Ben Aldridge, trumpet
Lecturer of music (trumpet). BA, Yale University; MM, Yale School of Music. Member of the Northeast Pennsylvania Philharmonic and the Glimmerglass Opera Orchestra, as well as the Binghamton Philharmonic and the Utica and Catskill Symphonies. Performs with and arranges for the Catskill Brass Quintet. Charter member of the International Trumpet Guild. Recordings on Columbia and Redwood records.
Donald Robertson, low brass
Lecturer of music (low brass). (lessons on trombone, euphonium, baritone, tuba, and directing low brass ensemble). BM, Ithaca College; MM Binghamton University, post graduate work at Yale University, Syracuse University, and University of Colorado at Boulder. Studied with Reginald Fink, John Swallow, Per Brevig and Bill Harris. Formerly principal trombone with the Glimmerglass Opera Orchestra, is presently principal trombone with the Binghamton Philharmonic and a member of the Catskill Symphony, Catskill Brass Quintet, and the Gilmmerglass Trombone Quartet. He has performed at International Trombone Festivals, Eastern Trombone Workshops, the North East Regional Tuba & Euphonium Conference, and with orchestras as the Aspen Chamber orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Brian Sternberg, french horn
Lecturer (French Horn). BS Ithaca College. Studied the French horn with John Barrows, Joseph Singer, Harry Shapiro, Gunther Schuller, Milan Yancich, John Covert, Robert Prins and Theo Rollins. Performed with such artists as Gary Graffman, Leonard Rose, Placido Domingo, Richard Leech, Toby Hanks (tuba), David Ohanion (French horn-Canadian Brass Quintet), Connie Stevens, Sergio Franchi, Enzo Stuarte, Robert Rauch (French horn), and Barry Tuckwell (French horn). Performing member with the Binghamton Philharmonic, BC Pops, Tri-Cities Opera and Binghamton Woodwind Quintet. Member of the music faculty since 1977.
Bruce Borton, choral and graduate director
Associate professor of music (director of choral activities, University Chorus, director of graduate studies in music). Other assignments include teaching voice and directing the undergraduate and graduate choral conducting program. Served as department chair from 1998-2004. BMusEd. (magna cum laude) Illinois Wesleyan University; MM (vocal performance) Southern Illinois University; DMA (choral conducting) College Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati. Studied conducting with David Nott, Robert Kingsbury, Elmer Thomas, John Leman, and Robert Shaw. 1983 thesis, The Choral works of Domenico Scarlatti, a nominee for the Julius Herford choral dissertation award. Previously on the faculty of West Georgia College. Fourteen seasons as a performing member of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus and Chamber Chorus, and from 1978 to 1988, served as rehearsal assistant to the chorus's music director, Robert Shaw. Assisted in the preparation of the chorus for performances and for its acclaimed series of recordings for the Telarc label. Served as conductor of the Binghamton Symphony Chorus from 1988-91, and continues to prepare choruses for Binghamton Philharmonic choral-orchestral performances. Choruses under his direction have toured throughout the United States and in Poland and Romania. His choruses have performed with The Catskill Symphony, and Binghamton Community Orchestra. Choral compositions and arrangements include published works with Broadman Press and Pro Art Publications. Active clinician and adjudicator in the New York area, and member of the American Choral Directors Association and Music Educators National Conference. He has been an active church musician, serving various churches for over 30 years. Member of the music faculty since 1988.
Peter Browne, chorus
Lecturer of music (Harpur Chorale). BA (Organ), Bard College; MM (organ performance), Binghamton University. Studied organ with Paul Jordan and M. Searle Wright, and choral conducting with David Buttolph and Sir David Willcocks. Accompanist for University Chorus, Binghamton University. Interim choral director at Binghamton University 1986-87. Organist and choir director, Trinity Memorial Episcopal Church, Binghamton. Has appeared as conductor, accompanist and recitalist throughout eastern U.S. and Canada, and in England and Wales. Member of music faculty since 1998.
Michael Carbone, jazz
Lecturer of music (Jazz Ensemble director, jazz improvisation). BME Crane School of Music; MM (saxophone performance) Binghamton University. Private study with James Stoltie, J.R. Montrose and April Lucas. Director of middle school concert band and jazz ensemble and director of high school jazz ensemble in Johnson City School District. Private saxophone and jazz improvisation instructor. Member of Music Unlimited/Swing Street jazz groups, Central New York Big Band, Danny D'Imperio Big Band Bloviation, and leader of contemporary jazz group Cosa Nova. Served as guest conductor for Seneca and Tompkins County Music Educators Festivals, and as Saxophone/Jazz Improvisation Instructor for NYS School of Music of the Arts. Appeared with numerous artists, including Frank Foster, Al Martino, Natalie Cole, Tommy Tune, Mel Torme, Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Engelbert Humperdinck, Slam Stewart, Nick Brignola, Steve Gilmore, Tom Whaley, Duffy Jackson, Jeff Jarvis, and Jacque Washington. Member of the music faculty since 1997.
Daniel Fabricius, wind symphony
Lecturer of music (wind symphony). BS from Mansfield University, MM from Ithaca College. Professor Fabricius has studied conducting with Donald Stanley (Mansfield University), Rodney Winther (Ithaca College), Stephen Peterson (Ithaca College), Arnald Gabriel (US Air Force), and Mallory Thompson (Northwestern University). He also serves as Director of Bands at Owego Free Academy where he has developed an outstanding instrumental music program that features a concert band, two jazz bands, and various chamber music ensembles. He is highly regarded in the region as a conductor, percussion soloist, and ensemble player. He has been a member of the Binghamton Philharmonic percussion section since 1982 but is also comfortable performing in popular, rock, jazz, and other styles. He has played as a free-lance percussionist, accompanying national touring artists such as Michael W. Smith, Tommy Tune, Jerry Vail, Lorrie Morgan, Ringling Brothers Circus, the Smothers Bothers, and Ella Fitzgerald. Professor Fabricius has served the New York State School Music Association as an All-State Percussion adjudicator for many years. He also serves NYSSMA as the Instrumental Jazz Reviews editor of The School Music News and is the Jazz Editor for the NYSSMA Manual. In addition to his collegiate work at BU, he has also served Ithaca College as a consultant, as a member of the Summer Session faculty, and as a cooperating teacher for over 30 student teachers. He also serves the Summer Music Academy at Ithaca College as a percussion instructor and jazz ensemble conductor. He has presented many clinics at music conventions and conferences and often serves as a guest conductor for honor band festivals. Professor Fabricius has been a member of the music faculty since 1992, serving as percussion instructor for twenty years before accepting the appointment as conductor of the University Wind Symphony.
