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
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 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

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

2019-2020 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

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

Megan Dufrat

Deena Grier

Lisa Rumpel


Administrative and Support Staff  back to top

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

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.


Daniel Song - Financial/Payroll Administrator
Room 304. Tel. 204-474-8062 Email: Daniel.Song@umanitoba.ca
Daniel handles all matters relating to the management of the Desautels Faculty of Music's budget, payroll, expense claims, purchasing needs, and payment of guest artists.


Jennifer Wang - Student Advisor 
Room 313. Tel: 204-474-9133   Email: Jennifer.Wang@umanitoba.ca

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.


Sue Stone Scott  - Facilities & Events Coordinator
Room 303. Tel: 204-474-9408   Email: Sue.StoneScott@umanitoba.ca

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.


Amanda Wiebe - Front Office Assistant 
Room 319. Tel: 204-474-9310  Email: Amanda.Wiebe@umanitoba.ca

Amanda handles matters related to music office daily management and reception, including general inquiries, competition applications and deadlines, requests for office supplies, room bookings for sessional instructors, student and faculty forms, concert credits, recital programs, and sales of ensemble performance tickets.


Louella Yambot  - Admissions Coordinator & Recruitment Lead
Room 315. Tel: 204-474-9915  Email: Louella.Yambot@umanitoba.ca

Louella handles matters related to recruitment for and admission into the Desautels Faculty of Music, including processing applications, scheduling and coordination of faculty auditions and music theory entrance exam, and management of Desautels Faculty of Music scholarships, awards, endowments, and bursaries.


Sarah Boumphrey- Communications & Program Support Assistant
Room 331. Tel. 204-474-6728   Email: Sarah.Boumphrey@umanitoba.ca
Sarah handles all matters related to communication for the Desautels Faculty of Music, including event promotion, advertising, website management, social media management, student/faculty/alumni news, and ensemble performance programs and posters. 


Donnalynn Grills - Preparatory Studies Coordinator
Room 329.  Tel: 204-474-9403   Email: Donnalynn.Grills@umanitoba.ca
Donnalynn handles all matters relating to the Desautels Faculty of Music Prepratory Studies Program, including individual lesson registration, group class registration (Early Childhood, Musical Theatre), Desautels Faculty of Music Theory Prep Class registration (TEEP Sessions 1 & 2, which are required for admission into DFOM, hiring and management of instructors for the Preparatory Studies program, and lesson coordination.