University of Minnesota Duluth

Ensemble Faculty


Billy Barnard – Guitar Ensembles & Jazz Combo
Office: 171B Humanities
Office Phone:726-6570

Billy Barnard teaches guitar in private lesson, ensemble, and class formats. He is well-known at UMD for his immensely popular course in Jazz Studies, in which over one thousand students enroll each academic year. In addition, he directs one of the UMD Jazz Combos. Mr. Barnard graduated first in his class from the Guitar Institute of Technology, Los Angeles and has performed with such greats as Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and Rufus Reid. He has been for many years and remains in constant demand at local and regional levels as a clinician and guitarist in all styles.



Daniel Eaton – Concert Band, Athletic Band Director
Office: Chester Park 204 and Humanities 163
Office Phone: 726-6866

Daniel W. Eaton is the Assistant Director of Bands at the University of Minnesota Duluth. His responsibilities include directing the Concert Band, Marching Band, Pep Bands, teaching Applied Tuba and Euphonium, courses in Instrumental Brass Methods and playing Tuba in the UMD Faculty Brass Quintet. Prior to his appointment at UMD, Dan spent eight years as Director of Bands at high schools in New York, Maryland and Pennsylvania. While directing his high school programs, Mr. Eaton's bands consistently performed and achieved superior ratings at state festivals and marching contests.

Mr. Eaton received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and his Master of Music in Tuba Performance and Pedagogy with a minor in Wind Conducting from Eastern Kentucky University. While at Eastern Kentucky University, Mr. Eaton was Graduate Assistant of Bands and Tuba, conducting the Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Marching Band, Tuba Ensemble and teaching Applied Tuba and Freshman Music Theory. He also wrote drill and music arrangements for the Colonel Marching Band.

He has played Euphonium with the Lexington Brass Band and has played Tuba with the Johnstown Symphony, Westmoreland Symphonies, Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra, Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra, IUP Faculty Brass Quintet and the EKU Faculty and Honors Brass Quintets. In the spring of 1986 Dan performed in Beethoven's opera, Fidelio,with the Roberts Wesleyan College Chorale at Carnegie Hall in New York City. In July, 1989 he toured and performed multiple times in the city of Paris, France with the IUP Marching Band, for France's Bicentennial. In the spring of 1990 he performed in Carnegie Hall in Pittsburgh, PA with the IUP wind ensemble and in 1995 he was a member of the Kentucky All Collegiate Honor Band in Louisville, KY. During the summers of 1995-1997, Dan was employed as a keyboardist by the Cedar Fair Corp. playing in multiple shows at Cedar Point Amusement Park in Sandusky, OH. Mr. Eaton spent from 1996-2003 as the Principal Bass Trombonist with the Keystone Winds, under the direction of Jack Stamp. He has recorded 7 cd's with the Keystone Winds as well as recording music for the 2002 release of GIA Publications, Teaching Music Through Performance in Band - Vol. 1, Grade 4. Currently, he is principal tubist with the Minnesota Ballet.

Dan is a frequent marching band clinician throughout the east and mid west doing band camps in New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and Wisconsin.



