Upcoming Events

4/10/14 - 4/24/14
Student Exhibition

Rauschenberg Gallery

ESC Concert Band and Wind Ensemble Fall Concert

In Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Center at 7:30 pm.

4/25/14 - 4/26/14
Music Scholarship Auditions for Fall 2014

In Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Center at 7:30 pm.

FSW Symphony Orchestra and FSW Choir

In Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Center at 7:30 pm.

FSW Jazz Ensemble

In Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Center at 7:30 pm.

FSW Concert Band

In Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Center at 7:30 pm.

FSW Concert Band

In Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Center at 7:30 pm.

FSW Orchestra and FSW Choir

In Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Center at 7:30 pm.

FSW Jazz Ensemble

In Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Center at 7:30 pm.

Edison State College


Faculty Information

Candace Baranowski-Sundby was born in Rochester, NY. She began her formal education at the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, receiving a Bachelor’s degree in music education. As a double major she was awarded permanent certification to teach K-12 vocal and instrumental music. She earned her Master’s degree in performance and literature as a voice major. Ms. Baranowski also received two Performer's Certificates, Voice and Opera, the highest level of achievement at the Eastman School of Music.

Upon graduation she was awarded a Fullbright Scholarship to study opera in Germany, where she won prizes at the international Voice Competitions in Munich and Paris. These prizes resulted in contracts with the Saarbruecken, Germany Opera House and orchestras in France, Germany and Switzerland. In Saarbruecken she was the leading lyric soprano, performing six to eight major roles per year. Noted teachers and coaches were John Maloy, Julius Huehn, Hans Hotter, Edwin McArthur, Benton Hess, Gustav Meier, Sylvia Getzsty and Cynthia Auerbach.

She is a member of NATS, FSMTA, and ABWA. She teaches voice at Edison State College and is the Edison State College Choral Director. Candace also teaches over 40 other students at her Cayuga Music Studio in Lehigh Acres, and is the musical director of the Lehigh Singers. She is president of District VII FMTA, and vice president of the Southwest Florida Music Teacher’s Association.

Dr. Dennis R. Hill has been a musical performer, educator and conductor for over forty- five years in Ohio, Texas and Florida. For 32 years (1976 - 2008) he directed the Edison State College Concert Band, Symphony Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble, along with coaching woodwind students. He retired from full-time teaching in 2008 after 41 years. The Edison State College Endowment Corporation named a perpetual scholarship in his honor in 2007.

Dr. Hill currently teaches music history and appreciation, and applied saxophone as an adjunct professor for the Collier Campus of Edison State College in Naples, Florida.  He also directs the Bonita Springs Concert Band in Bonita Springs, Florida (bonitaspringsconcertband.com). He continues performing as a freelance musician. Dr. Hill received the Bachelor of Music (1967) and Master of Music degrees (1973) from the Dana School of Music at Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio and his Ph.d. in music education (1985) from the University of Northern Texas in Denton, Texas.

As a highly trained and experienced piano teacher, Elena Hall runs a respected and successful piano studio in Naples, Florida and has been an adjunct professor at Edison State College for the past eight years. Her private students and her students at Edison have met with considerable success. Each year her students win or place in every significant piano competition in Southwest Florida, including those sponsored by the Naples Music Club, the Bach Ensemble, Steinway Music Society and Southwest Florida Music Teacher’s Association.

Beginning her formal music education while growing up in Russia, she attended the Ryazan School of Music and the Moscow State Pedagogical University, receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in piano performance and a Master of Sceince degree in piano pedagogy. In 2000, she moved to the United States and became a citizen. She then established her studio, worked as a regular piano performer at various venues in Naples, and began her career as a professor at Edison State College. Her focus at the college is currently on Class Piano I-IV, Applied Piano, and Sight Singing and Ear Training I and II.

