Department chair: Lisa Hearne  |  Contact info

Faculty & Staff

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    Lisa Hearne

    Professor of Music and Director of Choral Music

    Teaches studio voice and related courses: vocal diction, vocal pedagogy, and song literature. She directs Concert Choir and Chamber Singers and has led Cornell's choral ensembles on tours in Europe and the United States. She is also an active soprano soloist, adjudicator, and guest choral conductor. D.M.A. in choral conducting, University of Iowa; Master of Music in vocal performance/pedagogy, Arizona State University; Bachelor of Music in piano and voice, Eastern Illinois University

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    Martin Hearne

    Professor of Music

    Teaches courses in music education and conducting. He serves as conductor of the Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and Steel Drum Ensembles at Cornell, and he has led groups on tours in Europe and the United States. He also serves as conductor for the Palisades Ensemble, which he founded, comprising some of the best instrumentalists in the region. Ph.D., Louisiana State University; B.M.Ed., Northeast Louisiana State University; M.M.Ed., Louisiana State University

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    James Martin

    Professor of Music and L.L. Hamline Professor of Liberal Arts

    2017 Fulbright Scholar Specialist at Freie Universität Berlin. Teaches and performs research in piano, music history from 1600 to the present, opera, Beethoven, Wagner, John Cage, and the history of the avant-garde. During Wagner and Wagnerism, he introduces students to historical research at Chicago's Newberry Library, as well as to live performances, lectures, museums, and other music-oriented venues. He has been a faculty fellow at Columbia, Princeton, and Stanford, and he was the Director of the Newberry Library ACM Program in the Humanities in 1999-2000. D.Mus., Northwestern University; M.Mus., University of Illinois; B.Mus., Butler University

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    Aaron Perrine

    Composer in Residence and Lecturer

    Our newest faculty member brings a high profile presence in the field of music education and composition. He is an award-winning composer of works commissioned for colleges, high school, and middle school ensembles and is well regarded as a clinician and educator. His latest activities are outlined at Ph.D. in music composition from the University of Iowa; Minnesota teaching licensure in music from the University of Minnesota, Morris; a M.Ed. in music from the University of Minnesota; B.A., University of Minnesota, Morris

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    Jama Stilwell

    Associate Professor of Music

    Teaches applied flute lessons, core courses in music theory and history, and topics courses such as Women and Music and Musical Borrowing. Stilwell’s recent research was honored with the 2011 Einstein Award of the American Musicological Society. Ph.D. in musicology, University of Iowa; M.M. in musicology, Northwestern University; B.M. in flute performance, University of Iowa

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    Joe Dieker

    Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dean of College, and Professor of Music

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    Cathy Schonhorst

    Academic Program Assistant

Additional instructors

  • Michelle Bennett, Music Instructor – Viola
  • Julia Andrews West - Piano Instructor and Accompanist
  • Desmond Cervantez, Music Instructor - Trumpet
  • Elliot Eernisse, Music Instructor – Oboe
  • Mary Dieker, Accompanist
  • Victoria Rose Bishop, Music Instructor – Flute
  • Matthew Driscoll, Music Instructor – Low Brass
  • James Ellis, Music Instructor – Cello
  • Alan Kiser, Ensemble Assistant
  • Peter Kortenkamp, Music Instructor – Horn
  • Ben Laur, Music Instructor – Voice
  • Alan Lawrence, Music Instructor – Percussion
  • Greg Morton, Music Instructor – Bassoon
  • Tom Nothnagle, Music Instructor – Guitar
  • Andrew Gentzsch, Music Instructor - Violin
  • Ryan Smith, Music Instructor - Saxophone
  • Joyce Strabala, Music Instructor – Piano
  • Mike White, Music Instructor – Bass
  • Julia Andrews West, Lecturer