Music Faculty and Staff

The Music Division of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts has nine full-time professors and several part-time instructors.

Music Therapy

Gene Ann Behrens, Ph.D., MT-BC

Professor of Music and Director of Music Therapy
behrensga@etown.edu | 717-361-1991

Credentials & Certifications

  • Ph.D., University of Kansas, 1997
  • Ed.S., Kent State University, 1988
  • Music Therapist-Board Certified (MT-BC),1984
  • MA, Kent State University, 1982
  • Neuro-developmental Treatment for Teachers, 1981
  • Registration in Music Therapy (RMT), 1977
  • BA in Therapy, Michigan State University, 1976

Professional Experience

Dr. Behrens joined the faculty at Elizabethtown College in 1998. She teaches diverse coursework in music therapy, directs the on and off-campus practicum placements, and supervises clinical experiences. She also is advisor to the music therapy student group, Alpha Mu, that performs several volunteer projects in the community. Dr. Behrens has been sought out for her approaches to teaching statistics and research methods and her music therapy trauma work.

Dr. Behrens’ career as a music therapist spans four decades in a variety of settings, such as residential, schools, and facilities and has experience working as a salaried and contract professional. Her work with young children to adults has been within interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and collaborative models. Although she currently supervises across a variety of different diagnoses, Gene’s specialty is in the areas of emotional coping skills and trauma due to a variety of different traumatizing events.

Professional Activities

Interests:

  • Neurobiology of trauma
  • Trauma treatment
  • Research design and statistics
  • International work
  • Peace and conflict resolution

Dr. Behrens’ research on music therapy and the neurobiology of trauma has led to national and international publications and presentations in several countries such as Australia, South Korea, Austria, England, and Argentina. More specifically, she was invited to speak for Penn State Hershey Medical Center; a NATO Security workshop in Ankara, Turkey; Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute Campus, Pondicherry, India; and an upcoming conference and workshop for the Dutch Music Therapy Association at Akoesticum, Netherlands.

Gene also has been invited to train students at another university using her unique approach to research and statistical methods. Her most recent publication is a chapter on statistical analysis using SPSS in Wheeler and Murphy’s (2016) Research in Music Therapy.

Service

Dr. Behrens is committed to sharing her knowledge and skills about the neurobiology of trauma to not only music therapists but other healthcare professionals in other parts of the world. Healing trauma can open pathways to conversations about peace. During her sabbatical, she worked for over two months in Bethlehem, Occupied Palestinian Territory, conducting a music therapy program for children traumatized by the ongoing conflict. More recently she traveled twice to Somaliland where she conducted workshops on trauma-informed work for NGO staff. She also worked along with a group from Philadelphia in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya to train teachers in the use the arts.

Gene has served on committees and executive boards for the American Music Therapy Association, Mid-Atlantic Region for Music Therapy, and Certification Board for Music Therapists. She presently is chair of the Global Crises Intervention Commission of the World Federation of Music Therapy, a member of the Mid-Atlantic Music Therapy research committee, and on the editorial boards for Music Therapy Perspectives and Voices.

Dr. Behrens also supports the music therapy students in learning to give back to the community. She supervises them in planning and performing a volunteer recital each semester, one for older adults at a local facility in the fall and the other for children with/without disabilities and families in the spring. The students also organize a song fest for International Peace Day on campus and do troubadour singing for Martin Luther King Day at a local facility for older adults

Dr. Behrens’ international travels also feed her personal passion for photography; her work has been featured in three exhibits in Lancaster County (PA).

Dr. Gene Ann Behrens

Emily Yoder Frantz, MMT, MT-BC

Adjunct Instructor of Music Therapy and Oboe
frantze@etown.edu | 717-361-1212

Credentials & Certifications

  • M.M.T., Music Therapy, Temple University
  • B.M., Music Therapy and Oboe Performance, Temple University
  • Board-Certified Music Therapist, the Certification Board for Music Therapists

Professional Experience

Mrs. Frantz joined the faculty at Elizabethtown College as a clinical supervisor in 1999. She began teaching music therapy courses in 2011, and became Oboe Instructor in 2016. She studied oboe locally with Sherie Strohman, followed by instruction from Philadelphia Orchestra members Jonathan Blumenfeld and Peter Smith. Mrs Frantz has a small music therapy practice including typical and adaptive music instruction. From 1996 - 2006 she worked as a music therapist, clinical supervisor, and internship supervisor at Bethany Children’s Home for adolescents with trauma and delinquency issues.

