Maranatha is able to contract adjunct music professors for ALL instruments from area universities and symphony orchestras. In addition to Maranatha’s Music Faculty, the following professors have recently or are currently teaching private lessons to Maranatha music students. Please note that Maranatha students are able to take lessons on instruments from qualified adjunct professors not listed below.
June Brus (Piano): June Brus, pianist, received her master’s degree in performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and was head of the piano department at Carroll University for 12 years. Brus has appeared as soloist with several groups, including the Waukesha Symphony and the Wisconsin Wind Orchestra. As the pianist of the Antara Trio, she has toured statewide, recorded on the Orion label, and performed on Wisconsin public radio. As an educator, she frequently presents pedagogy workshops and has adjudicated numerous competitions.
Tami Cullopy (Voice): Tami Cullopy earned a bachelor’s degree in speech and voice performance from Maranatha and an MFA from Bob Jones University. She has been involved in church music and taught in Christian schools for nearly 20 years. Cullopy participated in the Fairbanks Light Opera Theatre and was a chorus member and soloist in the Anchorage Symphony Chorus. She and husband Tim have four children.
Thomas Dvorak (Trumpet): Thomas Dvorak is Professor Emeritus of Music at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he served as Director of University Bands for 29 years. Dvorak currently serves as Music Director for the wind ensemble program for the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra. He has taught or lectured in the U.S., Canada, Japan, Australia, and many European countries. Dvorak is co-author of the Introducing the Trumpet textbook and has written many articles for The Instrumentalist magazine.
Timothy Hammond (Cello): Timothy Hammond earned a bachelor’s degree in Cello Performance at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and a master’s at UW-Madison. He won the UW-Oshkosh Concerto Competition in 2003 and 2005 and won music scholarships for three years. Hammond has taught for seven years, including at the Teaching Children the Cello seminar.
Katie Johnson (Horn): Katie Johnson is a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She previously earned a bachelor’s degree at Valparaiso University and a master’s at Wisconsin. Johnson has performed in several orchestras, including the Cleveland Orchestra at the Kent/Blossom Music Festival. She is a member of the Trio Pastiche chamber ensemble and recently completed a solo recital that featured the demanding contemporary work The Goddess Trilogy.
Megumi Kanda (Trombone): Megumi Kanda is currently Principal Trombone of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Adjunct Professor of Trombone at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. A native of Tokyo, Japan, Kanda began to play the trombone at age 10 and continued her study at the prestigious Toho High School of Music. At age 15, she became the youngest player ever to be named as one of the top 10 trombonists at the Japanese Wind and Percussion Competition. Two years later she won the Grand Prize in the National Competition for Solo Trombone and won best soloist prize upon graduation from Toho. Kanda came to the United States in 1994, and received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Prior to joining the Milwaukee Symphony in 2002, she served as a member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, faculty member of the Eastman School of Music Community Education Division, and Principal Trombonist of the Albany Symphony Orchestra.
Larry McDonald (Guitar): McDonald is a guitar instructor at three area colleges. The two-time winner of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Composition Contest has written Conservatory Tutor for Classical Guitar, The Conservative Anthology for Classical Guitar, and Music Theory for the Studio Guitarist. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Classical Guitar, a master’s degree in Composition and a doctorate in Composition and Music Theory.
Erin Kendall Murphy (Flute): Erin Kendall Murphy grew up in the Detroit area and began her flute studies at the age of nine with Jeffery Zook of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. She received her Bachelor of Music degree in Flute Performance from the University of Michigan in 2001, and went on to study at Trevor Wye’s flute studio in Kent, England, earning a Performance Certificate. In 2004 she received her Master of Music degree in Flute Performance from Northwestern University, studying with Walfrid Kujala. In the fall of 2011, Erin began her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Flute Performance with a music theory minor. Erin currently studies with Stephanie Jutt and plays principal flute in the UWM Symphony Orchestra. She has appeared in masterclasses by William Bennett, Paul Edmund-Davies, Emily Beynon, Linda Chesis, Brad Garner, and Göran Marcusson, among others. Erin is presently the adjunct flute instructor at Maranatha, and has served on the board of the Chicago Flute Club for six years. She has over ten years of teaching experience, and enjoys collaborating with other musicians in unique performance and recording projects.
Lewis Rosove (Violin and Viola): Lewis Rosove was assistant principal violinist for the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra for 22 seasons and has been an adjunct professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee since 2002. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Cal State-Northridge, where he was twice a finalist in the Coleman Chamber Music Competition. Rosove co-produced and narrated a five-part series on the complete Beethoven quartet cycle for National Public Radio.
Dean Sanford (Saxophone): Dean Sanford earned a bachelor’s degree in music education at Bob Jones University and a master’s degree in music education and supervision from Central Michigan University. He has more than 20 years of classroom experience. He owns his own music repair business.
Diana Shapiro (Piano): Diana Shapiro and Stanislava Varshavski began performing as a piano duo in 1998. They combined to win the Murray Dranoff International Two Piano Competition in Miami, Fla., in 2005. They also finished first at competitions in Israel, Italy, Poland, and the Czech Republic. Shapiro, born in Moscow, studied at Jerusalem’s Rubin Academy for Music and Dance, the Longy School of Music in Boston and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Brad Smith (Voice): Brad Smith received a B.A. in Vocal Performance from Baker University (Kan.) in 1980. He continued his vocal studies at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He was a finalist in the National Association of Teachers of Singing regional competition on both the undergraduate and postgraduate level. Smith has been featured as the tenor soloist in Messiah at Maranatha and has also ministered in music at area churches. also serves as a soloist and choir member in his local church.
Stanislava Varshavski (Piano): Stanislava Varshavski and Diana Shapiro began performing as a piano duo in 1998. They combined to win the Murray Dranoff International Two Piano Competition in Miami, Fla., in 2005. They also finished first at competitions in Israel, Italy, Poland, and the Czech Republic. Varshavski, born in Ukraine, studied at Jerusalem’s Rubin Academy for Music and Dance, the Longy School of Music in Boston and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.