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Instructor – Voice
AA, General Education, Sacramento City College; BA, Vocal Performance, Mary Baldwin University
Madeline Abel-Kerns is a classically trained singer, actor, and artist instructor of voice for the Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University and a member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA. Her robust resumé includes oratorio and opera performances at Carnegie Hall, David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center, Frankfurt Alte Oper, Heidelberg Opera, Sacramento Opera and San Francisco Opera, as well as musicals, concert, and cabaret appearances in New York, California, Oregon and Germany. Ms. Abel-Kerns has taught voice, breath, acting and physical conditioning at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Hebrew Union College, Holy Names College, James Madison University, Mary Baldwin University and New York University, and has presented master classes and workshops throughout the country, in the Bahamas and abroad. As stage director and producer, she has presented over thirty musicals, operettas and operas in fully-staged productions, concerts, and dinner theatre. Madeline has a BA in Vocal Performance, summa cum laude, from Mary Baldwin University.
OCA Marketing and Box Office Manager
BA English, Pacific University
Kim Andresen has a variety of talents and unique experience in higher education, corporations, and non-profit organizations. She has served in a variety of capacities at Pacific University, The Oregon Graduate Institute of Science & Technology (now part of OHSU), WebArtists.biz, Livestock of the World, Inc., The Andresen Group, and a variety of tech companies across Oregon. Kim is also the Southern Oregon Polar Plunge Coordinator for Special Olympics and she and her husband John have 4 children, and enjoy gardening, music (she plays cello), and raising alpacas.
Rhett Bender, DMusA
Professor of Music – Saxophone, Clarinet, Chamber Music
BM, Iowa State University; MM and DMusA, Hugh Hodgson School of Music at the University of Georgia
Dr. Bender teaches saxophone performance, music theory, graduate research and chamber music at SOU. He directs the Ashland Chamber Music Workshop and leads the Siskiyou Saxophone Orchestra and Cascade Clarinet Consort. Bender is soprano saxophonist with the Globe Saxophone Quartet, a member of the JitaZax Duo, a guest artist-teacher at the Sichuan Conservatory of Classical Music (China) and visiting professor at the College of Arts of Yantai University (China). Bender is the Region 1 (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming) Director of the Saxophone Alliance and a Selmer Artist-Clinician.
Instructor – Percussion, Director of the Maraval Road Steel Pan Ensemble
BA, Music Business, Southern Oregon University; MM, Percussion Performance, Southern Oregon University
Mr. Bentley is an active performer and educator in Southern Oregon. Performing regularly with the Rogue Valley Symphony and is musical theater percussionist at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. He studies and performs the music of many cultures including Cuban, Brazilian, Hawaiian and Zimbabwean. Serving as percussion coach for the Ashland School District, Mr. Bentley directs the percussion ensembles and assists the wind and jazz ensembles. Under his direction the Maraval Road Steel Band brings high energy excitement to campus and community events.
Student Success Coordinator
MA, Psychology, San Diego State University; BS, Psychology, University of Illinois
As the Student Success Coordinator for the Oregon Center for the Arts, Karen assists students with their transition to the university, advises on the general education courses needed, aligns student’s career goals with their academic majors, and helps create academic plans to plan for graduation. She can help navigate the general education requirements for SOU, answer general questions about the major, and guide students to resources to help them to be successful. Karen has lived in Ashland for over 20 years. She spends much of her free time with the Curtain Climbers, a local Aerial Dance Company.
Jenifer Carstensen leads a thriving band program at Ashland Middle School where she has been the band director since 2004. In addition to teaching, she serves as principal horn in the Rogue Valley Symphony and has performed with OSF, Southern Oregon Repertory Singers, Rogue Music Theatre, Rogue Valley Chorale, Rogue Opera and the Siskiyou Singers. Jenifer is also the Director of the Ashland Chamber Music Workshop, a weeklong gathering of musicians from far and near held every summer on the SOU campus.
