Summer Music Fest Faculty

Our music faculty are experts in the fields of vocal and choral music, conducting, piano, theory, education, and composition. In 2019, our faculty will travel to Streator from across Illinois, Tennessee, Ohio, Virginia, and Kentucky, comprising our senior faculty, junior faculty, and guest lecturers. Students will have the chance to work one-on-one and in small groups, exploring new ideas, fine-tuning skills, and gaining a better acumen for continued education, various careers in the music field, and a life-long relationship with music and the arts.

Read below to learn more about our top-notch faculty.

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2019 Senior Faculty

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Dr. Carlton Monroe, Head of Choral Conducting,

Director of the Festival Choir

Dr. Monroe is Director of Music at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Terrace Park, Ohio, where, in addition to leading an active music program for children and adults, he established and conducts the Bach Ensemble of St. Thomas, a professional ensemble of instrumentalists and vocalists who perform services, concerts and educational retreats centered on the music of J. S. Bach.

As a conductor and music educator, he has taught at every level from elementary to college, including positions at Ursuline Academy and Walnut Hills High School in Cincinnati, Miami University (OH), and Georgia College & State University. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He is Region V Chair of the Association of Anglican Musicians and Membership Chair of the Greater Cincinnati Choral Consortium. He lives in Cincinnati with his wife Jennifer, contrabassoonist with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and their children Jack and Catherine.

Robert Mangialardi, Baritone

Robert R. Mangialardi is currently Visiting Professor of music and Director of the Opera Theatre program at Illinois Wesleyan University. Mr. Mangialardi's recent opera theater productions have included “Don Giovanni”, “Ballymore”, “The Elixir of Love”, “and “The Medium.” Prior to beginning his career at IWU, Mr. Mangialardi directed and taught voice for 14 years at Millikin University in Decatur, IL.

Mr. Mangialardi has performed throughout the Midwest with companies such as the Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Illinois Opera Theater, Sunshine Theater, Fireside Theater, Illinois Voices Theater and The Barn Theater.  Robert has also done many television commercials for companies such as Amtrak and Black’s Hardware Company.

Mr. Mangialardi is the founder and executive director of Prairie Fire Theatre, a professional light opera company based in Bloomington-Normal. Each year, Prairie Fire Theatre produces one touring children’s opera, an operetta and two musicals. Productions are cast primarily with area professionals and University students. The 2009 production of “Pinocchio” toured 28 schools and performed for over 7000 elementary students and teachers. Prairie Fire Theatre specializes in the works of Gilbert and Sullivan and usually produces one G&S operetta a year. Many of Prairie Fire Theatre’s productions are performed on the campus of Illinois Wesleyan University.

Born in Chicago, Illinois, Mr. Mangialardi received his Bachelor of Music Education degree and Master of Music in vocal performance from Illinois State University and has done doctoral work at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. His wife, Melinda, was an administrator at Illinois State University for over 28 years. They have three children, Nicholas, Samuel and Gabriella.


Nancy Pounds, Piano Coordinator

Nancy Pounds is an Instructor of Piano and Adjunct Faculty Accompanist at Illinois Wesleyan University. She earned the M.M. in Piano Performance at Illinois State University where she studied with Tella Marie DeBose. She performs regularly at the IWU contemporary music programs and the Illinois Chamber Music Festival, teaches Applied and Class Piano at IWU, and is the Coordinator of Piano at Poco a Poco Summer Music Fest. Ms. Pounds collaborates with a wide range of instruments in varying musical styles, with a particularly extensive cello, vocal, and low brass repertoire.  Fall/Winter 2018 highlights include a recital with Dr. Nina Gordon, cellist, in Ontario; and a performance of piano duet selections from György Kurtág’s Játékok  with IWU Professor of Composition, David Vayo at the IWU New Music Cafe. Spring 2019 performances will include collaborations with Laurel Beard, soprano; Dr. Nina Gordon, cellist; bass trombonist, Dr. Andy Rozsa; Kate Tombaugh, mezzo-soprano; and Dr. David Vayo..


2019 Guest Lecturers


Dr. Steven Weimer, Theory Coordinator

Composer Steven Weimer’s music has been performed by the JACK Quartet, Molly Barth, Fear No Music Quartet, saxophonist Sean Xue, Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival Chamber Players, CCM Wind Ensemble, CCM Chamber Players, Café Momus, and many others.

Performances of his work span from Alaska to Bulgaria, with premieres at festivals such as June in Buffalo, Forum-Festival Computer Music Space, North American Saxophone Alliance, Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium, Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, and the Music Theory and Musicology Society Conference. His recent commissions include works for the Kentucky Music Teachers Association, Vandoren, Inc., the CCM Orchestra Program, and tubist Timothy Northcut. He has received first-place awards from the Eta Omicron chapter’s Phi Mu Alpha Composition Contest, the CCM Concerto/Composition Competition, and placed as a finalist for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s Marilyn Glick Young Composers Competition.

Dr. Weimer has enjoyed recent collaborations with American poets in Cincinnati and California; his setting of Kathleen Winter’s Eve, Seducing the Apple will be published in the tenth anniversary edition of the Cincinnati Review. He is currently Assistant Professor of Music at Murray State University in Kentucky.


2019 Junior Faculty

Mary Bond, 3rd year mezzo-soprano

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Mary Bond is a music educator based in Nashville, TN. She is the Director of Choir and Theatre at Antioch High School and a member of the West End United Methodist Chancel Choir. She received her undergraduate degree in Music Education from Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH, and has worked with many Cincinnati-area ensembles including the Cincinnati Boychoir, the Cincinnati Children's Choir, and Collegium Cincinnati. 


Kevin Mangan, 3rd year tenor

Kevin Mangan is Director of Choirs at Reed-Custer High School in Braidwood, IL.  He is responsible for curricular choirs, the madrigal singers, and the musical theatre program. Kevin taught choir and general music in the Woodland School District of Streator from 2014-2017. Prior to that, he worked in the Flanagan-Cornell school district choral program as a student teacher.

Kevin gradated summa cum laude from Illinois Wesleyan University with a bachelor's degree in music education. He studied voice with Dr. Linda Farquharson and conducting with Dr. J. Scott Ferguson. While there he performed the Collegiate Choir, the university's premier vocal ensemble, as well as the Chamber Singers and Madrigals, while also maintaining an extensive solo repertoire. Kevin also held a position as tenor section leader for the Second Presbyterian Church of Bloomington. He is originally from Schaumburg, Illinois, and currently resides in Morris.Bloomington.

Nathan Brown, 2nd year tenor

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Nathan Brown is an emerging young tenor that takes pride in his versatility as both a musician and an artist. Nathan graduated Summa Cum Laude from Murray State University in December of 2017 with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Music Education. He now teaches at Belleville West High School in Illinois as a part-time choral director. Recently moved to St. Louis, MO, Nathan has also become the youngest member to be accepted full-time into the auditioned St. Louis Chamber Chorus as part of the tenor section. 

As a solo performer, Nathan has had many roles in operas, plays, and musicals at Murray State University and competed regularly while still dedicating time to his pursuits as an educator. He has also garnered an extra level of performance experience by twice attending the Bay View SOARS Program in Bay View, Michigan, studying several roles during the two-week intensive. Nathan has also been a featured tenor soloist for Handel’s Messiah as well as for Bach Cantata 4. In addition to his singing career, Nathan is an award-winning a Capella arranger and has composed many original pieces and song cycles for voice and piano