Our Faculty

Our music faculty members are professional composers, conductors, performers and educators. We encourage you to meet them on a campus visit and observe an ensemble rehearsal or take a free mini-lesson.


Ian Coleman, B.A., M.M., D.M.A., P.G.C.E., FTCL 
Professor of Music and Department Chair
Dr. Ian Coleman earned his Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from Bath College of Higher Education, United Kingdom, and his Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts, both from the University of Kansas. He also holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from the University of Exeter, United Kingdom, and is a Fellow of Trinity College London.

Born in Bristol, England, Dr. Coleman has developed a growing reputation as a composer and arranger in American and Europe. His music has been performed in the States, Europe and New Zealand. He has written for The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines, the Simon Carrington Chamber Singers, The King’s Singers, renowned British organist David Goode, the New Plymouth Orchestra in New Zealand and the Lyric Arts Trio.

He has been commissioned by many local ensembles to write and arrange a wide variety of music ranging from choral to symphonic band to orchestra. He enjoys working with young musicians helping to create music that is challenging yet accessible. In fact, he enjoys commissions that lead to interaction between the composer and the ensemble and which can help to create a co-creating partnership for all involved in the performance.

He was named a finalist in the 2015 American Prize for his Choral Symphony ‘Leitourgia’. His music is published by J.W. Pepper and Alliance music publishers.

musicdept_bio_brandolinoTony Brandolino, B.M., M.M., D.M.A.
Professor of Music and Director of Strings
Dr. Tony Brandolino earned his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Music from Northwestern University and his Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Dr. Brandolino serves as Music Director of the Liberty Symphony Orchestra, conducts the William Jewell College Chamber Orchestra and teaches violin at Jewell. He has appeared as conductor with the Saint Joseph Symphony, the Kansas City Youth Symphony, Sioux City Symphony, Spoleto Festival Orchestra and for pop artists The Association and Gary Morris. A native of suburban Chicago, Brandolino attended the Interlochen Arts Academy and earned degrees from Northwestern University and the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Articles based on his dissertation, A study of Orchestra Audition Repertoire for Violin, have been published in various journals including the American String Teacher.

Dr. Brandolino has served as concertmaster of the Liberty Symphony, Augusta Symphony, and the Spoleto Festival Orchestra. He has performed for various artists including Ray Charles, Itzhak Perlman, Josh Groban, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, The Moody Blues and on albums by Motown artist James Brown. Dr. Brandolino appeared with the Spoleto Festival Orchestra in its 1984 Grammy-winning recording of Samuel Barber’s opera Antony and Cleopatra on the New World label. He occasionally performs as a substitute violinist with the Kansas City Symphony.

langstonHem030915Langston Hemenway, B.M.E., M.M., D.M.A.
Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Instrumental Studies
Dr. Langston Hemenway earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Instrumental Conducting from the University of Michigan, his Master’s degree in Conducting from the University of Kansas and a Bachelor’s in Music Education from the University of Oklahoma.

At Jewell he conducts the Symphonic Band, directs the Jazz Band, teaches conducting and instrumental technique classes, supervises music education students and administrates the instrumental division of the music department.

Dr. Hemenway is an active conductor, adjudicator and clinician, regularly working with community and school bands from a wide array of experience levels. Prior to his position at Jewell, he served on the music faculty at North Central College in Naperville, Ill., and also taught for seven years as a public school band director in Texas and Kansas, working with distinguished high school programs in the Houston and Wichita areas. He has worked with numerous distinguished composers including Michael Daugherty, John Mackey, Kristin Kuster, Steven Bryant, Joel Puckett, Carter Pann and Roshanne Etezady. Dr. Hemenway’s professional affiliations include the College Band Directors National Association, the National Association for Music Education, and the Music Educator’s Associations of Illinois, Kansas and Missouri. He holds membership in Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and is an honorary member of Sigma Alpha Iota. Dr. Hemenway is published by GIA Music.

