Music Faculty & Staff



Laurence S. Bitensky

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W. George Matton Professor of Music Music, Performing Arts Program Work Grant Hall—120A Work Phone: 859.238.5449 Website: Myspace page: Website: Personal website:

Larry Bitensky is W. George Matton Professor of Music at Centre where he teaches composition, music theory, musicianship, and world music. He was named a Centre Scholar in 2012, and has served as chair of the music program.

Known for music described as “extraordinarily sensitive and beautiful” and “speaking directly to the heart,” composer and pianist Bitensky has been hailed for works that are satisfying for performers and communicative to audiences. With their emotional intensity, directness, lyrical and sinuous melodies, and funky, polyrhythmic grooves, his works range from wistfully nostalgic, deeply sad, and evocative, to exuberant, playful, and ecstatic.

Educated at Skidmore College, the New England Conservatory of Music, Ithaca College, and Cornell University, Bitensky’s musical personality is rooted in a range of influences. He often seeks to merge the complex structures and expressive range of the classical masters and the innovations of the 20th-century greats with the melodic and rhythmic invention and improvisatory flow of musical traditions from India, Indonesia, the Islamic and Jewish worlds, jazz, and the Grateful Dead. His travels as part of the College’s study abroad program have also allowed him to explore the musical cultures of Morocco, Spain, Turkey, and Bali.

Bitensky first came to national and international attention with a series of works inspired by Jewish musical tradition and culture. In these he developed a free, quasi-improvisatory lyricism and melodic richness that has become one of his signatures. These works include the award-winning Mishb’rey Yam, a song cycle based on Hebrew texts of the great medieval poet Yehudah Halevi; “…a perfect rest,” an orchestral rhapsody based on the traditional Jewish memorial chant; Awake, You Sleepers!, a concerto for trumpet and wind ensemble based on the sounds of the shofar; and Rapture, a piano work based on Chasidic folk melodies.

He has also received attention for works based on his long association with world-renowned trumpeter Vince DiMartino. These include Awake, You Sleepers!, described as “one of the finest additions to the trumpet and wind ensemble repertoire to date;” the polyrhythmic, jazz-infused “From those beginning notes of yearning,” for trumpet and piano; and the comic and macabre The Other Side, for trumpet and chamber ensemble.

A pianist since the age of six, Bitensky’s music is rooted in his sense of what is gratifying for a performer. He regularly returns to the piano as a source of renewal, and he has made numerous contributions to the contemporary piano literature. These include the brooding and melancholy The Alchemy of Solitude, the colorful and varied From the Corner Room, the poetic Scent of the World We Gave Up, Rapture, Shouts and Murmurs, and others.

Bitensky’s works have been recognized by numerous foundations and institutions: the Fromm Foundation, the Omaha Symphony, the New England Philharmonic, the Saint Mary’s University Kaplan Commissioning Project, the Big Ten Band Commission, the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, the Columbia Orchestra, Jabez Press, the ASCAP Foundation Rudolf Nissim Award, the Kentucky Arts Council, the Music Teachers National Association, the Kentucky Music Teachers Association, the American Music Center, the Joyce Dutka Arts Foundation, the Friends and Enemies of New Music, the International Trumpet Guild, the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, the Modern Chamber Players, the Harrid Conservatory, the Society of Composers, Inc., Duquesne University New Music Ensemble, Ensemble X, and the ASCAP Foundation Young Composers Competition.

Recorded on Mark Records and Sea Breeze Vista records, Bitensky’s music has been performed by numerous ensembles and at various festivals around North America, Europe, and Asia. His music is published by Silly Black Dog Music.


File last updated: 10/16/13



Robert Seebacher

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Assistant Professor of Music, Director of Instrumental Programs Centre CollegeDivision I Work Grant Hall - 310

Robert Seebacher joined the Centre College faculty as assistant professor of music and director of instrumental programs in 2017.

