DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC
Helpful Links - Faculty & Staff
- Dr. Marc Foster - firstname.lastname@example.org
Department Chair, Director of Choral Activities, Professor of Music
Phone: (336) 841-4551Dr. Marc Ashley Foster was recently named Chair of the Department of Music and Director of Choral Activities at HPU. Dr. Foster has taught at the University of Texas at Arlington in Arlington, Texas and Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi and comes to High Point after serving as the Director of Worship Arts Ministries at Galloway Memorial United Methodist Church in Jackson, Mississippi and as the Artistic Director of the Mississippi Chorus. Dr. Foster received a Doctor of Music Arts degree (DMA) in Choral Conducting from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a Master of Sacred Music degree (MSM) from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, and the Bachelor of Music Education degree (BM Ed) in Choral Conducting and Voice from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Dr. Foster has served as the Music in Worship Chair for the Mississippi chapter of the American Choral Directors Association for two years. His choirs have appeared at such venues as the Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church of South Georgia, the dedication service for the Mississippi United Methodist Bishop, Hope Morgan Ward, and the Annual Conferences of the Mississippi United Methodist Church in June of 2006 and June, 2008. His choirs have performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City, NY, at York Minster Cathedral in York, England, and most recently toured throughout Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Austria. His youth choirs have toured extensively throughout the United States.
- Ms. Marcia Dills - email@example.com
Director of Keyboard Studies, Assistant Professor of Music
Phone: (336) 841-9232Marcia Garrett Dills, assistant professor of music, directs the keyboard division of the music department. The keyboard division at High Point offers piano and organ lessons to more than eighty music majors and nonmajors and provides accompanying for the many choral groups and music majors of the university. She has been a faculty member at High Point University for many years and has performed in more than fifty concerts during her tenure at High Point. Outside the university she performs extensively as a collaborative pianist. She has performed extensively on the Piedmont Artists concert series, most recently in April of 2012 with the High Point University Chamber Singers under the direction of Marc Foster. In December of 2009 and 2011 she accompanied Dr. Alexa Schlimmer's students at the London International Choral Festival. From 2003 to 2009 she accompanied the High Point Community Chorus. She has served as the principal organist/pianist at Emerywood Baptist Church in High Point for twenty years. She received the master of music degree in piano performance from the University of Wisconsin at Madison where she held a teaching assistantship in class piano and accompanying. Piano studies were with Tait Sanford Barrows and Jack Radunsky. She received the bachelor of music degree with honors from Salem College where she studied piano with Clemens Sandresky and organ with Margaret Mueller. She completed a summer term of music and art history study in Asolo, Italy through Salem College. Marcia is a longtime member of the National Guild of Piano Teachers and the High Point Piano Teachers Association. Her students perform regularly in events of these organizations and in many other area venues.
- Dr. Danny Frye - firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of Instrumental Studies
Phone: (336) 841-9326Dr. Danny Frye has appeared as a guest artist at the Festival Internacional de la Percusion in Puerto Rico, the Southeastern Percussion Festival, and the Kentucky, Tennessee, and North Carolina Days of Percussion. He also has presented solo marimba recitals, clinics, and master classes at the National Conference on Percussion Pedagogy and universities throughout the United States. Frye commissioned and performed the world premiere of three works for marimba - Spiral Passages by Jon Metzger, Different Voices by Lynn Glassock, and Three Scenes by David Long. In addition, Frye performed the premiere recording of the concerto for marimba and percussion ensemble, Song of Middle Earth, as well as the marimba/alto saxophone duet, Razdraz, both composed by Dan McCarthy. Other premiere recordings include Movements for Marimba and Percussion by Thomas Grassano and Philip Parker's Five Pieces for Clarinet and Percussion Ensemble which Dr. Frye conducted. As a professional percussionist, Frye is an accomplished drum set player, as well as a seasoned orchestral percussionist. He has performed with Aretha Franklin and Lorrie Morgan, as well as with the Charleston, SC, Greensboro, NC and Winston-Salem, NC Symphonies. He can be heard on several Kindermusik International recordings, as well as on recordings for the vocal group, Bel Canto Company. Frye is an Innovative Percussion artist and performs on a Marimba One marimba. Prior to coming to High Point University, Frye taught at Wake Forest University, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and Pfeiffer University. He also taught high school band in NC for eight years. Frye earned his DMA degree from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro where he studied with Dr. Cort McClaren. Frye lives in Greensboro, NC with his wife Susan, son Sebastian, and daughters Hattie and Gigi.
- Dr. John Turner - email@example.com
Assistant Professor of Music
Phone: (336) 841-0000Dr. JW Turner joined the faculty of High Point University in the Fall of 2010 to develop and teach the integrated Music Core curriculum. He also serves as the President-Elect of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the College Music Society, and previously coordinated the music theory curriculum at Winston-Salem State University. In addition to his academic responsibilities, Dr Turner presents performances each year of two ongoing recital series: Meditations, featuring masterworks of the twentieth-century solo cello literature, and Reflections, featuring world premieres and dedications. He has explored an increasingly diverse range of repertoire, collaborating with composers in seven countries and presenting the world premieres of fifteen solo and electro-acoustic works. Dr. Turner's current projects include the presentation of several "featured works," with accompanying analysis and discussion, drawing from the SACHER variations, works associated with the Darmstadt summer music courses, works by American masters, and works inspired by the traditional music of Korea and Japan. His research has been published in the Indiana Theory Review and the Virginia Review of Asian Studies.
