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Faculty of Music

About the Faculty of Music

Laurier’s renowned Faculty of Music is dedicated to fostering artistic and scholarly development of the highest calibre and to providing a creative environment for student success.

We offer two undergraduate programs: a Bachelor of Music and a Bachelor of Music Therapy, and two graduate programs: a Master of Music Therapy and a Master of Arts in Community Music.

The generous scope of our Bachelor of Music program allows for a Performance specialization, which provides a strong base for those who wish to become professional performers, while our Music Theory, Music Education, Music History, Comprehensive and Composition/Contemporary Music specializations establish a secure knowledge from which you can build an innovative career.

Our Bachelor of Music Therapy program, the only one in Ontario, teaches you the musical and therapeutic process for a variety of client populations.

We limit enrolment to 350-400 undergraduate students – a number that is small enough to give you ready access to your instructors, yet large enough to have a full symphony orchestra, three choirs, wind orchestra, an opera program and baroque, wind, jazz, percussion, contemporary and other music ensembles.

Did You Know?

In 2013, Laurier was named Canada’s Best Music Campus by CBC Radio.

Faculty and Staff

Glen Carruthers
Dean, Faculty of Music

Contemporary Music

Glenn Buhr
Professor, Composition
Co-Director, Improvisation Concerts Ensemble

Peter Hatch
Professor, Composition
Coordinator, Composition

Kathryn Ladano
Instructor, Improvisation
Co-Director, Improvisation Concerts Ensemble

Cameron McKittrick
Instructor, Composition

Linda Catlin Smith
Instructor, Composition

Music Education

Lee Willingham
Associate Professor, Music Education
Director, Laurier Centre for Music in the Community
Director, Laurier Singers
Coordinator, Music Education
Program Coordinator, Master of Arts in Community Music

Carolyn Neumann VanderBurgh
Instructor, Music Education

Music History

Brent Hagerman
Instructor, History of Rock and Roll

Amanda Lalonde
Instructor, Music and its Contexts

Alma Santosuosso
Professor, Musicology
Coordinator, Music History

Kirsten Yri
Associate Professor, Musicology

Gerard Yun
Instructor, Music and its Contexts
Director, WLU Choir

Music Theory

Anna Ferenc
Associate Professor, Music Theory

Charles Morrison
Professor, Music Theory
Coordinator, Music Theory

Terry Paynter
Instructor, Music Theory, Musical Skills

Kevin Swinden
Associate Professor, Music Theory
Associate Dean, Faculty of Music

Strings and Chamber Music

Jeremy Bell
Artist-in-Residence, Violin, Chamber Music

Jerzy Kaplanek
Associate Professor, Violin, Strings and Chamber Music
Coordinator, String Program, QuartetFest

Paul Pulford
Professor, Cello
Director, Orchestral Studies
Conductor, WLU Symphony Orchestra

Katie Schlaikjer
Artist-in-residence, Cello
Director, Laurier String Academy

Christine Vlajk
Artist-in-Residence, Viola, Strings and Chamber Music

Ian Whitman
Instructor, Double Bass

Keyboard (Piano and Organ)

Anya Alexeyev
Associate Professor, Piano

Leslie De’Ath
Professor, Piano, Vocal Diction, Coaching, Keyboard LIterature
Music Director, Opera Program
Coach Accompanist, Opera Diploma

Joseph Ferretti
Instructor, Piano

Terry Kroetsch
Instructor, Musical Skills, Piano

Elaine Lau
Instructor, Piano

Marlin Nagtegaal
Instructor, Organ

Heather Taves
Associate Professor, Piano

Marnie Van Weelden
Instructor, Piano

Voice

Kimberly Barber
Associate Professor, Voice
Administrative Coordinator, Opera

Marianne Bindig
Instructor, Voice

Leslie Fagan
Instructor, Voice

Brandon Leis
Instructor, Voice

Daniel Lichti
Associate Professor, Voice
Coordinator, Voice

James McLean
Instructor, Voice

Lynda Mieske
Instructor, Voice

Guitar, Lute and Harp

Lori Gemmell
Instructor, Harp

Terry McKenna
Instructor, Guitar

Sharlene Wallace
Instructor, Harp

Coach Accompanists

Beth Ann de Sousa
Accompanist-in-Residence
Coordinator, Chamber Music

Leslie De’Ath
Professor, Piano, Vocal Diction, Coaching, Keyboard LIterature
Music Director, Opera Program
Coach Accompanist, Opera Diploma

