Faculty Biographies

Dr. Paul S. Carter, Associate Professor,
Survey of Music Theory I and II, Music 170B, Aural Skills, Counterpoint and Seminar in Current Pop Music Theory


Year Hired: 2002

Tenure Status: Tenured 2009

Degrees Earned:
Ph.D. in Music Theory, Cognate in Composition from College-Conservatory of Music,
University of Cincinnati (2004)
M.M. in Music Theory from The University of Massachusetts
B.A. Music Theory and Applied Piano from Allegheny College

Carter is a writer of and about music who also plays piano, guitar and sings. He has musical experience in many styles including pop, rock, jazz, folk and classical. Paul's major thrust is music theory and its pedagogy, which he teaches along with musicianship and technology. Paul earned the BA in music from Allegheny College, Meadville PA; the Master of Music from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; and the Ph.D. in music theory from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. The title of his dissertation is "Retrogressive Harmonic Motion as structural and stylistic characteristic in Pop-Rock Music." Papers he has given at regional and national conferences include: "Slash Chord Analysis in Jazz-Rock Fusion: Toward an Analysis of the Music of Steely Dan," and "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Musical Space: Developing the Art of Music Transcription." Along with class room and lab teaching, Mr. Carter enjoys advising the Music Industry Program's a cappella group "Hooked on Tonics."


Mr. William Farrish, Adjunct Lecturer Applied Music,
Jazz Guitar and Aural Skills.


BM Jazz Performance , Five Towns College,  NY 1992
AA Jazz Performance, Five Towns College, NY 1988

Mr. Farrish graduated Five Towns College with degrees in Jazz Performance with honors. As a student he was the recipient of the Tiny Grimes Memorial Scholarship for jazz guitar, received two Awards for Excellence in Jazz Performance and was inducted into the Phi Sigma Eta Honors Society for his academic achievements in music.

Bill  has performed and or recorded as a leader in various groups ranging in size from solo to quintet and also released five CD’s for MCR Records. His music has been featured on several radio broadcasts in Europe the Far East and South America. In the early 1990’s Bill’s music held the top 20 positions in the Jazz Charts on the former mp3.com for an unprecedented 3yrs. Which helped bring his music to the attention of MCR Records and an international audience.

As a sideman Bill has perfromed with Bernard Purdie, David Garibaldi, Arthur Prysock, Ray Alexander, Jimmy Halperin, Cecil Bridgewater, Kiku Collins, Dave Ambrosio, Peter Rogine, Steve Kenyon, Tony Romano and Off-Broadway productions of  The Man of LaMancha, Lil’ Shop of Horrors, Hair and Tapestry. Session work for gold and platinum recording engineer Remo Leomporra Jr, the bands StrangeColud, QCC, Kim Novak and others.

Television credits include: Bea Moss Productions and The Carl Bruno Show – TCI Cable, TV.,  featured artist in the independently released production “An Evening with Bill Farrish” by Raven Productions, QPTV. composer of the theme and incidental music for The Park, Eun Kyung Show– Radio Seoul, Flushing NY.
As an educator Bill maintains a private teaching studio and currently teaches  advanced guitar courses at SUNY Oneonta.


Mr. Blake Fleming, Adjunct Lecturer Applied Music,
Advanced Drumset.


Blake Fleming started drumming at age 8, and spent several years in fife and drumming corps, bagpipe bands, jazz bands, orchestras, etc. While in the Alton Colonial Fife and Drum Corps, Blake studied with the East Coast Rudimental Snare Drum Champion from West Point, Jerry Whitaker. His first band was Dazzling Killmen, which he co-founded at age 15. The Killmen toured the US extensively, recording a handful of singles, two full-length studio albums, and one live album (Skin Graft/Touch and Go Records). They worked closely with Jeff Tweedy (Wilco, Uncle Tupelo) and Steve Albini (Nirvana, The Pixies, PJ Harvey) and shared the stage with Fugazi, The Jesus Lizard, Neurosis, Helmet, Uncle Tupelo, Sleep, Shellac, Agent Orange, The Bad Livers and Jim O'Rourke.

Dazzling Killmen’s sophomore studio album, Face of Collapse, was named Heaviest Album of the 90s Decade by Alternative Press Magazine, the criteria for which included the dexterity of the rhythm section.

In 1996, he toured the US with the Japanese progressive punk band Zeni Geva and shared late night greek food with Jello Biafra and cheese sandwiches with Eddie Vedder. Afterward, he moved from St. Louis to New York City and formed the influential instrumental quartet Laddio Bolocko. Laddio Bolocko independently recorded and produced three studio albums. Laddio toured the US and Europe numerous times and gave Fleming the reputation of being a master drummer both in the US and Europe.

