Performance & Songwriting Faculty

CooperJack Cooper 
Director of Jazz Studies 

alvieAlvie Givhan 
Jazz Piano 

KalebKaleb Ritchie 
Commercial Bass 

ShoupSam Shoup
Popular Music & Jazz 
Area Coordinator 

blankPatrick Sutton
Professor of Practice for Guitar

Paulina VillarrealPaulina Villarreal 
Voice, Popular Music 

Recent Research & Creative Activity


  • Sam Shoup wrote four string arrangements for the Macedonia Orchestra with St. Paul & the Broken Bones.
  • Sam Shoup composed six string arrangements for jazz pianist Eric Lewis’ new album.
  • Sam Shoup conducted the orchestra for Don Bryant’s One Night Only: Don Bryant & the Bo-Keys Live with Chamber Orchestra show at Crosstown Theatre.
  • Paulina Villarreal recorded a music video for a cover of Elton John's "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" at one of Mexico's most important theaters, the Teatro Isauro Martinez. This was a collaboration with SABAG Producciones, an established recording studio to promote the theater and local artists in the COVID recovery era. 
  • A piece commissioned by Patrick Sutton and Kimberly Patterson (Patterson/Sutton Duo), “Still Life”, received a 2021 Ivor Novello award nomination. 


  • A premier performance of Sam Shoup’s own Symphony Pops show “In The Air Tonight: A Symphonic Tribute to the Music of Genesis and Phil Collins” was performed by the Philly Pops Orchestra at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia.
  • Patrick Sutton and Kimberly Patterson (Patterson/Sutton Duo) released “Still Life: Collected Music for Cello & Guitar by Steph Goss” on Ravello Records.
  • Patrick Sutton performed several recitals including a performance as part of the Minnesota Guitar Society International Guitar Artist Concert Series.
  • Patrick Sutton received a review in the BBC’s Music Magazine.


  • Sam Shoup composed three orchestral arrangements for Cyndi Lauper and Boy George for the New York Pops Orchestra. It was performed at their 36th Birthday Gala in Carnegie Hall, NYC.
  • Patrick Sutton held residencies in Budapest, Bratislava, and Dublin as a Juilliard Global Visiting Artist.
  • Patrick Sutton performed throughout Poland as part of the Memphis in Poland Festival.
  • Patrick Sutton performed several recitals including a performance at the Princeton University Symphony Chamber Music Series.