Faculty - Department of Music

John F. Paul

Dr. John PaulProfessor of Music and Department Chair

Dr. John F. Paul chairs the Department of Music at Benedictine College, where he teaches music theory and history. He previously chaired music departments at Pacific Lutheran University (Tacoma, WA) and Marylhurst University (Portland, OR). He has served on the Board of Directors and Commission on Accreditation for the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), as well as a taskforce that helped update the association’s standards for sacred music programs. He has served on boards for Cascadia Composers, Portland Summer Ensembles, and Ars Nova Music.

Paul is an active composer in both traditional and contemporary formats. At the Institute of Psycho-acoustics and Electronic Music (I.P.E.M) in Ghent, Belgium, Paul created works to be broadcast over Belgian National Radio and at the International Festival of Experimental Music (Bourges, France). His videogame credits include the music scores and sound-designs for Gauntlet Legends, Maximum Force, and Pit-fighter. His original score to F.W. Murnau's 1930 silent film City Girl, funded in part by a Career Opportunity Grant from the Oregon Arts Commission, has been presented with live accompaniment at the Oregon Sesquicentennial Film Festival, Astoria Music Festival, and by Vancouver (WA) and Oregon East Symphonies. Paul’s instrumental compositions have been heard at West Fork New Music Festival (Fairmont WV), Cascadia Composers concerts (Portland OR), Ernst Bloch Music Festival (Newport OR), New Music and Art Festival (Bowling Green OH), June-in-Buffalo New Music Festival (NY) and Composers Inc. recital series (San Francisco). His choral works have been performed by Chorus Austin Vocal Arts Ensemble, Portland Vocal Consort, Choral Arts Ensemble of Portland, and Opus 7 Vocal Ensemble (Seattle). As a violinist he has been a member of the Austin (TX) and Owensboro (KY) Symphony Orchestras. He earned the Bachelor of Music degree in Theory/Composition from the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas-Austin, and his Master of Music and Doctor of Music degrees in composition from the Jacob School of Music at Indiana University-Bloomington. He recently completed a Certificate in Non-profit Management from University of Washington.

Personal Website: www.johnfpaul.com

Christopher Greco

Professor of Music

Dr. Christopher Greco received B.A. music and M.A. music composition from California State University, Los Angeles and the Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) degree in classical performance from University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Greco is an educator, composer/performer, woodwind specialist, award winning composer, and scholar of music with interests covering a broad range across several musical disciplines including composition, performance, and music theory. He is active in the classical, polystylist, and jazz fields as a recitalist and composer/performer, and was trained as a composer and multi-instrumentalist (clarinet, flute, saxophone, oboe) in his hometown of Los Angeles. Dr. Greco served on the music faculty at Pepperdine University, UCLA, and University of Maryland and currently teaches music theory (coordinator), composition (coordinator), orchestration, counterpoint, studio applied woodwinds, chamber ensemble, and history of jazz (summer online) at Benedictine College. Contact

Website: www.chrisgrecomusic.com

Ted Hanman

Ted Hanman

Assistant Professor of Music

Mr. Hanman fulfilled his undergraduate studies at Central Methodist College, a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from the Roehampton Institute of Education in London, a Master degree in Music Education from London University’s Institute of Education and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies from Boston University. While in London he performed with the London Symphony Chorus under such conductors as Richard Hickox, Michael Tilson Thomas and Claudio Abado and toured Italy, France and Switzerland. In England, he helped found and conduct the South Warwickshire Regional Orchestra and taught for the Warwickshire County Music Service. He has performed and toured with the Croydon Brass Ensemble, South London Wind Band and currently serves as co-principal of the Kansas City Wind Symphony performing on numerous occasions at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts with Bobby Watson, Dr. Alice Light, Elisa Bickers, and others. He is a member of the National Association of Wind and Percussion Instructors, Phi Mu Alpha and Music Educators National Conference. Contact

Timothy Tharaldson

Timothy Tharaldson

Assistant Professor of Music

Timothy Jon Tharaldson is the Director of Choral Activities at Benedictine College where he conducts three choral ensembles, teaches private voice, conducting, and vocal pedagogy. Prior to being at Benedictine College he taught public high school for seven years in the state of Colorado.  His compositions are published through MusicSpoke, Hal Leonard, and Santa Barbara Music Publishing. Timothy is a member of the American Choral Director’s Association, American Composers Forum, Colorado Music Educators Association, and the Kansas Music Educators Association. He holds degrees from St. Cloud State University and the University of Northern Colorado. Contact

Website: www.timothytharaldson.com

Staff and Adjunct Faculty

Brian Casey

Brian Casey

Orchestra Director

Dr. Brian Casey holds the Doctor of Arts and Master of Music degrees in wind conducting (University of Northern Colorado and University of Delaware, respectively).  He also holds the in B.A. in Music Education from Harding University.  Casey’s dissertation treated funereal music styles historically, theoretically -- and practically, in that it offered new transcriptions of landmark funeral pieces for various levels of instrumental ensembles.

