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Music Faculty and Staff

Chair

Mandy Rees
Chair, Department of Music and Theatre
Professor of Theatre
Phone 661-654-2240
E-mail mrees@csub.edu

Faculty

Doug Davis
Professor of Music
Director of Jazz Studies
Phone (661) 654-2293
E-mail ddavis@csub.edu

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Education:
Ph.D. in Music Composition, Harvard University
Master of Arts in Music Composition, Harvard University
Bachelor of Music, summa cum laude, University of Tennessee

Teaching:

Music Theory & Composition, Modern Music Literature, Jazz 

Research:

Dr. Davis has an ongoing connection to the poetry of John Berryman’s Dream Songs. As Brandt Reiter of the LA Weekly states, "Davis has a real ear for the poet's shaggy rhythms and an artful, dramatic touch; his inventive settings are quite wonderful and exceedingly well-suited to Berryman's text. Bluesy, playful and malevolent, with strong overtones of Bartók and Berg, the music is jarring, creepy and slyly seductive. And the disc, which I find compulsively listenable, is both appropriately unsettling and a hell of a lot of fun."

Publications:

Stones for solo piano; Jeffrey Jacob, pianist; New Ariel Recording entitled Contemporary American Music for the Piano 11 (2012)

Gifts Given; ISBN: 978-1-4620-5733-7; Library of Congress Control Number: 2011917185; iUniverse (2012)

Family Portraits for voice and piano, Society of Composers Incorporated (SCI) Performers Series CD entitled Portraits, Capstone Records (CPS-8792) (2008)

Token for voice and orchestra, Lviv Virtuosi Philharmonic conducted by Yuriy Lutsiv, Contemporary Recording Society (C.R.S.) CD entitled Oliynyk-Davis-Wagner, CD0583 (2005)

Psalm of an Orange Angel, performed by the Hungarian Symphony Orchestra conducted by Matyas Antal, Contemporary Recording Society (C.R.S.), CD entitled Drama in Music, CD9971 (1998)

‘llow’d, Enja Records #4028 (1982),  entitled The Bennie Wallace Trio & Chick Corea; CD re-release entitled Mystic Bridge on Enja Records (1997, 2006)

Love Letter for voice and piano, Contemporary Record Society recording entitled Duos (1987)

Rumination and Beggar’s Chant, published by Bob Thiele, Ltd., recording entitled Offering on Vanguard Records VSD 79319 (1972, USA; 1974, Europe)

Stones, published by Bob Thiele, Ltd., recording entitled Fairyland on Flying Dutchman Records (1971), Philips 6369 411 (1972), Mega Records, MLPS-607 (1974) and Zodiac Records (1976)

Other:

In addition to his teaching and composition, Dr. Davis recently published a 300-page book that was inspired by his family’s connection to the first court-ordered integration in the United States in 1956. Davis is a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, CSU Bakersfield Outstanding Professor, Wang Award winner, and has guided the Bakersfield Jazz Festival for 27 years. 


René Ferrell
Professor of Music
Kodály Specialist
Phone (661) 654-2279
E-mail rferrell@csub.edu

Joel Haney
Associate Professor of Music
Co-Director, CSUB Chamber Music Program
Advisor, General Music Program
Phone (661) 654-2541
E-mail jhaney@csub.edu

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Education:
Ph.D. in Music History, Yale University
Master of Arts in Musicology, University of Minnesota
Master of Music in Trumpet Performance, University of Minnesota
Bachelor of Music, summa cum laude, Saint Olaf College
Teaching:

Music History & Literature, Music Appreciation, Chamber Music

Research:

Dr. Haney’s research centers on the historical interpretation of European art music from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He has spoken and published on programmatic meaning in Felix Mendelssohn’s music and on Paul Hindemith’s compositional development in relation to debates over German modernism after World War I, stressing Hindemith’s reaction against nationalism and alliances with the non-Germanic projects of Debussy, Stravinsky, and Bartók. Currently, he is asking how Hindemith’s chamber compositions might configure their performers into meaningful human relationships, applying concepts from jazz research and drawing parallels between performance processes, Hindemith’s socially-grounded thinking, and Martin Buber’s philosophy of dialogue. Dr. Haney currently serves as Vice President and Program Chair of the Pacific-Southwest Chapter of the American Musicological Society. 

Publications:

“Hindemith, Paul.” In Oxford Bibliographies in Music. Ed. Bruce Gustafson. New York:  Oxford University Press, 2013.

“Hindemith’s French Connection: An Alliance Made in Wartime.” Hindemith-Jahrbuch 39 (2010): 54-94.

“Slaying the Wagnerian Monster: Hindemith, Das Nusch-Nuschi, and Musical Germanness after the Great War.” The Journal of Musicology 25/4 (Fall 2008): 339-93.

