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Trever R. Famulare

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Trever R. Famulare is Department Chair, Associate Professor of Music and Director of Bands at Shippensburg University.  Mr. Famulare joined the faculty in the Fall of 2001 and is integrally involved with the instrumental music program at the university.  He is the director of the Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, Brass Chamber Ensemble, and teaches various academic courses within the Department of Music and Theatre Arts.  Beginning in 2020, he assumed the responsibilities as the Artistic Director of the Shippensburg Summer Music Festival.  Mr. Famulare also serves as the advisor for Shippensburg's chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi, a national band service fraternity.

Mr. Famulare has been distinguished as an honorary member of the Syracuse University's Eta Alpha chapter of Tau Beta Sigma, a national band service sorority and Shippensburg University's Lambda Delta chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi.  He also has professional membership in several organizations including the Music Educators National Conference, the New York State School Music Association, and is a member and current Vice-President for the Pennsylvania Collegiate Bandmasters Association.

A New York native, Mr. Famulare received his Bachelor's degree from the College of St. Rose (New York), and earned his Graduate degree from Syracuse University (New York).  Prior to his appointment at Shippensburg University, he successfully served as a public high school band director for 13 years in central New York.  Mr. Famulare also served as a special consultant to the "Pride of the Orange" Syracuse University Marching Band for several years.  He continues to actively serve as guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator at festivals across the eastern region.

Karin J. Bohleke

Since 2007, Karin J. Bohleke has served as the director of the Fashion Archives and Museum of Shippensburg University. She holds a Ph.D. in French language and literature from Yale University, and also serves periodically as an adjunct professor of French at Shippensburg. She formerly worked at Hood College in Frederick, MD, where she taught French, Russian, Classical Mythology, and Humanities for the graduate school. In addition to authoring multiple exhibit catalogs, she has presented her continuing historical costume research at annual symposia of the Costume Society of America as well as published in Dress, The Daguerreian Annual, American Periodicals, Civil War Historian, and Costume. Her research interests focus on the nineteenth century and include fashion, early photography, pre-Tutankhamun Egyptomania fashions for women, the dissemination of French fashions in the United States, and women’s travel accounts of journeys to Egypt. Her current research projects involve the study of clothing in nineteenth-century photos of African Americans, both enslaved and free, as well as the use of fashion as an ideological function of modernity in early sixteenth-century Reformation pamphlets and women’s portraits.

She has been an avid seamstress, embroiderer, and lace-maker since childhood, and she uses her advanced needle skills in textile conservation and restoration. She and her husband teach Civil War and historic social dancing, proctor balls, and lecture and perform. Together they collect vintage clothing, fashion magazines in French and English, early cased images, cartes de visite, cabinet cards, and dance-related paper ephemera and use their resources to teach others about American material culture.

Fred Dade

Fred Dade

Fred Dade is Assistant Professor of Music at Shippensburg University where he teaches Introduction to Music, Fundamental Music Skills, Class Piano, and American Music.  A native of Chicago, Mr. Dade is currently pursuing completion of the Ph.D. Degree from the University of Michigan, Anne Arbor. Prior to relocating to Pennsylvania, Mr. Dade served as a Teaching Assistant in the School of Music at the University of Michigan, and served as the Minister of Music at Amistad Community Church - United Church of Christ in Ann Arbor. Mr. Dade directed college gospel choirs at Aurora University (IL) and Concordia University (IL), and founded, accompanied, and directed the Gospel Choir at Wheaton College (IL). Additionally, Mr. Dade worked with the church choirs in the Chicago area, including the First Progressive Church of Christ, and he taught elementary general music in the Chicago public schools for seven years. Mr. Dade has extensive experience accompanying many different types of choirs and soloists, including the opportunity to accompany mezzo-soprano Marietta Simpson for a recital in February 2002, as well as accompanying George Shirley, Professor of Voice at the University of Michigan. He studied piano with Lynn Bartholomew and Louis Nagel, and he holds the Master of Music Degree in Music Education from Roosevelt University and the Bachelor of Science Degree from Wheaton College.

Dr. Mark L. Hartman

Mark Posed conductorDr. Mark L. Hartman is Associate Professor of Music and Director of the University-Community Orchestra at Shippensburg University. Dr. Hartman has taught at Central College, Houghton College, Wake Forest University, and the Winston-Salem public schools. He holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Violin Performance and the Master of Music degree in Music Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he studied violin with Katie Lansdale and Rachel Huang. Earlier studies were with Elaine Richey and Vartan Manoogian at the North Carolina School of the Arts. He has also studied Suzuki Pedagogy with William Starr and has done post-doctoral studies in violin literature and pedagogy with Charles Castleman at the Eastman School of Music, Burton Kaplan of the Manhattan School of Music and baroque performance practice with Stanley Ritchie at Indiana University. He has been Concertmaster of the Southern Tier (New York) and the Oskaloosa (Iowa) Symphonies, Assistant Concertmaster of the Salisbury (North Carolina) Symphony and a member of the Winston-Salem Piedmont Triad and the Greensboro Symphonies. Since 1993 he has been a regular performer at the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival and also currently performs with the Shippensburg Festival Orchestra and the Gettysburg Chamber orchestra.  

