Faculty & Staff in Music

Music Office Information
Department Chair: Dennis Davenport
Contact:
Dana Dirksen, Administrative Assistant
Phone:
614-823-1508
Email: dana.dirksen@otterbein.edu

James Bates

James Bates

Professor


Professor Jim Bates is Director of Orchestral Activities at Otterbein University in Columbus, OH and serves as an assistant conductor for the Westerville Symphony (OH) and Columbus Symphony Youth…

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Dennis Davenport

Dennis Davenport

Professor & Department Chair


Dennis Davenport is Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Music at Otterbein University. Current teaching includes Theory, Musical Theatre History and directing the Otterbein Singers. He…

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Karen Eckenroth

Karen Eckenroth

Associate Professor


Karen Eckenroth coordinates the voice area, directs the Opera Theatre program, teaches studio voice, and ear training. Dr. Eckenroth received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the…

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Lori Kay Harvey

Lori Kay Harvey

Associate Professor


Lori Kay Harvey, Associate Professor of Musical Theatre, serves as the music director and conductor for the production program and the BFA musical theatre program at Otterbein University….

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Jennifer Merkowitz

Jennifer Merkowitz

Associate Professor


Jennifer Bernard Merkowitz is Associate Professor of Music at Otterbein, where she is Head of Theory and Composition. She also teaches aural skills and electronic music. She received her MM and…

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Nicholas Ross

Nicholas Ross

Professor


Nick Ross performs as soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States and Europe. He has performed recitals and concertos at such venues as St. Martin’s-in-the-Field and St. John’s…

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Gayle Walker

Gayle Walker

Professor and Director of Choral Activities


Dr. Gayle Walker is in her nineteenth year as Director of Choral Activities and Professor of Music at Otterbein University in Westerville, OH, where she is responsible for the organization of five…

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Michael Yonchak

Michael Yonchak

Associate Professor


Dr. Michael Yonchak currently serves as Associate Professor of Music at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio, and is an active freelance percussionist in the greater Columbus area. Dr….

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Claire Brock

Claire Brock

Program and Operations Manager


Claire Brock has served as the Program and Operations Manager for the Otterbein Department of Music for over 15 years. Her background and continuing practice as a musician enables her to approach…

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Dana Dirksen

Dana Dirksen

Administrative Assistant


Dana Dirksen is a 2018 graduate of the Otterbein Department of Music. She received a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance. She also took elective classes in music composition and…

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Many members of the Department of Music Faculty perform frequently in the region and are members of prestigious performing organizations such as the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and Opera Columbus.

A plus sign (+) designates Columbus Symphony Orchestra members.

An asterisk (*) designates Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra members.

A caret (^) designates Columbus Jazz Orchestra members.

If you would like to contact a part-time faculty member please e-mail Dana Dirksen.

Brass, Woodwinds & Percussion

Kimberlee Goodman, D.M.A.
The Ohio State University
Teaching areas: Flute, Theory, Aural Skills, Integrative Studies

Kerry Haberkern, D.M.A.
The Ohio State University
Teaching area: Bassoon

Dan King, D.M.A.
The Ohio State University
Teaching area: Trumpet, Brass Methods

Kimberly McCann, M.M.
Northwestern University
Teaching area: Horn

Jay Miglia, D.M.A. in Progress
University of Illinois
Coordinator: Jazz Studies
Teaching areas: Saxophone, Jazz

Hild Peersen, D.M.A.
The Ohio State University
Teaching area: Clarinet

David Stefano, Ph.D.
Sydney Conservatorium of Music
Teaching area: Woodwind Methods

*+Melissa Stevens, D.M.A.
The Ohio State University
Teaching area: Oboe

Jordi Vilanova, M.M.
Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
Teaching area: Marching Band

Anthony Weikel, D.M.A.
The Ohio State University
Teaching area: Low Brass

Keyboard

Jennifer Bell, M.M.
New England Conservatory of Music
Teaching area: Organ, Early Music, Staff Accompanist

Richard Lopez, D.M.A.
The Ohio State University
Teaching areas: Piano, Jazz

Suzanne Newcomb, D.M.A.
The Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University
Teaching area: Piano, Theory, Chamber Music, Staff Accompanist

Strings

^Christian Berg, M.A.
Montclair State College,
Teaching areas: Jazz Studies, Electric Bass

+David Edge, M.M.
Northwestern University
Teaching area: Violin

Erin Gilliland, D.M.A. in Progress
Florida State University
Teaching area: Violin

Douglas Locke, M.M.
Southern Illinois University
Teaching area: Violin and Suzuki Pedagogy Internship Program

Susan Locke, M.M.
Southern Illinois University
Teaching area: Violin

+Jude Mollenhauer, M.A.
University of Pennsylvania
Teaching area: Harp

Doug Neel, M.M.
Bowling Green State University
Teaching area: Guitar

Steven Wedell, M.M.
Boston University
Teaching areas: Viola

Jill Wright Crist, M.M.
The Ohio State University,
Teaching area: Cello

Voice, Choir, & Opera

Helen Allen, D.M.A
The Ohio State University
Teaching area: Voice

Robert Behrens, M.F.A
Ohio University
Teaching area: Acting, Opera

Marla Butke, Ph.D.
The Ohio State University
Teaching area: Choir

Robert Bux, M.M.
Northwestern University
Teaching area: Voice

Mark Hutsko, M.M.E
The University of Akron
Teaching area: Choir

Sara Pardo Fishburn, M.M.
University of North Carolina
Teaching area: Voice

Laura Portune, D.M.A.
The Ohio State University
Teaching area: Voice

Keyona Willis, D.M.A.
The Ohio State University
Teaching area: Voice

Other

Lyle Barkhymer, D.M.
Indiana University
Teaching area: World Music

Jesse Heetland, D.M.A.
University of Oklahoma-Norman
Teaching area: Music Technology

Linda Kernohan, M.A.
New York University
Teaching area: Class Piano, Aural Skills, Red Noise

Ann Riesbeck Diclemente, Ph.D.
University of Marlyand-College Park
Teaching area: Music History, World Music, Integrative Studies

Lauren Spavelko, M.M.
University of Louisville
Teaching area: Class Piano

Eric Van Wagner, B.M.E.
Otterbein University
Teaching area: Audio Production

+Peter Stafford Wilson, B.M.
University of Cincinnati
Music Director, Westerville Symphony at Otterbein University

  • Jennifer Bell
  • Susan Dowdy
  • Wendy Foster
  • Irma Khouw
  • Sasha Neverov
  • Bruce Piper
  • Caroline Salido-Barta
  • Joyce Stonebraker