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Photo of Barbara S Wiltsie Music FacultyBarbara S. Wiltsie | Bio
Associate Professor, Interim Chair
Director Lyric Theatre & Summer MT/Applied Voice
M.Mus., Manhattan School of Music
B.Mus., Eastern Michigan University
734-432-5715, 1506E

Adjunct Faculty

Tadeusz Biskupski | Bio
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Applied Cello
D.M.A., University of Michigan
M. Mus., Chopin Academy
Warsaw & Univ. of Stuttgart School of Music
Rachel Bletstein photoRachel Bletstein | Bio
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Applied Piano
D.M.A., University of South Carolina
M. Mus., Bowling Green State University
B.Mus., Cincinnati College - Conservatory of Music
734-432-5707, Room 1506A
Ian BoyntonIan Boynton | Bio
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Music Education
B.M.E., Western Michigan
M.A., Central Michigan
734-432-5543, Room 1506A
Ann Chen photoAnn Chen | Bio
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Applied Piano, Piano Pedagogy
D.M.A., Michigan State University
M.Mus., University of Oregon
B.M., University of British Columbia
734-432-5543, Room 1506A
Photo of Kevin Cushman Music FacultyKevin Cushman | Bio
Adjunct Associate Professor
Director Madonna Chorale/Ear Training/Conducting/Secondary Methods
M.S., Madonna University
B.A., Michigan State University
734-432-5508, Room 1506G
Photo of Joseph Daniel Music FacultyJoseph D. Daniel | Bio
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Applied Organ
D.M.A., University of Michigan
M.M., University of Michigan
M.M., University of Michigan
B.M., Baylor Univeristy
734-432-5543, Room 1506A
Photo of Matthew Daniels Music FacultyMatthew Daniels | Bio
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Applied Voice
D.M.A., Louisiana State University
M.A., Florida Atlantic University
B.Mus., Florida Atlantic University
734-432-5707, Room 1506A
Brendan Ige
Adjunct Instructor
Applied Low Brass
M.Mus., University of Michigan
B.Mus., Bowling Green State University
734-432-5707, Room 1506A
Photo of Joshua James Music FacultyJoshua James | Bio
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Music Education
Ph.D., Candidate, Oakland University
M.M., Oakland University
B.A., Albion College
Photo of Velda Kelly Music FacultyVelda Kelly | Bio
Adjunct Instructor
Applied Violin/Viola
M.Mus., Boston University
B.Mus., University of Cincinnati
734-432-5543, Room 1506A
Kassia Martin | Bio
Adjunct Instructor
Applied Flute
B.Mus., Wayne State University
734-432-5543, Room 1506A
Photo of Patricia Masri-Fletcher Music FacultyPatricia Masri-Fletcher | Bio
Adjunct Professor
Applied Harp
M.M., Juilliard, DSO Member
Steven McGheeSteven McGhee | Bio
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Coaching for the Singer/Applied Piano
D.M.A. University of Michigan
M.M. University of Michigan
B.M. West Chester University of Pennsylvania
734-432-5543, Room 1506A
Linette Popoff-Parks Music FacultyLinette Popoff-Parks | Bio
Adjunct Professor
Applied Piano, Humanities
M.A., Eastern Michigan University
B.Mus., Marygrove College
734-432-5709, 1506D
Lisa RaschiatoreLisa Raschiatore | Bio
Adjunct Associate Professor
Applied Clarinet/Chamber Music
D.M.A., University of Michigan
M.Mus., University Michigan
B.A., Pepperdine University
734-432-5706, Room 1506F
Jan Romans photoJanet Romans | Bio
Adjunct Instructor
Fundamentals of Acting
M.A., Eastern Michigan University
B.S., Eastern Michigan University
734-432-5543, Room 2432
Helene RottenbergHelene Rottenberg | Bio
Adjunct Professor
Applied Guitar, Humanities, Chamber Ensemble,
Music Appreciation
M.A., Musicology, Univ of Michigan
B.A., Music History/Art History, Univ of Michigan
734-432-5706, Room 1506F
Brandon RumseyBrandon Scott Rumsey | Bio
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Theory, Composition, Music Mgmt
D.M.A., University of Michigan
M.Mus., University of Texas at Austin
B.Mus., University of Oregon
734-432-5707, Room 1506A

