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Timothy E. Little, M.M.Timothy E. Little, M.M.
Executive Director of Performing Arts, Director of Choral Studies, Assistant Professor of Music
Regina 203
MM, Louisiana State University
BM, Shenandoah Conservatory of Music

Timothy E. Little (tenor) came to Notre Dame College in the Fall of 2014 to serve as the Director of Choral Studies. He conducts the Concert Choir, the Chamber Choir, and various specialized choral groups. In addition to conducting, Timothy serves as the Executive Director of Performing Arts and teaches courses in music within the performing arts minor curricula.

Prior to Notre Dame College, Timothy was the Coordinator of Arts in Residences and Area Coordinator for the Senior Experience at Oberlin Conservatory and the Resident Director at the School of Creative and Performing Arts-Manhattan [SOCAPA], where he was one of the founding members of the Music Program. He has also held positions in Student Life & Development at Interlochen Arts Academy and the Shenandoah Conservatory. In addition to Student Life & Development, Timothy has worked in Arts Marketing & Communications at the Shenandoah Conservatory and Louisiana State University, where he also was a photographer for LSU Football and the LSU Tiger Marching Band.

Timothy holds a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting & Literature from Louisiana State University and a Bachelor of Music degree with Vocal and Music Education studies from the Shenandoah Conservatory. At both institutions, he served as Assistant and Student Conductors for various traditional and contemporary ensembles. He currently serves as the Worship and Creative Arts Director at the Bridge Church in North Olmsted, OH.

Timothy is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity and is passionate about LSU Football; his nephews and nieces; and using the arts as a medium to support students academically, artistically, and socially.


Rev. Ron Ixaac Hubbard, B.A.

Rev. Ron Ixaac Hubbard, B.A.
Gospel Music Instructor
BA, Jarvis Christian College

Ron Ixaac Hubbard has been performing since he was a child.  Having grown up in a musical performing family, his destiny as a performer was sealed from his birth.  Although the term of “triple-threat” has been applied to Ron, others have taken it one step further to elaborate that he is indeed a quadruple threat as not only can he sing, dance and act, but he is an award acclaimed composer as well.  His exuberance for life is resonated in his movement, vocal abilities as well as intense acting.  He originated the “Praisefest!” phenomena at the age of 17!  This celebration to this day still holds the original idea of Praising as a Community to Heal the Community!

Ron began his career outside of the home with Karamu House as well as the Cleveland Music Settlement with his siblings.  He would later go on to attend the Cleveland School of the Arts where he starred in:  “Peter Pan” as Peter Pan, “Once Upon A Mattress”, “Take One Step” and “Trees of Hope” just to name a few.  He has also performed at the world-renowned Severance Hall, the Cleveland Institute of Music, as well as in Japan and Austria!  All before even graduating from high school!  His summers were spent perfecting his craft at the Interlochen Center for the Arts where he was awarded numerous scholarships and other forms of recognition.  He has written numerous plays with “Inside the Mind of a Mad Man” being the focus of many conversations in the Cleveland area following its debut in 2009.

Ron with his siblings, Rodney, R

obert Jr. and Victoria, has gone on to enjoy careers as musicians as well as vocalists.  He and his brother Rodney composed the song “You Are God Alone”, which was recorded by national recording artist, Marvin Sapp and was nominated for a Stellar Award was chosen to be a part of the platinum selling “WOW Gospel 2005”. Ron also has established a gospel entertainment company named ‘GospelNation, LLC.’  

GospelNation has successfully partnered with ‘Alma Music Project’ which is based in Milan, Italy and together they frequent many European countries sharing the beauty and life that is Gospel Music. Ron has completed more than twelve tours with Gospel Connections in Milan, Italy and has enjoyed the success of his own tour entitled “Women in Gospel”.  “Women in Gospel” opened to much acclaim in Rome, Italy in 2010 and continues to be featured and sought after throughout Europe.  He was featured on RAI and RAI2, the European equivalent of CNN.


