Full Department Listing

The music department at St. Olaf College has more than 60 faculty members, including many recognized artist-teachers, published authors, commissioned composers, and leading church musicians. They perform in concerts and recitals around the country, and with prestigious ensembles such as the Minnesota Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, VocalEssence, Minnesota Contemporary Ensemble, and Minnesota Opera.

 

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Steven Amundson
Professor of Music - Theory and Conducting, Conductor of the St. Olaf Orchestra

Steven Amundson holds degrees from Luther College and Northwestern University, and did further studies at the University of Virginia, the Aspen Music School, and the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria.

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Kathryn Ananda-Owens
Associate Professor of Music - Piano

Kathryn Ananda-Owens holds degrees from Oberlin College, Oberlin Conservatory, and the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University. Studied with Julian Martin.

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Francesca Anderegg
Assistant Professor of Music - Violin

A graduate of Harvard University, and holds DMA degree and MM in Violin performance from The Juilliard School. Former teachers include Robert Mann, Nicholas Mann, Ronald Copes, Naoko Tanaka, Lynn Chang and Betty-Jean Hagen.

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Scott Anderson
Instructor in Music - Clarinet

B.M. clarinet performance, Eastman School of Music; M.M. clarinet performance, Northwestern University.

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Anton Armstrong
Harry R. and Thora H. Tosdal Professor of Music — Voice and Conducting, Conductor of the St. Olaf Choir

Dr. Anton Armstrong holds degrees from St. Olaf College, the University of Illinois, and Michigan State University.

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Christopher Aspaas
Assistant Professor of Music — Voice and Choral Conducting, Conductor of Chapel Choir and Viking Chorus

Dr. Christopher Aspaas holds degrees from St. Olaf College, Michigan State University, and Florida State University.

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Christopher Atzinger
Associate Professor of Music - Piano

Degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Michigan, DMA piano performance from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University.

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Barbara Barth
Academic Administrative Assistant - Music

B.A. English and B.F.A. Design, University of Michigan

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Linda Berger
Professor of Music - Music Education

Berger received a bachelor’s degree Phi Beta Kappa from St. Olaf College and an M.A. and Ph.D. in music from the University of Minnesota.

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Samuel Bergman
Instructor in Music — Viola (Spring '14)

Samuel Bergman holds degrees from Ohio’s Oberlin Conservatory of Music.

Kathy Blough
Music Catalog Librarian

B.A. in Music from the University of Southern Maine and graduated from the University at Buffalo’s Music Librarianship program with a Masters degree in Library and Information Science

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James Bobb
Assistant Professor of Organ and Church Music, Minister of Music to the Student Congregation, Conductor of the St. Olaf Cantorei

James Bobb holds degrees from Capital University and the Eastman School of Music.

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Tim Bradley
Instructor in Music — Horn

Tim Bradley holds degrees from Southern Methodist University and St. Olaf College.

Cheryl Bristol
Academic Administrative Assistant - Music

B.S. business major/music minor, Northwestern College. Additional studies in piano from Kent McWilliams.

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David Carter
Professor of Music – Cello

He holds degrees from the University of Minnesota, Indiana University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Carter’s principal cello teachers include Robert Jamieson, Gary Hoffman, Janos Starker and Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi.

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David Castro
Assistant Professor of Music – Theory

B.Mus. in Music Education from Pacific Union College in 1998, a M.M. in Music Theory from The University of Arizona in 2000, and earned his Ph.D. in Music Theory at the University of Oregon in 2005.

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Laura Caviani
Instructor in Music — Jazz Piano

Laura Caviani holds degrees from The University of Michigan and Lawrence University.

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Beth Christensen
Professor – Music Librarian

B.M. from Illinois State University, a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois, and a Master’s degree in Musicology from the University of Minnesota.

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Kurt Claussen
Instructor in Music — Saxophone, Chamber Music

Kurt Claussen holds degrees from the University of Minnesota, St. Olaf College, and the Conservatoire National de Region de Bordeaux, France.

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Anna Clift
Instructor in Music — Cello

Anna Clift holds degrees from SUNY at Stony Brook and Indiana University.

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Mary Davis
Ensemble Music Coordinator

Ensemble Music Coordinator

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Margaret Eaves-Smith
Associate Professor Emerita of Music – Voice

Margaret Eaves-Smith holds degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music.

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Tracey Engleman
Assistant Professor of Music – Voice, Vocal Pedagogy, Vocal Literature

Tracey Engleman holds degrees from the University of Minnesota and St. Olaf College.

