Adjunct Faculty

Following is a complete listing of the members of the adjunct faculty of the Department of Music. Selected because of their expertise in the various instruments and other teaching areas, adjunct faculty are crucial to the success of the Department of Music. Following each faculty member's name are the individual's primary responsibility within the department.

William Ambert

Voice


William Ambert, tenor, is a native of Hubbard, Ohio and comes to us with a list of credits from NYC as well as many local appearances. While living in New York Mr. Ambert performed regularly with the Choir of St. Ignatius of Antioch, on the upper west side.  He performed mostly early church music including Gregorian Chant, and early Renaissance masses and motets, both as a tenor and counter-tenor.  He was also a regular performer with the Canterbury Choral Society, under the direction of Charles Dodsley Walker, the founder of the Berkshire Choral Institute.  Mr. Ambert also appeared as a regular with the Pro-Arte Chamber Singers in Stamford, Connecticut, performing major choral repertoire spanning from the Renaissance to the premiering of works by new composers.  William has recently been a featured soloist with the New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra at Christchurch Episcopal Church in New Brunswick, New Jersey, where he performed  Cantata, BWV 61, Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, by J.S. Bach, and Handel’s Messiah. In addition to performing, Mr. Ambert maintained an after-school voice program at the Anglo-American International School on the upper west side.  He also worked for Carl Fischer Music Publishers on the lower east side. Bill currently studies voice in NYC with former Metropolitan Opera singer, Atarah Hazzan. 

Locally, Mr. Ambert has been a featured soloist with many orchestras, choruses, churches, synagogues and colleges in both Ohio and Pennsylvania. Orchestral appearances include the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra and Chorus under the direction of David Effron and John Simsic, the Ashtabula and Greenville Symphonies under the direction of Michael Gelfand, the Warren Philharmonic Orchestra, under the direction of Susan Davenny Wyner, the Youngstown Symphony Youth Orchestra, Warren Packard Band, and Younstown State University Wind Ensemble, all under the direction of Dr. Stephen Gage.  Mr. Ambert has also appeared with the Dana Chamber Orchestra and Chorale under the direction of Dr. Hae-Jong Lee.  Bill has worked with Bach experts Walter Mayhall and Marcellene Hawk, performing many of the Bach cantatas with the Orchestra of the Academy on the Oval at the First Unitarian Church of Shaker Heights, Cleveland, while also serving as tenor soloist there.  Also in Cleveland, Bill served as the tenor soloist at Temple Emanu El in University Heights.  He held a similar position at Temple Israel in Canton, Ohio.  Currently Bill serves Congregation Rodef Sholom in Youngstown, Ohio as the soloist for Shabbat, High Holy Day, and special services, as well as Bar and Bat Mitzvahs.  Mr. Ambert’s church affiliations include:  Boardman United Methodist Church, serving as Director of Music, St. Columba Cathedral, serving as Cantor, where he has been seen on CTNY Television for numerous diocesan broadcasts.  Both churches are in Youngstown.  He has held similar positions at St. Jude Roman Catholic Church in Columbiana, Ohio, First Presbyterian Church in downtown Youngstown and Grace Lutheran Church in Hubbard, Ohio. 

Mr. Ambert is a graduate of Youngstown State University’s Dana School of Music in the areas of Music and Theatre and while in college performed extensively with the Dana Chorale and Madrigal Singers, and the school’s Opera and Theatre programs.   He has made two concert tours of Europe.  He is currently an instructor of voice in the music department at Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania, and has musical directed several productions for the theatre department.  He has appeared on stage with Opera Westminster and has been a featured soloist with the wind ensemble and orchestra.  William has also completed several hours of training at St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota in the study of Liturgical Music, Chant, Hymnody, Choral Literature, Psalms and Church Worship.

