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    Triton College Music and Music Technology faculty have performed with the country's finest symphony orchestras and jazz ensembles, and have recorded and performed internationally for radio, film, and television.

    Our Music Technology faculty have produced music for hip-hop artists as well as the SuperBowl, and all faculty continue to be active as performers at the national level.

       • Dr. Joann Cho
    Adjunct Faculty
       • Alex Beltran
       • Dr. Tim Burns
       • Dr. Soo-Yon Choi
       • Natalie Colas
       • James Davis
       • David Flippo
       • Vince Genualdi
       • Josh Graham
       • Dr. Peter Jermihov
       • Ray Koehler
       • Dr. Julie Koidin
       • Dr. Akiko Konishi
       • Ingrid Israel Mikolajczyk
       • Tara Lynn Ramsey
       • Christopher Sies
       • Jon Smith
       • Michael Staron
       • Jeremy David Ward
       • Dr. Ann Yi  


    Dr. Joann Cho
    Dr. Joann Cho
       • Lead Instructor of Music
       • Director of Choral Activities
       • Music Theory
       • Electronic Music Production
       • Applied Piano
    (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3350

    Pianist, composer, and improviser Joann Cho performs regularly with Chicago based contemporary music ensembles Picosa, Fonema Consort, and Aperiodic. She has recently performed with members of Dal Niente, Eighth Blackbird, and Spektral Quartet in performances at Goodspeed Hall (University of Chicago), Gottlieb Hall (Merit School), Preston Bradley Hall (Chicago Cultural Center), and the Garfield Park Conservatory. Cho was a collaborating artist for "*And" - a 2013 release by Chicago based tape label, Parlour Tapes+, and she is currently recording an album of contemporary solo piano works entitled Elaeth Songs.

    Cho received her M.A. and Ph.D. at University of California Santa Barbara in music composition, and her B.M. at Northwestern University in piano performance and music composition. Cho is currently the Director of Bands and Choral Activities at Triton College in River Grove, IL. She also serves as music director for the Hobart Shakespeareans, an internationally recognized youth Shakespeare program in Los Angeles, lead by Rafe Esquith. Cho lives with her husband, Jonathon and their son, Elaeth in Forest Park, Illinois.


    Alex Beltran

    Dr. Tim Burns
       • Listening to Music

    Soo-Yon Choi

    Natalie Colas

    James Davis
    James Davis
       • Director of Jazz Studies
       • Applied Trumpet

    James Davis is an active Chicago trumpet player, composer and music educator. James has toured and recorded with many musically diverse projects including Beveled, James Davis Quintet, Zing!, Matt Ulery, Grazyna Auguscik, Julie Meckler, Karl Schwonik and others. Along with leading his own ensembles he also regularly plays with other groups including Corbin Andrick's Earth Tones, the Ian Torres Big Band, The Chicago Skyliners Big Band, The Great Postmodern Nightmare Big Band, The Gentle Giant Quintet, and the Jason Steele's Messenger Collective. Davis has toured with the Glenn Miller Orchestra and the Grammy nominated One O’Clock Lab Band, where he was frequently featured as a soloist.

    He received his Masters Degree in Trumpet Performance from the University of North Texas and Undergraduate Music Degree from the University of Texas at Arlington. Davis is on faculty at Triton College, Wheaton College, and Moraine Valley Community College.

    Dave Flippo
    David Flippo
       • Listening to Music

    Dave Flippo received degrees in music composition and theory at the University of Michigan (D.M.A.), The Eastman School of Music (M.M) and Indiana University of Pennsylvania (B.A.) with additional studies in conducting, music history, ethnomusicology and classical piano. He has taught theory, music composition, music appreciation and both classical and jazz piano at the college level since 1987. Past teachers include Warren Benson, Robert Morris, Leslie Bassett, William Bolcolm, William Albright, Nicolo Sartori, Alan Swain and Daniel Perlongo.

    After completing his Doctoral work, Flippo did intensive study in jazz with Alan Swain and completed the two-year Writer’s Workshop Program at the Theatre Building Chicago. During this period he composed two full-length musicals, Amelia and Roxane of Bergerac.

