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Faculty and Staff

Many members of the Department of Music Faculty perform frequently in the region and are members of prestigious performing organizations such as the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and Opera Columbus.  A plus sign (+) designates Columbus Symphony Orchestra members. An asterisk (*) designates Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra members. A caret (^) designates Columbus Jazz Orchestra members.

Full-time Faculty

Dr. James Bates

Assistant Professor/Director of Orchestral Activities
Office: Battelle Fine Arts Center 107
614.823.1553
jbates@otterbein.edu

Dr. Amy Chivington

Professor/Director of Music Education
Office: Battelle Fine Arts Center 245
614.823.1110
achivington@otterbein.edu

Dr. Dennis Davenport

Chairperson, Department of Music
Office: Battelle Fine Arts Center 109
614.823.3138
ddavenport@otterbein.edu

Dr. Karen Eckenroth

Associate Professor/Director of Vocal Activities
Office: Battelle Fine Arts Center 110
614.823.1458
keckenroth@otterbein.edu

Lori Kay Harvey

Visiting Instructor/Music Director of Musical Theatre
Office: Battelle Fine Arts Center 116
614.823.3177
LHarvey@otterbein.edu

Dr. Jennifer Merkowitz

Assistant Professor
Office: Battelle Fine Arts Center 109
614.823.1807
jmerkowitz@otterbein.edu

Dr. Nicholas Ross

Associate Professor/Director of Keyboard Studies
Office: Battelle Fine Arts Center 108
614.823.1020
nross@otterbein.edu

Dr. Margaret Underwood

Assistant Professor/Director of Band, Wind, and Percussion Activities
Office: Battelle Fine Arts Center 112
614.823.3085
munderwood@otterbein.edu

Dr. Gayle Walker

Professor/Director of Choral Activities
Office: Battelle Fine Arts Center 248
614.823.1318
gwalker@otterbein.edu

Dr. Michael Yonchak

Assistant Professor of Instrumental Music Education
Director of Athletic Bands
Office: Battelle Fine Arts Center 
614.823.1808
myonchak@otterbein.edu

Part-time Faculty

If you would like to contact a part-time faculty member please e-mail Department of Music Operations Manager Conni Birri

HELEN ALLEN; D.M.A., The Ohio State University. Teaching area: voice.

ELIZABETH BARRETT; M.M., Westminster Choir College. Teaching area: voice, choir. 

LYLE BARKHYMER; D.M., Indiana University. Teaching area: world music.

ROBERT BEHRENS; M.F.A., Ohio University. Teaching area: acting, opera. 

^CHRISTIAN BERG; M.A., Montclair State College. Teaching areas: jazz studies, electric bass.

ROBERT BUX; M.M., Northwestern University. Teaching area: voice.

JAN DUNPHY; B.M., Otterbein University. Teaching area: organ. 

+DAVID EDGE; M.M., Northwestern University. Teaching area: violin.

JAMES FLORA; M.M., Florida State University.  Teaching area: voice.

ERIN GILLILAND; D.M.A. in progress, Florida State University. Teaching area: violin.

KIMBERLEE GOODMAN; D.M.A., The Ohio State University. Teaching areas: flute, woodwind methods, theory, aural skills, Integrative Studies.

KATIE GRABER; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison. Teaching area: music history.

KERRY HABERKERN; D.M.A., The Ohio State University. Teaching area: bassoon.

^RYAN HAMILTON; M.M.E. in progress, Capital University. Teaching area: jazz trombone.

DWIGHT HECKELMAN; B.B.A., Belmont University. Teaching area: music industry.

JESSE HEETLAND; D.M.A., University of Oklahoma-Norman.  Teaching area: music technology.

TIMOTHY HUFFMAN; D.M.A. in progress, The Ohio State University.  Teaching area: piano, theory, aural skills.

BEN HUNTOON; M.A., The Ohio State University. Teaching area: trumpet.

+JACK JENNY; D.M.A., The Ohio State University. Teaching areas: percussion, theory, composition, electronic music.

DAN KING; D.M.A., The Ohio State University. Teaching area: trumpet.

DOUGLAS LOCKE; M.M., Southern Illinois University. Teaching area: violin and Suzuki Pedagogy Internship Program. 

SUSAN LOCKE; M.M., Southern Illinois University. Teaching area: violin.

RICHARD LOPEZ; D.M.A., The Ohio State University. Teaching areas: piano, jazz.

KIMBERLY McCANN; M.M, Northwestern University. Teaching area: horn.

JAY MIGLIA; D.M.A. in progress, University of Illinois. Coordinator, Jazz Studies. Teaching areas: saxophone, jazz. 

+JUDE MOLLENHAUER; M.A., University of Pennsylvania. Teaching area: harp. 

+WENDY MORTON; ArtDp., Curtis Institute of Music.  Teaching area: cello.

SUZANNE NEWCOMB; D.M.A., The Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University. Teaching area: piano, theory; Staff Accompanist.

HILD PEERSEN; D.M.A., The Ohio State University. Teaching area; clarinet.

CAROLYN REDMAN; D.M.A., The Ohio State University.  Teaching area: voice.

ANN RIESBECK DiCLEMENTE; Ph.D., University of Marlyand-College Park. Teaching area: Integrative Studies.

CAROLINE SALIDO-BARTA; D.M.A., The Ohio State University. Coordinator of Accompanying. Teaching area: piano.

JOEL SHONKWILER; D.M.A., The Ohio State University. Teaching area: low brass.

*+MELISSA STEVENS; D.M.A., The Ohio State University. Teaching area: oboe.

ERIC VAN WAGNER; B.M.E., Otterbein University. Teaching area: audio production.

+STEVEN WEDELL; M.M., Boston University. Teaching areas: viola. 

KEYONA WILLIS; D.M.A. in Progress, The Ohio State University. Teaching area: voice.

 CHARLIE WILMOTH; Ph.D., University of California, San Diego.  Teaching areas: theory, aural skills, new music ensemble. 

+PETER STAFFORD WILSON; B.M., University of Cincinnati. Music Director, Westerville Symphony at Otterbein University; Associate Conductor, Columbus Symphony Orchestra.

KARL WOHLWEND; M.M., Cleveland Institute of Music. Teaching areas: guitar, jazz. 

LY APELADO, JENNIFER BELL, SUSAN DOWDY, T.C. KINCER, ANYA MILLER, JOYCE STONEBRAKER; Staff Accompanists

CONNI BIRRI; M.B.A., Anna Maria College. Operations Manager

CLAIRE BROCK; B.A., Capital University. Program Manager

/ Department of Music

Dennis Davenport
Chair
Battelle Fine Arts Center
p/ 614.823.3138
e/ ddavenport@otterbein.edu

Conni Birri

Operations Manager
Battelle Fine Arts Center
p/ 614.823.1508
e/ cbirri@otterbein.edu

Claire Brock
Program Manager
Battelle Fine Arts Center
p/ 614.823.1504
e/ cbrock@otterbein.edu

Elizabeth Doyle
Arts Counselor
102 W. College Ave, Westerville
p/ 614.823.1219 or
1.800.488.8144
e/ edoyle@otterbein.edu

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