Rachel Bletstein

Rachel Bletstein, a native of West Bloomfield, Michigan has a passion for both playing and teaching piano. She received her Doctoral of Musical Arts degree in Piano Pedagogy at the University of South Carolina under the tutelage of Phillip Bush. While at USC she collaborated as accompanist with instrumentalists and vocalists. Additionally, she taught private piano lessons at the University of South Carolina through the Center for Piano Studies. In May 2018, Dr. Bletstein completed her dissertation, A Theoretical and Stylistic Analysis of Paul Ben-Haim’s Five Pieces for Piano, Op. 34 and Piano Sonata, Op. 49. She began her research after traveling to Israel in 2016, where she became very interested in Israeli and Middle Eastern music. Dr. Bletstein received her Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from Bowling Green State University Music where she studied with Dr. Laura Melton. At Bowling Green State University, she taught group piano to undergraduate music majors. Dr. Bletstein holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. She also enjoys playing chamber music, as well as experimenting with improvisation, a topic with which she became particularly interested while completing her doctoral degree.

Dr. Bletstein has been active as an Officer in the collegiate chapters of the Music Teacher’s National Association. She has presented research at poster sessions at the 2015 and 2016 at SCMTA state conferences and has also presented at the MTNA National Conference in March of 2017.

Grazyna Biskupski

Received her Master of Music degree from the Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, Poland and the University of Michigan. She studied with Henryk Szeryng and Ruggiero Ricci. Prize winner of the First International Carl Nielsen Violin Competition of Denmark, Ms. Biskupski has performed as a concerto soloist and recitalist in Poland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and the USA.

Tadeusz Biskupski

Received his Master of Music degree from the Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, Poland, a Performer's Certificate from the Musikhochschule in Stuttgart, Germany, and a Doctorate in Cello Performance from the University of Michigan. His distinguished teachers included Antonio Janigro, Erling Blondal Bengtsson, and Janos Starker. Mr. Biskupski has performed as a recitalist and concerto soloist in Poland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and the USA.

Ian Boynton

Ian Boynton is an adjuct assistant professor of Music. He holds a Bachelor's in Music Education from Western Michigan University, and a Master of Arts in Educational Technology from Central Michigan University. Currently he teaches elementary music to grades pre-Kindergarten through Fifth Grade for Redford Union Schools. In addition to his teaching duties, Mr. Boynton serves as the Director of Chiors for Grace Lutheran Church in Redford. He is a frequent clinician around the country speaking on integrating technology into the music classroom and integrating the arts with core subject areas.

Ann Chen

Ann Chen, pianist and teacher is a graduate of Michigan State University where she received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance under the tutelage of Panayis Lyras. She also holds two Master of Music degrees from the University of Oregon, one in Piano Performace and one in Piano pedagogy where she worked with Dean Kramer and Claire Wachter. She has a special interest in piano pedagogy (the methodology of piano teaching and teacher training), that culminated with a research project focusing on graduate level piano pedagogy degrees in North America and the reconstruction of curriculum for courses at MSU.

Dr. Chen has been a teacher of piano and theory for over 12 years in both her private studio and at the college level. She has adjudicated festivals and competitions throughout the state of Michigan. She is also a member of Livonia Area Piano Teacher Association when she serves as Vice President of the organization. Dr. Chen is also an active performer, playing chamber music with her husband, Nicholas Toben, cellist.

Kevin Cushman

Kevin has been a lifelong music educator, beginning with Detroit Catholic Central H.S. and recently retiring from Redford Union Schools. In addition to private and public school education he has served as Minister of Music at churches in the Lansing Diocese, and is currently serving at St. Valentine Parish in Redford. Through the years Kevin's choirs have performed in locations including Sydney Opera House, Westminster Abbey, the U.S. Capitol, and the White House, State Capitol in Lansing, as well as the Governor's home. Performances have given for local and state dignitaries as well as performing by invitation for the victims of the 9/11 tragedy at the White House; masses at the cathedrals in Milan and Florence, and St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. The highest honor coming when his choir performed for His Holiness Pope (St.) John Paul II during a private audience. Kevin currently serves as an active adjudicator for the Michigan School Vocal Music Association and is a member of the American Choral Directors Association.

