Blue Lake Faculty

Blue Lake annually employs over 700 faculty and staff, who work together to provide a diverse and enriching learning experience for campers.  Our primary goal is to motivate campers with two weeks of intensive instruction, sending them home with an incentive to pursue their art with new enthusiasm.  A well balanced set of values – maturity, citizenship, and appreciation of formal study – is encouraged by all faculty and staff.  Members of the faculty are required to hold a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree and have extensive teaching experience with junior high and/or high school students.  Most of the faculty have completed their Masters and/or Doctorate degrees, and have extensive teaching/performance experience.

Faculty Departments

2017 Art Faculty

Rachael Ambroso B.A. Fine Arts and Art Education, Michigan State University; Art Teacher, Countryside Elementary, Byron Center Public Schools, Byron Center, MI

Catherine Bemis M.F.A. Metal Arts, Academy of Art University; Studio Artist, Whitehall, MI

Alice Birney B.S. Art Education, Central Michigan University; Self-employed, Holt, MI

Lindsey Borsvold B.F.A., Siena Heights University, Art Teacher; Arbor Preparatory High School, Ypsilanti, MI

Charles Bugelli M.Ed., Wayne State University; Art Teacher, Oak Park Schools, Oak Park, MI

Mary Ann Carlson B.F.A. Art Education, University of Illinois; Art Teacher, Macomb Public Schools, Macomb, IL

Alaina Clarke M.P.A. Nonprofit Management and Leadership, Grand Valley State University; Conference Program Manager, Society of North American Goldsmiths, Grand Rapids, MI

Esther Cryderman M.A., Grand Valley State University; Writer, Illustrator and Guest Teacher, Kentwood Public Schools, Caledonia, MI

Melissa Ennis B.S. Visual Arts Education, Central Michigan University; Elementary Art Teacher, Forest Hills Public Schools, Grand Rapids, MI

Eliza Fernand B.F.A. Sculpture, Pacific Northwest College of Art; Business Owner and Freelance Teaching Artist, Grand Rapids, MI

Ronald Frenzen M.A. Secondary Education, Northern Michigan University; Retired, Tecumseh Public Schools, Director of Visual Arts Dept., Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, Tecumseh, MI

Kimberly Glushyn B.A. Art Education, Michigan State University; Retired Art Teacher, Roseville, MI

Lisa Hermann M.Ed Leadership, George Mason University; Teacher, Southfield Public Schools, Southfield, MI

Judith Holcomb B.F.A. Art, Siena Heights University; Education and Marketing Coordinator, Lenawee Conservation District, Adrian, MI

Sandia Kane B.S. Art, Western Michigan University; Private Art Teacher, Jackson, MI

Christine Kern M.F.A. Fine Arts, University of Cincinnati; Visual Arts Teacher, Watkins Memorial High School, Etna, OH

Gina Kotenko B.A. Art Education, Central Michigan University; Art Teacher, Grant Middle School, Grant, MI

Jamie McKinney-Brown M.A. Science Education, Western Michigan University; Art Teacher, Kalamazoo Public Schools, Kalamazoo, MI

Mark Morley B.A. Painting, Maryland Institute College of Art; Teacher, Suttons Bay Public Schools, Suttons Bay, MI

Kathryn Murphy M.A. Art of Teaching, Marygrove University; Visual Arts Educator, Leland Public Schools, Leland, MI

Gregorio Perez B.S. Engineering and Applied Science, Western Michigan University; Engineering Tech, Federal Correctional Inst., Milan, MI

Salvatore Rimi B.A. Art Education, Wayne State University; Art Teacher, Lake Orion High School, Lake Orion, MI

Randall Robart M.A. Education, Kent State University; Art Educator, Rittman High School, Rittman, OH

Mendie Russell M.A. Art Education, Eastern Michigan University; Art Teacher, John F. Kennedy High School, Taylor, MI

Georgina Rutherford B.F.A. Art, Eastern Michigan University; Art Teacher, Chelsea High School, Chelsea, MI

Kathryn Schmidt B.A., Siena Heights University; Retired, Tecumseh, MI

Diane Scully M.F.A. Painting and Drawing, University of Oregon; Retired Art Teacher, Mankato State University, Mankato, MN

Kimberly Shaw B.A. Art, Western Michigan University; Art Director and Educator, Kazoo School, Kalamazoo, MI

Pamela Signorelli M.S. Education Administration, Troy State University; Self-employed, Bloomfield Hills, MI

Joan Siler M.A. Education, Western Michigan University; Art Teacher, Bronson, MI

Cassandra Smith B.F.A. Industrial Design/Product/Crafts, College for Creative Studies; Art Teacher K-12, Pontiac School District, Pontiac, MI

Jeffrey Sterritt M.F.A. Sculpture, Cranbrook Academy of Art; Adjunct Professor, College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI

Katherine Suender M.A. Reading and Language Arts, Oakland University; Elementary Art Teacher, Avondale School District, Rochester Hills, MI

Dean Wilson B.S. Art Education/Speech, Western Michigan University; Art Teacher, Webberville Community Schools, Webberville, MI

Kari Wilson M.F.A. Studio Art, University of Arizona; Middle School Art Teacher, Northview Public Schools, Grand Rapids, MI

