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Ben Aldridge, Lecturer in Music
Benjamin.Aldridge@oneonta.edu
607-436-3190

Ben Aldridge is an active performer in addition to his teaching work, and currently holds positions in the Glimmerglass Opera Orchestra, The Binghamton Philharmonic, The Catskill Brass, The Northeast Pennsylvania Philharmonic and the Catskill Symphony. He received his M.A in Trumpet Performance and B.A. in Music from Yale University. Ben is a charter member of the International Trumpet Guild and a Life Member of the American Federation of Musicians. He can be heard on Columbia, Naxos, Chandos and Redwood records. He enjoys transcribing and arranging music for the ensembles he conducts at SUNY-Oneonta.


Andris Balins
Andris.Balins@oneonta.edu
607-436-3415

 

 


Dr. Paul S. Carter
Paul.Carter@oneonta.edu


Degrees Earned:

  • Ph.D. in Music Theory, Cognate in Composition, College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati (2004)
  • M.M. in Music Theory - University of Massachusetts (1991)
  • B.A. Music Theory and Applied Piano - Allegheny College (1987)

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."


Chalrles EubanksCharles Eubanks, Born 1948
Studio Musician for Motown Records

From 1963 to 1968, he also performed with the Funk Brothers and is in the prestigious Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians. He has toured the world in his fifty year career playing with some of the most well-known artists of the 20th century.

 


William FarrishBill Farrish
William.Farrish@oneonta.edu

Courses taught: Aural Skills, Modern Jazz Combo, Jazz Guitar, Basic Musicianship

  • AAS Jazz/Commercial Music ,Five Towns College, NY
  • BM Jazz/Commercial Music, Five Towns College
  • Currently completing MM Jazz Studies, Purchase Conservatory of Music, SUNY Purchase

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. As a teacher many of Bill's former students have gone on to purse their own successful careers as international recording and performing artists all genres or music.

For the past 30yrs Mr. Farrish has earned his living as a performing musician. Bill has performed throughout the United States and Canada in various groups ranging in size from solo to big band and also released six CD’s for MCR Records under his own name. His music has been featured on several radio broadcasts in Europe, the Far East and South America. Bill has worked with Shunzu Ohno, Dennis Wilson, Michael Jefry Stevens, Ralph Alessi, Bernard Purdie, Tiny Grimes, Charles Eubanks, David Garibaldi, Arthur Prysock, Ray Alexander, Jimmy Halperin, Cecil Bridgewater, Kiku Collins, Dave Ambrosio, Peter Rogine, Steve Kenyon, Tony Romano and many others. 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.

In 2014 Bill was featured on All About Jazz in an article entitled "Practice, Do You? Part 3-3" written by Dom Minasi featured many of the worlds top jazz musicians.

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 and many jingles.

Prior to coming to SUNY Oneonta Bill was a member of the faculty at Five Towns College for 11yrs., where his duties included, Assistant Director of Private Studies, Co-Chair of the Guitar Department, Head of Ear Training and Harmony Departments and Academic Advisement for Performance Majors. During his time there he also taught Jazz Improvisation, Advanced Harmony Courses and various Jazz Combos and Guitar Ensembles.

You can find out more Bill at www.BillFarrish.com


Blake Fleming
Blake.Fleming@oneonta.edu
Adjunct Lecturer/Drum Set Instructor
Fine Arts, Room 117
607-436-3415
Blake.Fleming@oneonta.edu

