Applied Lesson Teaching Biographies

Applied Lesson Faculty Biographies

For more information contact The NOVA Alexandria Music Department: Jonathan Kolm 703-845-6026

VOICE:  MUS 136 1 credit and 236 2 credit

Cara Cammmarotto Bio

Email: ccammarotto@nvcc.edu

Cara Cammaroto is a lyric coloratura soprano who has performed extensively in the U.S., Italy, Austria and Slovenia. She is considered a specialist in the bel canto style and ornamentation. Ms. Cammaroto is a featured artist at numerous festivals in the above-mentioned countries. As a participant of the Bel Canto Institute, Ms. Cammaroto studied and performed many of the early roles featured in her most recent solo recording Running Through The Years. Within the DC area, Ms. Cammaroto has been an active soprano soloist for a number of concert series and churches, which include The Kennedy Center, DAR Constitution Hall, The Phillips Collection, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, The British Embassy, Church of the Epiphany, Resurrection Lutheran and St. Luke’s UMC. She is the recipient of several notable awards including The Theodore Presser Foundation’s Presser Scholar Award, and The Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society.

Ms. Cammaroto holds a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Music in vocal performance from The Catholic University of America where she graduated Summa Cum Laude.

During her years at CUA, she was awarded a music scholarship for both graduate and undergraduate studies. Ms. Cammaroto also minored in piano and language studies with a concentration in Italian, German and French language and lyric diction. Vocal training includes: opera coaching with Dr. Michael Cordovana and Jane Bakken Klaviter; vocal instruction with Mary Ann Stabile and Raymond McGuire; Master Classes with Renata Scotto and Dalton Baldwin.

An active member and adjudicator for the Virginia National Association of Teachers of Singing, Ms. Cammaroto’s studio participates each year in the Virginia National Association of Teachers of Singing student auditions, which offer valuable performance experience and critique for students. The studio is proud of its many Virginia State and Mid-Atlantic Regional winners. Ms. Cammaroto maintains a vibrant private studio and has been on the applied voice faculty at the Alexandria Campus of NOVA since 2007. Professor Cammaroto is master teacher, who has been honing her craft since 1990. In 2019, she was the recipient of The Jean C. Netherton Award for Excellence and Outstanding Service to the Alexandria Campus community at The Northern Virginia Community College. Her students range from high school age to adult and perform at various levels and musical styles within the DC area. Past and present students are members and/or featured soloists for The Washington Oratorio Society, The Paul Hill Chorale, Maryland Lyric Opera, The Congressional Chorus, Choralis and Voce. The studio’s annual recital is a beloved event for the surrounding community featuring art song, opera, musical theatre and jazz standards as well as contemporary and acoustic music. Former and current students have consistently been awarded music scholarships at leading universities and conservatories. For more detailed information, please visit caracammaroto.com

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VOICE:  MUS 136 1 credit and 236 2 credit

Dr. Jonathan Van Caudill, D.M.A. Music Education Biography

Email: jcaudill@nvcc.edu

Born and raised in North Carolina, Dr. Jonathan Caudill began his musical education at age six with piano lessons, then voice lessons at age fifteen. Throughout grade school, he performed and competed in a variety of music festivals and state conventions, and participated in a number of local church and youth choruses. His vocal music study continued at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where he received substantial scholarship to attend and perform.

At UNCC Jonathan studied under the direction of Dr. Jeffery Price for voice, Dr. Randy Haldeman for conducting, and Dr. Sonya Gable-Wilson for general music studies. During his junior year, Jonathan was accepted into the Music Department’s prestigious Honors Program, and at the completion of his senior year he had won two state titles and one regional title at the N.A.T.S. music competition. Additionally, he received a Regional Metrolina Theatre Association Award for outstanding performance by a lead actor, for his performance as Officer Lockstock in the university’s production of Urinetown.

Jonathan graduated in 2008, Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in Music and Vocal Performance. During the Summer of 2008, while collaborating with his former professor Dr. Sonya Gable-Wilson, Jonathan had the privilege of helping to open a school of performing arts in Charlotte, North Carolina. At the school Jonathan taught both piano and voice privately as well as served as the Director of Artistic Development in the company’s theater group Kaleidoscope. During his tenure Jonathan worked with hundreds of students and help produced multiple musicals on some of the biggest stages in Charlotte.

