Music Department

About Our Faculty

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, Chicabgo, 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

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. Kerry Ginger
Assistant Professor of Music

Expertise 

  • Voice Performance 
  • Music History
  • Musical Theatre 
  • Opera 
  • Vocal Diction 

Education 

  • Doctor of Musical Arts, Voice Performance, Arizona State University, 2012 
  • Master of Music, Opera Performance, Arizona State University, 2008 
  • Bachelor of Arts, Politics, Whitman College, 2005 

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Erik Gustafson
Adjunct Instructor of Music

Expertise

  • Choral Performance
  • Music
  • Opera/Theater Performance
  • Oratorio
  • Solo Concert Performance
  • Vocal Performance

Education

  • B.A., Music, Vocal Performance, Arizona State 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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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
Assistant 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. Marc Reed
Chair and Associate Professor of Music

Expertise 

  • Trumpet performance  
  • Trumpet, horn and brass ensembles 
  • Conducting 
  • Brass pedagogy 

Education 

  • Doctor of Musical Arts, Trumpet Performance and Brass Pedagogy, University of North Texas, 2007 
  • Master of Music, Trumpet Performance, University of North Texas, 2004 
  • B.A., Trumpet Performance and Music Education, Drake University, 2002 

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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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Louis Steele
Adjunct Instructor of Music

Expertise

  • Classical guitar performance
  • Guitar instruction
  • Music instruction
  • Sound technique and tone 

Education

  • M.A., Classical Guitar Performance, Florida State University
  • B.A., Classical Guitar Performance, Florida State University

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Dr. Easton Stuard
Adjunct Instructor of Music

Expertise

  • Flute Performance
  • Jazz Composition
  • Jazz Piano
  • Jazz Pedagogy
  • Music History

Education

  • Ph.D., Doctorate of Musical Arts in Jazz Piano, cognate in drumset, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2012
  • M.A., Masters of Music in Jazz Pedagogy, University of Northern Iowa, 2009
  • B.A., Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies, University of Oregon, 2006

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Dr. Mark Walters
Professor of Music

Expertise

  • Director of Bands
  • Clarinet/Saxophone Instruction
  • Music Education
  • Blues Jazz and Rock

Education

  • D.M.A., Arizona State University, 1997
  • M.M., University of Central Arkansas, 1991
  • B.M.E., Henderson State University, 1980
     

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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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Dr. Brent Williams
Assistant Professor of Music

Expertise 

  • Classical violin and viola performance 
  • Contemporary chamber music performance 
  • Latin American folk music 

Education 

  • Doctor of Musical Arts, Violin Performance, Florida State University, 2010 
  • Graduate Certificate, Music of the Americas, Florida State University, 2008 
  • Master of Music, Violin Performance, Florida State University, 2002 
  • Bachelor of Musical Arts, University of Oklahoma, 1998 

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Khara Wolf
Adjunct Instructor of Music

Expertise

  • Classical education and music performance
  • Oboe/English Horn
  • Bassoon
  • Woodwind Ensembles
  • Reed making
  • Celtic music

Education

  • B.M., Bachelor of Music in Oboe Performance, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado

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