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What's life without music?

The Bachelor of Arts in Music has four concentrations  - General Music; Game, Video,  & Film Music Scoring; Music Business Management; and Musical Theatre. All are designed to lead  those who may want to couple varying concentrations such as Music Business Managment & Musical Theatre or Game, Video, Film Music Scoring & Music Business Management.  The General Music concentration is for the lover of music who intends to teach in a private studio, enter graduate school, or perform.   

 
 
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*REQUIRED for acceptance into all music degree programs: Music, Music Performance, Music Education

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Hannah Sabel

Hannah Sabol Pearson - B.A. General Music

Why did you choose Madonna University?
I chose Madonna university because it was a private university whose values and standards resembled my own personal values. It also helped that my older sister attended Madonna as well!

What do you think makes the experience and education at Madonna special?
I think that the close-knit music department and all of the faculty there made my education at Madonna so special. Being able to really connect with your professors and mentors makes the whole experience so memorable.

What have you been doing since graduation, career wise? (graduate school, employer?)
Since graduation I have been working in member services at DFCU Financial, a credit union in the metro Detroit area. I have also been teaching private piano lessons.

How has your Madonna degree played a role in your current position?
My experience at Madonna provided me with the ability to embrace change and challenge myself to reach higher goals. It has also given me the tools I need to successfully train my students in the area of music.

What has been your most rewarding professional or personal experience since graduating?
My most rewarding experiences since graduating have been: teaching my students - each one is so different and brings a fresh, new and challenging twist to teaching; and getting married! Going through life with your best friend is so rewarding.

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Performing Arts

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Faculty Bios

Barbara S. Wiltsie

Associate Professor, Program Director, Director Lyric Theatre & Summer MT, Applied Voice, Diction, Fundamentals of Music

M.Mus., Manhattan School of Music

B.Mus., Eastern Michigan University

bwiltsie@madonna.edu

734-432-5715, 1506E

Barbara S. Wiltsie

Barbara Wiltsie, mezzo-soprano, has soloed with numerous symphonies, chorale groups and opera companies throughout the Midwest; including the DSO, Southwestern Michigan Symphony, Toledo Symphony, Bach Festival of Kalamazoo, Mendelssohn Chorale of Pittsburgh, The Singers Club of Cleveland, Opera!Lenawee, Michigan Opera Theater, Des Moines Metro Opera, Fargo-Moorhead Civic Opera, and Toledo Opera. A former long-time Michigan Opera Theatre Touring Artist, she has garnered many awards—such as the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions as a two-time Regional finalist, winner of the Friedrich Schorr Memorial Performance Prize and a winner in the NOA Artist Awards. 

A recipient of the 2004 Teaching of Excellence Adjunct Faculty award, her full-time duties since 2006 include Director (and founder) of Lyric Theatre and vocal-related classes. In addition to her university duties, Ms. Wiltsie is the Founder & Managing Director for the Madonna University Summer Music Theater Intensive for high school students, as well as a sought-after adjudicator for MSVMA, NATS and other musical organizations. She is Co-Director of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions - Michigan Committee. For more information about the Summer MT Intensive program, please visit http://madonnauniversitysummermt.weebly.com/.

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Rachel Bletstein-QuirogaAdjunct Assistant Professor, Applied Piano, Piano Pedagogy, Improvisational Piano

D.M.A., University of South Carolina

M. Mus., Bowling Green State University

B.Mus., Cincinnati College - Conservatory of Music

rbletstein@madonna.edu

734-432-5707, Room 1506A

Rachel Bletstein-Quiroga

Rachel Bletstein, a native of West Bloomfield, Michigan has a passion for both playing and teaching piano. She received her Doctoral of Musical Arts degree in Piano Pedagogy at the University of South Carolina under the tutelage of Phillip Bush. While at USC she collaborated as accompanist with instrumentalists and vocalists. Additionally, she taught private piano lessons at the University of South Carolina through the Center for Piano Studies. In May 2018, Dr. Bletstein completed her dissertation, A Theoretical and Stylistic Analysis of Paul Ben-Haim’s Five Pieces for Piano, Op. 34 and Piano Sonata, Op. 49. She began her research after traveling to Israel in 2016, where she became very interested in Israeli and Middle Eastern music. Dr. Bletstein received her Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from Bowling Green State University Music where she studied with Dr. Laura Melton. At Bowling Green State University, she taught group piano to undergraduate music majors. Dr. Bletstein holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. She also enjoys playing chamber music, as well as experimenting with improvisation, a topic with which she became particularly interested while completing her doctoral degree.

