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Director of Music, Professor of Music
Office: B12.110  |  281.290.5009

DMA in Composition, Rice University Shepherd School of Music, 2009
MM in Composition, Cleveland Institute of Music, 2005
BA with Honors in Music, University of Chicago, 2003

Aaron Alon is the director of music at Lone Star College-University Park. Until 2017, he was a professor of music and lead faculty for the department of music, drama and dance at Lone Star College-CyFair, where he was named a 2014 Distinguished Faculty Member and a 2015-2016 Faculty Excellence Award winner. He is also the director of the composition program at the American Festival for the Arts and has taught at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, Alvin Community College, Writespace Houston and several continuing education programs in the greater Houston area. His music has been performed in concert halls around the world, released on several CDs, and awarded numerous national and international composition honors.  He is also active as a playwright, lyricist, musical theatre composer, director, producer and filmmaker.  He wrote and directed the 2017 feature film musical BULLY.  He is also a founding member of Thunderclap Productions, a production company dedicated to presenting new, lesser-known and underperformed plays, musicals and screenplays, and serves as president of its board of directors.

Adjunct Instructor of Music

DMA in Composition, University of Houston, 2015
MM in Composition, Bob Jones University, 2010
BM in Piano Performance, Bob Jones University, 2008

The music of composer and pianist Mark Buller has been performed in a wide variety of locations from Carnegie Hall to Houston's Wortham Center to venues in Europe, South America and Asia. He has been commissioned by a range of organizations, including the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Houston Grand Opera (for two 45-minute operas, an extended choral work, and numerous art songs), the Houston Symphony and River Oaks Chamber Orchestra. For two years, he was a member of the Da Camera of Houston Young Artist Program, which also commissioned a number of chamber works. Buller's three operas to date (all with libretti by Charles Anthony Silvestri) have been performed a combined 190 times, and his art songs have been performed around the world. His chamber works have won awards as well: Regressive Variations won the national Rapido! Composition Contest, and String Quartet No. 3 was the winner of the Sarofim Composition Award.

Adjunct Instructor of Music

AD in Vocal Performance, Carnegie Mellon University, 2012
MM (summa cum laude) in Vocal Performance, Ohio State University, 2008
BME (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. She made her Carnegie Hall debut as a soprano soloist with the New York Pops. She has also served as a resident artist with Opera Theater Pittsburgh, Pine Mountain Music Festival, Opera Saratoga, Central City Opera and Quantum Theatre. While she loves performing, her first love is teaching students to develop a deep appreciation of music in its varied forms and settings, whether that be in a classroom, concert or private lesson setting. Dyer is a member of National Association of Teachers of Singing, American Guild of Musical Artist, Phi Kappa Phi and Phi Kappa Lambda.

Adjunct Instructor of Music

MM in Clarinet Performance, University of Oklahoma, 2004
BM in Clarinet Performance and Pedagogy, Brigham Young University, 2002

 Erica Garcia has performed and taught clarinet for more than 20 years throughout Illinois, Utah, Oklahoma, Michigan and Texas. She has performed as a soloist with the Brigham Young Chamber Orchestra throughout the Eastern United States, as well as with the Utah Symphony in Salt Lake City. She studied with Bernard Steiner, Russ Dagon (Northwestern University, Milwaukee Symphony) and Leslie Grimm (Chicago Symphony Orchestra) through her high school years. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree in Clarinet Performance and Pedagogy from Brigham Young University, where she studied with David Randall and her Master of Music degree in Clarinet Performance from University of Oklahoma, where she studied with David Etheridge.  Besides teaching, she has worked in arts administration at the University of Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium, Longy School of Music and the Detroit Symphony. ?

Adjunct Instructor of Music

MM in Piano Performance and Pedagogy, University of Houston, 2017
BM in Piano Performance, Furman University, 2015

Pianist Joanna Evelyn Reeder is an active performer, accompanist, and pedagogue. A recent graduate of the University of Houston, she completed extensive training in music pedagogy, interning under Dr. Courtney Crappell, while simultaneously studying performance with Nancy Weems. Reeder has taught private and group piano at the University of Houston and is a teaching artist for the American Festival for the Arts (AFA), working for their arts outreach initiative, AFA In Schools. An active member of the Houston Music Teachers Association, she maintains a studio of private and group piano students. Reeder has given numerous solo recitals and remains an active collaborative musician, including performances with the University of Houston chamber orchestra. She has appeared as a concerto soloist with the Furman Symphony Orchestra, Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestras, and Union Symphony Orchestra. Reeder has presented her research at the Music Teachers National Association Collegiate Chapters Pedagogy Symposium, the Texas Music Teachers Association Annual Convention, and the Graduate Association of Musicologist and Theorists student conference. Reeder is also a member of the national music honors society, Pi Kappa Lambda, graduating magna cum laude from both her undergraduate and graduate institutions.

