New Academic Appointments

New Academic Appointments for a New Year

With a new school year comes new faces and academic appointments. The School of Music is pleased to welcome Anne McNamara, Raymond C. Morales Postdoctoral Fellow (Trumpet); Nicole R. Robinson, Professor of Music Education and the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Presidential Endowed Chair for Elementary Music Education; and Jonathan Campbell, the new Director of Jazz Ensembles.

Dr. Anne McNamara  is the first School of Music postdoctoral fellow to be funded through the prestigious Raymond C. Morales Fellowship. Growing the trumpet area’s instruction faculty has been a top priority for the School of Music and Dr. McNamara’s impressive resume makes her a fitting addition. While working on her doctorate at the University of Maryland, Dr. McNamara taught the Brass Methods course and was the Administrator for the UMD Summer Youth Music Camp. She earned her Bachelor of Music Education and a Jazz Studies minor from James Madison University and her Masters of Trumpet Performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Her performance experiences have taken her to various locations in the United States and Europe. Highlights include performing principal trumpet with the Great Noise Ensemble in their performance of Louis Andriessen’s La Commedia in the 2014 Andriessen 75 Festival, performing as a flugelhorn soloist with the JMU Brass Band at the Great American Brass Band Festival, and touring Spain as a participant in the Burgos Summer Chamber Music Festival. She has also been a featured soloist in the St. Louis Church Concert Series located in Clarksville, MD. As part of this series, she was a featured performer of the Hummel Trumpet Concerto, Handel’s Let the Bright Seraphim, and selections from Bach’s Christmas Oratorio.

Dr. Nicole R. Robinson  joined the School of Music faculty as a Visiting Associate Professor during the 2013-2014 academic year as the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Endowed Chair of Elementary Music Education. With the current academic year Dr. Robinson holds the position permanently as a full Professor. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Utah, Dr. Robinson held faculty appointments at Syracuse University, University of Memphis, and Virginia Commonwealth University. 

With an established national reputation for her partnership with various educational boards, professional organizations, and urban school districts, Dr. Robinson has served in various capacities in several professional organizations including the National Association for Music Education and American Education of Research Association-Division K. Dr. Robinson has published research in the Journal of Research in Music Education, General Music Today, Music Educators Journal, Journal of National Association for the Education of Young Children and Action, Criticism and Theory in Music Education. Currently, she is co-authoring a new textbook, Exploring Music in Elementary School: Pedagogical Connections, Integrative Approaches, and the Common Core (Cognella Press). 

She earned Bachelor of Arts and Master of Music degrees in Music Education from North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina, and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Music Education from The Florida State University.

Jonathan Campbell  has joined the School of Music as the Director of Jazz Ensembles. Prior to this appointment, he was the Interim Director of Instrumental Music at Olympic College in Bremerton, Washington. Jonathan is currently a doctoral candidate for the Jazz Studies program at University of Northern Colorado and is finishing his dissertation which is entitled “Beyond Harmony: Incorporating Non-Harmonic Elements of Jazz Improvisation through Curriculum and Pedagogy.” He also holds a Master of Music degree in composition and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Central Washington University. He received two DownBeat awards for jazz performance and performed with the nationally acclaimed Jazz Lab Band I and Vanguard Combo while studying at University of Northern Colorado. Jonathan was also the collegiate saxophone winner of the 2003 Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival Soloist Competition.

Jonathan has performed alongside several prominent jazz musicians, including Ingrid Jensen, Brian Lynch, Jon Stowell, Billy Pierce, Benny Green, Jon Faddis, Kevin Eubanks, Terrell Stafford, Greg Gisberg, Ravi Coltrane, Cyrus Chesnut, and Geoff Keezer. His musicals endeavors have led him to perform globally in countries such as Spain, Italy, and Thailand. He was recently selected as a presenter for the 2014 national Jazz Education Network.

Please join us in congratulating these esteemed faculty members!

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The University of Utah School of Music offers a comprehensive program of music study on both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The School of Music educates professionally-oriented students across the musical spectrum through rigorous musical and academic experiences; serves the art of music through performance, composition, research and publication; and functions as the state’s center for intellectual, educational, and cultural musical activities. It has been an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music since 1952.