Associate Professor of Music
Dr. Ferranti is an accomplished vocal pedagogue, singer, pianist, and conductor. He formerly served as a tenured Associate Professor of Music at Cedarville University in Ohio. A versatile musician, he has sung leading tenor roles in opera and music theater, has served as a minister of music in several churches, and maintains a private voice studio in Naples, Fl. His teachers have included several international authorities in the field of voice and voice science, including Dr. Stephen AUstin, Dr. Ingo Titze, Professor Oren Brown, and Cornelius L. Reid. Dr. Ferranit’s research interests center on historical vocal pedagogy, especially how ancient pedagogical practice may be used to foster 21st-century results in the singing voice. At AMU he teaches Private Voice Lessons, Aural Skills I-IV, and conducts the AMU Choir.
Education: B.Mus.in Vocal Performance, Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, M.Mus. in Vocal Performance, Boston Conservatory; D.M.A. Vocal Performance & Voice Science, Louisiana State University; Certificate of Vocology, National Center for Voice and Speech
Office: Canizaro Library 251
Phone: (239) 280-1592
Professor of Music
Susan Treacy, Ph.D., joined the faculty of Ave Maria University in 2005, after having taught at Franciscan University of Steubenville, Luther College, and Emory University, where she was a Mellon Faculty Fellow in the Humanities. Dr. Treacy holds the Ph.D. in historical musicology from the University of North Texas; her B.Mus. and M.Mus. degrees are from Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and the Manhattan School of Music. Her main research interests are in Catholic liturgical music and in English devotional song of the sixteenth-eighteenth centuries. Her article, “A Chronicle of Attitudes towards Gregorian Chant in Orate Fratres/Worship, 1926-1962,” was published in Paul Collins, ed. Renewal and Resistance: Catholic Church Music from the 1850s to Vatican II (Oxford, 2010). Recent publications have included chapters, “Gregorian Chant,” in Alcuin Reid, ed., T&T Clark Companion to Liturgy (London, 2016), 239-57, and “Joseph Bonnet as a Catalyst in the Early Twentieth-Century Gregorian Chant Revival,” in Donelson and Schloesser, eds., Mystic Modern: The Music, Thought, and Legacy of Charles Tournemire (Richmond, VA, 2014), 11-21. In addition to her scholarly writing, Dr. Treacy is a regular contributor to the Saint Austin Review (StAR) with her column Musica Donum Dei. She was on the editorial committee of The Adoremus Hymnal (1997) and is currently on the Board of Directors of the Church Music Association of America (CMAA). For the last nine years, Dr. Treacy has been a co-organizer of the Musica Sacra Florida Gregorian Chant Conference, which draws chant enthusiasts from all over Florida and beyond, and at which she gave most recently a workshop on conducting Gregorian chant. Her Gregorian chant textbook—A Plain and Easy Introduction to Gregorian Chant (Charles Town, WV, 2007)—has been lauded as “the best instant resource for Gregorian chant available in English” (Bruce Ludwick, Director of Music at Saint Paul Cathedral, Birmingham, AL). At Ave Maria University Dr. Treacy teaches music history, art song literature, sacred music courses, and Gregorian chant; in addition, she directs the Women’s Schola Gregoriana and the Men’s Schola Gregoriana.
Assistant Professor of Music
Composer/Pianist Seunghee Lee holds Ph.D. and M.F.A. degrees from Brandeis University, M.M. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and B.M. from Ewha Woman’s University in South Korea. Lee serves as Assistant Professor of Music teaches Tonal and Advanced Music Theory, Class Piano, Music Composition and Piano lessons. Performances of her compositions have taken place at notable venues in Germany, Finland, Italy, South Korea and across the United States by Ensemble Uusinta, Dinosaur Annex Music Ensemble, McCormick Percussion Group, Ensemble Strings, and Hammers, among others. Lee has received artist residencies and a fellowship from Atlantic Center for the Arts and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, ASCAP Fellow Scholarship from Composers Conference at Wellesley College, and recently won 2017 International Alliance for Women in Music Annual Concert Competition.
Chair of the Music Department, Associate Professor of Music
Helen Tintes-Schuermann is Associate Professor of music and Chair of the Music Department. She is an accomplished singer-actress (contralto) and voice teacher/coach who performs regularly in opera, oratorio, concert and musical theater. Recent performances include Messiah with the Ft. Myers Mastersingers, concerts with the Symphonic Chorale of SW Florida and a Puccini opera double bill with FM Opera (Minnesota). Tintes has performed throughout Europe and the USA and has given masterclasses in Austria, Spain, Finland, Estonia, Hungary, China, and throughout the USA. She has served on the faculties of Northwestern University, the University of South Carolina (Columbia) and the Music and Arts Private University (MUK) of Vienna, Austria.
Many of her students perform in opera houses and in musical theater in Europe and the United States and also serve as educators, arts administrators, and liturgical musicians.
Education: B.S./B.A., Music Education and Literature, Minnesota State University; M.M. Vocal Performance, University of Minnesota; Magister Diploma in Lied and Oratorio, Mozarteum, Salzburg, Austria; D.M., Vocal Performance, Northwestern University.
Adjunct Professor of Music – Organ
Dr. Gerlach received his Bachelor and Master degrees in Organ Performance from Eastman School of Music and Indiana University, respectively. He was also awarded the Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music. He completed his doctorate in Choral Conducting from Indiana University. Dr. Gerlach is also Director of Music at First Presbyterian Church of Naples and Assistant Director of the Artis—Naples Choruses.
Alexandra Carlson earned her Master of Piano Performance and her Doctorate of Musical Arts, cum laude, from the St. Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory. She won prizes at the Maria Yudina International Piano Competition (Russia), the “Hopes, Talents, Masters” Competition (Bulgaria), the London International Piano Competition (England) and the Valentino Bucci International Competition (Italy). The New Horizons Project (USA) awarded her a fellowship with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Recently, she performed at the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Hall and the Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall (Russia).
Dr. Carlson appeared in the Baltic International Piano Duo Festival and the Atlantic Music Festival. She performed a series of chamber music concerts in Germany with the ensemble “Memorial”. Her performance as a soloist with the Junger Künstler Bayreuth Festival Orchestra was featured on ARD TV (Germany). Since moving to Naples, Florida Dr. Carlson has performed in The Rachmaninoff Festival, the US-Russia Bridge Project Festival, and the Arts Naples World Festival. She has also appeared with the Naples Philharmonic and in the Sypert Salon Series at Artis-Naples, and in the Guest Artists Recital Series at the Bower School of Music at Florida Gulf Coast University. In 2013, Dr. Carlson made her conducting debut with the Classic Chamber Concerts. Since 2014, she serves as an adjunct professor of music at Ave Maria University. For more information, please visit www.AlexandraCarlson.org
D.M. (Chamber Ensemble), State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory, St. Petersburg, Russia, M.M Piano Performance, State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory, St. Petersburg, Russia