Adjunct Instructor of Music

PhD in Composition, King’s College, London, 2014
MM with Honors in Composition, Carnegie Mellon University, 2010
BM (cum laude) in Composition, University of Houston, 2008
AA in Music, College of the Mainland, 2005

Houston-native Chad Robinson Ph.D. is the artistic director and founder of Texas New Music Ensemble, a Houston-based, mixed chamber ensemble focused solely on the work of Texas composers. As a composer, he has worked with many prestigious ensembles and soloists, such as Ethel, Lontano, the Jack Quartet, the Parker Quartet, Musiqa, George Vosburgh, Mary Dullea and Emma Steele. His music has been performed throughout North America, as well as in Europe and Turkey. He has received awards and grants throughout his career, including 1st prize in the Carnegie Mellon School of Music Orchestral Composition Competition, 2nd prize in the Louisa Stude Sarofim Composition Competition, a King's College London Music Research Grant, and the KCL Arts and Humanities Research Grant. Robinson has studied with some of America’s and Europe’s most distinguished composers, including Marcus Maroney, Leonardo Balada and Rob Keeley.

Adjunct Instructor of Music

MM in Ethnomusicology & Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin, 1990
BM in Ethnomusicology & Anthropology (magna cum laude), Univ. of Washington, 1984
AA, North Seattle Community College, 1980

Sandra Salstrom is a Houston-based harpist and musicologist who has been teaching for the Lone Star College System since 2002. Her areas of interest include ethnomusicology, systematic musicology, anthropology, harp performance, acting and computers.  In the early 1990s, she published several articles on the music industry. She is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Kappa Lambda and Phi Theta Kappa honor societies. In addition to her courses on Lone Star College campuses, Salstrom has been an active harpist and harp teacher in Houston, Austin and Seattle.

Adjunct Instructor of Music

MM in Vocal Performance, University of Houston Moores School of Music, 2015
BM in Vocal Performance, Florida State University, 2013

Tenor Alexander Scheuermann is a native of Merritt Island, Florida who now lives and works in Houston. Recent operatic roles include Laurie in Little Women with Opera in the Heights, Donald in Gallantry with the Maguire Theatre, Le Jeu in ­Les Plaisir de Versailles with Ars Lyrica, The Barber in Man of La Mancha and Giuseppe in La Traviata with Central City Opera, and Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore at the Moores Opera House. Concert work includes performances as a soloist with the Houston Bach Society, the Three Texan Tenors, the Lone Star Lyric cabaret series, and lieder recitals across Houston. 

Adjunct Instructor of Music

MM in Vocal Performance, University of Houston Moores School of Music, 2016
BA in Liturgical Music with Vocal Emphasis, University of Saint Thomas in St. Paul, 2011

Mark Thomas is a Lyric Tenor from the great state of Texas. In recent seasons he made his Houston Grand Opera debut as Isaiah in the World Premiere of David Hanlon’s After the Storm, sang HGO’s workshop of Carlisle Floyd’s The Prince of Players, won the Houston District Competition of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and sang the roles des Grieux in Massenet’s Manon, Ruggero in Puccini’s La Rondine, Konstantin Levin in David Carlson’s Anna Karenina, and Roméo in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette with the Moores Opera Center. He has also performed with Des Moines Metro Opera as an Apprentice Artist and HGOco’s outreach program, Opera to Go!

Adjunct Instructor of Music

MM in Guitar Performance, Sam Houston State University, 2011
BM (summa cum laude) in Guitar Performance, Houston Baptist University, 2000

Eve Woodard is an established professional guitarist in Houston.  Her experience includes playing guitar (electric, acoustic, and classical) and playing electric bass in a variety of styles including jazz, classical, popular, rock, country, R&B, worship, ethnic, and folk.  Her career includes performances with Johnny Cash, Martha and the Vandellas, Summer Wind Festival, Houston Symphony Orchestra (featured guitar soloist), Houston Ballet, Baytown Symphony Orchestra, Rice University Jazz Band in Concert, Buddy Brock Orchestra, Carl Lewis Band, and others.  Woodard has played on numerous recordings as a professional studio musician, recording artist, and producer.  She was a featured artist on the 2004 Great Guitars of Houston concert, a master artist clinician for the 2005 TLU Jazz Festival, and a winner of the Outstanding Jazz Ensemble Artist of the Year from Houston Baptist University.  She is a member of AFM and ASCAP and is the author of Fretboard Mastery.  She previously taught guitar for Houston Baptist University for seventeen years and was the stage band director at Woods High School in Houston for ten years.

Degree Abbreviations

  • PhD (Doctor of Philosophy)
  • DMA (Doctor of Musical Arts)
  • AD (Artist Diploma)
  • MM (Master of Music)
  • BM (Bachelor of Music)
  • BA (Bachelor of Arts)
  • BME (Bachelor of Music Education)
  • AA (Associate of Arts)