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Mellasenah Morris Mellasenah Morris Dean, DePauw University School of Music

mellasenahmorris@depauw.edu (765) 658-4437 GCPA 1130

Mellasenah Morris earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from the Peabody Conservatory of Music. She completed a Master of Music degree in Piano Pedagogy and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance at the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University. She studied with Julio Esteban and performed in master classes with such artists as Leon Fleisher, Irvin Freundlich, Fernando Laires, and David Burge. Also, she has received coachings from Ann Schein and William Bolcom. 

Caroline Jetton Caroline Jetton Associate Dean for Academics and Advising; Director of Music Teacher Education

cjetton@depauw.edu (765) 658-4503 Green Center 1103

Caroline Jetton received her B.M.E from Murray State University, M.M. from the University of Memphis, and Ed.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. At UIUC, she was the recipient of the Marilyn Pflederer Zimmerman Doctoral Fellowship in Music Education. Prior to her appointment at DePauw, Jetton was an Orff Music Specialist with Memphis City Schools, working with students in grades K-6.

Jennifer Soster Jennifer Soster Music Operations Manager

jsoster@depauw.edu (765) 658-4437 Green Center 1129

Jennifer C. Soster serves as the Special Projects Liaison and Assistant to the Dean of the DePauw University School of Music. She previously served as the Executive Director of Alumni Relations (2004–13); Associate Director and Operations Manager for Admissions (1999–2004); Director of the Parents’ Fund and Associate Director of the Annual Fund; and Assistant/Associate Director of Alumni Relations for DePauw University. 

Performing Arts Production Staff

Steven R. Linville Steven R. Linville Director of Productions

slinville@depauw.edu (765) 658-6737 Green Center 1026

Steven Linville received his Bachelor of Music degree from DePauw School of Music and his Master of Music degree from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.  He has performed in a variety of roles, including "Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec" in the world premiere of Bernard Rands’ opera Vincent (available on Naxos Recordings), "Mayor Upfold" in Albert Herring, and the tenor role in the Midwest premiere of Scott Perkins’ Charon

Jaye Beetem Jaye Beetem Green Center Technical Director

juliebeetem@depauw.edu (765) 658-4829 Green Center 0253

 

Luke Carr Luke Carr GCPA Assistant Technical Director

Luke is a 2015 graduate of Indiana State University. Before arriving at DePauw, he worked in video production at Road Pictures in Indianapolis.

B.  Suzanne Hassler B. Suzanne Hassler Manager for Music Marketing and Publications

suzannehassler@depauw.edu (765) 658-6733 Green Center 1128

Prior to her appointment as manager of music marketing and publications at DePauw University, Suzanne served as the development liaison and communications director at the UT-Austin School of Music and as editor-in-chief and coordinator of alumni relations and development for the University of Illinois School of Music at Urbana-Champaign. She received her B.F.A. degree from UIUC in Art+Design and master’s degree in Theatre History and Criticism, with an emphasis in opera, from UT-Austin, where she studied with the eminent historian Oscar G. Brockett. While undertaking graduate research at the American Repertory Theater at Harvard University, she concurrently completed a professional internship at A.R.T. in marketing and public relations.

Matthew Champagne Matthew Champagne Recording Arts Specialist

matthewchampagne@depauw.edu (765) 658-4303 GCPA 1136

After receiving the degrees of Bachelor of Music (Louisiana State University) in composition and Master of Music (University of Louisiana) in composition and theory, Matthew Champagne engaged in further graduate study in musicology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where he studied primarily experimental and electronic music of the period 1965–75.

Kate Grimm Kate Grimm Event Production Coordinator

Kate Grimm is a 2015 graduate of DePauw University.  She joined the DePauw team in 2017.

Zachary Suchanek Zachary Suchanek Arts Administration Intern

Zach Suchanek graduated in 2018 from DePauw University School of Music with a Bachelor of Music degree in percussion. He currently serves as the 2018–19 Arts Administration Graduate Intern. Zach maintains a small private studio in Greencastle and performs music regularly in Putnam County and the Indianapolis metropolitan area, on various percussion instruments, drum set and guitar.

