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    Meet the faculty and staff of the EWU Music Department

    Mellad Abeid

    Jazz Guitar Instructor
    Phone: (509) 999-1882

    Mellad Abeid is an accomplished and versatile guitarist with over fifteen years of music industry experience. He began performing with church choirs and at Irish dancing shows at the age of 17.  In 2002, Mellad graduated from Gonzaga University with a BA in Music Composition. Since then, he has worked as an adjunct guitar instructor at Gonzaga University and private guitar instructor at St. George's School and Colville High School.

    Mellad is a patient yet highly skilled instructor who is well-versed in a variety of musical genres, including Classical, Jazz, Blues, Rock, Commercial, Country, Celtic and Broadway. As an international guitar performer, songwriter and record producer, Mellad is a dynamic instructor who brings a wealth of real-world expertise to the classroom. 

    In 2003 Mellad founded pop-based Irish group An Dóchas. He serves as the band leader, writer and arranger. The band has released two critically acclaimed albums including Independent Celtic Album of the Year awarded at the 2006 JPF Awards in Hollywood, CA. As a member of An Dóchas, Mellad also began working with Irish tenor Michael Londra, formerly of Riverdance Broadway. Mellad and Londra collaborated to create the Irish music and dance show Celtic Fire, which tours extensively throughout North America and was featured on the Emmy-nominated PBS special Beyond Celtic in 2011.  

    For the past several years, Mellad has been fortunate to write and arrange songs for several independent vocal artists. Most recently, Mellad has been writing and performing with Country artist Nicole Lewis and is currently working on her upcoming Nashville-based full-length album. When not on tour or teaching, Mellad enjoys playing guitar for local Jazz ensembles and the live theatre circuit.  Mellad has worked as a guitarist at Spokane Civic Theatre for the past 4 seasons and Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre for the past 5 seasons.  

    Janet Ahrend

    Instructor of Organ
    Music Building #119
    Phone: (509)359-2241
    Curriculum Vitae

    Dr. Janet Satre Ahrend began her organ studies in Spokane with Barbara Top Rockwood. She holds the Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Idaho and the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts Degrees from the University of Washington, with further training at the Royal School of Church Music in England.

    She has been a member of the music faculty at Gonzaga University since 1984, teaching organ, class piano, and portions of the music theory program, and on the faculty at Eastern Washington University since 2008.

    From 1990 to 1993 Janet served on the Hymnal Committee for the United Church of Christ, helping to produce the New Century Hymnal. She has been Organist / Choirmaster for the Cathedral since 1997, where she also directs a handbell choir and coordinates the afternoon concert series, Mostly Second Sundays. Janet maintains a private piano and organ studio in her home.

    Janet's professional affiliations include: American Guild of Organists, Regional Education Coordinator; Association of Anglican Musicians; Royal School of Church Music; Music Teachers National Association; and Sigma Alpha Iota Music Honorary Alumni.

    Karen Baldwin, Music Education

    Instructor of Music Education
    Music Building #119
    Phone: (509)359-2241

    Music Education, ME, Whitworth College

    Music Specialist, Riverside School District

    EWU and Whitworth University faculty

    General Music Curriculum Chair, WMEA. 

    Alaina Bercilla

    Flute Instructor
    Phone: (509) 359-2241

    A native Californian, Alaina Bercilla graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. from University of California, Los Angeles, and also received a M.M. in Flute Performance from the University of Michigan.  She has held the 2nd Flute/Piccolo chair in the Spokane Symphony Orchestra since the fall of 2008.

    Ms. Bercilla has been invited to perform as a featured soloist with the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra, the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra, and the Pasadena Community Orchestra.  She has also been a finalist in the Aspen Music Festival Concerto Competition and the Las Vegas Flute Club Competition, a semifinalist in the Frank Bowen Competition and the WAMSO (Volunteer Association for the Minnesota Orchestra) Competition, and a qualifying participant in the National Flute Association's Young Artist Competition.  In 2006 she was invited to be a part of a week-long training workshop held by the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall, which focused on the music of Steve Reich and culminated in a concert at Zankel Hall celebrating the composer's 70th birthday. 

    Prior to joining the Spokane Symphony Orchestra, she held positions as an associate member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and as Piccolo Fellow with the Aspen Music Festival Orchestra. 
    Having taught flute at a variety of levels, from beginning 5th graders at Bursch Elementary School in Compton, CA, to gifted high-schoolers in Detroit, MI, as Principal Flute and Mentor of the Detroit Civic Orchestra, Ms. Bercilla is looking forward to working with the students of EWU as adjunct professor of flute.  She currently maintains a private studio in Spokane, WA, where she lives with her husband, Adam Wallstein.

    Mark Branscom

    Soundscapes Director
    Phone: (509)359-2241

    Mark Branscom is Adjunct Professor of Music currently directing Soundspaces, a collaborative workshop for building, writing and performing on new instruments.  Mark holds a Master's Degree in Music Composition from Eastern Washington University. While completing his degree, he pursued graduate research at Stanford's Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) and attended UC, Santa Cruz' Workshop in Algorithmic Computer Music (WACM). Mark also holds a Bachelor's in Vocal Performance from Whitworth University, and an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Commercial Music / Jazz Studies from Spokane Falls Community College. 

    Daniel Cotter

    Instructor of Clarinet
    Office #240
    Phone: 2241

    A member of the Spokane Symphony since 2005, Daniel Cotter performs as the orchestra's 2nd and Eb Clarinetist.  With a Bachelor of Music degree in clarinet performance from Harid Conservatory and a Master of Music Degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, Daniel has been invited to perform as a soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra, the Harid Philharmonia, the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, the Philharmonic of Veracruz, and the Jalisco Philharmonic, among others. After his solo appearance with the NSO, the Washington Post described his, "velvety tone and elegant phrasing." 

    Also as a soloist, he has participated in concert broadcasts on various radio stations in New York, Cleveland, Washington D.C., and here in Spokane on KPBX.  He has been invited to play with the Cleveland Orchestra and New World Symphony clarinet sections and has performed as Principal Clarinet of the Spokane Opera, the Veracruz Philharmonic, the Florida Sunshine Pops, the Miami Ballet, the Gold Coast Opera, the Florida Symphonic Pops Orchestra, the Sarasota Music Festival Orchestra, and the Santo Domingo Festival Orchestra. 

    From 2001-2005, Daniel held the position of Professor of Clarinet at the Superior Institute of Music of the State of Veracruz. From 2005 through 2008 he served as the Music Director and Conductor for the Spokane Community Orchestra/Spokane Falls Community College Orchestra.  

    Daniel and his wife, Bethany Schoeff-Cotter, run the popular oboe cane website, Northwest Oboe Cane.  They sell precisely gouged cane for making reeds to oboists around the world.  Together they have twin boys, Ethan and Logan, born in 2012, who keep them incredibly busy. Daniel also has a large private studio of clarinet students.  Teaching Cotter's passion, and he is incredibly proud of the achievements of each and every one of his students. 

    Dr. Jane Ellsworth, Music History

    Associate Professor, Music History
    Music Building #234
    Phone: (509)359-7076

    Jane Ellsworth is Associate Professor of Music at Eastern Washington University, where she teaches music history. Both a musicologist and a clarinetist, her scholarly and performing activities explore the intersection of various disciplines.

    Dr. Ellsworth earned a PhD in musicology in 2004 from The Ohio State University, and also holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in clarinet performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music and a DMA from Ohio State.

    Her recent research has been mainly in early American music; she has published on the history of the clarinet in early America, and is working on projects related to the status and livelihood of early American instrumentalists. Other areas of interest include English music of the nineteenth century, performance practice, the history of performance, and organology.

    She is active with the International Clarinet Association, contributing regularly to its journal, and has also published in the Journal of the American Musical Instrument Society and elsewhere. She has performed and lectured on the clarinet throughout the United States and in Europe, South America and Asia, on both modern and historical instruments.

    Dr. Ellsworth participates annually as a performer and faculty member at the Classical Music Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria. She also plays with the Spokane Symphony Orchestra. She currently serves as Treasurer of the Haydn Society of North America, and as Chair of the ICA Research Competition.

    Kendall Feeney, Piano Studies

    Senior Lecturer, Contemporary Ensemble, Piano
    Music Building #229
    Phone: (509)359-2882

    Kendall Feeney is a member of the piano faculty at Eastern Washington University and director of the EWU Contemporary Music Ensemble. She has performed as soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States and Asia and been featured on National Public Radio's "Performance Today." A native of California, Ms. Feeney studied with John Perry at the University of Southern California where she received her bachelor's and master's degrees in piano performance, winning both the Undergraduate and Graduate Keyboard Awards.

