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.


José M. Aponte

Principal Lecturer of Drum Set and Latin Percussion
Director of the Afro-Cuban Ensemble
Director of the Brazilian Ensemble
Director of the Latin Jazz Lab Band

Jennifer Barnes

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

Steve Barnes

Adjunct Professor of Jazz Percussion

Alan Baylock

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

Rodney Booth

Principal Lecturer of Jazz Trumpet

Colleen B. Clark

Adjunct Instructor of Jazz

Quincy Davis

Assistant Professor of Jazz Percussion

Richard DeRosa

Professor of Jazz Composition and Arranging
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Philip Dizack

Assistant Professor of Jazz Trumpet - Improvisation Emphasis

Rosana Eckert

Principal Lecturer of Vocal Jazz

Nick Finzer

Assistant Professor of Jazz Trombone
Director of Three O'Clock Lab Band

Vincent Gardner

Adjunct Instructor of Jazz

Noel Johnston

Adjunct Professor - Jazz Guitar

Brad Leali

Professor of Jazz Saxophone

Craig Marshall

Program Manager for Jazz Lab Band
Adjunct Professor of Jazz Studies

Dave Meder

Assistant Professor of Jazz Piano

Paul Metzger

Adjunct Professor

Davy Mooney

Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies (Guitar)

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

Jonathan "Capital" Patterson

Assistant Professor of Popular and Commercial Music

Marion Powers

Adjunct Jazz Voice

Lynn Seaton

Professor of Bass

Kevin Swaim

Adjunct Instructor of Jazz Arranging

Scott Tixier

Assistant Professor of Jazz Violin
Coordinator of Jazz Performance Fundamentals for Strings I & II
Director of Jazz String Lab

Chuck Tumlinson

Adjunct Instructor - Jazz

Craig Marshall

Program Manager for Jazz Lab Band
Adjunct Professor of Jazz Studies

Christopher Walker

Administrative Coordinator for Jazz Studies