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Instructional Faculty

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

2018 Art Faculty

James Adair M.F.A. Ceramics, Michigan State University; Model Coordinator for Transportation Design, College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI

Rachael Ambroso M.A. Educational Leadership, Western Michigan University; Art Teacher, Byron Center Public Schools, Byron Center, MI

Victoria Beagle M.A. Curriculum and Teaching, Michigan State University; Art Educator, Sand Creek Community Schools, Sand Creek, MI

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

Clare Benson M.F.A. Art and Photography, University of Arizona; Artist, Educator, and Creative Consultant, New York, NY

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

Kimberly Bliesener B.F.A. Printmaking and Graphic Design, Kendall College of Art and Design; Owner/Operator of Kimberly Lavon INK, Lansing, MI

Lindsey Borsvold B.F.A., Siena Heights University; Art Teacher, Linden Grove Middle School, Kalamazoo, MI

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

Alaina Clarke M.P.A. Nonprofit Management and Leadership, Grand Valley State University; Owner and Metalsmith, A. Clarke Metalsmith, Grand Rapids, MI

Amy Cote M.S. Library Science, University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee; School Librarian, Portage Public Schools, Portage, MI

Katherine Downie M.F.A. Painting, Kendall College of Art and Design; Self-employed Artist, Saline, MI

Sara Eggleston M.A. Foreign Language Teaching, Michigan State University; French Teacher, Portage Public Schools, Portage, MI

Debra Ennis B.A. Visual Arts Education, Eastern Michigan University; Art Teacher, Ann Arbor Open, Ann Arbor, MI

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

Ronald Frenzen M.A. Secondary Education, Northern Michigan University; Retired, Tecumseh Public Schools, Tecumseh, MI

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

Dawn Jacobson M.A. Curriculum and Teaching, Aquinas College; Art Instructor, Fruitport Community Schools, Fruitport, MI

Amara Karapas B.F.A. Art: Sculpture, Adrian College; Art Teacher, Mill Creek Middle School, Dexter, 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

Miranda Laskowski M.A. Secondary Education, Siena Heights University; Art Teacher, Milan Area Schools, High School, Milan, MI

Hallie Levine M.F.A. Photography, Southern Illinois University; Art Educator, Pinckney Community Schools, Pinckney, MI

Lynne Linkowski M.A. Art Therapy, Southern Illinois University; Art Therapist, Shirley Ryan Ability Lab, Chicago, IL

Barbara McAnelly M.A. Educational Administration, Michigan State University; Art Educator, Rockford High School, Rockford, MI

Mark Morley B.A. Painting, Maryland Institute College of Art; Home Depot, Traverse City, MI

Teresa Moss B.A. Interior Design, Michigan State University; High School Art Teacher, Fenton High School, Fenton, MI

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

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

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

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

Rita Shields Self-employed Potter, Comstock Park, 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; Visual Arts Educator, Ferndale High School and CASA, Ferndale, MI

Salena Tabor B.A. Art, Siena Heights University; Art Teacher, Huron IB High School, Ann Arbor Public Schools, Ann Arbor, MI

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

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

2018 Brass

Dr.Donald Babcock D.M.A. Trombone Performance, Michigan State University; Professor of Music, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, 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.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; Assistant 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. Andrew Cheetham D.M.A. Music Performance, Eastman School of Music; Assistant Professor of Trumpet, Texas State University, San Marcos , TX

Dr.Eduardo de Farias Machado D.M.A. Trumpet Performance, Michigan State University; Assistant Director of Music Ministries, Trinity Lutheran Church, Midland, MI

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

Dr.Joshua Ganger D.M.A. Trumpet Performance, Michigan State University; Adjunct Professor of Music, Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, IN

Dr.John Gruber D.M.A. Music Performance, University of Michigan; Lecturer of Trombone, The Ohio State University and Principal Trombone, Youngstown Symphony Orchestra, Columbus, OH

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

Katelyn Halbert M.M. Horn Performance, Ohio State University; Horn Instructor, Central College, Pella, IA