Blake Fleming is a percussionist known for his involvement with several influential experimental bands. His drumming has been written about in such major publications as The New York Times, NPR, Spin, Rolling Stone, MOJO, Modern Drummer, DRUM!, Pitchfork, Stereogum and Alternative Press. He was included in SPIN.com's 100 Greatest Drummers of Alternative Music. He has performed on over 50 albums to date and has toured the U.S., Canada, Europe and the U.K. extensively. His performances have ranged from sold-out arena tours with the Mars Volta opening for the Red Hot Chili Peppers to performing solo with Olympic synchronized swimmers to performing on the BBC to creating soundtracks for video installations in museums worldwide. In early 2013 he released his debut solo record, Time's Up, an all drum and percussion odyssey that has been called "a truly pioneering record" and has been the subject of magazine articles, reviews, interviews, and radio play throughout six continents. His song, The Funky Komodenu, was used by Macy’s for a commercial during New York City’s Fall 2013 Fashion Week. Blake is currently teaching students worldwide via Skype, performing and doing studio sessions. He is an Adjunct Lecturer and Drum Instructor at SUNY Oneonta since 2008.

http://blakethedrummer.com/
https://blakefleming.bandcamp.com/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blake_Fleming


Ana Laura GonzálezAna Laura Gonzalez

Dr. Ana Laura Gonzalez 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. Gonzalez 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.

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Adam Kent

Pianist Adam Kent has performed in recital, as soloist with orchestra, and in chamber music throughout the United States, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, and Latin America. A winner of the American Pianists Association Fellowship and Simone Belsky Music Awards, Dr. Kent also received top prizes in the Thomas Richner, the Juilliard Concerto, and the Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Competitions, and is a recipient of the Arthur Rubinstein Prize and the Harold Bauer Award. Dr. Kent made his New York recital debut at Weill Recital Hall in 1989, and has been featured on WQXR, WNYC, WFUV, WVOX and Sirius Radio stations. Chamber music has been an important part of Dr. Kent’s concert life, most recently with the Damocles Trio, which has performed both in the United States and abroad. The group’s recording of Joaquín Turina's complete piano trios and quartet with Emerson Quartet violist Lawrence Dutton was released by Claves Records in 2004, followed up by their recording of Heitor Villa-Lobos’s complete piano trios and Oscar Lorenzo Fernândez’s Trio brasileiro in 2009.

Spanish music has been a specialty of Dr. Kent’s, whose advocacy has been acknowledged by the Spanish government on numerous occasions. In 2011, King Juan Carlos I of Spain honored the pianist by bestowing Spain’s Orden al Mérito Civil, and the Consulate General of Spain in NY underwrote Dr. Kent’s course on the history of Spanish music at Brooklyn College. The Spanish Consulate has also sponsored numerous appearances by Dr. Kent at NY’s Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, and the Spanish Ministry for Education and Culture awarded him a grant for Música por doquier/Hispanic Music Everywhere, a year-long celebration of Spanish and Latin-American in NYC with the Damocles Trio and Spanish composer and conductor Salvador Brotons. The Foundation for Iberian Music at the CUNY Graduate Center and the King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center at NYU have also sponsored a number of Dr. Kent’s Hispanic-themed projects, including commissions of new works by Tania León, Salvador Brotons, Miguel-Ángel Roig-Francolì, and others.

Dr. Kent’s critically acclaimed recording of the complete piano works of Ernesto Halffter is available on Bridge Records, and a recent performance of Book I of Albéniz’s Iberia suite was praised in the Indianapolis Star as “Albénizian to the core...his suave legato touch wedded to a tone with an Old World patina about it.” Excelsior of Mexico City enthused about a recent all-Spanish recital, “Adam Kent brought not only magnificent technical ability to the music, but managed to go beyond the printed page, delving into the essence of what the composer sought to express.” Dr. Kent’s expertise in this repertory has also extended to interviews and performances in several recent documentaries on Spanish composers Enrique Granados and Manuel de Falla. At present, a recording of Tania León’s complete piano music is in the works as well as a documentary on Isaac Albéniz.

