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Faculty and Staff Directory

Victor Acevedo

Instructor, Liberal Arts Core, Clarinet

Victor Acevedo joined the faculty of the School of Music in 2012 as Adjunct Instructor of Music. A native of Puerto Rico, Dr. Acevedo received his bachelor degree in Music Education (Cum Laude) from the Inter American University of P.R. He earned his M.A. and M.F.A. degrees in Clarinet Performance, and a Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of Iowa. Prior to coming to UNI, he was a lecturer in the Departments of Music and Education at Cornell College.

Alison Altstatt

Alison Altstatt
Assistant Professor of Musicology/Music History

Alison Altstatt holds an M.A.  in History from the University of California, Berkeley and a Ph.D. in Musicology  with a second field in Historical Performance Practice from the University of  Oregon. Her dissertation, “The Music and Liturgy of Kloster Preetz: Anna von  Buchwald’s Buch im Chor in Its  Fifteenth-century Context,” was awarded the American Musicological Society’s  Alvin H. Johnson AMS-50 fellowship in 2010. At the University of Oregon and  Western Oregon University, she taught courses in music history and in early  music performance.

Matthew Andreini

Instructor of Percussion

Matthew Andreini is a native Iowan and earned his BA and MM degrees in Percussion Performance from the University of Northern Iowa. Andreini performs regularly with a variety of ensembles throughout Iowa and has performed in multiple international tours throughout Europe, Central, and South America. In addition to his regular performing schedule, he has been a featured soloist with the Cedar Falls Municipal Band, Waterloo Municipal Band, UNI Symphony Orchestra, UNI Percussion   Ensembles, and the UNI New Horizons Band.

Korey Barrett

Associate Professor of Vocal Coaching and Collaborative Piano

Dr. Korey Barrett is Associate Professor and Vocal Coach at the University of Northern Iowa. Dr. Barrett is a talented and diversely experienced musician and music educator whose background includes training as a vocal coach, accompanist, pedagogue, and singer. Most recently, Barrett co-founded OperaNEO, an intensive summer opera festival for aspiring operatic talent in San Diego, CA.  The festival has featured collaboration with the Bach Collegium San Diego as well as with numerous directors, conductors, coaches, and voice instructors from across the country and overseas.

Thomas Barry

Tom Barry
Audio Engineer

Tom Barry supervises the audio recording and sound reinforcement for all recitals and concerts at the University of Northern Iowa School of Music. Before he retired from the full time faculty at UNI, he taught applied oboe and saxophone as well as classes in music technology and audio recording, guitar, and was the director of Jazz Band II at UNI from 1989 to 1991.

Cayla Bellamy

Visiting Professor, Bassoon

A Georgia native from a Midwestern family, Cayla Bellamy is currently Instructor of Bassoon at the University of Northern Iowa. She has performed both as soloist and orchestra member throughout Georgia, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, West Virginia, and Colorado, including one summer at the Aspen Music Festival and School. Her passion for education has resulted in positions with the Georgia public school system, an Atlanta-based youth orchestra, and the New York Summer School of the Arts.

James Bennett

Instructor, Music Theory

James Newman Bennett received his B.M. in cello performance from Vanderbilt University and his M.M. in music theory from Louisiana State University. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in music theory at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, studying with Brian Hyer and Leslie Blasius. He has taught at LSU and UW-Madison, most recently a graduate seminar on Béla Bartók’s The Miraculous Mandarin.

Bryan Bennett

Instructor of Music

Bryan Bennett is an Adjunct Professor of Music at the University of Northern Iowa. His teaching duties have included Soundscapes, Our Musical Heritage, Music of Our Time, High Brass Techniques, and Applied trumpet. He has also been a member of the Northern Brass Quintet.

Caroline Boehmer

Communications and Operations Coordinator

Caroline Boehmer joined the UNI School of Music staff in 2007. Born in Nevada and raised in Iowa , Caroline has been a lifelong musician with a career in arts administration.

