Faculty

Dr. Jeff C. Smoak, Jr. Professor of Music / Department Chair / Vocal | Chamber Choir
Office:GCR Annex Office A
Phone:(606) 539-4332
Email:jeff.smoak@ucumberlands.edu

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Dr. Jeff Smoak joined the University of the Cumberlands' faculty in 1994 and was appointed Department Chair in 1997. He graduated from Charleston Southern University with a BA in Music Education. His graduate work includes two degrees from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary: a Master of Church Music degree and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Vocal Pedagogy degree.

Dr. Smoak directs both the Chamber Choir/Show Choir and the Cumberland Singers. He is a member of the National Association for Music Education and the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Additionally, he has served for many years as a faculty advisor for INSIGHTS, UC’s freshman orientation program. Dr. Smoak received the Excellence in Teaching Award in 2004 for his work at the university, and he is currently listed in the national publication “Who's Who in American Education.”

In addition to his teaching and administrative responsibilities, Dr. Smoak has served as adjudicator for choral and solo vocal competitions throughout the US. Dr. Smoak also serves as Worship Leader for Main Street Baptist Church in Williamsburg.

Courses Taught

MUSC 130 Music Appreciation
MUPR 111 Chamber Choir
MUPR 112 Cumberland Singers
MUPR 121 Class Voice and Diction
MUED 324 Teaching Music in Elementary School
MUED 421 Vocal Techniques
MUAM 011-421 Applied Music: Voice
Graduate courses in music education


Mr. Marty Abbott Adjunct Professor High Brass
Office:GCR Annex Office H
Phone:606.539.4332
Email:marty.abbott@ucumberlands.edu

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Mr. Marty Abbott joined the University of the Cumberlands’ faculty in 2013 as Adjunct Professor of High Brass. Mr. Abbott completed both the Bachelor of Music Education degree and the Master of Music Education degree from Illinois State University.
Mr. Abbott relocated to Kentucky after teaching in the Illinois public school system for over 30 years. Before retiring from high school teaching, Mr. Abbott served as Assistant Band Director for Corbin Independent School in Corbin, KY.

In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Mr. Abbott is a member of the Kentucky Music Educators Association, and he performs regularly with the Corbin Community Band. Mr. Abbott frequently adjudicates marching band, concert band, and solo and ensemble festivals throughout Kentucky.

Courses Taught

MUSC 424 20th-Century Music
MUAM 013-423 Applied Music: High Brass
MUPR 211 Brass Techniques (Trumpet and Horn)


Mr. Victor Andzulis Assistant Professor Piano
Office:GCR Annex Office I
Phone:606.539.4332
Email:victor.andzulis@ucumberlands.edu

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Mr. Andzulis joined the UC faculty in the spring of 2016 where he teaches class piano and applied lessons. He also serves as collaborative pianist for student and faculty performances as well as the Chamber Choir and Chorale.  He has also served on the faculties of the University of West Florida, Olive Baptist School of Performing Arts, Trinitas Christian School, and Pensacola Christian Academy, and for several years maintained a successful private studio in Pensacola, FL.

Mr. Andzulis completed the Master of Music in Collaborative Keyboard degree from the University of South Alabama where he studied under Dr. Robert Holm. He also holds the Master of Arts in Music and the Bachelor of Arts in Church Music from Pensacola Christian College where he studied piano with Dr. Pitagoras Goncalves, Dr. Amy Bombard, and Mrs. Daisy de Luca Jaffe.

Classes Taught
MUPR 100, 117, 118 Class Piano
Applied piano instruction
Choral Ensemble Accompanist

 


Mr. James R. Corcoran Associate Professor Percussion
Office:GCR Annex Office C
Phone:606.539.4332
Email:james.corcoran@ucumberlands.edu

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Mr. Jim Corcoran has been a member of the UC music faculty since 1997. He earned the Bachelor of Music Performance degree and a Master of Music Theory degree from the University of Kentucky.

Mr. Corcoran is the Director of Percussion Studies and the Assistant Director and Percussion Coordinator of the UC Marching Band. In addition to his teaching responsibilities at the university, Mr. Corcoran serves an Instructor of Percussion for the Governor’s School for the Arts. Also, he is the coordinator for the Cumberland Drum Camp, and he frequently adjudicates marching band, concert band, and solos and ensemble festivals throughout Kentucky.

As a performer, Mr. Corcoran has performed with a number of artists and ensembles including Dave Samuels, Bob Becker, James Campbell, the Lexington Philharmonic, and the Lexington Bach Ensemble. He is a member of the National Association for Music Education and the current President of the KY Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society.
James Corcoran is a University Artist sponsored by Innovative Percussion, Sticks and Mallets, Nashville, TN.

UC Drum Camp
http://www.ucumberlands.edu/drumline/drumcamp.php

Courses Taught

MUED 130 Introduction to Application Software for Music
MUED 425 Music Core Seminar
MUSC130 Music Appreciation
MUSC 231/232 Music Theory
MUSC 421 Orchestration
MUSC 423 Form and Analysis
MUPR 109 Percussion Ensemble
MUPR 215 Percussion Techniques
MUAM 013-423 Applied Music-Instrumental


Dr. Melissa Gibson Adjunct Professor Piano
Office:GCR Annex Office J
Phone:(606) 539-4332
Email:melissa.gibson@ucumberlands.edu

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Dr. Melissa Gibson joined the University of the Cumberlands’ Music Department faculty in 2013 as Adjunct Professor of Piano. Dr. Gibson completed the Bachelor of Music Education degree from Eastern Kentucky University. She earned the Master of Arts in Education degree from Union College and the Doctorate in Education degree from the University of Kentucky.
Dr. Gibson has taught in the public school system for over 20 years. Prior to her arrival at UC, her teaching experience has also included positions in the undergraduate classroom setting at Dakota Wesleyan University and Lindsey Wilson College.

