Faculty & Staff

Academic Faculty

Gurminder Bhogal, Catherine Mills Davis Professor of Music
Claire Fontijn, Phyllis Henderson Carey Professor of Music 
Kaleb E. Goldschmitt, Associate Professor (on research leave FA2023)
Lisa Graham, Evelyn Barry Director of the Choral Program
Reinaldo Moya, Associate Professor
David Collins, Lecturer
Cercie Miller, Senior Performance Music Faculty
David Russell, Senior Lecturer
Jenny Tang, Senior Performance Music Faculty

Performance Faculty

Keyboard

Eliko Akahori, piano
David Collins, coach/accompanist
Randall Hodgkinson, piano
Russell Hoffmann, jazz piano
Doug Johnson, coach/jazz accompanist
Erica Johnson, organ, harpsichord
Kanako Nishikawa, coach/accompanist
Lois Shapiro, piano
Olga Talroze, accompanist
Jenny Tang, piano, Chamber Music Society

Voice

Kris Adams, jazz voice
Kristin Lawler, mezzo-soprano
Deborah Selig, soprano
Sonja Tengblad, soprano

Strings

Laura Bossert-King, viola, violin
Gabriela Diaz, violin
Mark Henry, string bass, jazz bass
Franziska Huhn, harp
Laura Jeppesen, viola da gamba
Steven Kirby, acoustic guitar, jazz guitar
Catherine Liddell, lute
Leo Lynch-McDonnell, coach/jazz accompanist
David Russell, cello, Chamber Music Society
Jane Starkman, violin, baroque violin
Rebecca Thornblade, cello
Paula Zeitlin, jazz violin, jazz viola
Hui Weng, guzheng

Winds

Kyoko Hida-Battaglia, oboe
Kathy Boyd, flute
Fernando Brandão, jazz flute
Katherine Matasy, clarinet, saxophone 
Tracy McGinnis, bassoon
Cercie Miller, jazz saxophone

Brass and Percussion

Fred Aldrich, french horn
Thomas Duprey, trumpet, jazz trumpet
Richard Greenblatt, vibraphone
Mark Hamilton, jazz trombone
Steve Langone, jazz drum set, percussion
Craig McNutt, percussion
Robert Savine, coach/jazz accompanist
Kera Washington, African diasporic drumming

Ensembles

Margaret Angelini, Guild of Carillonneurs
Lisa Graham, Choral Programs
Neal Hampton, Brandeis-Wellesley Orchestra
Laura Jeppesen, Collegium Musicum
Erica Johnson, Wellesley College Organ Club
Cercie Miller, Wellesley BlueJazz Big Band
David Russell, Chamber Music Society
Jenny Tang, Chamber Music Society
Kera Washington, Yanvalou Drum & Dance Ensemble
Paula Zeitlin, Wellesley BlueJazz Combos


Administrative Staff

Eliko Akahori, Director of the Music Performance Program
Claire Fontijn, Co-Chair of the Department
Carol Lubkowski, Music Librarian
David Russell, Co-Chair of the Department
Felicity Salmon, Music Program and Concert Manager
Dagny von Mering, Academic Administrator

  • 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.

    More about Kris Adams

  • Senior Music Performance Faculty in Piano; Director, Music Performance Program

    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.

    More about Eliko Akahori

  • Senior 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.

    More about Fred Aldrich

  • Carillon Instructor, Director of Guild of Carillonneurs

    Bachelors, Wellesley College; Masters of Music, New England Conservatory

    Having taught piano and music theory at Stonehill College for 9 years, she now teaches carillon at Wellesley College, where she acts as advisor to the 25-member student Guild of Carillonneurs.  She also serves as organist at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Sharon.

    More about Margaret Angelini

  • Catherine Mills Davis Professor of Music

    B.Mus(Hons), Royal College of Music; M.Mus., King’s College, University of London; Ph.D., University of Chicago

    Scholarly interests focus on the music of French composers including Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy, Erik Satie, Gabriel Fauré, Maurice Delage; the practice of ornament in French music and the visual arts during the early twentieth century; music and aesthetics; music and orientalism/exoticism/colonialism-decolonialism; and Sikh devotional music (Sikh Kirtan)

    More about Gurminder Kaur Bhogal

  • 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.

