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Luke Abruzzo

Associate Teaching Professor, Music Program Director

215.571.3528
laa24@drexel.edu

Biography

Luke Abruzzo received his M.M. in jazz studies from Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts in 1998, and a B.A. in music from the University of Pittsburgh in 1996. He is currently a full-time auxiliary instructor of music at Drexel University teaching music theory, composition and arranging, as well as guitar. Luke Abruzzo resides in the Philadelphia area and maintains an active career as a freelance guitarist and composer.

He is nationally recognized for his jazz big-band arrangements and original compositions. His work has been performed at jazz festivals in Colorado, California, and Philadelphia as well as at national conferences for the College Music Society. Locally, Luke Abruzzo is the staff arranger for Up Front, a Philadelphia based big-band. He has also brought his music to Drexel University through a series of commissions by the Drexel University Keyboard Ensemble. In the spring of 2008 he premiered his first piece for concert band, “Reflections of Prague”, written exclusively for the Drexel University Concert Band.

In December of 2008, with his band Up Front, some of Luke Abruzzo’s arrangements will be featured in a live radio broadcast in Philadelphia. He is currently working on another commissioned piece for the Drexel University Keyboard Ensemble, planning to be premiered in 2009. Also premiering in spring of 2009 is a concert band arrangement of Astor Piazzolla’s “Libertango”, to be performed by the Drexel University Concert band.

Luke Abruzzo is an active member of the College Music Society, National Association of Music Education, and the Society of composers.

Stephanie Abruzzo

Adjunct Instructor

Mark Andrews

Mandell Theater Technical Director

215.895.6444
mha27@drexel.edu

Biography

Mark H. Andrews

Mark came to Drexel in 2006 after working with Philadelphia Theatre Company as their Props Master and Light Board Operator. He is a Co-Founder and the Director of Marketing for Azuka Theatre in Philadelphia. He has over 15 years experience in theater production, marketing and administration working on close to 100 productions with 20 world premiere productions including Adrift in Macao by Christopher Durang, A Picasso by Jeffrey Hatcher and Barbra’s Wedding by Daniel Stern. Mark has worked in various capacities with Arden Theatre Company, Wilma Theater, Lantern Theater Company, Pig Iron Theatre Company, Prince Music Theater and many more.

Nick Anselmo

Associate Teaching Professor, Theatre Program Director, Mandell Professionals in Residence Project Director

215.895.1920
nma28@drexel.edu

Biography

Nick Anselmo teaches acting and is the Director of the Mandell Professionals in Residence Project (MPiRP). He came to Drexel from Mercer County Community College (MCCC) where he was the head of the theatre and dance programs for over five years. He created the successful Late Night Series (LNS) at MCCC over six years ago and opened LNS-Philly three years ago upon arriving at Drexel. LNS is a free weekly open mike that features professional artists performing alongside students. He was the Artistic Associate / Education Director of the Passage Theatre Company in Trenton, New Jersey, where he ran a successful replication of New York’s 52nd Street Project. He has directed several productions including his own adaptation of letters from soldiers fighting in Vietnam for a show called Vietnam: Letters and Remembrances, for which he also composed the music. As an actor Nick has appeared Off-Broadway at the York and Ensemble Studio Theaters and was a member of The Pulse Ensemble on 42nd Street in New York City. A few of the theaters he has appeared at regionally include The Williamstown Theater Festival, Walnut Street Theater, Asolo Theatre, Arkansas Repertory and Mill Mountain Theater. He has studied acting with Uta Hagen, Robert Cohen and Eli Simon and Shakespeare with John Basil. He studied dance with Buzz Miller, Chris Chadman, Bob Rizzo and Florence Lessing. He has an MFA in Musical Theater from University of California-Irvine and a certificate in Arts Administration from NYU.

Scott D. Bacon

Associate Teaching Professor, All-College Choir Director

215.895.4915
sdb33@drexel.edu

Biography

Scott D. Bacon is the Ensemble Coordinator and an Associate Teaching Professor in Music at Drexel University. Mr. Bacon teaches courses in Rock Music, American Popular Music, Percussion, Introduction to Music, and a course on the Music of The Beatles. He also conducts The All College Choir.

Prior to joining Drexel University, Mr. Bacon taught choral music for 10 years in Maryland and Pennsylvania.  His high school choirs traveled extensively and received excellent and superior ratings at festivals in the United States and Canada. He was twice nominated to Who’s Who of American High School Teachers. Mr. Bacon is also active as an adjudicator for Choral ensembles.

Mr. Bacon received his Master of Science in Higher Education from Drexel University in September of 2008 and his Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Elizabethtown College in 1992. Mr. Bacon is also the faculty advisor for Pi Nu Epsilon, an honorary student performing arts fraternity at Drexel, and the Cleftomaniacs - a mixed voice acapella group. He also conducts a church choir in his home town of Lititz, Pa.

Karen Banos

Adjunct Instructor, Chamber Music Strings Ensemble Director

215-895-2451
kmb53@drexel.edu

Biography

Karen is violin and viola instructor at Drexel University. She attended Carnegie-Mellon University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the New School of Music, where she studied with Jascha Brodsky. She also studied with Sally Thomas at the Meadowmount School for Strings, and had additional chamber music studies with Charles Castleman at the Quartet Program.

Karen is currently a member of the orchestras of the Pennsylvania Ballet, the Opera Company of Philadelphia, the Key West Symphony and the Philly Pops. She toured with the NYC Opera, National Company, and is also currently a regular substitute for Broadway musicals. She is a founding member and first violinist of the Rittenhouse String Quartet, and spends her summers playing with the Lake George Opera Company in Saratoga Springs, NY and the Endless Mountain Music Festival in Wellsboro, PA.

Committed to the education of the underprivileged, Karen has worked for the Institute for Arts in Education (trained by the Lincoln Center Teaching Artists) as well as the PA Arts in Education Partnership. These residencies in the city schools of Philadelphia provide music education to students who attend schools that no longer offer general music

In addition to classical performing, Karen has enjoyed performing with headlining stars like Bob Hope, Tony Bennett, Vic Damone, Dionne Warwick, Burt Bacharach and Bernadette Peters, to name a few. She has performed with the Trans Siberian Orchestra, and on Broadway has played in the pits for Secret Garden, Tommy, Ragtime, Boy from Oz, and West Side Story.

Mark Beecher

Adjunct Instructor, Percussion Ensemble Director

215.895.2451
meb26@drexel.edu

Biography

Mark Beecher has over 30 years experience, playing and teaching worldwide. Mark attended Widener University, where he performed & toured with their Jazz Ensemble, directed by Woody Herman alumnus, John Vanore. Mark studied with Latin percussion masters Frankie Malabe and Jose Luis 'Changuito' Quintana, African drumming master Oscar Sulley, Eastern Indian drumming master T.N. Bala, and Frank Zappa drummers, Chad Wackerman & Chester Thompson.

Mark has recorded over 30 albums with a variety of artists, is a voting member of the GRAMMYs (Recording Academy), has authored a number of published works, including 'The Rudimental Percussionist' and the book, 'I.A.R.P. Rudimental Solos,' as well as his own instructional DVD, 'The Art of Ancient Rudimental Drumming,' which has been endorsed by members of the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Pittsburgh Symphony.

