Meet the Music Faculty


Renee Clair
Adjunct Instructor of Music

Dr. Renée Clair appears regularly in professional new music venues and festivals throughout the United States. In addition to regional events, she has sung at national conferences of the College Music Society and Society of Composers, Inc. Clair’s new music repertoire extends from classics...

Daniel Clakr Daniel Clark
Assistant Prof of Chorus & Music Education
  • Director, the Singing Collegians and the University Community Chorus
  • Advisor for the Ohio Collegiate Music Education Association Chapter at Heidelberg
  • Active clinician, conductor, singer, and hand bell ringer
  • Former board member of the Connecticut Music Educators...
Carol Dusdieker Carol Dusdieker
Associate Dean of the School of Music & Theatre
Assistant Professor of Voice

Dr. Carol Dusdieker is an assistant professor of voice at Heidelberg, teaching applied voice lessons and other courses including vocal pedagogy, diction for singers, song literature, chamber music and music history. Dr. Dusdieker received her doctoral and master’s degrees with voice...

Deborah Norin-Kuehn
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music

Since her 1994 New York debut, soprano Deborah Norin-Kuehn has dedicated her performance career to presenting contemporary vocal repertoire, premiering and interpreting works of our time, without neglecting the traditional fare. Regarding Norin-Kuehn’s United Kingdom premiere of Milton...

Greg Ramsdell Greg Ramsdell
Chorus, Voice, Music Education
Director of Choral Activities
Assistant Professor of Music Education

Dr. Greg Ramsdell serves as the director of Choral Activities. In this capacity, he conducts the Concert Choir, the Chamber Singers and the Singing Collegians. In addition to his conducting responsibilities, he teaches courses in conducting and secondary choral methods. As the Undergraduate...

Brian Rodabaugh
Chorographer - Singing Collegians


Lori Akins
Adjunct Instructor of Flute

Lori Akins teaches flute and directs the Flute Choir at Heidelberg. She is also on the faculties at Cedarville and Wittenberg universities. In addition, Ms. Akins is a recitalist on the faculty performing artist series at each institution. She is principal flutist with the Springfield Symphony,...

Thaddeus Archer Thaddeus Archer
Adjunct Instructor of Music

Thaddeus Archer grew up in California part of a large musical family. He started on piano at 5 years old but changed to trumpet at 8, inspired by an offstage trumpet solo performed by a member of his older sister's youth orchestra. Music quickly became something that was fun, and opened up doors...

Carrie Banfield-Taplin
French Horn
Adjunct Instructor of French Horn

Carrie Banfield-Taplin is the instructor of French horn at Heidelberg University. She is also a member of the Faculty Woodwind quintet and teaches music appreciation at the Arrowhead Park campus. Carrie grew up in Flint, Mich. and earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in horn...

Headshot Melissa Bosma
Adjunct Instructor of Oboe

Melissa Bosma is Adjunct Instructor of Oboe at Heidelberg University, where she also performs with the faculty woodwind quintet. Currently a Specialist student at the University of Michigan with Nancy Ambrose King, Melissa is a Graduate Student Instructor and teaches oboe methods and private...

Ioana Galu
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Violin

ON LEAVE, 2014-2015 School Year

Ioana Galu, a native of Romania, earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in violin performance from the Gheorghe Dima Music Academy in Cluj, Romania, later joining the faculty as an assistant professor of violin and chamber music. She earned...

David Hanson
Guitar and String Bass
Adjunct Instructor of Guitar

David A. Hanson received his Bachelor of Music degree from Bowling Green State University, his Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan, and completed 30 hours of additional postgraduate study at BGSU. He also studied at the Brevard Music Center and the Aspen Music School. Mr....

Scott Kretzer
Percussion, World Music
Adjunct Instructor of Music
Steven Kruse
Adjunct Instructor of Viola

Dr. Steven Kruse teaches at Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio. He has a vast array of teaching and performance experience, having performed as principal violist of the Kansas City Symphony, Kansas City Camerata, Windsor Symphony, South Bend Symphony, and Flint Symphony. Currently, he...

John Owen John Owen
Trumpet, Bands, Music Education
Director of Bands
Professor of Trumpet

Dr. John E. Owen is an active conductor, clinician and trumpet performer. He has composed works for large jazz ensemble and symphonic band, including a commissioned work for Seneca East High School. He has appeared many times as a guest conductor and clinician, and has given presentations for...

