Department Chair
Jennifer Blyth
Professor of Music (1997).
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Department Faculty
Blake M. Wilson
Professor of Music (1993).
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B.A., University of California at Berkeley, 1978; M.M., Indiana University, 1982; Ph.D., 1987.

Blake Wilson teaches courses in music history, film music, and directs the Dickinson Collegium. Both as performer and scholar, he specializes in music of the late Middle Ages and Renaissance, and his research interests include the music of renaissance Italy (especially Florence), performance practice, compositional process, and the relationship between music and other disciplines (rhetoric, poetry, visual art). His current work concerns the interaction of oral and written musical traditions in the culture of Renaissance Florence, the early madrigal, and the works of Heinrich Isaac (the primary recipient of Medici musical patronage).
Lynn E. Helding
Associate Professor of Music (1993).
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Artist Diploma, Indiana University, 1988; M.M. in Vocal Pedagogy, Westminster Choir College of Rider University, 2005.

Lynn Helding has sung throughout Italy, England, France, Germany, Spain, Australia, and Iceland. Her performances there were broadcast on Icelandic National Radio, prompting the Reykjavik Morgunbladid to commend her as an "accomplished and gifted singer." Her current artistic creations are a series of Cabaret evenings with storylines that follow the seasons of life through songs by American master Stephen Sondheim and other contemporary song composers. She is equally at home in the emerging field of Voice Science: she earned the Certificate in Vocology from the National Center for Voice and Speech, and was awarded the Van Lawrence Fellowship from the National Voice Foundation and the National Association of Teachers of Singing to study neurological voice disorders and rehabilitative therapies. A published author on the cognitive connections between music and the mind, her column "Mindful Voice" appears bimonthly in the Journal of Singing, where she also serves on the editorial board. Her research interests occur at the nexus of art and science, and include motor learning theory, American Art Song, and the distinct vocal techniques of both the Historic Italian School and the American Musical Theatre.
Jennifer Blyth
Professor of Music (1997).
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B. Mus., Western Australia Conservatorium of Music, 1990; M. Mus., Eastman School of Music, 1993; D.M.A., 1997.

Jennifer Blyth's performing schedule has taken her to twenty three states throughout the U.S. and internationally she has appeared as a concerto soloist and recitalist (solo and chamber) in Russia, South Africa, Canada, England, France, Iceland, Germany, Spain, Italy and Australia. Blyth has given lectures, masterclasses, open lessons and participated in residencies across four continents and has performed at venues such as Weill Recital Hall, Jordan Hall, Boston, Chicago Art Institute, Corcoran Gallery, Bang on a Can Series, Rachmaninoff Hall, Moscow, Kilbourn Hall, Rochester, the World Financial Center, Smith Memorial Hall, Urbana-Champaign and Steinway Hall, New York. She has worked with groups such as the Ying String Quartet, the Corigliano String Quartet, Alarm Will Sound, the Amernet String Quartet, the Lydian String Quartet, Awadagin Pratt, Barry Snyder, the Munich Chamber Orchestra and members of the Australian Chamber Orchestra. Strongly influenced by the intellectual and cultural institutions of Australia as a young student, Blyth discovered an active interest in contemporary American music while at Eastman School of Music. As a consequence she now dedicates a large part of her career to commissioning new works both as a soloist and chamber musician. Having premiered over twenty five new compositions, Blyth has worked with composers such as Augusta Read Thomas, Carter Pann, Pat Long, Kevin Putz, Robert Pound, Marc Pollard, Libby Larsen, Joan Tower, Ralf Gawlick, Peter Sculthorpe, Gerald Shapiro, Frederic Rzewski, Stefan Freund and Shulamit Ran. Her performances have been broadcast on National Public Radio, Canadian Broadcasting Commission, Australian Broadcasting Commission National Radio, Icelandic National Radio and the Australian Broadcasting Commission Television Network and she has recently recorded on the Musica Omnia label. Her principal teachers include Stephanie Coleman and John Roberts of the Conservatorium of Western Australia and Barry Snyder of Eastman School of Music. She completed her Master's degree and Doctorate majoring in Performance and Literature at Eastman where she was also awarded the prestigious Performer's Certificate. Blyth is currently Professor of Music at Dickinson College, Pennsylvania.
Robert W. Pound
(on sabbatical Spring 2015)
Professor of Music (1998).
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B.M., University of North Texas, 1992; M.M., The Juilliard School, 1994; D.M.A., 1998.

