Faculty and Staff

At CCM, tomorrow’s arts luminaries work with today’s industry leaders. More than 150 internationally recognized faculty members work with students from around the world. With a 7:1 student-to-faculty ratio, CCM students receive personalized mentorship from professors who guide their individual scholarly, creative, musical, performing and teaching growth.

Who are our faculty members? CCM professors are Grammy, Emmy and Tony Award-winning performers and designers, ASCAP and BMI Award-winning songwriters and composers, Fulbright Scholars and more. They are members of major American orchestras, as well as directors and conductors for the world’s leading opera houses and summer festivals. They are researchers, educators, choreographers, filmmakers and playwrights, as well as experts on health and wellness for artists. They have published widely-used textbooks, performed at the White House and produced multimedia for US presidents. They have been featured on major broadcasts like Good Morning America, the Today Show, the Tonight Show, and the BBC Proms, to mention just a few of their accomplishments.

View CCM Strings faculty below, or view our college-wide directory of faculty and staff.

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Christopher Eugene Wilke

Adjunct Instructor of Classical Guitar


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Rachel L. Calin

Professor of Double Bass


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Owen Lee

Adjunct Associate Professor of Double Bass


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Gillian Benet Benet Sella

Adjunct Professor of Harp


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Rebecca M. Barnes

Adjunct Instructor of Viola


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Catharine Carroll Lees

Professor of Viola, Geraldine B. Gee Chair of Viola


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Jan Grüning

Associate Professor, Ariel Quartet member (viola)


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Ayane Kozasa

Assistant Professor of Viola


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Gershon Gerchikov

Associate Professor, Ariel Quartet member (violin)


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Alexandra Kazovsky

Associate Professor, Ariel Quartet member (violin)


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Kristin I. Lee

Assistant Professor of Violin


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Timothy Lees

Assistant Professor, Educator of Violin


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Boyun Li

Adjunct Instructor of Violin Performance; CCM Prep Starling Instructor


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Kurt Sassmannshaus

Professor of Violin; the Dorothy Richard Starling Chair in Classical Violin


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Won-Bin Yim

Chair of String Department; Associate Professor of Violin


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Amit Even-Tov

Associate Professor, Ariel Quartet member (cello)


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Ilya Finkelshteyn

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Cello


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Alan B. Rafferty

Associate Professor- Educator of Violoncello


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Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir

Assistant Professor of Cello


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Daniel Weeks

Interim Division Head of Performance Studies; Associate Professor of Voice


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Sarah Minneman

Chamber Music Coordinator

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Claudia C. Penn

Executive Staff Assistant