    From 1991 to 2003, Feeney was Artistic Director of the critically acclaimed Northwest concert series ZEPHYR: A New Design for Classical Music. She is a frequent guest artist at Chamber Music San Juans and the Bellingham Music Festival and is on the faculty of the Golandsky Institute at Princeton. She has served on the chamber music staff of the New College Festival in Sarasota, Florida and the Round Top Festival Institute in Texas.

    Ms. Feeney is nationally recognized as a leading pedagogue of the Taubman approach to piano playing and is well known for her work with injured musicians. She regularly coaches with New York Taubman specialist, Edna Golandsky. Ms. Feeney maintains private studios in Seattle, Spokane and Portland and is a sought after adjudicator and lecturer. In addition to her performing and teaching, she is a regular contributor to Clavier Magazine. She was awarded the 1997 Individual Artist of the Year by the Spokane Arts Commission and is included in Who's Who in America and Who's Who in American Women.

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    Dr. Lynne Feller-Marshall, Bassoon

    Bassoon Studies
    Music Building #225
    Phone: (509)359-2225

    Dr. Lynne Feller-Marshall is principal bassoonist with the Spokane Symphony, and teaches bassoon at Eastern Washington University and Whitworth College. She also performs a variety of music with other Spokane musical groups such as Zephyr, Allegro, the Northwest Bach Festival, and the Spokane Opera.

    While attending The Juilliard School in New York City, Feller-Marshall was a freelance orchestral player with several metropolitan-area groups. From 1991 until 1995, she was bassoonist with The Devienne Trio, a New York-based group that was selected for a year-long residency with the National Endowment for the Arts.

    She has participated in the Tanglewood, Banff and Recontres Musicales d' Evian (France) festivals during the past several years. Her degrees include a BM in Music Education (1989), SUNY Potsdam; Master of Music (1991) and Doctor of Musical Arts (1997), The Juilliard School. Her primary teachers were Stephen Maxym, Frank Morelli, and Frank Wangler.

    Dr. Feller-Marshall and her husband have a son and a daughter. Lynne's extra-musical interests include horseback riding, cooking, and travelling with her family.

    Erin Foster, Theory and Music in the Humanities Online

    Music Theory and Online Music in the Humanities
    Music Building #209
    Phone: (509)359-6211

    Erin Foster is the first year music theory and ear training instructor at Eastern Washington University and teaches bassoon lessons and Woodwind Methods at Gonzaga University. She is the developer and teacher of the Online Music in the Humanities course at EWU. Ms. Foster is an "Eastern Washington University Honor Faculty Member" award recipient for outstanding teaching.

    Ms. Foster performs with many groups in the greater Spokane area including the Spokane Symphony Orchestra, Coeur d'Alene Summer Theater, Spokane Opera and Coeur d'Alene Opera Orchestras. She was a long-standing member of the Westwind Woodwind Quintet- -an educational ensemble of the Spokane Symphony--and Mosaic Winds.

    In the music education arena, Ms. Foster coaches the winds and brass for the Spokane Youth Orchestra's Junior Symphony Orchestras. She adjudicates for many area and state solo/ ensemble and large group festivals and coaches woodwinds for schools throughout the great Spokane region as well as teaching private bassoon lessons.

    Before moving to Eastern Washington, Ms. Foster played with the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra in Reno, Nevada, Reno Opera Orchestra, Reno Salon Orchestra, Reno Wind Quintet, and freelanced with many other Nevada and California chamber groups and orchestras. She has a master's degree in bassoon performance.

    Ms. Foster resides in Cheney with her husband, Bill Foster, band teacher at Cheney Middle School, and the bass trombonist with Spokane Jazz Orchestra and the Bob Curnow Big Band. They have two daughters.

    Stephan Friel

    Phone: (509)359-6948

    Stephan Friel is currently professor of saxophone at Eastern Washington University where he also teaches jazz studies and woodwind techniques. He is a DMA Candidate with the College of Music at the University of North Texas where he studied with Dr. Eric M. Nestler.

    As a saxophonist, Stephan has performed with such artists as Natalie Cole and Tony Bennett. He can be heard on recordings with the Two O'Clock Lab Band, where he was lead alto. In 2008, Stephan recorded Concert Tango as saxophone soloist with the University of North Texas' Wind Symphony under the direction of Eugene Migliaro Corporon. Stephan has also performed as saxophonist with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and Richardson Symphony.

    Stephan has performed as oboist with the Enid Philharmonic, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Texarkana Symphony, Richardson Symphony, and Tyler Chamber Series. He can be heard on several GIA recordings as principal oboist with the University of North Texas' Wind Symphony, Eugene Migliaro Corporon conducting.

    Mr. Friel has also performed with Broadway equity shows, Oklahoma City Summer Lyric Theater and with several theater groups in the Dallas/Fort Worth area as a woodwind doubler on flute, oboe, clarinet and saxophone.

    Stephan has been a member of several Army National Guard Bands for twenty-seven years and is currently serving in the Texas Army National Guard with the 36th Infantry Division Band with whom he deployed to Iraq in 2010.

    Dr. Julián Gómez-Giraldo, Orchestra & Conducting

    Director of Orchestra
    Music Building #228
    Phone: (509)359-2300

    Julián Gómez-Giraldo is the  Director of Orchestras at Eastern Washington University and Artistic Director of Spokane Symphony Chorale. He has been Artistic Director of Spokane Youth Symphony, Director of Orchestras, Professor of Choral Activities and Director of Choral Music Education at University of Northern Colorado and Pedagógica in Bogotá. Clinician for the National Choral-Orchestral Programs, adjudicator and guest conductor of honor orchestras and choirs in USA, England, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Mexico and Colombia.

    Under the guidance of Helmuth Rilling, conducted in Spain the Bachakademie Orchestra of Stuttgart, Gächinger Kantorei, Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra and Venezuela's Simón Bolivar Orchestra. He was also Music Director of Choir Santa Fe de Bogotá with which he won First Prize in the Sixth International Polyphonic Competition "Ciudad de Ibagué." Under his leadership for oven ten years, the choir performed symphonic-choral and operatic works with the Colombian Symphony and Bogotá Philharmonic, including world and national premieres of Bacalov's "Misa Tango", Berlioz's "Misa Solemnis", Honegger's "Jeanne D'Arc", Prokofiev's "Ivan the Terrible" and Athehortua's "Cristóforo Colombo" among others.

    Dr. Gómez-Giraldo  has conducted the National Opera and Zarzuela Companies in Colombia in such works as "Barbero de Sevilla", "La Leyenda del Beso" and "Marina", led the university premiere of "Little Women" by Mark Adamo and a production of "The Merry Wives of Windsor". Also appeared as Guest conductor with the orchestras of the Juan M. Corpas University, Colombia, and Autónoma University of Tamaulipas and Orquesta Sinfónica de Guanajuato, Mexico.

    He received his Doctorate in Orchestral Conducting from University of Northern Colorado. Masters degrees from Texas Christian University in Choral and Orchestral Conducting and in Theory and Composition. nad his Bachelor's degree in Music Education and Conducting from National Pedagogic University. He also studied at the National Conservatory and Superior School of Music in Colombia, National Academy of Gregorian Chant in Venezuela, Schola Guido D'Arezzo and with Benedictine monks Luigi Agustoni, Johannes Berchmans, and Juan Ramón Uribe.

    As composer and arranger,  Hal Leonard publishes his works.

    His principal teachers and mentors include renowned Maestros Helmuth Rilling, Russell Guyver and Colombian conductors Jaime Guillén and María Teresa Guillén.

    He is a Medal of Honor winner in the category of "Excellence and Outstanding Merit" from the Colombian Ministry of Culture.

    Don Goodwin, Marching Band, Code Red,Theory/Composition & Jazz Piano

    Music Theory/Composition and Director of Symphonic and Marching Bands
    Music Building #250
    Phone: (509)359-2369

    Don Goodwin is a recent graduate of Eastern Washington University, where he received his Master of Arts in Composition (2007). Before returning to Eastern to pursue his degree in 2005, Goodwin lived and worked in Seattle for eight years, where he taught music theory at The Art Institute of Seattle, and performed with several touring groups around the country. His band, BeeCraft, recorded several albums, and was featured at many of the Northwest's premiere venues and festivals. Most recently, Goodwin can be heard as a keyboardist and as a composer featured on four separate Flowmotion albums. With Flowmotion, Don played, among many other venues, Bumbershoot in Seattle, and shared the stage with many influential recording artists such as Widespread Panic, G-Love and Special Sauce, Bill Frisell, and Critters Buggin'.

