Full Time Faculty  Adjunct

Elke Overton
Joel Vanderheyden

Cathy Boemler
Mark Cotter
Robert DeBoo
Laura Dwyer
Dawn Hoog
Cara Kizer
Travis Lewis
Paula Martin
Johanna Nordhorn
Joseph Pastor
Tyler Vahldick
Mary Weber

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Full Time Faculty 

Elke Overton

Elke OvertonTitle: Asst Prof-Music
Office: FA 102B
Phone: 636-481-3372
Email:eoverton@jeffco.edu
Office Hours

Master of Music: University Of Cincinnati

Elke Overton is currently conducting the Concert Band at Jefferson College and teaching Music Appreciation, Music Literature and World Music. Ms. Overton has a Bachelor`s Degree in Music Education from the University of Northern Iowa and a Masters Degree in Wind Conducting from University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Ms. Overton has studied conducting with wind conductors across the nation, including Frank Battisti, Alan McMurray, Mallory Thompson, Rod Winther, Jerry Junkin, Bob Reynolds and Wayne Jeffreys. She has been teaching and playing saxophone in the St. Louis metro area since 1993. She also remains active with professional organizations including the Conductor`s Guild, CBDNA, WASBE and MMEA. Ms. Overton has extensive experience teaching music at all levels - elementary, middle school, high school, community college and university.

Ms. Overton`s previous positions were at Washington University, St. Charles Community College, Webster University and University of Missouri-St. Louis. At Washington University, she assisted with rehearsals with the Orchestra. At SCC, she worked as the Instrumental Music Coordinator and Assistant Music Professor; conducted both the Concert Band and the Orchestra; taught courses in the Music Department, including Music History and Conducting; and taught the woodwind studio. She also taught classical saxophone at both Webster University and University of Missouri-St. Louis.



Joel Vanderheyden

Joel VanderheydenTitle: Prof-Music
Office: FA 112B
Phone: 636-481-3362
Email:jvanderh@jeffco.edu
Office Hours

Doctor of Music: University Of Iowa
Master of Music: U Of Maryland:College Park
Bachelor of Arts: University Of Minnesota Morris

With degrees in Saxophone Performance and Pedagogy (DMA, University of Iowa), Jazz Studies (MM, University of Maryland), and Music Performance and Education (BA, University of Minnesota, Morris), Joel Vanderheyden is a seasoned performer and educator in both jazz and classical styles. At Jefferson College, he teaches Music Theory, Jazz Improvisation, Jazz Appreciation, Applied Woodwinds, and directs the Jefferson College Jazz Ensembles. Vanderheyden has previously served as Director of Jazz at both the University of Minnesota-Morris and Oakton Community College in the Chicago area. He is a member of the Missouri Saxophone Quartet, and performs regularly with the St. Louis Jazz Orchestra. He has performed at the World Saxophone Congress (St. Andrews, Scotland, 2012), at jazz festivals in Switzerland, France, and Holland, and at notable stateside venues including Carnegie Hall, Blues Alley, The Dakota, The Artists` Quarter, The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, and The Stephen Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts. Vanderheyden`s debut CD was released in 2009 on the Mize Music label. It was named one of the Top Jazz Albums of 2009 on KCCK 88.3FM in Cedar Rapids, IA and called "One of the best jazz rock records to be released in years!" by Christopher Cooke on KIOS 91.5FM in Omaha, NE.



 
Adjunct 

Cathy Boemler

Cathy BoemlerTitle: Adjunct-contracted
Office:
Phone: 636-481-3368
Email:cboemle1@jeffco.edu

Master of Music Education: Univ Of Missouri - Columbia

Cathy Boemler received degrees in Piano and Music Education from Murray State University (Kentucky) and University of Missouri-Columbia. She has previously taught in the Dunklin R-5 and Crystal City School Districts. Currently she maintains a private piano studio as well as accompanies numerous choral programs at Festus, Windsor, and Seckman High Schools



Mark Cotter

Mark CotterTitle: Adjunct-contracted
Office:
Phone: 636-481-Contact Arts and Science Secretary at x3331 or Career and Tech Secretary at x3445
Email:mcotter1@jeffco.edu

Master of Music Education: Southeast Missouri St Univ
Bachelor of Music Education: Southeast Missouri St Univ

Mark Cotter received his BME and his MME from Southeast Missouri State University. Mark taught choral music, grades 6-12, at Crystal City High School for the first 12 years of his teaching career. He then taught at Seckman High School for 17 years where he directed the choral program and taught Music Appreciation. He retired at the end of the 2014 school year and is now in his third year as an adjunct faculty member at Jefferson College-Hillsboro where he conducts the Concert Chorale, Chamber Singers, and the Jefferson College Community Choir. His professional memberships include NAfME, ACDA, MCDA, and Phi Mu Alpha. Currently, he is the MCDA Repertoire and Standards chair for Community Choirs.



