Music Faculty

Ben Aldridge, Artist in Residence
M.M., Yale University
Areas of expertise: Trumpet
Ben Aldridge holds both Bachelors and Masters degrees from Yale University, and has been a member of the Binghamton Philharmonic since 1991.

Johana Arnold, Artist in Residence
M.M., Oberlin Conservatory
Areas of expertise: Voice
Johana Arnold sings regularly as a soloist with the Folger Consort in Washington, D.C. For many years, she was a member of the Western Wind Vocal Ensemble in New York City, where she also performed with the Ensemble for Early Music, Concert Royal, and the New York Contemporary Chamber Ensemble. Ms. Arnold has sung with Western Opera and Michigan Opera Theaters and with ensembles including Philip Glass, Steve Reich, and Meredith Monk. She has concertized and sung in operas in Europe, Asia and South America.

Paul Blake, Artist in Residence
M.M., Binghamton University
Areas of expertise: Low Brass
Paul Blake received his Bachelor of Science degree in music education in 2001 at Hartwick College. He is recieved his master’s degree in trombone performance from Binghamton University in 2006.  

Fideliz Campbell '12, Artist in Residence
B.S., Hartwick College
Areas of expertise: Piano, Keyboard Methods, Class Piano
Fideliz Campbell has been an Artist in Residence in piano at Hartwick College since 2013. She is also an adjunct professor in Keyboard Techniques and Class Piano. She serves as accompanist for music students, performing for convocation, jury and recital. In spring of 2014, Fideliz was the music director for Carrie the Musical held at Slade Theater. 

Cindy Donaldson, Artist in Residence
M.M., Indiana University
Areas of expertise: Voice
A resident of Otego, Ms. Donaldson is the general music teacher at Greater Plains School, an artist-in-residence at Hartwick College, and serves as the Choir Director at the First Presbyterian Church in Oneonta. She attended the Crane School of Music for her Bachelors in Music Education and Indiana University at Bloomington for a Masters in Opera Performance where she studied with Gabriella Tucci and Nicola Rossi-Lemeni.

Graeme Francis, Artist in Residence
D.M.A., University of Texas at Austin
francisg@hartwick.edu
Areas of expertise: Percussion
A native of Prince Edward Island, Canada, Graeme Francis received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Texas at Austin. His percussion teachers include Jill Ball, Thomas Burritt, Doug Howard, Kalman Cherry, Ed Smith, Tony Edwards, Brannen Temple, Daniel Glass, and Carl Allen.

Ana Laura González, Artist in Residence
D.M.A., University of Arizona
Areas of expertise: Music Theory, Flute, Choir
Dr. Ana Laura González serves as adjunct faculty in music theory department and Artist in Residence of Flute at Hartwick College since 2011. She is a native of Argentina and her repertoire spans from classical to contemporary music, with an emphasis on academic music from her home land. Her dissertation “European Cosmopolitanism to Folkloricism” analyzed elements of nationalistic language in earlier Argentinean academic music to the pure expression of traditional elements in flute music by Amancio Alcorta, Alberto Williams, and Angel Lasala. She has also been published in the Flutist Quarterly.

Daniel Hane, Artist in Residence
M.M., Manhattan School of Music
Areas of expertise: Bassoon
College, graduating in the inaugural class of the Bells Honors Program. While at Georgia Southern College, he studied bassoon with Constance Wells (Savannah Symphony). Prior to college he studied bassoon with Carl Nitchie (Atlanta Symphony). Mr. Hane also earned a Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music, where he was a student of Leonard Hindell (New York Philharmonic). While at MSM, he also studied chamber music and bassoon breath technique with Stephen Maxym (Metropolitan Opera), and completed the coursework towards a minor in music theory.

Stephanie Hollander, Artist in Residence
M.M., The Eastman School of Music
hollanders@hartwick.edu
Areas of expertise: Horn
Stephanie Hollander is an active freelancer in the NY Metro-Area. She has performed with many distinguished groups such as; Hudson Valley Philharmonic, Patriot Brass, The South Florida Symphony Orchestra, Miami Symphony, Bard Conducting Institute, Central Park Symphony, Washing Heights Chamber Orchestra, Bach Festival Orchestra, Albany Symphony, Concert in the Villages, Woodstock Chamber Orchestra and numerous others. In March 2017, she was principal horn for the North East tour of the distinguished pop Italian group, Il Volo. Her playing has brought her to play at many distinguished music halls through out the United States and to many venues internationally in Italy and Cuba.