As a drum & percussion instructor with over 30 years experience, Mark has taught award-winning high school bands and drum corps, including the Independence Fife & Drum Corps, Valley Forge Military Academy Field Music and the Washington Memorial Pipe Band (of which he is the current Drum Sgt) and has conducted a number of Drumming & Percussion clinics and seminars with the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA).

He is a member of the Percussive Arts Society, The Company of Fifers & Drummers and is the President of The National Association of Rudimental Drummers (NARD) - originally founded in 1933 and sponsored by the Ludwig Drum Company.

Mark Beecher is an endorser for Ludwig Drums, Evans Drumheads & Vic Firth Drumsticks

Angela Bilger

Adjunct Instructor

215.895.2451
arc74@drexel.edu

Biography

French hornist Angela Cordell Bilger enjoys a freelance career as a chamber musician, orchestral player, and educator, primarily in the Philadelphia and New York City areas. She plays frequently with the Philadelphia Orchestra where she spent the 2008-2009 season as Acting Fourth Horn, with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. She has performed with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players, Columbia Sinfonietta, Imani Winds, Zephyros Winds, at Bargemusic, and in many Broadway shows. Ms. Bilger spent several summers at the Marlboro Music Festival and toured with Musicians from Marlboro. With the Central Park Brass and Ariel Winds, she was active in performing outreach concerts for children in schools and in hospitals. Born in Jacksonville, Florida, she received her bachelor’s degree from Florida State University. She then attended The Juilliard School where she received her master’s degree studying with Jerome Ashby and studied independently with Julie Landsman and Michelle Baker of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.

Bobbi Block

Adjunct Instructor

215.895.2451
bobbi.block@drexel.edu

Biography

Bobbi Block is the former Artistic Director of ComedySportz Philadelphia, where she has taught and performed improv for 16 years. In addition, Bobbi has taught improv at The University of the Arts, Villanova University, The Wharton School, Bucks County Community College, the Wilma Theatre, and the Walnut Street Theatre.

She has performed for nine years with the longform improv group LunchLady Doris, and performs with the interdisciplinary improv company Playback Philadelphia.

Bobbi has a Masters Degree in Theatre and has trained in Chicago at the i.O. Theater (formerly ImprovOlympic) and the Annoyance Theatre. She has taken classes and workshops with Joe Bill, Keith Johnstone, the Second City’s Michael Gellman, Mick Napier, Burn Manhattan, Susan Messing, and countless others.

Damon Bonetti

Adjunct Instructor

215.895.2451
damon.c.bonetti@drexel.edu

Biography

Damon Bonetti is a Philadelphia based actor, director and teacher. He has performed and directed at many theaters in the Philly area and was nominated for a Barrymore Award for his performance as David in Orange Flower Water for Luna Theater Company. Damon is the Co-Founding Artistic Director of the Philadelphia Artists' Collective. The PAC is dedicated to producing rarely performed classic plays in site-specific locations. He played Duke Ferdinand in their critically acclaimed inaugural production of The Duchess of Malfi and Gustav in the 2012 Philly Fringe hit, Creditors. He directed Pierre de Marivaux's Changes of Heart (The Double Inconstancy) in Spring 2012 and Eugene O'Neill's Sea Plays on board Philly's Tall Ship Gazela for the 2013 Philadelphia FringeArts Festival.

He has appeared in many commercials and films and is an adjunct professor at Rutgers University - Camden and Rowan University. He earned his MFA at the Florida State University/Asolo Conservatory. Please visit philartistcollective.org and damonbonetti.com for more info.  

Perry Brisbon

Adjunct Instructor

Wesley J. Broadnax

Assistant Professor, Director of Bands

215.895.6214
wjb46@drexel.edu

Biography

Wesley J. Broadnax is in his first year as Assistant Professor of Music & Director of Bands at Drexel University. His duties include conducting the Concert Band, Chamber Winds, and the Pep Band. Prior to Drexel, Dr. Broadnax served as Director of Bands/Instrumental Music Education on the faculties of the University of Delaware, California State University East Bay, and Michigan State University.

 

A native of Texas, Dr. Broadnax received his bachelor’s degree in music education from Stephen F. Austin State University and taught for several years in the Texas Public Schools. He received both the master’s and doctoral degrees in Wind Conducting from Michigan State University. While at Michigan State University, he was a regular performer on bass trombone and euphonium, where he was a member of the West Shore Symphony, Greater Lansing Symphony, Grand Rapids Symphony, Jackson Symphony, Kalamazoo Symphony, and Midland Symphony, in addition to various chamber ensembles that included both the West Shore Symphony Brass Trio and Capitol Brass Quartet in Lansing. In California, he performed as bass trombonist with the Silicon Valley Symphony and Mission Chamber Orchestra. His conducting teachers include John L. Whitwell and Frank L. Battisti; his bass trombone/euphonium teachers have included Nathaniel Brickens, Curtis R. Olson, Philip Sinder, J. Mark Thompson, and William Young.

 

Dr. Broadnax maintains an active schedule as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator. He has conducted several All-State and honor bands both nationally and internationally, having most recently conducted throughout Central Italy in August 2012 (Bandas di Norcia e Bevagna), and has presented resident conducting seminars at Michigan State University, University of Alaska-Fairbanks, Indiana State University, Bemidji State University, and St. Ambrose University. He has served as guest conductor for both the 56th Annual Stanislaus County Junior High School Music Festival in Modesto, Calif., and the Fresno-Madera Counties Music Educators Association in Reedley, Calif. He adjudicated the Western Band Association Concert Band Festival in Atherton, Calif., and conducted the Rocky Mountain Honour Band in Calgary, Alberta (Canada). He is a strong advocate of new music and has won the praises of several composers, including Joseph Schwantner, David Maslanka, Michael Weinstein, Dana Wilson, Jere Hutcheson, Paul Barsom, Davide Zannoni, Lawrence Singer, Joel Puckett, Nicholas Vasallo, and Stephen Rush. He participated in the Pierre Boulez Symposium on 20th Century Contemporary Music at Carnegie Hall in New York City, the focal work being the composer’s Le Marteau Sans Matre, with members of Ensemble Intercontemporain. In the summer of 2002, Dr. Broadnax completed a four-week residency as a conducting fellow at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, where he co-conducted the Young Artists Wind Ensemble and Chamber Music Program with master teacher Frank L. Battisti. In addition, Dr. Broadnax served as guest conductor for the Greater Lansing Symphony Orchestra Children’s concert series in Spring 2005 titled The Circle of Life, as part of its Black History Celebration. He also served for three years as music director/conductor for the Lansing Concert Band, and two seasons for the Oakland Municipal Band (California). Scholarship & Research activities include presentations at the Conductors Guild National Conference (Chicago), Delaware Music Educators Association (Smyrna, DE), Schwantner Music Festival (Newark, DE), and published articles on a variety of topics related to music education—including a recent article titled Ensemble Intonation: Five Strategies for Long—Term Improvement for the School Band & Orchestra Magazine (SBO).

 

Dr. Broadnax holds professional membership with the Conductors Guild, College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA), California Music Educators Association (CMEA), Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association (MSBOA), and the International Trombone Association (ITA), and he is an honorary member of Kappa Kapp Psi, Tau Beta Sigma, Phi Mu Alpha and Pi Kappa Lambda organizations.

