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General Education

Val Azzoli
Adjunct Professor
Rap/Rock
azzoliv@montclair.edu



Jillian Ballow
Adjunct Professor
Woodwind Techniques
ballowj@montclair.edu

Jillian Ballow has been playing in a concert band every year since she was 12 and never plans on stopping. She attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, where she majored in saxophone and oboe performance. She then went on to study music education at the State University of New York at Fredonia with a concentration in oboe performance. After graduating Fredonia, Jillian began and continues her music education career at P.S.105 in Brooklyn, NY. At PS105 Jillian teacher k-5 general music and is the director of the 4th and 5th grade band. On Saturdays, Jillian also is the co-director of the intermediate band for the Salute to music program. A program where students from all over Staten Island, NY, grades 4-8 get up bright and early on a Saturday morning to play music and hone their skills in band. While teaching, Jillian also completed her masters in music education through Kent State University’s online program. Jillian also participates in the Staten Island community band and has performed with the Staten Island philharmonic and the Manhattan Wind Ensemble.



Teo Beuchamp
Adjunct Professor
Introduction to Music
beauchampt@montclair.edu

Teo Beuchamp is an adjunct professor at the Montclair State University Cali School of Music in New Jersey. Beuchamp also teaches at the Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music in Brooklyn, NY. He received his BA in music from Sarah Lawrence College and his MFA in Sonic Arts from Brooklyn College. In 2019 he received the Max Matthews award in Sonic Arts. He continues to work as an artist, producer and engineer in Brooklyn, New York.


Selcuk Sami Cingi
Adjunct Professor
Introduction to Music
cingis@montclair.edu


Steve DeLuca
Adjunct Professor
Rap/Rock
delucas@montclair.edu

Drummer and educator Steve DeLuca has been playing drums for thirty-five plus years. He began as a teen playing for his high school big band, was the recipient of various awards, and soon thereafter began playing professionally. In addition to various jazz, rock and musical theater performances, Steve plays with the wedding/special event band Platinum. For the past eleven years, he has been the general music teacher and choir director at Maywood Avenue School in Maywood, NJ teaching 4th through 8th grade.  In 2010, the Maywood Board of Education bestowed upon him their Teacher of the Year award. Steve is the author of several educational articles about drumming, music history, and philosophy that have been published in Modern Drummer magazine and Tempo magazine, as well as being a presenter at the 2015 NJMEA Conference. He is a private drum instructor and has taught percussion, theory and song writing at the Glen Ridge Performing Arts Camp for the past several years. He received his BA in jazz performance from Temple University and his MA in Music Education from Montclair State University.


Thomas Fogg
Thomas Fogg
Adjunct Professor
Introduction to Music
foggt@montclair.edu

Tom Fogg is a historian of twentieth-century experimental and popular musics. He received his PhD from Columbia University, where his doctoral research culminated in a dissertation entitled “Expériences sonores: Music in Postwar Paris and the Changing Sense of Sound.” Before Columbia, Tom studied at King’s College London, where he received BMus and MMus degrees; for the latter, he was awarded the Hilda Margaret Watts Prize for highest overall mark. Between 2012-2014, Tom served as editor of the journal Current Musicology. Since 2013, he has taught “Music Humanities: Masterpieces of Western Music,” the musical component of Columbia’s Core Curriculum. In the summer of 2018, Tom was appointed as Core Lecturer at Columbia, where he continues to teach Music Humanities.


Ryan Howard
Ryan Howard
Adjunct Professor
Introduction to Music
howardry@montclair.edu
Ryan Howard Website

Ryan Howard is active as a composer, scholar and educator in the New York metropolitan area. His music has been performed by acclaimed soloists and ensembles in the United States and Europe including Cygnus Ensemble, the Mivos Quartet, percussionist Gwendolyn Burgett, organist Gerd Rosinsky, duo JustMusic, and the Vigil Ensemble, and in recent years he has presented scholarly papers on the music of American composer Morton Feldman at music theory conferences in the United States. He holds degrees from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (PhD), Yale University (MM, MMA) and Indiana University (BM), and currently serves as an instructor of music at Montclair State University and at William Paterson University.


David Kingsnorth
David Kingsnorth
Adjunct Professor
Introduction to Music
kingsnorthd@montclair.edu

Double bassist David Kingsnorth received his MA in Music from Montclair State University, studying with Linda McKnight and twice winning the Cali School Writing Award. He holds bachelor’s 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.


