Matt Belzer, Senior Lecturer
Multi-instrumentalist/composer Matt Belzer has a diverse musical life. He has been a member of the improvisational drum and saxophone duo Tiemann-Belzer, the avant-latin group Mosaic, and the classic jazz group The Peabody Ragtime Ensemble. He is also a very active freelance musician, regularly performing on woodwinds at the Kennedy Center, the Library of Congress, and numerous theaters and concert halls in the region. His works are published on Advance Music and UNC Jazz Press. He has been honored by Downbeat magazine, the Jazz Composers Alliance and the Maryland State Arts Council. Mr. Belzer directs the large Jazz Ensemble and various small groups, teaches the jazz courses and saxophone lessons, and advises jazz students in their individual creative projects. He recently appeared on PBS as a soloist with Smokey Robinson. Currently, he is recording an album of his music with the Anansi Trio.
Stephen Caracciolo, Associate Professor
Stephen Caracciolo is a choral conductor recognized for his passionate artistry, creative teaching, and is a nationally known composer and arranger whose choral works have been performed throughout the United States and Europe. In addition to serving as the Artistic Director for Lancaster Chorale, Dr. Caracciolo has guest conducted at the Capital University NOW Music Festival, has accepted commissions from numerous choral organizations, including Cantus, The Maryland State Boychoir, the Lancaster Chorale, and the Columbus Chamber Singers, and was awarded the prestigious Individual Artist’s Fellowship in Composition from the Greater Columbus Arts Council. As a choral performer, he has sung masterworks with the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Julliard School Orchestra, Indiana University Orchestra, and the American Symphony under the batons of Robert Shaw, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Kurt Masur, Erich Kunzel, and James Levine. He currently performs as a professional bass at Washington National Cathedral.
Lisa Cella, Professor
Professor Lisa Cella recently released the CD, Full Circle: NOISE plays the music of Stuart Saunders Smith. A champion of contemporary music, Lisa Cella has performed all over the world in many ensembles. She is Artistic Director of soundON: A Festival of Modern Music, and is on the faculty at Soundscape Composition and Performance Exchange in Maccango, Italy and Nief-Norf in Knoxville, TN. Lisa co-founded the flute collective inHALE, a group dedicated to developing challenging and experimental repertoire for two and three flutes. inHALE was an invited ensemble at the National Flute Association Convention in San Diego in August of 2005. Her undergraduate work was completed at Syracuse University and she received a Master of Music degree and a Graduate Performance Diploma from Peabody Conservatory. She received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in contemporary flute performance at the University of California, San Diego.
Linda Dusman, Professor
Linda Dusman’s recent works have been inspired by the landscape of Cape Ann, Massachusetts, where she vacations each summer on Folly Cove. Lake, Thunder was premiered at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC in 2015. Thundersnow was commissioned by the Italian Trio des Alpes in 2014, and premiered in Genoa, Italy that year. Her work for piccolo and alto flute An Unsubstantial Territory was recorded by the inHale Duo, and has received many performance throughout the United States and Europe. Piano Interiors was Dusman’s response to the 2012 Cape Ann Museum’s Soliloquy in Dogtown exhibition of works by Marsden Hartley. Her works are published by I Resound Press and Neuma Publications, and are recorded on the NEUMA, Capstone, and New Albany labels.
Tom Goldstein, Associate Professor
As a freelance percussionist in New York City for over twenty years, Mr. Goldstein performed extensively with groups such as the Orchestra of St. Lukes and the Brooklyn Philharmonic, as well as in many chamber groups, Broadway shows, and nightclubs. He currently performs and records with the Hoffmann/Goldstein Duo, the new-music ensemble Ruckus, and the percussion quartet Umbilicus. Mr. Goldstein has performed with Steve Reich and Musicians, Pauline Oliveros, American Festival of Microtonal Music, Continuum, and the Gregg Smith Singers. He has been a member of klezmer bands Klezzazz, Verklempt, and the Lost Tribe. He has composed several percussion works and theater pieces, a violin solo, and numerous songs. He has published articles in Perspectives of New Music and Percussive Notes and for Mellen Press, and has composed liner notes for Summit Records jazz recordings. He has received a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artists Award.
Brian Kaufman, Assistant Professor
As a conductor, tubist, educator, and social entrepreneur, Brian Kaufman has shared the stage as a performer and speaker alongside the likes of Pulitzer-Prize winning composer Gunther Schueller, Emmy-nominated composer and hip-hop violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR), the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, the cult pop-rock band Tally Hall, The American Brass Quintet, and Her Royal Highness Princess Dr. Nisreen El-Hashemite. His research areas include social impact through music, the global El Sistema movement, music teacher education, music performance, and beginning conducting pedagogy. Collectively, his work has led to international presentations at institutions including the United Nations, the Ford Foundation, Oxford University, and Yale University.
E. Michael Richards, Professor
As a recitalist of new music, E. Michael Richards – clarinet has premiered over 150 works that have utilized the clarinet at performances throughout the US, Japan, Australia, and Western Europe. Recently, he performed at International Computer Music Conferences in Miami (2004) and New Orleans (2006), the Third Practice Festivals in Richmond, Virginia (2003, 2005, and 2008), the SEAMUS National Conference (2007 and 2008), Florida Electroacoustic Music Festivals in Gainesville (2008), the Spark Festival in Minneapolis (2009), and the New York computer Music Festival (2009). E. Michael Richards is currently a guest artist with the Ensemble for New Music at Towson University and the Verge Ensemble,, and a founding member of RUCKUS. He received a 2010 Individual Artist Award from the Maryland State Council of the Arts, and a 2011 USM Regents’ Faculty Award for Excellence in Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities.
Anna Rubin, Associate Professor
Professor Anna Rubin’s electroacoustic work, Salty and Sweet, was part of the program produced by Núcleo Música Nova at the Centro Cultural Sesi, at the Universidade Estadual do Parana, Brazil, July 22, 2017.
Joseph Siu, Lecturer
Joseph Siu is a PhD candidate in Music Theory at the Eastman School of Music. Joseph’s research interests include phrase rhythm and musical form in 18th- and early 19th-century music, music cognition and perception, and music theory pedagogy. As an interdisciplinary researcher, Joseph has collaborated with faculty and students from the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, the Department of Biomedical Engineering, and the Department of Linguistics at the University of Rochester. In summer 2016, Joseph was awarded an all-inclusive travel award sponsored by the National Science Foundation to present at the International Conference on Mobile Brain-Body Imaging and the Neuroscience of Art, Innovation, and Creativity in Cancun, Mexico. In the same summer, Joseph was selected as a Music Fellow by the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University to participate and to give a public talk at the 3rd International “Exploring the Mind through Music” Conference. Joseph’s co-authored article “Multiple Perspectives on Art-Science Collaborations” was published by the SciArt Magazine in June 2017.
Airi Yoshioka, Professor
Professor Airi Yoshioka recently released a new CD Sueños Místicos. Hailed by the Gramophone Magazine as “brilliant and intrepid”, violinist Airi Yoshioka has concertized throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and Canada as a recitalist, soloist and chamber musician. She is the founding member of Damocles Trio and Modigliani Quartet and has performed and recorded with the members of Emerson, Brentano and Arditti Quartets. Educational outreach has been a vital aspect of Ms. Yoshioka’s professional life through her work as a teaching artist for the New York Philharmonic and Lincoln Center Institute. In addition, she has performed in hospitals, hospices, and nursing homes as a recipient of the Community Service Fellowship. In October, 2004, she organized Art Reach!, a three-day symposium on effectiveness of arts outreach.