SOMD Welcomes New Faculty

Jon Bellona, Instructor of Audio Production

Bellona recently earned his PhD in composition and computer technology from the University of Virginia, where he served as an instructor in the music department. Bellona previously received his Master of Music in intermedia music technology from the University of Oregon, and is currently a member of the UO faculty collective Harmonic Laboratory, along with associate professor of dance Brad Garner.

 

Melissa Brunkan, Assistant Professor of Choral Music Education

Brunkan holds a PhD in music education from the University of Kansas. Brunkan has sung and conducted professionally with choirs, opera and theater companies and churches throughout the United States, including the Minnesota Chorale, the Florentine Opera, Stages Theater Company, and the Twin Cities Womens’ Chorus. She previously served as assistant professor of music education at Louisiana State University.

 

Arnaud Ghillebaert, Instructor  of Viola

Originally from Paris, Arnaud Ghillebaert has performed as an orchestra musician with The Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields, The London Symphony Orchestra, The Bournemouth Sympony Orchestra, The Scottish Opera and Opera North. He earned his Masters in viola and violin performance from the Royal College of Music in London, and his DMA from Stony Brook University.

 

Craig Phillips, Assistant Professor of Voice

Phillips is a two-time Grammy nominee and founding member of the acclaimed male vocal quartet New York Polyphony. He has performed a wide range of repertoire with companies including Glimmerglass Opera, Florida Grand Opera, New York City Opera and Boston Lyric Opera. He recently graduated from the DMA program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he was also a teaching assistant.

 

Andrew Strietelmeier, Assistant Professor of Music Education (Strings)

Strietelmeier earned a PhD in music and human learning at the University of Texas at Austin. He comes to us from Denison University in Granville, Ohio, where he was a visiting instructor in music. He coached student chamber ensembles and orchestras through the Chamber Music Connection in Columbus, Ohio. He is a registered teacher of the Suzuki Method, and has served as director of the Suzuki Music Center of Central Ohio, and as assistant director of the University of Texas at Austin String Project.

 

Wonkak "Won" Kim, Assistant Professor of Clarinet

Kim has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician at major venues throughout the United States such as Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, and Constitution Hall as well as in Paris, London, Madrid, Ghent, Geneva, Seoul, Osaka, Costa Rica, and Brazil. A Naxos Recording Artist, he has garnered international acclaim through his extensive discography, including the titles “Gulfstream,” “The Clarinet,” and “François Devienne: Clarinet Sonatas.” A native of South Korea, Kim grew up in Seoul and Paris and moved to the United States at the age of 15. He holds a DMA clarinet from Florida State University. He previously held a tenured position at Tennessee Technological University.

 

Eunhye Choi, Instructor Faculty Fellow of Collaborative Piano

Kim's wife, Eunhye Choi, will be joining him on the faculty to provide collaborative piano services to students and faculty. She received her DMA in collaborative piano and coaching from the University of Minnesota. She is affiliated with the International Clarinet Association ClarinetFest (resident pianist), Eastern Music Festival (director of collaborative piano program), Tennessee Technological University (adjunct faculty), and Chapel Hill Chamber Music Workshop (piano faculty and collaborative pianist).