Meet the Faculty
Dr. Mary Procopio
Scholarship Coordinator, Director of Instrumental Studies, Music History, World Music Appreciation
Dr. Mary Procopio, Professor, has served as Director of Instrumental Studies at Mott Community College since 2006, where she has taught classes in world music and culture, music history, music appreciation, and directs the MCC Concert Band and chamber ensembles. An active performer, adjudicator, and clinician, she has served on the Honors College Committee, Professional Development Committee, and the Great Teachers Retreat Committee—where she also served as GTR Co-Coordinator for two years, as well as the International Institute Committee and the International Institute and Global Studies Advisory Board. Dr. Procopio has presented papers, lecture recitals and performances throughout the United States, Canada and Haiti at regional, national and international conferences for the Society for Ethnomusicology, KOSANBA (the society for the scholarly study of Haitian Vodou), The Haitian Studies Association, the College Music Society, The National Flute Association and The American Folklore Society. In November 2017 Dr. Procopio will be co-presenting a lecture-recital on Haitian music at the 29th annual conference of the Haitian Studies Association at Xavier University in New Orleans. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Haitian Studies Association and the Advisory Board for Instrumental Change, Inc, and has been a guest lecturer and performer at several universities and festivals, including: a four-day residency at Marshall University in West Virginia, a week-long residency to teach and perform at the Limonest Conservatoire in France, guest lecturer at Olivet College, guest clinician at the Red Cedar Band Festival, and was a featured guest artist for the Marshall Fluteworks Flute Festival in West Virginia. Dr. Procopio has performed with the Orchestre Philharmonique Sainte Trinite (Haiti), Chamber Orchestra of Northern New York, Champlain Valley Symphony Orchestra (VT), Jackson Symphony Orchestra (MI), and the Limonest Wind Band and Dream America Orchestra (France), and has taught at Michigan State University, the University of Michigan—Flint, and the Flint Institute of Music School of Performing Arts, where she also served as chair of the Winds, Brass and Percussion Departments. Since 2003 Dr. Procopio has been traveling to Haiti to conduct research, teach, and perform at the Leocardie and Alexandre Kenscoff Cultural Center, Ecole de Musique St. Trinité, where she also directs the Wind Ensemble and chamber ensembles, and the Ecole de Musique Dessaix Baptiste, and has also taught in St. Croix (Virgin Islands).
In 2014, Dr. Procopio was a contributing author to the new Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography published by Oxford University Press. Her articles "Crossing Borders: Solo and Chamber Music for Flute by Haitian Composers" and "When East Meets West: Takemitsu’s Itinerant for Flute Solo" were published in the National Flute Association’s Flutist Quarterly in fall and winter 2006 respectively. In 2007, she released the CD Belle Ayiti: Mizik Savant Ayisyen (Beautiful Haiti: Haitian Classical Music), which features music for solo flute, flute and piano, and flute and strings by Haitian composers. She has been a member of the Society for Ethnomusicology, Haitian Studies Association, KOSANBA, National Flute Association, College Music Society, American Folklore Society, and the American Musicological Society.
In December 2016 Dr. Procopio received the Excellence in Teaching Award for excellence
in academic student development from Sigma Alpha Pi, the National Society of Leadership
and Success. In 2009 she was nominated by a student for outstanding employee of the
month for her valuable contribution to Mott Community College as an educator. In
her spare time, Dr. Procopio breeds and shows sporthorse Haflinger horses throughout
the Midwest and East coast. Her current music-related projects include recording a
second CD of Haitian classical music, publishing music by Haitian composers that is
currently unavailable (except in manuscript form), and acquiring instruments and musical
supplies for music schools in Haiti.
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Dr. Townes Osborn Miller
Program & Outreach Coordinator, Music Theory, Aural Skills, Music Appreciation, Fundamentals of Music Theory, Survey of Music Business
Townes Osborn Miller, Associate Professor of Music, has also served on the faculties
of Kansas City Kansas Community College, Northwest Missouri State University and Washburn
University; and as a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Kansas and Western
Dr. Miller has been the featured soloist with the St. Matthias Chamber Orchestra (NC), the Oak Ridge Civic Music Association Guild (TN), and with Midland Adventist Academy (KS). As a recitalist, Dr. Miller performed regularly in the Kansas City area. She continues to perform with the We Three Trio (flute, oboe, bassoon) in North Carolina. In addition, she has performed with the St. Joseph Symphony, Overland Park Orchestra, St. Joseph Symphony Municipal Band, Kansas City Puccini Arts Festival, Kansas City Civic Orchestra, Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, Psalmfest for the Historic Northeast Cultural Arts Commission, and the Asheville (NC) Choral Society.
