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ECC Music Department Faculty


Dr. Jennifer Lim-Judd holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music. Dr. Judd is an accomplished solo recitalist and chamber musician. She is also in frequent demand as a clinician and adjudicator across the country. Her international appearances include concerts in Taiwan and the Philippines. She has appeared as soloist with St. Louis Brass Band, Jefferson City Symphony Orchestra, Clayton Symphony Orchestra, University City Symphony Orchestra, University of Missouri-Kansas City Orchestra, Southeast Symphony Orchestra and ECC Wind Ensemble. In 1997, Dr. Judd and Annette Burkhart, a piano faculty member from Washington University, formed a piano duo team and have performed in various concert series and university campuses throughout the Midwest. From 2007 to 2009 Dr. Judd performed a series of concerts in China, including recitals at Shanghai Normal University and Hunan Normal University and Zhejiang University. Dr. Judd was awarded the Permanent Professional Certificate by the Music Teachers National Association. Many of her piano students have won top awards in state and national competitions. Several of her articles were published in the Keyboard Companion. In 2012, she was awarded the Governor’s Excellence in Teaching Award. Dr. Judd is Associate Professor of Music at East Central College.  


Dr. Timothy C. Sexton is in his second year as director of choirs at East Central College, where he also teaches Music Theory, Ear Training, and Music Appreciation. He is Artistic Director for the Four Rivers Children’s Chorale and directs the newly formed Jazz Vocal Ensemble. Timothy graduated in 2009 with his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Conducting from the University of South Carolina under the direction of Dr. Larry Wyatt. He also holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Music Education from Western Kentucky University. Timothy has taught at both the middle and high school levels. Over the past ten years of teaching, he has served as the Repertoire and Standards Chair for Middle School Choral Music in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and served on the State Choral Board of Directors. Timothy continues to be amazed by the talent level of his students and their desire to create fine musical experiences. 


Aaron Bounds a native of Hermann, Missouri, is in his third year as Director of Bands at East Central College. Aaron has taught World Music and Introduction to Music Theory and is currently teaching three sections of Music Appreciation, Low Brass Private Lessons, Jazz Combo, Jazz Band and Concert Band. In 2006, Aaron received his Bachelor of Music Education and in 2008 he received his Masters in Music, both from Missouri State University in Springfield. Throughout his studies at Missouri State, Aaron performed with many ensembles including: MSU Jazz Band under the direction of Jerry Hoover, MSU Lab Band directed by Randall Hamm, MSU Wind Ensemble under Dr. Belva Prather, and the MSU Orchestra with Dr. Robert Quebbeman. During this time Aaron also performed with the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps for two summers. Currently Aaron performs with the local swing band The Starlighter as a substitute for the Gateway City Big Band, and also with the St. Louis Philharmonic. The ECC Band program has seen growth in the last three years, and Aaron hopes to continue this development as the ensembles progress with literature. 


Adjunct Faculty Biographies

Dr. Lisa Blackmore was Adjunct Professor of Trumpet and Horn at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, MO from 1988 to 2010. Under her direction, the Lindenwood Trumpet Ensemble performed at the 2007 conference of the International Trumpet Guild at the University of Massachusetts―Amherst. She is a member of “Cadre” at Missouri Baptist University and assists with the concert band. She also maintains a studio of trumpet and horn students at Band Instrument Service Company in St. Charles, Missouri.


She earned a DMA in Trumpet with a minor in Music History at the University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign where she received the Graduate College Dissertation Award in Musicology. In 2004, she presented a paper at the Historic Brass Society Symposium in Basel Switzerland. Lisa also holds degrees from the University of Missouri-Columbia and SUNY-Stony Brook. 


She performs with the Compton Heights Concert Band, and she is principal trumpet in the St. Louis Wind Symphony. She has performed at the International Women’s Brass Conference and on Festival of Trumpets Recitals at conferences of the ITG. She is a bugler with the Missouri Military Funeral Honors Program and she has performed Taps at approximately 200 military services for Missouri Veterans since 2008. Lisa is the editor for the Master Class Column of the ITG Youth Web Site ( This web site provides useful information for young trumpeters, band directors and amateurs. Her interview with a former teacher and reviews from the International Women’s Brass Conference and International Trumpet Guild Conferences were published in ITG Journals. She served as a member of the Pioneers of Brass Committee for the IWBC and she is a trumpet adjudicator for the Missouri All-State Band and Orchestra. Dr. Blackmore is also on the faculty at University of Missouri-St. Louis. 


