Performing Arts Academic Adjuncts

    
         

 

Alanna Furst, M.M.
Adjunct Faculty in Voice
afurst@ndc.edu
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.  

 

Brent Hamker, M.M.
Adjunct Faculty in Guitar, Jazz Studies
bhamker@ndc.edu
MM, Berklee College of Music-Valencia
BM, Cleveland State University

North East Ohio guitarist Brent Hamker has been performing music all over the Cleveland area since he was 14 years old.  Now at age 24 he has had the privilege of studying and performing under the tutelage of many great masters of music all over the world including Ernie Krivda, Bob Fraser, Victor Mendoza, Perico Sambeat, Dan Wilson, Stephen Enos, and many more.  Brent began his education at Cuyahoga Community College in 2009 at the Tri-C Jazz Studies Program.  In 2012 he began his studies at Cleveland State University where he earned is Bachelors in Music Performance in 2014.  In the Summer of 2014 he moved to Valencia, Spain to begin his Masters Degree in Contemporary Performance at Berklee College of Music’s Valencia Campus.  While in Spain, Brent was fortunate enough to travel and be part of many performances throughout Europe.  Upon graduating with his Masters Degree fromBerklee, Brent returned to North East Ohio to continue performing throughout the area and work on a vast array of new musical projects.  He is part of the music faculty at Notre Dame College of Ohio as an Adjunct Professor of Guitar and Jazz Studies.

 

Oksana Melnychenko, M.M. 
Adjunct Faculty in Violin
musicteacher25@gmail.com
MM, Keiv State Institute of Music & Culture
BM
, Keiv State Institute of Music & Culture

Oksana Melnychneko is an active member of the National Teachers Music Association of America (NTMA), and North East Ohio Music Teachers Association (NEOMTA) where she serves as a Director and Co-Chair of Music Festivals. Ms. Melnychenko currently holds Master’s Degrees in Music Pedagogy and Orchestra Conducting. 

She is an Adjunct Faculty in Cuyahoga Community College, Eastern Campus in Highland Hills, Ohio, where she teaches Violin, Piano, String Quartet, Keyboard and Ear Training classes. Ms. Melnychenko is also Founder and teacher of her private Music Studio in Richmond Heights, Ohio, where she teaches Violin, Piano, Music Theory, and Music History classes. She is a professional musician and teacher with more than 10 years’ teaching experience in Europe and in the United States.

Since 2006, Ms. Melnychenko plays the Violin and conducts Cuyahoga Community College Symphony Orchestra as an honored guest. In August 15, 2010 Ms. Melnychenko received “Five Years of Faithful Teaching Service Award” from Cuyahoga Community College. In April 17, 2011 Ms. Melnychenko received award as “Outstanding Adjunct Faculty 2011” from Cuyahoga Community College. In November 8, 2015 - 11 students performed at NEOMTA Fall Music Festival in Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio. In March 6, 2016 - ten students performed at NEOMTA Spring Festival in Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory, Berea, Ohio. Ms. Melnychenko teaches an international class of students from around the world. 

 

Michael C. Palermo, Ed.D.
Adjunct Faculty in Music History, Jazz History
mpalermo@ndc.edu
EdD, Capella University
ME, Cleveland State University 
BA, Edinboro University

Dr. Michael Palermo (saxophone) is a native of Jamestown, New York, a Class of 1989 Graduate of Jamestown High School. He is also a 1993 Graduate of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, where he earned a degree in Music Education and Performance. He received a Masters Degree from Cleveland State University in 1998, and in 2007 he earned a doctorate degree from Capella University in Minnesota. Dr. Palermo was very honored in the Spring of 2007 to be inducted into the Edinboro University “Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame”.