SOU Professor of Music Emerita, Instructor, Organ
DMA and Performer’s Certificate, The Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester; MM, The University of Michigan; BA, Chatham University
Dr. Evans has performed recitals throughout the United States. She served as national vice president of the American Guild of Organists for four years and as a director of music (organist/choir director) in churches for 50 years. She contributed over 15,000 titles to a database of organ literature based on hymn tunes for the Church Music Institute in Dallas. She is the author of a book on sacred cantatas, has published numerous articles and reviews, and has a CD of works performed at Balboa Park, San Diego. She teaches for OLLI at SOU and is Dean of the Southern Oregon Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.
Instructor – Staff Pianist
BA, Southern Oregon University
Ms. French serves as staff accompanist and teacher of class piano at Southern Oregon University, maintains a private teaching studio, and holds a position as church organist. She has performed with nearly every musical organization in the region, including Rogue Valley Chorale, Siskiyou Singers, Rogue Music Theatre, Rogue Valley Symphony, Rogue Opera, and Southern Oregon Repertory Singers.
OCA Division Manager/Music Program Asst.
BS in Therapeutic Recreation – Gannonville University, PA; BA in Art (Metalsmithing) – Millersville University, Millersville, PA.
Beth Glosner moved to Ashland from Pennsylvania, where she lived for over 30 years. She has a background in healthcare administration both in the hospital setting and the physician’s office. Beth has two degrees, the most notable one is in visual arts with a concentration in metalsmithing. She is the designer and creator behind the Etsy shop Arouxson. Beth is a Svaroopa Yogi, a volunteer reiki practitioner, enjoys traveling, herbal gardening, listening to music (she hasn’t played piano in 30 years), and anything to do with metalsmithing.
MA, University of Oregon; BA, Northwestern University
Lorin Groshong grew up in Ashland and studied with Raymond Weaver and Sherril Kannasto Wood. After a brief career in environmental sciences, she returned to music performance and now plays the oboe and English horn with many local ensembles, including the Rogue Valley Symphony and the Ashland City Band. Lorin is also a private oboe instructor.
David R. Humphrey, PhD
Director of the Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University
BME and Certificate in Flute, Florida State University; MME and Master’s in Educational Administration, Florida State University; PhD in Opera Production/Music Education, Florida State University
Dr. Humphrey has served in leadership and consulting roles at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Metropolitan Opera, National Endowment for the Arts, New York City Opera, Corcoran Museum of Art, Museum of Performance & Design, California Center for the Arts in Escondido, and Washington Bach Consort.
Cynthia Hutton, DMA
SOU Associate Music Professor Emerita; Music Instructor, Horn
BA, California State University Fullerton; MM, University of California San Diego; DMA, University of Colorado
Dr. Hutton is Artistic Director and Conductor of Youth Symphony and Youth Orchestra of Southern Oregon. She is a member of the Rogue Valley Symphony Orchestra and RVSO Brass Quintet. Dr. Hutton is a recipient of the Alteria M. Bryant Award honoring women in the arts, as well as SOU’s Elmo Stevenson Presidential Award recognizing outstanding service to the University.
Mark Jacobs, DMUS
Instructor – Trombone, Composition
BA, Western Illinois University; MMus, Northwestern University; DMus, Northwestern University
Dr. Jacobs is the principal trombone in the Rogue Valley Symphony. He is also regularly the trombonist in the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. He played in Shakespeare in Love (2017), Beauty and the Beast (2017), THE WIZ! (2016), Guys and Dolls (2015), Animal Crackers (2012), Pirates of Penzance (2011), and The Music Man (2009). In 2014, Dr. Jacobs completed a tour of concerts near Basel, Switzerland, featuring his recent compositions for band. His tone poem for orchestra, Las Ranas de Katanchel was premiered by the Rogue Valley Symphony in 2010 and subsequently recorded by the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra in Olomouc, the Czech Republic for the compact disc Spellbound. He composed the film score for the short film The Bullet of Time (2018). His brass quintet Tilting at Windmills premiered in 2019. In 2020 he is working on newly commissioned works including a score for a new short film by the maker of The Bullet of Time.
