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
Kerro Knox 3, M.F.A.Interim Director, School of Music, Theatre and Dance
Professor of Theatre
(248) 370-3025
Deborah VanderLinde, Ph.D.Interim Associate Director, School of Music, Theatre and Dance
Chair, Department of Music
Associate Professor of Music
(248) 370-3022
Elizabeth Kattner, Ph.D.

Assistant Director, School of Music, Theatre and Dance
Coordinator of Assessment and Evaluation
Associate Professor of Dance
(248) 370-2917
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
Jaime FinnOffice Assistant 
(248) 370-2035
Manjit GillBudget
(248) 370-2046
Elizabeth MedvinskyOU Community Music
(248) 370-2034
Michelle TschirhartRecruitment and Outreach
(248) 370-2039
Leah RuffOffice Assistant
(248) 370-2033
Carly UhrigMarketing
(248) 370-2032
Production Staff
Joseph BeckTechnical 
Katherine BoersmaProduction and Facilities
(248) 370-3012
Box Office ManagerMegan
Jenna Fiorini Production Office Assistant 
Megan HeraldAssistant Production and Facilities Manager
(248) 370-3012
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
Vladimir KalmskyCollaborative Pianist for
Aran KimCollaborative Pianist for Vocal
Alissa HetznerCollaborative Pianist for Musical
Mike ListCollaborative Pianist for Dance
Amanda Sabelhaus Collaborative Pianist accompanying Voice
Coordinator of Vocal Accompanying
Amy SauveCollaborative Pianist for Vocal
Marina StojanovskaCollaborative Pianist for Vocal
Joe WaltersCollaborative Pianist for Vocal
Hannah WatsonCollaborative Pianist for Vocal
I-Chen YehCollaborative Pianist for Instrumental Music
Coordinator of Instrumental Accompanying
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
NameTitleContact Information
Deborah VanderLinde, Ph.D.Interim Associate Director, School of Music, Theatre and Dance
Associate Professor of Music
Chair, Department of Music
Coordinator, Graduate Music Education
(248) 370-3022 
Chinelo Amen-Ra, B.A.Lecturer,
Jay Shankar BalanApplied Instructor, Indian
Cat Bennett, Ph.D.Assistant Professor of Music
Music Education Field Services Coordinator
Timothy Blackmon, M.M.Special Lecturer
Applied Instructor, Jazz Trumpet
Laura Blanchard, M.M.Lecturer,
Barbara Bland, M.M.Applied Instructor, Voice
(248) 370-4309
Alta Marie Boover, D.M.A.Assistant Professor of Music
Applied Voice
(248) 370-2943
Regina CarterArtist-in-Residence, Jazz 
Gregory Cunningham, Ed. D.Professor of Music
Instrumental Conducting
Instrumental Program Coordinator
(248) 370-3015
Dennis Curry, M.M.Applied Instructor,
Drake Dantzler, D.M.A.Associate Professor of Music
Applied Voice
Opera Program Coordinator
(248) 370-2042
David Denniston, D.M.A.Applied Instructor,
Edith Diggory, D.M.A.Adjunct Assistant Professor, 
(248) 370-3019
Patrick Fitzgibbon, M.M.Special Lecturer, Music
World Music
Ben Fuhrman, D.M.A.Lecturer, Music
Music Technology and Composition
Scott Gwinnell, M.M.Special Lecturer, Music
Applied Instructor, Jazz Piano
Rebecca Happel, D.M.A.Applied Instructor, Piano
Lecturer, Music
(248) 370-4152
Marion Hayden, B.A.Applied Instructor, Jazz
Jeffrey Heisler, D.M.A.Associate Professor of Music
Applied Saxophone
(248) 370-2871
Terry Herald, M.M.Lecturer, Music
Audio Technology
Bret Hoag, M.M.Applied Instructor, Guitar
Special Lecturer, Music
Melissa Hoag, Ph.D.Associate Professor of Music
Music Theory Program Coordinator
Master's Program Coordinator
(248) 370-4153
Lauri A. Hogle, Ph.D.

