Graduate Students

 

Born in the San Francisco Bay Area, Richard Carrick is a conductor, singer, and educator. He is currently pursuing a D.M.A. in Choral Conducting from the University of Washington where he studies with Dr. Geoffrey Boers and Dr. Giselle Wyers. Richard completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. At Cal Poly, Richard studied conducting with Dr. Tom Davies and Voice from Jackie Bauer Kreitzer. During his time in San Luis Obispo he worked with the Central Coast Children’s Choir as the Apprentice Choir director and assistant director to the Boy’s Chorus. He also conducted the choirs at the Community Church of Atascadero. Richard Continued his education at the University of Oregon where he earned a M.M. in Choral Conducting under the direction of Dr. Sharon Paul. Following his time in Oregon, Richard returned to his home town and worked with the San Francisco Boys Chorus.

From 2012 until 2018 Richard lived in the Twin Cities a served as the Artistic Director of the South Metro Chorale, Artistic Director of Calliope Women’s Chorus, and Assistant Conductor of the Oratorio Society of Minnesota. As a church musician, he served as Music Director at Hamline Church in St. Paul as well as Music Director at Glendale United Methodist Church. Richard taught music at Burroughs Community School and Hope Academy in Minneapolis, and operated a thriving private voice studio. Richard has sung professionally with the Minnesota Chorale and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Chorale, the Oregon Bach Festival, and professional chamber choirs including Magpies and Ravens, and IMPLS.


Luke Duroc-Danner is a conductor, singer, pianist, and organist. He holds a B.A. in music from the University of Chicago where his thesis on Mendelssohn’s oratorio, Elijah, was awarded honors by the music faculty. Luke has appeared as the emerging artist with The Strangers Ensemble and as a guest conductor and organist at First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple. As a pianist, he has appeared as both a soloist and a collaborative pianist – most notably in a performance at the Library of Congress while a Junior Fellow. He has sung with the University of Chicago’s Motet Choir, the Chicago Chorale, and the Apollo Chorus. During his undergraduate career, he studied conducting with James Kallembach at the University of Chicago and Bob Yarrington at Houston Baptist University. He has also attended several conducting institutes at both Westminster Choir College and St. Stephen’s House at Oxford University. Currently Luke is serving as the Choir Director at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Des Moines, and he is pursuing his Masters of Music degree in Choral Conducting at the University of Washington.


Simon Hill is a conductor and an enlivener of congregational song. In addition to his studies at the UW, Simon is the Director of Music at Bear Creek United Methodist and also leads the choir at Congregation Kol Ami. Prior to beginning his doctoral studies at the University of Washington, Simon was the Interim Director of the Seminary Singers of Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. During this time Simon also taught introduction to conducting and led the music practicum in introductory worship courses. While a student at SMU, Simon studied choral conducting with Dr. Pamela Elrod Huffman and voice with Clifton Forbis. As part of his sacred music studies with Dr. C. Michael Hawn, Simon completed an internship at Highland Park United Methodist Church under the direction of Dr. Alan Raines. Simon has worked with an array of denominations and faith traditions in a variety of roles including director, cantor, and occasionally, preacher. His research interests include the intersection of music and theology, music within the homeless community, and critical theory in higher music education. Simon holds an MM in Choral Conducting as well as an MSM in Choral Conducting from Southern Methodist University and a BA in music from Friends University.


Timothy E. Little is currently a doctoral of musical arts student in Choral Conducting at the University of Washington. A native from Pineville, Louisiana, Timothy is a singer/songwriter, conductor, church music minister, and educator. Currently, Timothy is the Executive Director of Performing Arts and Professor of Choral Music at Notre Dame-Ohio, where he shaped the department into dynamic performing divisions of music, theatre, and dance, as well as started majors in music and theatre entrepreneurship in Fall of 2019. Timothy also serves as the Director of Music at Lake Washington United Methodist Church and Social Media Marketing Coordinator for the UW School of Music.

Prior to Notre Dame, Timothy was the Coordinator of Arts in Residences and Area Coordinator for the Senior Experience at Oberlin Conservatory and the Resident Director at the School of Creative and Performing Arts-Manhattan [SOCAPA], where he was one of the founding members of the Music Program. He has also held positions in Student Life & Development at Interlochen Arts Academy and the Shenandoah Conservatory. In addition to Student Life & Development, Timothy has worked in Arts Marketing & Communications at the Shenandoah Conservatory and Louisiana State University, where he also was a photographer for LSU Football and the LSU Tiger Marching Band.

Timothy holds a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting & Literature from Louisiana State University and a Bachelor of Music degree with Vocal and Music Education studies from the Shenandoah Conservatory.

Timothy is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity and is passionate about LSU Football; his nephews and nieces; and using the arts as a medium to support students academically, artistically, and socially.


