Music

Faculty and Staff

Music Education

Dennis Malfatti

Dr. Dennis Malfatti

Associate Professor/Music & Director Choral Activities
Krannert Hall - Fine Arts 104B
812-488-2879

Vocal Music Education

Shawn Teichmer

Dr. Shawn Teichmer

Assistant Professor/Music
812-488-2743

Music Education


Music History/Music Theory

John Jordan

Dr. John Jordan

Assistant Professor/Music
Krannert Hall - Fine Arts 107
812-488-2884

Music Literature and History

William Bootz

Dr. William Bootz

Professor/Music
Krannert Hall - Fine Arts 106
812-488-2882

Music Theory


Music Management

Thomas Josenhans

Dr. Thomas Josenhans

Dept. Chair/Music/Associate Professor
Krannert Hall - Fine Arts 34
812-488-2245

Music Management

Timothy Zifer

Dr. Timothy Zifer

Professor/Music
Krannert Hall - Fine Arts 144
812-488-2878

Music Management


Music Therapy

Mary Wylie

Dr. Mary Wylie

Professor/Music
Krannert Hall - Fine Arts 128
812-488-2875

Music Therapy

Kathleen Murphy

Dr. Kathleen Murphy

Assistant Professor/Music Therapy
Krannert Hall - Fine Arts 139
812-488-2880

Music Therapy


Conducting

Brian St. John

Dr. Brian St. John

Assistant Professor/Music/Director Orchestral Activities
Krannert Hall - Fine Arts 104A
812-488-2881

Director of Orchestral Activities

Dennis Malfatti

Dr. Dennis Malfatti

Associate Professor/Music & Director Choral Activities
Krannert Hall - Fine Arts 104B
812-488-2879

Director of Choral Activities

Kenneth Steinsultz

Dr. Kenneth Steinsultz

Associate Professor/Music & Director of Bands
Krannert Hall - Fine Arts 103
812-488-2665

Director of Bands


Suzuki Pedagogy

Carol Dallinger

Ms. Carol Dallinger

Professor/Music
Krannert Hall - Fine Arts 130
812-488-2229

Violin/Suzuki Pedagogy


Jazz Studies

Timothy Zifer

Dr. Timothy Zifer

Professor/Music
Krannert Hall - Fine Arts 144
812-488-2878

Jazz Studies

Renato Butturi

Mr. Renato Butturi

Assistant Professor/Music
Krannert Hall - Fine Arts 201
812-488-2874

Jazz Studies


Keyboard

Anne Fiedler

Anne Fiedler

Professor/Music
Krannert Hall - Fine Arts 131
812-488-2244

Piano

Garnet Ungar

Dr. Garnet Ungar

Associate Professor/Music
Krannert Hall - Fine Arts 129
812-488-2228

Piano


Strings

Carol Dallinger

Carol Dallinger

Professor/Music
Krannert Hall - Fine Arts 130
812-488-2229

Violin/Viola

Jennifer Wingert

Ms. Jennifer Wingert

Adjunct Instructor
Krannert Hall - Fine Arts 25
812-488-2886

Cello

Renato Butturi

Mr. Renato Butturi

Assistant Professor/Music
Krannert Hall - Fine Arts 201
812-488-2874

Guitar/Lute

Erzsebet Gaal Rinne

Dr. Erzsebet Gaal Rinne

Adjunct Instructor
Krannert Hall - Fine Arts 13
812-488-2401

Harp

Eykamp String Quartet

Eykamp String Quartet

Artists in Residence
Krannert Hall
812-488-2754

Jessica Tong, violin – jtong246@gmail.com
Alicia Choi, violin – ac284@evansville.edu
Rose Wollman, viola – rw129@evansville.edu
Kirsten Jermé, cello – kj106@evansville.edu


Winds / Percussion

Timothy Zifer

Dr. Timothy Zifer

Professor/Music
Krannert Hall - Fine Arts 144
812-488-2878

Trumpet

Kenneth Steinsultz

Dr. Kenneth Steinsultz

Associate Professor/Music & Director of Bands
Krannert Hall - Fine Arts 103
812-488-2665

Low Brass

Thomas Josenhans

Dr. Thomas Josenhans

Dept. Chair/Music/Associate Professor
Krannert Hall - Fine Arts 34
812-488-2245

Clarinet/Saxophone

Edwin Lacy

Dr. Edwin Lacy

Adjunct Instructor
Krannert Hall - Fine Arts 36
812-488-2227

Bassoon

Elizabeth Robertson

Dr. Elizabeth Robertson

Music Consortium Faculty
Krannert Hall - Fine Arts 41
812-488-1004

Oboe/English Horn

Shawn Teichmer

Dr. Shawn Teichmer

Assistant Professor/Music
812-488-2743

Saxophone

Cara Dailey

Cara Dailey

Music Consortium Instructor
Krannert-Fine Arts

Flute

Marc Zyla

Mr. Marc Zyla

Consortium Faculty
Krannert Hall - Fine Arts 40
812-488-2718

Horn

Ross Erickson

Mr. Ross Erickson

Consortium Faculty
Krannert Hall - Fine Arts 37
812-488-2887

Percussion


Voice

Alanna Keenan

Dr. Alanna Keenan

Assistant Professor/Music
Krannert Hall - Fine Arts 33
812-488-2419

Voice

Eric McCluskey

Dr. Eric McCluskey

Assistant Professor/Music
812-488-2758

Voice

Gregory Rike

Dr. Gregory Rike

Assistant Professor/Music
Krannert Hall - Fine Arts 105
812-488-2885

Voice

Elizabeth Truitt

Elizabeth Truitt

Adjunct Instructor
Krannert Hall - Fine Arts 26
812-488-2407

Voice

Richard Williams

Mr. Richard Williams

Adjunct Instructor
Krannert Hall - Fine Arts 29
812-488-2427

Voice


Administration and Staff

Thomas Josenhans

Dr. Thomas Josenhans

Dept. Chair/Music/Associate Professor
Krannert Hall - Fine Arts 34
812-488-2245

Mrs. Cindy Jones

Mrs. Cindy Jones

Senior Administrative Assistant/Music
cj39@evansville.edu
Biography
Krannert Hall - Fine Arts 137
812-488-2754

