Belinda Andrews-Smith is the Coordinator of Vocal Studies for the Denison Music Department. She is an accomplished soprano who maintains a busy singing and academic career.
Belinda is a working performer. She has been a featured soloist in numerous performances of oratorios and cantatas and has appeared with the Vivaldi Travelling Circus, the Trinity Episcopal Chamber series, the Denison Concert Choir, the Kenyon College Chamber Singers, and the Welsh Hills Symphony. Belinda has also sung numerous opera roles including; The Queen of the Night (The Magic Flute), Margot (The Desert Song), Alice Ford (Falstaff ), Adina (The Elixir of Love), Clorinda (La Cenerentola), Dama (Macbeth), Dame Carruthers (Yeomen of the Guard), Anna (Nabucco), The Queen of the Fairies (Iolanthe), and Mabel (The Pirates of Penzance). She is a frequent performer with Opera Columbus and Columbus Light Opera, and has appeared most recently in the 2004 Opera Columbus production of Iolanthe.
Christopher Bruhn is Assistant Professor of Music History at Denison University. He holds the PhD in musicology from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, where he also received a certificate in American Studies. He has a Master of Arts degree in piano performance from Hunter College, CUNY, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Dr. Bruhn’s current research interests include 20th-century music in the United States and the intersections between music, literature, and philosophy, with particular focus on the music of Charles Ives and the philosophy of William James. In addition to music history survey courses, Dr. Bruhn teaches Music and Spirituality, Music and Sexuality, Globalization and Music, and The Aesthetics of Silence. Dr. Bruhn is also beginning research into aspects of musical life in Mexico.
- “The Transitive Multiverse of Charles Ives’s ‘Concord’ Sonata.” The Journal of Musicology 28, no. 2 (2011): 166-94.
- “Signifyin(g) on the South: Interpreting Creamer and Layton’s ‘Dear Old Southland.’” In Music, American Made: Essays in Honor of John Graziano, ed. by John Koegel, 581-602. Detroit Monographs in Musicology/Studies in Music, no. 58. Sterling Heights, MI: Harmonie Park Press, 2011.
- “Between the Old World and the New: William Steinway and the New York Liederkranz.” In European Music and Musicians in New York City, 1840-90, ed. by John Graziano, 135-48. Eastman Studies in Music. Rochester: University of Rochester Press, 2006.
- “Taking the Private Public: Amateur Music Making and the Musical Audience in 1860s New York.” American Music 21, no. 3 (2003): 260-290.
Guitarist Brett Burleson has performed and recorded in a diverse array of musical circumstances. He has played with jazz groups that range from big band to bebop to avant-garde free improvisation as well as rock, pop and blues bands. Standout performance experiences include over a dozen shows in 2008 and 2009 with Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Michelle Shocked and nightly performances for 6 months with an R&B group in Tenerife, Spain in 1999. He has performed in jazz clubs and festivals throughout the United States and continues to be an active member of the Central Ohio music community.
As an educator, Mr. Burleson is on the faculties of Capital University Conservatory of Music (since 2002), Ohio Wesleyan University (since 2003), Denison University (since 2009) and The Ohio State University (since 2009). He was also on faculty at Kenyon College from 2002-2008 where he taught guitar as well as directed the Kenyon College Jazz Ensemble. At Capital University he has directed the Fusion Band, Classical Guitar Ensemble and Guitar Workshop.
Andrew Carlson has performed as a soloist and as a chamber musician throughout the United States. Of his 1998 Merkin Hall performance the New York Times wrote "Mr. Carlson is a demon fiddler and his performance here was serious and concentrated." He has earned both a MM and BMUS from the University of Georgia and a DMA in Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Iowa. While earning his DMA, he was the recipient of the Iowa Performance Fellowship and the Pelzer Competition Fellowship. Dedicated to the performance of new music, Mr. Carlson was a regular performer with the Iowa Center for New Music and the University of Georgia Contemporary Chamber Ensemble. He is featured on the Contemporary Chamber Ensemble's ACA Digital CD "The Voice and the Virtuoso" (includes Pierrot Lunaire). As a soloist he has performed with orchestras including The Columbus Symphony Orchestra, The Huntington West Virginia Symphony, The Welsh Hills Symphony, The Land of Legend Philharmonic, and The University of Iowa Symphony. Andrew has studied with Leopold La Fosse and Thomas Joiner.
An active teacher, Andrew has served as a faculty member at Morehead State University and the Preucil School of Music. He has served as a faculty member at Suzuki institutes including Ithaca, NY, The University of Memphis, Capital University (Columbus, OH), and South Carolina (Furman University). Currently an Associate Professor at Denison University in Granville, Ohio, he teaches violin, conducts the chamber orchestra and directs the bluegrass ensemble.
In addition to his experience as a classical violinist, Andy began learning traditional fiddle music from his grandfather at age 5. He has won numerous fiddle contests and has twice been named the Georgia State Champion Fiddler and was named the 2000 Ohio Grand Champion fiddler. His book entitled A Guide to American Fiddling has recently been released by Mel Bay Publishers. As a studio musician and string arranger he has recorded for Warner Bros., Atlantic, Elektra, Geffen, Polydor, and Capricorn and with artists including R.E.M., Nanci Griffith, Billy Bragg, and the Cowboy Junkies.
Tom Carroll has been Instructor of Guitar at Denison University since 1980. Since 2000 he has also been Coordinator of Jazz Studies.
