School of Music, Theatre
and Dance

Varner Hall, Room 207
371 Varner Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4485
(location map)
Academic Office: (248) 370-2030
Box Office: (248) 370-3013
Fax: (248) 370-2041

Faculty and Staff

The School of Music, Theatre and Dance has a world-class faculty of actors, choreographers, composers, conductors, dancers, designers, directors, instrumentalists, scholars, singers and more. While the work of our faculty in the performing arts is wide-ranging, they all share a singular commitment to teaching and mentoring students. In collaboration with our faculty, students are transformed through experiences in the classroom, rehearsal space, practice room, studio and beyond.

SMTD Administration
Academic Leaders
Elisabeth Honn Hoegberg, Ph.DDirector, School of Music, Theatre, and Dance Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Professor of Music
Kerro Knox 3, M.F.A.Associate Director, School of Music,
Theatre and Dance

Professor of Theatre
(248) 370-3025
Elizabeth Kattner, Ph.D.Assistant Director, School of Music,
Theatre and Dance
Coordinator of Assessment and Evaluation
Associate Professor of Dance
(248) 370-2917
Jeffrey Heisler, D.M.A.Chair, Department of Music
Associate Professor of Music
Jeremy Barnett, M.F.A.Chair, Department of Theatre
Associate Professor of Theatre
Gregory Patterson, M.F.A.Chair, Department of Dance
Associate Professor of Dance
(248) 370-3009
Office Staff
Kristina AllenOffice Assistant
(248) 370-2033
Sean DelaneyCommunications
Jaime FinnOffice Assistant 
(248) 370-2035
Lisa HinchmanBusiness Manager
(248) 370-2046
Michelle TschirhartRecruitment and Outreach
(248) 370-2039
Production Staff
Joseph BeckTechnical
Katherine BoersmaProduction and Facilities
(248) 370-3012
Box Office ManagerMegan
Megan HeraldAssistant Production and Facilities
(248) 370-3013
Terry HeraldTechnical Coordinator, Sound Technician 
Christa Koerner Costume Shop
(248) 370-3011
Collaborative Pianists
Laura BlanchardCollaborative Pianist for Musical
Cat DacpanoCollaborative Pianist for Musical
Frank PittsCollaborative Pianist for Musical
Aran KimCollaborative Pianist for Vocal
Alissa HetznerCollaborative Pianist for Musical
Mike ListCollaborative Pianist for Dance
Amanda Sabelhaus Collaborative Pianist for Vocal Music
Coordinator of Collaborative Piano, Voice
Amy SauveCollaborative Pianist for Vocal
Won Kyung ShinCollaborative Pianist for Instrumental
Philip SolomonickCollaborative Pianist for Instrumental Music
Marina StojanovskaCollaborative Pianist for Vocal
Hannah WatsonCollaborative Pianist for Vocal
I-Chen YehCollaborative Pianist for Instrumental Music
Coordinator of Collaborative Piano, Instrumental
Undergraduate Advisors
Jim BilinskiUndergraduate Academic Advisor
Matt PrenticeUndergraduate Academic
Music Ensemble Staff
Joan HovdaOrchestra Librarian, OSO
Sherri MartillaOrchestra Manager, OSO
Michele SorokaOrchestra Management
Department of Music
Music Theory and Musicology
NameTitleContact Information
Melissa Hoag, Ph.D.Associate Professor of Music
Music Theory Program Coordinator
Master's Program Coordinator
(248) 370-4153
David Kidger, Ph.D.Associate Professor of Music, Musicology
Music History Program Co-Coordinator
(248) 370-4308
Jessica Payette, Ph.D.Associate Professor of Music, Musicology 
Music History Program Co-Coordinator
(248) 370-3148
Sarah Komer, M.M.Lecturer, Music
Music Theory
Stephen Komer, M.M.Special Lecturer, Music
Music Theory
Victoria Shively, M.M.Special Lecturer, Music 
Music Theory and History, Opera Coach
Music Director, opera production
(248) 370-3321
Music Education
NameTitleContact Information
Cat Bennett, Ph.D.Assistant Professor of Music
Music Education Field Services Coordinator
Pamela L. Klena, D.M.A.Assistant Professor of
(248) 370-2287
Joseph Shively, Ed.D.Associate Professor of Music
Senior Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Deborah VanderLinde, Ph.D.Associate Professor, Music Education,
Coordinator, Doctoral Program in Music Education

Lauri A. Hogle, Ph.D.

