Assistant Professor of Music (Music Theory, Symphonic Band, Symphony Orchestra, Instrumental Ensemble, Pop Ensemble, Applied Percussion, Applied
Phone: (307) 382-1746
Matt Schaffner is an active composer, educator, and performer of music. As a composer Matt's
music has been performed at a variety of conferences and events, including performances by
Art! Art! Barking Dog Dance Company, Moyamo Dance, and the Leopard Percussionists. Matt has
taught music at Bellarmine University, the University of Louisville, Kentucky Community and
Technical College, Centre College, and Gyeongju University in South Korea. He has served as a
music director at various Kentucky churches where he has been a pianist, percussionist, sound
technician, and worship leader. Matt has performed as a percussionist with the Baton Rouge
Symphony Orchestra, the Louisville Orchestra, the Choral Arts Society, Bourbon Baroque period
ensemble, Kentucky Opera, and a number of world and popular ensembles, including calypso,
reggae, Irish, and Middle Eastern bands. Matt earned a BA in music from the University of
Louisville and a Master of Music degree from Louisiana State University.
Eric-Richard de Lora
Associate Professor of Musical Theatre/Voice (Applied Voice)
Eric has collaborated as director, designer, actor, playwright, music director, vocal coach or
accompanist on 180 productions, including over 100 musicals, with theatre companies in
California, Iowa, Oregon, Utah, and Wyoming. He is also a professional choral-orchestral
conductor, pianist and singer. He has taught at the University of Iowa, University of Oregon,
University of Utah, Eastern Oregon University, Pacific University, Umpqua Community College,
Jewish Community High School of the Bay, and Maybeck High School.
His directing credits include the world premiere of Philip Hagemann's opera A Shaw Trilogy,
the West Coast premiere of Mary Orr's play The Wisdom of Eve, the Iowa premiere of Francis
Poulenc's opera Dialogues des Carmelites, the Oregon premiere of Stephen Sondheim's revue
You're Gonna Love Tomorrow, and the Wyoming premiere of Tony Kushner's play A Bright Room
Called Day; the musical works The Addams Family, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the
Forum, Gianni Schicchi, Godspell, Jane Eyre, Oh What A Lovely War, The Rake's Progress, and
Tosca; and plays by Brecht, Henley, Kaufman, Mamet, Martin, McLure, Moliere, Shakespeare,
Shaw, and Stoppard. As an actor, some of his favorite roles include Birdboot (The Real
Inspector Hound), Bluntschli (Arms and the Man), Clifford (Deathtrap), Harold (Orphans),
Norman (The Star-Spangled Girl), Peaches (The AIDS Show), Stanley (Broadway Bound), and
His design credits include A Bright Room Called Day (costumes), The Duck Variations
(costumes), Gianni Schicchi (sets, costumes), The Laramie Project (sets, costumes), Macbeth
(costumes), The Miss Firecracker Contest (sets, costumes), Passion Poison and Petrifaction
(sets, costumes), The Real Inspector Hound (sets, costumes), Sophocles' Antigone (sets,
costumes), Talking With (sets, costumes), Tartuffe (costumes), and Wild Oats (costumes). His
writing credits include the premiere of his plays Audition, Circus, Elders, Folktales around
the World, For Will, Grimm Faerie Tale Theatre, Mastering the Art of French Kissing, The
Piano-Player's Song, Portraits, Salt/Box and Words & Music; as well as articles in the ACDA
Choral Journal, The Sondheim Review, and publications with the University of Wisconsin Press
His music directing credits include The Addams Family, Annie, Anything Goes, Chicago, Crazy
for You, Fiddler on the Roof, George M, HMS Pinafore, Honk, Into the Woods, The King and I,
Medea the Musical, Pippin, Promises Promises, and West Side Story. As a vocal coach and piano
accompanist, he has worked with thousands of singers in auditions and performances of songs
from the Great American Songbook, four centuries of classical music, and all styles and genres
of musical theatre.
He has conducted choral and instrumental ensembles in more than 300 concerts, presenting major
works by Bach, Barber, Beethoven, Bernstein, Brahms, Copland, Faure, Handel, Haydn, Honegger,
Mozart, Orff, Rutter, Saint-Saens, Schubert, Thompson, Vaughan-Williams, and Vivaldi;
performed concerts in England, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Russia, California, Hawaii, Idaho,
Texas, and Washington; and sung under the direction of the conductors Jacob Avshalomov, Lane
Cheney, John Logan Cobb, John Cooksey, James Dixon, Aleksander Dmitriev, Roberta Hall, William
Hatcher, Thomas Iverson, Will Kesling, and Edgar Thompson.
