Music Education Faculty
Ramona Holmes, D.M.A.
Chair, Department of Music
Coordinator of Music Education
Phone: 206/281-2915
Office: Crawford Music 205

After two decades of teaching music in public and private schools, Ramona Holmes joined the SPU faculty in 1990 and is currently Chair of the Department of Music in addition to serving as the Coordinator of Music Education. Dr. Holmes is passionate about training future music teachers who will make a difference for their students and in their school districts after graduation: "I want every student in the school system reached with some kind of musical instruction."

Dr. Holmes earned a Bachelor of Science in Music and Elementary Education from Portland State University and received her Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Arts, and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Washington. She has presented clinics for the Northwest Music Educators Conference, Washington Evergreen Orff Conference, and the Society for Ethnomusicology International Conference. She is co-author of World on a String: a Sampling of Musical Traditions from Around the World for String Orchestra from Alfred Publishing.

Eric Hanson, D.M.A.
Chair, Instrumental Music
Director, SPU Orchestra
Phone: 206/281-2949
Office: Crawford Music 101

Eric Hanson has led the Thalia Symphony since 1987 and has been Director of Instrumental Music at Seattle Pacific University since 1979. His degrees include a Bachelor of Music Education from Wheaton College Conservatory, a Master of Music in conducting from Colorado State University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Washington. His dissertation plumbed the elegant relationships between the symphonies of Gustav Mahler and the philosophy of Arthur Schopenhauer. Noted as a clinician, adjudicator, scholar, and guest conductor, Dr. Hanson has conducted such orchestras as the Denver Symphony, the Chicago Civic Chamber Orchestra, and many European orchestras. He was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship to Harvard and an NEH grant to study at the Beethoven Institute. His interests include mountain climbing (he currently has 91 summits), European travel, golf, and softball. He is addicted to pickleball.

Gerry Jon Marsh, M. M.
Director, Symphonic Wind Ensemble

Phone: 206/281-2144
Office: Beegle Hall 105

Gerry (pronounced "Gary") Marsh has been the Music Director and Conductor of the Cascade Youth Symphony since 1984. He has extensive experience as an educator, performer, conductor, and choir master and has conducted music seminars throughout the Northwest, Canada, and England. His professional activities include conducting orchestras at Western Washington University, Pacific Lutheran University, and various community orchestras. Professor Marsh is frequently involved as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator for music competitions and festivals in the Pacific Northwest and Canada. He has received numerous composition awards and commissions and is a published composer and arranger. He has also received awards and citations from the Seattle Music and Arts Foundation and the Edmonds Music and Arts Club for his work in music and with young people. In 1998 Marsh was inducted into the inaugural Washington Music Educators Association Hall of Fame.

David Anderson, M. M.
Director of Choral Activities

Phone: 206/281-2903
Office: Crawford 208

David Anderson is Director of Choral Activities at SPU, directing the Concert Choir and Chamber Singers. A State of Washington native, he did his undergraduate schooling at Grace Bible College (Grand Rapids, MI), Spokane Falls Community College (Spokane, WA), finishing at Whitworth College (Spokane, WA) and did his graduate work at the University of Oregon. His conducting studies include work under Helmuth Rilling, Eric Ericson and Avner Itai. He taught at Shaw Junior High School (Spokane, WA), Clarkston High School (Clarkston, WA) and West Albany High School (Albany, OR). Before coming to SPU, he was Choral Director at the University of North Alabama. A member of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), the Music Educators National Conference (MENC), and the International Federation of Choral Music (IFCM), he also serves on the WA-ACDA Board as R & S Chair for Student Activities. Choirs under his direction have been invited to perform at numerous state, regional and national MENC and ACDA conventions. He is very active as an adjudicator and clinician throughout the region. See his homepage!

Dan Adams, M.M.
Percussion Studies
Phone: 206/281-2143 
Office: Beegle 101

Congratulations to Professor Adams, recipient of the 2002 Adjunct Excellence in Teaching Award sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences at Seattle Pacific University!

Dan Adams has over 25 years teaching experience as a private percussion instructor and has served as the District Music Supervisor for the Rainier School District. Since 1978 he has served as a special percussion consultant to the Olympia School District. As a clinician, he has presented workshops on Drumming of the American Civil War; West African Djembe Drumming; Afro-Cuban Conga Techniques; Brazilian Percussion Techniques; Log Drumming of Tahiti; and Drum Set in the Jazz Rhythm Section. 

Mr. Adams has performed with the Ashi Opera of Japan, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Allegro Dance Series, the Pacific Northwest Chamber Chorus, and the Seattle Pro Musica, among others. His musical theater credits include the Civic Light Opera, Tacoma Actors Guild, Washington Center for the Performing Arts, and the Village Theater. He has opened concerts for Johnny Cash, Ricky Skaggs, Pam Tillis, Delbert McClinton, Hal Ketchum, Chaka Kahn, and Etta James. His recording credits include the Soni Venturm, the Diamonds, Nokie Edwards, Primo Kim, The Mazeltones, Craig Buhler, and Orchestra Seattle.

Mr. Adams' emphasis is on total percussion education in correlation with SPU's Percussion Studies program and individual interests. Students are encouraged to explore all areas of percussion study


Ian Alvarez

Instrumental Methods

Phone: 206/281-2205


Bill Park
Low Brass Instructor
Director of Jazz Studies

Phone: 206/281-2398
Office: Beegle 103

Bill Park, trombonist, clinician, and music educator has directed the Seattle Pacific University Jazz Ensemble since 1999. In addition to the Jazz Ensemble, Mr. Park instructs the low brass studio and brass pedagogy. Bill also serves as a director for the Seattle Youth Jazz Ensemble and maintains an active performance, studio and clinic schedule in the Puget Sound area. He has served as artist-in-residence for the Seattle Public School District and regularly conducts clinics at both the high school and college level. Mr. Park has performed with artists such as Hal Crook, Greg Adams, Bobby Shew, Mel Torme, Denny Goodhew and Ashley Alexander and in the Plano Texas Chamber Orchestra, Federal Way Symphony, Orchestra Seattle, The Hal Crook Big Band and the Windjammer Jazz Orchestra.

Mr. Park received his musical training while attending San Diego State University. His principal instructors have been Dr. Mearle Hoag (San Diego Symphony), James Prindle (Venezuela National Orchestra), Hal Crook (Tonight Show Band), Vincent Clark (NBC Symphony Orchestra) and Stuart Dempster (University of Washington).

Jack Halm
Choral Methods
Phone: 206/281-2205

Jack Halm has taught vocal music and piano in the public schools for over 22 years. He currently serves as Vocal Music Supervisor for the Bellevue School District.

Other Music Department faculty are listed on the departmental faculty page.

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