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Chamber Music

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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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]



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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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]



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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Composition & Computer Music

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]



Fernando Benadon

Fernando Benadon

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Chair, Department of Performing Arts

Fernando Benadon oversees the music theory & composition program in the Department of Performing Arts. His research focuses on rhythm, twentieth-century music, and cognition.Recent honors include a Digital Humanities Grant from the National Endowment... [More]

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202-885-3452
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William Brent

William Brent

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Assistant Professor and Director, Audio Technology Program

William Brent’s creative work is spread across the areas of experimental music performance, sound art, and sound design. These projects involve various combinations of human- robotic- and computer-realized sound, and are controlled by software writte... [More]

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202-885-1488
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Paul Oehlers

Paul Oehlers

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Associate Professor

Paul A. Oehlers is most recognized for his "extraordinarily evocative" (Variety) film scores. Films incorporating his music have screened at the Berlin International Film Festival, the Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema, the Indiefest Film Festiva... [More]

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202-885-2746
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Jerzy Sapieyevski

Jerzy Sapieyevski

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Professor

Jerzy Sapieyevski, award-winning composer, pianist, and conceptualist, and New Century Music founder and artistic director, brings innovative ideas to the concert stage and music education. Early on, he recognized the potential of technology and was ... [More]

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202-885-3434
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Ensemble Direction

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. Music and Artistic Director of the Bach Sinfonia and Bach Sinfonia Voci. Period-instrument performances include various modern premieres of Baroque and Classica... [More]

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202-885-3427
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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]



Marc Decker

Marc Decker

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Musician 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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Yaniv Dinur

Yaniv Dinur

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Assistant Professor

Yaniv Dinur is the winner of numerous international conducting competitions: the Eduardo Mata International Conducting Competition in Mexico City (2009), the Yuri Ahronovitch First Prize in the inaugural Aviv Conducting Competition in Tel Aviv (2005)... [More]

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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]



Sylstea Sledge

Sylstea Sledge

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Musician in Residence

Choral director, arranger and composer and specialist in American Gospel Music Tradition. Vocal music instructor in public schools of Washington, D.C. and Prince George’s County Public School System.Lecturer on relevant topics to Gospel Music, Music ... [More]

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202-885-3326
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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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202-885-3872
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Jazz Studies

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]



Fernando Benadon

Fernando Benadon

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Chair, Department of Performing Arts

Fernando Benadon oversees the music theory & composition program in the Department of Performing Arts. His research focuses on rhythm, twentieth-century music, and cognition.Recent honors include a Digital Humanities Grant from the National Endowment... [More]

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202-885-3452
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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]



Philip McCusker

Philip McCusker

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Adjunct Instructor

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



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]



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Music History

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. Music and Artistic Director of the Bach Sinfonia and Bach Sinfonia Voci. Period-instrument performances include various modern premieres of Baroque and Classica... [More]

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202-885-3427
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Shalini Ayyagari

Shalini Ayyagari

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Assistant Professor

Shalini Ayyagari is an ethnomusicologist who specializes in the music of South Asia. To date, her research has explored the connections between South Asian regional music, Subaltern Studies and postcolonialism, Borderland Studies, and Bollywood film ... [More]

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202-885-3431
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Alicia Kopfstein-Penk

Alicia Kopfstein-Penk

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Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Alicia Kopfstein-Penk, PhD, has taught musicianship, guitar, music history, and gen ed at American since 1998, and musicianship for the Washington National Opera Summer Institute since 2009. She is published in Guitar Review, Soundboard, American Str... [More]



Marc Medwin

Marc Medwin

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Assistant Professor

Marc Medwin received his undergraduate degree in English literature from Ithaca College in New York. He went on to earn a MA and PhD in musicology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, completing a dissertation on the late works of Jo... [More]

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Music Theory & Ear Training

Fernando Benadon

Fernando Benadon

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Chair, Department of Performing Arts

Fernando Benadon oversees the music theory & composition program in the Department of Performing Arts. His research focuses on rhythm, twentieth-century music, and cognition.Recent honors include a Digital Humanities Grant from the National Endowment... [More]

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202-885-3452
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Matthew Heap

Matthew Heap

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Professorial Lecturer

Matthew Heap, born in 1981, is an internationally performed composer whose music has been featured in several American and English cities and on WQED and WCLV radio. He is also very involved in the theatre community as an actor, director, and writer.... [More]

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202-885-2773
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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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202-885-3859
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Alicia Kopfstein-Penk

Alicia Kopfstein-Penk

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Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Alicia Kopfstein-Penk, PhD, has taught musicianship, guitar, music history, and gen ed at American since 1998, and musicianship for the Washington National Opera Summer Institute since 2009. She is published in Guitar Review, Soundboard, American Str... [More]



Jerzy Sapieyevski

Jerzy Sapieyevski

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Professor

Jerzy Sapieyevski, award-winning composer, pianist, and conceptualist, and New Century Music founder and artistic director, brings innovative ideas to the concert stage and music education. Early on, he recognized the potential of technology and was ... [More]

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202-885-3434
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Opera

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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202-885-3416
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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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202-885-3859
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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]



Mark Metrinko

Mark Metrinko

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Adjunct Instructor



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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. Music and Artistic Director of the Bach Sinfonia and Bach Sinfonia Voci. Period-instrument performances include various modern premieres of Baroque and Classica... [More]

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202-885-3427
CAS - Performing Arts


Yaniv Dinur

Yaniv Dinur

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Assistant Professor

Yaniv Dinur is the winner of numerous international conducting competitions: the Eduardo Mata International Conducting Competition in Mexico City (2009), the Yuri Ahronovitch First Prize in the inaugural Aviv Conducting Competition in Tel Aviv (2005)... [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, PhD, has taught musicianship, guitar, music history, and gen ed at American since 1998, and musicianship for the Washington National Opera Summer Institute since 2009. She is published in Guitar Review, Soundboard, American Str... [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

Greg Holloway

Greg Holloway

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Adjunct Instructor

Greg Holloway is a drum set instructor in the applied music program. Has performed on the national stage with Aretha Franklin, Freda Payne, Bud Shank, Hank Jones, Wallance Roney, Carl Fontanna, Rob McConnell, Blackstone the Magician, Al Vezutti, Sher... [More]



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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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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202-885-3435
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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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202-885-3859
CAS - Performing Arts


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

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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202-885-3416
CAS - Performing Arts


Joan Bolling-May

Joan Bolling-May

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Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Joan Bolling-May is a voice instructor in the applied music program. A soprano, she received her Master of Music in vocal performance from the University of Maryland. Originally an aspiring Musical Theater singer, she was coaxed into opera after bein... [More]

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Doug Bowles

Doug Bowles

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Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Voice faculties of American University and The Catholic University of America. Doug Bowles has directed at the New York Music Theatre Festival, Kennedy Center, Metro Stage, Totem Pole Playhouse, Dakota Theatre Co., and Volkov Theatre in Yaroslavl, Ru... [More]



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]



Stacey Mastrian

Stacey Mastrian

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Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Stacey Mastrian is a voice instructor in the applied music program. Called a “sweet, shimmering soprano” (The Washington Post), who is “versatile and passionate” (Der Tagesspiegel), she has sung with the Konzerthaus Orchestra in Berlin, Nova Amadeus ... [More]

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202-885-3920
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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]



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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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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]



Meg Owens

Meg Owens

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Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Meg Owens, instructor of oboe in the applied music program, owns eight oboes of various shapes and sizes and enjoys playing all of them. She performs with many Washington, DC area orchestras and local chamber music series. In demand as a performer on... [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]