Music Faculty

Professor; Director of Choral Activities
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Scott Tuomi has performed internationally to critical acclaim as a tenor soloist in recitals, opera and oratorio.

Professor, Director of Bands
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Michael Burch-Pesses is director of bands at Pacific University. He teaches conducting, music education and MIDI technology. His enjoyed a distinguished career as a bandmaster in the U.S. Navy and is conductor of the Oregon Symphonic Band.

Professor
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Dijana Ihas is a professor of music education at Pacific University; founder, director and master teacher of the String Project; and a veteran of the Sarajevo String Quartet.

Professor
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Dr. Stephens' compositions have been featured at many regional and national festivals, and he frequently serves as an adjudicator and guest lecturer.

Director Murakami
Director, Music Therapy Program
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Brea Murakami is a board-certified music therapist and Interim Director of music therapy at Pacific University.

Shelly Zeiser
Assistant Professor, Music Therapy - Clinical Coordinator
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Shelly R. Zeiser, MA, MT-BC is an assistant professor of music therapy and the clinical coordinator at Pacific University. She received her MA from the University of Iowa and BM from University of the Pacific and is pursuing a PhD in Education and Leadership from Pacific University. Prior to working at Pacific, she served as a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Iowa.

Cessaries Galusha
Piano Area Coordinator
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Cessaries Galusha earned a Bachelors of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and a Masters of Music in Piano Performance from the University of OR.

Instructor
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Applied Music is the Voice Area Coordinator in the Music Department

Ryan Francis
Instructor

Dr. Ryan Francis teaches music theory, music technology, and world music at Pacific University. 

Sam Barbara DMA
Concert Choir Director
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Dr. Samuel Barbara directs the Concert Choir at Pacific University. He is the Director of Choral and Vocal Studies at Portland Community College, Rock Creek Campus, where he conducts the chamber and concert choirs, teaches applied lessons and class voice.

Kate Rogers
Instructor

Dr. Kate Rogers teaches Music History and Viola at Pacific University, bridging the spaces between academic and applied musical studies.

Owen Broder Saxophonist and Band Leader
Instructor

Saxophonist and band leader Owen Broder runs in a variety of musical circles.

Elizabeth Caswell earned the Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance summa cum laude from Augustana College (IL), and the Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees in piano performance and theory pedagogy minor from the University of Iowa.

Photo of Janet Coleman
Staff Accompanist
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Janet Coleman, a versatile and dynamic pianist, has been active in a wide variety of musical collaborations throughout the Northwest for over a decade.

Instructor
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Steve Conrow is an Instructor in the Music Department.

Instructor
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Arlyn Curtis is an instructor in the Music Department

Adjunct Instructor
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Alan Juza is an adjunct professor in the Music Department.

Konstantin Kvach
Instructor
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Born in Russia, bass Konstantin Kvach has enjoyed recognition as one of the Pacific Northwest's leading basses. He has performed as a soloist in Germany, the Czech Republic and in the Baltic States.

Instructor
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Hailed as a "barnstorming violin exponent" (Flying Inkpot, Singapore), violinist Kevin A. Lefohn maintains an internaBonal career as recital soloist, chamber musician, and pedagogue. 

Instructor
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Angela Niederloh, mezzo-soprano, has been acclaimed by the New York Times as, “a charismatic mezzo soprano," and is a currently serves as a faculty member for Pacific University's Music Department.

Adjunct Instructor
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Noah Seitz is an Adjunct Instructor for Pacific University's Music Department. 

Instructor
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Kelli Stephens is an instructor for Pacific University's Music Department

Rachel Rencher
Flute Instructor

Rachel Rencher is a freelance flutist in the Portland area. She is the principal flutist for the Vancouver (USA) Symphony Orchestra and is a member of the Portland Opera and Portland Chamber Orchestra.

Louis DiMartino
Instructor

A native of Staten Island, Louis DeMartino is the principal clarinetist of the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra, as well as the principal clarinetist of the Portland Opera, Oregon Ballet Theatre Orchestras, and the principal clarinetist of the Colorado Music Festival in Boulder, CO.

Christine Korb is an experienced Music Therapy Program Director and has been involved with program development, initiating and implementing program curriculum and strategies, is actively involved with the program assessment process and collaborates with community professionals as she increases the numbers of music therapists practicing and employed nationwide.