Faculty & Staff

Department of Music

Faculty & Staff

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Andrew Allen

Dr. Andrew Allen

Assistant Professor of Music
Biography

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 InstrumentalistTeaching MusicThe Saxophone SymposiumSaxophone TodayThe NACWPI JournalJazzEd, 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.

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Jennifer Morgan Flory

Dr. Jennifer Morgan Flory

Director of Choral Activities, Professor of Music
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Biography

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.

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Dana Gorzelany-Mostak

Dr. Dana Gorzelany-Mostak

Associate Professor of Music
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Biography

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. Gorzelany-Mostak has a PhD in Musicology from McGill University, an MA in Musicology from Indiana University, and a BA in Music Education and Performance from Ithaca College.

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Dr. Bryan Hall picture - Music Department

Dr. Bryan Emmon Hall

Director of Orchestra Activities, Assistant Professor of Music
Biography

Hailed by Cincinnati City Beat as “extraordinarily evocative” for his performances and reviewed by the Salisbury Post as playing with “great beauty and extraordinary brilliance,” for his Sibelius Violin Concerto, Dr. Bryan Emmon Hall has enjoyed success as both a performer and teacher. Bryan has performed in such venues as the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, and the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing, China. He has also appeared as a soloist with the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra, Shasta Symphony Orchestra, Balcones Symphony, Salisbury Symphony Orchestra, Winston-Salem Piedmont Triad Symphony Orchestra, Austin Civic Orchestra, Central Texas Orchestra, Juneau String Ensemble, Cincinnati Accent Festival Orchestra, and many others. Dr. Hall has performed extensively in the United States and abroad as a chamber, orchestra, violinist, violist, and conductor.

Most recently Bryan Hall has appeared on stage for guest performances and/or masterclasses at Seattle University, Denison University, Idaho State University, Seattle Pacific University, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Chatter Chamber Series in New Mexico, University of Houston, Truman State University, Western Washington University, Colburn Performing Arts School, Stanford University, South by Southwest Festival in Austin, University of California at Santa Barbara, Gumi, Korea; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Beirut, Lebanon; Erbil, Iraq; Bali, Indonesia; and Pörtschach, Austria. Bryan Hall has performed in the sections of leading professional orchestras including the Austin Symphony Orchestra, Austin Lyric Opera, Round Rock Symphony, Juneau Symphony Orchestra, Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Boise Baroque, and the Utah Symphony Orchestra.

Bryan attended the University of North Carolina School of the Arts during high school where he studied with Nicholas Mann, Joseph Genualdi, and Kevin Lawrence. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where he studied with Kurt Sassmannshaus. He completed both his Masters and Doctoral degrees at The University of Texas at Austin, Butler School of Music, under the tutelage of Brian Lewis. Other significant teachers at Texas include David Kim and Anne Epperson. Bryan Hall has won numerous awards including Starling Scholarship at UT and CCM, Baur Scholarship Competition, and the Young Texas Rising Stars Competition.

Dr. Hall is a deeply committed teacher who began teaching privately while still in high school. In Cincinnati, he taught violin and school orchestra for numerous elementary, middle, and high schools in the area where he started over 200 new violin students. Bryan has a passion for teaching people of all ages and skill levels. Bryan Hall held the position of Violin Teaching Assistant for the totality of his graduate studies at The University of Texas at Austin. In addition to his collegiate teaching duties, he also taught in the famous UT Austin String Project at the pre-college level. Dr. Hall has been on faculty at numerous summer festivals including Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival (where he is artistic director), Seattle-Japan Suzuki Institute, 6th Asian International Suzuki Institute in Bali Indonesia, Honolulu Suzuki Institute, Fairbanks Suzuki Institute, Louisville Suzuki Institute, UAF Summer Academy, UT Austin Longhorn Band Camp, Brian Lewis Young Artist Program in Kansas, American Voices YES Academy (Youth Excellence on Stage) held in Beirut, Lebanon and Erbil, Kurdistan, University of San Jose, Costa Rica Masterclass Series, and the Seattle Young Artist Coleman/ James studio. Bryan also enjoys playing different styles of music in his Persian Classical/ Independent Rock Band called Tehranosaurus that actively tours around the United States and abroad.      

