Wayne State University

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Theory and Composition
Dr. Anderson teaches composition and theory courses, and composes a variety of acoustic and electroacoustic music. He has received honors, awards, and invitations from the Society of Electro-Acoustic Music in...
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Director of Bands
Doug Bianchi is currently in his 19th year as Director of Bands at Wayne State University and conducts the Wind Symphony, Concert Band, and Chamber Winds, as well as teaches both...
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Theory and Composition
Karl Braunschweig specializes in new approaches to the history of music theory, and in several unique intersections of history, theory, and aesthetics in tonal music, particularly the ways in which...
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Frances N. Brockington, soprano, is a native Detroiter and favorite to area audiences.In 2005, Miss Brockington received the prestigious Msgr. Daniel Ryan Award as Outstanding Former Faculty from Sacred Heart...
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Associate Professor
Abigail Butler completed her undergraduate studies in voice performance at Keene State College, Keene, New Hampshire. She received a master of music degree from Midwestern State University in Texas and...
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Chris Collins is a professional jazz woodwind player who has toured throughout Japan, South Africa, Europe and North America as the leader of his own ensembles and as a featured...
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Associate Professor
Robert Conway is an associate professor of piano at Wayne State University, where he is also the director of the...
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Thomas Court is a recording engineer / Sound Designer by trade. After completing an honorable moment in the military, Mr. Court began recording and composing music professionally in 1971....
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Assistant Professor
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 Joshua S. Duchan is an ethnomusicologist specializing in American popular music, with particular interest in vocal music.  He completed his Ph.D. in 2007 at the University of Michigan with a...
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Norah Duncan IV is Chair and Associate Professor of Music at Wayne State University. He is also the Area Coordinator for Organ Performance. Additionally, he directs the WSU Concert Chorale...
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Academic Services Officer III/Classical Guitar Area Coordinator
Guitarist Lee Dyament has performed in numerous settings: As a studio guitarist for records and commercials, in the theater/opera pit, and for radio and television. His eclectic style has taken...
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Professor and Director Orchestral Studies
Kypros Markou is  professor and director of orchestral studies at Wayne State. Additionally he is music director of the Dearborn Symphony Orchestra in Michigan and music director of the Westmoreland...
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Assistant Professor
Wendy K. Matthews is Assistant Professor of Music Education at Wayne State University. She holds a Bachelor...
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Associate Professor
Saxophonist, flautist, composer and arranger Russ Miller is currently an Associate Professor of Jazz Studies at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, where his duties include teaching jazz improvisation, jazz...
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Interim Associate Chair and Associate Professor
Laura Leigh Roelofs is Associate Professor of Violin and String Area Coordinator in the Department of Music; for the 2014-15 academic year she is also serving as Interim Associate...
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Assistant Professor
Baritone Emery Stephens is an Assistant Professor of Voice at Wayne State University, where his teaching focuses on applied voice, class voice, and opera workshop. His professional credits include engagements...
Professor Dennis J. Tini
Distinguished Professor
Dennis J. Tini, WSU Distinguished Professor of Music, is Senior Associate Dean, Interim, of the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts, and Area Coordinator...
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Associate Professor
Mary Wischusen was born in New Jersey and received a Bachelor of Arts in Music (1968) from Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia. She received both of her graduate degrees from...
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Director of Athletic Bands and Saxophone
A South Carolina native, Matthew Younglove is an emerging artist and teacher of the saxophone. He currently serves on the faculty of Wayne State University in Detroit, MI as...