Ben Luedcke is the choir director at Seattle First Baptist Church in downtown Seattle and was recently promoted as the new Minister of Music. While studying at UW, Ben has held teaching assistantships in the choral, musicology, and English departments.  Ben was recently appointed as the new Artistic Director of the Bellevue Chamber Chorus, a 32-voice auditioned community group on the east side.  Before moving to Washington, Ben was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Monmouth College and also served as faculty at Grinnell College.  Ben is known in Madison, Wisconsin for several of his startup organizations: he was the co-founder and director of Voces Aestatis, a Wisconsin-based professional choir that specialized in the a cappella repertoire of the sixteenth century. Likewise, Ben was the founder and artistic director of Madison Summer Choir, a community chorus that performed large orchestral works.  Ben completed his Masters of Arts in choral conducting at the University of Iowa where he studied with Dr. Timothy Stalter, and he holds a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.


Frederick Bayani Mabalot is an American composer and choral conductor from Los Angeles, California. He is currently pursuing a D.M.A. in Choral Conducting at the University of Washington School of Music. He completed a Bachelor of Music degree in composition at The Sydney Conservatorium of Music in Australia where he graduated with First Class Honours. At Sydney Conservatorium, Frederick studied composition with Dr. Michael Smetanin, Dr. Matthew Hindson, and Dr. Paul Stanhope, voice with Anke Höppner, and choral conducting with Dr. Neil McEwan. He assisted Dr. McEwan as choir manager and conductor for both the Conservatorium Chamber Choir and Large Concert Choir, and was guest conductor for the highly acclaimed Christ Church Saint Laurence Church Choir Sydney in McEwan’s absence.

Frederick completed a Master of Music degree in composition at The Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen where he studied with internationally renowned Danish composers Hans Abrahamsen, Niels Rosing-Schow, and Jeppe Just Christensen, voice with Helene Gjerris and Jan Lund, and conducting with Jørgen Fuglebaek. Frederick holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal Performance from California State University in Northridge where he studied voice with Dr. David Scott, piano with Charles Fierro and Dr. Jeanine Jacobson, choral conducting with Dr. Paul Smith, and orchestral conducting with Professor Gary Pratt.

He has been a member of numerous collegiate and professional choral ensembles and has worked and performed as a choral conductor in the United States and overseas.He has held several choral conducting, organist, and accompanist positions for various churches within the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and is currently the Director of Music and Liturgy at Church of the Assumption in Bellingham, Washington, and the conductor and co-founder of Det Kongelige Danske Musikkonservatorium Voices. Frederick’s website: www.frederickbmabalot.com


Elizabeth Mitchell holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music with an Emphasis in Vocal Performance from California State University, Chico. She served as Director of Music, Choir Director, and Cantor at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Chico, California from 2011 to 2016. She has been a Choral Scholar at St. Augustine of Canterbury Anglican Church, Chico, CA; St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church, Chico, CA; and currently Church of the Ascension Episcopal Church in Seattle, WA. She was Assistant Director and Vocal Coach for the Notre Dame School Elementary and Junior High Choirs. Recipient of numerous scholarships and Young Artist Awards for voice, Elizabeth is pleased to be making the transition from soprano to conductor.


Mark Petty is a first-year D.M.A. student in Choral Conducting, joining the University of Washington after several years teaching in Idaho.  Mark nourished a love for music and the mountains while growing up in Boulder, Colorado, and has spent his life exploring the intersection between nature and the arts.  As the music teacher and adventure coordinator at an Expeditionary Learning school, he pioneered curriculum integrating music and the local environment, helping students connect to culture and the natural world through music exploration.  He received his bachelor’s degree in music education from Idaho State University and earned a master’s in choral conducting from Northern Arizona University. When not directing music, Mark enjoys leading mountaineering leadership expeditions throughout the Western United States.


Lígia Pucci is  from São Paulo, Brazil. She began her music studies at the São Paulo State Conservatory under the tutelage of Daniel Matos. Ms. Pucci is a recent graduate Teaching Fellow with a Masters Degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX, where she studied in-depth pedagogy with Dr. Samuel Holland, and Dr. Catherine Lysinger, and piano performance with Dr. Lysinger.

Ms. Pucci has participated in numerous masterclasses and festivals, the most recent ones being Brancaleoni Music Festival in Piobbico, Italy, Houston International Piano Festival, Festival de Musica de Santa Catarina, among others.

As a conductor, Ms. Pucci has participated in masterclasses, with James Jordan, Bruce Chamberlain, and Elizabeth Schauer. Ms. Pucci served as the Assistant Conductor for the Florida Gulf Coast University Choirs,  Music Director at the Estero United Methodist Church, and Assistant Music Director at Lamb of God Lutheran-Episcopal Church, Music Director at the Florida Repertory Theatre, where she directed music for three consecutive seasons.

Lígia is highly passionate about performing as well as teaching, and believes firmly that every great teacher should be a good performer. In addition to extensive teaching experience, Ms. Pucci’s collaborative experience is extensive, and her most recent projects include the performance of new works with Duo Scordatura, Syzygy (contemporary music ensemble at SMU). She is currently pursuing a degree in Choral Conducting at the University of Washington in Seattle.

If Ms. Pucci is not teaching, practicing or at school, you can find her learning new recipes, trying every coffeeshop in sight, and spending time with her loved ones.