Percussion/History/World Music, Director of the SOU Raider Band
BA, Music Performance and Music Education, Southern Oregon University; MM, Percussion Performance, California State University (Sacramento)
Mr. Jeffs’ diverse musical experience ranging from rock, pop, folk, classical and experimental contemporary music inform the wide variety of classes he designs and facilitates at SOU. As Director of the SOU Raider Band he works to bring excitement and passionate energy to athletic events and the campus community as a whole. Mr. Jeffs is an avid composer, specializing in works for percussion and innovative graphic notation techniques. His work is published through APAKA Music and his own Rebel Frog Music brand.
Jerron Jorgensen, DMA
Assistant Professor of Music – Director of Choral Studies/Vocal Studies, Music History
DMA in Voice Performance, The Hartt School; MM in Voice Performance, Arizona State University; BA in Music, South Dakota State University
Hailed as a conductor for his “warm, invigorating, and beautifully paced” (Peter Tiboris) as well as “passionate and uplifting” (Adolphus Hailstork) conducting, Dr. Jerron Jorgensen possesses a résumé of diverse musical experiences with professional work as a conductor, soloist, chorister, teacher, and arranger. At present, he serves as Director of Choral/Vocal Studies at Southern Oregon University and Artistic Director of the Rogue Valley Chorale. Prior to relocating to Ashland, Dr. Jorgensen served as Director of Choral Activities at Coker University in Hartsville, South Carolina. Under his direction, his ensembles have garnished a number of honors and accolades, including the distinction of national finalists in the prestigious American Prize; participating in professional recording projects; and performances at choral conferences. In May of 2022, Dr. Jorgensen was honored to make his Carnegie Hall debut as a guest conductor with MidAmerica Productions and the New England Symphonic Ensemble.
Dr. Jorgensen’s work in both operatic and choral settings has focused on contemporary works by living composers, including conducting a number of world premieres by composers such as Dale Trumbore, Evan Mack, and Joel Thompson. As a chorister, he has performed with numerous professional choirs, including the GRAMMY®-nominated ensembles True Concord Voices & Orchestra in Tuscon, AZ and the Taylor Festival Choir in Charleston, SC. Professional work as a soloist include performances with Hartford Opera Theater, Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra, Rhode Island Civic Chorale & Orchestra, Soli Deo Gloria Orchestra, New Haven Oratorio Choir, New Haven Chorale, Madison Lyric Stage, Heartland Opera, and The Scottsdale Musical Arts.
Derek Keller, PhD
Assistant Professor: Music Industry & Production, Theory & Skills, Composition, and Guitar.
B.Mus., University of Georgia; MM, University of Georgia; Ph.D., University of California, San Diego.
Dr. Keller is an award-winning composer and performer and his music explores the myriad of possibilities in the coexistence, inter-mingling, and hybridity between contemporary concert music, jazz, and rock. Currently, Dr. Keller is focusing on his Modular Music Project which combines live performance, formal modularity, and the audience’s mobile devices to create music along the deterministic–improvisational–aleatoric continuum. The movements, their components, and video animations are modular: the musicians can play the movements and their sections/parts thereof in different arrangements; the video projections can be broadcast at different times; and the audience can navigate and playback related media they retrieve from my website. Keller seeks to create ‘living’ multimedia works through communicative flexibility between himself, the performers, and the audience to address the socio-political challenges of our contemporary moment.
Dr. Keller is also an accomplished guitarist and vocalist. He has won and placed in numerous state, regional and national competitions and performed in notable masterclasses, such as those with Christopher Parkening. Dr. Keller is currently a member of Resurrexit and is the Tenor Choral Scholar at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral (Sacramento, CA). Some recent performances include singing his own arrangements of Schubert, Dowland, and Gesualdo for guitar and voice with the McAllister Keller Duo, selections from Four Andalusian Love Songs for countertenor and piano by composer Kurt Erickson, and selections from Récitations for solo voice by George Aperghis. Dr. Keller’s music and performances are available on the Tzadik and Centaur labels.