He has been serving as an adjunct associate professor in the Music Department at Madonna University since 2011.

Joseph D. Daniel

Joseph D. Daniel is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Organ whose reputation for musical excellence keeps him busy as a conductor, clinician, and accompanist throughout the state of Michigan. For six years, Dr. Daniel served as an adjunct faculty member at Washtenaw Community College where he taught voice, piano, musical theater, and music theory. He also founded and directed the WCC Chamber Singers, a comprehensive choral program comprised of five unique ensembles.

Dr. Daniel completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Organ Performance at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor as the final pupil of the late Dr. Robert Glasgow. Prior to his doctoral study, he earned dual master’s degrees in organ and carillon performance also from the University of Michigan.

He is a published composer whose works have been performed around the globe. He also maintains a private studio and adjudicates throughout the state for the MSVMA. Dr. Daniel is Artist in Residence at Christ Church, Grosse Pointe.

Matthew Daniels

Baritone Matthew J. Daniels holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from Louisiana State University, where he studied with Dr. Loraine Sims. He holds additional degrees in music from Florida Atlantic University (MA, BMus), Indian River Community College (AA), and in 2001 he attended Manhattan School of Music as a student of the late Met Opera baritone, Theodor Uppman. Dr. Daniels is currently on the voice faculties of Madonna University, Eastern Michigan University, and the University of Michigan-Flint. During 2016-17, Daniels was Assistant Professor of Voice at Mississippi State University, and prior to attending LSU as a doctoral teaching assistant, he was an adjunct instructor of voice at Florida Atlantic University and Indian River State College. Additionally, he has directed Catholic high school and church music programs in Michigan, Florida, and Louisiana.

Equally comfortable in a variety of musical styles, Daniels has sung leading roles in both opera and musical theatre, and he is an avid performer of concert and recital work. Recent engagements include an album of contemporary American art songs by David Rossow for the Wisdom Recordings Label entitled, Bells In Tower at Evening Toll. and AGMA Chorus with Michigan Opera Theatre (Detroit). Leading roles in opera, operetta, and musical theatre include the following: Così fan tutte (Guglielmo), Il barbiere di Siviglia (Figaro), The Magic Flute (Papageno), La Bohème (Marcello), Rigoletto (Rigoletto), Le Nozze di Figaro (Il Conte di Almaviva), Amahl and Night Visitors (Balthazar), Der Schauspieldirektor (Buff), The New Moon (Robert), The Mikado (Pooh-bah), Godspell (Jesus), Camelot (Lancelot), South Pacific (Emil), Man of La Mancha (Cervantes/Don Quixote), A Grand Night for Singing (Leading Man), and Cole! (Leading Man). Additionally, he has appeared as baritone soloist in several major works: Beethoven Mass in C, Mozart Coronation Mass, Brahms Requiem, Mozart Requiem, Handel Messiah, Mendelssohn Elijah, Fauré Requiem, Dubois Seven Last Words of Christ, Rutter Mass of the Children, and Vaughan-Williams Five Mystical Songs.

In addition to topics in vocal pedagogy, Dr. Daniels' research interests are steeped in the music of David P. Rossow, dear friend and subject of his doctoral dissertation. Daniels recently presented his research on Rossow's songs at the 31st CMS Pacific Northwest Regional Conference, the International Congress of Voice Teachers (ICVT2017) in Stockholm, Sweden, and the 41st Southern Region NATS Conference.

Outside of teaching and research, Dr. Daniels is an avid composer of contemporary sacred music. Many of his titles are published with International Liturgy Publications in Nashville, and he regularly travels the country as a musician for Faith on Fire Missions.

For more information, please visit www.matthewjdaniels.com.