During this period Jonathan performed on many regional, national and international stage in Beauty and the Beast (Gaston), South Pacific (Lt. Cable), Urinetown (Officer Lockstock), Bare, A Pop Opera (Jason), Altar Boyz (Matthew), Beau Nash (Jasper), Trouble in Tahiti(Sam), Les Contes D’Hoffmann (Dapertutto), The Riddle (The Prince), and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lysander). Jonathan has participated in master classes with Erie Mills, Michael Harper, Elisabeth Battaglia, Nigel Foster, Lady Errollyn Wallen, and Christine Andreas. Additionally, Jonathan has had the privilege to sing for Vice President Joe Biden at is annual christmas party in 2012 and for Pope Francis during the Washington, DC Papal Mass in 2015.

In 2010, Jonathan received scholarship to study at the University of Northern Colorado where he would pursue his Masters in Music, with a concentration in Voice and Opera performance. Jonathan had the privilege of studying under world renowned and published pedagogue Dr. Melissa Malde while completing his masters degree and only three semesters. While attending this highly concentrated program Jonathan served as a teaching assistant, where he worked with students of the university and assisted with undergraduate level classroom teaching.

Following the completion of his Masters Degree, Jonathan immediately began work on his Doctorate of Musical Arts at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. Here he would study with Professor Rick Christman, a highly acclaimed opera singer and vocal coach, who studied under the international operatic super star Franco Corelli. Over the last five years Jonathan has established himself in the greater Washington Area as a pedagogical technician teacher for voice and piano. Currently, in addition to teaching private lessons, Jonathan serves as an Assistant Professor at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale, Virginia.

Jonathan teaches students of all ages and backgrounds. He is a champion of music and demands hard work. He believes the student is in charge of their musical journey and responsible for achieving their own goals through diligent and constant practice. His role as the teacher is merely a reference guide and supportive tool. He is highly focused on technique and teaching students how to not only read music but how to feel it. Jonathan’s instruction is both nurturing , supportive, and one that students can internalize for positive growth and change. In the classroom if his students make a mistake, he wants their first thought to be, “I can fix it.” If their classmates make a mistake, he wants their first thoughts to be, “I can help.” If they wonder if they can be a famous musician one day, he wants them to think, “Yes I can!” Jonathan strives to build a supportive and challenging environment where success is constant and the love of music is always growing.

In addition to music Jonathan holds a private pilot license and enjoys taking to the air whenever he can. He also enjoys both skiing and getting to the beach whenever possible. You can often find him trying new restaurants, watching sports, and spending time with his husband and their two beautiful dogs.

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PIANO:  MUS 145 1 credit and 245 2 credit

Ja-Hye Koo – Classical Piano – 145/245

Email: jkoo@nvcc.edu

A native of Seoul, Korea, pianist Ja-Hye Koo calls Virginia home. She is an active performer and educator in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. Since her family moved to the United States in 1992, she has participated in several competitions and has been a prizewinner in many including Yamaha High School Competition, National Symphony Orchestra Young Soloists’ Concerto Competition and Arlington Concerto Competition. She had two recital appearances in Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall as one of the winners of Young Virtuosos International Competition and has also appeared in numerous concert venues in Europe through Soesterberg International Festival in Soesterburg, Holland and Interharmony International Festival in Geneva, Switzerland. A Rudolf Serkin Scholar and a recipient of a Dean’s Talent Award, Ms. Koo received her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and a Master of Music from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music where she was also an Associate Instructor. Ms. Koo has received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at The University of Maryland, College Park in 2012, where her dissertation title was, “The Music of Bach and The Art of Transcription – A Survey of Bach Transcriptions by Pianist-Composers”. She has been on a faculty at Northern Virginia Community College Alexandria Campus since 2011. Former faculty, Levine School of Music and Washington Conservatory of Music.

