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The Department of Music

The Department of Music
126 French Hall,  303 East Kearsley Street, Flint, MI  48502
810-762-3377 - Office                810-762-3326 - FAX
email:    music@umflint.edu

 

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810-762-3040
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Lois Alexander

Professor of Music

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810-762-0784
Email:
briandb@umflint.edu
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Brian DiBlassio

Associate Professor of Music, Music Theory and Jazz

Brian DiBlassio received the Lois Rosen Excellence in Teaching Award at UM-Flint in 2011.  He performs in the Latin jazz groups Los Gatos and Tumbao Bravo, whose recent CD release received a 2013 Detroit Music Award.  His orchestrations and compositions have been performed by the Flint Symphony Orchestra and featured on local and national television.  DiBlassio recently traveled to Austria to present a paper at the 1st International Clare Fischer Symposium.

Phone:
810-424-5315
Email:
heidenr@umflint.edu
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Christopher Heidenreich

Associate Professor of Music and Department Chair, Wind Symphony Conductor, Applied Trumpet

Christopher Heidenreich is the recipient of the 2013 UM-Flint Distinguished Service Award.  His edition of the Kalinnikov Symphony No. 1 in G Minor arranged by Glenn Cliffe Bainum was published by the Hal Leonard Corporation in 2011. Heidenreich was recently named conductor of the Washtenaw Community Concert Band and was awarded the American School Band Directors Association's Distinguished Band Director Award in the North Central Region of the Midwest.

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810-762-3375
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ghristov@umflint.edu
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Gabriela Hristova,

Associate Professor of Music, Choral Conductor

Gabriela Hristova was awarded the 2012 Lucinda Stone Junior Women Faculty Award for her research on Bulgarian Choral and Singing Traditions. Recently elected as the president for the Michigan chapter of the American Choral Directors Association, she hosted the Michigan ACDA Fall Convention at the First Presbyterian Church in Flint.

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810-762-3377
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ksalvado@umflint.edu
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Karen Salvador

Associate Professor of Music, Music Education

Karen Salvador's research on equity in music instruction appeared most recently in Arts Education Policy Review and Update: Applications of Research in Music Education.  She is contributing a chapter on musician identity to the book Music Education: Navigating the Future.  Salvador frequently presents at music education workshops and conferences locally and around the US, and teaches early childhood music at the UM-Flint Early Childhood Development Center.

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Faculty - Lecturers

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Francesco Cavallini

Lecturer, Applied Guitar

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810-762-3377
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Jessica Cech

Lecturer, Applied Flute, Music History

Jessica Cech has been a featured artist in the Flint Institute of Music's Chamber Series Concerts for the last six years.  She was a guest artist in the St. Clair Shores Concert Series in 2012 and was a featured soloist in the Music at St. Paul's Series (Flint, MI) in 2011. In addition to her current position at the University of Michigan-Flint, Cech teaches flute at the Flint School of Performing Arts.

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810-762-3037
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chaney@umflint.edu
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Carol Chaney

Lecturer Music Technology

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810-762-3377
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coviak@umflint.edu
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James Coviak

Lecturer, Applied Percussion, Steelheads Percussion Ensemble

James Coviak, percussionist and director of the internationally acclaimed steel drum band, Steelheads, has recently performed at the Lionel Hampton and TAC Jazz Festivals.  In addition to working with international recording artist Andy Narell, Coviak’s former students have recently performed with saxophonist Kenny G, and with guitarist Jack White at the 2013 Grammy Awards.

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810-762-3377
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asvhall@umflint.edu
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Amy Hall

Lecturer, Music Education

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810-762-3377
Email:
kismajor@umflint.edu
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Kisma Jordan

Lecturer, Applied Voice

A Michigan native, Kisma Jordan is a recipient of the 2014 Kresge Artist Fellowship in Music. Recognized by the New York Times for her soul-stirring communicative ability and "shimmering soprano voice" Kisma returned to the opera stage in 2014-2015 season to cover the role of Clara with Lyric Opera of Chicago in their production of Gershwin's Porgy and Bess. She has appeared as a soloist with the Hilton Head Symphony, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra,  debuted her highly anticipated project Beyond Classical during Art X Detroit: Kresge Arts Experience and ended the summer with an appearance at Chene Park with electronic music legend Derrick May.  She holds degrees in Music from Bowling Green State University, Kentucky State University and  Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University.  More

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810-762-3377
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gkaye@umflint.edu
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G. Donald Kaye

Lecturer, Applied Organ, Theory

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810-762-3377
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ileshchi@umflint.edu
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Ida Leshchinskaya

Lecturer, Applied Piano

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810-762-3377
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jmmay@umflint.edu
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Joshua May

Lecturer, Applied Voice

Joshua May is an active performer of opera, oratorio, and art song, performing at numerous prestigious festivals and programs including the Atlantic Music Festival, Harrower Opera Workshop, Intermezzo Opera Festival, Halifax Summer Opera Workshop, Tyrolean Opera Program, Contemporary Americana Festival, and the Aspen Music Festival.  Before joining UM-Flint, May served on the faculty of the Community School of the Arts at the University of Connecticut.  He received his Masters of Music from the New England Conservatory and has completed his doctoral vocal studies at the University of Connecticut.

