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Music Faculty

Our faculty is comprised of globally-renowned musicians who have lived the discipline and now come together here to create an intellectual energy unmatched at any other school. Our professors, some of the most-cited and renowned experts in their fields, foster success in each individual student by creating and exchanging knowledge, focused on personal attention to the student, the instrument, and the talent present at each lesson

Robert Allison, Visiting Associate Professor

Music

Robert Allison hails from Memphis, Tennessee, and is Associate Professor of Trumpet and Jazz Studies at Southern Illinois University. He has also taught at Millikin University and the Latvian National Conservatory in Riga, Latvia.

Besides fulfilling his teaching duties, Dr. Allison is active as a recitalist and clinician, and in addition to the New Arts Jazztet, also performs regularly with the SIUC Faculty Brass Trio and the Brass Ensemble of Illinois.



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Robert Allison

Office: OBF 216
Phone: 618-453-5807
Email: rallison@siu.edu

Michael Barta, Professor

Music

Education

  • 1965-1969: Béla Bartók Music Conservatory, Budapest, Hungary
  • 1969-1975: Franz Liszt Academy (University), Budapest, Hungary, Degree with Highest Honors as an Artist/Teacher
  • 1975: post-graduate study with Arthur Grumiaux, Belgium


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Michael Barta

Office: OBF 216
Phone: 618-453-5805
Email: barta@siu.edu

Joseph Bauer, Assistant Lecturer

Music

Joe Bauer is an orchestral bassist and soloist who has played in orchestras and given performances across the country. As a Fellow in the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Joe played in Music Hall under many of the world's top conductors working today, and worked throughout the city designing community engagement programs in schools, hospitals, and prisons, among other places.Joe completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music studying under Albert Laszlo and completed his Masters at Florida State University working with George Speed.As a soloist and chamber musician Joe has presented many world premiere pieces, written and produced his own multi-media chamber performances, and regularly holds solo recitals.



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Joseph Bauer Office: Altgeld 212
Email: joseph.bauer@siu.edu

Edward Benyas, Professor

Music

Edward Benyas is Professor of Oboe and Conducting at SIU Carbondale, Music Director of the Southern Illinois Symphony, the New Chicago Chamber Orchestra—with which he made his European conducting debut—and founder and Artistic Director of the Southern Illinois Music Festival, which presents three-dozen concerts annually each June.

Mr. Benyas previously served as Music Director of the Skokie Valley Symphony, the North Shore Chamber Orchestra, Symphony Fantastique! and the Southern Illinois Youth Orchestra. He appeared on national television leading a chorus and orchestra comprised of musicians from throughout Illinois during funeral services for Senator Paul Simon.



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Edward Benyas Office: Altgeld 114-D
Phone: 312-560-2094
Email: benyas@siu.edu

Philip Brown, Professor Emeritus

Music

Composer, jazz artist, and music educator, Philip Brown, is Professor Emeritus of Double Bass and Jazz Studies at Southern Illinois University.

His performance career has included occasional dates with first-line jazz artists, as well as full-time seasons with professional symphony orchestras. Based in southern Illinois, Brown is the bassist with the New Arts Jazztet (NAJ), and continues to be active as a free-lance musician. His writing efforts have produced nearly 50 original tunes for the NAJ, and he has released four recordings as leader featuring many of those compositions. In 2003, the Illinois Arts Council honored Brown for his work and commitment within the arts with an Artist Fellowship Award in music composition.



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Philip Brown Office: Algeld 210
Phone: 618-453-5812
Email: phibrown@siu.edu

George Brozak, Associate Professor of Practice

Director of Athletic Bands, Assistant Director of Bands

George Brozak begins his fifth year as Director of Athletic Bands in the School of Music at Southern Illinois University. A native of Ohio, Brozak received his Bachelor of Music in Music Education and Master of Music in Music Education Degrees from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio and an Ed.D. in Music Education from the University of Illinois.

Most recently, he served as Director of Athletic Bands and Associate Director of Bands at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina. Prior to his tenure at SIU, Brozak served as Visiting Assistant Director of Bands at Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, Tennessee and Lecturer in Music Education and Assistant Conductor for the renowned University of Illinois Bands, where he assisted both the Marching Illini and conducted Concert Band IIB.



