Music Faculty


Yuri Lily Funahashi

Associate Professor of Music
Department Co-Chair

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Jonathan Hallstrom

Associate Professor of Music
Retired

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José G. Martínez R.

Assistant Professor of Music

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Steven Nuss

Associate Professor of Music
Department Co-Chair

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Steven Saunders

James M. Gillespie Professor of Music

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Natalie Zelensky

Associate Professor of Music

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Kate Altizer

Visiting Assistant Professor

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Tyler Yamin

Visiting Assistant Professor

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Ensemble Directors


Jinwook Park

Orchestra Conductor
(Applied Music Associate in Violin/Viola)

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Education:

B.M., Pusan National University, 1992

M,M., Boston Conservatory, 1994

Areas of Expertise:

  • Orchestra Music/ Conducting
  • Violin/viola

Professional Information

Conductor and violinist Jinwook Park enjoys a versatile career as a music director, performer, and educator. Noted for his enthusiastic and nuanced performances, he is the founder and music director of Haffner Sinfonietta, music director of Hwaum Boston Chamber Orchestra, and conductor of the Boston Korean Chorus. As a violinist, Mr. Park engages in chamber music and solo recitals and has performed with several orchestras as a soloist and member in South Korea and the United States. Also an accomplished violin teacher, he holds a private studio in the Boston area and served as a teaching assistant at the Aspen Music Festival under Kurt Sassmannshaus, a violin pedagogue at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

Envisioning a way to transform and combine the classical music tradition with an educational component and emphasis on social change, Mr. Park created Haffner Sinfonietta in 2008. A passionate advocate of cultural exchange, he has been recognized for his work in bridging Korean and American communities with the Hwaum Boston Chamber Orchestra and Boston Korean Chorus. Recently, he led benefit concerts in the effort to help and bring awareness to Syrian and North Korean refugees.

Born in South Korea, Mr. Park received his Bachelor of Music from Busan National University and then moved to the United States to pursue his graduate studies. He received a Master of Music degree in violin performance at the Boston Conservatory as a full scholarship student of David Kim, concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra, during which he was invited by the Jamaican government to perform in Kingston. He further continued his Doctor of Musical Arts studies at Boston University.


Néviton Barros

Chorale and Collegium Director
(Applied Music Associate in Voice)

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Brendon Wilkins

Jazz Band and Wind Ensemble Director
(Applied Music Associate in Saxophone, Clarinet, Oboe, Bassoon)

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Music Staff


Christina Steeves

Administrative Assistant

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Phone: 207-859-5670

Office: Bixler 104

Office Hours: Monday through Friday (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.)

 

Applied Music Associates


Michael Albert

Music Associate (Oboe, Baroque Violin, Mandolin)

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Professional Information

Michael Albert attended the University of Southern Maine as a Double Performance Major in oboe and voice. He also studied at the Interlochen and Longy Schools of Music. As an oboe soloist, Michael has performed with the Maine Music Society, the Portland and Bangor Symphony Orchestras, the Harvard and Brown University Baroque Orchestras, and the North Shore Philharmonic Orchestra in Massachusetts. Michael has also performed chamber works at various colleges around New England including Wesleyan, Bowdoin, Bates, Colby and Dartmouth. Michael has also performed as an oboist in various Bach cantatas, John Rutter’s Requiem, and Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors. As an oboe soloist, Michael has performed Vivaldi’s Concerto in D minor, Bach’s Concerto in C minor for oboe and violin, and the Strauss concerto for oboe. As a countertenor, he has performed throughout New England as a soloist in Handel’s Judas Maccabeus and Messiah, Bach’s Mass in B minor, Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, Carissimi’s Jephthe and Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater. His oboe awards include the Emily K. Rand and Kotzschmar scholarships, the Maine Governor’s Award, and the Maine Bay Chamber Concerts’ Harvey Picker prize. His vocal awards include the Lillian Nordica Award, 1st place at Maine NATS, and the Bay Chamber Concerts’ Louise Meyers Vocal Award. As a composer, Michael co-composed film scores for the PBS documentaries Sweet Ambition and The Polygamist’s Daughter. Both were pre-nominated for a Grammy Award. He currently performs with Initial Ascent (an original composition improve trio), Port City Winds Woodwind Quartet, the Rogues of Arcadia early music ensemble, Portland Pro Musica, the Southern Maine String Quartet, and performs chant and chant-based polyphony with the Schola Cantorum of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland, ME.


Messan Jordan Benissan

Music Associate (African Drumming)

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Education

B.M., Institut des Sciences Commerciales, 1979

Areas of Expertise

  • Master drummer of Ewe people of West Africa
  • Renowned for complex cross-rhythms
  • Ashanti and Ga music

Professional Information

Jordan Messan Benissan, a native of Togo, West Africa, received a B.A. from the Institut des Sciences Commerciales in Lome, Togo. A member of the Ewe people, he was introduced to music and dance at an early age through ceremonies and rituals. He received his traditional music training from several West African master drummers. He has taught and performed for all levels, from elementary school through college level. His first CD, Drumming Through the Spirit of my Ancestors, has been widely distributed and was adopted by the Hennepin County Library (Minneapolis) as a teaching resource. Some of his performances include an opening show for the West African Drummer Babatunde Olatunji, a performance for the national NAACP Conference and performances for Mayo Clinic’s Multicultural Program.  His World Music Band was featured as the official band for Béla Fleck’s Throw Down Your Heart concert in Waterville, Maine.

