Emeritus Faculty

A Debt of Gratitude

The School of Music and Dance wishes to honor its renowned emeritus faculty and musical geniuses who have greatly influenced the School's success, both as an institution of education and a source of community outreach.


Distinguished Individuals Who Have Passed 

  • Lou Harrison - Renowned American composer who served as composer-in-residence for SJSU during the 1960s
  • Harry Partch - Bay area composer and instrument inventor largely known for his use of microtonal scales and handmade, unique instruments
  • Irene Dalis -  Opera singer and the founding director of SJSU Opera Theater and San Jose Opera
  • Frank Sumares - Prominent Bay area jazz instructor and performer
  • William B. George - French Hornist
  • Gus Lease - Vocalist

Other Faculty Emertia

  • Brent Heisinger - Composer
  • William George - French Hornist
  • Robert Cowden - Musicologist
  • Joseph Frank - Metropolitan Opera Tenor, Art Song and Vocal Pedagogy Professor
  • Janie Scott - Broadway Veteran and Professor of Dance
  • Dr. Charlene Archibeque - Director of Choral Activities/ Choir of the World Winner and First Women to hold a Doctorate in Conducting
  • Janet VanSwoll -  Associate Professor and Coordinator of Dance in the Theatre Arts