Mrs. Linda Happe

Mrs. Linda Happe

Music Admission Specialist
lh203@evansville.edu
Krannert Hall - Fine Arts 137
812-488-2742

Dennis Malfatti is associate professor of music and director of choral activities at the University of Evansville. At UE, he conducts the University Choir, Women’s Chorus, Men’s Chorus and the Kantorei Chamber Choir. He also serves as Conductor of the Evansville Philharmonic Chorus. Prior to coming to Evansville, Dr. Malfatti was the director of choral activities at Longwood University in Virginia.


In May, 2011 Dr. Malfatti made his Carnegie Hall debut conducting Haydn’s Missa in tempore belli with the New England Symphonic Ensemble and a chorus of one hundred fifty-five singers made up of choirs from across the country. Choirs under Dr. Malfatti’s direction have performed by invitation at both the Indiana Music Educators Association Annual Conference and at the Virginia Music Educators Association Annual Conference. His choirs have also performed by invitation at Washington National Cathedral, and recently performed in a master class with the world renowned vocal sextet, The King’s Singers. In addition to his work with university choirs, he has served as music director of the York River Symphony Orchestra, assistant conductor and chorus master of the Operafestival di Roma, guest conductor of the Virginia Commonwealth University Opera Theatre and Orchestra, chorus master of the Bronx Opera Company in New York City, and he has conducted the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus in multiple performances of Handel’s Messiah.


In both 2005 and 2010, Dr. Malfatti was selected as a participant in Helmuth Rilling’s choral/orchestral conducting master class at the Oregon Bach Festival. As a participant in the master classes, he conducted the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra and Chorus in six performances which included movements from Bach’s B Minor Mass, several sacred and secular cantatas, and Bach’s Fourth Orchestral Suite. He has also conducted members of the University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra as a participant in the Illinois Orchestral Conducting Workshop under the guidance of Donald Schleicher. He is regularly invited to conduct choir festivals and is often called upon as a guest choral clinician. He serves on the Executive Board of the Indiana Choral Directors Association where he holds the position of Repertoire and Standards Chair for College and University Choirs. He has published articles and book reviews in both state and national publications of the American Choral Directors Association.


Dennis Malfatti received his doctorate in choral conducting with a minor in orchestral conducting from Louisiana State University, a masters degree in conducting from the Pennsylvania State University, and an undergraduate degree in music theory and composition from the University of the Pacific where he graduated summa cum laude. While at LSU, he was the recipient of the School of Music Graduate Assistant Excellence in Teaching Award. His conducting teachers include Kenneth Fulton, Jindong Cai, and D. Douglas Miller.

John Jordan is Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Evansville. He earned master's degrees in music education and conducting from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and a doctorate in musicology and sacred music from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Dr. Jordan has done extensive research in the aesthetics, philosophy, and practice of sacred music in 19th-century America. He has catalogued and surveyed the theoretical and practical writings of Thomas Hastings, one of the preeminent figures in American church music of the last century.

Dr. Jordan teaches all music literature and history courses for music majors, as well as the Senior Seminar in World Music, and music appreciation classes for non-majors. Since coming to the University of Evansville, Dr. Jordan has also introduced and taught general education courses in American Music and Music and Film.

William Bootz, Professor of Music, received his Doctor of Music, Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in trombone performance from Indiana University. He currently teaches basic and advanced courses in music theory. He has taught studio low brass, conducted the Brass Ensemble and University Orchestra, and served as the Chair of the Department of Music. He performed as Principal Trombone of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra for thirty years, was a founding member and music director of Tales & Scales, and twice served as guest artist at International Trombone Association Festivals. He has collaborated with composers in the creation of new theater pieces for trombone.


Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Evansville Dr. Bootz was trombonist with the Aspen Chamber Symphony, Second Trombone in the Aspen Festival Orchestra, Principal Trombone of the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra, and played with the San Francisco Symphony.

Dr. Thomas Josenhans is associate professor of music and a member of the Harlaxton Quintet, the woodwind quintet in residence, at the University of Evansville. He currently serves as Chair of the Department of Music and teaches courses in applied clarinet and applied saxophone. His prior teaching appointments include positions at McMurry University in Abilene, Texas, and Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Josenhans is principal clarinetist of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra. During summers he is principal clarinetist and a member of the Artist Faculty at the Wintergreen Music Festival in Virginia. He has served as guest principal clarinetist with the Charleston Symphony during the Piccolo Spoleto Festival and was principal clarinetist with the Roanoke (VA) Symphony Orchestra from 1992-2007.

An active performer and chamber musician, Dr. Josenhans has appeared as soloist with groups as diverse as the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and the Abilene Community Band. He was soloist with the UE Wind Ensemble for a performance of Dana Wilson's Liquid Ebony, and he has been featured as a soloist with the Roanoke Symphony, Evansville Philharmonic and at the Wintergreen Festival. He has played at conferences of the International Clarinet Association, and performed recitals at the University of Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium. He is an active clinician in area schools and has presented clinics at the Indiana Music Educators Association (IMEA) Convention and the Texas Music Educators Association Convention. He has also been heard at the Aspen, Blossom, Sarasota, and Chautauqua Music Festivals.

Dr. Josenhans holds degrees from Oberlin Conservatory of Music, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and State University of New York at Stony Brook. Charles Neidich, Franklin Cohen, Theodore Johnson, and Lawrence McDonald are among his primary teachers.

