Dr. Paul Bissell

Paul Bissell Professor
Sound Recording Technology
FM 128

 Paul Bissell earned his Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts from the  University of South Florida and both Masters and Doctoral degrees from  the University of Texas at Austin. He played guitar and piano through  high school before finding percussion which was the main thrust of  both his first and second college degrees. During his years in school,  he also began composing works for soloists and ensembles and this  interest culminated in his DMA in Composition award in 2001. At the age of 26, Dr. Bissell began teaching percussion and music  technology at Louisiana Tech University. In 1997, he came to Del Mar  College where his responsibilities were similar. Now Professor, Bissell is in charge of the Sound Recording Technology  program at Del Mar. His percussion and technology related articles can  be found in issues of Sound on Sound, Drumhead, and Percussive Notes  among others. Dr. Bissell teaches all the music technology core  components of the degree and is author of the Audio Engineering I text  book.

Dr. Cynthia Bridges

Cindy BridgesDepartment Chair
FM 100

Dr. Cynthia Bridges is the Chair of the Department of Music at Del Mar College where she directs faculty and students, oversees the music curriculum, and serves as the liaison for the institution’s accreditation through the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). Prior to her appointment at Del Mar, she served as Associate Professor of Music/Director of Bands at Malone University in Canton, OH. While at Malone, she directed the Marching Band, Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, taught music education methods courses, supervised student teachers and also served as Chair of the Department of Music for three years. Dr. Bridges taught for seven years in the public schools in Central and South Texas. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education and Performance from Texas State University, a Master of Arts in Music (Music Education) and a Ph.D. in Music (Music Education) from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Dr. Bridges serves as a member of the Commission for Community College Accreditation for the NASM, as 2-year College Director for the Texas Association of Music Schools (TAMS) and served as Co-Chair for the Field of Study Committee for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. She has served Del Mar College as a member of the Guided Pathways Steering Committee, the Southern Association of Schools and Colleges Commission on Colleges 5-year Interim Report Committee, the institutional Strategic Planning Committee, and she has served as the Chair of Chairs’ Council (2013-2014) at Del Mar.

Cynthia Bridges has conducted honor bands in Texas, Hawaii and Ohio, and she has adjudicated concert, jazz, and marching festivals. She has presented sessions for the Texas Bandmasters Association, Hawaii Music Educators Association and the Ohio Collegiate Music Education Association conferences. Her other professional activities have included serving as Vice-President of the Friends of the Royal Hawaiian Band, Vice-President/Conference Chair of the Hawaii Music Educators Association, President of District VIII of the Ohio Music Education Association, President of the Ohio Private Colleges Instrumental Conductors Association and she is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Corpus Christi Chamber Music Society.

Dr. Shao-Shan Chen

Shao Shan ChenAssociate Professor
FM 130

Taiwanese-born pianist Shao-Shan Chen began piano lessons at the age of five. She earned a diploma degree in piano performance from the National Conservatory of Music in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; a master of music degree from The Boston Conservatory, and a doctorate from the College-Conservatory of Music of the University of Cincinnati. While in the Dominican Republic, she won numerous first prizes in national piano competitions, and at the age of eighteen, she made her debut as piano soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra of Santo Domingo performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto K. 466. She has performed as piano soloist and chamber musician at the Carnegie Recital Hall and the Columbia Artists Management Inc. (CAMI) Hall in New York, as well as in Boston, Cincinnati, the Aspen Music Festival, Taiwan, Indonesia, Spain, Venezuela, and Australia. She also appears frequently with husband, pianist Dr. David Sutanto, playing piano duet in concerts. Dr. Chen has been invited as adjudicator for music festivals sponsored by the Corpus Christi Music Teachers Association, Texas Music Teachers Association, and the Singapore Music Teachers Association. Dr. Chen is currently an Associate Professor of Piano at Del Mar College where she has been teaching since 2004.

Samples of Dr. Chen's Live Performances

Clair de lune by Debussy

Feux D'Artifice by Debussy

Abegg Variations, Op.1 by Schumann

Todd R. Ehle

Todd EhleProfessor
Director, Corpus Christi Chamber Orchestra
FM 141

Violinist R. Todd Ehle, Professor of Music at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, Texas, has reached an international audience with his violin lessons posted on Youtube.  These video lessons have a combined view count in the multi-millions and have proven popular with students and professionals of all ages and abilities.  International concert cellist and recording artist, Lynn Harrell, proclaimed Todd’s Tone Production video #1 to be “Excellent!  Beautifully explained.”   Roy Sonne, a retired member of the Pittsburgh Symphony, called the videos “clear, concise demonstrations and explanations,” and goes on to say “I have found them most valuable in my own teaching.” Todd was featured in the Strad Magazine article ‘Stars of the Web’ (September, 2008), and the Chamber Music Magazine article  ‘So You Want to Study with a Superstar...’ (September/October, 2011).  He was also included in the book, ‘Youtube in Music Education,’ by Thomas Rudolph and James Frankel (Hal Leonard, publisher, 2009). Todd received his education at the University of Northern Colorado, the University of Colorado and the Eastman School of Music.  He also studied Suzuki pedagogy with William Starr and Margery Aber.  To view Todd's website, visit www.toddehle.com.

