(773) 442-5900
Rachel Burton
Rachel
Burton
Dance
Music and Dance
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone
(773) 442-5941
Courses Taught
Dance
Preparatory Dance Program Coordinator
Research Interests
Dance pedagogy and performance
Education

B.A., Northeastern Illinois University

Background

Northeastern Dance Instructor, Rachel Burton, began her early dance training at Chicago City Ballet School, Ellis-DuBoulay School of Ballet, and was a scholarship student at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. As a student, she also took dance classes at Columbia College and through The Ruth Page Foundation. As a professional dancer in the Chicago area for fifteen years, Rachel has performed with some of the area’s leading companies including Concert Dance, Inc. and Melissa Thodos and Dancers.

Over the course of her dancing career, she has performed on three continents, participating in dance/arts festivals in the U.S., Peru and Scotland. A Northeastern Illinois University alumna, Rachel graduated with a concentration in dance from the University Without Walls program, which allowed her to incorporate her extensive professional work into her degree. Within the dance program at Northeastern, Rachel teaches beginning and intermediate ballet and modern dance, as well as the University’s general education dance courses. She also coordinates the Preparatory Dance Program, which offers classes to children and adults from the community-at-large. A passionate teacher of dance, Rachel assists Dance Education, by placing and mentoring Northeastern dance students who wish to gain experience in teaching dance.

FA 141C
5500 N. St. Louis Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Phone
(773) 442-5941
Office Hours
M: 3:30-4:15 p.m.; T: 4-5:30 p.m.; R: 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Main Campus
Peter Chang
Peter
Chang
Music History, Instrumental Music Performance Advisor
Music and Dance
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone
(773) 442-5914
Courses Taught
Music History
World Music
Graduate Research and Composer Seminar
Chamber Music
Research Interests
20th century music
Education

Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Musicology
M.A., California State University at Fresno, Music History & Literature
B.A., Central Washington University, Music

Selected Publications

Articles have appeared in Asian Music (1991 and 2001), and Community of Music (1993).

A published study of iconography of traditional Chinese musical performance appeared in Imago Musicae (1995), the International Yearbook of Musical Iconography, Innsbruck, Austria.

He is the author of Chou Wen-Chung: The Life and Work of a Contemporary Chinese-born American Composer (2006)

Articles on contemporary American composers for Contemporary Music Review (2007); The Encyclopedia of Contemporary Arts (2007)

Book review for Ethnomusicology (2007)

Article on Handel's 7 Trio Sonatas, Op. 5 for the Journal of Central Conservatory of Music (2016)

Background

Professor Peter Chang teaches Music History that comprises a sequence of three undergraduate courses. He also teaches graduate research seminars and seminars of selected composers, as well as courses in a given musical style period. For non-music majors, he teaches World Music, a music appreciation course of non-Western cultures that fulfills the general education requirements. In the area of applied music, he directs chamber music ensembles, the String Program, and has taught applied violin.

Specializing in the music of the twentieth-century, Professor Chang has worked on the study of the mechanism for musical synthesis in contemporary music. His articles have appeared in Asian Music (1991, and 2001), Community of Music (1993), Imago Musicae (1995), Contemporary Music Review (2007), Ethnomusicology (2007), as well as articles published in The Symphony World (2006), the Journal of Central Conservatory of Music (2016), and Peoples’ Music (2009) in China. He is the author of Chou Wen-Chung: The Life and Work of a Contemporary Chinese-born American Composer (2006). He has been invited to give lectures, and to teach courses at several universities and conservatories in China.

Professor Chang treats all of his students with respect, and wants to make their learning experience at Northeastern a rewarding one.

FA 135
5500 N. St. Louis Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Phone
(773) 442-5914
Office Hours
M F 10:00 - 11:00 a.m., W 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Main Campus
R. Shayne Cofer
Shayne
Cofer
Acting Associate Provost
Academic Affairs
Other Academic Areas
Phone
(773) 442-5919
Expertise
Instrumental Music Education
Courses Taught
NEIU Wind Ensemble
Research Interests
K-12 instrumental music education and ensemble conducting
Education

Ph.D., University of Iowa, Music Education
M.M., University of Iowa, Music Education
B.M., University of Idaho, Music Education

Selected Publications

His work has been published in:

The Southeastern Journal of Music Education
The Journal of Research in Music Education
MENC's publication Teaching Music
Band and Orchestra Magazine

Triad: The Ohio Music Educator's Journal
Illinois Music Educator's Journal

Background

R. Shayne Cofer is on temporary leave from the Department of Music and currently Acting Associate Provost of NEIU.

C 102
5500 N. St. Louis Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Phone
(773) 442-5919
Office Hours
By appointment only
Main Campus
Kathy Cowan
Kathy
Cowan
Applied Voice
Music and Dance
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone
(773) 442-5912
Courses Taught
Applied Voice
Research Interests
Vocal pedagogy and performance
Education

M.A., Northeastern Illinois University, Vocal Pedagogy
B.F.A., Roosevelt University, Theater

Background

Mezzo-soprano Kathy Cowan brings her eclectic background of performance and teaching to her work at Northeastern Illinois University.  Ms. Cowan grew up in a musical family, singing the alto part of 5-part motets at home.  She played the French horn throughout her youth and studied at the Eastman School of Music Prep School.  Kathy Cowan earned a BFA in Music/Theatre from Roosevelt University in Chicago and a Master’s Degree in Vocal Pedagogy at Northeastern Illinois University.  

As a performer, Kathy’s Irish heritage significantly informs her musical activity. She has been the featured soloist, singing Irish songs, with several major symphony orchestras throughout her career.  She has appeared with: Doc Severinsen and the Milwaukee Symphony; the Buffalo and Calgary Philharmonic Orchestras; and the Toledo, Colorado and Madison Chamber Symphonies.  She has appeared as guest artist several times with the Paul Winter Consort and has been featured on the Millennium Stage of the Kennedy Center, and at the Smithsonian Institution.  She has made several recordings - In the Deep Heart's Core, songs from the poetry of William Butler Yeats (volumes 1 and 2); The Red-Haired Man's Wife, a collection of Irish folk songs; and A Kiltartan Road Christmas, an unusual collection of music for the season.  

Ms. Cowan performs at colleges, universities, cultural institutions, houses of worship, festivals and on art series and presents workshops in Celtic song and master classes in acting, voice and performance technique in the U.S., Europe and China. She has developed several shows and characters in both collaboration with others and in a nod to her Irish heritage. Her most recent work was with Venetia Stifler’s Concert Dance, Inc. of the Ruth Page Dance Foundation where she created the score for a dance in which she sings a cappella, and which has now been performed at the Ravinia Festival, in Pennsylvania and in Europe. Another significant performance creation was Music Mad, a show telling the story of Chief Francis O’Neill, the renowned Chief of Chicago police who “saved” Irish traditional music. She developed the roles of the Sean-Bhean bhocht (Irish for ‘poor old woman’) Catherine O’Neill, Chief O’Neill’s mother, as well as his wife, Anna Rogers. She has professionally sung roles in Gilbert and Sullivan productions, medieval opera, was a member of the Chicago Symphony Chorus for nine seasons, as well as having specialized in small ensemble (Church to Chant to Swing) and back-up singing.  She has sung at Chicago’s Temple Sholom for 37 years.  She collaborates in many productions of concerts and lectures in Chicago which include Scots and Irish song - The Phontom Collective, the Irish American Heritage Center to name a few.

Besides being a member of the faculty at Northeastern Illinois University, Ms. Cowan teaches at the Old Town School of Folk Music and has taught at the Victory Gardens Theater. She meets each student where they are in terms of their technical and artistic development. She provides a challenging, but safe, atmosphere for the discovery of the voice, while guiding students with technical and artistic advice to further develop their own art.  

What the critics are saying about Kathy Cowan:

"A powerful infusion of authenticity... masterful singing" The Chicago Sun Times

"Kathy Cowan is superb." The Philadelphia Inquirer.

FA 123
5500 N. St. Louis Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Phone
(773) 442-5912
Office Hours
By Appointment Only
Main Campus
Giuseppa DiCesare
Giuseppa
DiCesare
Manager of Operations - Ensemble Español
Music and Dance
Expertise
Educational leadership and dance company administration
Education

B.A., Northeastern Illinois University, Sociology
M.A., Northeastern Illinois University, Educational Leadership

Background

Giuseppa DiCesare, Ensemble Español's Manager of Operations, is a native Chicagoan of Italian descent. Giuseppa assists with the community and educational outreach programs, including the Ensemble’s partnership with the Chicago High School for the Arts. She also assists in securing the financial growth of the organization and event administration, as well as serving as the coordinator for the American Spanish Dance and Music Festival.

J Building, 111
5500 N. St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Office Hours
by appointment
Steven Duncan
Steven
Duncan
Applied Trombone
Music and Dance
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone
(773) 442-5900
Courses Taught
Applied Trombone
Research Interests
Trombone Performance and Pedagogy
Education

Davidson College, B.A.
Northwestern University, M.M.

Additional Information

Originally from southern Florida, Steven Duncan first came to Illinois to study trombone performance and music theory at Northwestern University.  After graduating, he spent the better part of a decade traveling with various big bands and Broadway tours, playing venues from Seattle's Benaroya Hall to New York's Lincoln Center, and many more in between.  Having settled more permanently in Chicago now, Steven very much appreciates the existence of seasons and still finds shoveling snow to be an enjoyable novelty. 

Steven currently plays with many local groups and in a wide variety of styles as a low brass doubler, including classical chamber music, commercial jingles, pit work, big bands, and jazz ensembles.  He maintains an active teaching studio, works as a composer and arranger, and is still growing musically through meeting the many opportunities and challenges Chicago's freelancing scene presents.  Steven resides in Albany Park with his wife, Katie, and his rescue dog, Wompus.