Dr. Hall served on the faculty of The University of Alaska Fairbanks as the violin/ viola professor and pedagogy coordinator.  He was Concertmaster of the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra, conductor of the Northern Lights Symphony Orchestra, and conductor of the Fairbanks Youth Symphony Orchestra. He was visiting Concertmaster of the Juneau Symphony Orchestra 2018-2019. Dr. Hall was president of the Alaska ASTA Chapter 2015-2016. His articles are published in publications like String Magazine. Bryan Hall is currently the Assistant Professor of Upper Strings and Orchestra Conductor at Georgia College and State University.

https://www.bhallviolin.com

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Tina Holmes-Davis

Dr. Tina Holmes-Davis

Coordinator of Music Education, Associate Professor of Music
478-445-4966
Biography

Tina Holmes-Davis is an Associate Professor of Music 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.

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Hue Jang

Dr. Hue Jang

Staff Pianist, Academic Professional
Biography

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.

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David Harned Johnson

Dr. David Harned Johnson

Professor of Music
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Biography

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.

Website: www.davidhjohnson.com

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Youngmi Kim

Dr. Youngmi Kim

Voice Coordinator, Assistant Professor of Music
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Biography

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.

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Owen Lovell

Dr. Owen Lovell

Keyboard Coordinator, Associate Professor of Music
478-445-2744
Biography

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 Associate 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 or his YouTube channel for more information and links to recordings.”

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Laurie Peebles

Dr. Laurie Peebles

Assistant Professor of Music Therapy and Graduate Coordinator
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Biography

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 and a Doctor of Philosophy in music education with an emphasis in music therapy at the University of Miami. 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 a private practice, which specializes in catering to children with exceptionalities. She worked with children with autism, Emotional Behavioral Disorders, mental disabilities, survivors of abuse, children who have lost parents or siblings, and/or other varying health impairments. 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 providing music therapist services with the private practice Wholesome Harmonies Music Therapy, LLC in Miami, FL.

In 2019, Laurie 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. Her research on music therapy reimbursement practices in the United States has been published in Music Therapy Perspectives. She has presented at several national, regional, and state music therapy conferences on topics which include supervision, the clinical use of technology, and her experience starting a music therapy program in Zhengzhou, China. She has been member of AMTA since 2008. Her other professional affiliations include Pi Kappa Lambda and the Music Therapy Association of Georgia.

When not practicing music therapy, Laurie continues to enjoy performing on flute. In 2014, Laurie was the winner of the South Carolina Flute Society Masterclass competition. In 2015, Laurie performed for Sir James Galway in a masterclass at the Galway Flute Festival in Weggis, Switzerland. In 2018, Laurie performed at the National Flute Association conference with the University of Miami Frost Flute Ensemble under the direction of Trudy Kane.

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Jennifer Piazza-Pick

Dr. Jennifer Piazza-Pick

Lecturer in Voice and Aural Skills
Biography

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. 

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Don N. Parker

Dr. Don N. Parker

Department Chair
Biography

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.

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Vicky Robinson

Ms. Vicky Robinson

Senior Lecturer, Music Therapy
478-445-2164
Biography

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.

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Lev Ryabinin

Dr. Lev Ryabinin

Staff Pianist, Academic Professional
917-385-2533
Biography

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.

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Clifford N. Towner

Dr. Clifford N. Towner

Director of Band Activities, Professor of Music
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Biography

Dr. Clifford N. Towner is Director of Band Activities and 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.

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Katie Whipple

Ms. Katie Whipple

Lecturer in Music Therapy, Undergraduate Music Therapy Program Coordinator, Music Therapy Clinic Coordinator
478-445-2647
Biography

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 music therapy in the Music 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.

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Barbara Altman

Ms. Barbara Altman

Cello Instructor
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Biography

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.

Click here for Ms. Altman's resume (pdf).  

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Lisa Bartholow

Ms. Lisa Bartholow

Flute Instructor, Flute Choir Director
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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. Michele Champion Sampson

Music Education Instructor
Biography

Dr. Michele Champion Sampson, a native of Clinton, MS, is the music specialist at Addison Elementary School in Marietta, GA where she teaches K – 5th grade general music and conducts the Addison Elementary Chorus. Dr. Sampson received her Bachelor of Arts in music and Master of Music Education from Mississippi College and her Doctor of Arts in music education from the University of Mississippi, where she studied Kodály and Orff Schulwerk music education and choral music education. She is certified in Orff Schulwerk, First Steps in Music, a methodology for music education in pre-kindergarten through first grade, and is a Microsoft Innovative Educator. She is currently enrolled in the Tier 1 Educational Leadership Program at the University of West Georgia.

Dr. Sampson has taught at both the elementary and collegiate level in Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi. In addition to her teaching duties, she has conducted several elementary, middle school and high school honor choirs, presented workshops for throughout the southeast, and has served as a curriculum contributor in Mississippi and Georgia. She is currently a member of the Cobb County School District Elementary Music Curriculum Committee and is a CCSD Performing Arts Teacher Leader. 