Besides leading his own trio, featuring organist Hank Marr, he has played with a wide variety of artists in the world of jazz and the entertainment world. Some of the jazz artists he has performed with are Louis Bellson, Jack McDuff, Rusty Bryant, Hank Marr, Bobby Pierce, Jimmy Heath, Ernie Watts, Frank Foster, Cal Collins, Gene Bertoncini and Howard Alden. He has performed at the Spoleto Festival in Charleston,S.C. with Violinist Ola Hanson, Mansfield Jazz Festival with the RUSTY BRYANT/HANK MARR QUARTET, the Columbus Jazz and Ribs Fest and JAZZ-ON -THE GREEN in Parkersburg, W.V. as well as several I.A.J.E. Conventions with Hank Marr.
As a teacher he has also serves on the faculties of The Ohio State University and Capital University.
His first recording as a leader is, "CITY LIGHTS", featuring Hank Marr, Gary Carney and Jim Rupp. A live disc will be released in spring 2002. Both discs are available on the COJAZZ label. Tom is also an affiliate artist with the JAZZ ARTS GROUP of Columbus.
Dr. Wei Cheng, Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Music joined the faculty at Denison University in 2008 from Earlham College, where she served as Earlham's Interim Director of Choral Activities after having served two years as Earlham's Assistant Choral Director.
Originally from Beijing, China, Dr. Cheng earned her Batchelor’s Degree in Choral Conducting from Beijing’s Central Conservatory of Music and recently finished her doctoral studies at College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati. During her graduate studies at CCM she was the music director of the University of Cincinnati Women's Chorus (2002-2004), and was a three-time winner of the annual CCM conducting competition.
During the 2001-02 season Dr. Cheng held an internship with the Chicago Symphony Chorus where she sang in the chorus under the direction of Daniel Barenboim, Zubin Metha, Pierre Boulez, and Duain Wolfe. In the summer of 2001, she was the assistant conductor of Handel's opera "Agrippina" in the Opera Theatre and Music Festival in Lucca, Italy. She was also a Conducting Fellow at the Chorus America Conducting Workshops in 2002 and 2003 where she studied under Dale Warland, Steven Cleobury, Fiora Contino, Gustav Meier, and other celebrated conductors.
Guitarist Casey Cook has been a musician all of his life. His parents were professional bluegrass musicians, touring the country when Casey was just three years old. At the age of four Casey recorded his first album with their band, Special Cooking. He was then inducted into the Florida Country Music hall of fame as the youngest touring bluegrass musician to perform and record professionally. In 1999 Casey moved to Atlanta, GA as a founding member of The Dappled Grays. After releasing their first studio project In the Gait, The Dappled Grays were given the coveted title of Atlanta's Best Bluegrass Band by Creative Loafing Magazine. Casey was soon featured in the nationally distributed publication, Flatpicking Guitar Magazine, and had his original work published before he was 21. The Dappled Grays next project was the critically acclaimed “ Doin My Job” released in 2006. Since then the group has had major airplay on radio stations around the world. Casey’s original song “The Night Life” was a top five hit on the Sirius/XM radio program “Bluegrass Junction”. The band was honored by the International Bluegrass Music Association in 2008, performing an official showcase.
Casey joined the Andy Carlson Band in 2002, recording on two studio projects, one of which was voted in the top 50 bluegrass releases of 2005. Casey has shared the stage and taught along side some of the greatest artists in the business including Ricky Scaggs, The Del McCoury Band, David Grier, Mountain Heart, and Claire Lynch. His songs have been featured by MTV, appearing on sound tracks for several television programs.
Casey joined the Music Faculty at Denison University in Granville, Ohio as the bluegrass guitar instructor in 2007. He also serves as the co-director of the Denison Bluegrass Program. Since joining Denison, Casey has enjoyed working closely with Fiddler/Violinist Andy Carlson. The two travel regularly together in a duo configuration throughout the country. He has taught and performed at The University of Texas at Austin String project, SXSW music festival, the Preucil School of music, and most recently a ten-day tour of China. (Performing in Shanghai, Xian, and Beijing) Highlights of this tour include Performing at The Beijing Opera House and The Great Wall of China.
Brian Flynn, Program Administrator, has a Masters in Business Administration and has experience at several private Montessori schools as an administrator and treasurer. Brian has ten years of experience being a practice partner for his two daughters in the program, Kethry and Ceridwyn Hunter.
Kaitlin Goody, cello, is a graduate of Capital University with a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education and a minor in music. She has studied with Dr. Michael Gelfand, Deborah Newcomb, and Dr. Alice Ann O’Neill and received her Suzuki training at the Chicago Suzuki Institute.
Linda Habig, flute, holds a Bachelor of Music degree in flute performance from Baldwin-Wallace College (Ohio) and studied with prominent teachers in New York, Philadelphia and Chicago. A member of the Heisey Wind Ensemble, she has played with regional orchestras and ensembles in Chicago, New Jersey, and central Ohio. Linda has taken Suzuki teacher training at both the International Flute Institute at Eastern Tennessee State University, and the Berkshire Flute Institute at Williams College, Mass. Prior to 2004, Linda had an extensive career in corporate finance.
Pianist Nelson Harper is known for his versatility as both soloist and chamber musician. He has appeared in several summer music festivals, including the prestigious Grand Teton Music Festival, and for many years has been heard in both solo and chamber music performances at least twice yearly in live broadcasts on Chicago's Fine Arts Radio Station, WFMT. Among artists with whom he has performed in addition to his thirty-four year duo with violinist Michael Davis are the Chicago Symphony's principal flutist Donald Peck, trumpeter James Thompson, violinists MaxRostal and Yfrah Neaman, soprano Lucy Shelton, clarinetist Luis Rossi and numerous other singers and instrumentalists.