Composer and conductor Robert Pound teaches courses in theory, composition, and conducting. He is Director of the Dickinson Orchestra. Pound's numerous compositions include orchestral works for the Atlanta Symphony and the Columbus (GA) Symphony, the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra, and the Youth Orchestra of Greater Columbus. He has received commissions from such distinguished ensembles as the Corigliano Quartet, the Timaeus Ensemble, Alarm Will Sound, and the Florestan Recital Project. Pound has also written music for professional stage productions, including Eurydice, Moby Dick Rehearsed, Oedipus at Colonus, André Gregory's Bone Songs and Strindberg's The Dance of Death. In March 2002, Pound was Composer in Residence at Columbus State University. He was guest composer and lecturer at the University of North Texas in April 2010. Pound has guest conducted with Verge (the performing ensemble of the Contemporary Music Forum, Washington, DC) with whom he performed at the June in Buffalo Festival in 2009. He was Music Director of the West Shore Symphony Orchestra (New Cumberland, PA) from 2000 to 2002. As a Fellow at Tanglewood Music Center in the summer of 2003, he participated in master classes with Robert Spano, Christoph von Dohnányi and Kurt Masur and conducted Peter Lieberson's Razing the Gaze in Seiji Ozawa Hall as part of the Festival of Contemporary Music.
Blanka Bednarz
Associate Professor of Music (2002).
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B.Mus., University of Kansas, 1994; M.Mus., New England Conservatory, 1997; D.M.A., 2007.

Dr. Blanka Bednarz teaches courses in violin, viola, theory and chamber music and serves as the DCO concertmaster. She is an alumna of the "Jadwiga Kaliszewska Talent School" in Poznan, Univ. of Kansas (with Ben Sayevich) and the New England Conservatory in Boston (MM and D.M.A. with E. Rosenblith, M. Auclair and J. Dunham). As soloist she has performed with the Connecticut Virtuosi, Symphony and Chamber orchestras of the New England Conservatory, Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonietta Polonia— on tours in China and in Poland, University of Kansas Camerata and the Delaware County Symphony. She is an avid chamber musician, a member of Atma Trio ( In 2007-08 Bednarz joined as first violinist the Vega String Quartet-in-residence at Emory University in Atlanta, GA ( “marvelous foursome” --Strad). She collaborated with renowned artists such as Barry Snyder, Rita Sloan, Adrian Levine, Richard Stoltzman, Joanna Kurkowicz, Lawrence Lesser, Corigliano Quartet, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Alarm Will Sound, Baltimore Symphony and musicians of Boston Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra and Baltimore Symphony. She performed in renowned festivals such as HIghlands-Cashier Chamber Music Festival in NC and Chanterelle Festival in Poland. The violinist performs in the USA, United Kingdom, Poland, Germany, Sweden, Finland, the Netherlands, China and Lithuania, among others at the Jordan Hall in Boston, Miller Hall, Philadelphia Ethical Society, Kosciuszko Foundation, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and Carnegie Hall in New York, Aula UAM in Poznan, and the Beijing Concert Hall. Bednarz can be heard on Capstone Records; A. W. Promotions, Acte Prealable and Musica Omnia. Dr. Bednarz taught at New England Conservatory Preparatory School, at Emory University, coached chamber ensembles at International Musical Arts Institute; International Music Institute and Festival, MD (, Franklin Pond, and the Gifted School of Music in Salt Lake City. She has given numerous master classes at universities and colleges in the USA, Poland and China. Bednarz is concertmaster of Sinfonietta Polonia ( Critics' voices: "In the interpretation of Richard Strauss's Sonata in E-flat major for violin and piano Blanka Bednarz was unstoppable. Expressiveness, big sound, maturity—all this was very necessary, very stylistically appropriate…" --Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland. “Performances were all excellent” --Fanfare Magazine, of Sonic Images, Capstone Records. "Excellent piano trios by Mendelssohn and Ravel in masterful rendition" --Muzyka 21, Atma Trio CD, Acte Prealable.
Amy L. Wlodarski
Associate Professor of Music (2005).
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B.A., Middlebury College, 1997; M.A., Eastman School of Music, 2001; Ph.D., 2006.
Dickinson Award for Distinguished Teaching, 2010-11.