In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Dr. Gibson is the author of several publications, and she is an active presenter at various conferences and training summits throughout the US. Currently, Dr. Gibson serves as accompanist for the UC Cumberland Singers ensemble. She is the pianist for Main Street Baptist Church in Williamsburg, and she is the proprietor of the DrJo Studio, in which she teaches both group and private piano lessons.

Courses Taught

MUPR 100-118 Class Piano


Ms. Kimberly Heersche Adjunct Instructor of Oboe
Office:
Phone:(606) 539-4332
Email:kimberly.heersche@ucumberlands.edu

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Ms. Kimberly Heersche joined the University of the Cumberlands’ faculty in 2014 as Adjunct Instructor of Oboe.  Ms. Heersche earned the Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree from the University of South Carolina and the Master of Music in Oboe Performance degree from the University of Kentucky.  Ms. Heersche currently teaches oboe at both the collegiate and high school levels throughout the state of Kentucky.  She has over twenty years of experience as a contracted and volunteer musician in a variety of musical styles and venues including performances with the Lexington Philharmonic, the Lexington Community Orchestra and the Air City Woodwind Quintet of which she is the founding member.

 

Courses Taught

MUAM 013-423 Applied Music: Instrumental  (Oboe)


Mr. Brian Logan Adjunct Instructor Bassoon
Office:
Phone:(606) 539-4332
Email:brian.logan@ucumberlands.edu

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Mr. Brian Logan is a 1990 graduate of the University of the Cumberlands. He earned the Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree with an emphasis in bassoon. He also earned the Master of Music Education degree from Eastern Kentucky University.
Mr. Logan currently serves as Minister of Music for First Baptist Church in Williamsburg. He is also employed as Information Technology Specialist for the Whitley County School system.

Mr. Logan maintains a private studio for bassoon instruction, and he regularly performs with the London Community Orchestra and the UC Community Chorus.

Courses Taught

MUAM 013-423 Applied Music: Instrumental (Bassoon)


Dr. Steven Sudduth Associate Professor Director of Bands Low Brass
Office:GCR Annex Office B
Phone:(606) 539-4331
Email:steven.sudduth@ucumberlands.edu

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Dr. Steven Sudduth joined the University of the Cumberlands' faculty in 2008. He graduated from the University of Central Arkansas with a Bachelor of Music degree in Performance. He was granted the Master of Music degree in performance and composition at Western Michigan University, and he earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in performance from the University of North Carolina/Greensboro.

Dr. Sudduth is the Director of Bands for UC and is also the low brass specialist. He is responsible for the coordination of all marching band, symphonic winds, university band and jazz band activities including half-time shows at all UC home football games, exhibition performances at selected high school venues, basketball pep performances, and concerts for all bands under his direction.
In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Dr. Sudduth is the conductor for the Southern Stars Symphonic Brass Ensemble and a member of the London Jazz Orchestra. He is a member of the National Association for Music Education, Phi Beta Mu and the International Trombone Association. He frequently adjudicates for marching band, concert band, and solo and ensemble festivals throughout the US.

Currently, Dr. Sudduth serves as the Assessment Manager for the District 10 Kentucky Music Education Association.

Courses Taught

MUPR 108 University Band
MUPR 114 Marching Band
MUPR 115 Concert Band (Symphonic Winds)
MUPR 119 Pep Band
MUPR 213 Low Brass – Trombone, Euphonium and Tuba
MUSC 421 Orchestration
MUSC 423 Form and Analysis
MUED 336 Instrumental Methods
MUED 411 Advanced Conducting – Instrumental
MUAM 013-423 Applied Music-Instrumental


Mr. David Threlkeld Professor of Music Woodwinds/Jazz Ensemble
Office:GCR Annex Office D
Phone:(606) 539-4334
Email:david.threlkeld@ucumberlands.edu

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Mr. David Threlkeld has been a member of the UC music faculty since 1990. He earned the Bachelor of Music Education degree from Morehead State University and a Master of Music in performance degree from Northwestern University.

Mr. Threlkeld is the director of the UC Jazz Ensemble and is also the woodwind specialist at UC. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he currently serves as the Coordinator of Instrumental Studies for the department and is the Coordinator for the UC High School Jazz Clinic. He frequently adjudicates for jazz ensemble, marching band, concert band, and solo and ensemble festivals throughout Kentucky.

As a performer, Mr. Threlkeld is Director of the London Jazz Orchestra, The Little Big Band and The Dave Threlkeld Quartet. He has also appeared with such notable artists as Lou Rawls, Shirley Jones, The Temptations and the Four Tops.

Mr. Threlkeld currently serves as the vice-president of the Kentucky Association of Jazz Educators. Most recently, Mr. Threlkeld was presented with the Excellence in Teaching Award by the University of the Cumberlands.

Courses Taught

MUSC 130 Music Appreciation
MUPR 116 Jazz Ensemble
MUPR 212 Woodwind Techniques-Clarinet and Saxophone
MUPR 214 Woodwind Techniques-Flute and Double Reeds
MUAM 013-423 Applied Music: Instrumental: Flute, Clarinet, Sax, Oboe, Bassoon
MUSC 333 Music History I
MUSC 334 Music History II
MUSC 335 World Music
MUED 425 Music Core Seminar


Dr. Joey Wolfe Associate Professor
Office:McGaw
Phone:606.539.4332
Email:joey.wolfe@ucumberlands.edu

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