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 Moss, Administrative Secretary
  • John Perrine, Director, School of Music – Associate Professor, Saxophone, Coordinator of Jazz Studies
  • Michael R. Solema, Facilities Coordinator and Stage Production Specialist
  • Judith D, Terrigno, Administrative Secretary
  • David Yost, Audio Engineer
Chamber Music
  • Angelin Chang, Professor, Piano; Coordinator of Keyboard Studies; Coordinator of Chamber Music
Composition & Theory
Jazz Studies
  • Robert Fraser, Applied Faculty, Electric Guitar
  • Alfredo Guerrieri, Applied Faculty, Jazz Bass and Electric Bass
  • Joe Miller, Applied Faculty, Jazz Trumpet
  • John Perrine, Director, School of Music – Associate Professor, Saxophone, Coordinator of Jazz Studies
  • Bill Ransom, Applied Faculty, Drum Set
  • Rock Wehrmann, Applied Faculty, Jazz Piano
  • Chris Vance, Applied Faculty – String Bass, Bass Guitar - Pop & Rock, Pop & Rock Ensemble Director
Music Education
Music History / Ethnomusicology / Jazz History / Roots of Rock & Soul
Music Therapy
  • Deborah L. Layman, MM, MT-BC – Assistant Professor, Music Therapy
  • Carol Olszewski, MA, MT-BC – Assistant Professor, Music Therapy
  • Lori Lundeen-Smith, MS, CCC-SLP, MT-BC - Assistant Professor of Practice, Music Therapy
  • Marcia Humpal, MEd, MT-BC – Adjunct Supervisor, Music Therapy
  • Brenda Calovini, MA, MT-BC – Adjunct Supervisor, Music Therapy
  • Ginny Kallay, MT-BC - Adjunct Supervisor, Music Therapy
  • Jessica Janaitis, MM, MT-BC - Adjunct Supervisor, Music Therapy
  • Wiley Smith, MAT, MT-BC - Adjunct Supervisor, Music Therapy

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Piano/Organ/Jazz Piano
Pop and Rock
Strings & Guitar
Voice / Choral / Opera
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