Her current research explores the relationship between music, trauma, memory, and politics, especially with regard to the music of European totalitarian regimes. Current publications focus on the manner in which composers have imagined the Holocaust in musical works ranging from Arnold Schoenberg to Steve Reich. In addition to written scholarship, she has given pre-performance lectures with musical institutions such as the Los Angeles Opera, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra. At Dickinson, Professor Wlodarski teaches music history courses and conducts the Dickinson College Choir. Recently, She was named a 2010 co-recipient of the Oral History Association's Pedagogy and Teaching Award.
Contributing Faculty
Eun Ae Baik-Kim
Collaborative Pianist and Instructor in Piano (2009).
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B.Mus., Temple University, 1991; M.Mus., 1994; D.Mus., University of Maryland, 2011.

Dr. Eun Ae Baik-Kim is a devoted collaborative pianist who has performed numerous concerts covering the wide range of major repertoires from Baroque to the 21st century music of the vocal art songs and instrumental chamber music. Following her solo debut performance with São Paulo Symphony Orchestra in Brazil at age 16, she has given many solo and chamber music recitals. She is a winner of the “Chautauqua Piano Competition,” “Concurso para Jovens Solistas,” “Concurso Estadual para Instrimentistas e Cantores.” In addition, she received a “Diploma de Honra” for distinguished artist by Conservatório Carlos Gomes. Besides teaching piano at Dickinson College, she introduces the accompanying/chamber music knowledge to the students and assists performances of the music major students and the faculties. She had studied Collaborative Piano with Rita Sloan and Chamber Music with Lambert Orkis. Her major piano teachers include Harvey Wedeen, George Sementovski, Edward Roberts and Gilberto Tinetti.
Megan Battles
Contributing Faculty in Music (piano) (2014).
B.Mus., Bob Jones University, 2009; M.Mus., 2011.

Megan Battles, a native of Fort Worth, Texas, enjoys an active career as performer, accompanist, instructor, and church musician in the Central PA area. She studied under Dr. Susan Kindall as a soloist and collaborative pianist. She has also studied with Andreas Boyde at Valor Summer Conservatory and focused on injury-prevention technique with Barabara Lister-Sink and Jamie Grigsby. As pianist and a cellist with the Youth Orchestra of Greater Fort Worth under the direction of Germán A. Gutiérrez, she performed in Austria and the Czech Republic. She earned second place in the University of Texas Arlington Keyboard Contest in 2004. She taught piano and cello in Greenville, South Carolina, at Bob Jones University, as well two different studios in the Greenville area. She received chamber music coaching from Cris Lee, and has continued to enjoy performing with chamber music groups, such as the Beauxfour Quartet. Her favorite composers to perform include J. S. Bach, Messiaen, and Dutilleux. She accompanies the choir of Grace Baptist Church in Carlisle, where her husband serves as pastoral assistant and choir director. She currently teaches piano, class piano, serves as pianist for the Dickinson Collegium, and collaborates with the theatre department.
Daniel Brye
Contributing Faculty in Music (violin and viola).
B.M., The Pennsylvania State University; M.M. and G.P.D.,The Hartt School.

A native of Pennsylvania, Daniel Brye began studying the viola at age 16, after studying the violin for ten years. Throughout high school he participated in orchestra festivals up through the national level, including the ASTA with NSOA National Honors Orchestra. As a High school junior, he won first prize in the Reading (PA) Symphony Orchestra concerto competition. Daniel attended Kinhaven Music School, a summer music festival in Weston, Vermont, for three summers while in high school. He currently spends his summers in Fryeburg, ME at the International Musical Arts Institute (IMAI), a chamber music festival directed by Eric Rosenblith. In September 2009, he earned a position with the Erie Philharmonic and in April 2010 was appointed Associate Principal Viola of this ensemble. Daniel began his first season as a member of the Albany Symphony and began teaching viola and violin at Dickinson College in fall, 2010. He is also a founding member of Allegro: The Chamber Orchestra of Lancaster and frequently performs with the Reading Symphony Orchestra. Daniel holds a B.M. in Viola Performance from The Pennsylvania State University where he studied with Tim Deighton and a M.M. and G.P.D. in Viola Performance from The Hart School where he studied with Steve Larson.
Douglas Buchanan
Contributing Faculty in Music (Composition and Orchestration) (2014).