Eric was born in Portland, Oregon, but raised in Los Angeles and Fresno, California. He began
acting and singing publicly at age five, studying piano at age seven, and writing and
directing at age twelve. In high school, he studied theatre, history, music, and German, and
after graduating with honors, lived and worked in southern Germany for two years. He completed
two Bachelor's degrees with honors at Eastern Oregon University: one in History and Theatre
Arts, with an emphasis in directing, and the other in German and Music, with a double emphasis
in piano and voice. He pursued graduate studies in choral-orchestral conducting with Jay Evard
Welch at the University of Utah and with Helmuth Rilling at the Oregon Bach Festival. He
completed the Master of Fine Arts degree in Music Theatre Stage Direction at the University of
Eric and his husband are avid travelers, gourmands, and arts historians, and together have
explored America (USA), Austria, Belgium, Cambodia, Canada, Costa Rica, Czech Republic,
England, Finland, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Russia, Spain,
Sweden, Vatican City, and Vietnam. They have one adult daughter, three adult sons, and ten
Adjunct Instructor of Music (Class Piano, Piano Ensemble, Applied Piano)
A native of Green River, Lynette Nelson has taught piano classes and lessons at Western Wyoming Community College for over two decades. She is well-known in the music community as a
concert pianist, collaborator, and accompanist and has played for many ensembles over the years. She teaches piano class, applied piano, piano ensemble and aural theory at WWCC.
Adjunct Instructor of Music (Guitar Class, Guitar Ensemble, Applied Guitar)
For the past 45 years, Dave Jensen has been an asset to the local music community in Sweetwater County. As owner of the largest music store in Wyoming, The Pickin' Palace on North Front
St, Dave has taught guitar, bass, mandolin, and banjo for many years. He is also an active performer in the local community with his three bands: Brandi and Sweet Water, Shooter, and 3D.
Dave has shown talent in multiple genres over the years, as he's played in multiple groups, including jazz, blues, country/western, swing, Big Band, Classic rock, and several other
genres. Dave has been instructor of guitar at WWCC for over 20 years and continues to inspire the lives of young musicians.
Adjunct Instructor of Music (Jazz Ensemble and Applied Brass)
Zach Buie works as a trumpet performer and educator in Salt Lake City, where he is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at The
University of Utah. Originally from Texas, Zach has performed extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and Central
America. He can be heard on numerous recordings in classical, jazz, rock, and funk styles. He performs with the Utah Symphony and
freelances throughout the region with various big bands and chamber music ensembles. Zach is a former member of the Round Rock and Waco
Symphonies. He has also performed with orchestras in Austin, Brazos Valley, San Antonio, San Salvador, and Longview, as well as The
Dallas Winds, Imperial Brass, and Utah Wind Symphony. From 2010 to 2014, Zach toured nationally with Soul Track Mind, garnering praise
from the New York Times and The Huffington Post as leaders in the resurgence of soul music. As an educator, Zach has served as a high
school band director and maintains a large private teaching studio. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Texas
at Austin and a Master of Music from Baylor University.
Adjunct Instructor of Music (Music Fundamentals, Introduction to Music, Music History)
Julietta has been teaching music courses online for Western Wyoming Community College since 2008. As an educator, she values a student-centered approach, guiding students
through the learning process to reach their individual goals. She resides in New Mexico where she teaches harp, composition, and piano to students of all ages and levels
through the New Mexico School of Music. She has experience working with students from diverse backgrounds, including giftedness, developmental delay, autism, brain injury,
visual and hearing impairment, arthritis, Cerebral Palsy, anxiety and depression, trauma, and cancer survivors. She currently works as a harpist in the Arts-in-Medicine
program through the University of New Mexico. Her philosophy in the arts is focused on using creativity to enable healing and happiness for each individual.
As a performer, she is an enthusiastic advocate for new music, and has performed with a variety of ensembles ranging from orchestral to experimental jazz chamber groups. She
is a member of Bellissima with flutist, Cathy Hawthorne. She also has a passion for a variety of folk harp traditions including Celtic, Paraguayan, and Mariachi. She received
a Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition, minor in Piano Pedagogy from University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She received her Master of Music in Harp from
Northern Illinois University where she studied harp performance with Liz Cifani, and received training in Healing Harps and special education from Dr. Ron Price.
Marcia L. Petersen
Adjunct Instructor of Music (Applied Strings)
Marcia moved to Wyoming from Honolulu, Hawaii in 1977, shortly after having met and married a Green River native. They have made their home in Sweetwater
County ever since, having raised four daughters here, and with their twelfth grandchild on the way. One of the things Marcia brought with her in the move
from Hawaii was her violin. It has been put to good use in the ensuing years playing and teaching in community programs and orchestras. Since 2000,
Marcia has played professionally with the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra in Casper, and has enjoyed teaching violin lessons through the Sweetwater BOCES after
school strings program from its inception.