Dr. Timothy Zifer, Professor of Music, holds a bachelor's degree in music education from Ohio University, a master of music in trumpet performance from Louisiana State University, and a doctorate in trumpet performance with a minor in wind conducting from Louisiana State University. Dr. Zifer teaches courses in applied trumpet, UE Jazz Ensemble I, UE Trumpet Ensemble, jazz studies, and music management. Dr. Zifer received the Dean's Teaching Award in 2010.

Dr. Zifer is the principal trumpet of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra and is an active soloist and recitalist. He also serves as the principal trumpet and founding member of the Shepard Brass (UE Faculty Brass Quintet). Most recently, Dr. Zifer recorded Robert Russell Bennett's Rose Variations with the UE Wind Ensemble.

Prior to taking over the jazz program, Dr. Zifer served as director of bands (1996-2008). During this time the University of Evansville wind ensemble toured over 20 states and appeared at the 2001 International Trumpet Guild Conference, competed in the 2002 International Hawaiian Music Festival, and performed at the 2006 and 2008 Indiana Music Educators Association conventions. The UE Jazz Ensemble I has performed and competed at the prestigious Elmhurst Jazz Festival from 2008-2012, having received two honorable mentions and recognition for an original composition by a student. The UE Trumpet Ensemble has performed at the 2001 and 2004 International Trumpet Guild Conferences as well as the 2011 University of Kentucky TrumpetFest. In 2001, Dr. Zifer served as the conference host for the International Trumpet Guild Conference on the campus of UE. The conference brought in over 800 attendees from around the world and featured recitals, lectures, exhibits, and clinics by some of the world's leading trumpet professionals.

Dr. Mary Ellen Wylie earned a Bachelor's degree in music education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and advanced degrees, including a Doctorate, from the University of Kansas. She is an experienced music therapist having worked with children with severe developmental delays and multiple handicaps; adults with mental handicaps; the elderly and terminally ill; and patients with cancer.

Dr. Wylie is President of the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) and has served a number of years on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the organization. She has also held several appointed and elected positions in the Great Lakes Region of AMTA, including President of the Region. In March 2010 she was awarded the Honorary Life Member award from the region for distinguished contributions made over the years.

Dr. Wylie has given numerous presentations locally, as well as at national, regional, and state music therapy conferences. She has been published in the Journal of Music Therapy and Music Therapy Perspectives. As Director of the music therapy program, Dr. Wylie teaches courses in music therapy, supervises music therapy practica, and coordinates internships.

Kathleen Murphy earned her doctorate in music therapy from Temple University in 2008. She received a bachelor's degree in music therapy from Duquesne University in 1981 and a master's degree in music therapy in 1992. Dr. Murphy has worked in medical, mental health, and educational settings with both children and adults. She has created music therapy programs in nursing homes, hospitals, and schools. Prior to coming to the University of Evansville, Dr. Murphy worked in addictions where she developed a sleep hygiene protocol and a stress managements program based on the principles of AA/NA. She holds licenses in New York (Licensed Creative Arts Therapist) and in Pennsylvania (Licensed Professional Counselor).

Dr. Murphy continues to presented nationally and internationally on music therapy clinical practice and education. She has consulted with medical centers and universities wanting to start music therapy programs. Dr. Murphy has been invited to speak about her clinical work at several colleges and universities. Currently her research interests are focused on music therapy in addictions treatment and music therapy practice in short-term settings. Dr. Murphy also supervises music therapy professionals.

Dr. Murphy has been actively involved in the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA), serving at the national, regional, and state levels. She is past President of the Mid-Atlantic Region of the AMTA. Dr. Murphy has been actively engaged in music therapy advocacy working to increase access to and funding for music therapy programs. She has received several service awards from the Mid-Atlantic Region of the AMTA.

Dr. Murphy teaches courses in music therapy and supervises music therapy practica.

Dr. Brian St. John is Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Orchestral Activities at the University of Evansville. He directs the University Symphony Orchestra and String Ensemble and teaches courses in conducting, music technology, and composition. Prior to joining the faculty at UE, Dr. St. John served as Director of Orchestras at Minnesota State University-Moorhead. From 1995-2008 he was Resident Conductor for the Longmont Symphony Orchestra (CO), Music Director of the Longmont Youth Symphony, and Music Director for the Niwot Timberline Symphony (now the Boulder Symphony Orchestra). In addition to conducting, Dr. St. John composed and premiered seven original ballets, a piano concerto, a concertino for String Bass and Orchestra, and a double concerto for Mandolin, Mandola, and Strings. Prior to his years in Colorado, Dr. St. John was assistant conductor of the State Ballet of Missouri (now the Kansas City Ballet) and Assistant Conductor for the Philharmonia of Kansas City. St. John was also Assistant Conductor for the Colorado MahlerFest orchestra from 1993-1999.

Dr. St. John earned a bachelor's degree in viola performance and a master's degree in orchestral conducting from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance and a doctor of musical arts degree in orchestral conducting from Arizona State University. At ASU Dr. St. John was an assistant conductor for the Symphony Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra as well as a conductor for the ASU Sinfonietta. While in Arizona, he also served as music director for the North Valley Chamber Orchestra and served as adjunct faculty at Paradise Valley Community College, both in Scottsdale, Arizona. Dr. St. John serves on the conducting staff for the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra as assistant conductor for the EPO and conductor for the Evansville Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.

