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  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 served with The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” from 1984-2016 and was most recently the Element Leader for The U.S. Army Ceremonial Band. Previous positions include Trombone Section Leader as well as Group Leader and Producer for the He… 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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  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

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    (202) 885-3427

  2. Benjamin Sonderman, Director of Bands

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  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. Magdalena Duhagon Serrat, Adjunct Instructor

    Born in Uruguay, guitarist Magdalena Duhagon has performed in the United States, Canada, Europe, Middle East and South America, giving concerts in cities like Paris, Berlin, Warsaw, Alexandria, Cairo, Beyrouth, Amman, Prague and Amsterdam. She has pe… More

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  3. 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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  4. Frederick Wilchek, Adjunct Instructor

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  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

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    (202) 885-3465

  2. Benjamin Sonderman, Director of Bands

  3. 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 Terry, Buck Hill, Harold Mabern, Eric Alexander, G… More

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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

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    (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

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    (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

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  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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  1. Paul DeNola, Adjunct Instructor

    A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Paul DeNola joined the National Symphony Orchestra's bass section in July of 2006. Before moving to Washington, D.C., Paul spent three seasons as a member of the Oregon Symphony in Portland. Paul has performe… More

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  2. Ira Gitlin, Adjunct Instructor

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

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  3. 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

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    (202) 885-3872

  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

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  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. Edgardo Malaga, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

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

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  7. Jacqueline Pollauf, 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

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  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 Baker, 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, voice instructor, baritone, has performed, directed, and taught in the Washington, D.C. area since the mid-1980s. His favorite roles include Papageno (The Magic Flute) Mephistopheles (Faust) and Joe Hardy (Damn Yankees). As direct… More

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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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  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. Rika Brent, Adjunct Instructor

    Rika Brent is an oboe instructor in the applied music program. She received her BM and MM from The Cleveland Institute of Music. She studied with John Mack, Daniel Stolper, and Richard Killmer. Ms. Brent performed with ensembles including The Clevel… More

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  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

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  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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