Jenny Von Gerlachter Jenny Von Gerlachter Grant Writer

After graduating with her B.F.A. degree in Dance Performance from Butler University in 2009, Jennifer Von Gerlachter spent six years working at Louisville Ballet, performing, teaching and managing its outreach programs. Currently, she serves as the grant writer for the DePauw University School of Music and teaches ballet at Fleur-De-Lis Academy of Ballet.

Admission and Recruiting

George Palton George Palton Associate Director of Admission for the DePauw University School of Music

georgepalton@depauw.edu (765) 658-4118 Green Center 1111

George Palton is currently the Associate Director of Admissions for the School of Music at DePauw University. He holds degrees in Tuba Performance from the University of Kentucky (DMA, MM) and Music Education (BMME, BM) from Bowling Green State University.

21CM

Mark Rabideau Mark Rabideau Director, 21st-Century Musician Initiative

markrabideau@depauw.edu (765) 658-4571 Green Center 1127

Mark Rabideau is a cultural entrepreneur, busy re-imagining how we must prepare musicians to thrive within the shifting marketplace and cultural landscape of the contemporary moment. Mark’s entrepreneurial spirit has led to serving as producer/host of Live from Smoke (NYC); founder and executive/artistic director for Artists Now (Highland Park, NJ); producer of Worlds End, an original work with the American Repertory Ballet; and founder of Art in Unlikely Places, a project fueled by the belief that art’s transformative powers must be made accessible to the underserved.

Benjamin Aaron Smith Benjamin Aaron Smith State of the Art

benjaminsmith@depauw.edu (765) 658-6757 Green Center 1110

Benjamin Smith received his bachelor’s as well as master’s degrees in voice from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music and is currently completing a Doctorate of Music degree in voice from the Jacobs School. Smith, a native of Evansville, Indiana, has explored performance, pedagogy and arts administration throughout his career.

Woodwinds

Alistair Howlett Alistair Howlett Flute

alistairhowlett@depauw.edu (765) 658-6736 Green Center 0163

Alistair Howlett was born in Sydney, Australia, and received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. He later completed his Masters in Performance at the Hochschule for Music and Theater Munich, Germany, with flute professor András Adorján. From 2006 to 2013, he was Utility Flute with the Opera Australia Orchestra, which performs at the iconic Sydney Opera House.

Randy  Salman Randy Salman Clarinet | Woodwind Area Coordinator

rsalman@depauw.edu (765) 658-4392 Green Center 0162

Randy Salman is principal clarinetist with the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra and has worked professionally with the Indianapolis Symphony and Indianapolis Chamber Orchestras, David Baker, Gunther Schuller, Quincy Jones, Tony Bennett, and many others. Professor Salman is the Jazz Editor for The Clarinet Journal where he contributes CD reviews and articles on a regular basis.

Leonid Sirotkin Leonid Sirotkin Oboe

leonidsirotkin@depauw.edu (765) 658-6757 Green Center 1110

As an orchestral performer, Leonid Sirotkin is a member of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and Des Moines Metro Opera. A native of St. Petersburg, Russia, he served for almost a decade as principal English horn with the Kirov Opera and Symphony Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theater under Maestro Valery Gergiev.

Scotty Stepp Scotty Stepp Saxophone

scottystepp@depauw.edu (765) 658-6798 Green Center 0161

During 2001-2003 Scotty Stepp was granted a Fulbright Fellowship and a Harriet Hale Wooley scholarship to study in Paris, France, under the direction of acclaimed saxophonist Jean-Yves Fourmeau. Stepp has performed throughout the United States, Europe and China.

Kara Stolle Kara Stolle Bassoon

kstolle@depauw.edu (765) 658-5340 Green Center 1028

Kara Stolle is principal bassoonist with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra. An active recording studio and chamber ensemble musician, Kara has also performed as a baroque bassoonist with the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra and as an extra musician with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. 