Dr. Greg Graf

Greg GrafDirector of Choral Activities
(361) 698-1352
FM 101

Greg Graf is Assistant Professor and Director of Choral Activities at Del Mar College. Graf received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Maryland College Park in choral conducting. His dissertation, Shared Insights: A Survey of Postsecondary and Adult Men’s Chorus Directors, investigates the specific challenges of conducting men’s choruses concerning vocal pedagogy, rehearsal techniques, auditioning, and repertoire. During his time at the University of Maryland, he directed the UMD Men’s Chorus. Under his preparation, they performed Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Markus Stenz. The UMD Men’s Chorus was also selected to perform at the 2016 Intercollegiate Men's Choruses National Seminar at the University of Illinois. Graf also prepared the UMD Men’s and Women’s Choruses to perform Do You Hear the People Sing, a tribute to the music of Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alan Boubil in collaboration with the National Symphony Pops Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Stephen Reineke He also served as chorus master for the UMD Spring 2014 production of Die Fledermaus. Graf has regularly performed with the National Symphony Orchestra and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra under world-renowned conductors such as Helmuth Rilling, Marin Alsop, Matthew Halls, Masaaki Suzuki, Markus Stenz, and Nathalie Stutzmann. Graf has also served as Director of Choirs, Voice Instructor and Departmental Accompanist at Mineral Area College in Park Hills, MO, for seven years where the choral program quintupled in size under his tenure. In 2013, he was awarded the Outstanding East-Central District Director Award with the Missouri Choral Directors Association. Graf has conducted performances of Mozart’s Krönungsmesse, Faure’s Requiem, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Britten’s Five Flower Songs, Handel’s Messiah, Rutter’s Requiem and Gloria, Ola Gjeilo’s Sunrise Mass, and has prepared Gospel Mass for Robert Ray. He has also been guest clinician for numerous honor choir festivals in Missouri. He earned his Master of Church Music degree in Choral Conducting from Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC. His wife and two daughters live in Corpus Christi, TX.

Dr. Scott Hagarty

Scott HagartyAssociate Professor
Trumpet and Jazz
FM 173

Dr. Scott Hagarty is Associate Professor of Trumpet and Jazz at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, Texas, where he teaches studio trumpet, directs the MWF Jazz Band, coaches various brass ensembles and teaches additional courses in the music theory area. Recognized as an effective teacher, his trumpet students have earned positions in the Texas Community College Band Director's Association All-State Concert and Jazz Bands, and have successfully transferred into universities across the state of Texas. In demand as an educator and performer, Dr. Hagarty has served as an adjudicator in Texas Region 14, and has given clinics and performances at numerous area high schools. He has performed at the Texas Music Educators Association Convention, Texas Jazz Festival, Big 12 Trombone Conference and at the International Trumpet Guild Conference. Dr. Scott Hagarty is a versatile musician with experience performing in classical, jazz, new music and early music styles. As an orchestral musician, Dr. Hagarty is a member of the Corpus Christi and Victoria (TX) Symphonies and is on the sub-list with the Mid-Texas and Laredo Symphonies. He was previously a member of the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony in Iowa and has performed with the Victoria Bach Festival Orchestra, Orchestra Iowa and the Rochester Symphony (MN) among others across the United States. As a chamber musician he is a founding member of the Corpus Christi Brass Quintet and performs regularly with the Del Mar College Faculty Brass Trio. As a freelance musician Dr. Hagarty continues to perform frequently in the South Texas region with ensembles and organizations like the Corpus Christi Chorale, Harbor Playhouse, Corpus Christi Municipal Jazz Band, Glynn Garcia Big Band and the Corpus Christi Cathedral Concert Series among many others. An avid supporter of new music, he has commissioned and premiered new works for trumpet by James Stephenson, Erik Morales, Roger Petersen and Heath Mathews. Dr. Hagarty earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree with a minor in jazz studies from the University of Northern Iowa, Master of Music degree in trumpet performance from Yale University, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in trumpet performance with a secondary area in music theory from the University of Minnesota. His primary trumpet teachers include Dr. David Baldwin, Gary Bordner, Allan Dean and Dr. Randy Grabowski. He is an active member of the International Trumpet Guild serving as chair of the Social Media Committee and on the Membership Committee. Dr. Hagarty also has several publications in the ITG Journal, and serves as a regular recordings reviewer.

