Faculty & Staff

Academic Faculty

Tamar Barzel, Assistant Professor
Gurminder Bhogal, Associate Professor
Martin Brody, Catharine Mills Davis Professor
Charles Fisk, Phyllis Carey Henderson Professor
Claire Fontijn, Professor
Lisa Graham, Evelyn Barry Director of Choral Program
Jenny Johnson, Assistant Professor


Performance Faculty

Keyboard

Eliko Akahori, piano
James David Christie, organ
David Carrier, organ
David Collins, coach/accompanist
Randall Hodgkinson, piano
Doug Johnson, jazz piano
Kanako Nishikawa, accompanist
Dan Ryan, early keyboard
Lois Shapiro, piano
Olga Talroze, accompanist
Jenny Tang, piano

Voice

Kris Adams, jazz voice
Marion Dry, contralto
Gale Fuller, mezzo-soprano
Andrea Matthews, soprano
Aaron Sheehan, tenor

Strings

Laura Bossert-King, viola, violin
Glorianne Collver-Jacobson, lute, guitar
Gabriela Diaz, violin
Steven Kirby, jazz guitar
Mark Henry, string bass, jazz bass
Laura Jeppesen, viola da gamba
David Russell, cello
Rebecca Thornblade, cello
Paula Zeitlin, jazz violin, jazz viola
Jane Starkman, violin, baroque violin
Ina Zdorovetchi, harp

Winds

Kathy Boyd, flute
Jane Harrison, oboe
Katherine Matasy, clarinet, saxophone
Cercie Miller, jazz saxophone
Suzanne Stumpf, flute, Baroque flute, Chamber Music coach
Lance Martin, jazz flute
Tom Zajac, recorder, early winds

Brass and Percussion

Dana Russian, trumpet
Greg Hopkins, jazz trumpet
David Harris, jazz trombone
Gabriel Langfur, bass trombone
Fred Aldrich, french horn
Craig McNutt, percussion
Steve Langone, jazz drumset, percussion

Ensembles

Lisa Graham, Choral Studies
Neal Hampton, Brandeis-Wellesley Orchestra
Cercie Miller, Wellesley BlueJazz
Paula Zeitlin, Wellesley BlueJazz Combos
David Russell, Chamber Music Society
Jenny Tang, Chamber Music Society
Kera Washington, Yanvalou Drumming and Dance
Tom Zajac, Collegium Musicum


Administrative Staff

Claire Fontijn, Chair, Professor of Music
Marion Dry, Director of the Music Performance Program
Pamela Bristah, Music Librarian
Raymond Schmidt, Music Cataloging & Metadata Manager
Magdalen Christian, Music Program Coordinator
Isabel Fine, Concert Manager

  • Kris Adams

    Senior Music Performance Faculty in Vocal Jazz

    B.M., Berklee College of Music; M.M., New England Conservatory of Music

    Teaches commercial singing styles and technique, specializing in jazz, blues, pop, and Brazilian music.

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  • Eliko Akahori

    Music Performance Faculty in Piano; Coach/Accompanist

    B.M., Kunitachi College of Music (Japan); M.M., D.M.A., New England Conservatory of Music

    Pianist, teacher, and performer of piano and chamber music.

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  • Fred Aldrich

    Music Performance Faculty in French Horn

    B.M., New England Conservatory of Music

    Boston-based freelance musician; performs regularly with prominent area symphony orchestras as well as chamber groups.

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  • Tamar Barzel

    Assistant Professor of Music

    B.M., Oberlin Conservatory of Music; M.A., Ph.D., University of Michigan

    Ethnomusicologist specializing in the music of the United States, with a focus on jazz.

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  • Gurminder Kaur Bhogal

    Associate Professor of Music

    B.Mus., Royal College; M.Mus., King’s College; Ph.D., University of Chicago

    Interests include ornament in music and the visual arts of the early twentieth century in France; music and aesthetics; intersections between art and technology in Sikh devotional music (Gurbani Kirtan).

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  • Laura Bossert-King

    Senior Music Performance Faculty in Viola and Violin

    B.M., M.M., Eastman School of Music

    Director, LyricaFest Music Festival; Quartet Program, Longy School; visiting faculty, Eastman School; silver medalist, Henryk Szeryng Prize.

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  • Kathleen Boyd

    Senior Music Performance Faculty in Flute

    B.M., M.M., New England Conservatory of Music

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  • Martin Alan Brody

    Catherine Mills Davis Professor of Music

    B.A., Amherst College; M.M., D.M.A., Yale University School of Music

    Composer of concert music; historian of early modern music, especially music during the Cold War in relation to other arts.

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  • David Carrier

    Music Instructor in Organ

    B.M., M.M., New England Conservatory of Music

    Currently Director of Music for The Wellesley Congregational Church, The Newton Choral Society and Temple Shalom of Newton.