Summers find Dr. Kent serving as Director of Cultural Outreach at the Burgos International Music Festival in Spain and teaching and performing at the Summit Music Festival in N.Y. and at the Cursos de Verano of the Fundación Princesa de Asturias in Oviedo. Recent performances include a concert of works by Ibizan composer Miguel-Angel Roig-Francoli at Carnegie Hall, a recital at N.Y.C.’s (le) poisson rouge broadcast on The Classical Network radio station, the world-premiere of a newly-written piano trio by Argentine composer Sebastian Zubieta’s at N.Y.C.’s Look and Listen Festival, performances with the Westchester Chamber Symphony and the New Jersey Baroque Orchestras, concerts in Havana, Cuba and a recital of works by Tania León at the University of California at Riverside.

Dr. Kent received a D.M.A. from The Juilliard School, where he studied with Jerome Lowenthal and served as an adjunct professor. His dissertation, The Use of Catalan Folk Materials in the Works of Federico Mompou and Joaquín Nin-Culmell, was awarded the school’s Richard F. French Prize, and his writings have appeared in Clavier, Music in Art and Cambridge Scholars, and Horizon journals and in a Spanish-language monograph on Xavier Montsalvatge published by the Spanish Society of Authors and Editors. He holds B.M. and M.M. degrees from the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Solomon Mikowsky. Assistant Professor of Music, SUNY Oneonta since 2016. Other current affiliations: Piano Faculty Manhattan Scbool of Music Precollege Division; Music Director Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation in White Plains, NY. Past affiliations: Professor of Piano New Jersey City University and Brooklyn College.
www.adamkentmusic.com

 


Julie Licata

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 is currently Associate Professor of Music at State University of New York, College at Oneonta. At Oneonta, Julie teaches classical and world percussion ensembles and private lessons that span a wide range of percussion instruments and styles, and teaches Music Cultures of the World. As an active performer and advocate of new music, Julie has premiered and commissioned works by many great composers, including Thomas Licata, Greg Dixon, Michael Gatonska, Chapman Welch, Matt Sargent, Scott Comanzo, Jude Vaclavik, and Brett Masteller Warren. Significant recent accomplishments include solo performances at the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS), the International Computer Music Conference (ICMC), the New Music Focus Week at SUNY Oneonta, the New Genre Festival in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and the NOW Music Festival at Capital University. Julie is also percussionist for several regional orchestras and theater companies, and performs regularly with the Collision Ensemble (an experimental sound ensemble based in Oneonta, NY). During her upcoming sabbatical, Julie will be performing across the country and recording her first solo percussion album that includes music she commissioned for solo marimba, solo multiple percussion, and live interactive computer processing. The album is set to be pressed to vinyl in December 2017. Julie also regularly performs and teaches drumming and music cultures from Ghana and Indonesia. With almost 10 years of experience recording, transcribing and performing traditional and contemporary Ewe drum and dance music from the Volta Region of Ghana, and various musical styles of music from Indonesia (primarily Balinese and Javanese, but also recently music of the Minangkabau in West Sumatra), Julie has only begun to scratch the surface of the vast array of musics present across the globe. In 2017 Julie will be developing a domestic cultural immersion program with Native American populations in New York State to add to her Music Cultures of the World seminar. Julie is an active member of the Percussive Arts Society, having presented at the PAS Mentoring Day at PASIC 2012, and prepared one of her students to perform at PASIC 2014. She is currently a new literature reviewer for the Percussive Notes, and is a member of the PAS University Pedagogy Committee.


Mr. Robert Lipari
Robert.Lipari@oneonta.edu
RobLipari.com

Degrees: B.A in Film Scoring, Berklee College of Music (1995)

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
Brett.Masteller@oneonta.edu

Degrees Earned:
B.A. in Music, State University of New York at Buffalo (2000)
M.A. in Music, 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 MarkusonDr. Stephen Markuson, Bass Baritone
StephenH.Markuson@oneonta.edu

Steve is a recognized vocal technician, musical director, creating contemporary adaptations of opera and stage works for amateur and professional ensembles.

Professor of Music History, he has pioneered unique surveys in Classical and Popular Music , integrating classical opera and theater with popular culture, lessening their stigmas as “stuffy, erudite, and highbrow.”

