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  David Witten
Professor of Music
Piano (Coordinator-Keyboard Studies)
Music History
(973) 655-4379
wittend@mail.montclair.edu

David Witten - Website

Pianist David Witten has performed extensively in Europe, Russia, and South America. As a 1990 Fulbright Scholar, he spent five months in Brazil. Witten has recorded piano music of various Latin American composers. Witten's involvement in music has not been limited to performance. He is editor of Nineteenth-Century Piano Music: Essays in Performance and Analysis (Garland, 1997), which includes his landmark analytical study of the Chopin Ballades. Born in Baltimore, Witten studied at Peabody Conservatory, and Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem. His undergraduate studies at Johns Hopkins University led to a degree in Psychology. Later graduating with high honors from Boston University, he earned the D.M.A. degree in piano performance. Witten is currently Coordinator of Keyboard Studies at the Cali School of Music at Montclair State University. 


Ruth Rendleman
Professor of Music
Piano - Theory - Music History
Theory Program Coordinator
973-655-7208
rendlemanr@mail.montclair.edu 

Ruth Rendleman was educated at the North Carolina School of the Arts, Manhattan School of Music, and Columbia University. She is a specialist in the performance of eighteenth-century music. She has been the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities for research and studies at the University of Maryland and has served on the faculty of the Aston Magna Performance Institute. She has performed as a solo artist and in chamber recitals throughout the New York metropolitan area. Her tours abroad have included performances in Korea, China (where she was artist-in-residence at the Shanghai Conservatory), and Australia. In the New York Times, Joseph Horowitz wrote that: "The performance showed force and fluency, consistently communicative. Her work had a firmness of design and continuity of emotion." Her interest in contemporary music led her to commission her colleague, Ting Ho, to write a piano sonata for her. She has received two major commissions from the N.J. State Arts Council for new piano works. Prof. Rendleman founded Montclair State's Preparatory Center for the Arts and Stokes Forest Music Camp. She has served as the music coordinator of the New Jersey School of the Arts and served on the board of the College Music Society. She also served as chair of the Committee on the Status of Women for the College Music Society.


  Jeffrey Kunkel
Associate Professor
MSU Jazz Ensemble/Jazz Piano
973-655-7215
kunkelj@mail.montclair.edu

Jeffrey Kunkel (D.Ed., Music Education, Penn State University; M.M., Jazz Studies, New England Conservatory; B.S., Music Education, Penn State University) serves as Coordinator of Music Education and as director of the MSU Jazz Band, which performs at festivals throughout the area, including the Villanova Jazz Festival, University of the Arts Jazz Festival, and New York Vocal Jazz Festival. Prof. Kunkel is serving his third term as president of the New Jersey chapter of the International Association for Jazz Education, and is Jazz Procedures Chair for the New Jersey Music Educators Association. He is active as a jazz pianist, composer, adjudicator, and clinician, and was selected to direct the Pennsylvania District IV Jazz Band early in 2007. He also had the honor of conducting the 2006 and 2002 New Jersey Intercollegiate Jazz Ensemble, the 2003 New Jersey Region II Jazz Ensemble, and the 2000 New Jersey Region I Jazz Ensemble. He can be heard on a CD release by jazz trumpeter and composer Peter Sciaino. He was also featured prominently on piano, keyboards, and trumpet on a 2001 CD release by singer/songwriter Julie Aaron entitled Borrowed Time.


Mark Pakman   Mark Pakman
Adjunct Professor
Piano
Main Office: 973-655-7212
pakmanm@mail.montclair.edu

Mark Pakman's solo recitals and collaborations with other musicians have taken him throughout North America, Mexico, Russia and Europe. He performed at New York major concert halls and Richter Museum in Moscow, at a Mostly Mozart Festival pre-concert, Bard and Amati Festivals in New York State, 8th International Cervantino Festival in Mexico, Musica Camerino Festivals in Italy and Bedford Springs Festivals in Pennsylvania. He also appeared on radio and TV. Mr. Pakman premiered compositions by Hayes Biggs and Alexander Zhurbin and wrote program notes for the Russian Disc and Consonance CD releases. A graduate of Moscow State Conservatory, Mr. Pakman has been on the faculty at the Manhattan School of Music and Preparatory Division and 92nd Street Y School of Music. He serves on the board of the Leschetizky Association. He has judged numerous auditions and competitions including a scholarship competition at the Juilliard Preparatory Division. His students have won prestigious competition awards. Mr. Pakman has been working at Montclair State University since 1980.