Professional Activities

Interests:

  • Using music for supervision, self-awareness, self-care, and performance anxiety
  • Music and imagery, music relaxation, and breathing techniques
  • Oboe Reed-making

Mrs. Frantz has delivered presentations for the American Music Therapy Association, and the Mid-Atlantic Region of the American Music Therapy Association on use of music with troubled youth, supervision, self-care, self-awareness, and music and imagery. From 2000 - 2006 Mrs. Frantz served her country as a member of the Air National Guard Band of the Mid-Atlantic and is currently a featured member of the Perseverance Band of Lebanon. She was a featured soloist with this two groups as well as the Lebanon Valley College Honors Band. Mrs. Frantz works as a free-lance oboist throughout Berks, Lebanon, and Lancaster counties.

Service

Mrs. Frantz has served the Mid-Atlantic Region of the American Music Therapy Association as Secretary, Assembly Delegate, Newsletter Editor, Registration Chair, and as a local co-host of the Regional Conference held in Harrisburg, PA in 2016. She has served on Regional and National committees in service to the AMTA.

Emily Frantz

Music Education

Kevin Shorner-Johnson

Assistant Professor of Music; Director of Music Education
shornerk@etown.edu | 717-361-1532

Credentials & Certifications

  • Ed.D., Music Education, University of Georgia
  • Educational Leadership Endorsement, University of Georgia
  • M.M., Music Education, University of Georgia
  • B.A., Music Education, Northwest Missouri State University

Professional Experience

Dr. Shorner-Johnson joined the faculty at Elizabethtown College in 2010. He teaches world musics, survey of music education, music teaching and learning, general music methods, aural skills, fundamentals of the keyboard, and supervises field experiences and student teaching. Prior to his time at Elizabethtown College, Dr. Shorner-Johnson taught high school, middle school, and elementary band in Greenfield, Iowa and Athens, Georgia.

Professional Activities

Interests:

  • Music Education Philosophy
  • Justice, Spirituality, and Peacebuilding
  • Curricular Structures
  • Qualitative and Action Research

Dr. Shorner-Johnson’s research has focused on the intersection of justice, spirituality, peacebuilding, and curricular structures. He has published articles in the Music Educators Journal, International Journal of Music Education, Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Journal, EDUCAUSE, and Advances in Music Education Research. He is well-known among students for his passion for philosophy and examining deeply-rooted questions of ethics and curricular design.

Service

Dr. Shorner-Johnson is a member of the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, National Association for Music Education, and the American Organization of Kodály Educators. He has facilitated workshops in educational leadership and world music drumming to schools in Maryland and Georgia. At Elizabethtown College, he served as an active member on the board of the Center for Global Understanding and Peacemaking. Dr. Shorner-Johnson resides in Elizabethtown with his wife Amy (assistant chaplain at Elizabethtown College), daughter Leah, and son Joel.

Kevin Shorner-Johnson

Band and Orchestra Music

Robert Spence, D.M.A.

Associate Professor, Director of Instrumental Studies
spencejr@etown.edu | 717-361-1178

Credentials & Certifications

  • D.M.A., Wind Band Conducting, Michigan State University
  • M.M., Trombone Performance, Syracuse University
  • B.M., Music Education, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Professional Experience

Dr. Spence joined the faculty at Elizabethtown College in 2007. He directs instrumental ensembles (symphonic band, college-community orchestra, chamber ensembles) and teaches conducting, brass methods, woodwind methods, percussion methods, composition and arranging, first year seminar, and instrumental methods. Prior to his time at Elizabethtown College, Dr. Spence’s teaching career includes experience in the Pennsylvania public schools as instrumental music instructor for the Westmont Hilltop and Oley Valley districts, plus college and university level teaching experience in New York, Michigan, Texas, Iowa and Pennsylvania.

Professional Activities

Interests:

  • Conducting Pedagogy
  • Trombone Performance
  • Guest Conducting / Clinics

Dr. Spence has prepared trombone recitals on the Elizabethtown campus featuring the music of Hindemith, Rimsky-Korsakov, Olson, Serocki, David, and Marcello. He has a strong interest in pedagogy and supporting the growth and development of future teachers. Dr. Spence is a frequent clinician, guest conductor, and adjudicator. He has guest directed numerous high school and middle school level honor bands and orchestras on county, district, and regional levels.

Service

Dr. Spence is a member of the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, Maryland Music Educators Association, College Band Directors National Association and College Orchestra Directors Association. He served as host director for the 2015 Pennsylvania Music Educators Association All-State Wind Ensemble and the 2016 Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Band Festival. He serves as president of the Pennsylvania Collegiate BandMasters Association for the 2016-17 academic year.

robert spence conduction

Choral Music

Matthew P. Fritz, D.M.A.