FA 128
5500 N. St. Louis Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Phone
(773) 442-5900
Office Hours
By appointment only.
Main Campus
Jamie Farrell
Jamie
Farrell
Dance Coordinator and Advisor
Music and Dance
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone
(773) 442-5983
Courses Taught
Dance
Research Interests
Dance pedagogy and performance
Education

B.A., Point Park University, Dance and Business Management

M.S., Northeastern Illinois University, Exercise Science

Background

Instructor, Jamie Farrell, began dancing following her competitive gymnastics career. After graduating college in three years, she moved to Chicago to train with Thodos Dance Chicago.

In addition to teaching at Northeastern Illinois University, Jamie has been a company member of Venetia Stifler's Concert Dance, Inc. since 2005, and currently serves as the rehearsal director. She is an Emmy nominated dancer for her work in the 2007 PBS documentary revival of Billy Sunday. Ms. Farrell is grateful for her performance opportunities with Chicago Dance Crash, Corpo Dance Company (assistant artistic director), Impetus Dance Theatre and Rasa Dance Theatre. Jamie continues to share her passion through private dance organizations in the Chicagoland area and acts as the artistic director of a youth dance company.  

FA 141C
5500 N. St. Louis Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Phone
(773) 442-5983
Office Hours
M 12:00 -1:00 p.m., 2:00 - 4:00 p.m., TR 10:30 -10:50 a.m., W 10:00 -11:00 a.m.
Main Campus
Benjamin Firer
Benjamin
Firer
Orchestra Director
Music and Dance
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone
(773) 442-5816
Courses Taught
Basic Conducting
Orchestra
Research Interests
Conducting
Education

D.M.A., Northwestern University, Music Performance, Orchestral Conducting (In Progress) 

M.M., Penn State University, Orchestral Conducting

M.M., Yale University, Instrumental Performance

B.M., SUNY Potsdam, Music Education and Instrumental Performance

5500 N. St. Louis Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Phone
(773) 442-5816
Office Hours
By appointment only
Main Campus
Sasha Gerritson
Sasha
Gerritson
Musical Theatre & Opera Director, Aural Training, Recruitment and Scholarship Coordinator
Music and Dance
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone
(773) 442-5906
Courses Taught
Musical Theater
Opera Workshop
Aural Training
Music Theory
Research Interests
Aural Training, Musical theater and opera performance
Education

M.A., Northeastern Illinois University, Vocal pedagogy
Performer's Certificate, DePaul University, Voice
B.A., Northeastern Illinois University, Vocal performance

Background

A full-time instructor in the Department of Music, Sasha Gerritson teaches Music Theory and Sight-Singing, and is the Opera director. She also serves as the department's Recruitment and Scholarship Coordinator, and is the faculty advisor for the local NAfME chapter.

Sasha is the Music Minister at Park Ridge Community Church, where she conducts five choirs and oversees the Music and Drama Ministry. Sasha was the Co-Founder and Executive Director of L’Opera Piccola for over ten years and the Executive Director of a not-for-profit children’s group called The Happiness Club. For a number of years she worked at the Merit School of Music and the Chicago Children’s Choir as a choral conductor. In addition to her degrees, Sasha has studied choral conducting at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. In 1998, while attending DePaul University, Sasha was recruited to be the assistant to Maestro Daniel Barenboim at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and at the Staatsoper in Berlin. She held this position for two years.

Sasha enjoys an extensive solo performing career both as a Soprano and Choral Conductor. Sasha is the recipient of many awards including the Harold Berlinger Award and the Joan Sachs Memorial Award and talent scholarship. She has been featured on Channel 2 as “Someone You Should Know” and was honored in 2005 as the Distinguished Alumna of the Year by DePaul University.

FA 134
5500 N. St. Louis Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Phone
(773) 442-5906
Office Hours
W 3:30-6:00 p.m., R 10:45-11:45 a.m.
Main Campus
Jaime Gorgojo
Jaime
Gorgojo
Applied Violin and Viola, Director of Chicago String Festival
Music and Dance
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone
(773) 442-5939
Courses Taught
Applied Violin and Viola
Research Interests
Violin and Viola pedagogy and performance; Violin Caprices of composers Manuel Quiroga and Jesus de Monasterio.
Education

D.M.A., Indiana University, Violin Performance
M.M., Indiana University, Violin Performance
Performer's Diploma, Indiana University, Violin Performance

Background

Born in Madrid, violinist, Jaime Gorgojo, combines his performing career with his pedagogic vocation. He is a Violin and Viola instructor at Northeastern Illinois University. In addition to his teaching pursuits, Dr. Gorgojo is in great demand as a performer. In 2010, he was appointed Concertmaster of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and has performed under the baton of renowned conductors such as Ricardo Muti, Lorin Maazel, Essa-Pekka Salonen and Cliff Colnot. He has been a guest Concertmaster for the Green Bay Symphony, and Assistant Concertmaster of the International Beethoven Festival in Chicago. As the newest member of Corky Siegel’s Chamber Blues, he plays first violin and will be appearing with the ensemble this season in Chicago, Canada and Florida.

Recent highlights in Dr. Gorgojo’s career are chamber music appearances with Yo-Yo Ma on the Chicago Symphony Center Presents series, and on the DePauw Discourse at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. He has performed as a soloist, chamber and orchestra musician in Spain, the U.S., France, Mexico, Canada and the Middle East. For two seasons, Dr. Gorgojo worked with the MusiCorps Program, a training and access program of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra that provides performances in schools and city parks around the Chicago metropolitan area. He is also the face of the CSO Institute in their 2010-2011 edition of “A Year in Review.”

Dr. Gorgojo is the recipient of the La Caixa Scholarship, the Spanish Culture Minister Scholarship, Indiana University Merit Award, the Bloomington Camerata Scholarship for Excellence in Orchestra Playing, and winner of the “Juventudes Musicales de Madrid Award.”

He recently completed his Doctor of Musical Arts thesis on Manuel Quiroga and Jesus de Monasterio Violin Caprices.

Besides music, Dr. Gorgojo has a wide range of interests. He speaks Spanish and English fluently, and he has intermediate knowledge of French and German. Before he came to the United States, he started college studies in physics. He performs on a Dalphin Violin made in 2005.

FA 123
5500 N. St. Louis Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Phone
(773) 442-5939
Office Hours
By appointment only
Main Campus
Travis Heath
Travis
M.
Heath
Chairperson, Applied Trumpet, Applied Brass, NEIU Wind Ensemble Director
Music and Dance
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone
(773) 442-5917
Courses Taught
Applied Trumpet
Brass Ensemble
Research Interests
Trumpet pedagogy and performance
Education

D.M.A., Rutgers University, Trumpet pedagogy
M.M., Rutgers University, Trumpet performance
B.M., University of Central Florida, Trumpet performance

Selected Publications

Dr. Heath’s articles have been published in the Instrumentalist Magazines, and ITG Journal.

Background

Dr. Travis Heath is Chairperson of the music department and Associate Professor of Trumpet at Northeastern Illinois University.

Equally at home with classical and jazz genres, Travis Heath’s international performances have included solo works, big band, and chamber music. Travis has been a soloist, featured artist and clinician in 43 states and abroad. In addition to several live radio, television, and webcast performances, Travis was recently honored by the Obama administration’s invitation to perform at the White House for the President and First Lady. Throughout his career, Travis has had the honor of sharing the stage with musical legends including Ray Charles, Kansas, Moody Blues, Larry Combs, and Arturo Sandoval, to name a few. Outside of the U.S., Dr. Heath has performed in Japan, England, Ireland, and Canada at prestigious musical festivals. His performances can also be heard on the Naxos, BRT, and Mark recording labels.

As a brass clinician, he has presented his work at several universities throughout the country, which includes work at ITG Festival Lectures. Dr. Heath’s articles have been published in the Instrumentalist Magazines and ITG Journal. He currently resides in Chicago, IL and is director and founder of the Chicago Brass Festival.

FA 129
5500 N. St. Louis Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Phone
(773) 442-5917
Office Hours
By Appointment
Main Campus
Robert Heitzinger
Robert
Heitzinger
Applied Voice, Vocal Pedagogy, Vocal Repertoire, Vocal Music Performance Advisor, Graduate Advisor, Head of Voice
Music and Dance
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone
(773) 442-5929
Courses Taught
Applied Voice
Vocal Pedagogy
Vocal Repertoire
Research Interests
Vocal pedagogy, literature, and performance
Education

D.M., Northwestern University

Background

Robert Heitzinger, D.M. is Associate Professor and Head of Voice at Northeastern Illinois University, and the recipient of two Faculty Excellence Awards in the area of Research and Creative Activities. He holds the Doctor of Music degree from Northwestern University.

As a soloist, he has appeared with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chicago Opera Theater, Light Opera Works and the Cincinnati Opera as well as in performances around the world in concert venues, including appearances with the Chicago Sinfonietta at Orchestra Hall and at the Festival de Musica de Canarias in the Canary Islands, the Grant Park Symphony, the Des Moines Symphony, the Omaha Symphony, the Rockford Symphony and the Southwest Symphony. He is an active oratorio soloist, performing works that include Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s The Creation, and Mozart’s Requiem among others. As a choral singer, Dr. Heitzinger has performed with many organizations, including The Grant Park Chorus, The Lakeside Singers and Chicago a cappella.

His Jewel Box series performance of music by British composers was broadcast on WFMT, and his most recent Jewel Box appearance featured the U.S. premiere of a song cycle by French Canadian composer Réjean Coallier.