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  • Magdalen Christian

    Music Program Coordinator

    Bachelors, Boston Conservatory

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  • James David Christie

    Wellesley College Organist

    B.A., Oberlin College; M.M.A., New England Conservatory of Music

    College organist and organ teacher; oversees the care of all the pipe organs on campus.

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  • David Collins

    Coach/Accompanist

    B.M., Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo); M.M., University of Wisconsin (Madison); Ph.D., New England Conservatory of Music

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  • Glorianne Collver-Jacobson

    Senior Music Performance Faculty in Guitar and Lute

    B.A., University of California (Berkeley)

    Classical and flamenco guitarist and lutenist; teacher and performer, developing instructional materials for the study of classical guitar.

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  • Gabriela Diaz

    Music Instructor in Violin

    B.M. & M.M., New England Conservatory of Music

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  • Marion Dry

    Senior Music Performance Faculty in Voice; Director, Music Performance Program

    A.B., Harvard University; M.M., Northwestern University

    Contralto who loves opera and songs; fascinated by singing. Hopes to inspire student musicians. Enjoys to teach, learn, and grow.

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  • Isabel Fine

    Concert Manager

    Master of Arts, UCLA; Bachelor of Philosophy, Pennsylvania State University

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  • Charles B. Fisk

    Phyllis Henderson Carey Professor of Music

    A.B., Harvard College; M.M.A., D.M.A., Yale University School of Music

    Engaged in thinking and writing about the repertoire I perform as a pianist, and psychological and philosophical issues in music.

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  • Claire Fontijn

    Professor of Music

    B.A., Oberlin College; Certificate, The Royal Conservatory of The Hague; M.A., Ph.D., Duke University

    Interests include early music in general, Western Europe 1000-1750, music composed by women such as Fanny Hensel and St. Hildegard.

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  • Gale Fuller

    Senior Music Performance Faculty in Voice

    B.M., Peabody Conservatory of Music; M.M., New England Conservatory of Music

    Dedicated to the sublime art and pursuit of beautiful singing.

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  • Lisa Graham

    Evelyn Barry Director of the Choral Program; Lecturer in Music

    B.A., Sonoma State College; M.M., D.M.A., University of Southern California

    Conductor of Choral Program, including Choir, Chamber Singers, and Choral Scholars.

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  • Neal Louis Hampton

    Conductor, Brandeis-Wellesley Orchestra

    B.M., Eastman School of Music; M.M., Boston University

    Founder and Director of the Brandeis-Wellesley Orchestra.

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  • David Harris

    Music Performance Faculty in Jazz Trombone

    B.M., New England Conservatory of Music

    Trombonist, composer, arranger; also plays tuba, bass trombone, and piano; specializing in improvising and the music of Eastern Europe.

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  • Jane Harrison

    Music Instructor in Oboe

    B.M., Ohio Wesleyan University; M.M., Manhattan School of Music

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  • Mark S. Henry

    Senior Music Performance Faculty in Double Bass

    B.M., Berklee College of Music; M.M., University of Massachusetts (Lowell)

    Performer with jazz groups, classical and theatre orchestras; instructor of beginners to advanced in doublebass and electric bass.

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  • Randall Hodgkinson

    Music Performance Faculty in Piano

    B.M., M.M., New England Conservatory of Music

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  • Greg Hopkins

    Music Performance Faculty in Jazz Trumpet

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  • Laura Jeppesen

    Senior Music Performance Faculty in Viola da Gamba

    B.A., Wheaton College; M.M., Yale University

    Specialist in early music string playing. Plays repertory from the medieval, Renaissance & baroque eras with internationally-known ensembles.

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  • Jenny Olivia Johnson

    Assistant Professor of Music

    B.A., Barnard College; M.M., Manhattan School of Music; Ph.D., New York University

    Composer of amplified opera, scholar of music, trauma, and synaesthesia.

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  • Doug Johnson

    Senior Music Performance Faculty in Jazz Piano

    B.M., Michigan State University; M.M., New England Conservatory of Music

    Doug is an Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music.

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  • Steven Kirby

    Music Instructor, Jazz Guitar

    B.M., Berklee College of Music; M.M. University of Massachusetts (Amherst)

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  • Gabriel Langfur

    Music Instructor of Trombone

    B.A., Oberlin College; B.M., Oberlin Conservatory; M.M., New England Conservatory

    Bass trombonist in the Rhode Island Philharmonic and Vermont Symphony Orchestras; performs frequently with the Boston Symphony and Pops, the Boston Ballet Orchestra, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Opera Boston, and in orchestras and theaters throughout New England and beyond.

