The Study of Music at Centre

Applied Music Adjunct Faculty


TIM LAKE is a singer-songwriter, composer, performer, and teacher who was born in Manhattan, New York and raised in Lexington, Kentucky. Playing banjo and guitar, Lake has been a professional musician for over 20 years, has released ten albums of original songs, and has performed internationally and across the United States with his group "The Little Big Band."

Lake received a doctorate in music in 1991 from the University of Kentucky. In 1993, he performed and recorded the world premiere of his doctoral work, "An American Concerto For 5-String Banjo And Orchestra," with the Atlanta-Emory Orchestra in Atlanta, Georgia. In 1995, his concerto was awarded Kentucky’s prestigious Al Smith Fellowship for music composition and he has also received recognition as a composer from ASCAP’s Standard and Popular Awards panel from 1994 through 2011.

Rounder Records released Lake’s first recording entitled "Same Old Roadside Inn" and in 1993, Lake started his own company, Padraig Records LLC, which has since released six compact disc/cassette recordings. For more about him, visit his website,


David BryantDAVID BRYANT has served on the faculties of Centre College, Eastern Kentucky University, Wake Forest University, and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He currently holds the position of Principal Bassoon of the Huntington Symphony Orchestra and has also performed with the Greensboro Symphony, Louisville Orchestra, Kentucky Opera, Lexington Philharmonic, North Carolina Symphony, Carolina Ballet, and the Opera Company of North Carolina.

Bryant's primary bassoon teachers were Michael Burns, Benjamin Coelho, and Christopher Weait. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from The Ohio State University, a Master of Arts degree from from University of Iowa, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He also has Master of Library Science degree from the University of Kentucky and is currently a librarian at the Louisville Free Public Library.


A Kentucky native, DANIEL WORLEY has a D.M.A. and M.M. in Music Composition from the University of Michigan and a B.M. in Theory/Composition (guitar emphasis) from the University of Louisville. He’s received commissions from the Albany Symphony, Tulsa Philharmonic, and SEAMUS/ASCAP among others. His dissertation was the first concept album ever accepted as a dissertation by a major composition program.

In the last 10 or so years Worley has: built and run two recording studios; produced, recorded and/or mastered more CDs than he can remember, including two with his former band CityGoat; and has taught composition and electronic music at U of M. He currently teaches orchestration and composition at University of Louisville as well as guitar, digital music, and composition at Centre College. Worley can often be seen playing dobro with the Kentucky Music Ensemble.




JOHN HARROD has documented, recorded, and performed traditional music for more than 40 years. Born and raised in Shelby County, Kentucky, he has a B.A. from Centre College (1967) and an M.A. from Oxford University (1969) which he attended as a Rhodes Scholar. Recently retired, he taught history and English at Owen County High School (16 years) and Frankfort High (8 years).

In the 1970s and ’80s, Harrod played with a number of bands including the Progress Red Hot String Band, the Bill Livers String Ensemble, and the Gray Eagle Band that re-introduced traditional musicians such as Bill Livers and Lily May Ledford to Kentucky audiences. During this time he also worked for three years as a Kentucky Arts Council folk artist-in-residence in Wolfe, Estill, and Trimble Counties.

Along with Mark Wilson and Guthrie Meade, Harrod has produced a series of field recordings of Kentucky fiddle and banjo players that is available on Rounder Records. His extensive field recordings are housed at both the Kentucky Center for Traditional Music at Morehead and Berea College. He has taught fiddle and conducted workshops at the Augusta Heritage Center, the American Festival of Fiddle Tunes in Port Townsend, Washington, the Berea College Celebration of Traditional Music, and the Cowan Creek Mountain Music School. He continues to perform with Kentucky Wild Horse, a band that highlights the connections between traditional music and bluegrass. In 2004, Harrod received the Folk Heritage Award of the Governor’s Awards in the Arts for his work in traditional music.