“Navigating Sonata Space in Mendelssohn’s Meeresstille und glückliche Fahrt.” 19th-Century Music 28/2 (Fall 2004): 108-132.

Other:

In addition to his teaching and research, Dr. Haney is heavily involved in community outreach through events like the annual CSUB Chamber Music Workshop. He also gives music lectures in the broader Bakersfield community, including annual prep lectures for high school students participating in the United States Academic Decathlon. Activities like these led to his receiving the 2013 College & University Music Educator of the Year Award from the Kern County Music Educators Association.


Soo-Yeon Park Chang
Lecturer
Co-Director, CSUB Chamber Music Program
Phone (661) 654-2156
E-mail schang5@csub.edu

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Education:
Doctor of Musical Arts in Keyboard Collaborative Arts, University of Southern California
Master of Music in Piano: Ensemble Arts, Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University
Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance, Seoul National University
Teaching:
Piano Studies, Theory Skills, Chamber Music, Opera Theatre   
Research:
Dr. Chang’s research interests include composers’ inspiration from interrelated fields with music such as literature and visual arts.   She is currently investigating twentieth-century artistic contemporaries, including Francis Poulenc, Paul Eluard, Pablo Picasso, and Garcia Lorca.
Other:
In addition to her teaching at CSUB, Dr. Chang has collaborated with Long Beach Opera, Opera Pacific, Intimate Opera, USC Thornton Opera, NATS, SongFest, and Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra.  She also serves as a liaison to Kern Branch Music Teachers’ Association of California and received the 2011 International Women’s Day Award in Arts & Entertainment for Kern County.

Robert Provencio
Professor of Music
Director of Choral Activities
Advisor, Music Education Program
Phone (661) 654-3073
E-mail rprovencio@csub.edu

Leo Sakomoto
Lecturer
Director of Instrumental Music
Phone (661) 654-2848
E-mail lsakomoto@csub.edu

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Education:
Doctor of Musical Arts, Conducting, University of California, Los Angeles
Master of Music, Conducting, University of California, Los Angeles
Bachelor of Arts in Music Education, California State University, Los Angeles
Teaching:
Concert Band, Chamber Orchestra, Instrumental Pedagogy, Music Education, Music Appreciation, Athletic Pep Band
Research:
Research interests include the wind music of Steven Stucky, development of music education curriculum in third-world countries, and the commissioning of new music for wind band. 
Other:
In addition to his teaching and conducting duties at CSUB, Dr. Sakomoto maintains an active schedule as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator throughout the service region in middle schools, high schools, colleges and universities. 

Jim Scully
Lecturer
Director, CSUB Jazz Ensemble
Phone (661) 654-2511
E-mail jscully@csub.edu
Website http://www.csub.edu/music/Faculty_Staff/Scully/index.html

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Education:
Master of Fine Arts in Music, emphasis in Jazz Composition, University of California, Irvine
Bachelor of Arts in Music, California State University, Bakersfield
Teaching:
Music Theory; Form and Analysis; Jazz Appreciation; Teaching Music with Technology; Class Guitar; Composition Seminar; Jazz Ensembles; Guitar Ensemble
Research:
Mr. Scully is an ASCAP award-winning composer of music for classical and jazz idioms with a special focus on chamber music for a wide variety of instrumental ensembles and solo artists.  He has also become an active composer of electronic music for live theatre and independent films.  He is currently working on a series of new pieces for a concert of world premieres scheduled for late April, 2014.  
Publications:
Sonata for Guitar.  Available on the album: All We Know Is Now on Keith Calmes Music
Bouncing About.  Available on the album: Claviatures - on Navona Records
The Eleventh Hour.  Available on the album: Ambiance - on Beauport Classical
Hop, Skip and Jump.  Available on the album: Fleeting Visions - on Beauport Classical
Mr. Scully's scores are published by Nested Triplets Music.
Other:

In addition to his teaching and writing, Mr. Scully is involved with the many outreach activities the Music Program is undertaking, primarily Guitar Day and the CSUB Music Audition process.  He is a member of College Music Society, Society of Composers and American Composers Forum.  He resides in Bakersfield, CA with his wife and three sons - Aidan, Maxwell and Dylan.


Staff

James Dethlefson
Music Technologist
Phone (661) 654-2520
E-mail jdethlefson@csub.edu

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Education:
Bachelor of Arts in Music, California State University, Bakersfield
Teaching:
Adjunct Faculty, Music Technology, Bakersfield College

Karen Mendenhall-Gregory
Administrative Support Coordinator
Phone (661) 654-3093
E-mail kmendenhall_gregory@csub.edu