Our Faculty - Music

Our Faculty

Faculty Profiles

  • Donald Running

    Donald Running
    Associate Professor and Chairperson of Music; Director of Bands
    Hunt Hall, Room 112
    Tel:
    508.531.2054

    Originally from Minnesota, Dr. Donald J. Running received his Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Wisconsin-Superior. He taught in the public schools of Minnesota and Wisconsin before receiving his Master of Arts degree and PhD in music education from the University of Minnesota. While attending the University of Minnesota, he studied conducting with Craig Kirchhoff, theatre with Kari Margolis, and educational philosophy with Dr. Paul Haack. Dr. Running has written music for and premiered music with the Bridgewater State University Wind Ensemble, University of Minnesota Campus Orchestra, Brass Choir, Black Box Theatre as well as several middle and high schools.

    In addition to his university duties, Dr. Running is active as an adjudicator/clinician and pursues an active research and writing schedule. He has been published in The Bulletin for the Chronicle for Research in Music Education, The Journal of Band Research, Mass Music NewsUpdate: Applications of Research in Music Education and Minnesota Music Education Research Review in Gopher Notes. He has presented research and held conducting workshops throughout the United States, Canada, China, Greece, and Scotland.

    Dr. Running is a frequent clinician at the Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductors Association (MICCA), Great East Festivals, and is Director for the New England Ambassadors of Music.  He also performs with the Brockton Symphony Orchestra as Bass Trombonist.

    Areas of Expertise

    Wind Band
    Conducting
    Instrumental Music Education
    Physics of Music
    Composition
    Orchestration and Arranging

    Degrees

    BME, University of Wisconsin-Superior
    MA, PhD, University of Minnesota

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  • Paula Bishop

    Paula Bishop
    Assistant Professor of Music
    Hunt Hall, Room 120
    Tel:
    508.531.1797

    Paula Bishop teaches writing-intensive seminars on folk music in the US, Native American music, music in television, and race, class, and gender in country music. She also teaches class piano, music theory, Western music history, and American popular music. 

    Dr. Bishop’s primary research focuses on American vernacular music of all types, but particularly popular music in the twentieth century. Her dissertation was on the Everly Brothers, an early rock ‘n’ roll duo. Her research has expanded to consider the relationship between popular music and film, television, and other media. She has published in the Journal of the Society of American Music and the Grove Dictionary of American Music, 2nd ed. She has presented at the annual conferences of the American Musicological Society, the Society for American Music, the Society for Ethnomusicology, Music and the Moving Image, and the International Country Music Conference. 

    In 2015, Bishop won a grant from the university to redesign a course under the supervision of BSU’s Center for the Advancement of Research and Scholarship. She was 2017 recipient of the Innovative Teaching with Technology Award, presented by BSU’s Teaching and Technology Center. She serves on the Writing Across the Curriculum Advisory Board and the Part-Time Faculty Advisory Board, and was chosen in 2017 to be a member of the Faculty Learning Community focusing on the first-year experience of students at BSU. She leads the weekly university-wide ukulele jam session which welcomes players of all abilities. 

    Dr. Bishop earned a BS in Computer Science from North Carolina State University, and an MM and PhD in musicology from Boston University. She is a certified yoga instructor and will soon be certified as a group exercise instructor. When not teaching or making music, she enjoys photography, hiking, running, and creating things with her hands.

    Degrees

    BS, North Carolina State University
    MM, Boston University
    PhD, Boston University

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  • Jean L. Kreiling

    Jean L. Kreiling
    Professor of Music
    Hunt Hall, Room 217A
    Tel:
    508.531.2287

    Dr. Kreiling teaches music history, comprehensive musicianship, class piano, music fundamentals, and seminars on “Music of the Sea” and “Words and Music.” Before coming to Bridgewater State University, Dr. Kreiling taught music at the South Shore Conservatory of Music (Hingham, MA) and the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill, NC). She also taught English at Western Carolina University (Cullowhee, NC).  She has sung with Musica Sacra (Cambridge, MA), the Asheville (NC) Symphony Chorus, and the Greensboro (NC) Symphony Chorus, and she has performed occasionally as a pianist. Dr. Kreiling's articles on intersections between music and literature have appeared in several academic journals, and she has given presentations at interdisciplinary conferences in London, Edinburgh, Toronto, Honolulu, and other venues.  A prize-winning poet, Dr. Kreiling is the author of two poetry collections, Arts & Letters & Love  (2018) and The Truth in Dissonance (2014).  Her poetry appears frequently in print and online journals and in anthologies. She is a past winner of the Able Muse Write Prize for Poetry, the Great Lakes Commonwealth of Letters Sonnet Prize, a Lyric Quarterly Prize, two New England Poetry Club prizes, and the String Poet prize.  Samples of her poetry on musical subjects can be found at the links below.

    Areas of Expertise

    Music History
    Music and Literature

    Degrees

    BA, The College of William and Mary
    MA, University of Virginia
    BA, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
    MA, PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 

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  • Sarah McQuarrie

    Sarah McQuarrie
    Associate Professor of Music; Graduate Coordinator
    Hunt Hall, Room 115
    Tel:
    508.531.6159

    Dr. McQuarrie earned the BA in Music Education with a concentration in piano from Castleton State University, the MM in Music Education from The University of Maine, and the DMA in Music Education from Shenandoah Conservatory of Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia. Before transitioning to higher education full-time she taught for ten years in both urban and rural school systems. As a pianist, she has performed throughout the United States and Europe accompanying the Castleton Collegiate Chorale, the Bangor Theological Seminary Festival Choir, and for several state and regional high-school music festivals. She has regularly presented on assessment and elementary methods at regional, national, and international conferences including the International Convention for the Early Childhood Music and Movement Association and the International Symposia on Assessment in Music Education. In addition to her collegiate duties, Dr. McQuarrie remains current in her field by serving as elementary choir director at Rising Tide Public Charter School in Plymouth, MA.

