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Ralph Alessi

Assistant Professor, Trumpet
Director, University Jazz Big Band Ensemble #1

Ralph Alessi is a trumpeter and composer who is an Assistant Professor teaching jazz trumpet and director of the University Jazz Ensemble #1. He has performed and recorded with the likes of Fred Hersch, Ravi Coltrane, Sam Rivers, Uri Caine and Steve Coleman and is currently an ECM recording artist. As an educator, Alessi has been a member of the faculty of the Eastman School of Music and is currently the founder and director of the School for Improvisational Music (

Office: CFA 129
(775) 682-9039

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Jason Altieri

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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Dmitri Atapine

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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Adam Benjamin

Assistant Professor, Jazz Piano
Director, Jazz and Improvisational Music

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 135
(775) 682-9039

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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 30B
(775) 784-6145 msg

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Robert J. Callaghan

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 VSG 100 (Department Office)
(775) 287-2140

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Reed Chamberlin

Assistant Professor, 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: VSG 101C
(775) 682-9036

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Tim Chatwood

Music Industry/Portfolio

Tim Chatwood teaches classes in Music Industry/Portfolio at University of Nevada, Reno. He received his Masters in Music Composition and Bachelors of Arts in Music with Minors in Business Administration and Music Industry at the University of Nevada, Reno.  

Office: VSG 100
(775) 784-6145 (Message)

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Ed Corey

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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Hank Currey


Hank Currey holds his Bachelor of Music Performance and Education Degree from Ithaca College and his Master of Music Degree from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami.  He is the Lecturer of Trombone at the University of Nevada, Reno and is currently teaching Applied Trombone, Brass Pedagogy, and actively involved in recruiting.  He has played trombone with the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra, the Nevada Opera, the Reno Chamber Orchestra, and the Great Basin Brass Quintet.


Office: CFA 131
(845) 807-1082

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DeAunn Davis

Assistant Professor, Horn
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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Sara DePaoli

Music Therapy

Sara DePaoli holds a performance degree from Bemidji State University (BA) and a music therapy degree from the University of Minnesota (MA).She completed her music therapy internship at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, OH and worked as a music therapist at University of Minnesota Fairview Medical Center, American Cancer Society, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and Note-Able Music Therapy Services.

Ms. DePaoli is the Executive Director of the Musculoskeletal Organization for Research and Education and holds her own private practice in music therapy. She has given clinics and presentations on music therapy and non-profit management at a range of conferences and has been published for her research in acute mental health and bone marrow transplant.

Ms. DePaoli teaches two introductory courses in music therapy in the University of Nevada Department of Music and mentors students interested in the field of music therapy. Direct your questions to Ms. DePaoli.


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David Ehrke

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, woodwind chamber music and sight-singing and dictation for the Department of Music.

Office: CFA 131
(775) 682-9029

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Larry M. Engstrom

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

Chair, Department of Music
Associate Professor, Saxophone, Jazz and Improvisational Music

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, Jazz and Improvisational Music.

Office: CFA 133A
(775) 784-4061

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Stephen C. Eubanks

Assistant Director of Athletic Bands
Music Education Lecturer

Dr. Stephen C. Eubanks serves as the assistant Director of Athletic Bands at the University of Reno. In addition, Dr. Eubanks is a music education lecturer.  He received his Ph.D. in Learning, Teaching & Curriculum in Music Education from the University of Missouri, his Masters in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Missouri, and his Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Missouri Southern State College.

Office: VSG 101D
(775) 784-6525

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Eric Fassbender

Bassoon and Oboe

Lecturer, Bassoon, Oboe, Woodwind Quintet, and Sight-Singing
Director, Nevada Double Reed Ensemble

Office: VSG 101A
(775) 682-9020

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James Flora

Voice, Opera

Mr. Flora holds a Bachelor's of Music degree in Voice Performance from The Ohio State University and a Master's of Music degree in Voice Performance from Florida State University.

Office: CFA 125
(775) 784-4065

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Olga Perez Flora


Cuban-American mezzo-soprano, Olga Perez Flora, has been lauded by Opera News for her "smoky tones" and "firm, pleasant voice and lively poise." Dr. Flora has performed with opera companies and symphonies both across the country and internationally.