Dr.Stephen Ivany D.M. Trombone Performance, Florida State University; Assistant Professor of Trombone and Euphonium, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC

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 and University of Central Arkansas, Conway, AR

Dr.Marc LaChance D.M.A. Trombone Performance, University of Illinois; Associate Professor of Music, Roanoke College, Salem, VA

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, Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Richmond, VA

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

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

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

Dr.Joseph Nibley D.M. Trumpet Performance, Florida State University; Freelance Trumpet Player and Teacher, San Antonio, TX

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

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

Dr.William Waterman D.M.A. Tuba Performance, Michigan State University; Director of Athletic Bands and Associate Professor of Tuba/Euphonium, University of Tennessee-Martin, Martin, TN

Dr.Jarrod Williams D.M.A. Tuba Performance, The University of Maryland; Assistant Professor of Tuba, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC

2018 Choir

Johnnie Bankens M.M. Voice, Louisiana State University; Instructor, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA

Justin Bays, M.M. Vocal Performance, The San Francisco Conservatory of Music; Adjunct Faculty, University of Toledo, Toledo, OH

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

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

Angel Gippert M.M. Choral Conducting, Michigan State University; Vocal Teacher, Power Middle School and Farmington High School, Farmington, MI

Cynthia Haas M.M.E., Drake University; Accompanist- Grand Valley State University, Aquinas College and Calvin College, Hudsonville, MI

Dr.Anna Hersey D.M.A. Vocal Performance, University of Miami; Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Oshkosh, WI

Julia Holt M.M. Choral Conducting, 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.Andrew Minear D.M.A. Choral Conducting, Michigan State University; Director of Choral Activities, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL

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.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; Associate Tutor, Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, England

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

Sarah Todd M.M. Piano Performance and Pedagogy, University of Oklahoma; Freelance Musician, Champaign, IL

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

2018 Dance

Joshua Dreyer M.M. Percussion Performance, University of Tennessee--Knoxville; Studio Instructor, Grand Rapids, MI

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

Cory Goei Special Projects Manager with Eastern Floral and Goei Center, Grand Rapids, MI

Steven Houser Dancer/Ballet Master, Grand Rapids Ballet, Grand Rapids, MI

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

Mark Lopez  M.M. Percussion Performance, University of Colorado at Boulder; Accompanist /Instructor, Hope College Department of Dance, Holland, MI

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

Michael Parmelee M.F.A. Dance Choreography, University of Michigan; Dancer/Performer, Amanda + James and Project 44, Brooklyn, NY

Dmitri Peskov M.F.A. Choreography, Jacksonville University; Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Dance Program, Snow College, Ephraim, UT

Margaret Peterson B.M. Vocal Performance, Grand Valley State University; Ballet and Church Musician, Voice Teacher and Composer/Arranger, Grand Rapids, MI

Emily Petry B.F.A. Dance, Florida State University; Freelance Performer, Brooklyn, NY

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

Hannah Sullivan M.S.W. Clinical Social Work, Wayne State University; Performer/Collaborator, Dance in the Annex and Co-Artistic Ensemble Director, Hearts in Step Christian Dance Academy, 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