    Dave has lead his jazz quintet, Flippomusic, since 1992 and has released four CD’s, which primarily feature his own compositions on Southport and his own Oppilf Records labels: Tendrils of Light, Ganesh, When the Heart is Strong… and Tao Tunes. He has also performed, recorded and toured with Pong Unit, the musical portion of (poetry slam originator) Marc Smith’s Poetry Slam Ensemble. He also performs in Chicago with bassist Mike Staron with their ensemble The Jazz Explorers and performs as a solo pianist, vocalist and small ensemble leader for numerous private events.

    Vince Genualdi

    Josh Graham
    Josh Graham

    Born in Canada and raised in Michigan, Josh Graham is a percussionist based in Chicago, Illinois. As a chamber musician and soloist, Josh has had the the pleasure of performing throughout the United States and Canada. He has premiered dozens of new works for percussion, including pieces by Dave Hollinden, Lera Auerbach, Timo Andres, Thomas Kotcheff, Sean Calhoun, Aaron Holloway-Nahum and Anna Meadors, among many others.

    Josh is one third of the trio F-PLUS (fplusmusic.com) and percussionist and program director for the Zafa Collective (zafacollective.com). In the 2017/18 season, Josh will perform at Weill Hall of Carnegie Hall, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Poetry Foundation of Chicago and universities throughout the country include the Eastman School of Music, Stony Brook University, Duke University, Central Michigan University and Grand Valley State University. As a soloist, Josh has performed with the University of Michigan Percussion Ensemble, the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, the BCE Vocal Ensemble, the Lawrence North High School Percussion Ensemble (Indianapolis), at the International Computer Music Conference and the Society of Composers, Inc. Conference. Josh has performed with new music groups such as Ensemble Dal Niente, the Half Stick Duo, To Hit, Listen! Percussion, as well as with members of the Silk Road Ensemble, eighth blackbird and the Bang on a Can All-Stars.

    As a orchestral percussionist and timpanist, Josh has performed with the West Michigan Symphony, Midland Symphony (MI), Michigan Philharmonic and in the summers is Principle Timpanist with the Blue Lake Festival Orchestra.

    Josh has been a fellow at the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival, and spent two summers as the percussionist with the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, on a full fellowship as part of the Aspen Music Festival and School. In 2014, Josh performed as soloist with the group on Steve Mackey's Micro-Concerto.

    Josh currently teaches at Triton College and Roosevelt University, and in the summers is on the percussion faculty of Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in West Michigan. Josh holds a Master's degree from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor's degree from Central Michigan University, and is proud to endorse Vic Firth sticks and mallets and Marimba One instruments.

    Dr. Peter Jermihov
    Dr. Peter Jermihov
       • Applied Voice
    (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3506
    Web Site: http://www.peterjermihov.com

    Peter Jermihov holds the Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music Degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana and the Bachelor of Music Degree from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. His majors were in Theory and Composition and Conducting and minors in Musicology, Piano, and Voice. He has over twenty-five years of teaching experience at major state universities and private colleges and has taught, mentored, and coached choral musicians, conductors, and singers across the United States.

    As a professional conductor, Jermihov has guest-conducted such internationally known orchestras and choirs as the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Russian State Symphony Orchestra, Shinsei Nihon Symphony Orchestra of Tokyo, Pro Arte Orchester Wien, Moscow and St. Petersburg Chamber Choirs, and other renown ensembles in the Orient, Eastern Europe, Russia, and the United States. An internationally recognized specialist in Russian music and Orthodox liturgical music, Jermihov is also a devoted proponent of East-West cultural exchange. Here in the United States, he has promoted the music of Valery Gavrilin, Sofia Gubaidulina, Arvo Pärt, Rodion Schedrin, Alfred Schnitke, Georgy Sviridov, and many other Russian and Eastern-European composers. In Soviet Russia, he conducted premiere performances of Samuel Barber’s Symphony No. 1, Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring and Charles Ives’ Symphony No. 4 with the country’s leading orchestras. He has introduced the compositions of numerous living American and British composers, such as Ben Johnston, Ivan Moody, Kurt Sander, Phillip Schroeder, John Tavener, and Tikey Zes. Jermihov’s doctoral dissertation was dedicated to Georgy Sviridov, and he continues to champion the music of this major composer in the West.

