Staff Contact:

Kayla Kilgore
Staff Assistant
832-482-1045
Office: TECH 123

The music department is led by three full-time faculty members:

Aaron Alon

AARON ALON, Associate Professor of Music

Office: ART 113J  |  281.290.3551  |  aaron.alon@lonestar.edu  |  Faculty Webpage

D.M.A. in Composition, Rice University Shepherd School of Music, 2009
M.M. in Composition, Cleveland Institute of Music, 2005
B.A. with Honors in Music, University of Chicago, 2003

Aaron Alon’s music has been performed around the world, released on several CDs, and awarded numerous national and international honors. In addition to being an Associate Professor of Music at Lone Star College-CyFair, Dr. Alon directs the composition program at the American Festival for the Arts. Since 2009, he has also been highly active as an emerging playwright and musical theatre composer-lyricist. A Broadway World review of highlights from his musical BULLY praised it as having "relevant and timely themes, an intriguing score, and remarkable talent behind every aspect of this musical." BULLY is slated to be produced as an independent film by Houston’s Thunderclap Productions, a company he helped found to champion new and underrepresented plays and musicals. Dr. Alon is a member of ASCAP, DGA, Phi Beta Kappa, and Mu Phi Epsilon. Learn more at aaronalon.com.

Alex Qian

ALEX QIAN, Artistic Director of Vocal Activities and Professor of Music

 

Office: ART 113E  |  281.290.5985  | alex.qian@lonestar.edu

A.B.D. in Vocal Performance and Conducting, University of Houston
M.M. in Vocal Performance and Choral Conducting, Sam Houston State University, 1995
M.M. in Musical Theatre and Opera Performance, Shanghai Conservatory of Music, 1989
B.A. in Vocal Performance, Shanghai Conservatory of Music, 1984

Alex Qian is the founder of the LSC-CyFair Music Department, where he has produced and conducted musicals, operas and major choral works. Qian has appeared as a festival guest singer, conductor and workshop presenter in Japan, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Europe, China and the United States. A doctoral student of University of Houston and a graduate of both Shanghai Conservatory and Sam Houston State University, he has studied musical theatre, opera performance and choral and orchestral conducting with Jingzu Bian, Shaozeng Xie, Geshuen Ma, Walter Foster, Kent Hatteberg, Steve Smith, Charles Haussmann and Katherine Ciesinski. He also studied in summer workshops with Robert Shaw, Richard Miller and Ingo Titze.

John Wolfskill

JOHN WOLFSKILL, Director of Instrumental Ensembles and Professor of Music

Office: ART 113R  |  281.290.3403  |  john.c.wolfskill@lonestar.edu

D.M.A. in Music Education, University of Houston Moores School of Music, 2004
M.M.Ed., Sam Houston State University, 1975
B.M.E., Sam Houston State University, 1973

Dr. Wolfskill studied saxophone at Sam Houston State University and clarinet and flute at the University of Houston. He directed bands at all levels in public schools for six years and private schools for six years. He taught music lecture courses and privately for 21 years in area colleges before accepting the position at Lone Star College-CyFair. He has been an active performer in the greater Houston area for over 30 years, including playing musicals, private events, and in churches. He is grateful to have been a part of the many exciting instrumental ensemble performances at LSC-CF for the past six years.

The music department is further supported through
a network of award-winning adjunct instructors:

Stephen Badreau

STEPHAN BADREAU, Guitar (stephan.a.badreau@lonestar.edu)

Artist’s Diploma in Performance, Musicians Institute, 1990

Stephan Badreau has performed in Europe and all over the USA, and with such greats as Bob Mintzer, Chris Vadala (Chuck Mangione), Jim Peterik (survivor), Jeff Carlisi (38 special), Mark White (spin doctors), and Joel Grey. In and around Houston, Stephan is a regular with the Richard Brown Orchestra, the Larry Slezak Organ Band, Kristine Mills, the Blue Monks, the Heritage Jazz Trio, and often plays the top names in town like David Craig, Woody Witt, Mike Wheeler, Lex Valk, Mike Owen, and Dennis Dotson. He also performs in musical theatre pit orchestras from high schools and colleges to the Hobby Center and the Alley Theatre. He leads his own projects, including the "Hot Club de Houston," a Gypsy Jazz group and several others. Stephan graduated from the acclaimed Musicans Institute (guitar institute of technology) in 1990 with the "vocational" diploma, the highest possible achievement (only 3 students graduated with this particular honor that year). He teaches guitar and Jazz improvisation at Lone Star College-CyFair (2005 Adjunct Teacher of the Year) and privately. He is also a published author of the method book Walking Bass Lines for Jazz Guitar (ADG Productions, Los Angeles), which is distributed worldwide and online.

