Ben Aldridge, Lecturer
117 Fine Arts Center
Year Hired: 2000
M.A. in Trumpet Performance, Yale School of Music (1975)
B.A. in Music, Yale University (1972)
Courses taught: Music Appreciation, Chamber Orchestra, Brass Ensemble, Applied Instruction in Brass Performance
Ben Aldridge is an active performer in addition to his teaching work, and currently holds positions in the Glimmerglass Opera Orchestra, The Binghamton Philharmonic, The Catskill Brass, The Northeast Pennsylvania Philharmonic and the Catskill Symphony. He is a charter member of the International Trumpet Guild www.trumpetguild.org/ and a Life Member of the American Federation of Musicians www.afm.org. He can be heard on Columbia, Naxos, Chandos and Redwood records. He enjoys transcribing and arranging music for the ensembles he conducts at SUNY-Oneonta.
Andris Balins, Lecturer
124 Fine Arts Center
BA in Music and German from Hartwick College 2003
Currently enrolled in the Cooperstown Graduate Program (anticipated graduation Spring 2010)
Audio Arts 1,2,3, and 4. Digital music and beat production. Studio Assistant 1, and 2.
Andris Balins has been working professionally in the recording studio field for the past 15 years. In that time he has worked as a freelance engineer at numerous studios and is a partner in Dryhill Studios in Oneonta, New York. Andris has also been active as a teacher at a number of local
Dr. Paul S. Carter, Associate Professor
119 Fine Arts Center
Charles Eubanks, Adjunct Lecturer
From 1963 to 1968, he also performed with the Funk Brothers and is in the prestigious Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians. He has toured the world in his
Arthur Falbush, Lecturer
149 Fine Arts Center
Bill Farrish, Adjunct Lecturer
149 Fine Arts Center
Courses taught: Aural Skills, Modern Jazz Combo, Jazz Guitar, Basic Musicianship
- AAS Jazz/Commercial Music
,FiveTowns College, NY
- BM Jazz/Commercial Music, Five Towns College
- Currently completing MM Jazz Studies, Purchase Conservatory of Music, SUNY Purchase
Mr. Farrish graduated Five Towns College with degrees in Jazz Performance with honors. As a
For the past
In 2014 Bill was featured on All About Jazz in an article entitled "Practice, Do You? Part 3-3" written by Dom Minasi featured many of the worlds top jazz musicians.
Television credits include: Bea Moss Productions and "The Carl Bruno Show“ TCI Cable, TV., featured artist in the independently released production "An Evening with Bill Farrish" by Raven Productions, QPTV., composer of the theme and incidental music for The Park, Eun Kyung Show, Radio Seoul, Flushing NY and many jingles.
Prior to coming to SUNY Oneonta Bill was a member of the faculty at Five Towns College for 11yrs., where his duties included, Assistant Director of Private Studies, Co-Chair of the Guitar Department, Head of Ear Training and Harmony Departments and Academic Advisement for Performance Majors. During his time there he also taught Jazz Improvisation, Advanced Harmony Courses and various Jazz Combos and Guitar Ensembles.
You can find out more Bill at www.BillFarrish.com
Published on Apr 3, 2017
from the 1937 Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart musical Babes in Arms in which it was introduced by former child star Mitzi Green. The song became a popular jazz standard, appearing on over 1300 albums performed by over 600 artists. In 2015 it was announced that the Gerry Mulligan quartet featuring Chet Baker's version of the song was inducted into the Library of Congress's National Recording Registry for the song's "cultural, artistic and/or historical significance to American society and the nationâ€™s audio legacy". ....Wikipedia
Blake Fleming, Adjunct Lecturer
Fine Arts, Room 117
Blake Fleming is a percussionist known for his involvement with several influential experimental bands. His drumming has been written about in such major publications as The New York Times, NPR, Spin, Rolling Stone, MOJO, Modern Drummer, DRUM!, Pitchfork, Stereogum and Alternative Press. He was included in SPIN.com's 100 Greatest Drummers of Alternative Music. He has performed on over 50 albums to date and has toured the U.S., Canada, Europe and the U.K. extensively. His performances have ranged from sold-out arena tours with the Mars Volta opening for the Red Hot Chili Peppers to performing solo with Olympic synchronized swimmers to performing on the BBC to creating soundtracks for video installations in museums worldwide. In early 2013 he released his debut solo record, Time's Up, an all drum and percussion odyssey that has been called "a truly pioneering record" and has been the subject of magazine articles, reviews, interviews, and radio play throughout six continents. His song, The Funky Komodenu, was used by Macy’s for a commercial during New York City’s Fall 2013 Fashion Week. Blake is currently teaching students worldwide via Skype, performing and doing studio sessions. He has been Adjunct Lecturer and Drum Instructor at SUNY Oneonta since 2008.
