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Professor of Music
Artist in Residence
Director of Keyboard Studies

Phone: (541) 552-6541
Office: MU 206
E-Mail: tutunov @


BA, 1986, Minsk College of Music
MA, 1992, Belarusian State Conservatory of Music
MA, 1996, University of North Texas
DMA, 1996, Belarusian Academy of Music

More information about Alexander Tutunov, including a current schedule of appearances, can be found at

Alexander Tutunov is widely recognized as one of the most outstanding virtuosos of the former Soviet Union. First Prize winner of the Belarusian National Piano Competition and winner of the Russian National Piano Competition, Tutunov's playing was described by Soviet Culture, Moscow, as "exhilarating and inspired, and which demonstrated a unique talent".

Dr. Tutunov maintains a busy performing schedule in Europe, China, Mexico, and the United States as a recitalist, soloist with orchestra, and on radio and television. Dr. Tutunov is also in demand as an adjudicator for piano competitions.

Tutunov's recording of the Abeliovich Piano Concerto was featured as part of the Emmy award winning soundtrack for the History Channel documentary, Russia: Land of Tsars, and his CD of the Tchaikovsky Concert Fantasy with the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra was produced in January 2008. Other recordings include: Concerto for Piano & Orchestra by Peter Sacco with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra (Albany Records) and the solo piano works of Lev Abeliovich Sonatas & Frescoes, Trio, Songs (Altarus Records).

Tutunov graduated magna cum laude from the Central Music School of the Moscow Conservatory (studies with Anna Artobolevskaya and Lev Naumov) and University of North Texas (piano studies with Joseph Banowetz). Awarded his doctoral diploma with honors in concert performance from the Belarusian State Conservatory, Dr. Tutunov has taught at the Minsk College of Music, the University of North Texas, and Illinois Wesleyan University.

Alexander Tutunov now lives in Ashland, where he is Professor of Piano and Artist in Residence at Southern Oregon University. A successful piano pedagogue, he continues to prepare award-winning students. Dr. Tutunov is Artist in Residence at the University of Alaska Southeast, Artistic director of the SOU International Piano Institute, and was recently named the Director of the Chinese-American International Piano Institute in Chengdu, China.

Associate Professor of Music
Coordinator, Master of Music

Phone: (541) 552-6538
Office: MU 209
E-Mail: purslowv @


BM, 1981, University of the Pacific
MA, 1991, California State University Sacramento
EdD, 1996, University of the Pacific

Dr. Vicki Purslow (born 1963) is an American saxophonist and arranger. She has played with Mel Torme, Joe Williams, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Mary Wilson, The Funk Brothers, and various other bands. Presently, she is tenor saxophonist with the Mazama Saxophone Quartet.

Purslow was born in the San Francisco Bay Area. She began studying guitar from Joe Bruhl at age 7. At age 11 she began learning the tenor saxophone, and two years later the clarinet. Purslow was always interested in arranging, starting with vocal jazz arrangements inspired by the Manhattan Transfer. In 1985, after graduating from the University of Pacific Conservatory of Music, she started her professional career as a middle school teacher, and later as a college band director. Purslow is now an associate professor of music at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon.

A published arranger, her works include pieces for saxophone and clarinet ensembles of all sizes and ability levels. She frequently arranges for the Siskiyou Saxophone Orchestra, conducted by Professor Rhett Bender of Southern Oregon University; the University of West Georgia Saxophone Ensemble, conducted by Professor John Bluel; and Sichuan Conservatory of Music’s saxophone ensembles, conducted by Associate Professor Yusheng Li. Her arrangements, most of which are published by Watchdog Music Publishers, have enjoyed international debuts in Ashland, Oregon; Carrollton, Georgia; Paris, France; and Shanghai, China. Purslow also composed an original score for the play Bone: Dying Into Life.

Professor of Music
Director of Percussion Studies

Phone: (541) 552-6548
Office: MU 223


BS, 1989, California State University, Fresno
BM, 1994, California State University, Sacramento
MA, 1996, DMA, 1999, University of California, San Diego

Terry Longshore is active as a performer, composer, and educator of percussion and has performed throughout the U.S. as well as in Sweden, Mexico, Canada, Brazil, India, and the U.K. He performs regularly as a soloist and with percussion duo Skin & Bones, multi-media quintet Sonoluminescence, flute/percussion duo Caballito Negro, and flamenco ensemble Alba Flamenca. Major festivals Longshore has performed at include the Bang on a Can Festival in New York City, the Britt Classical Festival, the Festival of New American Music, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Green Umbrella Series, the Cabrillo Music Festival, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and the Cycle of Percussion at the National Center of the Arts in Mexico City. He can be heard on numerous CD and motion picture recordings and has premiered many compositions for solo percussion, chamber ensemble, and symphony orchestra.

Longshore holds bachelor's degrees from the California State University at Fresno and Sacramento. He earned the master's and doctoral degrees in contemporary music performance from the University of California, San Diego where he studied under percussion virtuoso Steven Schick. Longshore studied tabla with Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri at the Ali Akbar College of Music and has undertaken additional studies in Indian classical music with sitar virtuoso Kartik Seshadri.

Margaret R. Evans, DMA (1981)
Professor of Music, University Organist

Phone: (541) 552-6540
Office: MU 223


BA, 1971, Chatham College
MM, 1974, University of Michigan
DMA, 1978, Eastman School of Music
Performer's Certificate in Organ from Eastman

Professional Memberships:

American Guild of Organists, the Association of Anglican Musicians, the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers, and the American Choral Directors Association

Dr. Evans has played many recitals throughout the United States including recitals for northwest and southwest regional conventions of the American Guild of Organists and the Ninth International Summer Organ Festival in Balboa Park, San Diego. Her workshop presentation topics have included the organ music of Buxtehude, music for manuals, new organ music, conducting from the console, and choral literature.

She is the author of Sacred Cantatas, an annotated bibliography of choral works as well as author of various articles and reviews in The American Organist and The Diapason. In 2000 she presented three different all-Bach recitals on three organs in the Rogue Valley to commemorate the 250th anniversary of Bach's death.

In addition to her position at SOU, she is Music Director at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Medford where she conducts two choirs and plays three services every week and manages a concert series.

Associate Professor of Music
Director of Bands

Phone: (541) 552-6546
Office: MU 226


BA, 1978, California State University, Fullerton
MM, 1984, University of California, San Diego
PhD, 2000, University of Colorado

Cynthia Hutton is the conductor of the Southern Oregon University Symphonic Band and is the Faculty Advisor for the Raider Athletic Band. In September of 1995 she was appointed Conductor and Musical director of the Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon, a community orchestra comprised of students ranging in age from 13 to 23.

Prior to her arrival at SOU in September of 1994, she was Director of Bands at the University of California, San Diego. She recently completed a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Conducting at the University of Colorado, Boulder where she studied with Allan McMurray.

As a french horn artist, Ms. Hutton has performed with the San Diego Symphony, the San Diego Opera Orchestra, the Colorado Symphony, the Boulder Philharmonic, and the Classic Brass Quintet. She is currently playing horn with the Rogue Valley Symphony. In 1993 Ms. Hutton was awarded the Alteria M. Bryant Award honoring women in the arts.