilliard School. She joined the Violin Faculty at the University of Colorado Boulder in 2015.
Claude Sim

Claude Sim

Assistant Professor of Violin
Strings
Claude Sim enjoys a varied career as a chamber musician, orchestral leader, soloist, and multi-genre performing artist. He studied violin performance at the Oberlin Conservatory (BM '99) with Greg Fulkerson, Almita Vamos, and viola with Roland Vamos. At age 21, he was appointed Associate Concertmaster of the Colorado Symphony under music director Marin Alsop.
Nicolò  Spera

Nicolò Spera

Director, Ritter Family Classical Guitar Program • Assistant Professor of Guitar
Strings
In 2011, Spera was appointed to the faculty at the University of Colorado Boulder, where he is Assistant Professor in the Ritter Family Classical Guitar Program. He is also on the faculty of the International Studies Institute at Palazzo Rucellai in Florence, Italy. In 2013, he founded the University of Colorado International Guitar Festival and Competition, an unprecedented event that attracts prestigious guests, guitar performers, and students from all over the world.
Charles Wetherbee

Charles Wetherbee

Associate Professor of Violin
Strings
Violinist Charles Wetherbee brings to the CU College of Music a wealth of experience and expertise from his varied career as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral concertmaster and teacher. He has performed throughout the world, including Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Canada, Mexico, and the United States. A devoted chamber musician, Charles is the first violinist of the Carpe Diem String Quartet, with whom he tours and performs regularly.
Edward Dusinberre

Edward Dusinberre

Artist-in-Residence (Violin), Takács Quartet • Ralph E. and Barbara L. Christoffersen Faculty Fellow
Strings
Edward Dusinberre is the first violinist of the internationally renowned Takács Quartet. The Takács Quartet has been in residence at the University of Colorado since 1983 and, in collaboration with other String Faculty, has developed a program geared toward students who relish the chance to develop their artistry with a special emphasis on chamber music, in a small tightly knit community where students will not be lost in the crowd.
Andras Fejér

András Fejér

Artist-In-Residence (Cello), Takács Quartet • Ralph E. and Barbara L. Christoffersen Faculty Fellow
Strings
András Fejér is the cellist of the internationally renowned Takács Quartet. The Takács Quartet has been in residence at the University of Colorado since 1983 and, in collaboration with other String Faculty, has developed a program geared toward students who relish the chance to develop their artistry with a special emphasis on chamber music, in a small tightly knit community where students will not be lost in the crowd.
Janet Harriman

Janet Harriman

Lecturer, Harp
Strings
Janet Harriman began her harp studies with her mother, Jean Harriman. She continued her harp studies with Alice Chalifoux while she attended the College of Wooster, the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Salzedo harp Colony. She is currently principal harpist with the Central City Opera Festival, a position she has held since 1993, and performs regularly with Opera Colorado.
Károly Schranz

Károly Schranz

Senior Instructor, Violin
Strings
Grammy award-winning violinist and educator Károly Schranz has performed at some of the most prestigious venues in the world while mentoring the next generation of classical music luminaries. Schranz co-founded the Takács Quartet in 1975 at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest.
margaret soper gutierrez

Margaret Soper Gutierrez

Lecturer, Violin
Strings
Violinist Margaret Soper Gutierrez has enjoyed a multi-faceted musical career. An avid chamber musician, Soper Gutierrez was a member of the Maia Quartet, the faculty quartet-in-residence at the University of Iowa.
Geraldine Walther

Geraldine Walther

Artist in Residence (Viola), Takács Quartet • Ralph E. and Barbara L. Christoffersen Faculty Fellow
Strings
Before joining the Takács Quartet at the University of Colorado, Geraldine Walther was Principal Violist of the San Francisco Symphony for 29 years. Early in her career she served as assistant principal of the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Miami Philharmonic, and the Baltimore Symphony. Geraldine Walther’s recordings include Hindemith’s Trauermusik and Der Schwanendreher with the San Francisco Symphony (both on London/Decca), Paul Chihara’s Golden Slumbers with the San Francisco Chamber Singers (Albany), and Lou Harrison’s Threnody (New Albion).
meta weiss

Meta Weiss

Senior Instructor • Chamber Music Coordinator
Strings
American cellist Meta Weiss (pronounced MAY-ta) made her international debut at the age of seven in Utrecht, Holland, and has established herself as one of the leading artists of her generation. An acclaimed soloist and chamber musician, her performances have taken her to venues throughout the US and internationally, including Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Boston Symphony Hall, The Kimmel Center, Royal Albert Hall, The Sydney Opera House, Melbourne Recital Centre, and Teatro Britanico (Peru).

