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Fine and Performing Arts Faculty

Eric Amweg
Adjunct Music Faculty

M.Ed, University of Wisconsin-Platteville
BM.Ed, Lakeland College



Email: eamweg@dbq.edu 
Office Phone: (563) 589-3325
Office Location: 302 Heritage Center

Charles Barland
Charles Barland
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Charles Barland was appointed director of the University of Dubuque Choir in 2002 and is currently Associate Professor of Music at the University of Dubuque.  His duties include serving as department chair, conducting the Concert Choir; teaching courses in general music studies; serving as organist for college events and seminary worship services; and teaching applied lessons.  Prior to assuming this position, Dr. Barland was an adjunct faculty member at the University of Dubuque and Loras College and was minister of music at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Dubuque.

A native of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Charles Barland earned the Bachelor of Arts degree at Carroll University, Waukesha, Wisconsin, the Master of Arts degree at the University of Iowa, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Kansas.  He has studied organ with Phyllis Stringham, Delbert Disselhorst, James Higdon, Delores Bruch, and Michael Bauer.  His choral mentors include Mark Aamot, William Hatcher, Richard Bloesch, Simon Carrington, and René Clausen.  He has served as a church musician for congregations in Wisconsin, Iowa, and Kansas.

As a graduate student, Barland taught music theory, aural skills, and keyboard courses at the University of Iowa and the University of Kansas, winning the award for outstanding graduate teaching assistant at KU.  In 1999, he was honored by Carroll University when selected as the first recipient of the G.O.L.D. (Graduate of the Last Decade) award for achievements during the first decade after graduation.  In 2006 he received the Faculty of the Year Award from the University of Dubuque.  His most recent honor was being named the winner of the John Knox Coit prize for excellence in teaching and advising, the highest award given to faculty by the University of Dubuque.

In addition to his duties at the University of Dubuque, he is an active member of the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra Board, serving on the artistic advisory committee and the education committee and is Dean of the Dubuque Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.  He serves as an organist at several churches including St. Luke's United Methodist Church (Dubuque), Holy Trinity Lutheran Church (Dubuque), Queen of the Rosary Chapel (Sinsinawa) and the Cathedral of St. Raphael (Dubuque).  He has been a volunteer in the Big Brothers program in Dubuque and in 2008 became a grandparent.

Fine and Performing Arts Department Head; Professor of Music

DMA, University of Kansas
MA University of Iowa
BA, Carroll University



Email: cbarland@dbq.edu 
Office Phone: (563) 589-3564
Fax: (563) 589-3482
Office Location: 302 Heritage Center

Nicholas Bratcher
Nicholas Bratcher
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Nicholas Bratcher is a native of Conway, South Carolina. He later earned his Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance and a Master of Arts in Music Education from Coastal Carolina University, where he served as Graduate Assistant to the University Band program. While at CCU, Mr. Bratcher served as principal in several ensembles including the Marching Band and Wind Ensemble. As a graduate assistant, Mr. Bratcher worked with the CCU "Spirit" Marching Band and the basketball pep band, as well as helped coordinate the Summer Music Academy, a music camp serving over 550 high school students each year.

Prior to coming to the University of Dubuque, Bratcher served as Assistant Director of Bands at Savannah State University. There, he helped grow and develop a comprehensive band program serving close to 140 students each year with educational outreach programs for public school students and directors. Mr. Bratcher is currently completing requirements for the Doctorate of Education in Music Education from the University of Georgia.

 

Mr. Bratcher's principal conducting teachers were John Lynch, Mark Cedel, and Richard Johnson, with additional study under Jerry Junkin and Rodney Dorsey. He is highly sought after as an instrumental clinician and adjudicator throughout the southeastern United States. As a musician, he has performed with various wind ensembles and as an orchestral pit musician in several Broadway musicals along the East Coast including “Sweet Charity,” “Dreamgirls,” and "Company". Bratcher's professional affiliations include Kappa Kappa Psi, Phi Mu Alpha, Tau Beta Sigma, Phi Delta Kappa, and numerous state music educators associations.

Assistant Professor of Music; Director of Instrumental Music

EdD, University of Georgia, Music Education
MA, Coastal Carolina University, Music Education
BA, Coastal Carolina University, Music Performance



Email: nbratcher@dbq.edu 
Office Phone: (563) 589-3797
Office Location: 302G Heritage Center

Bang Lang Do
Bang Lang Do
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As a performing artist and accompanist, Bang Lang has given concerts in Portugal, Canada, France, Holland, Viet Nam, Thailand, and the U.S.. She has been recorded many times with Radio Canada and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and numerous first prizes comprise the Eckhardt Gramattee, the Canadian National Competition, the Canadian Stepping Stone International competition, the Baldwin competition, the French Music competition, the Conservatory of music in Quebec as well as concerto competitions from several Colleges.

More recent concerts include a concert series in Galena, IL, a concert series in Dubuque, a televised performance at the University of Dubuque and the Arboretum, the Houston Civic orchestra, performances and master classes given in Thailand, Viet Nam, Calgary.

She had toured across Canada as the winner of a competition, and toured the Midwest in 2003 with her husband, Dr. Jim Sherry, in a recital entitled "American Music".

Bang Lang is trained in Suzuki, Dalcroze Eurhythmics, and was a member of the Music Teacher National Association and the Piano Guild for many years.
 
She is currently an Assistant Professor at the Divine Word College in Epworth, and is a faculty at the University of Dubuque. She was previously a faculty member at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, at the VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, the Peabody Institute in Baltimore, Brandon University in Manitoba, the University of Montreal and the Mahidol University in Bangkok.

