People

Faculty

Music Department Chair, Professor of Music - Piano
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Cheryl Cobb
Lecturer in Music - Voice, Soprano

Cheryl Cobb, singer, has performed in and teaches a wide variety of genres and styles. She has had solo appearances with The Boston Symphony Orchestra, The Richmond (VA) Symphony Orchestra, The Portland (Maine) Orchestra as well as in operas in Paris, Brussels and Berlin. She loves working with young singers and with them continues to explore repertoire from 20th century American jazz and popular song through the classical music of Europe and the Americas as well as World Music.

413-538-2131
308 Pratt Hall
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Faith Conant
Director of Five College West African Music Ensemble, Instructor of Music

Faith Conant did her ethnomusicology research in Togo, where as a Fulbright scholar she studied with Gadji Folly and performed with the Adjogbo Habobo of the Adjigo of Lomé. A longtime member of the Agbekor Society led by David Locke, Conant creates performance collaborations with her student ensembles and African artists including Nani Agbeli, Saeed Abbas, Kwabena Boateng, and the Gnonlonfoun musical family. She is especially interested in the intersection of language and music in Ghana, Togo, Benin, and Haiti.

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Robert Eisenstein

Director of Five College Early Music Program, Senior Lecturer in Music
413-538-2079
210 Pratt Hall
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Adrianne Greenbaum

Adrianne Greenbaum

Director of Klezmer Ensemble, Professor of Music - Flute
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Pratt 203
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Professor of Music - Violin, Viola, Chamber Music

Linda Laderach has expanded her research on the connections between performance and teaching of violin, viola and baroque violin to include recent research on the brain, including visual and auditory processing and learning strategies. She explores this research in her own studio teaching as well as in team-taught courses on the brain and music. Her own performance interests range from baroque through 20th and 21st century music.

413-538-2404
215 Pratt Hall
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Adeline Mueller, Assistant Professor of Music
Assistant Professor of Music - Music History

Adeline Mueller is a music historian specializing in Mozart and eighteenth-century opera, art song, and ballet. She has published articles and book chapters on such topics as Mozart’s theatrical music, eighteenth-century children’s acting troupes, and the score to Fritz Lang’s silent film Die Nibelungen. In her research and in courses ranging from Music and Childhood to Race in the American Musical, she focuses on the ways music is mediated and circulated through print, and on musical practices as sites of social reflection and experimentation.

413-538-2407
Pratt 213
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Five College Professor of Music - Ethnomusicology, African Music
413-538-2407
213 Pratt Hall
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Lindsay S. Pope

Director of Choral Ensembles, Lecturer in Music - Conducting

Lindsay Pope is Director of Choral Ensembles and Lecturer in Music at Mount Holyoke College, where she conducts the Glee Club, Chorale, and Chamber Singers. She has traveled to Corsica and the Republic of Georgia to study and perform traditional folk songs and chant, and she brings this expertise to her choirs. Pope is passionate about redefining the “women’s” choral experience to include treble voices of all gender identifications. Pope is the Massachusetts American Choral Directors Readings & Standards Chair for Women’s Choirs, through which she contributes op-ed articles on social issues within the choral community. She is frequently invited to be a guest choral clinician for high school choral festivals.

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Pratt 302
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David W. Sanford
Elizabeth Topham Kennan Professor of Music - Composition, Theory
413-538-2356
Pratt Hall 212
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Professor of Music - Organ, Harpsichord, Theory
413-538-2393
217 Pratt Hall
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Director of Orchestra, Assistant Professor of Music - Conducting
413-538-2343
Pratt 301
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Staff

Mark Gionfriddo

Mark Gionfriddo

Director of Jazz Ensembles, Staff Accompanist, Instructor of Music

Mark Gionfriddo is the Director of Jazz Ensembles at Mount Holyoke College, conducting the Big Band, Chamber and Vocal Jazz Ensembles. Mark also serves as Staff Accompanist for the Music Department and is an Instructor in Jazz and Classical Piano. In addition, he is Catholic Music Director for the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, conducting the Abbey Chapel Singers. Mark is well known as a pianist/keyboardist, composer, arranger and musical director in the Pioneer Valley and Berkshires of Massachusetts.

413-538-3140
202 Pratt Hall
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Carol Wrobleski

Carol Wrobleski

Department Coordinator
413-538-2306
208 Pratt Hall
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Instructors

Tara Alterman

Instructor - Harp
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Gregory Caputo

Gregory Caputo

Instructor - Drum set studies

Author of Classic Swing Drumming and recipient of the Jazz Ambassador Award. Caputo's professional credits include drumming for Count Basie, Harry James, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Nelson Riddle, Sammy Davis jr. Nneena Freelon, and Shelia Jordan. Classic Drummer Magazine describes Caputo as a "Master Drummer that speaks volumes in refined sensibilities with superb technique", Jazz Times Magazine refers to him as the "Keeper of the big band flame", and Modern Drummer Magazine notes his "Impressive ability as both a musician and educator". 

