Faculty

Music Notes

"The rites of music are so excellent and so precious that words fail me whenever I attempt to discuss and describe them . . . next to the word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world . . . This precious gift has been given to humanity alone that they might thereby remind themselves that God created them for the express purpose of praising and extolling God." — Martin Luther

Greetings:

Welcome to the Department of Music at Augustana. Music at Augustana is an active and vital program, committed to musical excellence within a small University environment. Whether you are interested in taking private lessons, joining an ensemble, fulfilling a General Education element or pursuing a major or minor in music, we have much to offer you.

Our program strives to provide every student at Augustana with a meaningful and enriching arts experience. With many music majors and one-quarter of the undergraduates at Augustana participating in music study and performances annually, we have an extensive program, which welcomes everyone. Our talented faculty, drawn from the nation's finest conservatories and universities, work to develop the whole person in the context of a caring community. The beautiful Humanities building supports and enriches our endeavors. The National Association of Schools of Music accredits the Augustana Music Program and the program’s graduates go on to distinguished and satisfying careers in teaching and performing.

Welcome! We are glad that you are here, and we look forward to a great year of music making together. If we can be of help to you in any way, please let us know.

Sincerely,

Dr. John C. Pennington

Chair, Department of Music


Full-time and part-time faculty members in the Music Department are grouped according to the following categories. To read about each faculty member, click the appropriate specialty area.

Band, Woodwind, Brass and Percussion Faculty

 

Emily Anderson

Flute Choir Instructor
605.274.5451
andersonfamily@sio.midco.net

Emily Anderson is the director of the Augustana Flute Choir. In addition to her teaching commitments at Augustana, Anderson maintains an active private flute studio and performance schedule. She has been a member of the Sioux Falls Municipal Band for 12 years, where she is currently the principal flutist. She has performed with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra and the Dakota Wind Ensemble. She is a member of the National Flute Association and the South Dakota Bandmasters Association. She received a B.A. in music education from Augustana, and has over ten years of experience in secondary education.


Michael Anderson

605.274.5451
Tuba Instructor
manderson@augie.edu

Michael Andersen, a native of Miller, South Dakota, is a graduate of South Dakota State University with a Bachelor of Music Education Degree, and a Master’s Degree in Tuba Performance from the University of South Dakota.  He taught band for nine years at Clark, South Dakota, 5th and 6th grade band, high school jazz band and general music classes for eleven years at Canton, South Dakota, and currently teaches middle school band and jazz bands at Worthington Middle School in Worthington, MN. Andersen has played tuba with the South Dakota Symphony since 1993.  He is also Principal Tuba and bass guitarist with the Sioux City Symphony.  He is adjunct instructor of tuba at Augustana and maintains a private tuba and bass guitar studio.  As a freelance electric bassist, Andersen has played with many area jazz/rock bands, including the South Dakota Jazz Orchestra and the R&B band Life Before Color.  He is a member of International Tuba and Euphonium Conference (ITEC), National Association for Music Education (MAfME), Minnesota Educators Association (MEA), Minnesota Band Directors Association (MBDA) and Phi Beta Mu.


Andrea Carlson

605.274.5451
Horn Instructor
andrea.carlson@augie.edu

 

Andrea Carlson graduated from Augustana with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Nursing and works part-time as an RN with Sanford Acute Care. Andrea is Augustana's horn instructor. She plays fourth horn with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra as well as being Principal Horn with the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra.  She is also the coach of the Augustana Brass Quintet. Carlson enjoys teaching private horn lessons to middle school through college-age horn students at her home studio. She has studied horn with Herb Winslow of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Michael Thompson of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, and Sarah Cyrus and Nathan Pawelek. Outside of her dedication to music and nursing, she is a licensed Kindermusik instructor as well as the mellophone technician for the Lincoln High School marching band. Carlson and her husband Kevin have three young children: Mikayla, Zac and Kyan.


Brian Hanegan

Saxophone, Northlanders Jazz, Athletic Bands
605.274.5458
brian.hanegan@augie.edu
 

Brian Hanegan is a graduate student at North Dakota State University pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in saxophone performance. At NDSU, he studied with Dr. Matthew Patnode and assisted the Gold Star Marching Band and Jazz Lab Band. Hanegan teaches jazz improvisation, directs the Northlanders Jazz Ensemble and athletic Pep Bands, and studio saxophone lessons. He graduated from the University of South Dakota, where he studied with Dr. Christopher Kocher and earned a Master of Music degree (with specialization) in saxophone performance and assisted in teaching jazz improvisation, Jazz Lab Band and studio saxophone lessons. Hanegan also graduated from Northern State University in Aberdeen, SD with a bachelor’s degree in music education, where he studied with Frederic Hemke. During his time at NSU, he was a regional finalist in the MTNA Young Artist Competition (2007-08), NSU Concerto Competition winner (2008) and received an Award of Musical Distinction for outstanding musical achievement and contribution (2008).

