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The Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music welcomes four new faculty members

By: Kristen Russell

The UofM’s Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music is proud to welcome four new faculty members this year.

Carlos Enrique Santelli will be the new Assistant Professor of Voice. He brings a level of vibrancy, experience and passion that will both challenge and prepare students for future success as vocal artists.

“I’m excited to be counted among the ranks of this wonderful family of vocal arts faculty and to work with such talented students,” said Santelli. “The School of Music’s legacy of fostering musical excellence and joyful artistry was evident during my visit, and I’m thrilled to be invited to become part of this tradition!”

A 2018 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions winner, Santelli graduated from Los Angeles Opera’s Domingo-Colburn-Stein young artist program.

He completed his Bachelor of Music at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and his Master of Music at the University of Michigan. This summer, he’ll complete his Doctorate of Musical Arts at Louisiana State University with a minor in voice pedagogy. He also maintains an active performing career on the operatic and concert stage. He is a first-generation Venezuelan-American and a native of Orlando, Florida.

Dr. Patrick Sutton is the new Professor of Practice for Guitar. He brings an extensive commercial and chamber performance background and is highly accomplished in his respective field as a performer and passionate music educator.

“I could not be more thrilled to join the team of world-class musicians and scholars on faculty at the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music,” said Sutton. “I love this place and look forward to being inspired by UofM’s community of dynamic young artists for many years to come.”

Sutton received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the University of Denver and his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Colorado.

Dr. Martin McCain joins the UofM as its new Artist/Teacher of Trombone.

A third-generation musician, McCain’s career spans an impressive range of musical genres. As an ambassador of the bass trombone, he maintains a versatile performance schedule as a soloist, recording artist, chamber, orchestral, jazz/commercial musician and educator. He is a four-time winner of the Global Music Awards and was featured as their “Emerging Artist” in Billboard magazine, with performances described as “solid and masterful” (International Trombone Association Journal) with a “warm and beautiful” tone (GlissandoMagazine).

“Dr. Martin McCain is one of the most highly sought-after trombonists in the country today, and we are excited to have him join the School of Music,” said Dr. Kevin Sanders, director of the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music. “He has extensive experience in classical and commercial genres, which has taken his career around the globe, and he possesses a clear passion for teaching, evident by an impressive list of student accomplishments. He will be an extraordinary asset to our students, faculty, and community.”

McCain received his Bachelor of Music degree with a business minor at the University of Southern Mississippi and a Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin. He’s a performing artist for S.E. Shires, Reunion Blues Gig Bags, and plays on the “McCain” signature mouthpiece series manufactured by Pickett Brass. Martin is also an avid BBQ pitmaster and is a sports enthusiast in his spare time.

Finally, Jeremiah Frederick will be the school’s  new Assistant Professor of Horn.

He’s currently the second horn of the South Bend Symphony and a member of the Chicago Philharmonic and the IRIS Orchestra. He also serves as the Visiting Assistant Professor of Horn at the University Of Memphis’ Scheidt School of Music and as a regular substitute with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. In addition, Frederick has played with other fine ensembles, including the Lyric Opera, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the Grant Park, Elgin, Rockford and Omaha Symphonies, the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, the Joffrey Ballet and the Philly Pops Orchestra in Philadelphia.

“We are thrilled to welcome Jeremiah Frederick to our faculty in a tenure-track position after serving as a visiting professor this year, ” said Sanders. “He is a performer of superlative skill, with a wide range of performance experience, and excels in mentoring highly talented young musicians. I very much look forward to all  he will bring to the School of Music as a teacher, performer, and colleague.”

Frederick graduated from Northwestern University in 2000 with a master’s degree in horn performance and received his bachelor’s in performance from Lawrence University. His teachers have included Gail Williams, Bill Barnewitz, David Jolley, David Thompson, James DeCorsey and Dale Clevenger.

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