Dr. Kenneth Steinsultz is Associate Professor of Music and Director of Bands at the University of Evansville. Prior to coming to Evansville he served as assistant to the Director of Bands at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

An active performer, Dr. Steinsultz performed at the 2014 International Tuba and Euphonium Conference. In 2013, Dr. Steinsultz was a guest artist for the Tuba and Euphonium Association’s Midwest Conference. He has served as principal euphonium in the Evansville Symphonic Band. Dr. Steinsultz has been featured soloist with the Bend in the River Brass Band (Evansville), the Concert Band of Central Illinois, and the Quincy (IL) Park Band. In 2005, he was guest clinician for the Association of Concert Bands national conference and performed as a guest artist on the finale concert.

In addition to performing, Dr. Steinsultz has been a member of the Board of Directors for the Evansville Symphonic Band, serving as secretary. He has presented clinics at state conferences in Illinois and Indiana. Dr. Steinsultz also serves as music director and conductor for The Spirit of Evansville Chorus.

As a conductor, Dr. Steinsultz is a frequent guest conductor of district and regional honor bands. His university ensembles have performed at regional festivals and state organizational conferences, most recently the 2013 Indiana Music Educators Association Convention in Ft. Wayne, IN. At the University of Evansville, he conducts the Wind Ensemble, University Band, Aces Brass Pep Band, and teaches courses in applied low brass.

Dr. Steinsultz has served as music director at Lewistown (Illinois) Community High School and director of bands for Brown County Unit Schools in Mt. Sterling, Illinois, prior to his appointment at the University of Illinois. He has been a member of the Quincy Park Band, Quincy Symphony Orchestra, and Mississippi River Brass Band. He has performed with the Champaign-Urbana Symphony, Danville (Illinois) Symphony, Illinois Symphony of Springfield/Bloomington, and the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra.

He is a member of the College Band Directors National Association, National Band Association, Indiana Bandmasters Association, International Tuba and Euphonium Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (honorary membership).

Dr. Steinsultz holds degrees from Quincy University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Carol Dallinger is Professor of Music at the University of Evansville where she has been a member of the faculty since 1972. She is also founder and coordinator of the University of Evansville Suzuki Violin Program. An active performer, Ms. Dallinger serves as principal second violinist of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra and performs regularly on department recitals. Ms. Dallinger has lectured at both state and national music conferences and, as a registered teacher trainer with the Suzuki Association of the Americas, frequently serves as clinician for summer institutes throughout the United States and overseas. She is a former member of the National Board of Directors of the Suzuki Association.

Ms. Dallinger has been recognized for her contributions to teaching with the UE Alumni Board Outstanding Teacher Award in 1995, and the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teacher Award in 2000. In 2006, she received the Suzuki Chair Award for her contributions to the field of Suzuki Talent Education at the American Suzuki Institute, Stevens Point, WI. From 2008 - 2013 Ms. Dallinger held the title of Oramay Cluthe Eades Distinguished Professor of Music.

Professor Dallinger holds a Bachelor of Music in performance from Illinois Wesleyan University and a Master of Music in performance from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. She currently teaches courses in applied violin, applied viola, and Suzuki violin pedagogy.

Before coming to the United States, Renato Butturi performed throughout Italy, France, Germany, Kenya and the Ivory Coast. As a member of the University of Evansville music faculty, he is much in demand as a soloist and chamber musician and has performed as special instrumentalist with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, the Fort Wayne Symphony and the Indianapolis Symphony. Professor Butturi is an active jazz performer and is on the summer faculty at the University of Cincinnati Classical Guitar Workshop. He appeared on a recording of Spanish song for baritone and guitar titled CANCIONES, and is the founder and artistic director of the Evansville Classical Guitar Society.

Professor Butturi holds a Bachelor in Music Education degree from the University of Evansville and Master of Music degree in Historical Performance Practice from Washington University. He currently teaches courses in applied and jazz guitar, applied lute, and jazz studies.

Anne Hastings Fiedler is the Oramay Cluthe Eades Distinguished Professor of Music and head of the keyboard area. She is a recipient of the prestigious Exemplary Teacher Award given by University of Evansville and also the Outstanding Teacher Award given by the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

An active performer, Professor Fiedler was finalist and prizewinner in the National Beethoven Piano Sonata Competition and has collaborated nationally with a variety of soloists and ensembles, notably in performances at International Trumpet Guild Conference and several International Double Reed Society Conferences. She can be heard on the CD entitled Oboe Serenade. Professor Fiedler has been featured soloist on numerous occasions with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, the Evansville Chamber Orchestra and the University of Evansville Orchestra. She performs frequently as collaborative pianist with faculty and guest artists on the First Tuesday Series and Tuesday Night Concert Series sponsored by the music department. Fiedler is also principal keyboard and assistant principal second violin of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra.

Professor Fiedler's diverse areas of interest and teaching experience include studio piano, music theory, piano pedagogy, and collaborative piano. She has reviewed collegiate theory texts for McGraw-Hill Publishing and regularly presents master classes and serves as an adjudicator for local, state, and regional piano competitions. She is co-founder and first president of the Greater Evansville Chapter of the Indiana Music Teachers Association and has presented at IMTA state conferences.

Professor Fiedler holds Bachelor of Music with Highest Honors and Master of Music Degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She currently teaches courses in applied piano and music theory.

Dr. Ungar, Associate Professor of Music, teaches courses in applied piano, accompanying, and theory. He holds degrees in piano performance from the Universities of Toronto, Calgary, and Houston—where his principal teachers were William Aide, Marilyn Engle, Abbey Simon, and Ruth Tomfohrde—and an Associate Performer's diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Toronto. He has also studied with Marek Jablonski at the Banff School of Fine Arts, Marc Durand and Anton Kuerti at the Centre d'Arts Orford in Quebec, and Bernard Ebert at the Academie de Musique de Sion in Switzerland.