Evan Jagels, Artist in Residence
M.A., City University of New York, Queens College
jagelse@hartwick.edu
Areas of expertise: Upright Bass, Electric Bass, Jazz Combo
Evan Jagels has a Master’s Degree in Jazz Performance from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, where he was the recipient of the Michael Feinstein Award. He has studied with Antonio Hart, Ron Carter, Buster Williams and Yoshio Aomori. Evan is an actively working bassist. In addition to jazz, he regularly performs rockabilly, country, rock and bluegrass.

Jeremy Kellett, Adjunct Instructor
Ph.D., University of Southern Mississippi
kellettj@hartwick.edu
Areas of expertise: Aural Skills, Jazz History, Rock Ensemble
Dr. Jeremy Kellett is a musician from Hattiesburg, Mississippi where he received his Bachelor’s Degree from William Carey University and his Master’s Degree and Ph.D. from The University of Southern Mississippi. He serves as adjunct faculty and artist in residence in guitar in the Department of Music at Hartwick College where he teaches aural skills, rock ensemble, guitar lessons, and jazz history.

Stephen Markuson, Adjunct Instructor
D.M.A., The Eastman School of Music
Areas of expertise: Popular Music, Radio, Rock, Broadway
Stephen Markuson’s musical career has been that of a stage actor and instructor. For the past 30+ years, he has performed throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe in opera, recital, oratorio, and musical theatre, seen locally with numerous productions by Orpheus Theatre and the Catskill Symphony. In addition, he holds a distinction of being in the first cast of the Glimmerglass Opera production of La Boheme.

Steven Nanni, Artist in Residence
Diploma, The Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory of Music, Milan, Italy
Areas of expertise: Voice, Vocal Methods, Opera/Musical Theater Scenes
Tenor Steven Nanni, “a world class tenor who has natural musicality, artistic instinct and vocal talent, sang the role of Nemorino in Donizetti’s L’elisir D’amore beautifully” (Irish Times) … “A particularly strong performance … Nanni sang beautifully” (Boston Globe). “Among Steven’s many talents are his natural musical instincts. He is a singer from the old school of bel canto and expressive line; a complete musical instrument and artist” –Nico Castel (Metropolitan Opera diction coach, Juilliard School professor).

Gregg Norris, Adjunct Instructor
M.S., Binghamton University
Areas of expertise: Jazz Ensemble
Gregg Norris earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education from Hartwick College (Oneonta, NY) in 1984, and his Master’s Degree in Social Sciences from Binghamton University in 1991.  He has been the senior high band director in the Sidney Central School District since 1985.  Among his responsibilities are directing the senior high concert band, stage band, jazz combo and marching band, as well as teaching classes in music theory and music appreciation.  He is chapter advisor to the Sidney High School Tri-M Music Honor Society.  

Diane M. Paige, Professor and Department Chair
Ph.D., University of California at Santa Barbara
paiged@hartwick.edu
Areas of expertise: Music History, World Music
Diane Paige is a musicologist whose research focuses on music of the Czech lands, women and music, and music and war.  She teaches a broad range of courses at Hartwick such as Music of the Roma (Gypsies), Music of World Wars I and II, and Music of the African Diaspora.

Andrew Pease, Assistant Professor of Music, Artist in Residence
D.M.A, Arizona State University
peasea@hartwick.edu
Areas of expertise: Instrumental Music, Conducting, Orchestration and Arranging
Andrew D. Pease (Assistant Professor of Instrumental Music) directs Hartwick’s Wind Ensemble and Brass Ensemble and teaches conducting and orchestration.  He began his career in New York City, where he led the Columbia University Wind Ensemble and Columbia Summer Winds.  He has degrees from Dartmouth College, Columbia University, Hofstra University, and a DMA in wind conducting at Arizona State University, where his primary teachers were Gary Hill and Wayne Bailey.  While in Arizona, he conducted all levels of instrumental ensembles and founded the professional Sun Valley Chamber Winds.  Dr. Pease runs two websites dedicated to the music of the wind band.  Wind Band Literature delves deep into over 300 works. The Wind Band Symphony Archive is a living record of wind band symphonies.

