Dr. Andrew Allen
Assistant Professor of Music
Andrew J. Allen is “a master of all sizes of saxophone” (The Instrumentalist, April 2018). In response to his New York solo debut, the Examiner opined that he had “performed brilliantly,” and the Wichita Falls Times-Record News has praised the "savory warmth” of his tone, while The Saxophonist has lauded his "virtuosic saxophone performance." In demand as a soloist and chamber musician, Allen has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Great Britain, France, and Croatia. As a concerto soloist, he has appeared with the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra, the Oklahoma State University Chamber Orchestra, the University of Arkansas Wind Symphony, and the Midwestern State University Wind Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble. More than two dozen works have been commissioned and premiered by him from such composers as François Rossé, Robert Lemay, Fang Man, Jesse Jones, Greg Simon, and Jay Batzner. His first album, Step Inside: New American Music for Saxophone and Percussion (recorded with percussionist Gordon Hicken), is now available through Equilibrium Recordings.
Allen has received accolades as a quarter-finalist of both the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and the International Saxophone Symposium and Competition. As an ensemble musician, he has performed with the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra, the Lone Star Wind Orchestra, the Bryan Symphony Orchestra, the Midland Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra Augusta, and the South Carolina Philharmonic. Present chamber ensemble activities include the percussion and saxophone group Rogue Two, the flute and saxophone ensemble The Allen Duo, and SAGA Quartet. Equally adept as a jazz saxophonist, Allen has served as a sideman with Gary Foster, Byron Stripling, Jeff Coffin, R&B luminaries The Temptations, and country music legend Ronnie Milsap.
Allen is one of the most active researchers and public pedagogues of the saxophone today. His articles have appeared in The Instrumentalist, Teaching Music, The Saxophone Symposium, Saxophone Today, The NACWPI Journal, JazzEd, and School Band and Orchestra, among many other publications. Allen has lectured throughout the United States and abroad, and has presented clinics throughout the country, including at the Music Education Association Conferences of North Dakota, South Dakota, and Texas. He is editor of the NACWPI Journal and serves on the editorial board of The Saxophone Symposium.
In the Fall of 2019, Andrew J. Allen joined the faculty of Georgia College & State University as an assistant professor of music. He has previously served on the faculties of Midwestern State University, Valley City State University, and Claflin University; and he holds degrees from Tennessee Technological University, Central Michigan University, and the University of South Carolina. His primary teachers include Phil Barham, John Nichol, and Clifford Leaman, and he has received additional instruction from Joseph Lulloff at the Brevard Music Center, and Claude Delangle, Vincent David, and Arno Bornkamp at the European University of Saxophone. Allen is a Conn-Selmer Artist-Clinician and a Vandoren Performing Artist.
Ms. Susan E. Craig
Part-time Lecturer in Creative Arts Therapists
Susan E. Craig has worked with people who have Developmental Disabilities from since 1976. She began in 1978 as a Team Leader, and in 1986 she was promoted to Service Director/Nursing Home Administrator of the 135-bed unit. This unit closed in 2010 and she then became the Nursing Home Administrator for a Skilled Bed Facility and this program closed in 2015. During the downsizing of the Skilled Care Facility, she became an Adjunct instructor with Georgia College, and she was assigned duties as a Practicum Supervisor. She later began teaching Piano for Music Therapists and the Instrumental Survey Class for Music Therapists. As the Skilled Care Facility continued to close, Susan accepted a part-time position working in the community auditing records and was later asked to assume the role of the Director of the Developmental Division. Susan retired from working in the community in 2019, and she assumed a Part-time Lecturer Position in the Creative Arts Therapists Department at Georgia College. She was asked to teach the Advanced Practicum, Piano for Music Therapists, Instrumental Survey and Leadership Classes for the FY 2019-2020. During her Tenure at Central State Hospital Susan wrote, choreographed, and directed at least ten Mayor’s Day Performances, which were shows that involved the individuals and staff and they performed for the Governor’s wife as well as other dignitaries. Susan has been the organist at a local Church since 1977. Susan is a member of the Music Therapy Association of Georgia and the American Music Therapy Association. She is Licensed as a Music Therapist in Georgia and she is Board Certified.
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.
Mr. Jimmy Helms
Part-Time Lecturer in Music Therapy
Mr. James (Jimmy) Helms is a board certified and licensed music therapist. He holds a position at GC as a half-time lecturer in Music Therapy.
