Soprano Tabitha Burchett serves as Lecturer of Voice and Theory at Georgia College. A frequent recitalist and concert performer, her oratorio work most recently culminated in a performance of Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass under the baton of Joseph Flummerfelt. Other concert performances include Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem, Haydn’s Paukenmesse, and Libby Larsen’s Sonnets from the Portuguese. On the operatic stage she has performed Rosalba (Florencia en el Amazonas), Pamina (Die Zauberflote), Josephine (HMS Pinafore), Gretel (Hansel and Gretel), Lily (The Secret Garden), and Mabel (The Pirates of Penzance). In 2017 she was honored to be a Marc and Eva Stern Fellow at SongFest in Los Angeles, where she performed the world premiere of Juliana Hall’s cycle When the South Wind Sings (the topic of her doctoral dissertation). A frequent collaborator with composers, she has worked with Libby Larsen, Bernard Rands, Dominick DiOrio, and countless student composers. She made her directorial debut in 2017 with the Bloomington University Gilbert and Sullivan Society’s production of Patience. Burchett holds an MM from Indiana University and a BM from Wheaton College (Wheaton, Ill.).
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 regional conferences in Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Texas. He has also performed as a soloist and chamber musician at meetings of the World Saxophone Congress in Minneapolis, Minnesota (2003), Ljubljana, Slovenia (2006), St. Andrews, Scotland (2012), and most recently in Strasbourg, France (2015). He is also an avid supporter of new music, and regularly participates in the commissioning of new works through various consortiums. Commissions include pieces by Shih-Hui Chen, Halim El-Dabh, and Marc Mellits. Dr. Fischer has recently premiered new works by composers Dave Deason, Roger Vogel, and Natalie Williams.
Stephen Fischer received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in saxophone performance from the University of Georgia, studying with Dr. Kenneth Fischer. He also earned both the Master of Music degree in saxophone performance and the Bachelor of Music degree in music education from the University of Georgia. During his studies, Dr. Fischer performed in master classes led by renowned saxophonists Eugene Rousseau and Claude Delangle. Additionally, he attended the Domaine Forget International Music and Dance Academy in Quebec, Canada, where he studied with Jean-Marie Londeix and Jean-Francois Guay.
Dr. Jennifer Morgan Flory
Director of Choral Activities, Professor of Music
Dr. Jennifer Flory has been Director of Choral Activities at Georgia College in Milledgeville since August 2005. She serves as Professor of Music, conducts the University Chorus and the auditioned Max Noah Singers, and teaches choral and vocal music education and conducting courses. Flory made her Carnegie Hall debut with two world premieres in May 2018. She is also busy as guest conductor for events such as the GMEA 2018 Elementary School Glynn County Honor Chorus in January 2018, the Denison University (OH) Chamber Singers in November 2016, the GMEA District 11 Women’s Honor Choir in February 2015, the Newton County (GA) Fifth Grade Honors Choir in March 2012, and the GMEA District 11 High School Mixed Honor Choir in January 2008. Flory also serves as an adjudicator for GMEA LGPE, GMEA Solo & Ensemble, and GHSA Literary. She also performs as a mezzo-soprano soloist. Since August 2006, Flory has served as Director of Music at First Presbyterian Church in Milledgeville.
In April 2018, Flory was awarded the Council of Public Liberal Arts College's Charles Dunn Award, which recognizes a faculty member whose commitment to student success goes "above and beyond" the classroom and office, the traditional roles of teacher, academic advisor, and mentor. Flory was also selected as a Governor’s Teaching Fellow for the 2014 Summer Symposium Program after a highly competitive application and selection process. In spring 2014, Flory was initiated into Omicron Delta Kappa, the National Leadership Honor Society. Flory holds both a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Music Education Degrees from Otterbein College (now University); and both a Master of Music and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati.
Flory has commissioned a number of new choral works from composers such as Emma Lou Diemer, David Hamilton, David Johnson, and John Hennecken, and premiered them with Georgia College ensembles. Flory’s most recent articles are about the music of prolific New Zealand composer, David Hamilton, and are featured in the Research Memorandum Series, a Journal of The American Choral Foundation, published by Chorus America. Flory was also compiler for the Spring 2008 and 2009 issues of RMS; the first article details the choral-orchestral music and the latter article indexes the choral music of Emma Lou Diemer. Flory has presented technology sessions for the Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) and the North Carolina Music Educators Association and other sessions for GMEA on topics such as sight-reading, choral concert programming, contemporary a cappella singing, and contemporary commercial music voice pedagogy.
Dr. Dana Gorzelany-Mostak
Assistant Professor of Music
Dana Gorzelany-Mostak teaches courses on the history of western music, American music, and world music, as well as directs the Music Theater Scenes class and Women's Ensemble. Her research explores the role of popular songs in presidential campaigns, the reception of music prodigies in the age of reality television, and the untold history of music performance on the “freak” show stage in the 19th century. Additional research interests include opera and popular culture, public musicology, and music entrepreneurship. She has received the Mark Tucker Award from the Society for American Music and the Peter Narvaez Memorial Award from the International Association for the Study of Popular Music-Canada for her work on the intersection of politics and music in the 2008 campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Her research on music and electoral politics appears in Music & Politics, the Journal of the Society for American Music and the Journal of Popular Music Studies. Her work on Jackie Evancho appears in the edited volume Voicing Girlhood in Popular Music: Performance, Authority, Authenticity (Routledge) and in the journal American Music. Gorzelany-Mostak is also the founder of Trax on the Trail, a Georgia College-sponsored website that tracks the soundscapes of American presidential campaigns.