Lindsay Browning

Adjunct Instructor

Joshua Browns

Adjunct Instructor

Jonathan Bulack

Adjunct Instructor

Jim Bunting

Adjunct Instructor

215.895.2451
james.r.bunting@drexel.edu

Biography

Jim Bunting graduated from the University of the Arts in 1995, receiving his BFA in Dance. He then danced professionally with Koresh Dance Company for 9 years. Jim has been teaching dance for over 17 years and was the owner of Rittenhouse Dance Academy from 2000 to 2006. He has taught Master Classes at Philadelphia’s University of the Arts in both their Dance and Theater departments, at St. Bonaventure in New York, and at Colorado University in Colorado Springs.

In 1999, Jim was awarded the Pennsylvania Council for the Arts grant for Original Choreography. Jim choreographed for the Philadelphia Fringe Festival in 2004 and 2007, for the Pennsylvania Ballet at the Forrest Theatre, and for Shut Up and Dance in 2005. In addition, Jim teaches private and group classes in Salsa, Argentine Tango, and Tango Jazz.

Wanda Canfield

Adjunct Instructor, Keyboard Ensemble Director

215.895.2451
wanda.l.canfield@drexel.edu

Biography

Wanda Canfield is a graduate of Temple University with a Master of Music in Composition and a Bachelor of Music in Composition and Piano. She is a performer, songwriter and arranger. She is also a church pianist, and accompanies vocalists, instrumentalists, and choirs.

Wanda Canfield is founder and director of the Drexel University Keyboard Ensemble, and she teaches class piano, private lessons, and piano improvisation. She has taught at Drexel since 1995 and is also piano faculty at Cabrini College.

Dom Chacon

Adjunct Instructor

215.895.2451
jose-antonio.d.chacon@drexel.edu

Biography

J. Dominic Chacon

Dominic was born and raised in the Midwest. He is a native of Dixon Illinois and attended the University of Iowa where he received is Bachelors of Fine Arts in Lighting and Sound design. He began his career in Philadelphia as an Arden Theatre Company Professional Apprentice. He fell in love with Philadelphia and has not left. He attended Graduate School at Temple University where he received is Masters of Fine Arts in Theatre Design. Along with teaching at Drexel University he is also the resident Lighting Designer for Drexel Dance Ensemble and the new Fresh Dance. He has designed for Theatre, Dance and Opera for the past 10 years.

KC Chun-Manning

Adjunct Instructor

303.807.7973
klc357@drexel.edu

Biography

KC Chun-Manning received her MFA in Dance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2004, in conjunction with her AmSAT  certification as an Alexander Technique teacher.  Her professional performing credits include the choreography of such artists as kim olson/sweet edge, Maedée Duprès, Sara Hook, Cynthia Oliver and Susan Rethorst. She serves on the dance faculty at Drexel and Temple Universities, as well as at the Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training teaching the Alexander Technique. Guest artist and speaking positions include Bryn Mawr College, West Chester University, nEW Festival, Trinity College, Denver University, Bucknell University, the Cancer Support Center of Philadelphia and for breast-feeding moms at the North Suburban Hospital in Colorado.

Since 2005, Fresh Blood has been the repository for KC Chun-Manning’s artistic collaboration with Jennifer Schmermund, who shared a mutual penchant for mischievous whimsy, interplay and mining the simultaneously untamed and heroic stories we carry within.  Preserving this collaborative sensibility, Fresh Blood continued with Ms. Chun-Manning from Brooklyn to Colorado to now Philadelphia, where the work more specifically explores the body as an ever shifting continuum of entanglement, flight, rebound and interconnectivity with others.  

These inquiries into how the stories we carry manifest themselves in the choices we make led to her most recent collaboration with the Pasión y Arte Flamenco Co. for the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA) in 2013 at the Fleisher Art Memorial, as well as her solo research project, Residue, that invited four choreographers to find a methodology of transmitting the “grit” of who they are onto her body, and ultimately create a new work.  These solos were presented at Bucknell University, Trinity College, and at Spoke the Hub Dancing.  Additionally, Fresh Blood has been produced at such venues as the Cool New York Dance Festival, Philadelphia Fringe Festival, the University of Colorado at Boulder, Aspen Dance Connection, the Packing House Center for the Arts, the Dairy Center for the Arts, the Brooklyn Arts Exchange, the Merce Cunningham Studio and the DUMBO Dance Festival.

Nicholas Coffman

Administrative Assistant

215.895.2451
nlc59@drexel.edu

Antoinette M. Coward-Gilmore

Adjunct Assistant Professor

215.895.2451
antoinette.michelle.coward-gilmore@drexel.edu

Biography

Antoinette M. Coward-Gilmore is the Founder, CEO and Artistic Director of Danse4Nia Repertory Ensemble. She holds a BFA from University of the Arts & an MA from New York University both in Dance Education and Performance. Coward-Gilmore is a founding company member of Eleone Dance Theatre (Phila. PA.), former member of Forces of Nature Dance Theatre Company (NY.) and Rod Rodgers Dance Company (NY.). As an established choreographer, Coward-Gilmore's works have been seen on such stages as Aaron Davis Hall, New Victory Black Box, Kimmel Center, Strayhorn Theatre and the Prince Music Theatre just to name a few. Currently,Coward-Gilmore is a newly appointed adjunct instructor at Drexel University and the Director of Dance at The MLK Talent Center, a Philadelphia School Board initiative.

Susan Deutsch

Adjunct Instructor

215.895.2451
susan.e.deutsch@drexel.edu

Biography

Susan Deutsch has danced professionally for over 30 years, including work with Wimmer, Wimmer and Dancers and South Street Dance Company. She was the movement coach/rehearsal director for several Philadelphia companies and has taught modern dance in the city since 1980.

For the past 23 years Susan has been a somatic movement educator. She was Certified at the Laban Institute of Movement Studies in 1987 and is currently working on her level 3 Franklin Method Certification. She loves to help people deepen their own embodiment skills and gain insights into movement that will help them move with ease and clarity.

She has a private practice working with a diverse group of clientele ranging from dancers to individuals with physical and cognitive disabilities, and also people recovering from physical injuries. Along with her Laban and Franklin training, Susan brings Feldendkrais and Zero Balancing to each session.

Brian Dilts

Adjunct Instructor

215.895.2451
bdilts76@drexel.edu

Biography

Brian Dilts is an instructor of piano and music theory, and chief accompanist for the Vocal Department at Drexel University. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from West Chester University, and a Master of Music in Piano Pedagogy from Temple University.

He has taught throughout the region, including at Settlement Music School and Haddonfield School Of Music. He has taught at Drexel University since 2006.

His performance career includes recitals as a soloist and vocal accompanist, in Philadelphia and the surrounding area, as well as appearances in New York and Oxford, England.

Mr. Dilts is also an active singer/songwriter. He has performed in that capacity all over the region, including Drexel's Mandell Theatre, Milkboy Coffee, and Steel City Coffeehouse. He has produced two albums of his own material, the latest an EP called 'After The Dawn'

Helene Engel

Department Administrator

215.571.4440
hbe25@drexel.edu

Rosalind Erwin

Adjunct Instructor, University Orchestra Director

215.895.2451
rme49@drexel.edu

Biography

A flexible, creative and highly accomplished conductor, Rosalind Erwin is welcome on podiums both in the USA and abroad. Her credentials include performances with the Sofia Philharmonoc in Bulgaria; in concert under the auspices of NATO in Zagreb, Croatia; performances in Western Europe; and at home where, in six years, she built a fledgling regional orchestra in the suburbs of Philadelphia to one attarcting international attention, record executives and European solo artists.