Dr. Bletstein has been active as an Officer in the collegiate chapters of the Music Teacher’s National Association. She has presented research at poster sessions at the 2015 and 2016 at SCMTA state conferences and has also presented at the MTNA National Conference in March of 2017.

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Ian BoyntonAdjunct Assistant Professor, Music Education

M.A., Central Michigan University

B.Mus.Ed., Western Michigan University

iboynton@madonna.edu

734-432-5543, Room 1506A

Ian Boynton

Ian Boynton is an adjuct assistant professor of Music. He holds a Bachelor's in Music Education from Western Michigan University, and a Master of Arts in Educational Technology from Central Michigan University. Currently he teaches elementary music to grades pre-Kindergarten through Fifth Grade for Redford Union Schools. In addition to his teaching duties, Mr. Boynton serves as the Director of Chiors for Grace Lutheran Church in Redford. He is a frequent clinician around the country speaking on integrating technology into the music classroom and integrating the arts with core subject areas.

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Katie FellmanAdjunct Assistant Professor, Theory, Composition, Orchestration

D.M.A., University of Michigan

kfellman@madonna.edu

734-432-5707, Room 1506A

Katie Fellman

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Brendan IgeAdjunct Instructor, Applied Low Brass, Brass Pedagogy 

M.Mus., University of Michigan

B.Mus., Bowling Green State University

bige@madonna.edu

734-432-5707, Room 1506A

Brendan Ige

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Velda KellyAdjunct Instructor, Applied Violin/Viola, Strings Pedagogy

M.Mus., Boston University

B.Mus., University of Cincinnati

vkelly@madonna.edu

734-432-5543, Room 1506A

Velda Kelly

Violinist Velda Kelly has been teaching and performing in metropolitan Detroit since 1983. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Cincinnati College - Conservatory of Music and a Master of Music degree from Boston University. Her violin teachers included Henry Meyer, Joseph Silverstein and Denes Zsigmondy. Ms. Kelly is a member of the Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra and is co-artistic director of Chamber Music at the Scarab Club. She also performs as an extra musician with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and has a large class of private violin students.

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Kassia MartinAdjunct Instructor,
Applied Flute

B.Mus., Wayne State University

kamartin@madonna.edu

734-432-5543, Room 1506A

Kassia Martin

Kassia Martin holds positions in the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra, the Midland Symphony Orchestra, the Dearborn Symphony Orchestra, and the Livonia Symphony Orchestra. She also performs regularly as a soloist and with her husband, Sam Martin, as the Martin Wind Duo. She is also a dedicated teacher, with private students throughout southeast Michigan, and is the flute instructor at Madonna University in Livonia and the Steiner School of Ann Arbor. She is also the music director and conductor of the Flute Specialists Flute Choirs in Clawson, MI.

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Linette Popoff-ParksAdjunct Professor, Applied Piano, Coaching for the Singer, Humanities

M.A., Eastern Michigan University

B.Mus., Marygrove College

lpopoff-parks@madonna.edu

734-432-5709, 1506D

Linette Popoff-Parks

Professor Popoff-Parks is a performing member of the Tuesday Musicale of Detroit, performed with local and national artists, and has premiered works by local composers such as Elaine Lebenbaum. Ms. Popoff-Parks has entertained audiences at Chamber Music at the Scarab Club with works of female composers like Clara Schumann, Amy Beach, Mel Bonis, and Elfrida Andree. As a member of the College Music Society, Livonia Area Piano Teachers Guild, the Michigan Music Teachers Association and Music Teacher National Association, she serves as an adjudicator for numerous piano competitions, scholarship auditions, and has been guest speaker at State Conventions as well as local chapters meetings. She was a member of the MMTA State Board of Certification for 6 years, encouraging the certification of piano teachers. She also researches advanced literature for pianists with small hands, avoiding injuries to finger, hand, and arm.

Professor Popoff-Parks teaches applied piano, theory, and humanities, and is devoted to bringing “classical” music into non-traditional venues through the Classical Revolution Detroit Series. Professor Popoff-Parks has received three Madonna President’s Citations, and two awards for Effective and Creative Teaching. Most recently, she was nominated for a Grammy Music Educator Award for 2015.