Terry Longshore, DMA
Professor of Music – Director of Percussion Studies, Music Graduate Coordinator
BS in Business Administration: Computer Applications and Systems, California State University (Fresno); BM in Percussion Performance, California State University (Sacramento); MA in Contemporary Music Performance, University of California (San Diego); DMA in Contemporary Music Performance, University of California (San Diego)
Terry Longshore is a percussionist whose genre-crossing work exhibits the artistry of the concert stage, the spontaneity of jazz, and the energy of a rock club. Based in Ashland, Oregon, he maintains an energetic career as an educator, performer, and composer. He serves as Professor of Music and Director of Percussion Studies at the Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University, where he directs Left Edge Percussion and the SOU Percussion Ensemble. He performs internationally as a soloist and ensemble member, collaborates with artists working in diverse media, and has premiered and recorded numerous works. He also champions new solo and chamber works for percussion by commissioning, organizing, and participating in consortium commissions for works from a diverse body of composers. Longshore is a Marimba One Vibe Artist, a Yamaha Performing Artist, and an artist endorser for Zildjian Cymbals, Vic Firth Sticks and Mallets, Remo Drumheads, Gon Bops Percussion, and Beato Bags. He is a member of the Black Swamp Percussion Education Network, and is a trained HealthRHYTHMS facilitator. He holds bachelor’s degrees from California State University at Fresno (Business Administration – Computer Applications and Systems) and Sacramento (Music – Percussion Performance), and earned the master’s and doctoral degrees in contemporary music performance from the University of California, San Diego.
Dr. Chelsea Majkut
Bachelor of Music Education, University of Central Oklahoma; Master of Music, Stephen F. Austin State University
Dr. Chelsea Majkut earned a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from the University of Central Oklahoma where she studied composition with Dr. L. Keith White and bassoon with Dr. Lori Wooden. She earned her Master of Music degree from Stephen F. Austin State University where she studied composition with Dr. Stephen Lias and Dr. Maria Grenfell. She earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Oklahoma where she studied composition with Dr. Roland Barrett and Dr. Marvin Lamb. Chelsea is a member of Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity, Society of Composer’s Inc., Composers and Schools in Concert, ASCAP, College Music Society, American Composers Forum, is an Honorary Member of Tau Beta Sigma, and was a finalist in the 2017/18 American Prize in Composition and a semifinalist for the 2021 Prize. Dr. Majkut is an adjunct instructor at Southern Oregon University and Rogue Community college where she teaches Theory, Aural Skills, Music Appreciation, and Film Music.
Martin Majkut, DMA
Instructor – History, Conducting
DMA in Conducting Fulbright Scholar, University of Arizona; PhD in Conducting, Academy of Performing Arts, Bratislava Slovakia; Studied Accademia Musicale Chigiana, Siena Italy, Studied Wiener Meisterkurse, Vienna Austria
Martin Majkut has been serving as Music Director of the Rogue Valley Symphony in Ashland, Oregon since 2010. The RVS has experienced remarkable growth under his leadership and received national recognition for its ambitious programming. Majkut is also the Music Director of the Queens Symphony Orchestra in New York, a position he has held since 2017. Performing in a variety of ethnically diverse communities, the orchestra has expanded its season and quickly gained popularity in the dynamic borough of 2.35 million people. Born in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia (now Slovakia), Majkut earned his Ph.D. in conducting at the Academy of Performing Arts. Majkut came to the U.S. as a Fulbright scholar in 2003 and earned a D.M.A., his second doctorate, in 2008, from the University of Arizona.
Instructor – Percussion
BM, Music Performance, California State University (Northridge)
Ms. McCoy began her career in Los Angeles performing in a variety of ensembles including premieres for Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music America, jazz drummer for Maiden Voyage, studio percussionist for a number of movie soundtracks, and percussionist for several L.A. area orchestras and musical theaters. She is currently Principal Timpanist with the Rogue Valley Symphony, Extra Percussion with the Britt Festival Orchestra, Conguera for Salsa Brava, percussionist for Sonido Alegre, and drummer for Opus 3.