Christopher Borders

CHRISTOPHER BORDERS, General Music Courses (christopher.l.borders@lonestar.edu)

M.M. in Music Composition and Theory, Texas State University, 2008
B.M. in Music Performance, Texas A&M, 2003

 

Christopher L. Borders is an active composer, performer, and educator serving three Lone Star College campuses since 2008. He brings knowledge to teach a variety of courses including Electronic Composition, Music Appreciation, Music Fundamentals, Music Theory, Music History, Piano Classes, and Applied Percussion. As a composer, he has written musical scores for National Geographic, the Harte Foundation's Gulf of Mexico series, and other industrial projects. Additionally, he composes for concert band, chamber ensembles, and solo instruments. Most notable compositions include an electro-acoustic mixed chamber ensemble piece Searching for the Shade of the Bodhi Tree: for string quintet, two percussionist, and laptop; The Monkey King: War and Meditation on Pink Orchid Mountain for symphonic band, and Oil for solo piano. In addition to music education, Mr. Borders is active in the biological and physical sciences. He tutors all levels of Biology, Inorganic & Organic Chemistry, and Physics for the Kinkaid School. He is also an active international medical volunteer for global health organizations, such as Unite For Sight.

Zachary Bruton

ZACHARY BRUTON, Voice (Zachary.Bruton@lonestar.edu)

D.M.A. in Vocal Performance, Louisiana State University, 2010
M.M. in Vocal Performance, Rice University Shepherd School of Music, 1999
B.M. in Vocal Performance, Rice University Shepherd School of Music, 1997

Zachary Bruton is a native of Houston. He has been a faculty member at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington and at Houston Community College, and currently serves on the voice faculties of San Jacinto College Central and Lone Star College-CyFair. He has been an apprentice with Jerome Hines’ Opera Link in New Jersey, Joan Dornemann’s International Vocal Arts, and Brevard Music Center. The roles he has performed include Ernesto in Don Pasquale, Tamino in The Magic Flute, Fenton in The Merry Wives of Windsor, the Chevalier de la Force in Dialogue of the Carmelites, and Laurie in Little Women. Dr. Bruton has also performed song recitals with Richard Hundley, Richard Faith, and John David Earnest. In addition to his vocal training, Dr. Bruton has studied acting through the Kim Tobin Acting studio, which is based on the techniques of Sanford Meisner and Stella Adler.

Leah Dyer

LEAH EDMONDSON DYER, General Music Courses (Leah.E.Dyer@lonestar.edu)

Artist's Diploma in Vocal Performance, Carnegie Mellon University, 2012
M.M. (summa cum laude) in Vocal Performance, Ohio State University, 2008
B.M.E. (magna cum laude) in Vocal Music Education, Texas Christian University, 2006

Leah Dyer is a classically-trained soprano with extensive performance experience in opera, oratorio, musical theater, and jazz singing. She made her Carnegie Hall debut as a soprano soloist with the New York Pops, and has served as a Resident Artist with Opera Theater Pittsburgh, Pine Mountain Music Festival, Opera Saratoga, Central City Opera, and Quantum Theatre. While Leah loves performing, her first love is teaching young people to develop a deep appreciation of music in its varied forms and settings, whether that be in a classroom, concert, or private lesson setting. Leah is a member of AGMA, Phi Kappa Phi, and Phi Kappa Lambda.

Malcolm Harris

MALCOLM HARRIS, Brass (Malcolm.B.Harris@lonestar.edu)

M.A. in Music; Trumpet, North Texas State University, 1974
M.A. in Music, West Texas State University, 1971
B.S. in Education, University of Missouri, 1968

Malcolm Harris is a trumpet player, keyboardist, arranger, conductor, and educator with over 30 years of experience in Houston. He was the music director and arranger for the 1986 Olympic Festival and the conductor-arranger for the World Economic Summit at Rice University in July 1990. In addition to his original compositions, he has written arrangements played by the Houston Symphony, the Houston mayoral inauguration, the University of Houston Texas Jazz Project Band, and many area big bands. He has taught at junior high, high school, and college levels and has been an adjudicator at numerous music festivals.