After Laddio, he moved to Los Angeles and co-founded The Mars Volta in 2001 and recorded their debut single for Grand Royal (The Beastie Boys’ Record Label). He also drummed on Omar Rodriguez-Lopez's solo albums 'A Manual Dexterity: Soundtrack Volume 1' and 'Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fungus'. He then returned to New York City to form Electric Turn To Me and toured the US and Europe extensively.

He rejoined The Mars Volta after drummer Jon Theodore's departure in June of 2006. Blake appeared with the Mars Volta on the Henry Rollins Show on the Independent Film Channel. After playing a sold-out arena tour opening for the Red Hot Chili Peppers throughout the US and Canada, Fleming returned to New York City, devoting his time to teaching and session work with artists, including Evan Dando (Lemonheads), Gibby Haynes (Butthole Surfers), The Ropes (Fleming drummed on their 2008 L.P. "What They Do For Fun" which was 15 in the ABC News top 50 Albums of 2008), Kim Taylor (NPR Artist of the Month), The Rollo Treadway, Father Divine, and Israel Nash Gripka.

Blake has also composed soundtracks and performed for video artist Janet Biggs. Their collaborations have been featured at the Art Basel Festival in Miami (where he performed solo drumset poolside with Olympic synchronized swimmers); The Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, SC; Solomon Projects in Atlanta, GA; Smack Mellon in Brooklyn, NY; The Johnson Museum at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY; The Mint Museum of Art Permanent Collection, Charlotte, NC; International Video Art Fair, Barcelona, Spain; The European Media Art Festival, Osnabrueck, Germany; North Sea Film Festival for Underwater Movies, the Hague, Netherlands; and the Claire Oliver Gallery, New York, NY.

In October of 2009, Blake embarked on a two week tour of the U.K. and the Netherlands, playing major festivals and appearing on the BBC and Netherlands television with NYC singer/songwriter, Israel Nash Gripka.

Blake is proud to be an endorser for Truth Custom Drums, Vic Firth Drumsticks and Mallets, Meinl Cymbals, and DW Hardware.

Blake has taught over 200 students in the past twenty years, ranging in age from 5 years old to fifty.

Currently he keeps a tight schedule of studio work and live performances in addition to focusing on his new band FUTURE BY NOW.

Read more: http://www.myspace.com/vultureamerica

Dr. Ana Laura Gonzáles serves as instructor of flute at SUNY Oneonta since 2016 and at Hartwick College since 2011. She is a native of Argentina and her repertoire spans from classical to contemporary music, with an emphasis on academic music from her home land. Her dissertation “European Cosmopolitanism to Folkloricism” analyzed elements of nationalistic language in earlier Argentinean academic music to the pure expression of traditional elements in flute music by Amancio Alcorta, Alberto Williams, and Angel Lasala. She has also been published in the Flutist Quarterly.

Dr. González holds a D.M.A. from the University of Arizona, a M.M. from Ohio University, and a BM from the National Conservatory of Buenos Aires (IUNA). As an orchestral player, she has appeared with the Utica Symphony, Irving Symphony in Dallas, Texas, the Nueva Leon, Symphony Orchestra in Monterrey, Mexico, the Arizona Chamber Artists and the Arizona Repertory Theatre Orchestra in Tucson, and the Camerata Exaudi in Buenos Aires.

She has been a member of many chamber music ensembles, among them the Elision Quintet, the Shimmering Silver Flute Quartet, the Artemise Quartet, and the Seven Degrees Flute Quartet. Recent performances include the National Flute Association convention in New Orleans, Louisiana, the Mid-Atlantic flute festival in Washington DC, the Museum of Latin American Art in Buenos Aires, Delta State University in Mississippi, and the Conservatory of Junin in Argentina. She has also performed at many music festivals including the National Flute Association conventions of Nashville, San Diego, Albuquerque and Kansas City, The Opera in the Ozarks at Inspiration Point, Chamber Music in Sedona, Music on the Edge in Highland Heights, Kentucky, and Music from Japan Today in Baltimore, MD.


