Faculty & Staff
Dr. Belinda Andrews-Smith is the Coordinator of Vocal Studies and the director of Singer's Theatre Workshop for the Denison Music Department.
An accomplished classical singer, Dr. Smith has been a featured soloist in numerous performances of oratorios and operas including her favorites; The Queen of the Night (The Magic Flute), with OSU and OU opera theatre and The Queen of the Fairies (Iolanthe) with Opera Columbus.
Dr. Smith's research interests are intermingled with voice science and healthy vocal production in all singing styles. She is trained in both commercial and classical singing techniques including belt technique. Her musical theatre students have won awards for their singing every year for over ten years at the state level NATS competitions and former students are performing on and off Broadway, in regional theaters, and in National Broadway tours.
The ensemble Dr. Smith created at Denison, Singer's Theatre Workshop, has become an extension of her unique vocal pedagogy and classical training. This popular course takes the voice studio to the stage. Singer's Theatre Workshop has presented more than 30 musicals and operettas during Dr. Smith's directing career at Denison and her productions have become "standing room only" events on campus.
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. As a soloist he has performed with orchestras including The Columbus Symphony Orchestra, The Newark-Granville Symphony Orchestra, The Ohio State University Marching Band, 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 previously 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 a Professor of Music at Denison University in Granville, Ohio, he teaches violin, conducts the chamber orchestra and directs the bluegrass ensemble. He also serves as the Concertmaster of the Newark-Granville Symphony Orchestra.
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 been published by Mel Bay Publishers, Inc. 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.
Timothy Carpenter began playing piano at the age of three. He took his first formal lesson at age four and continued his studies resulting in a piano scholarship to The University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music.
While studying classical piano he continued his love for Gospel music. He has worked with many of the legendary gospel artist including, Pastor Marvin Winans, Vicki Winans, Pastor Donnie McClurkin, Bishop Walter Hawkins, Lady Tramaine Hawkins, Donald Lawrence, Fred Hammond, Commissioned, and The Clark Sisters.
T.W. is an accomplished song writer penning songs recorded by Bishop Norman L. Wagner and The Mt. Calvary Concert Choir, which landed his first Stellar Award nomination, Tramaine Hawkins, on her Grammy winning “Live” recording and the “Hit” song “Jesus Promised”, recorded by the Chicago Mass Choir and Rev. Daryl Coley.
He has also been heralded as a master studio musician. His work on Fred Hammond’s “Lift Up Your Heads” on the Grammy Award winning, “Handel’s Soulful Messiah” showcased his masterful ability to arrange classical strings and piano over stylish synths peppered with a traditional gospel Hammond organ.
T.W. has won critical acclaim as a Musical Director for several professional theatres. He has directed such musicals as “Oklahoma”, “South Pacific”, “The Wiz”, “Purlie”, and his band direction of Donald Lawrence’s, “Sing Hallelujah”, was a part of the Tony Award winning season at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. He was also nominated for the “Kevin Klein Award” for his music direction of “Crowns” at the St. Louis Repertory Theatre, that same production was a part of the 2007 Tony Award winning season of the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park.
Tim’s abilities have taken him to many countries including England, Canada, Scotland, Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, Jamaica and Switzerland.
Currently T.W. is the Pastor of God’s Way Ministries International and serves as a member of the faculty of the Music Department of Denison University.
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 is the Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Music at Denison University. She was born in Beijing, China where she studied conducting at the Central Conservatory of Music. She earned both her masters and doctoral degrees in choral conducting at the College Conservatory of Music-University of Cincinnati. She is an active clinician and guest conductor in Ohio, Indiana, and in Beijing, China.
Dr. Cheng has served as music director of the University of Cincinnati Women's Chorus, directed Earlham College choirs, interned at the Chicago Symphony Chorus, was a Conducting Fellow in the Chorus America Conducting Workshops; conducted the Oregon Bach Festival and National Conductor’s Symposium with Vancouver Chamber Choir (Canada).
Her recent engagements include guest conducting with the Young People’s Chorus at National Center of Performing Arts, Beijing China; China’s national opera company (Central Opera); and Beijing International Children’s Chorus.
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.
