Faculty & Staff

Office Manager: Alice Sluss
Email asluss@nmc.edu
Phone: (231) 995-1325
Office: F 124

Contact Information

Jeffrey CobbJeffrey Cobb

Director Of Music Programs, Choral Director

Jeffrey Cobb is the Director of Music Programs and Choirs at Northwestern Michigan College, Artistic Director of the NMC Children’s Choirs, and Director of Music at Traverse City Central United Methodist Church. He holds a M.M. in Choral Conducting from Oakland University and a B.A. in Music Education from Western Michigan University. Jeffrey has held positions at Traverse City Central High School, Judson ISD in San Antonio, Texas; Parchment Schools in Parchment, Michigan; and the Leysin American School in Leysin, Switzerland. Choirs under his direction have toured throughout Michigan, Texas, Chicago, New York, Salzburg and Vienna and have been invited to perform at State and National Conferences including the Michigan Music Conference, the Michigan Youth Arts Festival, the ACDA Michigan Conference, and the ACDA National Convention. In addition to his work as a conductor, Jeffrey is also a regularly commissioned composer. His pieces have won several awards including honors from the Ithaca Choir Composition Contest, the New York Virtuoso Singers Choral Composition Contest, the Vanguard Premieres Choral Composition Contest, the Summit Chorale’s Composition Contest, the Outside the Bachs International Choral Music Competition, the C7Prize, and the Composition Competition of the Chiayi City (Taiwan) International Band Festival. Jeffrey’s choral works are published through G. Schirmer, Santa Barbara Music, Walton Music, Colla Voce, and Roger Dean Publishing. Jeffrey is also a sought after composer and arranger in other genres. His music can be heard on several television series, radio spots, and in television advertisements.

Alice SlussAlice Sluss

Office Manager

Greetings from the NMC Music Department! I am proud to serve as the Office Manager for the Humanities Academic Area, which includes the Music, Audio Technology and Dance programs. Our Music Department offers students a unique opportunity to learn in a creative and supportive environment. Here, our students receive individualized instruction from our dynamic faculty in coursework designed for students' success. I am here to help our students and faculty — please feel free to stop by and introduce yourself. Thank you for your support of our Music Department students!

Same Boase-MillerSam Boase-Miller

Applied Cello

Sam Boase-Miller started his professional career after graduating from Interlochen Arts Academy. This included teaching, performing, and studying at Ithaca College, DePaul University, and Western Michigan University. Sam spent two years performing on several cruise lines, in string trios and quartets. As the former Associate-Principal Cellist of the Manhattan Symphonie, he toured China twice and performed regularly in the great venues of New York City including Lincoln Center, Bargemusic, and Carnegie Hall. Notable performances included chamber music and concertos with violinists Nina Beilina and Mark Peskanov, and Verdi's Requiem with the Yokohama City Choir. While in NYC, Sam founded the production company Amity Bros. with his two best friends Dan Lovley and Erik Saras. You can hear their current project, the award-winning sci-fi podcast Marsfall on iTunes. Sam's cellist lineage includes such noted pedagogues as Grace Field, Bruce Uchimura, Cris Campbell, Elizabeth Simkin, Brant Taylor, and Steve Balderston. Sam records, teaches, composes, and lives in Traverse City, Michigan.

Pat BrumbaughPat Brumbaugh

Concert Band Director

Patricia Brumbaugh received her BA degree in Music Education from Olivet College in 1976, and a MM from the University of Michigan in Music Education in 1986. She is A.B.D. (All But Dissertation) in a Doctoral Program in Horn Performance at the University of Memphis. Pat currently conducts the Northwestern Michigan College Concert Band. After retiring from public school teaching in 2013, Pat returned in 2017–18 to again serve as Director of Bands at Traverse City West Senior High School until a new conductor could be found. Prior to teaching at Traverse City West, Pat served as Director of Orchestral Activities at the University of Memphis, conducted the Germantown Symphony, served as assistant conductor of the Memphis Youth Symphony and created and conducted the Memphis Area Youth Wind Ensemble. Ms. Brumbaugh also served for four years as Director of Bands at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Arkansas, and taught for 12 years at Ann Arbor Huron High School, Northwest High School (Jackson), and Central Montcalm Public Schools in Stanton, Michigan. In 1984, Pat was voted “Outstanding Young Band Conductor” in the nation by the American School Band Directors Association and in 2006, she was voted “Outstanding Band Teacher of the Year” in Michigan. In 1913 Pat was awarded the Outstanding Person in Education Award by the Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District. Her bands & orchestra’s have performed at several State & National conventions. Pat is a member of the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association (Emeritus), the National Band Association and the prestigious, American Bandmasters Association. She has conducted All-State Bands in Texas, Florida, Kentucky and Indiana and continues to serve as a clinician, adjudicator and guest conductor.