    Areas of Expertise

    Music Education

    Degrees

    BA, Castleton State University
    MM, University of Maine
    DMA, Shenandoah Conservatory, Shenandoah University

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  • Carol Nicholeris

    Carol Nicholeris
    Professor of Music
    Hunt Hall, Room 217C
    Tel:
    508.531.2040

    Dr. Nicholeris is certified as a public school music educator for grades K-12 and as a public school music administrator. She has taught music at all grade levels from K-college, and her education-research interests are focused in music curriculum philosophy and design developed in accordance with current brain research and studies in physics and meta-physics. In addition to teaching, Dr. Nicholeris is a choral conductor and has directed school, college, church, and community choruses. She has served as the Music Director of the Bridgewater State University Alumni Chamber Choir for 18 years. Dr. Nicholeris is a recognized composer of choral music. Her works, which have been performed both locally and internationally, are published through E.C. Schirmer Music Publishers of Boston.

    Areas of Expertise

    Music Composition
    Music Theory
    Music Education
    General Studies
    Jazz/Show Choir
    Alumni Chamber Choir
    Conducting

    Degrees

    BM, Boston University
    MAT, Bridgewater State University, Creative Arts
    CAGS, Bridgewater State University, Education Administration 
    DMA, Boston University

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  • Steven G. Young - organ

    Steven G. Young - organ
    Professor of Music
    Maxwell Library, Room 312F
    Tel:
    508.531.2043

    Dr. Young, Director of Choral Activities, conducts all of the choral ensembles at BSU, having led performances of major works by Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Persichetti, Rheinberger, Rutter, Stravinsky, and others. Under Dr. Young's direction, the BSU Chamber Singers, a select a cappella choir, has toured throughout Europe and the U.S. as the university's singing ambassadors.”Dr. Young's association with the university began in 1985, when he served as staff accompanist; he has since taught classes in music theory, music history, music appreciation, and piano. Dr. Young holds several degrees in organ performance; his teachers have included Carolyn Day Skelton, Yuko Hayashi, Max Miller, Russell Saunders, and John Ferguson. An active recitalist, Dr. Young has performed throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. Recent performance venues have included the Methuen Memorial Music Hall in Methuen, MA; Trinity Church, Boston; St. Thomas Church, New York; and the Festival d'Orgue in Sens, France.

    Areas of Expertise

    Director of Choral Activities
    Music Theory
    General studies

    Degrees

    BA, Barrington College
    MMus, New England Conservatory
    DMA, Boston University

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  • Deborah Nemko - piano

    Deborah Nemko - piano
    Professor of Music
    Hunt Hall, Room 117
    Tel:
    508.531.2042

    Pianist and Fulbright scholar Deborah Nemko recently returned from the Netherlands where she presented solo performances at the Havik Festival, the Utrecht Conservatory, and the Bethanienklooster, focusing on rediscovered repertoire by Dutch composers from the time of Anne Frank.  Fascinated by the connections between music and social issues, Ms. Nemko helps audiences experience the immediacy of music as it intersects with life.  She has performed in a wide range of settings, from castles and art museums, to major concert halls including New York’s Carnegie Hall.

    Active as a solo and chamber recitalist, Ms. Nemko’s performance credits abroad include concerts in Tokyo at the Kwansei Gaukin University; in China at the Shanghai Oriental Arts Center and the Shanghai Normal University. Back home in the states she has performed at The Breakers (Newport, RI), Illinois State University, the John F. Kennedy House (Brookline, Mass.), the Dallas Art Museum, and the Universities of Nevada, Rhode Island, and Maine at Fort Kent.

    Known for her inventive programming that highlights context and relevance, Ms. Nemko uses discussion and dialogue to bring works of art into the here and now for audiences so they can find personal connections and meaning. Her diverse repertoire ranges from Ginastera and Ravel, to works by Tania Leon, Phillip Glass and William Bolcom. Ms. Nemko has also commissioned and performed works by Scott Brickman and Dianne Rahbee.

    Ms. Nemko’s explorations of some of the lesser-known corners of the repertoire have led to performances that actively engage audiences in discovering new approaches to listening. Her programs have explored cultural alienation, war, and the relationship between music and architecture and music and American literature.

    A committed educator, Dr. Nemko has served as faculty at the International Master Classes (Vresse, Belgium) and at the Grumo International Music Festival (Tesero, Italy). In the States, she is Professor of Music at Bridgewater State University and member of the faculty ensemble, Trio Fiero. She also serves as faculty to the New England Conservatory’s Preparatory and Continuing Education Program. Deborah has taught courses and workshops on everything from Contemporary music and American popular music, to women composers, chamber music, pedagogy, to techniques for overcoming performance anxiety, and frequently offers custom-designed community education programs along with her mainstage recital offerings.

    Areas of Expertise

    Piano
    General Studies
    Chamber Ensemble
    Trio Fiero

    Degrees

    BM, University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign, Piano Performance
    MM, Arizona State University, Piano Accompanying
    DMA, University of Arizona,Piano Performance
    Studies at University of Manchester, U.K.

