Department of Music


Western Connecticut State University’s unique location allows it to maintain a music faculty comprised of distinguished performer-teachers of national and international acclaim and includes musicians whose professional activity in New York City metropolitan area enhances its reputation throughout the state and region.

Dr. Margaret Astrup Voice Area Coordinator, Applied Voice, Opera Ensemble, Diction for Singers
Mr. Jamie Begian Department of Music Associate Chair, Co-Coordinator of Jazz Studies, Sight Singing, Jazz Orchestra / Jazz Ensemble
Dr. Marjorie Callaghan Applied Horn, Music History, Sight Singing/Ear Training
Dr. Matthew Doiron Coordinator of Music Education, Symphonic Band
Dr. James Greene Co-Coordinator of Jazz Studies, Applied Jazz Saxophone, Jazz Improvisation, Jazz Combos, Jazz Ensemble / Jazz Orchestra
Dr. Greg Haynes Applied Percussion, Percussion Workshop, Percussion Ensemble, Audio & Music Production
Dr. Russell Hirshfield Keyboard/String Area Coordinator, Applied Piano, Music Theory, Chamber Music
Dr. Kevin Jay Isaacs Music Theory, Choral Ensembles
Dr. Luis Fernando Jiménez Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, Conducting, Applied Trombone
Dr. Laurel Larsen Department of Music Chair, Music Theory, Sight Singing, Keyboard
Dr. Douglas O’Grady Audio & Music Production Coordinator, Music Theory
Dr. Jeremy Wiggins
Coordinator of Choral Activities and Graduate Studies, Choral Music Education
Dr. Kerry Walker Woodwind Area Coordinator, Applied Flute, Music Education, Chamber Music
Mr. Andrew Beals Jazz Saxophone, Jazz Improvisation, Chamber Jazz, Frankensax
Dr. Elena Blyskal Applied Voice
Mr. Danton Boller Applied Jazz Bass
Ms. Linnea Bronson – Amodio Music Education
Mr. Kevin Callaghan Applied Classical Bass
Mr. Richard Clymer Applied Trumpet
Mr. Edward Dzubak Applied Audio Production
Mr. Frank Gawle Music Education
Mr. Andrew Gordon Opera
Mr. Will Gorman Applied Jazz Voice; Vocal Jazz Ensemble
Mr. Danny Gray Applied Audio Production
Dr. Andrew Grenci Applied Clarinet
Mr. AJ Gundell Song Writing
Mr. Robert Kondor Applied Audio Production, Pop/Rock Ensemble
Ms. Maggie Lieberman Applied Voice
Mr. Roy Mazzacane Applied Voice
Mr. Lee Metcalf Evolution of Jazz and Rock Music, Chamber Jazz, Jazz Guitar Ensemble
Dr. Shelley Monroe Applied Bassoon
Mr. Haneef Nelson Applied Jazz Trumpet
Mr. Javier Oviedo Applied Saxophone, Saxophone Quartet
Mr. Doug Perry Applied Percussion, Applied Audio Production
Mr. Shane Peters Guitar and Ukulele Methods
Mr. Jeff Siegel Applied Jazz Percussion, Chamber Jazz
Mr. Mark Silva Applied Voice
Dr. Mark Snyder Applied Oboe, Woodwind Methods
Ms. Carmen Staaf Applied Jazz Piano, Chamber Jazz
Ms. Suzanne Wagor Applied Violin / Viola, Chamber Music
Dr. Richard Weidlich Applied Voice
Ms. Deborah Weisz Applied Jazz Trombone, Chamber Jazz
Mr. Ken Wessel Applied Jazz Guitar, Jazz Guitar Ensemble
Mr. Dirck Westervelt World Music
Ms. Belinda Whitney Applied Violin, Chamber Music
Ms. Marcia Wiley Applied Cello, Chamber Music
Mr. Gregg Winters Music Technology
Ms. Meredith Ziegler Applied Voice
Dr. Wesley Ball Emeritus – Music Education
Dr. Dan Goble Emeritus – Applied Saxophone, Chamber Music, Jazz Studies
Mr. David Smith Emeritus – Applied Percussion, Percussion Workshop, Percussion Ensemble