Ryan Frane – Jazz Ensembles
Office: 224 Humanities
Office Phone:726-6327

Ryan Frane is the Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Minnesota Duluth, where he oversees the jazz studies major and jazz studies program, teaches Jazz Ensemble I, Jazz Combo I, Jazz Theory, Jazz Pedagogy, Jazz Piano and other courses. Ryan also coordinates the annual Head of the Lakes Jazz Festival at UMD, drawing internationally known artists and high schools from throughout the state. Under his direction the UMD Jazz Ensemble I has performed in Italy, Switzerland and Holland at the Montreux and North Sea Jazz Festivals, as well as performing at the MMEA and WMEA annual conferences, UNC/Greeley Jazz Festival and throughout the region. As a pianist, Ryan has performed throughout the country as well as in Switzerland, Germany, Russia, Holland and France. Ryan has performed with the Green Bay Packers band and was a member of the Denver Nuggets house band. He has performed locally with the Big Time Jazz Orchestra, Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra, Arrowhead Chorale, Lake Superior Youth Chorus and many others including his own small groups. Ryan's most recent trio recording entitled "People We Know" features all original compositions with the exception of one standard. Also, Ryan has backed or performed with many musicians including The Mills Brothers, Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Bobby Vinton, Steve Lippia, Tom Harrell, Wes Anderson, Rex Richardson, Ingrid Jensen, Jim Snidero and many others. Ryan has been an active clinician and performer at several colleges across the country including the University of Northern Colorado, University of South Dakota, University of Wisconsin Green Bay, Tiffin University, Lawrence Conservatory, University of Wisconsin Stevens Point, University of Wisconsin Eau Claire and the University of Southern Colorado. Ryan has conducted numerous honor bands in Minnesota and Wisconsin and has been a section coach for the MMEA All State Jazz Ensemble. Internationally, Ryan has performed master classes at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Boulogne-Billancourt (Paris, France), Conservatoire National de Région Lyon (Lyon, France) and Petrosovadsk State Conservatory (Karelia, Russia). Under Ryan's direction, graduates of the UMD jazz studies program have gone on to become collegiate level teachers, performers and graduate students at some of the nation's strongest jazz schools while also becoming great contributors to society. Ryan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of Wisconsin Green Bay and a Masters of Music in theory and composition from the University of Northern Colorado.



Jacob Jonker – Classical Guitar Ensemble
Office: 212 Humanities
Office Phone: 726-7011

Jacob Jonker holds a Master's Degree in Classical Guitar Performance from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, and a Bachelor's from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls. His principal teachers were Jeffrey Van and Joe Hagedorn. Jacob is also a former Schubert Club and Thursday Musical Prize winner.

As an active member of the Minnesota Guitar Society Jacob has worked to bring world-class guitarists to give recitals in Weber Hall. He is also a registered Suzuki guitar instructor, receiving teacher training from David Madsen and William Kossler. He is the first guitar instructor to teach for the Lake Superior Suzuki Talent Education Program (LS-STEP). When not teaching, Jacob performs in and around the Twin Ports both as a classical musician and with the local rock band "A Team / B Team".



Eugene Koshinski – Percussion Ensemble
Office: 248 Humanities
Office Phone: 726-6304

Percussion artist, composer, and educator Dr. Gene Koshinski (b. 1980) has delighted audiences worldwide with his dynamic performances and creative programming.  Koshinski serves as Associate Professor of Percussion at the University of Minnesota Duluth and is well-known for his extraordinary versatility as a solo, chamber, symphonic, jazz, pop, and world music artist.  He has performed in Austria, Belgium, China, France, Germany, Jordan, Slovenia, Canada, and throughout the United States.  Most recently, Koshinski was invited to headline the 2013 Tapages International Percussion Festival in Lyon, France.

In 2002, Koshinski won the National MTNA Percussion Competition in Cincinnati, OH and in 2004, finished 3rd in the prestigious Universal Marimba Duo Competition in Sint-Truiden, Belgium.  As a composer, Koshinski was named the recipient of the 2012 ASCAP Foundation Nissim Prize for best new score for large ensemble for his work Concerto for Marimba and Choir

Throughout his career, Koshinski has worked with many notable performing organizations and artists including NFL Films, Late Show with David Letterman, Mary Wilson (the Supremes), David Samuels, Wycliffe Gordon, Tom Harrell, Ingrid Jensen, Denis Diblasio, David Bixler, Philadelphia Boys Choir, The Lettermen, Hartford Symphony, Minnesota Ballet, and is currently section percussionist for the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra and a member of Nebojsa Zivkovic’s Jovan Perkussion Projekt.  For his work with NFL Films, he can be heard on the Emmy award-winning soundtrack A Century of NFL. Performances have also been heard on the CBS, PBS, and ESPN television networks as well as NPR.  In addition, he has recorded for the Naxos, Innova, MSR Classics, and Equilibrium record labels. 