Dr. Miller holds a D.M.A., with honors, from the University of Kansas in flute performance. She studied under the instruction of David Fedele. Dr. Miller is enjoying her time in Michigan and can't wait for the snow to start.
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Dr. Bill Withem
Music Theory, Aural Skills, Music Technology, Applied Composition
Bill Withem, Associate Professor of Music at Mott Community College supervises the
music technology program, as well as teaches applied composition, music theory, and
aural skills. Dr. Withem holds a doctorate of musical arts in composition from Michigan
State University, where he studied composition with Charles Ruggiero. He has earned
two masters of music degrees, in music theory and composition, and in film scoring
from Illinois State University and The University of North Carolina School of the
Arts, respectively. He holds a bachelor's degree in music theory and composition from
Appalachian State University.
Dr. Withem actively composes for a variety of artistic venues, including music for orchestra, opera, band, chamber, film, and modern dance. His music has seen premiere performances in North and South America, most notably in Lincoln Center, New York, and in the 20th Century Fox Newman Scoring Stage in Los Angeles, California. Dr. Withem is the recipient of the ASCAPlus Award for 2009 and 2010, and has participated in both the John Duffy Composers' Institute and the ASCAP Film Composers' Workshop. His doctoral dissertation, a one-act opera based on Washington Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, was premiered as part of the Michigan State University Opera Theatre's 2008-09 season. Dr. Withem's latest work for college wind ensemble, The Outlets of the Sky, was premiered in April 2011 by the Michigan State University Symphony Band, conducted by John Madden.
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Ms. Andrea Floden
Class Piano, Music Appreciation, Collaborative Piano
Andrea Zlatec Floden, pianist, is a life long resident of Flint and has been playing
and studying the piano since the age of five. She is currently an Adjunct Professor
of Music at MCC, teaching class piano, music appreciation and accompanying students
for twenty-five years.
Professor Floden is the past President of St. Cecilia Society, plus a fifty year and honorary member. She has been active in the community as a soloist and accompanist (for almost everything). Professor Floden is a life member of the Flint Federation of Musicians, the Michigan and National Federations of Music Clubs, too. She continues to serve as a private instructor and accompanist, at the Flint School of Performing Arts.
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Dr. Ben Furhman
Music Technology, Fundamentals of Music Theory
Born in Lansing, Ben Fuhrman is a graduate of the doctoral program in music composition at Michigan State University, where his primary instructors were Dr. Ricardo Lorenz and Dr. Mark Sullivan. He also holds a master’s degree in music composition from Michigan State University, and a bachelor’s degree in violin performance from Hope College, where his principal instructor was Mihai Craioveanu.
He has had works commissioned from a number of performers, including Drake Dantzler, Violet, Jeffrey Loeffert, Nathan Boggert, the H2 Quartet, the East Lansing High School Orchestra, REACH Studio Art, and the MSU National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory and Facility for Rare Isotope Beams, and has been performed throughout the world. His works are available on the Albany Records, Argali Records, Blue Griffin, Elmstreet, and SEAMUS labels.
He maintains an active role as a performer and teacher of music technology, recording, and post-production at Mott Community College. For more information visit www.benfuhrman.com
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Mr. John Hill
Jazz Ensemble Director, Jazz Appreciation
John Hill graduated from Plymouth/Canton High School and was very fortunate to study
music with the legendary band teacher James R. Griffith. Mr. Hill holds BME and
MM degrees from Central Michigan University. During his college years, he recorded
several CD’s with the Robert Hohner Percussion Ensemble on the DMP Label which included
extensive work with composers David Gillingham and David Maslanka. John has performed
at the North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands with CMU’s Jazz Lab I in 1991.
