People

Faculty

Olabode Festus Omojola

Five College Professor of Music; Chair of Music

Olabode Omojola teaches ethnomusicology, with special interests in the music of African and African Diaspora communities. As an ethnomusicologist, Omojola’s research employs ethnographic fieldwork methods in the process of understanding how music is conceptualized, practiced and interpreted within their cultural contexts; the relationships between music and social life; the roles of individual musicians and groups as culture producers; and how musical traditions reflect and respond to changes within a society, including those occasioned by global forces.

Olabode Festus Omojola in front of a tree in spring

Thomas Ciufo

Associate Professor of Music, Project Manager of Arts & Technology

Thomas Ciufo is a sound artist, composer, improviser, and music technologist working at the intersections of electronic music, electroacoustic performance, sonic art and emerging digital technologies. Additional research and teaching interests include audio recording and production, acoustic ecology, and innovative approaches to teaching, learning, and career development. As a faculty innovation hire in digital music and music entrepreneurship, Thomas is developing new courses and facilities to support student explorations in creative music technology. He is also a faculty affiliate in the Makerspace.  

Thomas Ciufo, Assistant Professor of Music

Cheryl Cobb

Visiting Lecturer in Music

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.

Cheryl Cobb

Faith Conant

Visiting Instructor in Music; Director of Five College West African Music Ensemble

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.

Faith Conant

Robert Eisenstein

Director of Five College Early Music Program; Five College Senior Lecturer in Music

Robert Eisenstein played violin as a kid in Buffalo, NY, and became interested in early music in high school. He studied viola da gamba, his primary instrument, with Richard Taruskin, and still plays Renaissance and baroque violin. Mr. Eisenstein is the Programming Director and Artistic Co-director of the Folger Consort, early music ensemble in residence at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., and is the Director of the Five College Early Music Program. He teaches music history, music and technology, and directs student ensembles.

Robert Eisenstein

Mark Gionfriddo

Director of Jazz Ensembles; Coordinator of Piano Instruction; 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.

Mark Gionfriddo

Adrianne Greenbaum

Professor of Music

Adrianne Greenbaum is a recitalist, chamber musician, orchestral flutist, published composer/arranger and the leading pioneer klezmer flutist, performing on modern and historic flutes. She has toured with her unique klezmer ensemble “FleytMuzik” and given master classes throughout the US and Europe including performances in Scotland, Vienna, and Amsterdam. Her classical and klezmer recordings have garnered accolades for artistry and repertoire selection. Her thrust in music education is to use knowledge and skills to fully explore music and its life applications. Please contact Greenbaum to schedule private flute lessons.

Adrianne Greenbaum

Adeline Mueller

Assistant Professor of Music

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.

Adeline Mueller, Assistant Professor of Music

Tianhui Ng

Orchestra Director; Associate Professor of Music

The American Prize winning conductor Ng Tian Hui is the music director of the Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra (USA), and the music director of the University of Massachusetts Amherst Symphony Orchestra (USA). Ng has conducted orchestras around the world including the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra (Czech Republic), the Dartington Festival Orchestra (UK), the Orchestra of the Royal Opera of Wallonie (Belgium), and the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra (USA)

Professor Hui in a red shirts sits at his shiny black piano.

David W. Sanford

Elizabeth T. Kennan Professor of Music

David Sanford teaches courses in music theory, composition, music and film, and jazz history. As a composer, his works have been commissioned by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Speculum Musicae, the Meridian Arts Ensemble, and cellist Matt Haimovitz, and also performed by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Chicago Symphony Chamber Players, and the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra under Marin Alsop among others. He is the leader of the contemporary big band, the Pittsburgh Collective.

David W. Sanford

Larry Schipull

Professor of Music

Larry Schipull specializes in performance practices on historical keyboard instruments (organ, harpsichord, and fortepiano). He is also interested in understanding the underlying processes in music skills acquisition, in both classroom and individual instruction settings. He often teaches the introductory Music 100 – Rudiments of Music and Music 131 – Basic Musicianship courses, as well as Music 231 – Theory I. He is a frequent collaborative performer – with faculty colleagues, students, and ensembles.

Larry Schipul

Instructors

Tara Alterman

Instructor - Harp

Tara discovered the harp at an early age and went on to earn degrees at Manhattan School of Music, B.A. and Yale University, M.A., studying under the guidance of renowned master harpist, Gloria Agostini. She maintains a private harp studio where she teaches students at all ages and levels and performs with The Pioneer Valley Symphony. Tara has previously taught at Wilkes University, Illinois State University, and Illinois Wesleyan University.

Tara Alterman, Instructor - Harp

Michael Brignolo

Instructor - Clarinet

Michael Brignolo is an active clarinetist throughout the Pioneer Valley, teaching students of all levels and performing with various ensembles. As a founding member of The Valley Winds, he performs frequently as principal clarinetist for the wind ensemble and chamber groups. As a teacher, his goal is to provide pupils with the means to become as self-sufficient as possible while bringing out their individual voices and building upon strong fundamentals. Brignolo is currently a member of the music faculty at Mount Holyoke College and Westfield State University.