He began his professional career as the saxophonist for a summer revue show at Valleyfair Amusement Park in Minneapolis (2006-08). Prior to beginning his graduate studies, Hanegan worked for Carnival Cruise Lines as a multiple-woodwind artist in a seven-piece show orchestra. With Carnival, Hanegan performed nightly alongside musicians from all over the world and served as musical director of the Carnival Elation in 2012. Hanegan taught saxophone and clarinet in 2013, as an artist faculty member at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa. He is actively performing across the Midwest with his band Goodroad and several other jazz projects.


Christopher Hill

Clarinet Instructor
605.274.5418
themouthpieceguy@msn.com

Christopher Hill teaches applied clarinet and is the principal clarinetist of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra (SDSO). He has performed throughout the United States and Europe with ensembles such as the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Omaha Symphony, New Sousa Band, Carousel National Tour, Evita World Tour, Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Binghamton Symphony, and the Rome Festival Orchestra. He performed the world premiere of Nathan Pawelek’s Concertino in 2001. He and SDSO pianist John Walker performed at the international clarinet festival, ClarinetFest 2005, in Tokyo, Japan.

Hill is also the conductor of the Sioux Falls Municipal Band. He has been an active clinician nationally. A noted mouthpiece craftsman, he is a designer of the Chadash-Hill mouthpiece, which is used in many of the world’s finest orchestras and music schools. He is a Rico Grand Concert artist. He holds bachelor and master of music degrees from Temple University, where he was a student of Anthony Gigliotti.


Angela LarsonAngie Larson
Clarinet Instructor
605.274.5418
angiemlar@yahoo.com

Angela Larson teaches applied clarinet. She returned to the Sioux Falls area in 2004 and has maintained a successful private clarinet studio since then. She has taught clarinet at the University of Sioux Falls since 2005 and at Augustana since 2006. She is an active musician in community ensembles, including the Dakota Wind Ensemble and the Sioux Falls Municipal Band. She is also employed at South Dakota Achieve as a support professional. She holds a B.A. in instrumental music education from Augustana and a master of music in clarinet performance degree from Kent State University, Ohio.


Kevin Linder
Trumpet Instructor
605.274.5019
linder@augie.edu

Kevin Linder is a retired teacher of music from the Sioux City (IA) public schools and now enjoys life as a prolific free-lance trumpet performer and private trumpet instructor.


Patricia Masek

Flute Instructor
605.274.5461
masek@augie.edu

Patricia Masek is flute and woodwind pedagogy instructor. She has been a member of the South Dakota Symphony for 45 years, 24 of which as Principal Flute. She has served as the symphony performance librarian for 35 years. Other performing experiences are 37 years as Principal Flute with the Sioux Falls Municipal Band, solo appearances with the South Dakota Symphony, Sioux Falls Municipal Band, Augustana Band and Chamber Orchestra. She recently retired from 30 years as an instrument repair technician and maintains a private studio of approximately 20 to 25 students. She received a bachelor of science in music education from the University of Illinois and a master’s degree in music from the University of Kentucky.


Jeff Paul
Oboe Instructor
jeffpaulmusic@gmail.com

 

Jeff Paul, principal oboist with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, grew up in Southern California where he gained experience and expertise in various forms of performing arts. He was an aspiring concert pianist by the age of ten, and was awarded opportunities to perform piano concerti with the Conejo Youth Symphony and the Pepperdine University Orchestra. Paul attended the Eastman School of Music (BM with performer’s certificate, 1999) and the University of Southern California (MM, 2003) for oboe performance. His primary teachers include Richard Killmer, David Weiss, and Allan Vogel. He has performed as a soloist with the New West Symphony, Heidelberg Castle Festival Orchestra, Conejo Concerto Orchestra and the South Dakota Symphony, and has substituted with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and San Diego Symphony.

One of Paul’s primary interests has been traditional folk music of various cultures. He enjoys working closely with The New Pine Ridge Singers, and improvisng alongside Lebanese oud player Simon Shaheen.

In composition, Paul has received awards from the Young Composer’s Guild of the Music Teachers Association of California, resulting in several premiers of his chamber and orchestral music. He has also received commissions from various organizations, including the South Dakota Symphony and the Young Artists Ensemble theater group in California, and composes regularly for the Dakota Wind Quintet.

Paul has recorded for various projects, including a Warner Bros. film scoring session, a hip-hop orchestra, aspiring jazz/rock/fusion bands, and a spattering of independent short films.


