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At Elmhurst, we pride ourselves on our music faculty’s depth and breadth of professional experience.

Among our full-time and applied faculty are members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Chorus, Lyric Opera and Chicago Sinfonietta, as well as world-class jazz musicians, composers, singers and arrangers.

Our small classes and our professional atmosphere guarantee that you will get the personal attention you need as you develop your talents.

Full-Time Faculty

Peter J. Griffin

Professor of Music and Music Department Chair
Department of Music

Gayle Bisesi

Director of Music Admission, Vocal Jazz Ensemble
Department of Music

David DeVasto

Associate Professor, Music Theory and Composition
Department of Music

Kirk Garrison

Director of the Elmhurst University Jazz Band; Director of Jazz Combos
Department of Music

Mark A. Harbold

Professor of Music Composition, History and Theory
Department of Music

James Hile

Director of Concert Bands; Assistant Professor
Department of Music

Taka Matsunaga

Director of Orchestras; Assistant Professor; Chair, String Department
Department of Music

Deborah Peot

Director of Music Education; Assistant Professor
Department of Music

Mike Pinto

Assistant Professor; Acting Director of Jazz Studies, Music Business
Department of Music

Mark Streder

Director of Music Operations; Sound Recording
Department of Music

John Towner

Acting Director of Music Business
Department of Music

Applied Faculty


Arranging and Scoring


French Horn






Jazz Combos

Jazz Improvisation

Music Business

Music Education

Organ and Harpsichord

Percussion and Drum Set


Sound Recording


Voice, Musical Theatre


Performing Ensembles

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