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Faculty

Study With Acclaimed Faculty and Accomplished Professionals

As a student at the Mary Pappert School of Music, you study with professors internationally acclaimed in their fields. Along with meeting the highest standards for teaching, faculty members have active musical careers outside the University, and many are renowned composers, arrangers, performers and members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Our faculty's diverse musical backgrounds create an exceptional learning environment. With a 4-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio, you're certain to receive the personal attention necessary to truly perfect your talents, whether your career aspirations are to be in front of an audience, in the recording studio or in a classroom or therapy setting.

Faculty

Alexander Technique

Knaub, Dr. Maribeth Adjunct Professor of Alexander Technique

Brass

Spang, Ron Chair of Brass
Crewe, Murray Adjunct Professor of Bass Trombone
Jones, Sean Associate Professor of Jazz Studies
Knox, Craig Adjunct Professor of Tuba
LaDuke, Lance Adjunct Professor of Euphonium
Lirette, Charles Adjunct Professor of Trumpet
Nova, James Adjunct Professor of Trombone
Rounds, Joseph Adjunct Professor of French Horn
Smith, Zachary Adjunct Professor of French Horn
Sullivan, Peter Adjunct Professor of Trombone
VanOuse, Philip Adjunct Professor of Tuba
Vosburgh, George Adjunct Professor of Trumpet

Conducting/Ensembles

Cameron, Dr. Robert Chair of Ensembles, Professor of Music and Director of Bands
Bush, Jeff Adjunct Professor, Jazz Workshop
Cannon, Craig G. Adjunct Professor of Music Education
Chapman, Michael Adjunct Professor of Classic Guitar; Director, Duquesne University Classic Guitar Ensemble
Guechev, Guenko Associate Professor and Chair of the Voice Department; Director of the Opera Workshop
Karsh, Kenneth Adjunct Professor of Guitar; Co-Director, Duquesne University Jazz Guitar Ensemble; Co-Director, Duquesne University Electronic Ensemble
Kocan, Jarrett Band Assistant
Koch, Mark Adjunct Professor and Chair of Jazz Guitar; Co-Director of the Duquesne University Jazz Guitar Ensemble
Kost, Josephine Adjunct Professor of Music; Director, Flute Choir
Kurth, Robert Assistant Director of Choral Organizations
Liu, Xiu-ru Adjunct Professor of Voice; Assistant Director of Opera Workshop
Pisula, Aaron Orchestra Assistant
Purse, Lynn Associate Professor of Music Technology; Co-Director, Duquesne University Electronic Ensemble
Rael, Eliseo Director of the Duquesne University Percussion Ensemble
Tomaro, Mike Professor of Music and Chair of Jazz Studies; Director, Duquesne University Jazz Ensemble
Turner, Jeffrey Director of Orchestral Activities; Adjunct Professor of Double Bass

Guitar

Purse, William Professor and Chair of Music Technology and Guitar
Chapman, Michael Adjunct Professor of Classic Guitar; Director, Duquesne University Classic Guitar Ensemble
Karsh, Kenneth Adjunct Professor of Guitar; Co-Director, Duquesne University Jazz Guitar Ensemble; Co-Director, Duquesne University Electronic Ensemble
Kikta, Thomas J. Assistant Professor of Music Technology and Classic Guitar
Koch, Mark Adjunct Professor and Chair of Jazz Guitar; Co-Director of the Duquesne University Jazz Guitar Ensemble
Mangone, Jeffrey Adjunct Professor of Double Bass / Bass Guitar
Negri, Joseph Adjunct Professor of Guitar
Stahurski, Brian Adjunct Professor of Bass Guitar and Jazz Studies
Zimmerman, R.J. Adjunct Professor of Guitar