B.P. Herrington

BP HERRINGTON, Piano, Appreciation, American Music (brian.p.herrington@lonestar.edu)

Ph.D. in Composition, Royal Academy of Music, 2009
M.M. in Composition, University of Louisville, 2000
B.M. in Theory and Composition, Lamar University, 1998

Composer B. P. Herrington was born in East Texas, in 1976. His works have been performed by artists such as soprano Tony Arnold, conductor James Baker, Ensemble Linea, El Perro Andaluz, the London Sinfonietta, the Royal Academy Symphony Orchestra, the New York Youth Symphony, and the BBC Singers. His music has been heard in such venues as Rothko Chapel, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Carnegie Hall, and London’s Purcell Room. He is founding director of Intersection New Music Collective based at Sam Houston State University, where he teaches composition and analysis. Composition awards include the Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize, Morton Gould Award (ASCAP), Leo Kaplan Prize (ASCAP), First Music Award (New York Youth Symphony) and two composition awards from the Royal Academy of Music. His music has been selected for performance at June in Buffalo (2013), Wellesley Composers Conference (2013), the Cleveland Composers Recording Institute (2013), Pharos Arts Festival in Cyprus (2012), the Soundscape Festival in Italy (2011), UMKC Cello Days (2010), the OMMAGIO memorial concert for Berio in London (2004), the Royal Festival Hall Organ Recital Series (2002), and the British Society for the Promotion of New Music (2001). Herrington studied with Simon Bainbridge (2001-2004), Marc Satterwhite and Steve Rouse (1998-2000), and Frank Felice (1994-1998).

 Makiko Hirata

MAKIKO HIRATA, Music Fundamentals (makiko.hirata@lonestar.edu)

Pianist Makiko Hirata has a vision to make each performance a vessel for a unique communal sensory experience. Her programs, often with a theme, emphasizes the universal power of music to communicate, and the opportunity for each of us to empathize and resonate. She has given recitals, lecture recitals, concerto performances and children’s concerts in North and South America, Europe and her native Japan in venues such as Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Coolidge Auditorium in the Library of Congress, and Tanglewood. She has collaborated with distinguished groups and musicians such as the Jupiter Symphony Orchestra and Spectrum Symphony in NYC, the Pecs Hungarian Symphony Orchestra, Polish Philharmonia of Resovia, conductor Leon Fleisher, clarinetist David Krakauer, and pianist Sara Davis Buechner. Passionate about sharing music not just through performances, she has also taught at New York University, Colburn Conservatory of Music, Rice University, and Lone Star College. She has appeared on TV and radio programs both, and produced “Poco Piano” - a YouTube series of introductory talks about music.

Information about her, and her six CDs can be found at:  www.cdbaby.com/cd/makikohirata.

Mark Holter

MARK HOLTER, Woodwinds, Jazz, Improvisation (mark.e.holter@lonestar.edu)

A.B.D. in Composition and Conducting, University of Houston Moores School of Music
M.M. in Saxophone Performance, University of Houston Moores School of Music, 1993
B.M. in Music Education and Performance, West Virginia University, 1982

Saxophonist, Musician, Husband, and Father, Mark Holter resides in The Woodlands, TX, with his wife Gretchen and son Rodney. Mark is an Instructor of Music at Lone Star Cy-Fair and the Instrumental Director at Stonebridge Church. Mark makes a living as a Financial Advisor with AXA. He has a been professional musician and music educator his entire life. Mark has toured extensively and played shows for many performers such as Tony Bennett, Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Kay Starr, Coasters, Temptations, Four Tops, Platters, Natalie Cole, Spinners, Michael Bolton, and many others. He has also played with such luminaries as Charlie Haden, Phil Woods, Chris Vadala, Joe Henderson, Conrad Herwig, Terence Blanchard, Adam Nussbaum, Willie Thomas, Marvin Stam, and Red Holloway. Mark has written many compositions, arrangements, and transcriptions for big band, small groups, and churches.

Alan Johnson

ALAN JOHNSON, Strings (Alan.Johnson@lonestar.edu)

B.M. in Applied Music, University of Houston Moores School of Music, 1978

Alan Johnson is a professional violinist, teacher and adjudicator with over 58 years of experience. He began playing violin at age five and has since studied with such teachers as Fredell Lack, Jascha Brodsky and Margaret Pardee. He has been the Concertmaster of the Baytown Symphony and a member of the first violins of the Lake Charles Symphony. Past credits include Houston Ballet Orchestra, Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, Theatre Under The Stars, Houston POPS Orchestra, Houston Symphony Orchestra, Symphony of Southeast Texas, U.S. Marine Band Chamber Orchestra, Oklahoma City Symphony, and regional orchestras. He is a founding member of the d'Amore String Quartet (Washington, D.C.). He is also an adjunct instructor of violin and viola at Lee College (1987-1999 and 2006-present).