He has also performed with the Broadway company and the National and European tours of “Evita” and worked in Music Theater for over 25 years in the Chicago area. In addition, he works as a studio musician and has sung many popular jingles. He has given master classes and recitals in Europe and China and continues to pursue his interests in voice pedagogy and technology.

FA 120
5500 N. St. Louis Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Phone
(773) 442-5929
Office Hours
M 2:00 - 4:00 p.m., W 2:00 - 3:00 p.m., R 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Main Campus
Kay Kim
Kay
Kim
Collaborative Piano, Accompanying
Music and Dance
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone
(773) 442-5903
Courses Taught
Collaborative Piano
Research Interests
Collaborative Piano; Chamber Music
Education

D.M., Northwestern University, Piano performance
M.M., University of Michigan, Piano performance
Specialist Degree, University of Michigan, Chamber music
B.M., Seoul National University, South Korea, Piano performance

Background

As an active collaborator, pianist Kay Kim performs an average of 50 concerts a year both domestically and internationally. She has been one of the pianists of Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s conductor’s rehearsals where she played for such artists as Riccardo Muti, Daniel Barenboim, Bernard Haitink, Andrey Boreyko, Stephane Deneve, Manfred Hoeneck, Leonidas Kavacos, Hannah Chang, Ian Bostrich, Mathieu Dufour and Branford Marsalis to name a few. Ms. Kim also performed with the Stradivari Society artists and collaborated with Chicago Chamber Musicians. She has appeared on CBS ‘Early Show’ with violinist Itzhak Perlman and in recitals with musical luminaries including violinist Soovin Kim, Kristof Barati and Axel Strauss, hornist Gail Williams, trombonist Peter Ellefson, clarinetists Karl Leister, Mark Nuccio, Philippe Cuper, Steve Cohen, John Yeh and Jorge Montilla, flutists Stefan Hoskuldsson, Jennifer  Gunn, John Thorne, Demarre McGill, Carol Wincenc, Lorna Mcghee, bassoonist William Ludwig, oboist Elaine Douvas and tubist Daniel Perantoni. Ms. Kim has been a guest on WFMT radio broadcast programs as well as First Monday Series by Chicago Chamber Musicians and have performed in the Dame Myra Hess Concert Series, the Jewel Box Series. As a member of a musical ambassador group Trio Chicago and Friends since 2006 for seven years, Ms. Kim toured to Jordan, Egypt, Ethiopia, Russia, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Mongolia, Myanmar, Djibouti, Paraguay, Australia, China, Indonesia, Turkey, Papua New Guinea and Botswana presenting a comprehensive array of American music. 

In recent years, Ms. Kim has performed in Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s subscription concerts with sopranos Sasha Cook and Jennifer Zeltan and members of CSO, given a recital with violinist Fumiaki Miura at Ravinia’s Bennett Gordon Hall Series, performed ‘Le bourgeois gentilhomme’ by Richard Strauss in Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra’s subscription concerts, performed with Grammy winner Howard Levy, performed in Lyric Opera’s chamber music series and assisted members of Dallas Symphony, Pittsburg Symphony, New York City Ballet Orchestra and Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society in recitals.

Ms. Kim has been taking part in a US domestic concert and teaching tour with her former colleague and mentor  Gail Williams and Daniel Perantoni upon the release of a new chamber music recording titled ‘Conversations’ on Summit Records. She can also be heard on a recording titled ‘A la maniere de Defaye’ with trombonist Peter Ellefson.

Ms. Kim has performed annually in the Conservatory Project at the Kennedy Center 2006-2009 during her appointment at Northwestern University as a lecturer in collaborative piano and has given numerous performances with Fast Fish Puppet Company as a solo pianist performing ‘The Pictures at an Exhibition.’

Ms. Kim currently serves as a full-time staff pianist and as an instructor of Collaborative Piano at Northeastern Illinois University. Her previous teaching and staff pianist positions include the Jacob School of Music at Indiana University, Northwestern University, and the Juilliard School during the academic year and The Perlman Music Program and Music in the Marche in Italy during the summer.

A native of South Korea, Ms. Kim attended Seoul National University for her undergraduate study and University of Michigan for her graduate degrees.  She holds a doctoral degree in piano performance from Northwestern University.  Her teachers were Jung-Kyu Kim, Louis Nagel, Anton Nel, David Kaiserman and James Giles.  

 

FA 130
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Phone
(773) 442-5903
Office Hours
W 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Main Campus
Paula Kosower
Paula
Kosower
Applied Cello
Music and Dance
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone
(773) 442-5900
Expertise
Cello Performance
Courses Taught
Applied Cello
Research Interests
Cello Performance
Education

D.M., Northwestern University
M.M. Indiana University
B.M. Indiana University

 

 

Background

Paula Kosower is an active performer and teacher currently residing in Evanston.  Recent season performances include concerts at Ravinia Bennett Gordon Hall, the Pianoforte Foundation, with Fulcrum Point New Music Project, for Fourth Presbyterian Church Friday noontime concert series, for Chamber Mondays at Preston Bradley Hall, for the Chicago Philharmonic Chamber Music Series, and for faculty concerts at North Park University, Northeastern University, the University of Illinois- Chicago, and the Music Institute of Chicago.  She frequently serves as a substitute player in the cello sections of the Chicago Symphony, the Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.

Ms. Kosower is a faculty member at North Park University, Northeastern Illinois University and the University of Illinois-Chicago where she teaches applied undergraduate lessons, organizes studio classes, and coaches chamber music.  She teaches cello pedagogy courses for undergraduate and graduate students at Northwestern University and DePaul University, orchestra repertoire class at DePaul University, and teaches private cello lessons for pre-college students at the Northwestern University Music Academy.  She received her B.M. and M.M. degree at Indiana University where she was a scholarship student of Janos Starker.  She also served as Mr. Starker’s graduate teaching assistant.  She received her D.M. degree at Northwestern University where she studied with Hans Jorgen-Jensen.  

 

5500 N. St. Louis Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Phone
(773) 442-5900
Office Hours
N/A
Main Campus
Jeffrey Kowalkowski
Jeffrey
Kowalkowski
Theory and Composition
Music and Dance
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone
(773) 442-5911
Expertise
Composition, music theory
Courses Taught
Musical Experience
Music Concepts
Form and Analysis
Orchestration
Research Interests
Music theory and composition
Education

D.M., Northwestern University
M.M., DePaul University
B.M., DePaul University

Background

Instructor, Jeffrey Kowalkowski, is a composer who has focused primarily on collaborative forms of composition for the past several years. He was Artistic Director of the Milkwood Foundation from 1998-2012; a not-for-profit sound art production company, which he co-founded. In 2009, he co-founded the Chicago Scratch Orchestra.

His opera collaboration Bosch tapped the gas pedal and the Caprice moved forward was premiered in Hamburg in 1996, and subsequently released on CD by No Harm Done Digital Media and Publishing, New York, 2000. With Marquette, MI percussionist, Carrie Biolo, he toured and released three CDs under the name Jack the Dog (Uvullittle Records, Maidson, WI).

His music has been performed by ensembles in both the U.S. and Western Europe: Chicago Scratch Orchestra and Prop Theater Group (Chicago); Ensemble Modern (Cologne); Interzone Perceptible (Essen); Het Trio and ASKO Ensemble (Amsterdam), and Ensemble Integrales (Hamburg). His radio works have been broadcast in Ireland (A.A.R.T.), Canada (Boreal), Berlin (Sender Freies), and the U.K. (BBC 3). He has been invited to the Center Acanthes in Avignon, France; June in Buffalo; the Gaudeamus; and Darmstadt festivals; and he received a commission from the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago for a sound installation and CD.

Jeff completed a sound installation for the Chicago Park District/Experimental Sound Studio's Floresonic Series at the Lincoln Park Conservatory (Fern Room). His most recent installation, "Holly," was chosen for the DePaul Art Museum's faculty show, summer 2013.

In 2011 Jeff was the recipient of an ‘Award of Artistic Achievement’ from the Helen and Tim Meier Foundation for the Arts, which recognizes artists with over twenty years of innovation in their discipline.

As a keyboardist, Jeff has recorded and toured with Rob Mazurek's Exploding Star Orchestra, and he also is music director for Julia Miller's Articular Facet; an improvised opera company, which is holding a residency at the Ragdale Foundation in Lake Forest, IL in the summer of 2014.

As a composer and guest-lecturer, Jeff has taught at the Oberlin Conservatory, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has been the recipient of several Illinois Arts Council Arts-in-Education grants. He received a Met Life Meet the Composer Grant for the composition of a double percussion concerto, which was premiered by the Marquette Symphony in 2009. Jeff has performed and toured with the Chicago art collective Lucky Pierre since 1998, and co-organized the ‘New Music at the Green Mill’ concert series since 1991.

He recently completed two film scores of original music for Mark Siska's Compass Cabaret 55, a documentary about the pioneering comedy troupe from the late 1950s in Hyde Park; and Patrick Meegan's Cinewava, which is a short virtual-reality/interactive play.

A full catalogue of Compositions by Jeff Kowalkowski (including over 40 original scores), discography, and complete CV are available upon request.

FA 121
5500 N. St. Louis Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Phone
(773) 442-5911
Office Hours
W 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Main Campus
Tina Laughlin
Tina
Laughlin
Applied Percussion
Music and Dance
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone
(773) 442-5942
Expertise
Percussion pedagogy and performance
Courses Taught
Applied Percussion
Research Interests
New music Art history
Education

M.M., DePaul University, Percussion Performance
B.M., DePaul University, Percussion Performance

Background

Percussion Instructor, Tina Laughlin, was born in Elgin, Illinois and attended high school at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. In addition to her performance studies at DePaul University, she holds a minor in Art History. Her musical training also included eight years with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, where she performed under the direction of Daniel Barenboim, Zubin Mehta, Pierre Boulez and Sir Georg Solti. As a freelance artist, Laughlin performs with many orchestras and theaters in the Chicagoland area including the Lyric Opera Orchestra, Grant Park Orchestra, Lake Forest Symphony, Chicago Philharmonic, The Joffrey Ballet, Chicago Sinfonietta, Light Opera Works and the Elgin Symphony.

