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The Dr. Grier Williams School of Music Faculty Bios and Contact


Brian Hood, Chair
Brian Hood
Position: Interim Director of the Dr. Grier Williams School of Music Associate Professor
  • Department: Dr. Grier Williams School of Music
  • Office Location:  Building 82, Room 211

Dr. Brian Hood is the interim director of the Dr. Grier Williams School of Music.

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Sheila Dunn
Position: Professor, Director of Voice
  • Department: Dr. Grier Williams School of Music
  • Office Location:  Building 82, Room 212

Dr. Sheila Dunn, soprano, is an associate professor of voice in the Dr. Grier Williams School of Music, who teaches applied voice, vocal pedagogy, vocal literature, opera workshop and women in popular music.

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Corey McKern
Position: Instructor of Voice
  • Department: Dr. Grier Williams School of Music
  • Office Location:  Building 82, Room 215

Corey McKern, instructor of voice, teaches applied voice, voice studio, and other classes in music and theater departments.

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Blake Riley
Position: Associate Professor and Director of Collaborative Piano
  • Department: Dr. Grier Williams School of Music
  • Office Location:  Building 82, Room 135

Blake Riley, assistant professor and director of collaborative piano, teaches class piano, applied piano and foreign language lyric diction.

Hedi Salanki-Rubardt
Hedi Salanki-Rubardt
Position: Distinguished University Professor/Director of Chamber Music/Piano Program and Harpsichord
  • Department: Dr. Grier Williams School of Music
  • Office Location:  Building 82, Room 104

Dr. Hedi Salanki-Rubardt, Distinguished University Professor and director of piano and chamber music, teaches piano and harpsichord performance, keyboard interpretation, musical structure and style, and chamber music. She is also recognized as a Yamaha Artist.

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Joseph T. Spaniola
Position: Professor/Brass/Director of Jazz Studies and Music Theory
  • Department: Dr. Grier Williams School of Music
  • Office Location:  Building 82, Room 216

Dr. Joseph T. Spaniola, professor and director of music theory and jazz studies, teaches composition, arranging, orchestration and music analysis.

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Peter Steenblik
Position: Associate Professor and Director of Choral Activities
  • Department: Dr. Grier Williams School of Music
  • Office Location:  Building 82, Room 217

Dr. Peter Steenblik, director of choral activities, conducts two ensembles, teaches aural skills, choral literature, and teaching methods courses.

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Leonid Yanovskiy
Position: Professor and Director of Strings
  • Department: Dr. Grier Williams School of Music
  • Office Location:  Building 82, Room 218

Dr. Leonid Yanovskiy, teaches violin, viola, string quartet, string studio class, Music Appreciation, and conducts the Runge Strings Orchestra.


Adjunct Faculty

The Dr. Grier Williams School of Music Adjunct Faculty Contact Information


Bret Barrow

  • Adjunct
  • Department: Dr. Grier Williams School of Music
  • phone8504742147
  • emailbbarrow@uwf.edu
  • Office Location: Building 82, Room 211
  • Courses: Trombone
  • Short Bio: Bret Barrow is the Executive Director of the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra. He teaches applied trombone lessons.

Ray Bettis

  • Adjunct
  • Department: Dr. Grier Williams School of Music
  • phone8504742147
  • emailmusic@uwf.edu
  • Office Location: Building 82, Room 211
  • Courses: Flute
  • Short Bio: Ray has been the principal flutist of the 151st Army Band in Montgomery, AL since 2020. Previously, she was the assistant principal flutist of the South Shore Symphony Orchestra in Tampa, FL. Ray received her Master of Music in Flute Performance from the University of South Florida and her Bachelor of Music Education from Young Harris College.

Nora Bleam

  • Adjunct
  • Department: Dr. Grier Williams School of Music
  • phone8504742147
  • emailnbleam@uwf.edu
  • Office Location: Building 82, Room 211
  • Courses: Elementary Music Methods

Michael Brown

  • Adjunct
  • Department: Dr. Grier Williams School of Music
  • phone8504742147
  • emailmbrown8@uwf.edu
  • Office Location: Building 82, Room 211
  • Courses: Music Education, Trumpet
  • Short Bio: A native Georgian, Brown holds undergraduate degrees from Emmanuel College and Berry College and the Masters and Doctorate in Music Education from The University of Georgia. He held the positions of head of the Music Education Department and professor of music at Mississippi State University; chair of the Division of Fine Arts at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Indiana; and Director of Bands at Augusta State University and Truett-McConnell College.

