Music Education Faculty

"Welcome to Music Education at the University of Evansville! I'm pleased that you are interested in pursuing a career in music education, a career that can make a significant difference in children's lives. Allow me to mention a few facts about your music education experience at UE that make it unique from many other universities.

First, our program emphasizes early hands-on experience in the classroom by placing you in multiple field experiences beginning your freshman year. Second, we firmly believe that you need to be a skilled musician in order to succeed as a teacher so we include performance as a critical component in our curriculum.  Our students study applied music for four years, play regularly on recitals, and perform a senior solo recital. In addition you will perform in a wide variety of ensemble experiences.

You may specialize in either Vocal or Instrumental Music Education or choose to combine both. A five-year program allows you to graduate with both Music Education and Music Therapy degrees. There's even the option of adding a Jazz Certificate and Suzuki Pedagogy Certificate for those who seek additional professional training.

My colleagues and I bring an energy and commitment to providing you with a quality music education experience - from classroom methods courses all the way to supervising your student teaching. Our goal is for you to be passionate about teaching, to be confident that you are well prepared when you graduate, and for you to know that we will continue to mentor you throughout your career.

We look forward to meeting you when you attend an upcoming Open House, schedule a campus visit, or audition for the department. For more information, feel free to contact us at 800-423-8633, ext. 2742 or fill in the online form."

Dr. Dennis Malfatti, Associate Professor of Music

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Dr. Dennis Malfatti

Professor of Music & Director of Choral Activities/Music

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Dr. Shawn Teichmer

Assistant Professor/Music

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Dennis Malfatti is an Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at the University of Evansville, Director of Music at Eastminster Presbyterian Church in Evansville, and Founder/Conductor of the Evansville Bach Singers.

In May, 2011 he conducted Haydn’s Paukenmesse at Carnegie Hall in New York City with the New England Symphonic Ensemble and a chorus of one hundred fifty-five singers made up of choirs from across the country. In June, 2016, he returned to Carnegie Hall to conduct the New England Symphonic Ensemble and guest choirs in a program featuring Mozart's Te Deum K. 141, Kyrie in D minor K. 341, and Haydn's Te Deum for Empress Marie Therese.

Choirs under his direction have sung by invitation at the 2016 American Choral Directors Association Central Division Conference in Chicago, at state level music education conferences in both Virginia (2005) and Indiana (2010 and 2013) and at Washington National Cathedral.

Previous positions have included serving as Conductor of the Evansville Philharmonic Chorus, Director of Choral Activities at Longwood University in Virginia, and Assistant Conductor and Chorus Master of the Operafestival di Roma in Rome, Italy. As conductor of the Evansville Philharmonic Chorus, he prepared the chorus for performances of major works including Prokofievs' Alexander Nevsky, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, and Haydn's Creation, and he conducted multiple performances of Handel's Messiah with the chorus and orchestra.

As a participant in both the 2005 and 2010 Oregon Bach Festival conducting master classes, he studied choral/orchestral works of J.S. Bach with the renowned conductor Helmuth Rilling and conducted the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra and Chorus in several performances as part of the Discovery Series.

He serves as the President-Elect of the Indiana Choral Directors Association and he has published articles and book reviews in both state and national choral publications. In 2013, he was the recipient of the Educator of the Year Award from the Arts Council of Southwest Indiana.

Shawn Teichmer is assistant professor of Saxophone and Music Education at the University of Evansville. Previously he was the Director of Bands and Music Education at Spring Arbor University in Michigan since 2008. Throughout his years teaching he has been able to lead national tours and special projects, such as performances with Ballet 5:8 from Chicago and conducted multimedia works of contemporary composers. In addition to collegiate teaching, he has taught 5-12 instrumental music, H.S. Interactive TV music classes and was awarded an honorary membership to the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association.

As a saxophonist, he has been a featured soloist with University of Evansville’s Wind Ensemble, West Michigan Concert Winds, Grand Rapids Symphonic Band, Central Michigan University's Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and Bowling Green State University's Wind Ensemble. Dr. Teichmer studied with John Nichol and Joseph Lullof as he earned degrees from Central Michigan and Michigan State Universities. He was also an Entrepreneurial Faculty for the 21st Century Fellow.

Shawn also performs with his wife, Jaime Teichmer, as the Pliaggi Duo. The duo is dedicated to bringing contemporary music to the public and has performed in Belgium, Slovenia, France and across the United States. Dr. Teichmer is also an active guest conductor, judge and clinician.

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