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, 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, Professor of Music
Dennis Malfatti, DMA
Conservatory Co-Director, Professor of Music, Director of Choral Activities, Music Education
Dennis Malfatti is Co-Director of the UE Music Conservatory, Professor of Music, and Director of Choral Activities at the University of Evansville. Choirs under his direction have sung by invitation at the American Choral Directors Association Central Division Conference in Chicago, at state level music education conferences in both Virginia and Indiana and at Washington National Cathedral. 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.
In 2011, he founded the Evansville Bach Singers and Chamber Orchestra which he led until 2018. The Evansville Bach Singers and Chamber Orchestra presented an annual Bach Cantata series at Eastminster Presbyterian Church in Evansville where he also served as Music Director.
Previous positions have included serving as Conductor of the Evansville Philharmonic Chorus, 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 recently completed a six year term as President of the Indiana Choral Directors Association and he has published articles on choral music in state, regional, and national publications of the American Choral Directors Association. In 2013, he was the recipient of the Educator of the Year Award from the Arts Council of Southwest Indiana.
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