Phillip Hii

Phillip HiiProfessor
FM 110

Guitarist Philip Hii has performed extensively in the United States, Mexico, Germany, and New Zealand. His Bach CD received rave reviews from critics in Germany, England, Japan and the US. It was chosen as one of Guitar Player Magazine's picks of the month which says, "His passionate rubato and penetrating tone contribute to a thrilling performance." The Washington Post calls the CD "exciting" and "dazzling." and Acoustic Guitar Magazine calls him "the Heifetz of the classical guitar." A native of Malaysia, Philip Hii started the guitar at age ten. After winning a national competition in Malaysia, he left for New Zealand to study law. Hii won the New Zealand National Cup and appeared on national television. He furthered his studies in England and Germany before coming to the United States in 1983. Philip Hii holds a B. Mus degree from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand as well as a jazz arranging diploma from Berklee College of Music and a Master of Music degree from the University of North Texas.  Philip Hii has published numerous articles in SoundboardGuitar InternationalGitarre und Laute, and American String Teacher and is a former Guitar Forum Editor for the AST. Six of his Bach transcriptions have been published by Guitar Solo Publications. His second CD, Stream of Consciousness, is a compilation of originals arranged for solo guitar and synthesizers. In 2004, he released his third CD, a compilation of eleven Chopin nocturnes transcribed for guitar. He is also a member of the New York City Classical Guitar Society Artistic Advisory Board. His most recent project is a series of books called The Art of Virtuosity.

  • Press Comments

    "Nobody plays the guitar like Philip Hii; he's a Heifetz of the classical guitar. Hii's Allegro is the best I've ever heard and the Toccata and Fugue is downright scary. This is must listening for classical guitar buffs who want to blow a few fuses. ”

    Diane Gordon Acoustic Guitar

    "With impeccable technique and outstanding interpretative gifts, Hii succeeds in making these pieces - originally for violin or organ - sound joyfully at home on nylon-string guitar. His passionate rubato and penetrating tone contribute to a thrilling performance that adds a new dimension to the Bach repertoire."

    James Rotondi Guitar Player

    "An even more exciting disc - because it faces more serious challenges and meets them brilliantly - is J. S. Bach: New Transcriptions for Guitar. Hii makes it sound as if it had been composed for his own instrument - no small accomplishment."

    Joseph McLellan Washington Post

    "Fortunately for music lovers, there can never be a definitive Bach, but Philip Hii's New Transcriptions for Guitar must certainly join the ranks of the great performances and will undoubtedly give up-and-coming contenders an exciting goal to strive for."

    Michael Wright Audio Magazine

    "...astonishing technique, abundant ideation and liquid expression...elegant sense of timing, his genuine interpretation and superb phrasing, the result being a completely satisfying Bach recital that borders on revelation. Yes, two roads diverged in a wood and Hii - he took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference."

    John Schneider Soundboard

    "The affect of the Nocturnes selected for this disc are fully maintained in Hii's guitar versions, and he navigates the delicate lines with an ease achieved only through deep thought and reflection. Op.48, No.1 is the first piece to fully explore Hii's range of talents, challenging the guitarist with quick chromatic lines interwoven into a complex polyphony. Equally memorable is Hii's performance of Op.55, No.1, in which he captures the essence of the many beautiful moments in this composition."

    Timothy Smith, Minor 7th

    "This uncommonly beautiful solo guitar music - 11 of Chopin's 21 Nocturnes arranged and exquisitely performed by Hii’s a gift to the spirit. Without knowing otherwise, one might think Chopin wrote for guitar rather than piano."

    Chris Dodge, Utne

    "Hii often puts the music first, over bravura technical display, and the result can be remarkably affecting. He has a great sense for the introverted expressive world of these pieces; and his interpretations are carefully considered, tasteful, and even moving. His scale technique is as fast as anyone's, and he plays many of these runs with a lightness of touch that few could achieve."

    Rings, American Record Guide

    "In his all-new transcriptions of eleven 'Nocturnes', Philip Hii emerges as a forceful and engaging performer, whose penchant for surges of dynamic energy ensure no listener drifts in to a slumber, nocturnal or otherwise. ...the performances remain controlled and compelling, Hii's remarkable capacity to sustain a single-string trill against dauntingly intricate accompaniments coming into its own on several occasions."

