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Phone: (704) 637-4345

  • Instructor in Music (Voice)

Martha Bartz is in demand as a classical concert soloist, recitalist, and contemporary cabaret performer. In March of 2012, she returns to Opera Carolina in their production of Eugene Onegin. She made her operatic debut as Emilia in Verdi's Otello in 2010. Martha was selected as the Winner of the Musical Theater competition at the 2010 Classical Singer Convention in New York City. Read More »

MatthewBrown.JPGMatthew Michael Brown

  • Instructor in Music (Organ)
  • B.M. in Organ Performance, North Carolina School of the Arts
  • M.M in Organ Performance and Literature, Eastman School of Music
  • Diploma in Sacred Music from Institute of Musical Leadership, the Eastman School of Music
  • Additional studies at the GoART Organ Center in Göteborg, Sweden, and the International Summer Organ Conservatoire in Paris, France

Matthew Brown currently serves as Director of Music and Organist at First United Methodist Church of Salisbury, NC where he oversees a comprehensive sacred music program of five choirs and the church’s concert series, FirstARTS. Prior to this appointment, he served on the music staff of Grace Church (Episcopal) in New York City. In addition to his work as church musician, he also maintains an active career as both soloist and collaborative artist, performing in major festivals and series throughout the United States and abroad. Former major teachers include Dame Gillian Weir, David Higgs, Jack Mitchener, Wayne Leupold.

PhillipBurgess.JPGPhillip Edward Burgess

  • Director of Choral Activities
  • B.M. Samford University
  • M.M. The University of Michigan
  • D.M.A. The University of Michigan
  • Orff Certifications I,II,III, The University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Master Orff Certificate, the University of Memphis.of Memphis

Dr. Burgess is the Director of Choral Activities at Catawba College and Instructor of Sacred Music.  In addition to his work in the classroom, he serves as a Collaborative Pianist for the Shuford School of Performing Arts.  Dr. Burgess is also the Organist/Choirmaster at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Salisbury where he oversees a graded choir program for youth and adults.  Dr. Burgess is the founding director of the Salisbury Ecumenical Choir and the Amadeus Youth Chorus.  His work with multi-cultural choirs has led to several honors including the 2012 Mayor’s Spirit Award and the Koontz Humanitarian of the Year Award in 2007.  Prior to coming to Catawba, Dr. Burges served on the faculty of Pfeiffer University and the University of Michigan. Read More »

Chamberlain is an Associate Professor of Music and serves as the Director of both Sacred Music and Worship Arts at Catawba College. A first generation college student, she earned her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance, cum laude from Wingate University, Master of Music and Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and additional studies through the Hartt School of Music, Hartford, Connecticut.
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SteveEtters.jpgStephen C. Etters
Phone: (704) 637-4476

  • Associate Professor of Music
  • B.M.E., M.Ed., University of South Carolina
  • Ed.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Etters has served as Coordinator for Music Education and Director of Bands at Catawba College since the fall of 2000. He also serves as Coordinator for Student Recruitment for the Department of Music. In addition to his duties at Catawba, Dr. Etters is sought after as a performer (low brass), guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator for concert bands, marching bands, and orchestras, as well as various solo and ensemble young artist competitions. Read More »


DavidFish.JPGDavid Lee Fish
Phone: (704) 637-4280

  • Associate Professor of Music
  • B.M., M.M., Western Michigan University
  • Ph.D., University of Michigan

Dr. David Lee Fish, Ph.D., serves as the chair of the Music Department as well as the director of both the college's Popular Music and Music Business degree concentrations. He is also the current chair of the Association for Popular Music Education, a national organization he helped found that is made up of leading colleges and universities with programs of study in that area. At Catawba, Fish teaches courses on music business, songwriting, the theory of popular music, music technology, and world music. He also directs the Vernaculars, a contemporary popular ensemble. Read More »


WeiJiao.jpgWei Jiao
Phone: (706) 289-6487

  • Instructor in Music (Piano)
  • B.A. in Music Education, Shenyang Conservatory of Music, China
  • B.M. in Piano Performance, Columbus State University
  • M.M. in Piano Performance, Syracuse University.

Jiao teaches secondary private piano lessons, class piano, and aural skills classes. She is an active collaborative artist, and accompanies lessons and recitals for vocalists and instrumentalists. She’s currently pursuing Doctor of Music Arts degree in Piano Performance at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She received M.M. in Piano performance from Syracuse University, and the B. M., summa cum laude, in Piano Performance from Columbus State University. Read more »

ReneeMcCachren.jpgJo Renee McCachren
Phone: (704) 637-4349

  • Professor of Music
  • B.M., University of North Carolina at Greensboro;
  • M.M., North Texas State University
  • Ph.D., University of North Texas

McCachren teaches music theory, music history, and piano. She received the Ph.D. in Music Theory and M.M. in Piano Performance from the University of North Texas, and the B.M., magna cum lauda, in Piano Performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Read More »

Jack Murray

  • Instructor in Music (woodwinds, Jazz Nucleus)
  • B.M. in Performance, Winthrop University
  • M.M. Music in Performance, Winthrop University

Murray is in much demand as a woodwind player, playing saxophone, clarinet, flute, and oboe in Broadway shows, symphony orchestras, jazz bands, rock bands and recording work. Read More »


Christina Pier

  • Instructor of Music (voice) and Artist-in-Residence;
  • B.M. and M.M. Indiana University
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American soprano Christina Pier is a vocal instructor with Catawba's Department of Music and is a Catawba Artist-in-Residence. Pier has been hailed by Opera News for her "big, gleaming soprano and impressive coloratura ... she is a young singer with great potential." Whether on the opera stage, concert platform, or recital hall, Ms. Pier is consistently met with great critical and audience acclaim. Read More »


dolphramseur.jpgDolpheus Ramseur

  • Visiting Instructor in Music (music business)


Dolpheus Ramseur joins the Catawba music business faculty in Fall 2009 as a special guest of the music department to team teach the topics course Artist Management: From Dream to Deal. He manages Columbia Record's Avett Brothers, one of the top 100 live musical acts in the country, and the Carolina Chocolate Drops. Dolpheus is also founder and CEO of the successful independent label Ramseur Records.

BarrySang.jpgBarry R. Sang
Phone: (704) 637-4354

  • Instructor in Music (horn)
  • B.A., Carroll College
  • M.Div., Colgate Rochester Theological Seminary
  • M.Phil., Ph.D., Drew University

Dr. Barry R. Sang is Professor of Religion at Catawba and has actively participated in vocal and instrumental music since the fifth grade. In addition to teaching as Instructor of Music in horn at the College, he is principle horn in the Catawba College Community Band and the Catawba College Wind Ensemble, and substitute horn for the Salisbury Symphony. He has played occasionally with the Catawba Brass and has accompanied several musical productions throughout the area, including Into the Woods; Oklahoma; The Seven Last Words of Christ; Peter Pan; The Singing Christmas Tree (Carolina Voices, Charlotte), and, most recently, H.M.S. Pinafore. Dr. Sang is also co-founder of the Resurrection Brass at First Presbyterian Church, Salisbury, and plays with the Legacy Brass out of Charlotte, NC.

Peter Zlotnick is an Instructor of Percussion and the Percussion Ensemble at Catawba College. In addition to his duties at Catawba, he is the Principal Timpanist of the Greensboro, Winston- Salem, and Salisbury Symphony Orchestras. Peter also serves as Education Manager for the Greensboro Symphony. Read More »