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Music Faculty and Staff

Faculty

Dr. Cordelia Anderson

Dr. Cordelia Anderson, Assistant Professor
Voice, Diction, Vocal Pedagogy, Voice Class
Music Building 221, 334-229-4351, canderson@alasu.edu

Dr. Cordelia Anderson is Assistant Professor in Vocal Studies in the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Alabama State University. Her teaching duties include applied voice, diction, vocal pedagogy, voice class for non-majors and instrumentalists. A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Dr. Anderson earned a BA in vocal performance from Alabama State University, MM in vocal performance from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, and a D.M.A. in vocal performance from The University of Nevada Las Vegas.

 As an outstanding lecturer and performer in operatic and African-American music, Dr. Anderson has had the honor to perform for the unveiling of the U.S. stamp of world renowned opera singer, Marian Anderson, and she’s also a three time winner of the National Association of Teachers of Singers Vocal Competition for the Alabama chapter and Cal-Western Region. She has toured all over the world performing operas and African-American art song and spirituals. Those countries include China, Europe (Graz, Austria), and recently Spain. While in Las Vegas, Dr. Anderson was a Young Artist for Opera Las Vegas for two full seasons, performing for holiday and special emphasis concerts. She also performed in the University of Las Vegas Nevada Opera theater program in two of their major season productions.

Dr. Anderson began her career in voice subject lectures with an invitation to present and perform for the 20th Anniversary of the African-American Art Song Alliance Conference. Her presentation was on the “Performance Analysis of Dororthy Rudd Moore’s Sonnets on Love, Rosebuds, and Death,” and with the distinct pleasure of meeting the composer as well as have her sit in on the lecture. She also conducted master classes in Denia, Spain on many genres of music: Opera/Classical, Gospel, Jazz, Blues, etc.

The roles that Dr. Anderson has performed include Marcellina in Le Nozze di Figaro, Suor Angelica in Suor Angelica, Lakme’ in Lakme’ (Flower Duet Scene), Madama Butterfly in Madama Butterfly (Flower Duet Scene), Fiordiligi in Cozi Fan Tutte (Duet Scene). On the concert stage she has been a soloist for Handel Messiah, John Rutter Requiem, Dubois Seven Last Words, and Mendelssohn Elijah.

 Dr. Cordelia Anderson has studied in the voice studios of Dr. Pamela Burns, Dr. Jeanine Wagner, Dr. Diane Coloton, Dr. Roderick George, Dr. Alfonse Anderson, and presently with Wagnerian expert soprano, Luana DeVol. She is a member of Sigma Alpha Iota Music Fraternity for Women, The Vann Vocal Institute through the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra, The National Association of Teachers of Singing, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.

 

Isaac Bell

 

 

Mr. Isaac Bell, Instructor
Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Improvisation, Jazz Combo, Low Brass
Music Building 105; 334-229-6953; ibell@alasu.edu

Mr. Isaac Bell, Jr. is a musician with a diverse background of professional musical experience and training. He is a graduate of The Alabama State University School of Music (B.A., M.A.), a veteran of the U.S. Air Force Bands and Music Program and former member of the 151st Army National Guard Band.

Bell enjoys performing a wide variety of musical styles and genres and has performed throughout the continental United States, as well as Russia, Canada, and England. He has shared the stage with such notable artists as Erskine Hawkins, Lou Rawls, Rufus Reid, Kenny Garrett, Carl Allen, Steve Ellington, Cleve Eaton, and numerous others.

Mr. Bell joined the faculty and staff at Alabama State University in 2006. Mr. Bell has held professional positions at Clark-Atlanta University (Atlanta, GA), Morris Brown College (Atlanta, GA) and Benedict College (Columbia, SC).

Isaac is married to the former Zenzi D. Jones of Atlanta, Georgia. They have two children: Isaac III and Jamillah Mary.