    More about Laura Bossert-King

  • Senior Music Performance Faculty in Flute

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

    More about Kathleen Boyd

  • Lecturer in Music; Senior Coach/Collaborative Keyboardist

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

    More about David Collins

  • Music Performance Faculty in Violin

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

    Ms. Diaz is actively involved in contemporary music in Boston, and is a member of the Callithumpian Consort, Firebird, Ludovico, Dinosaur Annex and Sound Icon Ensembles. You can hear Gabriela on Mode, Centaur, New World, BMOP Sound, and Tzadik records.

    More about Gabriela Diaz

  • Music Performance Faculty in Jazz and Classical Trumpet

    B.M., Crane School of Music, Music Education, Trumpet Performance; M.M., New England Conservatory of Music, Jazz Studies - Composition

    I have been freelancing as a trumpet player in the Boston area since the mid 1980s. My jazz friends say I'm a classical player, and my classical playing friends say I'm a jazzer with a good tone --- I feel that I'm a “generalist” - Jack of all Trades - who noodles his way through the trumpet!

    More about Tom Duprey

  • Phyllis Henderson Carey Professor of Music

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

    Research and Teaching Interests: Early Music, Women Composers, Symphonic and Chamber Music Repertoire, J.S. Bach

    More about Claire Fontijn

  • Associate Professor of Music

    B.A., University of California (Los Angeles); M.A., University of California (San Diego); Ph.D., University of California (Los Angeles)

    Popular music scholar of Brazil and Latin America; Jazz and the African Diaspora; Music in Film and Audiovisual Media; Music Industry; Music and Disability

    More about Kaleb Goldschmitt

  • Evelyn Barry Director of the Choral Program; Senior 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.

    More about Lisa Graham

  • Music Performance Faculty in Trombone and Jazz Trombone

    B.M. University of Delaware; M.Mus., New England Conservatory of Music

    More about Mark Hamilton

  • Conductor, Brandeis-Wellesley Orchestra

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

    Director of Orchestras, Brandeis University and Wellesley College

    More about Neal Louis Hampton

  • Senior Music Performance Faculty in Double Bass and Electric 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.

    More about Mark S. Henry

  • Music Performance Faculty in Oboe

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

    Oboe and English Horn Instructor

     

    More about Kyoko Hida-Battaglia

  • Senior Music Performance Faculty in Piano

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

    More about Randall Hodgkinson

  • Music Performance Faculty in Jazz Piano

    B.M., University of Texas at Arlington; M.Ed., Cambridge College

    More about Russell Hoffmann

  • Music Performance Faculty in Harp

    B.M., Boston University; M.Mus., New England Conservatory of Music

    More about Franziska Huhn

  • 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.

    More about Laura Jeppesen

  • 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.

    More about Doug Johnson

  • Music Performance Faculty in Organ and Harpsichord and College Organist

    B.M., Oberlin College and Oberlin Conservatory of Music ; M.Mus., New England Conservatory of Music; D.M.A., Eastman School of Music

    Erica Johnson is a Boston based keyboardist. She joined the faculty of Wellesley College as College Organist and Instructor in Organ and Harpsichord in 2019.
     

    More about Erica Johnson

  • Senior Music Performance Faculty in Acoustic Guitar and Jazz Guitar

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

    Guitarist, composer, educator, Mr. Kirby is a graduate of Berklee College of Music and has a Masters degree in Jazz Composition and Arranging from University of Massachusetts (Amherst). As well as his work as string faculty at Wellesley College, he is an Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music and teaches for Berklee online.

    More about Steve Kirby

  • Music Performance Faculty in 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.

    More about Gabriel Langfur

  • Senior Music Performance Faculty in Jazz-Rock-Latin Drums

    B.A., Berklee College of Music

    More about Steve Langone

  • Music Performance Faculty in Voice

    B.M. Capital University Conservatory of Music, M.M. Longy School of Music of Bard College

    As a performer and teacher I firmly believe it is my duty to help others find their voice. I aim to encourage individuality and creativity within my students and strive to give them the courage and confidence to speak up, sing out, and be heard.