Joshua James

Joshua James holds a B.A. in Saxophone Performance and Philosophy from Albion College. While at Albion, Joshua earned departmental honors in music, was granted the annual jazz service award, and designated a Presser Scholar. Joshua also holds K-12 certification in music education through Wayne State where he is currently pursuing an M.M. in Jazz Performance. In addition to his higher education pursuits, Joshua has studied bassoon, saxophone, composition, and arranging under such luminaries as Paul Ganson, Andrew Bishop, and Russ Miller.

Joshua James currently serves on the faculties of Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Preparatory, and West Bloomfield High School along with Madonna University. His current appointments include as applied woodwinds instructor, music technologies instructor, and ensemble director for jazz and concert bands. When not teaching, Joshua performs regularly in venues throughout the Midwest and Canada. He is currently a regular member of the Planet D. Nonet, an ensemble that has taken him to such stages as those at the Detroit International Jazz Festival, Jazzin’ on Jefferson, the Dirty Dawg Jazz Café, Cliffbells, and the Firefly Club. When not performing, Joshua composes and arranges original songs and choice standards for various musicians in the Detroit area.

Velda Kelly

Violinist Velda Kelly has been teaching and performing in metropolitan Detroit since 1983. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Cincinnati College - Conservatory of Music and a Master of Music degree from Boston University. Her violin teachers included Henry Meyer, Joseph Silverstein and Denes Zsigmondy. Ms. Kelly is a member of the Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra and is co-artistic director of Chamber Music at the Scarab Club. She also performs as an extra musician with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and has a large class of private violin students.

Kassia Martin

Kassia Martin holds positions in the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra, the Midland Symphony Orchestra, the Dearborn Symphony Orchestra, and the Livonia Symphony Orchestra. She also performs regularly as a soloist and with her husband, Sam Martin, as the Martin Wind Duo. She is also a dedicated teacher, with private students throughout southeast Michigan, and is the flute instructor at Madonna University in Livonia and the Steiner School of Ann Arbor. She is also the music director and conductor of the Flute Specialists Flute Choirs in Clawson, MI.

Patricia Masri-Fletcher

Patricia joined the Detroit Symphony as their Principal Harpist in 1988. She occupies the Winifred E. Polk chair, one of the prestigiously endowed positions in the orchestra. Since her appointment with the DSO, she has worked with virtually every current major classical music artist and has herself been a featured soloist with the DSO on numerous occasions. Ms. Masri-Fletcher holds a Master of Music Degree from The Juilliard School in New York, and a Bachelor of Music Degree from Holy Names College in Oakland, California. Her teachers include Ann Adams, Joan Axelson, Linda Wood Rollo, and Susann McDonald.

In addition to her duties with the DSO and teaching harp at Madonna University, she also maintains a private studio in the Detroit area. She has given harp master classes at Interlochen School for the Performing Arts' summer session, Michigan State University, University of Michigan in auditioning and arranging, and lecture demonstrations for composers and conductors at The Juilliard School. Ms. Masri-Fletcher resides in Novi, Michigan with her husband, Dr. Robert Fletcher, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Lawrence Technological University.

Stephen McGhee

Dr. Steven McGhee works in the genres of art song and opera as a coach, collaborative pianist and conductor. He is the artistic director and principal conductor for Opera MODO, serving as a leader of the creative team for thirteen productions since joining the Detroit-based organization in 2014. With soprano Dr. Leann Schuering, Dr. McGhee formed The Art Song Doctors, a performing and education-focused duo focused on bringing art song to an expanded audience and helping younger singers explore the song repertoire.

Recent recital appearances include The Yale Institute for British Art, New Haven, Connecticut; St. John’s Presbyterian Church, Berkeley, California; the Casement Fund Song Series in New York, New York; the Art Song Festival at Baldwin Wallace University, Cleveland, Ohio; and two weeklong master classes at the Britten-Pears Institute in Aldeburgh, England.

Dr. McGhee joined the faculty of Madonna University in 2018. He has served on the faculties of Long Island University, New York University and the University of Michigan, where he earned his masters’ and doctoral degrees in collaborative piano as a student of Martin Katz.