CDs:

  • Let Me Play My Music, 2004
  • Beautiful Music from West Africa, 2003
  • Fame Without Fortune, 2006

Press:

  • He was recently featured in Highlight Magazine for children, September 2004; their website featured three of his songs from “Beautiful Music from West Africa”
  • His song “Let Me Play My Music” was selected by NPR to be featured on their online radio program, All Songs Considered, September 2004
  • Phoenix Magazine selected his CD “Beautiful Music from West Africa” as best world music album, May 2004

Tim Burris

Music Associate (Lute)

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Professional Information

Tim Burris has performed widely in Europe and the US, including appearances with world-renowned early music specialists Derek Lee Ragin and Jennifer Lane. His recordings include modern premieres of 18th-century works including lute and written for the Dresden court (the subject of his dissertation). Lute instructor at the Royal Flemish Conservatory of Music in Antwerp from 1990-96, he is currently teaching at Colby College and the Portland Conservatory of Music.


John Boden

Music Associate (French Horn)

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Marilyn Buzy

Music Associate (Percussion)

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Wee Kiat Chia

Music Associate (Voice)

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Duane Edwards

Music Associate (Bass Guitar)

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Professional Information

Duane Edwards is an accomplished musician residing in Portland, Maine. He studied Jazz at the Univ. of Maine Augusta under Greg Lougham, Steve Grover, Chuck Winfield, Richard Nelson, and Frank Mauceri.
Duane plays a wide range of styles of Jazz to rock to cuban, has performed throughout New England and Canada and as far as Texas. He is an Adjunct professor at the University of Maine Augusta and Bowdoin College


Virginia Flanagan

Music Associate (Harp)

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Sebastian Jerosch

Music Associate (Trombone)

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Hyun-Ji Kwon

Music Associate (Cello)

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Mark Leighton

Music Associate (Classical Guitar)

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Education

B.M., New England Conservatory, 1981

Areas of Expertise

  • Classical and Jazz Guitar

Professional Information

Mark Leighton graduated from the New England Conservatory in Boston, and has been on the Applied Music Faculty at Colby since 1981. His teachers include David Leisner and Sharon Isbin. He also teaches at Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, MA, and is an active member of the Copley Chamber Players. Mark has performed throughout New England, including performances at the Museum of Fine Arts, the Gardner Museum, and Kings Chapel, Boston. He is also the Artistic Director of First Night Quincy, and the wine writer for the New Bedford Standard Times.


Ronald “RJ” Miller

Music Associate (Drum Set)

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Nacole Palmer

Music Associate (Voice)

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Paul Ross

Music Associate (Cello)

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Nicole Rabata

Music Associate (Flute)

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Professional Information

Flutist Nicole Rabata is well known for her diverse musical interests and her virtuosity in the classical, Celtic, and Brazilian choro genres. Holding an International Artist Diploma and Masters Degree in Performance from Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England, she is on the faculty at Colby College and the University of Maine at Augusta.

Nicole has performed internationally at festivals and concert halls throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. Highlights include appearances at the International Flute Festival of Lund, Sweden and the Magic Flute Festival in Stockholm; Interharmony International Music Festival in Bavaria; White Mountain Bach Festival; Acadia School of Traditional Music and Arts; Festival Interceltique du L’Orient in France; Hebridean Celtic Festival in Scotland; International World of Music and Dance Festival in the UK; chamber music performances in Kalimpong, India, and Portland Chamber Music Festival. Nicole was selected to perform and present lectures at the National Flute Conventions in both San Diego and New York City, and was featured on National Public Radio, BBC Glasgow and French national television.

Nicole appears with the Maine State Ballet, Portland Ballet, PortOpera, Bangor Symphony Orchestra, Maine ProMusica Symphony Orchestra and Maine Chamber Ensemble.

An avid chamber musician, Nicole is a member of the Bayside Trio and Colby Faculty Winds. She has been a coach and adjudicator at Bay Chamber Concerts’ Next Generation Program, and also had the opportunity to coach chamber music for two months at Ghandi Ashram School in Northeast Bengal, India as part of the Colby College JanPlan abroad program. She was a founding member of Harlequine, former Ensemble in Residence at Bowdoin College.

Nicole’s debut recording “Armorica,” released in 2010, features traditional Irish, Breton, Scandinavian and French Canadian repertoire in addition to her own compositions. She plays flutes by Brannen Brothers and Patrick Olwell.


Christina Spurling

Music Associate (Collaborative Pianist)

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Joann Westin

Music Associate (Piano)

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Andrew Harms

Music Associate (Trumpet)

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