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Faculty and Staff

Faculty and Staff

Kenneth Beck portraitKenneth Beck
John M. Long School of Music
Smith Hall 110

Mr. Kenneth Beck is a Lecturer of Music Education and Music Industry at Troy University. He coordinates the music education internships and teaches music technology courses in the John M. Long School of Music. He also works with the “Sound of the South” Marching Band, co-directs the Music Industry ensemble “POPulus,” and serves as an audio engineer for College of Communication and Fine Arts. Mr. Beck received a Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music Education at Troy University.

Prior to his appointment to the faculty, Mr. Beck served as a Graduate Assistant for the Troy University Bands coordinating the logistical and operational aspects of the program. He worked with the Troy University Symphony Band, Concert Bands, and “Sound of the South” marching band as a conductor, contributor, and audio engineer. He also assisted in the production and management of many university-sponsored events, including the 80th Annual Convention of the American Bandmasters Association held in March 2014 and SEUS Honor Bands, Honor Choirs, and Summer Leadership Camps held annually.

Additionally, his work with local concert production companies as an engineer, stagehand, and technician has led to work with a variety of artists, including Trace Adkins, Teddy Gentry, Linda Davis, Shane Owen, Taylor Hicks, Rend Collective, Passion, David Crowder, and Tripp Lee.

Mr. Beck’s professional affiliations include Alabama Music Educators Association, Phi Kappa Phi, Omicron Delta Kappa, Kappa Kappa Psi, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

Mr. Beck lives in Troy with his wife, Kelli, and their dog, Jack.

Dr. T Adam Blackstock Dr. T. Adam Blackstock
John M. Long School of Music
Long Hall 123
(334) 670-3986

Nationally and internationally recognized soloist, recitalist, and clinician, Dr. T. Adam Blackstock currently serves as Professor of Music and Director of Percussion Studies at Troy University, and as Principal Timpanist with the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra. His duties at Troy University include: teaching private lessons and he leads the award-winning Troy University Percussion Ensemble, winners of the 2012 and 2015 Percussive Arts Society International Percussion Ensemble Competition and presenters of the PASIC 2019 “New Music Literature Session.” He earned a Doctoral of Musical Arts degree from the University of Kansas, a Master of Arts degree from Tennessee Technological University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Newberry College. Blackstock has studied percussion with Joseph Rasmussen and Kevin Bobo, and has studied conducting with Joseph Hermann.

In addition to performing recitals and administering clinics throughout the United States, Blackstock has performed internationally as a guest soloist in San Juan, Puerto Rico; Vilnius and Kaunas, Lithuania; Wroclaw, Warsaw, and Kolbuszowa, Poland; Prague, Czech Republic; Manchester, England; and, most recently, in Odessa, Ukraine. Blackstock has been featured as a soloist at four Percussive Arts Society International Conventions (2008, 2010, 2011 and 2017); the most recent of these being a keyboard showcase concert – Marimba and…. He currently serves the Percussive Arts Society as Chair of the Keyboard Committee, and is a former member of the Percussion Ensemble Committee. Blackstock is a former Vice-President and President of the Alabama Chapter of PAS, and he is a reviewer of new literature and recordings for Percussive Notes.

Dr. Blackstock is a Black Swamp Percussion Artist Endorser, and an artist/clinician for Innovative Percussion Inc., Remo Inc., SABIAN Cymbals, Ludwig Drums, and Musser mallet instruments.

Dr. Dave Camwell portraitDr. Dave Camwell
John M. Long School of Music
Smith Hall 109D
(334) 670-3282

Saxophonist Dr. Dave Camwell has received wide acclaim for his brilliant technique, poetic expression and innovative programming, with a repertoire that ranges from Baroque to contemporary to jazz. Recently, he has collaborated extensively with Czech saxophonist Kateřina Pavlíková on a series of new works for their group Covert Ensemble. These arrangements focus on creating virtuosic and compelling music for two saxes, cello and piano. 

He is Director of Jazz Studies and Associate Professor of Music at Troy University in Alabama, and is a Yamaha, D'Addario, Beechler and Key Leaves Performing Artist with over thirty publications available through Jeanne, Dorn and UNC Jazz Press. 

Camwell studied at the universities of Calgary, Jacksonville State, Northern Colorado and Oregon. He is an active performer and clinician, having been guest artist at over forty universities throughout North America, as well as winning numerous awards, including 2nd-place in the 2000 North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Jazz competition. He has performed with Norwegian Cruise Lines, at a variety of Jazz festivals, including Montreux and Brienz, Switzerland, and has also toured Taiwan with the Xplorium! Ensemble.  Camwell has also performed with the orchestras of Iowa, Minnesota, Pensacola, Des Moines and NW Florida, as well as being a featured soloist with the New York Central City Chorus.  

His extensive discography covers a wide repertoire and range of styles and includes releases on the Parma, Innova, Enharmonic, Centaur, Teal Creek, and Mark labels. His latest release, “Second Wind” (Navona, 2019) features a wide range of works for saxophone with a variety of accompaniment, with works from the Baroque to the Contemporary. He has been a member of a variety of commissioning projects, as well as personally leading consortiums that have resulted in new works by Marc Mellits, Robert W. Smith and David Deboor Canfield.

Dr. Jillian Camwell portraitDr. Jillian Camwell
John M. Long School of Music
Smith Hall 210
(334) 670-3500

Originally from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Dr. Jillian Camwell is the Assistant Professor of Oboe at Troy University. She holds degrees from the Universities of Oregon, Northern Colorado, and Calgary, and she has performed throughout North America, Asia, and Europe with a variety of theatrical, orchestral, and chamber music ensembles.

Dr. Camwell specializes in the pedagogical teachings of the late Ray Still, longtime Principal Oboist of the Chicago Symphony. Her doctoral work focused on his embouchure exercises, and a publication on his pedagogy is planned. 