Timothy Perry, symphony orchestra
Conductor and clarinetist Timothy Perry is currently the director of the University Symphony and Chamber Orchestras. Professor Perry joined the Binghamton University faculty in 1986, became Professor of Music in 2002 and received the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Creative Activities in 2005. Prior to coming to Binghamton Dr. Perry taught at Bemidji (MN) State University from 1981-1986 and was a member of the Catskill Conservatory (Oneonta, NY) from 1979-1981. Mr. Perry hold the DMA, MMA and MM degrees from the Yale School of Music where he studied conducting with Otto-Werner Mueller, John Mauceri and Arthur Weisberg and Clarinet with Keith Wilson. He holds the B. Mus. degree in Clarinet Performance from the Manhattan School of Music where he was a pupil of Leon Russionoff, and attended the University of Wisconsin as a pupil of Glenn Bowen. As Music Director, Dr. Perry has directed the University Orchestra since 1986, directed the University Wind Ensemble from 1986-2005 and led the Binghamton Community Orchestra from 1994-2004. As Clarinetist he served as United States Musical Ambassador and has presented at three world conferences of the International Clarinet Association. He currently serves as President of the Northeast Division of the College Orchestra Directors' Association (CODA) and as New York representative to the National Association of Music Executives of State Universities (NAMESU) and is a member of the International Clarinet Association. He remains active locally and internationally as a soloist, chamber musician and guest conductor.
Christopher Bartlette, music theory
Assistant Professor of Music (music theory). Ph.D., M.A. (music theory), Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester. M.M. (choral conducting), B.A. (music), University of North Dakota. Previously on the faculty of Baylor University. Co-author (with Steven Laitz) of Graduate Review of Tonal Theory: A Recasting of Common-Practice Harmony, Form, and Counterpoint, published by Oxford University Press. Research interests include music perception and cognition, performance, and theory pedagogy. Articles appear in the journal Music Perception. Papers given at national Society for Music Theory and Society for Music Perception and Cognition conferences, as well as the International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition and the International Conference on Music Communication Science. Fellow of the Mannes Institute for Advanced Studies in Music Theory, member of Phi Beta Kappa and Pi Kappa Lambda honor societies, and former member of the Executive Board of the Texas Society for Music Theory.
Jonathan Biggers, history/theory and organ/harpsichord
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James Burns, ethnomusicology and Interim Chair
Associate Professor of Music and Africana Studies (Ethnomusicology). BA University of Texas, Austin; Ph.D School of Oriental and African Studies, London. Professor Burns joined the Binghamton faculty in 2005, having previously lectured in African music and culture at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, and in African drumming at Goldsmiths College. He is also a member of the Society for Ethnomusicology. As an active ethnographic researcher, he has conducted over 8 years of ongoing fieldwork in Ghana, Togo, and Benin with Ewe-Fon, Akan, and Dagbamba (Dagomba) ethnic groups funded by grants from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (U.K.) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (U.S.). Important publications from this research include the books Female Voices from an Ewe Dance-drumming Community in Ghana (Ashgate 2009) awarded honorable mention for the J.K. Nketia African music prize by the Society for Ethnomusicology (2010), and The Beard Cannot Tell Stories to the Eyelash: Creative Transformation in an Ewe Funeral Dance-Drumming Tradition (forthcoming); in addition to the journal articles, "Rhythmic Archetypes in Instrumental Music from Africa and the Diaspora" (Music Theory Online vol. 16/4, 2010), and "Doing it with style: an ethnopoetic study of improvisation in Ewe dance-drumming," (African Music vol. 9/1, 2011). Apart from these written publications, Professor Burns has also produced several audio-visual recordings of Ewe music including the highly regarded audio CD Ewe Drumming from Ghana: The Soup Which Is Sweet Draws the Chairs in Closer (2005 British Library/Topic Records), and music videos for the Dzigbordi and Dunenyo performing groups from the Volta Region of Ghana. Professor Burns is also a teacher and performer of traditional music from Africa the diaspora, and directs the Nukporfe African Dance-Drumming Ensemble at Binghamton.
Daniel Thomas Davis, composition
Assistant Professor of Music. Composer Daniel Thomas Davis' wide range of musical activities has taken him from the stages of Carnegie Hall and the Royal Opera House to monasteries in the Horn of Africa to directing new-music festivals in the rural South. His music has been performed and/or recorded by cellist Lynn Harrell, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Lontano Ensemble, Charlotte Symphony, Lexington Philharmonic, Ossian Ensemble, Latvia International Festival, BBC Singers, Boston's Back Bay Chorale, eighth blackbird and the Meehan/Perkins Duo. Other performers of his music have included members of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and Anonymous 4, as well as performers from the Chicago Symphony, Berlin Philharmonic, Philadelphia, London Philharmonic, London Symphony, English Chamber, BBC Symphony and Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestras. A committed collaborator with artists in other media, Davis recently scored the awarding-winning feature film "An Encounter with Simone Weil," which premiered at the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam before its American theatrical release. Davis has received fellowships from the British Government (Marshall Scholar), the Bogliasco Foundation and the Yaddo Colony, and has been honored by awards from BMI and ASCAP. He holds degrees from the University of Michigan, Royal Academy of Music, School of Oriental and African Studies, Peabody Conservatory of Music and Johns Hopkins University, and has studied composition with William Bolcom, Michael Daugherty, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Chris Theofanidis, and Judith Weir. Immersed in shaped-note singing since his childhood in the rural South, he has strong interests in American popular and traditional musics – especially blues, old-time country, and congregational singing. Fascinated by the intricacies and idiosyncrasies of the human voice, Davis has also studied ethnomusicology and several East African vocal/string traditions, primarily with master artists in Ethiopia and Eritrea. An active scholar, pianist and conductor, he has previously taught at Duke University and the California College of the Arts. For more information about Professor Davis' recordings, compositions and writings, visit: www.danielthomasdavis.com.
Al Hamme, jazz history
Al Hamme served as director of the Jazz Music program at Binghamton University for over 30 years before retiring in 1997. A virtuoso performer on saxophones, clarinet, and flute, Hamme is well-known as a band leader, music educator, and concert artist. Hamme has recorded with Phil Woods, Tom Harrell, Slam Stewart, Bucky Pizzarelli, and has toured with the big bands of Les Elgart, Jimmy Dorsey, and Sammy Kaye. Hamme has performed with Liza Minelli, Natalie Cole, Clark Terry, Marian McPartland, and Bill Mays. He can be heard on various recordings on National Public Radio with Slam Stewart and Frank Wess. Hamme founded Music Unlimited in 1974 to provide musicians in the Binghamton area with an outlet to play modern big band jazz.
