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Derek Akers

Title: Lecturer of Music

Office Location: Music Building (MB), Room 115
Phone: 575.562.2377
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Stephanie Beinlich

Title: Instructor of Music

Office Location: Music Building (MB), Room 207
Phone: 575.562.2461
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Dr. Tracy Carr

Title: Professor of Music

Office Location: Music Building (MB ), Room 205
Phone: 575.562.2681
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Education

  • D.M.A., University of Southern California
  • M.M., Miami University
  • B.M./B.M.E., University of Rhode Island

Bio

Oboist Dr. Tracy Carr, a founding member of Trio Encantada, is active as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral musician, clinician, and adjudicator. Tracy?s past orchestral experience includes the Rhode Island Philharmonic, the RI Civic Chorale and Orchestra, the New England Philharmonic, the Eastern Connecticut Symphony, and the Rome Festival Orchestra. She currently performs with the Roswell (NM) Symphony, the Southwest Symphony (Hobbs, NM), the Amarillo Chamber Music Association, and joined the Eisenstadt Choral and Orchestral Festival Eisenstadt, Austria, summer 2007. Her performance and presentation venues include the International Double Reed Society International Conference, the College Music Society International Conference, the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors Conference, and the Hawaii International Arts and Humanities Conference among others. She has also presented recitals and masterclasses at Texas Tech University, West Texas A & M University, Abilene Christian University, Hardin-Simmons University, the University of Texas-Brownsville, the University of Southern California, Chapman University, Chicago State University, and the Sichuan Conservatory of China.

Her articles on performance, pedagogy, and mentoring have been published in the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors (NACWPI) Journal, the International Double Reed Society (IDRS) Journal, The New Mexico Musician, and The Instrumentalist magazine. She has also authored and co-authored two book chapters.

Dr. Tracy Carr is Professor of Double Reeds and Music History at Eastern New Mexico University, President of the College Music Society Rocky Mountain Chapter, New Mexico State Chairperson for National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors, and has served on the faculty of the Grumo International Music Festival, Tesero, Italy.

Research Interests

Music Performance (Solo, Chamber, & Orchestral)

Music Education & Research

Baroque Performance Practice

Music History

Mentoring and Leadership

Dr. Mark Dal Porto

Title: Professor of Music

Office Location: Music Building (MB), Room 201
Phone: 575.562.2271
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Bio

Dr. Mark Dal Porto has had his works performed by such ensembles as the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Kiev Chamber Choir, Kiev Philharmonic Orchestra, Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra, Kuhn Choir of Prague, National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, Texas Christian University Symphony Orchestra, Kronos String Quartet, Boston Metro Opera, Vanguard Voices and Brass (Dearborn, Michigan), Wichita Falls (Texas) Chamber Orchestra, and many University Wind Ensembles. His recorded works available on CD include Galactica for Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Song of Eternity for Orchestra, Song of the Night for Oboe, Voice and Piano, Spring, the Sweet Spring for Mixed Choir and Piano, and When Your Song Rang Out to Me for Mixed Choir and Piano. His many commissions include those from the Orchestra of Southern Utah, the College Orchestra Directors Association, the Santa Fe Community Orchestra, and the Pemigewasset Choral Society of New Hampshire.

Dal Porto serves on the faculty of Eastern New Mexico University as professor of music and coordinator of Music Theory and Composition and can be seen as a frequent guest composer and conductor. A former student of Donald Grantham, Dal Porto received degrees from California State University, Sacramento (B.A. Piano Performance, M.A. Theory/Composition), and the University of Texas at Austin (D.M.A. Composition). His past teaching assignments have included serving on the faculty at Texas State University, Northern State University, and Texas Woman?s University.

In 2015, Dal Porto was awarded certificates of excellence in band, choral, and orchestral composition from The American Prize organization. He was also awarded first prize (from over 140 entries from around the world) in the CODA (College Orchestra Director?s Association) 2013 International Composition Contest for his orchestral work Song of Eternity.

