Faculty and Staff - University of Houston
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Meet the Faculty

Steven Block, Interim


David Bertman Director of Bands
Dana Pradervand Associate Director, Bands, Division Head, Winds and Brass
Cameron Kubos Director of Athletic Bands and Spirit Groups


Mark Barton Affiliate Artist in Tuba
Phillip Freeman  Affiliate Artist in Euphonium and Bass Trombone 
Mark Hughes Affiliate Artist in Trumpet
Robert Johnson Affiliate Artist in French Horn
Brian Kauk Affiliate Artist in Trombone
Gavin Reed Professor of Practice, French Horn
Jim Vassallo Affiliate Artist in Trumpet

Choral Studies

Jeb Mueller Associate Director of Choral Studies
Betsy Weber Director of Choral Studies


Rob Smith Professor and Coordinator of Composition, Director of AURA Contemporary Ensemble
Marcus Maroney Associate Professor of Composition, Director of Graduate Studies
David White Professor Emeritus of Composition


Franz Krager Director of Orchestral Studies

Music Education

Cora Bigwood Lecturer in Music Education
Julie Derges Associate Professor of Music Education, Division Head of Music Education
Erin Hansen Assistant Professor of Music Education
Emily McGinnis Professor of Practice, Music Education
Cory Meals Assistant Professor in Music Education
Mary Neeley Stevens Student Teaching Supervisor
Student Teaching Supervisor
Chapman Welch Lecturer in Music Technology


Noe Marmolejo Director of Jazz Studies
Michael Wheeler Affiliate Artist in Guitar


Timothy Hester Professor of Piano, Division Head of Piano, Director of Keyboard Collaborative Arts
Tali Morgulis Associate Professor of Piano
Daryl Robinson Assistant Professor of Organ
Andrew Staupe Assistant Professor of Piano
Brian Suits Instructional Professor of Accompanying
Todd Van Kekerix Assistant Professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy


Paul Bertagnolli Associate Professor of Musicology
Kathryn Caton Lecturer of Musicology
Matthew Dirst Professor and Coordinator of Musicology
Barbara Rose Lange Professor of Ethnomusicology
Howard Pollack Professor of Musicology
Katherine L. Turner Lecturer 


Lawrence Edelson  Artistic Director, Moores Opera Center and Professor of Practice


Luke Hubley Affiliate Artist
Alec Warren Instructional Assistant Professor of Percussion
Blake Wilkins Professor of Percussion, Division Head of Percussion 


Wayne Brooks Affiliate Artist in Viola
Hope Cowan Affiliate Artist in Harp
Eunghee Cho Professor of Practice, Cello
Anthony Kitai Affiliate Artist in Cello
Mann-Wen Lo  Professor of Practice, Violin 
Eric Larson Affiliate Artist of Double Bass
Kirsten Yon Associate Professor of ViolinDivision Head of Strings

Music Theory

Paul Garza Lecturer
Jonathan Guez Visiting Assistant Professor
Timothy Koozin Professor and Coordinator of Music Theory
Ji Yeon Lee Assistant Professor of Music Theory
John Snyder Professor of Music Theory


Zachary Averyt Affiliate Artist in Voice and Pedagogy
Cynthia Clayton Professor of Voice, Division Head of Voice Studies 
Joseph Evans Professor of Voice
Timothy Jones Professor of Voice
Melanie Sonnenberg Professor of Voice
Hector Vàsquez Instructional Associate Professor of Voice 


Adam Dinitz Affiliate Artist in Oboe/English Horn
Aralee Dorough Affiliate Artist in Flute
Jonathan Fischer Affiliate Artist in Oboe
Randall Griffin Affiliate Artist in Clarinet
Sasha Potiomkin Affiliate Artist in Clarinet
Chester Rowell Affiliate Artist in Clarinet
Peggy Russell Affiliate Artist in Flute
Melissa Suhr Affiliate Artist in Flute
Elise Wagner Affiliate Artist in Bassoon
Woody Witt Affiliate Artist in Saxophone

Meet the Staff

Alan Austin Director, Texas Music Festival
Jason Burton   Building Coordinator, Assistant Theater Manager
Daryl Robinson Director of Undergraduate Studies
Karina Duran   Department Business Administrator
Yvette Farnum  Financial Coordinator II 
Sarah Hardin Administrative Assistant  
Kelly Ibarra Admissions Manager
Kristi Johnson Theater Manager
Deforest Jones  Front Desk Manager 
Nicole Kenley-Miller Opera Production Manager  
Marcus Maroney Director of Graduate Studies
Stacia Morgan Dunn Assistant Director of Advising
Raymond Pina  Assistant Manager of IT 
David Siegel Manager of AV Services 
Marion Russell Dickson Academic Advisor II 
Corbin Sturch Piano Technician
Katherine L. Turner Associate Director, Moores School of Music
Vacant Coordinator of Outreach Events, Assistant to the Director
Tobin Wright Recital Coordinator
Emily Wolfe Patron Relations & Communications Coordinator