Drew Massey, musicology
Assistant Professor of Music (musicology). Ph.D., Harvard University. Specialties include American music, contemporary concert music, British music, music editing, and digital humanities. Monographs: John Kirkpatrick, American Music and the Printed Page (University of Rochester Press, 2013); Thomas Adès Essays (in progress). Articles in Indiana Theory Review, Journal of the American Musicological Society, Music & Letters, and Journal for the Society of American Music. Reviews in Salmagundi and Notes. External Awards: Woodrow Wilson Fellow (2004); Jacob K. Javits Fellow (2004); NEH Fellow (2010); Finalist, Housewright Dissertation Award (2011); AMS Publication Subvention (2012).
Paul Schleuse, musicology
Paul Schleuse Assistant professor of music (musicology). PhD (Musicology), City University of New York; MM (Composition), Manhattan School of Music; BA cum laude and BM cum laude, Rice University. Research specialties in music of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, including the Italian madrigal and related genres, early opera, music in print culture, and theories of genre. Classes taught include the undergraduate music-history survey, graduate courses in music history and research, and courses on the music of Monteverdi, the history of opera, and minimalism in music. Publications include the critical edition of Orazio Vecchi's Selva di varia ricreatione (1590) (A-R Editions, 2012), Songs and Games: The Music Books of Orazio Vecchi (Indiana University, forthcoming), and articles in The Journal of Musicology and in the books Teatro dell'udito, Teatro del mondo (Mucchi Editore, 2010); Playing with Boundaries: Sexualities, Textualities, Art and Music in Renaissance Italy (Ashgate, 2013), and a collection of essays to accompany a new edition of Thomas Morley's A Plaine and Easie Introduction to Practicall Musicke (forthcoming). Papers read at national and chapter meetings of the American Musicological Society, the Society for Seventeenth-Century Music (awarded the Irene Alm Prize), The Renaissance Society of America, The Medieval & Renaissance Music Conference (UK), and by invitation to the International Conference for the Quatercentenary of the Death of Orazio Vecchi, Modena. Member of the music faculty since 2006.
Paul Sweeny, pop/music history
Paul Sweeny earned a BA in music from Harpur College, presenting the first student classical guitar recital in the history of the school. He later returned to earn his MA in Music History. Paul has taught at BCC for 25 years where he created the school's guitar program, its sequence of music history classes, as well as a very popular class in the history of popular music. Over the years Paul has taught music history and guitar lessons at BU and is currently teaching the Pop, Rock and Soul Class. Paul is the Vice President of the Classical Guitar Society of Upstate New York and is a frequent performer in the area both as a soloist and as a member of the duo Simple Gifts with recorder player Barbara Kaufman. He also maintains a private guitar studio in Binghamton.
Gavin Webb, music cultures
Visiting Assistant Professor for Ethnomusicology. In addition to studies at the University of Toronto, Gavin Webb holds a BMus (music performance and music business) from Berklee College of Music, as well as an M.A. and Ph.D. in Musicology from the University of Ghana, Legon. Dr. Webb's Ph.D. dissertation investigated the relationship between urbanization, social transformation, and the development of Ga folk music in the city of Accra beginning with the group Wulomei in the early 1970s. From 2000 – 2012 Dr. Webb was based at the Institute for African Studies, University of Ghana where he ran fully accredited undergraduate international education programs for the School for International Training focused on arts and social transformation, as well as urban ethnomusicology. From 2009 he also served as Associate Academic Dean for Africa, overseeing a multidisciplinary and evolving portfolio of programs in West, Central and Southern Africa. An active member of the Society for Ethnomusicology, his musical studies in Africa have also taken him to Togo, Benin, Nigeria, and Mali. As an active performer in Africa he worked with many of Ghana's top musicians from groups like the Ghana Dance Ensemble (the national dance company), Hewale Sounds under the direction of Dela Botri, the National Theatre, and with many artistically gifted community-based musicians from around the country. He has also studied and collaborated with internationally renown artists such as Giovanni Hidalgo (Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey), Jamie Haddad (Herbie Hancock, Joe Lovano, Paul Simon), Taku Hirano (Jay Z, Fleetwood Mac), Jarrod Cagwin (Rabih Abou Khalil, Szen Aksu), Casey Scheuerell (Gino Vanelli, Chaka Khan), Rick Considine (BB King, Diana Krall), Sa Davis (Billy Cobham, Grover Washington), and Glen Velez (John Cage, Zakir Hussain). In addition to many guest lecture appearances in the US, Canada, and Ghana, he has presented extensively at both ethnomusicology and international education conferences in the US and Africa. His research is driven by interests in urbanization and urbanism, West African drum-dance traditions, social transformation, historicity, and articulations of identity in contemporary Africa and the African Diaspora.
Steve Zank, music history and theory
STEPHEN ZANK is a broadly trained musician, with degrees in performance, history & literature, and historical musicology. He began studying piano, counterpoint, and composition in Binghamton at the age of five, and has held full-time appointment at several major universities in the Midwest, Southwest and Northeast, including Binghamton University and the University of Rochester.
Jonathan Biggers, organ/harpsichord & history/theory
Associate professor. Biggers is hailed as "one of the most outstanding concert organists in the United States," and maintains an active career as both a professor of organ and harpsichord and as a concert organist of the first order. He holds the prestigious Edwin Link Endowed Professorship in Organ and Harpsichord at Binghamton University (State University of New York), and has presented hundreds of concerts in church and university settings throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. He has appeared as a featured soloist with orchestras in both the United States and Canada, including the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the Calgary Philharmonic, and has been featured frequently on NPR ("Pipedreams"), the Canadian Broadcast Corporation (CBC), and on Radio and Television Suisse Romande broadcasts in Geneva, Switzerland. Scott Cantrell, formerly classical critic of The Kansas City Star, stated that Biggers' performances demonstrate "authority and eloquence," and further stated "were there more performers like this, the organ would be far less a minority interest". Dr. Biggers studied with Russell Saunders (Eastman School of Music, DMA), Lionel Rogg (Conservatory of Music, Geneva Switzerland; Fulbright study); J. Warren Hutton (The University of Alabama, MM and BMus), and with Wallace Zimmerman (Atlanta, pre-college); he has also worked extensively with Harold Vogel (Bremen, Germany) and with Arthur Poister (former Professor of Organ at Syracuse University). A prizewinner of dozens of competitions, he was notably awarded a unanimous first prize in the 1985 Geneva International Competition, one of the most prestigious music competitions for organ in the world; second prize in the 1982 American Guild of Organists National Organ Playing Competition; and a unanimous first prize in the 1990 Calgary International Organ Festival Concerto Competition, where he presented with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra the world premier performance of Snowwalker: A Concerto for Organ and Orchestra by Pulitzer prize-winning composer Michael Colgrass. A champion of new music for the organ, he has premiered other works by notable 20th- and 21st-century composers such as Richard Proulx (Chicago; Concerto for Organ and Orchestra), Craig Phillips (Suite for Organ, Brass and Percussion), Persis Vehar (Soundpiece for Organ), and David Brackett, former composition professor at Binghamton University (Nightworks for organ). Two highly acclaimed compact disc recordings of his work have been released by Calcante Recordings (Sleepers Wake! A Reger Perspective, featuring five major organ works by Romantic composer Max Reger; and Bach on the Fritts!, featuring major organ works by Johann Sebastian Bach). At present, Biggers is embarking on a three-year presentation of the complete organ works of Johann Sebastian Bach in a series of 15 concerts, four to six events per season for the next three academic years. Plans are also underway for the production of several other CD releases in the future, including a recording of complete Bach organ works.
