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Sarita Kwok

Sarita Kwok

Professor of Music
Chair, Department of Music
Adams Endowed Chair in Music

Sarita Kwok has distinguished herself one of the most captivating and sophisticated performers to emerge from the ranks of Australia’s classical musicians. She has been enthralling audiences across the globe since she debuted with the Sydney Symphony at the age of fifteen and was named Symphony Australia Young Performer of the Year (Strings) shortly after. 

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Sandra Doneski

Sandra Doneski

Dean of Faculty
Associate Professor of Music
Director, Graduate Program in Music Education
Director of Undergraduate Program in Music Education

Dr. Sandra Doneski has taught in the Department of Music at Gordon College since 1999. She has been a teacher of music to students in kindergarten through graduate school. She teaches courses in music education methods, learning theory, assessment, curriculum development. She also supervises student teachers and conducts the Gordon College Children’s Choir. Dr. Doneski founded the Children’s Choir in 2000 to give children in the community ... more ➔

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Jamie Hillman

Jamie Hillman

Assistant Professor of Music
Conductor of Men’s Choir & College Choir

Jamie Hillman is a multi-faceted musician who is active as a conductor, singer, pianist, music educator, and composer. Since 2012 he has served as an assistant professor of music at Gordon, teaching undergraduate and graduate music education courses and directing the Gordon College Choir and Men's Choir. He is also associate music director at Grace Chapel Lexington. Hillman's previous teaching includes Beaver ... more ➔

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Benjamin Klemme

Benjamin Klemme

Conductor of Symphonic Band
Conductor of Symphony Orchestra

Recognized for inspiring musicians and audience members alike through performances with a distinct synthesis of artistic excellence and community engagement, conductor Benjamin Klemme is a member of the music department faculty at Gordon College, where he leads the Gordon Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Band, and teaches courses in conducting and instrumental music education. Previously Klemme has served the Quad City Symphony Orchestra as Associate ... more ➔

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Jessica Modaff

Jessica Modaff

Instructor in Music
Collaborative Pianist; Vocal Coach

Jessica Modaff, Instructor in Music, teaches the music theory and aural skills sequence, and is also a vocal and instrumental coach, piano instructor and collaborative pianist at Gordon College. She has held coach and collaborative pianist positions for numerous choirs and individual performers throughout Massachusetts and in the Chicago area, as well as England, France, Russia, Slovenia and Austria. She has accompanied at contests ... more ➔

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