 

 Dr. Caterina Bristol

Dr. Caterina Bristol, Associate Dean of CVPA and Professor
Double Reeds and Saxophone, Music History, Graduate Faculty
Music Building 103; 334-229-4341; cbristol@alasu.edu

Dr. Caterina Bristol is Associate Professor of Woodwinds in the Department of Music and Associate Dean for the ASU College of Visual and Performing Arts at Alabama State University. A native of Ohio, Dr. Bristol earned degrees in oboe from the Ohio State University and the University of Northern Colorado.  She has performed with Tuscaloosa and Montgomery Symphonies, Greeley Philharmonic, and Grande Ronde Symphony. She can be heard on the CD, Music at St. John’s and on STORMWORKS Chapter 1 Prime: A Wish to the World, the music of composer Stephen Melillo. She has performed and presented at the annual meetings of the International Double Reed Society, College Music Society, New Music Festival, and the National Association of Schools of Music. She has commissioned and premiered chamber music for solo oboe, woodwind trio, oboe and saxophone, as well as oboe and trumpet. Dr. Bristol has presented on diversity issues in music doctoral production and retention in music. Her teaching duties include applied double reeds and saxophone, music history and appreciation, and graduate music history courses. She is a member of the graduate faculty at ASU, served on the campus’ Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges Leadership Team, co-chair of the Quality Enhancement Plan, and directed the reaffirmation of accreditation for the Department of Music with the National Association of Schools of Music. Prior to her appointment at ASU Dr. Bristol taught at Eastern Oregon University and Troy University.


 

Dr. Doug Bristol

Dr. Doug Bristol, Professor
Music Theory, Aural Skills, Music Technology, Composition, Music Computer Lab, Low Brass, Graduate Faculty 
Music Building 301; 334-229-4027; dbristol@alasu.edu

Listen to examples of Dr. Bristol's music on SoundCloud and at bristolnotes.com

While starting out as a jazz performer and writer, having penned music performed and recorded by the One O’Clock Band at the University of North Texas and the University of Northern Colorado, his output over the last 20 years has concentrated mainly on classical chamber music with a few excursions into larger ensembles. About his Fantasy for euphonium and orchestra, Jerry Young writes, "Every serious euphonium player should find this piece and study it . . . no audience exists that would not fall in love with this work" (International Tuba Euphonium Journal, 2008). Works available on CD include Mpingo for sopranino saxophone and prerecorded media, Conversation for trombone and timpani, Fantasy for euphonium and orchestra, and Five Miniatures for tenor saxophone, trombone, and piano. For a full discography click here. In 2016 he received a Fellowship Grant from the Alabama State Council on the Arts in music composition and in 2017 was awarded the Commisioned Composer of the Year from the Alabama Music Teachers Association.

Dr. Bristol is an active and versatile trombonist performing in a variety of classical, commercial, and jazz settings. He is a founding member and has performed numerous recitals with the trombone quartet, Quatuor du Sud and also with the Alabama Tuba/Euphonium Quartet; concerts with Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, Four Tops, Temptations, O'Jays, Shirley Jones, Mary Wilson and with many other commercial and jazz artists; and on over 140 musical theater performances at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. He can be heard on the recording, Got the Spirit by the New South Jazz Orchestra. Dr. Bristol is also a regular performer with the Southeast Trombone Symposium Professors Choir since 2011.

He earned the Doctor of Arts in Theory and Composition from the University of Northern Colorado with a secondary emphasis in Jazz Pedagogy, M.M. in Trombone Performance from Georgia State University, and B.M. in Jazz from the University of Tennessee.

UNC Jazz Press, TAP Music, Cimarron Music Press, Tuba-Euphonium Press, ITA Press,and Warwick Music publish his works.


 

Dr. Gonzalez

Dr. Adonis Gonzalez, Assistant Professor
Piano, Keyboard Class, Fundamentals of Music
Music Building 311; 334-229-4356; agonzalezmatos@alasu.edu

Click here to watch Dr. Gonzalez and the Cuban National Symphony play Prokofiev

Adonis Gonzalez, whose  playing has been described as of inimitable elegance and highest virtuosity by the German Press, is a LATIN GRAMMY Nominee in the category of Best Classical Album  for his solo debut album 'Adios a Cuba'.