Caroline earned her Bachelor of Music in Music Business/Management from Berklee College of Music, where she studied vocal technique, improvisation and songwriting with Anne Peckham, Maggie Scott and Joanne Whitaker. 

Sean Botkin

Associate Professor of Piano

Pianist Sean Botkin began studying the piano at age five with his mother, making his first orchestral appearance four years later with the Honolulu Symphony. He went on to study privately with Neal O’Doan at the University of Washington and, under his direction, performed with the Seattle Symphony, Spokane Symphony, and Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra.

Melinda Boyd

Associate Professor of Music History
Melinda Boyd holds PhD and MA degrees in Musicology from the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada), and a Bachelor’s degree in Music History from the University of Manitoba. As visiting faculty at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, Boyd taught a wide range of courses for graduate and undergraduate students, including historical survey classes, research and writing, topics classes (program music, the music of Robert and Clara Schumann, Wagner), genre classes (opera history, German Romantic Opera), and music in culture topics (popular music, music and politics). Her research focuses on women composers and performers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, issues of gender and feminist theory, cultural studies, aesthetics, and popular music.

Ann Bradfield

Assistant Professor of Saxophone

An advocate for new music, Ann Bradfield commissions and  premieres new works for saxophone. Most recently, in 2013 she commissioned and  premiered The Mystics for soprano  saxophone and trumpet by Franklin Piland, andin 2011 she premiered and recorded Wink for alto saxophone and marimba, with and by renowned  percussionist Mark Ford.

Jeffrey Brich

Instructor of Applied Voice

Jeffrey Brich, tenor, has distinguished himself in a broad spectrum of literature, performing with versatility and ease in orchestral, opera and recital venues. His strong creative service to the University of Northern Iowa School of Music is marked by memorable performances with the UNI Lyric Theater, the Faculty Chamber Music Series, Iowa Composer’s Forum, and the Cedar Valley Chamber Music Festival.

Gretchen Brumwell

Brumwell
Instructor of Harp

Gretchen Brumwell is the adjunct instructor of harp at the University of Northern Iowa.  She serves as principal harpist of Orchestra Iowa and is an active performer throughout eastern Iowa.  As a soloist, she has appeared with Orchestra Iowa, the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Symphony, the Ottumwa Symphony, the Oskaloosa Symphony, the Iowa City Community String Orchestra, and the Blue Lake Festival Orchestra.

Julia Bullard

Professor of Viola and Music Theory, Associate Director of Graduate Studies

Julia Bullard teaches viola, string pedagogy, and string methods and techniques at the University of Northern Iowa. Bullard is the Associate Director for Graduate Studies in the School of music. From 2003-2010, Bullard also served as Director of the UNI Suzuki School. She is an active solo, chamber and orchestral performer both in the US and abroad. Recent solo engagements include performances in Russia, Central and South America, New York and Iowa.

Rebecca Burkhardt

Professor of Conducting and Music Theory, Music Director and Conductor, Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra

Professor Rebecca Burkhardt joined the University of Northern Iowa faculty as Director of Orchestral Activities in 1988. Besides her duties as Music Director of the Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra she is Music Director for the UNI Opera Theatre.

Theresa Camilli

Assistant Professor of Piano Pedagogy & Music Education

Theresa Chardos Camilli is the Coordinator of UNI’s Group Piano and Graduate Piano Pedagogy. Prior to studying as a doctoral student at the University of Oklahoma, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Therapy from Loyola University in New Orleans. She completed her Master’s degree in Music Therapy at the University of Iowa and has worked as a board-certified Music Therapist. Theresa previously held a faculty position at the University of South Carolina teaching Applied Piano and Piano Pedagogy courses.

Steve Carignan

Steve Carignan
Associate Dean and Instructor in Arts Administration

Steve Carignan, Associate Dean and Instructor in Arts Administration is celebrating his Fourteenth year as Executive Director at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, is responsible for overseeing all operations at the Center.