Michael Brignolo, Instructor - Clarinet

Phillip de Fremery

Instructor of Music - Guitar

Guitarist Phillip de Fremery has appeared as recitalist and orchestral soloist throughout the United States, Canada and Central Europe.  From 1972-1975, in the role of assistant to Oscar Ghiglia, he conducted master classes at the Aspen Music School. He was appointed Instructor of Guitar at Mount Holyoke in 1973; since that time he has taught for all of the Five Colleges. He has premiered several major works for the guitar including pieces by William Valente, Tania French and Lewis Spratlan.In 1995 he was commissioned by the Segovia family to transcribe, from the recordings and including the fingerings, over 125 pages of music including a 2,500-word Foreword in four languages.

Phillip de Fremery

Sandra Dennis

Instructor - Piano

Sandra Dennis is an alumna of Philadelphia's Settlement Music School, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and The Juilliard School. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Performance, a Master of Music in Teaching, and a Master's degree in Performance. Her teachers include Bonnee Hendricks Hoy, Elizabeth Lasley, Arthur Dann, and Beveridge Webster.

Sandra Dennis

Rebecca Eldredge

Instructor - Bassoon

Nicole Fizznoglia

Instructor - Cello

Nicole Fizznoglia studied at the Boston Conservatory of Music and received her Masters Degree in cello performance from UMass Amherst. Her teachers have included Astrid Schween of the Juilliard Quartet, Jonathan Miller of the Boston Symphony and Matt Haimovitz. Nicole has performed with the Lark Quartet, the Lighthouse Chamber Players, the Mohawk Trail Music Festival, the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, and has performed with Kanye West at the Giants Stadium, Gillette Stadium, Mullins Center and in New York for Hennessy Artistry.

Deborah Gilwood

Instructor - Piano

Deborah Gilwood regularly performs as a soloist and a chamber musician. With her longtime duo partner, cellist Arthur Cook, she founded the Blue Door Chamber Music series on Cape Cod. Their recording, Censored by Hitler, the Rediscovered Masterpieces, was released on the Centaur label. In addition to teaching at Mt. Holyoke, Gilwood has taught piano at Smith College, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Seton Hall University in NJ, and Westfield State University.

Deborah Gillwood

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. Please contact Professor Greenbaum to schedule private flute lessons.

Alison Hale

Ariel Horowitz

Instructor - Violin, Chamber Music

Hailed by The Washington Post as “Sweetly Lyrical,” Ariel Horowitz cannot remember life before loving music. A student of Ani Kavafian at the Yale School of Music, Ariel previously studied with Itzhak Perlman and Catherine Cho at The Juilliard School. Prizewinner of the Stulberg, Klein, Menuhin and Grumiaux International Competitons as well as the Juilliard Concerto Competition and the Yale Concerto and Chamber Music competitions, Ariel also received the Salon De Virtuosi Career Grant in 2017 and the 2019 Broadus Erle Award in Violin from the Yale School of Music.

Ariel Horowitz

Charles Huang

Instructors

Charles Huang is a founding member of Oboe Duo Agosto, whose concerts span traditional classical music to theatrical and electronic. He has recorded for Navona records and PARMA. A Fulbright Scholar, he has also been a scholarship recipient at Music Academy of the West and the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. He has been a guest clinician at the University of Michigan, SUNY Purchase, and Chiayi University in Taiwan. Charles teaches at Mount Holyoke and Smith Colleges, and The Hartt School Community Division. His goal is to use the study of music to help students on their way to be successful, regardless of their chosen field.

Jean Jeffries

Instructor of Horn and Chamber Music

Jean Jeffries teaches, lectures and performs throughout New England on modern, natural and baroque horn. A graduate of Harvard College deeply committed to liberal arts education and creative approaches to learning, Jean provides students with tools to analyze, interpret and articulate musical ideas, then shape them into performance. Jean’s interest in promoting and performing contemporary music has resulted in several commissions, the most recent being a setting of Elizabeth Bishop’s poem, “The Fish,” by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Lewis Spratlan.

Jean Jeffries

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!"

Yossi Klement

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.

Malgorzata Lach

Theodore Levine

Instructor - Saxophone

Ted Levine received a BA in music from Westfield State College in 1982. He is on the faculty at Holyoke Community College, Mount Holyoke College, and Western New England University, where he is the Director of Bands. He taught applied saxophone and Jazz Studies at Westfield State University for 35 years. He has performed with many jazz greats such as Randy Brecker, Jon Faddis, Jimmy Knepper, Eliane Elias, Mario Pavone, Michael Musillami, Chris Vadala, Peter Madsen, and Peter Erskine. Mr. Levine has also been a soloist with the Springfield Symphony Pops and the Amherst College Orchestra, and is the founder and leader of the East Wind Saxophone Quartet.