Steve’s diversified stage experience is represented by performances with Florentine Opera, Tulsa Opera, Canadian Opera, Opera Orchestra of New York, Il Teatro Lirico D’Europa (Paris), and the Festival di Due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy. Oratorio and concert repertoire includes Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Verdi, Mahler, Britten, Stravinsky Paul McCartney and has premiered operas and recordings by contemporary composers Libby Larsen, Thea Musgrave, and Thomas Pasatieri.

“Dr.” Markuson holds a DMA in Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester. His recent publication “Rock on the Roll, Serving up Popular Culture” (COGNELLA) has been described as “fresh, irreverent, and deeply respectful of various musical art forms” and highlights the social stigmas, foibles, and influences of popular culture on the music of the Baby Boomer Generation and their society.


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

Rich.Mollin@oneonta.edu

Degrees Earned:
A.A. in Liberal Arts from Nassau Community College (1986)
B.A. in Liberal Arts from University of Northern Iowa (1997)

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 started SUNY Oneonta's Music Industry program 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 several conferences to national audiences on Teaching and Technology: Copyright for Higher Education. She enrolls in Music and Entertainment Industry seminars on a regular 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 chaired the University Faculty Senate committee that authored the Senate Guide for Planning, Implementing and Assessing Undergraduate Internships and Co-ops.

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 chaired 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 has written articles for the music industry trade press and daily newspapers and presented numerous conferences on intellectual property and computer law and policy as they relate to academia. 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
Tim.Newton@oneonta.edu

Degrees Earned:

  • 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)
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.


Kim Paterson is an adjunct instructor of piano since 1992, and accompanist for Concert Choir and Performance Practice Class. He earned a BFA from SUNY Purchase in 1976, and spent three summers as a fellow at Tanglewood. Currently he is principal keyboardist for the Catskill Symphony Orchestra and organist at First Presbyterian Church, Oneonta. Mr. Paterson has posted a wide variety of SUCO videos to Youtube.

Some of his favorites include:

Mr. Paterson has taught Light Shift, by SUCO alum Evan Shea, to almost a thousand beginning piano students:

Instructional videos from his class are prefaced by "ptrsnkm:"


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

Mark.Pawkett@oneonta.edu


Degrees Earned:
B.S. in Music Ed., Hartwick College (1998)

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.


Joseph Michael Pignato Joseph Michael Pignato
Associate Professor

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, beat production, and 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, Recognition as an international “Thought Leader” in the field of music in the SUNY Oneonta President’s report to the SUNY Chancellor, 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. Bright Dog Red has been described as “Mahavishnu meets Digable Planets” by indie music veteran Paul Shulman, as “Electric Ahmad” by storied jazz publicist Don Lucoff of DL Media, and “ahead of the game” by Jordan Taylor Hill of Revolution Radio.

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 and electronic musician Palemen, have employed his drumming. Gareth Dylan Smith, a London-based writer aptly described Pignato’s drumming, “Swings like Bonham hugging Questlove.”

Pignato’s original music has been noted for its “intriguing” conceptual characteristics (Haaretz News Service) and “haunting” (Charger Bulletin) musical elements. His compositions have been premiered, performed, or exhibited as part of installations in North America, Europe, the Mid East, and beyond.

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. 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.

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, Boso Drumsticks, and Dynaton Drumheads.

Additional information is available at http://www.joepignato.com


Mr. Tim Ploss, Adjunct Lecturer, Audio Arts I.

Tim.Ploss@oneonta.edu

Degrees Earned:
B.S. in Sound Recording Technology - SUNY Fredonia (1986)

In addition to his teaching at Oneonta, Tim is a Helpdesk Support Technician and Instructional Design Technician. He has served similar job responsibilities at SUNY Cortland and Momentum Media. He was the chief engineer at Sweetfish Recording Studios in Argyle, NY and has performed in several bands as a bassist, guitarist, cellist and vocalist. He also plays bass in the Oneonta Chamber Orchestra.