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Alison Feldt
Associate Professor of Music — Voice, Department Chair

Alison Feldt holds degrees from the University of Minnesotay, the University of Iowa, and Luther College.

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Lori Folland
Staff Pianist

Lori Folland holds degrees from the University of Michigan and Oberlin Conservatory.

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Sandra Joy Friesen
Visiting Assistant Professor of Music – Class Piano, Piano

Sandra Joy Friesen holds degrees from the University of Alberta and the University of British Columbia.

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Music Library Associate

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James Garlick
Instructor in Music — Violin (Spring '14)

James Garlic holds degrees from The Julliard School and Oberlin Conservatory.

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Robin Gehl
Visiting Assistant Professor of Music — Music History

A graduate of St. Olaf College, Dr. Gehl received a Master of Arts degree in Music History from the University of Minnesota, and a Ph.D. in musicology from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music.

Charles Gray
Professor of Music – Violin, Viola, String Literature and Pedagogy

Charles Gray holds degrees from The University of Michigan and Wheaton College.

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David Hagedorn
Artist in Residence — Percussion and World Music, Director of Jazz Ensembles

David Hagedorn holds degrees from the University of Minnesota, the New England Conservatory, and the Eastman School of Music.

Mary Hakes
Assistant Dean of Admissions and Music Admissions Coordinator

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Ashley Hall
Instructor in Music — Trumpet

Ashley Hall holds degrees from Longy School of Music and the University of Cincinnati–Colle conservatory of Music.

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Christine Hanson
Assistant to Music Organizations/Business Accounting Coordinator

Christine holds a B.A. degree from St. Olaf College. She has been on staff with the Music Organizations since 2011.

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Janis Hardy
Associate Professor of Music – Voice and Lyric Theater

Janis Hardy, has performed leading roles for many of our country’s major opera companies including the Houston Grand Opera, San Francisco Opera, Boston Opera, Wolftrap Center for the Performing Arts and Kansas City Lyric.

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Philip Hey
Instructor in Music — Percussion, Jazz Ensemble (Spring '14)

Philip Hey holds a degree from University of Minnesota.

Paul Hill
Instructor in Music — Percussion

Paul Hill holds degrees from the University of Minnesota and the University of Wisconsin–Superior.

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Martin Hodel
Associate Professor of Music — Trumpet, Conductor of the St. Olaf Philharmonia

Dr. Martin Hodel holds degrees from Goshen College, the University of North Carolina, and the Eastman School of Music.

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Gerald Hoekstra
Professor of Music — History and Literature, Conductor of Collegium Musicum and Early Music Singers

Dr. Gerald Hoekstra holds degrees from Calvin College and Ohio State University.

Anthony Holt
Instructor in Music – Voice

Tony Holt holds degrees from Oxford University.

John Jensen
Staff Pianist

John Jensen holds degrees from the University of Southern California and Occidental College.

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B.J. Johnson
Manager of Music Organizations and Assistant to Department Chair

Bob Johnson holds a B.A. degree from Concordia College. He is a member of the Music Educator's National Conference (MENC), the American Choral Director's Association (ACDA) and a charter member of the College Music Tour Manager's Association (CMTMA).

Dennis Johnson
Piano Technician

Dennis Johnson holds a degree from Luther College.

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Sigrid Johnson
Artist in Residence — Voice, Conductor of the Manitou Singers

Sigrid Johnson holds degrees from St. Cloud State University and the University of Michigan.

Mark Kelley
Instructor in Music — Bassoon

Mark Kelley holds a degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Paul Klitzke
Assistant Piano Technician

Paul Klitzke holds a certification from North Bennet Street School.

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Dale Kruse
Instructor in Music – Voice

Dale Kruse holds degrees from Drake University and Luther College.

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Kira Lace Hawkins
Instructor in Music — Lyric Theater

Kira Lace Hawkins received a B.A. in Music and B.A. in Theater from St. Olaf College, and an M.F.A. in Acting from Penn State University.

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Charles Lazarus
Instructor in Music — Trumpet

Charles Lazarus holds degrees from The Juilliard School and the North Carolina School of the Arts.

Nancy Lee
Instructor in Music – Music Education

Nancy Lee holds a degree from Luther College.

Dana Maeda
Instructor in Music — Oboe, Woodwind Techniques, Chamber Music

Dana Maeda holds degrees from St. Mary's University, and St. Olaf College.

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Jill Mahr
Instructor in Music — Flute, Conductor of Handbell Choirs

Jill Mahr holds degrees from the University of Minnesota and Northwestern University.

