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New Faculty Members Join School of Music

Posted on Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

The UNI School of Music will be welcoming six new faculty members in 2014-15.

Dr. Anthony Williams has accepted the Assistant Professor of Trombone position in the UNI School of Music. Dr. Williams has a DMA from the University of Memphis, MM from UNI, and BM from the University of Central Arkansas. He has served as an instructor of trombone at UNI, Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Mary and Instructor of Music at Lemoyne-Owen College. Dr. Williams has performed and served as a soloist, chamber musician, symphony player, lecturer, clinician and adjudicator in the United States and Canada.  

Dr. Mitra Sadeghpour has accepted the Assistant Professor of Opera position in the UNI School of Music. Dr. Sadeghpour has DMA and MM degrees from the Indiana University and a BM from Luther College. She served as an award-winning Associate Professor of Music at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire from 2002 -2014, where she taught voice, voice and opera literature, and served as director of the opera program. Dr. Sadeghpour has recently taught in Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland, and she created and ran the New York City Young Artist Domestic Immersion Program from 2012-2014. Dr. Sadeghpour has directed multiple stage productions by Strauss, Mozart, Britten, Purcell, Lehar, Puccini and Rossini, and she is a frequent soprano recitalist, concert musician and researcher. Dr. Sadeghpour has served as a member and national office holder in the National Association of Teachers of Singing.

Dr. Randall Harlow has accepted the Assistant Professor of Organ and Music Theory position in the UNI School of Music. Dr. Harlow has a DMA from the Eastman School of Music, MM from Emory University, and a BM and Performer Diploma from Indiana University. He has served as a full-time temporary instructor at UNI the last two years, and previously taught at Cornell University, Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, and Indiana University. Dr. Harlow has performed extensively across the United States and abroad, and has published articles and presented papers globally.

Amy Kotsonis has accepted the Assistant Professor of Choral Ensembles and Music Education position in the UNI School of Music. Amy is completing her Ph.D. in Choral Conducting and Music Education from Florida State University. She received her MA in Choral Conducting and Music History from the University of New Hampshire and a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from New York University. Previously she served as the Assistant Director of the Young People's Chorus of New York City, and taught at Sterling Middle School in Quincy, Massachusetts and Edward R. Murrow High School in Brooklyn, New York.  Professor Kotsonis has presented her research at the Phenomenon of Singing International Research Symposium in Newfoundland, Canada, and co-presented at the American Choral Directors Association National Convention in Dallas. Professor Kotsonis has guest conducted and served as a clinician/adjudicator throughout the United States.  

Cayla Bellamy has been hired as our bassoon instructor for the 2014-15 academic year. Ms. Bellamy is completing her DMA at Indiana University and has MM (bassoon performance) and BM (music education) degrees from the University of Georgia. At the Indiana Jacobs School of Music, she received a fellowship for Artistic Excellence. Most recently she founded the Bloomington chapter of Classical Revolution, which has brought high-quality chamber music to non-traditional performance venues. She also coordinated the IU Bassoon day, which included master classes for over 60 visiting student bassoonists. Cayla has performed with multiple symphony orchestras, coached chamber music, taught in the public schools, and has a background in Arts Administration. 

Dr. Alexander Pershounin has been hired as our string bass instructor. Dr. Pershounin has a DMA and MM in Performance and Pedagogy, emphasis in Jazz Studies from the University of Southern Mississippi, and an MM and BM in Performance and Music Education, emphasis in jazz studies from the Gnessins' Russian Academy of Music and State Music College, respectively. Most recently Alexander served as an associate professor at Columbus State University and previously taught at Minnesota State University Moorhead and Westfield State College. Dr. Perhsounin is an exceptional classical and jazz bassist with an extensive compilation of national and international performance accomplishments.