Music Department Faculty

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.

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

Director, Music Therapy Program
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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.

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.

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.

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Instructor
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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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Stephen Kravitz has been a private instructor of woodwind instruments (clarinet, saxophone & bassoon) for nearly four decades, and he has also taught music at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. He has also taught jazz band, chamber music, woodwind methods, and jazz comprehension at the collegiate level.

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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Arlyn Curtis is an instructor in the Music Department

Instructor
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Cessaries Galusha is an instructor in the Music Department

Instructor
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Les Green is an instructor in the Music Department.

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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Alan Juza is an adjunct professor in the Music Department.

Assistant Professor

Dr. Peter Joseph Zisa is an award winning performer on the six and eight string classical guitar. His performance career, which started at age thirteen, has taken him across the U.S. and abroad.

Instructor
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Applied Music is the Voice Area Coordinator in the 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

Adjunct Instructor
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Harold Vreeland is an adjunct instructor in Pacific's Music Department

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.

headshot of Phyllis Louke with a flute.

Phyllis Avidan Louke is a music educator with over 40 years experience, as well as a professional flutist, maintaining a large private flute studio in Portland, Oregon. 

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.

Brea Murakami
Clinical Coordinator, Music Therapy Program
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Brea Murakami is a board-certified music therapist and the clinical coordinator of music therapy at Pacific University.