Theory

Keith Waters

Keith Waters

Chair, Music Theory • Professor of Music Theory
Theory
Keith Waters is Professor of Music Theory. His book, The Studio Recordings of the Miles Davis Quintet 1965-68, was published by Oxford University Press in 2011. He received a PhD in Music Theory from the Eastman School of Music, and a Masters degree in jazz piano from the New England Conservatory of Music. As a jazz pianist, he has performed with James Moody, Eddie Harris, Bobby Hutcherson, Sheila Jordan, and Chris Connor, and has recorded and performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Russia.

Mark Arnett

Instructor, Music Theory
Theory
Mark Arnett is a composer and jazz pianist. His choral and wind ensemble compositions have been performed by ensembles across the United States. As a jazz pianist, he has performed alongside many distinguished artists including Kim Nazarian, Tom Patituci, Ron Stein, Dave Friesan, Clark Bondy, Gavin Bondy, Gary Hobbs, Dave Kaptein and Dennis Plies.
Michael Barnett

Mike Barnett

Instructor, Music Theory and Composition
Composition • Theory
Mike Barnett balances an active career as a composer, drummer, recording artist, record producer, author and educator. He currently teaches Songwriting, various courses in Rock and American Popular music, and Instrumentation at CU. His eclectic creative output and non-traditional background distinguish him among his peers.
Steven Bruns

Steven Bruns

Associate Professor of Music Theory
Theory
Steven Bruns is an associate professor of music 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.
Philip Chang

Philip Chang

Senior Instructor, Music Theory
Theory
Philip Chang began his music theory studies at Florida State University and earned his doctorate in the field at the Eastman School of Music. His principal instrument is the harpsichord, and his instructors include Karyl Louwenaar and Arthur Haas. He has co-edited two issues of Intégral, the music theory journal published by Eastman graduate music theory students, and has also published articles in Indiana Theory Reviewand Pi Kappa Phi Forum.
Daphne Leong

Daphne Leong

Associate Professor of Music Theory
Theory
Daphne Leong is Associate Professor of Music Theory. Her research interests include rhythm, analysis and performance, and the music of 20th- and 21st-century composers, particularly Béla Bartók. Leong holds a Ph.D. (music theory), M.A. (music theory), and M.Mus. (piano performance) from the Eastman School of Music. Leong is also an active pianist and chamber musician, performing in recent years in the United States, Canada, England, Romania, and Hong Kong.
Yonatan Malin

Yonatan Malin

Associate Professor of Music Theory
Theory
Yonatan Malin is Associate Professor of Music Theory. His areas of research include the German Lied, music-text relations, theories of rhythm and meter, and liturgical music in Jewish traditions. His book Songs in Motion: Rhythm and Meter in the German Lied was published by Oxford University Press in 2010, and he has published articles Music Theory Spectrum, Music Analysis, and Expressive Intersections in Brahms.
karin buer

Karin Buer

Lecturer, Music Theory
Theory
Karin Buer has performed as a soloist with the Great Falls Symphony and the St. Olaf Orchestra. She is currently working toward a DA degree in Piano Performance at the University of Northern Colorado and holds degrees in Music Theory and Piano Performance.

Voice and Opera

Jennifer Bird

Jennifer Bird

Chair, Voice and Opera • Associate Professor of Voice (Soprano)
Voice and Opera
American soprano Jennifer Bird enjoys a busy and varied singing career in the U.S. and Europe, having built a reputation as a charismatic, intelligent and versatile performer of more than 50 roles in opera, operetta and musical theater, as well as much of the standard oratorio and concert literature. Jennifer has been a prizewinner in several international competitions, including First Prizes in the Sylvia Geszty Competition, Elisa Meyer Competition and the Robert Stolz Competition.
Nicholas Carthy

Nicholas Carthy

Music Director, Eklund Opera Program • Associate Professor of Opera
Voice and Opera
Nicholas Carthy, Opera Music Director, studied at the Guildhall School of Music in London with Mary Peppin and John York, and in 1981 won an Austrian government scholarship to study at the Mozarteum Salzburg with Hans Leygraf. After completing his studies he was offered a post as Kapellmeister at the Landestheater in Salzburg where he made his operatic debut conducting Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro.
Matthew Chellis

Matthew Chellis

Associate Professor of Voice (Tenor)
Voice and Opera
Matthew Chellis is considered one of America’s most versatile singing actors. He has appeared with opera companies, orchestras and theatre companies in North and South America and Europe. Chellis has sung over twenty principal roles with New York City Opera and sung with Washington National Opera, Frankfurt Opera, Atlanta Opera, Opera Bogata, and Calgary Opera to name a few.
andrew garland

Andrew Garland

Assistant Professor of Voice (Baritone)
Voice and Opera
Garland is widely recognized as a leader in recital work with dozens of performances around the country including Carnegie Hall with pianist Warren Jones and programs of modern American songs all over the Unites States and in Canada.
Leigh Holman