A proponent of new music, Laughlin appears regularly on the New Music DePaul concert series, performs with the CUBE New Music Ensemble, has performed several of John Eaton's operas, as well as countless other projects. In 2000, Laughlin became a core member of the Fulcrum Point New Music Project. In the fall of 2003 Laughlin performed in the Midwest premieres of the Philip Glass operas “The Sound of a Voice” and "Hotel of Dreams" at the Court Theatre in Chicago. In May of 2009 Laughlin recorded Michael Abels’ “Aquadia” which played at the Shedd Aquarium as accompaniment to the live show “Fantasea.” She was featured live on WFMT radio in January 2010, performing with the CUBE New Music Ensemble. In March of that same year, Laughlin premiered “Charged and Calm Surfaces” by Chicago composer George Flynn; a work written for and dedicated to Laughlin and clarinetist Christie Miller.

Laughlin has recorded with Millar Brass Ensemble, Chicago Sinfonietta, The Elgin Symphony and the Center for Black Music Research at Columbia College Chicago. Laughlin is also seen in the film “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York” as the cymbal player in Carnegie Hall. She has taught at DePaul University for over 15 years and is in her fifth year of teaching percussion at ChiArts, Chicago’s only tuition free high school dedicated to teaching students in the arts. She also really likes to dance salsa.

FA 113
5500 N. St. Louis Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Phone
(773) 442-5942
Office Hours
by appointment
Main Campus
Lyon Leifer
Lyon
Leifer
Applied Flute
Music and Dance
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone
(773) 442-5900
Courses Taught
Applied Flute
Research Interests
Flute pedagogy and performance; North Indian classical music
Education

M.M., Northwestern University, Music History & Ethno-musicology
B.S., The Juilliard School, Flute

Background

Northeastern flute instructor, Lyon Leifer, is the Principal Flutist of the Lake Forest Symphony Orchestra. He has been a member of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and has also appeared in the flute section of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He was the Principal Flutist of the Music of the Baroque ensemble for 27 seasons and of the Ars Viva Orchestra for its 20 years of existence. He has performed chamber music widely, including multiple syndicated broadcasts and concerts in Shanghai, Istanbul, Hanoi, Havana, Caracas and many other locales.

In addition to his pursuit of music in the Western tradition, he has maintained a deep and long-term study of Indian classical music; having lived in India for five years, studying the music and returning periodically for advanced study and performance. Lyon has held both student and senior Fulbright Fellowships, as well as a senior fellowship from the American Institute of Indian Studies, which have all been significant in supporting his dedicated study of north Indian classical music and flute. Lyon has appeared in Chicago and many other U.S. venues performing in the Indian genre, alongside his activities in the Western classics.

Lyon has been on the ArtsTour roster of the Illinois Arts Council and has received support from Chicago Artists Abroad for his touring and performing activities around the world.

Lyon has also developed an interest in composition utilizing elements of Indic and Western approaches. This has led to well-received performances of his Indo-jazz fusion work "Gandhian Growth" for bansuri, tabla, tenor sax, piano, bass and drums.

FA 132
5500 N. St. Louis Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Phone
(773) 442-5900
Office Hours
By appointment only
Main Campus
Elyse Mach
Elyse
Mach
Class Piano, Emeritus
Music and Dance
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone
(773) 442-5913
Courses Taught
Class Piano
Piano Pedagogy
Research Interests
Piano pedagogy and performance
Education

Ph.D., Northwestern University, Piano pedagogy
D.M.A., Northwestern University, Piano performance
M.M., Northwestern University, Piano performance
B.M., Valparaiso University, Piano performance

Selected Publications

Contemporary Class Piano, ed. 1-7  (Oxford University Press); Great Pianists Speak for Themselvers (Dover Books); Learning Piano: Piece by Piece (Oxford University Press)
 

Background

Distinguished Professor, Elyse Mach, coordinates the piano and piano pedagogy programs. She is the author of nine books on piano and pianists, among them: Great Contemporary Pianists Speak for Themselves (Dover, New York and Robson, London), which has also been translated to Japanese and Korean. Her book, Contemporary Class Piano (Oxford University Press, New York) is one of the leading class piano books in the country. Dr. Mach’s latest text, Learning Piano: Piece by Piece, is also published by Oxford University Press.

Dr. Mach has been a contributing music critic for the Chicago Sun-Times. In addition, she has conducted interviews with many of the renowned classical and jazz virtuosos. These interviews have been published in magazines and scholarly journals worldwide. She regularly writes feature articles for Clavier Magazine, where she serves as Consulting Editor. She also serves on the Board of Directors of The American Liszt Society.

Throughout her career, Professor Mach has given guest lectures at prestigious universities and conservatories including St. Catherine’s College of Oxford University; Yale University; Northwestern University; The Juilliard School of Music; Peabody Conservatory; the Kongju Arts Communication College in Gongju, South Korea; and most recently at the Amalfi Music Festival in Vietri, Italy.

As a performer, Elyse Mach has concertized throughout Europe and the United States, appearing as piano soloist with such orchestras as the NBC Symphony and the Netherlandische Philharmonic Broadcasting Orchestra.

As the first recipient of the Board of Governors Universities - Distinguished Professor Award, the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Illinois have honored Dr. Mach with a proclamation.

Professor Mach is the 2010 recipient of the Silver Medal presented by The American Liszt Society--the highest honor the society bestows. She is also the 2010 recipient of the Bernard J. Brommel Distinguished Research Professor Award at Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago.

Fine Arts, 136
5500 N. St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Phone
(773) 442-5913
Office Hours
MW 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM.
Main Campus
Nelson Mandrell
Nelson
Mandrell
Music Theory, Composition, Music Technology, Music Minor Advisor
Music and Dance
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone
(773) 442-5936
Courses Taught
Music Theory
Composition
Songwriting
Music Technology
Research Interests
Music Theory and Composition; Audio recording; Combinations of electro-acoustic and rural American music
Education

D.M.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Composition

Background

Associate Professor, Nelson Mandrell, studied composition at the University of Illinois with Salvatore Martirano, John Melby, Paul Zonn and Scott Wyatt. His setting of beat poet Gregory Corso's poem, "She Doesn't Know He Thinks He's God," was featured on the 25th Anniversary Celebration of the Experimental Music Studio's recording and concert series. He has received grants from the Illinois Arts Council and the National Association of String Teachers.

As a songwriter, his work has been recorded on Rounder Records by Alison Kraus. This includes one Grammy nominated project and two Grammy winning projects. The song "Sleep On" was featured on Kraus' double platinum "greatest hits" recording. His music has been performed and broadcast in the United States, Europe and Asia. His work is published by Happy Valley Music and Warner Bros.

He is past Chair of the Department of Music and he currently teaches theory, composition and music technology. His work explores his interests in audio recording as well as combinations of electro-acoustic and rural American music.

Fine Arts, 133
5500 N. St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Phone
(773) 442-5936
Office Hours
TR 10:45 AM -12:00 PM, W 12:00 PM -1:30 PM
Main Campus
Anna Mayne
Anna
Mayne
Applied French horn
Music and Dance
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone
(773) 442-5900
Courses Taught
Applied Horn
Research Interests
French horn pedagogy and performance
Education

P.D., Roosevelt University, Orchestral Studies
M.M., San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Horn Performance
B.M., Northwestern University, Horn Performance

Background

Originally from El Paso, Texas, hornist Anna Mayne, joined the Northeastern Illinois University faculty in January of 2012. She is a member of the South Bend and Illinois Symphonies, and actively freelances throughout the tri-state area. Ms. Mayne has played with the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra; the Milwaukee Symphony; the Green Bay Symphony; the Northwest Indiana Symphony; the New Philharmonic Orchestra; Chicago Sinfonietta; Mannheim Steamroller; the Marin Symphony; the El Paso Symphony; El Paso Opera; the Southwest Symphony (NM); Chicago Arts Orchestra; and the Oistrach Orchestra.

An avid chamber musician, she has been a member of the CINCO Brass Quintet since 1998. As a member of CINCO, Ms. Mayne was a semi-finalist at the Carmel, Coleman, and Fischoff National Chamber Music Competitions. In 2003, CINCO was the first ensemble to be invited to take part in the Chicago Chamber Musicians (CCM) Professional Development Program which partnered CINCO with members of CCM on several subscription concerts and live radio broadcasts on WFMT (98.7). CINCO has performed all over Chicago, most notably at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, the Shakespeare Theater at Navy Pier, the Rush Hour Concert Series at St. James Cathedral, and the Dame Myra Hess Concert Series at the Chicago Cultural Center. 

Ms. Mayne’s principal teachers include William Barnewitz, Dale Clevenger, Robert Ward, and Gail Williams. She received fellowships to attend the Colorado College Summer Chamber Music Festival; the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival; and the Aspen Music Festival.

Her playing has been critically acclaimed, and she can be heard on several recording labels, including the Arsis label and most notably on Albany Records with the Houston Grand Opera and the New Black Music Repertory Ensemble. In addition to her busy performance schedule, she maintains private horn studios throughout the Chicagoland area. 