Jonathan Chenoweth

Associate Professor of Cello

Cellist Jonathan Chenoweth received his training at the Oberlin Conservatory and the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He has performed as a member of several professional ensembles including the Dakota Quartet, the Soviet Emigré Chamber Orchestra , the Richmond (VA) Symphony, and the contemporary music group Bis. He has been a soloist at festivals in New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Vermont and has taught at universities in Pennsylvania, Missouri,  and South Dakota.

Kevin Droe

Associate Professor of Music in Music Education

Kevin Droe teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Music Education and is coordinator of the graduate music education program. Prior to graduate school at the Florida State University, Dr. Droe taught middle school band in Greeley, Colorado and was adjunct faculty at AIMS Community College where he conducted the concert band, taught jazz improvisation and applied woodwinds. 

David Dunn

Piano Maintenance Technician & Coordinator

David Dunn’s background includes degrees in Voice Performance, String Bass Performance, post-graduate studies in performance and Jazz Pedagogy, and sixteen years of teaching music at the college level, in addition to his work as a piano technician. He founded A is A Piano Service in 2008, and  was a Fellowship Piano Technician for the Tanglewood Music Festival in the summer of 2009.

Bob Dunn

Instructor of Guitar

Robert Dunn is an adjunct professor of classical and jazz guitar at the UNI School of Music. He is also a member of the UNI Suzuki School, teaching guitar. In addition, he teaches classical guitar, jazz guitar, and jazz bass at Grinnell College. Dunn received both BA and MM from UNI and has been affiliated with the school as student or teacher since 1979. He also earned a BS from Iowa State in 1976.

Angeleita Floyd

Professor of Flute

Angeleita Floyd, dynamic musician, highly respected conductor and educator, has served as Professor of Flute at the University of Northern Iowa since 1986. With her unique flair for insightful teaching and sensitive musical interpretation, Dr. Floyd has mentored numerous prize-winning students on the regional and national level.   She regularly serves as master teacher and conductor at flute festivals and residencies throughout the United States, South and Central America, Sweden and Europe.

Jeffrey Funderburk

Professor of Tuba/Euphonium

On his first solo tour of Japan in 1985, 'Pipers' Magazine hailed Jeffrey Funderburk as the next international tuba virtuoso and his subsequent career has fulfilled much of this prediction. As a performer, recording artist and teacher, Funderburk established a career and performance style that has been described as eclectic.

Danny Galyen

Associate Professor of Music, Director of Marching Band and Symphonic Band

Dr. Daniel Galyen is the Director of Marching and Symphonic Bands at UNI, a position he has held since 2007. He directs the Panther Marching Band, conducts the Symphonic Band, and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in conducting and music education. Under his direction the Panther Marching Band has grown from 156 to 330 members. The UNI Symphonic Band has performed with a number of guest artists and has won the acclaim of composers Samuel Adler and Dan Welcher.

Randy Grabowski

Professor of Trumpet

UNI Professor of Trumpet since 1986, Randy Grabowski is a dedicated educator and accomplished performer. As an active soloist and clinician, he has presented concerts throughout the United States, Canada, South America, and Europe. He has served as Principal Trumpet of the Waterloo-Cedar Falls and Cedar Rapids Symphony Orchestras, the Reno Philharmonic, and the show orchestras of the Reno Hilton and MGM-Grand.

Jack Graham

Emeritus Professor of Clarinet

Jack Graham served as Professor of Clarinet at the University of Northern Iowa from 1967 until his retirement in 2003. During that time, he also conducted many School of Music ensembles, including Orchestra, Wind Symphony and Concert Band, Opera Theater, plus a multitude of chamber groups. In addition he conducted the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Symphony (WCFSO) on many occasions, in his capacity as Associate Conductor of that ensemble.

