Faculty and Staff


Academic Faculty

Sessional Instructors

Administration & Support Staff

Dr. Edward Jurkowski
, Ph.D. 
Phone: 204-474-7380 | Email: Edward.Jurkowski@umanitoba.ca

As the Dean of the Faculty of Music, Dr. Jurkowski oversees all aspects of our programming. He works closely with the Associate Dean and admin staff on all matters and approves or offers advice on all financial, academic, musical, artistic, and policy activities. Dr. Jurkowski leads our strategic and long-range planning activities, and works closely with the Alumni Association on outreach to our graduates and the Development & Advancement Services office on fundraising activities. Dr. Jurkowski acts as the liaison between our Faculty and the University's upper administration.

Associate Dean
Charles Horton
, B.Mus. (Redlands), M.Mus. (North Carolina);  Piano, Theory

In the role of Associate Dean, Professor Horton oversees many aspects of our programming, particularly curriculum, credit-related policies, degree requirements, academic regulations, and all academic issues. He works closely with the Dean and the Business Manager on budget procedures and strategic and long-range planning matters. He also oversees the work of Faculty committees, plans the course rotation schedule and develops academic teaching loads and faculty and course assignments.

Professors Emeriti

Edmund Dawe - B.Mus. B.Mus.Ed. (Memorial), M.Mus. (Western Ontario), D.M.A. (British Columbia)

Henry Engbrecht -  A.R.C.T., B.Mus. (Bethel College), M.Mus. (Southern Methodist), LLD (University of Manitoba)

Karen Jensen -  B.Mus., L.Mus. (Saskatchewan), Recital Dip. (Royal Academy of Music), L.R.A.M., Ph.D. (London) 

Michael Matthews - B.Mus. (California State University Northridge), M.A. (California State University Sacramento), Ph.D. (North Texas State University)

Robert Turner - B.Mus. (McGill), M.Mus. (Vanderbilt), D.Mus. (McGill)

Academic Faculty      back to top

Will Bonness, B.Mus. (Manitoba); Assistant Professor, Jazz Piano

Mel Braun, B.Mus., M.Mus. (Toronto); Associate Professor; Vocal Area Coordinator; Musical Director of Opera Theatre

Dr. David Byrne, B.Mus. (UBC), Dip. Wind Conducting (Calgary), M.Mus (Manitoba) Ph.D. (Cincinnati) ; Assistant Professor; Theory 

Dr. Minna Rose Chung, B.Mus. (Oberlin), M.Mus. (Northwestern), D.M.A. (Stony Brook); Associate Professor, Cello; Orchestra Coordinator

Tracy Dahl, Instructor, Voice, Opera Role Studies, Advanced Opera Studies

Jacquie Dawson, M. Mus (Manitoba) B. Mus (Newfoundland) B. Mus. Ed (Newfoundland)

Karly Epp, B.Mus (Manitoba), B.Ed. (Manitoba), M.Mus (Manhattan School of Music); Instructor, Jazz Vocal Ensemble, Musicianship (Jazz)

Dr. Gordon Fitzell, B.Mus. (Brandon), M.Mus. (Alberta), Ph.D. (British Columbia); Professor, Theory, Composition, Director of eXperimental Improv Ensemble

Dr. Elroy Friesen, B.Mus., B.Ed., M.Mus. (Manitoba), D.M.A. (Illinois); Associate Professor; Director of Choral Studies, Director of Choirs (U of M Women's Chorus, U of M Singers, Cantata Singers), Graduate Conducting

Derrick Gardner, B.Mus (Hampton), M.Mus (Rutgers); Assistant Professor, Babs Asper Professorship in Jazz Trumpet

Dr. Richard Gillis, B.Mus. (Saskatchewan), M.Mus, D.M.A. (Michigan); Professor; Brass Area Coordinator

Jon Gordon, B.Mus. (Manhattan School of Music), M.Mus. (SUNY); Assistant Professor Jazz Saxophone

Allen Harrington, B.Mus. (Saskatchewan), M.Mus. (Northwestern); Associate Professor, Saxophone, Bassoon, Chamber Music

Charles Horton, B.Mus. (Redlands), M.Mus. (North Carolina); Associate Professor, Piano, Theory

Monica Huisman, B.Ed. (Manitoba), Opera Dip. (Toronto); Instructor, Voice

Dr. Edward Jurkowski, B. Mus. (Manitoba), M.A. (Eastman School of Music), Ph.D. (Rochester); Professor, Music Theory

Dr. Judy Kehler Siebert, B.A. (Winnipeg), M.Mus. (Toronto), D.M.A. (Eastman); Associate Professor, Piano, Collaborative Piano, Chamber Music

Karl Kohut, B.Mus. (Manitoba), M.Mus. Performance (Manitoba), M.Musc Jazz Studies (Juilliard);  Assistant Professor, Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Performance  

Dr. Laura Loewen, B.Mus. (Brandon), M.Mus. (Montreal), D.M.A. (Minnesota); Associate Professor, Collaborative Piano, Language Studies, Vocal Coach

