CyFair Music Faculty and Staff

Division 6:  Philosophy, Humanities, Art, Music & Drama

Main Office: TECH 123
Front Desk: 281.290.5273
Fax: 281.290.5280

The Music Department is supported by the following staff members:
Dean Instruction
Phone: 281.290.5215
Office: TECH 123-D
Cristina Barron
Division Operations Manager
Phone: 281.290.3956
Office:  TECH 123-C
Fine Arts Coordinator
Phone: 281.290.3987
Office: TECH 123-B
Margarita "Magy" Abarca
Division Operations Specialist
Phone:  281.290.3514
Office:  TECH 123
Staff Assistant
Phone:  832.482.1045
Office:  TECH 123
Isaac Cantu
Administrative Specialist
Phone: 281.290.5273
Office:  TECH 123

The Music Department is led by the following faculty members:

Brian HerringtonBRIAN HERRINGTON, Director of Symphony Orchestra and Associate Professor of Music, Music Department Chair

Office: ART 113O  |  281.290.3401  |  bherrington@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

The works of composer Brian Herrington have been performed by artists such as the London Sinfonietta, the Royal Academy Symphony Orchestra, the New York Youth Symphony, the BBC Singers, soprano Tony Arnold, conductor James Baker, Ensemble Linea, and El Perro Andaluz in venues such as Queen Elizabeth Hall, Carnegie Hall, London’s Purcell Room, and Rothko Chapel.

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.  He has twice been a finalist for the American Prize in composition for orchestra and wind ensemble. His music has been selected for performance at ACO/Berkeley Symphony EarShot Reading Session (2014), June in Buffalo (2013), Wellesley Composers Conference (2013), Pharos Arts Festival in Cyprus (2012), the Soundscape Festival in Italy (2011), the OMMAGIO memorial concert for Berio in London, and the Royal Festival Hall Organ Recital Series.

Herrington earned a Ph.D. in music composition at the Royal Academy of Music, London, on an Overseas Research Scholarship where he studied with Simon Bainbridge. He also studied with Marc Satterwhite and Steve Rouse at the University of Louisville, and with Frank Felice and Joe Alexander at Lamar University. In addition to studying trumpet and piano at the undergraduate and graduate levels, he studied conducting privately, in graduate seminars and in masterclasses (Dr. Barry Johnson, Dr. Kimcherie Lloyd, and Craig Kirkhoff).

Alex QianALEX 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 WolfskillJOHN WOLFSKILL, Director of Jazz Band 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 artists and instructors:

Daniel Trevor BircherDANIEL TREVOR BIRCHER, (Daniel.Bircher@lonestar.edu)

M.M. in Opera Performance, Yale University School of Music, 2006

Daniel Trevor Bircher, baritone, performs as a concert soloist, recitalist and in opera. In recent years, Mr. Bircher has been a stage director for theatre and opera, conducted musicals and opera/opera scenes productions, and conducted choirs. He currently serves on the faculties of Houston Baptist University as a voice instructor and director of the Opera Workshop, Lone Star College-Cy Fair as a voice instructor and conductor of the Concert Choir, Center Stage Dance Studio as a musical theatre instructor, and Resonance OYAP as Artistic Director.

Mr. Bircher has performed as a soloist or in an opera role with companies including the Orchestra Sinfonico di Milano Giuseppi Verdi in Milano, Italy, New Haven Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra New England, Yale Opera, Abilene Opera Association, ACU Opera Theatre, Fairfield County Chorale, Brenham Choral Society, Sacred Heart University Chorus, Houston Baptist University Chorus, Blinn College Choirs, Bridgeport United Congregational Church, Cypress Creek Community Chorus, and Abilene Classical Chorus. 

Opera roles include “Gianni Schicci” (Marco), “L’Enfant Prodigue” (Siméon), “Midsummer Nights’ Dream” (Demetrius), “Madama Butterfly” (Il Bonzo), “La Traviata” (Dr. Grenvil), “The Devil and Daniel Webster” (Daniel Webster), “Signor Deluso” (Signor Deluso), “The Consul” (Secret Police Agent), “The Bartered Bride” (Kecal), “Amahl and the Night Visitors” (Balthazar).

Concert roles include the baritone or bass soloist in: Faure’s “Requiem,” Orff’s ”Carmina Burana,” Mendelssohn’s “Elijah,” Handel’s “Messiah,” Dvorak’s “Te Deum,” Rutter’s “Mass of the Children,” Mozart’s “Vesperae solennes de confessore” and “Krönungsmesse,” Vaughan Williams’ “Five Mystical Songs,” Terre Johnson’s “Song of the Captive.”

