Music Department

Faculty and Staff

The University of Wisconsin-River Falls Music Department 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 Department 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

David Milne

Phone: 715-425-3183

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Department Program Associate

Jenny Hansen

Phone: 715-425-3183

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Faculty List - Alphabetical

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Cera Babb - Assistant Professor of Music 

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

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Thomas Barnett - Professor of Music

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


Charles Block - Lecturer of Music 

Applied Bass 

Budde 2019

Paul Budde - Associate Professor of Music

Introduction to Music Education, Elementary Methods - Classroom Music, Secondary Methods - General Music, Secondary Methods - Music Performance, Popular Music, Technology for the Musician, Contemporary Topics in Music Education, Student Teacher Supervision, Applied Tuba & Euphonium


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


Laura Edman - Lecturer of Music

Applied Organ

Deborah Fristad

Deborah Fristad - Lecturer of Music

Class Piano, Applied Piano, Community Chorus


Rick Gaynor - Lecturer of Music

Applied Trombone, Euphonium, and Tuba, Trombone Choir, Brass Ensemble, Brass Masterclass


Joseph Hagedorn - Lecturer of Music

Applied Guitar, Guitar Ensemble, Class Guitar, Guitar Masterclass


Erika Hammerschmidt - Lecturer of Music 

Applied French Horn 


Craig Hara - Lecturer of Music

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


Ivan Konev - Lecturer of Music

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

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Ruth LeMay -  Lecturer of Music 

Adaptive Music 

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David Milne - Professor of Music

Music & Stage & Screen Arts Department Chair, Jazz Ensemble, Jazz History, Applied Saxophone, Saxophone Ensemble

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Nick Ober - Lecturer of Music

Applied Bassoon 


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 2023

Casey Palbicki - Lecturer of Music

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

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Brittany Rudoi - Lecturer of Music 

Applied Voice

Snyder 2023

Ian Snyder - Lecturer of Music

Applied Violin, Applied Viola

Tanno 2023

Momoko Tanno - Lecturer of Music 

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

Kristin Tjornehoj 2021

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


Carrie Vecchione - Lecturer of Music 

Applied Oboe


Pete Whitman - Lecturer of Music 

Applied Saxophone, Applied Jazz Improvisation

Faculty List - By Area

Applied Brass

  • Thomas Barnett, trumpet
  • Erika Hammerschmidt, horn
  • Rick Gaynor, trombone, euphonium, tuba
  • Paul Budde, euphonium, tuba

Applied Keyboard

  • Laura Edman, organ
  • Ivan Konev, piano
  • Deborah Fristad, piano

Applied Percussion

  • Patti Cudd, multiple percussion
  • Craig Hara, drumset

Applied Strings

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

Applied Voice

  • Brittany Rudoi
  • Momoko Tanno

Applied Woodwinds

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

Choral Ensembles

  • Concert Choir, Cera Babb
  • Treble Choir, 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, Rick Gaynor
  • Trombone Choir, Rick Gaynor
  • Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble, Paul Budde 
  • Clarinet Ensemble, Patrick O'Keefe
  • Saxophone Ensemble, David Milne
  • Guitar Ensemble, Joe Hagedorn
  • Percussion Ensemble, Patti Cudd
  • New Music Ensemble, Patti Cudd
  • Pep Band, Thomas Barnett
  • Marching Band, Thomas Barnett 

Music Education

  • Cera Babb
  • Paul Budde
  • Deborah Fristad
  • Ruth LeMay
  • 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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