Lecturer, music
Music Education
Sam JeyasinghamApplied Instructor, Carnatic
Lois Kaarre, M.M.Special Lecturer, Music
Keyboard Classes
(248) 370-2913
David Kidger, Ph.D.Associate Professor of Music, Musicology
Music History Program Co-Coordinator
(248) 370-4308
Mark KiemeApplied Instructor, Jazz
Pamela L. Klena, D.M.A.Visiting Assistant Professor of
(248) 370-2287
Sarah Komer, M.M.Lecturer, music
Music Theory
Stephen Komer, M.M.Special Lecturer, music
Music Theory
Roman KosarevApplied Instructor,
Kenneth Kroesche, D.M.A.Professor of Music
Applied Brass, Brass Band and Ensembles
Brass Program Coordinator
(248) 370-4303
Brandon LePageApplied Instructor, Flute
Flute Ensemble
James Long, M.M.Lecturer,
Melissa Maloney, M.M.Applied Instructor, Voice
(248) 370-2943
Dan Maslanka, M.M.Applied Instructor, Percussion
Lecturer, Music 
Gayelynn McKinneyApplied Instructor, Jazz
Timothy Michling, M.M. M.P.A.Applied Instructor, Oboe 
Zelijko (Bill) Milicevic, M.M.Lecturer, Music
Chamber Orchestra 
Stephanie Michaels, M.M.Applied Instructor, Voice 
Lecturer, Music
Michael Mitchell, D.M.A Professor of Music
Director of Choral Activities
(248) 370-2002
Stephen MolinaDSO Affiliate Applied Faculty, Classical
Jennifer Fox Oliverio, D.M.A.
Assistant Professor of Music
Applied Trumpet
Úna O'RiordanDSO Affiliate Applied Faculty,
Jessica Payette, Ph.D.Associate Professor of Music, Musicology 
Music History Program Co-Coordinator
(248) 370-3148
Niki Rose, M.Ed.Lecturer,
Enrique Rios-Ellis, D.M.A.Visiting Professor of
Elizabeth Rowin, M.M.Applied Instructor, Violin
Lecturer, Music
Coordinator, Chamber Music 
Joseph Shively, Ed.D.Associate Professor of Music
Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Victoria Shively, M.M.Special Lecturer, Music 
Music Theory and History, Opera Coach
Music Director, opera production
(248) 370-3321
Jaquain Sloan, Perf. Cert.DSO Affiliate Applied Faculty,
Sharon Sparrow, M.M. DSO Affiliate Applied Faculty, Flute
George Stoffan, D.M.A.

Associate Professor of Music
Applied Clarinet, Chamber Music
Coordinator, Wind Program, Strings Program
(248) 370-2038
Mark Stone, M.M.Doris & Paul Travis Associate Professor of Music
World Music and Percussion
Coordinator, World Music and Percussion 
Kristen Tait, D.M.A. Special Lecturer, Music
Music for the Non-Major
Angela Theis, M.M.Applied Instructor,
Tian Tian, D.M.A.Associate Professor of Music
Piano Performance and Pedagogy
Carly Uhrig, M.A. Lecturer, Music
Foundations of Rock
(248) 370-2032
P. David Visnaw II, M.M.Lecturer, Music
Music Education
Nadine Washington, M.M.Applied Instructor, Voice
(248) 370-2038 
John-Paul White, Perf. Cert. Distinguished Professor of Music
Voice Program Coordinator
(248) 370-2040
Phyllis White, Ph.D.Special Lecturer, Music 
Music for the Non-Major 
I-Chen Yeh, D.M.A. Applied Instructor, Piano
Coordinator of Instrumental Accompanying
Jeffery Zook, M.M. DSO Affiliate Applied Faculty, Flute 
Collaborative Pianists
Amanda SabelhausCollaborative Pianist accompanying Voice
Coordinator of Vocal Accompanying
I-Chen YehCollaborative Pianist for Instrumental Music
Coordinator of Instrumental Accompanying
OU Community Music
Elizabeth Medvinsky,
Department of Theatre
Name Title Contact Information
Jeremy Barnett, M.F.A.Interim Chair, Department of Theatre
Associate Professor of Theatre
Theatre Design and Technology Program Coordinator
Scenic Design
(781) 910-7759
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
Denise Caston-Clark, B.A.Lecturer, Theatre

