Music Education Faculty
Director of Vocal Studies and Opera Theatre/Voice Instructor/Vocal Music Education/Choral Conductor
Dr. Lisa Grevlos is associate professor of music and director of vocal studies at Augustana College. She directs the Augustana Opera Workshop Theatre program, conducts the Augustana Women’s Choir — Angelus, and teaches in the areas of applied voice, vocal pedagogy, singer’s diction, and choral music education. Dr. Grevlos performs frequently as a soloist in the region for recitals, operas, oratorios, and musical theatre. She has been a guest soloist with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra in “A Night at the Opera,” the Brahms Requiem, and was the featured soprano vocalist with the Sioux Falls Municipal Band for 15 years. Recent engagements have included various roles in Sounds of South Dakota, Inc. concerts and opera productions and soprano soloist in the Augustana Choir and Orchestra's performance of the Brahms Requiem at the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science. She has been a regional finalist and scholarship recipient in the Metropolitan Opera Auditions and was a semi-finalist in the Denver Lyric Opera Guild Auditions.
Along with her duties at Augustana College, she is president of Sounds of South Dakota, Inc. a non-profit organization whose mission is to connect South Dakota professional vocal artists in opera, recital, and musical theatre performance with regional audiences. In September 2012, she served as stage director for the Sounds of South Dakota, Inc. production of Mozart's "The Magic Flute," starring internationally acclaimed bass-baritone, Samuel Ramey, accompanied by the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra with Maestro Delta David Gier in the Mary Sommervold Hall of the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science. This production recently was awarded second prize in the National Opera Association’s 2012-13 Professional Opera Production Competition. Dr. Grevlos also serves as a frequent adjudicator and clinician throughout the Midwest. She is a member of Music Teachers National Association, American Choral Directors Association, and the National Association of Teachers of Singing. She has served as the high school and collegiate vocal competition chair for South Dakota Music Teachers' Association and currently serves as the soprano adjudicator for South Dakota American Choral Directors Association Honor Choir. She received the Doctorate of Arts degree in voice performance and opera stage directing from the University of Northern Colorado. She holds master of music degrees from Northwestern University, Evanston, in voice performance and choral conducting, and she completed her undergraduate degree in music education at Augustana College.
Music Education/Music for the Theatre/Music Appreciation
Dr. Scott R. Johnson is associate professor of music, music education instructor and musical theatre director. He was instrumental in building the Augustana College and Community Orchestra. He previously served as coordinator of instrumental music at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania and director of orchestral studies at the University of Central Arkansas, Conway. During the summer of 1998, he directed the Lutheran Summer Music orchestra. He is recognized as a conductor, clinician and adjudicator of music festivals throughout the Midwest. He has served as either principal or section bassist with fourteen different orchestras in South Dakota, Arkansas, Illinois and Minnesota. He has also served as a member of the South Dakota Symphony Board of Directors. After earning a bachelor of arts degree with emphasis in orchestral conducting from Macalester College, he received the master of music in orchestral conducting from Illinois State University and the doctor of philosophy in music education from Northwestern University.
History of Jazz/Notational Software
Robert Joyce teaches courses in notational software, jazz history and 20th century music history. He is an accomplished composer, producer and educator and is executive director of the Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues Society, which produces the acclaimed JazzFest in Sioux Falls each summer. His expertise in electronic music composition and knowledge of jazz music have made him a highly sought-after speaker, adjudicator and clinician. He has been host of Sunday Night Jazz, a highly rated weekly radio program on KELO FM Radio and South Dakota Public Radio. He holds a B.A. and M.A. from Augustana College.
Dr. John Pennington
Percussion Instructor/Global Music/Composition and Arranging
John Pennington is an educator, composer, performer, author, producer and conductor. Pennington is currently a professor of music at Augustana College and is the artistic director of the Animas Music Festival (Durango, Colo.) He holds degrees from the University of Michigan, University of Arizona, and Arizona State. Pennington is an orchestral percussionist, who currently performs with the South Dakota Symphony and the Music in the Mountains Music Festival Orchestra. Pennington is currently a cultural envoy for the State Department in the Middle East (most recently Lebanon), where he presents concerts, clinics and masterclasses.
With over thirty recordings to date he has recorded for the Ensemble 21, Summit, Cristo, OCP, and Equilibrium labels. Recent recording releases include: Brasileirinho, South American Music for Guitar and Percussion (co-produced composed and arranged, 2010), Steps (co-produced composed and arranged, 2008), Music for Trumpet and Percussion with Stephen Dunn, Lou Harrison, American Gamelan (produced, conducted and performed, 2007), Compassionate and Wise (co-produced, composed and performed, 2006, Equilibrium Press). With performances on four continents and over 25 states he has performed on Prairie Home Companion and been a featured performer at three Percussive Arts Society International Conventions.
