All Faculty and Staff

Aaron Cain, Assistant Professor

Aaron Cain, Assistant Professor

Voice and Diction   Dr. Aaron Cain performed and recorded with a variety of instrumental and vocal ensembles, most of which have made early music their focus. Groups with whom he has performed as a soloist include the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Portland Baroque Orchestra and Ensemble VIII. He has also sung with the Los Angeles...

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Alice Eaton, Instructor

Alice Eaton, Instructor

Piano   Alice Butler Eaton graduated from the University of South Carolina, Columbia, with a degree in piano pedagogy. She has taught general music from pre-school through sixth grade; music instructor for Montessori School of Huntsville (AL); maintains a large private studio and is on the piano faculty of UAHuntsville. Hired: 2001 Credentials Bachelor of Music...

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Becky Waters, Instructor

Becky Waters, Instructor

Composition   Becky Waters is principal organist and composer-in-residence at Trinity United Methodist Church in Huntsville, Alabama. She also teaches composition at the University of Alabama in Huntsville and maintains a private teaching studio. Recent commissions include No More Blinded by the River for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano (premiered March 7, 2004...

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Beth Davis, Instructor

Beth Davis, Instructor

General Music Education   Beth Davis teaches music education at UAH. Hired: 1998  Credentials  Research/Creative Activity  Music Education  Email: Beth.Davis@dcs.edu Phone: 256-824-6436

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Betty Stone, Instructor

Betty Stone, Instructor

Flute, Flute Choir   Betty Stone, flutist, is an instructor at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. She teaches private lessons and conducts the Flute Choir. As a performer she is active in community musical events throughout north Alabama. Mrs. Stone maintains a private flute studio and enjoys passing her love...

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Billy Bargetzi, Instructor

Billy Bargetzi, Instructor

Billy Bargetzi has been playing professionally for 20+ years all over the United States, the Caribbean, and in Europe. He currently performs with the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra, Broadway Theater League, The Brass Band of Huntsville, and The Tuscaloosa Horns (with such artists as The Temptations, The Four Tops, The O'Jays, Bobby...

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Billy Orton, Instructor

Billy Orton, Instructor

Men's Choir   Rev. William (Billy) Orton graduated from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master of Church Music. He serves as Minister of Music and Worship at First Baptist Church, Huntsville, AL. He also accepted the position of Music Director/Conductor for the Huntsville Community Chorus, the first performing arts organization...

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C. David Ragsdale, Associate Professor

C. David Ragsdale, Associate Professor

Chair Dr. C. David Ragsdale is the Chair, Director of Bands, and Associate Professor of Music at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. In addition to his university teaching responsibilities in the areas of music education and conducting, Dr. Ragsdale conducts the Huntsville Youth Orchestra, the Huntsville Chamber Winds, and is an...

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Carolyn Sanders, Professor

Carolyn Sanders, Professor

Director of First Year Experience Program, Trumpet, Music History & Literature, Music Theory   Dr. Carolyn Sanders is Professor of Music at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. She joined the faculty in 1990 upon completion of the Doctor of Music degree in Trumpet Performance from Florida State University. She received her Master...

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Charles Hogue, Instructor

Charles Hogue, Instructor

Violin, Viola   Charles Hogue serves as Principal Violist with the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra and is the founder and Musical Director of the Hogue Sinfonietta, a chamber orchestra based at UAHuntsville. The Hogue Sinfonietta performs several varied concerts each year, many with guest artists. Mr. Hogue is a highly- sought- after violist...

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Chris Walters, Instructor

Chris Walters, Instructor

Voice   Chris Walters has served as the Director of Choirs at Randolph School in Huntsville since 2011. Chris is also currently completing a D.M.A. in choral conducting from Boston University, where he studied with Dr. Ann Howard Jones. He holds degrees in music education, sacred music, and choral conducting from Vanderbilt...

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Cil Spina CPS/CAP, Senior Staff Assistant

Cil Spina CPS/CAP, Senior Staff Assistant

Hired: 1997   Email: cil.spina@uah.edu  Phone: 256-824-6436                                                                                            ...

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David Miller, Instructor

David Miller, Instructor

Organ   Dr. David Miller received his Doctor of Musical Arts (Choral Conducting) from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, with an emphasis in organ. Since 2004 he has served as Director of Music Ministry and Organist at First United Methodist Church, Huntsville, AL. In addition he has worked with numerous musical groups...

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Debi Loach, Instructor

Debi Loach, Instructor

Percussion   Debi Loach teaches percussion. Faculty Since: 2011 Credentials Master of Music (IP) – Cleveland State University  Bachelor of Music – Manhattan School of Music Research/Creative Activity Percussion Email: dloach@bellsouth.net Phone: 615-837-8103

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Dorrie Nutt, Instructor

Dorrie Nutt, Instructor

Horn, Brass Quintet   Dorrie Nutt has been actively in involved in Huntsville’s musical community since 1981. She currently performs with the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra, the Flint River Brass Quintet and the Brass Band of Huntsville. Over the years she has been associated with the Twickenham Winds, the Twickenham Brass, the Valley...