Dr. Camwell can be heard on two recordings (Timescape, and Sonoroso) with her saxophonist husband, Dave Camwell. In addition to teaching at Troy, she holds the position of English horn and third oboe with Orchestra Iowa and maintains an active teaching studio in oboe and piano.

Robert Clayson portraitRobert Clayson
John M. Long School of Music
Long Hall 109
(334) 670-3232

Robert Clayson currently serves as a Lecturer of Music for the Troy University John M. Long School of Music. His duties at Troy University include teaching private lessons, teaching music theory and aural skills classes, and providing instruction for the “Sound of the South” Marching Percussion Section. Mr. Clayson earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Troy University in 2015 and his Master’s Degree in Percussion Performance from Indiana University in 2017. 

As a performer, Mr. Clayson is an active member of several regional orchestras across the Southeastern United States, including the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra and the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra. In 2012, Mr. Clayson performed with the Troy University Percussion Ensemble at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention as a member of the winning ensemble in the International Percussion Ensemble Competition. Mr. Clayson is an award-winning percussionist whose solo performances have been recognized and across the nation. In 2013, he received first place in the Percussive Arts Society Marching Festival Individual Collegiate Keyboard Competition, and he received first place in the 2017 Indiana Day of Percussion Collegiate Solo Marimba Competition. In addition to these honors, he was selected as a semi-finalist in the Great Plains International Marimba Competition in both 2014 and 2017.  

Mr. Clayson is a member of the Blackswamp Percussion Educator Network, an Innovative Percussion Artist, and a Remo Artist. His compositions are available through C-Alan Publications, Excelcia Music Publishing, Row-Loff Productions, Studio 4 Music, Tapspace Publications, and Wildlight Publications.  

Samuel Fredrick

Music Appreciation


M.S.E., Troy State University
B.M.E., Troy State University

carla gallahan

Dr. Carla Gallahan
John M. Long School of Music
113 Long Hall
(334) 670-3502

Dr. Carla A. Gallahan is a member of the faculty at Troy University. She serves as the Executive Director for the Southeastern United States Concert Band Clinic and Honor Bands held at Troy University.

Dr. Gallahan received the Bachelor of Music Education Degree, Master of Education in Music, and the Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education from Auburn University. Her teaching background includes eighteen years experience as a band director in Alabama public schools.

Dr. Gallahan is the Recording Secretary for the Alabama Music Educators Association and former chairman of District VI of the Alabama Bandmasters Association. She was selected to Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers and Outstanding Young Women of America, has been chosen as Auburn Junior High School Teacher of the Year, Auburn City Schools Secondary Teacher of the Year, and has served as a clinician and adjudicator throughout the Southeast.

Her professional affiliations include the National Association for Music Educators, Alabama Music Educators Association, Alabama Bandmasters Association, and Phi Beta Mu.

Dr. Robert Gibson portraitRobert Gibson, D.M.A.
John M. Long School of Music
Long Hall 115
(334) 670-3501

Dr. Robert Gibson is Lecturer of Guitar and has been a faculty member of the John M. Long School of Music since 2008. In addition to teaching guitar, Dr. Gibson also teaches courses in music theory, string pedagogy, and conducts the guitar ensemble.

As a performer, Gibson has been a featured artist with several orchestras including the San Antonio Symphony, and toured as both a soloist and chamber musician around the United States, Mexico, Spain, and Italy. Robert has performed chamber concerts at major national/international music conferences, including the 2016 National Flute Association annual conference in San Diego, and the 2017 Percussive Arts Society International Conference (PASIC) in Indianapolis. As a promoter of new music, Gibson has collaborated with several composers on the creation of new works for the guitar and has performed world premieres of new works by composers Donald Grantham, James Norman, Traci Mendel and Sir Anthony Hopkins.

Robert is also well versed in other styles of music beyond the classical realm. He studied jazz guitar with Mitch Watkins and has performed extensively in multiple genres including, Jazz, Rock, Country, Contemporary Christian, Broadway, and Folk. Robert Gibson continues to perform regularly as a solo guitarist and with his colleague Rachel Nozny in a flute/guitar duo.

Gibson has won prizes in several competitions including the Appalachian Guitar Festival Competition, the U.T.S.A Concerto Competition, and the M.T.N.A. National Competition. Robert received the Alumni of the Year Award in 2014 from the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Gibson began studying classical guitar in high school with Jennifer Whatley, continuing on to earn a Bachelor of Music in guitar performance under the direction of Dr. Matthew Dunne at the University of Texas at San Antonio, and both Master of Music and a Doctor of Musical Arts degrees at the University of Texas at Austin with Adam Holzman. During this time, Gibson also pursued composition and arranging, studying with notable composers such as Donald Grantham, David Heuser, and James Balentine. In the summer of 2006, Gibson completed his fourth year of studies with the legendary guitarist and teacher Oscar Ghiglia at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy.

Students of Dr. Gibson have also won numerous top prizes in significant competitions around the country. Before teaching full time at Troy University, Dr. Gibson was on faculty at Faulkner University and also taught award winning high school and middle school programs for a combined six years. Many of his students have been accepted and have received impressive scholarships to some of the most elite and competitive university music programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. While in graduate school, Robert held teaching assistantships in both music theory and guitar.

Robert currently lives with his wife and four young daughters in Montgomery, Alabama.

Brenda HamiltonBrenda Hamilton
John M. Long School of Music
Long Hall 114
(334) 808-6358

Brenda Jean Hamilton is a Lecturer of Voice at Troy University where she teaches cross-departmental applied voice and co-directs the Music Industry ensemble, POPulus.  Brenda comes to academia with over 15 years of professional performance experience, including performing on Broadway with the musical Wicked.  Other performance credits include Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (first national tour), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat starring Patrick Cassidy (national tour), Some Like It Hot starring Tony Curtis (national tour), and most recently starred as Margaret in The Light in the Piazza (Schwob Opera, River Center for Performing Arts, GA).  Concert and recital performances include Friday Fling with the Fitz-Geralds, an evening of musical theatre favorites, Liaisons of Love, an afternoon of musical affairs, as well as The Wicked Rocky Horror Show, a benefit concert raising over $200,000 for Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS.

