Emeritus Faculty

A Dept 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

  • 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 - Professor of French Horn, Music History
  • John Delevoryas - Professor of Piano
  • Gus Lease - Vocalist, Choral director, General music educator
  • John Shifflett - Jazz bassist
  • Joseph Hodge - Jazz percussion
  • William Trimble - Saxophone
  • Allen Strange - Electro-acoustic pioneer
  • David Simi - Organ

Other Faculty

  • Dr. Brent Heisinger - Professor of Music, Composer
  • Dr. Robert Cowden - Professor of Music, Musicologist
  • Anthony Cirone—Professor of Percussion
  • Joseph Frank - Professor of Music, Voice, Metropolitan Opera Tenor
  • Janie Scott - Professor of Dance, Broadway Veteran 
  • Dr. Charlene Archibeque - Director of Choral Activities,  first woman to hold a Doctorate in Conducting
  • Dr. Daniel Wyman — Professor of Music, Electro-Acoustic Composition
  • Janet VanSwoll - Associate Professor and Coordinator of Dance 
  • Dr. Joan Stubbe - General music, music skills
  • Dr. Brian Belet - Professor of Music, Theory/composition
  • Fred Mathews - Professor of Dance, Director of the Dance Program
  • Gary Masters - Professor of Dance, Director of UDT