He has performed as a soloist with many orchestras around the globe, including the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Kristjan Järvi in Germany, the National Philharmonic of Venezuela, the Vienna Residence Orchestra in Austria, the National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica, the Junge Süddeutsche Philharmonie Esslingen in Germany, the Masterworks Festival Orchestra in Washington DC, Cuban National Symphony, Sinfonica del Tolima in Colombia, the Mississippi Symphony, the USM Symphony, Rutgers Symphony Orchestra, Central Jersey Symphony, New York City Opera Orchestra, and many others.

An avid chamber musician, Gonzalez has performed for Chamber Music Series of the New York Philharmonic, The Lyric Chamber Music Society of New York, The Concert Artist Guild of New York and The New Jersey Chamber Music Society. He collaborated with legendary artists such as mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves, violinist Arnold Steinhardt and also with clarinetists/saxophonist Paquito D’Rivera. The latter invited him to record as a guest artist for his CD Jazz-Clazz nominated by the GRAMMY AWARDS for Best Classical Crossover Album.

He has also presented solo recitals, master classes and chamber music performances in Italy, Canada, Poland, Andorra, The Czech Republic, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Mexico, Chile and through the USA. In New York City, Gonzalez has performed at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and at The United Nations. He has been broadcast live by WQXR, The former Classical Radio Station of the New York Times and by several other television and radio stations in the US, Cuba, Spain and Costa Rica.

Gonzalez won the First Prize of the Teresa Carreño International Piano Competition in Caracas, Venezuela and the First Prize of the most important Cuban piano competition organized by the National Association of Cuban Writers and Artists (UNEAC), and  He is also a laureate of the International Piano Competition of the Principality of Andorra and the Ernesto Lecuona International Competition of Havana.

He graduated with honors from the Superior Institute of Art of Havana, holds a Master of Music Degree from the University of Southern Mississippi, and a Doctoral Degree in Piano Performance from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. He also took courses in Orchestral Conducting at The Juilliard School in New York City and is an accomplished composer who has collaborated for the Work and Process Series at the prestigious Guggenheim Museum in New York City. His Symphonic Poem for Piano and Orchestra 'Cimarrón' was premiered by the National Symphony of Costa Rica. He was a composer in residence of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, is currently an Artist in Residence of the Cuban Artist Fund in New York and a Professor of Music at Alabama State University.

Gonzalez is featured in the Rey-Rodriguez-Productions film 'Adios a Cuba', which includes interviews and live performances by the artist. Gonzalez wrote the music for the art film 'Behind the Wall' premiered in New York and Boston.       

For more information visit: http://www.adonisgonzalez.com/


 

Teddy Hall

Mr. Teddy Hall Jr, Instructor
Applied Percussion, Marching Band Techniques, Percussion Ensemble
Music Building 402; tehall@alasu.edu

Teddy Hall, Jr., is an active percussion performer, educator, and clinician.Hall has teaching experience as private drum instructor, public school music educator, and music instructor at the university level. These teaching experiences include serving as middle school band director/general music teacher in Memphis City Schools and Tuscaloosa City Schools; assistant band director/percussion instructor at Hampton University and Tennessee State University; adjunct music instructor/percussion at Alabama A&M University, Oakwood University, Miles College, and Stillman College. Hall has also taught private drum set lessons at Arts Music Shop and Tuscaloosa Music Service.

As a clinician Hall has presented percussion clinics at Amro Music, Memphis Drum Shop, Florida A&M University, Miles College, The Virginia/DC chapter of the Percussive Arts Society, Anderson Chapel C.M.E. church, and Pope’s School of Percussion. He has served as a percussion judge at marching band competitions, honor band festivals, and all-state festivals.

Aside from his teaching experience, Mr. Hall has vast and diverse playing experience serving as a freelance musician with such groups as the Corinth Symphony Orchestra, Festival Marimba Orchestra, York River Symphony Orchestra, UAB Community Winds, Huxford Symphony Orchestra, West Side Winds, Atlanta Music Project, and the Tuscaloosa Big Band.

