Music and Theatre
Dr. Gary Grant
Dr. Gary S. Grant, Professor of Music Education since 1993, has served as Director of Bands (1993-2002) and Music Department Chair for 13 years. He received an undergraduate degree in Music Education from the University of Illinois, and a Masters in Conducting and PhD in Music Education from the University of Missouri. Before joining the Edinboro faculty, Dr. Grant was the Assistant Director of Bands at the University of Missouri. His responsibilities include teaching music methodology, conducting, arranging, and supervision of student teachers.
Dr. Grant is active as a clinician and adjudicator for Concert, Jazz, and Marching Bands internationally. While on sabbatical (2011-2012), he researched technology in the classroom, and has presented numerous technology related lectures in the areas of the iPad as a teaching tool, website design and creation, and on-line teaching.
Twice a finalist for the Edinboro University Educator of the Year award (2010, 2014) and twice nominated to "Who's Who Among America's Teachers", Dr. Grant received the 2005 Edinboro University Advisor of the Year award in recognition for his contributions towards a student-centered learning environment. PHI MU ALPHA Sinfonia awarded him the prestigious Orpheus Award (2009) for significant and lasting contributions to the cause of music in America.
Co-coordinator of the Scotland Study Abroad Program, Dr. Grant has traveled to Scotland three times, teaching 'Music of the British Isles', and is organizing another trip in 2018. Originally from the Northwest Chicago suburbs, he lives in Edinboro with his wonderful wife and amazing dog.
Bradley T. Amidon is currently instructor of applied percussion and percussion methods at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Edinboro, PA and instructor of percussion and jazz studies at Mercyhurst University, Erie, PA. His teachers include Jan Williams, Lynn Harbold, Cosmo A. Barbaro, Alan Zimmerman, and M’Baye Rama Diagne.
Mr. Amidon is currently principle percussionist in the Erie Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as the Erie Chamber Orchestra, and performs with the Misery Bay Big Band, as well as a host of other small chamber groups in the northwest PA area. A variety of programs from these performances are available upon request.
In addition to teaching at Edinboro and Mercyhurst and directing the percussion ensemble, Mr. Amidon also has a private teaching studio in the northwest PA area. He is also currently director of the Erie Junior Philharmonic Percussion Ensemble.
Mr. Amidon is currently ABD in the music theory doctoral program at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York.
B.Mus., Boston University
M.Mus., Boston University
AMusD, University of Michigan
Dr. Daniel Burdick, tuba/euphonium, has performed with the Canadian Brass, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Keith Brion’s New Sousa Band, and numerous professional brass quintets. Featured concerts have included appearances at the British Institute Library in Florence, Italy, the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Trossingen, Germany, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland, and a series of 15 concerts at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Alberta, Canada. He was the Principal Tuba of the Boise (Idaho) Philharmonic and serves as the Principal Tuba of the Erie Chamber Orchestra. He has taught at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, the University of Missouri-Kansas City, the University of Kentucky at Lexington, and the Interlochen Center for the Arts. His tuba teachers include Fritz Kaenzig, J. Samuel Pilafian, Wes Jacobs, Chester Schmitz, and Roger Bobo. He has made solo appearances with the Erie Philharmonic, the Brass Band of Columbus, the International Women’s Brass Conference, and the International Tuba and Euphonium Conference [Austria]. Dr. Burdick has guest conducted the Erie Chamber Orchestra on numerous occasions.
Dr. Burdick has served as the founder and co-chair of the Edinboro University President’s Commission on the Status of LGBTQIA, co-faculty advisor to Edinboro University’s gay/straight alliance, co-chair of Edinboro University Women’s Studies Committee, and as a member of the Edinboro University President’s Commission on the Status of Women. He was the co-founder and co-chair of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education LGBTQIA Consortium.
Dr. Elizabeth Etter has performed on many stages throughout the United States and Europe as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. Her performances include the Erie Philharmonic, Chicago Chamber Orchestra, Chautauqua Chamber Orchestra, Pittsburgh Baroque Ensemble, Cleveland Camerata, Erie Chamber Orchestra, and the Holter Chamber Music Festival in Italy. She founded and directed the International Allegheny Summer Music Festival and Music Outreach Institute at Allegheny College as well as the International Youth Music Festival.