Jo Woodcock M.A. Education, St. Scholastica; Art Instructor and District Coordinator for Gifted and Talented, Chilton, WI

Aaron Zuelke M.A. Education, Cornerstone University; Art Teacher, Spring Lake Public Schools, Spring Lake, MI

2017 Brass

Dr. Donald Babcock D.M.A. Trombone Performance, Michigan State University; Professor of Music, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI

Dr.Philip Bajema D.M.A. Trumpet Performance, University of Colorado at Boulder; Trumpet Professor, Cornerstone University and Piano Tuner/Technician, Bajema Piano Tuning, Grand Rapids, MI

Dr.Robert Benton D.M.A. Low Brass Performance, University of Michigan; Assistant Professor of Low Brass, University of Nebraska-Kearney, Kearney, NE

Dr.Jonathan Brandt D.M.A. Trumpet Performance, University of Minnesota; Adjunct Assistant Professor of Trumpet, Gustavus Aldophus College, St. Peter , MN

Dr.Jon Burgess D.M.A. Trumpet Performance, Arizona State University; Professor of Trumpet, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX

Dr.Paul Carlson D.M. Tuba Performance, Indiana University; Tubist, Dallas Brass and Affiliate Professor of Tuba and Euphonium, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI

Dr.Rebecca Chambers D.M. Horn Performance, Florida State University; Freelance Musician, Hattiesburg, MS

Dr.Eduardo de Farias Machado D.M.A. Trumpet Performance, Michigan State University; Teaching Assistant, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Dr.Eric Dickson D.M. Brass Pedagogy, Indiana University-Bloomington; Assistant Professor of Music-Trumpet, Truman State University, Kirksville, MO

Allen French M.M. Horn Performance, University of North Texas; Faculty, Hope College, Holland, MI

John Gruber M.M. Music Performance, University of Michigan; Principal Trombone, Youngstown Symphony Orchestra, Youngstown, OH

Dr.Matthew Haislip D.M.A. Horn Performance, University of Missouri at Kansas City; Instructor of Horn, Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS

Dr.Gretchen James D.M.A. Tuba Performance, Michigan State University; Director of Bands and Professor of Low Brass, Hendrix College, Conway, AR

Griffin James M.M. Euphonium Performance, Illinois State University; Band Director, Baraboo High School, Baraboo, WI

Dr.Stephen James D.M.A. Trumpet Performance, Michigan State University; Trumpet Instructor, Hendrix College, Conway, AR

Dr.Marc LaChance D.M.A. Trombone Performance, University of Illinois; Professor of Music, Hastings College, Hastings, NE

Dr.Alexander Lapins D.M. Tuba Performance, Indiana University; Assistant Professor of Tuba/Euphonium, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

Daniel Lewis M.M. Trumpet Performance, Cleveland Institute of Music; Musician and Educator, Midlothian, VA

Dr.Douglas Lindsey D.M.A. Trumpet Performance, University of Wisconsin; Assistant Professor, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA

Dr.Jamie Lipton D.M.A. Euphonium Performance, University of North Texas; Associate Professor of Music, Henderson State University, Arkadelphia, AR

Dr.Earle Louder D.M. Euphonium Performance, Florida State University; Retired Professor, Morehead State University and Freelance Musician, Morehead, KY

Dr.Martin McCain D.M.A. Trombone Performance, University of Texas at Austin; Associate Professor/ Artist Teacher of Trombone, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX

Clinton McCanless M.M. Tuba Performance, University of Illinois; Assistant Professor of Tuba and Euphonium, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY

Dr.John Neurohr D.M.A. Trombone Performance and Pedagogy, University of Colorado at Boulder; Associate Professor of Trombone, Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA

Dr.Logan Place D.M.A. Trumpet Performance, University of North Texas; Instructor of Trumpet, Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, LA

Dr.Kathleen Pritchett D.M.A. Horn Performance, University of North Texas; Associate Professor of Horn, Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma City, OK

Dr.Ryan Robinson D.M.A. Tuba Performance, University of North Texas; Assistant Professor of Tuba and Euphonium, Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma City, OK

Dr.Brent Shires D.M.A. Horn Performance and Literature, University of Illinois; Horn Professor, University of Central Arkansas, Conway, AR

Dr.Caroline Steiger D.M.A. Horn Performance, University of Michigan; Assistant Professor of Horn, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX

Dr.Daniel Stull D.M.A. Euphonium Performance, Michigan State University; Adjunct Professor of Tuba/Euphonium, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN

Dr.Timothy Thompson D.M.A. Horn Performance, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Professor of Music, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR

2017 Choir

Jessica Allen M.M. Choral Conducting, Bowling Green State University; Conductor, Arts Chorale and Graduate Conductor Orpheus Singers, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Thomas Blue M.M. Music Education, Michigan State University; Choir Director, Rochester Adams High School and Rochester Van Hoosen Middle School, Rochester Hills, MI

Ashley Cumings B.M.E, Wheaton College; Private Voice Teacher & Accompanist NW Comm. Schools, Jackson, MI

James Cumings M.M.Ed. Central Michigan University; Choir Teacher, grades 6 - 8, NW Community Schools, Jackson, MI

Brian De Young B.A. Organ Performance, Dordt College; Adjunct Professor, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI

Kelli Falls M.M. Choral Conducting, Michigan State University; Vocal Music Teacher, Howell Public Schools, Howell, MI