Seebacher is music director and conductor of the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra in Tennessee, music director and conductor of the Mobile Symphony Youth Orchestra in Alabama, and assistant conductor for the National Chorale in New York. He has appeared with the Lexington Philharmonic, Youngstown Symphony, Warren Philharmonic and Mobile Symphony orchestras. Seebacher’s previously held positions include director of orchestras and conductor of opera at the University of South Alabama as well as assistant conductor with the University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra and Opera Theatre and the Youngstown Symphony Youth Orchestra.

Seebacher served on the faculty of the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts until its elimination by the Department of Education. While in residence there, he conducted opera and taught conducting, music theory and history, as well as French horn. He has conducted numerous all-state and honors orchestras in Kentucky, West Virginia and Alabama. His guest artist collaborations have included those with Chee-Yun, Béla Fleck, Mark O’Connor, Midori, the Canadian Brass, Pablo Sainz Villegas, The Harlem Quartet, Arlo Guthrie, and Lynn Harrell.

Seebacher has participated in training workshops at the Cleveland Institute of Music and the School of Music, Theatre and Dance at the University of Michigan. He conducted the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra as part of their inaugural conducting symposium. His teachers include William B. Slocum, Stephen L. Gage, John Nardolillo, Emily Freeman Brown and Gustav Meier.

Seebacher earned a B.A. in music education from Youngstown State University; an M.M. in orchestral conducting from Bowling Green State University; and a D.M.A. in music arts and orchestral conducting from the University of Kentucky.


File last updated: 09/15/17


Johann Van Niekerk

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Assistant Professor of Music Music Work Office: Grant Hall-123 Work Phone: 859.238.6512

Johann Van Niekerk joined Centre’s faculty in 2015 as assistant professor of music. He is an active conductor, pianist, educator, writer and collaborative artist, originally from South Africa.

He earned his DMA in Choral Conducting from the University of Washington, his M.M. from Temple University and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Pretoria, South Africa. He hails originally from the Republic of South Africa and has lived in the United States since 2009.


File last updated: 9/28/15


Gregory Turay • Alltech Artist-in-Residence

Gregory Turay
He has graced the most prominent stages across the globe. The London Times has hailed him as “one of the brightest natural talents to have emerged from the United States in recent years.” And now, world-renowned American tenor and Metropolitan Opera veteran Gregory Turay will share his talents at Centre College as the Alltech Artist-in-Residence.
Over the coming year, Turay will give a recital, offer vocal workshops and collaborate with Centre’s choral conductor Johann Van Niekerk. Turay will also teach an opera workshop during the three-week CentreTerm in January and collaborate with Centre Associate Professor Nathan Link, who specializes in 18th-century opera, on a team-taught course. And for a fortunate few, Turay will also offer private voice lessons.
The appointment exemplifies not only Alltech’s on-going support of the arts but also its continuing partnership with Centre. President John A. Roush could not be more pleased.
“Anything we do with Alltech occurs at the highest level, including our most recent partnership that brought the Vienna Philharmonic to the stage of the Norton Center for the Arts,” says Roush. “We remain grateful for Dr. and Mrs. Lyons’ vision and generosity, which benefits our students and entire campus community, not to mention the commonwealth and our region.”
Pearse Lyons is the founder and president of Alltech and was responsible for bringing the Vienna Philharmonic and talented Venezuelan virtuoso conductor Gustavo Dudamel to Centre as part of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™.
“Alltech’s continuing support of such endeavors,” Roush adds, “exemplifies how successful corporations can have a direct, immediate and positive impact for good in the lives of young people. Pearse and Deirdre’s commitment to Kentucky and the region is legendary.”
This type of support should come as no surprise. In 2012, Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education, honored Alltech as one of the Top 10 Companies Supporting the Arts in America.
A Lexington resident and alumnus of the University of Kentucky, Turay began his meteoric rise in 1995 when, at the age of 21, he won the Metropolitan Opera National Councils Auditions. After training in the Met’s Lindemann Young Artists Development Program, Turay made his Met debut in “Ariadne auf Naxos” conducted by James Levine. He has since appeared on the Metropolitan Opera stage for 10 consecutive seasons.
Turay’s impressive resume includes engagements with notable companies like the San Francisco Opera, Deutsche Opera, Santa Fe Opera and Boston Lyric Opera, and he has also performed with leading orchestras and prominent conductors such as Seiji Ozawa.
Since returning to Lexington, Turay has developed a long and deep relationship with Alltech through the School of Music at his alma mater. Highlights include performances at Alltech’s 25th anniversary of its presence in China and entertaining at Alltech’s annual dinner in Dublin, which honors members of Ireland’s diplomatic corps, including consuls general, ambassadors and other dignitaries representing more than 70 countries.