Casey has served on several collegiate faculties.  At Houghton College (NY) from 2007-2013, he was Director of Instrumental Activities and Music Director and Conductor of the orchestra and the wind band.  He has mentor-taught four master's-level students in instrumental conducting and has participated in numerous conducting symposia.  His teaching experience includes applied conducting and horn, classroom conducting courses, wind and orchestral literature, music education, student teacher supervision, and first-year theory.

Casey has served ten community and semi-professional ensembles as conductor or associate conductor -- including the Kansas City Wind Symphony, the Benedictine College/Atchison Community Orchestra, and the Southern Tier (NY) Symphony.  He has performed with more than 40 wind, brass, orchestral, and jazz ensembles.  In addition, he is a seasoned composer and arranger of both instrumental pieces and Christian songs and hymns.  His orchestral, wind, and brass works have been performed by the the Kansas City Wind Symphony, the Kansas City Brass Project, the Heart of America Wind Symphony, the brass of the Dallas Wind Symphony, the Southern Tier (NY) Symphony, and collegiate ensembles in CO, NY, TX, and WY.  Casey is the author of five books and has collaborated in the editing of three scholarly books on biblical studies, contributing a chapter to one of them.  He blogs regularly, mostly on Christian and music topics.  He resides in Atchison with his wife Karly and his son Jedd. Contact

Judy Koster

Judy Koster

Strings

Judy Koster received her Master of Music degree from the University of Missouri - Columbia and her Bachelor of Music from Ithaca College in New York. Judy has taught private violin and viola students since 1982 and has been an educator at the elementary, high school and collegiate levels since 1983. Her students are known for achieving top awards at competitions and several former private students are in professional orchestras and college faculties around the country.

In addition to her teaching, Judy has performed extensively on violin, viola, and harp. She was Principal Viola for the St. Joseph Symphony for 15 years as well as for the Northland Symphony, Philharmonia of Greater Kansas City, Liberty Symphony, Starlight Theater, Independence Messiah Orchestra, and Kansas City Ballet Orchestra. She also served as Assistant Principal Viola for the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra and was a featured soloist (Viola) for St. Joseph Symphony, Northland Symphony, and Kansas City Chamber Orchestra.

Judy has also done commercial and concert tour work for various artists and advertisers, including the Kansas City tour stops of The Who, Johnny Mathis, Bobby Vinton, Led Zeppelin and Dennis DeYoung.

Judy has a deep love for sharing the joy of music with young people and helping them discover and nurture the God-given talent within each of them.

Laura Goehner-Moreno

Laura Goehner-Moreno

Piano, Collaborative Pianist

Mrs. Laura Goehner-Moreno, originally from Kansas, received a Bachelor and Master’s degree in Piano Performance from the University of Kansas, and continued post-graduate studies at the National Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, Poland. She studied with Dr. Richard Reber and Dr. Jack Winerock at the University of Kansas and with the famed pianist Claude Frank for seven years in master classes. Her later studies were with the renowned pianist Sequeira Costa, with whom she studied for five years. Mrs. Goehner Moreno has performed numerous piano concerts in the US and Mexico and has recorded a CD of classical Mexican piano music and another CD with her own compositions. She performs as both soloist and chamber pianist. Her piano teaching experience encompasses 30 years. She taught piano and formed a piano trio in the San Francisco Bay area (1990-2013). In 2013 she and her family relocated to Atchison, Kansas where she serves as Adjunct Piano Professor and Piano Collaborator at Benedictine College, Atchison, Kansas. She maintains her own private piano studio, the Laura Goehner Moreno Piano Studio, located in Atchison, Kansas. Contact

Mackenzie Phillips

Mackenzie Phillips

Class Voice and Applied Voice

Mezzo-soprano, Mackenzie Phillips, recently received her Doctorate of Music from the University of Kansas where she studied with Joyce Castle. In the summer of 2018, she joined the Seagle Music Colony as an emerging artist. There she performed the roles of the Old Lady in Bernstein's Candide and Vera Charles in Mame.

