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Aldrich, Gary


Gary Aldrich, bass-baritone, is equally at home in concert, opera, oratorio, and musical theater. A consummate cross-over singer, he moved from New York to Nevada in 2000 to teach voice at the University of Nevada, Reno, while still maintaining an active singing career.

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Altieri, Jason, D.M.A.

Director and Conductor, University Symphony Orchestra

Dr. Altieri is currently the Director of Orchestras at the University of Nevada and Assistant Conductor for the Reno Philharmonic where his duties include the music directorship of the youth orchestra program. In addition, he has been the Music Director of The New Sigmund Romberg Orchestra since 2003 and has led them on several tours throughout the United States.

Office: VSG 30C
(775) 682-9017

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Atapine, Dmitri, D.M.A.

Associate Professor, Cello
Artistic Director, Argenta Concert Series

Cellist Dmitri Atapine, the First Prize winner at the 2004 Carlos Prieto International Cello Competition (Mexico), is recognized as an exciting performer and an accomplished chamber musician. Currently Mr. Atapine is the cello professor at the University of Nevada, Reno, where he is a member of the faculty Argenta Trio. Since 2007 he serves as the Artistic Director of Ribadesella International Music Festival (Spain) and since 2010 he is the founder and Artistic Director of the Argenta Concert Series.

Office: CFA 126
(775) 682-9034

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Benjamin, Adam, M.F.A.

Jazz Piano

Adam Benjamin is a Grammy-nominated and critically acclaimed pianist, keyboardist, composer and writer based in New Orleans. Recognized as a “Rising Star in Jazz” in DownBeat magazine’s critic’s and reader’s polls for six years running, his unmistakable sound crosses stylistic boundaries and challenges traditional notions of jazz. Adam maintains a humble and humorous approach that connects him with his audiences worldwide. Adam teaches jazz piano for the Department of Music at UNR.

Office: CFA 129
(775) 784-6145

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Joey Berger


Joey Berger teaches guitar for the Department of Music at UNR. Joey is the guitarist for the University of Nevada, Reno's Faculty Jazz Quintet, and is also the guitarist for the rhythm section of the Reno Jazz Orchestra, Northern Nevada's premier 17 piece big band jazz ensemble. Joey also plays with various jazz configurations in the Reno, Lake Tahoe area.

Office: VSG 30C
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Robert J. Callaghan, RPT

Keyboard Technician, Piano Tuner

Robert Callaghan is the piano technician for the Department of Music and has been a Registered Piano Technician (RPT) for nearly 30 years. In 1980 Robert completed a course in Piano Technology at New England Conservatory under Frank Hanson, who was then the Piano Technician for the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Robert tunes all Department of Music pianos, including the Steinway concert grand pianos in Nightingale Concert Hall.

Office: Leave Message at CFA 132 (Department Office)
(775) 287-2140

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Reed Chamberlin , D.M.A.

Director of Bands
Conductor, Nevada Wind Ensemble
Conductor, University Campus Band

R. Reed Chamberlin serves as Director of Academic Bands at the University of Nevada, Reno, where he conducts the UNR Wind Ensemble, teaches conducting, and guides the concert band program. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Conducting from the Eastman School of Music where he was the Assistant Conductor of the Eastman Wind Ensemble, a Fennell Conducting Fellow, and recipient of the Walter Hagen Prize in Conducting. 

Office: CFA 124
(775) 682-9036

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Ed Corey, M.A.

Lecturer, Music Theory, Music Appreciation, Composition and Theory
Director, University Guitar Ensemble

Ed Corey has taught music at the postsecondary level for 18 years and is currently instructor of guitar and guitar ensemble director at the University of Nevada, Reno. He earned his bachelor's degree at the University of New Hampshire, Durham and received his master's degree from California State University, Sacramento.  Ed has performed for 35 years as a jazz guitarist throughout the country, and presently performs in the Reno/Tahoe area with his own jazz guitar group, The Ed Corey Trio.

Office:  VSG 30B
(775) 682-9088

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DeAunn Davis, D.M.A.

