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, and highly interactive classes.

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


Andrew Chung

Assistant Professor of Music Theory

Daniel Cook

Lecturer in Wind Studies
Director of Athletic Bands
Conductor of Wind Ensemble

Philip Dizack

Assistant Professor of Jazz Trumpet - Improvisation Emphasis

Justin Lavacek

Assistant Professor of Music Theory

Kristina Caswell MacMullen

Associate Professor of Choral Studies

Rob Parton

Associate Professor of Jazz Trumpet – Lead Trumpet Emphasis
Director of the Two O'Clock Lab Band
Interim Chair of the Division of Jazz Studies

Scott Tixier

Assistant Professor of Violin (Jazz/Popular/Alternative Styles)

Andrew Trachsel

Associate Professor of Wind Studies
Conductor of the Wind Orchestra

Willem van Schalkwyk

Opera Coach/Lecturer

Brian Wright

Assistant Professor of Music History