Dr. John Pennington, Chair of the Department of Music
Percussion Instructor global music/composition and arranging
605.274.4607
john.pennington@augie.edu

John Pennington is an educator, composer, performer, author, producer and conductor. Dr. Pennington is currently a Professor and Chair of the Music Department at Augustana University and recently the Artistic Director of the Animas Music Festival in Durango, Colorado. He holds degrees from the University of Michigan, Arizona, and Arizona State. As an orchestral performer, Dr. Pennington is currently the Principal Percussionist and Associate Principal Timpanist with the South Dakota Symphony and Principal Timpanist with the Music in the Mountains Summer Music Festival Orchestra in Durango, Colorado. Dr. Pennington is currently a Cultural Envoy for the State Department in the Middle East (most recently Lebanon) where he presents concerts, clinics and masterclasses.

With performances on four continents and over twenty-five states he has performed on A Prairie Home Companion and been a featured performer at six Percussive Arts Society International Conventions. With over thirty recordings to date he has recorded for Ensemble 21, Summit, Cristo, OCP, and Equilibrium labels. Recent recording releases include: Gitanjali, for Voice, American Gamelan, Harmonium, and Guitar (composed & produced-2014), Song of God Among Us, Advent Music for Choir, Guitar and Percussion (percussion-2016- 17), Brasileirinho, South American Music for Guitar and Percussion (co-produced composed and arranged-2010), Steps (co-produced composed and arranged-2008), Music for Trumpet and Percussion with Stephen Dunn, Lou Harrison, American Gamelan (produced, conducted and performed 2007), Compassionate and Wise (co-produced, composed and performed-2006- Equilibrium Press). Active as a composer and arranger he has over thirty compositions for soloist, duo, chamber, musical/theatrical, and films and dozens of arrangements for numerous instrumental and vocal combinations. Extensive studies in world music have included experience in African, Middle Eastern, Indonesian, Cuban and the South Indian Karnatak tradition. Currently, Dr. Pennington continues his study and teaching of the Northern Hindustani tradition of music in North India and the Javanese and Balinese traditions of Indonesia. Please visit JohnPennington.com for more information.


Dr. Larry Petersen

Asssitant Director of Bands and Music Education

605.274.5458
larry.petersen@augie.edu

 

Dr. Larry Petersen is assistant director of bands and music education.  Petersen directs the Blue & Gold Band and the Athletic Bands, as well as leads the coordination of the Augustana music teacher education program. He joined AU in the fall of 2017. Petersen served as director of bands at Huron High School in Huron, South Dakota. During his tenure there, he built a large and successful program with the philosophy that music is a vehicle for preparing students for musical achievement and individual success in their lives.  Petersen earned his bachelor's degree from South Dakota State University where he majored in music education. He holds a master's of music degree in conducting from the University of Manitoba, and a doctor of musical arts in conducting from the University of Iowa. He is the current president of the South Dakota Bandmasters Association and the South Dakota Chapter of Phi Beta Mu (international bandmasters fraternity). Dr. Petersen was named Huron High School’s Teacher of the Year both in 2000 and 2008. His research interests include the use of technology for assessment within music ensembles, vocal transcriptions for winds, and music for voice and winds.


John Tomkins

Bassoon Instructor

605.274.5445
john_tomkins@yahoo.com

 

John Tomkins is bassoon instructor. He serves as principal bassoon of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra and Dakota Wind Quintet. He has attended many summer music festivals, including the Conductors Retreat at Medomak, Kent/Blossom Summer Music, the Festival-Institute at Round Top, the National Orchestral Institute, and the Tanglewood Music Center. Ensembles he has performed with include the Sioux Falls Municipal Band, the Cleveland Pops, and the Cleveland Orchestra. He has appeared as a soloist with the Sioux Falls Municipal Band, South Dakota Chamber Orchestra, and the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra. He was the soloist for the world premiere of Jeffrey Paul’s Bassoon Concerto with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra. He holds a bachelor of music degree summa cum laude from the Ohio State University, and his master of music degree is from the Cleveland Institute of Music. His primary teachers were Christopher Weait, Ronald Phillips and John Clouser.


Dr. Christopher UngerDr. Christopher Unger

Director of Bands, Brass Choir, conducting
605.274.5234
cunger@augie.edu

 

Dr. Christopher Unger was named the 5th conductor of the Augustana Band and began his tenure at the university in September 2015. Previously, Unger was the Interim Director of Bands at the University of British Columbia. Prior to his appointment at U.B.C., Dr. Unger served as the Assistant Conductor of both the Eastman Wind Orchestra and the Eastman Wind Ensemble. At Eastman, Dr. Unger was honoured with the Frederick Fennell Fellowship for Advanced Conducting Study, the Evan Whallon Conducting Award, and the prestigious Walter Hagen Conducting Prize. His role at Eastman provided him with the opportunity to act as a producer on the Eastman Wind Ensemble’s 2013 release on Avie Records titled Stravinsky-Octet/L’Histoire du Soldat. In addition to conducting the wind ensembles, Dr. Unger worked with the Brass Guild, the Trumpet Ensemble, and the Graduate Chamber Orchestra. He also was chosen to conduct a featured performance of Imis, by Massimo Luaricella, the 2011/2012 OSSIA International Composition Competition winner, with the Ossia New Music Ensemble.