Justin Balcor • Instructor of African Drums, Director of the African Drum Ensemble

Justin Balcor
JUSTIN BALCOR is an ethnomusicologist and music educator from Berea, Kentucky. Balcor holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music (Percussion) from Berea College, a Master of Music Education from Eastern Kentucky University, and a Master of Arts in Musicology and Ethnomusicology. He studies West African drumming, Zimbabwean Mbira, Russian popular music, rock music, and Georgian folk music. Balcor is highly active in music in Lexington, Kentucky and the surrounding area, working as the director music ensembles such as the Kentucky Refugee Ministries’ Children’s Choir and SambaLEX, as well as performing with various music groups in the area.

Tripp Bratton • Instructor of Percussion, Director of the Rhythm Fusion Ensemble

Percussionist TRIPP BRATTON is a Lexington-based performer, composer, and producer who is an adjunct percussion instructor and director of the Rhythm Fusion Ensemble at Centre Collge, and a lecturer of percussion and director of the African-Latin Percussion and Contemporary Percussion (Fusion) ensembles at Berea College. He also serves as director, composer, and arranger for the award-winning March Madness Marching Band, and music director for the Rakadu Gypsy Dance and Sabi Diri sbi multicultural dance troupes. Additionally, he founded and directs One Circle Productions, which facilitates collaboration between musicians, dancers, theatrical producers, and videographers.
Bratton’s performing, producing, and recording career spans over 100 CDs/albums, and numerous TV, radio, and concert appearances. His resume includes percussion work for legendary rock producer Chris Kimsey (The Rolling Stones, Jimmy Cliff); co-producing, recording, and performing with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Bernie Worrell (Parliament-Funkadelic, Talking Heads); and recording with Grammy Award winner Bela Fleck. He has performed with Ghanaian master drummer Gideon Alorwoyie and his Afrikania Cultural Troupe, including a special 1993 Chicago performance for Nelson Mandela. He has also been involved with Catawampus Universe and the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra. Other performances and studies have taken him abroad to Ghana and Suriname.

Bob Bryant • Instructor of Bass Guitar

Bob Bryant
BOB BRYANT received his B.A. in Music from the University of Kentucky, and Masters from the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. He has previously served on the faculty of Eastern Kentucky University as Instructor of Bass, Tuba, Jazz Improvisation, and co-director of the Jazz Ensemble. Bryant also served on the faculty of Morehead State University as Professor of Bass and Lecturer in Music. Currently, and in addition to Centre College, Mr. Bryant is Professor of Bass and Jazz Theory/Improvisation at Asbury University.
Professor Bryant established his professional career as a studio musician with a discography of over 500 LPs and CDs, and composed/produced over 1000 commercial productions in the form of jingles, cues, and corporate marketing film scores. As a current performer, Bryant can be viewed on PBS (and worldwide) as the house bass player for the Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour, and duo partner with guitar virtuoso, Ben Lacy (opening acts include Tower of Power, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and Victor Wooten). An abridged list of past collaborations with other known performers include the Smothers Brothers, Bela Fleck, Alex Acuna, and Jerry Douglas.