Associate Professor
fritzm@etown.edu | 717-361-1112

Credentials & Certifications

  • D.M.A., Choral Conducting, The Conservatory of Music, University of Missouri–Kansas City
  • M.M., Choral Conducting, Florida State University
  • B.M., Music Education, Westminster Choir College

Professional Experience

Dr. Fritz joined the faculty at Elizabethtown College in 2001. He directs choral activities (concert choir, community chorus) and teaches coursework in conducting, choral methods, applied voice, and music technology. Prior to his time at Elizabethtown College, Dr. Fritz taught public school choral music in New Jersey and Florida.

Professional Activities

Interests:

  • Conducting Pedagogy
  • Music Technology
  • Database Systems
  • Group Vocal Technique
  • International Cultural Exchanges

Dr. Fritz has delivered presentations for the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, The International Society for the Study of European Ideas, the Florida Music Educator's Association and the American Choral Director's Association on topics ranging from historical interest to technology utilization.

Service

Dr. Fritz is the current state president of the Pennsylvania American Choral Directors Association. He has been an active clinician, adjudicator, conductor and performer having conducted high school, junior high and elementary honor choirs and all-state choruses in Alaska, North Dakota, Missouri, Kansas, Maryland and Pennsylvania. Dr. Fritz organizes international and national trips for the Elizabethtown College Concert Choir and Jazz Band. Groups have traveled to Ireland, Brazil, and South Africa.

matt fritz

Brass

Leon Hillard

Adjunct Instructor of Trumpet
hillardl@etown.edu | 717-361-1212

Credentials & Certifications

  • B.M., Music Education, Elizabethtown College
  • M.M., Music Education, West Chester University

Professional Experience

Mr. Hillard teaches trumpet at Elizabethtown College. Prior to his time at Elizabethtown, Mr. Hillard taught music in public schools in Central Pennsylvania. Mr. Hillard is currently the assistant conductor, personnel manager, principal trumpet, and soloist of the New Holland Band. He is also a member of the Dave Stahl Sacred Orchestra.

Professional Activities

Interests:

  • Big Band Jazz
  • Trumpet Performance
  • Trumpet Pedagogy

Mr. Hillard was an associate music instructor for the All American Youth Honors Band in the 1980's with performances throughout Europe, Hawaii, and Mexico. He has performed in show bands up and down the east coast. Bands have included Custers Last Band(CLB), the Del-Chords, the Magnificent Men, the Dave Stahl Sacred Orchestra, the New Holland Swing Band, and the New Holland Combo Band.

Leon Hilliard

Grant W. Moore, II

Adjunct Professor of Music, Jazz Band Director, Director of the Preparatory Division & Low Brass
mooreg@etown.edu | 717-361-1114

Credentials & Certifications

  • B.A., Music, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Professional Experience

Mr. Moore teaches low brass, brass ensemble, jazz band, and directs the Preparatory Division (community music) and summer music camp at Elizabethtown College. As a freelance musician, tuba soloist and chamber musician; Grant Moore founded the highly acclaimed Philadelphia Brass. With this group, he has performed throughout the United States and Europe. Grant is the former principal tuba player of both the Harrisburg and Lancaster Symphonies. He has also served as the principal tuba of the famed River City Brass Band in Pittsburgh, PA.

Professional Activities

Interests:

  • Low Brass Pedagogy
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Brass Ensemble

In demand as a recitalist, soloist and clinician, Mr. Moore has traveled throughout the country performing and lecturing at many of the nation’s leading music universities, conservatories and music conferences. Such appearances include, but are not limited to, the Juilliard School of Music, Penn State University, Lehigh University of Pennsylvania, St. Olaf College of Minnesota, The Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Conventions and the Kinhaven Summer Music Festival of Weston, Vermont.

Cheryl Staherski

Adjunct Professor of Horn
717-361-1178

Credentials & Certifications

  • B.M., Music Education, Millersville University

Professional Experience

Ms. Staherski teaches horn at Elizabethtown College and Millersville University. Her prior teachers include performers in the Baltimore and Philadelphia Orchestras. She studies with Mary Bisson at the Peabody Conservatory of Music.

Professional Activities

Interests:

  • Orchestral Performance
  • Chamber Music
  • Pit Orchestras
  • Brass Quintets

Ms. Staherski performed with the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra for over 34 years. For 30 of those years, Ms.Staherski was the principal horn with the orchestra. Mrs. Staherski has also performed with the Delaware Symphony, Reading Symphony, Lancaster Pops Orchestra, and Susquehanna Brass Quintet. She currently performs with the York Symphony Orchestra and is in her 28th year with the Fulton Theatre pit orchestra.

staherski portrait

Guitar

David Cullen

Artist-in-Residence
dcullen@ptd.net | 717-361-1117

Credentials & Certifications

  • B.M., Classical Guitar Performance, Hartt School of Music

Professional Experience

Mr. Cullen teaches applied guitar and classroom guitar at Elizabethtown College. He has performed in a wide range of styles including Jazz, Classical and World Music. David Cullen is a Grammy Award winner for Best Pop Instrumental Recording. He has performed with Will Ackerman, Samite of Uganda, Michael Manring, Victor Wooten, The Jaco Big Band and the Philly Pops Orchestra.