- Dr. Candice Burrows - firstname.lastname@example.org
Instructor of VoiceMezzo-Soprano Candice Burrows comes to High Point University after twenty-five years of performing in the United States and abroad. A busy concert artist, she is known for her rich voice and command of a wide variety of musical styles. Appearing on concert stages performing Jazz in her early years, Burrows switched to the classical genre to further her vocal studies which culminated in numerous vocal awards: a winner in the Oralia Dominguez International Opera competition in Mexico, a finalist in the Los Angeles Metropolitan Opera competition where she was also voted the "Outstanding Future Artist" award, the Oregon Governor's Arts Award recipient and the Outstanding Achievement Award in the Field of Performance from the Los Angeles Rotary. Some of her engagements have included performances with the New York Philharmonic, Santa Fe Orchestra, Boston Pops and Symphony, Tanglewood Orchestra, Eugene Symphony, Phoenix Chamber Orchestra and Pops, New Jersey Symphony, June Opera Festival of New Jersey, Eugene Opera, New York Repertory Theater, Pasadena Chamber Orchestra, Schleswig-Holstein Orchestra, Oxford Symphony Orchestra and Oregon Bach Festival. She has worked with such well-known conductors as Seiji Ozawa, Helmuth Rilling, Marin Alsop, John Williams, Gunther Schuller and the late, great Leonard Bernstein. As a fellow at Tanglewood, she established a long standing relationship with Burrows SingingBernstein which culminated in his 70th birthday tour around Europe and Russia. This was followed by his internationally broadcast 70th birthday gala where she filled in for an ill Christa Ludwig, performing his Jeremiah Symphony. Her reviews have called her "the next Janet Baker waiting to happen" (Albuqurque Journal), "hauntingly beautiful voice" (Eugene Register Guard), "Praiseworthy vocalism..." (New York Times), and referring to her opera performance of Rossini's Cenerentola, the New Jersey Star Ledger stated "the role is hers forever!"
- Dr. Robert Hallquist - email@example.com
Associate Professor of PianoRobert N. Hallquist joined the full-time faculty at High Point University (HPU) in August of 2012 after three semesters as an adjunct faculty member there. At HPU he teaches individual piano lessons and a course in piano literature; he also accompanies individual student and faculty instrumentalists and vocalists, the Chapel Choir, the Musical Theatre Workshop, and the Opera Workshop. Previous work experience includes full-time appointments at Mercer University (Macon, GA) and the University of Northern Colorado (Greeley), as well as part-time faculty appointments at Catawba College (Salisbury, NC) and Davidson College (Davidson, NC). At the University of Northern Colorado, Hallquist also served as Director of the School of Music for eight years. Beyond the realm of the academy, he currently holds an appointment as pianist/accompanist at Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church (Greensboro, NC), maintains an active schedule as a piano tuner in central North Carolina, and is a Guild-certified FeldenkraisÂ® practitioner. Hallquist's educational credentials include a Bachelor of Music from Centenary College of Louisiana (Shreveport), a Master of Music from Indiana University (Bloomington), and a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of North Texas (Denton), where Nena Plant Wideman, Abbey Simon, Zadel Skolovsky, and Joseph Banowetz were his principal teachers. Hallquist subsequently pursued advanced piano studies with Sophia Rosoff, President of the Abby Whiteside Foundation. His performances as a solo and collaborative pianist have taken him throughout the United States, as well as to Germany and China. His pianism has been featured on Georgia Public Television and on WFMT Chicago's famed Dame Myra Hess radio broadcasts.