Dr. Tina Holmes-Davis
Coordinator of Music Education, Assistant Professor of Music
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 band clinician and woodwind technician throughout Georgia, teaches the Georgia College Middle School Band Camp, and performs in the Wellston Winds Community Band. Dr. Holmes-Davis’ professional affiliations include the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), the Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) and the International Clarinet Association (ICA). She is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Pi Kappa Lambda, and is a faculty advisor for CNAfME and Sigma Alpha Iota at Georgia College. She currently lives in Macon with her husband, Jay Davis, and the wonder twins, Emma and Jonah.
Dr. David Harned Johnson
Associate Professor of Music
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 composition at the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California. At Yale University, he earned an Masters of Music degree in composition, and went on to receive a Doctor of Music Arts degree in composition from Indiana University.
Johnson’s original works for orchestra have been performed by the Macon Symphony Orchestra, the University of Arizona Philharmonic, the Lake Union Civic Orchestra in Seattle, the Claremont Young Musicians Orchestra, the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra, and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Honduras. Johnson’s original chamber music has been performed at many national conferences, including the National Flute Association, the North American Saxophone Alliance, and the International Double Reed Society.
Dr. Youngmi Kim
Voice Coordinator, Assistant Professor of Music
South Korean soprano Dr. Youngmi Kim is an Assistant Professor of Music and Vocal Department Coordinator at Georgia College. She has previously taught at Radford University in Virginia and Wilberforce University in Ohio. She received her education at the College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) at the University of Cincinnati (DMA and MM) and Ewha Womans University (BM) in Korea.
Dr. Kim is the recipient of numerous accolades including first prize at the William C. Byrd Young Artist Competition and third prize at the Louisville Bach Society Gerhard Herz Young Artist Competition. She made the finals of The Lyndon Woodside Solo Competition where she won the Richard Westenberg Award for 18th-Century Stylistic Interpretation. At CCM, Dr. Kim won the Emilie Dieterle Award and has been the recipient of numerous graduate scholarship awards and a featured soloist in numerous productions. Her outstanding voice has been hailed by San Francisco Classical Voice as “one of those silvery, "strand-of-pearls"-type voices.” The Columbus Dispatch complimented “the liveliness of her voice,” while The Flint Journal commented that, “From [Ms. Kim’s] petite frame and gentle presence bellowed a forceful, yet graceful and flowing voice.” Music in Cincinnati also praised that “[Youngmi Kim’s] clear, flexible voice brought beauty and substance to everything she sang… Her coloratura was every bit as spectacular as his in their mutual cadenza, earning them a warm round of applause.”
A versatile artist, Youngmi Kim is an accomplished interpreter of early music. She is a regularly featured vocalist with the Catacoustic Consort, an acclaimed Cincinnati based early music chamber ensemble. Dr. Kim has also performed with other important period performance ensembles including La Donna Musicale and Apollo’s Cabinet and she is featured on the recording, Le Stagioni (The Seasons): Virtuoso Italian Madrigals, with the early music ensemble, Gravitación. Dr. Kim has participated at the Vancouver Early Music Festival, and at L’Accademia D’amore in Seattle where she worked with celebrated early music specialist, Stephen Stubbs.
Dr. Kim has appeared as a soloist with the Richmond Symphony, Flint Symphony, Honolulu Symphony, Kentucky Symphony, Lebanon Symphony, and Louisville Bach Society. She is a frequent performer in her native Seoul and has performed with the Korean Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra on numerous occasions, notably with conductor, James Judd. Dr. Kim was also featured as soprano soloist in Brahms’s German Requiem with the Seoul Philharmonic under the direction of maestro Myung-Whun Chung.
Dr. Kaju Lee
Staff Pianist, Academic Professional
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 National Arts Festival, the world’s second largest arts festival (South Africa). Dr. Lee also released a CD in Sydney, Australia with Cellist Emily Duffill. “100 Years of Music for Cello and Piano” is for sale worldwide through iTunes, Amazon and cdbaby.com.
Dr. Lee teaches, coordinates piano accompanying, coaches, and collaborates with both faculty and students at Georgia College. She has worked for Sam Houston State University, the Texas Young Artists Competition, the University of Miami in Salzburg (Austria), the Choral Symphony Society, (NYC), and the Pre-College Division of the Manhattan School of Music (NYC). Dr. Lee earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Collaborative Piano at the University of Colorado – Boulder, where she studied with world-renowned teacher Anne Epperson. She holds degrees from the Manhattan School of Music in New York City and McGill University in Canada. In June 2015, Lee performed a Mozart piano concerto in South Africa with South Africa’s primary orchestra, the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic orchestra. This performance earned high praise from Music magazine: “Lee delivered this rapid and brilliant music with skill and aplomb” and “her delicate performance was much to the taste of the audience and she and the orchestra were given prolonged applause at the end.”