Lecturer, Music
Music Education
Niki Rose, M.Ed.Lecturer,
P. David Visnaw II, M.M.Lecturer, Music
Music Education
Ensembles and Conducting
NameTitleContact Information
Gregory Cunningham, Ed. D.Professor of Music
Instrumental Conducting
Instrumental Program Coordinator
(248) 370-3015
Pamela L. Klena, D.M.A.Assistant Professor of
(248) 370-2287
Kenneth Kroesche, D.M.A.Professor of Music
Applied Brass, Brass Band and Ensembles
Brass Program Coordinator
(248) 370-4303
Michael Mitchell, D.M.A Professor of Music
Director of Choral Activities
(248) 370-2002
Zeljko (Bill) Milicevic, M.M.Lecturer, Music
Chamber Orchestra 
Music Technology
NameTitleContact Information
Ben Fuhrman, D.M.A.Lecturer, Music
Music Technology and Composition
Terry Herald, M.M.Lecturer, Music
Audio Technology
Music for the non-major
NameTitleContact Information
Kristen Tait, D.M.A. Special Lecturer, Music
Music for the Non-Major
Carly Uhrig, M.A. Lecturer, Music
Foundations of Rock
Phyllis White, Ph.D.Special Lecturer, Music 
Music for the Non-Major 