Prior to his graduate studies, Dr. Unger was the Instrumental Music Teacher at G.P. Vanier Secondary School in Courtenay, British Columbia. Under his baton, the instrumental ensembles at Vanier participated in regional and national festivals and received national recognition for their performances at Musicfest Canada. Recently, Dr. Unger won the American Prize in Conducting in the Wind Ensemble Division (2013).

Dr. Unger’s principal conducting teachers were Dr. Mark Scatterday and Dr. Colleen Richardson. He has attended a number of influential conducting symposiums where he worked with master wind conductors such as Donald Hunsberger, Frank Battisti, Charles Peltz, Michael Haithcock, Allan McMurray, Craig Kirchhoff, Michael Votta, Gary Hill, and Rodney Winther. He maintains professional affiliations with the College Band Directors National Association, the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, and the Conductor’s Guild.

Dr. Unger received his D.M.A in conducting from the Eastman School of Music in 2013. Additionally, he holds degrees from the University of Western Ontario and the University of British Columbia.

Choral and Vocal Faculty

Dr. Monty Barnard

Voice Instructor
605.274.5455
monty.barnard@augie.edu

Dr. Monty Barnard recently retired as a full-time professor of music after 39 years at Augustana. He continues to teach applied voice for the department. His solo roles in several oratorios and operas include Messiah, Elijah, Bach Christmas Oratorio, Mozart Requiem, Brahms Requiem, Fauré Requiem, Puccini Madame Butterfly, Puccini La Bohême, and Verdi La Traviata. He has performed numerous faculty recitals, a Carnegie Recital Hall debut recital, and was a touring artist with the Goldovsky Opera Theatre. He serves as director of music and baritone soloist at Calvary Cathedral (Episcopal) and Mt. Zion Synagogue, Sioux Falls.


Natalie Campbell

Voice Instructor
605.274.5455
natalie.campbell@augie.edu

Natalie Campbell holds a Master’s degree in Vocal Performance from the University of South Dakota, where she studied with Dr. Brandon Hendrickson. While at USD, she was the winner of the university’s annual concerto competition and performed the roles of Dido in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas and Monica in Menotti’s The Medium. She also received a B.M. in Piano and Vocal Music Education from Houghton College in New York, and has pursued graduate studies in Piano and Chamber Music at Rice University in Houston, TX. As an educator, Natalie has taught elementary and middle school vocal music, has served as associate director for the Tucson Girl’s Chorus, and maintains a private piano and voice studio. As a vocalist, she recently performed as soloist for the Vivaldi Gloria and Fauré Requiem as part of the Sacred Arts Series at St. Joseph’s Cathedral. Upcoming engagements include the role of Adina in Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love with Sounds of South Dakota, and soprano soloist in Orff’s Carmina Burana with Mount Marty College in Yankton.


Dr. Lisa Grevlos

Director of Vocal Studies and Opera Theatre/Voice Instructor/Vocal Music Education/Choral Conductor
605.274.5457
lisa.grevlos@augie.edu

Dr. Lisa Grevlos is professor of music and director of vocal studies at Augustana University. She directs the Augustana Opera Workshop Theatre program, conducts the Augustana Women’s Choir — Angelus, and teaches in the areas of applied voice, vocal pedagogy, singer’s diction, and choral music education. Dr. Grevlos performs frequently as a soloist in the region for recitals, operas, oratorios, and musical theatre. She has been a guest soloist with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra in “A Night at the Opera,” the Brahms Requiem, and was the featured soprano vocalist with the Sioux Falls Municipal Band for 15 years. Recent engagements have included various roles in Sounds of South Dakota, Inc. concerts and opera productions and soprano soloist in the Augustana Choir and Orchestra's performance of the Brahms Requiem at the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science. She has been a regional finalist and scholarship recipient in the Metropolitan Opera Auditions and was a semi-finalist in the Denver Lyric Opera Guild Auditions.

Along with her duties at Augustana University, she is artistic chair and past-president of Sounds of South Dakota, Inc. a non-profit organization whose mission is to connect South Dakota professional vocal artists in opera, recital, and musical theatre performance with regional audiences. In September 2012, she served as stage director for the Sounds of South Dakota, Inc. production of Mozart's "The Magic Flute," starring internationally acclaimed bass-baritone, Samuel Ramey, accompanied by the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra with Maestro Delta David Gier in the Mary Sommervold Hall of the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science.  This production was awarded second prize in the National Opera Association’s 2012-13 Professional Opera Production Competition.  Dr. Grevlos also serves as a frequent adjudicator and clinician throughout the Midwest. She is a member of Music Teachers National Association, American Choral Directors Association, and the National Association of Teachers of Singing. She has served as the high school and collegiate vocal competition chair for South Dakota Music Teachers' Association and currently serves as the soprano adjudicator for South Dakota American Choral Directors Association Honor Choir. She received the Doctorate of Arts degree in voice performance and opera stage directing from the University of Northern Colorado. She holds master of music degrees from Northwestern University, Evanston, in voice performance and choral conducting, and she completed her undergraduate degree in music education at Augustana University.