Dr. Julie Licata
, Associate Professor,


Year Hired: 2008

Tenure Status: Eligible 2015

Degrees held:
B.M. in Performance from Capital University (2002)
M.M. in Performance from University of South Carolina (2005)
D.M.A. in Performance from University of North Texas (2009)

Dissertation: “Physical Gesture, Spatialization, Form and Transformation in Watershed I/IV, for Solo Percussion and Real-Time Computer Spatialization by Roger Reynolds”

Julie Licata has served as Assistant Professor of Music at State University of New York, College at Oneonta since the fall of 2008. At Oneonta, Julie teaches ensembles and private lessons that span a wide range of percussion instruments and styles, including West African drumming, Indonesian Gamelan, Brazilian Samba, solo marimba, orchestral percussion and drum set. Specific ensembles taught include the World Percussion Ensemble and the Classical Percussion Ensemble, as well as the SUNY Oneonta Drum Line (a.k.a The Drag'n Rolls). Julie also regularly teaches Music Cultures of the World and Music for Listeners, a survey of Western classical music.
Julie's current performance and research focus lies in contemporary music performance, specifically solo and chamber percussion music with interactive computer processing. Her doctoral dissertation, entitled  “Physical Gesture, Spatialization, Form and Transformation in Watershed I/IV, for Solo Percussion and Real-Time Computer Spatialization by Roger Reynolds” includes several analytical approaches demonstrated through embedded video excerpts of her performances of Watershed IV.  The document also includes lengthy interviews with Roger Reynolds, Steven Schick and her musical partner/engineer, Greg Dixon.  Interviews topics range from the creation and performance of Watershed to the preservation of electronic music. As an advocate and active performer of new music, Julie has developed relationships with many great composers, premiering and commissioning numerous works over the last ten years by composers such as Thomas Licata, Greg Dixon, Chapman Welch and Scott Comanzo. Significant recent performances include: Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS), International Computer Music Conference (ICMC), New Music Focus Week at SUNY Oneonta, New Genre Festival in Tulsa, Oklahoma, NOW Music Festival at Capital University and numerous performances at the Center for Experimental Music and Intermedia at the University of North Texas.
In addition to contemporary music performance, Julie is also active in the field of ethnomusicology.  Julie spent the summer of 2008 performing, recording and transcribing traditional drumming of the Ewe people in the Volta Region of Ghana.  These transcriptions and recordings are invaluable tools used in her classes every semester.  She is planning to travel to Indonesia in the next few years to expand her repertoire of traditional gamelan music.


Mr. Robert Lipari, Adjunct Lecturer Applied Music,
Percussion Ensemble, Advanced Percussion, Arranging for Drumset and Rock Combo.


Degrees Earned: B.A in Film Scoring from Berklee College of Music

In addition to his work as a percussion, Robert is schooled in guitar, composition, orchestration and arranging, He performs and records regularly with various ensembles and bands including The Swindlers and Eye Jazz Eye. He has written and recorded original scores for various student films and documentaries including "Winter '44," "Roses in December: The Son of Mohegan Island" and "The Birds." He is currently working on an instructional book entitled "The Timekeeping System" and a textbook entitled "Arranging for Drumset."

Visit Professor Lipari's Personal Website


Mr. Brett Masteller, Lecturer


Degrees Earned:
B.A. in Music from the State University of New York at Buffalo (2000)
M.A. in Music from the State University of New York at Buffalo (2004)

Mr. Masteller is a composer, audio engineer, and sound designer. He has held teaching positions at Northwestern University, The Illinois Institute of Art: Chicago, Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy, College of DuPage, Canisius College, and SUNY at Buffalo. As a composer, his work focuses on electroacoustic and interactive computer music that employs the use of multi-channel playback systems. He has had performances of his music in the U.S., Spain, and Australia. Mr. Masteller currently holds the position of Lecturer and teaches courses in the Audio Arts Production program.


Dr. Stephen Markuson, Adjunct Lecturer Applied Music,
American Musical Theatre, History of Rock Music, Advanced Applied Voice Class, Western Music to 1750 andProgressive Rock Music / History of Country Music.


Degrees Earned:
Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the State University of New York at Fredonia
Masters Degree in Performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music and the University of Rochester

Stephen Markuson has performed extensively throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe in opera, oratorio, operetta, and recital. In addition he is known in the United States for his theatrical portrayals of American Musical Theatre. In addition to his performing, Dr. Markuson is a Professor of music history at the State University of New York at Oneonta, Hartwick College (New York State,) and the State University College of Technology at DELHI, New York, teaching courses in Classical and Popular music. He is active and recognized as a vocal pedagogue in private and class situations and is a member of Phi Kappa Lambda, Alpha Psi Omega, and Sinfonia, as well as the Music Educators National Conference.


Mr. Richard Mollin, Adjunct Lecturer,
R&B Band, Jazz Improvisation, Electric Bass, Jazz Band and String Bass Studio, Electric Bass Studio.