Dr. Jacqueline Bretz Eichhorn is currently affiliate instructor of clarinet at Denison University in Granville, Ohio, adjunct instructor of clarinet and saxophone at Mount Vernon Nazarene University in Mount Vernon, Ohio, and a woodwind and piano instructor at Music Royale in Powell, Ohio. She received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Eastern Illinois University where she studied with Richard Barta and Dr. Magie Smith, and a Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degree in clarinet performance from The Ohio State University where she studied with James Pyne and Dr. Caroline Hartig. Dr. Eichhorn is an active chamber musician, performing in a reed trio and woodwind quintet that has played at colleges and universities throughout Ohio, and opened for such prestigious ensembles as the New York Woodwind Quintet and Eighth Blackbird. She also regularly performs with ensembles throughout the Columbus area, including the Central Ohio Symphony.
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.
Ryan is a versatile and active trombonist and educator. A former member of the Glenn Miller Orchestra, he currently is a member and soloist with the Columbus Jazz Orchestra. He can be heard as a soloist on their latest recording, Come Together.
He is also a member of the Cathedral Brass Ensemble, Vaughn Wiester’s Famous Jazz Orchestra, Yumbambe, as well as his own trio/quartet. In addition he performs with the HooDoo Soul Band and pit orchestras of Broadway Columbus; has shared the stage with such performers as Frankie Valli, Bill Dobbins, Johnny Mathis, Spoon, the Temptations, Jiggs Whigham, and the O’Jays; and world tours with the Guy Lombardo Orchestra. You can hear him as a soloist on a recent recording by Still Motion, in addition to recordings by the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Wet Darlings, New Basics Brass Band, Jesse Henry, and the Famous Jazz Orchestra.
As an educator he teaches low brass and jazz trombone studies at Denison. He also teaches jazz trombone and jazz studies at Capital University and jazz trombone at Otterbein University. He is also the director of the Columbus Youth Jazz Workshop, an honors ensemble for young jazz musicians. In the summer he is on faculty at the annual Miami Valley Jazz Camp. Previous teaching positions include at Kenyon College, Mount Vernon Nazarene University, and as jazz faculty at Music For All’s Summer Symposium.
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.
Ms. Henkle is the Immediate Past President of the Buckeye Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.
Ching-chu Hu’s music has been performed in the United States, England, Germany, Russia, Austria, China, Taiwan, and Australia, and reviews have described his music as “incredible” and “deeply moving.” 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, The MacDowell Colony, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, 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 Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival, the Granville (Ohio) Bicentennial Committee, the University of Iowa School of Music’s Centennial celebration, the Greater Columbus Community Orchestra, the Newark Granville Symphony Orchestra, the Columbus Children’s Choir and the Chamber Music Connection, string duo Low and Lower, Western Springs Suzuki Talent Education Program’s 30th Anniversary Concert in Chicago Symphony Center’s Orchestra Hall as well as Newark Granville Youth Symphony’s John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts performance. Upcoming premieres include commissioned work by the University of Iowa Symphony Orchestra, West Texas A&M orchestra, marimbist Mayumi Hama and pianist Minju Choi.
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, Brave New Works New Music Ensemble, Brooklyn Rider String Quartet, 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), Albany Records CD “Finnegan’s Wake” (Troy 680), “Star of the County Down” (Troy 937), “Spirals: American Music in Moscow” (Troy 1095), “Vive Concertante” (Troy 1110-11), “Violinguistics” (Troy 1138) “Insights: New Music for Double Bass” (Troy 1457) and Capstone Records’ “Journeys” (CPS-8809), with an upcoming CD release from Scott Conklin.
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 and is the Richard Luicer Distinguished Professor. More information can be found at: www.chingchuhu.com
My goal as a composer is to create music that is lyrical and driven by narrative. My music tends to be tonal centric, yet filtered through a contemporary lens. I write both instrumental and vocal music in many different genres for solo, chamber, and large ensembles. Currently, most of my work tends to be commissioned for specific performers or ensembles. I write for young musicians and professional artists for a variety of occasions, including solo recitals, centennial/bicentennial celebrations, festivals, and international tours. Each composition clearly expresses my “voice,” reveals my “fingerprint.” Being raised in an artistic Chinese family in the middle of the United States has influenced my music, just as my formal training has refined my compositional skills.
