Music and Theatre
Dr. Gary Grant
Dr. Gary S. Grant, Department Chair and Professor of Music Education, has been a faculty member of Edinboro University since 1993, serving as Director of Bands (1993-2002) and Music Department Chair for 16 years. He received an undergraduate degree in Music Education from the University of Illinois, and a Masters in Conducting and PhD in Music Education from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Before joining the Edinboro faculty, Dr. Grant was the Assistant Director of Bands at the University of Missouri-Columbia. His responsibilities at Edinboro include teaching music methodology, conducting, arranging, brass class, First Year Experience courses, and supervision of student teachers.
Dr. Grant is active as a clinician and adjudicator for Concert, Jazz, and Marching Bands throughout the US and Canada. While on sabbatical during the 2011-2012 academic year, he researched the use of technology in the classroom, and has presented numerous technology related lectures and presentations on and off campus. Some of the areas include using the iPad as a teaching tool, website design and creation, and on-line teaching.
He has twice been a finalist for the Edinboro University Educator of the Year award (2010, 2014) and twice nominated to "Who's Who Among America's Teachers". Dr. Grant received the 2005 Edinboro University Advisor of the Year award in recognition for his contributions towards a student-centered learning environment. PHI MU ALPHA Sinfonia awarded him the prestigious Orpheus Award in 2009 for significant and lasting contributions to the cause of music in America.
Co-coordinator of the Scotland Study Abroad Program with Dr. Tim Thompson, Dr. Grant has traveled to Scotland four times, teaching 'Music of the British Isles'. Originally from the Northwest Chicago suburbs, he lives in Edinboro with his wonderful wife and amazing dogs.
Bradley T. Amidon is currently instructor of applied percussion and percussion methods at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Edinboro, PA and instructor of percussion and jazz studies at Mercyhurst University, Erie, PA. His teachers include Jan Williams, Lynn Harbold, Cosmo A. Barbaro, Alan Zimmerman, and M’Baye Rama Diagne.
Mr. Amidon is currently principle percussionist in the Erie Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as the Erie Chamber Orchestra, and performs with the Misery Bay Big Band, as well as a host of other small chamber groups in the northwest PA area. A variety of programs from these performances are available upon request.
In addition to teaching at Edinboro and Mercyhurst and directing the percussion ensemble, Mr. Amidon also has a private teaching studio in the northwest PA area. He is also currently director of the Erie Junior Philharmonic Percussion Ensemble.
Mr. Amidon is currently ABD in the music theory doctoral program at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York.
Dr. Mary Beth Armes joined the faculty as Voice Instructor in 2019. She has been teaching Voice and Piano for Edinboro University’s Community Music School since 2014.
Dr. Armes spent twenty years as a professional musician in Europe from 1982 to 2002, where she held contracts as Opera Coach for the Augsburg Theater, the Munich Gaertnerplatz Theater, the Kiel Opera and Playhouse, and the Ulm Theater in Germany, as well as the Biel Music Theater in Switzerland. In addition to teaching the professional singers their roles, she also functioned as orchestral pianist, conductor and as a soprano for productions of operas and musicals in these theaters. Before returning to the United States, she coached several years for the Musicals Department of the Hochschule fuer Music and Theater in Munich.
Dr. Armes was Associate Professor of Voice at Centenary College of Louisiana in Shreveport, Louisiana from 1970 to 1982, where she taught voice, opera workshop, and diction for singers in Italian, German, French and English. She was a frequent soprano soloist for concerts and operas in the Ark-La-Tex region.
A graduate of McDowell High School in Millcreek Township, Erie County, she was very active not only in her school’s music program as violinist, but also joined the Erie Junior Philharmonic as violist. She was one of several high school seniors invited to play with the Erie Philharmonic as apprentices. At age 16 she played a piano concerto with the Erie Philharmonic at a Youth Concert. Later she was soprano soloist for several Erie Philharmonic subscription concerts.
Dr. Armes received a Bachelor of Music from the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, New York; a Master of Music from Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona; and a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of North Texas, Denton, Texas.
Dr. Armes returned to her family home in Millcreek Township in 2002, where she lives with her husband, Chester Doverspike, and their cats.
B.Mus., Boston University
M.Mus., Boston University
AMusD, University of Michigan
Dr. Daniel Burdick, tuba/euphonium, has performed with the Canadian Brass, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Keith Brion’s New Sousa Band, and numerous professional brass quintets. Featured concerts have included appearances at the British Institute Library in Florence, Italy, the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Trossingen, Germany, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland, and a series of 15 concerts at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Alberta, Canada. He was the Principal Tuba of the Boise (Idaho) Philharmonic and serves as the Principal Tuba of the Erie Chamber Orchestra. He has taught at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, the University of Missouri-Kansas City, the University of Kentucky at Lexington, and the Interlochen Center for the Arts. His tuba teachers include Fritz Kaenzig, J. Samuel Pilafian, Wes Jacobs, Chester Schmitz, and Roger Bobo. He has made solo appearances with the Erie Philharmonic, the Brass Band of Columbus, the International Women’s Brass Conference, and the International Tuba and Euphonium Conference [Austria]. Dr. Burdick has guest conducted the Erie Chamber Orchestra on numerous occasions.
Dr. Burdick has served as the founder and co-chair of the Edinboro University President’s Commission on the Status of LGBTQIA, co-faculty advisor to Edinboro University’s gay/straight alliance, co-chair of Edinboro University Women’s Studies Committee, and as a member of the Edinboro University President’s Commission on the Status of Women. He was the co-founder and co-chair of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education LGBTQIA Consortium.
