New Faculty and Staff Announcements | Music school


Miguel Harth BedoyaAssociate Professor of Orchestral Studies, is the Director of Orchestral Studies at Mary Franks Thompson at Baylor University, where in addition to conducting orchestras, he teaches undergraduate and graduate orchestral conducting.

Kathleen Kelly, Assistant Professor of Vocal Coaching, was the first woman and first American appointed Director of Music Studies at the Vienna State Opera. Trained at the San Francisco Opera, she joined the company’s musical staff and went from there to a long association with the Metropolitan Opera.

Matthew Laube, Assistant Professor of Church Music, served as Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in the Department of History, Classics and Archeology at Birkbeck University of London from 2018 to 2022.

Shijun Wang, assistant piano teacher, performed in California, New York, Oklahoma, Florida, Georgia, Utah, Connecticut, New Jersey, as well as Germany, France, Norway, China , Mexico and Japan. During his last tour of China, he gave masterclasses, lectures and recitals at more than half of China’s major conservatories, including Shenyang Conservatory, Xi’an Conservatory, Sichuan Conservatory and Jilin College. of Arts.

Michael Clark, professor of piano pedagogy, received his DMA from Rice University, MM from the University of Houston and a BM from Ithaca College. Michael served on the faculty of the Houston Academy of Music and the University of Houston Preparatory and Continuing Studies Program, where he helped launch a recreational music-making program.

Sharon Bjorndal Lavery, instructor in collaborative piano (vocals), began her college career as a double major in piano and voice performance at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. A recipient of the Oberlin Faculty Companion Award after graduation, Dr. Lavery went on to study collaborative piano and chamber music at the Manhattan School of Music.

Andrew Vagts, lecturer in theory, taught theory at Texas Woman’s University, as a lecturer at the University of North Texas, and as a teaching assistant at the University of Minnesota.

Byunghee Yoo, collaborative piano teacher (instrumental), has performed in the United States, South Korea, China and Italy, including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, Sheldon Hall and Seoul Arts Center .

Margaret Harper, part-time visiting organ teacher, is associate director of music and organist at Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Dallas, TX, one of the largest Episcopal churches in the United States

Brad Holmes, visiting professor of choral music, served as director of choral programs at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois. Prior to his appointment at Millikin, Dr. Holmes was associate director of choirs at Luther College in Decorah, IA.

Beth Holmes, part-time guest speaker of choral music, served on the Millikin University choral staff leading the Millikin Women and on the voice faculty teaching private voice.

Morgan Manifacier, guest assistant vocal teacher, has been described as a performer who “gives himself entirely to singing”(Unser Lubeck). Dr. Manifacier quickly established an international career as a performer of repertoire ranging from the Renaissance to the most recent contemporary music.

Marcelo Boccato Kuyumjian, visiting professor of jazz studies, is originally from Campinas, Brazil. He received the DMA in Jazz Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he was also a 2018-19 graduate scholar at the Humanities Research Institute for his thesis “Performing Samba: Aesthetics, Transnational Modernisms, and Race “.


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