Faculty Staff Information
Dr. Sheila Dunn
Program Director, Assistant Professor Director of Voice
Soprano Sheila Dunn holds a Bachelor degree in Vocal Performance from Oberlin Conservatory of Music and both a Master and Doctor of Music in Vocal Performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music where she studied with Costanza Cuccaro. Dr. Dunn began her teaching career as an Associate Instructor of voice at Indiana University where she taught for four years. In her final year of studies at Indiana University, she oversaw the elective voice program as Secondary Voice Coordinator, supervising the teaching of 20 associate advisors and the studies of over 200 elective voice students per semester.
In the summer of 2008, Dr. Dunn was a member of the distinguished apprentice artist program at Chautauqua Opera. She has also performed with Nevada Opera, Lake George Opera and Pensacola Opera. Roles include Eurydice (Orpheus in the Underworld), Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), Costance (Les Dialogues des Carmélites), Blonda (Abduction from the Seraglio), Adele (Die Fledermaus), Despina (Cosí fan tutte), Monica (The Medium), Barbarina (Le Nozze di Figaro) and Papagena (Die Zauberflöte).Equally comfortable in the classics of musical theater and pops, Dr. Dunn has also performed the role of Johanna (Sweeney Todd) in addition to performing on pops concerts with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. In her free time she enjoys the beautiful weather in her native Florida and the company of her loving family.
Richard Glaze Associate Professor, Director of Bands
Richard T. Glaze is the Director of Bands and Professor of Woodwinds at the University of West Florida. He served as department chair from 2001-2005. He received the Bachelor of Art in music education from the University of West Florida and the Master of Music in clarinet performance/wind conducting from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. His principal clarinet teachers were Carmine Campione and Emil Schmachtenberg of the Cincinnati Symphony, and Tom LeGrand of the Houston Symphony.
In addition to his duties at the University, Mr. Glaze maintains a very active private studio that has produced many prize winning students and has written several compositions for various size ensembles. Mr. Glaze is an active performer and soloist in the local area, and from 1990-2004, he served as principal clarinet of the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra.
Dr. Lynne Lauderdale
Dr. Lynne Lauderdale
Associate Professor, Piano, Organ
Since joining the music faculty at UWF in 1980, Dr. Lauderdale has taught a wide range
of courses, including Music in Western Civilization, Freshman and Sophomore Theory
and Ear Training, Music History, Structure and Style, Counterpoint, UWF Singers, UWF
Madrigals, and UWF Show Choir, Graduate Seminars, Applied and Class Piano, and
Organ. She served as Coordinator for the Department of Music from 1993 through
1999. Dr. Lauderdale is responsible for inaugurating the UWF Arts Camps, the UWF
Gospel Choir, the UWF Madrigals, and the UWF Show Choir. She currently serves as
Associate Professor, with teaching responsibilities in Music History, Class Piano, Piano
Pedagogy, Applied Piano, and Organ.
Dr. Lauderdale received the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Piano Performance
from Louisiana State University, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano
Performance, with Organ and Musicology as related fields from the University of North
Texas. Her piano teachers have included Lelande Lacoste, Guy Bernard, Janet Martin,
Daniel Sher, Jack Guerry, Martin Canin, and Joseph Banowetz; organ teachers include
Richard Heschke and Charles Brown. She has performed as soloist with the New Orleans
Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, the New Orleans Summer Pops Orchestra, the
Louisiana State University Symphony Orchestra, the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra, the
Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, the Okaloosa Symphony Orchestra, and the
UWF Runge Strings Orchestra. Dr. Lauderdale was a semi-finalist in the Murray
Dranoff International Two-Piano Competition and the Gina Bachauer International Piano
Competition. She maintains an active private studio both in piano and organ, with many
of her students receiving top honors in local, state, regional, and national competitions.
Several of her students have been accepted at such prestigious musical institutions as
Brevard, Interlochen, Aspen, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, and The Juilliard
Dr. Lauderdale has served as organist at First Baptist Church, Pensacola, since 1981,
where she produced a recording of music for organ to benefit Sacred Heart Children’s
Hospital. She also started the Cherub Choir and the Acappella Singers as additions to the
Music Ministry of FBC. She and her husband, Mark York, oboist and band / music
teacher at Brown Barge Middle School, reside in Pensacola with their two sons,
Nathaniel and Charles.
Blake Riley Director of Choirs, Staff Pianist
In constant demand as a collaborative partner, pianist Blake Riley has been praised for his beauty of tone, passion and communicative powers. Through his performances with Pensacola Opera's Salon Series and other concerts, he has worked with artists from some of this country's leading opera houses, including San Francisco Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera, New York City Opera, Santa Fe Opera and Houston Grand Opera.
Born in Nova Scotia, Canada, he attended Mount Allison University and the University of Toronto. In addition to many awards and scholarships, he was among several young Canadians whose achievements were honored by His Royal Highness Prince Andrew The Duke of York. He was awarded full scholarship to the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music where he received a Masters of Music. While there, he played in masterclasses with Warren Jones, Brian Zeger , Stephanie Blythe and was also an apprentice coach at CCM's summer program in Lucca, Italy.