Jennifer Florip M.M. Michigan State University; Choir Accompanist, West Ottawa Public Schools and Organist/Choir Director, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Muskegon, MI

Matthew Giallongo M.M. Vocal Performance, Temple University; Voice Faculty, Carroll Senior High School and DMA Candidate, University of North Texas, Denton, TX

Angel Gippert M.M. Choral Conducting, Michigan State University; Teacher, Farmington Public Schools, Farmington, MI

Cynthia Haas M.M.E. Drake University; Music Teacher Assistant, Hudsonville High School, Hudsonville, MI

Dr.Steven Hankle Ph.D. Choral Conducting and Music Education, Florida State University; Assistant Professor of Choral Music and Music Education, Penn State University, University Park, PA

Julia Holt M.M. Oakland University; Vocal Music Teacher, Utica Community Schools, Shelby Township, MI

Trey Jacobs M.M. Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; Teacher, Metro Nashville Public Schools, Nashville, TN

Dr.David Kozisek D.M.A., University of Minnesota; Voice Faculty, Gustavus Adolphus College and MacPhail Center for Music, Minneapolis, MN

Dr.Solee Lee-Clark D.M.A. Piano Performance, West Virginia University; Music Faculty, Monmouth College, Monmouth, IL

Leslie Mason M.M. Vocal Performance, Bowling Green State University; Voice Instructor and Freelance Opera Singer, Livonia, MI

Marlayna Maynard M.M. Vocal Performance, Bowling Green State University; Voice Instructor, Radford University, Radford, VA

Ashley McHugh M.M. Classical Voice, New York University; Choir Teacher, Mineral Point Middle School and High School, Mineral Point, WI

Dr.Michael Mitchell D.M.A. Conducting, University of Missouri at Kansas City; Professor of Music, Oakland University, Rochester, MI

Dr.Joshua Palkki Ph.D. Music Education, Michigan State University; Assistant Professor of Choral Music Education, California State University-Long Beach, Long Beach, CA

Dr.Clayton Parr D.M.A. Choral Conducting, Michigan State University; Director of Choral Activities, Albion College, Albion, MI

Dr.Courtney Piercey D.M.A. Vocal Performance, Arizona State University; Adjunct Music Faculty, Ferris State University, Big Rapids, MI

Carolyn Priebe M.M. Music Education, University of Michigan; Choir Teacher, Groves High School and Berkshire Middle School, Beverly Hills, MI

Dr.Susan Ruggiero-Mezzadri D.M.A. Voice Performance; Louisiana State University; Adjunct Instructor, University of Southern Mississippi and William Carey University, Hattiesburg, MS

Mark Shepard M.A. Music Education, Marshall University; Vocal Music Instructor, Byron Center Public Schools, Byron Center, MI

Erin Stier B.M.E. Hope College; Choir Director, West Ottawa Public Schools, Holland, MI

Dr.Samantha Stinson D.M.A. Vocal Performance, University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music; Voice and Piano Teacher, Potsdam, NY

Karen TenBrink M.M. Music Education, University of Michigan; Director, Ann Arbor Civic Chorus and Private Voice and Piano Teacher, Ann Arbor, MI

Dr.Frank Watkins D.M.A. Choral Conducting, Michigan State University; Director of Choral Activities, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Eau Claire, WI

Kent Wattleworth M.M. Choral Conducting, Oakland University; Teacher, Huron High School, Ann Arbor Public Schools, Ann Arbor, MI

Dr.Jonathan Yarrington D.M.A. Vocal Performance, University of North Texas; Assistant Professor of Voice, University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS

2017 Dance

Colleen Bialas M.F.A. Dance, University of California, Irvine; Dancer, Educator, Choreographer, San Francisco, CA

Melissa Brunsting B.A. Dance, Hope College; Adjunct Dance Faculty Muskegon Community College, Muskegon, MI

Penelope Freeh Dancer/Choreographer and Instructor, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Ricardo Garcia M.S. Non-Profit Management and Philanthropy, Bay Path College; Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator, Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry, Oak Park, IL

Deanna Gooding Dancer, James Sewell Ballet, Minneapolis, MN

Emily Grabinski M.M., Cleveland Institute of Music; Accompanist, Hope College, Holland, MI

Tassia Johnson President of P.T.Arts, LLC and Artistic Director for Hearts in Step Dance Ensemble, Grand Rapids, MI

Seyong Kim M.A. Dance Education, New York University; Assistant Professor of Dance, Randoph College, Lynchburg, VA

Jordan Lefton B.F.A. Dance, The Juilliard School; Dancer, James Sewell Ballet, Minneapolis, MN

Rachel Miller M.F.A. Dance, Hollins University; Professional Dance Artist, Wellspring/Cori Terry Dancers and RAD Festival Curator, Kalamazoo, MI

Margaret Peterson B.M. Vocal Performance, Grand Valley State University; Ballet and Church Musician, Grand Rapids, MI

Eve Schulte B.A. English, University of Minnesota; Dancer, James Sewell Ballet, Minneapolis, MN

Hannah Sullivan M.S.W. Clinical Social Work, Wayne State University; Co-Artistic Ensemble Director, Hearts in Step Christian Dance Academy and Psychotherapist, Centennial Park Counseling, Grand Rapids, MI