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PIANO:  MUS 145 1 credit and 245 2 credit

Wade Beach – Jazz and Classical Piano

Email: wbeach@nvcc.edu

Wade Beach is widely respected for his harmonic sophistication and superb technique, which knows no stylistic limitations. He holds a master’s degree in piano performance from the University of Maryland. He entered the world of jazz as a protégé of Sir Roland Hanna and toured the globe many times over with the United States Air Force Band jazz ensemble, The Airmen of Note. Mr. Beach keeps an active teaching and performing schedule, performing with groups around the DC area, including The Jazz Update Band.  Wade also teaches at George Mason University.

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PIANO:  MUS 145 1 credit and 245 2 credit

Chris Hagan Piano: Bio coming soon –  MUS 145/245

Email: mhagan@nvcc.edu

 

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WOODWINDS:  MUS 145 1 credit and 245 2 credit

Brian Jones – Clarinet

Email: bdjones@nvcc.edu

Clarinetist Brian Jones moved to the National Capitol Region in 1992 after winning a position as a clarinetist with the United States Air Force Band. The following year he was invited by the Honorable Sandra Day O’Connor to perform Leonard Bernstein’s Sonata for Clarinet at the U.S. Supreme Court in a recital honoring the 100th anniversary of the composer’s birth. He left the Air Force Band in 1999 after earning his Doctorate from Catholic University to began his career as a teacher at the college level where his students have won numerous competitions as well as earning scholarships to graduate programs at the nation’s leading music schools including Eastman, Indiana, Northwestern, and Michigan. He currently serves on the faculties at Northern Virginia Community College in Alexandria and the Levine School of Music, one of the largest community music schools in the country.

A published author and arranger, he has authored seven articles for The Instrumentalist, the most widely distributed music education publication in the United States, and his arrangement of Mozart’s Adagio, K. 411 for clarinet quintet is published by Whirlwind Music. In 2004 he presented his clinic The American Clarinet Tone: How Shedding European Traditions Fosters a Cohesive Section Sound at the Virginia MENC conference in Norfolk, Virginia. In 2007, as a founding member of The Georgetown Quintet, he was awarded a grant from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County to underwrite a series of performances in that area. He performed Burnett Tuthill’s Rhapsody for Clarinet and Orchestra at the 2008 International Clarinet Association’s ClariFest in Kansas City, Missouri. Dr. Jones also holds a Master of Music from Baylor University and a Bachelor of Music Education from Florida State University. His teachers include Sidney Forrest, Richard Shanley, and Frank Kowalsky.

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WOODWINDS:  MUS 145 1 credit and 245 2 credit

Sue Brockman – Flute – MUS 155/255

Susan Brockman is enjoying a career as a free-lance flutist, following service to the country in The United States Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, a special band in the United States Army. She plays with the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic, the FMMC Chorale Orchestra, and in recitals and special events in the metropolitan area and Baltimore, including in the Kennedy Center on the Terrace Theater stage. She is adjunct faculty at Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria Campus, and also teaches all ages and levels of flute players and jazz doublers. Susan holds a MM in flute performance from the University at North Texas, and continues her professional development by studying with Toshiko Kohno.

Email: sbrockman@nvcc.edu

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WOODWINDS:  MUS 145 1 credit and 245 2 credit

Ricky Parrell – Saxophone

Email: rparrell@nvcc.edu

Ricky Parrell recently released his debut album KEYS TO MY LIFE featuring Randy Brecker of The Brecker Bro. and Justin Stanton of Snarky Puppy as well as members of his very musically respected family!

Ricky grew up in a household full of music. His father (Rick Parrell) spent 34 years in The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” (Washington D.C.) and served as their principal saxophonist. His mother is a clarinetist and sister a trumpet player. After receiving many accolades in high-school as a saxophonist, as well as recording with a number of local groups, the only way forward for Parrell was music.

A graduate from George Mason University, he earned a Bachelor of Music Education. He went on to receive a Master of Music degree in saxophone performance from the University of North Texas. His former teachers include his father, Rick Parrell Sr., Dale Underwood, Jim Carroll, Ed Fraedrich, Marty Nau, Eric Marienthal and Eric Nestler.
In 2012 Parrell won a highly competitive audition with the premier band of The United States Air Force, Washington D.C., and has been active duty with the band ever since. Parrell also continues to be an active performer and educator in the D.C. metro area. He serves as an adjunct faculty member at Northern Virginia Community College where he teaches and specializes in both the jazz and classical idioms.
His comfort in all performing styles led him to become a Vandoren Artist and Clinician and has appeared at such notable venues as The Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center (Dallas), The Eisemann Center (Dallas), The John F. Kennedy Center (Washington D.C) and Wolf Trap Center for the Performing Arts (Vienna, Virginia) He continues to be seen all over the country performing and giving masterclasses at Colleges and Universities.

