Faculty

The Frostburg State University music faculty is known for its excellence in teaching, performance, and composition. Department members are active as recitalists, researchers, adjudicators, clinicians, as well as members in and directors of professional choral and instrumental ensembles.


Education

Theory/History/Composition

Winds & Percussion

Strings & Piano

Vocal

Jazz


Ms. Francesca Aguado

Lecturer
Francesca Aguado-Murray

Office: 205 Performing Arts Center
Phone: 301.687.4119
Email: fraguadomurray@frostburg.edu
Fax: 301.687.3153

Degrees:

M.M., Towson University
B.M., University of Maryland College Park

Teaching Interests

Voice, Musical Theatre Voice

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    American soprano Francesca Aguado has been praised for her solid sound and excellent support (Opera Britannia) and for her voice’s confident precision and articulation (The Washington Post). Her debut as Santuzza (Cavalleria Rusticana) with Miami Lyric Opera was described as an “excellent and well-nuanced” performance (translated from el Nuevo Herald). Before recently moving to the soprano repertoire she was a Benenson Young Artist with Palm Beach Opera (2018), were she performed the Baroness and covered the Old Lady (both in Candide) and covered Marcellina (Le nozze di Figaro). For the 2018/2019 season she traveled with an active recital schedule, and debuted Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro) with Bel Cantanti Opera.

    Other past operatic credits include: Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia); Carmen (Carmen); Musetta (La Bohême), Mother (Amahl and the Night Visitors); Ma Joad (suite version of The Grapes of Wrath, accompanied by composer Ricky Ian Gordon); Dorabella (Così fan tutte); Dinah (Trouble in Tahiti); Maurya (Riders to the Sea); the Duchess (The Gondoliers); Zweite Dame (Die Zauberflöte).

    Ms. Aguado holds a Master's degree in vocal performance from Towson University and a Bachelor's degree in music from the University of Maryland. In addition to an active performance schedule, she maintains voice studios with several institutions in the Maryland area.

    Since 2015 Ms. Aguado has devoted time towards helping young artists, not only in field of higher education but also as an arts administrator. She has worked with several up and coming organizations including the Mediterranean Opera Studio, overseeing its first year presenting three fully staged productions with orchestra and was the Director of Administration for Bel Canto in Tuscany, helping oversee its growth and development during its early stages. In 2019 she became the Direc tor of Operations for three festivals under Partners for the Arts Abroad (Vienna Summer Music Festival, London Summer Music Theatre Academy and the Austria Summer Music Festival).

Dr. Eftihia Arkoudis

Lecturer
Eftihia Arkoudis

Office: 145 Performing Arts Center
Phone: 301.687.4109
Email: evarkoudis@frostburg.edu
Fax: 301.687.3153

Degrees:

D.M.A. and M.M. West Virginia University
Artist Diploma Prayner Conservatory of Arts, Vienna, Austria
Artist Diploma National Conservatory of Arts, Athens, Greece
B.S. Technological Institute of Athens

Teaching Interests

Flute

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    Greek flutist and Trevor James Low Flutes Artist Dr. Eftihia Arkoudis is a versatile performer and educator. She is a winner of WVU’s Young Artist and International Grand Prize Virtuoso Competition (2016), an alternate winner of Pittsburgh Concert Society and National Flute Association Convention ‘Into the Music’ Masterclass, a finalist for The American Prize Competition (2018-2019), and an alternate finalist of Byron Hester Competition (2015).

    As an orchestral and chamber musician, she has served as the principal flutist of Orpheus Kammerochester Wien, Junges Tonkünstler Orchester, Greek-Turkish Youth Symphony Orchestra, WVU Symphony Orchestra, and numerous other ensembles, giving her the opportunity to perform and record in prestigious venues of Greece, Austria, Germany, and Turkey. Currently, she performs as a founding member of the award-winning BETA Quartet, with whom she won the Flute Society of Kentucky Flute Quartet Competition and were semifinalists in Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition (2017).

    Arkoudis has performed the world premiere of several new works and has a passion for adding a theatrical element in her interpretations. Her musical activities were supported by grants from WVU and Friends of Flutes Foundation, the Susan B. Hardesty, Eleana T. Donley, and Valerie Canady scholarships. She has performed in the masterclasses of Alberto Almarza, Krzysztof Kaczka, Lorna McGhee, Franscesca Arnorne, Erwin Klambauer, and Caroline Debonne, and was selected as a performer for the Jasmine Choi International Masterclass in Austria (2013) and William Bennett Flute Academy in the US (2017).

