Music Faculty and Staff

The Music Division of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts has nine full-time professors and several part-time instructors.

Justin Badgerow

Associate Professor of Music | 717-361-3668

Pianist Justin Badgerow received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder, a Masters degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Central Florida. His primary teachers include Gary Wolf, Nancy Garrett, and Andrew Cooperstock and additional collaborative coaching with Anne Epperson and Robert Spillman. Dr. Badgerow maintains an active performance schedule including solo and collaborative performances, and has worked with such artists as Patrick Mason, James Bunte, and Eddie Daniels. Justin’s research and performance interests include Latin American music, “Indianist” music of America, and musical theatre. He has been a performer and presenter at meetings of Music Teachers National Association, Texas Music Teachers Association, National Conference for Keyboard Pedagogy, and the College Music Society. Dr. Badgerow teaches piano and music theory at Elizabethtown College while serving as a collaborative pianist for many departmental activities.

Justin Badgerow

Gene Ann Behrens

Professor of Music and Director of Music Therapy | 717-361-1991

Gene Ann Behrens, Ph.D., MT-BC, joined the Elizabethtown College faculty in 1998 and is now Professor of Music and director of Elizabethtown College’s music therapy program and on-campus clinic. Her career as a music therapist spans four decades in many clinical settings. Gene is chair of the Global Crises Intervention Commission for the World Federation of Music Therapy, a member of the Mid-Atlantic Music Therapy research committee, and on the editorial board for Music Therapy Perspectives. She has served previously on committees and executive boards for the American Music Therapy Association and Certification Board for Music Therapists. Her research on music therapy and trauma has led to national and international publications and presentations for audiences including Penn State Hershey Medical Center and a NATO Security workshop in Ankara, Turkey. Her international travels also feed her personal passion for photography, and her work has been featured in three exhibits in Lancaster County (PA).

Dr. Gene Ann Behrens

E. Douglas Bomberger, Ph.D.

Professor of Musicology | 717-361-1115

Dr. Bomberger earned a Ph.D. in historical musicology from the University of Maryland, an M.M. in piano performance from the University of North Carolina, and a B.A. in music and French from Goshen College. A specialist in American music of the nineteenth century, he teaches courses in music history and piano. Dr. Bomberger has published four books and over 100 articles on subjects as diverse as the medieval origins of the keyboard mechanism and the ragtime-inspired compositions of Stravinsky and Hindemith. His most recent book is a biography of Edward MacDowell for Oxford University Press (2013), the first American composer to be featured in the prestigious Master Musicians series. He served as senior editor for nineteenth-century concert music for the New Grove Dictionary of American Music (2013), editing 450 articles and writing 40. He is an active member of the Society for American Music, the American Musicological Society, and the American Guild of Organists. In addition to his scholarly activities, he performs regularly with his wife, soprano Teresa Bomberger.

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Anthony Ciucci

Adjunct Instructor of Organ | 717-361-1212

Anthony Ciucci, a Harrisburg native, graduated magna cum laude from Temple University's Esther Boyer College of Music in Philadelphia, where he studied organ with Earl Ness. He is the Organist and Director of Music at the Church of The Good Shepherd in Camp Hill, and has been featured in recitals throughout Central and Southeastern Pennsylvania, in New York City, Baltimore, Washington, DC, and Atlanta, Georgia. In 1980 he was selected to participate in an International Organ Masterclass with the renowned organist/composer Flor Peeters, in Mechelen, Belgium. In 2007, Mr. Ciucci was appointed College Organist and a member of the adjunct music faculty at Elizabethtown College. In October of 2009, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg honored Mr. Ciucci by inviting him to play for the Diocesan Pilgrimage, with Bishop Kevin Rhoades presiding, at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC.

David Cullen

Artist-in-Residence | 717-361-1117

Artist-in-Residence David Cullen has performed in a wide range of styles including Jazz, Classical and World Music. David Cullen is a Grammy Award winner for Best Pop Instrumental Recording. He has performed with Will Ackerman, Samite of Uganda, Michael Manring, Victor Wooten, The Jaco Big Band and the Philly Pops Orchestra. David was a featured soloist at the New York Guitar Festival at the 92nd Street Y. He graduated from the Hartt School of Music with a BM in Classical Guitar Performance. David Cullen is featured on the Windham Hill Guitar Sampler and other Windham Hill Compilation CDs. He has released two books through Warner Brothers Publications: Jazz, Classical and Beyond as well as Grateful Guitar. He has performed throughout North America for Classical Guitar Societies, Jazz Festivals, and Performing Arts Series. He has released 10 CDs for the acoustic guitar label Solid Air Records. David Cullen’s recordings have been featured on NPR stations across the country.