Elaine Humphreys Cook • Instructor of Harp

Elaine Humphreys Cook
ELAINE HUMPHREYS COOK, Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra principal harpist, has appeared as soloist with the LPO, the Louisville Orchestra, Evansville Philharmonic, and with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. She has played with orchestras in Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Columbus, California, and Aspen having worked with conductors including James Levine, Eugene Ormandy, Seiji Ozawa, and Gunther Schuller. As acting principal harp with the Louisville Orchestra for three years, she performed at Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center.
Cook appears on the Pro Organo label with the Christ Church Girls Choir in works by John Rutter and Benjamin Britten. Cook performed Voices of Ancient Children by George Crumb with the New York Chamber Ensemble, Jan & Francesca DeGiatani, and worked with a New Music Ensemble in San Francisco directed by Jon Adams. Cook holds a bachelor of music degree from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and master of music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Luke Darville • Instructor of Cello and String Bass

Luke Darville
Dr. Luke Darville began playing cello with the Heritage Area String Program in Danville, Ky. He received his Bachelor of Music from the University of Louisville, where he co-founded the Apolo Piano Trio, which has toured internationally. While at U of L, Luke was the two-time winner of the Concerto Competition performing the Elgar’s Cello Concerto and Bloch’s Schelomo. Luke received his Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Minnesota, where he attended as a Berneking Fellow. Luke has taught cello and string bass at the University of Minnesota Morris; cello and piano at Mt. Calvary Music Academy, and has held a private studio for 12 years. Luke has performed with orchestras throughout West Texas, South Dakota, Minnesota and has been an active Teaching Artist for the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra. During the summers, Darville has been on faculty at Festival of Strings in Lexington, Ky., an artist-in-residence in Lexington’s Chamber Music July Series, and artist-in-residence at Oskaloosa Chamber Music Festival in Iowa. Luke and his wife Sila perform regularly as a professional violin/cello duo, which has received international acclaim. Luke has received awards from Schubert Music Club Competition and the Macauley Competition. His cello was crafted by the American luthier Timothy J. Jansma. He has had the privilege of studying with Dr. Clyde Beavers, Prof. Paul York, and Prof. Tanya Remenikova.

Doug Drewek • Instructor of Saxophone and Clarinet

Doug Drewek

Saxophonist, composer, and educator, DOUG DREWEK directs Centre Jazz in addition to teaching students in saxophone and clarinet. He has taught courses including private lessons, saxophone quartets, jazz ensembles, and jazz history at East Carolina University, Chowan Community College, and the University of Kentucky. A native of Raleigh, North Carolina, he has performed with the North Carolina Symphony, the North Carolina Jazz Repertory Orchestra and the US Air Jazz Orchestra featuring Ben E. King.

In 1996, Drewek traveled with the Leon Jordan Continentals on a weeklong tour of northern England. In 2002 he was featured with the East Carolina Jazz Ensemble at the JVC Jazz Festival and the Birdland jazz club in New York City. While in Kentucky, Drewek has played with a variety of ensembles including DiMartino-Osland Jazz Orchestra, The Kentucky Jazz Repertory Orchestra, The Lexington Philharmonic, the Temptations, and Aretha Franklin. He can be heard most recently on the Osland Saxophone Quartet’s recording, Commission Impossible, the DiMartino/Osland Jazz Orchestra’s Quotient, and the Kentucky Jazz Repertory Orchestra’s Flying Home. Other recordings include the world premier of Bob Mintzer’s Rhythm of the Americas with the Osland Saxophone Quartet and the University of Kentucky Wind Ensemble, as well as the University of Kentucky Jazz Ensemble’s Self Contained which was recommended for a Grammy nomination in 2006.




