Faculty and Staff

New and noteworthy faculty accomplishments

Music Therapy

Dr. Susan Hadley

  • Under Contract: "(Post) Colonial Music Therapy" & "The Sociocultural Identities of Music Therapists: Examples and Implications."
  • Published "Microaggressions" in the book "Cultural Intersections in Music Therapy: Music, Health, and the Person" (2017).
  • Published "Musicial Multicultural Competency in Music Threapy: The First Step" with M. Norris in Music Therapy Perspectives (2016).
  • Published "Inside/Outside" & edited "Our Black Sons Matter: Mothers Talk about their Fears, Sorrows, and Hopes" (2016).
  • Published "Narrative Inquiry" with J. Edwards in the book "Music Therapy Research (3rd ed.)" (2016).
  • Published "Critical Inquiries: Feminist Perspectives and Transformative Research" with R. Rolsvsjord in "Music Therapy Research (3rd ed.)" (2016).
  • Published "Interptivist Historical Research" in "Music Therapy Research (3rd ed.)" (2016).
  • Published a book chapter with N. Hahna on feminist perspectives music therapy in "The Oxford Handbook of Music Therapy" (2016).

Dr. Nicole Hahna

  • Published "Personal Bias" chapter in the book "Cultural Intersections in Music Therapy: Music, Health, and the Person" (2017).
  • Received the MAR-AMTA (Mid-Atlantic Region American Music Therapy Association) Service Award (2017).
  • Conducted faculty-student research on adaptive lessons and stress.
  • Presented as part of a panel on music therpay advocacy at Drexel University (2016).
  • Published a book chapter as second author, with Dr. Susan Hadley as first author, on feminist perspectives in music therapy in "The Oxford Handbook of Music Therapy (2016).
  • Conducted faculty-student case study on the use of music therapy for a client on the autism spectrum (2016).
  • Received the 2015 Changemaker Award from the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA).

Mr. Vern Miller

  • Received a Faculty-Student Research Grant to study pedagogical approaches to teaching music technology (2017).
  • Conducted faculty-student case study on the use of music therapy for a client on the autism spectrum (2016).

Music Education

Dr. Cassandra Eisenreich

  • Presented at the Dalcroze Society of American Workshop at Slippery Rock University (2017).
  • Presented at the Little Kids Rock Workshop at Slippery Rock University (2017).
  • Received her received her certificate in the Conversational Solfege Fierabend Method.
  • Received the Robert D. Gunstream Education & Music Award to continue the collaboration with the Butler County Children's Center Early Childhood Music Classes from the College Music Society.
  • Was awarded as an Outstanding Collegiate Advisor for SRU's Delta Mu Chapter of Mui Phi.

Dr. Jonathan Helmick

  • Performed at the Ohio Music Education Association Conference in January 2016.
  • Was invited in October of 2015 to serve as guest conductor and clinician for the Capital City Brass Band in Williamston, Michigan.
  • The Slippery Rock University Marching Pride, under the direction of Dr. Helmick, has completed its 2015 season performing for thousands of spectators across the state at the Collegiate Marching Band Festival, the McKeesport Tournament of Bands Competition, and the Butler Band Festival.
  • In 2015, Dr. Helmick founded the Roger Bobo Festival of Brass, a brass festival headlined by international brass performer and teacher, Roger Bobo - former principal tubist in the Los Angeles Philharmonic and tuba player on such notable movie soundtracks as Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and more. For information on how to be a part of the 2016 festival held at SRU, go to http://www.bobosfestivalofbrass.com/.
  • Has been accepted to publish a two part articles series in the Mississippi Bandmaster, the state journal for instrumental music in Mississippi, offering prescriptive recommendations for pre-tuning and tuning procedures that foster the development of accurate intonation for secondary instrumental brass students. The first article is titled as follows: Helmick, J. J. (2016). Getting Down to Brass Tacks: Tune Up Your Low Brass. The Mississippi Bandmaster.
  • Recently presented a session for the 2015 Mu Phi Epsilon Great Lakes District II Regional Conference discussing professional preparation for Music Therapy, Music Performance, and Music Education majors entitled, "Scaling the Summit: Preparing for the Profession."
  • Traveled to Oaxaca, Mexico to begin working on the biography of famed brass musician, Roger Bobo.