Degrees Earned:
A.A. in Liberal Arts from Nassau Community College
B.A. in Liberal Arts from University of Northern Iowa

International bandleader, performing and recording artist RC Mollin has been a part of the music industry since 1980 . He has been a leader of modern musical groups including show bands, Rock, Jazz, R+B, Blues, Funk , and Free Improvisation ensembles.Sideman and Bandleader on Norwegian Cruise lines, Costa lines, Holland America, and Carnival lines, Rich worked on stage with hundreds of headline acts. As Bandleader for Michael Carney Music in Manhattan, Rich led a Jazz trio 6 nights a week for 9 years with many of New York's finest pianists and drummers. His trio performed for dignitaries, heads of state, and jazz fans in venues throughout the east coast. He currently heads one of the largest bass studios in the SUNY system teaching String Bass and Electric Bass. He also began the jazz improvisation studies class and performs regularly in the area now in a variety of genres with The Catskill Symphony Orchestra, Orpheus Theatre, Mask and Hammer Productions and innumerable jazz settings and recording as house Bassist with Sonart recording studios in Woodstock, NY. As well as other projects.


Dr. Janet Nepkie, SUNY Distinguished Service Professor, Legal Issues in the Music Industry and Music Industry Internship, Catskill Symphony.


Year Hired: 1970

Tenure Status: Tenured 1977

Degrees Earned:
Ph.D. in Related Arts from New York University
M.M. in Music Performance from The University of Michigan
B.M. in Music, Certificate in Music Education from The University of Michigan

Dr. Janet Nepkie started SUNY Oneonta's Music Industry program in 1982 and is its principal designer. She is a SUNY Distinguished Service Professor and Coordinator of the extensive Music Industry Internship Program. She has been nationally profiled as one of the leading Music Industry Educators in ROLLING STONE magazine and was interviewed for Pollstar Magazine.

She is active in the development of Distance Learning initiatives and policies and has taught online and hybrid classes to an international audience. She developed and taught a course on virtual promotion and event production in the virtual world, Second Life.com. She has taught an online course for the SUNY Learning Network entitled Copyright for Higher Education.

She has presented four conferences to national audiences on Teaching and Technology: Copyright for Higher Education. She enrolls in Music and Entertainment Industry seminars on a yearly basis with the Practising Law Institute and has completed a seminar at Cornell University entitled "Computer Law and Policy."

Dr. Nepkie developed and taught the first Honors course for the Music Department and she served on the college-wide Honors Committee. She has served as Chair of the University Faculty Senate Undergraduate Academic Programs and Policies Committee, Chair of the Senate Ethics and Institutional Integrity Committee, Chair of the Senate Programs and Awards Committee and Chair of the Senate Ad Hoc Committee on Grading Authority. She is past-President of the Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association, an international organization of music educators and business executives.

She is the SUNY Oneonta Teaching, Learning, and Technology Fellow for Copyright Inquiry and Implementation.  She is the Chair of the SUNY Faculty Advisory Council on Teaching & Technology and she chairs the FACT2 Task Group on Intellectual Property. She is a member of the Copyright Society of the USA and has served on the Board of Trustees of that organization. She is principal 'cellist with the Glimmerglass Opera Company, the Catskill Symphony Orchestra and she also works with numerous symphonies, chamber ensembles, and in recording studios where she has performed on recordings of albums, movie soundtracks and jingles.


Dr. Timothy Newton, Associate Professor ,(2007)
(on leave 2011-12); promoted fall 2012; tenured fall 2013


Courses taught:
MUSC 170: Beginning and Intermediate Class Piano
MUSC 248: Survey of Music Theory II
MUSC 249: Music Theory I
MUSC 250: Music Theory II
MUSC 270: Private voice and piano
MUSC 280: Chamber Orchestra
MUSC 280: Chamber Singers
MUSC 280: Women’s Choir
MUSC 280: Michael Jackson Choir (Fall 2013)
MUSC 307: Western Music to 1750: Part I
MUSC 308: Western Music to 1750: Part II
MUSC 309: Western Music from 1750 to Present: Part I (Fall 2013)
MUSC 310: Western Music from 1750 to Present: Part II (Spring 2014)
MUSC 371: Applied Conducting
THTR 190/290: Music Director for staged musical productions

Music Director, Apollo Music Club opera and operetta productions
Independent studies in voice, conducting, score and formal analysis

Conductor, area all-state and summer music festivals in New York and Illinois
Conductor, community orchestras and choral organizations in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, New Hampshire, and New York

B.M. cum laude, Ithaca College School of Music,piano performance (1985)
M.M. Ithaca College, conducting with focus in opera/music theater coaching (1988)
D.M.A. University of Illinois, choral conducting and literature (2004)
Dissertation: A Study and Critical Edition of Samuel Capricornus’s Theatrum musicum (1669, 1670), and Continuatio theatri musici (1669)