Rosalind Erwin received her Bachelor's Degree in Clarinet Performance from the New School of Music in Philadelphia where she received an NEA Fellowship, and her Masters in Performance from Esther Boyer College of Music at Temple University where she studied with Anthony Gigliotti, Principal Clarinet of the Philadelphia Orchestra and was appointed Resident Conductor of the Composition Department. Rosalind Erwin is an accomplished instrumental performer, having appeared as clarinet soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony and having performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra. She has studied with and been mentored by some of the great names in the conducting world, including Loren Maazel, Riccardo Muti, Leonard Slatkin and David Zinman. She has been honored by the Leopold Stokowsky Memorial Conducting Competition sponsored by the Rittenhouse Square Women’s Committee of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Rosalind Erwin was the founder and creative force behind Musica 2000 – The Symphony Orchestra (2000 - 2005). Erwin commissioned works by emerging American composers, presenting world premieres both in the USA and abroad. Unique to Musica 2000, Erwin developed effective educational outreach programs, introducing not only instruments and music styles, but also involving students in the art of composition .

During her tenure as Music Director of the Pottstown Symphony Orchestra, Rosalind Erwin elevated this regional orchestra to exceptional artistic heights, expanded educational outreach,  and brought contemporary music into the mainstream of concert programming. Among other works, Erwin commissioned and premiered the overture simple by Guggenheim Fellow and internationally respected composer, Robert Maggio; Alabanza by Philadelphia composer Kile Smith; and conducted the regional premiere of Joan Tower’s ASOL/Ford Foundation commissioned work, Made in America. Beginning in 2005, Erwin and the Orchestra’s concerts were regularly rebroadcast on Philadelphia NPR station WHYY’s Symphony Space. During Erwin’s tenure the PSO was offered a rare recording opportunity with American independent label Newport Classics. Her guest conducting engagements have included orchestras in Portugal, the Czech Republic and Bulgaria, as well as throughout the USA. She was featured conductor in 2003 during American Music Week with the Sophia Philharmonic in Bulgaria. In 2009 Erwin guest conducted Sinfonijski orkestar Hvratska vojske, performing the Croatian premier of David Gillinghams’ Marimba Concerto No. 2 with renowned soloist Ivana Bilic.

Rosalind Erwin has been highly acclaimed as a conductor and educator by the legendary composer and author Samuel Adler of the Eastman School of Music. Erwin has been invited by Pennsylvania and New Jersey Music Educator Associations to guest conduct All-State, Regional and District Festival Orchestras to great acclaim. Erwin is the former Music Director and Conductor of the Delaware County Youth Orchestra, Luzerne Music Center Orchestras and Settlement Music School Advanced Studies Chamber Orchestra and Ensemble, with which she performed at The Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, and Independent Study Proffesor of Conducting at The College of New Jersey. Erwin has served as guest lecturer for Arcadia University's Community Scholars program, and Guest Lecturer and Celebrity Guest for the Philadelphia Orchestra Lecture/Luncheon Series.

During the summers Rosalind Erwin serves as Symphony Program Ensemble Director  and Lecturer for the Philadelphia International Music Festival, Philadelphia Principal Second Violinist Kimberly Fischer, Founder and Artistic Director, and staffed by members of The Philadelphia Orchestra. In conjunction with C&K Artists management, Erwin has created and implemented Music ad hoc, a complete performance package successfully used by non-profit organizations as a major fund raising tool.

Clyde Evans, Jr.

Adjunct Instructor

215.895.2451
clyde.evansjr@drexel.edu

Biography

Clyde Evans, Jr. began dancing Hip-Hop at 11 years old. Originally from Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, Evans immigrated to the United States in the early 80’s where he began to learn how to Break dance. It was the Hip-Hop phenomenon of “Breakin” that inspired him to dance and allowed him to fit in to the American culture. His circle of friends encouraged him to dance on a popular kid’s television program, Dance Party USA where he met Rennie Harris, who is one of the pioneers of Hip-Hop Dance Theater. In 1991, Evans became a founding member and lead dancer in Harris’ company. Then in 2001 began Chosen Dance Company. His purpose in forming Chosen dance is a direct result to his faith in God and the belief of presenting Hip-Hop in a way that loves, is responsible, constructive and uplifting to its audience. This attitude has allowed him to teach and perform Hip-Hop all over the world, appear in movies and videos with renowned celebrities Robert Redford, Jill Scott, Bruce Willis, Will Smith, Brad Pitt and most recently M. Night Shyamalan. It has also afforded him the opportunity to perform in events like the ESPN X-Games, appear in NFL Super Bowl commercials, 106 & Park for BET, tours for Sunny D, etc. From the summer intensive dance program at Bates College, recreational centers in the inner city to America’s Best Dance Crew, Evans continues to teach Hip-Hop at all levels throughout Philadelphia and now at Wesleyan and Drexel Universities on the East Coast. As his opportunities increase, Evans desires to utilize technology with dance across genres of performance art.

Chris Farrell

Adjunct Instructor

215.895.2451
cbf27@drexel.edu

John Faye

Adjunct Instructor

215.895.2451
john.k.faye@drexel.edu

Bill Fennelly

Assistant Professor

215.895.2529
wjf35@drexel.edu

Biography

Mr. Fennelly's work has been seen on Broadway, Off Broadway and regionally. Bill was the original Assistant Director on the creation of the TONY Award winning Jersey Boys, was the Resident Director for the Broadway First National Tour of Disney’s award-winning The Lion King, was the Associate Director for the world premiere musical The Gershwins' Fascinating Rhythm, which began its life at Hartford Stage Company and then moved to Broadway which featured: Sara Ramirez, Patrick Wilson, Adrienne Lennox, Liz Calloway, Beth Leavel, Mary Bond Davis, Michael Berresse, and Orfeh; he was also the Assistant Director to Sir Alan Ayckbourn on the U.S. premiere of Mr. Ayckbourn’s and Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new musical By Jeeves. Bill spent four seasons as a staff director with New York City Opera at Lincoln Center where he worked on over thirteen new productions including the Glimmerglass World Premiere, the NYC Premiere and the EMMY nominated PBS Great Performances Telecast of Central Park by Terrence McNally, Robert Beaser, Wendy Wasserstein, Deborah Drattell, Michael Torke and A.R. Gurney. Additionally, Bill directed the world premiere and Off Broadway production of Frankenstein the musical, which featured Hunter Foster, Steve Blanchard and Chrisitiane Noll.

Bill was awarded the prestigious Phil Killian Directing Fellowship at Oregon Shakespeare Festival. His work has been seen in NYC at The Roundabout and Playwrights Horizons as well as Lincoln Center and regionally at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Dallas Theatre Center, Syracuse Stage, Portland Center Stage, Hartford Stage Company, Goodspeed Opera House, Actors Express, Fords Theatre, Walnut Street Theatre, The 2006 Cultural Olympic Festival at The Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, Arizona Theatre Company, Glimmerglass Opera, Chicago Opera Theatre and TheatreWorks in Palo Alto. He served as Producing Artistic Director at Actor's Express in Atlanta Georgia, Associate Producing Artistic Director of the TONY honored The Acting Company in NYC, and as an Assistant Artistic Director at Cirque du Soleil in Montreal, Chicago and New York City.