Applied Music

NameTitleContact Information
Tian Tian, D.M.A.Associate Professor of Music
Piano Performance and Pedagogy
Dennis Curry, M.M.Applied Instructor,
Laura Blanchard, M.M.Lecturer,
Rebecca Happel, D.M.A.Applied Instructor, Piano
Lecturer, Music
(248) 370-4152
Lois Kaarre, M.M.Special Lecturer, Music
Keyboard Classes
(248) 370-2913
I-Chen Yeh, D.M.A. Applied Instructor, Piano
Coordinator of Instrumental Accompanying
NameTitleContact Information
Alta Marie Boover, D.M.A.Assistant Professor of Music
Applied Voice
(248) 370-2943
Drake Dantzler, D.M.A.Associate Professor of Music
Applied Voice
Opera Program Coordinator
(248) 370-2042
John-Paul White, Perf. Cert. Distinguished Professor of Music
Voice Program Coordinator
(248) 370-2040
Barbara Bland, M.M.Applied Instructor, Voice
(248) 370-4309
Edith Diggory, D.M.A.Adjunct Assistant Professor, 
(248) 370-3019
Nicole JosephLecturer, Applied
Melissa Maloney, M.M.Applied Instructor, Voice
(248) 370-2943
Katya Powder Lecturer of Music,
Constantine Novotny, M.M.Lecturer,
Katrina VanMaanen, MMLecturer,
NameTitleContact Information
Kenneth Kroesche, D.M.A.Professor of MusicApplied Brass, Brass Band and Ensembles
Brass Program Coordinator
(248) 370-4303
Amanda Ross, D.M.A.Visiting Assistant Professor of Music
Applied Trumpet
David Denniston, D.M.A.Applied Instructor,
Brandon Thibault, M.M.Applied Instructor,
NameTitleContact Information
Jeffrey Heisler, D.M.A.Chair, Department of Music
Associate Professor of Music
Applied Saxophone
(248) 370-2871
Stacey Jamison, M.M.Lecturer, Music
Applied Bassoon
Brandon LePageApplied Instructor, Flute
Flute Ensemble
Timothy Michling, M.M. M.P.A.Applied Instructor, Oboe 
Alex Sellers, M.M.Lecturer, Music
Applied Saxophone
Ralph Skiano, B.M.DSO Affiliate Applied Faculty,
Cornelia SommerDSO Affiliate Faculty, Applied Bassoon
Michelle Doyle Tschirhart, M.M., Artist DiplomaLecturer, Applied
Jeffery Zook, M.M. DSO Affiliate Applied Faculty, Flute 
NameTitleContact Information
Bret Hoag, M.M.Applied Instructor, Guitar
Special Lecturer, Music
John Kennedy, M.M.Lecturer, Applied Double
Roman KosarevApplied Instructor,
Úna O'RiordanDSO Affiliate Applied Faculty,
Elizabeth Rowin, M.M.Applied Instructor, Violin
Lecturer, Music
Coordinator, Chamber Music 
NameTitleContact Information
Justin Lamb, D.M.A.Lecturer, Applied
Mark Stone, M.M.Professor of Music
World Music and Percussion
Coordinator, World Music and Percussion
Jazz and World Music
NameTitleContact Information
Mark Stone, M.M.Professor of Music
World Music and Percussion
Coordinator, World Music and Percussion 
Enrique Rios-Ellis, D.M.A.Visiting Professor of
Patrick Fitzgibbon, M.M.Special Lecturer, Music
World Music
Scott Gwinnell, M.M.Special Lecturer, Music
Applied Instructor, Jazz Piano
Marion Hayden, B.A.Applied Instructor, Jazz
Mark KiemeApplied Instructor, Jazz
Gayelynn McKinneyApplied Instructor, Jazz
Jay Shankar BalanApplied Instructor, Indian
Collaborative Pianists
NameTitleContact Information
Amanda SabelhausCollaborative Pianist accompanying Voice
Coordinator of Vocal Accompanying
I-Chen YehCollaborative Pianist for Instrumental Music
Coordinator of Instrumental Accompanying
Department of Theatre
Name Title Contact Information
Jeremy Barnett, M.F.A.Interim Chair, Department of Theatre
Doris and Paul Travis Associate Professor of Theatre
Theatre Design and Technology Program Coordinator
Scenic Design

Joseph Beck, M.F.A.Technical Director
Lecturer, Theatre
Laura Blanchard, M.M.Vocal Coach
Collaborative Pianist for Musical Theatre
Rick Carver, B.A.Lecturer, Theatre
Mime, Acting for Non-Theatre Majors
Kelli Crump, M.F.A.Visiting Assistant Professor of
Cat Dacpano, B.M.Vocal Coach
Collaborative Pianist for Musical Theatre
Kitty Dubin, M.A.Lecturer, Theatre
Dana Gamarra, B.F.A. Lecturer, Theatre
Stage Management 
Milica Govich, M.F.A.Special Lecturer, Theatre
Acting Coach
Acting for the Camera 
David Gram, M.F.A.Assistant Professor of Theatre
Acting, Directing
Anthony Guest, M.F.A.Associate Professor of Theatre
Acting, Directing
(248) 370-3023
Beth Guest, M.F.A.Special Lecturer, Theatre 
Musical Theatre History
Teri Hansen, M.M.Visiting Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre

Alissa HetznerVocal Coach
Collaborative Pianist for Musical Theatre
Lisa Kander, Ph.D.Lecturer, Theatre
Theatre History 
Christa Koerner, M.F.A.Costume Shop Supervisor
Lecturer, Theatre
Costume Construction
Kerro Knox 3, M.F.A. Associate Director, School of Music, Theatre and Dance
Associate Professor of Theatre

