Apr 16, 2024  
2017-2019 Graduate Catalog 
2017-2019 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

School of Music, Theatre and Dance Department of Music

School of Music, Theatre and Dance Department of Music

School of Music, Theatre and Dance
Department of Music

207 Varner Hall • (248) 370-2030 • Fax (248) 370-2041  (map)


School of Music, Theatre and Dance Director:
Jacqueline H. Wiggins

Music Department Chair:
Deborah VanderLinde
207 Varner Hall


Professors emeriti:
David Daniels, Ph.D., University of Iowa
John Dovaras, M.M., Northwestern University
Robert Facko, Ed.D., Columbia University
Marvin D. Holladay, M.A., Wesleyan University
Flavio Varani, M.M., Manhattan School of Music

Distinguished professor:
Jacqueline H. Wiggins, Ed.D., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Gregory M. Cunningham, Ed.D., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
James P. Lentini, D.M.A., University of Southern California
Michael A. Mitchell, D.M.A., University of Missouri,
      Kansas City
John-Paul White, Dipl., Curtis Institute of Music

Associate professors:
Drake Dantzler, D.M.A., University of Texas
Melissa Hoag, Ph.D., Indiana University
David M. Kidger, Ph.D., Harvard University
Kenneth R. Kroesche, D.M.A., University of Michigan
Jessica Payette, Ph.D., Stanford University
Joseph L. Shively, Ed.D., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
George Stoffan, D.M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison
Mark A. Stone, M.M., West Virginia University
Deborah J. VanderLinde, Ph.D., Oakland University

Assistant professors:
Miles Brown, D.M.A, Eastman School of Music
Jeffrey Heisler, D.M.A., Bowling Green State University
Tian Tian, D.M.A. Eastman School of Music

Visiting assistant professor:
Alta Dantzler, D.M.A., University of Texas, Austin

Adjunct assistant professor:
Edith Diggory, D.M.A., Indiana University

Regina Carter 

DSO affiliate applied faculty:
Amanda Blaikie (flute)
Marcus Schoon (bassoon)
Sharon Sparrow (flute)
Jeffrey Zook (flute)


Special lecturers:
Patrick Fitzgibbon, Bret Hoag, Lois Kaarre, Jennifer Kincer Catallo, Victoria Shively, Michele Soroka, Kristen Tait,  Phyllis White

Barbara Bland, Sean Dobbins, Benjamin Fuhrman, Scott Gwinnell, Rebecca Happel, Terry Herald,  Alan MacNair, Daniel Maslanka,  Stephanie Michaels, Zelkjo Milicevic, Christopher Napier, Brian Nutting, Elizabeth Rowin, Marcus Schoon, Carly Uhrig

Applied music instructors:
Brass: David Denniston (French horn), Kenneth Kroesche (low brass), Gordon Simmons (trumpet)
Woodwind: Amanda Blaikie (flute), Jeffrey Heisler (saxophone), Timothy Michling (oboe), Marcus Schoon (bassoon), Sharon Sparrow (flute), George Stoffan (clarinet), Jeffrey Zook (flute)
Strings: Kerstin Allvin (harp), Miles Brown (double bass), Nadine DeLeury (cello), Roman Kosarev (viola), Elizabeth Rowin (violin)
Percussion: Sean Dobbins, Daniel Maslanka, Mark Stone
Guitar: John Hall, Bret Hoag
Keyboard: Rebecca Happel (piano), Tian Tian, (piano), I-Chen Yeh (piano), Jeremy Tarrant (organ), Scott Gwinell (jazz piano), Dennis Curry (carillon)
Voice: Barbara Bland, Alta Dantzler, Drake Dantzler, Edith Diggory, Stephen Eisenhard, Melissa Maloney, Stephanie Michaels, Nadine Washington, John-Paul White
Jazz: Marion Hayden (bass), Sean Dobbins (percussion), Scott Gwinell (piano), Mark Kieme (saxophone), John Rutherford (trombone), Anthony Stanco (trumpet)
World Music: Sam Jeyasingam (Indian percussion), Mark Stone (African and Caribbean percussion)

Composition: Benjamin Fuhrman

Collaborative Pianists:
Samantha Beresford, Jennifer Gosselin, Rudolf Ozolins, Amanda Sabelhaus, Julie Steinmayer, I-Chen Yeh (coordinator for instrumental), Eun Young Yoo, Tatyana Zut, Stanley Zydek (coordinator for voice), Scott Gwinnell (jazz)