Judith Moslak

Holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Marygrove College, a Masters of Art degree from University of Detroit along with Orff Certification on Levels I, II and III from Oakland University. Since retiring several years ago from Farmington Public Schools where she served as an Elementary Vocal Music Consultant, Ms. Moslak joined Madonna University Music Department in 2003 as Adjunct Assistant Professor. Her responsibilities include teaching piano, Music Methods and other Music Education related courses. Along with private piano lessons in her home studio where she emphasizes ensemble playing, she attends international piano workshops in France, Norway and Austria.

Ms. Moslak is an active member of the Oakland Piano Teachers Forum (OPTF); is a charter board member, founding newsletter editor and Vice-President of Friends of Four Hands (a group dedicated to performing duet and duo-piano music); serves as Aural Awareness Judge for the Livonia Area Music Teachers Forum MMTA Student Achievement Testing; and is occasionally invited to appear as a guest speaker on music technology and piano ensemble playing at various piano teacher organizations in the state. In January 2004, Ms. Moslak founded the Pebble Creek Chamber Orchestra (PCCO). Besides enhancing her rehearsals of piano concerti for two, three and four pianos, the orchestra is hopefully an inspiration and incentive to talented teenaged piano, violin and clarinet students who are studying concertos to play with orchestra and also to those who are learning to play chamber music. If anyone wishes to attend and/or perform in one of her Saturday Soirees (piano ensemble/chamber music), please e-mail her at jmoslak@comcast.net for more information.

In the summer of 2005, Ms. Moslak founded the Orchard Lake Philharmonic Society (OLPS) and serves as its first president. The OLPS is a non-profit organization that encompasses not only the PCCO, but also, working in partnership with Madonna University, a student/community orchestra and eventually a fullfledged professional orchestra that will rehearse and perform on the Madonna University at Orchard Lake Center campus. Recent performances include duo-piano concerts at the Troy Public Library and the Jewish Community Center chamber music series. On November 2006, she engineered and performed in a sixhour chamber music PCCO FUNraiser, featuring Bach concerti for two, three and four pianos with orchestra at Hammell Music of Novi. Forty musicians, both student and professional, ranging in ages from 10 to 74 performed in the program which was designed to promote interest in performing live chamber music.

Linette Popoff-Parks

Professor Popoff-Parks is a performing member of the Tuesday Musicale of Detroit, performed with local and national artists, and has premiered works by local composers such as Elaine Lebenbaum. Ms. Popoff-Parks has entertained audiences at Chamber Music at the Scarab Club with works of female composers like Clara Schumann, Amy Beach, Mel Bonis, and Elfrida Andree. As a member of the College Music Society, Livonia Area Piano Teachers Guild, the Michigan Music Teachers Association and Music Teacher National Association, she serves as an adjudicator for numerous piano competitions, scholarship auditions, and has been guest speaker at State Conventions as well as local chapters meetings. She was a member of the MMTA State Board of Certification for 6 years, encouraging the certification of piano teachers. She also researches advanced literature for pianists with small hands, avoiding injuries to finger, hand, and arm. Professor Popoff-Parks teaches applied piano, theory, and humanities, and is devoted to bringing “classical” music into non-traditional venues through the Classical Revolution Detroit Series. Professor Popoff-Parks has received three Madonna President’s Citations, and two awards for Effective and Creative Teaching. Most recently, she was nominated for a Grammy Music Educator Award for 2015.

Lisa Raschiatore

Clarinetist Lisa Raschiatore is a freelance musician and teacher in the Southeastern Michigan area. She currently serves as Principal Clarinetist with the Michigan Philharmonic and Bass Clarinetist with the West Michigan Symphony Orchestra. She has appeared as a substitute musician with the Windsor, Grand Rapids, Michigan Opera Theatre, and Detroit Symphony Orchestras on clarinet, bass clarinet, contrabass clarinet, and basset horn. She has also toured the country with the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players as principal clarinetist, and has appeared with many other regional orchestras including the Dearborn, Traverse City, Ann Arbor, Flint, Saginaw, Adrian, Oakland, Macomb, Birmingham-Bloomfield, and Warren Symphony Orchestras.