For further information, visit Linette's website at linettepopoff-parks.com

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Lisa RaschiatoreAdjunct Associate Professor, Applied Clarinet, Music Appreciation, Chamber Music, Music History

D.M.A., University of Michigan

M.Mus., University Michigan

B.A., Pepperdine University

lraschiatore@madonna.edu

734-432-5706, Room 1506F

Lisa Raschiatore

Clarinetist Lisa Raschiatore is a freelance musician and teacher in the Southeastern Michigan area. She currently serves as Principal Clarinetist with the Michigan Philharmonic and Bass Clarinetist with the West Michigan Symphony Orchestra. She has appeared as a substitute musician with the Windsor, Grand Rapids, Michigan Opera Theatre, and Detroit Symphony Orchestras on clarinet, bass clarinet, contrabass clarinet, and basset horn. She has also toured the country with the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players as principal clarinetist, and has appeared with many other regional orchestras including the Dearborn, Traverse City, Ann Arbor, Flint, Saginaw, Adrian, Oakland, Macomb, Birmingham-Bloomfield, and Warren Symphony Orchestras.As an active proponent of contemporary music, she regularly performs and commissions composers in chamber music settings, most recently with her wind trio, Protea, at Trinosophes, the Detroit Institute of Arts, and Kerrytown Concert House, and with Amphion Percussion at the DIA and Constellation in Chicago.

She has appeared with vocalist/composer Shara Worden and her band My Brightest Diamond at Art X in Detroit, the Laneway Festival at Meadowbrook, the MusicNOW Festival in Cincinnati, and with the ensemble Music at the Lincoln Center "Out of Doors" Festival in New York City. She co-founded a new-music ensemble called Warped Consort and commissioned works from composers David T. Little, Evan Chambers, Andre Myers, and Kirsten Volness. She recently worked with composer Evan Chambers in the development of his clarinet sonata, Atonement, and was a member of the commissioning consortium that sponsored the work. She has also worked with composer Michael Daugherty in the creation of his clarinet concerto, Brooklyn Bridge, and his chamber work Ladder to the Moon, recently premiering the trio version. She has premiered numerous works by young composers as a three-year member of the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble in residence at the Aspen Music Festival, and has participated in the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, the Eastern Music Festival in North Carolina, and the Festival de Música de Santa Catarina in Jaraguá do Sul, Brazil.

While a member of ACE, she was a featured performer on "Performance Today," the nationally syndicated radio show from American Public Media.She completed her undergraduate degree at Pepperdine University under the tutelage of Mary Gale, and earned both her Masters and Doctoral degrees at the University of Michigan with Fred Ormand, Dan Gilbert, and Monica Kaenzig. Dr. Raschiatore has served as the Interim Professor of Clarinet at Central Michigan University, as Instructor of Clarinet at Alma College, and as Adjunct Professor of Music Theory at Adrian College. Currently, she teaches clarinet, chamber music, and appreciation courses at Madonna University in Livonia, and maintains a private studio. This summer, she leads the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts Clarinet Workshop for middle and high school students, and is on faculty at the Performing Arts Institute of Wyoming Seminary in Pennsylvania. For more information, please visit www.lisaraschiatore.com

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Helene RottenbergAdjunct Professor
Applied Guitar

M.A., Musicology, Univ of Michigan

B.A., Music History/Art History, Univ of Michigan

hrottenberg@madonna.edu

734-432-5706, Room 1506F

Helene Rottenberg

Helene Rottenberg is a Professor of Music at Madonna University in Livonia, MI, and also teaches guitar at Herb David Guitar Studio in Ann Arbor, MI. She has a Master of Musicology degree from the University of Michigan and was a student of the late Argentinean guitarist, Manuel Lopez-Ramos.

Helene has performed extensively in the Midwest, particularly in the Detroit/Ann Arbor area, since 1975. She has often played as a featured performer in chamber music concerts at the “Festival of the Lakes” in Alexandria, Minnesota, and has appeared on Minnesota Public Radio. She plays professionally in a flute/guitar duo, Divertimente, with flutist Susan Lazar, and they recently have released their first CD, featuring music by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Johann Sebastian Bach, and Bela Bartok. She performs as a soloist and also enjoys playing in various ensembles. She has often played with Chamber Music at the Scarab Club, and is a regular performer with Woodward Corridor Musicians and the Detroit Concert Choir.

For the last few years she has been on the faculty of the Adult Classical Guitar Workshop at the Interlochen Music Camp, judged the International Youth Competition, and with the Guitar Foundation of America she serves on the board and conducts workshops at their conferences.

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Sarah SimkoAdjunct Instructor,
Applied Organ, Form & Analysis, Contrapuntal Tech.

M.Mus., University of Michigan

B.Mus., Eastman School of Music

ssimko@madonna.edu

734-432-5543, Room 1506A

Sarah Simko

 Sarah Simko is a first year Doctoral student in Organ Performance at the University of Michigan. Ms. Simko studies with Professor James Kibbie.

Ms. Simko is the recipient of a Graduate Award from the Presser Foundation, to be used to create a comprehensive set of recordings of organ music by living American female composers. The goal of this project is to expand the accessibility of a rich, and overlooked body of repertoire. A series of three CD’s will be released in Fall 2019 and Winter 2020

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