Kimberly Buchar
Contributing Faculty in Music (bassoon) (2005).
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B.M., The Harid Conservatory School of Music; M.M., Eastman School of Music, 1999; D.M.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2005.

Michael Cameron
Contributing Faculty in Music (cello), Coordinator of Chamber Music.
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B.M., Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford, 1987; M.M., Northwestern University, 1988; M.M., Shepherd School of Music, Rice University, 2002.

Michael Cameron serves as both Contributing Faculty (Cello) and Coordinator of Chamber Music at Dickinson College. He was cellist and General Manager of the Marian Anderson String Quartet from 1989-2002. He holds degrees from The Hartt School of Music, Northwestern University and Rice University. As a member of the Marian Anderson String Quartet, Mr. Cameron won the 1991 Cleveland Quartet Competition, which enabled him to study cello and chamber music at The Eastman School of Music for three years. He has performed with the Maryland, York(PA) and Pan-American Symphony (DC) Orchestras and has taught cello and chamber music at Texas A&M University, Prairie View A&M University (TX) and California State University, Los Angeles. In addition to his responsibilities at Dickinson, Mr. Cameron is Conductor of Orchestra at the Susquehanna Waldorf School (Lancaster County, PA), Director of the Mercersburg Academy String Ensemble (Franklin County, PA) and teaches cello at the Cumberland Valley School of Music. He also teaches many private cello students who reside in the Harrisburg region and beyond.
Mary Hannigan
Contributing Faculty in Music (flute).
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B.A., Colorado College, 1973; M.Mus., Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts, 1983.

"Some in the near-capacity audience were moved to tears." –Robert Miner, reviewing a performance for "Simply Grand" on National Public Radio affiliate WVIA in Scranton and Wilkes-Barre. Mary Hannigan has recorded for S.C.I. and performed widely across the United States as soloist, concerto soloist, and chamber musician. Notable performances include Market Square Summerfest in Harrisburg with the Ying Quartet, the national convention of the Music Teacher's National Association, and the McGraw-Hill Young Artist's Showcase for radio WQXR in New York City. Hannigan's students have won recognition at the national and state level on many occasions. A former student holds the piccolo position in the Chicago Symphony; others have been selected as masterclass performers for the National Flute Association Convention and have performed on National Public Radio's "From the Top." Several different students have won first flute in all-state band in Pennsylvania. Ms. Hannigan has been a member of the Harrisburg Symphony since 1984. She performs with her husband, Barry Hannigan, pianist, and “esprit!” a flute and harp duo with Rebecca Kauffman as well as the Dickinson College Faculty Wind Quintet. Ms. Hannigan's teachers have been Keith Underwood, Geoffrey Gilbert, Peter Lloyd, Leone Buyse, and James Scott. She has performed in masterclasses for William Bennett and Marcel Moyse. She holds a Master of Music degree from Rutgers University and received her B.A. cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Colorado College.
Jonathan Hays
Contributing Faculty in Music (voice).
B.M., Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford, 1994; M.M., Yale University, 1996.

Jonathan Hays teaches studio voice and chamber music at Dickinson College. In 2013, Professor Hays has performed Carl Nielssen's Symphony No.3 with the Harrisburg Symphony; Schubert's Winterreise at Dickinson College; Mozart's Don Giovanni at the University of Memphis; and the world premiere of Martin Bresnick's opera, My Friend's Story, at the International Festival of Arts and Ideas in New Haven, CT. Career highlights include performances with the Los Angeles Opera, Washington Opera, Lincoln Center Festival, Bel Canto at Caramoor, Opera de la Colombia, Orchestra of St. Luke's, Mostly Mozart Festival, and Toronto Symphony, among many others. His recording of Jeremy Gill's song cycle, Helian, ranked fourth on Philadelphia City Paper's list of Top 10 Classical Albums of 2011, and the Big Easy Foundation honored him with their 2011 award for Best Performance of New Classical Music. He has been on the Dickinson College faculty since 2008.
Jill Hoffmann
Contributing Faculty in Music (oboe).
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B.M., Indiana University (Bloomington), 1982; M.M. 1986.