David ChownDavid Chown

Audio Tech, Applied Jazz Piano

David has been playing piano professionally in the Traverse City area for over 25 years. He has released 7 CD’s on his own label. David owns and operates “Lookout Music Productions” studio in Building 50 at the Grand Traverse Commons in Traverse City, where he records and teaches piano lessons. David plays concerts, weddings, and club gigs with popular Traverse City singer/songwriter Miriam Picó. They have appeared the last 5 years at the acclaimed “Little White House” concert series in Key West Florida. David received a Bachelors of Music degree in Jazz Studies from Western Michigan University in, and a Bachelors of Music in Piano Technology from Michigan State University. In between his college stints, David toured Europe for a year, playing concerts and clubs. David performed for three years at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island Michigan. David resides in Acme with his wife Janet, son Dawson, and daughter Kaysen, and cat “Millie”.

Diane ClarkDiane Clark

Applied Voice

Diane Clark is a native of Memphis, Tennessee, and holds the rank of Associate Professor Emerita of Music at Rhodes College in Memphis, where she taught for thirty-two years. Before that she taught for three years at Texas Tech University. She holds the Bachelor of Music degree with distinction from Rhodes College, the Master of Music degree in voice pedagogy from Indiana University, and the Doctor of Arts degree in voice pedagogy from the University of Mississippi. Clark has been a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing for over fifty years. She served as founding president of the Memphis Chapter of NATS and served two terms as Tennessee Governor of the organization. As a vocal performer, Clark has been heard in recital, opera, oratorio and sacred music, music theatre, jazz, and barbershop venues. She served as Artist-in-Residence for the city of Germantown, Tennessee. She served as guest faculty for the Taos Opera Institute (New Mexico) and the Up North Vocal Institute (Michigan). Clark moved to Traverse City in 2006 to become director of the Grand Traverse Show Chorus of Sweet Adelines International. She held this position for five years. A barbershopper since 1992, Clark is currently Coordinator for the Arranger Certification Program in Border Lakes Region 2 of Sweet Adelines. She is in demand regionally as a teacher and coach for barbershop choruses and quartets. In the summer of 2017 she and co-author Bill Biffle completed a book entitled So You Want to Sing Barbershop, which is part of a major book series published by NATS and Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. She currently maintains a small private voice studio in her home. Currently, Clark and NMC colleague Melanie Stoll perform in the northern Michigan area as a jazz duo called Vive le Jazz!

Brady CorcoranBrady Corcoran

Audio Tech Coordinator

Brady Corcoran teaches all three semesters of Digital Audio and Studio Recording, and is also the Lab Manager for Audio Tech facilities at University Center. Brady is also the applied guitar instructor, and teaches Class Guitar I and II. When he isn’t teaching, Brady spends his time writing and playing music, performing locally while working on a number of songwriting projects. He has also worked as co-director of a documentary about Canadian singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot, “Lightheaded”. He lives in Traverse City with his wife (Erika), daughter (Evie), son (Leo), and his dog (Stella).

David HusserDavid Husser

Class Piano, Applied Piano, Accompanist

David Husser is a pianist and teacher living in Traverse City, Michigan, where he maintains a large independent studio. He collaborates as a pianist with numerous area soloists and ensembles, including the choirs of Traverse City West Senior High School and the Northwestern Michigan College Children's Choirs and Canticum Novum. He also teaches group and applied piano at both NMC and Interlochen Arts Camp. Mr. Husser's compositions have been performed by pianists and choral ensembles in multiple states. His articles have been published by American Music Teacher, and he has served as a presenter and panelist at a variety of national conferences. He holds a Master of Music Education degree from the University of Oklahoma and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Illinois.