Christi McLain, DMA
DMA in Voice Performance, Arizona State University; MM in Opera Performance, Arizona State University; BM in Voice Performance, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Dr. Christi McLain has dedicated her career to performing and presenting invigorating and thoughtful interpretations of contemporary American opera. Before SOU, Dr. McLain served as Coordinator of Vocal Studies at Coker University in South Carolina. During her time at Coker, she led the opera program and founded the Blueprint Project, an artist residency focused on supporting composers and librettists in the creation of new American opera. As a stage director, recent credits include Sweeney Todd (Sondheim), Lucinda y las flores de la nochebuena and The Ghosts of Gatsby (Evan Mack), and Dido and Aeneas (Purcell). As a soprano, Dr. McLain premiered the roles of Nancy Meneely in the new American oratorio, Letter from Italy, 1944 (Meneely-Kyder) with The Hartford Symphony and the one-act opera Owl Moon (Ellen Gilson Voth) with Hartford Opera Theater. Other notable professional appearances include performances with the Phoenix Symphony; the Masterworks Choir of Florence, SC; Connecticut Lyric Opera; and Opera Theatre of Connecticut.
Faculty- Electric & Acoustic Bass
BA, University of Sioux Falls (SD); MFA, University of Iowa, studied with Eldon Obrecht
Mr. Miller is the Principal Bassist with the University Orchestra in the Cedar Rapids Symphony at the University of Iowa Center for New Music. He is also the Principal Bassist with South Dakota Symphony, and has performed with the Dakota Quartet. David has studied with James Clute, Associate Principal Bass of the Minnesota Orchestra and has performed in Chicago with Lyric Opera, the Chicago Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of Illinois, and Lake Forest Symphony. Took bass lessons, master classes and/or clinics with Warren Benfield (Chicago Symphony), J B Van Demark (Eastman), and Jeff Braditech (North Texas State). Here in the Rogue Valley, David is the Principal Bassist with Rogue Valley Symphony, Rogue Valley Opera, Jefferson Baroque Orchestra, and performs at the Shakespeare Festival, Camelot Theater, Rogue Music Theater, Cabaret Theater, plus Southern Oregon Repertory Singers, and Rogue Valley Chorale. David also is the creator of the the Rogue Elephants, a double bass ensemble and has performed with Thor Polson Trio, Latin Jazz Quartet, Southern Oregon Jazz Orchestra, Salsa Brava, and others. He is currently a Bass instructor at University of Iowa, Augustana College (SD).
Instructor – Cello
BM, Cello Performance, Manhattan School of Music
Mr. Palzewicz is the principal cellist of the Rogue Valley Symphony and is the founding member of the Elsner String Quartet.After winning the European Young Concert Artists Competition in Leipzig, the Elsner Quartet was enthusiastically invited to the Manhattan School of Music for a full scholarship.
Professor of Music – Music Program Chair, Music Education
BM, Music Education, University of the Pacific; MA, Music Education, California State University (Sacramento); EdD, Music Education, University of the Pacific
Dr. Purslow is a Professor of Music and before that an Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Purslow has more than 30 years of teaching and administrative experience at the university, community college, high school, and middle school levels. Purslow earned a Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction in Music Education with a minor in Higher Education Administration from University of the Pacific and a Master of Arts in Music Education from CSU Sacramento, and Bachelor of Music from the University of Pacific. Purslow is also a professional saxophonist who has performed with The Four Tops, The Temptations, Mary Wilson of the Supremes, Motown’s Funk Brothers, Bobby Shew, Maynard Ferguson, Stan Mark, Joe Williams, Morgan James, Mel Torme, the Rogue Valley Symphony, and Britt Festival Orchestra. Purslow has toured internationally with the Mazama Saxophone Quartet, performing in China, England, and Scotland. Purslow is a published arranger of music for saxophone ensembles. Her research interests include access to the arts for children in rural communities and community music organizations for youths. Purslow is distinctive for her research on guitarist Joseph “Smilin’ Joe” Bruhl and Youth of America on Stage.