Professional Activities

Interests:

  • Classical Guitar Performance
  • Jazz Guitar Performance
  • Guitar Pedagogy
  • Recording

David Cullen is featured on the Windham Hill Guitar Sampler and other Windham Hill Compilation CDs. He has released two books through Warner Brothers Publications: Jazz, Classical and Beyond as well as Grateful Guitar. He has performed throughout North America for Classical Guitar Societies, Jazz Festivals, and Performing Arts Series. He has released 10 CDs for the acoustic guitar label Solid Air Records. David Cullen’s recordings have been featured on NPR stations across the country. For more information please go to www.cullenguitar.com

david cullen with guitar

Music History

E. Douglas Bomberger, Ph.D.

Professor of Musicology
bombergere@etown.edu | 717-361-1115

Credentials & Certifications

  • Ph.D., Historical Musicology, University of Maryland
  • DAAD Stipendiat, University of Mainz, Germany
  • M.M., Piano Performance, University of North Carolina
  • B.A., Music and French, Goshen College

Professional Experience

Dr. Bomberger joined the faculty at Elizabethtown College in 2005. He teaches music history courses, a seminar in musicology, repertoire class, and applied piano. In repertoire class, Dr. Bomberger mentors students on professional presence, performance practice, and music literature. His music history classes connect music of all eras and genres with the persons who created them and perform them today.

Professional Activities

Interests:

  • 19th-Century American Music
  • Piano literature
  • Transatlantic musical connections

Dr. Bomberger has published four books and over 100 articles on subjects as diverse as the medieval origins of the keyboard mechanism and the ragtime-inspired compositions of Stravinsky and Hindemith. His most recent book is a biography of Edward MacDowell for Oxford University Press (2013), the first American composer to be featured in the prestigious Master Musicians series. He served as senior editor for nineteenth-century concert music for the New Grove Dictionary of American Music (2013), editing 450 articles and writing 40. His current project examines the vibrant musical atmosphere in America during the year 1917, when the U. S. entered World War I and jazz became a national craze.

Service

Dr. Bomberger is an active member of the Society for American Music, the American Musicological Society, and the College Music Society. On campus, he has served as the president of Faculty Assembly and chair of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts. In addition to his scholarly activities, he performs regularly with his wife, soprano Teresa Bomberger.

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Piano

Justin Badgerow

Associate Professor of Music
badgerowj@etown.edu | 717-361-3668

Credentials & Certifications

  • DMA, University of Colorado at Boulder
  • M.M., University of Texas at Austin
  • BM, Music, University of Central Florida

Professional Experience

Dr. Badgerow joined the faculty at Elizabethtown College in 2010. He teaches coursework in theory, aural skills, and applied piano. In addition, he serves as a collaborative pianist, providing support for students and faculty in recitals and performances.

Dr. Badgerow has performed nationally in thirteen states. He has performed internationally in Mexico, South Africa, and Brazil. Dr. Badgerow has performed solo concerto performances with the Imperial Symphony and Kennett Symphony. He has worked in collaborative performance with such artists as Patrick Mason, James Bunte, and Eddie Daniels. His primary teachers include Gary Wolf, Nancy Garrett, and Andrew Cooperstock. He has had additional collaborative coaching with Anne Epperson and Robert Spillman.

Professional Activities

Interests:

  • Music theory and aural skills pedagogy
  • Musical theatre and opera
  • Latin American piano music
  • “Indianist” music of America
  • Improvisation, jazz, and commercial music

Dr. Badgerow has been a performer and presenter at meetings of Music Teachers National Association, Texas Music Teachers Association, National Conference for Keyboard Pedagogy, and the College Music Society.

Service

Dr. Badgerow serves in various roles within the Music Teachers National Association, including as an accompanist for regional competitions and as a conference committee member at the state level. Dr. Badgerow serves as advisor to Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society on campus and is on the board of directors and artistic committee at Gretna Music, a non-profit performing arts organization in Central Pennsylvania.