Dr. Hartman has served as an adjudicator for competitions in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Iowa. He has a particular interest in performing, teaching, and researching the use of string instruments in jazz. He has presented his work towards creating developmental study materials for string players based on jazz harmonies to American String Teachers Association national conferences in Reno and Kansas City. He has studied jazz pedagogy with Jamey Aebersold and jazz string performance with the Turtle Island String Quartet. He has also performed on mandolin, guitar, and banjo for performances by the Eastern Music Festival Orchestra, the Winston-Salem Piedmont Triad Symphony, and the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival. 

Dr. Margaret Lucia

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Pianist Dr. Margaret Lucia performs a wide range of keyboard repertoire, from the traditional—concertos of Mozart and Beethoven and romantic works of Chopin and Schumann—to the highly gestural, uniquely tonal or atonal compositions of contemporary composers. A passionate advocate of new music, she has premiered several works, appearing at festivals and in concert throughout the United States as well as in Japan and Europe.  As a Fulbright Scholar in 2016-17, she collaborated with women composers in Spain, and performed their works in several concerts in Madrid, Salamanca, and Palma de Mallorca.  She was invited to return to Spain in 2019 for a concert tour, in which she presented contemporary works by both Spanish and American women composers.  This tour was partially supported by a Seed Grant from the New York Women Composers in NYC.  In November, 2011, she was a featured performer on the Festival Internacional de Música Contemporanea in Havana and has recorded music by Cuban women composers of the 19th and 20th centuries.  in 2009 she formed the Vox Terra Ensemble, which performs new chamber music works in honor of Earth Day, as well as additional concerts throughout the year.  In June of 2003, she performed at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall in New York City with tenor Jon Robert Cart in a joint recital featuring vocal and solo piano music of Spain and Latin America; they performed there again in May 2005, in works by Mexican composers of the 20th century. As a member of the Lucia Duo, she has performed frequently with her husband, violinist Anthony Lucia, including a concert of the violin and piano sonatas of Joaquin Turina in Spain in 2005. Lucia’s performances of music by women are many and widespread.  She performed works by American composer Anna Rubin and Greek composer Sofia Kamiyanna in Flagstaff, Arizona in September, 2011. In 2002, she appeared at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. for the International Alliance of Women in Music’s Annual chamber music festival. She performed music of contemporary Japanese women at the Universität in Zurich in 2007, and the music of Cuban women for the American Musicological Society Conference in Quebec, also in 2007. In addition, Dr. Lucia has appeared in lecture-recitals of contemporary and historical piano music by women composers in Vancouver, New York, Cleveland, Minneapolis, Portland, Salt Lake City, and San Antonio, as well as many other U.S. cities.  While completing her Ph.D. at the University of California, San Diego, Dr. Lucia was the pianist in chamber music seminars conducted by violinist Rafael Druian, was keyboardist with the San Diego Symphony and a frequent performer with the San Diego Museum of Art Chamber Ensemble and SONOR, a contemporary music ensemble. Her teachers have included the late Aube Tzerko at the University of California, Los Angeles and Aspen Music Festival, and Marion Hall, Gyorgy Sebok, Gunther Ludwig, and Zhanna Arshanskaya Dawson.   Currently a Professor in the Department of Music and Theatre Arts at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania, she has also taught at the University of Redlands, the University of California, San Diego, and Grinnell College in Iowa.

Dr. Elizabeth Lins Aragunde

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Dr. Elizabeth Lins Aragunde, Coloratura Soprano, graduated magna cum laude from Messiah College with a degree in music education and has divided her energy between teaching, performing, and choral conducting since that time.  She received her master’s degree in vocal performance and pedagogy from the Pennsylvania State University and completed her doctoral studies in vocal performance at the Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, Virginia, with a research focus on microtonal singing in the music of Norwegian contemporary composer Lasse Thoresen.  Dr. Shoenfelt Aragunde is in demand as a soloist, voice teacher, guest conductor, and choral clinician.  Currently she serves assistant professor of music at Shippensburg University, where she also directs the choirs, and is contributing faculty in voice at Dickinson College.  Additionally, she has taught at Bloomsburg University, Wilson College, and Messiah College.  

In addition to teaching at Shippensburg University and Dickinson College, Dr. Shoenfelt Aragunde maintains a private voice studio and is a recurring choral adjudicator and clinician.  Dr. Shoenfelt Aragunde has served on the executive board of the American Choral Directors Association of Pennsylvania as the repertoire and standards chair for women’s choirs and directed the Susquehanna Young Women’s Chorale from 2009-2015  Ms. Shoenfelt Aragunde is a frequent recitalist throughout central Pennsylvania and Virginia and has sung principal roles with opera companies in Harrisburg and Philadelphia. 

