The faculty of Benedictine University's Department of Music is composed of some of the most experienced and finest musicians in the Chicago area. They have performed with ensembles such as the Chicago Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Sinfonia da Camera, the Canadian Brass Quintet, the Chicago Chamber Orchestra, the Grant Park Symphony and the Lyric Opera of Chicago.
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Phone: (630) 829-6325
D.M.A., University of Illinois | 2005
M.M., Northwestern University | 1988
B.M., Northwestern University | 1987
Luis E. Loubriel earned his Doctorate in Trumpet Performance and Literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Northwestern University where he studied with Vincent Cichowicz and Luther Didrickson. Loubriel also studied privately with Armando Ghitalla, William Scarlett, and Arnold Jacobs.
Loubriel has performed with the Minnesota Orchestra;the Canadian Brass Quintet;the Artie Shaw Orchestra;and the Chicago Chamber Orchestra, among others. He has also performed solo recitals in the United States and in Europe.
He published Lasting Change for Trumpeters with Scholar
Publications in 2005; Back to Basics for Trumpeters in 2009; Brass Singers in 2011; and wrote several
articles with the International Trumpet Guild Journal, Forum on Public
Policy, and the Journal of Integral Theory and Practice.
Advanced Trumpet Plyometrics: Progressive Artistic Etudes and Preparatory Studies (Scholar Publications, 2012).
Brass Singers: The Teaching of Arnold Jacobs (Scholar Publications, 2011)
Regreso a lo básico para trompetistas: La enseñanza de Vincent Cichowicz (Scholar Publications, 2011)
"Integral Music Performance and Pedagogy: A Post-Secondary Performance and Education Model." Journal of Integral Theory and Practice 4.3 (2010): 87-108.
Back to Basics for Trumpeters: The Teaching of Vincent Cichowicz (Scholar Publications, 2009).
"The Marriage of Two Opposing Cultures" Forum on Public Policy: A Journal of the Oxford Round Table (winter 2008).
"Manny Laureano's Quarter Century with the Minnesota Orchestra." International Trumpet Guild Journal (January 2008).
"The Evolution of Arnold Jacobs's Pedagogical Approach." International Trumpet Guild Journal (October 2006).
Lasting Change for Trumpeters (Scholar Publications, 2006).
"Vincent Cichowicz on Arnold Jacobs." International Trumpet Guild Journal (January 2006).
"William Scarlett on Arnold Jacobs." International Trumpet Guild Journal (October 2005).
"The Chicago Trumpet Playing School, 1950-1998." Lecture at the Butler School of Music, University of Texas at Austin (2009).
"Integral Teaching and Pedagogy in Relation to a Community of Practice." Integral Theory Conference, San Francisco, CA (August 2008).
"The Teaching of Vincent Cichowicz." Presentation and panel discussion with William Fielder (Rutgers University), Charles Geyer (Northwestern University), Leonard Candelaria (University of Alabama), and Thomas Rolfs (Boston Symphony Orchestra). International Band and Orchestra Midwest Clinic, Chicago, IL (December 2007).
"The Marriage of Two Opposing Cultures." Benedictine University Faculty Colloquium (fall 2007).
"The Marriage of Two Opposing Cultures." Oxford Round Table, Oxford, UK (summer 2007).
"Creating Lasting Change and the Pedagogical Approach of Arnold Jacobs." Featured lecturer, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA (winter 2007).
Opening Lecture and Presentation of Lasting Change for Trumpeters. Tenth Annual Bass Fest, Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL (2006).
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Phone: (630) 829-1995
Ph.D., University of Illinois | 2010
M.M., Illinois State University | 2003
B.M.E., Illinois State University | 2000
At Benedictine, Dr. Legutki teaches several undergraduate methods courses, psychology of music, concert band, and additional music and humanities courses. Also, he serves as the advisor for an active collegiate chapter of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), which recently received national recognition for chapter growth and professional development projects.
Dr. Legutki’s research interests include music student motivation, teacher and performer identity, and social dynamics within group music activities. He has presented on these and other topics at local, national, and international conferences. His secondary school teaching experience includes middle and high school concert band, jazz ensemble, and music theory in Sullivan, Illinois, where he also served as director of student activities for Sullivan High School.
"Music teachers as musicians and academics: A case study" (Breaux, M. L., Legutki, A. R., & Smith, T. D.). Poster session presented at the 29th International Society for Music Education World Conference, Beijing, China (August 2010).
"Collaborating during doctoral coursework: Providing support and building professional collaborative skills" (Legutki, A. R., Breaux, M. L., & Smith, T. D.). Panel discussion ("Creating, fostering, and maintaining partnerships among junior researchers") at the International Society for Music Education North American Regional Seminar and Summit, Anaheim, CA (March 2010).