Kathi Fraze

Title: Department Secretary

Office Location: Music Building (MB), Room 115
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Dr. Gregory Gallagher

Title: Assistant Professor of Music

Office Location: Music Building (MB), Room 207
Phone: 575.562.2561
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Albutt Gardner III

Title: Lecturer of Music

Office Location: Music Building (MB), Room 115
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Dr. Bruce Keeling

Title: Lecturer of Music

Office Location: Music Building (MB), Room 115
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Dr. Jennifer Laubenthal

Title: Associate Professor of Music, Art Department Chair

Office Location: Music Building (MB), Room 104
Phone: 575.562.2374
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Education

  • Jennifer Laubenthal is the Associate Professor of Clarinet at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, New Mexico where she teaches Applied Clarinet, Woodwind Methods. She is also the ENMU Coordinator of Student Learning. She is a graduate of The Ohio State University (D.M.A., 2009 and M.M., 2006) and The University of Akron (B.M., 2004). Upon entering graduate study at The Ohio State University, she was awarded the prestigious Graduate Fellowship and The Osburn Fellowship Award. Later in

Bio

Jennifer Laubenthal, Associate Professor of Clarinet, teaches Applied Clarinet, Woodwind Methods and Music Theory. She is a graduate of The Ohio State University (D.M.A., 2009 and M.M., 2006) and The University of Akron (B.M., 2004). Upon entering graduate study at The Ohio State University, she was awarded the prestigious Graduate Fellowship.

As recitalist, she has performed and taught master classes throughout the United States including Penn State University, the University of Northern Iowa and Northern Kentucky University. She enjoys performing twentieth century music and has premiered many new works for the clarinet.

As researcher, she has presented papers at State, National, and International Conferences, most recently the International Symposium on Assessment in Music Education.

As adjudicator, she was chosen as one of three judges for the Research Competition at the 2012 Clarinet fest. She also adjudicated the MTNA Young Artists Woodwind Competition.

Research Interests

Dr. Laubenthal

Donnie O'Hare

Title: Lecturer of Music

Office Location: Music Building (MB), Room 115
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Dr. John Olsen

Title: Professor of Music

Office Location: Music Building (MB), Room 102
Phone: 575.562.2734
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Cheryl Pachak-Brooks

Title: Instructor of Music

Office Location: Music Building (MB), Room 208
Phone: 575.562.2771
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Bio

Cheryl Pachak-Brooks, NCTM, (Nationally Certified Teacher of Music) has served on the faculty at Eastern New Mexico University for over 30 years. Ms. Pachak-Brooks also serves as coordinator for the ENMU Freshman Seminar/Learning Communities program. In addition to teaching studio and class piano, she also teaches Freshman Seminar. She is active as an accompanist for faculty and student recitals. She has adjudicated many festivals and competitions in New Mexico, Texas, and Colorado.

She holds a bachelor of music degree in piano performance from Colorado State University ? Pueblo and a master of music degree in piano performance and pedagogy from Eastern New Mexico University.

Ms. Pachak-Brooks is very active in Music Teachers National Association and the Professional Music Teachers of New Mexico. She has served as chair of the MTNA National Certification Commission, Secretary/Treasurer, Southwest Division Director, Southwest Division President, and has served on other special committees including the planning committee for the 2014 national conference. At the state level she has served as President, Vice President, Newsletter Editor, Collegiate Chapter Chair, Convention Co-chair as well as other positions.

Ms. Pachak-Brooks received the ENMU Presidential Award for Excellence in Service in 2016. She was selected as the 2005 Teacher of the Year by the Professional Music Teachers of New Mexico and was named an MTNA Foundation Fellow in 2011. She is also a member of Pi Kappa Lambda and an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi.

Dr. Jason Paulk

Title: Professor of Music

Office Location: Music Building (MB), Room 235
Phone: 575.562.2798
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Bio

Dr. Jason Paulk is Director of Choral Activities and Associate Professor of Music at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, NM, where he conducts the University Singers, Chamber Singers, and Swanee Singers ensembles, and teaches beginning and advanced conducting, in addition to choral methods courses. He was honored with the 2013 Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching at ENMU. Jason's degrees include a DMA from the University of Oklahoma, MM in Conducting and MM in Music Education from Westminster Choir College, and BME from Stetson University. Jason taught at Deltona High School in Deltona, FL, prior to attending the University of Oklahoma on a University Fellowship.

