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, and clinicians, and as members in and directors of professional choral and instrumental ensembles.


Education

Theory/History/Composition

Winds & Percussion

Strings & Piano

Vocal

Jazz


Mr. Anthony Ambroso

Lecturer
Anthony Ambroso

Office: 205/107 Performing Arts Center
Phone: 301.687.4119
Email: amambroso@frostburg.edu
Fax: 301.687.4784

Degrees:

B.M., New England Conservatory of Music
B.A., Tufts University

Teaching Interests

Jazz Guitar, Jazz Bass, Jazz Percussion

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    Anthony Ambroso is a Pittsburgh-based guitarist whose performing credits include Jeff Coffin, Roy “Futureman” Wooten, Dave Holland, Christian Wolff, Roger Humphries, Sean Jones, Dwayne Dolphin, Charles “Poogie” Bell, Troy Roberts, Anthony Coleman, Ralph Lalama, Donnie Iris, Billy Price, and Kevin Garrett, among many others. In 2018, his band Kinetic recorded Songs of Lake Volta, an album of original music based on Ghanaian folk melodies (released on Ansonica Records). The album was awarded #5 on textura.org’s Top 20 Classical Releases of 2018. Anthony teaches guitar and jazz improvisation at West Virginia University and Frostburg State University.

Ms. Eftihia Arkoudis

Lecturer
Eftihia Arkoudis

Office: 208 Performing Arts Center
Phone: 301.687.4132
Email: evarkoudis@frostburg.edu
Fax: 301.687.7458

Degrees:

D.M.A. West Virginia University (ABD)
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 Eftihia V. Arkoudis is a versatile performer who joined the faculty of Frostburg State University as an Adjunct Flute Professor, while a doctorate candidate on a graduate assistantship at West Virginia University. 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 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 and recording artist BETA Quartet, who were Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition semifinalists and winners of Flute Society of Kentucky Flute Quartet 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 have been 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 the William Bennett Flute Academy in the US (2017).

    Arkoudis graduated with her M.M. from West Virginia University, holds artistic diplomas with honorary awards from the 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

Ms. Cecilia Buettgen

Lecturer
Cecilia Buettgen

Office: 205 Performing Arts Center
Phone: 301.687.4119
Email: ccbuettgen@frostburg.edu
Fax: 301.687.4784

Degrees:

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Teaching Interests

French Horn

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    Cecilia Buettgen is a professional French horn player living in Northern Virginia. She currently works full time with The “President’s Own” United States Marine Band in addition to freelancing with regional orchestras and teaching private lessons to young horn players. Before serving in The “President’s Own”, Cecilia toured with Shen Yun Performing Arts in 2012 and served as acting principal horn with the Beijing National Opera House in China in 2011. She is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music (MM) and Western Michigan University (BM) where she studied with Professor Randy Gardner and Dr. Lin Foulk, respectively. Cecilia lives with her husband, Carl, and their two greyhounds, Turbo and Daisy.

Dr. Deborah Caldwell

Lecturer
Deborah Caldwell

Office: 207 Performing Arts Center
Phone: 301.687.4117
Email: dacaldwell@frostburg.edu
Fax: 301.687.7458

Degrees:

D.M.A. University of Georgia
M.M. Kansas State University
B.M.E. Ouachita Baptist University

Teaching Interests

Trumpet, Aural Musicianship, History of Musical Theatre

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    A native of Siloam Springs, AR, Deborah Caldwell graduated with her Doctorate in Musical Arts from the University of Georgia where she studied under Mr. Philip Smith. Her dissertation project is titled, “Tragic Accents: A Study of Five Tragic, Lyric Trumpet Solos written for September 11th.” Deborah earned her Bachelors in Music Education from Ouachita Baptist University where she studied under Dr. Craig Hamilton and student taught at Pleasant Grove School District in Texarkana, TX. She received her Masters of Music in Trumpet Performance from Kansas State University where she studied under Dr. Gary Mortenson. Deborah has worked, performed, and taught at the Territorial Music Institute in Texas, Interlochen Arts Camp, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, and the Seoul Foreign School in Korea. She was a founding member of the Wabash City Brass Quintet in Kansas and enjoyed performing Ernest Bloch’sProclamation with the KSU Orchestra as a winner of the Concerto Competition. Deborah enjoys international travel and has performed in seven countries.

Dr. James (Jay) DeWire

Lecturer of Music
James DeWire

Office: 105 Performing Arts Center
Phone: 301.687.4115
Email: jadewire@frostburg.edu
Fax: 301.687.4784

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: 301.687.4784

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

Mr. Tom Harrison

Lecturer
Tom Harrison

Office: 138 Performing Arts Center
Phone: 301.687.4109
Email: teharrison@frostburg.edu
Fax: 301.687.4784

Degrees:

Bachelors in Music Education, 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.