"'I got in, but now what?' Preparing students for a successful all-state conference weekend" (Hendricks, K. S., Breaux, M. L., González-Moreno, P. A., Kellum, B. W., King, K. N., Legutki, A. R., Paluck, C. A., & Smith, T. D.). llinois Music Educator 70.1 (2009): 59-64.
"Music teachers' identities as performers: A case study of a benefit recital" (Legutki, A. R., Smith, T. D., & Breaux, M. L.). Poster session presented at the annual conference of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), Columbus, OH (October 2009).
"Competence, autonomy, and relatedness: Psychological needs in music education." Poster session presented at the annual conference of the Illinois Music Educators Association, Peoria, IL (January 2009).
"Preparing students for the dynamic social environments of music festival auditions and rehearsals." Panel discussion ("Preparing students for the IMEA all-state and honors orchestra experience") at the Illinois Music Educators Association All-State Conference, Peoria, IL (January 2009).
"Relatedness in secondary school music environments." Poster session presented at the annual conference of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), Minneapolis, MN (October 2008).
"Motivation and the music learner." Poster session presented at the 28th International Society for Music Education World Conference, Bologna, Italy. (July 2008).
"Experiencing Krannert Wall-to-Wall: A multi-perspective sociological analysis of a musical experience. Paper presented at the annual Ethnography of the University Initiative Student Conference, Urbana, IL (November 2007).
Phone: (630) 829-6320 | Send Dr. Watkins an Email | Office: Scholl 104
Dr. Wilbert O. Watkins earned a Ph.D. in music education and conducting at Florida State University, where he studied with Rodney Eichenberger and André Thomasis. He has served on the music faculties at Northern Illinois University and DePaul University and previously held the position of Director of Choral Activities and Clarke College in Dubuque, Iowa. He has also taught as both a choral music educator and an applied voice teacher in Texas, Florida, Iowa, and Illinois. Watkins is the founding artistic director for Sing to Live Community Chorus, a group formed for those touched by breast cancer, and a past director of Unison with the Windy City Performing Arts in Chicago. He has also sung with the Fort Worth Renaissance Consort, Schola Cantorum of Texas, and the Ft. Worth and Dallas Opera choruses. His other accolades include serving as chorus master for Giovanni Bertolani's Matilde, performing in master class with Paul Plishka, performing under the baton of Fiora Contino and the late Robert Shaw, with whom he also served as diction coach for his last performance of Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem. Dr. Watkins currently serves as Chancel Choir Director at Pilgrim Congregational Church in Oak Park and serves as Artistic Director for the Lutheran Choir of Chicago.
Phone: (630) 829-6344 | Send Ms. Amano an Email | Office: Scholl 215
Born in Japan, Hideko Amano received a Bachelor of Music degree in 1995 from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where she studied under the prominent flutist Paula Robison. From 1995 to 1998 Amano continued her musical education in Paris, France, where she studied with Mathieu Dufour, who has since joined the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as principal flutist. While studying in Paris, she performed in many international Chamber Music Festivals in Italy, England, Israel, and Morocco. Since her return to Chicago in 1998, she has continued her career as an active recitalist. Amano has performed in a concert series at the House of the Consul General of Japan, at the Japan American Society of Chicago's August Peace Concert, and on the WFMT 98.7 Monday Evening Series. In 2003, she appeared on the Dame Myra Hess Concert Series at the Chicago Cultural Center. In addition to her performing career, Amano has served as an adjunct professor (flute) at DePaul University in Lincoln Park (2003-2007) and maintains a growing private studio for young flutists.
Phone: (630) 829-6344 | Send Mr. Benham an Email | Office: Scholl 215
Mr. Benham has been invited to perform for such prestigious
organizations as Concordia College, the Chicago Bar Association, Make a
Wish Foundation, ChildServ, Children's Memorial Hospital, the Chicago
Art Institute, the Van Straaten Gallery, and many others. He also has
performed in the orchestras for musical productions including Sunset
Boulevard and Legally Blonde. Additionally, he performs at private
events such as weddings and galas.
Phone: (630) 829-6344 | Send Ms. Bishop an Email | Office: Scholl 215
Phone: (630) 829-6344 | Send Dr. Browne an Email | Office: Scholl 215
Phone: (630) 829-6344 | Send Mr. Castañeda an Email | Office: Scholl 215
Jue He, a native of Shanghai, China, has been acclaimed for her combination of vigorous and eloquent performances. The Denver Post praised Ms. He for her “first-rate performance” in collaborating with the Aspen Festival Orchestra. She has performed and given lecture recitals both as soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States.
Together with cellist Alisa Horn, she released the Rachmaninoff and Miaskovsky Sonatas for Cello and Piano; and the duo’s performance was broadcast on WQXR-FM in New York City. In addition to playing with Ms. Horn, Ms. He regularly collaborates with members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and her performances are frequently broadcast on WFMT in Chicago. Her most recent collaboration was with IMG artist Nina Kotova, touring six cities in China.