Brass Quintet Coach

DeAunn Davis teaches horn at the University of Nevada, Reno.  Prior to living in Reno, DeAunn earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.  She has performed extensively in the Chicago-land area and was a founding member of the critically-acclaimed experimental chamber group Fifth House Ensemble.  DeAunn was a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago while earning her Bachelor of Music degree at Northwestern University, and earned her Master of Music degree from DePaul University in Chicago.

Office: CFA 127
(775) 682-9033

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Katharine DeBoer, D.M.A.

Associate Professor, Voice
Director, Voice and Vocal Studies

Katharine DeBoer, soprano, is director of Vocal Studies at UNR. Dr. DeBoer earned her Master and Doctoral degrees in vocal performance at the University of Illinois where she studied with Mark Elyn. With her coach and renowned accompanist, John Wustman, she performed on the 1990-1997 U.S. tour of the complete songs of Franz Schubert. As a soprano soloist, DeBoer has received critical acclaim for her appearances with choral societies, orchestras, and opera companies.

Office: CFA 140
(775) 784-6862

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Sara DePaoli M.A., MT-BC/L

Music Therapy

Sara DePaoli teaches two introductory courses in music therapy in the Department of Music and mentors students interested in the field of music therapy. 

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David Ehrke, D.M.A.

Professor, Clarinet, Saxophone, Woodwind Chamber Music, Sight-Singing and Dictation

David Ehrke received his musical training at San Francisco State University (Bachelor of Music), The New England Conservatory of Music (Master of Music) and the University of Southern California (Doctor of Musical Arts in Clarinet Performance), where he was a student of Mitchell Lurie. David teaches clarinet and saxophone, sight-singing and dictation for the Department of Music.

Office: CFA 131
(775) 682-9029

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Larry M. Engstrom, D.M.A.

Professor, Trumpet
Director, School of the Arts
Director, Reno Jazz Festival

Dr. Larry M. Engstrom is Director of the University of Nevada, Reno School of the Arts, Director of the Reno Jazz Festival, and he continues to teach Applied Trumpet. He was Chair of the Department of Music and Dance from 2000 - 2003, and Director of Jazz Studies from 1989 - 2000.

Dr. Engstrom received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from California State University at Fresno, and Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in Trumpet Performance at the University of North Texas, where he was jazz soloist with their renowned One O'Clock Jazz Band.

Office: CFA 129

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Peter Epstein, M.M.

Associate Professor, Saxophone, World Music, Jazz and Improvisational Music
Director, Jazz Studies

Peter Epstein began his career in 1984 in Portland, Oregon. After several years apprenticing with many of the region’s top jazz artists, he relocated to Los Angeles, California to study jazz saxophone and various world music genres at California Institute of the Arts. After receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from CalArts in 1992 he moved to Brooklyn, New York and has since appeared on more than 50 recordings and toured in 20-plus countries. He is Director of Jazz Studies at UNR and Associate Professor, Saxophone, World Music, Jazz and Improvisational Music.

Office: CFA 125
(775) 784-1501

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Eric Fassbender, M.M.

Bassoon and Oboe

Eric Fassbender, double reed instructor at the University of Nevada, Reno, also teaches privately throughout northern Nevada. Performing regularly on both bassoon and oboe, he appears with the Reno Philharmonic, Reno Chamber Orchestra, and Nevada Opera Orchestra, among others. As a first-call player, he appears with top performers such as Johnny Mathis and Michael Crawford.

Office: VSG 101A
(775) 682-9020

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Jose Flores, M.M.


Jose Flores received his Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music Education Degrees from the University of Nevada, Reno. He has been teaching in the Washoe County School District for 14 years. In 2002, he started the only public school Mariachi program in Northern Nevada. He was the Reno Philharmonic Youth Concert Orchestra Music Director from 2005-08. Jose teaches Saxophone for the Department of Music.

Office: CFA 132
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Pat Gardner

Piano Accompanist
Librarian, Choral Activities

Pat Gardner is a staff piano accompanist for the Department of Music, and librarian for Choral Activities.