Mr. Ambert maintains an active membership in the Tri-State Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. (NATS)  His students have won many first place awards at their annual auditions.  He has also served as chapter vice president.  Theatrically, Mr. Ambert has performed major roles in numerous operas and musicals such as:  The Merry Widow, Der Zigeunerbaron, La Boheme, Il Trovatore, Faust, The Pearlfishers, Amahl and the Night Visitors, Guys and Dolls, Three Penny Opera, and Carousel.  He has also staged, musical directed, or vocal coached such shows as:  The Pajama Game, Fiddler on the Roof, Godspell, Annie, High Spirits, Once Upon a Mattress, A Little Night Music, She Loves Me, The Pirates of Penzance, Barnum, Into the Woods, Damn Yankees, Carousel, Phantom of the Opera, and Sweeney Todd.

Bill maintains his own private voice studio in Boardman, Ohio,  and enjoys very much working with young people’s voices.  “It’s wonderful to watch young people grow and mature into fine young performers.”  In his spare time he enjoys traveling, seeing opera, and theater, cooking, and spending time with his family and cat, Lydia.

Mr. Ambert joined the Westminster faculty in the Fall of 2004.

Teaches: Studio Voice
Campus Address: Department of Music
Office: Office 8, Patterson Hall
Phone: (724) 946-6370
Fax:
(724) 946-6270
Emailambertwi@westminster.edu

Academic Background:
BM, The Dana School of Music at Youngstown State University

Mark Antonich

Guitar


Mr. Antonich joined the Westminster faculty in the Fall of 1996.

Teaches: Applied Guitar and Bass Guitar, Improvisation, Faculty Jazz Ensemble
Campus Address: Department of Music
Office: Office 10, Patterson Hall
Phone: (724) 946-6376
Fax: (724) 946-6270
Email:  antonime@westminster.edu

Academic Background:
BA, University of Pittsburgh
MM, Duquesne University

Robert Antonucci

Tuba


Robert Antonucci has been the instructor of tuba/euphonium at Westminster College since 1998.  In addition to his teaching responsibilities at Westminster, Mr. Antonucci performs in the faculty brass quintet.  He has served as a guest conductor of the symphonic band, and he performed the Vaughn-Williams Tuba Concerto with the wind ensemble. 

Mr. Antonucci received a Bachelor of Music degree, summa cum laude, from Youngstown State University in 1995.  At Y.S.U., he studied tuba with Professor John Turk.  He received a Master of Music degree (music education) from Y.S.U. in 2003.

Mr. Antonucci is completing his eighteenth year of teaching in the Lowellville Local School District (Lowellville, OH).  At Lowellville, Mr. Antonucci’s teaching responsibilities include band (grades 5-12), high school choir, and music theory.  He also directs the jazz ensemble and pep band.  Under Mr. Antonucci’s direction, the Lowellville High School Concert Band consistently recieves superior and excellent ratings at district and state adjudicated events.

Mr. Antonucci is a member of the W.D. Packard Concert Band and the Youngstown Fine Arts Brass Quintet.  He also is the conductor of the Lowellville Mt. Carmel Band.  Mr. Antonucci is an active member of the Ohio Music Education Association (O.M.E.A.), and he is currently completing his second term as secretary/treasurer of O.M.E.A. District V.  Mr. Antonucci is an active adjudicator, guest conductor, and clinician in Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Mr. Antonucci joined the Westminster faculty in the Fall of 1996.

Teaches:  Applied Tuba
Campus Address: Department of Music
Office: Office 6, Patterson Hall
Phone: (724) 946-6044
Fax: (724) 946-6270
Email:  antonurj@westminster.edu

Academic Background:
BME, The Dana School of Music of Youngstown State University
MM, The Dana School of Music of Youngstown State University

Jeffrey Bremer

Bass


Mr. Bremer joined the Westminster faculty in the Fall of 1997.

Teaches:  Applied Double Bass, Applied Electric Bass, Faculty Jazz Ensemble
Improvization, Assists with Jazz Ensemble, Studio Bass, Faculty Jazz Quintet
Campus Address: Department of Music
Office: Office 10, Patterson Hall
Phone: (724) 946-6391
Fax: (724) 946-6270
Email:  bremerjw@westminster.edu

Academic Background:
BM, Dana School of Music of Youngstown State University
MM, The Dana School of Music of Youngstown State University

Anne Bruening

Handbells


Mrs. Breuning joined the Westminster faculty in the Fall of 1995.