Ana Laura González, Adjunct Lecturer
Dr. Ana Laura González serves as instructor of flute at SUNY Oneonta since 2016 and at Hartwick College since 2011. She is a native of Argentina and her repertoire spans from classical to contemporary music, with an emphasis on academic music from her
Dr. González holds a D.M.A. from the University of Arizona, an M.M. from Ohio University, and a BM from the National Conservatory of Buenos Aires (IUNA). As an orchestral player, she has appeared with the Utica Symphony, Irving Symphony in Dallas, Texas, the Nueva Leon, Symphony Orchestra in Monterrey, Mexico, the Arizona Chamber Artists and the Arizona Repertory Theatre Orchestra in Tucson, and the Camerata Exaudi in Buenos Aires.
She has been a member of many chamber music ensembles, among them the Elision Quintet, the Shimmering Silver Flute Quartet, the
Evan Jagels, Adjunct Lecturer
Electric Bass, Upright Bass, Jazz and Popular Music
M.A., Music Performance, City University of New York, Queens College
An accomplished musician across genres, Evan is currently bassist for the Mopar Cams, a steadily working Rockabilly band, and the Hop City Hellcats, who was house band at Taste of Country Festival with Willie Nelson, Trace Atkins, Lady Antebellum, Brad Paisley and Dierks Bentley. Hop City was also support for David Allen Coe and has performed and recorded with legendary guitarist Arlen Roth.
Evan has a passion for music education. He has taught jazz improvisation and coached ensembles at the New York Summer Music Festival and Flushing Town Hall’s Jazz Connect Program. He is also Artist in Residence at Hartwick College where he teaches Jazz Combo and private lessons on bass and in harmony and theory. He has a private studio of students and seeks to help all students realize and accomplish their own musical goals.
Dr. Adam Kent, Assistant Professor
121 Fine Arts Center
Pianist Adam Kent has performed in recital, as soloist with orchestra, and in chamber music throughout the United States, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, and Latin America. A winner of the American Pianists Association Fellowship and Simone Belsky Music Awards, Dr. Kent also received top prizes in the Thomas Richner, the Juilliard Concerto, and the Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Competitions, and is a recipient of the Arthur Rubinstein Prize and the Harold Bauer Award. Dr. Kent made his New York recital debut at Weill Recital Hall in
Spanish music has been a specialty of Dr. Kent’s, whose advocacy has been acknowledged by the Spanish government on numerous occasions. In 2011, King Juan Carlos I of Spain honored the pianist by bestowing Spain’s Orden al MÃ©rito Civil, and the Consulate General of Spain in NY underwrote Dr. Kent’s course on the history of Spanish music at Brooklyn College. The Spanish Consulate has also sponsored numerous appearances by Dr. Kent at NY’s Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, and the Spanish Ministry for Education and Culture awarded him a grant for MÃºsica
Dr. Kent’s critically acclaimed recording of the complete piano works of Ernesto Halffter is available on Bridge Records, and a recent performance of Book I of AlbÃ©niz’s Iberia suite was praised in the Indianapolis Star as “AlbÃ©nizian to the core...his suave legato touch wedded to a tone with an Old World patina about it.” Excelsior of Mexico City enthused about a recent all-Spanish recital, “Adam Kent brought not only magnificent technical ability to the
Summers find Dr. Kent serving as Director of Cultural Outreach at the Burgos International Music Festival in Spain and teaching and performing at the Summit Music Festival in N.Y. and at the Cursos de Verano of the FundaciÃ³n Princesa de Asturias in Oviedo. Recent performances include a concert of works by Ibizan composer Miguel-Angel Roig-Francoli at Carnegie Hall, a recital at N.Y.C.’s (le)
