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 Woodwinds, Brass and Percussion faculty below, or view our college-wide directory of faculty and staff.

Brass Faculty

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Elizabeth Ann Freimuth

Adjunct Instructor of Horn


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Molly Norcross

Adjunct Instructor of Horn


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Margaret Tung

Associate Professor of Horn


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Timothy Anderson

Associate Professor of Trombone


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Peter K. Norton

Adjunct Instructor in Trombone


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Philip R. Collins

Adjunct Associate Professor of Trumpet


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Ashley Hall

Adjunct Instructor of Trumpet


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Michael Patrick Mergen

Associate Professor of Trumpet


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Timothy J. Northcut

Chair of Woodwinds, Brass and Percussion; Professor of Music (Tuba and Euphonium)


Percussion Faculty

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Russell D. Burge

Professor of Percussion; Chair, Woodwinds, Brass and Percussion Department


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James F. Culley

Professor of Percussion


Woodwinds Faculty

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Martin Garcia

Adjunct Instructor of Bassoon


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Christopher Brandon Sales

Adjunct Instructor of Bassoon


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Ronald G. Aufmann

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Clarinet; CCM Prep Master Teacher, Clarinet


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Ixi Chen

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Clarinet


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Joe Morris

Adjunct Instructor of Clarinet


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Christopher Pell

Adjunct Instructor of Clarinet


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Pavel Vinnitsky

Associate Professor of Clarinet


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Demarre McGill

Associate Professor of Flute


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Heather D. Verbeck

Adjunct Instructor of Flute/Piccolo


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Dwight R Parry

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Oboe


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Titus Underwood

Associate Professor of Oboe


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Craig Bailey

Associate Professor of Music in Jazz Saxophone


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James Bunte

Interim Co-Associate Dean for Academic Affairs; Professor of Saxophone


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Carly Hood

Adjunct Instructor of Saxophone Performance

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Rick VanMatre

Adjunct Professor of Jazz Studies and Saxophone; Professor Emeritus



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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