Faculty

Samuel D. McIlhagga, chair and associate professor.
B.Mus.Ed., 1992, Grand Valley State University; M.M. (wind conducting), 1993, Northwestern University; Ph.D. (music education), 2006, University of Minnesota. Appointed 2003.

David W. Abbott, professor.
B.M., 1977, Eastman School of Music; M.M., 1980, The Juilliard School; D.M.A., 1995, Eastman School of Music. Appointed 2005.

Maureen Balke, professor.
B.A., 1974, Marquette University; B.M., 1978, M.M., 1980, D.M. (vocal performance and pedagogy), 1991, Indiana University. Teachers and coaches include Lorna Warfield, Martha Lipton, Gianna d'Angelo and Carol Smith, Martin Katz, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Dalton Baldwin, Gerhard Hüsch. Post-doctoral studies at the CIFM International Music Institute in Nice, France; the Mozart Opera Studies Institute in Kaprun, Austria; the Aston Magna Academy on Schubert (NEH Fellowship); the Schubert Lied and Keyboard Festival, Westminster Choir College; and the International Festival of the Art Song. Certified Level III Somatic Voicework™—The LoVetri Method. Appointed 1988.

James S. Ball, professor.
B.M. (trombone), 1974, Oberlin Conservatory of Music; M.M. (trombone), 1982, Georgia State University; M.M. (orchestral conducting), 1983, Northwestern University; D.M.A. (orchestral conducting), 1992, Conservatory of Music, University of Missouri-Kansas City. Appointed 1999.

Lia Jensen-Abbott, staff lecturer.
B.M. (piano performance), 1995, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; M.M., (piano performance and pedagogy), 1999, M.A. (music theory and music history), 2003, Pennsylvania State University; D.M.A. (piano performance), 2006, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Performer Diploma, 2006, Indiana University.

Clayton G. Parr, associate professor.
B.A. (vocal performance), 1980, Albion College; Teaching Certificate, 1981, Michigan State University; M.M. (choral conducting), 1987, M.M. (vocal performance), 1989, D.M.A. (choral conducting), 1990, Michigan State University. Appointed 2012.

Applied Music Faculty

Takeshi Abo, adjunct instructor, violin and viola.
B.M. (violin performance), 1994, Kyoto City University of Arts; M.M. (violin performance), 1997; D.M.A. (violin performance), 2006, Michigan State University.

Emily Benner, adjunct instructor, voice and opera/musical theatre workshop.
B.M., 1995, M.M., 1997, D.M.A., 2005, University of Michigan.

Igor Cetkovic, adjunct instructor, cello.
Postgraduate Degree, 2008, University of Stavanger, Norway; M.M., 2011, Central Michigan University; D.M.A. candidate, Michigan State University.

Robert Doyle, adjunct instructor, voice.
B.M., 1985, Michigan State University; M.M., 1992, University of Texas, Austin; M.M. candidate in organ and church music, University of Michigan. Certified Level III Somatic Voicework™—The LoVetri Method.

Cynthia Duda, adjunct instructor, bassoon.
B.M., 1999, Bowling Green State University; M.M., 2003, Western Michigan University; D.M.A. candidate, Michigan State University.

Ellen Grafius, adjunct instructor, harp.
B.M.E., 1970, Michigan State University.

Robert Johnson, adjunct instructor, double bass.
B.M., 2009, Central Michigan University; M.M., 2011, D.M.A.candidate, Michigan State University.

John King, adjunct instructor, voice and opera/musical theatre workshop.
B.M.E., 1972, Central Michigan University; M.M., 1974, University of Colorado.

Nicholas Laban, staff accompanist.  
B.A., 2011, Albion College; M.M., 2013, Western Michigan University.

Tess Miller, adjunct instructor, flute.
M.M., 2001, D.M.A., 2004, Michigan State University.

James Otto, adjunct instructor, horn.
B.Mus.Ed., 1979, M.M., 1985, University of Michigan.

Daniel Palmer, adjunct instructor, guitar.  
B.A., 2011, Albion College; M.M., 2013, University of Toledo.

Stacy Root, adjunct instructor, elementary music education.
B.A. (music education), 2002, M.A. (music education), 2010, Michigan State University.

Elena Melinda Solero, accompanist.
B.M., 1982, DePauw University; M.M., 1984, Bowling Green State University.

Wesley Warnhoff, adjunct instructor, clarinet and saxophone.
B.M., 2010, Missouri State University; M.M., 2012, Michigan State University; D.M.A. candidate, Michigan State University.

Daniel Willenberg, adjunct instructor, jazz piano.  
B.A., 2011, Albion College; M.M., 2014, Western Michigan University.

Steve Wulff, adjunct instructor, percussion and drum set.
B.M. (performance), 2008, Michigan State University; M.M. (performance), 2010, University of South Carolina.