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George Brozak Office: Altgeld 118B
Phone: 618-453-2776
Email: gbrozak@siu.edu

Christopher Butler, Associate Professor of Practice, Percussion, Assistant Director

Music

Dr. Christopher Butler is a percussion educator, artist, conductor, author, and composer with experience in all facets of percussion. He is currently an Associate Professor of Practice and Director of Percussion Activities at Southern Illinois University (Carbondale, Illinois).

Dr. Butler teaches all percussion courses including applied lessons and percussion ensemble, as well as several important courses in music technology. In 2020, he received the SIU College of Liberal Arts Teaching Innovation Award that included grant funding to develop new courses for music video production and live streaming.



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Christopher Butler Office: Altgeld 011
Phone: 618-536-8742
Email: cbutler@siu.edu

Jessica Butler, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Associate Professor of Practice, Trombone and Low Brass

Music

Dr. Jessica Butler is currently an Associate Professor of Practice at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She serves as the Undergraduate Program Coordinator and the Brass Area Coordinator in addition to teaching applied lessons in trombone, euphonium, and tuba and courses in music history.

Dr. Butler has performed and presented her research at the International Trombone Festival, the International Women’s Brass Conference and the Midwest Trombone Euphonium Conference. She has had the honor of routinely performing with the Southeast Trombone Symposium’s Professors Choir as well as the esteemed Kramer Trombone Choir. Dr. Butler serves on the International Trombone Association as the Online Video Coordinator.



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Jessica Butler Office: Altgeld 202
Email: j.butler@siu.com

Rossana Cauti, Lecturer

Music

Italian-Brazilian violist Rossana Cauti enjoys a musical career that spans through Europe, Latin America, United States. A versatile musician, she is an active soloist and chamber musician, a dedicated teacher, and a frequent orchestral performer. Dr. Cauti is the Assistant Principal Viola of the Pensacola Symphony and Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestras and the Executive and Artistic Director of the International Chamber Music Festival “Suoni d’Abruzzo” (Italy).



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Rossana Cauti Office: Altgeld Hall, Room 210
Email: rossana.cauti@siu.edu

William Cernota, Assistant Lecturer

Music

William Cernota, violoncello, has been a member of the Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra since 1982. Since 1994 he has been a member and Chair of the Lyric Opera Orchestra Members Committee. From 1982 to 1996 he was a substitute cellist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. While a student of Chicago Symphony Principal Cellist Frank Miller, he was Principal Cellist of the Chicago Civic Orchestra where he performed as soloist in Richard Strauss’s Don Quixote and Ernest Bloch’s Schelomo. He has also been Principal Cellist of the Chicago Chamber Orchestra, Concertante di Chicago, Chicago Opera Theater, Peninsula Music Festival, and is currently Principal Cellist of the Southern Illinois Music Festival.



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Susan Davenport, Director of Choral Activities, Professor

Music

Susan Davenport is Director of Choral Activities and Professor of Music at Southern Illinois University. While at SIU, she has also held positions as Assistant Director of the School of Music and Associate Dean for Students and Curricular Affairs in the College of Liberal Arts.

Currently, Dr. Davenport conducts the Concert Choir and Choral Union, teaches graduate and undergraduate conducting, choral literature and methods, and administers the choral program.



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Susan Davenport Office: Altgeld 108
Phone: 618-453-5800
Email: sgds@siu.edu

David Dillard, Director of Graduate Studies, Voice Area Coordinator, Associate Professor in Voice

Music, Musical Theater

Baritone David Dillard enjoys a career that encompasses both teaching and performing. Now in his twelfth year at Southern Illinois University, Dr. Dillard teaches applied voice, lyric diction, opera history, and voice pedagogy. Professionally, he appears most summers at Union Avenue Opera and the Southern Illinois Music Festival.

His eclectic operatic repertoire includes both comprimario and leading roles such as Dr. Malatesta in Don Pasquale, Escamillo in Carmen, the Police Sergeant in Pirates of Penzance, Polyphemus in Acis and Galatea, Owen Hart in Dead Man Walking, and Gunther in Götterdämmerung just to name a few. He has also performed with Florida Grand Opera, DiCapo Opera Theater, Austin Lyric Opera, Tanglewood Music Festival, and Lake George Opera.



