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Faculty and Staff

Our faculty of outstanding and internationally recognized performers, composers, scholars, and researchers is dedicated to providing our diverse student body with a rich musical environment and an excellent education through private lessons, large and small ensembles, mentoring, and highly interactive classes.

Our more than 150 faculty members include winners of the Grammy Award, the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Fulbright Fellowship, and soloists with world-renowned opera companies and symphony orchestras.

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Jung Choi

Assistant Professor of Oboe

Horacio Contreras

Associate Professor of Cello, effective Fall 2022
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Gal Faganel

Visiting Professor of Cello
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Darrel Hale

Associate Professor of Bassoon

Haley Hoops

Adjunct Instructor - Horn
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Erika J. Knapp

Assistant Professor of Music Education
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Dina Nesterenko

Adjunct Instructor - Violin
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Stephanie Rhodes Russell

Associate Professor and Music Director of Opera
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Destiny Andrews

Assistant Director for Event Management
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Brian Cheesman

Graduate Office Academic Counselor
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Sarah Goocher

Assistant Director of Admissions
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Phillip Marion

Development Support Coordinator

Austin Martinez

Director of Recording Services

Melissa Minick

Senior Academic Counselor
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Carole Overturf

Administrative Coordinator in the Division of Instrumental Studies
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Laura Russell

Administrative Coordinator for the Division of Music History/Theory/Ethnomusicology (MHTE), Music Education and Composition Studies Divisions

Madison Russell

Administrative Coordinator
Division of Jazz Studies