Mr. Clayton Heath

Lecturer
Clayton Heath

Office: 207/208 Performing Arts Center
Phone: 301.687.4117 / 301.687.4132
Email: crheath@frostburg.edu
Fax: 301.687.4784

Degrees:

M.M. Duquesne University
A.A., B.M. & B.A. Alderson-Broaddus University

Teaching Interests

Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, Brass Ensemble

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    Clayton Heath is a freelance bass trombonist and music educator in Pittsburgh, PA, and serves as the Adjunct Lecturer of Low Brass at Frostburg State University. In addition to being a member of the professional brass ensemble 'The Brass Roots', Mr. Heath is an active substitute with the River City Brass Band, Johnstown Symphony Orchestra, and a member of the funk-brass band 'Run the Meat'.

    He has performed with Pittsburgh Opera, members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra brass, and the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra. In 2017, Mr. Heath was a finalist and placed in several competitions at the International Women’s Brass Conference in Rowan, NJ. He has had the honor to perform as a soloist with members of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, as well as performing with the United States Navy Band, and in multiple National Anthem performances for nationally televised major league events. As an educator, he maintains an active private studio, representing various low brass instruments and levels of experience, provides educational clinics, and has served as a brass instructor for high school band programs and the Salvation Army.

    Mr. Heath holds a Master’s degree in Performance from Duquesne University, as well as degrees in Performance, Musical Arts, and Education from Alderson-Broaddus College (now Alderson Broaddus University), where he studied with Dr. Timothy DeWitt (former member of the West Virginia Symphony). His primary teachers include Jeff Dee, Murray Crewe, Dr. Timothy DeWitt, and Dr. Brian Plitnik.

    Website: claytonheath.com

Dr. Mackenzie Lamont

Lecturer
Mackenzie Lamont

Office: 209 Performing Arts Center
Phone: 301.687.7453
Email: mjlamont@frostburg.edu
Fax: 301.687.4784

Degrees:

M.M., D.M.A. 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

Lecturer
Karen Lau

Office: 206 Performing Arts Center
Phone: 301.687.7458
Email: klau@frostburg.edu
Fax: 301.687.4784

Degrees:

Doctor of Musical Arts, Catholic University of America
Master of Music degree, Catholic University of America
Bachelor of Music degree in Performance, Sichuan Conservatory of Music

Teaching Interests

Cello, String Ensemble

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    Karen Lau began her musical study with cello at the age of seven. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Performance from the Sichuan Conservatory of Music and Master of Music Degree from Catholic University of America. Karen is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the Catholic University of America in Cello Performance where she plans to graduate in Spring 2017. Her primary teachers include Michael Mermagen, Sara Male and Shi-Dong Luo. Karen was invited to attend the Vivace Music Festival with full scholarship in 2006, 2007, and 2008. She held the rank of assistant professor at Sichuan Conservatory of Music from 2005-2009. Karen has performed at prestigious venues such as The Kennedy Center, NPR Studios, and the National Gallery of Art. In 2016 Karen founded the Frostburg State University Summer Music Academy.

Ms. Francesca Molinaro

Lecturer
Francesca Molinaro

Office: 205 Performing Arts Center
Phone: 301.687.4119
Email: fmmolinaro@frostburg.edu
Fax: 301.687.4784

Degrees:

M.M. Youngstown State University
B.M. Alderson-Broaddus University

Teaching Interests

Applied Voice, Vocal Pedagogy

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    Francesca Maria Molinaro, soprano, holds a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Youngstown State University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Alderson Broaddus University. Ms. Molinaro has performed numerous opera roles and scenes including Lakmé from Lakmé, Laetitia from The Old Maid and the Thief, Olympia from The Tales of Hoffmann, Sophie from Werther, Königen der Nacht from Die Zauberflöte, Madame Goldentrill from The Impresario and The Fairy from Cendrillon.

    During the summer of 2017, she performed in the Pittsburgh Festival Opera Young Artist Program where she covered the role of Atalanta from Handel’s Xerxes and performed in the ensemble. Other honors include winning YSU’s 2017 annual Young Artist Concerto Competition, performing as a soloist comprised of members of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, placing second at the 2014 Eastern Division MTNA Young Artist Competitions, and placing second in the Ohio NATS Advanced College/Independent Studio Women category.

Mr. Gary Phillips

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Office: 204 Performing Arts Center
Phone: 301.687.3181
Email: gjphillips@frostburg.edu
Fax: 301.687.4784

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.