Alissa Tollefson B. A. Special Education, Hope College; Director/Founder - Lake Michigan Dance Academy, Allendale, MI

Patricia Villanueva B.A. Dance, Hope College; Dance Instructor/Artistic Director, Happendance, Okemos, MI

Elayna Waxse Dancer, TU Dance, St. Paul, MN

Amy Wilson B.F.A. Dance, Wichita State University; Self-employed Dance Educator, Grand Rapids, MI

Lisa Ziemelis B.A. Music Therapy, Western Michigan University; Music Therapist, Muskegon, MI

2017 Guest Artists 

Ken Beachler   Freelance Narrator and Theatre Director, Lansing, MI

Carl Donakowski   Indiana University; Professor of Cello, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA

Yuri Gandlesman    Professor of Viola, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Dr. Walter Verdehr    D.M.A. The Juilliard School; Professor of Music, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Ralph Votapek    The Juilliard School; Performer, Recording Artist and Professor Emeritus of Piano, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Min Xie   D.M.A. Violin Performance, Michigan State University; Concertmaster, Jackson Symphony Orchestra, Jackson, MI

Domenico Zizzi   D. Cimarosa – Avellino Conservatory; Musician, Educator, and Music Historian, Cisternino, Italy

2017 Guest Conductors

Dr. Salavdor Brotons

  D.M.A. Composition, Florida State University; Music Director and Conductor, Vancouver (WA) Symphony Orchestra and Barcelona Symphonic Band, Barcelona, Spain

Dr. Rodney Dorsey    D.M. Conducting, Northwestern University; Director of Bands, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR

Don Flickinger    M.M. Central Michigan University; Adult Program Director and Assistant to the President, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, Twin Lake, MI

Giampaolo Lazzeri    Instituto Musicale Pareggiato; Composer, Educator and Conductor, Tuscany, Italy

Dr.Joseph Manfredo  Ed.D. Music Education, University of Illinois; Associate Professor, Illinois State University, Normal, IL

Dr. James Niblock    Ph.D. University of Iowa; Retired, Professor of Music, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Col. Thomas Palmatier   M.F.A. Music Education, Truman State University; Retired Leader and Commander of The United States Army Band

Dr.Myron Welch Ed.D. University of Illinois; Director of Bands Emeritus, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

2017 Harp

Stephanie Gustafson M.M. Classical Harp Performance, Manhattan School of Music; Principal Harpist, Baton Rouge Symphony, Baton Rouge, LA

Dr. Chen-Yu Huang  D.M.A. Harp Performance and Literature, University of Illinois; Assistant Professor, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Amy Ley M.M. Harp Performance, University of Michigan; Windsor Symphony and Flint Symphony and Faculty, Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, MI

Jacqueline Pollauf  M.M. Harp Performance & Pedagogy, Peabody Conservatory; Harp Faculty, University of Maryland - Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD

2017 Instrumental Conductors

Margaret Babcock M.M. Music Education, Michigan State University; Band Director, Harrison High School and Warner Middle School, Farmington Hills, MI

David Bass B.M. Music Education, Western Michigan University; Retired Band/Orchestra Director, Irons, MI

Tanya Bennett M.M.E, University of Michigan; Dept. Head Performing Arts/Orchestra Director, Winans Academy of Performing Arts, Detroit, MI

Laurie Bitters M.M. Music Education, Brigham Young University; Orchestra Director, Winter Park High School, Winter Park, FL

Christopher Blackmer M.M. Instrumental Conducting, Michigan State University; Band Director, Winter Park High School, Winter Park, FL

Lynn Brosnan M.M.E. Music Education, University of Michigan; String Teacher, West Bloomfield School District, West Bloomfield, MI

Jane Church M.M. Saxophone Performance, Michigan State University; Scholarship Representative, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and Retired Band Director, East Lansing, MI

Nancy Ditmer M.A. Music Education, The University of Iowa; Professor of Music and Director of Bands, The College of Wooster, Wooster, OH

Joseph Dobos M.M. Music Education, University of Michigan; Conductor, Wayne State University Concert Band and Blue Lake Scholarship Representative, Lapeer, MI

Sarah Dorian M.M. Cello Performance and Literature, University of Notre Dame; Orchestra Director, The Lovett School, Atlanta, GA

David Farquhar M.M.Ed., VanderCook College; Orchestra Teacher, Jackson Middle School, Villa Park, IL

Jessica Fiedorowicz M.A. Educational Leadership, Western Michigan University; Orchestra Director, South Haven Public Schools, South Haven, MI

Dr. Alexander Jimenez D.M., Florida State University; Professor of Conducting and Director of Orchestras, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL

Dr. Raphael Jimenez D.M.A., Michigan State University; Director of Orchestras and Associate Professor of Conducting, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH

Laura Ketchum M.M., Southern Oregon University; Nonprofit Arts Administration, Allied Arts Oklahoma City, Oklahoma City, OK

Rebecca Kilgore M.M. Music Education, VanderCook College of Music; Director of Bands, East Rockford Middle School, Rockford, MI

Lauren Klement M.M Music Education, VanderCook College of Music; Orchestra Director, Lake Geneva Middle School, Lake Geneva, WI

Carl Knipe M.E. Curriculum and Instruction, Michigan State University; Retired Teacher, Blue Lake Scholarship Representative, Owosso, MI