    Eftihia graduated with her DMA and MM from West Virginia University while on an assistantship. She holds artistic diplomas with honorary awards from Prayner Konservatorium Wien and the Athens Conservatoire, and has a Bachelor’s in Science from the Technological Institute of Athens. Her primary teachers are Nina Assimakopoulos, Reza Najfar, Urs Ruttiman, Panagioti Drakos, and Danae Kioupouroglou.

    For full bio visit: www.eftihiavarkoudisflute.com/biography
    For Trevor James Artist page: https://tjflutes.com/artists
    For Beta Quartet visit:  www.betaquartet.com

Mr. Jacob Dalager

Lecturer
Jacob Dalager

Office: 207 Performing Arts Center
Phone: 301.687.4117
Email: jadalager@frostburg.edu
Fax: 301.687.3153

Degrees:

M.M. Eastman School of Music
B.M. St. Olaf College

Teaching Interests

Trumpet, Jazz Trumpet

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    Jacob Dalager is a freelance trumpet player, composer, and educator in the Washington D.C. area. He is an instructor at Frostburg State University, Catholic University of America, Frederick Community College, and the International School of Music, while simultaneously pursuing his D.M.A. at CUA under the tutelage of Chris Gekker, MSG Graham Breedlove, and Andy Balio. He is principal trumpet of the Washington Chamber Orchestra, frequent guest with the National Philharmonic, Post-Classical Ensemble, and Symphony of the Potomac. Dalager is a founding member, principal trumpet, and arranger for the Parkway Brass. He also is a member of the touring world fusion rock band, Black Masala, and the Wammy award-wining reggae outfit, Shamans of Sound. In 2016, he made his U.S. concerto debut with the Austin Symphony Orchestra and is returned again in October 2019 to perform his original concerto, 3ɟutures for trumpet and orchestra.

    Prior to moving to D.C., Dalager lived in upstate New York and performed with the Rochester Philharmonic and Symphoria. From 2012-2014, he lived in Singapore and performed with the Singapore Symphony, National Taiwan Symphony, Malaysia Philharmonic, Metropolitan Festival Orchestra, and The Philharmonic Orchestra, among others. He was a soloist with the Jesselton Philharmonic and Te Deum Chamber Orchestra. Other highlights include concerts with the Moscow Ballet, Kitaro, James Morrison, and at the Singapore International Jazz Festival and World Youth Jazz Festival.

    He was a semi-finalist in the 2012 National Trumpet Competition, winner of the 2009 MTNA State Competition and Schubert Club Competition Second Prize. Dalager graduated from the Eastman School of Music in 2012 with an M.M. in Trumpet Performance and Literature and an Arts Leadership Certificate. Jacob graduated Magna Cum Laude from St. Olaf College in 2009, where he soloed with the Band and Orchestra and received Departmental Distinction in both Trumpet Performance and Music Theory/Composition.

    As a composer, Dalager’s pieces have been commissioned and performed by the Austin Symphony Orchestra, Parkway Brass, St. Olaf Band, Ancia Saxophone Quartet, Lyrica Chamber Orchestra, and The Shamen. He was a finalist for the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers Award in 2011. At St. Olaf College, Dalager studied composition with Drs. Timothy Mahr and Justin Merritt, and he continues to study with Dr. Robert Baker at Catholic University. His music has a tonal foundation with rich jazz- and blues-influenced dissonances and a driving rhythmic undercurrent inspired by world music traditions.

Dr. James (Jay) DeWire

Assistant Professor
James DeWire

Office: 105 Performing Arts Center
Phone: 301.687.4115
Email: jadewire@frostburg.edu
Fax: 301.687.3153

Degrees:

D.M.A. University of Maryland- College Park
M.M. New England Conservatory of Music
M.A. and B.A. University of Virginia

Teaching Interests

Piano, Pedagogy, Music History

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    Jay DeWire, piano, has performed across the United States as a soloist, collaborator, and member of the West Shore Trio. Highlights include two performances as soloist with the Prince George’s Philharmonic, concerts in Chautauqua, Los Angeles and New Mexico. with the West Shore Piano Trio, a performance at the North American Saxophone Alliance in Lubbock,Texas with Dr. Brent Weber and Dr. Mark Gallagher, and the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts with Dr. Mark Gallagher. He teaches piano and history at Frostburg State University.

    Dr. DeWire began playing piano at the age of four and gave his first solo recital at age 12. He received a B.A. with High Distinction and a Master of Arts in piano performance from the University of Virginia, and a Master of Music from the New England Conservatory. In December of 2007 he received a D.M.A. from the University of Maryland School of Music (College Park). He has studied with such distinguished pianists as Joanne Haroutounian, Mimi Tung, Gabriel Chodos, Bradford Gowen, Steve Drury, John Moriarty, and Larissa Dedova. He has performed in master classes for Claude Frank, Andre Watts, Ruth Laredo, and Tigran Alikhanov, the Director of the Moscow Conservatory, and appeared in several competitions including: The National Society of Arts and Letters Competition, National Symphony Orchestra Competition, Baldwin Competition, Washington, DC Beethoven Competition (Honorable Mention), and was a finalist in the American Musicological Society (Mid-Atlantic Chapter) Writing Competition. Dr. DeWire has also received numerous prizes including the Brander Wyatt Morrison Prize, and a Dean of Faculty Fellowship (UVa), as well as scholarships at the University of Maryland, New England Conservatory and University of Virginia.

    Personal Email: jaydewire@gmail.com
    Website: West Shore Piano Trio

Dr. Mark Gallagher

Associate Professor
Mark Gallagher

Office: 104 Performing Arts Center
Phone: 301.687.4381
Email: mgallagher@frostburg.edu
Fax: 301.687.3153

Degrees:

D.M.A. University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.M. Eastman School of Music
B.M. Oberlin Conservatory of Music

Teaching Interests

Clarinet, Music Theory, Alexander Technique

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    Clarinetist Mark Gallagher is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music where he received a B.M. degree and studied with Lawrence McDonald. He also holds a M.M. degree from the Eastman School of Music having studied with D. Stanley Hasty and D.M.A degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he studied with Dr. Linda Bartley. Other major teachers included Robert Marcellus and Alfred Zezter, both of the Cleveland Orchestra. Dr. Gallagher has performed with the Contemporary Music Forum of Washington, Washington Opera, United States Navy Band, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra, Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Cincinnati Ballet Orchestra, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Bronx Symphony, New York City Ballet Orchestra, and the Skylight Opera Theatre Orchestra.

    He made his New York recital debut performing with violinist Sylvia Rosenberg at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall and is also a winner of the Artist International Competition in New York City being award a solo recital in Weill Hall. An active chamber musician and co-founder of I Venti Semplice, Dr. Gallagher has performed throughout the United States, Europe and China, with recent concert tours of the Netherlands, which included a live national radio broadcast from the Concertgebouw, and performances in Beijing and Changsha, China. He has also had solo and chamber appearances in Germany and the Czech Republic. Other performances include appearances in Washington, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Ann Arbor, Wisconsin Public Radio, as well as a concert tour of Sweden. Dr. Gallagher has recorded with the Albany Records label and can be heard on the Eastman “American Music” Series.

    In addition to a busy performance schedule, Dr. Gallagher is an active teacher and clinician, lecturing on occupational health issues for musicians and the Alexander Technique. Currently he is an instructor of clarinet and music theory at Frostburg State University and has held pedagogical posts at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Carroll College. During the summer, Dr. Gallagher has been the director of faculty at the Semplice Harbor School of Music and Chamber Music Festival on Washington Island, Wisconsin and director of the Savage Mountain Summer Arts Academy at Frostburg State University.

    Personal Email: Mark.Gallagher.2008@gmail.com
    Website: http://www.MarkGallagher.net
    Duo Vif: http://www.markgallagher.net/duo-vif.html

Dr. Isaac Greene

Lecturer
Dr. John Isaac Greene

Office: 206 Performing Arts Center
Phone: 301.687.7458
Email: jigreene@frostburg.edu
Fax: 301.687.3153

Degrees:

D.M.A. and M.M. Peabody Conservatory

Teaching Interests

Guitar

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    Isaac Greene is a guitarist and educator in Baltimore, MD. He studied guitar with Christopher Berg at the University of South Carolina and later earned MM and DMA degrees from the Peabody Conservatory while studying with Julian Gray. The focus of his graduate research was the guitar music of George Crumb. He has performed in masterclasses with David Tannenbaum, Berta Rojas, and Ben Verdery, among others.