Since arriving in Pensacola, Blake has been a faculty member in the music department at the University of West Florida, where he is also the conductor of the University of West Florida Singers and University Madrigals. He has worked with the Pensacola Opera, Pensacola Children's Chorus, Pensacola Little Theater and the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra. In addition to playing orchestral piano for the symphony, the University of West Florida Singers have been frequent guests of Maestro Peter Rubardt on several occasions. In 2009, Blake and Mezzo-Soprano, Elise Quagliata were invited to perform for King Juan Carlos and Queen Sophia of Spain, on the occasion of their visit to Pensacola.
Possessing broad musical and artistic interests, Blake also enjoyed a ten year career as a professional dancer. This culminated in four years in the Broadway Company of Miss Saigon. One of his proudest accomplishments was the merging of musical and dance careers when he conducted Miss Saigon's entry into the annual Broadway 'Gypsy of the Year'' competition at the Palace Theater. Judged by theater luminaries, Fred Ebb , John Kander and Chita Rivera, the performance was awarded 'Best in Show'.
Dr. Hedi Salanki-Rubardt
Dr. Hedi Salanki-Rubardt Distinguished University Professor,
Director of Chamber Music and Piano Program, Harpsichord
"A true artist - a consummate musician..." "She plumbed the expressive depths with a force that was almost shocking..." "Salanki's playing was distinguished by naturalness, grace, and a feeling of flow..." These are only a few of the accolades that Hedi Salanki has garnered in the course of becoming one of today's foremost performers of a wide repertoire of solo and chamber music for the piano and harpsichord. Recent engagements include teaching and performing at the Prestissimo International Music Festival in Pennsylvania, judging and lecturing at the Maria Clara Cullell International Piano Competition in Costa Rica, judging a Piano Competition in Kunming China, performing at the San Jose International Baroque Festival in Costa Rica, and judging at the Isidor Bajic International Piano Competition in Novi Sad, Serbia.
Dr. Salanki is a Distinguished University Professor of Music at the University of West Florida, where she is the director of the piano program and chamber music. She teaches piano performance, harpsichord performance, keyboard interpretation, ear training (Kodaly- method solfege), musical structure and style, and chamber music. She is also active as a guest instructor and clinician.
A native of Hungary, Ms. Salanki has appeared with the New Jersey Symphony, the New York Chamber Orchestra, I Solisti New York, the Syracuse Symphony, the Pensacola Symphony, the Jacksonville Symphony and numerous chamber ensembles. She has performed solo, duo and lecture recitals in Europe, the United States, Canada, China, Japan, New Zealand, Serbia and Costa Rica. Among her recordings on the Pantheon, Priceless, Laserlight, and Prince Productions labels are many significant works of Bach, including the Goldberg Variations (nominated for Ovation Magazine's Debut Artist of the Year Award), the Concerti, and the complete English Suites. She has also recorded Scarlatti Sonatas, Telemann Overtures, and a French Baroque program.
Ms. Salanki earned a Doctorate in Harpsichord Performance from the Juilliard School, as well as degrees and diplomas in piano performance from the Franz Liszt Academy of Music and the Bartok Conservatory in Budapest, and Rutgers University. From 1994 to 1998 Ms. Salanki served as founding Artistic Director of the Four Seasons Baroque Ensemble, garnering critical acclaim for artistic excellence and innovative programming.
Dr. Joseph Spaniola
Dr. Joseph Spaniola Associate Professor
Director of Jazz Studies and Music Theory
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Joseph T. Spaniola (b. May 7, 1963) is a composer on a passionate quest to engage the hearts and minds of audiences and performers through the communicative powers of music.
Dr. Spaniola has composed works for band, orchestra, chamber ensembles, solo instruments, voice, choir, and electronic tape. His ESCAPADE (2001) for wind ensemble won the 2001 National Band Association/William Revelli Memorial Composition Competition. Compositions by the composer have been performed in concert halls and have been recorded by ensembles in the United States, Europe and Japan. His works have been premiered or presented at conferences and festivals hosted by The College Music Society, The International Trumpet Guild, The American Bandmasters Association, The International Trombone Association, The International Clarinet Association, The Midwest Clinic, The Bowling Green State University New Music and Art Festival, The Tuba/Euphonium Conference and others. Works by the composer are available through Musica Propria, Kagarice Brass Editions, Tuba Euphonium Press, and directly from the composer at www.josephspaniola.com.
Joseph T. Spaniola is active as a composer, lecturer, producer, clinician, and adjudicator. From 1998 through 2007, Spaniola was the Chief Composer/Arranger for The United States Air Force Academy Band (Colorado Springs, CO), and the Non Commissioned Officer in Charge of Music Production and Recording. Dr. Spaniola has been a featured composer, conductor and lecturer at the Royal Conservatory’s Wind Symposium (Gent, Belgium). In 2006, he was privileged to co produce recording sessions with Jazz Legend, Sammy Nestico for the revised edition of Sammy’s The Complete Arranger, he wrote and produced the music for soprano, Reneé Fleming’s feature Thanksgiving performance on NBC, and ten of his pieces were featured at Carnegie Hall. He has offered private Composition/Theory and Low Brass instruction, and has been a staff member of the Great Lake Music Camp at Valparaiso University.