Lighting Design, History
(248) 370-3025
Karen Kozlowski, MFALecturer, Theatre
Scenic Painting, Computer Design
Lynnae Lehfeldt, M.F.A. Doris & Paul Travis Associate Professor of Theatre 
Voice and Movement
(248) 370-2956
Whitney Locher, M.F.A.Assistant Professor of Theatre
Costume Design, Stage Makeup
Thomas Mahard, B.A.Special Lecturer, Theatre 
Theatre for Non-Majors 
Frank Pitts, B.A.Vocal Coach
Collaborative Pianist for Musical Theatre
Karen Sheridan, M.F.A. Distinguished Professor of Theatre
Co-founder, Classical Theatre Study in Greece Program
Acting, Directing
(248) 370-2045
Sam TransleauVisiting Assistant Professor in Design and
Blake Whyte, M.M.Visiting Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre
(248) 370-2605
Sara Catheryn Wolf, M.F.A.Lecturer,
Department of Dance
NameTitle Contact Information 
Gregory Patterson, M.F.A.

Chair, Department of Dance
Associate Professor of Dance
(248) 370-3009
Deavondre Jones

Lecturer, Dance

Eliza Lanham Jones, B.F.A.

Lecturer, Dance
Thayer Jonutz, M.F.A.

Associate Professor of Dance
Director, OU Repertory Dance Company
(248) 370-2804
Elizabeth Kattner, Ph.D.

Assistant Director, School of Music, Theatre and Dance: Coordinator of Assessment and Evaluation
Doris and Paul Travis Associate Professor of Dance
Dance History and Dance in Culture
Dance Education Program Coordinator
(248) 370-2917
Amanda LehmanLecturer, Dance
Dance for Musical Theatre
Mary Murphy, M.A.T.Lecturer,
Teresa Muller, M.F.A.Special Lecturer,
Renee Petkovski, B.A.Lecturer,
Elizabeth Riga, M.F.A.Special Lecturer, Dance
Director, Oakland Dance Theatre
Christina Tasco, M.S. Special Lecturer in 
Ali Woerner, M.F.A. Associate Professor of Dance
Director/Founder of Take Root
(248) 370-3604
Production Staff
Jeremy BarnettSet
Joseph BeckSet Construction
Kerro KnoxLighting
Christa KoernerCostume
Dance Accompanists
Mike ListAccompanist for Dance
Patrick FitzgibbonM.M.
Faculty Advisers
Jazz StudiesEnrique
 World Music StudiesMark
BAMusicMelissa Hoag, Jessica Payette, Mark,,
BMInstrumental PerformanceJeff Heisler, Ken,
BMPiano Performance and PedagogyTian
BMVoice PerformanceJohn-Paul White, Drake Dantzler, Alta,
BMChoral Music EducationMike Mitchell, Deb,
BMInstrumental Music EducationPam
BMGeneral Music EducationDeb
MMChoral ConductingMike
MMInstrumental ConductingGreg
MMInstrumental PerformanceJeff Heisler, Ken,
MMPiano Performance & Piano PedagogyTian
MMVoice Performance & Vocal PedagogyDrake Dantzler, John-Paul White, Alta,
MMWorld Music PerformanceMark
MMMusic EducationDeborah
MMGraduate Program CoordinatorMelissa
PhDMusic EducationDeborah
BFAActingDavid Gram
Karen Sheridan
BFAMusical Theatre

David Gram
Anthony Guest
BFATheatre Design & TechnologyWhitney
BA, BFA, & minorsDance and Dance EducationElizabeth Kattner, Gregory Patterson, Thayer Jonutz, Ali,,,
Laurie EisenhowerProfessor Emerita of Dance
Robert FackoProfessor Emeritus of Music
Michael GillespieProfessor Emeritus of Theatre
Adeline G. Hirschfeld-MedaliaProfessor Emerita of Theatre
Marvin D. HolladayProfessor Emeritus of Music
Flavio VaraniProfessor Emeritus of Music
Jackie WigginsDistinguished Professor Emerita of Music