Mr. Helms began playing guitar at the age of 15. He joined his first combo and began playing professionally when he was 21 years of age. Mr. Helms played music while attending junior college and working toward a degree in electronic technology at GCCC in Panama City, Florida, his home town. After graduating in 1978 he began studying electrical engineering at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. Mr. Helms elected to leave engineering school for a position as an electronic technician at Texas Instruments in Houston, Texas.
Mr. Helms continued to work maintaining computer systems in Midland, Texas, for the next five years. During that time, he married and had three children. Mr. Helms moved his family back to Panama City, Florida, and in 1986, began to pursue a formal musical education. After graduating with a two-year degree in music from GCCC he began his studies at Florida State University. Mr. Helms graduated from FSU with an undergraduate degree in Music Therapy in 1991 and accepted a position at Central State Hospital in Milledgeville, where he worked as an activity therapist, supervisor, and clinical training director for music therapy interns. During his time at CSH he delivered music therapy services to several populations of clients with special needs. These included adult psychiatric patients, developmentally disabled patients, veterans, geriatric patients, children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral disorders, and forensics.
During his 20+ years at CSH, Mr. Helms worked closely with the Music Therapy Department at GC as a consultant, teaching guitar and practicum classes. He began to pursue a graduate degree at GC in 2005 and graduated with a Masters in Music Therapy in 2007. Mr. Helms retired from CSH in 2013, at which time he began teaching at GC as a half time lecturer.
Mr. Helms has extensive experience in performing and teaching music. He studied classical guitar at FSU and continued his studies under Terry Cantwell at Mercer University in Macon. He has experience in performing with combos and duos and solo work, covering numerous genres of music, including blues, rock, jazz, country, and folk. Mr. Helms also writes songs and has experience in recording.
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. Hue Jang
Staff Pianist, Academic Professional
Pianist Hue Jang has been noted for her insight and passion in both her solo and collaborative performances. She has presented solo performances at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and other world-class venues in Europe, Asia, and throughout the US. Her Seoul Arts Center debut recital was reviewed in The Piano, a major music magazine in Korea, and described as a “… performance in complete harmony, along with Jang’s elegant and confident intuition, perfect technique, noble, and intellectual expression.” Her live performances have been broadcasted on WIN-TV Chicago News 24, the University of Illinois radio station WILL, and from Valdosta State University.
Dr. Jang’s collaborations include performances with the Azalea String Quartet and piano duet partner Dr. Reid Alexander. Additionally, she gained substantial experience in opera coaching and accompanying with Carlos Montané and Maestro Ubaldo Gardini, ensemble coaching with Ian Hobson, Dennis Helmrich and Sibbi Bernhardsson, and master classes with Vladimir Feltsman, Ursula Oppens, and Boaz Sharon, among others.
Dr. Jang published her article "Apex by Sukhi Kang: Cultural Differences Reflected in Performance Practice" in the Korean Dalcroze Journal, and presented her doctoral thesis research on the piano music of Sukhi Kang and Chul-Ik Hwang at the annual Conference of the Illinois State Music Teachers Association. As a member of MTNA and a dedicated teacher, she regularly adjudicates auditions and competitions, and gives lectures and invited talks at universities, conferences, and seminars. She also contributed to Sekwang Publishing’s Korean translation of the widely used Piano Repertoire Guide: Intermediate and Advanced Literature by Cathy Albergo and Reid Alexander (Stipes, 2011).
Dr. Jang is currently a staff pianist and piano instructor at Georgia College. She previously served as a member of the music faculties at Valdosta State University in Georgia, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Millikin University in Illinois. She received her D.M.A. in piano performance and literature and second M.M. in piano pedagogy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, M.M. in piano performance and post-graduate Performance Certificate from DePaul University in Chicago, and B.M. from the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago. Her most influential teachers include Ian Hobson, Reid Alexander, Eteri Andjaparidze, Dmitry Paperno, and Edward Auer.
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. 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, Switzerland, 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, serving 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.
Ms. Laurie Peebles
Assistant Professor of Music Therapy and Graduate Coordinator
Laurie Peebles is currently the Assistant Professor of Music Therapy and Graduate Coordinator at Georgia College. Laurie received a Bachelor’s of Music in Music Therapy and a Master’s of Music in Music Education at Converse College. She completed her music therapy internship with the Fulton County School System and she joined the music therapy team at The George Center for Music Therapy, in Atlanta, GA. From 2012 to 2014, Laurie served on the executive board as secretary of the Music Therapy Association of Georgia. In 2014, she began working as the music therapist on the Oncology units at Greenville Memorial Hospital, in Greenville, SC, a program funded by a LiveSTRONG grant. Beginning in 2016, she began providing music therapy services at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami, FL providing music therapy services on the cardiology, neurology, and intensive care units. During this time, she also worked at the private music therapy practice Wholesome Harmonies Music Therapy, LLC in Miami, FL. In 2019, she was the recipient of the AMTA Music Therapy Perspectives Graduate Research Award for her research study Trends in Music Therapy Preprofessional Supervision: A Systematic Review. Laurie is completing her doctoral degree in music therapy at the University of Miami with her research interests focusing on personality in music therapy supervision.