Dr. Leon Burke teaches Applied Voice at ECC. He earned a MM and DMA in conducting from the University of Kansas. He also has been a Fulbright Fellow in Paraguay and has served as Conductor/Music Director of the Lawrence Chamber Players, the Hutchinson Symphony, and the McPherson Symphony. He has also been on the faculties of Baker University, Sterling College, Hutchinson Community College, and Webster University. Currently he is the Conductor of the University City Symphony Orchestra and Assistant Conductor of the St. Louis Symphony Chorus. He is the Choir Director at Eliot Chapel in Kirkwood. Outside of St. Louis he is the Conductor for the Metropolitan Ballet of Topeka and conducts the Metro East Junior Orchestra in Belleville.


Su Chiu holds a M.M. degree from the Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. She has taught in high schools in Taiwan, the YAMAHA School of Music in St. Louis and has been an independent piano teacher from over 25 years. She has held officer positions at the state level for Music Teachers National Association. Many of her students have won top prizes in state and local piano competitions. She teaches Applied Piano at ECC. 


Dr. Brandon Christensen completed the doctor of musical arts degree from Stony- Brook University in New York in December, 2002, where he studied violin with Mitchell Stern and Baroque performance practice with harpsichordist Arthur Haas. He joined the faculty of Southeast Missouri State University in the fall of 2002 where he is currently an Assistant Professor. Before moving to Missouri, Dr. Christensen was a visiting professor of violin and viola at Dickinson College, and a member of the artist-faculty at the Pennsylvania Academy of Music in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He has performed as a recitalist and chamber musician throughout the United States as a former member of the West-End Chamber Ensemble, and was a chamber music fellow at the Banff summer festival as a member of the Stony-Brook graduate piano trio. He maintains a vigorous concert schedule and in recent seasons he has performed regularly throughout the region, as well as in Italy, Finland, and China. In addition to his teaching duties at Southeast he maintains active private studios in both Cape Girardeau and St. Louis. Dr. Christensen is the founder and artistic of the "Chamber Music Sundays at Three" concert series in Cape-Girardeau, Missouri. 


Amanda Cook is a native of Washington, Missouri with Bachelor of Music degrees in clarinet performance and music education from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and a Master of Music degree in clarinet performance from the University of Michigan. She is currently completing a Doctorate of Music degree in clarinet performance at Indiana University, where she served as an Associate Instructor for three years. Amanda also taught at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities. 


William Hopkins teaches Applied Guitar. He graduated from Saint Louis University in 2003 with a Bachelor's degree, and went on to study at the prestigious Conservatory of Music, University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he received his Master of Music degree in Guitar Performance (2005) under the study of Douglas Niedt. Mr. Hopkins has performed with chamber ensembles, musical theatre groups, small orchestras, and as a soloist. He is an outstanding music educator with over nine years of private teaching experience. Having studied with world famous soloists, he possesses first-hand knowledge of a wide variety of teaching and performing styles. 


Tamara Miller-Campbell, soprano, holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Michigan State University and a Master of Music degree from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, with further graduate study at the University of Michigan and the Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, Australia. Performance credits include Handel's "Messiah" and Bach's Cantata #202 with the St Louis Symphony, the Faure "Requiem" and Poulenc "Gloria" with the Belleville Philharmonic. She has appeared with Union Avenue Opera Theatre as an ensemble member in "Carmen", "La Traviata", "Faust", "Falstaff" and "Suor Angelica". She appeared most recently with Early Music St Louis and at Washington University in a performance of Schoenberg's Second String Quartet. She was honored to appear as guest soloist on the Odyssey Concert Series in Columbia MO in a performance of Schoenberg's landmark piece "Pierrot Lunaire". She returned in 2009 to her alma mater SIU Edwardsville as soprano soloist in the Rossini "Stabat Mater" as well as taking part in the premier of James Stephenson's "Remembering Our Fathers" at SIU Carbondale. She is a section leader with the St Louis Symphony Chorus and serves on the faculty of Washington University as an adjunct instructor of applied voice. 


Maggie Noud teaches Applied Flute. She holds a Master of Science in Education from Lindenwood University. She received her undergraduate degree from Southeast Missouri State University where she studied with Paul Thompson. While at Southeast, she was the principal flutist for the University Wind Ensemble being featured twice as a concerto soloist. In addition to the Wind Ensemble, she was principal flutist for the University Orchestra. She has been teaching privately for over 15 years and in public schools for 7 years. 

Mr. Douglas Rice grew up in Florissant Missouri and graduated in 1994 from Hazelwood West High School. He was Drum Major and played saxophone under the direction of Wade Dowdy. He received his B.S. in Instrumental Music Education in 2000 from Southwest Missouri State University (now Missouri State). In college he held the positions of lead Alto Saxophonist for the University Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band, Saxophone Section leader and 2 years as Drum Major of the Pride Marching Band he also performed with the Chamber singers (a vocal Madrigal Group) for 5 years. 


