Music Faculty

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Thomas Bogdan’s vocal performance, in genres ranging from old music to new, avant-garde multimedia performance and cabaret, has received wonderful reviews from critics around the world.

email tbogdan@bennington.edu
call 802-440-4517
Image of Kitty Brazelton

Digital-chamber-punk bands, nine-piece rockestras, 21st century medieval quartets: Kitty Brazelton’s ability to create new genres as a composer, performer, singer, and instrumentalist is rooted in a study of even the most traditional forms of music.

email kbrazelton@bennington.edu
call 802-440-4516
Image of Nicholas Brooke

Nicholas Brooke creates music across disciplines, from collages of recordings with live theater, to home-built instrumentariums inspired by gamelan. He has received Guggenheim, Rockefeller, and New Music USA fellowships and premieres at the Lincoln Center Festival, Spoleto, and MASS MOCA.

email nbrooke@bennington.edu
call 802-440-4527
Milford Graves
Faculty Emeritus

Internationally acclaimed jazz musician and theorist Milford Graves has been the recipient of honors including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts grant, the Down Beat International Award, and the Critics Award. Photo credit: Noa Ben-Amotz

Image of Susie Ibarra

Susie Ibarra is known for her innovative style and cultural fluency as a composer, improviser, percussionist, and humanitarian.

email sibarra@bennington.edu
call 802-440-4643
Image of Senem Pirler

Senem Pirler is an intermedia-sound artist whose work is an interdisciplinary attempt that crosses over into sound engineering, sound art, video art, dance, performance, and installation. Pirler’s recent work has been exhibited at EMPAC, Roulette, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Mount Tremper Arts, and Collar Works, NY and has been recognized by grants, residencies, and awards including most recently Signal Culture residency and The Malcolm S. Morse Graduate Research Enhancement Award to honor the work of Pauline Oliveros and Deep Listening in 2018.

email senempirler@bennington.edu
Image of Kerry Ryer-Parke

Kerry Ryer-Parke performs in a range of musical styles, from oratorio, opera, and early music to folk, jazz, and rock, in addition to directing the Bennington Children’s Chorus and Bennington Voice Workshop.

email kryer-parke@bennington.edu
call 802-440-4513
Image of Allen Shawn

Allen Shawn’s work as a composer and pianist comprises a large catalogue of orchestral and chamber music, chamber operas, songs, piano music, and music for ballet, theatre, and film; he is also celebrated for his writings on Arnold Schoenberg and Leonard Bernstein, as well as his compelling memoirs.

email ashawn@bennington.edu
call 802-440-4525
Image of Bruce Williamson

Bruce Williamson is a jazz composer and multi-instrumentalist/recording artist who has collaborated and performed with such luminaries as Bobby McFerron, Fred Hersch, Julie Taymor, and Mark Rylance in a variety of genres, and whose work has been featured in Academy Award-winning film scores.

email bwilliamson@bennington.edu
call 802-440-4519
Image of Michael Wimberly

Michael Wimberly is a composer, percussionist, and music producer who has recorded and toured throughout Europe, Africa, and the Americas. He is the driving force behind Power of Drum, an alternative arts program whose mission is to make music education accessible to all youth worldwide.

email mwimberly@bennington.edu
call 802-440-4528

Instrument Instructors

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Bass instructor

Michael Bisio returned to New York in 2006 after spending 30 years on the West Coast and quickly became an integral part of the New York City creative music community. Since 2009, he has been bass instructor at Bennington College and a member of the Matthew Shipp Trio.

email mbisio@bennington.edu
call 802-440-4520
Image of Hui Cox
Guitar instructor

7-string guitar player, NEA grant recipient and Grammy-nominated producer who has produced and performed with some of the biggest acts in the business.

email hcox@bennington.edu
call 802-440-4881
Joan Forsyth
Piano instructor

Pianist whose performing career has taken her from The Kennedy Center to tours of Europe, Japan, and South America

email joanforsyth@bennington.edu
call 802-440-4628
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Composition Fellow

Andrew Greenwald is a performing and composing musician. He is a founding member of the composer/performer collective Ensemble Pamplemousse (established 2002) and currently serves as the Artistic Director. His compositions have been performed internationally by leading ensembles including the Arditti Quartet, JACK Quartet, Ensemble Dal Niente, Ensemble Adapter, Distractfold and ICE among others. 

email andrewgreenwald@bennington.edu
call 802-440-4526
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Jazz Piano Instructor

Pianist and composer, Eric Hangen, performs and writes across a range of musical idioms including jazz, Latin, gospel and new age. He studied piano and jazz performance at Brown University and Berklee College of Music.

email erichangen@bennington.edu
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Strings Instructor

John Kirk teaches classes in the history of American and Celtic traditional music in addition to mandolin, fiddle, banjo, ukulele, mountain and hammered dulcimers, and traditional music ensemble.

email jkirk@bennington.edu
call 802-440-4647
Image of Christopher Lewis
Piano instructor

Pianist who has taught and performed through the United States and Italy, and prizewinner of the American National Chopin Competition and the New York Leschetizky Society.

email cjlewis@bennington.edu
call 802-440-4522
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Cello instructor

Nathaniel Parke is a regional freelance cellist and is also on the faculty of Williams College.

email nparke@bennington.edu
call 802-440-4524
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Piano instructor
email ysato@bennington.edu
call 802-440-4521
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Violin/Viola Instructor
email kwashiyama@bennington.edu
call 802-440-4524

Technicians

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Piano Instructor

Michael Chinworth is a performing and recording artist based in Vermont and New York. He produces work in a solo practice and appears on-stage in voice-driven works of experimental theater and opera. 

email michaelchinworth@bennington.edu
call 802-440-4523
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Technical Instructor in Sound & Music

Curtis Wells turned a degree in engineering into an expertise for fixing electronics and optimizing audio gear—skills he puts to good use in his support of faculty and student work in music.

email curtwells@bennington.edu
call 802-440-2463