Summer Music Fest Faculty
Our music faculty are experts in the fields of vocal and choral music, conducting, piano, theory, education, and composition. In 2017, our faculty traveled to Streator from five different states-Ohio, Kentucky, Illinois, Georgia, and Tennessee-they comprise 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.
2017 Senior Faculty
Dr. Carlton Monroe, choral conducting
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 works with the Satellite program of the Cincinnati Children’s Choir, and 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.
Dr. Alisa Jordheim, voice
Described as “vocally resplendent,” “powerful,” and possessing “impeccable coloratura” (San Francisco Chronicle), soprano Alisa Jordheim is praised for her compelling and vocally assured performances in opera, oratorio, musical theatre, both early and new music, and recital. Recent operatic role highlights include Constance in Dialogues des Carmélites with the Caramoor International Music Festival; Serpetta in La finta giardiniera with On Site Opera in NYC and The Atlanta Opera; Lola in Sister Carrie (world premiere), Lulu Baines in Elmer Gantry, Miss Wordsworth in Albert Herring, Frasquita in Carmen, and Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro with Florentine Opera; Marzelline in Fidelio with Madison Opera; Satirino in La Calisto with Cincinnati Opera; Nannetta in Falstaff with Emerald City Opera; Micaëla in Carmen with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra/Opera Columbus; Lucia in The Rape of Lucretia and Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro with the Merola Opera Program in San Francisco; and Flora in The Turn of the Screw with Central City Opera. She has performed as soloist with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Madison Symphony, Columbus Symphony, Las Vegas Philharmonic, Dayton Philharmonic, the Fox Valley Symphony, and at the Grant Park Music Festival, among others. Upcoming engagements for Dr. Jordheim include her debut with Opéra national de Paris as 1st Esquire in Parsifal, Cunégonde in Candide with Palm Beach Opera, and Venus in Venus and Adonis and Belinda in Dido and Aeneas in a double-bill production with Florentine Opera.
Dr. Jordheim is the winner of a Sullivan Foundation Award and Career Development Grant from the Sullivan Foundation, and she is a two-time winner of the Wisconsin District Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. She completed her first two years of undergraduate study at Lawrence University and earned her Bachelor of Music (summa cum laude), Master of Music, and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in Voice Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), and her DMA cognate field is Scandinavian song and diction. As a Fulbright Scholar and Fellow of the American-Scandinavian Foundation, Dr. Jordheim studied and conducted research on singing diction in the Scandinavian languages at the University of Oslo in 2013-2014.
At the collegiate level, Dr. Jordheim has taught both classical and musical theatre styles privately at CCM, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and the Lawrence University. She has also taught classical and musical theatre styles to students of all ages at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music and Lawrence University Academy of Music. As a member of the 2011 Central City Opera Regional Tour and the 2012-2013 Florentine Opera Studio, Dr. Jordheim enjoyed visiting numerous schools, spanning from the elementary to the high school level, performing and educating youth about healthy singing. Dr. Jordheim has a special interest in health and wellness as they directly relate to singing, and she has worked as a State Tested Nursing Assistant in Ohio and as a Physician’s Record Assistant in the ER at Appleton Medical Center.
Robert Mangialardi, voice
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
Nancy Pounds is an Adjunct Faculty Accompanist and Instructor of Piano at Illinois Wesleyan University. She received the MM in Piano Performance from Illinois State University where she studied with Tella Marie DeBose. Nancy maintains a very active performing and teaching schedule working with students, colleagues, and visiting artists. She regularly appears at the IWU contemporary music programs, the Illinois Chamber Festival, and as faculty accompanist for the IWU Cello Camp. Most recent performances include David Vayo's Seis Cosechas at the IWU New Music Cafe, October 2016; and a series of fall recitals with colleague and friend, Nina Gordon.
Dr. Steven Weimer, music theory and composition
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.