- Dr. Scott MacLeod - firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant Professor of VoiceDr. Scott R. MacLeod is assistant professor of voice and co-chair of the HPU vocal division. He maintains an active career as singer, conductor, and clinician. He provides individual voice training, teaches opera and musical theatre techniques, and serves as music director for HPU musical theatre productions. As a solo performer, he has appeared in a variety of venues both nationally and abroad, including: Central City Opera, Opera Omaha, Opera North, Utah Festival Opera, Mobile Opera, Duluth Festival Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Greensboro Opera, the Center for Contemporary Opera, Opera on the James, the Tucson Symphony, the North Carolina Symphony, and the National Symphony of Costa Rica. He made his Carnegie Hall solo debut in Mendelssohn's "Elijah" with the New York Chamber Orchestra in March 2009. Recent performances include "Messiah" with the Coro SinfÃ³nico Nacional in Costa Rica and John Adams' "The Wound Dresser" with the North Carolina Symphony. He is also chorus master for the North Carolina Opera. Dr. MacLeod recently served as section leader and chaperone for the first ACDA (American Choral Directors Association) National Youth Choir tour in London and has taught extensively in Austria and Germany. He holds degrees from Northwestern University, Florida State University, and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
- Dr. Brian Meixner - email@example.com
Assistant Director of BandsDr. Brian Meixner, originally from Macomb, Illinois, serves as the Assistant Director of HPU Bands and teaches studio low brass. Dr. Meixner also plays euphonium with the River City Brass and serves as the Assistant Conductor of the ensemble. Dr. Meixner has been featured with the band on several performances. In addition to his duties with the RCBB, Dr. Meixner plays euphonium and trombone with the River City 6 and the River Bottom Quartet, chamber groups composed of River City Brass members. Prior to his time in North Carolina, Dr. Meixner served on the faculties of Slippery Rock University, the University of Texas at Arlington and Texas Woman's University. He also served as the Euphonium Teaching Fellow at the University of North Texas, where he completed a DMA in Euphonium Performance. Dr. Meixner has participated actively as a performer in numerous professional ensembles and as a conductor of various university and high school honor ensembles. He has also been featured as a euphonium solo artist and clinician with several professional ensembles, various universities, community bands, high school ensembles, brass bands, and state, national and international music conferences. Dr. Meixner has also been active promoting and commissioning several new compositions for the euphonium. These new works include a 2010 composition for euphonium and wind ensemble by Libby Larsen and several pieces written for euphonium and percussion which he performed in recital at the 2010 International Tuba and Euphonium Conference. In addition to the DMA, Brian Meixner's previous education includes a Master's degree in Euphonium Performance from the University of North Texas, a Bachelor's degree in Music Education from the University of Kentucky, and a Bachelor's degree in Business Management from Western Illinois University where he studied with Dr. Brian Bowman, Dr. Skip Gray and Dr. Hugo Magliocco respectively.
- Mr. Mark Mazzatenta - firstname.lastname@example.org
Instructor of GuitarMark Mazzatenta is among the cherished few musicians to excel in both the jazz and classical worlds as performer and composer. He earned his M.M. at Florida State University in 1987 and began teaching at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he directed the guitar program and taught Jazz Appreciation. Mr. Mazzatenta's concerts feature contemporary and original music - everything from solo classical guitar pieces to improvisatory electric guitar synthesizer. He also performs in a duo with twin brother Michael on piano/harpsichord/keys. Mark's favorite musicians include John Williams, the Assad Duo, Pat Metheny, Allan Holdsworth, and Paul Winter. Mark has played in workshops with Teri Lyne Carrington, Fred Wesley, Byron Stripling, and Robin Eubanks, played with Mike Stern and performed concerts as a guest musician with Chris and Dan Brubeck. You can read his article "Expanding Your Horizons with Horizontal Scales" in the Winter/Spring 2001 issue of Soundboard magazine. As a 2010 recipient of the Central Piedmont Regional Artists Hub Program grant, Mr. Mazzatenta is recording his 3rd CD with his band Mazzjazz.
- Ms. Laura Stevens - email@example.com
Instructor of FluteLaura Dangerfield Stevens is the Instructor of Flute and Director of the Flute Ensemble at High Point University. She is the principal flutist of the Western Piedmont Symphony, holds the piccolo position with the Salisbury Symphony, and performs with many orchestras throughout the east coast. Laura is a founding member of the Relevents Wind Quintet who made their critically acclaimed debut tour through Southern Germany in April 2009. She also traveled to Venezuela, South America with the Archipelago Project to teach and perform through El Sistema, a publicly financed voluntary sector music education program. Laura received the Doctorate of Musical Arts Degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, the Master of Music Degree from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and the Bachelor of Music Degree from the Salem College School of Music. She lives in Winston-Salem with her husband/composer, William R. Stevens, and their two daughters.
- Ms. Susan Bates - firstname.lastname@example.org
Instructor of Organ
- Mr. Luke Boudreault - email@example.com
Instructor of TrumpetLuke Boudreault, a native of Graham, North Carolina, is an active orchestral and chamber musician as well as a dedicated educator. Boudreault is the founder and Managing Director of da Capo Brass, a Delos recording artist and national touring ensemble. He holds the positions of principal trumpet with the Salisbury Symphony and the Raleigh Symphony. Boudreault also performs with the North Carolina, Roanoke (VA), Winston-Salem, Greensboro, and Western Piedmont Symphony Orchestras. He frequently appears as a trumpet soloist both nationally and internationally. Boudreault is also a highly sought after clinician and adjudicator. In addition to his performing and teaching schedule, Boudreault is a classical audio engineer, having recorded for events including the Spoleto Festival (SC), Triad Chamber Music Society, and Music for a Great Space. Boudreault holds the Master of Music degree in Trumpet Performance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
- Ms. Mary Boudreault - firstname.lastname@example.org
Instructor of French HornHailing from Boone, North Carolina, Mary Pritchett Boudreault is a founding member of the chamber ensembles Relevents Wind Quintet and da Capo Brass, a Delos recording artist. As a chamber musician, Ms. Boudreault has been a featured performer on multiple concert series including the Raleigh Chamber Music Guild and the Triad Chamber Music Society. Ms. Boudreault has performed as the principal horn for the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, Carolina Chamber Symphony, Charlotte Philharmonic, and Raleigh Symphony Orchestra. She regularly performs with the North Carolina, Roanoke, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Salisbury, and Western Piedmont Symphonies, and has toured extensively with the New England Symphonic Ensemble and the internationally acclaimed Mannheim Steamroller. She has performed in conjunction with professional conferences including the International Horn Symposium, the Southeast Horn Workshop, the North American Saxophone Alliance, and the Society of Composers, Inc. Her professional memberships include the International Horn Society, the College Music Society, and Pi Kappa Lambda. Ms. Boudreault holds the Master of Music degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
- Ms. Jackie Canter - email@example.com
Instructor of VoiceJacqueline Somers Canter is a member of the voice faculty at High Point University. She earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in voice performance and music education at East Carolina University. She performed a number of operatic and musical theater roles for the East Carolina Opera Theatre, the East Carolina Summer Theatre and Greensboro College Opera Theatre. She has been a guest director for the Hickory Community Theatre and directed the outdoor drama From This Day Forward. She has performed with the Western Piedmont Symphony and Piedmont Artists. Ms. Canter is music director and soloist at Emmanual Lutheran Church in High Point, where she lives with her husband Bob and their children, Cameron and Katerina.
