Department of Music Faculty and Staff

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Barbara Altman

Barbara Altman is originally from Los Angeles. Her early training was with Gretchen Geber. She received her formal training at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. At Eastman, she earned the Bachelor and Master of Music with Honors in cello performance as a student of Ronald Leonard. She spent one year as a member of the Milwaukee Symphony and several years as a member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. Upon moving to Georgia she performed as a member of the Atlanta Ballet... Read More

Lisa Bartholow

Lisa Bartholow has a diverse performance background on flute, piccolo, and baroque flute in orchestral, chamber, solo, contemporary, electronic, and pop settings, ranging from appearances as a guest artist with the Chester String Quartet to symphonic playing and finally to backing Rod Stewart. A devoted chamber musician, Lisa is a founding member of the Peachtree Consort, an active Atlanta-based woodwind quintet.  As a soloist, she has appeared on subscription concert series, at regional... Read More

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Rebecca Rowell Cooke

Rebecca Rowell Cooke, the daughter of Edd and Ruth Rowell of Macon, began her journey in music singing harmonies with the family of five on road trips. She sampled violin, oboe, and piano before deciding clarinet was her favorite. Rebecca participated in All-State band or orchestra every year from 7th grade through the 12th grade. She went to Governor’s Honors Program in music as a sophomore and the following year received the Bellsouth Scholarship to study at Brevard Music Center for the... Read More

Joshua Crook

Joshua Crook, is an active freelancer and teacher in the Atlanta, Georgia area. He received his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Horn Performance from Florida State University, studying under (the late) Dr. William Capps, Michelle Stebleton and David Cripps. Over the past fifteen years, Joshua, has performed with various orchestras and ensembles throughout the Southeast: some of which are the Atlanta Pops Orchestra, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, the Macon Symphony Orchestra, and the... Read More

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Dr. Ellen Denham

Ellen Denham is a Lecturer of Music at Georgia College where she teaches studio voice. Prior to receiving her DMA at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Dr. Denham taught voice and coordinated the voice area at Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana. While at the University of Illinois, she taught voice to non-majors, public speaking, and served as Assistant Director for opera productions. Praised for her interpretive skills, clear tone, and effortless ornamentation, Denham is... Read More

Chris Enghauser

Chris Enghauser who earned a MM in Music Performance from The University Georgia, a BM in Music Performance from George Mason University, is a section bassist with the Macon Symphony and Albany Symphony, Principal Bassist of the Toccoa Symphony in Toccoa, Georgia, and a frequent section player with the Columbus Symphony and Rome Symphony. Chris’ performing experience includes freelancing in a range of styles including jazz, rock, bluegrass, folk, and world music. Chris has been the... Read More

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Dr. Stephen Fischer

Saxophonist Dr. Stephen Fischer maintains an active schedule as a soloist, chamber musician, and teacher. Dr. Fischer is the applied saxophone instructor in the Department of Music at Georgia College and has also served on the faculties of Clemson University, the University of Georgia, and the University of West Georgia. As a performer, Dr. Fischer is an active member of the North American Saxophone Alliance, and has been invited to perform at the organization’s national and... Read More

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Dr. Jennifer M. Flory

Dr. Jennifer Flory has served as Director of Choral Activities at Georgia College since August 2005. She conducts the University Chorus and the auditioned Max Noah Singers and teaches choral and vocal music education and conducting courses. In December 2009, she was appointed Graduate Coordinator for the MME program. In August 2015, Flory was promoted to Professor of Music. Dr. Flory was selected as a Governor’s Teaching Fellow for the 2014 Summer Symposium Program after a highly... Read More

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Dr. Dana Gorzelany-Mostak

Dana Gorzelany-Mostak is an Assistant Professor of Music at Georgia College. She holds a PhD in musicology from McGill University, and she has taught courses on the history of western music, opera in the 21st century, music and politics, music since 1900, popular music, and historiography. Her research explores various facets of American musical culture—the role of popular songs in presidential campaigns, the reception of music prodigies in the age of reality television, and the untold history... Read More

Dr. Richard Greene

Professor Emeritus Richard Greene is a classical guitarist, composer and analytical musicologist. Dr. Greene received a Bachelor of Music in Guitar Performance degree from Loyola University in 1970, a Master of Fine Arts in Guitar Performance degree from Tulane University in 1976 and a PhD in Analytical Musicology from the University of Leeds in 1992. He is one of the world's leading authorities on the music of the English composer Gustav Holst, whose composition... Read More

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Dr. Tina Holmes-Davis

Tina Holmes-Davis is an Assistant Professor of Music Education at Georgia College where she serves as Coordinator of Music Education and Graduate Music Education. Dr. Holmes-Davis holds a DMA in Music Education from Boston University. She was accepted to participate in COPLAC’s Digital Liberal Arts Seminar for distance mentored undergraduate projects in Summer 2016. Dr. Holmes-Davis has 15 years of public teaching experience in elementary music and middle school band. She is sought after as a... Read More

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Dr. Maureen Horgan

Dr. Maureen Horgan has been the Georgia College brass specialist since 2002. She teaches studio brass, directs the brass ensembles, and teaches aural skills, jazz history, and improvisation. With degrees from the New England Conservatory, Yale University School of Music, and SUNY Stony Brook, Maureen has had a long career as a professional musician, performing in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Jordan Hall, Symphony Hall in Boston, and with renowned musicians, including Aaron... Read More