Jazz

Tomaro, Mike Professor of Music and Chair of Jazz Studies; Director, Duquesne University Jazz Ensemble
Bickel, Ronald E. Adjunct Professor of Jazz Piano
Budway, Maureen Adjunct Professor of Voice
Bush, Jeff Adjunct Professor, Jazz Workshop
Johnson, James Adjunct Professor of Jazz Studies
Jones, Sean Associate Professor of Jazz Studies
Karsh, Kenneth Adjunct Professor of Guitar; Co-Director, Duquesne University Jazz Guitar Ensemble; Co-Director, Duquesne University Electronic Ensemble
Koch, Mark Adjunct Professor and Chair of Jazz Guitar; Co-Director of the Duquesne University Jazz Guitar Ensemble
Mangone, Jeffrey Adjunct Professor of Double Bass / Bass Guitar
Negri, Joseph Adjunct Professor of Guitar
Rogers, Leonard Adjunct Professor of Percussion
Stahurski, Brian Adjunct Professor of Bass Guitar and Jazz Studies

Music Education

Doerksen, Dr. Paul F. Chair of Music Education, Associate Professor of Music Education
Benham, Dr. Stephen Associate Professor of Music Education; Director of Graduate Studies
Bowman, Dr. Judith Professor of Music Education and Music Technology
Buetzow, David Adjunct Professor of Music Education
Cannon, Craig G. Adjunct Professor of Music Education
Erb, Candace Adjunct Professor of Music Education
Gatch, P.J. Adjunct Professor of Music Education
Hoydich, George Adjunct Professor of Music Education
Kurth, Robert Assistant Director of Choral Organizations
Pollard, Rachel Adjunct Professor of Music Education
Purse, William Professor and Chair of Music Technology and Guitar
Riley, Sr. Carole Anne, C.D.P., Ph.D. Professor of Piano and Music Education
Sanders, Linda Adjunct Professor of Music Therapy and Music Education
Whitcomb, Dr. Rachel Assistant Professor of Music Education
Woten, David Adjunct Professor of Music Education

Music Technology

Purse, William Professor and Chair of Music Technology and Guitar
Bowman, Dr. Judith Professor of Music Education and Music Technology
Buckley, Brian Adjunct Professor of Composition
Burke, Dr. Patrick Assistant Professor of Composition and Music Technology
Dorman, Michael Adjunct Professor of Music Technology
Dudt, Jay Adjunct Professor of Music Technology
Gunnell, Jonathan Adjunct Professor of Music Technology, Lab Manager
Karsh, Kenneth Adjunct Professor of Guitar; Co-Director, Duquesne University Jazz Guitar Ensemble; Co-Director, Duquesne University Electronic Ensemble
Kikta, Thomas J. Assistant Professor of Music Technology and Classic Guitar
Naus, Jesse Adjunct Professor of Music Technology
Purse, Lynn Associate Professor of Music Technology; Co-Director, Duquesne University Electronic Ensemble
Rodriguez, Francisco Adjunct Professor of Music Technology

Music Therapy

Abbott, Dr. Elaine, Ph.D., FAMI, MT-BC Assistant Professor and Chair of Music Therapy
Benkovitz, Deborah, M.S.W., L.S.W., MT-BC Adjunct Professor of Music Therapy
Miller, Robert G. H., M.S., MT-BC Adjunct Professor of Music Therapy
Mull, Jessica, MT-BC Adjunct Professor of Music Therapy
Pavlik, Sr. Charleen Marie, Ph.D, M.S.W., L.S.W., MT-BC Adjunct Professor of Music Therapy
Sanders, Linda, MRE, MT-BC Adjunct Professor of Music Therapy
Sutton, Brigette, MA, MT-BC Adjunct Professor of Music Therapy