Mr. Scott Rieker

Lecturer
Scott Rieker

Office: 203 Performing Arts Center
Phone: 301.687.4110
Email: serieker@frostburg.edu
Fax: 301.687.4784

Degrees:

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

Teaching Interests

Choir, Voice, Choral Music Education

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    Scott Rieker is an ABD Doctoral Candidate in Choral Music at the University of Southern California (USC) and has only to complete his dissertation in order to be called Dr. Rieker. Prior to coming to Frostburg State University, he served as the Artistic Director for the Torrance (California) Civic Chorale, the Choir Director at Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church, and Treasurer of the Santa Monica Youth Orchestra, a 501(c)(3) non-profit providing free music lessons and ensemble experiences to underserved youth. While at USC, Rieker was a Teaching Assistant and Co-Conductor of the USC Apollo Chorus. Before his work in Southern California, he directed the Big Red Singers and was assistant director of the Varsity Men’s Chorus at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, where he earned a Master’s Degree in Choral Conducting. 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 forthcoming composition 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, Social Network Theory and Emergence Theory in the choral ensemble.

Mr. Patrick Sise

Adjunct Instructor
Patrick Sise

Office: 206 Performing Arts Center
Phone: 301.687.7458
Email: pjsise@frostburg.edu
Fax: 301.687.4784

Degrees:

M.M. - Peabody Conservatory of Music
B.M. - Peabody Conservatory of Music

Teaching Interests

Guitar and Guitar Ensemble

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    Patrick Sise is a graduate of the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University where he received his bachelors and masters degrees in guitar performance and pedagogy under the tutelage of Julian Gray. He has performed at a wide variety of venues throughout the north east region. These venues include solo and chamber recitals at the Peabody Institute, the Guitar Foundation of America’s regional symposium, Cecil College’s Milburn Stone Theatre, the Port Deposit Heritage Corporation concert series, and at many churches, retirement homes, and hospitals. Notable performances include the 2010 Port Deposit Heritage Corporation Holiday Concert where Mr. Sise performed with Donald Sutherland, world renowned organist and chair of the organ department at Peabody, and The 2009-2010 John E. Marlow Guitar Series where Mr. Sise was a principal guitarist in the orchestra conducted by Julian Gray that performed Shingo Fujii’s Concerto de Los Angeles with William Kanengiser as soloist. Mr. Sise is also an active member of the Creative Access, a student run volunteer outreach performance program. He site coordinates for the Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Baltimore City Veterans Hospital where he performs monthly. He teaches weekly at the Music and Arts Center in Bowie, Md; his studio is filled with a wide variety of students. He is also a teacher for the Face to Face Guitar program which is an organization that provides free lessons to Baltimore’s inner-city elementary school students. During his graduate studies at Peabody, Mr. Sise was awarded a graduate assistantship with the music education department. One of his main duties as an assistant was to teach undergraduates guitar for their general music practicum class.

    A native of Richmond Virginia, he started playing the guitar when he moved to Elkton, Maryland at the age of eleven, and received his Associates of Arts degree in music/guitar from Cecil College in 2006. While attending Cecil, he received the 2005/06 Cecil County Arts Council Fellowship awarded annually to one student for artistic excellence. Mr. Sise has attended master classes with David Russell, Eliot Fisk, Benjamin Verdery, Michael Newman, and also the 2005 and 2006 New York Guitar Seminar at Mannes College of Music. He has performed in master classes for Manuel Barrueco, Adam Holzman, Laura Oltman, David Leisner, David Starobin, William Kanengiser, Bruce Holzman, Ricardo Cobo, Lorenzo Micheli, Ana Vidovic, and Nathan Fischer. Mr. Sise will continue his education with intentions of receiving a degree in music theory, and a doctoral degree in guitar performance.

    Personal Email: psise11@gmail.com

Ms. Shannon Shaker

Lecturer
Shannon Shaker

Office: 103 Performing Arts Center
Phone: 301.687.7452
Email: smshaker@frostburg.edu
Fax: 301.687.4784

Degrees:

D.M.A. Arizona State University (ABD)
M.M. Central Michigan University
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 Stuart

Lecturer
Gregory Stuart

Office: 208 Performing Arts Center
Phone: 301.687.4132
Email: gsstuart@frostburg.edu
Fax: 301.687.4784

Degrees:

B.M. Ithaca College
B.F.A. The Shakespeare Theatre Academy for Classical Acting

Teaching Interests

Voice, Opera, Musical Theatre

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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 appeared in 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 rand 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 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 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 and directed Sadko this March 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, he works for Vocal Arts DC, is the Artistic Director for Loudoun Lyric Opera, teaches singing, theatre, French and yoga.

Dr. Brent Weber, Chair

Assistant Professor
Brent Weber

Office: 202B Performing Arts Center
Phone: 301.687.4116
Email: bmweber@frostburg.edu
Fax: 301.687.4784

Degrees:

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Teaching Interests

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

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    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: 301.687.4784

Degrees:

Doctor of Musical Arts from The Juilliard School
Masters Degrees in Piano Performance & Literature and Accompanying & Chamber Music from Eastman School of Music
Bachelors Degree in Piano Performance from Southern Oregon University

Teaching Interests

Piano

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    Oregonian 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