Faculty Biographies

Dr. Robert Barstow, Professor,
Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, Music, Marketing and Merchandising and Music History.


Year Hired: 1966

Tenure Status: Tenured 1971

Degrees Earned:
Ph.D. in Musicology from Ohio State University (1968)
M.A. in Music Theory from Ohio State University (1963)
B.M. in Music Education from Fort Hays Kansas State College (1958)

Administrative Responsibilities:

Chairman of the Board of New York State Summer Music Festival
Past President of NAMBI, the educational wing of the National Association of Music Merchants, the international representative of the music products industry
Host of NYSSMA Festivals

Dr. Robert Barstow's choral groups have been invited guest performers with the Syracuse Symphony, the Paris Chamber Orchestra, the Concert Royal (Baroque) Orchestra, the Catskill Symphony, the Utica Symphony, and the Schenectady Symphony. He serves as guest conductor or soloist with various choral ensembles.


Dr. Paul S. Carter, Assistant 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. Orlando Legname, Music Department Chair, Associate Professor
Audio Arts I, Audio Arts II, Audio Arts III, Audio Arts IV and Chamber Orchestra


Year Hired: 2000

Tenure Status: Tenured 2010

Degrees Earned:
D.M.A in Composition from The University of Maryland
M.A. in Music from Sao Paulo State University
B.A. in Music from Sao Paulo State University

Dr. Orlando Legname is a composer, conductor, theorist and Avid Certified Pro Tools Expert. He received his degree of Doctor of Music Arts in Composition from University of Maryland and has taught in the Music Technology program at New York University. Currently, he holds a position of Chair of the Music Department at SUNY Oneonta where he started the Audio Production program and the Chamber Orchestra. Legname received several research grants for Development of New Electronic Music Instruments. He was the recipient of the College’s Academic Excellence Award for Innovative Uses of Instructional Technology and the Chancellor’s Award for Excellency in Creative Activities. Dr. Legname has received numerous awards and honors for his compositions, including the Walsum Award (First Prize) at the University of Maryland (1999), and the Best Music for Theater of 1990 Award from the prestigious APCA (São Paulo Art Critics Association) in Brazil. Dr. Legname’s numerous compositions are frequently performed in the United States and Europe. His publications include a textbook entitled Audio Arts Production (Erudition Books: North Chelmsford) written specifically for his students at SUNY Oneonta. His recent lecture Searching for Semantics in Music: A Global Discourse was published as a chapter of the book Imagining Globalization. As Manager and Musical Director of ARTIUM Arts Center in São Paulo (1987-1996), Legname served as Executive Producer and arranger of numerous CD recordings, as well as Music Director of instructional video titles and composer of five theatrical plays. As a musician, he performed on movie sound tracks and in jingles for television commercials.



Dr. Julie Licata, Assistant 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."

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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, improvised rock, jazz, jam, psychedelic, free, and roots music, among other repertoires.

Pignato is a recipient of multiple awards for excellence in scholarship, creative activity, advising, and teaching and has been awarded multiple Faculty Development Grants and the Faculty Creative Activities Award. He was awarded the State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities, the highest academic award bestowed on teaching faculty in the SUNY system. In addition, he has been recognized with the Student Association award for Faculty Advisor of the Year and has been twice recognized as “Outstanding Faculty” by the SUNY Oneonta Inter-Greek Council.

As a musician, Pignato has given performances and clinics in the United States and abroad. He performs regularly with atom3, an electro-acoustic trio featuring Orlando Legname of SUNY Oneonta and Paul Geluso of New York University (atom3.us) and with Martin Gadget, a quartet with Israeli musicians Ilan Green, Yoni Niv, and Lior Pinsky. He is also in demand as a drummer and beat producer, working under the moniker u.joe. DJs, producers, and remix artists, including internationally renowned DJ M A N I K, have sought out his drumming.

Pignato’s original music, described as “haunting” by New Haven’s Charger Bulletin, has been premiered, performed, or exhibited as part of installations North America, Europe, the Mid East, and beyond. In 2012, the MusraraMix Festival in Jerusalem described his work for distributed ensembles as a “fascinating experimental collaboration” that could “broaden the horizons of interdisciplinary web composition.” As a result, Pignato was in residency at the 2013 Musrara Mix Festival where, along with Israeli composers Kiki Keren-Hus and Lior Pinsky, he produced and coordinated “War Again,” a multimedia piece for over a dozen musicians connected via Voice Over Internet Protocol, including participants in the United States and Europe.

In 2012, “Paprika King,” a graphic score, was featured in the Streaming Museum’s John Cage Centennial Tribute/Composers Now festival and 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.

As a scholar, Pignato has presented research on five continents. He currently serves as the editor of Pop! The Journal of the Association for Popular Music Education. In addition to Pop!, his work has been published in “Research Studies in Music Education” (2013), the “International Journal of Community Music” (2013), the “College Music Symposium Audio Archive” (2013), “Tanglewood II”, (GIA, 2012), “Notations21” (Mark Batty Publishers, 2009), and in the practitioners journal, “Modern Drummer” (2013). Forthcoming publications include two chapters in the “Oxford Handbook of Technology in Music Education” (2015) and a chapter in the “Oxford Handbook of Music and Leisure” (2016). He is one of the principal investigators for the Music Learning Profiles Project, an international research initiative that documents music learning outside the contexts of institutional learning.

In addition to his scholarly and creative activities, Pignato has 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. He has been described as a “musician, educator, and music business visionary” in Tape Op Magazine. Drawing on that formidable expertise, Pignato consults organizations in the areas of music and music education. Recent projects include serving as consultant to the Departments of Music at Passaic County Community College and Bergen Community College in New Jersey on the development of degree programs in music industry and recording technology. Pignato, a member of the Modern Band Think Tank, 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 SUNY Oneonta and Musrara. 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, he has studied drum-set with Sal La Rocca and Max Roach. Pignato endorses Taye Drums, T-Cymbals Handmade Turkish Cymbals, and Boso Drumsticks, which he uses exclusively.

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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
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
Record Labels in Pop Culture, Music and the Marketplace, Pop/Repertory Band

Year Hired: 2008

Tenure Status: Tenure Eligible 2015

Degrees Earned:
MBA - University at Albany (2012)
BM Music Composition - University of the Arts (1991)

Advisor: SingerSongwriter, Publishing and Production Club

In fall of 2007 Mr. Scafide began teaching as a lecturer in SUNY Oneonta’s Music Industry program.  As of 2008 he has been a tenure track assistant professor teaching core classes in music industry studies as well as music ensembles. SUNY Oneonta’s Inter-Greek Council has twice recognized Mr. Scafide as “Outstanding Faculty” member. Additionally Mr. Scafide has received several honors from SUNY Oneonta recognizing his creative and academic contributions to the college and faculty. Mr. Scafide teaches core music industry courses which include, Music and the Marketplace, History of Record Labels in Pop Culture and the Rock and Pop Ensemble. Other courses taught include Contemporary Issues and 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, 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. His compositions have been performed in Poland, Scotland, France, Germany and the United States.

In 2011 Mr. Scafide published “A Music Industry Workbook” (Cognella Academic Press). The workbook is a comprehensive guide to the foundational aspects of the music industry, which include, touring, budgets, venue management, public relations, licensing, and the basics of copyright and publishing. His book is essential to his course Music and the Marketplace and is the textbook for the course. 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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