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PhillipBurgess.JPGPhillip Edward Burgess

  • Assistant Professor of Music
  • Associate Department Chair
  • 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’ responsibilities at Catawba College include coordinating the Music Education degree program, overseeing instrumental music activities (including the Catawba College Wind Ensemble and Brass Ensemble), as well as teaching for both Teacher Education and General Education programs. In addition to the above responsibilities, Etters is currently working on a thorough redesign of the Music Education curriculum to better prepare Catawba students for professional success. Read More »


chrisfenson.jpgChris Fensom

  • Instructor of Music (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

  • Academic Director, Segue 61
  • 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 »

kaniamills.jpgKania C. Mills

  • Instructor in Music (Woodwinds)and Section Coach
  • B.M., Clarinet Performance,North Carolina School of the Arts
  • M.M., Clarinet Performance,University of North Carolina School of the Arts

Clarinetist/Saxophonist Mills has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States and has participated in numerous conferences and festivals. She has performed Broadway Productions under the direction of Broadway Conductors, Maestro Kevin Stites and Steven Freeman. She is clarinet chair for 12 years with the Piedmont Wind Symphony and has performed with Grammy Award winning artists, Al Jarreau, Diane Schurr, Ronnie Milsap, Dionne Warwick, Arturo Sandoval, The Three Irish Tenors, Paul Anka, Kenny G, and Neil Sedaka. Mills has been the principal clarinetist of the Salem Band. She is also the Manager of the Salem Sax Quartet. Read More »

Teresa A. Moore-Mitchellteresamooremitchell.jpg

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

Moore-Mitchell has served as an adjunct instructor at Pfeiffer University, Winston Salem State University, Davidson County Community College and Assistant Professor of Voice at Livingstone College. While pursuing her music degrees, she established herself as a successful Christian Classical Concert Artist. Her varied repertoire includes contemporary art songs, operatic arias and Negro spirituals. Starting her solo concert career while still in high school, she has performed solo concerts/performances for over 29 years throughout the United States, Greece, the Greek Islands, Germany, France, Austria and Italy. One of her most notable international performances includes a solo concert for the United States Camp Darby Base in Pisa, Italy. This concert was aired on AFN Military television for members of our courageous military leaders and their families. Read More »

frankpoolos.jpgFrank Poolos

  • Instructor of woodwinds (oboe)
  • B.A., Pfeiffer University

Poolos studied with the principal oboist of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra and played for many year as principal oboist with the Salisbury – Rowan Symphony Orchestra. He has directed and performed in numerous pit orchestras, jazz bands, woodwind quintets and recording sessions throughout the region. He is currently Director of Bands at North Stanly Middle and High School and holds memberships in several professional organizations including The National Association for Music Education (NAfME), North Carolina Music Educators Association (NCMEA), North Carolina Bandmasters Association (SCDBA). Read More »

dolphramseur.jpgDolpheus Ramseur

  • 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.