Dr. Kent received a D.M.A. from The Juilliard School, where he studied with Jerome Lowenthal and served as an adjunct professor. His dissertation, The Use of Catalan Folk Materials in the Works of Federico Mompou and JoaquÃn Nin-Culmell, was awarded the school’s Richard F. French Prize, and his writings have appeared in Clavier, Music in Art and Cambridge Scholars, and Horizon journals and in a Spanish-language monograph on Xavier Montsalvatge published by the Spanish Society of Authors and Editors. He holds B.M. and M.M. degrees from the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Solomon Mikowsky. Assistant Professor of Music, SUNY Oneonta since 2016. Other current affiliations: Piano Faculty Manhattan
Dr. Julie Licata, Associate Professor
140 Fine Arts Center
- University of North Texas, D.M.A. in Performance (2009)
- University of South Carolina, M.M. in Performance (2005)
- Capital University, B.M. in Performance (2002)
- Percussive Arts Society, member (1998-present); PAS University Pedagogy Committee member (2014-present), PAS Diversity Committee member (2015-present), Percussive Notes new literature reviewer (2015-present)
- College Music Society, member (2003-present)
- Society of Ethnomusicology, member (2012-present)
- Black Swamp Percussion Educator Network (2017-present)
- American Federation of Musicians, Local 443 Secretary/Treasurer (2016-18), Executive Board Member (2014-16), member (2008-present)
- Advanced Applied Music: Percussion/Drumset
- Music Cultures of the World
- Classical Percussion Ensemble
- World Percussion Ensemble
Julie Licata is currently Associate Professor of Music at State University of New York, College at Oneonta where she teaches percussion ensembles, percussion and drumset lessons and courses in world music. Over the last 15 years, Julie has focused on presenting solo and chamber percussion recitals across the US, commissioning and premiering works by rising and prominent composers from the US and beyond. Julie’s performances range from acoustic improvisational soundscapes and works with interactive computer processing, to solo marimba, orchestra and theater pit orchestra, to West African drum and dance ensembles and Indonesian folk music.
Her most recent project, including collaborative work with Andris Balins and Brett Masteller-Warren and commissions by Michael Gatonska and Matt Sargent, is her first full-length recording that includes music for solo marimba, solo multiple percussion with live interactive computer processing, and improvisations on xylophone with time lag accumulator and on gongs and timpani with analog feedback. This work will be presented in a performance tour beginning in Fall 2018. Other significant accomplishments include solo performances at the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS), the International Computer Music Conference (ICMC), New Music Focus Week at SUNY Oneonta, New Genre Festival in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and the NOW Music Festival at Capital University.
Julie also regularly performs and teaches drumming and music cultures from Ghana and Indonesia, with over 10 years of experience recording, transcribing and performing traditional and contemporary Ewe drum and dance music from the Volta Region of Ghana, and various musical styles of music from Indonesia (primarily Balinese and Javanese, but also recently music of the Minangkabau in West Sumatra). In 2018 Julie will be developing a domestic cultural immersion program with Native American populations in New York State to add to her Music Cultures of the World seminar.
Julie is an active member of the Percussive Arts Society, serving as a new literature reviewer for Percussive Notes and a member of the PAS University Pedagogy Committee and Diversity Committee. Julie has recently become part of the Black Swamp Percussion Educator Network, and enthusiastically uses and endorses their products.
Mr. Robert Lipari, Adjunct Lecturer
202A Fine Arts Center
Degrees: B.A in Film Scoring, Berklee College of Music (1995)
In addition to his work as a percussion, Robert is schooled in guitar, composition,
Dr. Stephen Markuson, Lecturer
116 Fine Arts Center
Steve is a recognized vocal technician, musical director, creating contemporary adaptations of opera and stage works for amateur and professional ensembles.