Office: CFA 137
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Tom Gordon

Music Recording Studies

Tom Gordon is also an audio consultant and educator. In 2004, he began the Imirage Sound Lab Recording Arts Workshop. He had produced over two hundred demos and discs for local artists to date. Tom teaches recording techniques for the Department of Music.

Office: CFA 111
(775) 682-9031

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Hans Halt, M.M.

String Bass, Jazz Piano
Jazz Composition

Hans Halt holds his Bachelor and Master degrees from UNR and is a full time instructor of bass and jazz studies at the university. He is currently teaching Jazz Arranging, Jazz Composition, Jazz Improvisation, Jazz Keyboard Techniques and Applied Bass and Piano. Mr. Halt is an experienced clinician, having presented master classes and performances for the Reno Jazz Festival, Music Teachers National Association, and Brigham Young University.

Office: CFA 127
(775) 682-9032

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Andrew Heglund, D.A.

Associate Professor, Music Theory, Percussion
Director, University Percussion Ensemble
Director, University Jazz Big Band Ensemble 1
Director, Day of Percussion

Andrew Heglund is Associate Professor at the University of Nevada, Reno where he teaches percussion, directs the UNR Percussion Ensemble and Jazz Big Band 1. Heglund holds a Doctor of Arts Degree in Music from the University of Northern Colorado and a Master's of Music Degree in Jazz Studies from the University of North Texas. Andrew is also the director of the annual Day of Percussion, held at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Office: CFA 124
(775) 682-9025

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Nichole Heglund


Nichole Heglund teaches Saxophone for the Department of Music. Nichole is also Band Director and music teacher at Swope Middle School in Reno.

Office: CFA 132
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Dwyane Hollenbach, M.M.

Director, Trumpet Day

Dwyane Hollenbach teaches trumpet at the University of Nevada, Reno and is the principal trumpet player with the Reno Baroque Ensemble. Dwyane also has played trumpet with the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra, the Nevada Opera, the Reno Chamber Orchestra, Reno Jazz Orchestra, and the Great Basin Brass Quintet. Dwyane is the director of the annual Trumpet Day, held each year at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Office: CFA 129 on Friday mornings
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Denell Hull

Director, University Concert Chorus

Denell Hull teaches Vocal Techniques for the Department of Music.

Office: CFA 137
(775) 682-8942

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Mayu Iida, M.M.


Mayu Iida teaches Piano for the Department of Music.

Office: CFA 120E
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Verla M. Jackson, M.A.

Department Manager
Ticketing for Nightingale Concert Hall

Verla Jackson is the General Manager of the Department of Music at UNR and the contact for ticketing and box office protocols for Nightingale Concert Hall. Verla is also a part-time instructor of Anthropology at Truckee Meadows Community college where she teaches courses in Cultural Anthropology and Archaeology.

Office: CFA 132
(775) 682-9027

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Albert Rudolph Lee, D.M.

Director, Nevada Chamber Opera

Having completed the Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance at the University of Connecticut and the Master of Music at The Juilliard School, Tenor, Albert Rudolph Lee recently completed the Doctor of Music degree at Florida State University and is now on the voice faculty of the University of Nevada, Reno. Dr. Lee teaches voice and is the Director of the Nevada Chamber Opera.

Office: CFA 132
(775) 784-6145

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Helen Lee, M.M.


Listed in the Who's Who in the World and Who's Who in America, Helen Lee has been teaching voice at UNR's Department of Music for more than thirty years. She was the district winner for the Metropolitan Opera Audition Competition and has performed at both Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall in New York City. She was also a recipient of the Dean's Award for Outstanding Faculty.

Office: CFA 136
(775) 682-8961

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Paul Lenz, M.M.


Paul Lenz teaches Trumpet for the Department of Music.

Office: CFA 129
(775) 682-8971

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Meredyth Lewis, M.M.

