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Brass

Benjamin Albright

Benjamin Albright

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Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Originally from Niagara Falls, New York, Benjamin recently moved to the DC metro area after winning a trumpet position with “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band. Dr. Albright completed his Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Mic... [More]



Todd Baldwin

Todd Baldwin

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Adjunct Instructor

Todd Baldwin has served with The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” since 1984 and currently holds the positions of Trombone Section Leader with the Ceremonial Band and Producer for the Herald Trumpets. Baldwin’s military career has engaged him in perfo... [More]



Scott Cameron

Scott Cameron

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Adjunct Instructor

A native of Ashton, Maryland, Mr. Cameron is a member of The United States Army Field Band, stationed at Ft. Meade Maryland, and has performed in all 50 states. As a freelance tubist, Mr. Cameron has performed with The Maryland Symphony, The Louisvil... [More]



Marc Decker

Marc Decker

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Director of Bands-in-Residence

Dr. Marc Decker is Director of Bands and a Musician in Residence on the faculty at American University where he directs the Symphonic Band, ‘Screamin’ Eagles’ Pep Band, coaches the AU Chamber Winds, and instructs applied lessons in conducting. Aside ... [More]

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Conducting

Daniel Abraham

Daniel Abraham

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Chair, Department of Performing Arts

Choral/orchestral conductor and musicologist; specialist in 17th- and 18th-century music. Conductor and Artistic Director of the Bach Sinfonia and Bach Sinfonia Voci. Period-instrument performances include various modern premieres of Baroque and Clas... [More]

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Guitar

Joshua Bayer

Joshua Bayer

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Musician in Residence

Jazz guitarist, bassist, composer, and director Joshua Bayer has performed at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Detroit Opera House, Blues Alley, The Harlem Renaissance Festival, The World Jazz festival, The Phillips Collection, New Yor... [More]



Alicia Kopfstein-Penk

Alicia Kopfstein-Penk

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Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Alicia Kopfstein-Penk is an enthusiastic postmodernist who has taught musicianship, guitar, music history, and gen ed at American since 1998, and musicianship for the Washington National Opera Summer Institute since 2009. Her book Leonard Bernstein a... [More]



Philip McCusker

Philip McCusker

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Adjunct Instructor

Phil McCusker is a guitar (jazz and rock) instructor in the applied music program.



Larry Snitzler

Larry Snitzler

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Adjunct Instructor

Larry Snitzler is a guitar instructor in the applied music program.



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Organ

Julie Evans

Julie Evans

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Lecturer

Julie Evans is an organ instructor in the applied music program.



Erik Suter

Erik Suter

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Adjunct Instructor

Erik Suter is an organ instructor in the applied music program.



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Percussion

Nobue Matsuoka

Nobue Matsuoka

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Associate Librarian

Nobue, a native of Japan, moved from New Orleans in 2006 to become the Music/Performing Arts librarian at American University. As the head of the music library in Katzen, Nobue is responsible for the overall management of this very special branch lib... [More]

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Harold Summey

Harold Summey

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Adjunct Instructor



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Piano & Keyboard

Yuliya Gorenman

Yuliya Gorenman

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Musician in Residence

A piano instructor in the applied music program, award-winning Russian-born American pianist Yuliya Gorenman has been called a "pianist without fear." Now firmly established in her performing career, she first achieved international acclaim in 1995 a... [More]

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Mary Gottlieb

Mary Gottlieb

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Accompanist in Residence

Mary Gottlieb, pianist, has performed at the National Cathedral, the White House, Chicago’s Civic Center, Lyric Opera House, and Orchestra Hall, the Lyceum, Strathmore Hall, and universities around the country. Ms. Gottlieb commands a broad repertory... [More]



Ann Kang

Ann Kang

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Assistant Professor

Ann Teresa Kang is a piano instructor in the applied music program. She joined the music faculty at American University in Fall 2007; she also teaches courses in music theory, opera, and general education. Described as a pianist of “admirable polish ... [More]

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Jon Ozment

Jon Ozment

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Adjunct Instructor

Jon has been working in and around the DC area for twenty years as a performer, producer, composer, and arranger. He has produced and arranged recordings by local jazz artists Imani, Maryann Redmond, and Al Williams. Jon has performed extensively in ... [More]



Matthew Van Hoose

Matthew Van Hoose

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Musician in Residence

Hailed by the Baltimore Sun for his “spirited and polished playing,” Matthew Van Hoose has established himself as one of the most sought-after pianists in the Baltimore-Washington area. Dr. Van Hoose has performed with members of the Baltimore Sympho... [More]



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Strings

Jacqueline Pollauf

Jacqueline Pollauf

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Adjunct Instructor

Harpist Jacqueline Pollauf, praised for playing with "transcendent ability" (Megan Ihnen, Sybaritic Singer), and a "steady and most satisfying elegance" (Stephen Cornelius, The Toledo Blade), made her solo debut at sixteen with the Perrysburg Symphon... [More]



Ira Gitlin

Ira Gitlin

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Adjunct Instructor

Ira Gitlin is a banjo instructor in the applied music program.



