Our Faculty

Piano Faculty

 

Katherine Fisher has served on the faculty at the Athens Community Music School at Ohio University since 2004. She holds degrees in piano performance and pedagogy from the Wheaton College Conservatory and the University of Oklahoma. An active performer, Katherine collaborates with her husband Dr. Christopher Fisher in the Fisher Piano Duo. She and Christopher are currently co-authoring the revised and expanded edition Piano Duet Repertoire, published by Indiana University Press. Along with colleague Julie Knerr, she is co-author of Piano Safari, an innovative new method for beginners at the piano.

 

Katherine Fisher

Glidden Hall, rm. 582

 

Wendy Blackwood

Glidden Hall, rm. 640D

 

Wendy Blackwood has been teaching piano at the Athens Community Music School since 2006 and was appointed Director in May 2018.  In addition to teaching piano, Wendy collaborates with Ohio University music majors, faculty, and Athens area ensembles. This allows her to perform with many area musicians and to play a variety of musical styles!  

 

Wendy is active in the Southeast Ohio Chapter of the Music Teachers National Association where she currently serves as secretary and is also a collaborative piano member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.  She was honored to be chosen as an collaborative pianist in the prestigious NATS Intern Program in June 2018.  Wendy is also a member of the Piano Safari team, assisting at conferences and events across the country.  

 

She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education and Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC.  Wendy, her husband Nathan, and two children, Lorelai and Isaac, enjoy hiking, listening to music, and reading together.

Carole Cordray Syracuse
Glidden Hall, rm. 620F

Bio coming soon!

Marsha Reilly

Emerita

 

Marsha Reilly earned her B. Mus  degree from Millkin University and the M. Mus. degree from Northwestern University. She has had additional study with Gail Berenson of Ohio University.  An organist also, she has been the Organist and Choir Director of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd since 1979.

 

A faculty member of the Athens Community Music School since 1980, she was the founder and director of the Athens Children’s Chorus from 1987-1999.   She was also the founder and director of the Kindermusik program in Athens.  She is now retired from those two programs.

 

Mrs. Reilly is an active member of the National Guild of Piano Teachers, Ohio Music Teachers’ Association and the American Guild of Organists. She currently serves as treasurer of the Southeast District of OMTA and Dean of the Southeast Ohio chapter of the  American Guild of Organists. Several years ago she was the district Teacher of the Year award winner of the Southeast District of OMTA.  She has adjudicated various events in Ohio, Indiana and West Virginia.

 

In addition to her professional commitments she enjoys gardening, cooking, traveling with her husband  and spending time with daughters and grandchildren in Denver, CO, Minneapolis, MN, and Baton Rouge, LA

 

Mrs. Reilly's Studio Policy

Anne Marie Scotto
Glidden Hall, rm. 620F

Teodora Owen

Glidden Hall, rm. 620F

Teodora Tonea Owen, originally from Romania, attended the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow, United Kingdom, for her undergraduate studies prior to attending the Piano and Pedagogy graduate program at Ohio University’s School of Music as a Graduate Assistant under the direction of Dr. Christopher Fisher. At the Royal Conservatoire, Tonea Owen studied piano performance under concert pianist Jonathan Plowright, as well as participating in masterclasses with renowned performers such as Pascal Roge, Joseph Seiger, Fali Pavri and Graeme McNaught.

 

Tonea Owen was also the recipient of the Erasmus Exchange Scholarship, which allowed her to study under Adriano Ambrossini at the Conservatorio Dall’Abbaco in Verona, Italy. Highlighted performances include recitals in the United States, Italy, Sweden, Romania and across the United Kingdom. She has appeared as a soloist with the State Philharmonic in Oradea, Romania, the Ohio University Symphony Orchestra as well as in annual collaborations with the Geneva International Choir and Orchestra. Tonea Owen has a successful private studio, and is an up-and-coming collaborative pianist and improviser.   

Anne Marie Scotto earned her doctorate in piano performance from the University of Washington, Seattle.  Since then, she has been an active accompanist, teacher, and recitalist.  She was the instrumental coach and accompanist at SUNY Geneseo for 9 years, the accompanist for the Rochesterian women’s chorus Concentus for 10 years, a member of the Tampa Bay Baroque Ensemble for 6 years, and part of a cello and piano (Villani/Scotto) duo.