Link to website: www.elena-hall.com

Gary Leone is the professor of percussion at Edison State College. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree in music education at Heidelberg College, Tiiffin, Ohio. He then earned his Master of Music degree in music performance from Youngstown State University, Youngstown, Ohio. At the University of Miami, he did his doctoral program in music performance. In addition to inspiring his Edison State College students, he is a percussionist at the Broadway Palm Theater in Fort Myers. He has also performed as a principal percussionist in the Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra and as a percussionist for Norwegian Caribbean Cruise Lines. He has also performed with national touring Broadway companies in productions that include "Grease," "A Chorus Line," and "Hello Dolly."

He has also performed in concert with several national recording artists, including James Taylor, Lou Rawls, Kansas and Doc Severinsen.

Helen Niedung received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees and Performer’s Certificate in Voice from the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY. She did post graduate studies at the Stuttgart Conservatory of Music in Germany, and three Rockefeller grants took her to Rome, Italy; and Munich and Hamburg, Germany for further training. She remained in Germany for 20 years, singing in over 460 performances of 36 leading opera roles, oratorios and concerts in Europe. Returning to America, she continued her singing and teaching careers.

She has taught at Edison College since 1980 and also maintains a private Studio of Voice in Cape Coral. Since 1980, she has been Director of Music at the Edison Congregational Church, Fort Myers. In addition to performing and teaching, Ms. Niedung is an active member of the national, state and local music teachers associations and is a Florida State and National Certified Teacher of music in voice. She is also an active member of the local (Calusa Musicale), State and National Federation of Music Clubs; the National Association of Teachers of Singing; and is a charter member of the Friends of the Opera Club, Cape Coral. In 1990 she was selected "Member of the Year" by the Southwest Florida Symphony Society.

Katherine Stubbins Rodriguez is currently the adjunct professor of low brass at Edison State College and is in her 20th year as Principal Trombone of the Chicago Sinfonietta. She previously held the position of adjunct professor of trombone at Northern Illinois University for 7 years. Katherine graduated with a Master's Degree in Trombone Performance from Northwestern University, an Artist's Diploma from The Juilliard School and received her Bachelor's Degree in Music from Southern Methodist University. Her principal instructors include John Kitzman, Principal Trombone Dallas Symphony, Joseph Alessi of the New York Philharmonic and Frank Crisafulli, formerly of the Chicago Symphony.

As a performer she has substituted with orchestras such as the Dallas Symphony, the Dallas Opera, the Dallas Ballet, The Milwaukee Symphony, The Palm Beach Opera, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Grant Park Symphony and the Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra. Most recently, she served 10 years as Principal Trombonist of the Joffrey Ballet Orchestra in Chicago, Illinois. She has also toured with the Chicago Sinfonietta to Europe and the Canary Islands and the Chicago Opera Theatre to New York in its production of Monteverdi's Orfeo with Jane Glover conducting. In addition she has performed in Broadway shows at The Marriot Theater and backed up artists such as Ray Charles and the Doobie Brothers.

Katherine lives in the Palm Beach area where she and her husband enjoy the wide variety of outdoor activities that Florida has to offer.

Ken Puls has taught guitar at Edison State College since 2006. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree in music theory from the University of Nebraska at Omaha University of Nebraska at Omaha, where he received a B.M. in music theory and composition He is a graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he received the Master of Music and Ph.D. degrees in Church Music Ministry, and. He serves as Pastor of Music and Media Ministries at Grace Baptist Church in Cape Coral, Florida.

Website: http://kenpulsmusic.com

Mary Griffin Seal, B.Mus., M.Mus., piano performance, is a music faculty member at Edison State College teaching Applied Piano, Class Piano, and Sight-Singing/Ear-Training.

Ms. Seal studied music at Hartt College of Music and Boston University's College of Fine Arts, where she received her degrees in music and was elected to membership in Pi Kappa Lambda, the National Music Honor Society. She took additional course work at Columbia Teachers College and Manhattan School of Music, and noted teachers include Watson Morrison, Edith Stearns, Anita Gelber, and Robert Steinbauer.