Choirs under Jason's direction have performed at state music conventions in Florida and New Mexico under the auspices of the National Association for Music Education and for the 2009 National Convention of the American Choral Directors Association. Eastern New Mexico University choirs have performed four world premieres of significant choral compositions, prepared and performed numerous major works for orchestral performance, and performed for audiences throughout the United States, Europe, and China; in May of 2013, 95 ENMU students and alumni performed throughout Italy in performances at St. Mark's (Venice), St. Peter's (Rome) and in Florence. Jason maintains a busy guest conducting schedule, having conducted recent festivals in Florida, Kentucky, New York, Texas, Mississippi, and New Mexico.

Professional service occupies a great deal of Jason's schedule, including positions with the following organizations: Editor of the Student Times monthly column in the Choral Journal of the American Choral Directors Association; Editorial Board Member for the Choral Journal of the American Choral Directors Association; Advisory Board Member for NAfME's Music Educators Journal and Teaching Music; and Chair of Collegiate Repertoire and Standards for the Southwestern American Choral Directors Association.

Jason remains very active as a scholar, having published approximately fifteen articles in the last seven years. Last year, he wrote a book chapter (in collaboration with Kayla Paulk and Jason Vest) in Nova Publishing's "The Nurturing of Talent, Skills, and Abilities," discussing the development of vocal talent in the choral rehearsal. Hal Leonard will publish a new book by Dr. Paulk and Dr. Ryan Kelly in the fall of 2016 entitled Messiah: Warm-ups for Successful Performance.

Kayla Paulk

Title: Instructor of Music

Office Location: Music Building (MB), Room 204
Phone: 575.562.2571
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Education

  • BME - Stetson University
  • MM and MME - The Florida State University

Bio

Kayla Paulk is Vocal Coach and Accompanist at Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU), where she coaches voice students and accompanies three university choral ensembles, as well as student, faculty, and guest artist recitals. Prior to coming to ENMU, she was a full-time accompanist and coach at the University of Oklahoma (2002-2005) and Director of Accompanying at Stetson University (1992-2002).

Ms. Paulk received a Bachelor of Music Education degree in piano from Stetson University (1990) and a Master of Music degree in Accompanying and Piano Pedagogy and a Master of Music Education from The Florida State University (1992). Piano teachers who have made a difference in her life are Sharon Walker, Mary Lou Krosnick, Eugene Hudson, Michael Rickman, Karyl Louwenaar and Carolyn Bridger.

Equally adept at both vocal and instrumental accompanying, Ms. Paulk has collaborated with many of the finest musicians of our time. Her work with operatic singers and stage directors includes master classes with Marilyn Horne, Sherrill Milnes, Tito Capobianco, Fabrizio Melano, Jennifer Larmore, Martina Arroyo, Marquita Lister, Leona Mitchell and Maria Spacagna. Of the numerous instrumentalists she has collaborated with in recital, most notable are oboist Wayne Rapier, tubist John Griffiths, bass trombonist Jonathan Warburton, pianist Charles Wadsworth and trumpeters Fred Mills, Bob Birch, and Moffatt Williams. As a choral accompanist, she has accompanied choirs in Carnegie Hall (five performances), China, Newfoundland, Norway and throughout Europe, spending two seasons as accompanist for the renowned Santa Fe Desert Chorale (organist for the 2003 Journeys of the Spirit CD). Ms. Paulk spent a decade as a vocal coach and accompanist for Sherrill Milnes' summer opera workshop, VOICExperience!, and was National and Open-Call Auditions Pianist for Walt Disney World Entertainment for many years.

Ms. Paulk's most recent scholarly and artistic endeavors include Bach to Bix, a CD collaboration with tubist Ted Cox; The French Connection, a CD collaboration with hornist Eldon Matlick; an 80-accompaniment CD companion to Roberto Mancusi's recently published textbook, Voice for Non-Majors; and ENMU Choirs' Fall 2016 CD release, What Sweeter Music. Academic presentations she has made include Professional Music Teachers of New Mexico Annual Conference (2011), Rocky Mountain CMS Conference (2012), National NAfME Conference (2014), SWACDA Conference (2015) and National ACDA (2016).