Hall received the Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from The University of Alabama-Birmingham and the Master of Music degree in Music Education with an emphasis in percussion from The University of Mississippi. Hall has done further advanced study in music education/percussion at The University of Alabama. Currently, Hall serves as Instructor of Music/Percussion at Alabama State University. He is proud to be an educational artist/endorser for Pearl Corporation and Adams Musical Instruments, Remo Drumheads, SABIAN Cymbals, Vic Firth Sticks and Mallets, and Mike Balter Mallets.

Tyrone Hayes

Mr. Tyrone Hayes, Instructor
Applied Voice, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Opera Workshop, Vocal Pedagogy, Voice Class
Music Building 214; 334-229-4353 ; thayes@alasu.edu

Baritone, Tyrone Hayes is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana. Hayes is currently a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate in Voice Performance and Pedagogy at the University of Southern Mississippi. He received his Masters degree in Voice Performance from Southeastern Louisiana University and Bachelor's degree in Music from the University of New Orleans. His teachers include Dr. Maryann Kyle, Dr. David Bernard and Dr. Valerie Francis. He has worked with vocal coaches Carol Rausch, Janna Ernst, Wayne Wyman, Dr. Jeffrey Peterson and Jerome Shannon.

Roles that Mr. Hayes has performed include Marcello in La Bohème, Renato in Un Ballo in Maschera, Count Monterone and the title role in Rigoletto, the title role Gianni SchicchiTonio in I Pagliacci, The Wolf in Seymour Barab's Little Red Riding Hood, Frank in Die Fledermaus, Count Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro, and Dr. Bartolo in The Barber of Seville. On the concert stage he has been a soloist in the premiere of Edwin Penhorwood's An American Requiem, Faure'sRequiem, Mozart's Requiem, and Charpentier's Christmas Oratorio.


 

Dr. Carly Johnson

Dr. Carly Johnson, Chair, Professor
Trumpet, Brass Ensemble, Brass Methods, Graduate Faculty
Music Building 411; 334-229-4345; cjjohnson@alasu.edu

Hear Dr. Johnson perform all the parts to Sound the Charge!

Dr. Johnson earned the Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the Dana School of Music at Youngstown State University, the Master of Music degree in Trumpet Performance from the University of Florida, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Trumpet Performance from The Ohio State University. A versatile and active musician, Dr. Johnson has performed with the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra, Huntsville Symphony Orchestra, Alabama Shakespeare Festival Orchestra, Youngstown (Ohio) Symphony Orchestra, Ashland (Ohio) Symphony Orchestra, Springfield (Ohio) Symphony Orchestra, Columbus (Ohio) Symphony Orchestra, Columbus (Ohio) ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, Columbus (Ohio) Bach Ensemble, and the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra. In addition to her continued subbing and extra work with various orchestras, recent activities include a 1st Prize award in the trumpet division at the 2010 Susan B. Slaughter International Solo Brass Competition, clinics and performances at the annual AMEA Professional Conference and various high schools throughout Alabama, regular solo and chamber recitals presented at ASU and other universities, and a brass quintet tour of Latvia, Lithuanian and Estonia.


 

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Dr. Brenda Luchsinger, Assistant Professor
French Horn, Fundamentals of Music, Music Appreciation
Music Building 311; bluchsinger@alasu.edu

Dr. Brenda Luchsinger teaches applied horn, music appreciation and string methods at ASU. She graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2004 with Bachelor of Music degrees in Applied Horn and Instrumental Music Education from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point, and earned her Master of Music degree in Horn Performance from the University of Florida in 2006. She recently completed her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Horn Performance from the University of Alabama. Her document, The Horn Quartets of Michael Kallstrom – A Performance Guide was presented at the 2010 International Horn Symposium in Brisbane, Australia.

Professionally, Dr. Luchsinger is a member of the Tuscaloosa, Montgomery and Macon (GA) Symphonies, and has performed with many orchestras throughout the southeast and midwest. Internationally, she has performed in concerts, solo recitals and chamber recitals in Australia, Japan, Singapore, Russia, Spain, Norway, Sweden and Denmark. As a member of the American Wind Symphony in 2007, she appeared on CBS’s The Early Show and was an artist at the Festival of Arts and Ideas at Yale University.

