Associate Professor of Music
Dr. Ferranti is an accomplished vocal pedagogue, singer, pianist, and conductor. He formally 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. Ferranti’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: BM in Vocal Performance, The Crane School of Music at SUNY PotsdamMM in Vocal Performance, Boston Conservatory DMA in Vocal Performance & Voice Science, Louisiana State University. Certificate of Vocology, National Center for Voice and Speech
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.
Classes Taught:MUSC 101M – Men’s Schola Gregoriana
MUSC 101W – Women’s Schola Gregoriana
MUSC 305 – Heritage of Sacred Music
MUSC 312-313 – Survey of Western Music History I-II
MUSC 420 – Gregorian Chant
MUSC 415:02 – Song Literature
HIST/MUSC 415 – Art, Music, and Ideas
MUSC 415 – Wagner’s Ring: the Other Lord of the Rings
Assistant Professor of Music
Composer/Pianist Seunghee Lee holds Ph.D. and M.F.A. degrees from Brandeis University, M.M. from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and B.M. from Ewha Womans University in South Korea. Lee serves as Assistant Professor of Music at Ave Maria University, where she 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 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 Voice and Chair of the Music Department at Ave Maria University. 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.
Tintes holds the Doctor of Music from Northwestern University.
Education: B.S./B.A. Music Education and Literature (Minnesota State University); M.M. Vocal Performance (University of Minnesota); Masters in Lied and Oratorio (Mozarteum, Salzburg, Austria); DM Vocal Performance (Northwestern University)
Research Interests: Spanish and Latin American Music (Renaissance to Contemporary); German Lied and Oratorio; Bodymapping/Andover Educators; Movement and Audition Techniques for Singer-Actors.
Voice Students perform with Opera Naples, Gulfshore Opera, Bach Ensemble, Symphonic Chorale of SW Florida, as Cantors and liturgical musicians at Ave Maria Catholic Church and in local churches of SW Florida.
Honor Societies:NATS (Tampa Bay Vice President), EVTA, Rotary Scholar to Austria.
Emily Swope, 2016 Graduate: Masters Student in Liturgical Music (Voice) at Notre Dame University
Madeline Adams, 2016 Graduate: Teacher at Donahue Academy, Ave Maria, Fl
Regina Russo, 2016 Graduate: Teacher at Donahue Academy, Ave Maria, FL and Singer-Teacher.
Kaitlyn Walton, 2016 Graduate: Teacher at Mason Academy, Naples, Fl
Regina Avila, 2017 Graduate: Music Ministry at John Paul II Catholic Parish (Idaho Falls, ID) and Solo Vocalist
Conducting I and II
- Summer Internship available at First Presbyterian Church for organ students.
- Many performing opportunities in the Naples area on several fine pipe organs.
- Alumni profiles: recent graduates are now pursuing graduate degrees at such institutions as Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Rice University and University of North Texas.
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
Doctor of Musical Arts (Chamber Ensemble)
State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory, St. Petersburg, Russia, 2010
Master of Music (Piano Performance) cum laude
State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory, St. Petersburg, Russia, 2005
Applied Piano Lessons
Chamber Music Class
were accepted to the following graduate schools: University of North Texas College of Music, Butler School of Music (The University of Texas in Austin), Westminster Choir College (Rider University), Jacobs School of Music (Indiana University).