    Currently Godwin teaches music theory, counterpoint, composition, jazz small groups, and jazz piano. In addition, he serves as Jazz Band Director at Lewis and Clark High School, and is an adjunct professor at Gonzaga University, where he teaches advanced jazz piano.

    In the professional community Don is a sought-after pianist, composer, and clinician. He leads his own jazz trio (The Don Goodwin Trio), as well as several funk/jazz/rock small groups, including Freefire, Jungle Circus, and WE B-3. In addition, Don is the pianist for The Bob Curnow Big Band, and plays in several area groups as a sideman.

    As a composer, Don is constantly working on many commissions. His piece, "Parallels" was performed in October of 2007 by the Spokane Symphony Orchestra at their Symphony On The Edge concert series, under the direction of Morihiko Nakahara.

    Jim Kershner of The Spokesman Review had this to say about Goodwin's piece:

    "The entire evening would have been worth it merely for the world premiere of "Parallels," a jazzy, flashy juggernaut by Spokane composer, conductor and jazz pianist Don Goodwin. This piece, which closed the concert, was rich with bright washes of sound and flashes of brilliant complexity. Complexity was in plentiful supply at this concert, but Goodwin's piece managed to conjure up an entire jaunty world, like the soundtrack to a particularly wonderful movie cartoon."

    Don has had several of his original big band charts published by Walrus Music Publishing.

    Dr. Jody Graves, Piano Studies

    Associate Professor of Piano
    Music Building #232
    Phone: (509)359-6119

    Jody Graves maintains an exciting, diverse and active performing career, and is recognized nationally as a distinguished artist and teacher of piano. Her recital engagements as a soloist and collaborative pianist take her across the United States and abroad. She has performed concerts in Austria, Norway, France, Scotland, Ireland, Germany, Japan, and in May 2006 toured in the Persian Gulf serving as a Cultural Ambassador for the U.S. State Department. The Middle East Tour, with the Sapphire Trio, included concerts in Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. The press reviews have called their performances "exciting...imaginative and compelling." In April, 2010, she was a judge for the National Palestinian Piano Festival in Jerusalem, and following that event toured the West Bank region with the Sapphire Trio performing concerts and giving master classes. The Sapphire Trio returned to the Middle East for a concert tour and master classes in April, 2011, and they returned to the Middle East to perform concerts and give master classes in March 2012. She will return to the Middle East in 2016 where she will once again perform concerts, give master classes and presentations.

    Dr. Graves is in great demand as an adjudicator for piano competitions and festivals. Each season takes her across the country as an MTA clinician, and she has an active schedule each year as a workshop presenter for teachers. Ms. Graves has been a presenter at the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, and a presenter and performer at numerous State and National MTNA conferences. Ms. Graves was a presenter at the National MTNA Conference (Milwaukee) in 2011, and is a featured presenter for the National MTNA conference in Las Vegas, 2015. She was also the headline guest artist for the Utah State MTA conference in 2013. She has served as a judge for the Seattle International Piano Festival and the International Piano Competition at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. She served on the faculty with Dr. Alexandra Ngyuen for the Eastman Summer Program titled 'Plays Well With Others', featuring sessions on collaborative arts performance. Additionally, Dr. Graves has authored articles for the American Music Teacher and Clavier magazines.

    Dr. Graves is working on her fourth recording project 'Notes from the Heart' due out in 2015 featuring the music of Rachmaninoff, Liszt, Beethoven and others. She has performed solo and chamber recitals across the country at university guest artist series and community concert events, and has been a featured performing artist several times on public radio. Ms. Graves has been a soloist with the Spokane Symphony, and the Wenatchee Valley Symphony and has received rave reviews of her performances of 'Rhapsody in Blue'. Ms. Graves is the pianist with the nationally acclaimed Sapphire Trio and they have been featured guest artists at the National MTNA conference in Seattle, WA, the International Clarinet Festival in Tokyo, the ICF Conference in Los Angeles in 2011, the ICF Conference in Assisi, Italy in 2013, and the International Clarinet Music Festival in Madrid, Spain in 2013. In 2014 Dr. Graves was a guest solo artist at Mukagowa Women's University in Nishinomiya, Japan where she performed concerts and gave public lectures.

    Ms. Graves is especially interested in promoting concert art music, creating unique and contemporary ways to foster a collaborative experience between artist and listener, and is dedicated to maintaining the life of music in our schools and culture. Ms. Graves is recognized for her creative ability to engage the audience during her concerts with anecdotes, historical perspectives and humor. The press has referred to her as "Victoria Borge". She holds a Doctorate Degree in Piano Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York and her Masters degree from Catholic University in Washington D.C. Dr. Graves is currently Associate Professor of Piano at Eastern Washington University, in Cheney, WA and was recently awarded the Fosseen-Kusaka Distinguished International Exchange Scholar Award for 2014.

    Colleen Hegney, Department Secretary

    Music Department Secretary Supervisor
    Music Building #119
    Phone: (509)359-2241

    Danny Helseth, Tuba and Euphonium

    Instructor of Tuba and Euphonium Studies
    Phone: (509)359-2241

    When asked to describe Danny Helseth as a musician, composers Joseph T. Spaniola and Brett Miller use the words such as "high energy...intensity...emotion-filled." Danny has never been known to go into anything half-way, but rather puts everything he has into what he does. This is very evident as he pursues his musical career on the euphonium and trombone.

    Danny began his education with a Bachelor of Music Education from Central Washington University (1999); continued with a Masters in Music Performance (Euphonium) from The University of North Texas (2002); and a Post-graduate Diploma in Performance (euphonium) from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England where he studied on Fulbright Scholarship. Currently, Helseth is a candidate for the Doctorate of Musical Arts in Performance (Trombone) at the University of Washington, where he also holds the position of Graduate Teaching Assistant in trombone.

    As a former member of the United States Air Force Band in Washington D.C., Danny was quickly recog- nized as an energetic and engaging soloist, featured several times with the band including on national tour, Spring 2004. Helseth performed as a chamber musician and clinician at universities throughout the United States as a member of the Tower Brass Quintet.

    Searching for new music, and new avenues of musical expression, Danny has had the opportunity to debut several newly commissioned pieces including: • "Madrona" (2011) for euphonium, tuba, piano, and drum set by Jon Hansen; "Poso Oso" (2011) for euphonium, tuba, keyboard, and drum set by Elliot Gray; "Euphonium Concerto" (2010) for euphonium and band by Libby Larsen; "Infinite Morning" (2009) for euphonium and piano by Joel Puckett; "Concerto" (2007) for euphonium and orchestra by James Kazik; "6 Moods" (2006) for euphonium and piano by Brett Miller•; "Dream" (2004) for euphonium and string quartet by Joseph T. Spaniola. Helseth is in constant demand as a euphonium and trombone soloist, section player, and recording artist; having performed on euphonium with the Seattle Symphony, the Tacoma Symphony, Auburn Symphony, and as a founding member of the euphonium quartet Eufonix!; on trombone with the Saint James Cathedral Brass,and the Pacific Northwest Ballet. As a soloist, Helseth has appeared with ensembles around the country including: Pershing's Own United States Army Band, Brass Band Northwest; Spokane British Brass Band, the University of Oregon Symphonic Band, the University of Washington Symphonic Band, and on tour in Japan with the University of Washington Wind Ensemble. Danny is quickly establishing himself as a dynamic force in music education, presenting master classes and clinics to middle school and high school bands, music educators conferences (WMEA 2010), and as a faculty member at Lakeside Middle school and the annual summer music camp, Low Brass Boot Camp; infecting students with the desire to energetically give everything they have to that for which they are most passionate.

    Throughout his life, Danny has been in contact with extraordinary musicians, many of whom have been his private instructors including: Larry Gookin, Tom Gause, and Dr. Russ Schultz at Central Washington University; Dr. Brian Bowman and Vern Kagarice at The University of North Texas; Steven Mead and James Gorlay at TheRoyal Northern College of Music; Patrick Sheridan and Sam Pilafian at The Institute fo Per- fromance Success; Ko-ichiro Yamamoto and Timothy Salzman at The University of Washington. Countless other musicians, colleagues and students have taught and inspired Danny's musical direction.

    Danny. a Besson performing artist and clinician for Buffet Crampon USA, , performs exclusively on a Besson Prestige 2052 Euphonium and DH signature mouthpiece from Giddings and Webster Mouthpieces.