Dr. Owen Lovell
Keyboard Coordinator, Assistant Professor of Music
Pianist Owen Lovell has appeared as a soloist and critically acclaimed chamber musician in seventeen 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 Lowell Liebermann, Michael Torke, Samuel Adler, Joan Tower, Dan Welcher, Eric Ewazen, David Maslanka, Denis Smalley, and Roberto Sierra. Owen maintains professional two–piano and violin and piano collaborations, delighting audiences in settings ranging from rural community churches to the Kennedy Center.
Dr. Lovell earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in piano performance from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University, and holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin. His principal instructors included Boris Slutsky, Dr. Betty Mallard, Gregory Allen, and Julian Martin. Owen is an MTNA Nationally Certified Teacher of Music, having served actively on the executive board of its state and local affiliates, and is frequently in demand as a clinician and adjudicator throughout the United States.
Appointed in the fall of 2016, Dr. Lovell is currently an Assistant Professor of Music and coordinates the keyboard area at Georgia College, the state’s designated public liberal arts university. Additionally, he is a piano technician and the piano review editor for Larry Fine’s Acoustic and Digital Piano Buyer (www.pianobuyer.com and printed semiannually), the standard consumer reference for piano shoppers. He previously served on the keyboard faculties of the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, the University of Texas - San Antonio, and Texas State University. Visit his personal website, www.owenlovell.com for more information and links to recordings.
Dr. William James McClain
Director of String Activities, Assistant Professor of Music
Conductor and violist 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 talented youth orchestras for over twenty years. In the spring of 2006 he conducted Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite with the Macon Symphony Orchestra in Georgia as the 2005 winner of the International Conductors Workshop and Festival Competition. Since then he has been awarded that distinction again and invited back to lead the Macon Symphony as a guest conductor. Dr. McClain was also honored by the International Academy of Advanced Conducting in Saint Petersburg Russia where he conducted the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic’s Congress Orchestra. Dr. McClain has also appeared as guest conductor with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, and the Onondaga Civic Orchestra in upstate New York.
As a violist Dr. McClain has recorded with the Adriane String Quartet (faculty string quartet at Ithaca College) and maintains an active chamber music and solo recital schedule most recently appearing on “The Night of Chamber Music,” part of the Guest Artist Series at Georgia Military College and the New Hampshire Music Festival. A former member of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra and the Tri-Cities Opera Orchestra Dr. McClain has also performed with the Bakersfield Symphony, Austin Symphony, and was principal violist for the Allentown Symphony and the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes. He is currently principal violist of Orchestra Noir in Atlanta, Georgia, a member of the Macon Symphony Orchestra, and serves as principal violist during the annual Colour of Music Festival held in Charleston, South Carolina.
Dr. McClain has taught undergraduate viola at Ithaca College and The University of Maryland at College Park as a graduate assistant. He was also invited to teach viola and violin as a guest artist at Huston Tillotson College and Mercer University. Dr. McClain is a former faculty member at Phillips Exeter Academy where he was named the John and Elizabeth Phillips Fellow. While at the academy he was director of the chamber music program, conducted the Exeter Symphony Orchestra, founded the Exeter Symphonia, and taught in the music theory program.
A native of Washington D.C. Dr. McClain is currently an Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Orchestras at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, Georgia. Dr. McClain received degrees in conducting and viola performance from The University of Maryland, Ithaca College and The University of Texas at Austin.
Dr. Don N. Parker
Dr. Don N. Parker serves as Chair and Professor of Music (Percussion) at Georgia College and State University. In 2018 Dr. Parker performed with the Three Rivers Percussion Ensemble (All-Collegiate Directors Group) at the North Carolina Day of Percussion and the All-Star Jazz Combo, featuring Mr. Ronald Carter (former Director of Jazz Studies at NIU), as a part of the first annual Fayetteville State University Jazz Day. He presented a percussion clinic/masterclass and recital at the University of Mount Olive (NC) with his trumpet/percussion duo, Double Take, which released its second CD of commissioned works, Atmospheres, in 2008. Dr. Parker has served as an artist-in-residence and guest clinician/conductor for a variety of festivals and organizations, including the River City Drum Corp, the annual Keeper of the Dreams Celebration (Louisville, KY), the HBCU-NBDC All-Star Percussion Ensemble, and the H.O.P.E. Summer Percussion Camp at the University of Louisville. Dr. Parker also served as director for the summer music camps at Fayetteville State University.
Dr. Parker has performed with the Fayetteville Jazz Orchestra and Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra since 2003 as a featured soloist and principal percussionist. The Haydon/Parker Duo’s second CD, Reunion (2015), is available on the ACA Digital Recordings/Albany Record. As part of the album release tour, Parker’s jazz vibes/piano duo presented jazz clinics and concerts at Fayetteville State University and Claflin University (SC).