Brass

James Beckel James Beckel Trombone and Euphonium

jbeckel@depauw.edu (765) 658-6798 Green Center 0161

James Beckel is the principal trombonist with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and is also a member of the Carmel Chamber Brass Choir. He has appeared as a soloist on many occasions, including with the Indianapolis Symphony. 

Robert Danforth Robert Danforth Horn

rdanforth@depauw.edu (765) 658-1069 Green Center 0165

The principal horn of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Danforth has been a member of the symphony orchestras of Grand Rapids, Toledo, and Omaha, and has performed with the Detroit and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestras.

Leonard Foy Leonard Foy Trumpet

lfoy@depauw.edu (765) 658-4399 Green Center 0164

Leonard (Lennie) Foy is Professor of Trumpet at the DePauw University School of Music. A native of the “City of Arts and Innovation”, Winston-Salem, NC, he was born to both a musically dedicated community and musically gifted family. His mother, Elsie Griffin Foy, is a retired soprano and distinguished music educator while his father, the late Bernard T. Foy, Sr., was a renowned pianist and former Supervisor of Music for the Winston-Salem and Forsyth County schools. In 2017, his alma mater R. J. Reynolds Senior High School––a nationally celebrated arts magnet for the past decade––honored the first of its most creative alumni by inducting Lennie as an inaugural member of the Arts Hall of Fame.

Conrad Jones Conrad Jones Trumpet

Conrad Jones is the principal trumpet of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Prior to this position, he served as principal trumpet of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. During the summer season, he is principal trumpet of the Britt Festival Orchestra in Jacksonville (OR), under music director Teddy Abrams. A native of Long Island (NY), he received his Bachelor of Music degree in trumpet performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music before continuing onto the professional studies program at the Colburn School Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles (CA).

Orcenith Smith Orcenith Smith Tuba | Brass Area Coordinator

osmith@depauw.edu (765) 658-4388 Green Center 1117

The New York Times headline read, “One Who Dares to Reveal a Tuba’s Discreet Charms,” when describing Orcenith Smith’s recital at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in October of 1997.

Percussion

Ming-Hui Kuo Ming-Hui Kuo Percussion

ming-huikuo@depauw.edu (765) 658-6638 Green Center 0170

Ming-Hui Kuo studied percussion with Dr. Pei-Ching Wu and Mr. Tzong-Ching Ju and was an intern member of Ju Percussion Group from 1993 to 2002. During her time with JPG, she performed in over 500 concerts and hundreds of music-related activities. Her international appearances with JPG include performances in Taiwan, China, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong-Kong, Macao, Spain, Hungary, Australia, Canada, and the United States.

Strings

Nicole Brockmann Nicole Brockmann Viola

nicolebrockmann@depauw.edu (765) 658-6351 Green Center 0117

Nicole M. Brockmann enjoys a multifaceted career of performance, teaching, and scholarship. She received her Bacholer of Fine Arts degree from Carnegie Mellon University and her Master of Music, Artist Diploma, and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from Yale University. Her viola teachers include Jesse Levine, Paul Silver, and Isaias Zelkowicz. 

Eric Edberg Eric Edberg Cello

eedberg@depauw.edu (765) 658-4384 Green Center 0119

Classical and improvising cellist Eric Edberg has been heralded by the Washington Post for an “excellent solo performance,” and for “playing both faultless and effortless, a pleasure to observe and enjoy” by the Appleton Post-Crescent. A concert organizer, workshop leader, and drum circle facilitator committed to enlivening and connecting people through music, he is the founder and artistic director of the Greencastle (Indiana) Summer Music Festival, which has “brought the community together with friends making music for friends” since 2005.

Dean Franke Dean Franke Violin

carlfranke@depauw.edu (765) 658-4390 Green Center 0118

Violinist Dean Franke made his solo debut at age 15 with the Toronto Symphony. A winner of the CBC Network Talent Search and Second Prize at the CBC Festival, he also performed throughout Canada. He studied at IU (Bloomington) and at Juilliard and as a fellow at Tanglewood, Yale and Banff with major teachers including Franco Gulli, Stanley Ritchie, the Juilliard and Tokyo Quartets. 