Brenda holds a Master’s of Music in Vocal Performance from Columbus State University’s Schwob School of Music.  With a unique degree focus on Contemporary Commercial Music (CCM), Brenda’s research topics included the pedagogy of the high belt, as well as the authentic communication and storytelling of Rodgers and Hammerstein repertoire.  Brenda has attended levels I, II, and III of Jeanie LoVetri’s Somatic Voicework™ Institute at Baldwin Wallace University, as well as participated in the pop/R&B/Gospel methodology course, Soul Ingredients®.  In applied lessons, Brenda utilizes her expertise in commercial singing as well as classical singing to train all functions, colors, and registers of the voice, creating unique and individual artistry for each student.  To learn more visit www.brendajeanhamilton.com.

Dr. Michael HuffDr. Michael Huff
John M. Long School of Music
Smith Hall 109B
(334) 670-3323

Dr. Michael Huff serves as Professor of Music at Troy University where he teaches trumpet, brass methods and works with the band program.

Dr. Huff has earned degrees from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, the Eastman School of Music and the Catholic University of America. He has studied trumpet with Charles Daval, Langston Fitzgerald, Barbara Butler, Charles Geyer and Walter Chesnut.

Prior to his appointment at Troy University, he taught in a similar capacity at Mississippi State University.

Dr. Huff performs as second trumpet with the Mobile Symphony, fourth trumpet with the Pensacola Symphony and third trumpet with the Meridian Symphony. He is a former member of the United States Air Force Band in Washington, D.C. and has performed additionally with the Mississippi Symphony, the Starkville Symphony, the Annapolis Symphony, the Maryland Symphony, the Virginia Symphony and the Rochester Philharmonic.

As a soloist, he has performed with the Troy University Symphony Band, East Hall (Georgia) and Enterprise (Alabama) High School Bands, Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra (Jackson, Mississippi), the Starkville Symphony, the Mississippi State University Wind Ensemble, the Tidewater Winds (Norfolk, Virginia), the University of Northern Colorado Summer Wind Ensemble, the Bishop Ireton Wind Ensemble (Alexandria, Virginia) and the Franklin-Pierce Festival Orchestra.

Past performing projects have included collaborations with artists such as Olga Kern, Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Allen Vizzutti, Chuck Mangione, the Eroica Trio, Wycliffe Gordon, Lari White, BeBe Winans, Michael McGuire and the New York Voices. Recording projects have included performances with various Air Force ensembles, the Golden Triangle Brass Quintet, the Massachusetts Wind Orchestra, the Tidewater Winds and the University of Massachusetts Wind Ensemble on Albany and Centaur labels.

Dr. Huff is an endorsing artist for Bach Trumpets and is a member of the International Trumpet Guild and the College Music Society.

Dr. John Jinright portraitJohn Jinright, Ph.D.
John M. Long School of Music
Smith Hall 206
(334) 670-3593

Dr. Jinright serves as a Faculty Collaborative Pianist and accompanies student recitals, choral, opera, and musical theatre ensembles and student juries. In addition to his performing duties, he teaches Music Theory, Class Woodwinds, Film Scoring, Recording Studio Repair, Music Appreciation, and Applied Oboe, Bassoon, and Piano. He holds degrees in Music Business and Music Education from Birmingham Southern College, TROY University, and Auburn University. He is trained in audio engineering and has earned certificates as a Pro Tools Operator and in Pro Tools for Music/TV Production. He serves several associations for arts presenters, including the Gulf States Presenters Association and Alabama Presenters Association. Dr. Jinright also serves as an organist locally with 34 years of church music experience and freelances as a vibraphonist and studio musician.

Some of his memberships include the National Association of Professional Band Instrument Repair Technicians, the College Music Society, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, The Music Educator's National Conference and Phi Delta Kappa International Educational Association.

Tuba instructor


B.S., University of Alabama

Dr. Traci Mendel portraitTraci Mendel, D.M.
John M. Long School of Music
Smith Hall 109G
(334) 808-6402

Dr. Traci Mendel holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Theory and Composition from Centenary College of Louisiana, and a Master of Music degree in Music Composition, and Doctor of Music degree in Music degree in Music Composition from The Florida State University.

With twelve years of experience, Dr. Mendel has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in music composition, as well as undergraduate courses in music theory for majors and for non-majors, aural skills, applied composition and voice, orchestration, music appreciation, and directed a new music ensemble. She is the recipient of multiple teaching awards and grants, and has co-authored or edited one textbook and two workbooks. Dr. Mendel’s compositions have been heard in the U.S. and abroad in recitals, concerts, festivals, and at conferences, and she has been the recipient of multiple composition contest awards.

Dr. Diane OrlofskyDiane Orlofsky, Ph.D.
John M. Long School of Music
Long Hall 112
(334) 670-3381

Dr. Diane Orlofsky is Professor of Music and Director of Choirs at Troy University, where she oversees the choral program and teaches undergraduate and graduate classes in music education. She is the conductor of the Troy University Concert Chorale and the Director of the Troy University vocal jazz ensemble, frequency. Dr. Orlofsky earned the Ph.D. in music education from the Florida State University. She received the Masters in Music Education and Bachelors of Music Education from Wright State University (Ohio) and Cedarville University (Ohio) where she also taught elementary, middle and high school general and choral music.