Bill was recently the director for the creation of the new musical Fly By Night, which played to rave reviews in its world premiere at TheatreWorks in Palo Alto, where he earned a Bay Area Critics Award nomination for Best Director of a musical, as well as its subsequent production at Dallas Theatre Center where Bill was awarded the Dallas Column Award, for Best Director of a musical. Bill was also awarded the New York S.A.L.T. Award for Director of the Year and Production of the Year for his production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Syracuse Stage. Bill’s recent production of Herringbone starring Ben Dibble was a Barrymore recommended production at Flashpoint Theatre. Bill’s work as a director has also earned the California K.P.B.S. Patte Award, The San Diego Playbill Award and the Moss Hart Award by the New England Theatre Conference.

Bill began his teaching career, immediately upon the completion of his undergraduate studies at the Hartt School of Music at University of Hartford. He taught Acting, Text Analysis and Movement in the Graduate Opera Department at the Hartt School. This opportunity ignited his passion for teaching and artist development. His work as a teacher lead him to The Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts where he taught Acting, Musical Theatre Performance and Text Analysis; University of California San Diego where he taught Acting and Directing; Indiana State University where he taught master-classes in Acting and integrated Viewpoints/Laban; Dartmouth College where he taught master-classes in Acting and integrated Viewpoints/Laban technique; Actors Express where he taught Acting, Joint Stock and Directing, N.Y.U. where he has worked as a mentor, dramaturg and director on many thesis musicals in the Graduate Music Theatre Writing Department, and most recently to Juilliard where he was a master teacher for the Juilliard summer Shakespeare institute. Bill is thrilled to be a part of the Drexel University team where his passion for language and artist development continues to develop into the nationally recognized technique called Exacting.

Bill earned a contracted B.M. in Music Theatre Performance, Directing and Dramatic Writing from the Hartt School at The University of Hartford and his M.F.A. in directing from University of California San Diego. 


Dennis Fortune

Adjunct Instructor

215.895.2451
dennis.h.fortune@drexel.edu

Biography

Dennis Fortune, adjunct professor of music at Drexel University has been teaching and performing in the Philadelphia area of over 35 years. He holds a B.A. degree from Dickinson College and is currently the musical director for the group FVC. He has traveled extensively throughout the US and the world performing with such artists as Jean Carne, Esther Satterfield, Charles Fambrough, Billy Paul and numerous others. He is the recipient of the Delaware Division of the Arts Fellowship for jazz composition. He currently has released four CD's and produced projects for many other artists. He composed the music for the WHYY television special 'Four Presidents the Great American Clean Up' and the Delaware production of 'The Four Poster' starring Jasmine Guy and Keith David.

Eve Friedman

Adjunct Instructor, Chamber Music Wind Ensemble Director

215.895.2451
eaf79@drexel.edu

Gerre Garrett

Adjunct Instructor

215.895.2451
gerre.m.garrett@drexel.edu

Biography

Gerre Garrett holds an MA in Theatre from Villanova University and a BA in English from Saint Joseph University. She teaches Acting and Sketch Comedy and has directed Drexel Players' main stage and studio productions. She writes and performs for the Philadelphia-based sketch comedy troupe, The Waitstaff (www.thewaitstaff.com). Additionally, Gerre is a creative dramatics specialist, a Teaching Artist for Philadelphia Young Playwrights, and an adjunct instructor of theater at Cabrini College. Her voice is heard locally in industrial films and commercials, and nationally on two television series for the Discovery Network. She has appeared on numerous stages in and around Philadelphia. Performance credits include Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge, Misery, Dancing at Lughnasa, and One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest.

Miriam Giguere

Department Head of Performing Arts, Dance Ensemble and FreshDance Director

215.895.4914
mgg22@drexel.edu

Biography

Miriam Giguere holds a BA in psychology and an MS in Education from the University of Pennsylvania and a PhD in dance from Temple University.  Dr. Giguere has directed the dance program at Drexel University since 1992.  Before coming to Drexel, Dr. Giguere performed and toured nationally and internationally with professional modern dance companies Ann Vachon / Dance Conduit, South Street Dance Company, Body Language Dance Company, and Terry Beck Troupe.  Dr. Giguere is a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts fellowship recipient and frequent Artist in Residence for Philadelphia and surrounding area public schools.  A frequent presenter on the integration of dance into academic curriculum at universities and national conferences, her research has been published in Arts Education Policy Review, Journal of Dance Education, Selected Dance Research, Vol 6, and Arts & Learning Journal.  She has forthcoming articles in Research in Dance Education and the International Journal of Education and the Arts. Dr. Giguere is the 2009 recipient of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Arts and Learning Special Interest Group national dissertation award. She was the keynote speaker for Dance Education Conference 2010 in Singapore and an adjudicator for the 2011 Singapore Youth Festival. Dr. Giguere’s textbook Beginning Modern Dance, published by Human Kinetics, will be available December 1, 2013.

Nan Gilbert

Mandell Theater Manager

215.895.2528
nrg29@drexel.edu

Biography

Nan Gilbert has worked in theater and arts management for over 35 years.  Prior to her position as the Manager of the Mandell Theater, Nan was the Managing Director for Jeanne Ruddy Dance.  Nan held the position of Assistant Director/Senior Lecturer for the School of Theater Arts at the University of the Arts for 6 years. She has been  Presenter/Coordinator of the Bryn Mawr College Performing Arts Series, Assistant Director of the South Jersey Performing Arts Center, and Managing Director of FrankfordStyle, an inner city community arts center.  

Nan was one of the original staff members during the first four seasons of the American Music Theater Festival, now the Prince Music Theater. During her years working for DMK Productions, Nan produced business theater and corporate special events, murder mystery weekends, coordinated the production for the Relache Ensemble, and worked as Talent Coordinator/Assistant Producer for the Lecture Series at the Free Library of Philadelphia. In addition, Nan has held positions at WHYY-FM, WHYY-TV and WCAU-TV as an associate producer for public service and children’s programming.  Nan is a graduate of Emerson College’s Theater Program.

Matthew Gould

Adjunct Instructor

Joseph Hallman

Adjunct Instructor

215.895.2451
joseph.albert.hallman@drexel.edu

Biography

Joe Hallman serves as an adjunct faculty member at Drexel University, Composer-in-Residence at the Rosenbach Museum in Philadelphia, and Composer-in-Residence and Assistant Director of Festivals for the Traverse Arts Project. He has been an active Art s& Culture writer for over 10 years and writes for Philly2Philly.com. In addition to teaching a studio of young composers, he has been invited to give master classes and lectures at home and abroad.

Hallman’s recently completed series of chamber concerti were composed for members of the Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, and Cleveland Orchestra.

A longtime collaboration with American cellist Alisa Weilerstein, led to the 2010premiere of Joe’s newest Cello Concerto, with the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic in Russia. The recording of this work has now been released on iTunes and all other major digital distributors. This fall he will release three recordings, a piccolo sonata and two collections of works for solo piano. Hallman’s work with poets, in particular Jessica Hornik, has inspired works for voices and chamber ensembles. Of late he has been in cahoots with the English horn icon Thomas Stacy, of the New York Philharmonic, bassoonist Pascal Gallois, and organist Kevin Bowyer.