    During his formative years, Jermihov studied conducting under such renowned choral masters as Eric Erickson of Sweden, Vladimir Minin of Russia, and Helmuth Rilling of Germany. He was invited to the Tanglewood Music Center under Leonard Bernstein and Seiji Ozawa as a Conducting Fellow and to the American Orchestra League’s Conducting Seminars under Kurt Masur and Leonard Slatkin as an Active Participant. Appearing with the Louisville Symphony Orchestra, Jermihov was selected as a Finalist in the Affiliate Artists Conductor’s Program. He served as Robert Shaw’s assistant in preparing Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem at the 2nd World Symposium on Choral Music in Stockholm and has prepared choruses for such leading conductors as James Conlon, Nicolas McGegan, and Vladimir Minin.

    Dr. Jermihov’s articles and editions of choral music appear in the Choral Journal, International Federation of Choral Music Journal, Musica Russica, Inc., PSALM Music Press, and numerous other publications. He is in his ninth year of teaching at Triton College as a full-time and adjunct instructor and continues to guest-conduct in the United States and abroad. He appears frequently as a clinician and lecturer on choral repertoire and conducting with high school, college, and community choirs in the Chicago area and across America.

    Ray Koehler
       • Music in America
       • Listening to Music
       • Applied Jazz/Rock Piano

    Ray Koehler studied jazz composition and arranging on scholarship at the Berklee College of music in Boston, where he graduated with honors. His teachers included Jerry Bergonzi, Gary Burton, and George Garzone. He also earned a MM from U. Mass. Amherst in classical composition, and studied jazz with Jusef Latiff and Ernie Watts.

    Mr. Koehler performs both domestically and abroad with a variety of jazz and pop artists including the Platters, the Drifters, and Connection.

    Dr. Julie Koidin
    Dr. Julie Koidin
       • Listening to Music
       • Applied Flute

    Born in Chicago, Dr. Julie Koidin is an active soloist, flutist, teacher and chamber musician. She is also a researcher of Brazilian choro music, a cousin of samba, and has been traveling to Brazil since 1997 to teach and perform. 2014 marks her 19th trip to Brazil.

    In Chicago she performs in Dois no Choro with Brazilian guitarist/vocalist Paulinho Garcia. Together, they have recorded 3 CDs: Carinhoso (1999), Juntos (2002) with special guests Altamiro Carrilho and Maria Teresa Madeira, and Asa Branca (2009). The latter 2 CDs received grants from the Illinois Arts Council. She also performs in the chamber music ensemble, Ondas, based in Chicago.

    Dr. Koidin has received 6 Fulbright Association grants: two Lecture-Research Grants to Brazil (2002 and 2014-2015), and Specialist Grants in Norway (2005), New Zealand (2006), Serbia (2008), and Sweden (2011). In Brazil, Dr. Koidin has presented courses and masterclasses at UNIRIO – the Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro, the Federal Universities of Natal, Recife and Brasília; FAMES (Espírito Santos); and in festivals such as the international festivals in Domingos Martins (ES), Campos dos Goytacazes (RJ), and Brasília. She has given presentations on choro internationally, including at the National Flute Association Conventions (Chicago, 1997; Washington, D.C., 2002; and New Orleans, 2013) and at the British Flute Society Convention in Manchester, England in 2010.

    Additionally, Dr. Koidin has written numerous articles appearing in journals such as the Luso-Brazil Review, The Instrumentalist, The National Flute Association's Flutist Quarterly and Flute Talk Magazine. She has also written Os Sorrisos do Choro: Uma Jornada Musical Através Caminhos Cruzados (São Paulo: Global Choro Music, 2011) and its translation, Choro Conversations: Pursuing Life, Love and Brazil's Musical Identity (Fremont, California: Global Choro Music, 2013).