In 2007 and 2015 Dr. Parker contributed a teacher resource guides to Teaching Music through Performance in Jazz,Vols. I & II, a series complied and edited by Richard Miles and Ronald Carter (GIA Publications). He recently presented an open forum panel discussion titled “Beyond the Tradition: Preparing the 21st-century Musician at Historically Black Colleges and Universities”at the 2017 National Association of Schools of Music conference in Phoenix (AZ).
Dr. Parker holds active membership in PAS, NACWPI, MENC, JEN, and the American Federation of Musicians and has served as president of the NC Percussive Arts Society State Chapter. Prior to his appointment at Georgia College, Dr. Parker taught and served as Interim Chair/Director of the Fine Arts Series and Assistant Chair at Fayetteville State University, and held teaching positions at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, Chadron State College (NB), and the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Dr. Parker has a B.M. in Performance and Music Business from DePauw University and a M.M. and D.M.A. in Percussion Performance from the University of Texas-Austin. Dr. Parker has endorsements with Sabian Cymbals, Mapex Drums, Mike Balter Mallets, Vic Firth Sticks, Remo World Percussion, LP Music Group, and Majestic Percussion. For more information go to: www.parkerlinchmusic.com.
Dr. Lev Ryabinin
Staff Pianist, Academic Professional
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 was a finalist in the Kankakee Piano Concerto Competition. Dr. Ryabinin has worked as a collaborative pianist/accompanist for Interlochen Center for the Arts, Chicago Opera Theater, Roosevelt University, the University of Iowa, and numerous music theatre productions. He has also presented recitals in Germany, Ukraine, Israel, Spain and the United States. Dr. Ryabinin currently serves as staff accompanist and piano instructor at Georgia College.
Dr. Clifford N. Towner
Director of Band Activities, Associate Professor of Music
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 conducting. He also directed the Morningside athletic bands (The Morningside Outdoor Band and Fever Pep Band). While living in Sioux City, he led the All-America Concert Band for three years. Dr. Towner holds a D.M.A. degree in Wind Conducting from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he studied with Dr. Carolyn Barber. Additionally, he holds a Masters of Music degree in Music Education from Wright State University, having studied with Dr. David Booth, and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Dr. Towner also taught in the public schools for ten years in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Dr. Towner’s scholarly pursuits are in the area of wind-band literature and rehearsal performance practice. Recent contributions in this area include an update to the 1978 Acton Ostling, Jr. wind-band literature study; contributions to two volumes of Teaching Music Through Performance in Band; and presentations at the Georgia Music Educators Conference, College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) divisional and national conferences, and the 2015 World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE) conference.
Dr. Towner maintains an active schedule as a popular guest conductor, clinician, and drill writer. He is a member of CBDNA, WASBE, GMEA, The Association of Concert Bands, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He is also an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi. He resides in the Milledgeville with his wife Gina, and their daughter Laura and son Nathan.
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 Orchestra for over twenty years. She is currently principal cellist with the Macon Symphony Orchestra. She also performs with the Hilton Head Orchestra, the Columbus (GA) Symphony and the Valdosta Symphony. In addition, she performs with several chamber music ensembles. She teaches part time at Georgia College and State University, Wesleyan College, and has students privately at home. During the summers, she has served on the faculty of the Red Lodge Music Festival in Montana and is currently a cellist with the Bear Valley Music Festival in the high Sierras of California.
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Music Technology and Composition Instructor
Douglas Abraham Bassett is a rising Georgia based composer, producer, and engineer. He received his Bachelor’s of the Arts in music composition at LaGrange College and his Master’s of Music in composition at the University of Georgia. Currently, he holds the role of Adjunct Professor of Music at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, GA, where he teaches music composition and music technology. Composing in a variety of different mediums, he regularly explores unique and evolving timbres and textures, with which, he works to combine both Eastern and Western philosophical and musical concepts helping to leave the listener in a state of balance between the worlds of intellect and intuition.
Flute Instructor, Flute Choir Director
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 and national composition conferences, and recently on a tour of South Carolina where she performed the works of South Carolinian African-American composers. Spring 2016 will bring the premieres of two works she has commissioned by two exciting composers, Nicole Chamberlain and Brandon Nelson.
As an educator, Lisa is the flute instructor and flute choir director at Georgia College, Toccoa Falls College, and Clayton State University. In addition to studio instruction, she has also taught courses in music appreciation, woodwind chamber literature, and music business. She mentors students of all ages and abilities in a thriving private studio in addition to giving master classes, teaching at summer music workshops, and adjudicating regional competitions. Her own teachers include Jacob Berg, Donald Peck, Bonita Boyd, Michael Parloff, and Kathryn Lukas.
Lisa also has substantial experience as a stage manager for large ensemble concerts, and operatic and theatrical productions. A closet musicologist, she is a researcher, writer, and editor of program notes. The insight gained while working within these additional careers as well as in the administrations of a major symphony orchestra and a music school, have contributed immeasurably to her understanding of the arts from both sides of the music stand.
