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Part-Time Faculty

picture of jane bellJane Bell, Lecturer in Piano, has been recognized as a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM)  by the Music Teachers National Association.  To attain national certification, several standards ofprofessionalism are required, including teaching practices, business and classroom management,  plus personal and community partnerships.  Mrs. Bell is a retired elementary music teacher from East Muskingum Schools.  She is a member of the Ohio Music Teachers Association (OMTA), where she participates in student activities and teacher workshops.  She maintains a piano studio in her home, teaching individual and group lessons.

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James Bock
, Lecturer in tuba and euphonium, was born in Pittsburgh, PA and grew up in Cambridge, Ohio. He received the Bachelor and Master of Music Education degrees from the Ohio State University, where he studied tuba with Robert LeBlanc. He recently retired after 33 years of teaching band for the Cambridge City Schools. He currently performs with Muskingum Valley Brass, the faculty brass quintet at Muskingum, the Southeastern Ohio Symphony Orchestra, and the Zanesville Memorial Concert Band.  He is also the choral director for the Unity Presbyterian Church.

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picture of nicole charlesNicole Charles, D.M.A., teaches private flute lessons and flute ensemble.  She recently earned the D.M.A. in flute performance with Professor Katherine Borst Jones at the Ohio State University, where she also completed her Masters in performance.  During her first year as a D.M.A. student, she held a teaching assistantship in the OSU Flute Studio.  Dr. Charles completed her undergraduate degrees with Professor Francile Bilyeu of Virginia Commonwealth University.

Representing the city of Worthington as a WIFA delegate, Dr. Charles visited sister city Sayama, Japan in 2007.  Along with other musicians from Sayama, she performed in a farewell ceremony and also had the opportunity to perform at several of the schools.  During her second week in Japan, Dr. Charles studied with Toshio Takahashi at the Suzuki Talent Institute in Matsumoto.

As a member of the Stratosphere Flute Quartet, Dr. Charles performed at the 2008 and 2007 National Flute Association Convention.  Dr. Charles competed in the 2006 Central Ohio Flute Association Flute Festival Young Artist Competition.  She also tied for second place in the 2006 Women in Music of Columbus Scholarship Competition.  Along with the other winners, she was featured in the Huntington Series at Capital University.  At the 2004 National Flute Association Convention, Dr. Charles had the wonderful opportunity as a member of the OSU Flute Troupe under the direction of Mr. Tom Kennedy. 

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picture of lewis charlesLewis Charles teaches classical guitar and is a founding member of Air on Strings flute and guitar duo.  He is currently studying with John May, and also studied with Kathi Robinson at Virginia Commonwealth University during his undergraduate studies.  An avid performer, Mr. Charles has been a guest artist at many festivals.  He also had the opportunity to perform with the Virginia-based Tim Janis Ensemble.  Mr. Charles enjoys teaching students of all levels and ages and maintains a private guitar studio in Worthington, Ohio. 

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pic of matt dudackMatt Dudack directs the Percussion Ensemble and teaches applied percussion.  Matt holds a B.M. in music education from the University of Hartford, where he studied with Benjamin Toth, and a M.M. in percussion performance from the University of Akron, where he studied with Dr. Larry Snider.  Matt is a member of the Akron Symphony Orchestra and is co-founder of the Akros Percussion Collective, a chamber group which performs contemporary music internationally.  Matt is a leading steelpan artist and is co-founder of the 7 Mile Isle Steelband, which is on the rosters of Young Audiences of Northeast Ohio and the Children's Concert Society of Summit County.  Besides countless private bookings, 7 Mile Isle presents concerts and workshops educating students about the history and music of Trinidad and Tobago, the home of the steel drum.  Matt is also on the faculties of the University of Akron, the Miller South School for the Visual and Performing Arts, and Canton Country Day School.  Matt is a frequent performer at the Percussive Arts Society International Conventions and has premiered new works for percussion by Ben Johnston, John Bergamo, Emmanuel Sejourne, and Stuart Saunders Smith.  Recently, he received 8 Emmy nominations as executive director for "Hammer on Steel," a DVD and PBS broadcast which has aired nationally.