His performing attributes and clinical workshops include the following artists: Joe Lovano, Jack DeJohnette, David Sanborn, Christopher Holliday, Phil Woods, Allen Vizzutti, Denis DiBlasio, Ray Brown, Eric Marienthal, Jeff Kashiwa, Dominic Spera, John Fedchock, and Dave Samuels.  Dr. Palermo has also traveled extensively across the United States doing guest artist appearances, jazz/concert band workshops, and performance venues. He has worked in such countries as Belgium, The Netherlands, Canada, and France performing and teaching with the International Bands of America. Dr. Palermohas released four (4) solo albums, all receiving critical acclaim and airplay. 

In the Spring of 2013, Dr. Palermo was given “The Outstanding Teaching Award" at Notre Dame College for his work with both the Music and Education Department. He was also awarded a seat on “The Alumni Board of Directors” for Edinboro University, and a seat on “The Ohio Arts Council Board for The State of Ohio."

Dr. Palermo enjoys golfing, camping, and spending time with his wife and children.

 

Luke Rinderknecht, M.M. 
Adjunct Faculty in Percussion
lrinderknecht@ndc.edu
MM, The Julliard School
BM, The Julliard School
 

Luke Rinderknecht is a chamber musician based in Cleveland, where he performs with No Exit New Music Ensemble, Margaret Brouwer's Blue Streak Ensemble, and the pierrot ensemble Ars Futura. He is Principal Timpanist of CityMusic Cleveland Chamber Orchestra, with whom he has performed both of Avner Dorman's double percussion concertos, Uzu and Muzu from Kakaruzu, and Spices, Perfumes, Toxins!. He has performed on four continents with ensembles including Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Qatar Symphony, Metropolitan Opera, St Luke's Chamber Orchestra, Verbier Festival Orchestra, Virginia and West Virginia Symphonies, Alarm Will Sound, Metropolis Ensemble, and others. Luke was the chosen percussionist for Lorin Maazel's production of Britten's The Turn of the Screw at his home theater in Castleton, VA, both of the times he produced it there. Luke performed on three recordings for Sony Classical with the chamber orchestra The Knights, and in multiple recordings with the Buffalo Philharmonic, including the double grammy award winning recording of John Corigliano's Mr. Tambourine Man. As a high school student he made his debut with The Cleveland Orchestra playing Creston's Marimba Concerto, thereafter attending The Juilliard School where he received both a Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree and was awarded the Peter Mennin Prize for Outstanding Achievement and Leadership in Music. He remained at Juilliard for five more years managing the chamber music program and two new music groups: New Juilliard Ensemble and AXIOM. Luke is currently on the faculty of the Bowdoin International Music Festival, where he performs and teaches every summer. 

 

Irwin Shung, D.M.A
Adjunct Faculty in Piano, Music History, Collabortive Piano
ishung@ndc.edu 
DMA, Cleveland Institute of Music 
MM, Cleveland Institute of Music
BM, The Peabody Institute
BA, Johns Hopkins University

Irwin Shung received his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Piano Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music in January, 2015, where he studied with Dr. Daniel Shapiro. Dr. Shung joined the Institute’s faculty in July, 2015, teaching courses at the Case Western Reserve University.  Shung’s playing has been praised by the State Magazine for its “ease, technique, and musicianship.”

In May 2010, Dr. Shung received his Master of Music from the Cleveland Institute along with a Dean’s award for holding the single highest GPA among CIM graduates that year. He completed his undergraduate education at The Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where he attained a Bachelor’s of Music in Piano Performance with the Pauline Favin Memorial Award. He was a winner in the 19th annual Darius Milhaud Competition in February 2012, as well as the Young Artist International Pianist Competition in June 2012.

While at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Shung also achieved a Bachelor’s of Art in Biology, a pre-medical degree.

Dr. Shung has received instruction on piano from various distinguished teachers, including Daniel Shapiro (Cleveland Institute), Marian Hahn (Peabody Conservatory), Leon Fleisher (Peabody Conservatory), Herbert Stessin (Juillard School), and Gabriel Chodos (New England Conservatory). He has performed in various states across the U.S., as well as in China and Singapore. 