Denis Santos

Originally from Ceará-Brazil, DENIS SANTOS has always been involved in teaching and performing. While in Brazil, he taught music theory and flute at the Baptist Seminary of Ceará, Federal Technological Center, Ceará State University (outreach program); besides coordinating one of the largest after school music programs in the state with over 400 students learning voice, woodwind, strings, and brass at the Tapera das Artes Institute.

Santos came to the United States in 2005 to pursue a master degree at Campbellsville University in Kentucky which he completed in May 2008. In 2010, he won the first prize in the college division of the McCauley Chamber Music Competition with his Quarteto Gracioso flute quartet from Campbellsville University.

In 2011, Santos formed the Almeida Duo with Saulo DeAlmeida (cello & bass). The duo married their classical music background with their love for jazz, Brazilian, and gospel music. The result is a versatile and unique ensemble. In 2012, they took their Almeida Duo in concert to South Korea, Japan, and Brazil where they performed at several venues. Their first CD, Amazing Grace, is due to be released in the summer of 2013.

Santos is currently pursuing a D.M.A. degree at the University of Kentucky.


Misty TolleMISTY TOLLE was born and raised in Berea, KY and then went on to receive both of her degrees from The Juilliard School. She has worked for Carnegie Hall, the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra and many others. Her performing experience includes playing with Broadway orchestras for productions which include Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, and Les Miserables and holding artist residencies throughout the country. She has recorded for BMI, Albany Records, and EMI Classics and was managed for years by MCM Artists. She is a member of BlueBrass Quintet, a Lexington-based brass ensemble specializing in rich, warm brass music for wedding ceremonies and other events.

She has a passion for teaching students from beginner to advanced. Her students have gone on to attend LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts and Interlochen Arts Camp and Academy. Tolle also teaches horn & chamber music each summer at Interlochen Arts Camp.


Elaine Humphreys CookELAINE HUMPHREYS COOK, Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra principal harpist,has appeared as soloist with the LPO, the Louisville Orchestra, Evansville Philharmonic, and with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. She has played with orchestras in Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Columbus, California, and Aspen having worked with conductors including James Levine, Eugene Ormandy, Seiji Ozawa, and Gunther Schuller. As acting principal harp with the Louisville Orchestra for three years, she performed at Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center.

Cook appears on the Pro Organo label with the Christ Church Girls Choir in works by John Rutter and Benjamin Britten. Cook performed Voices of Ancient Children by George Crumb with the New York Chamber Ensemble, Jan & Francesca DeGiatani, and worked with a New Music Ensemble in San Francisco directed by Jon Adams. Cook holds a bachelor of music degree from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and master of music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.


Zachary KlobnakZACHARY KLOBNAK serves as College Organist in addition to teaching harpsichord, organ, and piano. He is also Director of Music and Organist at the Presbyterian Church of Danville. A native of Iowa, he earned an undergraduate degree in music from Luther College, Decorah, Iowa, and a Master of Music degree from the University of Florida, Gainesville. He is currently a doctoral candidate in organ performance and literature at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he held the Marcella K. Brownson Fellowship for organ studies. His principal organ teachers include Dana Robinson, Laura Ellis, and Gregory Peterson; he has also studied harpsichord with Kathryn Reed and choral conducting with Donald Nally, Fred Stoltzfus, and Timothy Peter.

Klobnak is an active recitalist, a member of the American Guild of Organists and the Presbyterian Association of Musicians, and studied French organ literature and design in Paris and in the Alps region of France during Summer 2013. He has held church music positions in Illinois, Florida, and Iowa. In his spare time, he is an avid runner, a yoga enthusiast, and a self-proclaimed political junkie.


Ben GeyerBEN GEYER is a pianist, composer, and educator. At age eight, his parents found him playing at a friend’s piano in his Nashua, NH hometown and immediately enrolled him in lessons; two decades later, he is now a Ph.D. student in Music Theory at the University of Kentucky. Ben’s extensive performance experience includes two years each in New York City and central New England. His debut album, The Narrative, was called “...Colorful, intriguing, and well worth hearing” by Scott Yanow of Los Angeles Jazz Scene. Ben has performed with Winard Harper, Avery Sharpe, Barry Ries, Marion Cowings, Stjepko Gut, Vince DiMartino, and Endre Rice.

