Core Faculty

Listed below are the eight members of the core faculty of the Department of Music.

Dr. Samuel Barbara


Assistant Professor of Music

Director of Choral Activities

Studio C, Patterson Hall
724-946-7278
E-mail (barbarsw@westminster.edu)
Dr. Samuel Barbara is Director of Choral Activities and assistant professor of music at Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania, where he conducts the Chamber, Concert and Men’s Choirs, and teaches choral methods, literature and conducting. He completed his doctorate in choral music at the University of Southern California, where he was senior teaching assistant in the Department of Choral and Sacred Music and assistant conductor of the renowned USC Thornton Chamber Singers. Before arriving in Southern California, Dr. Barbara served as Director of Choirs at Cleveland High School in Portland, Oregon where he was awarded the “Golden C” for excellence in teaching. Under his direction, the Cleveland “A” Choir won the 5A Oregon State Choir Championships three times. Samuel earned his Bachelor of Arts in Music and Master of Arts in Teaching degrees from the University of Portland. After completing his undergraduate work, Samuel was awarded a Fulbright Grant to teach English and study music in Weimar, Germany.

Samuel has sung professionally, both as a soloist and an ensemble member, and remains active as a vocal artist. Among other high-profile engagements, he has appeared on live television with Barry Manilow, sung backup with the Rolling Stones, and performed with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Helmuth Rilling. Prior to his current appointment, Dr. Barbara served as the Interim Director of Choral Activities at the University of Tennessee at Martin. He has presented at the Tennessee Music Educators Association, lectured on Music in Terezín as a part of the UT Martin Academic Speakers Series, and was invited by the West Tennessee Vocal Music Educators Association to adjudicate their choral and solo and ensemble festivals. His research interests include solfège as a path to music literacy, Evangelical church composers active during the Third Reich, and the choral music of the contemporary German composer, Wolfram Buchenberg.

Dr. Barbara joined the faculty of Westminster College in 2014.

 

Dr. Anne Bentz


Associate Professor of Music

Studio D, Patterson Hall
724-946-6045
E-mail (bentzah@westminster.edu)
Dr. Anne Hagan Bentz, soprano, is a native of Silver Spring, Maryland. She received her Bachelor degree in Music Education at the University of Delaware, a degree in vocal performance at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hannover, West Germany and her D.M.A. in vocal performance at the University of Maryland. Dr. Bentz was engaged as a soloist in Germany for more than fourteen years at the following theaters: The Badisches Staatstheater in Karlsruhe, at The Städtisches Landestheater Flensburg and at Eduard von Winterstein Theater in Annaberg Buchholz in former East Germany. Her many roles which span the opera and operetta repertoire include, among others, Gilda, Rosina, Pamina, Adina, Susanna (The Marriage of Figaro), Susanna (The Secret of Susanna), Blondchen, Gräfin Mariza, and Csardasfürstin. As a guest artist and recitalist Dr. Bentz has performed extensively in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area, at the Shanghai and Zhoung Zho Opera houses in China and at the Conservatory of Music in Moscow, Russia. In 2001, she received a Governor's Citation and award from the Montgomery County Arts Council for excellence in singing. Her most recent performance in September 2004 was with the Valley Lyric Opera Company as Gilda in Rigoletto. Dr. Bentz is also an active member of the Friday Morning Music Club, Phi Kappa Phi and the National Association of Teacher's of Singing. Currently, Dr. Bentz is Associate Professor of Voice and Head of the Vocal area at Westminster College where she teaches voice, vocal pedagogy, vocal and opera literature, and French, German, Italian and Latin diction. and directs Opera Westminster. Her most recent performance in May 2010 was with the Seraphim Chorus as the soprano soloist in Felix Mendelssohn’s Oratorio, Elijah.

 

 

Dr. Melinda Crawford Perttu


Assistant Professor of Music (July 2011)

Studio 61B, Patterson Hall
724-946-7271
E-mail (perttumh@westminster.edu)
Dr. Melinda Crawford Perttu is an assistant professor of music at Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA where she directs the symphony orchestra, teaches the string pedagogy sequence as well as private violin and viola lessons, and supervises the weekly string master class. She received her Ph.D. in music education with an emphasis in string pedagogy from The Ohio State University. She also holds an M.A. in music education from The Ohio State University and a B.S. in music education from Duquesne University. Prior to coming to Westminster, Dr. Crawford Perttu taught in the public schools of Calvert County, Maryland, and Fairfax County, Virginia.

Dr. Crawford Perttu is a frequent invited clinician for the American String Teachers Association national conferences and for branches of MENC, the national association for music education. In addition, excerpts from her recent presentation on the needs of the first-year string teacher were recently collected to be published in Strings, one of the premiere magazines for professional string players. Also, as a U.S. National Scottish Fiddling Champion, Dr. Crawford Perttu has established herself as a leading solo performer, adjudicator, and clinician and has performed recitals throughout the United States.  Dr. Crawford Perttu joined the Westminster faculty in the fall of 2009 and performs as a chamber musician with other Westminster faculty.