Peggy JohnsonPeggy Johnson

Applied Piano

Peggy Johnson, B.A. MusEd., is an Adjunct Faculty member of Applied Piano at NMC, private music educator, coach/collaborator and freelance musician and has accompanied many choral organizations and soloists in the GT area. Performance venues have included Vienna, Salzburg, Chicago, New York, Michigan (Ann Arbor, Lansing, Flint, Mackinac Island, Detroit, etc., etc.) and, most recently, Carnegie Hall and The Kennedy Center. Peggy is also a member of the Michigan chapter of the Music Teacher's National Association and the National Guild of Piano Teachers.

Michael KudirkaMichael Kudirka

Class Guitar Applied Guitar, Applied Bass

Hailed by Classical Guitar Magazine as “a leading proponent of new directions in classical guitar music”, Michael Kudirka specializes in both contemporary works and in the field of microtonality with his interchangeable fretboard system, developed by the company he co-founded, MicroTone Guitars. Michael Kudirka performs around the globe as a recitalist and chamber musician, and has appeared at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music (China), Darmstadt Ferienkurse Für Neue Musik (Germany), Le Chappelle Historique du Bon Pasteur (Montreal), Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto), Conservatorio de Las Rosas (Mexico), Ono Guitar School (Japan), Palace of Fine Arts (San Francisco), Walt Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles), Zipper Recital Hall (Los Angeles), REDCAT (Los Angeles), Flatfile Galleries (Chicago), Lincoln Recital Hall (Portland), and many others. He has performed at numerous festivals and guitar societies including the 2011 Guitar Foundation of America Convention, Portland Guitar Festival, American Guitar Society, Jacaranda – Music at the Edge, Pacific Standard Time’s Stravinsky Retrospective, New Mexico Guitar Festival, Grand Canyon Guitar Society, Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s “Sunday’s Live”, American Composers Forum, EUROMicroFest, Seattle Classical Guitar Society, Northwest Guitar Society, Other Minds 8, and Music of Changes. He has taught at the Idyllwild Arts Academy, California Institute of the Arts, University of Southern California, Interlochen Arts Academy, and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He is currently a faculty member at Northwestern Michigan College.

Patrick NiemistoPatrick Niemisto

Audio Tech

Patrick Niemisto is a music educator with over 30 years of experience working with students from Kindergarten to College. As a public school Music Teacher, he fostered programs focused on individual discovery. As the proprietor of “Holy Wah!” Recording Studios, Patrick holds engineering and production credits for many local and regional CD releases. With a primary focus on folk and traditional acoustic styles, he has worked with many of the finest players and singer-songwriters in the area. As a musician, he has been on the regional scene since the early 1980’s. Playing with New 3rd Coast, Luunappi, Goodboy!, along with a variety of other interesting configurations of players, Patrick is frequently out making music as a side guy, and solo. As a songwriter, Patrick has 2 records of music for children and families, as well as contributing material appropriate for releases, by New 3rd Coast, Northern Michigan Songwriters in the Round, music for theater, radio, and other venues.”

Brad NovakBrad Novak

Applied Percussion

Brad Novak is a performer/educator based in Traverse City, MI. His performance/recording credits include: The Accidentals, Joe Welsh, Sommerson, The Amanda Waggener Band, Kristine Seeley, and Dominic Fortuna, Brian Whitscell, Tuesday Radio, Miriam Pico, and David Chown among others. Brad is also the owner/operator of The Beat Lab, an educational facility that educates over 200 students each week in the area of drums and percussion, guitar, bass, ukulele, etc. He is the percussion instructor for the beginning band at the Grand Traverse Area Catholic Schools and is an instructor of drums and percussion for Northwestern Michigan College. Brad has been playing drums and percussion for over 30 years. In that time he has studied with Larry Finn at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, Dave Zerbe and Robert Hohner at Central Michigan University, Chester Thompson, and Russ Miller via Drum and Percussion University. Brad is on the Vic Firth Education team, a Soultone cymbal artist, and a member of the Hudson Music Education Team.