Koshinski is a founding member of the Quey Percussion Duo, a touring group established to generate new works for percussion while also bringing standard repertoire to a broad audience. He also serves as Director of Percussion at the annual 6-week Performing Arts Institute International Summer Music Festival in Kingston, PA.  He recently published a method book entitled The Additive Method of Two-Mallet Study, which focuses on keyboard percussion technique and performance.  As an advocate for new music, Koshinski has commissioned and premiered works by renowned composers including Stuart Saunders Smith, Alejandro Viñao, David Macbride, and Dave Hollinden. 

Koshinski holds degrees from West Chester University (BM) and The Hartt School (MM and DMA).  His method book, solo albums, and over 20 published compositions are distributed internationally, with many of his compositions receiving frequent global performances.  Gene Koshinski is an active member of the Percussive Arts Society and is sponsored by Pearl/Adams Instruments, Sabian Cymbals, Remo, and Innovative Percussion and his works are published by HoneyRock, Bachovich, and C. Alan Publications.



Jean R. Perrault – Director of Orchestras
Office: 232 Humanities
Office Phone: 726-8215

Performer, conductor and composer, Jean R Perrault is Director of Orchestras and professor of violin/viola at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD). Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, he earned his Master's degree in performance from Temple University. Rudy has conducted numerous ensembles including Sinfonietta de Paris, the Karelia State Conservatory Orchestra (Russia), the Conservatoire de Paris region Boulogne-Billancourt (Paris, France), members of the Vincenzo Bellini Conservatory of Palermo (Sicily, Italy) and the Hacettepe Conservatory Symphony Orchestra (Ankara, Turkey). His most recent trip took him to Venezuela where he worked closely with members of "El Sistema" organization conducting master classes and workshops. He is a frequent panelist on national and international, instrumental and conducting competitions, and has participated in many prestigious music festivals.

Rudy maintains an active schedule and has performed with many different organizations. He is a founding member and president of the Kako Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing classical music to underprivileged youth in the US and Haiti.

The past several years he has been editing and orchestrating the piano works of Haitian Classical Composers. His most recent compositions include: "Brother Malcolm" – for cello and piano, "Exodus" for String Quartet. Future projects include setting to music three poems of world-renown author Edwidge Danticat, composing a duo for violin and cello (Dialogues for Violin and Cello), a second String Quartet and a ballet (Ceremonie Vodou). Rudy makes his home in Duluth, Minnesota, with his wife Elizabeth and his two children Ella and Alexandre. Jean R Perrault's website



Thomas Muehlenbeck-Pfotenhauer – Jazz Ensemble II
Office: 245 Humanities
Office Phone:726-8176

Dr. Thomas Muehlenbeck-Pfotenhauer is Assistant Professor of Trumpet and director of the second jazz ensemble. He also teaches Jazz Improvisation and Brass Techniques and coaches Jazz Combo and Brass Quintet. Dr. Muehlenbeck-Pfotenhauer studied trumpet with Armando Ghitalla at the University of Michigan, completing a Masters degree in 1993, and holds a Bachelors degree in music from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in trumpet performance from the University of Kansas. While at the University of Kansas, Dr. Muehlenbeck-Pfotenhauer studied with William Campbell and Christopher Moore and was a member of the Kansas Brass Quintet, one of the country's most active faculty brass quintets. Prior to his appointment at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, he held positions at the University of Wyoming and the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

