Full-Time Faculty


Rick Hoffenberg, D.M.A., MTD Department Co-Chair
Associate professor of choral conducting
SLV Room 206, (570) 348-6268 ext. 2537

  • D.M.A., Yale University
  • M.M.A., Yale University
  • M.M., Westminster Choir College
  • A.B., Princeton University


F. David Romines, D.M.A., MTD Department Co-Chair
Assistant professor of music education
SLV Room 212, (706) 255-9180

  • D.M.A., University of Southern Mississippi
  • M.M., University of Tennessee-Knoxville
  • B.M., University of Tennessee-Knoxville

Director of wind ensemble; music education K-12/band; student teaching supervisor; brass and woodwind methods; instrumental conducting

Jennifer Griffith Cowgill, D.M.
Associate professor of voice
SLV Room 237A, (570) 348-6268 ext 2529

  • D.M., Florida State University
  • M.M., Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University
  • B.M., Oberlin Conservatory

Applied voice, vocal pedagogy, vocal science and breathing technique

Anita L. Gadberry, Ph.D., MT-BC
Assistant professor of music therapy
SLV Room 101, (570) 348-6268 ext. 2527

  • Ph.D., University of Kansas
  • M.A., Texas Woman's University
  • B.M., Southwestern Oklahoma State University

Director of music therapy

David Jumper, M.M. (Pro-rata faculty)
Assistant professor of jazz studies and technology
SLV Room 218, (570) 348-6268

  • M.M., University of New Orleans
  • B.S., The Penn State University-University Park, PA

Jazz minor program; applied trumpet; written theory; jazz theory & improvisation

Joan McCusker, IHM, Ph.D.
Associate professor of music education
SLV Room 209, (570) 348-6268 ext.2531

  • Ph.D., Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester
  • M.M., Ithaca College
  • B.M., Marywood University

Music education pre-service teacher training/K-12 vocal-general; student teaching supervision, music cognition and emerging musical literacy.

Paulette Posluszny Merchel
Associate professor of theatre
SLV Room 219, (570) 348-6268 ext.2553

  • Ph.D., Temple University
  • M.A., State University of New York-Binghamton
  • A. B., Marywood University

Director of theatre degree programs

Nathaniel F. Parker, D.M.A.
Assistant professor of orchestral conducting
SLV Room 201, (570) 348-6268 ext.2212

  • D.M.A., Michigan State University
  • M.M., Bowling Green State University
  • B.M., Arizona State University

Director of orchestral activities; instrumental conducting; double reed methods; music history

Sophie Till, M.M.
Clinical Assistant Professor of Violin / Viola
SLV Room 221, (570) 348-6268 ext.2378

  • M.M., University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • LRAM, Advanced degree, Royal Academy of Music, London; UK Musikhochschule, Luebeck, Germany

Application of Taubman/Golandsky Approach to Strings


D. Charles Truitt, M.A.
Assistant professor of music
SLV Room 208, (570) 348-6268 ext. 2530

  • M.A., Marywood University
  • B.Mus., Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford

Written theory; applied guitar