    Ross Holcombe

    Trombone Studies
    Phone: (509)359-2241

    Ross Holcombe is the principal trombonist of the Spokane Symphony Orchestra, and also holds the position of associate principal/second trombonist of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra. Ross has previously served as the principal trombonist of both the Plymouth and Neponset Valley Philharmonic Orchestras in Massachusetts. Outside of his regular schedule Ross has appeared with numerous other orchestras, including performances as principal trombonist with the Seattle Symphony, Bellingham Festival, and Boston Philharmonic Orchestras, and second trombonist with the Oregon Symphony, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Albany Symphony, Boston Landmarks Orchestra, New Bedford Symphony, and the New World Symphony.

    Solo engagements include performances with the Spokane Symphony of John Mackey's Harvest: Concerto for Trombone. Ross has also been featured as a soloist and guest performer at the Eastern Trombone Workshop as a member of the Frequency Band, and has presented solo recitals at the Florida State University, Gonzaga University, and New England Conservatory. As a younger musician, Ross was heard as a soloist on NPR's radio show, From the Top. Ross is a founding member of the Spokane Brass Quintet, and has collaborated in other chamber music performances with members of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

    Currently serving on the faculties of Eastern Washington, Gonzaga, and Whitworth Universities, Ross has also presented masterclasses at schools across the United States, including Drake University, the University of Montana, and the University of South Florida. An avid composer and arranger for brass, Ross' music has received performances by the Atlantic Brass Quintet, the Vermont Symphony Brass Quintet, and the Spokane Brass Quintet, as well as by the trombone choirs at the New England Conservatory, Eastern Washington University, and the University of Montana.

    Ross earned his Bachelor's of Music Degree in Trombone Performance from the New England Conservatory in Boston. His primary teachers have included Norman Bolter, John Drew, Grady McGrannahan, Joseph Frye, and Dale Moore. Ross has also received fellowships to attend the Tanglewood Music Center, National Repertory Orchestra, Pacific Music Festival, and the National Orchestral Institute.

    Linda Honn, Music Education

    Instructor of Music Education
    Music Building #119
    Phone: (509)359-2241
    Curriculum Vitae
    BAE, EWU

    Elementary Music Teacher at University and Sunrise Elementary schools. 2012 WMEA Hall of Fame Inductee.

    Kristin Joham, Horn Studies

    Horn Studies
    Music Building #225
    Phone: 509.359.2225

    Kristin Joham teaches horn at Eastern Washington University and plays horn with Spokane Symphony. She also conducts sectionals at local schools and teaches privately in the area.

    Ms. Joham received both her BM and Master of Music in horn performance from the University of Cincinnati- College Conservatory of Music. While living in the Midwest, she subbed with many regional orchestras including the Dayton Philharmonic, the Columbus, Indiana Philharmonic, and the Terra Haute Symphony Orchestra.

    Her primary teachers have been Randy Gardner, Michelle Baker, Duane Dugger, and Michael Hoeltzel.

    Jenny Kellogg

    Director of Jazz; Trombone Studies
    Phone: (509)359-7421

    Trombonist and composer Jenny Kellogg's musical career has taken her around the world to China, England, Italy, and Peru. Jenny participated in Betty Carter's "Jazz Ahead" Residency Program at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Stean's Summer Music Institute at Ravinia, and she played lead trombone in the 2012 Disneyland Resort All-American College Band. In 2011 and 2012, Ms. Kellogg won the solo trombone chair in the Grammy-Nominated One O'Clock Lab Band. The "Lab 2012" and "Lab 2013" albums feature her large jazz ensemble compositions. Jenny holds a Bachelor of Music degrees in Trombone Performance and Music Composition from the University of Idaho and a Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies from the University of North Texas. She has shared the stage with many jazz greats such as Kurt Elling, Chick Corea, Ingrid Jensen, Wycliffe Gordon, and many others. Jenny also plays in the Spokane area with Spokane Jazz Orchestra and the Bob Curnow Big Band. 

    Tomoko Kimura, Class Piano

    Instructor of Piano
    Music Building #225
    Phone: (509)359-2225
    Tomoko Kimura has been teaching Group Piano Class at Eastern Washington University since 2005. It was at Eastern that she received her Master's degree in Piano Performance in 2006, studying under Dr. Jody Graves, Ms. Kendall Feeney, and Margaret Brink. She received her Bachelor's degree in Music Education from the Kunitachi School of Music in 1996, where she studied under Fumiko Yoshida and Yukiko Takeyama. In her high school in Kunitachi, she majored in clarinet and was the principal clarinetist.

    Since coming to Spokane to study, Tomoko has accom- panied dozens of instrumentalists and vocalists, from undergraduate students to world-class performers. She has earned several awards including the James Edmonds Collaborative Pianist Award.

    Tomoko was the music director for the Spokane Children's Theatre winter 2007 production of The Velveteen Rabbit as well as for the spring 2007 production of Cinderella. In ad- dition to teaching at EWU, she also teaches private lessons to both children and adults.

    Dr. John Marshall, Cello Studies

    Professor of Cello
    Music Building #226
    Phone: (509)359-7078

    John Marshall is the professor of cello and chamber music at Eastern Washington University. He also teaches string techniques, computers in the music classroom, and sight-singing classes. Marshall holds performance degrees from three of the most prestigious music schools in the country: a BM from Indiana University, an MM from Yale University, and a DM from Northwestern University. At these schools he studied with some of the most distinguished cellists in the world: Janos Starker, Aldo Parisot and Hans Jensen. Marshall strives to combine the varying strengths of these three pedagogues into his own teaching methods. His doctoral dissertation focused on compositions for two cellos and orchestra.

    In addition to his duties at EWU, Marshall performs over 60 concerts a year as principal cellist with the Spokane Symphony Orchestra. Marshall is also a frequent performer with several arts organizations in the Inland Northwest, including Zephyr, the Spokane Chamber Music Association, Connoisseur Concerts, and the Sandpoint Festival. While he was a member of the Spokane String Quartet, Marshall performed throughout the Northwest, and made two tours of Europe and one tour to Taiwan.

    In 2001, Marshall initiated the CELLObration Spokane festival. Now an annual event at EWU, CELLObration brings together over 50 student and professional cellists from all over the Northwest for a day of learning and performing music for cello ensemble. Clips of CELLObration may be found on YouTube.

    During the summers, Marshall serves on the faculty of the famous Interlochen Arts Camp, teaching cello and chamber music.

    CD Recordings
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    Interlochen Arts Camp Cello Ensemble Videos
    "One" Cello and Dancers -
    "Purple Haze" -
    "Kashmir" -

    EWU CELLObration Videos
    "Bartok Duos" with Joshua Roman -
    "Walk, Don't Run" -

    Alan McCoy, Piano Technician

    Piano Technician
    Office, Music Building #221; Piano Shop, Music Building #142
    Phone: Office: (509)359- 4627; Mobile: 999-9512; Home Office: 448-3123
    Curriculum Vitae

    Dr. Jonathan Middleton, Professor of Composition

    Professor of Theory and Composition
    Music Building #208
    Phone: (509)359-6116

    Dr. Jonathan Middleton is Professor of Theory and Composition at Eastern Washington University. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in composition, theory, orchestration, and music informatics.

    Dr. Middleton obtained his Doctor of Musical Arts in 1999 from Columbia University where he was an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow at the School of the Arts.  He has studied composition with numerous professors including Fred Lerdahl, Jonathan Kramer, Emma Lou Diemer, William K raft, Frederic Rzewski, Ann Kearns, Daniel Warner, Peter Golub and Pulitzer Prize winners Roger Reynolds and Lewis Spratlan. He also studied twentieth century compositional techniques with Kyle Gann and Tristan Murail. 

    Dr. Middleton's creative interests include spontaneous approaches to composition through stream of consciousness and algorithmic composition. The foundation of his work is created from the"musicalgorithms"software he designed in 2004. The application (available on the Web at and provides a creative environment where composers can create music from DNA and numbers.   As a mid-career composer, he has created many pieces, from orchestral to electronic. In recent years he has received numerous commissions with performances and recordings from the Czech Philharmonic, Kiev Philharmonic, Millennium Symphony, Spokane Symphony, Coeur d'Alene Symphony, Paradox, MoPho, and Music Northwest.   His music is featured on the cd's Soak, ERM Masterworks of the New Era vols. 11 and 17, and ERM Music of the Americas. In 2008, he published an article in the journal "Leonardo" (41/2 2008), which describes his creative process with"musicalgorithms" (the article is co-authored with professor Diane Dowd from Mathematics).  

    In addition to teaching,  Dr. Middleton has served as a visiting scholar and composer at Stanford University's Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA). There he completed a new work for mobile phones with performances at Stanford, Belfast, Helsinki, Monterey and Berkeley. 