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

2018 Guest Artists and Conductors

Melissa Barrett, Jacksonville, FL

Greg Bassett, Holland, MI

Ken Beachler, Lansing, MI

Genevieve Beaulieu, Holland, MI

Matt Beck, Grand Rapids, MI  

Bonnie Bierma, Muskegon, MI

Dr. Salvador Brotons, Barcelona, Spain

James Carter, Detroit, MI

Dr. Rodney Dorsey, Bloomington, IN

Rich Erne, N. Muskegon, MI

Don Flickinger, Big Rapids, MI 

MaryAnn Hubbard, Hubbard Lake, MI

Michael Kroth, East Lansing, MI

Michael Klaue, Ahrensberg, Germany

Joshua Kurchinski, Muskegon, MI

Dr. Nora Lewis, Appleton, WI

Dr. Joseph Manfredo, Mahomet, IL

Col. Thomas Palmatier, Evergreen, CO

Valentina Shmyreva, Lansing, MI

Kyle Venlet, East Lansing, MI

Dr. Walter Verdehr, East Lansing, MI

Ralph Votapek, East Lansing, MI

Dr. Myron Welch, Iowa City, IA

Michael Wright, Whitehall, MI

Dr. Hong Zhu, Edmond, OK

2018 Guest Artists and Conductors

Melissa Barrett , Jacksonville, FL

Greg Bassett , Holland, MI

Ken Beachler , Lansing, MI

Genevieve Beaulieu , Holland, MI

Matt Beck , Grand Rapids, MI  

Bonnie Bierma , Muskegon, MI

Dr. Salvador Brotons , Barcelona, Spain

James Carter , Detroit, MI

Dr. Rodney Dorsey , Bloomington, IN

Rich Erne , N. Muskegon, MI

Don Flickinger , Big Rapids, MI 

MaryAnn Hubbard , Hubbard Lake, MI

Michael Kroth , East Lansing, MI

Michael Klaue , Ahrensberg, Germany

Joshua Kurchinski , Muskegon, MI

Dr. Nora Lewis , Appleton, WI

Dr. Joseph Manfredo , Mahomet, IL

Col. Thomas Palmatier , Evergreen, CO

Valentina Shmyreva , Lansing, MI

Kyle Venlet , East Lansing, MI

Dr. Walter Verdehr , East Lansing, MI

Ralph Votapek , East Lansing, MI

Dr. Myron Welch , Iowa City, IA

Michael Wright , Whitehall, MI

Dr. Hong Zhu , Edmond, OK

2018 Harp

Stephanie Gustafson M.M. Classical Harp Performance, Manhattan School of Music; Principal Harpist, Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra and Da Camera Young Artist, Houston, TX

Dr.Chen-Yu Huang D.M.A. Harp Performance and Literature, University of Illinois; Principal Harp, Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra and 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, Windsor, ON

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

2018 Instrumental Conductors

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

Brian Balch M.M. Conducting, Sam Houston State University; Band Director, Big Rapids High School, Big Rapids, MI

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

Tanya Bennett M.M.E, University of Michigan; 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; Instrumental 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

Thomas Clair M.A., Central Michigan University; Retired Director of Bands, Kingsley Area Schools, Kingsley, MI

Kevin Czarnik M.M. Conducting, Wayne State University; Band Director, Croswell-Lexington Schools, Croswell, 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; Faculty, Wayne State University Music Dept. 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, School District 45, Villa Park, IL

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

Dr.Ricky Fleming Ph.D. Music Education, Florida State University; Director of Bands, SUNY Buffalo State, Buffalo, NY

James Gross M.M. Conducting, Wayne State University; Orchestra Director, Grosse Pointe South High School, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI

John Heath M.S. Music Education, University of Illinois; Retired Director of Bands, Batavia High School, Blue Lake Scholarship Representative, ,

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

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; Blue Lake Scholarship Rep., Owosso, MI

Bryan Kolk M.M. Music Performance, University of Michigan; Orchestra Director, Garfield High School, Seattle, WA

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

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

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

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

Roger Weyersberg B.M.E., Michigan State University; Low Brass Instructor, Saginaw Valley State University, University Center, 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

2018 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

James Cooper M.M. Jazz Studies, Northern Illinois University; Adjunct Instructor, Lake Michigan College, Benton Harbor, MI

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

Gregory Dudzienski M.M. Saxophone Performance, University of Rhode Island; Freelance Jazz Saxophonist and Educator, Chicago, IL

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

Walter Harris, M.M. Jazz Studies, Michigan State University; Music Instructor, Harlem Children's Zone, New York, NY

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

Robert Killips M.M. Performance, Central Michigan University; Adjunct Professor of Trombone, Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, MI

Kerry Moffit Michigan State University; retired USAF, Newport News, VA

Dr. Michael Pendowski D.M.A. Jazz Studies, Eastman School of Music; Professor of 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, Kentwood Public Schools; Director, West Michigan Homeschool Fine Arts Bands, Kentwood, MI

