Wayne State University

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Faculty Profiles

Jonathan Anderson
Assistant Professor
2345 Old Main
Phone: 313-577-9692

Dr. Anderson teaches composition and theory courses, and composes for a variety of acoustic and electroacoustic mediums. He has received honors, awards, and invitations from the So...
Douglas Bianchi
Director of Bands
2362 Old Main
Phone: 313-577-2615

The Wayne State University Bands are under the direction of Douglas Bianchi. He is a graduate of Wayne State University and received his Masters Degree in conducting from Oakland U...
Karl Braunschweig
Associate Professor
2341 Old Main
Phone: 313-577-1799

Karl Braunschweig specializes in new approaches to the history of music theory, and in several unique intersections of history, theory, and aesthetics in tonal music, particularly ...
Frances Brockington
2326 Old Main
Phone: 313-577-2619

Frances N. Brockington, soprano, is a native Detroiter and favorite to area audiences.In 2005, Miss Brockington received the prestigious Msgr. Daniel Ryan Award as Outstanding Form...
Dr. Abigail Butler
Abigail Butler
2390 Old Main
Phone: 313-577-2673

Abigail Butler completed her undergraduate studies in voice performance at Keene State College, Keene, New Hampshire. She received a master of music degree from Midwestern State Un...
Christopher Collins
Professor and Director of Jazz Studies
1353, Old Main
Phone: 313-577-1780

Chris Collins is a professional jazz woodwind player who has toured throughout Japan, South Africa, Europe and North America as the leader of his own ensembles and as a featured so...
Robert Conway
2353 Old Main
Phone: 313-577-2676

Robert Conway is an associate professor of piano at Wayne State University, where he is also the director of the piano area. Since 1989, he has performed regularly as orc...
Thomas Court
Music Technology Lecturer
2356, Old Main
Phone: 313-993-7550

Thomas Court is a recording engineer / Sound Designer by trade. After completing an honorable moment in the military, Mr. Court began recording and composing music professional...
Joshua S. Duchan
Assistant Professor
1336 Old Main
Phone: (313) 577-9869

Joshua S. Duchan is an ethnomusicologist specializing in American popular music, with particular interest in vocal music. He completed his Ph.D. in 2007 at the University of Michig...
Norah Duncan
Interim Department Chair
1321.7 Old Main
Phone: 313-577-1775

Norah Duncan IV is Interim Chair and Associate Professor of Music at Wayne State University. He is also the Area Coordinator for Organ Performance. Additionally, he directs the WSU...
Lee Dyament
Academic Services Officer III/Classical Guitar Area Coordinator
1321, Old Main
Phone: 313-577-2614

Guitarist Lee Dyament has performed in numerous settings: As a studio guitarist for records and commercials, in the theater/opera pit, and for radio and television. His eclectic st...
Andrew Kreckmann
Lecturer of Choral Music

Andrew Kreckmann joined the Wayne State University faculty in early August 2013. Before coming to WSU, Andrew completed his DMA in Choral Conducting at Texas Tech University with R...
Kypros Leandros Markou
Professor and Director Orchestral Studies
2362, Old Main
Phone: 313-993-4303

Kypros Markou is Professor and Director of Orchestral Studies at Wayne State University in Detroit. Additionally he is Music Director of the Dearborn Symphony Orchestra in Michigan...
Wendy K. Matthews
Assistant Professor
2388 Old Main
Phone: 313-577-2674

Wendy K. Matthews is Assistant Professor of Music Education at Wayne State University. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Mu...
Russell Miller
1359, Old Main
Phone: 313-577-2532

Director of Jazz Big Band IITeaches Jazz Improvisation, Jazz Arranging & Orchestration, and Woodwind courses...
Laura Roelofs
Interim Associate Chair and Associate Professor
2347 Old Main
Phone: 313-993-4306

Laura Leigh Roelofs is Associate Professor of Violin and String Area Coordinator in the Department of Music; for the 2013-14 academic year she is also serving as Interim Associate...
Emery Stephens
Assistant Professor
Old Main Building, Room 2303
Phone: 313-577-3181

Baritone Emery Stephens is an Assistant Professor of Voice at Wayne State University, where his t...
Professor Dennis J. Tini
Dennis J. Tini
Distinguished Professor
2339 Old Main
Phone: 313-577-2545

Dennis J. Tini, Wayne State University Distinguished Professor of Music in Detroit, Michigan, is Senior Associate Dean, Interim, of the College of Fine, Performing and Communicatio...
Mary Wischusen
1324 Old Main
Phone: 313-577-2612

Mary Wischusen was born in New Jersey and received a Bachelor of Arts in Music (1968) from Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia. She received both of her graduate degrees from Rut...