Robert PavelekRobert Pavelek

Applied Horn

Robert Pavelek (Bob) is a native of Detroit, Michigan. He studied horn with Marvin Howe and was mentored by Karl Hill. Bob was principal horn in the Traverse Symphony Orchestra for 28 years. Bob is currently an adjunct professor at Northwest Michigan College in Traverse City, Michigan. He moved to Traverse City in 1973 and performed throughout Northern Michigan and Canada. His experiences include performing with the Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, Midland Symphony, Traverse Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet, Baroque on Beaver Music Festival, WestSide Winds, Encore Winds and Sault Symphony Orchestra in Ontario, Canada. Bob has also performed in a variety of musicals at The Old Town Playhouse in Traverse City Michigan. Also, playing alongside such notables as Johnny Mathis, Doc Severinsen, Matt Guitar Murphy and did a run of the musical Miss Saigon at the Fisher Theater in Detroit. One of the highlights of his career was traveling to Santiago, Cuba to teach and perform with a ten-piece brass ensemble. Bob enjoyed his years as a member of his own group Largemouth Brass and band Newt and the Salamanders. Presently Bob is a member of the NMC Big Jazz Band and the NMC concert Band. He continues to offer his expertise to horn students in private lessons. Bob is proud to play exclusively on Kortesmaki horns.

Jonah PowellJonah Powell

Audio Tech

 

Mezraq RamliMezraq Ramli

Applied Oboe

A native of Singapore, Dr. Mezraq Ramli is an active freelancer, enjoying a diverse career as a teacher, recitalist, orchestral and chamber musician. Prior to relocating to northern Michigan, he was oboe instructor at Lubbock Christian University. He now serves as oboe instructor at Northwestern Michigan College. Dr. Ramli has appeared with several ensembles including the Traverse Symphony, Lubbock Symphony, Big Spring Symphony, Middletown Symphony and Holland Symphony. In 2005, he was the featured soloist at the World Police Bands Concert performing Rimsky-Korsakov’s Variations on a Theme of Glinka, at the Tokyo City Opera Hall in Japan. Dr. Ramli holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Texas Tech University, a Master of Music degree from Miami University and a Bachelor of Music degree from Grand Valley State University. His principal oboe teachers include Amy Anderson, Andrea Ridilla, Marlen Vavříková and Carolyn Hollier. Principal bassoon teachers include Richard Meek and John Clapp.

Jeanmarie RiccobonoJeanmarie Riccobono

Applied Clarinet

Jeanmarie Riccobono is Principal Clarinetist with the Traverse Symphony Orchestra and holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music, Northwestern University, and the Interlochen Arts Academy. She has performed with numerous orchestras including the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Florida Orchestra, Sarasota Orchestra, Savannah Symphony, South Bend Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, Grand Rapids Symphony and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

Ms. Riccobono is the 1996 Grand Prize Winner of the Boosey and Hawkes/Buffet North American Clarinet Competition. In April of 1998 she performed a solo recital at the Paris Conservatory as a guest artist at the Musicora Festival. She has participated in the Chautauqua, Aspen, Bay View and Sarasota Music Festivals and has performed in the Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds Orchestra in Spoleto, Italy and the Spoleto USA Festival Orchestra in Charleston, South Carolina. Ms. Riccobono is a sought - after clinician, teacher, active recitalist and chamber musician performs summer chamber music concerts with the Bay View Wind Quintet and mentors collegiate clarinet students as an Artist - In - Residence in the Bay View Music Festival since 2015.

Tara SchwabTara Schwab

Applied Flute

A versatile soloist, chamber musician, recording artist, and orchestral player, Tara Schwab’s flute playing is described as “haunting” and “transcendent” (Sequenza 21), “excellent” and “commanding” (Fanfare Magazine). As a chamber and orchestral musician, Tara has performed in concert series and venues throughout the country, including REDCAT, Capitol Records, Paramount Studios, the Hult Center in Eugene, the Interlochen Center for the Arts, and the Cranbrook Music Guild. She has played with ensembles such as the Eugene Symphony, Corvallis Symphony, MidAtlantic Symphony, and Traverse Symphony, and has been a featured guest artist at CalArts, Chapman Conservatory, University of Southern California, Loyola University Chicago, UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke University, UNC School of the Arts, and Baldwin Wallace Conservatory.