Dr. Orlofsky is an active clinician, conductor, adjudicator and researcher and was recently named the 2016 recipient of the Lacey Powell Outstanding Music Educator award by the Alabama Music Education Association. She is also the recipient of the Wallace D. Malone Distinguished Faculty award which recognizes outstanding scholarship, teaching, leadership, and service, the Ingalls Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching, the Phi Kappa Phi Distinguished Scholar award, the A.A.T.E. Outstanding Teacher Educator Award, the Wright State University Music Alumni of the Year, and was also was distinguished as an American Fellow by the American Association of University Women. Orlofsky is best known nationally for her work with learning theorist Jerome S. Bruner and her book Redefining Teacher Education: The Theories of Jerome Bruner and the Practice of Training Teachers (2002)., She has published numerous articles on teaching preparation, music education methods, learning theory, piano pedagogy, and cultivating choral leadership and choral music education and is working on her second book In His Own Words: Selected works of Jerome S. Bruner from the Harvard University Archives.

Dr. Robert PendergastDr. Robert Pendergast
John M. Long School of Music

Dr. Robert Pendergast is an adjunct instructor at the John M. Long School of Music at Troy University in Troy, Alabama. He teaches applied euphonium lessons and studio class for tuba and euphonium. Dr. Pendergast received a Bachelors Degree in Music Performance at the University of North Texas, a Masters Degree in Music Performance at Florida State University, a Post-Graduate Diploma from the Royal Northern College of Music and a Doctor of Music in Music Performance from Florida State University.

Prior to his work at Troy University, Dr. Pendergast taught low brass at the Bethune-Cookman College department of music from 2004 to 2006. From 2009 to 2015, he was an adjunct instructor of low brass at Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, Tennessee. Dr. Pendergast co-authored A Practical Guide to Wind Band Excerpts for the Euphonium with Ryan McGeorge, published by Potenza Music.

Dr. Timothy Phillips playing the clarinetTimothy Phillips, D.M.A.
John M. Long School of Music
Smith Hall 212
(334) 670-3190

Timothy Phillips is Professor of Clarinet at the John M. Long School of Music at Troy University in Troy, Alabama. Since joining the Troy University faculty in 2006, he founded Troy University Clarinet Day, which brings high school, college, and professional clarinetists together each spring at the John M. Long School of Music for performances and master classes. Timothy is also creator and host of a weekly program on Troy Public Radio WTSU called “Clarinet Corner,” and a Buffet Crampon, BG, and Vandoren Performing Artist. His teaching is featured on the PlayWind “app” developed by Buffet Crampon.

Timothy has served as President of the Higher Education Division of the Alabama Music Educators Association and he has performed at previous AMEA Conferences. He has served as Social Media Editor of the International Clarinet Association and has performed at numerous ICA ClarinetFest® conferences including those in: Lawrence, KS (2016), Baton Rouge, LA (2014), Assisi, Italy (2013), Los Angeles, CA (2011), Austin, TX, (2010), and Kansas City, MO (2008). He presented clarinet pedagogy sessions at ClarinetFest® 2021 (Virtual) and presented his paper, “The Longing Voice: Schubert’s Der Hirt auf dem Felsen” at ClarinetFest® 2004 in College Park, Maryland. He also performed at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana in 2017, the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors National Conference in Gainesville, Florida in 2011 and the College Music Society National Conference in Atlanta, Georgia in 2008.

As soloist, he has performed with Concerto Avenna in Warsaw, Poland, University of Illinois Symphonic Band, University of Illinois Summer Band, and with the Troy University Symphony Band, Troy University Concert Chorale, Troy University Percussion Ensemble, and various high school bands in the Southeastern United States. In 2011, he premiered works as soloist with the International Clarinet Choir, organized by the Träumerei Clarinet Ensemble in New York City and with the Troy University Symphony Band in Vancouver and Whistler, Canada on their first-ever international tour. Timothy has performed as principal clarinetist of the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra and he has performed with Sinfonia da Camera in Illinois.

An active proponent of music by living composers, he has commissioned works from Lane Harder, Noah D. Taylor, David Maslanka, Jeff Brooks, Gary Schocker, Jorge Montilla, James M. Stephenson, James David, Scott McAllister, and Bill Douglas, and he has premiered works by Alain Mayrand, Jorge Montilla, Traci Mendel, Don Bowyer, and Carl Vollrath.

In 2013, 2011, and 2009, Timothy performed and taught at Clarimania, a bi-annual event held at the Karol Lipinski Academy of Music in Wrocław, Poland. In 2013, he taught master classes at the Prague Conservatory of Music, the Prague Academy of Music, and the Royal Northern College of Music. He also performed recitals of “American Music for Clarinet and Marimba” with his colleague T. Adam Blackstock on this tour. In 2010, Timothy served on the jury for the International Woodwind Instruments Clarinet Competition in Warsaw, Poland with clarinetists Florent Héau, Ludmila Peterkova, and Nicolas Fargeix. Timothy has also served as a judge for the International Clarinet Association High School Competitions in 2017, 2016, and 2015, the Young Artists Woodwind Competition for the Mississippi chapter of the Music Teachers National Association in 2015, the University of Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium Young Artists Competition in 2010, and the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra Guild Concerto Competition in 2008 and 2006.

Timothy completed the Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees in clarinet performance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He holds the Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder. His principal teachers included: J. David Harris, Daniel Silver, Bil Jackson, and Philip Aaholm. Timothy received the Phi Kappa Phi Artist Award from the Troy University chapter of Phi Kappa Phi and the Albert Austin Harding Award from the University of Illinois Bands.

Timothy lives in Montgomery, Alabama with his wife Katrina, daughter Violet, son Evan, and two giant dogs.

Scott SextonScott Sexton
John M. Long School of Music
Smith Hall 106
(334) 808-6679

Scott Sexton, a native of Troy, is a Lecturer of Choral Music at Troy University. He earned degrees from Troy University (Bachelor of Music Education), the University of Mississippi (Master of Music in Music Education), and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Music Education from Auburn University. Additionally, he has completed all levels of Kodály certification from the University of Oklahoma. A recipient of the Organization of American Kodály Educators Denise Bacon national scholarship award, he was able to study at the summer school of the Kodály Institute in Kecskemét, Hungary. As a member of OAKE, Scott serves on two national committees.     