French Horn Instructor
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 Albany Symphony Orchestra. One of the founding members, he also plays horn in the Atlanta based ensemble, The Premiere Brass Quintet. Joshua, has a passion for teaching, and currently maintains a horn studio, serving as Adjunct Professor of Horn, at Georgia College and State University.
Double Bass Instructor
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 recording bassist for Rolling Stones pianist Chuck Leavell, also having toured extensively with him and The Randall Bramblett Band. Chris recorded on Chuck’s cd Back to the Woods, which also features guitar legends John Mayer and Keith Richards, and for the Cartoon Network’s Squidbillies Theme. Other recording credits include Commonality by jazz saxophonist Jeff Coffin (of Bela Fleck and the Flectones and Dave Matthews Band), legendary jazz guitarist Mimi Fox’s DVD Live at the Palladium, Randall Bramblett’s Meantime, and recordings for NPR, Compass Records, Sugar Hill Records and Homespun Video. On the road, Chris performed with national Broadway tours of Pump Boys and Dinettes, A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline, Cole Porter’s Anything Goes, as house bassist aboard The Queen of the West Riverboat, and international touring to Canada and Bermuda with the Billie Holiday Tribute Band. Chris had also performed with Bela Fleck, Roy Wooten, Victor Wooten, Sarah Evans, Amy Ray, Randy Sabien, Barbara Lamb, Mark Feldman, David Blackmon, Chester Thompson, Jeff Mosier, David Greir, Mac Davis, Cecil Welch, Curley Maple, Augusta Symphony, and Gainesville Symphony. Present teaching positions include Adjunct Professor of Bass at Georgia College; Adjunct Professor of Bass and Jazz Combos at Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, AL; Director of Bands at Monsignor Donovan Catholic High School in Athens, GA; Jazz/Rock Bass Instructor at the UGA Community Music School; Bass Instructor at The Athens School of Music. Previous teaching experience includes Academic Program Specialist in the Jazz Studies Dept at the UGA, clinician for the UGA Jazz Festival, Jazz Band Director for the UGA Summer Music Camp, co-coordinator of the UGA Bass Symposium, and has twice been the Bass Instructor for the Southeastern Bluegrass Association’s Bear on the Square Bluegrass Festival in Dahlonega, GA.
Dr. Nathaniel Gworek
Nathaniel Gworek teaches percussion ensemble, percussion methods, private lessons, and music history. He continues to work with the percussion community commissioning new music and performing recitals and clinics in the area. He also is on the advisory board of directors for the Women Composers Festival of Hartford and is a member for the Percussive Arts Society Health and Wellness Committee. Well versed in many musical genres, he has toured the northeast with percussion ensembles, orchestras, wind ensembles, rock and jazz bands, Mexican and African music groups, and a Renaissance music ensemble. Dr. Gworek has performed with the Finger Lakes Symphony Orchestra, UConn Opera Company, and the Hartford City Singers. He has studied with Jim Tiller of the Rochester Philharmonic, Kay Stonefelt, female pioneer on Broadway, and Keith Aleo. He has previously worked as an instructor at Stephen F. Austin State University, Manchester Community College, and as a student, was a teacher’s assistant at SUNY Fredonia, New York Summer Music Festival, and the Interlochen Center for the Arts.
Dr. David Mitchell is an educator and published composer who writes for large and small ensembles, interactive electronics and electroacoustic music for performance as well as original scores for films, video games, promotional ads, and corporate videos. His commercial work includes music for Hilton Hotels and The Coca Cola Company.
His works have been performed throughout the U.S., in places such as Washington and Lee University, Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Glen Cove (NY), University of Mississippi for Women, Louisiana Tech, University of South Carolina, University of North Florida, Morehead State University, East Tennessee State University, Campbell University (NC), the National Civil War Naval Museum, and University of Georgia.
Dr. Mitchell has won numerous competitions, including the Olin Parker Composition Competition, Southeastern Composers League Phillip Slate Composition Competition, and the Contemporary Chamber Ensemble Composition Competition.
His music composition blog is read by thousands and the conversations he sparks online about the music industry and education make him an engaging thought leader in his field.
Dr. Mitchell holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts (DMA) in Music Composition and Theory, a Master of Music in Composition, and a Bachelor Degree in Guitar Performance. He is an instructor and the Director of Education at The Atlanta Institute of Music and Media.
