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Robert Allison

Visiting Associate Professor

Robert Allison

Old Baptist Foundation, Room 216
rallison@siu.edu
618-453-5807

Robert Allison hails from Memphis, Tennessee, and is Associate Professor of Trumpet and Jazz Studies at Southern Illinois University. He has also taught at Millikin University and the Latvian National Conservatory in Riga, Latvia. Besides fulfilling his teaching duties, Dr. Allison is active as a recitalist ...read full profile >>

Michael Barta

Professor

Michael Barta

Altgeld 021
barta@siu.edu
618-453-5805

Education 1965-1969: Béla Bartók Music Conservatory, Budapest, Hungary 1969-1975: Franz Liszt Academy (University), Budapest, Hungary, Degree with Highest Honors as an Artist/Teacher 1975: post-graduate study with Arthur Grumiaux, Belgium Prizes and Honors 1971: Semi-finalist at the Wieniawski ...read full profile >>

Edward Benyas

Professor

Edward Benyas

118D Altgeld
benyas@siu.edu
618-453-5834

Edward Benyas is Professor of Oboe and Conducting at SIU Carbondale, Music Director of the Southern Illinois Symphony, the New Chicago Chamber Orchestra—with which he made his European conducting debut—and founder and Artistic Director of the Southern Illinois Music Festival, which ...read full profile >>

Philip Brown

Professor

Philip Brown

210 Altgeld
phibrown@siu.edu
618/453-5812

Composer, jazz artist, and music educator, Philip Brown, is Professor Emeritus of Double Bass and Jazz Studies at Southern Illinois University. His performance career has included occasional dates with first-line jazz artists, as well as full-time seasons with professional symphony orchestras. Based in southern ...read full profile >>

George Brozak

Director of Athletic Bands, Assistant Director of Bands

George Brozak

Altgeld 118B

gbrozak@siu.edu

618-453-2776

George Brozak begins his fifth year as Director of Athletic Bands in the School of Music at Southern Illinois University. A native of Ohio, Brozak received his Bachelor of Music in Music Education and Master of Music in Music Education Degrees from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio and an Ed.D. in Music ...read full profile >>

Christopher Butler

Lecturer

Christopher Butler
Altgeld 011
cbutler@siu.edu

 Dr. Christopher Butler is currently a Lecturer in Percussion at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He proudly endorses Marimba One as an Educational Artist.  Dr. Butler completed his doctorate in percussion performance at the University of Kentucky in ...read full profile >>

Jessica Butler

Lecturer

Jessica Butler

Altgeld 241
j.butler@siu.edu

Originally from Georgia, Jessica D. Butler is currently a Lecturer in Low Brass and Music History at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. She achieved her BM in trombone performance at Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia where she studied with Dr. Bradley Palmer. Dr. Butler completed both ...read full profile >>

Susan Davenport

Director of Choral Activities, Associate Professor, Associate Dean of Liberal Arts

Susan Davenport

108 Altgeld
sgds@siu.edu
618-453-5800

Susan Davenport is Director of Choral Activities and Associate Professor of Music in the School of Music. She is also the Associate Dean for Students and Curricular Affairs in the College of Liberal Arts at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. In the School of Music, Dr. Davenport conducts the Concert ...read full profile >>

David Dillard

Voice Area Coordinator, Associate Prof. in Voice Baritone

David Dillard

Old Baptist Foundation, Room 111
618/453-5823
ddillard@siu.edu

Baritone David Dillard enjoys a career that encompasses both teaching and performing. Now in his twelfth year at Southern Illinois University, Dr. Dillard teaches applied voice, lyric diction, opera history, and voice pedagogy. Professionally, he appears most summers at Union Avenue Opera and the Southern ...read full profile >>

Timothy Fink

Professor

Kathleen Ginther

Altgeld Room 208 
tjfink@siu.edu

Tim Fink serves as head of the opera and music theater area in the School of Music. He has also served for 10 years as Artistic/Co-General Director of the McLeod Summer Playhouse, the professional summer stock hosted by SIUC. Tim's teaching duties include Lyric Theater Ensemble, Musical Theater History, ...read full profile >>

Maria V. Johnson

Associate Professor

Maria Johnson

OBF 215

mariavj@siu.edu

618-453-2073

Maria Johnson is Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology in the School of Music at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale where she regularly teaches two CORE Curriculum courses-- Music 203 - Diversity & Popular Music in American Culture and Music 303I - Women, Blues & Literature, offers topics ...read full profile >>

Robert D. Jordan

Lecturer, Bassoon and Aural Skills

Robert Jordan

Altgeld 242

Dr. Robert D. Jordan, served as a bassoonist with the United States Air Force Bands for over twenty years. In that capacity, he presented recitals, master classes, and was a frequently featured soloist on tours throughout the United States and Europe. He is a recipient of the prestigious Colonel Findlay R. ...read full profile >>

Yuko Kato

Associate Professor, Keyboard Area Coordinator

Yuko Kato

Altgeld Hall, Room 206
yukokato@siu.edu

Yuko Kato has performed as a soloist and collaborative musician in the United States and internationally. She has performed recitals at The Banff Centre in Canada, at Musiksalon Erfurt in Austria, and in various music festivals, including the Friday Recital Series at Carleton University in ...read full profile >>

