Faculty and Staff

Academic Faculty

Sessional Instructors

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.

Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programs

Laura Loewen, D.M.A.

As the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs, Dr. Loewen handles all aspects of undergraduate education, including matters regarding academic standing, and feedback on the undergraduate student experience in the Desautels Faculty of Music. Please contact Vanessa Perinot at DFOM.ExecutiveAssistant@umanitoba.ca if you would like to make an appointment to speak to Dr. Loewen.

Associate Dean, Graduate Programs and Research

James V. Maiello, Ph.D.

As the Associate Dean of Graduate Programs and Research, Dr. Maiello handles all aspects of graduate education, including matters regarding academic standing, and feedback on the graduate student experience in the Desautels Faculty of Music. Please contact Vanessa Perinot at DFOM.ExecutiveAssistant@umanitoba.ca if you would like to make an appointment to speak to Dr. Maiello.


 Professors Emeriti back to top

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)

Area Heads and Coordinators back to top

Brass - Richard Gillis, D.M.A.

Choir - Elroy Friesen, D.M.A.

Collaborative Piano - Judy Kehler Siebert, D.M.A.

Composition - Örjan Sandred, M.F.A. and Gordon Fitzell, Ph.D.

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.

 Academic Faculty      back to top

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

Andrew Deruchie, Assistant Professor

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

Darryl Friesen, B.Mus., M.Mus. (Manitoba), D.M.A. (Illinois) - Instructor, Piano and Musicianship

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, Concert Band Director (2020-2021 Academic Year)

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

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

Naomi Woo, BA (Yale College), MMus. (Yale School of Music), DéPA (Université de Montreal), Ph.D. (University of Cambridge)

2020-2021 Sessional Instructors      back to top

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

Lara Ciekiewicz, B.A. (University of Winnipeg), M.Mus. (McGill University) - Voice

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

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

Joel Green, ACP (University of Toronto), M.Mus (Brandon University) - Jazz Trombone

Micah Heilbrunn, Clarinet

Meredith Johnson, Classic Double Bass

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

Bill Kristjanson, Intro to Jazz Music Education (Fall Term)

Fraser Linklater, Wind Ensemble Director (2020-2021 Academic Year)

David Litke - Composition and Music Theory (fall term)

Ken MacDonald - French Horn

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

Jarrett McCourt- BMus (University of Western Ontario), MMus, Tuba Performance (University of Michigan), MMus, Chamber Music (University of Michigan) - Tuba

James McLennan - BMus (Brandon University), BA in Translation (York University), MMus (University of British Columbia) - Voice

Judith Oatway, B.Mus. (Brandon University), Post-Baccalaureate Diploma (University of Manitoba), M.Mus. (University of Western Ontario) - Voice

Laurel Ridd - Flute

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

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

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

Shannon Unger, Voice (Not teaching 2020-2021 academic year)


Desautels Faculty of Music Collaborative Pianists

Megan Dufrat

Deena Grier

Lisa Rumpel

  Administrative and Support Staff  back to top

Dean, Edward Jurkowski
• Contact Vanessa Perinot at DFoM.ExecutiveAssistant@umanitoba.ca if you’d like to make an appointment to share any feedback on the student experience at the Desautels Faculty of Music

Associate Dean (Undergraduate Programs), Laura Loewen
• Academic standing
• Feedback on the student experience at the Desautels Faculty of Music
• Contact Vanessa Perinot if you’d like to make an appointment

Associate Dean (Graduate Programs and Research), James Maiello
• Graduate Program academic standing
• Feedback on the Graduate student experience at the Desautels Faculty of Music
• Contact Vanessa Perinot if you’d like to make an appointment

Executive Assistant to the Dean, Vanessa Perinot
• Meeting requests for the Dean and Associate Deans

HR Officer, Sarah Rout
• Research Assistant hiring
• TA, Grader/Marker hiring
• Dean’s Office staff Supervisor

Front Office Assistant, Amanda Wiebe
• Competition applications and deadlines
• Sessional room bookings
• Student and faculty forms
• Concert Credits
• Recital programs
• Ensemble performance tickets
• Forms for Faculty of Graduate Studies

Student Advisor, Jennifer Wang
• Academic standings
• Degree requirements for B. Mus., B. Jazz Studies, Post Bacc., M. Mus. (What courses you should be registered in this year)
• Important deadlines: voluntary withdrawal, add/drop deadline, etc.
• Independent Study information
• Final exam conflicts
• Jury Exam Process
• Credit Recital Exam Process
• Major Practical Study requirements
• Student registration
• Music Minor Program
• Bachelor of Music (Music Education)

Admissions Coordinator & Recruitment Lead, Louella Yambot
• Applications
• Ensemble Auditions
• Music Theory entrance exam
• Desautels Faculty of Music scholarships, awards, endowment and bursaries

Facilities and Events Coordinator, Sue Stone Scott
• Room bookings (during and after office hours)
• Midday recital booking
• Event booking
• Maintenance and caretaking concerns
• 4th floor access
• Student Tech Supervisor
• Key loans and requests
• Equipment/instrument loans
• Equipment maintenance
• Credit Recital equipment requests

Communications Assistant, Sarah Boumphrey

• Changes/additions/corrections to the website
• News stories/events to advertise
• Weekly events poster
• Ensemble performance programs and posters

Recording Studio Technician, Adam Mlodzinski
• Recording requests in the Desautels Faculty of Music Recording Studio

Preparatory Studies Coordinator, Donnalynn Grills
• Individual Lesson Registration
• Group Classes Registration (Early Childhood, Musical Theatre)
• Desautels Faculty of Music Theory Prep Class Registration (TEEP Sessions 1 & 2) – required for admission into DFOM
• Student Teaching Positions – Individual Lessons

Business Manager, Kanchana Sankaranarayanan
• Provides overall guidance and strategic direction on all Finance, Administrative and Facilities matters for both the DFOM and the SOA
• Oversees all financial operations SOA Gallery and the Prep studies program for DFOM
Financial Administrator, Daniel Song
• Processes payments to individuals
• Processes non-employment payment to employees
• Maintains reports on all DFOM Ensemble Concert ticket sales

Financial Assistant, Carlos Dimawala
• Payroll