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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."

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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.




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