Teaches:  Handbell Choir
Campus Address: Department of Music
Office: Off campus
Phone: (724) 946-6391 or (724) 946-3300
Fax: (724) 946-6270
Email:  brueniap@westminster.edu

Academic Background:
BME, Westminster College

Donald W. Byo

Bassoon


Mr. Byo has a very eclectic background.  He holds degrees from Youngstown State and Kent State Universities and has done considerable professional study in New York with William Polisi. Performances have included Youngstown Symphony, the Warren Philharmonic, various solo work and chamber ensembles.  He spent 19 years in summer stock Broadway musical performances as a woodwind doubler. He served for many years as director of the Dana School of Music at YSU and is currently the conductor of the W.D. Packard Concert Band which does 16 concerts per year.  He joined the Westminster College faculty as Professor of Bassoon in 2007.

Mr. Byo joined the Westminster faculty in the Fall of 2006.

Teaches:  Applied Bassoon, Faculty Woodwind Quintet
Campus Address: Department of Music
Office:  Studio 4, Patterson Hall
Phone: (724) 946-6391 or (724) 946-3300
Fax: (724) 946-6270
Email:  byodw@westminster.edu

 

Gordon Cleal

Instrument Repair


Mr. Cleal joined the Westminster faculty in the Fall of 2014.

Teaches:  Instrument Repair
Campus Address: Department of Music
Office: Mezzanine, Patterson Hall
Phone: (724) 946-7270
Fax: (724) 946-6270

Daniel Heasley

Clarinet


Dan Heasley, a 1986 graduate of Oil City High School, earned a bachelor of music degree from Youngstown State University on Clarinet and Saxophone in 1991.  Upon graduation he worked as a sideman and later band master in the show bands backing the shipboard shows for Princess Cruises until 1998 when he located to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Between 2000-2003 he toured the United States as a woodwind doubler in the pit orchestras of the National Broadway Tours of “Sunset Boulevard,” starring Petula Clark, and Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.” He has played in the orchestras of Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis, Frankie Valli and Barry Manilow among others. 

Dan is currently instructor of clarinet at Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA where he is also a member of the faculty woodwind quintet.  He is a member of both the Pittsburgh and Cleveland local musician unions, freelancing as a sideman with several different bands, Broadway shows and tours, and one night engagements.  Some recent Broadway show credits include “Spamalot” and “Wicked.” Dan lives in Harmony, PA with his wife Siri, son George, and daughter Ella. 

Mr. Heasley joined the Westminster faculty in the Fall of 2011.

Teaches:  Applied Clarinet, Faculty Woodwind Quintet
Campus Address: Department of Music
Office:  Studio 5, Patterson Hall
Phone: (724) 946-6364
Fax: (724) 946-6270

Academic Background:
BM, Dana School of Music of Youngstown State University

James Flowers

Saxophone


James Flowers is adjunct professor of saxophone at Westminster College and attends the Eastman School of Music in pursuit of a Doctorate of Musical Arts in saxophone performance and literature. James has won first prize at The Music Teacher's National Association Chamber Music Competition, The Coleman National Chamber Music Competition, and was a finalist at the 2004 North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) National Conference Solo Competition.  

Mr. Flowers has presented various programs at the North American Saxophone Alliance national and regional conferences, the World Saxophone Congress, the Navy Band Saxophone Symposium, the Heidelberg New Music Festival, and the International Villa-Lobos Festival.  He has toured with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and performed with The Cleveland Duo, Wayne Newton, Marie Osmond, Bobby Vinton, Ben Vereen, Mary Wilson from the Supremes, Martha and the Vandellas, The Fifth Dimension, Al Martino, Deana Martin, Cleveland Fats, The Carmen Mico Orchestra, State Street Jazz, and the jazz trio Stretch.  In an effort to promote new works for the saxophone, he commissioned music written by Braxton Blake, Matthew Brazofsky, Patrick Burke, Jason Howard, and Daniel Perttu.

Mr. Flowers joined the Westminster faculty in the Fall of 2005.

