Faculty and Staff

Faculty

Dr. David Abbott
Professor - Piano, Music History
D.M.A., Eastman School of Music;
M.M. The Juilliard School;
B.M., Eastman School of Music;
Appointed 2005.
Email:
Office: Goodrich Chapel
Phone: 517-629-0483

Dr. Maureen Balke
Department Chair
Professor - Voice, Diction, Intro to Opera, Honors, FYS
D.M., Indiana University, 1991;
B.A., Marquette University, 1974, B.M. 1978, M.M. 1980;
Appointed 1988.
Email:
Office: Goodrich Chapel
Phone: 517-629-0471

Dr. James Ball
Professor - Director of Orchestral & Jazz Activities, Conducting, Evolution of Jazz, Jazz Improvisation
D.M.A. (orchestral conducting), 1992, Conservatory of Music, University of Missouri - Kansas City;
M.M. (orchestral conducting), 1983, Northwestern University;
M.M. (trombone), 1982, Georgia State University;
B.M. (trombone), 1974, Oberlin Conservatory of Music
Appointed 1999.
Email:
Office: Goodrich Chapel
Phone: 517-629-0256

Dr. Lia Jensen-Abbott
Assistant Professor - Piano, Keyboard Skills, Music Theory
D.M.A., Piano Performance, University of Nebraska-Lincoln;
Performer Diploma, Indiana University;
M.M.and M.A., Piano and Music Theory, Pennsylvania State University;
B.M., Piano Performance, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Email:
Office: Goodrich Chapel
Phone: 517-629-0698

Dr. Samuel McIlhagga
Professor - Director of Bands, Instrumental Music Education, Rock and Roll in Society, Honors
Ph.D. in Music, 2006, University of Minnesota;
M.M., in Instrumental Conducting, 1993, Northwestern University;
B.M.E., 1992, Grand Valley State University
Appointed 2003.
Email:
Office: Goodrich Chapel
Phone: 517-629-0467

Dr. Clayton Parr
Associate Professor - Director of Choral Activities, Choral Conducting, Choral Music Education
D.M.A. in Choral Conducting, 1990, Michigan State University;
M.M. in Voice Performance, 1989, Michigan State University;
M.M. in Choral Conducting, 1987, Michigan State University;
B.A., 1980, Albion College
Appointed 2012.
Email:
Office: Goodrich Chapel
Phone: 517-629-0251

Staff

Tiffany Paulson
Department Secretary
Email:
Office: Goodrich Chapel
Phone: 517-629-0481

Dr. Matthew Hansen
Department Manager
Email:
Office: Goodrich Chapel
Phone: 517-629-0280

 

Applied Music Faculty

Keyboard

Dr. David Abbott
Professor - Piano
D.M.A., Eastman School of Music;
M.M. the Juilliard School;
B.M., Eastman School of Music
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Dr. Lia Jensen-Abbott
Visiting Assistant Professor - Piano
D.M.A. (piano performance) University of Nebraska-Lincoln;
Performer Diploma from Indiana University;
M.M.and M.A. in (piano and music theory) Pennsylvania State University;
B.M. (piano performance) University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Email:

Nicholas Laban
Staff Accompanist
M.M., 2013, Western Michigan University
B.A., 2011, Albion College
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Elena Solero
Accompanist
M.M., 1984, Bowling Green State University;
B.M., 1982, DePauw University
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Jackie Livesay
Applied Instructor - Organ
M.A. in Education, Spring Arbor University;
M.M., University of Michigan;
B.M., Westminster Choir College
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Dan Willenberg
Applied Instructor - Jazz Piano
M.A. in Piano Performance, Western Michigan University
B.A. Instrumental Music Education, Applied Piano, Albion College
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Strings

