In serving a broad range of musical interests, the following individuals bring a wealth of musical experience and expertise to share with our students through teaching and individual lessons:
- Diane Box (Music Education)
Instructor of Music (Music Education)
- MA, Education, Muskingum University
- BM, Choral, Bowling Green State University
Bio: Ms. Box has taught elementary music classes for over 40 years. She has also worked as a gifted intervention specialist for the Ohio Valley Educational Service Center. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Choral Music from Bowling Green State University and a master’s degree in Education from Muskingum University.
- Music Education: Teaching General Music
- Angela Cornett (Bassoon)
Instructor of Music (Bassoon)
- BA, Music, Capital University
Bio: A freelance bassoonist, Ms. Cornett started playing the bassoon at the age of 11. She didn't like the instrument at all until she started taking private lessons from Dr. Robert Raker, formerly of Granville, Ohio. She soon fell in love with the bassoon and hasn't looked back since! In 1997 she graduated with a BA in Music from the Capital Conservatory of Music, Capital University, in Bexley, Ohio. Always wanting to share the bassoon with others, she started teaching privately in 1996. Ms. Cornett is the owner and operator of the Angela Cornett Bassoon Studio and currently has 12 high school and middle school students. She started working at Muskingum as an Adjunct Professor in 2020. She has been married to Matt Cornett for 23 years and they have two sons, Wes, 17, and Wyatt, 14. Ms. Cornett and her family reside on the west side of Zanesville.
- Double Reed Lessons
- Mixed Woodwind Ensemble
- Bassoon Reed Class
- Whitney Davis (Trumpet)
Instructor of Music (Trumpet)
- DMA, Trumpet Performance, The Ohio State University
- MM, Trumpet Performance, Pennsylvania State University
- BM, Trumpet Performance, The Ohio State University
Bio: Dr. Davis joined the New Albany Symphony Orchestra as 2nd Trumpet in 2017. She has also regularly performed with the Lima Symphony Orchestra, Mansfield Symphony Orchestra, Ashland Symphony Orchestra, Central Ohio Symphony Orchestra, Southeastern Ohio Symphony Orchestra, Nittany Valley Symphony Orchestra, and Opera Project Columbus. She has also enjoyed being a member of the British Brass Band community of Central Ohio. She was a member of the Central Ohio Brass Band for 8 years as both solo cornet and soprano cornet. In 2017, Dr. Davis was a featured soloist in 2017 where she presented a lecture-recital on the traditions of British Brass Bands.
Prior to her time at Muskingum, Dr. Davis served as the Trumpet Instructor at Denison University for 5 years where she taught applied trumpet and directed the trumpet ensemble. In addition to collegiate teaching, she has maintained a private trumpet studio for all age groups for the past 12 years. She has served as an adjudicator for the Columbus Symphony Orchestra Young Musicians Competition for several years.
Dr. Davis obtained her Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from The Ohio State University, a Master’s degree in Performance from Pennsylvania State University, and a Bachelor of Music degree from The Ohio State University. She recently completed research on “Bb and C Rotary Trumpets in Orchestras of the United States: Perspectives from Professional Orchestral Trumpet Players on the Use, Audition Considerations, and Current Makes/Models.” Dr. Davis has studied under the tutelage of Timothy Leasure, Dr. Langston Fitzgerald III, George Goad, Velvet Brown, Ginger Turner, and Jan Duga. She has had the honor of being under the baton of conductors such as Crafton Beck, David Becker, Luis Biava, Richard Blatti, Gerardo Edelstein, Dennis Glocke, Dr. William “Ted” McDaniels, Dr. Russel Mikkelson, Alessandro Sicilliani, Jessica Sneeringer, Dr. Robert Ward, Dr. Jon Woods, and Dan Yoder.