Dr. Jennifer Piazza-Pick
Lecturer in Voice and Aural Skills
Praised for singing with “passion and emotional depth” (Richmond Times-Dispatch), soprano Jennifer Piazza-Pick has had an active career encompassing oratorio, recitals, concerts, opera, and ensemble singing. She was a member of the House Chorus with the Nationaltheater Mannheim in Germany, where she performed in over 50 different productions. In the U.S., she has performed with Ithaca Opera, Long Beach Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Opera Piccola of San Antonio, the Princeton Festival and the Charlottesville Symphony. Active also as a concert singer, Piazza-Pick has performed in several concert series’ as a soloist and ensemble singer, including a concert tour of Poland, Belarus, Latvia, and Lithuania with the U.S. Army Europe Band. Her professional ensemble experience includes the Oregon Bach Festival, Dallas Choral Festival, Virginia Chorale, San Antonio Chamber Choir, and special choral ensembles at Carnegie Hall.
Collaborating with other artists is one of Dr. Piazza-Pick’s passions. She has performed with Alamo City Ballet and the Richmond Ballet, as well as with dancers and poets for individual projects. She has been featured in concerts with San Antonio’s poet laureate Carmen Tafolla and Maryland’s poet laureate Grace Cavalieri. She regularly performs vocal chamber music with various instruments, especially works for soprano and clarinet duo with her chamber ensemble, Whistling Hens. Piazza-Pick’s musical curiosity has led to research on women composers, which has been presented at the International Music by Women Festival, Darkwater Women in Music Festival, and the Women Composers Festival of Hartford. Known for her expressivity as a performer, she has premiered works by many composers including Liam Wade, Sir James MacMillan, Eric Whitacre, Kevin Salfen, Cherise Leiter, and Ashi Day. The winner of Hawaii Public Radio’s art song contest, Piazza-Pick was also a finalist for the American Prize in the women’s art song division and the winner of the George Cortes Award for Classical Singing by the Artist Foundation of San Antonio. Her work has been featured on NPR and the TV show Virginia Currents.
Dr. Piazza-Pick earned her DMA under the direction of Martha Randall at the University of Maryland, College Park, where she also earned a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership. She holds an MM in Voice Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and a BM in Voice Performance and Music Education from Ithaca College. Prior to her appointment as Lecturer in Voice and Aural Skills at Georgia College, she taught at Towson University, University of Richmond, Virginia State University, University of the Incarnate Word, and Trinity University.
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 Associate Professor of Music at Georgia College and State University. His responsibilities include conducting the Wind Symphony and Jazz Band, as well as teaching classes in conducting and music education. Dr. Towner holds a D.M.A. degree in Wind Conducting from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he studied with Dr. Carolyn Barber, a Masters of Music degree in Music Education from Wright State University, where he studied with Dr. David Booth, and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Dr. Terrence Milligan. Dr. Towner has also taught in the public schools for ten years in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Dr. Towner has several scholarly pursuits including wind repertoire and concert programming. He has presented at many conferences including the Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA), the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA), and the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE). He has been published in the Association of Concert Bands Journal and the Journal of Band Research. His dissertation An Evaluation of Compositions for Wind Band According to Specific Criteria of Serious Artistic Merit: A Second Updatehas been downloaded thousands of times and is utilized at universities around the country.
Dr. Towner maintains an active schedule as a popular guest conductor and clinician. He holds membership in CBDNA, WASBE, GMEA, NAfME, JEN, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. Cliff resides in the Milledgeville, GA with his wife Gina, and their daughter Laura and son Nathan.