American tenor Beau Palmer, now teaching the next generation of singers at Georgia Southwestern State University and Georgia College and State University, has performed with major American and European opera companies and symphonies singing a diverse repertoire of roles. Most recently he returned to Opéra Nantes and Opéra Angers to sing Zio Vezinet (Il cappello di paglia di Firenze) and where he has also sung the roles of Hauk Sendorf (The Makropoulos Case) and Fatty (Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny), a role he reprised from the Spoleto Festival, USA. Mr. Palmer returned to the Spoleto Festival, USA as Monostatos (The Magic Flute) a role he has performed with Opera Pacific, Chorégies d’Orange and Florida Grand Opera. Mr. Palmer has received acclaim for his portrayals of Little Bat McLean (Susannah) at the Washington Opera and Le Grand Théâtre de Genève, Don Jerome in Prokofiev’s Les Fiançailles au couvent at the Opéra National de Lyon and Le Grand Théâtre de Genève, the title role of Shostakovich’s The Nose with Opéra de Lausanne (available on disc), Valzacchi (Der Rosenkavalier) at New York City Opera, San Diego Opera, Washington Opera, Grand Théâtre de Genève and the Los Angeles Music Center Opera, and as Pong and Pang (Turandot) at the Paris Opéra and San Diego Opera. He has also sung with with San Francisco Opera, Santa Fe Opera, La Monnaie (Brussels), Lille Opéra, Dallas Opera, the Metropolitan Opera Company and Long Beach Opera. Mr. Palmer was seen with New York City Opera as Spoletta (Tosca), televised nationally for PBS’s “Live From Lincoln Center.” He also performed as the tenor soloist in Handel's Elijah in China and Hong Kong. At Mercer University as part of his Master of Music degree program he performed the role of Oronte in Handel’s Alcina, and Jud Fry in Oklahoma!. He has also recently on several occasions been a soloist with the Choral Society of Middle Georgia.
Dr. Sheryl Linch-Parker
Dr. Sheryl Linch-Parker, trumpet instructor at Georgia College and State University, has actively pursued a career in the field of trumpet performance and music education since she started playing the trumpet. Prior to her appointment at Georgia College she served as Professor of Music (High Brass and Music Education) and Music Coordinator at Fayetteville State University, taught elementary bands for the Hazelwood Public Schools (St. Louis, MO), served as Associate Professor at Chadron State College where she taught music education methods courses and studio trumpet in addition to supervision of music student teachers and served as the Music department chair for four years. She also taught in the Callaway School District as K-12 music teacher several years prior to pursuing further education. Dr. Linch-Parker had a guest article entitled “Size Really Matters” published in the February 2013 edition of the Nebraska Music Educator (Official Magazine for the Nebraska Music Educators Association).
As a performer, Dr. Linch-Parker currently performs contemporary and traditional chamber literature in the trumpet/percussion duo, Double Take, which has released a self-titled CD in 2001 through PL Productions (DT001) and a second CD in 2008 entitled Atmospheres featuring commissioned works. Double Take has presented numerous concerts/clinics throughout the Mid-West, East Coast, and Southeast and has received favorable reviews from the Percussive Arts Society and The International Trumpet Guild. Dr. Linch-Parker also performs with the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, and has performed with the Snyder Baptist Orchestra (endowed chair), the Fayetteville Jazz Orchestra, and the Highland Brass Quintet.
Dr. Linch-Parker has a B.A. in Music Education from The University of Nebraska at Kearney and a Master of Music in trumpet performance from The University of Arizona in Tucson. Dr. Linch-Parker holds a Doctorate in Music Education (D.M.E.) from the University of Northern Colorado at Greeley. She has served as a professional presenter at the local, state and national levels in the areas of music education and research. Dr. Linch-Parker is a Jupiter Performing Artist.
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Marching Band Techniques
Mr. McMillan is a native of Milledgeville, GA. He attended Baldwin High School where he graduated in 2002. In his senior year he received the John Philip Sousa Award the highest award available for a high school senior band member. Mr. McMillan then attended Georgia College and State University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Music Education in 2007. While attending Georgia College and State University he was a member of the Concert Band, Pep Band, Bobcat Brass Ensemble, and Jazz Band. In 2011 Mr. McMillan earned his Master of Music Education degree from the prestigious Vandercook College of Music in Chicago IL.
As a trumpeter Mr. McMillan has had the pleasure of playing with and under the direction of many world famous musicians and composers including jazz trumpeter Bryon Stripling, retired Marine Band conductor Col. John Beorgeois, jazz saxophonist Ronny Carter, jazz woodwind specialist Chris Vadala, and composer David Holsinger. In the spring of 2003 Mr. McMillan was selected to perform on a 21 day tour of the Czech Republic where he performed at the Letohrad International Music Festival and the Tyniste Jazz Festival with the Georgia College and State University Jazz Band.
Mr. McMillan began his teaching career as the Director of Bands at Louisville Middle School and also assisting the Jefferson County Warrior Band in Louisville GA. In 2008 he was chosen to become the head Director of Bands at Jefferson County High School. The band program at Jefferson County High School grew in size and ability under the direction of Mr. McMillan. The band programs at Jefferson County High School during his time consisted of the Warrior Marching Band, Concert Band, Percussion Ensemble, Saxophone Quartet, and Brass Quintet. Under his direction the Warrior Marching band brought home numerous trophies and numerous best in class awards. The Concert Band also thrived and consistently performed well at the District Ten Large Group Performance Evaluation. The members of the Warrior Band also represented the school well every year at District Ten Solo and Ensemble and Honor Band events. They also participated in the University of Georgia January music festival along with the all state clinic. Mr. McMillan was recently named the Star Teacher for Jefferson County in 2016.
In June 2016 Mr. McMillan was named the Director of Bands for Baldwin High School. He is very excited to be back home and teaching at his Alma Mater.