Fine Arts, 121
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Phone
(773) 442-5900
Office Hours
By appointment only
Main Campus
Lucia Marchi
Lucia
Marchi
Musicology
Music and Dance
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone
(773) 442-5900
Courses Taught
Music Concepts
Musical Experience
Research Interests
Musicology; text-music relationship of medieval and Renaissance music and Italian opera.
Education

Ph.D., University of Pavia (Università degli Studi di Pavia), Musicology
B.A., Conservatory of Como (Conservatorio di Como), Piano Performance

Selected Publications

Critical edition of Marc’Antonio Ingegneri’s First Book of Madrigals for Four Voices on texts by Petrarca, Poliziano, Tasso and Girolamo Parabosco.

Several articles that have appeared in international journals, including: Acta Musicologica, Recercare, and Essays in Medieval Studies.

Background

Pianist, Lucia Marchi received her piano performance degree from the Conservatory of Como, Italy, and her Ph.D. in musicology from the University of Pavia, Italy. Her research focuses on the text-music relationship of medieval and Renaissance music and Italian opera.

Recently she published a critical edition of Marc’Antonio Ingegneri’s First Book of Madrigals for Four Voices on texts by Petrarca, Poliziano, Tasso and Girolamo Parabosco. She has written several articles that have appeared in a number of international journals, including Acta Musicologica, Recercare, and Essays in Medieval Studies.

Prior to coming to Northeastern, she taught at the University of Notre Dame, DePaul University, Concordia University, and Northwestern University.

Fine Arts, 128
5500 N. St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Phone
(773) 442-5900
Office Hours
F: 5:10-6:10p
Main Campus
Christie Miller
Christie
Miller
Director of Cultural Events
Music and Dance
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone
(773) 442-4978
Courses Taught
Music Concepts
Research Interests
Clarinet performance; Arts and Culture curation
Education

M.M., DePaul University, Clarinet Performance
B.M., University of Houston, Clarinet

Background

Christie Miller has performed with many of Chicagoland's finest ensembles including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, Access Contemporary Music, Chicago Clarinet Ensemble and CUBE. She has also performed as a soloist in Europe and Cuba and has appeared on many broadcasts of WFMT 98.7 FM's "Live from Studio One" program. 

Christie is the Director of the Office of Cultural Events and Director of Community & Professional Education at Northeastern Illinois University and serves as an adjunct instructor teaching in the Department of Music and Dance.

Library, 408
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Phone
(773) 442-4978
Office Hours
By appointment only
Main Campus
Sylvia Myintoo
Sylvia
Myintoo
Music Fundamentals and Area Studies
Music and Dance
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone
(773) 442-5931
Courses Taught
Music Concepts
F.Y.E. - Chicago Tunes; Music in Chicago
Research Interests
Violin pedagogy and performance
Education

M.M., New England Conservatory of Music
B.M., New England Conservatory of Music

Background

Violinist, Sylvia Myintoo, has been performing in the Chicago area for nearly fifteen years. After receiving her masters in music, where she studied with James Buswell, Sylvia moved to Chicago to perform with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Since then, she has appeared with artists such as Linda Ronstadt, Smokey Robinson, Barry White, Donna Summer, Celine Dion, Johnny Mathis, Lyle Lovett, Randy Newman, Dennis DeYoung, Andrea Bocelli, Sarah Brightman, Bernadette Peters, Josh Groban, The Irish Tenors, as well as the Chicagoland Pops Orchestra and the Rockford Symphony.

Her performances have been broadcast live on WFMT, on WTTW's Soundstage and the Oprah Winfrey Show. Sylvia maintains active teaching studios at Near North Montessori School and Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago.

Fine Arts, 136
5500 N. St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Phone
(773) 442-5931
Office Hours
TR 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Main Campus
Christopher Owen
Christopher
Owen
Chorus Conductor; K-12 Music Education Advisor (vocal)
Music and Dance
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone
(773) 442-5923
Courses Taught
Chamber Singers
University Chorus
Choral Conducting
Seminar in Music Education: Clinical Field Experience
Research Interests
Choral music of Jeffrey Van; Mentoring of induction-phase music teachers; Interdisciplinary studies in K-12 education (connection between music performance and creation of visual art).
Education

D.M.A., University of Minnesota at the Twin Cities, Conducting

Background

Assistant professor, Christopher Owen, earned his Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Minnesota at the Twin Cities in conducting; specializing in choral, symphonic, and wind ensembles.

He served as interim associate director of choral activities after graduating from the University of Minnesota where he directed choirs and taught in the music education department. His research interests include the choral music of Jeffrey Van; the mentoring of induction phase music teachers; and interdisciplinary studies in K-12 educational settings, specifically the connection between music performance and visual art creation.

He has conducted the Minnesota Chorale and the Minnesota Oratorio Society in concert, and has coached the professional men's vocal ensemble, CANTUS, in addition to being an active adjudicator and clinician.

FA 137
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Phone
(773) 442-5923
Office Hours
MF 1-2 p.m. T 4-6 p.m.
Main Campus
Jorge Pérez
Jorge
Pérez
Executive Director, Ensemble Español; Spanish Dance
Music and Dance
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone
(773) 442-5904
Courses Taught
Spanish Dance
Research Interests
Spanish Dance pedagogy and performance
Education

B.A., Northeastern Illinois University, Communications

Background

Jorge Pérez was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He began with the Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater (E.E.S.D.T.) as a student aide, assisting with the administration of the company and center, which is in-residence at Northeastern Illinois University in the Department of Music and Dance Programs. He is currently the company's Executive Director.

His formal study of Spanish dance began with E.E.S.D.T. founder and artistic director, Dame Libby Komaiko, in 1985 after receiving a scholarship apprenticeship. He was promoted to company dancer in 1986. He has studied with Roberto Lorca, Paco Alsono, Juanjo Linares, Manolo Rivera, Edo, Azucena Vega, Timo Lozano, Gloria de Jerez, Ana González and Juan Mata of the National Ballet of Spain, Omayra Amaya, Manolete, and modern dance with Venetia Stifler, Nana Shineflug and ballet with Ana Czajun at Northeastern Illinois University and the Ensemble Espanol’s American Spanish Dance & Music Festival. In Spain he has studied with Candela Soto, Manuel Reyes, Maria Magdalena and Paco Romero. Jorge is on the faculty of the E.E.S.D.T. Flamenco dance workshops for the community, and has contributed to the Ensemble’s choreographies for national and international engagements.

As First Dancer of the E.E.S.D.T., he performs annually for the American Spanish Dance & Music Festival, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and on the international dance series of the Auditorium Theater. This series hosts international artists and companies such as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ballet Nacional de Cuba, and the Kirov Ballet.

Jorge Pérez has danced starring roles in Dame Libby Komaiko’s Bolero (Maurice Ravel), Memorias de Vidas Gitanas, and Pasion Sevillana (Joaquin Turina). He has also been featured in E.E.S.D.T.’s production of El Amor Brujo (Manuel de Falla) in the starring role of Carmelo, choreographed by Juan Mata and Ana Gonzalez (founding members and former first dancers of the Ballet Nacional de España). Jorge has had the honor of partnering the founding member and former first dancer of the National Ballet of Spain, Ms. Ana Gonzalez, in her choreography work of El Puerto (Isaac Albeniz) at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie, and at the Auditorium Theatre.

Jorge has received critical acclaim for his own choreographies from the Chicago Sun-Times arts critic, Hedy Weiss, who said: “The company’s ‘first dancers,’ Irma Suarez Ruiz and Jorge Perez, in ‘Amor Eterno,’ their powerful duet of love, rage, abandonment and passion, danced with such scorching intensity that visions of a gypsy campsite came to mind. Talk about burning up the stage.” Auditorium Theatre 2007

As an actor, he has performed at the Ozarks Spring Festival of Theater at Missouri State University and for the Interpreters Theater Festival at Southern Illinois University. He has appeared as guest artist with the Ballet Español at the Bomhard Theater of the Kentucky Center for the Arts in Louisville, Kentucky, and for the Dances of Spain production with the St. Louis Cultural Flamenco Society and Gitana Productions in St. Louis, Missouri. He was a finalist in the 1991 Hispanic Star Search sponsored by the Hispanic Hall of Fame.

Jorge has appeared as guest artist in music and dance festivals such as the Lotus World Music Festival, The Chicago Human Rhythm Project’s World Festival of Tap and Percussive Dance, and for Bacchus Group Production’s Ashe of the Americas in Maui, Hawaii; San José, Costa Rica; and Walt-Disney Productions in Orlando, Florida. He has also performed with the Ensemble Español for such festivals as the International Cervantino Festival, Mexico, the Island of Puerto Rico Inter-American Universities 82 anniversary tour, the opening ceremonies of the 1994 World Cup representing Spain, and most recently on tour in Poland in honor of Warsaw University's 190th anniversary. He performed in China following the 2008 Olympic Games in the cities of Shenyang, Anshan and Quinhuandao. In November 2012, he toured six cities in China in collaboration with the Asian Arts Connection, Shanghai, China.

Jorge has been honored with the Artistic Ambassador Award from the Ruth Page Foundation and Northeastern Illinois University in recognition of his artistic achievements and contributions to dance internationally. On June 20, 2002 he received an Appreciation Award from Richard M. Daley, Mayor of Chicago, for his exceptional contribution to the arts in Chicago. On October 16, 2004, Jorge Pérez and Irma Suarez Ruiz were honored with the Twentieth Anniversary Award from the St. Louis Cultural Flamenco Society. In 2009, he received the Ensemble Español’s Ambassador award for his 25 years of service and contributions as educator, choreographer, first dancer and administrator.

Jorge has been honored by former communications professor, Dr. Bernard Brommel, with the creation of two scholarships to aid Ensemble Español dancers; the Brommel-Komaiko-Pérez Endowment Scholarship and the Brommel-Pérez Endowment Scholarship for male student/dancers through the Northeastern Illinois University Foundation.