University of Illinois Nicholas Temperely Award for Dissertation in Musicology (2004)
ACDA Julius Herford Dissertation Prize for Choral Music Research (2004)
Recognized three times for excellence in teaching by students as Graduate TA at University of Illinois (1997, 1998)

Honor Societies
Pi Kappa Lambda
Phi Kappa Phi

Conducting, accompanying, musical preparation, Pittsburgh Opera (1989-90)

Previous college positions: staff accompanist, Ithaca College (1986-88); Lecturer at Grace College (1990); Visiting Assistant Professor, Huntington College (1991); Lecturer, Indiana-Purdue University (1991); Assistant Professor, Moody Bible Institute (1992-96); Graduate Teaching Assistant in Conducting, University of Illinois (1996-99); Conductor and Visiting Assistant Professor, Dartmouth College (1999-2003); Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Choral Conducting, Grinnell College (2005-7).

Professional Experience:

I am a choral and opera conductor, choral singer, accompanist, and voice coach for singers. I specialized in both conducting and choral literature and minored in musicology during my doctoral studies primarily under the tutelage of Fred Stoltzfus, Chet Alwes, and John Walter Hill. I have straddled the worlds of opera, choral and orchestral music, mainly as a teacher in higher education, though also as professional musician. Additional training has included postgraduate time at the Conductor’s Institute under Harold Farberman at the Hartt School of Music, Chorus America’s Saranac Lake Conducting Symposium, the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute, Eastman Summer Session, Royal College of Music, and have conducted in choral and orchestral masterclasses under Helmuth Rilling, Elmer Iseler, Margaret Hillis, Vance George, Thomas Baldner, Harold Farberman, and others. My experience as a symphonic choral singer in London has afforded me opportunity to watch several conductors prepare opera and choral/orchestral repertoire including Antonio Pappano, Colin Davis, Charles MacKerras, Roger Norrington, Lorin Maazel, Jeffrey Tate, Richard Hickox, Daniele Gatti, Peter Maxwell Davies, Stephen Cleobury, Marin Aslop and others. I have sung as a member of the London Symphony Chorus, the BBC Symphony Chorus, continue to sing regularly with London’s critically acclaimed Philharmonia Chorus, first under Robert Dean, and now under Berlin chorus master, Stefan Bevier.

Teaching Philosophy:

I love to ignite students’ creativity. My motivation comes from the joy of inspiring students to consider things that they haven’t, re-considering things they have assumed without question, and bringing thoughts to bear on music by building connections to things they already know.  As an undergraduate student, I had the privilege to study with a host of inspirational professors including Mary Ann Covert, Susan Youens, Garry Brodhead, Arthur Ostrander, Edward Swenson, and Donald Boomgaarden at Ithaca College, and pianist John Barstow at the Royal College of Music. I try to awaken enthusiasm for fluent technical and musical achievement in my students. Having absorbed John Walter Hill’s views during my research in music from the 17th century, I encourage my students to consider musical systems as continuously evolving within any period, while attempting to shed anachronistic views that condescend from our present place in history or suggest our artistic systems are better or somehow more advanced. I have also devoted several years studying paradigms of mentoring outside musical contexts and believe the learning process benefits most from individual mentors and coaches. I have worked and apprenticed under several generous professionals in their own work environments and believe this is a vital link in the fusion of ideas and technique, of knowledge and raw talent, ultimately preparing the transition from student to contributing professional with a mind set on growth for life-long study and learning. My musical heroes are numerous and include Claudio Abbado, Antonio Pappano, Simon Rattle, Helmuth Rilling, Georg Solti, Maurizio Pollini, Mitsuko Uchida, Martha Argerich, Anne-Sophie Mutter, James Levine, Placido Domingo, Rene Fleming, Kiri Te Kanawa, John Eliot Gardiner and others whose compelling artistry provides inspiration to work from day-to-day.


Mr. Kim Paterson, Adjunct Lecturer Applied Music,
Piano Class and Advance Piano Class.


Degrees Earned: B.F.A in Music (piano) from Purchase College

Over the past five years, Mr. Paterson has averaged 120 concerts per year, performing as a pianist or synthesizer player. These include an average of 80 different programs per year. Mr. Paterson is a core member of the Catskill Symphony. He is on the faculty of both Hartwick College and SUCO, where he teaches piano and coaches students preparing for recitals. He also works and consults as a sound designer for theatrical productions. Recordings include Beyond the Borscht Belt, with the Catskill Klezmorim, (Big Twig Studio, 1998) and numerous self-produced CD's used in conjunction with recital preparation (about 30 per year).