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Dr. Royce Boyer, Professor Emeritus

Dr. Royce Boyer, Professor Emeritus

Music History, Voice, Choirs   Dr. Royce Boyer is responsible for initiating music activities and creating the music department on the UAH campus in 1966. He teaches in the areas of music literature and history, and private voice. He is Music Director of the Twickenham Singers of North Alabama, a vocal chamber...

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Erin Colwitz, Assistant Professor

Erin Colwitz, Assistant Professor

Director of Choral Activities, Choral Music Education   Erin Colwitz received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Minnesota in 1998.  She later completed the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in choral music from the University of Southern California, where she studied with William Dehning, David...

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Handy Avery, Instructor

Handy Avery, Instructor

Women's Choir   Rev. Handy Avery has served as Minister of Music at Weatherly Heights Baptist Church for 7 years. Under his tenure he has organized a women's chorus and directs the Chancel Choir. Each December he directs the sing-a-long Messiah that includes auditioned soloists, orchestra, organ, harpsichord, and a 'chorus' of...

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Hunter Thomas, Instructor

Hunter Thomas, Instructor

Bassoon, Chamber Ensembles   J. Hunter Thomas is the Principal Bassoonist for the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra, Huntsville, AL. He previously spent four years as Principal Bassoonist with the National Orchestra of Columbia. He has had great success as a bassoon teacher with students who have gone on to some of the country’s...

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Ingrid Von Spakovsky, Adjunct Instructor

Ingrid Von Spakovsky, Adjunct Instructor

Piano   Ingrid von Spakovsky has a Master of Music Degree in Piano Performance from the University of Illinois where her teachers included Joel Shapiro, William Heiles, and Soulima Stravinsky. She  also received a scholarship to study at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria with Heinz Scholtz. Ms. von Spakovsky is  a Nationally Certified...

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Jim Cavendar, Instructor

Jim Cavendar, Instructor

Jazz Combo, Jazz Guitar, Jazz Bass   Jim Cavender teaches guitar and bass and directs two jazz combo classes at UAH. He has performed with rock 'n' roll legend Bo Diddley, soul great Percy Sledge and salsa star Chocolate Armenteros, and has studied with the late r&b session guitarists Tippy Armstrong and...

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John Miller, Instructor

John Miller, Instructor

Piano, Jazz Piano   John Miller is the jazz piano instructor at UAH. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. John has performed with a variety of jazz musicians, including Richie Cole and Tom Malone. Hired: 2001 Credentials Bachelor of Arts – University of Alabama in Huntsville Research/Creative Activity Performance Email: millerj2@bellsouth.net Phone: 256-824-6436

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Johnna Doty, Visiting Lecturer

Johnna Doty, Visiting Lecturer

Director of Music Technology    Johnna Doty (Composer/Sound Designer/Engineer) received her MFA in Technical Production/Audio Technology from Boston University where she studied with Edward McDermit. She received her BA in Music Composition from the University of Montevallo. Ms. Doty taught Digital Audio Production for the Video Arts and Technology program in New York...

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Joseph Lee, Instructor

Joseph Lee, Instructor

Orchestra Joseph Lee, conductor, is currently the Music Director of the Murfreesboro Symphony Orchestra, Resident Conductor of the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra, Music Director of the University Orchestra at Sewanee: The University of the South, and Music Director of the Huntsville Youth Orchestra.  Mr. Lee has appeared with a diverse group of...

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Karen Young, Instructor

Karen Young, Instructor

Opera Director; Voice Area Coordinator   Karen Young (Soprano) received her M.M. degree in Vocal Performance from Birmingham-Southern College in Birmingham, Alabama where she studied with Dr. David Smith.  Her education also includes master’s classes and/or coachings with Patricia Wise, Carol Vaness, Fredrica von Stade, Martin Katz, Joan Dornemann, Nico Castel,...

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Katherine Newman, Instructor

Katherine Newman, Instructor

Harp   Katherine Newman graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Music-Applied Harp, under renown harpist Marjorie Tyre.  While at Auburn, she was a member of the Tyre Harp Ensemble which concertized in the southeast, including a performance at the Citadel! She was Principal Harpist of the Columbus (GA) Symphony for...

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Keith Taylor, Instructor

Keith Taylor, Instructor

Piano, Jazz Piano, Jazz Theory, Jazz Improvisation   Pianist Keith Taylor is certainly one of the more versatile musicians in the area. As a performer, he is capable in a number of styles, including classical, jazz, popular and church music. He has performed throughout the Southeastern United Stated as a soloist, accompanist and...

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Ken Watters, Instructor

Ken Watters, Instructor

Jazz Brass   Trumpeter Ken Watters is a Summit Records Recording Artist (with four CDs to date released internationally on the label), Jupiter Performing Artist/Clinician & SESAC & SACEM (dual-affiliated) jazz composer. Ken left his hometown of Huntsville, Alabama at 17 years of age to attend Interlochen Arts Academy for his final year of high school,...

