Exceptional teachers, mentors, artists and scholars

The Music Program's Faculty offer outstanding guidance and training to aspiring instrumentalists, singers and educators. Our distinguished instructors promote understanding and encourage creative thinking to prepare students for careers as teachers and performers.



Charles Effler, Opera Theatre

Paul Frechou, Associate Director of Bands, Director of Athletic Bands, jazz ensemble

Glen J. Hemberger, Director of Bands, Instrumental Area Coordinator

Patrick Kerber, guitar ensemble

John Madere, jazz ensemble

Brian Martinez, director, Northshore Choral Society

Alissa Mercurio Rowe, Vocal Area Coordinator, Southeastern Concert Choir

Yakov Voldman, Chamber Orchestra


Paul Frechou, instrumental education

Glen J. Hemberger, conducting

Alissa Mercurio Rowe, conducting

Fundamentals & Music Appreciation

Kari Besharse, introduction to music

Victor Drescher, introduction to music

Kimberly Gedde, fundamentals of music

Brian Hanson, introduction to music

David Johansen, introduction to music

John Madere, introduction to music

Logan Place, introduction to music

Michael Ruybalid, fundamentals of music

Everette Smith, fundamentals of music


Brian Hanson, classical guitar

Patrick Kerber, classical guitar


Kevin Estoque

Guy Gautreaux


Rebecca Belleo, group piano

Kenneth Boulton, applied piano & Interim Department Head

Vasil Cvetkov, applied piano & group piano

Irina Cunev, staff accompanist

Charles Effler, staff accompanist

Henry Jones, applied piano

Raisa Voldman, staff accompanist


Daniel Cassin, cello

Zorica Dimova, viola & violin

Jivka Jeleva, viola & Community Music School

John Madere, double bass

Yakov Voldman, violin

Theory, Composition, & History

Kari Besharse, theory & composition

Vasil Cvetkov, theory

Charles Effler, theory

Henry Jones, theory

Philip Schuessler, theory & composition

Stephen Suber, theory, composition, & music history


Suzanne Buerkle, flute

Victor Drescher, clarinet

Kimberly Gedde, saxophone

Everette Scott Smith, oboe

Jerry Voorhees, bassoon


Kristen Marchiafava, soprano

Joy Ratliff, mezzo-soprano

Alissa Mercurio Rowe, soprano & Vocal Area Coordinator

Stephen Rushing, baritone

Kay Schepker, mezzo-soprano


Amanda Klipsch, technical director

Paige Hall, University Bands administrative assistant, Lionettes

Shuwanda Harrison, department administrative assistant



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