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Chamber Music

  1. Jonathan Baumgarten, 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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  2. Noah Getz, 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

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  3. Yuliya Gorenman, Musician in Residence

    CAS - Performing Arts

    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

    Send email to Yuliya Gorenman

    (202) 885-3435

  4. Osman Kivrak, 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

    Send email to Osman Kivrak

  5. Theresa Lazar, 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

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  6. Nancy Snider, Director, Music Program

    CAS - Performing Arts

    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

    Send email to Nancy Snider

    (202) 885-3872

Composition & Computer Music

  1. Joshua Bayer, 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

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  2. Fernando Benadon, Associate Professor

    CAS - Performing Arts

    Fernando Benadon oversees the music theory & composition program in the Department of Performing Arts. More here: www.fernandobenadon.com

    Send email to Fernando Benadon

    (202) 885-3452

  3. William Brent, Associate Professor

    CAS - Performing Arts

    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

  4. Sean Doyle, Professorial Lecturer

    CAS - Performing Arts

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  5. Paul Oehlers, Associate Professor

    CAS - Performing Arts

    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

    Send email to Paul Oehlers

    (202) 885-2746

  6. Jerzy Sapieyevski, Professor

    CAS - Performing Arts

    A composer/pianist and innovator, Sapieyevski brings a new approach to piano performance blending jazz and classical styles. His commissions and performances include the Kennedy Center, Library of Congress, Carnegie Hall, and some major academic ce… More

    Send email to Jerzy Sapieyevski

    (202) 885-3434

Ensemble Direction

  1. Daniel Abraham, Department Chair, Performing Arts

    CAS - 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

    Send email to Daniel Abraham

    (202) 885-3427

  2. Joshua Bayer, 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

    Send email to Joshua Bayer

  3. Casey Cook, Chorus Director in Residence

    CAS - Performing Arts

    Dr. Casey Cook was named Musician in Residence and Director of AU Chorus in Fall 2014. He was named the Director of Music at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in 2009, bringing great gifts in conducting, composition, and vocal performance to their music m… More

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    (202) 885-3425

  4. Yaniv Dinur, Assistant Professor

    CAS - Performing Arts

    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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  5. Noah Getz, 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

    Send email to Noah Getz

  6. Sylstea Sledge, Musician in Residence

    Kay Spiritual Ctr

    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

    Send email to Sylstea Sledge

    (202) 885-3326

  7. Nancy Snider, Director, Music Program

    CAS - Performing Arts

    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

    Send email to Nancy Snider

    (202) 885-3872

  8. Benjamin Sonderman, Director of Bands

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Jazz Studies

  1. Joshua Bayer, 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

    Send email to Joshua Bayer

  2. Fernando Benadon, Associate Professor

    CAS - Performing Arts

    Fernando Benadon oversees the music theory & composition program in the Department of Performing Arts. More here: www.fernandobenadon.com

    Send email to Fernando Benadon

    (202) 885-3452

  3. Noah Getz, 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

    Send email to Noah Getz

  4. Jon Ozment, 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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  5. Frederick Wilchek, Adjunct Instructor

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Music History and Ethnomusicology

  1. Daniel Abraham, Department Chair, Performing Arts

    CAS - 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

    Send email to Daniel Abraham

    (202) 885-3427

  2. Alicia Kopfstein-Penk, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    Alicia Kopfstein-Penk, Ph.D., is an enthusiastic postmodernist who has taught musicianship, guitar, music history, and general education courses at American since 1998, and musicianship for the Washington National Opera Summer Institute since 2009. H… More

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  3. Marc Medwin, Assistant Professor

    CAS - Performing Arts

    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

    Send email to Marc Medwin

    (202) 885-3446

  4. Kendra Salois, Assistant Professor

    CAS - Performing Arts

    Kendra Salois received the Ph.D. in Music from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2013. Prior to joining the Department of Performing Arts at AU, she was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her work lie… More

    Send email to Kendra Salois

    (202) 885-3431

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Music Theory & Ear Training

  1. Fernando Benadon, Associate Professor

    CAS - Performing Arts

    Fernando Benadon oversees the music theory & composition program in the Department of Performing Arts. More here: www.fernandobenadon.com