Dr. Nancy DeSalvo


Associate Professor of Music

Room 9, Patterson Hall
724-946-7023
E-mail (desalvnj@westminster.edu)
Nancy Zipay DeSalvo is an Associate Professor of Music at Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania, where she teaches piano, accompanying, and music theory, and where she performs solo recitals and accompanies visiting guest artists. Dr. DeSalvo, a Steinway Artist, performs extensively across the United States as a professional accompanying pianist and chamber music collaborator. Guest solo appearances have included performances with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. She received her terminal degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music with a major in Collaborative Piano, where she studied with Anne Epperson. She and baritone Jason Fuh captured First Prize for their performance of the Four Claudel Poems in the Darius Milhaud Performance Auditions held at the Cleveland Institute of Music. The CIM Collaborative Piano Faculty named her a 1997 recipient of the Gwendolyn Koldofsky Award, given at the discretion of the faculty to a Collaborative Piano Major, with a special aptitude for vocal accompanying, who exemplifies the important dual role of the profession - - that of support, service and cooperation, balanced with professional skill and high standards of performance.

Dr. DeSalvo joined the faculty of Westminster College in the fall of 1991.

 

Dr. R. Tad Greig


Associate Professor of Music

Director of Instrumental Activities

Studio F, Patterson Hall
724-946-7279
E-mail (greigrt@westminster.edu)

Dr. R. Tad Greig is the Director of Instrumental Activities and Associate Professor in Music Education Department in the Department of Music at Westminster College.  As the Director of Instrumental Activities, Dr. Greig is the founder and conductor of the Wind Ensemble.  He is the founder of the college Jazz Ensemble.  He also directs the Symphonic Band and “Titan” Marching Band.  In Music Education, Dr. Greig co-supervises student teachers, teaches Secondary Instrumental Methods, Instrumental Conducting, Advanced Conducting and Band Literature.  Dr. Greig is also the faculty advisor to the Westminster College Pennsylvania Collegiate Music Educators Association and the past Collegiate Representative for Curriculum and Instruction for District Five PMEA.  He is responsible for maintaining and evaluating all music for the PMEA Assessment Performance list and is an advocate for Musical Performance Assessment in Pennsylvania.

Dr. Greig is an active Guest Conductor, Clinician and Adjudicator throughout the Eastern United States, most recently having been the guest conductor for the Pennsylvania Music Educators All-State Wind Ensemble in 2012.  His ensembles at Westminster have earned guest appearances at the PMEA State Conference on numerous occasions.  He has given numerous lectures and presentations on ensemble rehearsal techniques, literature selection and various topics regarding music education.  Dr. Greig has studied conducting with Dr. Leslie Hicken (Furman University) and Dr. Wayne Gorder (Kent State University) as well as participating in the renowned University of Colorado Conducting Symposium with Allan McMurray and Craig Kirchhoff.

As a Trombonist, Dr. Greig currently performs with the Youngstown Fine Arts Brass, (Quintet) as well as being a free-lance musician throughout the Youngstown and Pittsburgh areas.

Prior to his hiring at Westminster, Dr. Greig was a music educator in the public schools in Greene County, Warren County and Mercer (Pennsylvania) and Struthers (Ohio) for twelve years.  He was also hired to re-establish the band program at Thiel College and has taught Brass Methods at Grove City College.

Dr. Greig received his Undergraduate Degree in Music Education from Grove City College, Masters Degree in Music Education from Youngstown State University and his Ph.D. in Music Education from Kent State University.  Dr. Greig is the past president of the Pennsylvania Collegiate Bandmasters Association and a member of the Collegiate Band Directors National Association, National Band Association, Phi Beta Mu (past President), International Trombonists Association, National Brass Society, Music Educators National Conference and the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association.  He was also nominated and accepted into the “Who’s Who in American Education”, Who’s Who Distinguished Professionals, Montclair Who’s Who in Collegiate Faculty and was awarded the “Citation of Excellence” award in Music Education presented by the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, and the Keystone Salute award given by the Pennsylvania Federation of Music Clubs.  Dr Greig was a nominee for the national Arlin G. Meyer Prize through the Lily Fellows Program in 2010 for his “creative work at an academic institution that emerges from the practices of a Christian vocation”. In 2013, Dr. Greig was also nominated for the United States Professor of the Year award given by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Dr. Greig joined the faculty of Westminster College in the fall of 1992.

 

Dr. Daniel Perttu


Associate Professor of Music

Chair of the Department of Music

Studio E, Patterson Hall
724-946-7024
E-mail:  (perttude@westminster.edu)
Dr. Daniel Perttu is the Chair of the Music Department and Associate Professor of Music Theory and Composition at Westminster College, where he is the Music Theory/Composition Coordinator.  Dr. Perttu completed his doctorate at The Ohio State University, master's degrees at Kent State University, and his undergraduate work (magna cum laude) at Williams College, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.  Previously, he served as a professor at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where he was the Coordinator of the Music theory Division. 