Before returning to Troy, Scott spent almost a decade teaching in the public and private schools of Mississippi. Most recently, he was Fine Arts Chair and Director of Choral Music at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Jackson, MS. He was also active in community music and served as Artistic Director of The Mississippi Girlchoir, prepared the children’s chorus for Mississippi Opera on two occasions, and founded Mississippi Harmony, a multigenerational community choir. His professional involvement included leadership positions in the Mississippi Choral Directors Association, Kodály Mississippi, and Mississippi Music Educators Association.  

Scott is particularly known for his work with global and folk music in the choral classroom. He has taken students on several cultural exchange trips to Ghana, West Africa. Scott spent four summers in Balkan Europe, particularly in Bosnia and Herzegovina, where he studied its choral music and how Bosnians are using this music to foster ethnic reconciliation in the aftermath of the Bosnian war. Through these experiences, he and Bosnian choral colleague Samira Merdźanić created a successful choral music exchange between the United States and Bosnia. Along with Samira and Balkan music expert Mary Cay Brass, Scott produced the first-ever Mississippi Balkan Choral Festival. Scott is affiliated with Village Harmony, a Vermont-based organization that promotes the pedagogy and performance of world choral music, where he has participated in its programming as a chorister participant and a teaching faculty member.  

Dr. Heather SmallDr. Heather Small
John M. Long School of Music
Smith Hall 109F
(334) 670-3284

Dr. Heather Small is Assistant Professor of Flute at Troy University’s John M. Long School of Music. She teaches music theory courses, class woodwinds, applied flute, and directs the flute ensemble. Dr. Small received a Bachelors Degree in Music Education from Oberlin Conservatory, a Masters Degree in Flute Performance from the University of North Texas and a Doctorate of Music Performance from Florida State University, where she won the University Doctoral Concerto Competition. Her principal teachers are Michel Debost, Mary Karen Clardy and Eva Amsler.

Dr. Small frequently performs as a soloist and in chamber ensembles at venues throughout the United States. She performed at National Flute Association Conferences in Las Vegas, NV and Charlotte, NC. With her longtime recital partner, Dr. Hui-Ting Yang, she has performed at College Music Society Conferences and the Steinway Gallery in Birmingham, AL. The Small-Yang Duo frequently presents new music by living composers and in March 2017 premiered Paul Osterfield’s Zipline at Florida State University. She has performed with the Midland-Odessa, Tallahassee, Chattanooga, Huntington, and Cave Run Symphonies and was a finalist in the Myrna Brown Young Artist Competition and the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.

Prior to her appointment at Troy University, Dr. Small was a faculty member at Morehead State University, the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, Southern Adventist University, and Messiah College. She was recognized as the 2015 Outstanding Part-Time Teacher by the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga and has been published in Flute Talk magazine. Additionally she has five years of teaching experience in public schools in Pennsylvania.

Dr. Small is active as a clinician and adjudicator in the Southeast. She is a Board Member and the Competition Coordinator for the Kentucky Flute Society. As a member of the National Flute Association, she has served on the Pedagogy Committee and been a coordinating judge for the 2016 and 2017 NFA Newly Published Music Competition.

Raymond Smith portraitRaymond H. Smith
John M. Long School of Music

After 46 years of teaching at all levels from elementary band to graduate studies, Raymond Smith recently retired from Troy University.

Raymond Smith is an active soloist, recitalist, clinician, and adjudicator. Mr. Smith continues to serve Troy University in a part-time capacity as professor of general studies music and as conductor of the Troy University Music Theater Orchestra.

Raymond Smith was recently honored with a lifetime appointment as Troy University Professor Emeritus.

Robert W. Smith portraitRobert W. Smith
John M. Long School of Music
Smith Hall 114
(334) 670-3138

Robert W. Smith is Coordinator of the Music Industry program at Troy University in Troy, AL. His teaching responsibilities are focused in music composition, production and publishing. Mr. Smith is one of the most popular and prolific composers of concert band and orchestral literature in America today. He has over 600 publications in print with the majority composed and arranged through his long association with Warner Bros. Publications.

His credits include many compositions and productions in all areas of the music field. His original works for winds and percussion have been programmed by countless military, university, high school, and middle school bands throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, South America and Asia. His Symphony #1 (The Divine Comedy), Symphony #2 (The Odyssey) and Africa: Ceremony, Song and Ritual have received worldwide critical acclaim. His educational compositions such as The Tempest, Encanto, and The Great Locomotive Chase have become standards for developing bands throughout the world. His numerous works for orchestras of all levels are currently some of the most popular repertoire available today. His music has received extensive airplay on major network television. From professional ensembles such as the United States Navy Band and the Atlanta Symphony to school bands and orchestras throughout the world, his music speaks to audiences in any concert setting.

As a conductor and clinician, Mr. Smith has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Japan, Europe and Australia. In addition, he has been awarded numerous commissions from professional and school ensembles throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Korea. He has recently released “Symphony #2 (The Odyssey): The Symphonic Music of Robert W. Smith Volume 3”, the third in a series of compact disc recordings of his best-known works for concert band. In addition, he is co-creator of the Expressions Music Curriculum. This comprehensive Pre-K through 12 music program includes Band Expressions, an innovative new approach to teaching music through the band.

Susan Smith portraitSusan Smith
John M. Long School of Music

Susan L. Smith is a Lecturer of Music at Troy University. She teaches music education courses, applied horn, and supervises student interns. Mrs. Smith received a Bachelors Degree in Music Education from James Madison University and a Masters Degree in Education from Troy University.

Mrs. Smith taught for 17 years in the Virginia, Florida and Alabama Schools. She is the current President of the Alabama Music Educators Association and an Educational Consultant for Music for All. She is an published curriculum author and editor and has presented clinics at multiple conventions including FMEA, IMEA, GMEA, AMEA, Midwest Clinic and regional and national NAfME conferences. Professional Affiliations include NAfME, AMEA, ABA, SAI, and Honorary TBS.