She performs frequently as both piano soloist and accompanist for choirs, singers and instrumentalists, including the Symphonic Chorale of Southwest Florida and the Edison Chorale. She has also served as a staff accompanist for the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. As a choral accompanist, she has performed several times at the Festival of Gold invitational choral festival (New York and San Francisco), and has also performed on choral tours in Prague, Vienna, Salzburg, Rome and Florence. As a piano soloist in Montreal-du-Gers (France) she has participated in recitals premiering new music by contemporary composer Emmanuel Dubois.

Her teaching credits also include Westminster Conservatory in Princeton, NJ, Cypress Lake Center for the Arts, and Florida Gulf Coast University.

Matthew Medlock was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana. He began playing the double bass at age 12 and made his solo debut at age 17 with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. After graduating from high school, Mr. Medlock earned his Bachelor in Music degree from Boston University before moving to Houston, where he received his Masters in Music from Rice University. While at Rice he performed for an extended time with the Houston Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Medlock is a two-year Tanglewood Music Center Fellow. He has also performed with the Spoleto, Italy Festival Orchestra, the Key West Symphony and the Iris Chamber Orchestra (Michael Stern, conductor), and has been on faculty with the Eastern Music Festival.

Mr. Medlock’s primary teachers include Edwin Barker, principal of the Boston Symphony Orchestra; Timothy Pitts, principal of the Houston Symphony Orchestra; Paul Ellison, Rice University professor and former principal of the Houston Symphony Orchestra; and Greg Dugan, member of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.

Mr. Medlock has been giving private classical string bass instruction at Edison State College since 2008. In the summers he is principal bass with the Southern Illinois Music Festival. He has been a core member of the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra since 2002.

Reiko Niiya, Professor of Violin

A native of Tokyo, Reiko attended the prestigious Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, where she received the Bachelor’s degree in violin performance. Following her graduation, Reiko crossed the Pacific Ocean to continue her training at the celebrated Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where she studied under world-renowned Italian violinist, Franco Gulli.

During her years at Indiana University, Reiko not only received many priceless lessons from Mr. Gulli, but also befriended and worked closely with such musical greats as Andres Cardenes, William Preucil and Gary Hoffman.

Upon completing her education at Indiana University, Reiko moved to Venezuela, signing a two-year contract with the International Orchestra of Maracaibo, where she performed as a soloist and a first section violinist. For Reiko, those two years were highlighted by watching her teacher Franco Gulli perform the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the Philharmonic of Venezuela in Caracas, as well as taking master classes from the legendary Yehudi Menuhin.

In 1982, Reiko moved to Fort Myers and began her career as the Concertmaster of the Southwest Florida Symphony. In 1988 she moved to Washington, D.C. to test the waters there, while still remaining Concertmaster of the Southwest Florida Symphony. While living in the greater Washingto, D.C. area, Reiko served as Concertmaster for six orchestras, and became one of the most prominent freelance violinists in the country. In addition, Reiko also played with the National Symphony, the Washington Opera Orchestra at the Kennedy Center and the Wolf Trap Opera Orchestra. In D.C. , Reiko broadened her interests from classical symphonic music to include opera and pops as well. During that time, Reiko worked with such popular entertainers as Whitney Houston, Natalie Cole, Michael Jackson and Sarah Brightman, to name a few.

In 1993, Reiko played for Bill Clinton at his first Inauguration Gala Concert, and again for his second inauguration in 1997. She has since played many presidential concerts, including A Christmas in Washington, and the Ford Theater Celebration Concert, for which she is still concertmaster.

Reiko is a dedicated violin teacher and chamber music coach for young musicians. Her students have won many competitions, have been featured on radio shows such as National Public Radio’s From the Top, and are highly ranked in Florida, as well as Virginia.