- Trumpet Lessons
- Brass Ensemble
- Caroline Heading (Piano)
- BME, Music Education, The Ohio State University
Bio: Ms. Heading has been the collaborative pianist for the Muskingum Music Department since 2011. A graduate of the Ohio State University, Ms. Heading has played for choirs and instrumentalists for over 40 years. She was a pianist for the All-Ohio State Fair Choir for 6 years, and from 2012 to this past summer has been the lead collaborative artist for the Cardinal Chorale, a choral group of high school and collegiate singers that meets on campus for a week-long workshop every summer. At Muskingum, she spends her time accompanying every choral ensemble as well as individual student lessons and performances. Ms. Heading also collaborates with faculty for recitals both on campus and outside of New Concord and plays for musical theatre events at Muskingum University as well as in Coshocton and Cambridge.
- Angela Heck Mueller (Flute)
Instructor of Music (Flute)
- DMA, Flute Performance, University of Oklahoma
- MM, Flute Performance, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
- BM, Flute Performance, Ohio University
- BM, Music Education, Ohio University
Bio: Dr. Heck Mueller enjoys an active career as an educator, solo flutist, orchestral and chamber musician, and collaborative artist in Columbus, Ohio. She is the Adjunct Instructor of Flute at Muskingum University where she teaches applied flute lessons and studio classes, directs flute choirs and various chamber ensembles, and teaches music theory and aural skills courses. As Music Instructor at Ohio Dominican University in Columbus, she teaches private lessons and courses in music history, music theory, world music, popular music, music for teachers, and music & dance. Dr. Heck Mueller serves as third flutist with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra and performs regularly with the Central Ohio Symphony Orchestra, Lima Symphony Orchestra, New Albany Symphony Orchestra, Newark-Granville Symphony Orchestra, River Cities Symphony Orchestra, Westerville Symphony Orchestra, and Ashland Symphony Orchestra.
- Music and Ideas
- Flute Lessons
- Flute Choir
- Eric Kline (Violin/Viola)
Instructor of Music (Violin/Viola)
- Performer’s Certificate in Violin, Eastman School of Music
- MM, Violin Performance and Literature, Eastman School of Music
- BM, Violin Performance, DePaul University
Bio: Mr. Kline has played in Chamber and Symphony Orchestras throughout the U.S. as well as Heidelberg, Germany at the Schlossfestspiele. He has played with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, the Knoxville Symphony Chamber Orchestra, the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Iowa, Columbus Symphony, and ProMusica Chamber Orchestra. He has also been a featured soloist with the Knoxville Symphony Chamber Orchestra on several occasions. He was Principal 2nd in the Knoxville Symphony, and Assistant Concertmaster and Concertmaster with Orchestra Iowa. He was also a guest concertmaster with the Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra and engaged in a collaboration to perform and record Wynton Marsalis’ Fiddlers Tale and Stravinsky’s L’histoire du Soldat.
While attending DePaul University in Chicago, he was also a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, playing under esteemed conductors Daniel Barenboim, Sir George Solti, and Pierre Boulez, and working under the Concertmasters of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. In addition to his other work, Mr. Kline led the DePaul University Symphony as Concertmaster. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in Violin Performance, Mr. Kline was accepted into the Eastman School of Music in New York. Here, he received the prestigious Starling Foundation Fellowship Award as one of the top violinists at Eastman. He also led the Graduate Symphony Orchestra as Concertmaster and performed with Collegium Musicum, a group that specialized in Baroque and Pre-Baroque music. Mr. Kline graduated the Eastman School with a master’s degree in Performance and Literature and received high honors with the Performer’s Certificate in Violin. Eric enjoys automotives, photography, and cycling, and lives in Columbus with his wife and two sons.
- Violin/Viola Lessons
- Jim Lindroth (Percussion)
Instructor of Music (Percussion)
- MM, Percussion Performance, The Ohio State University
- MA, Musicology, The Ohio State University
- BM, Percussion Performance, University of South Carolina
Bio: Mr. Lindroth, a South Carolina native, now resides in Columbus, Ohio. Mr. Lindroth has a bachelor's degree in Percussion Performance from the University of South Carolina and master's degree in Performance and Ethnomusicology from Ohio State University. Along with his extensive background in classical percussion, Mr. Lindroth is an avid fan and performer of various folk music styles, having studied steel drums, Zimbabwean mbira, Irish bodhrán, Irish guitar, Scandinavian guitar, and North and South American folk percussion. He is the Adjunct Instructor of Percussion at Muskingum University where he teaches Applied Lessons, Steel Drum Band, and Percussion Ensemble. When he’s not getting excited about music, Mr. Lindroth can be found drinking coffee, carving wood, or petting his cats!