- Insights (contrabass and piano) and Beyond (contrabass) on Albany Records Insights: New American Music for Double Bass, recorded by bassist Anthony Stoops (Albany Records Troy 1457)
- In Frozen Distance (orchestra) on Journeys, Capstone’s Society of Composers, Inc. CD Series, recorded by the National Chinese Dance and Opera Orchestra (Volume 23)
- The Swash of Water and Red (string) on Albany Records Spirals: American Music in Moscow, recorded by Moscow Conservatory Studio of New Music (Albany Records Troy 1095)
- Snow Ash (violin and piano) on Albany Records Violinguistics, recorded by Scott Conklin and Alan Huckleberry (Albany Records Troy 1138)
- A Tempered Wish (violin and chamber orchestra) on Albany Records Viva Concertante, recorded The University of Iowa Center for New Music (Troy 1110-11)
- Glaciers Red: Vistas Veiled (violin and piano) on Albany Records Star of the County Down, recorded by Wolfgang David and David Gompper (Albany Records Troy 937)
- In Frozen Distance (orchestra) on ERM Media’s Masterworks of the New Era CD Series, vol. 4, recorded by the Kiev Philharmonic
- Passions (violin and piano) on Albany Records Finnegan’s Wak,e recorded by Wolfgang David and David Gompper (Albany Records Troy 680)
- Performed on accompanying CD for Proof Through the Night: Music and the Great War, by Glenn Watkins (UC Berkeley Press). Ravel, “Frontispice” (Gompper, Lecuona, Hu)
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 assistant principal cellist of ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, and adjunct cello professor and co-director of chamber music at Denison University.
She recently taught at Otterbein University for five years and is a founding member of QUBE, the university's artist-in residence string quartet. Cora has been soloist with Kalistos, Welsh Hills Symphony, Plymouth Symphony, National Arts Chamber Orchestra, and the Windsor Symphony. She will be performing Haydn’s D Major Cello concerto with the Denison University Orchestra on May 2nd. The Windsor Star heralded her last performance of this piece as expressing a great “joie de vivre.” As a member of the Toronto Symphony (1990-1997) she recorded and broadcast extensively, and toured in Europe, Asia, Australia, and North America.
Cora obtained her A.R.C.T. licentiate from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto with first class honours, studied at the Banff School of Fine Arts, and was a national finalist in the Canadian Music Competition. She received her MFA from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee where she performed in the Advendo String Trio, under the tutelage of the Fine Arts Quartet. Cora received a post master’s degree at University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Her DMA is from the University of Iowa (2000) where she was the recipient of the Iowa Performance Fellowship, and the Peltzer Award.
Cora’s new passions are dancing Zumba and learning Yoga. For upcoming concerts and events please go to: http://ckuyvenhoven.blogspot.com
Susan Larson is the founder and artistic director of the Newark-Granville Youth Symphony. From 2006 to 2010 Ms. Larson was Director of Orchestras for the Newark City Schools in Newark, Ohio. In 2009 her string orchestra, the Newark High School Sinfonia, was awarded first runner up for the National Orchestra Cup at Lincoln Center. This honor earned her orchestra a front page story in the New York Times and an invitation to the White House. The Newark-Granville Youth Symphony was chosen to perform at the John F Kennedy Center in 2011 and for the Ohio Music Educators Association Convention in 2009. Susan previously taught for 15 years as Director of Orchestras for the Bexley City School District, during which time her orchestras also won national recognition and invitations to perform at the White House, London, England, and at international orchestra festivals. The Bexley Elementary Honors Orchestra and Middle School Orchestras, under the direction of Ms. Larson, were also chosen to perform for the Ohio Music Educators Association Convention in 1994 and 1998.
Ms. Larson has been a clinician and conductor for school ensembles throughout Ohio. She is on the board of the Ohio String Teachers Association and is a member of the National Conductors Guild, the Ohio Music Educators Association and the Suzuki Association of the Americas. Susan currently is a violin, viola and chamber music instructor for the Denison University Suzuki Program. She has also served as conductor of Women in Music Symphony Orchestra and as music director for productions at Otterbein College.
As an active professional violinist, Susan has performed with the Akron Symphony Orchestra, Canton Symphony Orchestra, Ohio Light Opera, Westerville Civic Symphony, the Blossom Music Festival, and the Si Yo Chamber Music Society. She has also performed on stage with Barry Manilow, Barry White, the Electric Light Orchestra, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, The Moody Blues, and Gene Bertoncini. Ms. Larson is currently a member of the Newark-Granville Symphony Orchestra.