Her performances and interviews have been aired on WQED, WCLV, and WQLN. She has served as a juror and moderator for national competitions and conferences such as Chamber Music America and the Southeast Asian International Piano Competition (broadcast on Indonesian television).
Other faculty appointments include the Cleveland Institute of Music (preparatory) and Allegheny College. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she specialized in Collaborative Piano and Harpsichord Performance.
Chuck Lute is currently a member of the music faculty at Edinboro University, where he directs the Spirit of the Scots Marching Band, teaches Highland Percussion and the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and has been the director of the University Community Orchestra. He received his Bachelor of Music Education degree, his Master in Music Education degree, and his Secondary Principals Certification from Edinboro University. He also has taught high school instrumental music in the Erie School District for 35 years.
Chuck has presented numerous clinics throughout the district on marching band and has arranged marching band drills for bands through out the tri-state area. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Federation of Contest Judges, the New York Federation of Contest Judges and has judged with the Ontario Drum Corps Judges Association. He also adjudicates for Drum Corps Associates and Drum Corps International. His marching bands have won consistently at local, regional and national marching events, having won the 1991 BOA Grand Nationals Class A Championships.
Chuck serves on the board of directors for Jazz Erie and is chairman of the education committee, is on the advisory board for Friends of Music at Edinboro University, and is on the Erie Philharmonic Education Board. Chuck has served as co-director of the Jazz Erie All-star Band having performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland.
Professor Howard Lyon is a member of the Erie Philharmonic and concertmaster emeritus of the Erie Chamber Orchestra. He coaches the Erie Jr Philharmonic String Ensemble and teaches strings at Edinboro University.
Prior to Erie, he played in the Lansing, Battle Creek, and Kalamazoo Symphonies and was a founding member of the Olivet Chamber Music Players. He holds a degree in applied music from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan.
He also enjoys playing in the Lake Erie String Quartet at many special events in the region.
Professor McGaughey joined EU’s music department in the fall of 2016. He received a BA in Music, Philosophy and Religion from West Virginia Wesleyan College and a Masters in Music Education from University of Akron, graduating Magna Cum Laude. His responsibilities include the University Singers, University Chorale and the Men’s barbershop performing ensembles. He is the founder and director of Catch the Spirit Chorale, a 40 voice semi-professional ensemble. This chorale has performed throughout Europe, Canada and the U.S. He is currently the Director of Vocal Music for Garfield Memorial Methodist Church – Pepper Pike, Ohio.
Professor McGaughey taught in public and private schools for over 29 years. The last 15 years he was the Director of Choral Activities at Cleveland Heights High School with seven choral groups. He also founded, produced and directed the Cleveland Heights All-City Musical Productions and the Cleveland Heights Men’s Barbershop ensemble. The Cleveland Heights Men’s Barbershop Ensemble won first place nationally in 2014 “Young Men” in harmony competition. The group appeared numerous summers at Cain Park under his direction.
For over 12 years, Mr. McGaughey hosted Solo and Ensemble competition for OMEA, District 7. The A Capella choir and the Men’s Barbershop performed with professional and collegiate performing ensembles, including joint concerts with: Singers Club of Cleveland, Case Western Wind Symphony, Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory Men’s Chorus, University of Akron and Kent State choirs, Catch the Spirit Chorale, Church of the Savior and the East Suburbanaires. Mr. McGaughey was chosen “Educator of the Year” by Northern Ohio Live Magazine in 2003.
Italian soprano Elisa Ramon has performed in many theatres and music seasons up to debut in 2009 at the Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza (Italy), with the Der Schauspieldirektor by W. A. Mozart (in the role of Mademoiselle Silberklang). Her major operatic experiences include: Kaffeekantate by J. S. Bach, La Serva Padrona by G. B. Pergolesi, Bastien und Bastienne and Der Schauspieldirektor by W. A. Mozart.