    In Baltimore he teaches and performs regularly as a soloist and a member of the Baltimore Guitar Duo. He has appeared as a concerto soloist with the Bob Jones University Symphony Orchestra and is active in several Baltimore-based concert series. With the Baltimore Guitar Duo he has appeared in both concerts and outreach events, including the Union Square Chamber Music Society and the Candlelight Concert Society of Howard County. The Baltimore Guitar Duo was also selected as a Peabody Honors Ensemble for the 2016-17 school year and represented Peabody in a number of concerts and outreaches.

Mr. Tom Harrison

Lecturer
Tom Harrison

Office: 138 Performing Arts Center
Phone: 301.687.4109
Email: teharrison@frostburg.edu
Fax: 301.687.3153

Degrees:

B.M. Frostburg State University

Teaching Interests

Jazz Piano; Director of Jazz Combo

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    Mr. Harrison has extensive performance experience in jazz and popular music as multi-instrumentalist. With jazz piano as the major focus, Tom has performed with Ray Brown, Marvin “Smitty” Smith, the Maryland Symphony, Ted Nash, John Fedchock, Eddie Gomez, Sean Jones, Jeff Coffin, Scott Wendholt, Allison Miller, Chuck Redd, Rosana Eckert, Curtis Johnson, Chris Vadala, James Moore, Gary Grainger, Paul Bollenback, and more.

    Tom currently teaches jazz piano, jazz combo, and jazz theory and analysis at Frostburg State University. He is retired from the Allegany County school system as instructor of instrumental music.

    Tom has presented jazz clinics/concerts through the Cultural Events Series at Frostburg State University, Allegany Community College, and the Cumberland Jazz Society. He is a co-founder and president of the Cumberland Jazz Society.

    Mr. Harrison received his Music Education degree from Frostburg State University, studied classical and jazz piano at West Virginia University with James Miltenberger, music theory with former professor Asher Zlotnik of the Peabody Conservatory, and has done additional studies in music education and music technology at Duquesne University and Villanova University.

Dr. Mackenzie Lamont

Lecturer
Mackenzie Lamont

Office: 209 Performing Arts Center
Phone: 301.687.7453
Email: mjlamont@frostburg.edu
Fax: 301.687.3153

Degrees:

D.M.A. and M.M. University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
B.M. University of Indianapolis

Teaching Interests

Percussion, Music Industry, Composition

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    Mackenzie (Mack) Jacob LaMont (b. 1989) is an active composer, performer (percussion), music educator, music copyist and arranger, and owner/operator of a small music recording company. His recent music has been focused on the environment as well as political and philosophical issues, with the sound world inhabiting a space somewhere between minimalism and post-progressive rock (with dashes of randomness here and there). Mack has a DMA in music composition with a cognate in percussion from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music where he studied composition with Michael Fiday, Joel Hoffman, and Douglas Knehans, and percussion with James Culley and Allen Otte. He holds prior degrees in composition, percussion performance, and music technology/recording, and previously studied composition and percussion at the University of Indianapolis with John Berners and Paul Berns respectively. You can find out more at mackenziejacoblamont.com

    Website: mackenziejacoblamont.com

Dr. Karen Lau

Senior Lecturer
Karen Lau

Office: 206 Performing Arts Center
Phone: 301.687.7458
Email: klau@frostburg.edu
Fax: 301.687.3153

Degrees:

D.M.A. and M.M. Catholic University of America
B.M. Sichuan Conservatory of Music

Teaching Interests

Cello, String Ensemble

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    Karen Lau began her musical study in cello at the age of seven. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Performance from the Sichuan Conservatory of Music,  Master of Music and Doctorate of Musical Arts from Catholic University of America in cello performance.   Her primary teachers include Michael Mermagen, Sara Male and Shi-Dong Luo. She has an additional study with Hai-Ye Ni and Amit Peled. Karen was invited to attend the Vivace Music Festival with a full scholarship in 2006, 2007, and 2008. She held the rank of assistant professor at Sichuan Conservatory of Music from 2005-2009. She has performed at a wide variety of venues throughout Asia to Unite States such as The Kennedy Center, NPR Studios, and the National Gallery of Art.  Since 2013 Karen begin to teach string related course at Frostburg State University.  In 2016 Karen founded the Frostburg State University Summer Music Academy. In 2017 Karen invited by Xiame University for a week-long masterclass.  In 2018 Karen gave a cello workshop at Langley high school and Patrick Henry College. Beside cello teaching, she starts Alexander Technique training since 2015.