Center for Applied Research
in Musical Understanding (CARMU):

Joseph Shively, Director
Deborah VanderLinde
Jacqueline Wiggins

Music Preparatory Division:   Elizabeth Medvinsky, Director                                                                          





 Graduate Certificates

Post-Master’s Graduate Certificate

Performer’s Certificate

Initial certification as a music teacher

Students who hold a bachelor’s degree and wish to obtain initial music teacher certification must enroll in a second undergraduate degree program in music education. Contact the Music Education Program Coordinator or the College of Arts and Sciences Advising Office for information on qualifications and admission. Students wishing to enroll in a music teacher certification program must audition for the music program faculty. For details, see the Undergraduate Catalog or www.oakland.edu/mtd.

Professional development

The school offers a full complement of courses and workshops designed for performing arts professionals.

  • The School of Music, Theatre and Dance offers summer workshops in a variety of special topics in both theatre and dance. For information about current offerings, go to www.oakland.edu/mtd.
  • All graduate music courses and workshops offered by the School of Music, Theatre and Dance are open to qualified professional development students. These offerings are advertised in our annual graduate brochure (available at www.oakland.edu/mtd). For eligibility to enroll, go to www.oakland.edu/grad and complete a graduate application checking the Professional Development category.

Ensemble auditions

Auditions for music are held during the first few days of each semester. Auditions for other groups are announced throughout the year.

Study Abroad Opportunity

  • Traditional music and dance in Ghana
    The world music program offers students an opportunity to study traditional music and dance of Ghana at the Dagara Music and Arts Center in Medie, Ghana, a suburb of the capital city, Accra.


All programs offered by the School of Music, Theatre and Dance are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, the National Association of Schools of Theatre, and the National Association of Schools of Dance.

Outreach, partnerships and opportunities

  • Center for Applied Research in Musical Understanding (CARMU)
    The mission of the Center for Applied Research in Musical Understanding (CARMU) is to:
    • transform practice in music education
    • build and advance a research-based pedagogy of teaching for musical understanding
    • support pre-K-12 music educators in Michigan, the United States, and internationally
    • demonstrate how research informs professional practice in music education
    • seek national and international eminence in applied research in musical understanding at Oakland University
    • support faculty, graduate and undergraduate research in musical understanding

The center hosts a biennial international conference on music learning and teaching, hosts in-service conferences for music education researchers, and publishes materials that support the work of    music educators, music teacher educators, and music education researchers. Visit www.oakland.edu/CARMU.

  • Music Preparatory Division
    The Department of Music offers music programs to the community through the Music Preparatory Division, 302 Varner Hall, (248) 370-2034. The Prep Division offers private studio lessons in voice, piano, guitar, and all orchestral instruments for elementary and secondary school students and adults, as well as classes in music theory, early childhood music, creative music for children, and piano readiness.

    The Music Prep Division also provides lessons for undergraduate students who wish to study an instrument or voice but do not have enough prior experience to study for college credit. Visit www.oakland.edu/musicprep.

Affiliated professional organizations

  • Take Root (dance company in residence)
  • Eisenhower Dance
  • Patterson Rhythm Pace Dance Company
  • Meadow Brook Theatre Ensemble

Partners in the performing arts

  • Chamber Music Society of Detroit
  • Oakland University Cooperative Orchestral Library (OUCOL)
  • Oakland Youth Orchestras (OYO)

School Honors and awards

The School of Music, Theatre and Dance offers honors and awards for students, alumni, and community supporters. School honors are awarded for a combination of academic achievement (minimum 3.3 GPA), artistry in the major area of study, and contribution to the operations of the school. Alumni Arts Achievement Awards are presented in dance, music and theatre. The school also awards a Distinguished Community Service Award and an Outstanding Student Service Award.

The school confers a Distinguished Musicianship Award as its highest honor in music and Outstanding Student Awards to students who distinguish themselves in performance, music education, chamber music, and jazz. The Joyce Weintraub Adelson Memorial Award for Piano Ensemble honors the memory of an Oakland University piano instructor, and the Jennifer Scott Memorial Award honors the memory of an Oakland University piano student.

The school confers a variety of awards, including Outstanding Student Awards in choreography, dance performance, musical theatre, and theatre design and technology. The Gittlin Theatre and Gittlin Achievement Awards are scholarships offered to theatre students of promise and outstanding ability.