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  • Salil Sachdev

    Salil Sachdev
    Professor of Music
    Hunt Hall, Room 214
    Tel:
    508.531.2884

    Salil Sachdev has composed music for orchestra, percussion, piano, theater, voice, and electronic music. His teaching areas comprise music theory, form, introduction to music of the world, and introduction to music of Africa.

    Salil’s interest in world music has taken him to India, Ireland, Africa, and Cuba. He has studied frame drumming, West African djembe drumming, the bodhrán (Irish drum), and solkattu, the rhythmic system of south India. 

    Salil’s long term project is to make  a series of documentary films on the folk music of India. In 2008, he completed a film on the music of the Sidis, an ethnic group of East African ancestry living in India since the last 800-900 years. Upcoming is a film on the folk music of Rajasthan, a state in the northwest part of the country.

    In 2011, he also made a film on the traditional music of Mali, West Africa.

    Areas of Expertise

    Composition
    Music Theory
    General Studies
    West African Drumming Ensemble

    Degrees

    BA, Dr. Zakir Hussain College
    MA, Northwestern University
    MM, Ohio University
    DMA, University of Miami

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  • Spencer Aston - trumpet

    Spencer Aston - trumpet
    Assistant Professor of Music
    Hunt Hall, Room 118
    Tel:
    508.531.2696

    Spencer Aston is a freelance trumpet player, conductor, and teacher in the Boston metropolitan area.  He currently holds faculty positions at Bridgewater State University, the University of Massachusetts-Boston, the Longy School of Music and the Powers School of Music.  In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Spencer performs regularly across New England at various schools, churches, and concert venues.  He is a founding member of the Fenway Quintet and has been seen in concert with the New Mexico Symphony, San Juan Symphony, Cape Cod Symphony, Nashua Symphony, and many others.  Spencer is currently the principal cornetist with the New England Brass Band.  During the summer, Spencer has performed in residence at the Ohio Light Opera in Wooster, OH for their 2009 and 2010 seasons.

    As a soloist, Dr. Aston has presented concerts and recitals on three continents including tours of Mexico, China, and most recently the 2010 US National Tour of Gershwin's Porgy and Bess.  He was featured soloist with the New England Brass Band in December of 2007 and the Sandia High School Wind Ensemble in February of 2006.  Spencer was a member of the Boston University Trumpet Ensemble, placing 2nd at the 2007 National Trumpet Competition in Fairfax, VA.

    Dr. Aston grew up in Lake Orion, MI and began playing the trumpet at age ten.  His teachers have included Terry Everson, Alan Siebert, Philip Collins, and Jeff Piper.

    Spencer is an avid runner.  He has also recently completed his SCUBA diver certification and looks forward to many new underwater adventures. 

    Degrees

    BM, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Trumpet Performance, 2004
    MM, University of New Mexico, Trumpet Performance, 2006
    DMA, Boston University, 2010

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Part-time Faculty Profiles

  • Jeremy Banchiere

    Jeremy Banchiere
    Part-Time Faculty
    Hunt Hall, Room 113
    Tel:
    508.531.2054

    Lover of music, photography and family.

    Areas of Expertise

    West African Drumming
    Mandolin/New-grass

    Degrees

    BA, Bridgewater State University

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  • John Shiu - bass

    Part-Time Faculty
    Hunt Hall, Room 119
    Tel:
    508.531.1377
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  • Benjamin Swartz - cello

    Benjamin Swartz - cello
    Part-Time Faculty
    Hunt Hall, Room 113
    Tel:
    508.531.1377

    Cellist Benjamin Swartz has concertized extensively in the United States and Europe with particular emphasis on historically-informed performance and contemporary performance practice. Equally at home on cello, Baroque cello, and viola da gamba, he has gained increasing recognition for multi-instrumental virtuosity spanning the Ars Subtilior to the present day. As a recitalist, chamber musician, and orchestral player, recent engagements have included Carnegie Hall, Philharmonie de Paris, Berliner Philharmonie, Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie, and Boston Symphony Hall. 

    As an advocate for 21st-century music, Ben performs regularly with Sound Energy, a dynamic string trio which commissions & performs works by living American composers. An active studio artist, Ben has two dozen film & video game soundtrack credits, including recordings with Bent Knee and Tredici Bacci. His festival credits include Aspen, Tanglewood, Kneisel Hall, Lucerne, Aurora, London Master Classes, and Manchester.

    Originally hailing from Richmond, VA, Ben is an honors graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, Johns Hopkins University, and Peabody Conservatory. He further studied and researched in Amsterdam as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow (historically-informed performance practice of the Bach Cello Suites with Anner Bijlsma and Pieter Wispelweij) and to Germany as a DAAD Scholar (proportional ratio systems of extended Just Intonation).

    A much sought-after teacher and clinician in the Boston area, Ben currently teaches at BSU, South Shore Conservatory, Community Music Center of Boston, Ipswich High School, Rockport High School, and as cellist-in-residence with the Martha's Vineyard Chamber Music Society. He teaches from a method book of his own authorship, The Essential Technology of the Cello: A Textbook of the Efficient Cellist (2016).