Jim Hontz
Contributing Faculty in Music (guitar).
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B.M., Temple University, 1988; M.M., Guitar Performance, 1991; M.M., Music History, 1995; D.M.A., The Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, 2006.

James Hontz Guitarist 159 W. Evergreen St. West Grove, PA 19390 610.345.0961 “especially persuasive”—Tim Smith of the Baltimore Sun Guitarist James Hontz studied at the New School of Music and received his B.M. degree in Guitar performance and M.M. degree in Guitar Performance/Music History from Temple University. In March of 2006, he graduated from the Peabody Institute of Music at the Johns Hopkins University with a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in guitar performance. Currently, Dr. Hontz in of the faculties of Dickinson College (Carlisle, PA), Gettysburg College, Frederick Community College, and Harford Community College. He has served as a past President of the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society. In addition to his many solo appearances, Dr. Hontz has appeared as a featured soloist with Concert Artists of Baltimore, the Ocean City Symphony (New Jersey), and the York Symphony (Pennsylvania). He was invited by the Malarmé Chamber Players (based in Durham North Carolina) to conduct residency in Landrum, South Carolina for the public school district. As an accompanist for the Gettysburg College Choir, Dr. Hontz participated in tours of Brazil and the northeastern US. Along with flutist Kelly McDermott, the Hontz-McDermott Duo was broadcast in a live performance/interview on WNYC in New York City and toured the Midwest. Recently, Dr. Hontz collaborated with renowned composer Libby Larsen to arrange her work for choir and orchestra, “Crowding North,” for choir and guitar.
Ruth Hunter
Contributing Faculty in Music (harp) (2014).

Timothy James
Contributing Faculty in Music (jazz piano).
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B.S., West Chester University, 1998.

Tim James, a native of Carlisle, Pennsylvania, began playing the piano at the age of three. His playing has extended to many different instruments as he has been an active musician throughout his life. Tim is the owner of Harvest Field Studio, a full service digital recording facility in Camp Hill, PA, where he engineers, produces and plays on many recordings for local and national artists each year. He is also co-owner and audio systems engineer for Emmaus Media & Design, a company specializing in church media systems. Additionally, Tim teaches jazz piano at Dickinson College, plays in the Faculty Jazz Quartet, is active in the worship ministry of his church, and freelances as a musician and audio engineer.
Tyler Ogilvie
Contributing Faculty in Music (French horn).
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B.M., Ithaca College, 2005; M.M., 2010.

In addition to serving on the music faculties of Dickinson College and Susquehanna University, Tyler Ogilvie currently serves as principal horn of the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes (Corning-Elmira, NY) and the Utica Symphony (Utica, NY). He has appeared on stage with the critically acclaimed, "Rhythm and Brass" and has performed with various other ensembles at notable venues such as Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, the National Concert Hall in Dublin, Ireland, and Glinka Hall in St. Petersburg, Russia. At Dickinson College, he performs regularly as a member of the Faculty Woodwind and Faculty Brass Quintets. In addition to his freelance work in the New York and Pennsylvania areas, Tyler is a commissioned composer of electroacoustic music utilizing pre-recorded soundtracks and visual multimedia elements. He is a strong advocate for music education having spent time as a public school music teacher in New Jersey and Connecticut while balancing a career as a professional musician. Tyler was inducted to the Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society in 2010. His principal teachers include Alex Shuhan and Edward Albinski.
Lee Philip
Contributing Faculty in Music (double bass) (2014).

Fred Quigley
Contributing Faculty in Music (saxophone).
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J. Fred Quigley is a graduate of Youngstown State University with both a Bachelors and Masters in music education. Mr. Quigley retired from the Army after serving three years with the First Army band, two years with the Continental Army band, and 15 years with the Army Field Band (of which he served with The Jazz Ambassadors from July 1978 through November 1981). While traveling with the prestigious Army Field Band, Mr. Quigley has performed in all fifty states and Korea, Japan, India, Puerto Rico, The Virgin Islands, Mexico, Canada, and Europe. Mr. Quigley taught high school and was the Concert Band and Jazz Band director at Dickinson College for six years. Mr. Quigley was also on the staff of the Sound of America Honor Band and chorus European summer concert tour for 18 years. Mr. Quigley is currently the instructor of saxophone at Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA, as well as having a private clarinet and saxophone studio..
Brian Rotz
Contributing Faculty in Music (organ, harpsichord and collaborative piano) (2013).
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B.M., Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, 1985; M.M., Northwestern University, 1987.