John has been teaching band for Holly Area Schools since 1998 and, in 2003, was awarded a “Teacher of the Year” citation from WDIV and Oakland County. Prior to working in Holly, John taught in Muskegon for 4 years, where he co-directed the MHS Jazz Lab I who performed in Ann Arbor for the Mid-West Conference in 1996. He was an adjunct percussion teacher at the University of Michigan-Flint from 2003 till 2010, and has been on the adjunct faculty of Mott Community College since 2006. He is currently the director of the Mott Community College Jazz Band.
John is currently performing with several of Michigan’s top jazz groups and orchestras including the Bijou Orchestra, New Reformation Dixieland Band, Tom Alport Big Band, Paul Keller Orchestra, Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra, Flint Symphony Orchestra, Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra, The Diamonds and the Steelheads. In recent years John has performed with the Steelheads with Andy Narrell at the Detroit International Jazz Festival and the Syracuse (New York) Jazz Festival.
He has taught several summer music camps such as; the University of Michigan-Flint Summer Music Academy, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, the Alma College/Hohner Institute of Percussion Camp, and the Jim Lee Fine Arts Camp. In 2007 and 2008 he adjudicated the Central Michigan University Jazz Festival. In 2010 he adjudicated the Alma College Jazz Festival. In 2007 and 2011 he adjudicated the Thornapple Valley Jazz Festival and in 2008, not only judged the festival but was also the guest conductor of the High School All-Star Band and was a featured performer at the festival.
Most recently, in 2011, John performed on the CD “Einstein’s Dreams”, based on the bestselling novel of the same title by Alan Lightman, with Randall Williams and the Bijou Orchestra.
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Dr. Eddie Howell
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Dr. Matthew Packer
Choral Director, Vocal Class, Voice Lessons, Piano Proficiency
Matthew Packer received his Bachelor of Music Education degree in 1987 and his Master
of Music degree in 1995 from Central Michigan University. While at CMU, he studied
voice with Timothy Caldwell and Dr. Jeffrey Foote, choral music with Dr. Nina Nash-Robertson,
piano with Dr. Forrest Robinson, and composition with Dr. David Gillingham. His doctoral
work was done at the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies in Orange Park,
Florida, and he attended seminary at the Methodist Theological School in Delaware,
Matt has been a professional church musician since 1983. He taught elementary music for LakeVille Schools and has taught part-time at Mid-Michigan Community College and the University of Michigan-Flint. In addition to his responsibilities at MCC, Matt is the music director for Flushing United Methodist Church, the Flint Male Chorus, Swartz Creek Center Stage Community Theater, and choral accompanist at Swartz Creek High School. He is active as a singer and pianist at senior care facilities, sacred and civic functions and also performs as half of the duo, Brother 2 Brother.
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Ms. Holly Richardson
Class Piano, Music Appreciation, Rock n' Roll History
Holly Richardson, Adjunct Professor in Music, graduated from MCC in 1986, and finished
her BME at U of M-Flint. Catherine McMichael was Professor Richardson’s piano coach
at U of M. She earned a MA from Marygrove College in 1994. Professor Richardson has
an additional 21 hours of graduate credit from WMU and Vandercook College of Music
in Chicago. She has been part of the Music Faculty at MCC since 1998, she also is
employed full time at Flint Community Schools and is an adjunct professor at Ferris
State University. Professor Richardson performs locally with the High Heeled PianoTrio,
and for charity events and area churches.
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Dr. Larry MacDonald
Film Music, Music Appreciation
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Dr. Mari Yancho
Class Guitar, Guitar Ensemble
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Mr. Frank Yon
Jazz Combo, Jazz Appreciation, Music Appreciation
Frank Yon, Adjunct Instructor, is currently the director of the MCC Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combo, and teaches various music classes. Previous to this MCC position, he taught instrumental music for 39 years in the Montrose Community Schools, garnering top honors with his musical groups.
While attending Central Michigan University, he played the jazz solo trumpet chair in the Swingin' Chips Jazz Band and first chair trumpet in the Wind Ensemble. After graduation he continued playing for ice show, operas, concert bands, big bands, the Flint Symphony (1975-1990), Saginaw Symphony, Delta Orchestra, Star Theatre, Christmas at the Whiting, and many more. He worked for many years with the MCC Jim Lee Fine Arts Camp, becoming Executive Director for three years.
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