Faculty and Staff


Academic Faculty

Sessional Instructors

Administration & Support Staff

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

As the Dean of the Faculty of Music, Dr. Loewen oversees all aspects of our programming. She works closely with the Associate Dean and the Business Manager on all matters and approves or offers advice on all financial, academic, musical, artistic, and policy activities. Dr. Loewen 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. Loewen 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

Dr. 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)
Dr. 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)

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

Sessional Instructors      back to top

  • Ethan Ardelli, Jazz Drums
  • Valdine Anderson, B.Mus (Manitoba), Opera Dip. (Toronto), B.Ed. (Manitoba)
  • Julian Bradford, Jazz Bass
  • Steve Dyer, B.Mus. (McGill), M.Mus. (DePaul) - Trombone
  • Patty Evans, Lic. Dip. (McGill) - French Horn
  • 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
  • Julie Husband, B.Mus. (Brandon) - Woodwind Techniques
  • Paul Jeffrey, - B.Mus. (Curtis Institute of Music), M.Mus. (Cleavland) - Trumpet
  • David Klassen, B.Mus. (Manitoba), M.Mus. (Minnesota) - Voice
  • Matthew Knight, B. Mus./B. Ed (Manitoba), M.A. (Alberta), Ph.D. (candidate Illinois) - Ethnomusicology Instructor
  • Bill Kristjanson, Jazz Ensemble Tech & Jazz Pedagogy Instructor
  • Jeff Kula, B.Mus, B.Ed. (Manitoba) - Percussion Techniques
  • 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
  • Laurel Ridd - Flute
  • Layla Roberts - B.Mus. (Memorial), M.Mus. (Ottawa) - Flute
  • James Robertson - French Horn
  • Dan Scholz, B.Mus.Ed. (Regina), Artist Dip. (McGill) - Viola
  • 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, Jazz Voice
  • Lois Watson-Lyons, A.M.M. and A.R.C.T. (Manitoba), Concert Dip. (McGill) - Voice

Administration & Support Staff     back to top

Soon Kong
Student Advisor  (currently on leave)
Room T313. Tel: 204-474-9133

Susan Leeson
Interim Student Advisor
Room T317.  Tel: 204-474-1068

Paula Stimpson
Finance & HR Assistant
Room T304. Tel: 204-474-8062 

Sue Stone Scott    (currently on leave)
Facilities & Events Coordinator
Room T303. Tel: 204-474-9408  

Amanda Wiebe
Office Assistant
Room T319. Tel: 204-474-9310

Louella Yambot 
Admissions & Student Advisor Assistant
Room T315. Tel: 204-474-9915