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

Robert.Roman@oneonta.edu

Degrees Earned:
M.M. in Piano Performance - Kansas State University (1996)
B.A. in Music Industry - 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

Mr. Salvaggio has performed recitals for concert associations as a soloist, accompanist and continuo player for over 40 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 as well as for numerous off-Broadway musical productions. His endeavors have included recordings for the New York State Historical Association/Farmer's Museum, public and local radio broadcasts and recitals at the Boston Early Music Festival. 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 the Classical Guitar Society of Upstate New York. He has also served as the Director of Music and Fine Arts at the Cooperstown Central School District since 1989. Prior to that he directed a HS Classical Guitar program in Arizona for 11 years, taught classical guitar for Yavapai College and was coordinator of the Classical Guitar program at the Hartwick College Summer Institute.

M. Mus. Cum Laude Northern Arizona University
B.F.A C.W. Post College Music Ed. + Performance
Nassau Comm. College A.A.S. Music Performance


Anthony T. Scafide
Anthony.scafide@oneonta.edu
607 436-3471

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, Financial Management for Not for Profit Organizations.

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 the HORDE Festival. Other companies that Mr. Scafide has worked for include E-One Entertainment (KOCH International), Philips Media N.V. / Polygram, and New World Records. Mr. Scafide continues his work with the Robert Craft Foundation for licensing the sound recordings, writings and archival images of the late conductor, writer and 20th century luminary Robert Craft.

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. Mr. Scafide’s music is published by True Legacy LLC. 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 Chicago, New York City, Philadelphia, Poland, Scotland, France, and Germany.


Robin Seletsky, Adjunct Lecturer
Woodwind Ensemble, Clarinet
Studio, Music for Listeners

Robin.Seletsky@oneonta.edu

Clarinetist Robin Seletsky is a multi-faceted performer with interests in the classical music world as well as folk and avant garde styles. After graduating from New England Conservatory she attended the Juilliard School and for many years was Principal Clarinetist with the Binghamton Philharmonic and the Glimmerglass Opera Festival. In 2008 she was cited by the New York Times for her work with Glimmerglass: "Robin Seletsky, the principal clarinetist, blew a jazzy solo onstage during "Too Darn Hot"...and offered stylish solos from the pit."

Robin is equally at home with the klezmer style. She grew up listening to her father, the renowned clarinetist/composer Harold Seletsky (the "The Prez
 of Klez" ), and has since found her own voice in this Eastern European folk style. She has performed around the country and as far away as India both as a klezmer soloist and as a member of her ensemble, Big Galute. Robin has given master classes on both classical and klezmer clarinet styles at colleges and universities including Skidmore, Sonoma State, Hartwick and SUNY Binghamton, and her recordings and original compositions have been featured on NPR programs. Additionally, several of her works served as the inspiration for choreography by the St. Louis Ballet and the Vassar Dance Repertory Company.

In addition to her work as a performer and teacher of clarinet, Robin is an adjunct instructor at SUNY Oneonta where she teaches Music Appreciation, studio clarinet, and conducts the Woodwind Ensemble. She is also a member of the teaching staff at Hartwick College. Professional affiliations include memberships in the International Clarinet Society and the Guild of Temple Musicians.