Roxanne Stevenson M.S. Music Education, University of Illinois; Director of Bands, Chicago State University, Chicago, IL

2018 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, River Grove, IL

Dr.Daniel Pate D.M.A. Percussion Performance, Stony Brook University; Percussion Department Coordinator, The Juilliard School, New York, NY

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

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

2018 Piano

Dr.Yoshiko Arahata D.M.A. Piano Performance, Eastman School of Music; Piano Instructor, Eastman Community Music School, Rochester, NY

Marie Blair Artist Diploma, Royal Northern College of Music; Adjunct Faculty Accompanist, New York University, New York City, NY

David Brickle M.M. Piano Performance, Florida State University; Doctoral Student/ Graduate Assistant, Florida State University and Adjunct Professor of Piano, Wallace Community College, Dothan, AL

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

Dr.Chia-Ying Chan D.M.A. Piano Performance and Literature, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Teaching Assistant, University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign, Urbana, IL

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

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.Rose Grace D.M.A. Piano Performance, Eastman School of Music; Associate Professor of Piano, Bethune-Cookman University, Daytona Beach, FL

Dr.Asami Hagiwara D.M.A. Piano Performance, University of Iowa; Instructor, University of Wisconsin-Platteville, Platteville, WI

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

Dr.Marcelo Lian D.M.A. Piano Performance, University of Nebraska--Lincoln; Piano Accompanist, Lincoln Public Schools, Lincoln, NE

Dr.Meng-Hua Lin D.M.A. Piano Performance and Literature, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Piano Instructor, Encore Music and Arts Academy, San Jose, CA

Dr.Joshua Pifer D.M.A. Piano Performance, University of Southern California; Assistant Professor of Piano, Valdosta State University, Valdosta, GA

Dr.Nicholas Reynolds D.M.A. Piano Performance, The University of Texas at Austin; Instructor of Music in Piano, Volunteer State Community College, Gallatin, TN

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

Marina Stojanovska M.M. Piano Performance, Indiana University; Piano Professor, Alma College, Alma, MI

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; Faculty, MSU Community Music School and Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI

Mong-Yi Wu M.M. Music, University of Georgia; Freelance Musician, Pianist, and Instructor, Los Angeles, CA

2018 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

Dr.Catalina Barraza D.M.A. Violin Performance, Michigan State University; Freelance Musician and Conductor/Director, Mason Philharmonic, Lansing, MI

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

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

Dr.Marianna Brickle D.M. Violin Performance, Florida State University; Private Violin Teacher and Violinist, Tallahassee Symphony, Tallahassee, FL

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

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

Dr.Dilek Engin, D.M.A., Michigan State University; Doctoral Candidate, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Dr.Luis Fernandez D.M.A. Violin Performance, University of Miami; Violin, Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra, Appleton, WI

Dr.Jia-Rong Gan D.M. Violin Performance, Florida State University; Residence Quartet, University of Evansville and Principal Second, 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, Red Wing, MN

Sungho Jung M.A. Violin Performance, Boston University; Doctoral Student, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

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

Sungah Kim M.M. Violin Performance, Indiana University; Doctoral Student, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Yuliya Kim M.M. Cello Performance, Lynn University; Cello Instructor, Flint School of Music, Flint, MI

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; Senior Lecturer in Contrabass, Valdosta State University, Valdosta, GA

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

Dr. Mary Perkinson D.M.A. Violin Performance, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska-Omaha, Omaha, NE

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

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

Anastasia Petrunina M.M. Violin Performance, Yale School of Music; Doctoral Student, University of Georgia and Concertmaster, Augusta Symphony Orchestra, Augusta, GA

Nathaniel Pierce M.M. Cello Performance, Indiana University; Doctoral Student, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Jonathan Reed M.M. Music Performance, Rice University; Grand Rapids Symphony, Grand Rapids, MI

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

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; Violin and Viola Instructor, Michigan State Music School, East Lansing, MI

Chi Young Song M.M. Violin Performance, The Boston Conservatory; Assistant Professor of Violin, Arkansas State University, State University, AR