Matthew Brennan, M.M. (in progress)Matthew Brennan, M.M. (in progress)
Adjunct Faculty in Voice, Choral Music Instructor 
MM, Cleveland Institute of Music (in progress)
BM, Vanderbilt University 

Matthew Brennan, baritone, joined the faculty of Notre Dame College in 2017. He is currently in his final semester of study for the Master of Music degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music, studying with Dr. Dean Southern. As a soloist, he has performed professionally with companies including the Ohio Light Opera, Great Lakes Light Opera, /kor/ productions, and the College Light Opera Company. Notable credits include originating the role of The Innocent in the world premiere of the Art Song Theater piece Once, Babylon at the Vancouver International Song Institute and Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro at his alma mater, Vanderbilt University. He is also a champion of the choral arts, and has performed professionally with the Lakeside Singers in his hometown of Chicago as well as Music City Baroque in Nashville, TN. He is bass section leader at the Old Stone Church, and teaches voice both privately and at the Cleveland School of the Arts. 


Alanna Furst, M.M.
Adjunct Faculty in Voice
MM, Kent State University 
MM, The University of Akron
BA, Case Western Reserve University

Alanna Furst, soprano, is a lifelong resident of northeast Ohio.  She recently completed a Master of Music in Voice Performance from Kent State University, where she was a graduate assistant.  While at Kent, she was a voice student of Dr. Lara Troyer, and she performed with Kent State Opera and the New Music Ensemble.  Her previous voice instructors include Marla Berg, Ann-Marie Wilcox Daehn, and James Mismas. Prior to her work at Kent, she earned a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of Akron, where she was a graduate assistant and conducting student of Dr. Samuel Gordon. 

Currently, Alanna is the choir director at York United Methodist Church in Medina, Ohio, and she teaches private voice lessons in the Akron area.  She also sings with and is the administrative assistant for Singers' Companye, a semi-professional chorus based in Akron under the direction of Dr. Gordon.  


Aaron Lange, M.M. (in progress)
Choral Music Instructor 
MM, Cleveland Institute of Music (in progress)
BM, Portland State University

Aaron Lange (tenor) is in his first year of CIM’s Master of Music program, studying with Dr. Dean Southern. As a soloist, he has performed roles such as Giasone in Medea and Ferrando in Così fan tutte. Other notable credits include Kristoffer in Viva’s Holiday, a new work by Portland composer Christopher Corbell, and Alfred in Die Fledermaus. Lange also sang with the Portland Opera chorus in their 2017 production of La bohème, as well as in the Astoria Music Festivals Il barbiere di Siviglia. He also has a passion for the choral arts, singing with the international award winning Portland State Chamber Choir from 2011-2015, performing works such as Beethoven’s 9th symphony with the Oregon Symphony. He is the tenor section leader at The Church of the Covenant. 


Alexis Pinero, M.M.Alexis Piñero, M.M. 
Visiting Artist-In-Residence 
Voice, Opera Workshop, Music Coaching

MM, Shenandoah Conservatory
BM, Shenandoah Conservatory

New York City native, Tenor Alexis Piñero, is carving out a pathway for his singing in opera, concert and recital. By invitation, Mr. Piñero toured Robbiate, Italy during summer 2017 as the tenor soloist for Mendelssohn’s Elijah with Bassi Burggnatelli Singer and Conductor Symposium. Mr. Piñero also took part in several Italian song recital series and in opera scenes as Arturo in Donizetti’s Lucia di lamermoor and as David in Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.

Active in New England, Mr. Pinero debuted with the East Coast Chamber Opera as Oronte in Handel’s Alcina and with the Cambridge Ensemble as First Priest/Armoured Man in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte this year. Past performances include Tamino in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, The Four Servants in Offenbach’s Les contes d’Hoffman and Ferrando in Cosi fan tutte with Connecticut Lyric Opera. Previous engagements with Miami Lyric Opera, Loudon Lyric Opera, and Belcantanti Opera in roles as Jacquino in Beethoven’s Fidelio, The Sailor in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Prunier in Puccini’s La Rondine, Don Basilio in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro and Alfred in J. Strauss’ Die Fledermaus.

In oratorio Mr. Piñero has been tenor soloist for Bach’s Cantata BWV 111, B minor mass and Magnificat, Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Mass in C minor, Coronation Mass and Requiem, Saint- Säens Christmas Oratorio, Dubois’ Seven Last Words of Christ and Dvorak’s Stabat Mater.

Mr. Piñero received his Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees in Opera Studies with a minor in Collaborative Piano from Shenandoah Conservatory of Music in Winchester, Virginia. He was the last student of the late Jackson H. Sheats and was a recipient of the Jackson H. Sheats endowed scholarship of music. Further studies with the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival, Shenandoah Performs Music Festival and abroad in Bologna, Italy aided in his education. Mr. Piñero is also a lifetime member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity and maintains his own private voice studios in Connecticut and Massachusetts.


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