Justin Badgerow

Debra Ronning

Lecturer in Music; Director of Keyboard Studies
ronnindd@etown.edu | 717-361-1120

Credentials & Certifications

  • M.M., Piano Performance, 1976
  • B.A., Music Education, 1972

Professional Experience

Professor Ronning joined the faculty of Elizabethtown College in 1980. As Director of Keyboard Studies at Elizabethtown College, Professor Ronning teaches applied piano as well as functional keyboard classes. She also enjoys directing the piano ensemble, which gives students an opportunity to explore duet, trio, and quartet keyboard repertoire. Many of her students have been prizewinners in local and state competitions for piano soloists.

Professional Activities

Interests:

  • Chamber Music
  • Piano Performance
  • Piano Pedagogy

Debra Ronning, pianist, has an extensive background in music performance and education. She has performed throughout Pennsylvania and elsewhere both as a soloist and in chamber ensembles. Her repertoire often includes unique and original works by contemporary composers.

She is a founding member of TRIO CAPRICE. The trio consists of cellist, Sara Male, Stephanie McCullough, violin, and Debra Ronning, piano. The group has performed widely in southcentral Pennsylvania. They share a passion for the chamber repertoire and enjoy exploring a wide range of repertoire.

Service

Professor Ronning has served on the National Board of Directors of Music Teachers National Association (2004-2006) as well as President of the Eastern Division MTNA (2002-2004), and also as President of the Pennsylvania MTA (2000-2002).

debra ronning

Anthony Ciucci

Adjunct Instructor of Organ
ciuccia@etown.edu | 717-361-1212

Credentials & Certifications

  • B.M., Music with concentration in Organ, Temple University, Magna Cum Laude

Professional Experience

Mr. Ciucci has taught at Elizabethtown College since 2007. Mr. Ciucci studied organ at Temple University under the mentorship of Earl Ness. He is the Organist and Director of Music at the Church of The Good Shepherd in Camp Hill, and has been featured in recitals throughout Central and Southeastern Pennsylvania, in New York City, Baltimore, Washington, DC, and Atlanta, Georgia.

Professional Activities

Interests:

  • Sacred Music
  • Organ Performance

Mr. Ciucci was previously selected to participate in an International Organ Masterclass with the renowned organist/composer Flor Peeters in Mechelen, Belgium. In October of 2009, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg honored Mr. Ciucci by inviting him to play for the Diocesan Pilgrimage, with Bishop Kevin Rhoades presiding, at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC.

Percussion

David Knott

Adjunct Instructor of Percussion
knottd@etown.edu | 717-361-1212

Credentials & Certifications

  • M.M., Percussion Performance, Michigan State University
  • B.S., Music Education, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Professional Experience

Mr. Knott joined the faculty at Elizabethtown College as adjunct instructor of percussion in 2014. Mr. Knott also serves as a member of the instrumental music faculty of the Milton Hershey School where he directs the Catherine Hall Concert Bands and The Middle Division Jazz Band. Prior to his appointment at the Milton Hershey School, Mr. Knott served on the faculties of Messiah College overseeing the percussion studio and directing the percussion ensemble, Bishop McDevitt High School, and the West Shore School District.

Mr. Knott’s percussion teachers include Gary Olmstead, Alison Shaw, and recently Chris Rose of The President’s Own Marine Band. Additionally, Mr. Knott has an extensive conducting background studying with Jack Stamp, John Whitwell and other workshop clinicians.

Professional Activities

Interests:

  • Percussion Performance
  • Orchestral Performance
  • Chamber Music

David Knott has an active career as both performer and educator in the greater Harrisburg area.

In 2017 Mr. Knott was awarded the McDonald Family Award for outstanding educator at the Milton Hershey School. As a sought after clinician, Mr. Knott has presented clinics on percussion and percussion education in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, and Michigan including a 2016 presentation for PMEA District 7 on “Incorporating Drum Set into Your Music Curriculum. In November 2011, Mr. Knott was the Guest Conductor of the NYSSMA Zone One Area All-State Band held at SUNY Fredonia.

As a performer, Mr. Knott is in demand as a timpanist and percussionist. Mr. Knott was featured soloist with the Messiah College Wind Ensemble, the Central Pa Symphony and the Hershey Symphony Orchestra. In 2010 he was the drummer and percussionist for a portion of Natalie Merchant’s Leave Your Sleep tour in Pennsylvania. Additionally he serves as Principal Percussionist with the Pennsylvania Regional Ballet Orchestra and performs regularly with area ensembles including the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, the Central Pennsylvania Symphony, the Hershey Symphony, the Greater Harrisburg Concert Band; and has performed with the Keystone Winds (Indiana, Pa), Jackson (MI) Symphony, Greater Lansing (MI) Symphony, and the OZONE Percussion Group. Mr. Knott also founded the clarinet / percussion duo CONTOURS performing various chamber works written for the idiom. Mr. Knott currently resides in Harrisburg, Pa with his wife and two children.