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James Flora, tenor, recently finished his second year as a Resident Artist of Pittsburgh Opera where he performed Arturo in Lucia di Lamermoor, also covering Edgardo.  James will also sing Pang in Turandot, and the L'Aumonier in Dialogues des Carmelites for Pittsburgh Opera.  This season saw James make his Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra debut under the baton of Gianandrea Noseda as Romeo in a Tchaikovsky duet from his unfinished opera Romeo and Juliet.  Last season, James performed Fenton in Falstaff to critical acclaim, described as "well cast" and "delightful as Fenton, a fine romantic partner."  Other credits last season include singing Dancairo in Carmen and covering Lensky in Eugene Onegin, Male Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia, and Don Jose in Carmen.

Mr. Flora was a member of Glimmerglass Opera's Young American Artists Program for their 2009 season.  As a Glimmerglass Young American Artist, he covered Gastone in La Traviata and sang in the chorus on the mainstage in productions of La Traviata and La Cenerentola.

From 2007 to 2009, James was an inaugural member of the Marion Roose Pullin Opera Studio with Arizona Opera where he performed Malcolm in Macbeth, making his debut, Spoletta in Tosca, Gastone in La Traviata, First Armored Man and First Priest in The Magic Flute and Elder Gleaton in Susannah, and covered leading tenor roles in productions of La Traviata, the Magic Flute, Die Fledermaus, The Mikado, L'Elisir d'Amore, and Don Giovanni.

In 2010 James was a Richard Tucker Music Foundation vocal competition finalist.  Mr. Flora holds a Master of Music degree in Voice Performance from Florida State University and a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance from The Ohio State University.

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picture of sheila jonesSheila Jones is the Concertmaster of the Southeastern Ohio Symphony Orchestra, and teaches violin and viola at Muskingum University.  She aslo teaches students of all ages through the Muskingum University Community Division and maintains private studios in Zanesville and St. Clairsville, Ohio.  She has taught general music in the public schools.

Sheila has performed with the West Virginia Symphony, the Wheeling (WV) Symphony, the River Cities Symphony Orchestra, the Parma Philharmonic, and the Tuscarawas Philharmonic Orchestra.  She has also enjoyed playing in many pit orchestras for Broadway style musicals and performing chamber music, primarily in string quartets.  She serves as violinist on the Worhip Team at Harvest Christian Fellowship (Cambridge, OH) playing contemporary christian music.

She is a graduate of Ohio University and has pursued additional graduate studies in string pedagogy at Indiana University, Ohio University, Capital University, and the Ohio State University.  She resides in Old Washington, Ohio with her husband Larry Davis.

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don kasonDon Kason teaches applied trumpet, jazz improvisation, jazz theory, and is a member of Muskingum Valley Brass, the faculty brass quintet, and the Muskingum Jazz Arts Group.  Mr. is a native of Lakewood, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland, where he began his musical training in the public school system and with members of the Cleveland Orchestra.  He attended Ohio University and earned his BFA degree in Music Education and MFA in Trumpet Performance and Music Theory.  He has recently completed his residency requirement, in pursuit of a DMA degree in Trumpet Performance, at The Ohio State University.  He has taught instrumental music in the Oak Hill (Ohio) and the Coshocton (Ohio) school systems.  Don has been very active in the Coshocton area musical scene for a number of years.  He and his wife Joan are founding members of The Rosco Brass Quintet.  He has served as director of the Sacred Heart Church Choir, and is a long-time member of the Coshocton Community Choir.  He has been a member of the Zanesville Memorial Concert Band, the Dominic Greco Memorial Band, and the Heisey Brass Quintet as well as director of the Coshocton Community Band, Muskingum University Jazz Ensemble and Muskingum University Wind Ensemble.  He is a currect member of the Brass Band of Columbus and the Muskingum Valley Symphonic Winds.  Don is also a freelance jazz musician in central and northern Ohio.  Locally he is a member of Jerry Weaver's Dixieland Jazz Band and Tim Milligan's Big Fat Dog Blues Band. 