Dr. Paul Nesheim

Director of Choral Activities, Professor of Music

Director of The Augustana Choir and Chamber Choir
605.274.5402
paul.nesheim@augie.edu

Dr. Paul Nesheim is the Director of Choral Activities and Professor of Music.  He conducts the Augustana Choir and Chamber Choir, and teaches courses in choral conducting, choral methods, voice, and church music. He also serves as the director of the Adult Choir and Women’s Choir at First Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls. Prior to his appointment at Augustana, Dr. Nesheim taught on the faculties of Minnesota State University Moorhead, Concordia College in Moorhead, Lawrence University Conservatory of Music in Appleton,Wisconsin, and Northern State University in Aberdeen,South Dakota.He has held positions conducting high school, church, and community choirs in South Dakota, Minnesota, California, Iowa,Wisconsin,Arizona, and North Dakota.

Dr. Nesheim holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in music education from St.Olaf College, a Master of Music degree in choral music from Arizona State University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting from the University of Arizona. He is an active member of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), and in July of 2013 he began a term as president-elect of South Dakota ACDA. He is a frequent adjudicator, clinician, and guest conductor for contests, professional conferences, and all-state festival, and honor choirs. He has conducted in Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Poland, and Slovakia, and at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis and on two occasions at Carnegie Hall in New York.

Dr. Nesheim is a published composer and the author of Building Beautiful Voices, a book of vocalization methods and materials published by the Roger Dean Publishing Company.


Judith Schreck

Voice Instructor

605.274.5405
jschreck@augie.edu

Judith E. Schreck is a vocal instructor. She has been featured soloist with the South Dakota and Black Hills Symphonies as well as the Reading Symphony in Reading, Pennsylvania; the Tri-Cities Opera Company, the Harper College Alumni Singers and the Tri-Cities Orchestra in Binghamton, New York; and the Allentown Opera in Allentown, Pennsylvania. She performed at the Poor Richard Club in Philadelphia and for the Philadelphia Historical Society. She also did several live concerts on New York Cable television. A few of her roles include Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro, Letitia and Miss Pinkerton in The Old Maid and the Thief, Nettie Fowler in Carousel, Laurie in Oklahoma, Tuptim and Lady Tiang in The King and I, and Yenta in Fiddler on the Roof. She has also performed as soloist in Carmina Burana and The Lord Nelson Mass. She graduated from Augustana University with a bachelor of arts degree in voice.


Dr. Russell Svenningsen

Vocal Instructor/Choral Director

605.274.5038
russell.svenningsen@augie.edu

Russell Svenningsen is Associate Professor of Music at Augustana University where he teaches applied voice, music theory and conducts the University Chorale.  He holds a D.M.A. in Music Education from Boston University, an M.M. in Choral Conducting from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music and a B.M., Music Education, from Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn. 

Dr. Svenningsen is an active conductor, performer and clinician.  Most recently he has performed Benjamin Britten’s The Holy Sonnets of John Donne as part of a collaboration with Dr. Mitchell Harris at Augustana and appeared with both the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra and the Northwestern Iowa Symphony Orchestra; he is also a member of the acclaimed South Dakota Chorale.  He has appeared as guest artist and clinician with ensembles around the country, most recently at the Roxbury High School Choral Invitational, a competition featuring some of the finest high school ensembles from the east coast.

Dr. Svenningsen is a proud member of the American Choral Directors Association, National Association for Music Education, National Collegiate Choral Organization and National Association of Teachers of Singing.  He serves on the executive board of the Sounds of South Dakota Opera Company, the South Dakota Arts Council Music Panel and the executive board of the South Dakota Chorale.

Russell and his wife, Sarah, are the parents of two children, Anders and Annika.  He is an avid woodworker and a terrible golfer.

Keyboard Faculty

Dr. Rick Andrews

Keyboard and Theory
605.274.5409
rick.andrews@augie.edu

Rick Andrews is an award-winning teacher and performer whose distinguished career spans more than three decades. He is currently Professor of Music at Augustana, where he is Director of the keyboard area and teaches music theory, applied piano, piano literature and piano pedagogy. In 2015, Andrews earned the Augustana Student Association (ASA) Faculty Recognition Award, which recognizes outstanding teaching and contributions to the Augustana Community by a faculty member.