Eric Rutherford Eric Rutherford
Adjunct Instructor of Bassoon

Eric Rutherford is the Adjunct Instructor of Bassoon at Heidelberg University where he performs with the Faculty Woodwind Quintet. Dr. Rutherford keeps an active chamber music and orchestral performance schedule, is a current member of the Adrian Symphony Orchestra, and has appeared in...

Joel Shonkwiler Joel Shonkwiler
Low Brass
Adjunct Instructor of Low Brass
Director of Athletic Band

Dr. Joel Shonkwiler is new to the Heidelberg University music faculty in Fall 2010. A recent graduate of the Doctor of Musical Arts program at The Ohio State University, Dr. Shonkwiler teaches in the Low Brass studio, Music Education curriculum, and directs the Athletic Band. He also looks...

Barbara Specht Barbara Specht
Clarinet, Saxophone, Orchestra
Associate Professor of Clarinet and Saxophone
Director of Orchestra

Dr. Barbara Specht is an active clarinetist, conductor and researcher. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Bowling Green State University, and a doctoral degree in clarinet from The Ohio State University. At Heidelberg, she teaches applied clarinet and saxophone, woodwind...

Barbara Ziebold
Violin, Orchestra
Instructor of Violin


Brian Bevelander Brian Bevelander
Piano, Theory and Composition
Emeritus Professor of Music

Dr. Brian Bevelander is a composer/pianist, born in Boston Massachusetts and educated at the New England Conservatory of Music, Hartt College of Music, Boston University, and West Virginia University. His principal composition teachers include Thomas Canning at West Virginia University and Hugo...

Margarita Denenburg Margarita Denenburg
Assistant Professor of Keyboard Studies

Dr. Margarita Denenburg is an Assistant Professor of Keyboard Studies at Heidelberg University where she teaches applied piano and pedagogy. She is an active performer who has recently presented Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring” for two pianos with the pianist,...

Douglas McConnell Douglas McConnell
Theory and Composition
Director of Music Technology and Programs
Professor of Theory & Composition

Dr. Doug McConnell is professor of composition/theory and Director of Music Programs/Music Technology for the School of Music. He enjoys an active career as a composer, teacher and administrator. His compositions have been performed throughout the U.S. and internationally, including Canada...

Joan McConnell Joan McConnell
Organ, Theory, Collaborative Piano
Adjunct Instructor of Organ and Music Theory

Joan Holder McConnell teaches music theory and organ for the School of Music, and serves as a staff accompanist. Her degrees include the master’s in organ performance (University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music) and the bachelor’s in Church Music (Wittenberg...

Michael Sieberg
Piano Technician
Piano Tuner/Technician


Patricia Page Patricia Page
Administrative Assistant for the School of Music

Pat Page is the Administrative Assistant for the School of Music. Having worked at Heidelberg for over 30 years she is now taking pleasure in seeing a second generation of students attending Heidelberg. She most enjoys the interaction with students and the family atmosphere on campus in addition...

Cynthia Ramsdell Cynthia Ramsdell
Director of the Heidelberg University Community Music School
Staff Accompanist, School of Music

Cynthia Snyder Ramsdell, collaborative pianist, plays for the Concert Choir, Opera Scenes workshop and student lessons and recitals. She previously accompanied the University-Community Chorus for three years and several musical theater productions at Heidelberg, The Ritz Theatre for the...


Vanessa Cook
Tech Director
Costume Manager
Adjunct Instructor of Theatre
Kathy Miller Kathy Miller
Instructor of Movement

Kathy Miller, an alumna of Heidelberg University, is the instructor of movement at Heidelberg and a co-founder and contributing artist of trideaDANCE, the Tiffin Ritz Theatre’s resident contemporary dance collaborative. Additionally, she is a guest instructor and choreographer with the...

Chris Tucci Chris Tucci
Associate Professor of Theatre
Director of Theatre

Chris Tucci is the Director of Theatre and holds his MFA in Acting from the UCLA School of Theatre, Film, and Television. He began the New Works Festival at Heidelberg, which fosters the creation of original student work. He starred as "Caleb" in the Columbus premier of "The...