    Paul Fowles, Classical Guitar Magazine

    "He has an exceptional feel for the romantic style, and his playing will win over the hardest of hearts. He gets inside the music, at once making you feel that he is speaking from his heart and that this music was written expressly for the guitar."

    Tom Chandler, Rasputin Manifesto

  • Publications and Recordings

    "Aaron Shearer: An Interview." American String Teacher 41-1(Winter 1991): 77-79

    "Bach's Method of Transcription." Soundboard 17(Spring 1990): 28-33

    "Bachs Transkriptionsmethode." Gitarre und Laute 14-2 (March/April): 40-44

    "The Gran Sonata Eroica; the Case for Its Authenticity." American String Teacher 40-4 (Autumn 1990): 75-79

    "Mauro Giulianis Gran Sonata Eroica-authentisch Oder Nicht?" Gitarre und Laute 13-2 (September/Oktober): 12-16

    Guitar Basics. Self-published textbook for teaching beginning guitar. Revised, 1990

    "Projection on the Guitar." American String Teacher 41-4(Autumn 1991): 71-73

    "Slurring Practices in Baroque Guitar and Lute Music" Soundboard (1987-88: 252-255

    "Teaching Classical Guitar at the College level." American String Teacher 42-1

    Johann Sebastian Bach. New Transcriptions for Guitar, Compact disc. GSP 1012CD released 1995

David Irving (Retired)

David IrvingProfessor of Music 
Jazz Ensembles, Guitar, History of Rock and Roll

David Irving, a native of Corpus Christi, earned his bachelor's and master's degrees at North Texas State University (now the University of North Texas). A guitarist from the age of four, he went through high school and college disguised as a French horn player. He began his teaching career with a three-year stint as the school band director for the Central-Texas community of Mart. It was there that he started his first school jazz band, learning along with his students and staying slightly ahead of them by reading each lesson of the group's class method book the night before he introduced it to the band. Apparently it worked; during the band's first year of existence it placed at the then-prestigious Brownwood Stage Band Festival. In his six years as band director in Ingleside he regularly produced first-division concert, marching, and jazz bands. The jazz band he started there was the first public-school stage band in South Texas to rehearse on a daily basis. He came to Del Mar College in 1972. During his tenure at the school the jazz bands have performed with many of the greatest names in jazz. In 1987 the MWF Jazz Band toured Europe, appearing at Holland's North Sea Festival and Switzerland's Montreux Festival. In addition to his duties as jazz band director, Irving teaches jazz appreciation, the history of rock music, and beginning guitar. He has recently completed work on his guitar class method, titled Learn To Play the Guitar in Three Easy Lessons (and Twenty Hard Ones). Irving is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, the national fraternity for men in music, and is an honorary member of Phi Sigma local professional music sorority. He serves as chapter advisor for both organizations.

Dr. Joy Kaires

Dr joy kairiesProfessor of Humanities and Music 
Flute, Humanities, Appreciation
FM 108

Dr. Joy Kairies is Professor of Flute at Del Mar College. She conducts the Del Mar College Flute Ensemble and teaches Introduction to the Humanities and Music Appreciation on the Internet. Dr. Kairies earned her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in flute performance at the Juilliard School of Music. She holds a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Fine Arts with a major in music performance from Texas Tech University. Dr. Kairies has performed as a recitalist, chamber musician and symphony musician in a wide range of venues throughout the United States. She has also served as an adjudicator for several area competitions including the Texas Community College Band Directors’ Association All-State Band Auditions, Texas Music Educators’ Association sponsored Region Band and Orchestra Auditions, the Association of Texas Small School Bands Region Band Auditions, and the Coastal Bend Flute Club Young Artist Competition. As an active clinician, she has organized and conducted workshops and master classes for flute students of all ages. In 1995, Dr. Kairies received a faculty grant to coordinate two multidisciplinary festivals devoted to women’s creativity which were held in conjunction with National Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day. The events included competitions in the visual, performing and literary arts, a film festival, and more than 30 lectures, performances, demonstration and displays. Dr. Kairies is recognized as an expert in the field of distance learning. In particular, she is known for her innovative use of technology to deliver media intensive courses in the fine arts. She has twice appeared as a guest speaker and clinician at the Appalachian College Association Technology Summit. She has also given presentations on the development of media intensive arts courses at the Texas Music Educators' Association Convention and Clinic in San Antonio, and at the Syllabus Educational Technology Conference in Santa Clara, California. Dr. Kairies’ other research interests include the application of advances in cognitive psychology and motor learning to musical practice and teaching. In 2004, she gave a presentation at the Texas Music Educators Association Convention and Clinic entitled Music and the Mind: What the Latest Brain Research Can Teach Us About Practice and Performance.