Nelson Harper made his London debut in December of 1989 at the Wigmore Hall in a program of British duo sonatas of the 20th century with violinist Michael Davis. That recital included the world premiere of the Third Sonata for violin and piano by Wilfred Josephs, dedicated to the two artists. The critic of the London Guardian wrote of that recital "both players are individually most sensitive and accomplished, while as a duo they seem to play with a single mind." When they repeated the program live over WFMT in Chicago, Robert Marsh of the Chicago Sun-Times called it "one of the most attractive recitals of the season" and praised the duo as "two superior, well-matched musicians who perform the violin and piano repertoire with sensitive, imaginative interaction."
Dr. Harper is featured on seven compact discs on the Vienna Modern Masters, Koch International, Orion, and d'Note labels. A recording of solo piano and chamber works by Welsh composer William Mathias, done at the request of Oxford University Press, was released on the Koch International label in the summer of 1996, with the American Record Guide review singling out “especially the elegant playing of pianist Nelson Harper.”
Nelson Harper’s principal teachers were Paul Strouse, Richard Tetley-Kardos, and Earl Wild. Dr. Harper was a recipient of The Ohio State University School of Music’s Distinguished Teaching Award while on the faculty there, and is currently Coordinator of Keyboard Studies at Denison University.
Ms. Henkle has won numerous awards and competitions, including the Metropolitan Opera District Auditions, First Place in the Opera/Columbus Competition, the NATSAA State Artist Award and the Eleanor Steber Foundation Award. Awarded the Theodore Presser Prize for 4 years, she also received the Margaret Speaks Scholarship at The Ohio State University and performed with the OSU Symphony, as winner of the Doctoral Concerto Competition. A soloist at Carnegie Recital Hall, Kennedy Center with the National Symphony, the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. and concert halls throughout the United States, Germany, Austria, Hungary and the Czech Republic, she has sung under Leonard Bernstein, Robert Shaw, Robert Page, Helmuth Rilling and Antal Dorati. Summer programs include The American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, the Tanglewood Festival, Chautauqua Institute and the Eastman School of Music Vocal Jazz Symposium.
She is an oratorio soloist, recitalist and jazz singer, and presents her cabaret, A Salute to the Divas of Broadway, in a variety of venues.
At Denison, she teaches Applied and Class Voice and has held similar positions at Otterbein University, Capital University, the University of Findlay and Kenyon College, where served as Coordinator of Vocal Studies. She maintains a large private studio in Westerville, Ohio.
Currently serving as Vice President of the Ohio Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Ms. Henkle is proud of her many students who are enjoying careers as professional Classical and Music Theatre performers, as well as successful Music Educators.
Ching-chu Hu’s music has been performed in the United States, England, Germany, Russia, Austria, China, Taiwan, and Australia. Recent honors have included composer-in-residence at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, and guest composer at the American Music Week Festival in Sofia, Bulgaria. Hu has been a composition fellow at the Aspen and Bowdoin Music Festivals, Yaddo, and the Banff Centre for the Arts. He has received performances in various national and international festivals and concerts, including the Alternativa Festival (Center “DOM”) in Moscow.
Born in Iowa City, Iowa, Ching-chu Hu studied at Yale University, Freiburg Musikhochschule in Freiburg, Germany, The University of Iowa, and the University of Michigan, where he earned his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Composition. His composition teachers included William Bolcom, William Albright, Michael Daugherty, Leslie Bassett, Bright Sheng, Evan Chambers, and David Gompper. His conducting teachers included Alastair Neale, David Stern, and James Dixon. He also studied piano with Donald Currier, Stéphane Lemelin, and Logan Skelton and bass with Diana Gannett and Eldon Oberecht. He is active as a pianist and conductor, and wrote the scores for several short award-winning films. Recent commissions include works for the Granville (Ohio) Bicentennial Committee, the University of Iowa School of Music’s Centennial celebration, and the Greater Columbus Community Orchestra.
Conductor Donald Portnoy and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra performed In Frozen Distance and violinist Wolfgang David premiered Passions at Wigmore Hall in London, England. Other notable performers include flutist Betty Bang Mather, bassists Robert Black and Anthony Stoops, violinists Scott Conklin and Gabe Bolkosky, Moscow Conservatory’s Studio New Music Ensemble, the National Dance and Opera Orchestra of China, and the Kiev Philharmonic. His music can be heard on the ERM Media’s “Masterworks of the New Era” CD series (vol. 4) and on the Albany Records CD “Finnegan’s Wake” and “Star of the County Down.”
He was the first recipient of the Bayley-Bowen Fellowship, Denison University’s first endowed fellowship for a junior faculty member and it is a three-year fellowship for 2004-07. Ching-chu Hu is Associate Professor of Composition and Theory at and Chair of the Music Department
Maryfrances Kirsh, piano and violin, accompanist, Publicity Support Coordinator, attended Agnes Scott College, holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Education in piano and voice from West Chester University, PA, and a Master of Arts in Piano Pedagogy from The Ohio State University. She received the bulk of her Suzuki training from Mary Craig Powell. She has been on the piano faculty of the Columbus Suzuki Institute and is co-founder of “Suzuki Piano Friends,” a frequent gathering of Suzuki piano teachers in the Columbus area. Maryfrances has been the parent/practice partner of three Suzuki violinists and has a passion for supporting other parent/practice partners.