Geyer composed The Slip, a work for three modern dancers and a jazz sextet, which was premiered in collaboration with choreographer Annie Now at the Tea Lounge in Brooklyn. He also wrote incidental music for Finger Paint, an original play featured in the New York City International Fringe Festival. More recently, he arranged seven Duke Ellington pieces, including selections form the Sacred Concert, for performances by the American Spiritual Ensemble, directed by Everett McCorvey, with the Kentucky Jazz Repertory Orchestra directed by Dick Domek and Miles Osland. As an educator, Geyer is currently a Theory and Aural Skills Teaching Assistant at the University of Kentucky in addition to his role as Instructor of Jazz Piano at Centre. His previous appointments have included Applied Jazz Piano at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and Music Appreciation at Nashua Community College (NH). Geyer has served as guest lecturer and vocal coach at Rivier College in Nashua, NH, and as piano faculty at the UMass Amherst “Jazz in July” program. Since 2002, he has taught private music lessons to students of many ages, abilities, and interests. His teachers have included Hal Galper, Jon Faddis, Ivan Davis, and Raleigh Dailey. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Studio Music and Jazz, Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Miami Frost School of Music, and a Master of Music in Jazz Studies from Purchase College, SUNY.


Kasey WebbKASEY WEBB was raised in Burgin, Ky and now resides in the hills of Forkland with his wife, Melissa, and daughter, Polly. He was introduced to old time music at the age of four by the late Bill Brashear and Russ Moore. He fondly recalls hearing "Pretty Polly" on the mandolin and claw hammer banjo, which began his interest in old time music. As a young teen, he began playing the guitar and has added mandolin, banjo, fiddle, and upright bass to his list. Webb has been a member of a few local bluegrass bands playing at local coffee shops, art galleries, and festivals. Since meeting his wife he has had the opportunity to play old time music at weddings around Kentucky, including his own as he played Margeret's Waltz as his bride walked down the aisle. Webb enjoys playing for and with the local community to encourage interest and cultural experience in old time music. He enjoys playing a variety of bluegrass instruments, but spends most of his time on the mandolin, fiddle and banjo.




Colin HillCOLIN HILL teaches private lessons and directs the percussion ensemble. In addition, he acts as Adjunct Percussion Instructor at Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville, Tennessee and recently served as the Spring 2013 Interim Percussion Director at the University of Kentucky while Professor James Campbell was on sabbatical. As an active performer, Hill performs regularly with the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra, BluHill Percussion Duo, REP Theatre Company, and the Ben Geyer Quartet. Internationally, Hill has been invited to perform showcase concerts at the Taiwanese International Band Festival, Paris Conservatory’s PerKumania Percussion Festival, Percussive Arts Society’s International Convention, Ecole Nationale de Musique in Alencon, France, Jazz Educator Network’s Annual Conference, and the Internation L’Ecole Municipale de Musique in Le Mans, France. He has appeared as a guest artist and clinician at numerous high schools and universities throughout the midwest as well as Percussive Arts Society Days of Percussion in Kentucky, Indiana, and Tennessee. Hill received his doctoral degree from the University of Kentucky, master’s degree from Indiana University, and bachelor’s degree from the University of North Texas.


ELIZABETH WOLFE has been an instructor of piano at Centre College for several years. She enjoys training students of all levels, and performs frequently in concert with students and faculty. Wolfe received a Master of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Louisville, where she studied with Lee Luvisi and Dr. David Kaisermen. Her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance was obtained at Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina where she studied piano under Mr. Henry Rauch. Organ is her secondary instrument.

Wolfe revels in helping students to grow into the artistry and expressiveness of creating music on this beautiful instrument. The depth of beauty within the literature for piano is vast and greatly varied, endless in detail, creativity, and inspiration. Developing one’s mind, ear and hands is an exciting process through which the pianist can infuse his own unique personality and musical ideas to convey sounds and moods that move the listener’s heart and mind.