His debut album KEYS TO MY LIFE is a culmination of years of study, practice and lessons learned along the bumpy road of life as a husband, parent, service member and musician.

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STRINGS:  MUS 136 1 credit and 236 2 credit

Joanna Owen – Violin/Viola

Email: jowen@nvcc.edu

Joanna Owen joined the NOVA Music Faculty in the fall of 2019. She received her Master of Music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory and her Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the Eastman School of Music. Her additional studies include Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California, Accademia Chigiana in Sienna, Italy, as well as the Austro-American Institute in Vienna, Austria. Her extensive orchestral experience began with positions with the Rochester Philharmonic and the Syracuse Symphony. Locally, Dr. Owen is the Associate Concertmaster of the Maryland Symphony, member of the Eclipse Chamber Orchestra and has performed regularly with the National Philharmonic and the Annapolis Symphony. For four years she served as a contracted member of the National Symphony Orchestra, during which time she completed five international tours to five continents.

Doctor Owen has coached chamber groups at Mason Summer Chamber Music Intensive as well as the Summer Music Institute at the Kennedy Center where she prepared college level musicians for Millennium Stage concerts. As a chamber musician she performed with members of the Rochester Philharmonic and the US Army Field Band, to name a few. Recently Dr. Owen collaborated in a quartet performance with the Chamber Dance Project at the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, DC.

Doctor Owen’s dedication to teaching began in her native Poland, where she co-founded Concertino, an organization that provides chamber music concerts for school children in the Warsaw metropolitan area. While with the National Symphony, she taught at the Summer Music Institute and coached string ensemble classes at the Levine school as a part of the NSO In Your Neighborhood series. She has coached All County Orchestras and prepared young musicians for leadership positions in area youth ensembles. She has also held teaching appointments with the University of Rochester and the Washington International School.

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STRINGS:  MUS 136 1 credit and 236 2 credit

Daniel Brown – Bass Guitar and Upright Bass MUS 165/265

Email: dbrown@nvcc.edu

Daniel Brown is a native of Knoxville, Tennessee and comes from a family of professional musicians. He received a Master of Music degree from George Mason University in Jazz Studies and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Tennessee in Studio and Jazz
Music with a concentration in Double Bass Performance. He has studied bass with Rusty Holloway, Michael Moore, Eddie Gomez, John Clayton, Joel DiBartolo, and Glenn Dewey and improvisation with Jerry Coker, Donald Brown, Greg Tardy, and Wade Beach.

An adept performer in many styles, he has played everything from classical, jazz, and rock to klezmer and folk music from South America. He has performed or recorded with Harold Mabern, Jerry Coker, Sean Jones, Greg Tardy, Rick Whitehead, The Black Lillies, Seth
Kibel, Joe McCarthy, Bill Mobley, Victor Provost, and Jeremy Wilson.

He currently teaches and performs often in the DMV area with a number of playing “residencies.” In 2019, he joined the faculty of Northern Virginia Community College as an instructor of double bass and electric bass in all styles.

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STRINGS:  MUS 136 1 credit and 236 2 credit

Kenneth Hall – Guitar

Email: khall@nvcc.edu

Ken Hall received a bachelor’s from Westfield State University in Mass. in 1981 and a master’s from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1986, where he was awarded a teaching assistantship.

He studied classical guitar with Tim Olbrych and William Feasley and jazz guitar with Mick Goodrick, Barry Galbraith and Ted Dunbar.

Ken is an in-demand freelance guitarist playing engagements such with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, at the Kennedy Center’s Opera House, Signature and Olney Theatres, Blues Alley and the Smithsonian. He toured the former Soviet Union with a 16-piece big band as a guest of the Soviet State Department and has performed with jazz greats Max Roach, Dave Weckl, Slide Hampton, Keeter Betts, Don Braden, Hilary Jones, Chris Vadala, country rocker Charlie Daniels, gospel great Andrae Crouch, comedienne Joan Rivers, and Italian crooner Al Martino to name a few.