Cora Kuyvenhoven is affiliate cello instructor at Denison University and assistant principal for ProMusica Chamber Orchestra. Recent performances include solo cello obbligato in the Holocaust Cantata with the OSU Chorale, Mendelssohn's Octet presented with Liberty Presbyterian concert series and solo Bach in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Cora has performed solos and duos with ADVENDO (Mary Harris and Cora) on all three concerts of the Denison University New Music Festival, "Tutti," performing works by Crossman, ("Flyer" cello solo with Kalistos) Chambers, Sorkin and Brings. For the past three summers Cora has been a cello instructor, continuo player, and spiritual mentor at MasterWorks Summer Festival in Indiana. Recent concerts with ADVENDO featured works by Brings, Chambers, Hindemith, Clark, Lutoslawski and Beethoven.
Previous symphonic, opera, and solo concerto experience with the Toronto Symphony, Canadian Opera Company, Welsh Hills Plymouth, and Windsor Symphony has brought Cora to Europe, Asia and Australia. Cora received her ARCT from the Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto), MFA from the U. of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and DMA from the U. of Iowa. Some honors include the Iowa Performance Fellowship and the Pelzer Competition Fellowship and finalist in the Canadian National Music Competition. Currently Cora lives in Columbus with her husband Martin Spencer, and their two children, Carmina and Benjamin.
Susan Larson, violin, viola, chamber music, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in violin performance and music education from Kent State University and has completed graduate work in string pedagogy at The Ohio State University and The University of Wisconsin. She is the founder and music director of the Newark-Granville Youth Symphony and is a clinician and conductor for ensembles throughout the country. Susan also performs with various orchestras, including the Newark-Granville Symphony Orchestra.
HyeKyung Lee (born in Seoul, Korea) graduated from The University of Texas at Austin, where she studied composition with Karl Korte, Donald Grantham, Dan Welcher, Stephen Montague, electronic music with Russell Pinkston, and piano with Danielle Martin and HeaSook Rhee. She also studied with Bernard Rands at the Atlantic Center for the Arts and Ladislav Kubik at the Czech-American Summer Music Institute in Prague.
Her awards include the Harvey Gaul Composition Competition Award (honorable mention), Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra Composers Competition, ASCAP Standard Awards, Composers Guild Award, Delius Composition Contest Prize, Nancy Van de Vate Prize for Orchestral Music, Search for New Music Prize from International Alliance for Women in Music, SEAMUS/ASCAP Student Commission and SCI/ASCAP Student Competition Award (honorable mention). Her music has been supported by National Endowment for the Arts, Djerassi Foundation, Ucross Foundation, Blue Mountain Center, and MacDowell Colony.
An accomplished pianist, HyeKyung recorded a CD, “Blue” with saxophonist Todd Yukumoto (released on Equilibrium), featuring her own Sonatina for Soprano Saxophone and Piano and Musique Légère for Alto Saxophone and Piano. Her Suite for Solo Piano is available on New Ariel Recordings (performed by Jeffrey Jacob), Opposed Directions for Disklavier and Live-electronics (performed by herself) on Volume 8 of the SEAMUS CD Series, Quickly Casual for Violin, Cello, and two percussions on Robin Cox ensemble Vol. 7, Saxophone Concerto on Mark Custom Recordings (performed by Havery Pittel with the University of Texas Wind Ensemble), conFUsion/comBUstion for piano and tape on Capstone Records (performed by herself). One of her commissioned work, “Dreaming in Colours” for Bassoon and Piano was written for the Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition 2005 for young women bassoonists under the age of 24.
She has been a Composer-in-Residence at Interlochen Arts Academy, University of Houston, University of Florida, University of Akron, University of Missouri at Kansas City Conservatory of Music and has been a visiting assistant professor at the University of Hawaii, Bowling Green State University, Ohio Wesleyan University, and Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Currently she is an Associate Professor of Music at Denison University, Granville, Ohio.
Born in Hollywood, California, of English and Honduran parentage, Richard Lopez spent his early years traveling between England, Central America and the United States. He has appeared as a soloist and with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and Columbus Jazz Orchestra, the Bexley and Westerville Community Orchestras, and as a guest artist with the Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra. Lopez has performed in Mexico under the auspices of the United States Information Service, and presents frequent solo recitals of traditional classical repertoire in addition to his schedule of jazz performances. He has worked with Lili Kraus, Karl Ulrich Schnabel, Edith Oppens, Richard Tetley-Kardos and Earl Wild and Sergei Polusmiak.
Currently a faculty member at Denison University and Otterbein College, Lopez has also taught at the University of Akron, The Ohio State University and at Capital University. Lopez recently spent a year living and performing in Los Angeles, where he appeared in jazz venues at several clubs in Los Angeles. He has produced two CD's "The Richard Lopez Trio: Live at Rigsby's," "Too Far North," a jazz quartet, which performs Lopez's original compositions in clubs and jazz festivals. He has performed with Jazz greats Ernie Watts, Eddie Daniels, Walt Weiskopf, Percy Heath and Gene Bertoncini and is currently quite active on the jazz scene in central Ohio.
Lopez has composed soundtracks for a variety of commercial, educational, corporate and children's video projects. His original composition, "Blues and Variations" for piano, was commissioned for Capital University's "Grand Piano Series," where it received its premiere.
Leslie Goldman Maaser, D.M.A. is the Affiliate Studio Instructor of Flute at Denison University as well as the Director of the Denison University Flute Ensemble. She is the Principal Flutist of the Newark-Granville Symphony Orchestra, where she also serves as Chairperson of the Orchestra Committee and Education Director. In January 2008, she was a featured soloist with the orchestra.
