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Irene Bal she/her/hers Assistant Teaching Professor of Education
M.E. University of South Carolina, Educational Research; M.M.E. University of South Carolina, Music Education
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Barry Caudill he/him/his Affiliate Professor of Music

B.S., University of Phoenix

Barry Caudill is a 23-year veteran of the computer and video gaming industry, starting as a tester at the original Microprose studio in Hunt Valley, MD and culminating as Director of Gameplay Development at Firaxis Games. Throughout that time, he managed numerous departments including audio, testing, writing, game design, and production. He is also a lifetime recording and performing musician in jazz, pop, rock and funk. He is currently working with Crack the Sky, Technicolor Motor Home, The Speakers Of the House, Honest Lee Soul, and two big bands - The Melting Pot and The Don Arnold Big Band.

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Tsvetanka Dabova she/her/hers Affiliate Professor of Music

M.M., Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University

Teaching Areas: Class Piano
Research Interests: History of Piano, Classical Piano Music, Piano Fundamentals

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Barry Dove he/him/his Steel Pan Ensemble Director
M.M., Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University
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David LaVorgna he/him/his Chamber Ensemble Director
M.M., San Francisco Conservatory of Music
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Kathryn Locke she/her/hers Assistant Teaching Professor of Music

M.M., Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University; BMED, Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University

Teaching Areas: Music Fundamentals, Class Piano
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Barnaby Nygren, Ph.D. he/him/his Visual & Performing Arts Department Chair, Music Program Coordinator, Associate Professor of Art History
Ph.D., Harvard University; M.A., Courtauld Institute of Art

Teaching Areas: Italian and Northern Renaissance Art, Michelangelo, Colonial Latin America, History of Prints, History of Posters
Research Interests: Michelangelo, Early Colonial Latin America Art, Scientific Perspective
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Ronald Pearl he/him/his Professor Emeritus of Music

M.M., Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University

Teaching Areas: Guitar Studies, Music History, Music Theory

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Clay Price, DMA he/him/his Director of Choral Studies

DMA, University of South Carolina; M.M., The University of North Carolina at Greensboro; B.M., Belmont University

Teaching Areas: Concert Choir, Cantorei, Conducting Methods, Orchestration and Arranging, Core Music Courses
Research Interests: Anglican Revival Period, Baroque Oratorio

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Michael Rickelton, DMA he/him/his Assistant Teaching Professor of Music

DMA, Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University
Michael Rickelton's Personal Website

Michael Rickelton is a composer of “extremely attractive and thoughtfully shaped” music (Music Web International). Composer Lori Laitman described Michael as having “a great and clear gift for writing for the voice.” The inspiration for his work encompasses poetry, prose, visual arts, and diverse musical influences from Hässler to Nine Inch Nails. Recordings of Michael’s music have been released by Albany, Delos, and Petrichor Records. In addition to his faculties positions, he co-organizes Go Compose North America, an organization offering online workshops and opportunities for young composers.

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Mark St. Pierre he/him/his Jazz Ensemble & Jazz Combo Director

M.S., Towson University; B.S. Towson University

Mark St. Pierre has been a music educator for the past 34 years and a freelance percussionist for 39 years. He is an accomplished musician having played in many local groups covering many styles including symphonic, pop, rock, funk, jazz, and Latin. Mark has shared the stage with many notable musicians including Dennis Chambers, Gary Granger, and Scott Ambush, is a drum set/hand drums clinician and is currently the director of music ensembles at Loch Raven Technical Academy and Jazz Ensemble/Jazz Combo at Loyola University.

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Anthony D. Villa, DMA he/him/his Professor Emeritus of Music

DMA, University of Maryland
Anthony D. Villa's Personal Website

Dr. Anthony D. Villa is an active jazz musician performing regularly with his trio, the Anthony Villa Trio, and as the pianist with the Melting Pot Big Band, the Blue Big Band, and the Cold Spring Jazz Quartet. The Washington Post has praised his work as "the rare piece that sounds fresh while hinting at the near past" and as "deserv[ing] a lasting place in the musical firmament."