Dr. Muehlenbeck-Pfotenhauer's performance experience is extensive and varied. He has performed Baroque trumpet with the New York-based early music group The Spiritus Collective, and with the Musica Raritana Baroque Orchestra at Rutgers University, the New York Collegium, Tempesta di Mare, the American Opera Theater, and at the Colorado Music Festival. From 1994-2002 he performed for numerous professional productions presented at the critically acclaimed Weidner Center for the Performing Arts in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Dr. Muehlenbeck-Pfotenhauer has played lead trumpet and section trumpet in pit orchestras and in back-up bands for such shows as: West Side Story, Some Like it Hot, the Sound of Music, Copacabana, Fiddler on the Roof, Camelot, South Pacific, the Scarlet Pimpernel, Saturday Night Fever, and Parade; and artists such as: Robert Goulet, the Manhattan Transfer, Peabo Bryson, Bernadette Peters, Johnny Mathis, and Shirley Jones. In April 2008, he was a featured soloist at the Beijing International Congress on Women in Music and performed a program of works for trumpet written by French female composers.

Dr. Muehlenbeck-Pfotenhauer has also performed with numerous professional and regional orchestras, including the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, the Cheyenne Symphony, the Fort Collins Symphony, the Kansas City Symphony, the Battle Creek Symphony, the Green Bay Symphony, the Pamiro Opera Company, the Green Bay Civic Symphony, and the Fox Valley Symphony. Dr. Muehlenbeck-Pfotenhauer has appeared as a soloist and clinician in Wyoming, Colorado, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Kansas, Missouri, and Texas.



Alice Pierce – Opera Studio
Office: Humanities 236
Office Phone: 726-8213

Soprano, Alice Pierce, joins the faculty at the University of Minnesota at Duluth as Instructor of Voice and director of the opera scenes program. She received a BM and MM in Vocal Performance from Indiana University. Early in her career, she served on the faculty at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington and the North Carolina School of the Arts. During these years, she was a Metropolitan Opera Regional finalist twice, singing often in concert and opera. In 1992, she moved with her family to Germany where she became a full-time soloist with the Brandenburg State Theater in Cottbus. For ten years she averaged almost 100 performances a year in opera, operetta, musical and concert. Some of the highlights of her career there include the roles of Olympia in the Tales of Hoffmann, Adele in Fledermaus, Maria in West Side Story, Blonde in Die Entführung aus dem Serail and Oscar in Un Ballo in Maschera. She also performed in many other cities in Germany, as well as in Poland and Italy. Mrs. Pierce was a member of the voice faculty at Western Michigan University from 2005 through 2012, teaching voice and directing opera. She is an active member of NATS and NOA, and has had many students win local, state and regional competitions. She continues to concertize around the United States in recital and oratorio.



Tina Thielen-Gaffey – Concert Chorale, Vocal Jazz
Office: 242 Humanities
Office Phone: 726-8212

Tina Thielen-Gaffey is an Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Minnesota-Duluth and has recently completed her doctoral coursework in the Choral Conducting program at the University of Iowa. At UMD, she conducts Concert Chorale, two Vocal Jazz Ensembles (Lake Effect and Chill Factor), teaches elementary music, aural skills, and applied voice. A mezzo-soprano, she completed the M.M. degree in Choral Conducting at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI and her B.M. in music education at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

Prior to her studies in Michigan, the Wisconsin native taught for eight years in the public schools of her home state, where she was responsible for choral ensembles, band ensembles, vocal jazz and show choirs, musicals, madrigals and madrigal feasts, festivals, and touring. At WMU, Ms.Thielen-Gaffey soloed with the Treble Chorus, University Chorale, Opera Workshop, and the award winning vocal jazz ensemble, Gold Company. Ms. Thielen-Gaffey is a past president of WMU's student chapter of the American Choral Directors Association. At the 2003 and 1999 national conventions of that organization, she was a national finalist in the graduate student conducting competition.



Mark Whitlock – Director of Bands
Office: 226 Humanities
Office Phone:726-6124

Mark Whitlock is Director of Bands and Professor of Music at the University of Minnesota Duluth. His responsibilities include directing the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, teaching Instrumental Conducting, teaching Applied Trombone and supervision of Instrumental Student Teachers. Prior to his appointment at UMD, Mark was Assistant Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Trombone at Eastern Kentucky University, a position he held since 1986. He has also held the position of Associate Director of Bands at Mason City High School in Mason City, Iowa from 1980 to 1983.

