Music Department

Faculty and Staff

The Department of Music at Cleveland State is proud of its reputation for personal, individualized attention to the academic and musical needs of its students. Many of the more than fifty faculty members either perform or conduct with the region’s most notable professional ensembles, including the Cleveland Orchestra, while the award-winning composition faculty guides one of the most complete programs of contemporary music study in the nation. The Department of Music is also proud of its professional support staff of specialists, guiding and assisting students and faculty throughout the academic year. Along with musical opportunities that can only be found in a great artistic city, outstanding instruction and support by an engaged faculty and staff has provided Cleveland State students with the educational foundation needed to distinguish themselves as performers, composers, teachers and scholars throughout the world.

Administrative Staff
  • Kate Bill, Student Recruiter/Enrollment Administrator
  • Stephen Kabat, Instrument Technician
  • Katrina Moss, Administrative Secretary
  • John Perrine, Chair, Department of Music , Associate Professor, Saxophone, Coordinator of Jazz Studies
  • Kay Shames, Director, Center for the Study of the Arts and Innovation
  • Michael R. Solema, Facilities Coordinator and Stage Production Specialist
  • Judith D, Terrigno, Administrative Secretary
  • David Yost, Audio Engineer
Chamber Music
  • Angelin Chang, Professor, Piano; Coordinator of Keyboard Studies; Coordinator of Chamber Music
Composition & Theory
Jazz Studies
Music Education
Music History / Ethnomusicology / Jazz History / Roots of Rock & Soul
Music Therapy
  • Deborah L. Layman, MM, MT-BC – Assistant Professor, Music Therapy
  • Carol Olszewski, MA, MT-BC – Assistant Professor, Music Therapy
  • Lori Lundeen-Smith, MS, CCC-SLP, MT-BC - Assistant Professor of Practice, Music Therapy
  • Marcia Humpal, MEd, MT-BC – Adjunct Supervisor, Music Therapy
  • Brenda Calovini, MA, MT-BC – Adjunct Supervisor, Music Therapy
  • Ginny Kallay, MT-BC - Adjunct Supervisor, Music Therapy
  • Jessica Janaitis, MM, MT-BC - Adjunct Supervisor, Music Therapy
  • Wiley Smith, MAT, MT-BC - Adjunct Supervisor, Music Therapy

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Piano/Organ/Jazz Piano
Pop and Rock
Strings & Guitar
Voice / Choral / Opera
Emeritus & Emerita
  • J. Heywood Alexander, Professor Emeritus, Music History
  • Albert Blaser, Professor Emeritus, Music Education
  • Elizabeth Unis Chesko, Professor Emerita, Voice
  • William Dempsey, Professor Emeritus, Voice
  • Judith Eckelmeyer, Professor Emerita, Music History
  • Ernest Hisey, Professor Emeritus, Voice
  • Edwin London, Professor Emeritus, Composition
  • William Martin, Professor Emeritus, Music History
  • Robert McKee, Professor Emeritus, Percussion
  • Howard Meeker, Professor Emeritus,  Director of Instrumental Music
  • Howie Smith, Professor Emeritus, Jazz Studies, Composition, Woodwind Faculty