Allanda Small Campbell

  • Adjunct
  • Department: Dr. Grier Williams School of Music
  • phone8504742147
  • emailasmall@uwf.edu
  • Office Location: Building 82, Room 211
  • Courses: Voice, Music Appreciation
  • Short Bio: Dr. Small has been an active member of the Gulf Coast arts community for many years. She currently serves as the Director of Music Ministries at Spanish Fort Presbyterian Church. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Michael Coleman

  • Adjunct
  • Department: Dr. Grier Williams School of Music
  • phone8504742174
  • emailmcoleman@uwf.edu
  • Office Location: Building 82, Room 211
  • Courses: Music Theory, Music Technology
  • Short Bio: Dr. Coleman has participated as a composer and pianist in numerous new music programs and festivals in the U.S and Russia and has also had works performed in France, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan.

Samuel Dahmer

  • Adjunct
  • Department: Dr. Grier Williams School of Music
  • phone8504742147
  • emailsdahmer@uwf.edu
  • Office Location: Building 82, Room 211
  • Courses: Double Bass

Kevin Fails

  • Adjunct
  • Department: Dr. Grier Williams School of Music
  • phone8504742147
  • emailkfails@uwf.edu
  • Office Location: Building 82, Room 211

Matthew Fossa

  • Adjunct
  • Department: Dr. Grier Williams School of Music
  • phone8504742147
  • emailmfossa@uwf.edu
  • Office Location: Building 82, Room 211
  • Courses: Oboe
  • Short Bio: Matthew Fossa has been the Principal Oboist of the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra since 2002. In addition, he holds the same position with the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra and also performs with the Mobile Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Fossa received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance and the Performer’s Certificate from the Crane School of Music in May of 1998. He was awarded his Master’s Degree in Oboe Performance at the Florida State University in December of 2000.

Brandon Garrison

  • Adjunct
  • Department: Dr. Grier Williams School of Music
  • phone8504742147
  • emailbgarrison@uwf.edu
  • Office Location: Building 82, Room 211
  • Courses: French Horn

Caleb Guilbeau

  • Adjunct
  • Department: Dr. Grier Williams School of Music
  • phone8504742147
  • emailcguilbeau@uwf.edu
  • Office Location: Building 82, Room 211

Richard Jernigan

  • Adjunct
  • Department: Dr. Grier Williams School of Music
  • phone8504742147
  • emailrjernigan@uwf.edu
  • Office Location: Building 82, Room 211

Kristina Nelson

  • Adjunct
  • Department: Dr. Grier Williams School of Music
  • phone8504742147
  • emailknelson1@uwf.edu
  • Office Location: Building 82, Room 211
  • Courses: Bassoon
  • Short Bio: Kristina Nelson is an American bassoonist and educator. As an orchestral performer, Kristina has attended the Sewanee Music Festival, Brevard Music Center, Eastern Music Festival and Chautuaqua Music Festival, in addition to performing with the Pittsburgh Chamber Orchestra, Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra, Miami Symphony Orchestra, and the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra.

Laura Noah

  • Adjunct
  • Department: Dr. Grier Williams School of Music
  • phone8504742147
  • emaillnoah@uwf.edu
  • Personal Website
  • Office Location: Building 82, Room 211
  • Courses: Percussion
  • Short Bio: Laura Noah is a freelance musician residing in Mobile, Alabama performing with orchestras along the Gulf Coast.

Aleksandra Pereverzeva

  • Adjunct
  • Department: Dr. Grier Williams School of Music
  • phone8504742147
  • emailapereverzeva@uwf.edu
  • Office Location: Building 82, Room 211
  • Courses: Cello, String Quartet, Music Experience

Christopher Sacco

  • Adjunct
  • Department: Dr. Grier Williams School of Music
  • phone8504742147
  • emailcsacco@uwf.edu
  • Office Location: Building 82, Room 211
  • Courses: Saxophone, Music History, Woodwind Methods

Joe Stallings

  • Adjunct
  • Department: Dr. Grier Williams School of Music
  • phone8504742147
  • emailjstallings1@uwf.edu
  • Office Location: Building 82, Room 211
  • Courses: Guitar
  • Short Bio: Dr. Joe Stallings is the founder and director of the guitar programs at the University of West Florida.

Jennifer Wisdom

  • Adjunct, Director of Argo Athletic Band
  • Department: Dr. Grier Williams School of Music
  • phone8504742147
  • emailjwisdom@uwf.edu
  • Office Location: Building 82, Room 211
  • Courses: Director of Argo Athletic Band, Brass Methods, Euphonium, Music Education
  • Short Bio: Jennifer Wisdom is the director of Argo Athletic Band at the University of West Florida and teaches Brass Methods and applied lessons.