Dorian Jackman Dorian Jackman String Bass

dorianjackman@depauw.edu (765) 658-6734 Green Center 0105

Originally from Billings, Montana, Dorian Jackman is an active freelance double bassist residing in Bloomington, Indiana. In addition to his section positions with the Evansville Philharmonic and Owensboro Symphony, he also performs regularly with a variety of other ensembles, including the Indianapolis Symphony, Nu Deco Ensemble (Miami, FL), Quad Cities Symphony, and IU's New Music Ensemble. 

Harriet Moore Harriet Moore Harp and Folk Guitar

hmoore@depauw.edu (765) 658-6643 Green Center 0116

Harriet Thompson Moore has performed solo and symphonic works with many orchestras throughout the United States, including the North Carolina, Duke University, University of North Carolina, and Indiana University symphony orchestras. She has recorded numerous CDs with DePauw and Indiana State University faculty. 

Tarn Travers Tarn Travers Violin

tarntravers@depauw.edu (765) 658-4390 Green Center 0118

Noted for his “polished, atmospheric performances,” Tarn Travers has performed throughout the Unites States, Europe, and Japan. Equally comfortable in all different aspects of the violin repertoire, he was a prizewinner at the Heifetz Guarneri auditions in 2001, which led to a performance on the historic “ex-David” Guarneri, the favored violin of Jascha Heifetz.

Piano Performance

May Phang May Phang Piano

mphang@depauw.edu (765) 658-4403 Green Center 0108

May Phang performs regularly as soloist and chamber musician, in venues such as the Goethe Institute in Bangkok, Tianjin Conservatory Concert Hall in China, Victoria Concert Hall in Singapore, Place-des-Arts in Montreal, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Kennedy Center for the Arts in Washington D.C., Chicago Cultural Center, Detroit Institute of Art, and at festivals such as the Singapore Festival of Arts, Montreal International Piano Festival, Karol Szymanowski Festival, Poland, and Festival de música de cámara de Aguascalientes, Mexico. 

Ray Kilburn Ray Kilburn Piano (2018-19)

raymondkilburn@depauw.edu (765) 658-4403 Green Center 0108

Pianist Ray Kilburn, recognized as being among Canada's most gifted artists, now holds dual citizenship and resides in the United States. His studies, competitions, and recitals have taken him throughout North America, Europe, and Japan. Critics have been unanimous in their praise of his outstanding technical abilities and artistic temperament. 

Accompanist & Vocal Coach

Laura Brumbaugh Laura Brumbaugh Staff Accompanist | Vocal Coach

laurabrumbaugh@depauw.edu (765) 658-4400 Green Center 0106

Laura Brumbaugh is a vocal coach and staff accompanist at DePauw University School of Music. She is also on the faculty of the Savannah Voice Festival and serves as music director for the Centerstage Theatre Company’s summer productions in Boulder, Colorado.

Amanda Hopson Amanda Hopson Piano | Vocal Coach | Senior Staff Accompanist | Coordinator of Keyboard Studies

ahopson@depauw.edu (765) 658-6546 Green Center 0104

Amanda Hopson is a summa cum laude graduate of Augustana College, where she earned her bachelor's degree in piano with Sharon Kleinhuizen Jensen. She earned master’s and doctoral degrees at The University of Texas at Austin, studying with Danielle Martin.

Daniel Inamorato Louro Daniel Inamorato Louro Staff Accompanist

danielluoro@depauw.edu (765) 658-4642 Green Center 0110

Daniel Inamorato is a Brazilian pianist who specializes in classical, tango and contemporary music. He has won more than 40 piano competitions in Brazil and the United States and has recorded with Acqua Music Records, IU Music and Quarteto Tanguero, Inc.

