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Kevin Dobbe
Digital Arts and Music Technology
Office: EA263
Phone: 507-280-2965
Email: kevin.dobbe@rctc.edu

Matt Hafar
Theory, Brass and Music Education
Office: CC110
Phone: 507-285-7253
Email: matt.hafar@rctc.edu

Chuck Blattner
Band, Choir, Aires and Jazz Band
Office: CC112
Phone: 507-285-7576
Email: chuck.blattner@rctc.edu

Denny McGuire
Guitar, World Drum Ensemble and Popular Music
Office: EA123
Phone: 507-285-7434
Email: denny.mcguire@rctc.edu

Carla Hanson
Private and Class Voice
Office: EA123
Email: carla.hanson@rctc.edu

Ainhoa Urkijo
Private and Class Piano
Office: EA123
Email: ainhoa.urkijo@rctc.edu

Terry Gresser
Office: EA123
Email: terry.gresser@rctc.edu

Nathan Davidson
Office: EA123
Email: nathan.davidson@rctc.edu

Derick Rehurek
Office: EA123
Email: derick.rehurek@rctc.edu

Rachel LaForge
Office: EA123
Email: rachel.laforge@rctc.edu

Ben Gateno
Classical Guitar
Office: EA123
Email: ben.gateno@rctc.edu

Rhonda Jensson
Support Staff
Office: HT204
Phone: 507-285-7200
Email: rhonda.jensson@rctc.edu

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.

Carla Thelen Hanson, an American soprano, is garnering attention for prolific performances in leading roles with companies nationwide. Of a recent Tosca performance last season with New York City Opera, The New York Times says, "Ms. Hanson made a strong debut as Tosca, by turns fiery and vulnerable, her voice agreeably dark in its middle range and sufficiently full on top" and the New Yorker exclaims "her dark-grained, strongly felt "Vissi d'arte" sailed right up to the uppermost balcony." Other noted roles in her repertoire include the title portrayals as Norma, Manon Lescaut, Madama Butterfly, Tosca, and Aida, as well as Donna Elvira and Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Contessa in Le nozze di Figaro, Liu in Turandot, Leonora in Il Trovatore, Amelia in Un Ballo in Maschera, Rosina in Ghosts of Versaille, Senta in Der fliegende Hollander, and Woglinde in Der Ring des Niebelungen.

Recent engagements include Tosca and Magda in La Rondine (cover) with New York City Opera, Amelia in Simon Boccanegra, Resi in Intermezzo, and Bacchis in La Belle Helene covers with the Santa Fe Opera, Woglinde cover in Der Ring des Nibelungen, Ariadne in Ariadne auf Naxos with Union Avenue Opera Theatre, Wally in La Wally, Contessa in Le nozze di Figaro, and Norma with Twin Cities Opera, as well as versatile roles such as Röschen in the U.S. premiere of dame Ethyl Smyth's The Forest with the Plymouth Music Series. She also recently debuted with the Virginia Opera covering Norma, as well as performing the role with Union Avenue Opera.

On the concert stage, Ms. Hanson performs with noted symphony orchestras across the country including acclaimed performances of Barber's Hermit Songs, Handel's Messiah, Harbison's Mirabai Songs, Mozart's Exultate Jubilate, Orff's Carmina Burana, Strauss's Vier Letzte Lieder, Verdi's Requiem, and Vivaldi's Gloria and Motetto.

Ms. Hanson holds a Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degree from the Northern Arizona University. She studies with Lloyd W. Hanson and Mark Oswald. She was a semi finalist in the Florida Grand Opera's YPO Competition and George London Competition. Ms. Hanson was on the faculties of Luther College as an Adjunct Professor and Instructor and at Northern Arizona University's Preparatory School of the Performing Arts.

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.




Last Updated: November 5, 2014

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