Joan O. Epstein
Professor of Music, Music Discipline Coordinator,Instructor in Trumpet
- M.M., Yale University
- Adv. Grad. Cert., University of South Florida
“Prof E.,” a member of the Eckerd faculty since 1981, offers a wide variety of music and interdisciplinary arts courses including Myths & Music, American Musical Landscapes, Sound Design, Modern Music, Tonal Theory, Song Writing and Trumpet Performance. She also teaches The Human Experience and the popular Autumn Term course Icarus Ascending. A composer, American music scholar and trumpeter, Epstein grew up in St. Petersburg and earned degrees from Smith College, the Yale U. School of Music and the U. of South Florida.
Choral Director, Instructor in Piano, Staff Accompanist
- Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance, University of South Florida
- Curriculum Vitae
Mr. Douglas has taught piano and accompanied the choir and faculty since 2010 and assumed leadership of the Eckerd Concert Choir in 2014. Sought after as a pianist and coach, Douglas performs with The Florida Orchestra and the St. Petersburg Opera. He studied piano in Missouri before earning his piano degree at the U. of South Florida where he recently completed a master’s degree in orchestral conducting.
Assistant Professor of Music, Instructor in Bass
- Ph.D., University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, M.A.
- Brigham Young University, B.M., University of Utah
Prof. Jones joined the Eckerd faculty in the Fall of 2015. A native of Utah who earned degrees in music education, performance and musicology at the U. of Utah and Bingham Young U., Jones has spent the last few years in North Carolina where he earned his Ph.D. (UNC – Chapel Hill) and continued to perform on bass and work in recording studios. An expert on American popular and folk music as well as in classical and world music traditions, Jones teaches the Musical Ecology of New Orleans, World Music, Tonal Theory and private lessons on bass.
Applied Music Instructors
In addition to Professors Epstein and Jones listed above, Eckerd College offers a variety of musical instruction from experts available to students wishing to learn an instrument or improve their skills. Direct contact information is given below for teachers who are on campus several days a week
Instructor in Saxophone
B.A. & M.M., University of South Florida
Instructor Bornheimer is an emerging force in the Florida jazz scene as a saxophonist, composer, arranger and big band director. His diverse interests and broad musical skills equip him especially well to connect with Eckerd’s diverse student saxophonists. He teaches private lessons, coaches a saxophone ensemble and offers private tutorials in jazz theory. Visit his website to gain a full sense of his many projects and breadth of expertise.
Instructor in Classical Guitar
B.A., Eckerd College
Joe Braccio is a respected teacher and performer in several styles of acoustic guitar, playing over a hundred engagements a year in top venues. He is also a noted coach of steel drum ensembles and is director of the Tampa Bay Steel Orchestra. In addition to teaching at Eckerd, Braccio is on the faculties of St. Petersburg College and several magnet arts programs in the Pinellas County Public Schools. Joe’s recordings are posted to the Buscarino Guitars website and available for download on iTunes. Braccio studied locally before pursuing advanced instruction at the Scuola Cresciani di Roma Conservatory.
Instructor in French Horn
M.E. and B.S, University of South Florida
Instructor Bygrave is a respected performer and teacher on horn on Florida’s West Coast as well as the band director at Azalea Middle School in St. Petersburg. He also assists with the New Horizons adult band program based at Eckerd College.
Instructor in Oboe
B.A., University of South Florida
Instructor Collins is an accomplished teacher and performer who has played oboe and English horn for all the area’s major orchestras. She teaches at the U. of South Florida and several other area institutions in addition to Eckerd.
Instructor in Voice
B.A., Florida State University
Instructor Eubanks is well-known as a teacher and performer in the Tampa Bay Area and beyond. In addition to her duties at Eckerd, she teaches voice at the Pinellas County Center for the Arts and taught for many years at Hillsborough Community College. A graduate of Florida State University, Eubanks is also an active church musician.
A long-time member of The Florida Orchestra, St. Petersburg Opera Orchestra and of summer festival orchestras in Eisenstadt, Austria and at Washington’s Bellingham Festival of Music, Mr. Gratta also teaches at the State College of Florida. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music and his Master of Music degree at the University of Southern California.
Instructor in Percussion
B.M., University of Tampa
Instructor Grissom is a versatile, long-time percussionist with The Florida Orchestra who teaches not only at Eckerd but also for many other local institutions including the Pinellas County Center for the Arts and the Pinellas Youth Symphony. He also taught for many years at Hillsborough Community College. He holds a B.M. degree from the University of Tampa.
Instructor in Organ
B.A., Eckerd College
M.M., Florida State University
Instructor Hall earned his B.A. from Eckerd College and his M.M. from Florida State University. In addition to teaching at Eckerd and concertizing, he is Director of Music at Trinity Lutheran Church, St. Petersburg and an active member of the American Guild of Organists. Students with basic keyboard skills should take advantage of lessons on one of the college’s remarkable Flentrop tracker organs, more notably the instrument in Wireman Chapel.
Instructor in Bassoon
B.M., The Harid Conservatory (Lynn University)
Instructor Harris has played with the Sarasota Orchestra, the Naples Philharmonic and the Florida Orchestra as well as many chamber ensembles in the region. She has taught at St. Petersburg College in addition to Eckerd.
Alison Heydt is a long-time violist in The Florida Orchestra and respected teacher. In addition to teaching at Eckerd, Heydt is an instructor at the Patel Conservatory in Tampa and has a private studio. She studied at Oberlin Conservatory and the Cleveland Institute of Music.
Instructor in Low Brass
D.M.A., College Conservatory, University of Cincinnati
Instructor Manson teaches and coaches at St. Petersburg College in addition to working with students at Eckerd. He is also a composer and well-known performer of avant garde and jazz trombone music.
Instructor in Clarinet
B.M., University of South Florida
M.M., University of California – San Diego
Instructor McColley earned her B.M. degree from the University of South Florida, pursued graduate studies at the University of Southern California, then completed her M.M. degree at the University of California – San Diego. She has played clarinet and/or bass clarinet in most of the region’s professional orchestras including the Sarasota and Port Charlotte Orchestras and the Sarasota Opera Orchestra. She is also an active chamber musician and soloist, often promoting new compositions for the clarinet. In addition to teaching at Eckerd, McColley teaches at Florida Southern College and Southeastern College in Lakeland and at St. Petersburg College.
Instructor in Flute
B.M., University of Wisconsin
Instructor Prescott, previous principal flute of the Chicago Civic Orchestra, is an acclaimed area soloist, ensemblist, chamber music coach and teacher. She teaches at the Pinellas County Center for the Arts, St. Petersburg College and the University of Tampa in addition to Eckerd.
Instructor in Harp
M.M., University of South Florida
B.A., Rollins College
Instructor Roberts teaches at the University of Tampa, Florida Southern College and Clearwater Christian College in addition to Eckerd and performs with a number of local symphony orchestras and as a featured soloist throughout the state.
Instructor in Violin and Viola
B.S. & B.A, Florida State University
Instructor Zapen is a teacher, performer and composer with expertise across genres: classical, jazz, world and folk. She teaches private lessons in violin and viola and also coaches Eckerd’s string orchestra and chamber ensembles. To learn more about her many recordings and performances, visit her website.
Professor Emeritus of Music