Dr. Takeshi Abo
Applied Instructor - Violin, Viola, String Techniques
D.M.A. (violin performance), 2006, Michigan State University;
M.M. (violin performance), 1997, Michigan State University;
B.M. (violin performance), 1994, Kyoto City University of Arts
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Dr. Daniel Tressel
Applied Instructor - Cello
D.M.A.- Music Composition, Michigan State University
M.M., Orchestral Career Studies, The University of Nevada, Reno
B.M.,Cello Performance, The University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign
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Mark Mathias
Applied Instructor - Double Bass
M.F.A, Eastern Michigan University
B.M., The University of Michigan
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Ellen Grafius
Applied Instructor - Harp
B.M.E., 1970, Michigan State University
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Daniel Palmer
Applied Instructor - Guitar, Guitar Ensemble
M.M., 2013, University of Toledo;
B.A. in Music Performance, 2011, Albion College
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Winds and Percussion

Dr. James Ball
Professor - Trombone, Tuba
D.M.A. (orchestral conducting), 1992, Conservatory of Music, University of Missouri - Kansas City;
M.M. (orchestral conducting), 1983, Northwestern University;
M.M. (trombone), 1982, Georgia State University;
B.M., 1974, Oberlin Conservatory of Music
Email:

Cynthia Duda
Applied Instructor - Bassoon
D.M.A., Bassoon Performance, Michigan State University
M.M., Music History/Literature, The University of Akron
M.M., Bassoon Performance, Western Michigan University
B.M.E., Music Education, Bowling Green State University
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Dr. Matthew Kay
Applied Instructor - Trumpet
D.M.A., 2017 Michigan State University
M.M., 2009, Houghton College
Post Graduate Diploma in Music Performance, 2005, University of Salford
Post Graduate Certificate in Education, 1999, University of Leeds
B.M., 1996, University of Huddersfield

Dr. Tess Miller 
Applied Instructor - Flute, Flute Ensemble, Woodwind Teaching and Techniques
D.M.A., flute performance, 2004, Michigan State University;
M.M., flute performance, 2001, Michigan State University;
B.M., flute performance, 1999, Michigan State University
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James Otto
Applied Instructor - Horn, Brass Teaching and Techniques
M.M. in Brass Winds Performance, University of Michigan;
B.M. in Music Education, University of Michigan
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Gabriel Renteria
Applied Instructor - Oboe, Reed-making Class
D.M.A., 2006, Colburn Conservatory;
M.M., 2006, University of Washington;
B.M., Oberlin Conservatory
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Sarah Manasreh
Applied Instructor - Clarinet, Clarinet Ensemble, Saxophone, Woodwind Teaching and Techniques
D.M.A. in progress, Michigan State University
M.M., The Royal Northern College of Music
B.M., Florida State University
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Daniel McDonald
Applied Instructor - Percussion, Drum Set, Percussion Ensemble, Percussion Techniques
M.M., Percussion Performance, The University of Michigan
B.M. in Percussion Performance, Central Michigan University
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Voice

Dr. Maureen Balke
Professor - Voice
D.M., Indiana University, 1991;
B.A., Marquette University, 1974, B.M. 1978, M.M. 1980
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Emily Benner
Applied Instructor - Voice, Opera Workshop
M.M., 1997, University of Michigan;
B.M., 1995, University of Michigan
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Robert Doyle
Applied Iinstructor - Voice
M.M. candidate in organ and church music, University of Michigan;
M.M., 1992, University of Texas, Austin;
B.M., 1985, Michigan State University
Certified at Level 3 in Somatic Voicework(sm) - The LoVetri Method
Email:

John King
Applied Instructor - Voice, Opera Workshop
M.M. (performance & pedagogy), 1974, University of Colorado;
B.M.E. (choral & composition), 1972, Central Michigan University
Certified at Level 3 in Somatic Voicework(sm) - The LoVetri Method
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Music Education

Dr. Samuel McIlhagga
Secondary Instrumental Music Education
Ph.D. in Music, 2006, University of Minnesota;
M.M. in Instrumental Conducting, 1993, Northwestern University;
B.M.E., 1992, Grand Valley State University
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Dr. Clayton Parr
Secondary Choral Music Education
D.M.A. in Choral Conducting, 1990, Michigan State University;
M.M. in Voice Performance, 1989, Michigan State University;
M.M. in Choral Conducting, 1987, Michigan State University;
B.A., 1980, Albion College
Email:

Stacey Root
Elementary Music Education
M.A. in Music Education, 2010, Michigan State University
B.A. in Music Education, 2002, Michigan State University
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