Bryan Kolk M.M. Music Performance, University of Michigan; Orchestra Director, Troy High School, Troy, MI

Timothy Krohn M.M. Conducting, University of Michigan; Director of Orchestras, Ann Arbor Huron High School, Ann Arbor, MI

Peter Lograsso M.Ed. Music, VanderCook College; Orchestra Director, Northbrook School District 27, Northbrook, IL

Dorothy McDonald B.S. Music Education, Wayne State University; Music Adjudicator/Consultant/Clinician-MSBOA, Perry, MI

Kathleen McGrady M.M.E., VanderCook College of Music; Retired Director of Bands, Springfield Local Schools, Holland, OH

Frances Oare M.M.E., University of Cincinnati--College Conservatory of Music; Orchestra Teacher, Wichita Public Schools, Wichita, KS

Dr. Steven Oare Ph.D. Music Education, Michigan State University; Associate Professor of Music Education, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS

Brian Olian M.M., Sam Houston State University; Associate Director of Bands, Reeths-Puffer Schools, Muskegon, MI

Andrew Pool M.A. Education, Grand Valley State University; Music Teacher, Forest Hills Public Schools, Grand Rapids, MI

John Riegel B.M.E., The Ohio State University; Director of Orchestras, Hilliard Darby High School, Hilliard, OH

James Roach M.M. Music Education, University of Michigan; Retired Instrumental Music Teacher, Kalamazoo Public Schools, Kalamazoo, MI

Erick Senkmajer M.M. Music Education, Michigan State University; Band Director, Port Huron Northern Bands, Fort Gratiot, MI

Matthew Sheppard M.M. Orchestral Conducting, Pennsylvania State University; Music Director, University Chamber Orchestra, University of Chicago and Associate Conductor, Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra, Chicago, IL

Mark Stevens M.S. Education Administration, University of Dayton; Orchestra Teacher, Westerville South High School, Westerville, OH

John Taranko M.A. Music Education, Western Michigan University; Director of Bands, Hart Public Schools, Hart, MI

Allman Todd M.M., Sam Houston State University; Director of Bands, Middle School, Big Rapids Public Schools, Big Rapids, MI

Dr.Walter Verdehr D.M.A. The Juilliard School; Professor of Violin, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Dr. Matthew Westgate D.M.A. University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music; Director of Wind Studies, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Amherst, MA

Roger Weyersberg B.M.E., Michigan State University; Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp Scholarship Representative and Low Brass Instructor, Saginaw Valley State University, University Center, MI

John McLaughlin Williams M.M. Conducting, Cleveland Institute of Music; Conductor, Composer, Violinist, Arranger, Ann Arbor, MI

Tavia Zerman M.M. Tuba Performance, The University of Akron; Band Director, Grand Ledge Public Schools - Hayes Middle School, Grand Ledge, MI

Edward Zunic M.M. Music Education, Bowling Green State University; Orchestra Director, Upper Arlington City Schools, Upper Arlington, OH

2017 Jazz Faculty

Dr. James Ball DMA, University of Missouri at Kansas City; Professor, Albion College, Albion, MI

Christian Berg M.A. Theory and Composition, Montclair State College; Adjunct Professor, Otterbein College, Westerville, OH

Phillip Burkhead M.Ed., Wright State University; Adjunct Professor of Jazz Studies, University of Dayton, Dayton, OH

Jack Cassidy M.M. Jazz Studies, DePaul University; Instructor, Old Town School of Music, Chicago, IL

James Cooper M.M. Jazz Studies, Northern Illinois University; Jazz Vibraphonist, Teacher and Composer, Fennville, MI

Dr. Scott Cowan D.M.A. Jazz Composition, University of Miami; Professor, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI

Timothy Froncek Director of Jazz Ensembles, Grand Valley State University and Faculty, Muskegon Community College, Muskegon, MI

Daniel Giacobassi B.A., Western Michigan University; Freelance Flute and Saxophone Performer and Flute Instructor, Muskegon, MI

Walter Harris M.M. Jazz Studies, Michigan State University; Freelance Musician, New York, NY

Matthew Hartmann M.A. Jazz Performance, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music; Freelance Musician and Teacher, Davenport, IA

James Hughes M.M., Wayne State University; Self-employed Musician, Berkley, MI

Michael Hunter B.M. Music Composition, Central Michigan University; Freelance Musician, Arranger, Composer; Retired Jazz Ensembles Director, Northwestern Michigan College, Traverse City, MI

David Jensen M.M. Trombone Performance, University of Missouri-Kansas City; Teacher, Royal Oak Schools, Royal Oak, MI

Daniel Karlsberg M.M. Jazz Studies Piano; College Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati; Freelance Musician and Adjunct Professor, University of Cincinnati CCM, Cincinnati, OH

Dr. Michael Pendowski D.M.A. Jazz Studies, Eastman School of Music; Assistant Professor of Jazz and Applied Saxophone, Auburn University, Auburn, AL

Rocco Popielarski B.M. Jazz Studies, Wayne State University; Freelance Musician and Rehearsal Director, Detroit School of Rock and Pop Music, Royal Oak, MI

Dr. James Sawyer Ed. D Curriculum & Instruction - Music Education , University of Nebraska--Lincoln; Retired Band Director, East Kentwood High School and Pinewood Middle School, Kentwood, MI

