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Department of Performing Arts

Elliot McKinley
Assistant Professor of Music Composition and Theory
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Elliot McKinley

Elliot
McKinley
Assistant Professor of Music Composition and Theory
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Dr. Elliott Miles McKinley’s music has been performed in the United States, Canada, and Europe. Commissions include those from the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, the Czech Philharmonic Chamber Music Society, the SOLI Chamber Music Ensemble, the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra, the Estrella Consort, and the Martinu String Quartet. The Minnesota Orchestra, the Warsaw Philharmonic, and the Czech Radio Symphony have performed his orchestral music, and his works have been featured on international festivals including the Alba International Music Festival in Italy, the Mid-American Contemporary Music Festival, Indiana State University's Contemporary Music Festival, the SPARK Festival of Electronic Music and Art, as well as College Music Society and Society for Composers Inc. festivals. He is a recipient of a number of awards, grants, and fellowships including those from BMI, ASCAP, SCI, Meet the Composer, the American Music Center, the American Composers Forum, and Indiana University.

Michael DeQuattro
Dance Accompanist/Composer
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Michael DeQuattro

Michael
DeQuattro
Dance Accompanist/Composer
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Michael DeQuattro is the resident Dance Accompanist/Composer and Adjunct Faculty at Roger Williams University. In addition to his work at Roger Williams University he is also Adjunct Instructor of Percussion at Rhode Island College, The Community College of Rhode Island, and is an active freelance performer in Providence and Boston. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education from Rhode Island College and a Master of Music in Percussion Performance from the Boston Conservatory.

His performing experience is extremely varied, including theater orchestras, jazz ensembles, symphony orchestras, and rock bands. He is accomplished in many styles including improvisational, world, jazz, classical, and blues. He has performed with notable artists such as The Moody Blues, opera singer Maria Spacagna, marimbist Nanae Mimura, flautist Carol Wincenc, and pianist Judith Stillman. He has also been involved with many modern dancers and dance companies as accompanist and composer, including Groundwerx, Fusionworks, Sean Curran, Heidi Henderson, Kathy Gordon Smith, Kelli Wicke Davis, Jennifer Scanlon, Diane Noya, Melody Ruffin Ward, and Jenny Rocha among others.

Michael Bolger
Adjunct Professor
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Michael Bolger

Michael
Bolger
Adjunct Professor
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Mr. Bolger’s choreography and site specific works have been commissioned by the Island Moving Company, Spindle City Ballet, Providence Ballet and Connecticut Concert Ballet. As a dancer, he continues to perform a wide range of contemporary works with the Island Moving Company in Newport, RI, Carol Somers Dance in Boston, MA, as well as pursuing creative and performance endeavors with his partner Eva Marie Pacheco in Providence RI. Past performance credits include Underfoot Dance in New York, PHFFT! Company in France and Cadence Dance Project in Providence RI.

Michael’s teaching credits span universities, companies and dance organizations. He is the Director of Dance Education for the Island Moving Company coordinating creative based programs for elementary, middle and high school students. He is on full time faulty at Providence Ballet.
 

"An exceptional and commanding dancer.
- Theodore Bale, Boston Herald

"A compelling performer.
- The Boston Globe

Cathy Nicoli
Assistant Professor
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Performing Arts Annex
Areas of Expertise: 
Dance and Performance Studies

Cathy Nicoli

Cathy
Nicoli
Assistant Professor
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Performing Arts Annex
Areas of Expertise: 
Dance and Performance Studies

In 2004 Cathy received her MFA in Dance as a teaching fellow at Smith College. She is a two-time recipient of the RI State Council of the Art’s Choreography Award and the RI Foundation's Arts Education Scholarship. She has performed her choreography at the Kennedy Center, London’s National Theater, and in Ben Folds Five’s MTV video Underground - of which she was also assistant choreographer. She was co-artistic director of the Providence-based Groundwerx Dance Theatre for six years, an original member of Heidi Henderson’s elephant Jane dance, and the director of Bearnstow’s art and nature day camp for children.