    Keleren Millham

    Songwriting Instructor
    Phone: 509-359-2241

    Keleren Millham began her songwriting, arranging, touring and recording profession while in college as a founding member of the a cappella trio, Lotus. Shortly after its formation, Lotus was signed to Aery productions, leading the group to a diverse touring schedule, which included many arts council and NACA performances. 

    A life-long student of vocal pedagogy across multiple genres, Keleren maintains a thriving, diverse private studio and busy performing career as soloist and ensemble member. For the last eighteen years, Keleren has been writing, touring and performing as a part of a duo with her husband, Michael Millham. A veteran of over 10 recording projects, her voice has been heard by millions in ad campaigns for FOX and NBC.​

    Michael Millham, Guitar

    Instructor of Guitar
    Music Building #214
    Phone: (509)359-2241

    An in-demand teacher, Michael maintains studios at Eastern Washington and Gonzaga Universities, as well as nurturing a private studio.  He is a regular host/director of the Northwest Guitar Festival, and has been a featured performer for numerous regional festivals including the Northwest Guitar Festival, the Northwest Bach Festival, the Festival at Sandpoint (in concerto with the Spokane Symphony Orchestra), and Northwest Folklife's guitar showcase in McCaw hall, among others.

    Michael has been profiled in the magazine Acoustic Guitar and is a regular contributor to the same. He has also written for Guitar Teacher and Play Guitar! magazines. Michael has worked as either an alpha/beta testing endorser or performing artist for Elixir strings, Lowden Guitars, Schoenberg Guitars, Hill Guitars, L.R. Baggs electronics and AER amps among other companies. His duo (with his wife, vocalist Keleren Millham) regularly performs at venues ranging from wine bars and house concerts to radio shows, theaters, universities and festivals: over 2,000 performances to date. They have released 3 CDs featuring their own compositions and completed their first documentary film soundtrack. Michael was recently featured in performance and on record with the Montana choir Dolce Canto (2011 recording). He is a graduate of the Lionel Hampton School of Music-University of Idaho.

    Michael's students have won multiple gold and silver medals at Musicfest Northwest, including concerto performances in the young artist division. He has had students go on to respected schools for bachelors and masters degrees, and his former students have themselves been hired to teach at the college level, including Gonzaga and SFCC.

    Both an acoustic guitar amplifier (L.R. Baggs A-Ref) and an acoustic guitar pickup (L.R. Baggs M1) designed with/around Michael's input have won MIPA awards (Musikmesse International Press Award; the "Grammy" of the Musical Instrument/ProAudio industry).  The M1 pickup, in particular, has been adopted by many players at the pinnacle of the pop/acoustic music industry, including Tom Petty, David Gilmore (Pink Floyd) Cold Play, Jakob Dylan, Old Crow Medicine Show, and Oasis, among others.

    In 1999, Michael was one of eight recipients selected nationally for Jim Beam Brand Worldwide's Benefiting Emerging Artists in Music grant.

    Steve Mortier, Voice

    Instructor of Voice
    Music Building #231
    Phone: (509)359-7074

    Steven Mortier, an American lyric baritone, is noted for his warmth of singing combined with bold dramatic interpretations and solid musicianship. In 2002, Mr. Mortier displayed his versatile talents by meeting the demands of a wide variety of genres. He performed Haydn's Mass in Time of War with the Oregon East Symphony, the Count in Le Nozze di Figaro with Rainier Lyric Opera, Don Quixote in The Man of La Mancha with Spokane Opera, a return to the Lake Charles Symphony for the King in The King and I and in Spokane he was heard in the March Messiah with the Spokane Symphony. Last season Mr. Mortier was heard singing for Gonzaga's 100th Year Bing Crosby Birthday Bash: A Cole Porter Celebration with the Mid-Columbia Symphony, the role of Brander in The Damnation of Faust with the Spokane Symphony and a return to Spokane Opera for the role of Leporello in their production of Don Giovanni. Other recent engagements include the title role of Rigoletto with the Lake Charles Symphony, Leporello in Don Giovanni with Tacoma Opera, a return to Mississippi Opera to perform Masetto in Don Giovanni and a Holiday Pops Concert featuring Bing Crosby tunes and The Reluctant Dragon with the Spokane Symphony.

    Mr. Mortier made his debut at Carnegie Hall in 1996 with the New England Symphonic Ensemble in Haydn's The Creation and at Lincoln Center with The National Chorale in The Messiah. Mr. Mortier then performed the role of the Traveler in Spoleto Festival USA's production of Curlew River, with Pittsburgh Opera in L'Elisir d'Amore as Dulca- mara, with Lake Charles Symphony in their fully staged production of Oklahoma as Curley, with Mississippi Opera as Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro and with Spokane Opera as the Count in Le Nozze di Figaro. He has also had staring roles with Tacoma Opera, Southern Utah University, and Tri-Cities Opera as well as Opera Grand Rapids.

    With such companies as Chautauqua Opera, Birmingham Opera, Opera Pacific and the Vallejo Symphony, he has sung leading roles in Don Giovanni, Madama Butterfly, Falstaff, The Bartered Bride, and The Tenderland, as well as a special production of Weill's Mahagonny led by Kent Nagano. Mr. Mortier is currently on the voice faculty at Eastern Washington University and has a private voice studio in Spokane.

    Cynthia Nasman

    Instructor of Music Education
    Phone: (509) 359-2241

    Cynthia Nasman has taught in the elementary school music classroom for over 20 years in Washington and California, and at the university level for 12 years in Washington and Indiana, with a special emphasis on world music and foundational skills and methods for both music and general classroom teachers.  Now living in Spokane, WA, she is finishing a Doctorate in Music Education at Indiana University with a dissertation on the preferences of elementary school students for world musics.

    Dr. Karen Noble, Music in the Humanities

    Professor of Music in the Humanities
    Music Building #233
    Phone: (509)359-6122

    Karen Noble is Professor of Music and Humanities at EWU. Her teach- ing responsibilities include vocal pedagogy, diction, and Music in the Humanities. She holds the BA degree summa cum laude in Vocal Performance from San Diego State University, and has done gradu- ate coursework in Music Education at UCLA, where she received the Sinatra Performance Award. She is an alumna of the Music Academy of the West, and holds the MM degree in Vocal Performance and the DMA degree in Opera Stage Direction from the University of Washing- ton, as well as the JD summa cum laude from Gonzaga Law School. She has studied voice with Martial Singher, Leon Lishner and Mary Curtis-Verna; her acting mentors have included former Broadway director Jack Sydow and opera director Boris Goldovsky.

    Dr. Noble began performing as featured vocal soloist in the San Diego Old Globe Theatre Shakespeare Festival. A regional winner of the San Francisco Opera Auditions, she has gone on to perform dozens of roles in operas, plays and musicals, as well as being an active recitalist, opera stage director and vocal adjudicator. She has been described as an exciting singing actress of"exceptional dramatic intensity, musicality and intelligence."
    In Eastern Washington, Dr. Noble has appeared as soprano soloist in the Messiah with the Spokane Chamber Orchestra and in several roles with Spokane Civic Theatre, including Aldonza in Man of La Mancha and Nettie in Carousel. Recently she portrayed the Mother Abbess (Sound of Music), Yente (Fiddler on the Roof), and Lady Bracknell (Importance of Being Earnest) in Coeur d'Alene; Frau Stube in Tacoma Opera's Pied Piper of Hamelin; Mama McCourt in Spokane Opera's Ballad of Baby Doe; the Old Prioress in Poulenc's Dialogues of the Carmelites with The Other Company; and the Wicked Witch in Wizard of Oz with Spokane Children's Theatre. Among her comic favorites have been Rosalinda (Die Fledermaus), Lady Billows (Albert Herring), and Katisha (Mikado). Most recently she played Madame Armfeldt in EWU's production of Sondheim's "A Little Night Music."

    When not involved in music or theatre, she spends time visiting Seattle, the Washington and Oregon coasts, and enjoying her home on the beautiful Spokane River and in Waldport, Oregon.

    Andy Plamondon, Trumpet

    Senior Lecturer of Trumpet
    Music Building #235
    Phone: (509)359-6905

    Andrew Plamondon completed a bachelor's degree in Music Education at Boise State University in 1984. He attended graduate studies at Indiana University from 1984-86 where he was a student of William Adam. Other teachers include Galindo Rodriguez, Armando Ghittalla, and John McNeil. Andy has been an active clinician, adjudicator and performer since moving to Spokane in 1987. He is a member and is often featured as a soloist with ensembles such as the Spokane Symphony, Spokane Jazz Orchestra, Bob Curnow Big Band, Clarion, and many others.

