Affiliated Artists


 ‌‌‌‌Greg Danner

Greg Danner

Visiting Professor of French Horn
B.M. Southeast Missouri State University; M.M. Eastman School of Music; Ph.D, Washington University
Teaches French horn in Guerry Hall

Greg Danner (horn) has held positions with the Baton Rouge Symphony and Acadiana Symphony Orchestra in Louisiana, the Huntsville Symphony in Alabama, and the Saint Louis Municipal Opera and Webster Groves Symphony in Missouri. He is currently a member of the Bryan Symphony Orchestra and Murfreesboro Symphony in Tennessee and is hornist with the Brass Arts Quintet at Tennessee Tech University and the Jack Daniels Silver Cornet Band. He is active as a freelance and recording musician in the Nashville area.

Dr. Danner holds the Ph.D in composition from Washington University, a Master’s in music theory from the Eastman School of Music, and a Bachelor’s degree in performance from Southeast Missouri State University. He is professor of theory and composition at Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville, Tennessee. Danner’s compositions include over 60 works for wind band, numerous chamber compositions, and works for orchestra and choral ensembles. His awards include the College Band Directors National Association Music for Young Band Prize, grand prize in the Delius Society composition contest, and first prize in the Robert Avalon International Composers Competition. Danner is a three-time winner in the International Composers Guild Composition Contest, including the grand prize in 2010. He has received annual ASCAP awards for composition since 1989.

Areas of Expertise - French Horn; Music Theory; Music Composition


Stephen Miller

Professor of Music, Chair
B.A. (music and philosophy) at the University of Kansas, M.A. and Ph.D. (musicology) at the University of Chicago

Breslin Tower 300 / ext. 1874

Stephen Miller studied classical violin before discovering music history, the field in which he has lectured at the University of Chicago and the University of Rome (“La Sapienza”). He joined the faculty at Sewanee in 1995, with his teaching oriented towards European composers. One of his early interdisciplinary commitments was to the Humanities program, in which he was fortunate to teach alongside Professors Brown Patterson, Jerry Smith, John Gatta, Pamela Macfie, John Grammer, and many other outstanding current and former Sewanee faculty. Over the past decade his interests have expanded to encompass Southern musics, including blues, jazz, and shape-note singing. A course of particular interest right now deals with the impact of recording technology over the past hundred years—From Ragtime to Radiohead: Music in the Era of Recordings.

Miller’s most significant original research deals with early music—choral compositions of the Renaissance and Baroque and the way that the works of Palestrina connect those two eras. His work on seventeenth-century music has redefined scholars’ understanding of the stile antico and has increased awareness of the development of style consciousness during that period. The oblique courses taken by concerted and a cappella styles back then provide a useful parallel for questions arising today out of the relationship between acoustic and amplified musics.

Since becoming Chair of the Music Department in 2011, he has originated lessons on a variety of new instruments: Sewanee students can now take private lessons on instruments as diverse as French horn and guitar, a first for the College. As liaison to the Watson Foundation in New York, Miller leads a campus committee through a yearly cycle of interviewing and nominating Sewanee students for the Watson Fellowship. Sewanee students have excelled in this competition, with 42 Fellows since the inception of the program.

Outside of the office, Miller loves cycling in whatever form, though he tends to stay upright on his road bike more than on his mountain bike. He is very proud of his two children who have attended St. Andrew’s–Sewanee School and taken classes at the University. He also makes time for music performance, playing with students, friends, and colleagues in the Sewanee Symphony Orchestra, sometimes on violin, when needed on viola. He is a regular participant in shape-note singings, and students accompany him on trips to these singings several times a year.

Area of Expertise - Viola, Shape-note Singing

Brian Mueller

Brian Mueller

Visiting Instructor of Percussion
BM, Wichita State University; MM, The University of North Texas

Teaches at Guerry Hall

A native of Wichita, Kansas, Brian Mueller is currently adjunct instructor of percussion at MTSU, while completing a Doctor of Music degree in Percussion at Indiana University. His prior academic background includes a Bachelor of Music degree from Wichita State University (2007) and a Master of Music degree from The University of North Texas (2009).