Known for his innovative performances and lectures, Andrews remains active as a performer of solo, chamber, and concerto repertoire throughout the upper Midwest region. He has won high honors at major competitions and festivals including the Greater Southwest Music Festival, the Mountain View Concerto Competition, the Dallas Civic Symphony Concerto Competition, the Tuesday Musical Club Solo Competition, the Sawhill Piano Competition, and the International Beethoven Sonata Competition. He has also been named a Gold Medalist in the International Piano Recording Competition.

Andrews has appeared as a piano soloist with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, the Arkansas Symphony Chamber Orchestra, the Dallas Civic Symphony Orchestra, and the Milledgeville Chamber Orchestra. He has previously taught on the faculties of Georgia College, Arkansas College, and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and the Interlochen National Music Camp, the Inspiration Point Fine Arts Colony Piano Camp, and the famed Piano Preparatory Program at Southern Methodist University.

Andrews began his college training as a student of Pierrette Mouledous at Eastfield College of the Dallas County Community College District. Later, his principal studies in performance were with Alfred Mouledous at Southern Methodist University where he earned the bachelor and master of music degrees in piano performance and piano pedagogy. Pedagogy studies were under the tutelage of Louise Bianchi and David Karp. Andrews continued performance studies at the University of Colorado under the guidance of Peter Amstutz and Paul Parmelee and received a doctor of musical arts in piano performance.


Dr. Shu Li

Piano Instructor

605.274.5404
shu.li@augie.edu
 

Shu Li serves as a member of the piano faculty at Augustana University and Artist-Faculty at the Omaha Conservatory of Music. She received a Doctor of Musical Arts in piano performance from The University of Kanas and Master of Music degree in piano performance from Illinois State University, both with distinction.

Dr. Li founded International Music Exchange Association (IMEA) in 2010 and worked as the president until 2015. IMEA organized many large international music and culture exchange-related activities, such as “Gulangyu 2011 Fall American Music Week,” “KU International Music Exchange Fall 2012 China Tour,” “2015 Shanghai Spring International Music Festival,” and other musical outreach programs.

Dr. Li also has been an active performer of solo and chamber music throughout the United States, China, and Europe. World premiers include famous composer David Maslanka‘s. David’s Book, A Carl Sandburg Reader. Some remarkable pieces were recorded by Albany Inc. in 2007- 2008 and released worldwide. Other premiere performances include A Concert of Premieres, Presidents’ Concert, etc. for various operas, choirs, and symphonies. Dr. Li has won many honors and prize awards in piano competitions such as 2007s Aria Concerto competition, and the Frist Prize winner of 2009s Kansas Music Teachers Association Collegiate Artist Competition.


Marilyn Schempp '79

Organ, Piano Instructor

605.274.5445
schempp@augie.edu

Marilyn Schempp is an organ and beginning class piano instructor and chapel organist, while also maintaining a private piano and oboe studio in her home. As an adjudicator, she has judged for area Piano Guild auditions, the National Federation of Piano, Music Teachers National Association, and local festivals. She is also the principal organist and assistant music director at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls.

Schempp is an active member of the American Guild of Organists, where she has served as dean of the South Dakota chapter and director of the Organ Academy. In 2012 she was elected to serve on the national council of the American Guild of Organists as the North Central Region Councillor, an eight-state area. She served as president of the Music Teacher’s National Organization and as the competition chair for the state of South Dakota. For two years, she served as the regional secretary/treasurer for the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians.

She has performed on oboe, harpsichord, piano and organ with the South Dakota Symphony, has played oboe with the Sioux Falls Municipal Band, and accompanies high school and college students in competitions, juries and recitals. She received her bachelor of arts degree from Augustana University in both vocal and instrumental music, and her master of music degree in organ performance (with additional coursework in piano) from the University of South Dakota.  Schempp accompanies the three Augustana choirs when requested to do so and serves on the planning committee for the annual Christmas Vespers programs.  In 2017, Marilyn accompanied the Augustana Choir on their European Tour.  In addition to accompanying the Choir, she performed a 30-minute concert on the Bach organ at the St. Thomas Church in Leipzig.

Orchestra and Strings Faculty

John Casey

Bass Instructor

605.274.5451
john@lyricwood.org

John Casey is a bass instructor at Augustana who started playing bass in high school in his hometown of Owatonna, Minnesota. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota, where he studied with Minnesota Orchestra bassist James Clute, and his master's degree in double bass performance from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., where he studied with Warren Benfield of the Chicago Symphony. After leaving school, he spent five seasons as assistant principal bass of the Phoenix Symphony, with three of the summers as an orchestral fellow at the Aspen Music School. He is now a member of the South Dakota Symphony, associate principal bass of the Sioux City Symphony, and principal bass of the Northwest Iowa Symphony.