Dr. Avery Pettigrew

Lecturer
Avery Pettigrew

Office: 207 Performing Arts Center
Phone: 301.687.4117
Email: lapettigrew@frostburg.edu

Degrees:

D.M.A. and M.M. University of Maryland School of Music
B.F.A. & B.S. Tulane University

Teaching Interests

French horn

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    Dr. L. Avery Pettigrew is a freelance musician engaged throughout the DC area. She performs regularly with her chamber ensemble Potomac Winds, several of the local orchestras including the Baltimore Symphony and the Maryland Symphony, and as the featured soloist with several community orchestras. As a student with Samantha La Pointe-Woolf at Tulane University in New Orleans, she earned both a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Music Performance and a Bachelor of Science degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.

    Dr. Pettigrew earned both her Doctorate of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees at the University of Maryland-College Park, where she held a performance-based graduate assistantship as a student of Gregory Miller and Phil Munds. Her summers have entailed engagements at various festivals including the National Orchestral Institute, Wintergreen Summer Music Festival, and the Colorado College Music Festival. In addition to operating a large and successful private studio based in Chantilly, Dr. Pettigrew works as a horn clinician with several schools in Loudoun and Fairfax Counties in Virginia.

Mr. Gary Phillips

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Office: 204 Performing Arts Center
Phone: 301.687.3181
Email: gjphillips@frostburg.edu
Fax: 301.687.3153

Degrees:

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Teaching Interests

Percussion, African Drumming, World Music, Musical Lyrics and Life

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    Gary Phillips’ background covers a wide range of the percussion field. In the early years of his career, he focused on marching percussion, instructing and arranging for a top 10 DCI Drum Corps as well as several major university marching bands, including the University of Pittsburgh and West Virginia University. Additionally, he has performed extensively as a jazz and commercial percussionist in small jazz and rock ensembles as well as in big bands and numerous shows and reviews.

    While an undergraduate student at West Virginia University studying with Professor Philip J. Faini, he was introduced to the percussion music of Africa, which became a major focus of his graduate research and performing interest.

    He specializes in the xylophone music of West Africa and has made two research trips to the Republic of Guinea and Bamako, Mali, to study the balaphone music of the Malinke people. His teachers were Jali Djimo Kouyate of Washington, D.C.; Namankoumka Kouyate of Niagassola, Guinea.

    Phillips has been teaching at FSU since 2009, and his courses have included: Music of Africa and Asia, and Music Lyrics and Life an interdisciplinary course in Music.

Dr. Scott Rieker

Lecturer
Scott Rieker

Office: 203 Performing Arts Center
Phone: 301.687.4110
Email: serieker@frostburg.edu
Fax: 301.687.3153

Degrees:

D.M.A. University of Southern California
M.M. University of Nebraska - Lincoln
B.A. Saint Gregory the Great Seminary

Teaching Interests

Choir, Voice, Choral Music Education

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    Dr. Scott Rieker is Director of Choral Activities and Choral Music Education at Frostburg State University, where he conducts the Chamber Singers, University Chorale, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Troubadours tenor/bass choir, as well as teaching conducting and coursework in music education and student-teacher supervision. Rieker received his doctorate in Choral Music at the University of Southern California (USC) with specializations in Music Teaching and Learning, Vocology, and Composition. Prior to coming to FSU, he served as the Artistic Director for the Torrance (California) Civic Chorale and Treasurer of the Santa Monica Youth Orchestra, a 501(c)(3) non-profit providing free music lessons and ensemble experiences to underserved youth. Rieker earned a master’s degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Prior to attending UNL, Rieker taught music in the Des Moines (Iowa) Public Schools for eight years at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. An active composer and arranger, with his works performed by choirs around the world and a composition published with Santa Barbara Music Publishing, Rieker studied composition with Drs. Morten Lauridsen and Veronika Krausas, among others. He is now a Past-President of the Iowa Music Educators Association (IMEA) and engaged in groundbreaking research on the implementation of strategic risk-taking in the choral ensemble.

