Faculty and Staff

Faculty


Dr. David Abbott

Department Chair
Professor - Piano, Music History
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Office: Goodrich Chapel
Phone: 517/629-0483


Dr. Maureen Balke

Professor - Voice, Diction, Intro to Opera, Honors, FYS
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Office: Goodrich Chapel
Phone: 517/629-0471


Dr. Lia Jensen-Abbott
Assistant Professor - Piano, Keyboard Skills, Music Theory
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Office: Goodrich Chapel
Phone: 517/629-0698


Dr. Clayton Parr

Professor - Director of Choral Activities, Choral Conducting, Choral Music Education
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Office: Goodrich Chapel
Phone: 517/629-0251


Dr. Ji Hyun Kim
Visiting Assistant Professor - Violin/viola and Orchestra
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Office: Goodrich Chapel
Phone: 517/629-0481


Rufus Ferguson
Visiting Assistant Professor - Jazz and Popular Music
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Office: Goodrich Chapel
Phone: 517/629-0481

Staff


Hope Anderson
Department Secretary
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Office: Goodrich Chapel
Phone: 517/629-0481

Applied Music Faculty

Keyboard

Dr. David Abbott
Professor - Piano
D.M.A. Eastman School of Music;
M.M. the Juilliard School;
B.M. Eastman School of Music
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Dr. Lia Jensen-Abbott
Visiting Assistant Professor - Piano
D.M.A. (piano performance) University of Nebraska-Lincoln;
Performer Diploma from Indiana University;
M.M.and M.A. in (piano and music theory) Pennsylvania State University;
B.M. (piano performance) University of Nebraska-Lincoln
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Nicholas Laban
Staff Accompanist
M.M. 2013, Western Michigan University
B.A. 2011, Albion College
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Elena Solero
Accompanist
M.M. 1984, Bowling Green State University;
B.M. 1982, DePauw University
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Jackie Livesay
Applied Instructor - Organ
M.A. in Education, Spring Arbor University;
M.M. University of Michigan;
B.M. Westminster Choir College
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Rufus Ferguson
Visiting Assistant Professor - Jazz and Popular Music
M.M. and B.M. (jazz piano) Western Michigan University
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Strings

Ellen Grafius
Applied Instructor - Harp
B.M.E., 1970, Michigan State University
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Mark Mathias
Applied Instructor - Double Bass
M.F.A. Eastern Michigan University
B.M. The University of Michigan
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Daniel Palmer
Applied Instructor - Guitar, Guitar Ensemble
M.M. 2013, University of Toledo;
B.A. in Music Performance, 2011, Albion College
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Dr. Ji Hyun Kim
Visiting Assistant Professor - Violin/viola and Orchestra
D.M.A. (contemporary music performance and music therapy) Michigan State University
M.M. Michigan State University
B.M. (violin performance) Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Australia

Winds and Percussion

Dr. Cynthia Duda
Applied Instructor - Bassoon
D.M.A. Bassoon Performance, Michigan State University
M.M. Music History/Literature, The University of Akron
M.M. Bassoon Performance, Western Michigan University
B.M.E. Music Education, Bowling Green State University
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Dr. Matthew Kay
Applied Instructor - Trumpet
D.M.A. 2017 Michigan State University
M.M. 2009, Houghton College
Post Graduate Diploma in Music Performance, 2005, University of Salford
Post Graduate Certificate in Education, 1999, University of Leeds
B.M., 1996, University of Huddersfield
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Dr. Marissa Olin
Applied Instructor - Flute, Flute Ensemble, Woodwind Teaching and Techniques
D.M.A. Michigan State University
M.M. Michigan State University
B.M. Lawrence University Conservatory of Music
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James Otto
Applied Instructor - Horn, Brass Teaching and Techniques
M.M. in Brass Winds Performance, University of Michigan;
B.M. in Music Education, University of Michigan
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Gabriel Renteria
Applied Instructor - Oboe, Reed-making Class
D.M.A. 2006, Colburn Conservatory;
M.M. 2006, University of Washington;
B.M. Oberlin Conservatory
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Voice

Dr. Maureen Balke
Professor - Voice
D.M. Indiana University, 1991;
B.A. Marquette University, 1974, B.M. 1978, M.M. 1980
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Robert Doyle
Applied Iinstructor - Voice
M.M. candidate in organ and church music, University of Michigan;
M.M. 1992, University of Texas, Austin;
B.M. 1985, Michigan State University
Certified at Level 3 in Somatic Voicework(sm) - The LoVetri Method
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Elise Eden
Applied Instructor - Voice
D.M.A. in progress, University of Michigan
M.M. 2018, University of Michigan
B.M. 2016, Oakland University
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Music Education

Robert Livingston
Brass Teaching and Techniques
M.M. in Wind Conducting 1998, Michigan State University
B.M. 1979, Northern Michigan University
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Dr. Clayton Parr
Secondary Choral Music Education
D.M.A. in Choral Conducting, 1990, Michigan State University;
M.M. in Voice Performance, 1989, Michigan State University;
M.M. in Choral Conducting, 1987, Michigan State University;
B.A. 1980, Albion College
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Stacey Root
Elementary Music Education
M.A. in Music Education, 2010, Michigan State University
B.A. in Music Education, 2002, Michigan State University
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Faculty Emeriti


Dr. James Ball
Professor Emeriti
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Dr. Samuel McIlhagga

Professor Emeriti
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