Marie-France Duclos • Instructor of Voice

Marie-France Duclos
Soprano MARIE-FRANCE DUCLOS has built a vast repertoire of solo performances with renowned conductors and orchestras throughout Canada. She has sung under the baton of conductors such as Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Boris Brott, Jean-François Rivest, and André Bernard. She was recently feature as Belinda in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas with Bourbon Baroque. She was also the soprano soloist in Bach’s Saint John’s Passion with the Kentucky Bach Choir. She is the first prize winner of the Audrey Rooney Kentucky Bach Choir Competititon 2014.
Her talent for sacred music has led her to sing in many concerts such as Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s Magnificat, Mozart’s Requiem, Vesperae Solennes de Confessore, Exultate Jubilate, Poulenc’s Gloria and Fauré’s Requiem. She was broadcasted by the public radio CBC in a concert of The Motets by J.S. Bach. She also toured in Canada as Gretel in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel presented by Les Jeunesses Musicales of Canada. She performed in such roles as Musetta, Cendrillon, and Monica. Marie-France earned a Master’s degree in Voice Performance from the University of Montreal where she was awarded a merit scholarship as well as a George-Cedric Ferguson scholarship. She’s received a fellowship to attend the Canadian Institute of Vocal Arts. Along side of her teaching and performing, Marie-France is working towards her D.M.A. in Voice Performance at the University of Kentucky under the guidance of Dr. Noemi Lugo.

John Harrod • Instructor of Fiddle

JOHN HARROD has documented, recorded, and performed traditional music for more than 40 years. Born and raised in Shelby County, Kentucky, he has a B.A. from Centre College (1967) and an M.A. from Oxford University (1969) which he attended as a Rhodes Scholar. Recently retired, he taught history and English at Owen County High School (16 years) and Frankfort High (8 years).
In the 1970s and ’80s, Harrod played with a number of bands including the Progress Red Hot String Band, the Bill Livers String Ensemble, and the Gray Eagle Band that re-introduced traditional musicians such as Bill Livers and Lily May Ledford to Kentucky audiences. During this time he also worked for three years as a Kentucky Arts Council folk artist-in-residence in Wolfe, Estill, and Trimble Counties.
Along with Mark Wilson and Guthrie Meade, Harrod has produced a series of field recordings of Kentucky fiddle and banjo players that is available on Rounder Records. His extensive field recordings are housed at both the Kentucky Center for Traditional Music at Morehead and Berea College. He has taught fiddle and conducted workshops at the Augusta Heritage Center, the American Festival of Fiddle Tunes in Port Townsend, Washington, the Berea College Celebration of Traditional Music, and the Cowan Creek Mountain Music School. He continues to perform with Kentucky Wild Horse, a band that highlights the connections between traditional music and bluegrass. In 2004, Harrod received the Folk Heritage Award of the Governor’s Awards in the Arts for his work in traditional music.

Kim Heersche • Instructor of Oboe

Kim Heersche
KIM HEERSCHE has a Bachelor Degree of Music in Music Education with Performer’s Certificate from the University of South Carolina, and a Master of Music in Oboe Performance from the University of Kentucky. She has over 18 years of performance experience as a contracted and volunteer musician in a variety of musical styles and venues. She has performed with the Lexington Philharmonic and Community Orchestras, Handel Festival Orchestra, Long Bay Symphony, Central Kentucky Concert Band, Lexington Bach Choir & Consort, and Tano Venti Woodwind Quintet, among others. She is also a private instructor and has appeared at the Rochester Bach Festival.

Zachary Klobnak • Instructor of Harpsichord, Organ, and Piano

Zach Klobnak
Dr. ZACHARY KLOBNAK is College Organist and Instructor of Organ, Harpsichord, and Piano at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky. He is also Director of Music and Organist at the Presbyterian Church of Danville, where he directs the music program, administers the “Music on Main Street” concert series, and plays the church’s Taylor & Boody pipe organ. A native of Iowa, Klobnak holds degrees from Luther College (B.A.), the University of Florida (M.M.), and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (D.M.A.), where he held the Brownson Fellowship for organ studies. His principal organ teachers include Dana Robinson, Laura Ellis, and Gregory Peterson; he has also studied harpsichord with Kathryn Reed and choral conducting with Donald Nally, Fred Stoltzfus, and Timothy Peter. Klobnak is an active recitalist, a member of the American Guild of Organists and the Presbyterian Association of Musicians, and studied French organ literature and design in Paris and in the Alps region of France. He has held church music positions in Illinois, Florida, and Iowa.