Jinah Lee, piano
Born in Seoul, Lecturer Lee graduated from Seoul National University and gained her master's degree at the Manhattan School of Music where she continued as an associate instructor. She received her Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. From the time she was in college, she has performed in concerts and recitals around the world, including her performance at Sunset Concert at Shandlee Music Festival in New York; a recital and an ensemble concert during the Concerto Italiano Music Festival in Caplarora, Italy; a recital at Art Cult Center, University of Vienna, in Austria; and a Prague International Music Festival. She made her New York Carnegie Hall recital debut as the winner of the Artist International Competition. The same year, she had a solo recital at Seoul Art Center in Korea. Recently, Lee has made her name better-known in the U.S. and Korean classical music scenes through a series of major recitals she has given, such as a recital at Phillips Hall at George Washington University; a solo performance in a concert with the University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra at Krannert Art Center in Urbana, Illinois; in a Beethoven Sonata Series recital at Wooin Art Hall in Seoul; and at Alice Miller Hall at Northwestern University. She won the “Best Performance of Polish Composer” at the fifth Washington International Piano Artists Competition in 2007 and the University of Illinois Concerto Competition in 2006.
Diane Richardson, piano
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Michael Salmirs, piano and undergraduate director
Lecturer of music (piano). Founding member and artistic director of Finger Lakes Chamber Ensemble. Recitalist and chamber pianist who has performed throughout New York and in Boston and Cleveland. Featured pianist on the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra Sunday Chamber Series. Toured and recorded for the Syracuse Society for New Music. The recipient of several new works composed for and dedicated to him as a soloist and as a member of the Crawford-Salmirs Duo. Soloist with Cayuga Chamber Orchestra. Studied at New England Conservatory and the Eastman School of Music. Teachers include Leonard Shure and Rebecca Penneys and composer Karel Husa. On the faculty at Hobart William Smith Colleges and at Syracuse University School of Music. Member of the music faculty since 1999.
Joel Smales, percussion ensemble
Joel Smales is Director of Bands at Binghamton High School's Rod Serling School of Fine Arts, in Binghamton, NY, where he conducts 2 concert bands, 2 jazz ensembles, a percussion ensemble and steel drum band. He holds music degrees from the Crane School of Music (BM) where he studied with James Petercsak and Binghamton University (MM). His school ensembles have performed for Bands of America in Indianapolis, New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Winter Conference, New York State Band Directors Association (NYSBDA) Winter Conference, MENC Biennial National Conference in Minneapolis, Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) in Nashville, First Night Virginia, First Night International, World Physics Conference and a concert tour throughout Oklahoma. As a performer, Mr. Smales is active in the upstate NY region where he performs as Principal Percussionist with the Tri-Cities Opera Orchestra, Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra, eNeRJee Jazz Group, leads his own percussion trio and plays lead steel pan with PANIGMA. He runs an annual Summer Percussion Camp in Binghamton for area school students and his published works include percussion solos, ensembles, books and method books published by Kendor, HoneyRock, Drop6, House Panther Press and Phantom Music Publishing. Mr. Smales has presented clinics for MENC, NYSSMA, NYSBDA and the NJMEA and writes articles on music and percussion that have appeared in Percussive Notes, School Band and Orchestra, School Music News, The Instrumentalist and Band World magazines. Mr. Smales endorses Pro Mark drumsticks and mallets, Grover Pro Percussion and served as the New York State Percussive Arts Society Vice President and Percussion Chair for the New York State School Music Association for many years. Joel and his wife Athena live in Kirkwood, NY with their four children.
John Isenberg, piano/accompanist
John Isenberg, a native of Endicott, NY, holds a BA in Music and Italian, as well as an MA in Italian from Binghamton University. He served the Tri-Cities Opera in various capicities from 2001-2012, including Accompanist, Education Outreach Coordinator and Chorus Master. As Education Outreach Coordinator, he organized and performed over 300 touring performances throughout Upstate New York and northern Pennsylvania. He has performed with various other groups in the Binghamton area, including the Binghamton Downtown Singers and the Summer Savoyards. John has taught piano privately and in classroom settings. He taught Italian as part of a graduate assistantship at Binghamton University, and briefly at Broome Community College. For over 20 years John has been involved in music ministry in various Binghamton area churches. He is currently Organist and Choir Director at Sarah Jane Johnson Methodist Church in Johnson City.
William James Lawson, language and English diction
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Chai-Kyou Mallinson, piano/accompanist
Lecturer (piano, accompanist). Chai-Kyou Mallinson joined the Binghamton University faculty in the fall 1974 semester. She was appointed to the rank of adjunct lecturer in 1986. She received the Service Recognition Award in 2002 and 2007. She received her MA in music from Binghamton University where she studied with Jean Casadesus, her BM degree in piano performance from Julliard School of Music where she studied with Alton Jones, and prior to that, her Licence d'Enseignement from Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris, France, where she studied with Jean-Michel Damase and Jules Gentil. She teaches studio piano, and coaches and accompanies the undergraduate and graduate voice students. As a performer she accompanies the senior honors recitals and master's degree recitals. She has been an active performer of solo and ensemble concerts. She organized a piano trio group called the ‘Almost All American Trio' and performed four concerts in the spring of 2009. She was awarded an Individual Artist Award 2008-2009 by the Broome County (N.Y.) Arts Council. She received a four-year French Government Scholarship, the Fontainebleau American Conservatory Full Scholarship, and Tanglewood Summer School Full Scholarship. She is a winner of the Korean National Music Competition. She is on the board of judges for the National Guild of Piano Teachers Association. She is a member of the Music Teachers National Association and Southern Tier Music Teachers Association.