Professor of Music History, he has pioneered unique surveys in Classical and Popular Music, integrating classical opera and theater with popular culture, lessening their stigmas as “stuffy, erudite, and highbrow.”
Steve’s diversified stage experience is represented by performances with Florentine Opera, Tulsa Opera, Canadian Opera, Opera Orchestra of New York, Il Teatro Lirico D’Europa (Paris), and the Festival di Due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy. Oratorio and concert repertoire includes Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Verdi, Mahler, Britten, Stravinsky Paul McCartney and has premiered operas and recordings by contemporary composers Libby Larsen, Thea Musgrave, and Thomas Pasatieri.
“Dr.” Markuson holds a DMA in Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester. His recent publication “Rock on the Roll, Serving up Popular Culture” (
Mr. Richard Mollin, Adjunct Lecturer
A.A. in Liberal Arts from Nassau Community College (1986)
B.A. in Liberal Arts from University of Northern Iowa (1997)
Courses taught: R&B Band, Jazz Improvisation, Electric Bass, Jazz Band and String Bass Studio, Electric Bass Studio
International bandleader, performing and recording artist RC Mollin has been a part of the music industry since 1980. He has been a leader of modern musical groups including show bands, Rock, Jazz, R+B, Blues, Funk, and Free Improvisation ensembles.Sideman and Bandleader on Norwegian Cruise lines, Costa lines, Holland America, and Carnival lines, Rich worked on stage with hundreds of headline acts. As Bandleader for Michael Carney Music in Manhattan, Rich led a Jazz trio 6 nights a week for 9 years with many of New York's finest pianists and drummers. His trio performed for dignitaries, heads of state, and jazz fans in venues throughout the east coast. He currently heads one of the largest bass studios in the SUNY system teaching String Bass and Electric Bass. He also began the jazz improvisation studies class and performs regularly in the area now in a variety of genres with The Catskill Symphony Orchestra, Orpheus Theatre, Mask and Hammer Productions and innumerable jazz settings and recording as house Bassist with Sonart recording studios in Woodstock, NY. As well as other projects
Dr. Janet Nepkie, Distinguished Service Professor
145 Fine Arts Center
She is active in the development of Distance Learning initiatives and policies and has taught online and hybrid classes to an international audience. She developed and taught a course on virtual promotion and event production in the virtual world, Second Life.com. She has taught an online course for the SUNY Learning Network entitled Copyright for Higher Education.
She has presented several conferences to national audiences on Teaching and Technology: Copyright for Higher Education. She enrolls in Music and Entertainment Industry seminars on a regular basis with the Practising Law Institute and has completed a seminar at Cornell University entitled "Computer Law and Policy."
Dr. Nepkie started SUNY Oneonta's Music Industry program and is its principal designer. She is a SUNY Distinguished Service Professor and Coordinator of the extensive Music Industry Internship Program. She has been nationally profiled as one of the leading Music Industry Educators in ROLLING STONE magazine and was interviewed for Pollstar Magazine. Dr. Nepkie developed and taught the first Honors course for the Music Department and she served on the college-wide Honors Committee. She has served as Chair of the University Faculty Senate Undergraduate Academic Programs and Policies Committee, Chair of the Senate Ethics and Institutional Integrity Committee, Chair of the Senate Programs and Awards Committee and Chair of the Senate Ad Hoc Committee on Grading Authority. She is past-President of the Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association, an international organization of music educators and business executives. She chaired the University Faculty Senate committee that authored the Senate Guide for Planning, Implementing and Assessing Undergraduate Internships and Co-ops.