 Crystl Baltazar Crystl Baltazar
Adjunct Professor
Theory
Collaborative Pianist
Secondary Piano
Main Office: 973-655-7212
baltazarc@mail.montclair.edu

Pianist Crystl Sonomura Baltazar maintains the roles of both performing artist and educator. A native of Honolulu, Hawaii, she is a graduate of the University of Hawaii and the Eastman School of Music. As a collaborative arts specialist, she accompanies and coaches in many of the voice and instrumental studios in the department, as well as performing with faculty in recital. As a soloist, Ms. Baltazar won awards in the Young Keyboard Artist's Association and International Piano Recording Competitions. Also notable are collaborations in recitals with International Horn Competition Winner, Karl Pituch, and masterclass studies with Dalton Baldwin and Malcolm Bilson. She has performed in several concert series, as well as seasons with the Honolulu Symphony and Chamber Music Hawaii. Her teaching credits include Nazareth College and the New Jersey School of Arts. In addition, she freelances for various vocal, choral and chamber venues in the New York metro area. She is currently pursuing her doctorate.


Vincent Carr   Vincent Carr
Adjunct Professor 
Organ
Main Office: 973-655-7212
carrv@mail.montclair.edu

Vincent Carr has become one of the most versatile keyboard musicians in the New York City area. In addition to his work on the faculty of the John J. Cali School of Music, he is the Associate Organist at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark, New Jersey, which houses one of the world’s largest church organs. A graduate of the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, Mr. Carr studied organ performance with Martin Jean and improvisation with William Porter and Jeffrey Brillhart. A native of Philadelphia, he received both the Bachelor of Music Degree in Organ Performance and the Bachelor of Arts with Distinction in Spanish from Indiana University (Bloomington). While attending Indiana University, he studied organ with Larry Smith and improvisation and church music with John Schwandt and Marilyn Keiser. Mr. Carr leads an eclectic musical career with interests in chamber music, musical theater/cabaret, church music, jazz, global popular music and studio recording. A recipient of the Charles Ives Prize from the Yale School of Music, he has been an award winner in several national performance and improvisation competitions and is in constant demand as a clinician, lecturer and performer.


Tatyana Kebuladze
Adjunct Professor
Secondary Piano
Main Office: 973-655-7212
kebuladzet@mail.montclair.edu

A native of Ukraine, pianist Tatyana Kebuladze graduated from the Gliere State Music College, the alma mater of virtuoso Vladimir Horowitz. For four years she served as accompanist with the New Jersey Children’s Choir, performing throughout United States and Canada, and appeared in collaborations with the New Jersey Chamber Music Society. Her appearances as a soloist and accompanist include concerts at the Kosciuszko Foundation, 92nd Street Y, St. Bartholomew’s Church, and a concert-lecture at Columbia University Teacher’s College (New York City), NJPAC, and Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart (Newark, NJ). She was a guest pianist at the Niagara Falls International Summer Festival, Canada. Ms. Kebuladze graduated with honors from Montclair State University, and received awards including the School of the Arts Talent Award. She holds a Master of Music degree from Rutgers University, where she worked as Teaching Assistant. She has taught at the Cali School and Westminster Choir College since 2004. She is also the owner and artistic director of Oranta Music Academy. She is a co-founding member of Montclair Piano Trio. She was recently awarded Genia Robinor Pedagogy Teaching Excellence Award presented by the Piano Teachers Society of America in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, New York.


Monsoon Han Kim   Monsoon Han Kim
Adjunct Professor
Secondary Piano
Accompanist
Main Office: 973-655-7212
kimm@mail.montclair.edu 

Mansoon Han Kim has won numerous competitions including the Yale Gordon Competition, the Yook Young Competition, the Piano Music Competition, and Nan Pa Music Competition. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from Seoul National University with Honor. After coming to the United States, she began studies with concert pianist Ann Schein at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore, Maryland, where she received her Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees. She has performed throughout the United States, Canada, South Korea, and China. She has performed with members of the Maia String Quartet, Ceruti String Quartet, the Anchor Trio, and soprano Hyunah Yu. Kim has won the Clara Ascherfeld Accompanying Award, Peabody Career Development Grant. She has studied at summer festivals such as the Aspen Music Festival, the Orford Arts Centre, and the Kent Blossom Summer Chamber Music Festival and participated in master classes by Menahem Pressler, Leon Fleisher, Abbey Simon, Jörg Demus, Sergei Dorensky, and Gabby Casadesus. As an educator, she gave master classes at Arizona State University, Southern Illinois University, and the Pianofest held at Nyack College. She became an adjunct professor at the Cali School after serving as an Assistant Professor at Hope College in Holland, Michigan.