Teaches:  Applied Saxophone, Improvisation
Campus Address: Department of Music
Office:  Studio 10, Patterson Hall
Phone: (724) 946-6374
Fax: (724) 946-6270
Email:  flowerja@westminster.edu

Academic Background:
BME, The Dana School of Music of Youngstown State University
MM, Bowling Green State University

P.J. Gatch

Percussion


Perry Jonathan Gatch III earned his Bachelors of Music Education and Masters of Music Performance from Duquesne University.

P.J. has been freelancing in the Pittsburgh area since 1990 and has built one of the largest percussion studios in the region.  He sees over 60 students a week.  Every year several of P.J.’s students go on to study music at some of the countries finest music schools.  He also keeps a very busy recording and playing schedule throughout the year.

Some ensembles include, The Bach Choir of Pittsburgh, The Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, The Pittsburgh Musical Theater, The Pittsburgh Public Theater, the Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Ballet Orchestra, the Westminster Faculty Jazz Quartet, the River City Brass Band and many cabaret theater engagements.   

He is on the adjunct music education faculty at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA and at Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA.  PJ has presented numerous clinics and master-classes through out the United States. 

P.J. is currently working on a comprehensive percussion curriculum text to be used for music education and music therapy majors in college.  It also will serve general music teachers, band or orchestra directors from the elementary through college levels.

P.J. is a founding member of the Tempus Fugit Percussion Ensemble.  Tempus Fugit has released two CD’s the self-titled, Tempus Fugit Percussion Ensemble and Push Button Turn Crank. They have played and offered clinics extensively throughout the United States, Europe and Russia and have appeared at three Percussive Arts Society International Conventions playing showcase concerts as well as numerous MENC and PMEA convention appearances.  Tempus Fugit has collaborated with the finest names in percussion, Stanley Leonard, Steve Houghton, Michael Burritt and Leigh H. Stevens, to name a few.

Mr. Gatch joined the Westminster faculty in the Fall of 2002.

Teaches:  Applied Percussion, Conducting, Percussion Ensemble, Faculty Jazz Ensemble
Campus Address: Department of Music
Office:  Studio 51A, Patterson Hall
Phone: (724) 946-6266
Fax: (724) 946-6270
Email:  gatchpj@westminster.edu

Academic Background:
BM, Duquesne University
MM, Duquesne University

Edgar Groves


Edgar Groves is an adjunct lecturer at Westminster College teaching secondary music methods, intro to ethnomusicology and assisting in supervising student teachers.   He is the music director, conductor of the Shenango Valley Chorale a community chorus.

His education includes a B.S in Music Education from Indiana University of PA, and a M.S.  and Secondary Principal’s Certificate from Westminster College, and has studied choral conducting at Hart College of Music with Gerald Mack, voice with Dr Patricia Connor of Clarion University of PA and percussion with William Schniederman of the Pittsburgh Symphony.

Mr. Groves retired from public school teaching in the Hermitage School District in 1993 with 36 years of experience and has been a visiting instructor at the following institutions:  Edinboro University of PA, Youngstown State University, Grove City College and Penn State University, Shenango.  He has served as guest conductor at choral festivals in Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, Vermont, Virginia and Colorado as well as been a guest lecturer at numerous clinics.

He has been named to several Who ’s Who, was honored by the house and senate of Pennsylvania for service to education, was a finalist for the Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year and was named in the initial class to the Pennsylvania Music Educators Hall of Fame in 2009.

Mr. Groves re-joined the Westminster Faculty in 2006

Teaches:  Choral Methods, Music Education, Ethnomusicology
Campus Address: Department of Music
Office:  Studio 6, Patterson Hall
Phone: (724) 946-6375
Fax: (724) 946-6270
Email:  groveses@westminster.edu

Caryl Jody Guinn

Harp


Teaches:  Applied Harp
Campus Address: Department of Music
Office:  Studio 18, Patterson Hall
Phone: (724) 946-7270
Fax: (724) 946-6270
Email:  guinnca@westminster.edu

Heather Johnson

Horn


Heather Johnson was accepted into The Curtis Institute of Music at age 17, and received her bachelors degree in Horn Performance from Curtis in 1992.  She also holds a masters in Horn Performance from SUNY Stony Brook (2013) and a masters in Conducting from YSU Dana School of Music (expected 12/2014).