Strings

Sara Male

Adjunct Instructor of Cello
males@etown.edu | 717-361-1212

Credentials & Certifications

  • A.A., Associate of the Arts in Music from Victoria Conservatory of Music, Principal Emeritus Prize
  • M.M., Mannes College of Music
  • B.M., Music, High Honors, Rutgers University

Professional Experience

Ms. Male teaches cello at Elizabethtown College, and is a senior adjunct professor of cello at Franklin and Marshall College. Ms. Male is a former member of the Saskatoon Symphony and is well sought after as a chamber music recitalist, having performed in major venues in the US, Canada, Europe and Asia. Ms. Male performs with the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra and is a founding member of the Newstead Trio with whom she has toured worldwide over the last 17 years. Her major teachers include Jim Hunter, Bernard Greenhouse, Zara Nelsova and Timothy Eddy.

Professional Activities

Interests:

  • Cello performance
  • Chamber music
  • Orchestral performance

Ms. Male is an active performer in both symphony orchestras and chamber music. Her interest in chamber music led to the formation of Trio Caprice with Professor Ronning and McCullough. Their trio has been regionally and nationally recognized and they maintain a varied repertoire of both traditional standard and contemporary piano trio literature. Ms. Male also founded Duo Chiaroscuro with pianist Maria Corley in 2012.

Sara Male with cello

Stephanie McCullough

Adjunct Instructor of Violin & Viola
mcculloughs@etown.edu | 717-361-1212

Credentials & Certifications

  • M.M., University of Delaware
  • B.M., Music, West Virginia University

Professional Experience

Ms. McCullough received a performance degree at West Virginia University under the instruction of Philip Tietze. She also minored in French and studied at the Chautauqua Institute of Fine Arts for two seasons. Ms. McCullough also holds a performance degree from University of Delaware, where she studied with renowned violinist Xiang Gao.

Professional Activities

Interests:

  • Violin performance
  • Chamber music
  • Orchestral performance

Ms. McCullough is proud to be a part of the arts community of the greater Lancaster area where performance opportunities include the Fulton Theater Pit Orchestra, Lancaster Symphony, Pennsylvania Philharmonic, Allegro Chamber Orchestra, Hershey Theater, and acoustic duo Steel and Bow with guitarist/vocalist Scott Parmer. At Elizabethtown College, Ms. McCullough is an active member of Trio Caprice with Professors Ronning and Male. Their trio has been regionally and nationally recognized and they maintain a varied repertoire of both traditional standard and contemporary piano trio literature.

Stephanie McCullough with violin

Theory, Aural Skills, and Composition

James Haines '81

Professor of Music
hainesjl@etown.edu | 717-361-1289

Credentials & Certifications

  • Ph.D., 1989, Composition and Theory, University of Minnesota
  • M.M., 1985, Composition, West Chester University of Pennsylvania
  • B.S., 1981, Music Therapy, Elizabethtown College

Professional Experience

Dr. Haines joined the faculty at Elizabethtown College in 1994. He currently serves as the chair of the Fine and Performing Arts Department. He teaches coursework in music theory, aural skills, composition, and music therapy.

Professional Activities

Interests:

  • Composition
  • Music theory and aural skill pedagogy
  • Music skill development in the music therapy curriculum

Haines’ compositions have been performed in academic, concert and religious settings throughout the United States. Choral music and instrumental chamber music are predominant among his compositional output. His first opera, Las Madres de la Plaza was premiered in March 2008. Dr. Haines is a former director of the Music Therapy program at the college, and has presented at regional, national and international music therapy conferences and workshops.

Service

Dr. Haines is a member of the College Music Society and the American Music Therapy Association.

James Haines

Voice

Anne Gross, D.M.A.

Assistant Professor of Voice, Director of Voice
grossanne@etown.edu | 717-361-1116

Credentials & Certifications

  • D.M.A., Voice, University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, and Dance
  • M.M., Music, Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
  • B.M., Music, Oberlin Conservatory of Music

Professional Experience

Dr. Gross joined the faculty at Elizabethtown College in 2014. She teaches applied voice, women’s choir, diction for singers, vocal chamber ensemble, and music history. Dr. Gross has studied and taught diction in German, French, and Italian languages; she also coaches singers in Czech and Russian languages. Prior to her time at Elizabethtown College, Dr. Gross taught voice at Anderson University School of Music, Whitman College, Oberlin Conservatory, and West Chester University College of Visual and Performing Arts. Dr. Gross began her musical studies at Oberlin as a piano performance major and often serves as a collaborative pianist for her voice students.