Jorge recently returned from Spain after leading E.E.S.D.T.'s 18 youth program student dancers on its premiere international artistic/cultural/exchange trip to Madrid, Spain (August 5 – 16, 2012). The tour included legendary Flamenco and Spanish guest artists, Carmela Greco, Paloma Gomez, Juan Mata, Ana Gonzalez, Joaquin Ruiz, Maria Torres and Carolina Arias.

Jorge’s accomplishments are listed in Who's Who among Hispanic Americans, Who’s Who in Dance and Who’s Who Among Business Leaders of America.

J Building, 112
5500 N. St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Phone
(773) 442-5904
Office Hours
By appointment only
Main Campus
Katherine Petersen
Katherine
Petersen
Applied Voice
Music and Dance
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone
(773) 442-5907
Courses Taught
Applied Voice
Diction
Russian Song Literature and Diction
Undergraduate Vocal Pedagogy
Graduate Vocal Pedagogy
Advanced Voice Measurement Techniques
Research Interests
Russian Song Literature Voice Science and Pedagogy
Education

D.M.A., Ohio State University

M.M., Westminster Choir College

B.M., SUNY Fredonia

Background

Dr.  Petersen was most recently heard singing the role of Mimi with Opera Columbus in their production of La bohème. She also appeared with Opera Columbus last spring in their main stage production of La Traviata as Annina.  Season 2015/2016 highlights include concert performances with several chamber orchestras throughout Utah performing concert repertoire including Dona Nobis Pacem by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Barber’s Knoxville: Summer 1915, Villa-Lobos’s Bachianas brasileiras No.5, and the soprano solos in Handel’s Messiah. She has appeared as Musetta in Bay View Music Festival’s production of La bohème and in the spring of 2014, Katherine sang the role of Valencienne in the Opera Columbus OOTE production of The Merry Widow. With the Russian Opera Workshop in Philadelphia, she performed the title roles in Rachmaninoff’s Francesca di Rimini and Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet. Her other roles include Pamina, Die Zauberflöte; Micaëla, Carmen; The Mother/Sandman, Hänsel und Gretel; Una Conversa, Suor Angelica.

An active pedagogue and teacher, Katherine is currently Assistant Professor of Voice at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago where she teaches Studio Voice and Diction for Singers. She holds a DMA in Voice Performance from Ohio State University where she studied with Scott McCoy. During her time at Ohio State University, Katherine was head of the Swank Voice Lab for Research and Pedagogy and taught several courses including Voice Pedagogy and Advanced Measurement Techniques for Voice. She co-hosted the 2014 NATS Summer Intern Program and the 2015 International Voice Pedagogy Summit. Katherine’s doctoral dissertation “Russian Repertoire: Developmental Perspectives” investigates the paucity of Russian Song Repertoire in the American voice studio and recital hall. From her research, Katherine has created a repertoire selection guide and lecture recital to better acquaint singers and teachers with Russian Art Song.

In June 2017 Katherine will travel to Toronto, ON to participate in the NATS Summer Intern Program, an intensive training program that seeks to pair expert and recognized master teachers with talented young members of NATS.

Fine Arts, 125
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Phone
(773) 442-5907
Office Hours
By Appointment Only
Main Campus
David Reminick
David
Reminick
Applied Saxophone
Music and Dance
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone
(773) 442-5900
Courses Taught
Applied Saxophone
Research Interests
Saxophone pedagogy and performance; Composition
Education

M.A., University of Michigan, Music Theory
M.M., University of Michigan, Saxophone Performance
B.A., Oberlin College & Conservatory, Psychology
B.M., Oberlin College & Conservatory, Saxophone Performance

Background

In addition to his teaching, saxophone instructor, David Reminick, is the founding saxophonist for the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and the singer/guitarist for the Chicago-based band, Paper Mice.

His music has been performed by the International Contemporary Ensemble; Ensemble Dal Niente; the Anubis Quartet; Marcus Weiss; Wild and Wulliman; and the New York Miniaturist Ensemble.

David has been teaching music theory, saxophone, and composition at Columbia College Chicago for the past six years, and applied saxophone at Northeastern Illinois University for the past five. He is currently a doctoral student in Composition at Northwestern University.

Fine Arts, 132
5500 N. St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Phone
(773) 442-5900
Office Hours
By appointment only
Main Campus
William Russell
William
Russell
Applied Tuba
Department of Music and Dance Program
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone
773-442-5900
Courses Taught
Applied Tuba
Research Interests
Tuba/Euphonium Performance and Pedagogy
Education

B.M., Arizona State University

M.M. DePaul University

Additional Information

William is a freelance musician in Chicago where he performs extensively as an orchestral and chamber musician, and as a member of Alliance Brass. He is also a member of funk/hip-hop cover band J-Livi & the Party; the High Hat Second Line; and Arcana—a quartet that has been described as “Third Stream meets Second Line.” William is an alumnus of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. As a classical, jazz, and pop instrumentalist, William has performed across the US in venues from the Corn Palace to Carnegie Hall, and he has performed on European tours with both the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. His principal teachers include Steve Layman, Sam Pilafian, Mike Roylance, Floyd Cooley, and jazz trumpeter John D’earth.  William can be heard on the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Grammy-winning 2008 recording of Shostakovich’s 4th Symphony, and if you look hard enough, you might spot him acting as a background musician in the 4th season of 20th Century Fox's Empire.

Fine Arts
5500 N. St. Louis Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Phone
773-442-5900
Office Hours
By Appointment only
Main Campus
Greg Sarchet
Greg
Sarchet
Applied Double Bass
Music and Dance
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone
(773) 442-5900
Courses Taught
Applied Double Bass
Research Interests
Double bass pedagogy and performance
Education

M.M., The Juilliard School

Background

Greg Sarchet considers himself fortunate to have had an array of musical experiences and training, from studying with his first teacher, jazz luminary Rufus Reid, to receiving degrees from the Juilliard School (where he was a student of Michael Morgan), to hundreds of television/radio commercial recordings. His strong interest in researching the double bass and ongoing international exchange efforts were recognized by a 1996 Chicago Artists International Program award which sent him to the Czech Republic, Germany, and Austria for performances, masterclasses, and archival research. These and other exchange activities have allowed him to build an extensive library of unpublished, out-of-print, and contemporary double bass works, as well as a first-hand understanding of Europe's leading teaching methods.

Since 1986, he has been a member of the Lyric Opera of Chicago Orchestra. Additionally, he frequently serves as Principal Bass with Chicago Opera Theater and the Chicago Chamber Orchestra. He maintains a limited private studio for high school and adult pupils.

Briefly, his musical foundation was laid by his first double bass teachers, Rufus Reid and Todd Coolman. The musical values and priorities they, among others, instilled in him have led him to a wide variety of professional opportunities ranging from recordings with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Mannheim Steamroller, Smashing Pumpkins, and hundreds of television and radio commercials.

By choosing to attend Northeastern and studying with Greg Sarchet, you can expect to acquire similar musical values and priorities through his proven training techniques that stress musical skills to enhance both the jazz and classical player, leading, ultimately, to the discovery and development of your own musical voice.

Fine Arts, 132
5500 N. St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Phone
(773) 442-5900
Office Hours
By appointment only
Main Campus
Lydia Snow
Lydia
Snow
Music Education
Music and Dance
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone
(773) 442-5931
Courses Taught
Vocal Music Education
Contemporary Music Education (K-6)
Musical Experience
Music Concepts
World Music
Research Interests
Music education
Education

M.A., Northeastern Illinois University, Vocal Pedagogy
B.A., University of Vermont

Background

Lydia Snow is an instructor in Vocal Music Education and general education classes such as Contemporary Music Education K-6, The Musical Experience, Music Concepts and World Music at Northeastern Illinois University.

In the summer of 2012, she taught at Northwestern University’s Center for Talent Development as an instructor in the early childhood program. For several summers, she was the music instructor at the Evanston Arts Camp through the city of Evanston. She has taught classroom general music for over 20 years in private and public schools in the Chicago area. In the summers of 2004 and 2005, she was the Movement and Recorder Instructor for Level 1 Orff Certification at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Fine Arts, 136
5500 N. St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Phone
(773) 442-5931
Office Hours
MW 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM , TR 11:00 AM -12:00 PM
Main Campus
Augustine Solanki
Augustine
Solanki
Administrative Assistant
Music and Dance
Expertise
Administration
Education

Coming soon

Background

Augustine Solanki has been the Administrative Assistant in the Department of Music and Dance Program since January, 2004. Augustine oversees the department's administrative offices, and provides support to the chair, faculty, students, and staff.

Augustine joined the staff of Northeastern on April 1, 1998. In addition to his tenure in the Department of Music and Dance Program, he has also worked at Northeastern's Jacob Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies; in the Academic Development Office's Diversity Institute; Human Resources; and the Graduate College.

Augustine was born, raised, educated and professionally trained in India. He immigrated to United States in July, 1996. He began his professional career in India’s public administration as a federal civil service official; eventually working closely with the nation's highest ranking federal executives and high-profile national dignitaries. He gained a wide range of experience working in administrative professional and protocol services in several offices in the Ministries & Departments of Civil Aviation; Information & Broadcasting; Asia’s largest public television network (Doordarshan); Health & Family Welfare; Environment & Forests; Finance & Expenditures; Human Resource Development (Education, Arts, Culture, and Youth Affairs); and Electronics & Information Technology - all in liaison with the offices of India’s incumbent Prime Ministers, Parliamentarians and their legislative constituencies. Augustine has had the privilege of working with many local and international dignitaries on occasions of national importance.