Dr. Schwab is currently on faculty at Northwestern Michigan College and has previously held professorships at Arkansas State University and the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point. She has also taught at the Interlochen Arts Academy and the University of Oregon where she was a Graduate Teaching Fellow.

Tara received her Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance from the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill with Brooks de Wetter-Smith, and completed her Master of Fine Arts in Multi-Focus Flute Performance at the California Institute of the Arts. She received her Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Oregon where she studied with Molly Barth, and where her doctoral research earned her the 2014 Fritz Thelen Recognition Award from the International Society for the Investigation and Promotion of Wind Music (IGEB).

Laurie SearsLaurie Sears

Jazz Band Director, Applied Saxophone

Laurie Marino Sears is the Director of Jazz Bands and an Adjunct Instructor of Saxophone and Woodwinds at Northwestern Michigan College since 2014. Laurie is also a faculty member of the Interlochen College of Creative Arts Adult Band Camp and has taught saxophone at Grand Valley State University. While in Chicago, she taught at Columbia College, Concordia University, the American Conservatory of Music and Triton College. As a performer on saxophone, flute and clarinet, Laurie works with numerous jazz groups, Broadway Grand Rapids, Broadway Wharton (East Lansing and Traverse City) and with the Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and Traverse Symphony Orchestras. Some of the national jazz and popular artists that Laurie has shared the stage with include Sarah Vaughan, Mel Torme, Frank Sinatra, Natalie Cole, Aretha Franklin, Liza Minelli, Julie Andrews, Bernadette Peters, Johnny Mathis, Henry Mancini, Smokey Robinson, The Temptations and The Four Tops. While in Chicago, Laurie performed on the Chicago Jazz Festival, with orchestral pops presentations at Ravinia, with entertainers at the Chicago Theater and at numerous musical theaters venues. Degrees and awards include a Bachelor of Music in Saxophone, a Master of Music in Woodwinds and a Performer’s Certificate from the Indiana University School of Music. Teachers include Eugene Rousseau, Fred Hemke and David Baker.

Paul Sonner

Applied Violin

 

Scott SorensonScott Sorenson

Theory, Sight Singing And Ear Training

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 and sight singing/ear training 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 and fifty 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 2017, he completed his 9,000th lifetime mile on a thirty-day solo trip of Ontario’s Quetico Provincial Park and Minnesota’s Boundary Waters.

Susan SteeleSusan Steele

Applied Voice

Susan Steele teaches applied voice at NMC. Susan is also an active vocalist singing with Canticum Novum and as soloist and recitalist in the Traverse City area. She has a Bachelor of Music Education and a Master of Vocal Performance from Northern Illinois University. Susan has performed with the Providence Opera Theater, Providence Rhode Island, with the Chicago Symphony Chorus, under the direction of Margaret Hillis, in Kalamazoo, Mi., with the Kalamazoo Singers, Bach Festival Chorus and Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, and in Plattsburgh New York, with the Champlain Valley Oratorio Society. She has taught applied voice as an Adjunct Instructor at Western Michigan University, Nazareth College, Kalamazoo College, and Plattsburgh State University of New York.

Kim Teachout

Class Piano

 

Jillian TremontiJillian Englehart Tremonti

Dance Instructor

Native to metro Detroit, Jillian Tremonti has been dancing since the age of 2 and hasn’t stopped since. Tremonti began her education at a private studio near her hometown, and took those studies all the way to the Big 10, graduating from Michigan State University with a Bachelor’s in English and minor in Dance. Jill has been a dance educator since 2003 who prides herself on curating a safe space for artists both young and young-at-heart to explore self-expression and develop skills necessary to grow into successful individuals and dancers. She was awarded the esteemed Marjorie Perry Spirit award, which recognizes dance educators that demonstrate an extraordinary level of love and devotion for dance education. Tremonti has been involved in dance studio leadership for the past a decade, judged for various dance competitions since 2015, is a member of the team at Impact Dance Adjudicators, and travels nationally to teach workshops in contemporary, modern, jazz, hip hop and tap. She is thrilled to take on the adjunct faculty role for the dance program at Northwestern Michigan College beginning Fall of 2021.