Susan Grover

Secretary II

Susie Grover joined the School of Music staff in 2007 as Secretary in the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. Born and raised in Cedar Falls, Iowa, Susie earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from UNI in Anthropology and Women's Studies in 1999. After earning her degree, Susie traveled to Texas, North Carolina, Florida and other locations throughout the United States on archeological digs and in pursuit of professional development. A lifelong music lover, Susie has also independently studied piano and percussion.

Robin Guy

Professor of Piano/Collaborative Piano, Chair, Keyboard Division

Robin Guy, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, began studying the piano at age five with her mother. She went on to study privately with Marilyn Matousek Montie at the Cleveland Institute of Music and George Cherry at Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory where she earned the B.M.E. She earned the M.M. at Baylor University, studying with Jane Abbott-Kirk and the D.M.A. at the University of Arizona where she studied with composer-pianist Richard Faith.

Frederick Halgedahl

Associate Professor of Violin and Viola

Violinist Frederick Halgedahl has taught at the University of Northern Iowa since 1986, when he settled in the region after a successful early career in symphony  orchestras (including the National Symphony, the Stattsorchester Hamburg and the North German Radio Symphony – N.D.R.) ultimately led to faculty positions at Western Washington University and the University of Oklahoma.

Randall Harlow

Assistant Professor of Organ and Music Theory

As a performer-scholar Randall Harlow's interests range from empirical performance research to the Inuit organ tradition, organ transcription repertoire and the 21st-century avant-garde.

John Hines

Associate Professor of Voice
John Hines, bass vocalist, has been heard from the concert and opera stages of Italy, Austria, Russia, and the United States. In March 2013, Hines celebrated his Carnegie Hall debut as bass soloist in Haydn’s “Lord Nelson” Mass. Since 2007, his many performances in the Russian Federation – most notably those of Russian vocal music – have earned him the title “The American Chaliapin” by Russian critics and audiences, and a seat on the international panel of jurors for the Boris T. Shtokolov International Vocal Competition in St. Petersburg, Russia since 2008. Hines has also appeared in performance with artists from the Mariinsky, Bolshoi, and Kiev Theaters, and has had many of his performances broadcast over Russian Federal Television and Radio.

Randy Hogancamp

Associate Professor of Percussion

As the faculty percussionist in the UNI School of Music since 1972, Randy Hogancamp maintains a full studio of University students in applied percussion, teaches percussion methods, percussion pedagogy, and percussion literature, and directs the UNI Percussion/Marimba, West African (UNI-WADE), and TAIKO Drum Ensembles.

Tammy Hook

Office Coordinator

Tammy Hook joined the School of Music staff in 2014 as Office Coordinator and is located in the Russell Hall office. Tammy has been employed with the University of Northern Iowa since 2010.

Morgan Horning

Visiting Professor, Voice

Morgan Horning, soprano, holds a Bachelor of the Arts Degree in Music from Luther College, a Master of Music Degree and Artist Diploma from the University of Northern Iowa, and is currently pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the Shenandoah University Conservatory.

Jeffery Hutchins

Jeffery Hutchins
Instructor, Saxophone

American saxophonist Jeffery Kyle Hutchins is a soloist, chamber musician, improviser, and performance artist focusing on the promotion and creation of contemporary music and interdisciplinary medias. He has premiered over 50 new works for the saxophone, many of which were written specifically for him. Described as an "outstanding saxophonist" (Eugene Rousseau) and "a performer of real energy and brilliance" (James Dillon), Hutchins has performed recitals and presented masterclasses in Asia, Europe, and North America.

Ronald Johnson

Professor of Instrumental Conducting, Conductor of Wind Symphony, Interim Associate Director for Graduate Studies

Ronald Johnson is conductor of the Wind Symphony and the Chamber Wind Players at the University of Northern Iowa, and holds the academic rank of Professor of Music. He received his formal education from Texas Tech University; California State University, Northridge, and the University of Illinois. His conducting teachers include David Whitwell, Harry Begian, and Mircea Cristescu (Romania).