Richard Kelley

Assistant Professor, Saxophone and Jazz Studies

Richard Kelley

Altgeld 022
kelley2@siu.edu

Dick Kelley is currently Assistant Professor of Saxophone and Director of Jazz Studies at Southern Illinois University.  As an active performer both nationally and internationally, Dr. Kelley has been fortunate to perform throughought North America, France, Italy, the Dominican Republic and Mexico as ...read full profile >>

Isaac Lausell

Assistant Professor

Dr. Lausell leads the guitar program at SIUC School of Music where he joined the faculty in the Fall 2012. At SIUC Lausell teaches classical and jazz guitar, Fretboard harmony, Guitar ensembles, Sight-reading for guitar, Studio class, History of fretted instruments, and plays with the Jazz ensemble in ...read full profile >>

Junghwa Lee

Associate Professor

Junghwa Lee

216 Altgeld
jlee@siu.edu
618-453-5816

Pianist Junghwa Lee, a native of Korea, performs actively in solo recitals, chamber concerts and lecture recitals, and has frequently appeared in concerto performances as a soloist including those with the Korean Symphony Orchestra, Salina Symphony Orchestra, Hutchinson Symphony Orchestra and Greeley Philharmonic ...read full profile >>

Eric Lenz

Associate Professor

Eric Lenz

212 Altgeld
lenz@siu.edu
618-453-5806

Eric Lenz, D.M.A., is Associate Professor of Cello at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.   On faculty at SIU since 2003, Lenz teaches studio cello and chamber music, in addition to courses in harmony, analysis and counterpoint. A tenured member of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Lenz ...read full profile >>

Eric Mandat

Professor, Distinguished Scholar

Clarinetist and composer Eric Mandat is internationally recognized for his groundbreaking contributions to contemporary clarinet music. The Chicago Reader states, "Mandat is exploring new worlds...with a unique combination of virtuosity and a creative use of multiphonics...he uses them to create highly ...read full profile >>

Paula Melton

Community Outreach Director

Paula Melton, a violin scholarship recipient and graduate of the University of Illinois, studied with John Kendall at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville (SIUE) during high school.  At the graduate level, Paula completed extensive long-term Suzuki training with John Kendall at SIUE. A ...read full profile >>

Christopher Morehouse

Associate Professor, Director of Bands, Acting Director of Graduate Studies, School of Music

Christopher Morehouse

Altgeld 118
cmoreh@siu.edu
(618) 453-5041 Office
(618) 453-2776 University Bands/Orchestra Office

Christopher Morehouse is Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Music at Southern Illinois University, where he serves as conductor of the SIU Wind Ensemble, teaches undergraduate and graduate conducting, wind literature, and instrumental methods, and administers the entire university bands program. ...read full profile >>

Jennifer Presar

Senior Lecturer

A West Virginia native, Jennifer Presar currently is Instructor of Horn and Music Theory at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She holds a BM in theory and composition from the University of Illinois and a MM in horn performance from West Virginia University where she is currently working on her DMA. Her ...read full profile >>

James Reifinger

Coordinator of Music Education

James Reifinger

Altgeld 302   
reifinger@siu.edu
618-453-2843

James L Reifinger, Jr. is Coordinator of Music Education at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in music education and supervises student teachers.  He earned a Doctorate in Music Education at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of ...read full profile >>

Metiney Suwanawongse Moore

Lecturer

Metiney Suwanawongse Moore instructs Viola in the School of Music, and is Director of Southern Illinois Civic and Junior Orchestras at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.  She has a BM in violin performance and a MM in viola performance, both from Southern Illinois University ...read full profile >>

Elizabeth Thompson

Lecturer

Elizabeth Thompson

Altgeld 103

elizabeth.thompson@siu.edu

618-536-8742

Elizabeth Thompson, DMA, began her singing career as a mezzo-soprano but in more recent years has been noted for her warm and ringing soprano voice. Based in the Midwest, Dr. Thompson is an active performer with repertoire spanning the operatic stage, concert halls, and recital venues, recently making her ...read full profile >>

Arlene Transue

Lecturer

Altgeld 207 
atransue@siu.edu
618-453-5801

ARLENE TRANSUE spent four seasons with the Ohio Light Opera appearing as the title role in Rose Marie, Fiorella in The Brigands, Rose Maybud in Ruddigore, Caslida in The Gondoliers, Arsena in The Gypsy Baron, Yum-Yum in The Mikado, Mercury ...read full profile >>

Christopher Walczak

Assistant Professor, Music Theory and Composition

Christopher Walczak

Altgeld 022

Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and provoked by a family of passionate and latitudinous overachievers, creating music has been a part of everyday life for Christopher Walczak from kindergarten afternoons until the present.  Many years and three degrees later, Christopher finds himself reconciling the ...read full profile >>

Douglas Worthen

Assistant Professor, Flute and Music History

Douglas Worthen

218 Altgeld
618-453-5832
worthen@siu.edu

Since joining the SIUC School of Music faculty in 2008, Douglas Worthen has performed numerous concerts in the United States and abroad, and released two commercially available recordings. Highlighting his performance career, Worthen was invited to join the Lucerne Festival Strings (Switzerland) on three ...read full profile >>