Tim Lake • Instructor of Banjo

Tim Lake
TIM LAKE is a singer-songwriter, composer, performer, and teacher who was born in Manhattan, New York and raised in Lexington, Kentucky. Playing banjo and guitar, Lake has been a professional musician for over 20 years, has released ten albums of original songs, and has performed internationally and across the United States with his group The Little Big Band.
Lake received a doctorate in music in 1991 from the University of Kentucky. In 1993, he performed and recorded the world premiere of his doctoral work, “An American Concerto For 5-String Banjo And Orchestra,” with the Atlanta-Emory Orchestra in Atlanta, Georgia. In 1995, his concerto was awarded Kentucky’s prestigious Al Smith Fellowship for music composition and he has also received recognition as a composer from ASCAP’s Standard and Popular Awards panel from 1994 through 2011.
Rounder Records released Lake’s first recording entitled Same Old Roadside Inn and in 1993, Lake started his own company, Padraig Records LLC, which has since released six compact disc/cassette recordings.

Ryan Moore • Instructor of Euphonium and Tuba

Ryan Moore
RYAN MOORE is a low brass specialist from Lexington, where he attended the University of Kentucky, receiving his Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctorate of Musical Arts degrees in Music Performance. Currently Assistant Professor of Low Brass/Artist in Residence at Kentucky State University, he has previously been the Instructor of Tuba and Euphonium at U.K. and Professor of Low Brass at Georgetown College and Indiana University-Southeast.
Moore has performed with the Lexington Philharmonic, DiMartino Osland Jazz Orchestra, Miles of Jazz Orchestra, and the Blue Brass Quintet. He has been a featured soloist at the Great American Brass Band Festival, performing with Saxton’s Cornet Band and the 202 Army National Guard Band. Moore has also been a featured soloist and member of the Lexington Brass Band. He currently performs with various Motown, R&B, rock, and funk bands in the central Kentucky area. His playing has been featured on multiple albums including the University of Kentucky’s Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble’s Now Hear This! Live at the 2008 Army Band Conference, Matt Duncan’s Soft Times, and the original motion picture documentary soundtrack to The Gettysburg Address.
In 2015, Moore performed with the national tour of the Broadway musical Memphis with Prather Entertainment Group. He has participated in the Leonard Falcone International Tuba/Euphonium Solo Competition, the International Tuba Euphonium Association Conference Solo and Quartet Competitions, and was President of the University of Kentucky’s Alpha Gamma chapter of Phi Mu Alpha music fraternity.

Cacey Nardolillo • Instructor of Voice

Cacey Nardolillo
CACEY NARDOLILLO, soprano, lauded by The New York Times for her “exquisite” singing, is a frequent concert soloist, appearing at Carnegie Hall, and with the Toledo Symphony, Boulder Philharmonic, Evansville Philharmonic, Lexington Philharmonic, Owensboro Symphony, Orchestra Sinfonica dell’International in Rome, Natchez Festival of Music, the National Youth Choir, Nebraska Choral Works, Limestone Chorale, Huntington Choral Society in New York, and the Middletown Chorale in Connecticut. She recently sang Mahler’s Rückert Lieder with the Johnson City Symphony in Tennessee.
She has also appeared in operas with the Aspen Opera Theater Center, the Colorado Lyric Theater, Chautauqua Music Festival, Operafestival di Roma, Dicapo Opera, the University of Kentucky Opera Theatre, and the University of Colorado Opera. Some other favorite opera roles include, Alice Ford in Falstaff, both Mimi and Musetta in La Bohème, Elizabeth in God Bless Us Everyone, Violetta in La Traviata, Adina in L’elisir d’amore, Contessa in Le nozze di Figaro, and Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte. She has been a prizewinner in the Rocky Mountain District Metropolitan Opera Council Auditions, the Denver Lyric Opera Guild Competition, the American Traditions Competition in Savannah, Georgia, and the Alltech Opera Scholarship Competition in Lexington, Kentucky. She has recorded two albums with Albany Records, including the original cast recording of God Bless Us Everyone and the soprano solos in Thomas Pasatieri’s Symphony Number Two.
Dr. Nardolillo has toured extensively, performing throughout the United States, and in Europe. A native of Maysville, Kentucky, Dr. Nardolillo received her B.M. at the University of Kentucky in 1996, her M.M. from the University of Colorado in 1999, and a D.M.A. from the University of Kentucky in 2013. Dr. Nardolillo has taught at the Downing Academy for Performing Arts, UK, Berea College, and was the director of the Vocal Area in the inaugural season of Prague Summer Nights Music Festival. She currently teaches voice at Centre College and maintains a private studio in Lexington, Kentucky.