Samuel Elikem Kwame Nyamuame, african drumming
Dr. Nyamuame is a visiting Assistant Professor in the departments of Music and Theater. He received a PhD in ethnomusicology at University of Florida, MA ethnomusicology (World Music) at Wesleyan University, BFA (Dance and Music) and Diploma in Music at the School of Performing Arts, University of Ghana, Legon. His area of expertise is musical cultures of Africa and African Diaspora, African music (drumming) and dance traditions especially that of Ghana. Prior to Binghamton, Dr. Nyamuame was an adjunct lecturer teaching ethnomusicology (world music), co-director of Agbedidi African Ensemble, associate director of Pazeni Sauti Africa Choir at the University of Florida. He was affiliated faculty for the Center for African Studies and assisted in organizing outreach programs in the Alachua county public schools. Dr. Nyamuame also lectured at Wesleyan University and University of Ghana respectively in the departments of music and dance and directed several ensembles. In addition, he taught African music and dance, facilitated workshops and choreographed dances for ensembles at many institutions including Howard University (DC), Mt. Holyoke College (MA), The Five Colleges of Massachusetts, University of Massachusetts (Dartmouth), Western Connecticut State University (CT), Naugatuck Valley Community College (CT), Brown University (RI), Yale University (New Haven), College of Central Florida (Ocala, FL), New World School of the Arts (Miami, FL), University of Mississippi (Oxford) and University of Ghana (Legon) among others. Dr. Nyamuame also performed with several renowned artists including Harry Belafonte, Stevie Wonders, Danny Glover and Brazilian greatest pandeiro player Carlinhos Pandeiro de Ouro. Besides his performances, Dr. Nyamuame has presented scholarly works at regional, national and international conferences in ethnomusicology and African studies. Dr. Nyamuame is an experienced master drummer, dancer, choreographer and a scholar who has taken a keen interest in researching the concept and foundation of traditional African and especially Ghanaian musical performance practices.
Margaret Reitz, piano/accompanist
Pej Reitz, pianist, is a native of the Binghamton Area. She received her bachelor and master of music degrees in piano performance with accompanying emphasis. She attended Boston University, New England Conservatory and Binghamton University. She has studied piano with Jean Casadesus, Victor Rosenbaum, Seymour Fink and Walter Ponce and accompanying with Allen Rogers. She has accompanied throughout the United States, in England, South America, Spain and at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. She was a winner of the Artistic Ambassadors Program by the United States Information Agency in partnership with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She was an official accompanist for the MTNA State and Eastern Division Competition held at Ithaca College. She has been a guest chamber music artist in Morges, Switzerland. She also was selected to attend the Accompanying Workshop for Singers and Pianists held at Northwestern University with Chicago Lyric Opera faculty and coaches. She was invited to the International Clarinet Conference to play a recital in Tokyo, Japan. She was a guest artist on the Cornell Summer Series. She was an official pianist at the International Double Reed Competition and Convention in 2007 at Ithaca College and was invited to play the 2009 Convention in Birmingham, England with the Glickman Ensemble. She recorded a CD with the Glickman Ensemble again this summer in Englewood, N.J. She was selected to accompany at the Interpretation of Spanish Music in conjunction with the University of Madrid in Grenada, Spain, coached by Teresa Berganza, and at Mannes School of Music. She was a guest artist playing two concerts in Granada, Spain, and accompanied the Barcelona Song Festival. She soloed with the Catskill Symphony at the Otesaga in Cooperstown, N.Y., under the direction of Charles Schneider last summer. This past summer she accompanied at The International Spanish Music Festival in Madrid, Spain. She has been on the faculty at Binghamton University since 1991, and Ithaca College School of Music since 1999. She is president of the local District VII Music Teachers Association and is an active adjudicator for the National Piano Guild Organization.
Roberta Crawford, viola
Lecturer of music (Viola). Roberta Crawford, violist, performs extensively as a recitalist and chamber musician. As associate director and a founding member of the Finger Lakes Chamber Ensemble, Crawford has participated in over 100 solo, chamber and lecture-recitals presented by the ensemble since its formation in 1990. She is violist with the Mobius Ensemble, a resident piano quartet at Binghamton University which performs frequently on campus and throughout the region. She has performed with the Catskill Chamber Players, appeared often on the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra’s Sunday Chamber Music Series and was a guest performer with the Ariadne String Quartet. Crawford has played with the Portland and Syracuse symphonies and has served as principal violist for the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra. Recent activities include performaning in the world premiere of Fault Lines for piano quartet, written by award-winning composer James Matheson and presented at Cornell University’s Mayfest this past spring. An advocate of new music, Crawford has premiered numerous works featuring viola and has been the dedicatee of several works written specifically for her. She has participated in music festivals throughout the United States and in the Caribbean and has appeared in live performance broadcasts for public radio and television. A dedicated teacher, she has served as clinician, coach and adjudicator for numerous music organizations and as director of ViolaFest at Binghamton. Crawford served for five years as a faculty/artist for the NSOA ASTA String Institute at Ithaca College. She has been a guest faculty member at Phillips Academy, the Quartet Program, Ithaca College, and the Eastman School of Music and is currently coordinator of strings at Binghamton University.
Janey Choi, violin
Lecturer in music (violin), Janey Choi, Canadian violinist, gave her Carnegie Hall recital debut in 1997, as a winner of the Artists International Auditions and continues an active career performing on recital and chamber series, on Broadway and with such groups as the New York City Ballet, Ardelia Trio and the Teaching Artists Ensemble of the New York Philharmonic, with whom she has toured internationally to Japan and the United Arab Emirates, performing interactive educational concerts. The recipient of numerous awards including the Chalmers Performing Arts Grant from the Ontario Arts Council (Canada) and National First Prize in the Canadian Music Competition, she has participated in such festivals as Mostly Mozart, Norfolk, Taos, the Spoleto Festivals in the U.S. and Italy, Festival Musical de Santo Domingo, the Santa Fe Opera and the Sarasota Opera. An avid inter-arts and cross-genre collaborator, she is the music director of Thomas/Ortiz Dance, and has performed numerous times with the Parsons Dance Co., most notably at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and at the New Victory Theater in Times Square. Recently, she initiated an inter-departmental collaboration with the Paul Taylor Dance Company, and the Binghamton University Music and Dance departments, performing a 50th anniversary gala for Binghamton University's Anderson Center for the Performing Arts. Her other interests have taken her to the visual arts world, developing and presenting an annual "Music + Art" show commissioning artwork based on chamber works. She has recorded and appeared with such mainstream performers as Bono (U2) and Quincy Jones, Adele, Beyoncé, Aretha Franklin, Enya, Elton John, Jay-Z, Sarah McLachlan, Lenny Kravitz and Kanye West; on the Grammys; MTV; Saturday Night Live; the Today Show; at Live 8, Radio City Music Hall; and Royal Albert Hall in London, England. Choi holds the distinction of being the youngest and only pre-college student ever accepted by her late mentor, Joseph Fuchs at The Juilliard School, where she graduated from the accelerated BM/MM program with the Joseph Fuchs Graduation Prize. Her other major teachers include Joel Smirnoff, Victor Danchenko, Harvey Shapiro and Arnold Steinhardt. She attained her doctor of musical arts degree at Rutgers University with full scholarship and was the recipient of the Graduate Fellowship Award. Strongly committed to education, she has been on the faculty of Binghamton University since 2006, and is a teaching artist for the New York Philharmonic and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. She has presented educational workshops for the College Music Society National Conference, Tokyo College of Music and Lincoln Center Institute. In her free time, she enjoys marathon and triathlon training, playing soccer and ice hockey.