She is the SUNY Oneonta Teaching, Learning, and Technology Fellow for Copyright Inquiry and Implementation. She is the Chair of the SUNY Faculty Advisory Council on Teaching & Technology and she chaired the FACT2 Task Group on Intellectual Property. She is a member of the Copyright Society of the USA and has served on the Board of Trustees of that organization. She has written articles for the music industry trade press and daily newspapers and presented numerous conferences on intellectual property and computer law and policy as they relate to academia. She is principal 'cellist with the Glimmerglass Opera Company, the Catskill Symphony Orchestra and she also works with numerous symphonies, chamber ensembles, and in recording studios where she has performed on recordings of albums, movie
Dr. Timothy Newton, Associate Professor
148 Fine Arts Center
- B.M. cum laude, Ithaca College School of Music, piano performance (1985)
- M.M. Ithaca College, conducting with focus in opera/music theater coaching (1988)
- D.M.A. University of Illinois, choral conducting and literature (2004)
Dissertation: A Study and Critical Edition of Samuel Capricornus’s Theatrum
musicum(1669, 1670), and Continuatio theatri musici(1669)
I am a choral and opera conductor, choral singer, accompanist, and voice coach for singers. I specialized in both conducting and choral literature and minored in musicology during my doctoral studies primarily under the tutelage of Fred Stoltzfus, Chet Alwes, and John Walter Hill. I have straddled the worlds of opera, choral and orchestral music, mainly as a teacher in higher education, though also as
I love to ignite students’ creativity. My motivation comes from the joy of inspiring students to consider things that they haven’t, re-considering things they have assumed without question, and bringing thoughts to bear on music by building connections to things they already know. As an undergraduate student, I had the privilege to study with a host of inspirational professors including Mary Ann Covert, Susan Youens, Garry Brodhead, Arthur Ostrander, Edward Swenson, and Donald Boomgaarden at Ithaca College, and pianist John Barstow at the Royal College of Music. I try to awaken enthusiasm for fluent technical and musical achievement in my students. Having absorbed John Walter Hill’s views during my research in music from the 17th century, I encourage my students to consider musical systems as continuously evolving within any period, while attempting to shed anachronistic views that condescend from our present place in history or suggest our artistic systems are better or somehow more advanced. I have also devoted several years studying paradigms of mentoring outside musical contexts and believe the learning process benefits most from individual mentors and coaches. I have worked and apprenticed under several generous professionals in their own work environments and believe this is a vital link in the fusion of ideas and technique, of knowledge and raw talent, ultimately preparing the transition from student to contributing professional with a
Mr. Mark Pawkett, Adjunct Lecturer
204 Fine Arts Center
Fundamentals of Guitar, Rock Combo and Theory for Guitar.
B.S. in Music Ed., Hartwick College (1998)
Guitarist for several Orpheus and SUNY Oneonta musical theater productions. Musical director for Orpheus Thater's "Into the Woods" in 2002. Talent buyer at the Autumn Cafe. Director of the Midsatesmen Barbershop Chorus in Oneonta from 1999
-2001. A Member of the Classical Guitar Society of Upstate New York. Leader and vocalist for various professional bands. The author of "The
Dr. Joseph Michael Pignato, Professor
122 Fine Arts Center
Joseph Michael Pignato is a composer, improviser, and music education scholar with extensive graduate, undergraduate, secondary, and distance teaching experience. He holds the position of Associate Professor in the Department of Music at the State University of New York, Oneonta, where he teaches music industry courses, beat production, and two ensembles that perform experimental music and improvised rock.
Pignato has received numerous awards for excellence in scholarship, creative activity, advising, and teaching. Notable recognitions include the 2015 Susan Sutton Smith Award for Academic Excellence, Recognition as an international “Thought Leader” in the field of music in the SUNY Oneonta President’s report to the SUNY Chancellor, and the 2012 State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities. The Chancellor’s Award is the highest academic award bestowed on teaching faculty in the SUNY system. Additionally, Pignato has been recognized with the Student Association award for Faculty Advisor of the Year; was twice recognized as “Outstanding Faculty” by the SUNY Oneonta Inter-Greek Council; and has been awarded multiple grants for travel, professional development, research, and creative works.
As a musician, Pignato has given performances and clinics internationally. He leads Bright Dog Red, an improvising collective that explores the intersections of free improvisation, electronica, jazz,
He is also in demand as a drummer, working under the moniker u.joe. DJs, producers, MCs, and remix artists, including internationally renowned DJ M A N I K and electronic musician Palemen, have employed his drumming. Gareth Dylan Smith, a London-based writer aptly described Pignato’s drumming, “Swings like Bonham hugging Questlove.”