Dr. Perttu's music has been performed in Europe, Asia, South America, and throughout the United States.  Performances of his music have occurred in arts festivals, new music festivals and concerts, solo recitals at the international, national, and regional levels, Society of Composers conferences, and College Music Society conferences.  Dr. Perttu's music has been released on numerous albums on the Navona records label; one of his orchestral pieces is the title feature of the CD entitled Light and Shadow.  In addition, his fantasy for flute and piano, Gloamin, was recently released on the album entitled Lock and Key.  Critics have recognized the "modal strains [in his music] that recall the works of . . . Ralph Vaughan Williams and Ernest Bloch;" have characterized it as "blending mystery, action, and excitement;" and have praised it as being "fantastic" and "superb."  Besides his CD releases, Perttu's music has been published by Editions Musica Ferrum, based in Athens, Greece, as well as BRS Music, Inc. (Indianapolis) and Dorn Publications (Boston).  Perttu has also received various commissions and awards from throughout the country, the most recent of which was for the premiere of a piece for the Greenville Symphony Orchestra and Shenango
Valley Chorale in northwestern Pennsylvania.  ​

Dr. Perttu joined the faculty of Westminster College in the Fall of 2008.

 

Dr. Timothy Winfield


Assistant Professor of Music

Studio B, Patterson Hall
724-946-7274
E-mail: (winfietd@westminster.edu)

Dr. Tim Winfield, a native of Jeannette, Pennsylvania, began playing trumpet at an early age, following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather.  He has been a member of the Billings Symphony Orchestra and the Boulder Symphony Orchestra, and has also played with the Steamboat Springs Orchestra, Aspen Festival Orchestra, Corona Symphony, Hangar Theater, and Lake Dillon Theater. As an active freelance musician, he has worked with John Williams, Jack Black, Elizaveta, Silva Hakobyan, and Musical Theatre West.

Dr. Winfield is an avid chamber musician, and has most recently played with the Vista Brass Quintet in Los Angeles, CA. During his tenure with Vista Brass Quintet, the group was in the final round of several competitions including the Coleman Chamber Competition and the Chicago Brass Festival Ensemble Competition. The Vista Brass Quintet also worked to promote youth music education through workshops with the USC Thornton Outreach Program and the Palos Verdes Library Classical Music Series.

As a music educator, Dr. Winfield has taught in the public schools of Pennsylvania, Colorado, and California. Much of his teaching in California has been among diverse populations in low socioeconomic areas. Dr. Winfield has a great passion for creating musical opportunities for all students in areas where they may not be readily available. In California he has taught with Education Through Music – Los Angeles and was a musicianship and brass specialist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s flagship El Sistema program, Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles (YOLA). He has also maintained an active private trumpet studio throughout Pennsylvania, New York, Colorado, and California.

Dr. Winfield earned his undergraduate degree at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in music education, then went on to earn his Master of Music in trumpet performance at Ithaca College. While at Ithaca, Dr. Winfield taught all trumpet minor students, trumpet methods class, and brass methods class to undergraduate music education majors. He then went on to complete his Doctorate of Musical Arts in trumpet performance from the University of Southern California. While Dr. Winfield’s focus at USC was trumpet performance, he did extensive work in the fields of music education, instrumental conducting, and jazz studies. His principal trumpet teachers include Donald Green, Boyde Hood, Kim Dunnick, Frank Campos, Kevin Eisensmith, Bill Pfund, and Vince Monteleone.

Dr. Winfield joined the faculty of Westminster College in the fall of 2014.

 


Dr. Jason Howard


Lecturer of Music

Studio 61A, Patterson Hall
724-946-7025
E-mail:  (howardj@westminster.edu)
Jason Howard is Lecturer of Music at Westminster College where he teaches music theory, composition and cello. Previously, he taught at Franciscan University of Steubenville, Kent State University, Youngstown State University, and Mt. de Chantal Visitation Academy.

As a cellist, Howard is a tenured member of the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra. He has been a member of the Warren Philharmonic Orchestra since 1994. He is principal cellist with the Dana New Music Festival Chamber Orchestra and a founding member of the Howard String Quartet. He has studied privately or in master classes with Janos Starker, Michael Gelfand, Hampton Mallory, and Keith Robinson.

Howard has received commissions for compositions or arrangements from Grammy nominee John Turk, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra bassist Micah Howard, the Dana Chamber Orchestra, the  Greenville Symphony Orchestra  and the Steubenville High School Orchestra. His music has been performed in Colorado, Illinois, Louisiana, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. He has studied with Ed Largent, Robert Rollin, Thomas Janson, and Frank Wiley.

Howard received his Ph. D. in music theory and composition at Kent State University. He earned his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music from Youngstown State University.  Dr. Howard joined the faculty of Westminster College in the fall of 2007.