    Dr. Koidin's holds doctorate and master's degrees in flute performance from Northwestern University where she studied with Walfrid Kujala and Richard Graef and a bachelor's degree in flute performance from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, where she studied with Alexander Murray. Dr. Koidin has been teaching Music 110 and private flute lessons at Triton since 2013. She also teaches at the University of Illinois Chicago and has a private flute studio

    Dr. Akiko Konishi
    Dr. Akiko Konishi
       • Applied Piano
       • Chamber Music

    Dr. Akiko Konishi received her early training in Philadelphia and Los Angeles, and subsequently completed her undergraduate studies at Rice University as a double major in English and Music. She continued her graduate studies at Yale University and University of Houston, under the guidance of renowned pianists Peter Frankl and Abbey Simon. She has appeared as soloist with the Shepherd School Symphony (Rice University), D'Angelo Competition Orchestra, Oakland Symphony, RioHondo Symphony (California), Symphony North Houston, and the Chicago Federation of Musicians Orchestra, and performs extensively in guest artist venues across the United States. As an active chamber musician, she has performed with members of the Houston Symphony in the Channing Chamber Series, and recently toured Italy and Bulgaria as a winner of the Mercadente International Chamber Music Competition. Additional honors include finalist prizes in the Ima Hogg Houston Symphony Concerto Competition and the F. Awerbuch International Piano Competition (New York), as well grand prizes in the Entergy Young Texas Artist Competition and the Rio Hondo Symphony Concerto Competition.

    During the previous season, she appeared in a guest artist recital at Oberlin College Conservatory of Music (Ohio) and with the Triton College Orchestra (Rachmaninoff Second Piano Concerto). Her upcoming engagements include several chamber music concerts and a repeat performance with the Chicago Federation of Musicians Orchestra in March (Grieg Piano Concerto). In addition to her work with instrumentalists, she has collaborated with vocalists through the Yale Opera Program and, this summer, was invited to the Chautauqua Music Institute as faculty collaborative pianist. She has also held the position of Collaborative Pianist at Interlochen Arts Academy in the summer of 2009, and the past two summers joined the artist faculty of the Okemo Young Artist Program in Vermont.

    Akiko currently teaches Applied Piano, Chamber Music, and Ear Training courses at Triton College in River Grove, IL and is also a member of the piano faculty at the Music Institute of Chicago.

    Ingrid Israel Mikolajczyk
    Ingrid Israel Mikolajczyk
       • Listening to Music
       • Applied Voice

    Soprano Ingrid Israel Mikolajczak has performed principal and chorus roles in 24 different operatic works to date. Favorite roles include Adina L’elisir d’amore, Najade Ariadne auf Naxos, and Silberklang Der Schauspieldirektor. A frequent recitalist and concert soloist, she has been featured in Villa-Lobos’ Bachianas Brasilieras No.5, Handel’s Messiah, and Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

    A member of the Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus from age 8, Ms. Israel was privileged to work and record with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus under Solti, Eschenbach, and Wolfe; at Carnegie Hall with the State Philharmonic of Bialystok, Poland and North American Children’s Chorale; Spoleto Festival dei Due Mondi and the Vatican; live on WFMT-Chicago; and on tour throughout the U.S. and Canada. Ms. Israel is a prize winner of the 2009 Musicians Club of Women Chicago Annemarie Gerts Award, Arizona-Utah and Illinois NATS competitions, Regional (Nevada) and National (Texas) MTNA competitions, Miriam L. Wolfe Award, and the Henry-Charles Memorial Concerto-Aria competition.

    Ingrid Israel Mikolajczyk holds a Master of Music degree in voice performance from Arizona State University and a Bachelor of Music degree in voice performance from Illinois Wesleyan University. Additional studies have taken her to Vienna, Austria (Institut für Europäische Studien), Italy, Alaska, and Sugar Creek Symphony & Song Music Festival. Principal teachers include Maria Lagios, Robert Barefield, Sam Scifres, and Pamela Turner.