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David Dillard Office: OBF 111
Phone: 618-453-5823
Email: ddillard@siu.edu

Maria Johnson, Associate Professor

Music

Maria Johnson is Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology in the School of Music at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale where she regularly teaches two CORE Curriculum courses-- Music 203 - Diversity & Popular Music in American Culture and Music 303I - Women, Blues & Literature, offers topics courses in Ethnomusicology-- Women in Music and Music and Social Change, and supervises graduate and undergraduate independent studies in ethnomusicology.



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Maria Johnson Office: OBF 215
Phone: 618-453-2073
Email: mariavj@siu.edu

Yuko Kato, Associate Professor, Keyboard Area Coordinator

Music

Yuko Kato has performed as a soloist and collaborative musician in the United States and internationally.

She has performed recitals at The Banff Centre in Canada, at Musiksalon Erfurt in Austria, and in various music festivals, including the Friday Recital Series at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, the New Sound Festival at SUNY Fredonia, the St. Paul Concert Series in Cincinnati, the New Music Circle in St. Louis, the Gesher Music Festival in St. Louis, the Austin Chamber Music Center Festival in Texas, the Cedarhurst Chamber Music Series at Cedarhurst Center for the Arts in Illinois, and the Outside the Box Festival at Southern Illinois University. The winner of the Artists International Competition in New York, Dr. Kato gave her New York solo debut at Carnegie Hall in 2004. The New York Concert Review described her playing as, “Powerful and the technical skill impressive…One could fully enjoy the richness of the performer’s imagination."



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Yuko Kato Office: Altgeld 206
Email: yukokato@siu.edu

Richard Kelley, Interim Director, School of Music; Associate Professor, Saxophone

Music

Richard Kelley has been Associate Professor of Saxophone and Director of Jazz Studies at Southern Illinois University Carbondale since 2008, performing numerous engagements across the United States, Mexico, Canada, much of Europe and several Caribbean countries. Active in all genres that welcome the saxophone, he has been featured as concerto soloist with several orchestras and bands, served as guest soloist with numerous jazz ensembles, and is often called upon to perform with touring groups throughout the United States.



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Richard Kelley Office: Altgeld 022
Phone: 618-536-8742
Email:
kelley2@siu.edu

Edwin Lacy, Associate Professor of Practice

Music

Edwin Lacy, Assistant Professor of Practice in Bassoon and Woodwinds at SIU-C, retired from full-time teaching in 2008 after a career of 48 years, including 41 at the University of Evansville, and continues as UE’s Adjunct Professor of Bassoon and Saxophone.

He held the position of Eades Distinguished Professor of Music, and served as Chairman of the UE Department of Music on three occasions for a total of seven and one-half years. A native of Hopkinsville, KY, he holds the Bachelor of Music Education degree from Murray State University and the Master of Music in Bassoon and Doctor of Music in Woodwinds from Indiana University.



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Edwin Lacy Office: Altgeld Hall, Room 103
Email: edwin.lacy@siu.edu

Isaac Lausell, Associate Professor, Director of Jazz Studies

Music

Since 2012, Dr. Lausell has led the guitar program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale School of Music. At SIU, Lausell teaches courses in classical and jazz guitar, jazz ensembles, oversees the guitar area, performs and composes music for the jazz ensemble in residence the New Arts Jazztet.

As a recording artist and clinician Dr. Lausell is active teaching and performing across the U.S., Latin America and Europe. He is the founder of the SIU International Guitar Festival and teaches every summer at Festival Suoni D’Abruzzo, in the Abruzzo region of Italy.

As a writer Dr. Lausell has developed methods for jazz improvisation and for classical guitar technique. His approach combines lute, classical and electric guitar technique along with modal, tonal and post tonal music theory models. His writings integrate various academic disciplines such as ethnomusicology, history, physical training and visual arts.