Dr. Jason Sulliman portraitDr. Jason Sulliman
John M. Long School of Music
Smith Hall 109E
(334) 670-3283

Dr. Jason Sulliman is Assistant Professor of Trombone at the John M. Long School of Music at Troy University. He teaches applied trombone, class brass, and coaches various chamber brass ensembles. Dr. Sulliman earned a Bachelor’s degree in Music-Trombone Performance from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Master’s Degrees in both Performance and Conducting from the University of New Mexico, and a Doctorate in Brass Pedagogy from Indiana University.

Dr. Sulliman is currently finishing a Master’s Degree in Kinesiology- Motor Learning/Motor Control from Indiana University. Dr. Sulliman is an active performer in several area orchestras including the Alabama Symphony, the Pensacola Symphony, and the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra. Previous to Troy University, Dr. Sulliman taught applied low brass and music theory at the University of North Alabama and played principal trombone for the Shoals Symphony Orchestra at UNA. Jason has also taught applied brass and jazz band at Vincennes University. While a freelancer in the Indianapolis area, Dr. Sulliman played with several orchestras there including the Indianapolis Symphony, Carmel Symphony, and Terre Haute Symphony. Dr. Sulliman was the music manager and conductor for the Broadway show “Blast!” for several international tours and currently serves as the trombone tutor for the North American Brass Band Summer School as part of the Royal Nova Scotia International Tatoo in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

An active clinician, Dr. Sulliman is in constant demand as a presenter and visiting artist and has given presentations at dozens of state and regional NAfME and CMS conferences as well as many universities throughout the United States. He specializes in 21st-century pedagogy and performing arts wellness. Dr. Sulliman maintains a healthy online studio through his website. For more information about the trombone area at Troy University, please visit https://www.jasonsulliman.com/troytrombones.

Dr. Mark Walker conductingDr. Mark Walker
John M. Long School of Music
Long Hall 102
(334) 670-3504

Dr. Mark J. Walker serves as Director of Bands and Professor of Music at Troy University where he conducts the Troy University Symphony Band, the nationally renowned “Sound of the South” Marching Band, teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in conducting, marching band techniques, measurement and evaluation, and wind literature.

In addition to his teaching duties, Dr. Walker serves as Chairman of the Southeastern United States Clinic and Honor Bands, Executive Director of the Middle School Southeastern United States Band Clinic and Honor Bands, and is the Director of the “Sound of the South” Summer Music Camp and Director’s Clinic. He also serves as Co-Chair of the National Band Association’s Hall of Fame of Distinguished Band Directors. Dr. Walker is a published author, whose articles appears in various music education publications and is the editor of the book The Art of Interpretation of Band Music published by GIA. He is a contributor to The Euphonium Source Book, published by Indiana University Press. Additionally, Dr. Walker is the Associate Editor of the Journal of Band Research.

Dr. Walker earned his bachelor’s degree in music education at Tennessee Technological University, where he studied euphonium with R. Winston Morris, conducting with Joseph Hermann and composition with Robert Jager. He received his master’s and doctorate degrees in music education form the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign during which time he studied euphonium with Mark Moore, and conduction with James Keene. Dr. Walker is also the recipient of the prestigious A.A. Harding Award from the University of Illinois Bands.

As a performer, Dr. Walker is heard on the Grammy Award nominated compact disc Euphoniums Unlimited on the Mark Records label. He has performed as a featured soloist with the Tennessee Tech University Symphony Band, the Westwinds Brass Band, Troy University Summer Band, and the Plainview (TX) Symphony Orchestra.

Bands and students under Dr. Walker’s direction have received many honors at the regional and state level in Texas, where he taught middle school and high school band. In addition, Dr. Walker keeps an active guest conducting and clinic schedule, and has appeared as conductor, clinician, and adjudicator in Canada and throughout Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Hawaii, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Tennessee and Texas. Recently, Dr. Walker was a guest conductor with the United States Air Force Band and the United States Navy Band. He conducted the Troy University Symphony Band in the opening concert of the 80th Annual Convention of the American Bandmasters Association. In 2009, Dr. Walker received the honor of conducting both the Royal Hawaiian Band and the Marine Forces Pacific Band, located in Honolulu, Hawaii. In 2015 and 2016, Dr. Walker conducted the Oregon Symphonic Band and the California State University Long Beach Wind Symphony, respectively at the American Bandmasters Association Convention.

Dr. Walker is an elected member of the prestigious American Bandmasters Association. His past and present professional affiliation include Phi Beta Mu, CBDNA, National Band Association, NAfME, Alabama Music Education Association, Alabama Bandmasters Association, Kappa Kappa Psi, Phi Mu Alpha, Kappa Delta Pi, Phi Delta Kappa, Tau Beta Sigma, Sigma Alpha Iota, Texas Bandmasters Association, and World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles.

Dr. Walker is married to Jessica Walker, who teaches sixth grade at Goshen Elementary, and resides in Troy with their daughter, Emily.

Eric Ward portraitEric Ward
John M. Long School of Music
Smith Hall 125
(334) 670-6312

Mr. Ward is currently serving as Assistant Professor of Music/Audio Engineer at Troy University in Troy, Alabama. His duties include: teaching Advanced Music Technology, Audio Principles and Technique I and II, Studio Production Techniques, Live Sound Reinforcement, the Jazz II Ensemble, and Private Percussion. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Mr. Ward also manages the audio production facilities, the J.M. Long School of Music concert/recital archives and is the coordinator of the Studio Rhythm Section.

Mr. Ward has been a working musician for well over fifteen years. He earned his B.U.S. from Morehead State University and his M.S. in Education from Troy University. His work as a percussionist, arranger, consultant, clinician, guest artist, adjudicator and teacher have allowed him to work with numerous groups, artists, and schools around the world including: Glen Velez, Unio Musical de Lliria, Shelia Jackson, Jim Bell, Raymond Smith, The Living Jazz Duo, The Christopher Hodges Band, True Jazz, The EA Quintet, Gifford Howarth, The Morehead Guild Theater, The Central Ohio Brass Band, The Brass Band of Columbus, Morehead State University, Ohio University, Miami University, The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps, Trinity Indoor Percussion Ensemble, Rhythm X Indoor Percussion Ensemble, The Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps, and The Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps.