- Dr. Shawn Copeland - firstname.lastname@example.org
Instructor of ClarinetAn advocate for new music and avid chamber musician, Shawn Copeland is a founding member of The Relevents Wind Quintet, the Faculty Quintet in Residence at High Point University. As a teacher and clarinetist, Shawn has presented masterclasses, recitals and premiered works throughout Germany, the United States, Mexico, Ireland and Japan. He is currently playing e-flat clarinet with the Winston Salem Symphony and Bass Clarinet with the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra. He has served as the principal clarinetist of Southern Winds, the NOVUS Chamber Orchestra, the Fibonacci Chamber Orchestra and as second clarinetist/bass clarinetist for the Bach Festival Orchestra in Winter Park, FL. Dr. Copeland joined faculty of High Point University in 2012. His summer appointments include teaching clarinet at the Stetson University Summer Clarinet Clinic and Alexander Technique at the Eastern Music Festival. He has served on the faculties of Stetson University, Coastal Carolina University, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, North Carolina A&T University and Mars Hill College. He completed the Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and holds additional degrees from the University of Central Florida and Stetson University. As an accredited teacher of Alexander Technique and a specialist in the application of anatomy and physiology called Body Mapping, Shawn maintains an active schedule, presenting masterclasses, lectures and private lessons throughout the United States. He is currently working toward the publication of What Every Clarinetist Needs to Know about the Body. Shawn resides in Greensboro, NC. He plays exclusively on Buffet Greenline Tosca Clarinets with a vintage Cicero Kaspar mouthpiece refaced by Bradford Behn.
- Dr. Melanie Crump - email@example.com
Instructor of VoiceDr. Melanie Austin Crump, a native of High Point, North Carolina, has taught in the middle, high school and collegiate classrooms. While serving as a K-12 choral teacher, her students scored "Superior" in vocal competitions across the state. Upon moving into higher education, she has continued her successful stint in the classroom receiving three sequential nominations for an "Excellence in Teaching Award" since 2006. During the 2009-2010 academic year, Melanie was honored with the "Teacher of the Year" accolade for the School of Arts and Science at Mount Olive College. As a performer, Dr. Crump has sung both mezzo and soprano repertoire. Before transitioning to lyric soprano, she performed in Amahl and the Night Visitors as the Mother, Little Buttercup in H.M.S. Pinafore where she "brought an even and smooth mezzo-soprano voice and a good sense of timing to the role" (Classical Voice of North Carolina), Ms. Benson in Lakme and Zita in Gianni Schicchi. As a lyric soprano she has sung the title role Suor Angelica in Suor Angelica, and Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus. While studying, she consistently placed in regional competitions, won a concert-aria competition and was presented with the Voice Recital of Distinction honor. Melanie earned her degrees in music from Appalachian State University (BM in General Music, MM in Choral Directing, MM in Vocal Performance) where she studied with Mr. Randall Outland. She later continued her studies at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she received a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance studying with Dr. Carla LeFevre and Dr. Robert Wells. Melanie continues to perform locally and has been featured as the guest soloist in venues throughout North Carolina. She also serves as the organist for her church. Dr. Crump resides in Colfax with her husband Scott and their two children, Watson and Lillie.
