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Study With Acclaimed Faculty and Accomplished Professionals

As a student at the Mary Pappert School of Music, you study with professors internationally acclaimed in their fields. Along with meeting the highest standards for teaching, faculty members have active musical careers outside the University, and many are renowned composers, arrangers, performers and members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Our faculty's diverse musical backgrounds create an exceptional learning environment. With a 4-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio, you're certain to receive the personal attention necessary to truly perfect your talents, whether your career aspirations are to be in front of an audience, in the recording studio or in a classroom or therapy setting.

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Department of Music Education and Music Therapy

Doerksen, Dr. Paul F.

Chair of Music Education & Music Therapy; Associate Professor, Music Education

Abbott, Dr. Elaine

Director of Music Therapy; Associate Professor, Music Therapy

Benham, Dr. Stephen

Associate Dean; Associate Professor, Music Education; Area Coordinator, Strings

Bowman, Dr. Judith

Professor, Music Education and Music Technology

Buetzow, David

Adjunct Professor, Music Education

Cannon, Craig

Adjunct Professor, Music Education

Daley, Dr. Caron

Director of Choral Activities; Assistant Professor

Erb, Candace

Adjunct Professor, Music Education

Gatch, P.J.

Adjunct Professor, Music Education

Hoydich, George

Adjunct Professor, Music Education

Mull, Jessica

Adjunct Professor, Music Therapy

Rea, Jaime

Adjunct Professor, Music Education

Riley, Sr. Carole Anne

Professor, Music Education, Piano

Sanders, Linda

Adjunct Professor, Music Therapy and Music Education

Sutton, Brigette

Adjunct Professor, Music Therapy

Teague, Aaron

Adjunct Professor, Music Therapy

Wall, Jane

Adjunct Professor, Music Education

Whitcomb, Dr. Rachel

Associate Professor, Music Education

Woten, David

Adjunct Professor, Music Education

Department of Contemporary Music Media and Jazz

Purse, William

Chair of Contemporary Music Media and Jazz; Professor, Music Technology and Guitar

Badaczewski, Joe

Adjunct Professor, Jazz Trumpet

Bickel, Ronald E.

Adjunct Professor, Jazz Piano

Bowman, Dr. Judith

Professor, Music Education and Music Technology

Bush, Jeff

Adjunct Professor, Jazz Trombone; Conductor of Jazz Workshop

Chapman, Michael

Adjunct Professor, Classical Guitar

DeFade, Kelley

Adjunct Professor, Jazz Voice

Dorman, Michael

Adjunct Professor, Sound Recording and Music Technology

Dudt, Jay

Adjunct Professor, Sound Recording Technology

Gunnell, Jonathan

Adjunct Professor, Music Technology

Karsh, Kenneth

Adjunct Professor, Jazz Guitar

Kikta, Thomas J.

Assistant Professor, Music Technology; Area Coordinator, Sound Recording Technology; Area Coordinator, Classical Guitar

Koch, Mark

Adjunct Professor, Jazz Guitar; Area Coordinator, Jazz Guitar

Mangone, Jeffrey

Adjunct Professor, Double Bass/Bass Guitar

Naus, Jesse

Adjunct Professor, Sound Recording Technology

Negri, Joseph

Adjunct Professor, Jazz Guitar

Rodriguez, Francisco

Adjunct Professor, Sound Recording Technology

Rogers, Leonard

Adjunct Professor, Jazz Percussion

Stahurski, Brian

Adjunct Professor, Bass Guitar

Tomaro, Mike

Professor, Jazz Studies, Jazz Saxophone, and Composition; Program Director of Jazz Studies; Conductor, Jazz Ensemble

Zimmerman, R.J.

Adjunct Professor, Jazz Guitar

Department of Musicianship

Binder, Dr. Benjamin

Chair of Musicianship, Associate Professor of Music

Blobner, Thomas

Adjunct Professor

Burke, Dr. Patrick

Assistant Professor, Composition

Hynson, Meghan

Visiting Assistant Professor, Ethnomusicology

Kang, Jonghee

Adjunct Professor

Kocher, Dr. Edward

William Patrick Power, C.S.Sp., Endowed Chair in Academic Leadership; Professor, Trombone, and Music Appreciation

Knaub, Dr. Maribeth

Adjunct Professor, Alexander Technique

Miller, Paul

Visiting Assistant Professor, Music Theory

Mroziak, Jordan

Adjunct Professor

Myers-Brooks, Aaron

Adjunct Professor

Nagy, Dr. Zvonimir

Assistant Professor, Composition

Purse, Lynn

Associate Professor, Composition, Music Technology; Area Coordinator, Composition

Sheehan, Dr. Joseph

Assistant Professor, Composition

Wiskus, Dr. Jessica

Professor of Music

Department of Performance

Brass Area

Nova, James

Area Coordinator, Brass; Adjunct Professor, Trombone

Crewe, Murray

Adjunct Professor, Bass Trombone

Houghton, Mark

Adjunct Professor, French Horn

Knox, Craig

Adjunct Professor, Tuba

Kocher, Dr. Edward

William Patrick Power, C.S.Sp., Endowed Chair in Academic Leadership; Professor, Trombone, Musicianship