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Timothy Mahr
Professor of Music - Composition and Conducting, Conductor of the St. Olaf Band

B.M. composition and a B.A. in music education from St. Olaf College; M.M. trombone performance and a D.M.A. in instrumental conducting from the University of Iowa.

Connie Martin
Instructor in Music — String Bass

Connie Martin holds degrees from the University of Illinois and Whitworth College.

Mary Martz
Instructor in Music – Voice

Mary Martz holds degrees from Amherst College, and Moorhead State University.

Harriet McCleary
Instructor in Music — Voice

Harriet McCleary holds from the University of Minnesota, Westminster Choir College, and Texas Christian University.

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Music Library Associate

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James McKeel
Professor of Music - Voice and Lyric Theater

James McKeel holds degrees from the University of Minnesota and Westminster College.

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Kent McWilliams
Professor of Music – Piano, Chamber Music, Department Vice Chair

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Kent McWilliams holds degrees from the University of Montreal and the University of Toronto.

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Justin Merritt
Associate Professor of Music – Composition and Theory

Justin Merritt holds degrees from Indiana University and Trinity University.

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Reinaldo Moya
Instructor in Music — Music Theory

Reinaldo Moya holds degrees from The Juilliard School and West Virginia University.

Elinor Niemisto
Instructor in Music — Harp

Elinor Niemisto holds a B.M. and M.M. in Harp Performance from the University of Michigan, as well as Suzuki Harp Teacher Training units 1 through 4 and Practicuum.

Paul Niemisto
Associate Professor of Music — Low Brass, Conductor of Norseman Band

Paul Niemisto holds B.M. and M.M. degrees from the University of Michigan.

Paul Ousley
Instructor in Music — String Bass

Paul Ousley holds degrees from University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and Eastman School of Music.

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Nancy Paddleford
Professor of Music - Piano

B.M. and M.M., Indiana University; D.M.A. University of Minnesota. Teachers have included Gyorgy Sebok, Alfonso Montecino and Bernhard Weiser, and she has studied chamber music with Janos Starker, Joseph Gingold, William Primrose and Franco Gulli.

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Catherine Ramirez
Assistant Professor of Music – Flute, Theory

Catherine Ramirez holds degrees from Rice University, Yale University School of Music, Queens College, Boccherini Music Institute in Italy, and Occidental College.

Catherine Rodland
Artist in Residence - Organ, Theory

Catherine Rodland holds degrees from Eastman School of Music and St. Olaf College.

Mischa Santora
Visiting Instructor in Music— Conductor of the St. Olaf Philharmonia

Mischa Santora studied with Thomas Brandis, former concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic, and subsequently undertook conducting studies with Otto-Werner Mueller at the Curtis Institute of Music, from which he graduated in 1997.

Miriam Scholz-Carlson
Instructor of Music – String Methods, Liberating Performers: Beyond the Alexander Technique

Miriam Scholz-Carlson holds a degree from St. Olaf College

Ray Shows
Instructor in Music — Violin and Viola, Chamber Music

Ray Shows holds degrees from Florida State University and Boston University.

Robert Smith
Associate Professor of Music – Voice, Vocal Literature

Robert Smith holds degrees from The University of Texas, Yale University and St. Olaf College.

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Kevin Stocks
Assistant Director for Promotion and Marketing

Kevin Stocks holds a bachelor's degree from St. Olaf College.

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Mark Stover
Visiting Instructor in Music — Voice, Guest Conductor of the St. Olaf Choir and Collegiate Chorale

Mark Stover holds degrees from Luther Seminary and St. Olaf College.

Becky Weis
Instructor in Music — Hardanger Fiddle

Becky Weis holds degrees from Macalester College and University of Minnesota.

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Tim Wells
Instrumental Music Coordinator; Administrative Assistant

Tim Wells holds a degree from Bemidji State University.

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Terra Widdifield
Assistant Manager of Music Organizations, Manager of the St. Olaf Band and St. Olaf Orchestra

Terra Widdifield holds a bachelor's degree from St. Olaf College.

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Karen Wilkerson
Instructor of Music – voice

Karen Wilkerson holds music degrees from Westminster Choir College, Princeton New Jersey and California State University.

Herbert Winslow
Instructor in Music — Horn

Herbert Winslow holds a degree from Curtis Institute of Music.

Larry Zimmerman
Instructor in Music — Low Brass

Larry Zimmerman holds degrees from St. Olaf College and Boston University.