- Dr. Nathan Daughtrey - firstname.lastname@example.org
Instructor of Composition/PercussionWhether performing nationally as a marimba/vibraphone soloist or a chamber musician, conducting percussion clinics, composing for a range of soloists and ensemble around the world or teaching at the university level, Dr. Nathan Daughtrey (b. 1975) is a musical chameleon who uses his wide-ranging talents to adapt comfortably to a variety of environments. As a performing artist and clinician for Yamaha and Vic Firth, Dr. Daughtrey has performed and conducted master classes and clinics in concert halls and at universities throughout the United States and across three continents. He has two solo marimba CDs to his credit - Spiral Passages, which features premiere recordings of David Gillingham's "Gate to Heaven" and David J. Long's "Concerto for Marimba;" and The Yuletide Marimba, which showcases Daughtrey's solo and marimba quartet arrangements of 13 Christmas favorites. Also active as a collaborative artist, he has performed and recorded in chamber settings with composers Michael Udow and Daniel McCarthy, saxophonists Susan Fancher and Steven Stusek, bassoonist Michael Burns, clarinetist Christina Giacona, and the Virginia Beach Percussion Quartet, Trommel Percussion Group and Philidor Percussion Group. According to leading wind band conductors and clinicians Ray Cramer and Peter Boonshaft, Dr. Daughtrey'sNathan Daughtrey - Vibes compositions are "fresh, beautifully scored journeys through dramatic textures" that feature "powerful tensions, velvety textures, lamenting colors and driving vigor." With over fifty publications for concert band, percussion ensemble, chamber ensembles, and soloists as well as an ever-growing number of commissions, his works have been performed at national and international conferences. Performance venues include Percussive Arts Society International Convention, Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, Bands of America National Percussion Festival, Asian Symphonic Band Competition (Bangkok, Thailand), and the International Music Conference (Beijing, China). Daughtrey is the only composer in the history of the Percussive Arts Society Composition Contest to procure both 2nd and 3rd place in the same year with his percussion ensemble works "Limerick Daydreams" and "Adaptation." Additionally, his band pieces "Downtown Dash" and "Limerick Daydreams" have been featured in two volumes of GIA Publications' "Teaching Music Through Performance in Band." He has received annual awards from ASCAP since 2007. His eagerly awaited "Concerto for Vibraphone" will be released by C. Alan Publications in the fall of 2010. As an educator, Dr. Daughtrey served as a Visiting Lecturer of Percussion for three years at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he taught applied percussion and conducted the Percussion Ensemble. He also served as a sabbatical replacement at the University of Oklahoma, where he taught undergraduate and graduate percussion students and conducted the world-renowned OU Percussion Orchestra. Dr. Daughtrey is currently a Visiting Lecturer of Music Composition at High Point University (NC), where he teaches applied lessons. When not performing, composing or teaching, Dr. Daughtrey can be found running and biking the trails and green ways in his hometown of Greensboro, NC. Dr. Daughtrey is a Performing Artist and Clinician for Yamaha Corporation and Vic Firth, Inc. All of his works are available from C. Alan Publications
- Dr. Christy Elkins - email@example.com
Instructor of Choral StudiesDr. Christy Elkins is a conductor, pianist and teacher. She served as a teacher in various public schools in North Carolina for nearly 10 years as well as a private school for 2 years. She served as chair of the Rockingham All-County Chorus for 2 years and interim Music Director for several churches throughout Greensboro. She received her Bachelor's in Music Education, Master's in Music Education and a Doctoral of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting. She joined the High Point University faculty in 2011 and teaches Conducting I, Human Dimensions of Music, Women's Choir, Private Piano lessons as well as accompanying voice majors and assisting with University Singers. Dr. Elkins also serves on the executive board of the Musical Arts Guild through UNCG and the education committee of the EMF (Eastern Music Festival). Through EMF, Dr. Elkins helped develop the first music camp for children, grades K-5, with Asperger's Syndrome. She is also the mother of 3 children, ages 13, 11, and 7.
- Dr. Stephanie Ezerman - firstname.lastname@example.org
Instructor of Violin/ViolaStephanie Ezerman has appeared in concert across the United States and Canada as soloist and chamber musician. She has performed with the Houston Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, Charlotte Symphony, Memphis Symphony, New World Symphony, Pine Mountain Music Festival and Spoleto Festival USA. She is the former Associate Concertmaster of the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, and has held leadership positions with Cap Rock Pro Musica, Abilene Philharmonic, and the Big Spring Symphony. She is currently a member of the Greensboro Symphony. As a chamber musician, Stephanie performs regularly with her husband, cellist Alex Ezerman, as part of the Ezerman Duo. An advocate for new music, she has participated in numerous premiers, including Theresa LeVelle's The Shadowlands at the International Saxophone Congress in Montreal, Canada. She appeared at Merlefest 2011, in Wilkesboro, NC, with the Kruger Brothers playing Jens Kruger's Appalacian Concerto. She has also been heard in concert in theSitkovetsky and Friends Chamber Series in Greensboro, NC. She has recorded on the Innova and Double Time labels. As a registered Suzuki teacher, Ezerman co-founded and directed the Suzuki Talent Education of the Lubbock Region (STELR) from 2001-2008. Many of her former students have gone on to pursue careers in music and hold positions in professional orchestras and public school teaching positions. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Violin Performance from the University of Minnesota, where she was a student of Sally O'Reilly. Her Masters Degree and Doctorate of Musical Arts are from Texas Tech University where she was teaching assistant to John Gilbert. In the summers, Ezerman is on the faculty of the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival in Burlington, VT where she performs and teaches with some of the country's most renowned string players.
- Mr. Robert Faub - email@example.com
Instructor of SaxophoneRobert Faub is an accomplished classical soloist, chamber musician and jazz artist. As a founding member of the Red Clay Saxophone Quartet he has performed and recorded extensively, and has contributed to the commissioning and premier of dozens of new works for saxophone quartet. Prior to the formation of RCSQ, Robert toured and recorded with the New Century Saxophone Quartet. He appears on New Century's recordings Standards and A New Century Christmas. Robert is currently the saxophone instructor at High Point University, where he also teaches Core Music (music history, theory and ear training), and Jazz Ensemble. He is the Director of Bands at Caldwell Academy in Greensboro, NC, a K-12 Classical Christian school. He also shepherds an accomplished studio of young private students, performs with local jazz combos and with the North Carolina, Greensboro and Winston-Salem Symphonies. With his wife Paula, an accomplished vocalist, worship leader and home-school mom, he raises daughters Hannah (17) and Eleanor (8). When not teaching or spending time with his beloved family, Robert may be found on the golf course, taking a run or reading an old book.