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Dr. David Harned Johnson

David Harned Johnson is a composer and violinist currently teaching at Georgia College. He has previously taught at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas, the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington and Mercer University’s Townsend School of Music in Macon, where he was chair of theory and composition as well as concertmaster of the Macon Symphony Orchestra. Born and raised in California’s High Desert, he completed a Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance and... Read More

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Dr. Kaju Lee

Heralded as a “very accomplished pianist [who] provides first-class partnership at the keyboard” Kaju Lee has performed extensively as a collaborative partner in Australia, Austria, Canada, the Philippines, South Africa, South Korea, and throughout the United States. Her recent engagements include a tour with the Lonestar Classical Voices, and performances at Baylor University (Texas), the University of South Africa, Stellenbosch Konservatorium, and the Grahamstown... Read More

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Dr. Owen Lovell

Pianist Owen Lovell has appeared as a soloist and critically acclaimed chamber musician in fifteen U.S. states, Washington, D.C., Canada, Mexico, and the Netherlands. Commercial releases include tracks with rock musician Kip Winger (2008, Frontiers Records) and ASCAP award–winning composer Randall Bauer (2016, Albany Records). Owen has performed in live broadcasts on Wisconsin Public Radio and Austin, Texas NPR affiliate, KUT–FM. He has worked with many prizewinning composers, most notably... Read More

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Dr. William James McClain

Conductor and violist Dr. William James McClain has appeared in major venues across the United States and abroad including Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, and the Sheremetev Palace in Saint Petersburg Russia.  He has conducted professional, community, and youth orchestras for over ten years. In the spring of 2006, he conducted Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite with the Macon Symphony Orchestra in Georgia as the 2005 winner of International Conducting Workshop and Festival... Read More

Ryan Moser

Ryan Moser is the adjunct professor of trumpet at Georgia College and State University.  Along with teaching at GC, Ryan is an active freelance trumpet player based in the Greater Atlanta area and performs throughout the Southeast.  Ryan performs as a member of the Premiere Brass Quintet and the acclaimed Georgia Brass Band and has performed with the Atlanta Symphony, Albany Symphony, Gainesville Symphony, Georgia Symphony, Ludwig Symphony, Macon Symphony and the New World Symphony... Read More

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William Pritchard

Bill is a native of New Jersey. He began teaching and freelancing in Atlanta in 2001 while he was a member of the Army Ground Forces Band. Currently he plays tuba with the Midtown Brass Quintet, the free jazz trio Three Way Mirror, the Georgia Brass Band, the John's Creek Symphony Orchestra and the Ludwig Symphony. He has also performed with the Alabama, Columbus, Macon, Cobb, Chattanooga and Hilton Head Symphonies, the Savannah Philharmonic, Symphony Orchestra Augusta, the Atlanta Brass... Read More

Nancy Rehberg

Nancy Rowland Rehberg has been an active musician in middle Georgia for more than 35 years.  In addition to teaching, she has performed in many programs and recitals.  She has been a soloist for the Macon Symphony Orchestra's annual Pops Concert, has performed the "Cherry Blossom Waltz" for the Macon Cherry Blossom Festival, and has been featured often in the Macon Civic Club Review, an annual fund-raising program.  Rehberg has served on the boards of the Macon Symphony... Read More

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Dr. Sergio Ruiz

Steinway artist Dr. Sergio H. Ruiz has delighted audiences throughout the world. His performances on Spanish-speaking radio broadcasts have aired throughout South and Central America. Most recently, he performed concerts in the Czech Republic, Belgium, Germany, Bolivia, Ecuador, and México, and appeared live on KUHF 88.7, The Front Row, and WGTE FM: Live from FM 91. Dr. Ruiz studied piano in Barcelona, Spain under the tutelage of the late, legendary pianist Alicia de... Read More

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Dr. Lev Ryabinin

Dr. Lev Ryabinin graduated with distinction from the Kharkov Institute of Arts, Ukraine, continued his education at the Samuel Rubin Academy of Music at Tel-Aviv University and received his Master’s Degree in Piano Performance from Roosevelt University in Chicago. Dr. Ryabinin earned his Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Iowa, where he held a three-year teaching assistantship. Dr. Ryabinin won First Prize in the Tel-Aviv Academy Competition and... Read More

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Dr. Patti Tolbert

Dr. Tolbert received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Music Education from the University of Georgia in 1997, the Master of Education in Music Education from Georgia Southern University in 1986, and the Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Berry College in 1970.    Dr. Tolbert has twenty years of experience as an instrumental music educator teaching in Polk, Glynn, McIntosh and Oconee County schools before coming to GC. Dr. Tolbert continues to be an active performer around... Read More

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Dr. Clifford N. Towner

Dr. Clifford N. Towner is Director of Band Activities and Assistant Professor of Music at Georgia College. His duties include conducting the Wind Symphony and Jazz Band, as well as teaching classes in conducting and music education. Previously, Dr. Towner was Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Bands at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa where his responsibilities included conducting the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Brass Ensemble, as well as teaching brass pedagogy, trumpet and... Read More

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Dr. Bonnie Von Hoff

Dr. Bonnie Von Hoff joined the music faculty of Georgia College in the Fall of 2013. She teaches Applied Voice and Diction for Singers and is currently the Interim Vocal Coordinator. She earned her Doctor of Arts with a major in Vocal Performance and a secondary in Music Education from Ball State University. While a graduate assistant in the Voice Department at Ball State, Dr. Von Hoff was a graduate assistant in Voice and Diction and completed an internship in Vocal Pedagogy. Dr. Von Hoff... Read More

Khary Wilson

Dr. Dusty Woodruff