Besides teaching at NOVA, he has taught both classical and jazz guitar as adjunct faculty at Amherst College, Westfield State University, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, Va.

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BRASS:  MUS 175 1 credit and 275 2 credit

Michael Creadon – Trumpet MUS 175/275

Bio coming soon

Email: mcreadon@nvcc.edu

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BRASS:  MUS 175 1 credit and 275 2 credit

Harry Watters – Trombone MUS 175/275

Email: hwatters@nvcc.edu

Jazz Trombonist Harry Watters travels nationally and internationally as a Jupiter Artist. His numerous Summit Records releases include the popular Love Songs and the three critically acclaimed Brothers discs with trumpeter Ken Watters.

After graduation from the University of North Texas, Harry spent four years touring and recording with the renowned Dukes of Dixieland. While working at night on Bourbon Street, a sleep-deprived Watters attended the University of New Orleans by day, serving as the graduate assistant to Professor Ellis Marsalis.

Watters has performed with Doc Severinsen, Al Hirt, Pete Fountain, Erich Kunzel, Kevin Mahogany, Wycliffe Gordon, Lou Rawls, Maureen McGovern, Bill Watrous, Carl Fontana, Jiggs Whiggam, James Moody, Peter Erskine, Conrad Herwig, John Fedchock and the Boston Brass. In addition, Harry has appeared as a featured soloist with the Syracuse Symphony, the Baton Rouge Symphony, the Louisiana Philharmonic, the Tulsa Pops, the West Virginia Symphony, the University of North Texas One O’Clock Lab Band, the Janacek Philharmonic, the Moldovan Festival Orchestra and the U.S. Army Orchestra.

Harry is constantly in demand as a Jupiter Artist and Clinician. He has presented his “Power Practicing” seminar at the American Band College, the Jazz Education Network National Conference, the Association of Concert Bands’ National Convention, the University of North Texas, New Mexico State University, the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Tennessee, East Carolina State University, Texas Christian University, Baker University, the University of Central Florida, Virginia Commonwealth University, the University of New Orleans, Louisiana State University, the University of Montana, Utah State University, Kent State University and in high schools throughout the United States.

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PERCUSSION:  MUS 185 1 credit and 285 2 credit

Matt Halligan – Percussion/Drums

Email: mhalligan@nvcc.edu

Dr. Matthew Halligan is an educator and free-lance percussionist in the DMV area who specializes in orchestral, marching, and contemporary percussion. He holds a Doctorate in Percussion Performance (D.M.A.) from George Mason University, a Masters of Music from Eastern Kentucky University, and a Bachelors of Music Education from University of the Cumberlands. Since 2019, Dr. Halligan has been the Assistant Director and Percussion Captain Head for the U.S. Naval Academy Drum and Bugle Corps. In 2018, he started teaching as an Adjunct Percussion Professor at Northern Virginia Community College. From 2013-2019, Dr. Halligan taught as an Adjunct Faculty Percussion Professor at George Mason University where he taught Applied Percussion Lessons, Percussion Methods courses, and served as the Assistant Director of the Percussion Ensemble. From 2005-2011, Dr. Halligan served as the front ensemble section leader and as a percussion music arranger with “The Commandant’s Own” Marine Drum & Bugle Corps. In 2006, he was nominated for Marine Musician of the Year at Marine Barracks 8th and I.

Dr. Halligan has performed in the Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia areas with professional orchestras and musical ensembles including The American Festival Pops Orchestra (Principal Percussionist), The Piedmont Symphony Orchestra (Principal Percussionist), the Capital Wind Symphony, the Virginia Grand Military Band, the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Greater Washington, the Music and Arts Orchestra at Providence Presbyterian Church, The National Concert Band of America, and as a percussionist for Washington D.C.’s The IN series at the Atlas Performing Arts Center.

Matt’s sponsorships include Black Swamp Percussion, Innovative Percussion Inc., Sabian Cymbals, and Yamaha Percussion as a Performing Artist.