Active as a composer and arranger he has over 25 compositions for soloist, duo, chamber and films and dozens of arrangements for numerous instrumental and vocal combinations. Extensive studies in world music have included experience in African, Middle Eastern, Indonesian, Cuban and the South Indian Karnatak tradition. Recently, Pennington studied the Northern Hindustani tradition of music in Haridwar and Delhi, India and the Javanese and Balinese traditions of Indonesia.
Director of The Augustana Band/Instrumental Music Education
Dr. Paul R. Schilf is in his 13th year at Augustana College and is the conductor of the Augustana Band. In his earlier years with the College, he conducted the College & Community Concert Band, The Northlander's Jazz Ensemble, the Jazz Lab Band, and the Augustana Brass Choir. Additionally, he teaches classes in brass pedagogy, music education and supervises the instrumental student teachers. Prior to his appointment at Augustana College, Schilf was a faculty member at Concordia University (St. Paul, Minn.). He holds a bachelor of music education degree from Concordia University (Chicago, Ill.), an M.A. with an emphasis in conducting and a doctor of philosophy degree in music education, both from the University of Iowa. Schilf has taught all levels of instrumental music.
Schilf’s research interests lie in intergenerational instrumental music education and in the supervision of instrumental music student teachers. He has presented clinics and presentations across the United States on these topics, including the prestigious International Mid-West Band and Orchestra Clinic. Dr. Schilf has led six international tours with intergenerational ensembles and has conducted these ensembles across Europe and Asia. His intergenerational research, student teaching supervision information, and music education articles have appeared in prominent national magazines and journals.
In November 1992, Schilf was recognized as an outstanding nationally certified teacher of music by the Music Educators National Conference, an honor he maintains yet today. He is currently executive director of the South Dakota Music Education Association and serves as one of only four all-state band adjudicators in South Dakota. His professional memberships include the National Association of Music Education, South Dakota Bandmasters Association, and The Wisconsin School Music Association.
Director of Orchestral Activities/Music History/Conducting
Christopher Stanichar (b. 1969) is an active conductor, composer, and educator. He is in his sixth year as Associate Professor and Director Orchestras at Augustana College (Sioux Falls, SD), one of the region’s top-ranked liberal arts colleges, where he conducts the Augustana Orchestra and Augustana College & Community Orchestra. Recognized for his excellence, he was awarded the Jane and Charles Zaloudek Faculty Research Fellowship in 2011. He also conducts the South Dakota Symphony Youth Orchestra (SDSYO), Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra (NISO), and Worthington Area Symphony Orchestra in Minnesota.
Christopher is a popular guest conductor, having conducted some of the finest professional orchestras in Europe, Russia, Mexico, and the United States, including the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra (Russia), Sochi Symphony Orchestra (Russia), Orquesta Sinfónico Juvenil del Estado de Veracruz (Mexico), Everett Symphony Orchestra, and many others. He is also a popular clinician, having conducted several youth festivals, including the high school orchestras for the International Music Camp in 2013.
Christopher earned his Doctorate of Musical Arts in conducting at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where he was a student of Gerhard Samuel. He has been selectively chosen as a participant in conducting master classes with some of the finest teaching pedagogues, including Ilya Musin, Daniel Lewis, Ken Keisler, Gerard Schwartz, John Farrer, and Donald Thulean. In 1996 he was awarded a prestigious Fulbright scholarship to study conducting in Slovakia, appearing as a guest conductor with many of the greatest orchestras in that country. In 1997 Christopher was appointed Conducting Assistant for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, where he was mentored by Maestros Jesús López-Cobos and Erich Kunzel.
Christopher is an active composer and his works have been commissioned and performed throughout the world. You may have heard his original work, Trisagion that was used in the Ric Burns’ PBS documentary, Andy Warhol. More recent projects include a full-length cantata, St. Mark Passion, written for the 150th anniversary of Augustana College as part of a Granskou grant. Another original composition, Variations on Theme by Handel for string orchestra is scheduled to be in the independent film, Dust of War. TrevCo-Varner Music publishes several of his works for English horn. This year he is writing the Tales of Hans Christian Anderson for the Hastings Symphony Orchestra in Nebraska.
In his free time, Christopher’s interests outside of music include Russian icons, foreign languages, biking, and he is an avid pinball player. The most important thing to Christopher is his family. He enjoys making music with his wife, Kristi, and they are blessed four wonderful children, all of whom are active in music. For more information about Christopher and a catalogue of his compositions, please visit christopherstanichar.com.
Dr. Kimberly Svanoe
Piano and Music Appreciation Instructor
Dr. Kimberly Utke Svanoe graduated with a B.S. in vocal and string music education, with a piano performance emphasis from Minot State College (N.D.). She is also a graduate with honors from the New England Conservatory of Music, Boston. There she studied piano with Theodore Lettvin and vocal accompanying with Allen Rogers. She holds a master of music degree in choral conducting from New England College and a doctor of musical arts degree in choral conducting performance and pedagogy from the University of Iowa. At Iowa, Dr. Svanoe was a conducting student of Dr. Don Moses and of Albert Gammon in vocal accompaniment. Svanoe is active as a performer, teacher, church musician and accompanist.