Piano, Harpsichord

Meredyth Lewis teaches Applied Piano and the Functional Piano Classes. She has been teaching piano to students of all ages since 1989. She also enjoys playing/accompanying late Renaissance and Baroque music on harpsichord. Meredyth received the Master of Music degree in Piano and Harpsichord Performance under Dr. James Winn at UNR. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Pedagogy from the University of South Carolina under Dr. Max Camp.

Office: CFA 120E/F
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Julianne Lindberg, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Musicology, Music History

Julianne Lindberg is currently an assistant professor of musicology in the Department of Music. Her research interests include music in Europe and the U.S. at the turn of the 20th century, and the intersections between gender, ethnicity, class, and children’s culture. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in musicology from UCLA, with a dissertation that explored the “childlike” in French music at the fin de siècle, particularly the work of Fauré, Debussy, Ravel, and Satie. 

Office: VSG 30E
(775) 682-9018

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A. G. McGrannahan III, D.M.A.

Conductor, Reno Wind Symphony
Emeritus Professor

Dr. A.G. "Mack" McGrannahan III served on the music faculty of the University of Nevada between 1975 and 2014, and assumed the position of Director of Bands in 1979. In 1980 he was given the responsibility of reorganizing the Wolf Pack Marching Band, which had not been in existence since 1969. Currently, Dr. McGrannahan is Conductor of the Reno Wind Symphony, an adult community and alumni ensemble.

Office: CFA 13A
(775) 682-9036

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Mary Miller, M.M.

Administrative Assistant, Auditions and Scholarships

Director, Flute Day

Mary Miller is an Administrative Assistant at the University. Please contact her regarding Auditions and Scholarships. In addition, she teaches applied flute. She is also the Principal Flutist with the Reno Philharmonic and the Reno Chamber Orchestra. She is the director of the annual Flute Day, held on the University of Nevada, Reno campus.

Office: VSG 100B
(775) 682-8970

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Louis Niebur, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Musicology
Chair, Department of Music
Director, Music History/Musicology

Louis Niebur is Assistant Professor of Musicology for the Department of Music. His research primarily concerns avant-garde and popular music of the post-war era, focusing on musics that bridge the categories of high and low culture in society through media technology.

Office: CFA 133A

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Rich Norris

Technical Director, Nightingale Concert Hall

Rich Norris is the Technical Director for the Department of Music's Nightingale Concert Hall. Nightingale Concert Hall is the performance centerpiece of the Church Fine Arts building. The hall holds an audience of 615, offering an intimate, acoustically superior experience for both performers and patrons.

Office: Leave Message at CFA 132 (Department Office)
(775) 784-6964

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Marina Roznitovsky Oster, M.M.

Director, Harp Plus

Marina Roznitovsky Oster currently teaches harp at the University of Nevada, Reno and Truckee Meadows Community College. She is the Principal Harpist with the Reno Chamber Orchestra, Susanville Symphony and the Nevada Opera. Marina is also director of Harp Plus, an annual event held on the University of Nevada, Reno campus..

Office: CFA 120D
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Adela Hyeyeon Park, D.M.A.

Assistant Professor, Piano
Artistic Director, Argenta Concert Series

Adela Hyeyeon Park holds Bachelors of Music degree at Korean National University with Prof. Daejin Kim, Master of Music degree and Artist Diploma from Yale School of Music with Prof. Peter Frankl where she was a Post-Graduate Artist Associate following her graduation. She holds Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Peabody Conservatory with Prof. Yong Hi Moon. Currently Ms. Park is the Assistant Professor of the Piano at the University of Nevada, Reno, where she also is the artistic director of the annual Argenta Concert Series.

Office: CFA 126
(775) 682-9030

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Jean-Paul Perrotte, Ph.D.

Lecturer, Coordinator, Music Theory, Electronic Composition

Jean-Paul Perrotte is an American composer. He received a Ph.D. in Composition from the University of Iowa in 2013. His teachers have included Professors Lawrence Fritts and David Gompper. He is currently Lecturer of Composition and Coordinator of Music Theory at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Office: VSG 100D
(775) 784-4030

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William Plenk, D.M.A.