Dr. He started her studies at the High School attached to Shanghai Conservatory, studying with Zijie Wu and Dan Shao. She graduated from University of Denver, receiving her Bachelor's degree as a full scholarship recipient. Later on, Dr. He received both her Masters and Doctoral Degrees in Piano Performance and Collaborative Arts from Northwestern University, graduating with top honors. Her teachers include Dr. Sylvia Wang and Dr. Elizabeth Buccheri. She has participated in master classes with Richard Goode, Sergei Babayan, Kevin Keener, Rita Sloan, Angela Chang and Tiro Fontenay.
Phone: (630) 829-6344 | Send Mr. Infusino an Email | Office: Scholl 215
Phone: (630) 829-6333 | Send Br. Augustine an Email | Office: Scholl 105
Brother Augustine Mallak, O.S.B. has taught music theory and piano at Benedictine University since 1984, also giving workshops on Gregorian and English chant. He is the director of music and organist at St. Procopius Abbey, Lisle. Brother Mallak holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Church Music from Benedictine University and a Master of Music in Organ Performance from the American Conservatory of Music (Chicago, IL). He has studied liturgical composition and choir training with William Ferris and organ with David Schrader. He also studied Gregorian Chant at the Abbey of St. Peter (Solesmes, France) with Dom Jean Claire, O.S.B., as well as with Fr. Columba Kelly, O.S.B., at St. Meinrad Archabbey (St. Meinrad, IN) and Fr. Gerard Farrell, O.S.B., at Westminster Choir College (Princeton, NJ). At Westminster he also did work in piano pedagogy, MIDI and choral conducting. Brother Mallak is a member of the American Guild of Organists, National Pastoral Musicians, and the Benedictine Musicians of the Americas.
Phone: (630) 829-6344 | Send Mr. Moulder an Email | Office: Scholl 215
John Moulder is a guitarist and composer whose music has evolved from an assimilation of various musical traditions. His compositions and playing are featured on albums including Awakening (Mo-Tonal Records 1993), Through the Open Door (Igmod/Mo-Tonal Records 1997), Spirit Talk (NAIM, 2003) and Trinity (Origin Records, 2006). He has also played on recent recordings by vocalist Jackie Allen such as The Men in My Life (Blue Note, 2003), Love is Blue (Blue Note, 2004) and Tangled (Blue Note, 2006). He has been a member of the Paul Wertico Trio for twelve years and has performed with artists such as Eddie Harris, Bob Mintzer, Kurt Elling, Paul McCandless, Lyle Mays, Paul Wertico, Gary Burton, Niels Orsted Pederson and Terry Callier. Moulder received his Masters degree in music from Northwestern University.
Phone: (630) 829-6344 | Office: Scholl 105
Father John Palmer holds degrees from Acadia University (Nova Scotia, Canada), The Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto, Canada), Northwestern University(Evanston, IL) and Trinity College of Music (London, England). He has also studied with Jean Langlais in Paris, France. He studied piano with Felicita Kalejs and Earle Moss. Father Palmer has performed extensively throughout Canada, the United States and Europe, most notably at St. Paul's Cathedral (London, England), St. James Cathedral (Toronto, Canada), and St. Patrick's Cathedral and Columbia University in New York City. He has also performed as part of CBC Radio's "Organists in Recital" series in Canada.
Phone: (630) 829-6344 | Send Mr. Pastor an Email | Office: Scholl 215
Originally from Lima, Peru, percussionist, drummer and music educator Juan Pastor has mastered many different musical genres, including jazz, rock, funk and South American music. At the age of 12, he began his studies in percussion at the "Conservatorio Nacional de Musica" in Lima and, early in his career, joined some of the most important ensembles in Peru, such as the New Music Youth Orchestra, an ensemble dedicated to the development of jazz. Pastor has toured throughout the eastern United States and Europe and played in jazz festivals such as the International Association of Jazz Education (NY), the North Sea Jazz Festival (Holland), the Chicago Jazz Festival (CHI), and the Lima Jazz Festival (LIM).
Phone: (630) 829-6344 | Send Ms. VerHoven an Email | Office: Scholl 215
Victoria VerHoven is an active performer who has appeared in operatic roles with the Chicago Chamber Opera, Lincoln Opera, Light Opera Works, Bowen Park Opera Theatre, Skylight Opera Theatre, Piccolo Productions, and the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Her operetta/musical theatre credits include M&W Productions, the St. Louis MUNY, Melody Top Theatre, Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Chicago, Peninsula Players, Papai Players and Woodstock Theatre. As a soprano soloist, VerHoven has sung with the Birch Creek Festival Orchestra, Fox Valley Symphony, DuPage Symphony Orchestra, members of the Milwaukee Symphony, and the Naperville Festival Orchestra and Chorus. She holds a Master of Music degree and a Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University, both with distinction.