Brian Joseph Rotz returned to his hometown of Carlisle in 2010 as Director of Music at St. John's Episcopal Church on the Square where he is principal organist and keyboardist for all services and leads a multiple choir program. His collegiate teachers were Dr. Robert Rayfield and Ms. Elisabeth Wright (Indiana University, Bloomington), Mr. Wolfgang Rübsam (Northwestern University, Evanston) and Dr. Roberta Gary (University of Cincinnati/College-Conservatory of Music, Cincinnati). He is a past-Dean of the Toledo, Ohio Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, and is currently active in the Harrisburg Chapter with multiple committee assignments. He was the winner of the National First Prize in Organ of the MTNA Collegiate Artists Competition in 1984; and was awarded the prestigious Performer's Certificate by an all-faculty music committee at Indiana University. During a fifteen year tenure in Toledo, Ohio, he was the organist for the Toledo Symphony; and appeared on the concerts of every major choral ensemble in the Northwest Ohio region. His accompaniment repertoire includes numerous Bach cantatas, Fauré's "Requiem", Mozart's "Requiem", Handel's "Dettingen Te Deum" and "Messiah", Finzi's "Lo, the Full Final Sacrifice", Brahms' "German Requiem", Rutter's "Requiem" and "Gloria", Britten's "Rejoice in the Lamb", Haydn's "Creation", Orff's "Carmina Burana", Fedak's "For Us the Living" and Verdi's "Requiem." Brian's concerti repertoire includes Handel's "Concerto in F", Brixi's "Concerto in D", Howard Hanson's "Concerto for Organ, Harp and Strings", and Horatio Parker's "Concerto for Organ and Orchestra, Op. 55." He is in high demand in the region as a performer, as well as locally as a member of the Carlisle Musical Arts Club. His master-class performances have been with Dr. Russell Saunders (The Eastman School of Music), Dr. Marilyn Keiser (IU) and Dr. Roberta Gary (UC-CCM); and his continuing education study has been with Dr. Michael Burkhardt (Composition), Dr. Phillip Brunelle (Conducting, Choral), Dr. Alice Parker (Choral, Composition), Dr. Raymond Wise (Worship in the African-American Tradition), Dr. William Porter and Dr. Gerre Hancock (Improvisation). He has professionally recorded the Horn and Organ works of Dr. Randall Faust with hornist Dr. Andrew Pelletier on the MSR Classics label, some of which was recently featured on National Public Radio's "Pipedreams."
David Smooke
Contributing Faculty in Music (Composition) (2014).
B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 1991; M.A., Peabody Conservatory of Music, 1995; Ph.D., University of Chicago, 2006.

Andrea Sokol-Albert
Contributing Faculty in Collaborative Piano (2010).
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B.Mus., Oberlin Conservatory; M.Mus., D.M.A., University of Texas at Austin.

Described in the European and American press as a "brilliant, exciting musician of tremendous depth", pianist Andrea Sokol-Albert has performed extensively as recital/concerto soloist and collaborative artist. Solo recital appearances include the Phillips Collection (Washington, D.C.), the Dame Myra Hess Series (Chicago), the Gordon Trust Concerts (Baltimore), the American Landmark Festivals Series (New York City), the Shepley Artist Series (St.Louis), the Manchester Mid-day Series, and the Manchester Tippett/Debussy Festival (England). Concerto appearances in the United States include the National Symphony Orchestra and broadcasts include National Public Radio. Dr. Sokol-Albert is currently a contributing faculty member in collaborative piano at Dickinson College; she has also served on the faculties of Truman State University (Missouri) and Texas Lutheran University. She has appeared at numerous educational institutions around the country in the role of soloist, collaborative pianist, masterclass teacher, panelist, and competition adjudicator. A student of Peter Takacs and Gregory Allen, she received a Bachelor of Music from the Oberlin College/Conservatory of Music (Ohio), and a Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Texas at Austin. The winner of several competitions, including the Joanna Hodges International Piano Concerto Competition (California), she has also received numerous awards including a sponsorship from RCA Ltd. in England, the coveted Rudolf Serkin Award (Oberlin), an Oberlin Alumnus Fellowship, and a Craxton Trust Award (London). In addition, she has been the recipient of scholarships and fellowships for solo and chamber music study at the Banff Centre for the Arts (Canada), the International Cello Centre (Scotland), the Aspen International Music Festival (Colorado), and the Quartet Program (Troy, New York). Dr. Sokol-Albert currently resides in Baltimore with her husband, Charles Korb, and her three daughters: Naomi, Avigial, and Miriam.
Elisabeth M. Stimpert
Contributing Faculty in Music (clarinet).
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B.M., Ohio State University, 1997; M.M., Performance & Literature, Eastman School of Music, 1999; M.M., Music Education, Eastman School of Music, 2001; D.M.A., Performance, Shenandoah Conservatory, 2013.