Susan Larson earned her BS in Music Education and violin performance at Kent State University, with violin studies under Ma Si-Hon and Stephanie Sant’Ambrosio. Her graduate work has been at The Ohio State University and the University of Wisconsin.
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.
A native of Toronto Canada, saxophonist and composer Pete Mills’ discography includes 4 solo titles, with his most recent, 2014’s Sweet Shadow. The CD is released on Vancouver based Cellar Live Records and features drummer Matt Wilson (who is also a part of Mills’ disc Art and Architecture), his long time collaborator, guitarist Pete McCann, bassist Martin Wind and pianist Erik Augis. Mills 2007 release, Fresh Spin on the Summit Records label features B3 organist Tony Monaco and Pete McCann. It received enthusiastic reviews in both DownBeat (3 ½ Stars) and JazzTimes magazines and was on the Jazz Week top 50-radio chart for 8 weeks. His 2004’s release on Summit, Art and Architecture (4 stars All Music Guide), features drummer Matt Wilson, bassist Dennis Irwin and Pete McCann. A top 50 Jazz Week radio release, it also received airplay on the MTV networks. His first solo release was the critically acclaimed, Momentum (COJAZZ Records). As a sideman he appears on over a dozen CDs including those by The Columbus Jazz Orchestra, saxophonist Chad Eby, the eclectic ensemble Madrugada, guitarist Stan Smith, The Cleveland Jazz Orchestra and The Paul Ferguson Jazz Orchestra. As a soloist Mills works throughout the U.S and Canada. In Columbus Ohio he performs as a featured soloist with the Columbus Jazz Orchestra (Byron Stripling Musical Director). Educated at the Eastman School of Music and the University of North Texas, Mills has received Grants from the Canada Council and was a recipient of the North Carolina Arts Council Jazz Composer’s Fellowship. In addition to his performing, Mills teaches saxophone, improvisation and directs the jazz ensemble at Denison University in Granville, Ohio.
Critics have called saxophonist Pete Mills' playing “virtuosic” and “gorgeous” and “versatile tenor-kick-butt” (David Franklin, JazzTimes) and the Columbus Dispatch describes Mills' compositions as being “impressive with solos that are ear opening…with a tone that is big and rich”. His discography includes 4 releases as a leader, 2014’s Sweet Shadow featuring Matt Wilson, Pete McCann, Martin Wind and Erik Augis, released on the Vancouver based, Cellar Live Records 2007’s Fresh Spin featuring B3 organist Tony Monaco and Pete McCann (3½ stars Downbeat magazine) and Art and Architecture (4 stars All Music Guide) that also featured Matt Wilson, Pete McCann and the late bassist, Dennis Irwin. His first solo release was the acclaimed, Momentum (COJAZZ Records). A native of Toronto Canada, Mills has received grants from The Canada Council and was a recipient of the North Carolina Arts Council Jazz Composer’s Fellowship. As a sideman he appears on over a dozen CDs including those by guitarist Stan Smith, saxophonist Chad Eby, the eclectic ensemble Madrugada, The Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, The Paul Ferguson Jazz Orchestra and The Columbus Jazz Orchestra. Mills performs regularly throughout the U.S and Canada and in Columbus Ohio he is a featured soloist with The Columbus Jazz Orchestra (Byron Stripling, Musical Director). Pete holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and The University of North Texas and currently teaches saxophone and jazz studies at Denison University.
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 ideas of music's moral and cultural value; religious practice and musical meaning; and music and media. She is co-editing a collection of essays, Singing a New Song: Congregational Music Making and Community in a Mediated Age, which is slated for publication by Ashgate in 2015. She has contributed several entries to the second edition of the Grove Dictionary of American Music, as well as The Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology.
Her chapter “Negotiating the Tensions of U.S. Worship Music in the Marketplace” will appear in The Oxford Handbook of Music and World Christianities, and she is currently authoring several entries on music for the Encyclopedia of Christianity in the United States.
She was recently invited to join the Editorial Board for the new Congregational Music Studies Series with Ashgate Press.
Anna also maintains an active career as an oboist and reedmaker, and has held positions with professional orchestras in Kansas and Wisconsin.
Anna teaches courses in Music, Communication, and Queer Studies.