 

Scotto has been an adjunct at three universities, State University of New York at Geneseo, University of South Florida in Tampa, and now Ohio University.  Scotto has had a piano studio since she was an undergraduate.  She has enjoyed sharing the knowledge she gained while studying piano with her own master teachers:  Sari Biro, Lois Brandwynne, Bela Siki, and Patricia Michaelian.

 

Scotto joined the ACMS faculty in the Fall of 2015 when she moved to Athens with her husband, music theorist and composer, Ciro Scotto.
 

 

Voice Faculty

Melissa Brobeck

Glidden Hall, rm. 620D

 

Bio coming soon! Meanwhile, go to her website:

www.melissabrobeck.com

Alexandra Bruno

Glidden Hall, rm. 620D

Find her website at

www.alexandra-bruno.com

Melanie Horne
Director, Athens Children's Chorus
Instructor, KidSing!

Melanie Horne is the choral director at Athens High School and Middle School and has directed the Athens Children’s Chorus since 1999. She created the ACMS Kidsing classes in 2001.
 

Prior to accepting the job as Choral Director in Athens City Schools, Mrs. Horne taught K-6 general music at East and West Elementary schools for 17 years, and in addition has taught K-8 music in the Pittsburgh area, worked as a church organist and choir director, and served as accompanist and intern with Children’s Festival Chorus of Pittsburgh, as well as accompanist of Hocking County Children’s Chorus. Melanie has been the site coordinator and regional director of the Southeastern Ohio satellite site of the OCDA (Ohio Choral Director’s Association) Children’s Honor Choir since its’ inception in 2007. She also has a composition for children’s chorus published by Santa Barbara Music Publications (2013), and sings professionally with LancasterChorale.
 

Mrs. Horne holds a B.S. in Music Education from Duquesne University and a Master of Music Education with Kodaly Emphasis from Capital University, where she was the recipient of the Gregory Von Stein Scholarship. She holds Level 3 Kodaly and Orff Certifications as well as memberships in the Organization of Kodaly Educators, American Orff-Schulwerk Association, American Choral Director’s Association, and Music Educators National Conference.

 

Guitar  & Strings Faculty

John Horne
Guitar
Glidden Hall, rm. 670A

Bio coming soon! Meanwhile, go to his website:

 

www.johnhorneguitar.com

Daniel Mullins
Violin/Viola
Glidden Hall, rm. 620E

Daniel Mullins earned Masters degrees in Violin Performance and Upper String Pedagogy from Ohio University in 2017. While attending OU, he was a graduate teaching assistant, member of the Klinder Graduate String Quartet, and Concertmaster of the OU Symphony Orchestra. He also holds a Bachelor's Degree from Ohio University in Violin Performance which he completed in 2013. He has been a member of the Ohio Valley Symphony Orchestra since 2009 as well as guest performer with other orchestras in the area. He is also a collaborative pianist and has been accompanying students, professional musicians, and collegiate faculty throughout the state of Ohio in recitals and competitions.

 

Daniel is an active teacher and was a 'Student Instructor' with the Athens Community Music School from 2009-2017. While instructing through ACMS, he had the opportunity to work closely with the 'Cadet Orchestra' program under the direction of Dr. Elizabeth Braun and the 'Campus Orchestra' under the direction of Professor Steven Huang. He recently became the lead string instructor for 'The Dover House Strings program' in McConnelsville, Ohio.

 

Director

Wendy Blackwood
Glidden Hall, rm. 471A

Interim Director, Athens Community Music School

Master Teacher - Piano

Wendy Blackwood has been teaching piano at the Athens Community Music School since 2006 and was appointed Interim Director in July 2017.  In addition to teaching piano, Wendy collaborates with Ohio University music majors, faculty, and Athens ensembles. This allows her to perform with many area musicians and to play a variety of musical styles. Her favorite work of late has been accompanying the Athens Middle School and Athens High School Chorus concerts.

 

Wendy is active in the Southeast Ohio Chapter of the Music Teachers National Association and currently serves as president. She has been an adjudicator at events around Ohio. She is also a member of the Piano Safari team and assists at conferences and events across the country. 

 

She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education and Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC.

 

Wendy, her husband Nathan, and two children, Lorelai and Isaac, enjoy hiking, listening to music, and reading together.

471A Glidden Hall (School of Music) • Ohio University • Athens, OH • 45701 • 740-593-4241