    Areas of Expertise

    Cello
    Chamber Music
    Viola da gamba
    Erhu

    Degrees

    BMus, Peabody Conservatory
    MMus, Royal Academy of Music (LRAM)
    BA, MA, Johns Hopkins University (honors, American history)
    DAAD Scholar to Heidelberg, Germany (music theory)
    Woodrow Wilson Fellow to Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    Studies in Baltimore with Alison Wells; in London with Mats Lidström and Jonathan Manson; and in Amsterdam with Anner Bijlsma and Pieter Wispelweij

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  • Chi-Ju Juliet Lai - clarinet

    Chi-Ju Juliet Lai - clarinet
    Part-Time Faculty
    Hunt Hall, Room 119
    Tel:
    508.531.1377

    Chi-Ju Juliet Lai, clarinet, is an active chamber and orchestral musician, as well as pedagogue.  A native of Taiwan who later resided in Hong Kong, she came to America in 1989 to pursue her musical studies.  She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Clarinet Performance from Boston University, a Master's in Music from Yale University, and a Bachelor's in Music from Rice University.  She also attended Interlochen Arts Academy and is an alumna of Blossom Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, and Eastern Music Festival.  Her teachers include Thomas Martin, David Shifrin, Deborah Chodacki, Phillip Rehfeldt and David Peck.

    Since coming to Boston in 1999, Miss Lai has been an active freelancer and has appeared in performances with many local as well as national and international orchestras, including Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Tyrol Symphony Orchestra in Austria, and local orchestras such as Cape Symphony Orchestra, New Bedford Symphony Orchestra, Glenn Fall Symphony, Gardner Chamber Orchestra, Eastern Connecticut Symphony and ALEA III.  As an avid chamber musician, Miss Lai is a founding member of Boston Octet and Anemoi Quintet.  Previously, she appeared with the United Woodwind Quintet in a concert tour to Japan where she also taught master classes.  She is also a former member of Xanthos Ensemble, a contemporary chamber ensemble.

    Miss Lai is currently the clarinetist in Vento Chiaro and the second/assistant clarinetist in Atlantic Symphony Orchestra.  She is a faculty at Phillips Exeter Academy, College of the Holy Cross and Bridgewater State University.  As a member of Vento Chiaro, she is also an artist-in-residence at Boston University Tanglewood Institute (BUTI) and at The Rivers School Conservatory.

    Degrees

    BM, Rice University
    MM, Yale University
    DMA, Boston University

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  • Kristy Errera-Solomon

    Kristy Errera-Solomon
    Hunt Hall, Room 119
    Tel:
    508.531.1377

    Vocal pedagogue Kristy Errera-Solomon serves on the voice and theater faculties at Bridgewater State University and South Shore Conservatory (SSC), teaching private students as well as class voice and musical theater courses. She has also directed at SSC's Summer Vocal Institute.

    Mrs. Errera-Solomon served as the Director of Admissions at The Boston Conservatory for several years, a position through which she was able to help thousands of young aspiring musicians, actors, and dancers take steps closer to their professional goals. While at The Boston Conservatory, she served on the voice faculty of the Boston Conservatory Vocal/Choral Intensive in the summers of 2008 and 2009. Mrs. Errera-Solomon has adjudicated thousands of auditions and has presented her knowledge of Performing Arts Admissions at a number of national Classical Singer Conventions.

    As a soprano, Mrs. Errera-Solomon has performed throughout the country with such groups as Orange County Opera, South Orange County Chamber Orchestra, Metro Stage West, the Chance Theater, the Zeltsman Marimba Festival, and Cohasset Dramatic Club. Past highlights include Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Olympia in Les Contes D'Hoffman, Emmie in Albert Herring, Frasquita in Carmen, Musetta in La Boheme, Gianetta in the Gondoliers, Gabrielle in La Vie Parisienne, Maria in West Side Story, Wicked Witch in Shrek the Musical, and Cunegonde in Candide.

    Mrs. Errera-Solomon, a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, holds a Bachelor's degree in vocal performance from Boston University and a Master's degree in vocal pedagogy from The Boston Conservatory. Mrs. Errera-Solomon specializes in CCM pedagogy, and has held a private studio for many years, also offering additional services as a private college admissions/auditions counselor. She lives in Hull, Massachusetts with her husband, percussionist Samuel Solomon, and sons Nicolas and Leo.

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  • David Vess - tuba euphonium

    David Vess - tuba euphonium
    Part-Time Faculty
    Hunt Hall, Room 119
    Tel:
    508.531.1377

    David Vess is a New England-based composer, conductor and musician. His music has been characterized by a sensitivity to sonority and unrelenting energy. The Brockton Enterprise described the premiere of his work, Ignite, as "a real barnburner." Vess' music has been commissioned and performed in the US, Canada, Italy and Japan. David is a fierce advocate for new music, having conducted numerous premieres in the Boston area. He made his operatic debut by conducting the world premiere of Greg Nahabedian's chamber opera ‘War is a Racket’. He has served as music director at Opera @ the Smith, in Lexington, NC as well as having served for 3 years as a guest conductor for the Boston Conservatory's Contemporary Ensemble, leading them in an concert of new works by student composers. As a tubist, David enjoys a varied stylistic career. He studied with renowned soloist Øystein Baadsvik at the Canadian Music Festival Le Domaine Forget. He is the principal tubist of the Brockton Symphony Orchestra. Originally from Asheville, North Carolina, David holds degrees from the Boston Conservatory and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He is on staff at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee and Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. When not doing something music related, David enjoys learning about the Alexander Technique, hiking in NH and reading David Mitchell. He lives in Foxborough, MA.

    Areas of Expertise

    Composition
    Improvisation
    Songwriting/Arranging
    Career Skills
    Tuba/Euphonium

    Degrees

    BM, University of North Carolina
    MM, Boston Conservatory
    PSC, Boston Conservatory

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  • Donald Zook - flute

    Donald Zook - flute
    Part-Time Faculty
    Hunt Hall, Room 119
    Tel:
    508.531.1377

    Donald Zook, flutist, made his solo debut at Orchestra Hall in Chicago.  He earned his Bachelor of Music from the American Conservatory of Music, where he received the John Conterio Award in recognition of his outstanding ability in performance.