    In 2001 Andy was selected as a senior lecturer at Eastern Washington University where he teaches trumpet, brass and jazz courses, and directs student groups such as brass quintets, trumpet ensemble, and jazz ensembles. 
Mr. Plamondon has previously taught trumpet and jazz courses at Whitman, Gonzaga, Walla Walla, and Whitworth Universities.

    He has performed as a guest soloist with many symphonies, bands and chamber ensembles and has appeared as a soloist on recently released recordings by Clarion, Desifinado, The Bob Curnow Band, The Spokane Jazz Orchestra, and Casey MacGill and the Spirits of Rhythm. He teaches, performs and adjudicates at music festivals and camps throughout the US and Canada. Andy has performed and toured with many of the world's most well known and respected jazz, country, rock, pop, folk, and classical artists throughout the US and abroad. He regularly performs and writes music for a diverse array of small groups such as The Brass Works, Square Revolution, The Spokane Brass Quintet, Zephr, Desifinado, and Soul Proprietor, to name but a few. He and his family love Spokane and the Northwest. Travel, hiking, sports, and reading are his favorite hobbies.

    Kim Plewniak, Bass

    Bass Instructor
    Phone: (509)359-2225
    Website: Documents/

    Kim Plewniak is originally from Buffalo, NY. She received her Professional Studies and Master of Music degrees in Orchestral Performance from the Manhattan School of Music. While in Manhattan, she studied both with New York Philharmonic Bassist, Orin O'Brien, and associate principal bass from the Metropolitan Opera, Timothy Cobb. Her Bachelor of Music degree is from the Eastman School of Music where she tutored under double bass soloist, James VanDemark.

    Before living in Spokane, Ms. Plewniak performed professionally with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (NY), the Virginia Symphony (VA), the Lancaster Festival Orchestra (OH), and was principal bass of the Billings Symphony (MT). Her orchestral experiences have let her work under such distinguished conductors as Kurt Masur, Roger Norrington, Eji Oue and Jerzy Semkov. She has participated in summer festivals at the Pacific Music Festival (Japan), the National Orchestral Institute (MD), and played in the Heidelburg-Schlossfestspeile Opera Orchestra in Germany.

    At the present time, she maintains a large private bass studio and is an adjunct professor at both Eastern Washington University and Gonzaga University. During the summer, she teaches at the Red Lodge Music Festival in Montana. Ms. Plewniak is currently the assistant principal bass of the Spokane Symphony.

    Kristina Ploeger, Director of Choral Activities

    Associate Professor of Choral Activities
    Phone: (509)359-2330

    Kristina Ploeger is currently a full-time Associate Professor, serving as Director of Choral Activities at Eastern Washington University, and Artistic Director of the Spokane Area Youth Choirs (formerly the Spokane Area Children's Chorus). Previously in Spokane, Kristina taught Choral Methods at Gonzaga University and observed student teachers for Whitworth College as well as teaching Middle School Choir at St. George's School and High School Choir at West Valley High School in the Spokane Valley. Before moving to the Spokane area, she taught at Everett High School, Ephrata High School, and AC Davis High School.

    A member of ACDA, NAfME, and WMEA, Kristina has served on the WA ACDA Board in the multi-cultural, children's chorus, university and jazz R&S positions. She has presented numerous times for state and all-northwest MENC/WMEA conventions as well as seven WA-ACDA Summer Institutes. Directing Honor Groups and All-State Choirs in Washington, Oregon and Kentucky has given her the chance to work with a wonderful array of choristers and directors.

    She has earned degrees from Edmonds CC, CWU, and EWU; and is currently completing a DMA in Choral Conducting from the University of Kentucky where she studied with Dr. Jefferson Johnson and Dr. Lori R. Hetzel. In 2005, Kristina Ploeger was awarded the "Arts in Education Award" by the Spokane Arts Commission of the City of Spokane. In 2009, she was awarded Spokane's "YWCA Woman of Achievement in Arts and Culture Award." And, in 2010 the Spokane Area Children's Chorus, directed by Kristina, won the "Arts Organization Award" from the Spokane Arts Commission.

    Dr. Julia Salerno, Violin & Viola

    Lecturer of Violin and Viola
    Music Building #251
    Phone: (509)359-2340

    Julia Salerno serves as Professor of Violin and Viola at Eastern Washington University. Her accomplishments include winning first prize and the festival medal in the 2000 Seattle Young Artists Music Festival; national finalist for the String division of the 2001 MTNA collegiate competition; and being the String division Young Artist Winner of Musicfest Northwest in 2004. Salerno has also served as concertmaster of many orchestras, including three years at the University of Michigan. During their 2004 season, the UM orchestra made the GRAMMY Award winning recording of William Bolcom's Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience, conducted by Leonard Slatkin. Julia was concertmaster and a violin soloist in that recording.

    Ms. Salerno has been featured as a soloist with several orchestras, including the Walla Walla University Orchestra, Andrews University Orchestra, Northwest Philharmonia, Spokane Symphony, Ann Arbor Symphony, Southern Adventist University Symphony and, on three occasions, the Walla Walla Symphony. Julia also appeared with the Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra in Prague and presented a recital for their International Diplomat Series.

    While in Los Angeles, Julia enjoyed many other aspects of being a musician, including a small appearance in the 2009 movie The Soloist, the 2009 Academy Awards Governors Ball Orchestra, a PBS Documentary honoring Ella Fitzgerald, and performances with musicians like Stevie Wonder and Natalie Cole. She also participated in chamber performances with principal musicians from the Los Angeles Philharmonic and performed in the popular Classical Underground chamber music series with her USC piano trio.

    Julia started her musical training at age two. Her teachers have included Kathleen Spring, Margaret Pressley, Stephen Shipps, Lyndon Johnston-Taylor, and Martin Chalifour. Julia has been a scholarship student at several summer festivals including theEncore School for Strings, Indiana University Summer String Academy, and four years at the Meadowmount School of Music. Julia also enjoys teaching a wide range of students. During her years in Los Angeles, she taught privately as well as for theSouth Pasadena Strings Program and enjoyed seeing many of her students perform with their award-winning orchestra in CarnegieHall, on a PBS documentary, and in the 2010 Rose Bowl Parade.msuci

    Julia graduated with a DMA in Violin Performance from the University of Southern California in May 2010. She was awarded major scholarships for music study at the University of Michigan and University of Southern California, where she received her B.M. and M.M., respectively, in violin performance summa cum laude.

    Julia is thrilled to be living in the Northwest again with her husband, Tres, and their two cats. She is eager to meet and work with prospective students and would be pleased receive an email or call from anyone interested in violin/viola studies at Eatern Washington University.

    Bethany Schoeff, Oboe

    Instructor of Oboe
    Phone: (509)359-2241

    Bethany Schoeff received her Bachelor of Music Degree in Oboe Performance from The Lynn Conservatory of Music, formerly The Harid Conservatory, in 2001, where she studied with former Principal Oboe of the Florida Philharmonic, John Dee. She also received her Master of Music Degree in Oboe Performance & Minor of Music in Baroque Oboe Performance from Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music in 2008, where she studied with former Metropolitan Opera & St. Paul Chamber Orchestra Oboist Linda Strommen and Baroque Oboe Soloist Washington McClain.

    Bethany was Principal Oboist of the Veracruz Philharmonic in Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico, from 2001 to 2005 and during that time was also Professor of Oboe at the Superior Institute of Music. She has appeared as a Soloist with the Veracruz Philharmonic, The Florida Philharmonic Chamber Strings & won the concerto competition at the Sewanee Summer Music Festival in 1996. She was also a guest performer at the CrystalCathedralinLosAngeles,California. Asasubstitutemusician, she has performed as Principal Oboe for the Florida Philharmonic & Spokane Opera, Section Oboe, English Horn & Bass Oboe for the Spokane Symphony & the North Miami Beach Symphony. Bethany was also a substitute musician for the New World Symphony in Miami, Florida.

    As a chamber musician, the groups she has performed with include The Veracruz Woodwind Quintet, Mozart on a Summers Eve, Allegro Baroque and Beyond, & The Royal Fireworks 'Royal Band'. During her time in Florida she studied under Arthur Weisberg, Founder of the New York Woodwind Quintet & former Assistant Principal Bassoon of the Cleveland Orchestra. While living in Mexico, Bethany studied Alexander Technique privately with Professor Claudia Montero & also studied Spanish Language with Professor Joaquin Vargas. Bethany has participated in oboe & English horn masterclasses with Ray Still, Alex Klein, Thomas Stacy & Peter Cooper.

