Faculty and Staff


Faculty and Staff

Kenneth Beck portraitKenneth Beck
John M. Long School of Music
Smith Hall 110
kbeck48986@troy.edu
(334) 808-6679

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 playing marimbaDr. T. Adam Blackstock
John M. Long School of Music
Long Hall 123
tblackstock@troy.edu
(334) 670-3986

Nationally and Internationally recognized soloist, recitalist, and clinician, Dr. T. Adam Blackstock currently serves as Associate Professor 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 percussion methods courses, and he is the arranger for the “Sound of the South” marching percussion section. Blackstock also leads the award-winning Troy University Percussion Ensemble, winners of the 2012 and 2015 Percussive Arts Society International Percussion Ensemble Competition. He earned a Doctor 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; and most recently in Prague, Czech Republic and Manchester, England. Blackstock has been featured as a marimba 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 serves the Percussive Arts Society by serving on the Keyboard and Percussion Ensemble Committees, as 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, and Musser marimbas.

Dr. Larry Blocher portraitDr. Larry Blocher
John M. Long School of Music
Long Hall 109
lblocher@troy.edu
(334) 670-3322

Dr. Larry Blocher is Professor of Music and Director of the School of Music at Troy University in Troy, Alabama. In addition to his administrative responsibilities, Dr. Blocher serves as an associate conductor with the university bands and teaches undergraduate and graduate music education courses. Before coming to Troy University, Dr. Blocher served as Associate Director of Bands and Director of Music Education at Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas for 10 years. He received his BME and MM (music education and performance) degrees from Morehead State University in Kentucky and his Ph.D. in Music Education from The Florida State University.

Dr. Blocher serves as Chairman of the Journal of Band Research and is currently a member of the editorial board. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Band Association, and has served on the editorial board of the Music Educators Journal and the Advisory Board to the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic. He is a past president of the Kansas Bandmasters Association. In 2005, Dr. Blocher received both the Outstanding Bandmaster and the Outstanding Contributor to Music awards from the Kansas Bandmasters Association. He is a past recipient of the Mortar Board Outstanding Educator Award (2004 – Wichita State) and the University Leadership in the Advancement of Teaching Award (2002 – Wichita State). Most recently, he was the recipient of the Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductors Commissioning Grant (2009), was named a Lowell Mason Fellow by The National Association for Music Education (2009), served as an invited clinician for the Instrumental Academy during music education week (NAfME) in Washington D. C. (2010), and presented a clinic session at the 2011 Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago.

Dr. Blocher has been a guest clinician/conductor/adjudicator in 30 states and 9 countries. His original music for concert band is published by Wingert-Jones. He is a co-principal author of the Teaching Music through Performance in Band series (GIA).

Dr. Thaddaeus Bourne
John M. Long School of Music

Baritone Thaddaeus Bourne maintains an active performance schedule in the U.S. and abroad.  Performances this year include Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy (Hendricks Symphony), a concert directed by François Loup in Estavayer-le-Lac, Dandini in Opera MODO’s La Cenerentola, the trio baritone in Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, and recitals and masterclasses at Newberry College and the University of Michigan at Flint. In 2016-17 he performed as El Dancaïro in Carmen (Long Island Opera), Charlie in Jake Heggie’s Three Decembers(Opera MODO), Paco in Man of La Mancha (Indianapolis Opera), as a soloist at Earlham’s Opera Gala (Earlham College), Pirate King in Pirates of Penzance(Hendricks Symphony), Barone Douphol and Marchese d’Obigny in La Traviata(Eerie Chamber Orchestra), and as Mozart’s Don Giovanni (Montefeltro Festival) and Il Conte Almaviva (Manhattan Opera Studio).  In the 2015-16 season he performed as the baritone soloist in the Yellow River Cantata (The Confucius Institute), as a guest artist with the Misericordia Classical Series, Reverend Hale in The Crucible (Hartford Opera Theatre), Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus  (Martina Arroyo Foundation), and created the role of the Angel in William David Cooper’s Hagar (National Opera Convention). Recent performances include Bob in Menotti’s The Old Maid & the Thief (Opera Project Columbus), Happy in Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West(Indianapolis Opera), a concert performance of scenes from Mozart operas at Lincoln Center, The father in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel (Connecticut Lyric Opera), and Major-General Stanely in Pirates of Penzance (Simsbury Light Opera).

 

B.S., Messiah College
M.A., Lancaster Bible College / Graduate School

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

Saxophonist Dr. Dave Camwell is a distinguished, versatile, and dynamic performer, and serves as the Director of Jazz Studies and Associate Professor of Music at Troy University in Alabama. Camwell has been a Yamaha Performing Artist since 2004, a D'Addario Performing Artistsince 2009, a Beechler Artist since 2003, and has over thirty publications available through Jeanne, Dornand UNC Jazz Press. He has been involved in a variety of commissioning projects, including co-leading a consortium with Dr. Stephen Page that resulted in a popular new work by noted composer, Marc Mellits, entitled Tachycardia. Camwell studied at the universities of Calgary, Jacksonville State, Northern Colorado, and Oregon, and can be heard on the Innova, Enharmonic, Teal Creek, and Mark Custom recording labels. 