Robert DeBoo

Robert DeBooTitle: Adjunct-contracted
Office:
Phone: 636-481-Contact Arts and Science Secretary at x3331 or Career and Tech Secretary at x3445
Email:rdeboo@jeffco.edu

Master of Music: SIU - Edwardsville

Bob DeBoo is originally from Fort Worth, Texas. He began his formal studies at the University of North Texas, where he studied with Lynn Seaton and Craig Butterfield and then completed his studies at the New School in Manhatten with Ben Street, Michael Moore, Dennis Irwin, Cameron Browne, and Johannes Weidenmuller. He played professionally in New York for a period and then came to St. Louis in 2006. Mr. DeBoo has been incredibly active in the Jazz scene, playing with every major artist in the area. In Saint Louis he has worked often with Willie Akins, Freddie Washington, Denise Thymes, Ptah Williams, Erin Bode, Dave Stone, Adam Maness, Peter Schlamb, and Montez Coleman. A regular fixture at Jazz at the Bistro, he has been involved with many great musicians as they travel through the area - Terrell Stafford, Bruce Barth, Keyon Harrold, Adam Larson, Allison Miller, Peter Martin, Matt Wilson, Emmanuel Harrold, Houston Person, Johnny O`Neal, Chad Lefkowitz-Brown, Geoff Keezer, among many more. Bob is also active in leading his own groups - including performances at LouFest, Chesterfield Jazz Festival, and at Jazz at the Bistro. He is also known for hosting a long-running Jazz jam session at the Kranzberg Arts Center in Grand Center.

Very involved in Jazz education as well Bob has taught for years with Jazz St. Louis` "JazzU" program, with Jazz at Lincoln Center`s Jazz for Young People program, Peter Martin`s Open Studio Network, and is an adjunct bass professor at Missouri State University and Jefferson College. He has also taught private lessons to many young bassists over the years and keeps a full roster of students.



Laura Dwyer

Laura DwyerTitle: Adjunct-contracted
Office:
Phone: 636-481-Contact Arts and Science Secretary at x3331 or Career and Tech Secretary at x3445
Email:ldwyer@jeffco.edu



Dawn Hoog

Dawn HoogTitle: Adjunct-contracted
Office:
Phone: 636-481-Contact Arts and Science Secretary at x3331 or Career and Tech Secretary at x3445
Email:dhoog1@jeffco.edu

Master of Music: Univ Of Missouri - Columbia

Dawn Hoog received her Bachelor of Music Education from Central Methodist University. She received her Master of Music at the University of Missouri - Columbia. While working on her master`s degree, Dawn taught woodwind lessons and woodwind techniques at Central Methodist. Dawn has been an elementary music teacher in the Fox C-6 school district since 1999. She previously played with the Compton Heights Concert Band. Dawn enjoys teaching lessons in her home, time with family and friends and enjoying nature.



Cara Kizer

Cara KizerTitle: Adjunct-contracted
Office:
Phone: 636-481-Contact Arts and Science Secretary at x3331 or Career and Tech Secretary at x3445
Email:ckizer@jeffco.edu

Master of Music: Juilliard School, The

Cara Kizer is currently horn professor at Jefferson College and McKendree University. Most recently she was Second Horn with the Seattle Symphony for two seasons. Prior to that appointment, Ms. Kizer was Assistant Principal/Utility Horn of the Colorado Symphony and also Assistant Principal/ Utility Horn of the New York Philharmonic. Before winning her position in the New York Philharmonic, she was a regular substitute player for three seasons. As her career began in New York City, she was an active freelancer, performing with groups such as the New York City Opera, the Orchestra of St. Luke`s, recording many movie scores, and performing on Broadway. Ms. Kizer has also performed with the St. Louis Symphony, the Kansas City Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra, and she has performed as guest principal horn with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. Ms. Kizer was also a first prize winner at the American Horn Competition.

A native Texan, Ms. Kizer holds a Bachelor`s degree from Texas Tech University, a Master`s degree from The Juilliard School, and was the first horn player awarded an Artist Diploma from The Curtis Institute of Music. Her primary teachers have included Anthony Brittin, Christopher Smith, and the former New York Philharmonic Associate Principal Horn, the late Jerome Ashby.