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  • Steve Langone

    Music Performance Faculty in Jazz-Rock-Latin Drums

    B.A., Berklee College of Music

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  • Lance Alexander Martin

    Music Performace Faculty in Jazz Flute

    Flute and Theory, Carnegie Mellon University; B.M. Berklee College of Music

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  • Katherine Matasy

    Senior Music Performance Faculty in Clarinet and Classical Saxophone

    B.A., M.M.A., New England Conservatory of Music

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  • Andrea Matthews

    Senior Music Performance Faculty in Voice

    A.B., Princeton University

    Soprano (opera/oratorio/concert), voice teacher, Alexander Technique teacher.

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  • Craig McNutt

    Music Performance Faculty in Percussion

    B.A., Hartt School of Music; M.M., Yale University

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  • Cercie Miller

    Senior Music Performance Faculty in Jazz Saxophone; Director, Wellesley BlueJazz

    Director, Wellesley BlueJazz

    Jazz saxophonist, composer, and bandleader. Teacher of jazz improvisation, saxophone and ensemble technique, jazz theory and history of jazz.

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  • Kanako Nishikawa

    Kanako Nishikawa

    Coach/accompanist

    B.M., Toho School of Music (Tokyo); M.M., New England Conservatory

    Active soloist, chamber musician and collaborative pianist.

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  • David Russell

    Music Performance Faculty in Cello; Director, Wellesley Chamber Music Society

    B.M., Eastman School; M.M., University of Akron; D.M.A., SUNY (Stony Brook)

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  • Dana Russian

    Music Performance Faculty in Trumpet

    B.A., Colby College

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  • Lois Shapiro

    Senior Music Performance Faculty in Piano

    B.Mus., Peabody Institute of Music; M.Mus., Yale University School of Music; D.Mus., Indiana University School of Music (Bloomington)

    Founding member of the Triple Helix Piano Trio

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  • Aaron Sheehan

    Music Performance Faculty in Voice

    B.A., Luther College; M.M., Indiana University (Bloomington)

    Member of the voice performance faculty.

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  • Jane E. Starkman

    Music Performance Faculty in Baroque Violin

    B.M., M.M., New England Conservatory of Music

    Professor of Music

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  • Suzanne E. Stumpf

    Senior Music Performance Faculty in Flute, Baroque Flute, and Chamber Music

    B.A., Wellesley College

    Specialist in chamber music; performer on modern and historical flutes; fosters study of repertoire within context of history/culture.

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  • Olga Talroze

    Senior Coach/accompanist

    B.M., M.M, San Francisco Conservatory of Music

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  • Jenny Chui-Chun Tang

    Senior Music Performance Faculty in Piano and Keyboard Skills; Assistant Director, Wellesley Chamber Music Society

    B.M., M.M., New England Conservatory of Music

    Assistant Director of the Chamber Music Society

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  • Rebecca Thornblade

    Music Performance Faculty in Cello

    B.M., Oberlin Conservatory; M.M., Juilliard School

    In addition to her work in the Music Dept. at Wellesley, Rebecca is currently a member of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra and has performed with Opera Boston, the Chamber Orchestra of Boston, The Boston Modern Orchestra Project and Cantata Singers.

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  • Kera Washington

    Senior Music Performance Faculty in African Diasporic Drumming and Director of Yanvalou

    B.A., Wellesley College; M.A., Wesleyan University; Ph.D. Candidate, Tufts University

    Focused on Yanvalou Drumming and Dance Ensemble, and African Diasporic drumming.

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  • Tom Zajac

    Senior Music Performance Faculty in Recorder and Early Winds; Director, Wellesley Collegium Musicum

    B.A., Northern Illinois University; M.F.A., Sarah Lawrence College

    Specialist in medieval and Renaissance music performance practice. Performs on a large number of wind and percussion instruments.

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  • Ina Zdorovetchi

    Ina Zdorovetchi

    Music Instructor in Harp

    B.M., Bucharest University of Music; B.M., Boston Conservatory; M.M., Boston University College of Fine Arts

    Artistic Director, Boston Harp Festival; Principal Harpist, Boston Lyric Opera; Top Prize Winner, 17th International Harp Contest in Israel

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  • Paula Zeitlin

    Senior Music Performance Faculty in Jazz Violin

    B.A., Earlham College; M.A., University of Chicago

    Teach jazz violin and viola improvisation, jazz string ensembles; perform with my jazz quintet PZQ; play fiddle, enjoy all styles.

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Contact Us

Contact Us

Department of Music
Jewett Arts Center
Wellesley College
106 Central Street
Wellesley, MA 02481


Tel: 781.283.2077 
Fax: 781.283.3687

 


Claire Fontijn
Chair
cfontijn@wellesley.edu
781.283.2072

 

Marion Dry
Director of the Music Performance Program
mdry@wellesley.edu
781.283.2977

 

Magdalen Christian
Music Program Coordinator
mchristi@wellesley.edu
781.283.2077

 

Isabel Fine
Concert Manager
isabel.fine@wellesley.edu
781.283.2028