Pignato’s original music has been noted for its “intriguing” conceptual characteristics (Haaretz News Service) and “haunting” (Charger Bulletin) musical elements. His compositions have been premiered, performed, or exhibited as part of installations in North America, Europe, the Mid East, and beyond.
As a scholar, Pignato has presented research on five continents. He has published on composition, improvisation, music teaching and learning, music technology, and drumming. His publications appear in
In addition to his scholarly and creative activities, Pignato has been recognized as a “musician, educator, and music business visionary” in Tape Op Magazine. Drawing on more than 25 years of experience in
Pignato holds degrees from Boston University (D.M.A.), where he was a Tanglewood Scholar, New York University (M.A.), where he studied composition with Dinu Ghezzo, and the University of Massachusetts (B.A.), where he studied composition with Yusef Lateef. In addition, Pignato has studied drum set with noted pedagogue Sal La Rocca and drum icon Max Roach. He endorses Taye Drums, T-Cymbals Handmade Turkish Cymbals, Boso Drumsticks, and Dynaton Drumheads.
Additional information is available at http://www.joepignato.com
Mr. Tim Ploss, Adjunct Lecturer
B255 Milne Library
B.S. in Sound Recording Technology - SUNY Fredonia (1986)
In addition to his teaching at Oneonta, Tim is a Helpdesk Support Technician and Instructional Design Technician. He has served similar job responsibilities at SUNY Cortland and Momentum Media. He was the chief engineer at Sweetfish Recording Studios in Argyle, NY and has performed in several bands as a bassist, guitarist, cellist and vocalist. He also plays bass in the Oneonta Chamber Orchestra.
Mr. Robert Roman, Associate Professor,Music Department Chair
115A Fine Arts Center
Associate Professor, Chair
Year hired: 2005
Survey of Music Theory 1, Survey of Music Theory 2, Concert Producing, Jazz Octet, Piano Lab.
Robert Roman joined the SUNY Oneonta faculty in 2005. He is a pianist, educator and has worked extensively in arts management. Prior to joining the faculty at
Professor of Music and Music
Salvatore Salvaggio, Adjunct Lecturer
Mr. Salvaggio has performed recitals for concert associations as a soloist, accompanist and continuo player for over 40 years. He is also the recipient of numerous performance grants for projects in the field of early music. He has played with early music consorts, chamber ensembles and as a member of the Flagstaff Symphony and Glimmerglass Opera Orchestras as well as for numerous off-Broadway musical productions. His endeavors have included recordings for the New York State Historical Association/Farmer's Museum, public and local radio broadcasts and recitals at the Boston Early Music Festival. In April of
M. Mus. Cum Laude Northern Arizona University
B.F.A C.W. Post College Music Ed. + Performance
Nassau Comm. College A.A.S. Music Performance
Anthony T. Scafide, Associate Professor
118 Fine Arts Center
MBA - University at Albany (2012)
BM Music Composition
University of the Arts (1991)
Advisor: SingerSongwriter, Publishing
and Production Club
In fall of
Previous to joining the faculty at SUNY Oneonta Mr. Scafide was the founding Principal/Partner for Generation Media (1998-2008), a publicity, radio
As a composer and
Robin Seletsky, Adjunct Lecturer
115 Fine Arts Center
Courses taught: Woodwind Ensemble, Clarinet Studio, Music for Listeners
Clarinetist Robin Seletsky is a multi-faceted performer with interests in the classical music world as well as folk and
Robin is equally at home with the klezmer style. She grew up listening to her father, the renowned clarinetist/composer Harold Seletsky (the "The Prezâ€¨ of Klez"
In addition to her work as a performer and teacher of clarinet, Robin is an adjunct instructor at SUNY Oneonta where she teaches Music Appreciation, studio clarinet, and conducts the Woodwind Ensemble. She is also a member of the teaching staff at Hartwick College. Professional affiliations include memberships in the International Clarinet Society and the Guild of Temple Musicians.