Musicianship

Wiskus, Dr. Jessica Associate Professor and Chair of Musicianship
Binder, Dr. Benjamin Assistant Professor of Music
Burke, Dr. Patrick Assistant Professor of Composition and Music Technology
Chou, Sarana Adjunct Professor of Musicianship
Mroziak, Jordan Coordinator of Student Services; Adjunct Professor of Musicianship
Nagy, Dr. Zvonimir Assistant Professor of Music
Ozah, Sr. Marie Agatha, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology
Raevens, John Associate Professor of Music
Sheehan, Dr. Joseph Assistant Professor of Composition
Socrates, Ryan Adjunct Professor of Musicianship

Organ/Sacred Music

Labounsky, Dr. Ann Professor and Chair of Organ and Sacred Music
Cornelius-Bates, Benjamin Adjunct Professor of Organ and Sacred Music

Percussion

Stephan, Edward Adjunct Professor and Chair of Percussion
Allen, Christopher Adjunct Professor of Percussion
Pegher, Lisa Adjunct Professor of Percussion
Rael, Eliseo Adjunct Professor of Percussion
Reamer, Andrew Adjunct Professor of Percussion
Rogers, Leonard Adjunct Professor of Percussion
Soroka, John Adjunct Professor of Percussion

Piano

Burky, Kenneth Professor and Chair of Piano, Director of Undergraduate Studies
Bennett, Mary Lynne Adjunct Professor of Piano
Bickel, Ronald E. Adjunct Professor of Jazz Piano
Riley, Sr. Carole Anne, C.D.P., Ph.D. Professor of Piano and Music Education
Rollett, Rebecca Adjunct Professor of Music, Harpsichord
Snitkovsky, Natasha Adjunct Professor of Piano
Tchakarian, Anoush Adjunct Professor of Piano
Wehr, David Allen Professor of Piano; Jack W. Geltz Distinguished Piano Chair

Strings

Stegeman, Charles Associate Professor and Chair of Strings; Chair of Performance
Gingras-Roy, Marylène Adjunct Professor of Viola
Howard, Micah Adjunct Professor of Double Bass
Liu, Adam Adjunct Professor of Cello, Artist in Residence
Mangone, Jeffrey Adjunct Professor of Double Bass / Bass Guitar
Stegeman, Rachel Adjunct Professor of Violin
Turner, Jeffrey Director of Orchestral Activities; Adjunct Professor of Double Bass
Van Hoesen, Gretchen Adjunct Professor of Harp

Voice

Guechev, Guenko Associate Professor and Chair of the Voice Department; Director of the Opera Workshop
Beylin, Inessa Vocal Coach
Budway, Maureen Adjunct Professor of Voice
Donohue Burns, Patricia Adjunct Professor of Voice; Coordinator of Accompanying Services
Gruber, Sari Adjunct Professor of Voice
Liu, Xiu-ru Adjunct Professor of Voice, Assistant Director of Opera Workshop
Moyer, John Adjunct Professor of Voice, Vocal Coach
Pinza, Claudia Adjunct Professor of Voice

Woodwinds

Houlik, James Professor and Chair of Woodwinds
Bell, Scott Adjunct Professor of Oboe & Chamber Music
Bursill-Hall, Damian Adjunct Professor of Flute
Conner, Jennifer Adjunct Professor of Flute
Gorton, James Adjunct Professor of Oboe
Howell, Jack Adjunct Professor of Clarinet
Kenny, Rhian Adjunct Professor of Flute / Piccolo
Kost, Josephine Adjunct Professor of Music & Director of Flute Choir
Lauver, Eric Adjunct Professor of Saxophone
Pandolfi, Philip Adjunct Professor of Bassoon
Samuels, Ron Adjunct Professor of Clarinet
Tomaro, Mike Professor and Chair of Jazz Studies; Director, Duquesne University Jazz Ensemble

Professors Emeriti

Beck, Sr. Donna Marie, Ph.D., FAMI, MT-BC Professor Emerita
Jordanoff, Christine Professor Emerita
Shankovich, Dr. Robert Professor Emeritus
Stock, David Professor Emeritus
Wilson, Dr. John Professor Emeritus