 

Sung-Soo Cho, D.M.A.
Visiting Artist-In-Residence, Piano 
scho@ndc.edu
DMA, Cleveland Institute of Music
MM, Manhattan School of Music
BM, Seoul National University

Pianist Sung-Soo Cho continues to captivate audiences with profound interpretations of musical depth. Praised for his technique and command at the piano, his wide musical perception has drawn critical acclaim. Awarded “Best American Contemporary Performance” at the Cincinnati World Piano Competition and “Best Performance of the Commissioned Work” at the Texas State International Piano Competition, he especially enjoys broadening his passion for contemporary music. One of his recent projects includes a CD "Minimum | Maximum | Modern Piano Music by American Composers" which was released in March 2016 by Albany Records.

Dr. Cho has been a worldwide prizewinner in numerous competitions including the International Piano Competition "Delia Steinberg" in Madrid, Spain, the Suri Music Concours, the JoongAng Music Concours in Korea, the Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition, the 5 Towns Music and Art Foundation Young Musician Competition in New York, New York International Music Concours, Glasgow International Competition for Young Pianists, The United States Virtuoso International Piano Competition, Texas State International Piano Competition, and the Cincinnati World Piano Competition.

Dr. Cho has appeared as a soloist throughout the world, including appearances with the Prime Philharmonic of Korea, the Festival Chamber Orchestra of Lublin Philharmonic, The Ashdod Symphony Orchestra, and The Round Rock Symphony. His performance highlights include solo performances in various venues throughout Korea, the United States and Europe. He has performed at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Yamaha Artist Service Seoul, and the Kumho Art Hall. He is also a pianist at Lake George Music Festival, which is a strong supporter of contemporary classical music. He has premiered many new works by leading contemporary composers at this vibrant festival.

Dr. Cho started his musical studies at the age of five in Seoul, South Korea and graduated from Yewon Arts Middle School, Seoul Arts High School, Seoul National University, and Manhattan School of Music. His teachers include Antonio Pompa-Baldi, Phillip Kawin and Hyoung-Joon Chang. He recently earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Dr. Cho serves as adjunct faculty in piano and class piano at New York University, as well as an adjunct faculty in music history (online) and a visiting artist-in-residence at Notre Dame College

For more information on Mr. Cho, please visit his website at www.sungsoocho.com.

 

Craig Wohlschlager, M.M.
Adjuct Faculty in Clarinet
cwohlschlager@ndc.edu 

Craig Wohlschlager, clarinet, has performed extensively in the NE Ohio area for over a decade.  Currently Mr. Wohlschlager works extensively as a reed doubler for musical theater productions. His specializing in doubling all members of the woodwind family has allowed many opportunities to work with companies such as Porthouse Theatre, Great Lakes Theatre Company, Playhouse Square, Kent State University School of Theatre and Dance, Malone Opera Theatre, among others.  When not performing in productions in the pit, Mr. Wohlschlager serves as the assistant woodwind caption head for the Nordonia High School Marching Band, a BOA Superior rated ensemble.  He also serves as the private instructor for Nordonia, teaching clarinet, saxophone, oboe, bassoon, and flute.  In addition, he serves as a chamber music coach during the non-marching season.  He teaches adjunct small group classes at Nordonia and Cuyahoga Falls City Schools.  At Cuyahoga Falls, he also serves as a private woodwind instructor. Mr. Wohlschlager has served as the Principal E-flat clarinetist for the Cleveland Orchestra’s Blossom Festival Band, played as additional clarinetist for Cleveland Orchestra concerts, E-flat clarinet for the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Principal Clarinet for Ashtabula Pops Symphony among others.  He has served on the clarinet faculties of the Cleveland Music School Settlement and Malone University and has appeared numerous times in recital through organizations such as Tuesday Musical Association, Akron Art Museum, The Akron Library, the Jefferson Arts Council Series, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Malone University, and the MacDowell Club of Canton, Ohio.

 

Events

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November 21
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Tuesday November 21, 11:30am
Christ the King Chapel
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