Mr. Mark Pawkett, Adjunct Lecturer Applied Music,
Electric Bass, Fundamentals of Guitar, Rock Combo and Theory for Guitar.


Degrees Earned: B.S. in Music Education from Hartwick College

Guitarist for several Orpheus and SUCO musical theater productions. Musical director for Orpheus Thater's "Into the Woods" in 2002. Talent buyer at the Autumn Café. Director of the Midsatesmen Barbershop Chorus in Oneonta from 1999-2001. A Member of the Classical Guitar Society of Upstate New York. Leader and vocalist for various professional bands. The author of "The Pawkettian Reference Guide for the Versatile Guitarist," which was published in 2002.

Dr. Joseph Pignato, Associate Professor,


Year Hired: 2004

Tenure Status: Tenured 2013

Degrees Earned:
Doctor of Musical Arts – Boston University, (2010)
Master of Arts - New York University - Gallatin School, (1996)
Bachelor of Arts - University of Massachusetts, (1989)

Joseph Michael Pignato is a composer, improviser, and music education scholar with extensive graduate, undergraduate, secondary, and distance teaching experience. He holds the position of Associate Professor in the Department of Music at the State University of New York, Oneonta, where he teaches music industry courses and directs two ensembles that perform experimental music and improvised rock.

Pignato has received numerous awards for excellence in scholarship, creative activity, advising, and teaching. Notable recognitions include the 2015 Susan Sutton Smith Award for Academic Excellence and the 2012 State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities. The Chancellor’s Award is the highest academic award bestowed on teaching faculty in the SUNY system. Additionally, Pignato has been recognized with the Student Association award for Faculty Advisor of the Year; was twice recognized as “Outstanding Faculty” by the SUNY Oneonta Inter-Greek Council; and has been awarded multiple grants for travel, professional development, research, and creative works.

As a musician, Pignato has given performances and clinics internationally. He leads Bright Dog Red, an improvising collective that explores the intersections of free improvisation, electronica, jazz, hip hop, psychedelia, and noise music. In addition, Pignato is a member of Martin Gadget, a quartet with Israeli musicians Ilan Green, Yoni Niv, and Lior Pinsky. He is also in demand as a drummer, working under the moniker u.joe. DJs, producers, MCs, and remix artists, including internationally renowned DJ M A N I K, rising producer Mr. Temmtation, MC Righteous, and electronic musicians Palemen and Omsign, have employed his drumming. Gareth Dylan Smith, a London-based writer aptly described Pignato’s drumming, “Swings like Bonham hugging Questlove.” For nearly a decade, Pignato played with atom3, a highly regarded electro-acoustic trio featuring the late Orlando Legname. He continues to enjoy ongoing collaborations with Paul Geluso, the trio’s other surviving member.

Pignato’s original music, described as “intriguing” by the Haaretz News Service and “haunting” by the Charger Bulletin, has been premiered, performed, or exhibited as part of installations in North America, Europe, the Mid East, and beyond. His scores blend traditional notation and graphic symbols with the intent of eliciting idiosyncratic interpretations. Recent pieces exploit distributed computing and web-based communication protocols to link performers working in disparate locations.

The MusraraMix Festival in Jerusalem has described his work for distributed ensembles as “fascinating experimental collaboration” that could “broaden the horizons of interdisciplinary web composition.” Consequently, Pignato enjoys ongoing collaborations with the Musrara School, the Festival’s sponsor, and noted Israeli composers Kiki Keren-Huss and Lior Pinsky.

In 2012, “Paprika King,” one of Pignato’s most widely distributed scores, was featured in the Streaming Museum’s John Cage Centennial Tribute/Composers Now festival, as part of a multimedia presentation projected across high visibility public screens on seven continents, including the Reuters and NASDAQ screens in Times Square, New York, Federation Square in Melbourne, Australia, seven locations in the United Kingdom, and locations in the United States, Buenos Aires, Madrid, Shanghai, St. Petersburg, Tokyo, Seoul, Johannesburg, Berlin, and Antarctica. The distinctive graphics of “Paprika King” inspired Danish designer Bitten Fangel to develop an original font of the same name.

As a scholar, Pignato has presented research on five continents. He has published on composition, improvisation, music teaching and learning, music technology, and drumming. His publications appear in peer reviewed journals, edited volumes, anthologies, and practitioner journals. A full list of publications is available in the Research section of this website. Pignato serves as one of the principal investigators for the Music Learning Profiles Project, an international research initiative that documents music learning that occurs outside the bounds of traditional institutional learning.