Karl Kemm

Karl KemmAssociate Professor of Music 
Horn, Humanities
FM 106

Karl Kemm earned a bachelor's degree at the University of New Mexico. He studied music history and performance practice at the University of New Hampshire for a master's degree under the guidance of Keith Polk and the renowned music iconography pioneer Mary Rasmussen.  In 1989 he joined the Air Force Band at Travis AFB and also began freelancing in the San Francisco Bay Area while studying under Dave Krehbiel.  After 1994 he remained associated with the Air Force through the Texas Air National Guard Band from which he retired in 2011.  He served as adjunct faculty at Texas Woman's University from 1998 to 2001 and as principal horn with the Abilene Philharmonic until 2007. Currently he freelances and clinics as an orchestral and early music natural horn player throughout Texas and the neighboring states.  He performs with the Corpus Christi Symphony and occasionally with the Victoria Symphony.  At Del Mar he teaches horn and Introduction to the Humanities. Mr. Kemm is available to present highly informative and entertaining presentations about the development of the horn and other brass instruments. This presentation utilizes Mr. Kemm's personal collection of over forty-five historic instruments. If you are interested in setting up a masterclass and/or clinic and presentation please contact Mr. Kemm at kkemm@delmar.edu.

William Lipman

Bill lipmanProfessor of Music
Clarinet and Saxophone
FM 114

William Lipman received his bachelor of music from the Boston Conservatory of Music and his master of music in performing arts from the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester. Lipman has served as principal clarinetist and clarinet soloist with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra and the Cape Town Symphony and has performed with the Boston Pops. He has performed in most major U.S. concert halls including Boston's Symphony Hall, Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall. Lipman has toured Canada, the U.S., the Middle East, Europe, and Africa. His recordings include musical archives, radio, and television. He has commissioned works for clarinet and saxophone for solo instrument and chamber music. He has judged U.I.L. competitions in Texas and has selected All-State music for saxophone in Texas. He also teaches music literature.

Cynthia Longoria

Cynthia LongoriaAssociate Professor of Music 
Voice, Singer's Theatre
FM 118

Cynthia Longoria earned a bachelor of music degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio, where she studied with Dr, Diana Allan. Under the private instruction of Dr. Richard Berry, she earned a master's degree in vocal performance from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. Cynthia has performed with various choral ensembles, including the Corpus Christi Chorale and the San Antonio Mastersingers. Her master teachers include William Warfield, Gilda Cruz-Romo, and Dr. David Jones. Her operatic roles include Rosalinda in Strauss' Die Fledermaus. Anna Maurrant in Weill's Street Scene, and The Secretary in Menotti's Consul. At Del Mar Cynthia teaches private voice, voice class, fundamentals of music, Singers' Theater, and music appreciation.

Roger W. Petersen

Roger W PetersenAssistant Professor
composition and theory
FM 171

Roger W. Petersen (b. 1976) is currently an Assistant Professor of Composition and Theory at Del Mar College.  Prior to his appointment at Del Mar College in 2013, he spent two years teaching in a similar capacity at Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand. A San Francisco native, he holds degrees from Michigan State University (DMA/Composition and MM/Theory), San Francisco Conservatory of Music (MM/Composition), and Sonoma State University (BFA). He has studied composition with Ricardo Lorenz, Elinor Armer, and Will Johnson. His compositions have been recorded and commercially released on a number of albums. In 2012, Where Her Lingering Smile Resides was recorded by conductor Gudni Emilsson and the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra; it appears on their latest album Faces of Love. In 2010, Chasing the Silence (saxophone quartet) and In Dreams (saxophone ensemble) were recorded by the h2 quartet for their second album, Times and Spaces. Other recent recording projects include In Dreams (chorus), recorded by the Freudig Singers of Buffalo New York, and Raining Light(wind symphony), recorded by Christopher Hughes and the Mahidol University Wind Symphony for the album Winds of Salaya. Commissions have come from the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, Contemporary Enclave, Atlantic Harp Duo, h2 quartet, San Francisco International Music Festival, Southeastern Louisiana University, Schola Cantorum of San Francisco, Bay Area Composers’ Circle, and MSU Wind Symphony. His music has been performed internationally and as part of numerous festivals, including the 2012 Thailand International Composition Festival, 2012 CMS Pacific Northwest Conference, 2012 CMS South Central Conference, 2012 CMS Pacific Southwest Conference, 2011 International Saxophone Symposium, 2010 CMS National Conference, 2010 San Francisco International Music Festival, 2008 World Saxophone Congress, and 2008 North American Saxophone Alliance.

