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Music: Faculty Bios

 

Stephen Johnson - Chairperson
Associate Professor: Music Education, Tuba/Euphonium

B.S.Ed. - Masnsfield University
M.M. - Arizona State
Ph.D. - University of Maryland

Dr. Johnson has a baccalaureate degree in Music Education from Mansfield University and a Master of Music in musical performance (euphonium) from Arizona State University. He earned his PhD from the University of Maryland with concentrations in curriculum and instruction, musical performance, conducting, music theory, and statistical analysis.

As a faculty member in the Department of Music, he is teaching Orchestration, Vocal Methods, and Fundamentals of Music during the fall semester 2007. In spring semester 2008, he will be teaching Introduction to Music, Music from Antiquity to 1750, and conduct the Clarion University Symphonic Band.

Some of the highlights from Dr. Johnson’s musical career include a summer of study with Sam Pilafian, tubist for the Boston Pops Orchestra and Empire Brass Quintet, at the Tanglewood Institute in Tanglewood, Mass. and performing on stage with the Boston Symphony brass section. He also studied privately with Donald Stanley at Mansfield University, Ray Nutaitis at Arizona State University, and Washington Air Force Band euphonium soloist Dr. Brian Bowman. He taught grades 7-12 instrumental music at Sullivan County High School in Laporte, Pennsylvania and has six years experience teaching K-12 vocal and instrumental music. He has co-directed half-time shows for the World Football League in Europe including the World Football League Championship Game in Edinboro, Scotland. In April of 2006 he and Dr. Hubert Toney, Jr. were the guest conductors for the PMEA District 3 Elementary Band Festival held at North Clarion High School.

 


 

Henry Alviani
Associate Professor: Director of Choirs, Conducting, Voice

B.B.A. - Loyola University of Los Angeles
B.A. - Mount St. Mary's College, Los Angeles
M.M. - California State University, Fullerton
D.M.A. - Arizona State University

Burbank, California, native Hank Alviani is Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral and Vocal Music Studies at Clarion University of Pennsylvania, a position he has held since 2003. He holds a BA in Music Education from Mount St. Mary's College in Los Angeles where he studied conducting with Paul Salamunovich; the MM in Choral Conducting from California State University Fullerton where he studied with Howard Swan and John Cooksey; and the DMA from Arizona State University where he was graduate assistant conductor for Douglas McEwen. He also was a Master Class conducting student of Helmuth Rilling at the Oregon Bach Festival.

In addition to directing Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, he teaches studio voice and voice class, choral conducting, and has taught choral methods, music theory, music history, and has supervised student teachers. After teaching junior and senior high school choral music in Southern California for twelve years, he has taught at the college level in Texas and Wisconsin since 1993. His vocal technique manual VoiceWorks was published by Alfred Publishing and released in 2007. He has composed many pieces for chorus and several of his choral compositions are available from Alliance Publications, Inc., of Fish Creek, WI. He has performed regularly with the Pittsburgh Opera Chorus, has been guest conductor for District and Region Honor Choruses, and is a member of ACDA, PMEA, and NATS. He is Faculty Advisor for Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia which awarded him the Orpheus Award in May 2006 for his contributions to music in America.

 


Paula J. Amrod
Professor: Piano, Class Piano

B.M. - University of Memphis
M.M. - University of Memphis
D.M. - Indiana University

Dr. Amrod joined the music faculty at Clarion University in 1981 and has taught piano, class piano, keyboard literature, Fundmentals of Music and Introduction to Music. She remains an active performer, appearing frequently on the Clarion campus and in the region as a soloist and chamber musician, and has had a solo recital broadcast on WQED-FM (Pittsburgh). Dr. Amrod has also performed with the Easterly Chamber Players in Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Chicago, Illinois.

 

 


 

Russell Reefer
Instructor: Clarinet, Saxophone

B.S.Ed. -­ Clarion University
M.M. -­ Indiana University of PA

Mr. Reefer graduated from Clarion with his Music Education degree, and received the Master of Arts in Music Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Presently, Mr. Reefer is a doctoral candidate at the Shenandoah Conservatory. Mr. Reefer has nearly 30 years public school teaching experience, and over 30 years experience in applied woodwind studio instruction. His ensembles and his woodwind students are regularly recognized for superior performances at adjudication festivals throughout the state, and he is well known in the region for his performance skill and outstanding musicianship.

 


P. Brent Register
Professor: Music History, Flute, Oboe, Bassoon

B.M.E. -­ University of North Carolina-Greensboro
M.M. -­ Manhattan School of Music
D.M.A. - University of North Carolina-Greensboro
Additional Studies: Universitet i Oslo, Mannes College of Music

 

Brent Register is a Professor of Music at Clarion University where he teaches applied flute, oboe, and bassoon, early and contemporary music history, and techniques courses.  In addition, he serves as the Assistant Director of the Clarion University Honors Program and is actively involved with the Clarion University Theatre.  His theatre involvement has resulted in awards for musical direction from the American Theatre Festival Competition and a performance at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.   

He performs as solo oboist with the Easterly Chamber Players and as solo English hornist with the Nittany Valley Symphony Orchestra and the Altoona Symphony Orchestra.  He has performed both nationally and internationally, including solo performances in New York City, Boston, Oslo, and Milan.  Additional performances include the National Flute Association conventions in Chicago and Las Vegas, the International Double Reed Society conventions in Bloomington, IN and Buenos Aires, Argentina, and ten performances at the University of Hawaii in Manoa. Of late he has been performing as a member of Camerata Amistad, which has led to performances in Peru and Costa Rica.  