Adjunct Music Faculty

D.M., University of Montreal
M.M., University of Montreal
Associate, Performance diploma with honors, Royal College of Music, London, England



Email: bldo@dbq.edu 
bangld@dwci.edu 
Office Phone: (563) 589-3325
Fax: (563) 589-3482
Office Location: 302 Heritage Center

Kristen Eby
Kristen Eby
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Kristen Eby, M.M., has been adjunct music professor at the University of Dubuque since 2004, directing handbell and choral ensembles and teaching voice. Prior to that, she spent four years as director of choral and vocal activities at Loras College. She is active in the Dubuque music community as director of the Julien Chamber Choir and maintains her own private voice studio.

Ms. Eby received her master’s degree in choral conducting at the University of Oregon, where she also performed in the Oregon Bach Festival chorus under the direction of Helmuth Rilling. She received her bachelor’s degree in music education and piano performance at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California.

Adjunct Music Faculty

MM, University of Oregon, Choral Conducting
BA, Westmont College, Music Education and Piano Performance



Email: keby@dbq.edu 
Office Phone: (563) 589-3564
Fax: (563) 589-3482
Office Location: 302 Heritage Center

William Encke
William Encke
Adjunct Music Faculty
Email: bencke@dbq.edu 
wencke@dbq.edu 
Office Phone: (563) 589-3325
Fax: (563) 589-3482
Office Location: 302 Heritage Center

Rachael Furgiuele
Rachael Furgiuele
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Rachael serves in the dual role as administrative support and office manager for both the Heritage Center and the Department of Fine and Performing Arts.
Rachael holds a bachelor of arts degree in music from Iowa State University.
Her former employers include Iowa Public Radio and Kephart's Music Center in Dubuque. -

Administrative Assistant to Heritage Center and the Fine and Performing Arts Department
Email: rjhagen@dbq.edu 
Office Phone: (563) 589-3325
Fax: (563) 589-3482
Office Location: 302 Heritage Center

Doug Mackie
Doug Mackie
Adjunct Professor of Dance

MFA, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee



Email: dmackie@dbq.edu 
dugodug@yahoo.com 
Office Location: Heritage Center

Amy Ressler
Amy Ressler
Director of Theatre Arts, Professor of Fine Arts

MFA, Arizona State University
MAT, National-Louis University
BA, Clarke College



Email: aressler@dbq.edu 
amyressler@yahoo.com 
Office Phone: (563) 589-3635
Fax: (563) 589-3482
Office Location: 302 Heritage Center

James Sherry
James Sherry
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Dr. James Sherry, director of jazz and instrumental ensembles at the University, earned his master’s degree from Yale University and his doctorate from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. In addition to conducting responsibilities, he regularly teaches courses in jazz history, music appreciation, and the Core Curriculum’s World View Seminar. He also serves as the music director at Dubuque’s Grandview United Methodist Church.

At Johns Hopkins University Sherry conducted the Johns Hopkins University Choral Society and served as director of bands for seven years. He has conducted Chicago’s All-City Meritfest Band in Symphony Hall, the Bangkok Opera, Southeast Asian Youth Orchestra and Wind Ensemble, and the Baltimore School for the Arts Jazz Ensemble, as well as numerous public school music programs in Baltimore, Dubuque and Chicago.

Dr. Sherry has organized and directed workshops for band, jazz, and brass in Vietnam, Singapore, Thailand, and clinics in high schools and colleges across this count y in forty states. As an adjudicator, he has judged events such as the fifth and sixth Asian Wind Symphonic Band Competitions, numerous jazz festivals, state solo and ensemble competitions as well as the Maryland Harp Festival. His compositions and arrangements have been presented by the Johns Hopkins University Band, University of Dubuque Wind Ensemble, Mahidol University Faculty Jazz Ensemble, Chicago’s Saful Rumba and Dubuque’s Swingset Eclectic Jazz.

As a trumpet soloist he has performed in New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, DC, Chicago, Detroit, Denver and Los Angeles as well as on tours across the United States, Germany and Southeast Asia. He has been a featured soloist with ensembles such as the Yale University Band, Sones de Mexico Chicago, The Frederick Orchestra of Maryland, the Tubingen Sinfonietta of Germany, the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra and the University of Chicago Gamelan Ensemble.

Adjunct Instructor of Fine and Performing Arts

DMA, Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University
Masters, Yale University School Music
BS, Illinois State University



Email: jsherry@dbq.edu 
jimsherry@yahoo.com 
Office Phone: (563) 589-3325
Fax: (563) 589-3482
Office Location: Heritage Center

Deb Stevens
Deb Stevens
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Deb Stevens  earned her Bachelors of Music Education Degree from Aquinas College and her Master of Arts Degree in Effective Teaching from Loras College. 

Deb is currently teaching Instrumental Music in the Dubuque Community School District, as well as World Music here at the University of Dubuque. 

Honors recieved in her past 33 years of teaching range from being named Teacher of the Year in Dubuque as well as one of the top 100 top educatiors on the National level.   

Deb presentated a clinic on Improvisation with her Elementary Jazz Ensemble performed at the International Association of Jazz Educators in New York City.  Published articles on Effective Teaching and Teaching Improvisation have appeared in various publications. 

Adjunct Music Faculty

MA, Loras College
BM.Ed, Aquinas College



Email: dstevens@dbq.edu 
dstevens@dubuque.k12.ia.us 
Office Phone: (563) 589-3564
Fax: (563) 589-3690
Office Location: 218 Dunlap Technology Center

Nancy Woodin
Nancy Woodin
Adjunct Music Faculty, Concert Choir Accompanist

BS, Drake University



Email: nancy1dbq@mac.com 
Office Phone: (563) 589-3564
Fax: (563) 589-3690
Office Location: 304 Heritage Center