Dr. Talya Schenk

Lecturer
Talya Schenk

Office: 205 Performing Arts Center
Phone: 301.687.4119
Email: tbschenk@frostburg.edu
Fax: 301.687.3153

Degrees:

D.M.A Catholic University of America
M.M. The Hartt School
B.A. University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Teaching Interests

Violin, Viola

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    Talya Schenk, DMA, violist, is an active performer and teacher who performs with various ensembles in the Washington, DC area. She earned a Doctor of Musical Arts from the Catholic University of America, a Master of Music from The Hartt School, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Her teachers include Kimberly Sparr, Maria Lambros, Rita Porfiris, and Karin Brown. She maintains a busy private studio of viola and violin students in Rockville, Maryland, and often takes her teaching into the community, through coaching local youth orchestras, as well as teaching in Strathmore's outreach string orchestra programs. Talya began teaching violin and viola at Frostburg State University in 2019.

Dr. Lori Sen

Lecturer
Lori Sen voice F19

Office: 205 Performing Arts Center
Phone: 301.687.4119
Email: lsen@frostburg.edu
Fax: 301.687.3153

Degrees:

D.M.A. University of Maryland School of Music
M.M. Westminster Choir College
B.M. Dokuz Eylul University (Izmir, Turkey)

Teaching Interests

Applied Voice, Vocal Jazz

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    Turkish mezzo-soprano and music scholar Lori Şen is known for her versatility in many vocal genres, including opera, art song, musical theatre, and jazz, as well as for her teaching and research interests in vocal literature, voice pedagogy, and voice science. She regularly collaborates with musicians and composers across a variety of genres, and has performed in Turkey, Europe, and the United States. Lori’s more recent performances include solo recitals, jazz performances, Angelina/La Cenerentola with Opera NOVA, and she was featured as the alto soloist in the Mozart Requiem performance of the Symphony Orchestra of Northern Virginia (SONOVA) in their 2017-2018 season. Her voice science and pedagogy research has been presented at the Voice Foundation Symposium in Philadelphia and at the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Conference.

    Lori recently completed her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Voice Performance at the University of Maryland, College Park, where she focused on the art song repertoire. Her dissertation, Sephardic Art Song:  A Musical Legacy of the Sephardic Disapora, explored the Sephardic Art Song repertoire from the Western classical perspective. Over the past year, she has introduced this repertoire to audiences through solo recitals, in addition to her lectures on the history, language, and culture of the Sephardim, and elements and stylistic features of Sephardic music. Recently, she presented her research at the 14th Barcelona Festival of Song in Barcelona, Spain, the 8th Annual Judeo-Spanish Symposium (UCLAdino) at the University of California, Los Angeles, and Yunus Emre Institute in Washington, D.C.

    Lori received her Master of Music in Voice Performance and Pedagogy at Westminster Choir College, in Princeton, NJ, as a Fulbright grantee. She also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey, in addition to a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice and a Master of Education degree in Physics Education from Dokuz Eylül University in Izmir, Turkey.

    For more information: www.lorisen.com.

Ms. Shannon Shaker

Lecturer
Shannon Shaker

Office: 103 Performing Arts Center
Phone: 301.687.7452
Email: smshaker@frostburg.edu
Fax: 301.687.3153

Degrees:

D.M.A. Arizona State University (ABD)
M.M. and B.M.E. Central Michigan University

Teaching Interests

Instrumental Conducting, Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, Instrumental Music Education

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    Shannon Shaker is currently completing her DMA in wind conducting at Arizona State University. Her primary teacher at ASU is Gary W. Hill. As a teaching assistant, Shannon conducted the ASU Concert Band, along with guest conducting the Wind Ensemble and Wind Orchestra, and assisted with undergraduate conducting classes. Prior to beginning her doctoral degree, Shannon completed a Master of Music degree from Central Michigan University, where she studied with John E. Williamson, James Batcheler, and Alan Gumm.

    Before pursuing graduate studies, Shannon served as a music educator in Michigan and Colorado. Shannon taught elementary music and band for Ypsilanti Community Schools in Ypsilanti, MI. While in Colorado, she was a teacher for Eagle County Schools, where she taught music to students of all ages. During her tenure there, she taught elementary music, high school band, music technology, drumline, and guitar classes, while running First Notes, an El Sistema based youth orchestra.