- Percussion Lessons
- Percussion Ensemble
- Steel Drum Band
- Steve Miller (Guitar)
Instructor of Music (Guitar)
- BA, Music and English, Muskingum University
Bio: Mr. Miller is an adjunct Guitar Professor at Muskingum University and owner of Eurydice Studios. He specializes in teaching rock, jazz, classical, and fingerstyle guitar as well as bass guitar. He is also knowledgeable in other musical subjects such as theory and songwriting/composition. Mr. Miller’s guitar journey began when he received a cheap electric guitar for his 13th birthday. In high school, his band director taught him classical guitar in exchange for him playing the French horn in the school's concert band. He earned his Bachelor of Music from Muskingum University and is currently attending Cleveland State University for his master’s degree. There he studied classical guitar and actively performed with various jazz and rock ensembles.
Currently, Mr. Miller performs around Northeast Ohio as a solo artist and as part of many community and professional groups including local bands, pit orchestras, dinner theaters. In 2019, he was a featured artist in the Southeastern Ohio Symphony Orchestra's "Concerts at the Museum" series playing a selection of baroque pieces on classical guitar. He also performs with his rock band "Grimestone" and in the acoustic duo "Downtown, Overhead." He also performs at the Congregational UCC every Sunday Morning as part of their service. As an active community member, Mr. Miller has worked with EN-RICH-MENT of Stark County, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing music education and performance opportunities to underprivileged youths in the Stark County area, and has given public presentations on topics relating to the guitar.
- Guitar Lessons
- Guitar Ensemble
- Joseph Mueller (Cello)
Instructor of Music (Cello)
- MM, Cello Performance, University of Oklahoma
- BM, Cello Performance, Indiana University
Bio: Mr. Mueller has firmly established himself as a virtuosic soloist, orchestral musician, chamber musician, and sought after instructor of cello. He was appointed Principal Cello of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra in 2011. He also performs with the Newark-Granville Symphony Orchestra, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition to his extensive orchestral duties, Mr. Mueller is also the Instructor of Cello at Capital University, where he has appeared as soloist with the Capital University/Bexley Community Orchestra, and also serves as Principal Cello.
Internationally, Mr. Mueller has toured and performed extensively in Austria and Hungary as a member of the Classical Music Festival, which is based in Eisenstadt, Austria. In addition to his international appearances, Mr. Mueller has also performed in the Brevard Music Festival, the Texas Music Festival, and the Indiana University Jacob’s School of Music Summer Music Festival.
Mr. Mueller completed a Master of Music degree in Cello Performance from the University of Oklahoma where he held the position of Graduate Assistant, was a member of the Crouse String Quartet, and held a permanent chair in the Oklahoma City Philharmonic. Mr. Mueller also holds a degree in Cello Performance from the Indiana University Jacob’s School of Music. His primary teachers have been Emilio Colon, Jonathan Ruck, and Sabrina Lackey and he has performed master classes for Janos Starker, Lynn Harrell, Andrés Diaz, Helga Winold, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, William Preucil, Peter Salaff, and the Cavani String Quartet.
Mr. Mueller lives in Columbus, Ohio with his wife and best friend Angela Heck Mueller, and their two cats, Mo and Stanzi.