Stephen Stalker, cello/bass
Adjunct Lecturer in music (cello, bass and chamber music.) Bachelor of Music, Master of Music, Manhattan School of Music. Past president of the New York Chapter of the American String Teachers Association; former strings chair of the New York State School Music Association; co-founder and officer of the Binghamton Cello Festival and the Southern Tier Music Teachers Association. Concerto appearances with the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, Catskill Symphony, Schenectady Symphony, Colgate Concert Orchestra, Binghamton University Symphony; former principal of the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra in Ithaca, NY; performs regularly with the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic. Recital and chamber music appearances in New York state and Pennsylvania. As a member of the Madison String Quartet, was Artist-in-Residence at Colgate University, finalist in the Evian International String Quartet Competition, finalist in the Naumberg Chamber Music Competition. As a member of the Catskill Chamber Players, has performed concerts at Weill Recital Hall in New York City, over 70 performances in New York state. Performed the complete Beethoven Piano Trio cycle at Binghamton University with Janet Brady and Walter Poncé. Currently performing with the Prometheus Ensemble, based in Danbury, CT.
Judy Berry, German diction
Adjunct lecturer in German diction
Maria Cook, Italian diction
Adjunct lecturer in German diction
William James Lawson, language and English diction
-see under VOICE AND OPERA
Carmen Swoffer-Penna, French diction
Adjunct lecturer in music and French (French diction). BA, State University of New York at Binghamton.
Bruce Borton, voice and choral
-see under CONDUCTORS
Scott Bergeson, Tri-Cities Opera Music and Associate Artistic Director and Binghamton University Visiting Associate Professor Master of Music in Opera joint degree program with TCO
Following studies in conducting and piano at Oberlin Conservatory, the Hochschule für Musik in Berlin and at the Juilliard School, Mr. Bergeson received an American Opera Center Fellowship. He joined the music staff of the New York City Opera as Assistant Conductor in 1977, received the Julius Rudel Award in 1980 and made his conducting debut with the company in 1981. During the next thirteen seasons, he conducted more than 300 performances and worked with many Tri-Cities Opera trained artists, including Richard Leech, Bruce Reed and Kenneth Shaw.In 1992, he joined the staff of the Metropolitan Opera as Assistant Conductor and made his conducting debut in 1998. There he conducted notable international stars including: Placido Domingo, Anne Sophie von Otter, Hei Kyung Hong, Karita Mattila and Bryn Terfel.With the San Francisco Opera, from 1997-2001, he was on the staff of the company's Merola Opera Program for emerging young artists.He has led performances with companies throughout the world, including Cleveland Opera, Opera Theater of St. Louis, Santa Fe Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Connecticut Opera, Fort Worth Opera, Kentucky Opera, Utah Opera, San Diego Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Philadelphia Opera, Minnesota Opera, Aspen Music Festival, Orlando Opera, Brussels' Theatre la Monnaie, Oslo's Den Norske Opera, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra in Norway, Philharmonic Orchestra of Bucharest in Romania and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.Equally at home on the podium and with the training of young artists, Mr. Bergeson has also served as guest conductor with major universities, including Oberlin Conservatory, Yale University, and the Manhattan School of Music.
Mary Burgess, voice/opera
Associate professor of music (coordinator of vocal area, voice, opera). BMus Curtis Institute of Music. Private vocal study with Mme. Eufemia Giannini Gregory and Dick Marzollo. Special studies in opera and interpretation with Martial Singher and Herbert Graf. Recipient of scholarships from Brevard Music Center and Marlboro School of Music. Foundation grants from the William Matheus Sullivan Musical Foundation and from the Martha Baird Rockefeller Foundation for Music. New York City Opera debut at age 22, while still an undergraduate at Curtis Institute of Music. European opera debut at Holland Festival in title role of Cavalli's L'Erismena. Appeared as soprano soloist with over two dozen U.S. orchestras, including Boston Symphony (with Seiji Ozawa), Cleveland Orchestra (with Lorin Maazel), Chicago Symphony (with Simon Rattle) and Cincinnati Symphony (with Klaus Tennstedt, James Conlon). Appearances at such prestigious festivals as Spoleto (Italy), Ravinia, Aspen, Casals, Blossom, Chautauqua, Marlboro and the Cincinnati May Festival, in repertory ranging from Bach to Mozart, Mahler, Ravel and Shostakovich. Leading roles with numerous regional opera companies; repertory includes 38 opera roles from Monteverdi to Virgil Thomson, in five languages, and over 45 works with orchestra. Recorded performances issued by CRI, CBS Masterworks, Columbia, Telarc, Sony Classics. Member of the music faculty since 1984.
Jean Goodheart, voice/opera
Soprano Jean Miller Goodheart has performed leading roles in opera, concert and recital throughout the United States. She has performed with Chautauqua Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Tri-Cities Opera, Greater Buffalo Opera and Encompass New Opera Theatre. Her leading roles include Juliette in Romeo and Juliette, Mimi and Musetta in La Boheme, Micaela in Carmen, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus, Sandrina in La Finta Giardiniera and Sonia in The Merry Widow. In NYC she was a soloist at Merkin Recital Hall, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine and The New York Festival of Song's Education Program. Other performances include the role of Kristel in James MacMillan's Opera Parthenogenesis and Mary in Dave Brubeck's La Fiesta de la Posada with the Dave Brubeck quartet at the University of Buffalo Performing Arts Center. Her most recent awards were several NYSCA grants to bring "Arts Partner" residencies into schools. Previous awards include a career grant from the Shoshana Foundation and awards and scholarships from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Bel Canto Foundation, Chautauqua Institute, New York Singing Teachers Association, Music Academy of the West, Tri-Cities Opera Guild and Manhattan School of Music.
Ms. Goodheart received her BM and MM degree from Manhattan School of Music. She has worked as a teaching artist for Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center Institute and was the Education Director for The New York Festival of Song. She was on the voice faculty at Purchase College Conservatory of Music from 1999-2009. In 2011 she opened her private voice studio in Binghamton, NY. She has served on the grant review panel for
The NYS Council on the Arts and is an adjudicator for NYSSMA.