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Phyllis Drackley

Artist-in-Residence | 717-361-1117

Phyllis Drackley, Adjunct Instructor of Voice, received her B.A. in Music from Lebanon Valley College and her M.A. in Vocal Pedagogy and Performance from Marywood University. She has performed in opera, oratorio, recital in the Central PA and Philadelphia area. She originated roles in several operatic world premieres. Some of her favorite operatic roles included Countess (Le Nozze di Figaro), Alice Ford (Falstaff), and the title role in Puccini's Suor Angelica. She has served as masterclass clinician for college, university and high school singers; voice consultant for various teachers, clergy, and voice professionals as well as clinician for teachers groups, theatres, and choral groups in the area. She is a member of NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing).

Ms. Drackley has studied with NATS Master Teacher Dr. Thomas Houser and served as a Language/Diction assistant for the Vocal Pedagogy program at Marywood University. She has also coached with Mrs. Ruth Drucker of the Britten-Pears School of Advanced Musical Studies, Aldebugh, England, and Mr. Stanley Sontag, New York. She has a private voice studio in the Lancaster area. Ms. Drackley is soprano soloist at St. Christopher's Episcopal Church in Gladwynne, PA.

Phylis Drackley

Matthew P. Fritz

Associate Professor of Music; Director of Choral Activities | 717-361-1112

Matthew P. Fritz, D.M.A. is associate professor of music and director of choral activities. He teaches conducting, voice, music technology, Concert Choir and the Elizabethtown Community Chorus. Dr. Fritz holds the Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Master of Music in Choral Conducting from Florida State University and the Bachelor of Music in Education from Westminster Choir College. He has been an active clinician, adjudicator, conductor and performer as well as having taught public school in New Jersey and Florida. Dr. Fritz has delivered presentations for the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, The International Society for the Study of European Ideas, the Florida Music Educator's Association and the American Choral Director's Association on topics ranging from historical interest to technology utilization. In addition, Dr. Fritz is President-Elect of the American Choral Director's Association PA, the Pennsylvania Music Educator's Association, and the National Association for Music Education.

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Anne Gross

Assistant Professor of Music | 717-361-1116

Anne Gross holds vocal performance degrees from the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance (D.M.A.), the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (M.M.), and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music (B.M.). Her teachers have included Shirley Verrett, Patricia Berlin, Daune Mahy and William David Brown. While completing her doctoral degree she also coached extensive song and operatic repertoire with internationally-known collaborative pianist Martin Katz, performing in recital with many of his students. She joined with Mr. Katz to record the audio examples for his book The Complete Collaborator: The Pianist as Partner, published by Oxford University Press in May 2009. Dr. Gross began her musical studies at Oberlin as a piano performance major and often serves as a collaborative pianist for her voice students. Dr. Gross is in demand throughout the United States as a recitalist, oratorio soloist and master clinician. She has also been invited to perform in Ireland, Northern Ireland, the Czech Republic, Germany, Spain and Havana, Cuba. She has coached and performed various solo and choral works with the composers in residence, most notably with Libby Larsen, Jose Maria Vitier and Alice Parker. In addition to her college-level teaching, Dr. Gross chaired the voice department for six years at Belvoir Terrace, a performing arts camp for girls aged 8-16 located near Tanglewood in Lenox, MA. She enjoys teaching and advising pre-college singers and adjudicating competitions for young singers. Dr. Gross is a participating member of NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) and is currently Assistant Professor of Music at Elizabethtown College where she teaches studio voice and Diction for Singers.

Anne Gross

James Haines '81

Professor of Music | 717-361-1289

Haines is a professor of music at Elizabethtown College, where he has taught since 1994. His teaching has been primarily in the fields of music theory/composition and music therapy. Haines’ compositions have been performed in academic, concert and religious settings throughout the United States. Choral music and instrumental chamber music are predominant among his compositional output. His first opera, Las Madres de la Plaza was premiered in March 2008. He is a former director of the Music Therapy program at the college, and has presented at regional, national and international music therapy conferences and workshops. He is a member of the College Music Society, the Society for American Music, and the Society for Composers, Inc. Dr. Haines holds degrees from Elizabethtown College, West Chester University and the University of Minnesota.

