General Education

Val Azzoli
Adjunct Professor
Rap/Rock
973-655-7212


Robert Butts   Robert Butts
Adjunct Professor
Introduction to Music
Main Office: 973-655-7212
buttsr@mail.montclair.edu

Robert Butts is the conductor of the Little Opera of New Jersey (Westfield) and the Baroque Orchestra of North Jersey. He has served as conductor with the Skylands Youth Symphony and the Highland Park Recorder Society and Chamber Orchestra. His work with the Highland Pak Recorder Society earned him the 1996 DeMarsh Award from the American Recorder Society. With the Baroque Orchestra of Boonton he presents an annual Vivaldi Festival featuring chamber and orchestral works by Vivaldi and his Venetian contemporaries. He led concerts at the 1999 and 2001 Boston Early Music Festival. He has conducted the Philharmonica de Stat Botosani orchestra in Romania and performances of Verdi's Il Trovatore and Rigoletto with Opera Constatna. He was guest conductor for the Philharmonic Society of St. Petersburg, Russia. His compositions have been published and he has won awards at the Leo Traynor competitions. He has contributed reviews and articles to Opera News, Classical New Jersey, American Music, Continuo, American Recorder, and Lute Society Quarterly. He served as pre-concert lecturer for the New Jersey Symphony Amadeus Festival at NJPAC and Princeton's Richardson Auditorium. He lectures regularly throughout the metropolitan area. He studied conducting at Juilliard School and received musicological training from MSU and the University of Iowa.


Joe Coco
Adjunct Professor
Rap/Rock
Main Office: 973-655-7212
cocoj@mail.montclair.edu
Joe Coco - Website

Joe Coco is a prolific songwriter, musician and visual artist. He has performed from New York’s Folk City, L.A.’s Troubadour, Switzerland’s Atlantis Club, Sicily’s prestigious Capo D’ Orlando Blues Festival, to Rome’s Teatro Sistina. He has produced 675 songs and 45 albums since 1979; many of his songs reflect a strong social conscience. His has opened for B.B. King, Commander Cody, John Hammond and Leon Redbone, pitched songs to Barbara Streisand, Judy Collins, Loretta Lynn, and Glen Campbell, and appeared as a principal soloist in the rock opera Tommy by The Who in 1998-99, singing and playing harmonica on Eyesight To The Blind in the Italian national production's 22 city tour. Coco’s albums Hindsight (with Roger Wayne Parr), Scarlet Road and Blues House - A Blues Opera (with Michele Lotta) are in Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. His work is also in many other collections including the W.C. Handy Foundation (Memphis) and the Smithsonian’s Folklife Center (DC). His achievements in the visual arts include an MFA degree from Rutgers University in 1986 and 70 solo exhibitions throughout the world.


Kate Cosco
Adjunct Professor
Introduction to Jazz
Main Office: 973-655-7212

Kate Cosco is an in-demand freelance pianist and teacher in the NYC metropolitan area. She received her undergraduate music degree at Indiana University and her master’s degree in jazz piano at the University of Memphis. She has performed often with well-known recording artists; retaining a notable job as traveling keyboardist with the world famous Four Tops. Other concert appearances include Smokey Robinson, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, The Temptations, Little Anthony and the Imperials, The Coasters, The Duprees, Ben E. King, The Chiffons, Lesley Gore, Peggy March, Michele Lee, Jerry Van Dyke, Charo, Jack Sheldon, Billy Swan, Clint Holmes, Thelma Houston, Michael Crawford, and Billy Eckstein. Under the direction of Alan Balter and Memphis Symphony Orchestra she performed with featured artists such as Mercedes Ellington, and Bill Conti. Her credits include Tony and Tina’s Wedding and the Big Apple Circus. In addition to playing with her own groups in the NYC jazz scene, Kate currently retains residencies at the Hotel Giraffe and Robert at MAD Restaurant in Manhattan and plays locally at Unity Church.


Noe Dinnerstein
Adjunct Professor
Introduction to Music
973-655-7212


David Kingsnorth
Adjunct Professor
Introduction to Music
Main Office: 973-655-7212
kingsnorthd@mail.montclair.edu

Double bassist David Kingsnorth received his M.A. in Music from Montclair State University, studying with Linda McKnight and twice winning the Cali School Writing Award. He holds bachelors degrees in Mathematics and Music from the University of California, Berkeley. He is an active performer in both the jazz and classical music genres, having performed with Oscar Brown Jr., Richard Wyands, Frank Jackson, New Jersey Ballet, and the Summit Symphony.


Ashley Nail
Adjunct Professor
Introduction to Music
973-655-7212


Gregory Rossetti
Adjunct Professor
Introduction to Music
Main Office: 973-655-7212
rossettig@mail.montclair.edu


Amanda Scherbenske
Adjunct Professor
Rap/Rock
Main Office: 973-655-7212


Samuel Thomas
Adjunct Professor 
World Music
Main Office: 973-655-7212


Joseph Turrin   Joseph Turrin
Adjunct Professor
Music in Film
Main Office: 973-655-7212
turrinj@mail.montclair.edu
Joseph Turrin - Website

Joseph Turrin is active as a composer, orchestrator, conductor, pianist, and teacher. He studied composition at the Eastman School of Music and the Manhattan School of Music. His works have been performed by the New York Philharmonic, St. Martin-in-the-Fields Academy Orchestra. Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society, Baltimore Symphony, Gewandhaus-orchester (Leipzig, Germany), Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Turrin has appeared as a conductor with the Pittsburgh, Baltimore, New Orleans, Detroit, and New Jersey Symphonies; he has performed as a pianist on many recordings and as orchestral pianist for the New Jersey Symphony. His compositions for film and theater include scores for Alan Alda's film A New Life, Little Darlings, Weeds (with Nick Nolte), Tough Guys Don't Dance(Directed by Norman Mailer), Verna-USO Girl (with Sissy Spacek and William Hurt and nominated for 3 Emmy Awards), Nightmare on Elm Street 3, Kingdom of Shadows (narrated by Rod Steiger), Broken Blossoms(1919 silent film classic directed by D.W. Griffith, starring Lillian Gish) and for the restoration of the silent film classic Sadie Thompson. Other silent film classics that he has scored include, Diary of a Lost Girl, Intolerance andThe Hunchback of Notre Dame. His work in musical theater includes performances on Broadway with Michael Feinstein as well as the score forFrankie, with a libretto by Broadway legend George Abbott.


Nancy Vanderslice
Adjunct Professor
Introduction to Music
Main Office: 973-655-7212
vanderslicen@mail.montclair.edu


Sunmin Yoon
Adjunct Professor
World Music
Main Office: 973-655-7212