Faculty & Staff

Learn more about the full-time faculty and staff of the Rollins College Department of Music.

Music Faculty

John V. Sinclair, DMA
Chair, Director, and John M. Tiedtke Professor of Music
T. 407.646.2069

Dr. Sinclair is the John M. Tiedtke Professor of Music at Rollins College.  He teaches conducting, a variety of other classes as needed and serves as the primary conductor for the Department of Music. He is also celebrating his 25th season [2014-15] as Artistic Director and Conductor of the renowned Bach Festival Society of Winter Park. He also currently conducts the International Moravian Music Festivals, the Messiah Choral Society (Winter Park), and has conducted for the Berkshire Choral Festival and numerous others.

Dr. Sinclair earned his undergraduate degree from William Jewell College and his master’s and doctoral degrees from the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri in Kansas City. During the past twenty years, he has made over one thousand appearances as conductor, clinician, or lecturer throughout the United States and in many foreign countries.

Dr. Sinclair is also a conductor of the Candlelight Processional at EPCOT and has conducted recordings for Warner Brothers, Walt Disney Corporation, the Moravian Music Foundation, and the Bach Festival Society.

A master teacher, Dr. Sinclair has received many awards while at Rollins College, including the Hugh F. McKean Award, Lifetime Achievement Award, Distinguished Service Award, and the Arthur Vining Davis Fellowship. For two consecutive years he was named “Outstanding Music Educator of the Year” by United Arts of Central Florida, and Florida International Magazine selected him as one of its “Power Players in the Arts.” Last year his Alma Mater, William Jewell College, honored him with their prestigious Citation for Achievement.

Gloria Cook, DMA
Professor of Music, Piano
T. 407.646.2106

Gloria Cook holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music.  She is a winner of numerous concerto competitions and has performed with the Springfield Symphony, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, the Charleston Symphony and the Bach Festival Choir and Orchestra.  She was also a chamber music player at the Tanglewood Music Festival and the Charleston Piccolo Spoleto Festival. Dr. Cook studied under William Kurzban, Vitya Vronsky Babin and Grant Johannesen.  She coached extensively with Martin Katz in collaborative repertoire and with Angela Cheng and Earl Wild in the works of Clara Schumann and George Gershwin. Dr. Cook will be presenting her research on Edvard Grieg’s piano works at the 2015 Grieg Festival in Sarasota, Florida.

Dr. Cook and her sister, Cynthia Lawing of Davidson College, are well known duo-piano artists, especially in the Orient. The sisters also perform at colleges throughout the United States.  Highlights of their recent tours took them to Chicago to perform at the presidential inaugural ceremony of the American Medical Association and a performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music’s new Maxin Hall. In 2014-15, their duo team will be performing at five colleges in North Carolina.  At Rollins, Dr. Cook plays a very active role in the Academic Affairs Committee. As Chair of the AAC in 2013, she was instrumental in introducing the new general education curriculum to the faculty for approval. Dr. Cook was recently awarded the prestigious Cornell Distinguished Faculty Award for 2014-2015 at Rollins College.
 

Daniel Crozier, Jr. DMA
Professor of Music, Theory and Composition
T. 407.975.6468
Described as “harmonically lush and lyrically soaring” by the New York Times, music by Daniel Crozier has been performed or recorded by the Fort Worth Opera, the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, the New York City Opera, the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park, Songfest 2004, Winsor Music, and saxophonist Branford Marsalis. His operatic, orchestral, and chamber works have been recorded for release on the Albany, ACA Digital, Parma, and MARK labels. His awards include a fellowship from the State of Florida’s Division of Cultural Affairs, an ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composers Grant, two nominations for awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, first prizes in the National Opera Association Chamber Opera competition and Fresh Ink, the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra’s commissioning competition for Florida Composers, and ASCAP Special Awards annually since 1996. Daniel Crozier holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University. He currently serves as Professor of Theory and Composition at Rollins College where he has been a recipient of the Cornell Distinguished Teaching Award.
John Grau, DMA
Assistant Professor of Music, Voice
T. 407.646.2097

Tenor John Grau has performed oratorio and opera from Renaissance to 20th century music. He is an accomplished concert soloist, having recently performed as the tenor soloist in the major works of Bach, the Evangelist in Schütz’s Weihnachtshistorie, the tenor soloist in Mozart’s Requiem, the Monteverdi Vespers of 1610, and as the tenor soloist in numerous Handel oratorios.