His first teaching assignment was Mountain Grove MO as assistant band director. He then took the head band director position at Union High School in (2001-2005). Douglas then served as a Graduate Assistant at Missouri State(2005-2007) for Mr. Jerry Hoover and Dr. Belva Prather while studying towards his MM in Instrumental Conducting (to be completed 2011). In Graduate School he held the positions of lead Alto Saxophonist for the University Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band and lead Trumpet in the Lab Jazz Band. He then had the opportunity to return to Union High School as the band director in the fall of 2007, co-directing with his wife Cassie. He is in his 4th year in that position and 8th year at Union High School and 9th year as a music educator. He currently serves as the ECMMEA District #7 Band Vice President and is a member of MBA, MMEA, MENC, Phi Beta Mu, Kappa Kappa Psi, and MSTA and has been chosen for Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers and Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities. He lives in Union, Missouri with his wife Cassie and their daughters Raegan and Valerie. 

Jim Shollenberger Former professor of Music at East Central College now teaches an online music appreciation course as a part-time instructor. He holds a B.S. in Music Education from SMSU, a Master of Music from Temple University, Kodaly and Orff certification from Webster University, University of North Texas, and University of St. Thomas. He has extended his study at several universities throughout the Midwest. He has served as honor choir conductor, clinician, and adjudicator. In. 1991, Jim received the Outstanding Alumni Award from the SMSU Music Department, in 2000, the Outstanding Music Educator Award from the Missouri State High School Activities Association and in 2003 the Governor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. 


Cheryl Stewart received a B.M.E. from Murray State University, Murray, Ky. and a graduate “Certificate of Piano Pedagogy” from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL. She has done extensive training in the Suzuki Piano Method with Haraku Kataoka, Matsumoto, Japan and several Suzuki teacher trainers in the United States including observing lessons in Matsumoto, Japan. Her students have won top prizes in several competitions at the local and state level. In addition to more than 30 years of experience in teaching piano, Cheryl has judged local festivals and competitions and is very active in local organizations. She served as president and program chairman for Piano Teachers Roundtable, a treasurer for 10 years for St Louis Area Music Teachers Association and very active in the St Louis Suzuki Piano Associations, organizing several institutes and training sessions. She maintains a large private studio and her students actively participate in auditions held by the National Guild of Piano Teachers, National Federation of Music Clubs, and the National Carnegie Hall Achievement Program. 

Sue Stubbs has been a member of the Aspen Festival Orchestra, the New Jersey Symphony, and the Kansas City Philharmonic. She is Principal Bass of the Gateway Festival Orchestra in St. Louis, and the Springfield (Missouri) Symphony. She has performed throughout the Midwest, including concerto appearances with various orchestras and recital performances in St. Louis, Columbia, Springfield, and Kansas City. She is in demand as a teacher; many of her students have won awards at state and national competitions and have gone on to graduate study at such institutions as Indiana University and The Julliard School of Music. Professor Stubbs holds a bachelor of music degree from The Juilliard School and a master of music degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Her principal teachers were Stuart Sankey, Gary Karr, and Eugene Levinson. Professor Stubbs is also on the faculty of the University of Missouri-St. Louis, St. Louis University, University of Missouri-Kansas City, and the St. Louis Symphony Community Music School. 


Patricia Tavenner teaches Applied Voice. She holds a Master of Science in Education from Missouri State University. She has performed in cathedrals in both the Czech Republic and Poland, choral performances at the American Choral Directors Association-Southwest Division conference and the Christ Church Cathedral in St. Louis, as well as various major work concerts at both Southwest Missouri State University and ECC. Currently she is involved in Missouri Music Educators Association, Music Educators National Conference, Pi Kappa Lambda, and Missouri State Teachers Association. 


Damon Van Damon received his Bachelor of Music Education with an instrumental emphasis from Millikin University in Decatur, IL. He also has work towards his masters at VanderCook College of Music in Chicago. He grew up in the St. Louis area on both sides of the river, and has resided in the Chicagoland area, Madison-Wisconsin, Colorado and Texas. Damon was the Timpani champion and part of the winning percussion ensemble at the 1994 Drum Corps International Individuals and Ensembles competition. He has been featured as a soloist with numerous groups including the Northshore Concert Band. Damon has also served as a clinician and adjudicator for many events for marching band, concert band, jazz and solo & ensemble in several states. After teaching public school bands for a dozen years, he has started a percussion services and consulting business called Drum NV. He comes from a family of musicians and band directors such that it is a bit scary. There is a killer silly putty collection and many yo-yos in his home (along with his kids' toys). Damon's lovely wife, Sarah, and two wonderful children, Barrett and Kaeden, help keep him in a state of constant disarray; as families are prone to do. 

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