Travis Lewis

Travis LewisTitle: Adjunct-contracted
Office:
Phone: 636-481-Contact Arts and Science Secretary at x3331 or Career and Tech Secretary at x3445
Email:tlewis16@jeffco.edu

Doctor of Music: U Of Illinois-Urbana Champaign
Master of Music: SIU - Edwardsville

Travis Lewis is a guitar player and composer with over 20 years of experience as a performer and educator and is known not only in the United States but also in Japan. He received his Doctorate of Musical Arts degree with a concentration in Jazz Performance (and music theory cognate) at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana where he served as undergraduate guitar teacher to the Jazz department under the tutelage of Lawrence Gray. Travis did his undergraduate and Master`s work under the instruction of 7-string guitarist Rick Haydon.

Travis has a diverse and prolific background playing in multiple eclectic ensembles. Between the years of 2005-2011, Travis made a name for himself in Hiroshima where he performed and taught throughout Japan. His most recent accomplishments include being nominated for Best Jazz Group by the Riverfront Times as a member of the St. Louis based band Animal Children and his work with the nationally known band So Many Dynamos. As a member of the Dynamos, he performed at several major venues and music festivals throughout the U.S. A small list of these include South by Southwest, Pygmalion, and the Valley of the Vapors.

As a Jazz musician, Lewis is a top call guitarist in St. Louis and has performed on guitar with several major artists including Houston Person, Randy Brecker, The Jim Widner Big Band, George Gee Orchestra, Dave Scott, Dave Pietro, Ken Peplowski, and Terrell Stafford. He has also performed at several conferences including those held by the Jazz Educators Network, North American Saxophone Alliance, and most recently the College Music Society`s national conference in Santa, NM where he gave a solo guitar performance presentation that featured the music of Aaron Copland and Ennio Morricone.

Currently, Travis teaches at Jefferson College, Blackburn College, KDHX Folk School, and is part of the St. Louis Classical Guitar Society`s Guitar Horizon program.



Paula Martin

Paula MartinTitle: Adjunct-contracted
Office:
Phone: 636-481-Contact Arts and Science Secretary at x3331 or Career and Tech Secretary at x3445
Email:pmartin5@jeffco.edu

Master of Music Education: Univ Of Missouri - St Louis
Master of Music: SIU - Edwardsville
Bachelor of Science Education: Univ Of Missouri - Columbia

Paula Martin has been an active choral music educator for more than thirty years, having taught singers from kindergarten through graduate school. Professor Martin began her career teaching K-12 vocal music for the Grandview R-2 School District in Jefferson County. She spent more than twenty years as Director of Choirs at Oakville High School in South St. Louis County. While at Oakville High School, Professor Martin`s choirs performed for the Annual Conference of the Missouri Music Educators Association five times. In addition, the Oakville High School Chamber Choir performed under her direction for the Southwestern Divisional Conference of the American Choral Director`s Association in 2009. Professor Martin is the Artistic Director for the Kirkwood Children`s Chorale, and conducts Concert Choir and Cantando Singers. She is also the Artistic Director and Conductor for Enchorum, a professional choral ensemble that performs throughout the St. Louis area.



Johanna Nordhorn

Johanna NordhornTitle: Adjunct-contracted
Office:
Phone: 636-481-Contact Arts and Science Secretary at x3331 or Career and Tech Secretary at x3445
Email:jnordhor@jeffco.edu

Master of Music: Indiana Univ - Bloomington

Praised for her warmth of tone and spirit, Mezzo-Soprano Johanna Nordhorn has graced audiences across the nation with her heartfelt performances and exotic sound. Originally hailing from Winter Park, FL, Johanna received her Masters Degree from Indiana University and accepted positions as a Gerdine Young Artist with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis in 2011 and 2013, where she most notably covered international opera star Denyce Graves and sang a concert of Ricky Ian Gordon`s music with the composer at the piano. Since moving to St. Louis in 2012, she has won the Southern Illinois Young Artist Competition, placed at the Metropolitan National Council Awards, was awarded the title of "St. Louis`s Best New Opera Singer" in the St. Louis Post Dispatch, and has received an Individual Artist`s Grant from the Regional Arts Commission. She has also been a featured soloist with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Union Avenue Opera, Gateway Opera, and the Kingsbury Ensemble.

Johanna loves to teach and runs a successful private studio from which she has sent many wonderful singers off into their own musical careers as performers, educators, and music therapists.