Tony Weinstein Tony Weinstein Piano | Staff Accompanist

tonyweinstein@depauw.edu (765) 658-5363 Green Center 0103

Tony Weinstein's principal teachers have included the eminent Luba Edlina-Dubinsky at Indiana University, Sedmara Rutstein and Haewon Song at Oberlin, and Derison Duarte at Cincinnati’s School for Creative and Performing Arts.

Secondary and Elective Piano & Staff Accompanist

Natalia Rachford Natalia Rachford Part-time Piano | Part-time Staff Accompanist

nataliarachford@depauw.edu (765) 658-6735 Green Center 0107

Russian born pianist Natalia Rachford started her music education at the age of seven in the music school of her native city Rostov-on-Don. She studied under Vera Klyachko, student of the famous Russian pianist Vladimir Sofronitsky, who was a student and friend of Alexander Scriabin.

Secondary and Elective Piano

Maureen Carkeek Maureen Carkeek Part-time Piano

mcarkeek@depauw.edu (765) 658-5363 Green Center 0103

Maureen Carkeek received her degrees from DePauw University as an organ major and a SMM from Union Theological Seminary in New York City. She held positions at St. George's Episcopal Chapel and the Dutch Reformed Church in Jersey City. 

Voice

André Campelo André Campelo Baritone

andrecampelo@depauw.edu (765) 658-4393 Green Center 0115

Brazilian baritone André Campelo is increasingly recognized for his abilities—as both a singer and as an actor—in a wide range of musical genres, from madrigal to opera, and art song to oratorio.

Kerry Jennings Kerry Jennings Tenor | Voice Area Coordinator

kerryjennings@depauw.edu (765) 658-4383 Green Center 0113

Tenor Kerry Lee Jennings enjoys a career that encompasses opera, oratorio, recital, and chamber works. On the operatic stage, performance highlights include over forty lead and supporting roles comprised of early, standard and contemporary repertoire, recently singing the role of Ernesto in Sankt Anton, Austria. 

Barbara Paré Barbara Paré Soprano

bapare@depauw.edu (765) 658-6350 Green Center 0110

Barbara Paré has extensive singing experience in opera, oratorio, and recital repertoire. She has sung with nationally known opera companies and orchestras and recorded Bernard Gilmore's Five Folksongs for Soprano and Band, for the Klavier Label, with the Cincinnati Wind Symphony under the direction of Eugene Migliaro Corporon. 

Caroline B. Smith Caroline B. Smith Mezzo-soprano

cbsmith@depauw.edu (765) 658-4386 Green Center 0111

Caroline B. Smith is an active recitalist, master class clinician (8 Classical Singer National Conventions, IAA, NATS, Kentucky Governor's School, and throughout the United States) and adjudicator (Classical Singer Nationals/Regionals, NATS, MTNA, NSAL ISSMA, Prelude, Overture).

Jessica Usherwood Jessica Usherwood Soprano

jessicausherwood@depauw.edu (765) 658-4387 Green Center 0114

Soprano Jessica Usherwood is an active performer and soloist. As a recitalist, she has performed works including Messiaen’s Chants de terre et de ciel, William Bolcom’s Let Evening Come, André Previn’s Honey and Rue, and Eric Whitacre’s Five Hebrew Love Songs. She serves as the soprano of the International Chamber Artists (ICA) of Chicago. With ICA, Jessica has performed on Chicago’s “Live from WFMT” recital series and presented works such as Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, Mozart’s Requiem, Britten’s Les Illuminations, Ginastera’s Cantos Del Tucumán, Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915, and Morton Feldman’s Journey To The End Of Night.

Jazz Studies

Leonard Foy Leonard Foy Trumpet

lfoy@depauw.edu (765) 658-4399 Green Center 0164

Leonard (Lennie) Foy is Professor of Trumpet at the DePauw University School of Music. A native of the “City of Arts and Innovation,” Winston-Salem, NC, he was born to both a musically dedicated community and musically gifted family. His mother, Elsie Griffin Foy, is a retired soprano and distinguished music educator while his father, the late Bernard T. Foy, Sr., was a renowned pianist and former Supervisor of Music for the Winston-Salem and Forsyth County schools. In 2017, his alma mater R. J. Reynolds Senior High School––a nationally celebrated arts magnet for the past decade––honored the first of its most creative alumni by inducting Lennie as an inaugural member of the Arts Hall of Fame.