Hallman has also worked in the downtown New York music scene with the improv/experimental group ThingNY. His Suite for Boombox and Piano was composed for Kathy Supové, who premiered it at the Tribeca Music Festival. He has also collaborated with the poet and screenwriter Antwone Fisher. In chamber music, Hallman has worked with the Avian Ensemble and Chamber Music Now and this season will be working with the Linden Quartet, the 2009 Fischoff Competition grand-prize winners; Enhakē, the 2008 International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition winners; and several other wind and string chamber groups. His Alice, a ballet based on Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, will be premiered in San Diego in April 2010.

Valerie Ifill

Assistant Teaching Professor, Dance Program Director, Youth Performance Exchange Touring Ensemble Director

215.571.4443
vji24@drexel.edu

Biography

Valerie Ifill is a dance educator and researcher focused on the intersections of dance and the community. She approaches this work by leading process-based self-reflective workshops, researching neighborhoods to develop community dance programs/workshops, and creating interdisciplinary and site-specific performances for non-traditional dance audiences.

Ifill earned her Master of Fine Arts degree in Dance from the University of Oregon, completed the Independent Study Program at The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and earned her Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a Dance minor from Kent State University. Ifill’s written and studio-based research for the college dance student is based in sensory-driven improvisational work and the codified Horton technique. Ifill’s research or workshops have been presented at the South Carolina Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance conference, the American College Dance Association festivals, and National Dance Education Organization conferences.

She continues to perform and choreograph across the country with the TRANSForm Dance Collective and the FRESH dance series. Ifill is looking forward to building a dance program with the West Philadelphia community and the Dornsife Center.

 

 

 

Tania Isaac-Hyman

Assistant Teaching Professor

215.571.3527
tbi24@drexel.edu

Biography

Tania Isaac-Hyman is a Caribbean-American dancer/choreographer who fuses choreography with personal documentary and social commentary to grapples with identity, post-colonial issues, feminism and juxtapositions of European and African influences.  

She graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and received her MFA in dance from Temple University in 2000. Her most recent writing is included in Susanna Sloat’s anthology Making Caribbean Dance (University Press of Florida, 2010). Isaac is a former member of David Dorfman Dance, Urban Bush Women and Rennie Harris Puremovement. She has received grants from the Independence Foundation, Dance Advance, National Performance Network, Leeway Foundation, Harlem Stage Fund for New Work and is the recipient of a 2011 Pew Charitable Trusts Artists Fellowship.

She has been a speaker with the Pennsylvania Humanities Council creating presentations based on Contemporary Caribbean Dance in Historical and Social Context, which launched the PHC Speakers’ WHYY TV series. Her current work is described as a potentially groundbreaking exploration of creative method she calls the “Open Notebook“ a way of turning a room into a laboratory of investigation and participatory dance. The “Open Notebook” was developed and expanded through residencies at the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography in 2006 and 2009.  

Isaac has been faculty at Bates Dance Festival, Resident Artist at Painted Bride Art Center in Philadelphia, and a US/JAPAN Exchange Artist through Philadelphia Dance Projects, Dance Theater Workshop and the Japan Foundation. She has also taught and performed across the U.S.  She is a current MacDowell Fellow (2012). “I fell in love with the idea that moving could be intellectual practice in itself,” says Isaac. “I enjoy the messy, exhausting and challenging process of bringing things to life.”

Paul Jerue

Assistant Teaching Professor, URBN Center Black Box Theater Technical Director/Production Manager

215.571.4243
prj36@drexel.edu

Biography

With 10 years professional experience in the Philadelphia Theatre Community, Paul has joined Drexel University as Production Manager and Assistant Professor ofTheatre Production.  

Prior to coming to Drexel, Paul was Production Manager for Theatre Exile as well asScene Shop Manager for West Chester University. He also spent two years as the Assistant Master Electrician at Delaware Theatre Company and two years as the Associate Production Manager at the Prince Music Theatre.

Paul has worked extensively with Amaryllis Theatre Company, as both a ProductionManager and a Stage Manager facilitating productions that focused on accessibility in the arts. This includes a Shakespeare production that was co-produced with Gallaudet University and cast with both deaf and hearing actors and performed in English and AmericanSign Language.

Prior to moving to Philadelphia, Paul studied stage management at Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, RI. He holds a bachelors in Theatre and Electronic Media and Film from Towson University.

Bruce Kaminsky

Adjunct Instructor, Mediterranean Ensemble Director

215.895.2451
bk46@drexel.edu

Josh Lawrence

Adjunct Instructor

215.895.2451
joshua.d.lawrence@drexel.edu

Biography

Josh Lawrence is a jazz trumpeter, composer and bandleader living in Philadelphia where he is on faculty at the University of the Arts and Drexel University.

Lawrence has two solo albums to his name with a third slated to be released in the Fall of 2013. He has recorded with the likes of Erykah Badu and Boyz II Men and performs regularly with pianist Orrin Evan's critically-acclaimed Captain Black Big Band, saxophonist Bobby Zankel & The Warriors of the Wonderful Sound, guitarist Matt Davis' Aerial Photograph, bassist Anthony Tidd's PACT, singer Laurin Talese and the Shrine Big Band.

In late 2012, Lawrence was commissioned by the Painted Bride in Philadelphia with bassist Jason Fraticelli and drummer Anwar Marshall to compose and debut new music for a large ten-piece ensemble. The project was awarded a grant through the Pew Center's Philadelphia Music Project and a recording is currently in post-production. In early 2013, Lawrence was invited as an artist-in-residence to the Kimmel Center's Creative Music Program and debuted a new work for big band at the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts.

Lawrence is currently composing music for the documentary Love and Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere and continues to perform in Philadelphia and New York City.

Donald Leake

Adjunct Instructor

Lucinda Lea

Adjunct Instructor

215.895.2451
ll52@drexel.edu

Biography

Lucinda Lea has been teaching ballet at Drexel University since 2001. She trained at Boston Ballet under the direction of E.Virginia Williams, Indiana University, where she earned a BA in English, and Boston Repertory Ballet. She founded Ballet Arts Academy, Nashua, N.H., in 1975 and directed the school along with Ballet Arts Dance Ensemble, where she was also resident choreographer, until 1985. Upon moving to the west coast, she taught,choreographed and staged professional ballets for Westside Ballet Co. in Santa Monica, CA and South Bay Ballet in Torrence, CA. Since 1990 Ms. Lea has lived in Philadelphia and instructed at the PA Ballet Academy, Philadelphia Civic Ballet, and University City Arts League. At that time she became a certified Trager Practitioner/Movement Educator and currently has a private practice in Philadelphia. She also serves as a Tutor and introductory Workshop Leader for Trager International, helping train practitioners world wide.

Susan Lerner

Adjunct Instructor

Adrienne Mackay

Adjunct Instructor

215.895.2451
adrienne.m.mackey@drexel.edu

Biography

Adrienne Mackey is a director who creates original and compelling theater using the power of the human voice and the forms of the human body. Her theater work covers areas ranging from quantum physics (SURVIVE!), pop culture (Purr, Pull, Reign) American history (Owning Up to the Corn and The Ballad of Joe Hill), to Greek mythology (Echo), classic literature (The Master and Margarita at Mum Puppettheatre) and racial tensions within her hometown of Philadelphia (Recitatif, Philadelphia Live Arts Festival 2007). In Philadelphia in 2006-2007 she was awarded the CEC’s New Edge Residency in Theater. Adrienne is a classically trained soprano and her study of alternative use of voice work has taken her to France’s Roy Hart Voice Centre and to the Netherlands and Turkey with Stemmwerk Voice Theater. In 2008 she was awarded the Independence Foundation Fellowship to train in theater and voice with Roy Hart affiliated Pantheatre.

