Music Department FacultyFull-time Faculty:
Ron Dunn |
Robert Farrington |
Ilan Glasman |
Dan Mitchell |
Annamarie Poklewski |
Billie Bandermann | Michelle Hawkins |
Gail Hicks |
John Russell |
Jim Schneider |
Loren Tayerle |
John David Thomsen |
Steve Tyler |
Ronald Dunn holds a BA degree in Music from UC San Diego, and an MM in Ethnomusicology from Florida State University. His major instrument is the guitar, and his teachers include Randy Pile, Lisa Smith, Pepe Romero, Scott Tennant, Marc Teicholz, Bruce Holzman, John Schneiderman and others.He has performed as a soloist and in chamber music settings. In the area of ethnomusicology, his interests include music of coastal and highland Peru, as well as southeast Asia. He performed on guitar, charango and siku for several years with Aconcagua, Florida State University's Andean ensemble. Dunn's Master's thesis focused on the music of the marimba in Tijuana, Mexico, where he conducted fieldwork, documenting and analyzing the interfaces of tourism, technology and tradition in the practice of this important art. Mr. Dunn is a contributing author in the "Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World, Vol. 2: Locations," to be published by Continuum International Publishing.
Dunn joined the music department during the fall 2001 term as the department specialist in world music and guitar. He directs the guitar program and teaches Multicultural Music in America and Intro to Music.
Phone: (408) 864-8818
Robert Farrington holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from UCLA and a Master of Arts degree from Cal Sate University at Hayward. He has studied conducting with Dennis De Coteau and Michael Charry, and saxophone, clarinet, and flute with Victor Morosco. He has performed with the San Francisco, San Jose, and Marin Symphonies, the American Music Theatre of San Jose and many others, and has recorded with Dave Eshelman's Jazz Garden Big Band. He is also in demand as an adjudicator and clinician for jazz, band, orchestra, and solo and ensemble festivals as well as conducting honor groups.
Farrington has been the Director of Bands at De Anza College since 1981. He conducts the Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Chamber Groups, and also teaches Jazz History, Beginning Winds, and Music Business. The bands at De Anza have been quite active performing concerts in Flint Center, at band and jazz festivals throughout the state, and local community concerts.
Phone: (408) 864-8507
Dr. Ilan Glasman is director of the choral program and conducts the Monday evening De
Anza Chorale and the select Vintage Singers. In addition, Ilan works with vocal students
and teaches academic music classes. Concurrently, Glasman is the artistic director and conductor of the Santa Clara Mens Chorus, a community ensemble meeting in Los Gatos. He has taught at the School of the Arts in San Francisco, the Hamilton Academy of Music in Los
Angeles, Coe College, in Iowa, and Olivet College in Michigan.
Glasman received the D.M.A. in Choral Music from the University of Southern California
Thornton School of Music. He received the masters in Music Performance from San Jose State
University, and the Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from the University of California Santa
Barbara. Glasman conducts internationally and groups under his direction consistently
receive superior ratings at festivals and competitions.
Dan Mitchell has degrees in music theory and composition from San Jose State University where he studied with Allen Strange. As a student he also worked closely with electronic instrument builder Donald Buchla and performed live electronic music with "Biome" and "The Electric Weasel Ensemble." As a trombonist he performed a wide variety of music ranging from rock to classical.
Mitchell directs the Electronic Music program and teaches Introduction to Music. He taught the first web-based course at De Anza College in 1996 when the Distance Learning Program offered an online version of Introduction to Music. He created the De Anza College web site in 1995 and worked for two years as a faculty participant in the @ONE Project. He was selected as an Apple Distinguished Educator in 2000. He frequently presents sessions on the use of Internet resources in teaching at regional and national conferences. He was President of the De Anza College Academic Senate for the 2003-04 and 2004-05 years and President of the District Academic Senate President in 2005-06.
Phone: (408) 864-8511
Anna Marie Poklewski is a concert pianist and has been a member of the De Anza music faculty for 22 years. Mrs. Poklewski enjoyed a distinguished career as a solo performer in concert halls throughout Europe, Australia, and the United States after graduating with a Masters Degree from the University of Krakow and the Royal Academy of Music in London. She received the Distinguished Teacher Award from President George Bush in 1991.
Poklewski is in charge of the Piano/Keyboard performance program, which includes courses ranging from beginning keyboard classes to Piano Performance workshop. She also teaches Comprehensive Musicianship and Music Fundamentals.
Phone: (408) 864-8652
Paul Setziol received his Doctoral degree in Composition with a secondary area of Musicianship/Music Theory and his Baccalaureate and Masters degrees in Composition and Vocal Performance from the University of Oregon. He spent a year at the Sweelinck Konservatorium (now Amsterdamsch Konservatorium) in Amsterdam, where he studied with Rumanian pianist and composer Alexandru Hrisanide, did research at Donemus, and performed solo voice recitals. Setziol has written many works for a variety of instrumental and vocal ensembles.
Setziol leads the Comprehensive Musicianship series of courses and teaches voice, counterpoint, and composition. He is currently working on a theoretical treatise attempting a fundamental unification of pitch and rhythm for analytical purposes, and he is composing an opera on the life, times, and writings of Jonathan Swift. Setziol is an active participant in college shared governance, having served has president, vice-president and executive secretary of the De Anza College Academic Senate and as Foothill-De Anza District Academic Senate President.