Spencer Phillips, Artist in Residence
D.M.A., The Eastman School of Music
Areas of expertise: Double Bass
Spencer Phillips is highly sought after as both an orchestral bassist and chamber musician throughout the United States and abroad. Recent performance engagements include a US tour with the Munich Symphoniker, performances with the Michigan Opera Theater, Solo Bassist with the International Chamber Orchestra led by violinist Dimitri Berlinsky, as well as recording the complete Beethoven Symphonies with Orchestre de la Francophonie Canadian, under Jean-Philippe Tremblay.

William Pomares, Adjunct Instructor in Music
M.M., University of Northern Colorado
William Pomares holds a Master of Music in Saxophone Performance at the University of Northern Colorado and a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. 

Allison Rubin, Artist in Residence
M.M., Yale University
Areas of expertise: Oboe
Oboist Allison Rubin received her Bachelor of Music degree from The Juilliard School (New York Philharmonic Scholarship recipient) and her Master of Music degree from Yale (Merit Scholarship recipient).

Robin Seletsky, Artist in Residence
B.M., New England Conservatory
Areas of expertise: Clarinet
Robin Seletsky attended the New England Conservatory of Music, where she performed Debussy’s Premiere Rhapsodie with the Boston Pops as the first prize winner in the NEC graduating competition.

Meghan Sheehy, Assistant Professor of Music Education
Ph.D., The University of Southern Mississippi
sheehym@hartwick.edu
Areas of expertise: Music education
Meghan K. Sheehy received her B.M.Ed., M.M. in Music Education, and Ph.D. in Music Education from The University of Southern Mississippi. Her dissertation, A Quantitative Analysis of the Relationship Between K-12 Music Educators and Collegiate Music Education Researcher and Instructors: Is There a Disconnect? was supervised by Dr. Steven R. Moser, and focused on interpreting the relationship between music researchers and practitioners to determine if and where disconnect may exist.

Uli Speth, Artist in Residence
M.M., Mannes School of Music
Areas of expertise: Violin and Viola
A native of Germany, Uli Speth completed his undergraduate studies at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria as student of Harald Herzl. Uli participated in numerous performance classes given by Yfrah Neaman, Thomas Brandis, Jaap Schroeder, and Nicolaus Harnoncourt among others and, after moving to the US, earned his Master of Music degree from the Mannes College of Music. He was a student of Felix Galimir from whom he received both violin and string quartet training.

Dennis Turechek, Artist in Residence
B.A. Chadron State College
Areas of expertise: Classical Guitar
Dennis is an active performer and composer. He has written several compositions for guitar such as “Five Studies for guitar,” “Fugue in C Minor,” “Suite in G# Minor,” “Theme and Variations,” “Ten Tone Tune,” and “Etude for Five Guitars.” He is the founder and past president of the Classical Guitar Society for Upstate New York and has recorded two solo albums “Dennis Turechek Plays Dennis Turechek” and “Nine Views from the Bridge.”

Charlie Vatalaro, Artist in Residence
M.A., Goddard College
Areas of expertise: Saxophone
Born and raised in the Boston area, Charles Vatalaro was a regular on the local club circuit by his mid teens. His first big break came as a member of the Greater Boston Youth Jazz Ensemble led by John LaPorta.

Ben Wittenburg, Private Lessons Instructor
B.A., Colgate University
Areas of expertise: Cello
Ben Whittenburg graduated from Colgate University and continued his studies at Boston University. He has been an active freelancer in New York City since 1981 playing with such groups as the Orchestra of St. Ignatius and the Orchestra of St. Lukes.

Lee Wright, Assistant Professor of Music & Artist in Residence
D.M.A, (ABD), The Eastman School of Music
wrightl@hartwick.edu
Areas of expertise: Choral music, conducting, diction, organ
Lee Wright endeavors to engage in and be a catalyst for the serious joy of music-making every day. The process of discovering, practicing, learning, and performing music reflects and supports our growth in all areas of life. The act of ensemble singing brings not only cultural richness to our community, but challenges the individual to discover greater self-awareness, vulnerability, and trust through collaborative engagement. In particular, Lee is fascinated with the role of communal song in the galvanizing of communities throughout history. His doctoral research focuses on the development of the concert spiritual in the late 19th century. Lee specifically looks to the Hampton Institute choir and Fisk University Jubilee Singers for clues about the development of a canon in the African-American concert spiritual repertoire…

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