musicdept_bio_maglioneAnthony Maglione, B.M., M.M., D.M.A.
Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral Studies

Conductor/Composer Dr. Anthony Maglione earned his Bachelor of Music degree at Westminster Choir College of Rider University, his Master of Music Degree at East Carolina University, and his Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Under his direction, the Concert Choir was Runner Up (2nd place) for the 2015 American Prize in Choral Performance, College/University Division. In addition to his responsibilities at William Jewell College, he serves as Director of the Greater Kansas City AGO Schola Cantorum, Conductor Emeritus of the Freelance Ensemble Artists of NJ, a symphony orchestra based in Central New Jersey, and recently was appointed the Michael and Ginger Frost “Artist-in-Residence” at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Kansas City.

An active composer, Dr. Maglione’s choral works are growing in popularity and are published on GIA’s “Evoking Sound” choral series. In the last several years his music has appeared at state and national-level conventions, on TV, in video games, and has been recorded on Gothic Records and Centaur Records. In 2014 and 2015, he was honored as a Semi-Finalist and Finalist (respectively) for the American Prize in Composition – Professional Choral Division, and was recently awarded the 2016-2017 William Jewell College Spencer Family Sabbatical, a year-long fully funded sabbatical in order to compose two new large-scale works for choir, soloists and chamber orchestra. Dr. Maglione has also been commissioned by the American Guild of Organists for a new work to premiere at the AGO National Conference to be held in Kansas City in 2018.

Dr. Maglione has made numerous guest conducting/clinician appearances and has prepared ensembles for such esteemed conductors as James Conlon, James Jordan, David Newman, Donald Neuen, and Alex Treger. Ensembles under his leadership have performed nationally and internationally at renowned concert venues including Disney Hall in Los Angeles and Carnegie Hall in New York City.

musicdept_bio_permenterCalvin Permenter, B.M., M.M., D.M.A.
Professor of Music and Director of Keyboard Studies
Dr. Permenter earned his Bachelor of Music (with honors) from the University of Cincinnati-Conservatory of Music and his Master of Music from Drake University. He earned his Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music. Dr. Permenter has also studied in Paris at Ecole Normale with Gaby Casadesus and the American Conservatory in Fontaine Bleau, France.

He was one of 16 selected to perform at the Ravel Academy of Music in St. Jean-de-Luz, France. He received funding to study a second time with Casadesus in Paris, France. In 1993 he was selected to study and perform at the Moscow Conservatory under the auspices of UMKC. Dr. Permenter holds the Robert H. Mckee Chair of Music position as Jewell where he has been a faculty since 1980. He is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music in the Music Teachers Nationally Association as well as a member of Missouri Music Teachers Association and Kansas City Music Teachers Association.

Ann Marie Rigler, B.M., M.S., D.M.A.
Professor of Music and College Organist
Dr. Ann Marie Rigler holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Organ Performance from Southern Methodist University, where she received the Dora Poteet Barclay award in organ. She completed a Master of Science in Library and Information Science and a Master of Music in Musicology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she was a University Fellow and held teaching assistantships in organ and music history. She was also a Rahn Scholar at the University of Iowa, from which she earned the D.M.A. in Organ Performance and Pedagogy. Her dissertation research on organist John Zundel was supported by grants from the Organ Historical Society American Organ Archive and the Newberry Library Center for Renaissance Studies.

At Jewell, Dr. Rigler teaches music history, hymnody, class piano and applied organ, and plays for weekly chapel services. Prior to her appointment to the Jewell faculty, she was Instructor in Music at the University Park campus of the Pennsylvania State University, where she taught applied organ as well as music appreciation, and also served as Reference Librarian for five different academic units within the University Libraries system. She has also served on the faculties of Wayne State College (Nebraska), the University of Northern Iowa, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Simpson College.

