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.


Gideon F. Alorwoyie

Professor of Percussion
Director of the African Percussion Ensemble

José M. Aponte

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

Steve Barnes

Adjunct Instructor - Percussion (Jazz Drum Set)

Michael Crawford

Adjunct Instructor - Percussion (Methods Courses)

Quincy Davis

Associate Professor of Percussion (Jazz Drum Set)

Mark Ford

Coordinator of Percussion
Regents Professor of Percussion (Marimba, Ensembles)

Dave Hall

Associate Professor of Percussion (Marimba, Timpani, Ensembles)

Stockton Helbing

Adjunct Instructor - Percussion (Jazz Drum Set)

Paul Rennick

Associate Professor of Percussion (Snare Drum, Ensembles)

Sandi Rennick

Adjunct Faculty - Percussion (Marimba)

Ed Smith

Adjunct Instructor - Vibraphone
Director of the Bwana Kumala Gamelan Ensemble

Poovalur Sriji

Adjunct Instructor - Percussion
Director of the South Indian Cross-Cultural Ensemble