Her teachers have included Shirley Verrett, Patricia Berlin, Daune Mahy and William David Brown. She has coached and performed various solo and choral works with the composers in residence, most notably with Libby Larsen, Jose Maria Vitier and Alice Parker. While completing her doctoral degree, she coached extensive song and operatic repertoire with internationally-known collaborative pianist Martin Katz, performing in recital with many of his students. She joined with Mr. Katz to record the audio examples for his book The Complete Collaborator: The Pianist as Partner, published by Oxford University Press in May 2009.

Professional Activities

Interests:

  • Development of Lied (Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Wolf, Marx, and Pfitzner)
  • Song Repertoire of Female Composers
  • Opera Coaching
  • Collaborative Piano Coaching for Students

Dr. Gross is in demand internationally and throughout the United States as a recitalist, oratorio soloist and master clinician. Her international experiences include invitations to perform in Ireland, Northern Ireland, the Czech Republic, Germany, Spain, South Africa, Australia, and Havana, Cuba. Her recent recitals in the United States include performances at West Chester University, University of Notre Dame, Clarke University, and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. She has recently presented master classes at the University of Notre Dame, West Chester University, Clarke University, and Loras College.

Service

Dr. Gross has adjudicated choral festivals and taught voice master classes and choral workshops at both college and high school settings. She is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and the College Music Society. She has coached numerous students for NATS competitions.

Anne Gross

Teresa Bomberger

Adjunct Instructor of Voice
bombergert@etown.edu | 717-361-1212

Credentials & Certifications

  • B.A. in Music, Goshen College
  • B.A. in Theatre/Acting Bowling Green State University

Professional Experience

Winner of the Montpelier Recital Competition and the Lotte Lehmann Recital Contest, Ms. Bomberger has performed in opera, musical theater, and in concert throughout the United States. She has performed major roles with Hawaii Opera Theatre, Diamond Head Theatre, Maryland Lyric Opera, Cornell Savoyards, and Durham Savoyards. Favorite roles include Mother Abbess in Sound of Music, Mabel in Pirates of Penzance, Despina in Così fan tutte, and the title roles in Patience and Iolanthe. When she was young and energetic she spent a season as a featured singer in the Italian show at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. She also enjoyed performing for many years in summer stock theatre, singing leading roles for Huron Playhouse, Enchanted Hills Playhouse, Vincennes Summer Theatre, Canterbury Theatre, and the Maryland Shakespeare Festival. Ms. Bomberger is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS).

Professional Activities

Ms. Bomberger teaches applied voice at Elizabethtown College. She has taught private voice, class voice, and diction at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, Goshen College, and Sweetbriar College. Teachers who were important in her vocal development were Penelope Jensen and Edward Crafts as well as vocal coach and pianist Beebe Freitas. Ms. Bomberger served as Vice President and Audition Coordinator of the Hawaii chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and has been active as a judge in vocal competitions. She has also directed plays and musicals at area high schools. Teresa currently serves as Music Director for the Elizabethtown College musicals.

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Alison Roth Mekeel

Adjunct Instructor of Voice
mekeela@etown.edu | 717-361-1212

Credentials & Certifications

  • M.M., Voice Performance, New England Conservatory
  • B.M., Voice Performance, Oberlin College Conservatory of Music

Professional Experience

Mrs. Mekeel holds the Master of Music in Voice Performance from New England Conservatory, where she studied with Rita Beatie, and the Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Dr. Daune Mahy. After graduation, she continued her voice studies with Dr. Thomas H. Houser for more than 20 years.

Professional Activities

Interests:

  • Voice Pedagogy
  • Vocal Performance

Mrs. Mekeel is a frequent soloist in recital and oratorio, and a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. She has performed opera roles, including Susanna in the Marriage of Figaro with the Lancaster Opera Company and Las Madres de la Plaza (composed by Dr. Jame Haines) at Elizabethtown College. She has also performed soprano oratorio roles in the Great C minor Mass, and has offered frequent recitals. Mrs. Mekeel also maintains a private voice studio in Lancaster, PA.

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Phyllis Drackley

Adjunct Instructor of Voice
drackleyp@etown.edu | 717-361-1113

Credentials & Certifications

  • M.A., Vocal Pedagogy and Performance, Marywood University
  • B.A., Music, Lebanon Valley College

Professional Experience

Ms. Drackley teaches applied voice at Elizabethtown College. Ms. Drackley studied with NATS Master Teacher Dr. Thomas Houser and served as a Language/Diction assistant for the Vocal Pedagogy program at Marywood University. She has also coached with Mrs. Ruth Drucker of the Britten-Pears School of Advanced Musical Studies, Aldebugh, England, and Mr. Stanley Sontag, New York. She has a private voice studio in the Lancaster area.