Steven Snyder Steven Snyder Jazz Piano

stevensnyder@depauw.edu (765) 658-4382 Green Center 0109

Steven Snyder is a pianist and organist who maintains an active playing schedule locally, nationally and internationally. Snyder was selected as one of 66 pianists from all over the world to compete in the Martial Solal International Jazz Piano Competition, which was held in Paris, France, in October 2002. 

Sandy Williams Sandy Williams Jazz Guitar

swilliams@depauw.edu (765) 658-6736 Green Center 0163

Sandy Williams has been a fixture on the Indiana music scene for several decades. His live performance credits span performing with Idina Menzel, John Waters, Liza Mennelli, Marvin Hamlisch, alt-country rocker Steve Earle, Michael Feinstein’s live PBS special, the Steve Allee Big Band, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra.

Dance

Deborah Grammel Deborah Grammel Dance

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Under the direction of George Verdak, Deobrah Grammel has performed in the following classical ballets: Les Sylphides, Swan Lake, Raymonda, The Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty. In conjunction with her studies at Butler University, she also trained in Michigan City, New York City, Houston, Chicago, and Miami.

Core Musicianship

Matthew Balensuela Matthew Balensuela Music History

balensue@depauw.edu (765) 658-4398 Green Center 1105

Matthew Balensuela’s books include Music Theory from Boethius to Zarlino (co-authored with David Russell Williams, Pendragon Press, 2007) and the critical edition of the Ars cantus mensurabilis mensurata per modos iuris (Nebraska, 1994).

Eliza Brown Eliza Brown Theory and Musicianship | Composition

elizabrown@depauw.edu (765) 658-1021 Green Center 1107

Eliza Brown is a composer of concert music, music-theater, and opera. Her works have been performed throughout the Americas and Europe by leading interpreters of new music, including Ensemble Dal Niente, Spektral Quartet, ensemble recherche, International Contemporary Ensemble, Network for New Music, Ensemble SurPlus, Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, and Wild Rumpus New Music Collective.

Elissa Harbert Elissa Harbert Music History

elissaharbert@depauw.edu (765) 658-4396 Green Center 1104

Elissa Harbert is a musicologist specializing in music of the United States, focusing especially on cultural memory and historical representation in dramatic productions for stage and screen. She previously taught at Northwestern University and as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Macalester College. 

Scott Spiegelberg Scott Spiegelberg Theory and Musicianship (Sabbatical 2018-19)

spiegelberg@depauw.edu (765) 658-6691 Green Center 1106

Scott Spiegelberg is interested in the perception of timbre, theory pedagogy, improvisation, and popular music analysis. He is researching how much average listeners are aware of timbre, what timbral sources they can identify, and how much information about timbral sources and qualities affect music enjoyment. 

Stephen Komer Stephen Komer Theory

stephenkomer@depauw.edu (765) 658-6691 Green Center 1106

Komer has joined DePauw University's School of Music as a theory instructor for the 2018/19 school year.

Will Pearson Will Pearson Musicianship

williampearson@depauw.edu (765) 658-6691 Green Center 1106

William Pearson, a composer and organist, studied composition at SUNY Purchase with Suzanne Farrin, Du Yun and Huang Ruo, and at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with Erik Lund and Erin Gee. He also briefly studied organ and harpsichord with David Higgs and Bill Porter at the Eastman School of Music.

Music Education

Caroline Jetton Caroline Jetton Director of Music Teacher Education; General Music and Choral Music Education

cjetton@depauw.edu (765) 658-4503 Green Center 1103

Caroline Jetton received her B.M.E from Murray State University, M.M. from the University of Memphis, and Ed.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. At UIUC, she was the recipient of the Marilyn Pflederer Zimmerman Doctoral Fellowship in Music Education.