Maria UlrichMaria Ulrich

Audio Tech

Maria F. Ulrich is an audio engineer from Traverse City, MI. She is an alum of the Audio Arts and Acoustics program at Columbia College Chicago, specializing in Live Sound Reinforcement. Having rocked a pantsuit in the corporate AV world, crisscrossed the country as a touring engineer with The Accidentals, envisioned and executed a summer concert series in at Fountain Point Resort and freelanced for everything in between, she has currently landed as an instructor for the Audio Technology Program at Northwestern Michigan College and in-house Technician for the Milliken Auditorium at the Dennos Museum (among other things, of course). Maria runs her own company by the name of Leelanau Sound and provides sound reinforcement services for theaters, schools, bands, venues, festivals, weddings, funerals, and anything in between.

Dorothy VogelDorothy Vogel

Theory, Sight Singing And Ear Training, Accompanist

A faculty member at Northwestern Michigan College since 1996, Dorothy Vogel teaches music theory and sight singing and ear training. Vogel also teaches on the summer piano faculty at Interlochen Center for the Arts. 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 the Journal of Research in Music Education and the Journal of Historical Research in Music Education. Previously, Vogel served on the faculties of Hope College, Kalamazoo Valley Community College and as staff accompanist at Interlochen Center for the Arts. She is currently pianist for the Traverse Symphony Orchestra, the NMC Chamber Singers, the Grand Traverse Chorale, and the Baroque on Beaver Festival Orchestra.

Josh WagnerJosh Wagner

Applied Trumpet

Joshua Wagner is in high demand as a trumpet player, clinician, soloist, and teacher. From the beginning he has been setting himself apart from his peers with his huge sound, soaring high register, and ability to feel at home in a variety of music genres. One of his specialties is playing in pit orchestras including playing 1st trumpet on the 1st national tour of Bullets Over Broadway: The Musical. Mr. Wagner has performed at the Detroit Jazz Festival, Bay County Jazz Festival, Notre Dame Jazz Festival, and the Bay View Music Festival. He has performed with the Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra, Bay Area Big Band, Traverse Symphony Orchestra, Encore Winds, and the Lake Effect Jazz Big Band. Mr. Wagner has served on both the Brass Faculty and Jazz Faculty of Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, music faculty for Southwestern Michigan College, trumpet instructor for the Grand Traverse Area Catholic Schools, and as an adjudicator/clinician for the Michigan School Band & Orchestra Association. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Central Michigan University and a Master of Music in Jazz Studies & Trumpet Performance from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University where he was the recipient of the Jamey & Sara Aebersold Jazz Studies Graduate Fellowship. Mr. Wagner is a Conn-Selmer/Bach Endorsed Performing Artist and plays on Bach Stradivarius Trumpets, Cornets, and Flugelhorns.

Jerry YoungJerry Young

Applied Tuba

Jerry A. Young is Professor Emeritus of Tuba and Euphonium at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, having served on the music faculty from 1983–2016. Young served on the faculty of the Interlochen Arts Camp from 1983 to 1993 where he founded the Interlochen Tubafest and performed regularly as a soloist and chamber musician. His former students enjoy successful careers as music educators, in music industry, and in leading orchestras and military bands in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. He is a former President of the International Tuba/Euphonium Association, the worldwide association for professional, recreational, and student low brass musicians. He also twice served as editor-in-chief of the ITEA Journal and in 2010 he was a recipient of the initial ITEA Clifford Bevan Award for Meritorious Work in Low Brass Scholarship for life-long accomplishment in scholarly research. He is a long-time member of the Board of Trustees for the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Festival, and was formerly a member of the Advisory Board for WUEC 89.7 FM, the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire’s Wisconsin Public Radio affiliate. In 1996 he published an edition of the complete Arban Method for Tuba which has been the best selling tuba method book around the world since its initial publication. Dr. Young has appeared across the U.S., Europe, and Japan as a soloist, chamber musician, clinician, lecturer, and adjudicator. He was selected as the 1999 Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Arkansas Department of Music and is a Fellow of the Fulbright Academy of the University of Arkansas. In the spring of 2016 he was given the “Orpheus Award” by Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia in recognition of “significant and lasting contributions to the cause of music in America.”