Marcie Mamura

Adjunct Instructor

215.895.2451
mmm434@drexel.edu

Biography

Marcie Mamura is an artist, educator, and collaborator from Sioux City, Iowa. She earned a BA in Theatre with Dance emphasis from Kansas State University and a MFA in Dance from the University of Oregon where she held a Graduate Teaching Fellowship from 2007-2010. Marcie’s work as a teaching artist in Philadelphia communities includes Girard College-Dream Camp, Asian Arts Initiative, CHI Movement Arts Center, Montgomery County Community College, and Drexel University. As a freelance artist, she’s performed works by artists Mina Estrada, Gabrielle Revlock, & Nicole Bindler. Her work has been presented in the InHale Performance Series, the 2011 Philly Fringe Festival (Philadelphia), TRANSForm Dance Collective Concerts (Charlotte, Minneapolis/St. Paul), Dance Chance 2013, & Creative Nests: Welcome to Our World, Vol. II (Chicago). She is a founding member of TRANSForm Dance Collective http://transformdancecollective.blogspot.com. Marcie is wildly curious about community practices and artful exchange.


Photography Credit: Shannon Knight (Eugene, OR)

Elizabeth McNamara

Adjunct Instructor

Brandon McShaffrey

Adjunct Instructor

Jennifer Morley

Assistant Teaching Professor, Pilates Director

215.895.2018
jsm76@drexel.edu

Biography

Jennifer Morley is an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Drexel University Dance program and the Creator/Director of both the Drexel Pilates Studio and the 450-hour Drexel Pilates training program. Her foundational background in somatic practices also include both a yoga certification and Pilates certifications from Romana Kryzanowska (Romana’s Pilates) and Karen Carlson (Pineland Pilates).

As the Director of Figments Dance, Jennifer has received multiple choreographic commissions, including setting work on the CitiArts Youth Dance Ensemble (Connecticut), the Community Dance Project in Lansing (Michigan). Figments was commissioned by the YMCA of greater New York to develop school based dance programs and performances for public elementary and middle schools. She spent two years teaching and performing the Figments work in New York and Connecticut.

Jennifer has been presenting her work independently since 2006 with performances in Philadelphia at the Painted Bride, The Community Education Center, the Adrienne Theatre, and the Conwell Dance Theatre, in New York at the Brooklyn Lyceum, the Evolving Arts Theatre (Dance New Amsterdam), St. Marks Church, Peridance Center, and throughout the country at venues including the Charter Oak Cultural Center in Hartford, and Happendance in Michigan.

She has recently completed a two year artist residency at Philadelphia’s Community Education Center and been the recipient of multiple New Stages for Dance grants through Dance USA Philadelphia and the Pew Center for Arts and Culture.

Jennifer’s performance background includes extensive work with Keith Thompson/ danceTactics, Olive Prince Dance, and Deborah Goffe’s Scapegoat Garden. Through danceTactics, Jennifer taught master classes at Duke University and at the American Dance Festival in North Carolina.

Jennifer has an BA in dance from Hofstra University, an MFA in dance from Temple University, and a diploma in dance from Laban Center London.

Shannon Murphy

Adjunct Instructor

Becky Oehlers

Adjunct Instructor

Roberto Pace

Adjunct Instructor

Steven Powell

Professor, Director of Choral Activities

215.895.4912
powellss@drexel.edu

Biography

Dr. Powell has built choral programs at five universities and a high school, taking his groups to NY (Carnegie Hall), Montreal, Boston, Washington D.C. and San Antonio. He is an expert at synthesizer and sampler sound design, and taught one of the nation's first MIDI and digital audio courses while a faculty member in the University of Texas system in the 1980's.

Dr. Powell is owner/managing editor of DVM Publications, a top music engraving company, and is the author of the critically acclaimed book "Music Engraving Today". He has won ten Paul Revere awards, given by the Music Publishers Association. His client list includes Oxford University Press, Hal Leonard Publishing, Boston Music, Garland Music, Brichtmark Music and Plymouth Music.

Olive Prince

Adjunct Instructor

215.895.2451
okp23@drexel.edu

Biography

Olive Prince is a dancer, educator, and choreographer who holds a BA in Children's Rights and Public Policy from William Smith College and a MFA in dance from Temple University. She has performed nationally and internationally as a company member with Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers, Merian Soto Performance Practice, and Group Motion. She is the artistic director of Olive Prince Dance and her choreography has been presented at numerous locations including the Live Arts Festival, Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, nEW Festival, the International Contemporary Dance Conference in Poland, the International Youth Festival in Singapore, and as a resident artist at Susan Hess Choreographer's Project in Philadelphia. Prince has taught and choreographed at many universities and she continues to develop her artistry as an Assistant Teaching Professor in Dance at Drexel University. 

Allen Radway

Adjunct Instructor

Meredith Rainey

Adjunct Instructor

215.895.2451
mkr38@drexel.edu

Biography

Meredith Rainey, Carbon Dance Theatre Founder & Artistic Director, began dancing at 15 in his hometown of Fort Lauderdale.  In 1985 he joined the Milwaukee Ballet. In 1987, he joined the newly formed Pennsylvania-Milwaukee Ballet, remaining with the Pennsylvania Ballet when the collaboration ended as a soloist until his retirement in 2006. The recipient of the 1995 & 2002 PA Council on the Arts Fellowship, the 2001 Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Artist as Catalyst Grant, the 2002 Independence Foundation Fellowship in the Arts and, a 2003 Pew Fellowship in the Arts Finalist.  Meredith has been commissioned to create works for Pennsylvania Ballet, Delaware Ballet, Hubbard Street 2, National Ballet De Cali, BalletX, Danse4Nia and institutions such as Drexel University, Swarthmore and Bryn Mawr College. His work has been performed in North and South America and throughout Spain.

Lynn Riley

Adjunct Instructor, Fusion and Rock Ensemble Director

215-895-2451
mcr27@drexel.edu

Biography

Lynn Riley has been described more than once as a 'Superwoman' of the sax. Lynn has performed with many legendary musicians, including Grover Washington Jr., Philly Joe Jones, David Murray, Frank Wess, Shirley Scott, and Johnny Pacheco, as well as leading her own groups. She has performed throughout the United States, as well as in Europe, Africa, Asia, South America and the Caribbean.

She was chosen in 2000 to present her band at the Painted Bride Arts Center for their series Women Leaders in Jazz, and she received a Window of Opportunity grant from the Leeway Foundation in 2004. She is the 2010-11 Artist in Residence at Opera Seabrook. Her debut CD Too Cool was released in 2009 and her second release is due out in 2011.

