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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: 209 Performing Arts Center
Phone: 301.687.4117
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. Joshua Bishop

Lecturer
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Office: 209 Performing Arts Center
Phone: 301.687.4117
Email: jabishop1996@gmail.com
Fax: 301.687.3153

Degrees:

M.M. Indiana University, Jacobs School of Music
B.M. East Carolina University

Teaching Interests

Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, Brass Ensemble

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    Joshua Bishop is a low brass performer and educator residing in Southern Pennsylvania. He received his Master’s degree in Music Performance from the Jacob’s School of Music at Indiana University and his Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance at East Carolina University. His primary teachers have been Demondrae Thurman, Stephen Ivany, Joanna Hersey, and Tom McCaslin. 

    Josh is an acclaimed performer having been a featured soloist with several high schools in North Carolina, the Triangle Brass Band, ECU Wind Ensemble, and the Indiana University Wind Ensemble. He is also a founding member of the Sequence Quartet, a professional euphonium quartet based in Southern Indiana. He is also an active educator, working with middle and high school students across the east coast and college students in the US and Canada. Josh performs on a Besson Prestige 2052 euphonium and an Edwards T-350E tenor trombone.

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: www.MarkGallagher.net

Mr. Joseph Gaskins

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

Degrees:

M.M. Carnegie Mellon University
B.M. University of South Carolina

Teaching Interests

Bass, Jazz Bass

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    Joseph Gaskins has enjoyed an active and versatile career as a Double Bass performer and teacher. Growing up just outside of Charleston, SC, he began his education on the Electric Bass Guitar and regularly sat in with jazz bands. He then attended the University of South Carolina, where he received a B.M. in Instrumental Performance, studying with Craig Butterfield. While studying there, Joseph played with several different orchestras across South Carolina, including the Long Bay Symphony and the Aiken Symphony Orchestra. Following completion of his Undergraduate work, he went on to receive a Master’s Degree and an Advanced Music Studies Certificate from Carnegie Mellon University, studying under Micah Howard and Peter Guild. Joseph performs with various Symphonies around the Pittsburgh area, including the Johnstown Symphony, Altoona Symphony, Butler Symphony, and Westmoreland Symphony. In addition, he has played in Masterclasses for renowned musicians including Jeff Bradetich, Paul Ellison, Ira Gold, Lawrence Hurst, Max Dimoff, Kurt Muroki, and the Parker Quartet. He also received an honorable mention for his performance in the Orchestral Competition during the International Society of Bassists’ Convention in 2019.

Dr. Ashley (Ash) Glenn

Assistant Professor
Ashley Glenn

Office: 207 Performing Arts Center
Phone: 301.687.7452
Email: aeglenn@frostburg.edu
Fax: 301.687.3153

Degrees:

Ph.D. University of Southern Mississippi
M.M. American Band College
B.M. University of Tennessee

Teaching Interests

Director of Bands, Music Education

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    Originally hailing from Chattanooga, TN, Ashley Glenn is the Director of Bands and Visiting Lecturer of Instrumental Music Education at Frostburg State University. His duties include directing the Wind Ensemble and Bobcat Marching Band, teaching instrumental conducting, teaching brass and secondary general music methods, and supervising interns and student teachers.

    Prior to his appointment at Frostburg State University, Ashley served on the faculties of Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan and Cleveland State University in Cleveland, Ohio. Ashley taught middle school band at Jefferson Middle School in Jefferson City, TN, for fourteen years before leaving to complete his doctoral studies. His bands were known for their musicianship and resonant sound and earned multiple Excellent and Superior ratings.

    Ashley holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, a Master of Music in Wind Conducting from The American Band College, and a Ph.D. in Music Education with a cognate in Wind Conducting from The University of Southern Mississippi. His primary field of research is in transfer student experiences and engagement in collegiate music education. His research was most recently presented at the South Carolina Music Education Association Convention in Columbia, SC.

    Ashley is a member of The National Association for Music Education, College Band Directors National Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity, and Kappa Kappa Psi Honorary Band Fraternity.