Meg Saunders • Instructor of Violin and Viola

Meg Saunders
MEG SAUNDERS holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance and a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of Virginia. She completed a Master of Music degree in Violin Performance and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Teaching degree at Eastern Kentucky University. Saunders has been on the music faculty of Centre College since 2003, and is also currently serving on the faculty at Eastern Kentucky University as violin/viola instructor. She teaches over 70 young students with the Heritage Area String Program in Danville.
In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Saunders is a regular performer with the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra. She performs regularly on solo and chamber music recitals and maintains a large studio of Central Kentucky students ages 4-18. During summers she serves on the faculty of the Stephen Foster Music Camps and performs with the Wintergreen Festival Orchestra in Virginia.

Holly Smith • Instructor of Bassoon

HOLLY SMITH spent part of her childhood in Mesa, AZ and the rest in southwestern South Dakota where her family raises beef cattle. After high school, she served in the United States Marine Corps as a musician. This job gave her the opportunity to travel and also to begin her college career at the University of Hawaii – Manoa where she studied vocal performance. After leaving the USMC, she continued her college education at the University of Kentucky. She graduated in 2013 with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Music Education and Music Performance, bassoon.
She jumped right into graduate studies and completed her Master of Education degree in Music Education in 2014, then moved to Louisville to teach music at Ascension School. She has completed the Dalcroze Pedagogy Certificate and National Certification in Dalcroze Eurhythmics as well as Rank 1 in Music Education, all from the University of Kentucky.
Smith has performed with Arlo Guthrie at Carnegie Hall, at a world premier with Thomas Pasatieri, and with Itzhak Pearlman, Lang Lang, Marvin Hamlisch, Pink Martini, as well as served as Principal Bassoonist for the Prague Summer Nights Music Festival twice. She has also presented professional music education workshops at the state and regional level.

Jonathan Stites • Instructor of Trumpet

Jonathan Stites
JONATHAN STITES has solidly defined himself as an exceptional performer and musician. His orchestral experience includes holding positions in the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, acting principal trumpet of the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra, principal trumpet of the Ash Lawn Opera, principal trumpet of the American Academy of Conducting Orchestra at the Aspen Music Festival, Albany Symphony Orchestra, Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, and American Wind Symphony Orchestra. A three-time finalist at the National Trumpet Competition (2nd place in 2001, 3rd place in 2008 and 2009) and winner of the Tennessee Trumpet Competition, Jonathan’s dynamic playing has garnered solo appearances with the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra and the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra.
Jonathan earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky, a master’s degree from Florida State University, completed the coursework for a D.M.A. at Stony Brook University, and attended the Aspen Music Festival and School three times. Jonathan is a Conn-Selmer Vincent Bach performing artist.

Ginny Tutton • Instructor of Flute

Ginny Tutton

GINNY TUTTON is much in demand as a teacher, performer, and adjudicator. Ms. Tutton is formerly second flute in the IWASH symphony and has performed with the Chattanooga Symphony and the Cadek Community Orchestra. She is an expert in flute pedagogy and is also interested in acoustics, pedagogy of music theory, and extended techniques such as flute beatboxing. Ms. Tutton holds degrees from the University of Idaho and the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga and is currently earning her D.M.A. at the University of Kentucky in Lexington where she lives with her husband and cat.