    Ms. Mikolajczyk is an active member of Sigma Alpha Iota Oak Park Alumnae Chapter. Recent and upcoming Chicagoland solo engagements include the Fran Randall Memorial Concert Series – Evanston, Noonday Concert Series at Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago, and MCW Award Winners in Concert Series at the Chicago Cultural Center.

    Tara lynn Ramsey
    Tara Lynn Ramsey

       • Applied Violin
       • Viola

    Violinist Tara Lynn Ramsey holds degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music (M.M.) and Northwestern University (B.M. summa cum laude). Originally from Cedar Falls, Iowa, she now makes her home in Chicago as a freelance violinist and teacher.

    Following the completion of her master's degree in 2013, Ms. Ramsey lived in Cleveland for two years, performing throughout the northeast United States and teaching. As violinist with Cleveland-based new music ensembles Ars Futura, Blue Streak, UNION, and Syndicate for the New Arts, she had many opportunities to work closely with living composers and to perform their works throughout Ohio and in New York City and Philadelphia. During this period, she was a Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center and recorded the horn trios of Brahms, Harbison, and Ligeti during residencies at Avaloch Farm Music Institute in Boscawen, NH. She also performed with the Miami-based New World Symphony. She taught violin and music theory at the Cleveland Music Settlement School in addition to maintaining a private studio.

    Ms. Ramsey now lives in Chicago with her husband, pianist Andrew Rosenblum.

    Christopher Sies
    Christopher Sies

    Chris Sies is a percussionist and improviser who seeks to bring visceral and engaging musical experiences to diverse audiences. A versatile performer with virtuoso flair (Detroit Free Press), Chris has appeared with the United States Navy Band, New Music Detroit, The Michigan Arab Orchestra, the Jackson Symphony Orchestra, My Brightest Diamond, and the experimental powerhouse SŌ Percussion. An avid promoter and performer of contemporary music, Sies has premiered numerous works including the world premiere of Phil Kline’s Dreamcitynine, the Midwest premiere of John Luther Adams' Sila: The Breath of the World as well as several premieres of JLA’s bombastic percussion masterpiece Inuksuit. He has also performed at such events as the Midwest Composer’s Symposium, the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, and New Music Detroit’s annual Strange Beautiful Music.

    Among his many musical projects, Sies is an active composer and is the percussionist with new music ensemble Latitude 49 as well as the Willo Collective. Sies can regularly be heard playing with rock acts such as Sam Cooper and the Sleepwalkers as well as Stacked Like Pancakes, among other bands. A passionate educator in the Chicago area, Sies is on faculty at the Chicago Academy for Performing Arts, The People’s Music School, and Triton College. Chris believes that all students have a voice in music and it is his job to find that voice and guide students in a meaningful experience through musical expression.

    Jon Smith
    Jon Smith
       • Electronic Music Production
       • Record Production

    Jon Smith Received a B.A. in music theory and composition from the University of Illinois. He is a member of National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) and the American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).

    As a producer/engineer, Jon has worked with The Police, The Chi-Lites, The Dells, Leon Russell, Peter Brown, Warren Zevon, Bobby Irving of Miles Davis, Dave Loggins, Pam Tillis, and Kurt Elling, among others.

    He has recorded and produced thousands of TV and Radio commercials (Bud Light, Budweiser, Nintendo, McDonald’s and others) - including international winners of Clio, Cannes Lion, Mercury, Andy, Grandy and others. Additionally, Jon recorded and mixed music on 14 Super Bowl commercials with 8 reaching the top 5 in USA Today. Jon has written and produced music for the Oprah Winfrey Show, as well as work for Jerry Springer, Jenny Jones, and ESPN International. He also has produced numerous chart-topping songs throughout Europe and the UK co-writing with Keithen Carter.

    Michael Staron
    Michael Staron
       • Listening to Music
       • Applied Bass
    Web Sites: http://www.sonicbids.com/MichaelStaron2

    Michael Staron (MMUS Northwestern University) was recognized as an innovative college instructor by McGraw-Hill Publishing and was one of eighteen college teachers in the USA invited to attend the 2014 McGraw-Hill Music Appreciation Symposium held in Vail Colorado in March of 2014.