- 20th-Century Music (MUS 229-329)
- History of Rock: “Investigating Rock's Storied Past, 1960-1995” (MUS 239-339, crosslisted with BLST 239)
- History of Gospel Music (MUS 234-334, crosslisted with BLST 234)
- Introduction to World Music
- Why Does Music Communicate? Musical Meaning as Cultural Experience (COMM 115)
- Intro to Queer Studies (QS 101)
- Queer Theory (QS201, crosslisted with WMST 379)
First Year Seminars
- Music and Transcendence
- From Holy Sabbath to Black Sabbath: Religion and Popular Music in 20th-Century America
- Commemoration and History: Investigating the Politics of Memory
- 20th-Century Images of Women (in connection with WMST)
Additional recent publications include:
- “'More than just a music': Conservative Christian Anti-Rock Discourse and the U.S. Culture Wars.” Popular Music 32:3 (October 2013): 407-426.
- “'I'll Take You There': The Promise of Transformation in the Marketing of Worship Media,” Christian Congregational Music: Performance, Identity and Experience. Ed. Monique Ingalls, Carolyn Landau, and Thomas Wagner. Farnham, Surrey, U.K.: Ashgate, 2013.
- “U.S. Evangelicals and the Redefinition of Worship Music.” Mediating Faiths: Religion, Media and Popular Culture. Ed. Michael Bailey, Anthony McNicholas, and Guy Redden. Aldershot, U.K.: Ashgate, 2011
- (with Bill Kirkpatrick) “Cultural Policy In American Music History: Sammy Davis, Jr. vs. Juvenile Delinquency.” Journal of the Society for American Music 4:1 (February 2010): 33-58.
David Nesmith had his first Alexander Technique lesson on April Fools’ Day, 1995. He immediately experienced the benefits of practicing The Alexander Technique and decided to immerse himself in what would become a tremendous transformation. “I can change” became the mantra that propelled David from a realm of harmful habit and discomfort to one of discovery and expansiveness.
David’s musical career has developed in leaps and bounds along with his focus on applying The Alexander Technique for performance enhancement and injury prevention. He served for 10 years as Principal horn of the Cleveland Chamber Symphony and has performed with numerous other symphonies. He has been a member of the Cathedral Brass Ensemble (Columbus) since 1990, the West Virginia Symphony since 1985, and has performed with the New Hampshire Music Festival each summer since 1996.
In 2003, after years assimilating wisdom from some of the greatest teachers of The Alexander Technique, David experienced a fundamental shift, feeling free more often than tense. His breath has slowed and deepened and he stands taller. Now a certified Alexander Technique instructor since 2001, he teaches at Denison University and enjoys a private practice in Columbus, Ohio. David continues to explore deeper layers of emotional and intellectual intuition, reassessing the nature and impact of our habitual gestural repertoires.
A licensed member of Andover Educators, he teaches the course What Every Musician Needs to Know about the Body to musicians around the country. He has presented at many conferences and written several articles on The Alexander Technique and Body Mapping. David is also a practitioner member of the All Life Center for Integrative Well Being (Delaware, Ohio).
David is the author of The Breathing Book for Horn and creator of Constructive Rest: The Audio Guide Series, a carefully prepared collection of mp3 downloads, apps, and CD’s incorporating The Eight Primary Intentions of Constructive Rest. These audio guides are available on iTunes®, CDBaby™, the App Store℠, Google Play™, and ConstructiveRest.com.
David considers becoming at ease with himself to be his greatest accomplishment. Whether he is teaching, creating, exploring or at rest, David is engaged in the moment. He is an enthusiastic musician, hiker, and salsa dancer, and truly appreciates getting to know people. His passion for sharing The Alexander Technique takes him all over the world, teaching and participating in workshops.
David’s students thrive in the honest and supportive atmosphere he creates. Being at ease with himself translates as a gentle, confident invitation to rest in authenticity. It becomes clear he trusts that each student, in whatever state they arrive, is capable of achieving great things.
Dr. Emily Patronik studied bassoon performance at The Ohio State University where her primary teachers were Karen Pierson and Christopher Weait.
Currently, she performs as principal bassoonist with the New Albany Symphony Orchestra and Opera Project Columbus and in the bassoon section of the McConnell Arts Center Chamber Orchestra. In addition, she has performed with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra in North Carolina, Central Ohio Symphony Orchestra, Lancaster Festival Orchestra, Westerville Symphony Orchestra, Newark-Granville Symphony Orchestra, Springfield Symphony Orchestra, and Mansfield Symphony Orchestra. As an active chamber musician, she is a member of the Columbus based ensembles OBOHIO, a double reed consort, Rococoa Winds, Tour d’Anches Trio, and the Siren Reed Trio.
