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Edward Benyas


Edward Benyas

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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 >>

Robert Jordan

Lecturer, Bassoon and Aural Skills

Robert Jordan

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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 >>

Richard Kelley

Assistant Professor, Saxophone and Jazz Studies

Richard Kelley

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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 >>

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 >>

Douglas Worthen

Assistant Professor, Flute and Music History

Douglas Worthen

218 Altgeld

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 >>