James Haines

Leon Hillard

Adjunct Instructor of Trumpet | 717-361-1212

Leon Hilliard is a graduate of Elizabethtown College and West Chester University in Music Education. He recently retired from teaching instrumental music in the public schools to teach trumpet at Elizabethtown College. Mr. Hilliard was an associate music instructor for the All American Youth Honors Band in the 1980's with performances through-out Europe, Hawaii, and Mexico. He has performed in show bands up and down the east coast. Bands have included Custers Last Band(CLB), the Del-Chords, the Magnificent Men, the Dave Stahl Sacred Orchestra, the New Holland Swing Band, and the New Holland Combo Band. Mr. Hilliard is currently the assistant conductor, personnel manager, principal trumpet, and soloist of the New Holland Band. He is also a member of the Dave Stahl Sacred Orchestra.

Leon Hilliard

David Knott

Adjunct Instructor of Percussion | 717-361-1212

David Knott has an active career as both performer and educator in the greater Harrisburg area. Mr. Knott currently serves as performance studies faculty for Dickinson College directing the Marimba Studio. Mr. Knott also serves as a member of the instrumental music faculty of the Milton Hershey School. Prior to his appointment at the Milton Hershey School, Mr. Knott served on the faculties of Messiah College overseeing the percussion studio and directing the percussion ensemble, Bishop McDevitt High School, and the West Shore School District. A sought after clinician, Mr. Knott has presented clinics on percussion and percussion education in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, and Michigan. In November 2011, Mr. Knott was the Guest Conductor of the NYSSMA Zone One Area All-State Band held at SUNY Fredonia. Mr. Knott earned his Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Indian University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Music Degree in Percussion Performance from Michigan State University. Mr. Knott’s Primary percussion teachers include Gary Olmstead, Alison Shaw, and recently Chris Rose of The President’s Own Marine Band. Additionally, Mr. Knott has an extensive conducting background studying with Jack Stamp, John Whitwell and various workshop clinicians. As a performer, Mr. Knott is in high demand as both timpanist and percussionist. Mr. Knott was featured soloist with the Messiah College Wind Ensemble, the Central Pa Symphony and the Hershey Symphony Orchestra. In 2010 he was the drummer and percussionist for a portion of Natalie Merchant’s Leave Your Sleep tour in Pennsylvania. Additionally he serves as Principal Percussionist with the Pennsylvania Regional Ballet Orchestra and performs regularly with area ensembles including the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, the Central Pennsylvania Symphony, the Hershey Symphony, the Greater Harrisburg Concert Band; and has performed with the Keystone Winds (Indiana, Pa), Jackson (MI) Symphony, Greater Lansing (MI) Symphony, and the OZONE Percussion Group. Mr. Knott also founded the clarinet / percussion duo CONTOURS performing various chamber works written for the idiom. Mr. Knott currently resides in Harrisburg, Pa with his wife Nora, son Jonathan and daughter Julie.

Sara Male

Adjunct Instructor of Cello | 717-361-1212

Canadian cellist Sara Male received an Associate of the Arts in Music degree from the Victoria Conservatory of Music in Canada, where she was presented the Principal Emeritus Prize. Her major teachers include Jim Hunter, Bernard Greenhouse, Zara Nelsova and Timothy Eddy. Ms. Male holds a Bachelor of Music with high honors from Rutgers University, and a Master of Music from the Mannes College of Music in New York City. Ms. Male is a former member of the Saskatoon Symphony and is well sought after as a chamber music recitalist, having performed in major venues in the US, Canada, Europe and Asia. Sara teaches cello at Elizabethtown College, Franklin and Marshall College, Millersville University, and at Linden Hall School. Ms. Male performs with the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra and is a founding member of the Newstead Trio with whom she has toured worldwide over the last 17 years. Most recently, she formed a duo, Chiaroscuro, with Canadian pianist Maria Corley.