Research Interests

Collaborative Piano

Music Education

Choral Music

Piano

Voice

Neil Rutland

Title: Instructor of Music

Office Location: Music Building (MB), Room 106
Phone: 575.562.2372
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Dr. Richard Schwartz

Title: Associate Professor of Music

Office Location: Music Building (MB), Room 203
Phone: 575.562.2471
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Vitae: Vitae
Website: raschwartz.wix.com/richardschwartz#!

Education

  • D. M. A., Boston University
  • M. M., University of Michigan
  • B. S. in Music Education, Temple University

Bio

Grammy

Research Interests

Faculty research interests include saxophone performance and pedagogy, jazz ensemble pedagogy, jazz history, jazz improvisation, jazz composition, musical intonation, advanced woodwind techniques (including multi-phonics, circular breathing, double-tonguing, the altissimo register, and more), entrepreneurialism in music, sight-reading techniques, recruitment techniques and more.

Dustin Seifert

Title: Department Chair, Director of Bands, Instructor of Music

Office Location: Music Building (MB), Room 115A
Phone: 575.562.2377
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Vitae: Vitae
Website: enmu.edu/bands

Education

  • B.M.Ed., The University of Akron
  • M.M.Ed., University of Illinois

Bio

Dustin D. Seifert, a native of Lancaster, Ohio, is chair of the Department of Music and director of Bands at Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU). Mr. Seifert received the B.M.Ed., summa cum laude, from The University of Akron and the M.M.Ed. with an emphasis in instrumental conducting from the University of Illinois where he was the recipient of the Guy M. Duker Award. His mentors include: Richard L. Cass, Michael R. Golemo, Robert D. Jorgensen, Tucker R. Jolly, James F. Keene, Gary E. Smith, Mark E. Moore, and Deborah A. Confredo.

Complementing his administrative duties at ENMU, Mr. Seifert is responsible for the operation and organization of a comprehensive undergraduate instrumental program. In addition to conducting the Wind Symphony, Symphonic and Marching Bands, and applied euphonium/tuba instruction, Dustin leads courses in low brass techniques, techniques of marching band, band and wind ensemble history and repertoire, and beginning and advanced conducting.

In 2004, Mr. Seifert received the "Spirit of Eastern Award" recognizing outstanding contributions, dedication and loyalty to Eastern New Mexico University over a sustained period. He was the 2005 recipient of ENMU's Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching. Dustin has been recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus in Music Education by The University of Akron School of Music and as Music Educator of the Year by the New Mexico Music Educators Association (NMMEA).

Prior to his appointment at Eastern, Mr. Seifert served as assistant director of Bands at Iowa State University. At Iowa State, he conducted the University Band and Musical Pit Orchestra, designed drill for and rehearsed the 280-member Marching Cyclones, taught low brass methods, applied low brass and courses in music education.

Dustin is a member of the NMMEA, The National Association for Music Education (NAfME), National Band Association, College Band Directors National Association, World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, Texas Music Educators Association, Kappa Delta Pi Education Honorary, and Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honorary. He is an honorary member of national honorary band fraternities Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma, the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia brotherhood, and an elected member of Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity.

Mr. Seifert is an active clinician and adjudicator throughout the region, state and nation. Dustin resides in Portales, New Mexico with his wife, Meredith, son, Stratton, and daughter, Sawyer.

Research Interests

Instrumental Conducting

Wind Ensemble and Band Repertoire

Marching Band Techniques

Instrumental Music Education

Low Brass Pedagogy

Music Administration

Dr. Susanna Self

Title: Lecturer of Music

Office Location: Music Building (MB), Room 115
Phone: 575.562.2377
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Dr. Travis Sherwood

Title: Assistant Professor of Music, Vocal Area Coordinator

Office Location: Music Building (MB), Room 202
Phone: 575.562.2371
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Vitae: Vitae

Education

  • DMA, University of Southern California Thornton School of Music
  • MM, University of Southern California Thornton School of Music
  • BM, Westminster Choir College

Bio

Travis Sherwood, American Baritone has been praised for his powerful voice and emotionally poignant performances around the world, as an opera singer, concert artist, recitalist, and actor, performing a wide range of musical genres and styles.