    Shannon earned her Bachelor of Music Education from Central Michigan University in 2009. Her primary instrument is clarinet, and her doctoral research involves investigating the gender imbalance of collegiate band directors.

    Shannon is excited to join the faculty at Frostburg State University in the fall of 2018. She looks forward to the opportunity to work with students from all over campus in marching band, wind ensemble, and courses.

Mr. Gregory Scott Stuart

Lecturer
Gregory Stuart

Office: 208 Performing Arts Center
Phone: 301.687.4132
Email: gsstuart@frostburg.edu
Fax: 301.687.3153

Degrees:

M.F.A. The Academy for Classical Acting at the George Washington University
B.M. Ithaca College

Teaching Interests

Voice, Opera, Musical Theatre, Aural Musicianship, Diction for Singers

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    Gregory Scott Stuart (baritone) is a performer with a broad experience in the arts, encompassing oratorio, concert and recital appearances, roles in opera and musical theatre, non-musical acting engagements, work as a church musician, and as a stage director. He has been engaged to sing concerts with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of Northern Virginia, Anne Arundel Community College, Opus Concert Theatre and the Society of the Cincinnati. In oratorio, he has performed the solos in a goodly number of frequently performed works in the repertory and was a soloist in world premieres of Paul Leavitt's Cantata Emmanuel, his Magnificat and in premieres of his Requiem in Washington, Paris and at Lincoln Center, NYC and on CD. He has sung numerous leading roles in opera with local and regional companies, including principal roles in Carmen, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Lucia di Lammermoor, Così fan tutte, Hänsel & Gretel, I pagliacci, Amahl & the Night Visitors, Faust, La Bohème and The Merry Widow. As an actor, he played in the Helen Hayes nominated ensemble of Optimism or Voltaire's Candide at Spooky Action Theatre and has a slew of Shakespeare roles to his credit with Shakespeare Opera Theatre, Baltimore Shakespeare Festival, Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival, Seacoast Repertory Theatre, New England Shakespeare Festival, and has tread the boards at the Roxy Regional Theatre in Clarksville, TN, Okaboji Summer Theatre in Okaboji, IA, DC’s Studio Theatre and in musicals with Pittsburgh Playhouse, Bay Theatre & Ithaca Opera, including a national tour of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. He has directed 4 operas for Loudoun Lyric Opera, Sadko for Bel Cantanti Opera, the US premiere of a French musical, Bigoudi, world premieres of Phillip Freund’s Jocasta and Sean Pflüger’s opera Children in the Mist. He earned a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Ithaca College, and a Master of Fine Arts in Classical Acting from The Academy for Classical Acting at The George Washington University. Outside of FSU, aside from freelance performing and directing, he is the Assistant Musical Director and a staff singer for St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Arlington, VA, has served on the Board of Directors of Loudoun Lyric Opera in Leesburg, VA, and teaches private singing lessons, theatre, French and yoga.

Mr. Anthony Walker

Lecturer
Gregory Stuart

Office: 207 Performing Arts Center
Phone: 301.687.4117
Email: ajwalker@frostburg.edu
Fax: 301.687.3153

Degrees:

D.M.A. West Virginia University (A.B.D.)
M.M. Miami University
B.S. University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

Teaching Interests

Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, Brass Ensemble

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    Michigan native Anthony Walker is currently a doctoral candidate at West Virginia University on a graduate and teaching assistantship. At WVU, he is pursuing a degree in low brass performance. He previously received his M.M. in euphonium performance at Miami University, where he was the recipient of the Graduate Student Inspiration Award in 2015. He also received his B.S. in music with a specialization in business from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

    Anthony has performed with the Fillmore Philharmonic Brass in performances such as the North American Brass Band Association competition. He also has toured through Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and West Virginia presenting educational demonstrations to grade-school and college students.

    As a teaching assistant at Miami U and WVU, Anthony has assisted with teaching applied tuba/euphonium lessons at the undergraduate level; small ensemble coaching; the music appreciation course: Great Composers in Performance; and Freshmen Seminars. As a graduate assistant, he has served as a recruiter for the WVU College of Creative Arts and the head concert manager at Miami U.

