Faculty and Staff


Dr. Edmund Dawe, B.Mus. B.Mus.Ed. (Memorial), M.Mus. (Western Ontario), D.M.A. (British Columbia); Professor; Dean

As the Dean of the Faculty of Music, Dr. Dawe oversees all aspects of our programming. He 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. Dawe 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. Dawe acts as the liason between our Faculty and the University's upper administration.

Dr. Karen Jensen, B.Mus., L.Mus. (Saskatchewan), Recital Dip. (Royal Academy of Music), L.R.A.M., Ph.D. (London); Professor, Voice, Vocal Pedagogy; Associate Dean

In the role of Associate Dean, Dr. Jensen oversees many aspects of our programming, particularly curriculum, credit-related policies, degree requirements, academic regulations, and all academic issues. She works closely with the Dean and the Business Manager on budget procedures and strategic and long-range planning matters. She also oversees the work of Faculty committees, plans the course rotation schedule and develops academic teaching loads and faculty and course assignments.

Academic Faculty 

  • 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
  • David Byrne, B.Mus. (UBC), Dip. Wind Conducting (Calgary), M.Mus (Manitoba) Ph.D. (candidate Cincinnati) ; Assistant Professor; Theory 

  • Dr. Minna Rose Chung, B.Mus. (Oberlin), M.Mus. (Northwestern), D.M.A. (Stony Brook); Associate Professor, Cello; Orchestra Coordinator

  • Dr. Edmund Dawe, B.Mus. B.Mus.Ed. (Memorial), M. Mus. (Western Ontario), D.M.A. (British Columbia); Professor & Dean
  • Karla Dawe, B.Mus., M.Mus. (Western Ontario); Instructor, Basic Skills, Rudiments, Style & Structure
  • 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 Dipl (Toronto); Instructor, Voice
  • Dr. Karen Jensen, B.Mus., L.Mus. (Saskatchewan), Recital Dip. (Royal Academy of Music), L.R.A.M., Ph.D. (London); Professor, Voice, Vocal Pedagogy; Associate Dean
  • 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); Associate Professor, Piano, Chamber Music; Piano Area Coordinator
  • Dr. Oleg Pokhanovski, D.Mus. (Montreal); Associate 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
  • 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  

  • Ethan Ardelli, Jazz Drums
  • Valdine Anderson, B.Mus (Manitoba), Opera Dip. (Toronto), B.Ed. (Manitoba)
  • Julian Bradford, Jazz Trombone
  • Karin Carlson - Jazz Trombone
  • Tracy Dahl, B.Ed. (Manitoba) - Voice, Artist-in-Residence 2017-18
  • 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
  • Anna-Lisa Kirby (currently on leave) - Jazz Voice
  • David Klassen, B.Mus. (Manitoba), M.Mus. (Minnesota) - Voice
  • 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
  • Stewart Sladden, Choral Repertoire
  • Stewart Smith, B.Mus. Ed. (Saskatchewan), M.M. (Northwestern) - Euphonium
  • Victoria Sparks - B. Mus./B. Ed (Manitoba) M.Mus (Butler) - Percussion & Percussion Ensemble
  • Ryszard Tyborowski, M.F.A. (Wroclaw) - Guitar
  • Shannon Unger, Jazz Voice
  • Lois Watson-Lyons, A.M.M. and A.R.C.T. (Manitoba), Concert Dip. (McGill) - Voice
  • Kyle Zavitz, M.Mus, Musicianship & Jazz Theory Instructor

We are proud to have a highly collaborative and team-oriented support staff at the Faculty of Music. Feel free to contact us with any questions you have about our programming. Use the brief descriptions below to find the person who can best address your question, or you can contact our general office at 204.474.9310.

Administration & Support Staff

Student Advisor
Soon Kong

Soon is the student advisor for all programs, and is in charge of all credit-related and degree-requirement aspects of our program from a student's admission through to their graduation. She also monitors scholarships and awards, courseloads, student statistics and grades, and admission of non-music majors to specific courses. Soon assists the Dean and Associate Dean.
Contact: Room T313 | 204.474.9133 | email

Admissions Coordinator/ Marketing Assistant

Sarah Heidahl

The Admissions Coordinator/Marketing Assistant handles all aspects of a student's admission to our faculty, from the student's initial contact through to completion of their registration. Sarah is part of the recruitment team and works with the Marketing and Communications office to promote Faculty of Music activities.

Contact: Room T315 | 204.474.6728 | email

Finance/HR Assistant

Paula Stimpson

Provides support on financial and administrative matters to faculty members and administrative staff in accordance with the University’s policies and procedures.

Contact: Room T304 | 204.474.8062 | email

Office Assistant
Amanda Wiebe
Amanda assists the faculty, staff and students in many administrative and logistical aspects of our department.
Contact: Room T319 | 204.474.9310 |

Jazz Coordinator Anna-Lisa Kirby (currently on leave)

Anna-Lisa assists with the administrative aspects of the Jazz Studies program, in addition to her role as Jazz Vocal Instructor.
Contact: Room T333 | 204.474.7060 | email

Facilities & Events Coordinator Sue Stone Scott

Sue oversees our facilities, equipment and events.
Contact: Room T303 | 204.474.9408 | email

Donor Relations
Development Officer
Carolyn Basha

Contact: Room T302 | 204.318.2908 | email