A new music enthusiast, Mackenzie is a co-founder and member of The Meadowlark Project, a contemporary vocal ensemble in its first season.

Mackenzie attended the Brevard Music Festival as part of the Janiec Opera Company in the summers of 2015 and 2016. She was seen as Mama McCourt in Douglas Moore's The Ballad of Baby Doe and Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night's Dream by Benjamin Britten.

While at the University of Kansas, Mackenzie made her role debut of Regina in Mark Blitzstein's Regina as well as the Old Lady in Candide. Her other performed roles include Mrs. Nolan (The Medium), Eva (Comedy on the Bridge), Zita (Gianni Schicchi), Anna Maurrant (Street Scene), Marcellina (Le Nozze di Figaro), Katisha (The Mikado), and Mrs. Herring (Albert Herring).

Mackenzie has a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Simpson College, a Master of Music in from Stephen F. Austin State University. Contact

Michelle Rautmann

Michelle Rautmann

Piano

Michelle received her Master of Music degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she studied with Howard Karp and Christopher Taylor.  Her teaching experience includes chamber and vocal coaching, private lessons for children through adults, and guest lecturing in pedagogy and entrepreneurship.  She is the owner of Rautmann Studio of Music LLC., in downtown St. Joseph, MO and is currently an adjunct faculty member at Benedictine College in Atchison, KS where she teaches applied piano.  Michelle serves in several community projects, such as mentor for the Hands on for St. Joe program at Missouri Western State University, volunteer for First Saturdays Downtown in St. Joseph, co-curator for the Edison Elementary heART Gallery (Art against Violence) and the president of the St. Joseph Area Music Teachers Association. Contact

Jason Riley

Jason Riley

Guitar

An active performing musician in all styles, Mr. Riley has released four solo CDs, including Notes to Self, a recording of original compositions. He is also featured on the recordings of many other artists, tours regularly with many national and international artists and has made numerous radio and television appearances. Mr. Riley teaches guitar at Benedictine College and Missouri Western State University. He has degrees in classical guitar performance and commercial music from MWSU, is a certified Suzuki guitar method teacher, member of the Missouri Music Teachers Association and director of the St. Joseph Arts Academy. Contact

Website: www.jasonriley.com

Alyssa Toepfer

Alyssa Toepfer

Applied Voice

Soprano Alyssa Toepfer has been praised as a performer with "unbridled dexterity" (Kansas City Star) and a "marvelous, soaring tone" (KC Metropolis).

Currently, Ms. Toepfer teaches voice at Ottawa University and Benedictine College, is the choral assistant at Olathe North High School, sings as an outreach artist with The Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and is a member of the Grammy award-winning Kansas City Chorale.

Stage credits include Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Adele (Die Fledermaus), Barbarina (Le nozze di Figaro), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Princess/#1 (Transformations), Wanda (The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein), Aline (The Sorcerer), Mabel (The Pirates of Penzance), Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi), Gretel (Hӓnsel und Gretel), Adina (l’Elisir d’amore), and Fiordiligi (Cosi fan tutte).

In 2014, Ms. Toepfer earned international acclaim in her first pants role as Jemmy in Wichita Grand Opera’s production of Guillaume Tell. Opera News called her “a convincing Jemmy both musically and dramatically” while a reviewer from the German Rossini Society praised her as “a superb Jemmy... she acted as well as she sang.”

Alyssa was a regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Born and raised in Sioux Falls, SD, she completed a Bachelor of Arts in Music at Augustana University and a Master of Music in Voice at The University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance. Contact

Lara West

Lara West

Keyboard, World Music Literature, Music Appreciation

Dr. Lara West earned her Bachelor of Arts in Music from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.  She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree and a Master of Music degree in church music from the University of Kansas in Lawrence.  Her lecture-recital focused on the organ works of Hugo Distler.  Dr. West teaches World Music, Functional Keyboard, and organ at Benedictine College.  She also serves as Organist at Trinity Lutheran Church in Mission, Kansas.  Dr. West studied church music and worked as a church musician in Germany, and continues to enjoy German language and culture. Contact

Lois Niemann

Lois Niemann

Administrative Assistant

Lois Niemann is in charge of organization and communication among all the professors, she schedules events and meetings, coordinates operations within the department, and keeps everything running smoothly.  Contact

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