    Mr. Zook appears as a soloist and in chamber ensembles throughout New England, the midwest and New York, delighting audiences with his flawless technique, passion, and virtuosity.  His frequent performances have included the concert series of the Chicago Artist Association, Harvard University, Endicott College, the Old South Church in Boston, the Morris Museum in New Jersey and the Donnell Library in New York.  He was also featured on the 1988-89 Arts Alive Concert Series in the Virgin Islands.

    Mr. Zook is a former Vice President and Artist in Residence of the Chicago Flute Society.  He has acted as a music consultant for WTTV television studios and has recorded for three major dance studios.  An advocate of new music, Mr. Zook has premiered several new works for the flute, winning him critical praise from Chicago and New York reviewers.

    Mr. Zook has taught on the faculties of the American Conservatory and the Park Forest Conservatory, and currently teaches on the faculty of the South Shore Conservatory of Music and the Middleboro Public School System.

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  • Jerome Mouffe - guitar

    Jerome Mouffe - guitar
    Part-Time Faculty
    Hunt Hall, Room 119
    Tel:
    508.531.1377

    Dr. Jerome Mouffe is on faculty at Bridgewater State University and New England Conservatory of Music. Dr. Mouffe has concertized throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Western Europe as a soloist and chamber musician. Highlight performances include recitals for Omni Concert Series in San Francisco, Austin Classical Guitar, International Brussels Guitar Festival, Festival del Noreste in Saltillo, Mexico, and Boston GuitarFest, among others. He frequently performs with guitar phenomenon Grisha Goryachev and Pacific Symphony Orchestra principal flute, Benjamin Smolen. Jerome Mouffe has released his debut solo album, Capriccio, on the VGo Recordings label in 2009, and recently released a chamber music album, Bach to Beaser, with Benjamin Smolen. Dr. Mouffe was the first guitarist to receive a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from NEC. In 2017, Dr. Mouffe became the artistic director of the Boston Classical Guitar Society.

    Degrees

    MM, Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles
    GD, Universitat Mozarteum Salzburg
    DMA, New England Conservatory

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  • Raley Beggs - guitar

    Part-Time Faculty
    Hunt Hall, Room 119
    Tel:
    508.531.1377
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  • Rachel Daly - horn

    Rachel Daly - horn
    Part-Time Faculty
    Hunt Hall, Room 119
    Tel:
    508.531.1377

    Rachel Daly received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music in horn performance and Masters of Arts degree from Columbia University, Teachers College in music education. She studied horn under David Jolley, William Brown, Laura Klock and George Lessard. Rachel also studied conducting with Dino Anagnost from the Little Orchestra Society of Lincoln Center.

    Specializing in chamber music, Rachel is the founding member and Director of Hornithology Ensemble performing recitals, private and corporate functions. Hornithology Ensemble has received many grants over the last eight years from the Massachusetts Cultural council for school, summer and community programs. Rachel is an active freelancer in the New England area and has performed with many of the area professional orchestras, chamber groups and musical theater orchestra pits.

    Rachel, a native of southeastern Massachusetts, is deeply committed to music education, teaching horn and coaching chamber music to area middle and high school students. Her students are regularly selected to participate in the Southeast and Central District Music Festivals, Massachusetts All State Festival, All Eastern Music Festival, Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, Worcester Youth Symphony, Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra and New England Conservatory Preparatory Groups.

    Along with a home studio, Rachel teaches at lessons programs for King Philip Regional School and most recently Foxboro Public Schools. She is also a visiting lecturer at Bridgewater State University teaching both horn, Introduction to Western Classical Music and Music Fundamentals along with being a horn instructor at Boston College.

    Rachel resides in Foxboro Massachusetts with her husband Glenn and two children.

    Degrees

    BM, Manhattan School of Music
    MA, Columbia University

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  • John Krivit

    Part-Time Faculty
    Hunt Hall, Room 113
    Tel:
    508.531.1377

    John Krivit is Past-President of the international Audio Engineering Society (www.aes.org). He was the Chair of the AES Education Committee from 2010 to 2016 where he proudly built a vibrant global community of educators, students and institutions. John also served as an elected Governor of the Society from 2012-2014. His work as an educator at Emerson College, Bay State College, Bridgewater State University and the New England Institute of Art has been defined by a passion for connecting his many students to gainful and rewarding careers in all facets of the audio industry. John is the founder of the Boston Area Definitive Audio Student Summit, an annual AES gathering of hundreds of audio students, faculty, professionals and enthusiasts. He served as Chair of the 2018 AES Conference on Audio Archiving, Preservation & Restoration at the US Library of Congress and was Chair of the 2018 AES High School Audio Educators Conference. Currently, he is Director of Education at Professional Audio Design of Hanover, Massachusetts. John chronicles the events and opportunities available to audio students of all ages through his "Hey Audio Student" Facebook group. He has spoken at audio events around the world.

    Areas of Expertise

    Audio & Media Technology
    Careers in Audio

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  • Kari O'Briant

    Part-Time Faculty
    Hunt Hall, Room 113
    Tel:
    508.531.1377

    Kari O'Briant earned her Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy from Radford University in Radford, VA, and her Master of Music Therapy from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. She has practiced as a board certified music therapist (MT-BC) since 2010, working with a variety of clinical populations including early intervention, integrated preschool, K-12 special education, autism spectrum disorders, pediatric palliative care, developmental disabilities, and Alzheimer's and other dementias. In addition to her clinical work, she currently serves as Music Therapy Program Coordinator at South Shore Conservatory, is co-conductor for Community Voices Too!, an inclusive chorus for ages 16+, and provides clinical supervision to music therapy students and interns.