Lynn Lovell

Instructor - Double and Electric Bass, Jazz Bass

As a regularly performing artist, entrepreneur, and promoter of bass playing throughout the Five-College area, Lynn Lovell teaches the Double Bass and the Electric Bass Guitar. With several decades of experience and genres, she teaches a full range or objectives from fundamental playing skills and instrument maintenance to the techniques of formal performance. Her teaching orientation seeks to enhance - through the enjoyment and pleasure of music - the bonds across all the arts and the union of mind, body and spirit.

Lynn Lovell

Dan Meyers

Instructor

A versatile multi-instrumentalist, Dan Meyers has developed a reputation as a flexible and engaging performer of both classical and folk music; his credits range from premieres of new chamber music, to headlining a concert series in honor of Pete Seeger at the Newport Folk Festival, to playing Renaissance instruments on Broadway as part of the “band” for Shakespeare’s Globe. He is a founding member of the Boston-based early music/folk crossover group Seven Times Salt, and also performs throughout New England with the 7 Hills Renaissance Wind Band and the medieval music ensemble Meravelha.

Allyson Michal

Instructor - Violin

Allyson Michal, violin, is a member of the Hartford Symphony, Portland Symphony Orchestra, and the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra. In the summer, she is concertmaster for the New Hampshire opera festival, Opera North. Additionally, she participated on international tours to Asia and Europe with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and has also performed with them at Lincoln Center and the Proms in London.

Allyson Michal

Nona Monahin

Instructor

Nona Monahin (B. Mus., Ph.D. in musicology) teaches Renaissance and Baroque dance in the Five College Early Music Program. A scholar-practitioner, she has presented lectures and workshops on music and dance in Australia, Europe, and North America, including at conferences of the Dance Studies Association, American and International Musicological societies, and American and International Shakespeare associations, and has published with Medieval Institute Publications, University of Georgia, and Oxford University Press.

Meg Pash

Instructor

Meg Pash teaches Renaissance and Baroque Dance and Lute, and coaches ensembles including Renaissance Dance Band, Lute Ensemble, and 17<sup>th</sup>-Century song Seminar. She has been a performer of early repertoires as a singer and on lute and viola da gamba since the late 1970s, and has toured, recorded, and taught at workshops in the U.S. and Europe.

Meg Pash

Dustin Patrick

Instructor - Percussion

Performer, educator, percussionist, and freelance drum set artist Dustin Patrick received his bachelor’s in music performance from Rhode Island College and a master’s degree in percussion performance from UMass-Amherst. He has studied under teachers Michael DeQuattro (Rhode Island College), Ayano Kataoka (UMass-Amherst), Dave Fox, and Thomas P. Hannum (UMass-Amherst).

Dustin Patrick, Instructor

Scott Pemrick

Instructor -Trombone

Scott Pemrick has appeared with such groups as Alea III, the Boston Civic symphony, the Springfield Symphony, the Albany Symphony, Saint Cecilia orchestra and the Berkshire opera orchestra. As a chamber musician, Mr. Pemrick was also a founding member of the Paramount brass, an award-winning brass quintet from the Boston area and a founding member of the Deerfield brass, a brass quintet which performed extensively in Western mass for over 10 years. He is also the trombone professor at Smith College. Mr. Pemrick holds degrees from the Crane school of music in Potsdam, New York and the New England Conservatory in Boston, Massachusetts. He performs with the Pioneer Valley Symphony, Brass Attack of Springfield and the Berkshire big band."

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.

David Picchi

Alice Robbins

Instructor

Alice Robbins, viola da gamba (Amherst, MA), is a member of Arcadia Viols and the Oberlin Consort of Viols and plays principal cello as well as viol with Arcadia Players in western Massachusetts, of which she is a founding member. In the course of a long career, she has performed widely on baroque cello and viola da gamba in various chamber ensembles, including the Early Music Quartet (Studio der frühen Musik), Concerto Vocale, Smithsonian Chamber Players, Boston Camerata, Opera Lafayette, Washington Bach Consort, and the Handel+Haydn Society.

Alice Robbins, Music Instructor

Eileen Ruby

Instructor of Music - Voice, Mezzo-soprano

Eileen Ruby has been teaching voice at Mount Holyoke since 2009.  Her students are often active performers on and off campus. She loves helping students find the vocal freedom to perform the music that inspires them, and encourages them to develop their musical taste through sampling a wide range of repertoire including art songs, folk song arrangements, opera arias, jazz standards, blues, or music theatre selections. When needed, in addition to scales and vocal exercises she offers stress reducing practice tips using somatic techniques borrowed from Alexander Technique, Qi Gong or Yoga. 

EIleen Ruby

Staff

Jennifer Beckham

Academic Department Coordinator