Dr. Ungar has appeared throughout North America as piano soloist with orchestras, in recitals and masterclasses at major universities, and in solo and chamber broadcasts on Public Radio and the CBC, most recently at Indiana University, the University of Michigan, the University of British Columbia, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong Radio, Tanglewood, the American Liszt Society in New York City, and the Arts and Letters Club in Toronto. He has performed in Switzerland, Sweden, and England. His recording of the Brahms Second Piano Concerto with the Varna Philharmonic in Bulgaria was described in John Bell Young's Clavier Magazine review as “powerful and precise...having solidity and passion, a magisterial presence, structural integrity, immediacy and intensity.” In 2009 he released his second CD, of Schubert piano works. A review in Fanfare Magazine mentioned "subtle nuances under perfect control and never sounding self-conscious…a fine control of myriad touches and colors… steady, focused, and unrelenting-a really superlative account.” Clavier Companion describes “an impressively imaginative and nuanced musical sensitivity with a refined technique” and “a complexity to his interpretations that cannot be fully appreciated at a first listening.”

Dr. Ungar has served on the piano faculties of Mount Royal College in Calgary, the University Settlement House in Toronto, the Music at Maple Mount Summer Institute in Kentucky. He regularly adjudicates piano competitions including, most recently, the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival. His students have won several other important local and state competitions including six first prizewinners in the Evansville Philharmonic Competition, four finalists in the Indianapolis Symphony Competition, and first and second place winners in the Murray State/Paducah Symphony Competition. He has also taught multiple State MTNA and Evansville Schmidt Award winners.

Cellist Jennifer Wingert holds a Bachelor Degree in music performance from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana and a Performance Diploma from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Her teachers include Dr. Helga Winold, Eric Kim, Robert deMaine, and Dr. Eric Edberg. Ms.Wingert has appeared as soloist with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, the Warren (MI) Symphony Orchestra and the DePauw University Symphony Orchestra. She appears frequently on music department recitals as soloist and chamber musician and performs as assistant principal cellist with both the Evansville Philharmonic and Owensboro Symphony Orchestras.


Ms. Wingert currently teaches courses in applied cello.

In 2008 after a teaching career of 48 years, including 41 years at the University of Evansville, Dr. Lacy retired from full-time teaching and continues to teach courses in applied bassoon. Before his retirement, his primary duties included teaching bassoon, saxophone, oboe, jazz, and music theory. Dr Lacy is founder of the UE Jazz program and was its director for 40 years. In addition to his teaching duties, Dr. Lacy served as chair of the Department of Music on three occasions for a total of seven and one-half years. His many honors include the Oramay Cluthe Eades Distinguished Professor of Music, the Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at UE and was named co-winner of the national "Advisor of the Year" by Sigma Alpha Iota in 2002.


Dr. Lacy serves as principal bassoonist and saxophone soloist with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, of which he has been a member for 44 seasons. He was also principal bassoonist of the Owensboro (KY) Symphony Orchestra for nineteen seasons and has served as principal bassoonist of the Indianapolis Festival Music Society Orchestra and the Harlaxton Quintet. He has performed solo recitals at the University of Colorado, the University of Georgia, Western Michigan University and Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. His chamber music performances have included appearances at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, Interlochen Arts Academy and on the Wisconsin Public Radio Network.


Lacy has been a member of the International Double Reed Society since its inception in 1972 and has been a member of the International Association of Jazz Educators. Other professional memberships include Pi Kappa Lambda music honorary society, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity, which has made him a recipient of their Orpheus Award. He is also an honorary member of Sigma Alpha Iota music fraternity. At the University of Evansville, he served as faculty advisor to SAI for 25 years and advisor to Phi Mu Alpha for over 30 years.


His teaching experience has included six years in the public schools of Indiana and Illinois and one year at the University of Charleston in West Virginia, in addition to his 43 years at the University of Evansville. He has also served as visiting professor of music at the University of Louisville and at Indiana University.


Dr. Lacy holds the bachelor of music education degree from Murray State University and the master of music in bassoon and doctor of music in woodwinds from Indiana University.

Dr. Robertson attended the Eastman School of Music and Michigan State University, earning a Bachelor of Music in oboe performance and a Bachelor of Arts in applied mathematics, both with high honors. She continued her studies at Indiana University where she earned a Master of Music in oboe and a Doctor of Music in oboe literature and performance. Her primary teachers were Richard Killmer, Daniel Stolper, Marc Lifschey and Theodore Baskin.


Dr. Robertson has been principal oboe of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra since 1995 and principal oboe of the Lancaster Festival in Ohio since 2001. She has performed as principal oboe of the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra and has substituted with the Louisville Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony and the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra. Dr. Robertson is a member of the Harlaxton Quintet, woodwind quintet in residence at the University of Evansville.


Dr. Robertson is an active member of the International Double Reed Society and performed at the 2003 and 2006 Conferences. As the youngest of five finalists, she won second place in the IDRS Fernand Gillet Performance Competition in 1991. She has published several articles on the oboe works of Antal Dorati in the IDRS Double Reed journal. Robertson is also a member of the College Music Society and is the CMS campus representative for the University of Evansville. She recently released the CD Oboe Serenade, and currently teaches courses in applied oboe.

Cara Dailey is consortium instructor of flute at the University of Evansville and principal flute with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra. She is also a member of the Harlaxton Quintet, resident faculty ensemble at the university. Previously, Ms. Daileyheld the piccolo/third flute positions in the Kalamazoo Symphony and Waco Symphony Orchestras. She also joined the American Wind Symphony Orchestra as solo piccolo for their 2009 Great Lakes Tour.

Ms. Dailey holds a MM in flute performance from Northwestern University, studying under John Thorne and Walfrid Kujala and serving as their graduate assistant. She earned her BM in flute performance, Summa Cum Laude, from Baylor University in Waco Texas. She has attended summer festivals such as The International Festival Institute at Round Top and the National Orchestral Institute in Maryland, and has performed in masterclasses with artists such as Marina Piccinini, Carol Wincenc, Leone Buyse, Marianne Gedigian, Michael Parloff, Christina Smith and Linda Toote.

