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PhillipBurgess.JPGPhillip Edward Burgess

  • Dean, Shuford School of Performing Arts
  • Director of Vocal-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 Dean of the Shuford School of Performing Arts and Director of the Choral/Vocal studies programs at Catawba College.  His teaching responsibilities include those within the Department of Music as well as campus-wide teaching in the First Year Seminar and Honors Programs at the college. He also serves as college organist and collaborative pianist for the Shuford School of Performing Arts. Read More »

Chamberlain is a Professor of Music and serves as the Director of 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

  • Department Chair
  • 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 »


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 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 »


jeff-little.jpgJeff Little
(704) 637-4214


  • Faculty/Artist in Residence, Popular Music 
  • Director, Music Business 
  • BS, Appalachian State University

Jeff Little is a full-time faculty member and Artist in Residence for the Popular Music Program. In addition, he is Director for the Music Business program. 

Little has over 30 years of experience in the music industry as a critically acclaimed musician, artist manager, educator and administrator for college music industry programs. His performances include such venues as the Smithsonian Institution, the American Folk Festival, the National Council for the Traditional Arts, American Piano Masters, and the PBS concert “Doc Watson and Jeff Little”. He has been featured many times on PBS as well as NPR and has performed internationally for the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in such countries as Sri Lanka, Oman, Bahrain, France and Tanzania. In addition, Little has worked in many management and production areas of the music industry, including work with national artists such as Keith Urban and John Michael Montgomery. Little is a recipient of the Distinguished Lecturer Award from The National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development, College of Education at The University of Texas. He is a SESAC affiliated songwriter and in 2014 was inducted into the Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame.

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, aural skills, and other classes, and directs the Performance Concentration. An active pianist, she regularly offers master classes for piano students and judges piano competitions. She currently holds the Katherine W. Osborne Endowed Chair for Keyboard with the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra. Her research interests range from the sixteenth-century madrigal to the music of Beethoven, and she has presented her research at regional, national, and international conferences. She also participated in music and fine arts delegations to Indonesia, Eastern Europe, and Russia, and she authored several articles for the Reader’s Guide to Music: History, Theory, Criticism and for the Encyclopedia of the Romantic EraRead 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 »

dougrowe.jpgDouglas E. Rowe

  • Instructor of Percussion
  • B.M.E., Wingate University
  • M.M. in Percussion Performance, University of North Carolina School of the Arts

As an up and coming artist, Douglas Rowe has made an impact in music education over the last several years. In addition to being a performer, he has served as an instructor, arranger, composer, and clinician throughout North Carolina. Doug completed his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education at Wingate University and his Master's degree in Percussion Performance at UNC School of the Arts. His primary teachers included David Markgraf and John R. Beck. Read More »

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.