On the operatic stage, he has recently appeared as Flute in Britten’s A Midsummer Nights Dream, Bardolfo in Falstaff, Dr. Blind in Fledermaus, Ferrando in Cosi fan tutte, The Tenor Priest in The Magic Flute, and Henrik in A Little Night Music. John is also a frequent recitalist, and is a regular at early music festivals throughout the country. As a strong advocate for contemporary music, John's recent solo performances include the tenor premier of the ASCAP Mortorn Gould Young Composer Award for Abbie Betinis’s Nattsanger, and Alec Roth’s Songs In Time Of War in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

John received his BA in biology and music from St. Olaf College, his Masters in vocal performance from Northern Arizona University, and his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in vocal performance from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Grau has previously taught at The University of Colorado-Boulder, and at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Dr. Grau's scholarly activities contribute to the vocal pedagogy field. He has presented his research on developing tenor voices using excerpts from Handel oratorio arias at the Minnesota Music Educators Association, and at the National Association of Teachers of Singing convention in July of 2014. Dr. Grau is a frequent clinician and maintains a thriving private voice studio around Orlando, Florida. He lives with his wife, two children, and black labrador outside of Orlando, and enjoys running marathons.

Charles Archard, MM
Artist-in-Residence, Contemporary/Jazz Studies
T. 407.691.1064

Chuck Archard has been playing the electric bass guitar since the early 1970s. He holds BME and MM degrees from Morehead State University and is currently an Artist in Residence.  Chuck is an accomplished bassist, composer and educator. His original works have been played on all of the major television networks as well as HBO, STARZ, SHOWTIME, and thirty international markets. His music has been used in numerous motion pictures including, Career Girls, Substance Of Fire and Santa, Jr.

He is the author of two of the best selling bass instruction books, Building Bass Lines and No Brainer Bass published by Alfred, Inc. and has had two articles published in Bass Player Magazine.  Chuck is an in demand studio musician playing on more than one hundred CDs, national television commercials and is the bassist for Shawnee Press/Hal Leonard educational publications. He has performed and recorded with many artists including, Isaac Hayes, Larry Coryell Peter Erskine, Danny Gottlieb, Mike Wofford, Holly Hoffman, Al Vizzuti, Romero Lubambo, Helio Alves and Gene Bertoncini and has performed on network and international television shows.

Chuck has also started a recording company titled Modified Cha Cha, with his business partner Jerome Cruitt. Modified Cha Cha released their first recording, Full Circle featuring legendary New Orleans drummer Allyn Robinson in October 2011 and Dreams Realized The Allyn Robinson Project in October of 2013. Chuck is profiled in the recent book The Best Jobs in the Music Industry: Straight Talk from Successful Music Pros written by Michael Redman and published by Hal Leonard (2013). Chuck is a LaBella String endorsed artist and uses Lyrical Lumber and Godin basses exclusively.

Caitlin Mohr, DMA
Assistant Professor, Voice

Soprano Caitlin Mohr’s “powerful and expressive” (Boston Musical Intelligencer) voice, combined with her expertise in vocal pedagogy make the east coast native a sought after performer, vocal technician, and teacher of singing.

Mohr’s vocal, artistic, and theatrical versatility allow her to flourish in many musical genres including opera, chamber music, early music and musical theater. As an avid performer of contemporary compositions, Mohr has premiered works by composers Erica Glenn (Nancy, Weaver of Raveloe) and Paul Sayed (Grace in the Wind). Additional operatic credits include the title role in Benton Hess’s Felice, Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi), Mabel (Pirates of Penzance), and Giacinta (Orontea). In 2017, Caitlin made her solo debut with the Enid Symphony Orchestra in a program titled A Tribute to the Music of Rodgers & Hammerstein and Andrew Lloyd Weber.

Performance highlights of Mohr’s 2017-2018 season include a return to her alma mater, singing Mahler’s Rückert Lieder with the Davidson College Symphony Orchestra, and a recital of art songs and arias as a featured soloist on the concert series at the Sarasota Library.