While attending Ohio State, she was the winner of the D.M.A. concerto competition and performed Ellen Taaffe Zwilich’s bassoon concerto with the Ohio State Symphony Orchestra. This concerto became the concentration of her research for her D.M.A. document, Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra by Ellen Taaffe Zwilich: Background, Analysis, and Performance Application.
Dr. Patronik also teaches at Ohio Wesleyan University and Mount Vernon Nazarene University along with maintaining a private studio in the Central Ohio area.
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.
Originally from Cleveland, drummer Seth Rogers is now based in Columbus, OH. He actively performs around the Midwest in many genres and is best known as a jazz drummer. A member of the music faculty at Denison University in Granville, OH, Seth teaches Applied Percussion, Music Theory, directs the Latin Percussion Ensemble and the Balinese Gamelan Dwara Udyani. Seth holds degrees in Music, Economics, and Jazz Studies respectively from Denison University and Youngstown State University.
Steve Rosenberg is Instructor of Oboe and Chamber Music at Denison University, a position he has held since 1983. He currently performs with the Central Ohio Symphony and Newark Granville Symphony Orchestra, and is a member of the Rococoa Wind Quintet. For ten years he was a member of Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus. He has performed with the Columbus Symphony, Opera Columbus Orchestra, BalletMet Orchestra, and Broadway Series, among others. An active free lance musician and chamber music player, he 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 the award-winning 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. He attended Oberlin College, where he studied oboe with James Caldwell and received a degree in Music and Psychology. He currently serves as Orchestra Manager of the Lancaster Festival in Ohio.
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 is an avid performer on trumpet and hammered dulcimer. He has performed as a soloist on three continents and maintains a steady performance schedule locally. He has toured Austria, Slovakia and Hungary on trumpet with the Classical Music Festival Orchestra and Brass Quintet of Eisenstaedt, Austria for two seasons. Highlights of these performances include performing in the very Esterházy Palace wherein the celebrated trumpet concertos of Haydn and Hummel were premiered over two hundred years earlier. On different occasions in the United States, he 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.
In addition, 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. In the genre of pops music, he has also performed with the Beach Boys and The Buckinghams. He performs as Principal Trumpet of the McConnell Arts Center Chamber Orchestra and Second Trumpet and soloist with the Saint Joseph Cathedral Orchestra (both broadcast on WOSU).
In addition to his career as a trumpet player and band conductor, 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 seven CDs and six popular method books. His recent students include the 2004, 2007 and 2012 National Hammered Dulcimer Champions.
His most recent solo hammered dulcimer CD, Grass Roots, has received rave reviews since its release in 2013. This CD won him an invitation to perform at the world’s largest and most prestigious Bluegrass festival, The Walnut Valley Festival, in Winfield, Kansas, where he performed as a headliner with Denison faculty members, Dr. Andy Carlson and Casey Cook, along with Grammy Award winning artists. On the merit of this recording Dr. Wade was invited to perform in Taiwan at the World Cimbalom Congress and National Taichung University. In Taiwan he lectured on American music and presented his CD in concert.
- Introduction to Music
- Music Theory I
- Music Theory I Lab: Aural Skills and Sight-singing
- Music Theory II Lab: Aural Skills and Sight-singing
- Applied Trumpet
- Applied Dulcimer
- Trumpet Ensemble
- Class Brass: Brass Methods
- Brass Ensemble
- Wind Ensemble
- Independent Study in Wind Band Literature
- Summer Scholars: 2011, 2012, 2013
- Research Areas:
- “The Role of the Horn in American Wind Ensemble Repertoire”
- “Exploring the Classics: Piano Literature for the Wind Ensemble”
- Sean-nós and the Woodwind Quintet: a Journey through Irish Traditional Music
- Research Areas:
Dirt Simple: Hammered Dulcimer, Mel Bay Publications, Inc., 2013.
- ISBN: 978-078-668-550-9
Killer Technique: Hammered Dulcimer, Mel Bay Publications, Inc., 2013.
- ISBN: 9780786685134.
Easy Does It: Popular Jam Tunes You CAN Play, Mel Bay Publications, Inc., 2011 & 2012.
