Administration & Support Staff
Edward Jurkowski, Ph.D.
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.
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.
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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), Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (FRSC)
Robert Turner - B.Mus. (McGill), M.Mus. (Vanderbilt), D.Mus. (McGill)
Brass - Richard Gillis, D.M.A.
Choir - Elroy Friesen, D.M.A.
Collaborative Piano - Judy Kehler Siebert, D.M.A.
Education - Jody Stark, Ph.D.
Jazz - Will Bonness, M.Mus
Percussion - Victoria Sparks, M.Mus.
Piano - David Moroz, D.Mus.
Strings - Oleg Pokhanovski, D.Mus.
Voice - Mel Braun, M.Mus
Bands - Jacquie Dawson, M.Mus.
Woodwinds - Allen Harrington, M.Mus.
Jury Examination and Credit Recital Coordinator (Classical) - Allen Harrington, M.Mus.
Jury Examination and Credit Recital Coordinator (Jazz) - Karly Epp, M.Mus.
Will Bonness, B. Mus. (Manitoba), M.Mus. (Southern Utah University); Assistant Professor, Jazz Piano
Mel Braun, B.Mus., M.Mus. (Toronto); Associate Professor; Vocal Area Coordinator; Musical Director of Opera Theatre
David Byrne, B.Mus. (UBC), Dip. Wind Conducting (Calgary), M.Mus (Manitoba) Ph.D. (Cincinnati) ; Assistant Professor; Theory
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), Director of Bands (Concert Band and Wind Ensemble), Instrumental Music Methods, Graduate Wind Conducting
Karly Epp, B.Mus (Manitoba), B.Ed. (Manitoba), M.Mus (Manhattan School of Music); Instructor, Jazz Vocal Ensemble, Musicianship (Jazz), Jury Examination and Credit Recital Coordinator (Jazz)
Gordon Fitzell, B.Mus. (Brandon), M.Mus. (Alberta), Ph.D. (British Columbia); Professor, Theory, Composition, Director of eXperimental Improv Ensemble
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
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, Jury Examination and Credit Recital Coordinator (Classical)
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
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
Laura Loewen, B.Mus. (Brandon), M.Mus. (Montreal), D.M.A. (Minnesota); Associate Professor, Collaborative Piano, Language Studies, Vocal Coach
James V. Maiello, B.Mus. Ed (S.U.N.Y. Fredonia), M.Mus. (Bowling Green State University), Ph.D. (University of California Santa Barbara); Associate Professor Musicology; Chair of Music Graduate Studies
Kurt Markstrom, B.Mus., M.Mus., M.Lib.Sc. (Alberta), Ph.D. (Toronto); Associate Professor, History, Musicology
David Moroz, B.Mus., M.Mus. (Juilliard), D.Mus. (Montreal); Professor, Piano, Chamber Music; Piano Area Coordinator
Oleg Pokhanovski, D.Mus. (Montreal); Professor, Violin, Chamber Music; String Area Coordinator
Fabio Ragnelli, B.Mus. (Humber); Jazz Drumset
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
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
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
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
Bobbie Fast - Tuba
Donna Fletcher, B.Mus. (Manitoba), M.Mus. (Toronto), Dip. Music Theatre (Banff Centre) - Voice, Musical Theatre
Darryl Friesen, B.Mus., M.Mus. (Manitoba), D.M.A. (Illinois) - Piano
Naoum Gomon, M.Mus. (Moscow) - Clarinet
Micah Heilbrunn, Clarinet
Meredith Johnson, Classic Double Bass
David Klassen, B.Mus. (Manitoba), M.Mus. (Minnesota) - Voice
David Litke - Composition and Music Theory (winter term)
Ken MacDonald - French Horn
Robin MacMillan - B.Mus. (Western Ontario), M.Mus. (Michigan), D.M.A. (Eastman) - Oboe
Jamie McLennan - Voice
Laurel Ridd - Flute
Layla Roberts - B.Mus. (Memorial), M.Mus. (Ottawa) - Flute
Brad Shigeta - Jazz Trombone
Stewart Smith, B.Mus. Ed. (Saskatchewan), M.M. (Northwestern) - Euphonium
Ryszard Tyborowski, M.F. (Wroclaw), Guitar
Shannon Unger, Voice
Neil Watson, Jazz Pedagogy
Desautels Faculty of Music Collaborative Pianists
Sarah Rout - Executive Assistant to the Dean
Sarah Rout handles meeting requests for the Dean, the hiring of research assistants, teaching assistants, graders, and markers, and serves as the Dean’s Office staff supervisor.
Jennifer Wang - Student Advisor
Jennifer handles management of student academic advancement for students seeking degrees or a minor in the Desautels Faculty of Music, including student registration, management of academic standings, course registration and degree requirements ( e.g. voluntary withdrawal, add/drop deadlines, etc.), independent study coordination, correction of final exam conflicts, management of jury exam process and credit recital exam process, major practical study requirements, and forms for the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
Finance - All inquiries regarding finance can be directed to Sarah Rout
Sue Stone Scott - Facilities & Events Coordinator
Sue handles all matters related to Desautels Faculty of Music spaces, including room bookings for students, faculty, and external groups, midday recital bookings, on-site event bookings, maintenance and caretaking concerns, coordination of 4th floor practice room access, supervision of student technicians, and key loans and requests.