Department chair: Lisa Hearne  |  Contact info


Lisa Hearne, Professor of Music and Director of Choral Music, teaches studio voice and related courses: vocal diction, vocal pedagogy and song literature.  She directs Concert Choir and Chamber Singers and has led Cornell's choral ensembles on tours in Europe and the United States. She is also an active soprano soloist, adjudicator and guest choral conductor. D.M.A. in choral conducting, University of Iowa; Master of Music in vocal performance/pedagogy, Arizona State University; Bachelor of Music in piano and voice, Eastern Illinois University.

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Lisa Hearne

Martin Hearne, Professor of Music, teaches courses in music education and conducting. He serves as conductor of the Orchestra, Wind Ensemble and Steel Drum Ensembles at Cornell, and he has led groups on tours in Europe and the United States. He also serves as conductor for the Palisades Ensemble, which he created, comprising some of the best instrumentalists in the region. Ph.D., Louisiana State University; B.M.Ed., Northeast Louisiana State University; M.M.Ed., Louisiana State University.

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Martin Hearne

James Martin, Professor of Music, teaches and studies piano, music history from 1600 to the present, opera, Beethoven, Wagner, John Cage, and the history of the avant garde. During his course "Wagner and Wagnerism," he has introduced students to historical research at Chicago's Newberry Library as well as to live performances, lectures, museums, etc. He has been a faculty fellow at Columbia, Princeton, and Stanford, and he was the Director of the Newberry Library ACM Program in the Humanities in 1999-2000. D.Mus., Northwestern University; M.Mus., University of Illinois; B.Mus., Butler University.

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James Martin

Jama Stilwell, Professor of Music, teaches applied flute lessons, core courses in music theory and history, and topics courses such as Women and Music and Musical Borrowing. Stilwell’s recent research was honored with the 2011 Einstein Award of the American Musicological Society. Ph.D. in musicology, University of Iowa; M.M. in musicology, Northwestern University; B.M. in flute performance, University of Iowa.

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Jama Stillwell

Aaron Perrine, Assistant Professor of Music, teaches courses in music theory, music composition and music education. One of his compositions for wind ensemblePale Blue on Deepwon the prestigious 2013 American Bandmasters Association Sousa/Ostwald Award, and was performed by the University of South Carolina Wind Ensemble at the 80thAnnual ABA Convention. Perrine’s chamber music has been performed at variety of conferences, including the 2014 NASA Biennial Conference and the 2012 World Saxophone Congress XVI. Ph.D., University of Iowa; M.Ed., University of Minnesota; B.A., University of Minnesota, Morris.

Aaron Perrine

Joe Dieker, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dean of College, and Professor of Music.

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Joe Dieker

Jonathon Thull, Adjunct Professor of Voice, has performed more than 30 operatic and musical theatre roles, including a number of world premieres. Dr. Thull has also served as Chorus Master for the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre as well as directed and designed one-act operas for their Young Artist Program. Ph.D. in vocal performance and pedagogy and M.M. in choral conducting, University of Minnesota; B.A. in music, College of St. Thomas (Minn.). 

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Jonathon Thull

Michelle Bennett, viola
Nathan Bogert, saxophone
Abbie Brewer, piano/accompanist
Elliot Czaplewski, oboe
R. Joseph Dieker, clarinet
Mary Dieker, accompanist
Matt Driscoll, low brass
James Ellis, cello
Miera Kim, violin
Peter Kortenkamp, French horn

Alan Lawrence, percussion
Greg Morton, bassoon
Tony Nickle, accompanist
Laura Saylor, trumpet
Pat Smith, guitar
Joyce Strabala, piano/choral accompanist
Jonathon Thull, voice
Mike White, double bass
Brett Wolgast, organ/college organist
Zachariah Zubow, music composition


Cathy Schonhorst, Academic Program Assistant                                                                                            Cathy Schonhorst