Following the 2015 curation and performance of a recital titled Ladies of Note, Mohr developed an affinity for the performance of works by female composers. The recital featured compositions by Barbara Strozzi, Amy Beach, Cécile Chaminade, Alma Mahler, and Libby Larsen. This passion developed from Mohr’s desire to tell stories through song which are rarely heard— it just so happened that many of these stories were written by women. In addition to her performance of these works, Dr. Mohr has also presented lectures to audiences specifically on the works and life of Clara Schumann.

Dr. Mohr seeks to create a teaching environment of critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration to contribute to the development of the whole musician. In 2017, Dr. Mohr was appointed to the voice faculty of Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. Prior to her appointment at Rollins, Mohr’s teaching positions included the voice faculty at Texas A&M University in Commerce, Texas, and a teaching fellowship at the University of North Texas. Her teachers include Dr. Stephen F. Austin, Carol Mastrodomenico, and Jacquelyn Culpepper.

Dr. Mohr completed her musical studies at Davidson College (BA), Longy School of Music of Bard College (MM), and the University of North Texas (DMA). Her dissertation, titled Clinical Symptoms and Signs Related to Voice Disorders among Collegiate-Level Singers, is published by UNT Libraries in the UNT Digital Collection and through ProQuest. She is an alumna of Opera Breve, Amalfi Coast Music & Arts Festival, New York Musical Festival, Crittenden Opera Studio, Cambridge Summer Opera, American Singers’ Opera Project, Accademia dell’Arte, Manhattan School of Music Summer Vocal Institute, and Boston Conservatory Vocal Institute.

Susan Lackman, Ph.D.
Professor of Music, Theory and Composition
T. 407.646.2400
Susan Cohn Lackman received a Ph.D. from Rutgers University with a focus on music theory and composition as well as musicology.  An insatiable desire for knowledge as well as a scholar’s sensibility has led her to teach not only the entire Music Theory core as well as the Music History core; classes in Global, American, Jewish, and Russian music; courses in Music Business and Arts Management; as well as Marriage of Music and Poetry and Writing about Music.  Dr. Lackman is known for her program notes and in-depth articles on music.  Her management skills have been on display as General Manager of campus radio WPRK 91.5FM, board member and treasurer of the International Alliance for Women in Music, Director of the Sigma Alpha Iota International Fraternity Composers Bureau, and Executive Director of an arts presenting organization with a $1 Million budget.  Dr. Lackman was the 2011 on-site professor in residence for the Rollins Shanghai program, and she has served on several governance committees, currently secretary of the Finance and Service Committee and member of the College Planning and Budgeting Committee.  Besides adjudicating at choral festivals, Dr. Lackman directs a community chamber choir.
Joni Roos, BA
Artist-in-Residence, Strings

Joni Roos is in great demand as a teacher, performer, and clinician in the Central Florida area. As the Strings Artist-in-Residence at Rollins College, she is in charge of the string program at the Music Department. She teaches applied violin and viola, string methods, orchestral literature.  She also coaches the Instrumental Chamber Ensemble, directs the Rollins String Ensemble and assists in directing the Rollins Orchestra. Her previous teaching employment includes Seminole State College. She has also taught and performed at festivals such as the Bay View Music Festival, Piccolo Spoleto Festival, Interlochen Summer Music Camp and the Moravian Music Festival. She also teaches for the Rollins College Community School of Music.  A student of Maja Vukovic, she also studied with Paul Makanowitzky, Ronald Copes, and Jacob Krachmalnick at the University of Michigan.

As soloist, Joni Roos has made numerous appearances with the Chamber Orchestra of Florida, the Space Coast Pops, the Brevard Community Orchestra, the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra and the Bach Festival Orchestra. Her solo appearances with the Bach Festival Orchestra include a performance of the Mozart Adagio at the Galway Cathedral in Ireland. She is currently the Concertmaster of the Space Coast Pops and Principal Second of the Bach Festival Orchestra. In addition, she performs regularly with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. Professional orchestral experience includes the positions of principal 2nd of Florida Symphony Orchestra and concertmaster of Romberg as well as Gilbert and Sullivan touring productions.