Thomas Goodheart, voice/opera
Assistant professor of voice. BM, MM Manhattan School of Music. Past voice faculty Purchase College Conservatory of Music 1999-2010. Baritone Thomas Goodheart has performed over 40 leading roles in opera and oratorio with companies throughout the United States including The Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Chautauqua Opera, New York City Opera National Company, Connecticut Opera, Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh, Des Moines Metro Opera, Artpark Opera and Tri-Cities Opera. Recent performances include the American stage premiere of the role of Bruno in James MacMillan's Opera Parthenogenesis. Leading roles include Marcello in La Boheme, Escamillo in Carmen, Germont in La Traviata, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, the father in Hansel and Gretel and Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor. Goodheart has appeared as a guest soloist with symphony orchestras in the United States and South America. In New York City he has been a soloist at Avery Fischer Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Kaye Playhouse and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Concert credits include Orff's Carmina Burana, Handel's Messiah, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony & Missa Solemnis, Haydn's Creation and Mendolssohn's Elijah. He has received awards from The Metropolitan Opera National Council, The New York State Council on the Arts, The Joy in Singing Competition, Bel Canto Opera Foundation, The Ezio Pinza Council for American Singers, The Chautauqua Concerto Competition and The Tri-Cities Opera. He has been a performer/teaching artist with the education departments of the New York Philharmonic, Lincoln Center Institute and the New York Festival of Song. Goodheart maintains a private voice studio in NYC and is on the voice faculty of the Westchester Summer Vocal Institute and C.W. Post College at Long Island University. His students have gone on to graduate study at the Juilliard School, Eastman School of Music, Mannes College of Music, Indiana University, Manhattan School of Music, Guild Hall (London, England) and the Opera Institute of Boston University among others. His students are currently singing professionally throughout the United States and Europe. He lives with his wife, soprano Jean Miller Goodheart, and their son Matthew.
William James Lawson, coach, English diction, sacred music, vocal pianist
Adjunct lecturer in music. BA with honors, Binghamton University, MA (performance studies) New York University. Studies in church music with M. Lee Suitor and M. Searle Wright, piano with Seymour Fink and Patricia Hanson, vocal coaching with Stevenson Barrett, voice with Curtis Streetman and Catherine Fitzmaurice. Served as assistant organist, University of Pittsburgh (Heinz Memorial Chapel). Organist and director of music Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church, New York City, since 1998. Publications include articles in The International Encyclopedia of Dance (Oxford University Press, 1998) and Ballet Review. Edited seven annual editions of Stern's Performing Arts Directory and three biennial editions of the Dance Magazine College Guide. Editions of music include Felix Draeseke's Sonata No. 2 in F Major for Viola and Piano, WoO 26, published (Wollenweber Verlag, 1996) and recorded (AK Coburg DR0001), and an 18th-century arrangement of Mozart's Gran Partita performed by the chamber ensemble An die Musik in New York City and at the Flanders Festival in Belgium. Served as librarian and research associate and wrote program notes for the Classical Band, a period-instrument orchestra in New York City directed by Trevor Pinnock. Current research interest is Anglican church music of the Victorian-Edwardian era. Member of faculty since 1998.
Diane Richardson, vocal coach & collaborative pianist
Associate professor of music - part-time (vocal literature, accompanying and coaching). BM Oberlin College; MA Teachers College Columbia University. Professional training at the Juilliard School studying vocal repertoire with Sergius Kagen, Robert Starer and piano with Adele Marcus. Studies at the Mozarteum, in Salzburg, Austria, and L'Universita Per Stranieri in Perugia, Italy. Toured extensively with leading artists throughout the United States and Europe. For more than a decade, an assistant conductor with the New York City Opera Company. Taught five years at the Yale School of Music. Served as assistant conductor in the Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy; associated with the Santa Fe Opera Festival and the Spoleto USA Festival in Charleston, South Carolina, since its inception in 1977. Holds concurrent faculty appointments at the Juilliard School and at Binghamton University. Member of the music faculty since 1983.
Hong Zhang, lecturer, Singing Chinese
Hong Zhang holds a Master of Music degree in Voice Performance from Binghamton University, SUNY, and a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is the founder and director of Song of Silk, a performance group that aims to bridge East and West. Zhang has been an active soloist in many concerts and groups, including the Shanghai Philharmonic Society, the Milwaukee Symphony Chorus, the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Eastern Silk. Zhang gives lectures and recitals on Chinese vocal music and culture and workshops on Teaching Chinese through Song nationwide and abroad. Currently a Senior Instructor of Chinese at Binghamton University, Zhang has received awards for Excellence in Teaching from Binghamton University and Outstanding Contribution to Chinese Language Education from Chinese Language Teachers Association. Her curriculum includes the ground-breaking course, Singing Chinese. Students of this class won awards at many competitions. In addition, Zhang has also co-authored Chinese through Song (SUNY Press) and Cultural Chinese: Readings in Art, literature, and history (Georgetown University Press).
John Lathwell, oboe
Lecturer of music (oboe). BM the University of Iowa; MM the Manhattan School of Music. Principal oboist of the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra (Ithaca, NY), the Binghamton Symphony, the Tri-Cities Opera and the BC Pops. Chamber musician throughout the central New York area with appearances as soloist with the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, the Syracuse Society for New Music and the BC Pops. Private teacher of oboe, previously taught at Ithaca College. Primary teachers: Richard Killmer, oboe professor at the Eastman School of Music, and Joseph Robinson, principal oboist of the New York Philharmonic. Member of the music faculty since 1988.
April Lucas, saxophone
Professor of saxophone, Lucas performs as principal saxophonist and bass clarinetist with the Binghamton Philharmonic and the Tri-Cities Opera Orchestra. She is co-founder and business manager of the Empire Saxophone Quartet and tours regularly with the New Sousa Band under the direction of Keith Brion, where she has appeared many times as soloist. As a member of these organizations, Lucas has presented clinics and workshops at universities and public schools throughout the United States and Japan. She has been a guest conductor for festival bands throughout New York state and Pennsylvania. She has been a past regional director for the North American Saxophone Alliance and has served on the faculties of Hartwick College and Broome Community College. Currently a music educator in the Susquehanna Valley Central School District, she has also served as an adjudicator for NYSSMA. Her recordings include releases with the Empire Saxophone Quartet, the New Sousa Band, the Saxophone Sinfonia and the Hudson Valley Saxophone Quartet. Lucas has also performed with the Catskill Symphony, the Utica Symphony and the Corning Symphony orchestras. She performed with the New Sousa Band, at the Ohio State Music Educators Conference in Cincinnati and at Ohio State University in Columbus. She will present clinics and workshops at both events. Lucas also conducted the Pennsylvania Honors Band, grades 7 and 8, at Blue Ridge High School in April 2008, and served as a woodwind adjudicator for the NYSTMA solo competition at Binghamton University in October 2007. During the past few years the Empire Saxophone Quartet has been a guest performance group at the National Saxophone Conference in Montreal, Canada; performed with the United States Navy Band in Washington, DC; with the Cincinnati Conservatory Wind Ensemble and the Madrigal Choir of Binghamton. Lucas has done several arrangements for the Empire Saxophone Quartet, including quartet accompaniments for the Madrigal Choir of Binghamton. Recordings include “Escape to the Center” ,“Winter Branches” (music by David Kechley), and “Classic Saxophone” with the Empire Saxophone Quartet; “Music from the Biltmore Estate” (works by Caryl Florio) with the New Hudson Saxophone Quartet,; The Saxophone Sinfonia” and “Holiday Homecoming” with the Saxophone Sinfoniea; and “The Original All-American Sousa” (Delos Label) with the New Sousa Band.