Doug DrewekSaxophonist, composer, and educator, DOUG DREWEK, has taught courses including private lessons, saxophone quartets, jazz ensembles, and jazz history at East Carolina University, Chowan Community College, and the University of Kentucky. A native of Raleigh, North Carolina, he has performed with the North Carolina Symphony, the North Carolina Jazz Repertory Orchestra and the US Air Jazz Orchestra featuring Ben E. King.

In 1996, Drewek traveled with the Leon Jordan Continentals on a weeklong tour of northern England. In 2002 he was featured with the East Carolina Jazz Ensemble at the JVC Jazz Festival and the Birdland jazz club in New York City. While in Kentucky, Drewek has played with a variety of ensembles including DiMartino-Osland Jazz Orchestra, The Kentucky Jazz Repertory Orchestra, The Lexington Philharmonic, the Temptations, and Aretha Franklin. He can be heard most recently on the Osland Saxophone Quartet’s recording, Commission Impossible, the DiMartino/Osland Jazz Orchestra’s Quotient, and the Kentucky Jazz Repertory Orchestra’s Flying Home. Other recordings include the world premier of Bob Mintzer’s Rhythm of the Americas with the Osland Saxophone Quartet and the University of Kentucky Wind Ensemble, as well as the University of Kentucky Jazz Ensemble’s Self Contained which was recommended for a Grammy nomination in 2006.


Leah Hagel LEAH HAGEL-KAHMANN, originally from Connecticut, recently completed her DMA with Benjamin Karp at the University of Kentucky where she was awarded the Kentucky Opportunity Fellowship and won the 2010 Concerto Competition. Hagel-Kahmann began her studies at the University of Michigan as a Rogel Scholar before transferring to the University of Wisconsin to study with Uri Vardi. She completed her MM at Boston University where she served as Assistant to the String Department under Michael Reynolds.

An avid teacher as well as performer, Hagel-Kahmann has been a TA at the University of Kentucky and Brevard Music Center, a guest lecturer at Grand Valley State University, and is currently on the faculty of Central Music Academy in Lexington. While maintaining a large private studio, she serves as Director of the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras "Friends in Music" program, an after-school string mentoring program housed at two Lexington middle schools. Hagel-Kahmann also works with CKYO's Preparatory String Orchestra as the Assistant Conductor. She has coached chamber music at the University of Wisconsin, for the Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras, and for CKYO. Her summers have been spent at Eastern Music Festival, Musicorda, Chautauqua, Brevard Music Center, Manchester Music Festval, and Colorado College Summer Music Festival.




Chase HawkinsPHILLIP CHASE HAWKINS is a versatile performer on the modern trumpet, baroque trumpet, and other historical instruments and an active performer, educator and clinician. He holds the position of Adjunct Professor of Trumpet. In addition, he also serves as Principal Trumpet with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra in Knoxville, TN, 1st Bb Cornet in the Saxton’s Cornet Band, as Eb Soprano Cornet in the Lexington Brass Band, and a member of the University of Kentucky Faculty Brass Quintet.

Hawkins has had the opportunity to perform with professional ensembles such as the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops Orchestra, and the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra. He has been a member of several Symphony Orchestras, including: Principal Trumpet of the American Institute of Music Studies Orchestra in Graz, Austria in 2012; Principal Trumpet of the Genesee Valley Symphony Orchestra and Greece Symphony Orchestra in Rochester, NY from 2008-10.

He has appeared in concert halls, recital venues and churches around the world, including New York’s Carnegie Hall, the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing, China; Tianjin Concert Hall in Tianjin, China; Stefaniensaal in Graz, Austria; and Brucknerhaus in Linz, Austria. In addition to classical trumpet, he also has been featured as lead and solo trumpet with the Bluegrass Area Jazz Ambassadors (BAJA), The Metronomes, the New Horizons Big Band, Havana Nights Salsa Band, and Half Ton Horns: playing funk, soul, and rock.

