Full Department Listing

More than 60 faculty members make up the Music Department, including many recognized artist-teachers, published authors, commissioned composers, and leading church musicians. They perform nationally and internationally in masterclasses, recitals, and concerts including such prestigious ensembles as the Minnesota Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, VocalEssence, Minnesota Contemporary Ensemble, and the Minnesota Opera.


 

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.

Kathryn Ananda-Owens
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.

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.

Scott Anderson
Assistant Professor of Music - Clarinet

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

Anton Armstrong
Harry R. and Thora H. Tosdal Chair in Music, 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.

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.

Barbara Barth
Academic Administrative Assistant - Music

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

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.

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

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

Molly Boes
Assistant Dean of Fine Arts Recruitment

Molly Boes holds a degree from St. Olaf College

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.

Sarah Burk
Instructor in Music – Jazz Piano

Sarah Burk holds degrees from the University of Minnesota. She has also studied Salsa and Latin Jazz with Nachito Herrera.

Steven Campbell
Instructor in Music - Tuba

Steven Campbell holds degrees from the University of Houston and The New England Conservatory.

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.

David Castro
Associate 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.

Christine Cecil
Coordinator for Music Organizations

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

Beth Christensen
Professor of Music — 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.

Kurt Claussen
Instructor in Music — Saxophone

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

Anna Clift
Instructor in Music — Cello

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

Julie Elhard
Instructor in Music – Collegium Musicum

Julie Elhard holds degrees from Concordia College, Moorhead, MN and a Performing Artist Certificate from the Royal Conservatory of Music, The Hague, Netherlands. Studied with Anneke Pols, Wieland Kuijken and Laurence Dreyfuss.

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

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

Louis Epstein
Assistant Professor of Music — Musicology/Ethnomusicology

Louis Epstein received his BA in Music with honors from Princeton University in 2006 and his PhD in Music from Harvard University in 2013.

Alison Feldt
Associate Professor of Music — Voice

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

Lori Folland
Staff Pianist

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

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

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

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

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

Phil Hey
Instructor in Music — Drum Set

Phil Hey holds a degree from University of Minnesota.

Therees Hibbard
Visiting Associate Professor of Music — Voice, Conductor of the Manitou Singers and the Early Music Singers

Therees Hibbard holds degrees from Longwood College, Virginia; Colorado State University; and from the University of Oregon School of Music.

Paul Hill
Instructor in Music — Percussion

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

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.

Mary Huismann
Music Catalog Librarian

Mary holds degrees from The University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, and The University of Wisconsin – Whitewater.

John Jensen
Staff Pianist

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

Dennis Johnson
Piano Technician

Dennis Johnson holds a degree from Luther College.

Mark Kelley
Instructor in Music — Bassoon

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

Courtney Kleftis
Associate Librarian for Ensembles and Performing Rights

Courtney Kleftis holds a PhD in Critical and Comparative Studies in Music (Musicology) from the University of Virginia as well as a BM in Choral/General Music Education from Lawrence University.

Paul Klitzke
Assistant Piano Technician

Paul Klitzke holds a certification from North Bennet Street School.

Dale Kruse
Visiting Assistant Professor of Music – Voice and Lyric Theater

Dale Kruse holds degrees from Drake University and Luther College.

Nancy Lee
Instructor in Music - Music Education

B.A. in Music Education from Luther College, Decorah, IA and M.A. in Music Education from Boston University

Dana Maeda
Instructor in Music — Oboe, Woodwind Techniques, Conductor of Collegium Musicum

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

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

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

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

James McKeel
Professor of Music - Voice and Lyric Theater

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

Kent McWilliams
Professor of Music – Piano, Department Vice Chair

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

Justin Merritt
Associate Professor of Music – Composition, Music Theory/Aural Skills, Department Chair

Justin Merritt holds degrees from Indiana University and Trinity University.

Anna Mooy
Visiting Assistant Professor of Music – voice

Holds degrees from the University of Minnesota and Brigham Young 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.

Robert Ouren
Visiting Assistant Professor — Music Education

Dr. Robert Ouren received a bachelor's degree from Winona State College and his Master of Arts and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.

Paul Ousley
Instructor in Music — String Bass

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

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.

Jean Parish
Director of College Relations for Music Organizations

Jean Parish holds a BM degree in Vocal Performance from St. Olaf College and an MM in Choral Conducting from the University of South Florida.

Catherine Ramirez
Artist-in-Residence – Flute

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.

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

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

Sybil Scott
Assistant Director of Music Organizations

Sybil holds a BA music degree from St. Olaf College.

Ray Shows
Instructor in Music — Violin and Viola

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.

Mark Stover
Instructor in Music - Voice

B.A. Religion, St. Olaf College; M.S.M. Choral Conducting emphasis, Luther Seminary

Becky Weis
Instructor in Music — Hardanger Fiddle

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

Tim Wells
Academic Administrative Assistant - Instrumental Music

Tim Wells holds a degree from Bemidji State University.

Terra Widdifield
Associate Director of Music Organizations

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

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.