Nancy Summitt Nancy Summitt Instrumental Music Education

nancysummit@depauw.edu (765) 658-4506 Green Center 1022

Nancy Summitt received her B.M.E. from Arkansas Tech University, M.M. in Music Education from the University of Central Arkansas, and Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of Memphis.

Ensembles

Craig Paré Craig Paré University Band | Symphonic Band

cpare@depauw.edu (765) 658-4385 Green Center 1116

Appointed to the School of Music faculty in 1993, Craig Paré directs the University Band and Symphonic Band, as well as teaches conducting, Percussion Techniques, Brass Techniques, and Music Education Lab. Under his direction, the DePauw University Band has produced ten critically acclaimed compact discs through its CD Recording Project, issued commercially on the Mark Masters label. 

Eric Schmidt Eric Schmidt University Choir | Chamber Singers

ericschmidt@depauw.edu (765) 658-4391 Green Center 0112

Hailing from Germany, Eric Schmidt went to Salt Lake City in 2012 to study choral conducting at the University of Utah. Since then, he has performed with numerous groups on the choral landscape in Utah and served as both the associate conductor of Utah Chamber Artists and as the assistant conductor of the Utah Symphony Chorus. In 2016, he made his debut with the Utah Symphony at Abravanel Hall.

Orcenith Smith Orcenith Smith University Orchestra | Chamber Symphony | Opera Orchestra

osmith@depauw.edu (765) 658-4388 Green Center 1117

Named “Outstanding Professor of Music” three times at DePauw, Orcenith Smith was also the inaugural recipient of the Cassel Grubb University Professorship in Music from 1999 to 2003. He has conducted over 800 performances of orchestral, operatic, and choral/orchestral repertoire for which critical acclaim has come both here and abroad.

Steven Snyder Steven Snyder Jazz Ensembles

stevensnyder@depauw.edu (765) 658-4382 Green Center 0109

Steven Snyder is a pianist and organist who maintains an active playing schedule locally, nationally and internationally. Snyder was selected as one of 66 pianists from all over the world to compete in the Martial Solal International Jazz Piano Competition, which was held in Paris, France, in October 2002. 

University Music Faculty

Ayden Adler Ayden Adler University Music Faculty

Ayden Adler holds degrees from Princeton University (A.B.), the Juilliard School (M.M.), and the Eastman School of Music (M.A., D.M.A., Ph.D.), her professional background and experience encompasses music performance, scholarship, teaching, and administrative positions at some of the nation’s most esteemed music institutions.

Music Library and Technology

Sylvia Yang Sylvia Yang Music and Performing Arts Librarian

zouayang@depauw.edu (765) 658-4442 Music Library

Zoua Sylvia Yang joined the DePauw community in 2016 as the Music and Performing Arts Librarian. She holds master’s degrees in Library and Information Science and in Music History and Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and has served as an Association of Research Libraries/Music Library Association Diversity & Inclusion Initiative Fellow.

Lynn Rodriguez Hohenstein Lynn Rodriguez Hohenstein Music Library Manager

lindahohenstein@depauw.edu (765) 658-4309 Green Center 1150

Lynn Rodriguez Hohenstein was classically trained on piano, performed with obscure rock bands on the East Coast in the ’80s, studied jazz at Berklee College of Music, and studied history at Thomas Edison State University. While raising her children, she taught music classes, ensembles and individuals. After living in all of the major urban areas along the East Coast, she now enjoys a quieter life living on a small farm in Indiana—except when she cruises around on her noisy Harley-Davidson or is practicing her bagpipes!

Veronica Pejril Veronica Pejril Coordinator of the Music Instructional Technology Center (mitc) | Part-time Instructor of Music

veronicapejril@depauw.edu (765) 658-4389 Green Center 1148

Veronica Pejril composes new and experimental music and teaches methods in contemporary music making with digital tools. An alumna of the Experimental Music Studios at the University of Illinois and the Computer Music Center at Princeton, she studied composition with Paul Lansky, Steven Mackey and Milton Babbitt.