Paul Bara
Adjunct Instructor, Applied Trombone & Tuba

Expertise

  • Professional and freelance music performance
  • Trombone instruction
  • Tuba instruction 

Education

  • B.M., Bachelors of Music, studied under Ardash Marderosian, Roosevelt University, Chicago, 1978

 

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Dr. Lisa Campi Walters
Associate Professor of Music

Expertise

  • Composing
  • Music history
  • Music theory
  • Piano instruction
  • Piano performance

Education

  • D.M.A., Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, 2002
  • M.M., University of Maryland, 1993
  • B.M., Indiana University, 1991

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Dr. Charissa Chiaravalloti
Assistant Professor of Music & Chair of the Music Department

Expertise

  • Choral conducting
  • Choral music of the American Southwest
  • Vocal performance
  • Vocal technique
  • Music theory
  • Music history
  • Music education
  • Opera

Education

  • D.M.A., Arizona State University, 2012
  • M.M., University of Wyoming, 2004
  • B.A., The Pennsylvania State University, 1995

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Dr. Brandon Christensen
Adjunct Instructor

Expertise

  • Violin and Viola Pedagogy
  • Viola and Viola Performance

Education:

Doctor of Musical Arts from Stony Brook University

Other:

20 years in higher education as former professor of violin at the Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts.

International performing career includes festival appearances at the Banff Centre in Canada, the Settembre in Musica and Suoni d'Abruzzo festivals in Italy, as well as world premiers of concertos by Dzubay, Blatti, and Scaltritti.

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Dr. Wesley Dunnagan
Assistant Professor of Music

Areas of Expertise

  • Vocal Performance
  • Vocal Pedagogy and Vocology
  • Lyric Diction 
  • Historical Performance Practice
  • Opera, Oratorio, Art Song
  • Music History

Education

  • Doctor of Musical Arts, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2019
  • Master of Sacred Music, University of Notre Dame, 2016
  • Bachelor of the Arts with Distinction in German Studies and Music, Stanford University, 2013

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Dr. Justin Hubbard, DMA
Assistant Professor of Music

Expertise

  • Wind Band Conducting
  • Wind Band Performance
  • Saxophone Performance and Pedagogy
  • Clarinet Pedagogy
  • Digital Music and Electronics
  • Instrumental Pedagogy

 

Education:

  • Doctor of Musical Arts, Arizona State University; 2020
  • Master of Music in Wind Band Conducting, University of Nevada, Reno; 2017
  • Bachelor of Music Education, Central Michigan University; 2009

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Dr. Katherine Jetter
Associate Professor of Music

Expertise

  • Cello pedagogy
  • Cello performance
  • Contemporary techniques in string literature
  • Music theory

Education

  • D.M.A., The Florida State University, 2002
  • M.M., The Florida State University, 1993
  • B.M., East Carolina University, 1991

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Dr. Joseph Nibley
Visiting Instructor of Music

Areas of Expertise

  • Trumpet Performance and Pedagogy
  • Brass Performance and Pedagogy
  • Brass Ensembles
  • Chamber Music
  • New Music Collaborations

 
Education

  • D.M. Doctor of Music in Performance, The Florida State University, 2015
  • M.M. Master of Music in Performance, The University of Michigan, 2012
  • M.M. Master of Music in Chamber Music, The University of Michigan, 2012
  • B.M. Bachelor of Music in Performance, Brigham Young University, 2010

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Katherine Olinger
Adjunct Instructor of Music

Expertise

  • Piano instruction
  • Piano learning methods
  • Piano performance
  • Piano proficiency

Education

  • B.A., Music, Piano Performance, Fort Lewis College, 2002

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Dr. John O'Neal
Associate Professor of Music

Expertise

  • Jazz instruction
  • Percussion instruction
  • Percussion performance

Education

  • Ph.D., Percussion Performance, University of Northern Texas, 2015
  • M.M., Florida State University, 2005
  • B.M., University of Kansas, 2003

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Dr. Michael Timothy Pratt
Adjunct Instructor of Music

Areas of expertise

  • Blues/Jazz/Rock instruction
  • Percussion instructor
  • Percussion performance 

Education

  • D.M.A., Percussion Performance, University of Arizona, 2019
  • M.M. Belmont University, Tennessee, 2010
  • B.M. Fort Lewis College, Colorado, 2007

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Kathryn Shaffer
Adjunct Instructor of Music

Expertise

  • Flute instruction
  • Flute performance
  • Suzuki flute instructor

Education

  • M.A., Flute Performance, Longy School of Music, Cambridge, MA
  • B.A., Music, California State University - San Juan José, CA

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Jeff Solon
Adjunct Instructor of Music

Expertise

  • Applied jazz
  • Jazz composition
  • Jazz improvisation
  • Jazz performance

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Dr. Gary B. Walker
Adjunct Instructor of Music

Expertise

  • Music education
  • Vocal jazz
  • Choral
  • Jazz
  • Music theory
  • Orchestration

Education

  • Ed.D., Nova Southeastern University
  • M.A., University of San Francisco
  • B.A., San Francisco State University

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Richard White
Adjunct Instructor of Music

Expertise

  • Classical guitar
  • Jazz guitar
  • Music composition
  • Music instruction
  • Music performance

Education

  • B.M., Classical and Jazz Composition, Berklee College of Music, Boston, Massachusetts

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