    Bethany is currently working as the Personnel Manager for the Spokane Symphony and is the proprietor a small business, Northwest Oboe Cane.

    Peter Shelley

    Music Theory, Lecturer
    Phone: 509.359.2241

    Peter Shelley teaches music theory for Eastern Washington University. He received his bachelor's degree in piano performance and mathematics from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and holds a Ph.D. in music theory from the University of Washington, where he completed a dissertation on early American minimalist music and sculpture under the supervision of Jonathan Bernard. Dr. Shelley's minimalist research emphasizes interdisciplinary approaches to the connections between music and sculpture that include art criticism, continental philosophy, feminist theory, and the history of emotions. He has also published an article on the work of Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari, and is currently expanding his research interests to include American hip hop. As a graduate student, Dr. Shelley taught introductory and core music theory at the University of Washington. After receiving his degree he went on to teach popular music for the Indiana University Comparative Literature Department. He has presented his research at regional conferences and internationally, and will be participating in a panel discussion on the philosopher Adriana Cavarero at this year's national joint meeting of the American Musicological Society and the Society for Music Theory.

    Scott Steed

    Jazz Bass Instructor
    Room #240
    Phone: (509)359-2241

    Scott was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and moved to San Francisco, California, in 1981. While living in San Francisco, Scott became one of the top calls for bass players in the S.F. jazz scene, playing with many of the finest local jazz musicians and well-known, visiting artists.

    In 1985, Scott won the bass chair in the Horace Silver Quintet and played with them for a year. After returnin, Scott continued to play with many of the most influential jazz players in S.F. such as Tee Carson, Richie Cole, Bobby Hutcherson, Bruce Forman, Joe Henderson, Vince Lateano, Mark Murphy, Kitty Margolis, and many other traveling musicians.

    In 1990, Scott became Bass Clinician for the Monterey Jazz Festival's Traveling Clinician Program and continues doing so.

    In 1993, Scott began became the bassits with legendary singer Joe Williams, which he continued to do until Joe's death in 1998. In 1997, Scott moved to the Portland area where he has been well received and works with many of great musicians there such as Gary Hobbs, Randy Porter, Dan Balmer, Mel Brown, Tony Pacini, Tom Grant, Rebecca Kilgore, and many others.

    In 2001,  Scott became the bass player and Music Director for the Diane Schuur group and performed with her until 2010.Scott's playing can be heard on many recordings and can also be seen at many of the Jazz Festivals around the world.

    In 2010, Scott moved from the Portland area to Spokane,Washington. In addition to teaching at EWU, he is the jazz bass instructor at Whitworth University in Spokane,WA. He also performs with several groups in Spokane.

    Earecka Tregenza, Harp Studies

    Harp Studies
    Phone: 509.359.2241

    Earecka Tregenza is an active performer throughout the Pacific Northwest, both as a soloist and orchestral musician. Ms. Tregenza is Principal Harp with the Spokane Symphony and performs as a substitute principal and extra harp with the Seattle Symphony, Seattle Opera and the Pacific Northwest Ballet. She is also regularly heard with her husband, violinist Jason Moody, as a part of Duo Zephyr.

    Ms. Tregenza has performed extensively in Europe and North America, and has appeared as a guest principal harp with the Houston Symphony, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and New World Symphony. Her music festival credits include fellowships at the Tanglewood Music Center, National Orchestral Institute, Aldeburgh Festival, Youth Orchestra of the Americas, Rome Festival, Round‐Top Festival Institute and the Texas Music Festival. She was a finalist in the ASTA/NSOA National Solo Competition, and a winner of the Alice Chalifoux Prize for artistic excellence at CIM.    

    Earecka Tregenza earned a Master of Music from Rice University, Shepherd School of Music and a Bachelor of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Following her graduation from Rice, she attended the Royal Conservatory of Music, Glenn Gould School. Her primary teachers have been Judy Loman, Paula Page, Yolanda Kondonassis, Alice Chalifoux, Marilyn Costello and Rebecca Lewis Wagner.

    A dedicated teacher, Earecka Tregenza is the harp faculty at Eastern Washington, Gonzaga and Whitworth Universities, and has served as a harp instructor at the Interlochen Summer Arts Camp in Interlochen, Michigan and the Michael P. Hammond Preparatory Program at Rice University.  

    Adam Wallstein

    Phone: 509-359-2241
    Percussion Instructor Adam Wallstein joined the Spokane Symphony as Principal Timpanist in the fall of 2002, after graduating from Boston University's College of Fine Arts that spring. Since 2004, he has also been the Timpanist for the Britt Festival Orchestra in Jacksonville, OR. Prior to his westward migration, Adam was a percussion fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center and the Timpanist for the National Repertory Orchestra. Having served on the faculty of the Marrowstone Music Festival, he maintains a private teaching studio in Spokane, where he lives with his wife, Alaina Bercilla.

    Dr. Randy Wagner, Vocal Studies/Opera Workshop

    Professor of Voice
    Music Building #206
    Phone: (509)359-7072

    Dr. Randel R. Wagner earned his Doctorate of Music in voice performance and pedagogy from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and his Master's degree from San Diego State University in choral conducting and voice performance. After completing a Bachelor of Music Education degree at Walla Walla College, Dr. Wagner taught choral and vocal music at the high school level in San Diego.

    After study at San Diego State University, he taught at the college level in Texas and Nebraska. Before accepting the position at EWU, he was on the voice faculty at Towson University in Baltimore, Maryland and was the Director of Choral Activities at Hammond High School in Columbia, Maryland. Dr. Wagner has a busy performing and conducting schedule. As a professional baritone he performed with the Seattle, Tacoma, Spokane and Coeur d'Alene Opera Companies.He was a freeland singer in San Francisco that included work with the San Francisco Opera. As a conductor, his work ranges from appearances at the Oregon Bach Festival and the N.W. Bach Festival to Musical Theater and the Spokane Civic Theater.

    He has presented recitals and master classes across the United States, in Europe and Asia. His awards include Regional Finalist, Metropolitan Opera Auditions; National Finalist, NATS Singer of the Year Competition; and the Nicolai Gedda Award, Music Academy of the West. He has worked with conductors Helmut Rilling, Robert Shaw, Roger Wagner, Paul Salamunovich, Joseph Flummerfelt, Howard Swan, Elmer Iseler, Sir David Willcocks, John Rutter, Jon Robertson, Bruce Ferden, Frank Almond, Gerard Schwarz, and Eduardo Müller. His voice teachers and coaches include Martial Singher, Gwendolyn Koldofsky, George Trovillo, Cornelius Reid, Marianna Busching, Armen Guzelimian, Maurice Allison, Julian Patrick, Ellen Mack, George Fiore, Elly Ameling and Ellen Faull.

    As a clinician, Dr. Wagner has conducted the Nebraska Honor Choir, the Archdiocese of Seattle Choral festival at Beniroyal hall, Festival of the Arts (Spokane), North Idaho Honor Choir Festival and the Montana Honor Treble Choir. As an adjudicator he has judged the Northwest Regional Metropolitan Opera Auditions, Oregon Choir Championships, state large ensemble choral festivals, and state solo and ensemble festivals in Washington, Idaho, and Oregon.

    Dr. Michael Waldrop, Percussion

    Associate Professor of Percussion
    Music Building #143
    Phone: (509)359-6120

    Dr. Michael Waldrop is Professor of Percussion at the Eastern Washington University. He teaches jazz drumset, classical percussion, percussion ensembles and percussion methods at EWU. He has a Bachelor's degree in percussion performance from the University of North Texas, a Masters in Jazz Studies from the University of Memphis, and a Doctorate in Performance from the University of North Texas. He has been a professional musician for the past 25 years.

    Dr. Waldrop's career has been extensive and varied, ranging from rock and jazz styles to performances with major symphonies in the United States and abroad. He was a member of the Grammy nominated One o'Clock Lab Band and recorded two CD's with the group and has been on several tours, including a European tour of the Broadway production of 42nd Street and a tour of Turkey with Prix di Rome prize-winning composer Kamran Ince and his ensemble. In addition, he has performed with Maureen McGovern, Della Reese, Randy Brecker, Marvin Stamm, the Nelson Riddle Orchestra, Eliane Elias and Slide Hampton. Dr. Waldrop was also a member of Blue Note recording artist Bob Belden's quartet. He has played and recorded with many of the greatest percussionists in the world including Gordon Stout, Nebojsa Zivkovic and Airto. He has played on many recording projects ranging from the Warner Bros. Movie "Christmas Vacation", a plethora of  jazz recordings and various chamber music projects.