Polina Khatsko

Instructor of Piano

A native of Belarus, Polina Khatsko has established herself both as an active performer and a dedicated teacher. Some of her accomplishments include the performance and recording of complete works for cello and piano by Beethoven with Anthony Elliott, as well as being a key participant in the acclaimed "Complete Solo Piano Works by Chopin" project organized by the studio of Arthur Greene.

Amy Kotsonis

Amy Kotsonis
Assistant Professor of Choral Ensembles and Music Education

Amy Kotsonis is Assistant Professor of Choral Ensembles and Music Education, conducts the UNI Singers and Women's Chorus and teaches choral conducting and choral methods. Prior to graduate school at Florida State University, she served as Assistant Conductor, Director of Workshops, and Satellite School Teacher for the Young People's Chorus of New York City (YPC).

Katie Ledtje

Secretary II

Katie Ledtje joined the School of Music staff in 2014 as Secretary in the Russell Hall office.  An Iowa native, Katie earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Iowa in 2008.  She currently resides in Janesville with her husband, daughter and step-daughter.

Cynthia Mason

Cindi Mason
Adjunct Instructor of Music in General Studies

Cindi Mason has been the director of UNI Community Music School for 7 1/2 years and has taught for 25 years. Her degrees include a B.S. & M.A. in Speech Pathology from the University of Iowa and a B.A. & M.A. in music from the University of Northern Iowa.  Her main instrument is the clarinet.

Amanda McCandless

Associate Professor of Clarinet

Amanda McCandless joined the faculty of the University of Northern Iowa as Assistant Professor of Clarinet in 2008 and since that time has built one of the largest and most successful clarinet studios in the region.

Jean McDonald

Professor of Voice

Jean McDonald is an associate professor of the voice division at the University of Northern Iowa. She is an active contributor to creative life at UNI, appearing as a featured soloist in Faculty Showcase and Spotlight Series events, performing a broad variety of literature with an emphasis on chamber works, including several premieres. Recent performances have included, Ravel’s Sheherazade with the Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra, Britten’s Abraham and Isaac for the Cedar Valley Chamber Music Festival, and Il Tramonto by Resphigi with the UNI Faculty String Quartet.

Christopher Merz

Professor of Jazz Studies, Director of Jazz Band I

Chris Merz, Associate Professor of Music, has served as Director of Jazz Studies and Director of the award-winning UNI Jazz Band One at the University of Northern Iowa since 2002. Under his direction, the band has recorded eight CDs featuring many original compositions and arrangements by student and faculty writers. 

Dyan Meyer

Dyan Meyer
Instructor, Music Theory

Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Dyan S. Meyer is Instructor of Music Theory at UNI.

Meyer holds a B.A. in music education and music performance from Graceland University and a Master’s degree in music performance with a choral conducting emphasis from the Florida State University.  She returns to the University of Northern Iowa after having taught here from 1999-2003.

From 2003-2007, Meyer established a home piano studio. She currently accompanies numerous students at the Iowa High School State Solo/Ensemble Festivals.

Leslie Morgan

Associate Professor of Voice

Leslie Morgan, soprano, is internationally acclaimed for her performances of Verdi, Puccini, and Wagner works. She appeared as Sieglinde in Die Walküre with Opera Pacific and with Arizona Opera: first in the single opera, then in the complete Ring cycles in Flagstaff. This was hailed as an "excellently sung, passionate Sieglinde" by Opern Welt and "vocally ravishing" by Opera News. She is in demand for the Verdi Requiem with many appearances to her credit, including one at the Meyerson Symphony Hall in Dallas in the Highlander Concert Series.

