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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.

Dr. Sasha Matson, Adjunct Lecturer,
History of Rock Music, Music for Film, Contemporary Issues in the Music Industry, Blues Band and Music Industry Communication.

Degrees Earned:
PhD in Music Composition and Theory from The University of California at Los Angeles
M.A. in Music Composition and Theory from The University of California at Los Angeles
B.M. in Music - The San Francisco Conservatory of Music
B.A. in Visual Arts from The University of California at Santa Cruz

Sasha Matson studied art history and music at the University of California at Santa Cruz, and graduated with College and Major Honors. He studied composition at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, working with noted composers John Adams and Elinor Armor, and received the Bachelor of Music degree. He founded the Steel Chords Ensemble, which commissioned and presented contemporary music in the San Francisco region. Concurrently, he undertook graduate studies at UCLA, where he received the M.A in Music, the Doctor of Philosophy in Music, with an emphasis in Composition and Theory. He joined the faculty of LaGrange College, Georgia, in 1995, and was promoted to Associate Professor of Music in 1997. He served as Adjunct Associate Professor of Music at Southampton College of Long Island University. He is the recipient of varied awards, including support from the American Music Center, B.M.I., the Sundance Institute, and UCLA. He was awarded the Atwater Kent Prize for Composition in 1993, and the Elaine Krown Klein Fine Arts Scholarship in 1995. In 1997 he was selected as a Finalist for the American Academy Southern Arts Foundation Rome Award. His recent work, The Fifth Lake, was commissioned for performance in Japan by the Just strings Ensemble, as part of a cultural exchange program sponsored by the Japanese Government. Continuing collaboration with noted audiophile producer Joe Harley, Recordings of The Fifth Lake and Range Of Light were released by the contemporary classical music label, New Albion Records. Dr. Matson currently teaches at SUNY Oneonta and lives in Cooperstown, N.Y.with his wife Elizabeth and their sons Peter and James.

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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