Adjunct Instructor of Music (Improvisation Strategies, Applied Guitar)
Cliff earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Berklee College of Music - Professional Music, Master of Music - Jazz Studies from the New England
Conservatory of Music, and Doctor of Education - Educational Leadership from Argosy University. Cliff taught at Berklee College of Music in Boston
Massachusetts for nine years. He continued his commitment to higher education at McNally Smith College of Music serving in various roles including Provost
and Dean of Academic Affairs. Cliff has served as an Evaluator and Region Chair for the National Association of Schools of Music. He is the Past President
and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Association of Popular Music Education.
Cliff has played over 4,000 professional gigs including performances with: The Minnesota Orchestra, Art Garfunkel, Bernadette Peters, Jennifer Holliday,
Chet Atkins, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band (the house band on A Prairie Home Companion), The Children's Theatre Company, World Figure Skating Championships,
The Rupert's Orchestra, The Casablanca Orchestra, The R-Factor, and the Wolverines Classic Jazz Orchestra and numerous recording projects including: ads
for Best Buy, Callaway Golf Clubs, and Schuler Shoes, and gospel artist Robbie Robinson and Jazz artist Judi Donaghy.
Adjunct Instructor of Music (Applied Bass)
Terry has been a professional musician for over 40 years. As a recipient of an Individual Study Grant from The National Endowment for the Arts, Terry studied in New
York with renowned educator and bass pedagogue, Rufus Reid and in Los Angeles with Bob Magnesson. Terry has worked with and recorded with some of the biggest names
in Jazz including: Mike Stern, Gene Harris, Dewey Redman, Lee Konitz, Marlena Shaw, Jane Monheit, Billy Hart, Lenny White, Freddie Hubbard, Stanley Turrentine, David
"Fathead" Newman, and many others. Terry has appeared on over 50 recordings and has released 2 solo recordings to rave reviews. He has also appeared in television
productions, motion picture productions and performed on many sound track recordings. Mr. Burns is a clinician for JEN (formerly IAJE), MMEA, the University of
Minnesota, Eastern New Mexico University, and the University of Iowa. Terry has received nominations for "Bassist of the Year" and "Recording of the Year" from the
Minnesota Music Awards.
Terry holds a BA in Music, an MA in Leadership, and is currently completing his doctorate in educational leadership. Terry has written five bass method texts
entitled The Bass: A Comprehensive Approach, which are currently in use as Bass Department curriculum at McNally-Smith College and other institutions. For more
information about Terry and his music, go to www.songspeakmusic.com.
Adjunct Instructor of Music (Music Theory, Popular Music Survey, Applied Woodwinds)
Rich is a freelance musician and recording artist living in the Twin Cities area since 1988. He currently performs on all woodwinds and keyboard with many
local and national artists in a variety of musical styles from symphonic to contemporary popular music. Some of the pop artists Rich has performed with
include, The Temptations, The Four Tops and Kenny Rodgers. Additionally, he has had the opportunity to perform with some well-known jazz musicians such as
Clark Terry, Lou Rawls and Jack McDuff. Rich's performance experience also includes touring, recording sessions and arranging. His teaching experience
include teaching applied lessons at the postsecondary level since 1997. Rich's education includes earning a B.M. in Jazz Performance from Duquesne
University and a Masters of Music Degree from Boston University.
Adjunct Instructor of Music (Applied Cello)
Alexis Lee, a native of South Korea, is currently residing in Boston as an active chamber and orchestral performer. She was an active member of the Susquehanna
Symphony Orchestra and York Symphony Orchestra and later appeared as a soloist in year 2009 and 2013. As a chamber musician and orchestral performer, her performances
have taken her to venues throughout the U.S including Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, Boston Symphony Hall and Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore. With her
Bachelor's degree from The Juilliard School and Master's degree from Manhattan School of Music, she completed her Doctorate of Musical Arts degree at Boston University
with Rhonda Rider in 2016. She studied with Cecylia Barczyk, David Soyer, Julia Lichten and Marc Johnson. Aside from her performance career, her inspiration comes from
teaching young students and volunteering with nonprofit musical organizations. She performs with various chamber groups and with Volunteer Musicians for the Arts. Inc.
Ms Lee is also a member of Boston Chamber Symphony.
Adjunct Instructor of Music (Diction, Collegiate Chorale, Vocal Ensemble, Applied Voice)
As a teacher, clinician and adjudicator, Danielle has worked in Wyoming and Colorado and has coached jazz ensembles and barbershop quartets within
those states. Between 2011 and 2016 she directed the women's chorus, ACE and under her direction, they received third at the rocky mountain
regional competition in 2014. Danielle has also taught voice for over 15 years. She is an accredited voice teacher with the International Voice
Teachers of Mix (IVTOM) and currently serves as the membership director of that organization.