Dr. Peter Folliard
Interim Director of Orchestras
peter.folliard@augie.edu

605.274-5233

Born and raised in northern New Jersey, Folliard holds undergraduate degrees in music education and instrumental performance from the University of North Texas; master’s degrees in instrumental performance and conducting from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University; and a doctor of musical arts degree in orchestral conducting from the Eastman School of Music.   Folliard’s first conducting position was with the United States Air Force Bands program. Upon earning his commission from Officer Training School, Folliard was assigned to work with the United States Air Force Band, the Air Force’s premier musical unit in Washington, D.C. There, Folliard was appointed conductor of the Air Force String Orchestra and conductor of The Singing Sergeants. Additionally, Folliard served as the associate conductor for the Concert Band and Ceremonial Brass, and was producer of the organization’s recording projects.  Following his service in the Air Force, Folliard was offered a teaching assistantship accompanied with a full scholarship to study at the Eastman School of Music with master pedagogue Neil Varon. There, he also held the position of Eastman conducting fellow with the Rochester Philharmonic. Most recently, he served at the Crane School of Music at the State University of New York at Potsdam,where he served as interim director of orchestras.  Throughout his career Folliard has been recognized as an outstanding leader, performer and educator. The University of North Texas selected Folliard as its “Outstanding Member” and “Bandsman of the Year.” The military recognized Folliard for his “leadership, integrity, professionalism, team contribution and fellowship.”  Eastman awarded him its prestigious Graduate Teaching Assistant Prize.


Geoff Gunderson

Guitar Instructor

605.274.5451
geoff.gunderson@augie.edu

Geoff Gunderson is a guitar instructor at Augustana who began playing guitar when he was 10 years old and began playing professionally at age 14. During and after high-school he toured with Wakefield, a popular 80's rock band. Geoff began the study of classical guitar in high school and eventually studied with Arlin Harris at Augustana College and Christopher Johnson at USD, where he graduated in 1989. Geoff has attended master classes and clinics by notable guitarists including the L.A. Guitar Quartet, Eliot Fisk, Pepe Romero, and others. In 1995, Geoff underwent Suzuki training at the South Carolina Suzuki Institute in Spartanburg, SC to specialize in teaching young children. In 2009 Mr. Gunderson traveled to Austin, TX for training and licensing in the Childbloom Guitar Program with Kevin Taylor, founder of the program and Geoff is now the director of the Childbloom Guitar Program of Sioux Falls, designed for children age 5 and older.

Geoff is currently the guitarist for the Jukebox Zeroes and has performed with the South Dakota Symphony, the Sioux City Symphony, and the Sioux City “Rockestra.” Geoff teaches classical and contemporary guitar at Augustana University in Sioux Falls, S.D.  and Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa. A lifelong resident of Sioux Falls, Mr. Gunderson lives with his wife Erin and has two grown daughters.



Maria Peters

Viola Instructor

605.274.5451
maria@violinteachersiouxfalls.com

Maria Peters is a viola instructor who was born and raised in Poland, where she studied music and got her master's degree in performing and instrumental pedagogy from the Academy of Music in Wroclaw. After graduating, she spent over two years in Paris, France studying language and art. After returning to Poland, Peters started to work as a violin teacher in the State Music School in Olesnica. During this time, she was also studying management in Music and Culture Institutions. During this time, one of Peters’s students won the National Violin Award in the Janina Garcia Polish National Violin Competition. She was also an active member of European String Teachers Association and chairwoman for Solidarnosc (Solidarity).

Peters moved to Sioux Falls in 2001 and started to work primarily as a private violin and viola teacher, but also as an individual instrument instructor for the University of Sioux Falls (2002 - present) and Augustana University (2002 - 2007, 2012 - present). Maria teaches over 50 violin and viola students, many are involved in the South Dakota Symphony Youth Orchestra and the Dakota Academy for the Performing Arts.

She is married to Douglas Peters, and has one son, Maximilian.


Dr. Karren Melik-Stepanov

Cello Instructor/Chamber String Ensemble

605.274.5407
kjmlik@q.com

Karren Melik-Stepanov is a cello instructor and directs the Chamber String Ensemble. He has appeared as a recitalist, a soloist and a chamber musician in America, Southern Europe, North Africa, the Baltic Republics and the Caucasian republics. In addition to playing with the leading chamber groups and being a principal of several orchestras in Russia, he was professor of music at the National Conservatory of Music in Baku (former USSR). Many of his former students are now pursuing musical careers in the USA, Spain, Germany, Russia, Mexico, Finland, the Baltic Republics, Israel and Armenia.

Melik-Stepanov earned his bachelor and master of music degrees with honors and also an artist’s diploma in cello performance. He later earned his D.M.A. degrees in cello performance and chamber music from Yerevan National Conservatory of Music, and he counts one of the greatest cellists in cello performance history, Mstislav Rostropovich, as his principal cello teacher.


Anna Vorhes

Harp Instructor/Non-Western Music Instructor

605.274.5412
anna.vorhes@augie.edu

Anna Vorhes teaches harp, non-western music and music appreciation. She has performed with civic symphonies of Aberdeen, Huron, Watertown, Rapid City, Brookings, Fargo and the Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra. She is the principal harpist with the Sioux City Symphony and is a member of the South Dakota Symphony, serving as interim principal and currently as second harpist. She has performed with numerous community, college and secondary school choirs throughout the region.