In addition to his scholarly and creative activities, Pignato has been recognized as a “musician, educator, and music business visionary” in Tape Op Magazine. Drawing on more than 25 years of experience in music business and media—including management positions at N2K Incorporated, BMG Classics, RCA Victor, ECM Records, CMP Records, and Latin Percussion—Pignato consults organizations in the areas of music and music education. Recent projects include consulting music product companies on product development and distribution and consulting colleges on the development of degree programs in popular music, music industry, and recording technology. Pignato, a member of the Modern Band Think Tank, an advisory board for the not for profit organization Little Kids Rock, has also served as an advisor to Steven Van Zandt (Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band and HBO’s The Soprano’s) on the early stages of development for Rock and Roll, An American Story; a rock music curriculum published by Scholastic, Inc.

Beyond SUNY Oneonta, Pignato facilitates graduate courses and supervises doctoral research in the College of Fine Arts, Department of Music Education at Boston University. He is affiliated faculty at the Musrara School in Jerusalem, Israel where he serves as point person for an international exchange program between the Israeli art school and SUNY Oneonta. In the past, he has supervised undergraduate honors dissertations for the B.A. in Contemporary Music program at London’s Institute for Contemporary Music, has served on the faculties of Ramapo College of New Jersey teaching music industry, Bergen Community College teaching graduate courses in education, and the Hoboken Charter School, where he served as founding faculty member and lead teacher for humanities and music.

Pignato holds degrees from Boston University (D.M.A.), where he was a Tanglewood Scholar, New York University (M.A.), where he studied composition with Dinu Ghezzo, and the University of Massachusetts (B.A.), where he studied composition with Yusef Lateef. In addition, Pignato has studied drum set with noted pedagogue Sal La Rocca and drum icon Max Roach. He endorses Taye Drums, T-Cymbals Handmade Turkish Cymbals, and Boso Drumsticks.


Joseph Pignato, D.M.A.
Associate Professor
Music Department, FA 122
SUNY Oneonta
Oneonta, NY 13820

(607) 436-3463



Mr. Robert Roman, Associate Professor,
Music Theory, Jazz Performance, and Concert Promotion.


Year Hired: 2005

Tenure Status: 2011

Degrees Earned:
Master of Music in Piano Performance from Kansas State University (1996)
B.A. in Music Industry from SUNY Oneonta (1992)

Robert Roman, Associate Professor of Music and Music Industry, joined the SUNY Oneonta faculty in 2005. He current teaches Music Theory, Jazz Performance and Concert Promotion. Prior to joining the faculty at Oneonta he held a position as Director of Education at San Jose Jazz, where he produced the San Jose Jazz Festival. He serves as a faculty member for the New York Summer Music Festival (NYSMF) and is an active performer in the area of jazz piano.


Salvatore Salvaggio, Adjunct Lecturer
M. M.  Northern Arizona University.   Performance
B.F.A  C.W. Post College.   Music Ed. + Performance
A.A.S. Music Performance

Mr. Salvaggio has performed recitals for concert associations as a soloist, accompanist and continuo player for over 25 years. He is also the recipient of numerous performance grants for projects in the field of early music. He has played with early music consorts, chamber ensembles and as a member of the Flagstaff Symphony and Glimmerglass Opera Orchestras. Recent endeavors have included recordings for the New York State Historical Association/Farmer's Museum, public and local radio broadcasts and recitals at the 1999 and 2001 Boston Early Music Festivals. In April of 2002 Mr. Salvaggio recorded an hour long program of Renaissance lute music for NPR station WSKG.He has performed for the Long Island Classical Guitar Society,the Connecticut Classical Guitar Society, the Philadelphia Guitar Society, The Classical Guitar Society of Upstate New York,The New Jersey Guitar and Mandolin Society, The Listening Room at Dreamcatcher Guitars, Roswell, Georgia, Cafe Lena in Saratoga, New York and the Saratoga Arts Center. He is one of the founding members of this Classical Guitar Society of Upstate New York.

Anthony T. Scafide, Assistant Professor of Music Industry and Music
Year Hired: 2008
Tenured, 2015
Degrees Earned:
MBA - University at Albany (2012)
BM Music Composition - University of the Arts (1991)
Advisor: SingerSongwriter Club and WONY Radio

Music and the Marketplace
History of Record Labels in Pop Culture
Not for Profit Arts Management
Music and Merchandising
Rock and Pop Ensemble, Blues Ensemble

Previous to joining the faculty at SUNY Oneonta Mr. Scafide was the founding Principal/Partner for Generation Media (1998-2008), a publicity, radio promotion and management company dedicated to serving classical, jazz, and indie artists. Generation Media also promoted and created live events promotions and productions for NYC clubs, festivals, national competitions and modern opera.  