She is an active member of NAfME: The National Association for Music Education, the American Choral Directors Association, the Georgia Music Educators Association, the Georgia chapter of the American Choral Directors Association, the Atlanta Orff Chapter where she serves as the chapter’s president, and the American Orff Schulwerk Association where she serves on the Social Media Sub-Committee.

In her free time, Dr. Sampson loves watching college football, especially her beloved Ole Miss Rebels, researching current techniques in music education, spending time with her friends and family, and shopping.

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Mrs. Rebecca Cooke

Clarinet Instructor
Biography

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.

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Susan E. Craig

Ms. Susan E. Craig

Part-time Lecturer in Creative Arts Therapists
Biography

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.

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Mr. Chris Enghauser

Double Bass Instructor
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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.

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Jimmy Helms

Mr. Jimmy Helms

Part-Time Lecturer in Music Therapy
Biography

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.

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Mr. Jacob Hill

Mr. Jacob Hill

Oboe Instructor
Biography

Jacob Hill is currently pursuing his doctoral degree in oboe performance at the University of Georgia. He is originally from Hamilton, Ohio where he taught privately, lead woodwind sectionals as a staff member of the Edgewood High School Marching Band, and was the oboe instructor for the Hamilton City School district.  Jacob holds a Bachelor of Music in oboe performance from Baldwin-Wallace University Conservatory of Music and a Master of Music in oboe performance from Miami University.

Throughout his collegiate career, Jacob has performed in various wind ensembles, orchestras, and chamber groups, including the Miami University Graduate Wind Quintet. He has performed numerous solo and chamber music recitals and appeared as a soloist for churches and choruses. In 2018, Jacob was a winner of the annual Miami University Concerto Competition and performed Eugene Goossens’ Concerto in One Movement with the Miami University Symphony Orchestra, directed by Maestro Ricardo Averbach.

In the summers, Jacob has performed as second oboist of The Classical Music Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria, led by Maestro Richard Zielinski. He has also toured the United States with the American Wind Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Robert Austin Boudreau. In 2018, Jacob traveled to Sachrang, Germany to participate in a weeklong masterclass taught by Hansjörg Schellenberger and Maurice Bourgue.

Jacob’s teachers include Dr. Reid Messich, Andrea Ridilla, Jeffrey Rathbun, and Julie Fuqua.

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Dr. Tyler Jones

Trumpet Instructor
Biography

Dr. Tyler Jones is a recent graduate of the Hugh Hodgeson School of music, with a DMA in trumpet performance. At UGA, Dr. Jones studied with Philip Smith, former Principal Trumpet of the New York Philharmonic. While a student at UGA, Dr. Jones worked as the instructor for brass techniques, the trumpet tech for the Marching Redcoats and provided lessons for both majors and majors. In addition to his teaching experience at UGA, Dr. Jones is an active teacher in the Athens area and serves as the Principal Trumpet of the Spartanburg Philharmonic.

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Sungbae Kim

Dr. Sungbae Kim

Voice Instructor
Biography

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.

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Camilla Packroff

Camilla Packroff

Voice Instructor
Biography

A native of Germany, soprano Camilla Packroff holds a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Mercer University in Macon, Georgia where she studied voice with Dr. Martha Malone. Prior to her time at Mercer, she attended Berry College where, on top of her studies in Music, she also pursued a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. At Berry College, Ms. Packroff studied under Ruth Powell Baker and was a member of the Berry Singers under the direction of Harry Musselwhite and Dr. Paul Neal. Ms. Packroff is currently serving as an adjunct instructor of voice at Georgia College and State University, the vocal coach at the Academy for Classical Education in Macon, and as a soloist and choir member at Mulberry Street United Methodist Church in Macon.
    As a singer, Ms. Packroff has participated in Master Classes with Gary Wedow, Christopher Halloway, and Christian Sineath, National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) auditions on both the Georgia and Southeastern Level and Jugend Musiziert in Germany, where she was awarded second prize in North Rhine-Westphalia in 2011. She is also the 2017 Recipient of the Rome Music Lovers Club Award and Scholarship. Ms. Packroff has been a member of numerous choral ensembles, including the Berry Singers, Berry Voices and Mercer Singers, where she has contributed both as a soloist and an ensemble member. At Mercer University, she was also featured in Mercer University Opera Productions such as Orpheus in Opera (Euridice), Guys and Dolls (General Mathilda Cartwright) and Operatic Gems. In her solo work, Ms. Packroff specializes in Early Music, especially the works of Johann Sebastian Bach and George Frederic Handel, and she has collaborated with instrumental artists including Adam Hayes and John Davis on these works. She is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda and Phi Kappa Phi.
    In her free time, Camilla Packroff is an avid cook and baker and she can often be found in the grocery store looking for interesting ingredients. She loves to travel and flies home to Germany whenever possible, both to visit her family there and to explore the country. Her love of old buildings, especially the great cathedrals and their remarkable acoustics, has made a significant impact on her appreciation of Early Music.

