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Music History & Literature Faculty

*Karen Demsey - flute, Area Coordinator
MM Eastman School of Music, DMA Rutgers University, is Professor of Flute and Musicology and Coordinator of Woodwinds at William Paterson University of New Jersey. She has published articles on flute pedagogy, and presents workshops and masterclasses nationally and internationally. She is currently doing research in the US, UK, and Europe for an upcoming book on innovative teaching in performance pedagogy, and recently presented her research at the International Society for Music Education Conference in Thessaloniki, Greece, and at the College Music Society National Conference in the US.

Ms. Demsey has premiered numerous works nationally and internationally. She recently performed as a soloist throughout China, and as a member of the International Flute Orchestra on tours of Italy, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Croatia, Slovenia, and Turkey. Her solo album, “Recollections of the Inland Sea,” internationally distributed on Capstone Records, features music for flute and marimba with Greg Giannascoli, including the premiere of a work commissioned for the duo.

She is Co-Director of the Artists International Award-winning chamber group, UpTown Flutes, and is featured on their four albums, including the just-released “Streaming Dreams” featuring works by two composers in the ensemble. UpTown Flutes’ Carnegie Hall debut was described in New York Concert Review as “organic... mesmerizing.... UpTown Flutes deserves major attention as they are top-notch and one of a kind.”

Peter Coll
Peter Coll, an ethnomusicologist, has taught Music Appreciation and World Music courses at William Paterson since 1999. In addition to teaching, he is Director of Music at a suburban church in Bergen County. He holds degrees in music from Rutgers University (A.B.), Hunter College-CUNY (M.A.) and conducts research in various ethnomusicological subject areas, specializing in religious and ritual music and music of the Baltic region. He is a member of the Society for Ethnomusicology and the National Association of Pastoral Musicians.

Michael Gribbroek
[bio coming soon]

Fred Irwin
Dr. Frederick Irwin is in his fifth year as adjunct professor at William Paterson, where he conducts the Chamber Singers, Summer Choir, and teaches Introductory Conducting and Music Appreciation. Dr. Irwin also serves as Artistic Director of the Community Choral Society of Vernon, NJ. He previously served as Professor of Music and Director of Choirs at Nassau Community College in Garden City, NY. Dr. Irwin is active as a music adjudicator and clinician in the greater New York area. He received his D. M. in Choral Conducting from Indiana University, an M. M. in Choral Conducting from The University of Minnesota and a B.S. in Music Education from Penn State University.

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