Dr. Luchsinger has presented lectures and lecture recitals regionally and internationally on topics including Michael Kallstrom’s horn quartets, unaccompanied horn literature, extended techniques for the horn, and teaching and performing techniques for musicians with temporomandibular joint and muscle disorders.

She can be heard on the University of Florida Wind Symphony’s CDs Durian Music and Stravinsky & Friends, on the American Wind Symphony’s Music of the Americas, and has recorded with the Trade Winds for Carl Fischer Music. She is a member of the National Assiciation for Music Education, the International Women's Brass Conference, The College Music Society and the International Horn Society, where she currently serves as the IHS representative for the state of Alabama. Dr. Luchsinger’s principal horn teachers include Charles “Skip” Snead, Paul Basler, Patrick Miles and Michael J. Arendt.


 

 

Ms. Alma Brooks-Lyle, Assistant Professor
Flute, Music Theory, Music History
Music Building 217; 334-229-4175

Ms. Lyle received a Bachelor’s degree from Xavier University and a Master’s degree from Indiana University. Subsequently, she earned seventy-two (72) credit hours in graduate music courses primarily in Music Theory and Composition, Form and Analysis, Applied Flute, and Music Literature.

In addition, she has taught the following undergraduate courses: Theory, Sightsinging and Ear Training, Composition, Counterpoint, and Aesthetics of Music. Also, she has taught graduate courses in Symphonic Literature, Aesthetics of Music, and Music History.


 

 Dr. Katrina Phillips

Dr. Katrina Phillips, Assistant Professor
Clarinet, Music Appreciation
Music Building 303; krphillips@alasu.edu

Dr. Katrina Phillips is Assistant Professor of Music at Alabama State University where she teaches applied clarinet, music appreciation, aural skills, fundamentals and the woodwind ensemble. She has also taught at Troy University. She has performed as co-principal clarinetist with the Northwest Florida Symphony and as soloist with Concerto Avenna (Warsaw, Poland), Alabama State University Wind Ensemble, Troy University Symphony Band, Kansas City Symphony (MO), and Independence Symphony (MO). As winner of the University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, she performed Carl Nielsen’s Clarinet Concerto, Op. 57 in 2005. She performed at ClarinetFest in Assisi, Italy; Austin, Texas and Lawrence, Kansas. She has appeared as soloist and director of the woodwind ensemble from ASU numerous times at the Alabama Music Educators Conference. She is currently serving as the Secretary-Treasurer for the Higher Education Division of AMEA. She holds doctoral and master’s degrees in clarinet performance and literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she studied with J. David Harris and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder where she studied with Daniel Silver and Bil Jackson.


 

Mr. Bryan Reeves

Dr. Bryan Reeves, Assistant Professor
Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Applied Trumpet, Conducting
Music Building 401; 334-229-4421mreeves@alasu.edu 

Dr. Bryan Reeves earned the Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees in Trumpet Performance from the University of Alabama, as well as the Bachelor of Music Education degree from the John M. Long School of Music at Troy University, where he was named the 2005 Outstanding Graduate in Music. While in residence at the University of Alabama School of Music, he served as principal trumpet for both the Alabama Wind Ensemble and the Huxford Symphony, and he was the second trumpet player in the Faculty Brass Quintet. Bryan also held a Graduate Teaching Assistantship at UA where he was on the teaching staff of the Million Dollar Band, UA’s Sudler Trophy awarded marching band, and conductor of the basketball pep bands.

Dr. Reeves serves as director of the University Wind Ensemble and of the Symphonic Band at ASU in addition to teaching applied trumpet and various classes in the music curricula. He is also an active performer including frequent performances with the Montgomery and Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestras, the Alabama Shakespeare Festival Orchestra, and the Capitol Sounds Concert Band as well as solo and chamber recitals. Bryan recently completed his first solo album, Russian Trumpet Concertos as the final project for his doctoral degree.