Dr. Rigler maintains an active schedule as a solo recitalist, clinician, adjudicator and chamber musician. She is currently working on a recording project featuring the new Létourneau organ in the multi-faith Pasquerilla Spiritual Center at Penn State and preparing a major lecture on trends in American organ pedagogy to be delivered at the national convention of the American Guild of Organists in Washington, D.C., in July 2010. She has served the American Guild of Organists on the national committee for the AGO/Quimby Regional Competitions for Young Organists since 2005 and was Faculty Coordinator for the Greater Kansas City chapter’s Pipe Organ Encounter for high school students in June 2009. In addition to solo recitals for the Organ Historical Society, Dr. Rigler has performed with baritone Robert Barefield at national meetings of the College Music Society and the American Guild of Organists, and with trumpeter David Bohnert at the 2001 Region VI convention of the AGO. Having won third place in the AGO National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance in 1992, she has since adjudicated both regional and national tape rounds of NYACOP. As a church organist, she has served parishes of various denominations in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. A faculty member for the Kansas City, South Dakota, Eastern Illinois, Des Moines and Madison (WI) Pipe Organ Encounters, Dr. Rigler co-authored the script for the videotape, The Organ and You: A Young Person’s Guide to the King of Instruments. She has also written articles and reviews for The American Organist, The Diapason, The Journal of Singing, and Music Library Association NOTES.

musicdept_bio_witzkeRon Witzke, B.M.E., M.M., D.M.A.
Professor of Music and Director of Vocal Studies and Opera
Dr. Ron Witzke earned his Bachelor of Music Education from Southern Nazarene University, his Master of Music from the University of Texas-Austin, and his Doctor of Musical Arts from Indiana University-Bloomington.

Dr. Witzke has been a member of the voice faculty at William Jewell College since 1984, where he maintains an active performance schedule while balancing his administrative and teaching responsibilities. His operatic successes include roles in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Richard Strauss’s Salome, Verdi’s Rigoletto and Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City under the baton of Maestro Ward Holmquist. His most recent engagement with the Lyric was in February, 2015 in the company’s premier of Silent Night, the Pulitzer Prize winning opera written by Kevin Puts and Mark Campbell.

His oratorio solo work includes Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and Brahms’ Requiem with the Northland Philharmonia Orchestra together with the Kansas City Symphony Chorus; Handel’s Messiah with the Kansas City Symphony and Chorus; and Bruckner’s Te Deum and Carmina Burana with the Quincy Symphony Orchestra. His chamber performance credits include performances with the Bowling Green (Kentucky) Chamber Orchestra, singing Mahler’s Lieder eines farhenden Gesellen. Ron has soloed frequently with the Truman State University Symphony and Choir in Haydn’s Creation, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Orff’s Carmina Burana, and most recently in Mozart’s Requiem. Ron can be heard as soloist on the recently released The Trumpet Sounds – a Naxos recording of Anthony Maglione’s cantata for double choir, organ, trumpet and soloists, based on the poetry of Walt Whitman, entitled The Mystic Trumpeter.

Part-time Artist Teachers
Jay Carter, B.S., M.M., D.M.A., Visiting Artist in Residence – Vocal Performance and Early Music

Elaine K. Brown, B.M.E., M.M., Adjunct Instructor of Flute
Mark Cohick, B.M., Adjunct Instructor of Woodwinds
Randall Cunningham, B.M., M.M., D.M., Adjunct Instructor of Clarinet

Shelley M. Peters, B.M.E., M.M.E., Adjunct Instructor of Horn
Phil Schaefer, Professor Emeritus, B.S., M.S., Adjunct Instructor of Trumpet
Chris White, B.M., M.M., D.M.A., Adjunct Instructor of Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba

Steve Martin, B.M., B.M.E., M.M., D.M.A., Adjunct Instructor of Percussion

Tracey Johnson, B.M., M.M., Ph.D., Adjunct Instructor of Music, Piano
Ann Posey, B.M., M.M., Adjunct Instructor of Piano, Harpsichord
Christie G. White, B.S., M.A., Director of Handbell Choirs