Kate Tombaugh, voice
Mezzo-Soprano Kate Tombaugh, originally from Streator, Illinois, has sung professionally with Indianapolis Opera, Winter Opera St. Louis, Performance Santa Fe, the Paducah Symphony, Lexington Philharmonic, and the Utah Symphony. She has trained as an Apprentice Artist with the Santa Opera, as a Resident Artist with Utah Opera, and as a Gerdine Young Artist with Opera Theatre of St. Louis. Additionally, she has been a Stern Fellow with the LA-based 'Songfest' and sang in the AIMS Opera Studio in Graz, Austria. She has been a two-time 3rd place winner in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions' Central Regional Finals. Additionally, she won the Harold Haugh Light Opera Competition and the Grace Keagy award from the Kurt Weill Foundation.
Her roles have ranged from the title roles in Rossini's La Cenerentola, Handel's Ariodante, and Massenet's Cendrillon, 'Hansel' in Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel, 'Fanny Price' in Jonathan Dove's American premiere of Mansfield Park, to 'Annie Oakley' in Irving Berlin's Annie, Get your Gun, 'Carrie Pipperidge' in Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel, and 'Mad Margaret' in Gilbert and Sullivan's Ruddigore.
Kate acts as producer and performer of her own one-woman show, 'It Just Takes One,' which has seen performances in Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee. She holds a masters in opera performance from CCM, the music conservatory at University of Cincinnati, and dual undergraduate degrees in English Literature and Vocal Performance from Illinois Wesleyan University. She currently resides in Murray, KY with her husband, Dr. Steven Weimer, and their daughter.
2017 Guest Lecturers
Mary Henderson Stucky, voice
Mary Henderson Stucky studied voice with Julius Huehn and Helen Boatwright and she coached with Elly Ameling and Hugues Cuenod. She received the University of Rochester/University of Cologne Exchange Fellowship and a Fulbright Travel Grant in 1972. Her European recital debut was at Bordeaux, France in 1973. She sang over thirty operatic roles at Rochester's 'Opera Under the Stars,' Chautauqua, Opera South, Hagen and Oldenburg (Germany), Bern (Switzerland), Ghent (Belgium). Furthermore, she recorded songs for Deutshlandfunk, Hessische Rundfunk, S.C. ETV and Centaur Records. As a soloist she performed at Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, St. Louis New Music Circle, St. Louis Symphony's 'On Stage Series,' and the Dame Myra Hess Concert Series in Chicago. From 1982-1990 she was the artist-in-residence in voice at Washington University in St. Louis.
She taught voice at the St. Louis Conservatory of Music from 1985-1990 and was an instructor at Syracuse University and L'École Hindemith in Switzerland. Since 1990 she has been the associate director of the Institute for Advanced Vocal Studies in France. She received her BM and MM, Performance Certificate from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY.
Rodney Stucky, guitar and lute
Rodney Stucky, co-director of the Early Music Lab at CCM and head of classical guitar studies in CCM’s Preparatory Department, has performed throughout the United States, Central America, and South America as classical guitarist, baroque guitarist, lutenist and vihuelist. His performances include appearances in New York at the Cloisters with the Dupont Circle Consortium and in Washington D.C. with the Theater Chamber Players, directed by Leon Fleisher. He is also a member of the early music group, “Apollo’s Cabinet.” He studied guitar with Aaron Shearer at the Peabody Conservatory and has been a leading pioneer in guitar education for young children. Mr. Stucky can be heard on Vienna Modern Masters and Fleur de Son Classics.
He often performs in duo with his wife, Mary Henderson-Stucky. Since their debut recital in 1991 at the St. Louis Conservatory of Music, where they were both faculty members, the Stucky-Henderson Duo has performed often throughout the mid-west and eastern United States. They have also performed at the École Normale de Musique and the Conservatoire Supérieure in Paris, France and at the Caribbean resort, Maroma, in Quintana Roo, Mexico. Their repertoire spans the gamut of 16th century lute and vihuela songs to 20th century music for voice and guitar. They have been active in commissioning and inspiring new works for voice and guitar, one of which was given it’s world premiere at a Guitar Foundation of America International Festival. Mr. Stucky has also published “Five Spirituals” for voice and guitar through Southern Music. They have been featured on WGUC in Cincinnati and KFUO in St. Louis and have recorded for Fleur de Son Classics.