Stephan Brigidi
Adjunct Professor
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(401) 254-3660
Areas of Expertise: 
Aesthetics, Photography & Film, Painting & Drawing, Art History & Italian Culture

Stephan Brigidi

Stephan
Brigidi
Adjunct Professor
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(401) 254-3660
Areas of Expertise: 
Aesthetics, Photography & Film, Painting & Drawing, Art History & Italian Culture

Stephan BrigidiStephen Brigidi was born in Providence, Rhode Island in 1951, and is a widely published artist whose work has been exhibited throughout the United States and Europe. Brigidi received his MFA at RI School of Design in 1976, studying with Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind. He is a Fulbright-Hays fellow, a MacDowell Colony fellow, and a recipient of fellowships for his photography from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Universities of Hawaii and Connecticut, the Unicolor Corp., and the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.

In 1991 Brigidi collaborated with the poet, Robert Bly, on Angels of Pompeii, an artist portfolio and book published by Ballantine Books, New York. Remarkable People is Brigidi’s second book published in 1995 by the Sunningdale Foundation. Two new books about Italy are currently in process, including Afraid of the Dark: A Venetian Story, to be published in 2014.

Nancy Rosenberg
Adjunct Professor Musical Theatre and Musical Direction
D.M.A. Boston University, M.A. Boston University, A.B. Brown University
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(401) 254-3626
Areas of Expertise: 
Music, Theatre

Nancy Rosenberg

Nancy
Rosenberg
Adjunct Professor Musical Theatre and Musical Direction
D.M.A. Boston University, M.A. Boston University, A.B. Brown University
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(401) 254-3626
Areas of Expertise: 
Music, Theatre
William Grandgeorge
Professor Emeritus of Theatre
A.B. Knox College, M.A. University of Illinois
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(401) 254-3627

William Grandgeorge

William
Grandgeorge
Professor Emeritus of Theatre
A.B. Knox College, M.A. University of Illinois
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(401) 254-3627
Jonathan Richter, M.M.
Adjunct Professor
B.A. and B.S. University of Connecticut, M.M. Yale University
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(401) 254-3626
Areas of Expertise: 
Director, Roger Williams University Chorus

Jonathan Richter

Jonathan
Richter
M.M.
Adjunct Professor
B.A. and B.S. University of Connecticut, M.M. Yale University
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(401) 254-3626
Areas of Expertise: 
Director, Roger Williams University Chorus

Jonathan Richter is an active conductor, vocalist, and music educator based in southern New England. In addition to directing the Roger Williams University Chorus, Richter also directs choral ensembles at the New England Conservatory in Boston, MA and the Walnut Hill School for the ArtJonathan Richter conductings in Natick, MA. Jonathan earned a B.A. in Music, B.S. in Education from the University of Connecticut, and a M.M. in Choral Conducting from Yale University. He is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in choral conducting at Boston University.

John Dennewitz
Adjunct Professor
M.M. New England Conservatory Bachelor of Music, B.M. Rhode Island College
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(401) 254-3439
Areas of Expertise: 
Applied Music: Guitar

John Dennewitz

John
Dennewitz
Adjunct Professor
M.M. New England Conservatory Bachelor of Music, B.M. Rhode Island College
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(401) 254-3439
Areas of Expertise: 
Applied Music: Guitar

JOHN DENNEWITZ has been performing and teaching classical guitar since the early 1990's. He has delighted diverse audiences throughout New England as both a soloist and chamber musician with his musicality and passionate playing. In 2008, he performed as a member of the Providence Mandolin Orchestra in their summer European tour to France and the Netherlands.

Eric Christensen
Adjunct Professor
G. D. New England Conservatory, M. M Yale University School of Music, B. M. Lawrence University Conservatory of Music
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Areas of Expertise: 
Applied Music: Guitar

Eric Christensen

Eric
Christensen
Adjunct Professor
G. D. New England Conservatory, M. M Yale University School of Music, B. M. Lawrence University Conservatory of Music
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Areas of Expertise: 
Applied Music: Guitar

Eric Christensen has taught and performed professionally for over ten years. He is proficient in a variety of styles including classical, jazz, rock and musicals. He has performed in a variety of settings including weddings, cocktail parties, corporate functions, art galleries, libraries, nursing homes, hospices, and churches. Primarily a classical guitarist, he has performed as a recitalist, chamber musician, and concerto soloist throughout the United States and Canada including several major cities including New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago as well as popular vacation destinations such as Cape Cod, Aspen, and Palm Beach. He has appeared on many concert series including Music on the Hill, East Greenwich, Rhode Island; Spire Series, Pompano Beach, Florida; and Classical Mandolin Society of America, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He has performed live on National Public Radio (NPR) in Palm Beach, Florida. Eric gives master classes and chamber music coachings to area high schools and special presentations to elementary schools throughout the country.