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Faculty and Staff

Dean of Faculty of Music Office

Cynthia Johnston Turner
Dean, Faculty of Music

Kimberly Barber
Associate Dean, Faculty of Music - External Affairs, Partnerships and Graduate Studies
Professor, Voice
Administrative Coordinator, Opera

Jerzy Kaplanek
Acting Associate Dean, Faculty of Music - Performance and Recruitment
Professor, Violin, Strings and Chamber Music
Member of the Penderecki String Quartet
Coordinator, Strings

Kira Omelchenko (On sabaatical until July 2024)
Associate Dean, Faculty of Music - Performance and Recruitment
Associate Professor
Director, Symphony Orchestra

Kevin Swinden
Associate Dean, Faculty of Music - Planning and Curriculum
Associate Professor, Music Theory

Staff

Management

Michelle Corbett
Senior Administrative Officer

Rebekah Jordan-Miller
Director, Laurier Academy of Music and Arts
Instructor, Faculty of Music

Mathew Kensett
Director of Production and Performance Facilities Operations

Justine MacNeil
Administrative Manager

Staff

Nick Bastian
Technical Coordinator, Performance Facilities

Emily Carruthers
Graduate Program & Experiential Placements Coordinator
Instructor, Faculty of Music
Music Therapy Supervisor

Alyssa Chong
Auditions Coordinator and Administrative Assistant

Kathy Gauci
Academic Advisor

Mieke Kanmacher
Communication, Enrolment and Recruitment Coordinator

Jessica Khan
Operations Coordinator, Laurier Academy of Music and Arts

Maria Kouznetsova
Faculty of Music, Events, Concerts, and Performance Coordinator
Instructor, Faculty of Music

Heather Lepine
Experiential Placement Administrative Coordinator

Danny McAfee
Piano Technician

Amy Neufeld
Facilities and Resources Coordinator

Malinga Perera Maddumage
Financial Analyst

Coach-Accompanists

Beth Ann de Sousa
Coach-Accompanist, Strings and Winds

Elvera Froese
Coach-Accompanist, Voice

Stephanie Mara
Coach-Accompanist, Strings, Winds and Brass

Anna Ronai
Coach-Accompanist, Voice
Instructor, Faculty of Music

Composition

Barbara Assiginaak
Assistant Professor, Composition
Coordinator, Composition

Kevin Day
Assistant Professor, Composition
Director, Jazz Orchestra

Kathryn Ladano
Instructor, Faculty of Music
Director, Improvisation Convergence Ensemble

Saman Shahi
Instructor, Faculty of Music

Cameron McKittrick
Instructor, Faculty of Music

Community Music

Emily Carruthers
Experiential Placements Coordinator
Instructor, Faculty of Music
Music Therapy Supervisor

Brennan Connolly
Musician in Residence, Percussion
Director, Percussion Ensemble

Karen Cyrus
Assistant Professor, Ethnomusicology, Community Music
Director, Tshepo Institute for the Study of Contemporary Africa

Amanda Brunk
Instructor, Contemporary Voice (Community Music) 

Maria Kouznetsova
Faculty of Music, Events, Concerts, and Performance Coordinator
Instructor, Faculty of Music

Colin Labadie
Instructor, Faculty of Music

Kathryn Ladano
Instructor, Faculty of Music
Director, Improvisation Convergence Ensemble

Brandon Leis
Instructor, Voice

Elizabeth Lepock
Instructor, Faculty of Music

Richard Marsella
Instructor, Faculty of Music

Terry Paynter
Instructor, Faculty of Music

Mariette Stephenson
Instructor, Faculty of Music

Jason White
Instructor, Faculty of Music

Lee Willingham
Professor, Music Education
Coordinator, Music Education
Coordinator, Master of Arts in Community Music
Coordinator, PhD: Music (Community Music)

Deanna Yerichuk
Assistant Professor, Community Music
Coordinator, Bachelor of Music in Community Music
Director, Laurier Centre for Music in the Community

Gerard Yun
Assistant Professor, Community Music

Ensembles

Kate Carver
Music Director and Conductor, Opera

Brennan Connolly
Musician in Residence, Percussion
Director, Percussion Ensemble

Kevin Day
Assistant Professor, Composition
Director, Jazz Orchestra

Amanda Kind
Director, VOX

Kathryn Ladano
Instructor, Faculty of Music
Director, Improvisation Convergence Ensemble

Carolyn Neumann VanderBurgh
Instructor, Faculty of Music
Director, Laurier Concert Choir

Kira Omelchenko (On sabaatical until July 2024)
Associate Dean, Faculty of Music - Performance and Recruitment
Associate Professor
Director, Symphony Orchestra

LaToya A. Webb
Assistant Professor, Wind Orchestra
Director, Laurier Wind Orchestra
Coordinator, Woodwinds, Brass and Percussion

Keyboard (Piano and Harpsichord)

Anya Alexeyev
Associate Professor, Piano
Coordinator, Keyboard

Joseph Ferretti
Instructor, Piano

Cynthia Hiebert
Instructor, Harpsichord

Elaine Lau
Instructor, Piano

Marnie Van Weelden
Instructor, Piano

Music Education

Brennan Connolly
Musician in Residence, Percussion
Director, Percussion Ensemble

Karen Cyrus
Assistant Professor, Ethnomusicology, Community Music
Director, Tshepo Institute for the Study of Contemporary Africa

