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 nearly 200 faculty and staff members include winners of prizes from the National Endowment for the Humanities, National Endowment for the Arts, Grammy Awards, Emmy Awards, Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Guggenheim Fellowship, Fulbright Fellowship and soloists with world-renowned opera companies and symphony orchestras.


José M. Aponte

Principal Lecturer of Drum Set and Latin Percussion
Director of the Latin Jazz Lab Band

Jennifer Barnes

Professor of Vocal Jazz
Coordinator of Vocal Jazz Studies
Director of Jazz Singers

Steve Barnes

Adjunct Instructor - Percussion (Jazz Drum Set)

Alan Baylock

Associate Professor
Director of the One O'Clock Lab Band®
Coordinator of Lab Bands

Rodney Booth

Principal Lecturer of Jazz Trumpet

Craig Crafton

Adjunct Instructor - Jazz Studies

Quincy Davis

Associate Professor of Percussion (Jazz Drum Set)

Richard DeRosa

Professor of Jazz Composition and Arranging
Director of Three O'Clock Lab Band

Philip Dizack

Assistant Professor of Jazz Trumpet - Improvisation Emphasis
Coordinator of Jazz Chamber Music

Rosana Eckert

Principal Lecturer of Vocal Jazz

Nick Finzer

Assistant Professor of Jazz Trombone

Noel Johnston

Adjunct Instructor - Jazz Guitar

Brad Leali

Professor of Jazz Saxophone

Federico Llach

Assistant Professor of Commercial Music

Craig Marshall

Program Manager for Jazz Lab Band
Adjunct Instructor - Jazz Studies

Dave Meder

Assistant Professor of Jazz Piano
Coordinator of Improvisation

Paul Metzger

Adjunct Instructor of Jazz Guitar

Davy Mooney

Associate Professor of Jazz Studies (Guitar)

Jessica Muñiz-Collado

Assistant Professor of Music Business

Rob Parton

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

Lynn Seaton

Regents Professor of Jazz Bass

Kimberly Hannon Teal

Assistant Professor of Jazz History and Research

Scott Tixier

Assistant Professor of Jazz Violin
Director of Jazz String Lab

Craig Marshall

Program Manager for Jazz Lab Band
Adjunct Instructor - Jazz Studies

Madison Russell

Administrative Coordinator
Division of Jazz Studies