Full Time Faculty

David Heller

David Heller, Ph.D.
Department Chair; Professor
Subject Area(s): Theory; Organ

As an active recitalist, David Heller has performed extensively throughout the United States and internationally in Canada, France, Germany, Guatemala, Mexico, and South Korea.

Diane Persellin

Diane Persellin, Ed.D.
Subject Area(s): Elementary Music Education; Handbells
Diane Persellin, professor of music education, has served as Editor of General Music Today, President of Texas Music Educators Conference, Interim Co-Director of the Trinity Collaborative for Teaching and Learning, and on the leadership team for the Associated Colleges of the South Teaching and Learning Workshop.

Carolyn True, D.M.A.
Subject Area(s): Piano; Piano Studies Coordinator
I have been a member of the music faculty of Trinity University since 1990 and maintain a balance between teaching in San Antonio, giving workshops and masterclasses, conducting adjudication across the country, and actively performing as a soloist and chamber musician in the United States, Europe, and Asia.

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James Worman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Subject Area(s): Secondary Instrumental Music Education; Wind Ensemble; Winds and Percussion Area Coordinator
James Worman is currently Coordinator of Winds and Percussion and Associate Professor of Music Education at Trinity University.  

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Gary Seighman, D.M.A.
Associate Professor
Subject Area(s): Secondary Vocal Music Education; Director of Choral Activities
Gary Seighman is Director of Choral Activities at Trinity University. Under his direction, Trinity’s choirs have garnered regional and national accolades with invited conference performances, tours throughout the United States and abroad, and innovative collaborations.

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Chia-Wei Lee, D.M.A.
Associate Professor
Subject Area(s): Voice
Chia-wei Lee (DMA, Ohio State University) is quickly establishing himself as one of the most compelling emerging baritones. His distinctively beautiful and strong baritone voice has already won him international acclaim.

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Carl Leafstedt, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Subject Area(s): Music History; Arts, Letters, and Entrepreneurship
Carl Leafstedt is a music historian who teaches general music history courses, a First Year Seminar on Music and Politics, and special topics courses on Tchaikovsky, Schubert, Symphonic Literature, and 20th-Century Opera. 

Kimberlyn Montford

Kimberlyn Montford, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Subject Area(s): Music History; African American Studies
Kimberlyn teaches courses in music history, opera, popular music and music in culture and identity, as well as African American studies. Her research interests include Baroque sacred music, African-American music, gender studies, popular music, and film music aesthetics. 

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Brian Bondari, D.M.A.
Associate Professor
Subject Area(s): Theory; Composition

As a composer, Brian has written for chorus, wind ensemble, chamber and percussion ensembles, theatre, and the electronic medium

Joseph Kneer, D.M.A.
Associate Professor
Subject Area(s): Theory; Violin and Viola; Orchestra; String Area Coordinator
Violinist and conductor Joseph Kneer holds a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from Oberlin Conservatory, a Masters of Music in Violin and Theory Pedagogy from the Peabody Institute, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Violin Performance, also from Peabody..

Jacquelyn Matava, D.M.
Associate Professor
Subject Area(s): Voice; Theory
Matava joined the Trinity faculty as Assistant Professor of Music in 2017, and teaches applied voice, opera workshop, and aural skills. Previously, she served as Instructor of Voice and Opera at St. Mary’s University from 2014-2017. 

Studio Faculty

Wind and Percussion

Flute and Flute Ensemble
Kristin Hayes, D.M.A (khayes3@trinity.edu)

Oboe, Bassoon, and Chamber Music
Gillian Lopez (glopez2@trinity.edu)

Gary Fair, D.M.A. (gfair@trinity.edu)

Saxophone and Saxophone Quartet
Brian Christensen (bchrist1@trinity.edu)

Sean Holmes (sholmes2@trinity.edu)


Jeffrey Castle (jcastle@trinity.edu)

Gary Poffenbarger (gpoffenb@trinity.edu)

Euphonium and Tuba
Gary Poffenbarger (gpoffenb@trinity.edu)

Jazz Ensemble
Brian Christensen (bchrist1@trinity.edu)

Percussion Ensemble, Percussion Methods, and Percussion
John Meriwether (jmeriwet@trinity.edu



Yoo-Jung Chang (ychang1@trinity.edu)

Class Guitar and Guitar
Raymundo Tamez (rtamez1@trinity.edu)

TBD (music@trinity.edu)


String Bass
Yoo-Jung Chang (ychang1@trinity.edu)

Violin and Viola
Joseph Kneer, D.M.A. (jkneer@trinity.edu)

Voice and Piano

Lydia Beasley, D.M.A. (lbeasley@trinity.edu)
Chai-wei Lee, D.M.A. (clee@trinity.edu)
Jacquelyn Matava, D.M.A. (jmatava@trinity.edu)

David Heller, Ph.D. (dheller@trinity.edu)



Zachary Ridgway, D.M.A. (zridgway@trinity.edu)
Carolyn True, D.M.A. (ctrue@trinity.edu)


Music Theory

Music Theory
Zachary Ridgway, D.M.A. (zridgway@trinity.edu)



Staff Accompanists
Wayne Ching, D.M.A. (wching@trinity.edu
Zachary Ridgway, D.M.A. (zridgway@trinity.edu)




Department Staff

Academic Office Manager
Andrew Tucker


Manager, Ruth Taylor Recital Hall
Erin Hawkins