Aurora University


Marie Bennett
Marie Bennett, MM

Adjunct Instructor of Flute and Flute Ensemble Email: Areas of expertise: Flute, musicianship, music theory, music editing Education: MM, Flute Performance, DePaul University
BM, Flute Performance, Northwestern University Favorite thing about AU: "The collaborative community at AU and the dedication of the students to their chosen fields. Helping students weave music into their lives no matter their majors is important to me, and being part of a community where students bring the same enthusiasm to their musical studies as they do to the rest of their academic and personal lives is very fulfilling." View LinkedIn Profile

Sungha Chi
Sungha Chi

Instructor of Piano Email: Education: MM, Piano Performance, Chicago College of Performing Arts, Roosevelt University
BM, Piano Performance, Music College of Chung-Ang University, South Korea

Timothy Filliman
Timothy Filliman, MM

Instructor of Voice Email: Areas of expertise: Voice Teacher, Vocal Science, Vocal Pedagogy, Diction, Coaching, Opera Performance, Musical Theatre, Stage Movement, Stage Direction Education: MM, Northwestern University, Voice Performance
BM, Illinois State University, Voice Performance

Lisa Fredenburgh
Lisa Fredenburgh, DMA

Associate Professor of Music, Director of Choral Activities, Chair of the Music Department Office Phone: 630-844-4577
Email: Areas of expertise: Choral conducting Education: DMA, Conducting, The University of Arizona
MM, Vocal Performance, The University of Arizona
MM, Conducting, The University of Arizona
BA, Music Education, Luther College (Decorah, Iowa) Favorite thing about AU: "Aurora is a place for each willing student to grow, even past what they think their potential is."

Martha Kasten
Martha Kasten, MM

Instructor of Voice Education: MM, University of Illinois, Voice Performance
BM, University of Illinois, Voice Performance Favorite thing about AU: "The wonderful variety of free events on campus that we provide through the Arts and Ideas program." View LinkedIn Profile

Andrea LaFranzo
Andrea LaFranzo

Adjunct Instructor of Applied Strings, Director of String Ensemble Email: Areas of expertise: String education, cello performance, orchestral conducting Education: BM, Cello Performance, The Boston Conservatory Favorite thing about AU: "It is a beautiful and welcoming university that embraces diverse culture and the arts, enriching the creative potential of all students."

Richard Larsen
Richard Larsen, MA

Instructor of Classical Guitar Email: Areas of expertise: Classical guitar instruction, performance and construction Education: MA, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Elmhurst College
BS, Psychology/Music, Minnesota State University Favorite thing about AU: "The positive culture that promotes appreciation and respect among students and faculty."

Joyce Lawson
Joyce Lawson, MM

Instructor of Piano/Collaborative Piano Email: Education: MM, Piano Performance and Pedagogy, Northwestern University
BM, Piano Performance, Ball State University Favorite thing about AU: "This is a place for students to be encouraged and then challenged." View LinkedIn Profile

Chiayi Lee
Chiayi Lee, DMA

Instructor of Piano Email: Education: DMA, Piano Performance and Pedagogy, University of Iowa
Performer’s Certificate, Piano Performance, Northern Illinois University
MM, Piano Performance and Pedagogy, Northern Illinois University
BA, Piano Performance, Tunghai University, Taichung, Taiwan

Eunbae Lee
Eunbae Lee, MM

Instructor of Piano Email: Education: DM, Indiana University, Piano performance (candidate)
MM, University of Michigan, Piano performance
BM, Ewha Womans University, Piano performance

Jennifer Mills
Jennifer Mills, MM

Instructor of Band Email: Areas of expertise: Instrumental Music, Music Education, Wind Band conducting Education: MM, Kent State University, Music Education, Instrumental and Vocal Concentration
BM with Teacher Certification, Eastern Illinois University, String/Wind/Percussion Concentration
AA, Lincoln Trail College

Joel R. Moore
Joel R. Moore, MM

Instructor of Applied Woodwinds (Saxophone and Clarinet) Areas of expertise: Jazz performance, jazz history, music theory, jazz improvisation Education: MM Jazz Pedagogy, The Boston Conservatory/Berklee College of Music
BS Media Communications, Western Illinois University Favorite thing about AU: "I enjoy the small class sizes and the opportunity to develop a meaningful rapport with my students."

Cristian Pastorello, DMA
Cristian Pastorello, DMA

Associate Professor of Music Office Phone: 630-844-6842
Email: Areas of expertise: Piano and music theory Education: DMA, Piano Performance, The University of Connecticut
MM, Piano Performance, The Boston Conservatory
BM, Piano Performance, The Conservatory of Padua (Padua, Italy) Favorite thing about AU: "The strong sense of community and enthusiastic campus pride."

Mark Plummer
Mark Plummer, DA

Associate Professor of Music Office Phone: 630-844-5152
Email: Areas of expertise: Music history, opera, musical theatre Education: DA, Music (Choral Conducting and Opera Direction), University of Northern Colorado
MM, Music (Voice Performance), Roosevelt University
BME, Music Education, South Dakota State University Favorite thing about AU: "Making art with a great group of colleagues."

Mark Ponzo
Mark Ponzo, DMA

Instructor of Brass Email: Education: DMA, Performance and Literature with the Performer’s Certificate, Eastman School of Music
MM, Performance, Syracuse University, Syracuse
BM, Bachelor of Music Education with the Performance Certificate and Special Education Certification, Crane School of Music

Naomi Rowley
Naomi Rowley, DMA

Instructor of Organ Email: Education: DMA, MA Stanford University, Performance Practices of Early Keyboard Music, Harpsichord
BM, Valparaiso University, Organ, Church Music Favorite thing about AU: "The welcoming spirit of the university."

Erica Schuller
Erica Schuller, MM

Instructor of Voice Email: Education: MM, Vocal Performance, San Francisco Conservatory of Music
BM, Vocal Performance and Music Education with distinction, Eastman School of Music

Additional adjunct instructors bring expertise in piano, opera history, voice, flute, classical guitar, piano, string ensemble, clarinet, trumpet and organ.