Soyoon Lee

SOYOON LEE, Piano (so.y.lee@lonestar.edu)

D.M.A. in Piano Performance, University of Texas in Austin, 2006
Performance Certificate in Piano, Eastman School of Music, 2003
M.M. in Piano Performance and Literature, Eastman School of Music, 2002
B.M. with highest honors in Piano Performance from Seoul National University, 2001

So Yoon Lee, pianist, first prize winner of the 22nd Kingsville International Competition enjoys a remarkable and multifaceted career that has taken her throughout the United States, Canada and Asia. In addition to garnering many awards from her alma mater, she was the second prize winner of the 26th Frinna Awerbuch International Piano Competition in New York City (2002); prize winner of the Washington International Competition in Washington, DC (2005); and second prize winner at the 2007 Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition in New York City. She has studied with Barry Snyder, Anton Nel, Krystian Zimerman, Ursula Oppens, Paul Badura-Skoda, Jean Barr, and Ann Shein. For many years she has maintained a busy schedule as performer and collaborator in solo recitals, chamber music performances, and ensemble performances. Her recital appearances have included numerous performances at the Carnegie Hall, Steinway Hall, Bechstein Auditorium, the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and numerous other major world venues. Eager to pursue dual careers in teaching and performing she was appointed to the faculty of the University of Texas Pan American and Texas Southern University. She is currently a piano faculty at Lone Star College-CyFair, where she received a Faculty Excellence Award in 2010.

Huay Ming Ng

HUAY MING NG, Piano (HuayMing.Ng@lonestar.edu)

D.M.A. in Composition, Rice University Shepherd School of Music, 2005
M.M. in Composition, University of Houston Moores School of Music, 2000
B.M. summa cum laude in Piano Performance and Composition, Univ. of Houston, 1998

Dr. Hauy Ming Ng is Adjunct Instructor of Music at Lone Star College-CyFair, where she has taught since the fall of 2008. She earned a D.M.A. from Rice University at Houston (where she held the Brown Fellowship), and a M.M. from the University of Houston. Among her many commissions and performances are those with the Aura contemporary Music Ensemble in Houston, Symphony North of Houston and the United Methodist Church of Ypsilanti, Michigan. Dr. Ng has performed the Fauré Ballade for Piano and Orchestra as a soloist with the Symphony North of Houston. Other collaborations include those with the Doctors' Orchestra of Houston as well as the First Presbyterian Church of Houston.

Brent Osner

BRENT OSNER, Appreciation (brent.osner@lonestar.edu)

M.M.Ed., Angelo State University, 1980
B.M.Ed., Abilene Christian University

Mr. Osner is a founding adjunct faculty member at Lone Star College-CyFair and a native West Texan. He has taught band and choir at all levels including eighteen years as Professor of Music at Palo Alto College in San Antonio, TX. In addition to the degrees listed above, he has pursued further graduate study has been at the University of North Texas in Denton. He has been an active woodwind clinician and judge for the Texas Music Educators Association, District and All-State Band competitions. For the past thirteen years, Mr. Osner has been teaching online music appreciation courses for colleges in Texas and Georgia.  In 2001, he was awarded the NISOD Teaching Excellence Award from the University of Texas.

Sheila Patterson

SHEILA PATTERSON, General Music Courses (Sheila.Patterson@lonestar.edu)

M.M.A. in Clarinet Performance, Rice University Shepherd School of Music, 1987
B.S. in Music Education, University of Illinois, 1981

Sheila Paterson is a native of Chicago, Illinois. While enrolled at Chicago Vocational High School, Ms. Patterson was awarded a full scholarship to Interlochen National Music Camp where she spent two summers studying the clarinet with Sidney Forrest. Following graduation from University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, where she studied with Howard Klug, she spent four years as the clarinet soloist with the United States Air Force Strategic Air Command Band. Ms. Patterson received her MMA from Rice University, where she studied clarinet performance with Richard Pickar and David Peck, and continued on into doctoral work in clarinet performance. Former positions held include; Assistant Director of Bands at Texas Southern University, Adjunct Instructor of Clarinet at Prairie View A&M University and Music Educator in the Houston Independent School District. Ms. Patterson is a freelance musician currently performing locally with several ensembles.