Dr. Whitlock received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Iowa State University , Master of Music in Trombone Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Iowa and the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts in Wind Conducting, also from the University of Iowa. He is a frequent clinician throughout the country having conducted honors bands and clinics in Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa , Minnesota, West Virginia and California including the 2007 – 2008 Minnesota All-Sate Concert Band. Dr. Whitlock has also guest conducted and given clinics in Brazil, South Africa, Argentina, Spain and Turkey. Mark has also been the guest conductor at the Indiana Summer Music Clinic and the International Music Camp. Dr. Whitlock is conductor of the Twin Ports Wind Orchestra, a local community wind band dedicated to the performance of the finest wind band literature. He has also conducted the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra on several concerts as well as with the Minnesota Ballet's performance of the Nutcracker Ballet. Both the UMD Symphonic Wind Ensemble and the Twin Ports Wind Orchestra have performed at state and national conventions including the Minnesota Music Educators Association Convention, American School Band Directors National Association National Convention and the College Band National Association National Convention. Dr. Whitlock is also the founder and director of the North Shore Summer Music Experience a summer camp for young musicians which is held on the campus of the University of Minnesota Duluth. Currently he serves as chair of the Minnesota College Band Directors National Association and is on the board of the Minnesota Band Directors Association. Whitlock is married to Mary Whitlock, and they have three daughters, Macaulley, Meredith and Mayson.



Stanley R. Wold – Director of Choral Activities
Office: 246 Humanities
Office Phone:726-7504

Stanley R. Wold is Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at the University of Minnesota, Duluth, where he has taught choral conducting and vocal music education since 1984. He has earned degrees from Concordia College (Moorhead), the University of Southern California (Los Angeles) and the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. At UMD, he directs the University Singers and the Chamber Singers, teaches conducting and vocal music education, and is chair of the vocal area.

Under Wold's direction, University Singers and Chamber Singers completed the first concert tour by an American University choir of Kenya and Tanzania (December 1997-January 1998). Other international tours have included Austria and Bavaria (December 1994), Costa Rica (January 2003), the Netherlands and Paris (May 2005), Turkey (May 2007, together with members of UMD's Symphony Orchestra), and Germany (Berlin, Leipzig, Dresden), January 2010. Other highlights include performances at state and regional conventions of the American Choral Directors Association and Music Educators National Conference (1995-98) and the Collegiate Choral Festival of MN ACDA (2009).

Three collaborations between the UMD choral area, Arrowhead Chorale (the auditioned civic chamber choir of the Twin Ports), and UMD orchestras have been conducted by Wold: Durufle Requiem (2000), Bach Mass in B-Minor (2004), and (April, 2006) Mozart Grand Mass in C-Minor. Sites for performances of these masterworks included Basilica of St. Mary, Minneapolis; cathedrals in Duluth and Superior; and UMD's Weber Music Hall. In May 2008, Wold conducted the UMD orchestra (Jean R. Perrault, director), Concert Chorale, University Singers, and student soloists in Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem.

Active on an international level, Dr. Wold has studied and/or conducted choral music in Hungary, Russia, Scandinavia, and Venezuela. He has been a delegate to symposia of the International Federation for Choral Music in Vancouver, Sydney, Rotterdam, Minneapolis, Kyoto, and Copenhagen.

Celebrating twenty years as Artistic Director and Conductor of Arrowhead Chorale, Dr. Wold was also Chorus Director for the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra 1991-99. He taught secondary vocal music in Minnesota and Iowa public schools for six years. His experience includes significant community and church music activities. Presently Director of Music at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Duluth, he is also an active adjudicator and clinician for the Minnesota State High School League and the Wisconsin School Music Association.



For Information about music department programs and upcoming concerts, please call 218-726-8877