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Andrew Sehmann

Biography

Andrew Sehmann is a musician based in the South-East United States. He has played under multiple conductors such as Keith Lockhart, Bruno Weil, Kai Rohig, Jeff Tyzik, Dirk Meyer, Jack Walker, Joann Faletta, Ken Lam, Kayoko Dan, Phil Smith, Garrett Keast, Matthias Bamert, John Morris Russell, and Morihiko Nakahara.

Andrew is a native of Central Kentucky and has played with multiple groups around that area, such as the Madison Brass, London Orchestra, and the Lexington Philharmonic. While in Kentucky, he studied at Eastern Kentucky University under his father, Mick Sehmann. Andrew graduated from EKU Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor's in Music Performance. Currently, he teaches at Young Harris College, and Georgia College in Milledgeville. The SWQ does educational outreach programs and community service within the Athens Area, teaching children about the wind instruments. In addition to his chamber experience, Andrew plays with multiple orchestras in the Southeast. He is third horn in the Augusta Symphony, and also a section horn of the Atlanta Ballet orchestra.

In addition to Orchestral and chamber playing, Andrew is an accomplished soloist. He began his soloing career at age 16 when he won the Borchardt Concerto Competition in Central Kentucky. In addition to this, Andrew has soloed with Eastern Kentucky University's Symphony Orchestra three times. While at EKU, he also performed a guest artist series at the University of the Cumberlands in 2014.  In 2016, Andrew won the International Horn Society's Tuckwell and Hawkins Awards. Also, during the convention, he placed second at the yearly Premier Soloist Competition. Finally, in 2017, Andrew won the scholarship competition of the Pro-Mozart Society of Atlanta, an all instrument competition. The winner studies in Salzburg at the Mozarteum.

Andrew is also passionate about teaching.  At GCSU, Andrew teaches both lessons and various classes, such as Music in Civilization. Current and former students have place first chair in the Georgia Allstate Symphonic Band, been accepted to and attended GHP, and attended NYO-USA at Carnegie Hall. Anyone is welcome to take privately from him. Information for this can be found above on the page entitled Lessons.

In addition to Horn, Andrew has played violin since the age of three. While more focused on horn recently, Andrew was a member of the EKU String Orchestra for six years and still performs a few times a year in both Kentucky and Georgia. Andrew graduated from EKU with a minor in violin performance, in addition to the horn performance degree.

His previous teachers have included: Marie-Luise Neunecker, Wolfgang Vladar, Johannes Hinterholzer, Jean Martin-Williams Mick Sehmann, Richard Deane, James Naigus, Hazel Dean Davis, Achim Reus, and Kevin Reid. Andrew's horn of choice is a Rauch (No. 127) and is highly proficient on both Wagner Tuba and Alto-Horn. He lives with his wife Ashley, a private piano teacher in Athens with their rescue dog, Stella.

 

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Dusty Woodruff

Dr. Dusty Woodruff

Guitar Instructor
Biography

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.

Staff

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Tammie Burke

Ms. Tammie Burke

Administrative Assistant
Biography

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.

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Christina O'Steen

Ms. Christina O'Steen

Administrative Assistant
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Biography

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.

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Kate Phillips

Ms. Kate Phillips

Office Assistant
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Biography

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!

Emeritus Faculty

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Richard Greene

Dr. Richard Greene

Professor Emeritus
Biography

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.

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Maureen Horgan

Dr. Maureen Horgan

Professor Emeritus
Biography

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. 

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Dr. Chesley Mercado

Dr. Chesley Mercado

Professor Emeritus
Biography

Chesley Mercado came to Georgia College and State University in 2000 as an assistant professor, the second person to be hired into the Music Therapy Department at that time.  Because she had come from the working world of music therapy, she found time on her hands to develop a performance based music therapy program.  This set the stage for the rest of her 19 year journey with Georgia College and State University. She has served as both State vice president, and president of the Georgia Music Therapy Association, and sat on the state music therapy committee which pushed the Professional Georgia State Music Therapy License bill through the Georgia State Congress. She is the author of the text book The Natural Role of Music Therapist in Administration.

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Patti Tolbert

Dr. Patti Tolbert

Professor Emeritus
Biography

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.