Marc Rosenberg

MARC ROSENBERG, Guitar, Music Fundamentals (Marc.Rosenberg@lonestar.edu)

M.M. in Classical Guitar Interpretation and Performance from the University of Alicante (Spain), 2013
M.M. in Classical Guitar Performance from Carnegie Mellon University, 2011
B.M. (Cum Laude) with Honors in Classical Guitar Performance from Texas Christian University, 2009

Marc Rosenberg, like most young guitarists, began studying electric guitar before finding his way to the world of classical music. Since then, he has given performances as both a soloist and chamber musician around Texas, Pennsylvania, and Spain. He has performed for the Fort Worth Guitar Guild and gave the opening performance of the 2013 Guitar Festival in Girona. He has participated in competitions as well as classes with some of the best guitarists and lutenists in the world including Pepe Romero, David Russell, Manuel Barrueco, Nigel North, Hopkinson Smith, Dale Kavanagh, Ignacio Rodes, and Roberto Aussel. Since returning from his studies in Spain, he has become a highly sought-after guitarist, bassist, and teacher in the Houston area.

Drew Slatton

DREW SLATTON, Voice (drew.slatton@lonestar.edu)

Advanced Degree in Vocal Performance, Opera Music Theatre International, 1997
B.M. in Vocal Performance, Louisiana State University, 1987

 

As a performer, Drew Slatton has thrilled audiences across the United States, Europe, and South Korea, appearing in more than 150 different productions with over 40 leading tenor roles in both opera and musical theatre. He has garnered much praise for his “focused vocal intensity and fine acting.”  Specializing in the repertoire of Verdi, Puccini, and Verismo composers, he is known for his “distinctive steely timbre,” “thrilling high notes,” and “robust tenor voice.” Mr. Slatton is a familiar face to the LSC Cy-Fair stage, having performed the Phantom in Phantom of the Opera and Jean Valjean in last spring’s Les Miserables. Still an active performer, other recent performances include a reprise of Jean Valjean in Les Miserables in Ft. Bend County, Turiddu/Canio in the double bill of Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci, and several concert appearances.  Mr. Slatton studied singing with the legendary basso Jerome Hines and acting with internationally renowned director Frank Corsaro.  His experience and expertise have made him an invaluable teacher and trainer in the arts of singing and acting. Following his mentors, he tailors his teaching method to give his pupils the physical strength and artistic instincts to succeed in the vocal arts. Mr. Slatton’s honors include awards from Opera Music Theater International, the Center for Contemporary Opera, the Richard Tauber Competition, and Syracuse Opera (Artist of the Year). 

Lily Tsang

LILY TSANG, Piano, Chamber Singers, Appreciation, Ear Training (lily.tsang@lonestar.edu)

M.M. in Vocal Performance, Texas State University, 1989
A.T.C.L. in Vocal and Piano Performance, Trinity College London
B.A. in Music Education, Hong Kong Baptist University, 1987

Lily Tsang began her music studies at a young age mainly under the influence of her father, Paul, a respected choir master/teacher in Hong Kong. She started taking piano lessons at age 4, and also learned to play the violin and Guzheng. As a teenager, she started giving piano lessons, directed a church youth choir, and was actively involved in various music institutions, such as Hong Kong Yips Children Choir and Hong Kong Chorus. In addition to teaching in the Lone Star College-CyFair music department, she also maintains a small private studio. She is an active vocal coach and accompanist for choirs and instrumentalists. Currently, she is also the choir director of the Houston Yellow River Chorus.

Vicky Willimson

VICKY WILLIAMSON, Flute, Appreciation (Vicky.L.Williamson@lonestar.edu)

M.M. in Flute Performance and Pedagogy, Sam Houston State University, 2011
B.M. cum laude in Flute Performance (minor in Theory), University of North Texas, 1983

Vicky Williamson is a freelance performer, teacher, lecturer and clinician in the Houston and surrounding areas. She has studied with Kathy Daniel, Dr. George Morey, and Judith Mendenhall. Other influential teachers include Byron Hestor, Arthur Ephross, Carol Wincenc, and Gary Schocker. She has also performed in master classes and studied with Marcel Moyse, Christina Balatori, Robert Dick, Jill Felber and Jim Walker. Vicky was principal flutist of the Army 214th Special Forces Command Band and has performed with the Symphony North of Houston, Clear Lake Symphony, Richardson Symphony, and the Brazos Valley Symphony.  Vicky serves on the staff of Floot Fire-Houston, conducts the Houston Flute Club Choir, has received outstanding soloist at the Texas Flute Festival, performs with the "Brazos Breeze' professional flute choir (with performances at TMEA and the 2013 National Flute Association), on tour with the International Flute Orchestra in northern Spain, and with Ali Ryerson's Jazz Flute Big Band that premiered the CD Game Changers at the 2013 National Flute Association.