LaDuke, Lance

Adjunct Professor, Euphonium

Lirette, Charles

Adjunct Professor, Trumpet

Smith, Zachary

Adjunct Professor, French Horn

VanOuse, Philip

Adjunct Professor, Tuba

Winkler, Chad

Adjunct Professor, Trumpet

Keyboard Studies & Sacred Music Area

Burky, Kenneth

Area Coordinator, Keyboard Studies & Sacred Music; Professor, Piano

Bennett, Mary Lynne

Adjunct Professor, Piano

Cornelius-Bates, Benjamin

Adjunct Professor, Organ; Director of Sacred Music

Labounsky, Dr. Ann

Professor, Organ and Sacred Music

Riley, Sr. Carole Anne

Professor, Piano and Music Education

Snitkovsky, Natasha

Adjunct Professor, Piano

Tchakarian, Anoush

Adjunct Professor, Piano

Wehr, David Allen

Jack W. Geltz Distinguished Piano Chair, Professor, Piano

Percussion Area

Stephan, Edward

Area Coordinator, Percussion; Adjunct Professor, Percussion

Allen, Christopher

Adjunct Professor, Percussion

Hoffman, Dennis

Conductor, Percussion Ensemble

Rael, Eliseo

Adjunct Professor, Percussion

Rogers, Leonard

Adjunct Professor, Percussion

Soroka, John

Adjunct Professor, Percussion

String Area

Benham, Dr. Stephen

Associate Dean; Associate Professor of Music Education; Area Coordinator, Strings

Gingras-Roy, Marylène

Adjunct Professor, Viola

Howard, Micah

Adjunct Professor, Double Bass

Liu, Adam

Adjunct Professor, Cello

Mangone, Jeffrey

Adjunct Professor, Double Bass/Bass Guitar

Stegeman, Charles

Professor, Violin

Stegeman, Rachel

Adjunct Professor, Violin

Turner, Jeffrey

Director of Orchestral Activities; Adjunct Professor, Double Bass

Van Hoesen, Gretchen

Adjunct Professor, Harp

Wang, Meng

Adjunct Professor, Viola

White, Aaron

Adjunct Professor, Double Bass

Voice Area

Gregory, Dr. Alexandra

Associate Provost for Academic Affairs; Interim Area Coordinator, Voice

Beylin, Inessa

Adjunct Professor, Voice

Donohue Burns, Patricia

Adjunct Professor, Voice; Coordinator of Accompanying Services

Gruber, Sari

Adjunct Professor, Voice

Guechev, Guenko

Associate Professor, Voice

Lemberskaya, Susanna

Adjunct Professor, Voice

Liu, Xiu-ru

Adjunct Professor, Voice

Moyer, John

Adjunct Professor, Voice

Pinza, Claudia

Resident Vocal Master Class Artist

Woodwind Area

Houlik, James

Chair of Performance; Professor, Saxophone; Area Coordinator, Winds

Bell, Scott

Adjunct Professor, Oboe

Bursill-Hall, Damian

Adjunct Professor, Flute

Gorton, James

Adjunct Professor, Oboe

Howell, Jack

Adjunct Professor, Clarinet

Kenny, Rhian

Adjunct Professor, Flute/Piccolo

Kost, Josephine

Adjunct Professor, Flute

Lauver, Eric

Adjunct Professor, Saxophone

Pandolfi, Philip

Adjunct Professor, Bassoon

Rogers, James

Adjunct Professor, Bassoon

Samuels, Ron

Adjunct Professor, Clarinet

Steele, Jennifer

Adjunct Professor, Flute

Ensembles

Bush, Jeff

Conductor of Jazz Workshop

Cameron, Dr. Robert

Director of Bands; Professor; Conductor, Wind Symphony and Symphony Band

Chapman, Michael

Conduct, Classic Guitar Ensemble

Daley, Dr. Caron

Director of Choral Activities; Conductor, Voices of Spirit and Pappert Women’s Chorale

Guechev, Guenko

Director of the Opera Workshop

Karsh, Kenneth

Conductor, Jazz Guitar Ensemble; Co-Conductor, Electronic Ensemble

Koch, Mark

Co-Conductor, Jazz Guitar Ensemble

Kost, Josephine

Conductor, Flute Choir

Purse, Lynn

Co-Conductor, Electronic Ensemble

Hoffmann, Dennis

Conductor, Percussion Ensemble

Russo, Guy

Conductor, Pappert Men’s Chorale

Tomaro, Mike

Conductor, Jazz Ensemble

Turner, Jeffrey

Director of Orchestral Activities; Conductor, Duquesne Symphony Orchestra

Professors Emeriti

Beck, Sr. Donna Marie, Ph.D., FAMI, MT-BC Professor Emerita
Jordanoff, Christine Professor Emerita
Shankovich, Dr. Robert Professor Emeritus
Stock, David Professor Emeritus
Wilson, Dr. John Professor Emeritus

Mary Pappert School of Music Administration and Staff

Dr. Seth Beckman Dean of the Mary Pappert School of Music
David Barr Piano Technician
Dr. Stephen Benham Director of Graduate Studies
Christopher Bromley Executive Director of City Music Center
Nancy Bruce Music Education Assistant
Troy Centofanto Director of Music Admissions
Jane Cubbison Administrative Assistant
Patricia Donohue Burns Coordinator of Accompnaying Services
Michael Dorman Lab Manager
David Egyud Production Coordinator
Margaret Eiseman Administrative Assistant
Stephen Groves Manager of Musical Events
Thomas Haas Operations Manager
Mark Koch
Karen Kriss Academic Advisor
Zachary Morgan Audio/Visual Technician
Jordan Mroziak Coordinator of Student Services
JoAnne Pope Office Manager
Colleen Woods Assistant to the Dean