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
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.
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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
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)
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
Dean, Edward Jurkowski
Associate Dean (Undergraduate Programs), Laura Loewen
Associate Dean (Graduate Programs and Research), James Maiello
Executive Assistant to the Dean, Vanessa Perinot
HR Officer, Sarah Rout
Front Office Assistant, Amanda Wiebe
Student Advisor, Jennifer Wang
Admissions Coordinator & Recruitment Lead, Louella Yambot
Facilities and Events Coordinator, Sue Stone Scott
Communications Assistant, Sarah Boumphrey
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Recording Studio Technician, Adam Mlodzinski
Preparatory Studies Coordinator, Donnalynn Grills
Business Manager, Kanchana Sankaranarayanan
Financial Assistant, Carlos Dimawala