Part-time Faculty Profiles

Gerrie Ball
Accompanist and Group Piano
2344 Old Main
Kazimierz Brzozowski
Private piano instructor
2349 Old Main

Kazimierz Brzozowski has garnered international acclaim for his captivating performances at the piano, in particular the music of Chopin. He frequently appears in concerts in the U...
Glenn Burdette
Harpsichord and Music History
Steve Carryer
Jazz Guitar and Guitar Ensembles
2368 Old Main
Marcy Chanteaux
Violoncello, DSO

Marcy Chanteaux is the former Assistant Principal Cello of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Having grown up in a musical household in South Dakota, Chanteaux received her initial pi...
Keith Claeys
Percussion and Percussion Ensemble
2374 Old Main

Attended Wayne State University where he studied withSalvatore Rabbio. Other teachers include Norman Fickett, Alan Abel and the late Charles Owen. Since graduating from WSU, Keith ...
Caroline Coade
Viola, DSO

American violist Caroline Coade joined the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in September 1996, and is currently serving as the Acting Assistant Principal Violist for the 2013-2014 and 20...
Gerald Custer
2361 Old Main

Gerald Custer is a multifaceted choral musician, active as conductor, composer, author, clinician and teacher. He earned the Bachelor of Music degree in choral music educa...
Dorothy Duensing

Metropolitan Opera District Finalist (Detroit-1991), Dorothy Duensing, Mezzo Soprano, has brought audiences “spontaneously to their feet with her artistry and flair.” I...
Gordon Findlay

Gordon Finlay, Lyric tenor, is a graduate of University of Michigan School of Music, where he was an honors student and full scholarshiprecipient, while also studying wit...
Mark Flegg

Dr. Mark V. Flegg is a full-time independent professional trumpeter and educator based in Southeast Michigan (Metro Detroit). He has performed with many ensembles in the area, incl...
Kelly Natasha Foreman
Musicology and Ethnomusicology

K. [Kelly] Natasha Foreman was born in Minneapolis, MN, and received a Bachelor of Arts in Music Theory and Composition at St. Olaf College in Northfield M...
James Paul Fusik
Instructor of Applied Saxophone
Old Main 2306

A dynamic and versatile soloist and chamber musician, saxophonist James Fusik has garnered numerous accomplishments worldwide. Fusik has commissioned and/or premiered many works...
Gail Gebhart
Scott Hanoian
Gary James Hellick
2334 Old Main
Phone: 734-564-8967

Gary began his musical training at the Interlochen Arts Academy, earning a Young Artists Award. He continued with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance cum laude at Wheato...
Paul W. Hogle
Executive Vice President, Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Paul Hogle is Executive Vice President of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, a role which unifies all DSO operations: artistic, Board engagement, innovation & strategy, community ...
David Jennings
Paul Keller
Jazz Bass instructor
Ronald Kischuk
Jazz Trombone

Ron Kischuk is in his fourth season as the Artistic Director of the Toledo Jazz Orchestra. He is a Yamaha clinician and performing artist, and is the leader of The Masters Of Musi...
Ann Marie Koukios
Group Piano, Theory, Music History
Betty Lane

A lyric soprano with local, national and international performing experience, native Detroiter Betty Lane has the distinction of being the first American, as well as th...
Laura Larson
Flute, MOT
2305 Old Main

Laura Larson has distinguished herself throughout the flute world of the United States and abroad. Twice a winner in the National Flute Association Young Artist Competition, she al...
Eldonna L. May
Certified Online Profesor - Musicology

