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Martha Bartz MarthaBartz.jpg
(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 »

PhillipBurgess.JPGPhillip Edward Burgess

  • Assistant Professor of Music
  • 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

Dr. Burgess is the Director of Choral Activities at Catawba College and Assistant Professor 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, Associate Chair 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. Read More »


SteveEtters.jpgStephen C. Etters 
(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 »


chrisfenson.jpgChris Fensom

  • Instructor of Trumpet
  • B.M., McGill University
  • M.M., Eastman School of Music

Chris Fensom teaches trumpet at Catawba College and is currently active as a trumpet player in the greater Charlotte area playing both orchestral and chamber music. His experience includes playing with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony, the Charleston Symphony and the Charlotte Symphony. Read More »


DavidFish.JPGDavid Lee Fish
(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 »


suefoley.jpgSue Foley

  • Assistant Professor of Music
  • M.A., York University, Toronto, Canada

Sue Foley is a multi-award winning musician and of the one of the finest blues and roots artists working today. Foley spent her early childhood in Canada, mesmerized by her father's guitar and started her professional career at sixteen. By twenty-one, she was living in Austin, TX and recording for Antone's—the esteemed blues record label and historic nightclub that helped launch the career of Stevie Ray Vaughan. Foley's first release, Young Girl Blues, quickly rooted her unique talents as a proficient blues guitarist/singer/songwriter and launched her out on the road—working and sharing the stage with greats such as BB King, Buddy Guy, Joe Cocker and Tom Petty. In 2001, she won the prestigious Juno Award (Canadian equivalent of the Grammy) for her CD, Love Coming Down. Foley also holds the record for the most Maple Blues Awards (seventeen) and has earned three Trophees de Blues de France. She has also garnered several nominations at the International Blues Music Awards in Memphis, TN. Read More »


WeiJiao.jpgWei Jiao
(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;
  • D.M.A. in Piano Performance, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

As a versatile soloist and devoted chamber musician, Dr. Wei Jiao has given performances in North Carolina, Ohio, New York, Georgia, Maine and China.  She was awarded the Grand Prize in the Student Artist Concerto competition at the UNCG School of Music, and performed Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 with the UNCG Symphony Orchestra.  Jiao also won the concerto competition at CSU resulting in a performance with the university orchestra. She received the Alternate prize in the Young Artist Piano Competition of the Georgia Music Teachers Association and the first prize scholarship from the Atlanta Music Club and was awarded the Young Artist Fellowship from Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Summer Festival in Maine. Read more »

cameronjohnson.jpgCameron Johnson

  • Instructor in Guitar, Bass, Drum Kit, and Audio Recording
  • B.S., Appalachian State University
  • M.F.A., UNC School of the Arts  

Cameron Johnson has been an Instructor at Catawba College since 2010. He currently teaches guitar, bass, and drum kit private lessons, as well as Audio Recording and five of the Popular Music Vernaculars ensembles. He received a BS in Music Industry Studies from Appalachian State University in 2006 and an MFA in Film Music Composition from UNC School of the Arts in 2010. He has been teaching professionally throughout NC since 2006. When Cameron is not teaching, he can be seen performing with his progressive metal band ‘Atma Weapon’ and his acoustic latin-jazz quartet ‘Nueva Voz’.

weslachot.jpgWes Lachot

  • Instructor of Songwriting and Music Theory
  • B.M., Berklee College of Music


Wes Lachot teaches songwriting and music theory at Catawba College in the Popular Music program. He received his formal education at Berklee College of Music in the late 1970s, and subsequently spent many years as a recording engineer and producer, during which time he worked with a variety of talented and well recognized artists. During his recording industry career he has worn many hats, and has accumulated an impressive list of credits as a keyboardist in addition to those for engineering, production and mixing. Read More »

ReneeMcCachren.jpgJo Renee McCachren 
(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 other classes, and directs the Performance Concentration. 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. Through several study grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, she has completed further study at Harvard University, Brandeis University, and Arizona State University. Read More »

Teresa A. Moore-Mitchellteresamooremitchell.jpg

  • Instructor of Music (voice)
  • B.A., Pfeiffer University
  • M.M., University of North Carolina, Greensboro

Teresa A. Moore-Mitchell joined our vocal faculty at Catawba in 2016. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Pfeiffer University in Misenheimer, NC. She received her Master of Music degree with a concentration in Vocal Performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Teresa has served as an adjunct instructor at Pfeiffer University, Winston Salem State University and Davidson County Community College. She is currently the Assistant Professor of Voice at Livingstone College and adjunct instructor for Catawba College. Read More »


ChristinaPier.jpgChristina 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 joined the Catawba music business faculty in 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   
(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, and Accreditation Liaison 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 Wind Ensemble, and substitute horn for the Salisbury Symphony. He has accompanied several musical productions throughout the area, including productions by Catawba’s Theatre Arts Department, Carolina Voices (Charlotte), Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, Piedmont Players (Salisbury) and the Uwharrie Players (Albemarle). In 2009 Dr. Sang was privileged to play a horn obbligato with the Catawba Singers on stage, Carnegie Hall. He is also co-founder of the Resurrection Brass at First Presbyterian Church, Salisbury.

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 »