- Mr. Mark Hekman - firstname.lastname@example.org
Instructor of Bassoon
- Mr. Matt Kendrick - email@example.com
Instructor of BassMatt is an award winning bassist, composer and recording artist from Winston-Salem. He studied European classical bass at the North Carolina School of the Arts and Jazz Improvisation with Jerry Coker at University of Tennessee, Knoxville. In addition to teaching at High Point University he teaches Jazz Improvisation and bass as an adjunct professor at Wake Forest University. Recently Matt Kendrick has appeared on Bass with: The Marian McPartland Trio, Ernie Watts, Gene Bertoncini, Archie Shepp, Jaki Byard, Amiri Baraka(aka Leroi Jones), Craig Harris, Dick Hyman and JoAnne Brackeen. He also won the North Carolina Jazz Composers Fellowship Twice. He has four cd's on his own Suitcase Music label and one on the Ichiban label which charted in the Gavin top 50 for national airplay. He has played in the Bass Sections of The Knoxville Symphony, Greensboro Symphony, Winston-Salem Symphony, Western Piedmont Symphony, Salisbury Symphony, The Tri-Cities Symphony and others.
- Ms. Elisabeth Malcolm - firstname.lastname@example.org
Instructor of PianoElisabeth Malcolm attended The University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she received a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and a Bachelor of Arts in violin. Ms. Malcolm continued her studies at The University of Wisconsin at Madison where she completed a Master of Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy. In addition to being a graduate teaching assistant at UW-Madison, Ms. Malcolm taught piano through the UW-Piano Lab as well as Piano Pioneers, a program that provides piano lessons for low-income families. Upon completion of her Masters, Ms. Malcolm taught at the New School for Music Study in Princeton, NJ for two years, where she gave private piano lessons, group classes, and Musikgarten classes for ages 0-5. During her time at the New School, Ms. Malcolm was the personal assistant to Louise Goss, one of the co-founders of the New School. She was also the pianist and Music Director at Kingston United Methodist Church in Kingston, NJ. Besides teaching, Ms. Malcolm is an active performer. During her time at the New School, she collaborated with faculty to perform at Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall. Ms. Malcolm enjoys performing music that features extended techniques at the piano, collaborating with other musicians in her community, and subbing with the North Carolina Symphony. In addition to teaching at High Point University, Ms. Malcolm currently teaches at several schools in the Triangle Area, including Carolina School of Music, Kerry Henry Piano Studios, Ravenscroft, and her own private piano studio.
- Mr. Steve McHugh - email@example.com
Instructor of Drum SetMr. McHugh is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, with a B.M. degree in percussion performance. He has taught privately since 1979, has coached the marching percussion section at Western Guilford High School, and has taught percussion at HPU. Mr. McHugh's performance credits include nationally known acts, such as the Shirelles, Frank Fontaine, the Sammy Kaye Big Band Orchestra, Susan Ray, and Jim Cole. In addition, he has performed with diverse local acts, including the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra, the U.S. Air Jazz Band, the Piedmont Wind Symphony, and numerous rock, jazz, and theater groups. Mr. McHugh also has extensive experience as a church musician. He is currently active as a staff percussionist at Jamestown United Methodist Church, under the direction of Ashby Brown, Music Minister.
- Dr. Mayumi Osada - firstname.lastname@example.org
Instructor of PianoA native of Japan, Mayumi Osada holds the Doctor of Musical Arts in piano performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, the Master of Music and the Bachelor of Arts in music (cum laude and high honors) in piano performance from the State University of New York at Binghamton. She has studied with Dr. Andrew Willis, Michael Salmirs, James Giles, Ewa Mackiewicz-Wolfe, and Seymour Fink. Having studied with Barbara Lister-Sink, a leading authority on injury-preventive piano technique, Dr. Osada cultivates a holistic practice of teaching that coordinates the body and mind.