Georgetta Gatto Maiolo, flute
Georgetta Maiolo is a member of the faculty of Binghamton University and Broome Community College, teaching flute and directing flute ensembles. From 1977 to 1996, she held the position of assistant professor of flute at Ithaca College. She also taught flute at Hartwick College and West Virginia University. Maiolo is a graduate of Duquesne University and attended graduate school at West Virginia University. She studied with Bernard Goldberg, principal flutist of the Pittsburgh Symphony, Marcel Moyse at Marlboro School of Music and Victor Saudek. At the age of 15, she made her solo debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony. She is the recipient of numerous honors, including the Very Reverend Thomas J. Quigley Award, the NCMEA National music award, the Pittsburgh Tuesday Musical Club, the Enola M. Lewis Scholarship and the Mu Phi Epsilon Sterling Achievement Award. Maiolo is the principal flutist of the Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra, Tri-Cities Opera Orchestra and Downtown Singers Orchestra. In addition to her playing positions, she concertizes as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. Maiolo has been recognized for the breadth of her contributions to performance and music education. She has premiered compositions for flute by Jack Martin, Dan Locklair, Edith Borroff, Malcolm Lewis, Richard Herman, Jeffrey Nitch, Timothy Rolls and Paul Goldstaub. In 1985, Maiolo was honored to conduct the NYSSMA All-State Flute Choir. She served as the flute chairperson for the NYSSMA Manual from l981 to 2001. She is chapter advisor for Mu Phi Epsilon, Zeta Eta Chapter at Binghamton University. She is a “clinician” for the Selmer Company. She is a member of the National Flute Association. She has recorded for Crest Records and NPR. Her performances have earned her lavish praise: “Georgetta Maiolo provided some exquisite musical moments in her flute solos,” wrote Alice Mitchell in a review in the Press & Sun-Bulletin in Binghamton, N.Y. “Georgetta Maiolo should be singled out for praise in her work with Soprano Louise Wohlafka in the ‘Mad Scene’ in Lucia. Her tone was like another lovely voice in the cadenza…Ms. Maiolo’s wonderful tone and musicianship were in evidence here and through the entire opera,” commented a critic for WSKG-FM radio. In the August 1999 Opera News review of the Tri-Cities Opera production of Die Zauberflote, William W. West stated “…with some lovely flute playing from Georgetta Maiolo”.
Timothy Perry, clarinet
Martha J. Weber, bassoon
Martha Weber returned to teach bassoon at Binghamton University in 2006. She has also taught bassoon at Hartwick College. She is the band director at Ann G. McGuinness Intermediate School in the Union-Endicott District, where she is also a trained mentor for new teachers. Weber is a Certified NYSSMA Adjudicator. She received her bachelor's of music in music education and her master's degree in applied music from Ithaca College. She has done post-graduate work at the American Band College. Weber has studied bassoon with Edward J. Gobrecht, Jr., David Ross and Julie Gregorian. Weber teaches bassoon lessons, bassoon methods, bassoon reed-making and small ensemble coaching at Binghamton University. She is a master reed maker. She studied reed-making with Edward J. Gobrecht, Jr., Louis Skinner and Julie Gregorian. Weber is actively sought for bassoon and reed-making master classes. She maintains an active private bassoon studio in her home. Weber has been a member of the Binghamton Philharmonic and Tri-Cities Opera orchestras since 1985. She actively performs with her woodwind quintet, "The Fair Winds." She has also performed with the BC Pops, Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, Catskill Symphony, Utica Symphony and the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes. She maintains membership in the Music Educators' National Conference (MENC), for which she has had several articles published, New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA), and the International Double Reed Society (IDRS), for which she has been a presenter.
Jan Delli-Bovi, piano technician
Cheryl McGowan, secretary
Cheryl McGowan has been among the staff of Binghamton University for 20 years. Cheryl began her career in the Music Department in 1994. She then worked for the Graduate School (2008-2012), and Health Services (2012/13). She enthusiastically rejoined her position in the Music Department in March of 2013. She has an Associate's Degree from Broome Community College. Outside of work, Cheryl is most proud of being a mother and grandmother. She has 3 children and 2 granddaughters that are the lights of her life.
René Neville, assistant to the chair
René Neville holds a BA in English literature (folklore) with a minor in sociocultural anthropology from Binghamton University. She is involved in the local community theater scene and has worked, performed and choreographed for several theater companies and dance programs. For the last few years, she has provided movement classes for the Summer Youth Musical Theatre program, co-sponsored by the Music Department at Binghamton University. Neville founded and is the artistic director of Dance Stories, the resident dance company of the Endicott Performing Arts Center (EPAC). She is also a member of EPAC's Board of Directors and is host of a public affairs show on WHRW, Binghamton University's free-format radio station. She is also a member of the grant review panel for the Broome, Chenango, Otsego counties Council of the Arts Decentralization Grant program. In 2010, Neville was chosen as a Broome County Arts Council Heart of the Arts nominee. Play your music. Dance.
Derek Worden, recording assistant
Marnie Wrighter, concert manager
Marnie Wrighter joined the Binghamton University Music Department staff in August 2005. She has a bachelor of business administration degree with a dual major in marketing and management from St. Bonaventure University. During her time at St. Bonaventure, she spent a semester abroad at Ealing College in London, England. Upon graduation, she became the sales coordinator for Hilton Hotel's Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. She was then promoted to the Rye Town Hilton as the director of the conference center where she won the prestigious Conference Center Market Sales Excellence Award from Hilton Hotels Corporation. In 1997, she moved back to her hometown of Endicott, N.Y., and accepted the position as the director of marketing at Ridley-Lowell Business & Technical Institute. In 2004, she was published in Manchester's "Who's Who Among Executive and Professional Women". From 2007-2009, she was the chair of the Ways and Means Committee for the Tioga Hills PTA and from 2009-2012, she was the chair of the PARP reading program. From 2007-2013, she was the chair of the Cultural Arts Committee where she also served as the stage manager for the musical "Secret Garden - Spring Edition" and produced "Musicville the Musical" with 70 participating students from the Tioga Hills Elementary School. She served as president of the Tioga Hills PTA in 2011 - 2012 and in the Spring of 2013, she received the Vestal District Council award for her dedication and commitment to serving the Vestal students, staff and parents of the Vestal Schools Community. She is honored to work with the exceptional staff and faculty in the Music Department at Binghamton University.
Last Updated: 10/11/13