Robin can be found on the web at:
www.robinseletsky.com - personal website where Robin blogs regularly and gives online lessons
YouTube channel which features Robin's new series of Tutorials "Learning to Play Klezmer"
Bachelors in Clarinet Performance - New England Conservatory
Masters in Music History from Binghamton University
Dr. Ryan Ross Smith, Assistant Professor
123 Fine Arts Center
B.M. University of Wisconsin-Madison, Composition (2001)
M.F.A. Mills College, Electronic Music and Recording Media (2012)
Ph.D. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Electronic Arts (2016)
Ryan Ross Smith is a composer, performer, and educator currently based in the Catskills region of New York State. Smith has performed throughout the US, Europe and UK, including performances at MoMA and PS1 [NYC] and Le Centre Pompidou [Paris, FR], has had his music performed throughout North America, Iceland, Denmark, Australia and the UK, has presented his work and research at conferences including NIME, ISEA, ICLI, ICLC, SMF and TENOR, and has lectured at various colleges and universities. Smith is best known for his work with Animated Music Notation, and his Ph.D. research website is archived at animatednotation.com. Please visit ryanrosssmith.com for more information.
Nancy Tarr, Adjunct Lecturer
142 Fine Arts Center
B.A. cum laude, Hartwick College, Music (2014)
B.A. SUNY Oneonta, Theatre (1987)
Nancy Tarr is an adjunct lecturer in the Music Industry department and the Executive Director of Well Dunn (a music nonprofit that connects college students with internships in the music and entertainment industry). During Nancy's career she has lived in Los Angeles, New York, NY and Washington, D.C. Her current home is Cooperstown, NY. She worked on over 50 films in the music department at Paramount Pictures and was the Music Coordinator on the movie "8 Mile." She also worked at RCA and Artist Records before becoming the Manager of Artist Relations and Government Affairs with the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Nancy set out on her own and has been working as an Artist Relations consultant, Event Manager, Artist Manager with Tarr Music Co. Nancy is also a singer/songwriter, has performed in off broadway shows and was recently seen in the Glimmerglass Festival's production of The Music Man. Nancy's band Dead Girls and Other Stories were featured performers at both the Lilith Fair and the H.O.R.D.E. Festival.
Ms. Colby Thomas, Lecturer
147 Fine Arts Center
Courses taught: Voice, American Musical Theatre
Ms. Thomas is originally from Huntington, New York and has been an actress and singer in the US and in Europe for more than seventeen years. She joined the SUNY Oneonta Music Department in 2004, directing, and teaching voice, History of the American Musical, and a vocal performance workshop, which includes coaching repertoire from opera to the contemporary musical. She received a Masters in Vocal Performance from Syracuse University and a BA in Music, and minor in Speech,
Professional credits include a nine-year stint as ‘Christine Daae’ in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s PHANTOM OF THE OPERA at the Neue Flora Theater in Hamburg, Germany. She appeared on tour throughout Europe, including Paris, Nice, , Gothenburg, Munich, and Basil, as Laurey in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s OKLAHOMA! Off-Broadway, regional, and national tour credits include, Beatriz in Offenbach’s CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS, musical director, Jonathan Tunick; Maria in WEST SIDE STORY; Luisa in THE FANTASTIKS; Josephine in HMS PINAFORE; Mabel in THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, starring Sir John Reed, Anne in A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, and Princess Tuptim in THE KING AND I, directed by Jamie Hammerstein, son of Oscar Hammerstein II.
Ms. Thomas continues to perform in the New York area, as her teaching schedule allows. She appeared in the title role in the premiere of the new opera, MOLLY OF THE MOHAWKS; for which she was nominated for a Native American Music Award. She also performed at the Baseball Hall of Fame, singing the role of Lili in COOPERSTOWN, a Jazz Opera by composer Sasha Matson. Ms. Thomas has worked with the Chenango River Theater in Greene, NY, appearing as Felicia in I HATE HAMLET and Mrs. Van Dann in THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK.
Her concert appearances as the Soprano Soloist include, Carl Orff’s CARMINA BURANA and the Poulenc STABAT MATERwith the Catskill Choral Society; the Poulenc GLORIA, and Samuel Barber’s KNOXVILLE, SUMMER OF 1915 with the Catskill Symphony; most recently, in Handel’s Messiah with The Voices of Cooperstown; and sung the role of Lola in CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA with the Schenectady Symphony at the Proctor Theater, and at the Stanley Theater, with the Utica Symphony.