Cat Dacpano, B.M.Vocal Coach
Collaborative Pianist for Musical Theatre
Brian Dambacher, MFALecturer, Theatre
Theatre Technology
Kitty Dubin, M.A.Lecturer, Theatre
Michael DuncanLecturer, Theatre
Sound Design
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
Kristen Gribbin, M.F.A.Lecturer, Theatre
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
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 
Stage Voice, Acting
(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 
Monica Lopez Orozco, M.F.A.Visiting Assistant Professor of
Emily Padgett-YoungVocal
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 
Rachel Stevens, M.F.A.Visiting Assistant Professor of
Matt Taylor, M.F.A.Lecturer,
Josh Young, B.F.A. Assistant Professor of Theatre
Program Coordinator, Musical Theatre
248) 370-2605
Sara Catheryn Wolf, M.F.A.Lecturer,
Brandon A. Wright, M.F.A.Special Lecturer,
Department of Dance
NameTitle Contact Information 
Gregory Patterson, M.F.A.

Chair, Department of Dance
Associate Professor of Dance
(248) 370-3009
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
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.Lecturer,
Emily Padgett-YoungLecturer,
Renee Petkovski, B.A.Lecturer,
Stephanie Pizzo, B.A. Special Lecturer in Dance
Artistic Director, Eisenhower Dance
Elizabeth Riga, M.F.A.Lecturer,
Ivonne Tapia, M.A.Lecturer,
Christina Tasco, M.S. Special Lecturer in Dance 
Director, Oakland Dance Theatre 
Ali Woerner, M.F.A. Doris and Paul Travis 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
Vladimir KalmskyAccompanist for
(248) 370-2049
Mike ListAccompanist for Dance
OU Community Music

NameExpertiseContact Information 
Deborah VanderLinde, Ph.D.Chair, Department of Music
(248) 370-3022
Elizabeth Medvinsky, M.M. Director, OU Community Music
(248) 370-2034
Lara Alami, B.M.Voice
Barbara Bland, M.M.Voice
Alexander Technique
Viorica Burca, 
Drake Dantzler,
David Denniston,
Yevgenya Derian, M.M.Piano
Patrick Fitzgibbon, M.M.Percussion 
Jaqueline Fornari, M.M.Flute
Ben Fuhrman, D.M.A.Composition and Music
Beth Guest, M.F.A.
Lorrie Gunn,
Marion Hayden,
Bret Hoag,
Lois Kaarre,
Hyekyung Lee,
Brandon LePage,
Pinlin Liu,
Dan Maslanka, M.M.Percussion
Maggie McKelvey,
Gayelynn McKinney, B.M.Jazz
Stephanie Michaels,
Chris Napier, M.M. Trumpet
Cassandra O'Brien
Jennifer Oliverio, D.M.A.Oakland Youth Brass
David Pendock,
Nicole Shogren, M.M. Cello 
George Stoffan, D.M.A. Clarinet 
Judith A. Teasdle, M.M.Violin/Viola 
Lindsey Tycholiz-McKiddy B.M.
Katrina VanMaanen
Chris Wheeler, 
Faculty Advisers
Jazz StudiesEnrique
 World Music StudiesMark
BAMusicMelissa Hoag, Jessica Payette, Mark,,
Instrumental PerformanceJeff Heisler, Ken Kroesche, George,,
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 Kroesche, George,,
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
Josh Young
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