Glenn Williams M.M.E., Northwestern University; Fine Arts Department Chairperson/Music Teacher, South High School, Downers Grove, IL

2017 Percussion

Dr.Kurt Gartner D.A. Percussion Performance, University of Northern Colorado; Music Professor and Associate Director of the School of Music, Theatre and Dance, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS

Joshua Graham M.M. Percussion Performance, University of Michigan; Percussion Instructor, Lincoln Park High School and Triton College, Evanston, IL

Dr.Daniel Pate D.M.A. Percussion Performance, Stony Brook University; Freelance Musician, New York, NY

Matthew Timman M.M. Percussion Performance, Bowling Green State University; Section Percussion, Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra, Flagstaff, AZ

Dr.Joseph VanHassel D.M.A. Percussion Performance, The Hartt School, University of Hartford; Director of Percussion Studies, University of North Carolina - Pembroke, Pembroke, NC

Seth Wexler M.M. Percussion Performance, University of Miami; Percussion Instructor, Palm Beach Atlantic University, West Palm Beach, FL

                                                            

2017 Piano

Dr.Richard Anatone D.A. Piano Performance, Ball State University; Adjunct Faculty, Ball State University and Anderson University, Muncie, IN

Yoshiko Arahata M.M. Piano Performance, Northwestern University; Doctoral Student, Eastman School of Music and Piano Instructor, Eastman Community Music School, Rochester, NY

Dr.Natalia Bezuglova D.M.A. Chamber Music Performance, Rostov State Conservatory; Community Music School Teacher, East Lansing, MI

Marie Blair Artist Diploma, Royal Northern College of Music; Piano Teacher and Performer, New York City, NY

Dr.Robert Carney D.M.A. Piano Performance, University of North Texas; Associate Professor - Piano, Southwest Baptist University, Bolivar, MO

Dr.Wan-Chin Chang D.M.A. Piano Performance, University of Southern California; Adjunct Professor of Music, Soka University of America, Aliso Viejo, CA

Dr.Sookkyung Cho D.M.A. Piano Performance, The Juilliard School; Professor, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI

Dr.Peter Cirka D.M.A. Piano Performance, Boston University; Studio Instructor, Roslindale, MA

Dr.Benjamin Downs D.M.A. Piano Performance, University of Cincinnati; Ph.D. Candidate, SUNY Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY

Dr.Evan Engelstad D.M.A. Piano Performance and Pedagogy, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Assistant Professor, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA

Dr.Jacob Ertl D.M.A. Piano Performance, Eastman School of Music; Professor of Piano, Nazareth College, Rochester, NY

Dr.Mitchell Giambalvo D.M. Piano Performance, Florida State University; Freelance Accompanist and Instructor, Troy University, Tallahassee, FL

Dr.Brian Keng-Lun Hsu D.M.A. Piano Performance, University of Michigan; Assistant Professor and Keyboard Area Coordinator, Loyola University, New Orleans, LA

Dr.Marcelo Lian D.M.A. Piano Performance, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Dr.Meng-Hua Lin D.M.A. Piano Performance and Literature, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Dr.Artina McCain D.M.A. Piano Performance, University of Texas at Austin; Assistant Professor, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN

Dr.Joshua Pifer D.M.A. Piano Performance, University of Southern California; Senior Lecturer in Piano, Auburn University, Auburn, AL

Dr.Nicholas Reynolds D.M.A. Piano Performance, The University of Texas at Austin; Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music, DePauw University, Greencastle, IN

Dr.Christopher Ruggiero D.A. Piano Performance, Ball State University; Piano Instructor, Levine Music, Arlington, VA

Dr.Rochelle Sennet D.M.A. Piano Performance, University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign; Associate Professor of Piano, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL

Dr.Jonathan Sokasits D.M.A. Piano Performance, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Professor of Piano, Hastings College, Hastings, NE

Dr.Nicholas Susi D.M.A. Piano Performance, University of Michigan; Assistant Professor of Music, The College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, MN

Zhao Wang M.M. Piano Performance, Eastman School of Music; Doctoral Candidate, Michigan State University and Faculty, MSU Community Music School, East Lansing, MI

2017 Strings

Maria Arrua M.M. Violin Performance, Pennsylvania State University; Doctoral Candidate and Violin, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Dr.Dan Auerbach D.M.A., Rutgers University; Assistant Professor of Music, CUNY-College of Staten Island, Staten Island, NY

Catalina Barraza M.M. Violin Performance, University of Arkansas; Doctoral Candidate, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

James Berezney M.M. Music Performance, Boston University; Orchestra Director, Oxford Middle School, Oxford, MI

Dr.Oleg Bezuglov D.M.A. Violin Performance, Michigan State University; Violin/Viola Instructor, Flint Institute of Music, Flint, MI

Linda Blakemore M.M. Music Education, Michigan State University; Orchestra Teacher, Grand Rapids Public Schools, Grand Rapids, MI

Dr.Mikhail Bugaev D.M.A. Viola Performance, Michigan State University; Assistant Principal Viola, West Michigan Symphony and Manager, August Strings, Lansing, MI

Beulah Cox M.A.T. Music Education, Lehman College; String Teacher, New Brunswick Public School, New Brunswick, NJ