Dr. Elizabeth Etter has performed on many stages throughout the United States and Europe as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. Her performances include the Erie Philharmonic, Chicago Chamber Orchestra, Chautauqua Chamber Orchestra, Pittsburgh Baroque Ensemble, Cleveland Camerata, Erie Chamber Orchestra, and the Holter Chamber Music Festival in Italy. She founded and directed the International Allegheny Summer Music Festival and Music Outreach Institute at Allegheny College as well as the International Youth Music Festival.
Her performances and interviews have been aired on WQED, WCLV, and WQLN. She has served as a juror and moderator for national competitions and conferences such as Chamber Music America and the Southeast Asian International Piano Competition (broadcast on Indonesian television).
Other faculty appointments include the Cleveland Institute of Music (preparatory) and Allegheny College. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she specialized in Collaborative Piano and Harpsichord Performance.
Chuck Lute is currently a member of the music faculty at Edinboro University, where he directs the Spirit of the Scots Marching Band, teaches Highland Percussion and the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and has been the director of the University Community Orchestra. He received his Bachelor of Music Education degree, his Master in Music Education degree, and his Secondary Principals Certification from Edinboro University. He also has taught high school instrumental music in the Erie School District for 35 years.
Chuck has presented numerous clinics throughout the district on marching band and has arranged marching band drills for bands through out the tri-state area. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Federation of Contest Judges, the New York Federation of Contest Judges and has judged with the Ontario Drum Corps Judges Association. He also adjudicates for Drum Corps Associates and Drum Corps International. His marching bands have won consistently at local, regional and national marching events, having won the 1991 BOA Grand Nationals Class A Championships.
Chuck serves on the board of directors for Jazz Erie and is chairman of the education committee, is on the advisory board for Friends of Music at Edinboro University, and is on the Erie Philharmonic Education Board. Chuck has served as co-director of the Jazz Erie All-star Band having performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland.
Professor Howard Lyon is a member of the Erie Philharmonic and concertmaster emeritus of the Erie Chamber Orchestra. He coaches the Erie Jr Philharmonic String Ensemble and teaches strings at Edinboro University.
Prior to Erie, he played in the Lansing, Battle Creek, and Kalamazoo Symphonies and was a founding member of the Olivet Chamber Music Players. He holds a degree in applied music from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan.
He also enjoys playing in the Lake Erie String Quartet at many special events in the region.
Sean Patrick Regan (SPR) is a third-generation bagpiper. A student of his father, Patrick Regan, SPR completed a degree in Music Education (Summa Cum Laude) with the Bagpipe as his primary instrumental focus at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. After teaching at the middle/high school level and privately for several years, he has returned to higher education as the Pipe Band Director at Edinboro, and is concurrently pursuing the Master of Music in Bagpipe Performance at Carnegie Mellon University.
Professor Regan has been at the top of American solo bagpipe competition for over a decade, and is a former national and world solo piping champion. He has played in pipe bands at the Midwest, North American, Canadian, European, and World Pipe Band championships, winning the Midwest and Canadian championships. He has taught as a guest instructor at the College of Piping, in Glasgow, and currently instructs the Balmoral Pipes & Drums and the Grand Prairie Firefighters Pipes & Drums. He competes actively as a member of both the Balmoral P&D and the Carnegie Mellon University Pipe Band, and performs nationally with The Rogues, “America’s Celtic Band.”
SPR is featured as a soloist and ensemble member on several albums, including “A Band Transformed”(2006), by Steel Thistle Pipes & Drums, “Début”(2011), by The Great Lakes Pipe Band, “An Afternoon on the Pipes”(in post-production), by himself, “Chimera X”(2013), through Edinboro University, “That’s Too Bad”(2018), with Apologetix, and most recently “25… and LIVE!”(2019), with The Rogues. Additionally, he is published in “The Voice,” the quarterly publication of the Eastern United States Pipe Band Association, as a correspondent on bagpipe education. He is sponsored in part by Lindsey Bagpipes Company, Lone Star Piper, and the Saint Andrew’s Society of Pittsburgh.
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Mrs. Diann Smith is a 1998 graduate of Edinboro University, and is thrilled to be back directing the Spirit of the Scots Marching Band. Diann has been teaching K-4 general music at General McLane School District since 1998. She has been an assistant band director for the past twenty-one years, with assignments at Fort LeBoeuf High School, General McLane High School, and Mercyhurst University. Diann is a member of the Pennsylvania Federation of Contest Judges and holds a Master’s Equivalency in Music Education as well as a Master of Science in Educational Development and Strategies. Mrs. Smith loves this snowy town where she lives with her family and her dog, Biscuit.
LeAnne Wistrom has performed as a soloist, recitalist, chamber musician and orchestral flutist across the eastern United States. As a featured artist, she has performed with the Philadelphia Piano Quartet, the Luzerne Chamber Players, the Erie Philharmonic, and the Erie Chamber Orchestra. She has performed with the Chautauqua Symphony, the Buffalo Philharmonic, and the Toledo Symphony, and she is currently principal flutist of the Erie Philharmonic and performs with the flute-oboe-harpsichord trio Cembaulos.
Ms. Wistrom is Instructor of Music at Edinboro University. Other faculty appointments include the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, Mercyhurst University, the University of Akron, and Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music.
Her students have been prizewinners in state, Eastern Division and National competitions. The Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association awarded Teacher of the Year honors to Ms. Wistrom; she has served as master class teacher and adjudicator. She is listed in a number of “Who’s Who” publications. Ms. Wistrom is Director of the Edinboro University Community Music School.