The Music Department faculty are committed to
your success and are always willing to help you in establishing
goals, finding answers, and pursuing your musical aspirations.
Elaine Schaefer has a wide range of experience
working with both instrumental and vocal music in Elementary, Junior
High, and High Schools in California, Nevada, and Saskatchewan,
Canada. She is in her thirteenth year at COS, having spent the previous
18 years in Saskatchewan where she was a well-known teacher, conductor,
guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator. At COS she serves as
the Director of Vocal/Choral Studies conducting the Ladies' Chamber
Singers and the Concert Choir, teaching the voice classes, Music
Fundamentals and Ear Training, acting as Musical director for the
annual Spring Musical and administering the Applied Music program.
For ten years she was the Camp Director for the COS Vocal Jazz/Show
Choir Camp held each year in the fourth week of June.
Ms. Schaefer received her B.A. from CSU Hayward
in Instrumental Performance and her Masters in Choral Conducting
from the University of Regina, Saskatchewan, where she taught music
theory and conducted the University Chorus. In her spare time, she
plays clarinet in the COS Concert Band and Orchestra and Alto Saxophone
in the COS Jazz Band.
The 2005-06 year was a special year of recognition for Ms. Shaefer
who was accepted into Who's Who in America, Who's Who Among American
Women, and Who's Who in American Education. She was also selected
as College of the Siskiyous' first Faculty Member of the Year.
Ms. Schaefer is a member of the American Choral
Directors Association, the International Association of Choral Singings,
the Music Educators' National Conference and the California Music
Ms. Schaefer may be contacted at: 530-938-5315
or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Instrumental Music Instructor Sean Abel also serves as the
Department Chair for the Performing and Visual Arts Department.
Abel comes to COS from the Jefferson City Missouri Public Schools
where he was the Assistant Director of Bands and the Director of
Jazz Studies for nine years. His previous experience includes one
year at the Woodbury Central Schools in Moville, Iowa; the Nishna
Valley Schools in Hastings, Iowa; and the Maysville R-1 Schools
in Maysville, Missouri.
Mr. Abel holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University
of Kansas at Lawrence and a Master of Education from Lindenwood
University in St. Charles, Missouri. He is currently pursuing a
Doctorate of Musical Arts degree through Boston University. He is
a native of Columbia, Missouri and graduated from Hickman High School.
He is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Music Fraternity, Kappa Kappa Psi
Band Service Fraternity, National Association for Music Education
and Massachusetts Music Education Association and the International
Association of Jazz Educators.
At COS Mr. Abel conducts the Concert Bands and Jazz Band and teaches
first year Music Theory, Music Appreciation, History of Jazz and
Pop, improvisation, and directs the Siskiyous Serenaders, the college's
new Barbershop Harmony Chorus.
Mr. Abel may be reached by calling 530-938-5260 or emailing: email@example.com
Janet Williams Stensaas has been a staff accompanist at
COS for over 30 years, playing for voice classes, choirs, and vocal
jazz ensembles, working with every choir director the college has
employed. She is also a singer and has been featured as soprano
soloist in several concerts.
Twice at COS, Janet taught voice, two choirs and vocal jazz as
sabbatical replacement. She also co-directed COS musicals for over
20 years. Her full-length musical, "The Good Old Days,"
was produced twice by the COS drama department. Janet has had several
choral pieces published and has written four children's musicals
and a book of holiday songs and histories entitled "Holiday
Ms. Stensaas also teaches Intermediate Piano and conducts the Siskiyous
Sweethearts, the college's new Barbershop Chorus for women.
Andy Shelden is a classically trained, jazz influenced pianist,
organist and composer. He also plays bass, percussion and tin whistle.
He earned his BA from Southern Oregon University and studied organ
and piano at the University of the Pacific's Conservatory of Music.
He has been playing professionally for 26 years and has presented
music from Ventura,CA to Seattle, WA and as far east as Denver,
CO. His compositions range from jazz and rock to classical and folk
styles, including two piano concerti, a concerto for tin whistle,
and concert pieces for organ, piano and choir. His musical, "Tall
Ships and Cutlasses," was premiered by the music and theater
departments in the spring of 2006 to rave reviews.
At COS, Andy is the staff accompanist, providing support for Beginning
and Intermediate Voice classes, Ladies Chamber Choir, the Vocal
Jazz Ensemble, Musical Comedy Workshop and Dance classes. Andy also
teaches private percussion, bass and organ lessons and Music and
Computers. In addition, Andy is currently serving as Organist at
Yreka United Methodist Church, a post he has held off and on since
he was 14 years old.
Lloyd Elliot received his undergraduate training in voice,
theory, and conducting at the University of the Pacific. He continued
graduate studies in composition with Howard Hanson at the Eastman
School of Music and further orchestral conducting with Pierre Monteux,
Thor Johnson; choral conducting with Helmut Rilling, Elmer Thomas,
Dale Warland, and Eric Erickson.
Mr. Elliott returned to California to teach, conduct, and write.
He served as chair of the music department at Beyer High School
in Modesto, as well as Director of Choral activities at Merced College.
He has taught music at the University of the Pacific, San Francisco
State University, Dominican College, Contra Costa College, and Santa
Rosa Junior College. In connection with his teaching he has written
books on harmony, principles of Choral Excellence, and Technical
Studies for the voice.
He has conducted the Merced Symphony, Modesto Masterworks Chorus
and Master Singers, San Francisco Concerto Orchestra, Santa Rosa
Symphonic Chorus, and the Kensington Symphony. He has held the post
of Music Director for many church music programs throughout his
Mr. Elliot conducts the COS Orchestra, teaches second year theory,
and teaches private voice and piano lessons.
With over 425 titles in print, and 11 million copies in circulation,
Roger Emerson is one of the most widely performed choral
composers in America today. Emerson has been awarded ASCAP's (American
Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) Standard Award for
nine years running, and most recently has been applauded by environmental
groups for his musical, Assignment: Earth, What Kids Can Do To
Save The Planet.
His contribution to the Teen Series Musicals was recognized by
inclusion in the Grammy balloting for 1987. In that same year Quincy
Jones applauded him for his work on Hot Summer, a tribute
to Donna Summer. Joe Preposo of Sesame Street fame gave Roger
the supreme compliment on his arrangement of the hit, Sing when
he said, "Finally, someone has done something creative with
He received his degree in choral music education from Southern
Mr. Emerson conducts the COS Vocal Jazz Ensemble and teaches a
Ron Hoopes has been teaching at the College
of the Siskiyous since 1974 . Coming from the Los Angeles area,
he played professionally and had private students before his move
to the Siskiyous. With a B.A. in Performing from CSU Long Beach
and an M.A. from CSU Los Angeles in Composition, he has provided
many of the arrangements for the college performing jazz groups.
Mr. Hoopes has a jazz trio album on Revelation
Records and is about to release a CD which is a duo with L.A. bassist
Mr. Hoopes teaches Beginning Piano.
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