Ms. Katie Whipple
Lecturer in the Creative Arts, Undergraduate Music Therapy Program Coordinator, Music Therapy Clinic Coordinator
Katie Whipple is a licensed (MUT000005) and board-certified (08094) music therapist with thirteen years of experience working with a variety of client populations including children and adults with intellectual disabilities, autism, significant medical conditions, cancer survivors, sensory impairments, age-related health issues, and emotional and behavioral health issues. Currently she serves as the undergraduate music therapy program coordinator, music therapy clinic coordinator and lecturer in the Creative Arts Therapies department. She has taught a range of courses from foundational music theory and the psychology of music, to advanced practicum music therapy courses. She has presented at several national music therapy conferences on a variety of topics including research and community music therapy. She has also presented at various related community events such as nursing symposiums, a healthy community summit, and local organizations. She has received awards for her work with the community and music therapy students. Most recently she received the Excellence in Clinical Instruction by the Dean of the College of Health Sciences in 2016. She also received the Department of Music Therapy Community Partner Award in 2009 for her work in involving music therapy students in engaged learning experiences at a local non-profit organization. She has organized and directed numerous community music therapy performances highlighting the talents of adults and children with intellectual disAbilities as a way to advocate for individuals with disAbilities and to provide music therapy students with engaged learning experiences. She studied classical guitar during her undergraduate work at Georgia College and has taught private guitar and piano lessons in the community. She is currently ABD and seeking a Doctor of Education in Leadership, with a concentration in Higher Education. Her dissertation focus is a qualitative inquiry studying the pre-internship clinical experiences of music therapy students.
Ms. 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 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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Mr. Doug Bassett
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.
Ms. Lisa Bartholow
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. Devoted to chamber music, Lisa is the conductor and music director of the Athens Flute Choir; is a founding member of the Peachtree Consort, an Atlanta-based woodwind quintet; and is the newest member of Perimeter Flutes, an active Atlanta-based flute quartet. Perimeter Flutes regularly performs at the National Flute Association annual convention, Florida Flute Fair, and other regional flute festivals. As a soloist, she has appeared on subscription concert series, at regional and national composition conferences, as well as a tour of South Carolina featuring the works of South Carolinian African-American composers. She has premiered and commissioned several works and appreciates the creative process of working with living composers.
As an educator, Lisa is the flute instructor and flute choir director at several area universities. In addition to studio teaching, 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 ensembles, 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.
Dr. Laura Anne Cotney
Soprano Laura Anne Cotney has performed across the country and abroad with groups such as the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Atlanta Opera, Bay View Music Festival, Capitol City Opera, Great Lakes Light Opera, Music Fest Perugia, Piedmont Opera, and Utah Lyric Opera. Dr. Cotney received her Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Georgia, and her Master of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she was praised for her “mastery of the demanding vocal lines” of Sister Constance in Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites. She has found a home in the operas of Mozart, performing many of his heroines: the Countess (Le nozze di Figaro), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Konstanze (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Madame Herz (Der Schauspieldirektor), and Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte). She has also recently performed the title role in The Merry Widow and Mimì in La bohème. Equally at home on the concert stage, Dr. Cotney has served as a soloist in works such as Handel’s Messiah, Schubert’s Mass in G, Haydn’s Creation, and Vivaldi’s Gloria. She recently was featured as the Matriarch in the US premiere of Paul Mealor’s dramatic cantata The Farthest Shore with the Atlanta Boy Choir.
Dr. Cotney has been distinguished as the recipient of the Irvin Bushman Memorial Prize in Singing, was a 2018 winner of the University of Georgia Concerto Competition, and she has been honored to be a semi-finalist in the Meistersinger Competition of the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz and a semi-finalist in the Orpheus Competition. She was a founding member of the Great Lakes Light Opera Company, starring in outreach productions of Douglas Moore’s Gallantry and Mozart’s The Impresario. Their mission was to bring opera to unexpected and underserved communities in metropolitan Cleveland, including schools, juvenile centers, retirement communities, restaurants, and bars.
Dr. Cotney’s students have excelled in performances and competitions, earning top ratings at festivals and enjoying successes in recital and in stage productions, and have been accepted to prestigious performing arts programs at the high school and collegiate level.
Mr. Joshua Crook
French Horn Instructor
Joshua Crook is the French Horn Instructor at Georgia College and State University. Along with teaching at GCSU, Josh is an active freelance horn player based in the Greater Atlanta area and performs throughout the Southeast. He performs as a member of the Premiere Brass Quintet and as Solo Eb Horn of the acclaimed Georgia Brass Band.
An active local performer, Josh is second horn with the John's Creek Symphony and former Principal Horn of the Albany (GA) Symphony, Atlanta Pops Orchestra, and Eb Horn soloist of the Southern Territorial Brass Band of the Salvation Army. Recently he performed as Co-Principal Horn for the soundtrack recordings for the video game, Destiny 2, and can be heard as soloist on Eb Tenor Horn in recordings with the Georgia Brass Band.