Jennifer Rodgers is a second year doctoral student.  She comes to the program from 20 years as a freelance singer, voice teacher, and conductor in the Washington, DC area.  Much of her work is focused on adult avocational singers and lifelong singing pedagogy.  On the east coast, she was the Artistic Director of the Vienna Choral Society and the Director of Music for the UU Congregation of Rockville, as well as a private voice teacher.

She is the founder and executive director of Plunge! Cabaret, a non-profit theater that works to creatively unite higher education and community service organizations. Jennifer holds a B.Mus. in vocal performance from Ithaca College and an M.M. in Opera Theater from the Maryland Opera Studio at the University of Maryland.  She has a passion for finding out what music can do out in the world – from stretching our individual boundaries, to creating effective community partnerships, to singing our way to new perspectives on global needs.


New York native, Joslyn Thomas is a recent graduate of Westminster Choir College, earning a B.M in Music Education degree. During her time at Westminster, she performed with the Westminster Williamson Voices, Kantorei and Symphonic Choir. As a member of the Westminster Symphonic Choir, Joslyn sang under the batons of Joe Miller, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Alan Gilbert, Charles Dutoit, and Pablo Heras-Casado in notable venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall and the Kimmel Center with orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. During her three years singing with Amanda Quist and Westminster Kantorei, she toured France and England, performed at the Boston Early Music Festival, and sang on the ensemble’s first CD, Lumina.

During her time with the Williamson Voices and James Jordan, she attended the Choral Institute at Oxford as a chorister-in-residence for three summers, performed Arvo Part’s Kanon Pokajanen at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and can be heard on Hole in the SkyCarolae: Music for ChristmasSilence into Light, and a forthcoming CD of the music of Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo. Singing on several of the choir’s recordings and attending the Choral Institute at Oxford, Joslyn has worked extensively with composer, producer, and conductor James Whitbourn and recently served as a mentor for his program, the Oxford University Choral Singing Summer School, a program that gathers singers from around the world to work together for a week of study in the art of choral singing. In addition to Joslyn’s study as a choral singer, she has studied conducting extensively with James Jordan and has participated in conducting masterclasses with Charles Bruffy, Bruce Chamberlain, Steve Pilkington, and Tom Shelton.

Currently, Joslyn is a M.M. in Choral Conducting student at the University of Washington where she studies with Geoffrey Boers and Giselle Wyers, and serves as an assistant conductor of the University Chorale. When she’s not in the Seattle area, she can be heard singing with The Same Stream, a professional choir based in Philadelphia, conducted by James Jordan.


Katrina Turman is a Bay Area native and grew up singing with the Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir. She went on to study voice at the University of Oregon under the tutelage of Laura Decher Wayte and Dr. Sharon Paul.  After traveling in Europe and performing with the Munich Bach Choir, Katrina returned to California and was introduced to the world of Kodály music education. Inspired, she traveled to Hungary to pursue further studies at the Kodály Institute where she had the opportunity to study with numerous world-renowned teachers. She has since been working as a children’s choral conductor in the Bay Area, teaching young musicians from the ages of 4 to 18. Katrina is very excited to begin her masters in choral conducting at University of Washington this fall!


Tiffany Walker is a choral conductor in her second year pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting at the University of Washington. In July 2019, she was a conducting fellow at the San Diego Choral Conducting Workshop, led by Dr. Patrick Walders. She is currently a co-director of the UW Collegiate Treble Choir and one of the assistant conductors of the University Chorale. Tiffany received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from the University of California, Berkeley, where her focus was vocal performance. She completed a Master of Arts in Teaching and Single-Subject Credential in K-12 music at the University of Southern California.

Prior to her studies at the University of Washington, Tiffany taught private voice lessons and was an assistant conductor in the choral music department at Ruben S. Ayala High School in Chino Hills, California. She conducted the Women’s Ensemble in a concert tour to Puerto Rico. She also helped prepare rehearsals and sang with the Vocal Ensemble at the Third International Choral Festival in Lima, Peru. Tiffany taught as a high school choral director at San Clemente High School and Ruben S. Ayala High School. Her auditioned groups won gold ratings at Heritage Festivals in various cities nationwide. She was a member of the Pacific Chorale under the direction of Dr. John Alexander. Some of her accomplishments with Pacific Chorale include performances at the Hollywood Bowl and participation in many live concerts and CD recordings in Orange County. Tiffany’s Website: www.tiffanyjfwalker.com


Jo Beth Wasicek is currently pursuing an MM in Choral Conducting at the University of Washington. She attended Oklahoma State University where she received her Bachelor of Education in Vocal Music, and performed with the Chamber Choir and Concert Chorale under the direction of Dr. Z Randall Stroope. Upon graduation from OSU, Jo Beth began her first job as the head choir director at Carroll Middle School in Southlake, TX where the choirs had great success at UIL Contest and other events. While living in Dallas, she performed with the Dallas Symphony Chorus under the direction of Joshua Habermann. Most recently, she served as the assistant choral director at James E. Taylor High School in Katy, TX where she conducted the women’s choirs and taught AP Music Theory.

Jo Beth is an avid hiker, reader, and enjoys long walks with her dachshund, Minnie.