Faculty & Staff

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Reneé Bell, Lecturer

Duncan Cumming, Associate Professor
Piano Performance

Kyra Gaunt, Assistant Professor

Robert Gluck, Professor
Director of Electronic Music Studio

William Jon Gray, Assistant Professor, Choral Director
Choral Studies

Karla Kash, Associate Professor, Theatre Program Director

Chad Larabee, Lecturer
Director of Performance (Theatre)

Max Lifchitz, Professor
Music Composition

Andi Lyons, Professor
Director of Design and Technology

Steven Michalek, Visiting Assistant Professor
Technical Director/Production Manager

Nancy Newman, Associate Professor, Department Chair

Richard Porterfield, Visiting Assistant Professor
Music Theory

Kimberly Stauffer, Lecturer
Acting and Movement

Eszter Szalczer, Professor
Director of History, Literature and Criticism (Theatre)

Victoria von Arx, Associate Professor
Piano Performance

Kathryn Walat, Assistant Professor
Resident Playwright

Albin Zak, Professor


Richard Albagli is the Director of the University Percussion Ensemble.

Jonathan Albert teaches acting.

Ellen Burns is our music librarian.

Kevin Champagne is the Director of the University-Community Symphonic Band, the UAlbany Pep Band, and the Marching Great Danes.

Nicholas Conway teaches Hip Hop Music and Culture.

Anne Croteau is our costume designer.

Hilary Cumming is our violin instructor.

Kevin Grudecki is our jazz guitar instructor.

David Hosley is the Director of the University Jazz Ensemble.

William "David" Kenner teaches acting.

Christopher David Neubert is the Director of the University-Community Symphony Orchestra.

Mezzo-soprano Frances Pallozzi Wittmann is our vocal instructor.

Angela Ryan (Ledtke) teaches Introduction to Dramatic Art.


John Knapp is the Theatre Technical Director.

Veronica Mott is our secretary for Theatre.

Trevor Kahlbaugh is our piano accompanist.

Kent Shultz is our piano tuner.

Bernadette Socha is our secretary for Music.


Professor Joel A. Chadabe, M.M.
Yale University

Associate Professor R. Findlay Cockrell, M.S. (Collins Fellow)
Juilliard School of Music

Associate Professor Robert J. Donnelly
Yale University, MFA

Associate Professor Jerome Hanley
Yale University, MFA

Associate Professor K. Drew Hartzell Jr., Ph.D.
University of Rochester

Associate Professor Reed Hoyt, Ph.D.
University of Pennsylvania

Professor James Leonard
Cornell University, Ph.D.

Professor James R. Morris, D.M.A.
University of Southern California


Professor Jarka M. Burian
Cornell University, Ph.D.

Associate Professor Irvin E. Gilman, M.M.
Manhattan School of Music

Professor David Griggs-Janower, D.M.
Indiana University School of Music