Duoli Sun M.M. Violin Performance, Michigan State University, Doctoral Student, Michigan State University, East 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; Orchestra Director, Dripping Springs Independent School District, Dripping Springs, TX

2018 Theater

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

Angela Boyle M.F.A. Shakespeare and Performance, Mary Baldwin University; Freelance Theatre Artist and Teacher, Liberty Township, OH

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

Renee Carpenter Accompanist, Reeths-Puffer Middle School, Muskegon, MI

Dr. Wen Ling Chua, D.M.A. Piano Pedagogy, Texas Tech University; Piano Instructor, McKinney, TX

Dayna DeFilippis M.F.A. Dance, University of Arizona; Instructor of Dance, Exercise & Human Movement, Truckee Meadows Community College, Reno, NV

Jessica Humphrey M.F.A. Musical Theatre, San Diego State University; Performer and Organizational Tutor, New York, NY

Shelby Lewis B.F.A. Acting, Carnegie Mellon University; Graduate Student, University of Northern Colorado

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

Matt Lytle M.F.A. Acting, Brown University; Freelance Actor, Providence, RI

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

Jennifer McCarthy M.F.A. Acting, Northern Illinois University; Freelance Theatre Artist, Abilene, TX

Eri Miyashita M.M. Piano Performance, Michigan State University; Piano Instructor, Church Street School for Music and Art, New York, NY

Sophie Scanlon B.F.A. Theatre Performance, Western Michigan University; Paraprofessional, Special Education, Niles Township District, Skokie, IL

Glenn Schudel M.F.A. Shakespeare and Performance, Mary Baldwin University; Teaching Artist, Venice Theatre, Venice, FL

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

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

Mariya Sumner M.M. Piano Performance, Liviv National Music Academy; Private piano instructor, Muskegon, MI

Lisa Sung M.A. Jazz Piano Performance, New York University; Instructor/Accompanist, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI

2018 Woodwinds

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

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

Dr.Stacey DiPaolo D.M.A., State University of New York at Stony Brook; Associate Professor of Clarinet, Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Weatherford, OK

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

Dr. Stanislav Golovin D.M.A. Clarinet Performance, University of Missouri-Kansas City; Visiting Assistant Professor of Clarinet, The University of Akron School of Music, Akron, OH

Dr.Cody Grabbe D.M.A. Clarinet Performance, Michigan State University; Freelance Musician and Educational Travel Coordinator, New Brunswick, NJ

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

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

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

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

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 Clarinet Professor, Grand Valley State University and Adjunct Professor, Saginaw Valley State University, Allendale, MI

Elissa Kana M.M. Saxophone Performance, Bowling Green State University; Graduate Student, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Dr.Galit Kaunitz D.M. Oboe Performance, Florida State University; Assistant Professor of Oboe, University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS

Dr.Rita Linard D.M.A. Flute Performance, University of Texas; Flute 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 of Pennsylvania, York, PA

Dr.Jeffrey Loeffert D.M.A. Saxophone Performance; Michigan State University, Associate Professor of Saxophone, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK

Dr.Kimberly Loeffert Ph.D. Music Theory, Florida State University; Clinical Assistant Professor of Music Theory, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK

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

Dr.Janice Minor D.M.A. Clarinet Performance, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music; Emeritus Professor of Clarinet, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA

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; Guest Artist and Clinician, Wichita, KS

Dr.Christopher Nichols D.M.A. Clarinet Performance, University of Kansas; Assistant Professor of Clarinet, University of Delaware, Newark, DE

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

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

Jennifer Pifer B.M. Oboe Performance, Miami University; Freelance Musician and Owner/Instructor, Pifer Music, Valdosta, GA

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; Assistant Professor, Simpson College, Indianola, IA

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

Dr.Kallie Snyder D.M. Woodwind Performance, Florida State University; Freelance Musician, Flute Instructor, Public School Clinician, Lexington, KY

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

Dr.Michael Torres D.M.A. Saxophone Performance, Ohio State University; Lecturer of Saxophone, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

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