Mr. Ward recently served as the percussion arranger for the 2009 Outback Bowl and is currently a writer for Bands In Motion.

Sarah Wee portraitDr. Sarah Wee
John M. Long School of Music
Smith Hall 202
(334) 670-3503

Soprano Sarah Wee is an Assistant Professor of Voice at Troy University where she teaches private lessons, vocal pedagogy, and directs the Collegiate Singers choir. Dr. Wee also enjoys a career singing recital, concert, and operatic literature. Known for her performance of sacred works, she has performed with orchestras and choirs ranging from the Sheldon Chorale to the Miami Collegium Musicum. Dr. Wee has performed the Poulenc Gloria , Handel’s Messiah, John Rutter’s Mass of the Children and many other masses and requiems. Sarah Wee has performed operatic roles with Union Avenue Opera, Frost Opera Theatre, Miami Music Festival, and St. Louis City Opera. With St. Louis City Opera, she debuted a role in the world premiere of
“Family Dynamics: the Funeral.”

Dr. Wee received her Doctorate of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance and Vocal Pedagogy at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami, where she later served as a lecturer in the voice department. She graduated from Webster University with a Bachelor’s Degree in classical
voice performance and earned a Master’s Degree in vocal performance from Washington University in St. Louis.

Dr. Wee is also an active lecture recitalist. She regularly presents lecture recitals at music conferences and is the co-founder of a lecture recital series based on the Music of the Liturgy. Her professional affiliations include the National Association for Music Educators, College Music Society, Alabama Music Educators Association, and the National Association of Teaching of Singing. Sarah Wee currently resides in Montgomery, AL, where she lives with her husband
and two children.

Andy WilliamsonB.S., Troy State University



Dr. Ruadhán Woods portraitRuadhán Woods, Ph.D.
John M. Long School of Music
Smith Hall 223
(334) 670-6178

Ruadhán Woods is the Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology at Troy University and the Coordinator of the Musicology/Traditional Music department for the School of Music. They teach world music cultures, Western music history, and history of traditional and popular music, as well as traditional music workshop. Ruadhán also oversees the School of Music’s traditional music ensembles, which currently include two performance ensembles (Celtic Ensemble and Sangeet Ensemble) and two additional folk music offerings (Chinese Folk Ensemble and Folk Music of the Americas Ensemble). Ruadhán received their B.M. degree from Nazareth College of Rochester (NY), and both the M.M. and Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from Florida State University (FL). 

Ruadhán is an active ethnomediologist, critical theorist, author, and filmmaker whose work has been published in Ethnomusicology, Fight On!, Foundation for Endangered Languages, International Journal of Anthropological Studies, Interventions, and MUSICultures, and Oxford University Press. Their documentary film work has been featured around the country at festivals such as Queens World Film Festival and the Chicago International Movies and Music Festival (CIMM Fest). They also host an academic podcast, The Ethnomedialogue, which explores power and representation in media. Ruadhán is an active member of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) and the Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM) and has served as a consulting editor for the British Journal of Culture, Health, and Sexuality. Their research interests include genre theory, queer theory, media studies, documentary film, folklore and traditional music, decolonization, indigeneity, repatriation, and archival theory. 

Ruadhán served as Visiting Assistant Professor as well as Research Library Associate at Florida State University, and prior to their graduate work they spent several years teaching, performing, and developing music programs in K-12 schools in southern New York and southeastern Colorado. Ruadhán has conducted fieldwork throughout Nova Scotia, primarily in Cape Breton, as well as along the Florida Gulf Coast and in the Pacific Northwest. Their dissertation, Bakhtin and Genre: Musical-Social Interaction at the Cape Breton Milling Frolic, explores traditional Gaelic folk song using a Bakhtinian approach to genre and musical-social interaction. Ruadhán’s recent book, The Oxford Handbook of Musical Repatriation, co-edited with Frank Gunderson (Florida State University) and Rob Lancefield (Wesleyan), is an interdisciplinary volume of thirty-nine seminal archive repatriation projects that explore the present state of sound archives, ownership, and intangible cultural heritage. Their forthcoming book project explores ethnography and decolonization, taking a critical look at the scope and future of archive-oriented scholarship.  

An active music performer, Ruadhán has served as drummer, music arranger, and programmer for the Washington-based punk band “Human Skab,” where they worked extensively with outsider musician Travis Roberts (the band's front man) since the 2009 revival tour that brought back the band. This performance and research culminated in the award-winning documentary film Human Skab (2012) created and directed with co-director Frank Gunderson. Ruadhán also served as the drummer for the zilipendwa group “Rhumba Kali,” and recorded the award-winning album Sasa Nifanye Nini? with Mlimani Park Orchestra stars Hassan Rehani Bitchuka and Ali Jamwaka (Tanzania), and Frank Gunderson (Florida State) and Damascus Kafumbe (Middlebury). Ruadhán played button accordion, whistle, and bodhrán in the Irish traditional band "Hearthstone" (2012-2016). In 2017, along with their partner Jaime Hammack, Ruadhán formed the duo "hun har heste", through which they perform their own arrangements of traditional tunes and songs. Ruadhán is regularly active in traditional Irish music sessions locally and regionally and participates in regional quarterly traditional music gatherings throughout the United States.