Dr. Maaser is a founding member of the Columbus Camerata Woodwind Quintet, and flutist/piccoloist with Ohio Capital Winds. In 2007, the Columbus Camerata was featured at the Ohio Music Education Association Convention for their clinic/performance on new woodwind quintet literature, and as guest artists at a featured recital at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina.
Leslie has been a member of the Columbus Bach Ensemble, the Welsh Hills Symphony Orchestra, and has performed with the Opera Columbus’ Light Opera Orchestra, and the Columbus Symphony. She has also performed with the Opera Theatre of Rochester (NY), Madison (WI) Symphony Orchestra, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, the Rome Festival Orchestra, and the East Lansing Opera Company. She has performed as a soloist and served as a clinician throughout the midwest, including as a featured soloist with the Welsh Hills Symphony Orchestra, Columbus Bach Ensemble, Wright State University Chamber Orchestra, Wright State University Wind Ensemble, Greece Symphony Orchestra (NY), as well as at the Ohio Music Education Association Conference, Ohio Wesleyan University, the Chamber Music Connection, Denison University’s Contemporary Music Festival, Central Ohio’s Contemporary Music Festival, the University of Iowa, University of Northern Iowa, Schoolcraft College, State University of New York at Brockport, and Indiana State University.
As a research competition winner of the National Flute Association, Dr. Maaser was selected to present and perform excerpts of her doctoral thesis at the 2002 National Flute Convention in Washington, D.C., and was selected for publication in the 2002 summer issue of the Flutist Quarterly. She performed the U.S. premiers of Elizabeth Raum’s Aegean Perspective at the 2000 National Flute Convention in Columbus, Ohio. Leslie also performed as a competition winner with the National Flute Association Professional Flute Choir at the National Flute Convention
Leslie’s major teachers are Katherine Borst Jones, Ervin Monroe, Robert Cole, and Israel Borouchoff. In addition, she has studied with prominent artists such as Peter Lloyd, former Principal Flutist of the London Symphony, and Walfrid Kujala, Professor of Flute at Northwestern University and Piccolo Emeritus of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Leslie has performed in master classes of flute icons such as Jean-Pierre Rampal and Jeanne Baxtresser. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in flute performance from The Ohio State University. As a fellowship recipient, she earned her Master of Music degree from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, and her Bachelor of Music degree from Michigan State University. Leslie Maaser was formerly on the music faculties of Wright State University, Mt. Vernon Nazarene College, Valparaiso University, Luther College, and has taught at The Ohio State University both as a graduate assistant as well as a sabbatical replacement for Professor Katherine Borst Jones.
Damien Mahiet (MA/PhD musicology, Cornell University; MA political thought, Sciences Po Paris) joined the faculty of the Department of Music in 2010 and of the International Studies Program in 2011. In 2012-2013, he was a fellow of the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard University and the recipient of a Franklin Research Grant from the American Philosophical Society.
His research centers on the role of music in Western political regimes and lives. His first book project, in preparation under the title "The Concert of Nations: The Musical Origins of International Harmony", explores music-making's contributions to the conception of international relations and the practice of diplomacy.
Damien served as director of the Denison University Orchestra (2010-2012) and the Cornell Summer Orchestra (2008), and as assistant conductor of the Cornell Chamber Orchestra (2008-2009). A student of Chris Younghoon Kim (Cornell University), he took part in master classes with Kenneth Kiesler (University of Michigan), Alexander Polishchuk (St. Petersburg Conservatory), and Mark Stringer (University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna). He has also received private instruction from Daniel Boico (former assistant conductor of the New York Philharmonic). Damien began his musical studies as a choirboy at the Maitrise de Radio-France and a piano student in the city conservatories of Paris. Piano teachers include Veronique Barry-Roux, Jacques Rouvier, Jean-Marie Cottet, Eliza Garth, Brian Ganz, Malcolm Bilson, and Xak Bjerken.
- Forthcoming. Must We Choose between Democracy and Music? On a Curious Silence in Tocqueville's "Democracy in America". History of European Ideas.
- 2013. Charles Burney; or, the Philosophical Misfortune of a Liberal Musician. Eighteenth-Century Music 10/1: 41-63.
- 2009. Faire groupe, être soi-même (1936-1939): Daniel-Lesur, André Jolivet et l’élaboration du groupe Jeune France. In Cécile Auzolle (ed.), Regards sur Daniel-Lesur. Compositeur et humaniste (1908-2002)(pp. 141-52). Paris, Presses de l’Université de Paris-Sorbonne.
- With Jean-Michel Bardez, he is the co-editor of the series Musique/Pouvoirs published by Delatour (France): http://www.editions-delatour.com/en/28-musique-pouvoirs
A native of Toronto Canada, saxophonist Pete Mills has received Jazz Performance Grants from the Canada Council and was a recipient of the North Carolina Arts Council Jazz Composer’s Fellowship. Mills has performed in jazz clubs and festivals in the U.S and Canada. Recent engagements have included The Firefly Club Ann Arbor, Michigan; The Blue Wisp Cincinnati, OH; with Joe Lovano and The Cleveland Jazz Orchestra at The Cleveland Bop Stop and as part of the Gund Concert Series at Kenyon College. Pete's performances at jazz festivals include those at The Columbus Jazz Festival The Newark (Ohio) Jazz and Ribfest and at the Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival. In Columbus, Pete performs regularly with The Columbus Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of trumpeter, Byron Stripling. Mills' discography includes 2007’s release Fresh Spin (Summit Records) which features B3 organist Tony Monaco The disc received enthusiastic reviews in both DownBeat and JazzTimes, was on the JazzWeek top 50 radio chart for 8 weeks. His 2004’s release on Summit, Art and Architecture, which received 4 stars from All Music Guide, was also successful on radio (Jazzweek Top 50 radio chart for 6 weeks) and received airplay on the MTV networks. His first solo release was the critically acclaimed, Momentum (COJAZZ Records ’98). As a sideman he appears on CDs by guitarist Stan Smith (Pathways), saxophonist Chad Eby (Tryptich), the eclectic ensemble Madrugada (Madrugada), the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra Traditions, the Paul Ferguson Jazz Orchestra and the 2006 Columbus Jazz Orchestra CD, The Colors of Jazz.