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Isaac Lausell Office: OBF 211
Email: isaac.lausell@siu.edu

Junghwa Lee, Professor

Music

Pianist Junghwa Lee, a native of Korea, performs actively in solo recitals, chamber concerts and lecture recitals, and has frequently appeared in concerto performances as a soloist.

Lee has presented solo performances in 16 countries - Korea, Holland, France, Hungary, Romania, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Chile, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, China, the United Kingdom and the United States.



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Junghwa Lee Office: Altgeld 216
Phone: 618-453-5816
Email: jlee@siu.edu

Eric Mandat, Professor, Distinguished Scholar

Music

Clarinetist and composer Eric Mandat is internationally recognized for his groundbreaking contributions to contemporary clarinet music.

The Chicago Reader states, "Mandat is exploring new worlds...with a unique combination of virtuosity and a creative use of multiphonics...he uses them to create highly personal and expressive compositions that...are loaded with musical meaning." The Village Voice notes the "suave physicality" of his presence as a performer, and finds his style to be "riveting.”



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Eric Mandat Office: Altgeld 214
Phone: 618-453-5828
Email: emandat@siu.edu

Christopher Morehouse, Director of Bands, Professor

Music

Christopher Morehouse is Director of Bands and Professor of Music at Southern Illinois University, where he serves as conductor of the SIU Wind Ensemble, teaches undergraduate and graduate conducting, wind literature, and instrumental methods, and administers the entire SIU Bands program.

He made his Carnegie Hall debut with the SIU Wind Ensemble at the New York Band and Orchestra Festival in March 2008 and toured the People's Republic of China with the SIU Wind Ensemble and Concert Choir in May 2009. In spring 2011, the SIU Wind Ensemble hosted percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie for a four-day residency, culminating in a concert of Sean Beeson's Prometheus Rapture: Seven Legends for Snare Drum (world premiere wind version) and Joseph Schwantner's Percussion Concerto, and gave a concert, with the SIU Concert Choir, at Orchestra Hall in Chicago, home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.



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Christopher Morehouse Office: Altgeld 118
Phone: 618-453-5041 (Office)
Alt. Phone: 618-453-2776 (SIU Bands/Orchestra Office)
Email: cmoreh@siu.edu

Jennifer Presar, Associate Lecturer

Music

A West Virginia native, Jennifer Presar currently is the Assistant Director and Instructor of Horn and Music Theory at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She holds degrees in Music Theory and Composition and Horn performance from University of Illinois and West Virginia University, respectively.



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Jennifer Presar Office: OBF 106
Email: 
jpresar@siu.edu

James Reifinger, Music Education Coordinator, Associate Professor

Music

James L Reifinger, Jr. is Music Education Coordinator and an Assistant Professor at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses music education.

Dr. Reifinger also serves as the faculty advisor for National Association for Music Education Collegiate Chapter and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He earned a Doctorate in Music Education at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, a Master of Special Education at Lehigh University, and a Master and Bachelor of Music at Mansfield University of Pennsylvania.



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James Reifinger Office: Altgeld 302
Phone: 618-453-2843
Email: reifinger@siu.edu

Christopher Walczak, Associate Professor

Music

Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and provoked by a family of passionate and latitudinous overachievers, creating music has been a part of everyday life for Christopher Walczak from kindergarten afternoons until the present.

Many years and three degrees later, Christopher finds himself reconciling the kaleidoscopic array of sound and thought absorbed along the way. His repertoire includes works for solo instruments, chamber ensembles of various sizes, full symphony as well as chamber orchestra, music for computer, and interactive electro-acoustic music.



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Christopher Walczak Office: Altgeld 022

Douglas Worthen, Associate Professor

Music

In 2018, Douglas Worthen was given a sabbatical leave to study how musicians signal and communicate to both each other and the audience through physical gesture.

In addition, his study focused on German sources of early nineteenth century performance practice and repertoire. As of November, 2018, his online research papers and Youtube videos have been downloaded over twenty thousand times. He has become a regular member of the Kingsbury Baroque Ensemble in St. Louis, and performs with the Altgeld Chamber Players at SIU. He now conducts the Southern Illinois Senior and Junior Flute Choirs.



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Douglas Worthen Office: Altgeld 218
Phone: 618-453-5832
Email: worthen@siu.edu