Reiko plays on and Italian violin made by Vincenzo Panormo in 1793.

Ronald Doiron, D.M.A., Professor of Voice

Dr. Doiron earned a Bachelor of Music magna cum laude in Organ Performance from Chapman University in Orange, California, a Master of Music in Church Music, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Music and Choral Conducting with secondary studies in Music History and Vocal Pedagogy with departmental honors from the University of Southern California. Additionally, he has studied choral conducting with Rodney Eichenberger and choral literature with the renowned Sir David Willcock of the Royal School of Music in London.

Dr. Doiron is known as an educator and vocal pedagogue as well as a performing musician. His students have continued their studies at several respected music schools, including Duquesne University, Eastman School of Music, the University of Southern California, the University of Michigan and Florida State University. In addition to serving as the Conductor and Artistic Director of The Bach Ensemble, Dr. Doiron was invited and served as the Founding Music Director of Opera Naples. He performs regularly with the Naples Opera Society and is also the Director of Music and Organist at St. Mark's Episcopal Church on Marco Island. He is on the Faculty at First Music Academy at First Presbyterian Church in Bonita Springs, and an Adjunct Professor of Voice at Edison University in Ft. Myers.

Since July 2003 Ronald Doiron has been at the musical helm as Artistic Director and Conductor of The Bach Ensemble in Naples, FL. A church and synagogue musician for over 30 years, Dr. Doiron has held important positions as both organist and choirmaster in Southern California and Pennsylvania, including Director of Music at Temple Sinai, Director of Music Ministries at the First Presbyterian Church and Church of the Assumption in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

In addition to his work in sacred music, he was appointed an Associate Professor of Music and Departmental Chair at the Community College of Allegheny County, and was for 10 years the Founder and Conductor of the North Campus College Community Choir of CCAC, and a member of the adjunct faculty at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for 12 years.

Dr. Doiron has had an impressive career as a choral conductor in Los Angeles and Pittsburgh. In 1985, he founded the St. Joseph Choir and Orchestra in Los Angeles as a musical extension of the St. Joseph Center in Venice. Benefit performances of great masterworks (including Bach's Mass in B Minor and Magnificat, Beethoven's Mass in C, Mozart's Requiem, and many instrumental works) by the choir and orchestra provided assistance for those helping others. Dr. Doiron conducted several concerts assisting the Pittsburgh Recovery Center and in 2001 the combined choirs of Assumption Church and CCAC performed Brahms' German Requiem to assist with music scholarship funds.

More recent appearances include:

  • Conductor - Handel's Dixit Dominus and the complete oratorio Messiah with The Bach Ensemble (2007)
  • Conductor - Faure's Requiem (2005), Haydn's Mass in Time of War (2006) and Mozart's Requiem (2007) at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Marco Island
  • Conductor - Beethoven's Mass in C at St. William's Catholic Church, Naples (2004)
  • Conductor - Two performances of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony in Pittsburgh (2002)
  • Conductor - 700-voice choir for the Diocese of Venice, Florida, a Jubilee Year (2000) event at Teco Arena

Dr. Doiron has published a book on Beethoven's Mass in C (USC Press) and journal articles on vocal pedagogy and the volunteer singers in The Choral Voice and Pastoral Music (both Pastoral Press).

A former Dean of the Orange County Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, he is a past Chair of the Choir Director's Section for the National Association of Pastoral Musicians, and a retired member of the NPM National Council and the National Board of Directors for the Director of Music Ministries Division of NPM. Dr. Doiron was named a 2008 "Musician and Educator Star in the Arts" by the United Arts Council of Collier County, which recognizes exceptional leadership in the cultural community.

Dr. Doiron can be reached via email at .

Ruth Kostush, Professor of Oboe

Ruth Kostush earned her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Concordia University, and her Master’s degree in Oboe Performance from Northwestern University. She also has a professional studies degree in oboe performance from The Harid Conservatory in Boca Raton, Florida (currently Lynn University). She is very active as both a performer and teacher throughout South Florida and has performed for various orchestras in Florida as well as solo performers and shows. She is also very active with The Music Foundation of Southwest Florida, serving as the Executive Director.