- Cello Lessons
- Corey Rubin (Composition)
Instructor of Music (Composition)
- DM, Composition, Indiana University
- MM, Composition, Indiana University
- BM, Composition, Cleveland State University
Bio: The music of composer Corey K. Rubin (b. 1983) is marked by wit, clarity, a strong emphasis on counterpoint, and a deep relationship with music of the past. Known for his vocal writing, Dr. Rubin has composed a large number of choral works, which have been premiered by such ensembles as The Crossing, The Princeton Singers, the Isthmus Vocal Ensemble, Choral Chameleon, the Cleveland Chamber Choir, and C4: the Choral Composer/Conductor Collective. An avid chorister himself, he has been a member of the Cleveland Chamber Choir, NOTUS: the IU Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, and the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus. Rubin’s instrumental works have been performed by such artists as the Momenta String Quartet, Ensemble Dal Niente, the Slee Sinfonietta, the Meridian Arts Ensemble, violinist Rolf Schulte, pianist Geoffrey Burleson, clarinetist Pat O’Keefe, and cellist David Russell.
In addition to his work at Muskingum, Dr. Rubin currently teaches courses in composition and music theory at Cleveland State University. He holds both Doctor of Music and Master of Music degrees in composition from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, where his teachers included Sven-David Sandström, David Dzubay, Claude Baker, and Aaron Travers. Before that, he earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Cleveland State University, having studied with Andrew Rindfleisch. He is also an occasional contributor of crossword puzzles to The New York Times and Los Angeles Times. He resides in Cleveland, Ohio.
- Composition Lessons
- Stacy Russell Welker (Voice)
Instructor of Music (Voice)
- MM, Vocal Performance, University of Nevada
- BA, Music and English, Muskingum University
Bio: Ms. Russell Welker is from Zanesville, Ohio. She attended Muskingum University for her undergraduate degrees, starting as a Music Department participant in the Wind Ensemble. By her junior year, Ms. Russell Welker decided to drop her Biology major and switch to a Music major (the best decision she ever made for herself). From Muskingum, she received her bachelor’s in Music and English with minors in Music Theatre and Mathematics. She went on to complete her Master of Music in Vocal Performance at the University of Nevada, Reno. In October 2020, Ms. Russell Welker moved back to Ohio and in May of 2021 began her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training that was completed in November of the same year from Grass Roots Yoga Studio in Zanesville. She went on to open her own private voice studio, Stacy’s Singing Studio, in Zanesville, based out of C.A. House Music. Ms. Russell Welker maintains her private studio along with applied teaching at Muskingum University. She also began helping with sectionals for Zanesville Middle School Choirs and Maysville High School Choirs for the 2022-2023 school year. Some of Russell’s favorite roles performed include Carmen in Carmen and Helen in Fun Home. Her interests outside of vocal music include traveling and spending time with family.
- Voice Lessons
- Mary Schlacks (Clarinet)
Instructor of Music (Clarinet)
- MM, Clarinet Performance, University of Akron
- BME, Music Education, Indiana-Purdue University Fort Wayne
Bio: Ms. Schlacks earned a Bachelor of Instrumental Music Education degree from Indiana University and a Master of Clarinet Performance degree from the University of Akron. During her tenure at Muskingum University, she has enjoyed teaching clarinet and a variety of music classes. As a performer, she was the featured soloist with the Southeastern Ohio Symphony Orchestra twice, playing Dance Preludes for Clarinet by Witold Lutoslawski and Clarinet Concerto in A by Wolfgang A. Mozart. As soloist with the Muskingum Valley Symphonic Winds, she premiered the performance of An Appalachian Folk Songfest by William Schlacks, a piece written for her in 1998. She continues to enjoy playing with several instrumental ensembles in the area. A serial exerciser, you may meet her as she runs/walks on campus and throughout New Concord daily. She is the proud mother of two daughters and proud grandmother of one grandson.
- Music and Ideas
- Clarinet Lessons
- Clarinet Choir
- Woodwind Methods and Pedagogy
- Excursions in World Music
- Alex Shinn (Bass)
Instructor of Music (Bass)
- MM, Performance and Pedagogy, University of Louisville
- BM, Orchestral Performance, Ohio University
Bio: Mr. Shinn is a double bass player/private teacher, based out of Zanesville, Ohio. He graduated from Ohio University with a major in Orchestral Performance, and a minor in Jazz Studies and received his master’s at University of Louisville in Performance and Pedagogy. While he can play in multiple styles (including electric bass), he has a special affinity for contemporary music.