Kasey Webb • Instructor of Mandolin and Fiddle

Kasey Webb
KASEY WEBB was raised in Burgin, Ky and now resides in the hills of Forkland with his wife, Melissa, and daughter, Polly. He was introduced to old time music at the age of four by the late Bill Brashear and Russ Moore. He fondly recalls hearing “Pretty Polly” on the mandolin and claw hammer banjo, which began his interest in old time music. As a young teen, he began playing the guitar and has added mandolin, banjo, fiddle, and upright bass to his list. Webb has been a member of a few local bluegrass bands playing at local coffee shops, art galleries, and festivals. Since meeting his wife he has had the opportunity to play old time music at weddings around Kentucky, including his own as he played Margeret’s Waltz as his bride walked down the aisle. Webb enjoys playing for and with the local community to encourage interest and cultural experience in old time music. He enjoys playing a variety of bluegrass instruments, but spends most of his time on the mandolin, fiddle, and banjo.

Elizabeth Wolfe • Instructor of Piano and Accompanying

ELIZABETH WOLFE has been an instructor of piano at Centre College for several years. She enjoys training students of all levels, and performs frequently in concert with students and faculty. Wolfe received a Master of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Louisville, where she studied with Lee Luvisi and Dr. David Kaisermen. Her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance was obtained at Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina where she studied piano under Mr. Henry Rauch. Organ is her secondary instrument.
Wolfe revels in helping students to grow into the artistry and expressiveness of creating music on this beautiful instrument. The depth of beauty within the literature for piano is vast and greatly varied, endless in detail, creativity, and inspiration. Developing one’s mind, ear and hands is an exciting process through which the pianist can infuse his own unique personality and musical ideas to convey sounds and moods that move the listener’s heart and mind.

Daniel Worley • Instructor of Digital Music, Rock Guitar, and Composition

A Kentucky native, DANIEL WORLEY has a D.M.A. and M.M. in Music Composition from the University of Michigan and a B.M. in Theory/Composition (guitar emphasis) from the University of Louisville. He’s received commissions from the Albany Symphony, Tulsa Philharmonic, and SEAMUS/ASCAP among others. His dissertation was the first concept album ever accepted as a dissertation by a major composition program.
In the last 10 or so years Worley has built and run two recording studios; produced, recorded and/or mastered more CDs than he can remember, including two with his former band CityGoat; and has taught composition and electronic music at U of M. He currently teaches orchestration and composition at University of Louisville as well as guitar, digital music, and composition at Centre College. Worley can often be seen playing dobro with the Kentucky Music Ensemble.



Sallie Bright

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Performing Arts Coordinator Centre CollegeDramatic Arts, Music, Performing Arts Program Work Grant Hall—304 Work Phone: 859.238.5424

Sallie joined the performing arts staff in August 2012 after four years as Academic Affairs Coordinator. Before coming to Centre, she worked as a freelance writer and photographer and as Outreach Coordinator for the local humane society. A native of Danville, she is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism.



Staff Congress Representative

2012 — 2015


Zach Klobnak

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College Organist and Instructor of Music Centre CollegeMusic Home Grant Hall— Work Phone: 859.238.5424

Zachary Klobnak is Centre’s Organist and Instructor of Organ, Harpsichord, and Piano. He is also Director of Music and Organist at the Presbyterian Church of Danville, where he directs the music program, administers the “Music on Main Street” concert series, and plays the church’s Taylor & Boody pipe organ.

A native of Iowa, Klobnak holds degrees from Luther College (B.A.), the University of Florida (M.M.), and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (D.M.A.), where he held the Brownson Fellowship for organ studies. His principal organ teachers include Dana Robinson, Laura Ellis, and Gregory Peterson; he has also studied harpsichord with Kathryn Reed and choral conducting with Donald Nally, Fred Stoltzfus, and Timothy Peter.

Klobnak is an active recitalist, a member of the American Guild of Organists and the Presbyterian Association of Musicians, and studied French organ literature and design in Paris and in the Alps region of France. He has held church music positions in Illinois, Florida, and Iowa.


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