 

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Dr. Kristofer Sanchack, Assistant Professor
Director of Choirs, Keyboard, Aural Skills, Music Fundamentals
Music Building 201; 334-229- ; ksanchack@alasu.edu

Dr. Kristofer Sanchack serves as Assistant Professor and Director of Choral Activities at Alabama State University. Dr. Sanchack’s wide-ranging musical career began with his study of piano, where he rapidly progressed to study with Curtis Institute of Music mainstay Freda Pastor Berkowitz. Dr. Sanchack continued pursuing music with a B.M. in Composition with Honors and High Distinction from Pennsylvania State University. While at Penn State, Dr. Sanchack accompanied and/or performed with six different choruses, including women's, men's and mixed choruses, as well as the State College Choral Society. He holds an M.M. in Choral Conducting from the University of South Carolina, where he received an assistantship in Accompanying, and a D.M. in Choral Conducting at Indiana University. Dr. Sanchack has served as Director of Youth and Children's Music at Second Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis, as well as the Keyboard Artist for the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir. Dr. Sanchack has led choral music at several leading universities, including Brevard College, Hollins University, the University of Indianapolis, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne and Trine University. As a pianist, Dr. Sanchack has appeared with the Asheville Symphony, Greenville Symphony and Indianapolis Symphony orchestras, and continues to be in demand as a soloist and accompanist around the United States. He is also currently the accompanist for the statewide Melody Makers of Indiana chorus.


 

Michael Zelenak

Dr. Michael S. Zelenak, Assistant Professor
Music Education, Music Appreciation, Accompanist
Music Building 208; 334-229-4141; mzelenak@alasu.edu

Dr. Michael S. Zelenak earned a Bachelor of Music degree in music history/musicology from the University of Michigan, a Master of Arts degree in music education from the University of South Florida, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in music education from the University of South Florida. He is a National Board Certified Teacher of choral music for early adolescence through young adulthood.

Dr. Zelenak is an experienced educator having taught chorus, string orchestra, guitar, keyboard, and general music at the middle and high school levels in Pinellas County, FL. His choral and orchestral ensembles received Excellent and Superior ratings from the Florida Vocal Association and Florida Orchestra Association. At the elementary level, he was active with the Pinellas Elementary All-County Choir and mentored elementary teachers in the district. In addition, he taught undergraduate and graduate level courses at the University of South Florida where he was awarded the Outstanding Merit Award in Music Education from the USF School of Music, the Distinguished Graduate Achievement Award from the USF College of The Arts, and recognition from the USF provost for Outstanding Teaching by a Graduate Teaching Assistant.

Dr. Zelenak is an active researcher in music education. His dissertation Self-efficacy in music performance: Measuring the sources among secondary school music students has be cited in numerous publications and translated into the Turkish and Portuguese languages. His articles have been published in Music Education Research International, Research Perspectives in Music Education, and the Florida Music Director. He contributed a chapter titled Methodological Trends in Music Education Research to the book Music education: Navigating the future and co-authored an article with C. Victor Fung on research methods in the Encyclopedia of the Sciences of Learning. He is a member of the advisory committee for the National Association for Music Education’s Music Educator’s Journal and the Florida Music Educators Association’s research committee. His work has been presented at events including the NAfME Research Symposium in Washington D.C., the Suncoast Music Education Research Symposium in Tampa, FL, and the Florida Music Educators’ Association Conference.

Along with his academic activities, Dr. Zelenak performs popular music styles ranging from jazz and blues to rock and country as a vocalist and keyboardist.


 

Staff

 

Ms. Jamesetta Adams, Administrative Assistant 
Music Building 103; 334-229-4341; jadams@alasu.edu


 Mr. James Oliver

Dr. James Oliver, Director of Bands
Marching Band, Pep Band
Music Building 109; 334-229-4349; joliver@alasu.edu

Dr. James B. Oliver is the Director of Bands at Alabama State University. A strong advocate for music programs, his 35-year career in music education includes positions as band instructor in the Dayton, Ohio Public School System and director of bands at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio. Oliver holds a bachelor’s in music education from Alabama State University, a master’s of education from Wright State University, and a doctorate in education, Northcentral University.

