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.


Leonardo Cioglia
Adjunct Professor
Introduction to Jazz
973-655-7212

Composer, arranger, acoustic bassist and music educator Leonardo Cioglia was born in Brazil and carries forward his cultural heritage internationally through both composed and live, improvised music. He released his first album of original compositions, Contos, in 2008. He has performed at festivals including Brazil's Tudo É Jazz Festival and the Savassi Festival in Brazil and New York. Mr. Cioglia has participated with jazz artists including Jimmy Cobb, Claudio Roditi, Duduka da Fonseca, Toninho Horta, Paulo Moura, Maucha Adnet, Vic Juris,Anat Cohen, Hendrik Meurkens, Cliff Korman, Donny McCaslin, Rob Bargad, Dave Pietro, George Schuller, Alain Mallet and Helio Alves. Recordings include the Grammy Nominated album Braziliance x4 (Best Latin Jazz Album, 2010) by trumpet master Claudio Roditi and two albums with Brazilian drummer Duduka Da Fonseca and his quintet (Samba Jazz in Black & White, 2006 and Samba Jazz - Jazz Samba, 2009). He has participated in various music camps, lectures and workshops around the United States and Brazil including New York University, University of Louisville, Indiana University, and the University of Illinois. Mr. Cioglia holds degrees from Berklee College of Music, Emerson College, and New York University.


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.


Steve Colson
Adjunct Professor
Introduction to Jazz
Main Office: 973-655-7212

Adegoke Steve Colson, pianist and composer, has performed internationally as a bandleader of ensembles from trios to orchestras. Born in New Jersey, he graduated from Northwestern University School of Music. In 1972 Steve joined Chicago’s Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), a cooperative influencing music internationally in the 20th and 21st Century; he has performed with or featured in his own groups a host of luminaries and innovators. Appearances have taken him throughout the US, Western Europe, Caribbean, Turkey, Israel, and Africa; he has headlined the largest Jazz festivals in the world (North Sea Jazz Festival, Chicago Jazz Festival, Red Sea Festival). Steve has awards from State Arts Councils (IL, NJ, NY, PA), the National Endowment for the Arts, Rockefeller Foundation, Meet the Composer, Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Foundation, and Arts International. NJ Chamber Music Society commissioned "…as in a Cultural Reminiscence…" – an orchestral collaboration with word masters Amiri Baraka (The Dutchman, Blues People, Last Poet Laureate of NJ) and Richard Wesley (Talented Tenth, Uptown Saturday Night) that has met only standing ovations in the USA and France. Steve is on American, European and Japanese record labels: Columbia/Sony, Evidence, and Black Saint. He is ASCAP-affiliated, and his latest CD collaboration with his wife, vocalist/lyricist Iqua Colson, is Hope For Love on their own Silver Sphinx label.


Melissa Gonzalez
Adjunct Professor
Rap/Rock
Main Office: 973-655-7212
gonzalezme@mail.montclair.edu


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


Marti Newland
Adjunct Professor 
Rap/Rock
Main Office: 973-655-7212


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


Whitney Slaten
Adjunct Professor
Music in Film
Main Office: 973-655-7212

Whitney Slaten is a PhD candidate in ethnomusicology at Columbia University. His forthcoming dissertation examines the relationships between technological and social examples of fidelity within the context of professional live sound reinforcement engineering. This research contributes to scholarship about music, technology, liveness, and labor studies. Slaten has worked as a live sound reinforcement and recording engineer in New York City and has taught courses about sound engineering. Whitney has worked in the New York City jazz and world music scene as a saxophonist, performing with artists including Babatunde Olatunji and Clark Terry, as well as ensembles under his own direction.


Joseph Smith 
Adjunct Professor 
Introduction to Music
Main Office: 973-655-7212
smithj@mail.montclair.edu

Joseph Smith is known for presenting lesser-known works through performances, recordings, publications, and broadcasts. His work has been featured on NPR's Performance Today. He writes the column, "Rare Finds," for Piano Today. These have been published as a collection, Piano Discoveries, Ekay Music. He ahs also written for other piano magazines, including the British Piano. Smith has brought many works to public attention through recordings including Familiar Melodies and Piano Waltzes from Beethoven to Poulenc (Brioso). He is editor of such diverse anthologies as Four Early 20th Century Piano Suites by Black Composers, Country Gardens and Other Piano Works by Percy Grainger, American Piano Classics, and Tangos, Milongas, and Other Latin-American Dances for Solo Piano. His anthology of romantic music, Romancing the Piano, has just appeared in the Steinway library of piano music. Mr. Smith has been engaged as lecturer by music schools, universities, and other organizations nationally. He was twice invited to address the International NY Competition for Outstanding Amateur Pianists. Smith has an entry in the new edition of David Dubal's The Art of the Piano, and is cited in Maurice Hinson's The Literature of the Piano.


Alexandre Tannous
Adjunct Professor
World Music
Main Office: 973-655-7212
tannousa@mail.montclair.edu


Inés Thiebaut
Adjunct Professor
Introduction to Music
Main Office: 973-655-7212
thiebautlovi@mail.montclair.edu 


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