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, including the Frances Cohler Coffee Concert Series, 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

Kristin Tjornehoj

Phone: 715-425-4670 (w) 715-410-7416 (c)

Kris Tjornehoj

Department Program Associate

Jenny Hansen

Phone: 715-425-3183


Faculty List - Alphabetical

Mike Alexander 

Mike Alexander - Lecturer of Music  

Applied French Horn


Joy Killough Amel - Lecturer of Music

Applied Voice, Foreign Language Diction, Voice for the Actor, Opera Techniques

Charles Asch

Charles Asch - Lecturer of Music

Applied Cello


Thomas Barnett - Professor of Music

Applied Trumpet, Music Theory, Brass Techniques, Music Appreciation, River Falls Brass

Peter Benson

Peter Benson - Lecturer of Music

Men's Choir, Applied Voice, Vocal Jazz


Alexandra Berndt - Lecturer of Music

Applied Bassoon, Woodwind Techniques


Gary Bird - Lecturer of Music

University Band, River Falls Brass


Paul Budde - Assistant Professor of Music

Music Education I, Music Education II, Music For Elementary Teachers, Popular Music, World Music, and Student Teacher Supervision, Applied Tuba


Patti Cudd - Senior Lecturer of Music

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


Laura Edman - Lecturer of Music

Applied Organ

Deborah Fristad

Deborah Fristad - Lecturer of Music

University Community Choir, Choral Literature, Vocal Pedagogy, Class Piano


Rick Gaynor - Lecturer of Music

Applied Trombone and Euphonium, Trombone Choir, Brass Ensemble, Music Appreciation, River Falls Brass


Eric Graham - Lecturer of Music

Music History, Applied Bass


Joseph Hagedorn - Lecturer of Music

Applied Guitar, Class Guitar, Guitar Ensemble


Craig Hara - Lecturer of Music

Falcon Band, American Music History, Live Sound Recording Technology, Applied Percussion (Drumset), River Falls Brass

Layton Skip James

Layton "Skip" James - Lecturer of Music



Tina James - Lecturer of Music

Applied Oboe


Ivan Konev - Lecturer of Music

Applied Piano, Piano Ensemble, Music Theory

Alicia McQuerrey

Alicia McQuerrey - Lecturer of Music

Applied Flute, Flute Choir


David Milne - Professor of Music

Applied Saxophone, Saxophone Ensembles, Jazz Ensemble, Jazz History, Music Business


Natalia Moiseeva - Lecturer of Music

Applied Violin and Viola, Chamber String Ensemble, String Techniques


Patrick O'Keefe - Lecturer of Music

Applied Clarinet, Clarinet Ensemble, Music Appreciation, World Music

Park 2016 

J. W. Park - Professor of Music

Choral Conducting, Vocal Pedagogy, Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, Applied Voice, Women's Chorus


J. Michael Roy - Lecturer of Music



Jack Stamp - Lecturer of Music

Composition, Instrumental Conducting

Kris Tjornehoj 2017

Kristin Tjornehoj - Professor of Music

Department Chair, Music Education, Instrumental Conducting, Instrumental Literature, Symphonic Wind Band, St. Croix Valley Symphony Orchestra, St. Croix Valley Community Band






Faculty List - By Area

Applied Brass

  • Thomas Barnett, trumpet
  • Rick Gaynor, trombone and euphonium
  • Mike Alexander, horn
  • Paul Budde, tuba

Applied Keyboard

  • Laura Edman, organ
  • Ivan Konev, piano

Applied Percussion

  • Patti Cudd, multiple percussion
  • Craig Hara, drumset

Applied Strings

  • Charles Asch, strings
  • Joe Hagedorn, guitar
  • Natalia Moiseeva, strings
  • Eric Graham, bass

Applied Voice

  • Joy Amel
  • Peter Benson
  • J.W. Park 

Applied Woodwinds

  • Alicia McQuerrey, flute
  • Patrick O'Keefe, clarinet
  • Tina James, oboe
  • David Milne, saxophone
  • Alexandra Berndt, bassoon

Choral Ensembles

  • Chamber Singers, J.W. Park
  • Concert Choir, J.W. Park
  • Opera Workshop, Joy Amel
  • Men's Chorus, Peter Benson
  • University Community Choir, Deborah Fristad
  • Women's Chorus, J.W. Park
  • Vocal Jazz, Peter Benson


  • Jack Stamp


  • J.W. Park, choral
  • Jack Stamp, instrumental 
  • Kristin Tjornehoj, instrumental

Instrumental Ensembles - Large Group

  • Jazz Ensemble, David Milne
  • St. Croix Valley Community Band, Kristin Tjornehoj
  • St. Croix Valley Symphony Orchestra, Kristin Tjornehoj
  • Symphony Band, Kristin Tjornehoj
  • University Community Band, Gary Bird

Instrumental Ensembles - Specialty 

  • Brass Ensemble, Rick Gaynor
  • Chamber String Ensemble, Natalia Moiseeva
  • Clarinet Ensemble, Patrick O'Keefe
  • Falcon Band, Craig Hara
  • Flute Choir, Alicia McQuerrey
  • Guitar Ensemble, Joe Hagedorn
  • New Music Ensemble, Patti Cudd
  • Percussion Ensemble, Patti Cudd
  • Piano Ensemble, Ivan Konev and Gail Olszewski
  • Saxophone Ensemble, David Milne
  • Trombone Choir, Rick Gaynor
  • Trumpet Ensemble, Tom Barnett

Music Business

  • Craig Hara
  • David Milne

Music Education

  • Paul Budde
  • Deborah Fristad
  • J.W. Park
  • Kristin Tjornehoj

Music History

  • Patti Cudd
  • Eric Graham

Music Theory

  • Thomas Barnett
  • Ivan Konev
  • J. Michael Roy

World Music 

  • Paul Budde
  • Patrick O'Keefe
  • Kristin Tjornehoj