Frederick Schmidt, PhD
Instructor – Clarinet
BSEd, Music Education, The Ohio State University; MA, Woodwind Pedagogy, The Ohio State University; PhD, Music Education/Clarinet Performance, The Ohio State University
Dr. Schmidt is a Professor Emeritus of Music at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin. During his 29 year tenure, he conducted the select St. Norbert Wind Ensemble and the adult St. Norbert Community Band. Dr. Schmidt served as the principal clarinetist with the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra and the Pamiro Opera Company. He can be heard performing as the principal clarinetist on two compact disc recordings featuring the American Promenade Orchestra under the Klavier Records International label.
Instructor – Flute
BS, Music Education, The Ohio State University; MA, Music Education/Flute Performance, The Ohio State University
Mrs. Schmidt serves as the principal flutist with the Rogue Valley Symphonic Band, in the past with the Green Bay Symphony, and can be heard playing principal flute on two recordings with the American Promenade Orchestra. She has been a featured soloist with many groups. Mrs. Schmidt also taught General Music to pre-school age through 8th grade and has written original music and the libretto for several children’s musicals.
Instructor – Bassoon
BM, Bassoon Performance, University of Wyoming; MM and SCCT, Bassoon Performance and Music Education, Arkansas State University; MA, Music Education, Southern Oregon University
Ms. Schmidt performs with many of the groups in the Rogue Valley including the Rogue Valley Symphonic Band and the Ashland City Band. She maintains a private studio in Southern Oregon, teaching bassoon and reed making.
Instructor – Guitar
MM, Guitar Performance, Southern Oregon University; BM, Utah State University
Jimi Smith is a guitarist who currently lives in Medford, Oregon. Jimi maintains a busy performance schedule playing with many great artists, including Nashville recording artist Sim Balkey based out of New Mexico, and Twain Tribute: The Shania Twain Experience.
Alexander Tutunov, DMA
Professor of Music – Director of Keyboard Studies, Artist in Residence
BA, Minsk College of Music; MA, Belarusian State Conservatory of Music; MA, University of North Texas; DMA, Belarusian Academy of Music
Dr. Tutunov is a First Prize winner of the Belarusian National Piano Competition and winner of the Russian National Piano Competition. His recording of the Abeliovich Piano Concerto was featured as part of the Emmy Award–winning soundtrack for The History Channel documentary Russia: Land of the Tsars. Dr. Tutunov is the artistic director of the SOU International Piano Institute and was recently named the principal guest artist of the Port Angeles Symphony Orchestra.
Instructor – Voice
BA, Music, California State University, Chico
Christine Williams is a performing artist steeped in classical traditions of music and theatre and she is passionate about combining them into new forms that speak to our time. Her career spans a broad range as both a singer and actor, from drama, opera and musicals, to cabaret, jazz, folk, choral and contemporary chamber music, to collaborations with dancers and visual artists. All this informs her work as a solo artist creating original music-theatre pieces.
Her credits include many seasons with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, productions at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, UMO Ensemble (Seattle), American Opera Projects (NYC), the Barbican Centre (London), and locally with Next Stage, Ashland New Plays Festival, Rogue Opera, Oregon Cabaret Theatre, Rogue Valley Symphony, Southern Oregon Repertory Singers, and the Schneider Museum of Art. She is also an audiobook narrator and is a member of SAG/AFTRA and Actor’s Equity Association. Her most recent solo show, Torched: Songs That Ruined Our Lives, was produced at California Stage Company.
She has an active studio of private students and has taught and directed for Ashland High School, Teen Music Theatre of Oregon, Rogue Community College, and the SOU Theatre Department. In recent years, she’s studied physical theatre at the Centre for Performance Research in Wales and the Growtowski Institute in Poland, and currently pursues Taiko drumming in Ashland.