Faculty & Staff
Theory of Music, Sight Singing & Ear Training, Class Piano, Applied Piano
A faculty member at Northwestern Michigan College since 1996, Dr. Vogel teaches music theory, sight singing and ear training, class piano, and applied piano. Vogel also teaches on the summer piano faculty at Interlochen Arts Camp and maintains a large independent piano studio in Traverse City, Michigan. She holds a B.M. in piano performance from Oberlin Conservatory, an M.M. in piano performance from Western Michigan University, and a D.M.A. in Music Education from Boston University. Her research articles have been published in peer-reviewed periodicals including the Journal of Research in Music Education, the Journal of Historical Research in Music Education, and American Music Teacher. Nationally certified, she is also active in the Michigan Music Teachers Association as an executive board member, adjudicator, and guest lecturer. Previously, Vogel served on the faculties of Hope College, Kalamazoo Valley Community College, as staff accompanist at Western Michigan University, Hope College, and Interlochen for the Arts, and as a dissertation proposal mentor for the music education department at Boston University. She is currently principal pianist for the Traverse Symphony Orchestra and frequently performs chamber music in the Midwest area.
Class Piano, Applied Piano
Originally from Malden, Illinois, David Husser received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2003. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2006, earning his Master of Music Education degree with an emphasis in piano pedagogy. David currently lives in Traverse City, Michigan, where he maintains a private piano studio. Since moving to Michigan in 2006, he has worked as an accompanist for the choirs of Traverse City West Senior High School. He is a member of the music faculty at Northwestern Michigan College, where he teaches group piano classes and applied piano lessons. During the summer, he teaches at Interlochen Arts Camp as a member of the piano faculty. He also collaborates as a pianist with many individuals and organizations, and composes music for piano and for various vocal ensembles.
MIILLIKEN AUDITORIUM TECHNICAL DIRECTOR, AUDIO TECH FACULTY
Jack Conners has worked in professional audio for more than 40 years as studio recording engineer, live sound mixer, sound designer, technician and music producer. Artists he has worked with include the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, violinist Joshua Bell, the Berlin Philharmonic, and drummer Peter Erskine. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business from Spring Arbor University, Spring Arbor, MI in 1992. Jack currently serves as Chief Engineer at Interlochen Public Radio, teaches audio technology at Northwestern Michigan College, and operates Perfect World Studios, an audio services company in Traverse City, MI.
AUDIO TECH FACULTY
A native of Traverse City, Michigan, Randall Nash has a professional history approaching 46 years in audio, acoustics and live sound production. In addition, he sports a professional background in auto mechanics (20 years), welding, architectural & mechanical drawing, music performance, audio & acoustical training, business management, financial management and business ownership. He studied electronics at Sam’s Technical Institute in Fort Wayne, Indiana and has acquired numerous certificates of achievement in acoustics, advanced sound system design, the physics of sound, audio systems set-up & operation, live audio production, supervision of people and auto mechanics. He has provided audio engineering services for thousands of professional artists including familiar names such as; Styx, ELO, Martin Sexton, Grand Funk Railroad, Blake Shelton, Tony Bennett, Traverse Symphony Orchestra, Bob James, Foreigner, Kellie Pickler, Edgar Winter and Montgomery Gentry, to name just a few. Randy currently serves as the chief engineer & systems designer, president and sole owner of “Sound Environments LLC” (the largest sound & lighting production company in Northern Michigan recently featured in FOH magazine). He teaches audio and acoustics for churches, schools and performance venues, and most recently has joined the audio technology teaching staff at Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City, Michigan.
Theory of Music, Sight Singing & Ear Training, Applied Trumpet
Scott Sorenson holds Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Arts, and Bachelor of Arts degrees in music education from the University of Minnesota and Luther College. Currently, Dr. Sorenson teaches music theory, sight singing/ear training, and trumpet at Northwestern Michigan College. He has also served on the music faculties of the Interlochen Center for the Arts, Hong Kong International School, University of Minnesota, Burnsville Public Schools (MN), and Traverse City Public Schools. Dr. Sorenson is the author of over one hundred published articles, reviews, conference synopses, and orchestral program notes. He has held the positions of associate editor, assistant editor, and recording/music reviews’ editor for the Journal of the International Trumpet Guild. Dr. Sorenson’s music editions are published by Shawnee Press, Southern Music, International Music Company, Concordia Publishing House, and Denver Brass. Additionally, he holds the position of second trumpet with the Traverse Symphony Orchestra and is past principal trumpet of the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra. Dr. Sorenson is also the program annotator for the Traverse Symphony Orchestra and is past chair of the orchestra’s players’ committee. During the summers, Sorenson pursues his interest in long distance wilderness canoeing. In 2012, he completed a 650-mile solo circumnavigation of Ontario’s Quetico Provincial Park and Minnesota’s Boundary Waters – the first to undertake this lengthy route.