Active as a clinician, Mills presents workshops on improvisation, ensemble skills and practice techniques at colleges and high schools including The Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Case Western Reserve, The Brandon (Manitoba, Canada) Jazz Festival, The Ohio Music Educator’s Association Conference, The Columbus Youth Jazz Ensemble, The Ohio State University, Ashland University and Ohio Wesleyan University.
Pete holds degrees from The Eastman School of Music and the University of North Texas. His teachers have included Pat LaBarbera, Ray Ricker, Jim Riggs, and Walt Weiskopf. He currently teaches saxophone, improvisation and directs the jazz ensemble at Denison University, having formerly taught at The Ohio State University, Kenyon College and East Carolina University.
Anna joined the Communication Department Fall 2012 to teach a special topics course, Music as a Form of Communication. Anna earned her B.A. at St. Olaf College, her M.M in oboe performance at Wichita State University where she studied with Emily Pailthorpe, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in musicology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Her ongoing research centers on disputes over the moral and cultural value of popular musics, and she co-authored the article "Cultural Policy in American Music History: Sammy Davis, Jr., vs. Juvenile Delinquency" which appeared in the February 2010 Journal of the Society of American Music. She also authored a chapter, "U.S. Evangelicals and the Redefinition of Worship Music," in the anthology Mediating Faiths: Religion, Media and Popular Culture (Ashgate, 2011).
She has contributed several entries to the forthcoming second edition of the Grove Dictionary of American Music and her chapter "Negotiating the Tensions of U.S. Worship Music in the Marketplace" will appear in The Oxford Handbook of Music and World Christianities.
Previous Denison classes taught by Dr. Nekola include: Intro to Queer Studies, Queer Theory, 20th c. Music History, History of Rock, Intro to World Music, FYS 101: "Music and Transcendence", FYS 101: From Holy Sabbath to Black Sabbath: Religion and Popular Music in 20th-Century America," FYS 101: "Commemoration and History: Investigating the Politics of Memory," and FYS 102: 20th-Century Images of Women."
Anna also maintains an active career as an oboist and reedmaker, and has held positions with professional orchestras in Kansas and Wisconsin.
David Nesmith, instructor of horn and the Alexander Technique, has been on the faculty of Denison University since 2000. He is an alumnus of Capital University (Bachelor of Music Performance, Cum Laude) and Indiana University (Master of Music Performance, Magna Cum Laude). His primary horn teachers were Nicholas Perrini, Philip Farkas and Frøydis Ree Wekre.
David has been a member of the Cathedral Brass Ensemble (Columbus) since 1990 and the West Virginia Symphony since 1985. He served for 10 years as Principal horn of the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, an award-winning ensemble specializing in the presentation and recording of new American music. An active freelance musician, he has performed with the Akron and Canton Symphonies, Columbus Broadway Series, Columbus Symphony, Cleveland Opera and Ballet Orchestras, and Pittsburgh Symphony. In the summer season, he performs with the New Hampshire Music Festival. He was formerly Principal horn of the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival and a member of the Lancaster Festival Orchestra (Ohio). David was featured in an article on freelance musicians appearing in SYMPHONY magazine (Sept/Oct 2001), a national publication of the American Symphony Orchestra League.
As a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique (ATI 2000), he specializes in injury prevention and performance enhancement for musicians. He has studied the Alexander Technique since 1995 with several master teachers including Barbara Conable (Portland, OR), Christine Hardy (Paris, France), Marie-Françoise Le Foll (Paris, France), Tommy Thompson (Cambridge, MA), Anne Waxman (New York, NY) and with Don Zuckerman in Breathing Facilitation work (Washington, D.C.). He recently completed John Nicholls' post-grad course, The Carrington Way of Working (NYC 2006) and Barbara Kent's post-grad course, Progress Not Perfection (NYC 2007). Additionally, he is a certified member of Andover Educators (www.bodymap.org). In this capacity he travels around the country teaching the course What Every Musician Needs to Know about the Body.
David has published several articles on the Alexander Technique and Body Mapping (www.poisedforlife.com). He has presented at conferences of the International Horn Society and the Music in Healing and Transition Program.
David is an avid hiker and mambo dancer.
Deborah Price, violist, is on the faculties of Denison University and the Cleveland Institute of Music. She is the founder and Artistic Director of the Chamber Music Connection, Inc. and served as principal viola of the Columbus Bach Ensemble for five years. She performs frequently with faculty members from Colleges and Universities on collaborative recitals and has performed several times as a guest violist with members of the renowned Cavani String Quartet. In recognition of her work as the Founder & Artistic Director of the Chamber Music Connection (CMC) she was named the Columbus Symphony Orchestra Community Music Educator of the year (2004). She has also received commendations from the Ohio House of Representatives and the Ohio Senate for excellence in teaching (2004).