His professional memberships include Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA), International Trumpet Guild, Professional Association of Georgia Educators
(PAGE), and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
He currently resides with his wife, Sarah McMillan, son, James D. McMillan, Jr., and daughter, Madeline Elizabeth McMillan in Milledgeville GA.
Low Brass Instructor
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 Society, The Atlanta Ballet and the Peachtree Brass.As a soloist he has appeared with the Army Ground Forces Band, the New Atlanta Philharmonic, the Ludwig Symphony, and the New Jersey-based South Orange Symphony, delighting audiences of all ages with his dynamic interpretations of both standard and lesser known works for tuba. Bill also performs on sousaphone with Mercury Orkestar and the Fourth Ward Afro-Klezmer Orchestra, tuba in the rock group B. Wayne and the Belfrys and plays bass in the chamber rock group, the Clibber Jones Ensemble. In addition to his performance schedule, Mr. Pritchard is a dedicated teacher of his craft, giving private lessons and master classes on euphonium and trombone, as well as tuba and is a professor at Georgia College and State University, Lee University, Cleveland State Community College and Agnes Scott College. Bill holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in music management from William Paterson University and a Master of Arts in classical performance from the Eastman School of Music.
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 summer.
Cooke studied with William E. Fitzgerald, Dr. James E. Jensen, and Dr. Theodore E. Jahn. Rebecca holds degrees from Samford University and the University of Georgia in clarinet performance, piano, voice, and music history. She has performed as principal and assistant principal with the Macon, Alabama, Gainesville, Toccoa, and Monroe Symphonies, and as soloist with the Alabama Symphony Chamber Orchestra and at Piccolo Spoleto in Charleston on Eb Clarinet. Although Rebecca has not yet crossed off the bucket list goal of singing back-up with Billy Joel, she has performed in groups with John Berry and Special Consensus, and performed for master classes with Wynton Marsalis, Richard Stolzmann, and Howard Klugg.
Rebecca has been teaching clarinet privately since 1990 and has served as instructor for bands and band camps in Georgia and Alabama, including the Band and Drum Major Academy at GC&SU for several years. At the University of Georgia, Rebecca served as Dr. Jahn’s assistant, teaching the freshmen clarinet majors and any minors or elective students brave enough to sign up for her class. In 1999, she was named “Outstanding Teaching Assistant” for the university. While at Samford and UGA, Cooke performed with the wind ensembles, orchestras, contemporary chamber ensembles, and countless other chamber groups including a chamber group dedicated solely to the music of Iannis Xenakis.
Rebecca is currently serving as adjunct faculty at Georgia College and Wesleyan College where she teaches clarinet, seminars, and woodwind ensembles. She also serves as Graded Choir Coordinator at First Baptist Church of Christ, Macon. Rebecca is a member of the International Clarinet Association, the professional fraternity Delta Omicron, and MMC of Macon. She lives in Macon with her husband, the Honorable K. David Cooke, Jr., and their three children, just a block down from her mother, where their children take piano lessons from her first piano teacher.
Bradley Sowell recently joined the faculty of Georgia College as an Adjunct Professor of Music in the voice area. He received his Masters of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of South Dakota. While there, he performed regularly with the USD Opera. His roles included Bill Corey in an abridged version of Donizetti’s L'elisir d'amore, Bartolo in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Golaud in a scene from Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande, as well as Dr. Blind and Ivan in a production of Strauss's Die Fledermaus. In addition to performing with the opera, Sowell taught voice lessons to undergraduate students as well as a vocal methods class for instrumental majors. He performed with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra as a chorus member in Verdi’s Requiem and the role of Doganiere in La Bohème by Puccini. Recently, he earned second place in the graduate division of the South Dakota MTNA competition. Originally from Georgia, he completed his undergraduate studies at Georgia College and received a Bachelor of Music Education with an emphasis in Choral Music.
Born and raised in Juneau, Alaska, Dusty Woodruff discovered his love for the guitar at the age of fourteen as a self-taught musician. He went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Abilene Christian University in Texas where he studied with Dan Mitchell and David Brandon. Dusty later moved to Georgia with his wife Jordan. In 2006, he received his Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Georgia, where he studied with John Sutherland—student of Maestro Andres Segovia. Dusty Woodruff is a mainstay and one of the two founding members of the new Athens Guitar Duo, to be known worldwide and to a wider audience as AG².
Woodruff was awarded first place in the 2004 GMTA competition for the graduate division in guitar, and was selected as a finalist at the Shadt String Competition in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He has been a guest performer with the Voices of North Georgia, the Abilene Christian University Orchestra, Augusta State University Orchestra, and the Augusta Opera, and was invited to be the guest accompanist for the debut of Kevin Kelly’s Stations of the Cross (2011).
Woodruff is active as a soloist and concerto performer and has conducted master-classes around the world. He has been regarded as a soloist who “…plays with emotion and purpose” (The Colonnade).
Woodruff heads the Guitar Department at Georgia College & State University and Augusta University. He resides in the Athens area with his wife Jordan, daughter Denley, and black lab named Georgia.
