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Nikki Malley

Associate Professor & Chair of Music

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999


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Meet the Music Faculty

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999

"As a performer, I continue to experiment with new approaches to jazz improvisation. As a musicologist I continue to focus my research on the relationships between jazz and the political and social climates surrounding different periods in jazz history. As a director, I emphasize a broad knowledge of both classic jazz repertoire and new innovations in jazz composition."

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999


2 E South St

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999


"I am constantly researching new repertoire for the choirs I direct-Nova Singers and the Knox College Choir. I regularly commission new works and arrange for the composers to come to campus, work with the choir, and attend the premiere. I am currently studying the choral music of Estonia and of Central and South America. My long-time love of contemporary American music continues to be a priority for me and I am particularly interested in discovering young women composers."

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999


"I feel privileged to work both as a teacher and as a performer. 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
Director of Piano Studies

Carolyn Kellert-Griffiths
Alison Meuth
Dean Petrie

Adjunct Faculty

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

James Betts, French Horn
Timothy Bostwick, Voice
Jason Brannon, percussion
Denise Cooksey, flute, flute choir
Andy Crawford, jazz bass/guitar, Combo director
Pier Debes, Women's Chorale
Casey Dierlam, Staff Accompanist, Piano Instructor
Millie Dowling
, viola
Sharon Faust, oboe
Mary Harlan, piano
Kevin Hart, jazz piano, Combo director
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
Ashlee Mack, coordinator of piano instruction
Kevin Malley, saxophone and jazz saxophone, Combo director
Jill Marasa, Clarinet, Chamber Wind Ensemble, New Music Ensemble, Chamber Percussion Ensemble
Semenya McCord, jazz voice
Alison Meuth, voice
Dean Petrie, tuba and euphonium, Chamber Brass Ensemble
Randy Pobanz, classical guitar
Louise Polay, violin
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

Professor Laura Lane directs a Knox College Choir concert.
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