Josh received Bachelor and Master degrees in Horn Performance from Florida State University and maintains an active teaching studio in the Atlanta area.
Mr. Chris Enghauser
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
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.
Dr. Sungbae Kim
A virtuosic and lyrical tenor, Sungbae Kim has enjoyed singing various operatic roles, including Don Ramiro (La Cenerentola), Count Almaviva (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Alfredo (La Traviata), Chanticleer (Chanticleer), Hem (Noah's Flood), Impresario (Der Schauspieldirektor), and Fenton (The Merry Wives of Windsor), to name a few. He has performed with the Atlanta Opera, Ash Lawn-Highland Summer Opera, New Jersey Opera Young Artist Program, Natchez Opera, Delaware Valley Opera in New York, Hudson Opera Theater, and Ridge Light Opera, and was selected to sing for the 2002 Operalia Placido Domingo Competition in Paris.
With diverse ensemble groups, he has frequently performed as a tenor soloist in Mozart's Requiem, Handel’s Messiah and Chandos Anthem, and Dubois’s The Seven Last Words of Christ. As a recitalist, he performed at Morehouse College, Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities, LaGrange College, and Berry College. Most recently, he was invited to perform three recitals in Italy including the San Giacomo Festival in Bologna. Dr. Kim had the privilege of studying with W. Stephen Smith, Brian McIntosh, Martin Lies, Joseph Colaneri, and the late Nico Castel at the Mannes College of Music and the Mason Gross School of Arts at Rutgers University where he recently received his Doctor of Musical Arts in voice performance. He also garnered the Associated Teachers League Award in New York.
Over the years, Dr. Kim has also maintained his work as a recording engineer and producer. As a certified audio engineer and the co-founder of Studio Jeeb, he has been actively producing recording projects including CDs, digital singles, commercials for New Balance, and a music theory textbook for which he sang several musical examples. His digital single album Olim Lacus Colueram (from Carmina Burana) is available online through Apple Music, iTunes, Spotify, and YouTube.
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.
For more information go to: www.parkerlinchmusic.com
Mr. James McMillan
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.
Mr. William Pritchard
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.
Ms. Vicky Robinson
Senior Lecturer, Creative Arts Therapies Minor Coordinator
Ms. Vicky Robinson has been a music therapist, a public music teacher, a group home manager, and a pre-school teacher throughout her professional career. She has had private clients for music therapy and for private lessons on violin She has studied American Sign Language and has used it in her work at all these four employment sites. Ms. Robinson is active in the music therapy and creative arts clubs at Georgia College. She believes that each student has the right to work towards his, her, or their own goals and is happy to assist each one. Her belief has always been that if you work with me, I will work with you. Team work is the way everyone can succeed.
Ms. 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.
Dr. Dusty Woodruff
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.
Ms. Tammie Burke
Tammie Burke has been the Office Coordinator for Creative Arts Therapies since 2015. She began her career in the Registrar’s Office in May of 2004 as coordinator of Office Services.
Ms. Christina O'Steen
Christina O'Steen has worked as a full time coordinator of office services since January 2012. Chris provides administrative support to the chair of the music Department. She also coordinates the everyday duties of the music office, this includes helping students and faculty with various issues. She has a degree from Georgia College (Bachelor of Business Administration/Management of Information Systems). She enjoys working in the Music Department.
Ms. Kate Phillips
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 taught for the Georgia College Music Department from 2002 to 2018. Her classes included studio brass, brass ensembles, brass and string methods, aural skills, music and civilization, jazz history, and improvisation. With degrees from the New England Conservatory, Yale University School of Music, and SUNY Stony Brook, Maureen had a long career as a professional musician, performing in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Jordan Hall, and Boston Symphony Hall, and with renowned musicians including Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein, Henry Mancini, Victor Borge, Jacki Byard, Phil Wilson, and Brian Wilson. She 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 other labels. A Shires Trombone Artist, Dr. Horgan’s performing career included 33 years with the New Hampshire Music Festival, and performances with a wide range of ensembles including Monarch Brass, the Opera Company of Boston, the Boston Philharmonic, Nashua (NH) Symphony, and the Jazzabelles. She performed solo trombone at international festivals including the International Trombone Festival, the Eastern Trombone Workshop, and the International Women’s Brass Conference, and was a guest speaker/performer at numerous universities, including Yale University, Florida State, and the University of North Texas. Dr. Horgan’s teaching credits include Wheelock College, Plymouth State University (NH), public school experience in Massachusetts and Hawaii, and the New England Conservatory Preparatory School, where she taught trombone and brass chamber music for twenty years. She 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 a Past 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.