Leigh Holman

Director, Eklund Opera Program • Associate Professor of Opera
Voice and Opera
Director Leigh Holman has found success balancing her professional stage directing and academic career in the United States and abroad.
Mutsumi Moteki

Mutsumi Moteki

Professor of Vocal Coaching • Berton Coffin Faculty Fellow
Voice and Opera
Moteki is currently a professor at the University of Colorado Boulder, where she teaches singing diction, vocal repertoire, and French song literature, and is a coach for Eklund Opera Program.
Abigail Nims

Abigail Nims

Assistant Professor of Voice (Mezzo soprano)
Voice and Opera
Mezzo soprano Abigail Nims has established herself as a musician of integrity and versatility, garnering praise for her performances of repertoire from the Baroque to contemporary premieres. Nims has received awards from distinguished foundations and institutions including the Fritz and Lavinia Jensen Foundation Competition, Santa Fe Opera, the Carmel Bach Festival, Yale School of Music, and the American Bach Society/Bach Choir of Bethlehem Competition.
Jeremy Reger

Jeremy Reger

Assistant Professor of Vocal Coaching
Voice and Opera
Jeremy Reger came to the voice department after holding the position of director of keyboard studies and collaborative arts at Christopher Newport University in Virginia. The international performer and educator says although the natural beauty of the region was a big draw, in the end it was the passion of the students and faculty at the College of Music that led him here.
John Seesholtz

John Seesholtz

Director of Vocal Pedagogy • Associate Professor of Voice (Baritone)
Voice and Opera
John Seesholtz, dramatic baritone, holds vocal performance and pedagogy degrees from University of Michigan, University of Texas at San Antonio and the University of North Texas. His most recent operatic performances include "Florencia en el Amazonas," "Candide," "Così fan tutte" and "Gianni Schicchi."

Woodwinds

Yoshi Ishikawa

Yoshiyuki (Yoshi) Ishikawa

Chair, Woodwind Studies • Professor of Bassoon
Woodwinds
In demand as a soloist, chamber musician and a pedagogue, Ishikawa has performed and taught throughout the U.S. and in Europe, Eastern Europe, Asia, Southeast Asia and Oceania. Ishikawa has been the professor of bassoon at the University of Colorado at Boulder College of Music since 1991. He often serves as an advisor for international competitions and has served as a judge for the most prestigious international competitions.
Peter Cooper

Peter Cooper

Senior Instructor, Oboe
Woodwinds
Principal Oboist of the Colorado Symphony since 1993 and Senior Instructor of Oboe at the University of Colorado, Peter Cooper has taught and performed as soloist with orchestras in Asia, Europe and the United States.
Christina Jennings

Christina Jennings

Associate Professor of Flute
Woodwinds
In great demand as a teacher, Jennings is Associate Professor of Flute at the University of Colorado Boulder, and on the summer faculties of Greenwood Music Camp and ARIA. She has also taught at Texas and Sarasota Music Festivals. She is the director of the Panoramic Flutist Seminar and the upcoming Once a Flutist Festival.
Tom Myer

Tom Myer

Associate Professor of Saxophone
Woodwinds • Jazz Studies
Tom Myer is an Associate Professor of Saxophone in the College of Music at the University of Colorado at Boulder where he served as the Director of Jazz Studies from 1988-95.
Daniel Silver

Daniel Silver

Professor of Clarinet
Woodwinds
Clarinetist Daniel Silver is active as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral performer, clinician and teacher. He has served as principal clarinet of the Baltimore Opera Orchestra, the Washington Chamber Symphony (Kennedy Center) and the National Gallery Orchestra. A graduate of Northwestern University and the University of Michigan, his teachers have included Thomas Peterson, Robert Marcellus and Deborah Chodacki.
James Brody

James Brody

Director, Musicians' Wellness Program • Associate Professor of Oboe
Woodwinds • Musicians’ Wellness Program
James Brody’s oboe playing has been praised by the New York Times for its “wonderfully euphonious spirit.” While a member of the Camerata Woodwind Quintet, he performed concerts in Carnegie Recital Hall and in the Far East. Brody’s major teachers include John Mack, Jerry Sirucek, and William Baker. He also studied the Baroque oboe with Grant Moore and James Caldwell and chamber music with Marcel Moyse.

World Music Ensembles

Mami Itasaka-Keister

Co-Director, Japanese Traditional Music Ensemble
World Music Ensembles

I Made Lasamawan

Director, Balinese Gamelan Ensemble
World Music Ensembles

Maputo Mensah

Director, West African Highlife Ensemble
World Music Ensembles
Maputo Mensah was born and raised in Accra, Ghana, in a family of professional musicians and dancers. While still a small child, he was dancing and drumming with his family, and before he reached his teens, he was teaching and performing these traditional Ghanaian arts professionally.

Francisco (Chino) Rodriguez

Director, Mexican Mariachi Ensemble
World Music Ensembles