Part-time Faculty

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Jazz Trumpet
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Accompanist and Group Piano
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Kazimierz Brzozowski has garnered international acclaim for his captivating performances at the piano, in particular the music of Chopin. He frequently appears in concerts in the United States, Japan and...
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Harpsichord and Music History
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Neal Campbell is Principal Tuba for the Michigan Philharmonic and Dearborn Symphony Orchestra and tubist for the Gabrieli Brass Quintet. He has been on the faculty at universities in...
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Violoncello, DSO
 Marcy Chanteaux is the former Assistant Principal Cello of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Having grown up in a musical household in South Dakota, Chanteaux received her initial piano training from...
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Percussion and Percussion Ensemble
Attended Wayne State University where he studied with Salvatore Rabbio. Other teachers include Norman Fickett, Alan Abel and the late Charles Owen. Since graduating from WSU, Keith has experienced a very...
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Theory and Choral Union
Gerald Custer is a multifaceted choral musician, active as conductor, composer, author, clinician and teacher. He earned the Bachelor of Music...
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Jazz Percussion
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Metropolitan Opera District Finalist (Detroit-1991), Dorothy Duensing, Mezzo Soprano, has brought audiences “spontaneously to their feet with her artistry and flair.” In a review with the Dearborn Press and Guide,...
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Gordon Finlay, Lyric tenor, is a graduate of University of Michigan School of Music, where he was an honors student...
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Dr. Mark V. Flegg is a full-time independent professional trumpeter and educator based in Southeast Michigan (Metro Detroit). He has performed with many ensembles in the area, including the Detroit...
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Musicology and Ethnomusicology
K. [Kelly] Natasha Foreman was born in Minneapolis, MN, and received a Bachelor...
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Class and Private Piano
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Jazz Big Band III
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Gary began his musical training at the Interlochen Arts Academy, earning a Young Artists Award. He continued with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance cum laude at Wheaton College, IL,...
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Executive Vice President, Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Paul Hogle is Executive Vice President of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, a role which unifies all DSO operations: artistic, Board engagement, innovation & strategy, community engagement, education, audience and volunteer...
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Bassist Larry Hutchinson is an active performer, teacher and clinician. He has been a member of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra since 1983. His commitment to education is evidenced by his...
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Jazz Bass
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Jazz Trombone
Ron Kischuk is in his fourth season as the Artistic Director of the Toledo Jazz Orchestra. He is a Yamaha clinician and performing artist, and is the leader of...
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Group Piano, Theory, Music History
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A lyric soprano with local, national and international performing experience, native Detroiter Betty Lane has the distinction of...
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Flute, MOT
Laura Larson has distinguished herself throughout the flute world of the United States and abroad. Twice a winner in the National Flute Association Young Artist Competition, she also won 1st...
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Violin and Viola
John Alexander Madison received his Masters in Viola Performance from The University of Michigan and is currently the Principal Violist of The Michigan Opera Theatre. He performs regularly with The...
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Certified Online Profesor - Musicology
A gifted performer, pedagogue, presenter, and researcher, Eldonna L. May, certified online professor, is a faculty member...
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Jazz Piano
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Jazz Combos, Jazztet and Guitar Ensemble III
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In 2007, Shannon Orme was appointed Bass Clarinet of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Leonard Slatkin. Prior to joining the DSO, she was co-principal of the Hyogo Performing...
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Mary Paquette-Abt (PhD, University of Chicago) studies sacred and secular vocal music in early seventeenth-century Rome, eighteenth-century musical culture, and  the music of the United States, particularly Detroit.  ...
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Jazz Saxophone
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Jazz Piano and Jazz Theory and Harmony
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Karl Pituch was named Principal Horn of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in 2000. In 1988, he finished as one of the top five hornists at the 37th International Music Competition...
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Clarinet and Woodwind Methods
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Music Business
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Classical Guitar
BRIAN ROBERTS has been teaching and performing since 1972, after having studied at the NATIONAL AKADAMIE OF MUSIC in Vienna, Austria. His performances have taken him as far as...
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Music Theory and Composition
 Matthew Schoendorff is an accomplished composer of many styles of music. Although perhaps best known among the professional community for his works for wind band, Schoendorff writes for all types...
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Born in Los Angeles, Marcus Schoon began studying piano at the age of nine and saxophone at 12. His introduction to bassoon began when his high school concert band lost...
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Stephanie Shapiro held the tenured position of Oboe/English Horn with the San Antonio Symphony from 1997-2011, during which time she also served on the faculty of Trinity University. Ms. Shapiro...
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Sharon Sparrow has been appointed and tenured as Assistant Principal Flutist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra beginning with the 2014 season. In the Detroit Symphony she has also won the...
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Romanian-born violinist Marian Tănău first picked up the violin at the age of four and began his musical education in his hometown of Timisoara, Romania. He graduated from Liceul de...
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Jazz Percussion
David Taylor studied percussion performance at the University of Cincinnati/College-Conservatory of Music where his principal teacher was William Youhass.  Other teachers include Salvatore Rabbio, Gordon Stout, and Tim Hagans.  Since...
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Harp, Music Education
Patricia Terry-Ross began studying the harp with Velma Froude at Cass Technical High School in Detroit.  She attended the University of Michigan where she received both Bachelor and Master of...
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Cello and Chamber Music
Judith Vander Weg is a graduate of Indiana University and the University of Michigan with degrees in cello performance. She has appeared throughout the United States, Canada, Belgium, France, and...
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James VanValkenburg, Assistant Principal Viola of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, came to orchestral playing after a satisfying career in chamber music. As a founding member of the International String Quartet,...
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Group Piano
Stanley Waldon is a graduate of Wayne State University with a BS degree in Vocal Music Education, M.Ed., Guidance and Counseling; and D.Ed., Educational Administration and Supervision. While...
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String Methods
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 Robert Williams has been Principal Bassoonist of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra since September of 1974. Prior to that appointment he was solo bassoonist with the Winnipeg Symphony, Winnipeg CBC Orchestra,...
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 Violinist Hai Xin Wu joined the Detroit Symphony Orchestra violin section in July 1995 and was appointed Assistant Concertmaster of the DSO in June 2004. He previously performed throughout the...