For more information about Roger and his music, please visit the following website:

Dr. Donald Pinson

Dr donald PinsonAssociate Professor
Trombone and Low Brass
FM 112
Dr. Pinson's website

Donald Pinson maintains a full schedule as both a performer and educator. His experience spans wide-ranging styles, from classical orchestral, solo, chamber, and early music concerts to jazz, rock, salsa, and more. A versatile instrumentalist, he performs regularly on alto, tenor, and bass trombone and euphonium.

As an orchestral musician, he performs regularly as principal trombonist in both the Victoria Symphony Orchestra and the Mid-Texas Symphony, and he has also performed with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, and the San Antonio Symphony, among others.

Active as a chamber musician, recitalist, and clinician, he has been a featured soloist with numerous ensembles in both classical and jazz idioms. He has taken a particular interest in performing the literature for solo trombone and organ, and his first solo recording, Fantasia, a collaboration with organist Damin Spritzer, is now available on the Raven CD label. He has performed concerts and educational programs throughout the South Texas region with the Del Mar Brass Trio and the Corpus Christi Brass Quintet. He has also performed and lectured at venues such as the International Trombone Festival, the Texas Music Educators Association Convention, the Big XII Trombone Conference, and the Texas Jazz Festival.

In 2009, Dr. Pinson joined the faculty at Del Mar College, where he is currently Associate Professor of Trombone/Low Brass. His teaching duties include: applied lessons in trombone, euphonium, and tuba; brass ensembles; and courses in Music Theory and the History of Rock and Roll. Previous teaching experience includes work with students at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Brookhaven College, the University of Texas at Arlington, and the University of North Texas. An active member of the International Trombone Association, he is the Competitions Coordinator for the ITA, responsible for the implementation of fourteen annual competitions with an international pool of applicants and judges. Dr. Pinson holds degrees from Texas Christian University, Southern Methodist University, and the University of North Texas, and his mentors have included Vern Kagarice, John Kitzman, Dennis Bubert, Barney McCollum, and Ron Wilkins.

Donald Pinson is a performing artist for Michael Rath Trombones, England.

Dr. Raphael Ramiro S. Rada

Raphael Ramiro S. RadaAssociate Professor
FM 116

Raphael Rada is an active baritone soloist and has performed in opera, operetta, concert, oratorio, recital, chamber music, and musical theater.  A native of Quezon City, Philippines, he received his undergraduate degrees in music education and vocal performance from the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines.  Dr. Rada received a Masters degree in vocal performance from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in vocal performance from the University of South Carolina.  His mentors include Salvacion Yñiguez, Jerry Helton and Dr. Donald Gray. Rada has sung the roles of Ben in Menotti's The Telephone, David in Barber's A Hand of Bridge, the Baritone in Johnson's Four Note Opera, Dulcamara in Donizetti's L'Elisir d'Amore, Enrico in Donizetti's Il Campanello di Notte, Guglielmo in Mozart's Cosi fan tutte, Colas in Mozart's Bastien und Bastienne, Melchior in Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors, Malatesta in Donizetti's Don Pasquale, Marcello in Puccini's La Boheme, Monsieur Choufleuri in Offenbach's Monsieur Choufleuri, the Judge in Gilbert and Sullivan's Trial by Jury, Mr. Ford in Nicolai's The Merry Wives of Windsor, Dr. Carrasco in Leigh's Man of La Mancha and Peter in Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel. Dr. Rada was a member of the vocal ensemble Philippines which had a concert tour in 1997 of Italy, Spain, Switzerland and Austria.  He has also performed with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra and the University of Santo Tomas Orchestra at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.  He has also sung for the Augusta Opera in Augusta, Georgia.  He was a two-time South Carolina winner and Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera Auditions and was a finalist in the Palmetto Opera Competition. He has served as the Music director of Mt. Holly United Methodist Church and Cantor at the Oratory Catholic Church in Rock Hill, South Carolina.  Prior to his work at Del Mar, he taught voice and Solfeggio at the University of Santo Tomas and was a Voice Instructor and Assistant Music librarian at Winthrop University. At Del Mar College, Dr. Rada teaches voice, Music Appreciation, Ear training and Sight singing, and directs the Singer's Theater.