An avid private teacher, Ms. Dailey has maintained flute studios in Dallas and Chicago, and served as the flute instructor in multiple school districts near Waco, Texas.

Marc Zyla is Consortium Instructor of Horn at the University of Evansville and Principal Horn of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra where he holds the Eykamp Family Chair. He is also a member of two resident UE faculty ensembles: the Harlaxton Woodwind Quintet and the Shepard Brass. In addition, Mr. Zyla plays Principal Horn in the Quad City Symphony Orchestra and is a member of the Aduro Brass Quintet, a group of educator/musicians who specialize in school education performances.

Zyla has been featured soloist with the American Wind Symphony Orchestra, performing the world premiere of Kaoru Wada's Toone for Horn and Wind Orchestra. He has also soloed with the Urbana Pops Orchestra and has been a featured guest on WILL-FM radio. Mr. Zyla has performed with the Illinois Brass Quintet, the University of Illinois Graduate Brass Quintet, the Pittsburgh Brass Project and the Looking Glass Wind Quintet at the Banff Chamber Music Festival. He frequently performs with ensembles such as the Grant Park Music Festival Orchestra, the Champaign-Urbana Symphony, the West Virginia Symphony, the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra, the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra, the Peoria Symphony and the Heartland Festival Orchestra. In 2013, Zyla was invited to play Principal Horn in the Philharmonie der Nationen on an extensive tour of Germany.

Mr. Zyla earned a Bachelor's degree in Musical Arts from West Virginia University and a Master's degree in Horn Performance from Carnegie Mellon University. He is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Horn Performance and Literature at the University of Illinois. His teachers include William Caballero, Thomas Jostlein, Robert Lauver, Virginia Thompson, C. Scott Smith and Luke Zyla.

Ross Erickson is Consortium Instructor of Percussion at the University of Evansville and is Principal Percussion with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra and the Owensboro Symphony. Prior to coming to Evansville, Mr. Erickson performed as percussionist with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra, and the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic.


Erickson's diverse musical experience includes performances with the IU Brazilian Ensemble, IU Steel Pan Ensemble and IU Afro-Cuban Folkloric Ensemble. He has attended the Aspen Music Festival, National Orchestral Institute, and toured for one season with the American Wind Symphony Orchestra.


Mr. Erickson earned both Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Performance from Indiana University. His principal teachers include John Tafoya, Dean Borghesani, Kevin Bobo, and Michael Spiro. He is a member of the Percussive Arts Society.

Dr. Alanna Keenan, assistant professor of voice, holds a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance from Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa, and Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in vocal performance with a minor in musicology from Louisiana State University. She teaches applied voice and diction. Prior to joining the faculty of the Department of Music she taught at Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio, where she directed the vocal program and taught courses in performance, music history, diction, and aural skills.

Dr. Keenan is an active performer both in recital, opera, and oratorio. Among the roles she has sung are Mother Marie (Dialogue of the Carmelites), Mrs. McClean (Susannah), Cathleen (Riders to the Sea), Hermia (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Marcellina (Le nozze di Figaro), and the title role in Carmen. Oratorio credits include Saint-Saëns’s Christmas Oratorio, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Fauré’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, and Schubert’s Mass in G. Keenan has recently appeared as a soloist with OvreArts, the Pittsburgh Festival Orchestra, and choir of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Keenan’s students have been accepted to graduate schools across the country including Indiana University, Catholic University, Cleveland State University, and East Carolina University. Her students have been accepted into summer programs such as SongFest and the American Singers’ Opera Project. She is a full member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.

Gregory Rike is an Assistant Professor of Music and also serves as Musical Director for the nationally-recognized UE Theater. Prior to coming to Evansville Dr. Rike held teaching positions at the University of Mississippi, The Ohio State University, Ohio Northern University, Heidelberg College, and the University of Findlay.

In demand as a performer, clinician, and coach, Dr. Rike is equally comfortable with opera, oratorio, art song, and musical theater genres. He has been musical director of such shows as A Little Night Music, Follies, Company, Urinetown, Grand Hotel, The Last Five Years, Into the Woods, Parade, Assassins, The Mystery of Edwin Drood and Sweeney Todd as well as The Marriage of Figaro, Baby Doe, and Tartuffe. He has performed with various opera companies as well as the Evansville, Toledo, Charleston, Columbus, and Ohio State Symphony Orchestras. He has judged National Association of Teachers of Singing competitions in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Michigan, Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Ontario, Canada, as well as the Metropolitan Opera auditions in Memphis, Tennessee.

Dr. Rike currently teaches courses in applied voice, song literature and vocal pedagogy.

Soprano Elizabeth Truitt has performed across the United States with companies including Fort Worth Opera, Mobile Opera, Pensacola Opera, Asheville Lyric Opera, St. Petersburg Opera, Crested Butte Music Festival, Waco Lyric Opera, Granbury Opera, Oklahoma Shakespeare Festival, and in numerous educational tours. She has performed such roles as Cio Cio San in Madama Butterfly, Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus, the Countess in le nozze di Figaro, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Lady Billows in Albert Herring, Mimi in La Boheme, Alice Ford in Falstaff, and other roles in the lyric spinto repertoire. Equally comfortable on the concert stage, Ms. Truitt has sung a variety of works including Handel's Messiah, Vaughn William's Sinfonia Antartica, Dubois's Seven Last Words of Christ, Faure's Requiem, and Verdi's Requiem with such noted ensembles as the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, Acadiana Symphony, Waco Symphony, and the Baylor Symphony. Ms. Truitt is also a frequent recitalist and enjoys collaborating with other musicians to bring attention to rarely heard repertoire. She has recently performed in Chicago, Illinois; Springfield, Missouri; Crested Butte, Colorado; Evansville, Indiana; and St. Petersburg, Florida. Noted for her interpretation of the 20th century repertoire, she sang the role of Lady Macbeth in the world premiere of American composer Richard Faith's Scenes from Macbeth (a role specifically written for her) and has appeared to critical acclaim in Carlisle Floyd's one-woman opera Flower and Hawk in the role of Eleanor of Aquitaine. In the competition arena, Ms. Truitt was a semi-finalist in the Orpheus National Music Competition and a winner of the Houston Gilbert and Sullivan Society's Opera Career Grant.


