Music Program

Faculty and Staff

The University of Wisconsin-River Falls Music Program is on the move. We have outstanding people who are dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences that impact the entire region. Our collective vision, student-centered planning, and robust concert season have a positive impact on UWRF students and faculty, as well as musicians and music educators in the greater Twin Cities area and beyond. 

On this page, you will find a list of our talented and dedicated Music Program faculty and staff, including links to information about each member of the music team. In addition, faculty are listed according to their areas of emphases to provide an overview of the department. Finally, we recognize that our department has benefited from outstanding emeriti faculty, who have paved the way for our current music team at UWRF.

Department Chair

Paul Budde

Phone: 715-425-3183

Paul Budde 2023

Department Assistant 

Jenny Hansen

Phone: 715-425-3183

Hansen, Jenny 2019


Faculty List - Alphabetical

Babb 2023

Cera Babb - Assistant Professor of Music 

Concert Choir, Treble Choir, Chamber Singers, Conducting I, Conducting Lessons, Choral and Vocal Pedagogy

Barnett 2023b

Thomas Barnett - Professor of Music

Pep Band, Music Appreciation, Music Fundamentals, Musicianship & Aural Skills, Applied Trumpet

Bell Courtney 2023

Courtney Bell - Lecturer of Music

Applied Cello, Orchestral String Techniques 

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Charles Block - Lecturer of Music 

Applied Bass 

Paul Budde 2023

Paul Budde - Associate Professor of Music

Introduction to Music Education, Elementary Methods - Classroom Music, Popular Music, Contemporary Topics in Music Education, Student Teacher Supervision

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Ben Bussey - Lecturer of Music

Applied Trombone, Applied Euphonium/Tuba


Patti Cudd - Distinguished Lecturer of Music

Applied Percussion, Percussion Techniques, Percussion Ensemble, Percussion Masterclass, 20th Century Music, New Music Ensemble, Music Appreciation

James DeVoll

James DeVoll - Lecturer of Music 

Applied Flute

Fristad 2022

Deborah Fristad - Lecturer of Music

Class Piano, Applied Piano, Community Chorus

Gudmunsen 2023

Shawn Gudmunsen - Lecturer of Music

Secondary Methods - Music Performance

Hagedorn 2023

Joseph Hagedorn - Lecturer of Music

Applied Guitar, Guitar Ensemble, Class Guitar, Guitar Masterclass

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Erika Hammerschmidt - Lecturer of Music 

Applied French Horn 


Craig Hara - Lecturer of Music

Jazz Ensemble, Jazz History, Applied Percussion (Drumset), Jazz Masterclass

Konev 2023

Ivan Konev - Lecturer of Music

Applied Piano, Piano Ensemble, Music History, Musicianship & Aural Skills, Keyboard Masterclass

LeMay 2023

Ruth LeMay -  Lecturer of Music 

Adaptive Music 

Lim 2023

David Lim -  Lecturer of Music 

Applied Organ, Technology for the Musician 

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Nick Ober - Lecturer of Music

Applied Bassoon 

OKeefe 2023

Patrick O'Keefe - Lecturer of Music

Applied Clarinet, Clarinet Ensemble, World Music, World Music Ensemble, Introduction to Music Studies, Woodwind Masterclass


Chris Olson - Lecturer of Music

Jazz Guitar

Palbicki 2023a

Casey Palbicki - Lecturer of Music

Applied Composition, Composition, Composition Masterclass, Music & Movies, Digital Creativity Lab Manager

Snyder 2023

Ian Snyder - Lecturer of Music

Applied Violin, Applied Viola

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Justin Staebell - Lecturer of Music

Applied Voice 

Stein 2023a

LeAnn Stein - Lecturer of Music

Secondary Methods - General Music

Tanno 2023a

Momoko Tanno - Lecturer of Music 

Applied Voice, Diction I: IPA & Italian, Diction II: German & French

Tjornehoj 2023

Kristin Tjornehoj - Professor of Music

Symphony Band, St. Croix Valley Symphony Orchestra, Conducting, Instrumental Conducting, Instrumental Literature, World Music, Music Appreciation, St. Croix Valley Community Band

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Carrie Vecchione - Lecturer of Music 

Applied Oboe

Faculty List - By Area

Applied Brass

  • Thomas Barnett, trumpet
  • Erika Hammerschmidt, horn
  • Ben Bussey, trombone, euphonium, tuba
  • Paul Budde, euphonium, tuba

Applied Keyboard

  • David Lim, organ
  • Ivan Konev, piano
  • Deborah Fristad, piano

Applied Percussion

  • Patti Cudd, multiple percussion
  • Craig Hara, drumset

Applied Strings

  • Ian Snyder, violin & viola
  • Courtney Bell, cello
  • Joe Hagedorn, guitar
  • Charles Block, bass 

Applied Voice

  • Justin Staebell
  • Momoko Tanno

Applied Woodwinds

  • James DeVoll, flute
  • Patrick O'Keefe, clarinet & saxophone
  • Carrie Vecchione, oboe
  • Nick Ober, bassoon

Choral Ensembles

  • Concert Choir, Cera Babb
  • Treble Choir, Cera Babb
  • Tenor/Bass Ensemble, Cera Babb
  • Chamber Singers, Cera Babb


  • Casey Palbicki


  • Cera Babb, choral
  • Kristin Tjornehoj, instrumental

Instrumental Ensembles - Large Group

  • Symphony Band, Kristin Tjornehoj
  • St. Croix Valley Symphony Orchestra, Kristin Tjornehoj
  • St. Croix Valley Community Band, Kristin Tjornehoj
  • Jazz Ensemble, Craig Hara 

Instrumental Ensembles - Specialty 

  • World Music Ensemble, Pat O'Keefe
  • Piano Ensemble, Ivan Konev
  • Brass Ensemble, Ben Bussey
  • Trombone Choir, Ben Bussey
  • Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble, Paul Budde 
  • Clarinet Ensemble, Patrick O'Keefe
  • Guitar Ensemble, Joe Hagedorn
  • Percussion Ensemble, Patti Cudd
  • New Music Ensemble, Patti Cudd
  • Pep Band, Thomas Barnett
  • Marching Falcons, Thomas Barnett 

Music Education

  • Cera Babb
  • Paul Budde
  • Deborah Fristad
  • Shawn Gudmunsen
  • Ruth LeMay
  • LeAnn Stein
  • Kristin Tjornehoj

Music History

  • Ivan Konev
  • Patti Cudd

Musicianship & Aural Skills

  • Ivan Konev
  • Casey Palbicki 

Music Appreciation 

  • Thomas Barnett (Understanding Music)
  • Paul Budde (Popular Music)
  • Patti Cudd (Understanding Music)
  • Craig Hara (History of Jazz)
  • Patrick O'Keefe (World Music)
  • Casey Palbicki (Music & Movies)
  • Kristin Tjornehoj (Understanding Music, World Music)

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B46 Kleinpell Fine Arts

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