Heather Buchman, Department Chair
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Office: List 233


Music Staff and Administrators

STEPHEN BEST serves as Coordinator of Individual Performance Study and of the Musicale/Student Concert program. He is responsible for organizing and supervising the performing opportunities for students enrolled in Solo Performance or Applied Music. Also adjunct instructor in organ and basic keyboard, he holds A.B. (Music) and M.Mus. degrees in organ performance from Syracuse University and is Minister of Music at Utica’s First Presbyterian Church. He is also Dean of the Central New York Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and a published composer whose organ works are available at http://www.evensongmusic.net/bestorgan.html.

KIM CARROLL, Academic Office Assistant, received her Bachelor of Business/Public Management from SUNYIT. She is responsible for providing a broad range of administrative support for departmental and adjunct faculty. She hires and oversees the department student workers and is responsible for recruiting, scheduling, and maintaining the Applied Music and Solo Performance program.

WILLIAM Di PAOLO, Technicial Coordinator for Wellin Hall and The Blood Studio, received his training in the IATSE NYS Association of Motion Picture and Stagecraft and has over fifteen years of film, TV, and stage experience. He is responsible for all of the technicical requirements, including sound, lighting, video, and stage design, for both locations.

COLLEEN ROBERTS PELLMAN, Student Staff Pianist Coach, received a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from Miami University (O.) and a Master of Music degree in piano performance from Ithaca College. She has also studied with Menahem Pressler, Malcolm Bilson, and most recently Dr. Fred Karpoff. Ms. Pellman has performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician in new music concerts throughout central New York, as half of the Pellman-Ucci four-hand piano duo and as an accompanist. She joined the faculty of Hamilton College in 1980 and from 1988-2004 she served as Coordinator of Staff Pianists for the department.  As student staff pianist coach Ms. Pellman assigns student staff pianists in consultation with the Coordinator of Staff Pianists, coaches the student staff pianists on their assigned literature, handles payroll issues for student staff pianists, and serves as liaison to the piano technician.

BETH BROTHERTON, Music Library Coordinator, is responsible for the general operation of the Music Library, including reserve materials management, hiring and supervising study workers, collection assistance and development, and policy decisions.

MICHELLE REISER-MEMMER, Performing Arts Administrator, received a B.A. from UNC-Chapel Hill and an M.A. from Carnegie Mellon University. She is responsible for programming the Performing Arts at Hamilton Series and Department of Music events in Wellin Hall. She also manages the box office and schedules Wellin Hall.

SAR-SHALOM STRONG, Lecturer in Piano and Coordinator of Staff Pianists, received his Bachelor of Music magna cum laude from Knox College and Master of Music in piano from Syracuse University. He administers the program for student and professional pianists who accompany students pursuing private music study. In addition to his teaching and administrative duties, Mr. Strong performs extensively, both as soloist and collaborative artist, and for nearly ten years, played orchestral keyboard with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra. His recordings of Hugo Wolf songs with soprano Janet Brown and music of Sidney Hodkinson and Malcolm Lewis with the Society for New Music have received critical acclaim.