?In 2011, she established the Operaperta Duo, with the Italian guitarist Alessio Olivieri, starting an intense activity of chamber music performances in Italy, Australia, New Zealand and The United States, and premiering works by such composers as Mark Delpriora.
Elisa’s recordings include the CD Michele Bellucci, Romanze per soprano, World Premier Recording, and the CD Operaperta Duo: Spanish Popular Songs, Venetian Boat Songs, Neapolitan Songs, together with Alessio Olivieri.
?Elisa received her Diploma in Voice from the Cesare Pollini Conservatory of Padua (Italy), under the tutelage of Mrs. Rosanna Lippi. Her artistic career was always supported with musicological and teaching studies. In 2008 she received a Bachelor of Music in Musicology from the University of Padua, and in 2009 she received a Master in Music Education, with highest honors, from the Cesare Pollini Conservatory of Padua (Italy).
Currently, Elisa serves as voice instructor at the Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, teaching Applied Voice, Diction for Singers, and Voice Class.
Guitarist Kahlil Sarikey has been a featured performer throughout the United States and Canada. Mr. Sarikey joined the Music Department faculty at Edinboro University as the guitar instructor. He also holds a position at Buffalo State College as instructor of guitar ensemble.
Kahlil Sarikey is currently a doctoral candidate at the Eastman School of Music, where he was awarded a teaching assistantship. His educational credits also include a bachelor of arts from Buffalo State College, and a Master’s of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music. Sarikey has participated in master classes with world-renowned artists such as Roland Dyens, Roberto Aussell, Eliot Fisk, Ricardo Cobo, Marcin Dylla, and David Tanenbaum.
Mr. Sarikey has performed in several competitions taking first prize in the Eastman Guitar Concerto competition (2012) and second prize in the Great Lakes Guitar Society competition (2014).
For more information about Kahlil Sarikey please go to: http://www.kahlilsarikey.com
Dr. Sarah Schouten serves as an instructor of High Brass at Edinboro University and as an instructor of Horn at Marywood University. In addition to her university duties, she is an active free-lance artist, clinician, and teacher throughout Pennsylvania. Her orchestral experience includes the Ocala Symphony, the Erie Chamber Orchestra, the Altoona Symphony, the Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra, the Nittany Valley Symphony, the Rome Festival Orchestra, the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Gulf Coast, and the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra.
As an active lecturer and performer, Dr. Schouten has presented at conferences, workshops, and festivals including: the Southeast Horn Workshop, the Northeast Horn Workshop, the International Horn Symposium, the Academic Festival (Edinboro University), the Stander Symposium (University of Dayton), the Music at Penn’s Woods Festival, and at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp.
Dr. Schouten performs regularly both as a soloist and as a chamber musician. As a soloist, she performed with the Erie Philharmonic in 2015 and with the Blue Lake Festival Orchestra in 2008. She has also given guest artist recitals and/or masterclasses at Wright State University, The Pennsylvania State University, Florida State University, Ouachita Baptist University, The University of South Alabama, and Pensacola Junior College. She is also a member of Just Two, a horn/guitar duo with Tom Cody (Penn State University).
LeAnne Wistrom has performed as a soloist, recitalist, chamber musician and orchestral flutist across the eastern United States. As a featured artist, she has performed with the Philadelphia Piano Quartet, the Luzerne Chamber Players, the Erie Philharmonic, and the Erie Chamber Orchestra. She has performed with the Chautauqua Symphony, the Buffalo Philharmonic, and the Toledo Symphony, and she is currently principal flutist of the Erie Philharmonic and performs with the flute-oboe-harpsichord trio Cembaulos.
Ms. Wistrom is Instructor of Music at Edinboro University. Other faculty appointments include the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, Mercyhurst University, the University of Akron, and Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music.
Her students have been prizewinners in state, Eastern Division and National competitions. The Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association awarded Teacher of the Year honors to Ms. Wistrom; she has served as master class teacher and adjudicator. She is listed in a number of “Who’s Who” publications. Ms. Wistrom is Director of the Edinboro University Community Music School.