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. 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 holds a Certificate of Performance from Northwestern University, a Master of Music degree from Manhattan School of Music, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Northern Colorado. Her principal teachers include Mignon Dunn.
Her primary areas of research are vocal health and repertoire. Her article, “Repertoire for the Young Dramatic Mezzo-Soprano,” was published in the September 2015 edition of The Opera Journal (National Opera Association). She has given poster presentations on her dissertation, “Vocal Health and Repertoire for the Dramatic Mezzo-Soprano: A Suggested Course of Study” at The National NATS conference in Chicago Illinois, The National Opera Association convention in Greensboro North Carolina, The National College Music Society conference in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the International Congress of Voice Teachers in Brisbane, Australia.
In addition to solo recitals, Dr. Von Hoff has appeared as the mezzo-soprano soloist in Alto Rhapsody with the St. Alban’s Festival Choral Society and Symphonia in Staten Island, New York, Verdi’s Requiem with the Denver Opera Company, and Handel’s Messiah with Symphony of the Lakes in Winona Lake, Indiana. As a young artist, Dr. Von Hoff was also featured in programs at the International Vocal Arts Institute in Chiari, Italy, Brevard Music Center in North Carolina, Amato Opera, Northwestern University’s Opera Studio, and Manhattan School of Music’s Opera Studio. In these programs, she performed such roles as Dame Quickly in Falstaff, Zita in Gianni Schicchi, The Sorceress in Dido and Aeneas, and Rebecca Nurse in The Crucible. Dr. Von Hoff has participated in master classes given by Janet Bookspan, Charles Reicker, and Niel Rosenshien.
Kate Phillips, a part-time office assistant since March 2016, works mostly with concert programs and publicity. She has two degrees from Georgia College—a Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance and a Master of Middle Grades Education. A retired school teacher, Kate is currently a church organist at Milledgeville First Presbyterian Church. She also enjoys her “retirement” job at Georgia College!
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, "Jupiter" (from "The Planets") is a favorite of most bands and orchestras. Dr. Greene's books on Holst and music analysis are published world-wide. As a composer, Dr. Greene has been commissioned to write for many different media and styles, from opera to musical comedy, and from solo guitar to orchestral works. As a performer, he has been involved in solo and chamber recitals from coast to coast, and he has recorded a CD of his own compositions. Dr. Greene teaches courses in music history and literature, music theory, classical guitar and interdisciplinary studies.
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 Copland, Leonard Bernstein, Henry Mancini, Victor Borge, Jacki Byard, Phil Wilson, and Brian Wilson. She has commissioned four works: for brass quintet (John Hennecken), trombone quartet (Perry Goldstein), trombone and digital media (Douglas O’Grady), and trombone, flute, and digital media (O’Grady). Her solo CD, Moe’s Bit o’Blues, is distributed internationally by the Centaur Label, and she also has recorded for the GM and Ladyslipper labels. A Shires Trombone Artist, Dr. Horgan performs with the New Hampshire Music Festival and Monarch Brass (an all-star brass ensemble comprised of outstanding female brass players from around the world). A freelance trombonist in Boston prior to coming to Georgia College, she performed with such diverse groups as the Opera Company of Boston, the Boston Philharmonic, Nashua (NH) Symphony, Capital Brass, and the Jazzabelles. Maureen has performed solo at major international festivals including the International Trombone Workshop, the Eastern Trombone Workshop, and the International Women’s Brass Conference, and has been a guest speaker/performer at numerous universities, including Yale University and the University of North Texas. She has been a euphonium soloist with the Harvard University Summer band and the Metropolitan Wind Ensemble in Boston. Dr. Horgan’s teaching credits include public school experience in Massachusetts and Hawaii, Wheelock College, Plymouth State University (NH), and the New England Conservatory Preparatory School, where she taught trombone and brass chamber music for twenty years. Her students have gone on to positions in US orchestras and universities. She has also taught and performed in Honduras, most recently in June 2009 where she was the featured soloist with the Banda de los Supremos Poderes de Honduras. Dr. Horgan is President of the International Women’s Brass Conference, and is an avid backpacker, hiker, cyclist, and runner.
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 the state as a professional percussionist with orchestras such as the Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra, Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, Macon Symphony Orchestra, and the Rome Symphony Orchestra. She has performed with such artists as Ray Charles, Shirley Jones, Bernadette Peters, Benny Goodman and others.
Honors include the Gene M. Simons Fellowship Award for musical and academic excellence given by the School of Music of the University of Georgia, Student Organization Advisor of the Year at Georgia College as the Sigma Alpha Iota women's music fraternity advisor and GC 2006-2007 Excellence in Teaching Award.
Dr. Tolbert also served as the Music Education Coordinator, CNAfME Advisor and Web Master for the department. She has served as Chair of the College division of the Georgia Music Educators Association. She is also the Webmaster for the NAfME: National Association for Music Education History Special Interest Research Group (HSRIG) and was recently elected as national chair of the HSRIG for 2014-2016. For a link to the History SRIG, click on hsrig.gcsu.edu.
Dr. Tolbert retired as Professor Emeritus from Georgia College in 2014.