Ms. Truitt received both her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Baylor University, where she was the recipient of a full graduate assistantship and studied under internationally recognized pedagogue John Van Cura. An adjunct instructor of voice at the University of Evansville, Ms. Truitt teaches both traditional vocal students and members of the University's award-winning theatre program. Her students have gone on to such prestigious graduate programs as Yale, NYU, Brown, ACT, UCSD, Rutgers, and UC Irvine. She has previously served on the faculty of the University of Mary Hardin Baylor and taught voice at Baylor University. A sought after master clinician, Ms. Truitt has presented classes on singing both the traditional and musical theatre repertoire across the United States.

Richard Williams, tenor, holds Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Arts degrees from The Ohio State University and is currently completing his DMA in voice. Mr. Williams has an extensive performance career in both the United States and throughout Europe, including the Vienna Staats Opera, Carnegie Hall, and The Kennedy Center. He has worked with Leonard Bernstein, Keith Lockhart, Eric Kunzel, Robert Shaw, and many other internationally known conductors. He has taught voice at The Ohio State University, Muskingum College, and Kenyon College, and is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

Mr. Williams currently teaches courses in applied voice (traditional and musical theatre).

Cindy Jones, Department of Music Senior Administrative Assistant, holds an A.S. degree in Accounting from Ashworth College. Her responsibilities include music office, accounting and resource management. She also serves as secretary/treasurer of Friends of UE Music.

Dr. Erzsébet Gaál Rinne is a Hungarian-American harpist, a Kodály pedagogue, and a researcher in physical wellness for musicians. She has given concerts across Europe and America, and is a recipient of the Pro Artibus Award from the Artisjus Foundation for promoting Hungarian contemporary music abroad.

She has made presentations at the Fifth and the Eighth World Harp Congresses in Copenhagen, Denmark and in Geneva, Switzerland; The American String Teacher Association National Conferences in Columbus, OH, Dallas, TX, and in Kansas City, MO; Third International Conference on Arts and Humanities in Honolulu, Hawaii; The Phenomenon of Singing International Symposium V, in Newfoundland, Canada; and the Seventeenth International Kodály Symposium in Leicester, England. Her professional work can be heard on the solo harp CD recordings Harpa Hungarica and Harpchipelago, and seen on the DVD program Harp Playing for Life.

Dr. Rinne is an honor graduate of the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest, Hungary, and holds a Doctor of Music degree from Indiana University.

Eykamp String Quartet

For over a decade, through the generous support of Richard and Rita Eykamp, the Evansville Philharmonic and the University of Evansville have had the unique distinction of having a Resident Quartet to enrich the musical, cultural and educational activities of the Evansville community. Since 2012, the Eykamp String Quartet Artists in Residence position has been held by the Larchmere String Quartet. As the Resident Artists of the University of Evansville and the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, the Quartet works regularly with students at the University of Evansville and the Evansville Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, performs as the principal players of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra and serves as ambassadors of chamber music performance and educational outreach across the tri-state, nationally, and abroad.

Dedicated to bringing the accessibility of chamber music to all audiences, the members of the quartet have performed regularly on the international stage in venues such as the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, the Gewandhaus, the KKL and Suntory Hall, as well as the most intimate settings including community centers and schools. Along with festival appearances at the Banff Centre (Canada) and Accademia Chigiana (Sienna, Italy), the quartet has most recently toured in New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Georgia, Alabama, Indiana, and Florida. Projects for the upcoming 2014-15 season include a commercial Naxos recording of the complete string chamber works of Stefan Krehl, concert tours and teaching workshops across Indiana, Tennessee, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, and Florida, and serving as Artistic Directors of the inaugural Harlaxton Chamber Music Festival in Grantham, England.

Devoted to music education and performance, the members of the quartet have previously taught at a variety of institutions, including University of Illinois, Indiana University, Johns Hopkins University and DePauw University, and given string and chamber music master classes, lectures and workshops such as Denver University, Virginia Commonwealth University, Rice University, the University of South Florida, and the University of Southern Maine. Additionally, they continue to inspire thousands of young music students through their ongoing work with youth orchestras, at summer music festivals, and in K-12 interactive educational workshops across the US, Canada, and Europe.

Passionate about performing the works of living composers as well as the 20th century masters, member of the quartet have commissioned, premiered and performed works by composers including David Dzubay, Don Freund, Eugene O’Brien, Gabriela Ortiz, Augusta Read Thomas, and Pierre Boulez.

Jessica Tong

Lauded for her "lyrical intensity" (Baltimore Sun) and her "performances to remember" (Woodstock Times), violinist Jessica Tong has garnered international acclaim as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. She is a German DAAD Scholar and a recipient of the Canada Council Grant for Musicians, the Elizabeth Massey Award, and the David Ouchterloney Award for Most Promising Young Artist. She has been a top prizewinner at the Eckhardt-Gramatté Competition, the Toronto Symphony, Canadian Music and Yellow Springs International Chamber Music Competitions. An ardent chamber musician, Ms. Tong has performed in major international concert halls including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, les Invalides and the Gewandhaus, and collaborated with artists such as Pamela Frank, Leon Fleisher, Cho-Liang Lin, and members of the Cleveland, Concord, Vogler, Brentano and Borromeo Quartets. Since 2013, she has served as the first violinist of the Larchmere String Quartet as the faculty Eykamp Artists-in-Residence at the University of Evansville in Indiana.