A brief listing of clients for Generation Media includes, Tobias Picker, Steven R. Gerber, Michael Dellaira, Robert Craft, Sasha Matson, KOCH Classics, BBC LEGENDS, SONY Classics, MODE Records, Chesky Records, Angelok 1 Records, Mutable Music, Center for Contemporary Opera, Robert Craft Foundation, the World Piano Competition, and HORDE Festival.

Other companies that Mr. Scafide has worked for include E-1 Entertainment (KOCH International), Philips Media N.V. / Polygram, and New World Records.

As a composer and performer he has written numerous works of chamber music, theater songs, jazz ensemble; flute harp and viola, saxophone quartet, mixed ensemble, solo piano works, piano trios, among others. He is published by True Legacy and HLH publications. Mr. Scafide began composing at the age of 18. He began theory and harmony studies with Vincent Persichetti and Stanley Wolfe at the Juilliard School (1986-89) and later with Andrew Rudin (1989-91). Mr. Scafide has been the recipient of the Long Island Composers Alliance Award, the ASCAP Leonard Bernstein Award, NYC Composers Forum New Music New Composition Recipient, among others.

Mr. Scafide is a published writer and active researcher who has lectured, performed and presented research papers in Madrid, Spain; Munich, Germany; Honolulu, Hawaii; Washington D.C., and New York, City.


Ms. Colby Thomas, Lecturer,
Voice; American Musical Theatre


Masters degree in Vocal Performance:  Syracuse University
BA in Music, Minor in Speech, Communications & Theater:  SUNY Oneonta

Advisor for Apollo Music Club and Voices of Serenity

Ms. Thomas is originally from Huntington, New York and has been an actress and singer in the US and in Europe for more than seventeen years. She joined the SUCO Music Department in 2004, directing, and teaching voice, History of the American Musical, and a vocal performance workshop, which includes coaching repertoire from opera to the contemporary musical.  Her professional training includes: The Roger Hendricks Simon Studio for Actors, Directors and Playwrights, the Riverside Shakespeare Company, Bob Sills Improvisation Workshop, and Nico Costell's Master Class Series.

Ms. Thomas' professional credits include a nine-year stint as 'Christine Daae' in Andrew Lloyd Webber's PHANTOM OF THE OPERA at the Neue Flora Theater in Hamburg, Germany. She appeared on tour throughout Europe, including Paris, Nice, Amsterdam, Gothenburg, Munich, and Basil, as Laurey in Rodgers and Hammerstein's OKLAHOMA! Her off-Broadway, regional, and national tour credits include, Maria in WEST SIDE STORY, Luisa in THE FANTASTIKS, Josephine in HMS PINAFORE, Mabel in THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, Anne in A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, and Princess Tuptim in THE KING AND I. 
Ms. Thomas continues to perform in the New York area, as her teaching schedule allows. She appeared in the title role in the premiere of the new opera, MOLLY OF THE MOHAWKS, for which she was nominated for a Native American Music Award. Her concert work includes Carl Orff's CARMINA BURANA and the Poulenc GLORIA with the Catskill Choral Society  She sang Samuel Barber's KNOXVILLE, SUMMER OF 1915 with the Catskill Symphony and appeared as Lola in CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA with the Schenectady Symphony at the Proctor Theater, and at the Stanley Theater with the Utica Symphony.

Further information concerning Ms. Thomas’ resume, as well as upcoming performances can be seen at her website:



Ms. Kristina Ward Turechek, Adjunct Lecturer,
Piano Class and Advanced Piano Class.


Degrees Earned: B.S. in Music Composition from the Mannes College of Music


Mr. Jeremy Wall, Associate Professor,
Contemporary Issues in the Music Industry, Contemporary Songwriting, Music Theory II, Funk Band, Jazz Improvisation, Pop and Jazz Piano Styles and Advanced Songwriting.


Year Hired: 2002

Tenure Status: 2009

Degrees Earned:
M.M. in Studio Composition from Purchase College (2001)
B.F.A. in Music Composition from California Institute of the Arts (1974)

Jeremy Wall is best known as founding member, pianist, composer and producer of the landmark jazz-fusion group Spyro Gyra. He has recorded extensively as producer, keyboardist, composer and arranger in all genres of music and has released over 70 of his own compositions. Served as an Adjunct Professor at Ramapo College and Purchase College. Has been nominated for several Grammy's as a producer, pianist and composer. His composition "Shakedown" was nominated for Grammy award for "Best Pop Instrumental." He was the featured soloist at the Shenandoah Bach Festival in 2004.










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