James Albright, B.A, Adjunct Instructor of String Bass
Dana Woolard-Hughlett, B.A., M.M., Adjunct Instructor of Cello

Alice-Anne Light, B.A., M.M., D.M.A., Adjunct Instructor of Voice

Classroom Faculty:
Brad H. Cutcliffe, B.M., M.M., Ph. D., Adjunct Instructor of Music Theory
Nicole Murray, B.M., M.M., Adjunct Conductor of Chapel Choir
Allen Myers, B.M., B.M.E., M.M., D.M.A., Adjunct Instructor of Jazz Studies, Music Business

Music Events Calendar
29 Choral Reunion Concert: Gano Chapel
10 Jazz Band Concert: noon, White Atrium
19 Department Recital: Senior Music Majors: 5:30 p.m., Forbis Recital Hall
22 Handbell Concert: 3 p.m., Gano Chapel
26 Symphonic Band Concert: 7 p.m., Gano Chapel
28 Concert: Liberty Symphony Orchestra: 7:30 p.m., Liberty Performing Arts Theater (tickets required)
29 Concert Choir: 3 p.m., Village Presbyterian Organ Dedication, Village Presbyterian Church, Prairie Village, Kan.
2 Fall Musical "Carrie": 7 p.m., Peters Theater (tickets required)
3 Fall Musical "Carrie": 7 p.m., Peters Theater (tickets required)
4 Fall Musical "Carrie": 7 p.m., Peters Theater (tickets required)
4 Early/Fall AUDITIONS: registration deadline 10/28
5 Fall Musical "Carrie": 2 p.m., Peters Theater (tickets required)
10 Department Recital: Junior Music Majors: 5:30 p.m., Forbis Recital Hall
11 Schola Cantorum: Choral Evensong: 5 p.m., St. Mary Magdeline, Belton, MO
15 Chamber Music Recital: 7:30 p.m., Forbis Recital Hall
2 Concert: Liberty Symphony Orchestra : 7:30 p.m., Liberty Performing Arts Theater (tickets required)
5 Chapel Choir Concert: Britten’s “A Ceremony of Carols”: 7:30 p.m., Gano Chapel
9 Concert Choir Christmas Concert: 7:30 p.m., Redemptorist Church (admit fee at door)
11 The City Come Again: Noon (music begins at 11:30 a.m.), Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral, Kansas City
3 Regular/Winter AUDITIONS: registration deadline 1/30
15 Opera Workshop Performance: 7:30 p.m., Gano Chapel
17 Regular/Winter AUDITIONS: registration deadline 2/10
17 Opera Workshop Performance: 7:30 p.m., Gano Chapel
23 Department Recital: First Year Music Majors: Forbis Recital Hall
MARCH 2018
11 Windfest – WJC Symphonic Band & select high school bands: 7 p.m., Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, KC (tickets required)
18 Concert Choir w/ New England Conservatory Chamber Singers: 4 p.m., Grace Cathedral, Topeka, Kan.
22 Jazz Band Concert: Noon, Trotter Arts Plaza
APRIL 2018
14 Concert: Liberty Symphony Orchestra: 7:30 p.m., Liberty Performing Arts Theater (Tickets: libertysymphony.org)
18 Chamber Music Recital: 7:30 p.m., Forbis Recital Hall
21 Concert: Symphonic Band: 2 p.m., Gano Chapel
24 Chapel Choir & Men’s Chorus Spring Concert: 7:30 p.m., Gano Chapel
29 Handbell Choir Spring Concert: 3 p.m., Gano Chapel
30 Choral Scholars perform at Holocaust Remembrance: 6:30 p.m., Maple Woods Community College (suitable for ages 13+)
MAY 2017
3 Concert: Jazz Band: 7 p.m., Peters Theater (Brown Hall)
6 Concert Choir Tour Preview Concert: 7:30 p.m., St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Kansas City