Dr. Hui-Ting Yang portraitHui-Ting Yang, D.M.
Interim Director of Music
John M. Long School of Music
Smith Hall 103
(334) 808-6175

As an active performer, Dr. Hui-Ting Yang has performed throughout the Czech Republic, China, Korea, Taiwan, and the United States. Her extensive repertoire includes an increasing focus on American living composers, including Augusta Read Thomas, Laura Schwendinger, Matthew Burtner, Ladislav Kubík, Chen-Yi, Paul West-Osterfield, and Clifton Callender. In summers 2015 and 2016 she was invited to give recitals, master classes, and to teach applied pianos in several schools in China, including at the Nanjing University of Arts, Sichuan Normal University, Sichuan University and Science and Engineering, Nanjing Normal University, Shandong University at Weihai, and Guangzhou University. She also performed Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the Symphony Band as the first concert of the Steinway Artist Concert Series at Troy University in April 2015. In September 2012 she recorded three chamber works by Ladislav Kubík with mezzo-soprano Phyllis Pancella and violinist Karen Bentley Pollick. In November 2016 Dr. Yang and Ms. Pancella performed a recital in celebration of Kubik’s seventieth birthday in Prague and recorded his three newly composed works. In June 2010 she performed seven solo recitals throughout the Czech Republic, including performances at the highly acclaimed Cesky Krumlov International Music Festival and the Artist Concert Series in Děčín. Her upcoming events will include: A piano duet recital tour with Dr. Kuo-Liang Li; A performance with percussionist Dr. Adam Blackstock at the Percussion Arts Society International Convention; A concert with mezzo-soprano Phyllis Pancella and flutist Eva Amsler at Florida State University in November; A recital with trumpeter Dr. Michael Huff; And a concert with the Troy University Symphony Band performing Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 2 in Spring 2018.

Previously she was invited as a guest pianist to perform at “The Days of Contemporary Music” festival in Prague, organized by the Society of Czech Composers, which has been broadcast on Czech Radio. In February 2007 she gave the premiere of Callender’s Point and Line to Plane for piano solo, which was composed for her, in the Thirteenth Biennial Festival of New Music at the Florida State University. She has also performed this piano piece in the 2011 International Conference of College Music Society in Seoul, Korea, the 2008 SCI National Conference at Georgia State University, the National Conference of the College of Music Society in Atlanta, and the 2008 CMS Southern/South Central SuperRegional Conference at Louisiana State University. In 2009 she gave the premiere of Callender’s Metamorphoses II for violin and piano, commissioned by the Florida State Music Teachers Association, at the FSMTA Annual Conference and a lecture recital on this piece at CMS National Conference in 2010. She also performed this piece at the Parma New Music Festival as part of the celebration of Pendulum CD release in August 2014.

In 2006 Hui-Ting gave the Asian premiere of Korean composer Ju-hwan Yu’s Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1, which was dedicated to her. Her recordings are available through Kum Seoung Records, Parma, Arco Diva, and Neos.

She has also lectured on the music of Hsiao Tyzen at numerous national conferences, including the National Meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology at Wesleyan University, the National Conference of the College of Music Society in Atlanta, and the 2008 Southern/South Central SuperRegional Conference at Louisiana State University. Her book, Composing Taiwan: Selected Taiwanese Art Songs of Hsiao Tyzen, is published by VDM Publishing House Ltd.

Hui-Ting received the Doctor of Music in Collaborative/Chamber Music and the Master of Music in Accompanying from Florida State University, the Master of Music in Piano Performance from Ohio University, and the Bachelor of Music Education from Taipei Municipal University of Education. Dr. Yang is currently an Associate Professor of Piano at John M. Long School of Music, where she serves as the Coordinator of Piano Studies and received the Troy University 2009 Faculty Senate Excellence Award.

Hui-Ting Yang is a Steinway Artist. To visit the Steinway & Sons Artist roster go to: http://www.steinway.com/artists/hui-ting-yang

Dr. Ook-Jin YouDr. Ook-Jin You
John M. Long School of Music

Dr. Ook-Jin You, a native of Seoul, South Korea, is Adjunct Faculty of Piano at Troy University’s John M. Long School of Music. She teaches applied solo piano and coaches collaborative ensemble. Dr. You received a Bachelor Degree in Piano Performance from Ewha Women’s University, a Masters Degree in Piano Performance (Klavier Konzertfach) from the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg in Austria, Europe, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Piano Performance from University of Southern California, where she had minor fields in Music Education and Keyboard Collaborative. Her principal teachers are Norman Krieger, Jeffrey Kahane, Alan L. Smith and Rolf Plagge. 

Dr. You frequently performs as a soloist and in chamber ensembles at venues throughout United States, Japan, South Korea and Europe. She performed E. Grieg Piano Concerto with Seoul Symphony Orchestra. In 2012, with her former teacher, Norman Krieger, she has been invited and performed at Art & Music in celebration of Envisioning Modernism at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, in Los Angeles, CA. Her solo performance has been broadcasted on Classical KUSC, the only classical radio in the greater Los Angeles Area. She frequently presents new music by living composers and in August 2016, she premiered Korean-American Composer Nak-Keum Paik’s Succession at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles with Brass Ensemble and Los Angeles Korean-American Musicians’ Association. With her chamber music partner, Un-Mi Han who is cellist at Thüringen Philharmonie and former cellist at Linzer Bruckner Orchester, Dr. You has performed in Bad Düremburg, Germany, Salzburg, Austria, Daejeon, and in Seoul, South Korea and was the first prizewinner of the National Music Journal Competition. 

Dr. You is active as an adjudicator as well. She has been an adjudicator for the 2019 and 2020 ACES Competition and as a board member of local AMTA, she is serving on Georgia Music Teachers Association Auditions’ Adjudicator in 2020. 

Alexandria Thomas
Secretary, School of Music

Amanda Taylor
Secretary, Troy University Bands

Rhonda Taylor
Administrative Assistant, School of Music

Jessica Vacek
University Choir Graduate Assistant
(334) 670-6298

Joseph Romo
Music Industry Graduate Assistant
(334) 808-6281

Emma Fell
University Band Graduate Assistant
(334) 670-3242

Jordan Romo
University Band Graduate Assistant
(334) 670-3242

Shad Steptoe
University Band Graduate Assistant
(334) 670-3242