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Phillip de Fremery

Phillip de Fremery

Instructor of Music - Guitar
413-538-2131
308 Pratt Hall
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Sandra Dennis

Sandra Dennis

Instructor - Piano
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Rebecca Eldredge

Instructor - Bassoon
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Nicole Fizznoglia

Instructor - Cello
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Deborah Gilwood

Instructor - Piano
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Alison Hale

Alison Hale

Director of Flute Choir, Instructor of Music - Flute

Since making her NYC debut at Carnegie Recital Hall in 1982 as winner of the Artists International competition, Alison Hale has performed in Lincoln Center, Merkin Hall, CAMI Hall, and many of the major churches in New York City. Recent solo performances include appearances with Berkshire Bach Ensemble, New England Piano Quintet, Portland String Quartet, Portland Symphony Orchestra, and at the National Flute Association convention. She is currently on the faculties of Amherst, Mt. Holyoke, and Bennington Colleges and is a member of the Portland, ME, Symphony Orchestra, Portland Opera Repertory Theatre, and Berkshire Bach Ensemble.

413-538-2403
Pratt Hall
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Jean Jeffries

Jean Jeffries

Instructor - French Horn
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Yossi Klement

Yossi Klement

Instructor - Trumpet

Drawing upon his Juilliard training, symphonic career, and mind/body practices, Yossi Klement offers aspiring trumpeters specific individualized techniques to produce agile, versatile proficiency, and pure, brilliant, beautiful tones. Imbalances and inefficiencies in posture, breath and embouchure are diagnosed and corrected, thereby minimizing the technical barriers that most brass players face. Applying this transformed technique to a broad range of repertoire enables students to reach high levels of creativity and artistry. "Practice only your best sound!"

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Malgorzata Lach

Malgorzata Lach

Instructor - Guitar

Lach teaches beginner and intermediate level skills in classical guitar including sight-reading, musical notation, theory and performance etiquette. Lach’s approach to teaching is based on listening to her student’s needs, believing in their potential, and adjusting the teaching based on an individual’s unique pursuit. Her piano instruction includes music theory, exercises and assessments through which students can demonstrate their understanding of music theory. Her musical background also includes performing rock, reggae and pop music in various groups including PA set up, promotion, and choice of repertoire. When not in the classroom, Lach can be found in her luthier’s studio building classical guitars.

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Theodore Levine

Instructor -Saxophone
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Kirsten Lipkins

Instructor - Oboe
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Lynn Lovell

Lynn Lovell

Instructor - String Bass, Jazz Bass
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Dustin Patrick

Dustin Patrick

Instructor - Percussion

Dustin is our resident percussion instructor and directs the Percussion Ensemble at Mount Holyoke College. His private students experience a personalized and open ended exploration of the world of percussion while also focusing on building a strong foundation of technique. Dustin has pursued his studies under Thomas P. Hannum (UMass-Amherst), Ayano Kataoka (UMass-Amherst), and Michael DeQuattro (Rhode Island College), and maintains an active performing and teaching career in the Pioneer Valley and beyond.

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Scott Pemrick

Instructor -Trombone
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David Perry

David Perry

Instructor - Clarinet
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David Picchi

David Picchi

Instructor - Electric and Upright Bass

David Picchi has been performing and teaching music throughout the Pioneer Valley since 2001. As an electric and double bass player, he has been called to play on many recording projects and is known for his ability to perform with any lineup, in any genre, for any audience. After graduating from Holyoke Community College and UMass Amherst, David spent 3 years touring nationally with the Soul/R&B band Leah Randazzo Group. In addition to being the Administrative Director for the UMass Jazz in July Summer Music Programs, David is a member of the Amherst College Music Department faculty, and also contributes his skills and services to the HCC Jazz Festival, Northampton Jazz Festival, Mt. Holyoke College Music Department, and Vermont Jazz Center.

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EIleen Ruby

Eileen Ruby

Instructor of Music - Voice, Mezzo-soprano
413-538-2483
Pratt 209
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Scott Slapin in front of a cedar tree with his viola.

Scott Slapin

Instructor - Viola

Scott Slapin's viola playing has received critical acclaim in the American Record Guide, Fanfare, Mundo Clasico, Musical Opinion, and Strad, and his compositions have been performed by scores of violists throughout the Americas and Europe as well as at the Primrose, Tertis and ARD Competitions. He has given countless recitals, written five albums of violacentric recital music, and made many premiere recordings. He is one-half of the Slapin-Solomon Viola Duo.

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