Vorhes spent more than a decade as a South Dakota Arts Council touring artist. She is a member of the American Harp Society, a permanently nationally-certified teacher of music with the Music Teachers National Association, and has served various positions in the local, state and national organization. She organizes a harp ensemble concert every other year, with 25 to 40 harpists participating. She holds a bachelor of arts degree from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn., with majors in music and psychology and a master of music degree in harp performance from the University of Arizona.

Music Education Faculty

Dr. Lisa Grevlos

Director of Vocal Studies and Opera Theatre/Voice Instructor/Vocal Music Education/Choral Conductor

605.274.5457

 

Dr. Lisa Grevlos is professor of music and director of vocal studies at Augustana University. She directs the Augustana Opera Workshop Theatre program, conducts the Augustana Women’s Choir — Angelus, and teaches in the areas of applied voice, vocal pedagogy, singer’s diction, and choral music education. Dr. Grevlos performs frequently as a soloist in the region for recitals, operas, oratorios, and musical theatre. She has been a guest soloist with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra in “A Night at the Opera,” the Brahms Requiem, and was the featured soprano vocalist with the Sioux Falls Municipal Band for 15 years. Recent engagements have included various roles in Sounds of South Dakota, Inc. concerts and opera productions and soprano soloist in the Augustana Choir and Orchestra's performance of the Brahms Requiem at the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science. She has been a regional finalist and scholarship recipient in the Metropolitan Opera Auditions and was a semi-finalist in the Denver Lyric Opera Guild Auditions.

Along with her duties at Augustana University, she is artistic director and past-president of Sounds of South Dakota, Inc. a non-profit organization whose mission is to connect South Dakota professional vocal artists in opera, recital, and musical theatre performance with regional audiences. In September 2012, she served as stage director for the Sounds of South Dakota, Inc. production of Mozart's "The Magic Flute," starring internationally acclaimed bass-baritone, Samuel Ramey, accompanied by the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra with Maestro Delta David Gier in the Mary Sommervold Hall of the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science. This production was awarded second prize in the National Opera Association’s 2012-13 Professional Opera Production Competition.  Dr. Grevlos also serves as a frequent adjudicator and clinician throughout the Midwest. She is a member of Music Teachers National Association, American Choral Directors Association, and the National Association of Teachers of Singing. She has served as the high school and collegiate vocal competition chair for South Dakota Music Teachers' Association and currently serves as the soprano adjudicator for South Dakota American Choral Directors Association Honor Choir. She received the Doctorate of Arts degree in voice performance and opera stage directing from the University of Northern Colorado. She holds master of music degrees from Northwestern University, Evanston, in voice performance and choral conducting, and she completed her undergraduate degree in music education at Augustana.


Dr. John Pennington, Chair, Department of Music
Percussion Instructor/Global Music/Composition and Arranging
605.274.4607
john.pennington@augie.edu

John Pennington is an educator, composer, performer, author, producer and conductor. Pennington is currently a professor of music at Augustana and is the artistic director of the Animas Music Festival (Durango, Colo.) He holds degrees from the University of Michigan, University of Arizona, and Arizona State. Pennington is an orchestral percussionist, who currently performs with the South Dakota Symphony and the Music in the Mountains Music Festival Orchestra. Pennington is currently a cultural envoy for the State Department in the Middle East (most recently Lebanon), where he presents concerts, clinics and masterclasses.

With over thirty recordings to date he has recorded for the Ensemble 21, Summit, Cristo, OCP, and Equilibrium labels. Recent recording releases include: Brasileirinho, South American Music for Guitar and Percussion (co-produced composed and arranged, 2010), Steps (co-produced composed and arranged, 2008), Music for Trumpet and Percussion with Stephen Dunn, Lou Harrison, American Gamelan (produced, conducted and performed, 2007), Compassionate and Wise (co-produced, composed and performed, 2006, Equilibrium Press). With performances on four continents and over 25 states he has performed on Prairie Home Companion and been a featured performer at three Percussive Arts Society International Conventions.

Active as a composer and arranger he has over 25 compositions for soloist, duo, chamber and films and dozens of arrangements for numerous instrumental and vocal combinations. Extensive studies in world music have included experience in African, Middle Eastern, Indonesian, Cuban and the South Indian Karnatak tradition. Recently, Pennington studied the Northern Hindustani tradition of music in Haridwar and Delhi, India and the Javanese and Balinese traditions of Indonesia.

Emeriti Faculty

Dr. Scott Johnson

Instrumental in building the Augustana and Community Orchestra, emeriti faculty member Dr. Scott R. Johnson was associate professor of music, music education instructor and musical theatre director.