Angelique Mouyis
Angelique Mouyis
Adjunct Professor
Introduction to Music
mouyisa@montclair.edu

Angelique Mouyis graduated with a Master’s degree in Music Composition at the University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa) and an MFA in Musical Theatre Writing at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Music Composition at Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts under Dr. Robert Aldridge. Angelique is the recipient of a Southern African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO) post-graduate studies scholarship as well as the prestigious Ernest Oppenheimer Overseas Scholarship for the Performing Arts. Her opera ‘Bessie: The Blue-Eyed Xhosa’(written with Mkhululi Z. Mabija) was produced by Cape Town Opera at the Artscape Theatre in 2015 as part of their Four:30 – Operas Made in South Africa series. Other productions include Forget this City (Enthuse Theatre, New York, NY) and The Boy Who Never Grows Up (Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, New York, NY). She is the author of Mikis Theodorakis: Finding Greece in his Music (Kerkyra Publishers, 2010).


Darren O'Neill
Darren O’Neill
Assistant Professor
Research Methods
Main Office: 973-655-7212
Chapin 144
oneilld@montclair.edu

Darren O’Neill is that rare combination of scholar and performer. Mr. O’Neill earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Castleton State College in Castleton, VT and his Master of Arts degree in Music from Montclair State University. Both degrees centered about guitar performance. He earned his Master of Library Service degree from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. As a member of Trio Brioso (flute, viola, and guitar) he gave his Carnegie Hall debut in 1997 as the result of winning the Artists International New York Debut Competition that same year. As a member of the Nova Segno Duo (with Dennis Cinelli), he has performed and recorded on antique instruments from the historic collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and was featured in the
2011 exhibition, Guitar Heroes! He has also spent significant time editing and proofreading the re-engraving of works by Fernando Sor (1778-1839) under the
supervision of Dr. Brian Jeffery, Tecla Publications. His career as a librarian has seen him working in the Music Research Division of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. He is an honorary member of both Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (music) and Alpha Psi Omega (theatre).


Ryan Pratt
Ryan Pratt
Adjunct Professor
Music in Film
prattr@montclair.edu

Ryan Pratt completed the DMA in composition at Columbia, where he is currently a lecturer in Music Humanities. His dissertation: Composition in Relative Intonation details an improvisational approach to form and microtonality, for which he invented a musical interval conversion device. While at Columbia, Ryan studied under George Lewis, Fred Lerdahl, Tristan Murail, Richard Carrick and Fabien Lévy. Stemming from a background in percussion, his compositions tend to evade meter as well as intentional motivic and developmental narrative. His works favor the inner exploration of the unique sonic structures inherent to the instruments involved. Recent compositions have been premiered by New Thread Quartet, Wet Ink Ensemble, Ensemble Pamplemousse and Yarn/Wire, in addition to a few soloists who have performed his pieces around the country and abroad.


Gregory Rossetti
Adjunct Professor
Introduction to Music
rossettig@montclair.edu


Mark Saccomano
Adjunct Professor
Introduction to Music
Saccomanom@montclair.edu

Mark Saccomano concentrates on phenomenological approaches to meaning in music and is studying the effects of timbre and texture on listeners’ perception of space. Specific areas of interest include music and affect, hermeneutics, and the aesthetics of recorded music. Current research focuses on late twentieth-century music and contemporary electronic works. Mark is also active in the field of digital humanities, building workflows that use free and open source software and conducting workshops on geovisualization techniques, project development, archival data collection, and music encoding practices.

Mark’s investigations in aesthetics and interpretation are informed by training in semiotics and semantics: in addition to MPhil and MA degrees in music from Columbia University, Mark holds a BA in linguistics with high honors from UC Berkeley and an MA in applied linguistics from UCLA.


Samuel Thomas
Adjunct Professor
World Music
thomass@montclair.edu


Joseph Turrin
Joseph Turrin
Adjunct Professor
Music in Film
turrinj@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) and 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 three 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 and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. His work in musical theater includes performances on Broadway with Michael Feinstein as well as the score for Frankie, with a libretto by Broadway legend George Abbott.


Nancy Vanderslice
Adjunct Professor
Introduction to Music
vanderslicen@montclair.edu


Sunmin Yoon
Adjunct Professor
World Music
yoonsu@montclair.edu