    More about Kristin Lawler

  • Music Instructor in Lute

    B.A., Sarah Lawrence College

    I am animated by the joy of working with like-minded musicians toward a common goal of performances that transport the listener to another time, and touch their emotions.

    More about Catherine Liddell

  • Senior Music Performance Faculty in Clarinet and Classical Saxophone

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

    More about Katherine Matasy

  • Senior Music Performance Faculty in Bassoon

    B.M.A.S., University of Delaware; M.M., New England Conservatory of Music

    More about Tracy L. McGinnis

  • Senior Music Performance Faculty in Percussion

    B.M., Hartt School of Music; M.M., Yale University; D.M.A., New England Conservatory of Music

    More about Craig McNutt

  • Coordinator of the Jazz and World Music Program; Director, Wellesley BlueJazz; Senior Music Performance Faculty in Jazz Saxophone

    Diploma in Jazz Studies, New England Conservatory of Music

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

    More about Cercie Miller

  • Associate Professor of Music Composition and Theory

    D.M.A., The Juilliard School; M.M., The Juilliard School, B.M.; West Virginia University

    Venezuelan-American composer and educator. Interested in writing vibrant music inspired by immigrant stories, identity, and the issues of our time.

    More about Reinaldo Moya

  • Coach/Collaborative Keyboardist and Music Instructor in Piano

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

    Active soloist, chamber musician and collaborative pianist.

    More about Kanako Nishikawa

  • Senior Lecturer in Music; Co-Director, Wellesley Chamber Music Society; Music Performance Faculty in Cello

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

    More about David Russell

  • Visiting Lecturer in Music

    Music Composition (Boston Conservatory at Berklee); Eastern-Western Philosophy, Humanities (S.A.I.C.E, India)

    Composer, Producer, New Media Artist | Researcher in Sound Studies, Music Theory & Philosophy | Co-Founder of Āyāhi, an experiential art atelier working with immersive experiential art and audiovisual installations.

    More about Mrityunjay Sathyanarayanan

  • Music Performance Faculty in Voice

    B.A., B.M., University of Michigan, School of Music; M.M., A.D., University of Cincinnati, College - Conservatory of Music

    Classical singer and voice teacher. I work with my students to develop a strong vocal technique that allows a healthy and free expression of their natural voice. I also emphasize strengthening musicianship and communicating a clear dramatic point of view with every performance.

    More about Deborah Selig

  • 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

    More about Lois Shapiro

  • Senior Music Performance Faculty in Violin, Baroque Violin, and Viola

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

    Professor of Music

    More about Jane E. Starkman

  • Senior Coach/Collaborative Keyboardist

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

    More about Olga Talroze

  • Senior Music Performance Faculty in Piano; Co-Director, Wellesley Chamber Music Society

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

    Co-Director of the Chamber Music Society

    More about Jenny Chui-Chun Tang

  • Music Performance Faculty in Voice

    B.A., St. Olaf College

    My students will experience a holistic approach to singing, rooted in sound pedagogy, artistic passion, and above all, compassion.

    More about Sonja Tengblad

  • Senior 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.

    More about Rebecca Thornblade

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

    B.A., Wellesley College; M.A., Wesleyan University

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

    More about Kera Washington

  • Music Instructor in Guzheng

    B.A., Central Conservatory of Music; M.M., The New England Conservatory of Music

    More about Hui Weng

  • Senior Music Performance Faculty in Jazz Violin and Viola; Director of Wellesley BlueJazz Combos

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

    Jazz violinist and bandleader, jazz violin and viola improvisation instructor, BlueJazz Combo Program Director and Coach

    More about Paula Zeitlin

Faculty Emeritus

  • Catherine Mills Davis Professor Emeritus 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.

    More about Martin Alan Brody

  • Senior Music Performance Faculty Emerita in Voice

    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.

    More about Marion Dry

  • Phyllis Henderson Carey Professor Emeritus 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.

    More about Charles B. Fisk

  • Senior Music Performance Faculty Emerita 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.

    More about Suzanne E. Stumpf