Music Faculty and Staff



Dr. Cordelia Anderson

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

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;

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, Associate Dean of CVPA and Professor
Double Reeds and Saxophone, Music History, Graduate Faculty
Music Building 302; 334-229-4341;

Caterina Bristol is a music professor and associate dean for the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Alabama State University. She supports and promotes the development of students from diverse backgrounds to help build the next generation of leadership in the arts and higher education. She has presented on the topics of diversity in graduate music programs, and 21st century musicianship, and the use of technology for under-resourced institutions. She has commissioned and premiered chamber music for solo oboe, woodwind trio, oboe and saxophone, as well as oboe and trumpet. Dr. Bristol also coordinates an HBCU Composers’ Concert, featuring the music of composers from historically black colleges and universities. She works with accreditation projects at ASU and serves as an evaluative visitor for the National Association of Schools of Music. She serves as the Southern Division Chair for the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors and is a Fellow of the Sphinx Organization SphinxConnect program. She is a member of the graduate faculty at ASU and her teaching duties include applied double reeds and saxophone, music history and appreciation, and graduate music histrory. 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 as ASU, Dr. Bristol taught at Eastern Oregon University and Troy University. She earned degrees in music performance and pedagogy from the Ohio State University and the University of Northern Colorado. She also holds a Master of Library Science from Texas Woman's 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;

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

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, Associate Professor
Piano, Keyboard Class, Piano Pedagogy, Music Theory, Aural Skills, Graduate Faculty
Music Building 202; 334-229-4356;

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

Pianist, Composer, and Conductor Adonis Gonzalez is a Latin Grammy nominee in the category of Best Classical Album for his solo debut album 'Adios a Cuba'. He made his conducting debut with Vienna International Orchestra in Austria. Gonzalez has performed as a soloist with many orchestras around the globe such as, Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, National Philharmonic of Venezuela, National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica, Cuban National Symphony, Junge Süddeutsche Philharmonie Esslingen in Germany, Wiener Residenzorchester in Austria, Masterworks Festival Orchestra in Washington DC, Mississippi Symphony, USM Symphony, Rutgers Symphony, New York City Opera Orchestra, and many others. 

Gonzalez has performed for, The Chamber Music Society of New York and The Concert Artist Guild of New York. He has collaborated with legendary artists such as violinist Arnold Steinhardt and clarinetists/saxophonist Paquito D’ Rivera, who invited him to record as a guest artist for his album Jazz-Clazz nominated by the Grammy Awards for Best Classical Crossover Album.

He has also performed in in Italy, Canada, Poland, The Czech Republic, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Slovakia, Colombia, Chile and at the most distinguished venues in the US such as: Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center in New York, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, and The Kennedy Center in Washington DC.

He holds a Bachelor's Degree from the Superior Institute of Art of Havana, a Master of Music Degree from the University of Southern Mississippi, a Doctoral Degree in Piano Performance from Rutgers University and took courses in Orchestral Conducting at The Juilliard School. Gonzalez has been composer in residence of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and the Cuban Artist Fund of New York. He also collaborated as a composer with the 'Works and Process Series' of the Guggenheim Museum in New York, and wrote the original music score for the art films 'Behind the Wall' and ‘Limbo’. His Symphonic Poem for Piano and Orchestra 'Cimarrón' was premiered by the National Symphony of Costa Rica. Gonzalez is featured in the film 'Adios a Cuba' produced by Rey Rodriguez Productions.    

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Tyrone Hayes

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

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;

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.



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

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;

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.



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

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.



Dr. Michael S. Zelenak, Associate Professor
Coordinator of Music Education, Elementary and Secondary School Music Methods
Music Building 208; 334-229-4141;

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. He also 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 active in the music education community. He currently serves as secretary for the Higher Education Division of the Alabama Music Educators Association, on the advisory committee for the National Association for Music Education’s Music Educator’s Journal, and on the editorial board for the Florida Music Educators Association’s Research Perspectives in Music Education. His research interests include self-efficacy in music performance and the development of communities of practice. His work has been published in the Journal of Research in Music Education, Journal of Technology in Music Learning, and Research Perspectives in Music Education. He contributed a chapter titled Methodological Trends in Music Education Research to the book Music education: Navigating the future (ed. C. Randles) and co-authored an article with C. Victor Fung on research methods in the Encyclopedia of the Sciences of Learning. He has made presentations at the National Association for Music Education’s Music Research and Teacher Education National Conferences, the Alabama Music Educators Association’ Annual Conference, the Suncoast Music Education Research Symposium, and the Florida Music Educators’ Association Conference.




Ms. Jamesetta Adams, Administrative Assistant 
Music Building 103; 334-229-4341;


Mr. James Oliver

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

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.



Mr. Ronald Handy, Music Media Technician 
Music Building 201; 334-229-4347;


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



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


Adjunct Faculty 

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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Mr. Michael J. Jenkins, Adjunct Instructor
Music Appreciation
(334) 229-4341;

Mr. Michael J. Jenkins 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.M.E., M.M.Ed.). Mr. Jenkins is completing his 10th year of teaching Elementary Music. He has taught for 8 years in South Carolina and is currently in his 2nd year as an Elementary Music educator with the Montgomery Public School System.

Aside from teaching, Mr. Jenkins enjoys performing a variety of music genres as he is also a performing member of the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Jenkins is also an active Percussion Clinician for High School Band Camps and an independent Drum Instructor for over 15 years.

Mr. Jenkins joined the faculty and staff at Alabama State University in 2016 as Assistant Director/Percussion Instructor for the Mighty Marching Hornets Band and as an Adjunct Professor in the Fall of 2017. Michael is a member of Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education and is also a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America, Inc., by way of the Delta Beta Chapter.

Michael is married to Shaquana Jenkins and they have two children: Makia Shanice and Michael Joshua.