Elisabeth Stimpert is a founding member of the critically-acclaimed new-music ensemble Alarm Will Sound ( She has performed across the country and internationally at major venues in New York, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Denver, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Amsterdam, and Germany. Elisabeth works regularly with many of today's leading and emerging composers, having presented world premieres of works by John Adams, David Lang, Wolfgang Rihm, Michael Gordon, Augusta Read Thomas, Stefan Freund, Robert Pound, John Orfe, David E. Chávez, Daniel Kellogg, and Payton MacDonald, and many others. Also a dedicated collegiate music educator, Elisabeth serves as Contributing Faculty in clarinet, chamber music, and music theory at Dickinson College, where she also performs with the Dickinson Faculty Wind Quintet. She holds degrees in clarinet, music theory, and music education from the Eastman School of Music and The Ohio State University, and recently completed a doctorate in music at Shenandoah Conservatory with a culminating project entitled “Collaboration and the Creation of New Music for Bass Clarinet.”
Jeffrey Wohlbach
Contributing Faculty in Music (trumpet).
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B.M., The Juilliard School, 1999; M.M., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2007.

Trumpeter and educator Jeffrey Wohlbach enjoys a diverse career as a chamber and orchestral musician, soloist, and commercial player. As a soloist he has performed in Neustadt, Germany with organist Johannes Goertz in a millennium celebration concert featuring trumpet and organ. In 2000, Jeffrey performed at the Spoleto Festival in Spoleto, Italy, and subsequently recorded the music of Gian Carlo Menotti's “Apocalisse” with the Spoleto Festival Orchestra for Chandos Records. Additionally, he has toured the fifty states, Japan, Mexico, and Canada with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, and is featured on their recording, “The Glenn Miller Orchestra – On the Air.” Through a grant from the Western Wisconsin Cultural Initiative, he worked extensively with students in K-12 at various school districts in western Wisconsin as a member of the Contrapunctus Brass Trio. In this capacity the group performed various recitals, classroom presentations as well as individual instruction. In 2008 & 2011, his students in the Sun Prairie High School Jazz I participated in Jazz @ Lincoln Center's Essentially Ellington Festival, where they won the "Most Outstanding Trumpet Section" award recognized by trumpet great Wynton Marsalis. Currently Jeffrey is residing in Carlisle, PA, with his wife Dana and their three cats. He maintains an active teaching studio and performs throughout Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.
David Zygmunt
Contributing Faculty in Music (percussion).
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A native of Central Pennsylvania, he performed in and led many dynamic ensembles both as a career military musician and as a freelance artist. His performances with the United States Navy Bands have spanned the globe from South America to the South Pacific, from the Pacific Northwest to West Africa, and from British Columbia to the Caribbean. He is a versatile percussionist, performing in all musical idioms. In addition to teaching percussion at Dickinson College since 2000 and performing as a member of the Faculty Jazz Quartet, he is a regular performer at Allenberry Playhouse where he has performed in a wide range of musicals, from Nunsense to The Full Monty and beyond. Continually in demand throughout the Central Pennsylvania region, he has performed at such venues as Totem Pole Playhouse, Rosa Rosa, Harrisburg Hilton, and Hotel Hershey to name a few. He can also be heard on the recently released CD, “Divas of Jazz.”