Soyeon Kim   Soyeon Kim
Adjunct Professor
Piano
Secondary Piano
Collaborative Pianist/Vocal Coach
Main Office: 973-655-7212
kimsoy@mail.montclair.edu

Soyeon Kim has appeared as a solo and collaborative pianist throughout the United States, Europe and Korea. In 2010, she performed at the Water for Haiti Benefit Concert at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, and has performed in many similar venues including the Metropolitan Museum of Arts, Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Sejong Center and ArKo Arts Theater in Seoul, Korea, the Croatian Music Institution in Zagreb, Croatia, Konzerthaus in Berlin and Gasteig in Munich, Germany. She has also performed in many chamber series including those sponsored by the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, Cathedral Saint John Divine, Trinity at One, and Music at Penn Alps. She has won awards in several competitions including First Prize and Best interpretation in the Liszt in William Garrison Piano Competition, Second Prize in the Artur Balsam Competition for Duos, and the New Triad Foundation Fellowship (New York City). She has participated in masterclasses with such artists as Marilyn Horne, Thomas Hampson, Anna Moffo, Dalton Baldwin, Glenn Dicterow and Edgar Meyer. She has received B.M. and M.M. degrees in piano performance from Seoul National University, and a M.M. degree and D.M.A. degree in accompanying from Manhattan School of Music.


 

Youn-Hee Bang Kim
Adjunct Professor
Piano
Main Office: 973-655-7212

Pianist Youn-Hee Kim has performed internationally in solo concerts and appearances with orchestras including the Chamber Ensemble of Roma and L'orchestra de Perugia in Italy, Muenster Hochschule Orchestra in Germany, and the Gangnam Symphony in South Korea. She was the first recipient of the first Alicia de Larrocha Scholarship. Mm. de Larrocha wrote to her: “With or without competitions, you will be a fantastic artist!” Her performance of Rachmaninoff Études-Tableaux (Op. 39) was praised in Peninsula Review as "…simply the best performance among any other performers’ live or recording.” Dr. Kim has numerous awards to her credits including first and best performance award in the 2000 Los Angeles International Liszt Competition, the third prize in the Carmel International Piano Competition and two-time grand prizes in the Music Associates Performance Award Competition in Southern California among many others. She holds a BM degree in piano performance from Sungshin Women's University, MM degree from California State University-Fullerton, Professional Studies from Manhattan School of Music and DMA degree from Stony Brook University. She is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society.


Lisa Yui  

Lisa Yui
Adjunct Professor 
Piano 
Main Office: 973-655-7212
yuil@mail.montclair.edu

Since making her concerto debut at the age of seven, Lisa Yui has performed throughout North America, Europe, and Asia as a recitalist and soloist with orchestra. She was the top prizewinner of the Senigallia International Piano Competition, Super Classics International Auditions, Toronto Symphony Concerto Competition, and has twice been the recipient of a Canada Council Scholarship. Ms. Yui has worked with such prominent orchestras as the Tokyo Symphony, Polish National Radio, Toronto Symphony, and the Krakow State Philharmonic. She has recorded the music of Carl Maria von Weber and Jan Ladislav Dussek on the Intégral label. As a lecturer and performer, Ms. Yui has lectured at the Juilliard School, Kunitachi Music University, and Washington and Lee University, among other colleges and venues. She has worked extensively with the Yamaha Disklavier, having given numerous performances on the instrument, as well as long-distance “remote lessons.” She received her bachelor’s degree at the Juilliard School and her master’s and doctoral degree at Manhattan School of Music, where she studied with Byron Janis and Marc Silverman. She is director of the Ensemble 212’s Young Artist Competition Series and serves on the faculty at Manhattan School of Music.


Diana Hughes
Adjunct Professor
Piano for Non-Majors
Main Office: 973-655-7212
hughesy@mail.montclair.edu


Valerie Van Hoven   Valerie Van Hoven 
Adjunct Professor
Secondary Voice and Piano
Main Office: 973-655-7212
vanhovenv@mail.montclair.edu

Valerie van Hoven has studied music at the Hartt Conservatory, and SUNY Purchase. Valerie earned a BA in music education from Montclair State University and a graduate certification from the American Center for the Alexander Technique. For nine years a music teacher in the Randolph, NJ public schools, she now operates her own studio in Denville, NJ where she teaches piano, voice, and the Alexander Technique. Valerie has given workshops in voice and the Alexander Technique at Wagner College on Staten Island, Montclair State University and has assisted workshops at the Juilliard School in NYC. She has appeared as Lorraine in Steppin' Out, Rosabella in The Most Happy Fella, and Eliza in My Fair Lady in regional theater. She has been involved in more that 40 shows as musical director and played piano in the orchestra for many others.