In March of 2012, Hawkins was the first place winner in the Graduate Solo Division of the National Trumpet Competition in Fairfax, VA. In June of 2012, he was also the first place winner in the Graduate Division of the National Brass Symposium Solo Competition in Kennesaw, GA. Hawkins is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts Degree at the University of Kentucky. He holds a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music, where he was awarded the distinguished Performer’s Certificate.


Meg Saunders MEG SAUNDERS holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance and a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of Virginia. She completed a Master of Music degree in Violin Performance and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Teaching degree at Eastern Kentucky University. Saunders has been on the music faculty of Centre College since 2003, and is also currently serving on the faculty at Eastern Kentucky University as violin/viola instructor. She teaches over 70 young students with the Heritage Area String Program in Danville.

In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Saunders is a regular performer with the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra. She performs regularly on solo and chamber music recitals and maintains a large studio of Central Kentucky students ages 4-18. During summers she serves on the faculty of the Stephen Foster Music Camps and performs with the Wintergreen Festival Orchestra in Virginia.


Mark KanoMARK KANO, tenor, has been acclaimed for his unique tone quality, sensitive musicianship, and comedic acting abilities. In 2009, he performed the leading role of Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus under the baton of Maestro Francesco Carotenuto in Rome, Italy. Kano has sung roles with Cincinnati Opera, Kentucky Opera, Nashville Opera, Lexington Singers, Middle Tennessee Choral Society, Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra, Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, and the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra. He has been a finalist in the Orpheus National Voice Competition and a two-time winner in the Mid-South Regional National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Competition. Kano was recognized as a Torch Bearer of Excellence and was twice the recipient of the Phyllis Jeness Outstanding Voice Student Award during his tenure at the University of Kentucky.

He is a dedicated voice teacher and his students have been admitted as voice majors to various colleges and universities, have been finalists in the NATS competition, and participated in summer music festivals abroad. Kano holds a B.M. in vocal performance from Middle Tennessee State University and M.M. from the University of Kentucky. He has completed all of the necessary course work towards the Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in vocal performance at the University of Kentucky. Kano currently serves as Coordinator for the Schmidt Youth Vocal Competition and serves on the voice faculty for the Kentucky Governor's School for the Arts in addition to private voice instruction at Centre College.


Casey Nardolillo CATHERINE CLARKE NARDOLILLO, soprano, lauded by the NY Times for her “exquisite” singing, is a frequent concert soloist, appearing at Carnegie Hall, and with the Toledo Symphony, Boulder Philharmonic, Evansville Philharmonic, Lexington Philharmonic, Owensboro Symphony, Orchestra Sinfonica dell’International in Rome, Natchez Festival of Music, the National Youth Choir, Nebraska Choral Works, Limestone Chorale, Huntington Choral Society in New York, and the Middletown Chorale in Connecticut. She recently sang Mahler’s Rückert Lieder with the Johnson City Symphony in Tennessee.

Nardolillo has also appeared in operas with the Aspen Opera Theater Center, the Colorado Lyric Theater, Chautauqua Music Festival, Operafestival di Roma, Dicapo Opera, the University of Kentucky Opera Theatre, and the University of Colorado Opera. Some other favorite opera roles include, Alice Ford in Falstaff, both Mimi and Musetta in La Bohème, Elizabeth in God Bless Us Everyone, Violetta in La Traviata, Adina in L’elisir d’amore, Contessa in Le nozze di Figaro, and Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte. She has been a prizewinner in the Rocky Mountain District Metropolitan Opera Council Auditions, the Denver Lyric Opera Guild Competition, the American Traditions Competition in Savannah, Georgia, and the Alltech Opera Scholarship Competition in Lexington, Kentucky.

Nardolillo has toured extensively, performing throughout the United States and in Europe. A native of Maysville, Kentucky, she received her B.M. at the University of Kentucky in 1996, her M.M. from the University of Colorado in 1999, and is currently a D.M.A. candidate at the University of Kentucky. Nardolillo has taught at the Downing Academy for Performing Arts, UK, and Berea College. She currently teaches voice at Centre College and maintains a private studio in Lexington, Kentucky.