As an active proponent of contemporary music, she regularly performs and commissions composers in chamber music settings, most recently with her wind trio, Protea, at Trinosophes, the Detroit Institute of Arts, and Kerrytown Concert House, and with Amphion Percussion at the DIA and Constellation in Chicago. She has appeared with vocalist/composer Shara Worden and her band My Brightest Diamond at Art X in Detroit, the Laneway Festival at Meadowbrook, the MusicNOW Festival in Cincinnati, and with the ensemble Music at the Lincoln Center "Out of Doors" Festival in New York City. She co-founded a new-music ensemble called Warped Consort and commissioned works from composers David T. Little, Evan Chambers, Andre Myers, and Kirsten Volness. She recently worked with composer Evan Chambers in the development of his clarinet sonata, Atonement, and was a member of the commissioning consortium that sponsored the work. She has also worked with composer Michael Daugherty in the creation of his clarinet concerto, Brooklyn Bridge, and his chamber work Ladder to the Moon, recently premiering the trio version. She has premiered numerous works by young composers as a three-year member of the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble in residence at the Aspen Music Festival, and has participated in the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, the Eastern Music Festival in North Carolina, and the Festival de Música de Santa Catarina in Jaraguá do Sul, Brazil. While a member of ACE, she was a featured performer on "Performance Today," the nationally syndicated radio show from American Public Media.

She completed her undergraduate degree at Pepperdine University under the tutelage of Mary Gale, and earned both her Masters and Doctoral degrees at the University of Michigan with Fred Ormand, Dan Gilbert, and Monica Kaenzig. Dr. Raschiatore has served as the Interim Professor of Clarinet at Central Michigan University, as Instructor of Clarinet at Alma College, and as Adjunct Professor of Music Theory at Adrian College. Currently, she teaches clarinet, chamber music, and appreciation courses at Madonna University in Livonia, and maintains a private studio. This summer, she leads the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts Clarinet Workshop for middle and high school students, and is on faculty at the Performing Arts Institute of Wyoming Seminary in Pennsylvania. For more information, please visit www.lisaraschiatore.com

Janet Romans

Janet Romans holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Eastern Michigan University with majors in Theatre, Education, and Communication. She recently retired after teaching theatre and English at Redford Union Schools as well as directing theatre at both Redford Union and South Lyon Community Schools. Janet has also worked with community theatres, including The Farmington Players and The Brass Tacks Ensemble, performing in a variety of roles on and offstage, and has presented workshops at Eastern Michigan University’s Best Practices Conference and for Center Stage Jackson. In addition to her involvement in theatre, Jan works as a volunteer wedding gown consultant at The Brides Project, a non-profit bridal salon, the proceeds from which benefit the Cancer Support Community in Ann Arbor.

Helene Rottenberg

Helene Rottenberg is a Professor of Music at Madonna University in Livonia, MI, and also teaches guitar at Herb David Guitar Studio in Ann Arbor, MI. She has a Master of Musicology degree from the University of Michigan and was a student of the late Argentinean guitarist, Manuel Lopez-Ramos. Helene has performed extensively in the Midwest, particularly in the Detroit/Ann Arbor area, since 1975. She has often played as a featured performer in chamber music concerts at the “Festival of the Lakes” in Alexandria, Minnesota, and has appeared on Minnesota Public Radio. She plays professionally in a flute/guitar duo, Divertimente, with flutist Susan Lazar, and they recently have released their first CD, featuring music by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Johann Sebastian Bach, and Bela Bartok. She performs as a soloist and also enjoys playing in various ensembles. She has often played with Chamber Music at the Scarab Club, and is a regular performer with Woodward Corridor Musicians and the Detroit Concert Choir. For the last few years she has been on the faculty of the Adult Classical Guitar Workshop at the Interlochen Music Camp, judged the International Youth Competition, and with the Guitar Foundation of America she serves on the board and conducts workshops at their conferences.

Brandon Scott Rumsey

Dr. Brandon Rumsey is an Ann Arbor-based composer, bassoonist, and teacher. His music emphasizes harmony, rhythm, texture and orchestrational color and frequently explore themes of love, nature, and conversation. Dr. Rumsey’s concert works have been performed across the United States, in Australia and Africa. Beyond the concert hall, he has composed music for independent film, musicals, and contemporary plays.