    Areas of Expertise

    Music Therapy

    Degrees

    BM, Radford University
    MMT, Temple University

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  • Elena Swardlick Lorance - Oboe

    Elena Swardlick Lorance - Oboe
    Part-Time Faculty
    Hunt Hall, Room 113
    Tel:
    508.531.1377

    Elana Lorance received a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a Masters of Education degree with a concentration in Curriculum and Instruction within the Creative Arts from Lesley University.  In 2001, Ms. Lorance joined the staff of the Norwood Public Schools as an instrumental music teacher, and is responsible for the instrumental program in three elementary schools.  In addition to her school schedule, Ms. Lorance founded and directs an extra-curricular town-wide honor band.  The Norwood Public Schools Fifth Grade Honor Band has received numerous awards and medals at state festivals and has been a featured ensemble at the Massachusetts All-State Music Conference, both in concert and clinic.

    Ms. Lorance has studied oboe with UMASS faculty member Fred Cohen, Frank Charnley of the Boston Ballet, and most recently Barbara Lafitte of the Boston Ballet and Boston Pops.  An active free-lance musician in the Greater Boston area, Ms. Lorance is equally comfortable playing musical theater as she is with classical repertoire.  She has played over 75 musicals with area theater companies, and is currently in her ninth season with the Metropolitan Wind Symphony, where she plays principal chair.  Ms. Lorance has been a featured soloist with the Symphony in 2004 and again in 2012.

    Degrees

    BM, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
    MEd, Lesley University

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  • Gregory Conroy - percussion

    Gregory Conroy - percussion
    Part-Time Faculty
    Hunt Hall, Room 119
    Tel:
    508.531.1377

    Gregory Conroy holds a Master of Music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music where he was awarded academic honors.  He studied music composition with Thomas McKinley, George Russell and was also a student of Jimmy Giufree, Ran Blake, Fred Buda, and Bob Moses.  He also studied with legendary drum master Alan Dawson.  Greg has performed and recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra, Clark Terry, Bob Mintzer, Milt Hinton, Bob Wilbur, Cecil McBee, Jimmy Giufree, George Russell, George Garzone, John Lockwood, Peter Kontrimas, Phil Grenadier, Greg Abate, Larry Goldings, David "Fathead" Newman, and many more.

    He performs regularly around Boston and in the New England area with John Stein, John Harrison trio, John Purcell Quartet, Harvey Diamond Trio, The Walton-Hitchcock Group, The Paula Zeitlin Quintet, Mitch Seidman Trio and many others.

    Degrees

    BA, Saint Anselm College
    MM, New England Conservatory of Music

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  • James Hay - piano

    James Hay - piano
    Part-Time Faculty
    Hunt Hall, Room 119
    Tel:
    508.531.1377

    James Hay has a Graduate Performance Diploma (with Distinction) in Collaborative Piano from Longy School of Music.  Previously, he studied Piano Performance at New England Conservatory of Music.  His piano teachers include Wayman Chin, Yoriko Takahashi, and Gabriel Chodos.  He has performed in Master Classes with Aube Tzerko, Victor Rosenbaum, Joan Panetti and Warren Jones.  He was Music Minister at St. Basil's Chapel in Bridgewater, Organist at Universalist Unitarian Church of Brockton and Studio Accompanist at the Voice Studio of Lin Schuller.  Presently, he is on the faculty as both Part-Time Faculty and Staff Accompanist at Bridgewater State University and as Staff Accompanist at UMass Dartmouth.  He is Accompanist of the Jubilate Chorale, Bridgewater State University Chorale, and UMass Dartmouth Chorale and Organist at First Baptist Church and Pearl Street United Methodist Church in Brockton.  Mr. Hay is the Resident Accompanist for the McClosky Institute of Voice and an accompanist for Mass Theatrica.  He is also the Recital Accompanist for several voice studios in Southeastern Massachusetts.  He has performed at the Music Mansion in Providence, Rhode Island, and the Longfellow House in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  Mr. Hay was a winner of the Longy School of Music Honors Competition in 2006.

    Degrees

    BS, Bridgewater State University
    Graduate Performance Diploma, Longy School of Music

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  • Vladan Milenkovic - piano

    Vladan Milenkovic - piano
    Part-Time Faculty
    Hunt Hall, Room 119
    Tel:
    508.531.1377

    Vladan Milenkovic received a classical piano training in former Yugoslavia since his early childhood.  He also developed an interest in jazz and improvised music from an early age.  While studying biology at the University of Belgrade, Vlad led his acclaimed jazz trio in former Yugoslavia before receiving a scholarship to study jazz composition at Berklee College of Music in Boston in 1991.  After spending some years working as a freelance performer and a music instructor in Boston, he completed his Master's degree in Jazz Pedagogy at University of Northern Iowa, and is currently on faculty at Augsburg College in Minneapolis.

    A powerful pianist with prodigious imagination and refined technique, Vlad merges acoustic and electronic mediums into emotionally charged sound-images, which range from beautifully austere to exuberant to fairy-tale like.  The depth of his music can be overwhelming.  His compositions often transcend categorization, bringing together vocabularies of various cultures and epochs, East and West, jazz and classical, ancient and postmodern, groove and silence, Balkan roots and electronica beats.  He performed or recorded with many known and unknown musicians from various music cultures, including Jeff Coffin, Anthony Cox, Peter Erskine, Antonio Sanchez, Matthew Garrison, Ben Monder, and Dave King.