Sara Male with cello

Jill Marchione

Adjunct Instructor of Oboe

Ms. Marchione obtained her Bachelor and Master's degrees in oboe performance from Indiana University under the mentorship of Jerry Sirucek. While in Indiana, she was a member of the Evansville Philharmonic, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, and Indianapolis Symphony Opera. In 1991, she began a nine-year tenure with the Royal Symphonic Orchestra of Seville, Spain. In this orchestra she performed with artists including Placido Domingo and guitarist John Williams. Ms. Marchione currently performs with the Harrisburg Symphony, Theatre Harrisburg, Greater Harrisburg Concert Band, and is the principal oboist with the York Symphony.

Stephanie McCullough

Adjunct Instructor of Violin & Viola | 717-361-1212

Stephanie McCullough is a 2007 graduate of the Master’s Degree Program in Music Performance at the University of Delaware, where she studied with Professor Xiang Gao. Prior to her education in Delaware, she was a student of Philip Tietze at West Virginia University and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance with a minor in French. She currently performs and teaches in portions of Maryland, Delaware, and Pennsylvania. She is proud to be a part of the arts community in Lancaster, where recent opportunities for performance have included the Fulton Theater Pit Orchestra, the Lancaster Symphony, acoustic duo Steel and Bow with guitarist/vocalist Scott Parmer, and the Elizabethtown College Faculty Piano Trio.

Stephanie McCullough with violin

Alison Roth Mekeel

Adjunct Instructor of Voice
| 717-361-1212

Alison Roth Mekeel, soprano, teaches applied voice lessons. Mrs. Mekeel holds the Master of Music in Voice Performance from New England Conservatory, where she studied with Rita Beatie, and the Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Dr. Daune Mahy. After graduation, she continued her voice studies with Dr. Thomas H. Houser for more than 20 years. Mrs. Mekeel is a frequent soloist in recital and oratorio, and a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Mrs. Mekeel also maintains a private voice studio in Lancaster, PA, acoustic duo Steel and Bow with guitarist/vocalist Scott Parmer, and the Elizabethtown College Faculty Piano Trio.

Alison Mekeel

Grant W. Moore, II

Adjunct Professor of Music, Jazz Band Director, Director of the Preparatory Division & Low Brass | 717-361-1114

As a freelance musician, tuba soloist and chamber musician; Grant Moore founded the highly acclaimed Philadelphia Brass. With this group, he has performed throughout the United States and Europe. Grant is the former principal tuba player of both the Harrisburg and Lancaster Symphonies. He has also served as the principal tuba of the famed River City Brass Band in Pittsburgh. Mr. Moore holds a B.A. degree in music from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. In demand as a recitalist, soloist and clinician, Grant has traveled throughout the country performing and lecturing at many of the nation’s leading music universities, conservatories and music conferences. Such appearances include, but are not limited to, the Juilliard School of Music, Penn State University, Lehigh University of Pennsylvania, St. Olaf College of Minnesota, The Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Conventions and the Kinhaven Summer Music Festival of Weston, Vermont. Grant is currently instructor of tuba and low brass at Elizabethtown College. He also conducts the Elizabethtown College brass and jazz ensembles and is Director of the Preparatory Division and the Elizabethtown College Music Camp.

Paula Nelson

Adjunct Instructor of Flute | 717-361-1113

Dr. Paula Nelson teaches applied flute lessons and directs the Arioso Flute Choir. She received the D.M.A. and M.M. degrees in Flute Performance from the University of North Texas, and a B.A. from the University of Maryland. Her teachers include Mary Karen Clardy, William Montgomery, and Kathleen Chastain. A former member of the Irving (TX) Symphony Orchestra, Dr. Nelson has performed with the Allentown and Pottstown Symphony Orchestras, the Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra, and the Bethlehem Bach Festival Orchestra. She has appeared as a soloist with the Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra, the Wilmington Community Orchestra, and the Philadelphia Classical Symphony. Dr. Nelson has performed at the National Flute Association Convention as well as in various solo and chamber music recitals in the greater Philadelphia area, including with the Nelson-Sessler flute and classical guitar duo. She has served on college and university faculties in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Texas.

Alison Mekeel

Gail Ober

Adjunct Instructor of Bassoon

Ms. Ober earned her undergraduate degree in music education from Wilkes College. She is the principal bassoonist of the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, and a long-time member as second bassoon of the Reading Symphony Orchestra and the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic.