A gifted performer, pedagogue, presenter, and researcher, Eldonna L. May, certified online professor, is a faculty member of the music department at Wayne State Un...
Clifford Monear
Jazz Piano
2338 Old Main
Chuck Newsome
Dennis Nulty

Dennis J Nulty, born in Upstate New York, was appointed principal tuba of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in 2009 by Music Director Leonard Slatkin while completing graduate studies...
Shannon Orme

In 2007, Shannon Orme was appointed Bass Clarinet of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Leonard Slatkin. Prior to joining the DSO, she was co-principal of the Hyogo Perf...
Mary Paquette-Abt
Old Main 2366
Phone: m_paquette-abt@wayne.edu

Mary Paquette-Abt (PhD, University of Chicago) studies sacred and secular vocal music in early seventeenth-century Rome, eighteenth-century musical culture, and the music of the U...
Robert Pipho
Jazz Piano
2338 Old Main
Don Platter
2402 Old Main
Phone: Home: (248) 375-0473
Dan Pliskow
Jazz Bass
Old Main
Phone: 248-549-5575

I was born in Detroit in 1935. In 1943, while in the second grade, I began taking cello in school and private lessons, eventually studying with Jacob Becker of the DSO. In high sch...
Ronald Prowse
Richard Rattner
Music Business
Phone: (248) 642-0333
Johanne Ray-Hepp
Music Education
Brian Roberts
Adjunct Associate Professor of Classical Guitar
2334 Old Main

~Applied Classical Guitar Lessons for classical guitar performance majors and minors.~Guitar Pedagogy and Liturature Class.~Classical Guitar Performance Class as part of the applie...
James Ryan
Jazz Percussion
Matthew Schoendorff
Music Theory and Composition
2366 Old Main

Matthew Schoendorff is an accomplished composer of many styles of music. Although perhaps best known among the professional community for his works for wind band, Schoendorff write...
Marcus Schoon
Contrabassoon, DSO

Born in Los Angeles, Marcus Schoon began studying piano at the age of nine and saxophone at 12. His introduction to bassoon began when his high school concert band lost their only ...
Stephanie Shapiro

Stephanie Shapiro held the tenured position of Oboe/English Horn with the San Antonio Symphony from 1997-2011, during which time she also served on the faculty of Trinity Universit...
Marian Tănău
Violin, DSO

Romanian-born violinist Marian Tănău first picked up the violin at the age of four and began his musical education in his hometown of Timisoara, Romania. He graduated fro...
David Taylor
Jazz Percussion
Phone: 586-876-9348

David Taylor studied percussion performance at the University of Cincinnati/College-Conservatory of Music where his principal teacher was William Youhass. Other teachers include Sa...
Patricia Terry-Ross
Harp, Music Education

Patricia Terry-Ross began studying the harp with Velma Froude at Cass Technical High School in Detroit. She attended the University of Michigan where she received both Bachelor and...
Kenneth Thompkins
Trombone, DSO
Jim Van Valkenburg
Viola, DSO

James VanValkenburg, Assistant Principal Viola of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, came to orchestral playing after a satisfying career in chamber music. As a founding member of the...
Judith Vander Weg
Cello and Chamber Music
2341 Old Main

Judith Vander Weg is a graduate of Indiana University and the University of Michigan with degrees in cello performance. She has appeared throughout the United States, Canada, Belgi...
Stanley Waldon
Group Piano

Stanley Waldon is a graduate of Wayne State University with a BS degree in Vocal Music Education, M.Ed., Guidance and Counseling; and D.Ed., Educational Administration and Supervis...
Kevin Welling
Robert Williams
Bassoon, DSO

Robert Williams has been Principal Bassoonist of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra since September of 1974. Prior to that appointment he was solo bassoonist with the Winnipeg Symphony...
Hai Xin Wu
Violin, DSO

Violinist Hai Xin Wu joined the Detroit Symphony Orchestra violin section in July 1995 and was appointed Assistant Concertmaster of the DSO in June 2004. He previously performed th...
Matthew Younglove
Director of Athletic Bands and Saxophone

A South Carolina native, Matthew Younglove is an emerging artist and teacher of the saxophone. He currently serves on the faculty of Wayne State University in Detroit, MI as well ...