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2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
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Lisa Cella

Associate Chair

Matthew Belzer



Lisa Cella
B.A., Syracuse University, 1988; M.M., Peabody Conservatory, Johns Hopkins University, 1991; Graduate Performance Diploma, 1993; D.M.A., University of California, San Diego, 2001

Linda Dusman
B.M., American University, 1978; M.A., University of Maryland, College Park, 1981; D.M.A., 1988

Airi Yoshioka
B.A., Yale University, 1992; M.M., The Julliard School, 1995; D.M.A., 2002

Associate Professor

Stephen Caracciolo
B.M.E., Capital University, 1985; M.M., Westminster Choir College, 1992; D.M., Indiana University, 2008

Thomas Goldstein
B.M., Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford, 1975; M.M., Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music, City University of New York 1994

Brian Kaufman
B.M., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2005; M.M., University of Maryland, College Park, 2008; M.M., New England Conservatory of Music, 2010

Assistant Professor

Daniel Pesca
B.M., Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, 2005; D.M.A., 2016; M.M., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2007

Professor of the Practice

Greg Kalember
B.M., Berklee College of Music, 1992

Principal Lecturer

Alan Wonneberger
B.A., University of Maryland, College Park, 1979

Senior Lecturer

Matthew Belzer
B.M., Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, 1995; M.M., 1996


Lindsay Johnson
B.A., Salem College, 2005; M.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 2008; Ph.D., 2013

Joseph Siu
B.Mus., University of Western Ontario, 2009; M.A., Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, 2015; Ph.D., 2020

Associate Staff

Sarah Baugher
B.M., Christopher Newport University, 2009; M.M., University of North Carolina, Greensboro, 2012

Janice Jackson
B.A., University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 1989; M.M., University of Maryland, College Park, 1995; Ph.D. (Honorary), Eastern Theological Seminary, 2004

Willie Santiago
B.M., Syracuse University, 2013; M.M.; East Carolina University, 2015

Adjunct Associate Professor

Lisa Steltenpohl, viola
Curtis Institute of Music; The Juilliard School

Part-time Lecturer

Gina Beck
B.A., University of Oregon, 1981; M.A., University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 1990

Janice Macauley
B.A., Brown University, 1971; M.A., 1972; M.A., 1977; D.M.A., Cornell University, 1986

Affiliate Artist

Deborah Allen, collaborative piano
B.M., M.M., University of Maryland, College Park

Audrey Andrist, classical piano
B.M., University of Regina; M.M., The Julliard School, D.M.A.

Harry Appleman, jazz piano
B.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1983; M.M., New England Conservatory of Music, 1988

Tom Baldwin, jazz bass
B.M., Ithaca College, 1990

Wayne Cameron, classical trumpet
East Carolina University; Peabody Institute, Johns Hopkins University

Chandra Cervantes​, French horn
B.M., San Francisco Conservatory; M.M., Northwestern University

Hui-Chuan Chen, classical piano
B.M., National Taiwan Normal University, 2004; M.M., Peabody Institute, Johns Hopkins University, 2006, D.M.A., 2014 

Patrick Crossland, trombone
B.M., University of Southern Mississippi, 1996; M.M., Manhattan School of Music, 1998; Postgraduate Soloist Diploma, Royal College of Music, 1999; D.M.A. University of Minnesota, 2007; Postgraduate Soloist Diploma, Staatliche Hochschule fur Musik Trossingen, 2009

Nicholas Currie, violin
Peabody Institute, Johns Hopkins University

Fatma Daglar, oboe
B.A., Istanbul University Conservatory of Music; M.M., Peabody Institute, Johns Hopkins University

Bradley Green, composition
B.A., Campbell University; M.M., Appalachian State University; D.M.A., University of Maryland, College Park

Yoshiaki Horiguchi, string methods
B.A., University of Maryland, Baltimore County; M.M., Peabody Institute, Johns Hopkins University

Sammy Huh, voice
B.M., The Juilliard School; M.M., Maryland Opera Studio, University of Maryland, College Park

Seyoung Jeong, voice
B.M., M.M., Ewha Womans University; M.M., Duquesne University; D.M.A., West Virginia University; M.M., Eastman School of Music

Lori Ann Kesner, flute
B.M., Ithaca College, 1998; M.M., University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music, 2000; D.M.A., 2006

Gita Ladd, cello
Curtis Institute of Music; Cleveland Institute of Music; University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music

Thomas Lagana, jazz guitar
B.A., Berklee College of Music, 1992; M.M., Towson University, 2005

Jason Love, conducting
Peabody Institute, Johns Hopkins University

Michael Martin, music education
B.S., Indiana University of Pennsylvania; M.M., West Chester University

Paula Maust, harpsichord and organ
B.M., Valparaiso University; M.M., Cleveland Institute of Music; M.M., D.M.A., Peabody Institute, Johns Hopkins University

Michael Noonan, jazz vibraphone
B.A., Berklee College of Music, 1984; M.M., University of North Texas, 1992

Jacqueline Pollauf, harp
B.M., Peabody Institute, Johns Hopkins University, 2006; M.M., 2007

Daniel Puckett, woodwind methods
B.M., University of Georgia; M.M., University of Maryland, College Park

Laura Ruas, double bass
B.M., M.M., The Juilliard School

Randall Riffle, clarinet
B.M., M.M., Ohio State University

Richard Spittel, bassoon
B.S., Towson University, 1976; M.M., Peabody Institute, Johns Hopkins University, 1985; D.M.A., University of Maryland, College Park, 1997