Dr. Abel Saldivar Ramirez

Abel Saldivar ramirezAssistant Professor
concert band
FM 120 

Assistant Professor of Music, Dr. Abel Saldivar Ramirez holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Conducting from UCLA.  After serving as the Acting Director of Bands at the University Of Illinois School Of Music, the world’s oldest and largest band program, in 2008/2009, he subsequently served as an Associate Professor of Music and Assistant Director of Bands.  In 2012, Ramirez accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Music and Conductor of the Del Mar College Wind Ensemble. From 2003 to 2008, Dr. Ramirez was the Director of Bands, Head of the Conducting Division, and Chair of the Instrumental Area at California State University, Los Angeles where he raised the wind ensemble to a level of national prominence, receiving numerous invitations to perform at state and national conferences.  Prior to accepting an invitation to begin graduate study at UCLA in 2000, Ramirez enjoyed a highly successful career as a Texas 5A high school music educator from 1993 to 2000. In May 2007, Dr. Ramirez made his Carnegie Hall conducting debut. Shortly afterwards, Dr. Ramirez was appointed Resident Guest Conductor for the International Honors Wind Symphony, which he founded in a collaborative effort with Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY). He conducted a performance of the International Honors Wind Symphony at the Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall in May, 2009 in conjunction with the Lincoln Center’s 50th anniversary celebration.  He also served as the guest conductor for the 4A Texas All-State Band in February 2011. Dr. Ramirez' musical knowledge, teaching experience, and artistic conducting expertise is diverse. He has conducted countless wind ensembles and symphony orchestras, opera, and numerous musicals. In addition, Ramirez maintains a highly active schedule as a consultant, clinician, and adjudicator for wind bands, orchestras, marching bands, and jazz bands from across the United States and abroad.

Dr. Neil Sisauyhoat

Neil SisauyhoatAssistant Professor
FM 175

Dr. Neil Sisauyhoat is a versatile performer and educator specializing in classical, contemporary, and Afro-Cuban percussion.  He currently holds the position of Assistant Professor of Percussion at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, TX, where he teaches studio lessons, directs the Percussion Ensemble, and coordinates the percussion program.  Sisauyhoat has previously served as a Percussion Instructor in the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music.  He was an integral director of the UW-Madison World Percussion Ensemble, which won the Percussive Arts Society World Percussion Ensemble Competition and performed at the 2010 Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC). As an orchestral musician, Sisauyhoat currently freelances with the Corpus Christi Symphony, Corpus Christi Cathedral, and the Victoria Chorus.  He has served as Principal Percussionist with the Beloit/Janesville Symphony and extra percussionist and timpanist with the Madison Symphony Orchestra.  Sisauyhoat has performed at Carnegie Hall with the New England Symphonic Ensemble under the direction of John Rutter and performed at Lincoln Center and Symphony Space in New York City.  Other performance credits include the Michigan Chamber Players, Berkeley Opera, and San Francisco Lyric Opera. Sisauyhoat has performed at the Texas Jazz Festival in Corpus Christi, and freelanced with the Ric Cortez Jazz Quartet, the Eddie Olivares Jazz Quartet, Lee Liscano, and Glynn Garcia.  In Madison, Sisauyhoat was a member of the Tony Castañeda Latin Jazz Band, Grupo Balanca, a Brazilian Pagode group, and WADOMA, an African Drum and Dance group. He was also one of the founding members of Grupo Ara Oko, an Afro-Cuban Folkloric ensemble based in New York City. Sisauyhoat can be heard on the Equilibrium label and has recorded audio examples for Dr. Walter Everett’s, The Foundations of Rock: From "Blue Suede Shoes" to "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes", published by Oxford University Press. Sisauyhoat earned the Bachelor of Music degree from Lawrence University, the Master of Music degree from Mannes College of Music, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Michigan.  He endorses Remo Drumheads, Latin Percussion, Inc., and Vic Firth Sticks and Mallets.