Rebeccah Downs Artist Diploma Cello Performance, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music; Instructor, McPhail Center for Music and St. Joseph School of Music, St. Paul, MN

Dilek Engin M.M., Marshall University; Doctoral Candidate, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Dr.Luis Fernandez D.M.A. Violin Performance, University of Miami; Violin Faculty, Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, Milwaukee, WI

Dr.Jia-Rong Gan D.M. Violin Performance, Florida State University; Freelance Musician, Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, Evansville, IN

Chris Hornung M.M. String Bass Performance, Michigan State University; Faculty and Fine Arts Chair, Coastline Community College, Newport Beach, CA

Dr.Yawen Hsu D.M.A. Cello Performance, Michigan State University; Private Studio Instructor and Principal Cello, Dearborn Symphony Orchestra, Detroit, MI

Wei Jia M.M. Violin Performance, University of Central Oklahoma; Doctoral Student, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Robert Johnson M.M. Bass Performance, Michigan State University; Freelance Musician, Traverse City, MI

Dr.Igor Kalnin D.M.A., Michigan State University; Visiting Assistant Professor of Music, Luther College, Decorah, IA

Dr.Roman Kosarev D.M.A. Viola Performance, Michigan State University; Principal Viola, Windsor Symphony and Viola Professor, Oakland University, Windsor, ON

Dr.Tod Leavitt D.M.A. Double Bass Performance, Ohio State University; Lecturer in Contrabass, Valdosta State University, Valdosta, GA

Christina LeBlanc M.M. Violin Performance, Rice University; Orchestra Director, Bridgeland High School, Cypress, TX

Jonathan Lusher Artist Diploma, Cello Performance University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music; Cello Teacher, Juan N. Corpas Universidad and Assistant Principal Cello, National Symphony of Colombia, Bogota

Kristin Mortenson M.M. Violin Performance, Louisiana State University; Freelance Violinist, Waco Symphony, Temple Symphony and Abilene Philharmonic, TX

Xinye Niu M.M. Violin Performance, University of Central Oklahoma; Doctoral Student, University of North Texas, Denton, TX

Dr.Merietta Oviatt D.M.A. Viola Performance, University of Oregon; Viola/Violin Instructor, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Stevens Point, WI

Nathan Peters M.M. Viola Performance, University of Michigan; Orchestra Teacher, Chelsea Public Schools, Chelsea, MI

Dr.Lusine Petrosyan D.M.A. Cello Performance, Michigan State University; Musician, Windsor Symphony and Teacher, TCH Montessori, Windsor, ON

Dr.Suren Petrosyan D.M.A. Cello Performance, Michigan State University; Conductor/Artistic Director, Mason Symphony Orchestra, Mason, MI

Jonathan Reed M.M., Rice University; New World Symphony Bass Fellow, Miami, FL

David Rezits M.M. Cello Performance, Indiana University; Cellist, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Fort Wayne, IN

Dr.Jeffrey Schoyen D.M.A. Cello Performance, State University of New York at Stony Brook; Professor, Salisbury University, Salisbury, MD

Dr.Sun-Young Shin D.M.A. Violin Performance and Literature, University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign; Concertmaster, Baroque Artists of Champaign, Champaign, IL

Valentina Shmyreva M.M. Viola Performance, Novosibirsk State Conservatory; Orchestral Musician and August Strings, Lansing, MI

Christopher Smith M.M. Conducting, Wichita State University; Orchestra Director, Lincoln Public Schools, Lincoln, NE

Daniela Soares da Cruz M.M. Viola Performance, Valdosta State University; Freelance Musician and Suzuki Violin and Viola Teacher, Lansing, MI

Dr.Amanda Wilton D.M.A., Moores School of Music, University of Houston; Resident Assistant Professor, Creighton University, Omaha, NE

Dr.Jackie Wogick D.M.A. Music Performance and Pedagogy, University of Iowa; Director, Dripping Springs Orchestra and Strings Director, One Day Academy, Dripping Springs, TX

2017 Theater

Andrew Anglin M.A. Theatre, Michigan State University; Theatre and English Teacher, Byron Center High School, Byron Center, MI

Francis Boyle M.F.A. Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature in Performance, Mary Baldwin College; Instructor, West Chester Academy and Director, Actor, Fight Choreographer, Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company, West Chester, OH

Christi Hall B.B.A. Business, Memphis State University; Musical Theatre Choreographer, Memphis, TN

Anthony Horne M.F.A. Stage Directing, University of Memphis; Associate Professor, Peck School of the Arts, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI

Shelby Lewis B.F.A. Acting, Carnegie Mellon University; Substitute Teacher, Interlochen Center for the Arts and Grad Student, University of Northern Colorado, Interlochen, MI

David Little M.F.A. Theatre Direction, The New School for Drama; Theatre Instructor, Ball State University, Muncie, IN

Katherine Mayberry M.F.A. Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature in Performance, Mary Baldwin College (in partnership with American Shakespeare Center); Adjunct Professor, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI

Jenni McCarthy M.F.A. Acting, Northern Illinois University; Theatre Instructor, University of West Georgia, Carrollton, GA

Anita Salley M.F.A. Acting, Regent University; Graduate Student, Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA

Grigory Smirnov M.M. Composition, The Juilliard School; Faculty, New Jersey Academy of Music and Lindeblad School of Music, Pine Brook , NJ