- Mr. Robert Overman - email@example.com
Instructor of VoiceRobert joins the voice faculty of High Point University after a 22-year international singing career. Still an active singer, Robert may be heard in leading roles with Piedmont Opera and as a soloist with the Winston-Salem Symphony, among others. Robert was born in North Carolina and did his musical training at UNC-Greensboro and the Mozarteum Conservatory in Salzburg, Austria. While a student, Robert was first-place winner of both the National Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in New York City and the National Opera Association Auditions in Washington, D.C. Concerts at Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City and in West Palm Beach and Palm Beach, Florida, Atlanta, Georgia, and at Liszt Hall at Lincoln Center under the auspices of the Metropolitan Opera National Council followed. To begin his professional career, Robert served as principal baritone in the Salzburg, Austria opera house and made his debut in the role of Scarpia in Puccini's Tosca in Salzburg's Grosses Festspielhaus (Grand Festival Hall). Shortly thereafter he debuted in the renowned Salzburg Festival in a commissioned work entitled Furst von Salzburg - Wolf Dietrich, in which he sang the title role. A contract as principal baritone in the German National Opera House in Karlsruhe followed, where he sang leading roles in such operas as: Don Giovanni, La Boheme, Lucia di Lammermoor, Iphigenie auf Tauris, Madama Butterfly, Il Trovatore, La Forza del Destino, La Traviata, Le Nozze di Figaro, Rigoletto and Nabucco. Robert was then engaged as principal baritone in the International Opera House in Bonn, Germany, where he sang leading roles opposite such world-renowned singers as Katja Riccerelli, Giuseppi Giacomini, Barbara Daniels, Vladimir Atlantov, Waltraud Meier, Eva Lind, Julia Varady, Eva Marton, Sherrill Milnes and Placido Domingo. He worked with baritone idols Milnes, Justino Diaz, Piero Cappucilli, Renato Bruson and Leo Nucci and performed such works as Tosca, Le Villi, Cavalleria Rusticana, Pagliacci, Il Tabarro, La Fanciulla del West, Das Rheingold, Romeo et Juliette, Carmen, Manon Lescaut, La Rondine and Otello. Robert has performed in concert and opera in Vienna, Zurich, Bern, Basel, Strasbourg, Nice, Montpelier, Warsaw, Reggio Emelia, Torino, Luxembourg, Heidelberg, Nuremberg, Leipzig, Weimar, Aachen, Freiburg, Stuttgart, Wiesbaden, Kiel, Dortmund, Dusseldorf, and Munich, as well as Houston, San Francisco and New York. He has also appeared as baritone soloist with numerous European and American symphonies, including the Mozarteum Orchestra in Salzburg, the Gewandhaus Orchestra in Leipzig, the Beethovenhalle Orchestra in Bonn, the Kolner Philharmoniker in Cologne, the Greensboro Symphony, the Winston-Salem Symphony and the Houston Symphony, where he was the baritone soloist for Mendelssohn's Die Erste Walpurgisnacht, conducted by Helmut Rilling. Robert was last heard in this area in Piedmont Opera's La Traviata (Germont) and Un Ballo in Maschera (Renato). He has also sung King Melchoir in the Piedmont Opera production of Amahl and the Night Visitors and in concert for the past two seasons with the Winston-Salem Symphony as baritone soloist for Handel's Messiah. Robert recently sang the title role in Mendelssohn's Elijah, conducted by international opera star Sherrill Milnes. As a teacher, Robert has taught private voice lessons throughout his 20-plus years as a professional singer. Robert has taught voice on the faculties of Greensboro College and High Point University and as a guest clinician at Wake Forest University and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, For nine years Robert served the department of music at Greensboro College as Vocal Artist-in-Residence and Director of Vocal Studies, where he taught private voice lessons, directed the opera workshop and coached operatic and musical roles through the 2009 academic year. In addition to opera, musical theater, concert appearances and teaching, Robert began a new dimension of his musical career in 2005 with his appointment to his first church as music director. He is now director of music ministries at Starmount Presbyterian Church in Greensboro where he also has a private voice studio. Robert resides in Greensboro, N.C., with his wife, American soprano Rhonda Ingle Overman, and their daughters, Jennifer and Mary.
- Dr. Thomas Pappas - firstname.lastname@example.org
Instructor of OboeThomas Pappas (oboe) is active as soloist, chamber musician, orchestral player, and teacher. He has performed throughout the United States, Germany, France, Spain, Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Wales. Past solo appearances include performances of oboe concertos in Greensboro, NC and with the Aalen Symphony Orchestra in Germany, where he grew up and first learned how to play the oboe. An avid chamber musician, Pappas is a founding member of Relevents Wind Quintet. He has served as the principal oboist of the NOVUS Chamber Orchestra, the Fibonacci Chamber Orchestra, and has performed principal and section oboe with the Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Roanoke (VA), Salisbury and Western Piedmont symphony orchestras, and the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle. He was a featured soloist on the annual computer music concert xMUSE at the University of South Carolina. Other professional conferences at which he has performed include the North American Saxophone Alliance, the Society of Composers Inc., UNCG Cello Celebrations (Silva and Varga) and the UNCG New Music Festival. He enjoys performing new music and has premiered several works, including ones written for him by his brother, the composer Daniel Pappas. He is also a member of the Pappas Family Recorder Quartet, who released their first commercially available CD in 2005. Pappas is on the faculty at High Point University, Guilford Technical Community College, and Alamance Community College. Pappas holds the Bachelor of Arts degree from Grace College, IN, the Master of Music and the Doctorate of Musical Arts degrees from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
- Dr. Gina Pezzoli - email@example.com
Instructor of CelloCellist Gina Pezzoli is active as an orchestral and chamber musician, performing frequently as a member of the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra, Novus Ensemble, Carolina Ballet, and the Opera Company of North Carolina. She has also performed with the North Carolina Symphony, Winston-Salem Symphony, Symphony Orchestra Augusta (GA), and the Charleston Symphony (SC), along with the Ash-Lawn Opera Festival.As a chamber musician she has performed throughout the East Coast and Canada with groups such as Elegant Ensembles, Corda Entertainment, the Homestead Chamber Players, and the Quatour Ã Cordes de La TournÃ©e, a string quartet that tours throughout Quebec in the summertime. She also maintains a private teaching studio of 20-25 middle and high-school students, many of whom have gone on to pursue careers in music. She completed the DMA in Cello Performance at UNCG, where her research centered on cello compositions by British cellist/composer William Henry Squire. She also holds the MM in Cello Performance from UNCG and the BA in French and Music from the University of Virginia.