Elvera Froese
Accompanist-in-Residence
Vocal Coach
Director, Maureen Forrester Singers

Stephanie Mara
Coach Accompanist, Strings/Winds/Brass

Anna Ronai
Coach Accompanist, Voice

Lorin Shalanko
Coach Accompanist, Voice/Saxophone

Woodwind, Brass and Percussion

Nina Brickman
Instructor, French Horn

Dave Campion
Instructor, Percussion

Joseph Castello
Instructor, Trombone

Derek Conrod
Instructor, French Horn

Dick Dorsey
Instructor, Oboe

Ross Edwards
Instructor, Clarinet

Guy Few
Instructor, Trumpet

Eric Hall
Instructor, Bassoon

Amy Hamilton
Professor, Flute
Coordinator of Winds, Brass and Percussion

Larry Larson
Instructor, Trumpet

Graham Mackenzie
Instructor, Oboe

Jane Maness
Instructor, Tuba

James Mason
Instructor, Oboe

Kevin O'Donnell
Instructor, Flute, Chamber Music, Flute Techniques

Katherine Robertson
Instructor, French Horn

Peter Shackleton
Musician-in-Residence, Clarinet

Rachel Thomas
Instructor, Trombone

Dave Wiffen
Instructor, Saxophone

Ensembles

Glenn Buhr
Professor, Composition
Co-Director, Improvisation Concerts Ensemble

Brennan Connolly
Director, Percussion Ensemble

Elvera Froese
Accompanist-in-Residence
Vocal Coach
Director, Maureen Forrester Singers

Jessica Kun
Associate Professor
Conductor, Wind Orchestra

Kathryn Ladano
Instructor, Improvisation
Co-Director, Improvisation Concerts Ensemble

Paul Pulford
Professor, Cello
Director, Orchestral Studies
Conductor, WLU Symphony Orchestra

Ron Schirm
Director, Jazz Ensemble

Lee Willingham
Associate Professor, Music Education
Director, Laurier Centre for Music in the Community
Director, Laurier Singers
Coordinator, Music Education
Program Coordinator, Master of Arts in Community Music

Gerard Yun
Instructor, Music and its Contexts
Director, WLU Choir

Musical Skills and Music Techniques

Carol Bauman
Instructor, Musical Skills, Percussion Techniques

Terry Kroetsch
Instructor, Musical Skills, Piano

Debbie Lou Ludolph
Instructor, Vocal Techniques

Kevin O'Donnell
Instructor, Flute, Chamber Music, Flute Techniques

Terry Paynter
Instructor, Music Theory, Musical Skills

Kevin Ramessar
Instructor, Guitar Techniques

Trevor Wagler
Instructor, Musical Skills

Music Therapy

Heidi Ahonen
Professor, Music Therapy
Director, Manfred and Penny Conrad Institute for Music Therapy Research

Carolyn Arnason
Associate Professor, Music Therapy
Graduate Coordinator, Master of Music Therapy

Aimee Berends
Instructor, Music Therapy

Glen Carruthers
Dean, Faculty of Music

Amy Clements-Cortes
Instructor, Music Therapy
Supervisor, Music Therapy

Andrea Lamont
Instructor, Music Therapy

Colin Lee
Professor, Music Therapy
Coordinator, Bachelor of Music Therapy

Elizabeth Mitchell
Instructor, Music Therapy

Staff

Mieke Barette
Outreach and Student Recruitment Coordinator

Emily Carruthers
Music Therapy Placement Coordinator

Janice Dobbin
Senior Administrative Assistant to the Dean
Undergraduate Program Advisor

Janet Dupuis
Administrative Assistant

Renée Ellis
Administrative Manger

Kathy Gauci
Auditions and Student Services Coordinator

John Hergel
Performance Facilities Manager

Wray Lovi
Piano Technician

Danny McAfee
Piano Technician

Rebecca Skillman
Financial Analyst

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