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Music Faculty

Department Chair, Fine & Performing Arts
Music Program Director
Coordinator of Music Theory, Composition, and Music Technology Studies

While primarily a composer of chamber works and intermedia pieces, Dr. Schindler has received numerous commissions from the Western Illinois University Theatre Department for music for their Mainstage productions, including Life is a Dream, The Tempest, Comedy of Errors, The Shadow Box, and many others), and from Phoenix College’s Theatre Program (Blood Wedding, Measure for Measure, She Kills Monsters, and others). In addition, he has been the resident music director for PC’s musical theatre productions since 2011.

Dr. Schindler’s primary focus is the exploration of the theatrical side of concert music. To this end, he has created intermedia pieces that incorporate multiple slide projectors, lighting effects, and require a certain level of theatrics from the musicians involved. His first piece in this “multimedia cantata” genre, the enthusiastically received The War Poems, used five slide projectors with hundreds of World War I era photos, synchronized to his musical setting of poems by Siegfried Sassoon. The second large-scale work in this genre was based on texts from Edgar Lee Master's Spoon River Anthology, entitled Ghost Voices: Songs from a Cemetery.

Karl Schindler has won Distinguished Teaching Awards from Phoenix College and Arizona State University.

Courses Taught: Music Theory, Aural Perception, Electronic Music I-III, Sound Synthesis, Sound Design, Survey of Broadway Musicals, Music Composition private instruction
Degrees: BM, University of North Texas; MM, University of North Texas; DMA, Arizona State University

Coordinator of Instrumental Studies

Dr. Rose French is the founder of the Mill Ave Chamber Players, a chamber ensemble that has been recognized locally and nationally for its work over the past 15 years. She has been a contributing artist at the International Horn Symposiums in Ithaca, Los Angeles, London, Natal (Brazil), Brisbane (Australia), and Cape Town (South Africa), where she also won the Dorothy Frizelle International Horn Excerpt Competition. In the Southwest, Rose is principal horn of the West Valley Symphony and performs with the Phoenix Symphony, Arizona Opera, Tucson Symphony, Flagstaff Symphony, Orquestra Sinfonica de Monterrey, Orquestra de Baja California, and has toured China twice as principal horn of the American Festival Orchestra. Rose has been a guest artist and chamber music coach at the Saarburg International Chamber Music Festival (Germany), Interlochen Center for the Arts, and the Arizona Chamber Music Experience. 

She served as Exhibits and Advertising Coordinator for the International Horn Society, maintains a private studio, and teaches at Rosie's House: a non-profit music academy that provides free instruction and instruments to under-served youth. She has published two books, Rangesongs (2012) and Horn Player’s Songbook (2015), both published by Mountain Peak Music.

Courses Taught: Survey of American Music, Survey of Music History, Community Band, French Horn private instruction
Degrees: BS & BM, Duquesne University; MM, Arizona State University; DMA, Arizona State University

Coordinator of Vocal Studies
Honors Program Director

Dr. Kenny Miller joined Phoenix College as the Coordinator of Vocal Studies and director of the Choirs at Phoenix College in 2008. With the choirs, he has prepared and conducted Mozart's Vesperae solennes de confessore, Vaughan William's In Windsor Forest, Rutter's Requiem, Thompson's Frostiana, Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, and many others, including the Arizona premier of Gene Koshinski's Concerto for Marimba and Choir with Percussion.

Dr. Miller is also the founder, Executive Director, and singer with the early music ensemble HELIOS: a modern renaissance. Their first album, à7, was released in 2021 and can be streamed and purchased on all of the major streaming services. He is a former singer and an assistant conductor of the Grammy Award-winning Phoenix Chorale, with whom he recorded the highly acclaimed album Northern Lights, released on the Chandos label in 2012 and the 2016 Grammy Award Winning Rachmaninoff All-Night Vigil. Additionally, he is the co-founder of ArtSong Rising, which aims to continue the tradition of art song throughout the west coast region of the US. In 2019, Kenny was featured as a singer and arranger on internationally acclaimed guitarist Nils Lofgren’s recording Blue with Lou.

Kenny’s performance studies have led him to work with Ian Partridge of London’s Royal Academy of Music and Stephen Banfield of Bristol University, England. His conducting and performance practice studies have included the involvement of such musicians as Siegbert Rampe and Stanly Ritchie.

Courses Taught: Survey of Music History, Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, Community Choir, Voice private instruction
Degrees: BM, Arizona State University; MM, Arizona State University; DMA, Arizona State University

Coordinator of Music Industry Studies

Multi-platinum award winning engineer, producer and musician, Jamison Weddle, has worked with major-label artists ranging from SoulFly to DMX.
After graduating from The Recording Workshop in Ohio, Jamison came back to his home state of Arizona. He soon began working as an engineer for one of the state’s leading sound recording facilities, Chaton Studios, where he gained the opportunity to work on projects like DMX’s albums “Grand Champ” & “The Great Depression.”

Over the years Jamison has also worked on projects including artists: SoulFly, Kenny Rogers, Nils Lofgren, Joey Defrancesco, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Dave Grohl’s Probot, David Crosby and Grahm Nash, Willie Nelson, Caesar Bach, and many more.