Debbie, an advocate for chamber music education, is a frequent guest artist for chamber music clinics and orchestra festivals and has presented sessions in several state and national music conferences including ASTA and MTNA National Conferences, Ohio Music Educators Association, Ohio Orchestra & String Teachers Association, Michigan MENC; and New York ASTA. She is co-conductor of the Cleveland Institute of Music Youth Camerata Strings and conducted Women-In-Music String Sinfonia for 10 years. She serves on the board of Chamber Music Columbus as co-chair of Outreach & Education and founded the OhioOSTA Biennial Chamber Music Competition. She has coordinated and helped prepare multiple ensembles to compete in the quarterfinals, semifinals, and finals of the junior division of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition as well as in the finals of the Saint Paul String Quartet Competition where quartets she has coached have won Gold (2008) and Bronze (2007) medals. She has been featured on WOSU public radio, in recognition of her work at CMC, and received acknowledgment for working with featured ensemble, opus. (string quartet) from her chamber music program, on the inaugural season of the television series “From The Top”. Articles in regard to her teaching have been published in national journals including American String Teacher, where she served on the Editorial Committee for ten years, American Music Teacher, and Keyboard Companion Magazine. Debbie is also a contributing committee member (viola) for the 2003 ASTA String Syllabus.
Mr. Richeson lives near Columbus, Ohio. He freelances Nationally and Internationally as a musician and teacher of Classical, Jazz and Contemporary Music on his instruments, the String Bass and Electric Bass. He has recorded on several recordings, performing on Electric and String Bass. Performing in a variety of venues with many jazz greats, to name a few: Tony Bennett, Ralph Sharon, Count Basie Orchestra with Tony Bennett, Phil Collins Big Band with Quincy Jones, Gene Bertoncini, Bucky Pizzarelli, Frank Vignola, Jimmy Heath, Jack Jones, Sammy Nestico with the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, Columbus Jazz Orchestra musical director Byron Stripling, Newark - Granville Symphony Orchestra with Musical Director Tim Weiss and many more. Mr. Richeson was the Bass Instructor at Capital University, Conservatory of Music 1987-93. Summer of 1999 and 2006 he was the Guest Jazz Bass Clinician at the American School of Double Bass. He is currently teaching Classical and Jazz Bass at Denison University, School of Music.
Mr. Richeson in May of 1993 through July 1997 was the Bassist with the “Tony Bennett” organization. Touring three hundred days a year in the States and Internationally. Recording on three CD’s, “Steppin Out”, “M.T.V. Unplugged” and “Here’s to the Ladies.” All were Grammy award winning recordings with Album of the year for “M.T.V. Unplugged.” Douglas has also recorded on “The Ralph Sharon Trio Swings the Sammy Cahn Songbook” with guest artist Gerry Mulligan, “Portrait of Harold” the Harold Arlen Songbook and “The Ralph Sharon Trio plays the Harry Warren Songbook.” Douglas has also recorded for Movie and Television sound tracks and has performed several times at the White House for the President of the United States.
After leaving Tony Bennett in July 1997, Douglas has continued to perform and record with great musicians. The summers of 1996 and 1998, Mr. Richeson was on tour with the “Phil Collins Big Band” with guest vocalist Oleta Adams, saxophonists Gerald Albright, James Carter and pianist George Duke. The twenty piece jazz big band toured the United States and Europe. A live recording was made and released on the Atlantic label, “A Hot Night in Paris.” Douglas performs on string bass and electric bass for that tour. The most recent recording is “February’s Promise” by local pianist Mark Flugge. You can often hear Douglas performing in Columbus, Cincinnati and Cleveland, Ohio. You can hear and see Douglas perform on youtube.com with many of these artists.
Seth is Instructor of Percussion at Denison University. His duties include private instruction in percussion and directing the Latin Jazz Percussion Ensemble and the Balinese Gamelan Angklung. Other teaching includes that in the music theory department having taught courses in both classroom and lab settings.
Steve Rosenberg is Instructor of Oboe at Denison University, a position he has held since 1983. For ten years he was a member of Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus. He has performed with the Columbus Symphony, Opera Columbus Orchestra, Newark Granville Symphony, BalletMet Orchestra, and Broadway Series, among others. An active free lance musician and chamber music player, he recently performed the Mozart Oboe Quartet with the renowned Jacque Thibaud String Trio and the world premiere of Petite Suite for Oboe and Bassoon by James Geiger at Denison University. He played with the Lancaster Festival Orchestra in a Marquis Classics recording of works by Pulitzer Prize winning composer William Bolcolm. While in high school Steve was a student of Jerome Roth of the New York Philharmonic and played in the Great Neck Symphony Orchestra. He attended Oberlin College, where he studied oboe with James Caldwell and received a degree in Music and Psychology. He currently serves as Artistic Director of CityMusic and as Orchestra Manager of the Lancaster Festival in Ohio.
The unique sound of vocalist Debra James Tucker is a product of extensive training in jazz, classical and gospel music. The style flowing from the wild timbre of her big range is entirely her own thing.
Debra has appeared in the Theatre des Westens production of Porgy and Bess and done back-up vocals with Michael Bolton. She has appeared at Berlin’s acclaimed Quasimodo nightclub and done concerts with Columbus Symphony Orchestra.
Other credits include a concert appearance featuring Maya Angelou, a community performance led by Danny Glover, recordings with David Ornette Cherry, Vince Andrews and performances with countless jazz artists.
“..had the crowd standing to cheer…”
“…as usual, stopped the show..””
“Kathleen Battle with a pork chop”
A graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, Debra is committed to using art and law to effect social change. She is writer and performer of the one woman show “Survival of the Boulevard Singer”, winner of the Ohio Arts Council Award for Individual Excellence in playwriting.