While at Curtis, she studied horn with Myron Bloom (former principal horn, Cleveland Orchestra), and the late Mason Jones (former principal horn, Philadelphia Orchestra).  With The Curtis Orchestra she played in Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, the Kennedy Center, and Philadelphia’s Academy Hall.  She has worked with several major conductors including Charles Dutoit, Yuri Temirkanov, David Zinman, Otto-Werner Mueller, William Smith, Riccardo Muti, Andre Raphel, Leonard Slatkin, Kurt Masur, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Frederick Fennell, Henry Charles Smith, Lukas Foss, Alan Gilbert, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Michael Tilson Thomas and Wolfgang Sawallisch.  Summer sessions were spent with The Curtis Symphony Orchestra at the Evian Music Festival in France conducted by Mstislav Rostropovich.

Heather Johnson’s other teachers and coaches include Froydis Ree Wekre, Gene Standley, Glenn Dodson, David Wick, William Purvis, Janine Gaboury, Dennis Abelson, Dr. Fred Ehnes, Dr. Stacie Mickens, Dr. Eldon Matlick, Donald Montanaro, Richard Woodhams, William VerMeulen, Randall Faust, Douglas Campbell, David Hoyt, Guy Carmichael, Dr. Marvin Howe, Bob Marsh, Martin Webster, Dr. Steven Gage, and William Slocum.

Ms. Johnson has attended several other music festivals, including Tanglewood, Interlochen, Eastern Music Festival, Ashlawn-Highland Opera Festival, Domaine Forget, and Banff.  Her past ensemble experiences include the Philadelphia Ballet (PA), Columbus Symphony (OH), Charleston Symphony (SC), Jupiter Symphony (NY), Traverse Symphony (MI),  Syracuse Symphony (NY), and the Rodney Mack Philadelphia Big Brass (PA).  Her local experiences include the Cleveland Pops Orchestra (OH), Youngstown Symphony (OH), Wheeling Symphony (WV), Academy Chamber Orchestra (PA), Erie Philharmonic (PA), Pennsylvania Chamber Orchestra (PA), and Pittsburgh Ballet (PA). 

Ms. Johnson has a solid pedagogical foundation and a comprehensive musical background, as well as a strong interest in a holistic approach to teaching.  She excels in “turning around” students with embouchure problems and challenges with sound production.  Time management, goal setting, and life skills are addressed when applicable.  Her students are praised for their musicality, advanced technique, and mature presence.  Her HS students are regularly ranked in the top 10 positions in PMEA ensembles and have been accepted to music conservatories and colleges on scholarship.

Heather Johnson maintains a private studio, freelances, and performs recitals.  She lives in Slippery Rock with her husband, Mike Magee, a Juilliard-trained doublebassist and luthier. 

Teaches:  Applied Horn, Faculty Woodwind Quintet, Faculty Brass Quintet
Campus Address: Department of Music
Office:  Studio 18, Patterson Hall
Phone: (724) 946-7270
Fax: (724) 946-6270
Email:  johnsoha@westminster.edu

Janet Kane

Voice


Background Highlights:
  • Awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to study opera and Lieder at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst, at Stuttgart, Germany
  • Featured artist at major and minor opera houses and concert halls in Germany, Austria, Italy, France, England, Israel and the United States
  • Directed German/American adult and children's choirs for four American Military Chapels in Germany
  • Planned and coordinated year-long musical programs for Protestant, Roman Catholic and Episcopalian churches and the

Areas of Expertise:
  • Lyric Mezzo soprano, operatic roles and concert repertoire
  • Italian, German, French, Spanish repertoire and diction
  • Vocal pedagogy, vocal production, stage movement, acting and characterizations
  • Liturgy and Worship planning, hymnology
  • Choral/solo repertoire for Roman Catholic, Protestant and Episcopal denominations

Professional Background:
Abroad
  • Performing Artist in Berchtesgaden, Germany, Mannheim Opera House, Heidelberg Concert Halle, Ludwigsberg Castle, Stuttgart Grosses Haus and Kleines Haus
  • Concert Artist performing contemporary Christian music in American Military Chapels in Germany, Italy and France
  • Cantor, choir director and liturgist for four American Military Chapels in Stuttgart, Germany. Trained and directed eight to twelve choirs ranging from children's choirs, young adults, young adults/adult hand bell choirs, young adult/adult folk groups and adult concert choirs (German/American)
  • Instructor and coordinator at Church Musicians' Conference, Berchtesgaden, Germany

Ms. Kane joined the Westminster faculty in the Fall of 1995.