    Send email to Fernando Benadon

    (202) 885-3452

  2. Sean Doyle, Professorial Lecturer

    CAS - Performing Arts

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  3. Ann Kang, Assistant Professor

    CAS - Performing Arts

    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

    Send email to Ann Kang

    (202) 885-3859

  4. Alicia Kopfstein-Penk, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    Alicia Kopfstein-Penk, Ph.D., is an enthusiastic postmodernist who has taught musicianship, guitar, music history, and general education courses at American since 1998, and musicianship for the Washington National Opera Summer Institute since 2009. H… More

    Send email to Alicia Kopfstein-Penk

  5. Jerzy Sapieyevski, Professor

    CAS - Performing Arts

    A composer/pianist and innovator, Sapieyevski brings a new approach to piano performance blending jazz and classical styles. His commissions and performances include the Kennedy Center, Library of Congress, Carnegie Hall, and some major academic ce… More

    Send email to Jerzy Sapieyevski

    (202) 885-3434

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Brass

  1. Benjamin Albright, 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

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  2. Todd Baldwin, 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

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  3. Scott Cameron, 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

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  4. Aaron Cockson, Adjunct Instructor

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Conducting

  1. Daniel Abraham, Department Chair, Performing Arts

    CAS - 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

    Send email to Daniel Abraham

    (202) 885-3427

  2. Yaniv Dinur, Assistant Professor

    CAS - Performing Arts

    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

    Send email to Yaniv Dinur

  3. Benjamin Sonderman, Director of Bands

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Guitar

  1. Joshua Bayer, 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

    Send email to Joshua Bayer

  2. Alicia Kopfstein-Penk, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    Alicia Kopfstein-Penk, Ph.D., is an enthusiastic postmodernist who has taught musicianship, guitar, music history, and general education courses at American since 1998, and musicianship for the Washington National Opera Summer Institute since 2009. H… More

    Send email to Alicia Kopfstein-Penk

  3. Frederick Wilchek, Adjunct Instructor

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Percussion

  1. Nobue Matsuoka, Associate Librarian

    University Library

    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

    Send email to Nobue Matsuoka

    (202) 885-3465

  2. Benjamin Sonderman, Director of Bands

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Piano & Keyboard

  1. Yuliya Gorenman, Musician in Residence

    CAS - Performing Arts

    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

    Send email to Yuliya Gorenman

    (202) 885-3435

  2. Mary Gottlieb, 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

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  3. Ann Kang, Assistant Professor

    CAS - Performing Arts

    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

    Send email to Ann Kang

    (202) 885-3859

  4. Jon Ozment, 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

    Send email to Jon Ozment

  5. Matthew Van Hoose, 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

  1. Paul DeNola, Adjunct Instructor

  2. Ira Gitlin, Adjunct Instructor

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

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  3. Osman Kivrak, 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

    Send email to Osman Kivrak

  4. Theresa Lazar, 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

    Send email to Theresa Lazar

  5. Nancy Snider, Director, Music Program

    CAS - Performing Arts

    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

    Send email to Nancy Snider

    (202) 885-3872

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Voice

  1. Linda Allison, Musician in Residence

    CAS - Performing Arts

    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

  2. Lisa Carrier, 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

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  3. Susan Derry, Adjunct Instructor

    Susan Derry debuted on Broadway in the Tony-winning revival of Wonderful Town and played the role of Christine in The Phantom of the Opera in Hamburg, Germany. Her theatrical career includes appearances as Marian in The Music Man; Liza in Lady in t… More

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  4. Barbara Hollinshead, 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

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  5. Sterling Scroggins, Adjunct Associate Professor

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

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  6. Kelly Smith Jones, Adjunct Instructor

    Kelly Smith Jones has performed in a wide variety of musical styles. She has performed with Wolf Trap Opera Company, New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players, Washington Concert Opera, Summer Opera Theatre, and Opera Theatre of Northern Virginia, and m… More

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  7. Ethan Watermeier, 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 Wa… More

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Woodwinds

  1. Jonathan Baumgarten, 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

    Send email to Jonathan Baumgarten

  2. Rika Brent, Adjunct Instructor

  3. Eric Dircksen, 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

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  4. Noah Getz, 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

    Send email to Noah Getz

  5. Lane Shioji, 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

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