Brian has worked as a freelance drummer, percussionist, and instructor for many years, and is also a published composer. He has traveled and performed nationally and internationally, including as a guest soloist and clinician at the Paris Conservatory in December of 2014, and has performed twice at PASIC. He has been an active steel pan performer with the Bloomington based steel pan group, Steel Panache, and currently plays marimba with the newly formed B-Line Jazz Percussion Trio. Brian is also an active clinician, presenting workshops and performances throughout the Midwest.

Areas of Expertise - Percussion

Rebecca Murphy Student musician

Rebecca Murphy

Visiting Instructor of Flute
Bachelor of Music, LSU; Master of Arts in Flute, Middle Tennessee State University.

Teaches in Guerry Hall

Guerry Hall
68 Georgia Ave.
Sewanee, TN 37383
Rebecca Murphy is a long time performer and teacher. She received her Bachelors of Music degree in flute from Louisiana State University where she studied with Jeanne Timm. Recently she returned to the academic arena and finished her Master of Arts Degree in Flute from Middle Tennessee State University, studying with Dr. Deanna Little. She currently is an adjunct professor at MTSU and has an extensive flute studio. She is also the co-founder and co-director of the Murfreesboro Flute Choir with Dr. Deanna Little. Ms. Murphy has had over 30 years of teaching experience and has performed with the Baton Rouge Symphony, the San Antonio Symphony, the Mid-Texas Symphony, and the Paducah Symphony. She served as principal flute with the San Antonio Wind Symphony for many years. She has participated in numerous master classes with world renowned artists such as Jean Pierre Rampal, Mary Stolper, Rhonda Larson, Nestor Torres, Sergio Pallotelli and Kate Lucas to name a few. In 2014 and 2015 she auditioned for and earned a position with the National Flute Convention’s Professional Flute Choir. Rebecca Murphy continues to seek new opportunities to advance the awareness and educational opportunities of music lessons for any age person. 

Rebecca is also an accomplished equestrienne having won a world championship and several top ten awards in Western, English and Showmanship. She also enjoys hiking the trails of Tennessee, especially those that contain waterfalls. 

Areas of Expertise - Flute

Alan Suskaa

Alan Suska

Visiting Instructor of Trumpet
BM and MM, Duquesne University

Teaches in Guerry Hall

Alan Suska was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. In 1980, having received an undergraduate degree in Music Education and a Masters in trumpet performance from Duquesne University, he moved to Nashville to pursue a career in music. Beginning his Nashville career at Opryland, Alan has continued an extensive career as a freelance musician and teacher. Currently, Alan is principal trumpet with the Murfreesboro Symphony and the Nashville Praise Symphony along with being the first-call trumpet player for several contractors in the area. As an educator, Alan has taught at Tennessee Tech University, Cumberland University, Lipscomb University, Middle Tennessee State University, and the Blair School of Music. Recently, Alan was the Director of Instrumental Music at Pope John Paul II High School. Alan continues to perform extensively throughout the southeast U.S. and has recently traveled to Europe and South America for orchestral and big-band performances. Alan has been selected as a clinician by MakeMusic, Inc., demonstrating Finale and SmartMusic at various music educator conferences.

Areas of Expertise - Trumpet

Rebecca Van de Ven

Rebecca Van de Ven

Visiting Instructor of Oboe
San Francisco Conservatory, Master of Music University of Wisconsin, Bachelor of Music

Teaches oboe in Guerry Hall

Rebecca Van de Ven has held the positions of principal oboe with the Adrian Symphony in Michigan, second oboe in the Battle Creek Symphony, and assistant principal in the Santa Cruz Symphony. She currently teaches at Sewanee University of the South and plays frequently with the Huntsville Symphony. She has had a private studio for many years and formerly taught oboe at Albion College and Spring Arbor University. She received a Master of Music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory in oboe performance where she was a student of Eugene Izotov, current Principal Oboe of the Chicago Symphony. At the University of Wisconsin, Madison, she earned a Bachelor of Music degree where she was a student of Professor Marc Fink. Ms. Van de Ven attended the Pierre Monteux Music Festival in Maine and was awarded a full scholarship to the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California. Ms. Van de Ven has been freelancing since 1994 and has performed with orchestras such as the San Francisco Symphony, Grand Rapids Symphony, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Kalamazoo Symphony, Madison Symphony, Chattanooga Symphony and Marin Symphony. She currently resides in Sewanee with her husband and two children.

Areas of Expertise - Oboe