Office: CFA 140
(775) 784-6862

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Jose Flores


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: Leave message at VSG 100
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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: Leave message at VSG100
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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

Lecturer: 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 135
(775) 682-9032

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Andrew Heglund

Associate Professor, Music Theory, Percussion
Director, University Percussion Ensemble
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 13A
(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: Leave message at VSG 100
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Sharon Hickox

Theory and Music Appreciation

Sharon Hickox teaches Music Theory and Music Appreciation for the Department of Music.

Office: MSS 103
(775) 682-9094

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Christopher Langton

Music Appreciation, Vocal Techniques

Chris Langton teaches Music Appreciation and Voice for the Department of Music.

Office: CFA 138A
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Albert Rudolph Lee

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 137
(775) 784-6145

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Helen Lee


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


Paul Lenz teaches Trumpet for the Department of Music.

Office: CFA 129
(775) 682-8971

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Meredyth Lewis

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: VSG 30A
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Julianne Lindberg

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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Philip Manwell


Dr. Manwell teaches organ in the Department of Music and is Organist and Director of Music at Trinity Episcopal Church, Reno.

Office: VSG 30E
(775) 682-9066

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Pamela McAllister

Music Appreciation, Musical Theater

Pam McAllister teaches Music Appreciation, History of American Musical Theater for the Department of Music.

Office: CFA 138A
(775) 682-8970

Mary Miller

Lecturer, Flute
Scholarship and Recruiting Coordinator

Mary Miller Teaches applied flute at the University of Nevada, Reno.   In addition, she is the Principal Flutist with the Reno Philharmonic and the Reno Chamber Orchestra. 

Office: VSG 100B
(775) 682-9026

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Christopher Money


Chris Money currently teaches applied clarinet and is the Assistant Director of Programming and Marketing for the School of the Arts at the University of Nevada, Reno. He received a Bachelor of Music from the University of Nevada, Reno, a Master of Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and a Doctor of Music from Florida State University. Chris teaches applied clarinet at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Office: CFA 131
(775) 784-3593

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Valerio Morucci

Music Appreciation, Musicology

Dr. Morucci teaches Music Appreciation and Musicology for the Department of Music.

Office: VSG 100
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Louis Niebur

Associate Professor, Musicology
Director, Music History/Musicology

Louis Niebur is Associate Professor of Musicology for the Department of Music. His research fields include avant-garde and popular music of the post-war era, including music in radio, television and film, and the significance of popular music to LGBTQ communities, particularly as it has shifted between live music, the jukebox, and the disc jockey in the context of queer spaces.

Office: MMS 107
(775) 784-4061

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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 VSG 100 (Department Office)
(775) 784-6964

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Marina Roznitovsky Oster

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 109
(775) 682-8971

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Adela Hyeyeon Park

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 132
(775) 682-9030

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Isadora Pastragus-Wilson

Piano Accompanist, Vocal/Instrumental Coach

Isadora Pastragus began her piano studies at age 4 in her native Romania and earned a Diplôme Supérieur (Doctural Studies) in piano performance from Royal Conservatory of Music (Brussels, Belgium), an Artist Diploma from Oberlin Conservatory and Master of Music in Piano Performance from Rice University. Currently, Mrs Pastragus serves as an Adjunct Professor in the Music Department of University of Nevada Reno where she teaches piano and provides vocal and instrumental coaching.

Office: CFA 140
(775) 784-6862

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Jean-Paul Perrotte

Assistant Professor, 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: CFA 124
(775) 784-4030

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William Plenk

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: VSG 101B
(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: VSG 100 leave message
(775) 348-8784

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Kate Pollard

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 133A
(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: VSG 100D
(775) 682-9028

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Cody Remaklus

World Music, Feldenkrais

Cody Remaklus teaches applied lessons in World Percussion and The Feldenkrais Method and directs the UNR World Percussion Ensemble. As a percussionist and 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: CFA 13
(775) 329-6000

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Stephanie Sant' Ambrogio

Associate Professor of 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

Tuba, Euphonium
Director, Nevada Tuba Day
Director, Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble
Director, Contemporary Music Ensemble

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 Nevada Tuba Day, held on the University of Nevada, Reno campus.

Office: CFA 127

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Suzette Thoeni

Voice Instructor

Suzette M. Thoeni as a B.M. in vocal performance from UNR and M.M. in Opera/Voice Binghamton University, SUNY New York; she teaches private voice lessons for instruction for Opera/Oratorio and recitals for the Department of Music.

Office: CFA 140
(775) 229-3609 for text or msg.

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Paul Torkelson

Assistant Professor, 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

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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