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Timothy Michling

Lecturer, Applied Oboe

Timothy Michling is the principal oboist of the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra. An avid performer, Michling frequently appears with numerous other groups throughout Michigan and the surrounding region, including the Flint Symphony Orchestra, Toledo Symphony Orchestra, Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra, and the Michigan Philharmonic. Tim is also an accomplished woodwind specialist, and was a member of the pit orchestra during the North American Tour of Meredith Wilson's "The Music Man" in 2003-2004, playing oboe, English horn, flute, piccolo, clarinet, and bassoon. In addition to his work with students at the University of Michigan-Flint, Tim provides instruction as a member of the music faculty at Oakland University.   Tim earned both his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he studied with Nancy-Ambrose King. In addition, he studied with Allan Vogel at the prestigious Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles, where he earned his Artist Diploma. Tim also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

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810-762-3377
Email:
fepitts@umflint.edu
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Frank Pitts

Lecturer, Keyboard

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810-762-3377
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pricejef@umflint.edu
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Jeffrey Price

Lecturer, Applied Saxophone

Jeffery Price is a collaborative performer and educator, recently performing new music at the Windsor Canadian Music Festival.  He performs regularly with the UM-Flint Faculty Jazz Ensemble as well as with faculty chamber groups at the Flint School for Performing Arts.  Price is an active clinician in the Genesee area and is a candidate to present at the 2014 North American Saxophone Alliance national convention.

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810-762-3377
Email:
prouty@umflint.edu
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Pat Prouty

Lecturer, Applied String Bass, University Orchestra Conductor, Jazz

Patrick Prouty is currently composing a piece for the UM-Flint University Orchestra in honor of Emeritus Professor Walker E. Fesmire’s generous establishment of The Chieko Fesmire String Instrument Scholarship.  Music from Prouty’s CD, The Charmed Life, was recently featured in AMC’s television show, Breaking Bad.  His fourth CD, New American Daydream, earned the Detroit Music Award for Best Jazz Recording of 2012.

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810-762-3377
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jaschu@umflint.edu
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James Schuster

Lecturer, Applied Horn

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810-762-3377
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dksteen@umflint.edu
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Daniel Steenson

Staff Accompanist

Daniel Steenson joined the Department of Music at University of Michigan - Flint in the fall of 2016 as staff accompanist for the University Chorale, Chamber Singers and Opera Workshop.  Prior to this appointment, Dan served as accompanist for the Yale Opera Studio, Eastman Opera Theatre, Bob Jones University Opera and the Georgia State University Singers.  He also spent many summers as a staff accompanist at Interlochen Arts Camp where he played for choir, operetta and student soloists.

Dan holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the Eastman School of Music (1997) where he studied with Dr. Jean Barr.  At Eastman, Dan was a Named Award Scholar and received the Barr Award and the Excellence in Accompanying Award.  He also holds a Master of Music degree from Yale School of Music (1991) and a Bachelor of Music degree from Bob Jones University (1989), both in piano performance.  Dan has performed at the Yale Club of New York City, New Music New Haven, and throughout Italy and Spain as pianist and harpsichordist for the Atlanta Boy Choir under the direction of Fletcher Wolfe.

 

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810-762-3377
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Dan Tolly

Lecturer, African-American Music

Daniel D. Tolly is a music educator whose passion and unique approach to teaching have been recognized with several awards, among them the American Historical Association’s Beveridge Family Teaching Prize, for excellence and innovation in K­12 history teaching, the University of Michigan University Musical Society’s Teacher of the Year, and earlier in his career, the National Association of Jazz Educators’ Director of the Year Award at the Wichita Jazz Festival. Recently, Dan was involved as master teacher with the National Endowment for the Humanities funded Banner Moments Teacher Institute. His education includes undergraduate studies at Eastern Michigan University and graduate studies at the University of North Texas and the University of Michigan.

Phone:
810-762-3377
Email:
jnwright@umflint.edu
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Joseph Wright

Lecturer, Applied Clarinet, Jazz

Joseph Wright is active as a performer and educator.  He has appeared extensively over the years with artists such as Natalie Cole, Peter Duchin, Bob Hope, Robert Klein, Andy Narell, Martha Reeves, The Four Tops, The Temptations, as well as The Glenn Miller and Nelson Riddle Orchestras. He also performs regularly with the UM-Flint Faculty Jazz Ensemble. Wright has appeared many times at the Detroit Jazz Festival, including performances with both local and nationally known jazz artists.

Phone:
810-762-3377
Email:
myancho@umflint.edu
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Mari Yancho

Lecturer, Guitar

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810-762-3377
Email:
dzimmerm@umflint.edu
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Dean Zimmerman

Lecturer, Applied Bassoon

Staff

Phone:
810-762-3037
Email:
chaney@umflint.edu
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Carol Chaney

Media Technology Consultant

Education: M.F.A. - New Media, University of Michigan

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810-762-3377
Email:
kleonard@umflint.edu
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Karri Spoelstra

Administrative Assistant

Department of Music  

303 East Kearsley St.

Flint, Mi  48502

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