Joshua Hill
Instructor, Faculty of Music

Cynthia Kinnunen
Instructor, Elementary Techniques

Carolyn Neumann VanderBurgh
Instructor, Introduction to Elementary Music Education
Director, Concert Choir

Daniel Ramjattan
Instructor, Guitar

Laurel Swinden
Instructor, Flute 

Lee Willingham
Professor, Music Education
Director, Laurier Centre for Music in the Community
Coordinator, Music Education
Coordinator, Master of Arts in Community Music

Music History, Theory and Critical Analysis

Eva Branda
Instructor, Faculty of Music

Katy Clark
Instructor, Faculty of Music

Karen Cyrus
Assistant Professor, Ethnomusicology, Community Music
Director, Tshepo Institute for the Study of Contemporary Africa

Anna Ferenc
Associate Professor, Music Theory

Brent Hagerman
Instructor, Faculty of Music

Colin Labadie
Instructor, Faculty of Music

Kathryn Ladano
Director, Improvisation Convergence Ensemble
Instructor, Faculty of Music

Cameron McKittrick
Instructor, Faculty of Music

Terry Paynter
Instructor, Faculty of Music

Kevin Swinden
Associate Dean, Faculty of Music - Planning and Curriculum
Associate Professor, Music Theory

Trevor Wagler
Instructor, Faculty of Music

Kirsten Yri
Associate Professor, Musicology
Coordinator, Music History, Theory and Critical Analysis

Music Therapy

Heidi Ahonen
Professor, Music Therapy
Coordinator, PhD: Music (Music Therapy)

Thyra Andrews
Instructor, Faculty of Music

Emily Carruthers
Experiential Placements Coordinator
Instructor, Faculty of Music
Music Therapy Supervisor

Amy Clements-Cortés
Instructor, Faculty of Music
Music Therapy Supervisor

Noreen Donnell
Instructor, Music Therapy

Linda Gambell
Music Therapy Supervisor

Melissa Jessop
Music Therapy Supervisor

Rebekah Jordan-Miller
Director, Laurier Academy of Music and Arts
Instructor, Faculty of Music

Taylor Kurta
Instructor, Faculty of Music

Eunice Kang
Instructor, Faculty of Music

Sara Klinck
Instructor, Faculty of Music
Music Therapy Supervisor

Demian Kogutek
Assistant Professor, Music Therapy
Coordinator, Master of Music Therapy
Director, Manfred and Penny Conrad Institute for Music Therapy Research

Andrea Lamont
Instructor, Faculty of Music

Elizabeth Mitchell
Assistant Professor, Music Therapy
Coordinator, Bachelor of Music Therapy

Adrienne Pringle
Music Therapy Supervisor

Daniel Ramjattan
Instructor, Guitar

Kathleen Skinner
Instructor, Faculty of Music

Christina Weldon
Music Therapy Supervisor

Strings

Jeremy Bell
Artist-in-Residence, Violin, Strings and Chamber Music
Member of the Penderecki String Quartet

Lina Cao
Instructor, Guzheng

Lori Gemmell
Instructor, Harp

Jerzy Kaplanek
Acting Associate Dean, Faculty of Music - Performance and Recruitment
Professor, Violin, Strings and Chamber Music
Member of the Penderecki String Quartet
Coordinator, Strings and QuartetFest

Daniel Ramjattan
Instructor, Guitar

Katie Schlaikjer
Artist-in-Residence, Cello, Strings and Chamber Music
Member of the Penderecki String Quartet

Christine Vlajk
Artist-in-Residence, Viola, Violin, Strings and Chamber Music
Member of the Penderecki String Quartet
Coordinator, Chamber Music

Sharlene Wallace
Instructor, Faculty of Music

Ian Whitman
Instructor, Double Bass

Woodwinds, Brass and Percussion

Ari Cohen Mann
Instructor, Oboe

Brennan Connolly
Musician in Residence, Percussion
Director, Percussion Ensemble

Derek Conrod
Instructor, French Horn

Ross Edwards
Instructor, Clarinet

Guy Few
Instructor, Trumpet

Kathleen McLean
Musician in Residence, Bassoon

Katherine Robertson
Instructor, French Horn

Jonathan Rowsell
Musician in Residence, Tuba/Euphonium

Peter Shackleton
Instructor, Clarinet

Laurel Swinden
Instructor, Flute

Rachel Thomas
Instructor, Trombone

LaToya A. Webb
Assistant Professor, Wind Orchestra
Director, Laurier Wind Orchestra
Coordinator, Woodwinds, Brass and Percussion

Dave Wiffen
Instructor, Saxophone

Voice

Kimberly Barber
Associate Dean, Faculty of Music - External Affairs, Partnerships and Graduate Studies
Professor, Voice
Administrative Coordinator, Opera

Amanda Brunk
Instructor, Contemporary Voice (Community Music) 

Kate Carver
Music Director and Conductor, Opera

Katy Clark
Instructor, Faculty of Music

Leslie Fagan
Assistant Professor, Voice
Coordinator, Voice

Brandon Leis
Instructor, Voice

Elizabeth Lepock
Instructor, Faculty of Music

James McLean
Instructor, Voice

Jennie Such
Instructor, Voice