School of Music

Faculty and Staff

The School of Music at Cleveland State is proud of its reputation for personal, individualized attention to the academic and musical needs of its students. Many of the more than fifty faculty members either perform or conduct with the region’s most notable professional ensembles, including the Cleveland Orchestra, while the award-winning composition faculty guides one of the most complete programs of contemporary music study in the nation. The School of Music is also proud of its professional support staff of specialists, guiding and assisting students and faculty throughout the academic year. Along with musical opportunities that can only be found in a great artistic city, outstanding instruction and support by an engaged faculty and staff has provided Cleveland State students with the educational foundation needed to distinguish themselves as performers, composers, teachers and scholars throughout the world.

Administrative Staff
  • Kate Bill, Student Recruiter/Enrollment Administrator
  • Stephen Kabat, Instrument Technician
  • Katrina Keller, Administrative Secretary
  • Heather A. Russell, Director, School of Music, Associate Professor, Coordinator of Music Education
  • Michael R. Solema, Facilities Coordinator and Stage Production Specialist
  • Judith D, Terrigno, Administrative Secretary
  • David Yost, Audio Engineer
Brass
Chamber Music
  • Angelin Chang, Professor, Piano; Coordinator of Keyboard Studies; Coordinator of Chamber Music
Composition & Theory

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Jazz Studies
Music Education
Music History / Ethnomusicology / Jazz History / Roots of Rock & Soul
Music Therapy
  • Deborah L. Layman, MM, MT-BC – Associate Professor, Coordinator of Music Therapy
  • Carol Ann Olszewski, PhD, MT-BC, Assistant Professor, Music Therapy
  • Erin Oselu, MA, MT-BC. Assistant Professor of Practice in Music Therapy
  • Lori Lundeen-Smith, M.S., CCC-SLP, MT-BC, Assistant Professor of Practice and Clinical Manager, Music Therapy
  • Emily Brill, MT-BC – Adjunct Supervisor, Music Therapy 
  • Brenda Calovini, MA, MT-BC – Adjunct Supervisor, Music Therapy 
  • Sarah Paczak Chappell, MT-BC – Adjunct Supervisor, Music Therapy 
  • Alison Deran, MT-BC - Adjunct Supervisor, Music Therapy 
  • Marcia Humpal, MEd, MT-BC – Adjunct Supervisor, Music Therapy
  • Virginia Kallay, MT-BC - Adjunct Supervisor, Music Therapy
  • Ronna Kaplan, MA, MT-BC - Adjunct Supervisor, Music Therapy 
  • Jessica Janaitis, MM, MT-BC - Adjunct Supervisor, Music Therapy   ​
  • Madeleine Landry, MT-BC - Adjunct Supervisor, Music Therapy 
  • Deforia Lane, PhD, MT-BC - Adjunct Supervisor, Music Therapy 
  • Jaclyn Bradley Palmer, MM, MT-BC - Adjunct Supervisor, Music Therapy
  • Anthony Steward, MT-BC - Adjunct Supervisor, Music Therapy

Click here to view the Music Therapy webpage!

Percussion

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Piano/Organ/Jazz Piano
Pop and Rock
  • Alfredo Guerrieri, Applied Faculty, Electric Guitar, Electric Bass - Pop & Rock and Jazz
  • Bill Ransom, Applied Faculty, Percussion
  • Chris Vance, Applied Faculty – Jazz Bass, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar - Pop & Rock, Pop & Rock Ensemble Director
Strings & Guitar
Voice / Choral / Opera
Woodwinds
Emeritus & Emerita
  • J. Heywood Alexander, Professor Emeritus, Music History
  • Albert Blaser, Professor Emeritus, Music Education
  • Elizabeth Unis Chesko, Associate Professor Emerita, Voice
  • Judith Eckelmeyer, Professor Emerita, Music History
  • Ernest Hisey, Associate Professor Emeritus, Voice
  • Edwin London, Professor Emeritus, Composition
  • Howard Meeker, Professor Emeritus,  Director of Instrumental Music
  • Howie Smith, Professor Emeritus, Jazz Studies, Composition, Woodwind Faculty
  • Eric Ziolek, Professor Emeritus, Composition, Former Chair, Department of Music, Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences