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Kevin Dobbe
Digital Arts and Music Technology
Office: EA263
Phone: 507-280-2965

Chuck Blattner
Band, Choir, Aires, Music Appreciation
Office: CC112
Phone: 507-285-7576

Denny McGuire
Guitar/Electric Bass, World Drum Ensemble and Popular Music
Office: EA123
Phone: 507-285-7434

David Kassler
Private and Class Voice
Office: CC106
Phone: 507-285-7253

Ainhoa Urkijo
Private and Class Piano
Office: CC206

Terry Gresser
Office: EA123

Nathan Davidson
Office: EA123

Derick Rehurek
Office: CC206

Rachel LaForge
Office: EA123

Ben Gateno
Classical Guitar
Office: EA123

Rhonda Jensson
Support Staff
Office: HT204
Phone: 507-285-7200

Dr. Kevin Dobbe is on the faculty for the Digital Arts and music departments at the Rochester Community and Technical College in Rochester, Minnesota. Kevin received a Bachelor of Music in music composition and vocal performance from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh; a Master of Music in vocal performance from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio; and a Ph.D. in Music Education with an emphasis in Computer-Aided Instruction from the University of Minnesota. Kevin is an active composer in both electronic and acoustic ensembles. His acoustic compositions range from vocal art songs to large works for full orchestra and choir. His interest in music technology has led him to various uses of technology in many compositions. His current interactive installation series involves the use of original music, sounds, spoken poetry and video projection, all of which are triggered by and controlled by the motion, location, and color of cloths by the viewers of the work. As a percussionist, Kevin has remained active as a performer in many groups since the 1970’s and includes works on multiple CD projects.

Ainhoa Urkijo, a native of Bilbao, Spain, received her degree in Piano Performance from the Arriaga Superior Conservatory of Music of the same city. Later she obtained a Masters Degree in Accompanying and Coaching at the Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ under the preceptorship of Dalton Baldwin. She has worked privately with leaders in the Opera and Art Song including, Paul von Schillhawsky in Paris, Wolfram Rieger in Barcelona, Charles Spencer in Viena, Harmut Holl and Mitsuko Shirai at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Ileana Cotrubas in Barcelona, Dalton Baldwin in Nice and Alejandro Zabala in Bilbao. Her work experience includes ten years as a Piano teacher and Accompanist at the Bilbao Superior Conservatory of Music. She was also an accompanist at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ and at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, PA. Vocal Coach at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA, and the Center of Superior Musical Studies of the Basque Country MUSIKENE in San Sebastian, Spain. She was the Musical Director and rehearsal pianist during the 2002-03 season if the Opera North Carolina and the rehearsal pianist at the Philadelphia Opera under the baton of Maurizio Barbacini. In addition, she has accompanied the voice lessons of distinguished singers such as Tom Krause, Benita Valente, Zehava Gal and Christopher Robertson. She has accompanied singers such as Ainhoa Arteta, Christopher Robertson, Maria Luisa Tomes, Carlos Serrano, Paul Adkins, and Tamara Mathews. She has performed in concert halls throughout Europe and the USA. Recently, she has been a visiting Vocal Coach at Luther College in Decorah, IA and Mrs. Urkijo lives in Byron, MN and she is a faculty member at RCTC.

Denny McGuire, originally from the Chicago area, received his B.A. ('84) and M.A. ('99) from St. Mary's University in Winona Minnesota. At RCTC he teaches Guitar and Bass lessons, “Beginning Guitar Class”, “Popular Music in the United States”, and directs the “World Drum Ensemble”. He also works for St. Mary's University where he teaches Guitar and Bass, “Guitar Class”, and directs the percussion ensemble “Batucada Nossa Senhora”. In addition to teaching Mr. McGuire performs regularly as a bassist, percussionist and guitarist with various jazz, funk, and world music groups throughout the area.




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