She made her professional debut at the age of twenty with the Harrisburg Opera Company singing the role of Juliet Brooks in the Pennsylvania premiere of Benjamin Britten’s The Little Sweep. Since 2008 she has been featured several times as the soprano soloist in the Summer Festival Series at the Luhrs Center.  Beginning in 2010, she appeared multiple times as a guest artist with the Piedmont Symphony Orchestra in performances of Schubert, Mahler, Mozart, and programs of arias, and she is the recurring soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the Pennsylvania Consort.  Ms. Shoenfelt Aragunde has also had the privilege of repeat performances as a guest artist with the Shippensburg University Community Orchestra as well as the West Shore Symphony Orchestra.

Dr. Shoenfelt Aragunde has completed young artist programs in Siena, Italy, and Songfest in Malibu where she worked with composers such as Lori Laitman, Jake Heggie, and John Musto as well as acclaimed pianists and coaches Martin Katz and Graham Johnson. She has sung in a variety of venues throughout the United States and Europe, including performances for the former governor of Pennsylvania, several Miss Americas, and a concert appearance with Kenny Rogers. 

Suzanne Thierry

Thierry HeadshotSuzanne Thierry directs the Flute Choir at Shippensburg University. She has appeared as a soloist or chamber musician on a variety of venues, including National Public Radio, and has worked with composers from around the United States as a performer of contemporary music. A former faculty member of Bowling Green State University, she served as an administrator for the University’s New Music & Art Festival and MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music, and as an instructor of flute. Thierry has also worked on several projects with the National Flute Association including competition coordinator, newly-published music judge, and convention program book designer, and has served as a reader for the AP National Music Theory Exams. As an active freelance musician, she has performed with the Shippensburg Summer Festival Orchestra, the Celtic Women troupe, Chambersburg Ballet Orchestra, Mercersburg Chorus Orchestra, Maryland Symphony, Camp Hill Light Opera Experience Orchestra, and the Hagerstown Band. She has also taught at Wilson and Dickinson Colleges. Currently, she works full time as a music teacher in the Chambersburg Area School District and does adjudication for area music competitions. Thierry earned a bachelor’s degree in performance from the University of Alabama, and masters’ degrees in performance and music history from Bowling Green State University, with additional course work in Nice, France, at the International Summer Academy. Her teachers include Sheryl Cohen and Judith Bentley, and master class experience with Jean-Pierre Rampal, Alain Marion, and Samuel Baron.

Tom Meyer

Tom MeyerTom is a professional musician that recently relocated to Lancaster, PA. His primary instrument is saxophone, and he also doubles on flute, clarinet and tuba. After graduating high school in 2001, Tom perused his Bachelors in Music and his Masters in Music Performance at West Chester University in West Chester PA. His most notable accomplishments while attending were playing lead alto in the Criterions jazz ensemble, serving as student director for the Golden Rams Marching Band in 2005, and serving as a teaching assistant in 2010.

During his undergraduate studies, Tom also was a member of the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps where he played tuba, served as section leader in 2004, and received the Crossmen Distinguished Service Award in 2004. In 2005 Tom began doing contract work in music for several different production companies. From 2005-2007 he was a musician with Hershey Entertainment and Resorts in Hershey PA, from 2008-2016 he performed for the Emmy Award winning RWS Entertainment Group out of New York, NY, and from 2009-2017 he was a showband musician with Carnival Cruise Lines based out of Miami, FL.

In addition to his positions of woodwind ensemble director and marching band instructor at Shippensburg University, Tom is also a freelance musician in the Tri State area, performs with the Legacy wedding band as saxophone player and music arranger, and is a musical director for the RWS entertainment group. He is also finishing his Doctoral studies in Jazz Performance with a minor in Classical Saxophone Performance at the University of Illinois in Urbana IL. During his time at Illinois, Tom performed in several jazz combos, played lead alto in both the Concert Jazz Band and the Latin Jazz Ensembles, and also served as a teaching assistant for several years.

Paul Leitner

Paul Leitner

Paul Leitner is Professor Emeritus of Theatre Arts at Shippensburg and teaches courses in Introduction to Theatre, Theatre History and Children’s Theatre. A native of Baltimore, he received the Ph.D. in Theatre History and Criticism from the University of Nebraska and joined the Theatre Arts department in 1990. At Shippensburg, he has designed scenery for over 35 theatre productions and functioned as co-producer for the University's Second Stage Academic Theatre Ensemble.

For nine years, Dr. Leitner, served as co-director of The Little Princess Playhouse. The playhouse produced over 40 children’s theatre productions in a performance space located in Shippensburg’s historic Stewart Hall. Productions included Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, The Princess and the Snarls, and A Princess Christmas.

Currently, Paul and Gretchen Leitner collaborate with the third grade students enrolled in Grace B. Luhrs Elementary School and undergraduates from the College of Education to provide educational theatre experiences. Elementary Education majors explore dramatic arts, improve student literacy, grow confidence within the classroom setting, and foster an appreciation for the arts. Production topics include: Greek myths, Shakespeare and classic children’s literature.

Dr. Leitner lives in Shippensburg with his wife Gretchen and daughter Rose. He enjoys architecture and civil war relic hunting.

Contact the Music & Theater Arts Performing Arts Center 220 Phone: 717-477-1638