- Ms. Susan Young - firstname.lastname@example.org
Instructor of PianoSusan Young, a native of Valdese, North Carolina, joined the faculty of High Point University in the fall of 2010 as Instructor of Piano. In addition to teaching lessons she also accompanies voice lessons and the Women's Choir. Susan received the Bachelor of Music in Education from Appalachian State University and the Master of Music in Accompanying from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Ms. Young has spent 15 years as the staff accompanist at Greensboro College, joining their faculty in 2008. She is the official audition accompanist for the North Carolina Theatre Conference as well as the North Carolina United Methodist All-State Youth Choir. An active collaborative pianist, Susan regularly performs in 30-40 choral concerts, recitals, opera performances and musical theatre shows each year all over the Triad and beyond. Susan has accompanied rehearsals for Greensboro Opera and toured with Opera Carolina, but her longest running relationship is with the opera program at UNCG. In addition to her teaching duties and performance responsibilities, she is the Music Director and Organist at College Place UMC. Susan lives in Greensboro with her husband, Kevin, and their three children, Jonathan, Lauren and Emma.
- Dr. Lisa Foerster - email@example.com
Instructor of VoiceDr. Lisa Foerster, internationally accomplished coloratura soprano, received her DMA in Vocal Performance from UNCG in 2012 where she was a recipient of the Hayes Fellowship and a teaching assistantship. While there she starred as Adele in Die Fledermaus and Madame Heartmelt in The Impressario. From 2004-2009 she taught voice and related courses at Claflin University in South Carolina. A native of Oregon, she received her BM from St. Olaf College and her MM and artist diploma from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Her teachers have included Nancy Walker, George Vassos, Beverly Rinaldi, Margaret Eaves-Smith and Carole Stewart. She made her professional operatic debut with Lyric Opera Cleveland where she sang Marie in Daughter of the Regiment and Blondchen in Abduction from the Seraglio. Subsequently, she spent 13 years singing opera and art song in Germany. With Theater Nordhausen she sang a variety of roles including Queen of the Night, Frasquita, and Olympia. Also known as a recitalist she was twice a participant in the Art Song Festival in Cleveland, OH. Her research interests include the lieder of Fanny Hensel as well as other women composers. She is Director of Music at Church of the Good Shepherd in Asheboro and also teaches private voice through Brightest Star at Buffalo in Greensboro.
- Ms. Barbara Peters - firstname.lastname@example.org
Instructor of VoiceSoprano Barbara Ann Peters received her B.M. in Applied Voice cum laude from The Boston Conservatory and holds a License de Concert Chant from L'Ecole Normale de Musique, Paris. Post-graduate studies include five years of private study and performance in Rome, Italy and Munich, Germany. Peters was a professional freelance musician in New York City for over two decades. She received her M.M. in Vocal Performance from University of North Carolina at Greensboro. A member of the prestigious Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society, Peters served on the voice faculty at UNC-Chapel from 1999-2007 where she taught Voice, French, Italian and English Diction. At UNC Greensboro, Peters taught Voice, Vocal Pedagogy, History of Art Song, Seminar in Vocal Lit: Oratorio, French, Italian and English Diction from 2002-2008. From 2008-2012, she served on the voice faculty at Elon University. As clinician, Peters has given Master Classes at The Boston Conservatory, Meredith College, UNCSA, Guilford College, and Texas Christian University. Peters made her Carnegie Hall debut in Mahler's Eighth Symphony with Canterbury Choral Society and made her Merkin Hall debut with I Cantori di New York in John Harbison's Five Songs of Experience. The soprano has appeared with the Dallas Symphony, New York Chamber Symphony, New York's Schubertiade, Springfield (MA) Symphony, Alabama Symphony, Masterwork Chorus and Orchestra , and the Manhattan String Quartet at Music Mountain. Operatic/operetta credits include performances with Boris Goldovsky Opera, Manhattan Opera, Henry Street Opera, The York Theatre, and Berkshire Choral Festival. An active recitalist, Peters has presented numerous recitals along the eastern seaboard in programs embracing 400 years of song. She has appeared at the Accademia Chigiana, Siena, American Academy, Rome, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Florence, Salle Cortot, Paris, and the Deutsches Museum, Munich. Her recitals have been broadcast by WQXR-New York and WGBG-Boston; others have been telecast by the Radiotelevisione Italiana (RAI). A veteran officer of the NC Chapter of NATS, she was Executive Director of Greensboro Opera from 2009-2011. A Certified McClosky Voice Therapist since 1981, Peters has maintained a private studio for over 35 years, currently in Greensboro, NC.