Dr. Ellen Harrison, composition
Ellen Ruth Harrison’s music is “stunning” and full of “sophisticated ensemble writing . . . “
- Allan Ulrich, The San Francisco Chronicle, February 8, 2001
“It has a very, very quick series of contrasting moods and atmospheres, which gives it a lot of texture and beauty, and it has a deep sonic realm.”
-Jane Ring Frank, artistic director of the Boston Secession in the Boston Globe (September 30, 2004)
The music of American composer Ellen Ruth Harrison has received numerous honors and awards from organizations such as the American Guild of Organists, the Fromm Music Foundation, the IBLA European International Music Foundation, the International League of Women Composers, the Ohio Arts Council, the Rebecca Clarke Society, SPECTRI SONORI, and UC Berkeley. Her works have been widely performed both in the United States and abroad by a diverse range of performers such as the Cincinnati Symphony Chamber Players, concert:nova, Earplay, the Empyrean Ensemble, Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, the Lydian String Quartet, Octagon, Parnassus, and the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players.
Harrison was born and raised in Streator, Illinois and is currently Adjunct Instructor of Composition at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. She is also chair of music theory and composition in CCM’s Preparatory Department. As a recipient of a Jacob K. Javits fellowship, she earned her doctorate in composition from the University of California, Berkeley, where her teachers included Edwin Dugger, Richard Felciano, Andrew Imbrie and Olly Wilson. She spent two years studying in Paris supported by U.C. Berkeley's Prix de Paris, and attended composer workshops at IRCAM. She also studied with Milko Kelemen at the Musikhochschule in Stuttgart, and with Thomas Frederickson and Paul Zonn at the University of Illinois.
Penned for instrumental and vocal ensembles of various sizes, Harrison's compositions are inspired by diverse experiences and circumstances. Echoing her evocatively titled movements, her music at times seems to dip into distant and antique sonic realms to portray a series of contrasting moods and atmospheres. At other times the tone is more jocular as she juxtaposes impetuous activity with infernal calm at multiple levels, presenting an extraordinary variety of textures, melodic materials, and expressive gestures.
This artist was awarded an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award for 2014.
2017 Junior Faculty
Mary Bond is a recent graduate of Xavier University and a passionate choral music educator. She has worked with many youth organizations such as the Madisonville Youth Chorus, the Cincinnati Boychoir, and Oak Hills Local School District. She is also a regular performer and is currently a member of several chamber ensembles as well as soprano section leader at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Cincinnati.
Kevin Mangan is currently general music teacher, choral director, and drama director at Woodland CUSD #5 School in rural Streator, IL. For the past three years, he has worked to bring quality musical performances to students and families of the Woodland community and prepare his students to be lifelong appreciators of music. He has been pleased to see the program continue to grow each year. Prior to coming to Woodland, Kevin worked with 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.
Megan will graduate magna cum laude from Illinois Wesleyan University this spring with a Bachelor's in Music Education. There, she studies voice with Dr. William Hudson and sings in the Collegiate Choir under Dr. J. Scott Ferguson. She also sings in a women's jazz ensemble, "Fridays at Noon," directed by Prof. Andrew Dahan. She has worked with various ensembles and schools in the Central Illinois area including the Olympia High School and Middle School Choruses and the Illinois School for the Deaf. During her time at Illinois Wesleyan, she performed as Amore in The Coronation of Poppea, and in the Chorus of Hansel and Gretel. Most recently, she performed in Prairie Fire Theatre's Oklahoma! as Laurey in 2016. Megan will be pursuing a Masters of Music in Vocal Performance in the upcoming fall.
Spencer is the Choir Director at Ottawa Township High School. He taught choirs and general music at Mount Carmel Middle School from 2013-2015. He graduated in 2012 from Millikin University with a BM in Music Education and has performed in such venues including Carnegie Hall, Jazz Showcase, Auditorium Theater, and Symphony Hall in the United States as well as overseas in Scotland, Ireland, England, the Dominican Republic, and Chile. Spencer's teaching background also includes various K-12 practicums, student teaching at Lake Zurich High School, and substituting jobs from K-12. He is originally from Ottawa, Illinois.