Steve Chase holds degrees in both Fine Art Photography and Motion Pictures from the University of Miami. Prior to teaching at Edison State College, he was one of the founding faculty members of the undergraduate program of the School of Motion Pictures at Florida State University, where he served as a full-time faculty member from 1990 – 2004. He taught in almost every area, including editing, directing, production management and film studies.

During his tenure at FSU, he was recognized with several teaching awards and nominations. He was a recipient of the Florida Individual Artist Fellowship in 1992, and in 1994, he was singled out by the 1994 Graduating class of the Film school as their Outstanding Professor. In 1997 he won Florida State University’s highly coveted T.I.P. award for excellence in college teaching. In 2004 he was recognized for his distinguished contribution to the success of the Film School.

He has taught fine art photography at Edison State College since 2008. He is an award-winning photographer and filmmaker. He is currently pursuing his M.F.A. in Interdisciplinary Arts at Goddard College.

Scott Courtney is an adjunct music faculty member at the Lee County campus, and serves as director of music at Punta Gorda Middle School. Mr. Courtney received his B.A. from Mount Vernon Nazarene University and M.M. Ed from the Boston Conservatory. Mr. Courtney is currently completing his Ph.D. in music education at the University of Hawai‘i Manoa where he has taught music education courses and worked with different instrumental ensembles. His primary research interests include comparative education of instrumental music and the study of Indonesian music and education. Mr. Courtney’s secondary experience includes over sixteen years of teaching in Florida, Massachusetts, Ohio, and Hawai‘i.

Recent performance, research, and teaching experience have included multiple trips to Indonesia, Japan, Singapore and throughout the United States. His ensembles have presented performances at the Percussion Association Society Convention, Japan National Marching Festival and scholastic marching events such as Winter Guard International and Bands of America events. Scott is a member of the Florida Bandmaster’s Association, NAfME, the Percussion Arts Association (PAS), and the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE).

Si-Cheng Liu, cellist, graduated from Nanjing Artsrts before coming to the United States to pursue further professional studies in cello performance. She received her Master's in Music Degree and an Artist Diploma major in Cello Performance from UMKC and Duquesne University, respectively. As a graduate student in the United States, she won the Concert-Aria Competition. Her major teacher in the United States was Ms. Ann Martindale, the principal cellist of the Pittsburgh Symphony.

Si-Cheng Liu has played with a number of orchestras in America, including the St. Jose Symphony Orchestra, the MOSSPAC Chamber Orchestra, the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra Nova, the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra and the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra.

She is a faculty member at Edison State College, Florida Gulf Coast University and CSN, teaching cello, string orchestra. Her students won auditions of All-State Music Club Scholarships and awards for Summer Music Festivals. Some of her students have pursued their music careers at major conservatories in United States. Since 1995, Si-Cheng played with the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra and Southwest Florida Symphony. Besides her busy symphony concerts and teaching schedule, she actively participates in all kinds of chamber music recitals. In 1999 and 2002, she was invited to play chamber music concerts with the Naples Piano Quintet in Nanjing and Beijing, China, which were broadcast live by Jiang Su Provincial TV Station and CCTV (China national television station).

Contact info:
Tel. 239-821-8579 (cell)
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Dr. Tom Smith, Professor of Trumpet

Dr. Tom Smith is Professor of Trumpet at Edison State College and directs the Edison Concert Band, Symphony Orchestra, and Jazz Ensembles. He is also Musical Director of the Edison Pops Orchestra for the Pops at Sunset Concert Series at Edison State College.

Dr. Smith received the Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Instrumental Music Education from the Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. As a music educator, he has taught instrumental music at the middle school, high school, and college levels in Texas, Georgia, and Florida.