Susan Jean Sturman

Susan Jean Sturman Professor of Cello
Cello, Double Bass
FM 132

Susan Sturman is Professor of Cello and Double Bass at Del Mar College. 
Professor Sturman earned her Bachelor of Music from Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory of Music and her Master of Music from Northwestern University. Her principal teachers include Regina Mushabac and Alan Harris.  Additionally she has studied orchestral cello playing with Stephen Geber and Richard Weiss of the Cleveland Orchestra, as well as with Carter Enyeart and Gordon Epperson. She has performed extensively in Texas and beyond as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player with groups such as the Ehle/Sturman Duo, the Aurora Piano Trio, the Islander String Quartet, the Islander Chamber Players, the Chanticleer String Quartet, the Ohio Chamber Orchestra, the Cleveland Ballet Orchestra, and the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra.  She currently serves as principal cellist with the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra. A committed pedagogue, she is interested in the entire spectrum of cello teaching from the very beginning through advanced.  Her studio at Del Mar College reflects that interest as it ranges from young Suzuki students to advanced college music majors. Professor Sturman is constantly exploring new ways to reach her students. She has studied Suzuki pedagogy with Carol Tarr, Susan Gagnon, and Tanya Carey, the Margaret Rowell approach with Irene Sharp at the Irene Sharp Cello Seminar, and other teaching approaches at the Madison Summer Cello Institute.  Additionally she has experimented with  alternative styles of music at the Eugene Friesen String Institute and at the New Directions Cello Festival and she has begun to explore Alexander Technique with Robyn Avalon.  Professor Sturman frequently gives master classes and clinics throughout South Texas.  Previous to her teaching at Del Mar College she taught at the Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory, the Somerset Music Festival in Pennsylvania, and the III Campamento Musical Juvenil in Honduras. In addition to her busy performing and teaching schedule, Professor Sturman served for several years as the String Division Chair for the Corpus Christi International Competition.

Dr. David Sutanto

David SutantoProfessor of Music 
FM 143

Described as “possesses the utmost in technique, mature musicianship, and intellect” by the New York Concert Review and “simply incredible” by Corpus Christi’s Caller Times, Indonesian-born pianist David Sutanto gained his international recognition when he won the 1997 Artists International Audition in New York, which resulted in his critically acclaimed New York recital debut at the Carnegie Recital Hall in 1998. Other awards include winner of the 1996 Chopin Foundation Piano Competition in NY, recipient of the Arthur B. Whitney Award and Alfred E. Lee Memorial Scholarship Award in Boston, and top prize winner of the National Yamaha Piano Competition in Indonesia.

Dr. Sutanto is an active performer as piano soloist and chamber musician including duo-piano with wife Dr. Shao-Shan Chen. He has performed throughout the United States: Loyola University in New Orleans, the Aspen Music Festival; the International Foundation for Art and Musical Excellence (FAME) in New Jersey; the Bowdoin Music Festival in Maine; the Bach-Annalia concert, the Grandin Music Festival, the Music 2000 Festival, the Cincinnati Flute Symposium, and the International Women’s Brass Conference in Cincinnati; and the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston; among others. His performances in the South Texas community include solo and chamber music recitals at the UT Rio Grande Valley, Fryderyk Chopin Society of Texas, Rockport Country Club, Corpus Christi Music Teachers Association meeting, TAMU-Kingsville, Performing Arts Center at TAMU-CC, Coastal Bend Flute Club, and Thursday Music Club. Dr. Sutanto has also performed benefit recitals for the Corpus Christi International Competition for Piano and Strings, the Corpus Christi’s Philippine Society for the Performing Arts, as well as at churches in Corpus Christi—St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.

Orchestral appearances include soloist with The Boston Conservatory Orchestra, College-Conservatory of Music Philharmonia Orchestra, Corpus Christi Chamber Orchestra, and Del Mar College Concert Band. His playing was also broadcast at the WAIF-FM in Cincinnati (Asian American Hour), KEDT-FM in Corpus Christi, and at the KIII-TV station in Corpus Christi. Overseas performances include recitals, concerts as well as master classes in Indonesia, Singapore, Dominican Republic, and Taiwan.

As collaborative pianist, Dr. Sutanto has worked with artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Sarah Chang, Julius Baker, Erick Friedman, Anthony Gigliotti, and Dorothy DeLay. He is also the principal pianist for the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to teaching and performing, he has served as a jury member at the South Texas Piano Competition, 5th Singapore Performers’ Festival & Chamber Music Competition, the US New Star Piano Competitions, as well as the Piano Screening Committee for the Corpus Christi International Competition.

Dr. Sutanto has received his Bachelor of Music degree from The Boston Conservatory (summa cum laude, Pi Kappa Lambda), Master of Music from Manhattan School of Music, and Doctorate from College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati. He has studied with Frank Weinstock, Donn-Alexandre Feder, Jung-Ja Kim, Martin Canin, Gabriel Chodos, and Karminia Bungsu. He currently serves as Professor of Piano at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, Texas. On the weekends, he serves as church pianist and organist at St. Mark's Episcopal Church and St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Corpus Christi.

Samples of Dr. Sutanto's Live Performances

Nocturne, Op. 27 No. 2 by F. Chopin

L'Isle joyeuse by C. Debussy

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