Jim Van Reeth, Program Director, violin and viola, holds a Bachelors of Music in Violin Performance from the Aaron Copeland School of Music at Queens College-CUNY and a Masters in Music Education at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point where he completed long-term Suzuki training with Patricia D’Ercole. Jim has taught in the Suzuki Programs at Encore Music Studios (Columbus, OH), American Talent Education Center (Stevens Point, WI) and Capital University (Columbus, OH), and currently teaches violin at Suzuki Music Columbus. He has served as a faculty member at the Summer Suzuki Institutes at Capital University, the American Suzuki Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, The Intermountain Suzuki String Institute and Blue Ridge Suzuki Camp in Orkney Springs, VA. Jim performs with the Sterling String Quartet and the Newark-Granville Symphony Orchestra. He is the coordinator of the Suzuki Youth Orchestras of the Americas (SYOA) for the 2012 SAA Biennial Conference.
Mark Alan Wade has toured Austria, Slovakia and Hungary as principal trumpet of the Classical Music Festival Orchestra and Brass Quintet of Eisenstadt, Austria. He has performed in the very Esterházy Palace wherein the celebrated trumpet concertos of Haydn and Hummel were premiered some two hundred years earlier. On different occasions in the United States, Mark Wade has performed for audiences of notables including: Presidents George Bush Sr. and President Bill Clinton, Ross Perot, and the former U.S. Secretary of Defense, William S. Cohen.
Wade has performed with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, the Central Ohio Symphony Orchestra, Benedict College Community Orchestra (Principal trumpet: Columbia, SC) the Springfield Symphony Orchestra (Ohio), and is a member of the Newark-Granville Symphony Orchestra. As former principal trumpet of The Ohio State University Wind Symphony, Dr. Wade can be heard on the wind ensemble’s CD entitled, The Winds of Nagual, a premier wind ensemble recording released under the Naxos recording label in 2006. A winner of the coveted Doctor of Musical Arts Concerto Contest, he appeared as a soloist with The Ohio State University Symphony Orchestra in 2007.
Prior to his teaching appointment at Denison University, Wade, a veteran public school music educator, also taught at the Methodist Theological Seminary of Ohio and at The Ohio State University as a graduate teaching associate in trumpet. There he received his Doctorate of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees. Dr. Wade’s research concerns the medical problems associated with trumpet playing. In addition, He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Ohio Wesleyan University.
In addition to his career as a trumpet player, Wade is also a highly sought-after hammered dulcimer performer, composer and teacher. A National Hammered Dulcimer Champion, he can be heard on more than a dozen recordings and is a columnist for the Dulcimer Players News journal. He has personally released six CDs and two popular method books. His most recent solo classical hammered dulcimer CD, Serenade, has received rave reviews since its release in 2006. His recent students include the 2004 and 2007 National Hammered Dulcimer Champions.
Rebecca White, violin, group teacher, was born into a Suzuki family and began playing her violin at the age of four. She earned her undergraduate degree in violin performance from the University of Illinois and her masters degree from the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point where she studied long-term Suzuki training with Patricia D’Ercole. In addition to her home teaching, she also teaches at workshops and institutes around the country.
Tenor Kevin Wines has appeared in Opera/Columbus' productions of Les Contes d'Hoffmann, Ariadne auf Naxos, Madama Butterfly and Der Rosenkavalier. He has appeared in Virginia Opera's productions of Der Fliegende Hollander (in both the roles of Erik and Steuermann), Die Fledermaus, Salome and Norma. He has also appeared in principle roles with Dayton Opera, Chautauqua (New York) Opera, Lyric Opera Cleveland and Des Moines Metro Opera. Mr. Wines is on the voice faculty of Denison University teaching private voice lessons and classes in world music. He also serves as director of music for Denison’s chapel program Ecclesia including the annual Lessons and Carols service and Baccalaureate. An accomplished pianist, Mr. Wines serves as accompanist for numerous student events including Singers' Theatre Workshop and many solo student performances. A graduate of The Ohio State University, Mr. Wines holds masters degrees in voice performance, choral conducting and piano pedagogy. He is director of music for Trinity Episcopal Church in downtown Columbus.
Kristen Wright, group class prep teacher, earned her Bachelors Degree in Music Education from Miami University of Ohio. For the past twelve years, she has been an elementary music specialist in the Westerville City School District. She has completed training in early childhood music education as well as workshops in the Dalcroze, Orff and Kodaly methods of music education.
A native of Harbin, China, NI YAN received a Bachelor of Music degree from the Shenyang Conservatory of Music. Upon her graduation, she was appointed the Principal Harp with the China Radio Symphony in Beijing. In 1986, she joined the United States International University Orchestra in San Diego. Following this, she moved to Cincinnati where she completed her Master of Music degree at the University of Cincinnati in 1989. She has performed in Paris, London, Mexico, San Diego, Cincinnati, Dayton (Ohio), as well as Philadelphia and Chicago. She is in demand as Principal Harp with several regional orchestras of Central Ohio, as well as performing as Substitute Principal Harp and Second Harp for the Columbus Symphony. She has been invited to China to participate in the Second Shenyang International Music Festival in May 1994 and has been featured as soloist with various orchestras, and in chamber music performances throughout Central Ohio. As a member of Lyric Harp Duo, she has arranged and recorded a CD, (Jude Mollenhauer & Yan Ni) “Holiday Harps.” In 2010, Ni Yan was named Visiting Professor of Harp at the Shenyang Conservatory of Music.
She lives in Dublin, Ohio, and maintains a busy free-lance and teaching schedule.