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Kevin Bounds, Instructor

Kevin Bounds, Instructor

Music Literature and Music History   Kevin Bounds has a BM in Music History and a BA in Trombone performance from Birmingham-Southern College.  He received his MM in Orchestral Conducting from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and is currently ABD for the Doctor of Musical Arts in Orchestra Conducting with...

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Lisa Schneider, Instructor

Lisa Schneider, Instructor

Oboe, Woodwind Quintet   Lisa Schneider is an adjunct professor of music at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, where she teaches applied oboe and woodwind quintet. She joined the faculty in 1994.  Prior to that, she was Assistant Band Director and Woodwind Specialist for the Rolla Public Schools in Rolla, Missouri. ...

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Mark Huff, Instructor

Mark Huff, Instructor

Double Bass   In addition to teaching double bass at UAH, Dr. Mark Huff is a member of the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra and has played with many other groups in the area including the Chattanooga and Alabama (Birmingham) Symphonies, and Moondust Big Band. Dr. Huff teaches bass and violin privately at the Smith...

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Martha Brouse, Instructor

Martha Brouse, Instructor

Voice Martha Freeman Brouse brings to UAH over thirty years of professional singing and teaching experience. She began her professional opera career in Germany as the “Mother” in a production of Amahl and the Night Visitors, a role which she has sung many times and would later win a “Wings” Award. ...

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Mary Balch, Instructor

Mary Balch, Instructor

Saxophone, Music Literature   Mary Balch serves as an adjunct professor of music at The University of Alabama in Huntsville and Oakwood University.  She specializes in saxophone, clarinet, and flute classical study. Other teaching duties have included music theory, ear training, music appreciation, and woodwind methods. She is active as an...

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Melody Ng, Assistant Professor

Melody Ng, Assistant Professor

Piano   Dr. Melody Ng is a native of Hong Kong. She was the first-prize winner in numerous competitions, including Neale-Silva Young Artists' Competition, Badger Collegiate Competition, MTNA (State & Regional) Young Artist Competition, UW Beethoven Piano Competition and Irving Shain Woodwind & Piano Duo Competition. Her appearances include broadcasted performances...

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Peter Gillies, Instructor

Peter Gillies, Instructor

Tuba, Musicianship Skills, Music Literature   Chief Warrant Officer Peter Gillies graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree from Michigan State University. He then returned to Massachusetts where he taught high school band, chorus, and beginning band for five years. He enlisted in the army in 1989 and served as a tuba player...

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Phil Weaver, Adjunct Instructor

Phil Weaver, Adjunct Instructor

Classical Guitar   Classical guitarist Phil Weaver has been performing for over 30 years, in the United States and abroad.  He was the first guitarist to be awarded an individual artist's fellowship from the Alabama State Council on the Arts, and is one of the few classical musicians on the Music...

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Ron Roberts, Instructor

Ron Roberts, Instructor

Piano   Ron Roberts teaches piano. Faculty Since: 2003 Credentials Research/Creative Activity Performance Email: ron.roberts@uah.edu Phone: 256-824-6436

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Ron Wray, Professor

Ron Wray, Professor

Clarinet, Music Theory, Composition   Dr. Ron Wray is Professor of Music at the University of Alabama in Huntsville where he teaches clarinet and music theory. Dr. Wray has been active as a teacher and performer in higher education since 1992 and in recent years has also focused on composition. He holds...

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Rosa Richardson, Instructor

Rosa Richardson, Instructor

Flute Rosa Richardson is a flute instructor at the University of Alabama in Huntsville and holds a bachelor's degree in music education and a master's degree in flute performance. Rosa performs with the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra, the Grammy nominated Gateway Chamber Orchestra in Tennessee, and several community and church ensembles. She...

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Steve Motz, Instructor

Steve Motz, Instructor

Jazz Saxophone   Steve Motz is the saxophone instructor at UAH. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Denver. Steve also works on virtual models with the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command, making him a “virtual rocket scientist.” Steve has performed with Ellis Marsalis and Richie Cole, among...

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Stuart Tankesley, Instructor

Stuart Tankesley, Instructor

Pep Band   Stuart Tankesley conducts the UAH Pep Band. Hired: 2010 Credentials Research/Creative Activity Performance, Music Education Email: stuart.tankesley@gmail.com Phone: 256-824-6436

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Tom Branch, Instructor

Tom Branch, Instructor

Jazz Drums   Tom Branch is the jazz percussion instructor at UAH. He holds degrees in both music and engineering from the University of Memphis. Tom performs in a wide variety of styles from jazz and swing to R&B, latin, and rock. He has worked with jazz artists including Dave Liebman, Marvin Stamm,...

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Veneta Billmayer, Instructor

Veneta Billmayer, Instructor

Cello, Chamber Ensembles   Veneta Billmayer has been associated with the Music department at the University of Huntsville since 1991. A graduate of the University of Alabama, Ms. Billmayer received a Bachelor of Music degree in cello, and a minor in piano. She has studied cello with Margaret Christy, University of Alabama;...

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