Phone: (408) 864-8512
Roger Letson was Director of Vocal Activities and Assistant Dean of the Creative Arts Division, and taught the Vintage Singers, Vocal Flight and Studio Jazz Solo Voice; Music Fundamentals, and Classical Voice classes. Prior to coming to De Anza in 1979, he taught at Foothill College, San Luis Obispo High School and Park High School (Livingston, MT), and was Director of Publications at Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation. He received the Bachelor of Music Education and the Master of Music Performance degrees from the University of Montana.
Letson has been a frequent guest conductor, adjudicator, and clinician throughout the United States and Europe. He has presented Vocal Jazz Workshops in France, Germany and Italy. Under his direction, De Anza's Vocal Flight performed in Europe six times, and was five-time winner of the DownBeat Magazine award for Vocal Jazz Groups. He also directs the professional women's jazz quartet "Infusion." He received the NISOD Teaching Excellence Award in 1991 and the De Anza College President's Award in 1999.Email: email@example.com
Billie Bandermann has been a voice instructor at De Anza since 1983. She teaches beginning, intermediate and advanced voice classes and directs the De Anza Women's Chorus, which she started in 1992. She earned her B.A. in Vocal Music from Long Beach State University, M.A. in Vocal Music from San Jose State University, Elementary School Teaching Credential from University of Hawaii, and the International Opera Studio Diploma in Zurich, Switzerland. She has been Music Director at Union Church of Cupertino for 10 years, where her husband is organist and resident composer. She has sung with the Honolulu Opera Society, the Vintage Singers, and the De Anza Orchestra. She has been music director and vocal coach for many musicals.
Phone: (408) 864-8999 x3490
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Phone: 408 864 8999, extension 3460
Gail Hicks teaches class piano. Her class piano pedagogy training includes workshops/clincs at Northwestern University, Holy Names College and the University of Southern California. She has a BM in Piano Performance from the UW-Madison and an MM in Music Theory from San Francisco State University, where she studied with Bay Area composer and Pulitzer Prize winner, Dr. Wayne Peterson. After completing her baccalaureate degree, she studied piano privately with the late Marjorie Petray of UC Berkeley. Hicks' jazz/piano background includes three years of study with Bay Area jazz pianist Bill Bell at the College of Alameda, one year of private study (jazz theory) with a graduate of the Berklee College of Music, and summer enrollment in the Stanford Jazz Residency program.
Phone: (408) 864-8999 x3494
John Russell has directed the De Anza College Symphonic Winds since 2007, and has taught other De Anza classes for over a decade, including jazz combos and chamber music. Mr. Russell has performed with many major Bay Area major orchestras during the last thirty five years. He has conducted Oakland’s Woodminster Theater, San Jose Municipal Band, the Jazz Ensembles of Santa Clara University and West Valley College, and at numerous south bay schools. Symphonic Winds highlights during his tenure include a video concert of movie music, the grand opening of De Anza’s Visual and Performing Arts Center, a benefit concert at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church for earthquake victims, and a holiday concert at the Saratoga Seniors Community.
Phone: (408) 864-8999 x3525
Jim Schneider teaches Jazz Piano. He is a freelance jazz musician who plays piano and reeds in a variety of groups in the Bay Area including Viva Brasil, Wally's Swing World, and Nate Pruitt. He has toured Europe twice, playing with De Anza's premiere vocal jazz ensemble Vocal Flight.
Phone: (408) 864-8999 x3497
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Phone: (408) 864-8999 x3531
Loren Tayerle directs the Chamber and Symphony Orchestras at De Anza College. He earned his B.M. M.M. degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He is a professional hornist with the Carmel Bach Society, Berkeley Symphony, Marin Symphony and other Bay Area Ensembles. He also conducts the Diablo Valley Chamber Orchestra.Office:
Phone: (408) 864-8999 x3499
John David Thomsen
John David Thomsen teaches piano at De Anza. He received his baccalaureate and Master's degrees from San Jose State University. His performances abroad include solo and chamber music recitals in Rome, Sorrento, and Positano Italy. As a pianist and improviser, Thomsen has premiered many new works and performs regularly in the Bay Area and elsewhere. He has received first place awards in Mu Phi Epsilon, San Jose Music Study Club, Olympiad of the Arts, Valley Choral Society, and University of the Pacific competitions. Thomsen has taught at San Jose State, South Valley Youth Conservatory, and Silicon Valley Conservatory.
Phone: (408) 864-8999 x3592
Steve Tyler directs the Daddios Jazz Band.
Phone: (408) 864-8999 x3450
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Phone: (408) 864-8999 x3532
Performing groups and classes are open to all De Anza College students!
De Anza Chorale
Symphonic Wind Ensemble
Daddios Jazz Ensemble
GE Music Classes
Introduction to Music classes (Music 1A, B, C, or D) fulfill many transfer and certificate requirements for general education students, can apply to completion of the Music AA degree, and provide a general introduction to the art of music.
Beginning Music Classes
Intro to Electronic Music
Intermediate Electronic Music
De Anza College is the second California community college to be named an "All-Steinway Institution." Faculty and students can teach, learn, and perform on the instruments used by 95% of internationally renowned performing artists.