He received his Bachelor of Music Education and Doctor of Musical Arts (oboe performance) degrees from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  His Master of Music degree (English horn performance) is from the Manhattan School of Music.  He has studied additionally at the Mannes College of Music, the University of Oslo, and the Norges Musikkhøgskolen in Oslo.   

Dr. Register has served as the music reviewer for The Journal of the International Double Reed Society and The Double Reed.  An advocate of popular music culture, his articles can also be found in the Salem Press series Popular Musicians, The Seventies in America, The Eighties in America, and Musicians and Composers of the Twentieth Century. 

As a composer, Dr. Register's compositions have been premiered in Denver, Colorado as a feature of the 2007 National Collegiate Honors Council Conference and in 2008 as a keynote performance for the “Creativity and Thought” conference at the C.W. Post Campus of the Long Island University. His composition, “Pausing at the Border,” was composed as a dance piece for the John Ollom Dance Theatre, and has remained a standard in their company repertoire. He was recently a finalist for the Thatcher Hoffman Smith Creativity in Motion Prize. 



Casey C. Teske
Assistant Professor: Orchestra, Conducting, Horn

B.M.E. - University of Northern Colorado
M.M. - Wind Ensemble Conducting - New England Conservatory of Music
M.M.E. - Music Education Supervision - New England Conservatory of Music
D.M.A. - Conducting - The Catholic University of America

After completing his undergraduate studies at University of Northern Colorado in Instrumental Music Education, Dr. Teske received the Masters of Music in Wind Ensemble Conducting and Masters of Music Education degrees from New England Conservatory - graduating with the prestigious Distinction in Performance Award. In May 1995, he received a Doctor of Musical Arts in Instrumental Conducting from The Catholic University of America. He also is a founding member Euterpe Chamber Wind Ensemble, a professional group of Julliard graduates based in the Lehigh Valley.

Dr. Teske has been active as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator throughout the United States and Canada. Prior to his appointment at Clarion University, Teske was Director of Bands at Lehigh University, Associate Conductor for the New England Conservatory Repertory Wind Ensemble, Boston Metropolitan Wind Symphony and Harvard University Association Orchestra. He has conducted and premiered compositions at the National Conference of College Band Directors and the Music Educators National Conference. He also served as a visiting lecturer in music education at Wichita State University and was a member of the advisory board for the Wichita Youth Symphony and Wichita Jazz Festival.

 


Hubert Toney, Jr.
Associate Professor: Director of Bands, Music Education, Trumpet

B.M.E. - Florida State University
M.M.E. - University of Michigan
Ph.D - Music Education - University of Illinois - Urbana/Champagne

Dr. Hubert Toney, Jr. is Director of Bands where he conducts the Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band, directs the Golden Eagle Marching Band and the Solid Gold Athletic Band, and teaches applied trumpet. Toney has served as Assistant Professor of Music Education and Assistant Director of Band at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, OH; Director of Instrumental Music at Olivet College in Olivet, MI; Director of Bands at East Lake High School in Tarpon Springs, FL, Robinson High School in Tampa, FL and Harllee Middle School in Bradenton, FL.

Dr. Toney has earned the Doctor of Philosophy degree in music education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Master of Music degree in education from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor; and the Bachelor of Music Education degree from The Florida State University in Tallahassee. His research and teaching interest include expressive conducting, curriculum and instruction, and arranging and drill design for the marching band. He has served as a clinician, adjudicator, conducted all-county bands, and given in-service presentations in Florida, Ohio, Rhode Island, Illinois, and Pennsylvania.

 


Jeffrey A. Wardlaw
Assistant Professor: Music Theory, Music Technology, Trombone

B.M. - Western Michigan University
M.M. - University of Louisville
D.M.A. - University of North Carolina-Greensboro

Dr. Wardlaw was appointed to the Department of Music at Clarion University of Pennsylvania in 1997. In addition to teaching applied trombone, Dr. Wardlaw instructs courses in music theory, music techology, and brass techniques; and directs the Clarion University Brass Ensemble. 

Chairperson for the department from 2005-2009, Dr. Wardlaw led the creation of the department's most recent Strategic Plan, marshalled several significant curricular changes, and coordinated the annual CU-RIU Honors Band Festival

As department technology coordinator, and strong proponent of technology use in the classroom, Dr. Wardlaw's makes extensive use of technology in his courses. Students can expect to use traditional technology, such as word processing and web searches, and emergent technology, including the use of blogs, wikis, and other web-based applications in courses he teaches. Many of his recent presentations have addressed the application of web-based technology in the classroom. He is a frequent presenter at the Pennsylvania Educatational Technology Expo & Conference and has presented at the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association conference. Dr. Wardlaw also is the creator and administrator of the Department of Music website.

Beyond Clarion University, Dr. Wardlaw has taught applied trombone, music theory, and ear training at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, and applied trombone and euphonium at the University of Louisville. He has served on the faculties of summer music camps and music preparatory schools in Kentucky and North Carolina. His primary trombone teachers include Steve Wolfinbarger, Richard Cryder, and Randy Kohlenberg.

Dr. Wardlaw has served as a member of the International Trombone Association (ITA) Pedagogy Committee, and is published in the ITA Journal. Among his performance credits are appearances at the International Trombone Festival, the Eastern Trombone Workshop, and the North Carolina Trombone Festival.