Faculty & Staff

Academic Faculty

Gurminder Bhogal, Catherine Mills Davis Associate Professor
Claire Fontijn, Phyllis Henderson Carey Professor
Lisa Graham, Evelyn Barry Director of the Choral Program
K. E. Goldschmitt, Assistant Professor
Jenny Johnson, Associate Professor (on leave 2021-2022)
Sid Richardson, Visiting Lecturer
David Russell, 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
Kanako Nishikawa, coach/accompanist
Lois Shapiro, piano
Olga Talroze, accompanist
Jenny Tang, piano, Chamber Music Society

Voice

Kris Adams, jazz voice
Deborah Selig, soprano
Sonja Tengblad, soprano

Strings

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

Winds

Amy Advocat, clarinet (Fall 2021, only)
Kyoko Battaglia, oboe
Kathy Boyd, flute
Katherine Matasy, clarinet, saxophone (on leave Fall 2021)
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
Gabriel Langfur, bass trombone
Steve Langone, jazz drum set, percussion
Craig McNutt, percussion
Kera Washington, African diasporic drumming

Ensembles

Margaret Angelini, Guild of Carillonneurs
Lisa Graham, Choral Program
Neal Hampton, Brandeis-Wellesley Orchestra
Cercie Miller, Wellesley BlueJazz Big Band
David Russell, Chamber Music Society
Jenny Tang, Chamber Music Society
Kera Washington, percussion, Yanvalou Drumming and Dance
Paula Zeitlin, Wellesley BlueJazz Combos


Administrative Staff

Eliko Akahori, Director of the Music Performance Program
Magdalen Christian, Music Program Coordinator
Isabel Fine, Concert Manager
Jenny Johnson, Chair of the Department
Carol Lubkowski, Music Librarian
Raymond Schmidt, Music Cataloging & Metadata Manager
 

  • 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

  • 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

    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

    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

  • Assistant Professor of Music

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

    Ethnomusicologist and popular music scholar of Brazil, Latin America, and Luso-Africa; Jazz and the African Diaspora; Audiovisual Media; global music industry

    More about K.E. Goldschmitt

  • 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.

    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

    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 Piano

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

    More about Randall Hodgkinson

  • 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

  • Music Instructor 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 organist and clavichordist. She recently joined the faculty of Wellesley College as College Organist and Instructor in Organ.

    More about Erica Johnson

  • Associate Professor of Music

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

    Composer, sound artist, and music scholar.

    More about Jenny Olivia 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

  • 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

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

    Director, Wellesley BlueJazz Big Band, and Jazz and World Music Program Director

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

    More about Cercie Miller

  • Coach/Collaborative Keyboardist

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

    Active soloist, chamber musician and collaborative pianist.

    More about Kanako Nishikawa

  • Visiting Lecturer in Music

    B.A., Tufts University; M.M., Boston Conservatory; A.M., Ph.D., Duke University

    More about Sid Richardson

  • 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

  • Music Instructor in Voice

    B.A., BM., University of Michigan, School of Music; M.M., 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 and 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 Baroque Violin

    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 and Keyboard Skills; Co-Director, Wellesley Chamber Music Society

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

    Assistant Director of the Chamber Music Society

    More about Jenny Chui-Chun Tang

  • Music Instructor in Voice

    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

  • 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, teach jazz violin and viola improvisation, 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