Mariko Morita

Instructor, Liberal Arts Core

Mariko Morita is an Adjunct Instructor of Music at UNI, where she teaches Music Appreciation and serves as a collaborative pianist. She began organ studies at the age of five and grew up performing on the stage. Earning BM and MM degrees in Organ Performance from Seton Hill and Emory Universities, she was honored to be the first Japanese to receive a Doctor of Music degree in Organ Performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

Alexander Pershounin

Instructor, String Bass
Alex Pershounin has performed extensively throughout Europe and United States in both classical and jazz settings and has been featured as a performer and composer on such internationally recognized music events as Montreaux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, Pori Jazz Festival in Finland, Europe’s Jazz Contest in Belgium, and New Orleans Jazz Fest, among many others. His performing credits include collaboration projects and appearances with world-class artists ranging from Bob Berg, Mulgrew Miller, Conrad Herwig, and Benny Golson to Itzhac Perlman, Yo Yo Ma, and Ray Charles, to name just a few.

Heather Peyton

Assistant Professor of Oboe and Music Theory

Heather Peyton received a Doctorate in Musical Arts Degree  from Michigan State University, where she held the title of University  Distinguished Fellow.  She received a  Master’s Degree in solo performance and Artist Diploma from McGill University,  and a Bachelor’s Degree from Indiana University.  She has held teaching positions at  institutions including Iowa State University and the Interlochen Summer Arts  Program.

Evie Charles Pugh

Technical Director/Performance Facilities Manager

Evie Charles Pugh, better known as 'Chuck' to most UNI music majors, is a native of Alabama. Born and raised in the small country town of Grove Hill, he has always had a love for music and entertainment. Chuck started working for UNI in the fall of 1988, not however, in the music tech field, but in the building service department. Since that time, Chuck received his Bachelor of Arts in 1997 and Masters of Arts in 2000 from UNI.

Mitra Sadeghpour

Mitra Sadeghpour
Assistant Professor of Opera
Mitra Sadeghpour, soprano, is Assistant Professor of Opera at UNI. In 2013, she was selected as the UW-Eau Claire Max Schoenfeld Distinguished Professor, which recognizes a commitment to the university, achievement in scholarship and a commitment to student learning and life. At UW-Eau Claire Sadeghpour has staged productions of Strauss' "Die Fledermaus," Mozart's "Die Zauberflöte," "Albert Herring " by Britten, Purcell's "Dido and Aeneas," "The Merry Widow" by Franz Lehár, "Suor Angela" and "Gianni Schicchi" by Puccini, and two children's touring productions of Rossini's "Cinderella."

Alan Schmitz

Professor of Theory-Composition, Associate Director of the School of Music:Undergraduate Studies Coordinator

Alan Schmitz (born 1950, USA) is Professor of Theory and Composition and Associate Director of the School of Music (Undergraduate Programs) at the University of Northern Iowa. He received bachelor and master of music degrees from the University of New Mexico and the Ph.D. in music theory and composition from Rutgers University.

Jonathan Schwabe

Professor of Theory and Composition

Jonathan Clarke Schwabe (Doctor of Musical Arts- University of South Carolina) is Professor of Theory and Composition, and chairs the composition and theory area at the University of Northern Iowa. His works have been premiered at the Spoleto Festival, the Eastman School of Music, the Society of Composer's Midwest Festival, the Conductor's Institute, and the Midwest Band and Orchestra Festival. His orchestral work As I Remember was performed at the Kennedy Center in the summer of 1999 and has received numerous subsequent performances in the United States and Europe

William Shepherd

Instructor of Music in General Studies

Mr. Shepherd received Bachelors and Masters degrees from Ohio University and has completed additional work at Wooster College and Ohio State University. He has served as band director for McConnelsville, Sandy Valley, Wellington and Wooster, Ohio High Schools, and as brass instructor at Wooster College, Bluffton College, Heidelburg College and Bowling Green State University. During his public school teaching career Mr. Shepherd produced outstanding concert bands with many superior (1) ratings in the Ohio Music Educators competitions.