Joseph Pastor

Joseph PastorTitle:
Office:
Phone: 636-481-Contact Arts and Science Secretary at x3331 or Career and Tech Secretary at x3445
Email:jpastor@jeffco.edu

Master of Arts in Teaching: Webster University
Bachelor of Music: SIU - Edwardsville

Joe Pastor holds a Master`s of Art in Teaching, and a Bachelor of Music Performance. He is the Director of Music at Bishop DuBourg High School, and is the founder and artistic director of the St. Louis Legacy Ensemble, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. He has performed throughout the country in settings as diverse as jazz, blues, rock, musical theater, modern dance, and symphonic concerts. He recorded with Rock `n` Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Johnnie Johnson and Juno Award-Winning Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne, and has maintained a very busy performing career both as hired professional and as bandleader. Mr. Pastor is also a published, commissioned, and award-winning composer who`s works have been performed at the University of Kentucky, Stephen S. Austin University, Webster University, The Touhill Theater at UMSL, University of Missouri-Columbia, Southwest Missouri State University, the Texas Ballet, and others.



Tyler Vahldick

Tyler VahldickTitle: Adjunct-contracted
Office:
Phone: 636-481-Contact Arts and Science Secretary at x3331 or Career and Tech Secretary at x3445
Email:tvahldic@jeffco.edu

Master of Music: Manhattan School Of Music

Trombonist Tyler Vahldick has an active career working for many different music organizations throughout the U.S. He was appointed Second Trombone with the Las Vegas Philharmonic at the start of the 2016-17 season and also holds the position of 2nd/bass trombonist with The Muny. He also works extensively with the Kansas City Symphony and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, and many others.

He previously held the positions of Principal Trombone of the Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra and the Wichita Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed as Principal Trombone with the Kansas City Symphony, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Czech National Symphony, London Sinfonietta, Orpheus Sinfonia, Spoleto Festival USA and the Verbier Festival Orchestra, and has worked with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Canterbury Cathedral Choral Society, Bahrain Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and many others throughout Europe.

As a soloist, Tyler has performed with the University of Central Missouri Wind Ensemble; the European Youth Music Orchestra in Frankfurt, Germany; Regent Brass Band and Milton Keynes Brass Band in London; and the Springfield Symphony and the Taneycomo Festival Orchestra in Missouri, serving as Artistic Advisor for the latter since 2011. Equally at home with popular music, Tyler has performed for shows in London`s West End and multiple Broadway tour productions in the U.S. and, as a jazz trombonist, has appeared with the Denmark Street Big Band and Hot Orange Big Band in London; Swing 42`s house band in New York; and the Boulevard Big Band in Kansas City. In recent years, he has recorded with Madeline Bell, Stax Dempsey, Hot Orange Big Band, and the Royal Academy of Music Brass Soloists, and appears on the 25th anniversary album of the Verbier Festival Orchestra. A native of Branson, Missouri, Tyler has performed at the Bobby Vinton Theater, Andy Williams Theater, Silver Dollar City and the Grand Palace Theater.



Mary Weber

Mary WeberTitle: Adjunct-contracted
Office:
Phone: 636-481-Contact Arts and Science Secretary at x3331 or Career and Tech Secretary at x3445
Email:mweber13@jeffco.edu

Master of Music: Syracuse University

Mary Weber, Trumpet Soloist, is in demand throughout the St. Louis region, including performances with the St. Louis Symphony (Replacement/Extra), Opera Theatre St. Louis, The Rep, The Edison Theatre, St. Louis Philharmonic, American Kantori, the Bach Society, among others. Mary is actively engaged in recordings, competitions, recitals, and lectures. Mary is also the founding member and manager of Clarion Brass, a professional brass quintet in St. Louis.

Previously Principal Trumpet with the New Orleans Symphony, Mary`s virtuosity and enthusiasm has brought her performance opportunities with such notables as Mannheim Steamroller, Mel Torme, Luciano Pavarotti, William Warfield, and The Temptations. She has toured with the St. Louis Symphony throughout Europe and the U.S., including twice at Carnegie Hall.

As a soloist, Mary, gave a Faculty Recital at Washington University in February 2016, which also was presented in New York, NY, she was also featured with the Wash U Wind Ensemble on their Fall 2016 concert. Her solo opportunities also include the Compton Heights Concert Band numerous times, St. Louis Civic Orchestra, Alton Symphony, St. Louis Philharmonic, and the Saint Louis Brass Band. She also performed a solo recital tour throughout Scotland.

Early in her career, she was privileged to attend the Tanglewood Institute as a Leonard Bernstein Fellow, under the Maestro`s baton. In addition, she performed at the Spoleto Festival (both U.S. and Spoleto, Italy) and Classical Music Festival (Eisenstadt, Austria).

Mary holds a Bachelor of Music Performance from University of Miami, and a Master of Music Performance from Syracuse University. She is Adjunct Faculty at Washington University teaching Trumpet and conducting brass ensembles, has also been Adjunct Professor at St. Louis University, teaching a wide variety of classes, Development of the Orchestra, Music Appreciation, Bio-Musicology and Music Theory.