Augustine's rich and diverse background significantly informs his understanding of organizational complexity, finance and budgets, computer applications, interior space management, and problem-solving ability, and make him a valued member of the Northeastern Illinois University community within the Department of Music and Dance.

Augustine enjoys American smooth jazz and Bollywood music, loves spicy and nutritious foods, and the great comedies of western and oriental origins.

Fine Arts, 119
5500 N. St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Office Hours
M-F: 8-4:30
Rose Sperrazza
Rose
Sperrazza
Applied Clarinet, Instrumental Music Education Advisor
Music and Dance
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone
(773) 442-5902
Courses Taught
Applied Clarinet
Woodwind Methods
Advanced Applied Pedagogy
Advanced Repertoire Seminar
Performance Seminar
Chamber Music Ensemble
Research Interests
Clarinet pedagogy and performance, Creating Communities through Music and Instructional Design
Education

D.M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison, Clarinet performance
M. M., University of Akron, Performance
B. M., DePaul University

Background

Dr. Rose Sperrazza maintains an active schedule as a performer and teacher. She is a tenured Associate Professor of Music at Northeastern Illinois where she regularly appears as a soloist and chamber musician. Prior to coming to NEIU, Sperrazza taught for over a decade at Harper College and has been on the faculties of University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Akron University as a teaching assistant.

Her local performing credits include work with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Light Opera Works, Chicago Chamber Orchestra, Lincolnwood Chamber Orchestra, New Philharmonic Orchestra, CUBE ensemble, and the Madison Symphony Orchestra. She is also on the Vandoren Artist Roster.

In 2007, Dr. Sperrazza founded the Chicago Clarinet Ensemble as an in-residence professional and community ensemble at NEIU. Together with notable guest artists including Larry Combs, John Yeh, Anthony McGill, Michael Lowenstern, Stanley Drucker, Elsa Ludwig-Verdehr, Charlene Zimmerman, Eric Mandat, and Jorge Montilla, Sperrazza has provided mentoring opportunities, workshops, educational competitions, newly-commissioned repertoire, and symposiums for aspiring clarinetists throughout the United States.

Sperrazza spent eleven years as a student of William R. Gasbarro, and later, after moving from her hometown of West Pittston, Pennsylvania, studied with Larry Combs, David Bell, and Dr. Linda Bartley.

Fine Arts, 122
5500 N. St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Phone
(773) 442-5902
Office Hours
T 2:00 PM-3:30 PM, W 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM, R 12:00 PM -1:00 PM
Main Campus
Venetia Stifler
Venetia
Stifler
Music and Dance
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone
(773) 442-5918
Courses Taught
Repertory Dance Ensemble
Dance Composition
Choreography
Research Interests
Dance pedagogy and performance
Education

Ph.D., The Union Institute and University

Background

Professor Venetia Stifler draws upon a rich background in dance, theater and music. Her early training was at the Allegro School in Chicago. As a dancer she performed the works of Dan Wagner, Bill Evans, Charles Weidman and others. As a dancer the New York Times referred to Stifler as a "stunning performer" with magnetic stage presence." In 1980, she formed Venetia Stifler & Concert Dance, Inc., (CDI) a contemporary dance company which has received consistent and positive review by the press, both nationally and internationally. Stifler has choreographed over 25 major works, including the critically-acclaimed "The Chicago Project", a collaborative work combining original music and photography that used Chicago's rich architectural landscape as a vibrant backdrop.

Her choreographic work has won her numerous awards, including the coveted Ruth Page Award, given annually by the Chicago Dance and Music Alliance. Stifler earned a Ph.D. in Dance and holds a B.A. in Theatre and Music. She has trained with dance artists Bill Evans, Jennifer Mueller, Alwin Nikolais, Merce Cunningham and Dan Wagoner. Currently, Stifler is a tenured faculty member of the Department of Music and Dance at Northeastern Illinois University. She directs the Student Dance Ensemble and teaches technique and composition. She was the recent recipient of a "Faculty Excellence Award" for her work in choreography and production.

Dr. Stifler is also the Artistic Director of the Ruth Page Series. The official centennial birthday of Chicago cultural icon and international ballerina, Ruth Page, was 1999. Stifler was asked by the Ruth Page Foundation to plan and direct a year-long celebration which would bring increased recognition, and honor the much celebrated Page.

Stifler has performed as guest artist at colleges, universities and dance organizations nationwide. She has received grants from the Illinois Arts Council, the Chicago Office of Fine Arts, the Ruth Page Foundation, Quaker Oats, WPWR-TV Channel 50 Foundation, Golf Construction, and Exxon-Mobil Foundation. She has served on the dance advisory panels for the Illinois Arts Council and the Chicago Council on Fine Arts organizations, and is a charter member and past president of the board of directors of the Chicago Dance Coalition (now the Chicago Dance and Music Alliance).

Fine Arts, 131
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Phone
(773) 442-5918
Office Hours
M: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. & 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. (J Building); T: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Main Campus
Irma Suarez Ruiz
Irma
Suarez Ruiz
Associate Artistic Director, Ensemble Español; Spanish Dance
Music and Dance
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone
(773) 442-5926
Expertise
Spanish Dance
Courses Taught
Spanish Dance
Research Interests
Dance and Spanish Dance pedagogy and performance
Education

B.A., Northeastern Illinois University, Foreign Languages

Background

Irma Suarez Ruiz,of Mexican – Puerto Rican descent, was born in Chicago. Her formal dance training in classical ballet and Spanish dance began with Dame Libby Komaiko in 1979 at Northeastern Illinois University. During that year, she received a scholarship apprenticeship to the Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater (E.E.S.D.T.). In 1980, she became a company dancer and in 1986 was promoted to First Dancer. She has also studied with important Spanish dancers/choreographers Maria Alba, Edo, Paco Alonso, Victorio Korjhan, Juanjo Linares, Roberto Lorca, Timo Lozano, Manolete, Carmela Greco; ballet with Ana Czajun, and Juan Mata & Ana González, founding members of the National Ballet of Spain. In Spain, she studied with Cristian Almodovar, Aida Gomez, Rafaela Carrasco, Belen Maya, La China, El Guito, Paco Romero and Candela Soto at the Amor de Dios Spanish/Flamenco dance studios.

As First Dancer of the EESDT, Irma Suarez Ruiz performs annually at the American Spanish Dance & Music Festival, with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and on the international dance series of the Auditorium Theater at Roosevelt University. This series hosts international artists and companies such as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; Ballet Nacional de Cuba; and the Kirov Ballet. Ms. Ruiz has danced starring roles in Dame Libby Komaiko’s Bolero (Maurice Ravel), Memorias de Vidas Gitanas, and Pasión Sevillana (Joaquin Turina). Additionally, she has starred in EESDT’s production of El Amor Brujo (Manuel de Falla) in the role of Candela, choreographed by Juan Mata and Ana Gonzalez (founding members and former first dancers of the National Ballet of Spain ). Other starring roles include Dame Libby’s Romance de Triana and Leyenda (Isaac Albeniz), La Boda de Luis Alonso (Geronimo Gimenez) from the zarzuela (Spain’s light opera) La Noche del Encierro,” and Ecos de España, (Rimksi Korsakov).

Ms. Ruiz has received critical acclaim from the Chicago Sun-Times arts critic for her own choreography: “The company’s ‘first dancers,’ Irma Suarez Ruiz and Jorge Perez, in Amor Eterno, their powerful duet of love, rage, abandonment and passion, danced with such scorching intensity that visions of a gypsy campsite came to mind. Talk about burning up the stage.” (Hedy Weiss)

As Associate Artistic Director for Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater, she works closely with Dame Libby Komaiko on projects, and has contributed, to critical acclaim, to the company’s choreographies for national and international engagements. Irma is instructor of dance at NEIU, and on the faculty of the E.E.S.D.T. - Flamenco dance workshops open to the community.

She has appeared as a guest artist with Ballet Español's production of Espiritu Flamenco at the Bomhard Theater of the Kentucky Center for the Arts in Louisville, Kentucky; Dances of Spain with the St. Louis Cultural Flamenco Society and Gitana Productions in St. Louis, Missouri; the Chicago Human Rhythm’s Project World Festival of Tap and Percussive Dance, and for Bacchus Group Production’s Ashe of the Americas in Maui, Hawaii; San José, Costa Rica; and Walt-Disney Productions in Orlando, Florida. Her international engagements with the Ensemble Español include the Festival Internacional Cervantino Mexico where she toured 6 cities- Mexico D.F., Acapulco, Guadalajara, St. Luis Potosi, Cuernavaca and Guanajuato. In honor of the 82nd anniversary of the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico she toured 5 cities, San Juan, Ponce, Lajas, San German, and Arecibo. Irma, along with members of the Ensemble Español, toured Poland as American and NEIU ambassadors in honor of Warsaw University's 190th anniversary. This cultural/artistic exchange tour presented two sold out performances at the Polski & Collegium Nobillium Theaters, and three Flamenco dance & music workshops at: Giedroyc College of Communication & Media; Collegium Nobilium Arts Center; and Isadora Duncan Dance Academy. Following the 2008 Olympics, Irma also performed in China in the cities of Shenyang, Anshan & Quinhuandao.

Irma has received numerous awards throughout her career, including a Neighborhood Arts Project Grant from the Chicago Council on Fine Arts, and the 1993 Viva Latina Dance Master Award from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs. Ms. Suarez Ruiz was honored with an Artistic Ambassador Award from the Ruth Page Foundation and Northeastern Illinois University in recognition of her international artistic achievements and contributions to dance. On October 16, 2004, Irma Suarez Ruiz, along with dance partner Jorge Pérez were honored with the Twentieth Anniversary Award from the St. Louis Cultural Flamenco Society. In 2006, Irma joined the dance faculty at Northeastern Illinois University teaching Spanish dance in the Department of Music and Dance Programs.