Dr. Spaniola is the former Chairman of the Composers Forum at UNT, a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Pi Kappa Lambda, BMI, The College Music Society, the Audio Engineers Society and a former member of Wisconsin School Music Association. He is a founding member and the past Executive Director of the ALL THE ARTS Festival (music, dance, theater, poetry, film, storytelling, visual art and multi media works) in Denton, Texas. Dr. Spaniola was the recipient of the 1995 Rockford (Illinois) Area Music Industry (RAMI) Award for Best Classical Composer.
Spaniola is also active as an arranger. The Rockford Symphony Orchestra (Illinois), the North Shore Concert Band and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet are a few examples of the organizations who have enlisted his services. He has arranged music for former Irish Tenor, Ronan Tynan, trombonist, Bill Watrous, Broadway and television performer, Constance Towers, Rock Guitarist/Songwriter Rick Nielsen (of Cheap Trick), Michigan State University, the University of Arizona, the University of North Texas, the George Washington University and other artists and institutions across the United States and Japan. Periodically, Dr. Spaniola composes, orchestrates and arranges for commercial music projects (trade shows, industrial videos, documentary films, etc.) for corporations and organizations like Buick, Du Pont, and the White House Historical Association. He was the Composer/Arranger for the 1997 Lone Star Film and Television Awards (Dallas, TX) and was a member of the music team for the Chrysler Corporation’s 1993 World Wide Automotive Announcement Show in Las Vegas which featured performances by Frank Sinatra, Kenny Rogers, Wayne Newton, The McGuire Sisters and Vic Damone.
Joseph T. Spaniola received his Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition from the University of North Texas where he studied composition with Cindy McTee. At UNT he also studied composition with Larry Austin and jazz composition/arranging with Paris Rutherford. He received his Master of Music in Composition, and his Bachelor of Music in Theory and Composition from Michigan State University where he studied composition with Jere Hutcheson, Charles Ruggiero and James Niblock. He also studied composition with Sam Headrick at Boston University.
Dr. Leonid Yanovskiy
Dr. Leonid Yanovskiy Professor, Director of Strings
“...a luminous performance;a sumptuous, vibrato-rich tone and a kind of energy that made the fast movements dance.”
New York Times, July 20, 2012
“...consummate soloist. His playing, as always, defined integrity and mastery of his instrument.” - Pensacola News Journal, November 9, 2009
“Brilliant success... Effective program... Refined musical taste...”
Russian Musician, Moscow, March 2005
"Yanovskiy... has made a name for himself as a soloist and a chamber musician, with concert credits all over the world. ...Played with finesse and sensitive touch." Denton Record Chronicle, September 5, 2004
Russian born violinist and violist, Leonid Yanovskiy is Professor, Director of Strings and Orchestra at the University of West Florida, Concertmaster with the Northwest Florida Symphony and Pensacola Symphony Orchestras, Principal Violinist with the Washington Square Festival, NYC, and the founding member and co-director of the Gulf Coast Virtuosi Chamber Music Ensemble. Yanovskiy graduated from the Moscow Gnessin College and Institute of Music, the Rutgers University and the Fontenbleau Conservatoire Americaine, France. Among his teachers were Arnold Steinhardt and Michael Tree of the Guarneri Quartet, and Olivier Charlier of the Paris Conservatory.
Yanovskiy taught violin and chamber music at the Moscow Gnessin College and Academy of Music, was Principal Violinist with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra Northern Crown, Principal Violinist with the Goliard Chamber Ensemble, NYC and Philadelphia Virtuosi, as well as violinist with the American Symphony and the Orchestra of St. Luke's. With the two latter ensembles under the baton of Abbado, Botstein, Mackerras, Menuhin, Norrington, Previn, Shaw, Zinman, and others, Yanovskiy appeared on stages of the Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher and Alice Tully Halls, the Metropolitan Opera, Kennedy Center, Chicago Orchestra Hall, and others. Yanovskiy performed solo and chamber music recitals throughout the United States, as well as in Brazil, Denmark, France, Germany, Israel, Korea, and Russia.
In 2000, Dr. Yanovskiy launched the String and Orchestra Programs at the University of West Florida, Pensacola. Under his baton, the University orchestra has performed with distinguished soloists, chamber ensembles and choral groups from New York, as well as from Switzerland and Sweden. Students of Dr. Yanovskiy are winners of National and State violin and chamber music competitions; they successfully enter prestigious graduate programs, receive scholarships and graduate assistantships at such prominent music institutions as the Juilliard, University of North Texas, University of Maryland, Florida State University, Meadowmount School of Music, and Encore International Summer School.