Professional Activities

Interests:

  • Vocal Pedagogy
  • Operatic, Oratorio, and Recital Performance

She has performed in opera, oratorio, recital in the Central PA and Philadelphia area. She originated roles in several operatic world premieres. Some of her favorite operatic roles included Countess (Le Nozze di Figaro), Alice Ford (Falstaff), and the title role in Puccini's Suor Angelica. Ms. Drackley is soprano soloist at St. Christopher's Episcopal Church in Gladwynne, PA.

Ms. Drackley has offered masterclasses for college, university and high school singers; voice consultations for teachers, clergy, and voice professionals. She has served as a clinician for teacher groups, theaters, and choral groups. She is a member of NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing).

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Woodwinds

Paula Nelson

Adjunct Instructor of Flute
nelsonp@etown.edu | 717-361-1113

Credentials & Certifications

  • D.M.A, Flute Performance, University of North Texas
  • M.M., Flute Performance, University of North Texas
  • B.A., Music, University of Maryland

Professional Experience

Dr. Nelson joined the faculty of Elizabethtown College as adjunct instructor of flute in 2005. At Elizabethtown College, she teaches applied flute and directs the Arioso Flute Choir. She also serves as adjunct instructor of flute at Immaculata University, and master faculty with distinction at The Music School of Delaware. She has taught at West Chester University and the University of Delaware. Her teachers include Mary Karen Clardy, William Montgomery, Kathleen Chastain, and Jim Walker.

Professional Activities

Interests:

  • Flute Performance
  • Chamber Music
  • Flute Choir
  • Orchestral Performance

A former member of the Irving (Texas) Symphony Orchestra, Dr. Nelson has performed with the Allentown and Pottstown Symphony Orchestras, the Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra, and the Bethlehem Bach Festival Orchestra. She has appeared as a soloist with the Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra and the Wilmington Community Orchestra. Dr. Nelson has performed at the National Flute Association Convention as well as in various solo and chamber music recitals in the greater Philadelphia area, including with the Nelson-Sessler flute and classical guitar duo. She appeared in recital at the Ethical Society of Philadelphia and at the International Institute of Culture. Dr. Nelson conducted the 2015 High School Honors Flute Choir of the Flute Society of Greater Philadelphia. She has published articles in Flute Talk magazine.

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Gail Ober

Adjunct Instructor of Bassoon
oberg@etown.edu | 717-361-1212

Credentials & Certifications

  • B.M., Music Education, Wilkes College

Professional Experience

Ms. Ober teaches applied bassoon and performs in the faculty woodwind quintet at Elizabethtown College. Ms. Ober is a member of the Lancaster Woodwind Quintet and also participates in the Music in the Schools program in Lancaster and Berks Counties. Ms. Ober also maintains a private studio.

Professional Activities

Interests:

  • Orchestral Performance
  • Chamber Music

Ms. Ober is the principal bassoonist of the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, and a long-time member as second bassoon of the Reading Symphony Orchestra and the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic. She is a regular member of the Allegro Chamber Orchestra.

 

Faith Shiffer, M.M.

Adjunct Instructor of Clarinet and Saxophone
shifferf@etown.edu | 717-361-1119

Credentials & Certifications

  • M.M., Clarinet Performance, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Summa Cum Laude
  • B.M., Clarinet Performance, Millikin University, Summa Cum Laude

Professional Experience

Mrs. Shiffer has taught clarinet and saxophone at Elizabethtown College since 2003. She has taught private clarinet, saxophone, and flute lessons, in Lancaster County for over 20 years.

Professional Activities

Interests:

  • Clarinet/Saxophone Performance
  • Dixieland Bands
  • Big Bands
  • Pit Orchestras
  • Orchestral Performance

Mrs. Shiffer has toured nationally with musical productions of Sunday In the Park With George, Chicago, and South Pacific. Throughout Central Pennsylvania, she has also performed with the Harrisburg Symphony, Theatre Harrisburg, Pride of the Susquehanna Riverboat Band, Reading Civic Opera, The Buzz Jones Big Band, The Spring Garden Big Band, The Salem Six Dixieland Band, Dixieland Express, The Cat’s Pajamas Dixieland Band, Rue DeLaPompe, The Tom Pontz Project, Ben Mauger’s Roaring 20’s Orchestra, The Shiffer Trio, Ossia Duo, Allenberry Theatre, Hershey Area Playhouse, Mount Gretna Theatre, Dutch Apple Dinner Theater, and The Fulton Theatre.

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