Music Faculty

Our academic faculty represent some of the brightest minds in music theory, ear-traning, musicology, ethnomusicology, and ensemble direction. Alongside the studio faculty, drawn from some of the top ensembles of the nation's capital including the National Symphony Orchestra, Washington National Opera, "The President's Own" US Marine Band and many of the other top milliary music ensembles, or solo freelance artists, we offer an amazing array of the best of the best teacher/educator/scholars of the United States.

Please see below for faculty by area:

See also: Applied Music Faculty.

Music Program Director

Nancy Snider Director, Music Program CAS - Performing Arts

Cellist Nancy Jo Snider is a member of the Opera Lafayette Orchestra and performs regularly in a variety of chamber and period instrument ensembles in venues ranging from The John F. Kennedy Center fo

  nsnider@american.edu

  (202) 885-3872

Chamber Music

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 E

  jonathan.baumgarten@american.edu

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 recita

  getz@american.edu

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,

  ygoren@american.edu

  (202) 885-3435

Osman Kivrak Musician in Residence

Osman Kivrak, violist, was a winner of the National Scholarship Competition in Turkey, the Baltimore Chamber Music Awards, the Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Awards, the Culver (Califor

  okivrak@american.edu

Theresa Lazar Musician in Residence

Teri Lazar, violinist, has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in the United States, Europe and the Middle East. Dr. Lazar performs with the Sunrise Quartet and the National Gallery of Art Str

  tlazar@american.edu

Composition and Computer Music

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 Wor

  jbayer@american.edu

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

  fernando@american.edu

  (202) 885-3452

Sean Doyle Professorial Lecturer CAS - Performing Arts

Sean Doyle is a composer and singer-songwriter who originally hails from Long Island, NY. He has written for various media, including concert works for large ensembles, art song and choral music, solo

  doyle@american.edu

  (202) 885-3287

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 Fe

  oehlers@american.edu

  (202) 885-2746

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 Con

  jsapiey@american.edu

  (202) 885-3434

Ensemble Direction

Daniel Abraham Professor 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 in

  dabraham@american.edu

  (202) 885-3427

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 Wor

  jbayer@american.edu

Matthew Brown Instructor CAS - Performing Arts

Matthew Brown has worked with musicians of all ages and levels ranging from elementary school string ensembles to professional orchestras. He currently is the Director of Orchestras at American Univer

  mbrown@american.edu

  (202) 885-3433

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, c

  caseyc@american.edu

  (202) 885-3425

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 recita

  getz@american.edu

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.L

  ssledge@american.edu

  (202) 885-3320

Benjamin Sonderman Director of Bands

Ben Sonderman is a Musician in Residence at American University where he serves as director of the American University Symphonic Band. Additionally, Sonderman is director of the AU Pep Band, an active

  ben.sonderman@american.edu

Jazz Studies

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 Wor

  jbayer@american.edu

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

  fernando@american.edu

  (202) 885-3452

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 recita

  getz@american.edu

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,

  medwin@american.edu

  (202) 885-3446

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,

  ozment@american.edu

Harold Summey Adjunct Instructor

Harold Summey, a Newport News, VA native, has been a drummer/percussionist for over thirty years. The individuals he has performed with as either drummer or percussionist include Sonny Rollins, Clark

  summey@american.edu

Frederick Wilchek Adjunct Instructor

Born and reared in Berea, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland, Frederick Wilchek began his study of guitar with Dick Lurie, a well known Cleveland instructor. Mr. Wilchek, inspired by the Beatles, also joined

  wilchek@american.edu

Music History and Ethnomusicology

Daniel Abraham Professor 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 in

  dabraham@american.edu

  (202) 885-3427

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 Washin

  akp@american.edu

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,

  medwin@american.edu

  (202) 885-3446

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

  salois@american.edu

  (202) 885-3431

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

  fernando@american.edu

  (202) 885-3452

Sean Doyle Professorial Lecturer CAS - Performing Arts

Sean Doyle is a composer and singer-songwriter who originally hails from Long Island, NY. He has written for various media, including concert works for large ensembles, art song and choral music, solo

  doyle@american.edu

  (202) 885-3287

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 educa

  akang@american.edu

  (202) 885-3859

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 Washin

  akp@american.edu

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 Con

  jsapiey@american.edu

  (202) 885-3434