NEW FACULTY MEMBERS JOINING US THIS FALL
The School of Music is proud to announce the addition of five new faculty members who have been appointed. With stellar credentials, they will bring new talent and teaching methods to our students, continuing in the tradition of excellence at the School.
A native of Poland, Dr. Marcin Arendt, violin, is an active chamber musician, soloist, & teacher. For the past year, he has been a visiting faculty member at the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music at the University of Memphis where he is a member of the Ceruti String Quartet. He plays with IRIS Orchestra under the baton of Michael Stern where he regularly holds the Isaac Stern Concertmaster Chair. Marcin also works as the Community Engagement Coordinator for IRIS Orchestra.
He was a member and frequent concertmaster of Colorado's premiere conductor-less string orchestra The Sphere Ensemble, and the featured violinist with the nationally touring crossover-fusion band FEAST. The prize winner of several national and international competitions, Marcin has performed alongside many renowned artists including Itzhak Perlman, Gil Shaham, Jaime Laredo, Yo-Yo Ma, Martin Short, Edgar Meyer, Clay Aiken, Dawn Upshaw, Joshua Bell, and Harry Connick, Jr.
Marcin holds Bachelor degrees in both philosophy and music from Stetson University, a Master of Music and Doctorate of Musical Arts degrees at the University of Colorado at Boulder, as well as a post-graduate performance certificate from the Stanislaw Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdansk, Poland.
Heather Klossner was a graduate teaching assistant in music education at the Eastman School of Music,
where she taught music education graduate and undergraduate courses and supervised
student teachers. In April, 2016, she was awarded Eastman's prestigious Donald J.
Shetler Prize for Excellence in Music Education. Ms. Klossner taught K–5 general music
for twenty-nine years in Texas, working in suburban and urban areas. Additionally,
she was an associate director for the Children's Chorus of San Antonio
A long-time member of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association (AOSA), Klossner is the former President of the Central Texas Orff Chapter of AOSA. She is a frequent clinician and presenter, having presented for the National Association for Music Education, American Orff Schulwerk Association, Organization of American Kodaly Educators, Association for Popular Music Education National, Texas Music Educators Association, and Texas Choral Directors Association.
Ms. Klossner's primary research interests are culturally relevant pedagogy, Orff Schulwerk, and music education in low-income settings. Her dissertation examines how Orff Schulwerk certified teachers in low-income settings make their instruction culturally relevant to their students while staying true to the Orff-Schulwerk process.
Ms. Klossner is completing her PhD in music education at the Eastman School of Music. She earned a MA at Texas State University and a BMEd from Texas Lutheran University. She is certified in Orff Schulwerk Level III.
Described as a pianist with "power and finesse", Dr. Artina McCain, enjoys an active career as a solo and chamber performer, educator and presenter. She continually performs for audiences throughout North America, Europe and Asia while maintaining an active teaching schedule. McCain's performances have been heard on Chicago's WHPK 88.5, KUT (NPR affiliate) 90.5, Toronto 98.5 CKWR, Hong Kong's RTHK, Houston's KWWJ and Classically Austin's KMFA 89.5 Pianoforte program as both a soloist and chamber musician.
McCain has released several recordings as a soloist and collaborative musician. Recently she won a Global Music Award for her recording of African-American Spirituals and Art Songs on the Naxos Label entitled "I, Too w/Icy Monroe" and the album "Shades" with husband, Martin McCain. A strong promulgator of American composers, in the fall 2016 she will release a solo album of piano works by American composers entitled "Legacy".
A dedicated educator, Dr. McCain has taught at the Cleveland Institute of Music summer chamber music festival, Austin Chamber Music Center Academy and Summer Workshop and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. Previous teaching post include Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory of Music, University of the Incarnate Word, Huston-Tillotson University and Texas Lutheran University.
Dr. McCain graduated cum laude from Southern Methodist University studying with Carol Leone. She received her Master of Music from Cleveland Institute of Music with Kathryn Brown and completed her Doctoral Studies at the University of Texas at Austin as a pupil of Anton Nel.
Hailed by the Chicago Sun Times as a "superb cellist," Dr. Kimberly Patterson has earned recognition for her artistry as a solo, chamber, and orchestral musician.
Dr. Patterson was the founding cellist for the Tesla Quartet, winners of the 2012
Fischoff Chamber Music Competition as well as prizewinners of the 2012 London International
Quartet Competition and the 2013 Bordeaux
International Quartet Competition. She has given chamber recitals in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, London's Wigmore Hall and Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center. Dr. Patterson is the cellist of the Patterson / Sutton cello and guitar duo. Their debut album, "Cold Dark Matter: Music for Cello & Guitar," was released by MSR records in 2013.
As a soloist, Dr. Patterson has appeared with the Manila Symphony of the Philippines, toured nationally with the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Company performing a solo piece by David Lang, and presented solo recitals in the Netherlands, Afghanistan and throughout the United States. Festival appearances include the Verbier Festival, Strings Music Festival, Holland Music Sessions, Aspen Music Festival & School, Sarasota Music Festival & the Miyazaki Festival.
In addition to her extensive chamber music career, Dr. Patterson was a full-time member of the Colorado Symphony. She has performed with the Utah Symphony, the Verbier Orchestra in Switzerland, the Juilliard Orchestra, the New Haven Symphony and was personally invited by Charles Dutoit to perform with the Miyazaki Orchestra in Japan.
A graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music with academic honors, Dr. Patterson earned her Master's of Music Degree at the Juilliard School and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Dr. William Shaltis is the Principal Timpanist of the Boise Philharmonic Orchestra and New Hampshire Music Festival. Previously, he was Principal Percussionist/Assistant Timpanist of the Evansville Philharmonic and Owensboro Symphony, and taught at Missouri Southern State University and the University of Evansville.
Shaltis has performed and presented at music festivals and conventions in the USA and abroad, including PASIC and the NAfME national conventions, the Midwest Clinic, and at music festivals in China, France, and Iceland. He has also presented clinics, masterclasses, and recitals at universities including Michigan State, Kansas State, the University of Utah, and Western Kentucky. He created the educational video podcasts series "Good Beats" and "The Solo Timpanist" and is published through Bachovich Music Publications.
Shaltis received a BME from Michigan State University, an MM from the Boston Conservatory, and a DMA from the University of Missouri- Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance where he was awarded the Muriel Kauffman Award for Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant. Shaltis is a performing artist/clinician for Grover Pro Percussion, Remo, Yamaha, and Zildjian.