Jamey Ray, MM
Assistant Professor of Music, Theory and Technology
T. 407.646.2285

Jamey Ray serves as a full-time lecturer in the Department of Music at Rollins College. Jamey completed his undergraduate work at Rollins College where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Music, specializing in voice with Dr. Ed LeRoy and piano with Dr. Gloria Cook. He continued his studies at New York University and in early 2008 he received a Master’s degree in Music Technology.

Jamey has been privileged to work with and perform alongside countless talented musicians and groups as well as serving as musical assistant to the late, legendary Marvin Hamlisch.

Jamey's choral compositions/arrangements have been published by Alfred Publishing in their Choral Series catalog as well as the Lawson-Gould catalog. His pieces have been performed all over the country including multiple state's All-State concerts. Jamey’s music can be heard performed daily at Walt Disney World’s EPCOT Center by the world-renowned Voices of Liberty.

Jamey's contemporary arrangements have been performed by 30 Rock’s Cheyenne Jackson, American Idol's Diana DeGarmo and RJ Helton, and multiple Broadway performers including Rachel Potter and Christiane Noll.

Jamey has produced hundreds of recordings and around 20 full albums for multiple Broadway and Disney performers as well as groups like the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park and Voices.

Sunni Witmer, PhD
Lecturer and Musicology

Sunni Witmer serves as Lecturer of Musicology and Ethnomusicology at Rollins College. Her area of specialty is the music of the Caribbean and Brazil, primarily early twentieth-century urban popular genres and ensembles. She holds the PhD in Music with a concentration in Ethnomusicology from the University of Florida (UF), a MM in flute performance from Louisiana State University, a MA in Latin American Studies from UF, and a BM in flute performance from UF. She has conducted fieldwork in Cuba, Brazil, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Portugal, Nicaragua, South Africa, and Russia.

At Rollins, Dr. Witmer teaches Music in the Global Environment, Music History and Literature, Global Popular Music, Music and Politics in the Americas, and various courses on the music of Latin America, as well as serving as the faculty advisor for students pursuing independent study projects. She also serves on the Steering Committee for the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Rollins and has served as the Secretary/Treasurer for Southeast and Caribbean Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology.

In addition to teaching, Dr. Witmer has presented at international conferences for the Society for Ethnomusicology and the Brazilian Studies Association, among others.  Papers presented include Popular Virtuosity: The Role of the Flute in Brazilian Choro, and Cuban Charanga: Identity, Diaspora, & the Politics of Cuban Dance Music. Dr. Witmer’s publications include a review of Instrumentos de la Música Folclórico-Popular de Cuba by Victoria Eli Rodriguez in Ethnomusicology: The Journal for the Society for Ethnomusicology, and Cuban Flute Style: Interpretation and Improvisation by Sue Miller in the Latin American Music Review.

While at the University of Florida, Dr. Witmer performed flute and Brazilian percussion with the Jacaré Brazil ensemble. She now performs locally with various ensembles including the annual Disney Candlelight Processional and the Bach Festival Society Orchestra. 

Daniel Flick
Artist-in-Residence, Creative Collaborations
T. 407.646.2087

With over thirty-five years of experience as a professional musician and a Masters Degree in performance and pedagogy from the University of Colorado, Daniel has performed in a wide variety of music styles and settings.  From Solo to Symphony, from Bluegrass to Bach, Daniel’s passion for music has played out on stages across the country, on numerous stringed instruments, and includes music for theater and film.  In addition to being featured in numerous productions by theater companies such as the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Denver Center Theater Company and the Orlando Shakespeare Theater.  Daniel has written and produced a variety of multimedia concerts for the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, and written several youth theater productions, Rivers for Everyone, an energetic event focused on the importance of aquatic environments being his most recent.

On this season’s Bach Festival Concerto’s by Candlelight program Daniel was featured in a double Mandolin concerto.

Daniel was previously the “Program and Education Manager” for the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park and is currently on the music faculty at Rollins College, where he teaches, song writing, private lessons, and directs the Acoustic ensembles.

Over the past several years filmmaking and sailing instruction have become an integral part of Daniel’s endeavors.

Music Staff

Susan Throm-White
Program & Operations Coordinator
T. 407.646.2233
Sherry Orr
Scheduling & Production Coordinator
T. 407.646.1527