Camwell is an active performer and clinician, having been a guest artist at over forty universities throughout North America. He has won a number of awards, including 2nd Place in the 2000 North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial jazz competition. He has performed with Norwegian Cruise Lines and at a variety of jazz festivals, including Montreux and Brienz, Switzerland. He has also toured Taiwan with the Xplorium! Ensemble, performed with the orchestras of Iowa, Des Moines, Minnesota, and Pensacola, and was a featured soloist with the New York Central City Chorus.

In addition to hosting the 2011 North American Saxophone Alliance Region 3 conference, Camwell regularly attends regional and national NASA events. He also performed at the World Saxophone Congresses of Slovenia (2006), Thailand (2009), and Scotland (2012). Camwell will host the NASA region 6 conference in 2021 at Troy University.

Dr. Jillian Camwell portraitDr. Jillian Camwell
John M. Long School of Music
Smith Hall 210
jcamwell@troy.edu
(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
rclayson@troy.edu
(334) 670-3322

Robert Clayson currently serves as Adjunct Instructor for the Troy University School of Music. His duties at Troy University include teaching private lessons, providing instruction for the “Sound of the South” Marching Percussion Section, as well as teaching Music Theory and Aural Skills classes. 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. He received first place in the Percussive Arts Society Marching Festival Individual Collegiate Keyboard Competition in 2013 and also 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 2014 and 2017. Mr. Clayson endorses Innovative Percussion Sticks and Mallets and is a member of the Blackswamp Percussion Educator Network.

 

Samuel Fredrick

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
cgallahan@troy.edu
(334) 670-3502


Dr. Carla A. Gallahan is Assistant Director of the John M. Long School of Music and Associate Professor of Music Education at Troy University. As a member of the faculty at Troy University, her responsibilities include teaching music education courses, instructing the horn studio, and serving as Coordinator for Undergraduate Music Education Internship. She also 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
rgibson82106@troy.edu
(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.

Dr. Michael HuffDr. Michael Huff
John M. Long School of Music
Smith Hall 109B
mhuff110591@troy.edu 
(334) 670-3323

Dr. Michael Huff serves as Associate 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
jjinrig@troy.edu
(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.

Dr. Traci Mendel portraitTraci Mendel, D.M.
John M. Long School of Music
Smith Hall 109G
tmendel@troy.edu
(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
dorlof@troy.edu
(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), and her articles on teaching preparation, music education methods, learning theory, piano pedagogy, and cultivating choral leadership and choral music education.

Dr. Robert PendergastDr. Robert Pendergast
John M. Long School of Music
rpendergast@troy.edu

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
tphillips16791@troy.edu
(334) 670-3190

Timothy Phillips is Associate 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 his paper, “The Longing Voice: Schubert’s Der Hirt auf dem Felsen” at ClarinetFest® 2004 in College Park, Maryland. He also performed at 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.

Dr. Heather SmallDr. Heather Small
John M. Long School of Music
Smith Hall 109F
hsmall@troy.edu
(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
Professor Emeritus
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
rwsmith@troy.edu
(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
ssmith26024@troy.edu

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
sulliman@troy.edu
(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
mjwalker@troy.edu
(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
elward@troy.edu
(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.

Bobby Williams playing the tromboneBobby Williams is an Adjunct Professor of low brass at Troy University. He teaches courses in Applied Euphonium and Tuba. Mr. Williams received a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Music Education from Troy University.

Mr. Williams also teaches in the Alabama public schools. He serves as an Assistant Band Director at Enterprise High School in Enterprise, AL. His teaching responsibilities include A.P. Music Theory, Concert Band, assisting with the "Big Blue" Marching Band, and Percussion Class.

Andy WilliamsonB.S., Troy State University

 

 

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

Bret 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, history of popular music, advanced music technologies, and they direct traditional music workshop. Bret also oversees the School of Musics 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. Bret 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). 

Bret 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). Bret 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. 

Bret 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. Bret 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. Bret’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 performer, Bret 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 by Bret Woods together with co-director Frank Gunderson. Bret 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). Bret played button accordion, whistle, and bodhrán in the Irish traditional band "Hearthstone" (2012-2016). In 2017, along with their partner Jaime Hammack, Bret formed the duo "hun har heste", through which they perform their own arrangements of traditional tunes and songs. Bret regularly hosts traditional Irish music sessions locally and participates in regional quarterly traditional music gatherings throughout the United States.

Dr. Hui-Ting Yang portraitHui-Ting Yang, D.M.
John M. Long School of Music
Smith Hall 103
hyang42134@troy.edu
(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. Panclla 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

Robert Clayson
Secretary, School of Music
334-670-3322
music@troy.edu
rclayson@troy.edu

Amanda Taylor
Secretary, Troy University Bands
334-670-3281
troyband@troy.edu
ataylor10770@troy.edu

Rhonda Taylor
Administrative Secretary, College of Communication and Fine Arts/School of Music
334-670-3869
music@troy.edu
rgtaylor@troy.edu

Rachel Arnold
University Choir Graduate Assistant
(334) 670-6298
troychoral@troy.edu

Jordan Guy
University Band Graduate Assistant
(334) 670-3242
troyband@troy.edu

Katie Manker
University Band Graduate Assistant
(334) 670-3242
troyband@troy.edu

Megan Roberts
University Band Graduate Assistant
(334) 670-3242
troyband@troy.edu