Awards include the Francesco & Hilda Riggio Award – Metropolitan Opera Auditions.

Christopher BordersCHRISTOPHER BORDERS, General Music Courses, Percussion (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 BrutonZACHARY 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.

Susanna CSUSANNA CAMPBELL, General Music Courses, (Susanna.B.Campbell@lonestar.edu)

M.M. in Harp Performance, Stephen F. Austin University, 2014
B.A. in Music, Thomas Edison State University, 2011

Susanna Campbell's enthusiasm for all things harp-related prompted her to share the joy of music with others as a teacher and performer in Greater Houston. She is currently principal harpist with Houston Civic Symphony and the Energy Corridor of Houston Orchestra and substitute harpist with the Symphony of Southeast Texas. She has also performed with the Mobile Symphony Orchestra, the Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra, the Cypress Philharmonic, the Symphony North of Houston, and the Galveston Symphony.  Ms. Campbell earned a Master's Degree in harp performance from Stephen F. Austin State University where she studied with Ms. Emily Mitchell. In addition to performing, Ms. Campbell maintains a private harp and piano studio and takes great delight in training and mentoring young musicians. She guest clinics at area schools for music camps and competition preparation, is an adjunct instructor at Lone Star College, and teaches at the Houston Summer Harp Festival each year. Although teaching and performing are her twin passions, she recently branched out into the field of arranging and published two solos for harp. As a freelance harpist, Ms. Campbell has had the pleasure of performing at a variety of stylish venues such as the St. Regis Hotel, the Houston Club, the Petroleum Club, and the Courtyard at St. James, and is the preferred harpist for Briscoe Manor, a beatufiful event facility in Richmond.

Laura ColeLAURA COALE, (Laura.C.Coale@lonestar.edu)

B.M in Vocal Performance, University of Houston Moores School of Music, 2008
M.M in Vocal Performance, University of Houston Moores School of Music, 2010

Laura Coale has become known for her dynamic performances with Opera in the Heights. She has received much acclaim for her portrayal of Orfeo in Orfeo ed Euridice, Aunt March in Adamo’s Little Women, and La Marquise in Donizetti’s La Fille du Regiment. Houston Press reviewer, D.L Groover, has described her voice as “powerful, expressive, radiant, and unfettered." He has also stated, “she’s a commanding presence, and her character[s] are fully realized.”  She made her directorial debut in the summer of 2018 with Houston based company Operativo, directing Rossini’s La Scala di Seta. Mrs. Coale has been teaching privately for nine years and is thrilled to join the voice faculty at Lone Star College-Cyfair. She earned her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Vocal Performance from the University of Houston.

CYNDI GERNHART, Music Appreciation (Cynthia.J.Gernhart@lonestar.edu)

M.M. in Music Education, The University of South Dakota, 1990
B.M. in Music Education, The University of South Dakota, 1985

Cyndi Gernhart earned a Masters of Music Education degree from the University of South Dakota with an emphasis in woodwinds. She taught primarily instrumental music (marching, concert and jazz band) at various levels as well as lessons throughout the upper Midwest for over 15 years. She led the NSAI-Kansas City songwriter’s group, worked in a music studio, made songwriter trips to Nashville, and was fortunate to do a lot of different things in between. Since moving to Texas in 2014 she began teaching at Lone Star College-CyFair where she currently teaches MUSI 1306-Appreciating Music.

Malcolm HarrisMALCOLM HARRIS, (Malcolm.B.Harris@lonestar.edu)

M.A. From West Texas A & M
B.S. Degree from the University of Missouri at Columbia

Malcolm Harris has been active as trumpet player, keyboardist, arranger, conductor and educator in Houston, Texas for nearly 30 years. He has been in demand, not only for his speed and creativity, but for his ability to write in many genres with equal expertise. He has written for big band, full orchestra, and orchestra-vocal combinations. 

Mr. Harris has written for recordings, accompaniments for artists, charity fund-raisers, commercial jingles, church pageants and other special events. He was music director and arranger for the 1986 Olympic Festival and arranger-conductor for the Finale to the World Economic Summit-July, 1990.  His jazz arrangements have been played by the University of Houston Texas Jazz Project Band under Noe Marmolejo, as well as many area big bands.

As an educator his 1978 Amarillo, Texas High School Jazz Band appeared at the Montreux Jazz Festival. He has taught at junior high, high school and college levels and has been an adjudicator at music festivals. He publishes under the name Malhorn Music.