    Degrees

    University Studies, University of Belgrade, Serbia
    BM, Berklee College of Music
    MM, University of Northern Iowa

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  • Mary Jo Running

    Mary Jo Running
    Part-Time Faculty
    Hunt Hall, Room 113
    Tel:
    508.531.1377

    Mary Jo Running has been serving as an adjunct professor for Bridgewater State University since 2009. She is currently in her tenth year as director of the Norwell Middle School music program.  Before coming to Norwell, Mrs. Running taught elementary, middle school and high school Band and General Music in the suburbs of Minneapolis, and in Salem (OR), where her groups were consistently awarded for superior performances at local and state festivals.  She received her bachelor’s of Music Education from the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire in 1996 and a master’s in Education (Music Emphasis) from the University of Minnesota in 2006. She is currently the Vice President for the Southeastern Massachusetts School Bandmasters Association, and has served as the Southeast District Junior Jazz Ensemble Manager.

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  • Jonathan Amon - saxophone

    Part-Time Faculty
    Hunt Hall, Room 119
    Tel:
    508.531.1377

    Saxophonist Jonathan Amon is active as a soloist, chamber musician, and educator. An advocate for contemporary music, he has participated in commissions and premieres of works composed by Joan Tower, Chris Rutkowski, Shih-Hui Chen, Roscoe Mitchell, and many others. He serves on the faculties of Bridgewater State University, The University of Rhode Island, and Bunker Hill Community College, teaching saxophone and a variety of music courses. He is also dedicated to teaching young musicians, with students in the Concord/Carlisle School District and at The Fenn School in Concord, MA, and he is an adjudicator for the Massachusetts Music Educators Association. Amon earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in woodwind performance at Boston University and a Master of Music in saxophone performance at the New England Conservatory, studying with Ken Radnofsky at both institutions. His other teachers include Jean-Michel Goury at the CRR de Boulogne-Billancourt, and Matthew Sintchak at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

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  • Roy Campbell - trombone

    Roy Campbell - trombone
    Part-Time Faculty
    Hunt Hall, Room 119
    Tel:
    508.531.1377

    After graduating from UMass Lowell, Roy Campbell toured for two years with the stage orchestra for "Milton Berle's Vaudeville Tour."  He returned to Boston to play for Concerts in Black and White, the Handel Haydn Society, and Boston Pops "Adventures in Music" under Newton Wayland.  He became second trombonist with the Boston Opera Company under Sarah Caldwell and house trombonist for the Colonial Theater.  Roy was also house trombonist for the Cape Cod Melody Tent and performed frequently with the South Shore Music Circus, the North Shore Music Circus, and the Braintree and Saugus Chateau de Ville.  For several years he performed as principal trombonist with the L.A. Opera A La Carte on their New England tours.  Roy is presently principal trombonist with the Cape Cod Symphony.  Other orchestras Roy has been or is a member of are the Simon Symphony, the Indian Hill Symphony, The Nashua Symphony, the Manchester Symphony, and the New Bedford Symphony.  He has conducted shows for Bridgewater State University, Ohio State University at their summer home on the Cape (the Monomoy Theater) at the Harwich Jr. Theater, and Sandwich High.
    Roy's teaching positions have included Brown University, Norwood High School, Weymouth High, Dennis/Yarmouth Regional, South Shore Conservatory, and Cape Cod Conservatory.  As pianist, Roy is accompanist for Leslie Loosli, a frequent soprano recitalist and formerly a performer of opera in New York.

    Degrees

    BM, University of Massachusetts

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  • Emily Hale - violin viola

    Emily Hale - violin viola
    Part-Time Faculty
    Hunt Hall, Room 113
    Tel:
    508.531.1377

    As a performer, educator, and entrepreneur, violinist Emily Hale is passionate about collaborating and connecting with people and ideas through music. She performs regularly with ensembles in Boston and New York, including The Sebastians, Early Music New York, Emmanuel Music and Grand Harmonie. Ms. Hale has appeared with the Four Nations Ensemble, Sarasa Ensemble, the Early Opera Company on BBC Channel 4, and at the Valetta International Baroque Festival and London Handel Festival. She is the founder and musical curator of The Halfmoon, an ensemble engaging new audiences with Baroque music in creative, interdisciplinary ways that spark a sense of curiosity and adventure.

    A dedicated teacher, Ms. Hale is Assistant Professor of Violin and Viola at Bridgewater State University and teaches privately at South Shore Conservatory and Dexter Southfield. Over the past 17 years, she has developed violin and viola studios in New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, London (UK) and most recently Boston, MA, working with students from over a dozen countries and a variety of backgrounds. Ms. Hale has coached Baroque ensembles in the Royal College of Music’s Junior Department and has been on faculty at the Elizabethtown College Summer Music Camp since 2010. Other projects include creating and directing interactive workshops that explore music in Colonial New England, and the life of the seventeenth-century child prodigy Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre.

    A graduate of the Royal College of Music in London, Emily completed an MPerf in Historical Performance with Distinction, winning the McKenna Prize for Baroque Music. She earned degrees in Violin Performance, with a minor in Viola, from Houghton College (BMus) and Penn State University (MMus).

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  • Edwin Milham - voice

    Edwin Milham - voice
    Part-Time Faculty
    Hunt Hall, Room 119
    Tel:
    508.531.6405

    Vocalist and conductor, Ed Milham currently serves on the faculties of Bridgewater State University and the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, teaching various general studies courses, voice class and studio voice.