Scott Tiemann, jazz drums
Texas Tech University

Christian Tremblay, violin
DESM I, Conservatoire de Musique de Quebec, 1997; DESM II, 1998; Graduate Performance Diploma, Peabody Institute, Johns Hopkins University, 2000; D.M.A., 2004

Nathan Williams, clarinet
Artist Diploma, Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst; M.M., Eastman School of Music; D.M.A., The Julliard School

Tom Williams, jazz trumpet
Towson University

Joshua Wilson, music education
B.M., Susquehanna University; M.M., Peabody Institute, Johns Hopkins University; M.M., Boston University

Jonathan Zwi, classical guitar
B.M., B.A., Indiana University Bloomington; M.M., D.M.A., Peabody Institute, Johns Hopkins University


Courses in this program are listed under MUSC.

The study of music at UMBC stresses the interdependence of theory, performance, and history. Students in the program explore the traditions of Western music, as well as examine new music and other cultures, leading to a balanced understanding of music as a universal form of human artistic expression. Opportunities to interact with artists from other creative disciplines broaden young musicians. Students in music courses, as well as in vocal and instrumental ensembles, study technical and historical aspects of music both by performing and hearing it.

Students at UMBC are given the opportunity to study and perform with professional musicians. The music department faculty bring a rich and varied background in professional performance and research to UMBC. The faculty is widely recognized for its expertise in performance, composition, and music technology.

An audition/interview before a faculty committee is required of all students wishing to major in music. The audition for the performance emphasis in voice or main instrument should include compositions that best demonstrate the student’s level of ability. Specific audition requirements are available on the Music Department website: music.umbc.edu.

Career and Academic Paths

The degree prepares students for advanced study in performance, theory, music history, composition, education, or technology. Graduates typically continue on to graduate school, professional performance, teaching, research, composition, or the music industry.

Academic Advising

Faculty advisors are available every semester for guidance in all aspects of the music curriculum. 


Private Instruction

All music majors registering for MUSC 193 MUSC 194 MUSC 390 , MUSC 391 , and MUSC 392  are expected to perform each semester, with the exception of the first semester of study, when public performance is at the discretion of the instructor. All other students registered for MUSC 190  may perform in a student recital upon the recommendation of their instructor. A faculty jury examination is required of all music majors enrolled in private lessons at the end of each semester.

Special Opportunities

All UMBC music ensembles are open to majors and non-majors by audition. Contact the Music Office (fislam@umbc.edu) for further information.

UMBC Symphony Orchestra

an ensemble of 75-85 musicians, performs standard orchestral literature from the 18th to the 21st century. Recent performances have included symphonies of Beethoven, Shostakovich, Berlioz, and Dvorak, as well as concerto performances with visiting artist soloists. In addition, members of the Orchestra can choose to enter an annual competition to appear with the Orchestra as soloist.

UMBC Camerata

a select choir of 40-50 singers, Camerata performs a wide variety of works drawn from the expansive choral repertoire: including Renaissance motets, folksongs, choral-orchestral works, German part songs, Russian sacred liturgies, American spirituals, and new works. In previous seasons Camerata has accepted invitations to perform with conductor-composer John Rutter at Carnegie Hall, and provide entertainment for guests touring the White House during the holiday season.

UMBC Jazz Ensemble

is a large jazz group dedicated to the professional training and creative development of its members. Throughout the year, the group performs at concerts, special events, and festivals. Student composers and arrangers have the opportunity to have their music read, performed and recorded by the group.

UMBC Wind Ensemble

is comprised of exceptional woodwind, brass and percussion performers who enjoy the challenge of performing excellent concert literature. Students are offered an opportunity to perform substantive music of various instrumentation and styles.

UMBC Chamber Players

investigates the instrumental chamber works of the Western Art Music, ranging from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic to New Music repertoire. There are monthly soirees for all of the chamber groups to come together and explore topics related to chamber music.

UMBC Collegium Musicum

is a performance ensemble dedicated to exploring and performing vocal and instrumental music from European Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods, sampling musical repertoires created between 800 and 1750.

UMBC Opera Workshop

is designed for 8-15 advanced vocalists, and offers students the opportunity to study stage acting, movement, and character development within the sphere of musical performance.

UMBC Small Jazz Groups

focus on the various aspects of playing in a combo which include group interaction, improvisation and developing an original group voice.

UMBC Percussion Ensemble

is a dedicated performing group of advanced percussion students. The ensemble is adventurous in its programming, with a repertoire that includes graphic-notation pieces, improvisational works, and theater, as well as works by important early percussion composers, such as Alan Hovhaness, John Cage, and Carlos Chavez.

UMBC New Music Ensemble

offers an opportunity to study and perform a diverse collection of music written in the twentieth and twenty-first century. Experience ranges from duos through small chamber ensemble works with usually one on a part.  Permission required and may be repeated multiple semesters.

UMBC Brass Ensemble

is a select ensemble of brass musicians coming from all academic areas.  A diverse program of brass music from all historical periods is performed throughout the semester.  An audition with the instructor is required.

UMBC Recording Studios

The UMBC music department’s recording studios are state-of-the-art facilities for music production. Staff engineers and students record, mix and master a limitless variety of music for commercial release and for other productions.

There are many internship possibilities within the music department in which students may gain pre-professional experience in concert management, music education, pedagogy, recording, and music business.


    Bachelor of ArtsNon-Degree


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