Teaches:  Worship and Hymnology, Church Music for Youth, Applied Voice
Campus Address: Department of Music
Office:  Studio 8, Patterson Hall
Phone: (724) 946-6373
Fax: (724) 946-6270
Email:  kanejl@westminster.edu

Academic Background:
BA, Chatham College
MDivinity, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
MFA, Carnegie Mellon University
MFA, Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst at Stuttgart, Germany

 

Samantha Leali

Music Education


Ms. Leali joined the Westminster faculty in the Spring of 2013.

Teaches:  General Music Methods
Campus Address: Department of Music
Office:  Studio 8, Patterson Hall
Phone: 724-946-
Fax: 724-946-6270

Email:  lealis@westminster.edu

Academic Background:
BA, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
MM, Ohio University

Marie Libal-Smith

Piano Accompanist
Opera Coach


Pianist Marie Libal-Smith is originally from Cleveland, OH and has been a professional accompanist for over 25 years, having wide experience with professionals and students, instrumentalists and vocalists.

Ms. Libal-Smith has played hundreds of recitals, competitions, masterclasses and auditions at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music for 17 years, where she played in the studios of Janos Starker, Josef Gingold, and James King among others.  She was regular masterclass pianist for singers Giorgio Tozzi, Gianna D’Angelo and Vera Scammon.  Ms. Libal-Smith has frequently accompanied for Metropolitan Opera Regional and District auditions and performed with members of the Pittsburgh Opera Apprentice Program.

 Ms. Libal-Smith has held positions at DePauw University School of Music near Indianapolis and the University of Alabama in Huntsville.  Since 2002 she has been staff accompanist at Duquesne University and Carnegie Mellon University School of Music for the renowned flute studio of Jeanne Baxtresser.  Ms. Libal-Smith currently coaches for Opera Westminster and serves as accompanist for voice and instrumental students as well.

Ms. Libal-Smith earned the MM in Piano from IU (Bloomington), and completed the doctoral-level Specialist in Music Education Degree.  She studied chamber music with Artur Balsam and Luba Dubinsky of the Borodin Trio and studied Lieder with pianists Leonard Hokanson and Gary Arvin. 

Ms. Libal-Smith joined the Westminster faculty in the Fall of 2002.

Teaches: Opera Coaching, Accompanying, Piano
Campus Address: Department of Music
Office:  Studio 9, Patterson Hall
Phone: 724-946-6318
Fax: 724-946-6270
Email:  smithml@westminster.edu

Academic Background:
BM, Baldwin-Wallace College
MM, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music
Spec. MusEd, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music

Kevin McManus

Trombone/Euphonium


Primary teachers include:  Matty Shiner, Mark L. Lusk, Robert D. Hamrick, Peter Sullivan, Murray Crewe, James Markey, Ronald W. Spang, Jim Pugh, Dick Nash, and Randy Purcell.  Mr. McManus has performed on Broadway in New York City and completed two First National Tours of the show Urinetown: the Musical and Little Women the Broadway Musical.  In the summer of 2009, Mr. McManus was a featured soloist in Pittsburgh's Civic Light Opera production of Swing!  Kevin was also featured along side of Dick Nash, Bill Wartrous, Bill Tole, George Roberts and Harry Betts at the 2009 NAMM show in Anaheim, CA.  He has performed with such artists as:  Tony Bennett, Frank Sanatra Jr., Josh Groban, Wayne Newton, Frankie Vallie and The Four Seasons, Aretha Franklin, Pattie LaBelle, Glen Campbell, Maureen McGovern, Isaac Hayes, Lou Rawls, Gloria Gaynor, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Don Rickles, Regis Philban, Joan Rivers and The Manhattan Transfer.  He has performed with the Pittsburgh and Wheeling Symphony Orchestras and the River City and Reunion Brass Bands.  Mr. McManus is the founder and leader of:  The Bone Forum, a jazz 10 trombone ensemble with rhythm section, The Collective Jazz Octet, a swingin' eight piece jazz chamber ensemble, and The Pittsburgh Trombone Project. Kevin can be seen internationally on PBS's My Music and American Soundtrack Series.