In October of 2007, Ms. Suarez Ruiz was presented with the Northeastern Illinois University Excellence in Fine Arts award. In the Spring of 2008, Ms. Ruiz was invited to choreograph a suite of Spanish dances for the Civic Ballet of the Ruth Page Center for the Arts. Performances were presented at the Ruth Page Center and Northeastern Illinois University. Irma is married to Antonio Ruiz and the proud mother of Crystal and Tiffany, as well as new parents of Brandon, Tyler, and Collin.

J Building, 112
5500 N. St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Phone
(773) 442-5926
Office Hours
TR 1:45 PM -3:00 PM
Main Campus
Susan Tang
Susan
Tang
Applied Piano, Piano Performance Advisor, Director of Chicago Piano Festival
Music and Dance
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone
(773) 442-5905
Courses Taught
Applied Piano
Performance Seminar
Repertoire Seminar
Research Interests
Piano pedagogy and performance
Education

D.M.A., Manhattan School of Music, Piano performance
M.M., University of Rochester - Eastman School of Music, Piano performance and Performer’s Certificate
B.M., University of Rochester - Eastman School of Music, Piano performance and Arts Leadership Certificate

Background

Susan Tang is Associate Professor of Piano at Northeastern Illinois University and artistic director of the Chicago Chamber Music Festival, an intensive summer workshop for young artists. 

An active professional performer, Susan enjoyed a successful New York solo piano debut at Carnegie-Weill Hall as a Winner of Artist International Management Special Presentation Winners Series. Reviews by the New York Concert Review, described her playing as having “well-grounded technique…fluid, elegant readings…highly effective interpretations.” She has also been called a pianist “with an assured playing that sparkled" by the Baltimore Sun and a “fluent pianist” by the Chicago Tribune.

Susan Tang has performed and toured with Mabou Mine’s Dollhouse, a theater company based in New York City as a pianist/actor, has been featured live on New York City’s WQXR and Chicago’s WFMT, performed with the Eastman Symphony Orchestra along with receiving the coveted Performer’s Certificate.  Invitations to perform and teach have taken her throughout Canada, United States, Germany, Japan, Taiwan, Korea and Colombia. She was a top prize winner at the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers' Associations National Piano Competition in Montreal and received the special jury prize at the Thousand Island International Piano Competition. She has studied at the Banff International Keyboard Festival, Van Cliburn Piano Institute and the Leipzig Summer Academy of Music.  She is also the co-editor with Marc Ponthus of Elliot Carter: A Centennial Celebration, and has published articles in Clavier Magazine. She has been invited to perform at the Ravinia Festival, Jewel Box Series, Dame Myra Hess, Savannah Music Festival, University of Minnesota-Duluth, McNeese University, Dominican University, Blue Ridge Concert Series, Loyola University, Quest University, and Shriver Hall Concert Series. As an active clinician and adjudicator, Susan was the guest artist for the North Dakota Music Teachers Association state conference and is often invited to present for the local MTNA chapters.  She has also presented at both the MTNA and College Music Society’s national conferences and is a member of the Royal Conservatory Of Music's college of adjudicators.  

Susan Tang received her BM and MM from the Eastman School of Music and DMA from Manhattan School of Music.  Her principle teachers include Nelita True, Nina Svetlanova, Robin Wood, and Susan Magnusson.

 

Fine Arts, 117
5500 N. St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Phone
(773) 442-5905
Office Hours
M 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM, TR 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Main Campus
Mayo Tiana
Mayo
Tiana
Jazz Ensembles Director
Music and Dance
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone
(773) 442-5943
Courses Taught
Jazz Band
Jazz Combos
Varsity Big Band
Research Interests
Jazz ensemble; Big Band
Education

Visiting Guest Lecturer

Background

Mayo Tiana was born, raised and educated in East Los Angeles, California. He began his musical education at the age of seven playing clarinet in the music program at a nearby parish school. Positive exposure and support eventually led Mayo to the trombone, and by the time he was thirteen years old, he was working professionally with local bands.

Los Angeles in the late 1950's was a great place for any aspiring jazz musician to learn and play, and Mayo will always be grateful to those who guided him in his search for jazz, fellow musicians and teachers: "Bill Holman for his genius, Frank Rosolino for his style and his guidance; Conte' Condoli for jazz 100; and the late Robert "Mac" MacDonald (Director, L.A.C.C. Jazz Ensemble). "Mac" had great bands because he loved and knew the music, always demanded the highest level of concentration, and insisted that all the musicians played with good time."

Since 1969, Mayo has toured with Ray Charles, Louie Bellson, The Capp-Pierce Juggernaut Big Band, and The Bill Holman Big Band. He has recorded with Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Joe Cocker, Don Menza, Chuck Mangione and many others.

Residing in Chicago since 1988, he has held teaching positions at the Chicago College of the Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, and Columbia College. He was appointed director of the jazz ensembles at Northeastern Illinois University in 1997, and Visiting Lecturer in 1999.

Fine Arts, 138
5500 N. St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Phone
(773) 442-5943
Office Hours
MTWR 11:00 AM -12:00 PM
Main Campus
Brian Torosian
Brian
Torosian
Applied Guitar
Music and Dance
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone
(773) 442-5909
Courses Taught
Applied Guitar
Guitar Ensemble
Guitar and Lute History and Literature
Guitar Pedagogy
Class Guitar
Honors Introduction to the Arts
Research Interests
Guitar pedagogy and performance; Baroque and 19th-century performance practice; Guitar music of J. K. Mertz
Education

D.M., Northwestern University, Guitar Performance
Diplomi di Merito, Accademia Musicale Chigiana (Siena, Italy), Guitar Performance
M.M., Northwestern University, Guitar Performance
B.M.,  Northwestern University, Guitar Performance, Composition

Selected Publications

Mertz's Opern-Revue; Mertz's trio for violin/flute, viola and guitar, Divertissement, Op. 32 (DGA Editions); an anthology of operatic concert works entitled Selected Operatic Fantasies of Mertz (Mel Bay); as well as new editions of Mertz's selected works published by Chanterelle Verlag, Heidelberg.

Background

Brian Torosian, an active soloist and chamber musician on guitar, lute, and mandolin, has performed in concerts throughout North America. In addition to the standard six-string guitar, he plays baroque guitar, Terz guitar, and 10-string guitar replicas, the latter two made for him by R. E. Bruné after 19th-century Viennese instruments. Concert performances include appearances with Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Grant Park Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Opera Theater, His Majesties Clerkes, and Classical Symphony Orchestra.

Dr. Torosian completed his doctoral studies at Northwestern University with Anne Waller, and also studied with Oscar Ghiglia at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy where he received Diplomas of Merit, and an honorary scholarship. He has taken numerous master classes with Eliot Fisk, Paul O'dette, Pepe Romero, Manuel Barrueco, Robert Guthrie, Sérgio and Odair Assad, David Starobin, Mark Maxwell, Nigel North, Eduardo Fernandez, and David Russell as well as early music and continuo studies with Mary Springfels and David Schrader. Brian is the current president of the Chicago Classical Guitar Society.

Long an exponent of the music of nineteenth-century virtuoso guitarist and composer J. K. Mertz, Torosian's doctoral dissertation, Mertz in America, chronicles the music of Mertz in the United States in the early twentieth century. Brian's published editions include Mertz's Opern-Revue, Mertz's trio for violin/flute, viola, and guitar, Divertissement, Op. 32 (DGA Editions); an anthology of operatic concert works entitled Selected Operatic Fantasies of Mertz (Mel Bay); as well as new editions of Mertz's selected works published by Chanterelle Verlag, Heidelberg. His recordings include a track on the harp guitar compilation Christmas Present and a collection of Mertz’s guitar and piano duos, which features premiere recordings of newly-discovered concert works. Brian is also an accomplished electric guitarist, with over 100 compositions in contemporary popular styles.

Northeastern music majors specializing in guitar performance often elect to supplement their classical studies with lessons on jazz guitar, early music performance practice, mandolin, or lute. These students can receive permission to access to the university's guitars, mandolin, and renaissance lute.

Fine Arts, 130
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Phone
(773) 442-5909
Office Hours
Office Hours Vary by Semester
Main Campus
Angela Weber
Angela
Weber
Applied Voice
Music and Dance
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone
(773) 442-5939
Expertise
Vocal performance
Courses Taught
Applied Voice
Music Concepts
Aural Training
Research Interests
Vocal pedagogy and performance
Education

M.A., Northeastern Illinois University, Vocal Pedagogy
B.M., University of Wisconsin - Green Bay, Vocal Performance

Background

Instructor, Angela Weber, soprano, has performed such roles as Papagena in the The Magic Flute, Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro, Mable from Pirates of Penzance, Lucy from The Telephone, and Little Red from the children’s opera Little Red Riding Hood. Solo appearances also include Faure’s Requiem, with the Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra; Shubert’s Mass in G with the University of South Florida; and as a featured soloist on the radio broadcast, “Impromptu” aired on WFMT.

Internationally, Ms. Weber has participated in the Dvorák International Voice Competition in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic. She was also a soloist at the International Advent Singing Festival in Vienna, Austria; the Festival Internazionale di Musica in Tuscany, Italy; and recently appeared as soloist in the Ghent Arts and Music Festival in Belgium. Ms. Weber has been a soloist and chorus member in many L’Opera Piccola productions.

Angela has been the soprano soloist and section leader at Park Ridge Community Church since 2002.

Fine Arts, 123
5500 North. St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Phone
(773) 442-5939
Office Hours
MW 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Main Campus