A highly experienced musician, composer and educator, Dr. Smith received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in trumpet performance from the University of Texas at Austin, where he studied with renowned artist and teacher, Raymond Crisara. Other trumpet teachers include Ralph Montgomery; John Schnell; Betty Scott; Bryan Goff; and Carolyn Sanders.

He began performing professionally at the age of 14 and has shared the stage with numerous prominent artists and musical ensembles from many genres of music. Among these include performances with jazz greats Lionel Hampton; Diane Schuur; Charlie Haden; and the Duke Ellington Repertory Ensemble with Gunther Schuller.  Classical performances include stints with the Victoria Bach Festival Orchestra; the Rome Symphony Orchestra (GA); the Chamber Players of the South;  the Georgia Bach Festival Orchestra; and as Solo Cornetist at the North American Brass Band Association National Competition. Other credits include many engagements with traveling jazz, rock and R&B groups; and Pit Orchestra performances with numerous Regional and National productions, including the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes; Camelot with Richard Harris; Peter Allen; and many others.

Dina Kelm

Dina Doll Kelm holds her Master of Fine Art degree and her Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from School of Visual Arts in New York. She came to Edison State in 2008 after working as a computer graphic artist and special-effects make up artist. She has worked in New York, London, Milan, North Carolina, Florida, Los Angeles, and Cuba. Jobs include, but not limited to, Saturday Night Live, The Soprano’s, The Today Show, and Woody Allen films. In 1999 her and the SNL team were Emmy nominated for make up. Dina is a judge for the World's and Master Sand Sculpting Competitions as well as local art competitions, she is a freelance artist and does sculptures for the American Cancer Society and Ronald McDonald House.

Dana Roes holds her Master of Fine Art degree from the University of Pennsylvania and her Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from Moore College of Art. She exhibits nationally and internationally and is the recipient of several awards, including a Fulbright Fellowship and New Jersey Council of the Arts Grant. She came to Edison State College in 2009 after teaching at Savannah College of Art and Design and Carnegie-Mellon University.


Stuart Brown holds a Master of Fine Art degree in directing from the University of Texas at Austin and a BFA in design from Florida State University. Stuart’s career includes credits in feature film, documentary, theatre and advertising. Stuart’s work has been recognized in numerous awards including two Wolfson Awards for Best Documentary. Stuart teaches full time at Edison State College and has done so since 2008. He also remains active professionally in both theatre and film.

William Larsen has been the principal flute of the Southwest Florida Symphony for more than twenty nine years. Bill has acted as soloist with the symphony on such works as Vivaldi's Concerto for Piccolo in C Major, Bach's Suite in b Minor for Flute and Strings, Griffes' Poem for Flute and Orchestra, Rutter's Suite Antique and a latin jazz arrangement by Jeff Tyzik of Bach's Sicilliano from his Sonata in Eb. Mr. Larsen in conjunction with his wife Beth Larsen, also a flutist, has performed Bach's Brandenburg No. 4. On April 16, 2011, Mr. Larsen premiered Pandora's Waltz: a flute concerto written by James Stephenson III in honor of his 25th season with the SWFSO.

Bill earned his Bachelors of Music in Performance from Arizona State University and his Master of Music in Performance from the College-Conservatory of Music, associated with the University of Cincinnati. His teachers include Jose Corral (Phoenix Symphony), Eric Hoover (ASU), Walfrid Kujala (Chicago Symphony), Kyril Magg (Cincinnati Symphony), William Bennett (International soloist) and Peter Lloyd (former principal of the London Symphony). Mr. Larsen is currently on the faculty of Edison State College.

The flute that Mr. Larsen plays is handmade to his specifications by Chris Abell of Abell Flutes in Asheville, North Carolina. The instrument is an entirely modern instrument in terms of scale, bore and key design, it just happens to be made of grenadilla wood, like that used for clarinets and oboes.