    Acknowledged in Jazz Times as “a versatile, forwarding looking and accomplished performer,” Michael began his professional career playing Latin Tropical music in Chicago’s inner city at age fifteen. His jazz bass playing has been reviewed in Cadence, Pulse, Jazz USA, Jazz Review, Jazz Word, Jazz Weekly, AMG, New City, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, The Wire, Jazz at a Glance, Beyond Coltrane, Chicago Reader, All About Jazz, Progression Magazine and live performances of Michael have been aired on BET, 190 North and local cable.

    Michael is also an accomplished theatre/pit musician. His performance credits include national tours of Evita, the international and national touring companies of A Chorus Line, Sid Caesar, Red Skelton, Bob Newhart, Eddy Arnold, Roger Williams and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat with Donny Osmond.

    Mr. Staron has taught nearly 150 sections of Music Appreciation at Triton College, DePaul University, Benedictine University and the Chicago City Colleges. In 2013 Michael co-designed a fully online music appreciation course that is currently running at Triton College.

    He’s a versatile, forward looking and accomplished performer. - JazzTimes

    Has exceptional chops and the smarts to get beyond his schooling. - The Wire

    His bowing is some of the best I ever heard. He is a true rival of Mike Formanek, Dave Holland and Paul Rogers. - Beyond Coltrane/Fred Barrett

    Mike to me has a lot of technique and he’s perfect for playing in a trio because he’s inspirational, he will follow my chords, whatever melody I play he will follow, he will change key with me which is what I need. - Hal Russell, Hal an Oral History

    Jeremy David Ward
    Jeremy David Ward

    Jeremy David Ward is a cellist whose musical inspiration and repertoire spans from Renaissance dance music to the post-tonal works of Saariaho and Dutilleux. As a player of early bass instruments, he has enjoyed musicking with The Newberry Consort, Rook, Bella Voce, and Three Notch’d Road. He has also had the pleasure of performing modern cello with Chicago new music groups Eighth Blackbird and Ensemble Dal Niente. Jeremy regularly performs internationally with Scottish fiddling champion Tim Macdonald, playing historically informed Scottish fiddle music.

    He graduated with his Bachelor of Music from Oberlin Conservatory and a Master of Music from Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music.

    In addition to Triton College, Jeremy is in residence at Wheaton Conservatory, teaching Historical Performance.

    Dr Ann Yi
    Dr. Ann Yi
       • Applied Piano

    Pianist Ann Yi is a versatile soloist and chamber musician with a broad range of musical interests, ranging from Baroque to contemporary music. A strong advocate of new music, Ann is a member of the Eco Ensemble, a new music ensemble in residence at U.C. Berkeley. She has also performed extensively with new music ensembles in the Bay Area including the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players and the sfSoundGroup. Her recent appearances include the Venice Music Biennale in Italy, the Festival Internacional Chihuahua in Mexico and the MANCA New Music Festival in Nice, France. In Chicago, she is a frequent guest artist at New Music DePaul at DePaul University, the Latino Music Festival at University of Chicago and the Frequency Series at Constellation.

    As a soloist, Ann was recently featured in the European premiere of Cindy Cox’s piano concerto, Pianos, at the Venice Music Biennale in Italy and Jonathan Harvey’s Bird Concerto with Pianosong at U.C. Berkeley, both with Eco Ensemble, and Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto with U.C. Berkeley Symphony Orchestra. She has premiered numerous works including the world premiere of twelve piano preludes composed to commemorate the 2012-13 centennial of the DePaul University School of Music in Chicago, IL. Her recordings of these preludes were released by DePaul University School of Music in celebration of this anniversary. She has also been featured on recordings on the Innova, Tzadik and New Focus Recordings labels. Ann received a Doctor of Music and a Master of Music in piano performance from Indiana University and a Bachelor of Music in piano performance from San José State University. Currently, Ann is on the faculties at Harold Washington College and Triton College, IL and previously taught at Cañada College and Skyline College in the San Francisco Bay Area.