Mr. McManus joined the Westminster faculty in the Fall of 2011.

Teaches:  Applied Trombone
Campus Address: Department of Music
Office:  Studio 61A, Patterson Hall
Phone: (724) 946-7270
Fax: (724) 946-6270
Email:  mcmanukm@westminster.edu

Academic Background:
BS-Performance, Penn State University
Graduate Performer Certificate, SUNY Purchase Conservatory
MM, Carnegie Mellon University

Kathryn Miller

Organ


Teaches:  Piano Class, Studio Piano, Studio Organ
Campus Address: Department of Music
Office:  Studio 9, Patterson Hall
Phone: (724) 946-6318
Fax: (724) 946-6270
Email:  millerkd@westminster.edu

Raymond Ocock, Emeritus

Organ


Mr. Ocock joined the Westminster faculty in the Fall of 1956.

Teaches:  Applied Carrilon
Campus Address: Department of Music
Office:  Studio A, Patterson Hall
Phone: (724) 946-7270
Fax: (724) 946-6270
Email:  rhocock@westminster.edu

Academic Background:
BM, Westminster College
MSM, Union Theological Seminary

Shawn Reynolds

Oboe


Shawn Reynolds, adjunct professor of oboe, received his MM degree in oboe and English horn performance from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music and a B.S. in Music Education from Youngstown State University. He performs regularly with the Warren Philharmonic and the Greenville Symphony and plays frequently with the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra and the W.D. Packard band of Warren, OH. He has in the past performed with the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, the SORG Opera Company, the Lebanon (OH) Symphony Orchestra and was on the substitute list for the New World Symphony of Miami, FL. He is a member of the Westminster Faculty Wind Quintet and teaches all oboe students, in addition to weekly reed making classes and chamber ensemble coaching. Shawn is an active member of the International Double Reed Society (IDRS) as well as the Ohio Music Educators Association (OMEA), the National Education Association (NEA) and Music Educators National Conference (MENC). Mr. Reynolds is Associate Director of Bands at Liberty Local Schools in Ohio.

Mr. Reynolds joined the Westminster faculty in the Fall of 2003.

Teaches: Applied Oboe, Faculty Woodwind Quintet
Campus Address: Department of Music
Office:  Studio 5, Patterson Hall
Phone: (724) 946-6365
Fax: (724) 946-6270
Email:  reynolsr@westminster.edu

Academic Background:
BM, The Dana School of Music at Youngstown State University
MM, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music

David Tessmer

Flute


Mr. Tessmer joined the Westminster faculty in the Fall of 1986.

Teaches:  Applied Flute, Flute Choir, Woodwind Ensemble
Campus Address: Department of Music
Office:  Studio 9, Patterson Hall
Phone: (724) 946-6043
Fax: (724) 946-6270
Email:  tessmedp@westminster.edu

Academic Background:
BM, Houston Baptist University
MM, Duquesne University

Jeff Wachter

Piano


Jeff Wachter is an adjunct member of the faculty of Westminster College. He received both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in music from the Dana School of Music at Youngstown State University.  Mr. Wachter performs in various media, including sacred music and jazz.  He is a member of the Westminster College Faculty Jazz Quartet.  Mr. Wachter remains active as a composer and arranger and has authored numerous published works.

Mr. Wachter joined the Westminster faculty in the Fall of 2003.

 


Teaches:  Applied Piano, Improvisation, Faculty Jazz Ensemble
Campus Address: Department of Music
Office:  Studio 9, Patterson Hall
Phone: (724) 946-6372
Fax: (724) 946-6270
Email:  wachtejf@westminster.edu

cademic Background:
BM, The Dana School of Music at Youngstown State University
MM, The Dana School of Music at Youngstown State University