Ms. Kristina Ward Turechek, Adjunct Lecturer
142 Fine Arts Center
Courses taught: Piano Class 170P, Piano Studio 270P
Mannes College of Music, NYC: B.S. Major in Composition with Peter Pindar Stearns; Theory, counterpoint, analysis, keyboard harmony and theory pedagogy with Carl Schachter; 20th c. compositional techniques with William Sydeman; Ear training with Marie Powers.
New School of Music, Philadelphia, PA: Piano studies with Gisa Adler (pupil of Emil von Sauer).
Metropolitan Music School, NYC: Jazz piano with Anne Dodge.
SUNY Oneonta since 1982; Stecher and Horowitz School of Music, Cedarhurst NY, 1968-70.
Piano and Theory faculties:
Bronx House Music School, Bronx, NY, 1972, 1973; Metropolitan Music School, (West Side Community Music School), NYC, 1972-76, (also served as Registrar, 1974, and was on board of directors there 1973-75).
Private piano teaching since 1962.
Professional Affiliations have included:
National Guild of Piano Teachers (NGPT); National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMC); Music Teachers National Association (MTNA); International Alliance for Women in Music (IAWM).
Served as President of Midstate Music Teachers Association of New York, (MMTA), 1988-1989.
Awards for Composition from NGPT (1995) and NFMC (1990).
Recent creative work: Improvising, Sketching, a musical diary: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLWoEeAPxjyhpb9QELsyEwSDz1TQoAOBOA
Wrote instructional book Piano Primer: for Adults Beginning or Returning to the Piano, (2005).
Compositions for piano and for small chamber groups performed locally, including SUNY Oneonta, Unitarian Universalist Society, Oneonta, West Kortright Centre and Norwich, NY.
Performances as accompanist locally, including SUNY Oneonta, Hartwick College, Fenimore House, Cooperstown.
Music Director, Unitarian Universalist Society, Oneonta, NY, 1986-87.
Solo piano performances in faculty concerts of the MMTA.
Judge for NYSSMA and NGPT auditions and for Southern Tier Music Teachers' Assoc. (STMTA) music competition.
Participated in piano choir in a spatial performance of Henry Brant's Millennium II, presented by the Catskill Conservatory at SUNY Oneonta.
Accompanist and rehearsal pianist in NYC, including 13th Street Theater Productions; Columbia Teachers College, (Menotti); country/rock singer club dates.
I have been deeply involved with the maintenance, research and promotion of my father's estate of paintings. This effort has included major retrospective exhibitions held at the Yager Museum of Hartwick College (2004-05), at the C.S. Fisher Federal Building & United States Courthouse, Trenton, NJ (2007), and at the James A. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, PA (2009-10), which was accompanied by the 92-page catalogue Charles W. Ward: Paintings for People.
Charlie Vatalaro, Adjunct Lecturer
Born and raised in the Boston area, Charlie was a regular on the local club circuit by his
Gavin Vitale, Instructional Support Technician/Adjunct Lecturer
205 Fine Arts Center
Year Hired: 2014
BA Environmental Science – Binghamton University (2005)
BS Electrical Engineering – Polytechnic Institute of NYU (2010)
MS Electrical Engineering – Polytechnic Institute of NYU (2013)
Courses Taught: Studio Assistant I, Studio Assistant II, Fundamentals of Vacuum Tube Amplifiers
My interests generally revolve around analog electronics.
Mr. Jeremy Wall, Associate Professor
120 Fine Arts Center
Year Hired: 2002
M.M. in Studio Composition - Purchase College (2001)
B.F.A. in Music Composition - California Institute of the Arts (1974)
Courses taught: Contemporary Issues in the Music Industry, Contemporary Songwriting, Music Theory II, Funk Band, Jazz Improvisation, Pop and Jazz Piano Styles and Advanced Songwriting
Jeremy Wall is best known as founding member, pianist, composer and producer of the landmark jazz-fusion group Spyro Gyra. He has recorded extensively as producer, keyboardist,