Dr. Kathleen Melago

  • Performed two works at the National Flute Association convention in San Diego, CA in August 2016.
  • Is serving as State Collegiate Advisor for the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association from 2014-2018.
  • Presented a session, "Using Technology to Improve Learning & Engagement in Instrumental Music" at The Midwest Clinic International Band and Orchestra Conference in Chicago, IL in December 2015.
  • Served as a guest blogger for the Smart Music Blog with her post called "Flipping the Ensemble Classroom."
  • Had a paper, "The Music Methods Competency Examination: A Benchmark Assessment for Teacher Candidates" published in Connecting Practice, Measurement, and Evaluation: Selected Papers from the Fifth International Syposium on Assessment in Music Education, edited by T. S. Brophy, J. H. Marlatt, & G. Ritcher (2016).
  • Presented two sessions at the National Association for Music Education Research and Teacher Education Conference in Atlanta, GA in March 2016.
  • Gave recitals and master classes at the University of Northern Iowa and The Pennsylvania State University in Spring 2016.
  • Had her interview of Stacey Steele, SRU Faculty Emerita, published in Flute Talk--"Using Irish Flute Technique in Traditional Flute Choirs."
  • Was appointed State Collegiate Advisor for the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association

Music Performance

Dr. Stephen Barr (Choir)

  • His work for symphonic winds, "Winter Sky," had a dual premiere by the Youngstown State University wind ensemble and the University of Hawaii-Manoa symphonic band.

Dr. Cassandra Eisenreich (Flute)

  • Performed at the National Flue Association along with the SRU Flute Choir (2017)
  • Was invited to give two presentations at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago this past August. She gave workshops on "Eurhythmics for The General Classroom Teacher" and the implementation of "Games and Activities for The Beginning Instrumental Student." Dr. Eisenreich worked with hundreds of public school teachers in the Chicago area.
  • Is presenting and preforming at the Midwest Clinic, working with teachers and students in the inner-city public schools.

Dr. Colleen Gray (Voice)

  • Performed the Chaminade's "Melodies" at The Frick in Pittsburgh.
  • Organized and performed a recital for the Rotary Fundraising Concert, "End Polio Now."

Dr. David Glover (Percussion)

  • Remains the Percussive Arts Society, Pennsylvania Chapter President, a position he was elected to and has maintained for six years.
  • Recently added Innovative Percussion to his list of percussion endorsements. The company produces drumsticks, mallets, and other percussion accessories.

Dr. Jason Kush (Saxophone)

  • Hosted the first annual SRU Saxophone Workshop, featuring Carrie Koffman and Michael Thompson.
  • Performed with the Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra, featuring vocalist Ann Hamptom Callaway.

Dr. Christopher Scott (Voice)

  • Appeared on stage with Opera Theater of Pittsburgh singing Escamillo on "Carmen the Gypsy" and the Barber in Strauss' "A Silent Woman."
  • Debuted with Resonance Works, singing in Ned Rorem's "Evidence of Things Not Seen."
  • Performed on a Rotary Concert to benefit "End Polio Now."
  • Debuted with Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, singing Jack Front in the world premiere of "A New Kind of Fallout" as well as Olivier in Richard Strauss' "Capriccio."

Dr. Glenn Utsch (Piano)

  • Served as a Piano Judge at the Federation of Music Clubs Festival Competition, at Grove City College, in March 2016.
  • Performed a Faculty Recital at Slippery Rock Univeristy in November 2015 which featured the piano music of Spain.
  • Published an article through the College Music Society entitled, "Remembering American Composer Arthur Farwell and His Family: An Interview with His Son Jonathan."