Music Faculty Bruce Polay talks with Brian Tanaka at a piano before a performance at the Orpheum Theatre. #

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Jeremy Day-O'Connell

Chair of Music

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



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Meet the Knox music faculty and instructors

Jeremy Day-O'ConnellJeremy Day-O'Connell
Chair & Associate Professor of Music
Ph.D., Cornell University, 2002
"I have always been fascinated by the simple question, 'How does music work?'"

Sarah Day-O'ConnellSarah Day-O'Connell
Associate Professor of Music
Ph.D., Cornell University, 2004
"I am writing a book on the English Canzonetta, a genre of song popular in the late 18th century. I combine musical analysis with interpretation of literary, visual, and material culture in order to explore how Joseph Haydn's canzonettas, and the canzonetta genre more broadly, participated in debates about gender, industrialization, and politics."

Laura LaneLaura Lane
Professor of Music 
D.M.A., University of Iowa, 1989
"My long-time love of contemporary American music continues to be a priority for me. I am particularly interested in discovering young women composers and in commissioning new works by living composers."

Nikki MalleyNikki Malley
Associate Professor of Music
Ph.D., University of Iowa, 2012
"As a scholar, my research examines the hidden worlds of musical improvisation. As a director and performer, I seek to find connections between jazz as an historical art form and a contemporary, innovative, set of styles and sounds.

Bruce PolayBruce Polay
Professor of Music
D.M.A., Arizona State University, 1989
"My teaching certainly informs my work as a conductor, composer and pianist, just as my concert and creative experiences enhance and shape my classroom perspective."


Ashlee Mack

Ashlee Mack
Director of Piano Studies 

Daniel Godsil
Carolyn Kellert-Griffiths
Alison Meuth
Dean Petrie

Adjunct Faculty

Knox's adjunct faculty are professional musicians who provide individual instruction on the instruments noted.

Wendy AndersonViola
James Betts, French Horn
Jason Brannon, percussion
Amber Clark
, classical piano, organ, and harpsichord
Denise Cooksey, flute, flute choir
Andy Crawford, jazz bass/guitar, Combo director
Pier Debes, Women's Chorale
Millie Dowling, viola
Sharon Faust, oboe
Sherrill Filzen, French horn
Daniel Godsil, rock/popular piano, Chamber Singers
Mary Harlan, piano
Kevin Hart, jazz piano, Combo director
Justin Haynes, saxophone, jazz guitar
David Hoffman, trumpet/jazz trumpet, jazz piano, jazz composition, Cherry Street Combo director
Steve Jackson, jazz bass
Janell Johnson, Staff Accompanist
Carolyn Kellert-Griffiths, music education
Manuel Lopez, percussion
Ashlee Mackcoordinator of piano instruction
Kevin Malley, saxophone and jazz saxophone, Combo director
Semenya McCord, jazz voice
Alison Mueth, voice
Dean Petrie, tuba and euphonium
Randy Pobanz, classical guitar
Louise Polay, violin
Laura Reynolds, clarinet
Carolyn Suda, cello, string ensemble, cello choir
Lucas Wood, voice, Men's Ensemble,

Emeritus Faculty

Charles Edward Farley
Robert W. Murphy Professor Emeritus of Music

A student rehearses with the Knox College Choir.
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