Associate Director of Bands
Director of Athletic Bands

Dr. Plenk received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting from the University of California, Los Angeles where he was Conductor of the UCLA Symphonic Band, Associate Conductor of the UCLA Wind Ensemble, and Associate Conductor of the UCLA Brass Ensemble. He also received a Master of Music degree in tuba performance from UCLA, and a Bachelor of Music degree in tuba performance from Ithaca College. William is the Associate Director of Bands and the Director of Athletic Bands, including the renowned Wolf Pack Marching Band, the "Pride of the Sierra.".

Office: CFA 136A
(775) 784-6807

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Danne Polk

Website Technician, Event Publicity

Danne Polk is the Website technician for the Department of Music, including the online Department of Music Events Calendar. If you have information about upcoming events sponsored by the Department of Music, School of the Arts, and the College of Liberal Arts, please email the details to Danne. Also, if you need publicity materials for Department of Music programs and events, Danne is available to create posters, postcards, and fliers.

Office: CFA 132 leave message
(775) 348-8784

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Kate Pollard, M.M.

Lecturer and Coordinator, Music Education

Kate Pollard, the music education lecturer at UNR, holds music education degrees from the University of Delaware (BM) and Ithaca College (MM). Prior to moving to the Reno area, Ms. Pollard attended the University of Washington's music education PhD program while acting as the University Supervisor for music student teachers. Her doctoral dissertation, currently in progress, is about successful mentoring relationships between music student teachers and their mentor teachers.

Office: CFA 110
(775) 682-9019

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Cynthia Prescott

Administrative Assistant

Cynthia Prescott is an Administrative Assistant for the Department of Music and works in the main Department Office.

Office: CFA 132
(775) 784-6145

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Cody Remaklus, M.F.A.

Hand Percussion

Cody Remaklus, teaches applied lessons in World Percussion and directs the UNR World Percussion Ensemble. Primarily a percussionist/hybrid drum set player, he has also studied and performed different forms of drumming and dance from Cuba, Africa, Brazil, India and more. He holds a BA from UNR in Spanish and an MFA in World Music Performance from California Institute of the Arts.

Office: Call for appointment
(775) 329-6000

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Stephanie Sant' Ambrogio, M.M.

Assistant Professor, Violin, Viola
Director, Orchestral Career Studies Graduate Program
Director, L-Cubed Music Series

Associate Professor of Violin and Viola at the University of Nevada, Reno and member of the Argenta Trio, Stephanie is also director of the Orchestral Career Studies Graduate Program and director of the on-campus L-Cubed Music Series.

Office: CFA 139
(775) 682-9024

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Adam Snider, D.M.A.

Director, Tubafest©

Adam Snider earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Utah, his Master of Music Performance degree from Western Michigan University, and his Bachelor of Music Education and Performance degrees from The Boston Conservatory. Adam teaches tuba and is the director of the annual Tubafest©, held on the University of Nevada, Reno campus.

Office: CFA 127
(775) 784-6145

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Paul Torkelson, D.M.A.

Voice, Singing, Choral Arts, Choral Conducting
Director, Choral Studies
Director, Symphonic Chorus
Director, Nevada Chamber Singers

Dr. Paul Torkelson earned his B.M.E. from Wartburg College where he was featured as a soloist with the Wartburg Choir.  He holds a M.M. degree from Kansas State University and a D.M.A from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Paul is currently Director of Choral Studies at the University of Nevada/Reno, where he directs the Symphonic Chorus and the Nevada Chamber Singers and teaches choral conducting.  

Office: VSG 30D
(775) 682-9023

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James Winn, D.M.A.

Professor, Composition Studies, Keyboard Studies, Piano, Harpsichord
Director, Keyboard Studies
Coordinator, Composition Studies

James Winn, piano and composition professor at the University of Nevada, Reno since 1997. An active recording artist, Winn is featured in more than three dozen CDs as soloist, chamber musician, and composer. Dr. Winn's compositions have been performed internationally.

Office: CFA 138
(775) 784-4051

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