Courses Taught: Studio Music Recording I-III, Audio Mixing Techniques
 

Ryan Anthony is a jazz percussionist with an active career as a live performer, recording artist, composer, arranger, and educator in the greater Phoenix area. A versatile musician conversant in a wide range of styles, Ryan has worked with Bob Mintzer, Bert Dalton, Chris Calloway, Rick DellaRatta, Glenn White, Michael Kocour, Mary Petrich, Will Goble, Armand Boatman, Mike Crotty, and many others. As a member of the Scottsdale Community College Jazz Orchestra, Ryan has performed on stage with John Clayton, John Hollenbeck, Meguel Zenon, and Marshall Gilkes. He is also a performer and composer in the Phoenix-based band Running From Bears (Edgetone Records) and Union32. Ryan has an abiding interest in many forms of popular music and enjoys working with students who are new to improvisation.

Courses Taught: Large Jazz Ensemble
Degrees: BM, Arizona State University; MM, Arizona State University 

Born and raised in Phoenix, Rachael Bastien has enjoyed an extensive performance career, singing multiple operatic, musical theater roles, concerts, and recitals in the U.S., Mexico, and Europe. She has represented Arizona as a regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, been a finalist in the Palm Springs Opera Guild Competition, and an honoree in the Manhattan School of Music Concerto Competition. Mrs. Bastien continues to enjoy a rich performing career paired with her passion for teaching and helping others reach their artistic and educational goals.

Courses Taught: Class Voice, Voice private instruction, Jazz History, Hip-Hop Music & Culture, Music & Culture
Degrees: BA, Northern Arizona University; MA, Manhattan School of Music

Kevin Bock is an active freelance musician and educator in the greater Phoenix area. Mr. Bock has been fortunate to perform all over the world as an orchestral musician in Europe, Asia, North, and South America. He has performed with the Utah Symphony Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Colorado Music Festival, Arizona Opera, Castleton Opera Orchestra, Tucson Symphony Orchestra, New World Symphony, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops, Boston Symphony Orchestra, and frequently with the Phoenix Symphony. Mr. Bock has shared the stage with some of the world’s finest conductors, including Frederick Fennell, John Rutter, Leonard Slatkin, Lorin Maazel, and Simon Rattle, among others. As a chamber musician, Mr. Bock has performed at the International Trumpet Guild's Conference in Pittsburgh, PA, the International Horn Society's Conference in Natal, Brazil, and the International Tuba-Euphonium Conference in Tucson, AZ. In 2012 he joined members of the Dallas and Phoenix Symphonies for a brass quintet concert series in Trinidad and Tobago.

Courses Taught: Tuba & Euphonium private instruction
Degrees: BM, Arizona State University; MM, Arizona State University; GD, New England Conservatory

Mike Bolenbach is a music producer and audio engineer with more than 30 years experience, as well as the owner of Full Well Recording Studio in Phoenix AZ. Music production and audio recording are his passions and he brings that excitement into every session. Mike has worked in one capacity or another with mega producers and platinum selling artists such as Bob Ezrin, Rupert Hine, Bobby Taylor, Alice Cooper, Kiss, Slash, Steve Hunter, Don Felder, Joan Jett, and many more.

Courses Taught: Studio Music Recording I, Digital Audio Workstation

Ashlee T Busch is a composer, performer, remixer, arranger, and educator based in Mesa, Arizona. Ashlee most enjoys collaborating with other artists in poetry, dance, installation art, video, and more. Such collaborations have included residencies with East Coast and Midwest universities, as an artist with Grammy-award-winning PARMA Recordings, publishing with mixed ensemble music education publisher Leading Tones LLC, publishing with digital choral music company Zintzo LLC, and collaborations with ensembles premiering her works across the United States. Ashlee’s compositional interests range from post-minimal electroacoustic experimentalism to arrangements and remixes of video game music to pedagogically-focused materials for large ensemble concert bands, orchestras and choirs. Ashlee’s works are regularly commissioned across the United States including commissions from Michigan State University, Grand Valley State University, Austin Peay State University, University of Wisconsin, as well as a series of public schools.

Courses Taught: Electronic Music I
Degrees: BM, Grand Valley State University; MM, Michigan State University; DMA, Arizona State University

Kendra D'Ercole began her musical career as a piano accompanist and theater musician. She has since taught music theory and ear training extensively for over two decades and has been a professor at Phoenix College since 2004. As a composer, she views all music as valuable, and she enjoys discovering the worthy aspects of each piece with her students. Her own creative interests center predominantly around vocal music, inspired by the emotional capacity of text. Her recent song cycle, Laughs and Sighs: Four Songs on English Poetry, was released by Albany Records on baritone Robert Barefield's 2018 album, Light Enough. Having directed the music programs for several elementary schools in Southern California, Dr. D'Ercole is also very enthusiastic about early music education and creating music for young ears. Continually inspired by her two children, she is currently focusing on a collaborative album of fun songs which highlight music theory concepts for kids.

Courses Taught: Music Theory I-IV, Aural Perception I-IV
Degrees: AA, Rancho Santiago College; BFA, University of California at Irvine; MM, Northwestern University; DMA, Arizona State University