Robert Smith M.F.A. Theatre Performance, University of Florida; Freelance Actor and Director, Astoria, NY

Karen Vance B.F.A. Acting, Roosevelt University; Graduate Student and Assistant, Dept. of Theatre, Michigan State University, Lansing, MI

Kyle Westmaas M.F.A. Acting and Theatre, California Institute of the Arts; Adjunct Professor of Acting, Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, MI

Tingting Yao M.M. Piano Accompaniment, Birmingham City University; Accompanist, University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, OK

2017 Woodwinds

Dr.Ann Bingham D.M.A. Clarinet Performance, University of Kentucky; Professor of Music, Marshall University, Huntington, WV

Dr.Ed Bingham D.M.A. Saxophone Performance, University of Kentucky; Professor of Saxophone, Marshall University, Huntington, WV

Dr.Adam Briggs D.M.A. Saxophone Performance, Michigan State University; Saxophone Instructor, Hope College, Holland, MI

Dr.Pamela Bustos D.A. Wind Band Conducting/Clarinet Performance, University of Northern Colorado; Director of Bands and Instrumental Music Ed., University of Wisconsin-Superior, Superior, WI

Dr.Ian Davidson D.M.A. Oboe Performance, University of Texas at Austin; Regents' Professor, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX

Dr.Rosemary Engelstad D.M.A. Clarinet Performance, University of Wisconsin--Madison; Assistant Professor of Clarinet, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA

Dr.Sean Fredenburg D.M.A. Saxophone Performance, University of Oregon; Instructor of Saxophone, Portland State University, Portland, OR

Dr.Leonard Garrison D.M. Flute Performance, Northwestern University; Professor of Flute, University of Idaho, Lionel Hampton School of Music, Moscow, ID

Dr.Cody Grabbe D.M.A. Clarinet Performance, Michigan State University; Arts Scholars Program Manager, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Kristina Graham M.M. Oboe Performance, Indiana University; Oboe Instructor, Sistema Ravinia, Highland Park, IL

Stephanie Hancock M.S. Music Education, University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign; Band Director, Presbyterian Day School, Memphis, TN

Emily Hart M.M. Oboe Performance, Eastman School of Music; Oboe Instructor, Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL

Dr.Kristin Hayes D.M. Flute Performance, Florida State University; Adjunct Professor, St. Mary's University, San Antonio, TX

Dr.Susan Hayes D.M.A. Flute Performance, University of Maryland; Self-employed Musician and Teacher, Washington, DC

Dr.Kerry Hughes D.M.A., University of Houston; Oboe Professor, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX

Dr.James Jeter D.M.A., State University of New York at Stony Brook, Freelance Bassoonist, New York, NY

Dr. Gary June D.M.A. Clarinet Performance and Literature, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Part-time Professor of Clarinet and General Music, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI

Dr. Rita Linard D.M.A. Flute Performance, University of Texas; Associate Professor, University of Texas-San Antonio, San Antonio, TX

Dr. Michael Lippard D.M.A. Clarinet Performance and Pedagogy, University of Colorado; Adjunct Professor of Clarinet, York College, York, PA

Dr. Laura McLaughlin D.M.A. Clarinet Performance, University of Wisconsin--Madison; Professor of Clarinet, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Oshkosh, WI

Dr. Danilo Mezzadri D.M.A. Flute Performance, Michigan State University; Flute Professor, The University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS

Rene Miska M.M. Flute Performance, New England Conservatory; Musician, Miami Symphony and Flute Professor, Broward College and New World School of the Arts, Miami, FL

Leslie Nicholas M.M., Northwestern University; Lecturer, Washington and Lee University and Southern Virginia University, Harrisonburg, VA

Dr.James Parr Ph.D. Music Education, University of Kansas; Adjunct Professor Emeritus of Music, Baker University, Baldwin City, KS

Dr.Lisa Perry D.M.A. Clarinet Performance, University of Minnesota; Clarinet Instructor, Bemidji State University, Bemidji, MN

Dane Peterson B.M. Saxophone Performance with Jazz Studies Emphasis, California State University, Long Beach; Freelance Musician and Teacher, Peterson Music Studio, Ann Arbor, MI

Dr.Spencer Prewitt D.M.A, Bowling Green State University; Assistant Professor of Clarinet, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN

Orion Rapp M.M. Oboe Performance, Cleveland Institute of Music; Principal Oboe, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Fort Wayne, IN

Dr.Brian Rodesch D.A. Saxophone Performance, University of Northern Colorado; Faculty, University of Minnesota - Morris, Morris, MN

Dr.Javier Rodriguez D.M. Bassoon Performance, Florida State University; Assistant Professor of Bassoon, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID

Dr.James Skretta D.M.A. Saxophone Performance and Pedagogy, University of Iowa; Graduate Student, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Dr.Andrew Sprung D.M.A. Clarinet Performance, Michigan State University; Adjunct Instructor of Clarinet, Hillsdale College (Hillsdale, MI) and Spring Arbor University, Spring Arbor, MI

Dr.Jamie Yoo D.M.A. Flute Performance and Literature, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Musician, Symphony Nova, Boston, MA

Dr.Sarah Jane Young D.M. Flute Performance, Florida State University; Adjunct Professor of Flute, Bethune-Cookman University, Daytona Beach, FL