A diverse singer/soloist, Danielle Forbush has appeared singing a wide range of repetiore from opening for the acclaimed jazz groups New York
voices and Take 6, to soloing with the Northwest Symphony Orchestra in Powell Wyoming. As a classical singer, she has performed in such operas and
opera scenes as Madame Butterfly, Fidelio, L'Elisir d'Amore and The Barber of Seville and has performed as a soloist with the Loveland Opera
Theater. As a recitalist, she performs interesting repetiore such as Carlisle Floyd's The Mystery and Carpenter's Gitanjali song cycle.
Ms. Forbush has been singing jazz for over fifteen years recording with the four part women's vocal jazz group Sus4, which received an award for
outstanding vocal jazz ensemble by Downbeat Magazine in 2001. She has shared the stage with prominent jazz artists such as, The Real Group, and
Sunny Wilkinson. Her Bachelor degree in Music Education and Master degree in Vocal Performance is from the University of Northern Colorado and she
lives in Rock Springs Wyoming with her husband and her four children.
Adjunct Instructor of Music (Applied Jazz/Pop Piano)
Gary has been a professional musician for 45+ years, working throughout the industry as a performer, composer, arranger and programmer. He studied piano with Lorna
Michelson, Herb Wigley, Manfredo Fest, and Jill Dawe; Organ with Stephen Gabrielsen and Peter Hendrickson; and Guitar and Viola with True Sackrison and Ewa Bujak.
Gary has performed with Tony Sandler, Marilyn McCoo, Robert Robinson, Brian Duncan, Ernie Watts, Othello Molineaux, Tim Ries, and the Minnesota Vikings Band. He
continues to perform regularly with Marv Dahlgren, Yolanda Bruce, Cynthia Johnson, Judi Donaghy, the Sevilles, The Sleepers, his own band and others. As a
composer/ synthesist with Herb Pilhofer Music, Gary composed music and designed sounds for numerous national TV ads including spots for Coca Cola, Discover Card,
Target, and Porsche. He also performed on the soundtrack for the movie "Beautiful Girls" and coached the lead actor, Timothy Hutton, in piano technique. Gary holds
a B.A. in Music from Augsburg College and a M.M. in Music Education from Boston University.
Adjunct Instructor of Music (Applied Drum Set)
Michael D. Weiss is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music, where he double-majored in Drum Set Performance & Music Business Management. During his 30+ years
of drumming, Weiss has performed and studied with the drummers backing many notable musicians, including Billy Higgins and Tootie Heath. Growing up, the Rock
Springs native was the Wyoming Allstate Jazz Band Drummer and recipient of the Louis Armstrong Award.
Christy Lev is a collaborative pianist for the Performing Arts at WWCC. She graduated cum laude from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor's of Musical Arts degree including a
minor of Music/Recording Technology. She studied piano with Dr. Martha Holloway and Dr. Solungga Liu, and music technology with Dr. Elainie Lillios.
Christy has had the honor to work with many singers including soloists from Opera New York, and the students from the voice studios of Lauren Mikeal Weber, Joseph West, Christopher Scholl
and Myra Merritt. She has also accompanied many local groups like the choirs at Rock Springs High School, Western Wyoming Community College and Rock Springs Jr High School, as well as
many musical theatre productions directed by Chris Will, Rob Lauer, and Jamie Young.
Svetlana I Martin, MSPIR
Bachelor's Diplomas in Piano Specialties from two of Russia's acclaimed Institutions (Oktyabrsky College of Music & UFA Institute of Music and
Arts). Completion of Continuing Education Symposium Instruction Post Grad Studies in both Russia and USA including Van Cliburn and Los Angeles
based Master Classes. Has served in leadership capacities recently as the International Projects Counselor for Tchaikovsky Competition Stars and
Special Advisor for the Vladimir Spivakov International Charity Foundation, identifying and promoting young musician and artists in public
settings. Direction of an International Department Charity Foundation for Development of Culture, Art, and Education.
Svetlana formerly served as the Director of the Children's Art and Music School in Rhaduzhny, Russia providing guidance for 30 teachers and 450
students. Simultaneously has served in both institutional and private instructor roles providing guidance for young pianists development both in
USA and abroad. Svetlana has tutored students who have participated in internationally recognized competitions in Russia, California, Colorado, and
Texas. Many of her students have been awarded placements in these competitions. Svetlana has been featured as a pianist in several public settings
with symphony orchestras, piano soloist, and chamber participant in domestic and foreign arenas.