Ms. Ober is a member of the Lancaster Woodwind Quintet and also participates in the Music in the Schools program in Lancaster and Berks Counties. She is a regular member of Allegro Chamber Orchestra. She teaches bassoon at Elizabethtown College, where she plays with the faculty woodwind quintet. Ms. Ober also maintains a private studio.

Debra Ronning

Lecturer in Music; Director of Keyboard Studies | 717-361-1120

Debra Ronning, pianist, has an extensive background in music performance and education. She has performed throughout Pennsylvania and elsewhere both as a soloist and in chamber ensembles. Her repertoire often includes unique and original works by contemporary composers. As Director of Keyboard Studies at Elizabethtown College, she teaches applied piano as well as functional keyboard classes. She also enjoys directing the piano ensemble, which gives students an opportunity to explore duet, trio, and quartet keyboard repertoire. Many of her students have been prizewinners in local and state competitions for piano soloists. Ms. Ronning has served on the National Board of Directors of Music Teachers National Association (2004-2006) as well as President of the Eastern Division MTNA (2002-2004), and also as President of the Pennsylvania MTA (2000-2002).

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Faith Shiffer

Adjunct Instructor of Clarinet and Saxophone | 717-361-1119

Faith Shiffer graduated summa cum laude with a B.M. in clarinet performance from Millikin University, Decatur, IL, and an M.M. in clarinet performance from the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley. She has toured nationally with musical productions of Sunday In the Park With George, Chicago, and South Pacific. Locally, she has performed with the following organizations: Harrisburg Symphony, Theatre Harrisburg, Pride of the Susquehanna Riverboat Band, Reading Civic Opera, The Buzz Jones Big Band, The Spring Garden Big Band, The Salem Six Dixieland Band, The Cat’s Pajamas Dixieland Band, The Shiffer Trio, Ossia Duo, Allenberry Theatre, Hershey Area Playhouse, Mount Gretna Theatre, and The Fulton Theatre. Faith continues to perform throughout Central Pennsylvania and also maintains a private teaching studio in Stevens, PA.

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Kevin Shorner-Johnson

Assistant Professor of Music; Director of Music Education | 717-361-1532

Kevin Shorner-Johnson received his undergraduate degree in music education from Northwest Missouri State University and his masters and doctorate from the University of Georgia. Dr. Shorner-Johnson taught high school, middle school, and elementary band in Greenfield, Iowa and Athens, Georgia. His research interests include instructional design, the development of instructional technology for music education, international perspectives on music education, and music education philosophy. Research works have been presented at national and international conferences and have been published in the Music Educators Journal and the Advances in Music Education Research.

Dr. Shorner-Johnson serves as the director of music education at Elizabethtown College. He supervises student teachers, instructs world musics, and teaches sequential coursework on music education history, philosophy, curriculum design, law, and general music methods. Dr. Shorner-Johnson resides in Elizabethtown with his wife Amy (assistant chaplain at Elizabethtown College), daughter Leah, and son Joel.

Kevin Shorner-Johnson

Dr. Robert Spence

Associate Professor of Music; Director of Instrumental Studies | 717-361-1178

Robert Spence serves Elizabethtown College as assistant professor of music and director of Instrumental Studies. His duties include conducting the Elizabethtown College Symphonic Band, the Elizabethtown College-Community Orchestra, plus teaching music education courses in woodwind and brass instrument methods, instrumental music methods, conducting and arranging. A native Pennsylvanian, he earned degrees in music from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Syracuse University and Michigan State University. Dr. Spence has teaching experience in the Pennsylvania public schools as instrumental music instructor for the Westmont Hilltop and Oley Valley districts, plus college and university level teaching experience in New York, Michigan, Texas, Iowa and Pennsylvania. Serving music students and colleagues throughout the region as a clinician, guest conductor and adjudicator, Dr. Spence is a member of the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, Maryland Music Educators Association, College Band Directors National Association and College Orchestra Directors Association.

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Cheryl Staherski

Adjunct Professor of Horn

Ms. Staherski performed with the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra for 34 years. For 30 of those years, Ms.Staherski was the principal horn with the orchestra. Mrs. Staherski has also performed with the Delaware Symphony, Reading Symphony, Susquehanna Brass Quintet. She currently performs with the York Symphony Orchestra and is in her 28th year with the Fulton Theatre pit orchestra. Mrs. Staherski currently teaches horn at Elizabethtown College and Millersville University.

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