Since his arrival at Alabama State University in 2000, Oliver has built a solid band program which includes The Mighty Marching Hornets and Pep Bands. Under his leadership, the program from Ohio to Alabama has garnered countless competitive awards including Outstanding Symphonic Band Award, Outstanding Jazz Band Award, 2002 City of Montgomery Certificate of Recognition, and the 2006 Distinguished Alumni Award given by National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education.

The band has performed around the country including the Georgia Dome, the Ellen Degeneres Show, most recently, the City of Montgomery, Alabama, Office of the Mayor Proclamation, September 25, Director James Oliver Day, Honda Invitational Battle of the Bands Showcase, the MTV Awards and Robin Thicke’s,“Give it to you” video, A&E / Lifetime  Network Realty Show “Bama State Style” and Sony Picture “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” Motion Picture, Tri Star Film coming 2016.


 

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Mr. Ronald Handy, Music Media Technician 
Music Building 201; 334-229-4347; rhandy@alasu.edu


 

 

Mr. Ernest Harris, Band Technician and Band Assistant 
Music Building 107; 334-229-4348; eharris@alasu.edu


 

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Mrs. Marcelle J. Glenn, Marching Band Secretary
Music Building 104; 334-229-4289; mglenn@alasu.edu


 

Adjunct Faculty 

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Ms. Akilah Bryant, Adjunct Instructor
Flute, Music Appreciation
Music Building 313; 334-229-5870; akidd@alasu.edu

Flutist, Akilah Kidd is on the music faculties at the University of Montevallo and Alabama State University. She also maintains an active private flute studio, serving students of all ages in central Alabama. Mrs. Kidd has served as a guest instructor at the prestigious Alabama School of Fine Arts, guest clinician for the University of Alabama’s Honor Band Festival, and on the faculty for Scrollworks - the El Sistema-based program of the Metropolitan Youth Orchestras of Central Alabama. She recently spoke on small business finance at the Sphinx Organization’s SphinxConnect, on the Money and Music panel.

Mrs. Kidd serves as Recording Secretary for the Mid-South Flute Society. Her other professional memberships include the National Flute Association, the College Music Society, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. She holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Alabama. Mrs. Kidd is also an alumna of the Alabama School of Fine Arts. Her primary flute teachers include Amy Porter, Diane Boyd Schultz, and Kim Scott.

For more information, please visit www.akilahkidd.com.


 

Crystal Hanna

Ms. Crystal Hanna
Music Appreciation, Music Education

Mrs. Crystal Q. Hanna received her B.M.E. with honors in instrumental music from Alabama State University and M.A. in music education from the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa where she was a graduate teaching assistant. She taught in Selma, Al for four years as an elementary music teacher, moved on to serve as band director at Johnnie Carr Middle School in the Montgomery Public Schools system for three years, and then went back to Selma, Al, where she is currently the band director at R.B. Hudson Middle School. She holds professional memberships in MENC, and the Alabama Band Masters Association. Ms. Hanna joined the Alabama State University Music Department as an adjunct in 2007. She currently teaches Music Appreciation, and has also taught Foundations in Music Education.


 

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Ms. Christine W. Moore
Music Education

Christine W. Moore, has been an elementary music specialist and choral director for 24 years. She received her B.S. Degree in Music Education from Alabama A&M University in Normal, Al in 1982 and earned her Master of Music Education from Alabama State University in 1996. In 2010, she completed post graduate work from Boston University in Boston, Ma. Currently, Mrs. Moore is the choral director and department chair at Johnnie Carr Middle School. She holds professional memberships in MENC, Alabama Vocal Association and is a board member of the Alabama Institute for Education in the Arts. Mrs. Moore recently completed training as a DANA Teaching Artists through the Kennedy Arts Center of which many of her integrated lesson plans have been recognized. Mrs. Moore currently serves as a music facilitator for the Alabama Arts Institute , develops professional development in-services for Montgomery Public Schools choral teachers and present arts education workshops in conjunction with the Alabama Black Belt Initiative.


 

 

 

 

 

 

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