Cliff Jourdan
Department Chair of Fine & Performing Arts
Director of Bands
Associate Professor of Music
Professor Jourdan holds a Masterís degree in Music Education from VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, and a Bachelorís degree in Music Education from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He studied conducting with Dr. Charles Menghini of VanderCook, Edward Benyas and Michael Hanes of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale....
Dr. Sarah Graham
Director of Choirs
Assistant Professor of Music
Dr. Sarah J. Graham is the Assistant Professor of Choral Music at Kaskaskia College, where she conducts the Concert Choir, Madrigals/Jazz Choir and the Kaskaskia College Community Chorale. At Kaskaskia she teaches Class Piano, Music in America, Music Appreciation and Private Applied Voice. Prior to her appointment at Kaskaskia College, Dr. Graham served as the Assistant Illinois State University and the Director of Choral Activities at Monmouth College in Monmouth, Illinois.
Stephen Marr
Adjunct Professor of Music
Course(s): Applied Clarinet, Applied Saxophone, Music Appreciation, Introduction to Music In America
Steve Marr has earned a Masters Degree in Music Performance and is an accomplished private clarinet and saxophone instructor with 20 years experience. He is committed to student development through the use of individually-tailored teaching techniques and participation in multiple individual and ensemble settings. He is also an accomplished instrumentalist with a wide variety of playing experiences at the collegiate level, in the military, and in the local area, to include classical, jazz, sacred, and musical theater.
Tom Baker
Adjunct Professor of Music
Course(s): Applied Guitar, Applied Trumpet, Guitar Ensemble, Class Guitar
Tom Baker holds a BS degree in music ed. from the University of Illinois and has done graduate work at Ball State University in Indiana and Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, Illinois. He holds
membership in MENC and the INTERNATIONAL TRUMPET GUILD. Mr. Baker retired from public school teaching in 2008. During his 25 year public school teaching career he taught both high school and jr. high school bands in Indiana and Illinois. Mr. Baker has maintained a very active professional performing and writing career. His arranging and writing projects cover a wide range of professional and educational genres including marching shows for competition, jazz and pop arrangements for many professional and school groups and praise band arrangements for Christian groups.
Dr. Matthew Allison is quickly emerging as a musical leader in Southern Illinois, operating a music studio in Metro St. Louis with over 30 students and four flute choirs. Previously, he has held positions at Western Illinois University, the Pennsylvania Academy of Music, the University of Kansas, as Artist in Residence at Millersville University-Lancaster, and as the artistic director of Flute Fest of Central Pennsylvania. He has performed and lead clinics at organizations including Eastern Illinois University, University of Missouri St Louis, Southern Illinois Flute Society, Flute Society of St Louis, PMEA, PMTA, KMEA, IMEA. His professional performances include concerts with the Harrisburg Symphony and Louisville Orchestra as soloist/principal of the Allegro Chamber Orchestra, soloist with the Alton Symphony Orchestra, as founding member of the NakedEye New Music Ensemble and the Triune Tio, and several other organizations throughout the US. He recently won first prize in the Flute Society of St. Louis 2012 Young Artist Competition.
Terrence Mayhue
Adjunct Professor of Music
Course(s): Applied Percussion
Terence is the Director of Jazz Studies and Percussion Instructor at McKendree University. He has attended and graduated from Millikin University, Eastern Illinois University, and is currently finishing his DMA at the University of Illinois. Terence also worked at Eastern Illinois University as the Head of Percussion Studies where he wrote for and directed the Mid-West Funk Factory Drumline for 10 years. He is constantly booked throughout the Mid-West as a clinician, arranger, and performer ranging from orchestral to commercial music. Terence has performed with artists such as 4-time Grammy award winning B.J. Thomas, Aretha Franklin, Mitzi Gaynor Riders in the Sky, Anthony Kerns, Maureen McGovern and others.
Laura Somodi
Adjunct Professor of Music
Course(s): Applied Bassoon, Oboe, Class Piano
Laura Somodi has a Master of Music degree with a focus on Oboe Performance from The Pennsylvania State University and a Bachelor of Music degree with a focus on Oboe Performance from Illinois State University.

During her studies, Mrs. Somodi performed in a number of top music ensembles: as Principal Oboe with PSU's Symphonic Wind Ensemble and with PSU's Philharmonic and Chamber Orchestras, ISU's Symphony and Chamber Orchestras and ISU's Wind Symphony. Mrs. Somodi has studied with Timothy Hurtz and Judith Dicker.

While studying and performing at ISU, Mrs. Somodi performed with the Big Red Marching Machine and was a member of the Sousa Band Tour band. She also performed on the recordings for the following CD's by Illinois State University: The Legacy of John Barnes Chance, released July 2005 and Maslanka: Wind Symphony (World Premiere), released August 2005 and David Maslanka: A Carl Sandburg Reader, released December 2009.
Sharon Mahon
Adjunct Professor of Music
Course(s): Applied Voice, Music Appreciation, Class Piano
William Reynolds
Adjunct Professor of Music
Course(s): Applied Trombone, Euphonium
William L. (Bill) Reynolds is a native of Mt. Vernon, and the eldest son of musicians/music teachers, Wayne and Faye Reynolds. Mr. Reynolds earned his Bachelor of Music Performance and Education from Murray State University, where he was solo euphonium with the M.S.U. marching band, concert band, wind ensemble, and brass choir, and he also played trombone with the M.S.U. orchestra. Mr. Reynolds has done graduate work in performance on both trombone and euphonium at S.I.U. Carbondale, S.I.U. Edwardsville, and Murray State University. He has performed with the Jackson Tennessee Symphony, the Rend Lake Symphony, Alton Symphony, and Centralia Cultural Society as well as many dance bands and jazz groups in the St. Louis area. He has toured with many circuses, and has been featured in a number of movies. Presently, Bill is retired from teaching, and plays with the Kaskaskia College Concert and Jazz Bands, Rend Lake Band, the Southern Illinois Concert Band, Tom Baker's Mardi Gras Brass, and the Little Egypt Brass quintet. Bill is the founder and conductor of the Independent Silver Band.
Dr. Matthew Allison
Adjunct Professor of Music
Course(s): Applied Flute, Music Appreciation, Introduction to Music In America
Greg Allen
Adjunct Professor of Music
Course(s): Private Tuba Instruction
Dovie Heaton-Bergen
Adjunct Professor of Music
Course(s): MUSC 210 - Music In Early Childhood
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