On the operatic stage Dr. Sherwood has performed leading roles in South Pacific, Gianni Schicchi, The Tempest, Hansel und Gretel, Die Zauberflote, Das Liebesverbot, Albert Herring, Don Giovanni, The Rape of Lucretia, and Die Fledermaus. Dr. Sherwood has had the pleasure of singing for Aspen Opera Theater, ?The Martina Arroyo Foundation, Prelude to Performance??, USC Thornton Opera, Princeton Festival, Boheme Opera, Westminster Opera Theater, Spoleto Festival USA; and was an Associate Artist with Opera New Jersey, and a Marc and Eva Stern Fellow at SongFest.

On the concert stage Dr. Sherwood has performed with the Southwest Symphony, Hunterdon Symphony, Symphony of the Vines, Canto Bello Chamber Orchestra, Monroe Symphony Orchestra, and La Sierra Symphony Orchestra performing such works as Handel?s Messiah, Mozart?s Requiem, Faure?s Requiem, Gounod?s Messe Solennelle de Sainte Cecile, Schubert?s Mass in G, Bach?s Cantata 140, Haydn?s Die Schopfung, William Grant Still?s Plain-Chant for America, Brahms?s Ein Deutsches Requiem, and creating the role of Jesus in Kata Markon by Mark Lanz Weiser. Dr. Sherwood has enjoyed many collaborative recitals with distinguished pianists throughout the world. In addition to classical repertoire, Dr. Sherwood is noted for his ability to perform musical theater repertoire, most recently performing a series of musical theater reviews both in the US and throughout Thailand.

Offstage, Dr. Sherwood maintains an active career as a stage director and educator.

As a stage director, Dr. Sherwood has directed for the Chamber Opera of USC, RVRHS Performing Arts Center, ENMU Opera, and assistant directed West Side Story for the opening of the Kilden Teater in Kristiansand, Norway. Dr. Sherwood is currently an Assistant Professor of Voice and Vocal Area Coordinator on the faculty of Eastern New Mexico University. Prior appointments include Lecturer and Chair of the Voice department at Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand; Fullerton Junior College; University of Southern California; and Westminster Conservatory of Music. Dr. Sherwood is a highly sought after guest lecturer on the subjects of Vocal Pedagogy, Vocal Health, Vocal Anatomy, and Tomatis Technique for Singers.

Dr. Sherwood holds a Doctor of Musical Arts and a Master of Music degree from the University of Southern California, Thornton School of Music; and a Bachelor of Music Degree from Westminster Choir College in music education and vocal performance. Additional studies include a certificate from the ?Academie Internationale d?Ete de Nice? in ?Interpretation chant & piano? under the instruction of Dalton Baldwin.

Pamela Shuler

Title: Lecturer of Music

Office Location: Music Building (MB), Room 115
Phone: 575.562.2377
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Dr. Sidney Shuler

Title: Assistant Professor of Music

Office Location: [Building Name TBD] (MUS), Room 105
Phone: 575.562.2350
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Bio

Dr. Sidney E. Shuler holds a Bachelor of Music in Education degree from Youngstown State University (OH) and Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts Degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His major teachers include Ronald Romm and Dr. Michael Ewald (University of Illinois) and Dr. Christopher Krummel of Youngstown State.

As a performing artist, Dr. Shuler has served as principal trumpet of the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra (IL) and guest principal trumpet of the Peoria Symphony Orchestra (IL). Shuler has also performed with additional orchestras including the Moscow State Radio, Illinois, and Green Bay Symphony Orchestras. As an orchestral and commercial musician, Shuler has performed with artists such as Rachel Barton Pine, Mark O'Connor, Lynn Harrell, Mannheim Steamroller, Art Farmer, Sean Jones, Byron Stripling, Roger Williams, and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Additionally, he has also performed under the baton of esteemed conductors David Zinman, James Conlon, and Michael Stern, as well as many others. Adding to his performance credits, Shuler has been heard in solo recital and chamber performances across the United States as well as abroad in Russia and in Spain.

Dr. Shuler

Ellen Wilson

Title: Lecturer of Music

Office Location: Music Building (MB), Room 115
Phone: 575.562.2377
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