MONICA ISOMURA, Voice (Monica.Isoumra@lonestar.edu)

D.M.A. in Music and Voice, Stony Brook University, 2015
M.M. in Vocal Performance, University of Michigan, 2010
B.M in Music Education and Vocal Performance, 2008

Mezzo-soprano, Monica Isomura’s uniquely rich voice and captivating stage presence have been garnering increasing attention in the Houston musical community. This year, she performed the leading role of Jo March in Adamo’s Little Women at Opera in the Heights. In concert, she was heard as the mezzo-soprano soloist in the Durufle Requiem with The Houston Chamber Choir, alto soloist in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio at Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church, and the alto soloist in the Mozart Requiem at St. Thomas Presbyterian Church. In past seasons, she has sung the roles of Tisbe in La Cenerentola, and Mrs. Nolan in The Medium at Opera in the Heights, and has appeared in productions and concerts with The Lone Star Lyric Opera, Da Camera, the Houston Heights Orchestra, and the Memorial Classical Music Series. She has previously sung for Michigan Opera Theater, The Castleton Festival, Opera in the Ozarks, Opera New Jersey’s Emerging Artist Program, and Toledo Opera’s Opera-on-wheels. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University, a master’s degree from the University of Michigan, and a doctorate in voice from Stony Brook University in New York. A passionate educator, Monica serves as the Education Coordinator for Opera in the Heights, is an Adjunct Professor of voice at Lone Star College Cyfair, is a teaching artist for TUTS’ Humphrey’s School of Musical Theater, and maintains a thriving private voice studio.?

Alan JohnsonALAN 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).

Tyler KatsarelisTYLER KATSARELIS (Tyler.Katsarelis@lonestar.edu)

M.M. Music Theory, New England Conservatory of Music, 2019
B.M. Theory and Composition, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 2016

Ty Katsarelis is a composer, theorist, and guitarist from Katy.  His chamber opera, worry, was commissioned in 2019 by Due Donne Productions for premiere in Boston. His guitar duet, Poseidon and Amphitrite, was featured at the 2019 Palaio Faliro Guitar Festival in Athens, Greece and was performed by renowned guitar duo Alexandra Christomidou and Yannis Petridis. He has also written music for ALEA III, Primavera Guitar Orchestra, and the ULL Chamber Singers. As a music theorist his interests include contour theory, statistical analysis, and sonic proportions. His recent work in the music theory field adapts contour theory and statistical analysis in order to make music analysis more accessible to non-musicians. As a guitarist Ty has most recently performed in the 2018 Guitar Extravaganza on Naxos Island and in Henrique Eisenman’s Brazilian Ensemble. He also actively plays as a pit guitarist for musical productions in the Houston area.

Daron KirschDARON KIRSCH (Daron.Kirsch@lonestar.edu)

M.M. Cello Performance, Florida State University, 2013
B.M. Cello Performance, Sam Houston State University, 2011

A Houston native, Daron Kirsch is a graduate of Sam Houston State University with Daniel Saenz and the Florida State University with Greg Sauer. He has toured around the US, Puerto Rico and China. While in Florida, he was a member of several ensembles, including Sinfonia Gulf Coast, Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra and the Tallahassee Composers Orchestra, as well as performing with the Tallahassee Ballet. He is active as a teacher and maintains a large private studio with students having advanced to the All-Region Orchestra, and giving sectionals at area schools.

Daron is also active as a performer, with a strong interest in new music. Since 2012, he has been a member of the Taneycomo Festival Orchestra in Branson, MO, where he has given both American and world premieres of new pieces.

Soyoon LeeSO YOON 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 NgHUAY 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.

Izumi MiyaharaaIZUMI MIYAHARA (Izumi.Miyahara@lonestar.edu)

M.M. in Music, Rice University
B.M. in Flute Performance, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music  

Flutist Izumi Miyahara is a freelance artist and educator based in Houston, Texas.  She is a frequent guest musician with the Houston Symphony, Houston Grand Opera, and Houston Ballet orchestras, and holds positions with the Symphony of Southeast Texas in Beaumont, TX, and the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra. Additional engagements include the San Antonio, Sarasota (FL), Louisiana, New World (Miami), and Breckenridge (CO) Music Festival Orchestras.  She has performed with renowned conductors such as Sir Neville Marriner, Michael Tilson Thomas, Hans Graf, and Paavo Jarvi, among others. 

 A recipient of the 2018 “Let Creativity Happen!” Express Grant from the City of Houston and Houston Arts Alliance, Izumi maintains a private flute studio and is on the faculty of Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and Lone Star College-Cy-Fair. She is a native of New York City, a graduate of the Juilliard School Pre-College Program, and holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and a Master of Music from Rice University.?

Drew SlattonDREW 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 TsangLILY 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.

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