Robin can be found on the web at:
www.robinseletsky.com - personal website where Robin blogs regularly and gives online lessons

YouTube channel which features Robin's new series of Tutorials "Learning to Play Klezmer"

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Degrees Earned:
Bachelors in Clarinet Performance - New England Conservatory
Masters in Music History from Binghamton University


Dr. Ryan Ross Smith, Lecturer
Ryan.Smith@oneonta.edu

Degrees Earned:

B.M. University of Wisconsin-Madison, Composition (2001)
M.F.A. Mills College, Electronic Music and Recording Media (2012)
Ph.D. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Electronic Arts (2016)

Ryan Ross Smith is a composer, performer, and educator currently based in the Catskills region of New York State. Smith has performed throughout the US, Europe and UK, including performances at MoMA and PS1 [NYC] and Le Centre Pompidou [Paris, FR], has had his music performed throughout North America, Iceland, Denmark, Australia and the UK, has presented his work and research at conferences including NIME, ISEA, ICLI, ICLC, SMF and TENOR, and has lectured at various colleges and universities. Smith is best known for his work with Animated Music Notation, and his Ph.D. research website is archived at animatednotation.com. Please visit ryanrosssmith.com for more information. 


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

Colby.Thomas@oneonta.edu

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. She received a Masters in Vocal Performance from Syracuse University and a BA in Music, and minor in Speech, Communications and Theatre from SUNY Oneonta. Her professional training also 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.

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! Off-Broadway, regional, and national tour credits include, Beatriz in Offenbach’s CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS, musical director, Jonathan Tunick; Maria in WEST SIDE STORY; Luisa in THE FANTASTIKS; Josephine in HMS PINAFORE; Mabel in THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, starring Sir John Reed, Anne in A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, and Princess Tuptim in THE KING AND I, directed by Jamie Hammerstein, son of Oscar Hammerstein II.

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. She also performed at the Baseball Hall of Fame, singing the role of Lili in COOPERSTOWN, a Jazz Opera by composer Sasha Matson. Ms. Thomas has worked with the Chenango River Theater in Greene, NY, appearing as Felicia in I HATE HAMLET and Mrs. Van Dann in THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK.

Her concert appearances as the Soprano Soloist include, Carl Orff’s CARMINA BURANA and the Poulenc STABAT MATER with the Catskill Choral Society; the Poulenc GLORIA, and Samuel Barber’s KNOXVILLE, SUMMER OF 1915 with the Catskill Symphony; most recently, in Handel’s Messiah with The Voices of Cooperstown; and sung the role of Lola in CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA with the Schenectady Symphony at the Proctor Theater, and at the Stanley Theater, with the Utica Symphony.


Charlie VatalaroCharlie Vatalaro

Born and raised in the Boston area, Charlie was a regular on the local club circuit by his mid teens. His first big break came as a member of the Greater Boston Youth Jazz Ensemble led by John LaPorta. A stint in the 18th U.S. Army Band followed where he was a featured soloist on clarinet and saxophone, as well as staff arranger. After the Army, Charlie received a B.A. degree in jazz history from UMASS Amherst, and an M.A degree in jazz techniques from Goddard College.  He has held faculty positions at the College of St. Rose, Schenectady County Community College, the University at Albany and is an Artist-in-Residence at Hartwick College.  Over the years he has been a sideman or opening act for such musical heavyweights as Cannonball Adderley, Roland Kirk, Aretha Franklin, Patty La Belle, B.B. King, Tom Jones, Paul Anka, Sonny and Cher, Debbie Reynolds, Peggy Lee, The Lettermen, The Vogues and Steve Lawrence and Edie Gorme, to name a few. A respected woodwind artist, clinician, arranger, record producer and educator, Charlie is the former Director of Recording and Broadcast Services at UAlbany, Albany, NY. He was also musical director and featured soloist with the late, great, blues legend, Ernie Williams.  Presently, Charlie is Saxophone Arist-in-Residence at Hartwick College and SUNY Oneonta, both in Oneonta, NY.  Charlie is also a featured soloist with The Oldies Show, an eight piece show band from upstate NY.  


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

Kristina.Turechek@oneonta.edu

Degrees Earned:
B.S. in Music Composition - 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.

Jeremy.Wall@oneonta.edu

Year Hired: 2002
Tenure: 2009

Degrees Earned:
M.M. in Studio Composition - Purchase College (2001)
B.F.A. in Music Composition - 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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