Music Faculty

Associate Professor Joshua Davis holds a D.M.A. in composition from the University of Maryland. He teaches double bass, world music, improvisation and jazz history, and directs the big band and small jazz ensembles.

Associate Professor Eric Hinton holds a Ph.D. from the Birmingham Conservatoire in the U.K. He conducts the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band and Stadium Band and teaches trumpet, instrumental conducting and brass instrument pedagogy.

Associate Professor Marcos Krieger holds a D.M.A. from the University of Nebraska. He teaches organ, harpsichord, music history and ear training.

Associate Professor Gail Levinsky holds a D.M. from Northwestern University. She teaches applied studies in saxophone, saxophone ensemble and instrumental pedagogy, as well as music education courses.

Associate Professor Patrick Long holds a D.M.A. from the Eastman School of Music. He teaches composition, music theory and music technology.

Associate Professor Valerie Martin, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, holds a D.M.A. from the University of Alabama. Her specialty is wind conducting.

Associate Professor Naomi Niskala holds a D.M.A. from Stony Brook University and an artist diploma from the Yale School of Music. She teaches applied piano and music theory courses.

Associate Professor David Steinau, department head, holds a D.M.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He directs the Opera Studio and teaches voice, vocal literature and 20th-century theory.

Associate Professor Julia Brasher Thorn is director of choral activities and holds the Cyril M. Stretansky Distinguished Professorship Chair in Choral Music. Her D.M.A. in conducting is from the University of Alabama.

Associate Professor Nina Tober holds a D.M.A. from Claremont Graduate University. A concert performer and past winner of the Metropolitan Opera auditions, she teaches voice, diction and vocal pedagogy.

Associate Professor Jennifer Sacher Wiley holds a D.M.A. from the University of Minnesota. She teaches violin, violin pedagogy and Survey of World Music.

Assistant Professor Gregory Grabowski is completing a D.M.A. at the University of North Texas. He directs the University Orchestra.

Assistant Professor Jason Vodicka holds a D.M.A. from the University of Georgia. He serves as coordinator of music education and directs the University Chorale.

Lecturer in Music Ilya Blinov holds a D.M.A. from the University of Michigan. He is the department's staff accompanist and also teaches collaborative piano, piano studio and Introduction to Music.

Part-time Faculty. Professional musicians from throughout the region are hired to teach lessons and classes. Studio faculty members are announced on a semester-by-semester basis in registration schedules.