Dr. Rumsey’s research in musicology and theory intersects with studies in gender and sexuality, tying together political advocacy, feminist theory, LGBTQ studies, and music research in order to advance performance and research of historically underrepresented musicians and their work.

In addition to teaching at Madonna University, Dr. Rumsey is a teaching artist with the Trade Winds Ensemble, an editorial assistant and copyist at the University of Michigan Gershwin Initiative, and the artistic director and bassoonist of the Emblems woodwind quintet, an artist collective committed to education, inclusive- and equity-conscious programming, and performing exciting overlooked repertoire.

Garrett Schumann

Garrett Schumann is an award-winning American composer, arts entrepreneur, and music theorist, based in Ypsilanti, MI.

Over the last few years, Garrett has created new works for a variety of settings, including collaborations with percussionists Christopher Froh and Mayumi Hama, the Chicago-based chamber ensemble Latitude49, the Akropolis Reed Quintet, percussionist Andres Pichardo of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and percussionist Christopher Sies. Garrett’s most recent projects include scoring NYC-based director Cosmo Carlson’s short film The Derby, and two song cycles – setting the poetry of living American poets – for violist Michael Hall and mezzo-soprano Megan Ihnen.

For the last two years, Garrett has served as President and Executive Director of ÆPEX Contemporary Performance, a Michigan-based concert presenting organization dedicated to performing the music of underrepresented and rarely performed twentieth and twenty-first century composers from around the world.

Garrett is also an active, internationally published, music theorist specializing in the analysis of heavy metal music. Garrett holds faculty positions at Madonna University (Livonia, MI) and Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo, MI). Dr. Garrett Schumann's personal website: http://www.garrettschumann.com/

Emily Smokovich

Emily Smokovich has been praised as a “brilliant” and “mesmerizing” performer (IDS). Originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan, Ms. Smokovich began her piano studies at age 5 and voice lessons at 15. She completed her B.M. and M.M. at the prestigious Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, studying with Andreas Poulimenos and just received her D.M.A from the University of Michigan, where she studied with Freda Herseth.

Role highlights include the collegiate premiere as Margaret Johnson in The Light in the Piazza and Annina in Der Rosenkavalier. Dr. Smokovich has worked with renowned conductors, directors, and coaches, such as David Effron, Dan Riddle, Michael Ehrmann, Carol Vaness, Virginia Zeani, and Sylvia McNair.

Along with a deep love of performing, Dr. Smokovich has a great desire to teach, to share her love of music with others, and to support other singers. She believes that it is important to give young singers the proper tools to proceed into the music world with a healthy, supported, and sustainable sound, as well as a comprehensive knowledge of the music in general. She was the Interim Instructor of Voice in the Musical Theatre Program at the University of Michigan last year and she continues to teach in the area.

Barbara S. Wiltsie

Barbara Wiltsie, mezzo-soprano, has soloed with numerous symphonies, chorale groups and opera companies throughout the Midwest; including the DSO, Southwestern Michigan Symphony, Toledo Symphony, Bach Festival of Kalamazoo, Mendelssohn Chorale of Pittsburgh, The Singers Club of Cleveland, Opera!Lenawee, Michigan Opera Theater, Des Moines Metro Opera, Fargo-Moorhead Civic Opera, and Toledo Opera. A former long-time Michigan Opera Theatre Touring Artist, she has garnered many awards—such as the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions as a two-time Regional finalist, winner of the Friedrich Schorr Memorial Performance Prize and a winner in the NOA Artist Awards. A recipient of the 2004 Teaching of Excellence Adjunct Faculty award, her full-time duties since 2006 include Director (and founder) of Lyric Theatre and vocal-related classes. In addition to her university duties, Ms. Wiltsie is the Founder & Managing Director for the Madonna University Summer Music Theater Intensive for high school students, as well as a sought-after adjudicator for MSVMA, NATS and other musical organizations. She is Co-Director of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions - Michigan Committee. For more information about the Summer MT Intensive program, please visit http://madonnauniversitysummermt.weebly.com/.