- Bass Lessons
- Benjamin Stingo (Trombone)
Instructor of Music (Trombone)
- MM, Trombone Performance, Ohio University
- BFA, Music Education, Glenville State College
Bio: Mr. Stingo was born in West Virginia and earned his undergraduate degree in Music Education from Glenville State College. Afterwards, he earned his master’s in Trombone Performance at Ohio University. He is currently the 7-12 choral director at Buckeye Trail High School and teaches piano and guitar classes as well. He also spent three years at Union Local Elementary as a K-5 elementary music and elementary choir teacher and one year as a K-12 music teacher at Beallsville school. He is a current member of the Muskingum Valley Symphonic Winds, Muskingum Valley Brass, and teaches privately in Cambridge. When Mr. Stingo is not playing music, he is at home spending time with his wife Jerrica and hanging out with his cats Reggie and Hector.
- Trombone Lessons
- Francesca Wantuch (Saxophone)
Instructor of Music (Saxophone)
- MM, Saxophone Performance, The Ohio State University
- BM, Saxophone Performance, The Ohio State University
Bio: Saxophonist and teacher, Ms. Wantuch, hails from the city of Cincinnati, Ohio, where her music career started. Ms. Wantuch holds a BM from Ohio University, an MM from The Ohio State University, and is currently completing her DMA at OSU. She teaches at Wright State University, as well as Muskingum University, as Instructor of Saxophone. She has been serving as a member of the 100th Army Reserve Band in Ft. Knox, Kentucky since 2017. Ms. Wantuch regularly performs with funk brass band, Largemouth Brass Band, which released their self-titled album in Fall of 2018, as well as their second album, Repilot, in early 2021. Ms. Wantuch’s teaching philosophy is rooted in cultivating an environment for personal and musical growth.
- Saxophone Lessons
- Jazz Ensemble
- Saxophone Ensemble
- Justin White (Tuba/Euphonium)
Instructor of Music (Tuba/Euphonium)
- MM, Tuba Performance, The Ohio State University
- BM, Tuba Performance, University of Akron
Bio: Mr. White earned a bachelor’s degree in Tuba Performance from the University of Akron and a master’s in Tuba Performance from The Ohio State University. Principal teachers include Tucker Jolly, Christopher Blaha, and James Akins. In addition to his work performing and teacher in the Columbus area and at Muskingum, Mr. White currently serves as Orchestra Personnel Manager for the Columbus Symphony Orchestra.
- Tuba/Euphonium Lessons
- Sheryl Wise (Music Theatre)
Instructor of Music (Music Theatre)
- MA, Education, Muskingum University
- BME, Music Education, Otterbein
Ms. Wise recently completed her final year of teaching at Franklin for a total of 42 years with the district. While at Franklin Local she taught general music, high school and junior high choir, high school theatre, was the director of the drama program, and for several years was the district technology coordinator. Her passion is teaching, but she has also had a long tenure with several church congregations where she has served as a director of music, organist, choir director, and accompanist. She also served as national conference coordinator and state president of her church association. Currently she is the director of music and office assistant for Trinity Episcopal in Newark, Ohio. She recently joined the staff at Movement on Main (MOM) in Zanesville and developed a new musical theatre curriculum for students K-12. At MOM she also directs the grades K-3 children’s choir. Ms. Wise also maintains a private studio where she offers lessons in piano, voice, theatre, and multiple instruments.
Ms. Wise earned her bachelor’s degree from Otterbein College in Music Education and her master’s degree in Education with a Music concentration from Muskingum University. She also completed post graduate studies in Curriculum and Instruction at Ohio University.
Ms. Wise is married to Muskingum alum Jillian Von Gunten. They live in Zanesville with their menagerie of seven cats and two dogs.
- Voice Lessons
- Musical Theatre Ensemble