- ISBN: 1610659678.
Harmony Time: Embellishments for Hammered Dulcimer, Mel Bay Publications, Inc., 2012.
- ISBN: 9780786684427.
- A Music Theory approach for hammered dulcimer geared to instruct readers on the American style of ornamenting and accompanying traditional folk melodies.
- Peer Reviewed in Bluegrass Unlimited, Vol 47, No. 9.
15 Minutes a Day: A Daily Practice Routine for Hammered Dulcimer, Blarney Stone Music. 2008.
- Self-published and distributed at conferences, music festivals and master classes.
Tunes and Techniques for Hammered Dulcimer, Blarney Stone Music. 2007.
- Self-published and distributed at conferences, music festivals and master classes.
- 120 page method book commonly used in the United States.
- This is the culmination of years of research on the medical problems of trumpet players. Though the genesis of this work is my dissertation, the research continues in scholarship at Denison University. I chose the website medium to present this research because of the fast pace in which medical research becomes obsolete. My goal throughout this process was to make this narrow field of obscure research more readily available to musicians and physicians (who may rarely treat trumpet players with enough frequency to be well-versed in research specific to trumpeters; e.g., ruptured orbicularis oris). The website format has strategic programming to maximize its results in search engines and also allows for instant updates as new research is published.
- The website is live and has already received over 39,553 hits (last accessed on Nov. 28, 2011).
- Dulcimer Players New Journal Compilation CD: “Columbus Stockade Blues”, from Grass Roots, by Mark Alan Wade. Included by invitation. Fall, 2012.
- Featuring the Denison University Music Faculty: Mark A. Wade: Hammered Dulcimer, Andy Carlson: Fiddle and Mandolin, Casey Cook: Guitar.
- Mark Alan Wade, “Grass Roots,” Blarney Stone Records. Summer, 2012.
- Featuring the Denison University Bluegrass Faculty: Mark A. Wade: Hammered Dulcimer, Andy Carlson: Fiddle and Mandolin, Casey Cook: Guitar, Mark Schatz, Bass.
- Work peer-reviewed by invited performances, including: Walnut Valley Association Festival in Winfield, Kansas- the largest Bluegrass Festival in the United States, September, 2011 and 2012. Cimbalom World Congress, in Taipei, Taiwan, October 2013.
- Featuring the Denison University Bluegrass Faculty: Mark A. Wade: Hammered Dulcimer, Andy Carlson: Fiddle and Mandolin, Casey Cook: Guitar, Mark Schatz, Bass.
- Dulcimer Players New Journal Compilation CD: Liberty Waltz, from “Hoedown,” by Mark Alan Wade. Included by invitation. Spring, 2012.
- Randy Clepper and John Sherman, “Finely Tuned,” Large Furry Things Productions: Fall, 2013.
- Dulcimer Players New Journal Compilation CD: Left Wing, from “WAY Over the Waterfall,” by Mark Alan Wade. Included by invitation. Spring, 2010.
- Mark Alan Wade, “Serenade,” Blarney Stone Records. 2006
- The Ohio State University Wind Symphony. Winds of Nagual. Franklin, Tennessee: Naxos, 2006.
- Randy Clepper, Mark Wade, et al. Hammer On!. Signal Mountain, TN: Signal Mountain Records, 2005.
- Miller, Lesley. Cookies ‘n’ Crème. Hilliard, Ohio: Blarney Stone Music, 2005.
- Mark Alan Wade. Serenade. Hilliard, Ohio: Blarney Stone Music, 2005.
- Mahler, David. (2004 National Hammered Dulcimer Champion) Under the Hammer. Hilliard, Ohio: Blarney Stone Music, 2002.
- Mark Alan Wade, Silver Bells. Hilliard, Ohio: Blarney Stone Music, 2001.
- Mark Alan Wade, WAY Over the Waterfall. Hilliard, Ohio: Blarney Stone Music, 2000.
- Craig Markley, The Lone Raven. Delaware, Ohio: Lone Raven Enterprises, 1999.
- Deana Knisley, Crossroads. Marysville, Ohio: Apollo Studios, 1998.
- Mark Alan Wade, Just As I Am. Hilliard, Ohio: Blarney Stone Music, 1998.
- Mark Alan Wade, Foggy Mountain Favorites. Hilliard, Ohio: Blarney Stone Music, 1996.
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.