Yu-Ting (Tina) Su

Associate Professor of Horn

Dr. Yu-Ting (Tina) Su was appointed Assistant Professor of Horn at the University of Northern Iowa in 2006. From 2000 to 2006, Dr. Su was a member of the Taipei Symphony Orchestra, and has toured with the group to Spain and Austria. As an active performer, Dr. Su has performed under the batons of Kurt Mazur, Otto-Werner Mueller, Leonard Slatkin, David Zinman, Yuri Temirkanov, and Jahja Ling and among others. Dr. Su was featured on the nationally televised PBS special "Backstage of Lincoln Center" as principal horn of The Juilliard Orchestra.

Michelle Swanson

Instructor of Music Education

Michelle Swanson is an instructor of Music Education at the University of Northern Iowa. Mrs. Swanson teaches Elementary General Music Methods, Music for Childhood Education, Soundscapes, and also supervises student teachers in elementary general music. She is the faculty advisor for Sigma Alpha Iota.  Swanson has taught at UNI for 13 years.

Diane Vallentine

Instructor of Music Theory and Music in General Studies

Diane Vallentine is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Music at the University of Northern Iowa, teaching courses in music theory, liberal arts core and occasionally private saxophone. She holds a Master of Music degree in Theory  with an emphasis in composition from the University of Kentucky and is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Southeast Missouri State University where she earned undergraduate degrees in Music Theory/Composition and Music Education.

John Vallentine

Director of The School of Music, Professor of Music Education

Dr. John F. Vallentine was appointed Director of the School of Music on January 1, 1999. A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Vallentine earned a Bachelor of Music  Education degree, with dual certification in instrumental and vocal music (majoring in clarinet and piano) from Southeast Missouri State University. He became the  first student to earn a Master of Music degree in Conducting from the University of Northern Iowa in 1983. After beginning his public school and college teaching career, he earned a Ph.D.

Dmitri Vorobiev

Associate Professor of Piano

Dmitri Vorobiev first came to international attention after winning the Casagrande International Piano Competition in Italy in 1994. As the result of this prize he was invited to perform at the Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto as well as in numerous recital series throughout Italy.

Robert Washut

Professor of Jazz Studies, Director of Jazz Band II
Robert Washut is Professor of Music at the University of Northern Iowa, where he served as Director of Jazz Studies from 1980-2002. An accomplished jazz composer and arranger, Washut has received numerous commissions from collegiate and high school jazz ensembles, professional jazz artists, and symphony orchestras. Many of his works are published by Kendor Music (Delevan, NY), UNC Jazz Press (Greeley,CO), Walrus Music Publishing (Pismo Beach, CA), C.L. Barnhouse (Oskaloosa, IA), Heritage JazzWorks (Lorenz Corp - Dayton, OH) and Really Good Music (Eau Claire, WI). Washut also has served as a jazz composer-in-residence at numerous universities around the country.

John Wiles

Assistant Professor of Choral Conducting

John Len Wiles is Assistant Professor of Choral Conducting at UNI where he conducts Cantorei, the UNI Singers, and the Varsity Men's Glee Club and teaches graduate students in choral conducting and choral literature. Prior to his appointment at UNI, he was a Lecturer and Fellow of Conducting and Ensembles at The University of Texas at Austin where he conducted university choirs and taught courses in conducting, score reading, choral arranging and piano.

Anthony Williams

Assistant Professor of Trombone

Anthony Williams currently serves as Assistant Professor of Trombone at the University of Northern Iowa where he teaches applied trombone, trombone choir, jazz trombone ensemble, low brass techniques, and trombone literature. His previous teaching appointments include the University of Mary (ND), University of Memphis, and Lemoyne-Owen College. An active clinician, he has worked with middle school, high school, and college students in Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, Texas, North Dakota, South Dakota, Washington, Montana, Minnesota, Illinois, Iowa, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan. Dr.