A pupil and assistant to Pamela Frank, Ms. Tong has also studied with Kathleen Winkler, Donald Weilerstein, and Zhang yun Zhang, and has been mentored as a chamber musician by founding members of the Alban Berg, Vogler, Artemis and Brentano Quartets. Always a proponent for expanding one's horizons, in her moments away from her violin, Ms. Tong loves to pursue her love of languages and marathon running. Her ongoing fascination with mind-body connection and its relevance to music performance has also led her to explore the science of yoga and complete her teacher certification at the Kripalu Center in Lenox, Massachussetts. She currently plays on a 1678 Francesco Ruggieri violin generously on loan from John and Diane Schroeder.

Alicia Choi

Lauded for her “technical flair and gleaming tone” by the Berkshire Eagle and for “possessing a big sound and a warm tone” by TwinCities.com, violinist Alicia Choi has performed with the Atlantic Music Festival, Berkshire Symphony, and Queens Symphony Orchestras under conductors Ronald Feldman, Constantine Kitsopoulos, and Julian Kuerti. Alicia has also won top prizes from the Fresno Musical Club, National Federation of Music Clubs Young Artist Auditions, South Mountain Association, and Virtu Foundation.

A committed chamber musician, Alicia has collaborated with artists such as Jeanie Chung, Marc Coppey, Bonnie Hampton, Paul Hersh, David Hetherington, Eric Nowlin, Menahem Pressler, Masumi Rostad, Axel Strauss, as well as with members of ETHEL and the Momenta Quartet. Alicia has attended several festivals including Piano Texas International Academy and Festival, Toronto Summer Music Festival Chamber Music Institute, and the Yale Summer School of Music Norfolk Chamber Music Festival.

Also an ardent new music advocate, Alicia has premiered works of Stephen Cabell, Eleanor Cory, Laura Elise Schwedinger, and Errollyn Wallen. New music engagements include solo performances in festivals such as Beyond the Machine 10.0, FOCUS! Festival 2011 Polish Modern: New Directions in Polish Music Since 1945, and Random Access Music Discreet Encounters.

Alicia holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in both Chinese and Music from Williams College, and a Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School. Her primary teachers include Joanna Kurkowicz, Robert Mann, and Axel Strauss. Currently, Alicia is the second violinist of the Larchmere String Quartet. The Quartet is the Eykamp Quartet-in-Residence at the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra and the University of Evansville, where Alicia is the associate concertmaster and an artist-in-residence.

Rose Wollman

Praised for her multifaceted interpretations of both classical and contemporary music, violist Rose Wollman is sought after as a soloist, chamber musician, pedagogue, and orchestral musician. Rose is the founding violist of the Larchmere String Quartet, which is the current Eykamp Faculty Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Evansville. As such, she is dedicated to mentoring university and pre-college music students, promoting classical chamber music in the surrounding communities, and serves as principal violist of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra.

Rose is committed to the performance and promotion of new music, and has commissioned, premiered and performed many pieces, working with groundbreaking composers such as Pierre Boulez, Augusta Read Thomas, David Dzubay, Gabriela Ortiz, and Don Freund. Recent projects include performances of a Concerto for Viola, Winds, and Percussion, dedicated to her by composer Brian St. John. With the Petar Jankovic Ensemble, a chamber group comprised of string quartet and guitar, Rose toured extensively in the United States and Europe, and has released a CD titled From Spain to Tango. Rose is also a devoted music educator, and has served as a viola and chamber music faculty member at DePauw University, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and the University of Illinois. She has also worked as a teaching assistant for Atar Arad at Indiana University, Mai Motobuchi at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School, Masumi Rostad at the University of Illinois, and mentored countless young students at the String Academy at Indiana University, and the New England Conservatory Preparatory School.

Currently a doctoral candidate in viola with a minor in music theory at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Rose also holds degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music, and the University of Illinois. Her primary teachers have been Atar Arad, Carol Rodland, Masumi Rostad and Rudolf Haken.

Kirsten Jermé

Equally versatile as a chamber musician, recitalist and orchestral player, cellist Kirsten Jermé has performed internationally in prestigious venues including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Madison Square Garden and Le Poisson Rouge in New York City, Royal Festival Hall in London, and the Banff Arts Centre in Canada. Her broad range of musical interests have led her to collaborate with various acclaimed artists, ensembles and presenters including Metropolitan Opera tenor Joseph Calleja, the Joyce Dance Theater, the Russian Chamber Chorus of New York, Electric Earth Concert Series and Strad for Lunch recital series. She appears regularly with the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra and the New England Symphonic Ensemble, and has performed as soloist with Metro Chamber Orchestra and Stony Brook University Orchestra. Starting in the 2014-15 season, Kirsten joins the Larchmere String Quartet as Eykamp Artists-in-Residence at the University of Evansville.

A passionate and dedicated educator, Kirsten has served on faculty at the Greenwich House Music School in Manhattan and taught at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Queens, as well as P.S. 129 in Harlem for The Harmony Program, modeled on the groundbreaking Venezuelan music program El Sistema. Her commitment to community music and expanding access to the arts inspired her to assist with outreach programs at Turtle Bay Music School and the Eastman Community Music School.

Kirsten received her M.M. and Arts Leadership Certificate at the Eastman School of Music, where she was a pupil of Steven Doane. She additionally holds a B.A. from Stony Brook University, where she studied with Colin Carr and the Emerson Quartet. She has also been mentored by members of the Tokyo, Keller, Borodin and Shanghai Quartets.