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Cuban-American, mezzo-soprano, Olga Perez has been praised by Opera News for her "firm, pleasant voice and lively poise."  She is an alumnus of the Pullin Opera Studio Program at Arizona Opera, where she sang under the batons of such conductors as Richard Buckley, Cal Stewart Kellogg, and Joel Revzen.  While there she sang in over twenty productions, including Third Lady/Die Zauberflote, Pitti-Sing/The Mikado, Mercedes/Carmen, Annina/La Traviata, Tisbe/La Cenerentola, and Ida/Die Fledermaus while covering Stephanie Blythe as Prince Orlovsky.  Other performances with opera companies across the country include Zita/Gianni Schicchi and Zita/Buoso's Ghost in the east coast premiere with Opera New Jersey, Marcellina/Le nozze di Figaro with Operafestival di Roma, Zerlina/Don Giovanni with Opera in the Heights, and her debut as the title role in Carmen with Amarillo Opera.  Also known as a recitalist, Ms. Perez has enjoyed being a soloist for such companies as Pittsburgh Song Collaborative, Pittsburgh Opera, Music in a Great Space Series, and Idyllwild Arts Festival.

Ms. Perez began her teaching career as the elementary music teacher for Whispering Wind Elementary in Phoenix, AZ where she taught general music and conducted the 4-6 grade choir as well as directed a musical each year.  She went on to teach private voice for 10 years in the Phoenix area.  Upon moving to the Pittsburgh area, Ms. Perez taught voice for 2 years at Point Park University.

Ms. Perez holds a Masters degree in Opera Theater from Arizona State University and two Bachelor's Degrees in Vocal Performance and Music Education from Northern Arizona University.  She enjoys being the opera director for both Up North Vocal Institute and the Idyllwild Festival of the Arts throughout the summers.  Ms. Perez is currently pursuing the Doctorate in Vocal Performance at The Ohio State University where she was just seen performing the role of Mistress Quickly in Verdi's Falstaff.

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Mary Schlacks
, Coordinator of Applied Winds and Percussion, teaches applied clarinet, clarinet ensemble, Introduction to Music, Woodwind Methods, and Excursions in World Music.  She is principal clarinet in the Southeastern Ohio Symphony Orchestra and the Muskingum Valley Symphonic Winds.  She is also the choir director at St. Benedict's Catholic Church in Cambridge, Ohio.

Ms. Schlacks is a graduate of Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne and has a M.M. in clarinet performance from the University of Akron.  She has appeared as a soloist with the Southeastern Ohio Symphony Orchestra and the Muskingum Valley Symphonic Winds and has performed numerous recitals in Akron, New Concord (OH), and Fort Wayne (IN).

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picture of Michael TorresDr. Michael Rene Torres is currently on faculty at Muskingum University in New Concord, Ohio where he serves as Lecturer of Saxophone and Composition.  He is also an Assistant Dean of Student Life at the Brevard Music Center Festival and Institute in North Carolina and before this he was the Director of Bands at Ormond Beach Middle School in Central Florida.  While in this position he was the 2006-2007 recipient of the school's First-Year Teacher of the Year Award and was nominated for the First Year Teacher Award of the Volusia County Public Schools FUTURES Program.  In 2010 Michael was awarded First Place in the Ohio State University School of Music Doctoral Concerto Competition and was also selected as the First Place Winner in the Graduate Performance Competition of the 2009 Penn State University Single Reed Summit.  Michael has performed with the Newark-Granville Symphony Orchestra, the Mansfield Symphony Orchestra, the Southern Winds Wind Symphony, and has performed as a soloist with the Muskingum Valley Symphonic Winds, the OSU Symphony Orchestra, the OSU Wind Symphony, and the OSU Percussion Ensemble.  As a composer, Michael was awarded First Prize and the Audience Favorite Award at the 2010 Johnstone Woodwind Master Series Composition Competition for his piece, Elegy for Eurydice for Solo Alto Saxophone.  He received an OSU Arts & Humanities Graduate Research Grant to complete a new composition for Alto Saxophone and Electronic Media and his piece Short Episode for Solo Flute was selected in a "Call for Scores" and performed at the University of South Dakota in 2012.  Michael completed a Doctorate in Saxophone Performance at The Ohio State University, where he studied saxophone with James Hill and Composition with Thomas Wells.  In 2006 he earned a Masters Degree in Saxophone Performance at Northwestern University where he studied under the tutelage of Frederick L. Hemke.  Prior to this he received a Bachelor Degree in Music Education from Stetson University while studying saxophone with James Bishop and composition with Kari Juusela.  Michael also studied with Joseph Luloff as a student at the Brevard Music Center in 2008 and is currently pursuing a second Masters Degree in Composition at The Ohio State University.  For more information visit Dr. Torres' website:


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