Ms. Riley has been on the faculty at Drexel University since 1999. She teaches classes including ear training, music appreciation, jazz theory, and private instruction in flute, saxophone, clarinet, and improvisation. She is the director of the Fusion Ensemble, and wrote the arrangements for and produced their CD, Cold Duck, The Best of Drexel Fusion Band (2008). The Fusion Band is currently working on their second release, due out in Fall, 2010

Gregory Ross

Adjunct Instructor, Gospel Choir Director

215.895.2451
rossg@drexel.edu

David Schneider

Adjunct Instructor

215.895.2451
david.schneider@drexel.edu

Biography

David Schneider, Professor of Oboe at Drexel University’s Westphal College of Media Arts and Design and The College of New Jersey, is currently Principal Oboe with Peter Nero and the Philly Pops, a regular substitute with The Philadelphia Orchestra and is a very active freelance musician in the PA-NJ-DEL region. Previous professional experience includes principal Oboe with the Opera Company of Philadelphia Orchestra for 30 years, substitute Principal Second Oboe with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and as well as Principal Oboe with the Mozart Society of Philadelphia, Utah Festival Opera Company, Princeton Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, and the Delaware, Reading, and Lancaster Symphony Orchestras. Mr. Schneider has toured Europe with The Philadelphia Orchestra under the baton of Wolfgang Sawallisch, as well as with the Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia.

Highlights of Mr. Schneider’s commercial experience include touring with Frank Sinatra, recording and performing with Tony Bennett, recording with Lou Rawls and Johnny Mathis, numerous recordings for The Sound of Philadelphia (TSOP) and touring with Sarah McLaughlin. In addition, Mr. Schneider is a founding member of The Fairmount Woodwind Quintet.

Mr. Schneider has taught at Rowen University, Rutgers University and Settlement Music School in Philadelphia. He gives extensive oboe reed-making clinics and performance clinics both in the US and Europe and maintains a full private studio in Philadelphia.

Rebecca Siler

Adjunct Instructor

Heather Smalley

Adjunct Instructor

Dan Spratlan

Adjunct Instructor, Acting Director of Choral Activities

215.895.4912
dms542@drexel.edu

Jeffrey Stanley

Instructor

215.895.1920
jstanley@drexel.edu

Biography

Jeffrey Stanley was one of 24 writers selected from over 16,000 entrants to receive the first ever Amtrak Writers Residency in 2014-15. He has won numerous screenwriting awards and optioned or been hired to write scripts for Peter Farrelly & Charles B. Wessler, GreeneStreet Films, Barbara Kopple's Cabin Creek Films, Andrew Lauren Productions, Buckeye Films, indie producer Matthew  Myers, and others.  His award-winning short film Lady in a Box stars Sarita Choudhury and has been licensed numerous times for international broadcast and distribution. He has worked as a script consultant for UK-based Initialize Films, and an analyst and judge for the Script Savvy Screenplay Contest. Stanley's stage play Tesla's Letters (Samuel French, 2000) premiered to rave reviews Off Broadway and went on to numerous productions around the world. Other plays include Medicine, Man commissioned by Virginia's Mill Mountain Theatre, and his ongoing solo show Boneyards which premiered in the 2013 Philly Fringe and has gone on to 2015 productions at New York City's Morbid Anatomy Museum and Philly's SoLow Fest.  He has been a resident of Yaddo, a Copeland Fellow at Amherst College, and a guest screenwriting lecturer at the Imaginary Academy in Croatia sponsored by the Soros Foundation, UCLA & Zagreb University. He has appeared as the primary guest on nationwide talk show Coast to Coast AM With George Noory, and has been a guest writer in the Washington Post,  New York Times and Time Out New York. Stanley was a senior editorial advisor to Boston University's Center for Millennial Studies' book on apocalypse movements The End That Does (Equinox Books, 2006). He also teaches screenwriting at New York University Tisch School of the Arts. He holds an MFA in Dramatic Writing from Tisch, and a BFA from Tisch in Film & Television Production.



George Starks

Professor, Jazz Orchesta Ensemble Director

215.895.1732
starksgl@drexel.edu

Biography

Dr. George L. Starks, Jr., Professor of Music and Director of the Jazz Orchestra at Drexel University, is an ethnomusicologist with a specialty in New World Musics of African origin. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Music from North Carolina A&T State University and the University of Illinois respectively, and a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from Wesleyan University of Connecticut.

He has conducted ethnomusicological field research in Barbados, Jamaica, the Bahamas, and the South Carolina Sea Islands. His publications are on sacred and secular musics, rural and urban musics, and contemporary and traditional musics. He is associate editor of the International Jazz Archived Journal and served as a contributing editor to the Black Perspective on Music, the premier scholarly journal on African derived musics.

Dr. Starks was a member of Call and Response, a think tank on African American music, and is a faculty member of the Gullah Studies Institute, at historic Penn Center on St. Helena Island, SC.

A critically acclaimed saxophonist, he has performed with musicians ranging from avant-garde trumpeter Cliffored Thornton to vocalist Roy Hamilton to Ghanaian master drummer Kobena Adzenyah to the Charlottesville Symphony Orchestra and served as a faculty member of the Gullah Studies Institute.

Leah Stein

Adjunct Instructor

215.895.2451
leah.c.stein@drexel.edu

Biography

Artistic Director, Choreographer, Dancer and Educator Leah Stein is a widely respected and a powerful presence in the Philadelphia dance community. Since graduating from Wesleyan University with a B.A. in Dance and Anthropology, she formed her own dance company (edit out: at Philadelphia’s Performance Garage) and through 11 years of operation, has compiled dozens of commissions, grants, awards and residencies for her original dance choreography.

Stein’s research portfolio is just as extensive as her academic background. She recently received a Pew Center for Arts and Heritage grant for a yearlong movement and voice research project with composer Pauline Oliveros. In 2010, Stein was selected for the Independence Foundation Fellowship to pursue research on voice, as well as participate in an inter-cultural laboratory workshop with Khmer Arts Academy Director Sophiline Cheam Shapiro and researcher and archivist Toni Shapiro-Phim. In 2013, Stein was invited to re-stage battle hymns, with music by David Lang, at San Francisco’s Kezar Pavilion, which included 180 singers from Volti, San Francisco Choral Society and Piedmont Children’s Choir. She has also been featured in several published works, including dance notes for Josey Foo’s collection of poems A Lily Lilies (2011), choreography notes for Site Dance: Choreographers and the lure of Alternative Spaces (2009) and Dancing in Place (2004).  

Arin Sullivan

Adjunct Instructor

Jessica Warchal-King

Adjunct Instructor

David White

Adjunct Instructor

Greg Wright

Adjunct Instructor, Guitar Ensemble Director

215.895.2451
gjw28@drexel.edu

Biography

Greg Wright is an adjunct guitar Instructor, currently teaching at Drexel University, Widener University, & Harcum College. Greg plays guitar, plectrum banjo, electric bass, mandolin. His undergraduate degree was from Combs college.

Greg is director and co-creator of Summer Music Programs, which develops musicians ages 11¬17 in recording, performance and rehearsal disciplines. This program received “Best of Philly” 2008 Philadelphia Magazine for best summer camp and 2007 Coolest Camps on the Main Line, Main Line Magazine. http://www.summermusicprograms.com

Greg leads “Swing Shift,” a versatile small big band, “The Big Easy Dixieland Band” , and “Twirlin’ Martha”, a traditional/modern Celtic band. http://www.musicbyswingshift.com

Greg also performs with The Wild Bohemians, for more than twenty years, a Phila. Mardi Gras tradition, currently at the World Café on Fat Tuesdays.

Lauren Zettlemoyer

Adjunct Instructor