    An active concertizer, he has performed as a vocalist with LiveARTS, the Franklin Performing Arts Company, the Lowell Opera Company, the Merrimack Valley Broadway Ensemble, the Savoyard Light Opera Company, the Newport Music Festival and the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra.  As a conductor, he has served as director of Swanhurst Chorus, and Interim Director of the Bridgewater State University Alumni Choir, has worked as music director in several area churches, and has taught conducting clinics for the Unitarian Universalist Musicians Network.  He has toured in Russia and Eastern Europe, and Scotland and England.

    In addition to his vocal and conducting activities, Mr. Milham is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and arranger.  He plays bass and sings in the rock band The Strattones, gigging regularly around South County, Rhode Island.  A dedicated computer geek, he serves as Technology Consultant and Coordinator of Social Media Activities for the Bridgewater State University Music Department.  He also does extensive work in the field of graphic design and digital printing.

    Degrees

    BM, University of Massachusetts
    MM, University of Massachusetts
    MM, New England Conservatory of Music

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  • Heather Holland - voice

    Heather Holland - voice
    Part-Time Faculty
    Hunt Hall, Room 119
    Tel:
    508.531.1377

    Mezzo-soprano C. Heather Holland is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music with a Master of Music in vocal performance.  Ms. Holland has been a soloist with several groups, including The Nashua Symphony, The Concert Singers of Greater Lynn, the South Shore Community Chorus and the Harvard-Radcliff Chorus.  She is a regular soloist at the historic King's Chapel in downtown Boston and is a soloist and choir member at Temple Shalom in Newton, MA.  She sings regularly with the Boston Baroque chorus and the Handel and Haydn Society's Educational Outreach Quartet.  She has also been the featured jazz singer at Amazing Things in Framingham, Massachusetts.  Additionally, she is on the adjunct faculty at Dean College and has her own private teaching studio in Southborough, MA.  In 2002, Ms. Holland was a vocal performance fellow at the Tanglewood Music Festival in Lenox, MA.

    Degrees

    BM, University of Missouri, Columbia
    MM, New England Conservatory of Music

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  • Maryte Bizinkauskas - voice

    Maryte Bizinkauskas - voice
    Part-Time Faculty
    Hunt Hall, Room 119
    Tel:
    508.531.1377

    Maryte Bizinkauskas began her operatic vocal training at the Boston Conservatory of Music where she graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Opera Performance under the guidance of John Moriarty and Iride Pilla.  She acquired her Master of Music in Opera Performance under the tutelage of Boris Goldovsky at the esteemed Curtis Institute of Music and National Winner of the Metropolitan Opera Auditions.  She performed in concert at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City and went on to apprentice at the Santa Fe Opera.  She has performed leading roles at the Vilnius Opera and Kaunas Music Theater in Lithuania and performed lead roles in German and Canada.  She has been a guest artist with the Kaunas Philharmonic Orchestra, South Jersey Symphony, Brockton Symphony and Boston Bel Canto Opera.

    Her most recent performances include an October benefit concert for the Knights of Lithuania New England District Scholarship Fund and a benefit concert for the Baltic-American Society of New England.

    Ms. Bizinkauskas teaches Voice Class I and Voice Class II as well as Performance Studies Voice at Bridgewater.  She is also a member of the Bridgewater State University Music Scholarship Committee. 

    Ms. Bizinkauskas follows the lead of her father, the late Dr. Peter A. Bizinkauskas, at Bridgewater State University, where he ran the Reading Lab for 20 years.  Her sister, Veronica (Bizinkauskas) Cote is a faculty member of the Aviation Department at Bridgewater.  Her other family members include her mother Veronica, a retired nurse, daughter Vilija, who studies in the Coordinated Program in Nutrition at Framingham State University, Dr. Paul Bizinkauskas of Hyannis, Attorney Peter M. Bizindauskas of Duxbury and the late Andrew Bizinkauskas of Weymouth.

    Degrees

    BM, Boston Conservatory of Music
    MM, Curtis Institute of Music

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  • Taras V. Leschishin - voice

    Taras V. Leschishin - voice
    Part-Time Faculty
    Hunt Hall, Room 119
    Tel:
    508.531.1377

    Mr. Leschishin, a native of Ohio, attended Baldwin-Wallace College with scholarships to pursue voice performance.  After graduation with high honors, Taras performed with the Cleveland Opera Company as well as soloist for several local choral groups and bass soloist at Old Stone Church in downtown Cleveland.  After one year, Taras continued his studies with scholarships at New England Conservatory in Boston, Massachusetts.  There he studied with Helen Hodam, renowned voice teacher from Oberlin Conservatory, and he also worked with John Moriarty who is well-known in the New England opera world.  After receiving a Masters degree in Voice Performance, Mr. Leschishin began performing around the Boston area, including solos with the Boston Pops, Boston Cecilia, Chorus of the Arts and several other local music organizations.  Taras has been a member of the Handel Haydn Society, the Cantata Singers, and the Serephim Singers.  He has coached with Martin Katz, Phyllis Curtin and Stephen Lord.  Taras' musical experience has brought him to conduct the Hong Kong Philharmonic in Bali, Indonesia as well as be the soloist for the Geddy Wedding in Indonesia with the Hong Kong Philharmonic.  Mr. Leschishin has traveled throughout Europe and the Middle East as soloist with many choral groups.  Taras has been a guest lecturer and professor of music for the Ukranian Catholic University in Lviv, Ukraine.  Taras lives in Roslindale, Massachusetts where he maintains his own home voice studio and is celebrating 20 year of teaching at Bridgewater State University.

    Degrees

    BM, Baldwin-Wallace College
    MM, New England Conservatory of Music

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