Dr. James V. Maiello, B.Mus. Ed (S.U.N.Y. Fredonia), M.Mus. (Bowling Green State University), PhD. (University of California Santa Barbara); Associate Professor Musicology; Chair of Music Graduate Studies

Dr. Kurt Markstrom, B.Mus., M.Mus., M.Lib.Sc. (Alberta), Ph.D. (Toronto); Associate Professor, History, Musicology

Dr. David Moroz, B.Mus., M.Mus. (Juilliard), D.Mus. (Montreal); Professor, Piano, Chamber Music; Piano Area Coordinator

Dr. Oleg Pokhanovski, D.Mus. (Montreal); Professor, Violin, Chamber Music; String Area Coordinator

Fabio Ragnelli, B.Mus. (Humber); Jazz Drumset

Dr. Catherine Robbins, B.Mus./B.Ed. (Manitoba), M.Mus. (Toronto), Ph.D. (Toronto) - Assistant Professor, Choral Studies/Music Education

Larry Roy, M.Mus. (Manitoba) - Jazz Guitar, Jazz Improv, Jazz Ensemble

Örjan Sandred, M.F.A., Diplom i Komposition (Royal College of Music Stockholm); Professor, Composition, Acoustics, Electro-Acoustic Music 

Dr. Colette Simonot-Maiello,  B.Mus. (Saskatchewan), M.A. Ethnomusicology (York), Ph.D. Musicology (McGill), Assistant Profssor of Musicology.

Rebecca Simpson-Litke, Assistant Professor, Theory

Victoria Sparks - B. Mus./B. Ed (Manitoba) M.Mus (Butler) - Percussion & Percussion Ensemble

Dr. Jody Stark, B. Éd., M. Ed. (Alberta), Dip. F. A. (Hungary/Calgary), Ph. D. (Alberta); Assistant Professor of Music Education

Katherine Twaddle, B.Mus. (Toronto), P.G.C.E. Drama (Middlesex); Instructor, Opera Studies Coordinator

2018-2019 Sessional Instructors      back to top

Valdine Anderson, B.Mus (Manitoba), Opera Dip. (Toronto), B.Ed. (Manitoba)

Steve Dyer, B.Mus. (McGill), M.Mus. (DePaul) - Trombone

Patty Evans, Lic. Dip. (McGill) - French Horn

Chris Fensom , Brass

Donna Fletcher, B.Mus. (Manitoba), M.Mus. (Toronto), Dip. Music Theatre (Banff Centre) - Voice, Musical Theatre

Dr. Darryl Friesen, B.Mus., M.Mus. (Manitoba), D.M.A. (Illinois) - Piano

Naoum Gomon, M.Mus. (Moscow) - Clarinet

Micah Heilbrunn - Clarinet

Yuri Hooker, Cello

Julie Husband, B.Mus. (Brandon) - Woodwind Techniques

Paul Jeffrey, - B.Mus. (Curtis Institute of Music), M.Mus. (Cleavland) - Trumpet

Meredith Johnson, Classic Double Bass

David Klassen, B.Mus. (Manitoba), M.Mus. (Minnesota) - Voice

Bill Kristjanson, Jazz Ensemble Tech & Jazz Pedagogy Instructor

Ken MacDonald - French Horn

Robert MacLaren - B.A., Ed. Dip. (McGill) - Voice

Robin MacMillan - B.Mus. (Western Ontario), M.Mus. (Michigan), D.M.A. (Eastman) - Oboe

Jamie McLennan - Voice

Julian Pellicano, Conductor (Orchestra)

Emma Quackenbush, Cello

Chad Reimer, Brass

Laurel Ridd - Flute

Layla Roberts - B.Mus. (Memorial), M.Mus. (Ottawa) - Flute

Scott Senior, Percussion

James Robertson - French Horn

Brad Shigeta - Jazz Trombone

Stuart Sladden -  B.Mus. (Toronto), M.Mus (Manitoba), D.Mus (candidate, Alberta) - Choral Repertoire

Stewart Smith, B.Mus. Ed. (Saskatchewan), M.M. (Northwestern) - Euphonium

Ryszard Tyborowski, M.F. (Wroclaw), Guitar

Shannon Unger, Voice


Administration & Support Staff     back to top

Sarah Rout - Executive Assistant to the Dean
Room 302. Tel: 204-474-8951

Soon Kong - Student Advisor 
Room 313. Tel: 204-474-9133

Paula Stimpson - Finance  
Room 304. Tel: 204-474-8062 

Sue Stone Scott  - Facilities & Events Coordinator
Room 303. Tel: 204-474-9408  

Brenden Janzen - Equipment Coordinator

Room 303. Tel: 204-474-7065

Amanda Wiebe - Office Assistant 
Room 319. Tel: 204-474-9310

Louella Yambot  - Admissions Coordinator & Program Support
Room 315. Tel: 204-474-9915

Donnalynn Grills - Prep Studies Coordinator
Room 329. Tel: 204-474-9403

Sarah Boumphrey- Communications & Program Support Assistant
Room 331. Tel. 204-474-6728