Faculty & Staff in Music

Music Office Information
Department Chair: Dennis Davenport
Dana Dirksen, Administrative Assistant
Email: dana.dirksen@otterbein.edu

Dennis Davenport

Dennis Davenport

Professor & Department Chair

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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 Pennsylvania State University, and her Doctorate from the University of Arizona in Tucson where she studied voice with Elizabeth Mosher and Paula Fan. Dr. Eckenroth has performed as soprano soloist for such works as Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, Verdi's Requiem, Mendelssohn's Elijah, Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass, and Rossini's Stabat Mater. Her opera roles…

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Lorraine 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.  Recent projects include Big Fish, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Adding Machine, Damn Yankees, The Addams Family, Fiddler on the Roof, RENT, Into the Woods, Sweet Charity, Dames At Sea, The Full Monty, Les Misérables, How to Succeed…Trying and Spring Awakening. She teaches the Freshmen Musical Theatre Ensemble, Junior Musical Theatre Studio, and the…

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Jennifer Merkowitz

Jennifer Merkowitz

Associate Professor

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Gayle Walker

Gayle Walker

Professor and Director of Choral Activities

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Michael Yonchak

Michael Yonchak

Associate Professor

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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 her work for Otterbein students and faculty with a high level of understanding and enthusiasm. Claire holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Music and History, and she worked in the Education Department of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra before joining the staff at Otterbein. Her musical interests include playing…

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Diana Dirkson

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 studied voice through choir and private lessons during her time as a student. Looking back on her many favorite experiences as an Otterbein student, two highlights were travelling with the Concert Choir to Germany, and performing a piece by a living composer, Kent Holliday, on his retirement celebration concert.…

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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, Early Music

*+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


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

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


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

+David Edge, M.M.
Northwestern 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

Juan Carlos Ortega, D.M.A.
The Ohio State University
Teaching areas: Violin

+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

Margaret Kohler, M.M.
Eastman School of Music
Area: Voice, Vocal Pedagogy, Diction

Emily Noel, M.M.
The Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University
Teaching area: Voice

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


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

Miranda Martin-Hecker, M.M.
Kansas State University
Teaching area: Aural Skills

Ann Riesbeck Diclemente, Ph.D.
University of Maryland-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

  • Jeremy Alfera
  • Jennifer Bell
  • Susan Dowdy
  • Wendy Foster
  • Dianne Frazer
  • Tony Hagood
  • Suzanne Newcomb
  • Bruce Piper
  • Caroline Salido-Barta
  • Joyce Stonebraker