Dr. Isaac Greene

Lecturer
Dr. John Isaac Greene

Office: 205 Performing Arts Center
Phone: 301.687.4119
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: 103 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 cello studies at the age of seven. A graduate of the Sichuan Conservatory of Music, Karen earned her Masters and Doctoral degrees in cello performance from the Catholic University of America. Her primary teachers included Michael Mermagen, Sara Male, and Shi-Dong Luo, with additional studies with Hai-Ye Ni and Amit Peled.

    Karen attended the Vivace Music Festival on full scholarship from 2006-2008. From 2005-2009, Karen held the rank of assistant professor at the Sichuan Conservatory of Music. She has performed and taught at a wide variety of venues throughout Asia and the United States such as the Xiamen University Chamber Music Festival, the Kennedy Center, NPR Studios, Music at Penn Alps, and the National Gallery of Art. She also has given cello workshops at Langley High School and Patrick Henry College.

    Since 2013, Karen has been teaching strings-related courses at Frostburg State University, where she founded the Frostburg State University Summer Music Academy in 2016. In addition to her performing and teaching activities, Karen has been training in Alexander Technique since 2014.

Dr. Avery Pettigrew

Lecturer
Avery Pettigrew

Office: 209 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

Senior Lecturer
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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. Luke Spence

Lecturer
Luke Spence

Office: 209 Performing Arts Center
Phone: 301.687.4117
Email: ljspence@frostburg.edu
Fax: 301.687.3153

Degrees:

D.M.A. & M.M. University of Maryland School of Music
B.M. Oberlin Conservatory of Music

Teaching Interests

Trumpet, Jazz Trumpet

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    Dr. Luke Spence enjoys a freelance career performing and teaching in the Baltimore / Washington D.C. metropolitan area. He is the newly appointed Lecturer of Trumpet at Frostburg State University and serves as second trumpet of the Washington Chamber Orchestra. He also performs regularly with ensembles including the Fairfax Symphony, Lancaster Symphony, Reading Symphony, Mid-Atlantic Symphony, Washington Opera Society, and The New Orchestra of Washington. Most recently, Dr. Spence joined the dynamic award-winning chamber group Anima Brass. Outside of mainstream classical music, Dr. Spence has performed with Baltimore and D.C. theatre companies, toured with the Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra, performed early music on period instruments with the Washington Cornett and Sackbutt Ensemble, and premiered new works by living composers with groups such as Stage Free and the District New Music Coalition. In recent years, he has performed at the Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center, toured across the U.S., Europe, and China, and was a featured soloist with the Washington Sinfonietta. 

    In addition to teaching at Frostburg State, Dr. Spence is the Instructor of Trumpet at Frederick Community College, maintains a large private studio, and regularly gives clinics and masterclasses at other universities and public institutions. In 2020, he initiated and served as director for the new “Brass Ensemble and Repertoire” course at the University of Maryland School of Music, which continues to thrive and grow today. 

    His dissertation, "Preserving the Narrative of 20th Century Art Song: A Guide for Instrumental Transcriptions of Vocal Music" informs and elevates performance practice standards for brass players who wish to perform vocal music. His work, which has been recognized and celebrated in the field, can be heard here and is soon to be released under the Tonsehen record label. Dr. Spence earned his DMA and MM at the University of Maryland where he studied with Chris Gekker and holds a BM with a minor in musicology from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music where he studied with Roy Poper and was the recipient of the 2014 James Stamp Award.

    To learn more about Dr. Spence, please visit LukeSpenceTrumpet.com.

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.

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

  • Additional Information
    Bio

    JOSEPH YUNGEN is a musician who happens to play the piano. He enjoys a music-filled life of continuous growth and discovery, and has established a reputation for his consistent excellence as a soloist and collaborator in a wide variety of musical contexts and repertoire, including chamber music, art song, new music, as well as choral and orchestral music. His performances and teaching appearances have been met with acclaim across the United States, Europe, and Asia.

    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.

    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 (Musica Nova/Brad Lubman, director), with the composer in attendance. He has also performed regularly with the New Juilliard Ensemble and AXIOM.

    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.

    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