    Dr. Waldrop was a member of a select group of 50 of the finest marimbists in the world chosen to represent the international Percussive Arts Society in a 50 member marimba orchestra to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the society in 2011.  He was recently featured on a 2014 CD with internationally renowned marimbist and member of the PAS Hall of Fame, Gordon Stout.   In 2015, Dr. Waldrop will release a CD of original music for big band on the Grammy nominated Origin label.  

    Dr. Waldrop was the Director of Jazz Studies and Percussion at Mesa State College in Colorado from 1999-2004. While in Colorado, he was Principal Percussionist with the Grand Junction Symphony as well as Director of the Western Colorado Jazz Orchestra.  He was the professor of percussion at the University of Toledo from 2004-2006 . While there he performed in the Faculty Jazz group with legendary jazz vocalist Jon Hendricks. He is a current member of Jack Cooper's Jazz Orchestra of the Delta based in Memphis. Dr. Waldrop recorded four CD's with the Bob Curnow band from 2006-09.

    Dr. Waldrop's former teachers include Robert Schietroma, Ron Fink, Henry Okstel, Greg Bissonnette, Ed Soph, Gordon Stout, Frank Shaffer, Keith Copeland, and master classes with Leigh Stevens. He is an endorser and clinician for Yamaha percussion instruments and Vic Firth sticks and mallets.He is available for clinics and performances in both jazz and classical percussion idioms.​

    Susan Windham, Voice

    Instructor of Voice
    Music Building #231
    Phone: (509)359-7074

    Hailed by one Austrian critic "the discovery of the evening . . ." Susan Windham combines dramatic intensity with beautiful, communicative singing. A graduate of Eastern Washington University, Ms. Windham is a proud to return to her alma mater as an adjunct professor of voice.

    Active in regional and local opera, Ms. Windham has performed lead roles in productions of Tosca, Merry Widow, Susannah, Amahl and the Night Visitors, Dia- logues of the Carmelites; and supporting roles in Han- sel and Gretel, La Traviate, Carmen, and Magic Flute. Her orchestral works include Verdi's Requiem, Mozart's Requiem, Bach's Christmas Oratorio, Mahler's Second Symphony and Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. She has performed locally with Zephyr, Connoisseur Concerts, the Westminster Chamber Orchestra, and the Spokane Symphony Orchestra.

    Ms. Windham has attended the University of Northern Iowa where she worked towards a master's degree in voice. Her teachers have included Dr. Ralph Manzo, Dr. Marietta Coyle, Carol Weber, Caryl Becker, and Elizabeth Colson. She has attended various vocal institutes and has recently studied with Dr. Doreen Rao, receiving her first year CME Certificate.

    Ms. Windham also teaches voice at the Holy Names Music Center. She has been employed by the Spokane Area Children's Chorus as conductor and accompanist and was a founding member of OOPS (Oatmeal Opera Players of Spokane), an opera education program that has delighted thousands of school children as well as adult audiences.

    Keith Whitlock

    Music in the Humanities instructor
    Phone: 509-359-2241

    Dr. Keith Whitlock is a new resident to Spokane, WA. He is currently an adjunct faculty member at Eastern Washington University where he teaches classes in advanced conducting and music appreciation. Before moving to Spokane, Dr. Whitlock was the Director of Music & Arts at First Presbyterian Church of San Diego. He received his BA in Music Theory from Point Loma Nazarene University, his MM degree in Choral Conducting from San Diego State University, and his DMA in Choral Conducting from the University of Southern California. He has studied conducting with Dr. Myron Tweed, Dr. Frank Almond and Dr. William Dehning among others.

    Dr. Whitlock taught vocal music at two high school choral programs in the Santa Barbara area before being offered a position as Director of Choral Activities at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona. While at GCU, Dr. Whitlock directed the University Chorale and the highly select chamber choir, The President's Singers, and taught courses in conducting, advanced rehearsal techniques, choral literature and private conducting lessons.

    Dr. Whitlock has been active in the choral community as an adjudicator and clinician for various high school and church choral festivals/competitions and has also been an invited guest conductor for oratorio and opera. He very much enjoys teaching and helping young or inexperienced conductors improve their conducting craft while encouraging them along their way. 

    Dr. Whitlock is committed to the pursuit of choral excellence at the very highest level and enjoys choral music from all eras. He is committed to the preservation, promotion and advancement of choral music to all generations of musicians and believes choral music is the highest artistic expression of humanity. 

    Dr. Whitlock has been happily married for twenty-two years and has two daughters ages nineteen and seventeen. He also enjoys surfing and racing his bicycle as hobbies.​

    Patrick Winters, Director of Bands

    Professor and Director of Bands
    Phone: (509)359-6129

    Patrick Winters is the Director of Bands and Professor of Music at Eastern Washington University where he conducts the EWU Wind Ensemble, teaches conducting, and courses in music education. Mr. Winters combines his broad experience as a university conductor and teacher with his experience as a successful high school director. His high school ensembles in Virginia and California achieved an impressive record of competitive and festival performances, as well as tours through the eastern and western United States, Canada, Mexico and Japan.

    Mr. Winters has established a band program at Eastern Washington University that is one of the finest and most active in the Northwest. Concert, marching and jazz groups regularly perform throughout the Northwest United States and Western Canada. His EWU Wind Ensemble's compact discs CELEBRATIONS and DANCES, SONGS & CELEBRATIONS have received wide acclaim. The group can also be heard on SOUNDSCAPES, PRISMS and MILLENIUM CD, the EWU Music Department's three compact discs.

    In 1994, Mr. Winters received the PTI Outstanding Faculty Award for excellence in teaching. In 1998, he was awarded the Washington Music Educator's Association Outstanding Music Educator Award. In 2000, he was inducted into the W.M.E.A. Hall of Fame. Mr. Winters' article "Building Ensemble Musicianship For Your Concert Band" appears in Spotlight On Teaching Band, published by M.E.N.C.

    Mr. Winters holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Elon University and a Master of Music Education degree from California State University. Mr. Winters is in demand throughout the country as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator, having appeared in 16 states and 5 foreign countries. Patrick lives in Spokane, Washington with his wife Joyce. They have three grown children--Brittany, Danica, and Zach.

    Sheila Woodward

    Chair and Director of Music Education
    Phone: (509)359-7073

    Dr. Sheila Woodward is Chair of Music and Associate Professor of Music at Eastern Washington University, USA. She is President of the International Society for Music Education and serves on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Music Education.

    She is a native of South Africa and earned her Ph.D. from the University of Cape Town and a Performer's Licentiate in Organ from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. She previously taught at the University of Southern California, the University of South Florida, and the University of the Western Cape.

    She has previously served on numerous professional boards; among them being two terms on the ISME Board of Directors (2004-2008), three terms on the ISME Early Childhood Music Education Commission (1992-1998, two as Chair), two terms on the NAfME Council for IN-ovations (2012-2014, one as Chair), and two terms on the NAfME Executive Board of the Society for General Music (2002-2006).

    Dr. Woodward's research focus is Music and Wellbeing. She explores this from before birth to adulthood, with studies on the fetus, neonate, premature infant, young child, at-risk youth, juvenile offender and adult musician. She has published numerous articles, in addition to chapters in Elliott's Praxial Music Education: Reflections and Dialogues (Oxford, 2005) and in Malloch and Trevarthen's Communicative musicality: Narratives of expressive gesture and being human (Oxford, 2009).

    She has been awarded generous grants to promote international exchange programs, bringing South African musicians to perform in the USA alongside students and professors, and she has directed numerous outreach programs in both countries.

    Wentao Xing

    Visiting Lecturer in Sound Engineering
    Phone: (509)359-2241

    Wentao Xing is a producer, audio engineer, video editor, composer, double bassist, electric bassist, pianist and vocalist, with experience in genres spanning classical, world, and popular music. She holds a Bachelor of Music Degree and Bachelor of Law Degree from Xiamen University and a Master's Degree in Music Technology from New York University.

    Her professional experience includes producing concerts at the United Nations Headquarters, Carnegie Hall, Smithsonian Museum, New York University, and the Manhattan School of Music. She worked as a recording engineer with ARF! Production, a company with credits on over 45 Grammy awards and nominated albums in New York. Other experience includes working as Recording Assistant to Leszek Wojcik, a leading recording engineer in classical music, and Recording Studio Manager in Carnegie Hall.

    Wentao's work focuses on the intersections between art, science and human expression. 

    Contact Information

    EWU Music Department
    119 Music Building
    Cheney, WA 99004

    phone: 509.359.2241
    fax: 509.359.7028

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