Contact Information:

Cobb, Jeffrey — Director of Music Programs
Phone: +1 (231) 995-1338
Office: Fine Arts Building
Sluss, Alice — Office Manager - Humanities Academic Area
Phone: +1 (231) 995-1325
Office: Fine Arts Building
Boase-Miller, Sam — Adjunct - Music/Fine Arts
Phone: +1 (231) 995-1325
Office: Fine Arts Building-FA104
Brumbaugh, Pat — Adjunct - Music/Fine Arts
Phone: +1 (231) 995-1338
Office: Fine Arts Building
Mortensen-Chown, David — Adjunct - Music - Audio Technology
Phone: +1 (231) 938-2347
Office: Founders Hall
Clark, Diane — Adjunct - Music/Fine Arts
Phone: +1 (231) 995-1338
Office: Fine Arts Building
Corcoran, Brady — Audio Technology Coordinator
Phone: +1 (231) 995-1338
Office: Founders Hall
Engelhardt, Jillian — Adjunct - Dance
Phone: +1 (231) 995-1325
Office: Fine Arts Building-FA124
Husser, David — Adjunct - Music/Fine Arts
Phone: +1 (231) 995-3350
Office: Fine Arts Building-FA111
Johnson, Peggy — Adjunct - Music/Fine Arts
Phone: +1 (231) 995-3349
Office: Physical Education-107
Kudirka, Michael — Adjunct - Music/Fine Arts
Office: Fine Arts Building
Niemisto, Patrick — Adjunct - Audio Technology
Phone: +1 (231) 995-1721
Office: Founders Hall
Novak, Brad — Adjunct - Music/Fine Arts
Phone: +1 (231) 995-1325
Office: Fine Arts Building-FA124
Pavelek, Robert — Adjunct - Music/Fine Arts
Phone: +1 (231) 995-1338
Office: Fine Arts Building
Powell, Jonah — Adjunct - Audio Technology
Phone: +1 (231) 995-1325
Office: Founders Hall
Ramli, Mezraq — Adjunct - Music/Fine Arts
Phone: +1 (231) 995-1325
Office: Fine Arts Building
Riccobono, Jeanmarie — Adjunct - Music/Fine Arts
Phone: +1 (231) 995-1338
Office: Fine Arts Building
Schwab, Tara — Adjunct - Music/Fine Arts
Office: Fine Arts Building
Sears, Laurie — Adjunct - Music/Fine Arts
Phone: +1 (231) 995-1325
Office: Fine Arts Building
Sonner, Paul — Adjunct - Music/Fine Arts
Office: Fine Arts Building
Sorenson, Scott — Adjunct - Music/Fine Arts
Phone: +1 (231) 995-1325
Office: Fine Arts Building-FA124
Steele, Susan — Adjunct - Music/Fine Arts
Phone: +1 (231) 995-1338
Office: Fine Arts Building
Teachout, Kim — Adjunct - Music/Fine Arts
Phone: +1 (231) 995-1325
Office: Fine Arts Building-FA111
Ulrich, Maria — Supplemental - Dennos Museum Center
Phone: +1 (231) 995-1554
Office: Dennos Museum Center
Vogel, Dorothy — Adjunct - Music/Fine Arts
Phone: +1 (231) 995-1330
Office: Fine Arts Building-FA111
Wagner, Josh — Adjunct - Music/Fine Arts
Phone: +1 (231) 995-1338
Office: Fine Arts Building
Young, Jerry — Adjunct - Music/Fine Arts
Phone: +1 (231) 995-1354
Office: Fine Arts Building