Osman Kivrak

Osman Kivrak

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Musician in Residence

Osman Kivrak is a viola instructor in the applied music program. He performs with the Sunrise Quartet, the Richmond Chamber Players and with Currents. He is also Artistic Director of Concerts at the Beach in Delaware and of the Davies Concert Series.... [More]



Theresa Lazar

Theresa Lazar

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Musician in Residence

Teri Lazar is a violin instructor in the applied music program. She performs with the Sunrise Quartet, the Richmond Chamber Players and Currents and she is Concertmaster of the Virginia Chamber Orchestra. She has recorded chamber music for the Albany... [More]



Edgardo Malaga

Edgardo Malaga

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Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Edgardo Malaga is a bass (classical) instructor in the applied music program.



Nancy Snider

Nancy Snider

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Director, Music Program

Cellist Nancy Jo Snider is the Director of the Music Program at American University where she received the Outstanding Teacher of the Year in an Adjunct Appointment Award in 2005. Currently, she serves on the full-time music faculty of American where... [More]

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Voice

Linda Allison

Linda Allison

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Musician in Residence

Linda Allison, mezzo-soprano is the Musician in Residence for Voice at American University. Ms. Allison’s students perform a wide range of vocal styles from classical and contemporary Art Song, Concert Repertoire, Opera and Musical Theatre and Contem... [More]

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Diane Atherton

Diane Atherton

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Adjunct Instructor



Lisa Carrier

Lisa Carrier

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Adjunct Instructor

Lisa is a vocal technician/performer in the “crossover” style of opera and musical theatre. Favorite operatic roles: Hero in Beatrice et Benedict, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi with Nico Castel of the Metropolitan Opera. National Tours: La Boheme as Mu... [More]



Barbara Hollinshead

Barbara Hollinshead

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Adjunct Instructor

Barbara Hollinshead is a voice instructor in the applied music program. A mezzo-soprano, she has studied in NY, Washington and with Max van Egmond in the Netherlands. Career highlights include singing Bach at the Thomaskirche (Leipzig), Monteverdi at... [More]



Sterling Scroggins

Sterling Scroggins

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Adjunct Associate Professor

Sterling Scroggins is a voice instructor in the applied music program.



Jeffrey Tarr

Jeffrey Tarr

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Adjunct Instructor

Jeffrey Tarr has been on the voice faculty at AU since 2008. He holds a Master's degree in Vocal Performance from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University. He is a regular singer with many notable classical music institutions includin... [More]



Ethan Watermeier

Ethan Watermeier

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Adjunct Instructor

Singer, actor, and voice teacher Ethan Watermeier most recently returned to the Shakespeare Theatre Company this fall as standby for Marcus Lycus and Miles Gloriosus in their Helen Hayes award nominated production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way... [More]



 

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Woodwinds

Jonathan Baumgarten

Jonathan Baumgarten

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Musician in Residence

Jonathan Baumgarten is a flute instructor in the applied music program. He holds a MM from Juilliard where he was a scholarship student of Samuel Baron. He studied with Thomas Nyfenger on a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and in Paris with... [More]

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Rika Brent

Rika Brent

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Adjunct Instructor



Eric Dircksen

Eric Dircksen

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Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Eric Dircksen is a bassoon instructor in the applied music program. Eric Dircksen studied saxophone and bassoon at Indiana University in Bloomington and at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. He played utility bassoon and saxophone with the Jeru... [More]



Noah Getz

Noah Getz

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Musician in Residence

Dr. Noah Getz is a saxophone instructor in the applied music program. He made his Carnegie Hall debut as the recipient of the National Alliance for Excellence Grand Prize and has presented solo recitals for the Dame Myra Hess Series, World Saxophone ... [More]



Lane Shioji

Lane Shioji

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Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

LANE SHIOJI is a clarinet instructor in the applied music program. He received a Bachelor of Music in Clarinet Performance degree from Baylor University, a Master of Music in Clarinet Performance degree and Performer’s Certificate from Northwestern U... [More]