Dr. Brent Weber, Chair

Associate Professor
Brent Weber

Office: 202B Performing Arts Center
Phone: 301.687.4116
Email: bmweber@frostburg.edu
Fax: 301.687.3153

Degrees:

D.M.A. and M.M. University of Georgia
B.A. Southern Oregon University

Teaching Interests

Saxophone, Jazz Ensemble, Jazz History and Theory, Music Theory

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    Bio

    Saxophonist Brent Weber has enjoyed a diverse musical journey as performer and educator. After earning degrees in saxophone performance from Southern Oregon University (BA) and University of Georgia (MM) Dr. Weber joined the faculty as Assistant Professor of Saxophone at the Sichuan Conservatory of Music in the capitol of China’s Sichuan province, Chengdu. After two incredible years teaching and freelancing in Southwest China, Dr. Weber returned to the U.S. to pursue his Doctorate in Musical Arts at the University of Georgia. From 2009-2012 he had the opportunity to study with teachers Kenneth Fischer, Eugene Rousseau, Joseph Wytko, and Connie Frigo. These experiences have uniquely shaped Dr. Weber into the artist and pedagogue he is today.

    Experienced in multiple genres of music from classical to jazz, rock ‘n’ roll and beyond, Dr. Weber advocates versatility. His work with the contemporary jazz group Jake Mowrer Quartet, featured him performing and recording throughout Northern Georgia. As a concert saxophonist, he is active with the North American Saxophone Alliance performing in conferences in Minnesota, Louisiana, Florida, Oregon, and Georgia. In 2007 he presented the European premiere of Todd Barton’s Diastems II at the World Saxophone Congress XIV in Ljubljana, Slovenia. As winner of the UGA Concerto Competition in 2009, he performed Ingolf Dahl’s Concerto for Saxophone and Wind Ensemble. Most recently Dr. Weber was part of the 2012 Naxos release Street Song featuring the University of Georgia Wind Ensemble under the direction of Dr. John Lynch.

    Dr. Weber is currently Department Chair and Assistant Professor of Saxophone in the Department of Music at Frostburg State University in Western Maryland where in addition to maintaining the saxophone and bassoon studios he also coordinates the jazz studies program.

    Personal Email: brent_weber@hotmail.com
    Duo Vif: Saxophone/Clarinet Duo

Dr. Joseph Yungen

Lecturer
Joseph Yungen

Office: 127A Performing Arts Center
Phone: 301.687.4245
Email: jsyungen@frostburg.edu
Fax: 301.687.3153

Degrees:

D.M.A. The Juilliard School
M.M. Eastman School of Music
B.A. Southern Oregon University

Teaching Interests

Piano

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    Pianist JOSEPH YUNGEN has had tremendous success as a soloist and performer of chamber music, art song, and new music. He enjoys an active life as a concert pianist and instructor throughout the United States and abroad, having performed and taught in China as guest artist on numerous occasions.

    Winner of the “Audience Favorite” and “Best Performance of the Music of Szymanowski” awards in the 2008 Seattle International Piano Competition, Joseph received First Prize in the 88th Annual Bruce P. Carlson Schubert Club Piano Competition in Minneapolis, the Ann Fehn Pianist’s First Prize in the 14th Annual Jessie Kneisel Lieder Competition, and the Barr Award for Excellence in Accompanying. He attended the Music Academy of the West as a Collaborative Piano Fellow in 2012.

    In 2013, Joseph was the featured soloist in the Hans Abrahamsen Concerto for Piano and Orchestra with Musica Nova (Brad Lubman, director), with the composer in attendance. He has also performed with the New Juilliard Ensemble (Joel Sachs, director) and AXIOM (Jeffrey Milarsky, director). Joseph cofounded and taught master classes for the New Jersey Young Artist Piano Competition in 2014. He joined Frostburg State University as a full-time music faculty member in 2016.

    Joseph holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The Juilliard School, where he studied with Jonathan Feldman as a C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellow. He earned Master of Music degrees in Piano Performance & Literature and in Accompanying & Chamber Music from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with Jean Barr and Douglas Humpherys. He completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in Piano Performance at Southern Oregon University under the instruction of Alexander Tutunov.

    www.josephyungen.com

Programs Offered by the Department

  • B.S./B.A. Music
    Major and Minor
    Concentrations in Vocal Performance, Music Management, Instrumental Performance, Music Studies, Teaching Option