Co-Director and Professor of Music
B.M. Houghton College
M.M. New England Conservatory
Artist's Diploma, Hartt School of Music
As a conductor and clinician, C. Thomas Brooks has performed throughout the United States, Canada and Europe, including such venues as Carnegie Hall in New York City, Victoria Hall in Geneva, Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris and the Hall of Five Hundred in Florence.
In 1971 he founded and conducted the Mercyhurst College Choir and Chamber Singers, and in 1972 was named conductor of the Symphonic Singers of Erie, Pennsylvania, posts he held until 1974. In 1974 he moved to the Hartt School of Music in Hartford, Connecticut, where he conducted the Hartt Chorale, the Collegiate Singers, the Hartt Touring Opera Theatre and the University Civic Chorus and Chamber Choir. While in Hartford, Professor Brooks also conducted the Arts in Unison Bel Canto Opera Company, Connecticut Light Opera on the Sound, the America's Youth in Concert Program, and was cofounder and musical director of the New Lyric Theatre.
Co-Director, Co-Editor of Symphilologus
B.A. University of Salzburg, Austria
M.A. University of Vienna, Austria
Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Gregor Thuswaldner co-directs the Salzburg Institute of Gordon College and is Associate Professor of German and Linguistics and a Fellow in Gordon’s Center for Christian Studies. From 2006 until 2012 he chaired the Department of Languages and Linguistics. A native of Salzburg, Austria, he studied German and English at the University of Salzburg, Bowling Green State University, the University of Vienna (Mag. phil.) and received his Ph.D. in Germanic Languages from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Dr. Thuswaldner has published three books and numerous articles on Christoph Martin Wieland, Thomas Bernhard, Michael Haneke, Michael Scharang, Stanley Hauerwas, literary theory, linguistics, German and Austrian literature, culture, politics, and religion. His articles and book reviews have also appeared in German, Austrian, and American newspapers, such as Salzburger Nachrichten, Die Furche, Die Zeit, and The Salem News. He also co-edits the Symphilologus Yearbook of the Salzburg Institute. In 2006, he received Gordon’s Distinguished Junior Faculty Award.
B.M. Southern Illinois University
M.M. Southern Illinois University
ABD, University of Salzburg
Stan Ford, Professor of Piano at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, equally at home in solo and chamber music and accomplished as well in the fields of musicology and pedagogy, is a native of St. Louis, Missouri. He attended Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville where he majored in piano performance, chamber music, pedagogy, and music education and graduated with highest distinction in 1982 under the tutelage of Ruth Slenczynska.
As a recitalist, Mr. Ford sets great store by presenting well-conceived, challenging programs, for which he also does in-depth music history research. In addition to regularly being invited to conduct international master classes, Professor Ford balances a very busy teaching schedule with solo and chamber music concerts throughout Europe, North and South America and parts of Asia. He has also become well known through numerous public TV appearances, radio broadcasts and publications as well as performing at famous culture and music festivals including the Bregenz and Salzburg Festivals.
B.A., M.A., Ph.D. University of British Columbia, Canada
Ph.D., University of Mainz, Germany
Born and raised in Germany, Jens Zimmermann immigrated to Canada after completing two years of studying clarinette at the Robert Schumann Institute in Düsseldorf, Germany, to major in English and Comparative Literature at the University of British Columbia. He graduated with a B.A. in English, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature in 1997. In 2010, Dr. Zimmermann recieved another Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Mainz in Germany.
Dr. Dr. Zimmermann is a professor of English and Canada Research Chair in Religion, Interpretation, and Culture at Trinity Western University. He is the author of Recovering Theological Hermeneutics: An Incarnational-Trinitarian Theory of Interpretation (2004) and Theologische Hermeneutik (2008); co-author of The Passionate Intellect: Incarnational Humanism and the Future of University Education (2006); and co-editor of Bonhoeffer and Continental Thought: Cruciform Philosophy (2009). His articles have appeared in journals such as Christianity and Literature, the Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology, the Journal of Beliefs and Values: Studies in Religion and Education, the Journal for Hermeneutics and Postmodern Thought, and Philosophy Today.